Period
to 24 October 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 24 October 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
24 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 193 155 123
Rank change year-on-year -38 -32 +29
Contract jobs citing WAN 944 486 1,609
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.40% 1.78% 2.09%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 12.31% 13.44% 15.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 575 333 1,085
10th Percentile £189 £206 £200
25th Percentile £308 £323 £300
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £425 £400
Median % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
75th Percentile £538 £503 £519
90th Percentile £637 £575 £588
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 23 60
10th Percentile £13.25 £16.40 £12.00
25th Percentile £18.00 £18.50 £15.44
Median hourly rate £23.00 £31.50 £19.00
Median % change year-on-year -26.98% +65.79% -1.99%
75th Percentile £37.80 £54.00 £44.47
90th Percentile £52.75 £64.50 £48.88
UK median hourly rate £22.75 £30.75 £18.70
% change year-on-year -26.02% +64.44% -1.58%

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 7,666 3,617 10,229
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.40% 13.23% 13.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,991 2,318 6,413
10th Percentile £213 £213 £191
25th Percentile £357 £325 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £450 £425
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
75th Percentile £586 £538 £525
90th Percentile £675 £628 £610
UK median daily rate £475 £445 £425
% change year-on-year +6.74% +4.71% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 351 157 497
10th Percentile £12.00 £14.00 £12.75
25th Percentile £13.88 £17.50 £15.50
Median hourly rate £20.51 £31.50 £25.68
Median % change year-on-year -34.89% +22.66% +36.89%
75th Percentile £48.75 £46.40 £47.25
90th Percentile £64.50 £54.40 £53.75
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £31.50 £25.40
% change year-on-year -30.16% +24.02% +36.41%

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 24 October 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 24 October 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 24 October 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 -51 365 £475 +5.56% 120
South East -32 184 £425 +1.49% 96
North of England -10 109 £388 -3.13% 140
South West -17 107 £400 -5.88% 40
Midlands -43 100 £336 -3.93% 69
Yorkshire -5 63 £300 -25.00% 51
West Midlands -53 62 £335 -13.55% 44
East of England -50 39 £400 +45.45% 44
East Midlands -24 38 £338 +20.00% 25
North West -53 35 £363 -9.38% 68
North East - 11 £550 - 21
WAN
UK

For the 6 months to 24 October 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.

1 631 (66.84%) LAN
2 427 (45.23%) Cisco
3 359 (38.03%) Firewall
4 262 (27.75%) Windows
5 247 (26.17%) Active Directory
6 230 (24.36%) VMware
7 222 (23.52%) SD-WAN
8 217 (22.99%) Microsoft
9 214 (22.67%) Azure
10 193 (20.44%) VPN
11 182 (19.28%) Data Centre
12 176 (18.64%) Microsoft 365
13 174 (18.43%) Cisco Certification
14 172 (18.22%) Security Cleared
15 167 (17.69%) Social Skills
16 164 (17.37%) VMware Infrastructure
17 146 (15.47%) DNS
18 145 (15.36%) SC Cleared
19 140 (14.83%) Wireless
20 137 (14.51%) ITIL
21 122 (12.92%) CCNP
22 116 (12.29%) DHCP
