Period
to 19 September 2021

The median contractor rate for a Network Engineer was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 September 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
19 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 221 132 135
Rank change year-on-year -89 +3 +57
Contract jobs requiring a Network Engineer 937 590 1,768
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.19% 2.00% 1.99%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.28% 2.16% 2.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 574 390 1,195
10th Percentile £231 £172 £213
25th Percentile £313 £254 £296
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £400 £375
Median % change year-on-year - +6.67% -3.23%
75th Percentile £488 £450 £469
90th Percentile £538 £513 £531
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £325 £375
% change year-on-year +15.38% -13.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 30 94
10th Percentile £18.00 £16.97 £16.25
25th Percentile £19.50 £20.63 £27.75
Median hourly rate £38.65 £35.75 £42.00
Median % change year-on-year +8.11% -14.88% +47.37%
75th Percentile £47.63 £43.75 £46.00
90th Percentile £54.13 £45.50 £47.95
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.56 £31.50 £42.00
% change year-on-year -9.33% -25.00% +82.02%

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 73,095 27,340 83,744
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.15% 92.51% 94.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 50,507 18,247 56,036
10th Percentile £300 £263 £263
25th Percentile £405 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £570
90th Percentile £688 £668 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £431 £425
% change year-on-year +4.35% +1.47% +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,040 915 2,766
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.50 £14.25 £13.50
Median hourly rate £20.00 £21.88 £18.98
Median % change year-on-year -8.57% +15.28% +8.43%
75th Percentile £44.77 £43.75 £43.49
90th Percentile £61.03 £53.75 £52.17
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.88 £20.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -10.60% +14.29% -

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 19 September 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 19 September 2021.

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 September 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 -86 774 £400 - 278
UK excluding London -61 528 £375 +15.38% 222
London -117 278 £450 +5.88% 77
Work from Home -133 195 £450 +5.88% 44
South East -34 145 £400 +33.33% 60
North of England -39 117 £375 -6.25% 51
South West -13 80 £368 -8.13% 28
North West -40 74 £388 -3.13% 39
Midlands -75 64 £344 -18.15% 40
East of England -25 48 £350 +38.61% 22
Scotland -57 46 £425 +75.94% 8
West Midlands -80 34 £325 -24.64% 27
Wales -10 33 £343 +33.01% 12
Yorkshire -33 33 £300 -15.49% 9
East Midlands -23 29 £331 +34.61% 13
North East -4 10 £425 - 3
Northern Ireland -6 2 - - 1

Network Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 September 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.

