Period
to 23 January 2020

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 23 January 2020 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
23 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 134 160 162
Rank change year-on-year +26 +2 -55
Contract jobs citing LAN 1,408 1,760 1,644
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.94% 1.77% 1.63%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.08% 13.81% 12.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 912 1,120 965
UK median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.14% -6.67%
10th Percentile £152 £155 £153
90th Percentile £540 £550 £545
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £360 £340
% change year-on-year +6.94% +5.88% -6.21%
Number of hourly rates quoted 93 100 103
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £21.79 £17.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.23% +25.42% -19.19%
10th Percentile £12.94 £11.99 £12.75
90th Percentile £51.75 £66.08 £32.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.65 £18.50 £17.31
% change year-on-year +0.81% +6.86% -9.18%

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 9,997 12,741 13,429
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.80% 12.78% 13.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,003 7,685 8,293
UK median daily rate £413 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.94% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £183 £200 £181
90th Percentile £600 £606 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 576 601 690
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £18.70 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.32% - -16.89%
10th Percentile £13.38 £12.00 £10.99
90th Percentile £53.00 £48.75 £46.18
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year +17.14% -7.89% -15.56%

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 23 January 2020.

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 23 January 2020.

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 23 January 2020. 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 +26 1,303 £375 - 590
UK excluding London +20 933 £385 +6.94% 497
London +26 448 £370 -7.50% 124
South East +2 287 £400 +3.23% 137
North of England +8 227 £363 +3.57% 125
Midlands +66 156 £375 +4.17% 87
North West -1 127 £400 +8.11% 71
South West +16 95 £320 +6.67% 46
West Midlands +60 94 £400 +11.11% 52
East of England +27 90 £400 +14.29% 71
Yorkshire +34 69 £325 -7.14% 40
East Midlands +52 62 £224 -31.15% 35
Scotland +18 53 £405 +44.00% 18
North East +12 31 £350 +12.45% 14
Wales +29 23 £190 -49.33% 10
Northern Ireland +6 7 £145 -51.67% 3

For the 6 months to 23 January 2020, 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 1,092 (77.56%) WAN
2 753 (53.48%) Cisco
3 572 (40.63%) Firewall
4 488 (34.66%) Windows
5 435 (30.89%) Cisco Certification
6 317 (22.51%) Active Directory
7 311 (22.09%) VPN
8 305 (21.66%) CCNP
9 298 (21.16%) Wireless
10 297 (21.09%) Microsoft
11 293 (20.81%) Data Centre
12 255 (18.11%) Security Cleared
13 241 (17.12%) ITIL
14 238 (16.90%) TCP/IP
15 237 (16.83%) CCNA
16 231 (16.41%) MPLS
17 222 (15.77%) DNS
18 220 (15.63%) BGP
19 205 (14.56%) VMware
20 194 (13.78%) Office 365
21 189 (13.42%) Wi-Fi
22 187 (13.28%) Windows Server
23 183 (13.00%) Telecoms
24 181 (12.86%) WLAN
25 180 (12.78%) DHCP
26 170 (12.07%) Azure
27 169 (12.00%) SC Cleared
28 168 (11.93%) Network Security
28 168 (11.93%) OSPF
29 166 (11.79%) VoIP

