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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 17 May 2022 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
17 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 176 169 119
Rank change year-on-year -7 -50 +37
Contract jobs citing WAN 1,348 878 1,011
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.54% 1.54% 2.03%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.06% 13.59% 14.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 887 593 643
10th Percentile £224 £225 £175
25th Percentile £320 £325 £300
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £425 £400
Median % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -3.03%
75th Percentile £550 £500 £500
90th Percentile £650 £586 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £404 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +1.01% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 55 49 72
10th Percentile £13.00 £15.00 £14.10
25th Percentile £19.88 £15.46 £18.50
Median hourly rate £35.00 £21.00 £28.41
Median % change year-on-year +66.67% -26.07% +57.56%
75th Percentile £51.11 £40.00 £47.00
90th Percentile £60.93 £46.10 £51.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +12.50% - +14.81%

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 9,586 6,463 6,800
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 10.96% 11.33% 13.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,261 4,167 4,151
10th Percentile £233 £225 £178
25th Percentile £388 £350 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £450 £425
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% +5.88% -
75th Percentile £613 £538 £525
90th Percentile £700 £625 £615
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +12.50% - -3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 370 291 391
10th Percentile £15.25 £12.94 £13.38
25th Percentile £17.00 £15.48 £16.25
Median hourly rate £28.41 £25.00 £22.50
Median % change year-on-year +13.64% +11.11% +20.00%
75th Percentile £51.00 £50.00 £46.88
90th Percentile £66.00 £63.00 £53.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £23.21 £19.50
% change year-on-year -7.37% +19.03% +11.43%

WAN
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing WAN as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for WAN in the UK

WAN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing WAN.

Daily rate trend for WAN in the UK

WAN
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing WAN over the 6 months to 17 May 2022.

Daily rate histogram for WAN in the UK

WAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing WAN.

Hourly rate trend for WAN in the UK

WAN
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing WAN over the 6 months to 17 May 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for WAN in the UK

WAN
Top 18 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 17 May 2022. 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
Jobs
England -7 1,136 £450 +5.88% 388
UK excluding London +6 708 £404 +1.01% 310
Work from Home +2 545 £475 +8.57% 121
London -32 406 £475 +2.15% 118
South East -13 189 £425 -2.30% 43
North of England +12 182 £412 +4.90% 111
Midlands -17 127 £400 -3.61% 52
South West +5 93 £370 -7.50% 37
West Midlands -30 83 £400 -5.88% 33
North West -14 82 £350 -12.50% 45
East of England +11 74 £400 +72.04% 28
Yorkshire -3 72 £450 +18.42% 41
East Midlands +2 43 £383 -5.56% 18
North East +17 29 £450 +89.47% 25
Wales -4 28 £295 +18.00% 9
Scotland -27 25 £283 -15.67% 27
Isle of Man -2 4 £550 +33.33%
Northern Ireland -11 2 £280 -43.55% 4

For the 6 months to 17 May 2022, 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.

1 974 (72.26%) LAN
2 653 (48.44%) Cisco
3 564 (41.84%) Firewall
4 375 (27.82%) SD-WAN
5 333 (24.70%) Windows
6 331 (24.55%) Wireless
7 303 (22.48%) Microsoft
7 303 (22.48%) Data Centre
8 302 (22.40%) Cisco Certification
9 299 (22.18%) VPN
10 291 (21.59%) Azure
11 265 (19.66%) Social Skills
12 258 (19.14%) Active Directory
13 253 (18.77%) Security Cleared
14 243 (18.03%) VMware
15 228 (16.91%) Wi-Fi
16 208 (15.43%) BGP
17 207 (15.36%) SC Cleared
18 202 (14.99%) Microsoft 365
18 202 (14.99%) CCNP
19 195 (14.47%) Network Security
20 192 (14.24%) DNS
21 191 (14.17%) ITIL
22 189 (14.02%) MPLS
23 188 (13.95%) Migration
24 187 (13.87%) TCP/IP
25 182 (13.50%) OSPF
26 178 (13.20%) VMware Infrastructure
27 171 (12.69%) DHCP
28 160 (11.87%) Juniper

