Period
to 20 October 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for LAN skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited LAN over the 6 months to 20 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.

Local Area Network (LAN)
UK
6 months to
20 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 215 175 155
Rank change year-on-year -40 -20 +11
Contract jobs citing LAN 1,053 502 1,529
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.25% 1.59% 1.81%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 11.15% 12.02% 13.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 695 352 1,011
10th Percentile £169 £163 £170
25th Percentile £263 £242 £250
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £415 £375 £375
Median % change year-on-year +10.67% - -
75th Percentile £519 £488 £488
90th Percentile £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £340 £375
% change year-on-year +10.29% -9.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 72 27 81
10th Percentile £15.03 £15.45 £14.50
25th Percentile £18.88 £17.75 £15.50
Median hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £18.70
Median % change year-on-year +12.50% +6.95% -1.58%
75th Percentile £46.31 £53.50 £40.00
90th Percentile £65.50 £64.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £20.00 £17.78
% change year-on-year +5.00% +12.52% -3.27%

LAN is in the Communications and Computer Networking category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 9,444 4,177 11,204
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.19% 13.26% 13.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,109 2,620 6,923
10th Percentile £213 £210 £193
25th Percentile £363 £325 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £445 £425
Median % change year-on-year +6.74% +4.71% -
75th Percentile £581 £538 £525
90th Percentile £675 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 405 182 592
10th Percentile £12.00 £14.00 £13.50
25th Percentile £14.25 £17.31 £16.25
Median hourly rate £22.00 £32.00 £25.84
Median % change year-on-year -31.25% +23.84% +38.18%
75th Percentile £48.75 £46.40 £46.10
90th Percentile £65.00 £54.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £30.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year -34.43% +29.79% +27.03%

LAN
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for LAN in the UK

LAN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for LAN in the UK

LAN
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing LAN over the 6 months to 20 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for LAN in the UK

LAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for LAN in the UK

LAN
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing LAN over the 6 months to 20 October 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for LAN in the UK

LAN
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 LAN within the UK over the 6 months to 20 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 -34 869 £410 +9.33% 462
UK excluding London -27 621 £375 +10.29% 399
London -91 285 £425 - 97
Work from Home -105 215 £468 +16.88% 54
South East -2 210 £425 +13.33% 98
North of England -29 104 £350 +11.11% 132
South West -19 94 £338 -20.59% 44
Midlands -42 91 £348 +3.73% 52
West Midlands -37 64 £340 -9.33% 34
Scotland -60 50 £450 +56.52% 19
Yorkshire -8 49 £325 +85.71% 43
North West -45 43 £350 -6.67% 67
East of England -48 42 £409 +48.64% 39
East Midlands -21 27 £363 +45.00% 18
Wales -8 26 £225 -15.09% 15
North East 0 12 £550 +214.29% 22
Northern Ireland - 4 £140 -

For the 6 months to 20 October 2021, IT contractor jobs citing LAN 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 LAN.

1 787 (74.74%) WAN
2 423 (40.17%) Cisco
3 373 (35.42%) Firewall
4 342 (32.48%) Windows
5 276 (26.21%) Microsoft
5 276 (26.21%) Active Directory
6 221 (20.99%) Data Centre
7 217 (20.61%) VMware
8 209 (19.85%) Azure
9 208 (19.75%) Cisco Certification
10 204 (19.37%) Microsoft 365
11 195 (18.52%) VPN
12 187 (17.76%) Social Skills
13 164 (15.57%) ITIL
14 153 (14.53%) TCP/IP
15 150 (14.25%) Security Cleared
16 149 (14.15%) CCNP
17 146 (13.87%) Wireless
18 134 (12.73%) VMware Infrastructure
19 133 (12.63%) DNS
20 132 (12.54%) Windows Server
21 130 (12.35%) Migration
22 129 (12.25%) DHCP
23 121 (11.49%) Telecoms
24 119 (11.30%) Wi-Fi
24 119 (11.30%) BGP
25 118 (11.21%) Agile Software Development
26 117 (11.11%) SC Cleared
27 116 (11.02%) SCCM
27 116 (11.02%) OSPF

