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 22 August 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
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Wide Area Network (WAN)
Rank 104 101 111
Rank change year-on-year
-3 +10
Contract jobs citing WAN 1091 1046 1016
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.94% 1.96% 1.75%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 13.40% 14.46% 11.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 671 585 484
Average daily rate
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£350 £348 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.71% +5.30%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £190 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £310 £350
% change year-on-year
+8.87% -11.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 66 72 118
Average hourly rate £18.25 £20.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.75% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £13.53 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.00 £35.00 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.25 £20.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year
-8.75% -6.97%

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
8141 7236 8937
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.44% 13.57% 15.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 4382 3894 4029
Average daily rate £360 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 435 417 704
Average hourly rate £21.00 £23.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.63% +4.44%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.03 £13.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £38.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.00 £24.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-10.20% -2.00%

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 22 August 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 22 August 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 22 August 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 +1 1022 £351 +0.14% 371
London +22 428 £400 +6.66% 133
South East -24 200 £345 -1.42% 97
City of London +14 108 £350 -15.96% 46
West Midlands -5 79 £375 +22.95% 19
East of England -8 79 £300 +17.64% 28
South West 0 76 £313 -3.84% 24
Berkshire -5 58 £390 +16.41% 19
North West -11 58 £380 +26.66% 33
Hampshire -9 46 £335 -21.17% 21
East Midlands +12 40 £365 +32.72% 10
Yorkshire -6 33 £275 +22.22% 23
Scotland -12 32 £285 -16.17% 16
Cambridgeshire +17 31 £268 +33.75% 8
Reading +17 31 £400 +90.47% 5
Birmingham +8 28 £363 +20.83% 6
Oxfordshire +8 25 £325 - 10
Bristol -4 24 £419 +19.71% 8
Manchester +6 23 £375 +35.13% 17
West Yorkshire -3 23 £250 -9.09% 18
North East -3 20 £350 +12.00% 2
Tyne and Wear -6 20 £350 - 2
Gloucestershire -7 18 £269 -
Shropshire -3 17 £330 +6.45% 1
Surrey -8 17 £355 +7.16% 17
Cheshire -28 17 £500 +30.71% 10
Cambridge -3 16 £298 +58.66% 4
Bedfordshire -7 16 £300 +3.44% 11
Buckinghamshire -11 16 £275 -27.86% 11
Northamptonshire +5 14 £394 +43.18% 2

WAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 August 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 1604 (82.00%) LAN
2 894 (45.71%) Cisco
3 784 (40.08%) Windows
4 726 (37.12%) Firewall
5 508 (25.97%) Cisco Certification
6 451 (23.06%) Microsoft
7 449 (22.96%) Active Directory
