Period
to 22 January 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for TCP/IP skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited TCP/IP over the 6 months to 22 January 2021 with a comparison to the 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.

Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
UK
6 months to
22 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 206 176 182
Rank change year-on-year -30 +6 -10
Contract jobs citing TCP/IP 534 1,131 1,573
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.27% 1.56% 1.58%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 10.16% 11.25% 12.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 438 723 1,004
Median daily rate £425 £400 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £162 £159 £172
90th Percentile £600 £622 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -23.53% +6.25% +9.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 113 89
Median hourly rate £25.00 £21.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.28% +7.50% +15.11%
10th Percentile £14.82 £14.50 £14.42
90th Percentile £52.75 £81.75 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £19.75 £19.50
% change year-on-year -1.27% +1.28% +10.25%

TCP/IP is in the Communications and Computer Networking category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 5,255 10,050 12,741
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.48% 13.83% 12.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,308 6,210 7,833
Median daily rate £438 £411 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.45% -3.29% +6.25%
10th Percentile £200 £181 £200
90th Percentile £613 £600 £606
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 268 559 586
Median hourly rate £32.75 £21.53 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +52.15% +19.58% -1.37%
10th Percentile £13.19 £13.38 £12.00
90th Percentile £59.13 £53.00 £48.04
Median hourly rate £31.25 £20.00 £17.41
% change year-on-year +56.25% +14.88% -7.15%

TCP/IP
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing TCP/IP as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for TCP/IP in the UK

TCP/IP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing TCP/IP.

Daily rate trend for TCP/IP in the UK

TCP/IP
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing TCP/IP over the 6 months to 22 January 2021.

Daily rate histogram for TCP/IP in the UK

TCP/IP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing TCP/IP.

Hourly rate trend for TCP/IP in the UK

TCP/IP
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing TCP/IP over the 6 months to 22 January 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for TCP/IP in the UK

TCP/IP
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 TCP/IP within the UK over the 6 months to 22 January 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 -16 472 £408 +1.88% 264
UK excluding London -9 283 £325 -23.53% 209
London +1 196 £488 +21.88% 68
Work from Home -112 102 £488 +34.48% 36
South East -2 73 £420 -2.33% 62
North of England +35 66 £300 -33.33% 62
East of England +25 51 £375 -9.09% 21
South West +46 37 £300 -20.00% 19
Midlands +9 36 £175 -50.00% 31
Yorkshire +34 30 £300 -31.82% 17
North West +28 29 £300 -33.63% 39
West Midlands +27 24 £225 -30.77% 17
Scotland +2 18 £230 -51.06% 7
East Midlands +4 12 £175 -51.72% 14
North East +22 7 £175 -72.55% 6
Wales 0 2 £333 -16.88% 5

For the 6 months to 22 January 2021, IT contractor jobs citing TCP/IP also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for TCP/IP.

1 216 (40.45%) Linux
2 179 (33.52%) Windows
3 168 (31.46%) Microsoft
4 142 (26.59%) Firewall
5 134 (25.09%) DNS
6 114 (21.35%) LAN
7 108 (20.22%) Python
8 107 (20.04%) HTTP
9 105 (19.66%) DHCP
10 104 (19.48%) Active Directory
11 96 (17.98%) WAN
12 93 (17.42%) Cisco
13 90 (16.85%) Security Cleared
14 87 (16.29%) VPN
15 83 (15.54%) VMware
15 83 (15.54%) Agile Software Development
16 76 (14.23%) SSL
17 68 (12.73%) SC Cleared
18 67 (12.55%) AWS
18 67 (12.55%) Ansible
19 64 (11.99%) Finance
19 64 (11.99%) Problem-Solving
20 63 (11.80%) Azure
21 62 (11.61%) DevOps
22 60 (11.24%) Jenkins
23 57 (10.67%) Analytical Skills
23 57 (10.67%) C++
24 56 (10.49%) Windows Server
25 55 (10.30%) Cisco Certification
25 55 (10.30%) Cybersecurity

