Period
to 15 July 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 15 July 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
15 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 133 158 139
Rank change year-on-year +25 -19 -29
Contract jobs citing WAN 1,690 1,627 1,683
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.99% 1.72% 1.91%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 15.69% 12.90% 13.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,109 973 1,140
England median daily rate £425 £400 £398
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +0.63% +2.58%
10th Percentile £204 £170 £200
90th Percentile £613 £575 £563
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +6.25% +3.23% +0.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 71 102 92
England median hourly rate £17.42 £19.44 £15.89
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.40% +22.38% -24.35%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.03 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.09 £45.99 £52.25
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.75
% change year-on-year - -6.67% -12.14%

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 10,774 12,609 12,139
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 12.70% 13.32% 13.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,686 7,773 7,352
England median daily rate £430 £425 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.18% +2.41% +3.75%
10th Percentile £204 £205 £210
90th Percentile £613 £600 £586
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £410
% change year-on-year - +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 493 695 700
England median hourly rate £21.00 £20.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% -24.00%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £11.23
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.83 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £21.50 £20.00 £19.77
% change year-on-year +7.50% +1.18% -20.93%

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 15 July 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 15 July 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 15 July 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 +15 666 £463 +15.63% 175
South East +42 423 £413 -2.94% 154
North of England +31 226 £345 -5.15% 142
South West +1 132 £385 +10.00% 61
Midlands -17 129 £350 -20.45% 115
North West +20 117 £375 +3.36% 73
East of England +14 106 £431 +16.95% 64
West Midlands -28 80 £370 -23.63% 68
Yorkshire +31 76 £360 -5.51% 46
East Midlands +7 48 £245 -30.00% 46
North East +33 33 £295 -18.90% 23
South Coast - 2 - -
WAN
UK

For the 6 months to 15 July 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 1,231 (72.84%) LAN
2 879 (52.01%) Cisco
3 772 (45.68%) Firewall
4 525 (31.07%) Cisco Certification
5 470 (27.81%) Windows
6 399 (23.61%) VPN
7 396 (23.43%) Active Directory
8 392 (23.20%) Data Centre
9 352 (20.83%) CCNP
10 351 (20.77%) Microsoft
11 304 (17.99%) TCP/IP
12 302 (17.87%) VMware
13 291 (17.22%) Wireless
13 291 (17.22%) Security Cleared
14 288 (17.04%) DNS
15 284 (16.80%) CheckPoint
16 281 (16.63%) MPLS
17 273 (16.15%) ITIL
18 272 (16.09%) Microsoft Azure
19 257 (15.21%) BGP
20 253 (14.97%) Network Security
21 242 (14.32%) Amazon AWS
22 236 (13.96%) CCNA
23 234 (13.85%) Juniper
