Period
to 26 October 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for SD-WAN skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited SD-WAN over the 6 months to 26 October 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.

Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN)
UK
6 months to
26 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 513 408 601
Rank change year-on-year -105 +193 +138
Contract jobs citing SD-WAN 325 128 215
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.38% 0.40% 0.25%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.40% 3.03% 1.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 180 77 142
10th Percentile £300 £302 £300
25th Percentile £400 £400 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £475 £475
75th Percentile £575 £545 £550
90th Percentile £673 £646 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £464 £488
% change year-on-year -8.36% -4.87% +13.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Median hourly rate £40.00 £47.00 -
Median % change year-on-year -14.89% - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 - -

SD-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 with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 9,551 4,231 11,238
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.23% 13.15% 13.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,168 2,663 6,949
10th Percentile £213 £208 £193
25th Percentile £363 £325 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £448 £425
Median % change year-on-year +6.15% +5.29% -
75th Percentile £588 £538 £525
90th Percentile £675 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 407 187 602
10th Percentile £12.00 £14.00 £13.25
25th Percentile £14.25 £17.13 £16.25
Median hourly rate £22.00 £31.50 £25.40
Median % change year-on-year -30.16% +24.02% +37.30%
75th Percentile £48.75 £45.25 £46.40
90th Percentile £64.70 £55.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £30.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -33.33% +33.33% +24.60%

SD-WAN
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing SD-WAN as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for SD-WAN in the UK

SD-WAN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing SD-WAN.

Daily rate trend for SD-WAN in the UK

SD-WAN
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing SD-WAN over the 6 months to 26 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for SD-WAN in the UK

SD-WAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing SD-WAN.

Hourly rate trend for SD-WAN in the UK

SD-WAN
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SD-WAN within the UK over the 6 months to 26 October 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
England -90 278 £473 -0.53% 76
UK excluding London -107 131 £425 -8.36% 56
London -124 131 £500 - 21
Work from Home -162 66 £500 +17.65% 15
South East -84 38 £475 -5.00% 18
Midlands -74 26 £394 -8.70% 12
South West -39 25 £356 -10.94% 2
North of England -69 23 £463 - 14
East Midlands -27 16 £425 -13.92% 1
East of England -41 16 £400 -12.33% 9
Yorkshire -50 12 £450 - 2
North West -49 11 £475 -9.52% 9
West Midlands -67 10 £225 -43.40% 11
Scotland - 2 - - 1
Wales - 1 £375 -

For the 6 months to 26 October 2021, IT contractor jobs citing SD-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 with a requirement for SD-WAN.

1 264 (81.23%) WAN
2 199 (61.23%) Cisco
3 153 (47.08%) Firewall
4 94 (28.92%) Azure
5 86 (26.46%) Security Cleared
6 79 (24.31%) SC Cleared
7 77 (23.69%) Cisco Certification
7 77 (23.69%) VMware
8 73 (22.46%) LAN
9 70 (21.54%) Wireless
10 67 (20.62%) CCNP
11 66 (20.31%) VMware Infrastructure
12 64 (19.69%) MPLS
13 63 (19.38%) VPN
13 63 (19.38%) Network Architecture
14 59 (18.15%) Social Skills
15 56 (17.23%) Network Security
15 56 (17.23%) Data Centre
16 52 (16.00%) CheckPoint
16 52 (16.00%) BGP
17 49 (15.08%) DNS
18 47 (14.46%) Active Directory
19 46 (14.15%) Hyper-V
20 43 (13.23%) OSPF
21 42 (12.92%) Microsoft
21 42 (12.92%) Agile Software Development
21 42 (12.92%) AWS
21 42 (12.92%) Meraki
22 40 (12.31%) Fortinet
23 38 (11.69%) DHCP

