Period
to 16 January 2021

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for knowledge and experience of Cisco products and/or services. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Cisco over the 6 months to 16 January 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.

The figures below represent the IT contractor job market in general and are not representative of contractor rates within Cisco Systems, Inc.

Cisco
UK
6 months to
16 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 70 56 70
Rank change year-on-year -14 +14 -1
Contract jobs citing Cisco 1,315 2,813 3,417
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 3.23% 3.85% 3.43%
As % of the Vendors category 7.58% 8.95% 8.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,100 1,911 2,216
Median daily rate £415 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.75% - +9.59%
10th Percentile £220 £200 £209
90th Percentile £569 £540 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £400 £388
% change year-on-year -6.25% +3.23% +10.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 70 129 162
Median hourly rate £24.00 £32.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -26.15% +30.00% +19.05%
10th Percentile £15.23 £14.40 £13.01
90th Percentile £64.50 £53.00 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £23.75 £24.91
% change year-on-year +1.05% -4.66% +31.11%

Cisco is in the Vendor Products and Services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services.

All Vendors
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 17,351 31,443 41,657
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 42.68% 43.01% 41.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,978 20,010 26,168
Median daily rate £463 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% - +3.33%
10th Percentile £250 £220 £250
90th Percentile £650 £640 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 600 1,295 1,497
Median hourly rate £24.25 £18.70 £17.43
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +29.68% +7.32% +2.50%
10th Percentile £11.24 £11.50 £10.75
90th Percentile £61.25 £50.00 £47.09
Median hourly rate £20.50 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year +17.14% +6.06% +1.91%

Cisco
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Cisco in the UK

Cisco
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for Cisco in the UK

Cisco
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Cisco over the 6 months to 16 January 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Cisco in the UK

Cisco
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for Cisco in the UK

Cisco
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Cisco over the 6 months to 16 January 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Cisco in the UK

Cisco
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 Cisco within the UK over the 6 months to 16 January 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 -14 1,121 £425 +6.25% 371
UK excluding London +7 835 £375 -6.25% 284
London -51 338 £450 +12.50% 115
Work from Home -37 294 £425 - 43
South East +13 254 £375 -6.25% 75
South West +37 143 £425 +3.66% 36
North of England -12 138 £400 +6.67% 72
Midlands -1 126 £420 +5.00% 50
North West -7 95 £376 -0.33% 49
East of England +27 92 £339 -9.60% 22
East Midlands +23 67 £388 +7.64% 18
Scotland +10 66 £330 -25.84% 17
West Midlands -22 56 £420 +5.00% 32
Yorkshire -24 35 £350 -1.41% 17
Wales +3 19 £300 -25.00% 10
North East +14 8 £463 +23.33% 6
Northern Ireland -6 2 - - 3

For the 6 months to 16 January 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Cisco 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 Cisco.

1 565 (42.97%) Firewall
2 429 (32.62%) Cisco Certification
3 383 (29.13%) WAN
4 362 (27.53%) Security Cleared
5 332 (25.25%) Windows
6 324 (24.64%) VMware
7 300 (22.81%) CCNP
8 294 (22.36%) LAN
9 285 (21.67%) Microsoft
10 279 (21.22%) SC Cleared
11 234 (17.79%) Data Centre
12 225 (17.11%) Active Directory
13 224 (17.03%) CCNA
13 224 (17.03%) Juniper
14 220 (16.73%) VMware Infrastructure
15 206 (15.67%) VPN
16 204 (15.51%) Wireless
17 173 (13.16%) Linux
17 173 (13.16%) F5
18 164 (12.47%) Cisco Nexus
19 163 (12.40%) Network Security
19 163 (12.40%) Infrastructure Engineering
20 161 (12.24%) Azure
20 161 (12.24%) CheckPoint
21 157 (11.94%) Finance
22 152 (11.56%) Cisco ASA
23 145 (11.03%) BGP
23 145 (11.03%) DNS
24 144 (10.95%) Palo Alto
25 143 (10.87%) Windows Server

