The first table below looks at the demand for WAN skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited WAN over the 3 months to 14 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 North West 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
14 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Wide Area Network (WAN)
Rank 92 90 74
Rank change year-on-year
-2 -16
Contract jobs citing WAN 39 37 72
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.33% 1.45% 2.23%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 10.77% 10.95% 13.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 13 18
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+68.18% -24.13%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £178 £225 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £615 £453 £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £308 £325
% change year-on-year
+5.69% -5.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 9 17
Average hourly rate £31.50 £32.50 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.07% +47.72%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.40 £21.30 £15.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £35.00 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year
-7.89% -11.62%
Communications & Networking Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
362 338 529
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 12.35% 13.25% 16.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 182 148 188
Average daily rate £300 £275 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.09% -15.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £175 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £416 £457
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 37 57
Average hourly rate £20.00 £31.56 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-36.61% +43.43%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £14.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.00 £32.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £24.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-22.44% -2.00%
WAN
England

WAN
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

WAN Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

WAN
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

WAN Daily Rate Trend in the North West

WAN
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing WAN across the North West region over the 3 months to 14 July 2014.

WAN Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

WAN
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

WAN Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

WAN
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing WAN across the North West region over the 3 months to 14 July 2014.

WAN Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

WAN
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing WAN within the North West region over the 3 months to 14 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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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
Cheshire +1 20 £500 +81.81% 2
Manchester -1 12 £385 +54.00% 15
Merseyside +5 2 £220 -54.87% 1
Lancashire -12 2 £300 -
Cumbria - - - -
WAN
England

WAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 14 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 88 (84.62%) LAN
2 48 (46.15%) Windows
3 36 (34.62%) Cisco
4 34 (32.69%) Windows Server 2008
5 33 (31.73%) VMware
6 30 (28.85%) Microsoft
7 29 (27.88%) Firewall
8 27 (25.96%) Windows Server 2003
8 27 (25.96%) Active Directory
8 27 (25.96%) Citrix
9 26 (25.00%) Cisco Certification
9 26 (25.00%) TCP/IP
10 25 (24.04%) DNS
11 24 (23.08%) SAN
12 22 (21.15%) DHCP
13 20 (19.23%) CCNP
14 19 (18.27%) Oracle
14 19 (18.27%) MS Exchange
14 19 (18.27%) Windows Server 2012
15 18 (17.31%) Wireless
15 18 (17.31%) SCOM
15 18 (17.31%) VMware Infrastructure
16 17 (16.35%) VLAN
16 17 (16.35%) SQL
16 17 (16.35%) IIS
16 17 (16.35%) CCNA
17 15 (14.42%) VPN
17 15 (14.42%) Stakeholder Management
17 15 (14.42%) Clustering
17 15 (14.42%) Hyper-V

