Period
to 14 August 2020

The median contractor rate for a Network Engineer was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 14 August 2020.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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.

Network Engineer
UK
6 months to
14 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 125 140 190
Rank change year-on-year +15 +50 -5
Contract jobs requiring a Network Engineer 681 1,720 1,538
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.00% 1.90% 1.50%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.15% 2.01% 1.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 474 1,170 1,000
Median daily rate £400 £386 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.56% -0.32% +3.33%
10th Percentile £191 £206 £243
90th Percentile £517 £538 £515
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £368 £375
% change year-on-year -8.29% -1.87% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 95 64
Median hourly rate £39.75 £43.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.56% +7.50% +45.45%
10th Percentile £16.34 £16.25 £15.07
90th Percentile £53.25 £49.90 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.50 £42.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -5.95% +20.00% +27.27%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 31,714 85,561 97,098
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.99% 94.32% 94.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 19,666 56,125 63,594
Median daily rate £475 £465 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.15% +3.33% +3.21%
10th Percentile £256 £263 £269
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £433 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +1.80% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,316 2,919 3,116
Median hourly rate £26.87 £19.64 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.81% +9.11% -3.74%
10th Percentile £11.72 £11.17 £11.02
90th Percentile £52.31 £52.50 £47.83
Median hourly rate £21.50 £18.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +16.22% +5.71% -1.55%

Network Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Network Engineer in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Network Engineer in the UK

Network Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Network Engineer.

Daily rate trend for Network Engineer in the UK

Network Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Network Engineer over the 6 months to 14 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Network Engineer in the UK

Network Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Network Engineer.

Hourly rate trend for Network Engineer in the UK

Network Engineer
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Network Engineer over the 6 months to 14 August 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Network Engineer in the UK

Network Engineer
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 Network Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 14 August 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 +30 580 £400 +2.56% 176
UK excluding London +15 466 £338 -8.29% 137
London +25 187 £425 -5.56% 51
North of England +46 115 £375 +15.38% 23
South East +3 106 £325 -13.33% 42
Midlands +35 80 £428 +22.14% 35
North West +41 73 £375 +3.45% 9
Work from Home -5 71 £425 +19.72% 11
West Midlands +40 66 £475 +26.67% 30
Scotland +14 50 £300 -7.69% 8
South West -1 48 £400 - 17
East of England +26 40 £325 -15.58% 8
Yorkshire +64 38 £340 +13.33% 9
Wales +9 25 £295 -18.62% 3
East Midlands +23 14 £300 -4.00% 5
North East +10 4 £400 +35.59% 5
Northern Ireland +7 2 £183 -36.52% 1

Network Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 14 August 2020, Network Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads featuring Network Engineer in the job title.

1 462 (67.84%) Cisco
2 326 (47.87%) Firewall
3 291 (42.73%) Cisco Certification
4 211 (30.98%) WAN
5 209 (30.69%) CCNP
6 198 (29.07%) LAN
7 157 (23.05%) CCNA
8 156 (22.91%) Security Cleared
9 145 (21.29%) BGP
10 130 (19.09%) Juniper
11 126 (18.50%) VPN
12 120 (17.62%) F5
13 118 (17.33%) Network Security
13 118 (17.33%) CheckPoint
14 111 (16.30%) Cisco Nexus
15 108 (15.86%) OSPF
15 108 (15.86%) Data Centre
16 106 (15.57%) Wireless
17 98 (14.39%) Finance
18 95 (13.95%) MPLS
18 95 (13.95%) Palo Alto
19 90 (13.22%) Migration
20 86 (12.63%) SC Cleared
21 83 (12.19%) Cisco ASA
22 76 (11.16%) Network Design
22 76 (11.16%) DNS
23 71 (10.43%) TCP/IP
24 70 (10.28%) CCIE
25 68 (9.99%) Windows
26 59 (8.66%) VoIP

