Period
to 27 November 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 27 November 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
27 Nov 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 169 139 162
Rank change year-on-year -30 +23 -5
Contract jobs citing LAN 570 1,542 1,802
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.55% 1.87% 1.73%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 11.97% 13.76% 13.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 440 1,030 1,112
Median daily rate £375 £375 £375
10th Percentile £163 £163 £160
90th Percentile £569 £541 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £385 £360
% change year-on-year -9.09% +6.94% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 88 112
Median hourly rate £35.00 £18.75 £23.15
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +86.67% -19.01% +32.29%
10th Percentile £15.75 £13.98 £12.76
90th Percentile £55.05 £57.50 £44.43
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +85.71% -12.50% +14.29%

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 4,763 11,210 13,503
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.94% 13.60% 12.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,725 6,697 8,143
Median daily rate £435 £418 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.19% -1.76% +6.25%
10th Percentile £213 £190 £200
90th Percentile £604 £600 £606
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 270 649 634
Median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £19.44
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.00% +28.58% +3.97%
10th Percentile £14.85 £13.25 £12.25
90th Percentile £61.03 £53.75 £47.50
Median hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year +55.56% +21.62% +2.78%

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 27 November 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 27 November 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 27 November 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 -37 474 £375 -2.91% 196
UK excluding London +4 362 £350 -9.09% 193
London -51 154 £425 +13.33% 29
Work from Home -94 101 £388 +10.71% 26
South East +1 91 £364 -9.06% 25
Midlands +2 65 £335 -10.67% 43
North of England -13 63 £338 -3.57% 68
South West +63 56 £381 +1.67% 12
West Midlands +23 45 £370 -6.92% 18
North West -2 45 £375 -6.25% 36
Scotland +44 40 £340 +4.62% 14
East of England +41 38 £330 -17.50% 19
East Midlands +4 17 £250 -28.57% 25
Yorkshire +9 15 £285 +5.56% 22
Wales +43 12 £278 +0.91% 8
North East +24 3 £168 -37.96% 10

For the 6 months to 27 November 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.

1 472 (82.81%) WAN
2 265 (46.49%) Cisco
3 239 (41.93%) Firewall
4 158 (27.72%) Windows
5 145 (25.44%) Security Cleared
6 137 (24.04%) Cisco Certification
7 131 (22.98%) Microsoft
8 115 (20.18%) VMware
9 114 (20.00%) VPN
10 110 (19.30%) TCP/IP
11 104 (18.25%) Active Directory
12 103 (18.07%) CCNP
13 100 (17.54%) SC Cleared
14 96 (16.84%) Azure
15 90 (15.79%) Wireless
16 81 (14.21%) DNS
17 78 (13.68%) Network Security
17 78 (13.68%) Data Centre
18 75 (13.16%) Linux
19 72 (12.63%) CCNA
20 69 (12.11%) Public Sector
21 68 (11.93%) VMware Infrastructure
22 66 (11.58%) OSPF
23 65 (11.40%) Telecoms
23 65 (11.40%) F5
24 64 (11.23%) Office 365
24 64 (11.23%) Wi-Fi
25 63 (11.05%) MPLS
25 63 (11.05%) VoIP
26 60 (10.53%) Juniper

