Period
to 20 April 2021

The median annual salary for a Network Engineer was £48,250 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 April 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
20 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 219 200 204
Rank change year-on-year -19 +4 +52
Permanent jobs requiring a Network Engineer 1,264 1,882 2,565
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.50% 1.71% 1.73%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.61% 1.79% 1.80%
Number of salaries quoted 966 1,576 2,068
10th Percentile £32,500 £32,500 £30,000
25th Percentile £39,813 £39,750 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £48,250 £50,000 £47,500
Median % change year-on-year -3.50% +5.26% -
75th Percentile £58,750 £63,750 £60,063
90th Percentile £72,500 £75,000 £72,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £47,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year -4.26% +4.44% -

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 78,580 104,890 142,681
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.09% 95.37% 96.00%
Number of salaries quoted 61,710 85,237 114,792
10th Percentile £31,500 £30,000 £28,500
25th Percentile £40,750 £38,000 £37,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £71,250 £68,750
90th Percentile £88,750 £87,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +2.27%

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 20 April 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 20 April 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 -15 1,169 £47,500 -5.00% 219
UK excluding London +15 872 £45,000 -4.26% 183
London -68 325 £60,000 - 48
North of England +74 273 £45,000 +4.86% 46
South East -16 234 £45,000 -10.00% 56
Work from Home -33 193 £52,500 - 24
Midlands +11 144 £42,500 -5.56% 30
North West +68 134 £45,000 -8.16% 27
Yorkshire +66 115 £44,870 -0.29% 15
South West +2 106 £45,000 - 27
West Midlands +2 94 £42,500 -15.00% 23
East of England -16 68 £43,750 -2.78% 11
East Midlands +9 50 £43,750 +2.94% 7
Scotland -5 31 £55,000 +10.00% 9
North East -5 24 £36,000 -4.00% 4
Wales +46 17 £42,375 +17.71% 4
Northern Ireland +3 2 £42,500 +21.43%

Network Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 April 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.

