Period
to 17 July 2019

The median contractor rate for a Network Engineer was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 July 2019.

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
17 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 143 182 176
Rank change year-on-year +39 -6 -24
Contract jobs requiring a Network Engineer 1,765 1,532 1,407
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.90% 1.48% 1.48%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.01% 1.56% 1.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,178 972 951
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +3.45%
10th Percentile £213 £234 £208
90th Percentile £538 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 93 55 66
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +27.27% -22.54%
10th Percentile £16.25 £15.24 £14.50
90th Percentile £49.90 £54.00 £49.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.20 £35.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -2.29% +27.27% -20.75%

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 87,723 98,311 90,186
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.50% 94.85% 94.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,713 64,370 58,435
UK median daily rate £470 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.44% +5.88% -
10th Percentile £263 £269 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £619
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,923 3,167 2,924
UK median hourly rate £19.73 £18.11 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.95% -3.16% -4.10%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £52.14 £48.75 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £17.77
% change year-on-year +5.71% -1.52% -6.47%

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 17 July 2019.

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 17 July 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Network Engineer in the UK

Network Engineer
Top 16 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 17 July 2019. 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 +37 1,549 £400 - 471
UK excluding London +54 1,171 £375 - 379
London +25 540 £450 +12.50% 118
South East +60 399 £375 -6.25% 113
North of England +43 191 £325 -9.88% 91
South West +28 167 £400 +6.67% 29
Midlands +2 147 £350 -12.50% 52
Scotland +63 108 £325 -5.18% 10
East of England +29 101 £375 +5.26% 68
West Midlands -11 98 £375 -6.83% 31
North West +33 97 £363 -3.33% 56
Yorkshire +23 60 £325 -3.70% 23
East Midlands +39 48 £325 -4.55% 21
Wales 0 46 £350 - 15
North East +31 34 £295 -9.23% 12
Northern Ireland +14 10 £281 -43.75% 1

Network Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 July 2019, 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 1,238 (70.14%) Cisco
2 935 (52.97%) Firewall
3 857 (48.56%) Cisco Certification
4 651 (36.88%) WAN
5 587 (33.26%) CCNP
6 548 (31.05%) LAN
7 423 (23.97%) CheckPoint
8 421 (23.85%) CCNA
9 405 (22.95%) BGP
10 370 (20.96%) OSPF
11 362 (20.51%) F5
12 349 (19.77%) VPN
13 347 (19.66%) Security Cleared
14 346 (19.60%) Wireless
15 340 (19.26%) Juniper
16 319 (18.07%) Data Centre
17 316 (17.90%) Network Security
18 305 (17.28%) Cisco ASA
19 299 (16.94%) MPLS
20 272 (15.41%) Cisco Nexus
21 244 (13.82%) Palo Alto
22 240 (13.60%) SC Cleared
23 213 (12.07%) DNS
24 210 (11.90%) Network Design
25 209 (11.84%) TCP/IP
26 205 (11.61%) Finance
27 179 (10.14%) CCIE
28 161 (9.12%) VLAN
29 160 (9.07%) ITIL
29 160 (9.07%) Telecoms