1 594 (63.39%) Cisco
2 478 (51.01%) Firewall
3 350 (37.35%) Cisco Certification
4 280 (29.88%) WAN
5 259 (27.64%) LAN
6 239 (25.51%) CCNP
7 222 (23.69%) Security Cleared
8 195 (20.81%) Network Security
9 186 (19.85%) SC Cleared
10 166 (17.72%) CCNA
11 165 (17.61%) Data Centre
12 162 (17.29%) Palo Alto
13 161 (17.18%) CheckPoint
13 161 (17.18%) BGP
14 147 (15.69%) Wireless
15 145 (15.47%) VPN
16 136 (14.51%) F5
17 135 (14.41%) VMware
18 126 (13.45%) MPLS
19 124 (13.23%) Juniper
20 118 (12.59%) OSPF
21 108 (11.53%) Social Skills
22 107 (11.42%) Fortinet
23 106 (11.31%) Cisco ASA
24 91 (9.71%) Telecoms
25 89 (9.50%) DNS
25 89 (9.50%) Azure
26 85 (9.07%) Cisco Nexus
27 84 (8.96%) Network Design
27 84 (8.96%) 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 13 (1.39%) Confluence
2 7 (0.75%) SharePoint
3 6 (0.64%) MS Exchange
4 5 (0.53%) Elasticsearch
4 5 (0.53%) OpenStack
5 2 (0.21%) CMS
5 2 (0.21%) Exchange Server 2010
5 2 (0.21%) Skype for Business
6 1 (0.11%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (0.11%) IIS
6 1 (0.11%) SAS
Applications
1 22 (2.35%) Microsoft Office
2 18 (1.92%) MS Visio
3 4 (0.43%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (0.11%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 89 (9.50%) Azure
2 54 (5.76%) AWS
3 20 (2.13%) Microsoft 365
4 16 (1.71%) Azure ExpressRoute
4 16 (1.71%) GCP
5 12 (1.28%) Akamai
6 10 (1.07%) IaaS
7 7 (0.75%) PaaS
8 6 (0.64%) Cloud Computing
9 5 (0.53%) Azure Sentinel
9 5 (0.53%) SaaS
10 4 (0.43%) IBM Cloud
10 4 (0.43%) SoftLayer
11 3 (0.32%) AWS Direct Connect
11 3 (0.32%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 2 (0.21%) Azure Active Directory
12 2 (0.21%) Mimecast
13 1 (0.11%) AWS CloudFormation
13 1 (0.11%) AWS CloudTrail
13 1 (0.11%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 478 (51.01%) Firewall
2 280 (29.88%) WAN
3 259 (27.64%) LAN
4 195 (20.81%) Network Security
5 161 (17.18%) BGP
6 147 (15.69%) Wireless
7 145 (15.47%) VPN
8 126 (13.45%) MPLS
9 118 (12.59%) OSPF
10 106 (11.31%) Cisco ASA
11 89 (9.50%) DNS
12 85 (9.07%) Cisco Nexus
13 80 (8.54%) SD-WAN
14 76 (8.11%) TCP/IP
15 70 (7.47%) VLAN
16 68 (7.26%) Wi-Fi
17 58 (6.19%) Internet
18 55 (5.87%) DHCP
18 55 (5.87%) WLAN
19 54 (5.76%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (0.43%) SQL Server
2 3 (0.32%) MySQL
3 2 (0.21%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (0.11%) GIS
4 1 (0.11%) HDInsight
4 1 (0.11%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (0.11%) SQL Server 2016
4 1 (0.11%) SQL Server 2017
4 1 (0.11%) SQL Server 2019
4 1 (0.11%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 19 (2.03%) Sonatype Nexus
2 9 (0.96%) Git (software)
3 3 (0.32%) Artifactory
3 3 (0.32%) Hudson
3 3 (0.32%) JIRA
3 3 (0.32%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 2 (0.21%) Cucumber
4 2 (0.21%) GitLab
4 2 (0.21%) Jenkins
4 2 (0.21%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.11%) ClearCase
5 1 (0.11%) GCC
5 1 (0.11%) Rational DOORS
5 1 (0.11%) Rational Team Concert
5 1 (0.11%) StarTeam
General
1 108 (11.53%) Social Skills
2 91 (9.71%) Telecoms
3 67 (7.15%) Finance
4 53 (5.66%) Public Sector
5 31 (3.31%) Analytical Skills
6 20 (2.13%) Banking
7 12 (1.28%) Documentation Skills
8 11 (1.17%) Presentation Skills
8 11 (1.17%) Retail
9 10 (1.07%) Local Government
10 8 (0.85%) Law
11 6 (0.64%) Italian Language
11 6 (0.64%) Organisational Skills
12 5 (0.53%) French Language
12 5 (0.53%) Legal
12 5 (0.53%) Manufacturing
13 4 (0.43%) German Language
13 4 (0.43%) Marketing
14 3 (0.32%) Financial Institution
14 3 (0.32%) Police
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (2.24%) 802.1X
2 13 (1.39%) .NET
3 4 (0.43%) RESTful
3 4 (0.43%) Web Services
3 4 (0.43%) XMPP
4 3 (0.32%) JSON
5 2 (0.21%) COM
5 2 (0.21%) EDI
5 2 (0.21%) Gherkin
5 2 (0.21%) LDAP
5 2 (0.21%) REST
5 2 (0.21%) Spine.js
6 1 (0.11%) CSS
6 1 (0.11%) Elastic Stack
6 1 (0.11%) HTML
6 1 (0.11%) JSP
6 1 (0.11%) PySpark
6 1 (0.11%) Regular Expression
6 1 (0.11%) Servlets
6 1 (0.11%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 165 (17.61%) Data Centre
2 19 (2.03%) Management Information System
3 18 (1.92%) Public Cloud
4 15 (1.60%) PKI
5 13 (1.39%) Driving Licence
6 12 (1.28%) Self-Motivation
