Period
to 25 September 2018

The median contractor rate for a Network Engineer was £388 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 25 September 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
25 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 187 186 150
Rank change year-on-year -1 -36 +9
Contract jobs requiring a Network Engineer 1,549 1,401 1,843
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.51% 1.43% 1.74%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.59% 1.50% 1.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 979 871 1,128
UK median daily rate £388 £375 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +4.17% +6.67%
10th Percentile £235 £210 £238
90th Percentile £520 £513 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £370 £350
% change year-on-year +1.35% +5.71% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 65 59 71
UK median hourly rate £32.50 £27.50 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.18% -23.61% +51.58%
10th Percentile £15.09 £15.96 £17.63
90th Percentile £55.00 £48.84 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.25 £27.50 £36.00
% change year-on-year +6.36% -23.61% +60.00%

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 97,419 93,242 100,530
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.75% 94.91% 94.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 64,006 60,974 65,639
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.75% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,159 2,792 3,173
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £18.94 £18.94
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.60% +0.03% +6.02%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.31
90th Percentile £48.35 £48.75 £46.36
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year -2.78% -2.70% +5.71%

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 25 September 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 25 September 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 25 September 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 -2 1,372 £395 +3.95% 393
UK excluding London -11 949 £375 +1.35% 329
London +20 549 £400 -0.12% 100
South East -30 270 £388 +1.97% 87
North of England +7 198 £361 -6.63% 75
Midlands +9 184 £381 -0.97% 61
West Midlands +2 148 £388 -3.13% 39
North West -12 107 £375 -1.32% 41
South West -34 90 £325 -10.65% 35
East of England -10 75 £400 +36.75% 35
Scotland -29 74 £323 +7.50% 19
Yorkshire -4 65 £313 -20.38% 28
Wales +3 48 £350 +33.33% 15
East Midlands +6 36 £331 -3.71% 22
North East -3 25 £325 -23.53% 6
Northern Ireland +43 11 £500 +33.33% 2
Channel Islands -2 1 - -

Network Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 September 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 1,156 (74.63%) Cisco
2 858 (55.39%) Firewall
3 751 (48.48%) Cisco Certification
4 553 (35.70%) WAN
5 542 (34.99%) CCNP
6 460 (29.70%) LAN
7 364 (23.50%) Wireless
8 355 (22.92%) Security Cleared
9 352 (22.72%) CCNA
9 352 (22.72%) Juniper
10 341 (22.01%) CheckPoint
11 323 (20.85%) BGP
12 307 (19.82%) Cisco ASA
13 306 (19.75%) Data Centre
14 273 (17.62%) SC Cleared
15 272 (17.56%) Network Security
15 272 (17.56%) VPN
16 271 (17.50%) F5
17 268 (17.30%) OSPF
18 235 (15.17%) MPLS
19 228 (14.72%) Cisco Nexus
20 226 (14.59%) ITIL
21 185 (11.94%) Network Design
22 169 (10.91%) Windows
23 165 (10.65%) Finance
23 165 (10.65%) Palo Alto
24 159 (10.26%) DNS
25 156 (10.07%) TCP/IP
26 153 (9.88%) VMware
27 150 (9.68%) Migration