LAN
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 59 (5.60%) SharePoint
2 35 (3.32%) Confluence
3 32 (3.04%) MS Exchange
4 18 (1.71%) WebSphere
5 12 (1.14%) Tomcat
6 11 (1.04%) OpenStack
7 7 (0.66%) CMS
7 7 (0.66%) IIS
7 7 (0.66%) Skype for Business
7 7 (0.66%) WebSphere Application Server
8 6 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2010
8 6 (0.57%) IBM Notes
8 6 (0.57%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 5 (0.47%) Apache
9 5 (0.47%) Exchange Server 2013
10 3 (0.28%) Cloud Foundry
11 2 (0.19%) Apache Spark
11 2 (0.19%) Drupal
11 2 (0.19%) Exchange Server 2003
11 2 (0.19%) JBoss
Applications
1 116 (11.02%) Microsoft Office
2 32 (3.04%) Microsoft Excel
3 21 (1.99%) MS Visio
4 13 (1.23%) Microsoft Project
5 11 (1.04%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 7 (0.66%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 3 (0.28%) Chatbot
8 1 (0.095%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (0.38%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.19%) SunGard Martini
3 1 (0.095%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.095%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
3 1 (0.095%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.095%) RMDS
3 1 (0.095%) SAP S/4HANA
3 1 (0.095%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 209 (19.85%) Azure
2 204 (19.37%) Microsoft 365
3 101 (9.59%) AWS
4 48 (4.56%) PaaS
5 46 (4.37%) IaaS
6 35 (3.32%) SaaS
7 32 (3.04%) Azure Active Directory
8 26 (2.47%) GCP
9 23 (2.18%) Cloud Computing
10 17 (1.61%) AWS CloudFormation
10 17 (1.61%) GitHub
11 16 (1.52%) OneDrive
12 15 (1.42%) AWS CodeCommit
12 15 (1.42%) AWS CodePipeline
13 13 (1.23%) Azure ExpressRoute
14 11 (1.04%) Amazon EKS
14 11 (1.04%) Serverless
15 10 (0.95%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 10 (0.95%) AWS Lambda
16 7 (0.66%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 787 (74.74%) WAN
2 373 (35.42%) Firewall
3 195 (18.52%) VPN
4 153 (14.53%) TCP/IP
5 146 (13.87%) Wireless
6 133 (12.63%) DNS
7 129 (12.25%) DHCP
8 119 (11.30%) BGP
8 119 (11.30%) Wi-Fi
9 116 (11.02%) OSPF
10 113 (10.73%) Network Security
11 99 (9.40%) MPLS
12 94 (8.93%) Internet
13 91 (8.64%) VoIP
14 77 (7.31%) WLAN
15 70 (6.65%) SD-WAN
15 70 (6.65%) VLAN
16 69 (6.55%) Ethernet
16 69 (6.55%) SAN
17 66 (6.27%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (3.99%) SQL Server
2 19 (1.80%) NoSQL
3 17 (1.61%) Relational Database
4 12 (1.14%) MongoDB
4 12 (1.14%) PostgreSQL
5 10 (0.95%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 8 (0.76%) MySQL
7 7 (0.66%) DB2
8 4 (0.38%) Data Warehouse
8 4 (0.38%) FileMaker
8 4 (0.38%) Hadoop
8 4 (0.38%) Oracle Reports
8 4 (0.38%) Riak
8 4 (0.38%) SQL Server 2012
8 4 (0.38%) SQL Server 2014
8 4 (0.38%) SQL Server 2016
9 2 (0.19%) Apache Hive
9 2 (0.19%) Big Data
9 2 (0.19%) HBase
9 2 (0.19%) Metadata
Development Applications
1 37 (3.51%) JIRA
2 36 (3.42%) Jenkins
3 27 (2.56%) Git (software)
4 26 (2.47%) Sonatype Nexus
5 18 (1.71%) GitLab
6 14 (1.33%) Maven
7 13 (1.23%) JUnit
7 13 (1.23%) Selenium
7 13 (1.23%) Subversion
8 12 (1.14%) Cucumber
8 12 (1.14%) FishEye
8 12 (1.14%) TestNG
9 7 (0.66%) Artifactory
10 6 (0.57%) Bitbucket
10 6 (0.57%) Vagrant
11 5 (0.47%) SonarQube
11 5 (0.47%) VSS/SourceSafe
12 3 (0.28%) Bitbucket Server
12 3 (0.28%) TestLink
