Period
to 13 December 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 13 December 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
13 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 151 152 125
Rank change year-on-year +1 -27 -12
Contract jobs citing WAN 1,766 1,750 1,962
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.83% 1.84% 2.06%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.08% 13.50% 13.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,106 1,052 1,265
England median daily rate £400 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -6.25% +4.58%
10th Percentile £184 £175 £220
90th Percentile £575 £550 £582
UK median daily rate £398 £375 £400
% change year-on-year +6.00% -6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 87 101 68
England median hourly rate £24.00 £17.38 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +38.13% -15.24% +17.14%
10th Percentile £13.25 £12.24 £12.70
90th Percentile £46.36 £41.00 £55.00
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £17.38 £20.00
% change year-on-year +38.13% -13.13% +12.68%

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 12,542 12,962 14,254
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.01% 13.64% 14.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,630 8,047 8,747
England median daily rate £425 £403 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.59% +0.63% -
10th Percentile £200 £185 £220
90th Percentile £613 £588 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 579 652 729
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.70 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.95% -16.89% +8.60%
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.25 £11.71
90th Percentile £47.50 £44.20 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £18.73 £22.50
% change year-on-year +6.81% -16.78% +7.48%

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 13 December 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 13 December 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 13 December 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 +15 714 £415 +3.75% 157
South East -3 408 £390 +1.30% 111
North of England +13 275 £350 -6.67% 130
Midlands -46 163 £375 - 59
North West +20 154 £350 -6.67% 75
South West -28 115 £375 +20.00% 44
West Midlands -53 114 £386 -5.79% 37
East of England -23 89 £325 -7.14% 51
Yorkshire -25 83 £389 +3.60% 39
East Midlands -1 49 £350 +7.28% 22
North East +18 38 £325 -18.75% 16
WAN
UK

For the 6 months to 13 December 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 1,399 (79.22%) LAN
2 929 (52.60%) Cisco
3 795 (45.02%) Firewall
4 600 (33.98%) Windows
5 515 (29.16%) Cisco Certification
6 429 (24.29%) Active Directory
7 394 (22.31%) Microsoft
7 394 (22.31%) VPN
8 360 (20.39%) ITIL
9 358 (20.27%) TCP/IP
10 357 (20.22%) VMware
11 350 (19.82%) CCNP
12 340 (19.25%) Wireless
13 315 (17.84%) Data Centre
14 291 (16.48%) Windows Server
15 290 (16.42%) DNS
16 286 (16.19%) Security Cleared
17 275 (15.57%) MPLS
18 270 (15.29%) Office 365
19 249 (14.10%) CheckPoint
20 247 (13.99%) BGP
21 245 (13.87%) CCNA
22 243 (13.76%) Network Security
23 240 (13.59%) OSPF
24 236 (13.36%) Microsoft Azure
25 235 (13.31%) Finance
26 225 (12.74%) VMware Infrastructure
27 221 (12.51%) Juniper
28 218 (12.34%) VoIP
28 218 (12.34%) Migration

