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 29 December 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
29 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Wide Area Network (WAN)
Rank 86 111 106
Rank change year-on-year
+25 -5
Contract jobs citing WAN 1173 907 908
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 2.17% 1.77% 1.86%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 15.04% 13.19% 11.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 680 504 437
Average daily rate
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£350 £375 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% +11.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £205 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £489 £550 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
-5.71% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 89 60 131
Average hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% -7.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.40 £11.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.00 £31.56 £43.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.75 £19.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+14.47% -5.00%

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
7797 6874 7709
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.45% 13.43% 15.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 4431 3747 3777
Average daily rate £365 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £220 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 422 410 645
Average hourly rate £22.69 £20.00 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.45% -4.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.80 £11.93 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £38.60 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.75 £20.75 £21.67
% change year-on-year
+14.45% -4.22%

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 29 December 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 29 December 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 29 December 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 1098 £350 -6.66% 218
London +29 410 £400 - 77
South East +34 285 £338 -13.40% 54
South West +21 106 £285 -6.55% 16
City of London +1 88 £400 +0.06% 22
North West 0 79 £330 -31.42% 13
Berkshire +7 67 £350 -10.25% 3
Hampshire -5 63 £293 -24.51% 12
Yorkshire +5 58 £375 +53.06% 17
Surrey +19 54 £325 -16.66% 15
East of England -14 51 £146 -58.21% 14
West Midlands -8 50 £350 +2.18% 13
Manchester +17 49 £360 +33.33% 7
Buckinghamshire +11 47 £310 -23.21% 8
East Midlands +17 43 £344 -6.46% 12
Scotland -17 36 £370 +5.71% 18
Gloucestershire +6 35 £275 -33.33% 3
Milton Keynes +13 34 £335 -14.92% 3
West Yorkshire -8 28 £375 +87.50% 8
Leeds -4 24 £375 +158.62% 2
Cambridgeshire -2 23 £110 -59.06% 4
Cheshire -10 23 £315 -42.72% 6
Reading +14 22 £475 +46.15% 1
Wales -12 22 £325 -17.46% 3
Oxfordshire -5 21 £370 -7.62% 7
Wiltshire -1 19 £460 +41.53% 4
Nottinghamshire +11 17 £306 +22.50% 3
Birmingham +6 17 £325 +109.67% 5
Cheltenham +1 17 - -
South Wales -7 17 £325 -17.46% 3

WAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 December 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 1956 (84.27%) LAN
2 1175 (50.62%) Cisco
3 902 (38.86%) Firewall
4 841 (36.23%) Windows
5 659 (28.39%) Cisco Certification
6 514 (22.15%) Microsoft
7 479 (20.64%) ITIL
8 472 (20.34%) Active Directory
9 436 (18.79%) CCNP
10 434 (18.70%) VMware
11 418 (18.01%) TCP/IP
12 417 (17.97%) VPN
13 397 (17.10%) MPLS
14 351 (15.12%) CheckPoint
15 349 (15.04%) Security Cleared
16 344 (14.82%) CCNA
17 321 (13.83%) DNS
17 321 (13.83%) Windows Server 2008
18 313 (13.49%) VoIP
18 313 (13.49%) Juniper
19 311 (13.40%) BGP
20 305 (13.14%) Finance
21 302 (13.01%) OSPF
22 299 (12.88%) Telecoms
23 292 (12.58%) Wireless
