Period
to 4 April 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West 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 4 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)
England > North West
6 months to
4 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 80 99 124
Rank change year-on-year +19 +25 -58
Contract jobs citing WAN 99 117 93
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the North West 2.44% 2.09% 1.62%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 18.23% 18.48% 12.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 62 62
Median daily rate £375 £371 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.01% +6.07% -6.67%
10th Percentile £150 £210 £157
90th Percentile £538 £500 £534
England median daily rate £400 £408 £400
% change year-on-year -1.84% +1.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 4 25
Median hourly rate £50.50 £25.67 £21.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +96.73% +18.29% +35.63%
10th Percentile £12.87 £22.58 £12.70
90th Percentile £53.00 £32.20 £33.75
England median hourly rate £25.00 £21.29 £18.85
% change year-on-year +17.41% +12.96% +10.88%

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 the North West with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 543 633 719
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 13.37% 11.28% 12.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 308 376 411
Median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £163 £206 £180
90th Percentile £575 £588 £600
England median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 35 81
Median hourly rate £33.00 £17.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +88.57% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £13.36 £13.00 £10.47
90th Percentile £53.00 £44.00 £43.75
Median hourly rate £21.00 £18.70 £20.00
% change year-on-year +12.30% -6.50% -6.98%

WAN
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing WAN as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for WAN in the North West

WAN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing WAN in the North West.

Daily rate trend for WAN in the North West

WAN
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing WAN in the North West over the 6 months to 4 April 2020.

Daily rate histogram for WAN in the North West

WAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing WAN in the North West.

Hourly rate trend for WAN in the North West

WAN
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing WAN in the North West over the 6 months to 4 April 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for WAN in the North West

WAN
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing WAN within the North West region over the 6 months to 4 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
Manchester +16 54 £400 - 26
Cheshire +28 25 £363 -8.23% 13
Lancashire +37 9 £158 -45.22% 2
Merseyside -8 6 £225 -40.40% 1
WAN
England

For the 6 months to 4 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 North West region with a requirement for WAN.

1 74 (74.75%) LAN
2 46 (46.46%) Cisco
3 37 (37.37%) Data Centre
4 33 (33.33%) Windows
4 33 (33.33%) Firewall
5 29 (29.29%) Microsoft
6 25 (25.25%) Active Directory
7 23 (23.23%) Wireless
7 23 (23.23%) MPLS
8 22 (22.22%) Cisco Certification
9 21 (21.21%) DNS
9 21 (21.21%) Security Cleared
10 19 (19.19%) VMware
11 18 (18.18%) VMware Infrastructure
11 18 (18.18%) Windows Server
12 17 (17.17%) Azure
12 17 (17.17%) DHCP
12 17 (17.17%) TCP/IP
13 16 (16.16%) BGP
13 16 (16.16%) Migration
13 16 (16.16%) Hyper-V
14 15 (15.15%) AWS
14 15 (15.15%) SC Cleared
14 15 (15.15%) SQL Server
14 15 (15.15%) CCNP
14 15 (15.15%) Citrix
14 15 (15.15%) Office 365
15 14 (14.14%) WLAN
16 13 (13.13%) MS Exchange
16 13 (13.13%) ITIL

