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 2 September 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
2 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Wide Area Network (WAN)
Rank 96 98 114
Rank change year-on-year
+2 +16
Contract jobs citing WAN 1109 1068 1030
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.96% 2.00% 1.78%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 13.54% 14.85% 11.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 682 601 494
Average daily rate
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£350 £350 £326
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.07% +7.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £181 £169
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £311 £350
% change year-on-year
+8.43% -11.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 72 76 115
Average hourly rate £19.00 £20.75 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.43% +3.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £13.63 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £36.00 £33.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.50 £20.05
% change year-on-year
-11.62% +7.25%

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
8189 7193 8881
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.50% 13.46% 15.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 4449 3894 4022
Average daily rate £360 £355 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.40% +1.42%
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 £328
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -0.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 450 416 690
Average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £22.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £38.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.00 £23.21 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-0.90% -7.16%

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 2 September 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 2 September 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 2 September 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 +3 1039 £365 +4.28% 355
London +8 428 £400 +3.22% 123
South East -14 203 £347 -1.28% 80
City of London +14 104 £358 -13.27% 35
West Midlands +3 85 £375 +22.95% 24
South West +7 79 £300 -7.69% 31
East of England +2 79 £300 +13.20% 34
North West -20 60 £338 +13.44% 34
Berkshire -5 59 £409 +22.01% 15
Hampshire -5 47 £325 -23.52% 20
East Midlands +14 42 £376 +36.81% 8
Cambridgeshire +17 35 £280 +34.93% 11
Yorkshire -5 35 £275 - 17
Reading +17 34 £425 +102.38% 3
Scotland -12 34 £286 -15.74% 14
Manchester +13 28 £329 +26.44% 19
Oxfordshire +8 27 £338 -6.89% 9
Birmingham +6 27 £363 +20.83% 8
Gloucestershire +2 24 £263 - 2
Bristol -4 24 £422 +22.31% 8
West Yorkshire -8 23 £218 -25.00% 13
Cambridge +3 18 £295 +57.33% 6
Shropshire -1 18 £330 +6.45% 2
North East -7 18 £400 +52.38% 5
Tyne and Wear -9 18 £400 +14.28% 3
Warwickshire +1 17 £410 +32.93% 2
Cheshire -20 17 £488 +25.00% 11
Bedfordshire -5 16 £300 +3.44% 7
Buckinghamshire -6 16 £280 -26.55% 3
Surrey -15 16 £355 +5.18% 21

WAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 September 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 1613 (81.92%) LAN
2 899 (45.66%) Cisco
3 790 (40.12%) Windows
4 738 (37.48%) Firewall
5 518 (26.31%) Cisco Certification
6 459 (23.31%) Microsoft
7 447 (22.70%) Active Directory
8 392 (19.91%) VMware
9 382 (19.40%) TCP/IP
10 363 (18.44%) VPN
11 361 (18.33%) ITIL
12 348 (17.67%) CCNP
13 298 (15.13%) Citrix
14 297 (15.08%) Windows Server 2008
15 284 (14.42%) MPLS
16 275 (13.97%) CCNA
17 271 (13.76%) CheckPoint
18 267 (13.56%) DNS
19 266 (13.51%) Finance
20 263 (13.36%) SAN
21 244 (12.39%) MS Exchange
22 243 (12.34%) VoIP
23 242 (12.29%) Security Cleared
