Period
to 16 October 2018

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 16 October 2018 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
16 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 146 149 120
Rank change year-on-year +3 -29 -17
Contract jobs citing WAN 1,735 1,664 2,056
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.84% 1.82% 2.10%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 13.87% 13.21% 13.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,029 1,065 1,322
England median daily rate £400 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -6.25% +10.34%
10th Percentile £175 £184 £220
90th Percentile £588 £550 £588
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £400
% change year-on-year +6.67% -6.25% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 103 88 75
England median hourly rate £20.65 £17.38 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.82% -13.13% +21.21%
10th Percentile £12.20 £12.24 £11.10
90th Percentile £45.00 £50.00 £48.45
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £21.64 £20.00
% change year-on-year -7.57% +8.19% +21.21%

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 12,507 12,595 15,026
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.27% 13.81% 15.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,578 7,742 9,250
England median daily rate £425 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% +4.03%
10th Percentile £200 £200 £224
90th Percentile £613 £588 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 620 659 739
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.11% -17.78% +12.50%
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.50 £11.50
90th Percentile £48.88 £47.50 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £19.19 £19.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year +1.01% -20.83% +20.00%

WAN
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for WAN in England

WAN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing WAN in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for WAN in England

WAN
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing WAN in England over the 6 months to 16 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for WAN in England

WAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing WAN in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for WAN in England

WAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing WAN in England over the 6 months to 16 October 2018.

Contractor 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 16 October 2018. 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 +12 708 £413 - 160
South East +6 379 £423 +9.16% 102
North of England +6 253 £350 -6.67% 141
Midlands -30 175 £375 +2.74% 81
North West +32 148 £350 -7.28% 82
West Midlands -44 127 £388 - 52
East of England -25 107 £325 -10.34% 45
South West -31 107 £375 +20.00% 42
Yorkshire -44 71 £387 +3.20% 44
East Midlands +4 48 £300 -6.25% 29
North East +15 34 £350 -12.50% 15
WAN
UK

For the 6 months to 16 October 2018, 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 1,358 (78.27%) LAN
2 902 (51.99%) Cisco
3 736 (42.42%) Firewall
4 545 (31.41%) Windows
5 502 (28.93%) Cisco Certification
6 387 (22.31%) ITIL
6 387 (22.31%) Active Directory
7 377 (21.73%) Microsoft
8 363 (20.92%) VPN
9 344 (19.83%) Data Centre
10 338 (19.48%) VMware
11 332 (19.14%) Wireless
12 316 (18.21%) CCNP
13 310 (17.87%) TCP/IP
14 290 (16.71%) MPLS
15 280 (16.14%) DNS
15 280 (16.14%) Security Cleared
16 250 (14.41%) Finance
16 250 (14.41%) Windows Server
17 247 (14.24%) CCNA
17 247 (14.24%) Network Security
18 233 (13.43%) Office 365
19 229 (13.20%) Migration
20 225 (12.97%) BGP
20 225 (12.97%) VMware Infrastructure
21 210 (12.10%) VoIP
22 209 (12.05%) Microsoft Azure
23 206 (11.87%) Juniper
24 203 (11.70%) CheckPoint
25 195 (11.24%) DHCP

