Period
to 22 January 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 22 January 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
22 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 154 123 117
Rank change year-on-year -31 -6 -21
Contract jobs citing WAN 1,598 1,875 2,007
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.74% 2.12% 2.03%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 12.98% 14.28% 14.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 921 1,205 1,233
England median daily rate £375 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% - +14.29%
10th Percentile £180 £213 £213
90th Percentile £563 £588 £538
UK median daily rate £375 £400 £391
% change year-on-year -6.25% +2.24% +11.79%
Number of hourly rates quoted 91 74 138
England median hourly rate £17.38 £21.25 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.24% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £12.50 £11.85
90th Percentile £35.00 £55.00 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £20.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year -17.07% +2.50% -

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 12,311 13,128 13,851
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.42% 14.83% 14.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,658 8,037 8,118
England median daily rate £409 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £185 £215 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £563
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 627 667 849
England median hourly rate £18.70 £22.50 £22.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.89% +0.56% +9.29%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.58 £11.25
90th Percentile £45.55 £47.50 £47.57
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £22.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year -16.89% - +7.14%

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 22 January 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 22 January 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 22 January 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 -41 657 £400 -5.88% 163
South East -32 359 £400 - 99
Midlands +22 225 £400 +19.40% 77
West Midlands +17 170 £440 +25.71% 39
North of England -59 164 £350 -12.50% 108
East of England -42 103 £361 +10.31% 39
South West -6 88 £300 -4.00% 38
North West -71 85 £350 -15.15% 65
Yorkshire +5 66 £385 +18.46% 38
East Midlands +6 50 £339 +5.86% 37
North East +8 13 £427 +6.68% 5
WAN
UK

For the 6 months to 22 January 2018, IT contractor jobs citing WAN also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for WAN.

1 1,241 (77.66%) LAN
2 743 (46.50%) Cisco
3 627 (39.24%) Firewall
4 521 (32.60%) Windows
5 417 (26.10%) Active Directory
6 355 (22.22%) Cisco Certification
6 355 (22.22%) Data Centre
7 346 (21.65%) Microsoft
7 346 (21.65%) VPN
8 308 (19.27%) VMware
9 290 (18.15%) ITIL
10 289 (18.09%) DNS
11 279 (17.46%) TCP/IP
12 256 (16.02%) Wireless
12 256 (16.02%) Windows Server
13 246 (15.39%) Security Cleared
14 237 (14.83%) MPLS
15 228 (14.27%) CCNP
16 225 (14.08%) DHCP
17 210 (13.14%) Juniper
18 199 (12.45%) VMware Infrastructure
19 196 (12.27%) CheckPoint
20 189 (11.83%) Network Security
21 188 (11.76%) Citrix
21 188 (11.76%) Migration
22 184 (11.51%) Finance
22 184 (11.51%) Office 365
23 176 (11.01%) Microsoft Azure
