Period
to 29 July 2021

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 29 July 2021 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
29 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 189 132 137
Rank change year-on-year -57 +5 +26
Contract jobs citing WAN 832 616 1,664
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.46% 1.89% 1.99%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 12.74% 14.37% 15.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 534 416 1,105
10th Percentile £230 £186 £200
25th Percentile £331 £311 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £444 £425
Median % change year-on-year -4.23% +4.41% +6.25%
75th Percentile £519 £525 £525
90th Percentile £600 £613 £613
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 26 67
10th Percentile £12.82 £14.88 £12.00
25th Percentile £15.19 £18.50 £13.34
Median hourly rate £20.00 £19.75 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year +1.27% +12.86% -1.41%
75th Percentile £44.14 £30.00 £33.94
90th Percentile £53.75 £47.76 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £28.41 £17.50
% change year-on-year -29.59% +62.31% -

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 6,530 4,286 10,708
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.42% 13.13% 12.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,201 2,700 6,758
10th Percentile £238 £200 £200
25th Percentile £350 £325 £320
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £450 £425
Median % change year-on-year - +5.88% -
75th Percentile £550 £540 £538
90th Percentile £650 £638 £613
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 316 194 480
10th Percentile £12.00 £14.02 £12.00
25th Percentile £15.00 £16.25 £15.00
Median hourly rate £22.00 £25.17 £21.15
Median % change year-on-year -12.58% +18.98% +5.75%
75th Percentile £48.75 £45.00 £45.06
90th Percentile £63.75 £50.70 £51.28
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £30.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -25.00% +33.33% +18.14%

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 29 July 2021.

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 29 July 2021.

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 29 July 2021. 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 -21 325 £467 +3.67% 101
South East -15 187 £425 -5.56% 86
Midlands -36 102 £375 -11.76% 79
North of England -25 89 £400 +14.29% 105
West Midlands -33 79 £375 -18.92% 39
South West -8 68 £425 -5.56% 41
Yorkshire -9 47 £380 +4.83% 38
East of England -18 39 £400 -8.57% 19
North West -45 30 £375 +15.38% 57
East Midlands -16 25 £388 +10.71% 40
North East +5 12 £550 +15.79% 10
WAN
UK

For the 6 months to 29 July 2021, 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.

1 592 (71.15%) LAN
2 395 (47.48%) Cisco
3 342 (41.11%) Firewall
4 210 (25.24%) Windows
5 199 (23.92%) VMware
6 192 (23.08%) Active Directory
7 181 (21.75%) SD-WAN
8 176 (21.15%) Cisco Certification
9 175 (21.03%) Azure
10 168 (20.19%) Microsoft
11 163 (19.59%) VPN
12 159 (19.11%) Data Centre
13 147 (17.67%) Security Cleared
14 146 (17.55%) Social Skills
15 141 (16.95%) VMware Infrastructure
16 137 (16.47%) Microsoft 365
17 126 (15.14%) Wireless
18 120 (14.42%) DNS
19 119 (14.30%) Telecoms
20 118 (14.18%) CCNP
21 116 (13.94%) ITIL
22 110 (13.22%) TCP/IP
23 108 (12.98%) SC Cleared
24 106 (12.74%) CheckPoint
25 97 (11.66%) Finance
26 91 (10.94%) Network Security
27 90 (10.82%) Migration
27 90 (10.82%) Internet
27 90 (10.82%) MPLS
28 89 (10.70%) VoIP

