Period
to 17 November 2017

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 November 2017 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 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 143 124 114
Rank change year-on-year -19 -10 -11
Contract jobs citing WAN 1887 2192 2347
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.84% 2.07% 2.04%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 13.34% 13.27% 14.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 1144 1393 1458
UK median daily rate £375 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £178 £213 £202
90th Percentile £538 £582 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £375 £350
% change year-on-year -3.33% +7.14% +6.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 110 86 145
UK median hourly rate £19.25 £21.25 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.41% +21.43% -12.50%
10th Percentile £12.47 £12.38 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year -5.00% +21.21% -17.50%

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 14144 16517 15992
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.76% 15.59% 13.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 8603 9972 9242
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £181 £215 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year - +3.45% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 743 842 1032
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £23.59 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.46% +15.07% +2.50%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.72 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.20 £47.50 £45.98
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £25.00 £20.50
% change year-on-year -24.00% +21.95% +2.50%

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 17 November 2017.

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 17 November 2017.

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 17 November 2017. 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 -17 1748 £375 -6.25% 169
UK excluding London -12 1211 £363 -3.33% 109
London -21 651 £400 -10.61% 64
South East -3 373 £386 -3.44% 38
Midlands +18 239 £375 - 16
North of England -17 213 £375 -6.25% 38
West Midlands +25 184 £399 +13.93% 9
East of England -27 146 £351 +7.85% 9
South West -19 124 £313 -3.85% 4
Yorkshire +41 102 £375 +11.94% 14
Scotland -22 99 £325 -17.20% 2
North West -52 92 £384 -9.71% 21
East Midlands -3 52 £324 -19.06% 7
North East +16 19 £400 - 3
Wales -13 19 £290 -17.14% 2
Northern Ireland -50 3 - -

For the 6 months to 17 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing WAN also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for WAN.

1 1534 (81.29%) LAN
2 893 (47.32%) Cisco
3 752 (39.85%) Firewall
4 645 (34.18%) Windows
5 463 (24.54%) Active Directory
6 435 (23.05%) Cisco Certification
7 433 (22.95%) Data Centre
8 415 (21.99%) VPN
9 393 (20.83%) Microsoft
10 367 (19.45%) Wireless
10 367 (19.45%) VMware
11 344 (18.23%) ITIL
12 339 (17.97%) TCP/IP
13 324 (17.17%) Windows Server
14 316 (16.75%) DNS
15 286 (15.16%) Security Cleared
16 283 (15.00%) CCNP
17 258 (13.67%) MPLS
18 254 (13.46%) Linux
19 248 (13.14%) DHCP
20 246 (13.04%) CheckPoint
21 238 (12.61%) Finance
22 233 (12.35%) VMware Infrastructure
23 227 (12.03%) Juniper
24 223 (11.82%) Citrix
25 214 (11.34%) Network Security
26 212 (11.23%) Wi-Fi
27 207 (10.97%) Migration
28 204 (10.81%) VoIP
29 195 (10.33%) SAN