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 52 (3.86%) SharePoint
2 44 (3.26%) MS Exchange
3 28 (2.08%) Skype for Business
4 20 (1.48%) WebSphere
5 15 (1.11%) Apache
5 15 (1.11%) Confluence
6 12 (0.89%) IIS
7 8 (0.59%) nginx
8 7 (0.52%) Tomcat
9 6 (0.45%) Exchange Server 2010
9 6 (0.45%) Exchange Server 2013
10 5 (0.37%) Apache Spark
11 4 (0.30%) Appian
11 4 (0.30%) Elasticsearch
12 3 (0.22%) MS Project Server
12 3 (0.22%) SharePoint 2010
12 3 (0.22%) SharePoint 2013
12 3 (0.22%) WebLogic
13 2 (0.15%) Exchange Server 2007
13 2 (0.15%) JBoss
Applications
1 101 (7.49%) Microsoft Office
2 47 (3.49%) MS Visio
3 25 (1.85%) Microsoft Excel
4 21 (1.56%) Microsoft Project
5 12 (0.89%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 6 (0.45%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 5 (0.37%) Sentinel
2 4 (0.30%) SAP S/4HANA
2 4 (0.30%) Teamcenter
3 3 (0.22%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
3 3 (0.22%) RMDS
4 2 (0.15%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.15%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.074%) assyst
5 1 (0.074%) Maximo
5 1 (0.074%) Remedy AR System
5 1 (0.074%) SnowdropKCS
Cloud Services
1 291 (21.59%) Azure
2 202 (14.99%) Microsoft 365
3 122 (9.05%) AWS
4 58 (4.30%) IaaS
5 51 (3.78%) SaaS
6 46 (3.41%) Azure Active Directory
6 46 (3.41%) PaaS
7 35 (2.60%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 34 (2.52%) GCP
9 20 (1.48%) OneDrive
10 19 (1.41%) Azure Monitor
11 14 (1.04%) Azure Pipelines
12 12 (0.89%) Azure Storage
13 10 (0.74%) Power Platform
14 9 (0.67%) SonarCloud
15 8 (0.59%) Azure App Service
16 7 (0.52%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 6 (0.45%) Azure Cosmos DB
17 6 (0.45%) Cloud Computing
18 5 (0.37%) Akamai
Communications & Networking
1 974 (72.26%) LAN
2 564 (41.84%) Firewall
3 375 (27.82%) SD-WAN
4 331 (24.55%) Wireless
5 299 (22.18%) VPN
6 228 (16.91%) Wi-Fi
7 208 (15.43%) BGP
8 195 (14.47%) Network Security
9 192 (14.24%) DNS
10 189 (14.02%) MPLS
11 187 (13.87%) TCP/IP
12 182 (13.50%) OSPF
13 171 (12.69%) DHCP
14 139 (10.31%) Internet
15 123 (9.12%) VLAN
16 105 (7.79%) IPsec
17 91 (6.75%) VoIP
18 90 (6.68%) Cisco Nexus
19 87 (6.45%) Cisco ASA
20 84 (6.23%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (2.82%) SQL Server
2 16 (1.19%) DB2
3 10 (0.74%) Azure SQL Database
4 9 (0.67%) Data Warehouse
5 8 (0.59%) MySQL
6 6 (0.45%) Relational Database
7 5 (0.37%) Amazon RDS
7 5 (0.37%) DTS
7 5 (0.37%) NoSQL
7 5 (0.37%) PostgreSQL
7 5 (0.37%) Riak
8 4 (0.30%) Data Lake
8 4 (0.30%) Data Mining
8 4 (0.30%) Power BI
8 4 (0.30%) Tableau
9 3 (0.22%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 3 (0.22%) Electronic Patient Records
9 3 (0.22%) SAP HANA
10 2 (0.15%) MongoDB
10 2 (0.15%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 33 (2.45%) JIRA
2 15 (1.11%) SonarQube
3 14 (1.04%) Sonatype Nexus
4 12 (0.89%) Git (software)
5 11 (0.82%) GitLab
6 7 (0.52%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 4 (0.30%) Jenkins
8 2 (0.15%) Bitbucket Server
8 2 (0.15%) ClearCase
8 2 (0.15%) ClearQuest
8 2 (0.15%) Fiddler
8 2 (0.15%) Hudson
9 1 (0.074%) Artifactory
9 1 (0.074%) Cucumber
9 1 (0.074%) JMeter
9 1 (0.074%) Selenium
9 1 (0.074%) SoapUI
9 1 (0.074%) Subversion
9 1 (0.074%) Team Foundation Server
9 1 (0.074%) WebDriver
