Period
to 17 October 2017

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 17 October 2017 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
17 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 147 111 109
Rank change year-on-year -36 -2 +5
Contract jobs citing LAN 1812 2289 2348
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.83% 2.15% 2.07%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 13.22% 13.65% 14.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 1128 1440 1431
UK median daily rate £363 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.38% +14.29% +0.73%
10th Percentile £163 £210 £183
90th Percentile £538 £576 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £375 £350
% change year-on-year -6.67% +7.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 136 100 173
UK median hourly rate £19.66 £21.00 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.38% +13.51% +5.71%
10th Percentile £12.24 £12.57 £11.60
90th Percentile £46.50 £48.08 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.90 £21.00 £18.25
% change year-on-year -5.24% +15.07% +4.29%

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 13705 16771 15795
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.81% 15.73% 13.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 8326 10205 9028
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -
10th Percentile £190 £220 £213
90th Percentile £581 £575 £544
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £360
% change year-on-year - +4.17% +3.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 726 849 1038
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £25.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.00% +25.00% -
10th Percentile £11.13 £11.72 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.25 £25.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year -24.51% +27.50% -

LAN
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for LAN in the UK

LAN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing LAN.

Contractor daily rate trend for LAN in the UK

LAN
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing LAN over the 6 months to 17 October 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for LAN in the UK

LAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing LAN.

Contractor hourly rate trend for LAN in the UK

LAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing LAN over the 6 months to 17 October 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for LAN in the UK

LAN
Top 16 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 17 October 2017. 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 -27 1671 £370 -7.50% 267
UK excluding London -22 1186 £350 -6.67% 198
London -26 611 £375 -14.29% 79
South East -27 360 £385 +2.67% 61
Midlands 0 216 £365 +4.29% 44
North of England -7 195 £350 -16.67% 52
West Midlands +5 170 £381 +11.48% 23
East of England -20 159 £370 +12.98% 20
South West -17 131 £313 -0.40% 11
Scotland +7 106 £325 -17.20% 6
North West -40 92 £350 -17.65% 38
Yorkshire +21 86 £341 -9.00% 12
East Midlands -20 44 £278 -30.63% 20
Wales -22 24 £280 -30.00% 4
North East +25 17 £369 -5.45% 2
Northern Ireland -62 1 - -

For the 6 months to 17 October 2017, IT contractor jobs citing LAN also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for LAN.

1 1489 (82.17%) WAN
2 874 (48.23%) Cisco
3 710 (39.18%) Firewall
4 634 (34.99%) Windows
5 478 (26.38%) Active Directory
6 456 (25.17%) Cisco Certification
7 411 (22.68%) Microsoft
8 359 (19.81%) VMware
9 356 (19.65%) Wireless
10 354 (19.54%) Data Centre
11 345 (19.04%) VPN
12 322 (17.77%) TCP/IP
13 309 (17.05%) ITIL
13 309 (17.05%) Windows Server
14 292 (16.11%) CCNP
15 289 (15.95%) DNS
16 273 (15.07%) Security Cleared
17 240 (13.25%) Finance
18 237 (13.08%) Juniper
19 236 (13.02%) Linux
20 234 (12.91%) Wi-Fi
21 231 (12.75%) VMware Infrastructure
22 224 (12.36%) DHCP
23 214 (11.81%) CheckPoint
24 212 (11.70%) MPLS
24 212 (11.70%) VoIP
25 208 (11.48%) Citrix
26 205 (11.31%) CCNA
27 197 (10.87%) Network Security
28 189 (10.43%) SC Cleared

