Period
to 24 January 2020

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 January 2020 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 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 117 152 160
Rank change year-on-year +35 +8 -36
Contract jobs citing WAN 1,349 1,679 1,609
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 2.05% 1.84% 1.74%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 15.03% 14.30% 12.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 866 1,077 927
England median daily rate £400 £400 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% -5.00%
10th Percentile £181 £193 £177
90th Percentile £563 £575 £563
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 66 77 93
England median hourly rate £21.50 £24.00 £17.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.42% +39.13% -13.75%
10th Percentile £11.94 £11.94 £11.00
90th Percentile £53.00 £47.09 £34.75
UK median hourly rate £21.50 £23.15 £16.93
% change year-on-year -7.13% +36.74% -13.73%

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 8,977 11,744 12,442
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.67% 12.86% 13.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,458 7,108 7,747
England median daily rate £413 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.94% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £185 £200 £185
90th Percentile £600 £613 £597
UK median daily rate £412 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -3.06% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 485 526 633
England median hourly rate £22.50 £18.76 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.94% +0.32% -16.89%
10th Percentile £13.25 £12.00 £11.00
90th Percentile £53.45 £48.75 £46.21
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £18.73 £18.73
% change year-on-year +20.16% - -16.78%

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 24 January 2020.

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 24 January 2020.

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 24 January 2020. 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 +13 451 £375 -11.76% 129
South East +18 310 £425 +6.25% 150
North of England +24 220 £378 +4.86% 145
Midlands +56 185 £388 +2.65% 98
West Midlands +43 139 £398 +6.00% 58
North West +7 113 £400 +13.88% 80
South West +16 98 £350 -5.41% 46
East of England +39 86 £400 +23.08% 66
Yorkshire +32 77 £350 -5.08% 49
East Midlands +28 46 £375 -6.25% 40
North East +25 32 £355 +14.06% 16
WAN
UK

For the 6 months to 24 January 2020, 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 1,018 (75.46%) LAN
2 725 (53.74%) Cisco
3 571 (42.33%) Firewall
4 403 (29.87%) Cisco Certification
5 370 (27.43%) Windows
6 312 (23.13%) VPN
7 296 (21.94%) Data Centre
8 290 (21.50%) Active Directory
9 266 (19.72%) Microsoft
10 260 (19.27%) CCNP
11 256 (18.98%) MPLS
12 255 (18.90%) Security Cleared
13 240 (17.79%) BGP
14 238 (17.64%) DNS
15 226 (16.75%) Wireless
16 203 (15.05%) CCNA
17 199 (14.75%) DHCP
18 197 (14.60%) VMware
19 192 (14.23%) Azure
20 188 (13.94%) TCP/IP
21 178 (13.19%) ITIL
21 178 (13.19%) Office 365
22 173 (12.82%) Telecoms
22 173 (12.82%) Wi-Fi
22 173 (12.82%) Windows Server
23 161 (11.93%) Juniper
24 158 (11.71%) Migration
25 157 (11.64%) CheckPoint
25 157 (11.64%) Cisco ASA
26 152 (11.27%) OSPF

