Period
to 18 November 2018

The median contractor rate for a Network Engineer was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 November 2018.

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
18 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 177 189 153
Rank change year-on-year +12 -36 +2
Contract jobs requiring a Network Engineer 1,604 1,468 1,862
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.57% 1.44% 1.76%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.65% 1.51% 1.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,029 902 1,158
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £250 £200 £239
90th Percentile £520 £494 £501
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +7.14% - +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 61 77
UK median hourly rate £32.50 £26.25 £35.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.81% -26.06% +56.63%
10th Percentile £15.24 £14.75 £17.30
90th Percentile £48.50 £47.50 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £26.13 £34.70
% change year-on-year +11.00% -24.71% +54.22%

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 97,025 96,947 100,219
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.75% 94.94% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 64,020 63,895 65,382
UK median daily rate £450 £448 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.56% +5.29% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £260 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £392
% change year-on-year +6.25% +2.04% +4.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,016 2,903 3,326
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.74% +3.89% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.96 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.83 £47.32
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

Network Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Network Engineer in the UK

Network Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Network Engineer.

Contractor daily rate trend for Network Engineer in the UK

Network Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Network Engineer over the 6 months to 18 November 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Network Engineer in the UK

Network Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Network Engineer.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Network Engineer in the UK

Network Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Network Engineer over the 6 months to 18 November 2018.

Contractor 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 18 November 2018. 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 +17 1,416 £400 +6.67% 424
UK excluding London -1 995 £375 +7.14% 342
London +34 556 £413 +3.13% 109
South East -24 268 £388 +3.33% 89
North of England +26 222 £365 -2.67% 76
Midlands -11 187 £375 - 67
West Midlands -22 135 £375 -3.23% 42
North West +10 123 £375 -0.66% 40
South West -36 99 £365 +12.31% 32
Scotland -5 94 £365 +12.31% 13
East of England +6 82 £415 +58.85% 51
Yorkshire +23 74 £325 -7.14% 30
East Midlands +24 52 £375 +15.38% 24
Wales -18 36 £375 +36.36% 10
North East +9 25 £325 -12.16% 6
Northern Ireland +41 14 £443 +24.21% 3
Channel Islands -3 1 - - 1

Network Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 November 2018, 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 1,205 (75.12%) Cisco
2 889 (55.42%) Firewall
3 803 (50.06%) Cisco Certification
4 571 (35.60%) CCNP
5 567 (35.35%) WAN
6 481 (29.99%) LAN
7 404 (25.19%) CheckPoint
8 393 (24.50%) Wireless
9 370 (23.07%) CCNA
10 353 (22.01%) BGP
11 337 (21.01%) Security Cleared
12 329 (20.51%) Cisco ASA
13 320 (19.95%) OSPF
14 317 (19.76%) Juniper
15 300 (18.70%) Data Centre
16 282 (17.58%) F5
17 281 (17.52%) Network Security
18 279 (17.39%) SC Cleared
19 278 (17.33%) Cisco Nexus
20 273 (17.02%) VPN
21 234 (14.59%) MPLS
22 220 (13.72%) ITIL
23 204 (12.72%) Palo Alto
24 198 (12.34%) Network Design
25 175 (10.91%) TCP/IP
26 170 (10.60%) CCIE
27 162 (10.10%) Finance
28 160 (9.98%) Windows
29 159 (9.91%) Migration
30 149 (9.29%) DNS