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 21 (1.36%) MS Exchange
1 21 (1.36%) Skype for Business
2 19 (1.23%) SharePoint
3 12 (0.77%) Apache
3 12 (0.77%) IIS
4 5 (0.32%) OpenStack
4 5 (0.32%) Tomcat
5 4 (0.26%) Confluence
5 4 (0.26%) Exchange Server 2010
6 3 (0.19%) Site Server
7 2 (0.13%) nginx
7 2 (0.13%) SharePoint Server
8 1 (0.065%) CMS
8 1 (0.065%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.065%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.065%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (0.065%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 34 (2.19%) Microsoft Office
2 31 (2.00%) MS Visio
3 13 (0.84%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.065%) Payment Gateway
1 1 (0.065%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (0.065%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 143 (9.23%) Microsoft Azure
2 98 (6.33%) Amazon AWS
3 45 (2.91%) Office 365
4 16 (1.03%) IaaS
5 14 (0.90%) PaaS
6 11 (0.71%) AWS CloudFormation
7 8 (0.52%) SaaS
8 7 (0.45%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 4 (0.26%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 3 (0.19%) GitHub
10 3 (0.19%) Google Cloud Platform
11 2 (0.13%) Akamai
11 2 (0.13%) AWS Lambda
11 2 (0.13%) Serverless
12 1 (0.065%) Amazon EC2
12 1 (0.065%) Azure Active Directory
12 1 (0.065%) Cloud Computing
12 1 (0.065%) HP Helion
12 1 (0.065%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 858 (55.39%) Firewall
2 553 (35.70%) WAN
3 460 (29.70%) LAN
4 364 (23.50%) Wireless
5 323 (20.85%) BGP
6 307 (19.82%) Cisco ASA
7 272 (17.56%) Network Security
7 272 (17.56%) VPN
8 268 (17.30%) OSPF
9 235 (15.17%) MPLS
10 228 (14.72%) Cisco Nexus
11 159 (10.26%) DNS
12 156 (10.07%) TCP/IP
13 141 (9.10%) VLAN
14 126 (8.13%) EIGRP
15 107 (6.91%) Wi-Fi
16 106 (6.84%) Cisco ISE
17 104 (6.71%) VoIP
18 102 (6.58%) Cisco IOS
19 98 (6.33%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (2.07%) SQL Server
2 18 (1.16%) SQL Server 2016
3 6 (0.39%) Electronic Patient Records
4 5 (0.32%) MySQL
4 5 (0.32%) SQL Server 2008
5 4 (0.26%) MongoDB
5 4 (0.26%) SQL Server 2012
6 3 (0.19%) Apache Cassandra
6 3 (0.19%) Big Data
6 3 (0.19%) NoSQL
6 3 (0.19%) Redis
6 3 (0.19%) SQL Server 2014
7 1 (0.065%) Amazon RDS
7 1 (0.065%) BusinessObjects
7 1 (0.065%) Crystal Reports
7 1 (0.065%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.065%) DTS
7 1 (0.065%) MariaDB
7 1 (0.065%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.065%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 17 (1.10%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 8 (0.52%) Git (software)
2 8 (0.52%) JIRA
3 5 (0.32%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (0.26%) Jenkins
5 2 (0.13%) Sonatype Nexus
6 1 (0.065%) AppScan
6 1 (0.065%) Metasploit
6 1 (0.065%) Vagrant
General
1 165 (10.65%) Finance
2 128 (8.26%) Telecoms
3 45 (2.91%) Banking
4 26 (1.68%) Retail
5 8 (0.52%) Electronics
6 7 (0.45%) Investment Banking
6 7 (0.45%) Manufacturing
6 7 (0.45%) Multimedia
6 7 (0.45%) Pharmaceutical
7 6 (0.39%) Financial Institution
7 6 (0.39%) German Language
7 6 (0.39%) Law
7 6 (0.39%) Legal
8 5 (0.32%) Aerospace
8 5 (0.32%) Spanish Language
9 4 (0.26%) French Language
9 4 (0.26%) Marketing
10 3 (0.19%) Italian Language
10 3 (0.19%) Military
11 2 (0.13%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 71 (4.58%) 802.1X
2 9 (0.58%) LDAP
2 9 (0.58%) Web Services
3 6 (0.39%) XML
4 5 (0.32%) RabbitMQ
5 4 (0.26%) CSS
5 4 (0.26%) Elastic Stack
5 4 (0.26%) HTML
5 4 (0.26%) JSON
5 4 (0.26%) WAP
6 3 (0.19%) Kafka
6 3 (0.19%) REST
6 3 (0.19%) Sensu
7 2 (0.13%) LAMP
7 2 (0.13%) RESTful
7 2 (0.13%) SAML
7 2 (0.13%) Software Packaging
7 2 (0.13%) Web Services Management
7 2 (0.13%) XMPP
8 1 (0.065%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 306 (19.75%) Data Centre
2 85 (5.49%) Analytical Skills
3 42 (2.71%) Self-Motivation
4 34 (2.19%) PKI
5 32 (2.07%) Private Cloud
6 27 (1.74%) Computer Science
7 24 (1.55%) Driving Licence
8 21 (1.36%) NHS
9 15 (0.97%) Video Conferencing
10 14 (0.90%) Public Cloud
11 13 (0.84%) Management Information System
12 12 (0.77%) Linux Command Line
13 11 (0.71%) CMDB
13 11 (0.71%) Virtual Team
14 10 (0.65%) Handset
15 8 (0.52%) Hybrid Cloud
16 7 (0.45%) e-Health
16 7 (0.45%) Greenfield Project
17 6 (0.39%) LIMS
