Period
to 16 August 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 16 August 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
16 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 142 114 99
Rank change year-on-year -28 -15 +24
Contract jobs citing LAN 1755 2328 2423
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.84% 2.14% 2.15%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 13.29% 13.58% 14.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 1127 1426 1463
UK median daily rate £375 £398 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.66% +13.57% +3.70%
10th Percentile £170 £210 £183
90th Percentile £538 £586 £509
UK excluding London median daily rate £357 £375 £338
% change year-on-year -4.93% +11.11% +8.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 138 121 166
UK median hourly rate £19.66 £21.50 £18.85
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.56% +14.06% +6.20%
10th Percentile £11.84 £12.50 £11.63
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.83 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.66 £22.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year -10.64% +12.82% +11.43%

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

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 13205 17143 16228
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.81% 15.73% 14.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 7920 10389 9132
UK median daily rate £408 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.88% +6.67% +1.35%
10th Percentile £200 £224 £204
90th Percentile £575 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 744 822 957
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £25.00 £20.94
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.00% +19.42% +7.36%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £45.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £26.00 £20.94
% change year-on-year -28.85% +24.19% +10.18%

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 16 August 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 16 August 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 16 August 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 1605 £375 -6.25% 265
UK excluding London -18 1173 £357 -4.93% 208
London -26 559 £400 -10.86% 70
South East -22 346 £395 +8.22% 44
North of England +5 220 £375 -1.45% 60
Midlands -7 193 £350 -4.44% 39
South West -18 144 £313 -9.42% 17
East of England -22 141 £350 -9.68% 35
West Midlands +4 139 £388 +8.77% 33
Scotland +20 112 £350 -9.97% 10
North West +3 101 £350 -12.50% 43
Yorkshire +12 83 £375 +3.45% 14
East Midlands -23 51 £283 -33.53% 6
North East +26 36 £445 +11.25% 3
Wales -5 21 £300 -20.00% 3
Northern Ireland -66 1 - -

For the 6 months to 16 August 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 1453 (82.79%) WAN
2 868 (49.46%) Cisco
3 727 (41.42%) Firewall
4 609 (34.70%) Windows
5 474 (27.01%) Cisco Certification
6 414 (23.59%) Active Directory
7 378 (21.54%) Microsoft
8 364 (20.74%) Wireless
9 356 (20.28%) VPN
10 341 (19.43%) Data Centre
11 327 (18.63%) VMware
12 324 (18.46%) CCNP
13 315 (17.95%) ITIL
13 315 (17.95%) Security Cleared
14 307 (17.49%) TCP/IP
15 296 (16.87%) DNS
16 267 (15.21%) Juniper
17 265 (15.10%) Windows Server
18 232 (13.22%) CheckPoint
19 226 (12.88%) Linux
20 215 (12.25%) DHCP
20 215 (12.25%) VMware Infrastructure
21 213 (12.14%) SC Cleared
