Period
to 14 November 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 14 November 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
14 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 123 153 148
Rank change year-on-year +30 -5 -26
Contract jobs citing WAN 1,695 1,875 1,900
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.01% 1.80% 1.84%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.97% 13.71% 13.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,104 1,117 1,153
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -6.25%
10th Percentile £200 £178 £180
90th Percentile £575 £588 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.67% +3.45% -3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 76 105 117
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £23.15 £21.28
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.93% +8.81% +6.38%
10th Percentile £12.38 £12.50 £12.40
90th Percentile £50.00 £42.15 £49.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.39 £21.53
% change year-on-year -9.72% -9.95% +7.64%

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 11,325 13,680 14,028
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.45% 13.11% 13.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,793 8,227 8,557
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £194 £200 £184
90th Percentile £600 £606 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 642 649 750
UK median hourly rate £25.68 £19.39 £19.32
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +32.47% +0.36% -14.16%
10th Percentile £13.26 £12.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.75 £48.35 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.50 £19.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year +23.68% - -24.00%

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 14 November 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 14 November 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 14 November 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 +30 1,595 £400 - 603
UK excluding London +29 1,102 £400 +6.67% 499
London +16 557 £425 +1.19% 148
South East +32 405 £400 - 139
North of England +20 236 £375 - 114
Midlands +43 189 £370 -1.33% 84
North West +5 138 £425 +19.61% 62
West Midlands +30 131 £350 -9.39% 47
South West +21 120 £425 +16.04% 50
East of England +14 84 £400 +23.08% 68
Yorkshire +39 79 £355 -11.25% 42
East Midlands +26 57 £386 +10.36% 37
Scotland +30 54 £340 +8.80% 31
North East +3 21 £300 -11.11% 10
Wales +27 11 £306 -31.94% 11
Northern Ireland -16 6 £313 - 1

For the 6 months to 14 November 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 1,243 (73.33%) LAN
2 880 (51.92%) Cisco
3 751 (44.31%) Firewall
4 506 (29.85%) Cisco Certification
5 487 (28.73%) Windows
6 379 (22.36%) Data Centre
7 372 (21.95%) VPN
8 363 (21.42%) Active Directory
9 331 (19.53%) Microsoft
10 315 (18.58%) CCNP
11 310 (18.29%) MPLS
12 289 (17.05%) BGP
13 288 (16.99%) Wireless
14 287 (16.93%) Security Cleared
15 281 (16.58%) DNS
16 279 (16.46%) VMware
17 268 (15.81%) TCP/IP
18 255 (15.04%) CCNA
19 248 (14.63%) ITIL
20 241 (14.22%) Network Security
21 238 (14.04%) Windows Server
22 235 (13.86%) Azure
23 233 (13.75%) Telecoms
24 225 (13.27%) Juniper
25 220 (12.98%) Office 365
26 219 (12.92%) CheckPoint
27 213 (12.57%) DHCP
28 209 (12.33%) Finance
29 203 (11.98%) Migration