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
1 184 (10.15%) MS Exchange
2 69 (3.81%) Exchange Server 2010
3 56 (3.09%) Skype for Business
4 48 (2.65%) SharePoint
5 46 (2.54%) IIS
6 27 (1.49%) Exchange Server 2007
7 23 (1.27%) OpenStack
8 21 (1.16%) Exchange Server 2013
9 18 (0.99%) Tomcat
10 16 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2003
11 15 (0.83%) Apache Spark
12 12 (0.66%) Apache
12 12 (0.66%) IBM Notes
13 10 (0.55%) Confluence
13 10 (0.55%) JBoss
14 9 (0.50%) Elasticsearch
15 7 (0.39%) CMS
16 6 (0.33%) WebSphere
17 5 (0.28%) SAS
18 4 (0.22%) Drupal
Applications
1 170 (9.38%) Microsoft Office
2 50 (2.76%) Microsoft Excel
3 34 (1.88%) MS Visio
4 21 (1.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 14 (0.77%) Microsoft Project
6 7 (0.39%) Acrobat
6 7 (0.39%) PaintShop Pro
7 6 (0.33%) Houdini
7 6 (0.33%) Maya
7 6 (0.33%) NUKE
7 6 (0.33%) Photoshop
8 5 (0.28%) HipChat
8 5 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 8 (0.44%) Dynamics AX
2 7 (0.39%) Eikon
3 4 (0.22%) RMDS
4 3 (0.17%) ION MarketView
4 3 (0.17%) Maximo
4 3 (0.17%) thinkFolio
5 2 (0.11%) Dynamics CRM
5 2 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.055%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.055%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 1 (0.055%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 151 (8.33%) Office 365
2 110 (6.07%) Microsoft Azure
3 99 (5.46%) Amazon AWS
4 43 (2.37%) IaaS
5 35 (1.93%) PaaS
5 35 (1.93%) SaaS
6 16 (0.88%) Azure Active Directory
7 15 (0.83%) GitHub
8 8 (0.44%) AWS CloudFormation
8 8 (0.44%) Cloud Computing
8 8 (0.44%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 7 (0.39%) OpenShift
10 6 (0.33%) Google Cloud Platform
10 6 (0.33%) IBM Cloud
11 5 (0.28%) Mimecast
12 3 (0.17%) Yammer
13 2 (0.11%) Cloudflare
14 1 (0.055%) OneDrive
14 1 (0.055%) Route 53
14 1 (0.055%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 1489 (82.17%) WAN
2 710 (39.18%) Firewall
3 356 (19.65%) Wireless
4 345 (19.04%) VPN
5 322 (17.77%) TCP/IP
6 289 (15.95%) DNS
7 234 (12.91%) Wi-Fi
8 224 (12.36%) DHCP
9 212 (11.70%) MPLS
9 212 (11.70%) VoIP
10 197 (10.87%) Network Security
11 171 (9.44%) BGP
12 162 (8.94%) WLAN
13 152 (8.39%) Internet
14 151 (8.33%) Cisco ASA
15 144 (7.95%) OSPF
16 142 (7.84%) SAN
17 140 (7.73%) VLAN
18 116 (6.40%) Cisco Nexus
19 105 (5.79%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 108 (5.96%) SQL Server
2 32 (1.77%) Big Data
3 25 (1.38%) SQL Server 2008
4 17 (0.94%) Hadoop
5 15 (0.83%) Apache Hive
5 15 (0.83%) HBase
5 15 (0.83%) Impala
5 15 (0.83%) MySQL
5 15 (0.83%) SQL Server 2012
5 15 (0.83%) Sqoop
6 12 (0.66%) Apache Cassandra
6 12 (0.66%) MongoDB
7 11 (0.61%) MS Access
8 9 (0.50%) Relational Database
8 9 (0.50%) SQL Server 2005
9 7 (0.39%) Power BI
10 6 (0.33%) NoSQL
10 6 (0.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 5 (0.28%) PostgreSQL
12 3 (0.17%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 33 (1.82%) Git (software)
2 28 (1.55%) Jenkins
3 17 (0.94%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 14 (0.77%) JIRA
5 7 (0.39%) Team Foundation Server
5 7 (0.39%) Visual Studio
6 6 (0.33%) TeamCity
7 5 (0.28%) Bitbucket
7 5 (0.28%) git-flow
7 5 (0.28%) Maven
8 4 (0.22%) Metasploit
8 4 (0.22%) MSI
8 4 (0.22%) Oracle APEX
