Period
to 31 October 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in 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 31 October 2020 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)
UK > England
6 months to
31 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 147 123 153
Rank change year-on-year -24 +30 0
Contract jobs citing WAN 497 1,614 1,737
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.78% 2.09% 1.84%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 13.68% 15.77% 13.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 355 1,109 1,051
Median daily rate £415 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.75% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £200 £201 £180
90th Percentile £575 £575 £595
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 65 96
Median hourly rate £35.00 £19.00 £22.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +84.21% -14.12% +27.34%
10th Percentile £16.78 £12.20 £12.20
90th Percentile £64.50 £57.14 £45.19
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £19.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year +84.21% -11.63% +4.09%

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 3,632 10,235 12,535
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.01% 13.26% 13.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,116 6,244 7,593
Median daily rate £440 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.53% - +5.52%
10th Percentile £213 £200 £200
90th Percentile £625 £600 £613
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +2.94% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 201 521 596
Median hourly rate £35.00 £27.50 £19.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +27.27% +43.29% +2.63%
10th Percentile £14.00 £13.13 £12.25
90th Percentile £55.00 £55.00 £48.75
Median hourly rate £35.00 £28.42 £19.00
% change year-on-year +23.15% +49.58% -

WAN
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for WAN in England

WAN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Daily rate trend for WAN in England

WAN
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing WAN in England over the 6 months to 31 October 2020.

Daily rate histogram for WAN in England

WAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Hourly rate trend for WAN in England

WAN
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing WAN in England over the 6 months to 31 October 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for WAN in England

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 WAN within the England region over the 6 months to 31 October 2020. 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 -37 160 £450 +4.65% 45
South East +8 113 £400 - 29
Midlands 0 71 £350 -5.41% 40
South West +54 64 £425 - 25
West Midlands +1 47 £375 +5.63% 26
North of England -32 45 £375 - 62
East of England +36 34 £328 -22.94% 16
North West -4 31 £375 -12.79% 37
East Midlands +18 23 £250 -35.06% 14
Yorkshire +9 14 £350 - 22
WAN
UK

For the 6 months to 31 October 2020, 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 England region with a requirement for WAN.

1 362 (72.84%) LAN
2 262 (52.72%) Cisco
3 219 (44.06%) Firewall
4 152 (30.58%) Windows
5 136 (27.36%) VPN
6 131 (26.36%) Azure
7 119 (23.94%) Security Cleared
8 118 (23.74%) Cisco Certification
9 110 (22.13%) Active Directory
10 105 (21.13%) Microsoft
11 103 (20.72%) VMware
12 93 (18.71%) CCNP
13 88 (17.71%) Data Centre
14 85 (17.10%) Wireless
15 83 (16.70%) Office 365
16 82 (16.50%) DNS
17 78 (15.69%) MPLS
18 75 (15.09%) SC Cleared
19 71 (14.29%) F5
19 71 (14.29%) Linux
20 67 (13.48%) Telecoms
21 66 (13.28%) VoIP
21 66 (13.28%) Juniper
22 62 (12.47%) ITIL
22 62 (12.47%) VMware Infrastructure
23 61 (12.27%) BGP
24 60 (12.07%) CCNA
24 60 (12.07%) Network Security
25 59 (11.87%) OSPF
26 56 (11.27%) TCP/IP

