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 6 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
6 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Wide Area Network (WAN)
Rank 93 122 109
Rank change year-on-year
+29 -13
Contract jobs citing WAN 1194 915 912
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 2.18% 1.73% 1.85%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 15.36% 12.59% 13.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 722 535 460
Average daily rate
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£350 £350 £335
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +4.47%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £199 £183 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £491
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £335 £308
% change year-on-year
+2.98% +8.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 55 78 82
Average hourly rate £21.00 £17.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -12.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £11.18 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £36.85 £34.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.75 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+24.28% -2.77%

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
7774 7270 6969
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.17% 13.74% 14.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 4375 3941 3534
Average daily rate £360 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £210 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £330 £320
% change year-on-year
+3.03% +3.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 455 388 526
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £23.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.42% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £13.88
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.75 £19.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -24.00%

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 6 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 6 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 6 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 +32 1129 £350 - 375
London +42 457 £373 -1.97% 113
South East +24 259 £388 +14.81% 105
City of London +6 111 £425 +13.33% 33
Yorkshire +32 83 £275 -25.92% 30
North West +9 76 £375 -21.05% 38
West Midlands +6 75 £320 -5.88% 22
Berkshire +19 73 £398 +9.65% 25
South West -12 66 £300 -7.69% 19
Hampshire +18 61 £375 +9.89% 14
East of England +8 58 £325 +17.11% 25
Manchester +16 44 £325 -18.75% 20
West Yorkshire +8 44 £350 -10.82% 19
Leeds +12 39 £350 -26.31% 15
Scotland -1 31 £275 -15.38% 9
East Midlands -14 31 £383 +13.33% 15
Buckinghamshire +17 30 £310 +7.82% 11
Surrey +14 30 £388 +40.90% 34
North Yorkshire +17 29 £250 -23.07% 5
Birmingham +8 29 £323 -7.85% 6
Oxfordshire -12 29 £450 +22.44% 2
Cambridgeshire +2 24 £275 - 11
Wiltshire +14 21 £340 +11.02% 10
Reading -2 18 £340 -22.28% 12
Milton Keynes +5 16 £343 +1.48% 4
Cheshire -11 16 £450 -10.00% 13
North East -22 16 £347 +2.42% 3
Wales +2 15 £400 +23.07% 7
Tyne and Wear -22 15 £343 +1.24% 3
Bristol -22 15 £250 -40.75% 4

WAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 6 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 2006 (83.48%) LAN
2 1282 (53.35%) Cisco
3 1014 (42.20%) Firewall
4 889 (37.00%) Windows
5 704 (29.30%) Cisco Certification
6 607 (25.26%) Active Directory
7 544 (22.64%) VMware
8 526 (21.89%) VPN
9 518 (21.56%) Microsoft
10 488 (20.31%) Data Centre
11 487 (20.27%) ITIL
12 446 (18.56%) CCNP
13 436 (18.14%) MPLS
14 430 (17.89%) CheckPoint
15 414 (17.23%) TCP/IP
16 403 (16.77%) DNS
17 380 (15.81%) Juniper
18 356 (14.81%) Wireless
19 355 (14.77%) Citrix
20 347 (14.44%) CCNA
20 347 (14.44%) VMware Infrastructure
21 340 (14.15%) Finance
22 329 (13.69%) SAN
23 328 (13.65%) Security Cleared
