Period
to 20 April 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 20 April 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
20 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 160 121 115
Rank change year-on-year -39 -6 -17
Contract jobs citing WAN 1,587 1,791 2,054
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.71% 2.09% 2.09%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 12.90% 14.69% 14.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 973 1,165 1,261
England median daily rate £400 £400 £398
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +0.63% +9.66%
10th Percentile £175 £208 £228
90th Percentile £575 £588 £550
UK median daily rate £400 £395 £396
% change year-on-year +1.27% -0.32% +9.31%
Number of hourly rates quoted 92 91 116
England median hourly rate £18.35 £17.00 £21.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.94% -19.53% +5.63%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.00 £12.56
90th Percentile £37.32 £55.00 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £17.38 £17.00 £21.34
% change year-on-year +2.21% -20.34% -0.74%

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 12,307 12,196 14,270
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.28% 14.20% 14.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,626 7,430 8,589
England median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
10th Percentile £200 £213 £217
90th Percentile £600 £575 £575
UK median daily rate £415 £403 £400
% change year-on-year +2.91% +0.81% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 679 665 647
England median hourly rate £20.00 £21.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.98% -14.00% +16.28%
10th Percentile £11.81 £11.10 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £50.00 £47.90
UK median hourly rate £19.49 £22.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -11.43% -12.00% +13.64%

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 20 April 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 20 April 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 20 April 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 -9 699 £400 -3.03% 158
South East -51 348 £413 - 86
Midlands +5 189 £460 +31.43% 77
North of England -62 180 £350 -12.50% 107
West Midlands +6 137 £475 +26.67% 40
North West -54 97 £350 -6.67% 64
South West -11 87 £325 +8.33% 47
East of England -37 83 £350 +7.69% 39
Yorkshire -18 67 £375 - 35
East Midlands +9 49 £350 +9.38% 37
North East -10 19 £613 +45.83% 8
WAN
UK

For the 6 months to 20 April 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 1,186 (74.73%) LAN
2 764 (48.14%) Cisco
3 640 (40.33%) Firewall
4 477 (30.06%) Windows
5 428 (26.97%) Cisco Certification
6 368 (23.19%) Data Centre
7 353 (22.24%) Active Directory
8 343 (21.61%) VPN
9 320 (20.16%) Microsoft
10 301 (18.97%) ITIL
11 292 (18.40%) CCNP
12 290 (18.27%) VMware
13 280 (17.64%) MPLS
14 272 (17.14%) DNS
14 272 (17.14%) Wireless
15 246 (15.50%) Security Cleared
16 232 (14.62%) Migration
17 223 (14.05%) TCP/IP
18 221 (13.93%) Juniper
19 210 (13.23%) CheckPoint
20 209 (13.17%) VMware Infrastructure
21 203 (12.79%) Windows Server
22 201 (12.67%) Microsoft Azure
22 201 (12.67%) CCNA
23 197 (12.41%) Finance
24 193 (12.16%) DHCP
25 192 (12.10%) Office 365