General
1 265 (19.66%) Social Skills
2 148 (10.98%) Finance
3 120 (8.90%) Public Sector
4 114 (8.46%) Telecoms
5 79 (5.86%) Analytical Skills
6 37 (2.74%) Local Government
7 30 (2.23%) Influencing Skills
8 29 (2.15%) Documentation Skills
9 26 (1.93%) Retail
10 25 (1.85%) Banking
11 22 (1.63%) Presentation Skills
12 21 (1.56%) Law
13 17 (1.26%) Military
14 16 (1.19%) Organisational Skills
15 13 (0.96%) Electronics
16 12 (0.89%) Legal
17 11 (0.82%) Manufacturing
18 10 (0.74%) Financial Institution
19 9 (0.67%) Police
20 7 (0.52%) Billing
Job Titles
1 380 (28.19%) Network Engineer
2 201 (14.91%) Architect
3 114 (8.46%) Project Manager
4 101 (7.49%) Network Architect
5 86 (6.38%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 84 (6.23%) Analyst
7 71 (5.27%) Support Engineer
8 57 (4.23%) Senior Network Engineer
9 51 (3.78%) Infrastructure Manager
10 48 (3.56%) 2nd Line Support
10 48 (3.56%) Network Manager
11 45 (3.34%) Infrastructure Architect
12 43 (3.19%) Infrastructure Project Manager
13 42 (3.12%) Cisco Engineer
14 35 (2.60%) Cisco Network Engineer
14 35 (2.60%) Consultant
14 35 (2.60%) Desktop Support
14 35 (2.60%) IT Manager
14 35 (2.60%) Solutions Architect
15 31 (2.30%) 2nd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (2.82%) 802.1X
2 23 (1.71%) JSON
3 13 (0.96%) XMPP
4 12 (0.89%) .NET
4 12 (0.89%) WebSphere MQ
5 9 (0.67%) YAML
6 8 (0.59%) SOAP
6 8 (0.59%) XML
7 6 (0.45%) Azure Blueprints
7 6 (0.45%) Middleware
7 6 (0.45%) SAML
7 6 (0.45%) Web Services
8 5 (0.37%) FHIR
8 5 (0.37%) Kafka
8 5 (0.37%) Leaflet
9 4 (0.30%) Apache NiFi
9 4 (0.30%) LDAP
9 4 (0.30%) Regular Expression
10 3 (0.22%) OAuth
10 3 (0.22%) OpenID
Miscellaneous
1 303 (22.48%) Data Centre
2 79 (5.86%) Public Cloud
3 57 (4.23%) Video Conferencing
4 56 (4.15%) Management Information System
5 48 (3.56%) Self-Motivation
6 40 (2.97%) NHS
7 34 (2.52%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 23 (1.71%) Data Protection Act
9 22 (1.63%) Private Cloud
10 21 (1.56%) Cloud Native
10 21 (1.56%) Clustering
10 21 (1.56%) Driving Licence
11 19 (1.41%) Enterprise Storage
12 18 (1.34%) PKI
13 17 (1.26%) IoT
14 16 (1.19%) Virtual Team
15 15 (1.11%) Hybrid Cloud
16 11 (0.82%) CCTV
16 11 (0.82%) Fibre Optics
16 11 (0.82%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 333 (24.70%) Windows
2 154 (11.42%) Windows Server
3 127 (9.42%) Linux
4 83 (6.16%) Windows 10
5 46 (3.41%) Unix
6 33 (2.45%) Windows Server 2012
7 32 (2.37%) Windows 7
8 30 (2.23%) Windows Server 2016
9 23 (1.71%) Mac OS
10 21 (1.56%) Windows Server 2019
11 18 (1.34%) Windows Server 2008
12 15 (1.11%) Apple iOS
12 15 (1.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 13 (0.96%) Android
14 12 (0.89%) Ubuntu
15 10 (0.74%) VMS
16 8 (0.59%) Windows XP
17 7 (0.52%) AIX
18 6 (0.45%) Windows 8
19 5 (0.37%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 191 (14.17%) ITIL
2 188 (13.95%) Migration
3 131 (9.72%) Project Management
4 126 (9.35%) Load Balancing
5 110 (8.16%) Network Design
6 107 (7.94%) Problem-Solving
7 102 (7.57%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 88 (6.53%) Service Management
9 83 (6.16%) Agile
10 76 (5.64%) Cybersecurity
10 76 (5.64%) Disaster Recovery
11 73 (5.42%) Project Delivery
12 72 (5.34%) Change Management
12 72 (5.34%) Network Management
13 66 (4.90%) Stakeholder Management