24 170 (10.64%) CCNA
24 170 (10.64%) SAN

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
1 164 (10.26%) MS Exchange
2 59 (3.69%) Exchange Server 2010
3 52 (3.25%) SharePoint
4 50 (3.13%) Skype for Business
5 32 (2.00%) Exchange Server 2007
6 30 (1.88%) IIS
7 21 (1.31%) Apache
8 15 (0.94%) Exchange Server 2013
9 13 (0.81%) Exchange Server 2003
10 12 (0.75%) Elasticsearch
10 12 (0.75%) JBoss
10 12 (0.75%) Tomcat
10 12 (0.75%) WebLogic
11 8 (0.50%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 7 (0.44%) CMS
12 7 (0.44%) iPlanet
12 7 (0.44%) OpenStack
12 7 (0.44%) Oracle Application Server
13 6 (0.38%) BizTalk Server
13 6 (0.38%) SAS
Applications
1 144 (9.01%) Microsoft Office
2 29 (1.81%) Microsoft Excel
3 28 (1.75%) MS Visio
4 16 (1.00%) Microsoft Project
5 11 (0.69%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 9 (0.56%) Acrobat
7 8 (0.50%) PaintShop Pro
8 6 (0.38%) Houdini
8 6 (0.38%) Maya
8 6 (0.38%) NUKE
8 6 (0.38%) Photoshop
9 5 (0.31%) HipChat
10 4 (0.25%) Spreadsheet
11 3 (0.19%) Doxygen
Business Applications
1 4 (0.25%) Eikon
2 2 (0.13%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (0.13%) Maximo
2 2 (0.13%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
2 2 (0.13%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.063%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.063%) SAP HR
3 1 (0.063%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 184 (11.51%) Office 365
2 176 (11.01%) Microsoft Azure
3 139 (8.70%) Amazon AWS
4 41 (2.57%) IaaS
5 35 (2.19%) PaaS
6 34 (2.13%) SaaS
7 17 (1.06%) Azure Active Directory
8 12 (0.75%) Cloud Computing
9 9 (0.56%) Mimecast
9 9 (0.56%) OneDrive
10 7 (0.44%) OpenShift
11 6 (0.38%) AWS CloudFormation
12 4 (0.25%) Akamai
12 4 (0.25%) Amazon ELB
13 3 (0.19%) Google Cloud Platform
14 2 (0.13%) Amazon EC2
14 2 (0.13%) IBM Cloud
14 2 (0.13%) Oracle Service Cloud
15 1 (0.063%) Amazon S3
15 1 (0.063%) OpenDNS
Communications & Networking
1 1,241 (77.66%) LAN
2 627 (39.24%) Firewall
3 346 (21.65%) VPN
4 289 (18.09%) DNS
5 279 (17.46%) TCP/IP
6 256 (16.02%) Wireless
7 237 (14.83%) MPLS
8 225 (14.08%) DHCP
9 189 (11.83%) Network Security
10 170 (10.64%) SAN
11 153 (9.57%) Cisco ASA
11 153 (9.57%) Internet
12 149 (9.32%) Wi-Fi
13 146 (9.14%) VoIP
14 135 (8.45%) VLAN
15 134 (8.39%) BGP
16 122 (7.63%) OSPF
17 111 (6.95%) Cisco Nexus
18 100 (6.26%) WLAN
19 62 (3.88%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 73 (4.57%) SQL Server
2 23 (1.44%) SQL Server 2008
3 11 (0.69%) SQL Server 2012
4 10 (0.63%) Big Data
5 8 (0.50%) SQL Server 2005
6 7 (0.44%) Oracle Database
7 6 (0.38%) DB2
8 5 (0.31%) Oracle Reports
8 5 (0.31%) PostgreSQL
8 5 (0.31%) Relational Database
9 3 (0.19%) Hadoop
9 3 (0.19%) MS Access
9 3 (0.19%) MySQL
9 3 (0.19%) NoSQL
9 3 (0.19%) SQL Server 2014
10 2 (0.13%) Amazon RDS
10 2 (0.13%) BusinessObjects
10 2 (0.13%) MongoDB
10 2 (0.13%) Power BI
10 2 (0.13%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 13 (0.81%) Git (software)
1 13 (0.81%) Jenkins
2 9 (0.56%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 8 (0.50%) JIRA
4 7 (0.44%) Maven
5 5 (0.31%) Bitbucket
5 5 (0.31%) git-flow
6 4 (0.25%) Artifactory
6 4 (0.25%) JUnit
6 4 (0.25%) Metasploit
6 4 (0.25%) Team Foundation Server
6 4 (0.25%) TeamCity
7 2 (0.13%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 2 (0.13%) Bugzilla
7 2 (0.13%) Cucumber
