Period
to

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 20 May 2022 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
20 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 171 165 120
Rank change year-on-year -6 -45 +35
Contract jobs citing WAN 1,149 725 879
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.62% 1.57% 2.01%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.46% 14.08% 15.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 756 499 582
10th Percentile £214 £225 £175
25th Percentile £319 £325 £300
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £425 £400
Median % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -3.61%
75th Percentile £550 £503 £500
90th Percentile £650 £588 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 34 41
10th Percentile £13.00 £13.59 £13.39
25th Percentile £18.50 £15.00 £18.50
Median hourly rate £26.00 £20.00 £25.00
Median % change year-on-year +30.00% -20.00% +43.51%
75th Percentile £49.76 £37.19 £48.15
90th Percentile £56.70 £48.95 £51.75
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £21.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year +66.67% -30.00% +71.43%

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 7,948 5,148 5,826
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.20% 11.18% 13.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,242 3,343 3,618
10th Percentile £225 £220 £181
25th Percentile £381 £346 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £440 £425
Median % change year-on-year +13.64% +3.53% -2.86%
75th Percentile £615 £538 £535
90th Percentile £700 £635 £625
UK median daily rate £500 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +11.11% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 321 237 296
10th Percentile £15.25 £12.56 £13.00
25th Percentile £16.25 £15.00 £15.63
Median hourly rate £23.91 £23.50 £20.25
Median % change year-on-year +1.74% +16.05% +8.29%
75th Percentile £48.45 £50.00 £45.00
90th Percentile £63.25 £60.00 £52.13
UK median hourly rate £26.75 £25.00 £23.75
% change year-on-year +7.00% +5.26% +26.67%

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 20 May 2022.

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 20 May 2022.

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 20 May 2022. 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
Jobs
London -35 402 £475 +5.56% 98
South East -15 189 £428 - 47
North of England +5 183 £414 +3.44% 95
Midlands -13 136 £400 -3.73% 51
South West +9 96 £370 -7.50% 30
West Midlands -29 89 £400 - 27
North West -11 83 £350 -12.50% 43
East of England +11 77 £400 +77.78% 26
Yorkshire +1 72 £450 +15.38% 29
East Midlands -2 46 £356 -12.04% 21
North East +19 29 £450 +89.47% 23
WAN
UK

For the 6 months to 20 May 2022, 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.

1 830 (72.24%) LAN
2 540 (47.00%) Cisco
3 465 (40.47%) Firewall
4 317 (27.59%) Windows
5 303 (26.37%) SD-WAN
6 288 (25.07%) Wireless
7 272 (23.67%) VPN
8 270 (23.50%) Microsoft
9 261 (22.72%) Azure
10 244 (21.24%) Data Centre
10 244 (21.24%) Active Directory
11 231 (20.10%) Cisco Certification
12 211 (18.36%) Wi-Fi
13 209 (18.19%) Social Skills
14 200 (17.41%) VMware
15 199 (17.32%) Security Cleared
16 183 (15.93%) Microsoft 365
17 166 (14.45%) TCP/IP
18 165 (14.36%) ITIL
19 162 (14.10%) BGP
20 160 (13.93%) SC Cleared
21 158 (13.75%) CCNP
22 157 (13.66%) Network Security
23 152 (13.23%) MPLS
24 149 (12.97%) DNS
25 147 (12.79%) Windows Server
26 143 (12.45%) Migration
27 139 (12.10%) OSPF
28 137 (11.92%) VMware Infrastructure
29 135 (11.75%) DHCP

