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 3 months to 23 June 2017 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
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 93 87 70
Rank change year-on-year -6 -17  
Contract jobs citing WAN 47 77 82
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.60% 2.01% 2.19%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 10.28% 13.37% 16.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 40 39
Median daily rate £325 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -13.33% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £414 £465 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 8 9
Median hourly rate £13.08 £12.50 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.60% -13.79%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £66.65 £13.45 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.00 £22.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year +18.18% -4.34%  

WAN is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next 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 and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 457 576 494
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 15.53% 15.06% 13.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 239 325 248
Median daily rate £365 £378 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.43% +16.30%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £260 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £347
% change year-on-year +2.73% +5.04%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 24 46
Median hourly rate £16.75 £14.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.64% -17.64%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £12.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £68.00 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £32.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year -15.38% +25.00%  

WAN
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing WAN as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

Job vacancy trend for WAN in the North West

WAN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing WAN in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for WAN in the North West

WAN
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing WAN in the North West over the 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for WAN in the North West

WAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing WAN in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for WAN in the North West

WAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing WAN in the North West over the 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor 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 3 months to 23 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -1 20 £236 -37.06% 31
Cheshire +22 17 £338 +8.00% 15
Lancashire -1 5 £430 +4.24% 2
Merseyside -9 2 £301 -24.68% 3
Cumbria - 2 £363 -
WAN
England

For the 6 months to 23 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing WAN also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for WAN.

1 106 (93.81%) LAN
2 58 (51.33%) Firewall
3 52 (46.02%) Windows
4 50 (44.25%) Cisco
5 41 (36.28%) TCP/IP
6 39 (34.51%) VPN
7 33 (29.20%) Cisco Certification
8 30 (26.55%) DNS
9 29 (25.66%) VoIP
9 29 (25.66%) ITIL
10 26 (23.01%) Unix
10 26 (23.01%) Data Centre
11 25 (22.12%) Microsoft
11 25 (22.12%) CCNA
12 24 (21.24%) Juniper
12 24 (21.24%) Linux
13 23 (20.35%) CheckPoint
14 22 (19.47%) VMware
15 21 (18.58%) CCNP
16 20 (17.70%) Security Cleared
16 20 (17.70%) Cisco ASA
16 20 (17.70%) Windows Server
17 19 (16.81%) SC Cleared
17 19 (16.81%) Network Monitoring
17 19 (16.81%) IBM
17 19 (16.81%) Active Directory
17 19 (16.81%) Wireless
18 18 (15.93%) DHCP
18 18 (15.93%) Splunk
19 17 (15.04%) LogRhythm

