Period
to 13 July 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 13 July 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
13 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 144 156 177
Rank change year-on-year +12 +21 -39
Contract jobs citing LAN 728 1,662 1,634
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.80% 1.77% 1.56%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 13.47% 13.97% 11.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 470 1,124 974
Median daily rate £375 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.23% +3.33% -
10th Percentile £150 £176 £163
90th Percentile £588 £563 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14% -3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 90 116
Median hourly rate £20.00 £18.03 £17.63
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.94% +2.28% -2.08%
10th Percentile £13.45 £12.25 £12.20
90th Percentile £47.34 £47.50 £45.13
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.75 £18.00 £18.38
% change year-on-year +9.72% -2.04% +8.09%

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 5,403 11,899 13,880
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.33% 12.65% 13.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,077 7,325 8,539
Median daily rate £427 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.47% - +3.66%
10th Percentile £192 £202 £203
90th Percentile £632 £606 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £403 £391
% change year-on-year +2.48% +3.07% +0.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 308 577 762
Median hourly rate £32.50 £22.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +47.73% +10.00% +0.50%
10th Percentile £14.19 £12.00 £12.20
90th Percentile £53.00 £50.00 £47.50
Median hourly rate £22.50 £21.00 £19.40
% change year-on-year +7.14% +8.28% +2.08%

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 13 July 2020.

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 13 July 2020.

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 13 July 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 +13 639 £398 -0.63% 165
UK excluding London +11 520 £375 - 138
London -5 179 £375 -11.76% 38
South East +5 125 £450 +12.50% 26
North of England +12 107 £325 -6.47% 45
Midlands +66 92 £350 - 23
East of England +35 74 £450 - 19
South West +40 63 £425 +21.43% 14
West Midlands +71 62 £500 +35.14% 17
North West +17 57 £344 -11.29% 27
Scotland +28 47 £190 -30.91% 4
Work from Home -15 44 £425 +15.25% 10
Yorkshire +40 42 £325 -7.14% 15
East Midlands +35 29 £173 -37.27% 6
Wales +27 12 £323 -4.44% 7
North East +18 8 £165 -27.49% 3
Northern Ireland +12 3 £140 -44.52%

For the 6 months to 13 July 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.

1 571 (78.43%) WAN
2 316 (43.41%) Cisco
3 297 (40.80%) Firewall
4 223 (30.63%) Cisco Certification
5 221 (30.36%) Windows
6 172 (23.63%) Security Cleared
7 161 (22.12%) CCNP
8 160 (21.98%) Microsoft
9 148 (20.33%) VPN
10 141 (19.37%) Active Directory
11 138 (18.96%) Wireless
12 130 (17.86%) TCP/IP
13 125 (17.17%) BGP
14 121 (16.62%) OSPF
15 115 (15.80%) CCNA
15 115 (15.80%) Data Centre
16 113 (15.52%) DNS
17 111 (15.25%) SC Cleared
18 108 (14.84%) Linux
19 106 (14.56%) VMware
20 103 (14.15%) MPLS
21 101 (13.87%) Network Security
22 94 (12.91%) Wi-Fi
22 94 (12.91%) Juniper
23 91 (12.50%) Telecoms
24 87 (11.95%) Migration
25 86 (11.81%) VoIP
25 86 (11.81%) ITIL
26 80 (10.99%) DHCP
26 80 (10.99%) Network Design

