Period
to 2 March 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 2 March 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
2 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 185 138 158
Rank change year-on-year -47 +20 +18
Contract jobs citing LAN 660 1,244 1,758
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.37% 1.87% 1.79%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 11.62% 13.88% 14.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 553 865 1,187
Median daily rate £380 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.33% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £176 £145 £158
90th Percentile £568 £543 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £375 £370
% change year-on-year -3.33% +1.35% +10.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 71 90
Median hourly rate £23.06 £20.00 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.31% -2.44% +19.71%
10th Percentile £14.55 £13.39 £11.74
90th Percentile £64.35 £48.75 £58.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £18.65 £20.00
% change year-on-year +20.64% -6.75% +17.65%

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 5,678 8,964 12,552
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.81% 13.48% 12.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,594 5,553 7,744
Median daily rate £440 £415 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.02% -2.35% +6.12%
10th Percentile £213 £178 £200
90th Percentile £613 £600 £610
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 279 491 556
Median hourly rate £31.00 £20.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +51.22% +13.89% -5.26%
10th Percentile £13.00 £13.38 £12.00
90th Percentile £61.05 £51.75 £48.75
Median hourly rate £25.75 £20.00 £17.25
% change year-on-year +28.75% +15.94% -11.58%

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 2 March 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 2 March 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 2 March 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 -55 549 £378 +0.67% 275
UK excluding London -2 416 £363 -3.33% 234
London -73 172 £425 +15.65% 55
Work from Home -132 130 £400 +11.11% 52
South East +25 129 £370 -10.57% 52
Midlands -8 82 £298 -20.67% 49
North of England -6 76 £300 -7.69% 68
West Midlands +2 60 £299 -31.71% 30
North West +2 53 £363 -7.05% 32
South West +30 50 £350 +7.69% 33
Scotland +12 38 £350 -13.04% 6
East of England +6 37 £339 -19.29% 16
Yorkshire +5 21 £125 -61.54% 26
East Midlands -9 19 £173 -1.43% 19
Wales +2 9 £280 +47.37% 7
North East +12 6 £120 -65.71% 10
Northern Ireland +11 6 £473 +226.21% 3

For the 6 months to 2 March 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.

1 568 (86.06%) WAN
2 324 (49.09%) Cisco
3 283 (42.88%) Firewall
4 202 (30.61%) Windows
5 172 (26.06%) VMware
6 170 (25.76%) Cisco Certification
7 167 (25.30%) Microsoft
8 149 (22.58%) Security Cleared
9 148 (22.42%) Active Directory
10 141 (21.36%) VPN
11 135 (20.45%) Azure
12 121 (18.33%) Wireless
12 121 (18.33%) Data Centre
13 116 (17.58%) CCNP
14 110 (16.67%) DNS
15 109 (16.52%) TCP/IP
15 109 (16.52%) VMware Infrastructure