1 909 (71.91%) Cisco
2 705 (55.78%) Firewall
3 640 (50.63%) Cisco Certification
4 471 (37.26%) WAN
5 459 (36.31%) CCNP
6 400 (31.65%) LAN
7 335 (26.50%) CCNA
8 318 (25.16%) Network Security
9 306 (24.21%) BGP
10 281 (22.23%) Juniper
11 250 (19.78%) OSPF
12 245 (19.38%) Microsoft
13 240 (18.99%) Palo Alto
14 237 (18.75%) VPN
15 218 (17.25%) Wireless
16 217 (17.17%) Data Centre
17 210 (16.61%) TCP/IP
18 205 (16.22%) Cisco ASA
19 201 (15.90%) MPLS
20 177 (14.00%) Finance
21 174 (13.77%) DNS
22 162 (12.82%) Windows
23 159 (12.58%) F5
24 158 (12.50%) VLAN
25 150 (11.87%) Azure
26 146 (11.55%) Network Design
26 146 (11.55%) ITIL
27 140 (11.08%) Telecoms
28 135 (10.68%) VMware
29 133 (10.52%) 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 18 (1.42%) IIS
1 18 (1.42%) nginx
2 16 (1.27%) Apache
3 15 (1.19%) OpenStack
4 14 (1.11%) Tomcat
5 13 (1.03%) SharePoint
6 12 (0.95%) ejabberd
6 12 (0.95%) MS Exchange
7 9 (0.71%) Skype for Business
8 4 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2010
9 2 (0.16%) Confluence
10 1 (0.079%) Elasticsearch
10 1 (0.079%) SAS
Applications
1 28 (2.22%) Microsoft Office
2 18 (1.42%) MS Visio
3 4 (0.32%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 150 (11.87%) Azure
2 122 (9.65%) AWS
3 82 (6.49%) Microsoft 365
4 22 (1.74%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 17 (1.34%) Azure Active Directory
6 15 (1.19%) Cloud Computing
7 14 (1.11%) AWS Direct Connect
8 9 (0.71%) AWS CloudFormation
9 8 (0.63%) GCP
10 7 (0.55%) IaaS
11 6 (0.47%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 6 (0.47%) PaaS
11 6 (0.47%) Route 53
11 6 (0.47%) SaaS
11 6 (0.47%) Slack
12 5 (0.40%) OneDrive
13 3 (0.24%) Azure Storage
14 2 (0.16%) Amazon EC2
14 2 (0.16%) GitHub
14 2 (0.16%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 705 (55.78%) Firewall
2 471 (37.26%) WAN
3 400 (31.65%) LAN
4 318 (25.16%) Network Security
5 306 (24.21%) BGP
6 250 (19.78%) OSPF
7 237 (18.75%) VPN
8 218 (17.25%) Wireless
9 210 (16.61%) TCP/IP
10 205 (16.22%) Cisco ASA
11 201 (15.90%) MPLS
12 174 (13.77%) DNS
13 158 (12.50%) VLAN
14 126 (9.97%) Cisco Nexus
15 124 (9.81%) VoIP
16 114 (9.02%) DHCP
17 109 (8.62%) SD-WAN
18 100 (7.91%) Wi-Fi
19 86 (6.80%) Internet
20 76 (6.01%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (1.82%) SQL Server
2 8 (0.63%) PostgreSQL
3 4 (0.32%) Relational Database
3 4 (0.32%) SQL Server 2012
4 3 (0.24%) Amazon RDS
5 2 (0.16%) MySQL
6 1 (0.079%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 13 (1.03%) JIRA
2 9 (0.71%) Sonatype Nexus
3 8 (0.63%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 4 (0.32%) Jenkins
5 3 (0.24%) Rational Rhapsody
6 2 (0.16%) Git (software)
6 2 (0.16%) Gradle
6 2 (0.16%) Maven
7 1 (0.079%) TeamCity
7 1 (0.079%) Visual Studio
General
1 177 (14.00%) Finance
2 140 (11.08%) Telecoms
3 97 (7.67%) Multimedia
4 56 (4.43%) Banking
5 47 (3.72%) Public Sector
6 21 (1.66%) Law
7 20 (1.58%) Marketing
8 18 (1.42%) Aerospace
9 16 (1.27%) Games
10 15 (1.19%) Electronics
11 14 (1.11%) Retail
12 13 (1.03%) Manufacturing
13 10 (0.79%) Legal
14 9 (0.71%) Military
14 9 (0.71%) Publishing
15 7 (0.55%) German Language
16 5 (0.40%) Advertising
17 4 (0.32%) Automotive
18 2 (0.16%) Financial Institution
18 2 (0.16%) Italian Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (3.24%) 802.1X
2 27 (2.14%) XMPP
3 9 (0.71%) REST
4 7 (0.55%) Middleware
4 7 (0.55%) Web Services
5 6 (0.47%) FIX Protocol
6 5 (0.40%) gRPC
6 5 (0.40%) JSON
6 5 (0.40%) LDAP
6 5 (0.40%) libvirt
7 3 (0.24%) SAML
8 2 (0.16%) Django
8 2 (0.16%) HTML
8 2 (0.16%) Jinja
8 2 (0.16%) OAuth
8 2 (0.16%) Unreal Engine
8 2 (0.16%) YAML
9 1 (0.079%) Elastic Stack
9 1 (0.079%) Leaflet
9 1 (0.079%) Unity (Game Engine)
Miscellaneous
1 217 (17.17%) Data Centre
2 57 (4.51%) Analytical Skills
3 49 (3.88%) Self-Motivation
4 28 (2.22%) Public Cloud
5 26 (2.06%) Management Information System
6 25 (1.98%) Organisational Skills
7 15 (1.19%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 13 (1.03%) IPTV
9 11 (0.87%) Fibre Optics
10 10 (0.79%) NHS
11 9 (0.71%) Driving Licence
12 8 (0.63%) Mainframe
13 7 (0.55%) Private Cloud
14 5 (0.40%) Hedge funds
14 5 (0.40%) PKI
15 4 (0.32%) Clustering
15 4 (0.32%) Podcast
