The table below looks at the statistics 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 30 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
30 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Wide Area Network (WAN)
Rank 100 107 112
Rank change year-on-year
+7 +5
Contract jobs citing WAN 1124 1005 1052
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.94% 1.90% 1.82%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 13.42% 14.07% 11.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 712 580 493
Average daily rate
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£350 £350 £328
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.87%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £200 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £325 £333
% change year-on-year
+1.53% -2.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 65 68 130
Average hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +5.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.35 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.00 £40.57 £32.05
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.29 £19.50
% change year-on-year
+15.67% -11.33%

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
8373 7144 8918
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.43% 13.53% 15.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 4638 3900 4055
Average daily rate £363 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £220 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £490
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £325 £335
% change year-on-year
+6.76% -2.98%
Number of hourly rates quoted 462 411 701
Average hourly rate £23.00 £22.50 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.22% +7.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.55 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.00 £22.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+2.22% -

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 30 September 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 30 September 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 30 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
England +10 1055 £350 -2.09% 360
London +20 439 £388 -0.64% 121
South East -15 181 £325 -10.03% 91
South West +24 108 £350 +33.33% 19
City of London +18 102 £373 -12.35% 42
West Midlands -5 80 £375 +9.09% 31
East of England +13 73 £309 +17.61% 33
North West -16 73 £313 +5.04% 26
Berkshire -11 50 £375 +11.94% 30
Hampshire -21 43 £315 -16.00% 20
Devon +10 38 £375 +20.96% 4
Manchester +8 38 £320 +19.62% 16
East Midlands +18 37 £400 +25.00% 9
Scotland -13 35 £250 -23.07% 18
Yorkshire -10 32 £275 -15.38% 33
Cambridgeshire +24 30 £240 +15.66% 10
Gloucestershire +1 28 £263 -
Reading +27 26 £331 -17.18% 7
Surrey +3 24 £323 +30.30% 10
North East -16 22 £409 +104.37%
West Yorkshire -4 21 £218 -33.07% 20
Tyne and Wear -18 21 £409 -
Oxfordshire 0 19 £325 +8.33% 6
Birmingham -1 19 £350 +1.44% 10
Bristol -4 19 £450 +9.09% 3
Shropshire -5 18 £330 -4.69% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne - 18 £400 -
Warwickshire +4 17 £410 +60.96% 3
Buckinghamshire +3 17 £285 -30.90% 8
Telford -6 15 £330 -12.29%

WAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 September 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 1683 (81.94%) LAN
2 982 (47.81%) Cisco
3 818 (39.82%) Windows
4 789 (38.41%) Firewall
5 555 (27.02%) Cisco Certification
6 474 (23.08%) Microsoft
7 462 (22.49%) Active Directory
8 407 (19.81%) TCP/IP
9 398 (19.38%) VMware
10 390 (18.99%) ITIL
11 379 (18.45%) VPN
11 379 (18.45%) CCNP
12 331 (16.11%) MPLS
13 310 (15.09%) Windows Server 2008
14 301 (14.65%) Citrix
15 290 (14.12%) CCNA
16 289 (14.07%) DNS
17 284 (13.83%) CheckPoint
18 272 (13.24%) Finance
19 268 (13.05%) SAN
20 262 (12.76%) Juniper
21 261 (12.71%) Security Cleared
22 254 (12.37%) MS Exchange
