Period
to 20 October 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 20 October 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
6 months to
20 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 153 151 119
Rank change year-on-year -2 -32 -15
Contract jobs citing WAN 1,845 1,807 2,244
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.80% 1.82% 2.11%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 13.70% 13.38% 13.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,070 1,135 1,426
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -6.25% +10.34%
10th Percentile £175 £184 £220
90th Percentile £588 £541 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £364 £375
% change year-on-year +3.09% -3.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 120 111 84
UK median hourly rate £20.32 £21.78 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.69% +8.90% +21.21%
10th Percentile £12.20 £12.50 £11.25
90th Percentile £43.38 £50.00 £48.53
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £21.28 £20.00
% change year-on-year -10.69% +6.38% +21.21%

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 13,465 13,503 16,446
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.16% 13.59% 15.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,100 8,240 10,018
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £200 £186 £219
90th Percentile £605 £583 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 659 723 832
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £19.25 £23.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.30% -17.20% +16.25%
10th Percentile £12.20 £11.32 £11.72
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £19.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -2.56% -22.00% +25.00%

WAN
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing WAN as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for WAN in the UK

WAN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for WAN in the UK

WAN
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing WAN over the 6 months to 20 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for WAN in the UK

WAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for WAN in the UK

WAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing WAN over the 6 months to 20 October 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for WAN in the UK

WAN
Top 17 Contract Locations

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 over the 6 months to 20 October 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
England -1 1,710 £400 +6.67% 593
UK excluding London -19 1,122 £375 +3.09% 471
London +9 691 £413 -0.90% 156
South East -1 375 £423 +9.10% 117
North of England +3 254 £355 -5.25% 147
Midlands -37 176 £360 -1.37% 89
North West +26 150 £350 -7.89% 85
West Midlands -36 128 £375 -3.23% 61
South West -32 105 £375 +20.00% 37
East of England -16 103 £325 -10.34% 47
Yorkshire -47 71 £390 +4.00% 48
Scotland -51 61 £313 -3.85% 22
East Midlands +8 48 £300 -7.34% 28
North East +14 33 £338 -15.63% 14
Northern Ireland +61 29 £275 - 2
Wales -20 19 £450 +50.00% 9
Channel Islands - 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 20 October 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 with a requirement for WAN.

1 1,438 (77.94%) LAN
2 976 (52.90%) Cisco
3 791 (42.87%) Firewall
4 565 (30.62%) Windows
5 538 (29.16%) Cisco Certification
6 410 (22.22%) Active Directory
7 407 (22.06%) ITIL
8 393 (21.30%) Microsoft
9 377 (20.43%) VPN
10 352 (19.08%) CCNP
10 352 (19.08%) VMware
11 347 (18.81%) Data Centre
12 341 (18.48%) Wireless
13 338 (18.32%) TCP/IP
14 324 (17.56%) Security Cleared
15 301 (16.31%) MPLS
16 299 (16.21%) DNS
17 266 (14.42%) CCNA
17 266 (14.42%) Network Security
18 257 (13.93%) Windows Server
19 250 (13.55%) Migration
20 249 (13.50%) Juniper
21 248 (13.44%) Office 365
22 245 (13.28%) Finance
23 238 (12.90%) BGP
24 236 (12.79%) CheckPoint
25 229 (12.41%) VMware Infrastructure
26 223 (12.09%) SC Cleared
27 216 (11.71%) VoIP
28 214 (11.60%) Microsoft Azure

