Period
to 28 October 2020

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 28 October 2020 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
28 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 206 191 193
Rank change year-on-year -15 +2 -30
Contract jobs citing TCP/IP 407 1,241 1,532
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.25% 1.47% 1.49%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.55% 11.02% 11.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 303 749 897
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - -
10th Percentile £161 £143 £163
90th Percentile £575 £588 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £336 £388 £390
% change year-on-year -13.23% -0.64% +7.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 123 92
Median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% +110.53% -13.64%
10th Percentile £14.50 £15.60 £12.75
90th Percentile £40.00 £82.50 £48.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £42.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -16.67% +121.05% -16.74%

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 4,264 11,258 13,523
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.07% 13.32% 13.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,446 6,788 8,146
Median daily rate £440 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.53% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £211 £200 £200
90th Percentile £621 £600 £608
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 236 625 660
Median hourly rate £35.00 £28.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.81% +50.00% -
10th Percentile £14.50 £13.43 £12.23
90th Percentile £56.00 £53.75 £48.30
Median hourly rate £35.00 £23.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year +48.94% +23.68% -1.30%

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 28 October 2020.

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 28 October 2020.

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 28 October 2020. 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 -23 357 £410 +2.50% 222
UK excluding London -19 207 £336 -13.23% 163
London +19 158 £478 +19.50% 71
Work from Home -48 71 £525 +75.00% 48
North of England +41 54 £375 -7.41% 45
East of England +51 47 £350 - 17
South East +1 45 £374 -12.06% 41
North West +36 25 £374 -6.50% 23
South West +36 24 £300 -25.00% 25
Yorkshire +40 22 £500 +11.11% 18
Midlands +8 22 £145 -55.38% 23
Scotland +49 14 £225 -30.77% 6
West Midlands +15 13 £160 -50.77% 17
East Midlands +22 9 £120 -65.71% 6
North East +24 7 £285 -29.32% 4
Wales +5 2 £333 -16.88% 6

For the 6 months to 28 October 2020, 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.

1 159 (39.07%) Linux
2 147 (36.12%) Windows
3 131 (32.19%) Firewall
4 121 (29.73%) DNS
5 119 (29.24%) Microsoft
6 102 (25.06%) LAN
7 86 (21.13%) Active Directory
8 85 (20.88%) HTTP
9 81 (19.90%) DHCP
10 79 (19.41%) Cisco
11 78 (19.16%) Python
12 74 (18.18%) WAN
12 74 (18.18%) VMware
13 71 (17.44%) Agile Software Development
14 66 (16.22%) AWS
15 65 (15.97%) Security Cleared
15 65 (15.97%) SSL
16 57 (14.00%) C
17 56 (13.76%) Finance
18 55 (13.51%) VPN
18 55 (13.51%) DevOps
19 53 (13.02%) SC Cleared
19 53 (13.02%) Unix
20 52 (12.78%) Jenkins
21 51 (12.53%) VMware Infrastructure
21 51 (12.53%) F5
22 49 (12.04%) Analytical Skills
23 48 (11.79%) GCP
24 47 (11.55%) Problem-Solving
25 46 (11.30%) Ansible

