Period
to 23 October 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London 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 October 2018 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)
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
23 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 124 104 92
Rank change year-on-year -20 -12 +1
Contract jobs citing WAN 1,135 1,190 1,468
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 2.06% 2.27% 2.50%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.15% 14.50% 15.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 596 733 939
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.45% -3.33% +7.14%
10th Percentile £163 £178 £215
90th Percentile £538 £500 £563
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £400
% change year-on-year +6.67% -6.25% +10.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 94 93 60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £21.28 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.69% +6.38% +21.21%
10th Percentile £12.20 £12.24 £11.23
90th Percentile £44.13 £48.50 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £20.32 £21.78 £20.00
% change year-on-year -6.69% +8.90% +21.21%

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 UK excluding London with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 8,024 8,205 9,748
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 14.57% 15.62% 16.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,380 4,701 5,710
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - +4.17%
10th Percentile £196 £175 £213
90th Percentile £550 £538 £538
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 509 578 643
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £19.44 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.26% -22.24% +25.00%
10th Percentile £12.20 £11.18 £11.72
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.50 £46.96
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £19.25 £22.84
% change year-on-year -1.30% -15.70% +14.18%

WAN
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing WAN as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for WAN in the UK excluding London

WAN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing WAN in the UK excluding London.

Contractor daily rate trend for WAN in the UK excluding London

WAN
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing WAN in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 23 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for WAN in the UK excluding London

WAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for WAN in the UK excluding London

WAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing WAN in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 23 October 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for WAN in the UK excluding London

WAN
Contract Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing WAN within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 23 October 2018. 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
South East +2 381 £423 +9.03% 112
North of England +6 255 £361 -3.83% 154
Midlands -29 180 £360 -0.69% 93
North West +30 151 £350 -7.89% 91
West Midlands -41 133 £385 -0.65% 61
South West -30 107 £375 +20.00% 40
East of England -19 106 £325 -8.90% 43
Yorkshire -33 71 £389 +3.60% 49
Scotland -55 58 £313 -3.85% 22
East Midlands +10 47 £300 -7.34% 32
North East +7 33 £338 -15.63% 14
Northern Ireland +63 29 £275 - 2
Wales -20 19 £450 +50.00% 8
Channel Islands - 1 - - 1
WAN
UK

For the 6 months to 23 October 2018, 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 UK excluding London region with a requirement for WAN.

1 881 (77.62%) LAN
2 615 (54.19%) Cisco
3 504 (44.41%) Firewall
4 368 (32.42%) Cisco Certification
5 321 (28.28%) Windows
6 258 (22.73%) ITIL
7 255 (22.47%) Active Directory
8 244 (21.50%) CCNP
8 244 (21.50%) Security Cleared
9 233 (20.53%) Microsoft
10 223 (19.65%) TCP/IP
11 222 (19.56%) VMware
12 205 (18.06%) CCNA
13 201 (17.71%) VPN
14 199 (17.53%) Data Centre
15 187 (16.48%) CheckPoint
16 185 (16.30%) Wireless
17 180 (15.86%) MPLS
18 171 (15.07%) Windows Server
19 166 (14.63%) Network Security
20 165 (14.54%) Juniper
21 164 (14.45%) SC Cleared
22 162 (14.27%) DNS
23 153 (13.48%) Office 365
24 152 (13.39%) Migration
25 147 (12.95%) VoIP
25 147 (12.95%) VMware Infrastructure
26 141 (12.42%) OSPF
27 140 (12.33%) BGP
28 138 (12.16%) F5

