Period
to 22 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Network Engineer was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 22 November 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
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 185 150 154
Rank change year-on-year -35 +4 +22
Contract jobs requiring a Network Engineer 1497 1876 1816
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.45% 1.78% 1.61%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.53% 1.88% 1.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 924 1167 1142
UK median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.14% +7.69%
10th Percentile £200 £238 £213
90th Percentile £494 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year - +7.69% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 63 78 84
UK median hourly rate £26.48 £34.66 £23.29
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -23.62% +48.82% -11.39%
10th Percentile £14.75 £16.55 £16.00
90th Percentile £48.50 £55.00 £48.78
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.13 £34.62 £22.50
% change year-on-year -24.54% +53.87% -

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 97824 99914 107019
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.81% 94.76% 94.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 64542 65150 68083
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £392 £375
% change year-on-year +2.04% +4.53% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2932 3310 4089
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.88% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.77
% change year-on-year - -1.52% +9.96%

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 22 November 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 22 November 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 22 November 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 -27 1338 £375 - 136
UK excluding London -27 969 £350 - 94
London -57 494 £400 -4.76% 50
South East -47 307 £375 - 30
Midlands +45 188 £375 +7.14% 22
North of England +1 153 £375 +7.14% 16
West Midlands +46 149 £388 +3.33% 12
South West +6 114 £350 - 10
North West +16 93 £375 - 11
Scotland 0 86 £325 - 2
East of England -50 86 £260 -18.75% 8
Yorkshire -57 46 £358 +2.00% 5
Wales -1 39 £275 -21.43% 6
East Midlands -11 39 £325 +8.51% 10
North East +49 14 £340 +0.74%
Northern Ireland -64 5 £356 +12.20%
Channel Islands - 1 £190 -

Network Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 November 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 1096 (73.21%) Cisco
2 797 (53.24%) Firewall
3 734 (49.03%) Cisco Certification
4 506 (33.80%) CCNP
5 479 (32.00%) WAN
6 472 (31.53%) LAN
7 356 (23.78%) CheckPoint
8 347 (23.18%) Wireless
9 345 (23.05%) CCNA
10 323 (21.58%) VPN
11 314 (20.98%) Data Centre
12 311 (20.77%) Juniper
13 303 (20.24%) Network Security
14 292 (19.51%) Cisco ASA
15 272 (18.17%) BGP
16 257 (17.17%) F5
17 256 (17.10%) Cisco Nexus
18 255 (17.03%) Security Cleared
19 252 (16.83%) MPLS
20 218 (14.56%) OSPF
21 211 (14.09%) Network Design
22 181 (12.09%) CCIE
22 181 (12.09%) SC Cleared
23 176 (11.76%) TCP/IP
23 176 (11.76%) Windows
24 174 (11.62%) Palo Alto
25 172 (11.49%) ITIL
26 163 (10.89%) Finance
26 163 (10.89%) DNS
27 155 (10.35%) 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 30 (2.00%) MS Exchange
2 24 (1.60%) Skype for Business
3 12 (0.80%) Exchange Server 2010
4 10 (0.67%) Apache
5 9 (0.60%) IIS
6 7 (0.47%) WebSphere
7 6 (0.40%) OpenStack
8 5 (0.33%) nginx
9 4 (0.27%) JBoss
9 4 (0.27%) WebLogic
10 3 (0.20%) CMS
10 3 (0.20%) Exchange Server 2003
10 3 (0.20%) IBM Notes
10 3 (0.20%) Oracle Workflow
11 2 (0.13%) Exchange Server 2007
11 2 (0.13%) SAS
11 2 (0.13%) SharePoint