7 10 (1.07%) Fibre Optics
8 9 (0.96%) Data Protection Act
9 8 (0.85%) CCTV
9 8 (0.85%) Handset
9 8 (0.85%) Hybrid Cloud
10 5 (0.53%) BYOD
10 5 (0.53%) iPad
10 5 (0.53%) Video Conferencing
11 4 (0.43%) Clustering
11 4 (0.43%) NHS
11 4 (0.43%) Private Cloud
12 3 (0.32%) Replication
12 3 (0.32%) User Experience
13 2 (0.21%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 84 (8.96%) Windows
2 55 (5.87%) Linux
3 26 (2.77%) Windows Server
4 20 (2.13%) Data ONTAP
5 16 (1.71%) Unix
6 15 (1.60%) Windows XP
7 8 (0.85%) Windows Server 2016
8 7 (0.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 7 (0.75%) Windows 10
9 4 (0.43%) Ubuntu
9 4 (0.43%) Windows Server 2008
9 4 (0.43%) Windows Server 2012
9 4 (0.43%) Windows Server 2019
10 3 (0.32%) CentOS
10 3 (0.32%) Solaris
11 2 (0.21%) Android
11 2 (0.21%) Mac OS
11 2 (0.21%) Windows 2000 Server
11 2 (0.21%) Windows 7
12 1 (0.11%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 84 (8.96%) Network Design
2 79 (8.43%) ITIL
3 78 (8.32%) Migration
4 75 (8.00%) Network Management
5 64 (6.83%) Load Balancing
6 46 (4.91%) DevOps
7 45 (4.80%) Problem-Solving
8 43 (4.59%) Network Monitoring
9 41 (4.38%) Change Management
10 36 (3.84%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 34 (3.63%) Computer Science
11 34 (3.63%) Disaster Recovery
12 32 (3.42%) Agile Software Development
13 31 (3.31%) Service Delivery
14 29 (3.09%) Cybersecurity
14 29 (3.09%) Validation
15 28 (2.99%) Network Architecture
16 27 (2.88%) Project Management
16 27 (2.88%) Service Management
17 25 (2.67%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 62 (6.62%) Python
2 35 (3.74%) PowerShell
3 13 (1.39%) C#
4 7 (0.75%) SQL
5 5 (0.53%) Go
6 4 (0.43%) Java
7 3 (0.32%) Bash Shell
7 3 (0.32%) C
8 2 (0.21%) Perl
8 2 (0.21%) Shell Script
8 2 (0.21%) Tcl
9 1 (0.11%) JavaScript
9 1 (0.11%) Ruby
9 1 (0.11%) Scala
Qualifications
1 350 (37.35%) Cisco Certification
2 239 (25.51%) CCNP
3 222 (23.69%) Security Cleared
4 186 (19.85%) SC Cleared
5 166 (17.72%) CCNA
6 68 (7.26%) CCIE
7 40 (4.27%) Degree
8 25 (2.67%) DV Cleared
9 12 (1.28%) CCSE
9 12 (1.28%) JNCIP
10 11 (1.17%) CCSA
11 10 (1.07%) CCDP
11 10 (1.07%) JNCIS
12 9 (0.96%) BPSS Clearance
12 9 (0.96%) CCIE Service Provider
12 9 (0.96%) CISSP
12 9 (0.96%) Computer Science Degree
13 8 (0.85%) JNCIA
13 8 (0.85%) MBCS
14 6 (0.64%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 46 (4.91%) SLA
2 21 (2.24%) QA
3 9 (0.96%) PCI DSS
4 7 (0.75%) GDPR
4 7 (0.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 6 (0.64%) NIST
6 5 (0.53%) GLBA
7 3 (0.32%) PMO
8 2 (0.21%) Disclosure Scotland
8 2 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 1 (0.11%) COBIT
9 1 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials
9 1 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 1 (0.11%) Data Quality
9 1 (0.11%) JSP 440
9 1 (0.11%) RMADS
System Software
1 74 (7.90%) VMware Infrastructure
2 32 (3.42%) VMware ESXi
3 31 (3.31%) Active Directory
4 25 (2.67%) VMware NSX
4 25 (2.67%) vSphere
5 15 (1.60%) Hyper-V
6 12 (1.28%) Firmware
7 8 (0.85%) ProxySG
8 7 (0.75%) Docker
9 3 (0.32%) KVM
9 3 (0.32%) Virtual Machines
9 3 (0.32%) Virtual Servers
10 2 (0.21%) vCloud
11 1 (0.11%) IAG
11 1 (0.11%) pfSense
11 1 (0.11%) XenApp
11 1 (0.11%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 62 (6.62%) Ansible
2 46 (4.91%) FortiGate
3 20 (2.13%) SnapMirror
3 20 (2.13%) SnapVault
4 17 (1.81%) Cisco CUCM
4 17 (1.81%) Terraform
5 14 (1.49%) vCenter Server
6 12 (1.28%) Cisco UCCX
7 11 (1.17%) Cisco Prime
7 11 (1.17%) Nagios
7 11 (1.17%) Opscode Chef
7 11 (1.17%) Puppet
8 8 (0.85%) SCCM
9 7 (0.75%) vRealize
9 7 (0.75%) WSUS
10 5 (0.53%) WhatsUp Gold
11 4 (0.43%) Kubernetes
11 4 (0.43%) Microsoft Intune
11 4 (0.43%) Stealthwatch
12 3 (0.32%) Cisco CME
Vendors
1 594 (63.39%) Cisco
2 162 (17.29%) Palo Alto
3 161 (17.18%) CheckPoint
4 136 (14.51%) F5
5 135 (14.41%) VMware
6 124 (13.23%) Juniper
7 107 (11.42%) Fortinet
8 78 (8.32%) Aruba
9 63 (6.72%) Meraki
10 56 (5.98%) SolarWinds
11 44 (4.70%) Citrix
11 44 (4.70%) HP
12 39 (4.16%) Microsoft
13 33 (3.52%) Nokia
14 31 (3.31%) Dell
15 24 (2.56%) Veeam
16 23 (2.45%) Zscaler
17 22 (2.35%) Arista
17 22 (2.35%) NetApp
17 22 (2.35%) Ruckus Wireless