The table below looks at the statistics for WAAS skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited WAAS over the 3 months to 4 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
4 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS)
Rank 616 596 559
Rank change year-on-year
-20 -37
Contract jobs citing WAAS 6 4 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.011% 0.007% 0.033%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.077% 0.052% 0.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 2 13
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£550 £425 £245
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+29.41% +73.46%
UK excluding London average daily rate - £450 £245
% change year-on-year
- +83.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7807 7668 7022
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.71% 14.03% 13.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 4468 4097 3642
Average daily rate £375 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £210 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £320
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +5.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 479 413 460
Average hourly rate £21.50 £20.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.50% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £12.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £42.50 £41.41
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £20.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year
+7.62% -21.56%

WAAS
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing WAAS within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

WAAS Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

WAAS
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing WAAS within the UK.

WAAS Daily Rate Trend in the UK

WAAS
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing WAAS within the UK.

WAAS Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

WAAS
Top 9 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing WAAS within the UK over the 3 months to 4 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
England -17 4 £550 +29.41% 1
London +4 3 £550 +37.50%
City of London - 3 £550 -
Northern Ireland - 2 - -
County Antrim - 2 - -
Belfast - 2 - -
Liverpool - 1 - -
Merseyside - 1 - -
North West - 1 - -

WAAS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 August 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing WAAS 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 WAAS.

1 17 (94.44%) LAN
1 17 (94.44%) WAN
2 16 (88.89%) Cisco
3 15 (83.33%) Cisco Certification
4 13 (72.22%) Data Centre
5 11 (61.11%) BGP
5 11 (61.11%) Finance
6 10 (55.56%) OSPF
6 10 (55.56%) Firewall
6 10 (55.56%) Load Balancing
6 10 (55.56%) CheckPoint
6 10 (55.56%) CCIE
7 9 (50.00%) EIGRP
7 9 (50.00%) F5
7 9 (50.00%) Cisco Nexus
8 8 (44.44%) Cisco IOS
9 7 (38.89%) DNS
9 7 (38.89%) MPLS
10 6 (33.33%) CCNP
10 6 (33.33%) DHCP
10 6 (33.33%) Ethernet
10 6 (33.33%) Financial Institution
10 6 (33.33%) Wireless
10 6 (33.33%) CCSA
10 6 (33.33%) CCSE
10 6 (33.33%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
10 6 (33.33%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
10 6 (33.33%) Multicast
11 5 (27.78%) Network Design
11 5 (27.78%) WLAN

WAAS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 4 August 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing WAAS 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 WAAS. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (5.56%) IBM Notes
1 1 (5.56%) MS Exchange
1 1 (5.56%) Exchange Server 2010
Communications & Networking
1 17 (94.44%) LAN
1 17 (94.44%) WAN
2 11 (61.11%) BGP
3 10 (55.56%) Firewall
3 10 (55.56%) OSPF
4 9 (50.00%) Cisco Nexus
4 9 (50.00%) EIGRP
5 8 (44.44%) Cisco IOS
6 7 (38.89%) DNS
6 7 (38.89%) MPLS
7 6 (33.33%) DHCP
7 6 (33.33%) Ethernet
7 6 (33.33%) Wireless
7 6 (33.33%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
7 6 (33.33%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
7 6 (33.33%) Multicast
8 5 (27.78%) WLAN
9 4 (22.22%) TCP/IP
9 4 (22.22%) VRRP
9 4 (22.22%) HSRP
General
1 11 (61.11%) Finance
2 6 (33.33%) Financial Institution
3 2 (11.11%) Banking
3 2 (11.11%) Investment Banking
4 1 (5.56%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 11 (61.11%) Network Engineer
2 6 (33.33%) Senior Network Engineer
3 2 (11.11%) Cisco Engineer
3 2 (11.11%) Architect
3 2 (11.11%) Technical Architect
3 2 (11.11%) Network Design Engineer
3 2 (11.11%) Senior Network Design Engineer
3 2 (11.11%) Design Engineer
3 2 (11.11%) Senior Design Engineer
4 1 (5.56%) Data Centre Engineer
4 1 (5.56%) Data Network Engineer
4 1 (5.56%) Infrastructure Technical Architect
4 1 (5.56%) Network Technical Architect
4 1 (5.56%) Network Infrastructure Architect
4 1 (5.56%) Systems Engineer
4 1 (5.56%) Senior Systems Engineer
4 1 (5.56%) Network Architect
4 1 (5.56%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.56%) OCX
Miscellaneous
1 13 (72.22%) Data Centre
2 2 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (5.56%) Eurex
3 1 (5.56%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 1 (5.56%) Windows
1 1 (5.56%) Windows XP
1 1 (5.56%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (55.56%) Load Balancing
2 5 (27.78%) Network Design
3 3 (16.67%) ITIL
3 3 (16.67%) Low Latency
3 3 (16.67%) Ultra-Low Latency
4 2 (11.11%) Migration
4 2 (11.11%) Stakeholder Management
4 2 (11.11%) Enterprise Architecture
5 1 (5.56%) Electronic Design Automation
5 1 (5.56%) Technical Architecture
5 1 (5.56%) PRINCE2
5 1 (5.56%) Six Sigma
5 1 (5.56%) Project Management
5 1 (5.56%) TOGAF
5 1 (5.56%) Risk Analysis
5 1 (5.56%) Network Architecture
5 1 (5.56%) People Management
Qualifications
1 15 (83.33%) Cisco Certification
2 10 (55.56%) CCIE
3 6 (33.33%) CCNP
3 6 (33.33%) CCSA
3 6 (33.33%) CCSE
4 4 (22.22%) Security Cleared
5 2 (11.11%) Degree
5 2 (11.11%) SC Cleared
5 2 (11.11%) DV Cleared
5 2 (11.11%) CCDP
6 1 (5.56%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (5.56%) JNCIP
6 1 (5.56%) JNCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.56%) QA
Vendors
1 16 (88.89%) Cisco
2 10 (55.56%) CheckPoint
3 9 (50.00%) F5
4 5 (27.78%) Juniper
5 2 (11.11%) Brocade
5 2 (11.11%) SevOne
6 1 (5.56%) Meraki
6 1 (5.56%) Riverbed
6 1 (5.56%) VMware
6 1 (5.56%) Lotus
6 1 (5.56%) Microsoft
6 1 (5.56%) HP