Period
to 21 April 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 21 April 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
21 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 80 62 66
Rank change year-on-year -18 +4 +9
Contract jobs citing Cisco 1,499 2,020 3,371
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.80% 3.57% 3.53%
As % of the Vendors category 6.80% 8.43% 8.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 982 1,368 2,150
10th Percentile £213 £205 £220
25th Percentile £313 £305 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £410 £400 £410
Median % change year-on-year +2.50% -2.44% +9.33%
75th Percentile £495 £500 £494
90th Percentile £567 £571 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £400 £400
% change year-on-year -6.25% - +8.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 79 85 175
10th Percentile £12.25 £15.56 £14.80
25th Percentile £15.23 £18.50 £18.25
Median hourly rate £20.00 £32.50 £27.50
Median % change year-on-year -38.46% +18.18% +37.50%
75th Percentile £32.50 £43.75 £47.09
90th Percentile £51.30 £53.45 £49.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £32.00 £24.91
% change year-on-year -37.50% +28.46% +42.34%

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 22,042 23,975 40,053
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 41.24% 42.36% 41.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 14,115 14,935 25,304
10th Percentile £275 £215 £263
25th Percentile £375 £350 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% - -
75th Percentile £575 £550 £558
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 704 1,030 1,326
10th Percentile £11.49 £11.80 £10.78
25th Percentile £15.00 £14.50 £12.88
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.90 £17.60
Median % change year-on-year +19.05% +7.39% +3.53%
75th Percentile £45.31 £31.75 £35.44
90th Percentile £58.75 £51.75 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.51 £18.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year +2.83% +9.09% +4.04%

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 21 April 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 21 April 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 21 April 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 -13 1,238 £400 - 465
UK excluding London -4 846 £375 -6.25% 367
London -44 445 £450 +12.50% 115
Work from Home -52 394 £450 +5.88% 77
South East +12 271 £399 -0.24% 95
North of England -10 150 £378 +0.67% 93
South West +30 123 £378 -11.18% 58
Midlands -24 110 £388 -13.89% 82
East of England +20 105 £225 -35.71% 19
North West -8 96 £400 +5.96% 48
Scotland -32 73 £330 -26.67% 12
West Midlands -31 65 £394 -13.46% 52
East Midlands +7 46 £350 -4.76% 30
Yorkshire -18 42 £380 +7.80% 35
Wales +6 24 £425 +6.25% 5
North East +27 16 £200 -46.67% 10
Northern Ireland +1 2 - - 2
Isle of Man - 1 £413 -

For the 6 months to 21 April 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.

1 622 (41.49%) Firewall
2 483 (32.22%) Cisco Certification
3 424 (28.29%) WAN
4 384 (25.62%) Windows
5 355 (23.68%) LAN
6 346 (23.08%) Security Cleared
7 316 (21.08%) Microsoft
8 308 (20.55%) CCNP
8 308 (20.55%) VMware
9 266 (17.75%) Data Centre
10 253 (16.88%) SC Cleared
11 245 (16.34%) Active Directory
12 241 (16.08%) CCNA
13 240 (16.01%) VPN
