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 24 October 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
24 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Wide Area Network (WAN)
Rank 87 105 115
Rank change year-on-year
+18 +10
Contract jobs citing WAN 1227 999 973
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 2.10% 1.90% 1.79%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.45% 14.07% 11.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 767 561 481
Average daily rate
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£350 £363 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.44% +7.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £209 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £550 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £339 £325
% change year-on-year
-2.58% +4.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 81 63 117
Average hourly rate £20.25 £20.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.25% +5.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.58 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £37.50 £32.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.63 £18.20 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+13.35% -4.23%

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
8494 7098 8320
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.55% 13.53% 15.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 4807 3899 3950
Average daily rate £363 £375 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% +3.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £325 £340
% change year-on-year
+6.15% -4.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 468 449 618
Average hourly rate £22.50 £21.75 £20.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% +6.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.37
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%

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 24 October 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 24 October 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 24 October 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 +24 1151 £350 -4.10% 422
London +29 490 £400 - 120
South East +7 227 £325 -10.34% 98
South West +15 124 £320 +16.36% 45
City of London +20 118 £400 - 32
North West -4 89 £325 +8.33% 41
West Midlands -2 72 £381 +8.92% 40
Manchester +28 56 £340 +23.63% 24
East of England +1 56 £285 +3.63% 27
Hampshire -8 54 £300 -19.46% 21
Berkshire +1 52 £300 -14.59% 24
Devon +15 45 £350 +12.90% 7
East Midlands +12 44 £370 +8.82% 12
Surrey +16 40 £325 -3.70% 18
Scotland -14 35 £250 -16.66% 7
Buckinghamshire +12 33 £325 -21.21% 14
Gloucestershire +2 32 £263 -39.65% 7
Yorkshire -14 28 £294 +1.29% 34
Milton Keynes +11 25 £324 -21.51% 3
Bristol -12 24 £450 +18.42% 9
Exeter +5 23 £285 -8.06% 5
Cambridgeshire +17 21 £153 -69.50% 6
Reading +7 20 £275 +5.76% 13
Warwickshire +3 17 £410 - 4
Birmingham 0 17 £350 +0.71% 18
Oxfordshire -2 17 £367 +46.90% 7
West Yorkshire -19 17 £313 +7.75% 18
Wales -21 16 £305 -22.53% 11
Cheshire -31 15 £300 -20.00% 12
Kent +4 14 £400 +14.28% 4

WAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 October 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 1801 (81.53%) LAN
2 1073 (48.57%) Cisco
3 857 (38.80%) Windows
4 849 (38.43%) Firewall
5 601 (27.21%) Cisco Certification
6 507 (22.95%) Microsoft
7 478 (21.64%) Active Directory
