Period
to 1 August 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 1 August 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
1 Aug 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 550 428 489
Rank change year-on-year -122 +61 +54
Contract jobs citing VLAN 219 133 381
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.30% 0.37% 0.42%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.68% 2.74% 3.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 152 87 233
10th Percentile £291 £210 £208
25th Percentile £350 £360 £300
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £413 £450 £400
Median % change year-on-year -8.33% +12.50% -
75th Percentile £500 £510 £500
90th Percentile £612 £522 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £450 £378
% change year-on-year -7.78% +19.21% +0.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 26
Median hourly rate £22.00 £32.50 £25.67
Median % change year-on-year -32.31% +26.61% -26.66%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.00 £32.50 £25.67
% change year-on-year -32.31% +26.61% -14.44%

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 8,179 4,857 11,758
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.38% 13.37% 12.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,218 3,001 7,336
10th Percentile £248 £200 £200
25th Percentile £360 £315 £315
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £438 £425
Median % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% -
75th Percentile £550 £538 £538
90th Percentile £650 £638 £607
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +1.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 374 246 573
10th Percentile £12.00 £14.39 £12.05
25th Percentile £15.00 £17.26 £15.34
Median hourly rate £22.44 £30.00 £22.50
Median % change year-on-year -25.22% +33.33% +18.42%
75th Percentile £49.69 £46.25 £45.00
90th Percentile £64.85 £52.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £22.19 £21.00
% change year-on-year -9.86% +5.65% +11.17%

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 1 August 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 1 August 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 -101 191 £402 -10.61% 164
UK excluding London -35 123 £415 -7.78% 127
London -117 73 £390 -13.33% 42
Work from Home -243 45 £425 -26.09% 21
South East -48 40 £400 -14.35% 34
South West -1 25 £413 -8.33% 11
Midlands - 17 £414 - 26
North of England -34 15 £427 +6.95% 32
East of England -13 13 £363 - 19
West Midlands - 12 £415 - 13
Scotland -64 10 £450 +38.46% 3
North West -27 8 £450 +12.64% 20
Yorkshire -23 5 £405 -28.08% 9
East Midlands - 5 £388 - 13
North East - 2 £425 - 3
Channel Islands - 2 £550 -
Wales - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 1 August 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.

1 119 (54.34%) Firewall
2 104 (47.49%) Cisco
3 88 (40.18%) VPN
4 81 (36.99%) WAN
5 78 (35.62%) DNS
6 75 (34.25%) VMware
7 74 (33.79%) LAN
8 71 (32.42%) DHCP
9 65 (29.68%) Active Directory
10 64 (29.22%) Windows
11 60 (27.40%) Azure
12 58 (26.48%) Microsoft
13 55 (25.11%) Linux
13 55 (25.11%) VMware Infrastructure
14 52 (23.74%) BGP
14 52 (23.74%) Social Skills
15 49 (22.37%) Cisco Certification
15 49 (22.37%) Wireless
15 49 (22.37%) Security Cleared
16 48 (21.92%) OSPF
17 45 (20.55%) MPLS
17 45 (20.55%) TCP/IP
18 35 (15.98%) CCNA
18 35 (15.98%) DevOps
18 35 (15.98%) Windows Server
19 34 (15.53%) Network Security
20 33 (15.07%) Ansible
20 33 (15.07%) Microsoft 365
21 32 (14.61%) Agile Software Development
22 31 (14.16%) SC Cleared

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 9 (4.11%) Apache
2 7 (3.20%) Confluence
2 7 (3.20%) SharePoint
3 6 (2.74%) MS Exchange
4 5 (2.28%) Tomcat
5 3 (1.37%) nginx
5 3 (1.37%) Skype for Business
6 2 (0.91%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.46%) Elasticsearch
7 1 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2010
7 1 (0.46%) IIS
7 1 (0.46%) JBoss
Applications
1 16 (7.31%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (5.94%) MS Visio