7 2 (0.13%) Redmine
7 2 (0.13%) Selenium
7 2 (0.13%) Trac
8 1 (0.063%) Octopus Deploy
8 1 (0.063%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 184 (11.51%) Finance
2 128 (8.01%) Telecoms
3 54 (3.38%) Banking
4 43 (2.69%) Retail
5 36 (2.25%) Legal
6 20 (1.25%) Manufacturing
7 16 (1.00%) Billing
7 16 (1.00%) Marketing
8 14 (0.88%) Investment Banking
9 12 (0.75%) Financial Institution
9 12 (0.75%) Law
10 9 (0.56%) Advertising
10 9 (0.56%) French Language
10 9 (0.56%) Publishing
11 8 (0.50%) Back Office
12 7 (0.44%) Electronics
13 6 (0.38%) Multimedia
14 5 (0.31%) Music Industry
15 4 (0.25%) Pharmaceutical
16 3 (0.19%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 386 (24.16%) Network Engineer
2 284 (17.77%) Architect
3 138 (8.64%) Analyst
4 136 (8.51%) Network Architect
4 136 (8.51%) Project Manager
5 123 (7.70%) Cisco Engineer
6 121 (7.57%) Support Engineer
7 106 (6.63%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 92 (5.76%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 70 (4.38%) Desktop Support
10 63 (3.94%) 2nd Line Support
11 62 (3.88%) Infrastructure Manager
12 59 (3.69%) Support Analyst
13 55 (3.44%) Network Support
14 53 (3.32%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 52 (3.25%) Security Architect
15 52 (3.25%) Senior Network Engineer
16 46 (2.88%) Infrastructure Project Manager
17 44 (2.75%) Windows Engineer
18 41 (2.57%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (1.75%) LDAP
2 23 (1.44%) Middleware
3 21 (1.31%) 802.1X
4 18 (1.13%) Web Services
5 17 (1.06%) .NET
6 14 (0.88%) Node.js
7 12 (0.75%) XML
8 10 (0.63%) JSON
9 7 (0.44%) LAMP
10 6 (0.38%) HTML
11 5 (0.31%) FIX Protocol
11 5 (0.31%) J2EE
11 5 (0.31%) REST
12 4 (0.25%) Ruby on Rails
12 4 (0.25%) XSLT
13 3 (0.19%) AngularJS
14 2 (0.13%) Sensu
14 2 (0.13%) SOAP
14 2 (0.13%) TIBCO EMS
14 2 (0.13%) WireMock
Miscellaneous
1 355 (22.22%) Data Centre
2 87 (5.44%) Analytical Skills
3 76 (4.76%) Management Information System
4 46 (2.88%) Clustering
5 39 (2.44%) NHS
6 38 (2.38%) Replication
7 37 (2.32%) Video Conferencing
8 29 (1.81%) Public Cloud
9 22 (1.38%) Smartphone
10 20 (1.25%) Linux Command Line
10 20 (1.25%) Private Cloud
11 19 (1.19%) Enterprise Software
11 19 (1.19%) iPhone
11 19 (1.19%) PKI
12 15 (0.94%) Blackberry
12 15 (0.94%) Hybrid Cloud
12 15 (0.94%) iPad
13 13 (0.81%) BYOD
14 11 (0.69%) Driving Licence
14 11 (0.69%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 521 (32.60%) Windows
2 256 (16.02%) Windows Server
3 166 (10.39%) Linux
4 144 (9.01%) Windows Server 2008
5 143 (8.95%) Windows 7
5 143 (8.95%) Windows Server 2012
6 96 (6.01%) Windows 10
7 73 (4.57%) Unix
8 65 (4.07%) Windows Server 2003
9 42 (2.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 41 (2.57%) Windows 8
11 36 (2.25%) Windows XP
12 29 (1.81%) CentOS
13 23 (1.44%) Solaris
14 21 (1.31%) Windows Vista
15 18 (1.13%) AIX
16 17 (1.06%) Apple iOS
17 13 (0.81%) SUSE
17 13 (0.81%) Windows 2000
18 10 (0.63%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 290 (18.15%) ITIL
2 188 (11.76%) Migration
3 133 (8.32%) Network Design
4 127 (7.95%) Project Management
5 95 (5.94%) Service Delivery
6 93 (5.82%) Network Management
7 89 (5.57%) PRINCE2
8 83 (5.19%) Load Balancing
9 75 (4.69%) Agile Software Development
9 75 (4.69%) Change Management
10 74 (4.63%) Service Management
11 67 (4.19%) Disaster Recovery
