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 16 September 2014 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
16 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Wide Area Network (WAN)
Rank 70 59 90
Rank change year-on-year
-11 +31
Contract jobs citing WAN 72 87 52
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.27% 2.92% 1.52%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 15.06% 21.07% 9.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 49 20
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£320 £295 £356
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.47% -17.19%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £192 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £408 £521 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £344
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -5.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 16 13
Average hourly rate £45.00 £31.56 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+42.60% +75.30%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £19.68
% change year-on-year
- +1.62%
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
478 413 524
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 15.06% 13.88% 15.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 271 209 190
Average daily rate £320 £305 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.91% -9.62%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £211 £225 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £465
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+6.15% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 41 40 55
Average hourly rate £22.50 £30.00 £19.71
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.00% +52.24%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.84 £14.50 £13.71
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.00 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
- -10.00%

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 16 September 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 16 September 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 16 September 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
Manchester +13 38 £323 +17.27% 16
Cheshire -29 15 £488 +50.00% 9
Lancashire - 10 £300 -
Merseyside -1 3 - - 3
Cumbria -8 2 £163 -27.77%
WAN
England

WAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 16 September 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 94 (78.33%) LAN
2 46 (38.33%) Windows
3 43 (35.83%) Cisco
4 34 (28.33%) Microsoft
5 32 (26.67%) VMware
6 28 (23.33%) Citrix
6 28 (23.33%) Windows Server 2008
7 27 (22.50%) Active Directory
7 27 (22.50%) Cisco Certification
8 26 (21.67%) Firewall
9 25 (20.83%) DNS
10 23 (19.17%) TCP/IP
11 22 (18.33%) CCNA
11 22 (18.33%) Migration
11 22 (18.33%) VMware Infrastructure
12 20 (16.67%) CCNP
12 20 (16.67%) ITIL
13 19 (15.83%) SAN
14 18 (15.00%) Windows Server 2003
15 17 (14.17%) SQL
15 17 (14.17%) Oracle
15 17 (14.17%) DHCP
15 17 (14.17%) SCOM
15 17 (14.17%) Local Government
16 15 (12.50%) VLAN
16 15 (12.50%) Network Security
16 15 (12.50%) Wireless
16 15 (12.50%) Windows Server 2012
17 14 (11.67%) Hyper-V
17 14 (11.67%) XenApp

