Period
to 24 January 2021

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 24 January 2021 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
24 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 60 117 134
Rank change year-on-year +57 +17 -14
Contract jobs citing WAN 67 98 99
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South West 3.09% 1.68% 1.54%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 16.46% 11.92% 10.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 49 69 63
Median daily rate £375 £375 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +1.35% +23.33%
10th Percentile £281 £199 £200
90th Percentile £488 £589 £525
England median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 0 4
Median hourly rate £54.00 - £17.50
England median hourly rate £25.00 £21.50 £23.08
% change year-on-year +16.28% -6.83% +33.77%

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 407 822 932
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 18.78% 14.06% 14.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 276 505 550
Median daily rate £425 £425 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +9.68% -
10th Percentile £196 £222 £146
90th Percentile £591 £575 £538
England median daily rate £425 £413 £425
% change year-on-year +3.03% -2.94% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 46 44
Median hourly rate £45.00 £42.25 £40.77
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.51% +3.64% +52.39%
10th Percentile £18.19 £13.88 £13.45
90th Percentile £64.50 £52.50 £48.75
Median hourly rate £32.50 £21.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +54.76% +16.67% -3.03%

WAN
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

Job postings citing WAN as a proportion 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

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

Daily rate trend for WAN in the South West

WAN
Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing WAN in the South West over the 6 months to 24 January 2021.

Daily rate histogram for WAN in the South West

WAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Hourly rate trend for WAN in the South West

WAN
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing WAN in the South West over the 6 months to 24 January 2021.

Hourly rate histogram 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 24 January 2021. 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 +45 21 £350 - 7
Bristol +43 21 £430 +18.62% 8
Dorset +26 13 £363 +11.54% 1
Somerset +24 6 - - 3
Gloucestershire +19 5 £465 +20.00% 6
WAN
England

For the 6 months to 24 January 2021, 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 53 (79.10%) LAN
2 41 (61.19%) Cisco
3 32 (47.76%) Firewall
4 27 (40.30%) Cisco Certification
5 24 (35.82%) Security Cleared
6 20 (29.85%) VMware
6 20 (29.85%) CCNP
7 19 (28.36%) Windows
8 18 (26.87%) CCNA
8 18 (26.87%) Microsoft
9 15 (22.39%) Wireless
9 15 (22.39%) SC Cleared
10 14 (20.90%) VPN
11 13 (19.40%) Telecoms
11 13 (19.40%) F5
11 13 (19.40%) Data Centre
12 12 (17.91%) Cisco Nexus
12 12 (17.91%) ITIL
12 12 (17.91%) OSPF
12 12 (17.91%) BGP
13 11 (16.42%) CheckPoint
13 11 (16.42%) Cisco ASA
14 10 (14.93%) Juniper
14 10 (14.93%) VoIP
14 10 (14.93%) MPLS
15 9 (13.43%) SAN
15 9 (13.43%) VMware Infrastructure
16 8 (11.94%) High Availability
16 8 (11.94%) 3PAR
16 8 (11.94%) MS Visio

