Period
to 25 February 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for CCNP qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 25 February 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)
UK
6 months to
25 Feb 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 293 242 286
Rank change year-on-year -51 +44 +38
Contract jobs citing CCNP 400 742 936
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.84% 1.09% 0.95%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.82% 5.07% 4.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 370 565 618
Median daily rate £425 £415 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.41% -2.35% +13.33%
10th Percentile £313 £296 £300
90th Percentile £568 £540 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £415 £400
% change year-on-year -3.61% +3.75% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 16 26
Median hourly rate £23.21 £29.50 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.32% -34.44% +12.50%
10th Percentile £18.13 £18.25 £19.38
90th Percentile £53.75 £48.13 £66.81
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.21 £19.50 £45.00
% change year-on-year +19.03% -56.67% +12.50%

CCNP is in the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 10,461 14,643 19,110
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.06% 21.44% 19.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,800 9,525 11,824
Median daily rate £475 £465 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.15% +3.33% +2.86%
10th Percentile £288 £260 £258
90th Percentile £650 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 561 577 853
Median hourly rate £40.00 £31.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +29.03% +12.73% +14.58%
10th Percentile £15.00 £14.18 £12.50
90th Percentile £64.50 £57.20 £51.00
Median hourly rate £32.25 £26.15 £27.50
% change year-on-year +23.33% -4.91% +10.00%

CCNP
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing CCNP as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for CCNP in the UK

CCNP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing CCNP.

Daily rate trend for CCNP in the UK

CCNP
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing CCNP over the 6 months to 25 February 2021.

Daily rate histogram for CCNP in the UK

CCNP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing CCNP.

Hourly rate trend for CCNP in the UK

CCNP
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing CCNP over the 6 months to 25 February 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for CCNP in the UK

CCNP
Top 17 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing CCNP within the UK over the 6 months to 25 February 2021. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -39 320 £430 +4.24% 120
UK excluding London +31 249 £400 -3.61% 97
Work from Home -159 124 £450 +5.88% 29
London -69 98 £450 +9.09% 32
South East +44 74 £406 +0.31% 23
South West +100 52 £425 +6.25% 9
Scotland +30 37 £350 -22.22% 5
North of England +27 31 £420 +5.00% 27
East of England +48 30 £350 -0.14% 12
Midlands -18 25 £331 -26.39% 15
North West +30 24 £420 +1.25% 13
West Midlands -22 15 £375 -21.05% 13
East Midlands +16 8 £288 -10.64% 2
Yorkshire +28 5 £426 +20.07% 13
North East +27 2 - - 1
Wales +14 1 £425 - 3
Northern Ireland -1 1 - - 3

For the 6 months to 25 February 2021, IT contractor jobs citing CCNP also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for CCNP.

1 400 (100.00%) Cisco Certification
2 325 (81.25%) Cisco
3 206 (51.50%) Firewall
4 180 (45.00%) CCNA
5 121 (30.25%) WAN
5 121 (30.25%) Security Cleared
6 116 (29.00%) LAN
7 100 (25.00%) CCIE
8 93 (23.25%) OSPF
9 91 (22.75%) BGP
10 86 (21.50%) SC Cleared
11 84 (21.00%) Network Security
12 82 (20.50%) Cisco Nexus
13 77 (19.25%) Data Centre
14 72 (18.00%) Palo Alto
15 71 (17.75%) VMware
16 68 (17.00%) MPLS
16 68 (17.00%) VPN
17 65 (16.25%) Wireless
17 65 (16.25%) Cisco ASA
18 63 (15.75%) Juniper
19 58 (14.50%) Finance
20 56 (14.00%) Linux
21 53 (13.25%) F5
22 51 (12.75%) TCP/IP
23 49 (12.25%) Microsoft
23 49 (12.25%) Ansible
24 48 (12.00%) Windows
24 48 (12.00%) CheckPoint
25 47 (11.75%) Python