SD-WAN
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 6 (1.85%) Confluence
2 5 (1.54%) JBoss
2 5 (1.54%) NetWeaver
2 5 (1.54%) WebSphere
3 4 (1.23%) OpenStack
4 2 (0.62%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.31%) Elasticsearch
5 1 (0.31%) IIS
5 1 (0.31%) MS Exchange
5 1 (0.31%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 5 (1.54%) Microsoft Excel
1 5 (1.54%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 4 (1.23%) Microsoft Project
2 4 (1.23%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.62%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 5 (1.54%) Remedy AR System
1 5 (1.54%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 94 (28.92%) Azure
2 42 (12.92%) AWS
3 35 (10.77%) Microsoft 365
4 22 (6.77%) SaaS
5 21 (6.46%) Azure ExpressRoute
6 20 (6.15%) IaaS
7 14 (4.31%) PaaS
8 10 (3.08%) Azure Active Directory
9 6 (1.85%) Azure Cosmos DB
9 6 (1.85%) GitHub
10 5 (1.54%) Azure Sentinel
10 5 (1.54%) GCP
11 4 (1.23%) Dynamics 365
12 3 (0.92%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 2 (0.62%) Cloud Computing
13 2 (0.62%) Mimecast
14 1 (0.31%) AWS CloudFormation
14 1 (0.31%) AWS Direct Connect
14 1 (0.31%) Cloudflare
14 1 (0.31%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 264 (81.23%) WAN
2 153 (47.08%) Firewall
3 73 (22.46%) LAN
4 70 (21.54%) Wireless
5 64 (19.69%) MPLS
6 63 (19.38%) VPN
7 56 (17.23%) Network Security
8 52 (16.00%) BGP
9 49 (15.08%) DNS
10 43 (13.23%) OSPF
11 38 (11.69%) DHCP
12 35 (10.77%) Cisco ASA
13 32 (9.85%) Wi-Fi
14 30 (9.23%) Cisco ISE
15 29 (8.92%) Cisco Nexus
15 29 (8.92%) WLAN
16 28 (8.62%) Internet
17 23 (7.08%) VoIP
18 22 (6.77%) TCP/IP
19 21 (6.46%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (1.85%) Azure SQL Database
2 5 (1.54%) DB2
2 5 (1.54%) MySQL
2 5 (1.54%) SAP HANA
2 5 (1.54%) SQL Server
3 4 (1.23%) Amazon RDS
4 3 (0.92%) Apache Cassandra
4 3 (0.92%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 6 (1.85%) JIRA
2 5 (1.54%) Sonatype Nexus
3 2 (0.62%) Git (software)
3 2 (0.62%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.31%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 1 (0.31%) Bitbucket
4 1 (0.31%) FishEye
4 1 (0.31%) Maven
4 1 (0.31%) Terragrunt
General
1 59 (18.15%) Social Skills
2 32 (9.85%) Finance
3 27 (8.31%) Telecoms
4 15 (4.62%) Public Sector
5 12 (3.69%) Presentation Skills
6 7 (2.15%) Analytical Skills
6 7 (2.15%) Documentation Skills
7 6 (1.85%) Influencing Skills
8 5 (1.54%) Retail
9 4 (1.23%) Banking
9 4 (1.23%) French Language
9 4 (1.23%) Local Government
10 3 (0.92%) Law
10 3 (0.92%) Manufacturing
11 2 (0.62%) Aerospace
11 2 (0.62%) Back Office
11 2 (0.62%) Dutch Language
11 2 (0.62%) Financial Institution
11 2 (0.62%) Games
11 2 (0.62%) Legal
Job Titles
1 114 (35.08%) Architect
2 95 (29.23%) Network Engineer
3 51 (15.69%) Network Architect
4 25 (7.69%) Security Architect
5 23 (7.08%) Analyst
5 23 (7.08%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 22 (6.77%) Technical Architect
7 21 (6.46%) Solutions Architect
8 17 (5.23%) Senior Network Engineer
9 16 (4.92%) Project Manager
10 14 (4.31%) Consultant
11 11 (3.38%) Business Analyst
11 11 (3.38%) Infrastructure Manager
11 11 (3.38%) Product Manager
12 10 (3.08%) Cisco Engineer
12 10 (3.08%) Cisco Network Engineer
12 10 (3.08%) Infrastructure Project Manager
12 10 (3.08%) Network Analyst
12 10 (3.08%) Network Infrastructure Engineer
13 8 (2.46%) Network Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (3.69%) 802.1X
2 9 (2.77%) Middleware
3 5 (1.54%) SAP Basis
4 4 (1.23%) JSON
5 3 (0.92%) Apache NiFi
5 3 (0.92%) Kafka
5 3 (0.92%) LDAP
5 3 (0.92%) REST
6 2 (0.62%) ARM Templates
7 1 (0.31%) .NET
7 1 (0.31%) Azure Blueprints
7 1 (0.31%) Elastic Stack
7 1 (0.31%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 56 (17.23%) Data Centre
2 18 (5.54%) Public Cloud
3 12 (3.69%) Management Information System
4 8 (2.46%) PKI
4 8 (2.46%) Private Cloud
5 7 (2.15%) Hybrid Cloud
5 7 (2.15%) Self-Motivation
6 6 (1.85%) CMDB