16 107 (16.21%) CCNA
17 101 (15.30%) Linux
18 94 (14.24%) SC Cleared
18 94 (14.24%) Microsoft 365
19 93 (14.09%) Windows Server
20 89 (13.48%) DHCP
21 87 (13.18%) Wi-Fi
22 83 (12.58%) Public Sector
23 80 (12.12%) Telecoms
24 79 (11.97%) Finance
25 77 (11.67%) Load Balancing
26 73 (11.06%) ITIL
27 70 (10.61%) Migration

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 36 (5.45%) SharePoint
2 27 (4.09%) Skype for Business
3 16 (2.42%) WebSphere
4 12 (1.82%) Confluence
4 12 (1.82%) MS Exchange
5 9 (1.36%) IIS
6 5 (0.76%) Cloud Foundry
6 5 (0.76%) CMS
7 4 (0.61%) Tomcat
7 4 (0.61%) WebLogic
7 4 (0.61%) WebSphere Application Server
8 3 (0.45%) Apache
8 3 (0.45%) JBoss
9 1 (0.15%) Drupal
9 1 (0.15%) Elasticsearch
9 1 (0.15%) Exchange Server 2010
9 1 (0.15%) Exchange Server 2013
9 1 (0.15%) nginx
9 1 (0.15%) OpenStack
9 1 (0.15%) Smallworld
Applications
1 59 (8.94%) Microsoft Office
2 33 (5.00%) MS Visio
3 23 (3.48%) Microsoft Excel
4 14 (2.12%) Microsoft Project
5 4 (0.61%) CATIA
5 4 (0.61%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.15%) Notepad++
Business Applications
1 1 (0.15%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (0.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 135 (20.45%) Azure
2 94 (14.24%) Microsoft 365
3 62 (9.39%) AWS
4 30 (4.55%) PaaS
5 28 (4.24%) IaaS
6 26 (3.94%) SaaS
7 18 (2.73%) Azure Active Directory
7 18 (2.73%) GCP
8 14 (2.12%) Cloud Computing
8 14 (2.12%) OneDrive
9 10 (1.52%) GitHub
10 9 (1.36%) Yammer
11 5 (0.76%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 5 (0.76%) Power Automate
12 4 (0.61%) OpenShift
13 3 (0.45%) Power Platform
14 2 (0.30%) Akamai
14 2 (0.30%) Dynamics 365
14 2 (0.30%) IBM Cloud
14 2 (0.30%) ShareGate
Communications & Networking
1 568 (86.06%) WAN
2 283 (42.88%) Firewall
3 141 (21.36%) VPN
4 121 (18.33%) Wireless
5 110 (16.67%) DNS
6 109 (16.52%) TCP/IP
7 89 (13.48%) DHCP
8 87 (13.18%) Wi-Fi
9 63 (9.55%) MPLS
10 61 (9.24%) Cisco Nexus
10 61 (9.24%) OSPF
10 61 (9.24%) VLAN
11 60 (9.09%) Network Security
12 59 (8.94%) BGP
13 56 (8.48%) SAN
13 56 (8.48%) VoIP
14 54 (8.18%) Cisco ASA
15 49 (7.42%) Internet
16 47 (7.12%) WLAN
17 40 (6.06%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (3.18%) SQL Server
2 15 (2.27%) Data Warehouse
3 9 (1.36%) DB2
3 9 (1.36%) MongoDB
4 7 (1.06%) NoSQL
5 4 (0.61%) Hadoop
5 4 (0.61%) HBase
6 3 (0.45%) Oracle Reports
6 3 (0.45%) PostgreSQL
6 3 (0.45%) Power BI
7 2 (0.30%) Data Lake
7 2 (0.30%) Relational Database
7 2 (0.30%) Riak
8 1 (0.15%) Amazon RDS
8 1 (0.15%) Big Data
8 1 (0.15%) GIS
8 1 (0.15%) Ingres
8 1 (0.15%) SAP BW
8 1 (0.15%) Snowflake Schema
Development Applications
1 47 (7.12%) JIRA
2 19 (2.88%) Jenkins
3 14 (2.12%) Git (software)
4 12 (1.82%) LoadRunner
5 11 (1.67%) Sonatype Nexus
6 6 (0.91%) SonarQube
7 5 (0.76%) Bitbucket Server
7 5 (0.76%) Subversion
8 3 (0.45%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 2 (0.30%) Cucumber
9 2 (0.30%) FishEye
9 2 (0.30%) JUnit
9 2 (0.30%) Maven
9 2 (0.30%) Selenium
9 2 (0.30%) TestNG
10 1 (0.15%) Gerrit
10 1 (0.15%) GitLab
10 1 (0.15%) Oracle Forms
10 1 (0.15%) TeamCity
10 1 (0.15%) TestDirector
General
1 83 (12.58%) Public Sector
