Period
to 10 December 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 10 December 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
10 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 124 107 89
Rank change year-on-year -17 -18 +1
Contract jobs citing WAN 1,138 1,176 1,409
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 2.04% 2.21% 2.51%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.06% 14.34% 15.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 644 694 927
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.45% -3.33% +3.45%
10th Percentile £169 £175 £213
90th Percentile £525 £500 £550
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £400
% change year-on-year +6.67% -6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 74 88 49
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.38 £16.68 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.14% -7.33% +9.09%
10th Percentile £12.79 £12.24 £12.75
90th Percentile £42.43 £44.65 £48.15
UK median hourly rate £23.75 £17.38 £20.00
% change year-on-year +36.69% -13.13% +11.11%

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 8,093 8,203 9,197
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 14.48% 15.42% 16.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,494 4,740 5,398
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - +1.35%
10th Percentile £198 £163 £206
90th Percentile £550 £540 £538
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 488 543 614
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.06 £18.50 £24.40
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.39% -24.18% +19.02%
10th Percentile £12.06 £11.00 £11.72
90th Percentile £47.15 £43.75 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £18.75 £22.50
% change year-on-year +6.67% -16.67% +7.48%

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 10 December 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 10 December 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 10 December 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 -3 407 £400 +3.90% 109
North of England +9 272 £363 -3.33% 132
Midlands -45 163 £375 +1.35% 52
North West +25 152 £363 -3.33% 70
South West -23 115 £375 +20.00% 41
West Midlands -51 114 £386 -4.63% 34
East of England -35 89 £325 -7.14% 60
Yorkshire -27 83 £389 +3.60% 48
Scotland -46 56 £316 -9.64% 12
East Midlands +2 49 £350 +7.28% 18
North East +9 37 £325 -18.75% 14
Northern Ireland +49 24 - - 1
Wales -27 14 £500 +66.67% 10
Channel Islands - 1 - -
WAN
UK

For the 6 months to 10 December 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.

1 902 (79.26%) LAN
2 607 (53.34%) Cisco
3 531 (46.66%) Firewall
4 364 (31.99%) Windows
5 362 (31.81%) Cisco Certification
6 280 (24.60%) Active Directory
7 261 (22.93%) CCNP
8 255 (22.41%) ITIL
9 241 (21.18%) Microsoft
10 239 (21.00%) Security Cleared
11 226 (19.86%) TCP/IP
12 225 (19.77%) VMware
13 212 (18.63%) VPN
14 207 (18.19%) Wireless
15 203 (17.84%) CheckPoint
16 195 (17.14%) Windows Server
17 184 (16.17%) CCNA
17 184 (16.17%) Data Centre
18 179 (15.73%) Office 365
19 168 (14.76%) DNS
20 167 (14.67%) MPLS