8 393 (20.09%) VMware
9 378 (19.33%) TCP/IP
10 363 (18.56%) VPN
11 360 (18.40%) ITIL
12 338 (17.28%) CCNP
13 306 (15.64%) Windows Server 2008
14 290 (14.83%) Citrix
15 288 (14.72%) MPLS
16 269 (13.75%) SAN
17 265 (13.55%) CCNA
18 263 (13.45%) DNS
19 262 (13.39%) Finance
20 259 (13.24%) CheckPoint
21 245 (12.53%) VMware Infrastructure
22 243 (12.42%) MS Exchange
23 242 (12.37%) Security Cleared
24 237 (12.12%) VoIP
25 227 (11.61%) Network Security
26 222 (11.35%) Wireless
27 218 (11.15%) Juniper
28 213 (10.89%) HP
28 213 (10.89%) Windows Server 2003
29 208 (10.63%) BGP

WAN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 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
1 243 (12.42%) MS Exchange
2 111 (5.67%) Exchange Server 2010
3 93 (4.75%) SharePoint
4 66 (3.37%) Exchange Server 2007
5 65 (3.32%) Exchange Server 2003
6 58 (2.97%) IIS
7 52 (2.66%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 51 (2.61%) Lync
9 45 (2.30%) Apache
9 45 (2.30%) IBM Notes
10 31 (1.58%) SharePoint 2010
11 28 (1.43%) Exchange Server 2013
12 22 (1.12%) WebSphere
13 18 (0.92%) nginx
13 18 (0.92%) WebLogic
14 15 (0.77%) Tomcat
15 14 (0.72%) MediaWiki
15 14 (0.72%) Confluence
16 11 (0.56%) SharePoint 2013
17 9 (0.46%) CMS
Applications
1 205 (10.48%) MS Excel
2 195 (9.97%) MS Office
3 46 (2.35%) MS Visio
4 35 (1.79%) MS Project
5 19 (0.97%) MS PowerPoint
6 8 (0.41%) Spreadsheet
6 8 (0.41%) AutoCAD
7 2 (0.10%) InfoPath
7 2 (0.10%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.051%) Pro/ENGINEER
8 1 (0.051%) Adobe Illustrator
8 1 (0.051%) Fireworks
8 1 (0.051%) SPSS
8 1 (0.051%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 12 (0.61%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (0.56%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 8 (0.41%) Oracle EBS
4 4 (0.20%) RMDS
4 4 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.10%) assyst
6 1 (0.051%) Oracle Applications
6 1 (0.051%) Agresso
6 1 (0.051%) Line 500
6 1 (0.051%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.051%) Cognos Planning
Cloud Services
1 24 (1.23%) Office 365
2 17 (0.87%) Amazon AWS
3 16 (0.82%) Microsoft Azure
4 8 (0.41%) SaaS
5 6 (0.31%) IaaS
6 5 (0.26%) Cloud Computing
6 5 (0.26%) PaaS
6 5 (0.26%) Google Apps
7 4 (0.20%) IBM SmartCloud
8 2 (0.10%) Rackspace Cloud
8 2 (0.10%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 1604 (82.00%) LAN
2 726 (37.12%) Firewall
3 378 (19.33%) TCP/IP
4 363 (18.56%) VPN
5 288 (14.72%) MPLS
6 269 (13.75%) SAN
7 263 (13.45%) DNS
8 237 (12.12%) VoIP
9 227 (11.61%) Network Security
10 222 (11.35%) Wireless
11 208 (10.63%) BGP
12 189 (9.66%) OSPF
13 172 (8.79%) DHCP
14 150 (7.67%) VLAN
15 128 (6.54%) Internet
16 124 (6.34%) IPsec
17 121 (6.19%) Cisco ASA
18 119 (6.08%) EIGRP
19 104 (5.32%) Cisco IOS
20 97 (4.96%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 113 (5.78%) SQL Server
2 30 (1.53%) MySQL
3 29 (1.48%) SQL Server 2008
4 22 (1.12%) Relational Database
4 22 (1.12%) Oracle Database
5 17 (0.87%) PostgreSQL
6 14 (0.72%) SQL Server 2005
7 13 (0.66%) Oracle Database 11g
8 9 (0.46%) Cognos Impromptu
8 9 (0.46%) Crystal Reports
9 8 (0.41%) Oracle Exadata
9 8 (0.41%) Hadoop
9 8 (0.41%) DB2
10 6 (0.31%) Big Data
11 5 (0.26%) Data Warehouse
11 5 (0.26%) HBase
12 4 (0.20%) MarkLogic
12 4 (0.20%) MS Access
12 4 (0.20%) Informix
13 3 (0.15%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 24 (1.23%) Jenkins