24 307 (12.78%) BGP
25 305 (12.69%) Windows Server 2008
26 299 (12.44%) Network Security
27 294 (12.23%) Cisco ASA
28 288 (11.99%) Migration
29 285 (11.86%) VoIP

WAN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 6 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
1 240 (9.99%) MS Exchange
2 114 (4.74%) Exchange Server 2010
3 87 (3.62%) IIS
3 87 (3.62%) SharePoint
4 82 (3.41%) Lync
5 55 (2.29%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 51 (2.12%) Apache
7 47 (1.96%) Exchange Server 2007
8 42 (1.75%) Exchange Server 2013
9 38 (1.58%) Tomcat
10 35 (1.46%) IBM Notes
10 35 (1.46%) Exchange Server 2003
11 24 (1.00%) WebSphere
12 16 (0.67%) Confluence
13 14 (0.58%) CMS
14 12 (0.50%) JBoss
14 12 (0.50%) SharePoint 2010
14 12 (0.50%) nginx
15 11 (0.46%) MediaWiki
15 11 (0.46%) WebLogic
Applications
1 230 (9.57%) MS Office
2 214 (8.91%) MS Excel
3 80 (3.33%) MS Visio
4 35 (1.46%) MS PowerPoint
5 28 (1.17%) MS Project
6 9 (0.37%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.17%) PaintShop Pro
8 3 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 3 (0.12%) Acrobat
9 1 (0.042%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 9 (0.37%) RMDS
2 7 (0.29%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 6 (0.25%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 5 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
5 3 (0.12%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.042%) ResourceLink
6 1 (0.042%) SAP CCM
6 1 (0.042%) SAP Business One
6 1 (0.042%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.042%) Line 500
6 1 (0.042%) TeleForm
6 1 (0.042%) assyst
6 1 (0.042%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.042%) Dynamics CRM
6 1 (0.042%) Cognos TM1
6 1 (0.042%) Agresso
6 1 (0.042%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 67 (2.79%) Office 365
2 52 (2.16%) Amazon AWS
3 43 (1.79%) Microsoft Azure
4 34 (1.41%) SaaS
5 16 (0.67%) PaaS
6 14 (0.58%) Cloud Computing
7 11 (0.46%) IaaS
8 7 (0.29%) AWS CloudFormation
9 4 (0.17%) OneDrive
10 2 (0.083%) Azure Active Directory
10 2 (0.083%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 1 (0.042%) SoftLayer
11 1 (0.042%) HP Helion
11 1 (0.042%) Yammer
11 1 (0.042%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 2006 (83.48%) LAN
2 1014 (42.20%) Firewall
3 526 (21.89%) VPN
4 436 (18.14%) MPLS
5 414 (17.23%) TCP/IP
6 403 (16.77%) DNS
7 356 (14.81%) Wireless
8 329 (13.69%) SAN
9 307 (12.78%) BGP
10 299 (12.44%) Network Security
11 294 (12.23%) Cisco ASA
12 285 (11.86%) VoIP
13 284 (11.82%) OSPF
14 261 (10.86%) DHCP
15 226 (9.40%) Internet
16 215 (8.95%) VLAN
17 188 (7.82%) EIGRP
18 183 (7.62%) Cisco Nexus
19 175 (7.28%) SSL
20 167 (6.95%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 162 (6.74%) SQL Server
2 36 (1.50%) SQL Server 2008
2 36 (1.50%) Oracle Database
3 20 (0.83%) Relational Database
4 18 (0.75%) SQL Server 2005
5 16 (0.67%) MySQL
6 14 (0.58%) Hadoop
6 14 (0.58%) Big Data
7 13 (0.54%) DB2
7 13 (0.54%) PostgreSQL
8 11 (0.46%) Oracle Database 11g
9 9 (0.37%) Data Warehouse
9 9 (0.37%) HBase
10 8 (0.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 8 (0.33%) NoSQL
11 7 (0.29%) SQL Server 2012
12 6 (0.25%) SAP Data Services
12 6 (0.25%) Oracle Exadata
12 6 (0.25%) MongoDB
12 6 (0.25%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 29 (1.21%) Jenkins
2 22 (0.92%) Hudson
3 18 (0.75%) JIRA
4 16 (0.67%) Git (software)
5 12 (0.50%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 11 (0.46%) Subversion
7 7 (0.29%) Team Foundation Server
7 7 (0.29%) Gerrit
8 5 (0.21%) Maven
9 2 (0.083%) MSI
9 2 (0.083%) Visual Studio
9 2 (0.083%) Trac
10 1 (0.042%) GCC
10 1 (0.042%) Redmine
10 1 (0.042%) Ant
10 1 (0.042%) Oracle Forms
10 1 (0.042%) ClearQuest
10 1 (0.042%) InstallShield
10 1 (0.042%) AdminStudio
General
1 340 (14.15%) Finance
2 205 (8.53%) Telecoms
3 57 (2.37%) Banking
4 45 (1.87%) Manufacturing
5 30 (1.25%) Multimedia