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 44 (6.04%) MS Exchange
2 15 (2.06%) Skype for Business
3 14 (1.92%) Exchange Server 2013
3 14 (1.92%) SharePoint
4 9 (1.24%) IIS
5 7 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2007
5 7 (0.96%) Tomcat
6 5 (0.69%) Exchange Server 2010
7 4 (0.55%) Confluence
8 3 (0.41%) Apache
8 3 (0.41%) IBM Notes
9 2 (0.27%) CMS
9 2 (0.27%) OpenStack
10 1 (0.14%) Exchange Server 2003
10 1 (0.14%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 1 (0.14%) SharePoint 2010
10 1 (0.14%) SharePoint 2013
10 1 (0.14%) WordPress
Applications
1 62 (8.52%) Microsoft Office
2 24 (3.30%) Microsoft Excel
3 19 (2.61%) MS Visio
4 11 (1.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.41%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.27%) Chatbot
6 2 (0.27%) FileZilla
7 1 (0.14%) Open Workbench
7 1 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (0.27%) Line 500
2 1 (0.14%) assyst
2 1 (0.14%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 72 (9.89%) Office 365
2 71 (9.75%) Azure
3 40 (5.49%) AWS
4 18 (2.47%) PaaS
5 16 (2.20%) Cloud Computing
5 16 (2.20%) SaaS
6 12 (1.65%) IaaS
7 8 (1.10%) Azure Active Directory
8 7 (0.96%) GCP
9 3 (0.41%) Akamai
9 3 (0.41%) Mimecast
9 3 (0.41%) OneDrive
9 3 (0.41%) OpenShift
10 2 (0.27%) AWS CloudFormation
10 2 (0.27%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 2 (0.27%) G Suite
10 2 (0.27%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 1 (0.14%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 571 (78.43%) WAN
2 297 (40.80%) Firewall
3 148 (20.33%) VPN
4 138 (18.96%) Wireless
5 130 (17.86%) TCP/IP
6 125 (17.17%) BGP
7 121 (16.62%) OSPF
8 113 (15.52%) DNS
9 103 (14.15%) MPLS
10 101 (13.87%) Network Security
11 94 (12.91%) Wi-Fi
12 86 (11.81%) VoIP
13 80 (10.99%) DHCP
14 77 (10.58%) Internet
15 74 (10.16%) Ethernet
16 73 (10.03%) WLAN
17 64 (8.79%) Cisco Nexus
18 60 (8.24%) EIGRP
19 58 (7.97%) SAN
20 55 (7.55%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (3.30%) SQL Server
2 5 (0.69%) Relational Database
3 3 (0.41%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (0.41%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (0.27%) Geospatial Data
4 2 (0.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (0.14%) Crystal Reports
5 1 (0.14%) Electronic Patient Records
5 1 (0.14%) GIS
5 1 (0.14%) MySQL
5 1 (0.14%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.14%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.14%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.14%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 12 (1.65%) JIRA
2 7 (0.96%) Git (software)
3 6 (0.82%) Team Foundation Server
3 6 (0.82%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 5 (0.69%) Sonatype Nexus
5 4 (0.55%) Artifactory
5 4 (0.55%) Cucumber
5 4 (0.55%) JUnit
5 4 (0.55%) Maven
5 4 (0.55%) Redmine
6 3 (0.41%) ClearCase
6 3 (0.41%) ClearQuest
7 2 (0.27%) AutoIt
7 2 (0.27%) Jenkins
8 1 (0.14%) Eclipse
8 1 (0.14%) FishEye
8 1 (0.14%) Oracle Forms
8 1 (0.14%) Selenium
8 1 (0.14%) Subversion
8 1 (0.14%) TestNG
General
1 91 (12.50%) Telecoms
2 60 (8.24%) Finance
3 51 (7.01%) Public Sector
4 20 (2.75%) Banking
