Period
to 25 January 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 25 January 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
25 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 144 120 157
Rank change year-on-year -24 +37 +4
Contract jobs citing WAN 614 1,337 1,680
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.77% 2.05% 1.84%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.32% 15.02% 14.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 503 916 1,125
Median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £206 £180 £191
90th Percentile £575 £566 £575
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 64 75
Median hourly rate £25.00 £21.50 £23.15
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.28% -7.13% +35.18%
10th Percentile £15.15 £11.91 £11.91
90th Percentile £64.50 £51.75 £47.09
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £20.11 £23.00
% change year-on-year +24.35% -12.59% +36.42%

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 4,288 8,899 11,717
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 12.37% 13.67% 12.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,718 5,560 7,241
Median daily rate £425 £413 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% -2.94% +3.66%
10th Percentile £200 £183 £200
90th Percentile £613 £600 £613
UK median daily rate £438 £410 £425
% change year-on-year +6.71% -3.53% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 218 467 502
Median hourly rate £32.50 £21.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +54.76% +16.67% -2.70%
10th Percentile £12.96 £13.25 £12.00
90th Percentile £58.00 £53.00 £47.50
Median hourly rate £34.00 £21.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year +58.14% +19.44% -2.70%

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 25 January 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 25 January 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 25 January 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 -34 209 £450 +20.00% 53
South East +5 133 £375 -11.76% 49
Midlands -16 71 £335 -13.55% 35
North of England -11 70 £365 -1.35% 79
South West +63 68 £375 - 25
North West +5 50 £375 -6.25% 50
East of England +26 46 £359 -10.31% 7
West Midlands -23 44 £340 -15.00% 21
East Midlands +19 24 £250 -33.33% 14
Yorkshire -3 18 £338 -3.57% 17
North East +6 2 £300 -16.96% 12
WAN
UK

For the 6 months to 25 January 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.

1 442 (71.99%) LAN
2 350 (57.00%) Cisco
3 296 (48.21%) Firewall
4 184 (29.97%) Windows
5 166 (27.04%) VPN
6 158 (25.73%) Security Cleared
7 153 (24.92%) Azure
7 153 (24.92%) Microsoft
8 152 (24.76%) Cisco Certification
9 135 (21.99%) Active Directory
10 127 (20.68%) VMware
11 125 (20.36%) Wireless
12 124 (20.20%) Data Centre
13 111 (18.08%) SC Cleared
14 108 (17.59%) CCNP
15 101 (16.45%) Office 365
16 97 (15.80%) DNS
17 92 (14.98%) Linux
18 88 (14.33%) CCNA
19 86 (14.01%) Juniper
20 85 (13.84%) MPLS
21 82 (13.36%) VMware Infrastructure
22 81 (13.19%) TCP/IP
