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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 21 May 2022 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
21 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 472 503 467
Rank change year-on-year +31 -36 +227
Contract jobs citing SD-WAN 416 193 171
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.47% 0.33% 0.35%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.29% 2.92% 2.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 286 124 104
10th Percentile £353 £300 £349
25th Percentile £413 £392 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £490
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% -3.06% +3.16%
75th Percentile £594 £538 £625
90th Percentile £725 £609 £750
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £438 £500
% change year-on-year +8.57% -12.50% +9.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 8
10th Percentile £25.63 £24.95 £42.65
25th Percentile £25.81 £34.63 £45.57
Median hourly rate £27.25 £51.25 £47.00
Median % change year-on-year -46.83% +9.04% -
75th Percentile £29.31 £64.38 £52.52
90th Percentile £29.88 £65.50 £54.13
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.00 £40.00 -
% change year-on-year -35.00% - -

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 9,686 6,601 6,561
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 10.97% 11.29% 13.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,333 4,265 4,004
10th Percentile £234 £225 £180
25th Percentile £388 £350 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £450 £425
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% +5.88% -0.76%
75th Percentile £613 £538 £525
90th Percentile £700 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £401 £400
% change year-on-year +12.15% +0.31% -3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 377 304 369
10th Percentile £15.25 £12.95 £13.50
25th Percentile £17.00 £15.46 £16.25
Median hourly rate £27.50 £25.72 £25.00
Median % change year-on-year +6.94% +2.86% +33.33%
75th Percentile £50.77 £50.00 £47.01
90th Percentile £65.72 £63.75 £53.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £23.11 £19.75
% change year-on-year -6.95% +16.99% +12.86%

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 21 May 2022.

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 18 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 21 May 2022. 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
Jobs
England +3 327 £500 +5.26% 62
Work from Home +1 215 £498 +2.16% 12
London -21 168 £500 - 29
UK excluding London -9 141 £475 +8.57% 30
South East -17 44 £490 +15.29% 9
North of England -32 37 £525 +20.00% 7
Midlands -40 25 £400 -17.95% 9
South West -14 21 £494 +23.44% 3
East Midlands -18 18 £400 -16.88% 1
East of England -21 16 £469 +7.20% 2
North West -33 15 £500 -9.09% 3
Yorkshire -27 14 £411 +13.37% 1
North East 0 9 £550 - 3
West Midlands -54 7 £400 -20.00% 8
Scotland -5 5 £363 -19.44%
Isle of Man - 4 £550 -
Wales -11 1 £225 -40.00%
Northern Ireland - 1 £400 -

For the 6 months to 21 May 2022, 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.

1 375 (90.14%) WAN
2 248 (59.62%) Cisco
3 187 (44.95%) Firewall
4 161 (38.70%) LAN
5 144 (34.62%) Azure
6 141 (33.89%) Cisco Certification
7 125 (30.05%) MPLS
8 121 (29.09%) Wireless
9 110 (26.44%) BGP
10 106 (25.48%) CCNP
11 104 (25.00%) VPN
12 98 (23.56%) OSPF
12 98 (23.56%) Meraki
13 87 (20.91%) Palo Alto
14 83 (19.95%) Data Centre
15 75 (18.03%) DNS
16 74 (17.79%) Network Security
17 73 (17.55%) DHCP
18 71 (17.07%) IPsec
19 70 (16.83%) Social Skills
20 69 (16.59%) Security Cleared
21 67 (16.11%) AWS
21 67 (16.11%) VMware
22 65 (15.63%) SC Cleared
23 63 (15.14%) Juniper
24 62 (14.90%) Wi-Fi
25 60 (14.42%) Migration
26 59 (14.18%) Finance
26 59 (14.18%) Load Balancing
27 57 (13.70%) CCIE

