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 3 months to 23 June 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
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 41 63 60
Rank change year-on-year +22 -3  
Contract jobs citing WAN 17 19 15
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 2.66% 2.07% 1.50%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 17.00% 11.95% 12.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 14 8
Median daily rate £338 £313 £458
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.00% -31.69%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £273 £208 £428
10% offered a daily rate of more than £388 £453 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 2
Median hourly rate £41.00 - £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.00 £22.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year +18.18% -4.34%  

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

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
Cheshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 100 159 125
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 15.63% 17.28% 12.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 66 110 66
Median daily rate £360 £375 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.00% -14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £260 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £347
% change year-on-year +2.73% +5.04%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 3 20
Median hourly rate £65.00 £21.00 £16.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +209.52% +24.70%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £21.00 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £68.00 £43.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £32.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year -15.38% +25.00%  

WAN
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cheshire citing WAN as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

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 3 months to 23 June 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing WAN in Cheshire over the 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 3 months to 23 June 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Chester +22 9 £343 +55.68%
Warrington +22 3 - - 9
Knutsford +3 2 £350 +7.69% 4
WAN
North West

For the 6 months to 23 June 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 32 (100.00%) LAN
2 20 (62.50%) Cisco
3 16 (50.00%) Firewall
4 15 (46.88%) Windows
5 12 (37.50%) Data Centre
6 11 (34.38%) ITIL
6 11 (34.38%) Microsoft
6 11 (34.38%) TCP/IP
6 11 (34.38%) DNS
7 10 (31.25%) Juniper
7 10 (31.25%) SQL Server
7 10 (31.25%) Windows Server 2008
7 10 (31.25%) Windows Server
8 9 (28.13%) Local Government
8 9 (28.13%) Active Directory
8 9 (28.13%) EIGRP
8 9 (28.13%) BGP
9 8 (25.00%) Citrix
9 8 (25.00%) Windows Server 2003
9 8 (25.00%) VPN
9 8 (25.00%) IIS
9 8 (25.00%) Clustering
10 7 (21.88%) CheckPoint
10 7 (21.88%) OSPF
11 6 (18.75%) SAN
11 6 (18.75%) VMware
11 6 (18.75%) Migration
11 6 (18.75%) SCOM
11 6 (18.75%) Microsoft Azure
11 6 (18.75%) Cisco Nexus

