The table below looks at the statistics 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 24 December 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Wide Area Network (WAN)
Rank 39 23 21
Rank change year-on-year
-16 -2
Contract jobs citing WAN 7 12 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 1.72% 4.38% 4.35%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 11.48% 32.43% 28.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 8 7
Average daily rate
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£270 £390 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-30.76% +4.00%
UK excluding London average daily rate £333 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
-5.00% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £16.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.75 £19.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+14.47% -5.00%
WAN
East of England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised in the Bedfordshire region.

Communications & Networking Category
Bedfordshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
61 37 39
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 15.02% 13.50% 15.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 25 31
Average daily rate £335 £350 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.28% +16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £250 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £458 £475 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 3
Average hourly rate £17.50 - £13.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.50 £21.00 £21.67
% change year-on-year
+11.90% -3.06%

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 24 December 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 24 December 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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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
Luton - 3 £125 - 1
Bedford +2 2 £290 +70.58% 2
WAN
East of England

WAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 17 (85.00%) LAN
2 15 (75.00%) Cisco
3 12 (60.00%) Cisco Certification
3 12 (60.00%) Firewall
4 11 (55.00%) CheckPoint
5 10 (50.00%) Microsoft
6 9 (45.00%) CCNP
6 9 (45.00%) Network Security
7 8 (40.00%) MS Visio
7 8 (40.00%) CCSA
8 6 (30.00%) CCDP
8 6 (30.00%) Load Balancing
8 6 (30.00%) CCSE
8 6 (30.00%) Network Management
9 5 (25.00%) TCP/IP
10 4 (20.00%) CCNA
10 4 (20.00%) OSPF
10 4 (20.00%) BGP
10 4 (20.00%) Change Control
11 3 (15.00%) Windows Server 2008
11 3 (15.00%) Riverbed
11 3 (15.00%) Cisco Nexus
11 3 (15.00%) Analytical Skills
11 3 (15.00%) Wireless
11 3 (15.00%) Disaster Recovery
11 3 (15.00%) VMware
11 3 (15.00%) Windows Server 2003
11 3 (15.00%) VPN
11 3 (15.00%) Avaya
11 3 (15.00%) MS Office

WAN
Top Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 2 (10.00%) MS Exchange
1 2 (10.00%) Exchange Server 2007
1 2 (10.00%) Lync
1 2 (10.00%) Exchange Server 2010
1 2 (10.00%) Exchange Server 2013
2 1 (5.00%) IIS
2 1 (5.00%) Lotus Domino
Applications
1 8 (40.00%) MS Visio
2 3 (15.00%) MS Office
3 2 (10.00%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 1 (5.00%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 17 (85.00%) LAN
2 12 (60.00%) Firewall
3 9 (45.00%) Network Security
4 5 (25.00%) TCP/IP
5 4 (20.00%) OSPF
5 4 (20.00%) BGP
6 3 (15.00%) Wireless
6 3 (15.00%) VPN
6 3 (15.00%) Cisco Nexus
7 2 (10.00%) tcpdump
7 2 (10.00%) IP Telephony
7 2 (10.00%) VLAN
7 2 (10.00%) Wireshark
7 2 (10.00%) Internet
8 1 (5.00%) MPLS
8 1 (5.00%) EIGRP
8 1 (5.00%) Frame Relay
8 1 (5.00%) DNS
8 1 (5.00%) ATM
8 1 (5.00%) ISDN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.00%) SQL Server
General
1 2 (10.00%) Telecoms
2 1 (5.00%) Banking
2 1 (5.00%) Retail
2 1 (5.00%) Investment Banking
2 1 (5.00%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 10 (50.00%) Network Engineer
2 6 (30.00%) Network Security Engineer
2 6 (30.00%) Security Engineer
3 4 (20.00%) Network Consultant
3 4 (20.00%) Consultant
3 4 (20.00%) Support Engineer
3 4 (20.00%) Security Consultant
3 4 (20.00%) Network Security Consultant
4 3 (15.00%) 3rd Line Support
5 2 (10.00%) Senior Network Engineer
5 2 (10.00%) Network Support
5 2 (10.00%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
6 1 (5.00%) Analyst
6 1 (5.00%) Senior Support Engineer
6 1 (5.00%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 1 (5.00%) Wireless Engineer
6 1 (5.00%) Cisco Engineer
6 1 (5.00%) Senior Security Engineer
6 1 (5.00%) Senior Network Security Engineer
6 1 (5.00%) Senior Network Support
Miscellaneous
1 3 (15.00%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (10.00%) Handset
3 1 (5.00%) SecurID
Operating Systems
1 3 (15.00%) Windows
1 3 (15.00%) Windows Server 2003
1 3 (15.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 2 (10.00%) Windows Server 2012
2 2 (10.00%) Windows Vista
3 1 (5.00%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (30.00%) Network Management
1 6 (30.00%) Load Balancing
2 4 (20.00%) Change Control
3 3 (15.00%) Disaster Recovery
4 2 (10.00%) Migration
4 2 (10.00%) Root Cause Analysis
4 2 (10.00%) Mentoring
4 2 (10.00%) Time Management
5 1 (5.00%) ITIL
5 1 (5.00%) PRINCE2
5 1 (5.00%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (10.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 12 (60.00%) Cisco Certification
2 9 (45.00%) CCNP
3 8 (40.00%) CCSA
4 6 (30.00%) CCSE
4 6 (30.00%) CCDP
5 4 (20.00%) CCNA
6 2 (10.00%) MCSE
6 2 (10.00%) MCITP
6 2 (10.00%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (10.00%) Check Point Certification
7 1 (5.00%) BC Cleared
7 1 (5.00%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.00%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (10.00%) Active Directory
2 1 (5.00%) Terminal Services
2 1 (5.00%) ISA Server
2 1 (5.00%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (5.00%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 15 (75.00%) Cisco
2 11 (55.00%) CheckPoint
3 10 (50.00%) Microsoft
4 3 (15.00%) Avaya
4 3 (15.00%) VMware
4 3 (15.00%) Riverbed
5 2 (10.00%) SolarWinds
5 2 (10.00%) F5
5 2 (10.00%) SonicWALL
5 2 (10.00%) BT
5 2 (10.00%) Dell
6 1 (5.00%) Intel
6 1 (5.00%) HP
6 1 (5.00%) Juniper
6 1 (5.00%) Ericsson
6 1 (5.00%) Veritas
6 1 (5.00%) Lotus
6 1 (5.00%) 3Com
6 1 (5.00%) Symantec
6 1 (5.00%) Websense