Period
to 23 September 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South 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 23 September 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 West
6 months to
23 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 109 125 94
Rank change year-on-year +16 -31 -30
Contract jobs citing WAN 128 92 117
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 2.00% 1.59% 2.15%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 12.88% 11.36% 13.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 86 52 76
South West median daily rate £425 £350 £316
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.43% +10.67% -2.69%
10th Percentile £216 £162 £206
90th Percentile £645 £536 £481
England median daily rate £400 £400 £385
% change year-on-year - +3.90% -3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 11 0
South West median hourly rate £46.00 £17.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +162.86% - -
England median hourly rate £17.55 £21.07 £17.38
% change year-on-year -16.72% +21.28% -13.13%

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 West with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
South West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 994 810 848
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 15.55% 13.98% 15.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 515 449 512
South West median daily rate £425 £375 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% +1.35% +5.71%
10th Percentile £213 £200 £188
90th Percentile £600 £550 £525
England median daily rate £425 £425 £405
% change year-on-year - +4.94% +1.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 95 81 57
South West median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £39.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +7.59% +19.70%
10th Percentile £17.55 £17.50 £11.72
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £50.00
England median hourly rate £25.31 £20.00 £18.26
% change year-on-year +26.55% +9.53% -22.30%

WAN
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

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

Job vacancy trend for WAN in the South West

WAN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for WAN in the South West

WAN
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing WAN in the South West over the 6 months to 23 September 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for WAN in the South West

WAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for WAN in the South West

WAN
Contract Job Locations in the South 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 South West region over the 6 months to 23 September 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
Wiltshire -21 46 £450 +25.35% 5
Bristol +15 30 £563 +87.50% 10
Gloucestershire -3 30 £500 +56.25% 9
Somerset +3 10 £250 -44.44% 2
Devon -13 4 £280 +1.82% 6
Cornwall - 4 £338 - 2
Dorset +1 2 £325 +150.00% 11
WAN
England

For the 6 months to 23 September 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 West region with a requirement for WAN.

1 92 (71.88%) LAN
2 78 (60.94%) Cisco
3 66 (51.56%) Security Cleared
4 52 (40.63%) Windows
5 51 (39.84%) Firewall
6 44 (34.38%) DV Cleared
7 40 (31.25%) Active Directory
8 39 (30.47%) Microsoft
9 38 (29.69%) Cisco Certification
10 37 (28.91%) Linux
11 32 (25.00%) SC Cleared
12 31 (24.22%) Data Centre
13 29 (22.66%) VPN
14 27 (21.09%) VMware
14 27 (21.09%) Windows Server
15 26 (20.31%) Azure
16 25 (19.53%) Windows Server 2012
17 24 (18.75%) CCNP
18 23 (17.97%) AWS
18 23 (17.97%) Load Balancing
19 22 (17.19%) Cisco Nexus
19 22 (17.19%) SAN
19 22 (17.19%) Migration
19 22 (17.19%) Service Management
20 20 (15.63%) SLA
20 20 (15.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
21 19 (14.84%) Agile Software Development
21 19 (14.84%) MS Exchange
22 18 (14.06%) WLAN
22 18 (14.06%) CCNA

