Period
to 14 August 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 14 August 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
14 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 157 139 104
Rank change year-on-year -18 -35 -7
Contract jobs citing WAN 1,777 1,792 2,396
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.74% 1.87% 2.19%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 12.92% 13.76% 14.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,041 1,159 1,497
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -6.25% +14.29%
10th Percentile £175 £195 £222
90th Percentile £588 £550 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 126 114 108
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £22.50 £21.42
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.11% +5.04% +2.00%
10th Percentile £12.20 £11.31 £12.18
90th Percentile £45.56 £50.00 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.39 £22.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year -11.89% +2.33% -4.44%

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 13,755 13,019 16,896
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.44% 13.62% 15.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,429 7,823 10,257
UK median daily rate £425 £407 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.55% +1.63% +6.67%
10th Percentile £203 £200 £220
90th Percentile £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £398 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.00% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 770 746 801
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £19.13 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.58% -23.50% +21.95%
10th Percentile £12.23 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.53 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £18.59 £25.00
% change year-on-year +2.21% -25.64% +21.95%

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 August 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 14 August 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 14 August 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 -19 1,655 £400 +3.23% 424
UK excluding London -32 1,051 £375 - 301
London +23 702 £405 -4.71% 140
South East -25 345 £425 +6.25% 74
North of England -32 224 £375 -3.23% 90
Midlands -14 173 £400 +9.59% 59
North West +7 134 £370 -2.95% 50
West Midlands -30 124 £425 +9.68% 34
East of England -17 107 £363 +11.54% 35
South West -31 100 £350 +12.00% 26
Scotland -72 66 £265 -25.35% 12
Yorkshire -48 65 £406 +8.33% 29
East Midlands +12 49 £325 +2.77% 25
North East -15 28 £363 -17.61% 11
Wales -15 22 £450 +50.00% 3
Northern Ireland +43 16 £275 -18.52% 2

For the 6 months to 14 August 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 1,395 (78.50%) LAN
2 967 (54.42%) Cisco
3 724 (40.74%) Firewall
4 559 (31.46%) Cisco Certification
5 502 (28.25%) Windows
6 388 (21.83%) ITIL
7 384 (21.61%) Data Centre
8 359 (20.20%) CCNP
9 354 (19.92%) Microsoft
10 350 (19.70%) Active Directory
11 349 (19.64%) VPN
12 331 (18.63%) MPLS
13 317 (17.84%) VMware
14 316 (17.78%) Wireless
15 294 (16.54%) DNS
15 294 (16.54%) Security Cleared
16 274 (15.42%) TCP/IP
17 267 (15.03%) CCNA
18 265 (14.91%) Juniper
19 264 (14.86%) Migration
20 261 (14.69%) Finance
21 256 (14.41%) Network Security
22 235 (13.22%) BGP
