Period
to 27 January 2022

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the East of England 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 27 January 2022 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)
England > East of England
6 months to
27 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 98 55 79
Rank change year-on-year -43 +24 +33
Contract jobs citing WAN 45 44 86
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the East of England 1.80% 3.02% 2.41%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 11.19% 14.15% 13.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 33 69
10th Percentile £215 £171 £180
25th Percentile £263 £213 £275
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £325 £400
Median % change year-on-year +23.08% -18.75% +14.29%
75th Percentile £500 £438 £488
90th Percentile £565 £449 £525
England median daily rate £425 £403 £400
% change year-on-year +5.46% +0.75% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 4
10th Percentile £21.95 £24.63 £12.18
25th Percentile £22.63 £28.86 £15.28
Median hourly rate £24.50 £36.81 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year -33.45% +110.36% -
75th Percentile £25.63 £43.86 £19.06
90th Percentile £25.85 £47.54 £20.98
England median hourly rate £25.00 £23.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year +8.70% +6.98% -7.13%

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 East of England with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
East of England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 402 311 625
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 16.12% 21.37% 17.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 220 172 395
10th Percentile £169 £155 £213
25th Percentile £263 £213 £307
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £328 £400
Median % change year-on-year +22.14% -18.13% -
75th Percentile £488 £438 £488
90th Percentile £563 £469 £575
England median daily rate £500 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +17.65% +3.03% -2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 29 49
10th Percentile - £12.34 £13.38
25th Percentile £13.25 £15.00 £13.50
Median hourly rate £16.00 £23.63 £16.00
Median % change year-on-year -32.28% +47.66% -7.91%
75th Percentile £19.80 £50.00 £43.00
90th Percentile £28.47 £53.75 £47.75
England median hourly rate £21.50 £32.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year -33.85% +54.76% +16.67%

WAN
Job Vacancy Trend in the East of England

Job postings citing WAN as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the East of England.

Job vacancy trend for WAN in the East of England

WAN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the East of England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing WAN in the East of England.

Daily rate trend for WAN in the East of England

WAN
Daily Rate Histogram in the East of England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing WAN in the East of England over the 6 months to 27 January 2022.

Daily rate histogram for WAN in the East of England

WAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the East of England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing WAN in the East of England.

Hourly rate trend for WAN in the East of England

WAN
Contract Job Locations in the East of England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing WAN within the East of England region over the 6 months to 27 January 2022. 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
Jobs
Cambridgeshire -25 14 £388 -11.43% 9
Hertfordshire -28 12 £500 +60.00% 12
Norfolk -2 9 £247 - 3
Essex -14 6 £419 +30.86% 1
Suffolk -11 3 £600 +166.67% 1
Bedfordshire -22 1 £528 +163.75% 3
WAN
England

For the 6 months to 27 January 2022, 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 East of England region with a requirement for WAN.

1 29 (64.44%) LAN
2 24 (53.33%) Firewall
3 18 (40.00%) Cisco
4 13 (28.89%) VPN
5 12 (26.67%) Wireless
5 12 (26.67%) SD-WAN
6 11 (24.44%) Social Skills
7 10 (22.22%) DNS
8 9 (20.00%) Windows
8 9 (20.00%) Data Centre
9 8 (17.78%) CheckPoint
9 8 (17.78%) MPLS
9 8 (17.78%) BGP
9 8 (17.78%) VMware
10 7 (15.56%) Network Security
10 7 (15.56%) Security Cleared
10 7 (15.56%) TCP/IP
10 7 (15.56%) Problem-Solving
10 7 (15.56%) Network Monitoring
11 6 (13.33%) Ansible
11 6 (13.33%) Virtual Team
11 6 (13.33%) Juniper
11 6 (13.33%) Python
11 6 (13.33%) OSPF
11 6 (13.33%) Project Management
11 6 (13.33%) VMware Infrastructure
11 6 (13.33%) Load Balancing
11 6 (13.33%) Agile Software Development
12 5 (11.11%) Wi-Fi
12 5 (11.11%) Project Planning