24 291 (12.54%) Citrix
25 278 (11.98%) SAN
26 272 (11.72%) Network Security
27 267 (11.50%) SC Cleared
28 263 (11.33%) MS Office

WAN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 December 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
1 216 (9.31%) MS Exchange
2 87 (3.75%) Exchange Server 2010
3 69 (2.97%) SharePoint
4 59 (2.54%) IIS
5 56 (2.41%) Lync
6 55 (2.37%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 49 (2.11%) Exchange Server 2007
8 43 (1.85%) Apache
9 27 (1.16%) IBM Notes
10 24 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2003
11 21 (0.90%) Tomcat
11 21 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2013
12 16 (0.69%) WebSphere
13 13 (0.56%) OpenStack
14 12 (0.52%) SharePoint 2010
15 10 (0.43%) Oracle Coherence
15 10 (0.43%) SharePoint 2013
16 9 (0.39%) nginx
17 8 (0.34%) WebLogic
18 7 (0.30%) Eucalyptus
Applications
1 263 (11.33%) MS Office
2 228 (9.82%) MS Excel
3 74 (3.19%) MS Visio
4 24 (1.03%) MS Project
5 22 (0.95%) MS PowerPoint
6 8 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
7 7 (0.30%) AutoCAD
8 4 (0.17%) Acrobat
9 3 (0.13%) InfoPath
10 2 (0.086%) Photoshop
11 1 (0.043%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.043%) Pro/ENGINEER
11 1 (0.043%) RoboHelp
11 1 (0.043%) Fireworks
11 1 (0.043%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 9 (0.39%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 9 (0.39%) ResourceLink
2 6 (0.26%) Agresso
3 4 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
4 3 (0.13%) Dynamics CRM
4 3 (0.13%) Summit
5 2 (0.086%) RMDS
5 2 (0.086%) Oracle EBS
5 2 (0.086%) Cognos Planning
5 2 (0.086%) IntelliMatch
6 1 (0.043%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 28 (1.21%) Office 365
2 27 (1.16%) Microsoft Azure
3 15 (0.65%) IaaS
3 15 (0.65%) SaaS
4 14 (0.60%) Amazon AWS
5 10 (0.43%) Cloud Computing
6 8 (0.34%) PaaS
6 8 (0.34%) Google Apps
7 4 (0.17%) IBM SmartCloud
8 1 (0.043%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 1956 (84.27%) LAN
2 902 (38.86%) Firewall
3 418 (18.01%) TCP/IP
4 417 (17.97%) VPN
5 397 (17.10%) MPLS
6 321 (13.83%) DNS
7 313 (13.49%) VoIP
8 311 (13.40%) BGP
9 302 (13.01%) OSPF
10 292 (12.58%) Wireless
11 278 (11.98%) SAN
12 272 (11.72%) Network Security
13 236 (10.17%) Internet
14 203 (8.75%) Cisco ASA
15 198 (8.53%) DHCP
16 182 (7.84%) Cisco Nexus
17 172 (7.41%) VLAN
18 166 (7.15%) EIGRP
19 150 (6.46%) WLAN
20 124 (5.34%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 143 (6.16%) SQL Server
2 30 (1.29%) SQL Server 2008
3 24 (1.03%) MySQL
4 23 (0.99%) Oracle Database
5 17 (0.73%) Relational Database
6 14 (0.60%) DB2
7 12 (0.52%) Oracle Exadata
8 11 (0.47%) SQL Server 2012
8 11 (0.47%) Data Warehouse
8 11 (0.47%) SQL Server 2005
8 11 (0.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 10 (0.43%) Hadoop
9 10 (0.43%) Big Data
10 9 (0.39%) HBase
11 7 (0.30%) Oracle Database 11g
11 7 (0.30%) BusinessObjects
12 6 (0.26%) PostgreSQL
12 6 (0.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 6 (0.26%) MS Access
12 6 (0.26%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 20 (0.86%) Jenkins
2 19 (0.82%) Hudson
3 7 (0.30%) JIRA
4 6 (0.26%) Subversion
4 6 (0.26%) Git (software)
5 4 (0.17%) StarTeam
5 4 (0.17%) Oracle Forms
6 3 (0.13%) Visual Studio
7 2 (0.086%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 2 (0.086%) QuickTest Pro
7 2 (0.086%) LoadRunner
7 2 (0.086%) AdminStudio
8 1 (0.043%) FrontPage
8 1 (0.043%) Selenium
8 1 (0.043%) FitNesse
8 1 (0.043%) Metasploit
8 1 (0.043%) Ant
8 1 (0.043%) JUnit
8 1 (0.043%) Eclipse
8 1 (0.043%) Toad
General
1 305 (13.14%) Finance
2 299 (12.88%) Telecoms
3 122 (5.26%) Banking
4 52 (2.24%) Manufacturing
5 50 (2.15%) Retail
6 38 (1.64%) Investment Banking
7 35 (1.51%) Local Government
8 25 (1.08%) Law
8 25 (1.08%) Legal
9 22 (0.95%) Billing
10 18 (0.78%) Marketing