23 222 (12.49%) CheckPoint
23 222 (12.49%) Windows Server
24 219 (12.32%) VMware Infrastructure
24 219 (12.32%) Office 365
25 205 (11.54%) SC Cleared
26 190 (10.69%) VoIP
26 190 (10.69%) Wi-Fi

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
1 125 (7.03%) MS Exchange
2 76 (4.28%) Skype for Business
3 67 (3.77%) Exchange Server 2010
4 37 (2.08%) IIS
5 36 (2.03%) SharePoint
6 26 (1.46%) Exchange Server 2013
7 16 (0.90%) OpenStack
8 14 (0.79%) Apache
8 14 (0.79%) IBM Notes
9 10 (0.56%) Site Server
9 10 (0.56%) Tomcat
10 9 (0.51%) SharePoint 2013
10 9 (0.51%) WebSphere
11 8 (0.45%) Exchange Server 2007
11 8 (0.45%) SharePoint 2010
12 7 (0.39%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 7 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2003
13 6 (0.34%) Quickr
14 5 (0.28%) JBoss
15 4 (0.23%) Confluence
Applications
1 137 (7.71%) Microsoft Office
2 39 (2.19%) Microsoft Excel
3 35 (1.97%) MS Visio
4 11 (0.62%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 11 (0.62%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.11%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.056%) Autodesk Inventor
6 1 (0.056%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.056%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.056%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 219 (12.32%) Office 365
2 182 (10.24%) Microsoft Azure
3 129 (7.26%) Amazon AWS
4 29 (1.63%) PaaS
5 28 (1.58%) IaaS
6 25 (1.41%) SaaS
7 13 (0.73%) Azure Active Directory
8 10 (0.56%) Cloud Computing
9 8 (0.45%) Amazon EC2
10 7 (0.39%) G Suite
10 7 (0.39%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 6 (0.34%) Akamai
11 6 (0.34%) GitHub
12 5 (0.28%) AWS Lambda
12 5 (0.28%) Serverless
13 4 (0.23%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 4 (0.23%) Mimecast
14 3 (0.17%) Amazon S3
14 3 (0.17%) CloudFront
14 3 (0.17%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 1,395 (78.50%) LAN
2 724 (40.74%) Firewall
3 349 (19.64%) VPN
4 331 (18.63%) MPLS
5 316 (17.78%) Wireless
6 294 (16.54%) DNS
7 274 (15.42%) TCP/IP
8 256 (14.41%) Network Security
9 235 (13.22%) BGP
10 190 (10.69%) VoIP
10 190 (10.69%) Wi-Fi
11 189 (10.64%) OSPF
12 185 (10.41%) DHCP
13 179 (10.07%) Internet
14 175 (9.85%) Cisco ASA
15 153 (8.61%) VLAN
16 137 (7.71%) Cisco Nexus
16 137 (7.71%) SAN
17 133 (7.48%) WLAN
18 105 (5.91%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 77 (4.33%) SQL Server
2 13 (0.73%) Big Data
2 13 (0.73%) Oracle Database
3 11 (0.62%) SQL Server 2005
4 8 (0.45%) Hadoop
4 8 (0.45%) HBase
4 8 (0.45%) MySQL
5 5 (0.28%) SQL Server 2012
6 4 (0.23%) Amazon RDS
6 4 (0.23%) Apache Cassandra
6 4 (0.23%) Data Warehouse
6 4 (0.23%) MongoDB
6 4 (0.23%) Redis
6 4 (0.23%) SQL Server 2008
7 3 (0.17%) Relational Database
8 2 (0.11%) BusinessObjects
8 2 (0.11%) MS Access
8 2 (0.11%) Oracle Exadata
8 2 (0.11%) RDBMS
8 2 (0.11%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 15 (0.84%) Jenkins
2 12 (0.68%) JIRA
3 10 (0.56%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 9 (0.51%) Subversion
5 8 (0.45%) Git (software)
6 6 (0.34%) JMeter
7 5 (0.28%) LoadRunner
8 4 (0.23%) Visual Studio
9 3 (0.17%) Hudson
9 3 (0.17%) SilkTest
9 3 (0.17%) Team Foundation Server
9 3 (0.17%) TeamCity
10 2 (0.11%) Selenium
11 1 (0.056%) Artifactory
11 1 (0.056%) Metasploit
11 1 (0.056%) MSI
11 1 (0.056%) NUnit
