Period
to 17 January 2019

The median contractor rate for a Network Engineer was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 January 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 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 176 181 145
Rank change year-on-year +5 -36 +4
Contract jobs requiring a Network Engineer 1,570 1,497 1,791
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.58% 1.49% 1.84%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.67% 1.57% 1.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,006 925 1,135
UK median daily rate £400 £365 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.59% - +4.29%
10th Percentile £251 £213 £220
90th Percentile £525 £488 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +7.14% - +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 50 83
UK median hourly rate £33.40 £26.13 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +27.85% -12.92% +33.33%
10th Percentile £17.60 £14.74 £14.14
90th Percentile £54.79 £40.23 £55.14
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £23.04 £27.50
% change year-on-year +25.88% -16.23% +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 94,110 95,205 92,318
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.67% 94.91% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,187 63,263 60,274
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £269 £260 £254
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,883 2,786 3,243
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.08% +2.78% -2.70%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.83 £47.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

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 January 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 January 2019.

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 17 January 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 +2 1,392 £400 +6.67% 439
UK excluding London -9 975 £375 +7.14% 348
London +22 544 £425 +6.25% 120
South East -19 268 £375 - 113
North of England +41 223 £375 +7.14% 71
Midlands -20 171 £375 +2.74% 55
North West +12 126 £375 +7.14% 36
West Midlands -38 120 £388 +3.33% 36
South West -41 101 £375 +15.38% 35
Scotland +29 87 £413 +37.50% 14
Yorkshire +29 87 £360 +10.77% 30
East of England +10 87 £416 +40.51% 45
East Midlands +8 51 £326 +3.90% 19
Wales -26 33 £350 +9.29% 13
Northern Ireland +35 13 £425 +61.90% 2
North East -2 10 £270 -37.93% 5
Channel Islands -2 1 - -

Network Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 January 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 1,172 (74.65%) Cisco
2 881 (56.11%) Firewall
3 789 (50.25%) Cisco Certification
4 561 (35.73%) WAN
5 560 (35.67%) CCNP
6 503 (32.04%) LAN
7 406 (25.86%) CheckPoint
8 387 (24.65%) BGP
9 382 (24.33%) Wireless
10 371 (23.63%) CCNA
11 360 (22.93%) OSPF
12 357 (22.74%) Cisco ASA
13 338 (21.53%) Security Cleared
14 310 (19.75%) Data Centre
15 303 (19.30%) F5
15 303 (19.30%) Cisco Nexus
16 302 (19.24%) VPN
17 297 (18.92%) Juniper
18 294 (18.73%) Network Security
19 288 (18.34%) SC Cleared
20 232 (14.78%) MPLS
21 203 (12.93%) Palo Alto
22 188 (11.97%) ITIL
23 181 (11.53%) TCP/IP
24 179 (11.40%) Network Design
25 178 (11.34%) CCIE
26 171 (10.89%) Finance
27 164 (10.45%) Load Balancing
28 160 (10.19%) DNS
29 153 (9.75%) Migration

