The first table below looks at the demand for WAN skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited WAN over the 3 months to 17 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Communications & Networking category.

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
17 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Wide Area Network (WAN)
Rank 116 112 101
Rank change year-on-year
-4 -11
Contract jobs citing WAN 980 842 1103
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.74% 1.76% 1.82%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 13.54% 11.63% 11.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 543 405 569
Average daily rate £350 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £174 £195
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £315 £325
% change year-on-year
+9.52% -3.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 64 105 99
Average hourly rate £20.25 £18.50 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+9.45% -13.95%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.70 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.50 £127.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.50 £16.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year
+28.12% -25.58%
Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7239 7241 9288
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.85% 15.15% 15.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 3817 3579 4347
Average daily rate £360 £348 £368
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.59% -5.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £190 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.80% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 402 572 626
Average hourly rate £20.00 £22.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.11% -18.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £43.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.00 £22.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -18.18%

WAN
Jobs Demand Trend

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

WAN Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

WAN
Daily Rate Trend

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

WAN Daily Rate Trend in the UK

WAN
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing WAN within the UK over the 3 months to 17 April 2014.

WAN Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

WAN
Hourly Rate Trend

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

WAN Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

WAN
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing WAN within the UK over the 3 months to 17 April 2014.

WAN Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

WAN
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing WAN within the UK over the 3 months to 17 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -11 882 £350 +7.69% 287
London -6 351 £361 +3.95% 102
South East +6 215 £350 +32.07% 57
City of London +16 98 £330 -17.50% 37
South West -12 73 £350 -15.15% 21
West Midlands +7 68 £360 +22.55% 14
North West -4 63 £320 -27.88% 35
Berkshire -10 57 £338 +50.00% 13
Scotland -2 56 £286 -1.29% 5
Hampshire -3 52 £388 +46.22% 18
East of England -53 42 £350 +28.44% 24
Surrey -6 30 £276 -15.00% 7
Buckinghamshire -9 27 £400 +113.33% 6
Cheshire -13 27 £325 -30.10% 10
Yorkshire -23 27 £300 -16.66% 21
East Midlands -21 24 £325 -3.70% 8
Gloucestershire +15 23 £400 -25.58% 1
Chester 0 23 £325 -
Reading -8 23 £300 +27.65% 4
Cambridgeshire -16 23 £290 -7.93% 2
Manchester -4 22 £413 +57.14% 20
Shropshire +8 20 £350 +19.14%
Milton Keynes -8 19 £325 -31.57% 5
Edinburgh -14 19 £136 -32.00% 2
Wales -15 18 £238 +39.70% 4
West Sussex +13 17 £400 +110.52% 4
Telford +6 17 £350 +21.73%
Bristol -10 17 £425 +78.94% 5
Wiltshire -13 17 £266 -39.14% 10
West Yorkshire -32 17 £350 +16.66% 11

WAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 April 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 1498 (81.90%) LAN
2 872 (47.68%) Cisco
3 684 (37.40%) Windows
4 621 (33.95%) Firewall
5 520 (28.43%) Cisco Certification
6 437 (23.89%) Active Directory
7 422 (23.07%) TCP/IP
8 421 (23.02%) Microsoft
9 356 (19.46%) VMware
10 337 (18.43%) ITIL
11 335 (18.32%) VPN
12 321 (17.55%) CCNP
13 271 (14.82%) Citrix
14 270 (14.76%) MPLS
15 267 (14.60%) Windows Server 2008
16 252 (13.78%) Security Cleared
17 248 (13.56%) DNS
18 246 (13.45%) VoIP
19 244 (13.34%) CheckPoint
20 241 (13.18%) Finance
21 239 (13.07%) CCNA
22 236 (12.90%) MS Exchange
23 232 (12.68%) Telecoms
24 229 (12.52%) SAN
25 216 (11.81%) HP
26 215 (11.76%) Windows Server 2003
27 213 (11.65%) Wireless
28 210 (11.48%) SC Cleared
29 203 (11.10%) VMware Infrastructure
29 203 (11.10%) MS Office

