The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Chester 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 25 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)
Cheshire / Chester
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 16 41 31
Rank change year-on-year +25 -10  
Contract jobs citing WAN 9 1 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Chester 6.47% 0.46% 1.38%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 37.50% 3.57% 6.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 1 1
Median daily rate £343 £190 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +80.26% -49.33%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 2
Median hourly rate £15.15 - £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.00 £21.50 £22.75
% change year-on-year +20.93% -5.49%  

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 Chester with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
Chester
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 24 28 45
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Chester 17.27% 12.79% 20.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 26 24
Median daily rate £360 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.72% +3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £190 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £525 £474
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £340
% change year-on-year +2.73% +7.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 2 7
Median hourly rate £14.08 £21.00 £18.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -32.97% +12.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £21.00 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.15 £21.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £31.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -11.11% +26.00%  

WAN
Job Vacancy Trend in Chester

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Chester 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 Chester

WAN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Chester

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

Contractor daily rate trend for WAN in Chester

WAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Chester

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for WAN in Chester

For the 6 months to 25 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 Chester region with a requirement for WAN.

1 16 (100.00%) LAN
2 11 (68.75%) Cisco
3 10 (62.50%) Firewall
4 8 (50.00%) ITIL
4 8 (50.00%) Data Centre
5 7 (43.75%) Windows
5 7 (43.75%) Local Government
6 6 (37.50%) Microsoft
7 5 (31.25%) SQL Server
7 5 (31.25%) OSPF
7 5 (31.25%) BGP
7 5 (31.25%) EIGRP
7 5 (31.25%) VPN
7 5 (31.25%) DNS
7 5 (31.25%) ITIL Certification
7 5 (31.25%) Juniper
7 5 (31.25%) CheckPoint
7 5 (31.25%) Windows Server 2003
7 5 (31.25%) SCOM
7 5 (31.25%) Clustering
7 5 (31.25%) Cisco Nexus
7 5 (31.25%) Windows Server 2008
7 5 (31.25%) Windows Server
8 4 (25.00%) TCP/IP
9 3 (18.75%) AIX
9 3 (18.75%) LDAP
9 3 (18.75%) IIS
9 3 (18.75%) Unix
9 3 (18.75%) Active Directory
9 3 (18.75%) ISEB

WAN
Co-occurring IT Skills in Chester 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 3 (18.75%) IIS
Cloud Services
1 1 (6.25%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 16 (100.00%) LAN
2 10 (62.50%) Firewall
3 5 (31.25%) BGP
3 5 (31.25%) Cisco Nexus
3 5 (31.25%) DNS
3 5 (31.25%) EIGRP
3 5 (31.25%) OSPF
3 5 (31.25%) VPN
4 4 (25.00%) TCP/IP
5 3 (18.75%) LDAP
5 3 (18.75%) Reverse Proxy
5 3 (18.75%) SAN
5 3 (18.75%) VLAN
5 3 (18.75%) Wi-Fi
6 2 (12.50%) Cisco ASA
6 2 (12.50%) Fibre Channel
6 2 (12.50%) Network Security
7 1 (6.25%) Internet
7 1 (6.25%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (31.25%) SQL Server
2 2 (12.50%) SQL Server 2000
2 2 (12.50%) SQL Server 2005
2 2 (12.50%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (12.50%) SQL Server 2012
2 2 (12.50%) SQL Server 2016
2 2 (12.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2 (12.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (12.50%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 7 (43.75%) Local Government
2 2 (12.50%) Finance
3 1 (6.25%) Banking
Job Titles
1 8 (50.00%) Network Engineer
2 4 (25.00%) Network Security Engineer
2 4 (25.00%) Network Support
2 4 (25.00%) Network Support Engineer
2 4 (25.00%) Security Engineer
2 4 (25.00%) Support Engineer
3 3 (18.75%) Security Officer
4 2 (12.50%) Administrator
4 2 (12.50%) DBA
4 2 (12.50%) Desktop Support
4 2 (12.50%) Firewall Engineer
4 2 (12.50%) Senior Firewall Engineer
4 2 (12.50%) Senior Network Engineer
4 2 (12.50%) Senior Network Security Engineer
4 2 (12.50%) Senior Security Engineer
4 2 (12.50%) SQL DBA
5 1 (6.25%) Architect
5 1 (6.25%) Network Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (12.50%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 8 (50.00%) Data Centre
2 5 (31.25%) Clustering
3 3 (18.75%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (18.75%) CESG
3 3 (18.75%) Management Information System
3 3 (18.75%) PKI
4 2 (12.50%) iPhone
4 2 (12.50%) Smartphone
5 1 (6.25%) BYOD
5 1 (6.25%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 7 (43.75%) Windows
2 5 (31.25%) Windows Server
2 5 (31.25%) Windows Server 2003
2 5 (31.25%) Windows Server 2008
3 3 (18.75%) AIX
3 3 (18.75%) Unix
4 2 (12.50%) Android
4 2 (12.50%) Apple iOS
4 2 (12.50%) Windows 2000 Server
4 2 (12.50%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (50.00%) ITIL
2 3 (18.75%) Change Management
2 3 (18.75%) Information Security
2 3 (18.75%) Information Security Management
2 3 (18.75%) Load Balancing
2 3 (18.75%) Migration
2 3 (18.75%) Security Management
3 2 (12.50%) Database Tuning
3 2 (12.50%) High Availability
3 2 (12.50%) Performance Optimisation
3 2 (12.50%) Server Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 2 (12.50%) SQL
Qualifications
1 5 (31.25%) ITIL Certification
2 3 (18.75%) ISEB
3 2 (12.50%) CCNA
3 2 (12.50%) CCNP
3 2 (12.50%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (18.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 3 (18.75%) Active Directory
2 2 (12.50%) Virtual Machines
2 2 (12.50%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (12.50%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 5 (31.25%) SCOM
2 3 (18.75%) SmoothWall
3 2 (12.50%) Failover Clustering
3 2 (12.50%) Perfmon
3 2 (12.50%) SCCM
Vendors
1 11 (68.75%) Cisco
2 6 (37.50%) Microsoft
3 5 (31.25%) CheckPoint
3 5 (31.25%) Juniper
4 3 (18.75%) Citrix
4 3 (18.75%) Fortinet
4 3 (18.75%) McAfee
5 2 (12.50%) EqualLogic
5 2 (12.50%) Samsung
5 2 (12.50%) VMware