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 33 (2.10%) Skype for Business
2 25 (1.59%) SharePoint
3 14 (0.89%) MS Exchange
4 8 (0.51%) Apache
4 8 (0.51%) IIS
5 6 (0.38%) Confluence
6 5 (0.32%) OpenStack
7 3 (0.19%) CMS
7 3 (0.19%) IBM Notes
8 2 (0.13%) Exchange Server 2010
9 1 (0.064%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 1 (0.064%) Exchange Server 2007
9 1 (0.064%) Exchange Server 2013
9 1 (0.064%) nginx
9 1 (0.064%) OpenWhisk
9 1 (0.064%) SharePoint Server
9 1 (0.064%) Site Server
9 1 (0.064%) Tomcat
Applications
1 36 (2.29%) MS Visio
2 33 (2.10%) Microsoft Office
3 15 (0.96%) Microsoft Excel
4 5 (0.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.13%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.064%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 142 (9.04%) Microsoft Azure
2 115 (7.32%) Amazon AWS
3 46 (2.93%) Office 365
4 36 (2.29%) IaaS
5 29 (1.85%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 23 (1.46%) Google Cloud Platform
7 22 (1.40%) PaaS
8 12 (0.76%) SaaS
9 8 (0.51%) Cloud Computing
10 7 (0.45%) Azure Active Directory
11 5 (0.32%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 4 (0.25%) Datadog
13 2 (0.13%) Amazon ELB
13 2 (0.13%) AWS Lambda
13 2 (0.13%) GitHub
13 2 (0.13%) Mimecast
13 2 (0.13%) Serverless
13 2 (0.13%) Sumo Logic
14 1 (0.064%) Akamai
14 1 (0.064%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 881 (56.11%) Firewall
2 561 (35.73%) WAN
3 503 (32.04%) LAN
4 387 (24.65%) BGP
5 382 (24.33%) Wireless
6 360 (22.93%) OSPF
7 357 (22.74%) Cisco ASA
8 303 (19.30%) Cisco Nexus
9 302 (19.24%) VPN
10 294 (18.73%) Network Security
11 232 (14.78%) MPLS
12 181 (11.53%) TCP/IP
13 160 (10.19%) DNS
14 141 (8.98%) VoIP
15 129 (8.22%) EIGRP
16 119 (7.58%) VLAN
17 115 (7.32%) Cisco IOS
18 112 (7.13%) Wi-Fi
19 110 (7.01%) IPsec
20 99 (6.31%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (1.08%) SQL Server
2 8 (0.51%) MongoDB
2 8 (0.51%) NoSQL
3 6 (0.38%) Big Data
4 5 (0.32%) Electronic Patient Records
5 4 (0.25%) Apache Cassandra
5 4 (0.25%) Azure SQL Database
5 4 (0.25%) MySQL
5 4 (0.25%) Redis
5 4 (0.25%) Relational Database
6 3 (0.19%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (0.13%) DB2
7 2 (0.13%) SQL Server 2008
7 2 (0.13%) SQL Server 2016
8 1 (0.064%) BusinessObjects
8 1 (0.064%) Crystal Reports
8 1 (0.064%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.064%) DTS
8 1 (0.064%) MariaDB
8 1 (0.064%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 17 (1.08%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 16 (1.02%) JIRA
3 12 (0.76%) Sonatype Nexus
4 8 (0.51%) Git (software)
5 5 (0.32%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 5 (0.32%) Hudson
6 4 (0.25%) Jenkins
7 3 (0.19%) Rational DOORS
7 3 (0.19%) Team Foundation Server
8 1 (0.064%) PhantomJS
8 1 (0.064%) Selenium
General
1 171 (10.89%) Finance
2 122 (7.77%) Telecoms
3 62 (3.95%) Banking
4 22 (1.40%) Retail
5 19 (1.21%) Manufacturing
6 16 (1.02%) Law
7 14 (0.89%) Electronics
8 13 (0.83%) Marketing
9 10 (0.64%) Investment Banking
10 9 (0.57%) Legal
11 7 (0.45%) Financial Institution
12 5 (0.32%) Aerospace
12 5 (0.32%) Automotive
13 4 (0.25%) Advertising
13 4 (0.25%) Military
14 3 (0.19%) Games
14 3 (0.19%) Multimedia
14 3 (0.19%) Pharmaceutical
15 2 (0.13%) Publishing
15 2 (0.13%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 65 (4.14%) 802.1X
2 12 (0.76%) Web Services
3 9 (0.57%) HTML
4 8 (0.51%) CGI
4 8 (0.51%) XMPP
5 6 (0.38%) LDAP
5 6 (0.38%) RabbitMQ
6 5 (0.32%) Elastic Stack
6 5 (0.32%) XML
7 4 (0.25%) CSS
7 4 (0.25%) Kafka
7 4 (0.25%) Sensu
8 3 (0.19%) .NET
8 3 (0.19%) REST
9 2 (0.13%) ActiveMQ
9 2 (0.13%) APPC
9 2 (0.13%) ISPF
9 2 (0.13%) JSON
9 2 (0.13%) Software Packaging
9 2 (0.13%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 310 (19.75%) Data Centre
2 70 (4.46%) Analytical Skills
3 41 (2.61%) Self-Motivation
4 23 (1.46%) NHS
4 23 (1.46%) Private Cloud
5 22 (1.40%) Driving Licence
6 20 (1.27%) Public Cloud
7 17 (1.08%) PKI
8 15 (0.96%) Video Conferencing
9 12 (0.76%) Blog
9 12 (0.76%) Handset
10 11 (0.70%) Hybrid Cloud
11 10 (0.64%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 10 (0.64%) Virtual Team
12 8 (0.51%) CMDB
12 8 (0.51%) Management Information System
13 7 (0.45%) BBC
13 7 (0.45%) Fintech
14 6 (0.38%) Greenfield Project
14 6 (0.38%) PACS
Operating Systems
