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 January 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
29 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Wide Area Network (WAN)
Rank 91 113 109
Rank change year-on-year
+22 -4
Contract jobs citing WAN 1050 873 846
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 2.10% 1.79% 1.86%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.35% 13.54% 11.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 612 478 426
Average daily rate
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£350 £375 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% +13.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £225 £179
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £550 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £350 £314
% change year-on-year
-3.57% +11.55%
Number of hourly rates quoted 82 63 116
Average hourly rate £19.50 £18.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.40% -2.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £10.56 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £59.10 £44.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.00 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -

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
7319 6447 7117
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.61% 13.20% 15.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 4100 3421 3411
Average daily rate £375 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £225 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 399 378 636
Average hourly rate £23.75 £18.60 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+27.68% -17.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -11.11%

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 January 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 29 January 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 29 January 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 +17 978 £350 -7.89% 401
London +23 347 £375 -6.25% 135
South East +13 266 £353 -9.03% 87
South West +18 91 £325 -13.90% 42
Yorkshire +22 78 £294 -2.08% 30
City of London -6 73 £389 -2.81% 45
Berkshire +11 72 £363 +3.57% 14
West Midlands -4 52 £325 -2.91% 20
North West -20 51 £300 -34.06% 36
Hampshire -30 48 £293 -30.14% 23
Surrey +20 46 £343 -5.51% 23
Scotland -10 41 £420 +20.00% 11
East Midlands +36 39 £344 +16.52% 14
Buckinghamshire +5 38 £328 -17.08% 9
East of England -7 38 £158 -50.19% 30
Gloucestershire 0 30 £375 -9.09% 9
Milton Keynes +13 27 £425 +203.57% 5
West Yorkshire +1 27 £375 +52.12% 20
Oxfordshire +5 25 £390 +11.42% 5
Wiltshire +4 23 £450 +31.96% 7
Leeds -1 23 £375 +15.38% 11
Warwickshire +16 22 £426 +6.56% 2
Manchester -2 22 £274 +21.66% 25
Cheshire -13 22 £315 -43.75% 4
Reading +6 21 £488 +39.28% 5
Kent +2 18 £450 - 5
Cheltenham -1 17 - - 1
Bristol -4 16 £375 +50.00% 7
Cambridgeshire -18 16 £110 -62.71% 12
South Yorkshire +1 15 £300 -7.69% 3

WAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 January 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 1921 (84.48%) LAN
2 1163 (51.14%) Cisco
3 884 (38.87%) Firewall
4 819 (36.02%) Windows
5 650 (28.58%) Cisco Certification
6 514 (22.60%) Microsoft
7 477 (20.98%) ITIL
8 455 (20.01%) Active Directory
9 448 (19.70%) VMware
10 437 (19.22%) VPN
11 428 (18.82%) CCNP
12 410 (18.03%) TCP/IP
13 387 (17.02%) MPLS
14 346 (15.22%) CCNA
15 340 (14.95%) Security Cleared
16 329 (14.47%) CheckPoint
17 317 (13.94%) DNS
18 309 (13.59%) BGP
19 306 (13.46%) OSPF
20 305 (13.41%) VoIP
21 303 (13.32%) Windows Server 2008
22 298 (13.10%) Juniper
23 294 (12.93%) Finance
24 281 (12.36%) Citrix
25 280 (12.31%) Telecoms
25 280 (12.31%) Wireless
