Period
to 25 October 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for VLAN skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited VLAN over the 6 months to 25 October 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.

Virtual LAN (VLAN)
UK
6 months to
25 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 574 401 471
Rank change year-on-year -173 +70 +62
Contract jobs citing VLAN 256 128 363
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.30% 0.40% 0.43%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.69% 3.05% 3.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 160 94 224
10th Percentile £185 £242 £183
25th Percentile £325 £352 £256
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £438 £450 £374
Median % change year-on-year -2.78% +20.40% -4.66%
75th Percentile £525 £510 £469
90th Percentile £584 £520 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £450 £360
% change year-on-year -11.11% +25.00% -4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 14
Median hourly rate £20.00 - £32.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 - £42.00

VLAN 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 9,516 4,194 11,243
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.22% 13.17% 13.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,151 2,640 6,953
10th Percentile £213 £206 £193
25th Percentile £363 £325 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £445 £425
Median % change year-on-year +6.74% +4.71% -
75th Percentile £588 £538 £525
90th Percentile £675 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 410 186 602
10th Percentile £12.00 £14.00 £13.25
25th Percentile £14.27 £17.31 £16.25
Median hourly rate £22.00 £31.50 £25.40
Median % change year-on-year -30.16% +24.02% +36.85%
75th Percentile £48.75 £45.25 £46.40
90th Percentile £65.00 £55.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £30.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -33.33% +33.33% +24.21%

VLAN
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing VLAN as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for VLAN in the UK

VLAN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing VLAN.

Daily rate trend for VLAN in the UK

VLAN
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing VLAN over the 6 months to 25 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for VLAN in the UK

VLAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing VLAN.

Hourly rate trend for VLAN in the UK

VLAN
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 VLAN within the UK over the 6 months to 25 October 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 -152 219 £400 -11.11% 198
UK excluding London -110 121 £400 -11.11% 146
London -135 102 £450 - 57
Work from Home -209 48 £463 +2.78% 25
South East -110 33 £265 -42.01% 37
South West -30 22 £450 +37.83% 15
North of England -66 21 £405 +34.85% 45
Midlands -55 19 £395 +14.49% 29
West Midlands - 16 £395 - 14
East of England -48 13 £313 -38.12% 15
North West -43 12 £450 +63.64% 24
Yorkshire -45 7 £400 +33.33% 18
Scotland -77 7 £478 +68.56%
Channel Islands - 5 £550 -
East Midlands -37 3 £463 +180.30% 15
North East - 2 £425 - 3
Wales - 1 £570 - 5

For the 6 months to 25 October 2021, IT contractor jobs citing VLAN 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 VLAN.

1 128 (50.00%) Firewall
2 111 (43.36%) Cisco
3 87 (33.98%) WAN
4 84 (32.81%) VMware
5 83 (32.42%) Active Directory
6 82 (32.03%) BGP
7 81 (31.64%) DNS
8 80 (31.25%) VPN
9 71 (27.73%) LAN
9 71 (27.73%) Windows
10 69 (26.95%) DHCP
11 65 (25.39%) MPLS
12 63 (24.61%) Azure
13 54 (21.09%) TCP/IP
14 51 (19.92%) OSPF
14 51 (19.92%) VMware Infrastructure
15 50 (19.53%) Microsoft 365
15 50 (19.53%) Microsoft
16 49 (19.14%) Security Cleared
17 46 (17.97%) Wireless
18 45 (17.58%) Linux
18 45 (17.58%) Social Skills
19 41 (16.02%) SC Cleared
20 38 (14.84%) Cisco Certification
21 37 (14.45%) Network Security
21 37 (14.45%) Windows Server
22 30 (11.72%) AWS
23 29 (11.33%) Migration
24 28 (10.94%) VoIP
25 27 (10.55%) Wi-Fi

