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 4 September 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
4 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Wide Area Network (WAN)
Rank 100 103 105
Rank change year-on-year
+3 +2
Contract jobs citing WAN 1220 1107 1020
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 2.09% 1.98% 1.96%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 15.13% 13.54% 14.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 772 679 573
Average daily rate
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£350 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £205 £210 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £494 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £340 £315
% change year-on-year
-0.73% +7.93%
Number of hourly rates quoted 66 72 76
Average hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £21.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.25% -10.34%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.00 £13.63
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £50.00 £36.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £22.75
% change year-on-year
-12.50% -12.08%

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
8062 8177 7057
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.80% 14.64% 13.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 4616 4454 3809
Average daily rate £375 £363 £352
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% +2.98%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £233 £220 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 524 456 415
Average hourly rate £21.53 £22.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.33% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £23.50 £23.21
% change year-on-year
-8.40% +1.24%

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 4 September 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 4 September 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 4 September 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 +3 1132 £350 -5.40% 289
London +7 452 £378 -5.62% 81
South East +15 265 £360 +3.60% 62
City of London +25 125 £425 +18.79% 26
North West +3 104 £350 +3.70% 24
Yorkshire +20 89 £275 - 33
West Midlands -6 65 £330 -12.00% 30
South West -21 65 £306 -12.50% 17
Berkshire +1 60 £275 -32.72% 20
Hampshire +5 55 £381 +17.30% 9
Buckinghamshire +17 45 £425 +51.78% 6
Manchester -4 45 £325 -1.14% 10
East of England -28 44 £350 +16.66% 22
Oxfordshire -4 40 £350 +3.70% 5
Scotland -5 40 £280 -2.25% 14
Milton Keynes +15 33 £420 +47.36% 2
West Yorkshire -17 33 £350 +60.91% 17
Wiltshire +22 31 £313 -10.71% 8
Surrey +14 31 £325 -8.45% 18
Cheshire 0 30 £415 -14.87% 8
South Yorkshire 0 26 £275 - 6
Sheffield -2 23 £275 - 5
East Midlands -27 23 £400 +6.31% 15
Leeds -15 22 £350 +27.27% 13
North Yorkshire - 22 £250 - 6
Southampton +9 21 £375 +10.29% 2
Reading -17 21 £275 -35.29% 12
West Sussex -3 19 £369 +52.84% 1
Hertfordshire +11 18 £475 +45.03% 10
Swindon +11 17 £350 - 2

WAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 September 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 2061 (83.41%) LAN
2 1368 (55.36%) Cisco
3 1077 (43.59%) Firewall
4 864 (34.97%) Windows
5 789 (31.93%) Cisco Certification
6 600 (24.28%) Active Directory
7 538 (21.77%) VPN
8 534 (21.61%) CCNP
9 533 (21.57%) Data Centre
10 528 (21.37%) Microsoft
11 519 (21.00%) ITIL
12 518 (20.96%) VMware
13 503 (20.36%) CheckPoint
14 485 (19.63%) MPLS
15 438 (17.73%) TCP/IP
16 423 (17.12%) Juniper
17 419 (16.96%) DNS
18 409 (16.55%) Wireless
19 378 (15.30%) CCNA
20 373 (15.10%) Citrix
21 359 (14.53%) Finance
22 348 (14.08%) BGP
23 345 (13.96%) Security Cleared
24 341 (13.80%) Cisco ASA
25 335 (13.56%) Network Security
26 320 (12.95%) VMware Infrastructure
27 316 (12.79%) OSPF
28 315 (12.75%) Windows Server 2008