WAN
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 16 September 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 14 (11.67%) MS Exchange
2 10 (8.33%) IIS
3 8 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2010
4 6 (5.00%) SharePoint
5 4 (3.33%) SharePoint 2010
5 4 (3.33%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (0.83%) nginx
6 1 (0.83%) Apache
6 1 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 6 (5.00%) MS Project
1 6 (5.00%) MS Office
1 6 (5.00%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 8 (6.67%) Oracle EBS
2 7 (5.83%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.83%) PaaS
1 1 (0.83%) Office 365
1 1 (0.83%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 94 (78.33%) LAN
2 26 (21.67%) Firewall
3 25 (20.83%) DNS
4 23 (19.17%) TCP/IP
5 19 (15.83%) SAN
6 17 (14.17%) DHCP
7 15 (12.50%) VLAN
7 15 (12.50%) Wireless
7 15 (12.50%) Network Security
8 9 (7.50%) BGP
8 9 (7.50%) Internet
9 8 (6.67%) MPLS
9 8 (6.67%) VPN
10 7 (5.83%) EIGRP
10 7 (5.83%) IPsec
11 6 (5.00%) OSPF
12 5 (4.17%) VoIP
12 5 (4.17%) Wi-Fi
13 4 (3.33%) Cisco IPT
13 4 (3.33%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (5.00%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.33%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (1.67%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (0.83%) MySQL
4 1 (0.83%) DB2
4 1 (0.83%) SQL Server 2012
General
1 17 (14.17%) Local Government
2 7 (5.83%) Finance
3 4 (3.33%) Telecoms
4 3 (2.50%) Law
5 1 (0.83%) Legal
5 1 (0.83%) Retail
5 1 (0.83%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 21 (17.50%) Project Manager
2 17 (14.17%) Architect
3 14 (11.67%) Analyst
4 12 (10.00%) Network Engineer
5 11 (9.17%) Network Manager
6 8 (6.67%) Infrastructure Architect
7 7 (5.83%) Technical Architect
7 7 (5.83%) Business Analyst
8 6 (5.00%) Senior Manager
8 6 (5.00%) 3rd Line Support
8 6 (5.00%) Senior Project Manager
9 5 (4.17%) Security Manager
10 4 (3.33%) Infrastructure Manager
10 4 (3.33%) Technical Analyst
10 4 (3.33%) IT Project Manager
10 4 (3.33%) Project Leader
10 4 (3.33%) Solutions Designer
10 4 (3.33%) Infrastructure Project Manager
10 4 (3.33%) Network Security Manager
10 4 (3.33%) Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (5.83%) ODBC
2 1 (0.83%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 12 (10.00%) Management Information System
2 11 (9.17%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (6.67%) Reference Data
4 7 (5.83%) Data Integration
5 6 (5.00%) PKI
5 6 (5.00%) Clustering
5 6 (5.00%) Mainframe
6 3 (2.50%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (1.67%) Life Science
7 2 (1.67%) Statistics
7 2 (1.67%) NHS
7 2 (1.67%) CESG
8 1 (0.83%) Tandem
8 1 (0.83%) CCTV
8 1 (0.83%) Open Source
8 1 (0.83%) EqualLogic
8 1 (0.83%) Firmware
8 1 (0.83%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.83%) IVR
8 1 (0.83%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 46 (38.33%) Windows
2 28 (23.33%) Windows Server 2008
3 18 (15.00%) Windows Server 2003
4 15 (12.50%) Windows Server 2012
5 10 (8.33%) Windows 7
6 5 (4.17%) UNIX
6 5 (4.17%) Linux
7 2 (1.67%) AIX
7 2 (1.67%) Windows XP
7 2 (1.67%) Android
7 2 (1.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.83%) Windows 8
8 1 (0.83%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.83%) Windows Vista
8 1 (0.83%) Windows 2000
8 1 (0.83%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (18.33%) Migration
2 20 (16.67%) ITIL
3 13 (10.83%) Stakeholder Management
4 10 (8.33%) Disaster Recovery
5 9 (7.50%) Project Management
5 9 (7.50%) Data Modelling
6 8 (6.67%) PRINCE2
6 8 (6.67%) Data Architecture
6 8 (6.67%) Stakeholder Engagement
7 7 (5.83%) CRM
7 7 (5.83%) PRINCE
7 7 (5.83%) Matrix Management
8 6 (5.00%) Information Security
8 6 (5.00%) Network Management
8 6 (5.00%) Project Governance
9 5 (4.17%) Performance Management
10 4 (3.33%) Load Balancing
11 3 (2.50%) Service Management
11 3 (2.50%) People Management
12 2 (1.67%) Financial Modelling
Programming Languages
1 17 (14.17%) SQL
2 6 (5.00%) Java
3 3 (2.50%) C
4 1 (0.83%) PHP
Qualifications
1 27 (22.50%) Cisco Certification
2 22 (18.33%) CCNA
3 20 (16.67%) CCNP
4 11 (9.17%) MCSE
4 11 (9.17%) Microsoft Certification
5 7 (5.83%) CCSA
6 6 (5.00%) MCSA
6 6 (5.00%) CCIE
6 6 (5.00%) MCTS
6 6 (5.00%) MCITP
7 5 (4.17%) CCDP
8 4 (3.33%) MCP
8 4 (3.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 3 (2.50%) ACSA
9 3 (2.50%) MCDST
9 3 (2.50%) ACSP
9 3 (2.50%) CCIP
9 3 (2.50%) CISSP
9 3 (2.50%) IBM Certification
9 3 (2.50%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.83%) QA
2 1 (0.83%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.83%) SLA
System Software
1 27 (22.50%) Active Directory
2 22 (18.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (11.67%) Hyper-V
3 14 (11.67%) XenApp
4 7 (5.83%) VMware ESX
5 4 (3.33%) vSphere
6 3 (2.50%) Forefront TMG
6 3 (2.50%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (2.50%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 2 (1.67%) VMware Workstation
8 1 (0.83%) ISA Server
8 1 (0.83%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.83%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 17 (14.17%) SCOM
2 12 (10.00%) SCCM
3 4 (3.33%) SCSM
3 4 (3.33%) Cisco CUCM
3 4 (3.33%) Backup Exec
4 3 (2.50%) MAILsweeper
5 2 (1.67%) FortiGate
6 1 (0.83%) Cisco UCCE
6 1 (0.83%) OPNET
6 1 (0.83%) Cisco IPCC
6 1 (0.83%) NetBackup
6 1 (0.83%) WSUS
6 1 (0.83%) OpenView
6 1 (0.83%) CiscoWorks
Vendors
1 43 (35.83%) Cisco
2 34 (28.33%) Microsoft
3 32 (26.67%) VMware
4 28 (23.33%) Citrix
5 17 (14.17%) Oracle
6 10 (8.33%) Avaya
6 10 (8.33%) HP
6 10 (8.33%) SolarWinds
7 9 (7.50%) CheckPoint
8 7 (5.83%) EMC
8 7 (5.83%) Juniper
8 7 (5.83%) F5
9 5 (4.17%) Blue Coat
10 4 (3.33%) Fortinet
10 4 (3.33%) Nortel
10 4 (3.33%) 3PAR
11 3 (2.50%) IBM
11 3 (2.50%) NetApp
11 3 (2.50%) Nokia
11 3 (2.50%) Red Hat
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