26 185 (11.66%) Network Security
27 177 (11.15%) Citrix
28 169 (10.65%) Network Design

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
1 126 (7.94%) MS Exchange
2 53 (3.34%) Skype for Business
3 52 (3.28%) Exchange Server 2010
4 47 (2.96%) IIS
5 35 (2.21%) SharePoint
6 23 (1.45%) Exchange Server 2013
7 20 (1.26%) Exchange Server 2007
8 16 (1.01%) Apache
9 9 (0.57%) Tomcat
10 8 (0.50%) WebSphere
11 7 (0.44%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 7 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2003
12 6 (0.38%) CMS
12 6 (0.38%) Elasticsearch
12 6 (0.38%) OpenStack
13 4 (0.25%) Exchange Server 2000
13 4 (0.25%) JBoss
13 4 (0.25%) WebLogic
14 3 (0.19%) Exchange Server 5.5
14 3 (0.19%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 134 (8.44%) Microsoft Office
2 25 (1.58%) Microsoft Excel
3 16 (1.01%) MS Visio
4 8 (0.50%) Microsoft Project
5 7 (0.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 3 (0.19%) Acrobat
7 2 (0.13%) Houdini
7 2 (0.13%) Maya
7 2 (0.13%) NUKE
7 2 (0.13%) PaintShop Pro
7 2 (0.13%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 3 (0.19%) SystmOne
2 2 (0.13%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.13%) Relativity
3 1 (0.063%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 201 (12.67%) Microsoft Azure
2 192 (12.10%) Office 365
3 134 (8.44%) Amazon AWS
4 42 (2.65%) PaaS
5 40 (2.52%) IaaS
6 36 (2.27%) SaaS
7 11 (0.69%) Cloud Computing
8 9 (0.57%) OneDrive
9 8 (0.50%) Azure Active Directory
9 8 (0.50%) Mimecast
10 5 (0.32%) AWS CloudFormation
11 4 (0.25%) G Suite
11 4 (0.25%) Google Cloud Platform
12 2 (0.13%) Akamai
12 2 (0.13%) Amazon EC2
12 2 (0.13%) OpenShift
13 1 (0.063%) Amazon ELB
13 1 (0.063%) HP Helion
13 1 (0.063%) IBM Cloud
13 1 (0.063%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 1,186 (74.73%) LAN
2 640 (40.33%) Firewall
3 343 (21.61%) VPN
4 280 (17.64%) MPLS
5 272 (17.14%) DNS
5 272 (17.14%) Wireless
6 223 (14.05%) TCP/IP
7 193 (12.16%) DHCP
8 185 (11.66%) Network Security
9 164 (10.33%) BGP
10 157 (9.89%) Cisco ASA
10 157 (9.89%) Internet
11 150 (9.45%) Wi-Fi
12 137 (8.63%) OSPF
12 137 (8.63%) VLAN
13 135 (8.51%) VoIP
14 134 (8.44%) SAN
15 103 (6.49%) Cisco Nexus
16 86 (5.42%) WLAN
17 76 (4.79%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 69 (4.35%) SQL Server
2 11 (0.69%) SQL Server 2008
3 10 (0.63%) SQL Server 2012
4 9 (0.57%) MySQL
5 6 (0.38%) SQL Server 2005
6 5 (0.32%) DB2
6 5 (0.32%) Oracle Database
6 5 (0.32%) Oracle Reports
6 5 (0.32%) Relational Database
7 4 (0.25%) Big Data
7 4 (0.25%) BusinessObjects
8 3 (0.19%) SQL Server 2016
9 2 (0.13%) Amazon RDS
9 2 (0.13%) Data Mining
9 2 (0.13%) Electronic Patient Records
9 2 (0.13%) Hadoop
9 2 (0.13%) HBase
9 2 (0.13%) MS Access
9 2 (0.13%) SQL Server 2014
10 1 (0.063%) OLTP
Development Applications
1 8 (0.50%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 7 (0.44%) Jenkins
2 7 (0.44%) Subversion
3 6 (0.38%) JIRA
3 6 (0.38%) JMeter
4 5 (0.32%) LoadRunner
5 4 (0.25%) Visual Studio
6 3 (0.19%) Artifactory
6 3 (0.19%) Git (software)
6 3 (0.19%) Selenium
6 3 (0.19%) SilkTest
6 3 (0.19%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (0.13%) Cucumber
7 2 (0.13%) Hudson
7 2 (0.13%) JUnit
7 2 (0.13%) Maven
7 2 (0.13%) SoapUI
7 2 (0.13%) WebDriver
8 1 (0.063%) MSI
