The first table below looks at the demand for WAN skills in IT contracts advertised for the Bedfordshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited WAN over the 3 months to 31 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Communications & Networking category for the Bedfordshire region.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
31 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Wide Area Network (WAN)
Rank 41 22 40
Rank change year-on-year
-19 +18
Contract jobs citing WAN 12 8 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 2.35% 3.36% 0.99%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 30.00% 21.05% 5.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 7 1
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£300 £293 £183
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% +60.27%
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £350
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -14.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £86.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £21.25
% change year-on-year
-12.50% -5.88%
Communications & Networking Category
Bedfordshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
40 38 60
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 7.84% 15.97% 19.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 22 32
Average daily rate £338 £293 £335
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% -12.68%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £225 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £359 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 3
Average hourly rate £11.00 - £160.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £25.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-21.56% +2.00%
WAN
East of England

WAN
Jobs Demand Trend in Bedfordshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing WAN across the Bedfordshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

WAN Jobs Demand Trend in Bedfordshire

WAN
Daily Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing WAN across the Bedfordshire region.

WAN Daily Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

WAN
Daily Rate Histogram in Bedfordshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing WAN across the Bedfordshire region over the 3 months to 31 July 2014.

WAN Daily Rate Histogram in Bedfordshire

WAN
Hourly Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing WAN across the Bedfordshire region.

WAN Hourly Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

WAN
Contract Job Locations in Bedfordshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing WAN within the Bedfordshire region over the 3 months to 31 July 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Bedford -7 4 £300 -18.36% 1
Luton -19 3 £300 +6.19% 2
Dunstable - - - -
WAN
East of England

WAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire

For the 6 months to 31 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Bedfordshire region citing WAN also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited WAN.

1 14 (93.33%) Cisco
2 13 (86.67%) LAN
3 12 (80.00%) Firewall
4 9 (60.00%) Cisco Certification
4 9 (60.00%) CheckPoint
4 9 (60.00%) Network Security
5 7 (46.67%) Microsoft
5 7 (46.67%) CCNP
5 7 (46.67%) CCSA
6 6 (40.00%) TCP/IP
6 6 (40.00%) MS Visio
6 6 (40.00%) CCDP
6 6 (40.00%) Network Management
6 6 (40.00%) Change Control
7 4 (26.67%) CCSE
8 3 (20.00%) Disaster Recovery
8 3 (20.00%) Check Point Certification
8 3 (20.00%) OSPF
8 3 (20.00%) ITIL
9 2 (13.33%) PRINCE2
9 2 (13.33%) PBX
9 2 (13.33%) VPN
9 2 (13.33%) DNS
9 2 (13.33%) SLA
9 2 (13.33%) CCNA
9 2 (13.33%) BGP
9 2 (13.33%) Project Management
9 2 (13.33%) MS Excel
9 2 (13.33%) Ericsson
9 2 (13.33%) Active Directory

WAN
Top Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Bedfordshire region citing WAN also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited WAN. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (6.67%) MS Exchange
1 1 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2003
1 1 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 6 (40.00%) MS Visio
2 2 (13.33%) MS Excel
3 1 (6.67%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 13 (86.67%) LAN
2 12 (80.00%) Firewall
3 9 (60.00%) Network Security
4 6 (40.00%) TCP/IP
5 3 (20.00%) OSPF
6 2 (13.33%) BGP
6 2 (13.33%) PBX
6 2 (13.33%) VPN
6 2 (13.33%) DNS
6 2 (13.33%) Cisco Nexus
6 2 (13.33%) IP Telephony
7 1 (6.67%) VLAN
7 1 (6.67%) Wireshark
7 1 (6.67%) tcpdump
7 1 (6.67%) DMZ
7 1 (6.67%) MPLS
7 1 (6.67%) Ethernet
7 1 (6.67%) EIGRP
General
1 1 (6.67%) Finance
1 1 (6.67%) Banking
1 1 (6.67%) Retail
1 1 (6.67%) Investment Banking
1 1 (6.67%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 10 (66.67%) Network Engineer
2 7 (46.67%) Network Security Engineer
2 7 (46.67%) Security Engineer
3 3 (20.00%) Network Security Consultant
3 3 (20.00%) Network Consultant
3 3 (20.00%) Consultant
3 3 (20.00%) Security Consultant
4 2 (13.33%) 2nd Line Support
4 2 (13.33%) Cisco Engineer
4 2 (13.33%) 3rd Line Support
4 2 (13.33%) Network Support
4 2 (13.33%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 1 (6.67%) Architect
5 1 (6.67%) Network Architect
5 1 (6.67%) Senior Security Engineer
5 1 (6.67%) Windows Server Engineer
5 1 (6.67%) Senior Network Security Engineer
5 1 (6.67%) Server Engineer
5 1 (6.67%) Senior Network Engineer
Operating Systems
1 1 (6.67%) Windows
1 1 (6.67%) Windows Server 2003
1 1 (6.67%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (40.00%) Network Management
1 6 (40.00%) Change Control
2 3 (20.00%) ITIL
2 3 (20.00%) Disaster Recovery
3 2 (13.33%) PRINCE2
3 2 (13.33%) Project Management
3 2 (13.33%) Load Balancing
3 2 (13.33%) Time Management
4 1 (6.67%) Network Load Balancing
4 1 (6.67%) Migration
4 1 (6.67%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (6.67%) C
Qualifications
1 9 (60.00%) Cisco Certification
2 7 (46.67%) CCNP
2 7 (46.67%) CCSA
3 6 (40.00%) CCDP
4 4 (26.67%) CCSE
5 3 (20.00%) Check Point Certification
6 2 (13.33%) CCNA
7 1 (6.67%) BC Cleared
7 1 (6.67%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (13.33%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (13.33%) Active Directory
2 1 (6.67%) XenApp
2 1 (6.67%) vSphere
Vendors
1 14 (93.33%) Cisco
2 9 (60.00%) CheckPoint
3 7 (46.67%) Microsoft
4 2 (13.33%) BT
4 2 (13.33%) Aastra
4 2 (13.33%) Ericsson
5 1 (6.67%) SolarWinds
5 1 (6.67%) 3Com
5 1 (6.67%) VMware
5 1 (6.67%) SonicWALL
5 1 (6.67%) HP
5 1 (6.67%) Intel
5 1 (6.67%) Citrix
5 1 (6.67%) Juniper