Period
to 21 October 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 21 October 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
21 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 128 154 150
Rank change year-on-year +26 -4 -30
Contract jobs citing WAN 1,587 1,710 1,669
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 2.05% 1.83% 1.83%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 15.50% 13.83% 13.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,043 1,006 1,055
England median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -6.25%
10th Percentile £200 £175 £185
90th Percentile £575 £588 £550
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 65 101 89
England median hourly rate £21.00 £21.50 £17.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.33% +23.74% -13.13%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.20 £12.24
90th Percentile £57.14 £45.13 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £20.05 £20.32 £21.78
% change year-on-year -1.33% -6.69% +8.90%

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 10,242 12,367 12,553
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.20% 13.22% 13.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,250 7,479 7,719
England median daily rate £425 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.94% +1.25%
10th Percentile £194 £200 £200
90th Percentile £606 £613 £588
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 506 594 653
England median hourly rate £28.00 £20.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.00% +6.95% -16.89%
10th Percentile £13.19 £12.25 £11.62
90th Percentile £55.00 £50.00 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £30.00 £19.00 £19.25
% change year-on-year +57.89% -1.30% -16.30%

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 21 October 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 21 October 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 21 October 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 +14 539 £435 +5.45% 156
South East +40 414 £400 -5.38% 143
North of England +21 232 £370 +4.13% 119
Midlands +43 179 £373 +3.47% 98
South West +10 130 £425 +13.33% 50
North West +5 127 £407 +16.37% 74
West Midlands +23 120 £363 -3.33% 58
East of England +14 89 £400 +23.08% 46
Yorkshire +46 83 £350 -10.26% 33
East Midlands +33 58 £386 +28.75% 40
North East +7 23 £300 -11.11% 12
South Coast - 2 - -
WAN
UK

For the 6 months to 21 October 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 1,166 (73.47%) LAN
2 839 (52.87%) Cisco
3 701 (44.17%) Firewall
4 474 (29.87%) Cisco Certification
5 445 (28.04%) Windows
6 358 (22.56%) VPN
7 345 (21.74%) Active Directory
7 345 (21.74%) Data Centre
8 323 (20.35%) Microsoft
9 297 (18.71%) CCNP
10 287 (18.08%) MPLS
11 281 (17.71%) BGP
12 267 (16.82%) DNS
13 261 (16.45%) TCP/IP
14 260 (16.38%) VMware
15 255 (16.07%) Wireless
15 255 (16.07%) Security Cleared
16 252 (15.88%) ITIL
17 243 (15.31%) CheckPoint
18 237 (14.93%) Azure
19 234 (14.74%) CCNA
20 220 (13.86%) Juniper
21 212 (13.36%) Windows Server
22 209 (13.17%) Telecoms
23 205 (12.92%) Network Security
24 204 (12.85%) Office 365
24 204 (12.85%) Finance
25 196 (12.35%) DHCP
26 190 (11.97%) Cisco ASA
27 188 (11.85%) Migration

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
1 105 (6.62%) MS Exchange