23 77 (12.54%) Wi-Fi
24 76 (12.38%) ITIL
25 73 (11.89%) F5
26 72 (11.73%) AWS
26 72 (11.73%) DHCP
27 70 (11.40%) CheckPoint
28 67 (10.91%) 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 26 (4.23%) SharePoint
2 19 (3.09%) Skype for Business
3 13 (2.12%) MS Exchange
3 13 (2.12%) WebSphere
4 6 (0.98%) Exchange Server 2010
4 6 (0.98%) JBoss
4 6 (0.98%) NetWeaver
5 5 (0.81%) Confluence
6 4 (0.65%) Cloud Foundry
6 4 (0.65%) CMS
7 3 (0.49%) Elasticsearch
7 3 (0.49%) IIS
8 2 (0.33%) Exchange Server 2013
8 2 (0.33%) OpenStack
9 1 (0.16%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 1 (0.16%) nginx
9 1 (0.16%) Smallworld
Applications
1 34 (5.54%) Microsoft Office
2 24 (3.91%) MS Visio
3 13 (2.12%) Microsoft Excel
4 5 (0.81%) Microsoft Project
5 4 (0.65%) CATIA
6 1 (0.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (0.98%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 153 (24.92%) Azure
2 101 (16.45%) Office 365
3 72 (11.73%) AWS
4 38 (6.19%) PaaS
5 31 (5.05%) Azure Active Directory
5 31 (5.05%) IaaS
6 28 (4.56%) SaaS
7 21 (3.42%) GCP
8 17 (2.77%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 11 (1.79%) Cloud Computing
9 11 (1.79%) OneDrive
10 6 (0.98%) GitHub
11 5 (0.81%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 5 (0.81%) Power Automate
12 4 (0.65%) Amazon EC2
12 4 (0.65%) Amazon S3
12 4 (0.65%) OpenShift
12 4 (0.65%) Route 53
13 3 (0.49%) AWS CloudFormation
13 3 (0.49%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 442 (71.99%) LAN
2 296 (48.21%) Firewall
3 166 (27.04%) VPN
4 125 (20.36%) Wireless
5 97 (15.80%) DNS
6 85 (13.84%) MPLS
7 81 (13.19%) TCP/IP
8 77 (12.54%) Wi-Fi
9 72 (11.73%) DHCP
10 67 (10.91%) Network Security
11 65 (10.59%) BGP
11 65 (10.59%) OSPF
12 63 (10.26%) Cisco Nexus
12 63 (10.26%) Internet
13 55 (8.96%) Cisco ASA
13 55 (8.96%) VLAN
14 53 (8.63%) VoIP
15 37 (6.03%) IPsec
16 35 (5.70%) EIGRP
17 33 (5.37%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (2.12%) DB2
2 12 (1.95%) SQL Server
3 9 (1.47%) HBase
4 8 (1.30%) Hadoop
5 7 (1.14%) Azure SQL Database
5 7 (1.14%) Cosmos DB
6 6 (0.98%) MySQL
6 6 (0.98%) SAP HANA
7 4 (0.65%) MongoDB
7 4 (0.65%) NoSQL
8 3 (0.49%) Power BI
9 2 (0.33%) Data Lake
9 2 (0.33%) Data Warehouse
9 2 (0.33%) PostgreSQL
10 1 (0.16%) Amazon RDS
10 1 (0.16%) Big Data
10 1 (0.16%) GIS
10 1 (0.16%) RDBMS
10 1 (0.16%) Riak
10 1 (0.16%) Snowflake Schema
Development Applications
1 23 (3.75%) JIRA
2 11 (1.79%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 10 (1.63%) Git (software)
4 9 (1.47%) Jenkins
5 4 (0.65%) Bitbucket Server
5 4 (0.65%) SonarQube
6 3 (0.49%) TestDirector
7 2 (0.33%) Sonatype Nexus
8 1 (0.16%) Ant
8 1 (0.16%) Bitbucket
8 1 (0.16%) Fiddler
8 1 (0.16%) GitLab
8 1 (0.16%) Introscope
8 1 (0.16%) JMeter
8 1 (0.16%) LoadRunner
8 1 (0.16%) Subversion
8 1 (0.16%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 64 (10.42%) Finance
2 62 (10.10%) Telecoms
3 34 (5.54%) Public Sector
4 16 (2.61%) Banking
5 9 (1.47%) Retail
6 8 (1.30%) Billing
6 8 (1.30%) Pharmaceutical
7 6 (0.98%) Manufacturing
