The table below looks at the statistics 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 29 May 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
29 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Wide Area Network (WAN)
Rank 60 82 91
Rank change year-on-year
+22 +9
Contract jobs citing WAN 97 52 30
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.68% 1.67% 1.27%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 19.64% 14.09% 9.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 24 8
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£350 £413 £513
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.15% -19.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £201 £237 £346
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £615 £581
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £335 £315
% change year-on-year
+4.47% +6.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 9 6
Average hourly rate £16.25 £37.29 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-56.42% +101.56%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £30.20 £14.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £45.00 £28.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.00 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+31.42% +9.37%
WAN
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 North West region.

Communications & Networking Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
494 369 310
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 13.67% 11.88% 13.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 231 177 122
Average daily rate £325 £290 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.06% -7.20%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £200 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £490 £451
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £338 £320
% change year-on-year
+0.74% +5.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 55 29 34
Average hourly rate £17.50 £28.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-38.59% +26.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £11.95 £14.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £18.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+44.44% -20.00%

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 29 May 2015.

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 29 May 2015.

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 29 May 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
Manchester +34 56 £325 -21.21% 11
Merseyside +2 16 £313 +42.04% 3
Cheshire -19 16 £488 -12.55% 5
Lancashire +10 5 £463 +68.18%
Cumbria - 3 £488 -
WAN
England

WAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 May 2015, 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.

1 112 (70.44%) LAN
2 90 (56.60%) Cisco
3 65 (40.88%) Firewall
4 64 (40.25%) Data Centre
5 62 (38.99%) Windows
6 51 (32.08%) Migration
7 49 (30.82%) VMware
8 48 (30.19%) Citrix
9 47 (29.56%) Active Directory
10 46 (28.93%) Microsoft
11 43 (27.04%) ITIL
12 41 (25.79%) Cisco Certification
13 32 (20.13%) CheckPoint
13 32 (20.13%) BGP
13 32 (20.13%) VMware Infrastructure
14 29 (18.24%) DNS
15 28 (17.61%) MPLS
15 28 (17.61%) OSPF
15 28 (17.61%) Wireless
16 27 (16.98%) Windows Server 2003
16 27 (16.98%) DHCP
16 27 (16.98%) Cisco ASA
17 25 (15.72%) SAN
17 25 (15.72%) EIGRP
18 24 (15.09%) ITIL Certification
18 24 (15.09%) Hyper-V
19 23 (14.47%) VPN
20 22 (13.84%) Network Security
20 22 (13.84%) ISO/IEC 27001
21 21 (13.21%) CCIE

