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 28 July 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
28 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Wide Area Network (WAN)
Rank 91 117 113
Rank change year-on-year
+26 -4
Contract jobs citing WAN 1217 982 939
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 2.13% 1.79% 1.84%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 15.45% 12.98% 13.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 770 589 487
Average daily rate
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£350 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £185 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+3.84% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 75 84
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £20.38
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% -14.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £11.91 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.00 £35.70
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.25 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-1.42% -12.50%

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
7876 7565 6973
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.80% 13.83% 13.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 4518 4037 3593
Average daily rate £375 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.31% +2.71%
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 £335 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.47% +4.68%
Number of hourly rates quoted 480 417 482
Average hourly rate £21.00 £20.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £11.79 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £20.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year
+7.62% -21.56%

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 28 July 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 28 July 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 28 July 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 +23 1147 £352 +0.42% 322
London +29 489 £375 -3.22% 99
South East +27 270 £375 +8.30% 77
City of London +23 136 £425 +13.33% 30
Berkshire +16 82 £370 -7.50% 22
Yorkshire +19 78 £250 -23.07% 31
West Midlands +1 74 £325 -1.51% 18
North West +4 71 £375 -10.17% 34
South West -7 67 £306 -9.25% 25
Hampshire +20 62 £365 +5.04% 12
East of England -15 52 £325 +19.81% 20
West Yorkshire +1 39 £350 +7.69% 14
Buckinghamshire +25 37 £400 +45.45% 11
Manchester +3 37 £325 -14.47% 21
Scotland -2 36 £290 -2.35% 13
Leeds -3 31 £350 -26.31% 9
Wiltshire +19 30 £313 -10.71% 9
East Midlands -9 30 £356 +1.78% 15
Milton Keynes +17 25 £375 +36.36% 8
North Yorkshire +16 25 £250 -23.07% 7
Surrey +14 25 £325 +1.56% 18
Birmingham -3 24 £320 -7.24% 3
Reading -6 24 £306 -31.94% 10
Oxfordshire -19 24 £375 +9.48% 4
Cambridgeshire -11 22 £278 +15.62% 4
Slough +11 18 £350 +62.79% 6
Wales +8 18 £413 +37.50% 4
Cheshire -6 17 £450 -10.00% 7
West Sussex -11 16 £375 +36.36% 4
Swindon +13 15 £431 +1.47% 1

WAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 July 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 2007 (82.63%) LAN
2 1322 (54.43%) Cisco
3 1036 (42.65%) Firewall
4 877 (36.11%) Windows
5 755 (31.08%) Cisco Certification
6 603 (24.83%) Active Directory
7 531 (21.86%) VMware
8 518 (21.33%) VPN
9 514 (21.16%) Microsoft
10 499 (20.54%) ITIL
11 491 (20.21%) Data Centre
12 487 (20.05%) CCNP
13 473 (19.47%) CheckPoint
14 461 (18.98%) MPLS
15 409 (16.84%) Juniper
16 404 (16.63%) TCP/IP
17 393 (16.18%) DNS
18 378 (15.56%) Wireless
19 373 (15.36%) Citrix
20 367 (15.11%) CCNA
21 342 (14.08%) Finance
22 340 (14.00%) Security Cleared
23 334 (13.75%) VMware Infrastructure
24 329 (13.54%) SAN
24 329 (13.54%) BGP
25 321 (13.22%) Network Security
26 312 (12.84%) Cisco ASA
27 302 (12.43%) OSPF
28 295 (12.14%) Windows Server 2008
29 285 (11.73%) Migration