11 1 (0.056%) SoapUI
11 1 (0.056%) SpecFlow
11 1 (0.056%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 261 (14.69%) Finance
2 169 (9.51%) Telecoms
3 61 (3.43%) Retail
4 56 (3.15%) Banking
5 23 (1.29%) Law
6 19 (1.07%) Legal
7 13 (0.73%) Advertising
7 13 (0.73%) Manufacturing
8 12 (0.68%) Financial Institution
9 9 (0.51%) Investment Banking
9 9 (0.51%) Spanish Language
10 8 (0.45%) Multimedia
10 8 (0.45%) Pharmaceutical
11 7 (0.39%) German Language
12 6 (0.34%) Local Government
12 6 (0.34%) Marketing
13 5 (0.28%) Aerospace
13 5 (0.28%) Back Office
13 5 (0.28%) French Language
14 4 (0.23%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 558 (31.40%) Network Engineer
2 214 (12.04%) Architect
3 184 (10.35%) Analyst
4 150 (8.44%) Cisco Engineer
5 140 (7.88%) Support Engineer
6 127 (7.15%) Project Manager
7 118 (6.64%) Network Architect
8 108 (6.08%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 97 (5.46%) Senior Network Engineer
10 91 (5.12%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 86 (4.84%) Desktop Support
12 67 (3.77%) Security Engineer
13 66 (3.71%) Consultant
14 65 (3.66%) WAN Engineer
15 63 (3.55%) IT Support
16 61 (3.43%) Infrastructure Manager
16 61 (3.43%) Network Analyst
17 60 (3.38%) 2nd Line Support
17 60 (3.38%) Network Security Engineer
18 53 (2.98%) Infrastructure Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (2.48%) 802.1X
2 27 (1.52%) Middleware
3 19 (1.07%) Web Services
4 12 (0.68%) HTML
4 12 (0.68%) LDAP
5 11 (0.62%) JSON
6 9 (0.51%) Kafka
6 9 (0.51%) WAP
7 7 (0.39%) CSS
7 7 (0.39%) LAMP
8 6 (0.34%) AngularJS
8 6 (0.34%) Node.js
8 6 (0.34%) Spring
8 6 (0.34%) XML
9 5 (0.28%) Ajax
9 5 (0.28%) CGI
9 5 (0.28%) Elastic Stack
10 4 (0.23%) .NET
10 4 (0.23%) Sensu
10 4 (0.23%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 384 (21.61%) Data Centre
2 137 (7.71%) Analytical Skills
3 55 (3.10%) Self-Motivation
4 50 (2.81%) Management Information System
4 50 (2.81%) Smartphone
4 50 (2.81%) Video Conferencing
5 35 (1.97%) Clustering
6 31 (1.74%) iPhone
7 29 (1.63%) Blackberry
8 26 (1.46%) NHS
8 26 (1.46%) PKI
9 25 (1.41%) Computer Science
10 24 (1.35%) iPad
10 24 (1.35%) Virtual Team
11 23 (1.29%) Hybrid Cloud
12 18 (1.01%) Fat Client
12 18 (1.01%) Thin Client
13 17 (0.96%) Replication
14 15 (0.84%) Driving Licence
14 15 (0.84%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 502 (28.25%) Windows
2 222 (12.49%) Windows Server
3 150 (8.44%) Windows 7
4 148 (8.33%) Linux
5 133 (7.48%) Windows Server 2008
6 105 (5.91%) Windows 10
7 92 (5.18%) Windows Server 2012
8 80 (4.50%) Unix
9 39 (2.19%) Windows Server 2003
10 37 (2.08%) Windows 8
11 35 (1.97%) Android
12 30 (1.69%) Apple iOS
13 25 (1.41%) Mac OS X
14 23 (1.29%) Solaris
15 20 (1.13%) Mac OS
16 14 (0.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 14 (0.79%) Windows XP
17 7 (0.39%) CentOS
17 7 (0.39%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
18 6 (0.34%) CoreOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 388 (21.83%) ITIL
2 264 (14.86%) Migration
3 176 (9.90%) Network Design
4 165 (9.29%) Project Management
5 130 (7.32%) Problem-Solving
6 123 (6.92%) Change Management
7 121 (6.81%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 121 (6.81%) Network Management
8 120 (6.75%) Network Monitoring
9 115 (6.47%) Service Management
10 103 (5.80%) Service Delivery
