Period
to 23 April 2021

The median contractor rate for a Network Engineer was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 April 2021.

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 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 175 123 162
Rank change year-on-year -52 +39 +24
Contract jobs requiring a Network Engineer 769 1,113 1,678
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.42% 1.98% 1.76%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.53% 2.11% 1.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 534 758 1,109
10th Percentile £192 £206 £250
25th Percentile £300 £313 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £375 £400 £400
Median % change year-on-year -6.25% - +6.67%
75th Percentile £450 £487 £475
90th Percentile £500 £550 £537
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £385 £375
% change year-on-year -9.09% +2.67% +6.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 46 90
10th Percentile £15.00 £16.25 £14.58
25th Percentile £19.06 £18.13 £20.56
Median hourly rate £39.75 £30.00 £33.40
Median % change year-on-year +32.50% -10.18% +26.16%
75th Percentile £50.00 £43.00 £47.09
90th Percentile £61.05 £47.83 £48.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.00 £20.00 £31.20
% change year-on-year +15.00% -35.90% +17.57%

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 50,195 52,669 90,162
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.77% 93.74% 94.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 34,469 34,891 60,709
10th Percentile £281 £228 £271
25th Percentile £381 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £460 £465
Median % change year-on-year +3.26% -1.08% +3.33%
75th Percentile £575 £571 £569
90th Percentile £669 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,675 2,018 2,665
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.61 £11.00
25th Percentile £14.61 £14.00 £13.00
Median hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £18.00
Median % change year-on-year +18.42% +5.56% +2.86%
75th Percentile £45.00 £38.75 £38.78
90th Percentile £57.50 £52.26 £49.14
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +5.56% +2.86% -

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 23 April 2021.

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 23 April 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Network Engineer in the UK

Network Engineer
Top 18 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 April 2021. 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 -45 627 £375 -6.25% 223
UK excluding London +6 473 £350 -9.09% 197
London -90 202 £405 -1.82% 42
Work from Home -144 176 £441 +3.82% 26
South East +21 113 £375 -6.25% 59
North of England +18 108 £325 -3.70% 47
South West +57 78 £375 -6.25% 31
North West +22 70 £307 -16.81% 28
Midlands -23 62 £331 -23.63% 30
Scotland -21 48 £330 -26.67% 11
West Midlands -27 46 £338 -25.00% 23
East of England +9 42 £240 -26.15% 14
Yorkshire -4 27 £373 +14.62% 14
Wales 0 20 £279 -30.31% 5
East Midlands +17 15 £275 -11.19% 7
North East +23 11 £201 -49.75% 5
Northern Ireland -7 1 - -
Channel Islands - 1 - -

Network Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 April 2021, 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.

1 497 (64.63%) Cisco
2 404 (52.54%) Firewall
3 314 (40.83%) Cisco Certification
4 237 (30.82%) WAN
5 213 (27.70%) CCNP
6 210 (27.31%) LAN
7 206 (26.79%) Security Cleared
8 157 (20.42%) SC Cleared
9 154 (20.03%) CCNA
10 150 (19.51%) Network Security
11 131 (17.04%) F5
12 121 (15.73%) CheckPoint
12 121 (15.73%) Palo Alto
13 119 (15.47%) BGP
14 114 (14.82%) Wireless
15 112 (14.56%) OSPF
16 111 (14.43%) Juniper
16 111 (14.43%) Data Centre
17 104 (13.52%) VPN
18 102 (13.26%) Fortinet
19 96 (12.48%) Cisco Nexus
20 91 (11.83%) VMware
21 87 (11.31%) TCP/IP
22 85 (11.05%) Cisco ASA
23 78 (10.14%) Windows
24 71 (9.23%) MPLS
25 69 (8.97%) Finance
26 67 (8.71%) Network Design
26 67 (8.71%) DNS
26 67 (8.71%) Azure