8 5 (0.81%) Automotive
8 5 (0.81%) Financial Institution
9 4 (0.65%) Publishing
10 3 (0.49%) Advertising
10 3 (0.49%) Aerospace
10 3 (0.49%) Investment Banking
10 3 (0.49%) Police
11 2 (0.33%) German Language
11 2 (0.33%) Law
11 2 (0.33%) Marketing
11 2 (0.33%) Military
11 2 (0.33%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 168 (27.36%) Network Engineer
2 134 (21.82%) Architect
3 59 (9.61%) Network Architect
4 39 (6.35%) Analyst
5 37 (6.03%) Support Engineer
6 36 (5.86%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 30 (4.89%) Cisco Engineer
8 29 (4.72%) Consultant
9 28 (4.56%) Cisco Network Engineer
10 26 (4.23%) Infrastructure Architect
11 24 (3.91%) Network Support
11 24 (3.91%) Senior Network Engineer
12 21 (3.42%) Solutions Architect
13 20 (3.26%) Azure Engineer
14 18 (2.93%) Network Support Engineer
15 16 (2.61%) Security Engineer
16 15 (2.44%) Cloud Architect
16 15 (2.44%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
16 15 (2.44%) Network Analyst
16 15 (2.44%) WAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (3.58%) 802.1X
2 11 (1.79%) JSON
3 9 (1.47%) .NET
4 8 (1.30%) REST
5 7 (1.14%) Middleware
5 7 (1.14%) WebSphere MQ
6 6 (0.98%) SAP Basis
6 6 (0.98%) SOAP
7 5 (0.81%) Web Services
8 4 (0.65%) ASP.NET
8 4 (0.65%) Ruby on Rails
8 4 (0.65%) WebRTC
8 4 (0.65%) YAML
9 3 (0.49%) XML
10 2 (0.33%) Elastic Stack
10 2 (0.33%) FIX Protocol
10 2 (0.33%) XMPP
11 1 (0.16%) .NET Framework
11 1 (0.16%) Velocity
11 1 (0.16%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 124 (20.20%) Data Centre
2 28 (4.56%) PKI
2 28 (4.56%) Public Cloud
3 26 (4.23%) Analytical Skills
4 25 (4.07%) Self-Motivation
5 23 (3.75%) Video Conferencing
6 14 (2.28%) Management Information System
6 14 (2.28%) NHS
7 12 (1.95%) Private Cloud
8 9 (1.47%) Driving Licence
8 9 (1.47%) Hybrid Cloud
8 9 (1.47%) User Experience
9 7 (1.14%) iPhone
9 7 (1.14%) Tandem
10 6 (0.98%) Internet of Things
10 6 (0.98%) Linux Command Line
10 6 (0.98%) Mobile App
10 6 (0.98%) Replication
10 6 (0.98%) Robotics
11 5 (0.81%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 184 (29.97%) Windows
2 92 (14.98%) Linux
3 64 (10.42%) Windows Server
4 54 (8.79%) Windows 10
5 30 (4.89%) Unix
6 22 (3.58%) Windows 7
7 21 (3.42%) Windows Server 2016
8 19 (3.09%) Ubuntu
9 17 (2.77%) Windows Server 2012
10 12 (1.95%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 11 (1.79%) Windows Server 2008
12 9 (1.47%) Apple iOS
12 9 (1.47%) Windows Server 2003
13 8 (1.30%) Solaris
13 8 (1.30%) VMS
14 7 (1.14%) Windows Server 2019
15 6 (0.98%) Android
15 6 (0.98%) Mac OS
16 5 (0.81%) AIX
17 4 (0.65%) NetWare
Processes & Methodologies
1 76 (12.38%) ITIL
2 66 (10.75%) Migration
3 54 (8.79%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 51 (8.31%) Load Balancing
5 48 (7.82%) Network Design
6 45 (7.33%) Agile Software Development
7 41 (6.68%) DevOps
8 34 (5.54%) Change Management
9 33 (5.37%) Service Management
10 31 (5.05%) Network Management
11 30 (4.89%) Kalman Filter
12 29 (4.72%) Network Architecture
12 29 (4.72%) Project Delivery
