Period
to 16 November 2019

The median contractor rate for a Network Engineer was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 16 November 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
16 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 122 179 186
Rank change year-on-year +57 +7 -24
Contract jobs requiring a Network Engineer 1,711 1,631 1,479
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.05% 1.57% 1.44%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.18% 1.66% 1.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,120 1,047 908
UK median daily rate £375 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £213 £243 £200
90th Percentile £525 £519 £494
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 85 56 65
UK median hourly rate £43.00 £31.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +38.71% +12.73% -21.65%
10th Percentile £16.70 £14.62 £14.75
90th Percentile £48.45 £48.13 £47.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.00 £29.00 £26.88
% change year-on-year +44.83% +7.91% -22.46%

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 78,405 98,494 97,717
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.09% 94.76% 94.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 51,318 64,958 64,391
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £448
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +0.56% +5.29%
10th Percentile £256 £269 £261
90th Percentile £644 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +2.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,923 3,077 2,923
UK median hourly rate £19.71 £18.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.50% -3.74% +3.89%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.96
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £47.97
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year +2.86% -2.78% +2.86%

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 16 November 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 16 November 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 16 November 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 +55 1,517 £378 -5.63% 340
UK excluding London +55 1,152 £375 - 273
London +30 480 £413 - 98
South East +87 425 £400 +3.23% 83
North of England +7 188 £350 -3.78% 59
Midlands +25 164 £350 -6.67% 44
South West +14 124 £398 +13.57% 23
East of England +57 121 £315 -24.10% 35
North West +19 120 £375 - 27
West Midlands +17 109 £369 -1.67% 33
Scotland -4 62 £344 -5.82% 19
East Midlands +29 55 £313 -16.67% 11
Wales +42 52 £406 +8.33% 9
Yorkshire +8 49 £285 -12.31% 22
North East +10 19 £313 -3.85% 10
Northern Ireland +7 14 £300 -32.20% 3

Network Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 November 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 1,202 (70.25%) Cisco
2 872 (50.96%) Firewall
3 817 (47.75%) Cisco Certification
4 593 (34.66%) WAN
5 573 (33.49%) CCNP
6 516 (30.16%) LAN
7 397 (23.20%) CCNA
8 360 (21.04%) Wireless
9 355 (20.75%) Juniper
10 351 (20.51%) BGP
11 348 (20.34%) CheckPoint
12 321 (18.76%) Data Centre
13 320 (18.70%) Palo Alto
14 318 (18.59%) Network Security
14 318 (18.59%) VPN
15 299 (17.48%) MPLS
16 295 (17.24%) Security Cleared
17 288 (16.83%) F5
18 282 (16.48%) Cisco ASA
19 274 (16.01%) OSPF
20 251 (14.67%) Cisco Nexus
21 202 (11.81%) SC Cleared
22 196 (11.46%) Network Design
23 195 (11.40%) TCP/IP
24 189 (11.05%) DNS
25 183 (10.70%) CCIE
25 183 (10.70%) Migration
26 177 (10.34%) Finance
27 173 (10.11%) ITIL
28 171 (9.99%) Windows

