Period
to 16 December 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 16 December 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
16 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 152 151 123
Rank change year-on-year -1 -28 -12
Contract jobs citing WAN 1,869 1,849 2,156
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.79% 1.80% 2.10%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 13.93% 13.36% 13.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,154 1,102 1,374
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £183 £175 £213
90th Percentile £575 £538 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £375
% change year-on-year +3.45% -3.33% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 100 109 80
UK median hourly rate £23.33 £17.38 £19.06
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.24% -8.85% +5.90%
10th Percentile £12.84 £12.24 £12.57
90th Percentile £43.38 £43.00 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.59 £16.86 £17.75
% change year-on-year +28.02% -5.01% +7.58%

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 13,414 13,843 15,408
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.87% 13.49% 15.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,088 8,521 9,358
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +2.56%
10th Percentile £200 £180 £213
90th Percentile £613 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 639 710 792
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £22.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.26% -15.08% +8.33%
10th Percentile £12.22 £11.04 £11.72
90th Percentile £48.30 £46.28 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -5.26% -17.39% +15.00%

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 16 December 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 16 December 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 16 December 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 1,750 £400 +6.67% 536
UK excluding London -10 1,131 £375 +3.45% 395
London +9 707 £414 +3.44% 162
South East -1 400 £393 +1.95% 109
North of England +21 277 £363 -3.33% 115
Midlands -50 163 £386 +3.00% 58
North West +27 153 £350 -6.67% 66
West Midlands -55 115 £388 -6.06% 36
South West -16 113 £375 +20.00% 47
East of England -30 89 £325 -7.14% 45
Yorkshire -18 86 £400 +6.67% 36
Scotland -47 53 £316 -8.00% 11
East Midlands -5 48 £350 +7.69% 22
North East +13 38 £325 -18.75% 13
Northern Ireland +53 24 - - 1
Wales -29 15 £500 +66.67% 9
Channel Islands - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 16 December 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 1,476 (78.97%) LAN
2 994 (53.18%) Cisco
3 848 (45.37%) Firewall
4 617 (33.01%) Windows
5 549 (29.37%) Cisco Certification
6 451 (24.13%) Active Directory
7 405 (21.67%) Microsoft
8 403 (21.56%) VPN
9 384 (20.55%) ITIL
10 383 (20.49%) CCNP
11 374 (20.01%) TCP/IP
12 357 (19.10%) VMware
13 352 (18.83%) Wireless
14 333 (17.82%) Data Centre
15 315 (16.85%) Security Cleared
16 303 (16.21%) DNS
17 291 (15.57%) CheckPoint
17 291 (15.57%) Windows Server
18 284 (15.20%) MPLS
19 282 (15.09%) Office 365
20 262 (14.02%) CCNA
21 260 (13.91%) Network Security
22 259 (13.86%) BGP
23 253 (13.54%) OSPF
24 251 (13.43%) Juniper
25 242 (12.95%) Microsoft Azure