23 112 (11.86%) TCP/IP
23 112 (11.86%) MPLS
23 112 (11.86%) Windows Server
24 109 (11.55%) Wi-Fi
24 109 (11.55%) Migration
25 101 (10.70%) Finance
25 101 (10.70%) Citrix
25 101 (10.70%) Linux

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 55 (5.83%) SharePoint
2 29 (3.07%) MS Exchange
3 21 (2.22%) WebSphere
4 16 (1.69%) Confluence
5 13 (1.38%) Tomcat
6 12 (1.27%) Apache
7 11 (1.17%) IIS
8 10 (1.06%) Apache Spark
9 7 (0.74%) Skype for Business
9 7 (0.74%) WebSphere Application Server
10 6 (0.64%) IBM Notes
10 6 (0.64%) nginx
11 5 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2010
11 5 (0.53%) JBoss
11 5 (0.53%) NetWeaver
12 4 (0.42%) CMS
13 3 (0.32%) Elasticsearch
13 3 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2013
13 3 (0.32%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 2 (0.21%) OpenStack
Applications
1 74 (7.84%) Microsoft Office
2 19 (2.01%) Microsoft Excel
3 18 (1.91%) MS Visio
4 11 (1.17%) Microsoft Project
5 7 (0.74%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 4 (0.42%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 2 (0.21%) Chatbot
8 1 (0.11%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (0.64%) Remedy ITSM
2 5 (0.53%) Remedy AR System
3 3 (0.32%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.21%) StreamServe
5 1 (0.11%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
5 1 (0.11%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 214 (22.67%) Azure
2 176 (18.64%) Microsoft 365
3 83 (8.79%) AWS
4 58 (6.14%) IaaS
4 58 (6.14%) PaaS
5 48 (5.08%) SaaS
6 39 (4.13%) Azure Active Directory
7 36 (3.81%) GCP
8 26 (2.75%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 16 (1.69%) Cloud Computing
10 13 (1.38%) AWS CloudFormation
11 12 (1.27%) AWS CodeCommit
11 12 (1.27%) AWS CodePipeline
11 12 (1.27%) GitHub
11 12 (1.27%) OneDrive
12 10 (1.06%) Serverless
13 9 (0.95%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 9 (0.95%) AWS Lambda
13 9 (0.95%) Azure Pipelines
14 7 (0.74%) Azure Storage
Communications & Networking
1 631 (66.84%) LAN
2 359 (38.03%) Firewall
3 222 (23.52%) SD-WAN
4 193 (20.44%) VPN
5 146 (15.47%) DNS
6 140 (14.83%) Wireless
7 116 (12.29%) DHCP
8 112 (11.86%) MPLS
8 112 (11.86%) TCP/IP
9 109 (11.55%) Wi-Fi
10 99 (10.49%) BGP
11 96 (10.17%) Network Security
12 84 (8.90%) Internet
13 80 (8.47%) VoIP
14 75 (7.94%) VLAN
15 74 (7.84%) OSPF
16 68 (7.20%) SAN
17 62 (6.57%) Ethernet
18 56 (5.93%) Cisco ASA
19 51 (5.40%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 53 (5.61%) SQL Server
2 14 (1.48%) Amazon DynamoDB
2 14 (1.48%) Hadoop
3 12 (1.27%) DB2
4 11 (1.17%) NoSQL
5 10 (1.06%) MySQL
6 9 (0.95%) Apache Hive
6 9 (0.95%) PostgreSQL
7 8 (0.85%) Data Mining
7 8 (0.85%) Tableau
8 7 (0.74%) MongoDB
9 6 (0.64%) Azure SQL Database
9 6 (0.64%) SQL Server 2012
10 5 (0.53%) Data Warehouse
10 5 (0.53%) SAP HANA
11 4 (0.42%) HBase
11 4 (0.42%) Riak
11 4 (0.42%) SQL Server 2014
11 4 (0.42%) SQL Server 2016
12 3 (0.32%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 23 (2.44%) JIRA
2 14 (1.48%) Git (software)
2 14 (1.48%) Jenkins
3 13 (1.38%) GitLab
4 11 (1.17%) Sonatype Nexus
5 9 (0.95%) SonarQube
6 4 (0.42%) Bitbucket
6 4 (0.42%) Vagrant
7 3 (0.32%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 2 (0.21%) Bitbucket Server
8 2 (0.21%) eggPlant
8 2 (0.21%) Maven
9 1 (0.11%) Artifactory