12 1 (0.067%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 38 (2.54%) MS Visio
2 29 (1.94%) Microsoft Excel
3 21 (1.40%) Microsoft Office
4 5 (0.33%) Microsoft Project
5 4 (0.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 3 (0.20%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (0.20%) Payment Gateway
2 2 (0.13%) Maximo
2 2 (0.13%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.13%) RMDS
3 1 (0.067%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.067%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 89 (5.95%) Amazon AWS
2 81 (5.41%) Microsoft Azure
3 28 (1.87%) Office 365
4 11 (0.73%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 9 (0.60%) IaaS
5 9 (0.60%) SaaS
6 6 (0.40%) Azure Active Directory
6 6 (0.40%) Route 53
7 5 (0.33%) Amazon EC2
7 5 (0.33%) Amazon S3
8 4 (0.27%) Cloud Computing
9 3 (0.20%) Akamai
9 3 (0.20%) Amazon ELB
9 3 (0.20%) GitHub
9 3 (0.20%) Mimecast
9 3 (0.20%) PaaS
10 2 (0.13%) OpenShift
11 1 (0.067%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 797 (53.24%) Firewall
2 479 (32.00%) WAN
3 472 (31.53%) LAN
4 347 (23.18%) Wireless
5 323 (21.58%) VPN
6 303 (20.24%) Network Security
7 292 (19.51%) Cisco ASA
8 272 (18.17%) BGP
9 256 (17.10%) Cisco Nexus
10 252 (16.83%) MPLS
11 218 (14.56%) OSPF
12 176 (11.76%) TCP/IP
13 163 (10.89%) DNS
14 148 (9.89%) VLAN
15 131 (8.75%) DHCP
16 113 (7.55%) EIGRP
17 106 (7.08%) IPsec
18 102 (6.81%) VoIP
19 101 (6.75%) Cisco IOS
20 99 (6.61%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (0.73%) SQL Server
2 7 (0.47%) BusinessObjects
3 3 (0.20%) Big Data
4 2 (0.13%) Blockchain
4 2 (0.13%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.067%) Geospatial Data
5 1 (0.067%) GIS
5 1 (0.067%) MS Access
5 1 (0.067%) MySQL
5 1 (0.067%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 19 (1.27%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 12 (0.80%) Git (software)
3 5 (0.33%) JIRA
3 5 (0.33%) Subversion
3 5 (0.33%) Visual Studio
4 4 (0.27%) GDB
4 4 (0.27%) Sonatype Nexus
5 1 (0.067%) Bugzilla
5 1 (0.067%) MSI
5 1 (0.067%) Redmine
5 1 (0.067%) Trac
General
1 163 (10.89%) Finance
2 132 (8.82%) Telecoms
3 61 (4.07%) Banking
4 19 (1.27%) Retail
5 18 (1.20%) Manufacturing
6 11 (0.73%) Legal
7 10 (0.67%) Billing
8 8 (0.53%) Law
9 7 (0.47%) Marketing
10 6 (0.40%) Electronics
10 6 (0.40%) Investment Banking
11 5 (0.33%) Advertising
11 5 (0.33%) Pharmaceutical
12 4 (0.27%) Aerospace
12 4 (0.27%) Financial Institution
12 4 (0.27%) Multimedia
12 4 (0.27%) Romanian Language
13 3 (0.20%) Military
13 3 (0.20%) Publishing
14 2 (0.13%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (2.54%) 802.1X
2 13 (0.87%) Regular Expression
3 11 (0.73%) Web Services
4 10 (0.67%) Rendezvous
5 8 (0.53%) WAP
6 6 (0.40%) .NET
6 6 (0.40%) LAMP
6 6 (0.40%) XML
7 3 (0.20%) Java EE
7 3 (0.20%) RFC 2544
7 3 (0.20%) SOAP
7 3 (0.20%) XSLT
8 2 (0.13%) CGI
8 2 (0.13%) Elastic Stack
8 2 (0.13%) HTML
8 2 (0.13%) XMPP
9 1 (0.067%) Core Data
9 1 (0.067%) CSS
9 1 (0.067%) FIX Protocol
Miscellaneous
1 314 (20.98%) Data Centre
2 43 (2.87%) Computer Science
3 42 (2.81%) Analytical Skills
4 28 (1.87%) Management Information System
5 23 (1.54%) NHS
6 21 (1.40%) Driving Licence
7 20 (1.34%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 18 (1.20%) PKI
9 16 (1.07%) Video Conferencing
10 10 (0.67%) FMCG
11 7 (0.47%) Clustering
11 7 (0.47%) Linux Command Line
11 7 (0.47%) Private Cloud
12 6 (0.40%) Hedge funds
12 6 (0.40%) User Experience
12 6 (0.40%) Virtual Team
13 5 (0.33%) CCTV
13 5 (0.33%) Replication
14 4 (0.27%) BYOD
14 4 (0.27%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 176 (11.76%) Windows
2 127 (8.48%) Linux
3 76 (5.08%) Windows Server
4 46 (3.07%) Unix
5 38 (2.54%) Windows Server 2012