8 1 (0.063%) NUnit
General
1 197 (12.41%) Finance
2 146 (9.20%) Telecoms
3 50 (3.15%) Retail
4 48 (3.02%) Banking
5 34 (2.14%) Legal
6 14 (0.88%) Advertising
7 13 (0.82%) Financial Institution
8 11 (0.69%) Investment Banking
8 11 (0.69%) Local Government
8 11 (0.69%) Manufacturing
9 8 (0.50%) Back Office
9 8 (0.50%) Law
10 7 (0.44%) Marketing
11 6 (0.38%) Billing
12 5 (0.32%) French Language
12 5 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
13 4 (0.25%) Automotive
13 4 (0.25%) Multimedia
14 3 (0.19%) Electronics
14 3 (0.19%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 454 (28.61%) Network Engineer
2 271 (17.08%) Architect
3 139 (8.76%) Analyst
4 126 (7.94%) Network Architect
4 126 (7.94%) Project Manager
5 117 (7.37%) Cisco Engineer
6 113 (7.12%) Support Engineer
7 100 (6.30%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 84 (5.29%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 75 (4.73%) Senior Network Engineer
10 70 (4.41%) Desktop Support
11 69 (4.35%) Security Architect
12 66 (4.16%) Infrastructure Manager
13 64 (4.03%) 2nd Line Support
14 54 (3.40%) Consultant
15 51 (3.21%) Support Analyst
16 50 (3.15%) Infrastructure Project Manager
16 50 (3.15%) Network Support
17 45 (2.84%) Network Manager
18 43 (2.71%) Network Design Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (2.14%) 802.1X
2 22 (1.39%) Middleware
3 11 (0.69%) Node.js
4 10 (0.63%) LDAP
4 10 (0.63%) Web Services
4 10 (0.63%) XML
5 9 (0.57%) JSON
5 9 (0.57%) WAP
6 8 (0.50%) .NET
6 8 (0.50%) AngularJS
6 8 (0.50%) HTML
7 7 (0.44%) Spring
8 6 (0.38%) MAPI
9 4 (0.25%) CSS
9 4 (0.25%) Ruby on Rails
10 3 (0.19%) FIX Protocol
10 3 (0.19%) LAMP
10 3 (0.19%) SOAP
10 3 (0.19%) Velocity
10 3 (0.19%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 368 (23.19%) Data Centre
2 103 (6.49%) Analytical Skills
3 52 (3.28%) Management Information System
4 48 (3.02%) NHS
5 43 (2.71%) Clustering
6 40 (2.52%) Video Conferencing
7 39 (2.46%) Smartphone
8 28 (1.76%) Self-Motivation
9 24 (1.51%) Replication
10 22 (1.39%) Public Cloud
11 20 (1.26%) PKI
12 19 (1.20%) Private Cloud
13 18 (1.13%) Hybrid Cloud
13 18 (1.13%) iPhone
14 17 (1.07%) Virtual Team
15 12 (0.76%) Blackberry
15 12 (0.76%) iPad
16 10 (0.63%) Enterprise Software
16 10 (0.63%) Greenfield Project
17 9 (0.57%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 477 (30.06%) Windows
2 203 (12.79%) Windows Server
3 133 (8.38%) Windows 7
4 127 (8.00%) Windows Server 2008
5 123 (7.75%) Linux
6 116 (7.31%) Windows Server 2012
7 71 (4.47%) Windows 10
8 70 (4.41%) Unix
9 52 (3.28%) Windows Server 2003
10 35 (2.21%) Windows 8
11 31 (1.95%) Windows XP
12 26 (1.64%) Solaris
13 21 (1.32%) Apple iOS
14 20 (1.26%) Android
14 20 (1.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 19 (1.20%) Mac OS X
16 12 (0.76%) Windows 2000
16 12 (0.76%) Windows Vista
17 10 (0.63%) CentOS
17 10 (0.63%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 301 (18.97%) ITIL
2 232 (14.62%) Migration
3 169 (10.65%) Network Design
4 155 (9.77%) Project Management
5 126 (7.94%) Problem-Solving
6 102 (6.43%) Change Management
7 96 (6.05%) Network Management
8 88 (5.55%) Service Management
9 86 (5.42%) Load Balancing
10 83 (5.23%) PRINCE2
11 81 (5.10%) Service Delivery
12 79 (4.98%) Network Monitoring
13 72 (4.54%) Network Architecture