9 1 (0.11%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 1 (0.11%) FishEye
9 1 (0.11%) JUnit
9 1 (0.11%) Robot Framework
9 1 (0.11%) Subversion
9 1 (0.11%) VectorCAST
General
1 167 (17.69%) Social Skills
2 101 (10.70%) Finance
3 84 (8.90%) Telecoms
4 62 (6.57%) Analytical Skills
5 58 (6.14%) Public Sector
6 27 (2.86%) Presentation Skills
7 26 (2.75%) Banking
7 26 (2.75%) Organisational Skills
8 15 (1.59%) Legal
9 12 (1.27%) Local Government
10 10 (1.06%) Documentation Skills
10 10 (1.06%) Influencing Skills
10 10 (1.06%) Retail
11 9 (0.95%) Marketing
12 7 (0.74%) Law
13 6 (0.64%) Manufacturing
14 5 (0.53%) Aerospace
14 5 (0.53%) French Language
15 4 (0.42%) Back Office
15 4 (0.42%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 230 (24.36%) Network Engineer
2 194 (20.55%) Architect
3 82 (8.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 67 (7.10%) Analyst
5 65 (6.89%) Support Engineer
6 56 (5.93%) Network Architect
7 41 (4.34%) Project Manager
7 41 (4.34%) Solutions Architect
8 35 (3.71%) 2nd Line Support
8 35 (3.71%) Cisco Engineer
8 35 (3.71%) Infrastructure Architect
9 32 (3.39%) Technical Architect
10 31 (3.28%) Cisco Network Engineer
11 29 (3.07%) IT Engineer
12 28 (2.97%) Security Architect
13 27 (2.86%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 27 (2.86%) Desktop Support
14 26 (2.75%) Infrastructure Manager
14 26 (2.75%) Senior Network Engineer
15 25 (2.65%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (2.54%) Middleware
2 18 (1.91%) JSON
3 11 (1.17%) XMPP
4 10 (1.06%) 802.1X
5 9 (0.95%) Apache NiFi
5 9 (0.95%) Kafka
5 9 (0.95%) Web Services
5 9 (0.95%) XML
6 8 (0.85%) Regular Expression
7 7 (0.74%) JDBC
7 7 (0.74%) ODBC
7 7 (0.74%) OLE DB
7 7 (0.74%) WebSphere MQ
7 7 (0.74%) YAML
8 6 (0.64%) .NET
8 6 (0.64%) SOAP
9 5 (0.53%) SAP Basis
10 4 (0.42%) EDI
10 4 (0.42%) HTML
10 4 (0.42%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 182 (19.28%) Data Centre
2 49 (5.19%) Public Cloud
3 32 (3.39%) Management Information System
4 30 (3.18%) Hybrid Cloud
5 25 (2.65%) Self-Motivation
6 23 (2.44%) PKI
7 22 (2.33%) Driving Licence
8 17 (1.80%) Video Conferencing
9 15 (1.59%) NHS
9 15 (1.59%) Private Cloud
10 13 (1.38%) Clustering
11 12 (1.27%) iPad
11 12 (1.27%) Mobile App
12 10 (1.06%) Enterprise Storage
12 10 (1.06%) iPhone
13 9 (0.95%) BYOD
13 9 (0.95%) Virtual Team
14 8 (0.85%) Fibre Optics
14 8 (0.85%) Greenfield Project
14 8 (0.85%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 262 (27.75%) Windows
2 112 (11.86%) Windows Server
3 101 (10.70%) Linux
4 70 (7.42%) Windows 10
5 36 (3.81%) Windows Server 2016
6 31 (3.28%) Unix
6 31 (3.28%) Windows Server 2012
7 28 (2.97%) Windows Server 2008
8 24 (2.54%) Windows 7
9 23 (2.44%) Android
9 23 (2.44%) Windows Server 2019
10 20 (2.12%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 19 (2.01%) Apple iOS
12 14 (1.48%) Ubuntu
13 11 (1.17%) Mac OS
14 8 (0.85%) Solaris
15 6 (0.64%) AIX
16 5 (0.53%) Windows Phone
17 4 (0.42%) Mac OS X
17 4 (0.42%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 137 (14.51%) ITIL
2 109 (11.55%) Migration
3 96 (10.17%) Network Architecture
4 94 (9.96%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 87 (9.22%) Problem-Solving
6 86 (9.11%) Agile Software Development
7 72 (7.63%) Project Management
8 69 (7.31%) Network Design
9 68 (7.20%) Cybersecurity
10 66 (6.99%) Disaster Recovery
11 51 (5.40%) DevOps