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 49 (5.89%) SharePoint
2 31 (3.73%) Skype for Business
3 21 (2.52%) MS Exchange
4 16 (1.92%) Tomcat
4 16 (1.92%) WebSphere
5 15 (1.80%) Confluence
6 11 (1.32%) WebSphere Application Server
7 8 (0.96%) IIS
8 7 (0.84%) Apache
9 4 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2010
9 4 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2013
9 4 (0.48%) JBoss
9 4 (0.48%) NetWeaver
10 3 (0.36%) CMS
10 3 (0.36%) IBM Notes
10 3 (0.36%) nginx
10 3 (0.36%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 1 (0.12%) Drupal
11 1 (0.12%) OpenStack
11 1 (0.12%) WebLogic
Applications
1 69 (8.29%) Microsoft Office
2 38 (4.57%) MS Visio
3 26 (3.13%) Microsoft Excel
4 7 (0.84%) Microsoft Project
5 5 (0.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.12%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 5 (0.60%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (0.36%) Remedy AR System
3 2 (0.24%) StreamServe
4 1 (0.12%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.12%) MIS ActiveH
4 1 (0.12%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
4 1 (0.12%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 175 (21.03%) Azure
2 137 (16.47%) Microsoft 365
3 63 (7.57%) AWS
4 51 (6.13%) PaaS
5 48 (5.77%) IaaS
6 35 (4.21%) SaaS
7 32 (3.85%) GCP
8 28 (3.37%) Azure Active Directory
9 18 (2.16%) OneDrive
10 17 (2.04%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 15 (1.80%) GitHub
12 11 (1.32%) Yammer
13 8 (0.96%) Cloud Computing
13 8 (0.96%) Mimecast
14 6 (0.72%) Azure Pipelines
14 6 (0.72%) IBM Cloud
15 5 (0.60%) SoftLayer
16 4 (0.48%) Amazon EKS
16 4 (0.48%) Azure Cosmos DB
16 4 (0.48%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 592 (71.15%) LAN
2 342 (41.11%) Firewall
3 181 (21.75%) SD-WAN
4 163 (19.59%) VPN
5 126 (15.14%) Wireless
6 120 (14.42%) DNS
7 110 (13.22%) TCP/IP
8 91 (10.94%) Network Security
9 90 (10.82%) Internet
9 90 (10.82%) MPLS
10 89 (10.70%) DHCP
10 89 (10.70%) VoIP
11 84 (10.10%) Wi-Fi
12 74 (8.89%) BGP
13 71 (8.53%) Cisco ASA
14 67 (8.05%) VLAN
15 65 (7.81%) OSPF
16 59 (7.09%) Cisco Nexus
17 56 (6.73%) SAN
18 51 (6.13%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 44 (5.29%) SQL Server
2 16 (1.92%) Data Warehouse
3 11 (1.32%) SQL Server 2012
4 10 (1.20%) MongoDB
5 9 (1.08%) MySQL
5 9 (1.08%) NoSQL
5 9 (1.08%) SQL Server 2014
5 9 (1.08%) SQL Server 2016
6 8 (0.96%) Hadoop
6 8 (0.96%) HBase
6 8 (0.96%) PostgreSQL
7 5 (0.60%) Azure SQL Database
7 5 (0.60%) DB2
8 4 (0.48%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 4 (0.48%) SAP HANA
9 3 (0.36%) Riak
10 2 (0.24%) Power BI
10 2 (0.24%) Relational Database
11 1 (0.12%) Oracle Database
11 1 (0.12%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 37 (4.45%) JIRA
2 20 (2.40%) Jenkins
3 15 (1.80%) Sonatype Nexus
4 14 (1.68%) LoadRunner
5 11 (1.32%) Git (software)
6 6 (0.72%) SonarQube
6 6 (0.72%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 5 (0.60%) Team Foundation Server
8 4 (0.48%) Vagrant
9 3 (0.36%) Bitbucket
9 3 (0.36%) GitLab
9 3 (0.36%) Subversion
10 2 (0.24%) eggPlant
10 2 (0.24%) Rational Team Concert
11 1 (0.12%) Artifactory
11 1 (0.12%) Bitbucket Server
11 1 (0.12%) JUnit
11 1 (0.12%) Maven
11 1 (0.12%) Robot Framework
11 1 (0.12%) VectorCAST
