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 30 July 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 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Wide Area Network (WAN)
Rank 86 91 84
Rank change year-on-year
+5 -7
Contract jobs citing WAN 69 43 48
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.80% 1.42% 1.78%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.94% 11.11% 12.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 22 17
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.62% +45.45%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £175 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £493 £500 £468
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+3.84% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 7 13
Average hourly rate £18.00 £40.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-55.00% +23.07%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £21.10 £25.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £45.00 £39.46
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
- -12.50%
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
462 387 392
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 12.05% 12.82% 14.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 230 192 180
Average daily rate £350 £300 £284
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% +5.72%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £210 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £440 £435
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £335 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.47% +4.68%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 35 44
Average hourly rate £16.84 £22.50 £31.56
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.15% -28.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.28 £12.00 £14.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £41.75 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.22 £20.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year
+11.10% -21.56%

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 30 July 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 30 July 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 30 July 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 +2 34 £325 -14.47% 21
Cheshire -9 16 £450 -10.00% 7
Merseyside -1 13 £328 - 2
Cumbria - 2 £325 -
Lancashire +9 1 £170 -43.33% 1
WAN
England

WAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 July 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.

1 120 (65.93%) LAN
2 96 (52.75%) Cisco
3 76 (41.76%) Data Centre
4 73 (40.11%) Firewall
5 70 (38.46%) Windows
6 61 (33.52%) Microsoft
7 58 (31.87%) Migration
8 54 (29.67%) VMware
9 52 (28.57%) Active Directory
10 51 (28.02%) Citrix
11 46 (25.27%) Cisco Certification
12 43 (23.63%) ITIL
13 38 (20.88%) VMware Infrastructure
14 32 (17.58%) CheckPoint
14 32 (17.58%) MPLS
14 32 (17.58%) DNS
15 31 (17.03%) Wireless
16 30 (16.48%) DHCP
17 29 (15.93%) BGP
18 27 (14.84%) Windows Server 2003
18 27 (14.84%) SAN
18 27 (14.84%) EMC
18 27 (14.84%) Cisco ASA
19 26 (14.29%) Windows 7
19 26 (14.29%) VPN
19 26 (14.29%) ITIL Certification
19 26 (14.29%) OSPF
20 25 (13.74%) EIGRP
21 24 (13.19%) CCNP
22 23 (12.64%) ISO/IEC 27001