Cisco
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 50 (3.80%) Skype for Business
2 36 (2.74%) MS Exchange
3 30 (2.28%) SharePoint
4 19 (1.44%) OpenStack
5 16 (1.22%) Exchange Server 2010
5 16 (1.22%) IIS
6 13 (0.99%) Exchange Server 2013
7 12 (0.91%) WebSphere
8 9 (0.68%) ArcGIS
9 8 (0.61%) Confluence
10 6 (0.46%) CMS
11 5 (0.38%) Exchange Server 2007
11 5 (0.38%) JBoss
11 5 (0.38%) NetWeaver
11 5 (0.38%) nginx
12 4 (0.30%) Cloud Foundry
13 3 (0.23%) Apache
13 3 (0.23%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 3 (0.23%) Elasticsearch
14 2 (0.15%) Apache Airflow
Applications
1 65 (4.94%) Microsoft Office
2 36 (2.74%) MS Visio
3 23 (1.75%) Microsoft Excel
4 9 (0.68%) Photoshop
5 4 (0.30%) CATIA
6 2 (0.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.15%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.076%) Notepad++
Business Applications
1 5 (0.38%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 4 (0.30%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.076%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.076%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.076%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 161 (12.24%) Azure
2 141 (10.72%) Office 365
3 93 (7.07%) AWS
4 42 (3.19%) IaaS
5 29 (2.21%) Azure Active Directory
6 27 (2.05%) PaaS
7 25 (1.90%) SaaS
8 24 (1.83%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 14 (1.06%) OpenShift
10 13 (0.99%) Cloud Computing
11 11 (0.84%) GCP
11 11 (0.84%) OneDrive
12 10 (0.76%) Mimecast
13 9 (0.68%) AWS CloudFormation
14 8 (0.61%) Amazon S3
15 7 (0.53%) Amazon EC2
16 6 (0.46%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 6 (0.46%) GitHub
17 5 (0.38%) Route 53
17 5 (0.38%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 565 (42.97%) Firewall
2 383 (29.13%) WAN
3 294 (22.36%) LAN
4 206 (15.67%) VPN
5 204 (15.51%) Wireless
6 164 (12.47%) Cisco Nexus
7 163 (12.40%) Network Security
8 152 (11.56%) Cisco ASA
9 145 (11.03%) BGP
9 145 (11.03%) DNS
10 142 (10.80%) OSPF
11 120 (9.13%) MPLS
12 118 (8.97%) DHCP
13 103 (7.83%) VoIP
14 94 (7.15%) SAN
15 91 (6.92%) TCP/IP
16 85 (6.46%) Internet
17 80 (6.08%) Wi-Fi
18 73 (5.55%) VLAN
19 69 (5.25%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 54 (4.11%) SQL Server
2 16 (1.22%) Oracle Database
3 10 (0.76%) DB2
4 8 (0.61%) GIS
4 8 (0.61%) Hadoop
4 8 (0.61%) HBase
4 8 (0.61%) MySQL
4 8 (0.61%) SQL Server 2012
4 8 (0.61%) SQL Server 2016
5 7 (0.53%) Big Data
6 6 (0.46%) Azure SQL Database
6 6 (0.46%) Cosmos DB
7 5 (0.38%) NoSQL
7 5 (0.38%) SAP HANA
8 4 (0.30%) MongoDB
8 4 (0.30%) SQL Server 2014
9 3 (0.23%) Data Warehouse
9 3 (0.23%) PostgreSQL
10 2 (0.15%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 2 (0.15%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 26 (1.98%) JIRA
2 21 (1.60%) Git (software)
3 17 (1.29%) Jenkins
4 14 (1.06%) Sonatype Nexus
5 11 (0.84%) Rational DOORS
5 11 (0.84%) StarTeam
6 10 (0.76%) TeamCity
7 9 (0.68%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 8 (0.61%) SonarQube
9 5 (0.38%) Bitbucket
10 4 (0.30%) Bitbucket Server
10 4 (0.30%) Hudson
11 3 (0.23%) TestDirector
12 2 (0.15%) Subversion
12 2 (0.15%) Team Foundation Server
12 2 (0.15%) Vagrant
13 1 (0.076%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 1 (0.076%) GitLab
13 1 (0.076%) Octopus Deploy
13 1 (0.076%) Rational Team Concert
General
1 157 (11.94%) Finance
