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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 18 May 2022 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
18 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 200 205 128
Rank change year-on-year +5 -77 +36
Contract jobs citing LAN 1,192 762 980
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.36% 1.33% 1.98%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 12.42% 11.74% 14.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 793 513 640
10th Percentile £185 £205 £137
25th Percentile £300 £306 £200
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £427 £400 £363
Median % change year-on-year +6.75% +10.34% -3.33%
75th Percentile £538 £500 £488
90th Percentile £648 £575 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 40 77
10th Percentile £13.00 £13.90 £13.17
25th Percentile £18.50 £17.64 £16.50
Median hourly rate £26.00 £22.42 £20.00
Median % change year-on-year +15.97% +12.10% +10.77%
75th Percentile £50.77 £54.81 £43.75
90th Percentile £65.54 £65.54 £48.34
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.75 £22.42 £19.50
% change year-on-year -2.99% +14.97% +6.69%

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 9,600 6,490 6,754
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 10.97% 11.32% 13.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,274 4,185 4,120
10th Percentile £231 £225 £178
25th Percentile £388 £350 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £450 £425
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% +5.88% -
75th Percentile £610 £538 £525
90th Percentile £700 £625 £620
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +12.50% - -3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 370 294 388
10th Percentile £15.25 £12.95 £13.38
25th Percentile £17.00 £15.47 £16.25
Median hourly rate £28.33 £25.00 £22.50
Median % change year-on-year +13.32% +11.11% +20.00%
75th Percentile £50.94 £50.00 £47.00
90th Percentile £65.59 £62.70 £53.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £23.21 £19.50
% change year-on-year -7.37% +19.03% +11.43%

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 18 May 2022.

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 18 May 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for LAN in the UK

LAN
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 LAN within the UK over the 6 months to 18 May 2022. 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
Jobs
England 0 991 £425 +6.25% 353
UK excluding London +11 679 £375 - 293
Work from Home +19 450 £475 +11.76% 98
London -50 310 £475 +13.10% 98
South East -7 190 £425 +0.24% 53
North of England +9 171 £400 +9.97% 94
Midlands -11 119 £300 -20.00% 54
West Midlands -18 85 £300 -17.24% 30
North West -19 78 £338 -8.78% 36
South West -16 75 £344 -8.33% 30
Yorkshire 0 67 £450 +30.43% 34
East of England +5 65 £400 +60.00% 25
Scotland -9 38 £288 -12.88% 23
East Midlands -3 32 £324 -13.67% 21
North East +11 27 £400 +233.33% 24
Wales -13 21 £200 -20.00% 10
Isle of Man - 4 £550 -
Northern Ireland -8 3 £305 -38.51% 5

For the 6 months to 18 May 2022, 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.

1 977 (81.96%) WAN
2 584 (48.99%) Cisco
3 518 (43.46%) Firewall
4 320 (26.85%) Wireless
5 319 (26.76%) Windows
6 254 (21.31%) Microsoft
7 251 (21.06%) Active Directory
7 251 (21.06%) Cisco Certification
8 248 (20.81%) Data Centre
9 240 (20.13%) Social Skills
10 235 (19.71%) Wi-Fi
11 231 (19.38%) VPN
12 211 (17.70%) Security Cleared
13 201 (16.86%) VMware
14 199 (16.69%) ITIL
15 193 (16.19%) Microsoft 365
16 185 (15.52%) Azure
17 177 (14.85%) CCNP
18 173 (14.51%) TCP/IP
19 169 (14.18%) BGP
20 164 (13.76%) SD-WAN
21 163 (13.67%) OSPF
21 163 (13.67%) Migration
22 158 (13.26%) SC Cleared
23 150 (12.58%) Network Security
23 150 (12.58%) DHCP
24 148 (12.42%) WLAN
25 147 (12.33%) VMware Infrastructure
26 146 (12.25%) DNS
27 143 (12.00%) Juniper