29 310 (12.55%) SAN
30 297 (12.02%) VoIP

WAN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 4 September 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
1 258 (10.44%) MS Exchange
2 132 (5.34%) Exchange Server 2010
3 94 (3.80%) Lync
4 93 (3.76%) SharePoint
5 77 (3.12%) IIS
6 70 (2.83%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 60 (2.43%) Exchange Server 2007
8 48 (1.94%) Exchange Server 2013
9 40 (1.62%) Apache
10 35 (1.42%) Exchange Server 2003
11 33 (1.34%) Tomcat
12 32 (1.30%) IBM Notes
13 18 (0.73%) WebSphere
14 13 (0.53%) CMS
14 13 (0.53%) SharePoint 2013
15 11 (0.45%) SharePoint 2010
16 10 (0.40%) OpenStack
17 9 (0.36%) WebLogic
17 9 (0.36%) JBoss
18 6 (0.24%) Oracle HTTP Server
Applications
1 219 (8.86%) MS Office
2 210 (8.50%) MS Excel
3 68 (2.75%) MS Visio
4 31 (1.25%) MS PowerPoint
5 22 (0.89%) MS Project
6 11 (0.45%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.16%) PaintShop Pro
8 3 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 1 (0.040%) Acrobat
9 1 (0.040%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 7 (0.28%) RMDS
1 7 (0.28%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 6 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
2 6 (0.24%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
3 3 (0.12%) SAP ERP
3 3 (0.12%) assyst
3 3 (0.12%) ResourceLink
3 3 (0.12%) SAP CCM
4 2 (0.081%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.081%) Line 500
5 1 (0.040%) TeleForm
5 1 (0.040%) Agresso
5 1 (0.040%) SAP Business One
5 1 (0.040%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.040%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 73 (2.95%) Office 365
2 45 (1.82%) Amazon AWS
3 40 (1.62%) Microsoft Azure
4 29 (1.17%) SaaS
5 16 (0.65%) PaaS
6 14 (0.57%) Cloud Computing
7 12 (0.49%) HP Helion
8 11 (0.45%) IaaS
9 9 (0.36%) AWS CloudFormation
10 5 (0.20%) SoftLayer
11 4 (0.16%) OneDrive
12 3 (0.12%) Mimecast
12 3 (0.12%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 3 (0.12%) Google Cloud Platform
12 3 (0.12%) Google Apps
13 2 (0.081%) Azure Active Directory
14 1 (0.040%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 2061 (83.41%) LAN
2 1077 (43.59%) Firewall
3 538 (21.77%) VPN
4 485 (19.63%) MPLS
5 438 (17.73%) TCP/IP
6 419 (16.96%) DNS
7 409 (16.55%) Wireless
8 348 (14.08%) BGP
9 341 (13.80%) Cisco ASA
10 335 (13.56%) Network Security
11 316 (12.79%) OSPF
12 310 (12.55%) SAN
13 297 (12.02%) VoIP
14 296 (11.98%) DHCP
15 267 (10.81%) VLAN
16 235 (9.51%) Internet
17 217 (8.78%) Cisco Nexus
18 211 (8.54%) EIGRP
19 199 (8.05%) IPsec
20 198 (8.01%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 155 (6.27%) SQL Server
2 45 (1.82%) SQL Server 2008
3 24 (0.97%) SQL Server 2005
4 23 (0.93%) Oracle Database
5 14 (0.57%) Relational Database
5 14 (0.57%) MySQL
6 12 (0.49%) Hadoop
6 12 (0.49%) Big Data
7 10 (0.40%) SQL Server 2012
8 9 (0.36%) Oracle Database 11g
9 8 (0.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 7 (0.28%) BusinessObjects
10 7 (0.28%) Data Warehouse
10 7 (0.28%) Oracle Reports
10 7 (0.28%) HBase
11 6 (0.24%) NoSQL
12 5 (0.20%) SAP Data Services
12 5 (0.20%) Oracle Exadata
12 5 (0.20%) Xcelsius
12 5 (0.20%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
Development Applications
1 22 (0.89%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 14 (0.57%) Jenkins
3 10 (0.40%) Team Foundation Server
4 7 (0.28%) Git (software)
5 6 (0.24%) JIRA
6 4 (0.16%) Hudson
6 4 (0.16%) Maven
7 3 (0.12%) Visual Studio
7 3 (0.12%) Gerrit
8 2 (0.081%) Trac
8 2 (0.081%) Subversion
8 2 (0.081%) Oracle Forms
9 1 (0.040%) ClearQuest
9 1 (0.040%) MSI
9 1 (0.040%) Ant
9 1 (0.040%) GCC
9 1 (0.040%) Redmine
General
1 359 (14.53%) Finance
2 204 (8.26%) Telecoms
3 74 (2.99%) Banking
4 40 (1.62%) Manufacturing
5 34 (1.38%) Multimedia
6 27 (1.09%) Retail
7 25 (1.01%) Back Office
