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 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Wide Area Network (WAN)
Rank 84 128 118
Rank change year-on-year
+44 -10
Contract jobs citing WAN 1227 864 779
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 2.27% 1.64% 1.65%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 15.44% 12.51% 11.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 710 498 359
Average daily rate
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£360 £340 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% +4.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £191 £190 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £315
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +3.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 79 63 91
Average hourly rate £23.00 £17.50 £17.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+31.42% +1.44%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.20 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £39.46 £115.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+42.85% +9.37%

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
7948 6904 6873
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.67% 13.12% 14.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 4423 3766 3378
Average daily rate £350 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.44% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £330 £315
% change year-on-year
+3.03% +4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 449 383 558
Average hourly rate £26.00 £20.00 £22.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.00% -10.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.50 £43.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £19.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
+36.84% -13.63%

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 22 May 2015.

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 22 May 2015.

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 22 May 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 +48 1146 £358 +2.14% 361
London +57 427 £375 +2.73% 103
South East +22 281 £375 +7.14% 99
North West +20 99 £350 +1.44% 18
City of London +21 97 £438 +31.57% 32
West Midlands +16 86 £320 -5.18% 29
East of England +39 76 £350 +27.27% 39
Berkshire +14 76 £398 +22.30% 11
Yorkshire +19 64 £284 -9.20% 23
South West +3 62 £330 +1.53% 22
Manchester +27 58 £325 -21.21% 9
Hampshire +10 53 £349 -1.69% 20
Oxfordshire +7 46 £438 +20.68% 4
Scotland -9 42 £341 +19.21% 10
East Midlands +2 40 £347 +11.19% 21
Surrey +16 37 £375 +127.27% 34
Birmingham +12 34 £325 -3.70% 14
Buckinghamshire +11 34 £323 -7.85% 19
West Yorkshire +4 31 £338 -10.00% 13
Leeds +2 27 £350 -8.79% 10
Hertfordshire +16 25 £375 +33.92% 12
Milton Keynes +9 22 £310 -22.50% 8
Wiltshire +11 20 £334 +23.61% 10
Cambridgeshire +4 20 £325 +42.85% 15
Nottingham +7 19 £415 -17.00% 5
Nottinghamshire +4 19 £415 -17.00% 6
Oxford +2 18 £370 +5.71% 1
North Yorkshire +17 16 £275 -15.38% 6
Edinburgh +2 15 £388 +176.78% 1
Merseyside +1 15 £313 +42.04% 2

WAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, 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 1946 (84.72%) LAN
2 1208 (52.59%) Cisco
3 956 (41.62%) Firewall
4 854 (37.18%) Windows
5 659 (28.69%) Cisco Certification
6 578 (25.16%) Active Directory
7 509 (22.16%) VMware
8 506 (22.03%) VPN
9 495 (21.55%) Microsoft
10 479 (20.85%) ITIL
11 411 (17.89%) MPLS
12 399 (17.37%) CCNP
13 382 (16.63%) TCP/IP
14 381 (16.59%) DNS
15 378 (16.46%) CheckPoint
16 360 (15.67%) Juniper
17 337 (14.67%) CCNA
18 327 (14.24%) Finance
19 320 (13.93%) Security Cleared
20 319 (13.89%) VMware Infrastructure
20 319 (13.89%) Citrix
21 318 (13.84%) Wireless
22 299 (13.02%) Windows Server 2008
23 293 (12.76%) Network Security
