Period
to 13 April 2021

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 13 April 2021 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
13 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 155 122 152
Rank change year-on-year -33 +30 +12
Contract jobs citing WAN 689 1,074 1,651
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.65% 1.99% 1.87%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.49% 14.85% 14.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 486 717 1,084
10th Percentile £213 £175 £200
25th Percentile £316 £300 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £400 £410
Median % change year-on-year +6.25% -2.44% +2.50%
75th Percentile £500 £500 £499
90th Percentile £588 £600 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 48 81
10th Percentile £15.00 £12.55 £10.75
25th Percentile £15.25 £17.63 £12.89
Median hourly rate £22.42 £20.51 £18.50
Median % change year-on-year +9.30% +10.88% +4.23%
75th Percentile £43.75 £47.19 £29.50
90th Percentile £48.95 £51.75 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £22.42 £25.00 £18.06
% change year-on-year -10.32% +38.47% +4.29%

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 4,755 7,233 11,157
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.41% 13.43% 12.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,064 4,501 7,062
10th Percentile £213 £180 £205
25th Percentile £332 £313 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £435 £425 £425
Median % change year-on-year +2.35% - -
75th Percentile £525 £525 £538
90th Percentile £618 £613 £613
UK median daily rate £445 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +4.71% - +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 239 403 478
10th Percentile £12.96 £13.00 £12.00
25th Percentile £15.85 £15.24 £14.03
Median hourly rate £25.00 £19.50 £18.00
Median % change year-on-year +28.21% +8.33% -4.99%
75th Percentile £48.75 £43.75 £40.56
90th Percentile £57.50 £51.65 £49.50
UK median hourly rate £26.50 £21.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +26.19% +16.67% -3.74%

WAN
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for WAN in England

WAN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing WAN in England.

Daily rate trend for WAN in England

WAN
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing WAN in England over the 6 months to 13 April 2021.

Daily rate histogram for WAN in England

WAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing WAN in England.

Hourly rate trend for WAN in England

WAN
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing WAN in England over the 6 months to 13 April 2021.

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 13 April 2021. 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 -26 249 £473 +18.87% 62
South East +14 149 £423 -6.11% 44
Midlands -5 101 £400 -3.03% 44
North of England -14 84 £400 +14.29% 66
West Midlands -6 76 £388 -13.89% 26
North West 0 54 £400 +10.34% 37
South West +40 53 £375 - 35
East of England -7 37 £300 -33.33% 15
Yorkshire -5 26 £390 +20.00% 22
East Midlands +15 25 £403 +91.67% 18
North East +11 4 £238 -34.48% 7
WAN
UK

For the 6 months to 13 April 2021, 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.

1 491 (71.26%) LAN
2 357 (51.81%) Cisco
3 315 (45.72%) Firewall
4 204 (29.61%) Windows
5 176 (25.54%) VPN
6 170 (24.67%) Microsoft
7 163 (23.66%) Active Directory
8 158 (22.93%) Cisco Certification
9 156 (22.64%) VMware
10 152 (22.06%) Security Cleared
10 152 (22.06%) Azure
11 139 (20.17%) Data Centre
12 126 (18.29%) Wireless
13 123 (17.85%) SD-WAN
14 122 (17.71%) Microsoft 365
15 108 (15.67%) DNS
16 106 (15.38%) CCNP
17 102 (14.80%) VMware Infrastructure
18 101 (14.66%) TCP/IP
19 97 (14.08%) SC Cleared
20 95 (13.79%) Linux
21 89 (12.92%) CCNA
22 88 (12.77%) Telecoms
22 88 (12.77%) CheckPoint
22 88 (12.77%) Internet
23 84 (12.19%) Finance
24 78 (11.32%) DHCP
24 78 (11.32%) ITIL
24 78 (11.32%) Migration
25 77 (11.18%) Juniper