12 47 (4.98%) Network Management
13 44 (4.66%) Load Balancing
14 38 (4.03%) Computer Science
14 38 (4.03%) Stakeholder Management
15 34 (3.60%) Change Management
16 32 (3.39%) Business Continuity
17 31 (3.28%) Configuration Management
17 31 (3.28%) Service Delivery
18 30 (3.18%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 81 (8.58%) SQL
2 67 (7.10%) Python
3 64 (6.78%) PowerShell
4 27 (2.86%) Bash Shell
5 23 (2.44%) Java
6 14 (1.48%) JavaScript
7 12 (1.27%) C
7 12 (1.27%) C++
8 8 (0.85%) Perl
8 8 (0.85%) VB
9 7 (0.74%) Scala
10 6 (0.64%) VBScript
11 5 (0.53%) Ruby
11 5 (0.53%) TypeScript
12 4 (0.42%) C#
12 4 (0.42%) Shell Script
13 3 (0.32%) PHP
13 3 (0.32%) VB.NET
14 2 (0.21%) PL/SQL
15 1 (0.11%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 174 (18.43%) Cisco Certification
2 172 (18.22%) Security Cleared
3 145 (15.36%) SC Cleared
4 122 (12.92%) CCNP
5 82 (8.69%) CCNA
6 68 (7.20%) Degree
7 40 (4.24%) CCIE
8 27 (2.86%) CISSP
9 22 (2.33%) DV Cleared
10 18 (1.91%) CESG Certified Professional
11 17 (1.80%) Microsoft Certification
12 14 (1.48%) CCDP
13 11 (1.17%) Master's Degree
13 11 (1.17%) MCSE
14 10 (1.06%) Computer Science Degree
15 9 (0.95%) PMI Certification
15 9 (0.95%) PMP
16 8 (0.85%) ITIL Certification
16 8 (0.85%) JNCIP
16 8 (0.85%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (3.18%) SLA
2 23 (2.44%) QA
3 20 (2.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 15 (1.59%) NCSC
4 15 (1.59%) PCI DSS
4 15 (1.59%) PMO
5 14 (1.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 8 (0.85%) COBIT
6 8 (0.85%) GDPR
7 5 (0.53%) HL7
8 3 (0.32%) GRC
8 3 (0.32%) ISO 22301
8 3 (0.32%) NIST
9 2 (0.21%) DICOM
9 2 (0.21%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 2 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 2 (0.21%) PMBOK
10 1 (0.11%) Disclosure Scotland
10 1 (0.11%) GAAP
10 1 (0.11%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 247 (26.17%) Active Directory
2 164 (17.37%) VMware Infrastructure
3 79 (8.37%) Hyper-V
4 38 (4.03%) VMware ESXi
5 28 (2.97%) vSphere
6 26 (2.75%) VMware NSX
7 20 (2.12%) NFS
8 19 (2.01%) Docker
9 17 (1.80%) Virtual Machines
9 17 (1.80%) VMware Workstation
10 11 (1.17%) BitLocker
10 11 (1.17%) XenApp
11 10 (1.06%) Virtual Desktop
12 9 (0.95%) HDFS
12 9 (0.95%) KVM
13 8 (0.85%) Xen
14 7 (0.74%) SRDF
14 7 (0.74%) XenDesktop
15 4 (0.42%) ProxySG
16 3 (0.32%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 76 (8.05%) SCCM
2 50 (5.30%) Microsoft Intune
3 47 (4.98%) Ansible
4 39 (4.13%) Terraform
5 28 (2.97%) FortiGate
6 23 (2.44%) Kubernetes
7 17 (1.80%) Puppet
8 14 (1.48%) CASB
9 11 (1.17%) Active Directory Federation Services
10 9 (0.95%) Cisco CUCM
11 8 (0.85%) Cisco Prime
11 8 (0.85%) Oozie
11 8 (0.85%) vCenter Server
11 8 (0.85%) WSUS
12 7 (0.74%) SCOM
13 6 (0.64%) Nagios
13 6 (0.64%) vRealize
13 6 (0.64%) ZABBIX
14 5 (0.53%) AppManager
14 5 (0.53%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 427 (45.23%) Cisco
2 230 (24.36%) VMware
3 217 (22.99%) Microsoft
4 101 (10.70%) Citrix
5 94 (9.96%) Juniper
6 91 (9.64%) CheckPoint
7 74 (7.84%) F5
8 63 (6.67%) Meraki
9 57 (6.04%) Palo Alto
10 47 (4.98%) Oracle
11 43 (4.56%) HP
12 41 (4.34%) SolarWinds
13 38 (4.03%) Fortinet
14 34 (3.60%) Dell
15 32 (3.39%) Aruba
15 32 (3.39%) Red Hat
16 30 (3.18%) NetApp
17 28 (2.97%) Google
18 26 (2.75%) Veeam
19 25 (2.65%) Apple