23 245 (11.93%) VoIP
23 245 (11.93%) BGP
24 239 (11.64%) VMware Infrastructure
25 235 (11.44%) HP
26 232 (11.30%) OSPF
27 227 (11.05%) Network Security
28 225 (10.95%) Windows 7

WAN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 September 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
1 254 (12.37%) MS Exchange
2 118 (5.74%) Exchange Server 2010
3 76 (3.70%) SharePoint
4 68 (3.31%) Exchange Server 2007
5 62 (3.02%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 60 (2.92%) Exchange Server 2003
7 54 (2.63%) IIS
8 49 (2.39%) IBM Notes
9 48 (2.34%) Apache
10 39 (1.90%) Lync
11 28 (1.36%) SharePoint 2010
12 27 (1.31%) Exchange Server 2013
13 22 (1.07%) WebSphere
14 18 (0.88%) Tomcat
15 17 (0.83%) WebLogic
16 14 (0.68%) nginx
17 13 (0.63%) SharePoint 2013
18 11 (0.54%) MediaWiki
18 11 (0.54%) Confluence
19 9 (0.44%) OpenStack
Applications
1 222 (10.81%) MS Office
2 216 (10.52%) MS Excel
3 54 (2.63%) MS Visio
4 34 (1.66%) MS Project
5 23 (1.12%) MS PowerPoint
6 8 (0.39%) AutoCAD
7 7 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
8 2 (0.097%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 2 (0.097%) InfoPath
8 2 (0.097%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.049%) Adobe Illustrator
9 1 (0.049%) Pro/ENGINEER
9 1 (0.049%) Acrobat
9 1 (0.049%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 11 (0.54%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 8 (0.39%) Oracle EBS
3 6 (0.29%) Dynamics CRM
4 4 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
5 3 (0.15%) RMDS
5 3 (0.15%) Agresso
6 2 (0.097%) Summit
6 2 (0.097%) Cognos Planning
6 2 (0.097%) assyst
7 1 (0.049%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 30 (1.46%) Office 365
2 18 (0.88%) Amazon AWS
3 14 (0.68%) Microsoft Azure
4 10 (0.49%) SaaS
5 7 (0.34%) Google Apps
6 6 (0.29%) IaaS
7 5 (0.24%) PaaS
8 4 (0.19%) Cloud Computing
8 4 (0.19%) IBM SmartCloud
9 2 (0.097%) Amazon EC2
9 2 (0.097%) Rackspace Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 1683 (81.94%) LAN
2 789 (38.41%) Firewall
3 407 (19.81%) TCP/IP
4 379 (18.45%) VPN
5 331 (16.11%) MPLS
6 289 (14.07%) DNS
7 268 (13.05%) SAN
8 245 (11.93%) VoIP
8 245 (11.93%) BGP
9 232 (11.30%) OSPF
10 227 (11.05%) Network Security
11 221 (10.76%) Wireless
12 193 (9.40%) DHCP
13 150 (7.30%) Internet
13 150 (7.30%) VLAN
14 137 (6.67%) Cisco Nexus
15 130 (6.33%) Cisco ASA
15 130 (6.33%) IPsec
16 126 (6.13%) EIGRP
17 103 (5.01%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 110 (5.36%) SQL Server
2 30 (1.46%) MySQL
2 30 (1.46%) SQL Server 2008
3 21 (1.02%) Oracle Database
3 21 (1.02%) Relational Database
4 14 (0.68%) PostgreSQL
5 12 (0.58%) SQL Server 2005
6 11 (0.54%) Oracle Exadata
7 10 (0.49%) Oracle Database 11g
7 10 (0.49%) DB2
8 9 (0.44%) Hadoop
9 8 (0.39%) MS Access
9 8 (0.39%) Data Warehouse
9 8 (0.39%) Big Data
10 7 (0.34%) HBase
11 6 (0.29%) MarkLogic
11 6 (0.29%) Crystal Reports
12 5 (0.24%) Cognos Impromptu
12 5 (0.24%) RDBMS
13 4 (0.19%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 25 (1.22%) Jenkins
2 21 (1.02%) Hudson
3 12 (0.58%) JIRA
4 11 (0.54%) Git (software)
4 11 (0.54%) Subversion
5 4 (0.19%) JUnit
5 4 (0.19%) Oracle Forms
5 4 (0.19%) FitNesse
5 4 (0.19%) Selenium
5 4 (0.19%) StarTeam
6 2 (0.097%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (0.097%) Visual Studio
7 1 (0.049%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 1 (0.049%) AppScan
7 1 (0.049%) FrontPage
7 1 (0.049%) Eclipse
7 1 (0.049%) Toad
7 1 (0.049%) Dreamweaver
7 1 (0.049%) LabVIEW
7 1 (0.049%) Ant
General
1 272 (13.24%) Finance
2 198 (9.64%) Telecoms
3 96 (4.67%) Banking
4 45 (2.19%) Investment Banking
5 42 (2.04%) Retail
6 37 (1.80%) Marketing
7 36 (1.75%) Local Government
8 33 (1.61%) Manufacturing
9 28 (1.36%) Financial Institution
10 25 (1.22%) Advertising
10 25 (1.22%) French Language
11 19 (0.93%) Spanish Language
12 17 (0.83%) Legal
13 16 (0.78%) Back Office
