Period
to 30 July 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 30 July 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
30 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 205 150 161
Rank change year-on-year -55 +11 +13
Contract jobs citing LAN 951 650 1,638
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.32% 1.78% 1.79%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 11.58% 13.34% 13.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 623 444 1,079
10th Percentile £190 £160 £170
25th Percentile £306 £213 £258
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £413 £375 £400
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% -6.25% +6.67%
75th Percentile £501 £500 £500
90th Percentile £588 £588 £569
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £363 £375
% change year-on-year +10.34% -3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 55 50 81
10th Percentile £13.39 £15.28 £13.50
25th Percentile £18.38 £18.50 £15.25
Median hourly rate £21.00 £25.92 £18.06
Median % change year-on-year -18.97% +43.53% -4.22%
75th Percentile £62.75 £43.75 £28.75
90th Percentile £67.47 £47.45 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £21.25 £17.55
% change year-on-year -5.88% +21.08% -7.63%

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 8,214 4,871 11,764
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.36% 13.33% 12.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,243 3,006 7,341
10th Percentile £244 £200 £200
25th Percentile £360 £318 £315
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £438 £425
Median % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% -
75th Percentile £550 £538 £538
90th Percentile £650 £638 £610
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +1.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 378 246 566
10th Percentile £12.00 £14.39 £12.00
25th Percentile £15.00 £17.26 £15.27
Median hourly rate £22.50 £30.00 £22.50
Median % change year-on-year -25.00% +33.33% +17.86%
75th Percentile £48.75 £46.36 £44.99
90th Percentile £64.65 £53.13 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £21.88 £21.33
% change year-on-year -8.57% +2.58% +12.24%

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 30 July 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 30 July 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 30 July 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 -51 778 £411 +6.82% 414
UK excluding London -25 577 £400 +10.34% 366
London -52 250 £419 +8.77% 81
South East +13 203 £425 -3.41% 90
Work from Home -133 197 £450 +5.88% 53
North of England -19 99 £383 +27.50% 98
Midlands -42 97 £375 +7.14% 77
South West +2 72 £400 -8.57% 44
West Midlands -32 72 £414 -6.76% 39
Scotland -51 51 £340 +57.57% 20
Yorkshire -9 46 £375 +15.38% 39
North West -39 41 £365 +39.05% 51
East of England -42 34 £320 -13.51% 22
East Midlands -18 27 £350 +81.82% 38
Wales +2 21 £238 -26.92% 14
North East -1 14 £550 +238.49% 8
Northern Ireland +5 9 £496 +254.29% 1

For the 6 months to 30 July 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.

1 744 (78.23%) WAN
2 424 (44.58%) Cisco
3 365 (38.38%) Firewall
4 277 (29.13%) Windows
5 224 (23.55%) Cisco Certification
6 209 (21.98%) Microsoft
6 209 (21.98%) VMware
7 203 (21.35%) Active Directory
8 189 (19.87%) Data Centre