12 3 (0.28%) TestRail
General
1 187 (17.76%) Social Skills
2 121 (11.49%) Telecoms
3 105 (9.97%) Finance
4 82 (7.79%) Public Sector
5 62 (5.89%) Analytical Skills
6 33 (3.13%) Documentation Skills
6 33 (3.13%) Presentation Skills
7 30 (2.85%) Banking
8 19 (1.80%) Organisational Skills
9 14 (1.33%) Legal
9 14 (1.33%) Manufacturing
10 12 (1.14%) Influencing Skills
11 10 (0.95%) Local Government
11 10 (0.95%) Retail
12 8 (0.76%) Marketing
13 7 (0.66%) Military
14 6 (0.57%) Financial Institution
15 5 (0.47%) Back Office
15 5 (0.47%) Electronics
15 5 (0.47%) Law
Job Titles
1 250 (23.74%) Network Engineer
2 180 (17.09%) Architect
3 115 (10.92%) Support Engineer
4 86 (8.17%) Analyst
5 77 (7.31%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 71 (6.74%) Network Architect
7 52 (4.94%) IT Support
8 49 (4.65%) Cisco Engineer
9 47 (4.46%) 2nd Line Support
9 47 (4.46%) Desktop Support
9 47 (4.46%) IT Engineer
10 40 (3.80%) Cisco Network Engineer
11 39 (3.70%) Project Manager
11 39 (3.70%) Solutions Architect
12 36 (3.42%) Infrastructure Architect
12 36 (3.42%) IT Support Engineer
13 31 (2.94%) Senior Network Engineer
14 30 (2.85%) 2nd Line Engineer
15 29 (2.75%) Consultant
16 25 (2.37%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (2.66%) JSON
2 23 (2.18%) XML
3 20 (1.90%) Middleware
4 18 (1.71%) Node.js
5 15 (1.42%) 802.1X
5 15 (1.42%) AngularJS
6 12 (1.14%) Java EE
6 12 (1.14%) Java EE 5
6 12 (1.14%) Spring
7 11 (1.04%) XMPP
8 10 (0.95%) Akka
9 9 (0.85%) .NET
10 8 (0.76%) RESTful
10 8 (0.76%) Spine.js
10 8 (0.76%) Web Services
11 7 (0.66%) .NET Core
11 7 (0.66%) SOAP
11 7 (0.66%) WebSphere MQ
12 6 (0.57%) HTML
12 6 (0.57%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 221 (20.99%) Data Centre
2 39 (3.70%) Hybrid Cloud
3 37 (3.51%) Video Conferencing
4 32 (3.04%) Management Information System
5 31 (2.94%) Public Cloud
6 21 (1.99%) Self-Motivation
7 20 (1.90%) Clustering
8 18 (1.71%) Replication
9 17 (1.61%) NHS
10 16 (1.52%) PKI
11 14 (1.33%) Mobile App
12 13 (1.23%) Client/Server
12 13 (1.23%) iPad
12 13 (1.23%) Private Cloud
13 12 (1.14%) BYOD
14 11 (1.04%) Driving Licence
14 11 (1.04%) Enterprise Storage
14 11 (1.04%) Fibre Optics
15 10 (0.95%) iPhone
15 10 (0.95%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 342 (32.48%) Windows
2 132 (12.54%) Windows Server
3 113 (10.73%) Windows 10
4 103 (9.78%) Linux
5 44 (4.18%) Android
6 34 (3.23%) Windows 7
7 33 (3.13%) Windows Server 2016
8 32 (3.04%) Windows Server 2012
9 30 (2.85%) Apple iOS
10 28 (2.66%) Unix
10 28 (2.66%) Windows Server 2008
11 26 (2.47%) Mac OS
12 20 (1.90%) Windows Server 2019
13 13 (1.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 12 (1.14%) Ubuntu
15 11 (1.04%) Solaris
16 6 (0.57%) Windows 8
17 5 (0.47%) CentOS
17 5 (0.47%) Windows Phone
18 4 (0.38%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 164 (15.57%) ITIL
2 130 (12.35%) Migration
3 118 (11.21%) Agile Software Development
4 98 (9.31%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 84 (7.98%) Project Management
6 82 (7.79%) Problem-Solving
7 81 (7.69%) Network Design
8 64 (6.08%) Disaster Recovery
9 59 (5.60%) Network Management
10 57 (5.41%) Cybersecurity
11 56 (5.32%) Load Balancing
12 55 (5.22%) DevOps
13 48 (4.56%) Computer Science
14 46 (4.37%) Customer Requirements