2 80 (12.12%) Telecoms
3 79 (11.97%) Finance
4 19 (2.88%) Banking
5 14 (2.12%) Billing
6 12 (1.82%) Legal
7 11 (1.67%) Back Office
8 5 (0.76%) Aerospace
8 5 (0.76%) Financial Institution
8 5 (0.76%) Retail
9 4 (0.61%) Automotive
9 4 (0.61%) Manufacturing
10 3 (0.45%) Investment Banking
10 3 (0.45%) Pharmaceutical
10 3 (0.45%) Police
11 2 (0.30%) Electronics
11 2 (0.30%) Law
11 2 (0.30%) Local Government
11 2 (0.30%) Multimedia
12 1 (0.15%) Military
Job Titles
1 172 (26.06%) Network Engineer
2 129 (19.55%) Architect
3 58 (8.79%) Network Architect
4 49 (7.42%) Analyst
5 44 (6.67%) Project Manager
6 39 (5.91%) Support Engineer
7 36 (5.45%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 35 (5.30%) Consultant
9 32 (4.85%) Senior Network Engineer
10 26 (3.94%) Infrastructure Manager
11 25 (3.79%) Solutions Architect
12 24 (3.64%) Infrastructure Architect
12 24 (3.64%) Infrastructure Project Manager
13 16 (2.42%) Administrator
13 16 (2.42%) Cisco Engineer
13 16 (2.42%) Cisco Network Engineer
13 16 (2.42%) Network Consultant
13 16 (2.42%) Test Analyst
14 15 (2.27%) Network Support
14 15 (2.27%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (5.61%) 802.1X
2 16 (2.42%) JSON
3 9 (1.36%) WebSphere MQ
4 8 (1.21%) REST
4 8 (1.21%) SOAP
5 7 (1.06%) .NET
5 7 (1.06%) Middleware
6 6 (0.91%) XML
7 5 (0.76%) YAML
8 4 (0.61%) ASP.NET
8 4 (0.61%) Jinja
8 4 (0.61%) Node.js
8 4 (0.61%) Ruby on Rails
8 4 (0.61%) WebRTC
9 3 (0.45%) AngularJS
9 3 (0.45%) CGI
9 3 (0.45%) LDAP
9 3 (0.45%) Web Services
9 3 (0.45%) XMPP
10 2 (0.30%) Akka
Miscellaneous
1 121 (18.33%) Data Centre
2 34 (5.15%) Analytical Skills
3 30 (4.55%) Video Conferencing
4 25 (3.79%) Self-Motivation
5 22 (3.33%) Management Information System
6 18 (2.73%) NHS
7 17 (2.58%) User Experience
8 16 (2.42%) Private Cloud
9 15 (2.27%) Clustering
9 15 (2.27%) Public Cloud
10 12 (1.82%) Greenfield Project
10 12 (1.82%) Hybrid Cloud
11 11 (1.67%) Driving Licence
12 10 (1.52%) Tandem
13 9 (1.36%) PKI
13 9 (1.36%) Replication
13 9 (1.36%) Virtual Team
14 8 (1.21%) Mobile App
15 6 (0.91%) Internet of Things
16 5 (0.76%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 202 (30.61%) Windows
2 101 (15.30%) Linux
3 93 (14.09%) Windows Server
4 68 (10.30%) Windows 10
5 32 (4.85%) Unix
6 27 (4.09%) Windows 7
7 24 (3.64%) Windows Server 2016
8 18 (2.73%) Windows Server 2012
9 16 (2.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 13 (1.97%) Windows Server 2008
11 10 (1.52%) CentOS
11 10 (1.52%) Windows Server 2019
12 9 (1.36%) Mac OS
13 8 (1.21%) Apple iOS
13 8 (1.21%) Solaris
13 8 (1.21%) Windows Server 2003
14 6 (0.91%) Android
15 5 (0.76%) Ubuntu
15 5 (0.76%) Windows 8
16 4 (0.61%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 77 (11.67%) Load Balancing
2 73 (11.06%) ITIL
3 70 (10.61%) Migration
4 63 (9.55%) Agile Software Development
5 50 (7.58%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 45 (6.82%) DevOps
7 42 (6.36%) Kalman Filter
7 42 (6.36%) Network Design
8 40 (6.06%) Project Delivery
9 38 (5.76%) Problem-Solving
9 38 (5.76%) Project Management
10 35 (5.30%) Disaster Recovery
11 31 (4.70%) Change Management