14 229 (15.28%) Azure
15 224 (14.94%) VMware Infrastructure
15 224 (14.94%) Juniper
16 222 (14.81%) Linux
16 222 (14.81%) F5
17 215 (14.34%) Wireless
18 208 (13.88%) Network Security
19 181 (12.07%) ITIL
20 180 (12.01%) Cisco Nexus
21 178 (11.87%) CheckPoint
22 175 (11.67%) Fortinet
22 175 (11.67%) Palo Alto
23 171 (11.41%) Microsoft 365
24 167 (11.14%) Finance
25 166 (11.07%) Windows Server
26 165 (11.01%) BGP

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 52 (3.47%) MS Exchange
2 34 (2.27%) Skype for Business
3 29 (1.93%) SharePoint
4 28 (1.87%) Confluence
5 24 (1.60%) OpenStack
6 21 (1.40%) Exchange Server 2010
7 17 (1.13%) WebSphere
8 14 (0.93%) Exchange Server 2013
9 11 (0.73%) Tomcat
10 10 (0.67%) IIS
11 9 (0.60%) ArcGIS
12 5 (0.33%) Elasticsearch
12 5 (0.33%) Exchange Server 2007
12 5 (0.33%) JBoss
12 5 (0.33%) NetWeaver
12 5 (0.33%) WebLogic
13 4 (0.27%) Apache
13 4 (0.27%) WebSphere Application Server
14 3 (0.20%) Cloud Foundry
14 3 (0.20%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 89 (5.94%) Microsoft Office
2 59 (3.94%) MS Visio
3 36 (2.40%) Microsoft Excel
4 9 (0.60%) Photoshop
5 8 (0.53%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 4 (0.27%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.067%) HealthRoster
Cloud Services
1 229 (15.28%) Azure
2 171 (11.41%) Microsoft 365
3 131 (8.74%) AWS
4 57 (3.80%) IaaS
5 47 (3.14%) PaaS
6 33 (2.20%) Azure ExpressRoute
7 30 (2.00%) SaaS
8 27 (1.80%) Azure Active Directory
8 27 (1.80%) GCP
9 22 (1.47%) OpenShift
10 16 (1.07%) Cloud Computing
11 15 (1.00%) Akamai
11 15 (1.00%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 13 (0.87%) OneDrive
13 11 (0.73%) GitHub
14 7 (0.47%) Mimecast
15 6 (0.40%) AWS CloudFormation
15 6 (0.40%) Azure Cosmos DB
16 3 (0.20%) Amazon ELB
16 3 (0.20%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 622 (41.49%) Firewall
2 424 (28.29%) WAN
3 355 (23.68%) LAN
4 240 (16.01%) VPN
5 215 (14.34%) Wireless
6 208 (13.88%) Network Security
7 180 (12.01%) Cisco Nexus
8 165 (11.01%) BGP
8 165 (11.01%) Cisco ASA
9 161 (10.74%) DNS
10 154 (10.27%) MPLS
11 152 (10.14%) OSPF
12 124 (8.27%) DHCP
13 118 (7.87%) TCP/IP
14 114 (7.61%) Internet
15 107 (7.14%) SD-WAN
16 102 (6.80%) VLAN
17 93 (6.20%) Wi-Fi
18 89 (5.94%) SAN
19 82 (5.47%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 62 (4.14%) SQL Server
2 13 (0.87%) MySQL
3 12 (0.80%) DB2
4 11 (0.73%) Hadoop
5 10 (0.67%) HBase
5 10 (0.67%) MongoDB
5 10 (0.67%) SQL Server 2012
5 10 (0.67%) SQL Server 2016
6 9 (0.60%) Data Lake
7 8 (0.53%) GIS
8 7 (0.47%) Oracle Database
8 7 (0.47%) SQL Server 2008
8 7 (0.47%) SQL Server 2014
9 6 (0.40%) Azure SQL Database
10 5 (0.33%) SAP HANA
11 4 (0.27%) NoSQL
12 3 (0.20%) Big Data
12 3 (0.20%) DTS
13 2 (0.13%) Data Warehouse
13 2 (0.13%) MariaDB
Development Applications
1 39 (2.60%) JIRA
2 25 (1.67%) Git (software)
3 22 (1.47%) Sonatype Nexus
4 14 (0.93%) Rational DOORS
4 14 (0.93%) StarTeam
5 11 (0.73%) GitLab
5 11 (0.73%) Jenkins
6 7 (0.47%) Team Foundation Server
7 5 (0.33%) SonarQube
8 4 (0.27%) Bitbucket
8 4 (0.27%) Burp Suite
8 4 (0.27%) Hudson
8 4 (0.27%) Octopus Deploy
9 3 (0.20%) Bitbucket Server
9 3 (0.20%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 2 (0.13%) Rational Team Concert
11 1 (0.067%) Serena SBM
11 1 (0.067%) Subversion
11 1 (0.067%) TeamCity