22 210 (11.97%) Finance
23 209 (11.91%) Wi-Fi
24 208 (11.85%) CCNA
25 205 (11.68%) MPLS
26 202 (11.51%) Network Design
27 197 (11.23%) VoIP
27 197 (11.23%) Telecoms

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
1 142 (8.09%) MS Exchange
2 68 (3.87%) Skype for Business
3 53 (3.02%) Exchange Server 2010
3 53 (3.02%) IIS
4 51 (2.91%) SharePoint
5 24 (1.37%) OpenStack
6 23 (1.31%) Exchange Server 2013
7 22 (1.25%) Tomcat
8 18 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2007
9 15 (0.85%) Apache Spark
10 14 (0.80%) Apache
11 9 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2003
12 8 (0.46%) Confluence
13 7 (0.40%) WebSphere
14 6 (0.34%) CMS
14 6 (0.34%) JBoss
15 5 (0.28%) IBM Notes
16 4 (0.23%) Elasticsearch
16 4 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2000
16 4 (0.23%) Exchange Server 5.5
Applications
1 134 (7.64%) Microsoft Office
2 45 (2.56%) Microsoft Excel
3 29 (1.65%) MS Visio
4 14 (0.80%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (0.34%) Houdini
5 6 (0.34%) Maya
5 6 (0.34%) Microsoft Project
5 6 (0.34%) NUKE
5 6 (0.34%) Photoshop
6 3 (0.17%) Acrobat
7 2 (0.11%) PaintShop Pro
7 2 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.057%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 7 (0.40%) Dynamics AX
2 6 (0.34%) Eikon
3 4 (0.23%) thinkFolio
4 2 (0.11%) RMDS
5 1 (0.057%) assyst
5 1 (0.057%) ION MarketView
5 1 (0.057%) Maximo
5 1 (0.057%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.057%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.057%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 1 (0.057%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 129 (7.35%) Office 365
2 107 (6.10%) Microsoft Azure
3 92 (5.24%) Amazon AWS
4 35 (1.99%) IaaS
5 29 (1.65%) SaaS
6 27 (1.54%) PaaS
7 15 (0.85%) GitHub
8 13 (0.74%) Azure Active Directory
8 13 (0.74%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 11 (0.63%) AWS CloudFormation
10 9 (0.51%) Cloud Computing
11 8 (0.46%) Yammer
12 6 (0.34%) Google Cloud Platform
12 6 (0.34%) IBM Cloud
13 5 (0.28%) Mimecast
14 3 (0.17%) Akamai
14 3 (0.17%) Amazon S3
14 3 (0.17%) G Suite
15 2 (0.11%) Amazon EC2
15 2 (0.11%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 1453 (82.79%) WAN
2 727 (41.42%) Firewall
3 364 (20.74%) Wireless
4 356 (20.28%) VPN
5 307 (17.49%) TCP/IP
6 296 (16.87%) DNS
7 215 (12.25%) DHCP
8 209 (11.91%) Wi-Fi
9 205 (11.68%) MPLS
10 197 (11.23%) VoIP
11 189 (10.77%) Network Security
12 183 (10.43%) BGP
13 165 (9.40%) Cisco ASA
14 160 (9.12%) WLAN
15 152 (8.66%) OSPF
16 134 (7.64%) Internet
16 134 (7.64%) VLAN
17 125 (7.12%) Cisco IOS
17 125 (7.12%) SAN
18 117 (6.67%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 107 (6.10%) SQL Server
2 27 (1.54%) Relational Database
3 26 (1.48%) Big Data
4 21 (1.20%) MySQL
5 19 (1.08%) Hadoop
5 19 (1.08%) SQL Server 2012
6 17 (0.97%) HBase
7 15 (0.85%) Apache Hive
7 15 (0.85%) Impala
7 15 (0.85%) SQL Server 2008
7 15 (0.85%) Sqoop
8 14 (0.80%) Apache Cassandra
8 14 (0.80%) MongoDB
9 11 (0.63%) MS Access
10 8 (0.46%) SQL Server 2005
11 7 (0.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 6 (0.34%) Oracle Database
12 6 (0.34%) RDBMS
13 5 (0.28%) Power BI
14 4 (0.23%) Redis
Development Applications
1 26 (1.48%) Git (software)
2 23 (1.31%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 19 (1.08%) Jenkins
4 12 (0.68%) JIRA
5 9 (0.51%) Visual Studio
6 7 (0.40%) Team Foundation Server