24 231 (13.67%) Finance
25 224 (13.25%) OSPF
25 224 (13.25%) Windows Server
26 216 (12.78%) Migration
27 214 (12.66%) F5
28 213 (12.60%) Office 365

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 88 (5.21%) MS Exchange
2 74 (4.38%) SharePoint
3 70 (4.14%) Skype for Business
4 26 (1.54%) OpenStack
5 21 (1.24%) IIS
6 16 (0.95%) JBoss
7 15 (0.89%) Confluence
7 15 (0.89%) Exchange Server 2010
8 12 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2013
8 12 (0.71%) Tomcat
9 11 (0.65%) Apache
10 6 (0.36%) WordPress
11 5 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2007
12 4 (0.24%) WebLogic
13 3 (0.18%) Elasticsearch
13 3 (0.18%) IBM Notes
13 3 (0.18%) SharePoint 2013
14 2 (0.12%) nginx
14 2 (0.12%) SAS
15 1 (0.059%) Quickr
Applications
1 116 (6.86%) Microsoft Office
2 29 (1.72%) Microsoft Excel
3 24 (1.42%) MS Visio
4 15 (0.89%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 13 (0.77%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.18%) Windchill
7 1 (0.059%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.059%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 2 (0.12%) NetSuite
1 2 (0.12%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.059%) Global One
2 1 (0.059%) RMDS
2 1 (0.059%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.059%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 272 (16.09%) Microsoft Azure
2 242 (14.32%) Amazon AWS
3 213 (12.60%) Office 365
4 46 (2.72%) IaaS
5 36 (2.13%) PaaS
6 34 (2.01%) Cloud Computing
7 33 (1.95%) OpenShift
8 25 (1.48%) Google Cloud Platform
9 22 (1.30%) SaaS
10 19 (1.12%) Azure Active Directory
11 17 (1.01%) OneDrive
11 17 (1.01%) Power Platform
12 14 (0.83%) Azure Stack
13 13 (0.77%) Mimecast
14 12 (0.71%) Azure ExpressRoute
14 12 (0.71%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 11 (0.65%) Amazon ELB
16 10 (0.59%) Dynamics 365
17 9 (0.53%) Microsoft Flow
17 9 (0.53%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 1,231 (72.84%) LAN
2 772 (45.68%) Firewall
3 399 (23.61%) VPN
4 304 (17.99%) TCP/IP
5 291 (17.22%) Wireless
6 288 (17.04%) DNS
7 281 (16.63%) MPLS
8 257 (15.21%) BGP
9 253 (14.97%) Network Security
10 224 (13.25%) OSPF
11 206 (12.19%) DHCP
12 205 (12.13%) VoIP
13 176 (10.41%) Cisco ASA
14 175 (10.36%) Cisco Nexus
15 155 (9.17%) Wi-Fi
16 139 (8.22%) Internet
17 134 (7.93%) VLAN
18 129 (7.63%) SAN
19 124 (7.34%) WLAN
20 95 (5.62%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 76 (4.50%) SQL Server
2 36 (2.13%) Relational Database
3 24 (1.42%) Oracle Database
4 19 (1.12%) RDBMS
5 11 (0.65%) MariaDB
5 11 (0.65%) MySQL
6 9 (0.53%) PostgreSQL
7 7 (0.41%) Data Warehouse
8 5 (0.30%) Amazon RDS
8 5 (0.30%) Big Data
8 5 (0.30%) Oracle Database 12c
8 5 (0.30%) Oracle ODI
8 5 (0.30%) Oracle Reports
9 4 (0.24%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 4 (0.24%) SQL Server 2012
10 3 (0.18%) MS Access
11 2 (0.12%) Hadoop
11 2 (0.12%) NoSQL
11 2 (0.12%) SQL Server 2000
11 2 (0.12%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 21 (1.24%) JIRA
2 14 (0.83%) Git (software)
3 10 (0.59%) Team Foundation Server
3 10 (0.59%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 8 (0.47%) Sonatype Nexus
5 6 (0.36%) Subversion
6 5 (0.30%) Jenkins
7 3 (0.18%) Hudson
8 2 (0.12%) AdminStudio
8 2 (0.12%) InstallShield
8 2 (0.12%) Visual Studio
9 1 (0.059%) Burp Suite
