Period
to 7 March 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in London 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 7 March 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)
England > London
6 months to
7 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 219 191 182
Rank change year-on-year -28 -9 +21
Contract jobs citing WAN 223 388 676
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 1.12% 1.42% 1.57%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 12.05% 13.09% 15.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 203 297 494
Median daily rate £475 £378 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +25.83% -11.18% +6.25%
10th Percentile £278 £163 £177
90th Percentile £600 £600 £622
England median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 12 18
Median hourly rate - £44.39 £39.59
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +12.12% +132.88%
England median hourly rate £24.31 £25.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -2.75% +11.11% +32.35%

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 London with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 1,851 2,964 4,506
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 9.31% 10.88% 10.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,267 2,084 3,106
Median daily rate £475 £450 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% -5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £263 £185 £200
90th Percentile £650 £650 £650
England median daily rate £425 £420 £425
% change year-on-year +1.19% -1.18% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 85 105
Median hourly rate £29.98 £21.25 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +41.06% -3.41% +17.65%
10th Percentile £21.13 £14.37 £14.00
90th Percentile £63.88 £49.50 £47.34
Median hourly rate £25.00 £20.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year +21.95% +13.89% -7.69%

WAN
Job Vacancy Trend in London

Job postings citing WAN as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in London.

Job vacancy trend for WAN in London

WAN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing WAN in London.

Daily rate trend for WAN in London

WAN
Daily Rate Histogram in London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing WAN in London over the 6 months to 7 March 2021.

Daily rate histogram for WAN in London

WAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing WAN in London.

Hourly rate trend for WAN in London

WAN
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing WAN within the London region over the 6 months to 7 March 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
Central London +32 45 £518 +42.76% 14
East London +23 6 £403 -2.42% 5
West London +5 5 £534 +77.95% 5
South London +32 3 £419 -16.25% 4
WAN
England

For the 6 months to 7 March 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 London region with a requirement for WAN.

1 152 (68.16%) LAN
2 109 (48.88%) Cisco
3 100 (44.84%) Firewall
4 82 (36.77%) Azure
5 68 (30.49%) Windows
6 67 (30.04%) VPN
7 58 (26.01%) Microsoft
8 57 (25.56%) Data Centre
9 56 (25.11%) Finance
10 54 (24.22%) VMware
11 51 (22.87%) Wireless
12 49 (21.97%) AWS
13 47 (21.08%) Active Directory
14 43 (19.28%) Microsoft 365
15 41 (18.39%) VMware Infrastructure
15 41 (18.39%) Cisco Certification
16 34 (15.25%) Linux
17 33 (14.80%) PaaS
18 32 (14.35%) Palo Alto
19 31 (13.90%) Cisco Nexus
20 30 (13.45%) Wi-Fi
21 29 (13.00%) Internet
21 29 (13.00%) IaaS
21 29 (13.00%) F5
22 28 (12.56%) SIEM
22 28 (12.56%) SC Cleared
22 28 (12.56%) Security Cleared
22 28 (12.56%) TCP/IP
23 26 (11.66%) ITIL
23 26 (11.66%) CCNP