CCNP
Co-occurring IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 7 (1.75%) Confluence
2 5 (1.25%) MS Exchange
3 3 (0.75%) Elasticsearch
3 3 (0.75%) IIS
3 3 (0.75%) Skype for Business
4 2 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (0.50%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.25%) Apache
5 1 (0.25%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.25%) nginx
5 1 (0.25%) OpenStack
Applications
1 27 (6.75%) MS Visio
2 24 (6.00%) Microsoft Office
3 17 (4.25%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 39 (9.75%) Azure
2 29 (7.25%) AWS
3 15 (3.75%) Azure ExpressRoute
4 8 (2.00%) Cloud Computing
4 8 (2.00%) Microsoft 365
5 6 (1.50%) SaaS
6 5 (1.25%) PaaS
7 4 (1.00%) AWS CloudFormation
7 4 (1.00%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 3 (0.75%) Azure Active Directory
8 3 (0.75%) IaaS
9 2 (0.50%) GCP
10 1 (0.25%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 206 (51.50%) Firewall
2 121 (30.25%) WAN
3 116 (29.00%) LAN
4 93 (23.25%) OSPF
5 91 (22.75%) BGP
6 84 (21.00%) Network Security
7 82 (20.50%) Cisco Nexus
8 68 (17.00%) MPLS
8 68 (17.00%) VPN
9 65 (16.25%) Cisco ASA
9 65 (16.25%) Wireless
10 51 (12.75%) TCP/IP
11 42 (10.50%) DNS
12 40 (10.00%) SNMP
13 39 (9.75%) IPsec
14 36 (9.00%) VLAN
15 34 (8.50%) Cisco Firepower
16 33 (8.25%) DHCP
16 33 (8.25%) VoIP
17 32 (8.00%) Cisco ISE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (2.25%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.50%) MySQL
3 1 (0.25%) Data Vault
3 1 (0.25%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 26 (6.50%) JIRA
2 15 (3.75%) Rational DOORS
2 15 (3.75%) StarTeam
3 6 (1.50%) Sonatype Nexus
4 5 (1.25%) Git (software)
5 2 (0.50%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 1 (0.25%) Bitbucket
6 1 (0.25%) ClearQuest
6 1 (0.25%) GitLab
6 1 (0.25%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 58 (14.50%) Finance
2 31 (7.75%) Telecoms
3 29 (7.25%) Public Sector
4 19 (4.75%) Banking
5 5 (1.25%) Back Office
6 4 (1.00%) Billing
6 4 (1.00%) Police
7 3 (0.75%) Advertising
7 3 (0.75%) Local Government
8 2 (0.50%) Electronics
8 2 (0.50%) Investment Banking
8 2 (0.50%) Legal
8 2 (0.50%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.25%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.25%) French Language
9 1 (0.25%) German Language
9 1 (0.25%) Law
9 1 (0.25%) Marketing
9 1 (0.25%) Military
9 1 (0.25%) Retail
Job Titles
1 211 (52.75%) Network Engineer
2 52 (13.00%) Consultant
3 42 (10.50%) Cisco Engineer
4 39 (9.75%) Senior Network Engineer
5 35 (8.75%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 35 (8.75%) Network Consultant
6 32 (8.00%) Architect
7 28 (7.00%) Network Architect
8 26 (6.50%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
9 25 (6.25%) Security Engineer
10 20 (5.00%) Security Consultant
11 16 (4.00%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
11 16 (4.00%) Senior Consultant
12 15 (3.75%) Analyst
12 15 (3.75%) Network Security Engineer
12 15 (3.75%) Senior Network Consultant
13 14 (3.50%) Network Analyst
14 13 (3.25%) Support Engineer
15 11 (2.75%) Test Engineer
16 10 (2.50%) Network Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (6.75%) 802.1X
2 5 (1.25%) REST
2 5 (1.25%) Web Services
3 4 (1.00%) Express
3 4 (1.00%) Jinja
3 4 (1.00%) SailPoint
4 3 (0.75%) LDAP
4 3 (0.75%) Spine.js
4 3 (0.75%) XML
5 2 (0.50%) CGI
5 2 (0.50%) JSON
5 2 (0.50%) XMPP
6 1 (0.25%) .NET
6 1 (0.25%) FIX Protocol
6 1 (0.25%) ModSecurity
6 1 (0.25%) RFC 2544
6 1 (0.25%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 77 (19.25%) Data Centre
2 18 (4.50%) Analytical Skills
3 11 (2.75%) Public Cloud
3 11 (2.75%) Self-Motivation
4 8 (2.00%) Management Information System
5 7 (1.75%) Video Conferencing
6 6 (1.50%) NHS
7 5 (1.25%) VxBlock/Vblock
8 4 (1.00%) Fibre Optics
8 4 (1.00%) Hybrid Cloud
8 4 (1.00%) Linux Command Line
8 4 (1.00%) PKI
