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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited WAN over the 3 months to 19 January 2017 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
19 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Wide Area Network (WAN)
England / North West
Rank 53 81 79
Rank change year-on-year
+28 -2
Contract jobs citing WAN 90 77 61
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 3.43% 1.96% 1.95%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 21.69% 13.14% 15.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 67 41 32
Median daily rate £350 £380 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.89% +15.15%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £264 £225 £204
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £535 £473
UK excluding London median daily rate £355 £400 £338
% change year-on-year
-11.25% +18.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 7 4
Median hourly rate £19.81 £35.00 £12.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-43.39% +191.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.50 £11.61 £10.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £92.50 £38.20 £19.77
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.06 £20.00 £22.59
% change year-on-year
-4.68% -11.44%

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
415 586 395
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 15.83% 14.93% 12.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 254 320 193
Median daily rate £390 £398 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.88% +13.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £238 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £556 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £370 £350
% change year-on-year
- +5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 35 40
Median hourly rate £20.00 £22.50 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.11% +21.62%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £12.50 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £162.50 £40.00 £32.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.50 £30.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year
-15.00% +25.00%

WAN
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing WAN as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 19 January 2017.

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 19 January 2017.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing WAN within the North West region over the 3 months to 19 January 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +34 42 £425 +21.42% 18
Merseyside +11 19 £333 -21.76% 1
Cheshire +15 16 £338 -19.64% 3
Lancashire -2 7 £613 +96.00% 2
Cumbria +14 3 £381 -
WAN
England

WAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 19 January 2017, IT contractor jobs citing WAN also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for WAN.

1 190 (92.68%) LAN
2 110 (53.66%) Firewall
3 88 (42.93%) Cisco
4 71 (34.63%) Windows
5 66 (32.20%) VoIP
6 65 (31.71%) Cisco Certification
7 53 (25.85%) VPN
8 51 (24.88%) TCP/IP
9 50 (24.39%) ITIL
10 45 (21.95%) Wi-Fi
10 45 (21.95%) Data Centre
11 43 (20.98%) Linux
11 43 (20.98%) CCNA
12 41 (20.00%) Unix
13 36 (17.56%) Active Directory
14 35 (17.07%) Microsoft
15 33 (16.10%) Patch Management
15 33 (16.10%) Security Cleared
16 32 (15.61%) CCNP
16 32 (15.61%) Vulnerability Assessment
17 31 (15.12%) SC Cleared
18 30 (14.63%) Vulnerability Management
18 30 (14.63%) CISSP
18 30 (14.63%) Apple
19 29 (14.15%) DHCP
19 29 (14.15%) Migration
19 29 (14.15%) SANS
20 28 (13.66%) Network Monitoring
20 28 (13.66%) Splunk
20 28 (13.66%) VMware