WAN
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 (13.13%) MS Exchange
2 6 (6.06%) IIS
3 5 (5.05%) Exchange Server 2007
4 4 (4.04%) Exchange Server 2013
5 2 (2.02%) Apache
5 2 (2.02%) OpenStack
5 2 (2.02%) SharePoint
5 2 (2.02%) Skype for Business
6 1 (1.01%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 6 (6.06%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (3.03%) Line 500
2 1 (1.01%) assyst
2 1 (1.01%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (1.01%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 17 (17.17%) Azure
2 15 (15.15%) AWS
2 15 (15.15%) Office 365
3 6 (6.06%) PaaS
3 6 (6.06%) SaaS
4 4 (4.04%) IaaS
5 2 (2.02%) AWS CloudFormation
6 1 (1.01%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (1.01%) G Suite
6 1 (1.01%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 74 (74.75%) LAN
2 33 (33.33%) Firewall
3 23 (23.23%) MPLS
3 23 (23.23%) Wireless
4 21 (21.21%) DNS
5 17 (17.17%) DHCP
5 17 (17.17%) TCP/IP
6 16 (16.16%) BGP
7 14 (14.14%) WLAN
8 12 (12.12%) SAN
9 11 (11.11%) Internet
9 11 (11.11%) VPN
10 10 (10.10%) DMZ
11 9 (9.09%) Network Security
12 7 (7.07%) Cisco ASA
12 7 (7.07%) OSPF
12 7 (7.07%) VLAN
13 6 (6.06%) VoIP
13 6 (6.06%) Wi-Fi
14 5 (5.05%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (15.15%) SQL Server
2 4 (4.04%) SQL Server 2012
3 3 (3.03%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (3.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (2.02%) DB2
4 2 (2.02%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 2 (2.02%) GitLab
1 2 (2.02%) Jenkins
1 2 (2.02%) JIRA
1 2 (2.02%) TeamCity
General
1 10 (10.10%) Public Sector
1 10 (10.10%) Telecoms
2 9 (9.09%) Finance
3 8 (8.08%) Banking
3 8 (8.08%) Local Government
4 5 (5.05%) Retail
5 3 (3.03%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (1.01%) Back Office
6 1 (1.01%) Corporate Banking
6 1 (1.01%) Financial Institution
6 1 (1.01%) Housing Association
6 1 (1.01%) Investment Banking
6 1 (1.01%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 22 (22.22%) Architect
2 19 (19.19%) Network Engineer
3 13 (13.13%) Network Architect
4 10 (10.10%) Security Engineer
5 7 (7.07%) Analyst
5 7 (7.07%) Infrastructure Architect
5 7 (7.07%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 7 (7.07%) Infrastructure Manager
5 7 (7.07%) Project Manager
6 6 (6.06%) Delivery Project Manager
6 6 (6.06%) Infrastructure Delivery Manager
6 6 (6.06%) Infrastructure Project Manager
6 6 (6.06%) Network Security Engineer
6 6 (6.06%) SC Cleared Project Manager
6 6 (6.06%) Service Analyst
6 6 (6.06%) Service Desk Analyst
7 5 (5.05%) Data Centre Architect
7 5 (5.05%) Infrastructure Security Engineer
7 5 (5.05%) IT Engineer
8 4 (4.04%) Storage Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (4.04%) Web Services
2 3 (3.03%) XML
3 2 (2.02%) ModSecurity
4 1 (1.01%) .NET
4 1 (1.01%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 37 (37.37%) Data Centre
2 9 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (6.06%) Management Information System
4 4 (4.04%) Enterprise Storage
5 2 (2.02%) CESG
5 2 (2.02%) Clustering
5 2 (2.02%) CMDB
5 2 (2.02%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 2 (2.02%) Driving Licence
5 2 (2.02%) Replication
5 2 (2.02%) Self-Motivation
5 2 (2.02%) User Experience
5 2 (2.02%) Virtual Team
6 1 (1.01%) Algorithms
6 1 (1.01%) Client/Server
6 1 (1.01%) IVR