VLAN
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 (5.08%) SharePoint
2 12 (4.69%) MS Exchange
3 10 (3.91%) Apache
4 6 (2.34%) Confluence
4 6 (2.34%) nginx
5 4 (1.56%) Tomcat
6 3 (1.17%) JBoss
6 3 (1.17%) Skype for Business
7 2 (0.78%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.39%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.39%) IIS
8 1 (0.39%) Oracle BPEL
Applications
1 17 (6.64%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (1.95%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.39%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.39%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 63 (24.61%) Azure
2 50 (19.53%) Microsoft 365
3 30 (11.72%) AWS
4 16 (6.25%) Azure Active Directory
5 9 (3.52%) IaaS
6 8 (3.13%) GCP
6 8 (3.13%) PaaS
7 7 (2.73%) Azure Storage
7 7 (2.73%) OneDrive
7 7 (2.73%) SaaS
8 6 (2.34%) Azure App Service
8 6 (2.34%) Azure Pipelines
8 6 (2.34%) SonarCloud
9 4 (1.56%) Cloud Run
9 4 (1.56%) OpenShift
10 3 (1.17%) Amazon EC2
10 3 (1.17%) Amazon EKS
11 2 (0.78%) AWS CloudFormation
11 2 (0.78%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 1 (0.39%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 128 (50.00%) Firewall
2 87 (33.98%) WAN
3 82 (32.03%) BGP
4 81 (31.64%) DNS
5 80 (31.25%) VPN
6 71 (27.73%) LAN
7 69 (26.95%) DHCP
8 65 (25.39%) MPLS
9 54 (21.09%) TCP/IP
10 51 (19.92%) OSPF
11 46 (17.97%) Wireless
12 37 (14.45%) Network Security
13 28 (10.94%) VoIP
14 27 (10.55%) Wi-Fi
15 23 (8.98%) Ethernet
15 23 (8.98%) IPv4
16 22 (8.59%) SD-WAN
17 18 (7.03%) FTP
17 18 (7.03%) Multicast
18 17 (6.64%) IPv6
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (3.13%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.56%) FileMaker
2 4 (1.56%) MySQL
2 4 (1.56%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (0.78%) Hadoop
3 2 (0.78%) HBase
3 2 (0.78%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.39%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (0.39%) Big Data
4 1 (0.39%) MongoDB
4 1 (0.39%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.39%) Oracle Database 12c
4 1 (0.39%) Redis
4 1 (0.39%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 8 (3.13%) Git (software)
1 8 (3.13%) JIRA
2 6 (2.34%) SonarQube
3 4 (1.56%) Arsenale Dataplane
3 4 (1.56%) TestRail
3 4 (1.56%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 1 (0.39%) GitLab
4 1 (0.39%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.39%) PowerDesigner
4 1 (0.39%) Subversion
General
1 45 (17.58%) Social Skills
2 26 (10.16%) Telecoms
3 25 (9.77%) Finance
4 14 (5.47%) Public Sector
5 11 (4.30%) Documentation Skills
6 10 (3.91%) Analytical Skills
7 8 (3.13%) Retail
8 6 (2.34%) Organisational Skills
9 5 (1.95%) Presentation Skills
10 4 (1.56%) Automotive
10 4 (1.56%) Banking
10 4 (1.56%) Law
10 4 (1.56%) Marketing
11 3 (1.17%) Influencing Skills
11 3 (1.17%) Publishing
12 2 (0.78%) Advertising
12 2 (0.78%) Police
13 1 (0.39%) Financial Institution
13 1 (0.39%) Legal
13 1 (0.39%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 60 (23.44%) Network Engineer
2 32 (12.50%) Architect
3 25 (9.77%) Support Engineer
4 24 (9.38%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 22 (8.59%) Cisco Engineer
6 16 (6.25%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 14 (5.47%) Consultant
8 13 (5.08%) 2nd Line Support
8 13 (5.08%) Network Architect
8 13 (5.08%) VMware Architect
9 11 (4.30%) Senior Network Engineer
10 10 (3.91%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 10 (3.91%) 3rd Line Support
10 10 (3.91%) Desktop Support
11 9 (3.52%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
11 9 (3.52%) Analyst
12 8 (3.13%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
12 8 (3.13%) IT Manager
12 8 (3.13%) IT Support
13 7 (2.73%) 2nd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (5.08%) 802.1X
2 10 (3.91%) XMPP
3 8 (3.13%) Spine.js
3 8 (3.13%) YAML
4 7 (2.73%) JSON
4 7 (2.73%) LDAP
5 5 (1.95%) Middleware
6 4 (1.56%) LAMP
6 4 (1.56%) OAuth
6 4 (1.56%) OAuth2
6 4 (1.56%) RESTful
6 4 (1.56%) SAML
7 3 (1.17%) Web Services
8 2 (0.78%) ADO
8 2 (0.78%) Node.js
9 1 (0.39%) CSS
9 1 (0.39%) Django
9 1 (0.39%) Flask
9 1 (0.39%) WSH
9 1 (0.39%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 21 (8.20%) Data Centre
2 15 (5.86%) Self-Motivation
3 14 (5.47%) CCTV
4 13 (5.08%) Hybrid Cloud
5 10 (3.91%) Fibre Optics
6 9 (3.52%) Linux Command Line
7 8 (3.13%) SCADA
8 7 (2.73%) Management Information System
