Period
to 18 March 2019

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 18 March 2019 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
18 Mar 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 139 160 128
Rank change year-on-year +21 -32 -10
Contract jobs citing WAN 1,687 1,580 1,756
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.91% 1.71% 2.02%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 15.01% 12.93% 13.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,083 950 1,133
England median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £200 £175 £213
90th Percentile £575 £563 £575
UK median daily rate £400 £390 £395
% change year-on-year +2.56% -1.27% -1.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 79 91 80
England median hourly rate £21.59 £17.38 £18.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.23% -4.79% -14.12%
10th Percentile £10.75 £11.00 £11.81
90th Percentile £47.50 £35.70 £55.00
UK median hourly rate £19.65 £17.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year +15.56% -8.11% -14.58%

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 11,241 12,217 12,658
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 12.71% 13.19% 14.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,871 7,603 7,745
England median daily rate £425 £424 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.24% +2.79% +3.13%
10th Percentile £206 £200 £213
90th Percentile £613 £600 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 496 649 672
England median hourly rate £18.00 £20.00 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.00% -6.98% -10.42%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.54 £11.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £19.40 £21.50
% change year-on-year -7.19% -9.79% -14.00%

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 18 March 2019.

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 18 March 2019.

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 18 March 2019. 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 +14 679 £425 +6.25% 173
South East +14 412 £400 - 134
North of England +38 241 £360 +10.77% 152
Midlands -32 151 £370 -17.78% 72
North West +43 123 £381 +17.31% 81
West Midlands -24 116 £370 -22.11% 38
South West -12 114 £350 +9.80% 51
East of England +17 91 £413 +33.06% 44
Yorkshire +11 90 £375 +15.38% 56
East Midlands +4 34 £400 +14.29% 33
North East +8 28 £300 -50.00% 15
WAN
UK

For the 6 months to 18 March 2019, 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 1,315 (77.95%) LAN
2 866 (51.33%) Cisco
3 789 (46.77%) Firewall
4 552 (32.72%) Windows
5 500 (29.64%) Cisco Certification
6 476 (28.22%) VPN
7 429 (25.43%) Active Directory
8 359 (21.28%) Microsoft
9 355 (21.04%) TCP/IP
10 354 (20.98%) Data Centre
11 353 (20.92%) CCNP
12 337 (19.98%) VMware
13 305 (18.08%) Wireless
14 302 (17.90%) DNS
15 299 (17.72%) ITIL
16 296 (17.55%) CheckPoint
17 280 (16.60%) MPLS
18 274 (16.24%) BGP
19 266 (15.77%) OSPF
20 262 (15.53%) Office 365
21 257 (15.23%) Windows Server
22 254 (15.06%) Security Cleared
23 247 (14.64%) Microsoft Azure
24 246 (14.58%) Network Security
25 243 (14.40%) Juniper
26 241 (14.29%) CCNA
27 218 (12.92%) DHCP
27 218 (12.92%) Amazon AWS
28 216 (12.80%) VoIP
29 209 (12.39%) VMware Infrastructure

