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 28 August 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Wide Area Network (WAN)
Rank 77 81 65
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -16
Contract jobs citing WAN 99 55 75
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.29% 1.78% 2.61%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 18.44% 11.96% 20.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 25 39
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£350 £338 £295
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.70% +14.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £207 £175 £156
10% offered a daily rate of more than £485 £455 £521
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £338 £309
% change year-on-year
- +9.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 9 15
Average hourly rate £14.00 £40.00 £34.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-65.00% +17.64%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £21.80 £29.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.30 £45.00 £40.57
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year
-7.89% -11.62%
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
537 460 369
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 12.42% 14.91% 12.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 295 239 182
Average daily rate £375 £300 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £231 £205 £198
10% offered a daily rate of more than £485 £439 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 52 40 43
Average hourly rate £17.33 £22.50 £29.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.97% -22.41%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £13.58 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £22.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year
-4.33% -4.25%

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 28 August 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 28 August 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 28 August 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 44 £325 -1.14% 22
Cheshire +5 26 £425 -12.82% 10
Merseyside +2 14 £363 - 4
Lancashire -18 2 £170 -43.33% 4
Cumbria - 1 £325 - 1
WAN
England

WAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 August 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.

1 138 (70.05%) LAN
2 105 (53.30%) Cisco
3 72 (36.55%) Data Centre
4 71 (36.04%) Windows
5 68 (34.52%) Firewall
6 54 (27.41%) Microsoft
7 53 (26.90%) Active Directory
8 49 (24.87%) Migration
9 48 (24.37%) VMware
10 47 (23.86%) Cisco Certification
11 45 (22.84%) ITIL
12 42 (21.32%) Citrix
13 36 (18.27%) DNS
14 33 (16.75%) DHCP
14 33 (16.75%) VMware Infrastructure
15 32 (16.24%) Network Security
16 30 (15.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
16 30 (15.23%) ITIL Certification
16 30 (15.23%) Windows 7
17 28 (14.21%) Windows Server 2003
18 27 (13.71%) SSL
18 27 (13.71%) MS Excel
18 27 (13.71%) Windows Server 2008
19 26 (13.20%) MS Office
19 26 (13.20%) VPN
19 26 (13.20%) CheckPoint
20 25 (12.69%) CCNP
20 25 (12.69%) Wireless
21 24 (12.18%) MPLS
21 24 (12.18%) Project Management

