Period
to 1 April 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 1 April 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
1 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 118 145 159
Rank change year-on-year +27 +14 -30
Contract jobs citing WAN 1,125 1,660 1,561
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 2.01% 1.88% 1.68%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 15.02% 14.88% 12.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 739 1,097 959
Median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £175 £200 £175
90th Percentile £600 £575 £563
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 79 91
Median hourly rate £25.00 £21.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.05% +12.30% +6.86%
10th Percentile £12.83 £10.75 £11.00
90th Percentile £51.75 £47.50 £37.50
UK median hourly rate £28.41 £19.50 £17.38
% change year-on-year +45.67% +12.23% -0.43%

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 7,491 11,153 12,314
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.39% 12.66% 13.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,465 6,863 7,630
Median daily rate £425 £425 £425
10th Percentile £180 £205 £200
90th Percentile £603 £613 £600
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £413
% change year-on-year - +3.03% +1.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 431 496 656
Median hourly rate £21.00 £18.70 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.30% -6.50% -6.98%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £11.94
90th Percentile £51.25 £49.13 £47.50
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.70 £19.02
% change year-on-year +20.32% -1.66% -11.56%

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 1 April 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 1 April 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 1 April 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 -10 343 £395 -7.06% 91
South East +20 244 £450 +12.50% 87
North of England +31 193 £350 -5.41% 76
Midlands +65 169 £390 +5.41% 59
West Midlands +50 125 £450 +21.62% 48
North West +26 101 £375 +1.01% 43
East of England +31 86 £450 -2.70% 41
South West +13 85 £350 - 50
Yorkshire +20 67 £325 -22.16% 23
East Midlands +42 42 £300 -14.29% 10
North East +20 26 £363 +20.83% 10
WAN
UK

For the 6 months to 1 April 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.

1 866 (76.98%) LAN
2 554 (49.24%) Cisco
3 482 (42.84%) Firewall
4 349 (31.02%) Cisco Certification
5 298 (26.49%) Windows
6 260 (23.11%) Active Directory
7 257 (22.84%) Security Cleared
8 253 (22.49%) VPN
9 244 (21.69%) CCNP
10 232 (20.62%) Data Centre
11 221 (19.64%) Microsoft
12 202 (17.96%) MPLS
12 202 (17.96%) Wireless
13 192 (17.07%) DNS
14 188 (16.71%) VMware
15 187 (16.62%) BGP
16 170 (15.11%) DHCP
17 167 (14.84%) CCNA
18 160 (14.22%) Azure
19 158 (14.04%) Wi-Fi
20 153 (13.60%) TCP/IP
21 152 (13.51%) OSPF
22 150 (13.33%) Juniper
23 145 (12.89%) Migration
23 145 (12.89%) Windows Server
24 140 (12.44%) SC Cleared
25 137 (12.18%) Network Security
26 136 (12.09%) Office 365
27 129 (11.47%) ITIL
28 127 (11.29%) VMware Infrastructure

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 68 (6.04%) MS Exchange
2 49 (4.36%) SharePoint
3 41 (3.64%) Skype for Business
4 26 (2.31%) Exchange Server 2013
5 23 (2.04%) IIS
6 8 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2010
