Period
to 25 September 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 September 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 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 89 102 76
Rank change year-on-year +13 -26 +6
Contract jobs citing WAN 150 104 192
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 2.52% 1.79% 2.65%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 17.77% 12.11% 17.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 85 73 131
North West median daily rate £375 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -6.25% +2.56%
10th Percentile £174 £165 £213
90th Percentile £558 £500 £575
England median daily rate £400 £385 £400
% change year-on-year +3.90% -3.75% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 14 10
North West median hourly rate £28.50 £15.60 £12.79
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +82.75% +21.93% -11.79%
10th Percentile £21.08 £10.65 £10.50
90th Percentile £43.63 £67.78 £15.65
England median hourly rate £21.07 £17.38 £20.00
% change year-on-year +21.28% -13.13% +17.65%

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 844 859 1,096
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 14.18% 14.82% 15.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 502 503 647
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £208 £213 £233
90th Percentile £563 £543 £575
England median daily rate £425 £405 £400
% change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 84 64 56
North West median hourly rate £18.06 £14.83 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.82% -7.34% -4.99%
10th Percentile £12.45 £11.00 £11.88
90th Percentile £43.03 £51.71 £41.13
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.18 £23.00
% change year-on-year +10.01% -20.96% +15.00%

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 September 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 September 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 September 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 -6 73 £350 -6.67% 32
Cheshire +8 51 £400 +3.23% 21
Merseyside +23 9 £450 +28.57% 6
Lancashire -8 8 £325 -7.14% 3
Cumbria -10 2 £375 -6.25%
WAN
England

For the 6 months to 25 September 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.

1 136 (90.67%) LAN
2 89 (59.33%) Cisco
3 78 (52.00%) Firewall
4 63 (42.00%) Windows
5 50 (33.33%) VMware
6 48 (32.00%) Cisco Certification
7 47 (31.33%) Active Directory
8 45 (30.00%) Windows Server
9 42 (28.00%) VMware Infrastructure
10 39 (26.00%) Office 365
11 37 (24.67%) Data Centre
12 34 (22.67%) Microsoft
12 34 (22.67%) TCP/IP
13 32 (21.33%) VPN
13 32 (21.33%) ITIL
14 31 (20.67%) DNS
14 31 (20.67%) CCNP
15 30 (20.00%) SAN
15 30 (20.00%) Network Security
16 29 (19.33%) DHCP
16 29 (19.33%) MS Exchange
16 29 (19.33%) Wireless
17 28 (18.67%) Microsoft Azure
17 28 (18.67%) Migration
18 26 (17.33%) Telecoms
18 26 (17.33%) Citrix
19 25 (16.67%) Infrastructure Engineering
20 24 (16.00%) CCNA
21 23 (15.33%) Analytical Skills
22 22 (14.67%) SCCM

