Period
to 19 October 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 19 October 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
19 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 495 377 605
Rank change year-on-year -118 +228 +126
Contract jobs citing SD-WAN 260 119 191
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.39% 0.44% 0.25%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.40% 3.31% 1.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 133 73 123
10th Percentile £295 £301 £300
25th Percentile £376 £400 £390
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £475 £461
Median % change year-on-year - +3.04% -12.19%
75th Percentile £575 £540 £538
90th Percentile £675 £638 £638
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £462
% change year-on-year - +2.87% -12.05%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £40.00 - -
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £49.75 -
% change year-on-year -19.60% - -

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 7,647 3,591 10,194
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.35% 13.39% 13.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,974 2,299 6,369
10th Percentile £213 £213 £191
25th Percentile £356 £325 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £450 £425
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
75th Percentile £580 £538 £525
90th Percentile £675 £635 £610
UK median daily rate £475 £444 £425
% change year-on-year +7.04% +4.41% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 348 154 488
10th Percentile £12.00 £14.00 £12.75
25th Percentile £13.63 £17.31 £16.00
Median hourly rate £20.51 £30.50 £25.84
Median % change year-on-year -32.75% +18.03% +36.00%
75th Percentile £48.75 £46.11 £47.25
90th Percentile £65.00 £54.70 £53.75
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £31.50 £25.84
% change year-on-year -30.16% +21.90% +38.18%

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 19 October 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
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 19 October 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 -119 121 £500 - 28
South East -96 35 £475 -5.00% 18
South West -32 25 £356 -10.94% 5
Midlands -73 25 £363 -15.94% 8
North of England -68 22 £463 - 16
East Midlands -28 15 £425 -13.92% 2
East of England -36 14 £400 -12.33% 7
Yorkshire -40 11 £450 - 5
North West -54 11 £475 -9.52% 9
West Midlands -61 10 £225 -43.40% 6
SD-WAN
UK

For the 6 months to 19 October 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.

1 214 (82.31%) WAN
2 158 (60.77%) Cisco
3 113 (43.46%) Firewall
4 76 (29.23%) Azure
5 75 (28.85%) Security Cleared
6 68 (26.15%) SC Cleared
7 65 (25.00%) VMware
8 60 (23.08%) Network Architecture
9 57 (21.92%) VMware Infrastructure
10 56 (21.54%) Wireless
11 52 (20.00%) Cisco Certification
11 52 (20.00%) LAN
12 49 (18.85%) MPLS
13 47 (18.08%) VPN
13 47 (18.08%) CCNP
14 46 (17.69%) Active Directory
14 46 (17.69%) Network Security
15 45 (17.31%) DNS
16 42 (16.15%) BGP
16 42 (16.15%) Hyper-V
17 40 (15.38%) Data Centre
18 39 (15.00%) Social Skills
19 38 (14.62%) CheckPoint
19 38 (14.62%) Microsoft
20 36 (13.85%) DHCP
21 35 (13.46%) OSPF
22 33 (12.69%) Fortinet
23 32 (12.31%) Agile Software Development
23 32 (12.31%) Meraki
24 29 (11.15%) Microsoft 365