2 20 (1.02%) Hudson
3 15 (0.77%) Git (software)
4 14 (0.72%) Subversion
4 14 (0.72%) JIRA
5 4 (0.20%) StarTeam
5 4 (0.20%) Selenium
5 4 (0.20%) FitNesse
5 4 (0.20%) JUnit
5 4 (0.20%) Oracle Forms
6 2 (0.10%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (0.10%) Visual Studio
7 1 (0.051%) LabVIEW
7 1 (0.051%) InstallShield
7 1 (0.051%) MSI
7 1 (0.051%) LoadRunner
7 1 (0.051%) Ant
7 1 (0.051%) Toad
7 1 (0.051%) Dreamweaver
7 1 (0.051%) WebLOAD
General
1 262 (13.39%) Finance
2 199 (10.17%) Telecoms
3 93 (4.75%) Banking
4 42 (2.15%) Investment Banking
5 36 (1.84%) Retail
5 36 (1.84%) Marketing
6 32 (1.64%) Local Government
7 30 (1.53%) Manufacturing
8 28 (1.43%) Advertising
9 26 (1.33%) Financial Institution
10 25 (1.28%) French Language
11 19 (0.97%) Back Office
11 19 (0.97%) Spanish Language
12 18 (0.92%) Legal
13 14 (0.72%) Billing
13 14 (0.72%) Mandarin Language
14 13 (0.66%) Electronics
15 12 (0.61%) Publishing
16 9 (0.46%) Pharmaceutical
16 9 (0.46%) Law
Job Titles
1 411 (21.01%) Network Engineer
2 245 (12.53%) Analyst
3 221 (11.30%) Architect
4 194 (9.92%) Project Manager
5 141 (7.21%) Support Engineer
6 101 (5.16%) Consultant
7 91 (4.65%) Support Analyst
8 89 (4.55%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 78 (3.99%) Network Support
10 72 (3.68%) Cisco Engineer
11 71 (3.63%) Infrastructure Manager
12 66 (3.37%) 2nd Line Support
13 65 (3.32%) Security Engineer
13 65 (3.32%) Senior Network Engineer
14 64 (3.27%) Administrator
15 57 (2.91%) 3rd Line Support
15 57 (2.91%) Infrastructure Architect
16 56 (2.86%) Network Analyst
16 56 (2.86%) Technical Architect
17 55 (2.81%) Network Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (2.25%) Middleware
2 28 (1.43%) Web Services
3 27 (1.38%) .NET
4 26 (1.33%) LAMP
5 15 (0.77%) XML
5 15 (0.77%) CSS
5 15 (0.77%) HTML
6 13 (0.66%) XMPP
7 11 (0.56%) Application Packaging
8 7 (0.36%) ODBC
9 6 (0.31%) JSP
10 4 (0.20%) Java EE
10 4 (0.20%) Oracle Fusion
10 4 (0.20%) FIX Protocol
10 4 (0.20%) JavaBeans
10 4 (0.20%) EJB
10 4 (0.20%) SAML
11 3 (0.15%) Rendezvous
11 3 (0.15%) XSLT
11 3 (0.15%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 86 (4.40%) Blackberry
2 51 (2.61%) Management Information System
3 48 (2.45%) Thin Client
3 48 (2.45%) Fat Client
4 47 (2.40%) Video Conferencing
5 44 (2.25%) Clustering
6 35 (1.79%) Open Source
7 24 (1.23%) Replication
8 22 (1.12%) PKI
8 22 (1.12%) Computer Science
9 20 (1.02%) PMI
9 20 (1.02%) NHS
10 19 (0.97%) Client/Server
11 17 (0.87%) Wiki
11 17 (0.87%) Enterprise Software
12 15 (0.77%) Mainframe
12 15 (0.77%) FMCG
12 15 (0.77%) Cryptography
13 13 (0.66%) Firmware
13 13 (0.66%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 784 (40.08%) Windows
2 306 (15.64%) Windows Server 2008
3 213 (10.89%) Windows Server 2003
4 200 (10.22%) Windows 7
5 195 (9.97%) Linux
6 132 (6.75%) UNIX
7 114 (5.83%) Windows XP
8 107 (5.47%) Windows Server 2012
9 56 (2.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 50 (2.56%) Solaris
11 42 (2.15%) Windows 8
12 34 (1.74%) AIX
13 26 (1.33%) Windows Vista
14 22 (1.12%) Ubuntu
14 22 (1.12%) Windows 2000 Server
15 21 (1.07%) CentOS
16 19 (0.97%) Debian
17 18 (0.92%) HPUX
18 10 (0.51%) Windows 2000
19 9 (0.46%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 360 (18.40%) ITIL
2 168 (8.59%) Project Management
3 167 (8.54%) Migration
4 133 (6.80%) PRINCE2