24 239 (12.14%) VMware Infrastructure
25 228 (11.58%) Network Security
26 224 (11.38%) Juniper
27 218 (11.07%) Wireless
28 211 (10.72%) BGP
29 209 (10.61%) Windows Server 2003
30 208 (10.56%) MS Excel

WAN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 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
1 244 (12.39%) MS Exchange
2 112 (5.69%) Exchange Server 2010
3 90 (4.57%) SharePoint
4 64 (3.25%) Exchange Server 2003
5 62 (3.15%) Exchange Server 2007
6 53 (2.69%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 52 (2.64%) IIS
8 51 (2.59%) Lync
9 47 (2.39%) Apache
10 44 (2.23%) IBM Notes
11 32 (1.63%) SharePoint 2010
12 28 (1.42%) Exchange Server 2013
13 22 (1.12%) WebSphere
14 18 (0.91%) nginx
14 18 (0.91%) WebLogic
15 15 (0.76%) Tomcat
16 14 (0.71%) Confluence
16 14 (0.71%) MediaWiki
17 12 (0.61%) SharePoint 2013
18 9 (0.46%) CMS
Applications
1 208 (10.56%) MS Excel
2 194 (9.85%) MS Office
3 47 (2.39%) MS Visio
4 35 (1.78%) MS Project
5 20 (1.02%) MS PowerPoint
6 8 (0.41%) Spreadsheet
6 8 (0.41%) AutoCAD
7 2 (0.10%) Photoshop
7 2 (0.10%) InfoPath
8 1 (0.051%) Adobe Illustrator
8 1 (0.051%) Pro/ENGINEER
8 1 (0.051%) SPSS
8 1 (0.051%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.051%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 12 (0.61%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 12 (0.61%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.41%) Oracle EBS
3 4 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
4 3 (0.15%) RMDS
5 2 (0.10%) Agresso
5 2 (0.10%) assyst
6 1 (0.051%) Cognos Planning
6 1 (0.051%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.051%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 25 (1.27%) Office 365
2 17 (0.86%) Amazon AWS
3 16 (0.81%) Microsoft Azure
4 8 (0.41%) SaaS
5 6 (0.30%) IaaS
5 6 (0.30%) IBM SmartCloud
6 5 (0.25%) PaaS
6 5 (0.25%) Google Apps
7 4 (0.20%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.10%) Amazon EC2
8 2 (0.10%) Rackspace Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 1613 (81.92%) LAN
2 738 (37.48%) Firewall
3 382 (19.40%) TCP/IP
4 363 (18.44%) VPN
5 284 (14.42%) MPLS
6 267 (13.56%) DNS
7 263 (13.36%) SAN
8 243 (12.34%) VoIP
9 228 (11.58%) Network Security
10 218 (11.07%) Wireless
11 211 (10.72%) BGP
12 191 (9.70%) OSPF
13 174 (8.84%) DHCP
14 146 (7.41%) VLAN
15 127 (6.45%) Internet
16 124 (6.30%) IPsec
16 124 (6.30%) Cisco ASA
17 117 (5.94%) EIGRP
18 107 (5.43%) Cisco IOS
19 101 (5.13%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 111 (5.64%) SQL Server
2 31 (1.57%) MySQL
3 29 (1.47%) SQL Server 2008
4 23 (1.17%) Oracle Database
4 23 (1.17%) Relational Database
5 17 (0.86%) PostgreSQL
6 13 (0.66%) SQL Server 2005
6 13 (0.66%) Oracle Database 11g
7 10 (0.51%) Oracle Exadata
8 9 (0.46%) Hadoop
8 9 (0.46%) DB2
9 7 (0.36%) Big Data
10 6 (0.30%) HBase
10 6 (0.30%) MarkLogic
10 6 (0.30%) Crystal Reports
10 6 (0.30%) Cognos Impromptu
10 6 (0.30%) Data Warehouse
11 5 (0.25%) MS Access
12 4 (0.20%) RDBMS
12 4 (0.20%) Informix
Development Applications
1 26 (1.32%) Jenkins
2 22 (1.12%) Hudson
3 15 (0.76%) Git (software)
4 14 (0.71%) JIRA
4 14 (0.71%) Subversion
5 4 (0.20%) JUnit
5 4 (0.20%) Oracle Forms
5 4 (0.20%) Selenium
5 4 (0.20%) StarTeam
5 4 (0.20%) FitNesse
6 2 (0.10%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (0.10%) Visual Studio
7 1 (0.051%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 1 (0.051%) AppScan
7 1 (0.051%) FrontPage
7 1 (0.051%) Toad
7 1 (0.051%) Dreamweaver
7 1 (0.051%) MSI
7 1 (0.051%) InstallShield
7 1 (0.051%) LabVIEW
General
1 266 (13.51%) Finance
2 187 (9.50%) Telecoms
3 95 (4.82%) Banking
4 45 (2.29%) Investment Banking
5 37 (1.88%) Local Government
5 37 (1.88%) Marketing
6 36 (1.83%) Retail
7 31 (1.57%) Manufacturing
8 29 (1.47%) Financial Institution
9 27 (1.37%) Advertising
10 24 (1.22%) French Language