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
1 122 (6.61%) MS Exchange
2 64 (3.47%) Skype for Business
3 46 (2.49%) Exchange Server 2010
4 42 (2.28%) SharePoint
5 31 (1.68%) IIS
6 30 (1.63%) Exchange Server 2013
7 20 (1.08%) OpenStack
8 17 (0.92%) Apache
8 17 (0.92%) IBM Notes
9 11 (0.60%) Tomcat
10 10 (0.54%) Site Server
10 10 (0.54%) WebSphere
11 9 (0.49%) SharePoint 2013
12 7 (0.38%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 6 (0.33%) Exchange Server 2007
13 6 (0.33%) Quickr
13 6 (0.33%) SharePoint 2010
14 5 (0.27%) Confluence
15 4 (0.22%) Exchange Server 2003
15 4 (0.22%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 166 (9.00%) Microsoft Office
2 49 (2.66%) Microsoft Excel
2 49 (2.66%) MS Visio
3 21 (1.14%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 9 (0.49%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.11%) Acrobat
5 2 (0.11%) Open Workbench
6 1 (0.054%) Autodesk Inventor
6 1 (0.054%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (0.27%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
3 3 (0.16%) Oracle Retail
4 2 (0.11%) Oracle Financials
4 2 (0.11%) PeopleSoft Financials
5 1 (0.054%) Magento
5 1 (0.054%) SAP BPC
5 1 (0.054%) SAP GTS
5 1 (0.054%) SAP IBP
5 1 (0.054%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 248 (13.44%) Office 365
2 214 (11.60%) Microsoft Azure
3 148 (8.02%) Amazon AWS
4 41 (2.22%) IaaS
5 32 (1.73%) PaaS
6 26 (1.41%) SaaS
7 25 (1.36%) Azure Active Directory
8 23 (1.25%) Cloud Computing
9 14 (0.76%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 12 (0.65%) Google Cloud Platform
11 10 (0.54%) Amazon EC2
12 8 (0.43%) GitHub
13 7 (0.38%) G Suite
14 6 (0.33%) AWS Lambda
14 6 (0.33%) Serverless
14 6 (0.33%) Sumo Logic
15 5 (0.27%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 5 (0.27%) Amazon S3
15 5 (0.27%) Mimecast
16 4 (0.22%) Akamai
Communications & Networking
1 1,438 (77.94%) LAN
2 791 (42.87%) Firewall
3 377 (20.43%) VPN
4 341 (18.48%) Wireless
5 338 (18.32%) TCP/IP
6 301 (16.31%) MPLS
7 299 (16.21%) DNS
8 266 (14.42%) Network Security
9 238 (12.90%) BGP
10 216 (11.71%) VoIP
11 207 (11.22%) OSPF
12 206 (11.17%) DHCP
13 196 (10.62%) Internet
14 173 (9.38%) Wi-Fi
15 170 (9.21%) WLAN
16 161 (8.73%) Cisco ASA
17 157 (8.51%) Cisco Nexus
18 156 (8.46%) VLAN
19 152 (8.24%) SAN
20 109 (5.91%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 67 (3.63%) SQL Server
2 18 (0.98%) Big Data
3 14 (0.76%) SQL Server 2005
4 13 (0.70%) Oracle Database
5 11 (0.60%) MySQL
6 10 (0.54%) Hadoop
7 6 (0.33%) Data Warehouse
7 6 (0.33%) HBase
7 6 (0.33%) MongoDB
8 5 (0.27%) Amazon RDS
8 5 (0.27%) Apache Cassandra
8 5 (0.27%) Redis
9 4 (0.22%) Relational Database
10 3 (0.16%) DB2
10 3 (0.16%) MariaDB
10 3 (0.16%) NoSQL
10 3 (0.16%) Oracle Reports
10 3 (0.16%) RDBMS
10 3 (0.16%) SQL Server 2008
11 2 (0.11%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 11 (0.60%) Jenkins
1 11 (0.60%) JIRA
2 10 (0.54%) Git (software)
2 10 (0.54%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 3 (0.16%) Sonatype Nexus
3 3 (0.16%) Subversion
3 3 (0.16%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (0.16%) TeamCity
4 2 (0.11%) Metasploit
5 1 (0.054%) Bitbucket
5 1 (0.054%) Burp Suite
5 1 (0.054%) Hudson
5 1 (0.054%) Maven
5 1 (0.054%) SonarQube
5 1 (0.054%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 245 (13.28%) Finance
