Period
to 8 March 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London 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 8 March 2021 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)
Central London > City of London
6 months to
8 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 88 127 115
Rank change year-on-year +39 -12 +65
Contract jobs citing WAN 42 58 142
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the City of London 1.87% 1.28% 2.08%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 15.91% 12.21% 18.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 45 122
Median daily rate £525 £350 £406
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +50.00% -13.85% -2.11%
10th Percentile £368 £213 £133
90th Percentile £630 £611 £556
Central London median daily rate £518 £363 £400
% change year-on-year +42.76% -9.38% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
Central London median hourly rate - - -

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 the City of London with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
City of London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 264 475 751
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 11.74% 10.47% 11.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 213 346 576
Median daily rate £500 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% - -
10th Percentile £238 £205 £163
90th Percentile £638 £669 £650
Central London median daily rate £500 £425 £450
% change year-on-year +17.65% -5.56% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 8 25
Median hourly rate £23.00 £19.75 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.46% +3.95% -5.00%
10th Percentile £22.65 £16.39 £13.00
90th Percentile £50.13 £42.85 £35.90
Median hourly rate £23.00 £21.25 £18.88
% change year-on-year +8.24% +12.55% +11.06%

WAN
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

Job postings citing WAN as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the City of London.

Job vacancy trend for WAN in the City of London

WAN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing WAN in the City of London.

Daily rate trend for WAN in the City of London

WAN
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing WAN in the City of London over the 6 months to 8 March 2021.

Daily rate histogram for WAN in the City of London

WAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing WAN in the City of London.

Hourly rate trend for WAN in the City of London

WAN
Contract Job Locations in the City of London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing WAN within the City of London region over the 6 months to 8 March 2021. 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
London Bridge +7 1 £475 +26.67%
WAN
Central London

For the 6 months to 8 March 2021, IT contractor jobs citing WAN also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the City of London region with a requirement for WAN.

1 31 (73.81%) LAN
2 30 (71.43%) Firewall
3 24 (57.14%) Cisco
4 19 (45.24%) Microsoft
4 19 (45.24%) VPN
4 19 (45.24%) Finance
5 15 (35.71%) VMware
6 14 (33.33%) Wireless
7 12 (28.57%) Citrix
7 12 (28.57%) Data Centre
8 11 (26.19%) Azure
8 11 (26.19%) Cisco Certification
8 11 (26.19%) Linux
9 10 (23.81%) CheckPoint
9 10 (23.81%) VMware Infrastructure
10 9 (21.43%) AWS
10 9 (21.43%) VMware ESXi
10 9 (21.43%) DNS
10 9 (21.43%) Agile Software Development
11 8 (19.05%) Wi-Fi
11 8 (19.05%) Ethernet
11 8 (19.05%) IBM
11 8 (19.05%) Unified Communications
11 8 (19.05%) Video Conferencing
11 8 (19.05%) Load Balancing
11 8 (19.05%) Palo Alto
11 8 (19.05%) Cisco CUCM
11 8 (19.05%) Problem-Solving
12 7 (16.67%) Collaborative Working
12 7 (16.67%) Virtual Machines