2 98 (6.18%) SharePoint
3 76 (4.79%) Skype for Business
4 26 (1.64%) OpenStack
5 23 (1.45%) IIS
6 19 (1.20%) Confluence
6 19 (1.20%) Exchange Server 2010
7 18 (1.13%) Exchange Server 2013
8 10 (0.63%) Exchange Server 2000
9 6 (0.38%) JBoss
10 5 (0.32%) Apache
10 5 (0.32%) SharePoint 2013
11 3 (0.19%) Exchange Server 2007
12 2 (0.13%) Commerce Server
12 2 (0.13%) nginx
12 2 (0.13%) Tomcat
12 2 (0.13%) WordPress
13 1 (0.063%) IBM Notes
13 1 (0.063%) Quickr
13 1 (0.063%) SAS
Applications
1 121 (7.62%) Microsoft Office
2 26 (1.64%) Microsoft Excel
3 24 (1.51%) MS Visio
4 14 (0.88%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 11 (0.69%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.063%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.063%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 12 (0.76%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.19%) Magento
2 3 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.13%) NetSuite
3 2 (0.13%) OpenText VIM for SAP
3 2 (0.13%) Oracle Retail
3 2 (0.13%) SAP S/4HANA
4 1 (0.063%) Cognos Planning
4 1 (0.063%) Global One
4 1 (0.063%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.063%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.063%) Oracle HRMS
4 1 (0.063%) Oracle Payroll
4 1 (0.063%) PeopleSoft Financials
4 1 (0.063%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 237 (14.93%) Azure
2 204 (12.85%) Office 365
3 171 (10.78%) AWS
4 45 (2.84%) IaaS
5 33 (2.08%) Azure Active Directory
6 29 (1.83%) SaaS
7 27 (1.70%) PaaS
8 24 (1.51%) Power Platform
9 22 (1.39%) Cloud Computing
10 19 (1.20%) OneDrive
10 19 (1.20%) PowerApps
11 16 (1.01%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 16 (1.01%) GCP
11 16 (1.01%) Mimecast
12 15 (0.95%) Microsoft Flow
13 12 (0.76%) Dynamics 365
13 12 (0.76%) OpenShift
14 10 (0.63%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 6 (0.38%) Azure Stack
15 6 (0.38%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 1,166 (73.47%) LAN
2 701 (44.17%) Firewall
3 358 (22.56%) VPN
4 287 (18.08%) MPLS
5 281 (17.71%) BGP
6 267 (16.82%) DNS
7 261 (16.45%) TCP/IP
8 255 (16.07%) Wireless
9 205 (12.92%) Network Security
10 196 (12.35%) DHCP
11 190 (11.97%) Cisco ASA
12 182 (11.47%) VoIP
13 181 (11.41%) OSPF
14 174 (10.96%) Wi-Fi
15 145 (9.14%) Internet
16 133 (8.38%) VLAN
17 132 (8.32%) Cisco Nexus
18 117 (7.37%) WLAN
19 99 (6.24%) EIGRP
20 97 (6.11%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 60 (3.78%) SQL Server
2 30 (1.89%) Relational Database
3 19 (1.20%) Oracle Database
4 12 (0.76%) RDBMS
5 11 (0.69%) Data Warehouse
6 10 (0.63%) SQL Server 2012
7 6 (0.38%) Amazon RDS
7 6 (0.38%) MariaDB
7 6 (0.38%) SQL Server 2016
8 5 (0.32%) Oracle Database 12c
8 5 (0.32%) Oracle ODI
8 5 (0.32%) SQL Server 2008
9 4 (0.25%) MySQL
9 4 (0.25%) Power BI
9 4 (0.25%) SQL Server 2017
10 3 (0.19%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 3 (0.19%) Big Data
10 3 (0.19%) PostgreSQL
10 3 (0.19%) SAP HANA
10 3 (0.19%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 29 (1.83%) JIRA
2 20 (1.26%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 7 (0.44%) Git (software)
4 6 (0.38%) Subversion
5 4 (0.25%) Team Foundation Server
6 3 (0.19%) Hudson
6 3 (0.19%) Jenkins
7 1 (0.063%) ClearQuest
7 1 (0.063%) JMeter
7 1 (0.063%) LoadRunner
7 1 (0.063%) Sonatype Nexus
7 1 (0.063%) TeamCity