26 269 (11.83%) VMware Infrastructure
27 265 (11.65%) SC Cleared
28 260 (11.43%) SAN
29 259 (11.39%) Network Security

WAN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 January 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
1 200 (8.80%) MS Exchange
2 81 (3.56%) Exchange Server 2010
3 72 (3.17%) SharePoint
4 66 (2.90%) IIS
5 56 (2.46%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 54 (2.37%) Lync
7 46 (2.02%) Apache
8 45 (1.98%) Exchange Server 2007
9 27 (1.19%) Exchange Server 2013
10 22 (0.97%) IBM Notes
11 21 (0.92%) Tomcat
12 19 (0.84%) Exchange Server 2003
13 16 (0.70%) WebSphere
14 14 (0.62%) OpenStack
15 12 (0.53%) Confluence
15 12 (0.53%) MediaWiki
16 10 (0.44%) Oracle Coherence
16 10 (0.44%) nginx
16 10 (0.44%) SharePoint 2010
17 9 (0.40%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 251 (11.04%) MS Office
2 213 (9.37%) MS Excel
3 69 (3.03%) MS Visio
4 24 (1.06%) MS Project
5 18 (0.79%) MS PowerPoint
6 6 (0.26%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.18%) AutoCAD
8 3 (0.13%) Acrobat
9 2 (0.088%) InfoPath
10 1 (0.044%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 1 (0.044%) Adobe Illustrator
10 1 (0.044%) Photoshop
10 1 (0.044%) RoboHelp
Business Applications
1 9 (0.40%) ResourceLink
2 7 (0.31%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 6 (0.26%) Agresso
4 4 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
5 3 (0.13%) Summit
5 3 (0.13%) Dynamics CRM
6 2 (0.088%) Cognos Planning
6 2 (0.088%) assyst
6 2 (0.088%) RMDS
6 2 (0.088%) IntelliMatch
7 1 (0.044%) Cognos TM1
7 1 (0.044%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 34 (1.50%) Microsoft Azure
2 29 (1.28%) Office 365
3 18 (0.79%) SaaS
4 11 (0.48%) IaaS
5 10 (0.44%) Cloud Computing
6 8 (0.35%) Amazon AWS
7 7 (0.31%) Google Apps
8 4 (0.18%) PaaS
9 3 (0.13%) IBM SmartCloud
10 1 (0.044%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 1921 (84.48%) LAN
2 884 (38.87%) Firewall
3 437 (19.22%) VPN
4 410 (18.03%) TCP/IP
5 387 (17.02%) MPLS
6 317 (13.94%) DNS
7 309 (13.59%) BGP
8 306 (13.46%) OSPF
9 305 (13.41%) VoIP
10 280 (12.31%) Wireless
11 260 (11.43%) SAN
12 259 (11.39%) Network Security
13 227 (9.98%) Internet
14 217 (9.54%) Cisco ASA
15 199 (8.75%) DHCP
16 171 (7.52%) Cisco Nexus
17 166 (7.30%) EIGRP
18 157 (6.90%) VLAN
19 137 (6.02%) WLAN
20 120 (5.28%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 141 (6.20%) SQL Server
2 26 (1.14%) Oracle Database
3 25 (1.10%) SQL Server 2008
4 24 (1.06%) MySQL
5 20 (0.88%) Relational Database
5 20 (0.88%) DB2
6 13 (0.57%) Data Warehouse
7 12 (0.53%) PostgreSQL
8 11 (0.48%) SQL Server 2012
8 11 (0.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 10 (0.44%) Hadoop
9 10 (0.44%) BusinessObjects
10 9 (0.40%) Oracle Exadata
10 9 (0.40%) HBase
10 9 (0.40%) Big Data
10 9 (0.40%) SQL Server 2005
11 8 (0.35%) SAP HANA
12 7 (0.31%) NoSQL
12 7 (0.31%) RDBMS
12 7 (0.31%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 27 (1.19%) Jenkins
2 26 (1.14%) Hudson
3 13 (0.57%) JIRA
4 12 (0.53%) Git (software)
4 12 (0.53%) Subversion
5 4 (0.18%) Oracle Forms
6 3 (0.13%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 2 (0.088%) QuickTest Pro
7 2 (0.088%) LoadRunner
7 2 (0.088%) Visual Studio
7 2 (0.088%) AdminStudio
8 1 (0.044%) Ant
8 1 (0.044%) JUnit
8 1 (0.044%) Eclipse
8 1 (0.044%) StarTeam
8 1 (0.044%) Metasploit
8 1 (0.044%) Selenium
8 1 (0.044%) FitNesse
General
1 294 (12.93%) Finance
2 280 (12.31%) Telecoms
3 111 (4.88%) Banking
4 48 (2.11%) Manufacturing
5 44 (1.93%) Retail
6 30 (1.32%) Investment Banking
6 30 (1.32%) Local Government
7 26 (1.14%) Law
8 24 (1.06%) Legal
9 14 (0.62%) Billing
10 13 (0.57%) Back Office
11 11 (0.48%) Financial Institution