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 13 (1.69%) Confluence
2 6 (0.78%) Skype for Business
3 5 (0.65%) SharePoint
4 4 (0.52%) Elasticsearch
4 4 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2010
4 4 (0.52%) MS Exchange
5 3 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (0.26%) CICS
7 1 (0.13%) CMS
7 1 (0.13%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.13%) SAS
Applications
1 27 (3.51%) Microsoft Office
2 26 (3.38%) MS Visio
3 14 (1.82%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (0.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.26%) AutoCAD
Cloud Services
1 67 (8.71%) Azure
2 38 (4.94%) AWS
3 18 (2.34%) Microsoft 365
4 17 (2.21%) Azure ExpressRoute
5 12 (1.56%) GCP
6 10 (1.30%) Cloud Computing
6 10 (1.30%) PaaS
7 8 (1.04%) SaaS
8 7 (0.91%) Akamai
9 6 (0.78%) IaaS
10 5 (0.65%) AWS CloudFormation
11 4 (0.52%) GitHub
11 4 (0.52%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 3 (0.39%) Firebase
13 2 (0.26%) Amazon GuardDuty
13 2 (0.26%) AWS CloudTrail
13 2 (0.26%) AWS Direct Connect
13 2 (0.26%) Route 53
14 1 (0.13%) Azure Sentinel
14 1 (0.13%) Azure Stack
Communications & Networking
1 404 (52.54%) Firewall
2 237 (30.82%) WAN
3 210 (27.31%) LAN
4 150 (19.51%) Network Security
5 119 (15.47%) BGP
6 114 (14.82%) Wireless
7 112 (14.56%) OSPF
8 104 (13.52%) VPN
9 96 (12.48%) Cisco Nexus
10 87 (11.31%) TCP/IP
11 85 (11.05%) Cisco ASA
12 71 (9.23%) MPLS
13 67 (8.71%) DNS
14 63 (8.19%) VLAN
15 51 (6.63%) Wi-Fi
16 48 (6.24%) DHCP
17 45 (5.85%) VoIP
18 44 (5.72%) IPsec
19 42 (5.46%) SD-WAN
19 42 (5.46%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (0.39%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.26%) Amazon RDS
2 2 (0.26%) Big Data
2 2 (0.26%) SQL Server 2012
2 2 (0.26%) SQL Server 2014
2 2 (0.26%) SQL Server 2016
3 1 (0.13%) HDInsight
3 1 (0.13%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 18 (2.34%) JIRA
2 11 (1.43%) Git (software)
3 8 (1.04%) Sonatype Nexus
4 7 (0.91%) Team Foundation Server
5 6 (0.78%) Rational DOORS
6 5 (0.65%) StarTeam
7 3 (0.39%) Hudson
8 1 (0.13%) Ant
8 1 (0.13%) GCC
8 1 (0.13%) Rational Rhapsody
8 1 (0.13%) Rational Team Concert
8 1 (0.13%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 69 (8.97%) Finance
2 56 (7.28%) Public Sector
3 52 (6.76%) Telecoms
4 27 (3.51%) Banking
5 9 (1.17%) Financial Institution
6 6 (0.78%) Law
7 5 (0.65%) Police
8 4 (0.52%) Advertising
8 4 (0.52%) Investment Banking
8 4 (0.52%) Legal
9 3 (0.39%) Games
9 3 (0.39%) Marketing
10 2 (0.26%) Electronics
10 2 (0.26%) Local Government
10 2 (0.26%) Manufacturing
10 2 (0.26%) Retail Banking
11 1 (0.13%) Back Office
11 1 (0.13%) German Language
11 1 (0.13%) Military
11 1 (0.13%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (3.77%) 802.1X
2 7 (0.91%) REST
2 7 (0.91%) Web Services
3 4 (0.52%) Spine.js
4 3 (0.39%) CGI
4 3 (0.39%) Jinja
4 3 (0.39%) JSON
4 3 (0.39%) Unity (Game Engine)
4 3 (0.39%) XML
5 2 (0.26%) Express
5 2 (0.26%) Velocity
6 1 (0.13%) FIX Protocol
6 1 (0.13%) ModSecurity
6 1 (0.13%) RFC 2544
6 1 (0.13%) SailPoint
6 1 (0.13%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 111 (14.43%) Data Centre
2 18 (2.34%) Analytical Skills
2 18 (2.34%) Self-Motivation
3 16 (2.08%) PKI
4 12 (1.56%) Management Information System
4 12 (1.56%) Video Conferencing
5 11 (1.43%) Driving Licence
6 9 (1.17%) NHS
7 8 (1.04%) Fibre Optics
8 7 (0.91%) Handset
9 6 (0.78%) Linux Command Line
9 6 (0.78%) Public Cloud
10 5 (0.65%) Hybrid Cloud
11 4 (0.52%) CCTV
11 4 (0.52%) CMDB
11 4 (0.52%) Mainframe
12 3 (0.39%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
12 3 (0.39%) Equities
12 3 (0.39%) Organisational Skills
12 3 (0.39%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 78 (10.14%) Windows
2 60 (7.80%) Linux
3 32 (4.16%) Windows Server
4 9 (1.17%) Unix
4 9 (1.17%) Windows Server 2012