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 96 (6.82%) MS Exchange
2 83 (5.89%) SharePoint
3 72 (5.11%) Skype for Business
4 20 (1.42%) IIS
5 19 (1.35%) Exchange Server 2013
6 13 (0.92%) Exchange Server 2010
7 12 (0.85%) Confluence
8 6 (0.43%) Tomcat
9 4 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2007
9 4 (0.28%) Kinematics
9 4 (0.28%) SharePoint 2013
10 2 (0.14%) OpenStack
10 2 (0.14%) SharePoint 2010
10 2 (0.14%) WebSphere
11 1 (0.071%) CMS
11 1 (0.071%) Commerce Server
11 1 (0.071%) Oracle Workflow
11 1 (0.071%) SharePoint Server
11 1 (0.071%) WebSphere Application Server
11 1 (0.071%) WordPress
Applications
1 147 (10.44%) Microsoft Office
2 36 (2.56%) Microsoft Excel
3 30 (2.13%) MS Visio
4 19 (1.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.28%) Microsoft Project
5 4 (0.28%) Simulink
5 4 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.071%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.071%) Houdini
6 1 (0.071%) Maya
Business Applications
1 10 (0.71%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.28%) Remedy ITSM
3 3 (0.21%) Line 500
3 3 (0.21%) Magento
3 3 (0.21%) SystmOne
4 2 (0.14%) Oracle Retail
5 1 (0.071%) assyst
5 1 (0.071%) Cognos Planning
5 1 (0.071%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.071%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.071%) Oracle HRMS
5 1 (0.071%) Oracle Payroll
5 1 (0.071%) PeopleSoft Financials
5 1 (0.071%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 194 (13.78%) Office 365
2 170 (12.07%) Azure
3 69 (4.90%) AWS
4 41 (2.91%) Azure Active Directory
5 30 (2.13%) IaaS
6 27 (1.92%) SaaS
7 26 (1.85%) PaaS
8 13 (0.92%) Cloud Computing
9 12 (0.85%) OneDrive
10 9 (0.64%) Mimecast
11 8 (0.57%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 6 (0.43%) Power Platform
13 5 (0.36%) GCP
13 5 (0.36%) Microsoft Flow
13 5 (0.36%) PowerApps
14 4 (0.28%) G Suite
15 3 (0.21%) Akamai
15 3 (0.21%) Yammer
16 2 (0.14%) AWS CloudFormation
16 2 (0.14%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 1,092 (77.56%) WAN
2 572 (40.63%) Firewall
3 311 (22.09%) VPN
4 298 (21.16%) Wireless
5 238 (16.90%) TCP/IP
6 231 (16.41%) MPLS
7 222 (15.77%) DNS
8 220 (15.63%) BGP
9 189 (13.42%) Wi-Fi
10 181 (12.86%) WLAN
11 180 (12.78%) DHCP
12 168 (11.93%) Network Security
12 168 (11.93%) OSPF
13 166 (11.79%) VoIP
14 164 (11.65%) Cisco ASA
15 118 (8.38%) Cisco Nexus
16 113 (8.03%) Internet
17 112 (7.95%) Ethernet
18 105 (7.46%) EIGRP
19 103 (7.32%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 57 (4.05%) SQL Server
2 14 (0.99%) SQL Server 2012
3 9 (0.64%) Relational Database
3 9 (0.64%) SQL Server 2016
4 7 (0.50%) SQL Server 2008
5 5 (0.36%) SQL Server 2014
6 3 (0.21%) MySQL
6 3 (0.21%) Oracle Database
6 3 (0.21%) Oracle Reports
6 3 (0.21%) PostgreSQL
6 3 (0.21%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 2 (0.14%) Amazon RDS
7 2 (0.14%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.071%) Big Data
8 1 (0.071%) DB2
8 1 (0.071%) Informix
8 1 (0.071%) MongoDB
8 1 (0.071%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.071%) Redis
8 1 (0.071%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 18 (1.28%) JIRA
2 17 (1.21%) Sonatype Nexus
3 11 (0.78%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 9 (0.64%) AdminStudio
4 9 (0.64%) InstallShield
5 4 (0.28%) Rational DOORS
5 4 (0.28%) Team Foundation Server
6 3 (0.21%) Git (software)
6 3 (0.21%) TestRail
