Period
to 17 August 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 17 August 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
17 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 76 121 102
Rank change year-on-year +45 -19 -13
Contract jobs citing WAN 422 349 368
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 2.86% 2.08% 2.30%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 16.32% 13.25% 13.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 287 179 243
South East median daily rate £413 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.94% +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £200 £180 £200
90th Percentile £550 £575 £535
England median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% -3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 25 34
South East median hourly rate £28.00 £25.00 £18.64
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.00% +34.14% -49.63%
10th Percentile £13.25 £12.44 £12.24
90th Percentile £131.25 £47.83 £43.53
England median hourly rate £17.50 £20.32 £17.44
% change year-on-year -13.89% +16.54% -16.96%

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 2,586 2,633 2,715
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 17.52% 15.66% 17.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,500 1,369 1,473
South East median daily rate £413 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.13% +2.56%
10th Percentile £207 £200 £213
90th Percentile £575 £575 £538
England median daily rate £425 £425 £413
% change year-on-year - +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 135 152 171
South East median hourly rate £25.12 £23.75 £17.48
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.77% +35.87% -30.08%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.78 £12.00
90th Percentile £63.75 £52.38 £47.50
England median hourly rate £23.75 £20.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +18.75% +11.11% -28.00%

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 17 August 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 17 August 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 17 August 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 +43 190 £425 -5.56% 43
Hampshire +32 125 £400 -3.03% 41
Berkshire +26 116 £425 - 21
West Sussex +42 40 £434 -11.48% 17
Buckinghamshire +27 40 £475 +5.56% 15
Surrey -16 35 £413 +23.13% 31
Oxfordshire +33 34 £388 -16.22% 7
Kent +5 17 £388 -1.81% 14
East Sussex -8 7 £550 +46.67% 9
Middlesex +9 5 £450 -
Sussex - 2 £500 -
WAN
England

For the 6 months to 17 August 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.

1 330 (78.20%) LAN
2 246 (58.29%) Cisco
3 180 (42.65%) Firewall
4 159 (37.68%) Cisco Certification
5 129 (30.57%) Windows
6 102 (24.17%) VPN
6 102 (24.17%) Active Directory
7 97 (22.99%) CCNP
8 96 (22.75%) Microsoft
9 90 (21.33%) ITIL
10 84 (19.91%) DNS
11 83 (19.67%) MPLS
11 83 (19.67%) VMware
12 80 (18.96%) TCP/IP
13 76 (18.01%) Data Centre
14 75 (17.77%) Security Cleared
15 73 (17.30%) Microsoft Azure
16 71 (16.82%) BGP
17 70 (16.59%) CCNA
18 67 (15.88%) Juniper
19 64 (15.17%) Office 365
20 63 (14.93%) CheckPoint
20 63 (14.93%) Telecoms
21 62 (14.69%) Windows Server
22 58 (13.74%) F5
23 54 (12.80%) Wireless
23 54 (12.80%) VMware Infrastructure
23 54 (12.80%) Network Design
24 52 (12.32%) Network Security
25 51 (12.09%) Cisco ASA