Network Engineer Skill Set
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 10 (1.47%) Confluence
1 10 (1.47%) MS Exchange
1 10 (1.47%) Skype for Business
2 8 (1.17%) OpenStack
3 3 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2007
3 3 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (0.29%) SAS
5 1 (0.15%) Apache
5 1 (0.15%) CMS
5 1 (0.15%) Elasticsearch
5 1 (0.15%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.15%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.15%) WebLogic
Applications
1 19 (2.79%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (1.47%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.15%) Adobe Premiere
3 1 (0.15%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 1 (0.15%) Payment Gateway
1 1 (0.15%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
Cloud Services
1 21 (3.08%) Azure
2 18 (2.64%) AWS
3 10 (1.47%) Office 365
4 8 (1.17%) Cloud Computing
5 6 (0.88%) PaaS
6 5 (0.73%) Azure ExpressRoute
7 3 (0.44%) Azure Active Directory
7 3 (0.44%) GCP
7 3 (0.44%) IaaS
7 3 (0.44%) SaaS
8 2 (0.29%) Amazon GuardDuty
8 2 (0.29%) AWS CloudFormation
8 2 (0.29%) AWS CloudTrail
8 2 (0.29%) Route 53
9 1 (0.15%) Akamai
9 1 (0.15%) Mimecast
9 1 (0.15%) OneDrive
9 1 (0.15%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 326 (47.87%) Firewall
2 211 (30.98%) WAN
3 198 (29.07%) LAN
4 145 (21.29%) BGP
5 126 (18.50%) VPN
6 118 (17.33%) Network Security
7 111 (16.30%) Cisco Nexus
8 108 (15.86%) OSPF
9 106 (15.57%) Wireless
10 95 (13.95%) MPLS
11 83 (12.19%) Cisco ASA
12 76 (11.16%) DNS
13 71 (10.43%) TCP/IP
14 59 (8.66%) VoIP
15 58 (8.52%) IPsec
16 51 (7.49%) EIGRP
17 50 (7.34%) Wi-Fi
18 49 (7.20%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
19 46 (6.75%) DHCP
20 41 (6.02%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (0.59%) MySQL
2 2 (0.29%) Big Data
2 2 (0.29%) Geospatial Data
3 1 (0.15%) Azure SQL Database
3 1 (0.15%) Cosmos DB
3 1 (0.15%) MongoDB
3 1 (0.15%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (0.15%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 11 (1.62%) Git (software)
2 7 (1.03%) Sonatype Nexus
3 5 (0.73%) Jenkins
4 4 (0.59%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (0.59%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 3 (0.44%) JIRA
6 2 (0.29%) Rational DOORS
7 1 (0.15%) GitLab
7 1 (0.15%) Hudson
7 1 (0.15%) Robot Framework
7 1 (0.15%) TestRail
General
1 98 (14.39%) Finance
2 51 (7.49%) Telecoms
3 35 (5.14%) Public Sector
4 20 (2.94%) Banking
5 13 (1.91%) Financial Institution
6 8 (1.17%) Legal
7 7 (1.03%) Manufacturing
8 5 (0.73%) Retail
9 4 (0.59%) Local Government
10 3 (0.44%) Back Office
10 3 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
11 2 (0.29%) French Language
11 2 (0.29%) Investment Banking
11 2 (0.29%) Law
11 2 (0.29%) Police
12 1 (0.15%) Advertising
12 1 (0.15%) Games
12 1 (0.15%) German Language
12 1 (0.15%) Marketing
12 1 (0.15%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (1.91%) 802.1X
2 4 (0.59%) .NET
3 2 (0.29%) CSS
3 2 (0.29%) HTML
3 2 (0.29%) LDAP
3 2 (0.29%) XML
4 1 (0.15%) .NET Framework
4 1 (0.15%) AngularJS
4 1 (0.15%) J2EE
4 1 (0.15%) LAMP
4 1 (0.15%) Memcached
4 1 (0.15%) Middleware
4 1 (0.15%) Regular Expression
4 1 (0.15%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 108 (15.86%) Data Centre
2 22 (3.23%) Self-Motivation
3 19 (2.79%) PKI
4 15 (2.20%) Analytical Skills
5 12 (1.76%) Driving Licence
6 11 (1.62%) Video Conferencing
7 10 (1.47%) NHS
8 6 (0.88%) Blackberry
8 6 (0.88%) CMDB
8 6 (0.88%) Cyberthreat
9 5 (0.73%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 5 (0.73%) Social Media
9 5 (0.73%) User Experience
10 4 (0.59%) Fibre Optics