TCP/IP
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 22 (4.12%) Apache
1 22 (4.12%) IIS
2 20 (3.75%) SharePoint
3 18 (3.37%) Elasticsearch
4 17 (3.18%) MS Exchange
5 15 (2.81%) Confluence
6 11 (2.06%) Tomcat
7 9 (1.69%) Skype for Business
8 8 (1.50%) WebSphere
9 6 (1.12%) Mailman
9 6 (1.12%) nginx
10 5 (0.94%) JBoss
10 5 (0.94%) OpenStack
10 5 (0.94%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 4 (0.75%) CICS
12 3 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2010
12 3 (0.56%) IBM Transformation Extender
13 2 (0.37%) Drupal
13 2 (0.37%) IBM HTTP Server
13 2 (0.37%) Joomla!
Applications
1 51 (9.55%) Microsoft Office
2 20 (3.75%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (2.25%) MS Visio
4 9 (1.69%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 9 (1.69%) Microsoft Project
5 4 (0.75%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 2 (0.37%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.19%) assyst
2 1 (0.19%) BASE24
2 1 (0.19%) BusinessWorks
2 1 (0.19%) Maximo
2 1 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 67 (12.55%) AWS
2 63 (11.80%) Azure
3 51 (9.55%) Office 365
4 35 (6.55%) GCP
5 22 (4.12%) Amazon EC2
5 22 (4.12%) Cloud Computing
5 22 (4.12%) GitHub
6 17 (3.18%) Azure Active Directory
6 17 (3.18%) PaaS
7 16 (3.00%) SaaS
8 11 (2.06%) Google Analytics
8 11 (2.06%) IaaS
9 7 (1.31%) OneDrive
10 5 (0.94%) AWS CloudFormation
11 4 (0.75%) OpenShift
12 3 (0.56%) Slack
13 2 (0.37%) Cohesity
13 2 (0.37%) Dynamics 365
13 2 (0.37%) Power Platform
13 2 (0.37%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 142 (26.59%) Firewall
2 134 (25.09%) DNS
3 114 (21.35%) LAN
4 107 (20.04%) HTTP
5 105 (19.66%) DHCP
6 96 (17.98%) WAN
7 87 (16.29%) VPN
8 76 (14.23%) SSL
9 49 (9.18%) Internet
10 47 (8.80%) Ethernet
10 47 (8.80%) VoIP
11 45 (8.43%) Wireshark
12 44 (8.24%) Network Security
13 41 (7.68%) SNMP
14 40 (7.49%) SMTP
15 39 (7.30%) Wireless
16 37 (6.93%) IPsec
16 37 (6.93%) VLAN
17 36 (6.74%) IPv6
18 35 (6.55%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (3.93%) SQL Server
2 19 (3.56%) Relational Database
3 17 (3.18%) NoSQL
4 11 (2.06%) PostgreSQL
5 10 (1.87%) MySQL
6 8 (1.50%) MongoDB
7 6 (1.12%) Apache Cassandra
7 6 (1.12%) RDBMS
8 5 (0.94%) Neo4j
9 4 (0.75%) SQL Server 2012
10 3 (0.56%) DB2
11 2 (0.37%) Amazon RDS
11 2 (0.37%) Data Lake
11 2 (0.37%) Data Warehouse
11 2 (0.37%) Oracle Database
11 2 (0.37%) Oracle Database 11g
11 2 (0.37%) Oracle Reports
11 2 (0.37%) Power BI
11 2 (0.37%) SQL Server 2008
12 1 (0.19%) SQL Server 2019
Development Applications
1 60 (11.24%) Jenkins
2 54 (10.11%) Git (software)
3 45 (8.43%) JIRA
4 17 (3.18%) Subversion
5 16 (3.00%) Selenium
6 15 (2.81%) Cucumber
6 15 (2.81%) Gatling
7 13 (2.43%) Visual Studio
8 11 (2.06%) Eclipse
8 11 (2.06%) JUnit
8 11 (2.06%) NetBeans
9 10 (1.87%) Redmine
10 7 (1.31%) GDB
11 6 (1.12%) GitLab
12 5 (0.94%) Artifactory
12 5 (0.94%) JMeter
12 5 (0.94%) SoapUI
13 4 (0.75%) Bitbucket
13 4 (0.75%) GNU Toolchain
13 4 (0.75%) GoogleTest
General
1 64 (11.99%) Finance
2 43 (8.05%) Public Sector
3 39 (7.30%) Telecoms
4 28 (5.24%) Banking
