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 10 February 2016 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
10 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Wide Area Network (WAN)
Rank 92 88 66
Rank change year-on-year
-4 -22
Contract jobs citing WAN 67 53 67
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.77% 1.62% 2.39%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 11.26% 12.10% 17.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 39 26 36
Average daily rate £400 £318 £444
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.98% -28.45%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £199 £226 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £560 £450 £663
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 1 4
Average hourly rate £13.50 £13.00 £30.78
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.84% -57.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.91 £13.00 £17.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.40 £13.00 £31.56
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £22.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-18.18% +10.00%
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
595 438 376
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 15.70% 13.39% 13.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 343 214 176
Average daily rate £410 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.14% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £222 £216
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £459 £540
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 38 25
Average hourly rate £16.84 £18.00 £15.09
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.44% +19.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £10.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £39.55 £31.56
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £26.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+15.38% +23.80%

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 10 February 2016.

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 10 February 2016.

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 10 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 -2 25 £400 +26.98% 9
Manchester -17 18 £363 +13.72% 15
Lancashire +10 10 £294 -24.67% 1
Merseyside +2 8 £425 - 4
Cumbria - 1 - -
WAN
England

WAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, 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.

1 127 (74.27%) LAN
2 93 (54.39%) Cisco
3 62 (36.26%) Windows
4 61 (35.67%) Data Centre
5 56 (32.75%) Firewall
6 46 (26.90%) VMware
7 44 (25.73%) Active Directory
8 43 (25.15%) Migration
9 38 (22.22%) Cisco Certification
10 37 (21.64%) VMware Infrastructure
11 32 (18.71%) DNS
12 30 (17.54%) Citrix
13 28 (16.37%) ITIL
14 27 (15.79%) Network Security
15 25 (14.62%) Linux
15 25 (14.62%) SAN
16 24 (14.04%) HP
16 24 (14.04%) CCNA
16 24 (14.04%) IBM
16 24 (14.04%) Microsoft
17 23 (13.45%) CCNP
18 22 (12.87%) VPN
19 21 (12.28%) VoIP
19 21 (12.28%) Project Management
19 21 (12.28%) Windows Server
20 20 (11.70%) TCP/IP
21 19 (11.11%) DHCP
21 19 (11.11%) Juniper
21 19 (11.11%) Wireless
22 18 (10.53%) Hyper-V