6 1 (1.01%) Life Science
6 1 (1.01%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 33 (33.33%) Windows
2 18 (18.18%) Windows Server
3 12 (12.12%) Windows Server 2008
4 6 (6.06%) Windows 10
4 6 (6.06%) Windows 7
4 6 (6.06%) Windows Server 2012
4 6 (6.06%) Windows Server 2016
5 5 (5.05%) Linux
6 2 (2.02%) Android
6 2 (2.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (2.02%) Windows NT
6 2 (2.02%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (1.01%) Apple iOS
7 1 (1.01%) Unix
7 1 (1.01%) Windows 2000
7 1 (1.01%) Windows 8
7 1 (1.01%) Windows Server 2019
7 1 (1.01%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (16.16%) Migration
2 13 (13.13%) ITIL
3 12 (12.12%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 11 (11.11%) Network Design
5 10 (10.10%) Problem-Solving
5 10 (10.10%) Service Management
6 8 (8.08%) Disaster Recovery
6 8 (8.08%) Network Management
6 8 (8.08%) Project Delivery
6 8 (8.08%) Project Management
6 8 (8.08%) Server Management
6 8 (8.08%) Stakeholder Management
7 7 (7.07%) Programme Management
8 6 (6.06%) Capacity Management
8 6 (6.06%) Change Management
8 6 (6.06%) Cybersecurity
8 6 (6.06%) PRINCE2
8 6 (6.06%) Risk Management
8 6 (6.06%) Server Virtualisation
8 6 (6.06%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 13 (13.13%) SQL
2 8 (8.08%) PowerShell
3 5 (5.05%) Python
4 1 (1.01%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 22 (22.22%) Cisco Certification
2 21 (21.21%) Security Cleared
3 15 (15.15%) CCNP
3 15 (15.15%) SC Cleared
4 7 (7.07%) CCIE
4 7 (7.07%) CCNA
5 5 (5.05%) BC Cleared
6 2 (2.02%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (2.02%) CCIE Data Center
6 2 (2.02%) CCSE
6 2 (2.02%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (1.01%) ACSA
7 1 (1.01%) ACSP
7 1 (1.01%) CCIE Routing and Switching
7 1 (1.01%) Degree
7 1 (1.01%) HND
7 1 (1.01%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 1 (1.01%) MCSE
7 1 (1.01%) TOGAF Certification
7 1 (1.01%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (7.07%) SLA
2 6 (6.06%) PMO
2 6 (6.06%) RMADS
3 4 (4.04%) BS7799
3 4 (4.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 25 (25.25%) Active Directory
2 18 (18.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (16.16%) Hyper-V
4 8 (8.08%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 8 (8.08%) XenApp
5 3 (3.03%) Virtual Machines
5 3 (3.03%) VMware NSX
6 2 (2.02%) Firmware
7 1 (1.01%) BitLocker
7 1 (1.01%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (1.01%) VMware Server
7 1 (1.01%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 12 (12.12%) SCOM
2 8 (8.08%) SCCM
2 8 (8.08%) vRealize
3 5 (5.05%) FortiGate
4 4 (4.04%) SCOrch
5 3 (3.03%) Failover Clustering
5 3 (3.03%) Microsoft Clustering
5 3 (3.03%) NetBackup
6 2 (2.02%) Terraform
6 2 (2.02%) WSUS
7 1 (1.01%) Amdocs OSS
7 1 (1.01%) Backup Exec
7 1 (1.01%) Cisco Prime
7 1 (1.01%) Icinga
7 1 (1.01%) Observium
7 1 (1.01%) Puppet
7 1 (1.01%) Red Hat Satellite
Vendors
1 46 (46.46%) Cisco
2 29 (29.29%) Microsoft
3 19 (19.19%) VMware
4 15 (15.15%) Citrix
5 10 (10.10%) CheckPoint
5 10 (10.10%) Meraki
6 8 (8.08%) F5
7 7 (7.07%) Juniper
8 6 (6.06%) EMC
8 6 (6.06%) Palo Alto
9 5 (5.05%) Aruba
9 5 (5.05%) BT
9 5 (5.05%) Fortinet
9 5 (5.05%) SolarWinds
10 4 (4.04%) Dell
10 4 (4.04%) EqualLogic
10 4 (4.04%) Ivanti
10 4 (4.04%) NetApp
10 4 (4.04%) Sophos
11 3 (3.03%) ServiceNow