5 17 (3.18%) Law
6 14 (2.62%) Military
7 12 (2.25%) Aerospace
8 10 (1.87%) Investment Banking
8 10 (1.87%) Retail
9 6 (1.12%) Legal
9 6 (1.12%) Marketing
10 5 (0.94%) Financial Institution
10 5 (0.94%) Manufacturing
11 4 (0.75%) Automotive
11 4 (0.75%) Electronics
11 4 (0.75%) Front Office
12 1 (0.19%) Advertising
12 1 (0.19%) Back Office
12 1 (0.19%) German Language
12 1 (0.19%) International Banking
Job Titles
1 68 (12.73%) Network Engineer
2 48 (8.99%) Analyst
3 46 (8.61%) Developer
4 43 (8.05%) Support Engineer
5 32 (5.99%) DevOps Engineer
6 30 (5.62%) Architect
7 28 (5.24%) IT Engineer
8 22 (4.12%) Security Engineer
9 21 (3.93%) Platform Engineer
10 20 (3.75%) Desktop Support
11 19 (3.56%) IT Support
12 18 (3.37%) AWS DevOps
12 18 (3.37%) AWS DevOps Engineer
12 18 (3.37%) AWS Engineer
13 17 (3.18%) 2nd Line Support
13 17 (3.18%) Desktop Engineer
14 16 (3.00%) 2nd Line Engineer
14 16 (3.00%) Consultant
14 16 (3.00%) Desktop Support Engineer
14 16 (3.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (6.18%) XML
2 31 (5.81%) REST
3 28 (5.24%) 802.1X
4 27 (5.06%) Node.js
5 26 (4.87%) Web Services
6 24 (4.49%) JSON
7 21 (3.93%) HTML
8 20 (3.75%) POSIX
9 19 (3.56%) LDAP
10 18 (3.37%) Qt
11 16 (3.00%) .NET
12 15 (2.81%) Elastic Stack
12 15 (2.81%) HTML5
13 14 (2.62%) Kafka
13 14 (2.62%) Middleware
14 13 (2.43%) SOAP
14 13 (2.43%) Yocto
15 11 (2.06%) Gherkin
15 11 (2.06%) Play Framework
16 10 (1.87%) FIX Protocol
Miscellaneous
1 57 (10.67%) Analytical Skills
2 29 (5.43%) Data Centre
3 20 (3.75%) Clustering
3 20 (3.75%) Device Driver
4 19 (3.56%) Greenfield Project
5 14 (2.62%) Self-Motivation
6 12 (2.25%) Mainframe
6 12 (2.25%) Replication
7 9 (1.69%) Management Information System
8 8 (1.50%) Virtual Team
9 7 (1.31%) Cybercrime
9 7 (1.31%) Fixed Income
9 7 (1.31%) MPEG
9 7 (1.31%) Public Cloud
9 7 (1.31%) User Experience
9 7 (1.31%) Video Conferencing
10 6 (1.12%) Equities
10 6 (1.12%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 6 (1.12%) STB
10 6 (1.12%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 216 (40.45%) Linux
2 179 (33.52%) Windows
3 56 (10.49%) Windows Server
4 54 (10.11%) Unix
5 46 (8.61%) Windows 10
6 35 (6.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 35 (6.55%) Windows Server 2012
7 28 (5.24%) Windows Server 2008
8 26 (4.87%) Windows 7
9 23 (4.31%) Windows Server 2016
10 20 (3.75%) Windows Server 2019
11 13 (2.43%) Solaris
11 13 (2.43%) Ubuntu
12 9 (1.69%) Android
12 9 (1.69%) CentOS
12 9 (1.69%) Embedded Linux
13 7 (1.31%) SUSE
13 7 (1.31%) zOS
14 6 (1.12%) Apple iOS
14 6 (1.12%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 83 (15.54%) Agile Software Development
2 64 (11.99%) Problem-Solving
3 62 (11.61%) DevOps
4 55 (10.30%) Cybersecurity
5 44 (8.24%) Software Engineering
6 41 (7.68%) Load Balancing
7 40 (7.49%) Continuous Integration
8 38 (7.12%) SIEM
9 36 (6.74%) ITIL
10 33 (6.18%) Open Source
11 32 (5.99%) Scrum
12 30 (5.62%) Test Automation
13 27 (5.06%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 25 (4.68%) Continuous Improvement
14 25 (4.68%) Migration
14 25 (4.68%) Security Patching