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 42 (3.52%) SharePoint
2 36 (3.02%) MS Exchange
3 19 (1.59%) Confluence
4 18 (1.51%) WebSphere
5 13 (1.09%) Skype for Business
6 7 (0.59%) Exchange Server 2013
7 4 (0.34%) Appian
7 4 (0.34%) Exchange Server 2010
7 4 (0.34%) IIS
8 3 (0.25%) Apache
8 3 (0.25%) SharePoint 2010
8 3 (0.25%) SharePoint 2013
8 3 (0.25%) Tomcat
8 3 (0.25%) WebLogic
9 2 (0.17%) Cloud Foundry
10 1 (0.084%) ArcGIS
10 1 (0.084%) Exchange Server 2007
10 1 (0.084%) SAS
10 1 (0.084%) ThingWorx
10 1 (0.084%) TPMS
Applications
1 109 (9.14%) Microsoft Office
2 33 (2.77%) MS Visio
3 23 (1.93%) Microsoft Excel
4 13 (1.09%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 13 (1.09%) Microsoft Project
5 6 (0.50%) Acrobat
5 6 (0.50%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 6 (0.50%) Sentinel
2 4 (0.34%) Teamcenter
3 3 (0.25%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
3 3 (0.25%) RMDS
4 2 (0.17%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.084%) assyst
5 1 (0.084%) Maximo
5 1 (0.084%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 193 (16.19%) Microsoft 365
2 185 (15.52%) Azure
3 77 (6.46%) AWS
4 36 (3.02%) Azure Active Directory
5 34 (2.85%) SaaS
6 26 (2.18%) IaaS
7 24 (2.01%) PaaS
8 22 (1.85%) OneDrive
9 19 (1.59%) GCP
10 8 (0.67%) Azure Monitor
10 8 (0.67%) Cloud Computing
11 6 (0.50%) Power Platform
12 5 (0.42%) Azure Pipelines
12 5 (0.42%) Azure Sentinel
12 5 (0.42%) Google Workspace
13 4 (0.34%) Amazon EC2
13 4 (0.34%) Azure ExpressRoute
13 4 (0.34%) Nutanix
13 4 (0.34%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 3 (0.25%) Akamai
Communications & Networking
1 977 (81.96%) WAN
2 518 (43.46%) Firewall
3 320 (26.85%) Wireless
4 235 (19.71%) Wi-Fi
5 231 (19.38%) VPN
6 173 (14.51%) TCP/IP
7 169 (14.18%) BGP
8 164 (13.76%) SD-WAN
9 163 (13.67%) OSPF
10 150 (12.58%) DHCP
10 150 (12.58%) Network Security
11 148 (12.42%) WLAN
12 146 (12.25%) DNS
13 122 (10.23%) VLAN
14 121 (10.15%) Internet
15 115 (9.65%) MPLS
16 88 (7.38%) VoIP
17 87 (7.30%) Cisco Nexus
18 72 (6.04%) IPsec
19 65 (5.45%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (2.68%) SQL Server
2 14 (1.17%) DB2
3 11 (0.92%) Relational Database
4 9 (0.76%) Data Warehouse
5 8 (0.67%) NoSQL
6 5 (0.42%) Azure SQL Database
6 5 (0.42%) MySQL
6 5 (0.42%) PostgreSQL
6 5 (0.42%) Riak
7 4 (0.34%) Data Lake
8 3 (0.25%) DTS
9 2 (0.17%) MongoDB
9 2 (0.17%) Oracle Database
10 1 (0.084%) Big Data
10 1 (0.084%) Electronic Patient Records
10 1 (0.084%) GIS
10 1 (0.084%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 1 (0.084%) Oracle Reports
10 1 (0.084%) Redis
10 1 (0.084%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 34 (2.85%) JIRA
2 22 (1.85%) Sonatype Nexus
3 10 (0.84%) Jenkins
4 9 (0.76%) Git (software)
5 7 (0.59%) Cucumber
5 7 (0.59%) JUnit
5 7 (0.59%) Maven
5 7 (0.59%) Selenium
5 7 (0.59%) Subversion
5 7 (0.59%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 6 (0.50%) Crucible
6 6 (0.50%) FishEye
6 6 (0.50%) SonarQube
6 6 (0.50%) TestNG
7 3 (0.25%) GitLab
8 2 (0.17%) Bitbucket Server
8 2 (0.17%) ClearCase
8 2 (0.17%) ClearQuest
8 2 (0.17%) GCC
9 1 (0.084%) TestRail
General
1 240 (20.13%) Social Skills
2 117 (9.82%) Public Sector
3 112 (9.40%) Finance
