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 3 months to 25 March 2017 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Wide Area Network (WAN)
England / South West
Rank 73 55 78
Rank change year-on-year -18 +23  
Contract jobs citing WAN 64 98 69
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 2.46% 3.38% 2.21%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.61% 21.44% 18.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 70 32
Median daily rate £266 £363 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -26.68% -3.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £250 £203
10% offered a daily rate of more than £372 £425 £484
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year +3.44% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 2
Median hourly rate £14.64 £43.00 £19.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -65.95% +117.72%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.73 £43.00 £13.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.55 £43.00 £25.55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.33 £22.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -31.88% -10.00%  

WAN is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next 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 and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
South West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 438 457 379
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 16.87% 15.75% 12.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 270 299 186
Median daily rate £338 £363 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.89% +0.69%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £230 £201
10% offered a daily rate of more than £549 £440 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 31 25
Median hourly rate £44.25 £27.50 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +60.90% -15.38%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.33 £16.30 £10.48
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £44.00 £44.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £37.00 £29.17
% change year-on-year -39.18% +26.84%  

WAN
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South West citing WAN as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

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 3 months to 25 March 2017.

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 25 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Gloucestershire +9 23 £269 -14.60% 1
Bristol +8 17 £294 -23.70% 6
Wiltshire -23 17 £253 -30.34%
Somerset +1 4 - -
Devon -8 2 - - 2
WAN
England

WAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 25 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing WAN also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the South West region with a requirement for WAN.

1 103 (90.35%) LAN
2 53 (46.49%) Firewall
3 46 (40.35%) Cisco
4 43 (37.72%) Windows
5 38 (33.33%) Security Cleared
6 34 (29.82%) VPN
6 34 (29.82%) Active Directory
7 31 (27.19%) SC Cleared
8 30 (26.32%) DNS
9 29 (25.44%) VMware
10 27 (23.68%) Data Centre
11 24 (21.05%) Microsoft
11 24 (21.05%) Juniper
12 23 (20.18%) Wireless
13 22 (19.30%) ITIL
14 21 (18.42%) Cisco Certification
15 20 (17.54%) Windows Server
16 18 (15.79%) TCP/IP
16 18 (15.79%) Load Balancing
16 18 (15.79%) VMware Infrastructure
17 16 (14.04%) CCNA
18 14 (12.28%) CCNP
18 14 (12.28%) Wi-Fi
18 14 (12.28%) Cisco Nexus
19 13 (11.40%) Windows Server 2012
20 12 (10.53%) Office 365
20 12 (10.53%) DHCP
20 12 (10.53%) Windows Server 2008
20 12 (10.53%) Microsoft Azure
21 11 (9.65%) ITIL V3

