Period
to 8 April 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 8 April 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
8 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 122 157 176
Rank change year-on-year +35 +19 -52
Contract jobs citing LAN 1,213 1,708 1,580
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.99% 1.76% 1.55%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.52% 13.93% 11.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 785 1,161 966
Median daily rate £375 £375 £362
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.71% -2.61%
10th Percentile £140 £163 £157
90th Percentile £563 £538 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £338
% change year-on-year +2.74% +8.15% -3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 89 94 101
Median hourly rate £20.00 £19.25 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.90% +2.94% +1.08%
10th Percentile £13.28 £10.75 £12.75
90th Percentile £47.53 £56.30 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £19.57 £19.20
% change year-on-year -0.37% +1.95% +14.61%

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 8,354 12,257 13,405
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.70% 12.64% 13.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,899 7,561 8,262
Median daily rate £425 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.03% +2.48%
10th Percentile £175 £200 £200
90th Percentile £600 £610 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £376
% change year-on-year - +6.38% -1.05%
Number of hourly rates quoted 513 567 721
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.70 £19.40
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.32% -3.58% -9.79%
10th Percentile £13.25 £12.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £51.75 £49.50 £47.50
Median hourly rate £20.00 £17.25 £19.03
% change year-on-year +15.94% -9.35% -9.25%

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 8 April 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 8 April 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 8 April 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 +36 1,078 £375 - 265
UK excluding London +38 850 £375 +2.74% 230
London +14 333 £360 -10.00% 43
South East +10 213 £425 +11.84% 57
North of England +26 189 £325 -9.72% 68
Midlands +88 163 £369 +2.43% 35
West Midlands +79 102 £450 +25.00% 25
East of England +32 99 £450 -2.70% 23
North West +12 95 £380 +1.33% 43
South West -5 83 £275 -21.43% 39
Scotland +35 71 £350 +40.00% 5
Yorkshire +36 68 £325 -11.86% 12
East Midlands +54 60 £170 -51.43% 9
Work from Home +3 29 £400 +10.34% 17
Wales +36 28 £190 -45.71% 4
North East +24 26 £325 +20.93% 13
Northern Ireland +9 9 £143 -52.50%

For the 6 months to 8 April 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.

1 926 (76.34%) WAN
2 579 (47.73%) Cisco
3 450 (37.10%) Firewall
4 423 (34.87%) Windows
5 363 (29.93%) Cisco Certification
6 285 (23.50%) Active Directory
7 277 (22.84%) Microsoft
8 263 (21.68%) Security Cleared
9 262 (21.60%) CCNP
10 245 (20.20%) Wireless
11 241 (19.87%) Data Centre
12 236 (19.46%) VPN
13 199 (16.41%) CCNA
14 195 (16.08%) TCP/IP
15 191 (15.75%) DNS
16 186 (15.33%) ITIL
17 185 (15.25%) BGP
18 184 (15.17%) VMware
19 174 (14.34%) MPLS
20 173 (14.26%) DHCP
21 172 (14.18%) OSPF
22 171 (14.10%) Wi-Fi
23 170 (14.01%) Windows Server
24 156 (12.86%) Network Security