12 29 (4.72%) TOGAF
13 27 (4.40%) SIEM
14 26 (4.23%) High Availability
15 25 (4.07%) Problem-Solving
16 24 (3.91%) Web Filtering
17 23 (3.75%) Disaster Recovery
17 23 (3.75%) Network Virtualisation
Programming Languages
1 46 (7.49%) Python
2 19 (3.09%) C
3 18 (2.93%) PowerShell
4 14 (2.28%) SQL
5 8 (1.30%) Perl
6 7 (1.14%) Bash Shell
6 7 (1.14%) Shell Script
7 5 (0.81%) PHP
8 4 (0.65%) C#
8 4 (0.65%) MATLAB
9 3 (0.49%) AWK
9 3 (0.49%) Java
9 3 (0.49%) Ruby
9 3 (0.49%) sed
10 2 (0.33%) Ada
10 2 (0.33%) Embedded C
10 2 (0.33%) JavaScript
11 1 (0.16%) C++
11 1 (0.16%) Korn
11 1 (0.16%) R
Qualifications
1 158 (25.73%) Security Cleared
2 152 (24.76%) Cisco Certification
3 111 (18.08%) SC Cleared
4 108 (17.59%) CCNP
5 88 (14.33%) CCNA
6 44 (7.17%) CCIE
7 37 (6.03%) DV Cleared
8 34 (5.54%) Microsoft Certification
9 26 (4.23%) Degree
10 19 (3.09%) MCSE
11 15 (2.44%) CISSP
12 14 (2.28%) CCDP
13 13 (2.12%) BPSS Clearance
13 13 (2.12%) CCDA
14 12 (1.95%) MCSA
15 11 (1.79%) TOGAF Certification
16 9 (1.47%) BC Cleared
17 7 (1.14%) Computer Science Degree
18 6 (0.98%) RHCA
19 4 (0.65%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (1.79%) QA
2 10 (1.63%) COBIT
2 10 (1.63%) NIST
2 10 (1.63%) SLA
3 9 (1.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 9 (1.47%) PCI DSS
4 8 (1.30%) GDPR
5 3 (0.49%) Cyber Essentials
5 3 (0.49%) PMO
6 2 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 2 (0.33%) JSP 440
7 1 (0.16%) HL7
7 1 (0.16%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 1 (0.16%) ISO 22301
7 1 (0.16%) NCSC
7 1 (0.16%) NIST 800
7 1 (0.16%) SEPA
System Software
1 135 (21.99%) Active Directory
2 82 (13.36%) VMware Infrastructure
3 36 (5.86%) VMware NSX
4 31 (5.05%) vSphere
5 30 (4.89%) Hyper-V
6 24 (3.91%) VMware ESXi
7 16 (2.61%) Docker
8 9 (1.47%) HDFS
9 7 (1.14%) KVM
9 7 (1.14%) Virtual Machines
10 6 (0.98%) XenApp
11 5 (0.81%) XenDesktop
12 4 (0.65%) Firmware
12 4 (0.65%) ProxySG
12 4 (0.65%) Virtual Desktop
12 4 (0.65%) Xen
13 3 (0.49%) Snort
13 3 (0.49%) vCloud
14 2 (0.33%) Virtual Servers
15 1 (0.16%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 41 (6.68%) Ansible
2 35 (5.70%) SCCM
3 27 (4.40%) Microsoft Intune
4 18 (2.93%) Kubernetes
5 16 (2.61%) FortiGate
6 15 (2.44%) vCenter Server
7 14 (2.28%) Cisco Prime
8 12 (1.95%) Terraform
9 8 (1.30%) Cisco CUCM
10 6 (0.98%) Nessus
10 6 (0.98%) Single Sign-On
11 5 (0.81%) Norton AntiVirus
11 5 (0.81%) Packer
12 4 (0.65%) Opscode Chef
12 4 (0.65%) Puppet
12 4 (0.65%) QRadar
12 4 (0.65%) SolarWinds Orion
13 3 (0.49%) AirWatch
13 3 (0.49%) EMC VPLEX
13 3 (0.49%) Trend Micro Deep Security
Vendors
1 350 (57.00%) Cisco
2 153 (24.92%) Microsoft
3 127 (20.68%) VMware
4 86 (14.01%) Juniper
5 73 (11.89%) F5
6 70 (11.40%) CheckPoint
7 59 (9.61%) Palo Alto
8 51 (8.31%) Citrix
9 44 (7.17%) SolarWinds
10 37 (6.03%) Meraki
11 35 (5.70%) Dell
12 34 (5.54%) Fortinet
13 27 (4.40%) Blue Coat
14 24 (3.91%) EMC
14 24 (3.91%) Red Hat
15 23 (3.75%) Aruba
15 23 (3.75%) Oracle
16 22 (3.58%) HP
17 19 (3.09%) Avaya
18 15 (2.44%) Veeam