26 239 (12.79%) Finance
27 229 (12.25%) Migration
28 224 (11.99%) VMware Infrastructure
29 222 (11.88%) VoIP

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
1 119 (6.37%) MS Exchange
2 67 (3.58%) Skype for Business
3 53 (2.84%) SharePoint
4 45 (2.41%) Exchange Server 2010
5 37 (1.98%) Exchange Server 2013
6 23 (1.23%) IIS
7 16 (0.86%) OpenStack
8 14 (0.75%) IBM Notes
9 10 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2007
10 9 (0.48%) SharePoint 2013
11 8 (0.43%) Apache
11 8 (0.43%) WebSphere
12 6 (0.32%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 6 (0.32%) SharePoint 2010
12 6 (0.32%) Tomcat
13 5 (0.27%) Apache Pig
13 5 (0.27%) Quickr
14 4 (0.21%) CMS
14 4 (0.21%) Elasticsearch
14 4 (0.21%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 198 (10.59%) Microsoft Office
2 55 (2.94%) Microsoft Excel
3 54 (2.89%) MS Visio
4 23 (1.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 10 (0.54%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.11%) Open Workbench
7 1 (0.054%) Houdini
7 1 (0.054%) Maya
7 1 (0.054%) NUKE
7 1 (0.054%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.054%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (0.27%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
3 3 (0.16%) Oracle Retail
4 2 (0.11%) Oracle Financials
4 2 (0.11%) PeopleSoft Financials
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
1 282 (15.09%) Office 365
2 242 (12.95%) Microsoft Azure
3 166 (8.88%) Amazon AWS
4 56 (3.00%) IaaS
5 39 (2.09%) PaaS
5 39 (2.09%) SaaS
6 28 (1.50%) Azure Active Directory
7 26 (1.39%) Cloud Computing
8 23 (1.23%) Google Cloud Platform
9 14 (0.75%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 11 (0.59%) Sumo Logic
11 8 (0.43%) OneDrive
12 7 (0.37%) G Suite
13 5 (0.27%) Amazon EC2
13 5 (0.27%) AWS CloudFormation
14 4 (0.21%) Amazon S3
14 4 (0.21%) Dynamics 365
14 4 (0.21%) GitHub
14 4 (0.21%) GoToWebinar
14 4 (0.21%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 1,476 (78.97%) LAN
2 848 (45.37%) Firewall
3 403 (21.56%) VPN
4 374 (20.01%) TCP/IP
5 352 (18.83%) Wireless
6 303 (16.21%) DNS
7 284 (15.20%) MPLS
8 260 (13.91%) Network Security
9 259 (13.86%) BGP
10 253 (13.54%) OSPF
11 222 (11.88%) VoIP
12 214 (11.45%) DHCP
13 200 (10.70%) Internet
14 185 (9.90%) WLAN
15 182 (9.74%) Cisco ASA
16 178 (9.52%) Wi-Fi
17 163 (8.72%) Cisco Nexus
18 159 (8.51%) SAN
19 139 (7.44%) VLAN
20 114 (6.10%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 59 (3.16%) SQL Server
2 16 (0.86%) Big Data
3 15 (0.80%) MySQL
4 11 (0.59%) NoSQL
5 10 (0.54%) Hadoop
6 9 (0.48%) Apache Cassandra
6 9 (0.48%) SQL Server 2005
7 7 (0.37%) Oracle Database
8 6 (0.32%) HBase
9 5 (0.27%) Apache Hive
9 5 (0.27%) Mahout
9 5 (0.27%) MariaDB
9 5 (0.27%) MongoDB
9 5 (0.27%) Relational Database
9 5 (0.27%) Sqoop
10 4 (0.21%) Amazon RDS
10 4 (0.21%) Data Warehouse
10 4 (0.21%) Oracle Discoverer
10 4 (0.21%) Redis
11 3 (0.16%) DB2
Development Applications
1 11 (0.59%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 7 (0.37%) Jenkins
3 6 (0.32%) Git (software)
4 5 (0.27%) JIRA
5 4 (0.21%) Sonatype Nexus
6 3 (0.16%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (0.11%) Bitbucket
7 2 (0.11%) Burp Suite
7 2 (0.11%) Metasploit
8 1 (0.054%) Hudson
8 1 (0.054%) Maven
8 1 (0.054%) SonarQube
8 1 (0.054%) TeamCity
