Period
to 25 February 2018

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 25 February 2018 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
25 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 125 56 100
Rank change year-on-year -69 +44 -26
Contract jobs citing WAN 75 202 157
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.42% 3.44% 1.91%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 10.74% 23.65% 13.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 155 93
North West median daily rate £325 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -23.53% +6.25% +22.14%
10th Percentile £159 £260 £216
90th Percentile £450 £598 £542
England median daily rate £400 £400 £398
% change year-on-year - +0.63% +13.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 8 12
North West median hourly rate £21.00 £18.56 £16.26
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.13% +14.20% -28.30%
10th Percentile £11.00 £14.33 £12.25
90th Percentile £33.75 £67.25 £42.20
England median hourly rate £17.00 £18.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -5.56% -10.00% -

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 698 854 1,142
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 13.19% 14.55% 13.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 414 530 660
North West median daily rate £375 £400 £406
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.31% -1.48% +16.07%
10th Percentile £157 £219 £225
90th Percentile £600 £588 £563
England median daily rate £413 £410 £400
% change year-on-year +0.61% +2.50% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 69 56 89
North West median hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £17.77
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -4.33% -6.47%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.06 £12.00
90th Percentile £44.33 £50.61 £41.80
England median hourly rate £20.00 £21.50 £22.00
% change year-on-year -6.98% -2.27% +10.00%

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 25 February 2018.

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 25 February 2018.

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 25 February 2018. 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 -37 44 £263 -41.67% 42
Cheshire -13 21 £350 +3.70% 12
Lancashire -11 5 £325 -43.48% 4
Merseyside -13 4 £180 -48.57% 2
Cumbria -5 1 £450 +18.27% 1
WAN
England

For the 6 months to 25 February 2018, 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 70 (93.33%) LAN
2 37 (49.33%) Cisco
3 36 (48.00%) Firewall
4 25 (33.33%) Active Directory
4 25 (33.33%) Windows
5 21 (28.00%) Cisco Certification
6 20 (26.67%) VPN
7 19 (25.33%) Citrix
7 19 (25.33%) VMware
8 17 (22.67%) CCNA
9 15 (20.00%) Microsoft
9 15 (20.00%) MPLS
9 15 (20.00%) VoIP
9 15 (20.00%) Data Centre
10 14 (18.67%) Windows Server
10 14 (18.67%) SAN
10 14 (18.67%) Security Cleared
11 13 (17.33%) VMware Infrastructure
11 13 (17.33%) CCNP
11 13 (17.33%) ITIL
12 12 (16.00%) DHCP
12 12 (16.00%) Telecoms
12 12 (16.00%) Migration
12 12 (16.00%) Office 365
12 12 (16.00%) Time Management
13 11 (14.67%) SC Cleared
13 11 (14.67%) Hyper-V
13 11 (14.67%) NHS
13 11 (14.67%) Juniper
14 10 (13.33%) CheckPoint

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 7 (9.33%) MS Exchange
2 5 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (5.33%) Skype for Business
4 3 (4.00%) Exchange Server 2013
4 3 (4.00%) IIS
5 2 (2.67%) Exchange Server 2007
5 2 (2.67%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (2.67%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 12 (16.00%) Office 365
2 9 (12.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (4.00%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (1.33%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (1.33%) Amazon ELB
4 1 (1.33%) IaaS
4 1 (1.33%) OneDrive
4 1 (1.33%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 70 (93.33%) LAN
2 36 (48.00%) Firewall
3 20 (26.67%) VPN
4 15 (20.00%) MPLS
4 15 (20.00%) VoIP
5 14 (18.67%) SAN
6 12 (16.00%) DHCP
7 10 (13.33%) DNS
7 10 (13.33%) TCP/IP
8 9 (12.00%) Wireless
9 8 (10.67%) Cisco Nexus
10 7 (9.33%) PBX
11 6 (8.00%) ISDN
11 6 (8.00%) Network Security
11 6 (8.00%) Wi-Fi
12 5 (6.67%) ADSL
12 5 (6.67%) Cisco ASA
12 5 (6.67%) VLAN
13 4 (5.33%) Internet
13 4 (5.33%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (5.33%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.67%) Amazon RDS
2 2 (2.67%) MS Access
3 1 (1.33%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 2 (2.67%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 12 (16.00%) Telecoms
2 6 (8.00%) Local Government
3 1 (1.33%) Back Office
3 1 (1.33%) Finance
3 1 (1.33%) Legal
3 1 (1.33%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 30 (40.00%) Network Engineer
2 7 (9.33%) Analyst
2 7 (9.33%) Support Engineer
3 6 (8.00%) Cisco Engineer
3 6 (8.00%) Cisco Network Engineer
3 6 (8.00%) Server Engineer
4 5 (6.67%) 1st Line Support
4 5 (6.67%) Firewall Engineer
4 5 (6.67%) IT Engineer
4 5 (6.67%) Network Support
4 5 (6.67%) Network Support Engineer
4 5 (6.67%) WAN Engineer
5 4 (5.33%) Desktop Support
5 4 (5.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 4 (5.33%) IT Support
5 4 (5.33%) Network Analyst
6 3 (4.00%) Architect
6 3 (4.00%) Senior Network Engineer
6 3 (4.00%) Support Analyst
6 3 (4.00%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (6.67%) LDAP
2 1 (1.33%) 802.1X
2 1 (1.33%) LAMP
2 1 (1.33%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 15 (20.00%) Data Centre
2 11 (14.67%) NHS
3 6 (8.00%) Replication
3 6 (8.00%) Smartphone
4 5 (6.67%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (5.33%) Public Cloud
5 4 (5.33%) Video Conferencing
6 3 (4.00%) Clustering
6 3 (4.00%) PKI
7 2 (2.67%) Blackberry
8 1 (1.33%) BYOD
8 1 (1.33%) CESG
8 1 (1.33%) Driving Licence
8 1 (1.33%) Enterprise Storage
8 1 (1.33%) Fat Client
8 1 (1.33%) Management Information System
8 1 (1.33%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 25 (33.33%) Windows
2 14 (18.67%) Windows Server
3 8 (10.67%) Windows Server 2003
3 8 (10.67%) Windows Server 2008
4 7 (9.33%) Windows Server 2012
5 6 (8.00%) Apple iOS
5 6 (8.00%) Windows 10
6 5 (6.67%) Linux
7 3 (4.00%) Windows 7
8 1 (1.33%) AIX
8 1 (1.33%) Unix
8 1 (1.33%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (17.33%) ITIL
2 12 (16.00%) Migration
2 12 (16.00%) Time Management
3 7 (9.33%) Disaster Recovery
4 5 (6.67%) Configuration Management
5 4 (5.33%) Capacity Management
5 4 (5.33%) Change Management
5 4 (5.33%) Network Monitoring
5 4 (5.33%) PRINCE2
5 4 (5.33%) Procure-to-Pay
5 4 (5.33%) Project Management
6 3 (4.00%) Application Packaging
6 3 (4.00%) DevOps
6 3 (4.00%) IT Strategy
6 3 (4.00%) Load Balancing
6 3 (4.00%) Mentoring
6 3 (4.00%) Network Design
6 3 (4.00%) Service Delivery
7 2 (2.67%) Stakeholder Management
7 2 (2.67%) Virtual Environments
Programming Languages
1 8 (10.67%) PowerShell
2 3 (4.00%) SQL
3 2 (2.67%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 21 (28.00%) Cisco Certification
2 17 (22.67%) CCNA
3 14 (18.67%) Security Cleared
4 13 (17.33%) CCNP
5 11 (14.67%) SC Cleared
6 5 (6.67%) CCIE
6 5 (6.67%) Microsoft Certification
7 2 (2.67%) JNCIA
7 2 (2.67%) MCITP
7 2 (2.67%) MCP
8 1 (1.33%) CCIE Routing and Switching
8 1 (1.33%) CCSA
8 1 (1.33%) CCSE
8 1 (1.33%) CWNA
8 1 (1.33%) Degree
8 1 (1.33%) ISEB
8 1 (1.33%) MBA
8 1 (1.33%) MCSE
8 1 (1.33%) MCTS
8 1 (1.33%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (4.00%) SLA
2 2 (2.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (2.67%) PMO
3 1 (1.33%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 25 (33.33%) Active Directory
2 13 (17.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (14.67%) Hyper-V
4 5 (6.67%) XenApp
5 3 (4.00%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (4.00%) VMware Workstation
6 2 (2.67%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 2 (2.67%) vSphere
7 1 (1.33%) ProxySG
7 1 (1.33%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 8 (10.67%) SCCM
2 6 (8.00%) SCOM
3 4 (5.33%) Cisco Prime
4 3 (4.00%) SmoothWall
5 2 (2.67%) HP SIM
5 2 (2.67%) McAfee ePO
5 2 (2.67%) Microsoft Clustering
5 2 (2.67%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 2 (2.67%) WSUS
6 1 (1.33%) Backup Exec
6 1 (1.33%) FortiGate
6 1 (1.33%) Puppet
6 1 (1.33%) Terraform
6 1 (1.33%) vCenter Server
6 1 (1.33%) vMotion
Vendors
1 37 (49.33%) Cisco
2 19 (25.33%) Citrix
2 19 (25.33%) VMware
3 15 (20.00%) Microsoft
4 11 (14.67%) Juniper
5 10 (13.33%) CheckPoint
6 6 (8.00%) F5
7 4 (5.33%) HP
8 3 (4.00%) McAfee
8 3 (4.00%) Riverbed
8 3 (4.00%) Sonus
9 2 (2.67%) Altiris
9 2 (2.67%) Avaya
9 2 (2.67%) Fortinet
9 2 (2.67%) NetApp
10 1 (1.33%) Forcepoint
10 1 (1.33%) IronPort
10 1 (1.33%) Oracle
10 1 (1.33%) Polycom
10 1 (1.33%) Veeam