Period
to 19 May 2019

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 19 May 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)
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
19 May 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 124 140 87
Rank change year-on-year +16 -53 -7
Contract jobs citing WAN 1,013 1,005 1,215
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 2.08% 1.88% 2.48%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.56% 13.10% 15.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 619 584 788
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33% +3.45%
10th Percentile £200 £170 £212
90th Percentile £538 £544 £550
UK median daily rate £413 £400 £395
% change year-on-year +3.13% +1.27% +1.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 82 88 79
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.34 £16.93 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.39% +2.61% -21.43%
10th Percentile £10.75 £11.00 £10.50
90th Percentile £46.00 £45.13 £43.15
UK median hourly rate £18.03 £16.86 £17.00
% change year-on-year +6.92% -0.82% -20.34%

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 6,956 7,672 7,677
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 14.31% 14.38% 15.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,079 4,399 4,445
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £388 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.45% - +3.33%
10th Percentile £200 £188 £200
90th Percentile £575 £550 £538
UK median daily rate £425 £420 £413
% change year-on-year +1.19% +1.82% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 414 546 579
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.95 £19.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.63% -4.80% -20.40%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.69 £10.95
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £19.87 £19.00 £20.50
% change year-on-year +4.55% -7.32% -18.00%

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 19 May 2019.

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 19 May 2019.

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 19 May 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
South East +25 375 £413 -2.94% 42
North of England +39 218 £356 +1.79% 57
Midlands -24 124 £360 -21.74% 39
South West -1 112 £363 +11.54% 13
North West +16 105 £350 - 34
East of England +8 93 £425 +17.24% 15
West Midlands -23 90 £370 -23.32% 30
Yorkshire +31 84 £400 +6.67% 20
Scotland +19 66 £325 +8.33% 3
East Midlands 0 33 £245 -30.99% 9
North East +24 29 £300 -51.02% 3
Wales +1 20 £350 +3.70% 1
Northern Ireland +22 8 £278 +0.91%
WAN
UK

For the 6 months to 19 May 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 UK excluding London region with a requirement for WAN.

1 800 (78.97%) LAN
2 570 (56.27%) Cisco
3 468 (46.20%) Firewall
4 368 (36.33%) Cisco Certification
5 301 (29.71%) Windows
6 270 (26.65%) VPN
7 261 (25.77%) CCNP
8 218 (21.52%) Active Directory
9 213 (21.03%) Microsoft
10 209 (20.63%) Data Centre
11 195 (19.25%) Security Cleared
12 192 (18.95%) TCP/IP
13 191 (18.85%) CCNA
14 185 (18.26%) ITIL
15 176 (17.37%) Wireless
16 175 (17.28%) CheckPoint
17 166 (16.39%) VMware
18 155 (15.30%) MPLS
19 154 (15.20%) DNS
20 151 (14.91%) Juniper
21 148 (14.61%) Network Security
22 146 (14.41%) VoIP
23 140 (13.82%) Windows Server
24 136 (13.43%) BGP
25 133 (13.13%) F5
26 132 (13.03%) OSPF
27 131 (12.93%) Microsoft Azure
27 131 (12.93%) Cisco ASA
28 130 (12.83%) SC Cleared
29 124 (12.24%) Wi-Fi