WAN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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
1 236 (12.90%) MS Exchange
2 99 (5.41%) Exchange Server 2010
3 79 (4.32%) Exchange Server 2003
4 75 (4.10%) SharePoint
4 75 (4.10%) IIS
5 68 (3.72%) Exchange Server 2007
6 51 (2.79%) Lync
7 35 (1.91%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 27 (1.48%) Apache
9 24 (1.31%) IBM Notes
10 19 (1.04%) Tomcat
11 17 (0.93%) WebLogic
12 15 (0.82%) SharePoint 2010
12 15 (0.82%) WebSphere
13 12 (0.66%) Exchange Server 2013
14 9 (0.49%) CMS
14 9 (0.49%) JOnAS
15 8 (0.44%) Oracle HTTP Server
15 8 (0.44%) Oracle Coherence
16 6 (0.33%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 203 (11.10%) MS Office
2 157 (8.58%) MS Excel
3 47 (2.57%) MS Visio
4 22 (1.20%) MS Project
5 18 (0.98%) MS PowerPoint
6 7 (0.38%) Acrobat
7 3 (0.16%) PaintShop Pro
7 3 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.055%) Final Cut Pro
8 1 (0.055%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 15 (0.82%) RMDS
2 14 (0.77%) Oracle EBS
3 11 (0.60%) Dynamics CRM
3 11 (0.60%) Remedy ITSM
4 8 (0.44%) Maximo
5 7 (0.38%) Oracle ERP
6 3 (0.16%) Summit
6 3 (0.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 3 (0.16%) assyst
7 2 (0.11%) Eikon
8 1 (0.055%) Oracle General Ledger
8 1 (0.055%) 3000 Xtra
8 1 (0.055%) SAP CCM
8 1 (0.055%) SAP ERP
8 1 (0.055%) Line 500
Cloud Services
1 20 (1.09%) PaaS
1 20 (1.09%) IaaS
2 15 (0.82%) Office 365
3 11 (0.60%) Amazon AWS
4 8 (0.44%) Cloud Computing
5 6 (0.33%) Microsoft Azure
6 5 (0.27%) SaaS
7 2 (0.11%) IBM SmartCloud
Communications & Networking
1 1498 (81.90%) LAN
2 621 (33.95%) Firewall
3 422 (23.07%) TCP/IP
4 335 (18.32%) VPN
5 270 (14.76%) MPLS
6 248 (13.56%) DNS
7 246 (13.45%) VoIP
8 229 (12.52%) SAN
9 213 (11.65%) Wireless
10 200 (10.93%) BGP
11 193 (10.55%) Network Security
12 180 (9.84%) OSPF
13 179 (9.79%) Internet
14 176 (9.62%) DHCP
15 144 (7.87%) Cisco ASA
16 139 (7.60%) VLAN
17 129 (7.05%) EIGRP
18 108 (5.90%) Cisco Nexus
19 105 (5.74%) Ethernet
20 94 (5.14%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 136 (7.44%) SQL Server
2 31 (1.69%) SQL Server 2008
3 21 (1.15%) Big Data
4 18 (0.98%) SQL Server 2005
5 16 (0.87%) MySQL
6 14 (0.77%) Oracle Database
7 13 (0.71%) DB2
8 11 (0.60%) Hadoop
9 10 (0.55%) Oracle Reports
10 8 (0.44%) HBase
11 7 (0.38%) Oracle Database 11g
11 7 (0.38%) PostgreSQL
11 7 (0.38%) Crystal Reports
11 7 (0.38%) Cognos Impromptu
11 7 (0.38%) Data Warehouse
12 5 (0.27%) QlikView
12 5 (0.27%) Relational Database
13 4 (0.22%) SQL Server 2012
13 4 (0.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 4 (0.22%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 23 (1.26%) Jenkins
2 17 (0.93%) JIRA
3 15 (0.82%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 13 (0.71%) ClearCase
5 12 (0.66%) Team Foundation Server
6 11 (0.60%) Maven
7 8 (0.44%) Selenium
7 8 (0.44%) FitNesse
7 8 (0.44%) JUnit
8 6 (0.33%) Subversion
9 5 (0.27%) Git (software)
9 5 (0.27%) Hudson
10 4 (0.22%) ClearQuest
11 2 (0.11%) Trac
12 1 (0.055%) Redmine
12 1 (0.055%) WebDriver
12 1 (0.055%) Wise Package Studio
12 1 (0.055%) Rational DOORS
12 1 (0.055%) MSI
12 1 (0.055%) InstallShield
General
1 241 (13.18%) Finance
2 232 (12.68%) Telecoms
3 86 (4.70%) Banking
4 31 (1.69%) Retail
5 28 (1.53%) Financial Institution
6 27 (1.48%) Back Office
7 26 (1.42%) French Language
8 24 (1.31%) Investment Banking
8 24 (1.31%) Manufacturing
9 23 (1.26%) Legal
10 21 (1.15%) Law
11 20 (1.09%) Local Government
12 16 (0.87%) German Language
13 14 (0.77%) Advertising
14 11 (0.60%) Marketing
15 10 (0.55%) Front Office
16 8 (0.44%) Spanish Language
17 7 (0.38%) Italian Language
17 7 (0.38%) Japanese Language
18 5 (0.27%) Mandarin Language
Job Titles
1 381 (20.83%) Network Engineer
