Period
to 8 August 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 8 August 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
8 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 133 131 162
Rank change year-on-year -2 +31 -20
Contract jobs citing WAN 598 1,658 1,638
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.91% 2.00% 1.75%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.41% 15.46% 13.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 403 1,115 980
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +3.23%
10th Percentile £200 £200 £175
90th Percentile £618 £600 £600
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 72 108
Median hourly rate £26.66 £17.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +52.31% -12.50% +15.11%
10th Percentile £15.35 £12.00 £12.20
90th Percentile £46.14 £49.88 £46.23
UK median hourly rate £34.50 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +97.14% -12.50% -9.09%

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 4,150 10,722 12,575
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.28% 12.90% 13.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,413 6,635 7,740
Median daily rate £438 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% - +2.41%
10th Percentile £200 £200 £205
90th Percentile £634 £610 £610
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 228 506 699
Median hourly rate £35.00 £23.67 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +47.87% +18.35% +8.11%
10th Percentile £14.50 £12.00 £12.41
90th Percentile £51.23 £52.50 £47.86
Median hourly rate £35.00 £23.75 £20.00
% change year-on-year +47.37% +18.75% +3.20%

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 8 August 2020.

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 8 August 2020.

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 8 August 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 -36 170 £450 -1.10% 37
South East +14 147 £450 +9.09% 37
Midlands +63 101 £400 +18.08% 27
North of England -6 74 £363 +3.57% 45
West Midlands +54 73 £463 +26.71% 16
South West +16 56 £425 +10.39% 25
East of England +38 47 £425 -5.56% 9
North West +1 40 £290 -27.50% 25
Yorkshire +30 32 £400 +8.11% 17
East Midlands +33 27 £331 +35.20% 10
North East +2 2 £475 +59.66% 3
WAN
UK

For the 6 months to 8 August 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.

1 431 (72.07%) LAN
2 278 (46.49%) Cisco
3 274 (45.82%) Firewall
4 172 (28.76%) Windows
5 169 (28.26%) Cisco Certification
6 164 (27.42%) VPN
7 153 (25.59%) Active Directory
8 135 (22.58%) Data Centre
9 134 (22.41%) Security Cleared
10 130 (21.74%) CCNP
11 115 (19.23%) Wireless
12 114 (19.06%) Microsoft
13 112 (18.73%) Azure
14 106 (17.73%) DNS
15 103 (17.22%) MPLS
16 100 (16.72%) VMware
17 98 (16.39%) Juniper
18 91 (15.22%) TCP/IP
18 91 (15.22%) BGP
19 85 (14.21%) OSPF
19 85 (14.21%) Internet
20 81 (13.55%) Linux
21 80 (13.38%) VoIP
21 80 (13.38%) CCNA
22 77 (12.88%) Telecoms
23 73 (12.21%) Migration
23 73 (12.21%) DHCP
24 71 (11.87%) Office 365
25 68 (11.37%) SC Cleared
26 63 (10.54%) Network Security