7 7 (0.62%) OpenStack
7 7 (0.62%) Tomcat
8 5 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2007
9 4 (0.36%) Apache
9 4 (0.36%) Confluence
10 3 (0.27%) Exchange Server 2000
10 3 (0.27%) SharePoint 2013
11 2 (0.18%) CMS
11 2 (0.18%) IBM Notes
12 1 (0.089%) Commerce Server
12 1 (0.089%) Exchange Server 2003
12 1 (0.089%) GroupWise
12 1 (0.089%) WebSphere
12 1 (0.089%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 77 (6.84%) Microsoft Office
2 25 (2.22%) Microsoft Excel
3 18 (1.60%) MS Visio
4 11 (0.98%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.27%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.18%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.089%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 6 (0.53%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.27%) Line 500
2 3 (0.27%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.18%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.089%) assyst
4 1 (0.089%) Cognos Planning
4 1 (0.089%) Magento
4 1 (0.089%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.089%) Oracle HRMS
4 1 (0.089%) Oracle Payroll
Cloud Services
1 160 (14.22%) Azure
2 136 (12.09%) Office 365
3 93 (8.27%) AWS
4 33 (2.93%) IaaS
5 30 (2.67%) Azure Active Directory
6 28 (2.49%) PaaS
7 27 (2.40%) SaaS
8 14 (1.24%) Cloud Computing
9 10 (0.89%) GCP
10 8 (0.71%) Mimecast
11 5 (0.44%) Akamai
11 5 (0.44%) AWS CloudFormation
11 5 (0.44%) G Suite
11 5 (0.44%) OpenShift
12 4 (0.36%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 4 (0.36%) OneDrive
13 3 (0.27%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 2 (0.18%) GitHub
15 1 (0.089%) Dynamics 365
15 1 (0.089%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 866 (76.98%) LAN
2 482 (42.84%) Firewall
3 253 (22.49%) VPN
4 202 (17.96%) MPLS
4 202 (17.96%) Wireless
5 192 (17.07%) DNS
6 187 (16.62%) BGP
7 170 (15.11%) DHCP
8 158 (14.04%) Wi-Fi
9 153 (13.60%) TCP/IP
10 152 (13.51%) OSPF
11 137 (12.18%) Network Security
12 124 (11.02%) VoIP
13 122 (10.84%) Internet
14 110 (9.78%) Cisco Nexus
15 101 (8.98%) WLAN
16 90 (8.00%) Cisco ASA
17 86 (7.64%) VLAN
18 84 (7.47%) Ethernet
19 73 (6.49%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 57 (5.07%) SQL Server
2 13 (1.16%) SQL Server 2012
3 9 (0.80%) SQL Server 2016
4 6 (0.53%) MySQL
5 5 (0.44%) SQL Server 2008
6 4 (0.36%) DB2
6 4 (0.36%) Oracle Reports
6 4 (0.36%) Relational Database
7 3 (0.27%) Big Data
7 3 (0.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 2 (0.18%) Azure SQL Database
8 2 (0.18%) Cosmos DB
8 2 (0.18%) Oracle Database
8 2 (0.18%) SQL Server 2014
9 1 (0.089%) Electronic Patient Records
9 1 (0.089%) MongoDB
9 1 (0.089%) NoSQL
9 1 (0.089%) Power BI
9 1 (0.089%) Redis
9 1 (0.089%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 14 (1.24%) JIRA
1 14 (1.24%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 9 (0.80%) Git (software)
2 9 (0.80%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (0.44%) Artifactory
3 5 (0.44%) Cucumber
3 5 (0.44%) JUnit
3 5 (0.44%) Maven
4 4 (0.36%) Jenkins
4 4 (0.36%) Sonatype Nexus
5 2 (0.18%) AutoIt
5 2 (0.18%) ClearCase
5 2 (0.18%) ClearQuest
5 2 (0.18%) GitLab
5 2 (0.18%) Hudson
5 2 (0.18%) Redmine
5 2 (0.18%) TeamCity
5 2 (0.18%) TestRail
6 1 (0.089%) Eclipse
6 1 (0.089%) LoadRunner
General
1 118 (10.49%) Telecoms
2 102 (9.07%) Finance
3 61 (5.42%) Public Sector
