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 3 months to 28 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.

Wide Area Network (WAN)
UK
3 months to
28 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 132 106 96
Rank change year-on-year -26 -10  
Contract jobs citing WAN 885 1226 1212
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.88% 2.19% 2.18%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 13.69% 14.44% 14.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 590 745 679
Median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £235 £201
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £395 £363 £350
% change year-on-year +8.96% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 62 85
Median hourly rate £15.89 £21.13 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.79% -18.75%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.15 £21.00 £27.00
% change year-on-year -27.85% -22.22%  

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

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 6464 8488 8228
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.71% 15.19% 14.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 3911 5129 4484
Median daily rate £400 £388 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.22% +10.71%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £240 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £364 £342
% change year-on-year +6.45% +6.43%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 388 357 448
Median hourly rate £25.00 £28.00 £28.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.71% -2.60%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -16.66% -  

WAN
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 3 months to 28 April 2017.

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 3 months to 28 April 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for WAN in the UK

WAN
Top 30 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 3 months to 28 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 -27 818 £400 +6.66% 272
London -26 276 £438 +2.94% 74
South East -2 226 £423 +20.71% 48
Hampshire +8 85 £440 +13.54% 14
North West +30 69 £400 +6.66% 36
South West -27 64 £290 -20.00% 17
East of England -29 50 £319 -22.72% 24
West Midlands -8 46 £404 +22.34% 34
Manchester +45 45 £419 +11.66% 17
City of London -19 43 £426 -5.27% 22
Scotland -2 39 £395 +11.03% 7
Buckinghamshire +6 38 £413 - 6
Berkshire +3 35 £350 +10.06% 9
Yorkshire +1 33 £375 +15.38% 19
Milton Keynes +13 32 £400 -6.43% 4
North East +7 30 £445 +31.85% 4
Tyne and Wear +7 28 £445 +31.85% 3
Newcastle upon Tyne +1 28 £445 +31.85% 3
Gloucestershire +5 23 £250 -33.33% 1
West Yorkshire +2 20 £363 +3.57% 10
Hertfordshire -2 20 £200 -52.94% 12
East Midlands -11 20 £331 +12.28% 15
Surrey -28 20 £200 -43.66% 6
Cheshire +24 19 £325 -7.14% 15
Wiltshire -27 19 £313 -13.79% 2
West Sussex +15 17 £395 -12.22% 3
Hook +9 16 £460 +8.55% 1
Cambridgeshire -9 16 £375 -9.21% 6
Oxfordshire -15 16 £475 +37.68% 2
Salford - 16 £450 - 2

For the 6 months to 28 April 2017, IT contractor jobs citing WAN 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.

1 1567 (81.19%) LAN
2 1032 (53.47%) Cisco
3 849 (43.99%) Firewall
4 645 (33.42%) Cisco Certification
5 595 (30.83%) Windows
6 457 (23.68%) Security Cleared
7 442 (22.90%) Data Centre
8 441 (22.85%) CCNP
9 431 (22.33%) Wireless
10 424 (21.97%) Microsoft
11 418 (21.66%) VPN
12 396 (20.52%) Active Directory
13 395 (20.47%) ITIL
14 344 (17.82%) SC Cleared
15 342 (17.72%) Juniper
16 335 (17.36%) CCNA
17 331 (17.15%) VMware
18 323 (16.74%) TCP/IP
19 312 (16.17%) CheckPoint
20 309 (16.01%) DNS
21 279 (14.46%) MPLS
22 258 (13.37%) Network Design
23 256 (13.26%) F5
24 246 (12.75%) Cisco ASA
25 240 (12.44%) Network Security
26 229 (11.87%) BGP
27 222 (11.50%) Finance
28 221 (11.45%) Windows Server
29 217 (11.24%) VoIP
30 208 (10.78%) OSPF

