Period
to 25 September 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 25 September 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
25 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 169 157 164
Rank change year-on-year -12 +7 -15
Contract jobs citing LAN 484 1,563 1,741
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.63% 1.77% 1.69%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 12.02% 13.40% 12.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 358 1,049 1,003
Median daily rate £375 £375 £375
10th Percentile £164 £183 £157
90th Percentile £570 £550 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £375 £360
% change year-on-year -3.33% +4.31% -2.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 90 133
Median hourly rate £26.50 £18.73 £20.65
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +41.52% -9.30% +5.01%
10th Percentile £14.90 £14.00 £12.20
90th Percentile £52.90 £57.50 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.92 £17.50 £19.19
% change year-on-year +48.09% -8.82% -2.38%

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 4,027 11,662 13,617
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.55% 13.20% 13.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,311 7,081 8,276
Median daily rate £435 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.35% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £210 £200 £200
90th Percentile £625 £600 £608
UK excluding London median daily rate £408 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +1.88% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 225 625 712
Median hourly rate £35.00 £27.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +27.27% +37.50% +5.26%
10th Percentile £14.02 £13.18 £12.20
90th Percentile £54.50 £53.75 £47.83
Median hourly rate £34.50 £23.75 £19.00
% change year-on-year +45.26% +25.00% +0.11%

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 25 September 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 25 September 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for LAN in the UK

LAN
Top 16 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 25 September 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 -14 423 £384 -2.85% 194
UK excluding London +9 317 £363 -3.33% 169
London +10 136 £425 +6.25% 33
South East -1 77 £356 -10.94% 24
Work from Home -63 63 £413 +17.86% 19
South West +74 61 £425 +13.33% 21
Midlands +40 55 £350 -3.45% 38
North of England -20 54 £375 +9.49% 61
East of England +36 40 £275 -35.29% 17
West Midlands +47 39 £373 -6.88% 25
North West +1 38 £375 -6.79% 29
Scotland +32 22 £288 - 4
East Midlands +22 15 £306 -7.20% 13
Yorkshire +12 13 £300 +11.11% 27
Wales +35 11 £278 -9.39% 4
North East +15 3 £168 -39.09% 5

For the 6 months to 25 September 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.

1 388 (80.17%) WAN
2 220 (45.45%) Cisco
3 199 (41.12%) Firewall
4 129 (26.65%) Security Cleared
5 128 (26.45%) Cisco Certification
6 120 (24.79%) Windows
7 112 (23.14%) VPN
8 109 (22.52%) Microsoft
9 102 (21.07%) CCNP
10 95 (19.63%) TCP/IP
11 91 (18.80%) SC Cleared
12 76 (15.70%) Wireless
13 73 (15.08%) VMware
14 70 (14.46%) OSPF
14 70 (14.46%) Active Directory
15 67 (13.84%) Data Centre
16 65 (13.43%) VoIP
17 64 (13.22%) Telecoms
17 64 (13.22%) Network Security
18 63 (13.02%) BGP
18 63 (13.02%) MPLS
19 58 (11.98%) CCNA
20 56 (11.57%) Linux
20 56 (11.57%) Public Sector
21 55 (11.36%) Internet
22 54 (11.16%) DNS
22 54 (11.16%) Juniper
22 54 (11.16%) Azure
23 51 (10.54%) VMware Infrastructure
24 48 (9.92%) Office 365