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 18 (3.62%) SharePoint
2 14 (2.82%) MS Exchange
3 12 (2.41%) Skype for Business
4 7 (1.41%) JBoss
5 6 (1.21%) Exchange Server 2010
5 6 (1.21%) NetWeaver
5 6 (1.21%) WebSphere
6 4 (0.80%) CMS
6 4 (0.80%) Confluence
6 4 (0.80%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (0.40%) Cloud Foundry
7 2 (0.40%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.20%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 1 (0.20%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.20%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.20%) IIS
8 1 (0.20%) nginx
8 1 (0.20%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.20%) WildFly
Applications
1 29 (5.84%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (2.82%) MS Visio
3 9 (1.81%) Microsoft Excel
4 4 (0.80%) CATIA
5 3 (0.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.40%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.20%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.20%) assyst
1 1 (0.20%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 131 (26.36%) Azure
2 83 (16.70%) Office 365
3 48 (9.66%) AWS
4 41 (8.25%) PaaS
5 34 (6.84%) IaaS
6 27 (5.43%) SaaS
7 18 (3.62%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 17 (3.42%) Azure Active Directory
9 13 (2.62%) GCP
10 7 (1.41%) OneDrive
11 6 (1.21%) Cloud Computing
12 5 (1.01%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 5 (1.01%) Power Automate
13 4 (0.80%) Amazon EC2
13 4 (0.80%) Amazon S3
13 4 (0.80%) Power Platform
13 4 (0.80%) Route 53
14 3 (0.60%) AWS CloudFormation
14 3 (0.60%) GitHub
14 3 (0.60%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 362 (72.84%) LAN
2 219 (44.06%) Firewall
3 136 (27.36%) VPN
4 85 (17.10%) Wireless
5 82 (16.50%) DNS
6 78 (15.69%) MPLS
7 66 (13.28%) VoIP
8 61 (12.27%) BGP
9 60 (12.07%) Network Security
10 59 (11.87%) OSPF
11 56 (11.27%) TCP/IP
12 55 (11.07%) Wi-Fi
13 48 (9.66%) Internet
14 47 (9.46%) DHCP
15 42 (8.45%) Cisco ASA
16 37 (7.44%) Cisco Nexus
16 37 (7.44%) SAN
17 34 (6.84%) EIGRP
17 34 (6.84%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
18 32 (6.44%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (2.41%) SQL Server
2 8 (1.61%) Azure SQL Database
2 8 (1.61%) Cosmos DB
3 6 (1.21%) DB2
3 6 (1.21%) MySQL
3 6 (1.21%) SAP HANA
4 3 (0.60%) Data Lake
4 3 (0.60%) PostgreSQL
4 3 (0.60%) Power BI
5 2 (0.40%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (0.40%) Geospatial Data
5 2 (0.40%) MongoDB
5 2 (0.40%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.20%) Crystal Reports
6 1 (0.20%) HBase
6 1 (0.20%) Oracle Database 12c
6 1 (0.20%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.20%) Riak
6 1 (0.20%) Snowflake Schema
6 1 (0.20%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 14 (2.82%) JIRA
2 9 (1.81%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 6 (1.21%) Jenkins
4 3 (0.60%) Git (software)
5 2 (0.40%) Bitbucket Server
5 2 (0.40%) SonarQube
5 2 (0.40%) TestDirector
5 2 (0.40%) Visual Studio
6 1 (0.20%) ClearCase
6 1 (0.20%) ClearQuest
6 1 (0.20%) Fiddler
6 1 (0.20%) Hudson
6 1 (0.20%) Introscope
6 1 (0.20%) JMeter
6 1 (0.20%) LoadRunner