7 2 (0.14%) Artifactory
7 2 (0.14%) Cucumber
7 2 (0.14%) Hudson
7 2 (0.14%) Jenkins
7 2 (0.14%) JUnit
7 2 (0.14%) Maven
7 2 (0.14%) Visual Studio
8 1 (0.071%) AutoIt
8 1 (0.071%) Mocha
8 1 (0.071%) TeamCity
General
1 183 (13.00%) Telecoms
2 140 (9.94%) Finance
3 85 (6.04%) Public Sector
4 73 (5.18%) Banking
5 45 (3.20%) Retail
6 24 (1.70%) Manufacturing
7 21 (1.49%) Investment Banking
8 15 (1.07%) Law
9 14 (0.99%) Front Office
9 14 (0.99%) Local Government
10 13 (0.92%) Publishing
11 9 (0.64%) Advertising
11 9 (0.64%) German Language
11 9 (0.64%) Marketing
11 9 (0.64%) Pharmaceutical
12 8 (0.57%) Multimedia
13 7 (0.50%) Financial Institution
13 7 (0.50%) Legal
14 6 (0.43%) Billing
14 6 (0.43%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 475 (33.74%) Network Engineer
2 144 (10.23%) Architect
3 126 (8.95%) Support Engineer
4 115 (8.17%) Analyst
5 100 (7.10%) Cisco Engineer
6 94 (6.68%) Network Architect
7 89 (6.32%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 80 (5.68%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 56 (3.98%) Project Manager
10 52 (3.69%) 2nd Line Support
11 51 (3.62%) Senior Network Engineer
12 50 (3.55%) IT Support
13 48 (3.41%) Desktop Support
13 48 (3.41%) Security Engineer
14 44 (3.13%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 40 (2.84%) Network Security Engineer
16 38 (2.70%) Consultant
17 37 (2.63%) IT Engineer
17 37 (2.63%) Support Analyst
18 35 (2.49%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 61 (4.33%) 802.1X
2 17 (1.21%) Web Services
3 9 (0.64%) Middleware
4 7 (0.50%) LDAP
5 4 (0.28%) XML
6 3 (0.21%) FIX Protocol
7 2 (0.14%) Apache Camel
7 2 (0.14%) FFmpeg
7 2 (0.14%) Hibernate
7 2 (0.14%) HTML
7 2 (0.14%) JSON
7 2 (0.14%) LAMP
7 2 (0.14%) ModSecurity
7 2 (0.14%) OLE
7 2 (0.14%) SailPoint
7 2 (0.14%) SOAP
7 2 (0.14%) TIBCO EMS
7 2 (0.14%) WireMock
8 1 (0.071%) Jinja
8 1 (0.071%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 293 (20.81%) Data Centre
2 64 (4.55%) Video Conferencing
3 59 (4.19%) Analytical Skills
4 39 (2.77%) Management Information System
5 25 (1.78%) Smartphone
6 23 (1.63%) PKI
6 23 (1.63%) Self-Motivation
7 22 (1.56%) User Experience
8 21 (1.49%) NHS
9 19 (1.35%) Driving Licence
9 19 (1.35%) Private Cloud
10 18 (1.28%) Handset
11 17 (1.21%) iPhone
12 15 (1.07%) Public Cloud
13 13 (0.92%) iPad
13 13 (0.92%) Replication
14 12 (0.85%) CCTV
14 12 (0.85%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
14 12 (0.85%) Fibre Optics
15 11 (0.78%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 488 (34.66%) Windows
2 187 (13.28%) Windows Server
3 166 (11.79%) Windows 10
4 145 (10.30%) Windows 7
5 110 (7.81%) Linux
6 78 (5.54%) Windows Server 2008
7 77 (5.47%) Windows Server 2012
8 48 (3.41%) Android
9 29 (2.06%) Mac OS
10 23 (1.63%) Windows Server 2003
11 21 (1.49%) Apple iOS
11 21 (1.49%) Unix
12 12 (0.85%) Mac OS X
13 10 (0.71%) Windows 8
14 9 (0.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 7 (0.50%) CentOS
15 7 (0.50%) Solaris
16 6 (0.43%) SUSE
16 6 (0.43%) Ubuntu
16 6 (0.43%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 241 (17.12%) ITIL
2 141 (10.01%) Migration
3 138 (9.80%) Network Design
4 101 (7.17%) Change Management
5 100 (7.10%) Problem-Solving
6 96 (6.82%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 88 (6.25%) Service Delivery
8 87 (6.18%) Project Delivery
9 84 (5.97%) Project Management
10 83 (5.89%) Load Balancing