11 67 (4.19%) Network Architecture
11 67 (4.19%) Network Monitoring
12 63 (3.94%) WAN Optimisation
13 61 (3.82%) High Availability
14 59 (3.69%) Stakeholder Management
15 56 (3.50%) Information Security
16 54 (3.38%) DevOps
17 53 (3.32%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 80 (5.01%) SQL
2 72 (4.51%) PowerShell
3 65 (4.07%) Python
4 47 (2.94%) Bash Shell
5 35 (2.19%) Perl
6 22 (1.38%) Java
7 21 (1.31%) C
8 16 (1.00%) Shell Script
9 11 (0.69%) Ruby
10 9 (0.56%) C-shell
10 9 (0.56%) Korn
10 9 (0.56%) VBScript
11 8 (0.50%) JavaScript
12 7 (0.44%) PHP
13 5 (0.31%) Groovy
14 2 (0.13%) C++
14 2 (0.13%) VB.NET
14 2 (0.13%) VBA
15 1 (0.063%) C#
15 1 (0.063%) Scala
Qualifications
1 355 (22.22%) Cisco Certification
2 246 (15.39%) Security Cleared
3 228 (14.27%) CCNP
4 170 (10.64%) CCNA
5 161 (10.08%) SC Cleared
6 127 (7.95%) Microsoft Certification
7 91 (5.69%) CCIE
8 87 (5.44%) MCSE
9 71 (4.44%) Degree
10 63 (3.94%) DV Cleared
11 56 (3.50%) MCP
12 34 (2.13%) CISSP
13 23 (1.44%) MCSA
14 22 (1.38%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 19 (1.19%) MCDST
15 19 (1.19%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 18 (1.13%) CCDP
17 16 (1.00%) BPSS Clearance
17 16 (1.00%) JNCIA
18 15 (0.94%) CCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 79 (4.94%) SLA
2 42 (2.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 27 (1.69%) PCI DSS
4 23 (1.44%) GDPR
5 18 (1.13%) PMO
6 12 (0.75%) QA
6 12 (0.75%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 11 (0.69%) RMADS
8 7 (0.44%) Disclosure Scotland
8 7 (0.44%) JSP 440
8 7 (0.44%) MiFID
9 5 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 4 (0.25%) GAAP
11 3 (0.19%) AIFMD
11 3 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials
11 3 (0.19%) FATCA
11 3 (0.19%) IFRS
12 1 (0.063%) FedRAMP
12 1 (0.063%) P3O
12 1 (0.063%) PMBOK
System Software
1 417 (26.10%) Active Directory
2 199 (12.45%) VMware Infrastructure
3 77 (4.82%) Hyper-V
4 60 (3.75%) vSphere
5 57 (3.57%) VMware ESXi
6 45 (2.82%) XenApp
7 32 (2.00%) Samba
8 23 (1.44%) VMware NSX
9 19 (1.19%) ProxySG
9 19 (1.19%) XenDesktop
10 17 (1.06%) Docker
10 17 (1.06%) Firmware
11 12 (0.75%) Virtual Desktop
12 11 (0.69%) Microsoft App-V
13 10 (0.63%) NFS
14 9 (0.56%) Virtual Servers
14 9 (0.56%) XenServer
15 5 (0.31%) BitLocker
15 5 (0.31%) Gluster
15 5 (0.31%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 111 (6.95%) SCCM
2 48 (3.00%) FortiGate
3 25 (1.56%) Cisco Prime
3 25 (1.56%) SCOM
4 24 (1.50%) Ansible
5 22 (1.38%) Nessus
6 20 (1.25%) Opscode Chef
7 19 (1.19%) Nagios
8 17 (1.06%) AirWatch
9 15 (0.94%) Puppet
10 13 (0.81%) Cisco CUCM
10 13 (0.81%) Kubernetes
11 12 (0.75%) Network Intrusion Detection System
11 12 (0.75%) WMI
12 11 (0.69%) Cisco UCCX
12 11 (0.69%) WSUS
13 10 (0.63%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
13 10 (0.63%) NetBackup
14 9 (0.56%) WhatsUp Gold
15 8 (0.50%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 743 (46.50%) Cisco
2 346 (21.65%) Microsoft
3 308 (19.27%) VMware
4 210 (13.14%) Juniper
5 196 (12.27%) CheckPoint
6 188 (11.76%) Citrix
7 125 (7.82%) HP
8 121 (7.57%) F5
9 97 (6.07%) Fortinet
10 85 (5.32%) SolarWinds
11 79 (4.94%) Palo Alto
12 68 (4.26%) Oracle
13 60 (3.75%) McAfee
14 57 (3.57%) Aruba
14 57 (3.57%) Blue Coat
15 49 (3.07%) Red Hat
16 47 (2.94%) IBM
17 45 (2.82%) Avaya
18 44 (2.75%) NetApp
19 41 (2.57%) Riverbed