WAN
Co-occurring IT Skills in London 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 13 (5.83%) WebSphere
2 9 (4.04%) SharePoint
3 5 (2.24%) Confluence
3 5 (2.24%) Skype for Business
4 4 (1.79%) Cloud Foundry
4 4 (1.79%) CMS
4 4 (1.79%) Tomcat
4 4 (1.79%) WebSphere Application Server
5 2 (0.90%) MS Exchange
6 1 (0.45%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.45%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (0.45%) nginx
6 1 (0.45%) OpenStack
Applications
1 7 (3.14%) MS Visio
2 5 (2.24%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (1.35%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.90%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 4 (1.79%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 82 (36.77%) Azure
2 49 (21.97%) AWS
3 43 (19.28%) Microsoft 365
4 33 (14.80%) PaaS
5 29 (13.00%) IaaS
6 17 (7.62%) SaaS
7 16 (7.17%) GCP
8 11 (4.93%) Azure Active Directory
9 9 (4.04%) GitHub
10 8 (3.59%) Cloud Computing
11 5 (2.24%) Power Automate
12 4 (1.79%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 4 (1.79%) Amazon EC2
12 4 (1.79%) Amazon S3
12 4 (1.79%) Route 53
13 3 (1.35%) Azure ExpressRoute
13 3 (1.35%) OpenShift
14 2 (0.90%) Dynamics 365
14 2 (0.90%) IBM Cloud
15 1 (0.45%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 152 (68.16%) LAN
2 100 (44.84%) Firewall
3 67 (30.04%) VPN
4 51 (22.87%) Wireless
5 31 (13.90%) Cisco Nexus
6 30 (13.45%) Wi-Fi
7 29 (13.00%) Internet
8 28 (12.56%) TCP/IP
9 25 (11.21%) DNS
9 25 (11.21%) MPLS
10 24 (10.76%) OSPF
11 22 (9.87%) Cisco ASA
11 22 (9.87%) Network Security
12 21 (9.42%) BGP
13 20 (8.97%) Intranet
13 20 (8.97%) Multicast
14 19 (8.52%) DMZ
15 15 (6.73%) VoIP
16 14 (6.28%) DHCP
16 14 (6.28%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (4.04%) DB2
2 8 (3.59%) MongoDB
3 4 (1.79%) Hadoop
3 4 (1.79%) HBase
3 4 (1.79%) NoSQL
4 2 (0.90%) Data Lake
4 2 (0.90%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (0.90%) SQL Server
5 1 (0.45%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (0.45%) Big Data
5 1 (0.45%) Ingres
5 1 (0.45%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.45%) Power BI
5 1 (0.45%) SAP BW
5 1 (0.45%) Snowflake Schema
Development Applications
1 9 (4.04%) Jenkins
2 8 (3.59%) JIRA
2 8 (3.59%) Sonatype Nexus
3 6 (2.69%) Git (software)
4 4 (1.79%) Bitbucket Server
4 4 (1.79%) SonarQube
5 1 (0.45%) Bitbucket
5 1 (0.45%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 56 (25.11%) Finance
2 24 (10.76%) Telecoms
3 11 (4.93%) Banking
4 9 (4.04%) Public Sector
5 5 (2.24%) Billing
6 4 (1.79%) Financial Institution
7 3 (1.35%) Investment Banking
7 3 (1.35%) Police
8 2 (0.90%) Advertising
8 2 (0.90%) Law
8 2 (0.90%) Legal
8 2 (0.90%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.90%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.45%) Electronics
9 1 (0.45%) Marketing
9 1 (0.45%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 60 (26.91%) Architect
2 43 (19.28%) Network Engineer
3 18 (8.07%) Azure Engineer
4 17 (7.62%) Analyst
4 17 (7.62%) Network Architect
5 15 (6.73%) Infrastructure Architect
5 15 (6.73%) Solutions Architect
6 14 (6.28%) Security Engineer
7 11 (4.93%) Senior Network Engineer
8 10 (4.48%) Azure Specialist
8 10 (4.48%) Cloud Architect
8 10 (4.48%) Project Manager
9 9 (4.04%) Cisco Engineer
9 9 (4.04%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 9 (4.04%) Support Engineer
10 8 (3.59%) Security Specialist
11 7 (3.14%) Infrastructure Solutions Architect
11 7 (3.14%) Office 365 Engineer
11 7 (3.14%) Office 365 Specialist
11 7 (3.14%) WAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (4.04%) WebSphere MQ
2 8 (3.59%) JSON
3 6 (2.69%) 802.1X
3 6 (2.69%) REST
4 5 (2.24%) Jinja
4 5 (2.24%) Middleware
4 5 (2.24%) SOAP
5 4 (1.79%) .NET
5 4 (1.79%) WebRTC
5 4 (1.79%) YAML
6 3 (1.35%) ASP.NET
6 3 (1.35%) Ruby on Rails
6 3 (1.35%) Web Services
7 2 (0.90%) Velocity
8 1 (0.45%) AngularJS
8 1 (0.45%) Dojo
8 1 (0.45%) Ember.js
8 1 (0.45%) FIX Protocol
8 1 (0.45%) jQuery
8 1 (0.45%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 57 (25.56%) Data Centre
2 20 (8.97%) Self-Motivation
3 16 (7.17%) PKI
4 14 (6.28%) Video Conferencing