5 5 (0.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 5 (0.65%) Windows Server 2008
5 5 (0.65%) Windows Server 2016
6 4 (0.52%) Data ONTAP
6 4 (0.52%) Windows 10
7 2 (0.26%) Check Point GAiA
7 2 (0.26%) Windows Server 2019
7 2 (0.26%) zOS
8 1 (0.13%) CentOS
8 1 (0.13%) SUSE
8 1 (0.13%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.13%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 67 (8.71%) Network Design
2 53 (6.89%) Migration
3 51 (6.63%) Load Balancing
4 42 (5.46%) DevOps
5 40 (5.20%) Agile Software Development
5 40 (5.20%) ITIL
5 40 (5.20%) Network Management
6 36 (4.68%) Change Management
7 35 (4.55%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 31 (4.03%) Service Management
9 29 (3.77%) Service Delivery
10 26 (3.38%) Problem-Solving
11 25 (3.25%) Kalman Filter
11 25 (3.25%) Network Monitoring
12 23 (2.99%) Project Delivery
13 22 (2.86%) Network Architecture
14 21 (2.73%) Web Filtering
15 18 (2.34%) Capacity Planning
16 17 (2.21%) Computer Science
16 17 (2.21%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 62 (8.06%) Python
2 13 (1.69%) PowerShell
3 12 (1.56%) Bash Shell
4 9 (1.17%) Java
4 9 (1.17%) SQL
5 8 (1.04%) C
6 7 (0.91%) Perl
7 4 (0.52%) C#
7 4 (0.52%) C++
8 3 (0.39%) AWK
8 3 (0.39%) R
8 3 (0.39%) Ruby
8 3 (0.39%) sed
8 3 (0.39%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.13%) Go
9 1 (0.13%) PHP
9 1 (0.13%) Scala
Qualifications
1 314 (40.83%) Cisco Certification
2 213 (27.70%) CCNP
3 206 (26.79%) Security Cleared
4 157 (20.42%) SC Cleared
5 154 (20.03%) CCNA
6 64 (8.32%) CCIE
7 41 (5.33%) DV Cleared
8 28 (3.64%) Degree
9 18 (2.34%) JNCIA
10 15 (1.95%) CCDP
10 15 (1.95%) CCSE
11 14 (1.82%) CCSA
11 14 (1.82%) Microsoft Certification
12 13 (1.69%) Computer Science Degree
13 10 (1.30%) BPSS Clearance
14 9 (1.17%) CCIE Service Provider
14 9 (1.17%) CCIP
14 9 (1.17%) JNCIP
15 8 (1.04%) JNCIS
16 7 (0.91%) JNCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (4.68%) SLA
2 10 (1.30%) QA
3 3 (0.39%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (0.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 2 (0.26%) NCSC
5 1 (0.13%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.13%) Government Security Classifications
5 1 (0.13%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 1 (0.13%) NIST
5 1 (0.13%) NIST 800
5 1 (0.13%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 60 (7.80%) VMware Infrastructure
2 27 (3.51%) VMware NSX
3 19 (2.47%) Active Directory
4 14 (1.82%) Firmware
5 13 (1.69%) ProxySG
6 10 (1.30%) VMware ESXi
7 7 (0.91%) Virtual Machines
7 7 (0.91%) vSphere
8 6 (0.78%) Hyper-V
9 4 (0.52%) Docker
9 4 (0.52%) Snort
10 3 (0.39%) Virtual Servers
11 2 (0.26%) KVM
11 2 (0.26%) NFS
11 2 (0.26%) Terminal Server
12 1 (0.13%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 1 (0.13%) Terminal Services
12 1 (0.13%) vCloud
12 1 (0.13%) XenApp
12 1 (0.13%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 53 (6.89%) Ansible
2 43 (5.59%) FortiGate
3 17 (2.21%) Cisco Prime
3 17 (2.21%) Terraform
4 9 (1.17%) Cisco CUCM
5 8 (1.04%) Opscode Chef
5 8 (1.04%) Puppet
5 8 (1.04%) SolarWinds Orion
6 7 (0.91%) Cisco UCCX
7 6 (0.78%) Kubernetes
7 6 (0.78%) Nessus
8 5 (0.65%) Netcool
8 5 (0.65%) vCenter Server
9 4 (0.52%) Norton AntiVirus
9 4 (0.52%) Salt
9 4 (0.52%) SnapMirror
9 4 (0.52%) SnapVault
9 4 (0.52%) Suricata
9 4 (0.52%) Trend Micro Deep Security
10 3 (0.39%) ITRS Geneos
Vendors
1 497 (64.63%) Cisco
2 131 (17.04%) F5
3 121 (15.73%) CheckPoint
3 121 (15.73%) Palo Alto
4 111 (14.43%) Juniper
5 102 (13.26%) Fortinet
6 91 (11.83%) VMware
7 48 (6.24%) Microsoft
8 45 (5.85%) Aruba
9 43 (5.59%) HP
10 38 (4.94%) SolarWinds
11 29 (3.77%) Blue Coat
11 29 (3.77%) Citrix
12 28 (3.64%) Meraki
13 26 (3.38%) Arista
14 21 (2.73%) Nokia
14 21 (2.73%) Zscaler
15 20 (2.60%) Dell
15 20 (2.60%) Infoblox
15 20 (2.60%) Riverbed