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 41 (3.57%) SharePoint
2 38 (3.31%) MS Exchange
3 20 (1.74%) WebSphere
4 15 (1.31%) Confluence
5 14 (1.22%) Skype for Business
6 13 (1.13%) Apache
7 10 (0.87%) IIS
8 8 (0.70%) nginx
9 6 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2010
10 5 (0.44%) Tomcat
11 4 (0.35%) Elasticsearch
11 4 (0.35%) Exchange Server 2013
12 3 (0.26%) Apache Spark
12 3 (0.26%) MS Project Server
12 3 (0.26%) SharePoint 2010
12 3 (0.26%) SharePoint 2013
12 3 (0.26%) WebLogic
13 2 (0.17%) Exchange Server 2007
13 2 (0.17%) JBoss
13 2 (0.17%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 93 (8.09%) Microsoft Office
2 39 (3.39%) MS Visio
3 20 (1.74%) Microsoft Excel
4 15 (1.31%) Microsoft Project
5 12 (1.04%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.087%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 4 (0.35%) Sentinel
1 4 (0.35%) Teamcenter
2 3 (0.26%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
2 3 (0.26%) RMDS
3 2 (0.17%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.17%) SAP S/4HANA
4 1 (0.087%) assyst
4 1 (0.087%) Maximo
4 1 (0.087%) Remedy AR System
4 1 (0.087%) SnowdropKCS
Cloud Services
1 261 (22.72%) Azure
2 183 (15.93%) Microsoft 365
3 110 (9.57%) AWS
4 48 (4.18%) IaaS
5 47 (4.09%) SaaS
6 44 (3.83%) Azure Active Directory
7 40 (3.48%) PaaS
8 30 (2.61%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 30 (2.61%) GCP
9 18 (1.57%) Azure Monitor
9 18 (1.57%) OneDrive
10 14 (1.22%) Azure Pipelines
11 12 (1.04%) Azure Storage
12 9 (0.78%) SonarCloud
13 7 (0.61%) Azure App Service
13 7 (0.61%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 6 (0.52%) Power Platform
15 5 (0.44%) Azure Sentinel
15 5 (0.44%) Cloud Computing
15 5 (0.44%) Google Workspace
Communications & Networking
1 830 (72.24%) LAN
2 465 (40.47%) Firewall
3 303 (26.37%) SD-WAN
4 288 (25.07%) Wireless
5 272 (23.67%) VPN
6 211 (18.36%) Wi-Fi
7 166 (14.45%) TCP/IP
8 162 (14.10%) BGP
9 157 (13.66%) Network Security
10 152 (13.23%) MPLS
11 149 (12.97%) DNS
12 139 (12.10%) OSPF
13 135 (11.75%) DHCP
14 111 (9.66%) VLAN
15 99 (8.62%) Internet
16 84 (7.31%) IPsec
17 79 (6.88%) VoIP
18 78 (6.79%) Cisco ASA
19 66 (5.74%) WLAN
20 63 (5.48%) Cisco Firepower
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (3.05%) SQL Server
2 16 (1.39%) DB2
3 8 (0.70%) Azure SQL Database
3 8 (0.70%) Data Warehouse
3 8 (0.70%) MySQL
4 5 (0.44%) Data Lake
4 5 (0.44%) DTS
4 5 (0.44%) NoSQL
4 5 (0.44%) Relational Database
5 4 (0.35%) Amazon RDS
6 3 (0.26%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 3 (0.26%) SAP HANA
7 2 (0.17%) Data Mining
7 2 (0.17%) MongoDB
7 2 (0.17%) Oracle Database
7 2 (0.17%) PostgreSQL
7 2 (0.17%) Riak
7 2 (0.17%) Tableau
8 1 (0.087%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 1 (0.087%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 30 (2.61%) JIRA
2 16 (1.39%) SonarQube
3 12 (1.04%) Git (software)
4 9 (0.78%) GitLab
5 5 (0.44%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 4 (0.35%) Jenkins
7 2 (0.17%) Bitbucket Server
7 2 (0.17%) ClearCase
7 2 (0.17%) ClearQuest
7 2 (0.17%) Fiddler
7 2 (0.17%) Hudson
8 1 (0.087%) AutoIt
8 1 (0.087%) Cucumber
8 1 (0.087%) JMeter
8 1 (0.087%) JUnit
8 1 (0.087%) Maven
8 1 (0.087%) Selenium
8 1 (0.087%) Sonatype Nexus
8 1 (0.087%) Subversion
