Period
to 21 May 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East 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 21 May 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 > South East
6 months to
21 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 118 70 74
Rank change year-on-year -48 +4 -8
Contract jobs citing WAN 355 458 515
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 2.12% 3.00% 2.85%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 13.71% 16.28% 13.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 187 315 319
South East median daily rate £425 £413 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +17.86% -6.67%
10th Percentile £175 £275 £227
90th Percentile £575 £575 £506
England median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +6.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 29 27
South East median hourly rate £42.42 £16.50 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +157.09% -63.33% +60.71%
10th Percentile £12.44 £12.20 £17.95
90th Percentile £52.88 £43.00 £55.25
England median hourly rate £18.10 £16.52 £21.34
% change year-on-year +9.60% -22.61% +0.42%

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 South East with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
South East
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 2,590 2,814 3,728
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 15.49% 18.43% 20.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,340 1,626 2,080
South East median daily rate £412 £402 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.68% +5.66% +1.33%
10th Percentile £190 £218 £225
90th Percentile £575 £550 £525
England median daily rate £425 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 150 186 202
South East median hourly rate £23.75 £16.75 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +41.79% -44.17% -7.01%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.60 £11.81
90th Percentile £52.75 £45.44 £52.50
England median hourly rate £20.00 £19.90 £25.00
% change year-on-year +0.50% -20.40% +16.28%

WAN
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing WAN as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

Job vacancy trend for WAN in the South East

WAN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing WAN in the South East.

Contractor daily rate trend for WAN in the South East

WAN
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing WAN in the South East over the 6 months to 21 May 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for WAN in the South East

WAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing WAN in the South East.

Contractor hourly rate trend for WAN in the South East

WAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing WAN in the South East over the 6 months to 21 May 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for WAN in the South East

WAN
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing WAN within the South East region over the 6 months to 21 May 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
Thames Valley -34 154 £425 +6.25% 24
Berkshire +1 89 £425 +21.43% 15
Hampshire -50 84 £400 -5.88% 26
Surrey -8 64 £395 +3.95% 10
Buckinghamshire -48 45 £400 -11.01% 1
West Sussex +3 20 £470 +18.99% 6
Oxfordshire -14 20 £475 +5.56% 8
East Sussex +13 11 £325 - 3
Middlesex +4 10 £525 +25.00% 2
Kent +1 9 £434 +2.06% 5
WAN
England

For the 6 months to 21 May 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 South East region with a requirement for WAN.

1 260 (73.24%) LAN
2 191 (53.80%) Cisco
3 151 (42.54%) Firewall
4 93 (26.20%) Windows
5 83 (23.38%) Juniper
6 82 (23.10%) Cisco Certification
7 81 (22.82%) VPN
7 81 (22.82%) DNS
8 76 (21.41%) Data Centre
9 75 (21.13%) VMware
10 74 (20.85%) MPLS
10 74 (20.85%) Security Cleared
11 73 (20.56%) Active Directory
12 71 (20.00%) Migration
13 63 (17.75%) Microsoft
13 63 (17.75%) CCNP
14 58 (16.34%) ITIL
15 57 (16.06%) VMware Infrastructure
16 52 (14.65%) BGP
17 48 (13.52%) Wireless
18 47 (13.24%) Wi-Fi
19 43 (12.11%) Telecoms
19 43 (12.11%) OSPF
19 43 (12.11%) CheckPoint
20 41 (11.55%) F5
21 40 (11.27%) SC Cleared
21 40 (11.27%) Microsoft Azure
21 40 (11.27%) CCNA
22 39 (10.99%) VLAN
23 37 (10.42%) DHCP

