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Network engineer Average UK Salary & Prospects

Network engineers design, implement and maintain the way data is transferred across digital and telecommunications networks.

  • Develop or recommend network security measures, such as firewalls, network security audits, or automated security probes.  
  • Develop disaster recovery plans.  
  • Monitor and analyze network performance and reports on data input or output to detect problems, identify inefficient use of computer resources, or perform capacity planning.  
  • Coordinate network or
Read more about Network engineer

Network engineers typically work around 38 to 40 hours per week.

As a Network engineer you will typically work on call.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations
  • Read more about Network engineer
    * from ONETonline
    Average salary
    44,407 GBP *
    per year
    18,000 GBP
    40,000 GBP
    5+ Experience
    * data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
    Average salary for Network engineer

    Men make 13% more than Women
    86% of Network engineers are men
    • 45,152 GBP
    • 39,324 GBP
    Average salary for part-time Network engineer
    Average salary for full-time Network engineer

    • 23,709 GBP
    • 22,815 GBP
    • 44,407 GBP
    • 39,324 GBP
    • 45,152 GBP
    Pay over time for Network engineer

    Pay for this role has increased over time
    • 42,396 GBP
    • 42,382 GBP
    • 42,534 GBP
    • 43,712 GBP
    • 45,725 GBP
    • 44,407 GBP

    Future outlook for Network engineers

    Very good outlook
    168 000+ jobs available
    Balanced outlook
    1% yearly wage growth (on average)
    Very good outlook
    29% chance of automation in the future

    Network engineer - Your future job?

    Which qualifications do I need?

    Find out what you need to know in order to become a Network engineer and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

    In terms of people already doing this job:

    • 36% of people in this role have a Master's degree
    • 32% of people in this role have a Bachelor's degree
    • 14% of people in this role have some postgraduate study, but not a masters or doctorate

    You could do a college course, which may help you to get a network technician's job. Once working, you could do more training to qualify as an engineer. Courses include:

    • Level 4 Certificate in Networking and Architecture
    • Level 4 Certificate in Network Services
    • Level 4 Diploma in Network Security

    Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Network engineer

    Network Systems Management

    Things to highlight for your Network engineer interview

    Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Analytical Thinking Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Persistence Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical.

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