The table below looks at the statistics for WAN skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited WAN over the 3 months to 30 September 2016 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
30 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Wide Area Network (WAN)
Rank 121 108 106
Rank change year-on-year
-13 -2
Contract jobs citing WAN 1103 1185 1148
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 2.07% 2.05% 1.97%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 13.40% 14.93% 13.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 701 727 724
Median daily rate £400 £363 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.34% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £210 £206
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £486 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £338 £335
% change year-on-year
+11.11% +0.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 65 68
Median hourly rate £17.30 £15.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.61% -22.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.87 £12.20 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.25 £42.80 £46.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.63 £15.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+0.80% -22.50%

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
8234 7935 8579
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 15.45% 13.71% 14.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 5029 4574 4741
Median daily rate £400 £385 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.89% +5.47%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £233 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £515 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £363 £345
% change year-on-year
- +5.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 419 539 482
Median hourly rate £28.00 £20.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+36.58% -8.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £21.01 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+38.06% -6.64%

WAN
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing WAN as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 30 September 2016.

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 30 September 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing WAN within the UK over the 3 months to 30 September 2016. 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 see detailed
statistics and trends)
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
England -13 1011 £400 +10.34% 242
London -14 366 £438 +9.37% 77
South East -32 171 £400 +14.28% 51
North West +7 107 £425 +6.25% 23
West Midlands -7 102 £325 +1.96% 28
East of England +41 88 £325 -5.45% 14
South West +31 67 £315 -2.32% 13
Manchester -1 58 £425 +21.42% 18
Berkshire +5 56 £400 +39.13% 12
City of London -28 55 £488 +14.70% 21
Scotland +13 52 £380 +42.05% 10
Yorkshire -16 43 £325 +18.18% 22
Hampshire -7 40 £400 +6.66% 9
Bedfordshire +22 33 £413 +22.22% 4
Surrey +16 33 £420 +29.23% 7
Birmingham 0 29 £400 +31.14% 9
North East -3 28 £347 -0.85% 1
Tyne and Wear -2 27 £350 +2.94% 1
East Midlands -11 27 £363 -9.37% 12
Solihull 0 26 £300 - 5
Newcastle upon Tyne -8 26 £350 +2.94% 1
Essex +21 24 £275 -19.11% 3
West Yorkshire -3 23 £325 - 20
Edinburgh +22 22 £375 +42.85%
Leeds +12 20 £325 -7.14% 15
Buckinghamshire -4 19 £363 -14.70% 7
Wales +21 18 £331 -9.61% 5
Lancashire +37 17 £538 +216.17% 2
South Wales +26 17 £331 -9.61% 4
Basildon +18 17 £275 -34.52% 1

WAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 September 2016, 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 with a requirement for WAN.