8 1 (0.054%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 239 (12.79%) Finance
2 152 (8.13%) Telecoms
3 59 (3.16%) Retail
4 50 (2.68%) Banking
5 47 (2.51%) Law
6 24 (1.28%) Manufacturing
7 21 (1.12%) Legal
8 15 (0.80%) Spanish Language
9 11 (0.59%) Financial Institution
10 9 (0.48%) Marketing
10 9 (0.48%) Multimedia
11 8 (0.43%) Publishing
12 7 (0.37%) Investment Banking
12 7 (0.37%) Pharmaceutical
13 5 (0.27%) Back Office
13 5 (0.27%) Games
13 5 (0.27%) German Language
14 4 (0.21%) Advertising
14 4 (0.21%) Mandarin Language
15 3 (0.16%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 589 (31.51%) Network Engineer
2 223 (11.93%) Architect
3 203 (10.86%) Analyst
4 156 (8.35%) Support Engineer
5 139 (7.44%) Cisco Engineer
6 127 (6.80%) Network Architect
7 124 (6.63%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 109 (5.83%) Project Manager
9 103 (5.51%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 103 (5.51%) Senior Network Engineer
10 75 (4.01%) Security Engineer
11 73 (3.91%) Desktop Support
12 68 (3.64%) Consultant
13 62 (3.32%) IT Support
14 59 (3.16%) Network Support
15 56 (3.00%) Support Analyst
16 54 (2.89%) WAN Engineer
17 53 (2.84%) Desktop Engineer
18 52 (2.78%) Network Security Engineer
19 51 (2.73%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 39 (2.09%) 802.1X
2 38 (2.03%) Web Services
3 37 (1.98%) Middleware
4 17 (0.91%) HTML
5 13 (0.70%) SAML
6 11 (0.59%) Elastic Stack
7 10 (0.54%) OAuth
7 10 (0.54%) OpenID
8 9 (0.48%) Ajax
8 9 (0.48%) JSON
9 7 (0.37%) CGI
9 7 (0.37%) CSS
10 6 (0.32%) REST
10 6 (0.32%) XMPP
11 5 (0.27%) jQuery
11 5 (0.27%) Kafka
12 4 (0.21%) RabbitMQ
12 4 (0.21%) Sensu
12 4 (0.21%) XML
13 3 (0.16%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 333 (17.82%) Data Centre
2 104 (5.56%) Analytical Skills
3 73 (3.91%) Management Information System
4 69 (3.69%) Self-Motivation
5 62 (3.32%) Smartphone
6 50 (2.68%) Video Conferencing
7 31 (1.66%) iPhone
8 29 (1.55%) Clustering
9 26 (1.39%) Mobile App
10 24 (1.28%) iPad
11 23 (1.23%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 23 (1.23%) Public Cloud
12 21 (1.12%) Blackberry
12 21 (1.12%) Hybrid Cloud
12 21 (1.12%) NHS
13 20 (1.07%) Driving Licence
13 20 (1.07%) Mainframe
14 19 (1.02%) Handset
15 18 (0.96%) Fat Client
15 18 (0.96%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 617 (33.01%) Windows
2 291 (15.57%) Windows Server
3 190 (10.17%) Linux
4 162 (8.67%) Windows 7
5 151 (8.08%) Windows 10
6 119 (6.37%) Windows Server 2012
7 99 (5.30%) Windows Server 2008
8 72 (3.85%) Unix
9 53 (2.84%) Android
10 52 (2.78%) Windows Server 2003
11 40 (2.14%) Mac OS X
12 33 (1.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 30 (1.61%) Apple iOS
13 30 (1.61%) Windows 8
14 22 (1.18%) Mac OS
15 18 (0.96%) Solaris
16 16 (0.86%) Ubuntu
17 13 (0.70%) CentOS
18 10 (0.54%) Windows XP
19 7 (0.37%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 384 (20.55%) ITIL
2 229 (12.25%) Migration
3 163 (8.72%) Network Design
4 155 (8.29%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 150 (8.03%) Project Management
6 138 (7.38%) Problem-Solving
7 137 (7.33%) Network Monitoring
8 127 (6.80%) Network Management
9 124 (6.63%) Change Management
10 120 (6.42%) Load Balancing
11 114 (6.10%) Service Delivery
12 100 (5.35%) Service Management