9 1 (0.059%) ClearQuest
9 1 (0.059%) HP UFT
9 1 (0.059%) Metasploit
9 1 (0.059%) QARun
9 1 (0.059%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 1 (0.059%) TestDirector
9 1 (0.059%) Trac
9 1 (0.059%) WinRunner
General
1 231 (13.67%) Finance
2 160 (9.47%) Telecoms
3 63 (3.73%) Retail
4 58 (3.43%) Banking
5 42 (2.49%) Financial Institution
6 26 (1.54%) Manufacturing
7 23 (1.36%) Law
8 19 (1.12%) Local Government
9 17 (1.01%) Marketing
10 15 (0.89%) Billing
11 14 (0.83%) Back Office
11 14 (0.83%) Investment Banking
12 13 (0.77%) Legal
12 13 (0.77%) Multimedia
13 12 (0.71%) Electronics
14 11 (0.65%) Military
15 8 (0.47%) German Language
16 6 (0.36%) Publishing
17 4 (0.24%) French Language
17 4 (0.24%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 579 (34.26%) Network Engineer
2 293 (17.34%) Architect
3 140 (8.28%) Analyst
4 114 (6.75%) Network Architect
5 110 (6.51%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 103 (6.09%) Support Engineer
7 92 (5.44%) Cisco Engineer
7 92 (5.44%) Senior Network Engineer
8 89 (5.27%) Project Manager
9 76 (4.50%) Cisco Network Engineer
10 73 (4.32%) Consultant
11 67 (3.96%) Security Engineer
12 62 (3.67%) Infrastructure Architect
12 62 (3.67%) Network Security Engineer
13 61 (3.61%) Solutions Architect
14 58 (3.43%) WAN Engineer
15 46 (2.72%) 2nd Line Support
16 45 (2.66%) Network Support
17 44 (2.60%) IT Support
17 44 (2.60%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (3.20%) 802.1X
2 38 (2.25%) Middleware
3 37 (2.19%) LDAP
4 30 (1.78%) Web Services
5 25 (1.48%) Elastic Stack
6 23 (1.36%) J2EE
7 18 (1.07%) REST
8 11 (0.65%) JSON
8 11 (0.65%) SOAP
8 11 (0.65%) XML
9 8 (0.47%) YAML
10 5 (0.30%) HTML
10 5 (0.30%) Oracle GoldenGate
10 5 (0.30%) XMPP
11 4 (0.24%) Jinja
11 4 (0.24%) SailPoint
11 4 (0.24%) Velocity
12 3 (0.18%) Node.js
12 3 (0.18%) React
12 3 (0.18%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 392 (23.20%) Data Centre
2 76 (4.50%) Management Information System
3 62 (3.67%) Analytical Skills
4 60 (3.55%) Public Cloud
5 56 (3.31%) Video Conferencing
6 48 (2.84%) Self-Motivation
7 44 (2.60%) PKI
8 34 (2.01%) Driving Licence
9 30 (1.78%) Clustering
10 27 (1.60%) Replication
11 25 (1.48%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
12 23 (1.36%) Cyberattack
13 21 (1.24%) Hedge funds
13 21 (1.24%) iPhone
14 20 (1.18%) BYOD
15 18 (1.07%) Private Cloud
16 17 (1.01%) Enterprise Storage
17 16 (0.95%) Smartphone
18 15 (0.89%) NHS
19 14 (0.83%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 470 (27.81%) Windows
2 224 (13.25%) Windows Server
3 201 (11.89%) Linux
4 111 (6.57%) Windows Server 2012
5 109 (6.45%) Windows 10
6 100 (5.92%) Unix
7 86 (5.09%) Windows 7
8 74 (4.38%) Windows Server 2008
9 61 (3.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 34 (2.01%) Android
10 34 (2.01%) Solaris
11 31 (1.83%) CentOS
12 21 (1.24%) Windows Server 2003
13 19 (1.12%) Ubuntu
14 17 (1.01%) Windows 8
15 16 (0.95%) Mac OS
16 14 (0.83%) Mac OS X
17 12 (0.71%) Apple iOS
18 7 (0.41%) HPUX
18 7 (0.41%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 273 (16.15%) ITIL
2 216 (12.78%) Migration
3 187 (11.07%) Network Design
4 147 (8.70%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 144 (8.52%) Load Balancing
6 130 (7.69%) Network Management
7 125 (7.40%) Project Management
8 124 (7.34%) DevOps