12 10 (0.44%) Marketing
13 8 (0.35%) Multimedia
13 8 (0.35%) Advertising
13 8 (0.35%) Electronics
13 8 (0.35%) Games
14 7 (0.31%) Pharmaceutical
15 6 (0.26%) Automotive
16 5 (0.22%) French Language
Job Titles
1 553 (24.32%) Network Engineer
2 346 (15.22%) Analyst
3 296 (13.02%) Architect
4 161 (7.08%) Project Manager
5 148 (6.51%) Support Engineer
6 109 (4.79%) Consultant
7 106 (4.66%) Support Analyst
8 105 (4.62%) Network Analyst
9 97 (4.27%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 95 (4.18%) Network Support
11 82 (3.61%) Senior Network Engineer
12 81 (3.56%) 3rd Line Support
12 81 (3.56%) 2nd Line Support
13 80 (3.52%) Network Architect
14 75 (3.30%) Infrastructure Architect
15 73 (3.21%) Cisco Engineer
16 62 (2.73%) Solutions Architect
16 62 (2.73%) Infrastructure Manager
17 60 (2.64%) Desktop Support
17 60 (2.64%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (1.54%) Middleware
2 26 (1.14%) LAMP
3 24 (1.06%) HTML
4 15 (0.66%) Web Services
5 13 (0.57%) JSP
6 12 (0.53%) .NET
7 10 (0.44%) Java EE
7 10 (0.44%) XML
8 8 (0.35%) Application Packaging
8 8 (0.35%) WAP
9 7 (0.31%) ODBC
10 6 (0.26%) CSS
11 5 (0.22%) XSLT
11 5 (0.22%) ASP.NET
11 5 (0.22%) EJB
11 5 (0.22%) Rendezvous
11 5 (0.22%) XMPP
12 4 (0.18%) APPC
12 4 (0.18%) JavaBeans
12 4 (0.18%) CGI
Miscellaneous
1 107 (4.71%) Analytical Skills
2 98 (4.31%) Blackberry
3 74 (3.25%) Video Conferencing
4 47 (2.07%) Replication
5 44 (1.93%) Management Information System
6 34 (1.50%) Clustering
7 32 (1.41%) NHS
8 31 (1.36%) PKI
9 29 (1.28%) Computer Science
10 26 (1.14%) IVR
11 25 (1.10%) Thin Client
11 25 (1.10%) Fat Client
12 23 (1.01%) Enterprise Storage
13 21 (0.92%) Cryptography
14 20 (0.88%) Open Source
15 16 (0.70%) FMCG
16 13 (0.57%) Wiki
17 12 (0.53%) Enterprise Software
18 11 (0.48%) Handset
18 11 (0.48%) HACMP
Operating Systems
1 819 (36.02%) Windows
2 303 (13.32%) Windows Server 2008
3 228 (10.03%) Windows Server 2003
4 218 (9.59%) Windows 7
5 216 (9.50%) Linux
6 154 (6.77%) Windows Server 2012
7 118 (5.19%) Windows XP
8 111 (4.88%) UNIX
9 55 (2.42%) Solaris
10 51 (2.24%) Windows 8
11 40 (1.76%) CentOS
12 34 (1.50%) Windows 2000 Server
13 33 (1.45%) AIX
14 29 (1.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 24 (1.06%) Ubuntu
16 19 (0.84%) Android
17 15 (0.66%) Windows Vista
18 12 (0.53%) Debian
19 11 (0.48%) Windows NT
20 10 (0.44%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 477 (20.98%) ITIL
2 214 (9.41%) Migration
3 169 (7.43%) Project Management
4 163 (7.17%) Network Design
5 149 (6.55%) Load Balancing
6 133 (5.85%) Service Management
7 124 (5.45%) Service Delivery
8 119 (5.23%) Network Management
9 108 (4.75%) PRINCE2
10 106 (4.66%) Disaster Recovery
11 97 (4.27%) Stakeholder Management
12 81 (3.56%) Network Monitoring
13 69 (3.03%) Change Management
14 63 (2.77%) Network Architecture
14 63 (2.77%) Incident Management
14 63 (2.77%) Kalman Filter
15 52 (2.29%) Mentoring
16 51 (2.24%) Capacity Planning
17 49 (2.15%) Time Management
17 49 (2.15%) WAN Optimisation
Programming Languages
1 167 (7.34%) SQL
2 39 (1.72%) Perl
3 38 (1.67%) C
4 35 (1.54%) PowerShell
5 34 (1.50%) Java
6 29 (1.28%) Bash Shell
7 24 (1.06%) Ruby
7 24 (1.06%) Python
8 22 (0.97%) PHP
9 21 (0.92%) Shell Script
10 16 (0.70%) JavaScript
11 10 (0.44%) VBScript
11 10 (0.44%) VB
11 10 (0.44%) C++
12 7 (0.31%) VBA
13 6 (0.26%) T-SQL
14 5 (0.22%) Korn
15 4 (0.18%) COBOL
15 4 (0.18%) PL/SQL
15 4 (0.18%) RPG
Qualifications
1 650 (28.58%) Cisco Certification
2 428 (18.82%) CCNP
3 346 (15.22%) CCNA
4 340 (14.95%) Security Cleared
5 265 (11.65%) SC Cleared
6 136 (5.98%) CCIE
7 108 (4.75%) Microsoft Certification
8 77 (3.39%) Degree
9 67 (2.95%) MCSE
10 64 (2.81%) CCDP