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 93 (6.89%) MS Exchange
2 83 (6.15%) SharePoint
3 59 (4.37%) Skype for Business
4 22 (1.63%) Exchange Server 2013
5 19 (1.41%) IIS
6 12 (0.89%) Confluence
7 11 (0.82%) Exchange Server 2000
7 11 (0.82%) Exchange Server 2010
7 11 (0.82%) OpenStack
8 5 (0.37%) SharePoint 2013
9 4 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2007
10 3 (0.22%) Tomcat
11 2 (0.15%) Apache
11 2 (0.15%) SharePoint 2010
11 2 (0.15%) WebSphere
12 1 (0.074%) Elasticsearch
12 1 (0.074%) GroupWise
12 1 (0.074%) SharePoint Server
12 1 (0.074%) WebSphere Application Server
12 1 (0.074%) WordPress
Applications
1 119 (8.82%) Microsoft Office
2 28 (2.08%) Microsoft Excel
3 20 (1.48%) MS Visio
4 13 (0.96%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 5 (0.37%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 14 (1.04%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.30%) Remedy ITSM
3 3 (0.22%) Line 500
3 3 (0.22%) Magento
4 2 (0.15%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (0.15%) OpenText VIM for SAP
4 2 (0.15%) Oracle Retail
5 1 (0.074%) assyst
5 1 (0.074%) Cognos Planning
5 1 (0.074%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.074%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.074%) Oracle HRMS
5 1 (0.074%) Oracle Payroll
5 1 (0.074%) PeopleSoft Financials
5 1 (0.074%) RMDS
5 1 (0.074%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 192 (14.23%) Azure
2 178 (13.19%) Office 365
3 103 (7.64%) AWS
4 42 (3.11%) Azure Active Directory
5 37 (2.74%) IaaS
6 32 (2.37%) SaaS
7 27 (2.00%) PaaS
8 13 (0.96%) Cloud Computing
8 13 (0.96%) Mimecast
9 11 (0.82%) OneDrive
9 11 (0.82%) Power Platform
10 9 (0.67%) PowerApps
11 7 (0.52%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 7 (0.52%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 6 (0.44%) Dynamics 365
13 5 (0.37%) Microsoft Flow
14 3 (0.22%) Akamai
14 3 (0.22%) G Suite
14 3 (0.22%) GCP
15 2 (0.15%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 1,018 (75.46%) LAN
2 571 (42.33%) Firewall
3 312 (23.13%) VPN
4 256 (18.98%) MPLS
5 240 (17.79%) BGP
6 238 (17.64%) DNS
7 226 (16.75%) Wireless
8 199 (14.75%) DHCP
9 188 (13.94%) TCP/IP
10 173 (12.82%) Wi-Fi
11 157 (11.64%) Cisco ASA
12 152 (11.27%) OSPF
12 152 (11.27%) VoIP
13 147 (10.90%) Network Security
14 136 (10.08%) Internet
15 116 (8.60%) WLAN
16 112 (8.30%) Cisco Nexus
17 104 (7.71%) VLAN
18 97 (7.19%) IPsec
19 93 (6.89%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 60 (4.45%) SQL Server
2 15 (1.11%) SQL Server 2012
3 9 (0.67%) SQL Server 2016
4 7 (0.52%) SQL Server 2008
5 6 (0.44%) Data Warehouse
6 5 (0.37%) Power BI
7 4 (0.30%) Relational Database
7 4 (0.30%) SQL Server 2014
7 4 (0.30%) SQL Server 2017
8 3 (0.22%) Big Data
8 3 (0.22%) MySQL
8 3 (0.22%) Oracle Reports
8 3 (0.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 2 (0.15%) Amazon RDS
9 2 (0.15%) DB2
9 2 (0.15%) Oracle Database
9 2 (0.15%) SAP HANA
10 1 (0.074%) MongoDB
10 1 (0.074%) NoSQL
10 1 (0.074%) Redis
Development Applications
1 20 (1.48%) JIRA
2 16 (1.19%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 9 (0.67%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (0.30%) Git (software)
4 4 (0.30%) Hudson
5 3 (0.22%) TestRail
6 2 (0.15%) Artifactory
6 2 (0.15%) Cucumber
6 2 (0.15%) Jenkins
6 2 (0.15%) JUnit
6 2 (0.15%) Maven
6 2 (0.15%) Sonatype Nexus
7 1 (0.074%) AutoIt
7 1 (0.074%) GCC