10 4 (0.59%) Hybrid Cloud
11 3 (0.44%) Management Information System
11 3 (0.44%) Public Cloud
11 3 (0.44%) Virtual Team
12 2 (0.29%) Cyber Defence
12 2 (0.29%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 68 (9.99%) Windows
2 44 (6.46%) Linux
3 27 (3.96%) Windows Server
4 14 (2.06%) Unix
5 7 (1.03%) Windows Server 2012
6 6 (0.88%) Windows Server 2016
7 5 (0.73%) Check Point GAiA
8 4 (0.59%) CatOS
8 4 (0.59%) CentOS
8 4 (0.59%) Windows 7
9 3 (0.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 3 (0.44%) Windows 10
9 3 (0.44%) Windows Server 2008
10 2 (0.29%) AIX
10 2 (0.29%) Solaris
11 1 (0.15%) VMS
11 1 (0.15%) Windows 2000 Server
11 1 (0.15%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 90 (13.22%) Migration
2 76 (11.16%) Network Design
3 56 (8.22%) Load Balancing
4 48 (7.05%) ITIL
5 44 (6.46%) Change Management
6 28 (4.11%) Problem-Solving
7 24 (3.52%) Network Monitoring
8 23 (3.38%) Cybersecurity
8 23 (3.38%) DevOps
9 21 (3.08%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 21 (3.08%) Network Management
9 21 (3.08%) Service Delivery
10 18 (2.64%) Decision-Making
10 18 (2.64%) Project Management
11 16 (2.35%) SIEM
12 15 (2.20%) Project Delivery
13 14 (2.06%) Configuration Management
13 14 (2.06%) Network Architecture
13 14 (2.06%) Problem Management
13 14 (2.06%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 50 (7.34%) Python
2 11 (1.62%) Shell Script
3 8 (1.17%) PowerShell
3 8 (1.17%) SQL
4 7 (1.03%) C
5 4 (0.59%) JavaScript
6 3 (0.44%) Bash Shell
6 3 (0.44%) C++
6 3 (0.44%) Perl
6 3 (0.44%) PHP
7 2 (0.29%) Java
7 2 (0.29%) Lisp
7 2 (0.29%) VBScript
8 1 (0.15%) C#
8 1 (0.15%) Scala
Qualifications
1 291 (42.73%) Cisco Certification
2 209 (30.69%) CCNP
3 157 (23.05%) CCNA
4 156 (22.91%) Security Cleared
5 86 (12.63%) SC Cleared
6 70 (10.28%) CCIE
7 42 (6.17%) DV Cleared
8 28 (4.11%) CCDP
9 19 (2.79%) JNCIA
10 18 (2.64%) Degree
11 12 (1.76%) BPSS Clearance
12 11 (1.62%) JNCIS
13 9 (1.32%) CCIE Routing and Switching
13 9 (1.32%) CCSA
13 9 (1.32%) JNCIP
14 8 (1.17%) BC Cleared
14 8 (1.17%) CCDA
14 8 (1.17%) CCIP
15 7 (1.03%) CISSP
16 6 (0.88%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (2.06%) SLA
2 10 (1.47%) QA
3 3 (0.44%) NIST
3 3 (0.44%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.15%) COBIT
4 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 35 (5.14%) Active Directory
2 17 (2.50%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (2.20%) VMware NSX
4 9 (1.32%) ProxySG
4 9 (1.32%) vSphere
5 5 (0.73%) Virtual Machines
6 4 (0.59%) XenApp
7 3 (0.44%) Firmware
7 3 (0.44%) Hyper-V
8 2 (0.29%) Docker
9 1 (0.15%) KVM
9 1 (0.15%) NFS
9 1 (0.15%) Squid
9 1 (0.15%) vCloud
9 1 (0.15%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 38 (5.58%) FortiGate
2 26 (3.82%) Ansible
3 17 (2.50%) Cisco Prime
4 8 (1.17%) Cisco CUCM
5 5 (0.73%) Cisco UCCX
5 5 (0.73%) SCCM
5 5 (0.73%) vCenter Server
6 4 (0.59%) McAfee ePO
6 4 (0.59%) TrustSec
7 3 (0.44%) Terraform
8 2 (0.29%) Kubernetes
8 2 (0.29%) Microsoft Intune
8 2 (0.29%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (0.29%) Puppet
8 2 (0.29%) SCOM
8 2 (0.29%) ZABBIX
9 1 (0.15%) HP ALM
9 1 (0.15%) NetMRI
9 1 (0.15%) OpenView
9 1 (0.15%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 462 (67.84%) Cisco
2 130 (19.09%) Juniper
3 120 (17.62%) F5
4 118 (17.33%) CheckPoint
5 95 (13.95%) Palo Alto
6 50 (7.34%) VMware
7 43 (6.31%) SolarWinds
8 41 (6.02%) Fortinet
9 36 (5.29%) Meraki
9 36 (5.29%) Microsoft
10 29 (4.26%) Blue Coat
11 28 (4.11%) Citrix
12 25 (3.67%) Aruba
12 25 (3.67%) Dell
13 23 (3.38%) HP
14 17 (2.50%) Arista
15 16 (2.35%) McAfee
16 13 (1.91%) Riverbed
17 12 (1.76%) Extreme Networks
17 12 (1.76%) Huawei