7 1 (0.063%) TestRail
7 1 (0.063%) Trac
7 1 (0.063%) Travis CI
General
1 209 (13.17%) Telecoms
2 204 (12.85%) Finance
3 72 (4.54%) Public Sector
4 58 (3.65%) Banking
5 34 (2.14%) Retail
6 25 (1.58%) Financial Institution
7 22 (1.39%) Manufacturing
8 17 (1.07%) Billing
9 16 (1.01%) Local Government
10 15 (0.95%) Marketing
11 13 (0.82%) Legal
11 13 (0.82%) Publishing
12 11 (0.69%) Back Office
12 11 (0.69%) Investment Banking
13 10 (0.63%) Law
13 10 (0.63%) Military
14 9 (0.57%) Multimedia
15 8 (0.50%) Advertising
16 7 (0.44%) Electronics
17 5 (0.32%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 578 (36.42%) Network Engineer
2 260 (16.38%) Architect
3 119 (7.50%) Network Architect
4 116 (7.31%) Support Engineer
5 115 (7.25%) Analyst
6 110 (6.93%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 84 (5.29%) Cisco Engineer
8 77 (4.85%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 77 (4.85%) Senior Network Engineer
9 72 (4.54%) Project Manager
10 63 (3.97%) WAN Engineer
11 60 (3.78%) 2nd Line Support
12 55 (3.47%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 55 (3.47%) Security Engineer
13 54 (3.40%) 3rd Line Support
13 54 (3.40%) Solutions Architect
14 53 (3.34%) Network Security Engineer
15 52 (3.28%) Infrastructure Architect
16 51 (3.21%) Network Support
17 44 (2.77%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 65 (4.10%) 802.1X
2 27 (1.70%) Web Services
3 26 (1.64%) LDAP
4 21 (1.32%) Middleware
5 8 (0.50%) J2EE
6 6 (0.38%) Django
7 5 (0.32%) Oracle GoldenGate
8 4 (0.25%) JSON
8 4 (0.25%) LAMP
8 4 (0.25%) SailPoint
9 3 (0.19%) HTML
9 3 (0.19%) React
9 3 (0.19%) Velocity
10 2 (0.13%) AngularJS
10 2 (0.13%) FFmpeg
10 2 (0.13%) jQuery
10 2 (0.13%) Laravel
10 2 (0.13%) LEMP Stack
10 2 (0.13%) OAuth
10 2 (0.13%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 345 (21.74%) Data Centre
2 67 (4.22%) Analytical Skills
3 66 (4.16%) Management Information System
4 56 (3.53%) Video Conferencing
5 47 (2.96%) Public Cloud
6 42 (2.65%) Self-Motivation
7 30 (1.89%) Clustering
7 30 (1.89%) PKI
8 29 (1.83%) Driving Licence
8 29 (1.83%) iPhone
9 22 (1.39%) Replication
10 21 (1.32%) Smartphone
11 18 (1.13%) Hybrid Cloud
12 16 (1.01%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
12 16 (1.01%) Handset
13 15 (0.95%) Client/Server
14 14 (0.88%) CMDB
15 13 (0.82%) BYOD
15 13 (0.82%) Fibre Optics
16 12 (0.76%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 445 (28.04%) Windows
2 212 (13.36%) Windows Server
3 183 (11.53%) Linux
4 129 (8.13%) Windows 10
5 104 (6.55%) Windows Server 2012
6 101 (6.36%) Windows 7
7 75 (4.73%) Windows Server 2008
8 64 (4.03%) Unix
9 41 (2.58%) Android
10 34 (2.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 26 (1.64%) CentOS
11 26 (1.64%) Solaris
12 23 (1.45%) Windows Server 2003
13 21 (1.32%) Ubuntu
14 19 (1.20%) Mac OS
15 13 (0.82%) Windows 8
16 12 (0.76%) Apple iOS
16 12 (0.76%) Mac OS X
16 12 (0.76%) Windows 2000 Server
17 8 (0.50%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 252 (15.88%) ITIL
2 188 (11.85%) Migration
3 149 (9.39%) Network Design
4 135 (8.51%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 121 (7.62%) Problem-Solving
6 113 (7.12%) Load Balancing
7 104 (6.55%) Project Management
8 101 (6.36%) Network Management
9 98 (6.18%) Change Management
10 92 (5.80%) Project Delivery
11 90 (5.67%) Disaster Recovery