11 14 (0.60%) Financial Institution
12 13 (0.56%) Advertising
13 10 (0.43%) Back Office
13 10 (0.43%) Electronics
14 9 (0.39%) Pharmaceutical
15 8 (0.34%) Multimedia
15 8 (0.34%) French Language
15 8 (0.34%) Spanish Language
16 7 (0.30%) Games
Job Titles
1 556 (23.96%) Network Engineer
2 339 (14.61%) Analyst
3 313 (13.49%) Architect
4 166 (7.15%) Project Manager
5 156 (6.72%) Support Engineer
6 117 (5.04%) Consultant
7 108 (4.65%) Support Analyst
8 101 (4.35%) Network Analyst
9 97 (4.18%) Network Support
10 96 (4.14%) 3rd Line Support
11 87 (3.75%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 83 (3.58%) Senior Network Engineer
12 83 (3.58%) Network Architect
13 79 (3.40%) Cisco Engineer
14 77 (3.32%) 2nd Line Support
15 71 (3.06%) Infrastructure Architect
15 71 (3.06%) Infrastructure Manager
16 64 (2.76%) Solutions Architect
17 63 (2.71%) Network Manager
18 61 (2.63%) Infrastructure Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (1.59%) Middleware
2 28 (1.21%) LAMP
3 22 (0.95%) HTML
4 18 (0.78%) Web Services
5 12 (0.52%) .NET
5 12 (0.52%) Application Packaging
6 10 (0.43%) JSP
6 10 (0.43%) XML
7 9 (0.39%) CSS
8 8 (0.34%) WAP
8 8 (0.34%) Java EE
9 7 (0.30%) ODBC
10 6 (0.26%) Oracle Fusion
11 5 (0.22%) XMPP
11 5 (0.22%) XSLT
11 5 (0.22%) Rendezvous
11 5 (0.22%) EJB
12 4 (0.17%) CGI
12 4 (0.17%) JavaBeans
13 3 (0.13%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 112 (4.83%) Analytical Skills
2 99 (4.27%) Blackberry
3 85 (3.66%) Video Conferencing
4 52 (2.24%) Management Information System
5 42 (1.81%) Replication
6 37 (1.59%) PKI
7 34 (1.46%) Clustering
8 32 (1.38%) NHS
9 31 (1.34%) Computer Science
10 27 (1.16%) Cryptography
11 26 (1.12%) Thin Client
11 26 (1.12%) Fat Client
12 25 (1.08%) Open Source
12 25 (1.08%) Enterprise Storage
13 22 (0.95%) IVR
14 16 (0.69%) FMCG
15 14 (0.60%) Enterprise Software
15 14 (0.60%) PMI
15 14 (0.60%) Smartphone
16 11 (0.47%) CESG
Operating Systems
1 841 (36.23%) Windows
2 321 (13.83%) Windows Server 2008
3 237 (10.21%) Windows 7
4 228 (9.82%) Windows Server 2003
5 216 (9.31%) Linux
6 147 (6.33%) Windows Server 2012
7 116 (5.00%) Windows XP
8 108 (4.65%) UNIX
9 60 (2.59%) Windows 8
10 58 (2.50%) Solaris
11 36 (1.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 32 (1.38%) Windows 2000 Server
12 32 (1.38%) CentOS
13 29 (1.25%) AIX
14 23 (0.99%) Ubuntu
15 18 (0.78%) Android
16 16 (0.69%) Windows Vista
17 12 (0.52%) Mac OS
17 12 (0.52%) Windows NT
18 10 (0.43%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 479 (20.64%) ITIL
2 220 (9.48%) Migration
3 195 (8.40%) Network Design
4 180 (7.76%) Project Management
5 154 (6.64%) Load Balancing
6 151 (6.51%) Service Management
7 130 (5.60%) Network Management
8 127 (5.47%) Service Delivery
9 109 (4.70%) PRINCE2
10 107 (4.61%) Disaster Recovery
11 100 (4.31%) Stakeholder Management
12 99 (4.27%) Network Monitoring
13 79 (3.40%) Change Management
14 76 (3.27%) Network Architecture
15 59 (2.54%) Kalman Filter
16 58 (2.50%) Mentoring
17 56 (2.41%) WAN Optimisation
17 56 (2.41%) Incident Management
18 55 (2.37%) Change Control
19 51 (2.20%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 165 (7.11%) SQL
2 37 (1.59%) PowerShell
3 35 (1.51%) C
4 32 (1.38%) Perl
5 30 (1.29%) Java
6 24 (1.03%) Bash Shell
7 19 (0.82%) Python
7 19 (0.82%) Ruby
8 18 (0.78%) PHP
9 16 (0.69%) Shell Script
10 13 (0.56%) JavaScript
11 11 (0.47%) VBScript
12 8 (0.34%) VB
13 7 (0.30%) VBA
13 7 (0.30%) C++
14 6 (0.26%) T-SQL
15 3 (0.13%) Korn
15 3 (0.13%) COBOL
15 3 (0.13%) RPG
16 2 (0.086%) R
Qualifications
1 659 (28.39%) Cisco Certification
2 436 (18.79%) CCNP
3 349 (15.04%) Security Cleared
4 344 (14.82%) CCNA
5 267 (11.50%) SC Cleared
6 144 (6.20%) CCIE
7 101 (4.35%) Microsoft Certification
8 76 (3.27%) Degree
9 75 (3.23%) CCDP
10 62 (2.67%) MCSE
11 58 (2.50%) DV Cleared
12 46 (1.98%) CISSP
13 43 (1.85%) CCSE
