Period
to 19 October 2017

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 19 October 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
6 months to
19 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 106 74 80
Rank change year-on-year -32 +6 +5
Contract jobs citing WAN 96 193 184
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.71% 2.67% 2.23%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 11.66% 17.85% 17.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 71 137 106
North West median daily rate £380 £425 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.59% +13.33% +10.70%
10th Percentile £169 £213 £200
90th Percentile £500 £595 £486
England median daily rate £375 £400 £363
% change year-on-year -6.25% +10.34% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 9 15
North West median hourly rate £21.78 £12.58 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +73.13% -13.24% -67.78%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.50 £12.45
90th Percentile £68.00 £16.55 £41.20
England median hourly rate £17.38 £20.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year -15.24% +24.24% -5.71%

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 823 1081 1069
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 14.67% 14.93% 12.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 504 630 595
North West median daily rate £400 £413 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.03% +10.00% +15.38%
10th Percentile £177 £213 £205
90th Percentile £543 £575 £538
England median daily rate £405 £400 £387
% change year-on-year +1.25% +3.36% +3.20%
Number of hourly rates quoted 59 58 110
North West median hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £16.92
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -5.44% -10.95%
10th Percentile £11.74 £11.25 £12.00
90th Percentile £54.37 £40.00 £40.20
England median hourly rate £18.70 £23.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -18.70% +15.00% +2.56%

WAN
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing WAN as a percentage 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

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 6 months to 19 October 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 6 months to 19 October 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 6 months to 19 October 2017. 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 -17 57 £375 -11.76% 25
Cheshire +6 23 £398 +6.00% 6
Merseyside -10 6 £190 -54.76% 4
Cumbria 0 5 £400 -
Lancashire -10 4 £350 -27.46% 2
WAN
England

For the 6 months to 19 October 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 80 (83.33%) LAN
2 53 (55.21%) Firewall
3 46 (47.92%) Cisco
4 42 (43.75%) Windows
5 31 (32.29%) VPN
6 28 (29.17%) ITIL
7 27 (28.13%) Cisco Certification
8 26 (27.08%) VoIP
8 26 (27.08%) Data Centre
9 25 (26.04%) Windows Server
9 25 (26.04%) Microsoft
10 24 (25.00%) Active Directory
10 24 (25.00%) TCP/IP
10 24 (25.00%) Security Cleared
11 23 (23.96%) Juniper
12 22 (22.92%) DNS
13 21 (21.88%) CheckPoint
13 21 (21.88%) VMware
14 20 (20.83%) CCNP
14 20 (20.83%) CCNA
15 19 (19.79%) Wireless
15 19 (19.79%) SC Cleared
16 18 (18.75%) MPLS
17 17 (17.71%) SAN
18 16 (16.67%) DHCP
19 15 (15.63%) Unix
19 15 (15.63%) VMware Infrastructure
19 15 (15.63%) Windows Server 2008
20 14 (14.58%) MS Exchange
20 14 (14.58%) ISDN