6 29 (1.94%) Windows Server 2008
7 28 (1.87%) Windows 7
8 27 (1.80%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 21 (1.40%) CentOS
10 15 (1.00%) Windows 10
11 13 (0.87%) Windows 8
12 10 (0.67%) Windows Server 2003
13 7 (0.47%) Windows XP
14 6 (0.40%) Debian
15 5 (0.33%) Apple iOS
15 5 (0.33%) Windows 2000
15 5 (0.33%) Windows NT
16 4 (0.27%) Android
16 4 (0.27%) Mac OS X
17 3 (0.20%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 211 (14.09%) Network Design
2 172 (11.49%) ITIL
3 106 (7.08%) Migration
4 105 (7.01%) Load Balancing
5 90 (6.01%) Network Monitoring
6 85 (5.68%) Network Management
7 69 (4.61%) Change Management
8 61 (4.07%) High Availability
8 61 (4.07%) WAN Optimisation
9 42 (2.81%) Change Control
10 40 (2.67%) Project Management
11 39 (2.61%) Cybersecurity
11 39 (2.61%) Service Delivery
11 39 (2.61%) Service Management
12 34 (2.27%) Kalman Filter
13 32 (2.14%) Root Cause Analysis
14 31 (2.07%) Agile Software Development
15 29 (1.94%) Customer Requirements
16 28 (1.87%) Information Security
17 27 (1.80%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 42 (2.81%) Python
2 34 (2.27%) Perl
2 34 (2.27%) SQL
3 28 (1.87%) Bash Shell
4 26 (1.74%) C
5 10 (0.67%) C-shell
5 10 (0.67%) Java
5 10 (0.67%) Korn
6 9 (0.60%) PowerShell
7 6 (0.40%) Shell Script
8 2 (0.13%) C++
8 2 (0.13%) PHP
8 2 (0.13%) VBA
9 1 (0.067%) Embedded C
9 1 (0.067%) Embedded C++
9 1 (0.067%) Ruby
9 1 (0.067%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 734 (49.03%) Cisco Certification
2 506 (33.80%) CCNP
3 345 (23.05%) CCNA
4 255 (17.03%) Security Cleared
5 181 (12.09%) CCIE
5 181 (12.09%) SC Cleared
6 85 (5.68%) Degree
7 61 (4.07%) DV Cleared
8 45 (3.01%) JNCIA
9 33 (2.20%) CCDP
9 33 (2.20%) CCSA
9 33 (2.20%) CCSE
10 29 (1.94%) CISSP
11 25 (1.67%) JNCIP
11 25 (1.67%) Microsoft Certification
12 23 (1.54%) JNCIE
12 23 (1.54%) JNCIS
13 22 (1.47%) Computer Science Degree
14 21 (1.40%) CCIP
15 16 (1.07%) CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (2.54%) SLA
2 12 (0.80%) Disclosure Scotland
2 12 (0.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (0.33%) PCI DSS
4 4 (0.27%) COBIT
5 3 (0.20%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 2 (0.13%) HIPAA
6 2 (0.13%) PMO
6 2 (0.13%) QA
7 1 (0.067%) Cyber Essentials
7 1 (0.067%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 86 (5.74%) Active Directory
2 75 (5.01%) VMware Infrastructure
3 36 (2.40%) VMware NSX
4 34 (2.27%) Hyper-V
5 28 (1.87%) ProxySG
6 22 (1.47%) VMware ESXi
7 21 (1.40%) vSphere
8 17 (1.14%) Virtual Servers
9 15 (1.00%) NFS
10 13 (0.87%) iptables
11 10 (0.67%) Firmware
11 10 (0.67%) XenApp
12 8 (0.53%) Openswan
12 8 (0.53%) pfSense
13 4 (0.27%) Virtual Machines
13 4 (0.27%) XenDesktop
14 3 (0.20%) Squid
14 3 (0.20%) UAG
15 2 (0.13%) vCloud
15 2 (0.13%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 80 (5.34%) FortiGate
2 48 (3.21%) Cisco Prime
3 26 (1.74%) SCOM
4 22 (1.47%) Cisco CUCM
5 19 (1.27%) SCCM
6 15 (1.00%) Nagios
7 14 (0.94%) Cacti
8 13 (0.87%) Ansible
9 12 (0.80%) SCSM
9 12 (0.80%) SolarWinds Orion
10 11 (0.73%) Puppet
10 11 (0.73%) vCenter Server
11 10 (0.67%) WhatsUp Gold
12 9 (0.60%) SELinux
13 6 (0.40%) Terraform
13 6 (0.40%) TIBCO Hawk
14 5 (0.33%) Cisco UCCX
14 5 (0.33%) HP Quality Center
14 5 (0.33%) Nessus
14 5 (0.33%) OpenView
Vendors
1 1096 (73.21%) Cisco
2 356 (23.78%) CheckPoint
3 311 (20.77%) Juniper
4 257 (17.17%) F5
5 174 (11.62%) Palo Alto
6 155 (10.35%) Fortinet
7 137 (9.15%) VMware
8 125 (8.35%) HP
9 116 (7.75%) SolarWinds
10 115 (7.68%) Microsoft
11 108 (7.21%) Citrix
12 82 (5.48%) Blue Coat
13 77 (5.14%) Aruba
14 71 (4.74%) Riverbed
15 51 (3.41%) McAfee
16 43 (2.87%) Meraki
17 40 (2.67%) Arista
18 38 (2.54%) Oracle
19 33 (2.20%) Extreme Networks
20 32 (2.14%) Dell