3 12 (5.48%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.46%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 60 (27.40%) Azure
2 33 (15.07%) Microsoft 365
3 29 (13.24%) AWS
4 10 (4.57%) Azure Active Directory
4 10 (4.57%) GCP
5 7 (3.20%) PaaS
6 6 (2.74%) IaaS
7 5 (2.28%) SaaS
8 4 (1.83%) Azure Storage
8 4 (1.83%) OpenShift
8 4 (1.83%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 3 (1.37%) Azure App Service
9 3 (1.37%) Azure Pipelines
9 3 (1.37%) Cloud Computing
9 3 (1.37%) Cloud Run
9 3 (1.37%) SonarCloud
10 2 (0.91%) Zapier
11 1 (0.46%) Amazon EKS
11 1 (0.46%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 1 (0.46%) Smartsheet
Communications & Networking
1 119 (54.34%) Firewall
2 88 (40.18%) VPN
3 81 (36.99%) WAN
4 78 (35.62%) DNS
5 74 (33.79%) LAN
6 71 (32.42%) DHCP
7 52 (23.74%) BGP
8 49 (22.37%) Wireless
9 48 (21.92%) OSPF
10 45 (20.55%) MPLS
10 45 (20.55%) TCP/IP
11 34 (15.53%) Network Security
12 24 (10.96%) IPv4
13 22 (10.05%) IPsec
13 22 (10.05%) IPv6
13 22 (10.05%) VoIP
14 21 (9.59%) SNMP
15 20 (9.13%) Multicast
16 19 (8.68%) Wi-Fi
17 18 (8.22%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (4.11%) SQL Server
2 5 (2.28%) MySQL
3 3 (1.37%) Big Data
4 2 (0.91%) Hadoop
4 2 (0.91%) HBase
4 2 (0.91%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (0.91%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.46%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (0.46%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.46%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 17 (7.76%) JIRA
2 12 (5.48%) Git (software)
3 5 (2.28%) Jenkins
3 5 (2.28%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 4 (1.83%) Arsenale Dataplane
4 4 (1.83%) TestRail
5 3 (1.37%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 3 (1.37%) SonarQube
5 3 (1.37%) Subversion
6 2 (0.91%) GitLab
7 1 (0.46%) Hudson
7 1 (0.46%) PowerDesigner
General
1 52 (23.74%) Social Skills
2 21 (9.59%) Telecoms
3 16 (7.31%) Public Sector
4 11 (5.02%) Documentation Skills
5 10 (4.57%) Finance
6 7 (3.20%) Marketing
6 7 (3.20%) Organisational Skills
7 6 (2.74%) Analytical Skills
8 5 (2.28%) Manufacturing
9 4 (1.83%) Police
9 4 (1.83%) Retail
10 3 (1.37%) Automotive
10 3 (1.37%) Presentation Skills
11 2 (0.91%) Banking
11 2 (0.91%) Pharmaceutical
12 1 (0.46%) Aerospace
12 1 (0.46%) Law
12 1 (0.46%) Legal
12 1 (0.46%) Military
Job Titles
1 69 (31.51%) Network Engineer
2 32 (14.61%) Architect
3 22 (10.05%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 21 (9.59%) Cisco Engineer
5 20 (9.13%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 16 (7.31%) Support Engineer
7 13 (5.94%) Network Architect
8 12 (5.48%) VMware Architect
9 10 (4.57%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 10 (4.57%) Consultant
9 10 (4.57%) IT Manager
10 9 (4.11%) Cloud Engineer
10 9 (4.11%) Senior Network Engineer
11 8 (3.65%) 3rd Line Support
11 8 (3.65%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
11 8 (3.65%) Analyst
11 8 (3.65%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
12 7 (3.20%) IT Support
13 6 (2.74%) LAN Engineer
13 6 (2.74%) WAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (9.13%) 802.1X
2 8 (3.65%) LDAP
2 8 (3.65%) Spine.js
3 6 (2.74%) Web Services
4 4 (1.83%) LAMP
4 4 (1.83%) RESTful
4 4 (1.83%) YAML
5 3 (1.37%) JSON
5 3 (1.37%) OAuth
5 3 (1.37%) OAuth2
6 2 (0.91%) XMPP
7 1 (0.46%) .NET Framework
7 1 (0.46%) Flask
7 1 (0.46%) Middleware
7 1 (0.46%) Node.js
7 1 (0.46%) REST
7 1 (0.46%) SAML
7 1 (0.46%) WSH
7 1 (0.46%) XML
7 1 (0.46%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 25 (11.42%) Data Centre
2 14 (6.39%) Hybrid Cloud
3 13 (5.94%) Management Information System
4 11 (5.02%) CCTV
4 11 (5.02%) Self-Motivation
5 8 (3.65%) Public Cloud
6 6 (2.74%) Fibre Optics
6 6 (2.74%) SCADA
7 4 (1.83%) Algorithms
7 4 (1.83%) Clustering
7 4 (1.83%) Device Driver
7 4 (1.83%) User Experience
8 3 (1.37%) Linux Command Line
8 3 (1.37%) PKI
8 3 (1.37%) Replication
8 3 (1.37%) Virtual Team
9 2 (0.91%) Client/Server
9 2 (0.91%) Driving Licence