General
1 146 (17.55%) Social Skills
2 119 (14.30%) Telecoms
3 97 (11.66%) Finance
4 67 (8.05%) Public Sector
5 38 (4.57%) Analytical Skills
6 25 (3.00%) Banking
7 23 (2.76%) Presentation Skills
8 20 (2.40%) Documentation Skills
9 19 (2.28%) Organisational Skills
10 15 (1.80%) Back Office
11 12 (1.44%) Legal
12 9 (1.08%) Manufacturing
12 9 (1.08%) Marketing
13 8 (0.96%) Electronics
14 7 (0.84%) Billing
15 6 (0.72%) Influencing Skills
16 5 (0.60%) Aerospace
16 5 (0.60%) French Language
16 5 (0.60%) Law
16 5 (0.60%) Police
Job Titles
1 223 (26.80%) Network Engineer
2 160 (19.23%) Architect
3 74 (8.89%) Analyst
4 61 (7.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 60 (7.21%) Network Architect
6 54 (6.49%) Project Manager
7 45 (5.41%) Cisco Engineer
8 42 (5.05%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 40 (4.81%) Infrastructure Manager
9 40 (4.81%) Support Engineer
10 36 (4.33%) Solutions Architect
11 34 (4.09%) Technical Architect
12 33 (3.97%) Infrastructure Project Manager
13 30 (3.61%) Consultant
14 27 (3.25%) Senior Network Engineer
15 26 (3.13%) Infrastructure Architect
16 21 (2.52%) Infrastructure Analyst
17 20 (2.40%) WAN Engineer
18 19 (2.28%) Network Consultant
18 19 (2.28%) Security Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (2.16%) 802.1X
2 17 (2.04%) Middleware
3 14 (1.68%) JSON
4 7 (0.84%) Web Services
5 6 (0.72%) .NET
5 6 (0.72%) LDAP
5 6 (0.72%) XML
5 6 (0.72%) YAML
6 5 (0.60%) Node.js
7 4 (0.48%) .NET Core
7 4 (0.48%) AngularJS
7 4 (0.48%) EDI
7 4 (0.48%) HTML
7 4 (0.48%) Jinja
7 4 (0.48%) SAML
7 4 (0.48%) SAP Basis
7 4 (0.48%) SOAP
7 4 (0.48%) Spine.js
8 3 (0.36%) ASP.NET
8 3 (0.36%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 159 (19.11%) Data Centre
2 32 (3.85%) Public Cloud
2 32 (3.85%) Self-Motivation
3 31 (3.73%) Management Information System
4 25 (3.00%) Video Conferencing
5 24 (2.88%) PKI
6 21 (2.52%) Clustering
7 20 (2.40%) Driving Licence
8 18 (2.16%) Greenfield Project
9 16 (1.92%) Hybrid Cloud
10 13 (1.56%) NHS
11 12 (1.44%) Virtual Team
12 10 (1.20%) Tandem
13 9 (1.08%) Enterprise Software
13 9 (1.08%) Enterprise Storage
14 7 (0.84%) Replication
15 6 (0.72%) CCTV
15 6 (0.72%) Fibre Optics
16 5 (0.60%) iPad
16 5 (0.60%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 210 (25.24%) Windows
2 84 (10.10%) Linux
3 78 (9.38%) Windows Server
4 41 (4.93%) Windows 10
5 30 (3.61%) Windows Server 2016
6 26 (3.13%) Windows Server 2012
7 25 (3.00%) Unix
8 17 (2.04%) Windows Server 2019
9 16 (1.92%) Android
10 13 (1.56%) Apple iOS
11 12 (1.44%) Solaris
12 11 (1.32%) Windows 7
12 11 (1.32%) Windows Server 2008
13 8 (0.96%) Ubuntu
14 7 (0.84%) Mac OS
15 5 (0.60%) AIX
15 5 (0.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 4 (0.48%) Windows Server 2003
17 3 (0.36%) Oracle Linux
17 3 (0.36%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 116 (13.94%) ITIL
2 90 (10.82%) Migration
3 80 (9.62%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 77 (9.25%) Agile Software Development
4 77 (9.25%) Project Management
5 71 (8.53%) Network Architecture
6 65 (7.81%) Network Design
7 64 (7.69%) Problem-Solving
8 59 (7.09%) Disaster Recovery
9 54 (6.49%) Cybersecurity
10 49 (5.89%) Load Balancing
11 46 (5.53%) Stakeholder Management
12 42 (5.05%) Business Continuity