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 10 (2.40%) SharePoint
2 6 (1.44%) Confluence
3 3 (0.72%) IIS
4 2 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2007
4 2 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (0.48%) JBoss
4 2 (0.48%) MS Exchange
4 2 (0.48%) NetWeaver
4 2 (0.48%) OpenStack
4 2 (0.48%) WebSphere
5 1 (0.24%) Apache
5 1 (0.24%) Apache Spark
5 1 (0.24%) nginx
5 1 (0.24%) SAS
5 1 (0.24%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 19 (4.57%) MS Visio
2 11 (2.64%) Microsoft Office
3 8 (1.92%) Microsoft Excel
4 6 (1.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.24%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.24%) Dynamics NAV
1 1 (0.24%) Remedy AR System
1 1 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (0.24%) SnowdropKCS
Cloud Services
1 144 (34.62%) Azure
2 67 (16.11%) AWS
3 36 (8.65%) Microsoft 365
4 25 (6.01%) Azure ExpressRoute
5 21 (5.05%) IaaS
6 19 (4.57%) GCP
7 14 (3.37%) PaaS
8 13 (3.13%) SaaS
9 5 (1.20%) Azure Active Directory
9 5 (1.20%) Azure Cosmos DB
9 5 (1.20%) Azure Monitor
9 5 (1.20%) Azure Pipelines
10 4 (0.96%) Azure Storage
10 4 (0.96%) Power Platform
11 3 (0.72%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 2 (0.48%) Akamai
12 2 (0.48%) Mimecast
13 1 (0.24%) AWS Direct Connect
13 1 (0.24%) Cloud Computing
13 1 (0.24%) Cloudflare
Communications & Networking
1 375 (90.14%) WAN
2 187 (44.95%) Firewall
3 161 (38.70%) LAN
4 125 (30.05%) MPLS
5 121 (29.09%) Wireless
6 110 (26.44%) BGP
7 104 (25.00%) VPN
8 98 (23.56%) OSPF
9 75 (18.03%) DNS
10 74 (17.79%) Network Security
11 73 (17.55%) DHCP
12 71 (17.07%) IPsec
13 62 (14.90%) Wi-Fi
14 51 (12.26%) Cisco ASA
15 48 (11.54%) TCP/IP
16 45 (10.82%) Cisco Nexus
17 42 (10.10%) Cisco ISE
17 42 (10.10%) Internet
18 38 (9.13%) Cisco Firepower
18 38 (9.13%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (1.20%) Amazon RDS
1 5 (1.20%) Azure SQL Database
2 4 (0.96%) Power BI
3 3 (0.72%) SQL Server
4 2 (0.48%) DB2
4 2 (0.48%) DTS
4 2 (0.48%) MySQL
4 2 (0.48%) SAP HANA
5 1 (0.24%) Big Data
5 1 (0.24%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 13 (3.13%) JIRA
1 13 (3.13%) Sonatype Nexus
2 6 (1.44%) GitLab
3 2 (0.48%) Fiddler
4 1 (0.24%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.24%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.24%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 70 (16.83%) Social Skills
2 59 (14.18%) Finance
3 38 (9.13%) Public Sector
4 37 (8.89%) Telecoms
5 26 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
6 21 (5.05%) Influencing Skills
7 10 (2.40%) Presentation Skills
8 9 (2.16%) Banking
8 9 (2.16%) Documentation Skills
9 8 (1.92%) Military
10 5 (1.20%) Retail
11 4 (0.96%) Local Government
12 3 (0.72%) Financial Institution
13 2 (0.48%) Automotive
13 2 (0.48%) Law
13 2 (0.48%) Legal
14 1 (0.24%) Billing
14 1 (0.24%) Investment Banking
14 1 (0.24%) Pharmaceutical
14 1 (0.24%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 161 (38.70%) Network Engineer
2 86 (20.67%) Architect
3 43 (10.34%) Network Architect
4 24 (5.77%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 24 (5.77%) Solutions Architect
5 23 (5.53%) Security Architect
6 22 (5.29%) Project Manager
7 20 (4.81%) Senior Network Engineer
8 16 (3.85%) Analyst
8 16 (3.85%) Cisco Engineer
9 15 (3.61%) Network Specialist
9 15 (3.61%) WAN Engineer
10 13 (3.13%) Consultant
10 13 (3.13%) Infrastructure Manager
11 12 (2.88%) Cisco Network Engineer
12 11 (2.64%) Design Engineer
12 11 (2.64%) Network Security Engineer
12 11 (2.64%) Security Engineer
13 10 (2.40%) Network Design Engineer
13 10 (2.40%) Network Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (5.77%) 802.1X
2 6 (1.44%) Azure Blueprints
2 6 (1.44%) JSON
3 2 (0.48%) Middleware
3 2 (0.48%) SAP Basis
4 1 (0.24%) Kafka
4 1 (0.24%) RESTful
4 1 (0.24%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 83 (19.95%) Data Centre
2 44 (10.58%) Public Cloud
3 29 (6.97%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 21 (5.05%) Management Information System
