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 26 January 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
26 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Wide Area Network (WAN)
Rank 44 31 44
Rank change year-on-year
-13 +13
Contract jobs citing WAN 22 40 24
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 3.02% 4.35% 3.00%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.29% 28.78% 14.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 23 6
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-43.75% +65.92%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £201 £275 £294
10% offered a daily rate of more than £480 £691 £388
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £350 £315
% change year-on-year
-3.57% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 6
Average hourly rate - £31.56 £25.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +22.54%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.00 £19.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+15.78% -5.00%
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
154 139 163
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 21.15% 15.13% 20.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 80 74 71
Average daily rate £340 £410 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-17.07% +28.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £203 £226 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £463 £565 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 10 23
Average hourly rate £18.00 £14.50 £18.68
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+24.13% -22.37%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.50 £12.50 £14.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.12 £31.56 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -11.11%

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 26 January 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 26 January 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
Macclesfield +10 6 £320 -30.81%
Warrington -25 1 £500 -13.41%
Wilmslow - - - - 2
Daresbury - - - -
Runcorn - - - -
Chester - - - -
Crewe - - - -
WAN
North West

WAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 26 January 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 33 (89.19%) LAN
2 22 (59.46%) Cisco
3 16 (43.24%) Cisco Certification
4 13 (35.14%) CCNP
4 13 (35.14%) Citrix
5 10 (27.03%) Windows
6 8 (21.62%) VMware
6 8 (21.62%) Local Government
7 7 (18.92%) VLAN
7 7 (18.92%) VMware Infrastructure
7 7 (18.92%) Finance
7 7 (18.92%) CCNA
7 7 (18.92%) Active Directory
8 6 (16.22%) CheckPoint
8 6 (16.22%) Microsoft
9 5 (13.51%) ITIL
9 5 (13.51%) Firewall
9 5 (13.51%) Wireless
9 5 (13.51%) Manufacturing
10 4 (10.81%) CCSA
10 4 (10.81%) PRINCE2
10 4 (10.81%) Linux
10 4 (10.81%) Windows Server 2003
10 4 (10.81%) CCIE
10 4 (10.81%) Windows Server 2008
10 4 (10.81%) XenApp
10 4 (10.81%) SolarWinds
10 4 (10.81%) SCOM
11 3 (8.11%) Network Security
11 3 (8.11%) Performance Management

WAN
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 26 January 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 3 (8.11%) MS Exchange
2 2 (5.41%) Exchange Server 2007
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.70%) Cloud Computing
1 1 (2.70%) SaaS
1 1 (2.70%) PaaS
1 1 (2.70%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 33 (89.19%) LAN
2 7 (18.92%) VLAN
3 5 (13.51%) Firewall
3 5 (13.51%) Wireless
4 3 (8.11%) DNS
4 3 (8.11%) SAN
4 3 (8.11%) Internet
4 3 (8.11%) DHCP
4 3 (8.11%) Network Security
5 2 (5.41%) WLAN
5 2 (5.41%) IP Telephony
6 1 (2.70%) VPN
6 1 (2.70%) Cisco Nexus
General
1 8 (21.62%) Local Government
2 7 (18.92%) Finance
3 5 (13.51%) Manufacturing
4 3 (8.11%) Telecoms
4 3 (8.11%) Retail
5 1 (2.70%) Banking
5 1 (2.70%) Law
Job Titles
1 12 (32.43%) Network Engineer
2 4 (10.81%) Architect
2 4 (10.81%) Administrator
2 4 (10.81%) Infrastructure Architect
3 3 (8.11%) Network Manager
4 2 (5.41%) Project Engineer
4 2 (5.41%) Project Coordinator
4 2 (5.41%) Service Manager
4 2 (5.41%) Project Manager
4 2 (5.41%) IT Architect
4 2 (5.41%) Coordinator
5 1 (2.70%) Transition Manager
5 1 (2.70%) Applications Manager
5 1 (2.70%) Windows Server Engineer
5 1 (2.70%) Performance Manager
5 1 (2.70%) PMO Administrator
5 1 (2.70%) Service Transition Manager
5 1 (2.70%) Programme Manager
5 1 (2.70%) Technical Project Manager
5 1 (2.70%) Network Technician
Miscellaneous
1 3 (8.11%) FlexPod
2 2 (5.41%) Clustering
2 2 (5.41%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 10 (27.03%) Windows
2 4 (10.81%) Linux
2 4 (10.81%) Windows Server 2003
2 4 (10.81%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (5.41%) Windows Server 2012
3 2 (5.41%) AIX
3 2 (5.41%) HPUX
3 2 (5.41%) Solaris
3 2 (5.41%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (13.51%) ITIL
2 4 (10.81%) PRINCE2
3 3 (8.11%) Migration
3 3 (8.11%) Load Balancing
3 3 (8.11%) Performance Management
3 3 (8.11%) Capacity Planning
4 2 (5.41%) Time Management
4 2 (5.41%) Resource Management
4 2 (5.41%) Stakeholder Management
4 2 (5.41%) Programme Office Management
4 2 (5.41%) Zachman Framework
4 2 (5.41%) TOGAF
4 2 (5.41%) Logistics
4 2 (5.41%) Project Management
5 1 (2.70%) Service Delivery
5 1 (2.70%) Supplier Management
5 1 (2.70%) Matrix Management
5 1 (2.70%) Financial Modelling
5 1 (2.70%) Network Management
Qualifications
1 16 (43.24%) Cisco Certification
2 13 (35.14%) CCNP
3 7 (18.92%) CCNA
4 4 (10.81%) CCSA
4 4 (10.81%) CCIE
5 2 (5.41%) Degree
5 2 (5.41%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (2.70%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 7 (18.92%) Active Directory
1 7 (18.92%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (10.81%) XenApp
3 3 (8.11%) Hyper-V
4 2 (5.41%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 2 (5.41%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 4 (10.81%) SCOM
2 2 (5.41%) SCCM
3 1 (2.70%) OPNET
Vendors
1 22 (59.46%) Cisco
2 13 (35.14%) Citrix
3 8 (21.62%) VMware
4 6 (16.22%) CheckPoint
4 6 (16.22%) Microsoft
5 4 (10.81%) SolarWinds
6 3 (8.11%) IronPort
6 3 (8.11%) Sun
6 3 (8.11%) IBM
6 3 (8.11%) HP
7 2 (5.41%) Dell
7 2 (5.41%) Aruba
8 1 (2.70%) Riverbed
8 1 (2.70%) NetApp
8 1 (2.70%) Compuware