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
1 120 (6.92%) MS Exchange
2 60 (3.46%) Skype for Business
3 47 (2.71%) Exchange Server 2010
4 41 (2.36%) SharePoint
5 31 (1.79%) Exchange Server 2013
6 26 (1.50%) IIS
7 17 (0.98%) IBM Notes
7 17 (0.98%) OpenStack
8 13 (0.75%) Apache
9 10 (0.58%) Tomcat
10 9 (0.52%) SharePoint 2013
10 9 (0.52%) Site Server
10 9 (0.52%) WebSphere
11 7 (0.40%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 6 (0.35%) Exchange Server 2007
12 6 (0.35%) Quickr
12 6 (0.35%) SharePoint 2010
13 5 (0.29%) Confluence
14 4 (0.23%) CMS
14 4 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 153 (8.82%) Microsoft Office
2 45 (2.59%) Microsoft Excel
3 44 (2.54%) MS Visio
4 21 (1.21%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 9 (0.52%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.12%) Acrobat
6 2 (0.12%) Open Workbench
7 1 (0.058%) Autodesk Inventor
7 1 (0.058%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (0.29%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.17%) Oracle Retail
3 2 (0.12%) Oracle Financials
3 2 (0.12%) PeopleSoft Financials
3 2 (0.12%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.058%) Magento
4 1 (0.058%) SAP BPC
4 1 (0.058%) SAP GTS
4 1 (0.058%) SAP IBP
4 1 (0.058%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 233 (13.43%) Office 365
2 209 (12.05%) Microsoft Azure
3 147 (8.47%) Amazon AWS
4 37 (2.13%) IaaS
5 29 (1.67%) PaaS
6 26 (1.50%) SaaS
7 23 (1.33%) Azure Active Directory
8 21 (1.21%) Cloud Computing
9 14 (0.81%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 10 (0.58%) Amazon EC2
10 10 (0.58%) Google Cloud Platform
11 8 (0.46%) GitHub
12 7 (0.40%) G Suite
13 6 (0.35%) AWS Lambda
13 6 (0.35%) Mimecast
13 6 (0.35%) Serverless
13 6 (0.35%) Sumo Logic
14 5 (0.29%) Akamai
14 5 (0.29%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 5 (0.29%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 1,358 (78.27%) LAN
2 736 (42.42%) Firewall
3 363 (20.92%) VPN
4 332 (19.14%) Wireless
5 310 (17.87%) TCP/IP
6 290 (16.71%) MPLS
7 280 (16.14%) DNS
8 247 (14.24%) Network Security
9 225 (12.97%) BGP
10 210 (12.10%) VoIP
11 195 (11.24%) DHCP
12 194 (11.18%) OSPF
13 182 (10.49%) Internet
14 171 (9.86%) Wi-Fi
15 162 (9.34%) WLAN
16 158 (9.11%) Cisco ASA
17 152 (8.76%) Cisco Nexus
18 141 (8.13%) VLAN
19 130 (7.49%) SAN
20 107 (6.17%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (3.69%) SQL Server
2 18 (1.04%) Big Data
3 14 (0.81%) SQL Server 2005
4 13 (0.75%) Oracle Database
5 11 (0.63%) MySQL
6 9 (0.52%) Hadoop
7 6 (0.35%) HBase
7 6 (0.35%) MongoDB
8 5 (0.29%) Amazon RDS
8 5 (0.29%) Apache Cassandra
8 5 (0.29%) Data Warehouse
8 5 (0.29%) Redis
8 5 (0.29%) Relational Database
9 3 (0.17%) DB2
9 3 (0.17%) MariaDB
9 3 (0.17%) NoSQL
9 3 (0.17%) Oracle Reports
9 3 (0.17%) RDBMS
10 2 (0.12%) MS Access
10 2 (0.12%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 11 (0.63%) Jenkins
1 11 (0.63%) JIRA
2 10 (0.58%) Git (software)
2 10 (0.58%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 4 (0.23%) Sonatype Nexus
3 4 (0.23%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (0.17%) Subversion
4 3 (0.17%) TeamCity
5 1 (0.058%) Artifactory
5 1 (0.058%) Bitbucket
5 1 (0.058%) Hudson
5 1 (0.058%) JMeter
5 1 (0.058%) Maven
5 1 (0.058%) Metasploit
5 1 (0.058%) NUnit
5 1 (0.058%) Selenium
5 1 (0.058%) SonarQube
5 1 (0.058%) SpecFlow
5 1 (0.058%) Visual Studio