4 37 (3.29%) Banking
5 27 (2.40%) Retail
6 20 (1.78%) Manufacturing
7 13 (1.16%) Law
7 13 (1.16%) Police
8 12 (1.07%) Local Government
8 12 (1.07%) Marketing
9 10 (0.89%) Publishing
10 9 (0.80%) Legal
11 8 (0.71%) Electronics
11 8 (0.71%) Financial Institution
11 8 (0.71%) German Language
12 7 (0.62%) French Language
13 6 (0.53%) Advertising
14 5 (0.44%) Back Office
14 5 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
15 4 (0.36%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 369 (32.80%) Network Engineer
2 135 (12.00%) Architect
3 85 (7.56%) Support Engineer
4 77 (6.84%) Analyst
5 75 (6.67%) Network Architect
6 74 (6.58%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 60 (5.33%) Cisco Engineer
8 57 (5.07%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 52 (4.62%) Project Manager
10 48 (4.27%) Consultant
11 40 (3.56%) WAN Engineer
12 39 (3.47%) Senior Network Engineer
13 38 (3.38%) 3rd Line Engineer
14 35 (3.11%) Security Engineer
15 33 (2.93%) Technical Leader
16 32 (2.84%) Designer
17 30 (2.67%) Solutions Architect
18 29 (2.58%) Network Support
19 28 (2.49%) Infrastructure Manager
19 28 (2.49%) Network Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (2.84%) 802.1X
2 16 (1.42%) LDAP
3 13 (1.16%) Web Services
4 10 (0.89%) .NET
5 7 (0.62%) Middleware
5 7 (0.62%) XML
6 6 (0.53%) JSON
7 5 (0.44%) Apache Camel
7 5 (0.44%) Hibernate
7 5 (0.44%) TIBCO EMS
7 5 (0.44%) WireMock
8 4 (0.36%) Node.js
9 2 (0.18%) CSS
9 2 (0.18%) Express
9 2 (0.18%) FIX Protocol
9 2 (0.18%) Flutter
9 2 (0.18%) HTML
9 2 (0.18%) ModSecurity
9 2 (0.18%) RESTful
9 2 (0.18%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 232 (20.62%) Data Centre
2 65 (5.78%) Analytical Skills
3 48 (4.27%) Management Information System
4 33 (2.93%) Video Conferencing
5 29 (2.58%) Video\Live Streaming
6 28 (2.49%) Self-Motivation
7 23 (2.04%) PKI
8 18 (1.60%) Clustering
9 16 (1.42%) Device Driver
10 14 (1.24%) CMDB
10 14 (1.24%) Fibre Optics
10 14 (1.24%) Public Cloud
11 13 (1.16%) Driving Licence
11 13 (1.16%) User Experience
12 12 (1.07%) Private Cloud
13 11 (0.98%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
13 11 (0.98%) Virtual Team
14 10 (0.89%) Hedge funds
14 10 (0.89%) NHS
15 9 (0.80%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 298 (26.49%) Windows
2 145 (12.89%) Windows Server
3 109 (9.69%) Linux
4 82 (7.29%) Windows 10
5 66 (5.87%) Windows 7
6 61 (5.42%) Windows Server 2012
7 55 (4.89%) Windows Server 2008
8 45 (4.00%) Windows Server 2016
9 38 (3.38%) Android
10 18 (1.60%) Unix
11 17 (1.51%) Windows Server 2003
11 17 (1.51%) Windows Server 2019
12 16 (1.42%) Embedded Linux
13 15 (1.33%) Apple iOS
14 13 (1.16%) Mac OS
15 8 (0.71%) Solaris
16 7 (0.62%) Windows 2000 Server
16 7 (0.62%) Windows XP
17 6 (0.53%) CatOS
18 5 (0.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 145 (12.89%) Migration
2 129 (11.47%) ITIL
3 118 (10.49%) Network Design
4 104 (9.24%) Problem-Solving
5 96 (8.53%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 90 (8.00%) Service Delivery
7 80 (7.11%) Project Management
8 75 (6.67%) Project Delivery
9 66 (5.87%) Network Management
10 62 (5.51%) Load Balancing
11 58 (5.16%) Agile Software Development
11 58 (5.16%) Change Management
12 57 (5.07%) Technical Leadership
13 55 (4.89%) Incident Management
14 54 (4.80%) Cybersecurity
15 48 (4.27%) Service Management
16 46 (4.09%) Information Security
