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 30 March 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
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 119 104 99
Rank change year-on-year -15 -5  
Contract jobs citing WAN 931 1168 1125
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.04% 2.16% 2.10%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.19% 14.62% 14.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 603 707 654
Median daily rate £395 £375 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.33% +1.35%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £224 £201
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year +3.44% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 55 64 92
Median hourly rate £15.78 £21.92 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -28.03% -12.32%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.10 £13.27 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.20 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £22.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year -33.33% -13.46%  

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 6563 7989 7930
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 14.41% 14.76% 14.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 4035 4785 4336
Median daily rate £400 £383 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.57% +5.51%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £235 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £535 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 367 338 438
Median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.66% +11.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £46.22
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £37.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year -39.18% +25.42%  

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 30 March 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 30 March 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 30 March 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 -8 854 £400 +6.66% 236
London -12 282 £415 -2.35% 81
South East +6 244 £418 +22.79% 41
Hampshire +2 84 £410 +17.14% 8
North West +24 70 £419 +11.66% 37
South West -23 63 £266 -26.68% 11
Buckinghamshire +31 59 £500 +17.64% 8
East of England -22 58 £375 -9.09% 11
West Midlands +14 51 £369 +5.35% 13
Milton Keynes +29 47 £500 +16.95% 5
City of London +10 43 £429 -4.77% 23
Manchester +42 42 £419 +10.78% 19
Scotland -17 38 £319 -12.06% 9
North East +5 33 £420 +45.96% 7
Berkshire +4 32 £350 +35.92% 9
Newcastle upon Tyne +6 31 £420 +45.96% 6
Tyne and Wear +1 31 £420 +45.96% 6
Yorkshire -8 31 £420 +40.00% 24
Surrey -16 26 £210 -32.80% 10
Hertfordshire -5 25 £325 -21.21% 6
Gloucestershire +8 24 £269 -26.50%
East Midlands -4 21 £369 +22.91% 9
Birmingham +6 20 £363 +20.83% 4
Oxfordshire -4 20 £463 +68.18%
West Yorkshire -5 17 £400 +28.51% 15
Cheshire +22 16 £349 +7.30% 16
Bristol +13 16 £294 -23.70% 5
South Wales +11 16 £300 -20.00% 4
Wales 0 16 £300 -23.80% 4
Wiltshire -27 16 £253 -30.34% 1

For the 6 months to 30 March 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 1591 (82.44%) LAN
2 1027 (53.21%) Cisco
3 852 (44.15%) Firewall
4 624 (32.33%) Cisco Certification
5 620 (32.12%) Windows
6 460 (23.83%) Security Cleared
7 438 (22.69%) Data Centre
8 427 (22.12%) Microsoft
9 425 (22.02%) VPN
10 424 (21.97%) CCNP
11 412 (21.35%) Active Directory
12 411 (21.30%) Wireless
13 378 (19.59%) ITIL
14 375 (19.43%) SC Cleared
15 348 (18.03%) VMware
16 338 (17.51%) TCP/IP
17 332 (17.20%) Juniper
18 330 (17.10%) CCNA
19 312 (16.17%) DNS
20 298 (15.44%) CheckPoint
21 264 (13.68%) MPLS
22 243 (12.59%) Network Security
23 241 (12.49%) Network Design
24 239 (12.38%) VoIP
24 239 (12.38%) Windows Server
25 235 (12.18%) F5
26 234 (12.12%) Cisco ASA
27 229 (11.87%) BGP
28 223 (11.55%) Linux
29 221 (11.45%) Finance

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
1 104 (5.39%) MS Exchange
2 68 (3.52%) SharePoint