11 73 (5.18%) Network Management
12 70 (4.97%) Disaster Recovery
13 69 (4.90%) Incident Management
14 65 (4.62%) Service Management
15 56 (3.98%) Agile Software Development
15 56 (3.98%) Network Architecture
16 52 (3.69%) Stakeholder Management
17 49 (3.48%) Asset Management
18 42 (2.98%) Enterprise Architecture
18 42 (2.98%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 79 (5.61%) SQL
2 59 (4.19%) PowerShell
3 45 (3.20%) Python
4 31 (2.20%) Perl
5 24 (1.70%) C
6 13 (0.92%) VB
7 10 (0.71%) Bash Shell
8 9 (0.64%) Java
9 4 (0.28%) Ada
9 4 (0.28%) MATLAB
10 3 (0.21%) Shell Script
11 2 (0.14%) C#
11 2 (0.14%) C++
11 2 (0.14%) PHP
11 2 (0.14%) PL/SQL
11 2 (0.14%) Ruby
12 1 (0.071%) JavaScript
12 1 (0.071%) Julia
12 1 (0.071%) VBA
12 1 (0.071%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 435 (30.89%) Cisco Certification
2 305 (21.66%) CCNP
3 255 (18.11%) Security Cleared
4 237 (16.83%) CCNA
5 169 (12.00%) SC Cleared
6 110 (7.81%) CCIE
7 69 (4.90%) Degree
8 58 (4.12%) DV Cleared
9 55 (3.91%) CCDP
10 52 (3.69%) Microsoft Certification
11 41 (2.91%) CCDA
12 26 (1.85%) MCSE
13 25 (1.78%) CCIE Routing and Switching
14 24 (1.70%) BC Cleared
15 22 (1.56%) BPSS Clearance
16 18 (1.28%) MCP
17 17 (1.21%) MCSA
18 16 (1.14%) CCIP
19 15 (1.07%) CCSE
20 13 (0.92%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 63 (4.47%) SLA
2 20 (1.42%) QA
3 14 (0.99%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 12 (0.85%) PMO
5 11 (0.78%) GDPR
6 8 (0.57%) PCI DSS
7 6 (0.43%) COBIT
8 5 (0.36%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 4 (0.28%) BS7799
9 4 (0.28%) Cyber Essentials
9 4 (0.28%) NCSC
10 2 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 2 (0.14%) JSP 440
10 2 (0.14%) NIST
10 2 (0.14%) RMADS
11 1 (0.071%) Data Quality
11 1 (0.071%) HL7
11 1 (0.071%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 1 (0.071%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 1 (0.071%) MiFID
System Software
1 317 (22.51%) Active Directory
2 135 (9.59%) VMware Infrastructure
3 63 (4.47%) Hyper-V
4 24 (1.70%) vSphere
5 23 (1.63%) VMware ESXi
6 21 (1.49%) Virtual Servers
7 16 (1.14%) VMware NSX
8 10 (0.71%) Microsoft App-V
8 10 (0.71%) Virtual Machines
8 10 (0.71%) XenApp
9 9 (0.64%) Citrix Hypervisor
9 9 (0.64%) VMware Server
9 9 (0.64%) XenDesktop
10 8 (0.57%) BitLocker
11 7 (0.50%) vCloud
12 6 (0.43%) Docker
12 6 (0.43%) Virtual Desktop
13 5 (0.36%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 5 (0.36%) EMC RecoverPoint
14 3 (0.21%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 100 (7.10%) SCCM
2 63 (4.47%) FortiGate
3 47 (3.34%) Cisco Prime
4 34 (2.41%) WSUS
5 30 (2.13%) Microsoft Intune
6 24 (1.70%) Cisco CUCM
6 24 (1.70%) SCOM
7 23 (1.63%) Nagios
8 19 (1.35%) Puppet
9 18 (1.28%) Cacti
10 17 (1.21%) Opscode Chef
10 17 (1.21%) Statseeker
10 17 (1.21%) ZABBIX
11 16 (1.14%) AirWatch
12 15 (1.07%) NetMRI
12 15 (1.07%) Norton AntiVirus
13 10 (0.71%) Backup Exec
14 9 (0.64%) ThinApp
15 8 (0.57%) Ansible
15 8 (0.57%) Avamar
Vendors
1 753 (53.48%) Cisco
2 297 (21.09%) Microsoft
3 205 (14.56%) VMware
4 158 (11.22%) Palo Alto
5 154 (10.94%) CheckPoint
6 150 (10.65%) Juniper
7 120 (8.52%) Citrix
8 94 (6.68%) F5
9 89 (6.32%) SolarWinds
10 87 (6.18%) Fortinet
11 64 (4.55%) Meraki
12 56 (3.98%) HP
13 55 (3.91%) Aruba
14 54 (3.84%) McAfee
15 49 (3.48%) Dell
16 33 (2.34%) Riverbed
17 32 (2.27%) Mitel
17 32 (2.27%) Oracle
18 25 (1.78%) Apple
19 24 (1.70%) Symantec