Period
to 18 February 2020

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 18 February 2020 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
18 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 81 84 128
Rank change year-on-year +3 +44 -68
Contract jobs citing WAN 104 150 76
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 2.25% 2.63% 1.44%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 17.57% 19.79% 10.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 89 46
North West median daily rate £400 £388 £328
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.23% +18.32% -22.94%
10th Percentile £181 £190 £161
90th Percentile £538 £505 £463
England median daily rate £400 £400 £390
% change year-on-year - +2.56% -2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 5 20
North West median hourly rate £22.50 £25.67 £21.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.35% +20.80% +14.48%
10th Percentile £14.63 £23.15 £11.00
90th Percentile £53.00 £33.80 £33.75
England median hourly rate £21.50 £23.15 £16.50
% change year-on-year -7.13% +40.30% -9.59%

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 592 758 695
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 12.81% 13.29% 13.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 342 461 417
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -6.48%
10th Percentile £158 £206 £157
90th Percentile £600 £575 £600
England median daily rate £413 £425 £413
% change year-on-year -2.94% +3.03% +0.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 41 67
North West median hourly rate £20.50 £17.41 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.75% +2.41% -2.86%
10th Percentile £13.25 £12.25 £11.15
90th Percentile £53.00 £38.75 £44.41
England median hourly rate £21.00 £18.75 £20.00
% change year-on-year +12.00% -6.25% -6.98%

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 18 February 2020.

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 18 February 2020.

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 18 February 2020. 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 +10 56 £400 - 53
Cheshire +20 36 £400 +2.56% 22
Lancashire +23 5 £230 -19.30% 7
Merseyside -12 2 £363 -3.97% 11
WAN
England

For the 6 months to 18 February 2020, 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 77 (74.04%) LAN
2 54 (51.92%) Cisco
3 35 (33.65%) Firewall
4 34 (32.69%) Data Centre
5 30 (28.85%) Windows
6 27 (25.96%) Microsoft
6 27 (25.96%) MPLS
7 26 (25.00%) Wireless
7 26 (25.00%) Cisco Certification
8 25 (24.04%) BGP
9 18 (17.31%) CCNP
9 18 (17.31%) Active Directory
9 18 (17.31%) DHCP
9 18 (17.31%) TCP/IP
9 18 (17.31%) Security Cleared
10 16 (15.38%) Azure
10 16 (15.38%) WLAN
10 16 (15.38%) VMware
10 16 (15.38%) Windows Server
11 15 (14.42%) Migration
11 15 (14.42%) Internet
11 15 (14.42%) DNS
11 15 (14.42%) SQL Server
11 15 (14.42%) AWS
11 15 (14.42%) Hyper-V
11 15 (14.42%) VMware Infrastructure
11 15 (14.42%) SC Cleared
12 14 (13.46%) ITIL
12 14 (13.46%) Telecoms
13 13 (12.50%) Office 365

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 12 (11.54%) MS Exchange
2 6 (5.77%) IIS
3 4 (3.85%) Exchange Server 2007
3 4 (3.85%) Exchange Server 2013
4 2 (1.92%) Apache
4 2 (1.92%) SharePoint
4 2 (1.92%) Skype for Business
5 1 (0.96%) OpenStack
Applications
1 4 (3.85%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (2.88%) Line 500
2 1 (0.96%) assyst
2 1 (0.96%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.96%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 16 (15.38%) Azure
2 15 (14.42%) AWS
3 13 (12.50%) Office 365
4 5 (4.81%) PaaS
4 5 (4.81%) SaaS
5 3 (2.88%) IaaS
6 2 (1.92%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.96%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 77 (74.04%) LAN
2 35 (33.65%) Firewall
3 27 (25.96%) MPLS
4 26 (25.00%) Wireless
5 25 (24.04%) BGP
6 18 (17.31%) DHCP
6 18 (17.31%) TCP/IP
7 16 (15.38%) WLAN
8 15 (14.42%) DNS
8 15 (14.42%) Internet
9 12 (11.54%) VPN
10 10 (9.62%) DMZ
10 10 (9.62%) OSPF
10 10 (9.62%) SAN
11 9 (8.65%) VLAN
12 8 (7.69%) VoIP
13 7 (6.73%) IPsec
14 6 (5.77%) Wi-Fi
15 5 (4.81%) Cisco ASA
16 4 (3.85%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (14.42%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.85%) SQL Server 2012
3 3 (2.88%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (2.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (1.92%) MySQL
5 1 (0.96%) DB2
Development Applications
1 2 (1.92%) GitLab
1 2 (1.92%) Jenkins
1 2 (1.92%) JIRA
1 2 (1.92%) TeamCity
General
1 14 (13.46%) Telecoms
2 10 (9.62%) Public Sector
3 9 (8.65%) Banking
4 8 (7.69%) Local Government
5 7 (6.73%) Finance
6 3 (2.88%) Pharmaceutical
7 2 (1.92%) Manufacturing
7 2 (1.92%) Retail
8 1 (0.96%) Back Office
8 1 (0.96%) Corporate Banking
8 1 (0.96%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.96%) Housing Association
8 1 (0.96%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.96%) Law
Job Titles
1 19 (18.27%) Network Engineer
2 18 (17.31%) Architect
3 11 (10.58%) Network Architect
4 9 (8.65%) Project Manager
5 8 (7.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 8 (7.69%) Infrastructure Manager
6 7 (6.73%) Cisco Engineer
6 7 (6.73%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 7 (6.73%) Infrastructure Project Manager
6 7 (6.73%) Security Engineer
7 6 (5.77%) Delivery Project Manager
7 6 (5.77%) Infrastructure Delivery Manager
7 6 (5.77%) SC Cleared Project Manager
8 5 (4.81%) Infrastructure Architect
8 5 (4.81%) IT Engineer
9 4 (3.85%) Data Centre Architect
9 4 (3.85%) Infrastructure Security Engineer
9 4 (3.85%) IT Security Engineer
9 4 (3.85%) Server Engineer
9 4 (3.85%) Storage Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (4.81%) Web Services
2 3 (2.88%) XML
3 2 (1.92%) ModSecurity
4 1 (0.96%) .NET
4 1 (0.96%) 802.1X
4 1 (0.96%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 34 (32.69%) Data Centre
2 8 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (3.85%) Enterprise Storage
4 3 (2.88%) Driving Licence
4 3 (2.88%) Management Information System
4 3 (2.88%) Smartphone
5 2 (1.92%) CESG
5 2 (1.92%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 2 (1.92%) Self-Motivation
5 2 (1.92%) User Experience
6 1 (0.96%) Client/Server
6 1 (0.96%) Clustering
6 1 (0.96%) CMDB
6 1 (0.96%) IVR
6 1 (0.96%) Life Science
6 1 (0.96%) Replication
6 1 (0.96%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (0.96%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 30 (28.85%) Windows
2 16 (15.38%) Windows Server
3 12 (11.54%) Windows Server 2008
4 5 (4.81%) Linux
4 5 (4.81%) Windows Server 2012
5 4 (3.85%) Windows 10
5 4 (3.85%) Windows 7
6 2 (1.92%) Android
6 2 (1.92%) Windows NT
6 2 (1.92%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (0.96%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.96%) Unix
7 1 (0.96%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (14.42%) Migration
2 14 (13.46%) ITIL
3 12 (11.54%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 12 (11.54%) Network Design
4 10 (9.62%) Change Management
4 10 (9.62%) Disaster Recovery
4 10 (9.62%) Network Management
4 10 (9.62%) Service Management
5 9 (8.65%) Project Delivery
5 9 (8.65%) Project Management
6 8 (7.69%) PRINCE2
6 8 (7.69%) Server Management
7 7 (6.73%) Cybersecurity
7 7 (6.73%) Problem-Solving
7 7 (6.73%) Service Delivery
7 7 (6.73%) Stakeholder Management
8 6 (5.77%) Capacity Management
8 6 (5.77%) Programme Management
9 5 (4.81%) Server Virtualisation
9 5 (4.81%) Technical Architecture
Programming Languages
1 12 (11.54%) SQL
2 8 (7.69%) PowerShell
3 7 (6.73%) Python
4 1 (0.96%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 26 (25.00%) Cisco Certification
2 18 (17.31%) CCNP
2 18 (17.31%) Security Cleared
3 15 (14.42%) SC Cleared
4 10 (9.62%) CCNA
5 5 (4.81%) CCIE
6 3 (2.88%) BC Cleared
7 2 (1.92%) BPSS Clearance
7 2 (1.92%) CCSE
7 2 (1.92%) DBS Check
7 2 (1.92%) ISEB
7 2 (1.92%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (0.96%) A+ Certification
8 1 (0.96%) CCDP
8 1 (0.96%) CCIE Routing and Switching
8 1 (0.96%) Computer Science Degree
8 1 (0.96%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 1 (0.96%) MCP
8 1 (0.96%) MCSE
8 1 (0.96%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (6.73%) PMO
2 6 (5.77%) RMADS
2 6 (5.77%) SLA
3 4 (3.85%) BS7799
3 4 (3.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (1.92%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 18 (17.31%) Active Directory
2 15 (14.42%) Hyper-V
2 15 (14.42%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (7.69%) Citrix Presentation Server
3 8 (7.69%) XenApp
4 3 (2.88%) VMware NSX
5 2 (1.92%) Firmware
5 2 (1.92%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.96%) BitLocker
6 1 (0.96%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.96%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 12 (11.54%) SCOM
2 8 (7.69%) vRealize
3 7 (6.73%) FortiGate
3 7 (6.73%) SCCM
4 4 (3.85%) SCOrch
5 3 (2.88%) Cisco Prime
5 3 (2.88%) Failover Clustering
5 3 (2.88%) Microsoft Clustering
5 3 (2.88%) NetBackup
6 2 (1.92%) Terraform
7 1 (0.96%) Amdocs OSS
7 1 (0.96%) Icinga
7 1 (0.96%) Observium
7 1 (0.96%) Puppet
7 1 (0.96%) Red Hat Satellite
7 1 (0.96%) WSUS
Vendors
1 54 (51.92%) Cisco
2 27 (25.96%) Microsoft
3 16 (15.38%) VMware
4 13 (12.50%) Meraki
5 10 (9.62%) Citrix
6 9 (8.65%) Aruba
6 9 (8.65%) F5
7 8 (7.69%) CheckPoint
7 8 (7.69%) Juniper
8 6 (5.77%) Fortinet
8 6 (5.77%) Palo Alto
9 5 (4.81%) BT
9 5 (4.81%) EMC
9 5 (4.81%) NetApp
9 5 (4.81%) SolarWinds
10 4 (3.85%) Dell
10 4 (3.85%) EqualLogic
11 3 (2.88%) HP
11 3 (2.88%) Ivanti
11 3 (2.88%) Sage