Period
to 23 June 2018

The median contractor rate for a Network Engineer was £388 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 June 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
23 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 180 171 147
Rank change year-on-year -9 -24 +12
Contract jobs requiring a Network Engineer 1,499 1,425 1,842
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.50% 1.56% 1.73%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.58% 1.64% 1.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 962 987 1,030
UK median daily rate £388 £365 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.16% +1.39% +10.77%
10th Percentile £228 £208 £215
90th Percentile £517 £488 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +3.57% - +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 63 89
UK median hourly rate £32.50 £27.50 £35.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.18% -22.54% +18.33%
10th Percentile £15.50 £13.90 £18.75
90th Percentile £52.50 £46.40 £47.86
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.25 £27.50 £34.85
% change year-on-year +13.64% -21.09% +39.40%

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 95,060 86,949 101,432
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.82% 94.95% 95.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,233 56,238 65,870
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +0.59% +5.63%
10th Percentile £268 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,065 2,873 3,092
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.74% -6.50% +14.29%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.14 £50.00 £48.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.58 £19.63
% change year-on-year -0.46% -10.42% +17.16%

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 23 June 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 23 June 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 23 June 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 -3 1,353 £400 +6.67% 329
UK excluding London -21 923 £363 +3.57% 245
London +19 545 £401 +0.13% 99
South East -32 311 £405 +8.00% 70
Midlands +20 175 £400 +10.73% 32
West Midlands +26 141 £419 +11.67% 18
North of England -42 139 £349 -3.70% 74
South West -1 105 £375 +15.38% 25
East of England +11 84 £356 +18.75% 29
North West -17 77 £371 +6.07% 54
Scotland -70 59 £338 +5.88% 7
Wales -9 56 £350 +7.69% 7
Yorkshire -15 52 £325 -13.33% 16
East Midlands -6 34 £325 +8.33% 14
North East -28 9 £370 +2.78% 4
Northern Ireland +5 3 £275 -15.64% 1
Channel Islands - 1 - -

Network Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 June 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 1,086 (72.45%) Cisco
2 769 (51.30%) Firewall
3 680 (45.36%) Cisco Certification
4 489 (32.62%) WAN
5 479 (31.95%) CCNP
6 400 (26.68%) LAN
7 368 (24.55%) Security Cleared
8 316 (21.08%) Data Centre
9 315 (21.01%) CCNA
10 297 (19.81%) Wireless
11 296 (19.75%) Cisco ASA
12 284 (18.95%) Juniper
13 277 (18.48%) BGP
13 277 (18.48%) SC Cleared
14 272 (18.15%) VPN
15 265 (17.68%) Network Security
16 264 (17.61%) CheckPoint
17 243 (16.21%) MPLS
18 226 (15.08%) F5
19 205 (13.68%) ITIL
20 193 (12.88%) OSPF
21 189 (12.61%) Finance
21 189 (12.61%) Cisco Nexus
22 181 (12.07%) Network Design
23 171 (11.41%) DNS
24 168 (11.21%) VMware
25 164 (10.94%) Windows
26 159 (10.61%) TCP/IP
27 153 (10.21%) Palo Alto
28 141 (9.41%) 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 16 (1.07%) MS Exchange
2 13 (0.87%) IIS
3 11 (0.73%) Confluence
3 11 (0.73%) Skype for Business
4 8 (0.53%) Apache
5 5 (0.33%) Exchange Server 2010
5 5 (0.33%) Tomcat
6 4 (0.27%) Exchange Server 2013
6 4 (0.27%) SharePoint
7 2 (0.13%) OpenStack
7 2 (0.13%) SharePoint Server
7 2 (0.13%) Site Server
8 1 (0.067%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 1 (0.067%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.067%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 16 (1.07%) MS Visio