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 5 (1.92%) Confluence
1 5 (1.92%) JBoss
1 5 (1.92%) NetWeaver
1 5 (1.92%) WebSphere
2 3 (1.15%) OpenStack
3 1 (0.38%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (0.38%) IIS
3 1 (0.38%) MS Exchange
3 1 (0.38%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.38%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 4 (1.54%) Microsoft Project
2 3 (1.15%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.77%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.38%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.38%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (1.92%) Remedy AR System
1 5 (1.92%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 76 (29.23%) Azure
2 29 (11.15%) Microsoft 365
3 26 (10.00%) AWS
4 19 (7.31%) Azure ExpressRoute
5 16 (6.15%) SaaS
6 13 (5.00%) IaaS
7 9 (3.46%) Azure Active Directory
7 9 (3.46%) PaaS
8 5 (1.92%) Azure Cosmos DB
8 5 (1.92%) Azure Sentinel
8 5 (1.92%) GitHub
9 4 (1.54%) GCP
10 3 (1.15%) Dynamics 365
11 2 (0.77%) Cloud Computing
11 2 (0.77%) Mimecast
11 2 (0.77%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 1 (0.38%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 214 (82.31%) WAN
2 113 (43.46%) Firewall
3 56 (21.54%) Wireless
4 52 (20.00%) LAN
5 49 (18.85%) MPLS
6 47 (18.08%) VPN
7 46 (17.69%) Network Security
8 45 (17.31%) DNS
9 42 (16.15%) BGP
10 36 (13.85%) DHCP
11 35 (13.46%) OSPF
12 25 (9.62%) Cisco ASA
13 24 (9.23%) WLAN
14 23 (8.85%) VoIP
14 23 (8.85%) Wi-Fi
15 22 (8.46%) VLAN
16 21 (8.08%) Cisco ISE
17 19 (7.31%) Internet
18 18 (6.92%) Cisco Nexus
18 18 (6.92%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (1.92%) Azure SQL Database
1 5 (1.92%) DB2
1 5 (1.92%) MySQL
1 5 (1.92%) SAP HANA
1 5 (1.92%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.15%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (0.38%) Apache Cassandra
3 1 (0.38%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 5 (1.92%) JIRA
2 3 (1.15%) Sonatype Nexus
3 1 (0.38%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.38%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.38%) Maven
General
1 39 (15.00%) Social Skills
2 28 (10.77%) Finance
3 22 (8.46%) Telecoms
4 8 (3.08%) Presentation Skills
4 8 (3.08%) Public Sector
5 5 (1.92%) Banking
6 4 (1.54%) Documentation Skills
6 4 (1.54%) Local Government
6 4 (1.54%) Retail
7 3 (1.15%) Analytical Skills
7 3 (1.15%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.77%) Aerospace
8 2 (0.77%) Back Office
8 2 (0.77%) Fire and Rescue
8 2 (0.77%) French Language
8 2 (0.77%) Law
8 2 (0.77%) Legal
8 2 (0.77%) Marketing
9 1 (0.38%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.38%) German Language
Job Titles
1 91 (35.00%) Architect
2 79 (30.38%) Network Engineer
3 38 (14.62%) Network Architect
4 23 (8.85%) Technical Architect
5 19 (7.31%) Security Architect
6 18 (6.92%) Analyst
7 17 (6.54%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 16 (6.15%) Senior Network Engineer
9 12 (4.62%) Product Manager
9 12 (4.62%) Project Manager
10 11 (4.23%) Solutions Architect
11 9 (3.46%) Business Analyst
11 9 (3.46%) Cisco Engineer
11 9 (3.46%) Cisco Network Engineer
11 9 (3.46%) Consultant
12 8 (3.08%) Infrastructure Manager
12 8 (3.08%) Network Infrastructure Engineer
13 7 (2.69%) Azure Engineer
13 7 (2.69%) Designer
13 7 (2.69%) Infrastructure Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (2.69%) Middleware
2 5 (1.92%) 802.1X
2 5 (1.92%) SAP Basis
3 2 (0.77%) LDAP
4 1 (0.38%) .NET
4 1 (0.38%) Apache NiFi
4 1 (0.38%) ARM Templates
4 1 (0.38%) Elastic Stack
4 1 (0.38%) JSON
4 1 (0.38%) Kafka
4 1 (0.38%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 40 (15.38%) Data Centre
2 11 (4.23%) Public Cloud
3 8 (3.08%) Management Information System
4 7 (2.69%) Hybrid Cloud
5 6 (2.31%) CMDB
5 6 (2.31%) Driving Licence
5 6 (2.31%) PKI
6 5 (1.92%) Self-Motivation
7 3 (1.15%) CAN bus
7 3 (1.15%) CCTV
