Period
to 25 October 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 25 October 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
25 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 100 67 58
Rank change year-on-year -33 -9 +14
Contract jobs citing Cisco 2,102 1,105 3,218
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.48% 3.47% 3.81%
As % of the Vendors category 6.16% 7.91% 8.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,350 737 2,082
10th Percentile £200 £210 £205
25th Percentile £313 £323 £300
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £425 £400
Median % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
75th Percentile £538 £488 £475
90th Percentile £613 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 82 38 141
10th Percentile £12.28 £14.32 £14.00
25th Percentile £17.38 £16.81 £19.00
Median hourly rate £25.25 £27.17 £35.00
Median % change year-on-year -7.05% -22.39% +60.92%
75th Percentile £50.77 £46.40 £45.25
90th Percentile £57.50 £64.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.75 £30.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -17.50% +9.09% +30.95%

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 34,127 13,973 35,988
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 40.23% 43.88% 42.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,192 9,027 23,004
10th Percentile £275 £258 £236
25th Percentile £400 £363 £356
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £473 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.82% +5.00% -
75th Percentile £600 £575 £550
90th Percentile £700 £663 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £430 £425
% change year-on-year +4.65% +1.18% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 950 411 1,362
10th Percentile £11.64 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £14.00 £14.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate £19.50 £22.50 £19.00
Median % change year-on-year -13.33% +18.42% +11.76%
75th Percentile £43.75 £45.00 £41.75
90th Percentile £63.00 £55.00 £50.23
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £20.29 £17.50
% change year-on-year -11.30% +15.96% +6.06%

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 25 October 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 25 October 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Cisco in the UK

Cisco
Top 18 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 25 October 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 -31 1,739 £425 - 719
UK excluding London -23 1,050 £400 - 606
London -29 728 £475 +5.56% 168
Work from Home -66 466 £475 +11.76% 93
South East -15 308 £383 -4.38% 151
North of England -10 220 £410 +2.50% 177
Midlands -29 168 £325 -23.53% 107
South West -28 132 £375 -11.76% 63
East of England -21 112 £400 +6.67% 53
Yorkshire +23 107 £405 -5.54% 56
North West -37 105 £425 +9.68% 100
West Midlands -26 102 £363 -19.44% 63
East Midlands -29 62 £320 -14.67% 44
Scotland -60 59 £400 +17.65% 28
Wales -5 44 £500 +72.41% 23
North East 0 9 £400 -5.88% 21
Northern Ireland +5 8 - - 2
Channel Islands - 1 £550 - 2

For the 6 months to 25 October 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.

1 796 (37.87%) Firewall
2 611 (29.07%) Cisco Certification
3 515 (24.50%) WAN
4 512 (24.36%) Windows
5 505 (24.02%) VMware
6 445 (21.17%) Microsoft
7 424 (20.17%) LAN
8 408 (19.41%) Azure
9 403 (19.17%) Active Directory
10 392 (18.65%) CCNP
11 383 (18.22%) Security Cleared