24 290 (12.63%) BGP
25 283 (12.32%) SAN
26 281 (12.23%) OSPF
27 276 (12.02%) Cisco ASA
28 261 (11.36%) Migration
29 258 (11.23%) VoIP

WAN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, 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
1 217 (9.45%) MS Exchange
2 104 (4.53%) Exchange Server 2010
3 90 (3.92%) IIS
4 87 (3.79%) SharePoint
5 78 (3.40%) Lync
6 52 (2.26%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 50 (2.18%) Apache
8 44 (1.92%) Exchange Server 2007
9 42 (1.83%) Exchange Server 2013
10 32 (1.39%) Tomcat
11 28 (1.22%) Exchange Server 2003
12 27 (1.18%) IBM Notes
13 26 (1.13%) WebSphere
14 19 (0.83%) Confluence
15 14 (0.61%) MediaWiki
15 14 (0.61%) nginx
16 12 (0.52%) SharePoint 2010
17 11 (0.48%) CMS
17 11 (0.48%) WebLogic
17 11 (0.48%) OpenStack
Applications
1 225 (9.80%) MS Office
2 211 (9.19%) MS Excel
3 84 (3.66%) MS Visio
4 29 (1.26%) MS PowerPoint
5 25 (1.09%) MS Project
6 5 (0.22%) Acrobat
7 4 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.17%) PaintShop Pro
8 3 (0.13%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 1 (0.044%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 7 (0.30%) RMDS
2 5 (0.22%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
3 4 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 4 (0.17%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (0.17%) ResourceLink
3 4 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.087%) IntelliMatch
4 2 (0.087%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.087%) Agresso
5 1 (0.044%) Primavera
5 1 (0.044%) thinkFolio
5 1 (0.044%) Line 500
5 1 (0.044%) TeleForm
5 1 (0.044%) Cognos TM1
5 1 (0.044%) SAP Business One
5 1 (0.044%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.044%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 56 (2.44%) Office 365
2 53 (2.31%) Amazon AWS
3 48 (2.09%) Microsoft Azure
4 31 (1.35%) SaaS
5 15 (0.65%) PaaS
6 14 (0.61%) Cloud Computing
7 10 (0.44%) IaaS
8 7 (0.30%) AWS CloudFormation
9 4 (0.17%) OneDrive
10 2 (0.087%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 2 (0.087%) Azure Active Directory
11 1 (0.044%) Mimecast
11 1 (0.044%) Google Apps
11 1 (0.044%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 1946 (84.72%) LAN
2 956 (41.62%) Firewall
3 506 (22.03%) VPN
4 411 (17.89%) MPLS
5 382 (16.63%) TCP/IP
6 381 (16.59%) DNS
7 318 (13.84%) Wireless
8 293 (12.76%) Network Security
9 290 (12.63%) BGP
10 283 (12.32%) SAN
11 281 (12.23%) OSPF
12 276 (12.02%) Cisco ASA
13 258 (11.23%) VoIP
14 226 (9.84%) Internet
15 225 (9.80%) DHCP
16 192 (8.36%) VLAN
17 169 (7.36%) EIGRP
18 167 (7.27%) SSL
19 157 (6.84%) Cisco Nexus
20 149 (6.49%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 147 (6.40%) SQL Server
2 36 (1.57%) Oracle Database
3 33 (1.44%) SQL Server 2008
4 24 (1.04%) Relational Database
5 17 (0.74%) MySQL
6 16 (0.70%) DB2
6 16 (0.70%) PostgreSQL
7 13 (0.57%) Hadoop
7 13 (0.57%) Big Data
8 12 (0.52%) Oracle Database 11g
8 12 (0.52%) Data Warehouse
9 10 (0.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 10 (0.44%) SQL Server 2005
10 8 (0.35%) Oracle Database 12c
10 8 (0.35%) HBase
11 7 (0.30%) MongoDB
11 7 (0.30%) SQL Server 2012
12 6 (0.26%) NoSQL
12 6 (0.26%) Oracle Reports
13 5 (0.22%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 32 (1.39%) Jenkins
2 25 (1.09%) Hudson
3 21 (0.91%) JIRA
4 19 (0.83%) Git (software)
5 14 (0.61%) Subversion
6 8 (0.35%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 7 (0.30%) Gerrit
8 5 (0.22%) Maven
9 3 (0.13%) AdminStudio
10 2 (0.087%) Trac
10 2 (0.087%) Team Foundation Server
10 2 (0.087%) QuickTest Pro
10 2 (0.087%) LoadRunner
10 2 (0.087%) Visual Studio
10 2 (0.087%) MSI
11 1 (0.044%) InstallShield
11 1 (0.044%) Ant
11 1 (0.044%) Oracle Forms
11 1 (0.044%) ClearQuest
11 1 (0.044%) Metasploit
General
1 327 (14.24%) Finance