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 34 (8.06%) MS Exchange
2 29 (6.87%) SharePoint
3 22 (5.21%) Skype for Business
4 5 (1.18%) Exchange Server 2007
5 4 (0.95%) Exchange Server 2010
5 4 (0.95%) OpenStack
6 3 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (0.47%) IIS
8 1 (0.24%) Apache
8 1 (0.24%) Confluence
8 1 (0.24%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (0.24%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.24%) WebLogic
Applications
1 34 (8.06%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (1.42%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.95%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.71%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.47%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.24%) NetSuite
2 1 (0.24%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 73 (17.30%) Microsoft Azure
2 64 (15.17%) Office 365
3 38 (9.00%) Amazon AWS
4 9 (2.13%) Dynamics 365
4 9 (2.13%) OpenShift
5 8 (1.90%) Power Platform
6 7 (1.66%) Cloud Computing
6 7 (1.66%) IaaS
6 7 (1.66%) SaaS
7 5 (1.18%) OneDrive
8 4 (0.95%) Azure Active Directory
8 4 (0.95%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 3 (0.71%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 2 (0.47%) iTunes
10 2 (0.47%) PaaS
11 1 (0.24%) GitHub
11 1 (0.24%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 330 (78.20%) LAN
2 180 (42.65%) Firewall
3 102 (24.17%) VPN
4 84 (19.91%) DNS
5 83 (19.67%) MPLS
6 80 (18.96%) TCP/IP
7 71 (16.82%) BGP
8 54 (12.80%) Wireless
9 52 (12.32%) Network Security
10 51 (12.09%) Cisco ASA
11 48 (11.37%) OSPF
12 46 (10.90%) VoIP
13 45 (10.66%) DHCP
14 36 (8.53%) VLAN
15 34 (8.06%) Cisco Nexus
16 33 (7.82%) IPsec
16 33 (7.82%) SAN
17 31 (7.35%) Wi-Fi
18 30 (7.11%) Internet
18 30 (7.11%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (5.92%) SQL Server
2 13 (3.08%) Oracle Database
3 9 (2.13%) MariaDB
3 9 (2.13%) RDBMS
3 9 (2.13%) Relational Database
4 3 (0.71%) MS Access
5 2 (0.47%) Oracle Exadata
6 1 (0.24%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.24%) SAP HANA
6 1 (0.24%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (0.24%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 4 (0.95%) JIRA
2 3 (0.71%) Jenkins
3 2 (0.47%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 1 (0.24%) HP UFT
4 1 (0.24%) JMeter
4 1 (0.24%) LoadRunner
4 1 (0.24%) QARun
4 1 (0.24%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.24%) TestDirector
4 1 (0.24%) WinRunner
General
1 63 (14.93%) Telecoms
2 29 (6.87%) Finance
3 10 (2.37%) Retail
4 7 (1.66%) Banking
4 7 (1.66%) Manufacturing
5 5 (1.18%) Legal
6 4 (0.95%) French Language
6 4 (0.95%) Local Government
6 4 (0.95%) Publishing
7 3 (0.71%) Back Office
8 2 (0.47%) Billing
9 1 (0.24%) Advertising
9 1 (0.24%) Electronics
9 1 (0.24%) German Language
9 1 (0.24%) Marketing
9 1 (0.24%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 156 (36.97%) Network Engineer
2 81 (19.19%) Architect
3 38 (9.00%) Support Engineer
4 34 (8.06%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 34 (8.06%) Network Architect
5 30 (7.11%) Analyst
6 25 (5.92%) Project Manager
7 23 (5.45%) Infrastructure Architect
8 22 (5.21%) Network Support
9 21 (4.98%) Cisco Engineer
9 21 (4.98%) Consultant
10 19 (4.50%) Cisco Network Engineer
10 19 (4.50%) Network Support Engineer
11 17 (4.03%) Solutions Architect
12 16 (3.79%) IT Support
12 16 (3.79%) Senior Network Engineer
13 15 (3.55%) Support Analyst
14 14 (3.32%) 2nd Line Support
14 14 (3.32%) 3rd Line Support
14 14 (3.32%) Network Design Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (3.55%) LDAP
2 10 (2.37%) Middleware
3 8 (1.90%) 802.1X
4 7 (1.66%) Web Services
5 4 (0.95%) SailPoint
6 1 (0.24%) Elastic Stack
6 1 (0.24%) HTML
6 1 (0.24%) SOAP
6 1 (0.24%) Velocity
6 1 (0.24%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 76 (18.01%) Data Centre
2 17 (4.03%) Clustering
2 17 (4.03%) PKI
3 16 (3.79%) Data Protection Act
4 14 (3.32%) Public Cloud
5 13 (3.08%) Management Information System
6 10 (2.37%) Enterprise Storage
6 10 (2.37%) Self-Motivation
7 9 (2.13%) Mainframe
8 8 (1.90%) Analytical Skills
8 8 (1.90%) Video Conferencing
9 7 (1.66%) CMDB
9 7 (1.66%) Driving Licence
10 6 (1.42%) Replication
11 4 (0.95%) BBC
11 4 (0.95%) Fibre Optics
12 3 (0.71%) Cyber Defence
12 3 (0.71%) HP Storage
12 3 (0.71%) Internet of Things
12 3 (0.71%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 129 (30.57%) Windows
2 62 (14.69%) Windows Server
3 44 (10.43%) Linux
4 27 (6.40%) Windows 10
5 22 (5.21%) Windows Server 2012
6 16 (3.79%) Unix
7 15 (3.55%) Windows 7
8 14 (3.32%) Windows Server 2008
9 11 (2.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 11 (2.61%) Ubuntu
10 10 (2.37%) Mac OS
10 10 (2.37%) Solaris
11 7 (1.66%) CentOS
11 7 (1.66%) Windows Server 2003
12 6 (1.42%) Mac OS X
13 5 (1.18%) Android
14 3 (0.71%) Apple iOS
14 3 (0.71%) Fedora
15 2 (0.47%) Check Point GAiA
15 2 (0.47%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 90 (21.33%) ITIL
2 54 (12.80%) Network Design
3 48 (11.37%) Migration
4 40 (9.48%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 40 (9.48%) Project Management
5 31 (7.35%) Change Management
5 31 (7.35%) Disaster Recovery
6 26 (6.16%) Load Balancing
7 24 (5.69%) Capacity Management
8 23 (5.45%) Data Protection
8 23 (5.45%) Problem Management
9 22 (5.21%) DevOps
9 22 (5.21%) High Availability
10 18 (4.27%) Agile Software Development
10 18 (4.27%) Incident Management
10 18 (4.27%) Problem-Solving
10 18 (4.27%) Service Delivery
11 17 (4.03%) Presales
12 16 (3.79%) Network Architecture
13 14 (3.32%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 26 (6.16%) SQL
2 20 (4.74%) PowerShell
3 8 (1.90%) Python
4 4 (0.95%) C
5 3 (0.71%) Java
5 3 (0.71%) VBScript
6 2 (0.47%) C++
6 2 (0.47%) Perl
6 2 (0.47%) Ruby
7 1 (0.24%) Groovy
7 1 (0.24%) VB
Qualifications
1 159 (37.68%) Cisco Certification
2 97 (22.99%) CCNP
3 75 (17.77%) Security Cleared
4 70 (16.59%) CCNA
5 49 (11.61%) CCIE
6 39 (9.24%) SC Cleared
7 30 (7.11%) Degree
8 27 (6.40%) DV Cleared
9 19 (4.50%) CCDP
10 17 (4.03%) Microsoft Certification
11 9 (2.13%) MCSE
12 8 (1.90%) CCIP
13 7 (1.66%) CCDA
13 7 (1.66%) JNCIE
13 7 (1.66%) JNCIP
13 7 (1.66%) JNCIS
14 6 (1.42%) DBS Check
14 6 (1.42%) TOGAF Certification
15 5 (1.18%) BPSS Clearance
15 5 (1.18%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (5.69%) SLA
2 13 (3.08%) QA
3 8 (1.90%) GDPR
4 6 (1.42%) PMO
5 5 (1.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 5 (1.18%) NIST
5 5 (1.18%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.71%) NCSC
7 1 (0.24%) GAMP
7 1 (0.24%) Government Security Classifications
7 1 (0.24%) HAZOP
7 1 (0.24%) HIPAA
7 1 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 1 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.24%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 102 (24.17%) Active Directory
2 54 (12.80%) VMware Infrastructure
3 24 (5.69%) Hyper-V
4 16 (3.79%) vSphere
5 14 (3.32%) VMware ESXi
6 10 (2.37%) Docker
7 6 (1.42%) Virtual Machines
7 6 (1.42%) VMware NSX
7 6 (1.42%) XenApp
7 6 (1.42%) XenDesktop
8 4 (0.95%) vCloud
9 3 (0.71%) Firmware
9 3 (0.71%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 3 (0.71%) ProxySG
9 3 (0.71%) Virtual Servers
10 2 (0.47%) Oracle RAC
11 1 (0.24%) ISA Server
11 1 (0.24%) Microsoft App-V
11 1 (0.24%) Virtual Desktop
11 1 (0.24%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 31 (7.35%) SCCM
2 14 (3.32%) Microsoft Intune
3 11 (2.61%) Single Sign-On
4 8 (1.90%) Ansible
5 6 (1.42%) vCenter Server
6 5 (1.18%) SCOM
6 5 (1.18%) WSUS
7 4 (0.95%) Cisco CUCM
7 4 (0.95%) Microsoft Clustering
7 4 (0.95%) Nagios
7 4 (0.95%) Nessus
8 3 (0.71%) FortiGate
9 2 (0.47%) Cacti
9 2 (0.47%) Cisco Prime
9 2 (0.47%) Cisco UCCX
9 2 (0.47%) Failover Clustering
9 2 (0.47%) NetBackup
9 2 (0.47%) Norton AntiVirus
10 1 (0.24%) HP Quality Center
10 1 (0.24%) WMI
Vendors
1 246 (58.29%) Cisco
2 96 (22.75%) Microsoft
3 83 (19.67%) VMware
4 67 (15.88%) Juniper
5 63 (14.93%) CheckPoint
6 58 (13.74%) F5
7 40 (9.48%) HP
8 34 (8.06%) Palo Alto
9 33 (7.82%) Citrix
10 31 (7.35%) Fortinet
11 29 (6.87%) Meraki
12 26 (6.16%) SolarWinds
13 22 (5.21%) Aruba
14 21 (4.98%) Dell
15 19 (4.50%) NetApp
15 19 (4.50%) Oracle
15 19 (4.50%) Riverbed
16 16 (3.79%) EMC
16 16 (3.79%) McAfee
17 15 (3.55%) Blue Coat