WAN
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 32 (9.01%) MS Exchange
2 12 (3.38%) Skype for Business
3 10 (2.82%) Exchange Server 2010
4 9 (2.54%) IIS
5 8 (2.25%) Apache
6 7 (1.97%) Exchange Server 2013
7 5 (1.41%) Exchange Server 2007
8 4 (1.13%) SharePoint
9 3 (0.85%) GroupWise
9 3 (0.85%) OpenStack
9 3 (0.85%) WebSphere
10 2 (0.56%) BizTalk Server
11 1 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2000
11 1 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2003
11 1 (0.28%) IBM Notes
11 1 (0.28%) iPlanet
11 1 (0.28%) JBoss
11 1 (0.28%) Oracle Application Server
11 1 (0.28%) Tomcat
11 1 (0.28%) WebLogic
Applications
1 29 (8.17%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.13%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.56%) Acrobat
3 2 (0.56%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.56%) PaintShop Pro
4 1 (0.28%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.28%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 40 (11.27%) Microsoft Azure
2 37 (10.42%) Office 365
3 33 (9.30%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (1.13%) OneDrive
4 4 (1.13%) SaaS
5 3 (0.85%) Cloud Computing
5 3 (0.85%) IaaS
6 2 (0.56%) Google Cloud Platform
6 2 (0.56%) HP Helion
6 2 (0.56%) PaaS
7 1 (0.28%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.28%) G Suite
7 1 (0.28%) IBM Cloud
7 1 (0.28%) Mimecast
7 1 (0.28%) SoftLayer
7 1 (0.28%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 260 (73.24%) LAN
2 151 (42.54%) Firewall
3 81 (22.82%) DNS
3 81 (22.82%) VPN
4 74 (20.85%) MPLS
5 52 (14.65%) BGP
6 48 (13.52%) Wireless
7 47 (13.24%) Wi-Fi
8 43 (12.11%) OSPF
9 39 (10.99%) VLAN
10 37 (10.42%) DHCP
11 36 (10.14%) TCP/IP
12 35 (9.86%) Network Security
13 34 (9.58%) Internet
14 32 (9.01%) IPsec
15 31 (8.73%) Cisco ASA
16 28 (7.89%) VoIP
17 27 (7.61%) SAN
18 22 (6.20%) Unified Communications
19 21 (5.92%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (1.97%) SQL Server
2 5 (1.41%) MySQL
3 3 (0.85%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.28%) SQL Server 2000
4 1 (0.28%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 7 (1.97%) Subversion
2 5 (1.41%) Jenkins
2 5 (1.41%) JIRA
2 5 (1.41%) JMeter
2 5 (1.41%) LoadRunner
3 3 (0.85%) SilkTest
4 2 (0.56%) Hudson
4 2 (0.56%) Selenium
4 2 (0.56%) SoapUI
4 2 (0.56%) WebDriver
General
1 43 (12.11%) Telecoms
2 25 (7.04%) Finance
3 8 (2.25%) Retail
4 7 (1.97%) Back Office
5 3 (0.85%) Legal
6 2 (0.56%) Advertising
6 2 (0.56%) Banking
7 1 (0.28%) Military
7 1 (0.28%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.28%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 83 (23.38%) Network Engineer
2 80 (22.54%) Architect
3 43 (12.11%) Network Architect
4 32 (9.01%) Project Manager
5 31 (8.73%) Analyst
6 24 (6.76%) Support Engineer
7 22 (6.20%) Consultant
8 19 (5.35%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 18 (5.07%) Cisco Engineer
10 16 (4.51%) Network Manager
10 16 (4.51%) Solutions Architect
11 13 (3.66%) Senior Network Engineer
12 12 (3.38%) 2nd Line Support
12 12 (3.38%) Cisco Network Engineer
12 12 (3.38%) Security Analyst
12 12 (3.38%) WAN Engineer
13 11 (3.10%) Support Analyst
14 10 (2.82%) Infrastructure Architect
14 10 (2.82%) Infrastructure Project Manager
14 10 (2.82%) Network Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (1.69%) MAPI
2 5 (1.41%) 802.1X
3 3 (0.85%) Web Services
4 2 (0.56%) .NET
4 2 (0.56%) JAAS
4 2 (0.56%) LDAP
4 2 (0.56%) OAuth
4 2 (0.56%) OpenID
4 2 (0.56%) SAML
4 2 (0.56%) SOAP
4 2 (0.56%) XACML
5 1 (0.28%) COM
5 1 (0.28%) J2EE
5 1 (0.28%) JSON
5 1 (0.28%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 76 (21.41%) Data Centre
2 16 (4.51%) Analytical Skills
3 12 (3.38%) Smartphone
4 11 (3.10%) Clustering
4 11 (3.10%) Video Conferencing
5 6 (1.69%) e-Health
5 6 (1.69%) NHS
6 5 (1.41%) IVR
6 5 (1.41%) Mobile App
7 4 (1.13%) CMDB
7 4 (1.13%) Driving Licence
7 4 (1.13%) Mainframe
7 4 (1.13%) Self-Motivation
7 4 (1.13%) Virtual Team
8 3 (0.85%) Linux Command Line
8 3 (0.85%) PKI