14 14 (0.68%) Mandarin Language
14 14 (0.68%) Billing
15 13 (0.63%) Electronics
15 13 (0.63%) Law
16 11 (0.54%) Publishing
17 6 (0.29%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 448 (21.81%) Network Engineer
2 280 (13.63%) Analyst
3 234 (11.39%) Architect
4 181 (8.81%) Project Manager
5 148 (7.21%) Support Engineer
6 103 (5.01%) Support Analyst
6 103 (5.01%) Consultant
7 98 (4.77%) Network Support
8 87 (4.24%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 80 (3.89%) 3rd Line Support
10 74 (3.60%) Cisco Engineer
11 73 (3.55%) Network Analyst
11 73 (3.55%) 2nd Line Support
12 72 (3.51%) Senior Network Engineer
13 69 (3.36%) Infrastructure Manager
14 64 (3.12%) Security Engineer
15 61 (2.97%) Administrator
16 56 (2.73%) Infrastructure Architect
17 54 (2.63%) Network Security Engineer
17 54 (2.63%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (1.70%) Middleware
2 27 (1.31%) LAMP
3 25 (1.22%) Web Services
4 18 (0.88%) .NET
5 14 (0.68%) HTML
6 13 (0.63%) XMPP
7 12 (0.58%) CSS
8 10 (0.49%) XML
8 10 (0.49%) Application Packaging
9 9 (0.44%) ODBC
10 8 (0.39%) JSP
11 5 (0.24%) Oracle Fusion
12 4 (0.19%) EJB
12 4 (0.19%) FIX Protocol
12 4 (0.19%) Java EE
12 4 (0.19%) JavaBeans
12 4 (0.19%) SAML
13 3 (0.15%) Rendezvous
13 3 (0.15%) XSLT
13 3 (0.15%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 105 (5.11%) Analytical Skills
2 101 (4.92%) Blackberry
3 52 (2.53%) Management Information System
4 51 (2.48%) Video Conferencing
5 47 (2.29%) Fat Client
5 47 (2.29%) Thin Client
6 37 (1.80%) Clustering
7 31 (1.51%) Open Source
8 22 (1.07%) PKI
9 21 (1.02%) Computer Science
10 20 (0.97%) Client/Server
11 19 (0.93%) Replication
11 19 (0.93%) NHS
12 18 (0.88%) Cryptography
12 18 (0.88%) PMI
13 15 (0.73%) iPad
14 14 (0.68%) Enterprise Software
14 14 (0.68%) FMCG
15 13 (0.63%) Enterprise Storage
15 13 (0.63%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 818 (39.82%) Windows
2 310 (15.09%) Windows Server 2008
3 225 (10.95%) Windows 7
4 216 (10.52%) Windows Server 2003
5 195 (9.49%) Linux
6 117 (5.70%) UNIX
7 114 (5.55%) Windows Server 2012
8 106 (5.16%) Windows XP
9 56 (2.73%) Windows 8
10 46 (2.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 43 (2.09%) Solaris
12 28 (1.36%) AIX
12 28 (1.36%) CentOS
13 25 (1.22%) Windows 2000 Server
14 24 (1.17%) Ubuntu
15 22 (1.07%) Windows Vista
16 15 (0.73%) Android
16 15 (0.73%) Debian
17 13 (0.63%) HPUX
18 11 (0.54%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 390 (18.99%) ITIL
2 198 (9.64%) Migration
3 173 (8.42%) Network Design
4 161 (7.84%) Project Management
5 128 (6.23%) Service Management
6 117 (5.70%) Service Delivery
7 116 (5.65%) PRINCE2
8 115 (5.60%) Load Balancing
9 114 (5.55%) Disaster Recovery
10 109 (5.31%) Network Management
11 86 (4.19%) Stakeholder Management
12 77 (3.75%) Network Monitoring
13 71 (3.46%) Change Management
14 67 (3.26%) Change Control
15 66 (3.21%) Network Architecture
16 60 (2.92%) Capacity Planning
17 57 (2.78%) Incident Management
18 51 (2.48%) Mentoring
19 50 (2.43%) Problem Management
20 48 (2.34%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 138 (6.72%) SQL
2 52 (2.53%) Java
3 42 (2.04%) Perl
4 36 (1.75%) C
5 30 (1.46%) Bash Shell
6 27 (1.31%) PowerShell
7 23 (1.12%) PHP
8 22 (1.07%) Ruby
9 20 (0.97%) Python
10 14 (0.68%) Shell Script
11 12 (0.58%) VBScript
12 7 (0.34%) VB
13 6 (0.29%) Korn
14 5 (0.24%) JavaScript
15 4 (0.19%) VBA
16 3 (0.15%) C++
16 3 (0.15%) C-shell
17 2 (0.097%) R
17 2 (0.097%) Progress 4GL
17 2 (0.097%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 555 (27.02%) Cisco Certification
2 379 (18.45%) CCNP
3 290 (14.12%) CCNA
4 261 (12.71%) Security Cleared
5 211 (10.27%) SC Cleared
6 126 (6.13%) Microsoft Certification
7 116 (5.65%) CCIE
8 79 (3.85%) MCSE
9 65 (3.16%) Degree
10 64 (3.12%) CCDP
11 42 (2.04%) CISSP
12 38 (1.85%) ITIL Certification
13 37 (1.80%) CCSA
14 35 (1.70%) MCP
15 34 (1.66%) CCSE
