Period
to 4 December 2021

The median annual salary for a Network Engineer was £50,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 4 December 2021.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Network Engineer
UK
6 months to
4 Dec 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 345 184 187
Rank change year-on-year -161 +3 +60
Permanent jobs requiring a Network Engineer 1,253 1,058 2,609
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.98% 1.88% 1.92%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.07% 1.98% 2.01%
Number of salaries quoted 1,082 844 2,029
10th Percentile £34,500 £32,500 £31,219
25th Percentile £41,250 £40,274 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +2.15%
75th Percentile £65,000 £62,500 £60,000
90th Percentile £77,500 £79,925 £72,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,915
% change year-on-year - +4.86% +0.98%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent 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 permanent jobs in our overall sample.

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
UK
Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 116,921 53,399 129,886
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 91.41% 95.14% 95.65%
Number of salaries quoted 81,819 44,915 105,389
10th Percentile £32,000 £32,000 £28,250
25th Percentile £42,500 £41,250 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £57,500 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.55% +10.00% -
75th Percentile £76,250 £72,500 £70,000
90th Percentile £95,000 £87,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -

Network Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Network Engineer in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Network Engineer in the UK

Network Engineer
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Network Engineer.

Salary trend for Network Engineer in the UK

Network Engineer
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Network Engineer over the 6 months to 4 December 2021.

Salary histogram for Network Engineer in the UK

Network Engineer
Top 17 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Network Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 4 December 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -151 1,152 £50,000 +2.04% 167
UK excluding London -97 800 £45,000 - 132
London -187 394 £65,000 - 48
South East -43 292 £47,500 +5.56% 30
Work from Home -159 215 £51,500 +8.42% 21
North of England -98 192 £45,000 - 47
Midlands -99 125 £45,000 - 22
North West -92 100 £45,000 - 23
South West -57 85 £47,500 +11.76% 11
Yorkshire -62 80 £42,500 - 14
East of England -116 76 £42,500 -5.56% 7
West Midlands -103 68 £45,000 -4.26% 12
East Midlands -46 55 £45,000 +5.88% 9
North East 0 32 £45,000 +10.43% 10
Scotland -67 29 £40,000 -20.00% 8
Wales -33 23 £45,801 +7.77% 6
Isle of Man - 1 - -

Network Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 December 2021, Network Engineer job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads featuring Network Engineer in the job title.

1 867 (69.19%) Cisco
2 737 (58.82%) Firewall
3 638 (50.92%) Cisco Certification
4 463 (36.95%) CCNP
5 458 (36.55%) WAN
6 429 (34.24%) LAN
7 365 (29.13%) VPN
8 353 (28.17%) CCNA
9 306 (24.42%) BGP
10 282 (22.51%) Palo Alto
11 266 (21.23%) Wireless
12 264 (21.07%) Network Security
13 261 (20.83%) Social Skills
14 243 (19.39%) Data Centre
15 241 (19.23%) Azure
16 235 (18.75%) OSPF
17 212 (16.92%) MPLS
18 206 (16.44%) TCP/IP
19 205 (16.36%) Juniper
20 200 (15.96%) Microsoft
21 198 (15.80%) Wi-Fi
22 195 (15.56%) ITIL
23 194 (15.48%) DNS
24 182 (14.53%) Network Design
25 180 (14.37%) SolarWinds
26 177 (14.13%) Cisco ASA
27 169 (13.49%) Linux
28 165 (13.17%) Windows
29 161 (12.85%) AWS
30 155 (12.37%) CheckPoint