20 167 (14.67%) OSPF
21 165 (14.50%) Juniper
22 160 (14.06%) SC Cleared
23 158 (13.88%) BGP
24 150 (13.18%) F5
25 147 (12.92%) Network Security
26 145 (12.74%) VoIP
27 143 (12.57%) VMware Infrastructure
28 138 (12.13%) Microsoft Azure

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 77 (6.77%) MS Exchange
2 35 (3.08%) Skype for Business
3 32 (2.81%) Exchange Server 2010
4 28 (2.46%) SharePoint
5 24 (2.11%) Exchange Server 2013
6 16 (1.41%) OpenStack
7 14 (1.23%) IIS
8 11 (0.97%) IBM Notes
9 10 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2007
10 8 (0.70%) Apache
11 6 (0.53%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 6 (0.53%) SharePoint 2010
11 6 (0.53%) SharePoint 2013
11 6 (0.53%) Tomcat
12 5 (0.44%) Quickr
12 5 (0.44%) WebSphere
13 4 (0.35%) Apache Pig
13 4 (0.35%) Elasticsearch
13 4 (0.35%) IBM Domino
13 4 (0.35%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 103 (9.05%) Microsoft Office
2 38 (3.34%) MS Visio
3 24 (2.11%) Microsoft Excel
4 9 (0.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.088%) Houdini
5 1 (0.088%) Maya
5 1 (0.088%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.088%) NUKE
5 1 (0.088%) Photoshop
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
1 179 (15.73%) Office 365
2 138 (12.13%) Microsoft Azure
3 95 (8.35%) Amazon AWS
4 22 (1.93%) IaaS
5 14 (1.23%) Azure Active Directory
6 11 (0.97%) PaaS
7 8 (0.70%) Cloud Computing
7 8 (0.70%) Google Cloud Platform
7 8 (0.70%) OneDrive
7 8 (0.70%) SaaS
8 6 (0.53%) G Suite
9 2 (0.18%) Akamai
10 1 (0.088%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 1 (0.088%) AWS Lambda
10 1 (0.088%) IBM Blueworks
10 1 (0.088%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 902 (79.26%) LAN
2 531 (46.66%) Firewall
3 226 (19.86%) TCP/IP
4 212 (18.63%) VPN
5 207 (18.19%) Wireless
6 168 (14.76%) DNS
7 167 (14.67%) MPLS
7 167 (14.67%) OSPF
8 158 (13.88%) BGP
9 147 (12.92%) Network Security
10 145 (12.74%) VoIP
11 122 (10.72%) SAN
12 118 (10.37%) Cisco ASA
13 117 (10.28%) Internet
14 115 (10.11%) Wi-Fi
15 110 (9.67%) DHCP
16 105 (9.23%) Cisco Nexus
17 104 (9.14%) VLAN
18 93 (8.17%) WLAN
19 67 (5.89%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (3.16%) SQL Server
2 13 (1.14%) MySQL
3 11 (0.97%) Big Data
4 9 (0.79%) Apache Cassandra
5 7 (0.62%) Hadoop
5 7 (0.62%) Oracle Database
6 5 (0.44%) MongoDB
7 4 (0.35%) Apache Hive
7 4 (0.35%) HBase
7 4 (0.35%) Mahout
7 4 (0.35%) NoSQL
7 4 (0.35%) Oracle Discoverer
7 4 (0.35%) Redis
7 4 (0.35%) Sqoop
8 3 (0.26%) MariaDB
8 3 (0.26%) SQL Server 2008
9 2 (0.18%) Data Warehouse
9 2 (0.18%) Oracle Reports
9 2 (0.18%) SQL Server 2005
9 2 (0.18%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 10 (0.88%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 6 (0.53%) Jenkins
3 5 (0.44%) Git (software)
4 3 (0.26%) JIRA
4 3 (0.26%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 101 (8.88%) Telecoms
2 94 (8.26%) Finance
3 40 (3.51%) Retail
4 23 (2.02%) Law
5 21 (1.85%) Banking
6 10 (0.88%) Manufacturing
7 5 (0.44%) Games
7 5 (0.44%) Marketing
7 5 (0.44%) Publishing
8 4 (0.35%) Mandarin Language
9 3 (0.26%) Advertising
9 3 (0.26%) Aerospace