7 6 (0.34%) Visual Studio Team System
8 4 (0.23%) AdminStudio
8 4 (0.23%) MSI
8 4 (0.23%) TeamCity
9 2 (0.11%) Artifactory
9 2 (0.11%) Eclipse
9 2 (0.11%) Oracle APEX
9 2 (0.11%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 2 (0.11%) TestPartner
10 1 (0.057%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 210 (11.97%) Finance
2 197 (11.23%) Telecoms
3 70 (3.99%) Banking
4 54 (3.08%) Retail
5 40 (2.28%) Manufacturing
6 36 (2.05%) Marketing
7 21 (1.20%) Back Office
7 21 (1.20%) Electronics
8 19 (1.08%) Law
9 17 (0.97%) Legal
10 12 (0.68%) Investment Banking
10 12 (0.68%) Publishing
11 10 (0.57%) Local Government
12 8 (0.46%) Multimedia
13 7 (0.40%) Billing
14 5 (0.28%) Advertising
14 5 (0.28%) Financial Institution
15 4 (0.23%) French Language
15 4 (0.23%) Pharmaceutical
16 3 (0.17%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 450 (25.64%) Network Engineer
2 199 (11.34%) Architect
3 156 (8.89%) Support Engineer
4 154 (8.77%) Project Manager
5 153 (8.72%) Analyst
6 123 (7.01%) Cisco Engineer
7 113 (6.44%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 108 (6.15%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 84 (4.79%) Network Architect
10 80 (4.56%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 73 (4.16%) Consultant
12 66 (3.76%) Desktop Support
13 65 (3.70%) Infrastructure Manager
14 64 (3.65%) Administrator
15 61 (3.48%) 3rd Line Support
16 54 (3.08%) Infrastructure Project Manager
16 54 (3.08%) Support Analyst
17 52 (2.96%) Senior Network Engineer
18 51 (2.91%) 2nd Line Support
19 49 (2.79%) Network Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (3.08%) 802.1X
2 28 (1.60%) Web Services
3 27 (1.54%) Sensu
4 25 (1.42%) Elastic Stack
5 23 (1.31%) HTML
6 21 (1.20%) Middleware
7 18 (1.03%) .NET
8 15 (0.85%) Kafka
8 15 (0.85%) Spark Streaming
8 15 (0.85%) XML
9 10 (0.57%) LAMP
10 7 (0.40%) .NET Framework
10 7 (0.40%) REST
10 7 (0.40%) SOAP
11 6 (0.34%) Node.js
12 5 (0.28%) jQuery
13 4 (0.23%) SAML
13 4 (0.23%) Software Packaging
13 4 (0.23%) XSLT
14 2 (0.11%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 341 (19.43%) Data Centre
2 75 (4.27%) Management Information System
3 74 (4.22%) Analytical Skills
4 55 (3.13%) Computer Science
5 52 (2.96%) Private Cloud
6 33 (1.88%) Video Conferencing
7 30 (1.71%) Driving Licence
7 30 (1.71%) NHS
8 28 (1.60%) Clustering
9 23 (1.31%) PKI
10 22 (1.25%) Blackberry
11 21 (1.20%) Enterprise Software
11 21 (1.20%) Smartphone
12 19 (1.08%) Public Cloud
13 18 (1.03%) Replication
14 17 (0.97%) Client/Server
14 17 (0.97%) Linux Command Line
15 16 (0.91%) BYOD
16 15 (0.85%) Video on Demand
17 14 (0.80%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 609 (34.70%) Windows
2 265 (15.10%) Windows Server
3 226 (12.88%) Linux
4 159 (9.06%) Windows Server 2008
5 154 (8.77%) Windows Server 2012
6 129 (7.35%) Windows 7
7 108 (6.15%) Unix
8 81 (4.62%) Windows 10
9 54 (3.08%) Windows Server 2003
10 38 (2.17%) Windows 8
11 36 (2.05%) Android
12 35 (1.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 32 (1.82%) Apple iOS
14 30 (1.71%) CentOS
14 30 (1.71%) Windows XP
15 26 (1.48%) Mac OS X
16 19 (1.08%) Solaris
17 18 (1.03%) Windows Phone
18 12 (0.68%) AIX
19 10 (0.57%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 315 (17.95%) ITIL
2 202 (11.51%) Network Design
3 171 (9.74%) Migration
4 131 (7.46%) Project Management
5 115 (6.55%) Service Management
6 107 (6.10%) Network Management
