Period
to 24 June 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 24 June 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
24 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 105 90 107
Rank change year-on-year -15 +17 -28
Contract jobs citing WAN 115 113 142
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.96% 2.05% 1.86%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 15.15% 13.87% 12.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 73 80 81
North West median daily rate £350 £379 £378
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.59% +0.20% +0.80%
10th Percentile £177 £164 £200
90th Percentile £578 £589 £550
England median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +6.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 13 13
North West median hourly rate £25.61 £15.15 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +69.03% +16.54% -25.71%
10th Percentile £15.48 £10.60 £10.50
90th Percentile £37.50 £57.85 £14.65
England median hourly rate £18.23 £16.50 £21.34
% change year-on-year +10.45% -22.68% -5.16%

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 759 815 1,133
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 12.90% 14.81% 14.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 428 472 636
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -3.03% +13.79%
10th Percentile £206 £233 £263
90th Percentile £575 £550 £575
England median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 88 77 52
North West median hourly rate £16.96 £15.50 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.40% - -15.37%
10th Percentile £12.32 £10.50 £10.55
90th Percentile £39.13 £54.03 £44.80
England median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +5.26% -24.00% +17.65%

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 24 June 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 24 June 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 24 June 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 -26 53 £250 -36.10% 33
Cheshire +6 43 £361 +4.91% 14
Lancashire -9 9 £625 +2.04% 8
Merseyside +25 7 £438 -11.39% 11
Cumbria -7 1 - -
WAN
England

For the 6 months to 24 June 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.

1 101 (87.83%) LAN
2 62 (53.91%) Cisco
3 54 (46.96%) Firewall
4 47 (40.87%) Windows
5 36 (31.30%) VMware
5 36 (31.30%) Microsoft
6 33 (28.70%) Active Directory
6 33 (28.70%) Windows Server
7 32 (27.83%) Cisco Certification
8 31 (26.96%) VPN
8 31 (26.96%) Office 365
9 30 (26.09%) ITIL
9 30 (26.09%) VMware Infrastructure
10 29 (25.22%) Network Security
10 29 (25.22%) Migration
11 28 (24.35%) Citrix
12 27 (23.48%) SAN
12 27 (23.48%) Windows Server 2008
13 26 (22.61%) Data Centre
14 24 (20.87%) TCP/IP
15 23 (20.00%) SCCM
16 22 (19.13%) Microsoft Azure
17 21 (18.26%) VoIP
17 21 (18.26%) Analytical Skills
17 21 (18.26%) Windows Server 2012
18 20 (17.39%) SQL Server
18 20 (17.39%) CCNP
18 20 (17.39%) CCNA
18 20 (17.39%) XenApp
19 19 (16.52%) MPLS

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 18 (15.65%) MS Exchange
2 13 (11.30%) IIS
3 10 (8.70%) Exchange Server 2010
3 10 (8.70%) Skype for Business
4 9 (7.83%) Exchange Server 2013
5 5 (4.35%) Exchange Server 2007
6 2 (1.74%) Site Server
7 1 (0.87%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 2 (1.74%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.87%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 31 (26.96%) Office 365
2 22 (19.13%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (5.22%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (3.48%) Amazon EC2
4 4 (3.48%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 3 (2.61%) Azure Active Directory
5 3 (2.61%) PaaS
5 3 (2.61%) SaaS
6 2 (1.74%) Amazon ELB
Communications & Networking
1 101 (87.83%) LAN
2 54 (46.96%) Firewall
3 31 (26.96%) VPN
4 29 (25.22%) Network Security
5 27 (23.48%) SAN
6 24 (20.87%) TCP/IP
7 21 (18.26%) VoIP
8 19 (16.52%) DHCP
8 19 (16.52%) DNS
8 19 (16.52%) MPLS
9 15 (13.04%) Cisco Nexus
9 15 (13.04%) Skype
10 13 (11.30%) DMZ
11 11 (9.57%) Cisco ASA
11 11 (9.57%) NAS
12 10 (8.70%) Ethernet
12 10 (8.70%) IPsec
12 10 (8.70%) Unified Communications
13 9 (7.83%) VLAN
14 8 (6.96%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (17.39%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.74%) Amazon RDS
2 2 (1.74%) MySQL
2 2 (1.74%) RDBMS
2 2 (1.74%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.87%) MS Access
3 1 (0.87%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (0.87%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (0.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (1.74%) Jenkins
1 2 (1.74%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 1 (0.87%) MSI
General
1 16 (13.91%) Telecoms
2 9 (7.83%) Local Government
3 6 (5.22%) Finance
4 2 (1.74%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.87%) Banking
5 1 (0.87%) Law
5 1 (0.87%) Legal
5 1 (0.87%) Multimedia
5 1 (0.87%) Retail
Job Titles
1 39 (33.91%) Network Engineer
2 16 (13.91%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 13 (11.30%) Server Engineer
4 12 (10.43%) Security Engineer
5 10 (8.70%) Network Security Engineer
6 9 (7.83%) Senior Network Engineer
7 8 (6.96%) SCCM Engineer
8 6 (5.22%) Administrator
8 6 (5.22%) Senior Network Security Engineer
8 6 (5.22%) Senior Security Engineer
9 5 (4.35%) 2nd Line Engineer
9 5 (4.35%) Analyst
9 5 (4.35%) Architect
9 5 (4.35%) Network Specialist
10 4 (3.48%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
10 4 (3.48%) Support Engineer
11 3 (2.61%) Infrastructure Manager
11 3 (2.61%) Network Analyst
11 3 (2.61%) Project Manager
11 3 (2.61%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (5.22%) LDAP
2 2 (1.74%) ActiveMQ
2 2 (1.74%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 26 (22.61%) Data Centre
2 21 (18.26%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (6.09%) Management Information System
4 6 (5.22%) Public Cloud
5 5 (4.35%) NHS
6 4 (3.48%) PKI
7 3 (2.61%) Clustering
7 3 (2.61%) Smartphone
8 2 (1.74%) Computer Science
8 2 (1.74%) EMC VNX
8 2 (1.74%) Enterprise Software
8 2 (1.74%) Fat Client
8 2 (1.74%) Replication
8 2 (1.74%) Self-Motivation
8 2 (1.74%) Thin Client
9 1 (0.87%) EPoS
9 1 (0.87%) Private Cloud
9 1 (0.87%) Video Conferencing
9 1 (0.87%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 47 (40.87%) Windows
2 33 (28.70%) Windows Server
3 27 (23.48%) Windows Server 2008
4 21 (18.26%) Windows Server 2012
5 12 (10.43%) Linux
5 12 (10.43%) Windows Server 2003
6 9 (7.83%) Windows 7
7 4 (3.48%) Windows 10
8 3 (2.61%) Windows XP
9 2 (1.74%) Windows 2000 Server
10 1 (0.87%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (26.09%) ITIL
2 29 (25.22%) Migration
3 15 (13.04%) Disaster Recovery
4 14 (12.17%) Configuration Management
4 14 (12.17%) Problem-Solving
4 14 (12.17%) Time Management
5 12 (10.43%) Asset Management
5 12 (10.43%) Change Management
5 12 (10.43%) High Availability
6 10 (8.70%) Capacity Planning
6 10 (8.70%) Deployment Automation
6 10 (8.70%) Problem Management
6 10 (8.70%) Project Management
6 10 (8.70%) Software Deployment
7 9 (7.83%) Decision-Making
7 9 (7.83%) Load Balancing
7 9 (7.83%) PRINCE2
7 9 (7.83%) Service Management
8 8 (6.96%) Service Delivery
8 8 (6.96%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 17 (14.78%) SQL
2 12 (10.43%) PowerShell
3 4 (3.48%) C
4 3 (2.61%) VBScript
5 1 (0.87%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 32 (27.83%) Cisco Certification
2 20 (17.39%) CCNA
2 20 (17.39%) CCNP
3 10 (8.70%) Degree
3 10 (8.70%) Security Cleared
4 9 (7.83%) SC Cleared
5 8 (6.96%) CCIE
6 5 (4.35%) ITIL Certification
6 5 (4.35%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 4 (3.48%) CCDP
7 4 (3.48%) Chartered Engineer
7 4 (3.48%) CISM
7 4 (3.48%) CISSP
7 4 (3.48%) MBA
8 3 (2.61%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 2 (1.74%) Computer Science Degree
9 2 (1.74%) ISEB
9 2 (1.74%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 2 (1.74%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 1 (0.87%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.74%) SLA
2 1 (0.87%) GDPR
System Software
1 33 (28.70%) Active Directory
2 30 (26.09%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (17.39%) XenApp
4 15 (13.04%) Hyper-V
4 15 (13.04%) VMware ESXi
5 9 (7.83%) Virtual Machines
6 4 (3.48%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 4 (3.48%) vSphere
7 3 (2.61%) ProxySG
8 1 (0.87%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.87%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.87%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 23 (20.00%) SCCM
2 9 (7.83%) Microsoft Intune
2 9 (7.83%) Norton AntiVirus
3 8 (6.96%) SCOM
4 7 (6.09%) WSUS
5 4 (3.48%) McAfee ePO
5 4 (3.48%) SmoothWall
5 4 (3.48%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 4 (3.48%) vCenter Server
6 3 (2.61%) FortiGate
6 3 (2.61%) HP SIM
6 3 (2.61%) Microsoft Clustering
6 3 (2.61%) Puppet
7 2 (1.74%) Cisco CUCM
7 2 (1.74%) Cisco UCCX
7 2 (1.74%) Terraform
7 2 (1.74%) vMotion
8 1 (0.87%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 62 (53.91%) Cisco
2 36 (31.30%) Microsoft
2 36 (31.30%) VMware
3 28 (24.35%) Citrix
4 14 (12.17%) HP
5 13 (11.30%) Juniper
6 11 (9.57%) Symantec
7 7 (6.09%) CheckPoint
7 7 (6.09%) F5
8 6 (5.22%) Fortinet
9 4 (3.48%) Avaya
9 4 (3.48%) ForeScout
9 4 (3.48%) McAfee
10 3 (2.61%) Altiris
10 3 (2.61%) Blue Coat
10 3 (2.61%) WatchGuard
11 2 (1.74%) EMC
11 2 (1.74%) Ivanti
11 2 (1.74%) Oracle
11 2 (1.74%) Teradici