Period
to 21 October 2017

The median contractor rate for a Network Engineer was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 October 2017.

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
21 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 188 154 155
Rank change year-on-year -34 +1 +30
Contract jobs requiring a Network Engineer 1390 1850 1827
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.40% 1.74% 1.60%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.48% 1.84% 1.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 858 1143 1127
UK median daily rate £375 £363 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.45% +3.57% +7.69%
10th Percentile £205 £235 £210
90th Percentile £511 £525 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +4.29% +7.69% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 59 69 81
UK median hourly rate £26.25 £34.70 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.35% +54.22% -18.18%
10th Percentile £14.75 £15.20 £14.50
90th Percentile £47.75 £48.24 £49.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.13 £35.10 £22.50
% change year-on-year -25.57% +56.00% -5.26%

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 94181 100639 108360
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.82% 94.77% 94.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 61868 65556 68886
UK median daily rate £440 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.53% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £263 £250 £248
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +6.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2802 3285 4159
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.39 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.71% +2.14% +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.86 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +2.86% - +6.06%

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 21 October 2017.

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 21 October 2017.

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 21 October 2017. 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 -35 1244 £375 - 98
UK excluding London -32 901 £365 +4.29% 79
London -53 461 £405 -3.51% 29
South East -49 283 £380 +2.70% 26
Midlands +39 164 £375 +7.30% 14
North of England +22 158 £375 +7.14% 9
West Midlands +40 127 £388 +3.33% 8
South West +12 117 £363 +6.62% 12
North West +23 93 £375 - 5
Scotland +27 88 £313 -2.65% 7
East of England -77 65 £260 -18.75% 8
Yorkshire -36 50 £375 +7.14% 4
East Midlands 0 37 £328 +9.17% 6
Wales -22 27 £238 -32.14% 5
North East +57 15 £370 +13.85%
Northern Ireland -71 6 £425 +34.92%
Channel Islands - 1 £190 -

Network Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 October 2017, Network Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Network Engineer in the job title.

1 1011 (72.73%) Cisco
2 759 (54.60%) Firewall
3 681 (48.99%) Cisco Certification
4 480 (34.53%) CCNP
5 446 (32.09%) WAN
6 443 (31.87%) LAN
7 338 (24.32%) CheckPoint
8 330 (23.74%) Wireless
9 318 (22.88%) Data Centre
10 308 (22.16%) CCNA
11 299 (21.51%) Juniper
12 294 (21.15%) VPN
13 277 (19.93%) Cisco ASA
14 273 (19.64%) Network Security
15 268 (19.28%) BGP
16 263 (18.92%) F5
17 252 (18.13%) Cisco Nexus
18 228 (16.40%) MPLS
19 217 (15.61%) Security Cleared
20 208 (14.96%) OSPF
21 204 (14.68%) Network Design
22 185 (13.31%) CCIE
23 181 (13.02%) Palo Alto
24 168 (12.09%) Finance
25 165 (11.87%) TCP/IP
26 161 (11.58%) ITIL
27 158 (11.37%) SC Cleared
28 157 (11.29%) Windows
29 155 (11.15%) DNS
30 150 (10.79%) Fortinet