7 3 (1.15%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 3 (1.15%) Fibre Optics
7 3 (1.15%) Industry 4.0
7 3 (1.15%) iPad
7 3 (1.15%) Private Cloud
7 3 (1.15%) User Experience
7 3 (1.15%) Video Conferencing
8 2 (0.77%) Robotics
8 2 (0.77%) Virtual Team
9 1 (0.38%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 27 (10.38%) Windows
2 19 (7.31%) Windows Server
3 14 (5.38%) Linux
4 6 (2.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 6 (2.31%) Unix
5 5 (1.92%) AIX
6 4 (1.54%) Android
7 3 (1.15%) Windows 10
7 3 (1.15%) Windows Server 2019
8 2 (0.77%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.77%) Windows Server 2016
9 1 (0.38%) CentOS
9 1 (0.38%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.38%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.38%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 60 (23.08%) Network Architecture
2 32 (12.31%) Agile Software Development
3 27 (10.38%) Migration
4 25 (9.62%) ITIL
5 23 (8.85%) Problem-Solving
6 20 (7.69%) Business Continuity
6 20 (7.69%) Disaster Recovery
7 19 (7.31%) Change Management
7 19 (7.31%) Cybersecurity
7 19 (7.31%) Network Design
8 18 (6.92%) Service Management
9 16 (6.15%) Project Management
10 15 (5.77%) Stakeholder Management
11 14 (5.38%) Load Balancing
12 12 (4.62%) Network Management
13 11 (4.23%) Continuous Improvement
13 11 (4.23%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 11 (4.23%) Network Monitoring
13 11 (4.23%) Service Delivery
13 11 (4.23%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 14 (5.38%) Python
2 8 (3.08%) PowerShell
3 6 (2.31%) SQL
4 3 (1.15%) C
5 1 (0.38%) Perl
Qualifications
1 75 (28.85%) Security Cleared
2 68 (26.15%) SC Cleared
3 52 (20.00%) Cisco Certification
4 47 (18.08%) CCNP
5 20 (7.69%) Degree
6 19 (7.31%) CISSP
7 15 (5.77%) CCIE
7 15 (5.77%) CCNA
7 15 (5.77%) CESG Certified Professional
8 8 (3.08%) CCDP
9 6 (2.31%) DBS Check
10 4 (1.54%) Computer Science Degree
11 3 (1.15%) CCIE Routing and Switching
11 3 (1.15%) Microsoft Certification
12 2 (0.77%) CCIE Security
12 2 (0.77%) CWNE
12 2 (0.77%) ITIL Certification
12 2 (0.77%) MCP
12 2 (0.77%) MCSA
12 2 (0.77%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (5.77%) NCSC
2 7 (2.69%) Cyber Essentials
2 7 (2.69%) PCI DSS
2 7 (2.69%) SLA
3 5 (1.92%) COBIT
3 5 (1.92%) GDPR
4 4 (1.54%) QA
5 2 (0.77%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 2 (0.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.38%) GAAP
6 1 (0.38%) GRC
6 1 (0.38%) ISO 22301
6 1 (0.38%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.38%) NIST
6 1 (0.38%) PMO
6 1 (0.38%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 57 (21.92%) VMware Infrastructure
2 46 (17.69%) Active Directory
3 42 (16.15%) Hyper-V
4 7 (2.69%) Docker
5 6 (2.31%) Virtual Desktop
5 6 (2.31%) VMware NSX
6 3 (1.15%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (1.15%) vSphere
7 2 (0.77%) KVM
7 2 (0.77%) XenApp
8 1 (0.38%) Firmware
8 1 (0.38%) ProxySG
8 1 (0.38%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (0.38%) Xen
Systems Management
1 22 (8.46%) FortiGate
2 12 (4.62%) Microsoft Intune
3 10 (3.85%) SCCM
4 8 (3.08%) Terraform
5 6 (2.31%) Ansible
5 6 (2.31%) Cisco CUCM
5 6 (2.31%) WhatsUp Gold
6 5 (1.92%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 5 (1.92%) Kubernetes
7 3 (1.15%) Cisco Prime
8 2 (0.77%) Cisco UCCX
8 2 (0.77%) Puppet
8 2 (0.77%) SCOM
8 2 (0.77%) Stealthwatch
8 2 (0.77%) TrustSec
9 1 (0.38%) Cobbler
9 1 (0.38%) Kibana
9 1 (0.38%) logstash
9 1 (0.38%) Opscode Chef
9 1 (0.38%) QRadar
Vendors
1 158 (60.77%) Cisco
2 65 (25.00%) VMware
3 38 (14.62%) CheckPoint
3 38 (14.62%) Microsoft
4 33 (12.69%) Fortinet
5 32 (12.31%) Meraki
6 22 (8.46%) Citrix
7 21 (8.08%) F5
8 17 (6.54%) Juniper
9 16 (6.15%) Aruba
9 16 (6.15%) Palo Alto
9 16 (6.15%) SolarWinds
10 12 (4.62%) HP
10 12 (4.62%) Red Hat
11 8 (3.08%) Infoblox
12 7 (2.69%) Oracle
12 7 (2.69%) Zscaler
13 6 (2.31%) Ubiquiti
14 5 (1.92%) SAP
14 5 (1.92%) Software AG