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 38 (5.52%) SharePoint
2 34 (4.93%) Skype for Business
3 17 (2.47%) WebSphere
4 9 (1.31%) MS Exchange
5 6 (0.87%) Confluence
6 5 (0.73%) Tomcat
7 4 (0.58%) Elasticsearch
7 4 (0.58%) JBoss
7 4 (0.58%) NetWeaver
7 4 (0.58%) WebSphere Application Server
8 3 (0.44%) Cloud Foundry
8 3 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2010
8 3 (0.44%) IIS
9 2 (0.29%) Exchange Server 2013
9 2 (0.29%) IBM Notes
10 1 (0.15%) Camunda
10 1 (0.15%) Drupal
10 1 (0.15%) nginx
10 1 (0.15%) Smallworld
10 1 (0.15%) WebLogic
Applications
1 55 (7.98%) Microsoft Office
2 38 (5.52%) MS Visio
3 27 (3.92%) Microsoft Excel
4 6 (0.87%) Microsoft Project
5 5 (0.73%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.15%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 7 (1.02%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.15%) MIS ActiveH
2 1 (0.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.15%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 152 (22.06%) Azure
2 122 (17.71%) Microsoft 365
3 68 (9.87%) AWS
4 50 (7.26%) PaaS
5 39 (5.66%) IaaS
6 34 (4.93%) SaaS
7 25 (3.63%) Azure Active Directory
8 22 (3.19%) GCP
9 21 (3.05%) OneDrive
10 11 (1.60%) Yammer
11 10 (1.45%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 10 (1.45%) Cloud Computing
12 8 (1.16%) GitHub
13 4 (0.58%) IBM Cloud
14 3 (0.44%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 2 (0.29%) Mimecast
15 2 (0.29%) OpenShift
15 2 (0.29%) Power Automate
15 2 (0.29%) Power Platform
15 2 (0.29%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 491 (71.26%) LAN
2 315 (45.72%) Firewall
3 176 (25.54%) VPN
4 126 (18.29%) Wireless
5 123 (17.85%) SD-WAN
6 108 (15.67%) DNS
7 101 (14.66%) TCP/IP
8 88 (12.77%) Internet
9 78 (11.32%) DHCP
10 75 (10.89%) MPLS
11 71 (10.30%) Cisco Nexus
12 67 (9.72%) Cisco ASA
12 67 (9.72%) Network Security
12 67 (9.72%) VLAN
13 65 (9.43%) BGP
13 65 (9.43%) OSPF
14 62 (9.00%) VoIP
15 56 (8.13%) Wi-Fi
16 49 (7.11%) IPsec
17 42 (6.10%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (3.05%) SQL Server
2 14 (2.03%) Data Warehouse
3 13 (1.89%) DB2
4 12 (1.74%) HBase
5 11 (1.60%) Hadoop
6 7 (1.02%) MongoDB
6 7 (1.02%) SQL Server 2012
6 7 (1.02%) SQL Server 2014
6 7 (1.02%) SQL Server 2016
7 4 (0.58%) Azure SQL Database
7 4 (0.58%) Cosmos DB
7 4 (0.58%) MySQL
7 4 (0.58%) SAP HANA
8 3 (0.44%) NoSQL
8 3 (0.44%) PostgreSQL
9 2 (0.29%) Power BI
9 2 (0.29%) Riak
10 1 (0.15%) Amazon RDS
10 1 (0.15%) Big Data
10 1 (0.15%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 39 (5.66%) JIRA
2 15 (2.18%) Jenkins
3 14 (2.03%) LoadRunner
4 12 (1.74%) Git (software)
5 9 (1.31%) Sonatype Nexus
6 7 (1.02%) Team Foundation Server
7 5 (0.73%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 4 (0.58%) SonarQube
8 4 (0.58%) Subversion
9 3 (0.44%) Bitbucket Server
10 2 (0.29%) Rational Team Concert
11 1 (0.15%) Ant
11 1 (0.15%) Bitbucket
11 1 (0.15%) GitLab
11 1 (0.15%) TestDirector
11 1 (0.15%) TestRail
General
1 88 (12.77%) Telecoms
2 84 (12.19%) Finance
3 62 (9.00%) Public Sector
4 22 (3.19%) Banking
5 13 (1.89%) Back Office