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 27 (1.68%) Skype for Business
2 26 (1.62%) SharePoint
3 21 (1.31%) MS Exchange
4 13 (0.81%) Apache
5 9 (0.56%) IIS
6 6 (0.37%) OpenStack
7 4 (0.25%) Exchange Server 2010
7 4 (0.25%) Tomcat
8 3 (0.19%) CMS
8 3 (0.19%) IBM Notes
9 2 (0.12%) Exchange Server 2013
9 2 (0.12%) nginx
10 1 (0.062%) Confluence
10 1 (0.062%) Elasticsearch
10 1 (0.062%) Exchange Server 2007
10 1 (0.062%) OpenWhisk
10 1 (0.062%) SharePoint Server
10 1 (0.062%) Site Server
Applications
1 36 (2.24%) Microsoft Office
2 35 (2.18%) MS Visio
3 16 (1.00%) Microsoft Excel
4 4 (0.25%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.062%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 144 (8.98%) Microsoft Azure
2 105 (6.55%) Amazon AWS
3 54 (3.37%) Office 365
4 25 (1.56%) IaaS
5 19 (1.18%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 18 (1.12%) Google Cloud Platform
7 16 (1.00%) PaaS
8 6 (0.37%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 6 (0.37%) AWS CloudFormation
9 5 (0.31%) SaaS
10 2 (0.12%) AWS Lambda
10 2 (0.12%) Serverless
10 2 (0.12%) Sumo Logic
11 1 (0.062%) Akamai
11 1 (0.062%) Amazon EC2
11 1 (0.062%) Azure Active Directory
11 1 (0.062%) Cloud Computing
11 1 (0.062%) GitHub
11 1 (0.062%) Mimecast
11 1 (0.062%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 889 (55.42%) Firewall
2 567 (35.35%) WAN
3 481 (29.99%) LAN
4 393 (24.50%) Wireless
5 353 (22.01%) BGP
6 329 (20.51%) Cisco ASA
7 320 (19.95%) OSPF
8 281 (17.52%) Network Security
9 278 (17.33%) Cisco Nexus
10 273 (17.02%) VPN
11 234 (14.59%) MPLS
12 175 (10.91%) TCP/IP
13 149 (9.29%) DNS
14 135 (8.42%) VLAN
15 131 (8.17%) EIGRP
16 130 (8.10%) VoIP
17 115 (7.17%) IPsec
18 110 (6.86%) Cisco IOS
19 104 (6.48%) Wi-Fi
20 103 (6.42%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (1.06%) SQL Server
2 9 (0.56%) MongoDB
2 9 (0.56%) NoSQL
3 7 (0.44%) Electronic Patient Records
4 6 (0.37%) MySQL
5 5 (0.31%) Apache Cassandra
5 5 (0.31%) Big Data
5 5 (0.31%) Redis
6 4 (0.25%) Relational Database
6 4 (0.25%) SQL Server 2008
6 4 (0.25%) SQL Server 2016
7 3 (0.19%) SQL Server 2012
7 3 (0.19%) SQL Server 2014
8 1 (0.062%) Amazon RDS
8 1 (0.062%) BusinessObjects
8 1 (0.062%) Crystal Reports
8 1 (0.062%) DB2
8 1 (0.062%) DTS
8 1 (0.062%) MariaDB
8 1 (0.062%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 14 (0.87%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 6 (0.37%) JIRA
3 5 (0.31%) Git (software)
4 3 (0.19%) Sonatype Nexus
4 3 (0.19%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (0.12%) Rational DOORS
6 1 (0.062%) AppScan
6 1 (0.062%) Hudson
6 1 (0.062%) Jenkins
6 1 (0.062%) Vagrant
General
1 162 (10.10%) Finance
2 118 (7.36%) Telecoms
3 57 (3.55%) Banking
4 27 (1.68%) Retail
5 13 (0.81%) Manufacturing
6 10 (0.62%) Law
