The first table below looks at the demand 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 30 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Communications & Networking category.

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
30 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Wide Area Network (WAN)
Rank 110 106 101
Rank change year-on-year
-4 -5
Contract jobs citing WAN 1002 953 1068
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.83% 1.86% 1.85%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 13.21% 13.65% 11.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 605 501 489
Average daily rate
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£350 £325 £334
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -2.62%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £186 £175 £168
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £350
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -14.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 71 80 115
Average hourly rate £17.50 £20.38 £20.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-14.11% -0.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £13.98 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £35.10 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year
-12.50% -6.97%
Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7584 6983 8989
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.88% 13.66% 15.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 4044 3623 3970
Average daily rate £360 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £490 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.07% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 408 461 694
Average hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £13.50 £12.71
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £25.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-21.56% +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 30 July 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 30 July 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 30 July 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 -4 927 £350 +7.69% 306
London +33 396 £398 +6.00% 119
South East -30 175 £330 -5.71% 56
City of London +3 99 £375 -6.25% 49
South West +16 81 £325 -8.45% 25
West Midlands -3 68 £350 +30.23% 22
East of England -15 64 £278 +8.82% 28
Berkshire -9 55 £375 +36.36% 21
North West +2 44 £400 +45.45% 14
East Midlands +9 38 £350 +29.62% 16
Scotland -8 38 £289 -13.74% 12
Bristol +8 35 £416 +17.11% 5
Hampshire -16 35 £346 -18.53% 8
Yorkshire -11 33 £300 +20.00% 28
Birmingham +6 28 £350 +118.75% 7
Reading +4 28 £438 +143.05% 8
Cambridgeshire +2 25 £240 +11.62% 12
North East +6 24 £350 +12.00% 2
Tyne and Wear +4 24 £350 - 1
West Yorkshire -14 23 £275 +10.00% 21
Manchester +7 20 £380 +38.18% 9
Oxfordshire -3 20 £325 - 4
West Sussex -7 16 £275 -29.48% 4
Cheshire -12 15 £500 +73.91% 5
Glasgow - 15 £410 - 2
Shropshire -3 14 £350 +11.11% 1
Cambridge -4 14 £295 +28.26% 10
Surrey -5 14 £320 -8.57% 9
Buckinghamshire -12 13 £288 -25.80% 2
Gloucestershire - 13 £306 - 6

WAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 July 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 1584 (82.12%) LAN
2 866 (44.89%) Cisco
3 781 (40.49%) Windows
4 696 (36.08%) Firewall
5 487 (25.25%) Cisco Certification
6 459 (23.79%) Active Directory
7 442 (22.91%) Microsoft
8 402 (20.84%) TCP/IP
9 395 (20.48%) VMware
10 365 (18.92%) ITIL
11 349 (18.09%) VPN
12 317 (16.43%) CCNP
13 315 (16.33%) Windows Server 2008
14 300 (15.55%) Citrix
15 293 (15.19%) MPLS
16 275 (14.26%) DNS
17 268 (13.89%) SAN
18 253 (13.12%) Finance