11 19 (0.96%) Spanish Language
12 18 (0.91%) Back Office
13 17 (0.86%) Legal
14 14 (0.71%) Electronics
14 14 (0.71%) Mandarin Language
14 14 (0.71%) Billing
15 11 (0.56%) Law
15 11 (0.56%) Publishing
16 9 (0.46%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 423 (21.48%) Network Engineer
2 250 (12.70%) Analyst
3 220 (11.17%) Architect
4 187 (9.50%) Project Manager
5 143 (7.26%) Support Engineer
6 99 (5.03%) Consultant
7 96 (4.88%) Support Analyst
8 88 (4.47%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 80 (4.06%) Network Support
10 74 (3.76%) Senior Network Engineer
10 74 (3.76%) Cisco Engineer
11 73 (3.71%) Infrastructure Manager
12 67 (3.40%) 2nd Line Support
13 66 (3.35%) Security Engineer
14 63 (3.20%) Administrator
15 60 (3.05%) 3rd Line Support
16 58 (2.95%) Network Analyst
17 55 (2.79%) Network Security Engineer
17 55 (2.79%) Technical Architect
17 55 (2.79%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (2.18%) Middleware
2 29 (1.47%) LAMP
3 28 (1.42%) Web Services
4 21 (1.07%) .NET
5 15 (0.76%) CSS
6 13 (0.66%) XMPP
7 11 (0.56%) Application Packaging
8 10 (0.51%) XML
8 10 (0.51%) HTML
9 7 (0.36%) ODBC
10 6 (0.30%) JSP
11 5 (0.25%) Oracle Fusion
12 4 (0.20%) EJB
12 4 (0.20%) Java EE
12 4 (0.20%) FIX Protocol
12 4 (0.20%) JavaBeans
12 4 (0.20%) SAML
13 3 (0.15%) Rendezvous
13 3 (0.15%) XSLT
13 3 (0.15%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 86 (4.37%) Blackberry
2 52 (2.64%) Management Information System
3 47 (2.39%) Video Conferencing
4 46 (2.34%) Clustering
5 45 (2.29%) Thin Client
5 45 (2.29%) Fat Client
6 36 (1.83%) Open Source
7 23 (1.17%) NHS
8 22 (1.12%) Replication
8 22 (1.12%) PKI
8 22 (1.12%) Computer Science
9 20 (1.02%) PMI
10 18 (0.91%) Client/Server
11 17 (0.86%) Wiki
11 17 (0.86%) Enterprise Software
12 15 (0.76%) FMCG
12 15 (0.76%) Cryptography
13 14 (0.71%) Mainframe
14 13 (0.66%) iPad
15 12 (0.61%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 790 (40.12%) Windows
2 297 (15.08%) Windows Server 2008
3 209 (10.61%) Windows Server 2003
4 202 (10.26%) Windows 7
5 200 (10.16%) Linux
6 127 (6.45%) UNIX
7 111 (5.64%) Windows Server 2012
8 109 (5.54%) Windows XP
9 52 (2.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 50 (2.54%) Solaris
11 46 (2.34%) Windows 8
12 33 (1.68%) AIX
13 26 (1.32%) Windows Vista
14 25 (1.27%) Ubuntu
15 24 (1.22%) CentOS
16 22 (1.12%) Windows 2000 Server
17 20 (1.02%) Debian
18 18 (0.91%) HPUX
19 11 (0.56%) Windows 2000
20 10 (0.51%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 361 (18.33%) ITIL
2 174 (8.84%) Migration
3 160 (8.13%) Project Management
4 137 (6.96%) Network Design
5 127 (6.45%) PRINCE2
6 125 (6.35%) Disaster Recovery
7 121 (6.15%) Service Management
8 113 (5.74%) Service Delivery
9 108 (5.49%) Load Balancing
10 80 (4.06%) Network Management
11 79 (4.01%) Change Management
12 74 (3.76%) Stakeholder Management
13 65 (3.30%) Change Control
14 64 (3.25%) Network Architecture
14 64 (3.25%) Capacity Planning
15 63 (3.20%) Network Monitoring
16 56 (2.84%) Incident Management
17 49 (2.49%) Risk Management
17 49 (2.49%) Problem Management
18 47 (2.39%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 151 (7.67%) SQL
2 54 (2.74%) Java
3 43 (2.18%) Perl
4 35 (1.78%) C
5 33 (1.68%) PowerShell
6 31 (1.57%) Bash Shell
7 25 (1.27%) PHP
8 24 (1.22%) Ruby
9 22 (1.12%) Python
10 17 (0.86%) Shell Script
11 10 (0.51%) VBScript
12 9 (0.46%) Korn
13 6 (0.30%) VB
14 5 (0.25%) Bourne shell
15 4 (0.20%) JavaScript
15 4 (0.20%) Tcl
16 3 (0.15%) C++
17 2 (0.10%) Progress 4GL
17 2 (0.10%) C#
17 2 (0.10%) VBA
Qualifications
1 518 (26.31%) Cisco Certification
2 348 (17.67%) CCNP
3 275 (13.97%) CCNA
4 242 (12.29%) Security Cleared
5 190 (9.65%) SC Cleared
6 119 (6.04%) Microsoft Certification
7 97 (4.93%) CCIE
8 81 (4.11%) MCSE
9 77 (3.91%) Degree
10 57 (2.89%) CCDP
11 42 (2.13%) ITIL Certification