WAN
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, 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 11 (6.43%) Skype for Business
2 8 (4.68%) MS Exchange
2 8 (4.68%) SharePoint
3 6 (3.51%) IIS
4 3 (1.75%) SharePoint 2010
5 2 (1.17%) Apache
5 2 (1.17%) Exchange Server 2010
5 2 (1.17%) Exchange Server 2013
5 2 (1.17%) IBM Domino
5 2 (1.17%) IBM Notes
6 1 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (0.58%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (0.58%) Tomcat
Applications
1 13 (7.60%) MS Office
2 7 (4.09%) MS Excel
3 2 (1.17%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 3 (1.75%) Dynamics NAV
1 3 (1.75%) Oracle 11i
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.75%) Office 365
2 1 (0.58%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 127 (74.27%) LAN
2 56 (32.75%) Firewall
3 32 (18.71%) DNS
4 27 (15.79%) Network Security
5 25 (14.62%) SAN
6 22 (12.87%) VPN
7 21 (12.28%) VoIP
8 20 (11.70%) TCP/IP
9 19 (11.11%) DHCP
9 19 (11.11%) Wireless
10 17 (9.94%) MPLS
11 13 (7.60%) SSL
12 12 (7.02%) Cisco ASA
12 12 (7.02%) WLAN
13 11 (6.43%) Cisco IPT
13 11 (6.43%) Internet
13 11 (6.43%) Wi-Fi
14 10 (5.85%) IPsec
14 10 (5.85%) VLAN
15 7 (4.09%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (5.85%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.34%) Oracle Database
2 4 (2.34%) Relational Database
3 2 (1.17%) SQLPlus
4 1 (0.58%) MySQL
4 1 (0.58%) SQL Server 2012
General
1 12 (7.02%) Finance
2 8 (4.68%) Telecoms
3 6 (3.51%) Local Government
4 5 (2.92%) Manufacturing
5 4 (2.34%) Retail
6 3 (1.75%) Back Office
7 2 (1.17%) Banking
7 2 (1.17%) Military
8 1 (0.58%) Electronics
8 1 (0.58%) Front Office
8 1 (0.58%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 40 (23.39%) Architect
2 29 (16.96%) Network Engineer
3 19 (11.11%) Network Architect
3 19 (11.11%) Support Engineer
4 14 (8.19%) Analyst
4 14 (8.19%) Infrastructure Architect
5 12 (7.02%) IT Support
6 11 (6.43%) IT Engineer
6 11 (6.43%) Project Manager
7 10 (5.85%) Network Specialist
8 9 (5.26%) 3rd Line Support
8 9 (5.26%) Cisco Engineer
8 9 (5.26%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 9 (5.26%) Data Centre Architect
8 9 (5.26%) IT Support Engineer
8 9 (5.26%) Migration Architect
8 9 (5.26%) Network Manager
9 8 (4.68%) 2nd Line Support
9 8 (4.68%) Infrastructure Manager
9 8 (4.68%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (3.51%) 802.1X
2 1 (0.58%) LAMP
2 1 (0.58%) Middleware
2 1 (0.58%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 61 (35.67%) Data Centre
2 9 (5.26%) Clustering
3 8 (4.68%) FlexPod
3 8 (4.68%) VCE vBlock
4 5 (2.92%) Management Information System
4 5 (2.92%) PKI
5 4 (2.34%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (2.34%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 4 (2.34%) iSeries
5 4 (2.34%) NHS
6 3 (1.75%) CMDB
6 3 (1.75%) Enterprise Storage
6 3 (1.75%) Mainframe
6 3 (1.75%) Video Conferencing
7 2 (1.17%) CESG
7 2 (1.17%) Client/Server
7 2 (1.17%) IVR
7 2 (1.17%) Life Science
7 2 (1.17%) Security Operations Centre
7 2 (1.17%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 62 (36.26%) Windows
2 25 (14.62%) Linux
3 21 (12.28%) Windows Server
4 16 (9.36%) Windows Server 2008
5 15 (8.77%) AIX
6 14 (8.19%) HPUX
6 14 (8.19%) Solaris
7 13 (7.60%) Windows Server 2012
8 12 (7.02%) Unix
9 11 (6.43%) Windows 7
10 8 (4.68%) Windows Server 2003
10 8 (4.68%) Windows XP
11 7 (4.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 4 (2.34%) Windows 8
13 3 (1.75%) Android
14 1 (0.58%) MVS
14 1 (0.58%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 43 (25.15%) Migration
2 28 (16.37%) ITIL
3 21 (12.28%) Project Management
4 17 (9.94%) Stakeholder Management
5 14 (8.19%) Network Design
6 10 (5.85%) PRINCE2
6 10 (5.85%) Service Management
7 9 (5.26%) Configuration Management
7 9 (5.26%) Vulnerability Assessment
8 6 (3.51%) Change Control
8 6 (3.51%) Disaster Recovery
8 6 (3.51%) SIEM
9 5 (2.92%) Application Rationalisation
9 5 (2.92%) Kalman Filter
9 5 (2.92%) Service Delivery
9 5 (2.92%) Technical Architecture
10 4 (2.34%) Change Management
10 4 (2.34%) Infrastructure Transformation
10 4 (2.34%) People Management
10 4 (2.34%) Threat Management
Programming Languages
1 13 (7.60%) SQL
2 5 (2.92%) PowerShell
3 4 (2.34%) C
3 4 (2.34%) Lisp
4 3 (1.75%) C#
5 1 (0.58%) PHP
Qualifications
1 38 (22.22%) Cisco Certification
2 24 (14.04%) CCNA
3 23 (13.45%) CCNP
4 14 (8.19%) Security Cleared
5 12 (7.02%) MCSE
5 12 (7.02%) Microsoft Certification
5 12 (7.02%) SC Cleared
6 9 (5.26%) MCITP
7 6 (3.51%) CCIE
7 6 (3.51%) MCSA
8 4 (2.34%) CCDP
8 4 (2.34%) MCP
9 3 (1.75%) ACSA
9 3 (1.75%) ACSP
9 3 (1.75%) CCIP
9 3 (1.75%) IBM Certification
9 3 (1.75%) ITIL Certification
9 3 (1.75%) MCDST
9 3 (1.75%) MCTS
9 3 (1.75%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (5.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 7 (4.09%) SLA
3 2 (1.17%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.58%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 1 (0.58%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.58%) RMADS
System Software
1 44 (25.73%) Active Directory
2 37 (21.64%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (10.53%) Hyper-V
4 7 (4.09%) vSphere
4 7 (4.09%) XenApp
5 4 (2.34%) XenDesktop
6 2 (1.17%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (1.17%) Snort
6 2 (1.17%) VMware ESX
6 2 (1.17%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (1.17%) VMware Workstation
6 2 (1.17%) XenServer
7 1 (0.58%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 1 (0.58%) PowerHA
7 1 (0.58%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 7 (4.09%) SCCM
2 4 (2.34%) NetBackup
3 2 (1.17%) SmoothWall
3 2 (1.17%) WSUS
4 1 (0.58%) Ansible
4 1 (0.58%) FortiGate
4 1 (0.58%) OpenView
4 1 (0.58%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.58%) Puppet
4 1 (0.58%) SCOM
4 1 (0.58%) Tivoli
4 1 (0.58%) Tivoli Storage Manager
4 1 (0.58%) vRealize
Vendors
1 93 (54.39%) Cisco
2 46 (26.90%) VMware
3 30 (17.54%) Citrix
4 24 (14.04%) HP
4 24 (14.04%) IBM
4 24 (14.04%) Microsoft
5 19 (11.11%) Juniper
6 13 (7.60%) Avaya
7 10 (5.85%) Red Hat
7 10 (5.85%) Sun
8 9 (5.26%) CheckPoint
9 8 (4.68%) Dell
9 8 (4.68%) F5
10 7 (4.09%) SolarWinds
11 6 (3.51%) BT
11 6 (3.51%) Oracle
12 5 (2.92%) 3PAR
12 5 (2.92%) NetApp
13 4 (2.34%) EMC
14 3 (1.75%) Polycom
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