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 57 (5.63%) MS Exchange
2 43 (4.24%) Skype for Business
3 30 (2.96%) SharePoint
4 11 (1.09%) Tomcat
5 10 (0.99%) Exchange Server 2010
6 9 (0.89%) Apache
6 9 (0.89%) Exchange Server 2007
6 9 (0.89%) OpenStack
7 8 (0.79%) JBoss
8 5 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2013
8 5 (0.49%) IIS
9 4 (0.39%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 3 (0.30%) MS Project Server
10 3 (0.30%) WebLogic
10 3 (0.30%) WordPress
11 2 (0.20%) IBM Notes
11 2 (0.20%) SharePoint 2013
12 1 (0.099%) CMS
12 1 (0.099%) GroupWise
12 1 (0.099%) Site Server
Applications
1 81 (8.00%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (1.28%) Microsoft Excel
2 13 (1.28%) MS Visio
3 11 (1.09%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 9 (0.89%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (0.30%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 1 (0.099%) assyst
1 1 (0.099%) SAP ERP
1 1 (0.099%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 131 (12.93%) Microsoft Azure
2 119 (11.75%) Office 365
3 100 (9.87%) Amazon AWS
4 26 (2.57%) IaaS
5 22 (2.17%) OpenShift
6 20 (1.97%) PaaS
7 18 (1.78%) SaaS
8 9 (0.89%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 9 (0.89%) Cloud Computing
9 8 (0.79%) Akamai
9 8 (0.79%) Azure Stack
10 7 (0.69%) Mimecast
11 6 (0.59%) Dynamics 365
11 6 (0.59%) OneDrive
11 6 (0.59%) Power Platform
12 4 (0.39%) Google Cloud Platform
13 3 (0.30%) Azure Active Directory
13 3 (0.30%) GitHub
14 2 (0.20%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 1 (0.099%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 800 (78.97%) LAN
2 468 (46.20%) Firewall
3 270 (26.65%) VPN
4 192 (18.95%) TCP/IP
5 176 (17.37%) Wireless
6 155 (15.30%) MPLS
7 154 (15.20%) DNS
8 148 (14.61%) Network Security
9 146 (14.41%) VoIP
10 136 (13.43%) BGP
11 132 (13.03%) OSPF
12 131 (12.93%) Cisco ASA
13 124 (12.24%) Wi-Fi
14 108 (10.66%) Cisco Nexus
14 108 (10.66%) DHCP
15 88 (8.69%) SAN
16 77 (7.60%) VLAN
17 73 (7.21%) WLAN
18 68 (6.71%) Internet
19 64 (6.32%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (2.76%) SQL Server
2 10 (0.99%) MySQL
3 7 (0.69%) MariaDB
4 6 (0.59%) Oracle Database
4 6 (0.59%) RDBMS
4 6 (0.59%) Relational Database
5 4 (0.39%) Oracle Reports
6 2 (0.20%) SQL Server 2000
7 1 (0.099%) Big Data
7 1 (0.099%) Electronic Patient Records
7 1 (0.099%) MS Access
7 1 (0.099%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 11 (1.09%) Team Foundation Server
2 7 (0.69%) JIRA
2 7 (0.69%) Sonatype Nexus
3 6 (0.59%) Jenkins
4 5 (0.49%) Git (software)
4 5 (0.49%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 3 (0.30%) AdminStudio
5 3 (0.30%) Hudson
5 3 (0.30%) InstallShield
6 2 (0.20%) Visual Studio
7 1 (0.099%) ClearQuest
7 1 (0.099%) HP UFT
7 1 (0.099%) QARun
7 1 (0.099%) TestDirector
7 1 (0.099%) Trac
7 1 (0.099%) WinRunner
General
1 101 (9.97%) Telecoms
2 81 (8.00%) Finance
3 33 (3.26%) Retail
4 21 (2.07%) Banking
5 13 (1.28%) Manufacturing
6 10 (0.99%) Local Government
7 9 (0.89%) Law
7 9 (0.89%) Military
8 6 (0.59%) Electronics
8 6 (0.59%) Financial Institution
8 6 (0.59%) Investment Banking