1 1916 (83.92%) LAN
2 1165 (51.03%) Cisco
3 974 (42.66%) Firewall
4 726 (31.80%) Cisco Certification
5 686 (30.05%) Windows
6 533 (23.35%) Data Centre
7 499 (21.86%) CCNP
8 478 (20.94%) Active Directory
9 462 (20.24%) ITIL
10 449 (19.67%) VPN
11 443 (19.40%) VMware
12 435 (19.05%) Microsoft
13 431 (18.88%) TCP/IP
14 397 (17.39%) Wireless
15 395 (17.30%) CCNA
16 388 (17.00%) Security Cleared
17 348 (15.24%) Network Security
18 335 (14.67%) CheckPoint
19 327 (14.32%) DNS
20 316 (13.84%) SC Cleared
21 310 (13.58%) Windows Server
22 309 (13.53%) VMware Infrastructure
23 306 (13.40%) Linux
24 297 (13.01%) VoIP
25 289 (12.66%) Cisco ASA
26 274 (12.00%) MPLS
26 274 (12.00%) Finance
27 258 (11.30%) SAN
28 256 (11.21%) Juniper
29 242 (10.60%) Network Design

WAN
Top Related IT Skills 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
1 174 (7.62%) MS Exchange
2 81 (3.55%) Apache
3 69 (3.02%) Skype for Business
4 68 (2.98%) SharePoint
5 64 (2.80%) IIS
6 62 (2.72%) Exchange Server 2010
7 34 (1.49%) Exchange Server 2013
8 31 (1.36%) Tomcat
9 28 (1.23%) WebSphere
10 27 (1.18%) Exchange Server 2007
11 26 (1.14%) OpenStack
12 20 (0.88%) Mule
13 18 (0.79%) Oracle HTTP Server
14 16 (0.70%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 15 (0.66%) Exchange Server 2003
15 15 (0.66%) Oracle Coherence
16 14 (0.61%) IBM Notes
16 14 (0.61%) JBoss
17 11 (0.48%) SharePoint 2010
18 7 (0.31%) nginx
Applications
1 131 (5.74%) MS Office
2 124 (5.43%) MS Excel
3 50 (2.19%) MS Visio
4 23 (1.01%) MS PowerPoint
5 21 (0.92%) Spreadsheet
6 14 (0.61%) MS Project
7 2 (0.088%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 2 (0.088%) Adobe Illustrator
7 2 (0.088%) InDesign
7 2 (0.088%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 6 (0.26%) Remedy ITSM
2 5 (0.22%) Oracle EBS R12
3 4 (0.18%) Eikon
3 4 (0.18%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 3 (0.13%) ENOVIA
5 2 (0.088%) Dynamics CRM
5 2 (0.088%) Infor M3
5 2 (0.088%) Sage X3
6 1 (0.044%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.044%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.044%) Oracle Applications
6 1 (0.044%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.044%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 136 (5.96%) Office 365
2 135 (5.91%) Amazon AWS
3 106 (4.64%) Microsoft Azure
4 46 (2.01%) IaaS
5 39 (1.71%) PaaS
6 31 (1.36%) SaaS
7 15 (0.66%) Cloud Computing
8 9 (0.39%) Mimecast
9 8 (0.35%) Azure Active Directory
10 7 (0.31%) Amazon S3
10 7 (0.31%) OneDrive
11 5 (0.22%) Amazon EC2
12 4 (0.18%) Google Cloud Platform
13 3 (0.13%) AWS CloudFormation
13 3 (0.13%) IBM PureFlex
14 2 (0.088%) Adobe Creative Cloud
14 2 (0.088%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 2 (0.088%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 1 (0.044%) Google App Engine
15 1 (0.044%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 1916 (83.92%) LAN
2 974 (42.66%) Firewall
3 449 (19.67%) VPN
4 431 (18.88%) TCP/IP
5 397 (17.39%) Wireless
6 348 (15.24%) Network Security
7 327 (14.32%) DNS
8 297 (13.01%) VoIP
9 289 (12.66%) Cisco ASA
10 274 (12.00%) MPLS
11 258 (11.30%) SAN
12 227 (9.94%) BGP
13 210 (9.20%) OSPF
14 197 (8.63%) DHCP
15 193 (8.45%) Wi-Fi
16 183 (8.02%) Cisco Nexus
17 174 (7.62%) Internet
18 165 (7.23%) VLAN
19 154 (6.75%) WLAN
20 116 (5.08%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 190 (8.32%) SQL Server
2 52 (2.28%) Relational Database
3 38 (1.66%) MySQL
4 25 (1.10%) SQL Server 2008
5 24 (1.05%) Hadoop
5 24 (1.05%) HBase
6 16 (0.70%) SQL Server 2012
7 13 (0.57%) Data Mining
8 11 (0.48%) Big Data
8 11 (0.48%) Oracle Exadata
