Period
to 22 April 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 22 April 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
22 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 162 115 109
Rank change year-on-year -47 -6 -14
Contract jobs citing WAN 1,701 1,946 2,306
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.68% 2.12% 2.16%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 12.75% 14.85% 14.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,048 1,254 1,394
UK median daily rate £400 £395 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.27% +1.28% +7.59%
10th Percentile £175 £204 £225
90th Percentile £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £381 £375 £369
% change year-on-year +1.47% +1.69% +5.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 102 105 135
UK median hourly rate £17.38 £17.00 £21.34
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.21% -20.34% -5.16%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.00 £12.75
90th Percentile £35.51 £55.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £16.09 £20.00
% change year-on-year +8.76% -19.55% -13.98%

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 13,343 13,107 15,651
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.19% 14.25% 14.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,242 7,960 9,276
UK median daily rate £415 £403 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.11% +0.63% +6.67%
10th Percentile £200 £208 £213
90th Percentile £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +1.32% +1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 739 731 726
UK median hourly rate £19.49 £22.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.43% -12.00% +11.48%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £51.71 £48.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -9.52% -16.00% +8.70%

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 22 April 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 22 April 2018.

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 22 April 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 -39 1,581 £400 - 512
UK excluding London -50 985 £381 +1.47% 398
London -16 698 £400 -3.03% 151
South East -54 348 £413 - 91
Midlands -2 186 £460 +31.43% 74
North of England -60 180 £350 -12.50% 106
West Midlands +3 134 £475 +26.67% 41
North West -51 97 £350 -4.76% 61
South West -7 85 £335 +11.67% 47
East of England -42 83 £350 +7.69% 42
Scotland -46 82 £325 - 22
Yorkshire -11 67 £375 - 37
East Midlands +4 49 £350 +9.38% 33
Wales -22 23 £313 -6.72% 14
North East -9 19 £613 +45.83% 8
Northern Ireland -1 3 - - 2

For the 6 months to 22 April 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 1,284 (75.49%) LAN
2 817 (48.03%) Cisco
3 666 (39.15%) Firewall
4 509 (29.92%) Windows
5 462 (27.16%) Cisco Certification
6 386 (22.69%) Active Directory
7 380 (22.34%) Data Centre
8 354 (20.81%) VPN
9 350 (20.58%) Microsoft
10 337 (19.81%) ITIL
11 320 (18.81%) VMware
12 319 (18.75%) CCNP
13 300 (17.64%) DNS
14 293 (17.23%) MPLS
14 293 (17.23%) Wireless
15 274 (16.11%) Security Cleared
16 236 (13.87%) Migration
17 235 (13.82%) TCP/IP
18 226 (13.29%) Juniper
19 223 (13.11%) Windows Server
20 222 (13.05%) VMware Infrastructure
21 219 (12.87%) CCNA
22 218 (12.82%) Microsoft Azure