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 23 (3.85%) MS Exchange
2 14 (2.34%) Skype for Business
3 9 (1.51%) Exchange Server 2013
3 9 (1.51%) SharePoint
4 6 (1.00%) Exchange Server 2010
5 4 (0.67%) JBoss
5 4 (0.67%) OpenStack
5 4 (0.67%) Tomcat
6 3 (0.50%) IBM Notes
6 3 (0.50%) IIS
6 3 (0.50%) NetWeaver
6 3 (0.50%) WebSphere
7 2 (0.33%) CMS
7 2 (0.33%) Confluence
7 2 (0.33%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.17%) Apache
8 1 (0.17%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 1 (0.17%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (0.17%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.17%) WildFly
Applications
1 33 (5.52%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (2.01%) MS Visio
3 11 (1.84%) Microsoft Excel
4 5 (0.84%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.50%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.17%) Open Workbench
6 1 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.17%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 112 (18.73%) Azure
2 71 (11.87%) Office 365
3 43 (7.19%) AWS
4 39 (6.52%) PaaS
5 37 (6.19%) IaaS
6 29 (4.85%) SaaS
7 14 (2.34%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 9 (1.51%) Azure Active Directory
8 9 (1.51%) Cloud Computing
9 8 (1.34%) GCP
10 5 (0.84%) AWS CloudFormation
11 4 (0.67%) OpenShift
12 3 (0.50%) Akamai
13 2 (0.33%) G Suite
13 2 (0.33%) Mimecast
13 2 (0.33%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 1 (0.17%) Cloudflare
14 1 (0.17%) GitHub
14 1 (0.17%) Power Platform
14 1 (0.17%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 431 (72.07%) LAN
2 274 (45.82%) Firewall
3 164 (27.42%) VPN
4 115 (19.23%) Wireless
5 106 (17.73%) DNS
6 103 (17.22%) MPLS
7 91 (15.22%) BGP
7 91 (15.22%) TCP/IP
8 85 (14.21%) Internet
8 85 (14.21%) OSPF
9 80 (13.38%) VoIP
10 73 (12.21%) DHCP
11 63 (10.54%) Network Security
12 55 (9.20%) Wi-Fi
13 52 (8.70%) Cisco Nexus
14 48 (8.03%) EIGRP
15 44 (7.36%) IPsec
15 44 (7.36%) SAN
15 44 (7.36%) VLAN
16 43 (7.19%) DMZ
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (3.01%) SQL Server
2 7 (1.17%) Azure SQL Database
2 7 (1.17%) Cosmos DB
3 6 (1.00%) DB2
3 6 (1.00%) MySQL
4 3 (0.50%) SAP HANA
5 2 (0.33%) Geospatial Data
5 2 (0.33%) PostgreSQL
5 2 (0.33%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.17%) Crystal Reports
6 1 (0.17%) Data Lake
6 1 (0.17%) Electronic Patient Records
6 1 (0.17%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.17%) Oracle Database 12c
6 1 (0.17%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.17%) SQL Server 2014
6 1 (0.17%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 8 (1.34%) Team Foundation Server
2 7 (1.17%) JIRA
3 6 (1.00%) Git (software)
3 6 (1.00%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 4 (0.67%) Artifactory
5 3 (0.50%) ClearCase
5 3 (0.50%) ClearQuest
5 3 (0.50%) Cucumber
5 3 (0.50%) Jenkins
5 3 (0.50%) JUnit
5 3 (0.50%) Maven
6 2 (0.33%) Redmine
6 2 (0.33%) TestDirector
6 2 (0.33%) Visual Studio
7 1 (0.17%) AutoIt
7 1 (0.17%) Eclipse
7 1 (0.17%) Hudson
7 1 (0.17%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 77 (12.88%) Telecoms
2 48 (8.03%) Finance
3 36 (6.02%) Public Sector
4 11 (1.84%) Manufacturing
5 9 (1.51%) Retail
6 8 (1.34%) Pharmaceutical
7 5 (0.84%) Financial Institution
7 5 (0.84%) Legal
7 5 (0.84%) Local Government
8 4 (0.67%) Banking
8 4 (0.67%) Marketing
9 3 (0.50%) Electronics
9 3 (0.50%) Publishing
10 2 (0.33%) Italian Language
10 2 (0.33%) Law
11 1 (0.17%) French Language
11 1 (0.17%) Games
11 1 (0.17%) Housing Association
11 1 (0.17%) Military
11 1 (0.17%) Police
Job Titles
1 182 (30.43%) Network Engineer
2 99 (16.56%) Architect
3 47 (7.86%) Network Architect
4 43 (7.19%) Support Engineer
5 35 (5.85%) Solutions Architect
6 29 (4.85%) Analyst
6 29 (4.85%) Security Engineer
7 24 (4.01%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 23 (3.85%) Cisco Engineer
8 23 (3.85%) Network Support
8 23 (3.85%) Network Support Engineer
8 23 (3.85%) Project Manager
9 22 (3.68%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 22 (3.68%) Senior Network Engineer
10 19 (3.18%) Consultant
11 16 (2.68%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 16 (2.68%) Designer
11 16 (2.68%) Infrastructure Architect
12 14 (2.34%) 2nd Line Engineer
12 14 (2.34%) Network Design Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (5.02%) .NET
2 15 (2.51%) LDAP
3 13 (2.17%) Web Services
4 12 (2.01%) 802.1X
5 8 (1.34%) Middleware
6 5 (0.84%) XML
7 3 (0.50%) Apache Camel
7 3 (0.50%) Hibernate
7 3 (0.50%) JSON
7 3 (0.50%) SAP Basis
7 3 (0.50%) TIBCO EMS
7 3 (0.50%) WireMock
8 2 (0.33%) Apache Cordova
8 2 (0.33%) Elastic Stack
8 2 (0.33%) FIX Protocol
8 2 (0.33%) Flutter
8 2 (0.33%) Ionic Framework
8 2 (0.33%) Node.js
8 2 (0.33%) XMPP
9 1 (0.17%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 135 (22.58%) Data Centre
2 37 (6.19%) PKI
3 31 (5.18%) Self-Motivation
4 29 (4.85%) Analytical Skills
5 23 (3.85%) NHS
6 21 (3.51%) Management Information System
7 16 (2.68%) Clustering
8 15 (2.51%) Public Cloud
9 12 (2.01%) Video Conferencing
10 11 (1.84%) Fibre Optics
11 10 (1.67%) Client/Server
11 10 (1.67%) Video\Live Streaming
12 9 (1.51%) Replication
13 7 (1.17%) CCTV
13 7 (1.17%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
14 6 (1.00%) Device Driver
14 6 (1.00%) Private Cloud
14 6 (1.00%) Tandem
15 5 (0.84%) CMDB
15 5 (0.84%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 172 (28.76%) Windows
2 81 (13.55%) Linux
3 63 (10.54%) Windows Server
4 29 (4.85%) Windows 10
5 28 (4.68%) Unix
6 23 (3.85%) Windows Server 2012
7 21 (3.51%) Windows Server 2008
8 16 (2.68%) Windows Server 2016
9 15 (2.51%) Windows 7
10 14 (2.34%) Windows Server 2003
11 12 (2.01%) Windows XP
12 11 (1.84%) Windows Server 2019
13 8 (1.34%) Android
13 8 (1.34%) Solaris
14 7 (1.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 6 (1.00%) AIX
15 6 (1.00%) Embedded Linux
16 5 (0.84%) Apple iOS
17 4 (0.67%) Mac OS
17 4 (0.67%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 73 (12.21%) Migration
2 60 (10.03%) Network Design
3 59 (9.87%) ITIL
4 50 (8.36%) Problem-Solving
5 45 (7.53%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 44 (7.36%) Project Management
7 43 (7.19%) Service Delivery
8 39 (6.52%) Load Balancing
9 38 (6.35%) Agile Software Development
10 33 (5.52%) Project Delivery
11 31 (5.18%) Cybersecurity
12 30 (5.02%) PRINCE2