2 95 (7.22%) Telecoms
3 87 (6.62%) Public Sector
4 47 (3.57%) Banking
5 20 (1.52%) Financial Institution
6 19 (1.44%) Retail
7 11 (0.84%) Legal
8 10 (0.76%) Electronics
9 9 (0.68%) Investment Banking
9 9 (0.68%) Law
9 9 (0.68%) Pharmaceutical
10 8 (0.61%) Back Office
10 8 (0.61%) Manufacturing
11 7 (0.53%) Automotive
11 7 (0.53%) Local Government
12 6 (0.46%) Marketing
13 5 (0.38%) Advertising
13 5 (0.38%) French Language
14 4 (0.30%) Billing
14 4 (0.30%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 439 (33.38%) Network Engineer
2 161 (12.24%) Architect
3 125 (9.51%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 104 (7.91%) Cisco Engineer
5 91 (6.92%) Consultant
6 84 (6.39%) Analyst
7 77 (5.86%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 66 (5.02%) Network Architect
9 63 (4.79%) Support Engineer
10 60 (4.56%) Senior Network Engineer
11 49 (3.73%) Network Consultant
12 46 (3.50%) Security Engineer
13 37 (2.81%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
14 34 (2.59%) Solutions Architect
15 33 (2.51%) Cloud Engineer
16 31 (2.36%) Network Support
17 29 (2.21%) VMware Engineer
18 28 (2.13%) Infrastructure Architect
19 27 (2.05%) Network Security Engineer
19 27 (2.05%) Network Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (2.21%) 802.1X
2 17 (1.29%) JSON
3 14 (1.06%) XMPP
4 13 (0.99%) REST
5 11 (0.84%) XML
6 10 (0.76%) .NET
6 10 (0.76%) Web Services
7 9 (0.68%) YAML
8 8 (0.61%) Middleware
8 8 (0.61%) Spine.js
9 7 (0.53%) LDAP
9 7 (0.53%) SOAP
10 6 (0.46%) Elastic Stack
10 6 (0.46%) WebRTC
11 5 (0.38%) SAP Basis
11 5 (0.38%) WebSphere MQ
12 4 (0.30%) ASP.NET
12 4 (0.30%) Ruby on Rails
13 3 (0.23%) Flask
13 3 (0.23%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 234 (17.79%) Data Centre
2 50 (3.80%) Analytical Skills
3 42 (3.19%) Video Conferencing
4 32 (2.43%) Self-Motivation
5 31 (2.36%) PKI
6 22 (1.67%) Security Operations Centre
7 21 (1.60%) Public Cloud
8 20 (1.52%) Driving Licence
8 20 (1.52%) Management Information System
8 20 (1.52%) NHS
8 20 (1.52%) Private Cloud
9 16 (1.22%) Virtual Team
10 15 (1.14%) EMC VMAX
11 13 (0.99%) Replication
11 13 (0.99%) VxBlock/Vblock
12 12 (0.91%) EMC VNX
12 12 (0.91%) User Experience
13 11 (0.84%) Enterprise Storage
14 10 (0.76%) Clustering
14 10 (0.76%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 332 (25.25%) Windows
2 173 (13.16%) Linux
3 143 (10.87%) Windows Server
4 73 (5.55%) Windows 10
5 56 (4.26%) Windows Server 2012
6 42 (3.19%) Windows Server 2016
7 41 (3.12%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 40 (3.04%) Windows Server 2008
9 39 (2.97%) Ubuntu
10 36 (2.74%) Unix
10 36 (2.74%) Windows 7
11 33 (2.51%) Windows Server 2019
12 19 (1.44%) CentOS
13 13 (0.99%) Mac OS
14 8 (0.61%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
14 8 (0.61%) Windows 8
15 7 (0.53%) Solaris
15 7 (0.53%) VMS
16 5 (0.38%) Data ONTAP
17 4 (0.30%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 163 (12.40%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 131 (9.96%) ITIL
3 118 (8.97%) DevOps
4 116 (8.82%) Migration
5 96 (7.30%) Agile Software Development
6 95 (7.22%) Load Balancing
7 78 (5.93%) Network Design
8 76 (5.78%) Problem-Solving
9 74 (5.63%) Cybersecurity
10 68 (5.17%) SIEM
11 62 (4.71%) Project Delivery
12 60 (4.56%) Network Management
13 59 (4.49%) Disaster Recovery
14 54 (4.11%) Change Management