19 251 (13.01%) CCNA
20 244 (12.65%) CheckPoint
21 242 (12.55%) VoIP
22 240 (12.44%) VMware Infrastructure
23 237 (12.29%) Security Cleared
23 237 (12.29%) MS Exchange
24 235 (12.18%) Wireless
25 223 (11.56%) Telecoms
26 220 (11.40%) Windows Server 2003
27 208 (10.78%) HP
28 204 (10.58%) BGP
29 203 (10.52%) Juniper

WAN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 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
1 237 (12.29%) MS Exchange
2 113 (5.86%) Exchange Server 2010
3 93 (4.82%) SharePoint
4 69 (3.58%) Exchange Server 2003
5 67 (3.47%) Exchange Server 2007
6 61 (3.16%) IIS
7 52 (2.70%) Lync
8 45 (2.33%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 41 (2.13%) IBM Notes
10 39 (2.02%) Apache
11 29 (1.50%) Exchange Server 2013
12 28 (1.45%) SharePoint 2010
13 25 (1.30%) WebSphere
14 18 (0.93%) WebLogic
15 17 (0.88%) nginx
16 15 (0.78%) Tomcat
17 13 (0.67%) MediaWiki
17 13 (0.67%) Confluence
18 9 (0.47%) CMS
19 8 (0.41%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 201 (10.42%) MS Excel
2 198 (10.26%) MS Office
3 40 (2.07%) MS Visio
4 34 (1.76%) MS Project
5 22 (1.14%) MS PowerPoint
6 6 (0.31%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.21%) AutoCAD
8 3 (0.16%) Acrobat
9 2 (0.10%) InfoPath
10 1 (0.052%) Fireworks
10 1 (0.052%) SPSS
10 1 (0.052%) Photoshop
10 1 (0.052%) Pro/ENGINEER
Business Applications
1 13 (0.67%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (0.47%) Oracle EBS
3 8 (0.41%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 8 (0.41%) RMDS
4 6 (0.31%) Remedy ITSM
5 3 (0.16%) assyst
6 2 (0.10%) Maximo
7 1 (0.052%) Oracle Applications
7 1 (0.052%) Line 500
7 1 (0.052%) SAP ERP
7 1 (0.052%) SAP CCM
Cloud Services
1 23 (1.19%) Office 365
2 13 (0.67%) Amazon AWS
3 9 (0.47%) Microsoft Azure
4 7 (0.36%) SaaS
5 6 (0.31%) IaaS
5 6 (0.31%) Cloud Computing
6 5 (0.26%) PaaS
7 3 (0.16%) IBM SmartCloud
8 2 (0.10%) Google Apps
8 2 (0.10%) Rackspace Cloud
8 2 (0.10%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 1584 (82.12%) LAN
2 696 (36.08%) Firewall
3 402 (20.84%) TCP/IP
4 349 (18.09%) VPN
5 293 (15.19%) MPLS
6 275 (14.26%) DNS
7 268 (13.89%) SAN
8 242 (12.55%) VoIP
9 235 (12.18%) Wireless
10 204 (10.58%) BGP
11 203 (10.52%) Network Security
12 185 (9.59%) OSPF
13 179 (9.28%) DHCP
14 141 (7.31%) VLAN
15 129 (6.69%) Internet
16 128 (6.64%) IPsec
17 119 (6.17%) EIGRP
18 114 (5.91%) Cisco ASA
19 97 (5.03%) Cisco IOS
20 89 (4.61%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 114 (5.91%) SQL Server
2 27 (1.40%) SQL Server 2008
3 23 (1.19%) MySQL
4 19 (0.98%) Relational Database
4 19 (0.98%) Oracle Database
5 16 (0.83%) PostgreSQL
6 15 (0.78%) SQL Server 2005
7 13 (0.67%) Oracle Database 11g
8 12 (0.62%) Cognos Impromptu
8 12 (0.62%) Crystal Reports
9 7 (0.36%) Hadoop
10 5 (0.26%) Oracle Reports
10 5 (0.26%) QlikView
10 5 (0.26%) Oracle Exadata
11 4 (0.21%) Big Data
11 4 (0.21%) HBase
11 4 (0.21%) MS Access
12 3 (0.16%) Data Warehouse
12 3 (0.16%) DB2
13 2 (0.10%) MarkLogic
Development Applications
1 23 (1.19%) Jenkins
2 16 (0.83%) Hudson
3 14 (0.73%) Git (software)
3 14 (0.73%) JIRA
4 13 (0.67%) Subversion
5 7 (0.36%) JUnit
5 7 (0.36%) Selenium
5 7 (0.36%) FitNesse
6 4 (0.21%) StarTeam
7 2 (0.10%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (0.10%) Visual Studio
8 1 (0.052%) LoadRunner
8 1 (0.052%) ClearQuest
8 1 (0.052%) Toad
8 1 (0.052%) Dreamweaver
8 1 (0.052%) Oracle Forms
8 1 (0.052%) Ant
8 1 (0.052%) InstallShield
8 1 (0.052%) MSI
8 1 (0.052%) LabVIEW
General
1 253 (13.12%) Finance
2 223 (11.56%) Telecoms
3 97 (5.03%) Banking
4 41 (2.13%) Investment Banking
5 37 (1.92%) Retail
6 36 (1.87%) Marketing
