Period
to 19 November 2019

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 19 November 2019 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
19 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 70 110 104
Rank change year-on-year +40 -6 -2
Contract jobs citing WAN 407 383 367
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 3.01% 2.32% 2.21%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 16.81% 13.93% 12.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 257 210 217
South East median daily rate £400 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.23% -3.13%
10th Percentile £198 £145 £173
90th Percentile £571 £550 £550
England median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 17 30
South East median hourly rate £45.33 £22.75 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +99.25% +46.77% -61.49%
10th Percentile £13.75 £16.50 £12.24
90th Percentile £130.00 £39.35 £43.45
England median hourly rate £19.00 £23.50 £17.38
% change year-on-year -19.15% +35.25% -19.19%

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 2,421 2,749 2,873
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 17.92% 16.63% 17.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,309 1,468 1,562
South East median daily rate £400 £400 £398
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +0.63% +6.00%
10th Percentile £192 £209 £185
90th Percentile £558 £575 £550
England median daily rate £425 £425 £403
% change year-on-year - +5.59% +0.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 146 111 153
South East median hourly rate £38.75 £24.91 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +55.56% +42.34% -30.00%
10th Percentile £13.13 £12.75 £12.00
90th Percentile £82.50 £50.00 £46.14
England median hourly rate £25.12 £20.00 £18.70
% change year-on-year +25.60% +6.95% -16.89%

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 19 November 2019.

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 19 November 2019.

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 19 November 2019. 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 +43 186 £415 -2.35% 57
Berkshire +34 128 £420 +5.00% 30
Hampshire +22 114 £418 +4.56% 29
West Sussex +25 32 £450 +9.09% 12
Surrey -12 31 £462 +74.25% 22
Oxfordshire +34 29 £400 -5.88% 6
Buckinghamshire +9 29 £413 -3.73% 21
Kent +25 27 £400 -8.36% 13
East Sussex +18 11 £463 -22.92% 5
Sussex - 2 £500 -
WAN
England

For the 6 months to 19 November 2019, 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.

1 319 (78.38%) LAN
2 221 (54.30%) Cisco
3 181 (44.47%) Firewall
4 135 (33.17%) Cisco Certification
5 118 (28.99%) Windows
6 92 (22.60%) VPN
7 89 (21.87%) MPLS
8 88 (21.62%) Active Directory
9 85 (20.88%) BGP
9 85 (20.88%) Data Centre
10 83 (20.39%) DNS
11 81 (19.90%) Microsoft
12 77 (18.92%) CCNP
13 72 (17.69%) VMware
14 69 (16.95%) Telecoms
15 68 (16.71%) CCNA
15 68 (16.71%) Security Cleared
16 65 (15.97%) CheckPoint
17 64 (15.72%) TCP/IP
18 63 (15.48%) Windows Server
19 62 (15.23%) ITIL
19 62 (15.23%) Azure
20 59 (14.50%) F5
21 55 (13.51%) Juniper
22 54 (13.27%) Office 365
23 53 (13.02%) Cisco ASA
24 49 (12.04%) VMware Infrastructure
24 49 (12.04%) OSPF
24 49 (12.04%) Wireless
25 44 (10.81%) Network Security

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 30 (7.37%) SharePoint
2 25 (6.14%) MS Exchange
3 11 (2.70%) Skype for Business
4 7 (1.72%) OpenStack
5 3 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2007
5 3 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2010
6 2 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (0.49%) IIS
7 1 (0.25%) Apache
7 1 (0.25%) Confluence
7 1 (0.25%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 34 (8.35%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (1.97%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (1.47%) Microsoft Project
4 5 (1.23%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.74%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (0.74%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.25%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 62 (15.23%) Azure
2 54 (13.27%) Office 365
3 41 (10.07%) AWS
4 6 (1.47%) Azure Active Directory
5 5 (1.23%) OneDrive
6 4 (0.98%) Azure ExpressRoute
6 4 (0.98%) Cloud Computing
6 4 (0.98%) OpenShift
6 4 (0.98%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 3 (0.74%) Dynamics 365
7 3 (0.74%) IaaS
8 2 (0.49%) iTunes
8 2 (0.49%) Power Platform
9 1 (0.25%) Akamai
9 1 (0.25%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 319 (78.38%) LAN
2 181 (44.47%) Firewall
3 92 (22.60%) VPN
4 89 (21.87%) MPLS
5 85 (20.88%) BGP
6 83 (20.39%) DNS
7 64 (15.72%) TCP/IP
8 53 (13.02%) Cisco ASA
9 49 (12.04%) OSPF
9 49 (12.04%) Wireless
10 44 (10.81%) Network Security
11 42 (10.32%) DHCP
12 40 (9.83%) Wi-Fi
13 39 (9.58%) VoIP
14 36 (8.85%) IPsec
15 33 (8.11%) Cisco Nexus
15 33 (8.11%) WLAN
16 32 (7.86%) VLAN
17 27 (6.63%) HSRP
17 27 (6.63%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (4.18%) SQL Server
2 8 (1.97%) Oracle Database
3 4 (0.98%) MariaDB
3 4 (0.98%) RDBMS
3 4 (0.98%) Relational Database
4 2 (0.49%) MS Access
4 2 (0.49%) Oracle Exadata
4 2 (0.49%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (0.49%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.25%) Big Data
5 1 (0.25%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.25%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (0.25%) SQL Server 2014
5 1 (0.25%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 2 (0.49%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 1 (0.25%) GCC
2 1 (0.25%) Git (software)
2 1 (0.25%) JIRA
2 1 (0.25%) JMeter
2 1 (0.25%) LoadRunner
2 1 (0.25%) webpack
General
1 69 (16.95%) Telecoms
2 38 (9.34%) Finance
3 15 (3.69%) Public Sector
4 12 (2.95%) Retail
5 6 (1.47%) Banking
6 5 (1.23%) French Language
7 4 (0.98%) Manufacturing
8 3 (0.74%) Advertising
8 3 (0.74%) Back Office
8 3 (0.74%) Legal
8 3 (0.74%) Local Government
8 3 (0.74%) Spanish Language
9 2 (0.49%) Mandarin Language
9 2 (0.49%) Publishing
10 1 (0.25%) Environmental Health
10 1 (0.25%) Law
10 1 (0.25%) Police
Job Titles
1 163 (40.05%) Network Engineer
2 67 (16.46%) Architect
3 38 (9.34%) Support Engineer
4 35 (8.60%) Network Architect
5 32 (7.86%) Analyst
6 28 (6.88%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 23 (5.65%) Network Support
8 21 (5.16%) Network Support Engineer
9 18 (4.42%) Project Manager
9 18 (4.42%) Solutions Architect
10 17 (4.18%) 2nd Line Support
11 16 (3.93%) Cisco Engineer
11 16 (3.93%) Cisco Network Engineer
12 15 (3.69%) IT Support
12 15 (3.69%) Support Analyst
12 15 (3.69%) WAN Engineer
13 14 (3.44%) Consultant
13 14 (3.44%) Senior Network Engineer
14 13 (3.19%) Network Design Engineer
15 12 (2.95%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (4.18%) 802.1X
2 10 (2.46%) Web Services
3 4 (0.98%) Middleware
4 2 (0.49%) CSS
4 2 (0.49%) HTML
4 2 (0.49%) LDAP
5 1 (0.25%) .NET
5 1 (0.25%) .NET Core
5 1 (0.25%) ASP.NET
5 1 (0.25%) ASP.NET Core
5 1 (0.25%) ASP.NET Web API
5 1 (0.25%) COM
5 1 (0.25%) Elastic Stack
5 1 (0.25%) JSON
5 1 (0.25%) RESTful
5 1 (0.25%) SailPoint
5 1 (0.25%) SOAP
5 1 (0.25%) Spring
5 1 (0.25%) XML
5 1 (0.25%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 85 (20.88%) Data Centre
2 17 (4.18%) Clustering
3 16 (3.93%) Analytical Skills
4 13 (3.19%) Self-Motivation
5 11 (2.70%) Management Information System
5 11 (2.70%) Public Cloud
6 7 (1.72%) CMDB
7 6 (1.47%) Driving Licence
7 6 (1.47%) Replication
7 6 (1.47%) Virtual Team
8 5 (1.23%) Client/Server
9 4 (0.98%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 4 (0.98%) Enterprise Storage