15 51 (3.88%) Converged Infrastructure
16 44 (3.35%) Customer Requirements
17 43 (3.27%) Service Management
18 36 (2.74%) Network Monitoring
18 36 (2.74%) Stakeholder Management
19 34 (2.59%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 99 (7.53%) Python
2 69 (5.25%) PowerShell
3 36 (2.74%) Bash Shell
4 32 (2.43%) C
5 26 (1.98%) SQL
6 20 (1.52%) Perl
7 15 (1.14%) PHP
8 12 (0.91%) JavaScript
8 12 (0.91%) Ruby
9 10 (0.76%) Java
10 9 (0.68%) VB
11 7 (0.53%) Shell Script
12 4 (0.30%) MATLAB
13 3 (0.23%) AWK
13 3 (0.23%) R
13 3 (0.23%) sed
14 2 (0.15%) Go
15 1 (0.076%) Tcl
15 1 (0.076%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 429 (32.62%) Cisco Certification
2 362 (27.53%) Security Cleared
3 300 (22.81%) CCNP
4 279 (21.22%) SC Cleared
5 224 (17.03%) CCNA
6 116 (8.82%) CCIE
7 97 (7.38%) DV Cleared
8 52 (3.95%) Microsoft Certification
9 50 (3.80%) Degree
10 31 (2.36%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 27 (2.05%) CISSP
12 21 (1.60%) BPSS Clearance
12 21 (1.60%) CCDP
12 21 (1.60%) MCSE
13 16 (1.22%) MCSA
14 15 (1.14%) CCDA
15 13 (0.99%) SANS
16 12 (0.91%) ITIL Certification
17 11 (0.84%) Computer Science Degree
18 10 (0.76%) CCIE Routing and Switching
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 53 (4.03%) SLA
2 37 (2.81%) NIST
3 27 (2.05%) QA
4 25 (1.90%) NCSC
5 16 (1.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 15 (1.14%) PCI DSS
7 14 (1.06%) GDPR
8 10 (0.76%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 8 (0.61%) COBIT
10 7 (0.53%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 6 (0.46%) Disclosure Scotland
11 6 (0.46%) OASIS TOSCA
12 4 (0.30%) ISAE 3402
12 4 (0.30%) ISO 22301
12 4 (0.30%) ISO 31000
12 4 (0.30%) ISO 9001
12 4 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 27005
13 3 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 3 (0.23%) RMADS
14 2 (0.15%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 225 (17.11%) Active Directory
2 220 (16.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 97 (7.38%) VMware NSX
4 92 (7.00%) VMware ESXi
5 67 (5.10%) vSphere
6 45 (3.42%) Docker
7 38 (2.89%) Hyper-V
8 33 (2.51%) Virtual Machines
9 16 (1.22%) XenApp
10 12 (0.91%) vCloud
10 12 (0.91%) XenDesktop
11 10 (0.76%) KVM
11 10 (0.76%) NFS
12 8 (0.61%) Firmware
12 8 (0.61%) HDFS
12 8 (0.61%) Virtual Servers
13 7 (0.53%) Microsoft App-V
14 6 (0.46%) LXC
14 6 (0.46%) Virtual Desktop
14 6 (0.46%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 127 (9.66%) Ansible
2 61 (4.64%) FortiGate
3 54 (4.11%) vCenter Server
4 41 (3.12%) Kubernetes
5 39 (2.97%) SCCM
6 36 (2.74%) vRealize
7 31 (2.36%) Puppet
8 30 (2.28%) Microsoft Intune
9 28 (2.13%) Cisco CUCM
10 27 (2.05%) Terraform
11 26 (1.98%) Cisco Prime
12 19 (1.44%) AirWatch
13 17 (1.29%) Opscode Chef
14 15 (1.14%) Netcool
14 15 (1.14%) WSUS
15 14 (1.06%) Nessus
16 13 (0.99%) Avamar
16 13 (0.99%) Grafana
17 12 (0.91%) PowerCLI
18 11 (0.84%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 324 (24.64%) VMware
2 285 (21.67%) Microsoft
3 224 (17.03%) Juniper
4 173 (13.16%) F5
5 161 (12.24%) CheckPoint
6 144 (10.95%) Palo Alto
7 139 (10.57%) Fortinet
8 121 (9.20%) Dell
9 101 (7.68%) Citrix
10 89 (6.77%) HP
11 68 (5.17%) Meraki
12 60 (4.56%) NetApp
13 59 (4.49%) Oracle
13 59 (4.49%) SolarWinds
14 55 (4.18%) EMC
15 53 (4.03%) Red Hat
16 52 (3.95%) Splunk
17 51 (3.88%) Avaya
18 47 (3.57%) Blue Coat
19 44 (3.35%) Aruba