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 17 (2.98%) SharePoint
1 17 (2.98%) Skype for Business
2 14 (2.46%) MS Exchange
3 8 (1.40%) IIS
4 7 (1.23%) Confluence
5 4 (0.70%) CMS
5 4 (0.70%) Exchange Server 2010
5 4 (0.70%) Exchange Server 2013
6 3 (0.53%) Cloud Foundry
7 1 (0.18%) Apache
7 1 (0.18%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 1 (0.18%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (0.18%) nginx
7 1 (0.18%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.18%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 1 (0.18%) Tomcat
Applications
1 29 (5.09%) Microsoft Office
2 15 (2.63%) Microsoft Project
3 11 (1.93%) MS Visio
4 5 (0.88%) Microsoft Excel
5 4 (0.70%) CATIA
6 2 (0.35%) Chatbot
7 1 (0.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 1 (0.18%) Notepad++
Business Applications
1 1 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (0.18%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 96 (16.84%) Azure
2 64 (11.23%) Office 365
3 40 (7.02%) AWS
4 24 (4.21%) SaaS
5 23 (4.04%) PaaS
6 16 (2.81%) Azure Active Directory
7 14 (2.46%) GCP
8 13 (2.28%) Cloud Computing
8 13 (2.28%) IaaS
9 6 (1.05%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 5 (0.88%) Power Automate
11 4 (0.70%) GitHub
11 4 (0.70%) OneDrive
12 3 (0.53%) OpenShift
13 2 (0.35%) Akamai
13 2 (0.35%) Dynamics 365
13 2 (0.35%) Power Platform
13 2 (0.35%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 1 (0.18%) IBM Cloud
14 1 (0.18%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 472 (82.81%) WAN
2 239 (41.93%) Firewall
3 114 (20.00%) VPN
4 110 (19.30%) TCP/IP
5 90 (15.79%) Wireless
6 81 (14.21%) DNS
7 78 (13.68%) Network Security
8 66 (11.58%) OSPF
9 64 (11.23%) Wi-Fi
10 63 (11.05%) MPLS
10 63 (11.05%) VoIP
11 60 (10.53%) BGP
12 59 (10.35%) Internet
13 56 (9.82%) DHCP
13 56 (9.82%) SAN
14 44 (7.72%) Cisco ASA
15 40 (7.02%) Ethernet
15 40 (7.02%) VLAN
16 37 (6.49%) Cisco Nexus
17 34 (5.96%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (2.11%) SQL Server
2 3 (0.53%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (0.53%) MongoDB
2 3 (0.53%) NoSQL
3 2 (0.35%) Data Lake
3 2 (0.35%) Geospatial Data
3 2 (0.35%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (0.35%) Power BI
4 1 (0.18%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (0.18%) RDBMS
4 1 (0.18%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.18%) Riak
4 1 (0.18%) Snowflake Schema
4 1 (0.18%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.18%) SQL Server 2014
4 1 (0.18%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 22 (3.86%) JIRA
2 9 (1.58%) Jenkins
2 9 (1.58%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 5 (0.88%) Git (software)
4 3 (0.53%) Bitbucket Server
4 3 (0.53%) SonarQube
5 2 (0.35%) TestDirector
6 1 (0.18%) Gerrit
6 1 (0.18%) GitLab
6 1 (0.18%) Oracle Forms
General
1 69 (12.11%) Public Sector
2 65 (11.40%) Telecoms
3 45 (7.89%) Finance
4 11 (1.93%) Banking
5 9 (1.58%) Financial Institution
6 8 (1.40%) Billing
7 6 (1.05%) Retail
8 5 (0.88%) Aerospace
8 5 (0.88%) Manufacturing
9 4 (0.70%) Automotive
9 4 (0.70%) Legal
10 3 (0.53%) Advertising
10 3 (0.53%) Electronics
10 3 (0.53%) Investment Banking
10 3 (0.53%) Local Government
11 2 (0.35%) German Language
11 2 (0.35%) Marketing
11 2 (0.35%) Military
12 1 (0.18%) French Language
12 1 (0.18%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 162 (28.42%) Network Engineer
2 87 (15.26%) Architect
3 44 (7.72%) Network Architect
4 36 (6.32%) Analyst
5 35 (6.14%) Support Engineer
6 31 (5.44%) IT Engineer
7 30 (5.26%) Consultant
8 29 (5.09%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 25 (4.39%) Senior Network Engineer
10 18 (3.16%) 2nd Line Engineer
10 18 (3.16%) Cisco Engineer
10 18 (3.16%) Desktop Engineer
10 18 (3.16%) Desktop Support
10 18 (3.16%) Project Manager
11 17 (2.98%) Cisco Network Engineer
12 16 (2.81%) 2nd Line Support
12 16 (2.81%) Network Support
12 16 (2.81%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
13 15 (2.63%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
14 14 (2.46%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (2.63%) 802.1X
2 9 (1.58%) JSON
3 7 (1.23%) .NET
4 5 (0.88%) REST
4 5 (0.88%) SOAP
5 4 (0.70%) Web Services
5 4 (0.70%) WebRTC
6 3 (0.53%) ASP.NET
6 3 (0.53%) Ruby on Rails
6 3 (0.53%) XML
6 3 (0.53%) YAML
7 2 (0.35%) FIX Protocol
7 2 (0.35%) Flash
7 2 (0.35%) LDAP
7 2 (0.35%) Velocity
7 2 (0.35%) X-Windows
8 1 (0.18%) .NET Framework