2 244 (13.34%) Architect
3 219 (11.97%) Analyst
4 147 (8.04%) Project Manager
5 139 (7.60%) Consultant
6 106 (5.80%) Support Engineer
7 81 (4.43%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 69 (3.77%) Infrastructure Architect
9 66 (3.61%) Cisco Engineer
10 63 (3.44%) Support Analyst
10 63 (3.44%) Technical Architect
11 61 (3.34%) Security Engineer
12 59 (3.23%) Network Architect
12 59 (3.23%) Network Support
13 57 (3.12%) Network Analyst
14 54 (2.95%) Administrator
15 52 (2.84%) Service Analyst
16 49 (2.68%) Infrastructure Manager
17 47 (2.57%) Solutions Architect
18 46 (2.52%) Network Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (2.41%) .NET
2 38 (2.08%) Middleware
3 30 (1.64%) HTML
4 28 (1.53%) CSS
5 19 (1.04%) Web Services
6 17 (0.93%) XML
7 14 (0.77%) Rendezvous
8 13 (0.71%) JSP
9 12 (0.66%) J2EE
10 10 (0.55%) XMPP
11 9 (0.49%) REST
12 8 (0.44%) XSLT
13 7 (0.38%) LAMP
14 5 (0.27%) EDI
14 5 (0.27%) Oracle Fusion
15 4 (0.22%) APPC
15 4 (0.22%) Application Packaging
16 3 (0.16%) WSH
17 2 (0.11%) SAML
17 2 (0.11%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 82 (4.48%) Clustering
2 55 (3.01%) Management Information System
3 54 (2.95%) Blackberry
3 54 (2.95%) Video Conferencing
4 37 (2.02%) Fat Client
4 37 (2.02%) Thin Client
5 23 (1.26%) NHS
5 23 (1.26%) Replication
6 22 (1.20%) PKI
7 20 (1.09%) PMI
8 16 (0.87%) Mainframe
8 16 (0.87%) Data Integration
8 16 (0.87%) Open Source
9 14 (0.77%) Reference Data
9 14 (0.77%) Client/Server
10 12 (0.66%) IVR
11 11 (0.60%) e-Health
12 10 (0.55%) CESG
12 10 (0.55%) Cryptography
12 10 (0.55%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 684 (37.40%) Windows
2 267 (14.60%) Windows Server 2008
3 215 (11.76%) Windows Server 2003
4 190 (10.39%) Linux
5 146 (7.98%) UNIX
6 144 (7.87%) Windows 7
7 133 (7.27%) Windows XP
8 70 (3.83%) Windows Server 2012
9 68 (3.72%) Solaris
10 33 (1.80%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 27 (1.48%) Windows 8
12 24 (1.31%) AIX
13 22 (1.20%) Windows 2000 Server
14 21 (1.15%) MVS
15 20 (1.09%) Windows Vista
15 20 (1.09%) VME
16 16 (0.87%) HPUX
17 14 (0.77%) SUSE
18 10 (0.55%) Mac OS X
18 10 (0.55%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 337 (18.43%) ITIL
2 174 (9.51%) Project Management
3 134 (7.33%) Disaster Recovery
4 132 (7.22%) Migration
5 127 (6.94%) PRINCE2
6 120 (6.56%) Network Design
7 105 (5.74%) Service Management
8 90 (4.92%) Load Balancing
9 88 (4.81%) Change Management
10 83 (4.54%) Service Delivery
11 76 (4.16%) Network Management
12 70 (3.83%) Problem Management
13 67 (3.66%) Stakeholder Management
14 57 (3.12%) Incident Management
15 55 (3.01%) Capacity Planning
16 54 (2.95%) Change Control
17 48 (2.62%) Network Monitoring
18 47 (2.57%) WAN Optimisation
19 45 (2.46%) Risk Management
20 38 (2.08%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 187 (10.22%) SQL
2 46 (2.52%) PowerShell
3 44 (2.41%) Java
4 37 (2.02%) Perl
5 36 (1.97%) C
6 25 (1.37%) VB
7 14 (0.77%) Python
8 13 (0.71%) Shell Script
9 11 (0.60%) PHP
9 11 (0.60%) Bash Shell
10 8 (0.44%) Tcl
11 7 (0.38%) VBScript
11 7 (0.38%) Korn
12 6 (0.33%) Ruby
12 6 (0.33%) JavaScript
13 5 (0.27%) Bourne shell
14 4 (0.22%) RPG
14 4 (0.22%) COBOL
15 3 (0.16%) VB.NET
15 3 (0.16%) LINC
Qualifications
1 520 (28.43%) Cisco Certification
2 321 (17.55%) CCNP
3 252 (13.78%) Security Cleared
4 239 (13.07%) CCNA
5 210 (11.48%) SC Cleared
6 111 (6.07%) Microsoft Certification
7 108 (5.90%) CCIE
8 89 (4.87%) MCSE
9 82 (4.48%) Degree
10 54 (2.95%) ITIL Certification
11 44 (2.41%) CCDP
12 38 (2.08%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 35 (1.91%) MCITP
14 25 (1.37%) PMI Certification
15 22 (1.20%) MCSA
16 20 (1.09%) MCP
16 20 (1.09%) JNCIS
17 19 (1.04%) CCSP
18 15 (0.82%) CCSA