6 6 (1.85%) Driving Licence
7 5 (1.54%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 5 (1.54%) Fibre Optics
8 3 (0.92%) CCTV
8 3 (0.92%) Industry 4.0
8 3 (0.92%) iPad
8 3 (0.92%) User Experience
9 2 (0.62%) CAN bus
9 2 (0.62%) Clustering
9 2 (0.62%) Robotics
9 2 (0.62%) Video Conferencing
9 2 (0.62%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 35 (10.77%) Windows
2 25 (7.69%) Linux
3 20 (6.15%) Windows Server
4 11 (3.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 7 (2.15%) Windows 10
6 6 (1.85%) Unix
7 5 (1.54%) AIX
8 4 (1.23%) Android
9 3 (0.92%) CentOS
10 2 (0.62%) Ubuntu
10 2 (0.62%) Windows Server 2019
11 1 (0.31%) CatOS
11 1 (0.31%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.31%) Windows Server 2008
11 1 (0.31%) Windows Server 2012
11 1 (0.31%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 63 (19.38%) Network Architecture
2 42 (12.92%) Agile Software Development
3 37 (11.38%) ITIL
4 35 (10.77%) Migration
5 30 (9.23%) Network Design
6 26 (8.00%) Project Management
7 25 (7.69%) Problem-Solving
8 23 (7.08%) Business Continuity
8 23 (7.08%) Change Management
8 23 (7.08%) Stakeholder Management
9 21 (6.46%) Disaster Recovery
9 21 (6.46%) Load Balancing
9 21 (6.46%) Service Management
10 20 (6.15%) Cybersecurity
11 17 (5.23%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 15 (4.62%) DevOps
13 14 (4.31%) Enterprise Architecture
13 14 (4.31%) Network Management
13 14 (4.31%) Service Delivery
13 14 (4.31%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 20 (6.15%) Python
2 10 (3.08%) PowerShell
3 7 (2.15%) SQL
4 6 (1.85%) C
5 2 (0.62%) Perl
6 1 (0.31%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 86 (26.46%) Security Cleared
2 79 (24.31%) SC Cleared
3 77 (23.69%) Cisco Certification
4 67 (20.62%) CCNP
5 27 (8.31%) CCIE
6 24 (7.38%) Degree
7 22 (6.77%) CCNA
8 19 (5.85%) CISSP
9 15 (4.62%) CESG Certified Professional
10 14 (4.31%) CCDP
11 6 (1.85%) Computer Science Degree
11 6 (1.85%) DBS Check
12 5 (1.54%) ITIL Certification
13 4 (1.23%) CCIE Routing and Switching
13 4 (1.23%) Microsoft Certification
14 2 (0.62%) CCIE Data Center
14 2 (0.62%) CCIE Security
14 2 (0.62%) CCIE Wireless
14 2 (0.62%) MCSA
14 2 (0.62%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (4.62%) NCSC
2 9 (2.77%) SLA
3 8 (2.46%) Cyber Essentials
4 7 (2.15%) PCI DSS
5 5 (1.54%) COBIT
5 5 (1.54%) GDPR
6 4 (1.23%) QA
7 3 (0.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 2 (0.62%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 2 (0.62%) NIST
9 1 (0.31%) Disclosure Scotland
9 1 (0.31%) GAAP
9 1 (0.31%) GRC
9 1 (0.31%) ISO 22301
9 1 (0.31%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.31%) PMO
9 1 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 66 (20.31%) VMware Infrastructure
2 47 (14.46%) Active Directory
3 46 (14.15%) Hyper-V
4 9 (2.77%) VMware NSX
5 8 (2.46%) Docker
5 8 (2.46%) Virtual Desktop
6 5 (1.54%) KVM
7 3 (0.92%) VMware ESXi
7 3 (0.92%) vSphere
8 2 (0.62%) vCloud
8 2 (0.62%) Virtual Machines
8 2 (0.62%) XenApp
9 1 (0.31%) Firmware
9 1 (0.31%) ProxySG
9 1 (0.31%) Xen
Systems Management
1 27 (8.31%) FortiGate
2 15 (4.62%) Terraform
3 14 (4.31%) Ansible
4 13 (4.00%) Microsoft Intune
5 11 (3.38%) SCCM
6 8 (2.46%) Cisco CUCM
7 6 (1.85%) Kubernetes
8 5 (1.54%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 5 (1.54%) Cisco Prime
8 5 (1.54%) WhatsUp Gold
9 3 (0.92%) Amdocs OSS
9 3 (0.92%) Cisco UCCX
9 3 (0.92%) Netcool
9 3 (0.92%) Stealthwatch
10 2 (0.62%) CASB
10 2 (0.62%) Puppet
10 2 (0.62%) SCOM
10 2 (0.62%) TrustSec
10 2 (0.62%) ZABBIX
11 1 (0.31%) Cisco CME
Vendors
1 199 (61.23%) Cisco
2 77 (23.69%) VMware
3 52 (16.00%) CheckPoint
4 42 (12.92%) Meraki
4 42 (12.92%) Microsoft
5 40 (12.31%) Fortinet
6 29 (8.92%) F5
7 24 (7.38%) Palo Alto
8 23 (7.08%) Aruba
8 23 (7.08%) Citrix
9 22 (6.77%) Juniper
10 17 (5.23%) Red Hat
10 17 (5.23%) SolarWinds
11 12 (3.69%) HP
12 11 (3.38%) Zscaler
13 8 (2.46%) Infoblox
13 8 (2.46%) Oracle
14 7 (2.15%) Blue Coat
15 6 (1.85%) Ubiquiti
16 5 (1.54%) SAP