7 33 (1.71%) Financial Institution
8 29 (1.50%) Advertising
8 29 (1.50%) Local Government
8 29 (1.50%) French Language
9 25 (1.30%) Back Office
10 21 (1.09%) Manufacturing
11 17 (0.88%) Mandarin Language
11 17 (0.88%) Spanish Language
12 16 (0.83%) Legal
13 13 (0.67%) Billing
14 11 (0.57%) Publishing
15 10 (0.52%) Law
16 9 (0.47%) Electronics
17 7 (0.36%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 391 (20.27%) Network Engineer
2 245 (12.70%) Analyst
3 213 (11.04%) Architect
4 195 (10.11%) Project Manager
5 136 (7.05%) Support Engineer
6 121 (6.27%) Consultant
7 91 (4.72%) Support Analyst
8 88 (4.56%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 74 (3.84%) Network Support
10 73 (3.78%) Infrastructure Manager
11 66 (3.42%) Cisco Engineer
12 60 (3.11%) 2nd Line Support
13 59 (3.06%) Administrator
13 59 (3.06%) Security Engineer
14 57 (2.95%) Infrastructure Architect
15 56 (2.90%) Senior Network Engineer
16 53 (2.75%) 3rd Line Support
17 52 (2.70%) Network Architect
18 51 (2.64%) Network Analyst
19 50 (2.59%) Infrastructure Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (2.13%) Middleware
2 28 (1.45%) .NET
3 24 (1.24%) Web Services
4 20 (1.04%) LAMP
5 17 (0.88%) XML
5 17 (0.88%) HTML
6 16 (0.83%) CSS
7 15 (0.78%) XMPP
8 11 (0.57%) Application Packaging
9 6 (0.31%) Oracle Fusion
10 4 (0.21%) FIX Protocol
10 4 (0.21%) XSLT
10 4 (0.21%) EDI
10 4 (0.21%) Rendezvous
10 4 (0.21%) SAML
11 3 (0.16%) ASP.NET
12 2 (0.10%) JSF
12 2 (0.10%) JSP
12 2 (0.10%) ODBC
12 2 (0.10%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 76 (3.94%) Blackberry
2 60 (3.11%) Fat Client
2 60 (3.11%) Thin Client
3 59 (3.06%) Video Conferencing
4 56 (2.90%) Clustering
5 43 (2.23%) Management Information System
6 30 (1.56%) Open Source
7 23 (1.19%) Client/Server
8 22 (1.14%) NHS
9 21 (1.09%) Replication
10 20 (1.04%) PMI
11 19 (0.98%) Computer Science
12 18 (0.93%) PKI
12 18 (0.93%) Wiki
13 16 (0.83%) Mainframe
14 15 (0.78%) Enterprise Software
15 14 (0.73%) iPad
15 14 (0.73%) EqualLogic
15 14 (0.73%) Cryptography
16 13 (0.67%) Firmware
Operating Systems
1 781 (40.49%) Windows
2 315 (16.33%) Windows Server 2008
3 220 (11.40%) Windows Server 2003
4 187 (9.69%) Windows 7
5 179 (9.28%) Linux
6 136 (7.05%) UNIX
7 128 (6.64%) Windows XP
8 100 (5.18%) Windows Server 2012
9 52 (2.70%) Solaris
10 51 (2.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 37 (1.92%) Windows 8
12 27 (1.40%) AIX
13 25 (1.30%) Windows Vista
14 20 (1.04%) Windows 2000 Server
15 17 (0.88%) Debian
15 17 (0.88%) Ubuntu
16 16 (0.83%) CentOS
17 14 (0.73%) HPUX
18 11 (0.57%) Windows 2000
19 9 (0.47%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 365 (18.92%) ITIL
2 164 (8.50%) Project Management
3 159 (8.24%) Migration
4 145 (7.52%) PRINCE2
5 129 (6.69%) Disaster Recovery
6 124 (6.43%) Service Management
7 123 (6.38%) Network Design
8 118 (6.12%) Service Delivery
9 96 (4.98%) Load Balancing
10 90 (4.67%) Change Management
11 79 (4.10%) Network Management
12 75 (3.89%) Change Control
13 70 (3.63%) Stakeholder Management
14 64 (3.32%) Network Monitoring
15 61 (3.16%) Capacity Planning
16 58 (3.01%) Incident Management
16 58 (3.01%) Problem Management
17 57 (2.95%) Risk Management
18 54 (2.80%) Network Architecture
19 39 (2.02%) WAN Optimisation
Programming Languages
1 164 (8.50%) SQL
2 51 (2.64%) Java
3 41 (2.13%) Perl
4 38 (1.97%) PowerShell
5 34 (1.76%) C
6 24 (1.24%) Bash Shell
6 24 (1.24%) Python
7 19 (0.98%) PHP
8 18 (0.93%) Ruby
9 16 (0.83%) Shell Script
10 9 (0.47%) Tcl
10 9 (0.47%) VB
11 8 (0.41%) Korn
11 8 (0.41%) VBScript
12 5 (0.26%) JavaScript
13 4 (0.21%) Bourne shell
14 2 (0.10%) R
14 2 (0.10%) C-shell
14 2 (0.10%) C#
14 2 (0.10%) C++