WAN
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London 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 75 (6.61%) MS Exchange
2 33 (2.91%) Skype for Business
3 27 (2.38%) Exchange Server 2010
4 23 (2.03%) SharePoint
5 20 (1.76%) IIS
6 18 (1.59%) Exchange Server 2013
6 18 (1.59%) OpenStack
7 13 (1.15%) Apache
7 13 (1.15%) IBM Notes
8 10 (0.88%) Tomcat
9 9 (0.79%) Site Server
10 7 (0.62%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 7 (0.62%) WebSphere
11 6 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2007
11 6 (0.53%) Quickr
11 6 (0.53%) SharePoint 2010
11 6 (0.53%) SharePoint 2013
12 4 (0.35%) Elasticsearch
12 4 (0.35%) Exchange Server 2003
12 4 (0.35%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 83 (7.31%) Microsoft Office
2 39 (3.44%) MS Visio
3 26 (2.29%) Microsoft Excel
4 10 (0.88%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.088%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.088%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (0.26%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.088%) SAP BPC
2 1 (0.088%) SAP GTS
2 1 (0.088%) SAP IBP
2 1 (0.088%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 153 (13.48%) Office 365
2 133 (11.72%) Microsoft Azure
3 90 (7.93%) Amazon AWS
4 16 (1.41%) IaaS
5 12 (1.06%) Azure Active Directory
6 11 (0.97%) Cloud Computing
7 9 (0.79%) PaaS
8 6 (0.53%) G Suite
9 4 (0.35%) Google Cloud Platform
9 4 (0.35%) SaaS
10 3 (0.26%) Akamai
10 3 (0.26%) Amazon EC2
10 3 (0.26%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 2 (0.18%) Mimecast
12 1 (0.088%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 1 (0.088%) AWS Lambda
12 1 (0.088%) HP Helion
12 1 (0.088%) OneDrive
12 1 (0.088%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 881 (77.62%) LAN
2 504 (44.41%) Firewall
3 223 (19.65%) TCP/IP
4 201 (17.71%) VPN
5 185 (16.30%) Wireless
6 180 (15.86%) MPLS
7 166 (14.63%) Network Security
8 162 (14.27%) DNS
9 147 (12.95%) VoIP
10 141 (12.42%) OSPF
11 140 (12.33%) BGP
12 118 (10.40%) SAN
13 116 (10.22%) Internet
14 115 (10.13%) Cisco ASA
15 114 (10.04%) Wi-Fi
16 107 (9.43%) VLAN
17 104 (9.16%) DHCP
18 99 (8.72%) Cisco Nexus
19 93 (8.19%) WLAN
20 65 (5.73%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (3.79%) SQL Server
2 12 (1.06%) Oracle Database
3 10 (0.88%) MySQL
4 9 (0.79%) Big Data
5 5 (0.44%) Apache Cassandra
5 5 (0.44%) MongoDB
6 4 (0.35%) Redis
7 3 (0.26%) Data Warehouse
7 3 (0.26%) Hadoop
7 3 (0.26%) MariaDB
7 3 (0.26%) SQL Server 2008
8 2 (0.18%) Oracle Reports
8 2 (0.18%) RDBMS
8 2 (0.18%) Relational Database
8 2 (0.18%) SQL Server 2012
8 2 (0.18%) SQL Server 2014
9 1 (0.088%) Lumira
9 1 (0.088%) Power BI
9 1 (0.088%) SAP Data Services
9 1 (0.088%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 8 (0.70%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 5 (0.44%) Git (software)
2 5 (0.44%) Jenkins
2 5 (0.44%) JIRA
3 3 (0.26%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.088%) Hudson
4 1 (0.088%) Metasploit
General
1 112 (9.87%) Telecoms
2 84 (7.40%) Finance
3 49 (4.32%) Retail
4 23 (2.03%) Law
5 20 (1.76%) Banking
6 10 (0.88%) Manufacturing
7 9 (0.79%) Legal
8 5 (0.44%) Aerospace
9 3 (0.26%) Advertising