7 1 (0.074%) LoadRunner
7 1 (0.074%) Mocha
7 1 (0.074%) NeoLoad
7 1 (0.074%) TeamCity
7 1 (0.074%) webpack
General
1 173 (12.82%) Telecoms
2 151 (11.19%) Finance
3 70 (5.19%) Public Sector
4 48 (3.56%) Banking
5 34 (2.52%) Retail
6 19 (1.41%) Manufacturing
7 16 (1.19%) Law
8 15 (1.11%) Publishing
9 14 (1.04%) Marketing
10 12 (0.89%) Police
11 11 (0.82%) Financial Institution
11 11 (0.82%) Local Government
12 10 (0.74%) Legal
13 9 (0.67%) Advertising
14 8 (0.59%) Electronics
14 8 (0.59%) German Language
14 8 (0.59%) Multimedia
15 7 (0.52%) French Language
16 6 (0.44%) Billing
17 5 (0.37%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 468 (34.69%) Network Engineer
2 162 (12.01%) Architect
3 112 (8.30%) Support Engineer
4 107 (7.93%) Analyst
5 87 (6.45%) Network Architect
6 86 (6.38%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 77 (5.71%) Cisco Engineer
8 71 (5.26%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 62 (4.60%) Project Manager
10 51 (3.78%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 51 (3.78%) WAN Engineer
11 49 (3.63%) 2nd Line Support
11 49 (3.63%) Consultant
12 48 (3.56%) Senior Network Engineer
13 44 (3.26%) Security Engineer
14 42 (3.11%) 3rd Line Support
15 39 (2.89%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
15 39 (2.89%) Network Support
16 37 (2.74%) Network Security Engineer
17 36 (2.67%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 52 (3.85%) 802.1X
2 22 (1.63%) Web Services
3 7 (0.52%) Middleware
4 6 (0.44%) Django
5 5 (0.37%) LDAP
6 3 (0.22%) .NET
6 3 (0.22%) JSON
6 3 (0.22%) RESTful
6 3 (0.22%) XML
7 2 (0.15%) Apache Camel
7 2 (0.15%) CSS
7 2 (0.15%) Express
7 2 (0.15%) FFmpeg
7 2 (0.15%) Hibernate
7 2 (0.15%) LAMP
7 2 (0.15%) ModSecurity
7 2 (0.15%) Node.js
7 2 (0.15%) SailPoint
7 2 (0.15%) TIBCO EMS
7 2 (0.15%) WireMock
Miscellaneous
1 296 (21.94%) Data Centre
2 74 (5.49%) Analytical Skills
3 54 (4.00%) Video Conferencing
4 49 (3.63%) Management Information System
5 30 (2.22%) PKI
6 29 (2.15%) Self-Motivation
7 24 (1.78%) Public Cloud
8 19 (1.41%) iPhone
9 16 (1.19%) Hybrid Cloud
10 15 (1.11%) Video\Live Streaming
11 13 (0.96%) Driving Licence
11 13 (0.96%) Private Cloud
11 13 (0.96%) User Experience
12 12 (0.89%) Handset
12 12 (0.89%) Hedge funds
12 12 (0.89%) Smartphone
13 11 (0.82%) CMDB
13 11 (0.82%) NHS
14 10 (0.74%) Clustering
14 10 (0.74%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 370 (27.43%) Windows
2 173 (12.82%) Windows Server
3 126 (9.34%) Windows 10
4 111 (8.23%) Linux
5 102 (7.56%) Windows 7
6 70 (5.19%) Windows Server 2012
7 65 (4.82%) Windows Server 2008
8 45 (3.34%) Android
9 23 (1.70%) Unix
10 19 (1.41%) Windows Server 2003
11 16 (1.19%) Apple iOS
11 16 (1.19%) Mac OS
12 14 (1.04%) Windows 2000 Server
13 9 (0.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 9 (0.67%) Solaris
14 8 (0.59%) Embedded Linux
14 8 (0.59%) Mac OS X
14 8 (0.59%) SUSE
15 7 (0.52%) Ubuntu
15 7 (0.52%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 178 (13.19%) ITIL
2 158 (11.71%) Migration
3 128 (9.49%) Problem-Solving
4 119 (8.82%) Network Design
5 101 (7.49%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 101 (7.49%) Project Management
6 93 (6.89%) Project Delivery
6 93 (6.89%) Service Delivery
7 78 (5.78%) Load Balancing
8 75 (5.56%) Change Management
9 74 (5.49%) Incident Management
9 74 (5.49%) Network Management
10 69 (5.11%) Agile Software Development
