Period
to 16 June 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for SD-WAN skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited SD-WAN over the 6 months to 16 June 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.

Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN)
UK > England
6 months to
16 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 467 452 664
Rank change year-on-year -15 +212 +109
Contract jobs citing SD-WAN 169 133 166
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.34% 0.34% 0.20%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.01% 2.58% 1.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 107 88 100
10th Percentile £300 £363 £313
25th Percentile £384 £412 £405
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £500 £478
Median % change year-on-year -5.00% +4.71% -9.05%
75th Percentile £538 £650 £575
90th Percentile £627 £765 £638
UK median daily rate £475 £500 £475
% change year-on-year -5.00% +5.26% -9.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Median hourly rate £40.00 - -
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £47.00 -
% change year-on-year -14.89% - -

SD-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 England with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 5,613 5,157 10,493
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.40% 13.30% 12.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,624 3,222 6,627
10th Percentile £235 £200 £209
25th Percentile £350 £323 £330
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £432 £435
Median % change year-on-year +4.26% -0.78% +2.35%
75th Percentile £538 £538 £538
90th Percentile £638 £638 £613
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £429
% change year-on-year +5.88% -0.93% +0.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 267 234 467
10th Percentile £12.24 £13.42 £12.00
25th Percentile £15.00 £15.75 £14.56
Median hourly rate £23.21 £20.75 £19.64
Median % change year-on-year +11.86% +5.65% +0.72%
75th Percentile £49.38 £43.75 £43.75
90th Percentile £62.00 £52.28 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £24.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +2.04% +22.50% +6.16%

SD-WAN
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing SD-WAN as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for SD-WAN in England

SD-WAN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing SD-WAN in England.

Daily rate trend for SD-WAN in England

SD-WAN
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing SD-WAN in England over the 6 months to 16 June 2021.

Daily rate histogram for SD-WAN in England

SD-WAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing SD-WAN in England.

Hourly rate trend for SD-WAN in England

SD-WAN
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing SD-WAN in England over the 6 months to 16 June 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for SD-WAN in England

SD-WAN
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SD-WAN within the England region over the 6 months to 16 June 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 -30 75 £489 +0.31% 26
South East -21 25 £450 -5.26% 11
North of England +26 21 £425 +6.25% 13
Midlands -23 19 £488 -18.75% 8
East Midlands +15 11 £481 -3.75% 6
Yorkshire +17 10 £363 -41.77% 4
East of England +11 10 £400 -36.00% 4
South West +22 9 £425 +6.25% 6
North West -8 9 £475 +18.75% 7
West Midlands -29 8 £500 -16.67% 2
North East - 2 - - 2
SD-WAN
UK

For the 6 months to 16 June 2021, IT contractor jobs citing SD-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 England region with a requirement for SD-WAN.

1 156 (92.31%) WAN
2 101 (59.76%) Cisco
3 71 (42.01%) Firewall
4 49 (28.99%) Azure
5 46 (27.22%) LAN
6 43 (25.44%) VPN
7 35 (20.71%) MPLS
7 35 (20.71%) Wireless
7 35 (20.71%) Meraki
8 31 (18.34%) Network Security
8 31 (18.34%) Cisco Certification
8 31 (18.34%) Social Skills
9 30 (17.75%) CheckPoint
10 29 (17.16%) Microsoft
11 27 (15.98%) DNS
11 27 (15.98%) Active Directory
11 27 (15.98%) VMware
11 27 (15.98%) Data Centre
12 26 (15.38%) Network Architecture
12 26 (15.38%) Security Cleared
12 26 (15.38%) Migration
13 25 (14.79%) Agile Software Development
14 23 (13.61%) CCNP
14 23 (13.61%) Internet
14 23 (13.61%) SC Cleared
15 21 (12.43%) VMware Infrastructure
15 21 (12.43%) VoIP
15 21 (12.43%) Network Design
16 20 (11.83%) Telecoms
16 20 (11.83%) F5