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 14 (14.58%) MS Exchange
2 8 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (4.17%) SharePoint
4 2 (2.08%) IIS
4 2 (2.08%) Skype for Business
5 1 (1.04%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 4 (4.17%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 8 (8.33%) Office 365
2 5 (5.21%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (3.13%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (1.04%) Amazon S3
4 1 (1.04%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 80 (83.33%) LAN
2 53 (55.21%) Firewall
3 31 (32.29%) VPN
4 26 (27.08%) VoIP
5 24 (25.00%) TCP/IP
6 22 (22.92%) DNS
7 19 (19.79%) Wireless
8 18 (18.75%) MPLS
9 17 (17.71%) SAN
10 16 (16.67%) DHCP
11 14 (14.58%) ISDN
12 12 (12.50%) BGP
12 12 (12.50%) Cisco ASA
13 10 (10.42%) Network Security
14 9 (9.38%) ADSL
14 9 (9.38%) Cisco Nexus
15 8 (8.33%) EIGRP
15 8 (8.33%) NAS
15 8 (8.33%) OSPF
15 8 (8.33%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (5.21%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.08%) Redis
2 2 (2.08%) SQL Server 2000
2 2 (2.08%) SQL Server 2005
2 2 (2.08%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (1.04%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.04%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (1.04%) SQL Server 2016
3 1 (1.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (1.04%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 3 (3.13%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 1 (1.04%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 5 (5.21%) Finance
1 5 (5.21%) Telecoms
2 3 (3.13%) Local Government
3 2 (2.08%) Back Office
3 2 (2.08%) Banking
3 2 (2.08%) Legal
3 2 (2.08%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (1.04%) Investment Banking
4 1 (1.04%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.04%) Retail
Job Titles
1 34 (35.42%) Network Engineer
2 18 (18.75%) Analyst
3 13 (13.54%) Architect
4 9 (9.38%) Network Architect
5 8 (8.33%) Cisco Engineer
5 8 (8.33%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 7 (7.29%) Firewall Engineer
6 7 (7.29%) IT Support
6 7 (7.29%) Support Engineer
7 6 (6.25%) Security Analyst
7 6 (6.25%) Support Analyst
7 6 (6.25%) WAN Engineer
8 5 (5.21%) Desktop Support
8 5 (5.21%) Senior Network Engineer
9 4 (4.17%) Cisco Network Analyst
9 4 (4.17%) Infrastructure Manager
9 4 (4.17%) IT Support Analyst
9 4 (4.17%) Network Support
9 4 (4.17%) Network Support Engineer
9 4 (4.17%) Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (10.42%) Elastic Stack
2 3 (3.13%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 26 (27.08%) Data Centre
2 11 (11.46%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (10.42%) Cyber Attack
4 6 (6.25%) Public Cloud
5 5 (5.21%) Replication
6 4 (4.17%) Security Operations Centre
6 4 (4.17%) Smartphone
7 3 (3.13%) Clustering
7 3 (3.13%) Driving Licence
8 2 (2.08%) Enterprise Storage
8 2 (2.08%) iPhone
8 2 (2.08%) Management Information System
8 2 (2.08%) NHS
8 2 (2.08%) Private Cloud
9 1 (1.04%) BYOD
9 1 (1.04%) Computer Science
9 1 (1.04%) Enterprise Software
9 1 (1.04%) Greenfield Project
9 1 (1.04%) Life Science
9 1 (1.04%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 42 (43.75%) Windows
2 25 (26.04%) Windows Server
3 15 (15.63%) Unix
3 15 (15.63%) Windows Server 2008
4 14 (14.58%) Windows Server 2012
5 10 (10.42%) Linux
6 7 (7.29%) Windows Server 2003
7 4 (4.17%) Windows 10
8 3 (3.13%) Windows 2000
8 3 (3.13%) Windows 7
9 2 (2.08%) AIX
10 1 (1.04%) Apple iOS
10 1 (1.04%) NetWare
10 1 (1.04%) Windows 2000 Server
10 1 (1.04%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (29.17%) ITIL
2 10 (10.42%) Case Management
2 10 (10.42%) Change Management
2 10 (10.42%) Migration
2 10 (10.42%) Patch Management
2 10 (10.42%) Vulnerability Assessment
2 10 (10.42%) Vulnerability Management
3 9 (9.38%) Network Design
4 8 (8.33%) Analytics
4 8 (8.33%) Cybersecurity
4 8 (8.33%) Data Analytics
4 8 (8.33%) Load Balancing
4 8 (8.33%) Security Monitoring
5 6 (6.25%) Security Operations
6 5 (5.21%) Service Management
7 4 (4.17%) Change Control
7 4 (4.17%) PRINCE2
8 3 (3.13%) High Availability
8 3 (3.13%) Process Improvement
8 3 (3.13%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 5 (5.21%) SQL
2 2 (2.08%) C
2 2 (2.08%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 27 (28.13%) Cisco Certification
2 24 (25.00%) Security Cleared
3 20 (20.83%) CCNA
3 20 (20.83%) CCNP
4 19 (19.79%) SC Cleared
5 9 (9.38%) CISSP
5 9 (9.38%) SANS
5 9 (9.38%) SSCP
6 8 (8.33%) Microsoft Certification
7 5 (5.21%) MCSE
8 4 (4.17%) CCIE
8 4 (4.17%) ITIL Certification
8 4 (4.17%) JNCIA
9 3 (3.13%) CCDP
9 3 (3.13%) MCP
9 3 (3.13%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 2 (2.08%) Degree
10 2 (2.08%) DV Cleared
10 2 (2.08%) ISEB
10 2 (2.08%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (4.17%) SLA
2 1 (1.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (1.04%) PMO
System Software
1 24 (25.00%) Active Directory
2 15 (15.63%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (6.25%) Hyper-V
4 5 (5.21%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (3.13%) VMware NSX
5 3 (3.13%) XenApp
5 3 (3.13%) XenDesktop
6 2 (2.08%) Docker
7 1 (1.04%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (1.04%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (1.04%) vSphere
7 1 (1.04%) Xen
Systems Management
1 10 (10.42%) QRadar
2 8 (8.33%) Nessus
2 8 (8.33%) Nexpose
2 8 (8.33%) Nmap
3 6 (6.25%) Cisco Prime
4 3 (3.13%) SCCM
4 3 (3.13%) SCOM
5 2 (2.08%) Failover Clustering
5 2 (2.08%) Kibana
5 2 (2.08%) logstash
5 2 (2.08%) Tivoli
6 1 (1.04%) AppDNA
6 1 (1.04%) Backup Exec
6 1 (1.04%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (1.04%) Perfmon
6 1 (1.04%) SmoothWall
6 1 (1.04%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 1 (1.04%) WSUS
Vendors
1 46 (47.92%) Cisco
2 25 (26.04%) Microsoft
3 23 (23.96%) Juniper
4 21 (21.88%) CheckPoint
4 21 (21.88%) VMware
5 10 (10.42%) Apple
5 10 (10.42%) Splunk
6 9 (9.38%) McAfee
7 8 (8.33%) ArcSight
7 8 (8.33%) Citrix
7 8 (8.33%) Intel
7 8 (8.33%) Qualys
8 7 (7.29%) ServiceNow
8 7 (7.29%) Snow
9 6 (6.25%) AlienVault
9 6 (6.25%) F5
10 5 (5.21%) IBM
11 4 (4.17%) Fortinet
11 4 (4.17%) HP
12 3 (3.13%) Riverbed