4 94 (7.89%) Telecoms
5 58 (4.87%) Analytical Skills
6 43 (3.61%) Documentation Skills
7 40 (3.36%) Local Government
8 29 (2.43%) Influencing Skills
9 25 (2.10%) Retail
10 22 (1.85%) Banking
11 21 (1.76%) Manufacturing
12 20 (1.68%) Law
13 17 (1.43%) Electronics
14 11 (0.92%) Military
14 11 (0.92%) Police
15 9 (0.76%) Organisational Skills
16 8 (0.67%) Presentation Skills
17 7 (0.59%) Legal
17 7 (0.59%) Marketing
18 6 (0.50%) Mandarin Language
Job Titles
1 331 (27.77%) Network Engineer
2 130 (10.91%) Architect
3 89 (7.47%) Support Engineer
4 85 (7.13%) Analyst
5 84 (7.05%) Project Manager
6 76 (6.38%) Network Architect
7 74 (6.21%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 54 (4.53%) Cisco Engineer
8 54 (4.53%) Senior Network Engineer
9 52 (4.36%) 2nd Line Support
10 45 (3.78%) Cisco Network Engineer
10 45 (3.78%) Desktop Support
11 41 (3.44%) Network Manager
12 40 (3.36%) Infrastructure Manager
13 36 (3.02%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 36 (3.02%) Consultant
14 35 (2.94%) Infrastructure Architect
15 33 (2.77%) Infrastructure Project Manager
15 33 (2.77%) IT Engineer
16 31 (2.60%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (3.44%) 802.1X
2 19 (1.59%) JSON
3 14 (1.17%) XML
4 12 (1.01%) .NET
4 12 (1.01%) WebSphere MQ
4 12 (1.01%) XMPP
5 8 (0.67%) SOAP
6 6 (0.50%) Akka
6 6 (0.50%) AngularJS
6 6 (0.50%) Azure Blueprints
6 6 (0.50%) Java EE
6 6 (0.50%) Node.js
6 6 (0.50%) SAML
6 6 (0.50%) Spring
6 6 (0.50%) Web Services
7 5 (0.42%) FHIR
7 5 (0.42%) Leaflet
8 4 (0.34%) LDAP
8 4 (0.34%) Middleware
9 3 (0.25%) OAuth2
Miscellaneous
1 248 (20.81%) Data Centre
2 52 (4.36%) Public Cloud
3 51 (4.28%) NHS
4 50 (4.19%) Video Conferencing
5 45 (3.78%) Self-Motivation
6 36 (3.02%) Management Information System
7 18 (1.51%) Data Protection Act
7 18 (1.51%) Enterprise Storage
7 18 (1.51%) Private Cloud
8 17 (1.43%) IoT
9 16 (1.34%) Driving Licence
10 14 (1.17%) Replication
11 13 (1.09%) Clustering
11 13 (1.09%) Cyberthreat
12 11 (0.92%) Client/Server
12 11 (0.92%) Hybrid Cloud
12 11 (0.92%) Smartphone
13 10 (0.84%) CCTV
13 10 (0.84%) Virtual Team
14 9 (0.76%) BYOD
Operating Systems
1 319 (26.76%) Windows
2 142 (11.91%) Windows Server
3 93 (7.80%) Windows 10
4 86 (7.21%) Linux
5 44 (3.69%) Windows 7
6 40 (3.36%) Windows Server 2012
7 35 (2.94%) Windows Server 2016
8 32 (2.68%) Unix
9 23 (1.93%) Mac OS
10 21 (1.76%) Android
10 21 (1.76%) Windows Server 2008
11 20 (1.68%) Apple iOS
12 16 (1.34%) Windows Server 2019
13 14 (1.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 13 (1.09%) Windows XP
15 11 (0.92%) Ubuntu
16 7 (0.59%) Windows 8
16 7 (0.59%) Windows Server 2003
17 5 (0.42%) VMS
17 5 (0.42%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 199 (16.69%) ITIL
2 163 (13.67%) Migration
3 107 (8.98%) Project Management
4 104 (8.72%) Network Design
5 91 (7.63%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 88 (7.38%) Service Management
7 76 (6.38%) Problem-Solving
8 73 (6.12%) Load Balancing
9 68 (5.70%) Cybersecurity
10 66 (5.54%) Change Management
11 64 (5.37%) Disaster Recovery
12 63 (5.29%) Project Delivery
13 60 (5.03%) Network Management
14 55 (4.61%) Agile
14 55 (4.61%) ITSM
15 51 (4.28%) Stakeholder Management