2 14 (0.93%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (0.27%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.067%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 7 (0.47%) RMDS
2 1 (0.067%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 125 (8.34%) Microsoft Azure
2 107 (7.14%) Amazon AWS
3 27 (1.80%) Office 365
4 14 (0.93%) IaaS
4 14 (0.93%) PaaS
5 10 (0.67%) SaaS
6 8 (0.53%) Google Cloud Platform
7 6 (0.40%) AWS CloudFormation
8 4 (0.27%) GitHub
8 4 (0.27%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 3 (0.20%) OpenDNS
10 2 (0.13%) Akamai
10 2 (0.13%) Azure Active Directory
10 2 (0.13%) Cloud Computing
11 1 (0.067%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 1 (0.067%) Amazon EC2
11 1 (0.067%) AWS Lambda
11 1 (0.067%) G Suite
11 1 (0.067%) Google Drive
11 1 (0.067%) HP Helion
Communications & Networking
1 769 (51.30%) Firewall
2 489 (32.62%) WAN
3 400 (26.68%) LAN
4 297 (19.81%) Wireless
5 296 (19.75%) Cisco ASA
6 277 (18.48%) BGP
7 272 (18.15%) VPN
8 265 (17.68%) Network Security
9 243 (16.21%) MPLS
10 193 (12.88%) OSPF
11 189 (12.61%) Cisco Nexus
12 171 (11.41%) DNS
13 159 (10.61%) TCP/IP
14 141 (9.41%) VLAN
15 108 (7.20%) EIGRP
16 103 (6.87%) DHCP
17 100 (6.67%) VoIP
18 98 (6.54%) Internet
19 96 (6.40%) Cisco ISE
20 94 (6.27%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (2.00%) SQL Server
2 17 (1.13%) SQL Server 2016
3 3 (0.20%) Oracle Reports
4 2 (0.13%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (0.13%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.067%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (0.067%) Apache Cassandra
5 1 (0.067%) Big Data
5 1 (0.067%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (0.067%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.067%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.067%) MySQL
5 1 (0.067%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.067%) Redis
5 1 (0.067%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.067%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 18 (1.20%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 11 (0.73%) JIRA
3 9 (0.60%) Team Foundation Server
4 7 (0.47%) Git (software)
5 6 (0.40%) Sonatype Nexus
6 4 (0.27%) Jenkins
7 1 (0.067%) AppScan
7 1 (0.067%) Metasploit
7 1 (0.067%) Rational DOORS
General
1 189 (12.61%) Finance
2 105 (7.00%) Telecoms
3 56 (3.74%) Banking
4 20 (1.33%) Retail
5 19 (1.27%) Financial Institution
6 11 (0.73%) Investment Banking
7 7 (0.47%) Legal
8 6 (0.40%) Manufacturing
9 5 (0.33%) Local Government
10 4 (0.27%) Electronics
10 4 (0.27%) Law
10 4 (0.27%) Pharmaceutical
10 4 (0.27%) Publishing
11 3 (0.20%) Advertising
11 3 (0.20%) Back Office
11 3 (0.20%) French Language
11 3 (0.20%) Marketing
11 3 (0.20%) Multimedia
12 2 (0.13%) German Language
12 2 (0.13%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (2.47%) 802.1X
2 12 (0.80%) Web Services
3 9 (0.60%) WAP
4 8 (0.53%) LDAP
5 6 (0.40%) YAML
6 3 (0.20%) Core Data
6 3 (0.20%) HTML
6 3 (0.20%) JSON
6 3 (0.20%) Rendezvous
6 3 (0.20%) SOAP
6 3 (0.20%) XMPP
7 2 (0.13%) Elastic Stack
7 2 (0.13%) SAML
7 2 (0.13%) Web Services Management
7 2 (0.13%) XML
8 1 (0.067%) Kafka
8 1 (0.067%) RabbitMQ
8 1 (0.067%) Regular Expression
8 1 (0.067%) Sensu
8 1 (0.067%) WebRTC
Miscellaneous
1 316 (21.08%) Data Centre
2 80 (5.34%) Analytical Skills
3 34 (2.27%) NHS
3 34 (2.27%) Self-Motivation
4 25 (1.67%) PKI
5 23 (1.53%) Management Information System
6 22 (1.47%) Private Cloud
7 20 (1.33%) Computer Science
8 16 (1.07%) Driving Licence
9 12 (0.80%) Video Conferencing
10 9 (0.60%) Virtual Team
11 8 (0.53%) Linux Command Line
12 7 (0.47%) e-Health
13 6 (0.40%) CMDB
13 6 (0.40%) Greenfield Project
14 5 (0.33%) DataPower
14 5 (0.33%) Smart Meter
15 4 (0.27%) Algorithms
15 4 (0.27%) Eurex
15 4 (0.27%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 164 (10.94%) Windows
2 111 (7.40%) Linux
3 84 (5.60%) Windows Server
4 42 (2.80%) Unix
5 25 (1.67%) Windows 10
6 20 (1.33%) Windows Server 2008
6 20 (1.33%) Windows Server 2012