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 23 (5.65%) Confluence
2 22 (5.41%) MS Exchange
3 13 (3.19%) Apache
4 11 (2.70%) Elasticsearch
5 10 (2.46%) IIS
6 9 (2.21%) Cloud Foundry
6 9 (2.21%) Mule
7 8 (1.97%) WebSphere
8 6 (1.47%) SharePoint
8 6 (1.47%) Tomcat
9 5 (1.23%) Skype for Business
10 3 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2010
10 3 (0.74%) IBM Transformation Extender
10 3 (0.74%) JBoss
10 3 (0.74%) nginx
10 3 (0.74%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 2 (0.49%) IBM HTTP Server
11 2 (0.49%) Jetty
11 2 (0.49%) Mongrel
11 2 (0.49%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 32 (7.86%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (2.70%) Microsoft Project
3 10 (2.46%) MS Visio
4 9 (2.21%) Microsoft Excel
5 5 (1.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 4 (0.98%) CATIA
7 1 (0.25%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 1 (0.25%) assyst
1 1 (0.25%) BASE24
1 1 (0.25%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 66 (16.22%) AWS
2 48 (11.79%) GCP
3 43 (10.57%) Azure
4 39 (9.58%) Office 365
5 24 (5.90%) GitHub
6 20 (4.91%) PaaS
7 19 (4.67%) SaaS
7 19 (4.67%) Slack
8 17 (4.18%) Amazon EC2
9 13 (3.19%) Cloud Computing
10 10 (2.46%) IaaS
11 9 (2.21%) npm
12 6 (1.47%) Azure Active Directory
12 6 (1.47%) Google Analytics
13 4 (0.98%) OpenShift
14 2 (0.49%) AWS CloudFormation
14 2 (0.49%) Dynamics 365
14 2 (0.49%) Google App Engine
14 2 (0.49%) OneDrive
14 2 (0.49%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 131 (32.19%) Firewall
2 121 (29.73%) DNS
3 102 (25.06%) LAN
4 85 (20.88%) HTTP
5 81 (19.90%) DHCP
6 74 (18.18%) WAN
7 65 (15.97%) SSL
8 55 (13.51%) VPN
9 46 (11.30%) Ethernet
10 40 (9.83%) Internet
11 37 (9.09%) SNMP
12 35 (8.60%) Network Security
13 34 (8.35%) OSPF
14 29 (7.13%) IPsec
15 28 (6.88%) HTTPS
15 28 (6.88%) Wireshark
16 27 (6.63%) BGP
16 27 (6.63%) IPv6
17 26 (6.39%) Wireless
18 24 (5.90%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (4.18%) SQL Server
2 11 (2.70%) Relational Database
3 9 (2.21%) MySQL
3 9 (2.21%) NoSQL
4 5 (1.23%) Neo4j
5 3 (0.74%) MongoDB
5 3 (0.74%) SQL Server 2019
6 2 (0.49%) Data Lake
6 2 (0.49%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (0.49%) DB2
6 2 (0.49%) Power BI
6 2 (0.49%) Redis
6 2 (0.49%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (0.25%) Amazon RDS
7 1 (0.25%) Apache Cassandra
7 1 (0.25%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.25%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.25%) Snowflake Schema
7 1 (0.25%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 52 (12.78%) Jenkins
2 44 (10.81%) Git (software)
3 40 (9.83%) JIRA
4 18 (4.42%) JUnit
5 16 (3.93%) Selenium
6 12 (2.95%) Mockito
6 12 (2.95%) Sonatype Nexus
6 12 (2.95%) Subversion
6 12 (2.95%) Visual Studio
7 9 (2.21%) Maven
8 8 (1.97%) Cucumber
8 8 (1.97%) Eclipse
8 8 (1.97%) Gatling
8 8 (1.97%) NetBeans
9 6 (1.47%) GDB
9 6 (1.47%) Redmine
10 4 (0.98%) GNU Toolchain
11 3 (0.74%) Artifactory
11 3 (0.74%) GitLab
11 3 (0.74%) SoapUI
General
1 56 (13.76%) Finance
2 38 (9.34%) Public Sector
3 18 (4.42%) Banking
4 17 (4.18%) Telecoms