12 30 (4.55%) Network Management
12 30 (4.55%) Web Filtering
13 29 (4.39%) High Availability
14 28 (4.24%) Continuous Integration
15 27 (4.09%) Cybersecurity
15 27 (4.09%) Stakeholder Management
16 26 (3.94%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 38 (5.76%) Python
2 30 (4.55%) PowerShell
3 16 (2.42%) C
4 15 (2.27%) SQL
5 10 (1.52%) Java
6 7 (1.06%) Bash Shell
7 6 (0.91%) C++
8 5 (0.76%) PHP
9 4 (0.61%) C#
9 4 (0.61%) MATLAB
10 3 (0.45%) JavaScript
11 2 (0.30%) Java 8
11 2 (0.30%) R
11 2 (0.30%) TypeScript
12 1 (0.15%) Embedded C
12 1 (0.15%) Go
12 1 (0.15%) Perl
12 1 (0.15%) Ruby
12 1 (0.15%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 170 (25.76%) Cisco Certification
2 149 (22.58%) Security Cleared
3 116 (17.58%) CCNP
4 107 (16.21%) CCNA
5 94 (14.24%) SC Cleared
6 46 (6.97%) Microsoft Certification
7 45 (6.82%) CCIE
8 42 (6.36%) Degree
9 34 (5.15%) DV Cleared
10 20 (3.03%) MCSE
11 15 (2.27%) Computer Science Degree
11 15 (2.27%) MCSA
12 14 (2.12%) BPSS Clearance
13 12 (1.82%) CCDP
14 11 (1.67%) CISSP
14 11 (1.67%) TOGAF Certification
15 8 (1.21%) CCDA
16 7 (1.06%) ITIL Certification
16 7 (1.06%) RHCA
17 6 (0.91%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (2.88%) SLA
2 11 (1.67%) QA
3 10 (1.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 9 (1.36%) NIST
5 7 (1.06%) PCI DSS
6 4 (0.61%) COBIT
6 4 (0.61%) PMO
7 2 (0.30%) Disclosure Scotland
7 2 (0.30%) GDPR
7 2 (0.30%) HL7
7 2 (0.30%) ISO 22301
7 2 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 2 (0.30%) JSP 440
7 2 (0.30%) SEPA
8 1 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials
8 1 (0.15%) HIPAA
8 1 (0.15%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 1 (0.15%) ISO 9000
8 1 (0.15%) NCSC
System Software
1 148 (22.42%) Active Directory
2 109 (16.52%) VMware Infrastructure
3 45 (6.82%) Hyper-V
4 32 (4.85%) VMware ESXi
5 28 (4.24%) vSphere
6 21 (3.18%) VMware NSX
7 15 (2.27%) Virtual Machines
8 14 (2.12%) KVM
9 13 (1.97%) Docker
10 8 (1.21%) Xen
11 7 (1.06%) ProxySG
11 7 (1.06%) Virtual Desktop
12 6 (0.91%) NFS
12 6 (0.91%) XenApp
13 5 (0.76%) vCloud
14 4 (0.61%) Oracle RAC
14 4 (0.61%) SRDF
15 3 (0.45%) XenDesktop
16 2 (0.30%) Firmware
16 2 (0.30%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 53 (8.03%) Ansible
2 40 (6.06%) SCCM
3 17 (2.58%) Terraform
4 16 (2.42%) FortiGate
5 15 (2.27%) Cisco Prime
6 14 (2.12%) Cisco CUCM
7 12 (1.82%) Kubernetes
7 12 (1.82%) NetBackup
8 11 (1.67%) Single Sign-On
9 10 (1.52%) Microsoft Intune
9 10 (1.52%) Nessus
10 9 (1.36%) Puppet
11 8 (1.21%) WSUS
12 7 (1.06%) Opscode Chef
13 5 (0.76%) AirWatch
13 5 (0.76%) Cisco UCCX
13 5 (0.76%) SolarWinds Orion
13 5 (0.76%) vRealize
14 4 (0.61%) QRadar
14 4 (0.61%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 324 (49.09%) Cisco
2 172 (26.06%) VMware
3 167 (25.30%) Microsoft
4 67 (10.15%) Juniper
5 66 (10.00%) F5
6 62 (9.39%) Palo Alto
7 55 (8.33%) CheckPoint
8 50 (7.58%) Fortinet
9 48 (7.27%) Citrix
10 41 (6.21%) SolarWinds
11 40 (6.06%) Meraki
12 27 (4.09%) Aruba
13 25 (3.79%) HP
14 24 (3.64%) Blue Coat
14 24 (3.64%) Oracle
15 20 (3.03%) Dell
16 19 (2.88%) EMC
17 17 (2.58%) 3PAR
18 14 (2.12%) Avaya
18 14 (2.12%) Veeam