WAN
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 (7.61%) MS Exchange
2 14 (7.11%) IBM Notes
3 9 (4.57%) Exchange Server 2010
4 6 (3.05%) IIS
4 6 (3.05%) Exchange Server 2007
5 5 (2.54%) Lync
5 5 (2.54%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (1.02%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (0.51%) SharePoint
7 1 (0.51%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 27 (13.71%) MS Excel
2 26 (13.20%) MS Office
3 4 (2.03%) MS Project
3 4 (2.03%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.51%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (2.03%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (1.52%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 9 (4.57%) Office 365
2 2 (1.02%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (1.02%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.51%) SoftLayer
3 1 (0.51%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 138 (70.05%) LAN
2 68 (34.52%) Firewall
3 36 (18.27%) DNS
4 33 (16.75%) DHCP
5 32 (16.24%) Network Security
6 27 (13.71%) SSL
7 26 (13.20%) VPN
8 25 (12.69%) Wireless
9 24 (12.18%) Cisco ASA
9 24 (12.18%) MPLS
10 23 (11.68%) SAN
11 19 (9.64%) TCP/IP
12 17 (8.63%) BGP
13 16 (8.12%) VoIP
14 15 (7.61%) EIGRP
15 14 (7.11%) OSPF
16 13 (6.60%) Wi-Fi
17 10 (5.08%) Cisco IPT
18 9 (4.57%) VLAN
19 8 (4.06%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (3.55%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.03%) Oracle Database
3 1 (0.51%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (0.51%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 1 (0.51%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 12 (6.09%) Finance
2 4 (2.03%) Law
2 4 (2.03%) Manufacturing
2 4 (2.03%) Telecoms
3 3 (1.52%) Local Government
4 2 (1.02%) Pharmaceutical
4 2 (1.02%) Banking
5 1 (0.51%) Retail
5 1 (0.51%) Electronics
5 1 (0.51%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 38 (19.29%) Analyst
2 30 (15.23%) Network Engineer
3 25 (12.69%) Technical Analyst
4 24 (12.18%) Architect
5 19 (9.64%) Consultant
6 18 (9.14%) Security Analyst
7 12 (6.09%) Support Engineer
7 12 (6.09%) Network Consultant
7 12 (6.09%) Infrastructure Architect
7 12 (6.09%) Network Specialist
8 10 (5.08%) Desktop Support
8 10 (5.08%) Administrator
9 9 (4.57%) Coordinator
9 9 (4.57%) Network Architect
10 8 (4.06%) Network Support
10 8 (4.06%) Project Coordinator
10 8 (4.06%) Project Manager
10 8 (4.06%) Technical Architect
10 8 (4.06%) 3rd Line Support
10 8 (4.06%) Citrix Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (2.54%) Middleware
2 3 (1.52%) 802.1X
3 1 (0.51%) Web Services
3 1 (0.51%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 72 (36.55%) Data Centre
2 22 (11.17%) PKI
3 8 (4.06%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (3.05%) Fat Client
4 6 (3.05%) Thin Client
4 6 (3.05%) EMC VNX
5 5 (2.54%) Replication
5 5 (2.54%) Enterprise Storage
6 4 (2.03%) Blackberry
7 3 (1.52%) Life Science
8 2 (1.02%) Mainframe
9 1 (0.51%) Management Information System
9 1 (0.51%) Handset
9 1 (0.51%) DTV
9 1 (0.51%) Clustering
9 1 (0.51%) IVR
9 1 (0.51%) CESG
9 1 (0.51%) PMI
9 1 (0.51%) PDA
9 1 (0.51%) RMADS
Operating Systems
1 71 (36.04%) Windows
2 30 (15.23%) Windows 7
3 28 (14.21%) Windows Server 2003
4 27 (13.71%) Windows Server 2008
5 19 (9.64%) Windows Server 2012
6 14 (7.11%) Windows XP
7 6 (3.05%) Windows 8
8 4 (2.03%) UNIX
8 4 (2.03%) Solaris
9 3 (1.52%) Linux
9 3 (1.52%) Windows Vista
9 3 (1.52%) Android
9 3 (1.52%) Apple iOS
9 3 (1.52%) BlackBerry OS
10 1 (0.51%) Windows 2000 Server
10 1 (0.51%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (24.87%) Migration
2 45 (22.84%) ITIL
3 24 (12.18%) Project Management
4 23 (11.68%) Kalman Filter
5 22 (11.17%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 17 (8.63%) SIEM
7 15 (7.61%) Network Design
7 15 (7.61%) Capacity Planning
7 15 (7.61%) Penetration Testing
8 12 (6.09%) Stakeholder Management
8 12 (6.09%) Service Delivery
8 12 (6.09%) Disaster Recovery
9 10 (5.08%) PRINCE2
10 9 (4.57%) Change Management
10 9 (4.57%) Security Patching
11 8 (4.06%) Network Monitoring
12 6 (3.05%) Network Architecture
12 6 (3.05%) Risk Management
13 5 (2.54%) Network Management
14 4 (2.03%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 7 (3.55%) SQL
2 5 (2.54%) PowerShell
3 2 (1.02%) C
Qualifications
1 47 (23.86%) Cisco Certification
2 30 (15.23%) ITIL Certification
3 25 (12.69%) CCNP
4 20 (10.15%) Microsoft Certification
5 19 (9.64%) CCIE
6 18 (9.14%) CISMP
7 16 (8.12%) Security Cleared
8 15 (7.61%) CISSP
8 15 (7.61%) CISM
9 14 (7.11%) SC Cleared
10 13 (6.60%) MCSE
11 12 (6.09%) CCNA
12 10 (5.08%) MCP
12 10 (5.08%) Citrix Certification
12 10 (5.08%) CCENT
13 7 (3.55%) MCITP
14 6 (3.05%) CCDP
15 4 (2.03%) CCA
15 4 (2.03%) CCEE
15 4 (2.03%) CCAA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (15.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 22 (11.17%) QA
3 8 (4.06%) SLA
4 1 (0.51%) BS25999
System Software
1 53 (26.90%) Active Directory
2 33 (16.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (6.60%) XenApp
4 9 (4.57%) Hyper-V
5 8 (4.06%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 8 (4.06%) MetaFrame
6 7 (3.55%) VMware Workstation
7 6 (3.05%) Terminal Services
7 6 (3.05%) vSphere
7 6 (3.05%) VMware ESXi
8 4 (2.03%) XenServer
8 4 (2.03%) XenDesktop
8 4 (2.03%) Microsoft App-V
8 4 (2.03%) Xen
9 1 (0.51%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.51%) ProxySG
9 1 (0.51%) VMware ESX
9 1 (0.51%) vCloud
9 1 (0.51%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 11 (5.58%) SCCM
2 5 (2.54%) OpenView
3 2 (1.02%) Cisco CUCM
4 1 (0.51%) FortiGate
4 1 (0.51%) HP SIM
4 1 (0.51%) Cisco UCCX
4 1 (0.51%) CiscoWorks
4 1 (0.51%) Tivoli Storage Manager
4 1 (0.51%) WSUS
Vendors
1 105 (53.30%) Cisco
2 54 (27.41%) Microsoft
3 48 (24.37%) VMware
4 42 (21.32%) Citrix
5 26 (13.20%) CheckPoint
6 20 (10.15%) Clearswift
7 17 (8.63%) Kaspersky
8 16 (8.12%) EMC
9 14 (7.11%) Juniper
9 14 (7.11%) Lotus
10 13 (6.60%) HP
11 10 (5.08%) BT
12 8 (4.06%) AppSense
13 7 (3.55%) NetApp
13 7 (3.55%) Veeam
13 7 (3.55%) Riverbed
14 6 (3.05%) SAP
15 5 (2.54%) Oracle
15 5 (2.54%) IBM
15 5 (2.54%) Veritas
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