SD-WAN
Co-occurring IT Skills in 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 4 (2.37%) JBoss
1 4 (2.37%) NetWeaver
1 4 (2.37%) WebSphere
2 3 (1.78%) Confluence
2 3 (1.78%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.59%) Camunda
3 1 (0.59%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 5 (2.96%) Microsoft Excel
1 5 (2.96%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (2.37%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 4 (2.37%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.59%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.59%) MIS ActiveH
1 1 (0.59%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 49 (28.99%) Azure
2 16 (9.47%) AWS
2 16 (9.47%) Microsoft 365
2 16 (9.47%) SaaS
3 11 (6.51%) PaaS
4 9 (5.33%) Azure ExpressRoute
5 6 (3.55%) IaaS
6 5 (2.96%) GCP
7 4 (2.37%) Azure Active Directory
7 4 (2.37%) Azure Cosmos DB
8 2 (1.18%) OneDrive
9 1 (0.59%) AWS CloudFormation
9 1 (0.59%) GitHub
9 1 (0.59%) Power Platform
9 1 (0.59%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 156 (92.31%) WAN
2 71 (42.01%) Firewall
3 46 (27.22%) LAN
4 43 (25.44%) VPN
5 35 (20.71%) MPLS
5 35 (20.71%) Wireless
6 31 (18.34%) Network Security
7 27 (15.98%) DNS
8 23 (13.61%) Internet
9 21 (12.43%) VoIP
10 19 (11.24%) DHCP
11 17 (10.06%) BGP
11 17 (10.06%) OSPF
12 15 (8.88%) Cisco Nexus
13 14 (8.28%) Cisco ASA
13 14 (8.28%) TCP/IP
13 14 (8.28%) Wi-Fi
14 13 (7.69%) WLAN
15 11 (6.51%) Cisco ISE
16 10 (5.92%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (2.96%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.37%) Azure SQL Database
2 4 (2.37%) DB2
2 4 (2.37%) MySQL
2 4 (2.37%) SAP HANA
3 1 (0.59%) Data Mining
3 1 (0.59%) Neo4j
3 1 (0.59%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 4 (2.37%) JIRA
2 3 (1.78%) Sonatype Nexus
3 1 (0.59%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.59%) GitLab
3 1 (0.59%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.59%) TestRail
3 1 (0.59%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 31 (18.34%) Social Skills
2 20 (11.83%) Telecoms
3 15 (8.88%) Finance
4 7 (4.14%) Presentation Skills
4 7 (4.14%) Public Sector
5 4 (2.37%) Banking
6 3 (1.78%) Billing
6 3 (1.78%) Documentation Skills
7 2 (1.18%) Fire and Rescue
7 2 (1.18%) Law
7 2 (1.18%) Legal
7 2 (1.18%) Local Government
7 2 (1.18%) Manufacturing
7 2 (1.18%) Pharmaceutical
7 2 (1.18%) Retail
8 1 (0.59%) Analytical Skills
8 1 (0.59%) Back Office
8 1 (0.59%) Marketing
8 1 (0.59%) Organisational Skills
8 1 (0.59%) Police
Job Titles
1 51 (30.18%) Network Engineer
2 46 (27.22%) Architect
3 16 (9.47%) Network Architect
4 15 (8.88%) Analyst
4 15 (8.88%) Consultant
4 15 (8.88%) Technical Architect
5 11 (6.51%) Network Consultant
6 10 (5.92%) Business Analyst
7 7 (4.14%) Network Specialist
7 7 (4.14%) Senior Network Engineer
7 7 (4.14%) Solutions Architect
8 6 (3.55%) Cisco Engineer
8 6 (3.55%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 6 (3.55%) Designer
8 6 (3.55%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 6 (3.55%) Network Analyst
8 6 (3.55%) Project Manager
8 6 (3.55%) Security Architect
8 6 (3.55%) WAN Engineer
9 5 (2.96%) Network Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (2.37%) Middleware
1 4 (2.37%) SAP Basis
2 2 (1.18%) 802.1X
2 2 (1.18%) JSON
2 2 (1.18%) YAML
3 1 (0.59%) .NET
3 1 (0.59%) Jinja
3 1 (0.59%) Kafka
3 1 (0.59%) Swagger
3 1 (0.59%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 27 (15.98%) Data Centre
2 9 (5.33%) Public Cloud
2 9 (5.33%) Virtual Team
3 7 (4.14%) Self-Motivation
4 4 (2.37%) Driving Licence
4 4 (2.37%) Management Information System
4 4 (2.37%) PKI
5 3 (1.78%) CAN bus
5 3 (1.78%) CCTV
5 3 (1.78%) Fibre Optics