17 6 (0.39%) PACS
Operating Systems
1 169 (10.91%) Windows
2 124 (8.01%) Linux
3 97 (6.26%) Windows Server
4 34 (2.19%) Unix
5 27 (1.74%) Windows 10
6 19 (1.23%) Windows Server 2012
7 17 (1.10%) CentOS
8 8 (0.52%) Windows Server 2008
9 7 (0.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 7 (0.45%) Windows 7
10 6 (0.39%) Solaris
11 5 (0.32%) Check Point GAiA
12 4 (0.26%) Windows Server 2003
13 3 (0.19%) Mac OS
13 3 (0.19%) Mac OS X
14 2 (0.13%) CatOS
14 2 (0.13%) Ubuntu
14 2 (0.13%) zOS
15 1 (0.065%) Windows 2000
15 1 (0.065%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 226 (14.59%) ITIL
2 185 (11.94%) Network Design
3 150 (9.68%) Migration
4 112 (7.23%) Load Balancing
5 82 (5.29%) Network Monitoring
6 79 (5.10%) Problem-Solving
7 77 (4.97%) Network Management
8 73 (4.71%) Change Management
9 58 (3.74%) Incident Management
10 54 (3.49%) Change Control
10 54 (3.49%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 53 (3.42%) Service Management
12 50 (3.23%) Service Delivery
13 48 (3.10%) DevOps
14 46 (2.97%) High Availability
15 39 (2.52%) Project Management
15 39 (2.52%) WAN Optimisation
16 37 (2.39%) Configuration Management
17 36 (2.32%) Network Architecture
17 36 (2.32%) Network Virtualisation
Programming Languages
1 66 (4.26%) Python
2 45 (2.91%) SQL
3 27 (1.74%) Bash Shell
4 20 (1.29%) PowerShell
5 18 (1.16%) Perl
6 16 (1.03%) C
7 7 (0.45%) Java
8 6 (0.39%) JavaScript
8 6 (0.39%) Tcl
9 5 (0.32%) Shell Script
9 5 (0.32%) VB
10 4 (0.26%) PHP
11 3 (0.19%) AWK
12 2 (0.13%) JCL
13 1 (0.065%) C++
13 1 (0.065%) Lisp
13 1 (0.065%) PL/SQL
13 1 (0.065%) Ruby
13 1 (0.065%) VBScript
13 1 (0.065%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 751 (48.48%) Cisco Certification
2 542 (34.99%) CCNP
3 355 (22.92%) Security Cleared
4 352 (22.72%) CCNA
5 273 (17.62%) SC Cleared
6 142 (9.17%) CCIE
7 93 (6.00%) DV Cleared
8 63 (4.07%) Degree
9 48 (3.10%) CCDP
10 31 (2.00%) CCSE
11 29 (1.87%) JNCIP
12 27 (1.74%) JNCIA
13 25 (1.61%) CCSA
14 19 (1.23%) Computer Science Degree
14 19 (1.23%) JNCIS
15 18 (1.16%) CCSP
15 18 (1.16%) CISSP
16 17 (1.10%) Check Point Certification
17 16 (1.03%) Microsoft Certification
18 14 (0.90%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 40 (2.58%) SLA
2 23 (1.48%) QA
3 17 (1.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 11 (0.71%) PCI DSS
5 7 (0.45%) COBIT
6 6 (0.39%) GDPR
6 6 (0.39%) HL7
7 5 (0.32%) Disclosure Scotland
7 5 (0.32%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 5 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 4 (0.26%) JSP 440
9 3 (0.19%) NEBOSH
9 3 (0.19%) PMO
9 3 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 2 (0.13%) Cyber Essentials
10 2 (0.13%) Government Security Classifications
11 1 (0.065%) GPG13
11 1 (0.065%) HIPAA
11 1 (0.065%) ISAE 3402
11 1 (0.065%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 68 (4.39%) VMware Infrastructure
2 64 (4.13%) Active Directory
3 31 (2.00%) VMware NSX
4 29 (1.87%) VMware ESXi
5 25 (1.61%) ProxySG
6 21 (1.36%) Hyper-V
7 15 (0.97%) vSphere
8 12 (0.77%) Virtual Machines
9 7 (0.45%) Firmware
10 3 (0.19%) Apache Flume
10 3 (0.19%) Apache ZooKeeper
10 3 (0.19%) NFS
10 3 (0.19%) Terminal Server
10 3 (0.19%) Virtual Desktop
10 3 (0.19%) XenApp
11 2 (0.13%) iptables
11 2 (0.13%) Postfix
11 2 (0.13%) Samba
11 2 (0.13%) Squid
11 2 (0.13%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 74 (4.78%) FortiGate
2 44 (2.84%) Cisco Prime
3 39 (2.52%) Cisco CUCM
4 29 (1.87%) SCCM
5 27 (1.74%) vCenter Server
6 23 (1.48%) Ansible
7 16 (1.03%) Nagios
8 15 (0.97%) SCOM
9 13 (0.84%) SolarWinds Orion
10 12 (0.77%) Cacti
10 12 (0.77%) Terraform
11 11 (0.71%) Cisco UCCX
12 7 (0.45%) TrustSec
13 6 (0.39%) Opsview
14 5 (0.32%) Grafana
14 5 (0.32%) Microsoft Intune
14 5 (0.32%) Nessus
14 5 (0.32%) Puppet
14 5 (0.32%) Stealthwatch
14 5 (0.32%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 1,156 (74.63%) Cisco
2 352 (22.72%) Juniper
3 341 (22.01%) CheckPoint
4 271 (17.50%) F5
5 165 (10.65%) Palo Alto
6 153 (9.88%) VMware
7 114 (7.36%) Microsoft
8 109 (7.04%) Fortinet
9 108 (6.97%) SolarWinds
10 100 (6.46%) HP
11 84 (5.42%) Aruba
12 81 (5.23%) McAfee
13 74 (4.78%) Meraki
14 66 (4.26%) Blue Coat
15 48 (3.10%) Citrix
16 47 (3.03%) Arista
17 40 (2.58%) Riverbed
18 38 (2.45%) Infoblox
18 38 (2.45%) NetApp
19 34 (2.19%) Splunk