Period
to 18 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for WAN skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited WAN over the 6 months to 18 November 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Wide Area Network (WAN)
North West > Cheshire
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 71 62 66
Rank change year-on-year -9 +4 -2
Contract jobs citing WAN 20 39 49
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 1.50% 2.64% 2.33%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 10.70% 16.39% 16.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 32 37
Cheshire median daily rate £400 £369 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.47% -13.24% +33.86%
10th Percentile £254 £144 £281
90th Percentile £490 £675 £505
North West median daily rate £384 £425 £390
% change year-on-year -9.71% +8.97% +20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 1
Cheshire median hourly rate - £22.50 £16.01
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +40.54% -64.42%
North West median hourly rate £28.00 £14.50 £14.50
% change year-on-year +93.10% - -59.44%

WAN is in the Communications and Computer Networking category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
Cheshire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 187 238 298
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 14.03% 16.10% 14.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 141 152 197
Cheshire median daily rate £375 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.76% - +15.65%
10th Percentile £228 £217 £229
90th Percentile £525 £675 £575
North West median daily rate £394 £409 £375
% change year-on-year -3.67% +9.00% +15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 9 36
Cheshire median hourly rate £13.00 £18.00 £17.33
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -27.78% +3.87% -7.57%
10th Percentile £12.11 £11.25 £12.43
90th Percentile £20.93 £52.75 £21.63
North West median hourly rate £16.25 £16.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year +1.56% -5.88% -10.53%

WAN
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

Job postings citing WAN as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Cheshire.

Job vacancy trend for WAN in Cheshire

WAN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing WAN in Cheshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for WAN in Cheshire

WAN
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing WAN in Cheshire over the 6 months to 18 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for WAN in Cheshire

WAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing WAN in Cheshire.

Contractor hourly rate trend for WAN in Cheshire

WAN
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing WAN within the Cheshire region over the 6 months to 18 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Chester +16 9 £388 +21.57% 1
Warrington +11 4 £425 +5.59% 4
Macclesfield +3 3 £500 +33.33%
Sandbach 0 2 £115 -61.67% 1
WAN
North West

For the 6 months to 18 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing WAN also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Cheshire region with a requirement for WAN.

1 20 (100.00%) LAN
2 14 (70.00%) Cisco
2 14 (70.00%) Firewall
3 10 (50.00%) BGP
4 9 (45.00%) Data Centre
5 8 (40.00%) OSPF
5 8 (40.00%) CCNP
5 8 (40.00%) Cisco Certification
6 7 (35.00%) CheckPoint
6 7 (35.00%) ITIL
6 7 (35.00%) Load Balancing
7 6 (30.00%) Network Security
7 6 (30.00%) EIGRP
8 5 (25.00%) Change Management
8 5 (25.00%) CCNA
8 5 (25.00%) Cisco Nexus
9 4 (20.00%) Cisco ASA
9 4 (20.00%) VPN
9 4 (20.00%) DNS
9 4 (20.00%) Juniper
9 4 (20.00%) Windows
9 4 (20.00%) VMware
10 3 (15.00%) MPLS
10 3 (15.00%) Wireless
10 3 (15.00%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 3 (15.00%) ADSL
10 3 (15.00%) ISDN
10 3 (15.00%) WLAN
10 3 (15.00%) ITIL Certification
10 3 (15.00%) TCP/IP