12 367 (17.46%) Data Centre
13 320 (15.22%) Microsoft 365
14 314 (14.94%) Social Skills
15 307 (14.61%) VPN
16 305 (14.51%) CheckPoint
17 302 (14.37%) ITIL
17 302 (14.37%) VMware Infrastructure
18 285 (13.56%) Migration
19 283 (13.46%) SC Cleared
20 282 (13.42%) Wireless
20 282 (13.42%) BGP
21 268 (12.75%) Juniper
22 255 (12.13%) DNS
23 247 (11.75%) Windows Server
24 246 (11.70%) CCNA
25 242 (11.51%) Network Security
26 235 (11.18%) MPLS
27 228 (10.85%) F5
27 228 (10.85%) Palo Alto

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 85 (4.04%) MS Exchange
1 85 (4.04%) SharePoint
2 28 (1.33%) Confluence
3 23 (1.09%) IIS
3 23 (1.09%) OpenStack
4 20 (0.95%) WebSphere
5 15 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2013
6 12 (0.57%) ArcGIS
7 11 (0.52%) Tomcat
8 10 (0.48%) Skype for Business
9 9 (0.43%) CMS
10 8 (0.38%) Apache
11 7 (0.33%) WebSphere Application Server
12 6 (0.29%) Apache Spark
12 6 (0.29%) Exchange Server 2007
12 6 (0.29%) IBM Notes
13 5 (0.24%) JBoss
13 5 (0.24%) NetWeaver
14 4 (0.19%) Exchange Server 2010
14 4 (0.19%) nginx
Applications
1 114 (5.42%) Microsoft Office
2 38 (1.81%) MS Visio
3 24 (1.14%) Microsoft Excel
4 12 (0.57%) Photoshop
5 8 (0.38%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 6 (0.29%) Chatbot
7 4 (0.19%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 6 (0.29%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.095%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.048%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.048%) RMDS
3 1 (0.048%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 408 (19.41%) Azure
2 320 (15.22%) Microsoft 365
3 195 (9.28%) AWS
4 67 (3.19%) IaaS
5 66 (3.14%) GCP
6 58 (2.76%) Azure Active Directory
7 47 (2.24%) PaaS
8 46 (2.19%) SaaS
9 36 (1.71%) OneDrive
10 31 (1.47%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 28 (1.33%) Mimecast
12 23 (1.09%) Cloud Computing
13 16 (0.76%) Azure Sentinel
14 13 (0.62%) GitHub
15 12 (0.57%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 12 (0.57%) IBM Cloud
16 11 (0.52%) AWS Direct Connect
16 11 (0.52%) Serverless
17 9 (0.43%) Google Workspace
17 9 (0.43%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 796 (37.87%) Firewall
2 515 (24.50%) WAN
3 424 (20.17%) LAN
4 307 (14.61%) VPN
5 282 (13.42%) BGP
5 282 (13.42%) Wireless
6 255 (12.13%) DNS
7 242 (11.51%) Network Security
8 235 (11.18%) MPLS
9 200 (9.51%) SD-WAN
10 195 (9.28%) Cisco ASA
11 186 (8.85%) OSPF
12 176 (8.37%) DHCP
13 172 (8.18%) Cisco Nexus
14 148 (7.04%) TCP/IP
15 145 (6.90%) SAN
16 127 (6.04%) Wi-Fi
17 119 (5.66%) VoIP
18 111 (5.28%) VLAN
19 108 (5.14%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 94 (4.47%) SQL Server
2 21 (1.00%) MySQL
3 14 (0.67%) Azure SQL Database
4 12 (0.57%) GIS
5 10 (0.48%) MongoDB
5 10 (0.48%) PostgreSQL
6 9 (0.43%) NoSQL
7 8 (0.38%) DB2
8 7 (0.33%) SQL Server 2008
9 6 (0.29%) Data Lake
9 6 (0.29%) Power BI
9 6 (0.29%) SAP HANA
10 5 (0.24%) Hadoop
10 5 (0.24%) Oracle Database
10 5 (0.24%) SQL Server 2014
10 5 (0.24%) SQL Server 2016
10 5 (0.24%) SQL Server 2017
11 4 (0.19%) Big Data
11 4 (0.19%) Data Warehouse
11 4 (0.19%) HBase
Development Applications
1 37 (1.76%) Sonatype Nexus
2 34 (1.62%) JIRA
3 31 (1.47%) Jenkins
4 24 (1.14%) Git (software)
5 11 (0.52%) Visual Studio
6 8 (0.38%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 6 (0.29%) kappa
7 6 (0.29%) TeamCity
8 5 (0.24%) GitLab
9 3 (0.14%) Bitbucket Server
9 3 (0.14%) Rational DOORS
9 3 (0.14%) SonarQube