9 3 (0.26%) Legal
9 3 (0.26%) Spanish Language
10 2 (0.18%) Automotive
10 2 (0.18%) Back Office
10 2 (0.18%) Investment Banking
10 2 (0.18%) Multimedia
10 2 (0.18%) Pharmaceutical
11 1 (0.088%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 365 (32.07%) Network Engineer
2 121 (10.63%) Analyst
3 105 (9.23%) Architect
4 91 (8.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 86 (7.56%) Support Engineer
6 67 (5.89%) Cisco Engineer
7 65 (5.71%) Senior Network Engineer
8 60 (5.27%) Project Manager
9 57 (5.01%) Network Architect
10 50 (4.39%) Consultant
11 46 (4.04%) Cisco Network Engineer
12 41 (3.60%) Network Support
13 34 (2.99%) Security Engineer
14 33 (2.90%) Service Analyst
15 32 (2.81%) Network Analyst
15 32 (2.81%) Network Support Engineer
16 31 (2.72%) Desktop Support
17 29 (2.55%) 3rd Line Engineer
17 29 (2.55%) Network Consultant
17 29 (2.55%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (2.64%) Middleware
2 19 (1.67%) 802.1X
3 15 (1.32%) HTML
4 14 (1.23%) Web Services
5 12 (1.05%) Elastic Stack
6 9 (0.79%) Ajax
7 7 (0.62%) CGI
7 7 (0.62%) CSS
7 7 (0.62%) JSON
8 5 (0.44%) Sensu
9 4 (0.35%) Kafka
9 4 (0.35%) RabbitMQ
9 4 (0.35%) XML
10 3 (0.26%) jQuery
10 3 (0.26%) SailPoint
10 3 (0.26%) XMPP
10 3 (0.26%) XSLT
11 2 (0.18%) LDAP
11 2 (0.18%) RESTful
11 2 (0.18%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 184 (16.17%) Data Centre
2 63 (5.54%) Analytical Skills
3 45 (3.95%) Self-Motivation
4 41 (3.60%) Management Information System
5 28 (2.46%) Video Conferencing
6 23 (2.02%) Mobile App
7 22 (1.93%) Smartphone
8 19 (1.67%) Clustering
8 19 (1.67%) Driving Licence
8 19 (1.67%) NHS
9 16 (1.41%) Handset
9 16 (1.41%) Public Cloud
10 15 (1.32%) Fat Client
10 15 (1.32%) Thin Client
11 14 (1.23%) iPhone
12 11 (0.97%) Mainframe
13 10 (0.88%) Client/Server
13 10 (0.88%) Enterprise Software
14 9 (0.79%) CCTV
14 9 (0.79%) Cyberattack
Operating Systems
1 364 (31.99%) Windows
2 195 (17.14%) Windows Server
3 129 (11.34%) Linux
4 85 (7.47%) Windows 10
5 81 (7.12%) Windows 7
6 64 (5.62%) Windows Server 2012
7 63 (5.54%) Windows Server 2008
8 43 (3.78%) Unix
9 36 (3.16%) Windows Server 2003
10 27 (2.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 20 (1.76%) Android
12 17 (1.49%) Mac OS X
12 17 (1.49%) Solaris
13 13 (1.14%) CentOS
13 13 (1.14%) Windows 8
14 8 (0.70%) Ubuntu
15 7 (0.62%) Embedded Linux
16 6 (0.53%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
16 6 (0.53%) Windows XP
17 4 (0.35%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 255 (22.41%) ITIL
2 133 (11.69%) Migration
3 112 (9.84%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 102 (8.96%) Problem-Solving
5 95 (8.35%) Project Management
6 94 (8.26%) Network Monitoring
7 89 (7.82%) Load Balancing
8 82 (7.21%) Network Management
9 77 (6.77%) Network Design
10 76 (6.68%) Service Delivery
11 69 (6.06%) Service Management
12 60 (5.27%) Change Management
13 57 (5.01%) Disaster Recovery
14 56 (4.92%) Agile Software Development
15 50 (4.39%) High Availability
16 49 (4.31%) PRINCE2
17 45 (3.95%) Stakeholder Management
18 44 (3.87%) ITIL V3
18 44 (3.87%) WAN Optimisation