9 10 (0.44%) Redis
10 8 (0.35%) NoSQL
11 7 (0.31%) Apache Cassandra
11 7 (0.31%) Apache Hive
11 7 (0.31%) Apache Zeppelin
11 7 (0.31%) SQL Server 2005
11 7 (0.31%) Sqoop
12 6 (0.26%) PostgreSQL
13 5 (0.22%) BusinessObjects
14 4 (0.18%) DB2
Development Applications
1 31 (1.36%) Jenkins
2 16 (0.70%) ClearCase
2 16 (0.70%) StarTeam
3 9 (0.39%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 8 (0.35%) Artifactory
5 7 (0.31%) Git (software)
5 7 (0.31%) JIRA
5 7 (0.31%) Subversion
6 5 (0.22%) Hudson
7 4 (0.18%) Maven
8 3 (0.13%) LoadRunner
9 2 (0.088%) Ant
10 1 (0.044%) AdminStudio
10 1 (0.044%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 1 (0.044%) LabVIEW
10 1 (0.044%) SonarQube
10 1 (0.044%) Sonatype Nexus
10 1 (0.044%) Talend Open Studio
10 1 (0.044%) Team Foundation Server
10 1 (0.044%) Travis CI
General
1 274 (12.00%) Finance
2 197 (8.63%) Telecoms
3 102 (4.47%) Banking
4 50 (2.19%) Legal
5 48 (2.10%) Retail
6 25 (1.10%) Manufacturing
7 23 (1.01%) Law
8 14 (0.61%) Marketing
9 12 (0.53%) Billing
10 11 (0.48%) Back Office
10 11 (0.48%) Military
11 10 (0.44%) German Language
11 10 (0.44%) Local Government
12 9 (0.39%) Electronics
12 9 (0.39%) Financial Institution
12 9 (0.39%) Investment Banking
13 8 (0.35%) Advertising
14 6 (0.26%) French Language
14 6 (0.26%) Multimedia
15 5 (0.22%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 558 (24.44%) Network Engineer
2 431 (18.88%) Architect
3 225 (9.86%) Analyst
4 176 (7.71%) Cisco Engineer
5 160 (7.01%) Project Manager
6 152 (6.66%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 150 (6.57%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 150 (6.57%) Support Engineer
8 147 (6.44%) Infrastructure Architect
9 139 (6.09%) Network Architect
10 114 (4.99%) Solutions Architect
11 107 (4.69%) Infrastructure Manager
12 106 (4.64%) Security Engineer
13 100 (4.38%) Consultant
14 92 (4.03%) Network Security Engineer
15 71 (3.11%) Network Support
16 68 (2.98%) Network Analyst
17 65 (2.85%) Infrastructure Project Manager
18 63 (2.76%) 3rd Line Engineer
19 58 (2.54%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 78 (3.42%) Middleware
2 56 (2.45%) 802.1X
3 51 (2.23%) HTML
4 39 (1.71%) Web Services
5 27 (1.18%) XML
6 24 (1.05%) XSLT
7 23 (1.01%) .NET
8 20 (0.88%) ELK Stack
8 20 (0.88%) LAMP
9 15 (0.66%) CSS
9 15 (0.66%) Rendezvous
10 11 (0.48%) RESTful
11 9 (0.39%) HTML5
12 8 (0.35%) Natural Language Processing
13 7 (0.31%) Apache Tez
13 7 (0.31%) Kafka
13 7 (0.31%) Oracle GoldenGate
14 5 (0.22%) J2EE
14 5 (0.22%) Oracle Fusion
15 3 (0.13%) Servlets
Miscellaneous
1 533 (23.35%) Data Centre
2 89 (3.90%) Analytical Skills
3 84 (3.68%) Management Information System
4 67 (2.93%) Clustering
5 47 (2.06%) Private Cloud
6 38 (1.66%) Driving Licence
7 35 (1.53%) Blackberry
7 35 (1.53%) PKI
8 34 (1.49%) Computer Science
8 34 (1.49%) Video Conferencing
9 32 (1.40%) IVR
10 30 (1.31%) NHS
11 28 (1.23%) Public Cloud
12 27 (1.18%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
13 23 (1.01%) Replication
14 19 (0.83%) Handset
15 16 (0.70%) Hybrid Cloud
15 16 (0.70%) Virtual Team
16 14 (0.61%) Cryptography
17 13 (0.57%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 686 (30.05%) Windows
2 310 (13.58%) Windows Server
3 306 (13.40%) Linux
4 192 (8.41%) Windows Server 2008
5 190 (8.32%) Unix
6 151 (6.61%) Windows Server 2012
7 127 (5.56%) Windows Server 2003
8 104 (4.56%) Windows 7
9 91 (3.99%) Solaris
10 46 (2.01%) Windows XP
11 41 (1.80%) Windows 8
12 37 (1.62%) Mac OS X
13 36 (1.58%) Windows 10
14 23 (1.01%) Android
15 22 (0.96%) AIX
16 18 (0.79%) Ubuntu
17 16 (0.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 15 (0.66%) CentOS