2 208 (9.06%) Telecoms
3 68 (2.96%) Banking
4 52 (2.26%) Manufacturing
5 36 (1.57%) Retail
6 26 (1.13%) Back Office
7 25 (1.09%) Multimedia
8 21 (0.91%) Local Government
9 18 (0.78%) Law
10 17 (0.74%) Financial Institution
11 16 (0.70%) Legal
12 12 (0.52%) Investment Banking
12 12 (0.52%) Billing
13 10 (0.44%) Marketing
14 9 (0.39%) Games
15 8 (0.35%) Advertising
15 8 (0.35%) Automotive
16 6 (0.26%) French Language
16 6 (0.26%) Japanese Language
17 5 (0.22%) Military
Job Titles
1 559 (24.34%) Network Engineer
2 340 (14.80%) Analyst
3 320 (13.93%) Architect
4 187 (8.14%) Project Manager
5 129 (5.62%) Support Engineer
6 123 (5.35%) Consultant
7 116 (5.05%) Infrastructure Architect
8 106 (4.61%) Support Analyst
9 103 (4.48%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 91 (3.96%) Infrastructure Manager
11 89 (3.87%) Network Architect
12 87 (3.79%) Network Support
13 85 (3.70%) Network Analyst
13 85 (3.70%) 2nd Line Support
14 75 (3.27%) Senior Network Engineer
15 70 (3.05%) Desktop Support
16 69 (3.00%) Technical Architect
17 68 (2.96%) Service Analyst
18 63 (2.74%) 3rd Line Support
18 63 (2.74%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (1.44%) Middleware
2 32 (1.39%) Web Services
3 23 (1.00%) HTML
4 16 (0.70%) CSS
5 15 (0.65%) .NET
6 12 (0.52%) Java EE
7 10 (0.44%) Application Packaging
8 9 (0.39%) XMPP
9 8 (0.35%) LAMP
10 7 (0.30%) XSLT
10 7 (0.30%) XML
10 7 (0.30%) Rendezvous
10 7 (0.30%) JSON
11 6 (0.26%) JSP
11 6 (0.26%) WAP
12 5 (0.22%) ASP.NET
12 5 (0.22%) SAML
12 5 (0.22%) Ultra Messaging
12 5 (0.22%) REST
13 4 (0.17%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 95 (4.14%) Analytical Skills
2 86 (3.74%) Blackberry
3 66 (2.87%) PKI
4 59 (2.57%) Video Conferencing
5 53 (2.31%) Management Information System
6 50 (2.18%) Clustering
7 49 (2.13%) Replication
8 35 (1.52%) NHS
9 33 (1.44%) Fat Client
9 33 (1.44%) Thin Client
10 26 (1.13%) Computer Science
11 24 (1.04%) Cryptography
12 21 (0.91%) Enterprise Software
12 21 (0.91%) Public Cloud
13 18 (0.78%) Client/Server
13 18 (0.78%) IVR
14 16 (0.70%) Wiki
15 15 (0.65%) Handset
15 15 (0.65%) Statistics
16 14 (0.61%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 854 (37.18%) Windows
2 299 (13.02%) Windows Server 2008
3 249 (10.84%) Windows Server 2003
4 231 (10.06%) Linux
5 225 (9.80%) Windows 7
6 180 (7.84%) Windows Server 2012
7 156 (6.79%) UNIX
8 121 (5.27%) Windows XP
9 59 (2.57%) Solaris
10 42 (1.83%) Windows 8
11 34 (1.48%) AIX
12 32 (1.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 29 (1.26%) CentOS
14 25 (1.09%) Windows 2000 Server
15 19 (0.83%) Ubuntu
16 17 (0.74%) Mac OS X
17 14 (0.61%) Debian
18 13 (0.57%) Android
18 13 (0.57%) Apple iOS
19 12 (0.52%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 479 (20.85%) ITIL
2 261 (11.36%) Migration
3 191 (8.32%) Project Management
4 150 (6.53%) PRINCE2
5 147 (6.40%) Service Management
6 143 (6.23%) Load Balancing
7 139 (6.05%) Service Delivery
8 136 (5.92%) Network Management
9 125 (5.44%) Network Design
10 123 (5.35%) Disaster Recovery
11 105 (4.57%) Stakeholder Management
12 93 (4.05%) Incident Management
13 81 (3.53%) Network Monitoring
14 77 (3.35%) Capacity Planning
15 76 (3.31%) Configuration Management
16 69 (3.00%) Time Management
17 64 (2.79%) Kalman Filter
18 62 (2.70%) Business Continuity
18 62 (2.70%) Change Control
19 61 (2.66%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 165 (7.18%) SQL
2 57 (2.48%) Perl
3 50 (2.18%) PowerShell
4 48 (2.09%) Python
5 46 (2.00%) Java
6 44 (1.92%) C
7 31 (1.35%) Bash Shell
7 31 (1.35%) Shell Script
8 30 (1.31%) PHP
9 26 (1.13%) Ruby
10 18 (0.78%) JavaScript
11 15 (0.65%) VB
12 12 (0.52%) Korn
12 12 (0.52%) VBScript
13 11 (0.48%) C++
14 9 (0.39%) PL/SQL
15 7 (0.30%) T-SQL
16 4 (0.17%) RPG
16 4 (0.17%) COBOL