25 155 (12.78%) SC Cleared
26 150 (12.37%) Office 365
27 142 (11.71%) WLAN
28 140 (11.54%) Juniper
28 140 (11.54%) Azure
29 135 (11.13%) Telecoms

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 86 (7.09%) MS Exchange
2 50 (4.12%) SharePoint
3 47 (3.87%) Skype for Business
4 22 (1.81%) IIS
5 21 (1.73%) Exchange Server 2013
6 10 (0.82%) Tomcat
7 7 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2010
8 6 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2007
9 5 (0.41%) Confluence
10 4 (0.33%) Kinematics
11 3 (0.25%) OpenStack
12 2 (0.16%) Apache
12 2 (0.16%) CMS
12 2 (0.16%) IBM Notes
12 2 (0.16%) SharePoint 2013
12 2 (0.16%) WordPress
13 1 (0.082%) Exchange Server 2003
13 1 (0.082%) Oracle Workflow
13 1 (0.082%) WebSphere
13 1 (0.082%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 116 (9.56%) Microsoft Office
2 43 (3.54%) Microsoft Excel
3 24 (1.98%) MS Visio
4 18 (1.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.33%) Microsoft Project
5 4 (0.33%) Simulink
5 4 (0.33%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.16%) FileZilla
7 1 (0.082%) Houdini
7 1 (0.082%) Maya
7 1 (0.082%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 5 (0.41%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.25%) Line 500
3 2 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.082%) assyst
4 1 (0.082%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 150 (12.37%) Office 365
2 140 (11.54%) Azure
3 67 (5.52%) AWS
4 31 (2.56%) Azure Active Directory
5 29 (2.39%) IaaS
6 28 (2.31%) PaaS
7 25 (2.06%) SaaS
8 14 (1.15%) Cloud Computing
9 11 (0.91%) GCP
10 8 (0.66%) Mimecast
10 8 (0.66%) OneDrive
11 6 (0.49%) G Suite
12 5 (0.41%) Akamai
12 5 (0.41%) OpenShift
13 2 (0.16%) Adobe Creative Cloud
13 2 (0.16%) AWS CloudFormation
14 1 (0.082%) Azure ExpressRoute
14 1 (0.082%) Power Platform
14 1 (0.082%) Serverless
14 1 (0.082%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 926 (76.34%) WAN
2 450 (37.10%) Firewall
3 245 (20.20%) Wireless
4 236 (19.46%) VPN
5 195 (16.08%) TCP/IP
6 191 (15.75%) DNS
7 185 (15.25%) BGP
8 174 (14.34%) MPLS
9 173 (14.26%) DHCP
10 172 (14.18%) OSPF
11 171 (14.10%) Wi-Fi
12 156 (12.86%) Network Security
13 142 (11.71%) WLAN
14 122 (10.06%) VoIP
15 116 (9.56%) Cisco Nexus
16 113 (9.32%) Ethernet
17 103 (8.49%) Internet
18 95 (7.83%) Cisco ASA
19 92 (7.58%) VLAN
20 87 (7.17%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 52 (4.29%) SQL Server
2 11 (0.91%) SQL Server 2012
3 10 (0.82%) Relational Database
4 7 (0.58%) SQL Server 2016
5 5 (0.41%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (0.25%) Oracle Reports
6 3 (0.25%) SQL Server 2014
6 3 (0.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 2 (0.16%) MySQL
7 2 (0.16%) Oracle Database
7 2 (0.16%) PostgreSQL
8 1 (0.082%) Big Data
8 1 (0.082%) GIS
8 1 (0.082%) MongoDB
8 1 (0.082%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.082%) Power BI
8 1 (0.082%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.082%) Redis
8 1 (0.082%) SQL Server 2000
8 1 (0.082%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 20 (1.65%) Sonatype Nexus
2 15 (1.24%) JIRA
2 15 (1.24%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 10 (0.82%) Git (software)
4 9 (0.74%) AdminStudio
4 9 (0.74%) InstallShield
4 9 (0.74%) Team Foundation Server
5 6 (0.49%) Artifactory
5 6 (0.49%) Cucumber
5 6 (0.49%) JUnit
5 6 (0.49%) Maven