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 26 (1.52%) Skype for Business
2 19 (1.11%) MS Exchange
3 14 (0.82%) SharePoint
4 9 (0.53%) OpenStack
5 8 (0.47%) IIS
6 7 (0.41%) Apache
7 4 (0.23%) Apache Spark
7 4 (0.23%) nginx
7 4 (0.23%) Tomcat
7 4 (0.23%) WebLogic
8 3 (0.18%) Exchange Server 2010
8 3 (0.18%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (0.12%) Elasticsearch
10 1 (0.058%) Apache Qpid
10 1 (0.058%) Exchange Server 2007
10 1 (0.058%) Exchange Server 2013
10 1 (0.058%) IBM Domino
10 1 (0.058%) JBoss
10 1 (0.058%) Oracle Workflow
10 1 (0.058%) WebSphere
Applications
1 17 (0.99%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (0.94%) MS Visio
3 8 (0.47%) Microsoft Excel
4 5 (0.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.058%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 97 (5.67%) Azure
2 93 (5.44%) AWS
3 26 (1.52%) Office 365
4 19 (1.11%) Cloud Computing
5 13 (0.76%) SaaS
6 8 (0.47%) GitHub
7 7 (0.41%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 6 (0.35%) IaaS
8 6 (0.35%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 5 (0.29%) Azure Active Directory
10 4 (0.23%) AWS CodePipeline
10 4 (0.23%) GCP
11 3 (0.18%) PaaS
12 2 (0.12%) Mimecast
13 1 (0.058%) Dynamics 365
13 1 (0.058%) IBM Cloud
13 1 (0.058%) Microsoft Flow
13 1 (0.058%) Power Platform
13 1 (0.058%) PowerApps
13 1 (0.058%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 872 (50.96%) Firewall
2 593 (34.66%) WAN
3 516 (30.16%) LAN
4 360 (21.04%) Wireless
5 351 (20.51%) BGP
6 318 (18.59%) Network Security
6 318 (18.59%) VPN
7 299 (17.48%) MPLS
8 282 (16.48%) Cisco ASA
9 274 (16.01%) OSPF
10 251 (14.67%) Cisco Nexus
11 195 (11.40%) TCP/IP
12 189 (11.05%) DNS
13 159 (9.29%) VoIP
14 144 (8.42%) VLAN
15 134 (7.83%) Wi-Fi
16 129 (7.54%) WLAN
17 120 (7.01%) Internet
18 119 (6.95%) IPsec
19 116 (6.78%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (0.58%) SQL Server
2 7 (0.41%) MySQL
3 4 (0.23%) Amazon Redshift
3 4 (0.23%) Big Data
3 4 (0.23%) Hadoop
3 4 (0.23%) Relational Database
4 3 (0.18%) Azure SQL Database
4 3 (0.18%) MongoDB
4 3 (0.18%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 3 (0.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 3 (0.18%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (0.12%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.058%) DB2
6 1 (0.058%) Informix
6 1 (0.058%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.058%) Power BI
6 1 (0.058%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (0.058%) SQL Server 2014
6 1 (0.058%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 28 (1.64%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 15 (0.88%) Git (software)
3 14 (0.82%) Sonatype Nexus
4 11 (0.64%) GitLab
5 8 (0.47%) Bitbucket
5 8 (0.47%) Team Foundation Server
6 7 (0.41%) Jenkins
7 5 (0.29%) Travis CI
8 3 (0.18%) Hudson
8 3 (0.18%) Visual Studio
8 3 (0.18%) Visual Studio Team System
9 2 (0.12%) JIRA
10 1 (0.058%) Artifactory
10 1 (0.058%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 1 (0.058%) GDB
10 1 (0.058%) Maven
10 1 (0.058%) TeamCity
General
1 177 (10.34%) Finance
2 164 (9.59%) Telecoms
3 77 (4.50%) Public Sector
4 43 (2.51%) Banking
5 24 (1.40%) Retail
6 15 (0.88%) Financial Institution
6 15 (0.88%) Investment Banking
6 15 (0.88%) Manufacturing
7 11 (0.64%) Electronics
8 10 (0.58%) Games
9 9 (0.53%) Military
9 9 (0.53%) Multimedia
10 8 (0.47%) Publishing
11 7 (0.41%) Front Office
11 7 (0.41%) Law
11 7 (0.41%) Legal
11 7 (0.41%) Marketing
12 5 (0.29%) Back Office
12 5 (0.29%) Billing
12 5 (0.29%) Japanese Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 55 (3.21%) 802.1X
2 11 (0.64%) Web Services
3 7 (0.41%) .NET
3 7 (0.41%) JSON
4 4 (0.23%) CSS
4 4 (0.23%) XML
5 3 (0.18%) Django
5 3 (0.18%) Jinja
5 3 (0.18%) X-Windows
6 2 (0.12%) ASP.NET
6 2 (0.12%) ASP.NET MVC
6 2 (0.12%) Elastic Stack
6 2 (0.12%) HTML
6 2 (0.12%) LDAP
6 2 (0.12%) XMPP
6 2 (0.12%) YAML
7 1 (0.058%) Java EE
7 1 (0.058%) JMS
7 1 (0.058%) Middleware
7 1 (0.058%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 321 (18.76%) Data Centre
2 58 (3.39%) Analytical Skills
3 38 (2.22%) Management Information System
4 35 (2.05%) Self-Motivation
5 33 (1.93%) PKI
6 24 (1.40%) Driving Licence
7 22 (1.29%) Public Cloud
7 22 (1.29%) Video Conferencing
8 20 (1.17%) Fibre Optics
9 18 (1.05%) NHS
10 17 (0.99%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 15 (0.88%) CMDB