9 187 (19.66%) Social Skills
10 183 (19.24%) Azure
11 161 (16.93%) Security Cleared
12 155 (16.30%) ITIL
13 150 (15.77%) VPN
14 148 (15.56%) Microsoft 365
15 145 (15.25%) Wireless
16 143 (15.04%) CCNP
17 137 (14.41%) TCP/IP
18 133 (13.99%) Telecoms
19 128 (13.46%) VMware Infrastructure
20 115 (12.09%) Migration
21 114 (11.99%) CCNA
21 114 (11.99%) DNS
21 114 (11.99%) CheckPoint
22 112 (11.78%) SC Cleared
23 111 (11.67%) Network Security
23 111 (11.67%) Agile Software Development
24 107 (11.25%) Linux
25 99 (10.41%) Windows Server
26 98 (10.30%) DHCP

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 49 (5.15%) SharePoint
2 33 (3.47%) Confluence
3 30 (3.15%) Skype for Business
4 21 (2.21%) MS Exchange
5 18 (1.89%) WebSphere
6 12 (1.26%) Tomcat
7 11 (1.16%) WebSphere Application Server
8 8 (0.84%) Apache
8 8 (0.84%) OpenStack
9 7 (0.74%) JBoss
9 7 (0.74%) WebLogic
10 6 (0.63%) Exchange Server 2010
10 6 (0.63%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 5 (0.53%) CMS
11 5 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2013
11 5 (0.53%) IIS
12 3 (0.32%) Drupal
12 3 (0.32%) IBM Notes
13 2 (0.21%) Elasticsearch
14 1 (0.11%) Cloud Foundry
Applications
1 89 (9.36%) Microsoft Office
2 47 (4.94%) MS Visio
3 39 (4.10%) Microsoft Excel
4 20 (2.10%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 14 (1.47%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.21%) Chatbot
7 1 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 2 (0.21%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.11%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
2 1 (0.11%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 183 (19.24%) Azure
2 148 (15.56%) Microsoft 365
3 91 (9.57%) AWS
4 44 (4.63%) PaaS
5 39 (4.10%) IaaS
6 31 (3.26%) GCP
7 30 (3.15%) SaaS
8 19 (2.00%) Azure Active Directory
8 19 (2.00%) GitHub
9 17 (1.79%) OneDrive
10 14 (1.47%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 14 (1.47%) Cloud Computing
11 11 (1.16%) Yammer
12 7 (0.74%) AWS CloudFormation
12 7 (0.74%) OpenShift
13 6 (0.63%) Amazon EKS
13 6 (0.63%) AWS CodeCommit
13 6 (0.63%) AWS CodePipeline
13 6 (0.63%) Mimecast
14 5 (0.53%) Azure Pipelines
Communications & Networking
1 744 (78.23%) WAN
2 365 (38.38%) Firewall
3 150 (15.77%) VPN
4 145 (15.25%) Wireless
5 137 (14.41%) TCP/IP
6 114 (11.99%) DNS
7 111 (11.67%) Network Security
8 98 (10.30%) DHCP
9 94 (9.88%) MPLS
10 92 (9.67%) WLAN
11 91 (9.57%) Wi-Fi
12 88 (9.25%) BGP
12 88 (9.25%) OSPF
13 85 (8.94%) VoIP
14 82 (8.62%) Internet
15 74 (7.78%) VLAN
16 72 (7.57%) Cisco Nexus
17 68 (7.15%) Cisco ASA
18 66 (6.94%) SD-WAN
19 57 (5.99%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 45 (4.73%) SQL Server
2 18 (1.89%) NoSQL
3 16 (1.68%) Relational Database
4 15 (1.58%) Data Warehouse
5 14 (1.47%) MongoDB
6 11 (1.16%) PostgreSQL
7 10 (1.05%) SQL Server 2014
8 9 (0.95%) MySQL
8 9 (0.95%) SQL Server 2012
8 9 (0.95%) SQL Server 2016
9 6 (0.63%) Hadoop
9 6 (0.63%) HBase
9 6 (0.63%) Oracle Reports
10 3 (0.32%) Riak
11 2 (0.21%) Informix
11 2 (0.21%) Power BI
12 1 (0.11%) Amazon Aurora
12 1 (0.11%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
12 1 (0.11%) Data Lake
12 1 (0.11%) DB2
Development Applications
1 53 (5.57%) JIRA
2 39 (4.10%) Jenkins
3 31 (3.26%) Sonatype Nexus
4 29 (3.05%) Git (software)
5 16 (1.68%) Subversion
6 14 (1.47%) JUnit
6 14 (1.47%) LoadRunner