8 4 (1.00%) Private Cloud
9 3 (0.75%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 3 (0.75%) Equities
9 3 (0.75%) Handset
9 3 (0.75%) Replication
9 3 (0.75%) RSA SecurID
9 3 (0.75%) Security Operations Centre
9 3 (0.75%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 56 (14.00%) Linux
2 48 (12.00%) Windows
3 28 (7.00%) Windows Server
4 17 (4.25%) Unix
5 8 (2.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 6 (1.50%) CentOS
7 4 (1.00%) Windows Server 2016
8 2 (0.50%) Windows 10
8 2 (0.50%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.25%) Android
9 1 (0.25%) CatOS
9 1 (0.25%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.25%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (0.25%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.25%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (11.00%) Agile Software Development
2 43 (10.75%) Load Balancing
3 37 (9.25%) ITIL
4 35 (8.75%) Network Design
5 32 (8.00%) DevOps
5 32 (8.00%) Migration
6 30 (7.50%) Change Management
6 30 (7.50%) Problem-Solving
7 24 (6.00%) Service Management
8 23 (5.75%) DNA
8 23 (5.75%) Network Architecture
9 22 (5.50%) Kalman Filter
9 22 (5.50%) Service Delivery
10 21 (5.25%) Computer Science
10 21 (5.25%) Web Filtering
11 19 (4.75%) Network Management
12 18 (4.50%) Continuous Integration
13 16 (4.00%) Information Security
14 15 (3.75%) Infrastructure as Code
15 14 (3.50%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 47 (11.75%) Python
2 17 (4.25%) Bash Shell
3 14 (3.50%) PowerShell
4 5 (1.25%) Java
4 5 (1.25%) Perl
5 4 (1.00%) C
5 4 (1.00%) Ruby
6 3 (0.75%) AWK
6 3 (0.75%) C++
6 3 (0.75%) R
6 3 (0.75%) sed
7 2 (0.50%) C#
8 1 (0.25%) PHP
Qualifications
1 400 (100.00%) Cisco Certification
2 180 (45.00%) CCNA
3 121 (30.25%) Security Cleared
4 100 (25.00%) CCIE
5 86 (21.50%) SC Cleared
6 35 (8.75%) DV Cleared
7 34 (8.50%) Degree
8 29 (7.25%) CISSP
8 29 (7.25%) Microsoft Certification
9 22 (5.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 17 (4.25%) CCDP
11 14 (3.50%) Computer Science Degree
12 13 (3.25%) GIAC
13 12 (3.00%) CCDA
14 10 (2.50%) MCSA
15 9 (2.25%) CEH
16 7 (1.75%) CCSE
16 7 (1.75%) CISM
16 7 (1.75%) Network+ Certification
16 7 (1.75%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (5.50%) QA
2 13 (3.25%) SLA
3 6 (1.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (1.00%) GDPR
4 4 (1.00%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 2 (0.50%) NIST
6 1 (0.25%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.25%) JSP 440
6 1 (0.25%) NCSC
6 1 (0.25%) PMO
System Software
1 44 (11.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 34 (8.50%) VMware NSX
3 14 (3.50%) Active Directory
4 10 (2.50%) Docker
4 10 (2.50%) vSphere
5 8 (2.00%) VMware ESXi
6 6 (1.50%) vCloud
7 5 (1.25%) Terminal Services
8 4 (1.00%) Hyper-V
8 4 (1.00%) Virtual Machines
9 2 (0.50%) ProxySG
9 2 (0.50%) XenApp
10 1 (0.25%) EMC RecoverPoint
10 1 (0.25%) Firmware
10 1 (0.25%) KVM
10 1 (0.25%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 49 (12.25%) Ansible
2 28 (7.00%) FortiGate
3 15 (3.75%) Cisco CUCM
3 15 (3.75%) Netcool
4 13 (3.25%) Cisco Prime
5 9 (2.25%) vCenter Server
6 8 (2.00%) Puppet
6 8 (2.00%) Terraform
7 7 (1.75%) Nessus
8 6 (1.50%) Cisco UCCX
9 5 (1.25%) DameWare
9 5 (1.25%) HP NNM
9 5 (1.25%) vRealize
10 4 (1.00%) Avamar
10 4 (1.00%) Grafana
10 4 (1.00%) Kubernetes
10 4 (1.00%) Opscode Chef
10 4 (1.00%) PowerCLI
11 3 (0.75%) HAProxy
11 3 (0.75%) ITRS Geneos
Vendors
1 325 (81.25%) Cisco
2 72 (18.00%) Palo Alto
3 71 (17.75%) VMware
4 63 (15.75%) Juniper
5 53 (13.25%) F5
6 49 (12.25%) Microsoft
7 48 (12.00%) CheckPoint
8 44 (11.00%) Fortinet
9 18 (4.50%) Meraki
10 16 (4.00%) SolarWinds
11 13 (3.25%) Citrix
12 12 (3.00%) Aruba
12 12 (3.00%) Dell
12 12 (3.00%) HP
13 9 (2.25%) Arista
14 8 (2.00%) Brocade
14 8 (2.00%) EMC
14 8 (2.00%) Nokia
14 8 (2.00%) Zscaler
15 7 (1.75%) Blue Coat