17 3 (0.13%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 659 (28.69%) Cisco Certification
2 399 (17.37%) CCNP
3 337 (14.67%) CCNA
4 320 (13.93%) Security Cleared
5 224 (9.75%) SC Cleared
6 152 (6.62%) Microsoft Certification
7 133 (5.79%) CCIE
8 98 (4.27%) MCSE
9 87 (3.79%) Degree
10 65 (2.83%) DV Cleared
11 58 (2.53%) ITIL Certification
12 57 (2.48%) CCDP
13 46 (2.00%) CISSP
14 41 (1.78%) CCIP
15 38 (1.65%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 35 (1.52%) MCITP
17 31 (1.35%) MCSA
18 28 (1.22%) CISM
19 27 (1.18%) MCP
19 27 (1.18%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 99 (4.31%) SLA
2 71 (3.09%) QA
3 64 (2.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 39 (1.70%) PCI DSS
5 20 (0.87%) JSP 440
6 13 (0.57%) COBIT
7 10 (0.44%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 5 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 2 (0.087%) PMBOK
10 1 (0.044%) TickIT
10 1 (0.044%) ISO 9000
10 1 (0.044%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.044%) BS7799
10 1 (0.044%) BS25999
System Software
1 578 (25.16%) Active Directory
2 319 (13.89%) VMware Infrastructure
3 161 (7.01%) Hyper-V
4 121 (5.27%) vSphere
5 92 (4.01%) XenApp
6 50 (2.18%) VMware ESX
7 45 (1.96%) VMware ESXi
8 38 (1.65%) XenServer
9 26 (1.13%) Terminal Services
9 26 (1.13%) Samba
10 25 (1.09%) vCloud
11 24 (1.04%) XenDesktop
11 24 (1.04%) Firmware
12 23 (1.00%) Xen
13 18 (0.78%) NFS
14 17 (0.74%) Oracle RAC
14 17 (0.74%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 17 (0.74%) Postfix
14 17 (0.74%) ProxySG
15 14 (0.61%) iptables
Systems Management
1 96 (4.18%) SCCM
2 42 (1.83%) Cisco CUCM
3 35 (1.52%) Puppet
4 29 (1.26%) SCOM
5 27 (1.18%) WSUS
6 25 (1.09%) FortiGate
7 24 (1.04%) Opscode Chef
8 20 (0.87%) ZABBIX
9 19 (0.83%) Salt
10 16 (0.70%) Ansible
10 16 (0.70%) Backup Exec
11 15 (0.65%) WhatsUp Gold
12 14 (0.61%) CiscoWorks
13 13 (0.57%) CA Spectrum
13 13 (0.57%) Cisco Prime
14 12 (0.52%) ARCserve
14 12 (0.52%) Tivoli
15 11 (0.48%) MIMEsweeper
15 11 (0.48%) MAILsweeper
16 8 (0.35%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 1208 (52.59%) Cisco
2 509 (22.16%) VMware
3 495 (21.55%) Microsoft
4 378 (16.46%) CheckPoint
5 360 (15.67%) Juniper
6 319 (13.89%) Citrix
7 236 (10.27%) F5
8 205 (8.92%) HP
9 119 (5.18%) Blue Coat
10 110 (4.79%) Oracle
11 100 (4.35%) NetApp
12 98 (4.27%) McAfee
13 95 (4.14%) SolarWinds
14 83 (3.61%) IBM
15 77 (3.35%) Avaya
15 77 (3.35%) EMC
16 54 (2.35%) Riverbed
17 53 (2.31%) Dell
18 43 (1.87%) Nortel
18 43 (1.87%) Red Hat
London
Stott & May
Rate: £300 - £400 Per Day
Posted: Yesterday
London
McGregor Boyall
Posted: 2 days ago
Fleet, Hampshire
FT Select
Rate: Unspecified Market rate
Posted: 2 days ago
London
LA International
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Fleet, Hampshire
Austin Fraser
Rate: NEG
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Polar Recruitment
Rate: £175 - £200 per day + none
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Pioneer Search
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
ComputAppoint
Rate: £550 - £600 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Venturi
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Austin Fraser
Rate: Neg
Posted: 3 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Circle Recruitment
Rate: £180 - £220 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Cambridgeshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £240 - £280 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Up to £420 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
ComputAppoint
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Hudson IT
Rate: £200 - £240 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £240 - £290 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Eaglecliff
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago