The table below looks at the statistics for WAN skills in IT contracts advertised for the Cheshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited WAN over the 3 months to 30 June 2015 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
30 Jun 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Wide Area Network (WAN)
Rank 59 44 42
Rank change year-on-year
-15 -2
Contract jobs citing WAN 16 22 24
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 1.62% 2.80% 3.35%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 13.56% 17.05% 16.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 10 6
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£458 £558 £515
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-17.93% +8.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £428 £423 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £631 £608
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £336 £315
% change year-on-year
+4.27% +6.55%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 5 5
Average hourly rate £40.00 £45.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.11% +38.46%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.75 £17.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+24.28% -5.40%
WAN
North West

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

Communications & Networking Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
118 129 144
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 11.93% 16.43% 20.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 60 54 54
Average daily rate £438 £310 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+41.12% -4.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £201
10% offered a daily rate of more than £518 £615 £498
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.61% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 10 17
Average hourly rate £17.00 £31.50 £34.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-46.03% -7.35%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £14.00 £16.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £18.63 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+34.22% -25.50%

WAN
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

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

WAN Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

WAN
Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

WAN Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

WAN
Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing WAN across the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 30 June 2015.

WAN Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

WAN
Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

WAN Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

WAN
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing WAN within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 30 June 2015. 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
Chester -11 3 £375 -
Runcorn - 3 £465 -
Knutsford -4 1 £500 -
Warrington -10 1 - - 2
Crewe - 1 - - 4
WAN
North West

WAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 30 June 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire 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 20 (66.67%) LAN
2 14 (46.67%) Cisco
2 14 (46.67%) Microsoft
3 13 (43.33%) Migration
4 12 (40.00%) Windows
5 10 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
6 8 (26.67%) Firewall
6 8 (26.67%) Security Cleared
6 8 (26.67%) Data Centre
7 7 (23.33%) SC Cleared
7 7 (23.33%) MPLS
8 6 (20.00%) NetApp
8 6 (20.00%) Lotus
8 6 (20.00%) Windows Server 2003
8 6 (20.00%) IBM Notes
8 6 (20.00%) Windows XP
8 6 (20.00%) MS Exchange
8 6 (20.00%) Exchange Server 2010
9 5 (16.67%) Windows 7
9 5 (16.67%) EMC VNX
9 5 (16.67%) VMware Infrastructure
9 5 (16.67%) VLAN
9 5 (16.67%) VMware
9 5 (16.67%) VPN
9 5 (16.67%) PRINCE2
9 5 (16.67%) Juniper
9 5 (16.67%) HP
9 5 (16.67%) EMC
9 5 (16.67%) Citrix
9 5 (16.67%) Disaster Recovery

WAN
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 30 June 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire 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 6 (20.00%) IBM Notes
1 6 (20.00%) MS Exchange
1 6 (20.00%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (6.67%) IIS
Communications & Networking
1 20 (66.67%) LAN
2 8 (26.67%) Firewall
3 7 (23.33%) MPLS
4 5 (16.67%) VPN
4 5 (16.67%) VLAN
5 4 (13.33%) NAS
5 4 (13.33%) SAN
5 4 (13.33%) DHCP
6 3 (10.00%) Cisco Nexus
6 3 (10.00%) DNS
7 2 (6.67%) SSL
7 2 (6.67%) WAAS
7 2 (6.67%) DMVPN
8 1 (3.33%) CTI
8 1 (3.33%) Wi-Fi
8 1 (3.33%) VoIP
8 1 (3.33%) OSPF
8 1 (3.33%) BGP
8 1 (3.33%) EIGRP
8 1 (3.33%) H.323
Development Applications
1 1 (3.33%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 4 (13.33%) Finance
2 3 (10.00%) Local Government
3 2 (6.67%) Telecoms
4 1 (3.33%) Manufacturing
4 1 (3.33%) Retail
Job Titles
1 11 (36.67%) Architect
2 8 (26.67%) Infrastructure Architect
3 7 (23.33%) Technical Architect
4 6 (20.00%) Consultant
5 5 (16.67%) Project Manager
6 4 (13.33%) Infrastructure Consultant
7 3 (10.00%) Infrastructure Technical Architect
7 3 (10.00%) Technical Infrastructure Architect
7 3 (10.00%) Network Technician
8 2 (6.67%) Senior Project Manager
8 2 (6.67%) Senior Manager
8 2 (6.67%) Network Manager
8 2 (6.67%) Network Consultant
8 2 (6.67%) Network Engineer
8 2 (6.67%) Lead Technical Architect
8 2 (6.67%) PRINCE2 Project Manager
8 2 (6.67%) Lead Architect
8 2 (6.67%) ICT Project Manager
8 2 (6.67%) Network Architect
8 2 (6.67%) Senior ICT Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (13.33%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 8 (26.67%) Data Centre
2 5 (16.67%) EMC VNX
3 4 (13.33%) Replication
3 4 (13.33%) Enterprise Storage
4 1 (3.33%) FlexPod
4 1 (3.33%) IVR
4 1 (3.33%) EMC VMAX
Operating Systems
1 12 (40.00%) Windows
2 6 (20.00%) Windows XP
2 6 (20.00%) Windows Server 2003
3 5 (16.67%) Windows 7
4 2 (6.67%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (43.33%) Migration
2 5 (16.67%) PRINCE2
2 5 (16.67%) Disaster Recovery
3 4 (13.33%) Project Management
4 3 (10.00%) Technical Architecture
4 3 (10.00%) ITIL
5 2 (6.67%) Supplier Management
5 2 (6.67%) Stakeholder Management
6 1 (3.33%) Business Continuity
6 1 (3.33%) Network Design
6 1 (3.33%) Service Delivery
6 1 (3.33%) ERP
6 1 (3.33%) B2B
6 1 (3.33%) Load Balancing
6 1 (3.33%) Time Management
6 1 (3.33%) Financial Modelling
6 1 (3.33%) Network Management
6 1 (3.33%) Continuous Improvement
6 1 (3.33%) Change Control
6 1 (3.33%) Critical Success Factor
Programming Languages
1 4 (13.33%) PowerShell
2 2 (6.67%) C
Qualifications
1 10 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
2 8 (26.67%) Security Cleared
3 7 (23.33%) SC Cleared
4 4 (13.33%) CCIE
5 3 (10.00%) CCNP
5 3 (10.00%) CCNA
5 3 (10.00%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 1 (3.33%) CCSA
6 1 (3.33%) JNCIP
6 1 (3.33%) JNCIE
6 1 (3.33%) CCDP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.33%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (16.67%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (13.33%) VMware ESXi
3 3 (10.00%) Active Directory
4 1 (3.33%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 4 (13.33%) OpenView
1 4 (13.33%) SCCM
Vendors
1 14 (46.67%) Cisco
1 14 (46.67%) Microsoft
2 6 (20.00%) NetApp
2 6 (20.00%) Lotus
3 5 (16.67%) Juniper
3 5 (16.67%) HP
3 5 (16.67%) EMC
3 5 (16.67%) Citrix
3 5 (16.67%) VMware
4 4 (13.33%) Veeam
4 4 (13.33%) Veritas
5 2 (6.67%) Websense
6 1 (3.33%) BT
6 1 (3.33%) CheckPoint
6 1 (3.33%) Epicor
6 1 (3.33%) Avaya
6 1 (3.33%) Sun
6 1 (3.33%) IBM
6 1 (3.33%) SolarWinds
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