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 95 (5.63%) MS Exchange
2 64 (3.79%) Skype for Business
3 54 (3.20%) SharePoint
4 28 (1.66%) Exchange Server 2013
5 23 (1.36%) Exchange Server 2010
6 16 (0.95%) Tomcat
7 15 (0.89%) IIS
8 11 (0.65%) Apache
8 11 (0.65%) Exchange Server 2007
9 8 (0.47%) OpenStack
10 7 (0.41%) Confluence
11 6 (0.36%) IBM Notes
12 5 (0.30%) Apache Pig
12 5 (0.30%) WebSphere
13 4 (0.24%) IBM Domino
13 4 (0.24%) WordPress
14 3 (0.18%) CMS
14 3 (0.18%) JBoss
14 3 (0.18%) WebLogic
14 3 (0.18%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 185 (10.97%) Microsoft Office
2 35 (2.07%) Microsoft Excel
3 26 (1.54%) MS Visio
4 19 (1.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 9 (0.53%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.18%) Windchill
7 1 (0.059%) Houdini
7 1 (0.059%) Maya
7 1 (0.059%) NUKE
7 1 (0.059%) Open Workbench
7 1 (0.059%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.059%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (0.12%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (0.059%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.059%) Oracle Financials
2 1 (0.059%) PeopleSoft Financials
2 1 (0.059%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.059%) SAP BPC
2 1 (0.059%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.059%) SAP GTS
2 1 (0.059%) SAP IBP
2 1 (0.059%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 262 (15.53%) Office 365
2 247 (14.64%) Microsoft Azure
3 218 (12.92%) Amazon AWS
4 54 (3.20%) IaaS
5 39 (2.31%) SaaS
6 37 (2.19%) PaaS
7 32 (1.90%) Google Cloud Platform
8 27 (1.60%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 24 (1.42%) Cloud Computing
10 19 (1.13%) Azure Active Directory
11 15 (0.89%) Sumo Logic
12 13 (0.77%) OneDrive
13 12 (0.71%) OpenShift
14 9 (0.53%) Akamai
14 9 (0.53%) Mimecast
15 8 (0.47%) Datadog
16 7 (0.41%) Amazon EC2
16 7 (0.41%) Amazon ELB
16 7 (0.41%) AWS CloudFormation
17 5 (0.30%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 1,315 (77.95%) LAN
2 789 (46.77%) Firewall
3 476 (28.22%) VPN
4 355 (21.04%) TCP/IP
5 305 (18.08%) Wireless
6 302 (17.90%) DNS
7 280 (16.60%) MPLS
8 274 (16.24%) BGP
9 266 (15.77%) OSPF
10 246 (14.58%) Network Security
11 218 (12.92%) DHCP
12 216 (12.80%) VoIP
13 187 (11.08%) Cisco ASA
14 175 (10.37%) Cisco Nexus
15 169 (10.02%) Wi-Fi
16 158 (9.37%) Internet
17 157 (9.31%) WLAN
18 142 (8.42%) SAN
19 130 (7.71%) VLAN
20 114 (6.76%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 72 (4.27%) SQL Server
2 18 (1.07%) MySQL
3 11 (0.65%) Relational Database
4 10 (0.59%) Big Data
5 9 (0.53%) NoSQL
6 8 (0.47%) Hadoop
6 8 (0.47%) PostgreSQL
7 7 (0.41%) RDBMS
8 6 (0.36%) Apache Cassandra
8 6 (0.36%) MariaDB
9 5 (0.30%) Apache Hive
9 5 (0.30%) HBase
9 5 (0.30%) Mahout
9 5 (0.30%) Sqoop
10 4 (0.24%) Amazon RDS
10 4 (0.24%) Data Warehouse
10 4 (0.24%) Oracle Database
10 4 (0.24%) Oracle Discoverer
11 3 (0.18%) Oracle Reports
11 3 (0.18%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 13 (0.77%) Sonatype Nexus
2 10 (0.59%) JIRA
3 9 (0.53%) Git (software)
3 9 (0.53%) Team Foundation Server
4 7 (0.41%) Jenkins
5 6 (0.36%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 3 (0.18%) AdminStudio
6 3 (0.18%) Hudson
6 3 (0.18%) InstallShield
7 2 (0.12%) Bitbucket
7 2 (0.12%) Burp Suite