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 99 (5.13%) MS Exchange
2 64 (3.32%) SharePoint
3 58 (3.01%) Skype for Business
4 57 (2.95%) IIS
5 36 (1.87%) Exchange Server 2010
6 31 (1.61%) Apache
7 25 (1.30%) Exchange Server 2007
8 24 (1.24%) Exchange Server 2013
9 23 (1.19%) Tomcat
10 12 (0.62%) WebSphere
11 11 (0.57%) OpenStack
12 7 (0.36%) IBM Notes
13 6 (0.31%) WebLogic
14 5 (0.26%) Exchange Server 2000
14 5 (0.26%) Exchange Server 2003
14 5 (0.26%) Exchange Server 5.5
14 5 (0.26%) GroupWise
14 5 (0.26%) Oracle Coherence
14 5 (0.26%) Oracle HTTP Server
15 4 (0.21%) DataSynapse
Applications
1 154 (7.98%) Microsoft Office
2 48 (2.49%) MS Visio
3 22 (1.14%) Microsoft Excel
4 8 (0.41%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (0.31%) Microsoft Project
5 6 (0.31%) Spreadsheet
6 3 (0.16%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 5 (0.26%) Remedy ITSM
2 4 (0.21%) assyst
2 4 (0.21%) Oracle Retail
3 3 (0.16%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.16%) Oracle EBS R12
3 3 (0.16%) Oracle Financials
3 3 (0.16%) PeopleSoft Financials
3 3 (0.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 2 (0.10%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.10%) thinkFolio
5 1 (0.052%) MIS ActiveH
5 1 (0.052%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 150 (7.77%) Microsoft Azure
2 147 (7.62%) Office 365
3 136 (7.05%) Amazon AWS
4 60 (3.11%) IaaS
5 27 (1.40%) PaaS
6 25 (1.30%) Azure Active Directory
7 24 (1.24%) SaaS
8 14 (0.73%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 10 (0.52%) AWS CloudFormation
10 8 (0.41%) Cloud Computing
10 8 (0.41%) OneDrive
11 5 (0.26%) Akamai
11 5 (0.26%) Google Cloud Platform
11 5 (0.26%) Yammer
12 4 (0.21%) Amazon EC2
12 4 (0.21%) OpenShift
13 3 (0.16%) Amazon S3
13 3 (0.16%) Mimecast
14 2 (0.10%) Google App Engine
15 1 (0.052%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 1567 (81.19%) LAN
2 849 (43.99%) Firewall
3 431 (22.33%) Wireless
4 418 (21.66%) VPN
5 323 (16.74%) TCP/IP
6 309 (16.01%) DNS
7 279 (14.46%) MPLS
8 246 (12.75%) Cisco ASA
9 240 (12.44%) Network Security
10 229 (11.87%) BGP
11 217 (11.24%) VoIP
12 208 (10.78%) OSPF
13 200 (10.36%) DHCP
14 157 (8.13%) Cisco Nexus
15 149 (7.72%) VLAN
16 135 (6.99%) Internet
17 132 (6.84%) SAN
18 116 (6.01%) WLAN
19 114 (5.91%) Wi-Fi
20 105 (5.44%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 110 (5.70%) SQL Server
2 54 (2.80%) Relational Database
3 23 (1.19%) MySQL
4 12 (0.62%) SQL Server 2012
5 11 (0.57%) Big Data
5 11 (0.57%) Oracle Database
5 11 (0.57%) PostgreSQL
6 10 (0.52%) Hadoop
6 10 (0.52%) Redis
7 8 (0.41%) Amazon RDS
7 8 (0.41%) SQL Server 2005
7 8 (0.41%) SQL Server 2008
8 6 (0.31%) MS Access
8 6 (0.31%) RDBMS
9 5 (0.26%) Apache Cassandra
9 5 (0.26%) HBase
9 5 (0.26%) MongoDB
9 5 (0.26%) Oracle Database 11g
10 4 (0.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 4 (0.21%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 14 (0.73%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 12 (0.62%) Jenkins
3 9 (0.47%) JIRA
4 6 (0.31%) Git (software)
4 6 (0.31%) Visual Studio
5 5 (0.26%) Bitbucket
6 4 (0.21%) Artifactory
7 3 (0.16%) ClearCase
7 3 (0.16%) ClearQuest
8 2 (0.10%) MSI
8 2 (0.10%) Team Foundation Server
8 2 (0.10%) Travis CI
8 2 (0.10%) Visual Studio Team System
9 1 (0.052%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 1 (0.052%) Maven
9 1 (0.052%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 1 (0.052%) Subversion
General
1 222 (11.50%) Finance
2 181 (9.38%) Telecoms
3 61 (3.16%) Banking
4 42 (2.18%) Legal
4 42 (2.18%) Retail
5 25 (1.30%) Manufacturing
6 24 (1.24%) Marketing
7 22 (1.14%) Back Office
8 12 (0.62%) Local Government
9 11 (0.57%) Advertising
10 9 (0.47%) Billing
10 9 (0.47%) Law
10 9 (0.47%) Multimedia
11 7 (0.36%) Financial Institution
12 6 (0.31%) Games
12 6 (0.31%) Publishing
13 5 (0.26%) Electronics
13 5 (0.26%) Investment Banking
13 5 (0.26%) Military