6 9 (1.31%) Retail
7 8 (1.16%) Legal
8 7 (1.02%) Billing
8 7 (1.02%) Manufacturing
9 6 (0.87%) Police
10 4 (0.58%) Electronics
10 4 (0.58%) Financial Institution
10 4 (0.58%) Pharmaceutical
11 3 (0.44%) Advertising
11 3 (0.44%) Investment Banking
11 3 (0.44%) Publishing
12 2 (0.29%) Aerospace
12 2 (0.29%) Automotive
12 2 (0.29%) Marketing
12 2 (0.29%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 184 (26.71%) Network Engineer
2 134 (19.45%) Architect
3 62 (9.00%) Analyst
4 50 (7.26%) Network Architect
5 42 (6.10%) Project Manager
5 42 (6.10%) Support Engineer
6 36 (5.22%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 31 (4.50%) Consultant
7 31 (4.50%) Solutions Architect
8 29 (4.21%) Infrastructure Manager
9 28 (4.06%) Cisco Engineer
9 28 (4.06%) Infrastructure Architect
9 28 (4.06%) Infrastructure Project Manager
10 27 (3.92%) Senior Network Engineer
11 26 (3.77%) Cisco Network Engineer
12 22 (3.19%) Network Support
13 21 (3.05%) Security Engineer
14 20 (2.90%) Network Consultant
15 19 (2.76%) Network Support Engineer
16 18 (2.61%) Infrastructure Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (3.63%) 802.1X
2 10 (1.45%) Middleware
3 9 (1.31%) JSON
3 9 (1.31%) WebSphere MQ
4 6 (0.87%) .NET
4 6 (0.87%) Jinja
4 6 (0.87%) REST
4 6 (0.87%) SOAP
4 6 (0.87%) YAML
5 4 (0.58%) LDAP
5 4 (0.58%) SAP Basis
5 4 (0.58%) Web Services
5 4 (0.58%) XML
6 3 (0.44%) CGI
6 3 (0.44%) SAML
7 2 (0.29%) .NET Framework
7 2 (0.29%) ASP.NET
7 2 (0.29%) OAuth
7 2 (0.29%) Ruby on Rails
7 2 (0.29%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 139 (20.17%) Data Centre
2 38 (5.52%) Self-Motivation
3 35 (5.08%) PKI
4 31 (4.50%) Analytical Skills
5 29 (4.21%) Video Conferencing
6 21 (3.05%) Management Information System
7 20 (2.90%) Public Cloud
8 13 (1.89%) Greenfield Project
8 13 (1.89%) NHS
9 12 (1.74%) Hybrid Cloud
9 12 (1.74%) Tandem
10 11 (1.60%) Clustering
10 11 (1.60%) Driving Licence
10 11 (1.60%) User Experience
11 9 (1.31%) Private Cloud
11 9 (1.31%) Virtual Team
12 5 (0.73%) Internet of Things
12 5 (0.73%) Linux Command Line
12 5 (0.73%) Mobile App
13 4 (0.58%) Fibre Optics
Operating Systems
1 204 (29.61%) Windows
2 95 (13.79%) Linux
3 69 (10.01%) Windows Server
4 53 (7.69%) Windows 10
5 26 (3.77%) Windows Server 2016
6 25 (3.63%) Windows Server 2012
7 24 (3.48%) Unix
8 12 (1.74%) Ubuntu
8 12 (1.74%) Windows 7
9 11 (1.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 11 (1.60%) Windows Server 2019
10 10 (1.45%) Android
11 9 (1.31%) Windows Server 2003
12 8 (1.16%) Apple iOS
13 7 (1.02%) Solaris
13 7 (1.02%) Windows Server 2008
14 6 (0.87%) Mac OS
15 4 (0.58%) AIX
15 4 (0.58%) Windows XP
16 3 (0.44%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 78 (11.32%) ITIL
1 78 (11.32%) Migration
2 68 (9.87%) Agile Software Development
3 64 (9.29%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 57 (8.27%) Load Balancing
5 53 (7.69%) Network Design
6 51 (7.40%) DevOps
7 48 (6.97%) Project Management
8 42 (6.10%) Network Architecture
9 41 (5.95%) Disaster Recovery
10 38 (5.52%) Kalman Filter
10 38 (5.52%) Problem-Solving
11 36 (5.22%) Project Delivery