23 214 (12.58%) CheckPoint
24 208 (12.23%) Finance
25 207 (12.17%) DHCP
26 197 (11.58%) Office 365
27 192 (11.29%) Network Security
28 185 (10.88%) Citrix
29 177 (10.41%) Network Design

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
1 147 (8.64%) MS Exchange
2 72 (4.23%) Skype for Business
3 68 (4.00%) Exchange Server 2010
4 48 (2.82%) IIS
5 38 (2.23%) SharePoint
6 23 (1.35%) Exchange Server 2013
7 20 (1.18%) Exchange Server 2007
8 16 (0.94%) Apache
9 9 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2003
9 9 (0.53%) Tomcat
10 8 (0.47%) WebSphere
11 7 (0.41%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 6 (0.35%) CMS
12 6 (0.35%) Elasticsearch
12 6 (0.35%) OpenStack
13 4 (0.24%) Exchange Server 2000
13 4 (0.24%) JBoss
13 4 (0.24%) WebLogic
14 3 (0.18%) Exchange Server 5.5
14 3 (0.18%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 144 (8.47%) Microsoft Office
2 29 (1.70%) Microsoft Excel
3 16 (0.94%) MS Visio
4 11 (0.65%) Microsoft Project
5 10 (0.59%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 3 (0.18%) Acrobat
7 2 (0.12%) Houdini
7 2 (0.12%) Maya
7 2 (0.12%) NUKE
7 2 (0.12%) PaintShop Pro
7 2 (0.12%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 3 (0.18%) SystmOne
2 2 (0.12%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.12%) Relativity
3 1 (0.059%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 218 (12.82%) Microsoft Azure
2 197 (11.58%) Office 365
3 134 (7.88%) Amazon AWS
4 43 (2.53%) PaaS
5 41 (2.41%) IaaS
6 37 (2.18%) SaaS
7 23 (1.35%) Cloud Computing
8 9 (0.53%) Azure Active Directory
8 9 (0.53%) OneDrive
9 8 (0.47%) Mimecast
10 6 (0.35%) AWS CloudFormation
11 4 (0.24%) G Suite
11 4 (0.24%) Google Cloud Platform
12 2 (0.12%) Akamai
12 2 (0.12%) Amazon EC2
12 2 (0.12%) OpenShift
13 1 (0.059%) Amazon ELB
13 1 (0.059%) Amazon S3
13 1 (0.059%) HP Helion
13 1 (0.059%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 1,284 (75.49%) LAN
2 666 (39.15%) Firewall
3 354 (20.81%) VPN
4 300 (17.64%) DNS
5 293 (17.23%) MPLS
5 293 (17.23%) Wireless
6 235 (13.82%) TCP/IP
7 207 (12.17%) DHCP
8 192 (11.29%) Network Security
9 173 (10.17%) BGP
10 170 (9.99%) Internet
11 164 (9.64%) Cisco ASA
12 153 (8.99%) Wi-Fi
13 148 (8.70%) VLAN
14 146 (8.58%) VoIP
15 142 (8.35%) OSPF
16 138 (8.11%) SAN
17 103 (6.06%) Cisco Nexus
18 92 (5.41%) WLAN
19 88 (5.17%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 72 (4.23%) SQL Server
2 11 (0.65%) SQL Server 2008
3 10 (0.59%) SQL Server 2012
4 9 (0.53%) MySQL
5 8 (0.47%) Relational Database
6 6 (0.35%) Oracle Database
6 6 (0.35%) SQL Server 2005
7 5 (0.29%) DB2
7 5 (0.29%) Oracle Reports
8 4 (0.24%) BusinessObjects
9 3 (0.18%) Big Data
9 3 (0.18%) SQL Server 2016
10 2 (0.12%) Amazon RDS
10 2 (0.12%) Data Mining
10 2 (0.12%) Electronic Patient Records
10 2 (0.12%) Hadoop
10 2 (0.12%) HBase
10 2 (0.12%) MS Access
10 2 (0.12%) SQL Server 2014
11 1 (0.059%) Oracle Exadata
Development Applications
1 9 (0.53%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 7 (0.41%) Jenkins
2 7 (0.41%) Subversion
3 6 (0.35%) JIRA
3 6 (0.35%) JMeter
4 5 (0.29%) LoadRunner
5 4 (0.24%) Visual Studio
6 3 (0.18%) Artifactory
6 3 (0.18%) Git (software)
6 3 (0.18%) Selenium
6 3 (0.18%) SilkTest
6 3 (0.18%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (0.12%) Cucumber
7 2 (0.12%) Hudson