8 1 (0.18%) Elastic Stack
Miscellaneous
1 78 (13.68%) Data Centre
2 25 (4.39%) Video Conferencing
3 20 (3.51%) Analytical Skills
4 18 (3.16%) NHS
5 17 (2.98%) Management Information System
5 17 (2.98%) Self-Motivation
6 14 (2.46%) Public Cloud
7 11 (1.93%) Driving Licence
7 11 (1.93%) PKI
7 11 (1.93%) User Experience
8 9 (1.58%) Private Cloud
8 9 (1.58%) Replication
9 5 (0.88%) Tandem
9 5 (0.88%) Virtual Team
10 4 (0.70%) Blackberry
10 4 (0.70%) Handset
10 4 (0.70%) Internet of Things
10 4 (0.70%) IPTV
10 4 (0.70%) Linux Command Line
10 4 (0.70%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 158 (27.72%) Windows
2 75 (13.16%) Linux
3 57 (10.00%) Windows Server
4 38 (6.67%) Unix
5 36 (6.32%) Windows 10
6 24 (4.21%) Windows 7
7 16 (2.81%) Windows Server 2016
8 11 (1.93%) Windows Server 2008
9 10 (1.75%) CentOS
9 10 (1.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 10 (1.75%) Ubuntu
10 9 (1.58%) Solaris
11 8 (1.40%) VMS
11 8 (1.40%) Windows Server 2012
12 5 (0.88%) Apple iOS
12 5 (0.88%) Debian
12 5 (0.88%) Fedora
13 4 (0.70%) NetWare
13 4 (0.70%) Windows Server 2003
13 4 (0.70%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 50 (8.77%) ITIL
2 44 (7.72%) Migration
3 43 (7.54%) Load Balancing
4 41 (7.19%) Agile Software Development
5 40 (7.02%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 35 (6.14%) Problem-Solving
7 34 (5.96%) Project Management
8 33 (5.79%) Network Management
9 30 (5.26%) Network Design
10 28 (4.91%) Network Virtualisation
11 26 (4.56%) DevOps
12 23 (4.04%) Change Management
12 23 (4.04%) Service Management
13 22 (3.86%) Cybersecurity
13 22 (3.86%) Kalman Filter
14 21 (3.68%) Project Delivery
15 19 (3.33%) Disaster Recovery
15 19 (3.33%) High Availability
15 19 (3.33%) PRINCE2
16 16 (2.81%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 38 (6.67%) Python
2 30 (5.26%) C
3 20 (3.51%) Bash Shell
4 14 (2.46%) Shell Script
5 13 (2.28%) PowerShell
6 7 (1.23%) Perl
6 7 (1.23%) SQL
7 4 (0.70%) MATLAB
7 4 (0.70%) PHP
8 1 (0.18%) Embedded C
8 1 (0.18%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.18%) Korn
8 1 (0.18%) R
Qualifications
1 145 (25.44%) Security Cleared
2 137 (24.04%) Cisco Certification
3 103 (18.07%) CCNP
4 100 (17.54%) SC Cleared
5 72 (12.63%) CCNA
6 42 (7.37%) DV Cleared
7 41 (7.19%) CCIE
8 27 (4.74%) Degree
9 22 (3.86%) Microsoft Certification
10 16 (2.81%) BPSS Clearance
10 16 (2.81%) MCSE
11 13 (2.28%) CCDP
12 12 (2.11%) CISSP
13 10 (1.75%) CCDA
13 10 (1.75%) ECDL
14 7 (1.23%) Computer Science Degree
15 6 (1.05%) BC Cleared
16 5 (0.88%) CCIE Routing and Switching
16 5 (0.88%) CCIP
16 5 (0.88%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (2.46%) SLA
2 9 (1.58%) NIST
3 8 (1.40%) QA
4 7 (1.23%) PCI DSS
5 4 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.53%) COBIT
6 3 (0.53%) Cyber Essentials
6 3 (0.53%) Disclosure Scotland
7 2 (0.35%) JSP 440
7 2 (0.35%) PMO
8 1 (0.18%) GDPR
8 1 (0.18%) HIPAA
8 1 (0.18%) HL7
8 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 1 (0.18%) NCSC
System Software
1 104 (18.25%) Active Directory
2 68 (11.93%) VMware Infrastructure
3 32 (5.61%) Hyper-V
4 26 (4.56%) VMware ESXi
5 25 (4.39%) Virtual Machines
6 19 (3.33%) VMware NSX
6 19 (3.33%) vSphere
7 8 (1.40%) KVM
8 6 (1.05%) Docker
9 5 (0.88%) Xen
9 5 (0.88%) XenApp
10 4 (0.70%) Firmware
10 4 (0.70%) vCloud
11 3 (0.53%) ProxySG
11 3 (0.53%) XenDesktop
12 2 (0.35%) Virtual Desktop
12 2 (0.35%) VMware Workstation
13 1 (0.18%) Ceph
13 1 (0.18%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 1 (0.18%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 34 (5.96%) SCCM
2 27 (4.74%) Ansible
3 15 (2.63%) Cisco CUCM
4 14 (2.46%) FortiGate
5 12 (2.11%) Microsoft Intune
6 11 (1.93%) Single Sign-On
7 9 (1.58%) Cisco Prime
7 9 (1.58%) Cisco UCCX
7 9 (1.58%) Terraform
7 9 (1.58%) vCenter Server
8 8 (1.40%) Kubernetes
9 7 (1.23%) WSUS
10 5 (0.88%) vRealize
11 4 (0.70%) AirWatch
11 4 (0.70%) Nessus
11 4 (0.70%) Puppet
11 4 (0.70%) QRadar
12 3 (0.53%) EMC VPLEX
12 3 (0.53%) Nagios
12 3 (0.53%) SCOM
Vendors
1 265 (46.49%) Cisco
2 131 (22.98%) Microsoft
3 115 (20.18%) VMware
4 65 (11.40%) F5
5 60 (10.53%) Juniper
6 50 (8.77%) Palo Alto
7 49 (8.60%) CheckPoint
8 40 (7.02%) SolarWinds
9 31 (5.44%) Citrix
10 29 (5.09%) Fortinet
10 29 (5.09%) Oracle
11 26 (4.56%) Dell
12 25 (4.39%) Meraki
13 23 (4.04%) HP
14 22 (3.86%) Aruba
15 20 (3.51%) Veeam
16 18 (3.16%) Blue Coat
17 16 (2.81%) 3PAR
18 15 (2.63%) EMC
19 14 (2.46%) Avaya