6 4 (0.33%) Jenkins
6 4 (0.33%) Rational DOORS
6 4 (0.33%) Redmine
7 2 (0.16%) AutoIt
7 2 (0.16%) ClearCase
7 2 (0.16%) ClearQuest
7 2 (0.16%) TestRail
8 1 (0.082%) Eclipse
8 1 (0.082%) Subversion
General
1 135 (11.13%) Telecoms
2 107 (8.82%) Finance
3 65 (5.36%) Public Sector
4 62 (5.11%) Banking
5 41 (3.38%) Retail
6 23 (1.90%) Manufacturing
7 18 (1.48%) Investment Banking
8 14 (1.15%) Front Office
9 12 (0.99%) Pharmaceutical
10 11 (0.91%) Local Government
11 9 (0.74%) Law
11 9 (0.74%) Marketing
11 9 (0.74%) Publishing
12 7 (0.58%) Legal
13 6 (0.49%) Electronics
13 6 (0.49%) Financial Institution
13 6 (0.49%) French Language
13 6 (0.49%) German Language
13 6 (0.49%) Military
14 5 (0.41%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 389 (32.07%) Network Engineer
2 127 (10.47%) Architect
3 117 (9.65%) Support Engineer
4 90 (7.42%) Analyst
5 77 (6.35%) Network Architect
6 72 (5.94%) Cisco Engineer
7 70 (5.77%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 67 (5.52%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 51 (4.20%) IT Support
10 40 (3.30%) Project Manager
10 40 (3.30%) Senior Network Engineer
11 38 (3.13%) IT Engineer
12 36 (2.97%) 2nd Line Support
12 36 (2.97%) Solutions Architect
13 34 (2.80%) Desktop Support
13 34 (2.80%) Security Engineer
14 33 (2.72%) Technical Leader
15 32 (2.64%) 2nd Line Engineer
16 30 (2.47%) Consultant
17 29 (2.39%) LAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (3.79%) 802.1X
2 12 (0.99%) XML
3 11 (0.91%) LDAP
4 10 (0.82%) Web Services
5 8 (0.66%) JSON
6 7 (0.58%) Middleware
7 5 (0.41%) Apache Camel
7 5 (0.41%) FIX Protocol
7 5 (0.41%) Hibernate
7 5 (0.41%) TIBCO EMS
7 5 (0.41%) WireMock
8 4 (0.33%) Node.js
9 3 (0.25%) .NET
9 3 (0.25%) HTML
10 2 (0.16%) Apache Cordova
10 2 (0.16%) Flutter
10 2 (0.16%) Ionic Framework
10 2 (0.16%) ModSecurity
10 2 (0.16%) SailPoint
11 1 (0.082%) Akka
Miscellaneous
1 241 (19.87%) Data Centre
2 63 (5.19%) Analytical Skills
3 50 (4.12%) Video Conferencing
4 42 (3.46%) Self-Motivation
5 38 (3.13%) Management Information System
6 29 (2.39%) Video\Live Streaming
7 23 (1.90%) User Experience
8 22 (1.81%) Driving Licence
9 20 (1.65%) NHS
10 18 (1.48%) Device Driver
11 17 (1.40%) Fibre Optics
11 17 (1.40%) PKI
11 17 (1.40%) Private Cloud
12 14 (1.15%) CCTV
12 14 (1.15%) Smartphone
13 12 (0.99%) CMDB
14 10 (0.82%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
14 10 (0.82%) Handset
14 10 (0.82%) iPad
15 9 (0.74%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 423 (34.87%) Windows
2 170 (14.01%) Windows Server
3 129 (10.63%) Linux
4 124 (10.22%) Windows 10
5 90 (7.42%) Windows 7
6 66 (5.44%) Windows Server 2012
7 63 (5.19%) Windows Server 2008
8 47 (3.87%) Windows Server 2016
9 37 (3.05%) Android
10 32 (2.64%) Mac OS
11 25 (2.06%) Unix
12 21 (1.73%) Apple iOS
13 19 (1.57%) Embedded Linux
14 16 (1.32%) Windows Server 2003
15 13 (1.07%) Windows Server 2019
16 10 (0.82%) CatOS
17 9 (0.74%) Mac OS X
17 9 (0.74%) Windows XP
18 8 (0.66%) Solaris
19 7 (0.58%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 186 (15.33%) ITIL
2 135 (11.13%) Network Design
3 127 (10.47%) Migration
4 94 (7.75%) Problem-Solving
5 92 (7.58%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 86 (7.09%) Service Delivery
7 79 (6.51%) Change Management
8 70 (5.77%) Project Management
9 66 (5.44%) Network Management
10 63 (5.19%) Project Delivery