8 429 (19.42%) ITIL
9 426 (19.28%) VMware
10 425 (19.24%) TCP/IP
11 403 (18.24%) VPN
12 399 (18.06%) CCNP
13 372 (16.84%) MPLS
14 336 (15.21%) Windows Server 2008
15 327 (14.80%) Citrix
16 321 (14.53%) CCNA
17 316 (14.31%) CheckPoint
18 309 (13.99%) DNS
19 308 (13.94%) Security Cleared
20 281 (12.72%) Juniper
21 280 (12.68%) BGP
22 278 (12.58%) Finance
23 270 (12.22%) SAN
24 265 (12.00%) OSPF
24 265 (12.00%) VoIP
25 260 (11.77%) Wireless
26 259 (11.72%) MS Office
26 259 (11.72%) VMware Infrastructure
27 256 (11.59%) MS Exchange
28 250 (11.32%) SC Cleared

WAN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 October 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
1 256 (11.59%) MS Exchange
2 107 (4.84%) Exchange Server 2010
3 70 (3.17%) SharePoint
4 69 (3.12%) Exchange Server 2007
5 64 (2.90%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 52 (2.35%) IIS
7 51 (2.31%) Apache
8 47 (2.13%) Exchange Server 2003
9 43 (1.95%) IBM Notes
10 42 (1.90%) Lync
11 28 (1.27%) Exchange Server 2013
12 21 (0.95%) SharePoint 2010
13 20 (0.91%) WebSphere
14 18 (0.81%) Tomcat
15 16 (0.72%) WebLogic
16 14 (0.63%) nginx
17 13 (0.59%) SharePoint 2013
18 11 (0.50%) MediaWiki
18 11 (0.50%) Confluence
19 9 (0.41%) OpenStack
Applications
1 259 (11.72%) MS Office
2 238 (10.77%) MS Excel
3 69 (3.12%) MS Visio
4 32 (1.45%) MS Project
5 26 (1.18%) MS PowerPoint
6 8 (0.36%) AutoCAD
7 7 (0.32%) Spreadsheet
8 2 (0.091%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 2 (0.091%) InfoPath
8 2 (0.091%) Photoshop
8 2 (0.091%) Acrobat
9 1 (0.045%) RoboHelp
9 1 (0.045%) Fireworks
9 1 (0.045%) Adobe Illustrator
9 1 (0.045%) Pro/ENGINEER
Business Applications
1 9 (0.41%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 8 (0.36%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (0.14%) Summit
3 3 (0.14%) RMDS
3 3 (0.14%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.14%) Agresso
3 3 (0.14%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.091%) Cognos Planning
5 1 (0.045%) assyst
5 1 (0.045%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 35 (1.58%) Office 365
2 17 (0.77%) Microsoft Azure
2 17 (0.77%) Amazon AWS
3 14 (0.63%) IaaS
4 10 (0.45%) Cloud Computing
4 10 (0.45%) SaaS
5 8 (0.36%) Google Apps
6 6 (0.27%) PaaS
7 4 (0.18%) IBM SmartCloud
8 3 (0.14%) Amazon EC2
9 2 (0.091%) Rackspace Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 1801 (81.53%) LAN
2 849 (38.43%) Firewall
3 425 (19.24%) TCP/IP
4 403 (18.24%) VPN
5 372 (16.84%) MPLS
6 309 (13.99%) DNS
7 280 (12.68%) BGP
8 270 (12.22%) SAN
9 265 (12.00%) VoIP
9 265 (12.00%) OSPF
10 260 (11.77%) Wireless
11 239 (10.82%) Network Security
12 196 (8.87%) DHCP
13 185 (8.37%) Internet
14 170 (7.70%) VLAN
15 157 (7.11%) Cisco Nexus
16 152 (6.88%) Cisco ASA
17 138 (6.25%) EIGRP
18 130 (5.89%) IPsec
19 120 (5.43%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 122 (5.52%) SQL Server
2 32 (1.45%) SQL Server 2008
3 29 (1.31%) MySQL
4 23 (1.04%) Oracle Database
5 21 (0.95%) Relational Database
6 13 (0.59%) Oracle Exadata
7 11 (0.50%) PostgreSQL
8 10 (0.45%) SQL Server 2005
9 9 (0.41%) Oracle Database 11g
9 9 (0.41%) Hadoop
9 9 (0.41%) DB2
10 8 (0.36%) Big Data
11 7 (0.32%) SQL Server 2012
11 7 (0.32%) HBase
11 7 (0.32%) Data Warehouse
11 7 (0.32%) BusinessObjects
12 6 (0.27%) MS Access
12 6 (0.27%) Crystal Reports
12 6 (0.27%) MarkLogic
12 6 (0.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 29 (1.31%) Jenkins