7 9 (0.56%) Electronics
8 8 (0.50%) Legal
9 7 (0.44%) Investment Banking
9 7 (0.44%) Marketing
9 7 (0.44%) Multimedia
10 5 (0.31%) Aerospace
10 5 (0.31%) Pharmaceutical
11 4 (0.25%) German Language
11 4 (0.25%) Spanish Language
12 3 (0.19%) Advertising
12 3 (0.19%) Automotive
12 3 (0.19%) Financial Institution
12 3 (0.19%) French Language
12 3 (0.19%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 75 (4.68%) 802.1X
2 10 (0.62%) Web Services
3 8 (0.50%) HTML
3 8 (0.50%) LDAP
4 7 (0.44%) RabbitMQ
4 7 (0.44%) XML
5 6 (0.37%) CGI
5 6 (0.37%) Elastic Stack
6 5 (0.31%) Kafka
6 5 (0.31%) Sensu
7 4 (0.25%) CSS
7 4 (0.25%) REST
8 3 (0.19%) .NET
8 3 (0.19%) XMPP
9 2 (0.12%) JSON
9 2 (0.12%) RESTful
9 2 (0.12%) SAML
9 2 (0.12%) Software Packaging
9 2 (0.12%) WAP
10 1 (0.062%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 300 (18.70%) Data Centre
2 75 (4.68%) Analytical Skills
3 49 (3.05%) Self-Motivation
4 35 (2.18%) Computer Science
5 28 (1.75%) PKI
6 25 (1.56%) Driving Licence
6 25 (1.56%) Private Cloud
7 23 (1.43%) Public Cloud
8 20 (1.25%) NHS
9 15 (0.94%) Video Conferencing
10 14 (0.87%) Virtual Team
11 13 (0.81%) Handset
12 8 (0.50%) Blog
12 8 (0.50%) CMDB
12 8 (0.50%) Hybrid Cloud
13 7 (0.44%) e-Health
13 7 (0.44%) Greenfield Project
13 7 (0.44%) Linux Command Line
13 7 (0.44%) Management Information System
13 7 (0.44%) PACS
Operating Systems
1 160 (9.98%) Windows
2 117 (7.29%) Linux
3 94 (5.86%) Windows Server
4 36 (2.24%) Unix
5 24 (1.50%) Windows Server 2012
6 17 (1.06%) Windows 10
7 13 (0.81%) Windows Server 2008
8 8 (0.50%) Windows 7
9 7 (0.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 7 (0.44%) Windows Server 2003
10 5 (0.31%) Ubuntu
11 4 (0.25%) Mac OS X
11 4 (0.25%) Solaris
12 3 (0.19%) CentOS
12 3 (0.19%) Check Point GAiA
12 3 (0.19%) zOS
13 2 (0.12%) CatOS
13 2 (0.12%) Mac OS
13 2 (0.12%) Windows 8
14 1 (0.062%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 220 (13.72%) ITIL
2 198 (12.34%) Network Design
3 159 (9.91%) Migration
4 130 (8.10%) Load Balancing
5 108 (6.73%) Network Monitoring
6 88 (5.49%) Problem-Solving
7 73 (4.55%) Network Management
8 72 (4.49%) Change Management
8 72 (4.49%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 56 (3.49%) Incident Management
10 53 (3.30%) High Availability
11 48 (2.99%) Service Management
12 46 (2.87%) Change Control
13 42 (2.62%) Service Delivery
14 41 (2.56%) Network Architecture
15 40 (2.49%) Project Management
16 39 (2.43%) DevOps
17 38 (2.37%) Agile Software Development
18 37 (2.31%) WAN Optimisation
19 36 (2.24%) ITIL V3
Programming Languages
1 72 (4.49%) Python
2 36 (2.24%) SQL
3 35 (2.18%) PowerShell
4 31 (1.93%) Perl
5 28 (1.75%) Bash Shell
6 14 (0.87%) C
7 13 (0.81%) Java
8 12 (0.75%) JavaScript
9 8 (0.50%) Tcl
10 7 (0.44%) VB
11 5 (0.31%) AWK
12 4 (0.25%) Shell Script