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
1 119 (6.74%) MS Exchange
2 64 (3.62%) Skype for Business
3 52 (2.94%) SharePoint
4 46 (2.60%) Exchange Server 2010
5 37 (2.10%) Exchange Server 2013
6 20 (1.13%) IIS
7 16 (0.91%) OpenStack
8 14 (0.79%) IBM Notes
9 10 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2007
10 9 (0.51%) SharePoint 2013
11 8 (0.45%) WebSphere
12 6 (0.34%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 6 (0.34%) SharePoint 2010
12 6 (0.34%) Tomcat
13 5 (0.28%) Apache Pig
13 5 (0.28%) Quickr
14 4 (0.23%) Apache
14 4 (0.23%) Elasticsearch
14 4 (0.23%) IBM Domino
14 4 (0.23%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 186 (10.53%) Microsoft Office
2 51 (2.89%) Microsoft Excel
3 50 (2.83%) MS Visio
4 23 (1.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 9 (0.51%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.11%) Open Workbench
7 1 (0.057%) Houdini
7 1 (0.057%) Maya
7 1 (0.057%) NUKE
7 1 (0.057%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.057%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (0.28%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.17%) Oracle Retail
3 2 (0.11%) Oracle Financials
3 2 (0.11%) PeopleSoft Financials
3 2 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.057%) SAP BPC
4 1 (0.057%) SAP GTS
4 1 (0.057%) SAP IBP
4 1 (0.057%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 270 (15.29%) Office 365
2 236 (13.36%) Microsoft Azure
3 162 (9.17%) Amazon AWS
4 51 (2.89%) IaaS
5 36 (2.04%) SaaS
6 34 (1.93%) PaaS
7 28 (1.59%) Azure Active Directory
8 26 (1.47%) Cloud Computing
9 23 (1.30%) Google Cloud Platform
10 14 (0.79%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 11 (0.62%) Sumo Logic
12 8 (0.45%) OneDrive
13 7 (0.40%) G Suite
14 5 (0.28%) Amazon EC2
14 5 (0.28%) AWS CloudFormation
15 4 (0.23%) Amazon S3
15 4 (0.23%) Dynamics 365
15 4 (0.23%) GitHub
15 4 (0.23%) GoToWebinar
15 4 (0.23%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 1,399 (79.22%) LAN
2 795 (45.02%) Firewall
3 394 (22.31%) VPN
4 358 (20.27%) TCP/IP
5 340 (19.25%) Wireless
6 290 (16.42%) DNS
7 275 (15.57%) MPLS
8 247 (13.99%) BGP
9 243 (13.76%) Network Security
10 240 (13.59%) OSPF
11 218 (12.34%) VoIP
12 208 (11.78%) DHCP
13 189 (10.70%) Internet
14 182 (10.31%) WLAN
15 169 (9.57%) Cisco ASA
16 165 (9.34%) Wi-Fi
17 155 (8.78%) Cisco Nexus
18 139 (7.87%) SAN
19 129 (7.30%) VLAN
20 112 (6.34%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 57 (3.23%) SQL Server
2 17 (0.96%) Big Data
3 14 (0.79%) MySQL
4 11 (0.62%) NoSQL
5 10 (0.57%) Hadoop
6 9 (0.51%) Apache Cassandra
7 8 (0.45%) SQL Server 2005
8 7 (0.40%) Oracle Database
9 6 (0.34%) HBase
10 5 (0.28%) Apache Hive
10 5 (0.28%) Mahout
10 5 (0.28%) MongoDB
10 5 (0.28%) Relational Database
10 5 (0.28%) Sqoop
11 4 (0.23%) Amazon RDS
11 4 (0.23%) Data Warehouse
11 4 (0.23%) MariaDB
11 4 (0.23%) Oracle Discoverer
11 4 (0.23%) Redis
12 3 (0.17%) DB2
Development Applications
1 10 (0.57%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 7 (0.40%) Git (software)
2 7 (0.40%) Jenkins
3 4 (0.23%) JIRA
3 4 (0.23%) Sonatype Nexus
4 3 (0.17%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (0.11%) Bitbucket
5 2 (0.11%) Burp Suite
5 2 (0.11%) Metasploit
6 1 (0.057%) Hudson
6 1 (0.057%) Maven
6 1 (0.057%) SonarQube
6 1 (0.057%) Subversion
6 1 (0.057%) TeamCity