14 4 (0.21%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 557 (28.86%) Network Engineer
2 334 (17.31%) Architect
3 193 (10.00%) Analyst
4 125 (6.48%) Support Engineer
5 124 (6.42%) Network Architect
6 118 (6.11%) Cisco Engineer
6 118 (6.11%) Project Manager
7 107 (5.54%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 106 (5.49%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 100 (5.18%) Infrastructure Architect
10 83 (4.30%) Network Analyst
11 72 (3.73%) 2nd Line Support
11 72 (3.73%) Senior Network Engineer
12 71 (3.68%) Consultant
13 68 (3.52%) Technical Architect
14 66 (3.42%) Infrastructure Manager
14 66 (3.42%) Network Support
15 61 (3.16%) Solutions Architect
16 56 (2.90%) Security Engineer
17 54 (2.80%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 57 (2.95%) Web Services
2 55 (2.85%) 802.1X
3 27 (1.40%) Elastic Stack
4 25 (1.30%) Middleware
5 17 (0.88%) .NET
6 14 (0.73%) HTML
7 10 (0.52%) CSS
8 8 (0.41%) LAMP
8 8 (0.41%) XML
9 6 (0.31%) RESTful
10 5 (0.26%) Oracle GoldenGate
11 4 (0.21%) .NET Framework
11 4 (0.21%) Rendezvous
11 4 (0.21%) SAML
11 4 (0.21%) Sensu
11 4 (0.21%) SOAP
11 4 (0.21%) XMPP
11 4 (0.21%) XSLT
12 3 (0.16%) Java SE
12 3 (0.16%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 442 (22.90%) Data Centre
2 118 (6.11%) Analytical Skills
3 86 (4.46%) Management Information System
4 51 (2.64%) Computer Science
5 41 (2.12%) Smartphone
6 39 (2.02%) Private Cloud
7 35 (1.81%) Clustering
8 29 (1.50%) Driving Licence
8 29 (1.50%) Video Conferencing
9 26 (1.35%) NHS
9 26 (1.35%) Replication
10 23 (1.19%) CMDB
11 20 (1.04%) Public Cloud
11 20 (1.04%) Virtual Team
12 18 (0.93%) Hybrid Cloud
12 18 (0.93%) RSA SecurID
13 16 (0.83%) PKI
14 15 (0.78%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
14 15 (0.78%) Mainframe
15 12 (0.62%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 595 (30.83%) Windows
2 221 (11.45%) Windows Server
3 205 (10.62%) Linux
4 122 (6.32%) Windows 7
5 121 (6.27%) Windows Server 2008
6 107 (5.54%) Unix
7 105 (5.44%) Windows Server 2012
8 76 (3.94%) Windows Server 2003
9 64 (3.32%) Windows 10
10 48 (2.49%) Windows XP
11 40 (2.07%) Android
12 35 (1.81%) Windows 8
13 32 (1.66%) Solaris
14 31 (1.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 16 (0.83%) AIX
16 14 (0.73%) CentOS
16 14 (0.73%) Mac OS X
17 13 (0.67%) CatOS
18 7 (0.36%) Apple iOS
18 7 (0.36%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 395 (20.47%) ITIL
2 258 (13.37%) Network Design
3 173 (8.96%) Migration
4 168 (8.70%) Service Management
5 163 (8.45%) Load Balancing
6 137 (7.10%) Project Management
7 121 (6.27%) Network Management
8 97 (5.03%) Change Management
9 92 (4.77%) High Availability
10 90 (4.66%) PRINCE2
11 83 (4.30%) Problem Management
12 82 (4.25%) Disaster Recovery
12 82 (4.25%) ITSM
12 82 (4.25%) Network Monitoring
13 75 (3.89%) Agile Software Development
13 75 (3.89%) Network Architecture
14 73 (3.78%) DevOps
14 73 (3.78%) Stakeholder Management
15 72 (3.73%) Information Security
16 69 (3.58%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 95 (4.92%) SQL
2 46 (2.38%) PowerShell
3 33 (1.71%) C
4 24 (1.24%) Perl
5 21 (1.09%) Java
6 19 (0.98%) Python
7 10 (0.52%) Shell Script
8 9 (0.47%) PHP
9 7 (0.36%) C#
9 7 (0.36%) JavaScript
10 6 (0.31%) Korn
10 6 (0.31%) VBScript
11 5 (0.26%) C++
12 4 (0.21%) Bash Shell
12 4 (0.21%) Lisp
12 4 (0.21%) VB
13 3 (0.16%) C-shell
13 3 (0.16%) Delphi
14 2 (0.10%) T-SQL
15 1 (0.052%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 645 (33.42%) Cisco Certification
2 457 (23.68%) Security Cleared
3 441 (22.85%) CCNP
4 344 (17.82%) SC Cleared
5 335 (17.36%) CCNA
6 176 (9.12%) CCIE
7 113 (5.85%) Degree
8 112 (5.80%) CCDP
9 89 (4.61%) Microsoft Certification
10 84 (4.35%) JNCIA
11 82 (4.25%) CCSA
11 82 (4.25%) DV Cleared
12 66 (3.42%) JNCIE
13 63 (3.26%) CCSE
14 61 (3.16%) MCSE
15 57 (2.95%) CCIP
16 50 (2.59%) CISSP
17 44 (2.28%) CCDA
18 39 (2.02%) HP ASE
19 38 (1.97%) HP MASE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 71 (3.68%) SLA
