Period
to 19 February 2018

The median contractor rate for a Network Engineer was £365 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 February 2018.

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
19 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 174 144 148
Rank change year-on-year -30 +4 +16
Contract jobs requiring a Network Engineer 1,482 1,705 1,790
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.47% 1.80% 1.66%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.55% 1.90% 1.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 932 1,089 1,057
UK median daily rate £365 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.67% +7.14% +7.69%
10th Percentile £213 £230 £210
90th Percentile £488 £496 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year - +7.69% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 86 82
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £30.00 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.67% +15.38% -1.49%
10th Percentile £14.99 £13.63 £13.05
90th Percentile £40.00 £55.09 £47.47
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.78 £27.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year -20.80% +22.22% -

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 95,460 89,566 102,600
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.78% 94.76% 95.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,406 58,384 65,671
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £263 £253 £250
90th Percentile £625 £606 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £382
% change year-on-year - +4.71% +1.87%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,830 3,195 3,744
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% -5.26% +15.15%
10th Percentile £10.99 £10.63 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.00 £47.50 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year - -5.41% +12.12%

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 19 February 2018.

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 19 February 2018.

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 19 February 2018. 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 -24 1,341 £375 - 332
UK excluding London -26 980 £350 - 261
London -33 483 £400 -0.06% 91
South East -41 319 £375 +3.59% 94
Midlands +28 211 £375 +11.11% 33
West Midlands +31 163 £400 +6.67% 19
North of England -30 135 £350 - 55
South West +49 125 £325 +8.33% 21
North West -9 84 £350 +3.70% 26
East of England -26 80 £345 +12.20% 38
Scotland -36 68 £325 - 14
Wales -15 52 £323 -13.97% 6
East Midlands +2 48 £313 +4.33% 14
Yorkshire -40 43 £325 -13.33% 29
North East +9 8 £600 +71.43%
Northern Ireland -29 3 £263 -19.48%
Channel Islands - 2 £190 -

Network Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 February 2018, 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 1,084 (73.14%) Cisco
2 757 (51.08%) Firewall
3 686 (46.29%) Cisco Certification
4 475 (32.05%) CCNP
5 428 (28.88%) WAN
6 384 (25.91%) LAN
7 347 (23.41%) CCNA
8 324 (21.86%) Wireless
9 323 (21.79%) VPN
10 320 (21.59%) CheckPoint
11 299 (20.18%) Security Cleared
12 285 (19.23%) Juniper
13 284 (19.16%) Network Security
14 282 (19.03%) Cisco ASA
15 261 (17.61%) Data Centre
16 257 (17.34%) BGP
17 244 (16.46%) MPLS
18 240 (16.19%) F5
19 236 (15.92%) SC Cleared
20 197 (13.29%) Network Design
21 195 (13.16%) OSPF
22 192 (12.96%) Cisco Nexus
23 175 (11.81%) ITIL
24 166 (11.20%) Windows
25 163 (11.00%) DNS
26 159 (10.73%) TCP/IP
27 150 (10.12%) Palo Alto
28 146 (9.85%) CCIE
28 146 (9.85%) Finance
29 131 (8.84%) VLAN

