Period
to 3 April 2020

The median contractor rate for a Network Engineer was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 3 April 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
3 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 125 164 183
Rank change year-on-year +39 +19 -28
Contract jobs requiring a Network Engineer 1,212 1,667 1,520
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.97% 1.73% 1.50%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.10% 1.83% 1.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 856 1,121 981
Median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -
10th Percentile £213 £245 £218
90th Percentile £540 £538 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +1.33% +3.45% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 87 51
Median hourly rate £31.00 £33.40 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.19% +19.29% -1.94%
10th Percentile £16.18 £15.65 £15.50
90th Percentile £47.41 £49.70 £46.89
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £31.20 £28.00
% change year-on-year -35.90% +11.43% +1.82%

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 57,757 91,220 96,549
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.79% 94.67% 94.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 36,692 60,416 63,589
Median daily rate £460 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.54% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £228 £275 £263
90th Percentile £650 £650 £631
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £405
% change year-on-year - +4.94% +1.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,484 2,823 2,920
Median hourly rate £20.00 £18.70 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.95% - +1.08%
10th Percentile £11.85 £11.07 £11.00
90th Percentile £52.25 £50.00 £48.02
Median hourly rate £18.90 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +8.00% - -

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 3 April 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 3 April 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 3 April 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 +42 1,058 £400 - 287
UK excluding London +27 789 £380 +1.33% 232
London +42 394 £425 -5.56% 70
South East +3 205 £400 +6.67% 67
North of England +37 173 £350 -2.78% 63
Midlands +63 146 £400 +14.29% 32
West Midlands +71 118 £450 +18.03% 30
North West +15 83 £383 +5.52% 35
East of England +32 78 £325 -18.75% 22
Scotland +8 78 £450 +20.00% 11
Yorkshire +41 69 £325 -12.16% 18
South West -22 65 £395 +1.94% 33
Work from Home +31 58 £425 +6.25% 9
Wales +28 34 £400 +6.67% 4
East Midlands +16 28 £306 -5.77% 2
North East +25 21 £400 +45.45% 10
Northern Ireland +17 14 £310 -27.06%

Network Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 April 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.

1 865 (71.37%) Cisco
2 597 (49.26%) Firewall
3 586 (48.35%) Cisco Certification
4 440 (36.30%) CCNP
5 412 (33.99%) WAN
6 392 (32.34%) LAN
7 292 (24.09%) BGP
8 261 (21.53%) CCNA
9 253 (20.87%) Juniper
10 251 (20.71%) OSPF
10 251 (20.71%) Security Cleared
11 245 (20.21%) VPN
12 244 (20.13%) Data Centre
13 239 (19.72%) CheckPoint
14 234 (19.31%) Cisco Nexus
15 229 (18.89%) Wireless
16 223 (18.40%) Palo Alto
17 218 (17.99%) Network Security
18 205 (16.91%) MPLS
19 179 (14.77%) Cisco ASA
20 158 (13.04%) SC Cleared
21 157 (12.95%) F5
22 147 (12.13%) Finance
23 146 (12.05%) TCP/IP
24 138 (11.39%) Migration
25 132 (10.89%) CCIE
25 132 (10.89%) Network Design
26 123 (10.15%) DNS
27 117 (9.65%) Windows
28 110 (9.08%) VMware