7 2 (0.12%) JUnit
7 2 (0.12%) Maven
7 2 (0.12%) SoapUI
7 2 (0.12%) WebDriver
8 1 (0.059%) MSI
8 1 (0.059%) NUnit
General
1 208 (12.23%) Finance
2 166 (9.76%) Telecoms
3 50 (2.94%) Banking
3 50 (2.94%) Retail
4 37 (2.18%) Legal
5 14 (0.82%) Advertising
6 13 (0.76%) Financial Institution
6 13 (0.76%) Investment Banking
7 12 (0.71%) Manufacturing
8 11 (0.65%) Local Government
9 8 (0.47%) Back Office
9 8 (0.47%) Law
9 8 (0.47%) Marketing
10 6 (0.35%) Billing
10 6 (0.35%) French Language
11 5 (0.29%) Pharmaceutical
12 4 (0.24%) Automotive
12 4 (0.24%) Multimedia
13 3 (0.18%) Games
13 3 (0.18%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 487 (28.63%) Network Engineer
2 274 (16.11%) Architect
3 156 (9.17%) Analyst
4 144 (8.47%) Project Manager
5 127 (7.47%) Network Architect
6 123 (7.23%) Cisco Engineer
7 122 (7.17%) Support Engineer
8 105 (6.17%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 87 (5.11%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 77 (4.53%) Senior Network Engineer
11 74 (4.35%) Desktop Support
12 71 (4.17%) Infrastructure Manager
13 70 (4.12%) Security Architect
14 67 (3.94%) 2nd Line Support
15 58 (3.41%) Support Analyst
16 56 (3.29%) Consultant
16 56 (3.29%) Network Support
17 54 (3.17%) Infrastructure Project Manager
18 47 (2.76%) Design Engineer
18 47 (2.76%) Network Design Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (2.00%) 802.1X
2 22 (1.29%) Middleware
3 12 (0.71%) Web Services
4 11 (0.65%) Node.js
5 10 (0.59%) JSON
5 10 (0.59%) LDAP
5 10 (0.59%) XML
6 9 (0.53%) WAP
7 8 (0.47%) .NET
7 8 (0.47%) AngularJS
7 8 (0.47%) HTML
8 7 (0.41%) Spring
9 6 (0.35%) MAPI
10 4 (0.24%) CSS
10 4 (0.24%) Ruby on Rails
11 3 (0.18%) FIX Protocol
11 3 (0.18%) LINQ
11 3 (0.18%) SOAP
11 3 (0.18%) Velocity
11 3 (0.18%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 380 (22.34%) Data Centre
2 104 (6.11%) Analytical Skills
3 62 (3.64%) Management Information System
4 48 (2.82%) NHS
5 43 (2.53%) Video Conferencing
6 42 (2.47%) Clustering
7 39 (2.29%) Smartphone
8 30 (1.76%) Self-Motivation
9 25 (1.47%) Blackberry
9 25 (1.47%) Replication
10 24 (1.41%) PKI
11 22 (1.29%) Public Cloud
12 21 (1.23%) Hybrid Cloud
12 21 (1.23%) Private Cloud
13 18 (1.06%) iPhone
13 18 (1.06%) Virtual Team
14 14 (0.82%) Computer Science
15 12 (0.71%) iPad
16 11 (0.65%) Enterprise Storage
17 10 (0.59%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 509 (29.92%) Windows
2 223 (13.11%) Windows Server
3 157 (9.23%) Windows 7
4 149 (8.76%) Windows Server 2008
5 127 (7.47%) Linux
6 122 (7.17%) Windows Server 2012
7 73 (4.29%) Windows 10
8 72 (4.23%) Unix
9 54 (3.17%) Windows Server 2003
10 39 (2.29%) Windows 8
11 34 (2.00%) Windows XP
12 28 (1.65%) Solaris
13 22 (1.29%) Apple iOS
13 22 (1.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 21 (1.23%) Android
15 19 (1.12%) Mac OS X
16 14 (0.82%) Windows 2000
17 12 (0.71%) Windows Vista
18 11 (0.65%) AIX
19 10 (0.59%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 337 (19.81%) ITIL
2 236 (13.87%) Migration
3 177 (10.41%) Network Design
4 173 (10.17%) Project Management
5 129 (7.58%) Problem-Solving
6 114 (6.70%) Change Management
7 97 (5.70%) Network Management
8 96 (5.64%) PRINCE2
9 90 (5.29%) Service Management
10 89 (5.23%) Service Delivery
11 86 (5.06%) Load Balancing