14 61 (4.53%) Service Delivery
15 55 (4.08%) DevOps
15 55 (4.08%) Network Architecture
16 52 (3.86%) PRINCE2
17 50 (3.71%) Infrastructure as Code
Programming Languages
1 74 (5.49%) PowerShell
2 59 (4.38%) Python
3 57 (4.23%) SQL
4 27 (2.00%) C
5 16 (1.19%) VBScript
6 15 (1.11%) Java
7 11 (0.82%) VB
8 10 (0.74%) Bash
9 7 (0.52%) C++
10 5 (0.37%) C#
10 5 (0.37%) Erlang
10 5 (0.37%) JavaScript
10 5 (0.37%) Perl
11 4 (0.30%) Bicep
11 4 (0.30%) Shell Script
12 3 (0.22%) TypeScript
13 2 (0.15%) PHP
14 1 (0.074%) Go
14 1 (0.074%) Search Processing Language
14 1 (0.074%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 302 (22.40%) Cisco Certification
2 253 (18.77%) Security Cleared
3 207 (15.36%) SC Cleared
4 202 (14.99%) CCNP
5 139 (10.31%) CCNA
6 93 (6.90%) CCIE
6 93 (6.90%) Degree
7 39 (2.89%) CCDP
8 30 (2.23%) ITIL Certification
9 29 (2.15%) DV Cleared
10 28 (2.08%) CISSP
11 23 (1.71%) Microsoft Certification
12 18 (1.34%) TOGAF Certification
13 16 (1.19%) CISM
14 15 (1.11%) Master's Degree
15 14 (1.04%) Computer Science Degree
16 13 (0.96%) JNCIS
16 13 (0.96%) PMI Certification
16 13 (0.96%) PMP
17 12 (0.89%) JNCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 49 (3.64%) SLA
2 40 (2.97%) QA
3 24 (1.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 23 (1.71%) NIST
5 16 (1.19%) GDPR
6 15 (1.11%) PCI DSS
7 13 (0.96%) PMO
8 8 (0.59%) HL7
8 8 (0.59%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 8 (0.59%) JSP 440
9 5 (0.37%) Cyber Essentials
9 5 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 5 (0.37%) NCSC
9 5 (0.37%) NIST 800
10 4 (0.30%) ISO 9001
10 4 (0.30%) RMADS
11 3 (0.22%) Accessibility
11 3 (0.22%) COBIT
11 3 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 1 (0.074%) WCAG
System Software
1 258 (19.14%) Active Directory
2 178 (13.20%) VMware Infrastructure
3 47 (3.49%) VMware ESXi
4 35 (2.60%) Hyper-V
5 29 (2.15%) vSphere
6 23 (1.71%) Docker
6 23 (1.71%) VMware NSX
7 18 (1.34%) Virtual Desktop
8 17 (1.26%) Virtual Machines
9 14 (1.04%) KVM
9 14 (1.04%) ProxySG
10 10 (0.74%) BitLocker
11 9 (0.67%) Virtual Servers
12 6 (0.45%) NFS
12 6 (0.45%) vCloud
13 5 (0.37%) Terminal Services
13 5 (0.37%) XenApp
14 3 (0.22%) Firmware
15 2 (0.15%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 2 (0.15%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 78 (5.79%) SCCM
2 66 (4.90%) FortiGate
2 66 (4.90%) Terraform
3 58 (4.30%) Ansible
4 48 (3.56%) Microsoft Intune
5 39 (2.89%) Kubernetes
6 19 (1.41%) Single Sign-On
7 16 (1.19%) CASB
7 16 (1.19%) vCenter Server
8 14 (1.04%) SCOM
9 12 (0.89%) Cisco CUCM
10 10 (0.74%) Cisco Prime
10 10 (0.74%) Microsoft Clustering
11 9 (0.67%) Active Directory Federation Services
11 9 (0.67%) AppManager
11 9 (0.67%) Nagios
12 7 (0.52%) WhatsUp Gold
13 6 (0.45%) AirWatch
13 6 (0.45%) ZABBIX
14 5 (0.37%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 653 (48.44%) Cisco
2 303 (22.48%) Microsoft
3 243 (18.03%) VMware
4 160 (11.87%) Juniper
5 154 (11.42%) Palo Alto
6 134 (9.94%) CheckPoint
7 129 (9.57%) Meraki
8 119 (8.83%) F5
9 107 (7.94%) Citrix
10 89 (6.60%) Aruba
11 86 (6.38%) Fortinet
12 62 (4.60%) SolarWinds
13 55 (4.08%) HP
13 55 (4.08%) Zscaler
14 53 (3.93%) Google
15 49 (3.64%) Oracle
16 31 (2.30%) Blue Coat
17 27 (2.00%) Red Hat
18 26 (1.93%) McAfee
19 25 (1.85%) SAP