WAN
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 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 17 (9.34%) MS Exchange
2 16 (8.79%) IBM Notes
3 13 (7.14%) IIS
4 9 (4.95%) Exchange Server 2010
5 6 (3.30%) Exchange Server 2007
6 5 (2.75%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (0.55%) Lync
8 1 (0.55%) SharePoint
8 1 (0.55%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 21 (11.54%) MS Office
1 21 (11.54%) MS Excel
2 4 (2.20%) MS Project
2 4 (2.20%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (0.55%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (3.30%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (2.20%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 12 (6.59%) Office 365
2 3 (1.65%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (1.10%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.55%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 120 (65.93%) LAN
2 73 (40.11%) Firewall
3 32 (17.58%) MPLS
3 32 (17.58%) DNS
4 31 (17.03%) Wireless
5 30 (16.48%) DHCP
6 29 (15.93%) BGP
7 27 (14.84%) SAN
7 27 (14.84%) Cisco ASA
8 26 (14.29%) VPN
8 26 (14.29%) OSPF
9 25 (13.74%) EIGRP
10 22 (12.09%) SSL
10 22 (12.09%) Network Security
11 14 (7.69%) NAS
11 14 (7.69%) TCP/IP
12 13 (7.14%) Wi-Fi
13 12 (6.59%) VLAN
13 12 (6.59%) VoIP
14 10 (5.49%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (8.79%) Oracle Database
2 13 (7.14%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.55%) RDBMS
3 1 (0.55%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (0.55%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (0.55%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 1 (0.55%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 12 (6.59%) Finance
2 9 (4.95%) Manufacturing
3 8 (4.40%) Local Government
4 6 (3.30%) Telecoms
5 3 (1.65%) Electronics
5 3 (1.65%) Marketing
6 2 (1.10%) Law
7 1 (0.55%) Retail
Job Titles
1 40 (21.98%) Architect
2 35 (19.23%) Analyst
3 24 (13.19%) Network Engineer
4 23 (12.64%) Technical Analyst
5 17 (9.34%) Consultant
6 15 (8.24%) Technical Architect
6 15 (8.24%) Infrastructure Architect
7 13 (7.14%) Security Analyst
8 12 (6.59%) Project Manager
9 11 (6.04%) Network Consultant
9 11 (6.04%) Solutions Architect
9 11 (6.04%) Administrator
9 11 (6.04%) Network Architect
10 9 (4.95%) Support Engineer
11 8 (4.40%) Network Analyst
11 8 (4.40%) Coordinator
11 8 (4.40%) Citrix Analyst
12 7 (3.85%) Desktop Administrator
12 7 (3.85%) Project Coordinator
13 6 (3.30%) Network Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (3.30%) Middleware
2 4 (2.20%) 802.1X
3 2 (1.10%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 76 (41.76%) Data Centre
2 15 (8.24%) PKI
3 14 (7.69%) EMC VNX
4 13 (7.14%) Replication
5 9 (4.95%) Clustering
6 8 (4.40%) Celerra
7 7 (3.85%) Fat Client
7 7 (3.85%) Thin Client
7 7 (3.85%) Analytical Skills
8 5 (2.75%) Enterprise Storage
8 5 (2.75%) Life Science
9 4 (2.20%) Blackberry
10 3 (1.65%) DTV
11 1 (0.55%) Mainframe
11 1 (0.55%) Management Information System
11 1 (0.55%) Handset
11 1 (0.55%) IVR
11 1 (0.55%) PDA
11 1 (0.55%) PMI
11 1 (0.55%) EqualLogic
Operating Systems
1 70 (38.46%) Windows
2 27 (14.84%) Windows Server 2003
3 26 (14.29%) Windows 7
4 21 (11.54%) Windows Server 2008
5 17 (9.34%) Windows Server 2012
6 13 (7.14%) Windows XP
7 12 (6.59%) UNIX
7 12 (6.59%) Solaris
8 5 (2.75%) Windows 8
9 3 (1.65%) Apple iOS
9 3 (1.65%) BlackBerry OS
9 3 (1.65%) Linux
9 3 (1.65%) Windows Vista
9 3 (1.65%) Android
10 1 (0.55%) Windows 2000
10 1 (0.55%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (31.87%) Migration
2 43 (23.63%) ITIL
3 21 (11.54%) Disaster Recovery
4 17 (9.34%) Capacity Planning
5 15 (8.24%) Kalman Filter
5 15 (8.24%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 14 (7.69%) PRINCE2
6 14 (7.69%) Project Management
7 13 (7.14%) Penetration Testing
7 13 (7.14%) Network Design
7 13 (7.14%) SIEM
8 11 (6.04%) Service Delivery
9 10 (5.49%) Stakeholder Management
9 10 (5.49%) Business Continuity
10 9 (4.95%) Configuration Management
11 8 (4.40%) Change Management
11 8 (4.40%) Change Control
11 8 (4.40%) Network Management
11 8 (4.40%) Network Monitoring
11 8 (4.40%) Security Patching
Programming Languages
1 5 (2.75%) PowerShell
2 2 (1.10%) C
2 2 (1.10%) SQL
Qualifications
1 46 (25.27%) Cisco Certification
2 26 (14.29%) ITIL Certification
3 24 (13.19%) CCNP
4 20 (10.99%) CCIE
5 19 (10.44%) Security Cleared
6 18 (9.89%) Microsoft Certification
7 16 (8.79%) SC Cleared
8 14 (7.69%) CISMP
9 13 (7.14%) CISSP
10 12 (6.59%) CISM
10 12 (6.59%) MCP
11 11 (6.04%) CCNA
11 11 (6.04%) Citrix Certification
12 10 (5.49%) MCSE
12 10 (5.49%) CCENT
13 6 (3.30%) CCDP
14 5 (2.75%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 4 (2.20%) CCA
15 4 (2.20%) CCEE
15 4 (2.20%) CCAA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (12.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 20 (10.99%) QA
3 6 (3.30%) SLA
4 1 (0.55%) BS25999
System Software
1 52 (28.57%) Active Directory
2 38 (20.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 23 (12.64%) Hyper-V
4 18 (9.89%) XenApp
5 15 (8.24%) Terminal Services
6 10 (5.49%) VMware ESX
7 8 (4.40%) VMware Workstation
7 8 (4.40%) Microsoft App-V
7 8 (4.40%) MetaFrame
7 8 (4.40%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 8 (4.40%) EMC RecoverPoint
7 8 (4.40%) VMware ESXi
8 7 (3.85%) Xen
9 2 (1.10%) vSphere
10 1 (0.55%) VMware Server
10 1 (0.55%) XenServer
10 1 (0.55%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.55%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.55%) ProxySG
10 1 (0.55%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 15 (8.24%) SCCM
2 5 (2.75%) OpenView
3 4 (2.20%) EMC NetWorker
4 2 (1.10%) CiscoWorks
5 1 (0.55%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 1 (0.55%) WSUS
5 1 (0.55%) HP SIM
5 1 (0.55%) Cisco CUCM
5 1 (0.55%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 96 (52.75%) Cisco
2 61 (33.52%) Microsoft
3 54 (29.67%) VMware
4 51 (28.02%) Citrix
5 32 (17.58%) CheckPoint
6 27 (14.84%) EMC
7 18 (9.89%) Juniper
7 18 (9.89%) Oracle
8 16 (8.79%) Lotus
9 15 (8.24%) Clearswift
10 13 (7.14%) SolarWinds
10 13 (7.14%) Kaspersky
11 11 (6.04%) SAP
12 10 (5.49%) HP
13 9 (4.95%) NetApp
14 8 (4.40%) AppSense
14 8 (4.40%) Nortel
15 7 (3.85%) Veeam
16 6 (3.30%) Aruba
17 5 (2.75%) Veritas
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