6 1 (0.057%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 235 (13.31%) Finance
2 135 (7.64%) Telecoms
3 54 (3.06%) Retail
4 48 (2.72%) Banking
5 46 (2.60%) Law
6 24 (1.36%) Manufacturing
7 21 (1.19%) Legal
8 15 (0.85%) Spanish Language
9 10 (0.57%) Financial Institution
9 10 (0.57%) Marketing
10 9 (0.51%) Multimedia
11 8 (0.45%) Publishing
12 7 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
13 5 (0.28%) Advertising
13 5 (0.28%) Back Office
13 5 (0.28%) Investment Banking
14 4 (0.23%) Games
14 4 (0.23%) German Language
14 4 (0.23%) Mandarin Language
15 3 (0.17%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 546 (30.92%) Network Engineer
2 218 (12.34%) Architect
3 199 (11.27%) Analyst
4 140 (7.93%) Support Engineer
5 127 (7.19%) Cisco Engineer
5 127 (7.19%) Network Architect
6 119 (6.74%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 106 (6.00%) Project Manager
8 98 (5.55%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 96 (5.44%) Senior Network Engineer
10 75 (4.25%) Security Engineer
11 72 (4.08%) Desktop Support
12 64 (3.62%) Consultant
13 57 (3.23%) Support Analyst
14 56 (3.17%) IT Support
15 53 (3.00%) WAN Engineer
16 52 (2.94%) Desktop Engineer
17 51 (2.89%) Network Security Engineer
18 50 (2.83%) 2nd Line Support
19 49 (2.77%) Network Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 39 (2.21%) 802.1X
2 35 (1.98%) Middleware
3 34 (1.93%) Web Services
4 16 (0.91%) HTML
5 11 (0.62%) Elastic Stack
5 11 (0.62%) SAML
6 10 (0.57%) OAuth
6 10 (0.57%) OpenID
7 9 (0.51%) Ajax
7 9 (0.51%) JSON
8 7 (0.40%) CGI
8 7 (0.40%) CSS
9 6 (0.34%) XMPP
10 5 (0.28%) Kafka
10 5 (0.28%) REST
11 4 (0.23%) jQuery
11 4 (0.23%) RabbitMQ
11 4 (0.23%) Sensu
11 4 (0.23%) XML
12 3 (0.17%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 315 (17.84%) Data Centre
2 93 (5.27%) Analytical Skills
3 69 (3.91%) Management Information System
4 63 (3.57%) Self-Motivation
5 57 (3.23%) Smartphone
6 47 (2.66%) Video Conferencing
7 29 (1.64%) Clustering
8 28 (1.59%) iPhone
9 26 (1.47%) Mobile App
10 23 (1.30%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 23 (1.30%) iPad
10 23 (1.30%) Public Cloud
11 21 (1.19%) Blackberry
11 21 (1.19%) Hybrid Cloud
11 21 (1.19%) NHS
12 20 (1.13%) Mainframe
13 19 (1.08%) Driving Licence
13 19 (1.08%) Handset
14 18 (1.02%) Thin Client
14 18 (1.02%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 600 (33.98%) Windows
2 291 (16.48%) Windows Server
3 188 (10.65%) Linux
4 159 (9.00%) Windows 7
5 147 (8.32%) Windows 10
6 108 (6.12%) Windows Server 2012
7 94 (5.32%) Windows Server 2008
8 67 (3.79%) Unix
9 49 (2.77%) Windows Server 2003
10 47 (2.66%) Android
11 39 (2.21%) Mac OS X
12 34 (1.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 30 (1.70%) Apple iOS
13 30 (1.70%) Windows 8
14 23 (1.30%) Mac OS
15 17 (0.96%) Solaris
16 15 (0.85%) Ubuntu
17 14 (0.79%) CentOS
18 8 (0.45%) Windows XP
19 7 (0.40%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 360 (20.39%) ITIL
2 218 (12.34%) Migration
3 157 (8.89%) Network Design
4 152 (8.61%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 149 (8.44%) Project Management
6 132 (7.47%) Problem-Solving
7 123 (6.96%) Network Monitoring
8 119 (6.74%) Load Balancing
9 118 (6.68%) Network Management
10 113 (6.40%) Change Management
11 102 (5.78%) Service Delivery
12 100 (5.66%) Service Management