WAN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 July 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
1 253 (10.42%) MS Exchange
2 121 (4.98%) Exchange Server 2010
3 91 (3.75%) Lync
4 85 (3.50%) SharePoint
5 80 (3.29%) IIS
6 58 (2.39%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 54 (2.22%) Exchange Server 2007
8 46 (1.89%) Apache
8 46 (1.89%) Exchange Server 2013
9 37 (1.52%) IBM Notes
10 36 (1.48%) Tomcat
11 35 (1.44%) Exchange Server 2003
12 21 (0.86%) WebSphere
13 15 (0.62%) CMS
14 14 (0.58%) SharePoint 2013
15 12 (0.49%) Confluence
15 12 (0.49%) SharePoint 2010
16 11 (0.45%) JBoss
17 10 (0.41%) WebLogic
17 10 (0.41%) nginx
Applications
1 218 (8.97%) MS Office
2 210 (8.65%) MS Excel
3 74 (3.05%) MS Visio
4 35 (1.44%) MS PowerPoint
5 23 (0.95%) MS Project
6 10 (0.41%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.16%) PaintShop Pro
8 3 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 3 (0.12%) Acrobat
9 1 (0.041%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 9 (0.37%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 8 (0.33%) RMDS
3 6 (0.25%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
3 6 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
4 3 (0.12%) assyst
4 3 (0.12%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.082%) SAP CCM
5 2 (0.082%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.041%) Line 500
6 1 (0.041%) TeleForm
6 1 (0.041%) SAP Business One
6 1 (0.041%) ResourceLink
6 1 (0.041%) Dynamics CRM
6 1 (0.041%) Agresso
6 1 (0.041%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 73 (3.01%) Office 365
2 51 (2.10%) Amazon AWS
3 36 (1.48%) Microsoft Azure
4 30 (1.24%) SaaS
5 15 (0.62%) PaaS
6 14 (0.58%) Cloud Computing
7 9 (0.37%) IaaS
7 9 (0.37%) HP Helion
8 7 (0.29%) AWS CloudFormation
9 4 (0.16%) OneDrive
10 3 (0.12%) Google Apps
11 2 (0.082%) SoftLayer
11 2 (0.082%) Mimecast
11 2 (0.082%) Azure Active Directory
11 2 (0.082%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 1 (0.041%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 2007 (82.63%) LAN
2 1036 (42.65%) Firewall
3 518 (21.33%) VPN
4 461 (18.98%) MPLS
5 404 (16.63%) TCP/IP
6 393 (16.18%) DNS
7 378 (15.56%) Wireless
8 329 (13.54%) BGP
8 329 (13.54%) SAN
9 321 (13.22%) Network Security
10 312 (12.84%) Cisco ASA
11 302 (12.43%) OSPF
12 283 (11.65%) VoIP
13 257 (10.58%) DHCP
14 254 (10.46%) VLAN
15 228 (9.39%) Internet
16 203 (8.36%) EIGRP
17 196 (8.07%) Cisco Nexus
18 185 (7.62%) IPsec
19 183 (7.53%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 164 (6.75%) SQL Server
2 40 (1.65%) SQL Server 2008
3 31 (1.28%) Oracle Database
4 22 (0.91%) SQL Server 2005
5 18 (0.74%) Relational Database
6 17 (0.70%) MySQL
7 14 (0.58%) Big Data
7 14 (0.58%) Hadoop
8 10 (0.41%) Data Warehouse
9 9 (0.37%) DB2
9 9 (0.37%) Oracle Database 11g
9 9 (0.37%) PostgreSQL
9 9 (0.37%) SQL Server 2012
9 9 (0.37%) HBase
10 8 (0.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 7 (0.29%) Oracle Reports
11 7 (0.29%) NoSQL
12 6 (0.25%) Oracle Exadata
12 6 (0.25%) MongoDB
13 5 (0.21%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 27 (1.11%) Jenkins
2 18 (0.74%) Hudson
3 14 (0.58%) JIRA
3 14 (0.58%) Git (software)
3 14 (0.58%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 8 (0.33%) Team Foundation Server
5 7 (0.29%) Gerrit
5 7 (0.29%) Subversion
6 5 (0.21%) Maven
7 2 (0.082%) MSI
7 2 (0.082%) Oracle Forms
7 2 (0.082%) Visual Studio
7 2 (0.082%) Trac
8 1 (0.041%) GCC
8 1 (0.041%) Redmine
8 1 (0.041%) Ant
8 1 (0.041%) ClearQuest
8 1 (0.041%) InstallShield
8 1 (0.041%) AdminStudio
General
1 342 (14.08%) Finance
2 205 (8.44%) Telecoms
3 68 (2.80%) Banking
4 43 (1.77%) Manufacturing
5 30 (1.24%) Multimedia
6 28 (1.15%) Retail
7 27 (1.11%) Back Office
8 25 (1.03%) Local Government
9 22 (0.91%) Financial Institution
10 20 (0.82%) Investment Banking
11 19 (0.78%) Legal
12 16 (0.66%) Law
12 16 (0.66%) Advertising
13 15 (0.62%) Marketing