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 14 (0.79%) MS Exchange
2 11 (0.62%) Skype for Business
3 9 (0.51%) nginx
3 9 (0.51%) SharePoint
4 7 (0.40%) Confluence
5 6 (0.34%) Elasticsearch
5 6 (0.34%) IBM Domino
6 3 (0.17%) Apache
6 3 (0.17%) OpenStack
6 3 (0.17%) Tomcat
7 2 (0.11%) WebLogic
8 1 (0.057%) Apache Qpid
8 1 (0.057%) CMS
8 1 (0.057%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.057%) Exchange Server 2010
8 1 (0.057%) IIS
8 1 (0.057%) JBoss
8 1 (0.057%) WebSphere
Applications
1 24 (1.36%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (0.74%) MS Visio
3 6 (0.34%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (0.17%) Siemens NX
4 3 (0.17%) Windchill
5 2 (0.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.057%) NetSuite
2 1 (0.057%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 150 (8.50%) Amazon AWS
2 105 (5.95%) Microsoft Azure
3 40 (2.27%) Office 365
4 36 (2.04%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 16 (0.91%) Datadog
6 14 (0.79%) Cloud Computing
7 13 (0.74%) Amazon ELB
8 12 (0.68%) Google Cloud Platform
9 11 (0.62%) IaaS
10 10 (0.57%) GitHub
11 9 (0.51%) Amazon EC2
11 9 (0.51%) AWS Lambda
11 9 (0.51%) Serverless
12 8 (0.45%) Amazon S3
13 7 (0.40%) OpenShift
14 6 (0.34%) Azure ExpressRoute
14 6 (0.34%) SaaS
15 5 (0.28%) G Suite
15 5 (0.28%) Mimecast
15 5 (0.28%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 935 (52.97%) Firewall
2 651 (36.88%) WAN
3 548 (31.05%) LAN
4 405 (22.95%) BGP
5 370 (20.96%) OSPF
6 349 (19.77%) VPN
7 346 (19.60%) Wireless
8 316 (17.90%) Network Security
9 305 (17.28%) Cisco ASA
10 299 (16.94%) MPLS
11 272 (15.41%) Cisco Nexus
12 213 (12.07%) DNS
13 209 (11.84%) TCP/IP
14 161 (9.12%) VLAN
15 153 (8.67%) DHCP
16 136 (7.71%) Multicast
17 135 (7.65%) EIGRP
18 134 (7.59%) VoIP
19 126 (7.14%) Wi-Fi
20 122 (6.91%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (0.45%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.11%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (0.057%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (0.057%) Big Data
3 1 (0.057%) MS Access
3 1 (0.057%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 35 (1.98%) Sonatype Nexus
2 31 (1.76%) Git (software)
3 19 (1.08%) Jenkins
4 14 (0.79%) JIRA
5 13 (0.74%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 9 (0.51%) Team Foundation Server
7 7 (0.40%) Bitbucket
7 7 (0.40%) GitLab
8 6 (0.34%) Hudson
9 5 (0.28%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 5 (0.28%) Travis CI
10 2 (0.11%) Ant
11 1 (0.057%) Artifactory
11 1 (0.057%) GDB
11 1 (0.057%) Maven
11 1 (0.057%) Robot Framework
11 1 (0.057%) TeamCity
General
1 205 (11.61%) Finance
2 160 (9.07%) Telecoms
3 63 (3.57%) Banking
4 33 (1.87%) Financial Institution
5 27 (1.53%) Manufacturing
6 24 (1.36%) Electronics
6 24 (1.36%) Investment Banking
7 23 (1.30%) Retail
8 17 (0.96%) Marketing
9 11 (0.62%) Billing
10 10 (0.57%) Military
11 9 (0.51%) Law
11 9 (0.51%) Legal
12 8 (0.45%) Multimedia
13 5 (0.28%) German Language
14 4 (0.23%) Back Office
15 3 (0.17%) Polish Language
15 3 (0.17%) Private Banking
15 3 (0.17%) Publishing
16 2 (0.11%) French Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 58 (3.29%) 802.1X
2 22 (1.25%) LDAP
2 22 (1.25%) Web Services
3 19 (1.08%) Spine.js
4 12 (0.68%) Regular Expression
4 12 (0.68%) YAML
5 9 (0.51%) JSON
6 8 (0.45%) ModSecurity
7 7 (0.40%) REST
8 5 (0.28%) XMPP
9 4 (0.23%) .NET
9 4 (0.23%) Django
10 3 (0.17%) CSS
11 2 (0.11%) Elastic Stack
11 2 (0.11%) Jinja
11 2 (0.11%) Velocity
11 2 (0.11%) XML
12 1 (0.057%) CSS3
12 1 (0.057%) HTML5
12 1 (0.057%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 319 (18.07%) Data Centre
2 42 (2.38%) PKI
3 41 (2.32%) Driving Licence
4 39 (2.21%) Self-Motivation
5 38 (2.15%) Analytical Skills
6 37 (2.10%) Video Conferencing
7 31 (1.76%) Management Information System
8 30 (1.70%) Data Protection Act
9 28 (1.59%) Public Cloud
10 23 (1.30%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 16 (0.91%) Fibre Optics
12 14 (0.79%) NHS
13 13 (0.74%) Hedge funds
14 12 (0.68%) CMDB
14 12 (0.68%) Private Cloud
15 11 (0.62%) Clustering
16 10 (0.57%) Hybrid Cloud
17 9 (0.51%) CCTV