8 1 (0.087%) TestRail
General
1 209 (18.19%) Social Skills
2 134 (11.66%) Finance
3 108 (9.40%) Telecoms
4 100 (8.70%) Public Sector
5 74 (6.44%) Analytical Skills
6 30 (2.61%) Local Government
7 26 (2.26%) Documentation Skills
8 25 (2.18%) Banking
9 22 (1.91%) Retail
10 20 (1.74%) Law
11 19 (1.65%) Presentation Skills
12 18 (1.57%) Military
13 17 (1.48%) Influencing Skills
14 13 (1.13%) Organisational Skills
15 11 (0.96%) Legal
15 11 (0.96%) Manufacturing
16 10 (0.87%) Financial Institution
17 8 (0.70%) Electronics
18 6 (0.52%) Billing
18 6 (0.52%) Mandarin Language
Job Titles
1 306 (26.63%) Network Engineer
2 168 (14.62%) Architect
3 101 (8.79%) Project Manager
4 85 (7.40%) Network Architect
5 84 (7.31%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 81 (7.05%) Analyst
7 61 (5.31%) Support Engineer
8 47 (4.09%) Infrastructure Manager
8 47 (4.09%) Senior Network Engineer
9 46 (4.00%) 2nd Line Support
10 40 (3.48%) Infrastructure Architect
10 40 (3.48%) Infrastructure Project Manager
10 40 (3.48%) Network Manager
11 37 (3.22%) Cisco Engineer
12 35 (3.05%) Desktop Support
13 33 (2.87%) IT Manager
14 32 (2.79%) Cisco Network Engineer
15 31 (2.70%) Consultant
16 29 (2.52%) Solutions Architect
17 28 (2.44%) Azure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (2.18%) 802.1X
2 16 (1.39%) JSON
3 12 (1.04%) WebSphere MQ
3 12 (1.04%) XMPP
4 10 (0.87%) .NET
5 9 (0.78%) YAML
6 6 (0.52%) Azure Blueprints
6 6 (0.52%) SAML
6 6 (0.52%) Web Services
7 5 (0.44%) SOAP
7 5 (0.44%) XML
8 4 (0.35%) Middleware
9 3 (0.26%) Kafka
9 3 (0.26%) LDAP
9 3 (0.26%) OAuth
9 3 (0.26%) OAuth2
9 3 (0.26%) OpenID
9 3 (0.26%) REST
10 2 (0.17%) Regular Expression
10 2 (0.17%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 244 (21.24%) Data Centre
2 54 (4.70%) Management Information System
3 51 (4.44%) Public Cloud
4 46 (4.00%) Self-Motivation
5 45 (3.92%) Video Conferencing
6 39 (3.39%) NHS
7 29 (2.52%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 21 (1.83%) Private Cloud
9 20 (1.74%) Data Protection Act
10 19 (1.65%) Cloud Native
10 19 (1.65%) Enterprise Storage
11 16 (1.39%) Virtual Team
12 15 (1.31%) Hybrid Cloud
13 14 (1.22%) IoT
13 14 (1.22%) PKI
14 12 (1.04%) CCTV
14 12 (1.04%) Clustering
14 12 (1.04%) Fibre Optics
15 10 (0.87%) Security Operations Centre
16 9 (0.78%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 317 (27.59%) Windows
2 147 (12.79%) Windows Server
3 114 (9.92%) Linux
4 80 (6.96%) Windows 10
5 35 (3.05%) Unix
6 33 (2.87%) Windows 7
6 33 (2.87%) Windows Server 2012
7 27 (2.35%) Windows Server 2016
8 23 (2.00%) Mac OS
9 19 (1.65%) Windows Server 2008
9 19 (1.65%) Windows Server 2019
10 15 (1.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 14 (1.22%) Apple iOS
12 12 (1.04%) Android
13 10 (0.87%) VMS
14 9 (0.78%) Ubuntu
15 8 (0.70%) Windows XP
16 6 (0.52%) AIX
16 6 (0.52%) Windows 8
17 5 (0.44%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 165 (14.36%) ITIL
2 143 (12.45%) Migration
3 114 (9.92%) Project Management
4 100 (8.70%) Problem-Solving
5 99 (8.62%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 97 (8.44%) Load Balancing
7 95 (8.27%) Network Design
8 77 (6.70%) Service Management
9 72 (6.27%) Agile
10 70 (6.09%) Cybersecurity
11 68 (5.92%) Disaster Recovery
12 65 (5.66%) Change Management
13 62 (5.40%) Project Delivery