15 4 (0.32%) User Experience
15 4 (0.32%) Video\Live Streaming
15 4 (0.32%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 162 (12.82%) Windows
2 132 (10.44%) Linux
3 86 (6.80%) Windows Server
4 40 (3.16%) Windows 10
5 28 (2.22%) Ubuntu
6 18 (1.42%) Unix
7 14 (1.11%) Debian
7 14 (1.11%) Windows 7
7 14 (1.11%) Windows Server 2012
8 11 (0.87%) Windows Server 2008
9 10 (0.79%) CentOS
9 10 (0.79%) Windows Server 2019
10 9 (0.71%) Windows Server 2016
11 6 (0.47%) Mac OS X
12 5 (0.40%) Android
13 4 (0.32%) Mac OS
14 2 (0.16%) Solaris
14 2 (0.16%) SUSE
15 1 (0.079%) Check Point GAiA
15 1 (0.079%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 146 (11.55%) ITIL
1 146 (11.55%) Network Design
2 128 (10.13%) Cybersecurity
3 111 (8.78%) Problem-Solving
4 96 (7.59%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 78 (6.17%) Load Balancing
6 72 (5.70%) Network Management
7 66 (5.22%) Agile Software Development
8 65 (5.14%) Network Monitoring
9 62 (4.91%) Disaster Recovery
10 61 (4.83%) Computer Science
11 52 (4.11%) Network Architecture
11 52 (4.11%) Presales
12 51 (4.03%) DevOps
13 44 (3.48%) Mentoring
14 40 (3.16%) Customer Requirements
15 39 (3.09%) Change Management
15 39 (3.09%) Project Management
16 38 (3.01%) Network Virtualisation
17 37 (2.93%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 83 (6.57%) Python
2 41 (3.24%) C
3 37 (2.93%) PowerShell
4 28 (2.22%) PHP
5 21 (1.66%) Bash Shell
6 18 (1.42%) Perl
7 14 (1.11%) C++
7 14 (1.11%) SQL
8 5 (0.40%) R
9 4 (0.32%) Tcl
10 3 (0.24%) JavaScript
11 2 (0.16%) Java
11 2 (0.16%) Lisp
11 2 (0.16%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.079%) C#
12 1 (0.079%) Go
12 1 (0.079%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 640 (50.63%) Cisco Certification
2 459 (36.31%) CCNP
3 335 (26.50%) CCNA
4 131 (10.36%) Security Cleared
5 104 (8.23%) CCIE
6 101 (7.99%) SC Cleared
7 90 (7.12%) A+ Certification
8 84 (6.65%) Degree
9 51 (4.03%) JNCIP
10 48 (3.80%) JNCIA
11 34 (2.69%) DV Cleared
12 33 (2.61%) CCDP
13 30 (2.37%) Computer Science Degree
14 25 (1.98%) CISSP
15 22 (1.74%) JNCIS
15 22 (1.74%) Microsoft Certification
16 15 (1.19%) CCSA
16 15 (1.19%) CISM
17 14 (1.11%) ITIL Certification
18 12 (0.95%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (2.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 34 (2.69%) SLA
3 25 (1.98%) PCI DSS
4 15 (1.19%) GDPR
5 14 (1.11%) QA
6 13 (1.03%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 12 (0.95%) PMO
8 4 (0.32%) Cyber Essentials
8 4 (0.32%) NCSC
8 4 (0.32%) NIST
8 4 (0.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 3 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 3 (0.24%) GRC
10 1 (0.079%) JSP 440
10 1 (0.079%) NEBOSH
System Software
1 108 (8.54%) Active Directory
2 66 (5.22%) VMware Infrastructure
3 49 (3.88%) Hyper-V
4 31 (2.45%) VMware NSX
5 19 (1.50%) KVM
6 17 (1.34%) Firmware
7 14 (1.11%) iptables
7 14 (1.11%) QEMU
8 12 (0.95%) Kamailio
8 12 (0.95%) Postfix
9 10 (0.79%) VMware ESXi
10 9 (0.71%) vSphere
11 8 (0.63%) FreeRADIUS
12 6 (0.47%) ProxySG
12 6 (0.47%) Virtual Machines
13 5 (0.40%) Docker
14 4 (0.32%) BitLocker
15 3 (0.24%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 3 (0.24%) Virtual Desktop
16 2 (0.16%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 72 (5.70%) Ansible
2 70 (5.54%) FortiGate
3 34 (2.69%) Terraform
4 27 (2.14%) Puppet
5 22 (1.74%) Nagios
6 18 (1.42%) HAProxy
6 18 (1.42%) ZABBIX
7 17 (1.34%) Kubernetes
8 16 (1.27%) Cisco CUCM
8 16 (1.27%) Cisco Prime
9 14 (1.11%) Galera Cluster
10 13 (1.03%) Nessus
11 12 (0.95%) Nmap
12 11 (0.87%) Cacti
12 11 (0.87%) Graylog
12 11 (0.87%) Kibana
12 11 (0.87%) SolarWinds Orion
13 8 (0.63%) SCCM
14 7 (0.55%) Opscode Chef
14 7 (0.55%) SmoothWall
Vendors
1 909 (71.91%) Cisco
2 281 (22.23%) Juniper
3 245 (19.38%) Microsoft
4 240 (18.99%) Palo Alto
5 159 (12.58%) F5
6 135 (10.68%) VMware
7 133 (10.52%) CheckPoint
8 129 (10.21%) Fortinet
9 77 (6.09%) HP
10 76 (6.01%) Meraki
10 76 (6.01%) SolarWinds
11 75 (5.93%) Aruba
12 33 (2.61%) Avaya
12 33 (2.61%) Mitel
13 29 (2.29%) Blue Coat
14 28 (2.22%) Dell
15 27 (2.14%) SonicWALL
16 25 (1.98%) Infoblox
17 23 (1.82%) Ruckus Wireless
18 21 (1.66%) Citrix