3 55 (2.85%) Skype for Business
4 52 (2.69%) IIS
5 43 (2.23%) Exchange Server 2010
6 36 (1.87%) Apache
7 25 (1.30%) Exchange Server 2007
8 24 (1.24%) Exchange Server 2013
8 24 (1.24%) Tomcat
9 17 (0.88%) WebSphere
10 10 (0.52%) Oracle Coherence
10 10 (0.52%) Oracle HTTP Server
11 9 (0.47%) DataSynapse
11 9 (0.47%) WebLogic
12 8 (0.41%) IBM Notes
13 6 (0.31%) OpenStack
13 6 (0.31%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 5 (0.26%) Exchange Server 2000
14 5 (0.26%) Exchange Server 5.5
14 5 (0.26%) GroupWise
Applications
1 153 (7.93%) MS Excel
2 152 (7.88%) MS Office
3 52 (2.69%) MS Visio
4 8 (0.41%) MS PowerPoint
5 6 (0.31%) Spreadsheet
6 4 (0.21%) AutoCAD
6 4 (0.21%) MS Project
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
4 2 (0.10%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.10%) thinkFolio
5 1 (0.052%) Infor M3
5 1 (0.052%) MIS ActiveH
5 1 (0.052%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.052%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 155 (8.03%) Microsoft Azure
2 149 (7.72%) Office 365
3 135 (6.99%) Amazon AWS
4 60 (3.11%) IaaS
5 28 (1.45%) Azure Active Directory
6 27 (1.40%) PaaS
7 23 (1.19%) SaaS
8 10 (0.52%) AWS CloudFormation
8 10 (0.52%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 9 (0.47%) Cloud Computing
9 9 (0.47%) OneDrive
10 7 (0.36%) Yammer
11 5 (0.26%) Akamai
11 5 (0.26%) Amazon EC2
12 4 (0.21%) Google Cloud Platform
12 4 (0.21%) OpenShift
13 3 (0.16%) Amazon S3
13 3 (0.16%) Mimecast
14 2 (0.10%) AWS CloudTrail
14 2 (0.10%) Google App Engine
Communications & Networking
1 1591 (82.44%) LAN
2 852 (44.15%) Firewall
3 425 (22.02%) VPN
4 411 (21.30%) Wireless
5 338 (17.51%) TCP/IP
6 312 (16.17%) DNS
7 264 (13.68%) MPLS
8 243 (12.59%) Network Security
9 239 (12.38%) VoIP
10 234 (12.12%) Cisco ASA
11 229 (11.87%) BGP
12 214 (11.09%) DHCP
12 214 (11.09%) OSPF
13 159 (8.24%) Cisco Nexus
14 140 (7.25%) Internet
15 137 (7.10%) SAN
15 137 (7.10%) VLAN
16 113 (5.85%) Wi-Fi
17 112 (5.80%) WLAN
18 100 (5.18%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 121 (6.27%) SQL Server
2 51 (2.64%) Relational Database
3 21 (1.09%) MySQL
4 18 (0.93%) Hadoop
5 17 (0.88%) Oracle Database
6 13 (0.67%) SQL Server 2012
7 12 (0.62%) HBase
8 11 (0.57%) Big Data
8 11 (0.57%) Oracle Database 11g
8 11 (0.57%) PostgreSQL
8 11 (0.57%) Redis
9 9 (0.47%) Amazon RDS
9 9 (0.47%) SQL Server 2008
10 5 (0.26%) Oracle Exadata
10 5 (0.26%) SQL Server 2005
11 4 (0.21%) Data Warehouse
11 4 (0.21%) DB2
11 4 (0.21%) SQL Server 2014
11 4 (0.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 3 (0.16%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 11 (0.57%) JIRA
2 10 (0.52%) Jenkins
3 7 (0.36%) Bitbucket
3 7 (0.36%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 4 (0.21%) Artifactory
5 3 (0.16%) ClearCase
5 3 (0.16%) ClearQuest
5 3 (0.16%) Visual Studio
6 2 (0.10%) Git (software)
6 2 (0.10%) MSI
6 2 (0.10%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (0.10%) Travis CI
6 2 (0.10%) Visual Studio Team System
7 1 (0.052%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 1 (0.052%) Maven
7 1 (0.052%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 1 (0.052%) Subversion
General
1 221 (11.45%) Finance
2 177 (9.17%) Telecoms
3 67 (3.47%) Banking
4 42 (2.18%) Retail
5 36 (1.87%) Legal
6 23 (1.19%) Back Office
7 22 (1.14%) Marketing
8 20 (1.04%) Manufacturing
9 12 (0.62%) Local Government
10 11 (0.57%) Advertising
11 10 (0.52%) Multimedia
12 9 (0.47%) Billing
13 7 (0.36%) Financial Institution
14 6 (0.31%) Investment Banking
14 6 (0.31%) Military
15 5 (0.26%) French Language
15 5 (0.26%) Games
15 5 (0.26%) Law
15 5 (0.26%) Publishing
16 4 (0.21%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 546 (28.29%) Network Engineer
2 340 (17.62%) Architect
3 209 (10.83%) Analyst
4 123 (6.37%) Network Architect
5 117 (6.06%) Cisco Engineer
6 114 (5.91%) Support Engineer
7 107 (5.54%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 105 (5.44%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 105 (5.44%) Project Manager
