Period
to 17 August 2019

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 17 August 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
6 months to
17 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 131 158 141
Rank change year-on-year +27 -17 -32
Contract jobs citing WAN 1,775 1,811 1,790
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.95% 1.76% 1.87%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 15.10% 13.07% 13.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,143 1,063 1,155
UK median daily rate £413 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% -6.25%
10th Percentile £200 £175 £193
90th Percentile £600 £588 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 87 129 115
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% -13.04% +7.78%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.20 £11.34
90th Percentile £48.20 £45.37 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.25 £19.39 £22.00
% change year-on-year -11.01% -11.89% +2.33%

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 11,757 13,852 13,043
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.90% 13.44% 13.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,165 8,485 7,840
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £408
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.29% +1.88%
10th Percentile £200 £203 £200
90th Percentile £606 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £396 £375
% change year-on-year +1.01% +5.60% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 610 774 743
UK median hourly rate £23.75 £20.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.75% +5.26% -24.00%
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.23 £11.00
90th Percentile £52.50 £47.83 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.86 £19.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year +20.32% +2.70% -26.00%

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 17 August 2019.

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 17 August 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for WAN in the UK

WAN
Top 16 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 17 August 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
England +18 1,641 £413 +3.13% 688
UK excluding London +34 1,125 £400 +6.67% 569
London -4 605 £460 +15.00% 150
South East +45 422 £413 -2.94% 162
North of England +30 227 £325 -13.33% 153
South West +21 141 £393 +12.14% 55
Midlands +8 140 £334 -16.56% 112
North West -5 113 £375 +2.74% 83
East of England +12 96 £425 +17.24% 56
West Midlands -7 86 £350 -17.65% 67
Yorkshire +30 79 £350 -13.85% 54
Scotland +39 73 £260 -1.42% 17
East Midlands +26 53 £245 -21.60% 45
North East +29 35 £295 -18.90% 16
Wales +2 16 £313 -30.56% 13
Northern Ireland -11 8 £313 +13.64% 1

For the 6 months to 17 August 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 with a requirement for WAN.

1 1,310 (73.80%) LAN
2 956 (53.86%) Cisco
3 794 (44.73%) Firewall
4 586 (33.01%) Cisco Certification
5 499 (28.11%) Windows
6 412 (23.21%) Data Centre
7 397 (22.37%) Active Directory
8 393 (22.14%) VPN
9 371 (20.90%) Microsoft
10 368 (20.73%) CCNP
11 327 (18.42%) Wireless
12 316 (17.80%) VMware
13 313 (17.63%) TCP/IP
14 302 (17.01%) ITIL
15 297 (16.73%) MPLS
16 295 (16.62%) DNS
17 293 (16.51%) Microsoft Azure
18 289 (16.28%) CCNA
19 286 (16.11%) BGP
20 282 (15.89%) Security Cleared
21 275 (15.49%) CheckPoint
22 258 (14.54%) Juniper
23 254 (14.31%) Network Security
24 252 (14.20%) Windows Server
25 238 (13.41%) Finance
26 236 (13.30%) Office 365
27 223 (12.56%) Amazon AWS
27 223 (12.56%) Migration
28 221 (12.45%) OSPF
29 214 (12.06%) DHCP