16 49 (4.11%) Service Delivery
17 48 (4.03%) Network Architecture
18 43 (3.61%) Customer Requirements
19 41 (3.44%) Business Continuity
Programming Languages
1 61 (5.12%) PowerShell
2 43 (3.61%) Python
3 36 (3.02%) C
3 36 (3.02%) SQL
4 21 (1.76%) Bash
5 17 (1.43%) Java
6 16 (1.34%) VBScript
7 14 (1.17%) Shell Script
8 10 (0.84%) VB
9 9 (0.76%) C++
10 8 (0.67%) JavaScript
11 6 (0.50%) R
11 6 (0.50%) TypeScript
12 5 (0.42%) C#
12 5 (0.42%) Erlang
12 5 (0.42%) Perl
13 4 (0.34%) Bicep
14 2 (0.17%) PHP
15 1 (0.084%) Search Processing Language
15 1 (0.084%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 251 (21.06%) Cisco Certification
2 211 (17.70%) Security Cleared
3 177 (14.85%) CCNP
4 158 (13.26%) SC Cleared
5 114 (9.56%) CCNA
6 80 (6.71%) CCIE
7 65 (5.45%) Degree
8 29 (2.43%) ITIL Certification
9 26 (2.18%) CCDP
10 21 (1.76%) Microsoft Certification
11 17 (1.43%) Computer Science Degree
12 16 (1.34%) DV Cleared
13 15 (1.26%) CISSP
13 15 (1.26%) JNCIA
14 12 (1.01%) BPSS Clearance
14 12 (1.01%) TOGAF Certification
15 11 (0.92%) JNCIP
16 10 (0.84%) DBS Check
16 10 (0.84%) Master's Degree
17 9 (0.76%) RHCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 54 (4.53%) SLA
2 18 (1.51%) QA
3 16 (1.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 12 (1.01%) PMO
5 8 (0.67%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 8 (0.67%) JSP 440
6 7 (0.59%) GDPR
6 7 (0.59%) PCI DSS
7 6 (0.50%) Cyber Essentials
8 5 (0.42%) HL7
9 4 (0.34%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 4 (0.34%) ISO 9001
10 2 (0.17%) Accessibility
10 2 (0.17%) RMADS
11 1 (0.084%) Disclosure Scotland
11 1 (0.084%) GxP
11 1 (0.084%) NIST
11 1 (0.084%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 1 (0.084%) WCAG
System Software
1 251 (21.06%) Active Directory
2 147 (12.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 35 (2.94%) VMware ESXi
4 32 (2.68%) Hyper-V
5 28 (2.35%) vSphere
6 21 (1.76%) Virtual Machines
7 14 (1.17%) KVM
7 14 (1.17%) ProxySG
8 13 (1.09%) Virtual Desktop
9 12 (1.01%) Docker
9 12 (1.01%) VMware NSX
10 9 (0.76%) BitLocker
11 6 (0.50%) vCloud
11 6 (0.50%) Virtual Servers
12 5 (0.42%) Terminal Services
12 5 (0.42%) XenApp
13 4 (0.34%) Firmware
14 2 (0.17%) NFS
14 2 (0.17%) VMware Workstation
15 1 (0.084%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 75 (6.29%) SCCM
2 63 (5.29%) FortiGate
3 46 (3.86%) Ansible
4 41 (3.44%) Terraform
5 40 (3.36%) Microsoft Intune
6 14 (1.17%) SCOM
7 12 (1.01%) vCenter Server
8 11 (0.92%) Cisco CUCM
9 10 (0.84%) AirWatch
9 10 (0.84%) Cisco Prime
9 10 (0.84%) Kubernetes
9 10 (0.84%) Microsoft Clustering
10 8 (0.67%) AppManager
11 6 (0.50%) Active Directory Federation Services
11 6 (0.50%) WhatsUp Gold
12 5 (0.42%) Nagios
13 4 (0.34%) CASB
13 4 (0.34%) SolarWinds Orion
13 4 (0.34%) TrustSec
13 4 (0.34%) WSUS
Vendors
1 584 (48.99%) Cisco
2 254 (21.31%) Microsoft
3 201 (16.86%) VMware
4 143 (12.00%) Juniper
5 108 (9.06%) CheckPoint
6 102 (8.56%) Aruba
7 100 (8.39%) Meraki
8 96 (8.05%) Palo Alto
9 94 (7.89%) Citrix
10 78 (6.54%) F5
11 77 (6.46%) Fortinet
11 77 (6.46%) HP
12 59 (4.95%) SolarWinds
13 45 (3.78%) Oracle
14 39 (3.27%) Zscaler
15 32 (2.68%) Google
16 30 (2.52%) McAfee
17 27 (2.27%) ServiceNow
18 22 (1.85%) Blue Coat
18 22 (1.85%) IBM