14 61 (5.31%) Network Management
15 57 (4.96%) Stakeholder Management
16 54 (4.70%) Service Delivery
17 50 (4.35%) DevOps
18 44 (3.83%) Customer Requirements
18 44 (3.83%) Network Architecture
18 44 (3.83%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 66 (5.74%) PowerShell
2 46 (4.00%) SQL
3 40 (3.48%) Python
4 26 (2.26%) C
5 15 (1.31%) Java
6 12 (1.04%) VBScript
7 10 (0.87%) VB
8 8 (0.70%) Bash
9 6 (0.52%) C++
10 5 (0.44%) Bicep
10 5 (0.44%) JavaScript
11 4 (0.35%) Perl
12 3 (0.26%) C#
12 3 (0.26%) Shell Script
12 3 (0.26%) TypeScript
13 2 (0.17%) Erlang
13 2 (0.17%) PHP
14 1 (0.087%) Go
14 1 (0.087%) Search Processing Language
14 1 (0.087%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 231 (20.10%) Cisco Certification
2 199 (17.32%) Security Cleared
3 160 (13.93%) SC Cleared
4 158 (13.75%) CCNP
5 96 (8.36%) CCNA
6 83 (7.22%) Degree
7 69 (6.01%) CCIE
8 31 (2.70%) CCDP
9 24 (2.09%) CISSP
10 19 (1.65%) DV Cleared
11 18 (1.57%) TOGAF Certification
12 15 (1.31%) Microsoft Certification
13 14 (1.22%) CISM
13 14 (1.22%) ITIL Certification
13 14 (1.22%) Master's Degree
14 13 (1.13%) Computer Science Degree
15 12 (1.04%) JNCIP
15 12 (1.04%) PMI Certification
15 12 (1.04%) PMP
16 11 (0.96%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 48 (4.18%) SLA
2 31 (2.70%) QA
3 20 (1.74%) NIST
4 18 (1.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 15 (1.31%) GDPR
6 14 (1.22%) PCI DSS
6 14 (1.22%) PMO
7 5 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 5 (0.44%) NCSC
7 5 (0.44%) NIST 800
8 4 (0.35%) Cyber Essentials
8 4 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 4 (0.35%) RMADS
9 3 (0.26%) COBIT
9 3 (0.26%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 3 (0.26%) JSP 440
10 2 (0.17%) Accessibility
10 2 (0.17%) HL7
11 1 (0.087%) Data Quality
11 1 (0.087%) WCAG
System Software
1 244 (21.24%) Active Directory
2 137 (11.92%) VMware Infrastructure
3 45 (3.92%) VMware ESXi
4 31 (2.70%) Hyper-V
5 29 (2.52%) vSphere
6 20 (1.74%) Docker
7 19 (1.65%) VMware NSX
8 17 (1.48%) Virtual Desktop
9 16 (1.39%) Virtual Machines
10 9 (0.78%) Virtual Servers
11 8 (0.70%) BitLocker
12 7 (0.61%) XenApp
13 6 (0.52%) vCloud
14 5 (0.44%) Terminal Services
15 4 (0.35%) NFS
16 3 (0.26%) Firmware
16 3 (0.26%) ProxySG
17 2 (0.17%) PowerHA
17 2 (0.17%) Veritas Cluster Server
17 2 (0.17%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 70 (6.09%) SCCM
2 52 (4.53%) FortiGate
3 50 (4.35%) Terraform
4 42 (3.66%) Microsoft Intune
5 35 (3.05%) Kubernetes
6 30 (2.61%) Ansible
7 16 (1.39%) Single Sign-On
7 16 (1.39%) vCenter Server
8 15 (1.31%) CASB
9 11 (0.96%) Cisco CUCM
10 10 (0.87%) Cisco Prime
10 10 (0.87%) SCOM
11 8 (0.70%) AppManager
11 8 (0.70%) Nagios
12 7 (0.61%) Microsoft Clustering
12 7 (0.61%) WhatsUp Gold
13 6 (0.52%) AirWatch
14 5 (0.44%) Prometheus
15 4 (0.35%) Active Directory Federation Services
15 4 (0.35%) Kibana
Vendors
1 540 (47.00%) Cisco
2 270 (23.50%) Microsoft
3 200 (17.41%) VMware
4 135 (11.75%) Juniper
5 128 (11.14%) Palo Alto
6 118 (10.27%) CheckPoint
7 117 (10.18%) Meraki
8 101 (8.79%) Citrix
9 91 (7.92%) F5
10 70 (6.09%) Aruba
11 62 (5.40%) Fortinet
12 55 (4.79%) SolarWinds
13 52 (4.53%) HP
14 48 (4.18%) Google
15 41 (3.57%) Oracle
16 39 (3.39%) Zscaler
17 25 (2.18%) McAfee
18 24 (2.09%) Red Hat
19 22 (1.91%) SAP
20 21 (1.83%) IBM