5 1 (0.058%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 250 (14.41%) Finance
2 142 (8.18%) Telecoms
3 65 (3.75%) Retail
4 54 (3.11%) Banking
5 43 (2.48%) Law
6 25 (1.44%) Legal
7 15 (0.86%) Manufacturing
8 13 (0.75%) Financial Institution
9 11 (0.63%) Spanish Language
10 10 (0.58%) Multimedia
11 8 (0.46%) Advertising
11 8 (0.46%) Marketing
12 6 (0.35%) Pharmaceutical
13 5 (0.29%) Aerospace
13 5 (0.29%) German Language
13 5 (0.29%) Investment Banking
13 5 (0.29%) Publishing
14 3 (0.17%) Back Office
14 3 (0.17%) Electronics
15 2 (0.12%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 503 (28.99%) Network Engineer
2 207 (11.93%) Architect
3 204 (11.76%) Analyst
4 140 (8.07%) Cisco Engineer
5 127 (7.32%) Support Engineer
6 119 (6.86%) Project Manager
7 113 (6.51%) Network Architect
8 107 (6.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 101 (5.82%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 101 (5.82%) Senior Network Engineer
10 89 (5.13%) Desktop Support
11 68 (3.92%) Security Engineer
12 65 (3.75%) Consultant
13 62 (3.57%) IT Support
14 58 (3.34%) Network Analyst
15 57 (3.29%) Support Analyst
16 53 (3.05%) Network Security Engineer
17 52 (3.00%) 2nd Line Support
17 52 (3.00%) Infrastructure Manager
17 52 (3.00%) WAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (2.59%) 802.1X
2 33 (1.90%) Middleware
3 25 (1.44%) Web Services
4 15 (0.86%) HTML
5 13 (0.75%) SAML
6 12 (0.69%) OAuth
6 12 (0.69%) OpenID
7 11 (0.63%) JSON
7 11 (0.63%) LDAP
8 10 (0.58%) Kafka
9 9 (0.52%) Ajax
10 7 (0.40%) CGI
10 7 (0.40%) CSS
11 6 (0.35%) Elastic Stack
11 6 (0.35%) LAMP
12 5 (0.29%) REST
12 5 (0.29%) Sensu
12 5 (0.29%) XMPP
13 4 (0.23%) RabbitMQ
14 3 (0.17%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 344 (19.83%) Data Centre
2 119 (6.86%) Analytical Skills
3 56 (3.23%) Management Information System
3 56 (3.23%) Self-Motivation
3 56 (3.23%) Smartphone
4 46 (2.65%) Video Conferencing
5 36 (2.07%) Clustering
6 31 (1.79%) iPhone
7 26 (1.50%) iPad
8 25 (1.44%) Blackberry
8 25 (1.44%) Hybrid Cloud
9 24 (1.38%) NHS
10 23 (1.33%) Computer Science
11 22 (1.27%) Fat Client
11 22 (1.27%) Thin Client
12 21 (1.21%) Mainframe
12 21 (1.21%) PKI
13 20 (1.15%) Mobile App
14 19 (1.10%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
15 18 (1.04%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 545 (31.41%) Windows
2 250 (14.41%) Windows Server
3 168 (9.68%) Linux
4 154 (8.88%) Windows 7
5 140 (8.07%) Windows 10
6 105 (6.05%) Windows Server 2008
7 100 (5.76%) Windows Server 2012
8 81 (4.67%) Unix
9 53 (3.05%) Windows Server 2003
10 43 (2.48%) Android
11 35 (2.02%) Windows 8
12 33 (1.90%) Mac OS X
13 30 (1.73%) Apple iOS
14 23 (1.33%) Solaris
15 21 (1.21%) Mac OS
16 19 (1.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 12 (0.69%) CentOS
18 7 (0.40%) Embedded Linux
18 7 (0.40%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
19 6 (0.35%) CoreOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 387 (22.31%) ITIL
2 229 (13.20%) Migration
3 169 (9.74%) Project Management
4 153 (8.82%) Network Design
5 141 (8.13%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 125 (7.20%) Network Management
7 119 (6.86%) Service Management
8 117 (6.74%) Problem-Solving
9 107 (6.17%) Service Delivery
10 105 (6.05%) Network Monitoring
11 102 (5.88%) Change Management
12 101 (5.82%) Load Balancing
13 89 (5.13%) Stakeholder Management