9 3 (0.14%) StarTeam
10 2 (0.095%) Bitbucket
10 2 (0.095%) CircleCI
10 2 (0.095%) eggPlant
10 2 (0.095%) Gerrit
10 2 (0.095%) Maven
10 2 (0.095%) Octopus Deploy
10 2 (0.095%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 314 (14.94%) Social Skills
2 208 (9.90%) Finance
3 185 (8.80%) Telecoms
4 125 (5.95%) Public Sector
5 93 (4.42%) Banking
6 86 (4.09%) Analytical Skills
7 41 (1.95%) Presentation Skills
8 38 (1.81%) Documentation Skills
9 35 (1.67%) Retail
10 30 (1.43%) Manufacturing
11 22 (1.05%) Law
12 19 (0.90%) Marketing
13 18 (0.86%) Organisational Skills
14 17 (0.81%) Influencing Skills
15 14 (0.67%) Legal
16 13 (0.62%) Military
17 12 (0.57%) Electronics
17 12 (0.57%) Financial Institution
17 12 (0.57%) Local Government
18 11 (0.52%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 609 (28.97%) Network Engineer
2 296 (14.08%) Architect
3 208 (9.90%) Cisco Engineer
4 147 (6.99%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 142 (6.76%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 123 (5.85%) Support Engineer
7 119 (5.66%) Consultant
8 113 (5.38%) Network Architect
9 103 (4.90%) Analyst
10 88 (4.19%) Security Engineer
11 81 (3.85%) Senior Network Engineer
12 73 (3.47%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 59 (2.81%) Solutions Architect
14 56 (2.66%) Infrastructure Architect
14 56 (2.66%) Project Manager
15 50 (2.38%) Network Security Engineer
16 47 (2.24%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
17 45 (2.14%) Design Engineer
17 45 (2.14%) IT Support
18 43 (2.05%) Network Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (1.38%) 802.1X
1 29 (1.38%) XMPP
2 28 (1.33%) Middleware
2 28 (1.33%) XML
3 27 (1.28%) JSON
4 17 (0.81%) LDAP
5 14 (0.67%) Spine.js
6 13 (0.62%) YAML
7 11 (0.52%) Jinja
8 10 (0.48%) SAML
8 10 (0.48%) Web Services
9 7 (0.33%) ARM Templates
9 7 (0.33%) REST
10 6 (0.29%) Kafka
10 6 (0.29%) Spark Streaming
10 6 (0.29%) VXML
11 5 (0.24%) HTML
11 5 (0.24%) SAP Basis
11 5 (0.24%) XSLT
12 3 (0.14%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 367 (17.46%) Data Centre
2 64 (3.04%) Public Cloud
3 61 (2.90%) Management Information System
4 49 (2.33%) Self-Motivation
5 42 (2.00%) PKI
6 41 (1.95%) NHS
7 35 (1.67%) Hybrid Cloud
8 30 (1.43%) Clustering
9 27 (1.28%) Replication
10 26 (1.24%) Video Conferencing
11 25 (1.19%) Data Protection Act
12 24 (1.14%) Driving Licence
13 22 (1.05%) Handset
14 21 (1.00%) Fibre Optics
15 20 (0.95%) Private Cloud
16 16 (0.76%) Enterprise Storage
17 15 (0.71%) CCTV
17 15 (0.71%) Cloud Native
18 14 (0.67%) Enterprise Software
18 14 (0.67%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 512 (24.36%) Windows
2 247 (11.75%) Windows Server
3 213 (10.13%) Linux
4 128 (6.09%) Windows 10
5 95 (4.52%) Windows Server 2012
6 60 (2.85%) Windows 7
7 59 (2.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 58 (2.76%) Windows Server 2016
9 52 (2.47%) Unix
9 52 (2.47%) Windows Server 2019
10 37 (1.76%) Windows Server 2008
11 17 (0.81%) AIX
11 17 (0.81%) Solaris
12 14 (0.67%) Mac OS
13 13 (0.62%) Android
14 12 (0.57%) Ubuntu
15 10 (0.48%) HPUX
16 9 (0.43%) VMS
17 8 (0.38%) CentOS
18 7 (0.33%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 302 (14.37%) ITIL
2 285 (13.56%) Migration
3 183 (8.71%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 158 (7.52%) Network Design
5 137 (6.52%) Problem-Solving
6 133 (6.33%) Agile Software Development
7 116 (5.52%) Network Architecture
8 113 (5.38%) Project Management