9 4 (0.98%) Fibre Optics
9 4 (0.98%) NHS
10 3 (0.74%) Enterprise Cloud
10 3 (0.74%) HP Storage
10 3 (0.74%) Internet of Things
10 3 (0.74%) Life Science
10 3 (0.74%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 118 (28.99%) Windows
2 63 (15.48%) Windows Server
3 39 (9.58%) Linux
4 32 (7.86%) Windows 10
5 26 (6.39%) Windows Server 2008
5 26 (6.39%) Windows Server 2012
6 17 (4.18%) Windows 7
7 11 (2.70%) Unix
8 9 (2.21%) Windows Server 2003
9 8 (1.97%) Android
9 8 (1.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 8 (1.97%) Solaris
10 7 (1.72%) Mac OS
11 6 (1.47%) Check Point GAiA
12 5 (1.23%) CentOS
12 5 (1.23%) Ubuntu
13 4 (0.98%) Mac OS X
14 2 (0.49%) Apple iOS
14 2 (0.49%) Fedora
15 1 (0.25%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 62 (15.23%) ITIL
2 41 (10.07%) Migration
3 40 (9.83%) Network Design
4 35 (8.60%) Problem-Solving
5 30 (7.37%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 28 (6.88%) Project Management
7 27 (6.63%) Capacity Management
7 27 (6.63%) Incident Management
8 25 (6.14%) Change Management
8 25 (6.14%) Disaster Recovery
8 25 (6.14%) Load Balancing
9 21 (5.16%) Network Architecture
9 21 (5.16%) Project Delivery
9 21 (5.16%) Stakeholder Management
10 20 (4.91%) Agile Software Development
11 19 (4.67%) Problem Management
12 18 (4.42%) Root Cause Analysis
12 18 (4.42%) Service Delivery
13 17 (4.18%) Decision-Making
14 16 (3.93%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 19 (4.67%) SQL
2 13 (3.19%) PowerShell
3 7 (1.72%) Python
4 4 (0.98%) C
5 3 (0.74%) Java
5 3 (0.74%) Perl
6 2 (0.49%) C++
6 2 (0.49%) Ruby
7 1 (0.25%) C#
7 1 (0.25%) Groovy
7 1 (0.25%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.25%) VB
7 1 (0.25%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 135 (33.17%) Cisco Certification
2 77 (18.92%) CCNP
3 68 (16.71%) CCNA
3 68 (16.71%) Security Cleared
4 36 (8.85%) SC Cleared
5 34 (8.35%) CCIE
6 30 (7.37%) Degree
7 21 (5.16%) DV Cleared
8 16 (3.93%) CCDP
9 13 (3.19%) Microsoft Certification
10 7 (1.72%) CCDA
10 7 (1.72%) MCSA
11 6 (1.47%) CISSP
11 6 (1.47%) DBS Check
12 5 (1.23%) BPSS Clearance
12 5 (1.23%) JNCIS
12 5 (1.23%) MCP
12 5 (1.23%) MCSE
13 4 (0.98%) CCSE
13 4 (0.98%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (7.13%) SLA
2 15 (3.69%) QA
3 8 (1.97%) GDPR
4 7 (1.72%) PMO
5 5 (1.23%) NCSC
5 5 (1.23%) PCI DSS
6 4 (0.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 2 (0.49%) COBIT
7 2 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 2 (0.49%) NIST
8 1 (0.25%) GAMP
8 1 (0.25%) Government Security Classifications
8 1 (0.25%) HIPAA
8 1 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 1 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 27005
8 1 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.25%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 88 (21.62%) Active Directory
2 49 (12.04%) VMware Infrastructure
3 24 (5.90%) Hyper-V
4 15 (3.69%) vSphere
5 9 (2.21%) vCloud
5 9 (2.21%) VMware ESXi
6 6 (1.47%) Docker
7 5 (1.23%) Virtual Servers
7 5 (1.23%) VMware NSX
8 4 (0.98%) Virtual Machines
8 4 (0.98%) XenApp
9 3 (0.74%) Firmware
9 3 (0.74%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 3 (0.74%) XenDesktop
10 2 (0.49%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 2 (0.49%) ISA Server
10 2 (0.49%) Oracle RAC
11 1 (0.25%) Forefront TMG
11 1 (0.25%) UAG
11 1 (0.25%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 24 (5.90%) SCCM
2 12 (2.95%) WSUS
3 11 (2.70%) Microsoft Intune
4 9 (2.21%) FortiGate
5 7 (1.72%) SCOM
6 6 (1.47%) Cisco Prime
7 5 (1.23%) Nagios
8 4 (0.98%) Ansible
8 4 (0.98%) Norton AntiVirus
9 3 (0.74%) Cisco CUCM
9 3 (0.74%) Single Sign-On
10 2 (0.49%) Cacti
10 2 (0.49%) Cisco UCCX
10 2 (0.49%) Failover Clustering
10 2 (0.49%) Microsoft Clustering
10 2 (0.49%) NetBackup
11 1 (0.25%) Backup Exec
11 1 (0.25%) EMC NetWorker
11 1 (0.25%) McAfee ePO
11 1 (0.25%) WMI
Vendors
1 221 (54.30%) Cisco
2 81 (19.90%) Microsoft
3 72 (17.69%) VMware
4 65 (15.97%) CheckPoint
5 59 (14.50%) F5
6 55 (13.51%) Juniper
7 36 (8.85%) HP
8 34 (8.35%) Palo Alto
9 32 (7.86%) SolarWinds
10 29 (7.13%) Citrix
11 27 (6.63%) Fortinet
12 23 (5.65%) Aruba
13 20 (4.91%) Meraki
14 16 (3.93%) McAfee
15 15 (3.69%) Blue Coat
16 14 (3.44%) Dell
16 14 (3.44%) Remedy
17 12 (2.95%) Oracle
17 12 (2.95%) Riverbed
18 11 (2.70%) EMC