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 17 (1.15%) MS Exchange
1 17 (1.15%) Skype for Business
2 10 (0.67%) Exchange Server 2010
3 8 (0.54%) IIS
4 5 (0.34%) Apache
5 3 (0.20%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (0.13%) Exchange Server 2003
6 2 (0.13%) Exchange Server 2007
6 2 (0.13%) JBoss
6 2 (0.13%) Tomcat
6 2 (0.13%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.067%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 1 (0.067%) Confluence
7 1 (0.067%) IBM Notes
7 1 (0.067%) nginx
7 1 (0.067%) SAS
7 1 (0.067%) SharePoint
7 1 (0.067%) WebLogic
Applications
1 34 (2.29%) MS Visio
2 19 (1.28%) Microsoft Office
3 10 (0.67%) Microsoft Excel
4 5 (0.34%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.067%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (0.13%) RMDS
2 1 (0.067%) Maximo
2 1 (0.067%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (0.067%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.067%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 107 (7.22%) Microsoft Azure
2 98 (6.61%) Amazon AWS
3 23 (1.55%) Office 365
4 10 (0.67%) IaaS
5 8 (0.54%) PaaS
5 8 (0.54%) SaaS
6 7 (0.47%) Google Cloud Platform
7 6 (0.40%) Azure Active Directory
8 5 (0.34%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 3 (0.20%) OpenDNS
10 2 (0.13%) Cloud Computing
10 2 (0.13%) G Suite
10 2 (0.13%) GitHub
10 2 (0.13%) Google Drive
10 2 (0.13%) OpenShift
11 1 (0.067%) Amazon EC2
11 1 (0.067%) Amazon S3
11 1 (0.067%) Mimecast
11 1 (0.067%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 757 (51.08%) Firewall
2 428 (28.88%) WAN
3 384 (25.91%) LAN
4 324 (21.86%) Wireless
5 323 (21.79%) VPN
6 284 (19.16%) Network Security
7 282 (19.03%) Cisco ASA
8 257 (17.34%) BGP
9 244 (16.46%) MPLS
10 195 (13.16%) OSPF
11 192 (12.96%) Cisco Nexus
12 163 (11.00%) DNS
13 159 (10.73%) TCP/IP
14 131 (8.84%) VLAN
15 121 (8.16%) DHCP
16 110 (7.42%) Internet
17 99 (6.68%) EIGRP
18 97 (6.55%) VoIP
19 83 (5.60%) IPsec
20 77 (5.20%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (0.74%) SQL Server
2 9 (0.61%) BusinessObjects
3 4 (0.27%) Blockchain
4 3 (0.20%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.067%) Geospatial Data
5 1 (0.067%) GIS
5 1 (0.067%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 21 (1.42%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 7 (0.47%) Sonatype Nexus
3 5 (0.34%) Git (software)
4 4 (0.27%) Team Foundation Server
5 3 (0.20%) JIRA
6 1 (0.067%) Subversion
6 1 (0.067%) Visual Studio
General
1 146 (9.85%) Finance
2 111 (7.49%) Telecoms
3 57 (3.85%) Banking
4 15 (1.01%) Financial Institution
5 13 (0.88%) Legal
6 12 (0.81%) Retail
7 10 (0.67%) Manufacturing
8 9 (0.61%) Investment Banking
8 9 (0.61%) Multimedia
9 5 (0.34%) Advertising
9 5 (0.34%) Billing
9 5 (0.34%) Law
10 4 (0.27%) Back Office
10 4 (0.27%) Local Government
10 4 (0.27%) Romanian Language
11 3 (0.20%) Pharmaceutical
11 3 (0.20%) Publishing
12 2 (0.13%) Games
12 2 (0.13%) Marketing
12 2 (0.13%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (2.43%) 802.1X
2 15 (1.01%) Regular Expression
3 9 (0.61%) Web Services
4 8 (0.54%) WAP
5 5 (0.34%) Rendezvous
6 4 (0.27%) Core Data
6 4 (0.27%) LDAP
7 3 (0.20%) .NET
7 3 (0.20%) Elastic Stack
7 3 (0.20%) XML
8 2 (0.13%) CGI
8 2 (0.13%) CSS
8 2 (0.13%) Java EE
8 2 (0.13%) WebRTC
8 2 (0.13%) XMPP
9 1 (0.067%) FIX Protocol
9 1 (0.067%) RESTful
9 1 (0.067%) SOAP
9 1 (0.067%) XSLT
9 1 (0.067%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 261 (17.61%) Data Centre
2 55 (3.71%) Analytical Skills
3 37 (2.50%) NHS
4 27 (1.82%) Management Information System
5 14 (0.94%) Computer Science
6 13 (0.88%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 13 (0.88%) PKI
7 12 (0.81%) Video Conferencing
8 11 (0.74%) Driving Licence
9 10 (0.67%) FMCG
10 8 (0.54%) Smartphone
11 7 (0.47%) e-Health
11 7 (0.47%) Hedge funds
11 7 (0.47%) Linux Command Line
11 7 (0.47%) Private Cloud
12 6 (0.40%) Greenfield Project
12 6 (0.40%) Virtual Team