9 2 (0.91%) Enterprise Software
9 2 (0.91%) Social Network
Operating Systems
1 64 (29.22%) Windows
2 55 (25.11%) Linux
3 35 (15.98%) Windows Server
4 14 (6.39%) Windows 10
5 12 (5.48%) Windows Server 2016
6 10 (4.57%) Windows Server 2019
7 9 (4.11%) Windows Server 2012
8 8 (3.65%) Ubuntu
9 6 (2.74%) Unix
9 6 (2.74%) VMS
10 5 (2.28%) Embedded Linux
10 5 (2.28%) Windows 7
11 4 (1.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 3 (1.37%) Mac OS X
12 3 (1.37%) Windows Server 2008
13 2 (0.91%) Android
13 2 (0.91%) Apple iOS
13 2 (0.91%) CentOS
14 1 (0.46%) Kali Linux
14 1 (0.46%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (15.98%) DevOps
2 32 (14.61%) Agile Software Development
3 28 (12.79%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 25 (11.42%) Computer Science
4 25 (11.42%) Migration
5 23 (10.50%) Problem-Solving
6 22 (10.05%) Load Balancing
7 20 (9.13%) Network Design
8 19 (8.68%) Kalman Filter
9 17 (7.76%) Continuous Integration
10 15 (6.85%) ITIL
10 15 (6.85%) Network Architecture
11 12 (5.48%) Cryptography
11 12 (5.48%) Network Virtualisation
11 12 (5.48%) Service Management
12 11 (5.02%) Configuration Management
12 11 (5.02%) Continuous Improvement
12 11 (5.02%) Web Filtering
13 10 (4.57%) Line Management
13 10 (4.57%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 25 (11.42%) PowerShell
2 21 (9.59%) Python
3 14 (6.39%) Bash Shell
4 11 (5.02%) SQL
5 8 (3.65%) Go
6 7 (3.20%) C++
7 6 (2.74%) C
7 6 (2.74%) Java
8 4 (1.83%) Rust
8 4 (1.83%) Shell Script
9 3 (1.37%) C#
10 2 (0.91%) Perl
10 2 (0.91%) PHP
11 1 (0.46%) Groovy
11 1 (0.46%) JavaScript
11 1 (0.46%) Korn
11 1 (0.46%) Ruby
11 1 (0.46%) VBA
11 1 (0.46%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 49 (22.37%) Cisco Certification
1 49 (22.37%) Security Cleared
2 35 (15.98%) CCNA
3 31 (14.16%) SC Cleared
4 30 (13.70%) CCNP
5 27 (12.33%) Degree
6 17 (7.76%) DV Cleared
6 17 (7.76%) Microsoft Certification
7 11 (5.02%) Computer Science Degree
8 10 (4.57%) CCIE
9 8 (3.65%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 6 (2.74%) MCSE
11 5 (2.28%) RHCE
12 4 (1.83%) AWS Certification
12 4 (1.83%) BPSS Clearance
12 4 (1.83%) MCSA
13 3 (1.37%) MCITP
14 2 (0.91%) ACSP
14 2 (0.91%) CCSA
14 2 (0.91%) GIAC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (5.94%) QA
2 11 (5.02%) SLA
3 2 (0.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.46%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (0.46%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.46%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 65 (29.68%) Active Directory
2 55 (25.11%) VMware Infrastructure
3 19 (8.68%) vSphere
4 18 (8.22%) VMware NSX
5 15 (6.85%) Docker
6 13 (5.94%) VMware ESXi
7 10 (4.57%) Hyper-V
8 9 (4.11%) Virtual Machines
9 5 (2.28%) KVM
10 4 (1.83%) Firmware
10 4 (1.83%) iptables
10 4 (1.83%) NFS
10 4 (1.83%) Virtual Servers
10 4 (1.83%) Xen
11 3 (1.37%) Slurm Workload Manager
11 3 (1.37%) XenApp
11 3 (1.37%) XenDesktop
12 2 (0.91%) HDFS
12 2 (0.91%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 2 (0.91%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 33 (15.07%) Ansible
2 13 (5.94%) SCCM
3 11 (5.02%) Microsoft Intune
3 11 (5.02%) Terraform
3 11 (5.02%) vRealize Orchestrator
4 10 (4.57%) Kubernetes
4 10 (4.57%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 9 (4.11%) vCenter Server
5 9 (4.11%) vRealize
6 6 (2.74%) Puppet
7 5 (2.28%) FortiGate
7 5 (2.28%) Single Sign-On
7 5 (2.28%) StackStorm
8 4 (1.83%) Opscode Chef
9 3 (1.37%) AirWatch
9 3 (1.37%) FlexNet
9 3 (1.37%) Grafana
9 3 (1.37%) Istio
9 3 (1.37%) Knative
9 3 (1.37%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 104 (47.49%) Cisco
2 75 (34.25%) VMware
3 58 (26.48%) Microsoft
4 24 (10.96%) Meraki
5 22 (10.05%) F5
6 21 (9.59%) CheckPoint
7 16 (7.31%) Citrix
7 16 (7.31%) SolarWinds
8 13 (5.94%) IBM
8 13 (5.94%) Palo Alto
9 11 (5.02%) Juniper
10 10 (4.57%) Aruba
10 10 (4.57%) Google
10 10 (4.57%) Red Hat
11 9 (4.11%) Infoblox
12 8 (3.65%) HP
13 7 (3.20%) McAfee
13 7 (3.20%) Veeam
14 6 (2.74%) Dell
14 6 (2.74%) Fortinet