7 106 (6.04%) PRINCE2
8 96 (5.47%) Information Security
9 85 (4.84%) Load Balancing
10 84 (4.79%) Disaster Recovery
11 79 (4.50%) Change Management
12 78 (4.44%) Configuration Management
13 77 (4.39%) High Availability
14 75 (4.27%) Agile Software Development
15 74 (4.22%) DevOps
16 72 (4.10%) Stakeholder Management
17 71 (4.05%) Network Monitoring
18 69 (3.93%) Service Delivery
19 62 (3.53%) Network Architecture
20 52 (2.96%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 109 (6.21%) SQL
2 84 (4.79%) PowerShell
3 56 (3.19%) Python
4 41 (2.34%) Java
5 34 (1.94%) Perl
6 32 (1.82%) Shell Script
7 31 (1.77%) PHP
8 23 (1.31%) VB
8 23 (1.31%) VBScript
9 21 (1.20%) C
10 11 (0.63%) JavaScript
11 9 (0.51%) Bash Shell
12 8 (0.46%) C++
13 7 (0.40%) C#
13 7 (0.40%) Lisp
14 6 (0.34%) Ruby
15 5 (0.28%) Delphi
16 4 (0.23%) VBA
17 3 (0.17%) Groovy
18 2 (0.11%) Korn
Qualifications
1 474 (27.01%) Cisco Certification
2 324 (18.46%) CCNP
3 315 (17.95%) Security Cleared
4 213 (12.14%) SC Cleared
5 208 (11.85%) CCNA
6 155 (8.83%) CCIE
7 144 (8.21%) Degree
8 92 (5.24%) DV Cleared
9 69 (3.93%) Microsoft Certification
10 66 (3.76%) JNCIA
11 62 (3.53%) CCDP
12 52 (2.96%) CCSE
13 50 (2.85%) CCSA
14 47 (2.68%) JNCIE
15 46 (2.62%) Computer Science Degree
16 43 (2.45%) MCSE
17 39 (2.22%) CISSP
18 38 (2.17%) CCIP
19 34 (1.94%) JNCIS
19 34 (1.94%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 66 (3.76%) SLA
2 21 (1.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 20 (1.14%) PCI DSS
4 19 (1.08%) PMO
4 19 (1.08%) QA
5 10 (0.57%) Disclosure Scotland
6 6 (0.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 5 (0.28%) GDPR
8 4 (0.23%) JSP 440
9 3 (0.17%) COBIT
9 3 (0.17%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 3 (0.17%) MiFID
9 3 (0.17%) RMADS
10 2 (0.11%) GMP
11 1 (0.057%) AIFMD
11 1 (0.057%) FATCA
11 1 (0.057%) GPG13
11 1 (0.057%) HIPAA
11 1 (0.057%) ISO 9001
11 1 (0.057%) P3O
System Software
1 414 (23.59%) Active Directory
2 215 (12.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 76 (4.33%) Hyper-V
4 39 (2.22%) vSphere
5 38 (2.17%) VMware ESXi
6 36 (2.05%) XenApp
7 23 (1.31%) Virtual Servers
8 21 (1.20%) Docker
9 19 (1.08%) XenDesktop
10 18 (1.03%) VMware NSX
11 17 (0.97%) Virtual Machines
11 17 (0.97%) Xen
12 15 (0.85%) Apache Flume
12 15 (0.85%) Microsoft App-V
13 14 (0.80%) KVM
13 14 (0.80%) Virtual Desktop
14 12 (0.68%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 12 (0.68%) ProxySG
15 11 (0.63%) Samba
16 9 (0.51%) NFS
Systems Management
1 104 (5.93%) SCCM
2 64 (3.65%) FortiGate
3 42 (2.39%) Cisco Prime
4 33 (1.88%) Ansible
4 33 (1.88%) SCOM
5 31 (1.77%) WSUS
6 29 (1.65%) AirWatch
7 25 (1.42%) Cisco CUCM
8 24 (1.37%) Puppet
9 19 (1.08%) Kubernetes
9 19 (1.08%) McAfee ePO
10 18 (1.03%) Opscode Chef
10 18 (1.03%) QRadar
11 16 (0.91%) logstash
11 16 (0.91%) NetBackup
11 16 (0.91%) Norton AntiVirus
11 16 (0.91%) Prometheus
12 15 (0.85%) Cacti
12 15 (0.85%) Grafana
12 15 (0.85%) Nagios
Vendors
1 868 (49.46%) Cisco
2 378 (21.54%) Microsoft
3 327 (18.63%) VMware
4 267 (15.21%) Juniper
5 232 (13.22%) CheckPoint
6 196 (11.17%) HP
7 186 (10.60%) Citrix
8 177 (10.09%) F5
9 104 (5.93%) Palo Alto
10 99 (5.64%) SolarWinds
11 98 (5.58%) Fortinet
12 96 (5.47%) Riverbed
13 63 (3.59%) Dell
13 63 (3.59%) Oracle
14 54 (3.08%) Red Hat
15 52 (2.96%) NetApp
16 50 (2.85%) Aruba
17 41 (2.34%) McAfee
18 40 (2.28%) Avaya
19 36 (2.05%) Blue Coat