6 14 (1.47%) Maven
6 14 (1.47%) Selenium
7 13 (1.37%) Cucumber
7 13 (1.37%) FishEye
7 13 (1.37%) TestNG
8 8 (0.84%) GitLab
9 7 (0.74%) Artifactory
10 6 (0.63%) Vagrant
11 5 (0.53%) VSS/SourceSafe
12 4 (0.42%) SonarQube
13 3 (0.32%) Bitbucket
13 3 (0.32%) Hudson
14 2 (0.21%) TeamCity
General
1 187 (19.66%) Social Skills
2 133 (13.99%) Telecoms
3 92 (9.67%) Finance
4 91 (9.57%) Public Sector
5 53 (5.57%) Documentation Skills
6 48 (5.05%) Analytical Skills
7 29 (3.05%) Presentation Skills
8 24 (2.52%) Banking
9 16 (1.68%) Back Office
10 13 (1.37%) Legal
10 13 (1.37%) Manufacturing
10 13 (1.37%) Organisational Skills
11 9 (0.95%) Influencing Skills
12 8 (0.84%) Marketing
13 7 (0.74%) Billing
14 6 (0.63%) Law
15 5 (0.53%) Electronics
15 5 (0.53%) Police
16 4 (0.42%) Aerospace
17 3 (0.32%) Military
Job Titles
1 247 (25.97%) Network Engineer
2 181 (19.03%) Architect
3 84 (8.83%) Network Architect
4 82 (8.62%) Analyst
5 68 (7.15%) Support Engineer
6 67 (7.05%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 54 (5.68%) Cisco Engineer
8 53 (5.57%) Project Manager
9 48 (5.05%) Cisco Network Engineer
10 44 (4.63%) Solutions Architect
11 40 (4.21%) Infrastructure Manager
12 34 (3.58%) Infrastructure Architect
13 32 (3.36%) Infrastructure Project Manager
14 31 (3.26%) Consultant
15 24 (2.52%) IT Engineer
16 23 (2.42%) IT Support
17 22 (2.31%) Senior Network Engineer
18 21 (2.21%) Network Consultant
18 21 (2.21%) Network Manager
19 20 (2.10%) Desktop Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (2.73%) 802.1X
1 26 (2.73%) JSON
2 22 (2.31%) Middleware
3 21 (2.21%) XML
4 20 (2.10%) Node.js
5 17 (1.79%) AngularJS
6 13 (1.37%) Java EE
6 13 (1.37%) Java EE 5
6 13 (1.37%) Spring
7 11 (1.16%) Akka
8 10 (1.05%) .NET
8 10 (1.05%) LDAP
9 9 (0.95%) Spine.js
10 8 (0.84%) .NET Core
10 8 (0.84%) Web Services
11 7 (0.74%) RESTful
12 6 (0.63%) ASP.NET
13 5 (0.53%) HTML
13 5 (0.53%) Ruby on Rails
13 5 (0.53%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 189 (19.87%) Data Centre
2 33 (3.47%) Video Conferencing
3 30 (3.15%) Self-Motivation
4 29 (3.05%) Management Information System
5 28 (2.94%) Hybrid Cloud
6 26 (2.73%) Clustering
7 23 (2.42%) Public Cloud
8 19 (2.00%) PKI
8 19 (2.00%) Replication
9 16 (1.68%) Client/Server
9 16 (1.68%) Enterprise Software
9 16 (1.68%) Greenfield Project
10 12 (1.26%) NHS
10 12 (1.26%) Private Cloud
11 10 (1.05%) Tandem
12 9 (0.95%) Enterprise Storage
13 8 (0.84%) Driving Licence
14 7 (0.74%) Virtual Team
14 7 (0.74%) VxBlock/Vblock
15 6 (0.63%) Cyberthreat
Operating Systems
1 277 (29.13%) Windows
2 107 (11.25%) Linux
3 99 (10.41%) Windows Server
4 66 (6.94%) Windows 10
5 33 (3.47%) Windows Server 2012
6 32 (3.36%) Windows Server 2016
7 26 (2.73%) Unix
8 24 (2.52%) Android
9 20 (2.10%) Windows 7
10 19 (2.00%) Apple iOS
11 17 (1.79%) Windows Server 2008
12 15 (1.58%) Solaris
13 14 (1.47%) Windows Server 2019
14 11 (1.16%) Mac OS
15 6 (0.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 5 (0.53%) Ubuntu
16 5 (0.53%) Windows Server 2003
17 4 (0.42%) CentOS
17 4 (0.42%) Windows 8
18 3 (0.32%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 155 (16.30%) ITIL
2 115 (12.09%) Migration
3 111 (11.67%) Agile Software Development
4 93 (9.78%) Network Design
5 92 (9.67%) Project Management
6 91 (9.57%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 73 (7.68%) Problem-Solving