30 201 (11.86%) 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
1 112 (6.61%) MS Exchange
2 101 (5.96%) SharePoint
3 82 (4.84%) Skype for Business
4 26 (1.53%) OpenStack
5 24 (1.42%) IIS
6 21 (1.24%) Exchange Server 2013
7 20 (1.18%) Confluence
8 19 (1.12%) Exchange Server 2010
9 12 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2000
10 5 (0.29%) JBoss
10 5 (0.29%) SharePoint 2013
11 4 (0.24%) Apache
12 3 (0.18%) Exchange Server 2007
12 3 (0.18%) Tomcat
12 3 (0.18%) WebSphere
12 3 (0.18%) WordPress
13 2 (0.12%) Commerce Server
13 2 (0.12%) nginx
14 1 (0.059%) Exchange Server 2003
14 1 (0.059%) GroupWise
Applications
1 124 (7.32%) Microsoft Office
2 29 (1.71%) MS Visio
3 28 (1.65%) Microsoft Excel
4 13 (0.77%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 11 (0.65%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 12 (0.71%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.18%) Magento
2 3 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.12%) NetSuite
3 2 (0.12%) OpenText VIM for SAP
3 2 (0.12%) Oracle Retail
4 1 (0.059%) Cognos Planning
4 1 (0.059%) Global One
4 1 (0.059%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.059%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.059%) Oracle HRMS
4 1 (0.059%) Oracle Payroll
4 1 (0.059%) PeopleSoft Financials
4 1 (0.059%) RMDS
4 1 (0.059%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 235 (13.86%) Azure
2 220 (12.98%) Office 365
3 191 (11.27%) AWS
4 40 (2.36%) IaaS
5 34 (2.01%) Azure Active Directory
6 27 (1.59%) PaaS
7 25 (1.47%) Cloud Computing
7 25 (1.47%) SaaS
8 21 (1.24%) Power Platform
9 19 (1.12%) OneDrive
9 19 (1.12%) PowerApps
10 17 (1.00%) GCP
10 17 (1.00%) Mimecast
11 15 (0.88%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 15 (0.88%) Microsoft Flow
12 10 (0.59%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 9 (0.53%) Dynamics 365
14 8 (0.47%) OpenShift
15 7 (0.41%) G Suite
16 5 (0.29%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 1,243 (73.33%) LAN
2 751 (44.31%) Firewall
3 372 (21.95%) VPN
4 310 (18.29%) MPLS
5 289 (17.05%) BGP
6 288 (16.99%) Wireless
7 281 (16.58%) DNS
8 268 (15.81%) TCP/IP
9 241 (14.22%) Network Security
10 213 (12.57%) DHCP
11 201 (11.86%) VoIP
12 191 (11.27%) Wi-Fi
13 188 (11.09%) Cisco ASA
14 184 (10.86%) OSPF
15 162 (9.56%) Internet
16 141 (8.32%) VLAN
17 135 (7.96%) WLAN
18 119 (7.02%) Cisco Nexus
19 106 (6.25%) EIGRP
20 103 (6.08%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 69 (4.07%) SQL Server
2 29 (1.71%) Relational Database
3 14 (0.83%) Oracle Database
4 10 (0.59%) SQL Server 2012
5 8 (0.47%) Data Warehouse
6 7 (0.41%) RDBMS
7 6 (0.35%) Amazon RDS
7 6 (0.35%) SQL Server 2016
8 5 (0.29%) SQL Server 2008
9 4 (0.24%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 4 (0.24%) MariaDB
9 4 (0.24%) MySQL
9 4 (0.24%) Power BI
9 4 (0.24%) SQL Server 2017
10 3 (0.18%) Big Data
10 3 (0.18%) DB2
10 3 (0.18%) PostgreSQL
10 3 (0.18%) SQL Server 2014
11 2 (0.12%) MS Access
11 2 (0.12%) Oracle ODI
Development Applications
1 30 (1.77%) JIRA
2 21 (1.24%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 5 (0.29%) Git (software)
4 4 (0.24%) Hudson
4 4 (0.24%) Team Foundation Server
5 3 (0.18%) Subversion
6 2 (0.12%) Jenkins
6 2 (0.12%) Sonatype Nexus
6 2 (0.12%) TestRail
7 1 (0.059%) GCC
7 1 (0.059%) JMeter
7 1 (0.059%) LoadRunner
7 1 (0.059%) TeamCity