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 34 (2.71%) MS Exchange
2 13 (1.04%) Skype for Business
3 12 (0.96%) IIS
3 12 (0.96%) SharePoint
4 8 (0.64%) Apache
5 3 (0.24%) nginx
5 3 (0.24%) OpenStack
6 2 (0.16%) Confluence
7 1 (0.080%) Tomcat
Applications
1 49 (3.91%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (1.36%) MS Visio
3 3 (0.24%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.24%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (0.40%) Sentinel
2 1 (0.080%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 241 (19.23%) Azure
2 161 (12.85%) AWS
3 107 (8.54%) Microsoft 365
4 36 (2.87%) IaaS
5 26 (2.08%) PaaS
6 21 (1.68%) Cloud Computing
7 19 (1.52%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 17 (1.36%) GCP
9 16 (1.28%) Mimecast
9 16 (1.28%) SaaS
10 11 (0.88%) AWS Direct Connect
10 11 (0.88%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 10 (0.80%) AWS CloudFormation
12 7 (0.56%) Azure Active Directory
12 7 (0.56%) Azure Sentinel
12 7 (0.56%) Cloudflare
13 3 (0.24%) Azure Key Vault
13 3 (0.24%) Azure Storage
14 2 (0.16%) GitHub
14 2 (0.16%) Google Workspace
Communications & Networking
1 737 (58.82%) Firewall
2 458 (36.55%) WAN
3 429 (34.24%) LAN
4 365 (29.13%) VPN
5 306 (24.42%) BGP
6 266 (21.23%) Wireless
7 264 (21.07%) Network Security
8 235 (18.75%) OSPF
9 212 (16.92%) MPLS
10 206 (16.44%) TCP/IP
11 198 (15.80%) Wi-Fi
12 194 (15.48%) DNS
13 177 (14.13%) Cisco ASA
14 154 (12.29%) VoIP
15 136 (10.85%) VLAN
16 122 (9.74%) DHCP
17 115 (9.18%) IPsec
18 112 (8.94%) Cisco Nexus
19 91 (7.26%) WLAN
20 84 (6.70%) SD-WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (1.36%) SQL Server
2 3 (0.24%) MySQL
3 2 (0.16%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (0.16%) Blockchain
3 2 (0.16%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.080%) InfluxDB
4 1 (0.080%) MariaDB
4 1 (0.080%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 22 (1.76%) Git (software)
2 19 (1.52%) Jenkins
3 9 (0.72%) JIRA
3 9 (0.72%) Sonatype Nexus
4 6 (0.48%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 2 (0.16%) Bitbucket
6 1 (0.080%) GitLab
6 1 (0.080%) Octopus Deploy
6 1 (0.080%) Selenium
General
1 261 (20.83%) Social Skills
2 129 (10.30%) Finance
3 117 (9.34%) Telecoms
4 51 (4.07%) Analytical Skills
5 34 (2.71%) Banking
5 34 (2.71%) Public Sector
6 32 (2.55%) Retail
7 29 (2.31%) Documentation Skills
7 29 (2.31%) Organisational Skills
8 28 (2.23%) Manufacturing
9 24 (1.92%) Law
10 19 (1.52%) Military
11 14 (1.12%) Aerospace
11 14 (1.12%) Games
12 12 (0.96%) Inclusion and Diversity
13 9 (0.72%) French Language
13 9 (0.72%) German Language
13 9 (0.72%) Legal
13 9 (0.72%) Multimedia
13 9 (0.72%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (1.84%) 802.1X
2 17 (1.36%) JSON
3 16 (1.28%) XML
4 13 (1.04%) Web Services
5 10 (0.80%) LDAP
6 6 (0.48%) REST
7 5 (0.40%) XMPP
8 4 (0.32%) Regular Expression
9 3 (0.24%) Elastic Stack
9 3 (0.24%) YAML
10 2 (0.16%) .NET
10 2 (0.16%) Java EE
10 2 (0.16%) Jinja
10 2 (0.16%) Node.js
10 2 (0.16%) RFC 2544
10 2 (0.16%) SOAP
10 2 (0.16%) Twig
11 1 (0.080%) COM
11 1 (0.080%) HTML
11 1 (0.080%) JNI
Miscellaneous
1 243 (19.39%) Data Centre
2 81 (6.46%) Self-Motivation
3 42 (3.35%) Management Information System
4 39 (3.11%) Public Cloud
5 23 (1.84%) PKI
6 21 (1.68%) Fibre Optics
7 18 (1.44%) Driving Licence
8 16 (1.28%) User Experience
9 15 (1.20%) Linux Command Line
10 14 (1.12%) Private Cloud
10 14 (1.12%) Replication
11 13 (1.04%) CCTV
11 13 (1.04%) Data Protection Act
12 12 (0.96%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
12 12 (0.96%) Video Conferencing
13 11 (0.88%) Legacy Systems
14 10 (0.80%) DataPower
14 10 (0.80%) Hybrid Cloud
15 6 (0.48%) Video\Live Streaming
16 4 (0.32%) IPTV
Operating Systems
1 169 (13.49%) Linux
2 165 (13.17%) Windows
3 74 (5.91%) Windows Server
4 31 (2.47%) Windows 10
5 21 (1.68%) Windows Server 2012
6 17 (1.36%) Unix
6 17 (1.36%) Windows Server 2016
7 15 (1.20%) Mac OS X
8 10 (0.80%) CentOS
9 7 (0.56%) SUSE
9 7 (0.56%) Ubuntu
9 7 (0.56%) Windows Server 2019