6 1 (0.20%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 67 (13.48%) Telecoms
2 45 (9.05%) Finance
3 31 (6.24%) Public Sector
4 10 (2.01%) Banking
5 9 (1.81%) Pharmaceutical
5 9 (1.81%) Retail
6 7 (1.41%) Financial Institution
7 6 (1.21%) Marketing
8 5 (1.01%) Billing
8 5 (1.01%) Electronics
8 5 (1.01%) Manufacturing
9 4 (0.80%) Automotive
10 3 (0.60%) German Language
10 3 (0.60%) Investment Banking
10 3 (0.60%) Local Government
11 2 (0.40%) Advertising
11 2 (0.40%) French Language
11 2 (0.40%) Military
12 1 (0.20%) Law
12 1 (0.20%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 129 (25.96%) Network Engineer
2 99 (19.92%) Architect
3 50 (10.06%) Network Architect
4 29 (5.84%) Analyst
5 23 (4.63%) Support Engineer
6 22 (4.43%) Solutions Architect
7 21 (4.23%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 20 (4.02%) Cisco Engineer
8 20 (4.02%) Consultant
9 19 (3.82%) Senior Network Engineer
10 18 (3.62%) Cisco Network Engineer
10 18 (3.62%) Security Engineer
11 17 (3.42%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
12 16 (3.22%) Infrastructure Architect
12 16 (3.22%) Network Support
12 16 (3.22%) Project Manager
13 15 (3.02%) Technical Architect
14 14 (2.82%) Azure Engineer
15 13 (2.62%) Network Support Engineer
16 12 (2.41%) Field Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (3.62%) .NET
2 11 (2.21%) 802.1X
3 8 (1.61%) Middleware
4 7 (1.41%) JSON
5 6 (1.21%) SAP Basis
5 6 (1.21%) Web Services
6 4 (0.80%) REST
6 4 (0.80%) SOAP
6 4 (0.80%) WebRTC
7 3 (0.60%) LDAP
8 2 (0.40%) ASP.NET
8 2 (0.40%) Elastic Stack
8 2 (0.40%) Ruby on Rails
8 2 (0.40%) Velocity
8 2 (0.40%) XML
8 2 (0.40%) XMPP
8 2 (0.40%) YAML
9 1 (0.20%) .NET Framework
9 1 (0.20%) FIX Protocol
9 1 (0.20%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 88 (17.71%) Data Centre
2 28 (5.63%) PKI
3 23 (4.63%) Self-Motivation
4 22 (4.43%) Public Cloud
5 18 (3.62%) NHS
6 16 (3.22%) Management Information System
7 15 (3.02%) Video Conferencing
8 11 (2.21%) Analytical Skills
9 9 (1.81%) Replication
10 6 (1.21%) Driving Licence
10 6 (1.21%) Private Cloud
10 6 (1.21%) Robotics
10 6 (1.21%) Tandem
11 5 (1.01%) Client/Server
11 5 (1.01%) iPhone
12 4 (0.80%) CCTV
12 4 (0.80%) Clustering
12 4 (0.80%) Virtual Team
13 3 (0.60%) Cyber Kill Chain
13 3 (0.60%) Industry 4.0
Operating Systems
1 152 (30.58%) Windows
2 71 (14.29%) Linux
3 46 (9.26%) Windows Server
4 34 (6.84%) Windows 10
5 30 (6.04%) Unix
6 19 (3.82%) Windows 7
7 12 (2.41%) Ubuntu
7 12 (2.41%) Windows Server 2008
8 11 (2.21%) Windows Server 2016
9 9 (1.81%) Windows Server 2012
10 8 (1.61%) Solaris
10 8 (1.61%) VMS
11 7 (1.41%) Apple iOS
12 6 (1.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 6 (1.21%) Windows XP
13 5 (1.01%) AIX
13 5 (1.01%) Windows Server 2003
14 4 (0.80%) Debian
14 4 (0.80%) Fedora
14 4 (0.80%) NetWare
Processes & Methodologies
1 62 (12.47%) ITIL
2 49 (9.86%) Agile Software Development
3 47 (9.46%) Migration
4 43 (8.65%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 41 (8.25%) Network Design
6 33 (6.64%) Load Balancing
7 30 (6.04%) Project Management
7 30 (6.04%) Service Management
8 29 (5.84%) PRINCE2
8 29 (5.84%) SIEM