5 12 (2.95%) Law
6 10 (2.46%) Military
7 8 (1.97%) Aerospace
8 7 (1.72%) Investment Banking
8 7 (1.72%) Marketing
9 6 (1.47%) Legal
10 5 (1.23%) Front Office
10 5 (1.23%) Manufacturing
10 5 (1.23%) Retail
11 4 (0.98%) Automotive
11 4 (0.98%) Electronics
12 3 (0.74%) Financial Institution
13 1 (0.25%) Advertising
13 1 (0.25%) Back Office
13 1 (0.25%) German Language
13 1 (0.25%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 51 (12.53%) Network Engineer
2 44 (10.81%) Analyst
3 34 (8.35%) Developer
4 28 (6.88%) DevOps Engineer
5 27 (6.63%) Support Engineer
6 23 (5.65%) IT Engineer
7 19 (4.67%) Desktop Support
7 19 (4.67%) Security Engineer
8 17 (4.18%) Desktop Engineer
9 16 (3.93%) Desktop Support Engineer
9 16 (3.93%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 15 (3.69%) 2nd Line Engineer
11 14 (3.44%) 2nd Line Support
11 14 (3.44%) AWS Engineer
11 14 (3.44%) Consultant
11 14 (3.44%) IT Support
11 14 (3.44%) Platform Engineer
12 13 (3.19%) AWS DevOps
12 13 (3.19%) AWS DevOps Engineer
13 12 (2.95%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (6.88%) Node.js
2 26 (6.39%) REST
3 23 (5.65%) JSON
3 23 (5.65%) LDAP
4 21 (5.16%) POSIX
5 19 (4.67%) 802.1X
6 16 (3.93%) Web Services
7 14 (3.44%) Qt
7 14 (3.44%) XML
7 14 (3.44%) Yocto
8 13 (3.19%) HTML
8 13 (3.19%) Middleware
9 12 (2.95%) .NET
9 12 (2.95%) Spring
10 11 (2.70%) HTML5
11 10 (2.46%) Spring Boot
11 10 (2.46%) WireMock
12 9 (2.21%) Enzyme
12 9 (2.21%) Jest
12 9 (2.21%) Redux
Miscellaneous
1 49 (12.04%) Analytical Skills
2 23 (5.65%) Device Driver
3 20 (4.91%) Data Centre
4 15 (3.69%) Clustering
5 14 (3.44%) Greenfield Project
6 13 (3.19%) Mobile App
7 11 (2.70%) Management Information System
8 9 (2.21%) Replication
8 9 (2.21%) Self-Motivation
9 8 (1.97%) PKI
10 6 (1.47%) MPEG
10 6 (1.47%) STB
10 6 (1.47%) User Experience
10 6 (1.47%) Video\Live Streaming
11 5 (1.23%) Client/Server
11 5 (1.23%) Digital TV
11 5 (1.23%) Linux Command Line
11 5 (1.23%) Public Cloud
11 5 (1.23%) Security Operations Centre
11 5 (1.23%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 159 (39.07%) Linux
2 147 (36.12%) Windows
3 53 (13.02%) Unix
4 46 (11.30%) Windows Server
5 36 (8.85%) Windows 10
6 27 (6.63%) Windows Server 2012
7 26 (6.39%) Windows Server 2008
8 23 (5.65%) Windows Server 2016
9 20 (4.91%) Windows Server 2019
10 17 (4.18%) Windows 7
11 16 (3.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 15 (3.69%) Solaris
13 9 (2.21%) Android
14 8 (1.97%) Ubuntu
15 5 (1.23%) Apple iOS
15 5 (1.23%) Debian
15 5 (1.23%) Fedora
16 4 (0.98%) Embedded Linux
16 4 (0.98%) Oracle Linux
16 4 (0.98%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 71 (17.44%) Agile Software Development
2 55 (13.51%) DevOps
3 47 (11.55%) Problem-Solving
4 41 (10.07%) Cybersecurity
5 39 (9.58%) Load Balancing
5 39 (9.58%) Software Engineering
6 38 (9.34%) SIEM
7 35 (8.60%) Continuous Integration
8 33 (8.11%) Scrum
9 31 (7.62%) Test Automation
10 28 (6.88%) Migration
11 26 (6.39%) Project Management
12 24 (5.90%) Continuous Improvement
12 24 (5.90%) High Availability
12 24 (5.90%) ITIL
12 24 (5.90%) Open Source