6 29 (1.21%) Retail
7 26 (1.08%) Back Office
8 25 (1.04%) Local Government
9 21 (0.87%) Financial Institution
10 18 (0.75%) Law
11 17 (0.71%) Legal
12 15 (0.62%) Investment Banking
13 13 (0.54%) Billing
13 13 (0.54%) Marketing
14 11 (0.46%) Advertising
15 10 (0.42%) French Language
16 7 (0.29%) Automotive
16 7 (0.29%) Publishing
17 6 (0.25%) Games
17 6 (0.25%) Japanese Language
Job Titles
1 588 (24.47%) Network Engineer
2 353 (14.69%) Analyst
3 300 (12.48%) Architect
4 201 (8.36%) Project Manager
5 132 (5.49%) Consultant
5 132 (5.49%) Infrastructure Architect
6 124 (5.16%) Support Engineer
7 114 (4.74%) Support Analyst
8 106 (4.41%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 91 (3.79%) Senior Network Engineer
10 90 (3.75%) Infrastructure Manager
11 85 (3.54%) Network Support
11 85 (3.54%) Network Analyst
12 82 (3.41%) Network Architect
13 77 (3.20%) 2nd Line Support
14 73 (3.04%) Desktop Support
15 71 (2.95%) 3rd Line Support
16 69 (2.87%) Service Analyst
17 68 (2.83%) Cisco Engineer
18 64 (2.66%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (1.87%) Middleware
2 35 (1.46%) Web Services
3 25 (1.04%) CSS
4 22 (0.92%) HTML
5 15 (0.62%) XMPP
6 14 (0.58%) Java EE
6 14 (0.58%) .NET
7 12 (0.50%) XML
8 9 (0.37%) XSLT
8 9 (0.37%) Rendezvous
9 7 (0.29%) J2EE
9 7 (0.29%) Ultra Messaging
10 6 (0.25%) JSON
10 6 (0.25%) Application Packaging
11 5 (0.21%) FIX Protocol
11 5 (0.21%) LAMP
11 5 (0.21%) ASP.NET
11 5 (0.21%) SAML
12 4 (0.17%) JSP
12 4 (0.17%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 488 (20.31%) Data Centre
2 99 (4.12%) Analytical Skills
3 84 (3.50%) Blackberry
4 66 (2.75%) PKI
5 59 (2.46%) Video Conferencing
6 51 (2.12%) Management Information System
7 49 (2.04%) Replication
8 45 (1.87%) Clustering
9 35 (1.46%) Thin Client
9 35 (1.46%) Fat Client
10 33 (1.37%) NHS
11 30 (1.25%) Enterprise Software
12 23 (0.96%) IVR
13 22 (0.92%) Public Cloud
14 21 (0.87%) Cryptography
14 21 (0.87%) Computer Science
14 21 (0.87%) Client/Server
15 19 (0.79%) Enterprise Storage
16 17 (0.71%) EMC VNX
17 16 (0.67%) HP Storage
Operating Systems
1 889 (37.00%) Windows
2 305 (12.69%) Windows Server 2008
3 253 (10.53%) Linux
4 252 (10.49%) Windows Server 2003
5 236 (9.82%) Windows 7
6 198 (8.24%) Windows Server 2012
7 172 (7.16%) UNIX
8 121 (5.04%) Windows XP
9 71 (2.95%) Solaris
10 57 (2.37%) Windows 8
11 32 (1.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 31 (1.29%) AIX
13 23 (0.96%) Ubuntu
14 22 (0.92%) Mac OS X
15 20 (0.83%) Windows 2000 Server
15 20 (0.83%) Android
16 18 (0.75%) CentOS
17 16 (0.67%) Oracle Linux
18 14 (0.58%) Apple iOS
19 12 (0.50%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 487 (20.27%) ITIL
2 288 (11.99%) Migration
3 201 (8.36%) Project Management
4 174 (7.24%) PRINCE2
5 150 (6.24%) Load Balancing
6 141 (5.87%) Service Management
6 141 (5.87%) Network Design
7 133 (5.53%) Disaster Recovery
8 131 (5.45%) Service Delivery
9 130 (5.41%) Network Management
10 100 (4.16%) Stakeholder Management
11 91 (3.79%) Incident Management
12 88 (3.66%) Capacity Planning
13 84 (3.50%) Network Monitoring
14 82 (3.41%) Configuration Management
15 74 (3.08%) Change Control
16 70 (2.91%) Change Management
17 69 (2.87%) Business Continuity
18 63 (2.62%) Time Management
18 63 (2.62%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 156 (6.49%) SQL
2 56 (2.33%) PowerShell
3 54 (2.25%) Perl
4 51 (2.12%) Java
5 50 (2.08%) Python
6 41 (1.71%) C
7 32 (1.33%) Shell Script
8 29 (1.21%) PHP
9 27 (1.12%) Bash Shell
10 23 (0.96%) Ruby
11 18 (0.75%) VB
11 18 (0.75%) JavaScript
12 15 (0.62%) C++
13 12 (0.50%) Korn
14 11 (0.46%) VBScript
15 8 (0.33%) T-SQL
16 6 (0.25%) PL/SQL
17 4 (0.17%) C#
18 3 (0.12%) ABAP
18 3 (0.12%) Lisp
Qualifications
1 704 (29.30%) Cisco Certification
2 446 (18.56%) CCNP
3 347 (14.44%) CCNA
4 328 (13.65%) Security Cleared
5 235 (9.78%) SC Cleared
6 173 (7.20%) Microsoft Certification
7 127 (5.29%) CCIE