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 18 (3.72%) MS Exchange
2 16 (3.31%) Skype for Business
3 7 (1.45%) SharePoint
4 6 (1.24%) Exchange Server 2010
5 4 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2013
6 3 (0.62%) CMS
6 3 (0.62%) Exchange Server 2007
6 3 (0.62%) IIS
7 2 (0.41%) Confluence
7 2 (0.41%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.21%) Apache
8 1 (0.21%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 1 (0.21%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.21%) Tomcat
Applications
1 30 (6.20%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (2.89%) MS Visio
3 10 (2.07%) Microsoft Project
4 4 (0.83%) Microsoft Excel
5 3 (0.62%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.41%) Chatbot
7 1 (0.21%) Notepad++
7 1 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.21%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 54 (11.16%) Azure
2 48 (9.92%) Office 365
3 25 (5.17%) AWS
4 16 (3.31%) PaaS
5 14 (2.89%) SaaS
6 10 (2.07%) Cloud Computing
7 8 (1.65%) GCP
8 7 (1.45%) IaaS
9 6 (1.24%) Azure Active Directory
9 6 (1.24%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 4 (0.83%) OneDrive
11 2 (0.41%) Power Automate
11 2 (0.41%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 1 (0.21%) Akamai
12 1 (0.21%) Dropbox
12 1 (0.21%) Dynamics 365
12 1 (0.21%) GitHub
12 1 (0.21%) Mimecast
12 1 (0.21%) Power Platform
12 1 (0.21%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 388 (80.17%) WAN
2 199 (41.12%) Firewall
3 112 (23.14%) VPN
4 95 (19.63%) TCP/IP
5 76 (15.70%) Wireless
6 70 (14.46%) OSPF
7 65 (13.43%) VoIP
8 64 (13.22%) Network Security
9 63 (13.02%) BGP
9 63 (13.02%) MPLS
10 55 (11.36%) Internet
11 54 (11.16%) DNS
12 46 (9.50%) Wi-Fi
13 43 (8.88%) Ethernet
14 42 (8.68%) EIGRP
15 38 (7.85%) SAN
16 37 (7.64%) Cisco Nexus
17 36 (7.44%) VLAN
17 36 (7.44%) WLAN
18 35 (7.23%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (1.03%) SQL Server
2 4 (0.83%) Relational Database
3 3 (0.62%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (0.41%) Data Lake
4 2 (0.41%) Geospatial Data
5 1 (0.21%) Crystal Reports
5 1 (0.21%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.21%) Power BI
5 1 (0.21%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.21%) Snowflake Schema
5 1 (0.21%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.21%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.21%) SQL Server 2014
5 1 (0.21%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 12 (2.48%) JIRA
2 11 (2.27%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 5 (1.03%) Jenkins
4 2 (0.41%) ClearCase
4 2 (0.41%) ClearQuest
4 2 (0.41%) Git (software)
4 2 (0.41%) TestDirector
5 1 (0.21%) Artifactory
5 1 (0.21%) Oracle Forms
5 1 (0.21%) Sonatype Nexus
5 1 (0.21%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 64 (13.22%) Telecoms
2 56 (11.57%) Public Sector
3 40 (8.26%) Finance
4 7 (1.45%) Financial Institution
5 5 (1.03%) Manufacturing
5 5 (1.03%) Marketing
5 5 (1.03%) Retail
6 4 (0.83%) Banking
6 4 (0.83%) Billing
7 3 (0.62%) Advertising
7 3 (0.62%) Electronics
7 3 (0.62%) German Language
8 2 (0.41%) French Language
8 2 (0.41%) Local Government
8 2 (0.41%) Military
8 2 (0.41%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.21%) Front Office
9 1 (0.21%) Law
9 1 (0.21%) Legal
9 1 (0.21%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 151 (31.20%) Network Engineer
2 70 (14.46%) Architect
3 41 (8.47%) Network Architect
4 37 (7.64%) Support Engineer
5 35 (7.23%) Analyst
6 27 (5.58%) IT Engineer
7 21 (4.34%) 2nd Line Engineer
8 20 (4.13%) Cisco Engineer
8 20 (4.13%) Consultant
8 20 (4.13%) Desktop Engineer
9 19 (3.93%) 2nd Line Support
9 19 (3.93%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 19 (3.93%) Desktop Support
10 16 (3.31%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 16 (3.31%) Senior Network Engineer
11 15 (3.10%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
11 15 (3.10%) Desktop Support Engineer
11 15 (3.10%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
12 14 (2.89%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
12 14 (2.89%) LAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (2.07%) 802.1X
2 5 (1.03%) LDAP
2 5 (1.03%) Web Services
3 4 (0.83%) JSON
4 2 (0.41%) .NET
4 2 (0.41%) FIX Protocol
4 2 (0.41%) Velocity
4 2 (0.41%) WebRTC
4 2 (0.41%) XML
5 1 (0.21%) Elastic Stack
5 1 (0.21%) HTML
5 1 (0.21%) Middleware
5 1 (0.21%) REST
5 1 (0.21%) SAML
5 1 (0.21%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 67 (13.84%) Data Centre