14 88 (5.07%) Network Architecture
15 79 (4.55%) PRINCE2
16 75 (4.32%) Agile Software Development
17 67 (3.86%) Incident Management
18 66 (3.80%) Information Security
19 65 (3.75%) High Availability
20 61 (3.52%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 86 (4.96%) SQL
2 82 (4.73%) PowerShell
3 53 (3.05%) Python
4 26 (1.50%) C
4 26 (1.50%) Perl
5 14 (0.81%) Bash Shell
6 13 (0.75%) JavaScript
7 12 (0.69%) PHP
8 10 (0.58%) Java
8 10 (0.58%) Shell Script
9 7 (0.40%) C++
9 7 (0.40%) Embedded C
10 5 (0.29%) VBScript
11 4 (0.23%) Korn
12 2 (0.12%) PL/SQL
12 2 (0.12%) R
12 2 (0.12%) T-SQL
13 1 (0.058%) C-shell
13 1 (0.058%) Lingo
13 1 (0.058%) VB
Qualifications
1 502 (28.93%) Cisco Certification
2 316 (18.21%) CCNP
3 280 (16.14%) Security Cleared
4 247 (14.24%) CCNA
5 186 (10.72%) SC Cleared
6 101 (5.82%) CCIE
7 75 (4.32%) Degree
8 72 (4.15%) DV Cleared
9 68 (3.92%) Microsoft Certification
10 44 (2.54%) CCDP
11 41 (2.36%) MCSE
12 32 (1.84%) ITIL Certification
13 31 (1.79%) CISSP
14 29 (1.67%) MCSA
15 22 (1.27%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 20 (1.15%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 20 (1.15%) JNCIA
17 19 (1.10%) JNCIS
18 16 (0.92%) CCSA
18 16 (0.92%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 94 (5.42%) SLA
2 30 (1.73%) GDPR
3 28 (1.61%) QA
4 20 (1.15%) HIPAA
5 17 (0.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 17 (0.98%) PCI DSS
5 17 (0.98%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 16 (0.92%) FedRAMP
7 8 (0.46%) PMO
8 6 (0.35%) JSP 440
9 5 (0.29%) NIST 800
10 3 (0.17%) Government Security Classifications
10 3 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 2 (0.12%) Disclosure Scotland
11 2 (0.12%) FISMA
11 2 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 2 (0.12%) OASIS TOSCA
12 1 (0.058%) Cyber Essentials
12 1 (0.058%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 1 (0.058%) SAS 70
System Software
1 387 (22.31%) Active Directory
2 225 (12.97%) VMware Infrastructure
3 96 (5.53%) Hyper-V
4 50 (2.88%) vSphere
5 44 (2.54%) VMware ESXi
6 30 (1.73%) BitLocker
7 21 (1.21%) Virtual Desktop
8 20 (1.15%) Docker
9 19 (1.10%) Virtual Machines
9 19 (1.10%) VMware NSX
10 17 (0.98%) XenApp
11 14 (0.81%) Xen
12 12 (0.69%) FreeRADIUS
13 11 (0.63%) VMware Server
14 10 (0.58%) ProxySG
15 9 (0.52%) KVM
15 9 (0.52%) Virtual Servers
16 8 (0.46%) Firmware
16 8 (0.46%) NFS
17 6 (0.35%) Samba
Systems Management
1 134 (7.72%) SCCM
2 50 (2.88%) FortiGate
3 42 (2.42%) Cisco Prime
4 34 (1.96%) SCOM
5 29 (1.67%) Microsoft Clustering
6 28 (1.61%) WSUS
7 27 (1.56%) McAfee ePO
8 24 (1.38%) Cisco CUCM
9 23 (1.33%) Ansible
10 18 (1.04%) Backup Exec
10 18 (1.04%) Microsoft Intune
11 14 (0.81%) Nagios
11 14 (0.81%) Opscode Chef
12 13 (0.75%) Puppet
13 12 (0.69%) CASB
13 12 (0.69%) Kubernetes
13 12 (0.69%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
14 11 (0.63%) CA Spectrum
14 11 (0.63%) Cisco UCCX
15 9 (0.52%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 902 (51.99%) Cisco
2 377 (21.73%) Microsoft
3 338 (19.48%) VMware
4 206 (11.87%) Juniper
5 203 (11.70%) CheckPoint
6 174 (10.03%) F5
7 160 (9.22%) Citrix
8 154 (8.88%) HP
9 112 (6.46%) Palo Alto
10 109 (6.28%) McAfee
11 95 (5.48%) Aruba
12 84 (4.84%) SolarWinds
13 78 (4.50%) Fortinet
14 75 (4.32%) Meraki
15 71 (4.09%) Oracle
16 62 (3.57%) Riverbed
17 56 (3.23%) NetApp
18 45 (2.59%) Blue Coat
19 42 (2.42%) Apple
20 39 (2.25%) Avaya