11 56 (4.15%) Disaster Recovery
12 54 (4.00%) Network Architecture
12 54 (4.00%) PRINCE2
13 53 (3.93%) Stakeholder Management
14 51 (3.78%) Cybersecurity
14 51 (3.78%) Service Management
15 49 (3.63%) Network Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 78 (5.78%) SQL
2 57 (4.23%) Python
3 51 (3.78%) PowerShell
4 20 (1.48%) Perl
5 17 (1.26%) C
6 15 (1.11%) Java
7 7 (0.52%) Shell Script
8 6 (0.44%) Tcl
9 5 (0.37%) Bash Shell
10 4 (0.30%) VB
11 3 (0.22%) C++
11 3 (0.22%) Ruby
12 2 (0.15%) Embedded C
12 2 (0.15%) JavaScript
12 2 (0.15%) PL/SQL
13 1 (0.074%) C#
13 1 (0.074%) Julia
13 1 (0.074%) VB.NET
13 1 (0.074%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 403 (29.87%) Cisco Certification
2 260 (19.27%) CCNP
3 255 (18.90%) Security Cleared
4 203 (15.05%) CCNA
5 148 (10.97%) SC Cleared
6 113 (8.38%) CCIE
7 65 (4.82%) DV Cleared
8 60 (4.45%) Degree
9 43 (3.19%) CCDA
10 41 (3.04%) Microsoft Certification
11 38 (2.82%) CCDP
12 27 (2.00%) BC Cleared
13 26 (1.93%) CCIE Routing and Switching
14 23 (1.70%) BPSS Clearance
14 23 (1.70%) MCSE
15 21 (1.56%) CISSP
16 17 (1.26%) CCSP
17 16 (1.19%) CCSE
18 15 (1.11%) JNCIA
19 14 (1.04%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 68 (5.04%) SLA
2 26 (1.93%) QA
3 22 (1.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 15 (1.11%) GDPR
4 15 (1.11%) PMO
5 12 (0.89%) NCSC
5 12 (0.89%) NIST
6 10 (0.74%) PCI DSS
7 9 (0.67%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 9 (0.67%) RMADS
8 8 (0.59%) ISO/IEC 27005
9 6 (0.44%) COBIT
10 5 (0.37%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 4 (0.30%) BS7799
12 3 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials
13 2 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 2 (0.15%) JSP 440
14 1 (0.074%) HL7
14 1 (0.074%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 1 (0.074%) MiFID
System Software
1 290 (21.50%) Active Directory
2 130 (9.64%) VMware Infrastructure
3 54 (4.00%) Hyper-V
4 25 (1.85%) VMware ESXi
4 25 (1.85%) vSphere
5 18 (1.33%) VMware NSX
6 15 (1.11%) XenApp
7 13 (0.96%) Firmware
8 10 (0.74%) Virtual Machines
9 8 (0.59%) Virtual Servers
10 7 (0.52%) vCloud
11 6 (0.44%) VMware Server
11 6 (0.44%) XenDesktop
12 5 (0.37%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 5 (0.37%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 5 (0.37%) Docker
13 3 (0.22%) VMware Workstation
14 2 (0.15%) Samba
14 2 (0.15%) Terminal Server
14 2 (0.15%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 76 (5.63%) SCCM
2 59 (4.37%) FortiGate
3 36 (2.67%) Microsoft Intune
4 25 (1.85%) Cisco Prime
5 22 (1.63%) Ansible
6 20 (1.48%) SCOM
6 20 (1.48%) WSUS
7 19 (1.41%) Cisco CUCM
8 16 (1.19%) AirWatch
9 11 (0.82%) Single Sign-On
10 9 (0.67%) Backup Exec
10 9 (0.67%) Puppet
11 8 (0.59%) Nagios
11 8 (0.59%) Terraform
12 7 (0.52%) Opscode Chef
12 7 (0.52%) Salt
13 6 (0.44%) Iperf
13 6 (0.44%) Norton AntiVirus
13 6 (0.44%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
13 6 (0.44%) vRealize
Vendors
1 725 (53.74%) Cisco
2 266 (19.72%) Microsoft
3 197 (14.60%) VMware
4 161 (11.93%) Juniper
5 157 (11.64%) CheckPoint
6 140 (10.38%) Palo Alto
7 107 (7.93%) F5
8 106 (7.86%) Citrix
9 85 (6.30%) Fortinet
10 80 (5.93%) SolarWinds
11 65 (4.82%) Meraki
12 55 (4.08%) Aruba
13 51 (3.78%) HP
14 35 (2.59%) McAfee
15 34 (2.52%) Riverbed
16 33 (2.45%) Oracle
17 32 (2.37%) Dell
18 26 (1.93%) Mitel
19 24 (1.78%) Apple
19 24 (1.78%) BT