11 60 (4.95%) Load Balancing
12 59 (4.86%) Technical Leadership
13 51 (4.20%) Incident Management
14 49 (4.04%) Service Management
15 45 (3.71%) Network Architecture
16 44 (3.63%) Agile Software Development
17 39 (3.22%) Configuration Management
18 38 (3.13%) Stakeholder Management
19 37 (3.05%) Asset Management
20 36 (2.97%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 64 (5.28%) SQL
2 60 (4.95%) PowerShell
3 57 (4.70%) Python
4 22 (1.81%) Perl
5 19 (1.57%) C
6 16 (1.32%) VB
7 13 (1.07%) Java
8 11 (0.91%) Bash Shell
9 5 (0.41%) Shell Script
10 4 (0.33%) Ada
10 4 (0.33%) MATLAB
11 3 (0.25%) PHP
11 3 (0.25%) PL/SQL
12 2 (0.16%) Apple Swift
12 2 (0.16%) C#
12 2 (0.16%) JavaScript
12 2 (0.16%) Objective-C
12 2 (0.16%) VBA
12 2 (0.16%) VBScript
13 1 (0.082%) C++
Qualifications
1 363 (29.93%) Cisco Certification
2 263 (21.68%) Security Cleared
3 262 (21.60%) CCNP
4 199 (16.41%) CCNA
5 155 (12.78%) SC Cleared
6 82 (6.76%) CCIE
7 80 (6.60%) DV Cleared
8 65 (5.36%) Degree
9 56 (4.62%) CCDP
10 41 (3.38%) CCDA
10 41 (3.38%) Microsoft Certification
11 33 (2.72%) CCIE Routing and Switching
12 29 (2.39%) BC Cleared
13 27 (2.23%) MCSE
14 22 (1.81%) BPSS Clearance
15 14 (1.15%) CISSP
16 13 (1.07%) MCSA
17 12 (0.99%) CCIP
17 12 (0.99%) JNCIA
17 12 (0.99%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 41 (3.38%) SLA
2 17 (1.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 13 (1.07%) PMO
3 13 (1.07%) QA
4 12 (0.99%) GDPR
5 7 (0.58%) PCI DSS
6 5 (0.41%) Cyber Essentials
6 5 (0.41%) NIST
7 4 (0.33%) BS7799
7 4 (0.33%) COBIT
7 4 (0.33%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 3 (0.25%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 2 (0.16%) JSP 440
9 2 (0.16%) NCSC
9 2 (0.16%) RMADS
10 1 (0.082%) Data Quality
10 1 (0.082%) HIPAA
10 1 (0.082%) HL7
10 1 (0.082%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 1 (0.082%) NIST 800
System Software
1 285 (23.50%) Active Directory
2 123 (10.14%) VMware Infrastructure
3 68 (5.61%) Hyper-V
4 25 (2.06%) vSphere
5 20 (1.65%) VMware ESXi
6 16 (1.32%) Virtual Servers
7 15 (1.24%) Virtual Machines
7 15 (1.24%) VMware NSX
7 15 (1.24%) XenApp
8 9 (0.74%) Microsoft App-V
9 8 (0.66%) Citrix Hypervisor
9 8 (0.66%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 8 (0.66%) Docker
9 8 (0.66%) vCloud
10 6 (0.49%) XenDesktop
11 5 (0.41%) Firmware
11 5 (0.41%) NFS
11 5 (0.41%) Virtual Desktop
11 5 (0.41%) VMware Server
12 4 (0.33%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 95 (7.83%) SCCM
2 43 (3.54%) Cisco Prime
3 40 (3.30%) FortiGate
4 24 (1.98%) Puppet
5 23 (1.90%) Microsoft Intune
5 23 (1.90%) SCOM
6 21 (1.73%) Opscode Chef
7 20 (1.65%) WSUS
8 17 (1.40%) Cacti
8 17 (1.40%) Nagios
8 17 (1.40%) Norton AntiVirus
8 17 (1.40%) Statseeker
8 17 (1.40%) ZABBIX
9 15 (1.24%) NetMRI
10 12 (0.99%) Ansible
11 11 (0.91%) vRealize
12 9 (0.74%) ThinApp
13 8 (0.66%) Kubernetes
13 8 (0.66%) Terraform
14 7 (0.58%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 579 (47.73%) Cisco
2 277 (22.84%) Microsoft
3 184 (15.17%) VMware
4 140 (11.54%) Juniper
5 105 (8.66%) Palo Alto
6 104 (8.57%) CheckPoint
7 98 (8.08%) Citrix
8 75 (6.18%) F5
9 66 (5.44%) SolarWinds
10 64 (5.28%) Dell
11 56 (4.62%) HP
12 54 (4.45%) Fortinet
12 54 (4.45%) Meraki
13 36 (2.97%) McAfee
13 36 (2.97%) Oracle
14 34 (2.80%) Aruba
15 28 (2.31%) Symantec
16 25 (2.06%) Splunk
17 22 (1.81%) Riverbed
18 19 (1.57%) NetScout