15 45 (4.27%) Project Delivery
16 44 (4.18%) Continuous Improvement
17 41 (3.89%) Stakeholder Management
18 38 (3.61%) Network Architecture
19 37 (3.51%) Change Management
20 35 (3.32%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 81 (7.69%) Python
2 69 (6.55%) SQL
3 52 (4.94%) PowerShell
4 32 (3.04%) Java
5 21 (1.99%) JavaScript
6 20 (1.90%) C++
7 17 (1.61%) C
8 16 (1.52%) Bash Shell
9 12 (1.14%) Java 8
9 12 (1.14%) Perl
10 10 (0.95%) TypeScript
10 10 (0.95%) VB
11 8 (0.76%) Ruby
12 7 (0.66%) PHP
12 7 (0.66%) R
12 7 (0.66%) Shell Script
13 5 (0.47%) C#
13 5 (0.47%) VB.NET
13 5 (0.47%) VBScript
14 2 (0.19%) Rust
Qualifications
1 208 (19.75%) Cisco Certification
2 150 (14.25%) Security Cleared
3 149 (14.15%) CCNP
4 117 (11.11%) SC Cleared
5 98 (9.31%) CCNA
6 91 (8.64%) Degree
7 41 (3.89%) CCIE
8 24 (2.28%) Microsoft Certification
9 21 (1.99%) CCDP
10 14 (1.33%) MCSE
11 13 (1.23%) DV Cleared
12 12 (1.14%) BPSS Clearance
12 12 (1.14%) ITIL Certification
12 12 (1.14%) JNCIA
12 12 (1.14%) TOGAF Certification
13 11 (1.04%) CISSP
13 11 (1.04%) Computer Science Degree
13 11 (1.04%) JNCIS
13 11 (1.04%) Master's Degree
14 10 (0.95%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 45 (4.27%) SLA
2 19 (1.80%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 16 (1.52%) PMO
3 16 (1.52%) QA
4 9 (0.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 7 (0.66%) PCI DSS
6 5 (0.47%) Disclosure Scotland
6 5 (0.47%) HL7
7 3 (0.28%) GDPR
7 3 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 2 (0.19%) COBIT
8 2 (0.19%) DICOM
8 2 (0.19%) GRC
8 2 (0.19%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 2 (0.19%) ISO 22301
9 1 (0.095%) Cyber Essentials
9 1 (0.095%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 1 (0.095%) ITGC
9 1 (0.095%) NCSC
9 1 (0.095%) NIST
System Software
1 276 (26.21%) Active Directory
2 134 (12.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 51 (4.84%) Hyper-V
4 40 (3.80%) Docker
5 33 (3.13%) vSphere
6 32 (3.04%) VMware ESXi
7 31 (2.94%) VMware NSX
8 16 (1.52%) VMware Workstation
9 12 (1.14%) KVM
9 12 (1.14%) Virtual Desktop
10 11 (1.04%) Virtual Machines
11 9 (0.85%) BitLocker
12 8 (0.76%) Xen
12 8 (0.76%) XenApp
13 7 (0.66%) NFS
13 7 (0.66%) SRDF
14 6 (0.57%) XenDesktop
15 5 (0.47%) Firmware
15 5 (0.47%) ProxySG
16 4 (0.38%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 116 (11.02%) SCCM
2 72 (6.84%) Ansible
3 46 (4.37%) Microsoft Intune
4 42 (3.99%) Terraform
5 21 (1.99%) FortiGate
6 20 (1.90%) Kubernetes
7 19 (1.80%) Puppet
8 16 (1.52%) Cisco CUCM
9 15 (1.42%) CASB
10 14 (1.33%) vRealize
11 13 (1.23%) vRealize Orchestrator
12 12 (1.14%) vCenter Server
13 11 (1.04%) Active Directory Federation Services
14 10 (0.95%) Single Sign-On
15 8 (0.76%) SCOM
16 7 (0.66%) Cisco Prime
16 7 (0.66%) Opscode Chef
17 6 (0.57%) StackStorm
17 6 (0.57%) WSUS
18 5 (0.47%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 423 (40.17%) Cisco
2 276 (26.21%) Microsoft
3 217 (20.61%) VMware
4 114 (10.83%) Juniper
5 97 (9.21%) CheckPoint
6 87 (8.26%) Citrix
7 78 (7.41%) Palo Alto
8 65 (6.17%) F5
9 61 (5.79%) Aruba
10 57 (5.41%) Meraki
11 45 (4.27%) Oracle
12 44 (4.18%) Fortinet
13 38 (3.61%) SolarWinds
14 37 (3.51%) McAfee
15 34 (3.23%) HP
16 30 (2.85%) Dell
17 27 (2.56%) Apple
17 27 (2.56%) ServiceNow
18 26 (2.47%) Symantec
18 26 (2.47%) Veeam