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 3 (4.48%) Skype for Business
2 1 (1.49%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (1.49%) IIS
2 1 (1.49%) MS Exchange
2 1 (1.49%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.49%) Smallworld
Applications
1 8 (11.94%) MS Visio
2 3 (4.48%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (2.99%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (1.49%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 5 (7.46%) AWS
1 5 (7.46%) Azure
2 3 (4.48%) Office 365
3 1 (1.49%) AWS CloudFormation
3 1 (1.49%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 53 (79.10%) LAN
2 32 (47.76%) Firewall
3 15 (22.39%) Wireless
4 14 (20.90%) VPN
5 12 (17.91%) BGP
5 12 (17.91%) Cisco Nexus
5 12 (17.91%) OSPF
6 11 (16.42%) Cisco ASA
7 10 (14.93%) MPLS
7 10 (14.93%) VoIP
8 9 (13.43%) SAN
9 8 (11.94%) Wi-Fi
10 6 (8.96%) SSL
11 5 (7.46%) Software-Defined Networking
12 4 (5.97%) BIG-IP
12 4 (5.97%) Cisco Firepower
12 4 (5.97%) Cisco PIX
12 4 (5.97%) DNS
12 4 (5.97%) Internet
12 4 (5.97%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.49%) GIS
General
1 13 (19.40%) Telecoms
2 6 (8.96%) Finance
3 5 (7.46%) Public Sector
4 1 (1.49%) Banking
4 1 (1.49%) Military
Job Titles
1 24 (35.82%) Network Engineer
2 10 (14.93%) Cisco Engineer
2 10 (14.93%) Cisco Network Engineer
2 10 (14.93%) Consultant
3 9 (13.43%) Analyst
3 9 (13.43%) Network Analyst
4 7 (10.45%) Cisco Analyst
4 7 (10.45%) Cisco Network Analyst
5 6 (8.96%) Architect
6 5 (7.46%) Check Point Analyst
6 5 (7.46%) Support Engineer
6 5 (7.46%) Technical Consultant
7 4 (5.97%) SC Cleared Technical Consultant
7 4 (5.97%) Senior Network Engineer
8 3 (4.48%) Lead Network Engineer
8 3 (4.48%) Network Architect
8 3 (4.48%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
8 3 (4.48%) Telecoms Engineer
8 3 (4.48%) VMware Consultant
9 2 (2.99%) Mitel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.49%) JSON
1 1 (1.49%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 13 (19.40%) Data Centre
2 4 (5.97%) Hybrid Cloud
3 2 (2.99%) CMDB
4 1 (1.49%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.49%) Fibre Optics
4 1 (1.49%) NHS
4 1 (1.49%) Private Cloud
4 1 (1.49%) Public Cloud
4 1 (1.49%) Replication
4 1 (1.49%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 19 (28.36%) Windows
2 3 (4.48%) Linux
2 3 (4.48%) VMS
2 3 (4.48%) Windows 10
3 2 (2.99%) Windows Server
3 2 (2.99%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (2.99%) Windows Server 2019
4 1 (1.49%) HPUX
4 1 (1.49%) Windows 7
4 1 (1.49%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (17.91%) ITIL
2 8 (11.94%) High Availability
2 8 (11.94%) Migration
3 7 (10.45%) Capacity Planning
3 7 (10.45%) Change Control
4 6 (8.96%) Workshop Facilitation
5 5 (7.46%) Change Management
5 5 (7.46%) Network Design
5 5 (7.46%) Project Delivery
6 4 (5.97%) Problem Management
6 4 (5.97%) Validation
7 3 (4.48%) Incident Management
7 3 (4.48%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 2 (2.99%) Architecture Roadmap
8 2 (2.99%) Collaborative Working
8 2 (2.99%) Customer Requirements
8 2 (2.99%) Decision-Making
8 2 (2.99%) Load Balancing
8 2 (2.99%) Mathematics
8 2 (2.99%) Network Architecture
Programming Languages
1 4 (5.97%) Python
2 3 (4.48%) Shell Script
3 1 (1.49%) C
3 1 (1.49%) C#
3 1 (1.49%) PowerShell
3 1 (1.49%) SQL
Qualifications
1 27 (40.30%) Cisco Certification
2 24 (35.82%) Security Cleared
3 20 (29.85%) CCNP
4 18 (26.87%) CCNA
5 15 (22.39%) SC Cleared
6 6 (8.96%) DV Cleared
7 5 (7.46%) CCIE
8 4 (5.97%) CCDP
8 4 (5.97%) Degree
9 3 (4.48%) CCDA
10 2 (2.99%) CISSP
10 2 (2.99%) ITIL Certification
11 1 (1.49%) A+ Certification
11 1 (1.49%) BC Cleared
11 1 (1.49%) BPSS Clearance
11 1 (1.49%) HP APS
11 1 (1.49%) JNCIE
11 1 (1.49%) MCITP
11 1 (1.49%) MCP
11 1 (1.49%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.99%) JSP 440
2 1 (1.49%) SLA
System Software
1 9 (13.43%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (5.97%) VMware NSX
3 3 (4.48%) Active Directory
4 1 (1.49%) Hyper-V
4 1 (1.49%) Virtual Servers
4 1 (1.49%) XenApp
4 1 (1.49%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 3 (4.48%) Cisco Prime
1 3 (4.48%) FortiGate
2 2 (2.99%) Ansible
2 2 (2.99%) Microsoft Intune
3 1 (1.49%) HAProxy
3 1 (1.49%) Terraform
Vendors
1 41 (61.19%) Cisco
2 20 (29.85%) VMware
3 18 (26.87%) Microsoft
4 13 (19.40%) F5
5 11 (16.42%) CheckPoint
6 10 (14.93%) Juniper
7 8 (11.94%) 3PAR
8 6 (8.96%) Aruba
8 6 (8.96%) Blue Coat
8 6 (8.96%) Palo Alto
9 5 (7.46%) SolarWinds
10 4 (5.97%) Avaya
10 4 (5.97%) Ivanti
10 4 (5.97%) Nortel
10 4 (5.97%) Riverbed
11 3 (4.48%) Citrix
11 3 (4.48%) Fortinet
11 3 (4.48%) Mitel
11 3 (4.48%) Splunk
11 3 (4.48%) Veeam