13 84 (4.76%) Stakeholder Management
14 82 (4.64%) Network Architecture
15 75 (4.25%) Information Security
16 74 (4.19%) Agile Software Development
17 71 (4.02%) Disaster Recovery
18 64 (3.62%) WAN Optimisation
19 63 (3.57%) PRINCE2
20 61 (3.45%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 84 (4.76%) SQL
2 73 (4.13%) PowerShell
3 70 (3.96%) Python
4 33 (1.87%) Perl
5 28 (1.59%) C
6 19 (1.08%) Java
7 18 (1.02%) Bash Shell
8 17 (0.96%) JavaScript
9 16 (0.91%) Shell Script
10 14 (0.79%) C++
11 11 (0.62%) PHP
12 7 (0.40%) Embedded C
13 6 (0.34%) Ruby
14 4 (0.23%) VBScript
15 3 (0.17%) Korn
15 3 (0.17%) VB
16 2 (0.11%) PL/SQL
16 2 (0.11%) R
17 1 (0.057%) C-shell
17 1 (0.057%) Lingo
Qualifications
1 515 (29.16%) Cisco Certification
2 350 (19.82%) CCNP
3 286 (16.19%) Security Cleared
4 245 (13.87%) CCNA
5 190 (10.76%) SC Cleared
6 108 (6.12%) CCIE
7 90 (5.10%) Microsoft Certification
8 79 (4.47%) Degree
9 75 (4.25%) DV Cleared
10 64 (3.62%) MCSE
11 38 (2.15%) CCDP
12 37 (2.10%) MCSA
13 35 (1.98%) CISSP
14 28 (1.59%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 23 (1.30%) CCSA
16 22 (1.25%) ITIL Certification
17 21 (1.19%) JNCIS
18 20 (1.13%) Computer Science Degree
19 19 (1.08%) PRINCE2 Certification
20 18 (1.02%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 99 (5.61%) SLA
2 27 (1.53%) HIPAA
3 24 (1.36%) GDPR
4 21 (1.19%) FedRAMP
5 20 (1.13%) PCI DSS
5 20 (1.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 18 (1.02%) QA
7 17 (0.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 8 (0.45%) PMO
9 6 (0.34%) JSP 440
10 4 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 4 (0.23%) NIST 800
11 3 (0.17%) FISMA
11 3 (0.17%) Government Security Classifications
12 2 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials
12 2 (0.11%) Disclosure Scotland
12 2 (0.11%) OASIS TOSCA
13 1 (0.057%) GxP
13 1 (0.057%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 429 (24.29%) Active Directory
2 225 (12.74%) VMware Infrastructure
3 94 (5.32%) Hyper-V
4 40 (2.27%) vSphere
5 39 (2.21%) VMware ESXi
6 30 (1.70%) BitLocker
7 24 (1.36%) Virtual Desktop
8 19 (1.08%) Firmware
8 19 (1.08%) KVM
9 18 (1.02%) VMware NSX
10 17 (0.96%) Xen
10 17 (0.96%) XenApp
11 15 (0.85%) Docker
11 15 (0.85%) NFS
12 13 (0.74%) VMware Server
13 12 (0.68%) FreeRADIUS
13 12 (0.68%) Virtual Machines
14 11 (0.62%) Virtual Servers
15 9 (0.51%) Samba
16 7 (0.40%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 139 (7.87%) SCCM
2 49 (2.77%) Cisco Prime
3 45 (2.55%) FortiGate
4 29 (1.64%) McAfee ePO
4 29 (1.64%) SCOM
5 25 (1.42%) Ansible
6 24 (1.36%) Cisco CUCM
6 24 (1.36%) WSUS
7 21 (1.19%) Nagios
8 18 (1.02%) Microsoft Clustering
9 17 (0.96%) Puppet
10 13 (0.74%) Backup Exec
11 12 (0.68%) CASB
11 12 (0.68%) Microsoft Intune
12 11 (0.62%) Istio
12 11 (0.62%) Opscode Chef
13 10 (0.57%) Cisco UCCX
14 8 (0.45%) CA Spectrum
14 8 (0.45%) vCenter Server
15 7 (0.40%) Stealthwatch
Vendors
1 929 (52.60%) Cisco
2 394 (22.31%) Microsoft
3 357 (20.22%) VMware
4 249 (14.10%) CheckPoint
5 221 (12.51%) Juniper
6 187 (10.59%) F5
7 156 (8.83%) Citrix
8 144 (8.15%) HP
9 115 (6.51%) McAfee
10 111 (6.29%) Palo Alto
11 93 (5.27%) Aruba
12 92 (5.21%) SolarWinds
13 87 (4.93%) Fortinet
14 75 (4.25%) Riverbed
15 72 (4.08%) Oracle
16 65 (3.68%) Meraki
17 55 (3.11%) Apple
18 54 (3.06%) Avaya
19 46 (2.60%) NetApp
20 44 (2.49%) Blue Coat