14 14 (0.58%) Billing
15 12 (0.49%) French Language
16 10 (0.41%) Publishing
17 7 (0.29%) Automotive
17 7 (0.29%) Electronics
17 7 (0.29%) Japanese Language
Job Titles
1 627 (25.81%) Network Engineer
2 345 (14.20%) Analyst
3 292 (12.02%) Architect
4 209 (8.60%) Project Manager
5 130 (5.35%) Consultant
6 128 (5.27%) Support Engineer
7 119 (4.90%) Infrastructure Architect
8 106 (4.36%) Support Analyst
9 105 (4.32%) Senior Network Engineer
10 101 (4.16%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 94 (3.87%) Infrastructure Manager
12 89 (3.66%) Network Architect
13 83 (3.42%) Network Support
14 79 (3.25%) Network Analyst
15 75 (3.09%) 3rd Line Support
16 72 (2.96%) Cisco Engineer
17 69 (2.84%) Service Analyst
18 68 (2.80%) 2nd Line Support
18 68 (2.80%) Desktop Support
19 63 (2.59%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 93 (3.83%) 802.1X
2 43 (1.77%) Middleware
3 34 (1.40%) CSS
4 30 (1.24%) Web Services
5 22 (0.91%) HTML
6 18 (0.74%) XMPP
7 14 (0.58%) .NET
7 14 (0.58%) XML
8 12 (0.49%) Java EE
9 9 (0.37%) Rendezvous
9 9 (0.37%) XSLT
10 7 (0.29%) J2EE
10 7 (0.29%) JSON
10 7 (0.29%) Ultra Messaging
11 6 (0.25%) Application Packaging
11 6 (0.25%) FIX Protocol
12 5 (0.21%) Ajax
12 5 (0.21%) SAML
12 5 (0.21%) REST
13 4 (0.16%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 491 (20.21%) Data Centre
2 97 (3.99%) Analytical Skills
3 84 (3.46%) Blackberry
4 69 (2.84%) PKI
5 68 (2.80%) Video Conferencing
6 56 (2.31%) Management Information System
7 50 (2.06%) Clustering
8 41 (1.69%) Replication
9 34 (1.40%) Thin Client
9 34 (1.40%) Fat Client
10 32 (1.32%) NHS
11 30 (1.24%) Enterprise Software
12 22 (0.91%) Client/Server
12 22 (0.91%) Cryptography
13 21 (0.86%) IVR
13 21 (0.86%) Private Cloud
13 21 (0.86%) Public Cloud
14 20 (0.82%) Enterprise Storage
15 19 (0.78%) EMC VNX
15 19 (0.78%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 877 (36.11%) Windows
2 295 (12.14%) Windows Server 2008
3 265 (10.91%) Linux
4 253 (10.42%) Windows Server 2003
5 238 (9.80%) Windows 7
6 194 (7.99%) Windows Server 2012
7 169 (6.96%) UNIX
8 121 (4.98%) Windows XP
9 65 (2.68%) Solaris
10 64 (2.63%) Windows 8
11 33 (1.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 28 (1.15%) Ubuntu
13 23 (0.95%) AIX
14 19 (0.78%) Mac OS X
14 19 (0.78%) Android
14 19 (0.78%) CentOS
15 17 (0.70%) Windows 2000 Server
16 16 (0.66%) Apple iOS
16 16 (0.66%) Oracle Linux
17 14 (0.58%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 499 (20.54%) ITIL
2 285 (11.73%) Migration
3 205 (8.44%) Project Management
4 179 (7.37%) PRINCE2
5 173 (7.12%) Network Design
6 169 (6.96%) Load Balancing
7 150 (6.18%) Service Management
8 131 (5.39%) Service Delivery
9 125 (5.15%) Disaster Recovery
9 125 (5.15%) Network Management
10 97 (3.99%) Stakeholder Management
11 91 (3.75%) Incident Management
12 90 (3.71%) Network Monitoring
13 85 (3.50%) Configuration Management
13 85 (3.50%) Capacity Planning
14 76 (3.13%) Change Control
15 74 (3.05%) Change Management
16 72 (2.96%) Business Continuity
17 68 (2.80%) Kalman Filter
18 63 (2.59%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 154 (6.34%) SQL
2 62 (2.55%) PowerShell
3 50 (2.06%) Perl
4 49 (2.02%) Python
5 48 (1.98%) Java
6 37 (1.52%) C
7 28 (1.15%) PHP
8 27 (1.11%) Shell Script
9 25 (1.03%) Bash Shell
10 22 (0.91%) VB
11 21 (0.86%) Ruby
12 18 (0.74%) JavaScript
13 15 (0.62%) C++
14 13 (0.54%) VBScript
15 10 (0.41%) Korn
16 8 (0.33%) T-SQL
17 5 (0.21%) C#
17 5 (0.21%) PL/SQL
18 3 (0.12%) C-shell
18 3 (0.12%) R
Qualifications
1 755 (31.08%) Cisco Certification
2 487 (20.05%) CCNP
3 367 (15.11%) CCNA
4 340 (14.00%) Security Cleared
5 239 (9.84%) SC Cleared
6 171 (7.04%) Microsoft Certification
7 141 (5.80%) CCIE
8 111 (4.57%) MCSE
9 89 (3.66%) Degree
10 65 (2.68%) ITIL Certification
11 62 (2.55%) DV Cleared
12 61 (2.51%) CCDP
13 43 (1.77%) MCSA
14 39 (1.61%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 38 (1.56%) CCSA