6 2 (1.18%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 2 (1.18%) FlexPod
6 2 (1.18%) Hybrid Cloud
6 2 (1.18%) Industry 4.0
6 2 (1.18%) iPad
6 2 (1.18%) SCADA
7 1 (0.59%) Greenfield Project
7 1 (0.59%) Linux Command Line
7 1 (0.59%) Robotics
7 1 (0.59%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 15 (8.88%) Windows
2 11 (6.51%) Linux
3 7 (4.14%) Windows Server
4 4 (2.37%) AIX
4 4 (2.37%) Unix
5 3 (1.78%) Windows 10
6 2 (1.18%) Android
6 2 (1.18%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (1.18%) Windows Server 2016
6 2 (1.18%) Windows Server 2019
7 1 (0.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (15.38%) Migration
1 26 (15.38%) Network Architecture
2 25 (14.79%) Agile Software Development
3 21 (12.43%) Network Design
4 15 (8.88%) ITIL
5 13 (7.69%) Stakeholder Management
6 12 (7.10%) Disaster Recovery
6 12 (7.10%) Problem-Solving
7 10 (5.92%) Project Management
8 9 (5.33%) Business Continuity
8 9 (5.33%) Kalman Filter
8 9 (5.33%) Project Delivery
8 9 (5.33%) Waterfall
9 8 (4.73%) Load Balancing
10 7 (4.14%) Business Analysis
10 7 (4.14%) Change Management
10 7 (4.14%) Information Security
10 7 (4.14%) Scrum
10 7 (4.14%) Service Management
10 7 (4.14%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 11 (6.51%) Python
2 6 (3.55%) SQL
3 5 (2.96%) Perl
3 5 (2.96%) PowerShell
4 4 (2.37%) Bash Shell
5 1 (0.59%) C++
5 1 (0.59%) Cypher
5 1 (0.59%) JavaScript
5 1 (0.59%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 31 (18.34%) Cisco Certification
2 26 (15.38%) Security Cleared
3 23 (13.61%) CCNP
3 23 (13.61%) SC Cleared
4 16 (9.47%) CCIE
5 8 (4.73%) CCNA
6 7 (4.14%) CISSP
7 3 (1.78%) CCDP
7 3 (1.78%) DBS Check
7 3 (1.78%) Degree
8 2 (1.18%) CESG Certified Professional
8 2 (1.18%) CITP
8 2 (1.18%) ISTQB
8 2 (1.18%) TOGAF Certification
9 1 (0.59%) (ISC)2 CCSP
9 1 (0.59%) BC Cleared
9 1 (0.59%) BPSS Clearance
9 1 (0.59%) CCDE
9 1 (0.59%) Computer Science Degree
9 1 (0.59%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.55%) COBIT
2 5 (2.96%) GDPR
2 5 (2.96%) SLA
3 4 (2.37%) PCI DSS
3 4 (2.37%) QA
4 2 (1.18%) Cyber Essentials
4 2 (1.18%) NCSC
4 2 (1.18%) NIST
4 2 (1.18%) PMO
5 1 (0.59%) BS25999
5 1 (0.59%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 1 (0.59%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 1 (0.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.59%) NIST 800
5 1 (0.59%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 27 (15.98%) Active Directory
2 21 (12.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (10.06%) Hyper-V
4 6 (3.55%) ProxySG
5 5 (2.96%) Docker
6 4 (2.37%) Snort
7 3 (1.78%) KVM
7 3 (1.78%) VMware NSX
7 3 (1.78%) vSphere
8 2 (1.18%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (0.59%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 6 (3.55%) Ansible
1 6 (3.55%) FortiGate
2 5 (2.96%) Kubernetes
2 5 (2.96%) SCCM
3 4 (2.37%) Active Directory Federation Services
3 4 (2.37%) Norton AntiVirus
3 4 (2.37%) Suricata
3 4 (2.37%) Trend Micro Deep Security
3 4 (2.37%) WhatsUp Gold
4 3 (1.78%) Cisco Prime
4 3 (1.78%) Microsoft Intune
4 3 (1.78%) Terraform
5 2 (1.18%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (1.18%) Puppet
5 2 (1.18%) Salt
6 1 (0.59%) CASB
6 1 (0.59%) Cisco CUCM
6 1 (0.59%) RSA Archer
6 1 (0.59%) SCOM
6 1 (0.59%) Stealthwatch
Vendors
1 101 (59.76%) Cisco
2 35 (20.71%) Meraki
3 30 (17.75%) CheckPoint
4 29 (17.16%) Microsoft
5 27 (15.98%) VMware
6 20 (11.83%) F5
7 19 (11.24%) Fortinet
8 17 (10.06%) Palo Alto
9 14 (8.28%) Aruba
9 14 (8.28%) Juniper
10 13 (7.69%) Citrix
11 12 (7.10%) Zscaler
12 11 (6.51%) Blue Coat
13 10 (5.92%) HP
14 9 (5.33%) Riverbed
15 7 (4.14%) SolarWinds
16 5 (2.96%) McAfee
16 5 (2.96%) Red Hat
17 4 (2.37%) Oracle
17 4 (2.37%) Symantec