Period
to 23 November 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 23 November 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
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 110 65 85
Rank change year-on-year -45 +20 -11
Contract jobs citing WAN 97 211 185
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.70% 3.09% 2.17%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 12.60% 20.55% 16.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 71 159 102
North West median daily rate £360 £425 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -15.29% +10.39% +18.46%
10th Percentile £163 £213 £226
90th Percentile £500 £581 £485
England median daily rate £375 £400 £375
% change year-on-year -6.25% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 10 16
North West median hourly rate £28.00 £14.00 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +100.00% -3.45% -59.44%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.95 £12.25
90th Percentile £41.00 £38.25 £35.00
England median hourly rate £17.38 £21.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -19.19% +22.86% -12.50%

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 770 1027 1100
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 13.50% 15.03% 12.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 474 598 633
North West median daily rate £386 £406 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.92% +8.33% +15.38%
10th Percentile £163 £213 £206
90th Percentile £543 £575 £538
England median daily rate £404 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +1.00% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 58 56 106
North West median hourly rate £16.25 £16.00 £16.92
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.56% -5.44% -12.10%
10th Percentile £11.18 £12.54 £12.00
90th Percentile £45.36 £40.00 £41.80
England median hourly rate £18.70 £23.00 £20.94
% change year-on-year -18.70% +9.86% +4.68%

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 23 November 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 23 November 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 23 November 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 -32 59 £363 -14.71% 17
Cheshire -10 23 £393 +4.67% 8
Merseyside -5 6 £185 -55.42%
Cumbria -2 5 £400 - 1
Lancashire -9 3 £350 -36.36% 1
WAN
England

For the 6 months to 23 November 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 81 (83.51%) LAN
2 51 (52.58%) Firewall
3 43 (44.33%) Cisco
4 40 (41.24%) Windows
5 31 (31.96%) VPN
6 27 (27.84%) VoIP
7 26 (26.80%) Active Directory
8 25 (25.77%) Cisco Certification
8 25 (25.77%) ITIL
8 25 (25.77%) Data Centre
9 24 (24.74%) Windows Server
9 24 (24.74%) VMware
9 24 (24.74%) Security Cleared
10 22 (22.68%) TCP/IP
11 21 (21.65%) DNS
11 21 (21.65%) Microsoft
12 20 (20.62%) MPLS
13 19 (19.59%) Juniper
13 19 (19.59%) CCNA
13 19 (19.59%) VMware Infrastructure
13 19 (19.59%) SC Cleared
14 18 (18.56%) SAN
14 18 (18.56%) DHCP
14 18 (18.56%) CCNP
15 17 (17.53%) Wireless
15 17 (17.53%) CheckPoint
16 14 (14.43%) ISDN
16 14 (14.43%) Unix
17 13 (13.40%) MS Exchange
17 13 (13.40%) Citrix

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 (13.40%) MS Exchange
2 8 (8.25%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (4.12%) SharePoint
4 2 (2.06%) Skype for Business
5 1 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (1.03%) IIS
Applications
1 3 (3.09%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 10 (10.31%) Office 365
2 5 (5.15%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (3.09%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (1.03%) IaaS
4 1 (1.03%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 81 (83.51%) LAN
2 51 (52.58%) Firewall
3 31 (31.96%) VPN
4 27 (27.84%) VoIP
5 22 (22.68%) TCP/IP
6 21 (21.65%) DNS
7 20 (20.62%) MPLS
8 18 (18.56%) DHCP
8 18 (18.56%) SAN
9 17 (17.53%) Wireless
10 14 (14.43%) ISDN
11 10 (10.31%) Wi-Fi
12 9 (9.28%) ADSL
12 9 (9.28%) BGP
13 8 (8.25%) Cisco ASA
13 8 (8.25%) Network Security
14 7 (7.22%) Cisco Nexus
14 7 (7.22%) NAS
14 7 (7.22%) OSPF
15 6 (6.19%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.12%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.06%) Redis
3 1 (1.03%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (1.03%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.03%) SQL Server 2000
3 1 (1.03%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (1.03%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (1.03%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (1.03%) SQL Server 2016
3 1 (1.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (1.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 3 (3.09%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 1 (1.03%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 7 (7.22%) Telecoms
2 3 (3.09%) Finance
3 2 (2.06%) Back Office
3 2 (2.06%) Legal
3 2 (2.06%) Local Government
3 2 (2.06%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (1.03%) Banking
4 1 (1.03%) Retail
Job Titles
1 34 (35.05%) Network Engineer
2 17 (17.53%) Analyst
3 10 (10.31%) Architect
4 7 (7.22%) Cisco Engineer
4 7 (7.22%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 7 (7.22%) Network Architect
5 6 (6.19%) Firewall Engineer
5 6 (6.19%) IT Support
5 6 (6.19%) Security Analyst
5 6 (6.19%) Support Analyst
5 6 (6.19%) Support Engineer
5 6 (6.19%) WAN Engineer
6 5 (5.15%) 1st Line Support
7 4 (4.12%) 1st/2nd Line Support
7 4 (4.12%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 4 (4.12%) Administrator
7 4 (4.12%) Desktop Support
7 4 (4.12%) Network Support
7 4 (4.12%) Network Support Engineer
8 3 (3.09%) IT Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (10.31%) Elastic Stack
2 3 (3.09%) Web Services
3 1 (1.03%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 25 (25.77%) Data Centre
2 11 (11.34%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (10.31%) Cyber Attack
4 7 (7.22%) Public Cloud
4 7 (7.22%) Replication
5 5 (5.15%) NHS
5 5 (5.15%) Smartphone
6 4 (4.12%) Security Operations Centre
6 4 (4.12%) Video Conferencing
7 3 (3.09%) Driving Licence
8 2 (2.06%) Blackberry
8 2 (2.06%) Clustering
8 2 (2.06%) Enterprise Storage
8 2 (2.06%) iPhone
8 2 (2.06%) Management Information System
9 1 (1.03%) CESG
9 1 (1.03%) Computer Science
9 1 (1.03%) Fat Client
9 1 (1.03%) PKI
9 1 (1.03%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 40 (41.24%) Windows
2 24 (24.74%) Windows Server
3 14 (14.43%) Unix
4 13 (13.40%) Windows Server 2008
5 12 (12.37%) Linux
5 12 (12.37%) Windows Server 2012
6 5 (5.15%) Windows 10
6 5 (5.15%) Windows Server 2003
7 3 (3.09%) Windows 7
8 2 (2.06%) Apple iOS
8 2 (2.06%) Windows 2000
9 1 (1.03%) AIX
9 1 (1.03%) Windows 2000 Server
9 1 (1.03%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (25.77%) ITIL
2 12 (12.37%) Migration
3 10 (10.31%) Case Management
3 10 (10.31%) Cybersecurity
3 10 (10.31%) Patch Management
3 10 (10.31%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 10 (10.31%) Vulnerability Management
4 9 (9.28%) Change Management
4 9 (9.28%) Network Design
5 8 (8.25%) Analytics
5 8 (8.25%) Data Analytics
5 8 (8.25%) Security Monitoring
6 7 (7.22%) Security Operations
7 6 (6.19%) Load Balancing
8 5 (5.15%) PRINCE2
8 5 (5.15%) Service Management
9 4 (4.12%) Configuration Management
9 4 (4.12%) Disaster Recovery
9 4 (4.12%) Time Management
10 3 (3.09%) Agile Software Development
Programming Languages
1 5 (5.15%) PowerShell
2 3 (3.09%) SQL
3 1 (1.03%) C
Qualifications
1 25 (25.77%) Cisco Certification
2 24 (24.74%) Security Cleared
3 19 (19.59%) CCNA
3 19 (19.59%) SC Cleared
4 18 (18.56%) CCNP
5 9 (9.28%) CISSP
5 9 (9.28%) Microsoft Certification
5 9 (9.28%) SANS
5 9 (9.28%) SSCP
6 5 (5.15%) MCSE
7 4 (4.12%) CCIE
7 4 (4.12%) JNCIA
8 3 (3.09%) CCDP
8 3 (3.09%) MCITP
8 3 (3.09%) MCP
8 3 (3.09%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 2 (2.06%) Degree
9 2 (2.06%) DV Cleared
9 2 (2.06%) ISEB
9 2 (2.06%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (6.19%) SLA
2 2 (2.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (2.06%) PMO
3 1 (1.03%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 26 (26.80%) Active Directory
2 19 (19.59%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (10.31%) Hyper-V
4 4 (4.12%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (3.09%) VMware NSX
5 3 (3.09%) VMware Workstation
5 3 (3.09%) XenDesktop
6 2 (2.06%) Docker
6 2 (2.06%) XenApp
7 1 (1.03%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (1.03%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (1.03%) vSphere
7 1 (1.03%) Xen
Systems Management
1 10 (10.31%) QRadar
2 8 (8.25%) Nessus
2 8 (8.25%) Nexpose
2 8 (8.25%) Nmap
3 6 (6.19%) Cisco Prime
4 3 (3.09%) SCCM
4 3 (3.09%) SCOM
5 2 (2.06%) Failover Clustering
5 2 (2.06%) Kibana
5 2 (2.06%) logstash
5 2 (2.06%) Tivoli
6 1 (1.03%) AppDNA
6 1 (1.03%) Backup Exec
6 1 (1.03%) Perfmon
6 1 (1.03%) SmoothWall
6 1 (1.03%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 1 (1.03%) WSUS
Vendors
1 43 (44.33%) Cisco
2 24 (24.74%) VMware
3 21 (21.65%) Microsoft
4 19 (19.59%) Juniper
5 17 (17.53%) CheckPoint
6 13 (13.40%) Citrix
7 10 (10.31%) Apple
7 10 (10.31%) Splunk
8 9 (9.28%) McAfee
9 8 (8.25%) ArcSight
9 8 (8.25%) Intel
9 8 (8.25%) Qualys
10 7 (7.22%) ServiceNow
10 7 (7.22%) Snow
11 6 (6.19%) AlienVault
12 5 (5.15%) F5
13 4 (4.12%) IBM
14 3 (3.09%) HP
14 3 (3.09%) Riverbed
14 3 (3.09%) Veeam