9 112 (5.33%) Change Management
9 112 (5.33%) Load Balancing
10 110 (5.23%) DevOps
11 92 (4.38%) Disaster Recovery
12 90 (4.28%) Project Delivery
13 84 (4.00%) Network Management
14 81 (3.85%) Cybersecurity
15 77 (3.66%) Service Delivery
16 73 (3.47%) Service Management
17 70 (3.33%) Incident Management
18 64 (3.04%) SIEM
19 56 (2.66%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 157 (7.47%) PowerShell
2 120 (5.71%) Python
3 103 (4.90%) SQL
4 50 (2.38%) C
5 29 (1.38%) Java
6 26 (1.24%) Bash Shell
7 21 (1.00%) VB
8 15 (0.71%) VBScript
9 14 (0.67%) Shell Script
10 13 (0.62%) JavaScript
11 7 (0.33%) Perl
12 5 (0.24%) PHP
13 3 (0.14%) Ruby
13 3 (0.14%) T-SQL
14 2 (0.095%) C++
14 2 (0.095%) Go
14 2 (0.095%) Groovy
14 2 (0.095%) Tcl
14 2 (0.095%) X++
15 1 (0.048%) VBA
Qualifications
1 611 (29.07%) Cisco Certification
2 392 (18.65%) CCNP
3 383 (18.22%) Security Cleared
4 283 (13.46%) SC Cleared
5 246 (11.70%) CCNA
6 149 (7.09%) CCIE
7 99 (4.71%) Degree
8 98 (4.66%) Microsoft Certification
9 64 (3.04%) DV Cleared
10 52 (2.47%) CISSP
11 48 (2.28%) MCSE
12 39 (1.86%) CCDP
13 33 (1.57%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 25 (1.19%) ITIL Certification
14 25 (1.19%) MCP
14 25 (1.19%) MCSA
15 24 (1.14%) Computer Science Degree
16 18 (0.86%) CCIE Service Provider
16 18 (0.86%) CESG Certified Professional
16 18 (0.86%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 119 (5.66%) SLA
2 34 (1.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 28 (1.33%) QA
4 16 (0.76%) PCI DSS
5 15 (0.71%) NCSC
6 14 (0.67%) GDPR
7 9 (0.43%) NIST
8 7 (0.33%) OASIS TOSCA
9 6 (0.29%) COBIT
9 6 (0.29%) Cyber Essentials
9 6 (0.29%) Disclosure Scotland
9 6 (0.29%) PMO
10 5 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 4 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 3 (0.14%) FedRAMP
12 3 (0.14%) GMP
12 3 (0.14%) HIPAA
12 3 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 3 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 2 (0.095%) RMADS
System Software
1 403 (19.17%) Active Directory
2 302 (14.37%) VMware Infrastructure
3 112 (5.33%) Hyper-V
4 102 (4.85%) vSphere
5 97 (4.61%) VMware NSX
6 91 (4.33%) VMware ESXi
7 49 (2.33%) Docker
8 44 (2.09%) Virtual Machines
9 34 (1.62%) XenApp
10 23 (1.09%) KVM
11 20 (0.95%) NFS
12 16 (0.76%) BitLocker
13 14 (0.67%) Firmware
13 14 (0.67%) XenDesktop
14 12 (0.57%) Virtual Desktop
15 10 (0.48%) ProxySG
15 10 (0.48%) SRDF
16 8 (0.38%) Xen
17 7 (0.33%) LXC
17 7 (0.33%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 161 (7.66%) Ansible
2 116 (5.52%) SCCM
3 92 (4.38%) Terraform
4 89 (4.23%) Cisco CUCM
5 77 (3.66%) Microsoft Intune
6 75 (3.57%) FortiGate
7 59 (2.81%) Kubernetes
8 42 (2.00%) vCenter Server
9 36 (1.71%) Puppet
10 28 (1.33%) vRealize
11 27 (1.28%) Active Directory Federation Services
11 27 (1.28%) Cisco Prime
12 26 (1.24%) Opscode Chef
13 25 (1.19%) Cisco UCCX
14 21 (1.00%) NetBackup
15 19 (0.90%) AirWatch
16 17 (0.81%) SCOM
16 17 (0.81%) WSUS
17 14 (0.67%) Cisco UCCE
17 14 (0.67%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 505 (24.02%) VMware
2 445 (21.17%) Microsoft
3 305 (14.51%) CheckPoint
4 268 (12.75%) Juniper
5 228 (10.85%) F5
5 228 (10.85%) Palo Alto
6 169 (8.04%) Citrix
7 161 (7.66%) Meraki
8 142 (6.76%) Fortinet
9 118 (5.61%) HP
10 107 (5.09%) Aruba
11 103 (4.90%) Dell
12 84 (4.00%) SolarWinds
13 81 (3.85%) Red Hat
14 77 (3.66%) NetApp
15 68 (3.24%) EMC
16 67 (3.19%) ServiceNow
17 64 (3.04%) Oracle
18 60 (2.85%) Nokia
19 54 (2.57%) McAfee