12 36 (1.83%) CCSA
13 34 (1.73%) CCSE
14 33 (1.68%) MCP
15 28 (1.42%) CISSP
15 28 (1.42%) PMI Certification
15 28 (1.42%) JNCIS
15 28 (1.42%) DV Cleared
16 25 (1.27%) MCITP
16 25 (1.27%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 83 (4.22%) SLA
2 35 (1.78%) QA
3 18 (0.91%) PCI DSS
4 15 (0.76%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 14 (0.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 12 (0.61%) JSP 440
7 2 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 2 (0.10%) ISO 9001
7 2 (0.10%) COBIT
8 1 (0.051%) GxP
System Software
1 447 (22.70%) Active Directory
2 239 (12.14%) VMware Infrastructure
3 113 (5.74%) Hyper-V
4 88 (4.47%) XenApp
5 76 (3.86%) vSphere
6 50 (2.54%) VMware ESXi
7 39 (1.98%) VMware ESX
8 31 (1.57%) Samba
9 29 (1.47%) XenDesktop
10 27 (1.37%) XenServer
11 24 (1.22%) NFS
12 23 (1.17%) ProxySG
12 23 (1.17%) Xen
13 20 (1.02%) Oracle RAC
14 19 (0.96%) NLBS
15 18 (0.91%) Terminal Services
16 17 (0.86%) Snort
17 16 (0.81%) Citrix Presentation Server
17 16 (0.81%) Microsoft App-V
18 15 (0.76%) Postfix
Systems Management
1 80 (4.06%) SCCM
2 50 (2.54%) Cisco CUCM
3 45 (2.29%) SCOM
4 30 (1.52%) WSUS
5 28 (1.42%) Backup Exec
6 25 (1.27%) Puppet
7 22 (1.12%) McAfee ePO
8 17 (0.86%) ZABBIX
9 16 (0.81%) Norton AntiVirus
10 14 (0.71%) OPNET
10 14 (0.71%) WhatsUp Gold
10 14 (0.71%) FortiGate
11 13 (0.66%) Cisco Prime
12 12 (0.61%) ARCserve
13 11 (0.56%) OpenView
14 9 (0.46%) CiscoWorks
14 9 (0.46%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
14 9 (0.46%) SolarWinds Orion
14 9 (0.46%) Opscode Chef
15 8 (0.41%) Salt
Vendors
1 899 (45.66%) Cisco
2 459 (23.31%) Microsoft
3 392 (19.91%) VMware
4 298 (15.13%) Citrix
5 271 (13.76%) CheckPoint
6 224 (11.38%) Juniper
7 206 (10.46%) HP
8 165 (8.38%) F5
9 119 (6.04%) Oracle
10 93 (4.72%) Blue Coat
11 81 (4.11%) Avaya
12 78 (3.96%) Red Hat
13 77 (3.91%) SolarWinds
14 68 (3.45%) McAfee
15 63 (3.20%) IBM
16 62 (3.15%) NetApp
17 55 (2.79%) Riverbed
18 46 (2.34%) BT
19 45 (2.29%) EMC
20 44 (2.23%) Symantec
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Senitor Associates
Rate: £17 - £23 per hour
Posted: 10 hours ago
West Midlands
Experis Ltd
Rate: £375 - £450 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Darlington, County Durham
Northern Recruitment Group
Rate: From £45,000 to £45,000 per annum Fixed Term Contract
Posted: 12 hours ago
Northampton, Northamptonshire
Arrows Group
Rate: £300 - £375 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
City, London
Senitor Associates
Rate: £280 - £350 per day
Posted: 18 hours ago
City, London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £270.00 - £297.00 per day
Posted: 18 hours ago
Telford, Shropshire
Circle Recruitment
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 19 hours ago
London
Information Technology Services
Rate: £300 - 400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
West London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £500 - £590 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Hampshire
Intapeople
Rate: £300 to £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300 - £360 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Plymouth, Devon
Hays London City Projects
Rate: £300.00 - £360.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £270 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Altrincham, Cheshire
Applause IT Innovation
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Plymouth, Devon
SmartSourcing plc
Posted: 2 days ago
London
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
Wiltshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £180 - £200 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Plymouth, Devon
Nationwide People Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
Plymouth, Devon
Swan It Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago