Period
to 3 April 2020

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 3 April 2020 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
3 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 82 91 116
Rank change year-on-year +9 +25 -43
Contract jobs citing WAN 239 396 347
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 2.47% 2.53% 2.07%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.03% 15.60% 12.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 136 253 182
Median daily rate £450 £400 £411
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% -2.74% -0.30%
10th Percentile £235 £198 £169
90th Percentile £539 £535 £573
England median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 22 12
Median hourly rate £23.75 £26.21 £16.63
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.37% +57.62% +0.76%
10th Percentile £15.48 £16.43 £12.78
90th Percentile £43.34 £47.50 £47.83
England median hourly rate £25.00 £21.00 £18.85
% change year-on-year +19.05% +11.41% +9.28%

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 1,703 2,539 2,672
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 17.60% 16.23% 15.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 831 1,415 1,370
Median daily rate £400 £418 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.19% +4.38% -
10th Percentile £164 £218 £163
90th Percentile £550 £588 £575
England median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 147 141 152
Median hourly rate £32.00 £17.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +88.24% -15.00% -
10th Percentile £14.67 £12.00 £11.31
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £50.10
Median hourly rate £21.00 £18.70 £20.00
% change year-on-year +12.30% -6.50% -6.98%

WAN
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing WAN as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing WAN in the South East.

Daily rate trend for WAN in the South East

WAN
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing WAN in the South East over the 6 months to 3 April 2020.

Daily rate histogram for WAN in the South East

WAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing WAN in the South East.

Hourly rate trend for WAN in the South East

WAN
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing WAN in the South East over the 6 months to 3 April 2020.

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 3 April 2020. 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 +20 108 £446 +6.54% 27
Hampshire +34 89 £450 +20.81% 19
Berkshire +31 76 £463 +14.55% 15
Buckinghamshire +9 27 £375 -25.00% 3
Surrey +12 25 £450 +16.13% 16
East Sussex +18 5 £350 -17.65% 2
Oxfordshire 0 5 £288 -28.13% 9
Kent +20 4 £200 -62.00% 4
West Sussex -19 4 £500 +25.00% 3
Middlesex +12 1 £500 +11.11%
Sussex - 1 - -
WAN
England

For the 6 months to 3 April 2020, 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.

1 182 (76.15%) LAN
2 118 (49.37%) Cisco
3 103 (43.10%) Firewall
4 72 (30.13%) Cisco Certification
5 61 (25.52%) Windows
6 59 (24.69%) MPLS
7 57 (23.85%) Active Directory
7 57 (23.85%) Security Cleared
8 53 (22.18%) Data Centre
9 48 (20.08%) VMware
10 47 (19.67%) VPN
11 46 (19.25%) CCNP
11 46 (19.25%) SC Cleared
12 45 (18.83%) DNS
13 44 (18.41%) BGP
14 40 (16.74%) DHCP
15 38 (15.90%) CCNA
15 38 (15.90%) Telecoms
16 37 (15.48%) Windows Server
17 35 (14.64%) Migration
18 33 (13.81%) Azure
19 32 (13.39%) Network Security
20 31 (12.97%) Wireless
20 31 (12.97%) Juniper
20 31 (12.97%) ITIL
21 30 (12.55%) TCP/IP
21 30 (12.55%) F5
22 29 (12.13%) CheckPoint
22 29 (12.13%) Wi-Fi
23 28 (11.72%) VoIP

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 14 (5.86%) SharePoint
2 9 (3.77%) Skype for Business
3 8 (3.35%) MS Exchange
4 3 (1.26%) Confluence
4 3 (1.26%) Tomcat
5 2 (0.84%) Exchange Server 2013
5 2 (0.84%) IBM Notes
6 1 (0.42%) Apache
6 1 (0.42%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (0.42%) IIS
6 1 (0.42%) OpenStack
6 1 (0.42%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 11 (4.60%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (2.93%) MS Visio
3 4 (1.67%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (1.26%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.42%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.42%) Dynamics NAV
1 1 (0.42%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 33 (13.81%) Azure
2 18 (7.53%) AWS
3 15 (6.28%) Office 365
4 8 (3.35%) Azure Active Directory
5 7 (2.93%) Cloud Computing
6 4 (1.67%) IaaS
7 3 (1.26%) Akamai
8 2 (0.84%) OpenShift
8 2 (0.84%) PaaS
8 2 (0.84%) SaaS
9 1 (0.42%) Dynamics 365
9 1 (0.42%) Serverless
9 1 (0.42%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 182 (76.15%) LAN
2 103 (43.10%) Firewall
3 59 (24.69%) MPLS
4 47 (19.67%) VPN
5 45 (18.83%) DNS
6 44 (18.41%) BGP
7 40 (16.74%) DHCP
8 32 (13.39%) Network Security
9 31 (12.97%) Wireless
10 30 (12.55%) TCP/IP
11 29 (12.13%) Wi-Fi
12 28 (11.72%) VoIP
13 26 (10.88%) IPsec
13 26 (10.88%) OSPF
14 25 (10.46%) Cisco ASA
14 25 (10.46%) Cisco Nexus
15 23 (9.62%) Ethernet
16 22 (9.21%) Internet
17 21 (8.79%) VLAN
18 20 (8.37%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (2.51%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.26%) Oracle Reports
3 2 (0.84%) Big Data
3 2 (0.84%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (0.84%) SQL Server 2016
4 1 (0.42%) Electronic Patient Records
4 1 (0.42%) MySQL
4 1 (0.42%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.42%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.42%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.42%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 3 (1.26%) Git (software)
2 2 (0.84%) Artifactory
2 2 (0.84%) ClearCase
2 2 (0.84%) ClearQuest
2 2 (0.84%) Cucumber
2 2 (0.84%) JIRA
2 2 (0.84%) JUnit
2 2 (0.84%) Maven
2 2 (0.84%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.42%) Eclipse
3 1 (0.42%) GCC
3 1 (0.42%) LoadRunner
3 1 (0.42%) NeoLoad
3 1 (0.42%) webpack
General
1 38 (15.90%) Telecoms
2 21 (8.79%) Finance
3 10 (4.18%) Public Sector
4 9 (3.77%) Retail
5 8 (3.35%) Manufacturing
6 4 (1.67%) Banking
7 3 (1.26%) Marketing
7 3 (1.26%) Pharmaceutical
8 2 (0.84%) Advertising
8 2 (0.84%) French Language
8 2 (0.84%) German Language
8 2 (0.84%) Legal
9 1 (0.42%) Back Office
9 1 (0.42%) Electronics
9 1 (0.42%) Environmental Health
9 1 (0.42%) Games
9 1 (0.42%) Law
9 1 (0.42%) Mandarin Language
9 1 (0.42%) Police
9 1 (0.42%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 72 (30.13%) Network Engineer
2 38 (15.90%) Architect
3 21 (8.79%) Network Architect
4 19 (7.95%) Analyst
5 13 (5.44%) Consultant
6 11 (4.60%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 11 (4.60%) Support Engineer
7 9 (3.77%) Cisco Engineer
7 9 (3.77%) Project Manager
7 9 (3.77%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
8 8 (3.35%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 8 (3.35%) Telephony Engineer
9 7 (2.93%) Designer
10 6 (2.51%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 6 (2.51%) Business Analyst
10 6 (2.51%) Firewall Engineer
10 6 (2.51%) Infrastructure Architect
10 6 (2.51%) Network Consultant
10 6 (2.51%) Senior Network Engineer
11 5 (2.09%) WAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (4.18%) LDAP
2 4 (1.67%) 802.1X
3 3 (1.26%) .NET
4 2 (0.84%) Apache Camel
4 2 (0.84%) Apache Cordova
4 2 (0.84%) CSS
4 2 (0.84%) Flutter
4 2 (0.84%) Hibernate
4 2 (0.84%) Ionic Framework
4 2 (0.84%) Middleware
4 2 (0.84%) Node.js
4 2 (0.84%) SailPoint
4 2 (0.84%) TIBCO EMS
4 2 (0.84%) WireMock
5 1 (0.42%) .NET Core
5 1 (0.42%) ASP.NET Core
5 1 (0.42%) ASP.NET Web API
5 1 (0.42%) JSON
5 1 (0.42%) RESTful
5 1 (0.42%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 53 (22.18%) Data Centre
2 19 (7.95%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (5.44%) Clustering
4 10 (4.18%) Management Information System
5 7 (2.93%) Client/Server
6 6 (2.51%) Self-Motivation
6 6 (2.51%) Virtual Team
7 5 (2.09%) CCTV
7 5 (2.09%) PKI
7 5 (2.09%) Tandem
8 4 (1.67%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 4 (1.67%) Enterprise Software
8 4 (1.67%) Video Conferencing
9 2 (0.84%) CMDB
9 2 (0.84%) Cyberthreat
9 2 (0.84%) Driving Licence
9 2 (0.84%) e-Health
9 2 (0.84%) NHS
9 2 (0.84%) Public Cloud
9 2 (0.84%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 61 (25.52%) Windows
2 37 (15.48%) Windows Server
3 20 (8.37%) Windows 10
4 13 (5.44%) Windows 7
4 13 (5.44%) Windows Server 2012
5 12 (5.02%) Linux
5 12 (5.02%) Windows Server 2008
6 10 (4.18%) Windows Server 2016
7 9 (3.77%) Windows Server 2003
7 9 (3.77%) Windows Server 2019
8 6 (2.51%) Android
9 4 (1.67%) Mac OS
10 3 (1.26%) AIX
10 3 (1.26%) Check Point GAiA
10 3 (1.26%) Solaris
10 3 (1.26%) Unix
10 3 (1.26%) Windows XP
11 2 (0.84%) Apple iOS
12 1 (0.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (14.64%) Migration
2 31 (12.97%) ITIL
3 25 (10.46%) Network Design
3 25 (10.46%) Problem-Solving
4 23 (9.62%) Project Delivery
5 16 (6.69%) Incident Management
5 16 (6.69%) Load Balancing
6 15 (6.28%) Information Security
6 15 (6.28%) Project Management
7 14 (5.86%) Agile Software Development
7 14 (5.86%) Change Management
7 14 (5.86%) Network Management
8 13 (5.44%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 12 (5.02%) Decision-Making
9 12 (5.02%) High Availability
9 12 (5.02%) Presales
9 12 (5.02%) Stakeholder Management
10 11 (4.60%) Network Architecture
10 11 (4.60%) Service Delivery
11 10 (4.18%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 11 (4.60%) PowerShell
2 8 (3.35%) SQL
3 6 (2.51%) Python
4 3 (1.26%) Bash Shell
4 3 (1.26%) Java
4 3 (1.26%) VB
5 2 (0.84%) Apple Swift
5 2 (0.84%) C
5 2 (0.84%) Objective-C
5 2 (0.84%) Perl
5 2 (0.84%) VBScript
6 1 (0.42%) C#
6 1 (0.42%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.42%) Julia
6 1 (0.42%) Shell Script
6 1 (0.42%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 72 (30.13%) Cisco Certification
2 57 (23.85%) Security Cleared
3 46 (19.25%) CCNP
3 46 (19.25%) SC Cleared
4 38 (15.90%) CCNA
5 20 (8.37%) CCIE
6 15 (6.28%) Degree
7 10 (4.18%) DV Cleared
8 8 (3.35%) BPSS Clearance
8 8 (3.35%) CCDP
9 7 (2.93%) CISSP
9 7 (2.93%) Microsoft Certification
10 6 (2.51%) BC Cleared
10 6 (2.51%) CCDA
10 6 (2.51%) CCIP
11 5 (2.09%) PMP
12 4 (1.67%) GIAC
12 4 (1.67%) JNCIA
13 3 (1.26%) CISM
13 3 (1.26%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (2.09%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 5 (2.09%) QA
1 5 (2.09%) SLA
2 4 (1.67%) NIST
2 4 (1.67%) PMO
3 1 (0.42%) COBIT
3 1 (0.42%) GDPR
3 1 (0.42%) HL7
3 1 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
3 1 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 27005
3 1 (0.42%) NCSC
3 1 (0.42%) NIST 800
3 1 (0.42%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 57 (23.85%) Active Directory
2 28 (11.72%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (7.11%) Hyper-V
4 12 (5.02%) vSphere
5 8 (3.35%) VMware ESXi
6 5 (2.09%) vCloud
6 5 (2.09%) VMware NSX
7 4 (1.67%) Virtual Machines
8 3 (1.26%) Docker
8 3 (1.26%) XenApp
9 2 (0.84%) Terminal Server
9 2 (0.84%) Virtual Desktop
10 1 (0.42%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 1 (0.42%) Forefront TMG
10 1 (0.42%) ISA Server
10 1 (0.42%) RHEV
10 1 (0.42%) Snort
10 1 (0.42%) UAG
10 1 (0.42%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.42%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 21 (8.79%) SCCM
2 15 (6.28%) Cisco Prime
3 10 (4.18%) Microsoft Clustering
4 9 (3.77%) FortiGate
5 8 (3.35%) Failover Clustering
6 7 (2.93%) WSUS
7 5 (2.09%) Kubernetes
8 3 (1.26%) Ansible
8 3 (1.26%) Cisco CME
8 3 (1.26%) McAfee ePO
8 3 (1.26%) Microsoft Intune
8 3 (1.26%) Norton AntiVirus
8 3 (1.26%) SCOM
8 3 (1.26%) Terraform
8 3 (1.26%) Tivoli
8 3 (1.26%) vCenter Server
9 2 (0.84%) Grafana
9 2 (0.84%) PowerCLI
9 2 (0.84%) Prometheus
9 2 (0.84%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 118 (49.37%) Cisco
2 48 (20.08%) VMware
3 31 (12.97%) Juniper
4 30 (12.55%) F5
5 29 (12.13%) CheckPoint
6 28 (11.72%) Palo Alto
7 27 (11.30%) Microsoft
8 19 (7.95%) Citrix
9 11 (4.60%) Blue Coat
9 11 (4.60%) McAfee
9 11 (4.60%) SolarWinds
10 10 (4.18%) Fortinet
11 9 (3.77%) Meraki
12 7 (2.93%) HP
12 7 (2.93%) Oracle
12 7 (2.93%) Remedy
12 7 (2.93%) Riverbed
12 7 (2.93%) Symantec
13 6 (2.51%) Zscaler
14 5 (2.09%) Alcatel-Lucent