11 1 (0.067%) TestDirector
General
1 167 (11.14%) Finance
2 121 (8.07%) Telecoms
3 87 (5.80%) Public Sector
4 47 (3.14%) Banking
5 26 (1.73%) Retail
6 13 (0.87%) Billing
7 12 (0.80%) Financial Institution
7 12 (0.80%) Legal
8 11 (0.73%) Marketing
9 10 (0.67%) Back Office
10 9 (0.60%) Manufacturing
11 6 (0.40%) Investment Banking
11 6 (0.40%) Law
11 6 (0.40%) Police
12 5 (0.33%) Advertising
12 5 (0.33%) Multimedia
12 5 (0.33%) Publishing
13 4 (0.27%) French Language
14 3 (0.20%) Automotive
14 3 (0.20%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 491 (32.76%) Network Engineer
2 173 (11.54%) Architect
3 113 (7.54%) Cisco Engineer
4 105 (7.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 96 (6.40%) Consultant
6 90 (6.00%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 84 (5.60%) Analyst
8 71 (4.74%) Network Architect
9 65 (4.34%) Security Engineer
9 65 (4.34%) Senior Network Engineer
9 65 (4.34%) Support Engineer
10 59 (3.94%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
11 55 (3.67%) Network Consultant
12 49 (3.27%) Cloud Engineer
13 42 (2.80%) Project Manager
14 39 (2.60%) Network Security Engineer
14 39 (2.60%) Solutions Architect
15 37 (2.47%) Administrator
16 32 (2.13%) Security Specialist
17 31 (2.07%) Design Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (2.80%) 802.1X
2 32 (2.13%) YAML
3 29 (1.93%) JSON
4 23 (1.53%) Spine.js
4 23 (1.53%) XML
5 15 (1.00%) XMPP
6 13 (0.87%) Web Services
7 11 (0.73%) REST
8 10 (0.67%) Jinja
9 9 (0.60%) Middleware
10 7 (0.47%) Express
10 7 (0.47%) LDAP
10 7 (0.47%) WebSphere MQ
11 6 (0.40%) Elastic Stack
11 6 (0.40%) HTML
12 5 (0.33%) .NET
12 5 (0.33%) SAP Basis
13 4 (0.27%) CGI
13 4 (0.27%) SAML
14 3 (0.20%) VXML
Miscellaneous
1 266 (17.75%) Data Centre
2 54 (3.60%) Analytical Skills
3 42 (2.80%) Management Information System
3 42 (2.80%) PKI
3 42 (2.80%) Self-Motivation
4 39 (2.60%) NHS
5 30 (2.00%) Video Conferencing
6 24 (1.60%) Security Operations Centre
7 22 (1.47%) Public Cloud
8 18 (1.20%) Derivative
9 16 (1.07%) Driving Licence
10 15 (1.00%) Clustering
11 14 (0.93%) EMC VNX
12 13 (0.87%) Replication
13 12 (0.80%) EMC VMAX
14 11 (0.73%) Cloud Native
14 11 (0.73%) Hybrid Cloud
14 11 (0.73%) iPad
14 11 (0.73%) Organisational Skills
14 11 (0.73%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 384 (25.62%) Windows
2 222 (14.81%) Linux
3 166 (11.07%) Windows Server
4 110 (7.34%) Windows 10
5 62 (4.14%) Windows Server 2012
6 57 (3.80%) Windows 7
7 55 (3.67%) Unix
8 49 (3.27%) Windows Server 2016
9 45 (3.00%) Windows Server 2008
10 44 (2.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 36 (2.40%) Windows Server 2019
12 21 (1.40%) CentOS
13 18 (1.20%) Mac OS
14 16 (1.07%) Ubuntu
15 13 (0.87%) AIX
16 10 (0.67%) Windows 8
17 8 (0.53%) Android
17 8 (0.53%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
18 7 (0.47%) Solaris
19 6 (0.40%) Data ONTAP
Processes & Methodologies
1 181 (12.07%) ITIL
2 151 (10.07%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 128 (8.54%) Migration
4 119 (7.94%) Agile Software Development
5 118 (7.87%) DevOps
5 118 (7.87%) Network Design
6 95 (6.34%) Load Balancing
7 89 (5.94%) Cybersecurity
8 78 (5.20%) Network Management
9 73 (4.87%) Project Delivery
10 71 (4.74%) Problem-Solving
11 66 (4.40%) Service Management
12 64 (4.27%) Project Management