5 20 (4.81%) Self-Motivation
6 18 (4.33%) Cloud Native
7 10 (2.40%) Virtual Team
8 9 (2.16%) Data Protection Act
9 7 (1.68%) IoT
9 7 (1.68%) Private Cloud
10 6 (1.44%) PKI
11 5 (1.20%) Algorithms
12 4 (0.96%) FMCG
13 3 (0.72%) Clustering
13 3 (0.72%) Driving Licence
14 2 (0.48%) Cyberthreat
14 2 (0.48%) Enterprise Software
14 2 (0.48%) Hybrid Cloud
14 2 (0.48%) Security Operations Centre
15 1 (0.24%) CCTV
Operating Systems
1 57 (13.70%) Windows
2 32 (7.69%) Linux
3 20 (4.81%) Windows Server
4 7 (1.68%) Windows 10
5 5 (1.20%) Windows Server 2016
6 3 (0.72%) Solaris
6 3 (0.72%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (0.48%) AIX
7 2 (0.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (0.48%) Ubuntu
7 2 (0.48%) Unix
7 2 (0.48%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.24%) CatOS
8 1 (0.24%) CentOS
8 1 (0.24%) Mac OS
8 1 (0.24%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 60 (14.42%) Migration
2 59 (14.18%) Load Balancing
3 52 (12.50%) ITIL
4 36 (8.65%) Project Management
5 34 (8.17%) Problem-Solving
6 33 (7.93%) Agile
7 31 (7.45%) Infrastructure as Code
8 30 (7.21%) Network Design
9 29 (6.97%) Change Management
10 28 (6.73%) Project Delivery
11 26 (6.25%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 25 (6.01%) Analytics
13 24 (5.77%) Business Continuity
13 24 (5.77%) Security Architecture
13 24 (5.77%) Stakeholder Management
14 23 (5.53%) DevOps
15 22 (5.29%) Identity Management
16 20 (4.81%) Information Security
17 18 (4.33%) Service Delivery
17 18 (4.33%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 29 (6.97%) Python
2 5 (1.20%) PowerShell
2 5 (1.20%) SQL
3 2 (0.48%) C
4 1 (0.24%) C++
4 1 (0.24%) Java
Qualifications
1 141 (33.89%) Cisco Certification
2 106 (25.48%) CCNP
3 69 (16.59%) Security Cleared
4 65 (15.63%) SC Cleared
5 57 (13.70%) CCIE
6 52 (12.50%) CCNA
7 32 (7.69%) Degree
8 31 (7.45%) CCDP
9 18 (4.33%) ITIL Certification
10 14 (3.37%) CISSP
11 11 (2.64%) CCSP
11 11 (2.64%) JNCIS
12 10 (2.40%) (ISC)2 CCSP
12 10 (2.40%) CCSK
12 10 (2.40%) CISM
13 8 (1.92%) PMP
14 7 (1.68%) CCIE Service Provider
14 7 (1.68%) Microsoft Certification
15 6 (1.44%) TOGAF Certification
16 5 (1.20%) FFIEC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (5.05%) NIST
2 13 (3.13%) QA
3 12 (2.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 10 (2.40%) PCI DSS
5 8 (1.92%) GDPR
6 7 (1.68%) SLA
7 5 (1.20%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 5 (1.20%) NIST 800
8 4 (0.96%) ISO 9001
8 4 (0.96%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 2 (0.48%) COBIT
9 2 (0.48%) Cyber Essentials
10 1 (0.24%) Data Quality
10 1 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 53 (12.74%) VMware Infrastructure
2 22 (5.29%) Active Directory
3 17 (4.09%) Docker
4 13 (3.13%) KVM
5 11 (2.64%) ProxySG
6 10 (2.40%) Virtual Desktop
7 8 (1.92%) VMware ESXi
7 8 (1.92%) VMware NSX
8 5 (1.20%) Hyper-V
9 1 (0.24%) Firmware
9 1 (0.24%) pfSense
9 1 (0.24%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (0.24%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 40 (9.62%) Ansible
2 36 (8.65%) FortiGate
2 36 (8.65%) Terraform
3 17 (4.09%) Kubernetes
4 15 (3.61%) Single Sign-On
5 14 (3.37%) Microsoft Intune
6 12 (2.88%) CASB
7 10 (2.40%) SCCM
8 6 (1.44%) Cisco CUCM
9 4 (0.96%) Cisco Prime
10 3 (0.72%) HP ALM
10 3 (0.72%) vCenter Server
10 3 (0.72%) WhatsUp Gold
11 2 (0.48%) Active Directory Federation Services
11 2 (0.48%) Cisco UCCX
11 2 (0.48%) Kibana
11 2 (0.48%) TrustSec
12 1 (0.24%) Opscode Chef
12 1 (0.24%) Puppet
12 1 (0.24%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 248 (59.62%) Cisco
2 98 (23.56%) Meraki
3 87 (20.91%) Palo Alto
4 67 (16.11%) VMware
5 63 (15.14%) Juniper
6 53 (12.74%) Aruba
7 52 (12.50%) F5
7 52 (12.50%) Microsoft
8 49 (11.78%) Zscaler
9 43 (10.34%) CheckPoint
10 41 (9.86%) Fortinet
11 23 (5.53%) Citrix
12 22 (5.29%) SolarWinds
13 21 (5.05%) Infoblox
14 19 (4.57%) Blue Coat
14 19 (4.57%) Google
15 16 (3.85%) Oracle
16 12 (2.88%) HP
17 10 (2.40%) BT
18 9 (2.16%) Dell