WAN
Co-occurring IT Skills in the East of England 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 (2.22%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (6.67%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 5 (11.11%) AWS
2 4 (8.89%) Azure
3 2 (4.44%) Microsoft 365
4 1 (2.22%) AWS CloudFormation
4 1 (2.22%) AWS CloudTrail
4 1 (2.22%) Azure ExpressRoute
4 1 (2.22%) GCP
4 1 (2.22%) Slack
4 1 (2.22%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 29 (64.44%) LAN
2 24 (53.33%) Firewall
3 13 (28.89%) VPN
4 12 (26.67%) SD-WAN
4 12 (26.67%) Wireless
5 10 (22.22%) DNS
6 8 (17.78%) BGP
6 8 (17.78%) MPLS
7 7 (15.56%) Network Security
7 7 (15.56%) TCP/IP
8 6 (13.33%) OSPF
9 5 (11.11%) DHCP
9 5 (11.11%) Wi-Fi
10 4 (8.89%) Cisco ASA
10 4 (8.89%) Cisco ISE
10 4 (8.89%) SAN
10 4 (8.89%) WLAN
11 3 (6.67%) IP Telephony
11 3 (6.67%) IPsec
11 3 (6.67%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.44%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (4.44%) GitLab
2 1 (2.22%) JIRA
General
1 11 (24.44%) Social Skills
2 5 (11.11%) Telecoms
3 3 (6.67%) Documentation Skills
3 3 (6.67%) Presentation Skills
4 2 (4.44%) Public Sector
5 1 (2.22%) Finance
5 1 (2.22%) Law
Job Titles
1 25 (55.56%) Network Engineer
2 5 (11.11%) Infrastructure Manager
3 4 (8.89%) Infrastructure Project Manager
3 4 (8.89%) Project Manager
3 4 (8.89%) Senior Network Engineer
4 3 (6.67%) Cloud Engineer
4 3 (6.67%) DevOps Engineer
4 3 (6.67%) Network Specialist
4 3 (6.67%) Senior Infrastructure Manager
4 3 (6.67%) Senior Infrastructure Project Manager
4 3 (6.67%) Senior Manager
4 3 (6.67%) Senior Project Manager
5 2 (4.44%) Analyst
5 2 (4.44%) Architect
5 2 (4.44%) AWS DevOps
5 2 (4.44%) AWS DevOps Engineer
5 2 (4.44%) AWS Engineer
5 2 (4.44%) Broadcast Engineer
5 2 (4.44%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 1 (2.22%) Business Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 9 (20.00%) Data Centre
2 6 (13.33%) Virtual Team
3 3 (6.67%) Management Information System
4 2 (4.44%) NHS
5 1 (2.22%) BYOD
5 1 (2.22%) Enterprise Cloud
5 1 (2.22%) Internet of Things
5 1 (2.22%) Public Cloud
5 1 (2.22%) Self-Motivation
5 1 (2.22%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 9 (20.00%) Windows
2 5 (11.11%) Linux
3 3 (6.67%) Windows Server
4 2 (4.44%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (4.44%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (2.22%) Mac OS
5 1 (2.22%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (2.22%) Windows Server 2016
5 1 (2.22%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (15.56%) Network Monitoring
1 7 (15.56%) Problem-Solving
2 6 (13.33%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (13.33%) Load Balancing
2 6 (13.33%) Project Management
3 5 (11.11%) Project Planning
4 4 (8.89%) Change Management
4 4 (8.89%) DevOps
4 4 (8.89%) ITIL
4 4 (8.89%) Mentoring
4 4 (8.89%) Network Management
5 3 (6.67%) Customer Requirements
5 3 (6.67%) Disaster Recovery
5 3 (6.67%) Infrastructure as Code
5 3 (6.67%) Network Architecture
5 3 (6.67%) Virtual Team Management
6 2 (4.44%) DevSecOps
6 2 (4.44%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 2 (4.44%) ITSM
6 2 (4.44%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 6 (13.33%) Python
2 3 (6.67%) PowerShell
3 2 (4.44%) Bash
Qualifications
1 7 (15.56%) Security Cleared
2 4 (8.89%) CCIE
2 4 (8.89%) Cisco Certification
2 4 (8.89%) Degree
3 3 (6.67%) CCNP
3 3 (6.67%) HND
4 2 (4.44%) SC Cleared
5 1 (2.22%) CCDP
5 1 (2.22%) CCSP
5 1 (2.22%) CEH
5 1 (2.22%) CISSP
5 1 (2.22%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.22%) NIST
System Software
1 6 (13.33%) VMware Infrastructure
2 5 (11.11%) Active Directory
3 3 (6.67%) Virtual Servers
3 3 (6.67%) vSphere
4 1 (2.22%) Docker
4 1 (2.22%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 6 (13.33%) Ansible
2 5 (11.11%) Puppet
2 5 (11.11%) Terraform
3 3 (6.67%) Cisco CUCM
4 2 (4.44%) SCCM
4 2 (4.44%) Stealthwatch
5 1 (2.22%) Cisco UCCX
5 1 (2.22%) Jamf Pro
5 1 (2.22%) Kubernetes
5 1 (2.22%) Microsoft Clustering
5 1 (2.22%) SCOM
5 1 (2.22%) WhatsUp Gold
5 1 (2.22%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 18 (40.00%) Cisco
2 8 (17.78%) CheckPoint
2 8 (17.78%) VMware
3 6 (13.33%) Juniper
4 5 (11.11%) SolarWinds
5 4 (8.89%) Microsoft
5 4 (8.89%) Zscaler
6 3 (6.67%) Blue Coat
6 3 (6.67%) Fortinet
6 3 (6.67%) Palo Alto
7 2 (4.44%) Citrix
8 1 (2.22%) Atlassian
8 1 (2.22%) Barracuda Networks
8 1 (2.22%) Brocade
8 1 (2.22%) Forcepoint
8 1 (2.22%) Google
8 1 (2.22%) Infoblox
8 1 (2.22%) NetApp
8 1 (2.22%) WatchGuard
8 1 (2.22%) Xerox