9 5 (0.49%) Legal
9 5 (0.49%) Marketing
10 3 (0.30%) Publishing
11 2 (0.20%) Advertising
11 2 (0.20%) Back Office
11 2 (0.20%) Billing
11 2 (0.20%) Games
12 1 (0.099%) Aerospace
12 1 (0.099%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 382 (37.71%) Network Engineer
2 132 (13.03%) Architect
3 94 (9.28%) Analyst
4 71 (7.01%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 61 (6.02%) Support Engineer
6 60 (5.92%) Cisco Engineer
7 59 (5.82%) Network Architect
8 51 (5.03%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 50 (4.94%) Project Manager
10 43 (4.24%) Consultant
10 43 (4.24%) Security Engineer
11 42 (4.15%) Senior Network Engineer
12 39 (3.85%) Network Security Engineer
13 34 (3.36%) Solutions Architect
14 27 (2.67%) Network Support
15 24 (2.37%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
16 22 (2.17%) Business Analyst
16 22 (2.17%) Infrastructure Architect
16 22 (2.17%) Infrastructure Manager
16 22 (2.17%) Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (2.76%) Elastic Stack
2 25 (2.47%) 802.1X
3 23 (2.27%) Middleware
4 15 (1.48%) J2EE
5 14 (1.38%) LDAP
6 10 (0.99%) Web Services
7 6 (0.59%) REST
8 4 (0.39%) HTML
8 4 (0.39%) SailPoint
9 3 (0.30%) Software Packaging
10 2 (0.20%) JSON
10 2 (0.20%) WAP
10 2 (0.20%) XML
11 1 (0.099%) CGI
11 1 (0.099%) CSS
11 1 (0.099%) jQuery
11 1 (0.099%) SAML
11 1 (0.099%) Velocity
11 1 (0.099%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 209 (20.63%) Data Centre
2 59 (5.82%) Management Information System
3 43 (4.24%) PKI
4 40 (3.95%) Analytical Skills
5 30 (2.96%) Public Cloud
6 29 (2.86%) Video Conferencing
7 27 (2.67%) Cyberattack
8 25 (2.47%) Self-Motivation
9 24 (2.37%) Driving Licence
10 19 (1.88%) NHS
11 17 (1.68%) Private Cloud
12 15 (1.48%) Mainframe
13 14 (1.38%) Replication
14 13 (1.28%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
15 10 (0.99%) EMC VNX
15 10 (0.99%) Security Operations Centre
16 9 (0.89%) Clustering
16 9 (0.89%) Enterprise Storage
16 9 (0.89%) Hybrid Cloud
16 9 (0.89%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 301 (29.71%) Windows
2 140 (13.82%) Windows Server
3 104 (10.27%) Linux
4 62 (6.12%) Unix
5 58 (5.73%) Windows 10
6 51 (5.03%) Windows 7
7 48 (4.74%) Windows Server 2012
8 40 (3.95%) Windows Server 2008
9 30 (2.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 19 (1.88%) Windows Server 2003
11 18 (1.78%) Solaris
12 13 (1.28%) CentOS
13 12 (1.18%) Windows XP
14 11 (1.09%) Windows 8
15 10 (0.99%) Mac OS X
16 8 (0.79%) Mac OS
16 8 (0.79%) Ubuntu
17 7 (0.69%) Android
18 6 (0.59%) HPUX
19 5 (0.49%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 185 (18.26%) ITIL
2 115 (11.35%) Migration
3 111 (10.96%) Load Balancing
4 94 (9.28%) Network Design
5 92 (9.08%) Network Monitoring
6 87 (8.59%) Project Management
7 85 (8.39%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 67 (6.61%) Network Management
9 62 (6.12%) Problem-Solving
10 60 (5.92%) Service Management
11 50 (4.94%) Patch Management
12 48 (4.74%) Agile Software Development
12 48 (4.74%) Cybersecurity
13 46 (4.54%) Change Management
13 46 (4.54%) Incident Management
14 45 (4.44%) DevOps