14 41 (1.77%) CCSA
14 41 (1.77%) ITIL Certification
15 33 (1.42%) MCP
16 30 (1.29%) PMI Certification
17 28 (1.21%) JNCIS
18 24 (1.03%) MCITP
19 23 (0.99%) CCVP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 105 (4.52%) SLA
2 46 (1.98%) QA
3 32 (1.38%) PCI DSS
4 20 (0.86%) JSP 440
4 20 (0.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 10 (0.43%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 5 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 4 (0.17%) ISO 9001
8 3 (0.13%) COBIT
9 2 (0.086%) ISO 14001
10 1 (0.043%) GxP
System Software
1 472 (20.34%) Active Directory
2 262 (11.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 122 (5.26%) Hyper-V
4 82 (3.53%) XenApp
5 78 (3.36%) vSphere
6 55 (2.37%) VMware ESXi
7 37 (1.59%) VMware ESX
8 27 (1.16%) Terminal Services
8 27 (1.16%) XenServer
9 24 (1.03%) ProxySG
10 23 (0.99%) NFS
10 23 (0.99%) XenDesktop
11 22 (0.95%) Samba
11 22 (0.95%) Snort
12 21 (0.90%) Xen
13 20 (0.86%) Oracle RAC
14 18 (0.78%) Firmware
15 14 (0.60%) KVM
16 13 (0.56%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 13 (0.56%) NLBS
Systems Management
1 82 (3.53%) SCCM
2 47 (2.02%) SCOM
3 43 (1.85%) Cisco CUCM
4 32 (1.38%) Cisco Prime
5 27 (1.16%) Backup Exec
6 25 (1.08%) WSUS
6 25 (1.08%) FortiGate
7 24 (1.03%) WhatsUp Gold
8 22 (0.95%) Puppet
9 19 (0.82%) Opscode Chef
9 19 (0.82%) Norton AntiVirus
10 17 (0.73%) CA Spectrum
10 17 (0.73%) Salt
11 15 (0.65%) SolarWinds Orion
12 14 (0.60%) NetBackup
12 14 (0.60%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 14 (0.60%) McAfee ePO
13 13 (0.56%) CiscoWorks
14 11 (0.47%) OpenView
15 10 (0.43%) MOM
Vendors
1 1175 (50.62%) Cisco
2 514 (22.15%) Microsoft
3 434 (18.70%) VMware
4 351 (15.12%) CheckPoint
5 313 (13.49%) Juniper
6 291 (12.54%) Citrix
7 256 (11.03%) F5
8 228 (9.82%) HP
9 122 (5.26%) Blue Coat
10 99 (4.27%) Oracle
11 97 (4.18%) Avaya
11 97 (4.18%) SolarWinds
12 93 (4.01%) Riverbed
13 86 (3.71%) McAfee
14 76 (3.27%) NetApp
14 76 (3.27%) EMC
15 67 (2.89%) IBM
16 52 (2.24%) Red Hat
17 51 (2.20%) BT
17 51 (2.20%) Nortel
Oxfordshire
Ashdown IT
Rate: £380 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Explore Group
Rate: £150 - £300 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
BELL MICROSYSTEMS LTD
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
London
CPS Group UK
Rate: £180 - £200 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Ashdown IT
Rate: £150 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Rotherham
Real Staffing
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Glasgow
Cathcart Associates
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Posted: 5 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Hays Talent Solutions
Rate: £450.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Talent International
Rate: £300 - £600 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Farnborough, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Posted: 6 days ago
Sittingbourne, Kent
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £250.00 - £275.00 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 6 days ago
Worcester
Real Staffing
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
Maidstone
Pearson Whiffin
Rate: £320 - £340 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
West London
Eaglecliff
Rate: From £38,000 to £48,000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 10 days ago
Skipton, North Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £450 per day 3 Months initially + extension
Posted: 11 days ago
Southampton
Computer Futures
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 11 days ago
South East England
Interquest - ITQ Financial - Tunbridge Wells
Rate: £400 - £475 per day
Posted: 12 days ago
East of England
Interquest - Sand Resources
Rate: £350.00 - £650.00 per day
Posted: 13 days ago