13 3 (0.19%) JCL
13 3 (0.19%) PHP
14 2 (0.12%) Go
15 1 (0.062%) C++
15 1 (0.062%) PL/SQL
15 1 (0.062%) REXX
15 1 (0.062%) VBScript
15 1 (0.062%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 803 (50.06%) Cisco Certification
2 571 (35.60%) CCNP
3 370 (23.07%) CCNA
4 337 (21.01%) Security Cleared
5 279 (17.39%) SC Cleared
6 170 (10.60%) CCIE
7 72 (4.49%) DV Cleared
8 64 (3.99%) Degree
9 44 (2.74%) CCDP
10 37 (2.31%) CCSE
11 30 (1.87%) CCSA
12 26 (1.62%) Computer Science Degree
13 25 (1.56%) CISSP
14 24 (1.50%) JNCIA
15 19 (1.18%) Check Point Certification
15 19 (1.18%) ITIL Certification
16 17 (1.06%) JNCIP
16 17 (1.06%) Microsoft Certification
17 16 (1.00%) JNCIS
18 13 (0.81%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 44 (2.74%) SLA
2 27 (1.68%) QA
3 20 (1.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 11 (0.69%) PCI DSS
5 7 (0.44%) HL7
6 5 (0.31%) COBIT
6 5 (0.31%) GDPR
6 5 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 4 (0.25%) JSP 440
8 3 (0.19%) Disclosure Scotland
8 3 (0.19%) HIPAA
8 3 (0.19%) NEBOSH
9 2 (0.12%) FedRAMP
9 2 (0.12%) Government Security Classifications
9 2 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 2 (0.12%) PMO
9 2 (0.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 1 (0.062%) GPG13
10 1 (0.062%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 1 (0.062%) OASIS TOSCA
System Software
1 73 (4.55%) Active Directory
2 60 (3.74%) VMware Infrastructure
3 38 (2.37%) VMware NSX
4 23 (1.43%) ProxySG
5 22 (1.37%) Hyper-V
5 22 (1.37%) VMware ESXi
6 19 (1.18%) vSphere
7 10 (0.62%) Virtual Machines
8 7 (0.44%) Firmware
9 5 (0.31%) Apache Flume
9 5 (0.31%) Apache ZooKeeper
10 4 (0.25%) Docker
10 4 (0.25%) Terminal Server
10 4 (0.25%) XenApp
11 3 (0.19%) NFS
11 3 (0.19%) Virtual Desktop
12 2 (0.12%) iptables
12 2 (0.12%) KVM
12 2 (0.12%) VirtualBox
13 1 (0.062%) Forefront TMG
Systems Management
1 63 (3.93%) FortiGate
2 44 (2.74%) Cisco Prime
3 38 (2.37%) Cisco CUCM
4 35 (2.18%) SCCM
5 23 (1.43%) Nagios
6 18 (1.12%) Ansible
7 15 (0.94%) Cacti
8 14 (0.87%) Cisco UCCX
8 14 (0.87%) vCenter Server
9 11 (0.69%) SolarWinds Orion
10 9 (0.56%) Terraform
11 8 (0.50%) SCOM
11 8 (0.50%) TrustSec
12 7 (0.44%) Grafana
12 7 (0.44%) Norton AntiVirus
13 6 (0.37%) ZABBIX
14 5 (0.31%) McAfee ePO
14 5 (0.31%) Microsoft Intune
14 5 (0.31%) Opscode Chef
14 5 (0.31%) Puppet
Vendors
1 1,205 (75.12%) Cisco
2 404 (25.19%) CheckPoint
3 317 (19.76%) Juniper
4 282 (17.58%) F5
5 204 (12.72%) Palo Alto
6 148 (9.23%) VMware
7 122 (7.61%) Fortinet
8 111 (6.92%) Microsoft
9 106 (6.61%) SolarWinds
10 99 (6.17%) Meraki
11 93 (5.80%) HP
12 88 (5.49%) Aruba
13 79 (4.93%) Blue Coat
14 78 (4.86%) McAfee
15 58 (3.62%) Riverbed
16 57 (3.55%) Citrix
17 40 (2.49%) Arista
18 38 (2.37%) Infoblox
19 30 (1.87%) NetApp
20 29 (1.81%) Forcepoint