Period
to 14 May 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 14 May 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
14 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 195 124 163
Rank change year-on-year -71 +39 +11
Contract jobs citing LAN 756 1,001 1,585
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.32% 1.98% 1.74%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 11.62% 14.56% 13.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 509 654 1,052
10th Percentile £205 £137 £169
25th Percentile £309 £200 £266
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £364 £375
Median % change year-on-year +9.97% -3.00% -
75th Percentile £495 £488 £488
90th Percentile £575 £571 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £370
% change year-on-year - +1.35% +7.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 79 100
10th Percentile £13.69 £13.28 £10.75
25th Percentile £16.55 £16.50 £14.69
Median hourly rate £22.42 £20.00 £18.28
Median % change year-on-year +12.10% +9.42% +4.86%
75th Percentile £56.94 £43.38 £28.88
90th Percentile £65.54 £48.25 £53.81
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.42 £19.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year +14.97% +5.41% +5.71%

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 6,506 6,877 11,420
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.38% 13.64% 12.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,183 4,203 7,187
10th Percentile £225 £178 £202
25th Percentile £350 £313 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £425 £425
Median % change year-on-year +5.88% - +2.41%
75th Percentile £538 £525 £538
90th Percentile £625 £613 £610
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £413
% change year-on-year - -3.03% +6.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 296 394 525
10th Percentile £12.93 £13.38 £12.00
25th Percentile £15.50 £16.25 £14.43
Median hourly rate £27.00 £22.19 £18.75
Median % change year-on-year +21.69% +18.33% +0.27%
75th Percentile £50.00 £46.94 £43.75
90th Percentile £63.50 £53.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £19.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +23.08% +11.43% -4.76%

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 14 May 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 14 May 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 14 May 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 -63 622 £400 +6.67% 286
UK excluding London -33 451 £375 - 239
London -62 211 £418 +19.29% 66
Work from Home -139 168 £450 +5.88% 53
South East +6 149 £424 -5.37% 66
North of England -17 88 £364 +11.92% 61
Midlands -21 83 £363 -3.33% 54
West Midlands -12 62 £363 -23.68% 23
North West -3 55 £365 +16.80% 32
South West +18 54 £375 +11.11% 27
Scotland -35 38 £330 +1.54% 11
Yorkshire +4 31 £325 +0.78% 23
East of England -30 28 £275 -38.89% 11
East Midlands -9 21 £363 +126.56% 31
Wales -6 15 £250 +31.58% 9
Northern Ireland +7 9 £496 +248.07%
North East +1 6 £120 -65.71% 6

For the 6 months to 14 May 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.

1 625 (82.67%) WAN
2 365 (48.28%) Cisco
3 321 (42.46%) Firewall
4 223 (29.50%) Windows
5 183 (24.21%) Cisco Certification
6 175 (23.15%) VMware
7 169 (22.35%) Microsoft
8 162 (21.43%) Data Centre