13 5 (0.34%) CCTV
14 4 (0.27%) Clustering
14 4 (0.27%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 166 (11.20%) Windows
2 97 (6.55%) Linux
3 68 (4.59%) Windows Server
4 40 (2.70%) Unix
4 40 (2.70%) Windows Server 2012
5 28 (1.89%) Windows 7
6 27 (1.82%) Windows Server 2008
7 21 (1.42%) CentOS
8 20 (1.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 15 (1.01%) Windows 10
10 12 (0.81%) Windows 8
11 8 (0.54%) Windows Server 2003
12 6 (0.40%) Apple iOS
12 6 (0.40%) Mac OS X
12 6 (0.40%) Windows 2000
12 6 (0.40%) Windows NT
13 5 (0.34%) Windows XP
14 4 (0.27%) Ubuntu
15 3 (0.20%) Android
15 3 (0.20%) Check Point GAiA
Processes & Methodologies
1 197 (13.29%) Network Design
2 175 (11.81%) ITIL
3 108 (7.29%) Load Balancing
4 103 (6.95%) Migration
5 91 (6.14%) Network Monitoring
6 89 (6.01%) Network Management
7 61 (4.12%) Change Management
8 59 (3.98%) Project Management
9 57 (3.85%) WAN Optimisation
10 50 (3.37%) Service Delivery
11 49 (3.31%) High Availability
12 42 (2.83%) Kalman Filter
13 39 (2.63%) Cybersecurity
14 38 (2.56%) Change Control
15 34 (2.29%) ITIL V3
16 33 (2.23%) Service Management
17 32 (2.16%) Customer Requirements
17 32 (2.16%) Incident Management
17 32 (2.16%) Network Architecture
17 32 (2.16%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 52 (3.51%) Python
2 27 (1.82%) SQL
3 21 (1.42%) C
4 19 (1.28%) Perl
5 18 (1.21%) Bash Shell
6 7 (0.47%) Java
7 6 (0.40%) PowerShell
8 4 (0.27%) AWK
8 4 (0.27%) sed
8 4 (0.27%) Shell Script
9 2 (0.13%) C-shell
9 2 (0.13%) Korn
10 1 (0.067%) C++
10 1 (0.067%) PHP
10 1 (0.067%) Ruby
10 1 (0.067%) VBA
10 1 (0.067%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 686 (46.29%) Cisco Certification
2 475 (32.05%) CCNP
3 347 (23.41%) CCNA
4 299 (20.18%) Security Cleared
5 236 (15.92%) SC Cleared
6 146 (9.85%) CCIE
7 74 (4.99%) DV Cleared
8 49 (3.31%) Degree
9 35 (2.36%) CCDP
10 30 (2.02%) JNCIA
11 29 (1.96%) CCSE
12 27 (1.82%) CCSA
13 22 (1.48%) CISSP
13 22 (1.48%) JNCIP
14 19 (1.28%) Microsoft Certification
15 16 (1.08%) CCIE Routing and Switching
16 15 (1.01%) JNCIS
17 14 (0.94%) CCDA
17 14 (0.94%) Check Point Certification
17 14 (0.94%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (2.56%) SLA
2 16 (1.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 12 (0.81%) Disclosure Scotland
4 10 (0.67%) PCI DSS
5 7 (0.47%) GCP
6 4 (0.27%) QA
7 3 (0.20%) FIPS 140-2
7 3 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 2 (0.13%) COBIT
8 2 (0.13%) PMO
9 1 (0.067%) Cyber Essentials
9 1 (0.067%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 79 (5.33%) Active Directory
2 53 (3.58%) VMware Infrastructure
3 30 (2.02%) ProxySG
4 24 (1.62%) VMware NSX
5 21 (1.42%) Hyper-V
6 19 (1.28%) VMware ESXi
7 17 (1.15%) vSphere
8 15 (1.01%) Virtual Servers
9 12 (0.81%) XenApp
10 10 (0.67%) iptables
11 6 (0.40%) Firmware
12 5 (0.34%) Docker
12 5 (0.34%) NFS
13 4 (0.27%) pfSense
14 3 (0.20%) DFS Replication
14 3 (0.20%) Virtual Machines
15 2 (0.13%) vCloud
15 2 (0.13%) VMware Workstation
15 2 (0.13%) XenDesktop
15 2 (0.13%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 80 (5.40%) FortiGate
2 46 (3.10%) Cisco Prime
3 30 (2.02%) SCOM
4 24 (1.62%) Ansible
5 17 (1.15%) WhatsUp Gold
6 16 (1.08%) Cisco CUCM
7 14 (0.94%) Nagios
8 13 (0.88%) SCCM
9 10 (0.67%) Cisco UCCX
10 9 (0.61%) SolarWinds Orion
11 8 (0.54%) vCenter Server
12 7 (0.47%) Nessus
12 7 (0.47%) Puppet
13 6 (0.40%) HP Quality Center
13 6 (0.40%) Opsview
13 6 (0.40%) SCSM
13 6 (0.40%) SELinux
14 5 (0.34%) Cacti
14 5 (0.34%) OpenView
15 4 (0.27%) Terraform
Vendors
1 1,084 (73.14%) Cisco
2 320 (21.59%) CheckPoint
3 285 (19.23%) Juniper
4 240 (16.19%) F5
5 150 (10.12%) Palo Alto
6 126 (8.50%) Fortinet
7 114 (7.69%) HP
8 110 (7.42%) VMware
9 99 (6.68%) Citrix
10 90 (6.07%) SolarWinds
11 89 (6.01%) Microsoft
12 79 (5.33%) Aruba
13 78 (5.26%) Blue Coat
14 67 (4.52%) McAfee
15 46 (3.10%) Oracle
16 39 (2.63%) Dell
17 38 (2.56%) Meraki
18 36 (2.43%) Nokia
19 35 (2.36%) Riverbed
20 32 (2.16%) Arista