5 13 (5.83%) Analytical Skills
5 13 (5.83%) Public Cloud
6 10 (4.48%) Private Cloud
7 9 (4.04%) Management Information System
7 9 (4.04%) Tandem
8 6 (2.69%) Mobile App
9 5 (2.24%) User Experience
10 4 (1.79%) Hedge funds
10 4 (1.79%) Hybrid Cloud
10 4 (1.79%) NHS
10 4 (1.79%) Virtual Team
11 3 (1.35%) Cyber Kill Chain
11 3 (1.35%) Enterprise Cloud
11 3 (1.35%) iPad
11 3 (1.35%) iPhone
11 3 (1.35%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 68 (30.49%) Windows
2 34 (15.25%) Linux
3 21 (9.42%) Windows Server
4 16 (7.17%) Windows 10
5 10 (4.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 7 (3.14%) Solaris
6 7 (3.14%) Windows 7
7 5 (2.24%) Android
7 5 (2.24%) Unix
7 5 (2.24%) Windows Server 2008
8 4 (1.79%) Apple iOS
9 3 (1.35%) Mac OS
9 3 (1.35%) Windows 8
9 3 (1.35%) Windows Server 2012
9 3 (1.35%) Windows Server 2016
9 3 (1.35%) Windows XP
10 2 (0.90%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.45%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (12.56%) SIEM
2 26 (11.66%) ITIL
3 25 (11.21%) Migration
4 24 (10.76%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 22 (9.87%) DevOps
6 21 (9.42%) Agile Software Development
7 17 (7.62%) Load Balancing
7 17 (7.62%) Stakeholder Management
8 16 (7.17%) Infrastructure as Code
9 15 (6.73%) Change Management
10 13 (5.83%) TOGAF
11 12 (5.38%) Benchmarking
11 12 (5.38%) Cybersecurity
11 12 (5.38%) Network Design
11 12 (5.38%) Problem-Solving
12 11 (4.93%) Collaborative Working
12 11 (4.93%) Performance Tuning
12 11 (4.93%) Technical Leadership
13 10 (4.48%) Network Virtualisation
13 10 (4.48%) Thought Leadership
Programming Languages
1 13 (5.83%) Python
2 6 (2.69%) C
3 5 (2.24%) Java
3 5 (2.24%) PowerShell
4 4 (1.79%) PHP
4 4 (1.79%) SQL
5 2 (0.90%) Perl
5 2 (0.90%) Shell Script
6 1 (0.45%) Bash Shell
6 1 (0.45%) Embedded C
6 1 (0.45%) R
Qualifications
1 41 (18.39%) Cisco Certification
2 28 (12.56%) SC Cleared
2 28 (12.56%) Security Cleared
3 26 (11.66%) CCNP
4 22 (9.87%) CCIE
5 14 (6.28%) Microsoft Certification
6 13 (5.83%) CCNA
7 10 (4.48%) CISSP
8 9 (4.04%) MCSA
9 8 (3.59%) CCDP
9 8 (3.59%) MCSE
9 8 (3.59%) TOGAF Certification
10 7 (3.14%) RHCA
11 6 (2.69%) CCDA
11 6 (2.69%) Degree
12 3 (1.35%) (ISC)2 CCSP
12 3 (1.35%) CCSP
12 3 (1.35%) Check Point Certification
12 3 (1.35%) CISM
12 3 (1.35%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (4.04%) NIST
2 7 (3.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (1.79%) PMO
3 4 (1.79%) SLA
4 3 (1.35%) COBIT
4 3 (1.35%) GDPR
5 2 (0.90%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 2 (0.90%) QA
5 2 (0.90%) SEPA
6 1 (0.45%) HAZOP
6 1 (0.45%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 1 (0.45%) ISO 22301
6 1 (0.45%) NIST 800
6 1 (0.45%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 47 (21.08%) Active Directory
2 41 (18.39%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (7.17%) vSphere
4 15 (6.73%) Hyper-V
4 15 (6.73%) VMware ESXi
5 12 (5.38%) Docker
6 11 (4.93%) KVM
7 8 (3.59%) VMware NSX
7 8 (3.59%) Xen
8 7 (3.14%) Virtual Machines
9 5 (2.24%) NFS
10 4 (1.79%) Oracle RAC
10 4 (1.79%) ProxySG
10 4 (1.79%) SRDF
11 2 (0.90%) Virtual Desktop
12 1 (0.45%) Snort
12 1 (0.45%) Terminal Server
12 1 (0.45%) vCloud
12 1 (0.45%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 17 (7.62%) Terraform
2 14 (6.28%) Kubernetes
3 12 (5.38%) Ansible
4 9 (4.04%) Cisco CUCM
5 8 (3.59%) Cisco Prime
5 8 (3.59%) Packer
6 7 (3.14%) Puppet
6 7 (3.14%) SCCM
7 3 (1.35%) EMC VPLEX
7 3 (1.35%) Nessus
7 3 (1.35%) Single Sign-On
7 3 (1.35%) SolarWinds Orion
8 2 (0.90%) AirWatch
8 2 (0.90%) CA Spectrum
8 2 (0.90%) CASB
8 2 (0.90%) CSIRT
8 2 (0.90%) HAProxy
8 2 (0.90%) Microsoft Intune
8 2 (0.90%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (0.90%) Salt
Vendors
1 109 (48.88%) Cisco
2 58 (26.01%) Microsoft
3 54 (24.22%) VMware
4 32 (14.35%) Palo Alto
5 29 (13.00%) F5
6 24 (10.76%) Citrix
7 23 (10.31%) CheckPoint
8 18 (8.07%) SolarWinds
9 17 (7.62%) Juniper
10 15 (6.73%) Fortinet
11 12 (5.38%) Meraki
12 11 (4.93%) IBM
13 10 (4.48%) Dell
13 10 (4.48%) EMC
13 10 (4.48%) HP
13 10 (4.48%) Red Hat
14 8 (3.59%) Blue Coat
14 8 (3.59%) Oracle
15 7 (3.14%) Remedy
15 7 (3.14%) Riverbed