Period
to 22 October 2020

The median contractor rate for a Network Engineer was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 22 October 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
22 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 131 128 181
Rank change year-on-year -3 +53 +13
Contract jobs requiring a Network Engineer 616 1,727 1,597
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.94% 2.04% 1.55%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.10% 2.16% 1.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 437 1,195 1,038
Median daily rate £400 £375 £393
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -4.46% +4.67%
10th Percentile £173 £213 £238
90th Percentile £505 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £375 £375
% change year-on-year -13.33% - +2.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 89 60
Median hourly rate £42.13 £44.50 £31.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.34% +43.55% +15.35%
10th Percentile £18.13 £16.85 £15.21
90th Percentile £131.88 £48.98 £55.04
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.25 £42.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -1.79% +44.83% +10.48%

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 29,343 79,860 97,857
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.28% 94.13% 94.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 18,464 52,400 64,308
Median daily rate £472 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.11% +2.78% +2.27%
10th Percentile £258 £263 £268
90th Percentile £663 £644 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £415
% change year-on-year - +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,183 2,875 3,138
Median hourly rate £28.00 £20.00 £17.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.00% +11.98% -4.49%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £53.75 £52.50 £48.75
Median hourly rate £22.00 £18.19 £17.50
% change year-on-year +20.95% +3.94% -2.78%

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 22 October 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 22 October 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 22 October 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 -6 536 £400 +3.90% 163
UK excluding London +8 405 £325 -13.33% 155
London +26 177 £438 +2.94% 25
South East -8 98 £325 -18.75% 36
Work from Home -84 81 £425 - 10
North of England +22 80 £388 +10.71% 47
South West +45 69 £369 -7.23% 27
North West +42 60 £388 +3.33% 29
Midlands +7 60 £413 +17.86% 17
East of England +31 49 £318 -9.29% 9
West Midlands +13 44 £456 +29.43% 10
Scotland +46 29 £225 -40.00% 8
Wales +12 21 £250 -39.39% 8
Yorkshire +34 19 £299 -0.25% 16
East Midlands +7 14 £250 -20.00% 7
Northern Ireland 0 2 £209 -30.48% 3
North East +15 1 £425 +41.67% 2

Network Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 October 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.

1 401 (65.10%) Cisco
2 294 (47.73%) Firewall
3 229 (37.18%) Cisco Certification
4 178 (28.90%) CCNP
5 152 (24.68%) WAN
6 147 (23.86%) Security Cleared
7 144 (23.38%) LAN
8 131 (21.27%) CCNA
9 123 (19.97%) Juniper
10 116 (18.83%) F5
11 112 (18.18%) BGP
12 103 (16.72%) Network Security
13 101 (16.40%) Cisco Nexus
13 101 (16.40%) VPN
14 97 (15.75%) Wireless
14 97 (15.75%) SC Cleared
15 95 (15.42%) CheckPoint
16 92 (14.94%) OSPF
17 86 (13.96%) Finance
18 73 (11.85%) Cisco ASA
18 73 (11.85%) Palo Alto
19 72 (11.69%) Data Centre
20 68 (11.04%) MPLS
21 61 (9.90%) DNS
22 59 (9.58%) Migration
22 59 (9.58%) Load Balancing
23 55 (8.93%) CCIE
24 54 (8.77%) VoIP
25 53 (8.60%) EIGRP
26 52 (8.44%) Network Design