7 2 (0.12%) Metasploit
7 2 (0.12%) Visual Studio
8 1 (0.059%) HP UFT
8 1 (0.059%) Maven
8 1 (0.059%) MSI
8 1 (0.059%) QARun
8 1 (0.059%) TestDirector
8 1 (0.059%) WinRunner
8 1 (0.059%) Zephyr
General
1 198 (11.74%) Finance
2 115 (6.82%) Telecoms
3 72 (4.27%) Retail
4 53 (3.14%) Banking
5 36 (2.13%) Law
6 25 (1.48%) Manufacturing
7 15 (0.89%) Financial Institution
7 15 (0.89%) Investment Banking
8 12 (0.71%) Legal
8 12 (0.71%) Local Government
9 7 (0.41%) Billing
9 7 (0.41%) Multimedia
10 6 (0.36%) Marketing
10 6 (0.36%) Publishing
11 5 (0.30%) Advertising
11 5 (0.30%) Military
12 4 (0.24%) Electronics
12 4 (0.24%) Games
12 4 (0.24%) Spanish Language
13 3 (0.18%) Mandarin Language
Job Titles
1 551 (32.66%) Network Engineer
2 216 (12.80%) Architect
3 194 (11.50%) Analyst
4 118 (6.99%) Support Engineer
5 108 (6.40%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 102 (6.05%) Cisco Engineer
7 100 (5.93%) Network Architect
8 90 (5.33%) Project Manager
9 88 (5.22%) Senior Network Engineer
10 87 (5.16%) Cisco Network Engineer
11 82 (4.86%) Security Engineer
12 75 (4.45%) Consultant
13 57 (3.38%) Desktop Support
14 51 (3.02%) Support Analyst
14 51 (3.02%) WAN Engineer
15 49 (2.90%) Network Security Engineer
16 48 (2.85%) IT Support
17 45 (2.67%) 2nd Line Support
17 45 (2.67%) 3rd Line Engineer
17 45 (2.67%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 51 (3.02%) Web Services
2 38 (2.25%) 802.1X
3 31 (1.84%) Elastic Stack
4 23 (1.36%) Middleware
5 16 (0.95%) REST
6 14 (0.83%) XML
7 11 (0.65%) JSON
7 11 (0.65%) XMPP
8 10 (0.59%) LDAP
8 10 (0.59%) SOAP
9 9 (0.53%) J2EE
10 8 (0.47%) YAML
11 7 (0.41%) HTML
12 5 (0.30%) RESTful
12 5 (0.30%) SAML
13 4 (0.24%) CSS
13 4 (0.24%) Jinja
13 4 (0.24%) Software Packaging
14 3 (0.18%) WAP
14 3 (0.18%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 354 (20.98%) Data Centre
2 76 (4.51%) Management Information System
3 65 (3.85%) Analytical Skills
4 57 (3.38%) Self-Motivation
5 50 (2.96%) Video Conferencing
6 37 (2.19%) Public Cloud
7 35 (2.07%) Smartphone
8 32 (1.90%) Cyberattack
8 32 (1.90%) PKI
9 25 (1.48%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 22 (1.30%) Mobile App
11 18 (1.07%) Clustering
11 18 (1.07%) Driving Licence
11 18 (1.07%) NHS
12 17 (1.01%) Private Cloud
12 17 (1.01%) Virtual Team
13 16 (0.95%) iPhone
14 14 (0.83%) EMC VNX
14 14 (0.83%) FMCG
15 13 (0.77%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 552 (32.72%) Windows
2 257 (15.23%) Windows Server
3 172 (10.20%) Linux
4 121 (7.17%) Windows 7
5 116 (6.88%) Windows 10
6 108 (6.40%) Windows Server 2012
7 84 (4.98%) Unix
8 81 (4.80%) Windows Server 2008
9 50 (2.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 43 (2.55%) Windows Server 2003
11 39 (2.31%) Android
12 29 (1.72%) Mac OS X
13 22 (1.30%) Windows 8
14 17 (1.01%) Apple iOS
15 15 (0.89%) Windows XP
16 14 (0.83%) Ubuntu
17 12 (0.71%) Mac OS
18 10 (0.59%) CentOS
19 8 (0.47%) Solaris
20 4 (0.24%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 299 (17.72%) ITIL
2 191 (11.32%) Migration
3 149 (8.83%) Network Design
3 149 (8.83%) Project Management
4 145 (8.60%) Load Balancing
5 142 (8.42%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 142 (8.42%) Network Monitoring
6 120 (7.11%) Problem-Solving
7 115 (6.82%) Network Management