2 160 (8.67%) Telecoms
3 72 (3.90%) Retail
4 56 (3.04%) Banking
5 44 (2.38%) Law
6 25 (1.36%) Legal
7 15 (0.81%) Manufacturing
8 13 (0.70%) Financial Institution
8 13 (0.70%) Spanish Language
9 10 (0.54%) Multimedia
10 8 (0.43%) German Language
10 8 (0.43%) Marketing
11 7 (0.38%) Advertising
12 6 (0.33%) Investment Banking
12 6 (0.33%) Pharmaceutical
13 5 (0.27%) Aerospace
13 5 (0.27%) Publishing
14 4 (0.22%) French Language
14 4 (0.22%) Games
15 3 (0.16%) Mandarin Language
Job Titles
1 546 (29.59%) Network Engineer
2 216 (11.71%) Architect
3 209 (11.33%) Analyst
4 149 (8.08%) Cisco Engineer
5 142 (7.70%) Support Engineer
6 118 (6.40%) Network Architect
7 117 (6.34%) Project Manager
8 114 (6.18%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 104 (5.64%) Senior Network Engineer
10 102 (5.53%) Cisco Network Engineer
11 86 (4.66%) Desktop Support
12 74 (4.01%) Consultant
13 72 (3.90%) IT Support
14 70 (3.79%) Security Engineer
15 60 (3.25%) Support Analyst
16 58 (3.14%) Network Analyst
17 57 (3.09%) Network Support
18 53 (2.87%) WAN Engineer
19 52 (2.82%) Network Security Engineer
20 51 (2.76%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (2.33%) 802.1X
2 37 (2.01%) Middleware
3 32 (1.73%) Web Services
4 15 (0.81%) HTML
5 13 (0.70%) LDAP
5 13 (0.70%) SAML
6 12 (0.65%) JSON
6 12 (0.65%) OAuth
6 12 (0.65%) OpenID
7 10 (0.54%) Kafka
8 9 (0.49%) Ajax
9 7 (0.38%) CGI
9 7 (0.38%) CSS
10 6 (0.33%) Elastic Stack
10 6 (0.33%) LAMP
11 5 (0.27%) Keycloak
11 5 (0.27%) REST
11 5 (0.27%) Sensu
11 5 (0.27%) XMPP
12 4 (0.22%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 347 (18.81%) Data Centre
2 127 (6.88%) Analytical Skills
3 59 (3.20%) Self-Motivation
4 58 (3.14%) Management Information System
5 57 (3.09%) Smartphone
6 48 (2.60%) Video Conferencing
7 38 (2.06%) Clustering
8 32 (1.73%) iPhone
9 29 (1.57%) Computer Science
10 26 (1.41%) Blackberry
10 26 (1.41%) iPad
10 26 (1.41%) NHS
11 25 (1.36%) Hybrid Cloud
11 25 (1.36%) PKI
12 22 (1.19%) Fat Client
12 22 (1.19%) Thin Client
13 21 (1.14%) Driving Licence
13 21 (1.14%) Mainframe
14 20 (1.08%) Mobile App
15 19 (1.03%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
Operating Systems
1 565 (30.62%) Windows
2 257 (13.93%) Windows Server
3 182 (9.86%) Linux
4 156 (8.46%) Windows 7
5 141 (7.64%) Windows 10
6 115 (6.23%) Windows Server 2008
7 109 (5.91%) Windows Server 2012
8 85 (4.61%) Unix
9 55 (2.98%) Windows Server 2003
10 46 (2.49%) Android
11 34 (1.84%) Windows 8
12 33 (1.79%) Mac OS X
13 29 (1.57%) Apple iOS
14 25 (1.36%) Solaris
15 24 (1.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 22 (1.19%) Mac OS
17 12 (0.65%) CentOS
18 9 (0.49%) Ubuntu
19 7 (0.38%) Embedded Linux
19 7 (0.38%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 407 (22.06%) ITIL
2 250 (13.55%) Migration
3 165 (8.94%) Project Management
4 159 (8.62%) Network Design
5 149 (8.08%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 131 (7.10%) Network Management
7 123 (6.67%) Network Monitoring
7 123 (6.67%) Problem-Solving
8 122 (6.61%) Service Management
9 121 (6.56%) Service Delivery
10 113 (6.12%) Change Management
11 101 (5.47%) Load Balancing
12 86 (4.66%) Stakeholder Management
13 85 (4.61%) Network Architecture
14 84 (4.55%) PRINCE2
15 77 (4.17%) Agile Software Development
16 72 (3.90%) Disaster Recovery
16 72 (3.90%) Incident Management