9 27 (5.43%) Project Delivery
10 26 (5.23%) DevOps
11 23 (4.63%) Cryptography
12 21 (4.23%) High Availability
12 21 (4.23%) Problem-Solving
12 21 (4.23%) Service Delivery
13 20 (4.02%) Change Management
13 20 (4.02%) Network Virtualisation
13 20 (4.02%) TOGAF
14 19 (3.82%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 35 (7.04%) Python
2 27 (5.43%) C
3 17 (3.42%) SQL
4 12 (2.41%) Java
4 12 (2.41%) PowerShell
5 11 (2.21%) Shell Script
6 10 (2.01%) Bash Shell
7 5 (1.01%) Perl
8 4 (0.80%) C#
8 4 (0.80%) MATLAB
9 3 (0.60%) Ada
10 2 (0.40%) Embedded C
10 2 (0.40%) PHP
11 1 (0.20%) C++
11 1 (0.20%) JavaScript
11 1 (0.20%) Korn
11 1 (0.20%) VB
11 1 (0.20%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.20%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 119 (23.94%) Security Cleared
2 118 (23.74%) Cisco Certification
3 93 (18.71%) CCNP
4 75 (15.09%) SC Cleared
5 60 (12.07%) CCNA
6 42 (8.45%) DV Cleared
7 39 (7.85%) CCIE
8 24 (4.83%) Microsoft Certification
9 20 (4.02%) CCDP
10 19 (3.82%) CISSP
11 18 (3.62%) CCDA
11 18 (3.62%) Degree
12 16 (3.22%) MCSE
13 12 (2.41%) BPSS Clearance
14 10 (2.01%) CCIE Routing and Switching
15 6 (1.21%) BC Cleared
16 5 (1.01%) Computer Science Degree
16 5 (1.01%) PMP
17 4 (0.80%) MCSA
17 4 (0.80%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (2.41%) QA
2 10 (2.01%) PCI DSS
3 9 (1.81%) COBIT
3 9 (1.81%) SLA
4 8 (1.61%) GDPR
4 8 (1.61%) NIST
5 4 (0.80%) Disclosure Scotland
5 4 (0.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.60%) Cyber Essentials
7 2 (0.40%) ISO 14001
7 2 (0.40%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.20%) HL7
8 1 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 1 (0.20%) NIST 800
System Software
1 110 (22.13%) Active Directory
2 62 (12.47%) VMware Infrastructure
3 25 (5.03%) Hyper-V
3 25 (5.03%) VMware NSX
4 16 (3.22%) VMware ESXi
5 14 (2.82%) Docker
5 14 (2.82%) Virtual Machines
5 14 (2.82%) vSphere
6 4 (0.80%) Firmware
6 4 (0.80%) KVM
6 4 (0.80%) XenApp
7 3 (0.60%) Virtual Desktop
7 3 (0.60%) Xen
7 3 (0.60%) XenDesktop
8 2 (0.40%) ProxySG
8 2 (0.40%) vCloud
9 1 (0.20%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.20%) Terminal Server
9 1 (0.20%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.20%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 31 (6.24%) SCCM
2 20 (4.02%) Ansible
3 16 (3.22%) Microsoft Intune
4 14 (2.82%) Kubernetes
5 13 (2.62%) FortiGate
6 9 (1.81%) Cisco CUCM
7 8 (1.61%) Cisco Prime
8 7 (1.41%) SCOM
8 7 (1.41%) vCenter Server
9 5 (1.01%) Cisco UCCX
9 5 (1.01%) Terraform
10 4 (0.80%) Nessus
10 4 (0.80%) Puppet
10 4 (0.80%) QRadar
10 4 (0.80%) Single Sign-On
11 3 (0.60%) CASB
11 3 (0.60%) EMC VPLEX
11 3 (0.60%) Microsoft Clustering
11 3 (0.60%) Nagios
11 3 (0.60%) vRealize
Vendors
1 262 (52.72%) Cisco
2 105 (21.13%) Microsoft
3 103 (20.72%) VMware
4 71 (14.29%) F5
5 66 (13.28%) Juniper
6 53 (10.66%) CheckPoint
7 45 (9.05%) Palo Alto
8 41 (8.25%) SolarWinds
9 32 (6.44%) Citrix
10 31 (6.24%) Dell
11 29 (5.84%) Oracle
12 23 (4.63%) Meraki
13 19 (3.82%) Fortinet
13 19 (3.82%) HP
13 19 (3.82%) Splunk
14 17 (3.42%) Aruba
15 16 (3.22%) Blue Coat
16 14 (2.82%) Red Hat
16 14 (2.82%) Veeam
17 12 (2.41%) Arista