9 103 (5.34%) Infrastructure Architect
10 85 (4.40%) Network Analyst
11 74 (3.83%) Senior Network Engineer
12 70 (3.63%) 2nd Line Support
13 68 (3.52%) Solutions Architect
14 66 (3.42%) Consultant
15 63 (3.26%) Technical Architect
16 62 (3.21%) Network Support
17 61 (3.16%) Security Engineer
18 59 (3.06%) Infrastructure Manager
19 57 (2.95%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 56 (2.90%) Web Services
2 52 (2.69%) 802.1X
3 39 (2.02%) Elastic Stack
4 27 (1.40%) Middleware
5 16 (0.83%) HTML
6 15 (0.78%) CSS
7 11 (0.57%) .NET
7 11 (0.57%) XML
8 9 (0.47%) Rendezvous
8 9 (0.47%) XSLT
9 8 (0.41%) Oracle GoldenGate
9 8 (0.41%) RESTful
10 6 (0.31%) LAMP
10 6 (0.31%) XMPP
11 4 (0.21%) J2EE
11 4 (0.21%) JSON
11 4 (0.21%) Leaflet
11 4 (0.21%) SOAP
12 3 (0.16%) Java SE
12 3 (0.16%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 438 (22.69%) Data Centre
2 125 (6.48%) Analytical Skills
3 93 (4.82%) Management Information System
4 45 (2.33%) Computer Science
5 39 (2.02%) Private Cloud
6 38 (1.97%) Clustering
7 34 (1.76%) Smartphone
8 33 (1.71%) Driving Licence
9 31 (1.61%) NHS
10 26 (1.35%) Replication
11 23 (1.19%) CMDB
11 23 (1.19%) Video Conferencing
12 22 (1.14%) PKI
12 22 (1.14%) Virtual Team
13 21 (1.09%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
13 21 (1.09%) Hybrid Cloud
14 18 (0.93%) RSA SecurID
15 16 (0.83%) Cyber Attack
16 15 (0.78%) Mainframe
16 15 (0.78%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 620 (32.12%) Windows
2 239 (12.38%) Windows Server
3 223 (11.55%) Linux
4 127 (6.58%) Unix
5 124 (6.42%) Windows Server 2008
6 118 (6.11%) Windows 7
7 103 (5.34%) Windows Server 2012
8 79 (4.09%) Windows Server 2003
9 57 (2.95%) Windows 10
10 51 (2.64%) Windows XP
11 41 (2.12%) Android
12 34 (1.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 33 (1.71%) Solaris
14 30 (1.55%) Windows 8
15 15 (0.78%) Mac OS X
16 13 (0.67%) CatOS
17 12 (0.62%) AIX
18 9 (0.47%) Apple iOS
19 8 (0.41%) CentOS
19 8 (0.41%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 378 (19.59%) ITIL
2 241 (12.49%) Network Design
3 168 (8.70%) Migration
4 165 (8.55%) Service Management
5 163 (8.45%) Load Balancing
6 140 (7.25%) Project Management
7 112 (5.80%) Network Management
8 94 (4.87%) PRINCE2
9 90 (4.66%) Change Management
10 87 (4.51%) Network Monitoring
10 87 (4.51%) Problem Management
11 81 (4.20%) ITSM
12 80 (4.15%) Agile Software Development
12 80 (4.15%) High Availability
13 77 (3.99%) Disaster Recovery
14 76 (3.94%) Stakeholder Management
15 73 (3.78%) DevOps
15 73 (3.78%) Incident Management
15 73 (3.78%) Information Security
16 71 (3.68%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 93 (4.82%) SQL
2 44 (2.28%) PowerShell
3 33 (1.71%) C
4 23 (1.19%) Java
5 22 (1.14%) Perl
6 20 (1.04%) Python
7 13 (0.67%) Shell Script
8 9 (0.47%) JavaScript
9 7 (0.36%) C++
10 6 (0.31%) Korn
10 6 (0.31%) VBScript
11 5 (0.26%) Bash Shell
11 5 (0.26%) PHP
11 5 (0.26%) VB
12 4 (0.21%) C#
12 4 (0.21%) Lisp
13 3 (0.16%) C-shell
14 2 (0.10%) T-SQL
15 1 (0.052%) Ruby
15 1 (0.052%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 624 (32.33%) Cisco Certification
2 460 (23.83%) Security Cleared
3 424 (21.97%) CCNP
4 375 (19.43%) SC Cleared
5 330 (17.10%) CCNA
6 176 (9.12%) CCIE
7 112 (5.80%) Degree
8 102 (5.28%) CCDP
9 93 (4.82%) Microsoft Certification
10 77 (3.99%) JNCIA
11 76 (3.94%) CCSA
12 68 (3.52%) MCSE
13 62 (3.21%) CISSP
14 58 (3.01%) DV Cleared
15 57 (2.95%) CCSE
16 53 (2.75%) JNCIE
17 51 (2.64%) CCIP
18 45 (2.33%) CCDA
19 42 (2.18%) SANS
20 39 (2.02%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 68 (3.52%) SLA
2 42 (2.18%) PCI DSS
3 34 (1.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 22 (1.14%) Disclosure Scotland
5 20 (1.04%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 17 (0.88%) PMO
7 13 (0.67%) QA
8 8 (0.41%) HIPAA
9 4 (0.21%) JSP 440
10 2 (0.10%) BS25999
10 2 (0.10%) COBIT
10 2 (0.10%) Cyber Essentials
10 2 (0.10%) ISO 9001
11 1 (0.052%) P3O
11 1 (0.052%) PMBOK
System Software