19 42 (3.69%) Network Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 45 (3.95%) SQL
2 34 (2.99%) PowerShell
3 32 (2.81%) Python
4 25 (2.20%) Perl
5 20 (1.76%) C
6 17 (1.49%) Shell Script
7 12 (1.05%) JavaScript
8 11 (0.97%) C++
8 11 (0.97%) Java
9 10 (0.88%) PHP
10 8 (0.70%) Bash Shell
10 8 (0.70%) Korn
11 7 (0.62%) Embedded C
12 6 (0.53%) C-shell
13 3 (0.26%) VB
14 2 (0.18%) PL/SQL
15 1 (0.088%) Lingo
15 1 (0.088%) R
15 1 (0.088%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 362 (31.81%) Cisco Certification
2 261 (22.93%) CCNP
3 239 (21.00%) Security Cleared
4 184 (16.17%) CCNA
5 160 (14.06%) SC Cleared
6 66 (5.80%) DV Cleared
7 58 (5.10%) Microsoft Certification
8 54 (4.75%) Degree
9 53 (4.66%) CCIE
10 47 (4.13%) MCSE
11 28 (2.46%) CCDP
12 26 (2.28%) MCSA
13 21 (1.85%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 19 (1.67%) BPSS Clearance
14 19 (1.67%) CISSP
15 18 (1.58%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 15 (1.32%) Computer Science Degree
16 15 (1.32%) ITIL Certification
16 15 (1.32%) MOS
17 14 (1.23%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 71 (6.24%) SLA
2 19 (1.67%) QA
3 18 (1.58%) GDPR
4 12 (1.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 8 (0.70%) JSP 440
5 8 (0.70%) PMO
6 6 (0.53%) PCI DSS
6 6 (0.53%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 4 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 4 (0.35%) NIST 800
8 3 (0.26%) Disclosure Scotland
8 3 (0.26%) Government Security Classifications
9 2 (0.18%) OASIS TOSCA
10 1 (0.088%) Cyber Essentials
10 1 (0.088%) FISMA
10 1 (0.088%) GxP
10 1 (0.088%) HIPAA
10 1 (0.088%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 280 (24.60%) Active Directory
2 143 (12.57%) VMware Infrastructure
3 60 (5.27%) Hyper-V
4 27 (2.37%) vSphere
5 22 (1.93%) VMware ESXi
6 17 (1.49%) Virtual Desktop
7 15 (1.32%) NFS
8 14 (1.23%) Samba
8 14 (1.23%) Xen
9 13 (1.14%) Docker
9 13 (1.14%) Firmware
10 12 (1.05%) FreeRADIUS
10 12 (1.05%) KVM
10 12 (1.05%) VMware NSX
11 10 (0.88%) Virtual Machines
12 9 (0.79%) Virtual Servers
12 9 (0.79%) XenApp
13 5 (0.44%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 5 (0.44%) Oracle RAC
14 4 (0.35%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 92 (8.08%) SCCM
2 39 (3.43%) FortiGate
3 35 (3.08%) Cisco Prime
4 16 (1.41%) McAfee ePO
5 15 (1.32%) SCOM
6 14 (1.23%) Ansible
7 12 (1.05%) Puppet
8 11 (0.97%) Cisco CUCM
8 11 (0.97%) WSUS
9 9 (0.79%) Microsoft Intune
10 8 (0.70%) Microsoft Clustering
11 7 (0.62%) Cacti
11 7 (0.62%) Nagios
11 7 (0.62%) OpenView
11 7 (0.62%) Opscode Chef
11 7 (0.62%) Stealthwatch
11 7 (0.62%) vCenter Server
11 7 (0.62%) ZENworks
12 6 (0.53%) QRadar
12 6 (0.53%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 607 (53.34%) Cisco
2 241 (21.18%) Microsoft
3 225 (19.77%) VMware
4 203 (17.84%) CheckPoint
5 165 (14.50%) Juniper
6 150 (13.18%) F5
7 110 (9.67%) HP
8 98 (8.61%) Citrix
9 97 (8.52%) McAfee
10 72 (6.33%) Fortinet
11 66 (5.80%) Aruba
11 66 (5.80%) Palo Alto
12 55 (4.83%) SolarWinds
13 50 (4.39%) Oracle
14 47 (4.13%) Meraki
15 42 (3.69%) NetApp
16 40 (3.51%) Avaya
17 37 (3.25%) Red Hat
18 32 (2.81%) IBM
19 31 (2.72%) Riverbed