WAN
Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London 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 7 (16.67%) WebSphere
2 4 (9.52%) CMS
3 3 (7.14%) Skype for Business
4 2 (4.76%) SharePoint
5 1 (2.38%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 1 (2.38%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (2.38%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 11 (26.19%) Azure
2 9 (21.43%) AWS
3 6 (14.29%) Microsoft 365
4 2 (4.76%) Azure Active Directory
4 2 (4.76%) PaaS
4 2 (4.76%) Power Automate
5 1 (2.38%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 1 (2.38%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (2.38%) Amazon S3
5 1 (2.38%) AWS CloudFormation
5 1 (2.38%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (2.38%) Dynamics 365
5 1 (2.38%) GCP
5 1 (2.38%) IaaS
5 1 (2.38%) IBM Cloud
5 1 (2.38%) Route 53
5 1 (2.38%) SaaS
5 1 (2.38%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 31 (73.81%) LAN
2 30 (71.43%) Firewall
3 19 (45.24%) VPN
4 14 (33.33%) Wireless
5 9 (21.43%) DNS
6 8 (19.05%) Ethernet
6 8 (19.05%) Unified Communications
6 8 (19.05%) Wi-Fi
7 7 (16.67%) Network Security
7 7 (16.67%) Skype
7 7 (16.67%) TCP/IP
8 6 (14.29%) Internet
9 5 (11.90%) BGP
9 5 (11.90%) Cisco ASA
9 5 (11.90%) H.323
9 5 (11.90%) MPLS
9 5 (11.90%) OSPF
10 4 (9.52%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
10 4 (9.52%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
10 4 (9.52%) Telepresence
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (16.67%) DB2
Development Applications
1 1 (2.38%) Git (software)
1 1 (2.38%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 19 (45.24%) Finance
2 6 (14.29%) Banking
3 3 (7.14%) Investment Banking
3 3 (7.14%) Telecoms
4 2 (4.76%) Financial Institution
5 1 (2.38%) Billing
5 1 (2.38%) Police
5 1 (2.38%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 13 (30.95%) Architect
2 8 (19.05%) Infrastructure Architect
2 8 (19.05%) Network Engineer
3 7 (16.67%) Analyst
4 5 (11.90%) Citrix Architect
4 5 (11.90%) VMware Architect
4 5 (11.90%) WebSphere Architect
5 4 (9.52%) Security Analyst
5 4 (9.52%) Solutions Architect
6 3 (7.14%) Cisco Engineer
6 3 (7.14%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 3 (7.14%) Information Analyst
6 3 (7.14%) Information Security Analyst
6 3 (7.14%) Infrastructure Solutions Architect
6 3 (7.14%) Network Architect
6 3 (7.14%) Voice Engineer
7 2 (4.76%) Infrastructure Support
7 2 (4.76%) Network Manager
7 2 (4.76%) Payments Solutions Architect
7 2 (4.76%) WAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (16.67%) WebSphere MQ
2 4 (9.52%) WebRTC
3 3 (7.14%) YAML
4 1 (2.38%) FIX Protocol
4 1 (2.38%) JSON
4 1 (2.38%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 12 (28.57%) Data Centre
2 8 (19.05%) Video Conferencing
3 7 (16.67%) Tandem
4 4 (9.52%) Self-Motivation
5 3 (7.14%) Cyber Kill Chain
6 2 (4.76%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 2 (4.76%) Management Information System
6 2 (4.76%) Mobile Payment
6 2 (4.76%) Robotics
6 2 (4.76%) SWIFT
7 1 (2.38%) Analytical Skills
7 1 (2.38%) Hybrid Cloud
7 1 (2.38%) Mobile App
7 1 (2.38%) Public Cloud
7 1 (2.38%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 11 (26.19%) Linux
2 7 (16.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 6 (14.29%) Windows
4 5 (11.90%) Windows Server
5 3 (7.14%) Solaris
5 3 (7.14%) Unix
5 3 (7.14%) Windows XP
6 1 (2.38%) Mac OS
6 1 (2.38%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (21.43%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (19.05%) Load Balancing
2 8 (19.05%) Problem-Solving
3 7 (16.67%) Capacity Planning
3 7 (16.67%) Collaborative Working
3 7 (16.67%) TOGAF
4 6 (14.29%) Content Management
4 6 (14.29%) Migration
4 6 (14.29%) SIEM
5 5 (11.90%) Cybersecurity
5 5 (11.90%) ITIL
5 5 (11.90%) Resource Management
5 5 (11.90%) Technical Leadership
6 4 (9.52%) Antivirus Management
7 3 (7.14%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
7 3 (7.14%) Remediation Plan
7 3 (7.14%) Security Monitoring
7 3 (7.14%) Strategic Roadmap
7 3 (7.14%) Threat Intelligence
7 3 (7.14%) Threat Modelling
Programming Languages
1 4 (9.52%) C
1 4 (9.52%) Python
2 1 (2.38%) Bash Shell
2 1 (2.38%) Perl
2 1 (2.38%) PHP
2 1 (2.38%) R
2 1 (2.38%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 11 (26.19%) Cisco Certification
2 7 (16.67%) CCIE
3 6 (14.29%) TOGAF Certification
4 5 (11.90%) RHCA
5 4 (9.52%) CCNP
6 3 (7.14%) CISSP
6 3 (7.14%) MCSE
6 3 (7.14%) Microsoft Certification
7 2 (4.76%) (ISC)2 CCSP
7 2 (4.76%) CCSP
7 2 (4.76%) CISM
7 2 (4.76%) CREST Certified
7 2 (4.76%) GCFA
7 2 (4.76%) GCIA
7 2 (4.76%) GCIH
7 2 (4.76%) SC Cleared
7 2 (4.76%) Security Cleared
8 1 (2.38%) Degree
8 1 (2.38%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 1 (2.38%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (7.14%) COBIT
1 3 (7.14%) NIST
2 2 (4.76%) SEPA
2 2 (4.76%) SLA
3 1 (2.38%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 1 (2.38%) ISO 22301
3 1 (2.38%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 1 (2.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (2.38%) PMO
3 1 (2.38%) QA
System Software
1 10 (23.81%) VMware Infrastructure
2 9 (21.43%) VMware ESXi
3 7 (16.67%) Virtual Machines
3 7 (16.67%) vSphere
4 4 (9.52%) Active Directory
5 3 (7.14%) VMware NSX
6 1 (2.38%) Docker
6 1 (2.38%) ProxySG
6 1 (2.38%) Snort
6 1 (2.38%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 8 (19.05%) Cisco CUCM
2 3 (7.14%) SCCM
3 2 (4.76%) Ansible
3 2 (4.76%) CSIRT
4 1 (2.38%) Cisco Prime
4 1 (2.38%) ITRS Geneos
4 1 (2.38%) Nessus
4 1 (2.38%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (2.38%) Suricata
4 1 (2.38%) Terraform
4 1 (2.38%) Trend Micro Deep Security
Vendors
1 24 (57.14%) Cisco
2 19 (45.24%) Microsoft
3 15 (35.71%) VMware
4 12 (28.57%) Citrix
5 10 (23.81%) CheckPoint
6 8 (19.05%) IBM
6 8 (19.05%) Palo Alto
7 7 (16.67%) Red Hat
8 6 (14.29%) F5
8 6 (14.29%) Juniper
9 5 (11.90%) Polycom
9 5 (11.90%) Splunk
10 4 (9.52%) Fortinet
10 4 (9.52%) Meraki
10 4 (9.52%) SolarWinds
11 3 (7.14%) Riverbed
11 3 (7.14%) Sonus
11 3 (7.14%) Zscaler
12 2 (4.76%) Barracuda Networks
12 2 (4.76%) Blue Coat