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 29 (19.33%) MS Exchange
2 17 (11.33%) Exchange Server 2010
3 10 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2013
3 10 (6.67%) Skype for Business
4 6 (4.00%) IIS
5 4 (2.67%) Exchange Server 2007
6 2 (1.33%) SharePoint
6 2 (1.33%) Site Server
7 1 (0.67%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 9 (6.00%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.33%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (2.00%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.67%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 39 (26.00%) Office 365
2 28 (18.67%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (4.00%) Amazon AWS
3 6 (4.00%) Azure Active Directory
4 3 (2.00%) Amazon EC2
4 3 (2.00%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 1 (0.67%) Amazon ELB
5 1 (0.67%) PaaS
5 1 (0.67%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 136 (90.67%) LAN
2 78 (52.00%) Firewall
3 34 (22.67%) TCP/IP
4 32 (21.33%) VPN
5 31 (20.67%) DNS
6 30 (20.00%) Network Security
6 30 (20.00%) SAN
7 29 (19.33%) DHCP
7 29 (19.33%) Wireless
8 21 (14.00%) VoIP
9 20 (13.33%) MPLS
10 18 (12.00%) BGP
10 18 (12.00%) Cisco Nexus
10 18 (12.00%) OSPF
10 18 (12.00%) Skype
11 17 (11.33%) Cisco ASA
11 17 (11.33%) WLAN
12 15 (10.00%) NAS
13 14 (9.33%) Wi-Fi
14 11 (7.33%) TACACS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (8.00%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.33%) MySQL
2 2 (1.33%) RDBMS
2 2 (1.33%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.67%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (0.67%) Informix
3 1 (0.67%) MS Access
3 1 (0.67%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (0.67%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 6 (4.00%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 2 (1.33%) Jenkins
General
1 26 (17.33%) Telecoms
2 6 (4.00%) Finance
3 4 (2.67%) Local Government
4 2 (1.33%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.67%) Banking
5 1 (0.67%) Law
5 1 (0.67%) Legal
Job Titles
1 59 (39.33%) Network Engineer
2 20 (13.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 15 (10.00%) Security Engineer
4 13 (8.67%) Network Security Engineer
5 11 (7.33%) Architect
6 9 (6.00%) Administrator
6 9 (6.00%) Analyst
6 9 (6.00%) Infrastructure Architect
6 9 (6.00%) Senior Network Engineer
6 9 (6.00%) Server Engineer
7 8 (5.33%) Network Specialist
8 7 (4.67%) SCCM Engineer
9 6 (4.00%) LAN Engineer
9 6 (4.00%) Senior Windows Administrator
9 6 (4.00%) Windows Administrator
10 5 (3.33%) LAN/WAN Engineer
10 5 (3.33%) Migration Architect
10 5 (3.33%) WAN Engineer
11 4 (2.67%) 2nd Line Engineer
11 4 (2.67%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (4.00%) Middleware
2 4 (2.67%) 802.1X
2 4 (2.67%) LDAP
3 2 (1.33%) ActiveMQ
4 1 (0.67%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 37 (24.67%) Data Centre
2 23 (15.33%) Analytical Skills
3 11 (7.33%) NHS
4 10 (6.67%) Handset
4 10 (6.67%) Smartphone
5 7 (4.67%) Fat Client
5 7 (4.67%) Thin Client
6 6 (4.00%) Enterprise Storage
6 6 (4.00%) Management Information System
6 6 (4.00%) Replication
7 5 (3.33%) Computer Science
7 5 (3.33%) Public Cloud
8 2 (1.33%) CCTV
8 2 (1.33%) EMC VNX
8 2 (1.33%) Enterprise Software
8 2 (1.33%) iPhone
8 2 (1.33%) PKI
8 2 (1.33%) Video Conferencing
9 1 (0.67%) Algorithms
9 1 (0.67%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 63 (42.00%) Windows
2 45 (30.00%) Windows Server
3 19 (12.67%) Windows Server 2008
4 15 (10.00%) Windows 7
4 15 (10.00%) Windows Server 2012
5 12 (8.00%) Linux
5 12 (8.00%) Windows 10
6 7 (4.67%) Windows Server 2003
7 5 (3.33%) Windows 8
8 3 (2.00%) Windows Phone
9 2 (1.33%) Unix
9 2 (1.33%) Windows 2000 Server
10 1 (0.67%) Apple iOS
10 1 (0.67%) Oracle Linux
10 1 (0.67%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (21.33%) ITIL
2 28 (18.67%) Migration
3 25 (16.67%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 19 (12.67%) Load Balancing
5 18 (12.00%) Disaster Recovery
6 14 (9.33%) Problem-Solving
6 14 (9.33%) Time Management
7 11 (7.33%) Network Design
8 10 (6.67%) Project Management
8 10 (6.67%) Service Delivery
8 10 (6.67%) Service Management
9 8 (5.33%) ITIL V3
9 8 (5.33%) Stakeholder Management
9 8 (5.33%) Test Scripting
10 7 (4.67%) Configuration Management
10 7 (4.67%) Cybersecurity
11 6 (4.00%) Change Control
11 6 (4.00%) Change Management
11 6 (4.00%) ITSM
11 6 (4.00%) Network Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 17 (11.33%) SQL
2 14 (9.33%) PowerShell
3 5 (3.33%) C
4 1 (0.67%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 48 (32.00%) Cisco Certification
2 31 (20.67%) CCNP
3 24 (16.00%) CCNA
4 17 (11.33%) Security Cleared
5 16 (10.67%) SC Cleared
6 15 (10.00%) Degree
7 14 (9.33%) CCIE
8 6 (4.00%) CCIE Security
9 5 (3.33%) ITIL Certification
9 5 (3.33%) Microsoft Certification
10 4 (2.67%) CCDP
10 4 (2.67%) Computer Science Degree
10 4 (2.67%) ISEB
10 4 (2.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 4 (2.67%) MBA
10 4 (2.67%) MCSE
11 3 (2.00%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 3 (2.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 2 (1.33%) Chartered Engineer
12 2 (1.33%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (3.33%) SLA
2 2 (1.33%) GDPR
3 1 (0.67%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 47 (31.33%) Active Directory
2 42 (28.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (11.33%) VMware ESXi
4 15 (10.00%) Hyper-V
5 11 (7.33%) XenApp
6 9 (6.00%) Virtual Machines
7 6 (4.00%) Virtual Desktop
8 3 (2.00%) Xen
9 2 (1.33%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 2 (1.33%) ProxySG
9 2 (1.33%) VMware NSX
9 2 (1.33%) vSphere
10 1 (0.67%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.67%) Oracle RAC
10 1 (0.67%) Terminal Services
10 1 (0.67%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 22 (14.67%) SCCM
2 9 (6.00%) Microsoft Intune
3 8 (5.33%) WSUS
4 7 (4.67%) OpenView
5 5 (3.33%) SCOM
5 5 (3.33%) Stealthwatch
5 5 (3.33%) vCenter Server
6 4 (2.67%) Norton AntiVirus
7 3 (2.00%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 2 (1.33%) FortiGate
8 2 (1.33%) Forum Sentry
8 2 (1.33%) McAfee ePO
8 2 (1.33%) Nagios
8 2 (1.33%) Puppet
8 2 (1.33%) SmoothWall
9 1 (0.67%) AirWatch
9 1 (0.67%) HP SIM
9 1 (0.67%) Microsoft Clustering
9 1 (0.67%) Opscode Chef
9 1 (0.67%) Terraform
Vendors
1 89 (59.33%) Cisco
2 50 (33.33%) VMware
3 34 (22.67%) Microsoft
4 26 (17.33%) Citrix
5 16 (10.67%) HP
6 14 (9.33%) Juniper
7 12 (8.00%) CheckPoint
7 12 (8.00%) F5
8 7 (4.67%) Fortinet
8 7 (4.67%) Palo Alto
8 7 (4.67%) Veeam
9 6 (4.00%) SolarWinds
9 6 (4.00%) Symantec
9 6 (4.00%) Veritas
10 5 (3.33%) Clearswift
10 5 (3.33%) ForeScout
10 5 (3.33%) Meraki
10 5 (3.33%) Teradici
10 5 (3.33%) Tufin
11 4 (2.67%) Oracle