8 22 (0.89%) Financial Institution
9 20 (0.81%) Legal
10 19 (0.77%) Advertising
10 19 (0.77%) Local Government
11 18 (0.73%) Investment Banking
12 14 (0.57%) Billing
12 14 (0.57%) Law
13 12 (0.49%) French Language
14 11 (0.45%) Publishing
15 10 (0.40%) Marketing
16 9 (0.36%) Automotive
16 9 (0.36%) Pharmaceutical
17 7 (0.28%) Military
Job Titles
1 678 (27.44%) Network Engineer
2 336 (13.60%) Analyst
3 273 (11.05%) Architect
4 229 (9.27%) Project Manager
5 141 (5.71%) Consultant
6 137 (5.54%) Support Engineer
7 114 (4.61%) Senior Network Engineer
8 108 (4.37%) Support Analyst
9 102 (4.13%) Infrastructure Architect
10 101 (4.09%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 88 (3.56%) Infrastructure Manager
12 84 (3.40%) Network Architect
13 82 (3.32%) Desktop Support
14 81 (3.28%) 3rd Line Support
14 81 (3.28%) Cisco Engineer
15 79 (3.20%) Network Support
16 70 (2.83%) Network Consultant
17 66 (2.67%) Security Engineer
18 65 (2.63%) Service Analyst
19 64 (2.59%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 97 (3.93%) 802.1X
2 38 (1.54%) CSS
2 38 (1.54%) Web Services
2 38 (1.54%) Middleware
3 20 (0.81%) HTML
4 19 (0.77%) XMPP
5 14 (0.57%) .NET
6 13 (0.53%) XML
7 12 (0.49%) Java EE
8 10 (0.40%) FIX Protocol
9 8 (0.32%) Application Packaging
10 7 (0.28%) XSLT
10 7 (0.28%) Rendezvous
11 6 (0.24%) SAML
11 6 (0.24%) J2EE
12 5 (0.20%) ASP.NET
12 5 (0.20%) Ajax
12 5 (0.20%) ASP.NET MVC
12 5 (0.20%) Ultra Messaging
12 5 (0.20%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 533 (21.57%) Data Centre
2 114 (4.61%) Analytical Skills
3 94 (3.80%) Blackberry
4 74 (2.99%) PKI
5 67 (2.71%) Video Conferencing
6 62 (2.51%) Management Information System
7 40 (1.62%) Clustering
8 34 (1.38%) Enterprise Software
9 33 (1.34%) Replication
10 30 (1.21%) Thin Client
10 30 (1.21%) Fat Client
11 29 (1.17%) NHS
12 24 (0.97%) PMI
13 23 (0.93%) Client/Server
13 23 (0.93%) Cryptography
13 23 (0.93%) Private Cloud
14 22 (0.89%) Enterprise Storage
15 20 (0.81%) IVR
15 20 (0.81%) Computer Science
16 19 (0.77%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 864 (34.97%) Windows
2 315 (12.75%) Windows Server 2008
3 257 (10.40%) Linux
4 244 (9.87%) Windows Server 2003
5 241 (9.75%) Windows 7
6 203 (8.22%) Windows Server 2012
7 150 (6.07%) UNIX
8 105 (4.25%) Windows XP
9 64 (2.59%) Windows 8
10 49 (1.98%) Solaris
11 36 (1.46%) Android
12 32 (1.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 20 (0.81%) Apple iOS
14 19 (0.77%) Ubuntu
15 18 (0.73%) Windows 2000 Server
16 17 (0.69%) Mac OS X
17 16 (0.65%) AIX
18 15 (0.61%) CentOS
19 14 (0.57%) Oracle Linux
20 13 (0.53%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 519 (21.00%) ITIL
2 260 (10.52%) Migration
3 213 (8.62%) Project Management
4 208 (8.42%) Network Design
5 178 (7.20%) Load Balancing
6 176 (7.12%) PRINCE2
7 139 (5.63%) Network Management
8 132 (5.34%) Service Management
9 131 (5.30%) Service Delivery
10 111 (4.49%) Disaster Recovery
11 105 (4.25%) Stakeholder Management
12 91 (3.68%) Incident Management
13 87 (3.52%) Change Management
13 87 (3.52%) Kalman Filter
14 86 (3.48%) Network Monitoring
15 83 (3.36%) Capacity Planning
16 67 (2.71%) Change Control
16 67 (2.71%) Configuration Management
17 66 (2.67%) Information Security
17 66 (2.67%) WAN Optimisation
Programming Languages
1 147 (5.95%) SQL
2 65 (2.63%) PowerShell
3 43 (1.74%) Java
4 41 (1.66%) C
5 33 (1.34%) Python
6 32 (1.30%) Perl
7 29 (1.17%) Shell Script
8 26 (1.05%) VB
9 16 (0.65%) JavaScript
10 15 (0.61%) PHP
11 14 (0.57%) C++
12 11 (0.45%) Bash Shell
13 10 (0.40%) Ruby
14 9 (0.36%) Korn
14 9 (0.36%) VBScript
15 8 (0.32%) T-SQL
16 7 (0.28%) C#
17 5 (0.20%) PL/SQL
18 3 (0.12%) Lisp
18 3 (0.12%) R
Qualifications
1 789 (31.93%) Cisco Certification
2 534 (21.61%) CCNP
3 378 (15.30%) CCNA
4 345 (13.96%) Security Cleared
5 240 (9.71%) SC Cleared