Qualifications
1 487 (25.25%) Cisco Certification
2 317 (16.43%) CCNP
3 251 (13.01%) CCNA
4 237 (12.29%) Security Cleared
5 192 (9.95%) SC Cleared
6 129 (6.69%) Microsoft Certification
7 93 (4.82%) CCIE
8 91 (4.72%) MCSE
9 90 (4.67%) Degree
10 47 (2.44%) CCDP
11 43 (2.23%) ITIL Certification
12 33 (1.71%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 29 (1.50%) MCP
13 29 (1.50%) MCITP
13 29 (1.50%) JNCIS
14 27 (1.40%) CISSP
15 26 (1.35%) PMI Certification
16 25 (1.30%) CCSA
17 22 (1.14%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 21 (1.09%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 83 (4.30%) SLA
2 34 (1.76%) QA
3 15 (0.78%) PCI DSS
4 14 (0.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 13 (0.67%) JSP 440
6 12 (0.62%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 4 (0.21%) COBIT
7 4 (0.21%) ISO 9001
8 2 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 1 (0.052%) GxP
System Software
1 459 (23.79%) Active Directory
2 240 (12.44%) VMware Infrastructure
3 117 (6.07%) Hyper-V
4 85 (4.41%) XenApp
5 71 (3.68%) vSphere
6 49 (2.54%) VMware ESXi
7 44 (2.28%) VMware ESX
8 31 (1.61%) XenDesktop
9 26 (1.35%) NFS
10 25 (1.30%) Samba
11 23 (1.19%) Terminal Services
11 23 (1.19%) Xen
12 21 (1.09%) XenServer
13 20 (1.04%) Oracle RAC
14 18 (0.93%) NLBS
15 16 (0.83%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 16 (0.83%) Microsoft App-V
16 14 (0.73%) KVM
16 14 (0.73%) Postfix
16 14 (0.73%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 79 (4.10%) SCCM
2 52 (2.70%) Cisco CUCM
3 43 (2.23%) SCOM
4 29 (1.50%) WSUS
5 23 (1.19%) Backup Exec
6 21 (1.09%) McAfee ePO
7 18 (0.93%) Puppet
7 18 (0.93%) ARCserve
8 16 (0.83%) ZABBIX
9 14 (0.73%) OPNET
9 14 (0.73%) Norton AntiVirus
10 13 (0.67%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 13 (0.67%) FortiGate
11 12 (0.62%) WhatsUp Gold
12 11 (0.57%) Cisco Prime
13 10 (0.52%) NetBackup
13 10 (0.52%) OpenView
14 9 (0.47%) CiscoWorks
14 9 (0.47%) Cisco UCCX
15 8 (0.41%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 866 (44.89%) Cisco
2 442 (22.91%) Microsoft
3 395 (20.48%) VMware
4 300 (15.55%) Citrix
5 244 (12.65%) CheckPoint
6 208 (10.78%) HP
7 203 (10.52%) Juniper
8 143 (7.41%) F5
9 119 (6.17%) Oracle
10 94 (4.87%) Avaya
11 83 (4.30%) Blue Coat
12 76 (3.94%) SolarWinds
12 76 (3.94%) McAfee
13 71 (3.68%) Red Hat
14 67 (3.47%) IBM
15 64 (3.32%) NetApp
16 49 (2.54%) Riverbed
17 48 (2.49%) BT
18 47 (2.44%) EMC
19 42 (2.18%) Symantec
Bristol, Avon
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Rate: From £350 to £450 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
City, London
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Rate: £150 Per Day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: Market Rate Value
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
I.T. Skillfinder
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Nationwide People Ltd
Rate: £275 - £300 Per Day per day (Ltd Co. basis)
Posted: Yesterday
Warwickshire
LA International
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Newbury, Berkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £400.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Basingstoke, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Ipswich, Suffolk
LEXSTRA
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Gloucestershire
TEKsystems
Rate: £280 - £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
TEKsystems
Rate: £250 - £270 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Venturi
Rate: £250 - £300 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
London
TEKsystems
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