8 4 (0.22%) Visual Studio Team System
9 3 (0.17%) Artifactory
10 2 (0.11%) AdminStudio
11 1 (0.055%) Eclipse
11 1 (0.055%) Sonatype Nexus
11 1 (0.055%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 240 (13.25%) Finance
2 186 (10.26%) Telecoms
3 77 (4.25%) Banking
4 59 (3.26%) Retail
5 36 (1.99%) Manufacturing
5 36 (1.99%) Marketing
6 30 (1.66%) Legal
7 22 (1.21%) Back Office
7 22 (1.21%) Electronics
7 22 (1.21%) Law
8 16 (0.88%) Investment Banking
8 16 (0.88%) Publishing
9 11 (0.61%) Billing
10 7 (0.39%) Financial Institution
11 6 (0.33%) French Language
12 5 (0.28%) Pharmaceutical
13 4 (0.22%) Advertising
13 4 (0.22%) Multimedia
13 4 (0.22%) Music Industry
14 3 (0.17%) Military
Job Titles
1 445 (24.56%) Network Engineer
2 210 (11.59%) Architect
3 166 (9.16%) Support Engineer
4 165 (9.11%) Project Manager
5 151 (8.33%) Analyst
6 142 (7.84%) Cisco Engineer
7 125 (6.90%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 105 (5.79%) Network Architect
9 104 (5.74%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 93 (5.13%) Desktop Support
11 85 (4.69%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 71 (3.92%) Infrastructure Manager
13 66 (3.64%) Administrator
14 64 (3.53%) 3rd Line Support
14 64 (3.53%) Infrastructure Project Manager
15 60 (3.31%) 2nd Line Support
15 60 (3.31%) Support Analyst
16 56 (3.09%) Consultant
17 49 (2.70%) Desktop Engineer
17 49 (2.70%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (2.48%) 802.1X
2 25 (1.38%) Sensu
3 24 (1.32%) HTML
3 24 (1.32%) Web Services
4 23 (1.27%) .NET
5 21 (1.16%) Elastic Stack
6 19 (1.05%) Middleware
7 18 (0.99%) XML
8 15 (0.83%) Kafka
8 15 (0.83%) Spark Streaming
9 13 (0.72%) REST
10 12 (0.66%) Node.js
11 9 (0.50%) LAMP
12 8 (0.44%) SOAP
13 6 (0.33%) .NET Framework
14 5 (0.28%) jQuery
14 5 (0.28%) JSON
15 4 (0.22%) Ajax
15 4 (0.22%) XHTML
16 3 (0.17%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 354 (19.54%) Data Centre
2 86 (4.75%) Management Information System
3 84 (4.64%) Analytical Skills
4 51 (2.81%) Computer Science
5 44 (2.43%) Private Cloud
6 39 (2.15%) Blackberry
7 38 (2.10%) Video Conferencing
8 29 (1.60%) Driving Licence
8 29 (1.60%) NHS
9 28 (1.55%) Client/Server
9 28 (1.55%) Clustering
10 27 (1.49%) Replication
11 25 (1.38%) Enterprise Software
11 25 (1.38%) iPhone
12 23 (1.27%) PKI
13 18 (0.99%) BYOD
13 18 (0.99%) iPad
14 17 (0.94%) Smartphone
15 16 (0.88%) Public Cloud
16 14 (0.77%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 634 (34.99%) Windows
2 309 (17.05%) Windows Server
3 236 (13.02%) Linux
4 175 (9.66%) Windows Server 2008
5 174 (9.60%) Windows Server 2012
6 163 (9.00%) Windows 7
7 104 (5.74%) Unix
8 89 (4.91%) Windows 10
9 64 (3.53%) Windows Server 2003
10 46 (2.54%) Apple iOS
10 46 (2.54%) Windows 8
11 43 (2.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 35 (1.93%) CentOS
13 34 (1.88%) Windows XP
14 31 (1.71%) Android
15 23 (1.27%) Mac OS X
16 16 (0.88%) Windows Phone
17 13 (0.72%) Mac OS
17 13 (0.72%) Windows Vista
18 12 (0.66%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 309 (17.05%) ITIL
2 166 (9.16%) Migration
3 159 (8.77%) Network Design
4 144 (7.95%) Project Management
5 130 (7.17%) PRINCE2
6 108 (5.96%) Network Management
7 94 (5.19%) Agile Software Development
8 93 (5.13%) Service Management
9 89 (4.91%) Change Management