18 8 (0.45%) Linux Command Line
19 7 (0.40%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 155 (8.78%) Linux
2 122 (6.91%) Windows
3 63 (3.57%) Windows Server
4 49 (2.78%) Unix
5 25 (1.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 19 (1.08%) CentOS
6 19 (1.08%) Debian
7 18 (1.02%) Windows Server 2012
8 10 (0.57%) Windows Server 2008
9 6 (0.34%) Windows 10
10 5 (0.28%) Solaris
10 5 (0.28%) Windows Server 2003
11 4 (0.23%) HPUX
11 4 (0.23%) VMS
12 3 (0.17%) Check Point GAiA
12 3 (0.17%) FreeBSD
13 2 (0.11%) Mac OS X
13 2 (0.11%) Ubuntu
13 2 (0.11%) Windows 2000 Server
13 2 (0.11%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 210 (11.90%) Network Design
2 160 (9.07%) ITIL
3 159 (9.01%) Load Balancing
4 155 (8.78%) Migration
5 121 (6.86%) Network Management
6 119 (6.74%) Network Monitoring
7 94 (5.33%) Change Management
8 90 (5.10%) Problem-Solving
9 69 (3.91%) DevOps
10 68 (3.85%) Incident Management
11 62 (3.51%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 61 (3.46%) Network Architecture
13 59 (3.34%) Agile Software Development
13 59 (3.34%) Network Virtualisation
14 57 (3.23%) High Availability
15 56 (3.17%) Problem Management
16 54 (3.06%) Service Management
17 53 (3.00%) Service Delivery
18 50 (2.83%) Data Protection
19 49 (2.78%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 124 (7.03%) Python
2 34 (1.93%) Perl
3 33 (1.87%) PowerShell
4 24 (1.36%) Bash Shell
5 18 (1.02%) C
6 14 (0.79%) Shell Script
7 12 (0.68%) Java
8 10 (0.57%) SQL
9 4 (0.23%) C++
10 3 (0.17%) Korn
10 3 (0.17%) Ruby
11 2 (0.11%) ActionScript
11 2 (0.11%) C#
12 1 (0.057%) Embedded C
12 1 (0.057%) JavaScript
12 1 (0.057%) MATLAB
12 1 (0.057%) PHP
12 1 (0.057%) Prolog
12 1 (0.057%) R
12 1 (0.057%) VB
Qualifications
1 857 (48.56%) Cisco Certification
2 587 (33.26%) CCNP
3 421 (23.85%) CCNA
4 347 (19.66%) Security Cleared
5 240 (13.60%) SC Cleared
6 179 (10.14%) CCIE
7 107 (6.06%) DV Cleared
8 63 (3.57%) Degree
9 46 (2.61%) CCDP
9 46 (2.61%) JNCIA
10 39 (2.21%) JNCIP
11 38 (2.15%) CCSA
11 38 (2.15%) CCSE
12 23 (1.30%) JNCIE
13 17 (0.96%) RHCE
14 16 (0.91%) BPSS Clearance
14 16 (0.91%) CCDA
14 16 (0.91%) Check Point Certification
15 15 (0.85%) CISSP
15 15 (0.85%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 48 (2.72%) SLA
2 10 (0.57%) GDPR
2 10 (0.57%) PCI DSS
3 9 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 9 (0.51%) QA
4 8 (0.45%) COBIT
5 5 (0.28%) Disclosure Scotland
6 3 (0.17%) PMO
7 2 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials
7 2 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 2 (0.11%) MiFID
8 1 (0.057%) Actionable Recommendations
8 1 (0.057%) ISO 22301
8 1 (0.057%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.057%) JSP 440
System Software
1 87 (4.93%) VMware Infrastructure
2 51 (2.89%) Active Directory
3 45 (2.55%) VMware NSX
4 23 (1.30%) Firmware
5 20 (1.13%) Hyper-V
5 20 (1.13%) ProxySG
6 18 (1.02%) Docker
7 12 (0.68%) Snort
8 11 (0.62%) VMware ESXi
9 10 (0.57%) vSphere
10 9 (0.51%) KVM
11 8 (0.45%) Squid
12 4 (0.23%) Virtual Machines
12 4 (0.23%) Virtual Servers
12 4 (0.23%) XenDesktop
13 3 (0.17%) XenApp
14 1 (0.057%) NFS
14 1 (0.057%) Samba
14 1 (0.057%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 70 (3.97%) Ansible
2 58 (3.29%) FortiGate
3 47 (2.66%) Cisco CUCM
3 47 (2.66%) Cisco Prime
4 27 (1.53%) Opscode Chef
5 17 (0.96%) Nagios
6 16 (0.91%) Puppet
6 16 (0.91%) SCCM
7 14 (0.79%) Cisco UCCX
8 13 (0.74%) Cacti
9 11 (0.62%) Terraform
10 10 (0.57%) Kubernetes
10 10 (0.57%) Packer
10 10 (0.57%) Stealthwatch
10 10 (0.57%) vCenter Server
11 9 (0.51%) Kibana
12 8 (0.45%) HAProxy
12 8 (0.45%) TrustSec
13 7 (0.40%) Failover Clustering
14 6 (0.34%) Netcool
Vendors
1 1,238 (70.14%) Cisco
2 423 (23.97%) CheckPoint
3 362 (20.51%) F5
4 340 (19.26%) Juniper
5 244 (13.82%) Palo Alto
6 147 (8.33%) SolarWinds
7 145 (8.22%) Fortinet
8 141 (7.99%) VMware
9 94 (5.33%) Microsoft
10 89 (5.04%) Aruba
11 74 (4.19%) HP
12 68 (3.85%) Meraki
13 67 (3.80%) Blue Coat
14 64 (3.63%) Citrix
15 56 (3.17%) Riverbed
16 38 (2.15%) Arista
17 37 (2.10%) Nokia
18 34 (1.93%) McAfee
19 33 (1.87%) Infoblox
20 30 (1.70%) Aerohive Networks