7 18 (1.20%) CentOS
8 12 (0.80%) Windows 7
9 7 (0.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 7 (0.47%) Solaris
10 6 (0.40%) Check Point GAiA
10 6 (0.40%) Windows Server 2003
11 3 (0.20%) Android
11 3 (0.20%) Windows 2000
11 3 (0.20%) Windows NT
12 2 (0.13%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.067%) Apple iOS
13 1 (0.067%) Windows 8
13 1 (0.067%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 205 (13.68%) ITIL
2 181 (12.07%) Network Design
3 141 (9.41%) Migration
4 91 (6.07%) Network Management
5 83 (5.54%) Change Management
6 81 (5.40%) Load Balancing
7 80 (5.34%) Problem-Solving
8 65 (4.34%) Network Monitoring
9 64 (4.27%) Service Delivery
10 55 (3.67%) Project Management
11 53 (3.54%) Incident Management
12 52 (3.47%) Change Control
13 48 (3.20%) Service Management
14 45 (3.00%) High Availability
15 42 (2.80%) DevOps
16 40 (2.67%) Network Architecture
17 36 (2.40%) Agile Software Development
18 35 (2.33%) Network Virtualisation
18 35 (2.33%) WAN Optimisation
19 31 (2.07%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 78 (5.20%) Python
2 48 (3.20%) SQL
3 19 (1.27%) Bash Shell
3 19 (1.27%) PowerShell
4 16 (1.07%) C
5 14 (0.93%) Perl
6 5 (0.33%) Java
7 4 (0.27%) Shell Script
8 3 (0.20%) VB
9 2 (0.13%) AWK
9 2 (0.13%) JavaScript
9 2 (0.13%) Lisp
9 2 (0.13%) PHP
9 2 (0.13%) Tcl
10 1 (0.067%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 680 (45.36%) Cisco Certification
2 479 (31.95%) CCNP
3 368 (24.55%) Security Cleared
4 315 (21.01%) CCNA
5 277 (18.48%) SC Cleared
6 130 (8.67%) CCIE
7 120 (8.01%) DV Cleared
8 51 (3.40%) Degree
9 47 (3.14%) CCDP
10 28 (1.87%) CCSE
11 27 (1.80%) JNCIP
12 24 (1.60%) CCSA
13 17 (1.13%) ITIL Certification
14 16 (1.07%) JNCIA
15 15 (1.00%) CCSP
16 14 (0.93%) CISSP
16 14 (0.93%) Microsoft Certification
17 12 (0.80%) Check Point Certification
17 12 (0.80%) JNCIS
18 11 (0.73%) CCIE Routing and Switching
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (2.47%) SLA
2 15 (1.00%) PCI DSS
3 11 (0.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 11 (0.73%) QA
4 7 (0.47%) GCP
5 6 (0.40%) COBIT
5 6 (0.40%) PMO
6 5 (0.33%) Disclosure Scotland
6 5 (0.33%) GDPR
6 5 (0.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 4 (0.27%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 3 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials
8 3 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 2 (0.13%) FIPS 140-2
9 2 (0.13%) HIPAA
9 2 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 1 (0.067%) 21 CFR Part 11
10 1 (0.067%) GAMP
10 1 (0.067%) ISAE 3402
System Software
1 79 (5.27%) VMware Infrastructure
2 58 (3.87%) Active Directory
3 31 (2.07%) VMware ESXi
4 30 (2.00%) ProxySG
5 28 (1.87%) VMware NSX
6 22 (1.47%) vSphere
7 13 (0.87%) Hyper-V
8 9 (0.60%) Virtual Machines
9 8 (0.53%) XenApp
10 7 (0.47%) Firmware
11 3 (0.20%) DFS Replication
11 3 (0.20%) Docker
11 3 (0.20%) Virtual Servers
12 2 (0.13%) iptables
12 2 (0.13%) Postfix
12 2 (0.13%) Samba
12 2 (0.13%) Squid
12 2 (0.13%) vCloud
12 2 (0.13%) Xen
13 1 (0.067%) Snort
Systems Management
1 76 (5.07%) FortiGate
2 40 (2.67%) Cisco Prime
3 37 (2.47%) Ansible
3 37 (2.47%) SCOM
4 27 (1.80%) SCCM
5 26 (1.73%) vCenter Server
6 22 (1.47%) Cisco CUCM
7 12 (0.80%) Cisco UCCX
8 11 (0.73%) Opsview
9 9 (0.60%) Nagios
10 8 (0.53%) Opscode Chef
11 6 (0.40%) Terraform
12 5 (0.33%) Microsoft Intune
12 5 (0.33%) Nessus
12 5 (0.33%) OpenView
12 5 (0.33%) Puppet
12 5 (0.33%) SolarWinds Orion
13 4 (0.27%) QRadar
13 4 (0.27%) WSUS
13 4 (0.27%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 1,086 (72.45%) Cisco
2 284 (18.95%) Juniper
3 264 (17.61%) CheckPoint
4 226 (15.08%) F5
5 168 (11.21%) VMware
6 153 (10.21%) Palo Alto
7 96 (6.40%) Fortinet
8 93 (6.20%) HP
9 89 (5.94%) SolarWinds
10 82 (5.47%) Microsoft
11 67 (4.47%) Citrix
12 63 (4.20%) Aruba
13 59 (3.94%) McAfee
14 55 (3.67%) Blue Coat
15 45 (3.00%) Oracle
16 43 (2.87%) NetApp
17 41 (2.74%) Meraki
17 41 (2.74%) Splunk
18 37 (2.47%) Dell
19 36 (2.40%) Nokia