8 111 (6.58%) Change Management
9 108 (6.40%) Stakeholder Management
10 100 (5.93%) Agile Software Development
11 88 (5.22%) Service Management
12 87 (5.16%) Information Security
13 77 (4.56%) Service Delivery
14 75 (4.45%) Network Architecture
15 72 (4.27%) DevOps
16 69 (4.09%) Patch Management
17 68 (4.03%) SIEM
18 67 (3.97%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 94 (5.57%) Python
1 94 (5.57%) SQL
2 83 (4.92%) PowerShell
3 40 (2.37%) Perl
4 25 (1.48%) C
4 25 (1.48%) Java
5 18 (1.07%) Bash Shell
6 16 (0.95%) Shell Script
7 13 (0.77%) VB
8 7 (0.41%) C++
8 7 (0.41%) JavaScript
9 6 (0.36%) Ruby
10 4 (0.24%) VBScript
11 3 (0.18%) PHP
12 2 (0.12%) R
13 1 (0.059%) C-shell
13 1 (0.059%) Korn
Qualifications
1 500 (29.64%) Cisco Certification
2 353 (20.92%) CCNP
3 254 (15.06%) Security Cleared
4 241 (14.29%) CCNA
5 165 (9.78%) SC Cleared
6 114 (6.76%) CCIE
7 89 (5.28%) Microsoft Certification
8 80 (4.74%) DV Cleared
9 75 (4.45%) Degree
10 67 (3.97%) MCSE
11 42 (2.49%) CCDP
12 36 (2.13%) CISSP
13 35 (2.07%) MCSA
14 26 (1.54%) JNCIP
15 25 (1.48%) BPSS Clearance
15 25 (1.48%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 24 (1.42%) ITIL Certification
17 22 (1.30%) CCSA
18 20 (1.19%) Computer Science Degree
19 17 (1.01%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 87 (5.16%) SLA
2 34 (2.02%) PCI DSS
3 28 (1.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 25 (1.48%) GDPR
5 24 (1.42%) HIPAA
6 18 (1.07%) FedRAMP
7 15 (0.89%) PMO
8 12 (0.71%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 7 (0.41%) QA
10 6 (0.36%) Cyber Essentials
11 3 (0.18%) COBIT
11 3 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 2 (0.12%) Disclosure Scotland
12 2 (0.12%) Government Security Classifications
12 2 (0.12%) OASIS TOSCA
13 1 (0.059%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 1 (0.059%) FISMA
System Software
1 429 (25.43%) Active Directory
2 209 (12.39%) VMware Infrastructure
3 91 (5.39%) Hyper-V
4 41 (2.43%) VMware ESXi
5 26 (1.54%) Firmware
5 26 (1.54%) vSphere
6 24 (1.42%) Docker
7 21 (1.24%) XenApp
8 17 (1.01%) BitLocker
8 17 (1.01%) KVM
8 17 (1.01%) Virtual Desktop
9 16 (0.95%) Virtual Machines
10 15 (0.89%) Virtual Servers
10 15 (0.89%) XenDesktop
11 14 (0.83%) VMware NSX
12 13 (0.77%) ProxySG
13 11 (0.65%) NFS
14 9 (0.53%) VMware Server
14 9 (0.53%) Xen
15 8 (0.47%) Squid
Systems Management
1 115 (6.82%) SCCM
2 47 (2.79%) Ansible
3 44 (2.61%) Cisco Prime
4 35 (2.07%) Puppet
5 28 (1.66%) Opscode Chef
6 23 (1.36%) Cisco CUCM
6 23 (1.36%) FortiGate
7 22 (1.30%) QRadar
8 21 (1.24%) Nagios
9 18 (1.07%) Failover Clustering
10 16 (0.95%) WSUS
11 15 (0.89%) Istio
12 14 (0.83%) vCenter Server
13 12 (0.71%) Microsoft Intune
13 12 (0.71%) Single Sign-On
14 11 (0.65%) McAfee ePO
14 11 (0.65%) SCOM
15 10 (0.59%) Backup Exec
15 10 (0.59%) Terraform
16 7 (0.41%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 866 (51.33%) Cisco
2 359 (21.28%) Microsoft
3 337 (19.98%) VMware
4 296 (17.55%) CheckPoint
5 243 (14.40%) Juniper
6 207 (12.27%) F5
7 160 (9.48%) Citrix
8 121 (7.17%) Palo Alto
9 115 (6.82%) HP
10 98 (5.81%) SolarWinds
11 84 (4.98%) McAfee
12 81 (4.80%) Oracle
13 79 (4.68%) Aruba
14 77 (4.56%) Fortinet
15 69 (4.09%) Meraki
15 69 (4.09%) Riverbed
16 62 (3.68%) Apple
16 62 (3.68%) Dell
17 61 (3.62%) Splunk
18 54 (3.20%) Blue Coat