7 1 (0.059%) Travis CI
7 1 (0.059%) webpack
General
1 233 (13.75%) Telecoms
2 209 (12.33%) Finance
3 91 (5.37%) Public Sector
4 62 (3.66%) Banking
5 39 (2.30%) Retail
6 25 (1.47%) Manufacturing
7 20 (1.18%) Law
8 19 (1.12%) Financial Institution
9 18 (1.06%) Local Government
9 18 (1.06%) Marketing
10 17 (1.00%) Billing
11 16 (0.94%) Publishing
12 15 (0.88%) Police
13 14 (0.83%) Back Office
14 12 (0.71%) Legal
15 11 (0.65%) Advertising
16 10 (0.59%) Investment Banking
17 9 (0.53%) Military
18 8 (0.47%) Electronics
18 8 (0.47%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 598 (35.28%) Network Engineer
2 267 (15.75%) Architect
3 132 (7.79%) Support Engineer
4 128 (7.55%) Analyst
5 124 (7.32%) Network Architect
6 113 (6.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 95 (5.60%) Cisco Engineer
8 88 (5.19%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 77 (4.54%) Project Manager
10 71 (4.19%) WAN Engineer
11 66 (3.89%) Senior Network Engineer
12 65 (3.83%) 2nd Line Support
13 64 (3.78%) Consultant
14 61 (3.60%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 59 (3.48%) Infrastructure Architect
16 58 (3.42%) Network Support
17 57 (3.36%) 3rd Line Support
18 54 (3.19%) Solutions Architect
19 52 (3.07%) Security Engineer
20 49 (2.89%) Network Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 61 (3.60%) 802.1X
2 31 (1.83%) Web Services
3 21 (1.24%) LDAP
4 17 (1.00%) Middleware
5 6 (0.35%) Django
5 6 (0.35%) J2EE
6 5 (0.29%) JSON
7 4 (0.24%) LAMP
7 4 (0.24%) Velocity
8 3 (0.18%) .NET
8 3 (0.18%) HTML
8 3 (0.18%) React
9 2 (0.12%) AngularJS
9 2 (0.12%) CSS
9 2 (0.12%) LEMP Stack
9 2 (0.12%) OAuth
9 2 (0.12%) Oracle GoldenGate
9 2 (0.12%) REST
9 2 (0.12%) RESTful
9 2 (0.12%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 379 (22.36%) Data Centre
2 79 (4.66%) Analytical Skills
3 75 (4.42%) Management Information System
4 66 (3.89%) Video Conferencing
5 44 (2.60%) Public Cloud
6 42 (2.48%) Self-Motivation
7 33 (1.95%) Clustering
8 29 (1.71%) iPhone
9 25 (1.47%) Driving Licence
9 25 (1.47%) PKI
10 22 (1.30%) Smartphone
11 19 (1.12%) Private Cloud
12 18 (1.06%) Hybrid Cloud
13 17 (1.00%) Replication
14 16 (0.94%) Handset
15 15 (0.88%) Client/Server
15 15 (0.88%) Fibre Optics
16 14 (0.83%) CMDB
16 14 (0.83%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
16 14 (0.83%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 487 (28.73%) Windows
2 238 (14.04%) Windows Server
3 179 (10.56%) Linux
4 142 (8.38%) Windows 10
5 108 (6.37%) Windows Server 2012
6 103 (6.08%) Windows 7
7 84 (4.96%) Windows Server 2008
8 66 (3.89%) Unix
9 46 (2.71%) Android
10 35 (2.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 29 (1.71%) Solaris
12 28 (1.65%) Windows Server 2003
13 26 (1.53%) CentOS
14 18 (1.06%) Ubuntu
15 17 (1.00%) Mac OS
15 17 (1.00%) Windows 2000 Server
16 13 (0.77%) Apple iOS
16 13 (0.77%) Windows 8
17 12 (0.71%) Mac OS X
18 9 (0.53%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 248 (14.63%) ITIL
2 203 (11.98%) Migration
3 157 (9.26%) Network Design
4 147 (8.67%) Problem-Solving
5 139 (8.20%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 117 (6.90%) Load Balancing
7 116 (6.84%) Project Management
8 101 (5.96%) Change Management
9 99 (5.84%) Network Management
10 98 (5.78%) Project Delivery
10 98 (5.78%) Service Delivery
11 97 (5.72%) Agile Software Development