11 58 (2.55%) DV Cleared
12 41 (1.80%) ITIL Certification
12 41 (1.80%) CISSP
13 33 (1.45%) CCSE
14 32 (1.41%) CCSA
15 31 (1.36%) CCIP
16 29 (1.28%) PMI Certification
17 28 (1.23%) MCP
18 26 (1.14%) PRINCE2 Certification
19 24 (1.06%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 105 (4.62%) SLA
2 40 (1.76%) QA
3 33 (1.45%) PCI DSS
4 22 (0.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 15 (0.66%) JSP 440
6 10 (0.44%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 7 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 4 (0.18%) COBIT
8 4 (0.18%) ISO 9001
9 2 (0.088%) ISO 14001
10 1 (0.044%) GxP
10 1 (0.044%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 455 (20.01%) Active Directory
2 269 (11.83%) VMware Infrastructure
3 117 (5.15%) Hyper-V
4 79 (3.47%) vSphere
5 76 (3.34%) XenApp
6 52 (2.29%) VMware ESXi
7 34 (1.50%) VMware ESX
8 33 (1.45%) XenServer
9 27 (1.19%) Samba
10 25 (1.10%) ProxySG
11 24 (1.06%) Firmware
12 23 (1.01%) XenDesktop
13 20 (0.88%) Oracle RAC
13 20 (0.88%) Xen
13 20 (0.88%) Terminal Services
13 20 (0.88%) NFS
14 17 (0.75%) vCloud
15 16 (0.70%) Snort
16 13 (0.57%) PowerHA
16 13 (0.57%) KVM
Systems Management
1 83 (3.65%) SCCM
2 47 (2.07%) SCOM
3 41 (1.80%) Cisco CUCM
4 30 (1.32%) Cisco Prime
5 29 (1.28%) Puppet
6 28 (1.23%) Backup Exec
7 24 (1.06%) WSUS
8 21 (0.92%) WhatsUp Gold
8 21 (0.92%) Opscode Chef
9 20 (0.88%) FortiGate
9 20 (0.88%) Salt
10 18 (0.79%) CA Spectrum
11 14 (0.62%) SolarWinds Orion
12 13 (0.57%) NetBackup
12 13 (0.57%) Norton AntiVirus
12 13 (0.57%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 13 (0.57%) ZABBIX
13 11 (0.48%) CiscoWorks
14 10 (0.44%) McAfee ePO
14 10 (0.44%) MOM
Vendors
1 1163 (51.14%) Cisco
2 514 (22.60%) Microsoft
3 448 (19.70%) VMware
4 329 (14.47%) CheckPoint
5 298 (13.10%) Juniper
6 281 (12.36%) Citrix
7 243 (10.69%) F5
8 204 (8.97%) HP
9 112 (4.93%) Blue Coat
10 96 (4.22%) Avaya
11 95 (4.18%) Oracle
12 91 (4.00%) SolarWinds
13 85 (3.74%) Riverbed
14 81 (3.56%) McAfee
15 77 (3.39%) NetApp
15 77 (3.39%) EMC
16 73 (3.21%) IBM
17 50 (2.20%) Red Hat
18 49 (2.15%) Nortel
19 47 (2.07%) BT
London
EarthStream Global
Rate: Up to £500 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
EarthStream Global
Rate: Up to £450 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
UK
EMBS- People Transfer
Rate: £525 - £550 per Day
Posted: 16 hours ago
City, London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £375 - £425 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £330 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Greywood Associates Limited
Rate: £130 - £140 per day + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Blackburn, Lancashire
CRL
Rate: From £200 to £250 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
G2 Recruitment Solutions Ltd.
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: Yesterday
Bournemouth, Dorset
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £370 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: market rates
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £15 - £20 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
London
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
networx
Rate: £27,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire
Ashdown IT
Rate: £24 - £25 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Telford, Shropshire
ITF Solutions
Rate: £100 - £105 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
East Riding
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £150 - £160 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Maidenhead, Berkshire
LEXSTRA
Rate: £380 - £415 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago