Period
to 9 December 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 9 December 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
9 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 89 113 61
Rank change year-on-year +24 -52 +30
Contract jobs citing WAN 152 96 220
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 2.55% 1.70% 3.36%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 18.49% 13.04% 22.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 84 68 171
North West median daily rate £363 £375 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.33% -11.76% +13.33%
10th Percentile £190 £170 £250
90th Percentile £500 £500 £575
England median daily rate £400 £375 £400
% change year-on-year +6.67% -6.25% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 13 10
North West median hourly rate £29.00 £21.78 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +33.15% +55.57% -3.45%
10th Percentile £23.15 £11.00 £10.95
90th Percentile £43.25 £41.00 £38.25
England median hourly rate £24.00 £17.38 £20.00
% change year-on-year +38.13% -13.13% +14.29%

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 822 736 973
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 13.81% 13.05% 14.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 489 465 586
North West median daily rate £400 £385 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.90% -3.75% +3.23%
10th Percentile £198 £161 £213
90th Percentile £566 £549 £575
England median daily rate £425 £403 £400
% change year-on-year +5.59% +0.63% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 67 50 57
North West median hourly rate £19.00 £18.13 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.83% +13.28% -5.88%
10th Percentile £12.37 £11.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £45.70 £45.12 £40.00
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.70 £22.50
% change year-on-year +6.95% -16.89% +9.76%

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 9 December 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 9 December 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 9 December 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 +3 78 £344 -8.33% 43
Cheshire +12 37 £400 +0.31% 8
Merseyside +11 23 £350 +89.19% 13
Lancashire -21 4 £160 -54.29% 5
Cumbria -4 2 £375 -6.25%
WAN
England

For the 6 months to 9 December 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.

1 141 (92.76%) LAN
2 91 (59.87%) Cisco
3 78 (51.32%) Firewall
4 64 (42.11%) Windows
5 56 (36.84%) Cisco Certification
6 53 (34.87%) TCP/IP
7 49 (32.24%) VMware
8 44 (28.95%) Active Directory
9 39 (25.66%) DNS
9 39 (25.66%) DHCP
10 38 (25.00%) CCNP
10 38 (25.00%) Windows Server
11 36 (23.68%) Wireless
12 33 (21.71%) VMware Infrastructure
12 33 (21.71%) Data Centre
13 31 (20.39%) Office 365
14 30 (19.74%) Network Security
15 29 (19.08%) CCNA
15 29 (19.08%) VPN
16 27 (17.76%) Microsoft Azure
17 25 (16.45%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 25 (16.45%) Security Cleared
18 23 (15.13%) Load Balancing
18 23 (15.13%) Wi-Fi
18 23 (15.13%) Cisco Nexus
19 22 (14.47%) Telecoms
19 22 (14.47%) MS Exchange
20 21 (13.82%) OSPF
20 21 (13.82%) BGP
21 20 (13.16%) VoIP