16 29 (1.41%) JNCIS
17 28 (1.36%) DV Cleared
17 28 (1.36%) PMI Certification
18 26 (1.27%) MCITP
19 24 (1.17%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 86 (4.19%) SLA
2 42 (2.04%) QA
3 24 (1.17%) PCI DSS
4 16 (0.78%) JSP 440
5 14 (0.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 13 (0.63%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 3 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 1 (0.049%) COBIT
8 1 (0.049%) ISO 14001
8 1 (0.049%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.049%) GxP
System Software
1 462 (22.49%) Active Directory
2 239 (11.64%) VMware Infrastructure
3 122 (5.94%) Hyper-V
4 90 (4.38%) XenApp
5 80 (3.89%) vSphere
6 52 (2.53%) VMware ESXi
7 38 (1.85%) VMware ESX
8 31 (1.51%) Samba
9 29 (1.41%) NFS
9 29 (1.41%) XenServer
9 29 (1.41%) XenDesktop
10 26 (1.27%) Xen
11 24 (1.17%) NLBS
11 24 (1.17%) ProxySG
12 21 (1.02%) Terminal Services
13 20 (0.97%) Snort
13 20 (0.97%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 17 (0.83%) Oracle RAC
15 14 (0.68%) VMware Server
15 14 (0.68%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 73 (3.55%) SCCM
2 50 (2.43%) Cisco CUCM
3 41 (2.00%) SCOM
4 34 (1.66%) WSUS
5 30 (1.46%) Backup Exec
6 24 (1.17%) McAfee ePO
7 23 (1.12%) Puppet
8 21 (1.02%) WhatsUp Gold
9 17 (0.83%) FortiGate
10 16 (0.78%) Norton AntiVirus
11 14 (0.68%) SolarWinds Orion
11 14 (0.68%) Cisco Prime
12 13 (0.63%) CA Spectrum
12 13 (0.63%) ZABBIX
13 12 (0.58%) ARCserve
13 12 (0.58%) OPNET
13 12 (0.58%) OpenView
13 12 (0.58%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 12 (0.58%) Opscode Chef
14 11 (0.54%) Salt
Vendors
1 982 (47.81%) Cisco
2 474 (23.08%) Microsoft
3 398 (19.38%) VMware
4 301 (14.65%) Citrix
5 284 (13.83%) CheckPoint
6 262 (12.76%) Juniper
7 235 (11.44%) HP
8 185 (9.01%) F5
9 117 (5.70%) Oracle
10 93 (4.53%) Blue Coat
11 90 (4.38%) SolarWinds
12 80 (3.89%) Avaya
13 71 (3.46%) Red Hat
13 71 (3.46%) McAfee
14 69 (3.36%) Riverbed
15 65 (3.16%) NetApp
16 64 (3.12%) IBM
17 62 (3.02%) EMC
18 49 (2.39%) Lotus
19 43 (2.09%) Symantec
Hampshire
Stott & May
Rate: From £275 to £310 per day
Posted: 2 hours ago
Hayes, Middlesex
G2 Recruitment Solutions Ltd.
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 4 hours ago
Central London / West End
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £20 to £23 per hour
Posted: 6 hours ago
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
AWD Recruitment
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 7 hours ago
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
AWD Recruitment
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 8 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Certes Computing Ltd
Posted: 11 hours ago
Newbury, Berkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
London
Square One Resources
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 11 hours ago
Surrey
Roc Search
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 14 hours ago
Berkshire
Experis Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Brighton, East Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
South Yorkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: Excellent Day Rate
Posted: Yesterday
Northamptonshire
Roc Search
Posted: Yesterday
Canterbury, Kent
Greywood Associates Limited
Rate: £20 - £22 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
East Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
Oxfordshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £340.00 - £399.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £150.00 - £200.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Surrey
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £20 - £22 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Rullion IT Plus
Rate: £250 - £320 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Northamptonshire
Roc Search
Rate: £250 - £290 per day
Posted: 5 days ago