14 45 (4.44%) Stakeholder Management
15 44 (4.34%) Disaster Recovery
16 42 (4.15%) Information Security
17 40 (3.95%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 43 (4.24%) SQL
2 40 (3.95%) PowerShell
3 26 (2.57%) Python
4 17 (1.68%) Java
5 14 (1.38%) C
6 8 (0.79%) Perl
7 6 (0.59%) VB
8 5 (0.49%) VBScript
9 2 (0.20%) Bash Shell
9 2 (0.20%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.099%) C++
10 1 (0.099%) JavaScript
10 1 (0.099%) PHP
Qualifications
1 368 (36.33%) Cisco Certification
2 261 (25.77%) CCNP
3 195 (19.25%) Security Cleared
4 191 (18.85%) CCNA
5 130 (12.83%) SC Cleared
6 84 (8.29%) CCIE
7 64 (6.32%) DV Cleared
8 47 (4.64%) Microsoft Certification
9 43 (4.24%) Degree
10 37 (3.65%) MCSE
11 30 (2.96%) CCDP
12 22 (2.17%) CISSP
13 18 (1.78%) CCSA
13 18 (1.78%) JNCIP
14 16 (1.58%) BPSS Clearance
15 14 (1.38%) Computer Science Degree
15 14 (1.38%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 14 (1.38%) JNCIA
15 14 (1.38%) MCSA
16 13 (1.28%) Check Point Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 50 (4.94%) SLA
2 17 (1.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 12 (1.18%) GDPR
4 9 (0.89%) QA
5 8 (0.79%) PCI DSS
6 7 (0.69%) PMO
7 5 (0.49%) Cyber Essentials
8 2 (0.20%) Disclosure Scotland
8 2 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 1 (0.099%) COBIT
9 1 (0.099%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 1 (0.099%) Data Quality
9 1 (0.099%) HAZOP
9 1 (0.099%) HL7
9 1 (0.099%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 1 (0.099%) ISO 22301
9 1 (0.099%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.099%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 1 (0.099%) PMBOK
System Software
1 218 (21.52%) Active Directory
2 94 (9.28%) VMware Infrastructure
3 48 (4.74%) Hyper-V
4 24 (2.37%) vSphere
5 22 (2.17%) Docker
6 19 (1.88%) VMware ESXi
7 17 (1.68%) Firmware
7 17 (1.68%) XenApp
8 15 (1.48%) XenDesktop
9 13 (1.28%) VMware NSX
10 9 (0.89%) Virtual Machines
11 7 (0.69%) Microsoft App-V
11 7 (0.69%) Squid
11 7 (0.69%) Varnish
12 6 (0.59%) ProxySG
12 6 (0.59%) Virtual Desktop
13 5 (0.49%) KVM
14 4 (0.39%) BitLocker
14 4 (0.39%) Terminal Services
14 4 (0.39%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 76 (7.50%) SCCM
2 24 (2.37%) Ansible
3 23 (2.27%) Puppet
4 21 (2.07%) QRadar
5 20 (1.97%) Cisco Prime
6 18 (1.78%) vCenter Server
7 17 (1.68%) SCOM
8 16 (1.58%) FortiGate
8 16 (1.58%) Single Sign-On
9 13 (1.28%) Microsoft Intune
10 11 (1.09%) Opscode Chef
11 10 (0.99%) Kubernetes
12 9 (0.89%) TrustSec
12 9 (0.89%) WSUS
13 8 (0.79%) Cisco CUCM
13 8 (0.79%) vRealize
14 6 (0.59%) Nagios
15 5 (0.49%) CA Spectrum
15 5 (0.49%) Norton AntiVirus
16 4 (0.39%) Cisco UCCX
Vendors
1 570 (56.27%) Cisco
2 213 (21.03%) Microsoft
3 175 (17.28%) CheckPoint
4 166 (16.39%) VMware
5 151 (14.91%) Juniper
6 133 (13.13%) F5
7 92 (9.08%) Citrix
8 74 (7.31%) HP
9 68 (6.71%) Palo Alto
10 60 (5.92%) Fortinet
11 57 (5.63%) SolarWinds
12 53 (5.23%) Aruba
13 49 (4.84%) Meraki
14 46 (4.54%) McAfee
15 41 (4.05%) Oracle
16 37 (3.65%) Apple
17 36 (3.55%) Splunk
18 35 (3.46%) IBM
19 31 (3.06%) Blue Coat
19 31 (3.06%) Dell