11 98 (5.51%) Load Balancing
12 85 (4.78%) PRINCE2
13 81 (4.56%) Agile Software Development
13 81 (4.56%) Stakeholder Management
14 76 (4.28%) Incident Management
15 74 (4.16%) High Availability
16 69 (3.88%) Configuration Management
17 68 (3.83%) Network Architecture
18 61 (3.43%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 87 (4.90%) SQL
2 77 (4.33%) PowerShell
3 63 (3.55%) Python
4 28 (1.58%) C
5 26 (1.46%) Perl
6 18 (1.01%) Bash Shell
7 16 (0.90%) JavaScript
8 15 (0.84%) Java
9 8 (0.45%) C#
10 7 (0.39%) Shell Script
11 6 (0.34%) PHP
11 6 (0.34%) T-SQL
12 5 (0.28%) C++
12 5 (0.28%) Embedded C
12 5 (0.28%) VBScript
13 3 (0.17%) VBA
14 2 (0.11%) Korn
15 1 (0.056%) Lingo
15 1 (0.056%) R
15 1 (0.056%) VB
Qualifications
1 559 (31.46%) Cisco Certification
2 359 (20.20%) CCNP
3 294 (16.54%) Security Cleared
4 267 (15.03%) CCNA
5 205 (11.54%) SC Cleared
6 107 (6.02%) CCIE
7 84 (4.73%) Degree
8 70 (3.94%) DV Cleared
9 60 (3.38%) Microsoft Certification
10 49 (2.76%) CCDP
11 36 (2.03%) MCSE
12 32 (1.80%) CISSP
13 31 (1.74%) ITIL Certification
14 24 (1.35%) JNCIS
15 22 (1.24%) JNCIA
16 21 (1.18%) MCSA
17 19 (1.07%) BPSS Clearance
17 19 (1.07%) CCSA
18 18 (1.01%) A+ Certification
18 18 (1.01%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 84 (4.73%) SLA
2 33 (1.86%) QA
3 30 (1.69%) GDPR
4 20 (1.13%) PCI DSS
5 17 (0.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 11 (0.62%) PMO
7 8 (0.45%) JSP 440
7 8 (0.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 6 (0.34%) HIPAA
9 5 (0.28%) NIST 800
10 2 (0.11%) Disclosure Scotland
10 2 (0.11%) FISMA
10 2 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 1 (0.056%) Cyber Essentials
11 1 (0.056%) FedRAMP
11 1 (0.056%) Government Security Classifications
11 1 (0.056%) GxP
11 1 (0.056%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 1 (0.056%) PMBOK
11 1 (0.056%) SAS 70
System Software
1 350 (19.70%) Active Directory
2 219 (12.32%) VMware Infrastructure
3 92 (5.18%) Hyper-V
4 60 (3.38%) VMware ESXi
5 41 (2.31%) vSphere
6 28 (1.58%) XenApp
7 27 (1.52%) VMware NSX
8 21 (1.18%) BitLocker
9 19 (1.07%) Docker
9 19 (1.07%) Virtual Machines
10 11 (0.62%) Xen
11 10 (0.56%) KVM
12 9 (0.51%) Virtual Servers
13 8 (0.45%) ProxySG
14 7 (0.39%) NFS
14 7 (0.39%) Virtual Desktop
15 6 (0.34%) Firmware
16 5 (0.28%) VMware Server
17 4 (0.23%) Terminal Services
18 3 (0.17%) Samba
Systems Management
1 129 (7.26%) SCCM
2 59 (3.32%) FortiGate
3 32 (1.80%) Cisco Prime
4 28 (1.58%) SCOM
5 25 (1.41%) Cisco CUCM
5 25 (1.41%) Microsoft Clustering
6 24 (1.35%) WSUS
7 20 (1.13%) Ansible
8 18 (1.01%) Microsoft Intune
9 16 (0.90%) Norton AntiVirus
10 15 (0.84%) CA Spectrum
10 15 (0.84%) McAfee ePO
10 15 (0.84%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 14 (0.79%) vCenter Server
12 13 (0.73%) AirWatch
12 13 (0.73%) Backup Exec
12 13 (0.73%) Kubernetes
12 13 (0.73%) Opscode Chef
12 13 (0.73%) Puppet
13 9 (0.51%) Opsview
Vendors
1 967 (54.42%) Cisco
2 354 (19.92%) Microsoft
3 317 (17.84%) VMware
4 265 (14.91%) Juniper
5 222 (12.49%) CheckPoint
6 168 (9.45%) F5
6 168 (9.45%) HP
7 162 (9.12%) Citrix
8 110 (6.19%) Palo Alto
9 98 (5.51%) McAfee
10 94 (5.29%) Aruba
11 80 (4.50%) SolarWinds
12 70 (3.94%) Oracle
13 69 (3.88%) Meraki
14 62 (3.49%) Fortinet
15 53 (2.98%) NetApp
16 47 (2.64%) Riverbed
17 43 (2.42%) Blue Coat
18 41 (2.31%) Apple
19 32 (1.80%) Mitel