17 69 (3.74%) High Availability
17 69 (3.74%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 92 (4.99%) SQL
2 81 (4.39%) PowerShell
3 56 (3.04%) Python
4 34 (1.84%) Perl
5 28 (1.52%) C
6 20 (1.08%) Bash Shell
7 14 (0.76%) JavaScript
7 14 (0.76%) Shell Script
8 12 (0.65%) Java
8 12 (0.65%) PHP
9 8 (0.43%) C++
9 8 (0.43%) Korn
10 7 (0.38%) Embedded C
11 5 (0.27%) C-shell
11 5 (0.27%) VBScript
12 2 (0.11%) PL/SQL
12 2 (0.11%) R
12 2 (0.11%) Ruby
12 2 (0.11%) T-SQL
13 1 (0.054%) VB
Qualifications
1 538 (29.16%) Cisco Certification
2 352 (19.08%) CCNP
3 324 (17.56%) Security Cleared
4 266 (14.42%) CCNA
5 223 (12.09%) SC Cleared
6 102 (5.53%) CCIE
7 89 (4.82%) Degree
8 77 (4.17%) DV Cleared
9 72 (3.90%) Microsoft Certification
10 44 (2.38%) CCDP
11 41 (2.22%) MCSE
12 34 (1.84%) ITIL Certification
13 31 (1.68%) CISSP
14 29 (1.57%) MCSA
15 23 (1.25%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 20 (1.08%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 20 (1.08%) JNCIA
17 19 (1.03%) BPSS Clearance
17 19 (1.03%) Computer Science Degree
17 19 (1.03%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 103 (5.58%) SLA
2 32 (1.73%) GDPR
2 32 (1.73%) QA
3 21 (1.14%) HIPAA
4 19 (1.03%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 18 (0.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 16 (0.87%) FedRAMP
6 16 (0.87%) PCI DSS
7 9 (0.49%) PMO
8 8 (0.43%) JSP 440
9 5 (0.27%) NIST 800
10 4 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 3 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
11 3 (0.16%) Government Security Classifications
12 2 (0.11%) FISMA
12 2 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 2 (0.11%) OASIS TOSCA
13 1 (0.054%) Cyber Essentials
13 1 (0.054%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 1 (0.054%) SAS 70
System Software
1 410 (22.22%) Active Directory
2 229 (12.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 112 (6.07%) Hyper-V
4 62 (3.36%) vSphere
5 46 (2.49%) VMware ESXi
6 31 (1.68%) BitLocker
7 22 (1.19%) Docker
7 22 (1.19%) VMware NSX
8 21 (1.14%) Virtual Machines
9 20 (1.08%) Virtual Desktop
10 18 (0.98%) XenApp
11 15 (0.81%) Xen
12 12 (0.65%) FreeRADIUS
12 12 (0.65%) NFS
13 11 (0.60%) KVM
13 11 (0.60%) ProxySG
14 10 (0.54%) Samba
14 10 (0.54%) VMware Server
15 9 (0.49%) Virtual Servers
16 8 (0.43%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 143 (7.75%) SCCM
2 52 (2.82%) FortiGate
3 42 (2.28%) Cisco Prime
4 34 (1.84%) SCOM
5 30 (1.63%) Microsoft Clustering
6 28 (1.52%) WSUS
7 27 (1.46%) McAfee ePO
8 26 (1.41%) Cisco CUCM
9 23 (1.25%) Ansible
10 22 (1.19%) Microsoft Intune
11 20 (1.08%) Backup Exec
12 14 (0.76%) Nagios
12 14 (0.76%) Opscode Chef
13 13 (0.70%) Puppet
14 12 (0.65%) CASB
14 12 (0.65%) Cisco UCCX
14 12 (0.65%) Kubernetes
14 12 (0.65%) vCenter Server
15 11 (0.60%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
16 10 (0.54%) OpenView
Vendors
1 976 (52.90%) Cisco
2 393 (21.30%) Microsoft
3 352 (19.08%) VMware
4 249 (13.50%) Juniper
5 236 (12.79%) CheckPoint
6 185 (10.03%) F5
7 162 (8.78%) HP
8 157 (8.51%) Citrix
9 122 (6.61%) McAfee
10 118 (6.40%) Palo Alto
11 94 (5.09%) Aruba
12 91 (4.93%) Meraki
13 84 (4.55%) SolarWinds
14 83 (4.50%) Fortinet
15 71 (3.85%) Oracle
16 65 (3.52%) Riverbed
17 55 (2.98%) NetApp
18 46 (2.49%) Blue Coat
19 42 (2.28%) Apple
19 42 (2.28%) Red Hat