2 24 (1.09%) Hudson
3 12 (0.54%) JIRA
4 11 (0.50%) Git (software)
4 11 (0.50%) Subversion
5 5 (0.23%) JUnit
5 5 (0.23%) FitNesse
5 5 (0.23%) Selenium
6 4 (0.18%) StarTeam
6 4 (0.18%) Oracle Forms
7 2 (0.091%) Visual Studio
8 1 (0.045%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 1 (0.045%) AppScan
8 1 (0.045%) FrontPage
8 1 (0.045%) Eclipse
8 1 (0.045%) Toad
8 1 (0.045%) Dreamweaver
8 1 (0.045%) LabVIEW
8 1 (0.045%) Ant
8 1 (0.045%) WebLOAD
General
1 278 (12.58%) Finance
2 241 (10.91%) Telecoms
3 106 (4.80%) Banking
4 45 (2.04%) Retail
5 44 (1.99%) Investment Banking
6 41 (1.86%) Local Government
7 35 (1.58%) Manufacturing
8 33 (1.49%) Marketing
9 23 (1.04%) Advertising
10 22 (1.00%) Legal
11 21 (0.95%) Financial Institution
12 19 (0.86%) French Language
13 17 (0.77%) Spanish Language
13 17 (0.77%) Billing
14 16 (0.72%) Law
15 14 (0.63%) Back Office
16 12 (0.54%) Electronics
16 12 (0.54%) Mandarin Language
17 11 (0.50%) Publishing
18 9 (0.41%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 471 (21.32%) Network Engineer
2 314 (14.21%) Analyst
3 253 (11.45%) Architect
4 183 (8.28%) Project Manager
5 151 (6.84%) Support Engineer
6 116 (5.25%) Consultant
7 111 (5.02%) Support Analyst
8 99 (4.48%) Network Support
9 94 (4.26%) 3rd Line Support
10 87 (3.94%) Network Analyst
11 85 (3.85%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 83 (3.76%) Cisco Engineer
13 79 (3.58%) Senior Network Engineer
14 74 (3.35%) 2nd Line Support
15 67 (3.03%) Infrastructure Manager
16 64 (2.90%) Network Architect
17 62 (2.81%) Network Consultant
18 60 (2.72%) Security Engineer
19 58 (2.63%) Infrastructure Architect
20 56 (2.54%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (1.67%) Middleware
2 31 (1.40%) LAMP
3 24 (1.09%) Web Services
4 20 (0.91%) HTML
5 14 (0.63%) .NET
6 11 (0.50%) XML
7 10 (0.45%) XMPP
7 10 (0.45%) Application Packaging
8 9 (0.41%) CSS
8 9 (0.41%) JSP
8 9 (0.41%) ODBC
9 5 (0.23%) WAP
9 5 (0.23%) FIX Protocol
9 5 (0.23%) Oracle Fusion
10 4 (0.18%) Java EE
10 4 (0.18%) JavaBeans
10 4 (0.18%) EJB
11 3 (0.14%) Rendezvous
11 3 (0.14%) XSLT
12 2 (0.091%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 116 (5.25%) Analytical Skills
2 106 (4.80%) Blackberry
3 69 (3.12%) Video Conferencing
4 57 (2.58%) Management Information System
5 49 (2.22%) Thin Client
5 49 (2.22%) Fat Client
6 30 (1.36%) Open Source
7 27 (1.22%) PKI
8 26 (1.18%) Clustering
8 26 (1.18%) Computer Science
9 24 (1.09%) NHS
9 24 (1.09%) Replication
10 22 (1.00%) Cryptography
11 18 (0.81%) FMCG
12 17 (0.77%) Enterprise Storage
13 16 (0.72%) IVR
13 16 (0.72%) Client/Server
13 16 (0.72%) PMI
14 15 (0.68%) Enterprise Software
15 14 (0.63%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 857 (38.80%) Windows
2 336 (15.21%) Windows Server 2008
3 241 (10.91%) Windows 7
4 227 (10.28%) Windows Server 2003
5 209 (9.46%) Linux
6 129 (5.84%) Windows Server 2012
7 120 (5.43%) UNIX
8 112 (5.07%) Windows XP
9 64 (2.90%) Windows 8
10 52 (2.35%) Solaris
11 42 (1.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 30 (1.36%) CentOS
13 27 (1.22%) AIX
13 27 (1.22%) Ubuntu
14 26 (1.18%) Windows 2000 Server
15 24 (1.09%) Windows Vista
16 16 (0.72%) Android
17 15 (0.68%) Debian
18 13 (0.59%) HPUX
19 12 (0.54%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 429 (19.42%) ITIL
2 224 (10.14%) Migration
3 188 (8.51%) Network Design
4 163 (7.38%) Project Management