9 3 (0.26%) Games
9 3 (0.26%) Mandarin Language
9 3 (0.26%) Marketing
10 2 (0.18%) Automotive
10 2 (0.18%) Local Government
10 2 (0.18%) Multimedia
10 2 (0.18%) Pharmaceutical
10 2 (0.18%) Publishing
11 1 (0.088%) Electronics
11 1 (0.088%) Investment Banking
11 1 (0.088%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 355 (31.28%) Network Engineer
2 129 (11.37%) Analyst
3 105 (9.25%) Architect
4 85 (7.49%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 77 (6.78%) Support Engineer
6 76 (6.70%) Cisco Engineer
7 65 (5.73%) Senior Network Engineer
8 62 (5.46%) Project Manager
9 51 (4.49%) Network Architect
10 50 (4.41%) Consultant
11 44 (3.88%) Cisco Network Engineer
12 41 (3.61%) Network Analyst
13 40 (3.52%) Network Support
14 37 (3.26%) Security Engineer
15 33 (2.91%) Desktop Support
15 33 (2.91%) Implementation Engineer
16 30 (2.64%) IT Support
16 30 (2.64%) Project Engineer
16 30 (2.64%) Service Analyst
17 29 (2.56%) Network Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (2.56%) Middleware
2 20 (1.76%) 802.1X
3 17 (1.50%) Web Services
4 15 (1.32%) HTML
5 13 (1.15%) LDAP
6 9 (0.79%) Ajax
7 7 (0.62%) CGI
7 7 (0.62%) CSS
7 7 (0.62%) JSON
8 6 (0.53%) Elastic Stack
9 5 (0.44%) Sensu
10 4 (0.35%) Kafka
10 4 (0.35%) LAMP
10 4 (0.35%) RabbitMQ
10 4 (0.35%) XML
11 3 (0.26%) jQuery
11 3 (0.26%) XSLT
12 2 (0.18%) OAuth
12 2 (0.18%) XACML
12 2 (0.18%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 199 (17.53%) Data Centre
2 79 (6.96%) Analytical Skills
3 43 (3.79%) Self-Motivation
4 30 (2.64%) Management Information System
5 23 (2.03%) Smartphone
6 22 (1.94%) Clustering
7 21 (1.85%) NHS
7 21 (1.85%) Video Conferencing
8 19 (1.67%) Driving Licence
8 19 (1.67%) Fat Client
8 19 (1.67%) Thin Client
9 15 (1.32%) Mobile App
10 14 (1.23%) Handset
11 13 (1.15%) Computer Science
11 13 (1.15%) iPhone
12 10 (0.88%) Mainframe
12 10 (0.88%) Public Cloud
12 10 (0.88%) Replication
13 9 (0.79%) Blackberry
13 9 (0.79%) CCTV
Operating Systems
1 321 (28.28%) Windows
2 171 (15.07%) Windows Server
3 108 (9.52%) Linux
4 71 (6.26%) Windows 10
4 71 (6.26%) Windows 7
5 62 (5.46%) Windows Server 2008
6 57 (5.02%) Windows Server 2012
7 50 (4.41%) Unix
8 33 (2.91%) Windows Server 2003
9 23 (2.03%) Solaris
10 18 (1.59%) Android
11 14 (1.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 14 (1.23%) Windows 8
12 9 (0.79%) Mac OS X
13 8 (0.70%) CentOS
14 7 (0.62%) Embedded Linux
14 7 (0.62%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
14 7 (0.62%) Ubuntu
15 6 (0.53%) Mac OS
16 5 (0.44%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 258 (22.73%) ITIL
2 152 (13.39%) Migration
3 111 (9.78%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 103 (9.07%) Project Management
5 87 (7.67%) Network Monitoring
5 87 (7.67%) Problem-Solving
6 85 (7.49%) Network Management
7 84 (7.40%) Network Design
8 82 (7.22%) Service Delivery
9 79 (6.96%) Service Management
10 73 (6.43%) Load Balancing
11 57 (5.02%) High Availability
12 56 (4.93%) Agile Software Development
12 56 (4.93%) Change Management
12 56 (4.93%) PRINCE2
13 54 (4.76%) Disaster Recovery
14 47 (4.14%) Incident Management
15 42 (3.70%) Stakeholder Management
16 41 (3.61%) ITIL V3