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 17 (1.40%) OpenStack
2 15 (1.24%) MS Exchange
3 14 (1.16%) Confluence
4 13 (1.07%) Skype for Business
5 9 (0.74%) SharePoint
6 8 (0.66%) IIS
7 5 (0.41%) Apache
7 5 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2010
8 4 (0.33%) Elasticsearch
9 3 (0.25%) nginx
10 2 (0.17%) Exchange Server 2007
10 2 (0.17%) Tomcat
11 1 (0.083%) Exchange Server 2013
11 1 (0.083%) Oracle Workflow
11 1 (0.083%) WebLogic
Applications
1 22 (1.82%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (1.32%) MS Visio
3 3 (0.25%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.25%) Spreadsheet
4 2 (0.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.083%) Adobe Premiere
5 1 (0.083%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 3 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.17%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.083%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 74 (6.11%) AWS
2 72 (5.94%) Azure
3 26 (2.15%) Office 365
4 10 (0.83%) Cloud Computing
5 8 (0.66%) IaaS
6 6 (0.50%) Azure ExpressRoute
6 6 (0.50%) SaaS
7 5 (0.41%) GCP
7 5 (0.41%) PaaS
7 5 (0.41%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 4 (0.33%) Akamai
8 4 (0.33%) Azure Active Directory
9 1 (0.083%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 597 (49.26%) Firewall
2 412 (33.99%) WAN
3 392 (32.34%) LAN
4 292 (24.09%) BGP
5 251 (20.71%) OSPF
6 245 (20.21%) VPN
7 234 (19.31%) Cisco Nexus
8 229 (18.89%) Wireless
9 218 (17.99%) Network Security
10 205 (16.91%) MPLS
11 179 (14.77%) Cisco ASA
12 146 (12.05%) TCP/IP
13 123 (10.15%) DNS
14 106 (8.75%) EIGRP
15 100 (8.25%) IPsec
16 91 (7.51%) VoIP
17 88 (7.26%) Cisco ISE
18 87 (7.18%) WLAN
19 86 (7.10%) DHCP
20 82 (6.77%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (0.83%) MySQL
2 7 (0.58%) MongoDB
3 5 (0.41%) Big Data
4 4 (0.33%) SQL Server
5 3 (0.25%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (0.17%) Oracle Reports
6 2 (0.17%) SQL Server 2016
7 1 (0.083%) Aerospike
7 1 (0.083%) Apache Cassandra
7 1 (0.083%) DB2
7 1 (0.083%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.083%) Informix
7 1 (0.083%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.083%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.083%) Redis
7 1 (0.083%) SQL Server 2000
7 1 (0.083%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (0.083%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (0.083%) SQL Server 2014
7 1 (0.083%) Tick Data
Development Applications
1 31 (2.56%) Sonatype Nexus
2 16 (1.32%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 13 (1.07%) Git (software)
4 9 (0.74%) JIRA
5 5 (0.41%) Team Foundation Server
6 3 (0.25%) GitLab
6 3 (0.25%) Jenkins
6 3 (0.25%) Rational DOORS
6 3 (0.25%) Robot Framework
6 3 (0.25%) TestRail
7 1 (0.083%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 1 (0.083%) Hudson
7 1 (0.083%) Selenium
General
1 147 (12.13%) Finance
2 86 (7.10%) Telecoms
3 70 (5.78%) Public Sector
4 42 (3.47%) Banking
5 22 (1.82%) Front Office
5 22 (1.82%) Investment Banking
6 12 (0.99%) Retail
7 11 (0.91%) Legal
8 10 (0.83%) Manufacturing
9 9 (0.74%) French Language
9 9 (0.74%) German Language
10 6 (0.50%) Advertising
10 6 (0.50%) Back Office
10 6 (0.50%) Financial Institution
10 6 (0.50%) Publishing
11 5 (0.41%) Electronics
11 5 (0.41%) Military
12 4 (0.33%) Games
12 4 (0.33%) Law
12 4 (0.33%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 39 (3.22%) 802.1X
2 9 (0.74%) .NET
3 4 (0.33%) CSS
3 4 (0.33%) JSON
4 3 (0.25%) HTML
4 3 (0.25%) LDAP
4 3 (0.25%) RESTful
4 3 (0.25%) XML
5 2 (0.17%) Jinja
5 2 (0.17%) Middleware
5 2 (0.17%) Velocity
5 2 (0.17%) Web Services
6 1 (0.083%) AngularJS
6 1 (0.083%) FIX Protocol
6 1 (0.083%) HTML5
6 1 (0.083%) Kafka
6 1 (0.083%) Node.js
6 1 (0.083%) Regular Expression
6 1 (0.083%) REST
6 1 (0.083%) WebSockets
Miscellaneous
1 244 (20.13%) Data Centre
2 27 (2.23%) Analytical Skills
2 27 (2.23%) Self-Motivation
3 24 (1.98%) PKI
4 22 (1.82%) Management Information System
5 18 (1.49%) Driving Licence
6 14 (1.16%) Public Cloud
7 12 (0.99%) NHS
7 12 (0.99%) Video Conferencing