9 158 (20.90%) Security Cleared
10 153 (20.24%) Social Skills
11 150 (19.84%) Active Directory
12 139 (18.39%) VPN
13 138 (18.25%) Azure
14 132 (17.46%) Wireless
15 116 (15.34%) VMware Infrastructure
16 115 (15.21%) ITIL
17 110 (14.55%) Microsoft 365
18 108 (14.29%) DNS
18 108 (14.29%) CCNA
19 107 (14.15%) CCNP
19 107 (14.15%) SC Cleared
20 105 (13.89%) Linux
21 102 (13.49%) TCP/IP
22 100 (13.23%) CheckPoint
23 91 (12.04%) Migration
24 89 (11.77%) Public Sector
25 86 (11.38%) Telecoms
26 84 (11.11%) F5
27 83 (10.98%) Agile Software Development
28 82 (10.85%) Windows Server

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 35 (4.63%) Skype for Business
2 34 (4.50%) SharePoint
3 20 (2.65%) Confluence
3 20 (2.65%) WebSphere
4 10 (1.32%) MS Exchange
5 8 (1.06%) Apache
6 7 (0.93%) IIS
6 7 (0.93%) JBoss
6 7 (0.93%) WebLogic
7 6 (0.79%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 6 (0.79%) Tomcat
8 5 (0.66%) WebSphere Application Server
9 3 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2010
10 2 (0.26%) Cloud Foundry
10 2 (0.26%) Drupal
10 2 (0.26%) Exchange Server 2013
10 2 (0.26%) IBM Notes
10 2 (0.26%) OpenStack
11 1 (0.13%) CMS
11 1 (0.13%) Smallworld
Applications
1 66 (8.73%) Microsoft Office
2 49 (6.48%) MS Visio
3 33 (4.37%) Microsoft Excel
4 17 (2.25%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 14 (1.85%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.13%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
Cloud Services
1 138 (18.25%) Azure
2 110 (14.55%) Microsoft 365
3 81 (10.71%) AWS
4 40 (5.29%) PaaS
5 35 (4.63%) SaaS
6 30 (3.97%) IaaS
7 25 (3.31%) GCP
8 17 (2.25%) OneDrive
9 15 (1.98%) GitHub
10 11 (1.46%) Yammer
11 10 (1.32%) Azure Active Directory
12 7 (0.93%) OpenShift
13 6 (0.79%) AWS CloudFormation
13 6 (0.79%) Cloud Computing
14 5 (0.66%) Amazon EKS
14 5 (0.66%) AWS CodeCommit
14 5 (0.66%) AWS CodePipeline
15 4 (0.53%) Azure ExpressRoute
15 4 (0.53%) Slack
16 3 (0.40%) Miro
Communications & Networking
1 625 (82.67%) WAN
2 321 (42.46%) Firewall
3 139 (18.39%) VPN
4 132 (17.46%) Wireless
5 108 (14.29%) DNS
6 102 (13.49%) TCP/IP
7 81 (10.71%) DHCP
8 79 (10.45%) MPLS
9 78 (10.32%) Network Security
10 77 (10.19%) WLAN
11 76 (10.05%) VLAN
12 75 (9.92%) Wi-Fi
13 70 (9.26%) Cisco Nexus
14 64 (8.47%) BGP
15 63 (8.33%) Cisco ASA
15 63 (8.33%) OSPF
16 59 (7.80%) Internet
17 58 (7.67%) VoIP
18 53 (7.01%) SD-WAN
19 46 (6.08%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (4.10%) SQL Server
2 17 (2.25%) NoSQL
3 14 (1.85%) Data Warehouse
4 12 (1.59%) Relational Database
5 11 (1.46%) MongoDB
6 9 (1.19%) DB2
7 8 (1.06%) MySQL
7 8 (1.06%) PostgreSQL
7 8 (1.06%) SQL Server 2014
8 7 (0.93%) SQL Server 2012
8 7 (0.93%) SQL Server 2016
9 6 (0.79%) Oracle Reports
10 4 (0.53%) Hadoop
10 4 (0.53%) HBase
11 2 (0.26%) Power BI
11 2 (0.26%) Riak
12 1 (0.13%) Amazon RDS
12 1 (0.13%) Big Data
12 1 (0.13%) Ingres
12 1 (0.13%) MariaDB
Development Applications
1 48 (6.35%) JIRA
2 32 (4.23%) Jenkins
3 23 (3.04%) Git (software)
4 21 (2.78%) Sonatype Nexus
5 14 (1.85%) LoadRunner
5 14 (1.85%) Subversion
6 10 (1.32%) Cucumber
6 10 (1.32%) JUnit
6 10 (1.32%) Maven
6 10 (1.32%) Selenium
7 9 (1.19%) FishEye
7 9 (1.19%) TestNG
8 8 (1.06%) GitLab
9 5 (0.66%) SonarQube
9 5 (0.66%) Vagrant
10 4 (0.53%) VSS/SourceSafe