8 110 (4.58%) MCSE
9 84 (3.50%) Degree
10 65 (2.70%) ITIL Certification
11 60 (2.50%) CCDP
12 55 (2.29%) DV Cleared
13 40 (1.66%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 39 (1.62%) CCIP
15 38 (1.58%) MCSA
15 38 (1.58%) MCITP
16 35 (1.46%) CISSP
17 33 (1.37%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 31 (1.29%) MCP
19 30 (1.25%) CCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 101 (4.20%) SLA
2 66 (2.75%) QA
3 59 (2.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 28 (1.17%) PCI DSS
5 16 (0.67%) JSP 440
6 14 (0.58%) COBIT
6 14 (0.58%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 3 (0.12%) PMBOK
7 3 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 2 (0.083%) BS7799
9 1 (0.042%) ISO 9000
9 1 (0.042%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.042%) TickIT
9 1 (0.042%) BS25999
System Software
1 607 (25.26%) Active Directory
2 347 (14.44%) VMware Infrastructure
3 175 (7.28%) Hyper-V
4 132 (5.49%) vSphere
5 104 (4.33%) XenApp
6 55 (2.29%) VMware ESX
7 47 (1.96%) VMware ESXi
8 38 (1.58%) XenServer
9 30 (1.25%) Xen
10 27 (1.12%) Terminal Services
11 25 (1.04%) ProxySG
11 25 (1.04%) vCloud
12 24 (1.00%) XenDesktop
13 22 (0.92%) Samba
14 21 (0.87%) NLBS
14 21 (0.87%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 19 (0.79%) NFS
16 17 (0.71%) Microsoft App-V
17 16 (0.67%) Oracle RAC
18 14 (0.58%) Postfix
Systems Management
1 114 (4.74%) SCCM
2 60 (2.50%) Cisco CUCM
3 37 (1.54%) Puppet
4 34 (1.41%) WSUS
5 24 (1.00%) Opscode Chef
6 23 (0.96%) SCOM
7 18 (0.75%) CA Spectrum
8 17 (0.71%) FortiGate
8 17 (0.71%) BladeLogic
8 17 (0.71%) ZABBIX
9 16 (0.67%) Backup Exec
9 16 (0.67%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
9 16 (0.67%) WhatsUp Gold
9 16 (0.67%) Ansible
9 16 (0.67%) Cisco Prime
9 16 (0.67%) Salt
10 15 (0.62%) CiscoWorks
11 14 (0.58%) Control-M
11 14 (0.58%) ARCserve
12 13 (0.54%) MIMEsweeper
Vendors
1 1282 (53.35%) Cisco
2 544 (22.64%) VMware
3 518 (21.56%) Microsoft
4 430 (17.89%) CheckPoint
5 380 (15.81%) Juniper
6 355 (14.77%) Citrix
7 235 (9.78%) F5
8 216 (8.99%) HP
9 148 (6.16%) Blue Coat
10 118 (4.91%) Oracle
11 113 (4.70%) NetApp
12 109 (4.54%) SolarWinds
13 96 (4.00%) McAfee
14 85 (3.54%) Avaya
15 82 (3.41%) IBM
16 81 (3.37%) EMC
17 71 (2.95%) Dell
18 55 (2.29%) Nortel
19 54 (2.25%) Riverbed
20 50 (2.08%) Red Hat
East Riding
Rullion IT Plus
Rate: £250 per day
Posted: 1 hour ago
East London
TEKsystems
Rate: £435 per day
Posted: 2 hours ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Circle Recruitment
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 3 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £250 - £270 per annum
Posted: 3 hours ago
Bromley, Kent
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £200.00 - £230.00 per annum
Posted: 4 hours ago
Kent
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
London
Reed Technology
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
TEKsystems
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Rate: From £450 to £500 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Comtecs
Rate: £300 - £350 Per Day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Austin Fraser
Rate: £275 - £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Posted: 3 days ago
Skipton, North Yorkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £140.00 - £170.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Slough, Berkshire
Computer People
Rate: £300.00 per day + Contract
Posted: 3 days ago
Berkshire
Venn Group
Rate: £125 - £175 Per Day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Austin Fraser
Rate: £400 - £450 per day + NEG
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
ComputAppoint
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Solvings Ltd
Rate: market rates
Posted: 4 days ago
Brighton, East Sussex
Forman Computer Staff
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago