Period
to 17 November 2017

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 17 November 2017 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
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 144 127 111
Rank change year-on-year -17 -16 -10
Contract jobs citing WAN 1748 2005 2178
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.85% 2.04% 2.07%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 13.34% 13.15% 14.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 1068 1282 1376
England median daily rate £375 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £180 £213 £205
90th Percentile £550 £588 £518
UK median daily rate £375 £400 £375
% change year-on-year -6.25% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 95 75 139
England median hourly rate £17.38 £21.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.19% +30.30% -17.50%
10th Percentile £12.24 £12.35 £12.00
90th Percentile £45.70 £50.00 £45.00
UK median hourly rate £19.25 £21.25 £17.50
% change year-on-year -9.41% +21.43% -12.50%

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 13108 15245 14762
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.87% 15.49% 14.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 8035 9276 8644
England median daily rate £403 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.63% +2.56% +4.00%
10th Percentile £190 £221 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 680 766 959
England median hourly rate £18.70 £22.67 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.50% +10.57% +2.50%
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.72 £11.00
90th Percentile £46.58 £47.50 £47.15
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £23.59 £20.50
% change year-on-year -19.46% +15.07% +2.50%

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 17 November 2017.

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 17 November 2017.

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 17 November 2017. 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 -21 651 £400 -10.61% 64
South East -3 373 £386 -3.44% 38
Midlands +18 239 £375 - 16
North of England -17 213 £375 -6.25% 38
West Midlands +25 184 £399 +13.93% 9
East of England -27 146 £351 +7.85% 9
South West -19 124 £313 -3.85% 4
Yorkshire +41 102 £375 +11.94% 14
North West -52 92 £384 -9.71% 21
East Midlands -3 52 £324 -19.06% 7
North East +16 19 £400 - 3
WAN
UK

For the 6 months to 17 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing WAN also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for WAN.

1 1409 (80.61%) LAN
2 798 (45.65%) Cisco
3 673 (38.50%) Firewall
4 609 (34.84%) Windows
5 443 (25.34%) Active Directory
6 406 (23.23%) Data Centre
7 385 (22.03%) Cisco Certification
8 380 (21.74%) Microsoft
9 379 (21.68%) VPN
10 352 (20.14%) VMware
11 311 (17.79%) Wireless
12 310 (17.73%) Windows Server
13 309 (17.68%) ITIL
14 302 (17.28%) DNS
15 298 (17.05%) TCP/IP
16 276 (15.79%) Security Cleared
17 255 (14.59%) CCNP
18 240 (13.73%) Linux
19 237 (13.56%) DHCP
20 231 (13.22%) MPLS
21 225 (12.87%) VMware Infrastructure
22 224 (12.81%) Finance
23 215 (12.30%) CheckPoint
24 209 (11.96%) Wi-Fi
25 203 (11.61%) Juniper
26 199 (11.38%) Citrix
26 199 (11.38%) Migration
27 198 (11.33%) VoIP
28 197 (11.27%) Network Security
29 192 (10.98%) SAN

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
1 170 (9.73%) MS Exchange
2 64 (3.66%) Exchange Server 2010
3 61 (3.49%) SharePoint
4 48 (2.75%) Skype for Business
5 35 (2.00%) IIS
6 33 (1.89%) Exchange Server 2007
7 26 (1.49%) OpenStack
8 25 (1.43%) Apache
9 22 (1.26%) Tomcat
10 20 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2003
11 18 (1.03%) WebLogic
12 17 (0.97%) JBoss
13 15 (0.86%) Exchange Server 2013
14 14 (0.80%) Apache Spark
15 12 (0.69%) Elasticsearch
16 11 (0.63%) iPlanet
16 11 (0.63%) Oracle Application Server
17 9 (0.51%) CMS
18 8 (0.46%) BizTalk Server
18 8 (0.46%) WebSphere
Applications
1 155 (8.87%) Microsoft Office
2 51 (2.92%) Microsoft Excel
3 37 (2.12%) MS Visio
4 19 (1.09%) Microsoft Project
5 16 (0.92%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 8 (0.46%) Acrobat
6 8 (0.46%) Houdini
6 8 (0.46%) Maya
6 8 (0.46%) NUKE
6 8 (0.46%) Photoshop
7 7 (0.40%) PaintShop Pro
8 5 (0.29%) HipChat
9 4 (0.23%) Spreadsheet
10 3 (0.17%) Doxygen
Business Applications
1 7 (0.40%) Dynamics AX
1 7 (0.40%) Eikon
2 6 (0.34%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
3 3 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.11%) Maximo
5 1 (0.057%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.057%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 1 (0.057%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 173 (9.90%) Office 365
2 161 (9.21%) Microsoft Azure
3 141 (8.07%) Amazon AWS
4 44 (2.52%) IaaS
5 35 (2.00%) PaaS
6 34 (1.95%) SaaS
7 23 (1.32%) Azure Active Directory
8 14 (0.80%) GitHub
9 10 (0.57%) Cloud Computing
10 7 (0.40%) Mimecast
11 6 (0.34%) AWS CloudFormation
11 6 (0.34%) Google Cloud Platform
11 6 (0.34%) OpenShift
12 5 (0.29%) IBM Cloud
12 5 (0.29%) OneDrive
13 4 (0.23%) Akamai
14 3 (0.17%) Amazon ELB
14 3 (0.17%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 2 (0.11%) Cloudflare
15 2 (0.11%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 1409 (80.61%) LAN
2 673 (38.50%) Firewall
3 379 (21.68%) VPN
4 311 (17.79%) Wireless
5 302 (17.28%) DNS
6 298 (17.05%) TCP/IP
7 237 (13.56%) DHCP
8 231 (13.22%) MPLS
9 209 (11.96%) Wi-Fi
10 198 (11.33%) VoIP
11 197 (11.27%) Network Security
12 192 (10.98%) SAN
13 151 (8.64%) Cisco ASA
14 135 (7.72%) BGP
15 130 (7.44%) WLAN
16 127 (7.27%) VLAN
17 124 (7.09%) Internet
17 124 (7.09%) OSPF
18 117 (6.69%) Cisco Nexus
19 76 (4.35%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 94 (5.38%) SQL Server
2 33 (1.89%) Big Data
3 27 (1.54%) SQL Server 2008
4 17 (0.97%) Hadoop
5 14 (0.80%) Apache Hive
5 14 (0.80%) HBase
5 14 (0.80%) Impala
5 14 (0.80%) Sqoop
6 13 (0.74%) SQL Server 2012
7 10 (0.57%) SQL Server 2005
8 9 (0.51%) MySQL
9 8 (0.46%) Relational Database
10 7 (0.40%) MongoDB
10 7 (0.40%) Oracle Reports
11 6 (0.34%) Apache Cassandra
11 6 (0.34%) DB2
11 6 (0.34%) NoSQL
12 5 (0.29%) MS Access
12 5 (0.29%) Oracle Database
12 5 (0.29%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 27 (1.54%) Git (software)
2 22 (1.26%) Jenkins
3 14 (0.80%) JIRA
4 11 (0.63%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 6 (0.34%) Team Foundation Server
5 6 (0.34%) TeamCity
6 5 (0.29%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 5 (0.29%) Bitbucket
6 5 (0.29%) git-flow
6 5 (0.29%) JUnit
6 5 (0.29%) Maven
6 5 (0.29%) Selenium
7 4 (0.23%) Bugzilla
7 4 (0.23%) Metasploit
7 4 (0.23%) Redmine
7 4 (0.23%) Trac
8 3 (0.17%) Artifactory
8 3 (0.17%) Visual Studio Team System
9 2 (0.11%) MSI
10 1 (0.057%) Visual Studio
General
1 224 (12.81%) Finance
2 155 (8.87%) Telecoms
3 65 (3.72%) Banking
4 49 (2.80%) Retail
5 33 (1.89%) Manufacturing
6 32 (1.83%) Marketing
7 29 (1.66%) Legal
8 24 (1.37%) Law
9 19 (1.09%) Electronics
10 18 (1.03%) Billing
11 16 (0.92%) Investment Banking
12 13 (0.74%) Publishing
13 10 (0.57%) French Language
14 9 (0.51%) Advertising
15 7 (0.40%) Back Office
15 7 (0.40%) Financial Institution
16 5 (0.29%) Multimedia
17 4 (0.23%) Music Industry
17 4 (0.23%) Pharmaceutical
18 3 (0.17%) German Language
Job Titles
1 408 (23.34%) Network Engineer
2 248 (14.19%) Architect
3 171 (9.78%) Analyst
4 166 (9.50%) Project Manager
5 140 (8.01%) Support Engineer
6 138 (7.89%) Cisco Engineer
7 119 (6.81%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 117 (6.69%) Network Architect
9 92 (5.26%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 66 (3.78%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 65 (3.72%) 2nd Line Support
11 65 (3.72%) Infrastructure Manager
12 63 (3.60%) Desktop Support
13 60 (3.43%) 3rd Line Support
14 58 (3.32%) Support Analyst
15 57 (3.26%) Senior Network Engineer
16 54 (3.09%) Consultant
17 53 (3.03%) Infrastructure Project Manager
17 53 (3.03%) Network Support
18 49 (2.80%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (1.49%) Middleware
2 25 (1.43%) .NET
3 20 (1.14%) Web Services
4 19 (1.09%) Sensu
5 18 (1.03%) 802.1X
6 16 (0.92%) HTML
7 14 (0.80%) Elastic Stack
7 14 (0.80%) Kafka
7 14 (0.80%) Node.js
7 14 (0.80%) Spark Streaming
8 11 (0.63%) REST
8 11 (0.63%) XML
9 9 (0.51%) J2EE
9 9 (0.51%) LAMP
10 5 (0.29%) FIX Protocol
10 5 (0.29%) JSON
11 4 (0.23%) XSLT
12 3 (0.17%) AngularJS
13 2 (0.11%) React
13 2 (0.11%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 406 (23.23%) Data Centre
2 91 (5.21%) Analytical Skills
3 74 (4.23%) Management Information System
4 44 (2.52%) Clustering
5 38 (2.17%) Private Cloud
6 35 (2.00%) Video Conferencing
7 32 (1.83%) Replication
8 30 (1.72%) NHS
9 29 (1.66%) Enterprise Software
10 27 (1.54%) Computer Science
11 26 (1.49%) Driving Licence
12 22 (1.26%) Public Cloud
13 19 (1.09%) iPhone
13 19 (1.09%) Linux Command Line
14 18 (1.03%) PKI
14 18 (1.03%) Virtual Team
15 17 (0.97%) Smartphone
16 16 (0.92%) User Experience
17 14 (0.80%) Blackberry
18 13 (0.74%) BYOD
Operating Systems
1 609 (34.84%) Windows
2 310 (17.73%) Windows Server
3 240 (13.73%) Linux
4 162 (9.27%) Windows Server 2008
5 154 (8.81%) Windows Server 2012
6 150 (8.58%) Windows 7
7 101 (5.78%) Unix
8 91 (5.21%) Windows 10
9 66 (3.78%) Windows Server 2003
10 52 (2.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 39 (2.23%) Windows 8
12 37 (2.12%) Windows XP
13 35 (2.00%) CentOS
14 26 (1.49%) Android
14 26 (1.49%) Apple iOS
15 23 (1.32%) Solaris
16 21 (1.20%) AIX
17 20 (1.14%) SUSE
18 18 (1.03%) Windows Vista
19 16 (0.92%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 309 (17.68%) ITIL
2 199 (11.38%) Migration
3 158 (9.04%) Network Design
4 135 (7.72%) Project Management
5 123 (7.04%) PRINCE2
6 111 (6.35%) Network Management
7 107 (6.12%) Service Delivery
8 90 (5.15%) Load Balancing
9 89 (5.09%) Agile Software Development
10 83 (4.75%) Service Management
11 76 (4.35%) Change Management
11 76 (4.35%) Disaster Recovery
12 75 (4.29%) Stakeholder Management
13 73 (4.18%) DevOps
14 71 (4.06%) High Availability
14 71 (4.06%) Information Security
15 66 (3.78%) Network Monitoring
16 63 (3.60%) WAN Optimisation
17 58 (3.32%) Configuration Management
18 52 (2.97%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 108 (6.18%) SQL
2 71 (4.06%) PowerShell
3 69 (3.95%) Python
4 52 (2.97%) Bash Shell
5 49 (2.80%) Perl
6 42 (2.40%) Shell Script
7 31 (1.77%) Java
8 24 (1.37%) C
9 21 (1.20%) PHP
10 17 (0.97%) Korn
11 15 (0.86%) C-shell
11 15 (0.86%) Ruby
12 11 (0.63%) VB
13 10 (0.57%) JavaScript
14 7 (0.40%) Groovy
14 7 (0.40%) VBScript
15 6 (0.34%) VBA
16 5 (0.29%) VB.NET
17 3 (0.17%) C++
18 1 (0.057%) C#
Qualifications
1 385 (22.03%) Cisco Certification
2 276 (15.79%) Security Cleared
3 255 (14.59%) CCNP
4 184 (10.53%) SC Cleared
5 162 (9.27%) CCNA
6 114 (6.52%) CCIE
7 109 (6.24%) Microsoft Certification
8 94 (5.38%) Degree
9 72 (4.12%) DV Cleared
10 68 (3.89%) MCSE
11 45 (2.57%) MCP
12 29 (1.66%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 28 (1.60%) JNCIA
14 27 (1.54%) CCDP
15 26 (1.49%) CCSA
15 26 (1.49%) CCSE
16 25 (1.43%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
17 24 (1.37%) CISSP
18 21 (1.20%) ITIL Certification
18 21 (1.20%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 81 (4.63%) SLA
2 31 (1.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 23 (1.32%) PCI DSS
4 19 (1.09%) PMO
5 13 (0.74%) QA
6 11 (0.63%) GDPR
7 9 (0.51%) JSP 440
8 8 (0.46%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 7 (0.40%) MiFID
9 7 (0.40%) RMADS
10 5 (0.29%) Disclosure Scotland
10 5 (0.29%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 3 (0.17%) AIFMD
11 3 (0.17%) FATCA
11 3 (0.17%) IFRS
12 2 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials
12 2 (0.11%) HIPAA
13 1 (0.057%) FedRAMP
13 1 (0.057%) PMBOK
System Software
1 443 (25.34%) Active Directory
2 225 (12.87%) VMware Infrastructure
3 76 (4.35%) Hyper-V
4 64 (3.66%) vSphere
5 62 (3.55%) VMware ESXi
6 43 (2.46%) XenApp
7 40 (2.29%) Samba
8 25 (1.43%) XenDesktop
9 21 (1.20%) Docker
10 19 (1.09%) Firmware
10 19 (1.09%) VMware NSX
11 15 (0.86%) ProxySG
12 14 (0.80%) Apache Flume
12 14 (0.80%) Microsoft App-V
12 14 (0.80%) NFS
13 13 (0.74%) Virtual Servers
14 10 (0.57%) KVM
15 9 (0.51%) XenServer
16 8 (0.46%) Virtual Desktop
17 7 (0.40%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 108 (6.18%) SCCM
2 55 (3.15%) FortiGate
3 36 (2.06%) Cisco Prime
4 34 (1.95%) SCOM
5 30 (1.72%) Ansible
6 27 (1.54%) AirWatch
7 24 (1.37%) Nessus
8 23 (1.32%) Cisco CUCM
9 21 (1.20%) Nagios
10 19 (1.09%) WSUS
11 18 (1.03%) Opscode Chef
12 17 (0.97%) Kubernetes
13 15 (0.86%) Prometheus
13 15 (0.86%) Puppet
14 13 (0.74%) Nmap
15 12 (0.69%) QRadar
16 11 (0.63%) Terraform
17 10 (0.57%) Microsoft Clustering
17 10 (0.57%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
17 10 (0.57%) WMI
Vendors
1 798 (45.65%) Cisco
2 380 (21.74%) Microsoft
3 352 (20.14%) VMware
4 215 (12.30%) CheckPoint
5 203 (11.61%) Juniper
6 199 (11.38%) Citrix
7 152 (8.70%) HP
8 142 (8.12%) F5
9 99 (5.66%) Fortinet
10 97 (5.55%) Palo Alto
11 88 (5.03%) SolarWinds
12 82 (4.69%) Oracle
13 74 (4.23%) Riverbed
14 63 (3.60%) Red Hat
15 55 (3.15%) Avaya
16 54 (3.09%) Blue Coat
17 53 (3.03%) McAfee
18 51 (2.92%) Aruba
19 46 (2.63%) Dell
19 46 (2.63%) IBM