11 3 (0.40%) Hudson
12 2 (0.26%) MSI
12 2 (0.26%) Oracle Forms
12 2 (0.26%) Rational Team Concert
General
1 153 (20.24%) Social Skills
2 89 (11.77%) Public Sector
3 86 (11.38%) Telecoms
4 81 (10.71%) Finance
5 49 (6.48%) Documentation Skills
6 38 (5.03%) Analytical Skills
7 19 (2.51%) Banking
8 18 (2.38%) Presentation Skills
9 14 (1.85%) Back Office
9 14 (1.85%) Legal
10 12 (1.59%) Influencing Skills
11 11 (1.46%) Organisational Skills
12 7 (0.93%) Billing
12 7 (0.93%) Manufacturing
13 5 (0.66%) Police
14 3 (0.40%) Electronics
14 3 (0.40%) Marketing
14 3 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
15 2 (0.26%) Aerospace
15 2 (0.26%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 206 (27.25%) Network Engineer
2 152 (20.11%) Architect
3 75 (9.92%) Network Architect
4 57 (7.54%) Analyst
5 51 (6.75%) Project Manager
6 40 (5.29%) Support Engineer
7 38 (5.03%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 35 (4.63%) Cisco Engineer
9 34 (4.50%) Solutions Architect
10 33 (4.37%) Cisco Network Engineer
11 32 (4.23%) Infrastructure Manager
12 30 (3.97%) Infrastructure Architect
13 29 (3.84%) Infrastructure Project Manager
14 28 (3.70%) Consultant
14 28 (3.70%) Senior Network Engineer
15 25 (3.31%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
16 20 (2.65%) Network Manager
17 19 (2.51%) Infrastructure Analyst
17 19 (2.51%) Network Consultant
18 18 (2.38%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (3.70%) 802.1X
2 21 (2.78%) JSON
3 17 (2.25%) Node.js
4 16 (2.12%) XML
5 15 (1.98%) AngularJS
6 12 (1.59%) Middleware
7 9 (1.19%) .NET
7 9 (1.19%) Akka
7 9 (1.19%) Java EE
7 9 (1.19%) Java EE 5
7 9 (1.19%) Spring
7 9 (1.19%) WebSphere MQ
8 8 (1.06%) LDAP
9 7 (0.93%) .NET Core
9 7 (0.93%) ASP.NET
9 7 (0.93%) REST
10 6 (0.79%) Ruby on Rails
10 6 (0.79%) SOAP
11 5 (0.66%) Django
11 5 (0.66%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 162 (21.43%) Data Centre
2 34 (4.50%) Video Conferencing
3 27 (3.57%) Self-Motivation
4 23 (3.04%) Clustering
5 19 (2.51%) Hybrid Cloud
5 19 (2.51%) Public Cloud
6 18 (2.38%) Management Information System
7 16 (2.12%) NHS
7 16 (2.12%) Private Cloud
7 16 (2.12%) Replication
8 14 (1.85%) Greenfield Project
9 12 (1.59%) Client/Server
9 12 (1.59%) PKI
9 12 (1.59%) Tandem
10 11 (1.46%) Enterprise Software
11 10 (1.32%) User Experience
12 9 (1.19%) Driving Licence
12 9 (1.19%) Virtual Team
13 8 (1.06%) Fibre Optics
14 7 (0.93%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 223 (29.50%) Windows
2 105 (13.89%) Linux
3 82 (10.85%) Windows Server
4 61 (8.07%) Windows 10
5 34 (4.50%) Windows Server 2012
6 33 (4.37%) Windows Server 2016
7 27 (3.57%) Unix
8 15 (1.98%) Windows Server 2008
9 14 (1.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 14 (1.85%) Windows 7
10 13 (1.72%) Windows Server 2019
11 11 (1.46%) Windows Server 2003
12 10 (1.32%) Mac OS
13 8 (1.06%) Android
13 8 (1.06%) Apple iOS
14 7 (0.93%) CentOS
15 6 (0.79%) Solaris
16 3 (0.40%) SUSE
16 3 (0.40%) Ubuntu
16 3 (0.40%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 115 (15.21%) ITIL
2 91 (12.04%) Migration
3 83 (10.98%) Agile Software Development
4 69 (9.13%) Network Design
4 69 (9.13%) Project Management
5 64 (8.47%) Load Balancing
6 54 (7.14%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 46 (6.08%) Disaster Recovery