16 46 (4.09%) Network Architecture
17 45 (4.00%) Stakeholder Management
18 39 (3.47%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 69 (6.13%) SQL
2 61 (5.42%) Python
3 57 (5.07%) PowerShell
4 17 (1.51%) Java
5 12 (1.07%) C
6 9 (0.80%) Bash Shell
7 7 (0.62%) VB
8 4 (0.36%) Shell Script
9 3 (0.27%) JavaScript
9 3 (0.27%) Perl
9 3 (0.27%) PL/SQL
10 2 (0.18%) Apple Swift
10 2 (0.18%) C#
10 2 (0.18%) Embedded C
10 2 (0.18%) Objective-C
10 2 (0.18%) PHP
10 2 (0.18%) VBScript
11 1 (0.089%) C++
11 1 (0.089%) Tcl
11 1 (0.089%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 349 (31.02%) Cisco Certification
2 257 (22.84%) Security Cleared
3 244 (21.69%) CCNP
4 167 (14.84%) CCNA
5 140 (12.44%) SC Cleared
6 99 (8.80%) CCIE
7 75 (6.67%) DV Cleared
8 52 (4.62%) Degree
9 51 (4.53%) CCDP
10 45 (4.00%) CCDA
11 34 (3.02%) CCIE Routing and Switching
12 32 (2.84%) BC Cleared
12 32 (2.84%) Microsoft Certification
13 27 (2.40%) CISSP
14 24 (2.13%) BPSS Clearance
14 24 (2.13%) MCSE
15 17 (1.51%) JNCIA
16 14 (1.24%) CCSP
17 13 (1.16%) ITIL Certification
17 13 (1.16%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (4.18%) SLA
2 25 (2.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 14 (1.24%) NIST
4 13 (1.16%) GDPR
4 13 (1.16%) PMO
5 10 (0.89%) NCSC
6 9 (0.80%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 8 (0.71%) ISO/IEC 27005
7 8 (0.71%) PCI DSS
8 7 (0.62%) RMADS
9 6 (0.53%) QA
10 5 (0.44%) COBIT
10 5 (0.44%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 4 (0.36%) BS7799
11 4 (0.36%) Cyber Essentials
12 3 (0.27%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 2 (0.18%) JSP 440
14 1 (0.089%) HL7
14 1 (0.089%) MiFID
14 1 (0.089%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 260 (23.11%) Active Directory
2 127 (11.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 56 (4.98%) Hyper-V
4 23 (2.04%) vSphere
5 21 (1.87%) VMware NSX
6 19 (1.69%) VMware ESXi
7 17 (1.51%) Virtual Machines
7 17 (1.51%) XenApp
8 8 (0.71%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 8 (0.71%) Docker
8 8 (0.71%) vCloud
8 8 (0.71%) Virtual Servers
9 5 (0.44%) Firmware
10 4 (0.36%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 4 (0.36%) NFS
10 4 (0.36%) Terminal Server
10 4 (0.36%) VMware Workstation
11 3 (0.27%) Virtual Desktop
11 3 (0.27%) VMware Server
12 2 (0.18%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 65 (5.78%) SCCM
2 39 (3.47%) FortiGate
3 22 (1.96%) Microsoft Intune
4 19 (1.69%) Ansible
4 19 (1.69%) SCOM
5 17 (1.51%) Cisco Prime
6 13 (1.16%) Microsoft Clustering
7 11 (0.98%) Failover Clustering
7 11 (0.98%) Terraform
7 11 (0.98%) vRealize
8 10 (0.89%) Puppet
9 9 (0.80%) Kubernetes
9 9 (0.80%) WSUS
10 7 (0.62%) AirWatch
10 7 (0.62%) Backup Exec
10 7 (0.62%) Norton AntiVirus
10 7 (0.62%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
11 6 (0.53%) OpenView
11 6 (0.53%) Opscode Chef
11 6 (0.53%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 554 (49.24%) Cisco
2 221 (19.64%) Microsoft
3 188 (16.71%) VMware
4 150 (13.33%) Juniper
5 111 (9.87%) Palo Alto
6 110 (9.78%) CheckPoint
7 93 (8.27%) Citrix
8 92 (8.18%) F5
9 61 (5.42%) SolarWinds
10 60 (5.33%) Fortinet
11 54 (4.80%) Meraki
12 44 (3.91%) Dell
13 38 (3.38%) Oracle
14 35 (3.11%) HP
15 34 (3.02%) Aruba
16 27 (2.40%) McAfee
16 27 (2.40%) Riverbed
17 26 (2.31%) Splunk
18 24 (2.13%) Google
19 20 (1.78%) Blue Coat