9 5 (1.95%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 5 (1.95%) Public Cloud
10 4 (1.56%) Algorithms
10 4 (1.56%) Device Driver
10 4 (1.56%) Enterprise Software
10 4 (1.56%) Handset
10 4 (1.56%) Replication
10 4 (1.56%) User Experience
11 3 (1.17%) Clustering
11 3 (1.17%) Driving Licence
11 3 (1.17%) Virtual Team
12 2 (0.78%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 71 (27.73%) Windows
2 45 (17.58%) Linux
3 37 (14.45%) Windows Server
4 20 (7.81%) Windows 10
5 12 (4.69%) Windows Server 2019
6 11 (4.30%) Windows Server 2016
7 10 (3.91%) Ubuntu
8 7 (2.73%) Windows Server 2012
9 6 (2.34%) Windows Server 2008
10 5 (1.95%) Apple iOS
10 5 (1.95%) Embedded Linux
10 5 (1.95%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 5 (1.95%) VMS
11 4 (1.56%) Android
11 4 (1.56%) Mac OS X
11 4 (1.56%) SUSE
11 4 (1.56%) Windows 7
11 4 (1.56%) Windows XP
12 3 (1.17%) Unix
12 3 (1.17%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (11.33%) Migration
2 27 (10.55%) DevOps
2 27 (10.55%) Problem-Solving
3 24 (9.38%) Network Design
4 23 (8.98%) Agile Software Development
4 23 (8.98%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 23 (8.98%) ITIL
5 21 (8.20%) Network Architecture
6 20 (7.81%) Computer Science
7 18 (7.03%) Project Delivery
8 17 (6.64%) Load Balancing
9 16 (6.25%) Service Management
10 12 (4.69%) Project Management
11 11 (4.30%) Change Management
11 11 (4.30%) Network Virtualisation
12 10 (3.91%) Cryptography
12 10 (3.91%) Cybersecurity
12 10 (3.91%) Network Management
12 10 (3.91%) Stakeholder Management
13 9 (3.52%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 24 (9.38%) PowerShell
2 18 (7.03%) Python
3 16 (6.25%) Bash Shell
4 13 (5.08%) Java
4 13 (5.08%) SQL
5 9 (3.52%) C
5 9 (3.52%) Go
6 7 (2.73%) VBScript
7 6 (2.34%) VB
8 5 (1.95%) C++
8 5 (1.95%) VBA
9 4 (1.56%) Rust
10 2 (0.78%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.39%) C#
11 1 (0.39%) C-shell
11 1 (0.39%) Groovy
11 1 (0.39%) JavaScript
11 1 (0.39%) Korn
11 1 (0.39%) Perl
11 1 (0.39%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 49 (19.14%) Security Cleared
2 41 (16.02%) SC Cleared
3 38 (14.84%) Cisco Certification
4 21 (8.20%) CCNA
4 21 (8.20%) Degree
5 20 (7.81%) CCNP
6 9 (3.52%) CCIE
6 9 (3.52%) Microsoft Certification
7 7 (2.73%) MCSE
8 5 (1.95%) Computer Science Degree
8 5 (1.95%) MCSA
8 5 (1.95%) RHCE
9 4 (1.56%) DV Cleared
9 4 (1.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 3 (1.17%) ACSP
10 3 (1.17%) BPSS Clearance
10 3 (1.17%) ITIL Certification
11 2 (0.78%) CCIE Collaboration
11 2 (0.78%) MCITP
12 1 (0.39%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (3.52%) QA
2 8 (3.13%) SLA
3 5 (1.95%) PCI DSS
4 4 (1.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.78%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (0.39%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 1 (0.39%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.39%) HIPAA
6 1 (0.39%) NIST
6 1 (0.39%) SOC 2
System Software
1 83 (32.42%) Active Directory
2 51 (19.92%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (7.03%) VMware NSX
4 17 (6.64%) vSphere
5 15 (5.86%) Hyper-V
6 14 (5.47%) VMware ESXi
7 11 (4.30%) Docker
8 9 (3.52%) Virtual Machines
9 8 (3.13%) BitLocker
10 6 (2.34%) Xen
11 5 (1.95%) NFS
12 4 (1.56%) iptables
12 4 (1.56%) KVM
13 3 (1.17%) Firmware
13 3 (1.17%) Slurm Workload Manager
13 3 (1.17%) Virtual Servers
13 3 (1.17%) VMware Server
13 3 (1.17%) VMware Workstation
14 2 (0.78%) XenApp
14 2 (0.78%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 26 (10.16%) SCCM
2 17 (6.64%) Ansible
3 14 (5.47%) Kubernetes
4 13 (5.08%) Microsoft Intune
4 13 (5.08%) Terraform
5 12 (4.69%) Single Sign-On
5 12 (4.69%) vRealize Orchestrator
6 9 (3.52%) FortiGate
6 9 (3.52%) vRealize
7 7 (2.73%) vCenter Server
8 6 (2.34%) AppManager
8 6 (2.34%) Grafana
8 6 (2.34%) Prometheus
9 5 (1.95%) Backup Exec
9 5 (1.95%) Cisco CUCM
9 5 (1.95%) Jamf Pro
9 5 (1.95%) StackStorm
10 4 (1.56%) AirWatch
10 4 (1.56%) Istio
10 4 (1.56%) Knative
Vendors
1 111 (43.36%) Cisco
2 84 (32.81%) VMware
3 50 (19.53%) Microsoft
4 27 (10.55%) F5
5 21 (8.20%) Meraki
6 19 (7.42%) SolarWinds
7 18 (7.03%) CheckPoint
8 16 (6.25%) Citrix
9 14 (5.47%) Palo Alto
10 13 (5.08%) Aruba
10 13 (5.08%) Juniper
11 12 (4.69%) Google
12 10 (3.91%) Fortinet
13 9 (3.52%) CyberArk
13 9 (3.52%) IBM
13 9 (3.52%) Red Hat
14 8 (3.13%) HP
14 8 (3.13%) Infoblox
15 7 (2.73%) Dell
15 7 (2.73%) Veeam