13 41 (4.93%) DevOps
14 39 (4.69%) Network Management
15 34 (4.09%) Project Delivery
16 31 (3.73%) PRINCE2
17 30 (3.61%) Capacity Planning
18 28 (3.37%) Information Security
18 28 (3.37%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 63 (7.57%) SQL
2 44 (5.29%) PowerShell
3 38 (4.57%) Python
4 21 (2.52%) Java
5 12 (1.44%) Bash Shell
5 12 (1.44%) JavaScript
6 10 (1.20%) Perl
7 9 (1.08%) C
8 8 (0.96%) C#
9 7 (0.84%) C++
10 5 (0.60%) Ruby
11 4 (0.48%) PHP
11 4 (0.48%) Shell Script
11 4 (0.48%) TypeScript
12 3 (0.36%) Ada
12 3 (0.36%) VB
12 3 (0.36%) VB.NET
13 2 (0.24%) PL/SQL
14 1 (0.12%) Tcl
14 1 (0.12%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 176 (21.15%) Cisco Certification
2 147 (17.67%) Security Cleared
3 118 (14.18%) CCNP
4 108 (12.98%) SC Cleared
5 84 (10.10%) CCNA
6 52 (6.25%) Degree
7 50 (6.01%) CCIE
8 28 (3.37%) DV Cleared
9 25 (3.00%) Microsoft Certification
10 19 (2.28%) CISSP
11 18 (2.16%) CCDP
12 14 (1.68%) Computer Science Degree
12 14 (1.68%) JNCIA
13 10 (1.20%) CCSE
14 9 (1.08%) BPSS Clearance
14 9 (1.08%) CCDA
14 9 (1.08%) DBS Check
14 9 (1.08%) Master's Degree
15 8 (0.96%) JNCIS
15 8 (0.96%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (3.37%) SLA
2 21 (2.52%) QA
3 16 (1.92%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 13 (1.56%) PMO
5 12 (1.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 12 (1.44%) PCI DSS
6 6 (0.72%) GDPR
7 5 (0.60%) COBIT
8 4 (0.48%) NCSC
9 3 (0.36%) Disclosure Scotland
9 3 (0.36%) HL7
9 3 (0.36%) NIST
10 2 (0.24%) Accessibility
10 2 (0.24%) GRC
10 2 (0.24%) ISO 9001
10 2 (0.24%) PMBOK
11 1 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials
11 1 (0.12%) Government Security Classifications
11 1 (0.12%) HAZOP
11 1 (0.12%) SEPA
System Software
1 192 (23.08%) Active Directory
2 141 (16.95%) VMware Infrastructure
3 71 (8.53%) Hyper-V
4 29 (3.49%) VMware ESXi
5 25 (3.00%) VMware NSX
6 19 (2.28%) Virtual Machines
7 18 (2.16%) Docker
8 15 (1.80%) NFS
9 14 (1.68%) ProxySG
10 13 (1.56%) vSphere
11 12 (1.44%) KVM
12 11 (1.32%) SRDF
12 11 (1.32%) VMware Workstation
12 11 (1.32%) Xen
13 10 (1.20%) XenApp
14 7 (0.84%) Oracle RAC
15 6 (0.72%) XenDesktop
16 5 (0.60%) Virtual Desktop
17 3 (0.36%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 3 (0.36%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 48 (5.77%) SCCM
2 42 (5.05%) Ansible
3 30 (3.61%) FortiGate
3 30 (3.61%) Terraform
4 22 (2.64%) Kubernetes
5 20 (2.40%) Microsoft Intune
6 19 (2.28%) Puppet
7 17 (2.04%) Cisco CUCM
8 15 (1.80%) NetBackup
9 12 (1.44%) CASB
9 12 (1.44%) SCOM
10 11 (1.32%) Cisco Prime
11 8 (0.96%) Active Directory Federation Services
11 8 (0.96%) SCSM
11 8 (0.96%) WSUS
12 7 (0.84%) Opscode Chef
12 7 (0.84%) Single Sign-On
13 6 (0.72%) Packer
13 6 (0.72%) vRealize
14 5 (0.60%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 395 (47.48%) Cisco
2 199 (23.92%) VMware
3 168 (20.19%) Microsoft
4 106 (12.74%) CheckPoint
5 89 (10.70%) F5
6 70 (8.41%) Juniper
7 68 (8.17%) Citrix
8 66 (7.93%) Meraki
9 59 (7.09%) Palo Alto
10 58 (6.97%) Fortinet
11 52 (6.25%) SolarWinds
12 33 (3.97%) Oracle
13 32 (3.85%) HP
14 31 (3.73%) Aruba
15 28 (3.37%) Riverbed
16 27 (3.25%) McAfee
17 26 (3.13%) Dell
18 24 (2.88%) Blue Coat
19 20 (2.40%) EMC
19 20 (2.40%) NetApp