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 33 (2.37%) Skype for Business
2 27 (1.94%) MS Exchange
3 10 (0.72%) Apache
4 9 (0.65%) Exchange Server 2010
4 9 (0.65%) IIS
5 7 (0.50%) WebSphere
6 6 (0.43%) OpenStack
7 5 (0.36%) nginx
8 4 (0.29%) JBoss
8 4 (0.29%) WebLogic
9 3 (0.22%) CMS
9 3 (0.22%) Exchange Server 2003
9 3 (0.22%) IBM Notes
9 3 (0.22%) Oracle Workflow
10 2 (0.14%) Exchange Server 2013
10 2 (0.14%) SharePoint
11 1 (0.072%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 1 (0.072%) Confluence
11 1 (0.072%) Exchange Server 2000
11 1 (0.072%) SAS
Applications
1 34 (2.45%) MS Visio
2 26 (1.87%) Microsoft Excel
3 20 (1.44%) Microsoft Office
4 4 (0.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.22%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (0.22%) Payment Gateway
2 2 (0.14%) Maximo
2 2 (0.14%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.14%) RMDS
3 1 (0.072%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.072%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 80 (5.76%) Amazon AWS
2 68 (4.89%) Microsoft Azure
3 26 (1.87%) Office 365
4 16 (1.15%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 9 (0.65%) IaaS
6 8 (0.58%) SaaS
7 6 (0.43%) Azure Active Directory
7 6 (0.43%) Route 53
8 5 (0.36%) Amazon EC2
8 5 (0.36%) Amazon S3
9 4 (0.29%) Cloud Computing
10 3 (0.22%) Akamai
10 3 (0.22%) Amazon ELB
10 3 (0.22%) GitHub
10 3 (0.22%) Mimecast
11 2 (0.14%) OpenShift
11 2 (0.14%) PaaS
12 1 (0.072%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 759 (54.60%) Firewall
2 446 (32.09%) WAN
3 443 (31.87%) LAN
4 330 (23.74%) Wireless
5 294 (21.15%) VPN
6 277 (19.93%) Cisco ASA
7 273 (19.64%) Network Security
8 268 (19.28%) BGP
9 252 (18.13%) Cisco Nexus
10 228 (16.40%) MPLS
11 208 (14.96%) OSPF
12 165 (11.87%) TCP/IP
13 155 (11.15%) DNS
14 140 (10.07%) VLAN
15 118 (8.49%) EIGRP
16 111 (7.99%) DHCP
16 111 (7.99%) IPsec
17 104 (7.48%) VoIP
18 103 (7.41%) Cisco IOS
19 98 (7.05%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (0.65%) SQL Server
2 4 (0.29%) BusinessObjects
3 3 (0.22%) Big Data
4 2 (0.14%) Blockchain
4 2 (0.14%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.072%) Geospatial Data
5 1 (0.072%) GIS
5 1 (0.072%) MS Access
5 1 (0.072%) MySQL
5 1 (0.072%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.072%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 19 (1.37%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 15 (1.08%) Git (software)
3 6 (0.43%) JIRA
4 5 (0.36%) Subversion
4 5 (0.36%) Visual Studio
5 4 (0.29%) GDB
5 4 (0.29%) Sonatype Nexus
6 1 (0.072%) Bugzilla
6 1 (0.072%) MSI
6 1 (0.072%) Redmine
6 1 (0.072%) Trac
General
1 168 (12.09%) Finance
2 138 (9.93%) Telecoms
3 60 (4.32%) Banking
4 22 (1.58%) Manufacturing
5 17 (1.22%) Retail
6 12 (0.86%) Billing
7 9 (0.65%) Investment Banking
7 9 (0.65%) Law
7 9 (0.65%) Legal
8 7 (0.50%) Electronics
8 7 (0.50%) Marketing
9 6 (0.43%) Advertising
10 5 (0.36%) Aerospace
10 5 (0.36%) Pharmaceutical
11 4 (0.29%) Multimedia
12 3 (0.22%) Financial Institution
12 3 (0.22%) Publishing
13 2 (0.14%) French Language
13 2 (0.14%) Games
13 2 (0.14%) Romanian Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 48 (3.45%) 802.1X
2 10 (0.72%) Web Services
3 8 (0.58%) Rendezvous
4 7 (0.50%) Regular Expression
5 6 (0.43%) .NET
5 6 (0.43%) LAMP
5 6 (0.43%) WAP
5 6 (0.43%) XML
6 5 (0.36%) SOAP
7 4 (0.29%) XMPP
8 3 (0.22%) Java EE
8 3 (0.22%) RFC 2544
8 3 (0.22%) XSLT
9 2 (0.14%) CSS
9 2 (0.14%) Elastic Stack
9 2 (0.14%) HTML
9 2 (0.14%) REST
10 1 (0.072%) CGI
10 1 (0.072%) FIX Protocol
10 1 (0.072%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 318 (22.88%) Data Centre
2 49 (3.53%) Computer Science
3 41 (2.95%) Analytical Skills
4 27 (1.94%) Management Information System
5 23 (1.65%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 22 (1.58%) Driving Licence
7 17 (1.22%) PKI
8 16 (1.15%) NHS
9 12 (0.86%) Video Conferencing
10 11 (0.79%) Clustering
11 10 (0.72%) Linux Command Line
12 8 (0.58%) BYOD
13 7 (0.50%) FMCG
13 7 (0.50%) Private Cloud
14 6 (0.43%) Hedge funds