6 183 (7.41%) Microsoft Certification
7 150 (6.07%) CCIE
8 123 (4.98%) MCSE
9 89 (3.60%) Degree
10 68 (2.75%) CCDP
11 67 (2.71%) ITIL Certification
12 57 (2.31%) DV Cleared
13 53 (2.14%) CCSE
14 50 (2.02%) CCSA
15 48 (1.94%) CISSP
16 46 (1.86%) MCSA
17 41 (1.66%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 36 (1.46%) MCITP
18 36 (1.46%) MCP
19 35 (1.42%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 104 (4.21%) SLA
2 60 (2.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 58 (2.35%) QA
4 32 (1.30%) PCI DSS
5 26 (1.05%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 11 (0.45%) JSP 440
6 11 (0.45%) HIPAA
7 8 (0.32%) COBIT
8 2 (0.081%) BS7799
8 2 (0.081%) PMBOK
9 1 (0.040%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.040%) TickIT
9 1 (0.040%) BS25999
System Software
1 600 (24.28%) Active Directory
2 320 (12.95%) VMware Infrastructure
3 145 (5.87%) vSphere
4 135 (5.46%) Hyper-V
5 116 (4.69%) XenApp
6 62 (2.51%) VMware ESX
7 49 (1.98%) VMware ESXi
8 40 (1.62%) ProxySG
9 32 (1.30%) XenServer
10 27 (1.09%) Xen
10 27 (1.09%) NLBS
11 24 (0.97%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 24 (0.97%) XenDesktop
12 22 (0.89%) Terminal Services
13 20 (0.81%) Snort
14 18 (0.73%) vCloud
15 14 (0.57%) Microsoft App-V
16 13 (0.53%) Samba
16 13 (0.53%) NFS
16 13 (0.53%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 112 (4.53%) SCCM
2 61 (2.47%) Cisco CUCM
3 40 (1.62%) WSUS
4 29 (1.17%) Puppet
5 23 (0.93%) Backup Exec
6 22 (0.89%) SCOM
7 20 (0.81%) SolarWinds Orion
8 18 (0.73%) WhatsUp Gold
8 18 (0.73%) OpenView
9 17 (0.69%) ARCserve
9 17 (0.69%) BladeLogic
9 17 (0.69%) FortiGate
9 17 (0.69%) CA Spectrum
10 16 (0.65%) CiscoWorks
10 16 (0.65%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
11 15 (0.61%) Nagios
11 15 (0.61%) Opscode Chef
12 14 (0.57%) Ansible
12 14 (0.57%) Cisco Prime
12 14 (0.57%) Control-M
Vendors
1 1368 (55.36%) Cisco
2 528 (21.37%) Microsoft
3 518 (20.96%) VMware
4 503 (20.36%) CheckPoint
5 423 (17.12%) Juniper
6 373 (15.10%) Citrix
7 290 (11.74%) F5
8 239 (9.67%) HP
9 165 (6.68%) Blue Coat
10 121 (4.90%) SolarWinds
11 98 (3.97%) McAfee
12 96 (3.89%) NetApp
13 93 (3.76%) Oracle
14 88 (3.56%) Riverbed
15 84 (3.40%) Avaya
16 72 (2.91%) Fortinet
17 69 (2.79%) Dell
18 68 (2.75%) IBM
19 63 (2.55%) EMC
20 61 (2.47%) Nokia
City, London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Berkshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £450 - £475 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Hampshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Cathcart Associates Ltd
Rate: £300 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
East London
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £16 - £17 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Staines, Middlesex
TELSTRA Associates
Rate: From £400 to £500 per annum £400-500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Basildon, Essex
Connectus
Rate: £420 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Fleet, Hampshire
FT Select
Rate: From £400 to £425 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, Yorkshire
Netsource Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
Warley, Essex
Stage Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
Motherwell, Lanarkshire
Spring Technology
Posted: 2 days ago
Motherwell, Lanarkshire
Harvey Nash plc
Posted: 2 days ago
Birmingham, Warwickshire
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Skipton, North Yorkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £10.00 - £14.00 per hour + Negotiable
Posted: 2 days ago
Solihull, West Midlands (County)
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Experis Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Advantage XPO
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Technology Sourcing Limited
Rate: Market rates
Posted: 3 days ago