WAN
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South 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 19 (14.84%) MS Exchange
2 13 (10.16%) OpenStack
3 12 (9.38%) JBoss
4 5 (3.91%) Exchange Server 2010
5 3 (2.34%) Exchange Server 2013
5 3 (2.34%) SharePoint
6 1 (0.78%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (0.78%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (0.78%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 10 (7.81%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.78%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.78%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.78%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 26 (20.31%) Azure
2 23 (17.97%) AWS
3 13 (10.16%) IaaS
3 13 (10.16%) OpenShift
3 13 (10.16%) PaaS
4 12 (9.38%) Azure Stack
5 9 (7.03%) Office 365
6 8 (6.25%) GCP
7 3 (2.34%) IBM Cloud
7 3 (2.34%) SoftLayer
8 1 (0.78%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 92 (71.88%) LAN
2 51 (39.84%) Firewall
3 29 (22.66%) VPN
4 22 (17.19%) Cisco Nexus
4 22 (17.19%) SAN
5 18 (14.06%) WLAN
6 17 (13.28%) TCP/IP
7 16 (12.50%) DNS
8 15 (11.72%) BGP
8 15 (11.72%) Unified Communications
9 14 (10.94%) Network Security
9 14 (10.94%) OSPF
10 13 (10.16%) Cisco ASA
11 12 (9.38%) Intrusion Detection
12 11 (8.59%) VoIP
12 11 (8.59%) Wireless
13 9 (7.03%) VLAN
14 6 (4.69%) HSRP
14 6 (4.69%) Structured Cabling
14 6 (4.69%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.78%) Big Data
1 1 (0.78%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 8 (6.25%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 18 (14.06%) Finance
2 16 (12.50%) Public Sector
2 16 (12.50%) Telecoms
3 8 (6.25%) Publishing
4 7 (5.47%) Electronics
4 7 (5.47%) Manufacturing
4 7 (5.47%) Marketing
4 7 (5.47%) Military
5 2 (1.56%) Local Government
6 1 (0.78%) Banking
Job Titles
1 38 (29.69%) Network Engineer
2 35 (27.34%) Architect
3 16 (12.50%) Technical Architect
4 14 (10.94%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 8 (6.25%) 2nd Line Support
5 8 (6.25%) Security Architect
6 7 (5.47%) Analyst
6 7 (5.47%) Cisco Engineer
6 7 (5.47%) WAN Engineer
7 6 (4.69%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 6 (4.69%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
7 6 (4.69%) Information Architect
7 6 (4.69%) Information Security Architect
7 6 (4.69%) LAN Engineer
7 6 (4.69%) LAN/WAN Engineer
7 6 (4.69%) Network Architect
7 6 (4.69%) Senior Network Engineer
8 5 (3.91%) Designer
8 5 (3.91%) Network Designer
8 5 (3.91%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (10.16%) Middleware
2 12 (9.38%) J2EE
3 6 (4.69%) 802.1X
4 1 (0.78%) JFC
4 1 (0.78%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 31 (24.22%) Data Centre
2 14 (10.94%) Replication
3 10 (7.81%) Management Information System
4 8 (6.25%) Public Cloud
5 7 (5.47%) Driving Licence
6 3 (2.34%) Mobile Computing
6 3 (2.34%) Self-Motivation
7 2 (1.56%) Analytical Skills
7 2 (1.56%) Fat Client
7 2 (1.56%) Thin Client
8 1 (0.78%) Clustering
8 1 (0.78%) Hybrid Cloud
8 1 (0.78%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 52 (40.63%) Windows
2 37 (28.91%) Linux
3 27 (21.09%) Windows Server
4 25 (19.53%) Windows Server 2012
5 20 (15.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 17 (13.28%) Windows 7
7 14 (10.94%) Unix
8 13 (10.16%) CentOS
8 13 (10.16%) Solaris
9 10 (7.81%) Windows 10
10 4 (3.13%) Windows Server 2008
11 3 (2.34%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.78%) Apple iOS
12 1 (0.78%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (17.97%) Load Balancing
2 22 (17.19%) Migration
2 22 (17.19%) Service Management
3 19 (14.84%) Agile Software Development
4 17 (13.28%) ITIL
5 13 (10.16%) Data Deduplication
5 13 (10.16%) Data Migration
6 12 (9.38%) Configuration Management
6 12 (9.38%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 12 (9.38%) Technical Leadership
7 11 (8.59%) Data Protection
7 11 (8.59%) Security Monitoring
7 11 (8.59%) TOGAF
8 10 (7.81%) Disaster Recovery
9 9 (7.03%) Computer Science
9 9 (7.03%) Decision-Making
9 9 (7.03%) DevOps
9 9 (7.03%) Network Design
9 9 (7.03%) Security Architecture
9 9 (7.03%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 12 (9.38%) Java
2 11 (8.59%) C
3 10 (7.81%) Python
4 9 (7.03%) PowerShell
4 9 (7.03%) SQL
5 1 (0.78%) Perl
5 1 (0.78%) VB
Qualifications
1 66 (51.56%) Security Cleared
2 44 (34.38%) DV Cleared
3 38 (29.69%) Cisco Certification
4 32 (25.00%) SC Cleared
5 24 (18.75%) CCNP
6 18 (14.06%) CCNA
7 11 (8.59%) CCIE
8 9 (7.03%) CCDP
9 6 (4.69%) Degree
10 5 (3.91%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 3 (2.34%) BPSS Clearance
12 2 (1.56%) CCIE Security
13 1 (0.78%) BC Cleared
13 1 (0.78%) CCSE
13 1 (0.78%) HND
13 1 (0.78%) JNCIA
13 1 (0.78%) MCSA
13 1 (0.78%) Microsoft Certification
13 1 (0.78%) Sun Certification
13 1 (0.78%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (15.63%) SLA
2 6 (4.69%) RMADS
3 1 (0.78%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.78%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 40 (31.25%) Active Directory
2 14 (10.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (10.16%) Docker
4 5 (3.91%) Hyper-V
5 3 (2.34%) VMware NSX
6 1 (0.78%) Firmware
6 1 (0.78%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 13 (10.16%) Ansible
1 13 (10.16%) Kubernetes
1 13 (10.16%) Puppet
1 13 (10.16%) SCCM
2 12 (9.38%) vRealize
3 11 (8.59%) SCOM
4 4 (3.13%) ServiceCenter
5 2 (1.56%) Cisco CUCM
5 2 (1.56%) Stealthwatch
6 1 (0.78%) Cisco Prime
6 1 (0.78%) Failover Clustering
6 1 (0.78%) FortiGate
6 1 (0.78%) Nagios
6 1 (0.78%) TrustSec
Vendors
1 78 (60.94%) Cisco
2 39 (30.47%) Microsoft
3 27 (21.09%) VMware
4 13 (10.16%) F5
5 12 (9.38%) CheckPoint
5 12 (9.38%) HP
5 12 (9.38%) Micro Focus
5 12 (9.38%) Red Hat
6 11 (8.59%) ServiceNow
7 10 (7.81%) Juniper
8 9 (7.03%) Riverbed
9 8 (6.25%) Aruba
9 8 (6.25%) Citrix
9 8 (6.25%) McAfee
10 7 (5.47%) SAP
11 6 (4.69%) Palo Alto
12 5 (3.91%) Meraki
13 4 (3.13%) Apple
14 3 (2.34%) AVG
14 3 (2.34%) SolarWinds