8 3 (0.85%) PMI
8 3 (0.85%) Private Cloud
8 3 (0.85%) Replication
9 2 (0.56%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 93 (26.20%) Windows
2 35 (9.86%) Windows Server
3 33 (9.30%) Linux
4 25 (7.04%) Windows Server 2008
5 22 (6.20%) Unix
5 22 (6.20%) Windows 7
6 15 (4.23%) Windows 10
6 15 (4.23%) Windows Server 2003
7 14 (3.94%) Solaris
8 7 (1.97%) Windows Server 2012
9 6 (1.69%) Windows 8
10 5 (1.41%) Check Point GAiA
10 5 (1.41%) Debian
10 5 (1.41%) Mac OS
10 5 (1.41%) SUSE
11 4 (1.13%) Mac OS X
11 4 (1.13%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
12 2 (0.56%) AIX
12 2 (0.56%) Android
12 2 (0.56%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 71 (20.00%) Migration
2 58 (16.34%) ITIL
3 29 (8.17%) Project Management
4 27 (7.61%) Load Balancing
5 25 (7.04%) Network Design
6 23 (6.48%) Change Management
7 22 (6.20%) Service Delivery
8 21 (5.92%) Disaster Recovery
8 21 (5.92%) Network Management
9 19 (5.35%) Problem-Solving
10 18 (5.07%) High Availability
11 17 (4.79%) Capacity Planning
11 17 (4.79%) IT Strategy
11 17 (4.79%) Problem Management
12 16 (4.51%) Business Continuity
13 14 (3.94%) Service Management
13 14 (3.94%) Stakeholder Management
13 14 (3.94%) System Testing
14 13 (3.66%) Agile Software Development
14 13 (3.66%) Network Architecture
Programming Languages
1 24 (6.76%) Python
2 15 (4.23%) PowerShell
3 12 (3.38%) Bash Shell
4 10 (2.82%) C
4 10 (2.82%) SQL
5 6 (1.69%) VBA
6 5 (1.41%) C#
6 5 (1.41%) Perl
7 4 (1.13%) Java
8 1 (0.28%) C-shell
8 1 (0.28%) Korn
Qualifications
1 82 (23.10%) Cisco Certification
2 74 (20.85%) Security Cleared
3 63 (17.75%) CCNP
4 40 (11.27%) CCNA
4 40 (11.27%) SC Cleared
5 35 (9.86%) DV Cleared
6 24 (6.76%) Microsoft Certification
7 17 (4.79%) CCDP
7 17 (4.79%) Degree
8 16 (4.51%) CCIE
9 13 (3.66%) MCSE
10 12 (3.38%) JNCIS
11 11 (3.10%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 9 (2.54%) JNCIA
12 9 (2.54%) MCP
12 9 (2.54%) MCSA
13 7 (1.97%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 6 (1.69%) DBS Check
15 5 (1.41%) CCIE Routing and Switching
15 5 (1.41%) CCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (5.35%) SLA
2 10 (2.82%) QA
3 8 (2.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 5 (1.41%) GDPR
4 5 (1.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 4 (1.13%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.56%) Cyber Essentials
6 2 (0.56%) HIPAA
6 2 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 1 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 1 (0.28%) PMO
System Software
1 73 (20.56%) Active Directory
2 57 (16.06%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (4.51%) Hyper-V
4 15 (4.23%) VMware NSX
5 11 (3.10%) VMware ESXi
6 9 (2.54%) XenApp
7 6 (1.69%) ProxySG
8 5 (1.41%) Virtual Desktop
8 5 (1.41%) Virtual Servers
8 5 (1.41%) vSphere
9 4 (1.13%) VirtualBox
10 3 (0.85%) Firmware
10 3 (0.85%) Forefront TMG
10 3 (0.85%) ISA Server
10 3 (0.85%) UAG
11 2 (0.56%) Virtual Machines
12 1 (0.28%) FreeRADIUS
12 1 (0.28%) Samba
12 1 (0.28%) Terminal Services
12 1 (0.28%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 23 (6.48%) SCCM
2 13 (3.66%) Cisco CUCM
3 8 (2.25%) Ansible
3 8 (2.25%) CA Spectrum
4 7 (1.97%) FortiGate
4 7 (1.97%) SCOM
5 6 (1.69%) WhatsUp Gold
6 5 (1.41%) Perfmon
6 5 (1.41%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 5 (1.41%) Terraform
7 4 (1.13%) AirWatch
7 4 (1.13%) Cacti
7 4 (1.13%) Puppet
8 3 (0.85%) NetBackup
8 3 (0.85%) QRadar
9 2 (0.56%) Backup Exec
9 2 (0.56%) Cisco UCCE
9 2 (0.56%) ServiceCenter
9 2 (0.56%) Single Sign-On
9 2 (0.56%) WSUS
Vendors
1 191 (53.80%) Cisco
2 83 (23.38%) Juniper
3 75 (21.13%) VMware
4 63 (17.75%) Microsoft
5 43 (12.11%) CheckPoint
6 41 (11.55%) F5
7 35 (9.86%) Citrix
8 32 (9.01%) HP
8 32 (9.01%) Palo Alto
9 25 (7.04%) SolarWinds
10 22 (6.20%) Blue Coat
11 21 (5.92%) Aruba
12 20 (5.63%) NetApp
13 19 (5.35%) Brocade
14 13 (3.66%) McAfee
14 13 (3.66%) Qualys
15 11 (3.10%) Riverbed
16 10 (2.82%) Red Hat
17 9 (2.54%) Fortinet
18 8 (2.25%) CA