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 (1.62%) Skype for Business
2 3 (0.49%) OpenStack
3 2 (0.32%) Apache
3 2 (0.32%) Confluence
3 2 (0.32%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.16%) MS Exchange
4 1 (0.16%) SAS
4 1 (0.16%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.16%) SharePoint Server
4 1 (0.16%) Tomcat
4 1 (0.16%) WebLogic
Applications
1 12 (1.95%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (1.14%) MS Visio
3 3 (0.49%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.16%) Oracle Retail
1 1 (0.16%) Payment Gateway
1 1 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 28 (4.55%) Azure
2 16 (2.60%) AWS
3 7 (1.14%) Office 365
4 5 (0.81%) Cloud Computing
4 5 (0.81%) GCP
4 5 (0.81%) IaaS
4 5 (0.81%) PaaS
5 4 (0.65%) Azure Active Directory
5 4 (0.65%) Azure ExpressRoute
6 3 (0.49%) AWS CloudFormation
6 3 (0.49%) SaaS
7 2 (0.32%) Amazon GuardDuty
7 2 (0.32%) AWS CloudTrail
7 2 (0.32%) Mimecast
7 2 (0.32%) Route 53
8 1 (0.16%) OneDrive
8 1 (0.16%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 294 (47.73%) Firewall
2 152 (24.68%) WAN
3 144 (23.38%) LAN
4 112 (18.18%) BGP
5 103 (16.72%) Network Security
6 101 (16.40%) Cisco Nexus
6 101 (16.40%) VPN
7 97 (15.75%) Wireless
8 92 (14.94%) OSPF
9 73 (11.85%) Cisco ASA
10 68 (11.04%) MPLS
11 61 (9.90%) DNS
12 54 (8.77%) VoIP
13 53 (8.60%) EIGRP
14 51 (8.28%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
14 51 (8.28%) Wi-Fi
15 48 (7.79%) TCP/IP
16 45 (7.31%) IPsec
17 42 (6.82%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
18 40 (6.49%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (0.65%) MySQL
1 4 (0.65%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.32%) Geospatial Data
2 2 (0.32%) Neo4j
2 2 (0.32%) NoSQL
3 1 (0.16%) Azure SQL Database
3 1 (0.16%) Big Data
3 1 (0.16%) Cosmos DB
3 1 (0.16%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 12 (1.95%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 9 (1.46%) JIRA
3 7 (1.14%) Jenkins
4 5 (0.81%) Git (software)
4 5 (0.81%) Sonatype Nexus
5 2 (0.32%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.16%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 1 (0.16%) Bugzilla
6 1 (0.16%) ClearQuest
6 1 (0.16%) GitLab
6 1 (0.16%) Redmine
6 1 (0.16%) TestRail
6 1 (0.16%) Trac
General
1 86 (13.96%) Finance
2 39 (6.33%) Telecoms
3 38 (6.17%) Public Sector
4 24 (3.90%) Banking
5 21 (3.41%) Financial Institution
6 7 (1.14%) Local Government
7 5 (0.81%) Manufacturing
8 4 (0.65%) Electronics
8 4 (0.65%) Marketing
8 4 (0.65%) Retail
9 3 (0.49%) German Language
9 3 (0.49%) Law
9 3 (0.49%) Police
10 2 (0.32%) French Language
10 2 (0.32%) Legal
11 1 (0.16%) Advertising
11 1 (0.16%) Back Office
11 1 (0.16%) Investment Banking
11 1 (0.16%) Military
11 1 (0.16%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (1.95%) 802.1X
2 3 (0.49%) Flask
2 3 (0.49%) Kafka
3 2 (0.32%) CORBA
3 2 (0.32%) Elastic Stack
3 2 (0.32%) REST
4 1 (0.16%) .NET
4 1 (0.16%) AngularJS
4 1 (0.16%) HTML
4 1 (0.16%) J2EE
4 1 (0.16%) LAMP
4 1 (0.16%) Memcached
4 1 (0.16%) Middleware
4 1 (0.16%) SOAP
4 1 (0.16%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 72 (11.69%) Data Centre
2 16 (2.60%) Management Information System
3 13 (2.11%) Driving Licence
3 13 (2.11%) PKI
4 12 (1.95%) Analytical Skills
5 9 (1.46%) Handset
5 9 (1.46%) Video Conferencing
6 7 (1.14%) Blackberry
7 6 (0.97%) NHS
7 6 (0.97%) Self-Motivation
8 4 (0.65%) Public Cloud
8 4 (0.65%) User Experience
9 3 (0.49%) Hybrid Cloud
10 2 (0.32%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 2 (0.32%) Fibre Optics
10 2 (0.32%) Greenfield Project
10 2 (0.32%) Private Cloud
10 2 (0.32%) RSA SecurID
10 2 (0.32%) Social Media