WAN
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 29 May 2015, 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 15 (9.43%) MS Exchange
2 14 (8.81%) IIS
3 9 (5.66%) IBM Notes
4 7 (4.40%) Exchange Server 2010
5 3 (1.89%) Exchange Server 2007
6 2 (1.26%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (0.63%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (0.63%) SharePoint
Applications
1 15 (9.43%) MS Office
1 15 (9.43%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.26%) MS Project
2 2 (1.26%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (0.63%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (0.63%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (1.89%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.63%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 7 (4.40%) Office 365
2 4 (2.52%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (2.52%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.63%) SaaS
3 1 (0.63%) PaaS
3 1 (0.63%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.63%) SoftLayer
3 1 (0.63%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 112 (70.44%) LAN
2 65 (40.88%) Firewall
3 32 (20.13%) BGP
4 29 (18.24%) DNS
5 28 (17.61%) MPLS
5 28 (17.61%) OSPF
5 28 (17.61%) Wireless
6 27 (16.98%) DHCP
6 27 (16.98%) Cisco ASA
7 25 (15.72%) SAN
7 25 (15.72%) EIGRP
8 23 (14.47%) VPN
9 22 (13.84%) Network Security
10 20 (12.58%) SSL
11 18 (11.32%) TCP/IP
12 14 (8.81%) VLAN
13 13 (8.18%) VoIP
14 12 (7.55%) NAS
15 11 (6.92%) Wi-Fi
16 10 (6.29%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (8.18%) SQL Server
2 12 (7.55%) Oracle Database
3 3 (1.89%) Relational Database
3 3 (1.89%) RDBMS
4 1 (0.63%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.63%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 1 (0.63%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 14 (8.81%) Finance
2 11 (6.92%) Telecoms
3 10 (6.29%) Manufacturing
4 6 (3.77%) Local Government
5 3 (1.89%) Law
5 3 (1.89%) Retail
6 2 (1.26%) Banking
6 2 (1.26%) Electronics
6 2 (1.26%) Marketing
7 1 (0.63%) Legal
7 1 (0.63%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 42 (26.42%) Architect
2 34 (21.38%) Analyst
3 22 (13.84%) Technical Analyst
4 21 (13.21%) Network Engineer
5 17 (10.69%) Infrastructure Architect
6 15 (9.43%) Consultant
7 14 (8.81%) Technical Architect
8 12 (7.55%) Network Consultant
8 12 (7.55%) Security Analyst
9 11 (6.92%) Network Architect
9 11 (6.92%) Project Manager
10 9 (5.66%) Administrator
11 8 (5.03%) Solutions Architect
11 8 (5.03%) Citrix Analyst
12 7 (4.40%) Support Analyst
13 6 (3.77%) Network Analyst
13 6 (3.77%) Technical Security Analyst
14 5 (3.14%) Desktop Administrator
14 5 (3.14%) Infrastructure Manager
14 5 (3.14%) Network Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (3.77%) Middleware
2 2 (1.26%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 64 (40.25%) Data Centre
2 14 (8.81%) PKI
3 11 (6.92%) Replication
4 10 (6.29%) Clustering
5 8 (5.03%) Celerra
6 5 (3.14%) Analytical Skills
6 5 (3.14%) Fat Client
6 5 (3.14%) Thin Client
7 3 (1.89%) Enterprise Storage
7 3 (1.89%) FlexPod
7 3 (1.89%) Life Science
8 2 (1.26%) DTV
8 2 (1.26%) IVR
9 1 (0.63%) EqualLogic
9 1 (0.63%) Video Conferencing
9 1 (0.63%) PDA
9 1 (0.63%) Handset
9 1 (0.63%) PMI
9 1 (0.63%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 62 (38.99%) Windows
2 27 (16.98%) Windows Server 2003
3 20 (12.58%) Windows Server 2012
4 19 (11.95%) Windows Server 2008
5 18 (11.32%) Windows 7
6 14 (8.81%) UNIX
6 14 (8.81%) Solaris
7 9 (5.66%) Windows XP
8 5 (3.14%) Linux
9 2 (1.26%) AIX
9 2 (1.26%) HPUX
9 2 (1.26%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.63%) Windows 2000 Server
10 1 (0.63%) Android
10 1 (0.63%) BlackBerry OS
10 1 (0.63%) Apple iOS
10 1 (0.63%) Windows Vista
10 1 (0.63%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 51 (32.08%) Migration
2 43 (27.04%) ITIL
3 18 (11.32%) Disaster Recovery
4 14 (8.81%) Capacity Planning
4 14 (8.81%) Kalman Filter
4 14 (8.81%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 13 (8.18%) Penetration Testing
5 13 (8.18%) SIEM
6 12 (7.55%) Service Delivery
7 11 (6.92%) Network Design
8 10 (6.29%) PRINCE2
8 10 (6.29%) Business Continuity
8 10 (6.29%) Network Management
9 9 (5.66%) Stakeholder Management
10 8 (5.03%) Project Management
10 8 (5.03%) Configuration Management
10 8 (5.03%) Change Control
10 8 (5.03%) Security Patching
11 7 (4.40%) Network Monitoring
11 7 (4.40%) Network Architecture
Programming Languages
1 3 (1.89%) PowerShell
1 3 (1.89%) SQL
2 1 (0.63%) C
Qualifications
1 41 (25.79%) Cisco Certification
2 24 (15.09%) ITIL Certification
3 21 (13.21%) CCIE
4 17 (10.69%) CCNP
5 16 (10.06%) Security Cleared
6 15 (9.43%) Microsoft Certification
7 14 (8.81%) CCNA
8 13 (8.18%) CISMP
8 13 (8.18%) CISSP
9 12 (7.55%) CISM
10 11 (6.92%) SC Cleared
11 10 (6.29%) MCP
11 10 (6.29%) CCENT
12 9 (5.66%) Citrix Certification
12 9 (5.66%) MCSE
13 6 (3.77%) CCDP
14 5 (3.14%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 4 (2.52%) CCA
15 4 (2.52%) CCEE
15 4 (2.52%) CCAA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (13.84%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 20 (12.58%) QA
3 4 (2.52%) SLA
4 1 (0.63%) BS25999
System Software
1 47 (29.56%) Active Directory
2 32 (20.13%) VMware Infrastructure
3 24 (15.09%) Hyper-V
4 17 (10.69%) XenApp
5 13 (8.18%) Terminal Services
6 12 (7.55%) VMware ESX
7 8 (5.03%) MetaFrame
7 8 (5.03%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 8 (5.03%) VMware ESXi
7 8 (5.03%) EMC RecoverPoint
8 6 (3.77%) VMware Workstation
9 4 (2.52%) Microsoft App-V
10 3 (1.89%) Xen
11 1 (0.63%) XenDesktop
11 1 (0.63%) VMware Server
11 1 (0.63%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 11 (6.92%) SCCM
2 4 (2.52%) EMC NetWorker
3 3 (1.89%) OpenView
4 2 (1.26%) CiscoWorks
5 1 (0.63%) HP SIM
5 1 (0.63%) SCOM
Vendors
1 90 (56.60%) Cisco
2 49 (30.82%) VMware
3 48 (30.19%) Citrix
4 46 (28.93%) Microsoft
5 32 (20.13%) CheckPoint
6 21 (13.21%) EMC
7 17 (10.69%) Juniper
7 17 (10.69%) Oracle
8 15 (9.43%) SolarWinds
9 14 (8.81%) Clearswift
10 13 (8.18%) Kaspersky
11 10 (6.29%) NetApp
11 10 (6.29%) HP
12 9 (5.66%) Lotus
13 8 (5.03%) Nortel
13 8 (5.03%) AppSense
14 6 (3.77%) Avaya
14 6 (3.77%) Aruba
15 5 (3.14%) Dell
15 5 (3.14%) SAP
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