18 15 (0.82%) CCVP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 89 (4.87%) SLA
2 19 (1.04%) QA
3 18 (0.98%) JSP 440
4 13 (0.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 8 (0.44%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 7 (0.38%) ISO 9001
6 7 (0.38%) PCI DSS
7 6 (0.33%) COBIT
8 5 (0.27%) GxP
9 3 (0.16%) ISO 14001
10 2 (0.11%) HL7
10 2 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 437 (23.89%) Active Directory
2 203 (11.10%) VMware Infrastructure
3 79 (4.32%) Hyper-V
4 69 (3.77%) XenApp
5 67 (3.66%) vSphere
6 46 (2.52%) VMware ESX
7 29 (1.59%) VMware ESXi
8 22 (1.20%) XenDesktop
9 21 (1.15%) SRDF
10 20 (1.09%) NFS
10 20 (1.09%) Oracle RAC
11 16 (0.87%) XenServer
12 14 (0.77%) Microsoft App-V
13 13 (0.71%) UAG
14 11 (0.60%) ISA Server
15 10 (0.55%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 10 (0.55%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 9 (0.49%) Forefront TMG
16 9 (0.49%) KVM
17 8 (0.44%) Samba
Systems Management
1 90 (4.92%) SCCM
2 46 (2.52%) Cisco CUCM
3 44 (2.41%) SCOM
4 23 (1.26%) NetBackup
5 21 (1.15%) Backup Exec
6 19 (1.04%) WSUS
6 19 (1.04%) CiscoWorks
7 15 (0.82%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 15 (0.82%) Norton AntiVirus
8 13 (0.71%) BladeLogic
8 13 (0.71%) McAfee ePO
8 13 (0.71%) Cisco UCCX
9 12 (0.66%) ARCserve
10 11 (0.60%) Puppet
11 9 (0.49%) Cisco UCCE
12 8 (0.44%) HP Quality Center
12 8 (0.44%) CA Spectrum
13 7 (0.38%) OpenView
14 6 (0.33%) Netcool
14 6 (0.33%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 872 (47.68%) Cisco
2 421 (23.02%) Microsoft
3 356 (19.46%) VMware
4 271 (14.82%) Citrix
5 244 (13.34%) CheckPoint
6 216 (11.81%) HP
7 183 (10.01%) Juniper
8 139 (7.60%) Oracle
8 139 (7.60%) F5
9 96 (5.25%) Blue Coat
10 93 (5.08%) Avaya
11 91 (4.98%) McAfee
12 70 (3.83%) SolarWinds
13 69 (3.77%) IBM
14 67 (3.66%) NetApp
15 57 (3.12%) EMC
16 56 (3.06%) Symantec
17 52 (2.84%) Riverbed
18 48 (2.62%) Red Hat
18 48 (2.62%) Nortel
Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire
Experis IT
Rate: £425.00 - £460.00 per day
Posted: 1 hour ago
Surrey
Volt
Posted: 23 hours ago
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
Cathcart Associates Ltd
Rate: £275 - £375 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City of London
IT HR
Rate: £230 - £250 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Warrington
Computer Futures
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol, Avon
Computer People
Rate: £250.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Harrogate, North Yorkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £10.00 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands (County)
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £200.00 - £280.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Slough, Berkshire
Premier Group Recruitment
Rate: £140 - £150 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Peterborough
Quantica Technology - London
Posted: 2 days ago
Watford, Hertfordshire
Austin Fraser
Rate: NEG
Posted: 2 days ago
Berkshire
Roc Search
Posted: 2 days ago
South Yorkshire
Real Staffing
Rate: £400 - £650 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Eames Consulting
Rate: From £550 to £650 per day Initial 6 month contract, very likely to ext
Posted: 3 days ago
Sidcup, Kent
83Zero
Rate: From £45,000 to £56,000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Hampshire
Austin Fraser
Rate: £0.00 per annum + NEG
Posted: 5 days ago
West Midlands (County)
Harris Global
Rate: Up to £300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Warwick
Interquest - Fulcrum Telecom
Rate: £350 - £360 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £350 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Connectus
Rate: £390 per day
Posted: 6 days ago