5 17 (2.34%) Manufacturing
6 14 (1.92%) Retail
7 10 (1.37%) Pharmaceutical
8 8 (1.10%) Local Government
9 5 (0.69%) Financial Institution
9 5 (0.69%) Legal
10 4 (0.55%) Marketing
11 3 (0.41%) French Language
11 3 (0.41%) German Language
11 3 (0.41%) Investment Banking
11 3 (0.41%) Publishing
12 2 (0.27%) Back Office
12 2 (0.27%) Electronics
12 2 (0.27%) Front Office
12 2 (0.27%) Military
13 1 (0.14%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 226 (31.04%) Network Engineer
2 84 (11.54%) Architect
3 55 (7.55%) Support Engineer
4 53 (7.28%) Analyst
5 50 (6.87%) Network Architect
6 35 (4.81%) Cisco Engineer
7 32 (4.40%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 27 (3.71%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 25 (3.43%) IT Support
9 25 (3.43%) Senior Network Engineer
9 25 (3.43%) Solutions Architect
10 24 (3.30%) Project Manager
10 24 (3.30%) Technical Leader
11 21 (2.88%) Consultant
11 21 (2.88%) LAN Engineer
12 20 (2.75%) Security Engineer
13 19 (2.61%) 2nd Line Engineer
14 18 (2.47%) WAN Engineer
15 17 (2.34%) IT Engineer
15 17 (2.34%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (3.30%) 802.1X
2 11 (1.51%) XML
3 9 (1.24%) LDAP
4 8 (1.10%) JSON
5 7 (0.96%) Web Services
6 5 (0.69%) .NET
6 5 (0.69%) Middleware
7 4 (0.55%) FIX Protocol
8 3 (0.41%) Apache Camel
8 3 (0.41%) Hibernate
8 3 (0.41%) Node.js
8 3 (0.41%) TIBCO EMS
8 3 (0.41%) WireMock
9 2 (0.27%) Apache Cordova
9 2 (0.27%) Flutter
9 2 (0.27%) HTML
9 2 (0.27%) Ionic Framework
10 1 (0.14%) Java EE
10 1 (0.14%) SOAP
10 1 (0.14%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 115 (15.80%) Data Centre
2 36 (4.95%) Analytical Skills
3 30 (4.12%) Self-Motivation
4 29 (3.98%) NHS
5 23 (3.16%) Video\Live Streaming
6 19 (2.61%) Video Conferencing
7 17 (2.34%) Management Information System
8 15 (2.06%) Device Driver
9 12 (1.65%) CMDB
9 12 (1.65%) Fibre Optics
10 11 (1.51%) PKI
11 10 (1.37%) Client/Server
11 10 (1.37%) Smartphone
12 9 (1.24%) Driving Licence
13 8 (1.10%) CCTV
13 8 (1.10%) Tandem
13 8 (1.10%) User Experience
14 7 (0.96%) Handset
15 6 (0.82%) Clustering
15 6 (0.82%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 221 (30.36%) Windows
2 108 (14.84%) Linux
3 80 (10.99%) Windows Server
4 48 (6.59%) Windows 10
5 37 (5.08%) Windows 7
6 32 (4.40%) Unix
7 29 (3.98%) Windows Server 2012
8 27 (3.71%) Windows Server 2008
9 25 (3.43%) Windows Server 2016
10 18 (2.47%) Mac OS
11 16 (2.20%) Android
11 16 (2.20%) Embedded Linux
12 14 (1.92%) Windows XP
13 11 (1.51%) Apple iOS
14 10 (1.37%) CatOS
15 9 (1.24%) Solaris
16 7 (0.96%) AIX
16 7 (0.96%) Windows Server 2019
17 6 (0.82%) Windows Server 2003
18 5 (0.69%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 87 (11.95%) Migration
2 86 (11.81%) ITIL
3 80 (10.99%) Network Design
4 62 (8.52%) Service Delivery
5 60 (8.24%) Problem-Solving
6 43 (5.91%) Project Management
7 40 (5.49%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 38 (5.22%) Network Management
9 36 (4.95%) Technical Leadership
10 33 (4.53%) Change Management
10 33 (4.53%) Load Balancing
11 32 (4.40%) Stakeholder Management
12 31 (4.26%) Project Delivery
13 30 (4.12%) Agile Software Development