WAN
Top Related 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 5 (4.39%) Skype for Business
2 3 (2.63%) Apache
2 3 (2.63%) MS Exchange
3 2 (1.75%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (1.75%) GlassFish
3 2 (1.75%) IIS
3 2 (1.75%) Tomcat
4 1 (0.88%) SharePoint
Applications
1 11 (9.65%) MS Excel
2 9 (7.89%) MS Office
3 2 (1.75%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (1.75%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 12 (10.53%) Microsoft Azure
1 12 (10.53%) Office 365
2 8 (7.02%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (2.63%) IaaS
4 1 (0.88%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 103 (90.35%) LAN
2 53 (46.49%) Firewall
3 34 (29.82%) VPN
4 30 (26.32%) DNS
5 23 (20.18%) Wireless
6 18 (15.79%) TCP/IP
7 14 (12.28%) Cisco Nexus
7 14 (12.28%) Wi-Fi
8 12 (10.53%) DHCP
9 9 (7.89%) VoIP
10 8 (7.02%) NetScaler
11 7 (6.14%) Network Security
11 7 (6.14%) SSL
12 6 (5.26%) Internet
12 6 (5.26%) ISDN
12 6 (5.26%) VLAN
13 5 (4.39%) BGP
13 5 (4.39%) Broadband
13 5 (4.39%) MPLS
13 5 (4.39%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (4.39%) Relational Database
2 3 (2.63%) SQL Server
3 2 (1.75%) MySQL
3 2 (1.75%) Oracle Database
3 2 (1.75%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 1 (0.88%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 5 (4.39%) Finance
1 5 (4.39%) Telecoms
2 4 (3.51%) Marketing
3 3 (2.63%) Banking
3 3 (2.63%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.88%) Aerospace
4 1 (0.88%) Retail
Job Titles
1 33 (28.95%) Network Engineer
2 12 (10.53%) Support Engineer
3 11 (9.65%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 10 (8.77%) Architect
5 8 (7.02%) 2nd Line Support
5 8 (7.02%) IT Support
6 6 (5.26%) 2nd Line Engineer
7 5 (4.39%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
7 5 (4.39%) IT Engineer
7 5 (4.39%) IT Support Engineer
7 5 (4.39%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
8 4 (3.51%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 4 (3.51%) Analyst
8 4 (3.51%) Consultant
8 4 (3.51%) Infrastructure Architect
8 4 (3.51%) Infrastructure Specialist
8 4 (3.51%) Integration Engineer
8 4 (3.51%) Network Analyst
8 4 (3.51%) Network Integration Engineer
8 4 (3.51%) Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (3.51%) Web Services
2 2 (1.75%) LAMP
2 2 (1.75%) SAML
3 1 (0.88%) .NET
3 1 (0.88%) 802.1X
3 1 (0.88%) Elastic Stack
3 1 (0.88%) LINQ to SQL
Miscellaneous
1 27 (23.68%) Data Centre
2 5 (4.39%) Smartphone
3 4 (3.51%) Management Information System
4 3 (2.63%) Enterprise Software
4 3 (2.63%) RSA SecurID
5 2 (1.75%) Client/Server
5 2 (1.75%) Public Cloud
5 2 (1.75%) Replication
5 2 (1.75%) Virtual Team
6 1 (0.88%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.88%) Cyber Attack
6 1 (0.88%) Driving Licence
6 1 (0.88%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 1 (0.88%) Handset
6 1 (0.88%) NHS
6 1 (0.88%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 43 (37.72%) Windows
2 20 (17.54%) Windows Server
3 13 (11.40%) Windows Server 2012
4 12 (10.53%) Windows Server 2008
5 10 (8.77%) Linux
6 9 (7.89%) Windows 7
7 6 (5.26%) Windows 10
8 5 (4.39%) Windows Server 2003
9 4 (3.51%) Android
10 3 (2.63%) Unix
11 2 (1.75%) CentOS
11 2 (1.75%) VMS
12 1 (0.88%) AIX
12 1 (0.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.88%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.88%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (19.30%) ITIL
2 18 (15.79%) Load Balancing
3 11 (9.65%) ITIL V3
4 9 (7.89%) Migration
5 7 (6.14%) Configuration Management
5 7 (6.14%) Information Security
5 7 (6.14%) ITSM
5 7 (6.14%) Kalman Filter
5 7 (6.14%) Problem Management
5 7 (6.14%) SIEM
6 6 (5.26%) Agile Software Development
6 6 (5.26%) Customer Requirements
6 6 (5.26%) Disaster Recovery
6 6 (5.26%) Network Design
6 6 (5.26%) Network Management
6 6 (5.26%) Penetration Testing
7 5 (4.39%) Change Management
7 5 (4.39%) DevOps
7 5 (4.39%) Incident Management
7 5 (4.39%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 3 (2.63%) Perl
1 3 (2.63%) PowerShell
1 3 (2.63%) SQL
2 2 (1.75%) Java
2 2 (1.75%) PHP
3 1 (0.88%) C#
3 1 (0.88%) Python
3 1 (0.88%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 38 (33.33%) Security Cleared
2 31 (27.19%) SC Cleared
3 21 (18.42%) Cisco Certification
4 16 (14.04%) CCNA
5 14 (12.28%) CCNP
6 6 (5.26%) Microsoft Certification
6 6 (5.26%) SANS
7 5 (4.39%) MCSE
8 4 (3.51%) DV Cleared
9 3 (2.63%) JNCIA
9 3 (2.63%) JNCIE
9 3 (2.63%) JNCIP
9 3 (2.63%) MCSA
10 2 (1.75%) CCDA
10 2 (1.75%) CNA
10 2 (1.75%) CNE
10 2 (1.75%) Degree
10 2 (1.75%) JNCIS
10 2 (1.75%) Novell Certification
10 2 (1.75%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (3.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 4 (3.51%) SLA
System Software
1 34 (29.82%) Active Directory
2 18 (15.79%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (7.89%) Hyper-V
4 5 (4.39%) ISA Server
5 3 (2.63%) VMware Server
5 3 (2.63%) vSphere
6 2 (1.75%) Shibboleth
6 2 (1.75%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.88%) Firmware
7 1 (0.88%) UAG
7 1 (0.88%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 5 (4.39%) SCCM
2 4 (3.51%) McAfee ePO
3 3 (2.63%) Cisco Prime
3 3 (2.63%) Microsoft Intune
4 2 (1.75%) SCOM
4 2 (1.75%) SCOrch
5 1 (0.88%) FortiGate
5 1 (0.88%) Nessus
5 1 (0.88%) Nexpose
5 1 (0.88%) Nmap
5 1 (0.88%) QRadar
Vendors
1 46 (40.35%) Cisco
2 29 (25.44%) VMware
3 24 (21.05%) Juniper
3 24 (21.05%) Microsoft
4 9 (7.89%) HP
5 8 (7.02%) Citrix
5 8 (7.02%) Dell
6 6 (5.26%) NetApp
6 6 (5.26%) Palo Alto
7 5 (4.39%) CheckPoint
7 5 (4.39%) CommVault
7 5 (4.39%) F5
7 5 (4.39%) Intel Security
8 4 (3.51%) Apple
8 4 (3.51%) Aruba
8 4 (3.51%) BT
9 3 (2.63%) Brocade
9 3 (2.63%) Oracle
9 3 (2.63%) Sophos
9 3 (2.63%) Toshiba