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 10 (8.85%) IIS
2 7 (6.19%) MS Exchange
3 4 (3.54%) Apache
4 3 (2.65%) Exchange Server 2010
4 3 (2.65%) SharePoint
5 2 (1.77%) Exchange Server 2013
5 2 (1.77%) Jetty
5 2 (1.77%) Mongrel
5 2 (1.77%) nginx
5 2 (1.77%) SharePoint 2013
5 2 (1.77%) Skype for Business
5 2 (1.77%) Tomcat
5 2 (1.77%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.88%) Confluence
6 1 (0.88%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 7 (6.19%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 9 (7.96%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (5.31%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (5.31%) Office 365
3 2 (1.77%) Amazon EC2
3 2 (1.77%) Google App Engine
3 2 (1.77%) Google Cloud Platform
4 1 (0.88%) Akamai
4 1 (0.88%) Amazon S3
4 1 (0.88%) IBM Cloud
4 1 (0.88%) SoftLayer
4 1 (0.88%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 106 (93.81%) LAN
2 58 (51.33%) Firewall
3 41 (36.28%) TCP/IP
4 39 (34.51%) VPN
5 30 (26.55%) DNS
6 29 (25.66%) VoIP
7 20 (17.70%) Cisco ASA
8 19 (16.81%) Wireless
9 18 (15.93%) DHCP
10 17 (15.04%) MPLS
11 13 (11.50%) BGP
11 13 (11.50%) EIGRP
11 13 (11.50%) VLAN
12 12 (10.62%) Wi-Fi
13 11 (9.73%) OSPF
14 10 (8.85%) Cisco IOS
14 10 (8.85%) SAN
15 9 (7.96%) Cisco Nexus
16 8 (7.08%) SSL
17 6 (5.31%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (9.73%) SQL Server
2 10 (8.85%) Redis
3 5 (4.42%) SQL Server 2005
4 3 (2.65%) MS Access
4 3 (2.65%) SQL Server 2000
4 3 (2.65%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (1.77%) PostgreSQL
5 2 (1.77%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (1.77%) SQL Server 2016
5 2 (1.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (1.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (1.77%) Jenkins
1 2 (1.77%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
1 2 (1.77%) Travis CI
2 1 (0.88%) JIRA
2 1 (0.88%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 9 (7.96%) Local Government
2 7 (6.19%) Finance
3 6 (5.31%) Telecoms
4 3 (2.65%) Banking
5 2 (1.77%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.88%) Back Office
6 1 (0.88%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.88%) Law
6 1 (0.88%) Retail
Job Titles
1 32 (28.32%) Network Engineer
2 19 (16.81%) Architect
3 16 (14.16%) Analyst
4 10 (8.85%) Network Architect
5 8 (7.08%) Cisco Engineer
5 8 (7.08%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 8 (7.08%) Infrastructure Architect
6 7 (6.19%) IT Support
7 6 (5.31%) Desktop Support
7 6 (5.31%) Network Security Engineer
7 6 (5.31%) Security Analyst
7 6 (5.31%) Security Engineer
7 6 (5.31%) Security Specialist
7 6 (5.31%) Support Engineer
8 5 (4.42%) 1st Line Support
8 5 (4.42%) IT Support Technician
8 5 (4.42%) IT Technician
8 5 (4.42%) Network Analyst
8 5 (4.42%) Support Technician
8 5 (4.42%) Telecoms Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (15.04%) Elastic Stack
2 9 (7.96%) Web Services
3 6 (5.31%) RESTful
4 2 (1.77%) .NET
4 2 (1.77%) J2EE
4 2 (1.77%) LAMP
4 2 (1.77%) Middleware
4 2 (1.77%) Servlets
5 1 (0.88%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 26 (23.01%) Data Centre
2 15 (13.27%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (11.50%) Management Information System
4 8 (7.08%) Clustering
5 6 (5.31%) Cyber Attack
5 6 (5.31%) Smartphone
6 5 (4.42%) Security Operations Centre
7 4 (3.54%) PKI
8 3 (2.65%) CESG
8 3 (2.65%) Greenfield Project
8 3 (2.65%) iPhone
9 2 (1.77%) Driving Licence
9 2 (1.77%) Life Science
9 2 (1.77%) NHS
9 2 (1.77%) Private Cloud
10 1 (0.88%) Computer Science
10 1 (0.88%) Hybrid Cloud
10 1 (0.88%) IBM Mainframe
10 1 (0.88%) Mainframe
10 1 (0.88%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 52 (46.02%) Windows
2 26 (23.01%) Unix
3 24 (21.24%) Linux
4 20 (17.70%) Windows Server
5 15 (13.27%) Windows Server 2008
6 12 (10.62%) Windows Server 2003
7 11 (9.73%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (4.42%) AIX
9 4 (3.54%) Windows 2000
10 3 (2.65%) Windows XP
11 2 (1.77%) Android
11 2 (1.77%) Apple iOS
11 2 (1.77%) CentOS
11 2 (1.77%) Windows 10
11 2 (1.77%) Windows 2000 Server
11 2 (1.77%) Windows 7
12 1 (0.88%) NetWare
12 1 (0.88%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (25.66%) ITIL
2 19 (16.81%) Network Monitoring
3 17 (15.04%) Patch Management
3 17 (15.04%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 16 (14.16%) Cybersecurity
4 16 (14.16%) Information Security
4 16 (14.16%) Network Design
4 16 (14.16%) Vulnerability Management
5 13 (11.50%) Service Management
6 11 (9.73%) Open Source
7 10 (8.85%) Case Management
7 10 (8.85%) Security Operations
7 10 (8.85%) SIEM
8 9 (7.96%) High Availability
8 9 (7.96%) Load Balancing
9 8 (7.08%) DevOps
9 8 (7.08%) Migration
10 6 (5.31%) ITIL V3
10 6 (5.31%) Network Architecture
10 6 (5.31%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 9 (7.96%) SQL
2 5 (4.42%) Python
3 2 (1.77%) Java
3 2 (1.77%) PowerShell
4 1 (0.88%) C
Qualifications
1 33 (29.20%) Cisco Certification
2 25 (22.12%) CCNA
3 21 (18.58%) CCNP
4 20 (17.70%) Security Cleared
5 19 (16.81%) SC Cleared
6 17 (15.04%) CISSP
6 17 (15.04%) SANS
6 17 (15.04%) SSCP
7 8 (7.08%) ISEB
8 6 (5.31%) Degree
8 6 (5.31%) ITIL Certification
9 5 (4.42%) CCIE
9 5 (4.42%) Microsoft Certification
10 4 (3.54%) CCDP
10 4 (3.54%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 4 (3.54%) MCP
11 2 (1.77%) CCSP
11 2 (1.77%) DV Cleared
11 2 (1.77%) MCSE
12 1 (0.88%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (5.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (2.65%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.77%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (1.77%) SLA
4 1 (0.88%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (0.88%) PMO
4 1 (0.88%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 19 (16.81%) Active Directory
2 11 (9.73%) Hyper-V
3 9 (7.96%) VMware Infrastructure
4 8 (7.08%) vSphere
5 5 (4.42%) VMware ESXi
6 4 (3.54%) XenApp
7 2 (1.77%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (1.77%) Xen
8 1 (0.88%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 16 (14.16%) QRadar
2 10 (8.85%) Kibana
3 9 (7.96%) logstash
4 6 (5.31%) SCCM
4 6 (5.31%) SCOM
5 3 (2.65%) Failover Clustering
5 3 (2.65%) RSA enVision
5 3 (2.65%) SmoothWall
6 2 (1.77%) Cisco Prime
6 2 (1.77%) Perfmon
6 2 (1.77%) Puppet
6 2 (1.77%) vCenter Server
6 2 (1.77%) vMotion
7 1 (0.88%) FortiGate
7 1 (0.88%) Microsoft Clustering
7 1 (0.88%) NetBackup
7 1 (0.88%) Norton AntiVirus
7 1 (0.88%) SCOrch
7 1 (0.88%) WSUS
Vendors
1 50 (44.25%) Cisco
2 25 (22.12%) Microsoft
3 24 (21.24%) Juniper
4 23 (20.35%) CheckPoint
5 22 (19.47%) VMware
6 19 (16.81%) IBM
7 18 (15.93%) Splunk
8 17 (15.04%) Apple
8 17 (15.04%) LogRhythm
9 15 (13.27%) Citrix
10 11 (9.73%) F5
11 10 (8.85%) Palo Alto
12 4 (3.54%) Aruba
12 4 (3.54%) Fortinet
12 4 (3.54%) McAfee
13 3 (2.65%) EqualLogic
13 3 (2.65%) HP
14 2 (1.77%) Riverbed
14 2 (1.77%) Samsung
14 2 (1.77%) SolarWinds
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