13 62 (4.14%) SIEM
14 58 (3.87%) Service Delivery
15 57 (3.80%) Change Management
15 57 (3.80%) Disaster Recovery
16 52 (3.47%) Network Architecture
17 49 (3.27%) High Availability
18 44 (2.94%) Network Virtualisation
Programming Languages
1 110 (7.34%) Python
2 79 (5.27%) PowerShell
3 34 (2.27%) SQL
4 33 (2.20%) Bash Shell
5 22 (1.47%) C
6 21 (1.40%) PHP
7 18 (1.20%) Ruby
8 17 (1.13%) Java
9 15 (1.00%) JavaScript
10 12 (0.80%) Perl
11 11 (0.73%) Shell Script
12 9 (0.60%) VB
13 3 (0.20%) AWK
13 3 (0.20%) C++
13 3 (0.20%) R
13 3 (0.20%) sed
14 2 (0.13%) Go
15 1 (0.067%) Tcl
15 1 (0.067%) TypeScript
15 1 (0.067%) VBA
Qualifications
1 483 (32.22%) Cisco Certification
2 346 (23.08%) Security Cleared
3 308 (20.55%) CCNP
4 253 (16.88%) SC Cleared
5 241 (16.08%) CCNA
6 124 (8.27%) CCIE
7 83 (5.54%) Degree
8 74 (4.94%) DV Cleared
9 71 (4.74%) Microsoft Certification
10 33 (2.20%) CISSP
11 30 (2.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 29 (1.93%) CCDP
13 25 (1.67%) MCSA
13 25 (1.67%) MCSE
14 22 (1.47%) BPSS Clearance
15 20 (1.33%) Computer Science Degree
16 18 (1.20%) JNCIA
17 17 (1.13%) ITIL Certification
17 17 (1.13%) JNCIS
18 15 (1.00%) CCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 93 (6.20%) SLA
2 31 (2.07%) QA
3 27 (1.80%) NIST
4 24 (1.60%) NCSC
5 21 (1.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 19 (1.27%) PCI DSS
7 18 (1.20%) OASIS TOSCA
8 14 (0.93%) GDPR
9 13 (0.87%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 11 (0.73%) Disclosure Scotland
11 7 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 5 (0.33%) COBIT
13 2 (0.13%) Cyber Essentials
13 2 (0.13%) GMP
13 2 (0.13%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 2 (0.13%) ISAE 3402
13 2 (0.13%) ISO 22301
13 2 (0.13%) ISO 31000
13 2 (0.13%) ISO 9001
13 2 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27005
System Software
1 245 (16.34%) Active Directory
2 224 (14.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 90 (6.00%) VMware ESXi
4 84 (5.60%) VMware NSX
5 52 (3.47%) Docker
6 50 (3.34%) vSphere
7 41 (2.74%) Hyper-V
8 30 (2.00%) KVM
9 27 (1.80%) Virtual Machines
10 19 (1.27%) LXC
10 19 (1.27%) ProxySG
11 17 (1.13%) XenApp
12 14 (0.93%) Firmware
13 12 (0.80%) Terminal Services
14 11 (0.73%) NFS
14 11 (0.73%) XenDesktop
15 9 (0.60%) BitLocker
16 8 (0.53%) iptables
16 8 (0.53%) Virtual Servers
17 6 (0.40%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 143 (9.54%) Ansible
2 53 (3.54%) Kubernetes
3 52 (3.47%) FortiGate
4 47 (3.14%) SCCM
5 46 (3.07%) vCenter Server
6 33 (2.20%) Puppet
6 33 (2.20%) Terraform
7 29 (1.93%) Cisco CUCM
7 29 (1.93%) Cisco Prime
8 28 (1.87%) vRealize
9 25 (1.67%) Microsoft Intune
10 24 (1.60%) AirWatch
10 24 (1.60%) Grafana
11 21 (1.40%) Opscode Chef
12 18 (1.20%) Cloudify
12 18 (1.20%) Docker Swarm
12 18 (1.20%) Juju
12 18 (1.20%) Prometheus
13 17 (1.13%) Nessus
14 15 (1.00%) Netcool
Vendors
1 316 (21.08%) Microsoft
2 308 (20.55%) VMware
3 224 (14.94%) Juniper
4 222 (14.81%) F5
5 178 (11.87%) CheckPoint
6 175 (11.67%) Fortinet
6 175 (11.67%) Palo Alto
7 108 (7.20%) HP
8 103 (6.87%) Citrix
9 95 (6.34%) Meraki
10 91 (6.07%) Dell
11 67 (4.47%) Red Hat
12 60 (4.00%) Aruba
13 59 (3.94%) SolarWinds
14 52 (3.47%) Oracle
15 47 (3.14%) Blue Coat
16 44 (2.94%) Avaya
17 43 (2.87%) NetApp
18 40 (2.67%) Splunk
19 39 (2.60%) EMC