14 6 (0.43%) Replication
14 6 (0.43%) User Experience
15 5 (0.36%) Virtual Team
16 4 (0.29%) CCTV
16 4 (0.29%) Internet of Things
Operating Systems
1 157 (11.29%) Windows
2 129 (9.28%) Linux
3 66 (4.75%) Windows Server
4 46 (3.31%) Unix
5 34 (2.45%) Windows Server 2012
6 25 (1.80%) Windows Server 2008
7 22 (1.58%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 22 (1.58%) Windows 7
8 15 (1.08%) CentOS
9 12 (0.86%) Windows 8
10 10 (0.72%) Windows 10
10 10 (0.72%) Windows Server 2003
11 7 (0.50%) Windows XP
12 6 (0.43%) Debian
12 6 (0.43%) Mac OS X
12 6 (0.43%) Windows 2000
13 5 (0.36%) Windows NT
14 4 (0.29%) Apple iOS
15 3 (0.22%) Android
15 3 (0.22%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 204 (14.68%) Network Design
2 161 (11.58%) ITIL
3 106 (7.63%) Load Balancing
4 104 (7.48%) Migration
5 79 (5.68%) Network Monitoring
6 77 (5.54%) Network Management
7 73 (5.25%) Change Management
8 72 (5.18%) High Availability
9 46 (3.31%) WAN Optimisation
10 43 (3.09%) Service Management
11 39 (2.81%) Change Control
12 32 (2.30%) Project Management
13 31 (2.23%) Service Delivery
14 30 (2.16%) Agile Software Development
15 29 (2.09%) Cybersecurity
16 27 (1.94%) SIEM
17 26 (1.87%) Root Cause Analysis
18 25 (1.80%) Security Architecture
19 23 (1.65%) ITSM
19 23 (1.65%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 44 (3.17%) Python
2 35 (2.52%) Perl
3 31 (2.23%) Bash Shell
4 29 (2.09%) C
4 29 (2.09%) SQL
5 10 (0.72%) C-shell
5 10 (0.72%) Korn
6 9 (0.65%) Java
7 7 (0.50%) PowerShell
7 7 (0.50%) Shell Script
8 3 (0.22%) Lisp
9 2 (0.14%) C++
9 2 (0.14%) PHP
10 1 (0.072%) Embedded C
10 1 (0.072%) Embedded C++
10 1 (0.072%) Ruby
10 1 (0.072%) VBA
10 1 (0.072%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 681 (48.99%) Cisco Certification
2 480 (34.53%) CCNP
3 308 (22.16%) CCNA
4 217 (15.61%) Security Cleared
5 185 (13.31%) CCIE
6 158 (11.37%) SC Cleared
7 93 (6.69%) Degree
8 50 (3.60%) DV Cleared
9 45 (3.24%) JNCIA
10 41 (2.95%) CCDP
11 37 (2.66%) CCSE
12 33 (2.37%) CCSA
13 32 (2.30%) CISSP
14 29 (2.09%) Computer Science Degree
15 28 (2.01%) CCIP
16 24 (1.73%) JNCIE
16 24 (1.73%) JNCIS
16 24 (1.73%) Microsoft Certification
17 18 (1.29%) JNCIP
17 18 (1.29%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (2.66%) SLA
2 13 (0.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 12 (0.86%) Disclosure Scotland
4 7 (0.50%) PCI DSS
5 5 (0.36%) QA
6 4 (0.29%) COBIT
6 4 (0.29%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 3 (0.22%) Data Quality
8 2 (0.14%) HIPAA
8 2 (0.14%) PMO
9 1 (0.072%) Cyber Essentials
9 1 (0.072%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 73 (5.25%) Active Directory
2 66 (4.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 33 (2.37%) VMware NSX
4 32 (2.30%) ProxySG
5 31 (2.23%) Hyper-V
6 19 (1.37%) VMware ESXi
7 17 (1.22%) vSphere
8 16 (1.15%) Virtual Servers
9 15 (1.08%) NFS
10 13 (0.94%) iptables
11 11 (0.79%) XenApp
12 10 (0.72%) Firmware
13 8 (0.58%) Openswan
14 7 (0.50%) pfSense
15 3 (0.22%) Squid
15 3 (0.22%) UAG
15 3 (0.22%) Virtual Machines
15 3 (0.22%) XenDesktop
16 2 (0.14%) Terminal Services
16 2 (0.14%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 69 (4.96%) FortiGate
2 48 (3.45%) Cisco Prime
3 30 (2.16%) Cisco CUCM
4 24 (1.73%) SCOM
5 19 (1.37%) Cacti
5 19 (1.37%) Nagios
6 17 (1.22%) SCCM
7 13 (0.94%) Ansible
8 11 (0.79%) SolarWinds Orion
8 11 (0.79%) vCenter Server
9 10 (0.72%) Puppet
9 10 (0.72%) SCSM
10 8 (0.58%) SELinux
11 7 (0.50%) OpenView
12 6 (0.43%) TIBCO Hawk
13 5 (0.36%) Cisco UCCX
13 5 (0.36%) McAfee ePO
13 5 (0.36%) QRadar
13 5 (0.36%) Terraform
14 4 (0.29%) Ionix
Vendors
1 1011 (72.73%) Cisco
2 338 (24.32%) CheckPoint
3 299 (21.51%) Juniper
4 263 (18.92%) F5
5 181 (13.02%) Palo Alto
6 150 (10.79%) Fortinet
7 130 (9.35%) SolarWinds
8 124 (8.92%) VMware
9 116 (8.35%) HP
10 114 (8.20%) Microsoft
11 100 (7.19%) Citrix
12 80 (5.76%) Riverbed
13 76 (5.47%) Blue Coat
14 63 (4.53%) Aruba
15 42 (3.02%) McAfee
16 39 (2.81%) Arista
17 36 (2.59%) Meraki
18 30 (2.16%) Oracle
19 29 (2.09%) Brocade
19 29 (2.09%) Nokia