12 82 (4.82%) Network Monitoring
13 74 (4.35%) Agile Software Development
14 72 (4.23%) Incident Management
14 72 (4.23%) Network Architecture
15 69 (4.06%) Disaster Recovery
16 65 (3.82%) WAN Optimisation
17 62 (3.64%) Stakeholder Management
18 61 (3.59%) High Availability
19 58 (3.41%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 85 (5.00%) PowerShell
2 70 (4.12%) Python
3 69 (4.06%) SQL
4 31 (1.82%) Perl
5 24 (1.41%) Bash Shell
6 23 (1.35%) Java
7 20 (1.18%) C
8 14 (0.82%) JavaScript
9 10 (0.59%) Shell Script
10 9 (0.53%) C#
11 8 (0.47%) Ruby
12 7 (0.41%) VBA
13 5 (0.29%) PHP
13 5 (0.29%) VBScript
14 4 (0.24%) T-SQL
15 3 (0.18%) Korn
16 2 (0.12%) C-shell
17 1 (0.059%) Scala
Qualifications
1 462 (27.16%) Cisco Certification
2 319 (18.75%) CCNP
3 274 (16.11%) Security Cleared
4 219 (12.87%) CCNA
5 177 (10.41%) SC Cleared
6 106 (6.23%) CCIE
7 95 (5.58%) Degree
8 91 (5.35%) Microsoft Certification
9 76 (4.47%) DV Cleared
10 56 (3.29%) MCSE
11 47 (2.76%) MCP
12 46 (2.70%) CISSP
13 34 (2.00%) CCDP
14 26 (1.53%) MCSA
14 26 (1.53%) PMP
15 22 (1.29%) CCSA
15 22 (1.29%) CISM
15 22 (1.29%) JNCIA
16 20 (1.18%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
17 18 (1.06%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 86 (5.06%) SLA
2 30 (1.76%) GDPR
3 29 (1.70%) PCI DSS
4 24 (1.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 18 (1.06%) PMO
6 11 (0.65%) QA
7 10 (0.59%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 6 (0.35%) Disclosure Scotland
9 5 (0.29%) RMADS
10 4 (0.24%) GAAP
11 3 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
12 2 (0.12%) GxP
12 2 (0.12%) HIPAA
12 2 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 2 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 2 (0.12%) MiFID
12 2 (0.12%) PMBOK
13 1 (0.059%) Data Quality
13 1 (0.059%) ISO 9001
13 1 (0.059%) JSP 440
System Software
1 386 (22.69%) Active Directory
2 222 (13.05%) VMware Infrastructure
3 80 (4.70%) Hyper-V
4 61 (3.59%) VMware ESXi
5 47 (2.76%) vSphere
6 43 (2.53%) XenApp
7 30 (1.76%) VMware NSX
8 16 (0.94%) Docker
9 15 (0.88%) ProxySG
10 14 (0.82%) Samba
11 12 (0.71%) Virtual Desktop
12 11 (0.65%) Firmware
13 10 (0.59%) Virtual Servers
14 9 (0.53%) XenDesktop
15 8 (0.47%) BitLocker
16 6 (0.35%) DFS Replication
16 6 (0.35%) Microsoft App-V
17 5 (0.29%) NFS
17 5 (0.29%) VMware Workstation
17 5 (0.29%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 118 (6.94%) SCCM
2 64 (3.76%) FortiGate
3 26 (1.53%) Cisco Prime
4 23 (1.35%) SCOM
5 22 (1.29%) Cisco CUCM
6 18 (1.06%) Ansible
7 17 (1.00%) AirWatch
7 17 (1.00%) Opscode Chef
8 16 (0.94%) Puppet
8 16 (0.94%) WSUS
9 12 (0.71%) Microsoft Clustering
10 11 (0.65%) Norton AntiVirus
11 9 (0.53%) Kubernetes
11 9 (0.53%) Nessus
11 9 (0.53%) WhatsUp Gold
12 8 (0.47%) Microsoft Intune
12 8 (0.47%) Opsview
13 7 (0.41%) CA Spectrum
13 7 (0.41%) McAfee ePO
13 7 (0.41%) Terraform
Vendors
1 817 (48.03%) Cisco
2 350 (20.58%) Microsoft
3 320 (18.81%) VMware
4 226 (13.29%) Juniper
5 214 (12.58%) CheckPoint
6 185 (10.88%) Citrix
7 159 (9.35%) HP
8 139 (8.17%) F5
9 99 (5.82%) Fortinet
10 96 (5.64%) Aruba
11 85 (5.00%) Palo Alto
12 80 (4.70%) SolarWinds
13 72 (4.23%) McAfee
13 72 (4.23%) Oracle
14 57 (3.35%) Blue Coat
15 49 (2.88%) Remedy
16 40 (2.35%) NetApp
16 40 (2.35%) Nokia
17 39 (2.29%) Capita
17 39 (2.29%) Meraki