2 26 (5.37%) NHS
3 19 (3.93%) Video Conferencing
4 15 (3.10%) Analytical Skills
4 15 (3.10%) Self-Motivation
5 8 (1.65%) PKI
6 7 (1.45%) Client/Server
6 7 (1.45%) Management Information System
7 6 (1.24%) Public Cloud
8 5 (1.03%) Driving Licence
8 5 (1.03%) Fibre Optics
8 5 (1.03%) Linux Command Line
8 5 (1.03%) Smartphone
8 5 (1.03%) Tandem
8 5 (1.03%) Virtual Team
9 4 (0.83%) CCTV
9 4 (0.83%) Clustering
9 4 (0.83%) Private Cloud
9 4 (0.83%) Replication
10 3 (0.62%) Over-the-Top Content
Operating Systems
1 120 (24.79%) Windows
2 56 (11.57%) Linux
3 30 (6.20%) Windows Server
4 24 (4.96%) Unix
5 23 (4.75%) Windows 10
6 17 (3.51%) Windows 7
7 12 (2.48%) Windows Server 2008
8 11 (2.27%) Windows Server 2012
9 9 (1.86%) Solaris
9 9 (1.86%) Windows Server 2016
9 9 (1.86%) Windows XP
10 8 (1.65%) Ubuntu
11 6 (1.24%) AIX
11 6 (1.24%) Windows Server 2003
12 5 (1.03%) Debian
12 5 (1.03%) Fedora
13 4 (0.83%) Check Point GAiA
13 4 (0.83%) NetWare
13 4 (0.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 4 (0.83%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (9.50%) ITIL
2 43 (8.88%) Migration
3 35 (7.23%) Problem-Solving
4 34 (7.02%) Network Design
4 34 (7.02%) Project Management
5 26 (5.37%) Agile Software Development
5 26 (5.37%) Network Management
6 25 (5.17%) Cryptography
7 24 (4.96%) Network Virtualisation
8 22 (4.55%) PRINCE2
9 21 (4.34%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 20 (4.13%) Service Delivery
11 19 (3.93%) Load Balancing
12 17 (3.51%) Service Management
13 16 (3.31%) Change Management
13 16 (3.31%) Stakeholder Management
14 14 (2.89%) Incident Management
14 14 (2.89%) Project Delivery
15 13 (2.69%) High Availability
15 13 (2.69%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 28 (5.79%) Python
2 26 (5.37%) C
3 15 (3.10%) Shell Script
4 14 (2.89%) Bash Shell
5 7 (1.45%) Perl
6 4 (0.83%) PowerShell
6 4 (0.83%) SQL
7 2 (0.41%) Lisp
7 2 (0.41%) VB
7 2 (0.41%) VBScript
8 1 (0.21%) C#
8 1 (0.21%) C++
8 1 (0.21%) Go
8 1 (0.21%) Java
8 1 (0.21%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.21%) Korn
Qualifications
1 129 (26.65%) Security Cleared
2 128 (26.45%) Cisco Certification
3 102 (21.07%) CCNP
4 91 (18.80%) SC Cleared
5 58 (11.98%) CCNA
6 47 (9.71%) CCIE
7 39 (8.06%) DV Cleared
8 26 (5.37%) CCDP
9 25 (5.17%) Degree
10 16 (3.31%) CCDA
10 16 (3.31%) Microsoft Certification
11 13 (2.69%) BPSS Clearance
12 12 (2.48%) MCSE
13 10 (2.07%) ECDL
14 9 (1.86%) CISSP
15 8 (1.65%) BC Cleared
15 8 (1.65%) CCIE Routing and Switching
16 5 (1.03%) CCIP
16 5 (1.03%) ITIL Certification
17 4 (0.83%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (2.48%) QA
2 8 (1.65%) SLA
3 4 (0.83%) NIST
4 3 (0.62%) ISO 14001
4 3 (0.62%) ISO 9001
4 3 (0.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.62%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.41%) Cyber Essentials
5 2 (0.41%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.21%) FedRAMP
6 1 (0.21%) GDPR
6 1 (0.21%) HIPAA
System Software
1 70 (14.46%) Active Directory
2 51 (10.54%) VMware Infrastructure
3 27 (5.58%) Hyper-V
4 21 (4.34%) Virtual Machines
5 13 (2.69%) VMware ESXi
6 10 (2.07%) VMware NSX
6 10 (2.07%) vSphere
7 5 (1.03%) XenApp
8 4 (0.83%) KVM
8 4 (0.83%) Xen
9 3 (0.62%) Docker
9 3 (0.62%) Snort
9 3 (0.62%) Virtual Desktop
10 2 (0.41%) Firmware
10 2 (0.41%) ProxySG
10 2 (0.41%) Terminal Server
10 2 (0.41%) Terminal Services
10 2 (0.41%) VMware Workstation
11 1 (0.21%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 1 (0.21%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 28 (5.79%) SCCM
2 12 (2.48%) Ansible
2 12 (2.48%) FortiGate
3 9 (1.86%) Cisco CUCM
3 9 (1.86%) Microsoft Intune
4 8 (1.65%) Cisco Prime
5 6 (1.24%) Cisco UCCX
5 6 (1.24%) SCOM
5 6 (1.24%) vCenter Server
6 5 (1.03%) WSUS
7 3 (0.62%) Kubernetes
7 3 (0.62%) McAfee ePO
7 3 (0.62%) Microsoft Clustering
7 3 (0.62%) Network Intrusion Detection System
7 3 (0.62%) Single Sign-On
7 3 (0.62%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 3 (0.62%) Terraform
8 2 (0.41%) QRadar
8 2 (0.41%) TrustSec
8 2 (0.41%) vRealize
Vendors
1 220 (45.45%) Cisco
2 109 (22.52%) Microsoft
3 73 (15.08%) VMware
4 54 (11.16%) Juniper
5 43 (8.88%) F5
6 40 (8.26%) CheckPoint
7 38 (7.85%) SolarWinds
8 29 (5.99%) Oracle
9 26 (5.37%) Dell
9 26 (5.37%) Palo Alto
10 24 (4.96%) Citrix
11 23 (4.75%) Meraki
12 19 (3.93%) Aruba
12 19 (3.93%) Fortinet
13 15 (3.10%) Blue Coat
13 15 (3.10%) HP
13 15 (3.10%) Splunk
14 13 (2.69%) Veeam
15 12 (2.48%) Avaya
16 10 (2.07%) Red Hat