2 38 (1.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 35 (1.81%) PCI DSS
4 21 (1.09%) Disclosure Scotland
5 19 (0.98%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 18 (0.93%) QA
7 17 (0.88%) PMO
8 8 (0.41%) HIPAA
9 4 (0.21%) COBIT
10 3 (0.16%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 3 (0.16%) JSP 440
11 2 (0.10%) BS25999
11 2 (0.10%) Cyber Essentials
11 2 (0.10%) GMP
11 2 (0.10%) GPG13
11 2 (0.10%) ISO 9001
12 1 (0.052%) P3O
12 1 (0.052%) PMBOK
System Software
1 396 (20.52%) Active Directory
2 207 (10.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 87 (4.51%) Hyper-V
4 36 (1.87%) vSphere
5 27 (1.40%) Virtual Servers
6 26 (1.35%) VMware ESXi
7 22 (1.14%) ProxySG
8 21 (1.09%) XenApp
9 15 (0.78%) Docker
9 15 (0.78%) Xen
10 14 (0.73%) VMware ESX
11 13 (0.67%) KVM
11 13 (0.67%) Terminal Services
12 11 (0.57%) ISA Server
13 10 (0.52%) Virtual Desktop
13 10 (0.52%) Virtual Machines
14 9 (0.47%) Firmware
14 9 (0.47%) vCloud
15 8 (0.41%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 8 (0.41%) Samba
Systems Management
1 81 (4.20%) FortiGate
2 64 (3.32%) SCCM
3 33 (1.71%) Cisco Prime
4 32 (1.66%) SCOM
5 21 (1.09%) Cisco CUCM
6 20 (1.04%) Nagios
7 18 (0.93%) Ansible
7 18 (0.93%) Cisco UCCX
7 18 (0.93%) Puppet
8 17 (0.88%) McAfee ePO
9 16 (0.83%) QRadar
10 14 (0.73%) Backup Exec
11 13 (0.67%) AirWatch
11 13 (0.67%) logstash
11 13 (0.67%) WSUS
12 12 (0.62%) vCenter Server
13 11 (0.57%) NetBackup
14 10 (0.52%) Kibana
14 10 (0.52%) Opscode Chef
14 10 (0.52%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 1032 (53.47%) Cisco
2 424 (21.97%) Microsoft
3 342 (17.72%) Juniper
4 331 (17.15%) VMware
5 312 (16.17%) CheckPoint
6 256 (13.26%) F5
7 198 (10.26%) Citrix
8 195 (10.10%) HP
9 136 (7.05%) Palo Alto
10 122 (6.32%) Riverbed
11 112 (5.80%) Fortinet
12 98 (5.08%) Aruba
13 85 (4.40%) SolarWinds
14 76 (3.94%) Blue Coat
14 76 (3.94%) Oracle
15 60 (3.11%) Intel Security
16 56 (2.90%) Avaya
17 53 (2.75%) Apple
18 48 (2.49%) Red Hat
19 47 (2.44%) NetApp
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Senitor Associates
Rate: £11 - £17 per hour
Posted: 15 hours ago
Wimborne, Dorset
AMS contingency
Posted: 18 hours ago
Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
CV Screen Ltd
Rate: £22k - 25k per year + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Warwickshire
Robert Walters UK
Posted: Yesterday
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: From £500 to £525 per annum
Posted: 11 hours ago
Hampshire
Venn Group
Rate: £350 - £400 Per Day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 2 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Broster Buchanan
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Evesham, Worcestershire
networx
Rate: £37,533 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Solihull, West Midlands (County)
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 3 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Perfect People Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £400.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Broxburn, West Lothian
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Rate: £350 - £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Reed Technology
Rate: £50000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
West Midlands
Michael Page International
Rate: £42000 - £44000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
ComputAppoint
Rate: £580 - £670 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Hook, Hampshire
LA International
Posted: 4 days ago
Hampshire
LA International
Rate: £314 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 4 days ago
Lincolnshire
AMS contingency
Posted: 15 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
MHR
Rate: Competitive Salary, Free Parking, 25 Days Holiday, Free Training
Posted: 18 days ago
Bristol
People Source Consulting
Rate: £600 - £800 per day
Posted: 16 days ago