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
1 111 (6.25%) MS Exchange
2 82 (4.62%) SharePoint
3 65 (3.66%) Skype for Business
4 31 (1.75%) OpenStack
5 21 (1.18%) Confluence
5 21 (1.18%) Exchange Server 2010
6 19 (1.07%) IIS
7 16 (0.90%) JBoss
8 13 (0.73%) Exchange Server 2013
9 7 (0.39%) Apache
10 5 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2007
10 5 (0.28%) Tomcat
11 3 (0.17%) Elasticsearch
11 3 (0.17%) Exchange Server 2000
11 3 (0.17%) WordPress
12 2 (0.11%) nginx
12 2 (0.11%) SAS
12 2 (0.11%) SharePoint 2013
12 2 (0.11%) WebLogic
13 1 (0.056%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 136 (7.66%) Microsoft Office
2 34 (1.92%) MS Visio
3 32 (1.80%) Microsoft Excel
4 16 (0.90%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 16 (0.90%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (0.17%) Windchill
6 1 (0.056%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.056%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 3 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.11%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.11%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.056%) assyst
3 1 (0.056%) Global One
3 1 (0.056%) RMDS
3 1 (0.056%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 293 (16.51%) Microsoft Azure
2 236 (13.30%) Office 365
3 223 (12.56%) Amazon AWS
4 56 (3.15%) IaaS
5 41 (2.31%) PaaS
6 39 (2.20%) Cloud Computing
7 29 (1.63%) SaaS
8 28 (1.58%) Azure Active Directory
9 26 (1.46%) OpenShift
10 22 (1.24%) Google Cloud Platform
11 21 (1.18%) Power Platform
12 19 (1.07%) OneDrive
13 17 (0.96%) Mimecast
14 15 (0.85%) Azure ExpressRoute
15 14 (0.79%) Azure Stack
16 13 (0.73%) Dynamics 365
17 12 (0.68%) PowerApps
18 10 (0.56%) Amazon EC2
18 10 (0.56%) Microsoft Flow
19 7 (0.39%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 1,310 (73.80%) LAN
2 794 (44.73%) Firewall
3 393 (22.14%) VPN
4 327 (18.42%) Wireless
5 313 (17.63%) TCP/IP
6 297 (16.73%) MPLS
7 295 (16.62%) DNS
8 286 (16.11%) BGP
9 254 (14.31%) Network Security
10 221 (12.45%) OSPF
11 214 (12.06%) DHCP
12 196 (11.04%) VoIP
13 192 (10.82%) Cisco ASA
14 179 (10.08%) Wi-Fi
15 159 (8.96%) Cisco Nexus
16 148 (8.34%) VLAN
17 144 (8.11%) Internet
18 130 (7.32%) WLAN
19 122 (6.87%) SAN
20 103 (5.80%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 72 (4.06%) SQL Server
2 33 (1.86%) Relational Database
3 24 (1.35%) Oracle Database
4 16 (0.90%) RDBMS
5 10 (0.56%) MariaDB
5 10 (0.56%) PostgreSQL
6 8 (0.45%) Amazon RDS
6 8 (0.45%) Data Warehouse
7 7 (0.39%) MySQL
8 6 (0.34%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 5 (0.28%) Oracle Database 12c
9 5 (0.28%) Oracle ODI
10 4 (0.23%) Big Data
11 3 (0.17%) Electronic Patient Records
11 3 (0.17%) MS Access
11 3 (0.17%) Power BI
11 3 (0.17%) SQL Server 2012
12 2 (0.11%) BigQuery
12 2 (0.11%) SQL Server 2016
12 2 (0.11%) SQL Server 2017
Development Applications
1 28 (1.58%) JIRA
2 17 (0.96%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 12 (0.68%) Git (software)
4 7 (0.39%) Team Foundation Server
5 6 (0.34%) Sonatype Nexus
5 6 (0.34%) Subversion
6 4 (0.23%) Hudson
6 4 (0.23%) Jenkins
7 1 (0.056%) Burp Suite
7 1 (0.056%) ClearQuest
7 1 (0.056%) HP UFT
7 1 (0.056%) JMeter
7 1 (0.056%) LoadRunner
7 1 (0.056%) Metasploit
7 1 (0.056%) QARun
7 1 (0.056%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 1 (0.056%) TestDirector