WAN
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 10 (4.88%) MS Exchange
2 7 (3.41%) IIS
3 6 (2.93%) Skype for Business
4 5 (2.44%) SharePoint
5 3 (1.46%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.49%) Apache
6 1 (0.49%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 1 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (0.49%) IBM Notes
6 1 (0.49%) Jetty
6 1 (0.49%) Mongrel
6 1 (0.49%) nginx
6 1 (0.49%) Tomcat
Applications
1 9 (4.39%) MS Excel
2 6 (2.93%) MS Office
2 6 (2.93%) MS Visio
3 5 (2.44%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.49%) Infor M3
1 1 (0.49%) MIS ActiveH
Cloud Services
1 15 (7.32%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (1.95%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (1.95%) Azure Active Directory
3 2 (0.98%) Amazon S3
4 1 (0.49%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (0.49%) Google App Engine
4 1 (0.49%) Google Cloud Platform
4 1 (0.49%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 190 (92.68%) LAN
2 110 (53.66%) Firewall
3 66 (32.20%) VoIP
4 53 (25.85%) VPN
5 51 (24.88%) TCP/IP
6 45 (21.95%) Wi-Fi
7 29 (14.15%) DHCP
8 28 (13.66%) DNS
9 27 (13.17%) Network Security
10 26 (12.68%) Wireless
11 24 (11.71%) VLAN
12 22 (10.73%) Cisco ASA
12 22 (10.73%) SAN
13 19 (9.27%) Ethernet
14 14 (6.83%) Internet
15 13 (6.34%) Cisco Nexus
16 9 (4.39%) BGP
17 8 (3.90%) EIGRP
17 8 (3.90%) OSPF
17 8 (3.90%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (3.90%) Redis
2 5 (2.44%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (0.49%) Jenkins
1 1 (0.49%) Travis CI
1 1 (0.49%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 13 (6.34%) Finance
2 7 (3.41%) Banking
2 7 (3.41%) Telecoms
3 6 (2.93%) Local Government
4 4 (1.95%) Retail
5 2 (0.98%) Back Office
6 1 (0.49%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 45 (21.95%) Architect
2 40 (19.51%) Network Engineer
3 32 (15.61%) Analyst
4 22 (10.73%) Network Architect
5 18 (8.78%) Infrastructure Architect
6 15 (7.32%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 12 (5.85%) Project Manager
8 11 (5.37%) Security Analyst
9 10 (4.88%) Cisco Engineer
10 9 (4.39%) Infrastructure Support
10 9 (4.39%) Network Specialist
10 9 (4.39%) Support Analyst
10 9 (4.39%) Technical Specialist
11 8 (3.90%) Cisco Network Engineer
11 8 (3.90%) Cybersecurity Analyst
11 8 (3.90%) Domain Architect
11 8 (3.90%) Infrastructure Analyst
11 8 (3.90%) Technical Support
12 7 (3.41%) Network Security Engineer
12 7 (3.41%) Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (12.20%) ELK Stack
2 8 (3.90%) Web Services
3 7 (3.41%) RESTful
4 2 (0.98%) .NET
4 2 (0.98%) 802.1X
5 1 (0.49%) COM
5 1 (0.49%) CSS
5 1 (0.49%) J2EE
5 1 (0.49%) Servlets
Miscellaneous
1 45 (21.95%) Data Centre
2 18 (8.78%) Management Information System
3 15 (7.32%) Cyber Attack
4 12 (5.85%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 8 (3.90%) Analytical Skills
6 7 (3.41%) Blackberry
6 7 (3.41%) NHS
7 6 (2.93%) Driving Licence
8 5 (2.44%) BYOD
8 5 (2.44%) Hybrid Cloud
9 4 (1.95%) Computer Science
9 4 (1.95%) PKI
9 4 (1.95%) Security Operations Centre
9 4 (1.95%) Smartphone
10 3 (1.46%) Mainframe
11 2 (0.98%) IVR
12 1 (0.49%) AS400
12 1 (0.49%) Digital Media
12 1 (0.49%) Replication
12 1 (0.49%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 71 (34.63%) Windows
2 43 (20.98%) Linux
3 41 (20.00%) Unix
4 24 (11.71%) Windows Server
5 18 (8.78%) Windows Server 2008
6 16 (7.80%) Windows Server 2012
7 8 (3.90%) Solaris
8 7 (3.41%) Windows Server 2003
9 5 (2.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 4 (1.95%) Windows 7
10 4 (1.95%) Windows Phone
11 3 (1.46%) AIX
11 3 (1.46%) Data ONTAP
12 1 (0.49%) CentOS
12 1 (0.49%) Windows 10
12 1 (0.49%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 50 (24.39%) ITIL
2 33 (16.10%) Patch Management
3 32 (15.61%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 30 (14.63%) Vulnerability Management
5 29 (14.15%) Migration
6 28 (13.66%) Network Monitoring
7 25 (12.20%) Network Design
8 24 (11.71%) Service Management
9 22 (10.73%) Network Architecture
10 20 (9.76%) Cybersecurity
11 19 (9.27%) ITIL V3
12 17 (8.29%) Case Management
12 17 (8.29%) TOGAF
13 14 (6.83%) Information Security
13 14 (6.83%) Security Monitoring
14 13 (6.34%) SIEM
15 12 (5.85%) Load Testing
15 12 (5.85%) Stakeholder Management
16 11 (5.37%) Security Operations
16 11 (5.37%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 14 (6.83%) SQL
2 7 (3.41%) Python
3 3 (1.46%) PowerShell
4 2 (0.98%) Java
5 1 (0.49%) JavaScript
5 1 (0.49%) PHP
5 1 (0.49%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 65 (31.71%) Cisco Certification
2 43 (20.98%) CCNA
3 33 (16.10%) Security Cleared
4 32 (15.61%) CCNP
5 31 (15.12%) SC Cleared
6 30 (14.63%) CISSP
7 29 (14.15%) SANS
8 28 (13.66%) SSCP
9 21 (10.24%) CCIE
10 15 (7.32%) Degree
11 10 (4.88%) CCDP
12 9 (4.39%) MCSE
12 9 (4.39%) Microsoft Certification
13 8 (3.90%) ITIL Certification
14 6 (2.93%) CCDA
15 5 (2.44%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 3 (1.46%) BPSS Clearance
17 2 (0.98%) MCSA
18 1 (0.49%) PMI Certification
18 1 (0.49%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (2.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 5 (2.44%) SLA
3 3 (1.46%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (1.46%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.98%) QA
System Software
1 36 (17.56%) Active Directory
2 18 (8.78%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (4.88%) Hyper-V
4 7 (3.41%) vSphere
5 6 (2.93%) XenApp
6 4 (1.95%) VMware ESX
7 3 (1.46%) XenDesktop
8 2 (0.98%) Terminal Services
8 2 (0.98%) Virtual Servers
8 2 (0.98%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (0.98%) VMware Workstation
9 1 (0.49%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 1 (0.49%) Forefront TMG
9 1 (0.49%) Xen
Systems Management
1 26 (12.68%) QRadar
2 8 (3.90%) Kibana
2 8 (3.90%) logstash
2 8 (3.90%) Nessus
2 8 (3.90%) Nexpose
2 8 (3.90%) Nmap
2 8 (3.90%) SCCM
3 6 (2.93%) Backup Exec
3 6 (2.93%) McAfee ePO
4 5 (2.44%) RSA enVision
4 5 (2.44%) SCOM
5 3 (1.46%) SmoothWall
6 2 (0.98%) Cisco Prime
6 2 (0.98%) WSUS
7 1 (0.49%) AppDNA
7 1 (0.49%) FortiGate
7 1 (0.49%) Nagios
7 1 (0.49%) Norton AntiVirus
7 1 (0.49%) Puppet
Vendors
1 88 (42.93%) Cisco
2 35 (17.07%) Microsoft
3 30 (14.63%) Apple
4 28 (13.66%) Intel Security
4 28 (13.66%) Splunk
4 28 (13.66%) VMware
5 21 (10.24%) Citrix
6 18 (8.78%) Juniper
7 17 (8.29%) IBM
7 17 (8.29%) LogRhythm
8 13 (6.34%) CheckPoint
8 13 (6.34%) Forcepoint
8 13 (6.34%) SolarWinds
9 11 (5.37%) F5
10 9 (4.39%) ArcSight
10 9 (4.39%) Intel
10 9 (4.39%) NetWitness
11 8 (3.90%) HP
11 8 (3.90%) Qualys
11 8 (3.90%) Symantec
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