9 119 (7.04%) Network Monitoring
10 106 (6.27%) Agile Software Development
11 99 (5.86%) Problem-Solving
12 96 (5.68%) Stakeholder Management
13 94 (5.56%) Change Management
14 91 (5.38%) Service Management
15 82 (4.85%) Service Delivery
16 79 (4.67%) Disaster Recovery
17 77 (4.56%) High Availability
18 67 (3.96%) Information Security
18 67 (3.96%) Patch Management
19 60 (3.55%) Network Architecture
Programming Languages
1 106 (6.27%) SQL
2 96 (5.68%) Python
3 89 (5.27%) PowerShell
4 33 (1.95%) Perl
5 28 (1.66%) C
6 26 (1.54%) Java
7 12 (0.71%) Shell Script
8 11 (0.65%) VB
9 8 (0.47%) Bash Shell
10 5 (0.30%) PL/SQL
11 4 (0.24%) PHP
11 4 (0.24%) VBScript
12 1 (0.059%) C++
12 1 (0.059%) JavaScript
12 1 (0.059%) R
12 1 (0.059%) Scala
12 1 (0.059%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 525 (31.07%) Cisco Certification
2 352 (20.83%) CCNP
3 291 (17.22%) Security Cleared
4 236 (13.96%) CCNA
5 183 (10.83%) SC Cleared
6 150 (8.88%) CCIE
7 97 (5.74%) DV Cleared
8 86 (5.09%) Degree
9 63 (3.73%) Microsoft Certification
10 55 (3.25%) CCDP
11 38 (2.25%) JNCIP
12 34 (2.01%) MCSE
13 29 (1.72%) CCSA
14 26 (1.54%) CCSE
15 25 (1.48%) BPSS Clearance
15 25 (1.48%) CCDA
16 24 (1.42%) JNCIE
17 22 (1.30%) JNCIA
18 20 (1.18%) MCSA
19 19 (1.12%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 78 (4.62%) SLA
2 31 (1.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 21 (1.24%) PCI DSS
4 20 (1.18%) GDPR
5 16 (0.95%) QA
6 13 (0.77%) PMO
7 12 (0.71%) NIST
8 9 (0.53%) COBIT
9 6 (0.36%) Cyber Essentials
10 4 (0.24%) HIPAA
10 4 (0.24%) MiFID
10 4 (0.24%) RMADS
11 3 (0.18%) ISO 9001
11 3 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 3 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 2 (0.12%) Data Quality
12 2 (0.12%) Disclosure Scotland
13 1 (0.059%) FedRAMP
13 1 (0.059%) ISO 22301
13 1 (0.059%) ISO/IEC 27005
System Software
1 396 (23.43%) Active Directory
2 183 (10.83%) VMware Infrastructure
3 76 (4.50%) Hyper-V
4 65 (3.85%) Docker
5 39 (2.31%) VMware ESXi
6 36 (2.13%) vSphere
7 21 (1.24%) XenApp
8 18 (1.07%) Virtual Machines
8 18 (1.07%) XenDesktop
9 16 (0.95%) VMware NSX
10 15 (0.89%) ProxySG
11 14 (0.83%) Firmware
12 9 (0.53%) Virtual Servers
13 8 (0.47%) Virtual Desktop
14 7 (0.41%) ISA Server
15 6 (0.36%) Microsoft App-V
15 6 (0.36%) Squid
15 6 (0.36%) Varnish
15 6 (0.36%) vCloud
16 5 (0.30%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 86 (5.09%) Ansible
2 83 (4.91%) SCCM
3 58 (3.43%) Puppet
4 46 (2.72%) Kubernetes
5 31 (1.83%) Cisco Prime
6 27 (1.60%) Microsoft Intune
7 25 (1.48%) Cisco CUCM
7 25 (1.48%) Terraform
8 23 (1.36%) Opscode Chef
8 23 (1.36%) vCenter Server
9 22 (1.30%) Single Sign-On
10 20 (1.18%) FortiGate
11 18 (1.07%) SCOM
12 17 (1.01%) Failover Clustering
12 17 (1.01%) Packer
13 16 (0.95%) vRealize
13 16 (0.95%) WSUS
14 15 (0.89%) Consul
14 15 (0.89%) QRadar
15 12 (0.71%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 879 (52.01%) Cisco
2 351 (20.77%) Microsoft
3 302 (17.87%) VMware
4 284 (16.80%) CheckPoint
5 234 (13.85%) Juniper
6 214 (12.66%) F5
7 139 (8.22%) Palo Alto
8 135 (7.99%) Citrix
9 121 (7.16%) HP
10 85 (5.03%) SolarWinds
11 83 (4.91%) Meraki
12 77 (4.56%) Aruba
13 75 (4.44%) Fortinet
14 74 (4.38%) Oracle
15 70 (4.14%) Riverbed
16 69 (4.08%) Dell
17 55 (3.25%) McAfee
18 46 (2.72%) Apple
19 45 (2.66%) Red Hat
19 45 (2.66%) Splunk