7 1 (0.056%) Trac
7 1 (0.056%) Visual Studio
7 1 (0.056%) WinRunner
General
1 238 (13.41%) Finance
2 210 (11.83%) Telecoms
3 66 (3.72%) Banking
4 53 (2.99%) Retail
5 40 (2.25%) Financial Institution
6 29 (1.63%) Manufacturing
7 19 (1.07%) Local Government
8 17 (0.96%) Billing
8 17 (0.96%) Marketing
9 15 (0.85%) Back Office
9 15 (0.85%) Investment Banking
10 14 (0.79%) Legal
11 13 (0.73%) Law
12 12 (0.68%) Multimedia
13 11 (0.62%) Electronics
13 11 (0.62%) Military
13 11 (0.62%) Publishing
14 7 (0.39%) German Language
15 4 (0.23%) French Language
15 4 (0.23%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 628 (35.38%) Network Engineer
2 296 (16.68%) Architect
3 134 (7.55%) Network Architect
4 130 (7.32%) Analyst
5 123 (6.93%) Support Engineer
6 115 (6.48%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 99 (5.58%) Cisco Engineer
8 95 (5.35%) Project Manager
9 91 (5.13%) Senior Network Engineer
10 85 (4.79%) Cisco Network Engineer
11 69 (3.89%) Consultant
12 63 (3.55%) Infrastructure Architect
12 63 (3.55%) Security Engineer
12 63 (3.55%) WAN Engineer
13 60 (3.38%) Network Security Engineer
14 58 (3.27%) 2nd Line Support
15 55 (3.10%) IT Support
15 55 (3.10%) Network Support
15 55 (3.10%) Solutions Architect
16 50 (2.82%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (3.04%) 802.1X
2 38 (2.14%) Web Services
3 37 (2.08%) Middleware
4 35 (1.97%) LDAP
5 19 (1.07%) J2EE
6 12 (0.68%) JSON
6 12 (0.68%) XML
7 11 (0.62%) REST
7 11 (0.62%) SOAP
8 5 (0.28%) HTML
8 5 (0.28%) Oracle GoldenGate
8 5 (0.28%) Velocity
9 4 (0.23%) Django
9 4 (0.23%) Elastic Stack
9 4 (0.23%) SailPoint
9 4 (0.23%) YAML
10 3 (0.17%) Jinja
10 3 (0.17%) Node.js
10 3 (0.17%) React
11 2 (0.11%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 412 (23.21%) Data Centre
2 76 (4.28%) Analytical Skills
3 75 (4.23%) Management Information System
4 61 (3.44%) Video Conferencing
5 59 (3.32%) Public Cloud
6 46 (2.59%) Self-Motivation
7 38 (2.14%) Driving Licence
8 37 (2.08%) Clustering
9 36 (2.03%) PKI
10 32 (1.80%) Replication
11 26 (1.46%) iPhone
12 22 (1.24%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
13 21 (1.18%) Hedge funds
13 21 (1.18%) NHS
13 21 (1.18%) Smartphone
14 17 (0.96%) Data Protection Act
15 16 (0.90%) BYOD
15 16 (0.90%) Enterprise Storage
16 15 (0.85%) Hybrid Cloud
17 14 (0.79%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 499 (28.11%) Windows
2 252 (14.20%) Windows Server
3 204 (11.49%) Linux
4 119 (6.70%) Windows Server 2012
5 116 (6.54%) Windows 10
6 94 (5.30%) Unix
7 90 (5.07%) Windows 7
8 71 (4.00%) Windows Server 2008
9 59 (3.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 42 (2.37%) Solaris
11 35 (1.97%) Android
12 34 (1.92%) CentOS
13 25 (1.41%) Ubuntu
13 25 (1.41%) Windows Server 2003
14 20 (1.13%) Windows 8
15 18 (1.01%) Mac OS
16 17 (0.96%) Apple iOS
16 17 (0.96%) Mac OS X
17 7 (0.39%) Windows XP
18 6 (0.34%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 302 (17.01%) ITIL
2 223 (12.56%) Migration
3 197 (11.10%) Network Design
4 148 (8.34%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 134 (7.55%) Load Balancing
5 134 (7.55%) Network Management
6 132 (7.44%) Project Management
7 118 (6.65%) Problem-Solving
8 117 (6.59%) Change Management
9 106 (5.97%) DevOps
10 94 (5.30%) Agile Software Development