1 141 (8.98%) Windows
2 118 (7.52%) Linux
3 78 (4.97%) Windows Server
4 32 (2.04%) Unix
5 20 (1.27%) Windows Server 2012
6 13 (0.83%) Windows 10
7 12 (0.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 11 (0.70%) Windows Server 2008
9 10 (0.64%) Ubuntu
10 6 (0.38%) Windows 7
10 6 (0.38%) Windows Server 2003
11 5 (0.32%) Mac OS X
12 4 (0.25%) zOS
13 3 (0.19%) Android
13 3 (0.19%) CentOS
13 3 (0.19%) Solaris
14 2 (0.13%) Apple iOS
14 2 (0.13%) Mac OS
14 2 (0.13%) VMS
15 1 (0.064%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 188 (11.97%) ITIL
2 179 (11.40%) Network Design
3 164 (10.45%) Load Balancing
4 153 (9.75%) Migration
5 102 (6.50%) Network Monitoring
6 86 (5.48%) Problem-Solving
7 75 (4.78%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 72 (4.59%) Network Management
9 70 (4.46%) Change Management
10 51 (3.25%) High Availability
10 51 (3.25%) Network Architecture
11 47 (2.99%) Change Control
12 45 (2.87%) Incident Management
13 41 (2.61%) Computer Science
14 40 (2.55%) WAN Optimisation
15 39 (2.48%) ITIL V3
16 38 (2.42%) Service Delivery
17 36 (2.29%) Project Management
18 35 (2.23%) Agile Software Development
19 34 (2.17%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 89 (5.67%) Python
2 44 (2.80%) PowerShell
3 40 (2.55%) Perl
4 33 (2.10%) Bash Shell
5 31 (1.97%) SQL
6 17 (1.08%) Java
7 11 (0.70%) JavaScript
8 10 (0.64%) C
9 9 (0.57%) VB
10 7 (0.45%) Tcl
11 5 (0.32%) PHP
12 4 (0.25%) AWK
12 4 (0.25%) JCL
13 2 (0.13%) REXX
13 2 (0.13%) Shell Script
13 2 (0.13%) VBScript
14 1 (0.064%) Go
14 1 (0.064%) PL/SQL
14 1 (0.064%) Ruby
14 1 (0.064%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 789 (50.25%) Cisco Certification
2 560 (35.67%) CCNP
3 371 (23.63%) CCNA
4 338 (21.53%) Security Cleared
5 288 (18.34%) SC Cleared
6 178 (11.34%) CCIE
7 77 (4.90%) Degree
8 70 (4.46%) DV Cleared
9 33 (2.10%) Computer Science Degree
10 32 (2.04%) CCDP
11 30 (1.91%) CCSA
12 28 (1.78%) CCSE
13 24 (1.53%) Microsoft Certification
14 23 (1.46%) JNCIA
15 19 (1.21%) MCSE
16 18 (1.15%) CISSP
16 18 (1.15%) ITIL Certification
16 18 (1.15%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 14 (0.89%) BPSS Clearance
17 14 (0.89%) JNCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 42 (2.68%) SLA
2 20 (1.27%) QA
3 17 (1.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 16 (1.02%) PCI DSS
5 7 (0.45%) GDPR
6 5 (0.32%) HL7
7 3 (0.19%) HIPAA
7 3 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 3 (0.19%) NEBOSH
7 3 (0.19%) PMO
8 2 (0.13%) Cyber Essentials
8 2 (0.13%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 2 (0.13%) Disclosure Scotland
8 2 (0.13%) FedRAMP
8 2 (0.13%) Government Security Classifications
8 2 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 2 (0.13%) JSP 440
9 1 (0.064%) GPG13
9 1 (0.064%) OASIS TOSCA
9 1 (0.064%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 67 (4.27%) Active Directory
2 51 (3.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 36 (2.29%) VMware NSX
4 23 (1.46%) ProxySG
5 22 (1.40%) Hyper-V
6 20 (1.27%) vSphere
7 18 (1.15%) VMware ESXi
8 12 (0.76%) Firmware
8 12 (0.76%) Virtual Machines
9 4 (0.25%) Apache Flume
9 4 (0.25%) Apache ZooKeeper
9 4 (0.25%) Terminal Server
10 3 (0.19%) Docker
11 2 (0.13%) MetaFrame
11 2 (0.13%) RACF
11 2 (0.13%) Samba
11 2 (0.13%) Time Sharing Option
11 2 (0.13%) Virtual Servers
11 2 (0.13%) XenApp
12 1 (0.064%) NFS
Systems Management
1 47 (2.99%) FortiGate
2 38 (2.42%) Cisco CUCM
3 34 (2.17%) Cisco Prime
4 28 (1.78%) SCCM
5 25 (1.59%) Nagios
6 23 (1.46%) Ansible
7 14 (0.89%) Cisco UCCX
8 13 (0.83%) Cacti
8 13 (0.83%) vCenter Server
9 11 (0.70%) SolarWinds Orion
10 9 (0.57%) ArcSight ESM
10 9 (0.57%) TrustSec
11 8 (0.51%) Puppet
12 7 (0.45%) Opscode Chef
13 6 (0.38%) Grafana
13 6 (0.38%) Norton AntiVirus
13 6 (0.38%) SCOM
14 5 (0.32%) Stealthwatch
14 5 (0.32%) vRealize
14 5 (0.32%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 1,172 (74.65%) Cisco
2 406 (25.86%) CheckPoint
3 303 (19.30%) F5
4 297 (18.92%) Juniper
5 203 (12.93%) Palo Alto
6 143 (9.11%) VMware
7 123 (7.83%) Fortinet
8 108 (6.88%) Microsoft
9 104 (6.62%) SolarWinds
10 93 (5.92%) Blue Coat
11 92 (5.86%) Aruba
12 87 (5.54%) Meraki
13 83 (5.29%) HP
14 66 (4.20%) McAfee
15 64 (4.08%) Citrix
16 57 (3.63%) Riverbed
17 37 (2.36%) Arista
18 33 (2.10%) Forcepoint
19 32 (2.04%) Infoblox
19 32 (2.04%) NetApp