WAN
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 1 (5.00%) Exchange Server 2010
1 1 (5.00%) IIS
1 1 (5.00%) MS Exchange
Communications & Networking
1 20 (100.00%) LAN
2 14 (70.00%) Firewall
3 10 (50.00%) BGP
4 8 (40.00%) OSPF
5 6 (30.00%) EIGRP
5 6 (30.00%) Network Security
6 5 (25.00%) Cisco Nexus
7 4 (20.00%) Cisco ASA
7 4 (20.00%) DNS
7 4 (20.00%) VPN
8 3 (15.00%) ADSL
8 3 (15.00%) Cisco IOS
8 3 (15.00%) ISDN
8 3 (15.00%) MPLS
8 3 (15.00%) TCP/IP
8 3 (15.00%) Wireless
8 3 (15.00%) WLAN
9 2 (10.00%) DHCP
9 2 (10.00%) Ethernet
9 2 (10.00%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (10.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (5.00%) SQL Server 2000
2 1 (5.00%) SQL Server 2005
2 1 (5.00%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (5.00%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (5.00%) SQL Server 2016
2 1 (5.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (5.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 3 (15.00%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 1 (5.00%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 2 (10.00%) Back Office
1 2 (10.00%) Finance
1 2 (10.00%) Local Government
1 2 (10.00%) Pharmaceutical
2 1 (5.00%) Banking
Job Titles
1 13 (65.00%) Network Engineer
2 5 (25.00%) Support Engineer
3 4 (20.00%) Network Support
3 4 (20.00%) Network Support Engineer
4 3 (15.00%) Firewall Engineer
4 3 (15.00%) WAN Engineer
5 2 (10.00%) Administrator
5 2 (10.00%) Architect
5 2 (10.00%) Cisco Consultant
5 2 (10.00%) Cisco Engineer
5 2 (10.00%) Cisco Network Consultant
5 2 (10.00%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 2 (10.00%) Consultant
5 2 (10.00%) Network Architect
5 2 (10.00%) Network Consultant
5 2 (10.00%) Network Security Engineer
5 2 (10.00%) Security Engineer
5 2 (10.00%) WAN Consultant
6 1 (5.00%) Systems Administrator
6 1 (5.00%) Technical Support
Miscellaneous
1 9 (45.00%) Data Centre
2 2 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (10.00%) Clustering
2 2 (10.00%) Enterprise Storage
2 2 (10.00%) Video Conferencing
3 1 (5.00%) CESG
3 1 (5.00%) Management Information System
3 1 (5.00%) PKI
3 1 (5.00%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 4 (20.00%) Windows
2 3 (15.00%) Windows Server
2 3 (15.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (10.00%) Windows Server 2003
3 2 (10.00%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (5.00%) AIX
4 1 (5.00%) Unix
4 1 (5.00%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (35.00%) ITIL
1 7 (35.00%) Load Balancing
2 5 (25.00%) Change Management
3 3 (15.00%) Network Design
4 1 (5.00%) Asset Management
4 1 (5.00%) Business Continuity
4 1 (5.00%) Database Tuning
4 1 (5.00%) High Availability
4 1 (5.00%) Information Security
4 1 (5.00%) Information Security Management
4 1 (5.00%) Migration
4 1 (5.00%) Network Monitoring
4 1 (5.00%) Performance Optimisation
4 1 (5.00%) Process Improvement
4 1 (5.00%) Security Management
4 1 (5.00%) Server Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 1 (5.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 8 (40.00%) CCNP
1 8 (40.00%) Cisco Certification
2 5 (25.00%) CCNA
3 3 (15.00%) CCDP
3 3 (15.00%) ITIL Certification
3 3 (15.00%) SC Cleared
3 3 (15.00%) Security Cleared
4 1 (5.00%) CCIE
4 1 (5.00%) ISEB
4 1 (5.00%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 1 (5.00%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (15.00%) Active Directory
1 3 (15.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (10.00%) VMware Workstation
3 1 (5.00%) Hyper-V
3 1 (5.00%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (5.00%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (5.00%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 2 (10.00%) SCOM
2 1 (5.00%) Failover Clustering
2 1 (5.00%) Perfmon
2 1 (5.00%) SCCM
2 1 (5.00%) SmoothWall
Vendors
1 14 (70.00%) Cisco
2 7 (35.00%) CheckPoint
3 4 (20.00%) Juniper
3 4 (20.00%) VMware
4 3 (15.00%) Citrix
5 2 (10.00%) Fortinet
5 2 (10.00%) Microsoft
6 1 (5.00%) EqualLogic
6 1 (5.00%) McAfee