11 90 (5.07%) Disaster Recovery
11 90 (5.07%) Service Delivery
12 89 (5.01%) Network Monitoring
13 86 (4.85%) Stakeholder Management
14 76 (4.28%) Service Management
15 67 (3.77%) High Availability
16 64 (3.61%) Incident Management
17 62 (3.49%) Problem Management
18 60 (3.38%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 114 (6.42%) SQL
2 96 (5.41%) Python
3 89 (5.01%) PowerShell
4 40 (2.25%) Perl
5 32 (1.80%) Java
6 26 (1.46%) C
7 14 (0.79%) Shell Script
8 12 (0.68%) Bash Shell
9 6 (0.34%) VB
10 5 (0.28%) PL/SQL
11 4 (0.23%) PHP
11 4 (0.23%) Tcl
11 4 (0.23%) VBScript
12 3 (0.17%) C++
13 2 (0.11%) Ruby
14 1 (0.056%) Groovy
14 1 (0.056%) JavaScript
14 1 (0.056%) R
14 1 (0.056%) Scala
14 1 (0.056%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 586 (33.01%) Cisco Certification
2 368 (20.73%) CCNP
3 289 (16.28%) CCNA
4 282 (15.89%) Security Cleared
5 176 (9.92%) CCIE
6 172 (9.69%) SC Cleared
7 98 (5.52%) Degree
8 97 (5.46%) DV Cleared
9 66 (3.72%) Microsoft Certification
10 58 (3.27%) CCDP
11 37 (2.08%) JNCIP
12 32 (1.80%) CCDA
13 31 (1.75%) CCSA
13 31 (1.75%) MCSE
14 28 (1.58%) CCSE
14 28 (1.58%) JNCIE
15 27 (1.52%) BPSS Clearance
16 26 (1.46%) JNCIA
17 21 (1.18%) MCSA
18 20 (1.13%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 90 (5.07%) SLA
2 29 (1.63%) QA
3 27 (1.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 19 (1.07%) GDPR
5 18 (1.01%) PCI DSS
6 17 (0.96%) PMO
7 12 (0.68%) NIST
8 10 (0.56%) COBIT
9 6 (0.34%) RMADS
10 5 (0.28%) Cyber Essentials
11 4 (0.23%) MiFID
12 3 (0.17%) Data Quality
12 3 (0.17%) Disclosure Scotland
12 3 (0.17%) HL7
12 3 (0.17%) ISO 9001
12 3 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 3 (0.17%) NCSC
13 2 (0.11%) HIPAA
13 2 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 1 (0.056%) GAMP
System Software
1 397 (22.37%) Active Directory
2 188 (10.59%) VMware Infrastructure
3 79 (4.45%) Hyper-V
4 59 (3.32%) Docker
5 39 (2.20%) VMware ESXi
6 38 (2.14%) vSphere
7 23 (1.30%) Firmware
8 22 (1.24%) XenApp
9 16 (0.90%) Virtual Machines
9 16 (0.90%) VMware NSX
10 15 (0.85%) XenDesktop
11 13 (0.73%) ProxySG
11 13 (0.73%) Virtual Servers
12 7 (0.39%) ISA Server
12 7 (0.39%) Virtual Desktop
13 6 (0.34%) vCloud
14 5 (0.28%) VMware Server
15 4 (0.23%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 4 (0.23%) Samba
15 4 (0.23%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 96 (5.41%) SCCM
2 78 (4.39%) Ansible
3 52 (2.93%) Puppet
4 47 (2.65%) Kubernetes
5 41 (2.31%) Microsoft Intune
6 35 (1.97%) FortiGate
7 33 (1.86%) Cisco Prime
8 28 (1.58%) Cisco CUCM
9 26 (1.46%) SCOM
9 26 (1.46%) Terraform
10 19 (1.07%) AirWatch
10 19 (1.07%) vCenter Server
11 18 (1.01%) Single Sign-On
12 17 (0.96%) Packer
13 16 (0.90%) vRealize
14 15 (0.85%) Consul
14 15 (0.85%) Nagios
15 14 (0.79%) WSUS
16 13 (0.73%) Opscode Chef
17 10 (0.56%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 956 (53.86%) Cisco
2 371 (20.90%) Microsoft
3 316 (17.80%) VMware
4 275 (15.49%) CheckPoint
5 258 (14.54%) Juniper
6 205 (11.55%) F5
7 156 (8.79%) Palo Alto
8 135 (7.61%) Citrix
9 129 (7.27%) HP
10 112 (6.31%) Fortinet
11 102 (5.75%) SolarWinds
12 97 (5.46%) Meraki
13 78 (4.39%) Aruba
14 66 (3.72%) Riverbed
15 64 (3.61%) Dell
16 57 (3.21%) Oracle
17 53 (2.99%) McAfee
18 49 (2.76%) Red Hat
19 46 (2.59%) EMC
20 45 (2.54%) Blue Coat