13 22 (5.41%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 22 (5.41%) Kanban
14 21 (5.16%) Configuration Management
15 20 (4.91%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 78 (19.16%) Python
2 57 (14.00%) C
3 40 (9.83%) C++
4 38 (9.34%) Java
5 30 (7.37%) Bash Shell
5 30 (7.37%) PowerShell
6 27 (6.63%) JavaScript
7 25 (6.14%) SQL
8 22 (5.41%) C#
8 22 (5.41%) Perl
9 18 (4.42%) Shell Script
10 9 (2.21%) ES6
11 7 (1.72%) Scala
12 6 (1.47%) Embedded C
12 6 (1.47%) PHP
12 6 (1.47%) Ruby
13 5 (1.23%) GLSL
13 5 (1.23%) HLSL
13 5 (1.23%) MATLAB
13 5 (1.23%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 65 (15.97%) Security Cleared
2 53 (13.02%) SC Cleared
3 38 (9.34%) Cisco Certification
4 31 (7.62%) CCNP
5 28 (6.88%) CCNA
6 23 (5.65%) Degree
7 14 (3.44%) DV Cleared
8 12 (2.95%) CompTIA Security+
9 11 (2.70%) Microsoft Certification
10 10 (2.46%) CISSP
10 10 (2.46%) GCFA
11 9 (2.21%) ECDL
12 8 (1.97%) CEH
13 7 (1.72%) BPSS Clearance
13 7 (1.72%) CCIE
13 7 (1.72%) Computer Science Degree
13 7 (1.72%) GIAC
14 6 (1.47%) CCDP
15 5 (1.23%) GSEC
16 4 (0.98%) GCIH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (4.67%) QA
2 7 (1.72%) SLA
3 6 (1.47%) GDPR
3 6 (1.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (1.47%) NIST
3 6 (1.47%) WCAG
4 5 (1.23%) PCI DSS
5 4 (0.98%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 3 (0.74%) ISO 9001
6 3 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 17025
6 3 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 2 (0.49%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.25%) COBIT
8 1 (0.25%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (0.25%) ISO 9000
8 1 (0.25%) MISRA
8 1 (0.25%) PMO
System Software
1 86 (21.13%) Active Directory
2 51 (12.53%) VMware Infrastructure
3 28 (6.88%) Docker
4 20 (4.91%) VMware ESXi
5 15 (3.69%) vSphere
6 14 (3.44%) Hyper-V
6 14 (3.44%) Virtual Machines
7 10 (2.46%) VMware NSX
8 8 (1.97%) XenApp
9 6 (1.47%) Firmware
10 5 (1.23%) NFS
11 3 (0.74%) iptables
11 3 (0.74%) LXC
11 3 (0.74%) Snort
11 3 (0.74%) XenDesktop
12 2 (0.49%) EMC RecoverPoint
12 2 (0.49%) Oracle RAC
12 2 (0.49%) ProxySG
12 2 (0.49%) Samba
12 2 (0.49%) Xen
Systems Management
1 46 (11.30%) Ansible
2 36 (8.85%) Puppet
3 34 (8.35%) Kubernetes
4 18 (4.42%) FortiGate
4 18 (4.42%) Opscode Chef
5 17 (4.18%) SCCM
5 17 (4.18%) Terraform
6 12 (2.95%) Microsoft Clustering
7 10 (2.46%) SCOM
8 8 (1.97%) Grafana
8 8 (1.97%) Kibana
9 6 (1.47%) Netcool
9 6 (1.47%) WSUS
10 5 (1.23%) Salt
11 4 (0.98%) Nagios
11 4 (0.98%) Network Intrusion Detection System
11 4 (0.98%) Prometheus
11 4 (0.98%) Single Sign-On
11 4 (0.98%) Tivoli Storage Manager
12 3 (0.74%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 119 (29.24%) Microsoft
2 79 (19.41%) Cisco
3 74 (18.18%) VMware
4 51 (12.53%) F5
5 37 (9.09%) Juniper
6 34 (8.35%) Oracle
7 24 (5.90%) Blue Coat
8 23 (5.65%) Citrix
8 23 (5.65%) Splunk
9 22 (5.41%) AppDynamics
10 20 (4.91%) Fortinet
11 16 (3.93%) Google
11 16 (3.93%) Symantec
12 14 (3.44%) CheckPoint
12 14 (3.44%) HP
12 14 (3.44%) Red Hat
13 13 (3.19%) ArcSight
14 10 (2.46%) CyberArk
14 10 (2.46%) IBM
15 9 (2.21%) Qualys