12 91 (5.37%) Disaster Recovery
13 77 (4.54%) Network Architecture
14 73 (4.31%) Stakeholder Management
15 72 (4.25%) DevOps
16 68 (4.01%) Network Monitoring
17 66 (3.89%) Incident Management
18 63 (3.72%) Information Security
19 59 (3.48%) Cybersecurity
Programming Languages
1 117 (6.90%) SQL
2 79 (4.66%) Python
3 62 (3.66%) PowerShell
4 44 (2.60%) Perl
5 21 (1.24%) C
6 19 (1.12%) Java
7 11 (0.65%) Bash Shell
8 7 (0.41%) Shell Script
9 6 (0.35%) Tcl
10 4 (0.24%) PHP
11 3 (0.18%) C#
11 3 (0.18%) C++
11 3 (0.18%) Ruby
11 3 (0.18%) VB
12 2 (0.12%) PL/SQL
13 1 (0.059%) Groovy
13 1 (0.059%) JavaScript
13 1 (0.059%) Scala
13 1 (0.059%) VB.NET
13 1 (0.059%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 506 (29.85%) Cisco Certification
2 315 (18.58%) CCNP
3 287 (16.93%) Security Cleared
4 255 (15.04%) CCNA
5 177 (10.44%) SC Cleared
6 136 (8.02%) CCIE
7 91 (5.37%) Degree
8 74 (4.37%) DV Cleared
9 57 (3.36%) Microsoft Certification
10 48 (2.83%) CCDP
11 30 (1.77%) CCDA
12 27 (1.59%) CISSP
12 27 (1.59%) MCSE
13 26 (1.53%) BPSS Clearance
13 26 (1.53%) MCSA
14 25 (1.47%) BC Cleared
14 25 (1.47%) CCSE
15 22 (1.30%) CCSA
15 22 (1.30%) JNCIP
16 20 (1.18%) CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 92 (5.43%) SLA
2 37 (2.18%) QA
3 28 (1.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 20 (1.18%) PMO
5 17 (1.00%) GDPR
5 17 (1.00%) NIST
5 17 (1.00%) PCI DSS
6 13 (0.77%) NCSC
7 11 (0.65%) COBIT
8 10 (0.59%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 9 (0.53%) ISO/IEC 27005
10 7 (0.41%) Cyber Essentials
10 7 (0.41%) RMADS
11 5 (0.29%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 3 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 2 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 2 (0.12%) Disclosure Scotland
13 2 (0.12%) HIPAA
13 2 (0.12%) JSP 440
13 2 (0.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 363 (21.42%) Active Directory
2 185 (10.91%) VMware Infrastructure
3 75 (4.42%) Hyper-V
4 36 (2.12%) Docker
4 36 (2.12%) vSphere
5 31 (1.83%) VMware ESXi
6 24 (1.42%) Virtual Servers
7 22 (1.30%) VMware NSX
8 18 (1.06%) Firmware
9 14 (0.83%) XenApp
10 12 (0.71%) Virtual Machines
11 10 (0.59%) vCloud
12 9 (0.53%) XenDesktop
13 8 (0.47%) ISA Server
14 7 (0.41%) ProxySG
15 6 (0.35%) EMC RecoverPoint
16 3 (0.18%) Ceph
16 3 (0.18%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 3 (0.18%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 3 (0.18%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 85 (5.01%) SCCM
2 55 (3.24%) Ansible
3 50 (2.95%) FortiGate
4 40 (2.36%) Microsoft Intune
5 37 (2.18%) Puppet
6 31 (1.83%) Cisco CUCM
6 31 (1.83%) Kubernetes
7 27 (1.59%) Terraform
7 27 (1.59%) WSUS
8 22 (1.30%) AirWatch
8 22 (1.30%) Cisco Prime
9 16 (0.94%) vCenter Server
10 15 (0.88%) Consul
10 15 (0.88%) Packer
10 15 (0.88%) SCOM
11 14 (0.83%) Norton AntiVirus
12 12 (0.71%) Avamar
13 11 (0.65%) Single Sign-On
14 10 (0.59%) Opscode Chef
15 9 (0.53%) Iperf
Vendors
1 880 (51.92%) Cisco
2 331 (19.53%) Microsoft
3 279 (16.46%) VMware
4 225 (13.27%) Juniper
5 219 (12.92%) CheckPoint
6 164 (9.68%) F5
7 157 (9.26%) Palo Alto
8 109 (6.43%) Citrix
9 103 (6.08%) Fortinet
10 99 (5.84%) SolarWinds
11 98 (5.78%) HP
12 90 (5.31%) Meraki
13 71 (4.19%) Aruba
14 59 (3.48%) McAfee
15 58 (3.42%) Riverbed
16 42 (2.48%) Dell
17 37 (2.18%) Oracle
18 36 (2.12%) Blue Coat
18 36 (2.12%) BT
19 35 (2.06%) Apple