13 85 (4.55%) Network Architecture
14 84 (4.49%) Stakeholder Management
15 79 (4.23%) Disaster Recovery
16 77 (4.12%) Agile Software Development
17 76 (4.07%) Information Security
18 69 (3.69%) PRINCE2
19 65 (3.48%) Incident Management
20 62 (3.32%) WAN Optimisation
Programming Languages
1 86 (4.60%) SQL
2 75 (4.01%) PowerShell
3 71 (3.80%) Python
4 40 (2.14%) Perl
5 28 (1.50%) C
6 22 (1.18%) Bash Shell
7 20 (1.07%) Shell Script
8 19 (1.02%) Java
9 17 (0.91%) JavaScript
10 14 (0.75%) C++
11 12 (0.64%) PHP
12 8 (0.43%) Korn
13 7 (0.37%) Embedded C
14 6 (0.32%) C-shell
14 6 (0.32%) Ruby
15 4 (0.21%) VBScript
16 3 (0.16%) VB
17 2 (0.11%) PL/SQL
17 2 (0.11%) R
Qualifications
1 549 (29.37%) Cisco Certification
2 383 (20.49%) CCNP
3 315 (16.85%) Security Cleared
4 262 (14.02%) CCNA
5 218 (11.66%) SC Cleared
6 117 (6.26%) CCIE
7 98 (5.24%) Microsoft Certification
8 89 (4.76%) Degree
9 74 (3.96%) DV Cleared
10 68 (3.64%) MCSE
11 39 (2.09%) MCSA
12 37 (1.98%) CCDP
13 36 (1.93%) CISSP
14 29 (1.55%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 24 (1.28%) CCSA
16 22 (1.18%) Computer Science Degree
17 21 (1.12%) BPSS Clearance
17 21 (1.12%) ITIL Certification
17 21 (1.12%) JNCIS
18 19 (1.02%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 107 (5.72%) SLA
2 27 (1.44%) HIPAA
3 26 (1.39%) GDPR
4 22 (1.18%) PCI DSS
5 21 (1.12%) FedRAMP
5 21 (1.12%) QA
6 20 (1.07%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 17 (0.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 8 (0.43%) JSP 440
8 8 (0.43%) PMO
9 4 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 4 (0.21%) NIST 800
10 3 (0.16%) Cyber Essentials
10 3 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
10 3 (0.16%) FISMA
10 3 (0.16%) Government Security Classifications
11 2 (0.11%) OASIS TOSCA
12 1 (0.054%) GxP
12 1 (0.054%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 451 (24.13%) Active Directory
2 224 (11.99%) VMware Infrastructure
3 103 (5.51%) Hyper-V
4 48 (2.57%) vSphere
5 39 (2.09%) VMware ESXi
6 32 (1.71%) BitLocker
7 24 (1.28%) Virtual Desktop
8 21 (1.12%) VMware NSX
9 19 (1.02%) Firmware
10 18 (0.96%) KVM
11 17 (0.91%) XenApp
12 16 (0.86%) NFS
12 16 (0.86%) Xen
13 14 (0.75%) Docker
13 14 (0.75%) Samba
14 13 (0.70%) VMware Server
15 12 (0.64%) FreeRADIUS
16 11 (0.59%) Virtual Machines
16 11 (0.59%) Virtual Servers
17 7 (0.37%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 148 (7.92%) SCCM
2 47 (2.51%) Cisco Prime
3 46 (2.46%) FortiGate
4 30 (1.61%) McAfee ePO
5 29 (1.55%) SCOM
6 28 (1.50%) Cisco CUCM
7 24 (1.28%) WSUS
8 23 (1.23%) Ansible
9 21 (1.12%) Nagios
10 18 (0.96%) Microsoft Clustering
11 17 (0.91%) Puppet
12 15 (0.80%) Microsoft Intune
13 14 (0.75%) Backup Exec
14 12 (0.64%) CASB
15 11 (0.59%) Istio
16 10 (0.54%) Cacti
16 10 (0.54%) Cisco UCCX
16 10 (0.54%) OpenView
16 10 (0.54%) Opscode Chef
17 8 (0.43%) CA Spectrum
Vendors
1 994 (53.18%) Cisco
2 405 (21.67%) Microsoft
3 357 (19.10%) VMware
4 291 (15.57%) CheckPoint
5 251 (13.43%) Juniper
6 194 (10.38%) F5
7 158 (8.45%) Citrix
8 156 (8.35%) HP
9 126 (6.74%) McAfee
10 122 (6.53%) Palo Alto
11 98 (5.24%) SolarWinds
12 97 (5.19%) Aruba
13 89 (4.76%) Fortinet
14 80 (4.28%) Meraki
15 76 (4.07%) Riverbed
16 71 (3.80%) Oracle
17 56 (3.00%) Avaya
18 54 (2.89%) Apple
19 47 (2.51%) NetApp
20 46 (2.46%) Blue Coat