12 35 (5.08%) Stakeholder Management
13 30 (4.35%) Network Management
13 30 (4.35%) Service Management
13 30 (4.35%) Web Filtering
14 29 (4.21%) Change Management
14 29 (4.21%) SIEM
15 27 (3.92%) Business Continuity
Programming Languages
1 29 (4.21%) PowerShell
2 26 (3.77%) Python
3 24 (3.48%) SQL
4 10 (1.45%) C#
5 8 (1.16%) Java
6 7 (1.02%) Bash Shell
6 7 (1.02%) C
7 6 (0.87%) Perl
8 5 (0.73%) Ada
8 5 (0.73%) C++
8 5 (0.73%) Shell Script
9 4 (0.58%) PHP
10 3 (0.44%) AWK
10 3 (0.44%) Ruby
10 3 (0.44%) sed
11 2 (0.29%) JavaScript
12 1 (0.15%) Erlang
12 1 (0.15%) MATLAB
12 1 (0.15%) R
12 1 (0.15%) Rust
Qualifications
1 158 (22.93%) Cisco Certification
2 152 (22.06%) Security Cleared
3 106 (15.38%) CCNP
4 97 (14.08%) SC Cleared
5 89 (12.92%) CCNA
6 43 (6.24%) CCIE
7 38 (5.52%) Microsoft Certification
8 37 (5.37%) DV Cleared
9 36 (5.22%) Degree
10 21 (3.05%) CISSP
11 18 (2.61%) CCDP
12 13 (1.89%) MCSA
12 13 (1.89%) TOGAF Certification
13 12 (1.74%) BPSS Clearance
13 12 (1.74%) Computer Science Degree
13 12 (1.74%) MCSE
14 11 (1.60%) CCDA
14 11 (1.60%) JNCIA
15 9 (1.31%) CCSA
15 9 (1.31%) CCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (2.61%) SLA
2 15 (2.18%) QA
3 12 (1.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 10 (1.45%) COBIT
4 10 (1.45%) NIST
5 8 (1.16%) PCI DSS
6 7 (1.02%) GDPR
7 4 (0.58%) PMO
7 4 (0.58%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 3 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 3 (0.44%) NCSC
9 2 (0.29%) Cyber Essentials
9 2 (0.29%) HL7
9 2 (0.29%) ISO 9000
9 2 (0.29%) JSP 440
9 2 (0.29%) NIST 800
9 2 (0.29%) SEPA
10 1 (0.15%) BS25999
10 1 (0.15%) ISO 22301
10 1 (0.15%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 163 (23.66%) Active Directory
2 102 (14.80%) VMware Infrastructure
3 39 (5.66%) Hyper-V
4 28 (4.06%) VMware NSX
5 26 (3.77%) VMware ESXi
5 26 (3.77%) vSphere
6 14 (2.03%) ProxySG
6 14 (2.03%) Virtual Machines
7 12 (1.74%) Docker
8 8 (1.16%) HDFS
8 8 (1.16%) KVM
9 7 (1.02%) XenApp
10 5 (0.73%) NFS
10 5 (0.73%) Virtual Desktop
10 5 (0.73%) Xen
11 4 (0.58%) Oracle RAC
11 4 (0.58%) Snort
11 4 (0.58%) SRDF
11 4 (0.58%) VMware Workstation
12 3 (0.44%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 47 (6.82%) Ansible
2 37 (5.37%) SCCM
3 21 (3.05%) Terraform
4 16 (2.32%) Cisco Prime
4 16 (2.32%) Microsoft Intune
5 15 (2.18%) Kubernetes
5 15 (2.18%) NetBackup
6 13 (1.89%) Cisco CUCM
6 13 (1.89%) FortiGate
7 10 (1.45%) Packer
8 9 (1.31%) Nessus
8 9 (1.31%) vCenter Server
9 8 (1.16%) Puppet
10 7 (1.02%) Opscode Chef
10 7 (1.02%) SCOM
10 7 (1.02%) SolarWinds Orion
11 6 (0.87%) SCSM
12 5 (0.73%) Norton AntiVirus
12 5 (0.73%) Single Sign-On
13 4 (0.58%) Suricata
Vendors
1 357 (51.81%) Cisco
2 170 (24.67%) Microsoft
3 156 (22.64%) VMware
4 88 (12.77%) CheckPoint
5 77 (11.18%) Juniper
6 65 (9.43%) F5
7 58 (8.42%) Palo Alto
8 56 (8.13%) Citrix
8 56 (8.13%) SolarWinds
9 49 (7.11%) Fortinet
10 45 (6.53%) Meraki
11 30 (4.35%) Blue Coat
11 30 (4.35%) Dell
12 24 (3.48%) Riverbed
13 23 (3.34%) Aruba
14 22 (3.19%) EMC
14 22 (3.19%) Oracle
15 19 (2.76%) Red Hat
16 18 (2.61%) HP
16 18 (2.61%) Zscaler