5 132 (6.75%) Disaster Recovery
6 127 (6.49%) Network Design
7 122 (6.24%) Service Management
8 119 (6.08%) Service Delivery
9 102 (5.21%) Load Balancing
10 81 (4.14%) Network Management
11 80 (4.09%) Change Management
12 73 (3.73%) Stakeholder Management
13 66 (3.37%) Change Control
14 65 (3.32%) Capacity Planning
15 60 (3.07%) Network Monitoring
16 59 (3.02%) Incident Management
17 58 (2.97%) Network Architecture
18 54 (2.76%) Risk Management
18 54 (2.76%) Problem Management
19 43 (2.20%) WAN Optimisation
Programming Languages
1 157 (8.03%) SQL
2 54 (2.76%) Java
3 42 (2.15%) Perl
4 35 (1.79%) C
5 32 (1.64%) PowerShell
6 29 (1.48%) Bash Shell
7 23 (1.18%) PHP
8 22 (1.12%) Ruby
8 22 (1.12%) Python
9 17 (0.87%) Shell Script
10 10 (0.51%) VBScript
11 9 (0.46%) Korn
12 6 (0.31%) VB
13 5 (0.26%) Tcl
13 5 (0.26%) Bourne shell
14 4 (0.20%) JavaScript
15 3 (0.15%) C++
16 2 (0.10%) R
16 2 (0.10%) C-shell
16 2 (0.10%) Progress 4GL
Qualifications
1 508 (25.97%) Cisco Certification
2 338 (17.28%) CCNP
3 265 (13.55%) CCNA
4 242 (12.37%) Security Cleared
5 189 (9.66%) SC Cleared
6 116 (5.93%) Microsoft Certification
7 93 (4.75%) CCIE
8 81 (4.14%) MCSE
9 80 (4.09%) Degree
10 52 (2.66%) CCDP
11 44 (2.25%) ITIL Certification
12 31 (1.58%) CCSA
12 31 (1.58%) MCP
13 30 (1.53%) CCSE
13 30 (1.53%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 28 (1.43%) PMI Certification
15 27 (1.38%) DV Cleared
16 26 (1.33%) CISSP
17 24 (1.23%) MCITP
18 23 (1.18%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 83 (4.24%) SLA
2 35 (1.79%) QA
3 17 (0.87%) PCI DSS
4 15 (0.77%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 14 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 12 (0.61%) JSP 440
7 3 (0.15%) ISO 9001
8 2 (0.10%) COBIT
8 2 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 1 (0.051%) GxP
System Software
1 449 (22.96%) Active Directory
2 245 (12.53%) VMware Infrastructure
3 117 (5.98%) Hyper-V
4 86 (4.40%) XenApp
5 79 (4.04%) vSphere
6 48 (2.45%) VMware ESXi
7 42 (2.15%) VMware ESX
8 29 (1.48%) Samba
9 27 (1.38%) XenDesktop
10 24 (1.23%) XenServer
11 23 (1.18%) Xen
12 22 (1.12%) NFS
13 21 (1.07%) Terminal Services
14 20 (1.02%) ProxySG
14 20 (1.02%) NLBS
15 19 (0.97%) Oracle RAC
16 17 (0.87%) Snort
17 15 (0.77%) Microsoft App-V
17 15 (0.77%) Postfix
17 15 (0.77%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 79 (4.04%) SCCM
2 49 (2.51%) Cisco CUCM
3 44 (2.25%) SCOM
4 31 (1.58%) WSUS
5 26 (1.33%) Backup Exec
6 23 (1.18%) Puppet
7 21 (1.07%) McAfee ePO
8 17 (0.87%) ZABBIX
9 15 (0.77%) ARCserve
10 14 (0.72%) FortiGate
10 14 (0.72%) Norton AntiVirus
11 13 (0.66%) OPNET
11 13 (0.66%) WhatsUp Gold
11 13 (0.66%) Cisco Prime
12 11 (0.56%) OpenView
13 10 (0.51%) NetBackup
14 9 (0.46%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
14 9 (0.46%) CiscoWorks
15 8 (0.41%) SolarWinds Orion
16 7 (0.36%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 894 (45.71%) Cisco
2 451 (23.06%) Microsoft
3 393 (20.09%) VMware
4 290 (14.83%) Citrix
5 259 (13.24%) CheckPoint
6 218 (11.15%) Juniper
7 213 (10.89%) HP
8 154 (7.87%) F5
9 121 (6.19%) Oracle
10 91 (4.65%) Blue Coat
11 87 (4.45%) Avaya
12 77 (3.94%) Red Hat
13 73 (3.73%) SolarWinds
14 67 (3.43%) IBM
14 67 (3.43%) McAfee
15 66 (3.37%) NetApp
16 50 (2.56%) Riverbed
17 48 (2.45%) EMC
18 45 (2.30%) BT
18 45 (2.30%) Lotus
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