15 24 (4.49%) Project Management
16 23 (4.31%) Configuration Management
17 22 (4.12%) Incident Management
17 22 (4.12%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 108 (20.22%) Python
2 57 (10.67%) C++
3 52 (9.74%) PowerShell
4 48 (8.99%) Java
5 44 (8.24%) C
6 40 (7.49%) Perl
7 38 (7.12%) SQL
8 34 (6.37%) C#
9 33 (6.18%) JavaScript
10 26 (4.87%) Bash Shell
11 14 (2.62%) Ruby
12 9 (1.69%) Scala
13 8 (1.50%) Shell Script
14 7 (1.31%) GLSL
14 7 (1.31%) Groovy
14 7 (1.31%) HLSL
14 7 (1.31%) PHP
14 7 (1.31%) T-SQL
15 5 (0.94%) Embedded C
15 5 (0.94%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 90 (16.85%) Security Cleared
2 68 (12.73%) SC Cleared
3 55 (10.30%) Cisco Certification
4 40 (7.49%) Degree
5 39 (7.30%) CCNA
5 39 (7.30%) CCNP
6 16 (3.00%) Microsoft Certification
7 15 (2.81%) CompTIA Security+
8 14 (2.62%) DV Cleared
9 12 (2.25%) GCFA
10 9 (1.69%) BPSS Clearance
10 9 (1.69%) CCIE
10 9 (1.69%) ECDL
11 8 (1.50%) CISSP
12 7 (1.31%) CCDP
12 7 (1.31%) Computer Science Degree
13 6 (1.12%) BC Cleared
13 6 (1.12%) CCIP
14 5 (0.94%) CEH
14 5 (0.94%) GCIH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (4.12%) QA
2 9 (1.69%) NIST
2 9 (1.69%) SLA
3 8 (1.50%) WCAG
4 7 (1.31%) ISO/IEC 17025
5 6 (1.12%) GDPR
6 4 (0.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 4 (0.75%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 3 (0.56%) NCSC
8 2 (0.37%) ISO 9001
8 2 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 2 (0.37%) MiFID
8 2 (0.37%) PCI DSS
9 1 (0.19%) HIPAA
9 1 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 1 (0.19%) MISRA
9 1 (0.19%) PMO
System Software
1 104 (19.48%) Active Directory
2 53 (9.93%) VMware Infrastructure
3 49 (9.18%) Docker
4 26 (4.87%) VMware ESXi
5 12 (2.25%) Hyper-V
5 12 (2.25%) vSphere
6 10 (1.87%) XenApp
7 7 (1.31%) Firmware
8 6 (1.12%) NFS
8 6 (1.12%) Virtual Machines
8 6 (1.12%) VMware NSX
9 5 (0.94%) ProxySG
10 4 (0.75%) Time Sharing Option
11 3 (0.56%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
11 3 (0.56%) Oracle RAC
11 3 (0.56%) Snort
11 3 (0.56%) Virtual Desktop
11 3 (0.56%) XenDesktop
12 2 (0.37%) LXC
12 2 (0.37%) Veritas File System
Systems Management
1 67 (12.55%) Ansible
2 52 (9.74%) Kubernetes
3 47 (8.80%) Puppet
4 21 (3.93%) Opscode Chef
4 21 (3.93%) SCCM
5 20 (3.75%) Terraform
6 14 (2.62%) FortiGate
6 14 (2.62%) Grafana
7 13 (2.43%) Kibana
8 12 (2.25%) Red Hat Satellite
9 11 (2.06%) Single Sign-On
10 9 (1.69%) Microsoft Clustering
11 8 (1.50%) Cisco Prime
11 8 (1.50%) SCOM
11 8 (1.50%) WSUS
12 7 (1.31%) EnCase
12 7 (1.31%) Netcool
13 6 (1.12%) Microsoft Intune
13 6 (1.12%) Norton AntiVirus
13 6 (1.12%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 168 (31.46%) Microsoft
2 93 (17.42%) Cisco
3 83 (15.54%) VMware
4 45 (8.43%) F5
5 35 (6.55%) Red Hat
6 34 (6.37%) Oracle
7 30 (5.62%) Juniper
8 29 (5.43%) Fortinet
9 26 (4.87%) Citrix
10 24 (4.49%) Blue Coat
11 23 (4.31%) CheckPoint
12 22 (4.12%) IBM
13 21 (3.93%) Palo Alto
14 19 (3.56%) Google
15 17 (3.18%) HP
15 17 (3.18%) Symantec
16 16 (3.00%) NetApp
17 12 (2.25%) ArcSight
17 12 (2.25%) Arista
18 11 (2.06%) CyberArk