WAN
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 14 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 19 (18.27%) MS Exchange
2 17 (16.35%) IIS
3 11 (10.58%) SharePoint
4 8 (7.69%) Exchange Server 2010
5 4 (3.85%) SharePoint 2010
5 4 (3.85%) Exchange Server 2007
6 3 (2.88%) Exchange Server 2003
7 2 (1.92%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.96%) Apache
8 1 (0.96%) nginx
8 1 (0.96%) SAS
8 1 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 6 (5.77%) MS Project
1 6 (5.77%) MS Excel
2 3 (2.88%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 8 (7.69%) Oracle EBS
1 8 (7.69%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.92%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.96%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 88 (84.62%) LAN
2 29 (27.88%) Firewall
3 26 (25.00%) TCP/IP
4 25 (24.04%) DNS
5 24 (23.08%) SAN
6 22 (21.15%) DHCP
7 18 (17.31%) Wireless
8 17 (16.35%) VLAN
9 15 (14.42%) VPN
10 11 (10.58%) BGP
11 10 (9.62%) Internet
12 9 (8.65%) Network Security
13 7 (6.73%) IPsec
14 6 (5.77%) MPLS
14 6 (5.77%) OSPF
15 5 (4.81%) DMZ
15 5 (4.81%) Ethernet
15 5 (4.81%) SNMP
15 5 (4.81%) EIGRP
15 5 (4.81%) Structured Cabling
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (5.77%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.85%) QlikView
2 4 (3.85%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (1.92%) Oracle Database
3 2 (1.92%) SQL Server 2000
3 2 (1.92%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (0.96%) DB2
4 1 (0.96%) MySQL
4 1 (0.96%) SQL Server 2012
General
1 13 (12.50%) Local Government
2 10 (9.62%) Telecoms
3 5 (4.81%) Banking
3 5 (4.81%) Retail
4 4 (3.85%) Finance
5 1 (0.96%) Law
5 1 (0.96%) Legal
Job Titles
1 25 (24.04%) Project Manager
2 17 (16.35%) Architect
2 17 (16.35%) Network Engineer
3 10 (9.62%) Senior Manager
4 9 (8.65%) Infrastructure Architect
5 8 (7.69%) Senior Project Manager
5 8 (7.69%) Analyst
6 6 (5.77%) Technical Architect
7 5 (4.81%) Infrastructure Project Manager
7 5 (4.81%) Infrastructure Manager
8 4 (3.85%) Support Engineer
8 4 (3.85%) Applications Support
8 4 (3.85%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 3 (2.88%) IT Project Manager
9 3 (2.88%) Technical Project Manager
9 3 (2.88%) Technical Manager
9 3 (2.88%) Network Analyst
9 3 (2.88%) Server Engineer
9 3 (2.88%) Storage Manager
10 2 (1.92%) Cisco Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.92%) .NET
1 2 (1.92%) Web Services
2 1 (0.96%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 15 (14.42%) Clustering
2 9 (8.65%) Management Information System
3 8 (7.69%) Mainframe
3 8 (7.69%) Reference Data
4 7 (6.73%) Data Integration
5 6 (5.77%) Enterprise Software
6 5 (4.81%) Firmware
7 4 (3.85%) Wiki
7 4 (3.85%) PKI
8 3 (2.88%) Statistics
8 3 (2.88%) EqualLogic
9 2 (1.92%) IBM Mainframe
9 2 (1.92%) PMI
9 2 (1.92%) CESG
10 1 (0.96%) NHS
10 1 (0.96%) Client/Server
10 1 (0.96%) Open Source
10 1 (0.96%) SCADA
10 1 (0.96%) CCTV
10 1 (0.96%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 48 (46.15%) Windows
2 34 (32.69%) Windows Server 2008
3 27 (25.96%) Windows Server 2003
4 19 (18.27%) Windows Server 2012
5 9 (8.65%) Windows 7
6 6 (5.77%) Windows XP
6 6 (5.77%) UNIX
7 3 (2.88%) Linux
8 2 (1.92%) AIX
8 2 (1.92%) Windows 2000 Server
9 1 (0.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.96%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.96%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.96%) MVS
9 1 (0.96%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (14.42%) Stakeholder Management
2 14 (13.46%) ITIL
3 13 (12.50%) Disaster Recovery
3 13 (12.50%) Migration
4 11 (10.58%) Project Management
4 11 (10.58%) PRINCE2
5 9 (8.65%) PRINCE
6 8 (7.69%) Data Modelling
6 8 (7.69%) CRM
6 8 (7.69%) Data Architecture
6 8 (7.69%) Change Control
7 7 (6.73%) Capacity Planning
7 7 (6.73%) Information Security
8 6 (5.77%) Load Balancing
9 5 (4.81%) Incident Management
10 4 (3.85%) Network Management
10 4 (3.85%) Change Management
11 3 (2.88%) Infrastructure Management
12 2 (1.92%) Network Monitoring
12 2 (1.92%) Financial Modelling
Programming Languages
1 17 (16.35%) SQL
2 7 (6.73%) PowerShell
3 2 (1.92%) Java
4 1 (0.96%) PHP
4 1 (0.96%) SELCOPY
4 1 (0.96%) REXX
4 1 (0.96%) JCL
4 1 (0.96%) LINC
Qualifications
1 26 (25.00%) Cisco Certification
2 20 (19.23%) CCNP
3 17 (16.35%) CCNA
4 5 (4.81%) Microsoft Certification
4 5 (4.81%) MCSE
5 4 (3.85%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 4 (3.85%) MCTS
5 4 (3.85%) MCITP
6 2 (1.92%) CCDP
6 2 (1.92%) PMI Certification
6 2 (1.92%) CCSA
6 2 (1.92%) MCSA
6 2 (1.92%) CCIE
6 2 (1.92%) MCP
7 1 (0.96%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 1 (0.96%) ISSAP
7 1 (0.96%) JNCIS
7 1 (0.96%) ISEB
7 1 (0.96%) Citrix Certification
7 1 (0.96%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (5.77%) SLA
2 2 (1.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 27 (25.96%) Active Directory
2 18 (17.31%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (14.42%) Hyper-V
4 12 (11.54%) VMware ESX
5 9 (8.65%) XenApp
6 7 (6.73%) Oracle RAC
7 3 (2.88%) vSphere
7 3 (2.88%) Forefront TMG
8 2 (1.92%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 2 (1.92%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 18 (17.31%) SCOM
2 11 (10.58%) SCCM
3 5 (4.81%) SCSM
4 4 (3.85%) HP Quality Center
4 4 (3.85%) Backup Exec
5 3 (2.88%) MAILsweeper
5 3 (2.88%) NetBackup
6 1 (0.96%) WSUS
Vendors
1 36 (34.62%) Cisco
2 33 (31.73%) VMware
3 30 (28.85%) Microsoft
4 27 (25.96%) Citrix
5 19 (18.27%) Oracle
6 13 (12.50%) HP
6 13 (12.50%) Juniper
7 8 (7.69%) Avaya
8 7 (6.73%) IronPort
8 7 (6.73%) Informatica
8 7 (6.73%) Siebel
8 7 (6.73%) Open Text
9 5 (4.81%) NetApp
9 5 (4.81%) F5
10 4 (3.85%) 3PAR
10 4 (3.85%) Blue Coat
10 4 (3.85%) Dell
10 4 (3.85%) Business Objects
10 4 (3.85%) IBM
11 3 (2.88%) EMC
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