14 70 (4.41%) Agile Software Development
14 70 (4.41%) Incident Management
15 65 (4.10%) WAN Optimisation
16 61 (3.84%) Disaster Recovery
17 60 (3.78%) Stakeholder Management
18 59 (3.72%) High Availability
19 58 (3.65%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 83 (5.23%) PowerShell
2 70 (4.41%) Python
3 65 (4.10%) SQL
4 31 (1.95%) Perl
5 24 (1.51%) Bash Shell
6 23 (1.45%) Java
7 18 (1.13%) C
8 14 (0.88%) JavaScript
9 10 (0.63%) Shell Script
10 9 (0.57%) C#
11 8 (0.50%) Ruby
12 7 (0.44%) VBA
13 5 (0.32%) PHP
13 5 (0.32%) VBScript
14 4 (0.25%) T-SQL
15 3 (0.19%) Korn
16 2 (0.13%) C-shell
17 1 (0.063%) Scala
Qualifications
1 428 (26.97%) Cisco Certification
2 292 (18.40%) CCNP
3 246 (15.50%) Security Cleared
4 201 (12.67%) CCNA
5 159 (10.02%) SC Cleared
6 103 (6.49%) CCIE
7 88 (5.55%) Microsoft Certification
8 74 (4.66%) Degree
9 70 (4.41%) DV Cleared
10 55 (3.47%) MCSE
11 46 (2.90%) CISSP
11 46 (2.90%) MCP
12 31 (1.95%) CCDP
13 23 (1.45%) MCSA
14 22 (1.39%) CCSA
14 22 (1.39%) CISM
14 22 (1.39%) JNCIA
15 20 (1.26%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
16 18 (1.13%) JNCIS
17 15 (0.95%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 78 (4.91%) SLA
2 30 (1.89%) GDPR
3 29 (1.83%) PCI DSS
4 22 (1.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 17 (1.07%) PMO
6 10 (0.63%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 8 (0.50%) QA
8 5 (0.32%) RMADS
9 4 (0.25%) GAAP
10 3 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials
11 2 (0.13%) Disclosure Scotland
11 2 (0.13%) GxP
11 2 (0.13%) HIPAA
11 2 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 2 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 2 (0.13%) MiFID
12 1 (0.063%) Data Quality
12 1 (0.063%) ISO 9001
12 1 (0.063%) JSP 440
12 1 (0.063%) P3O
System Software
1 353 (22.24%) Active Directory
2 209 (13.17%) VMware Infrastructure
3 78 (4.91%) Hyper-V
4 42 (2.65%) VMware ESXi
5 41 (2.58%) vSphere
5 41 (2.58%) XenApp
6 29 (1.83%) VMware NSX
7 15 (0.95%) Docker
7 15 (0.95%) ProxySG
8 14 (0.88%) Samba
9 12 (0.76%) Virtual Desktop
10 9 (0.57%) Firmware
10 9 (0.57%) Virtual Servers
11 8 (0.50%) BitLocker
12 6 (0.38%) ISA Server
13 5 (0.32%) NFS
13 5 (0.32%) Virtual Machines
13 5 (0.32%) VMware Workstation
13 5 (0.32%) XenDesktop
13 5 (0.32%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 110 (6.93%) SCCM
2 59 (3.72%) FortiGate
3 26 (1.64%) Cisco Prime
4 23 (1.45%) SCOM
5 21 (1.32%) Cisco CUCM
6 18 (1.13%) AirWatch
7 17 (1.07%) Ansible
8 16 (1.01%) Opscode Chef
8 16 (1.01%) WSUS
9 15 (0.95%) Puppet
10 12 (0.76%) Microsoft Clustering
11 11 (0.69%) Norton AntiVirus
12 9 (0.57%) Nessus
12 9 (0.57%) WhatsUp Gold
13 8 (0.50%) Kubernetes
13 8 (0.50%) Microsoft Intune
13 8 (0.50%) Opsview
14 7 (0.44%) CA Spectrum
14 7 (0.44%) Cisco UCCX
14 7 (0.44%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 764 (48.14%) Cisco
2 320 (20.16%) Microsoft
3 290 (18.27%) VMware
4 221 (13.93%) Juniper
5 210 (13.23%) CheckPoint
6 177 (11.15%) Citrix
7 148 (9.33%) HP
8 133 (8.38%) F5
9 98 (6.18%) Fortinet
10 93 (5.86%) Aruba
11 79 (4.98%) Palo Alto
12 72 (4.54%) McAfee
12 72 (4.54%) SolarWinds
13 71 (4.47%) Oracle
14 57 (3.59%) Blue Coat
15 41 (2.58%) Remedy
16 40 (2.52%) Capita
16 40 (2.52%) NetApp
17 39 (2.46%) Meraki
17 39 (2.46%) Nokia