14 29 (3.98%) Network Architecture
15 28 (3.85%) PRINCE2
16 26 (3.57%) Configuration Management
16 26 (3.57%) Software Architecture
17 22 (3.02%) Cybersecurity
17 22 (3.02%) Network Virtualisation
Programming Languages
1 36 (4.95%) Python
2 31 (4.26%) SQL
3 19 (2.61%) Bash Shell
3 19 (2.61%) C
3 19 (2.61%) PowerShell
4 18 (2.47%) Shell Script
5 9 (1.24%) Java
6 4 (0.55%) Perl
6 4 (0.55%) VB
7 3 (0.41%) PHP
7 3 (0.41%) PL/SQL
7 3 (0.41%) VBScript
8 2 (0.27%) Apple Swift
8 2 (0.27%) C++
8 2 (0.27%) JavaScript
8 2 (0.27%) Lisp
8 2 (0.27%) Objective-C
9 1 (0.14%) Go
9 1 (0.14%) Java 8
9 1 (0.14%) R
Qualifications
1 223 (30.63%) Cisco Certification
2 172 (23.63%) Security Cleared
3 161 (22.12%) CCNP
4 115 (15.80%) CCNA
5 111 (15.25%) SC Cleared
6 61 (8.38%) DV Cleared
7 56 (7.69%) CCDP
8 50 (6.87%) CCIE
9 45 (6.18%) Degree
10 23 (3.16%) Microsoft Certification
11 22 (3.02%) BC Cleared
12 20 (2.75%) CCIE Routing and Switching
13 19 (2.61%) CCDA
14 17 (2.34%) BPSS Clearance
15 16 (2.20%) MCSE
16 12 (1.65%) CCIP
17 10 (1.37%) CISSP
18 9 (1.24%) CCDE
18 9 (1.24%) JNCIS
18 9 (1.24%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (2.61%) QA
2 17 (2.34%) SLA
3 8 (1.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 6 (0.82%) PCI DSS
5 5 (0.69%) GDPR
6 4 (0.55%) NIST
7 3 (0.41%) ISO 14001
7 3 (0.41%) ISO 9001
7 3 (0.41%) PMO
8 2 (0.27%) Cyber Essentials
8 2 (0.27%) Disclosure Scotland
9 1 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 1 (0.14%) FedRAMP
9 1 (0.14%) HIPAA
9 1 (0.14%) HL7
9 1 (0.14%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 1 (0.14%) MiFID
9 1 (0.14%) NCSC
9 1 (0.14%) NIST 800
9 1 (0.14%) RMADS
System Software
1 141 (19.37%) Active Directory
2 74 (10.16%) VMware Infrastructure
3 38 (5.22%) Hyper-V
4 27 (3.71%) Virtual Machines
5 15 (2.06%) vSphere
6 14 (1.92%) VMware ESXi
6 14 (1.92%) XenApp
7 11 (1.51%) VMware NSX
8 8 (1.10%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 5 (0.69%) Docker
9 5 (0.69%) Terminal Server
10 4 (0.55%) NFS
10 4 (0.55%) Snort
10 4 (0.55%) Virtual Desktop
11 3 (0.41%) Firmware
11 3 (0.41%) Virtual Servers
11 3 (0.41%) VMware Workstation
12 2 (0.27%) ProxySG
12 2 (0.27%) Samba
12 2 (0.27%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 41 (5.63%) SCCM
2 15 (2.06%) Cisco Prime
2 15 (2.06%) FortiGate
2 15 (2.06%) SCOM
3 11 (1.51%) vRealize
4 9 (1.24%) Ansible
4 9 (1.24%) Puppet
5 8 (1.10%) Microsoft Intune
6 7 (0.96%) Microsoft Clustering
6 7 (0.96%) Opscode Chef
6 7 (0.96%) WSUS
7 6 (0.82%) Cisco CUCM
7 6 (0.82%) OpenView
7 6 (0.82%) vCenter Server
8 5 (0.69%) SCOrch
8 5 (0.69%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 5 (0.69%) Terraform
9 4 (0.55%) Grafana
9 4 (0.55%) Kibana
9 4 (0.55%) Network Intrusion Detection System
Vendors
1 316 (43.41%) Cisco
2 160 (21.98%) Microsoft
3 106 (14.56%) VMware
4 94 (12.91%) Juniper
5 58 (7.97%) CheckPoint
6 56 (7.69%) Citrix
7 48 (6.59%) SolarWinds
8 46 (6.32%) Dell
8 46 (6.32%) Palo Alto
9 41 (5.63%) F5
10 37 (5.08%) Oracle
11 28 (3.85%) HP
11 28 (3.85%) Meraki
12 25 (3.43%) Fortinet
12 25 (3.43%) Splunk
13 20 (2.75%) Aruba
14 12 (1.65%) Alcatel-Lucent
14 12 (1.65%) BT
15 11 (1.51%) Google
15 11 (1.51%) Symantec