The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for WAN Optimisation skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited WAN Optimisation over the 3 months to 29 April 2017 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.

WAN Optimization
UK
3 months to
29 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 588 634 627
Rank change year-on-year +46 -7  
Contract jobs citing WAN Optimisation 8 15 15
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.017% 0.027% 0.027%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.020% 0.032% 0.034%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 14 3
Median daily rate £325 £450 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -27.77% -14.28%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £318 £450 -
% change year-on-year -29.44% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

WAN Optimisation is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 39445 46265 44586
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 83.70% 82.81% 79.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 25938 30584 27720
Median daily rate £450 £438 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.75% +2.56%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1012 1074 1298
Median hourly rate £35.00 £33.00 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.06% +13.79%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £49.82 £47.84
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.00 £36.00 £30.50
% change year-on-year +2.77% +18.03%  

WAN Optimisation
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing WAN Optimisation as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for WAN Optimisation in the UK

WAN Optimisation
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for WAN Optimisation in the UK

WAN Optimisation
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for WAN Optimisation in the UK

WAN Optimisation
Top 14 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing WAN Optimisation within the UK over the 3 months to 29 April 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +28 5 £310 -31.11% 2
South East +14 3 £310 -31.11%
Belfast - 3 £338 -
Northern Ireland - 3 £338 -
County Antrim - 3 £338 -
Bracknell - 2 £325 -
Berkshire - 2 £325 -
London +18 1 £325 -31.57% 2
Hampshire +13 1 £310 -20.51%
Cambridgeshire - 1 £300 -
East of England - 1 £300 -
Cambridge - 1 £300 -
Fareham - 1 £310 -
City of London - 1 £325 - 1

For the 6 months to 29 April 2017, IT contractor jobs citing WAN Optimisation also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for WAN Optimisation.

1 18 (100.00%) WAN
2 14 (77.78%) Cisco
3 8 (44.44%) Cisco Certification
3 8 (44.44%) CCNP
4 7 (38.89%) Wireless
4 7 (38.89%) Blue Coat
4 7 (38.89%) Cisco ASA
4 7 (38.89%) Riverbed
5 6 (33.33%) Firewall
6 5 (27.78%) CCNA
6 5 (27.78%) LAN
6 5 (27.78%) Internet
6 5 (27.78%) Load Balancing
7 4 (22.22%) Degree
7 4 (22.22%) Aruba
7 4 (22.22%) Network Security
7 4 (22.22%) Cisco Nexus
7 4 (22.22%) VPN
7 4 (22.22%) Telecoms
7 4 (22.22%) ProxySG
8 3 (16.67%) Service Delivery
8 3 (16.67%) ITIL
8 3 (16.67%) OSPF
8 3 (16.67%) CheckPoint
8 3 (16.67%) BGP
8 3 (16.67%) EIGRP
8 3 (16.67%) Fortinet
9 2 (11.11%) Brocade
9 2 (11.11%) Incident Management
9 2 (11.11%) Enterprise Architecture

WAN Optimisation
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:

Applications
1 1 (5.56%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (5.56%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 18 (100.00%) WAN
2 7 (38.89%) Cisco ASA
2 7 (38.89%) Wireless
3 6 (33.33%) Firewall
4 5 (27.78%) Internet
4 5 (27.78%) LAN
5 4 (22.22%) Cisco Nexus
5 4 (22.22%) Network Security
5 4 (22.22%) VPN
6 3 (16.67%) BGP
6 3 (16.67%) EIGRP
6 3 (16.67%) OSPF
7 2 (11.11%) BIG-IP
7 2 (11.11%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
7 2 (11.11%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
7 2 (11.11%) NetScaler
7 2 (11.11%) SAN
7 2 (11.11%) WLAN
8 1 (5.56%) DNS
8 1 (5.56%) HTTPS
General
1 4 (22.22%) Telecoms
2 2 (11.11%) Finance
Job Titles
1 9 (50.00%) Analyst
1 9 (50.00%) Network Analyst
2 5 (27.78%) Network Engineer
3 4 (22.22%) Blue Coat Analyst
4 3 (16.67%) Cisco Analyst
4 3 (16.67%) Cisco Network Analyst
4 3 (16.67%) Network Support
4 3 (16.67%) Senior Network Engineer
5 2 (11.11%) Architect
5 2 (11.11%) Cisco Support
5 2 (11.11%) IT Analyst
5 2 (11.11%) Network Security Engineer
5 2 (11.11%) Network Support Analyst
5 2 (11.11%) Security Engineer
5 2 (11.11%) Senior Analyst
5 2 (11.11%) Senior Network Analyst
5 2 (11.11%) Solutions Architect
5 2 (11.11%) Support Analyst
5 2 (11.11%) Technical Leader
6 1 (5.56%) Junior
Miscellaneous
1 2 (11.11%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 2 (11.11%) Linux
2 1 (5.56%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (27.78%) Load Balancing
2 3 (16.67%) ITIL
2 3 (16.67%) Service Delivery
3 2 (11.11%) Asset Management
3 2 (11.11%) Data Protection
3 2 (11.11%) Enterprise Architecture
3 2 (11.11%) Incident Management
3 2 (11.11%) IT Strategy
3 2 (11.11%) Network Management
3 2 (11.11%) Presales
3 2 (11.11%) Problem Management
3 2 (11.11%) Root Cause Analysis
3 2 (11.11%) Service Management
4 1 (5.56%) ITIL V3
4 1 (5.56%) Network Design
4 1 (5.56%) PRINCE2
4 1 (5.56%) Project Management
4 1 (5.56%) Risk Management
Qualifications
1 8 (44.44%) CCNP
1 8 (44.44%) Cisco Certification
2 5 (27.78%) CCNA
3 4 (22.22%) Degree
4 2 (11.11%) SC Cleared
4 2 (11.11%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.56%) QA
System Software
1 4 (22.22%) ProxySG
Vendors
1 14 (77.78%) Cisco
2 7 (38.89%) Blue Coat
2 7 (38.89%) Riverbed
3 4 (22.22%) Aruba
4 3 (16.67%) CheckPoint
4 3 (16.67%) Fortinet
5 2 (11.11%) BMC
5 2 (11.11%) Brocade
5 2 (11.11%) Citrix
5 2 (11.11%) Dynatrace
5 2 (11.11%) F5
5 2 (11.11%) HP
5 2 (11.11%) IBM
5 2 (11.11%) Intel Security
5 2 (11.11%) Polycom
5 2 (11.11%) Splunk
5 2 (11.11%) TOWER Software
6 1 (5.56%) Juniper
6 1 (5.56%) Palo Alto
6 1 (5.56%) Remedy