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 22 (14.47%) MS Exchange
2 14 (9.21%) Exchange Server 2010
3 6 (3.95%) Exchange Server 2013
4 4 (2.63%) Skype for Business
5 3 (1.97%) Exchange Server 2007
5 3 (1.97%) SharePoint
6 1 (0.66%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (0.66%) IIS
Applications
1 9 (5.92%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.97%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (1.97%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 31 (20.39%) Office 365
2 27 (17.76%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (4.61%) Amazon AWS
4 6 (3.95%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 141 (92.76%) LAN
2 78 (51.32%) Firewall
3 53 (34.87%) TCP/IP
4 39 (25.66%) DHCP
4 39 (25.66%) DNS
5 36 (23.68%) Wireless
6 30 (19.74%) Network Security
7 29 (19.08%) VPN
8 23 (15.13%) Cisco Nexus
8 23 (15.13%) Wi-Fi
9 21 (13.82%) BGP
9 21 (13.82%) OSPF
10 20 (13.16%) VoIP
11 19 (12.50%) SAN
12 17 (11.18%) Cisco ASA
13 16 (10.53%) MPLS
14 15 (9.87%) WLAN
15 14 (9.21%) Cisco IOS
16 13 (8.55%) TACACS
17 12 (7.89%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.32%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (0.66%) Informix
2 1 (0.66%) MS Access
2 1 (0.66%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 7 (4.61%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 22 (14.47%) Telecoms
2 11 (7.24%) Finance
3 2 (1.32%) Banking
3 2 (1.32%) Publishing
4 1 (0.66%) Investment Banking
4 1 (0.66%) Law
4 1 (0.66%) Local Government
4 1 (0.66%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.66%) Military
Job Titles
1 63 (41.45%) Network Engineer
2 19 (12.50%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 17 (11.18%) Analyst
4 13 (8.55%) Architect
5 12 (7.89%) Network Security Engineer
5 12 (7.89%) Security Engineer
6 9 (5.92%) Consultant
6 9 (5.92%) Infrastructure Architect
7 8 (5.26%) LAN Engineer
7 8 (5.26%) Test Analyst
8 7 (4.61%) LAN/WAN Engineer
8 7 (4.61%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
8 7 (4.61%) WAN Engineer
9 6 (3.95%) Administrator
9 6 (3.95%) Cisco Engineer
9 6 (3.95%) Senior Windows Administrator
9 6 (3.95%) Windows Administrator
10 5 (3.29%) Infrastructure Consultant
10 5 (3.29%) Migration Architect
10 5 (3.29%) Network Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (4.61%) 802.1X
2 6 (3.95%) Elastic Stack
2 6 (3.95%) Middleware
3 1 (0.66%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 33 (21.71%) Data Centre
2 11 (7.24%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (7.24%) Handset
3 10 (6.58%) NHS
4 9 (5.92%) Cyberattack
5 8 (5.26%) CCTV
5 8 (5.26%) Smartphone
6 7 (4.61%) Fat Client
6 7 (4.61%) Replication
6 7 (4.61%) Thin Client
7 6 (3.95%) Enterprise Storage
8 5 (3.29%) Management Information System
8 5 (3.29%) Public Cloud
9 4 (2.63%) Greenfield Project
10 3 (1.97%) SCADA
11 2 (1.32%) iPhone
11 2 (1.32%) Video Conferencing
12 1 (0.66%) Clustering
12 1 (0.66%) iPad
12 1 (0.66%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 64 (42.11%) Windows
2 38 (25.00%) Windows Server
3 15 (9.87%) Windows 7
4 14 (9.21%) Windows 10
5 13 (8.55%) Linux
6 12 (7.89%) Windows Server 2008
7 9 (5.92%) Windows Server 2012
8 8 (5.26%) Unix
9 5 (3.29%) Windows 8
9 5 (3.29%) Windows Server 2003
10 3 (1.97%) Windows Phone
11 1 (0.66%) CentOS
11 1 (0.66%) Oracle Linux
11 1 (0.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.66%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (16.45%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 23 (15.13%) Load Balancing
3 16 (10.53%) ITIL
4 15 (9.87%) Cybersecurity
4 15 (9.87%) Network Monitoring
5 14 (9.21%) Migration
6 13 (8.55%) Network Design
7 11 (7.24%) Disaster Recovery
8 10 (6.58%) Test Scripting
8 10 (6.58%) Time Management
9 9 (5.92%) Information Security
9 9 (5.92%) Patch Management
10 8 (5.26%) Problem-Solving
11 6 (3.95%) Case Management
11 6 (3.95%) ITSM
11 6 (3.95%) Open Source
11 6 (3.95%) Root Cause Analysis
11 6 (3.95%) SIEM
11 6 (3.95%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 6 (3.95%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (7.89%) SQL
2 9 (5.92%) PowerShell
3 2 (1.32%) C
4 1 (0.66%) Python
4 1 (0.66%) Shell Script
4 1 (0.66%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 56 (36.84%) Cisco Certification
2 38 (25.00%) CCNP
3 29 (19.08%) CCNA
4 25 (16.45%) Security Cleared
5 20 (13.16%) SC Cleared
6 14 (9.21%) CCIE
7 10 (6.58%) Degree
8 8 (5.26%) CCDP
9 6 (3.95%) CCIE Security
10 5 (3.29%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 4 (2.63%) MCSE
11 4 (2.63%) Microsoft Certification
12 3 (1.97%) CCSA
12 3 (1.97%) Computer Science Degree
12 3 (1.97%) ISEB
13 2 (1.32%) DV Cleared
13 2 (1.32%) GIAC
13 2 (1.32%) HP APS
13 2 (1.32%) ISTQB
13 2 (1.32%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (3.29%) SLA
2 2 (1.32%) GDPR
3 1 (0.66%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 1 (0.66%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 44 (28.95%) Active Directory
2 33 (21.71%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (9.21%) VMware ESXi
4 6 (3.95%) Hyper-V
4 6 (3.95%) Virtual Desktop
4 6 (3.95%) Virtual Machines
5 3 (1.97%) Xen
5 3 (1.97%) XenApp
6 2 (1.32%) VMware NSX
7 1 (0.66%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 1 (0.66%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.66%) NFS
7 1 (0.66%) Oracle RAC
7 1 (0.66%) Samba
7 1 (0.66%) Terminal Services
7 1 (0.66%) vCloud
7 1 (0.66%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.66%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 13 (8.55%) SCCM
2 7 (4.61%) OpenView
3 6 (3.95%) QRadar
3 6 (3.95%) WSUS
4 5 (3.29%) Stealthwatch
4 5 (3.29%) vCenter Server
5 4 (2.63%) Forum Sentry
5 4 (2.63%) Nagios
6 3 (1.97%) SCOM
7 2 (1.32%) FortiGate
7 2 (1.32%) Microsoft Intune
8 1 (0.66%) AirWatch
8 1 (0.66%) Cisco CUCM
8 1 (0.66%) Cisco UCCX
8 1 (0.66%) HP SIM
8 1 (0.66%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (0.66%) OVSD
8 1 (0.66%) SmoothWall
8 1 (0.66%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 1 (0.66%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 91 (59.87%) Cisco
2 49 (32.24%) VMware
3 20 (13.16%) Microsoft
4 19 (12.50%) Citrix
5 17 (11.18%) F5
6 16 (10.53%) CheckPoint
7 15 (9.87%) Juniper
8 14 (9.21%) HP
9 12 (7.89%) Palo Alto
10 8 (5.26%) Veeam
11 7 (4.61%) McAfee
11 7 (4.61%) Meraki
12 6 (3.95%) AlienVault
12 6 (3.95%) Apple
12 6 (3.95%) IBM
12 6 (3.95%) Infoblox
12 6 (3.95%) SolarWinds
12 6 (3.95%) Splunk
12 6 (3.95%) Veritas
13 5 (3.29%) Tufin