8 11 (0.91%) Fibre Optics
9 9 (0.74%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 8 (0.66%) Hybrid Cloud
10 8 (0.66%) Replication
11 7 (0.58%) Hedge funds
11 7 (0.58%) Social Media
12 6 (0.50%) Clustering
13 5 (0.41%) CMDB
13 5 (0.41%) Cyber Defence
13 5 (0.41%) Linux Command Line
14 4 (0.33%) Cyberthreat
Operating Systems
1 117 (9.65%) Windows
2 94 (7.76%) Linux
3 66 (5.45%) Windows Server
4 25 (2.06%) Unix
5 18 (1.49%) Windows Server 2016
6 17 (1.40%) Windows Server 2012
7 14 (1.16%) Windows Server 2008
8 11 (0.91%) CentOS
9 9 (0.74%) Windows 10
10 8 (0.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 8 (0.66%) Windows 7
11 5 (0.41%) Windows Server 2003
12 4 (0.33%) CatOS
12 4 (0.33%) Check Point GAiA
12 4 (0.33%) Ubuntu
13 3 (0.25%) Windows Server 2019
14 2 (0.17%) SUSE
14 2 (0.17%) VMS
15 1 (0.083%) Debian
15 1 (0.083%) FreeBSD
Processes & Methodologies
1 138 (11.39%) Migration
2 132 (10.89%) Network Design
3 105 (8.66%) ITIL
4 103 (8.50%) Change Management
5 81 (6.68%) Load Balancing
6 61 (5.03%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 61 (5.03%) Problem-Solving
7 55 (4.54%) Network Management
8 52 (4.29%) Network Monitoring
9 44 (3.63%) Agile Software Development
10 41 (3.38%) Problem Management
10 41 (3.38%) Service Delivery
11 38 (3.14%) Incident Management
12 37 (3.05%) DevOps
13 36 (2.97%) Project Delivery
14 34 (2.81%) Cryptography
14 34 (2.81%) SIEM
14 34 (2.81%) Validation
15 31 (2.56%) Network Architecture
15 31 (2.56%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 105 (8.66%) Python
2 33 (2.72%) Perl
3 26 (2.15%) SQL
4 20 (1.65%) PowerShell
5 18 (1.49%) C
6 11 (0.91%) Bash Shell
7 10 (0.83%) Shell Script
8 9 (0.74%) PHP
9 8 (0.66%) C++
10 6 (0.50%) Java
10 6 (0.50%) JavaScript
11 5 (0.41%) Ruby
12 3 (0.25%) PL/SQL
12 3 (0.25%) VBScript
13 1 (0.083%) C#
13 1 (0.083%) Scala
13 1 (0.083%) VBA
Qualifications
1 586 (48.35%) Cisco Certification
2 440 (36.30%) CCNP
3 261 (21.53%) CCNA
4 251 (20.71%) Security Cleared
5 158 (13.04%) SC Cleared
6 132 (10.89%) CCIE
7 68 (5.61%) DV Cleared
8 39 (3.22%) CCDA
9 35 (2.89%) CCIE Routing and Switching
10 34 (2.81%) Degree
11 30 (2.48%) CCDP
12 17 (1.40%) CCIP
12 17 (1.40%) JNCIA
13 16 (1.32%) BC Cleared
13 16 (1.32%) BPSS Clearance
13 16 (1.32%) JNCIP
14 12 (0.99%) CCSA
14 12 (0.99%) JNCIS
15 11 (0.91%) CCENT
15 11 (0.91%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (3.05%) SLA
2 10 (0.83%) QA
3 8 (0.66%) NIST
3 8 (0.66%) PMO
4 6 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 5 (0.41%) Cyber Essentials
6 3 (0.25%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 3 (0.25%) GDPR
6 3 (0.25%) PCI DSS
7 2 (0.17%) COBIT
7 2 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 57 (4.70%) Active Directory
2 51 (4.21%) VMware Infrastructure
3 46 (3.80%) VMware NSX
4 17 (1.40%) vSphere
5 13 (1.07%) Hyper-V
6 11 (0.91%) Firmware
6 11 (0.91%) VMware ESXi
7 8 (0.66%) ProxySG
8 7 (0.58%) Virtual Machines
9 5 (0.41%) Docker
9 5 (0.41%) vCloud
9 5 (0.41%) XenApp
10 4 (0.33%) VMware Server
11 3 (0.25%) Corosync
11 3 (0.25%) DRBD
11 3 (0.25%) FreeRADIUS
11 3 (0.25%) KVM
11 3 (0.25%) Postfix
11 3 (0.25%) Virtual Servers
12 2 (0.17%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 54 (4.46%) FortiGate
2 50 (4.13%) Ansible
3 38 (3.14%) Cisco Prime
4 26 (2.15%) Puppet
5 23 (1.90%) Nagios
6 21 (1.73%) Opscode Chef
7 20 (1.65%) vCenter Server
8 17 (1.40%) Cacti
9 15 (1.24%) NetMRI
9 15 (1.24%) Statseeker
9 15 (1.24%) ZABBIX
10 10 (0.83%) SCCM
11 8 (0.66%) McAfee ePO
11 8 (0.66%) Terraform
12 7 (0.58%) Cisco CUCM
13 5 (0.41%) Icinga
14 4 (0.33%) Endace
14 4 (0.33%) HAProxy
14 4 (0.33%) Opsview
14 4 (0.33%) SCOM
Vendors
1 865 (71.37%) Cisco
2 253 (20.87%) Juniper
3 239 (19.72%) CheckPoint
4 223 (18.40%) Palo Alto
5 157 (12.95%) F5
6 110 (9.08%) VMware
7 107 (8.83%) Fortinet
8 79 (6.52%) SolarWinds
9 65 (5.36%) Microsoft
10 62 (5.12%) Meraki
11 54 (4.46%) Aruba
12 50 (4.13%) Citrix
13 42 (3.47%) Blue Coat
14 40 (3.30%) HP
15 37 (3.05%) Dell
16 36 (2.97%) McAfee
17 27 (2.23%) Huawei
17 27 (2.23%) Oracle
18 23 (1.90%) NetScout
19 21 (1.73%) BT