19 12 (0.53%) HPUX
20 10 (0.44%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 462 (20.24%) ITIL
2 242 (10.60%) Network Design
3 212 (9.29%) Migration
4 184 (8.06%) Project Management
5 153 (6.70%) Load Balancing
6 124 (5.43%) PRINCE2
7 121 (5.30%) Service Management
8 116 (5.08%) Network Management
9 115 (5.04%) Stakeholder Management
10 110 (4.82%) Change Management
11 108 (4.73%) Network Monitoring
12 102 (4.47%) High Availability
13 94 (4.12%) SIEM
14 88 (3.85%) Disaster Recovery
15 83 (3.64%) Agile Software Development
16 78 (3.42%) DevOps
17 75 (3.29%) Configuration Management
18 73 (3.20%) Information Security
18 73 (3.20%) Service Delivery
19 66 (2.89%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 141 (6.18%) SQL
2 74 (3.24%) Bash Shell
3 73 (3.20%) Perl
4 71 (3.11%) PowerShell
5 50 (2.19%) Java
6 47 (2.06%) Python
7 41 (1.80%) Korn
7 41 (1.80%) Shell Script
8 39 (1.71%) C-shell
9 23 (1.01%) C++
10 21 (0.92%) C
10 21 (0.92%) PHP
11 19 (0.83%) JavaScript
12 13 (0.57%) C#
13 12 (0.53%) VB
14 8 (0.35%) Ruby
15 7 (0.31%) VBScript
16 4 (0.18%) AppleScript
17 3 (0.13%) Tcl
18 2 (0.088%) Lisp
Qualifications
1 726 (31.80%) Cisco Certification
2 499 (21.86%) CCNP
3 395 (17.30%) CCNA
4 388 (17.00%) Security Cleared
5 316 (13.84%) SC Cleared
6 154 (6.75%) CCIE
7 98 (4.29%) Microsoft Certification
8 96 (4.20%) Degree
9 82 (3.59%) CISSP
10 70 (3.07%) CCDP
10 70 (3.07%) MCSE
11 50 (2.19%) DV Cleared
12 39 (1.71%) PMI Certification
13 37 (1.62%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 36 (1.58%) CCDA
14 36 (1.58%) MCP
15 34 (1.49%) CCSA
16 32 (1.40%) PMP
17 31 (1.36%) BPSS Clearance
18 30 (1.31%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 81 (3.55%) SLA
2 70 (3.07%) PCI DSS
3 58 (2.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 19 (0.83%) Disclosure Scotland
5 18 (0.79%) QA
6 17 (0.74%) RMADS
7 7 (0.31%) JSP 440
8 5 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 4 (0.18%) COBIT
10 3 (0.13%) HIPAA
10 3 (0.13%) ISO 9001
11 1 (0.044%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 1 (0.044%) MiFID
11 1 (0.044%) PMBOK
System Software
1 478 (20.94%) Active Directory
2 309 (13.53%) VMware Infrastructure
3 108 (4.73%) Hyper-V
4 73 (3.20%) vSphere
5 67 (2.93%) XenApp
6 52 (2.28%) VMware ESX
7 42 (1.84%) Samba
8 38 (1.66%) XenDesktop
9 37 (1.62%) Xen
10 35 (1.53%) KVM
11 32 (1.40%) NFS
12 29 (1.27%) VMware ESXi
13 27 (1.18%) Oracle RAC
13 27 (1.18%) SRDF
14 23 (1.01%) Firmware
15 19 (0.83%) vCloud
16 11 (0.48%) Virtual Machines
17 10 (0.44%) ProxySG
18 9 (0.39%) VMware Server
19 8 (0.35%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 137 (6.00%) SCCM
2 63 (2.76%) Puppet
3 59 (2.58%) Ansible
4 45 (1.97%) FortiGate
5 41 (1.80%) SCOM
6 31 (1.36%) Cisco Prime
7 29 (1.27%) Nessus
8 28 (1.23%) Network Intrusion Detection System
9 26 (1.14%) Cisco CUCM
9 26 (1.14%) Microsoft Clustering
10 24 (1.05%) Microsoft Intune
11 22 (0.96%) WSUS
12 21 (0.92%) AirWatch
13 20 (0.88%) Backup Exec
13 20 (0.88%) Norton AntiVirus
13 20 (0.88%) QRadar
14 17 (0.74%) Nagios
15 15 (0.66%) Cisco UCCX
16 14 (0.61%) Cacti
16 14 (0.61%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 1165 (51.03%) Cisco
2 443 (19.40%) VMware
3 435 (19.05%) Microsoft
4 335 (14.67%) CheckPoint
5 256 (11.21%) Juniper
6 238 (10.42%) Citrix
7 174 (7.62%) F5
8 154 (6.75%) HP
9 153 (6.70%) Palo Alto
10 134 (5.87%) Oracle
11 105 (4.60%) IBM
12 71 (3.11%) Fortinet
12 71 (3.11%) Riverbed
13 70 (3.07%) NetApp
14 68 (2.98%) SolarWinds
15 65 (2.85%) Intel Security
16 57 (2.50%) Red Hat
17 56 (2.45%) Aruba
18 53 (2.32%) Avaya
19 52 (2.28%) EMC
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