7 46 (6.08%) Problem-Solving
8 44 (5.82%) DevOps
9 40 (5.29%) Network Management
10 37 (4.89%) Cybersecurity
11 36 (4.76%) Project Delivery
12 33 (4.37%) Computer Science
12 33 (4.37%) Kalman Filter
12 33 (4.37%) Stakeholder Management
13 30 (3.97%) Network Architecture
13 30 (3.97%) Service Delivery
14 28 (3.70%) TOGAF
14 28 (3.70%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 46 (6.08%) PowerShell
2 39 (5.16%) SQL
3 38 (5.03%) Python
4 25 (3.31%) Java
5 20 (2.65%) C++
6 16 (2.12%) JavaScript
7 11 (1.46%) Bash Shell
7 11 (1.46%) C
8 10 (1.32%) Perl
9 9 (1.19%) C#
9 9 (1.19%) Java 8
9 9 (1.19%) Ruby
9 9 (1.19%) TypeScript
10 8 (1.06%) PHP
10 8 (1.06%) R
11 5 (0.66%) VB
11 5 (0.66%) VB.NET
12 3 (0.40%) Shell Script
13 2 (0.26%) Go
14 1 (0.13%) Rust
Qualifications
1 183 (24.21%) Cisco Certification
2 158 (20.90%) Security Cleared
3 108 (14.29%) CCNA
4 107 (14.15%) CCNP
4 107 (14.15%) SC Cleared
5 54 (7.14%) Degree
6 39 (5.16%) CCIE
6 39 (5.16%) Microsoft Certification
7 33 (4.37%) DV Cleared
8 16 (2.12%) CCDP
8 16 (2.12%) Computer Science Degree
9 15 (1.98%) TOGAF Certification
10 14 (1.85%) JNCIA
10 14 (1.85%) MCSE
11 13 (1.72%) CCSA
11 13 (1.72%) MCSA
12 12 (1.59%) BPSS Clearance
12 12 (1.59%) CCSE
12 12 (1.59%) CISSP
13 9 (1.19%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (3.31%) SLA
2 14 (1.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 11 (1.46%) QA
4 8 (1.06%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 7 (0.93%) PCI DSS
6 6 (0.79%) NIST
7 5 (0.66%) PMO
8 3 (0.40%) Disclosure Scotland
8 3 (0.40%) GDPR
8 3 (0.40%) GRC
9 2 (0.26%) HL7
9 2 (0.26%) ISAE 3402
9 2 (0.26%) ISO 22301
9 2 (0.26%) ISO 9000
9 2 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 2 (0.26%) NCSC
9 2 (0.26%) SEPA
9 2 (0.26%) SOC 2
10 1 (0.13%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 1 (0.13%) NIST 800
System Software
1 150 (19.84%) Active Directory
2 116 (15.34%) VMware Infrastructure
3 49 (6.48%) Hyper-V
4 27 (3.57%) VMware ESXi
5 25 (3.31%) Docker
5 25 (3.31%) vSphere
6 24 (3.17%) VMware NSX
7 14 (1.85%) Virtual Machines
8 12 (1.59%) KVM
9 10 (1.32%) ProxySG
10 9 (1.19%) Virtual Desktop
11 7 (0.93%) Firmware
11 7 (0.93%) XenApp
12 6 (0.79%) NFS
12 6 (0.79%) Xen
13 5 (0.66%) SRDF
14 4 (0.53%) Oracle RAC
14 4 (0.53%) VMware Workstation
14 4 (0.53%) XenDesktop
15 2 (0.26%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 52 (6.88%) Ansible
2 51 (6.75%) SCCM
3 22 (2.91%) Terraform
4 17 (2.25%) Kubernetes
5 16 (2.12%) FortiGate
5 16 (2.12%) Puppet
6 15 (1.98%) NetBackup
7 14 (1.85%) Cisco CUCM
7 14 (1.85%) Cisco Prime
8 13 (1.72%) Opscode Chef
9 11 (1.46%) Microsoft Intune
10 9 (1.19%) SCOM
10 9 (1.19%) Single Sign-On
11 7 (0.93%) vRealize Orchestrator
12 6 (0.79%) Nessus
12 6 (0.79%) SCSM
12 6 (0.79%) SolarWinds Orion
12 6 (0.79%) vRealize
12 6 (0.79%) WSUS
13 5 (0.66%) CASB
Vendors
1 365 (48.28%) Cisco
2 175 (23.15%) VMware
3 169 (22.35%) Microsoft
4 100 (13.23%) CheckPoint
5 84 (11.11%) F5
6 76 (10.05%) Juniper
7 65 (8.60%) Palo Alto
8 56 (7.41%) Fortinet
9 54 (7.14%) Citrix
10 49 (6.48%) Aruba
11 46 (6.08%) Meraki
12 44 (5.82%) SolarWinds
13 29 (3.84%) Oracle
14 25 (3.31%) HP
15 24 (3.17%) Riverbed
16 21 (2.78%) Blue Coat
17 20 (2.65%) IBM
17 20 (2.65%) Red Hat
18 18 (2.38%) Dell
19 17 (2.25%) McAfee