10 88 (4.86%) Service Delivery
11 86 (4.75%) Information Security
12 82 (4.53%) DevOps
13 79 (4.36%) Load Balancing
14 75 (4.14%) Network Monitoring
14 75 (4.14%) Stakeholder Management
15 73 (4.03%) Disaster Recovery
16 70 (3.86%) Configuration Management
17 63 (3.48%) High Availability
18 52 (2.87%) Patch Management
19 50 (2.76%) Presales
Programming Languages
1 128 (7.06%) SQL
2 86 (4.75%) PowerShell
3 72 (3.97%) Python
4 51 (2.81%) Java
5 35 (1.93%) Perl
5 35 (1.93%) Shell Script
6 30 (1.66%) C
7 29 (1.60%) Bash Shell
8 28 (1.55%) PHP
9 21 (1.16%) VB
10 19 (1.05%) VBScript
11 11 (0.61%) JavaScript
12 9 (0.50%) Ruby
13 8 (0.44%) C++
13 8 (0.44%) Groovy
14 7 (0.39%) Lisp
15 6 (0.33%) C#
15 6 (0.33%) VBA
16 5 (0.28%) Delphi
17 2 (0.11%) Korn
Qualifications
1 456 (25.17%) Cisco Certification
2 292 (16.11%) CCNP
3 273 (15.07%) Security Cleared
4 205 (11.31%) CCNA
5 189 (10.43%) SC Cleared
6 144 (7.95%) CCIE
7 133 (7.34%) Degree
8 120 (6.62%) Microsoft Certification
9 81 (4.47%) MCSE
10 72 (3.97%) DV Cleared
11 52 (2.87%) JNCIA
11 52 (2.87%) MCP
12 47 (2.59%) CCDP
13 43 (2.37%) CCSE
14 40 (2.21%) Computer Science Degree
15 38 (2.10%) CCSA
16 36 (1.99%) CISSP
17 35 (1.93%) PMP
18 33 (1.82%) JNCIS
19 32 (1.77%) JNCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 92 (5.08%) SLA
2 25 (1.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 24 (1.32%) PCI DSS
4 22 (1.21%) QA
5 21 (1.16%) PMO
6 14 (0.77%) Disclosure Scotland
7 11 (0.61%) GDPR
8 10 (0.55%) RMADS
9 9 (0.50%) JSP 440
10 8 (0.44%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 6 (0.33%) MiFID
12 4 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials
13 3 (0.17%) AIFMD
13 3 (0.17%) FATCA
13 3 (0.17%) IFRS
13 3 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 2 (0.11%) HIPAA
15 1 (0.055%) FedRAMP
15 1 (0.055%) GMP
System Software
1 478 (26.38%) Active Directory
2 231 (12.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 79 (4.36%) Hyper-V
4 58 (3.20%) vSphere
5 53 (2.92%) VMware ESXi
6 48 (2.65%) XenApp
7 34 (1.88%) Virtual Servers
8 26 (1.43%) Docker
9 24 (1.32%) VMware NSX
10 22 (1.21%) XenDesktop
11 21 (1.16%) Samba
12 16 (0.88%) Microsoft App-V
13 15 (0.83%) Apache Flume
13 15 (0.83%) ProxySG
14 14 (0.77%) Virtual Desktop
15 13 (0.72%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 11 (0.61%) Virtual Machines
16 11 (0.61%) Xen
17 10 (0.55%) Firmware
17 10 (0.55%) KVM
Systems Management
1 116 (6.40%) SCCM
2 56 (3.09%) FortiGate
3 46 (2.54%) Cisco Prime
4 38 (2.10%) Ansible
5 34 (1.88%) WSUS
6 33 (1.82%) SCOM
7 30 (1.66%) AirWatch
8 24 (1.32%) Kubernetes
8 24 (1.32%) Nessus
9 23 (1.27%) Norton AntiVirus
10 22 (1.21%) Cisco CUCM
11 21 (1.16%) Puppet
12 20 (1.10%) Opscode Chef
13 18 (0.99%) Nagios
14 16 (0.88%) NetBackup
14 16 (0.88%) Prometheus
15 15 (0.83%) Cacti
15 15 (0.83%) QRadar
16 14 (0.77%) McAfee ePO
17 13 (0.72%) Grafana
Vendors
1 874 (48.23%) Cisco
2 411 (22.68%) Microsoft
3 359 (19.81%) VMware
4 237 (13.08%) Juniper
5 214 (11.81%) CheckPoint
6 208 (11.48%) Citrix
7 182 (10.04%) HP
8 147 (8.11%) F5
9 116 (6.40%) SolarWinds
10 93 (5.13%) Palo Alto
11 90 (4.97%) Riverbed
12 79 (4.36%) Fortinet
13 63 (3.48%) Oracle
14 56 (3.09%) Dell
15 52 (2.87%) Red Hat
16 48 (2.65%) Avaya
16 48 (2.65%) NetApp
17 47 (2.59%) Aruba
18 46 (2.54%) Splunk
19 44 (2.43%) Apple