12 12 (0.70%) Replication
13 10 (0.58%) Linux Command Line
14 9 (0.53%) Clustering
14 9 (0.53%) Hedge funds
15 8 (0.47%) Handset
16 7 (0.41%) Hybrid Cloud
17 5 (0.29%) Cyber Defence
17 5 (0.29%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 171 (9.99%) Windows
2 116 (6.78%) Linux
3 74 (4.32%) Windows Server
4 42 (2.45%) Unix
5 18 (1.05%) Windows Server 2008
6 14 (0.82%) Windows Server 2012
7 13 (0.76%) Windows 10
8 11 (0.64%) CentOS
9 9 (0.53%) Check Point GAiA
9 9 (0.53%) Windows Server 2003
10 8 (0.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 8 (0.47%) Windows 7
11 7 (0.41%) Debian
12 6 (0.35%) Solaris
13 5 (0.29%) FreeBSD
14 4 (0.23%) VMS
14 4 (0.23%) Windows 8
15 3 (0.18%) Mac OS
15 3 (0.18%) Windows XP
16 2 (0.12%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 196 (11.46%) Network Design
2 183 (10.70%) Migration
3 173 (10.11%) ITIL
4 147 (8.59%) Load Balancing
5 111 (6.49%) Network Management
6 102 (5.96%) Change Management
7 83 (4.85%) Problem-Solving
8 82 (4.79%) Network Monitoring
9 78 (4.56%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 70 (4.09%) Incident Management
11 67 (3.92%) Service Delivery
12 62 (3.62%) Project Delivery
13 57 (3.33%) Project Management
13 57 (3.33%) Root Cause Analysis
14 54 (3.16%) High Availability
14 54 (3.16%) Problem Management
15 52 (3.04%) Network Architecture
16 40 (2.34%) Configuration Management
16 40 (2.34%) Service Management
17 38 (2.22%) Agile Software Development
Programming Languages
1 105 (6.14%) Python
2 40 (2.34%) Perl
3 35 (2.05%) PowerShell
4 30 (1.75%) SQL
5 20 (1.17%) C
6 18 (1.05%) Bash Shell
7 11 (0.64%) Ruby
8 7 (0.41%) Java
9 5 (0.29%) C#
9 5 (0.29%) PHP
10 3 (0.18%) C++
10 3 (0.18%) JavaScript
11 2 (0.12%) ActionScript
11 2 (0.12%) Korn
11 2 (0.12%) Tcl
11 2 (0.12%) VB
11 2 (0.12%) VB6
12 1 (0.058%) Prolog
12 1 (0.058%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.058%) VBA
Qualifications
1 817 (47.75%) Cisco Certification
2 573 (33.49%) CCNP
3 397 (23.20%) CCNA
4 295 (17.24%) Security Cleared
5 202 (11.81%) SC Cleared
6 183 (10.70%) CCIE
7 87 (5.08%) DV Cleared
8 67 (3.92%) CCDP
9 61 (3.57%) Degree
10 29 (1.69%) JNCIA
11 28 (1.64%) JNCIP
12 25 (1.46%) CCSE
13 24 (1.40%) CCDA
14 20 (1.17%) CCIP
14 20 (1.17%) CCSA
15 18 (1.05%) BPSS Clearance
15 18 (1.05%) CCIE Routing and Switching
16 17 (0.99%) CISSP
17 15 (0.88%) CCENT
17 15 (0.88%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 74 (4.32%) SLA
2 15 (0.88%) QA
3 9 (0.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 8 (0.47%) PMO
5 7 (0.41%) GDPR
5 7 (0.41%) PCI DSS
6 6 (0.35%) COBIT
7 2 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials
7 2 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 2 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 2 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 1 (0.058%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (0.058%) JSP 440
8 1 (0.058%) NIST
System Software
1 85 (4.97%) VMware Infrastructure
2 69 (4.03%) Active Directory
3 36 (2.10%) VMware NSX
4 22 (1.29%) Hyper-V
5 18 (1.05%) Firmware
6 12 (0.70%) ProxySG
7 10 (0.58%) VMware ESXi
8 9 (0.53%) vSphere
9 6 (0.35%) Virtual Machines
10 5 (0.29%) XenDesktop
11 4 (0.23%) Docker
11 4 (0.23%) KVM
12 3 (0.18%) Corosync
12 3 (0.18%) DRBD
12 3 (0.18%) FreeRADIUS
12 3 (0.18%) Postfix
12 3 (0.18%) Virtual Desktop
13 2 (0.12%) Squid
13 2 (0.12%) VMware Server
13 2 (0.12%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 73 (4.27%) Ansible
2 61 (3.57%) FortiGate
3 52 (3.04%) Cisco Prime
4 39 (2.28%) Cisco CUCM
5 26 (1.52%) Puppet
6 19 (1.11%) Nagios
7 15 (0.88%) SCCM
8 12 (0.70%) Nessus
8 12 (0.70%) Opscode Chef
9 11 (0.64%) Cacti
10 7 (0.41%) Cisco UCCX
10 7 (0.41%) Iperf
10 7 (0.41%) SCOM
11 6 (0.35%) HAProxy
11 6 (0.35%) Salt
11 6 (0.35%) vCenter Server
11 6 (0.35%) WhatsUp Gold
12 5 (0.29%) WSUS
12 5 (0.29%) ZABBIX
13 4 (0.23%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 1,202 (70.25%) Cisco
2 355 (20.75%) Juniper
3 348 (20.34%) CheckPoint
4 320 (18.70%) Palo Alto
5 288 (16.83%) F5
6 154 (9.00%) Fortinet
7 125 (7.31%) Aruba
7 125 (7.31%) VMware
8 112 (6.55%) SolarWinds
9 98 (5.73%) Microsoft
10 96 (5.61%) Meraki
11 85 (4.97%) HP
12 76 (4.44%) Blue Coat
13 63 (3.68%) Citrix
14 46 (2.69%) Riverbed
15 43 (2.51%) McAfee
16 41 (2.40%) Dell
17 33 (1.93%) Aerohive Networks
18 29 (1.69%) Extreme Networks
18 29 (1.69%) Nokia