10 2 (0.32%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 44 (7.14%) Windows
2 41 (6.66%) Linux
3 15 (2.44%) Windows Server
4 9 (1.46%) Unix
5 5 (0.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 4 (0.65%) Check Point GAiA
6 4 (0.65%) Windows 10
7 3 (0.49%) Windows 7
7 3 (0.49%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (0.49%) Windows Server 2012
7 3 (0.49%) Windows Server 2016
8 2 (0.32%) AIX
8 2 (0.32%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.16%) Android
9 1 (0.16%) CentOS
9 1 (0.16%) Embedded Linux
9 1 (0.16%) VMS
9 1 (0.16%) Windows 2000 Server
9 1 (0.16%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 59 (9.58%) Load Balancing
1 59 (9.58%) Migration
2 52 (8.44%) Network Design
3 40 (6.49%) ITIL
4 39 (6.33%) Change Management
5 24 (3.90%) DevOps
5 24 (3.90%) Project Delivery
6 23 (3.73%) Problem-Solving
7 22 (3.57%) Network Monitoring
8 21 (3.41%) Network Management
9 20 (3.25%) Cybersecurity
10 18 (2.92%) Cryptography
10 18 (2.92%) Service Management
11 17 (2.76%) Decision-Making
11 17 (2.76%) Service Delivery
12 16 (2.60%) Project Management
12 16 (2.60%) Stakeholder Management
13 15 (2.44%) Agile Software Development
13 15 (2.44%) Customer Requirements
14 14 (2.27%) Network Virtualisation
Programming Languages
1 44 (7.14%) Python
2 8 (1.30%) Perl
2 8 (1.30%) SQL
3 7 (1.14%) C
3 7 (1.14%) PowerShell
4 6 (0.97%) Java
4 6 (0.97%) Shell Script
5 5 (0.81%) Bash Shell
5 5 (0.81%) C#
6 2 (0.32%) JavaScript
6 2 (0.32%) Lisp
6 2 (0.32%) PHP
6 2 (0.32%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 229 (37.18%) Cisco Certification
2 178 (28.90%) CCNP
3 147 (23.86%) Security Cleared
4 131 (21.27%) CCNA
5 97 (15.75%) SC Cleared
6 55 (8.93%) CCIE
7 52 (8.44%) DV Cleared
8 17 (2.76%) Degree
9 16 (2.60%) CCDP
10 13 (2.11%) CCDA
11 9 (1.46%) BPSS Clearance
12 8 (1.30%) CCIE Routing and Switching
12 8 (1.30%) JNCIA
13 7 (1.14%) Microsoft Certification
14 5 (0.81%) Computer Science Degree
15 4 (0.65%) BC Cleared
15 4 (0.65%) CCIP
15 4 (0.65%) CISSP
15 4 (0.65%) JNCIP
15 4 (0.65%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (1.46%) SLA
2 6 (0.97%) QA
3 4 (0.65%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.32%) Cyber Essentials
4 2 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 1 (0.16%) COBIT
5 1 (0.16%) JSP 440
5 1 (0.16%) NIST
System Software
1 22 (3.57%) VMware Infrastructure
2 16 (2.60%) VMware NSX
3 15 (2.44%) Active Directory
4 7 (1.14%) Virtual Machines
5 6 (0.97%) Hyper-V
5 6 (0.97%) vSphere
6 3 (0.49%) Docker
6 3 (0.49%) Firmware
7 2 (0.32%) KVM
7 2 (0.32%) ProxySG
8 1 (0.16%) Squid
8 1 (0.16%) Terminal Server
8 1 (0.16%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.16%) VMware Server
8 1 (0.16%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 40 (6.49%) FortiGate
2 31 (5.03%) Ansible
3 11 (1.79%) Cisco CUCM
4 10 (1.62%) Cisco Prime
5 8 (1.30%) SCCM
5 8 (1.30%) Terraform
6 6 (0.97%) Cisco UCCX
7 5 (0.81%) Nessus
7 5 (0.81%) vCenter Server
8 4 (0.65%) Microsoft Intune
8 4 (0.65%) TrustSec
9 3 (0.49%) Kubernetes
9 3 (0.49%) Puppet
10 2 (0.32%) Iperf
10 2 (0.32%) Netcool
10 2 (0.32%) Norton AntiVirus
10 2 (0.32%) ZABBIX
11 1 (0.16%) Cisco UCCE
11 1 (0.16%) McAfee ePO
11 1 (0.16%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 401 (65.10%) Cisco
2 123 (19.97%) Juniper
3 116 (18.83%) F5
4 95 (15.42%) CheckPoint
5 73 (11.85%) Palo Alto
6 47 (7.63%) Fortinet
7 42 (6.82%) VMware
8 41 (6.66%) SolarWinds
9 32 (5.19%) Dell
10 30 (4.87%) Blue Coat
11 29 (4.71%) Meraki
12 24 (3.90%) Aruba
13 22 (3.57%) Arista
14 21 (3.41%) HP
15 20 (3.25%) Extreme Networks
16 19 (3.08%) Citrix
17 18 (2.92%) Microsoft
18 17 (2.76%) Symantec
19 16 (2.60%) Splunk
20 13 (2.11%) McAfee