1 412 (21.35%) Active Directory
2 216 (11.19%) VMware Infrastructure
3 95 (4.92%) Hyper-V
4 36 (1.87%) vSphere
5 28 (1.45%) VMware ESXi
6 26 (1.35%) XenApp
7 25 (1.30%) Virtual Servers
8 17 (0.88%) ProxySG
8 17 (0.88%) VMware ESX
9 16 (0.83%) Docker
9 16 (0.83%) Xen
10 14 (0.73%) KVM
10 14 (0.73%) Terminal Services
11 13 (0.67%) ISA Server
11 13 (0.67%) Virtual Desktop
11 13 (0.67%) Virtual Machines
12 12 (0.62%) Oracle RAC
12 12 (0.62%) vCloud
13 11 (0.57%) NFS
13 11 (0.57%) SRDF
Systems Management
1 74 (3.83%) FortiGate
2 71 (3.68%) SCCM
3 32 (1.66%) Cisco Prime
4 31 (1.61%) QRadar
5 27 (1.40%) SCOM
6 25 (1.30%) Cisco UCCX
7 24 (1.24%) Cisco CUCM
7 24 (1.24%) Puppet
8 22 (1.14%) Ansible
9 20 (1.04%) Nagios
10 17 (0.88%) Nessus
11 16 (0.83%) Backup Exec
12 15 (0.78%) AirWatch
13 12 (0.62%) NetBackup
13 12 (0.62%) ZABBIX
14 11 (0.57%) Kibana
14 11 (0.57%) Nmap
14 11 (0.57%) WSUS
15 10 (0.52%) logstash
15 10 (0.52%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 1027 (53.21%) Cisco
2 427 (22.12%) Microsoft
3 348 (18.03%) VMware
4 332 (17.20%) Juniper
5 298 (15.44%) CheckPoint
6 235 (12.18%) F5
7 193 (10.00%) Citrix
8 182 (9.43%) HP
9 123 (6.37%) Palo Alto
10 108 (5.60%) Riverbed
11 103 (5.34%) Fortinet
12 94 (4.87%) Aruba
13 86 (4.46%) SolarWinds
14 82 (4.25%) Oracle
15 71 (3.68%) Apple
16 69 (3.58%) Blue Coat
17 62 (3.21%) Intel Security
18 54 (2.80%) IBM
19 52 (2.69%) NetApp
20 50 (2.59%) Avaya
London
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Excellent Rate
Posted: 59 minutes ago
West Yorkshire
ReThink Recruitment
Posted: 6 hours ago
Hook, Hampshire
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £350 - £430 per annum
Posted: 7 hours ago
Crawley, West Sussex
onezeero.
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 55 minutes ago
Bradford, West Yorkshire
ReThink Recruitment
Posted: 2 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Reed Technology
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £150 - £200 per day
Posted: 21 hours ago
Wigan, Lancashire
Proactive Appointments
Rate: £11 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Red10
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
FT Select
Rate: Unspecified Market rates
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £650.00 - £760.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £15.00 - £15.30 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Darlington, County Durham
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 6 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £600 - £700 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Harris Global
Rate: Unspecified Competitive Rate
Posted: 3 days ago
Belfast, County Antrim
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £300.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
LA International
Posted: 6 days ago
Lichfield, Staffordshire
Spring Technology
Posted: 6 days ago
Cheshire
Venturi
Rate: £14 - £17 per hour + likelihood of extension
Posted: 7 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Experis Ltd
Posted: 6 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Reed Technology
Rate: £600 - £700 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Michael Bailey Associates
Rate: competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
Crawley, West Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
Solihull, West Midlands (County)
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Rate: £350 - £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Ebury
Rate: £230.00 - £255.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
South Yorkshire
Rullion
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
ComputAppoint
Rate: £580 - £670 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
City of London
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 15 days ago
Luton, Bedfordshire
Advantage XPO
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Harrogate
360 Resourcing
Rate: Up to £200 per day depending on experience
Posted: 16 days ago