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 8 (25.00%) IIS
2 4 (12.50%) MS Exchange
3 2 (6.25%) Apache
3 2 (6.25%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (6.25%) SharePoint
3 2 (6.25%) SharePoint 2013
3 2 (6.25%) Skype for Business
4 1 (3.13%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (3.13%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 3 (9.38%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 6 (18.75%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (9.38%) Office 365
3 2 (6.25%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 32 (100.00%) LAN
2 16 (50.00%) Firewall
3 11 (34.38%) DNS
3 11 (34.38%) TCP/IP
4 9 (28.13%) BGP
4 9 (28.13%) EIGRP
5 8 (25.00%) VPN
6 7 (21.88%) OSPF
7 6 (18.75%) Cisco Nexus
7 6 (18.75%) SAN
8 5 (15.63%) Cisco ASA
8 5 (15.63%) DHCP
8 5 (15.63%) MPLS
8 5 (15.63%) Reverse Proxy
8 5 (15.63%) VLAN
8 5 (15.63%) Wireless
9 4 (12.50%) LDAP
9 4 (12.50%) VoIP
9 4 (12.50%) Wi-Fi
10 3 (9.38%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (31.25%) SQL Server
2 5 (15.63%) SQL Server 2005
3 3 (9.38%) MS Access
3 3 (9.38%) SQL Server 2000
3 3 (9.38%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (6.25%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (6.25%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (6.25%) SQL Server 2016
4 2 (6.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (6.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (6.25%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 9 (28.13%) Local Government
2 2 (6.25%) Finance
3 1 (3.13%) Banking
3 1 (3.13%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 11 (34.38%) Network Engineer
2 5 (15.63%) Architect
2 5 (15.63%) Network Architect
2 5 (15.63%) Network Security Engineer
2 5 (15.63%) Security Engineer
3 4 (12.50%) Network Support
3 4 (12.50%) Network Support Engineer
3 4 (12.50%) Security Officer
3 4 (12.50%) Support Engineer
4 3 (9.38%) Cisco Engineer
4 3 (9.38%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 3 (9.38%) IT Support
4 3 (9.38%) IT Support Technician
4 3 (9.38%) IT Technician
4 3 (9.38%) Support Technician
5 2 (6.25%) Senior Firewall Engineer
5 2 (6.25%) Senior Network Engineer
5 2 (6.25%) Senior Network Security Engineer
5 2 (6.25%) Senior Security Engineer
5 2 (6.25%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (6.25%) LAMP
1 2 (6.25%) Middleware
1 2 (6.25%) Web Services
2 1 (3.13%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 12 (37.50%) Data Centre
2 8 (25.00%) Clustering
3 4 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (12.50%) PKI
4 3 (9.38%) CESG
4 3 (9.38%) Management Information System
5 2 (6.25%) iPhone
5 2 (6.25%) Private Cloud
5 2 (6.25%) Smartphone
6 1 (3.13%) BYOD
6 1 (3.13%) Driving Licence
6 1 (3.13%) Enterprise Storage
6 1 (3.13%) Hybrid Cloud
6 1 (3.13%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 15 (46.88%) Windows
2 10 (31.25%) Windows Server
2 10 (31.25%) Windows Server 2008
3 8 (25.00%) Windows Server 2003
4 5 (15.63%) Windows Server 2012
5 4 (12.50%) AIX
5 4 (12.50%) Unix
6 2 (6.25%) Android
6 2 (6.25%) Apple iOS
6 2 (6.25%) CentOS
6 2 (6.25%) Linux
6 2 (6.25%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (34.38%) ITIL
2 6 (18.75%) Migration
3 5 (15.63%) High Availability
4 4 (12.50%) Information Security
4 4 (12.50%) Information Security Management
4 4 (12.50%) Load Balancing
4 4 (12.50%) Security Management
5 3 (9.38%) Change Management
5 3 (9.38%) Virtual Environments
6 2 (6.25%) Database Tuning
6 2 (6.25%) DevOps
6 2 (6.25%) Network Design
6 2 (6.25%) Network Management
6 2 (6.25%) Performance Optimisation
6 2 (6.25%) PRINCE2
6 2 (6.25%) Server Monitoring
7 1 (3.13%) Configuration Management
7 1 (3.13%) Disaster Recovery
7 1 (3.13%) Problem Management
7 1 (3.13%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (12.50%) SQL
2 1 (3.13%) C
Qualifications
1 5 (15.63%) CCNP
1 5 (15.63%) Cisco Certification
1 5 (15.63%) ITIL Certification
2 4 (12.50%) CCNA
2 4 (12.50%) ISEB
3 2 (6.25%) SC Cleared
3 2 (6.25%) Security Cleared
4 1 (3.13%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (12.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (3.13%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 9 (28.13%) Active Directory
2 4 (12.50%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (12.50%) vSphere
2 4 (12.50%) XenApp
3 3 (9.38%) Hyper-V
3 3 (9.38%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (6.25%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (3.13%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 6 (18.75%) SCOM
2 4 (12.50%) SCCM
3 3 (9.38%) Failover Clustering
3 3 (9.38%) SmoothWall
4 2 (6.25%) Perfmon
4 2 (6.25%) vCenter Server
4 2 (6.25%) vMotion
5 1 (3.13%) Cisco Prime
5 1 (3.13%) FortiGate
5 1 (3.13%) Microsoft Clustering
5 1 (3.13%) NetBackup
5 1 (3.13%) Norton AntiVirus
5 1 (3.13%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 20 (62.50%) Cisco
2 11 (34.38%) Microsoft
3 10 (31.25%) Juniper
4 8 (25.00%) Citrix
5 7 (21.88%) CheckPoint
6 6 (18.75%) VMware
7 3 (9.38%) Fortinet
7 3 (9.38%) McAfee
8 2 (6.25%) AppSense
8 2 (6.25%) CA
8 2 (6.25%) EqualLogic
8 2 (6.25%) Red Hat
8 2 (6.25%) Samsung
9 1 (3.13%) Dell
9 1 (3.13%) F5
9 1 (3.13%) HP
9 1 (3.13%) NetApp
9 1 (3.13%) Palo Alto
9 1 (3.13%) SolarWinds
9 1 (3.13%) Symantec