5 132 (5.98%) Service Management
6 128 (5.79%) Load Balancing
7 119 (5.39%) Service Delivery
8 117 (5.30%) PRINCE2
9 114 (5.16%) Disaster Recovery
10 106 (4.80%) Network Management
11 100 (4.53%) Stakeholder Management
12 94 (4.26%) Network Monitoring
13 86 (3.89%) Change Management
14 76 (3.44%) Network Architecture
15 65 (2.94%) Change Control
16 60 (2.72%) WAN Optimisation
17 58 (2.63%) Incident Management
18 55 (2.49%) Mentoring
19 54 (2.44%) Capacity Planning
20 48 (2.17%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 137 (6.20%) SQL
2 50 (2.26%) Java
3 46 (2.08%) Perl
4 36 (1.63%) C
5 30 (1.36%) Bash Shell
6 29 (1.31%) PowerShell
7 25 (1.13%) Ruby
8 24 (1.09%) PHP
9 22 (1.00%) Python
10 18 (0.81%) Shell Script
11 12 (0.54%) VBScript
12 9 (0.41%) JavaScript
13 6 (0.27%) VB
13 6 (0.27%) C++
14 5 (0.23%) VBA
14 5 (0.23%) Korn
15 4 (0.18%) T-SQL
16 3 (0.14%) C-shell
17 2 (0.091%) R
17 2 (0.091%) C#
Qualifications
1 601 (27.21%) Cisco Certification
2 399 (18.06%) CCNP
3 321 (14.53%) CCNA
4 308 (13.94%) Security Cleared
5 250 (11.32%) SC Cleared
6 124 (5.61%) CCIE
7 123 (5.57%) Microsoft Certification
8 75 (3.40%) MCSE
9 71 (3.21%) Degree
10 66 (2.99%) CCDP
11 40 (1.81%) CCSE
12 39 (1.77%) MCP
12 39 (1.77%) ITIL Certification
13 38 (1.72%) CISSP
13 38 (1.72%) CCSA
13 38 (1.72%) DV Cleared
14 31 (1.40%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 27 (1.22%) PMI Certification
16 24 (1.09%) CCVP
17 23 (1.04%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 96 (4.35%) SLA
2 43 (1.95%) QA
3 24 (1.09%) PCI DSS
4 16 (0.72%) JSP 440
5 14 (0.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 13 (0.59%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 3 (0.14%) ISO 9001
7 3 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 2 (0.091%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 478 (21.64%) Active Directory
2 259 (11.72%) VMware Infrastructure
3 110 (4.98%) Hyper-V
4 95 (4.30%) XenApp
5 76 (3.44%) vSphere
6 51 (2.31%) VMware ESXi
7 38 (1.72%) VMware ESX
8 33 (1.49%) Samba
9 31 (1.40%) XenServer
10 29 (1.31%) XenDesktop
10 29 (1.31%) NFS
11 28 (1.27%) Terminal Services
12 27 (1.22%) Xen
13 25 (1.13%) NLBS
13 25 (1.13%) ProxySG
13 25 (1.13%) Snort
14 20 (0.91%) Oracle RAC
14 20 (0.91%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 16 (0.72%) VMware Server
16 14 (0.63%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 63 (2.85%) SCCM
2 54 (2.44%) Cisco CUCM
3 36 (1.63%) WSUS
4 35 (1.58%) SCOM
5 27 (1.22%) Backup Exec
5 27 (1.22%) Puppet
5 27 (1.22%) Cisco Prime
6 23 (1.04%) McAfee ePO
7 22 (1.00%) WhatsUp Gold
8 18 (0.81%) FortiGate
9 17 (0.77%) CA Spectrum
9 17 (0.77%) SolarWinds Orion
10 16 (0.72%) Opscode Chef
11 15 (0.68%) Salt
12 14 (0.63%) Norton AntiVirus
13 13 (0.59%) ZABBIX
14 11 (0.50%) OpenView
14 11 (0.50%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
15 10 (0.45%) CiscoWorks
15 10 (0.45%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 1073 (48.57%) Cisco
2 507 (22.95%) Microsoft
3 426 (19.28%) VMware
4 327 (14.80%) Citrix
5 316 (14.31%) CheckPoint
6 281 (12.72%) Juniper
7 229 (10.37%) HP
8 206 (9.33%) F5
9 120 (5.43%) Oracle
10 109 (4.93%) Blue Coat
11 106 (4.80%) SolarWinds
12 98 (4.44%) Avaya
13 76 (3.44%) Riverbed
14 73 (3.30%) NetApp
15 70 (3.17%) McAfee
16 69 (3.12%) Red Hat
17 68 (3.08%) EMC
18 63 (2.85%) IBM
19 52 (2.35%) Symantec
20 48 (2.17%) BT
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