15 38 (1.56%) CISSP
16 37 (1.52%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 36 (1.48%) CCSE
17 36 (1.48%) MCITP
18 33 (1.36%) CCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 104 (4.28%) SLA
2 62 (2.55%) QA
3 58 (2.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 29 (1.19%) PCI DSS
5 18 (0.74%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 15 (0.62%) JSP 440
7 13 (0.54%) COBIT
8 3 (0.12%) HIPAA
8 3 (0.12%) PMBOK
9 2 (0.082%) BS7799
10 1 (0.041%) TickIT
10 1 (0.041%) BS25999
10 1 (0.041%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 1 (0.041%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 603 (24.83%) Active Directory
2 334 (13.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 160 (6.59%) Hyper-V
4 135 (5.56%) vSphere
5 111 (4.57%) XenApp
6 56 (2.31%) VMware ESX
7 47 (1.93%) VMware ESXi
8 39 (1.61%) XenServer
9 33 (1.36%) ProxySG
10 32 (1.32%) Xen
11 28 (1.15%) Terminal Services
12 27 (1.11%) NLBS
13 24 (0.99%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 22 (0.91%) XenDesktop
15 18 (0.74%) Microsoft App-V
15 18 (0.74%) NFS
15 18 (0.74%) Samba
15 18 (0.74%) vCloud
16 17 (0.70%) Snort
17 15 (0.62%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 118 (4.86%) SCCM
2 69 (2.84%) Cisco CUCM
3 39 (1.61%) Puppet
4 36 (1.48%) WSUS
5 25 (1.03%) Opscode Chef
6 20 (0.82%) SCOM
7 19 (0.78%) CA Spectrum
8 18 (0.74%) Ansible
9 17 (0.70%) FortiGate
9 17 (0.70%) Backup Exec
9 17 (0.70%) BladeLogic
9 17 (0.70%) CiscoWorks
10 16 (0.66%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
11 15 (0.62%) OpenView
11 15 (0.62%) ARCserve
11 15 (0.62%) WhatsUp Gold
11 15 (0.62%) Cisco Prime
11 15 (0.62%) Salt
12 14 (0.58%) Control-M
13 13 (0.54%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 1322 (54.43%) Cisco
2 531 (21.86%) VMware
3 514 (21.16%) Microsoft
4 473 (19.47%) CheckPoint
5 409 (16.84%) Juniper
6 373 (15.36%) Citrix
7 260 (10.70%) F5
8 216 (8.89%) HP
9 160 (6.59%) Blue Coat
10 117 (4.82%) SolarWinds
11 108 (4.45%) Oracle
12 106 (4.36%) NetApp
13 93 (3.83%) McAfee
14 83 (3.42%) Avaya
15 77 (3.17%) EMC
16 71 (2.92%) IBM
17 70 (2.88%) Riverbed
18 69 (2.84%) Dell
19 60 (2.47%) Nortel
20 58 (2.39%) Fortinet
London
Computer People
Rate: £280.00 - £310.00 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
Solihull, West Midlands (County)
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 4 hours ago
London
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
London
Cadence Resourcing
Rate: on application
Posted: 10 hours ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Hays Talent Solutions
Rate: £400.00 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
London
Austin Fraser
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
West Lothian
Cathcart Associates Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Net Talent
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Net Talent
Posted: Yesterday
Knutsford, Cheshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £Market Rate
Posted: Yesterday
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Up to £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Computer People
Rate: £280.00 - £300 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Leicester, Leicestershire
Latcom Ltd
Rate: From £20 to £25 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
ComputAppoint
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £225 - £250 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £180 - £190 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £400 - £430 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £150 - £200 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Hampshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £410 - £420 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Hampshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £400 - £475 per day
Posted: 4 days ago