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 March 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Wide Area Network (WAN)
England / North West
Rank 71 96 68
Rank change year-on-year +25 -28  
Contract jobs citing WAN 66 63 83
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 2.58% 1.65% 2.37%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 17.74% 11.05% 17.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 50 37 40
Median daily rate £419 £411 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.82% +13.44%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £200 £236
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £558 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year +3.44% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 5 4
Median hourly rate £16.00 £13.00 £47.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.07% -72.63%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.32 £12.40 £24.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.80 £31.20 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.33 £21.88 £25.00
% change year-on-year -29.94% -12.50%  

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 372 570 476
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 14.53% 14.93% 13.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 242 322 219
Median daily rate £389 £425 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.52% +21.42%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £600 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 29 41
Median hourly rate £16.59 £16.84 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.48% -11.36%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.30 £12.06 £14.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.35 £40.00 £51.67
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.85 £37.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -38.24% +34.54%  

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 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing WAN in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend 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 March 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 +46 41 £425 +6.25% 22
Cheshire +22 15 £349 -16.71% 13
Lancashire +16 6 £625 +163.15%
Cumbria +4 2 £381 -
Merseyside -6 2 £588 +193.75% 1
WAN
England

WAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 23 March 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.

1 152 (93.83%) LAN
2 96 (59.26%) Firewall
3 75 (46.30%) Cisco
4 63 (38.89%) Windows
5 56 (34.57%) TCP/IP
5 56 (34.57%) VoIP
5 56 (34.57%) Cisco Certification
6 51 (31.48%) VPN
7 48 (29.63%) Unix
8 46 (28.40%) Linux
9 41 (25.31%) CCNA
10 35 (21.60%) Patch Management
10 35 (21.60%) Data Centre
11 34 (20.99%) Vulnerability Assessment
12 33 (20.37%) Apple
13 32 (19.75%) CISSP
13 32 (19.75%) Vulnerability Management
13 32 (19.75%) SANS
14 31 (19.14%) Network Monitoring
14 31 (19.14%) Splunk
14 31 (19.14%) SSCP
15 30 (18.52%) Security Cleared
16 29 (17.90%) Microsoft
16 29 (17.90%) ITIL
17 28 (17.28%) SC Cleared
17 28 (17.28%) Elastic Stack
17 28 (17.28%) QRadar
18 27 (16.67%) Cisco ASA
19 26 (16.05%) CCNP
20 25 (15.43%) DNS

WAN
Top Related 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 7 (4.32%) IIS
1 7 (4.32%) MS Exchange
2 2 (1.23%) Apache
2 2 (1.23%) Jetty
2 2 (1.23%) Mongrel
2 2 (1.23%) nginx
2 2 (1.23%) Tomcat
2 2 (1.23%) WebSphere
3 1 (0.62%) Confluence
3 1 (0.62%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (0.62%) Exchange Server 2007
3 1 (0.62%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (0.62%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (0.62%) IBM Notes
3 1 (0.62%) SharePoint
Applications
1 5 (3.09%) MS Excel
2 4 (2.47%) MS Office
3 2 (1.23%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.62%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.62%) Infor M3
1 1 (0.62%) MIS ActiveH
Cloud Services
1 17 (10.49%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (2.47%) Azure Active Directory
3 3 (1.85%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (1.23%) Amazon EC2
4 2 (1.23%) Google App Engine
4 2 (1.23%) Google Cloud Platform
4 2 (1.23%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 152 (93.83%) LAN
2 96 (59.26%) Firewall
3 56 (34.57%) TCP/IP
3 56 (34.57%) VoIP
4 51 (31.48%) VPN
5 27 (16.67%) Cisco ASA
6 25 (15.43%) DNS
7 22 (13.58%) Wi-Fi
8 21 (12.96%) DHCP
8 21 (12.96%) VLAN
9 20 (12.35%) Wireless
10 16 (9.88%) Network Security
11 13 (8.02%) SAN
12 11 (6.79%) BGP
12 11 (6.79%) Cisco Nexus
12 11 (6.79%) EIGRP
12 11 (6.79%) OSPF
13 10 (6.17%) Internet
13 10 (6.17%) MPLS
14 9 (5.56%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (6.79%) Redis
2 6 (3.70%) SQL Server
3 2 (1.23%) MS Access
4 1 (0.62%) SQL Server 2000
4 1 (0.62%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (0.62%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.62%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.62%) SQL Server 2016
4 1 (0.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (0.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (1.23%) Jenkins
1 2 (1.23%) Travis CI
2 1 (0.62%) JIRA
2 1 (0.62%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 1 (0.62%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 10 (6.17%) Finance
1 10 (6.17%) Local Government
2 4 (2.47%) Telecoms
3 2 (1.23%) Back Office
3 2 (1.23%) Banking
4 1 (0.62%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.62%) Retail
Job Titles
1 39 (24.07%) Network Engineer
2 30 (18.52%) Analyst
3 29 (17.90%) Architect
4 16 (9.88%) Network Architect
5 12 (7.41%) Technical Specialist
6 10 (6.17%) Cisco Engineer
6 10 (6.17%) Infrastructure Architect
6 10 (6.17%) Network Specialist
6 10 (6.17%) Security Analyst
6 10 (6.17%) Security Specialist
7 9 (5.56%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 9 (5.56%) Network Analyst
8 8 (4.94%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 8 (4.94%) Project Manager
9 6 (3.70%) Administrator
9 6 (3.70%) Hardware Specialist
9 6 (3.70%) Storage Specialist
9 6 (3.70%) Support Analyst
10 5 (3.09%) Security Engineer
10 5 (3.09%) Technical Security Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (17.28%) Elastic Stack
2 10 (6.17%) Web Services
3 8 (4.94%) RESTful
4 2 (1.23%) .NET
4 2 (1.23%) J2EE
4 2 (1.23%) Servlets
5 1 (0.62%) 802.1X
5 1 (0.62%) COM
5 1 (0.62%) CSS
5 1 (0.62%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 35 (21.60%) Data Centre
2 16 (9.88%) Management Information System
3 14 (8.64%) Cyber Attack
4 7 (4.32%) Analytical Skills
4 7 (4.32%) Security Operations Centre
5 6 (3.70%) Driving Licence
6 5 (3.09%) Clustering
6 5 (3.09%) Hybrid Cloud
6 5 (3.09%) NHS
7 4 (2.47%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 3 (1.85%) PKI
8 3 (1.85%) Smartphone
9 2 (1.23%) BYOD
9 2 (1.23%) CESG
10 1 (0.62%) AS400
10 1 (0.62%) Computer Science
10 1 (0.62%) Enterprise Storage
10 1 (0.62%) iPhone
10 1 (0.62%) Life Science
10 1 (0.62%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 63 (38.89%) Windows
2 48 (29.63%) Unix
3 46 (28.40%) Linux
4 17 (10.49%) Windows Server
5 14 (8.64%) Windows Server 2008
6 11 (6.79%) Windows Server 2012
7 5 (3.09%) Windows Server 2003
8 4 (2.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 4 (2.47%) Solaris
8 4 (2.47%) Windows 7
9 3 (1.85%) AIX
9 3 (1.85%) Data ONTAP
10 2 (1.23%) Windows 10
11 1 (0.62%) Android
11 1 (0.62%) Apple iOS
11 1 (0.62%) Windows 2000 Server
11 1 (0.62%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.62%) Windows Phone
11 1 (0.62%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (21.60%) Patch Management
2 34 (20.99%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 32 (19.75%) Vulnerability Management
4 31 (19.14%) Network Monitoring
5 29 (17.90%) ITIL
6 25 (15.43%) Network Design
7 23 (14.20%) Cybersecurity
8 22 (13.58%) Migration
9 20 (12.35%) Case Management
9 20 (12.35%) Information Security
10 17 (10.49%) Service Management
11 15 (9.26%) Network Architecture
11 15 (9.26%) Security Operations
12 14 (8.64%) Security Monitoring
13 12 (7.41%) Open Source
14 11 (6.79%) Performance Monitoring
14 11 (6.79%) SIEM
15 10 (6.17%) ITIL V3
16 9 (5.56%) Analytics
16 9 (5.56%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 7 (4.32%) Python
2 4 (2.47%) SQL
3 2 (1.23%) Java
4 1 (0.62%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 56 (34.57%) Cisco Certification
2 41 (25.31%) CCNA
3 32 (19.75%) CISSP
3 32 (19.75%) SANS
4 31 (19.14%) SSCP
5 30 (18.52%) Security Cleared
6 28 (17.28%) SC Cleared
7 26 (16.05%) CCNP
8 12 (7.41%) CCIE
9 10 (6.17%) CCDP
9 10 (6.17%) Degree
10 8 (4.94%) ITIL Certification
11 6 (3.70%) MCSE
11 6 (3.70%) Microsoft Certification
12 5 (3.09%) CCDA
12 5 (3.09%) ISEB
13 3 (1.85%) BPSS Clearance
14 2 (1.23%) DV Cleared
14 2 (1.23%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 2 (1.23%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 5 (3.09%) SLA
3 4 (2.47%) PCI DSS
4 2 (1.23%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.62%) Cyber Essentials
System Software
1 23 (14.20%) Active Directory
2 12 (7.41%) Hyper-V
3 11 (6.79%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (3.70%) vSphere
5 3 (1.85%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (1.85%) XenApp
6 2 (1.23%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 2 (1.23%) Terminal Services
6 2 (1.23%) Virtual Servers
6 2 (1.23%) Xen
7 1 (0.62%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.62%) VMware ESX
7 1 (0.62%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 28 (17.28%) QRadar
2 11 (6.79%) Kibana
3 10 (6.17%) logstash
4 8 (4.94%) Nessus
4 8 (4.94%) Nexpose
4 8 (4.94%) Nmap
5 6 (3.70%) SCCM
6 5 (3.09%) SCOM
7 4 (2.47%) RSA enVision
8 2 (1.23%) Cisco Prime
8 2 (1.23%) Failover Clustering
8 2 (1.23%) Puppet
8 2 (1.23%) SmoothWall
9 1 (0.62%) AppDNA
9 1 (0.62%) Backup Exec
9 1 (0.62%) FortiGate
9 1 (0.62%) McAfee ePO
9 1 (0.62%) Nagios
9 1 (0.62%) NetBackup
9 1 (0.62%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 75 (46.30%) Cisco
2 33 (20.37%) Apple
3 31 (19.14%) Splunk
4 29 (17.90%) Microsoft
5 23 (14.20%) Intel Security
6 22 (13.58%) Juniper
7 20 (12.35%) IBM
7 20 (12.35%) LogRhythm
7 20 (12.35%) VMware
8 16 (9.88%) CheckPoint
8 16 (9.88%) Citrix
9 13 (8.02%) SolarWinds
10 12 (7.41%) F5
10 12 (7.41%) Forcepoint
11 9 (5.56%) ArcSight
11 9 (5.56%) Intel
11 9 (5.56%) NetWitness
12 8 (4.94%) NetApp
12 8 (4.94%) Palo Alto
12 8 (4.94%) Qualys
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