8 67 (7.05%) Cybersecurity
9 64 (6.73%) Disaster Recovery
10 55 (5.78%) DevOps
11 47 (4.94%) Stakeholder Management
12 45 (4.73%) Load Balancing
13 43 (4.52%) Customer Requirements
14 42 (4.42%) Network Management
15 40 (4.21%) Computer Science
15 40 (4.21%) Project Delivery
16 35 (3.68%) Business Continuity
16 35 (3.68%) Continuous Improvement
17 34 (3.58%) Service Delivery
18 33 (3.47%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 62 (6.52%) SQL
2 53 (5.57%) PowerShell
3 52 (5.47%) Python
4 35 (3.68%) Java
5 21 (2.21%) C++
6 20 (2.10%) JavaScript
7 14 (1.47%) Bash Shell
8 13 (1.37%) Java 8
9 12 (1.26%) C
10 11 (1.16%) Perl
10 11 (1.16%) TypeScript
11 9 (0.95%) PHP
12 8 (0.84%) R
12 8 (0.84%) Ruby
13 7 (0.74%) C#
14 5 (0.53%) Shell Script
14 5 (0.53%) VB
14 5 (0.53%) VB.NET
15 3 (0.32%) Rust
16 1 (0.11%) Go
Qualifications
1 224 (23.55%) Cisco Certification
2 161 (16.93%) Security Cleared
3 143 (15.04%) CCNP
4 114 (11.99%) CCNA
5 112 (11.78%) SC Cleared
6 75 (7.89%) Degree
7 48 (5.05%) CCIE
8 35 (3.68%) Microsoft Certification
9 29 (3.05%) DV Cleared
10 24 (2.52%) CCDP
11 20 (2.10%) Computer Science Degree
12 16 (1.68%) CISSP
13 15 (1.58%) JNCIA
14 13 (1.37%) CCSE
14 13 (1.37%) ITIL Certification
14 13 (1.37%) MCSE
15 11 (1.16%) CCSA
15 11 (1.16%) JNCIS
16 10 (1.05%) CISM
16 10 (1.05%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (4.00%) SLA
2 14 (1.47%) QA
2 14 (1.47%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 13 (1.37%) PMO
4 11 (1.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 7 (0.74%) PCI DSS
6 4 (0.42%) Disclosure Scotland
6 4 (0.42%) GDPR
6 4 (0.42%) GRC
6 4 (0.42%) NIST
7 3 (0.32%) HL7
8 2 (0.21%) ISAE 3402
8 2 (0.21%) SOC 2
9 1 (0.11%) Accessibility
9 1 (0.11%) DICOM
9 1 (0.11%) Government Security Classifications
9 1 (0.11%) JTAG
9 1 (0.11%) NCSC
9 1 (0.11%) NIST 800
9 1 (0.11%) SEPA
System Software
1 203 (21.35%) Active Directory
2 128 (13.46%) VMware Infrastructure
3 55 (5.78%) Hyper-V
4 41 (4.31%) Docker
5 31 (3.26%) VMware NSX
6 22 (2.31%) VMware ESXi
6 22 (2.31%) vSphere
7 16 (1.68%) Virtual Machines
8 15 (1.58%) KVM
9 12 (1.26%) ProxySG
10 11 (1.16%) NFS
10 11 (1.16%) SRDF
10 11 (1.16%) VMware Workstation
10 11 (1.16%) Xen
11 10 (1.05%) Virtual Desktop
12 9 (0.95%) XenApp
13 8 (0.84%) Firmware
14 7 (0.74%) Oracle RAC
15 6 (0.63%) XenDesktop
16 2 (0.21%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 72 (7.57%) Ansible
2 71 (7.47%) SCCM
3 32 (3.36%) Terraform
4 24 (2.52%) FortiGate
5 23 (2.42%) Puppet
6 22 (2.31%) Kubernetes
7 19 (2.00%) Cisco CUCM
8 16 (1.68%) Microsoft Intune
8 16 (1.68%) NetBackup
9 14 (1.47%) vRealize
10 12 (1.26%) CASB
10 12 (1.26%) SCOM
10 12 (1.26%) vRealize Orchestrator
11 11 (1.16%) Cisco Prime
12 10 (1.05%) Opscode Chef
13 9 (0.95%) Single Sign-On
13 9 (0.95%) WSUS
14 8 (0.84%) SCSM
14 8 (0.84%) vCenter Server
15 7 (0.74%) Cisco UCCX
Vendors
1 424 (44.58%) Cisco
2 209 (21.98%) Microsoft
2 209 (21.98%) VMware
3 114 (11.99%) CheckPoint
4 95 (9.99%) F5
5 94 (9.88%) Juniper
6 77 (8.10%) Palo Alto
7 67 (7.05%) Fortinet
8 65 (6.83%) Aruba
9 62 (6.52%) Meraki
10 57 (5.99%) Citrix
11 50 (5.26%) SolarWinds
12 40 (4.21%) McAfee
13 35 (3.68%) Oracle
14 33 (3.47%) HP
15 27 (2.84%) Riverbed
16 23 (2.42%) Apple
17 22 (2.31%) Red Hat
18 21 (2.21%) Blue Coat
19 20 (2.10%) NetApp