16 41 (3.61%) Network Architecture
Programming Languages
1 52 (4.58%) SQL
2 41 (3.61%) PowerShell
3 30 (2.64%) Python
4 22 (1.94%) Perl
5 17 (1.50%) C
6 12 (1.06%) JavaScript
7 11 (0.97%) Bash Shell
8 10 (0.88%) PHP
8 10 (0.88%) Shell Script
9 9 (0.79%) Java
10 8 (0.70%) Korn
11 7 (0.62%) C++
11 7 (0.62%) Embedded C
12 5 (0.44%) C-shell
13 2 (0.18%) PL/SQL
13 2 (0.18%) T-SQL
14 1 (0.088%) Lingo
14 1 (0.088%) R
14 1 (0.088%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 368 (32.42%) Cisco Certification
2 244 (21.50%) CCNP
2 244 (21.50%) Security Cleared
3 205 (18.06%) CCNA
4 164 (14.45%) SC Cleared
5 63 (5.55%) DV Cleared
6 54 (4.76%) CCIE
7 52 (4.58%) Degree
8 41 (3.61%) Microsoft Certification
9 29 (2.56%) MCSE
10 26 (2.29%) CCDP
11 24 (2.11%) ITIL Certification
12 21 (1.85%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 19 (1.67%) CISSP
14 18 (1.59%) BPSS Clearance
15 17 (1.50%) MCSA
16 15 (1.32%) A+ Certification
16 15 (1.32%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 14 (1.23%) CCSA
17 14 (1.23%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 60 (5.29%) SLA
2 28 (2.47%) GDPR
3 25 (2.20%) QA
4 10 (0.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 9 (0.79%) PMO
6 8 (0.70%) JSP 440
7 6 (0.53%) PCI DSS
8 4 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 4 (0.35%) NIST 800
8 4 (0.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 3 (0.26%) Disclosure Scotland
9 3 (0.26%) Government Security Classifications
10 2 (0.18%) OASIS TOSCA
11 1 (0.088%) Cyber Essentials
11 1 (0.088%) GxP
11 1 (0.088%) HIPAA
11 1 (0.088%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 1 (0.088%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 255 (22.47%) Active Directory
2 147 (12.95%) VMware Infrastructure
3 65 (5.73%) Hyper-V
4 31 (2.73%) vSphere
5 21 (1.85%) VMware ESXi
6 17 (1.50%) Virtual Machines
7 14 (1.23%) Xen
7 14 (1.23%) XenApp
8 13 (1.15%) Virtual Desktop
9 12 (1.06%) FreeRADIUS
10 11 (0.97%) Docker
10 11 (0.97%) NFS
10 11 (0.97%) VMware NSX
11 10 (0.88%) KVM
11 10 (0.88%) Samba
12 8 (0.70%) Virtual Servers
13 6 (0.53%) Firmware
14 4 (0.35%) BitLocker
14 4 (0.35%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 4 (0.35%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 77 (6.78%) SCCM
2 47 (4.14%) FortiGate
3 29 (2.56%) Cisco Prime
4 15 (1.32%) McAfee ePO
4 15 (1.32%) Microsoft Intune
5 13 (1.15%) Microsoft Clustering
5 13 (1.15%) SCOM
6 11 (0.97%) Ansible
6 11 (0.97%) Cisco CUCM
6 11 (0.97%) WSUS
7 9 (0.79%) vCenter Server
8 8 (0.70%) Backup Exec
8 8 (0.70%) Puppet
9 7 (0.62%) OpenView
9 7 (0.62%) Opscode Chef
9 7 (0.62%) Stealthwatch
9 7 (0.62%) ZENworks
10 6 (0.53%) Cisco UCCX
10 6 (0.53%) Opsview
10 6 (0.53%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 615 (54.19%) Cisco
2 233 (20.53%) Microsoft
3 222 (19.56%) VMware
4 187 (16.48%) CheckPoint
5 165 (14.54%) Juniper
6 138 (12.16%) F5
7 113 (9.96%) HP
8 96 (8.46%) Citrix
9 92 (8.11%) McAfee
10 73 (6.43%) Aruba
11 70 (6.17%) Palo Alto
12 69 (6.08%) Fortinet
13 59 (5.20%) Meraki
14 52 (4.58%) Oracle
15 45 (3.96%) NetApp
16 44 (3.88%) SolarWinds
17 33 (2.91%) Avaya
18 31 (2.73%) Riverbed
19 30 (2.64%) Blue Coat
20 28 (2.47%) Red Hat