10 6 (0.48%) CatOS
11 5 (0.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 4 (0.32%) Debian
12 4 (0.32%) Windows Server 2008
12 4 (0.32%) Windows XP
13 3 (0.24%) Check Point GAiA
13 3 (0.24%) Mac OS
13 3 (0.24%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 195 (15.56%) ITIL
2 182 (14.53%) Network Design
3 134 (10.69%) Problem-Solving
4 126 (10.06%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 110 (8.78%) Network Monitoring
6 95 (7.58%) Change Management
7 92 (7.34%) Network Management
8 68 (5.43%) Network Architecture
9 67 (5.35%) Incident Management
10 62 (4.95%) Load Balancing
11 60 (4.79%) Cybersecurity
12 58 (4.63%) Project Delivery
13 56 (4.47%) Continuous Improvement
13 56 (4.47%) Disaster Recovery
14 55 (4.39%) Agile Software Development
14 55 (4.39%) Migration
15 51 (4.07%) DevOps
15 51 (4.07%) Infrastructure as Code
16 48 (3.83%) Information Security
17 47 (3.75%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 128 (10.22%) Python
2 55 (4.39%) Bash Shell
3 39 (3.11%) PowerShell
4 18 (1.44%) C
5 11 (0.88%) SQL
6 6 (0.48%) Perl
7 5 (0.40%) C++
7 5 (0.40%) Java
8 4 (0.32%) PHP
9 3 (0.24%) Go
10 2 (0.16%) C#
10 2 (0.16%) Groovy
10 2 (0.16%) Ruby
10 2 (0.16%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.080%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 638 (50.92%) Cisco Certification
2 463 (36.95%) CCNP
3 353 (28.17%) CCNA
4 126 (10.06%) CCIE
5 100 (7.98%) Security Cleared
6 97 (7.74%) Degree
7 75 (5.99%) SC Cleared
8 52 (4.15%) JNCIA
9 39 (3.11%) CCDP
10 30 (2.39%) JNCIP
11 25 (2.00%) CISSP
12 22 (1.76%) JNCIS
13 19 (1.52%) CCIE Service Provider
14 17 (1.36%) Computer Science Degree
14 17 (1.36%) DV Cleared
14 17 (1.36%) Microsoft Certification
15 15 (1.20%) CCENT
15 15 (1.20%) MCSE
16 13 (1.04%) CISM
16 13 (1.04%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 107 (8.54%) SLA
2 23 (1.84%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 14 (1.12%) GDPR
4 13 (1.04%) Cyber Essentials
5 9 (0.72%) SOC 2
6 8 (0.64%) NIST
7 7 (0.56%) PCI DSS
7 7 (0.56%) QA
8 5 (0.40%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 4 (0.32%) PMO
9 4 (0.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 3 (0.24%) NCSC
11 2 (0.16%) COBIT
11 2 (0.16%) ISO 9001
11 2 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 17025
12 1 (0.080%) HIPAA
12 1 (0.080%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 1 (0.080%) IEC 61508
12 1 (0.080%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 1 (0.080%) JSP 440
System Software
1 118 (9.42%) Active Directory
2 72 (5.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 40 (3.19%) Hyper-V
4 20 (1.60%) Firmware
5 15 (1.20%) VMware ESXi
6 14 (1.12%) Docker
7 13 (1.04%) Virtual Servers
8 10 (0.80%) ProxySG
8 10 (0.80%) VMware NSX
8 10 (0.80%) vSphere
9 5 (0.40%) Terminal Server
9 5 (0.40%) Virtual Machines
10 4 (0.32%) Virtual Desktop
11 3 (0.24%) BitLocker
12 2 (0.16%) KVM
12 2 (0.16%) Squid
13 1 (0.080%) iptables
13 1 (0.080%) NLBS
13 1 (0.080%) QEMU
13 1 (0.080%) Xen
Systems Management
1 69 (5.51%) Ansible
2 60 (4.79%) Terraform
3 43 (3.43%) FortiGate
4 34 (2.71%) Cisco CUCM
5 24 (1.92%) Nagios
6 23 (1.84%) Cisco Prime
7 21 (1.68%) Puppet
8 19 (1.52%) SolarWinds Orion
9 18 (1.44%) Kubernetes
10 17 (1.36%) Microsoft Intune
11 14 (1.12%) SCCM
12 13 (1.04%) Cisco UCCX
13 12 (0.96%) McAfee ePO
14 11 (0.88%) vCenter Server
15 8 (0.64%) Active Directory Federation Services
16 7 (0.56%) Pingdom
17 6 (0.48%) Icinga
17 6 (0.48%) WSUS
18 5 (0.40%) Cacti
18 5 (0.40%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 867 (69.19%) Cisco
2 282 (22.51%) Palo Alto
3 205 (16.36%) Juniper
4 200 (15.96%) Microsoft
5 180 (14.37%) SolarWinds
6 155 (12.37%) CheckPoint
7 143 (11.41%) Fortinet
8 138 (11.01%) Meraki
9 136 (10.85%) F5
10 132 (10.53%) VMware
11 91 (7.26%) Aruba
12 58 (4.63%) Dell
13 55 (4.39%) HP
14 54 (4.31%) Citrix
15 34 (2.71%) Zscaler
16 32 (2.55%) Arista
17 28 (2.23%) Ruckus Wireless
18 24 (1.92%) Aerohive Networks
18 24 (1.92%) Red Hat
19 23 (1.84%) Extreme Networks