13 28 (4.68%) SIEM
14 27 (4.52%) Network Management
15 26 (4.35%) Service Management
16 25 (4.18%) High Availability
17 23 (3.85%) DevOps
17 23 (3.85%) Network Virtualisation
17 23 (3.85%) Technical Leadership
18 21 (3.51%) Product Roadmap
Programming Languages
1 33 (5.52%) SQL
2 32 (5.35%) Python
3 28 (4.68%) Java
4 27 (4.52%) PowerShell
5 15 (2.51%) C
6 11 (1.84%) Bash Shell
7 9 (1.51%) Shell Script
8 4 (0.67%) VB
9 3 (0.50%) VBScript
10 2 (0.33%) Apple Swift
10 2 (0.33%) C#
10 2 (0.33%) Lisp
10 2 (0.33%) Objective-C
10 2 (0.33%) Perl
10 2 (0.33%) PHP
11 1 (0.17%) Ada
11 1 (0.17%) C++
11 1 (0.17%) Go
11 1 (0.17%) Ruby
11 1 (0.17%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 169 (28.26%) Cisco Certification
2 134 (22.41%) Security Cleared
3 130 (21.74%) CCNP
4 80 (13.38%) CCNA
5 68 (11.37%) SC Cleared
6 51 (8.53%) CCIE
7 48 (8.03%) DV Cleared
8 47 (7.86%) CCDP
9 28 (4.68%) Degree
10 26 (4.35%) CISSP
11 20 (3.34%) CCIE Routing and Switching
11 20 (3.34%) Microsoft Certification
12 19 (3.18%) CCDA
13 18 (3.01%) BPSS Clearance
14 17 (2.84%) BC Cleared
15 14 (2.34%) MCSE
16 13 (2.17%) JNCIA
17 9 (1.51%) ITIL Certification
18 8 (1.34%) JNCIS
18 8 (1.34%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (2.68%) QA
1 16 (2.68%) SLA
2 8 (1.34%) PCI DSS
3 6 (1.00%) GDPR
3 6 (1.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (0.67%) Disclosure Scotland
4 4 (0.67%) NIST
5 3 (0.50%) COBIT
5 3 (0.50%) ISO 14001
5 3 (0.50%) ISO 9001
6 2 (0.33%) Cyber Essentials
7 1 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 1 (0.17%) FedRAMP
7 1 (0.17%) HAZOP
7 1 (0.17%) HIPAA
7 1 (0.17%) HL7
7 1 (0.17%) MiFID
7 1 (0.17%) NCSC
7 1 (0.17%) NIST 800
7 1 (0.17%) PMO
System Software
1 153 (25.59%) Active Directory
2 60 (10.03%) VMware Infrastructure
3 32 (5.35%) Hyper-V
4 16 (2.68%) Virtual Machines
4 16 (2.68%) vSphere
5 12 (2.01%) VMware ESXi
6 10 (1.67%) VMware NSX
6 10 (1.67%) XenApp
7 8 (1.34%) Docker
8 7 (1.17%) Virtual Desktop
9 5 (0.84%) XenDesktop
10 4 (0.67%) Terminal Server
11 3 (0.50%) NFS
11 3 (0.50%) vCloud
11 3 (0.50%) VMware Workstation
12 2 (0.33%) DFS Replication
12 2 (0.33%) Samba
12 2 (0.33%) Snort
12 2 (0.33%) Terminal Services
12 2 (0.33%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 35 (5.85%) SCCM
2 16 (2.68%) FortiGate
3 14 (2.34%) Microsoft Intune
4 13 (2.17%) Ansible
4 13 (2.17%) Microsoft Clustering
5 11 (1.84%) Cisco Prime
5 11 (1.84%) SCOM
6 9 (1.51%) Failover Clustering
6 9 (1.51%) Kubernetes
7 8 (1.34%) Opscode Chef
7 8 (1.34%) Puppet
7 8 (1.34%) Terraform
8 6 (1.00%) vCenter Server
8 6 (1.00%) WSUS
9 5 (0.84%) Kibana
9 5 (0.84%) vRealize
10 4 (0.67%) Cisco CUCM
10 4 (0.67%) Cisco UCCX
10 4 (0.67%) McAfee ePO
10 4 (0.67%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 278 (46.49%) Cisco
2 114 (19.06%) Microsoft
3 100 (16.72%) VMware
4 98 (16.39%) Juniper
5 55 (9.20%) CheckPoint
6 50 (8.36%) F5
7 49 (8.19%) Citrix
8 48 (8.03%) SolarWinds
9 41 (6.86%) Palo Alto
10 36 (6.02%) Dell
11 27 (4.52%) Oracle
12 26 (4.35%) Meraki
13 24 (4.01%) Splunk
14 17 (2.84%) Fortinet
14 17 (2.84%) HP
15 14 (2.34%) Avaya
15 14 (2.34%) CyberArk
16 13 (2.17%) Aruba
17 12 (2.01%) Riverbed
18 10 (1.67%) Google