12 85 (5.36%) Service Delivery
13 83 (5.23%) Agile Software Development
14 76 (4.79%) DevOps
15 73 (4.60%) Network Monitoring
16 69 (4.35%) Incident Management
17 66 (4.16%) Stakeholder Management
18 58 (3.65%) Service Management
19 57 (3.59%) Network Architecture
20 56 (3.53%) Capacity Management
Programming Languages
1 102 (6.43%) SQL
2 77 (4.85%) Python
3 60 (3.78%) PowerShell
4 38 (2.39%) Perl
5 23 (1.45%) C
6 19 (1.20%) Java
7 10 (0.63%) Shell Script
8 6 (0.38%) Tcl
9 5 (0.32%) Bash Shell
9 5 (0.32%) PL/SQL
10 4 (0.25%) PHP
11 3 (0.19%) C++
11 3 (0.19%) Ruby
11 3 (0.19%) VB
12 2 (0.13%) VBScript
13 1 (0.063%) Groovy
13 1 (0.063%) JavaScript
13 1 (0.063%) Scala
Qualifications
1 474 (29.87%) Cisco Certification
2 297 (18.71%) CCNP
3 255 (16.07%) Security Cleared
4 234 (14.74%) CCNA
5 158 (9.96%) SC Cleared
6 134 (8.44%) CCIE
7 84 (5.29%) Degree
8 72 (4.54%) DV Cleared
9 50 (3.15%) Microsoft Certification
10 45 (2.84%) CCDP
11 32 (2.02%) CCSE
12 30 (1.89%) CCSA
13 24 (1.51%) CCDA
14 23 (1.45%) JNCIP
14 23 (1.45%) MCSA
14 23 (1.45%) MCSE
15 19 (1.20%) Check Point Certification
15 19 (1.20%) JNCIA
15 19 (1.20%) JNCIS
16 18 (1.13%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 86 (5.42%) SLA
2 35 (2.21%) QA
3 21 (1.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 18 (1.13%) PCI DSS
5 17 (1.07%) PMO
6 15 (0.95%) GDPR
7 12 (0.76%) NIST
8 9 (0.57%) COBIT
9 7 (0.44%) RMADS
10 5 (0.32%) Cyber Essentials
10 5 (0.32%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 4 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 4 (0.25%) MiFID
11 4 (0.25%) NCSC
12 2 (0.13%) Disclosure Scotland
12 2 (0.13%) HIPAA
12 2 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 1 (0.063%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 1 (0.063%) ISO/IEC 27005
13 1 (0.063%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 345 (21.74%) Active Directory
2 162 (10.21%) VMware Infrastructure
3 71 (4.47%) Hyper-V
4 40 (2.52%) Docker
5 35 (2.21%) vSphere
6 33 (2.08%) VMware ESXi
7 17 (1.07%) XenApp
8 16 (1.01%) Firmware
8 16 (1.01%) VMware NSX
9 11 (0.69%) XenDesktop
10 10 (0.63%) vCloud
11 9 (0.57%) ProxySG
11 9 (0.57%) Virtual Machines
12 7 (0.44%) ISA Server
12 7 (0.44%) Virtual Servers
13 4 (0.25%) Virtual Desktop
14 3 (0.19%) Ceph
14 3 (0.19%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 3 (0.19%) Samba
14 3 (0.19%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 76 (4.79%) SCCM
2 57 (3.59%) Ansible
3 45 (2.84%) FortiGate
4 41 (2.58%) Microsoft Intune
5 37 (2.33%) Puppet
6 32 (2.02%) Kubernetes
7 31 (1.95%) Cisco CUCM
8 27 (1.70%) WSUS
9 24 (1.51%) Terraform
10 21 (1.32%) AirWatch
10 21 (1.32%) Cisco Prime
10 21 (1.32%) SCOM
11 17 (1.07%) vCenter Server
12 16 (1.01%) Single Sign-On
13 15 (0.95%) Consul
13 15 (0.95%) Packer
14 12 (0.76%) Norton AntiVirus
15 10 (0.63%) Nagios
15 10 (0.63%) Opscode Chef
16 9 (0.57%) Iperf
Vendors
1 839 (52.87%) Cisco
2 323 (20.35%) Microsoft
3 260 (16.38%) VMware
4 243 (15.31%) CheckPoint
5 220 (13.86%) Juniper
6 168 (10.59%) F5
7 144 (9.07%) Palo Alto
8 110 (6.93%) Citrix
9 106 (6.68%) HP
10 103 (6.49%) Fortinet
11 85 (5.36%) SolarWinds
12 80 (5.04%) Meraki
13 76 (4.79%) Aruba
14 59 (3.72%) Riverbed
15 49 (3.09%) McAfee
16 45 (2.84%) Dell
17 39 (2.46%) Blue Coat
18 38 (2.39%) Oracle
19 33 (2.08%) Apple
19 33 (2.08%) Red Hat