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
1 173 (9.17%) MS Exchange
2 66 (3.50%) Exchange Server 2010
3 62 (3.29%) SharePoint
4 51 (2.70%) Skype for Business
5 35 (1.85%) IIS
6 33 (1.75%) Exchange Server 2007
7 26 (1.38%) OpenStack
8 25 (1.32%) Apache
9 22 (1.17%) Tomcat
10 20 (1.06%) Exchange Server 2003
10 20 (1.06%) JBoss
11 18 (0.95%) WebLogic
12 15 (0.79%) Exchange Server 2013
13 14 (0.74%) Apache Spark
14 12 (0.64%) Elasticsearch
15 11 (0.58%) iPlanet
15 11 (0.58%) Oracle Application Server
15 11 (0.58%) WebSphere
16 9 (0.48%) CMS
17 8 (0.42%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 157 (8.32%) Microsoft Office
2 55 (2.91%) Microsoft Excel
3 39 (2.07%) MS Visio
4 21 (1.11%) Microsoft Project
5 17 (0.90%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 8 (0.42%) Acrobat
6 8 (0.42%) Houdini
6 8 (0.42%) Maya
6 8 (0.42%) NUKE
6 8 (0.42%) Photoshop
7 7 (0.37%) PaintShop Pro
8 5 (0.26%) HipChat
9 4 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
10 3 (0.16%) Doxygen
Business Applications
1 7 (0.37%) Dynamics AX
1 7 (0.37%) Eikon
2 6 (0.32%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
3 3 (0.16%) Maximo
3 3 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.053%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.053%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 1 (0.053%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 175 (9.27%) Office 365
2 170 (9.01%) Microsoft Azure
3 141 (7.47%) Amazon AWS
4 44 (2.33%) IaaS
5 36 (1.91%) SaaS
6 35 (1.85%) PaaS
7 23 (1.22%) Azure Active Directory
8 18 (0.95%) Cloud Computing
9 14 (0.74%) GitHub
10 7 (0.37%) Mimecast
10 7 (0.37%) OpenShift
11 6 (0.32%) AWS CloudFormation
11 6 (0.32%) Google Cloud Platform
12 5 (0.26%) IBM Cloud
12 5 (0.26%) OneDrive
13 4 (0.21%) Akamai
14 3 (0.16%) Amazon ELB
14 3 (0.16%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 2 (0.11%) Cloudflare
15 2 (0.11%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 1534 (81.29%) LAN
2 752 (39.85%) Firewall
3 415 (21.99%) VPN
4 367 (19.45%) Wireless
5 339 (17.97%) TCP/IP
6 316 (16.75%) DNS
7 258 (13.67%) MPLS
8 248 (13.14%) DHCP
9 214 (11.34%) Network Security
10 212 (11.23%) Wi-Fi
11 204 (10.81%) VoIP
12 195 (10.33%) SAN
13 167 (8.85%) BGP
13 167 (8.85%) Cisco ASA
14 143 (7.58%) Internet
15 142 (7.53%) OSPF
16 137 (7.26%) WLAN
17 133 (7.05%) VLAN
18 121 (6.41%) Cisco Nexus
19 87 (4.61%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 95 (5.03%) SQL Server
2 33 (1.75%) Big Data
3 27 (1.43%) SQL Server 2008
4 17 (0.90%) Hadoop
5 14 (0.74%) Apache Hive
5 14 (0.74%) HBase
5 14 (0.74%) Impala
5 14 (0.74%) Sqoop
6 13 (0.69%) SQL Server 2012
7 10 (0.53%) SQL Server 2005
8 9 (0.48%) MySQL
9 8 (0.42%) Relational Database
10 7 (0.37%) MongoDB
10 7 (0.37%) Oracle Reports
11 6 (0.32%) Apache Cassandra
11 6 (0.32%) DB2
11 6 (0.32%) NoSQL
12 5 (0.26%) MS Access
12 5 (0.26%) Oracle Database
12 5 (0.26%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 27 (1.43%) Git (software)
2 22 (1.17%) Jenkins
3 14 (0.74%) JIRA
4 11 (0.58%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 6 (0.32%) Team Foundation Server
5 6 (0.32%) TeamCity
6 5 (0.26%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 5 (0.26%) Bitbucket
6 5 (0.26%) git-flow
6 5 (0.26%) JUnit
6 5 (0.26%) Maven
6 5 (0.26%) Selenium
7 4 (0.21%) Bugzilla
7 4 (0.21%) Metasploit
7 4 (0.21%) Redmine
7 4 (0.21%) Trac
8 3 (0.16%) Artifactory
8 3 (0.16%) Visual Studio Team System
9 2 (0.11%) MSI
10 1 (0.053%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 238 (12.61%) Finance
2 188 (9.96%) Telecoms
3 68 (3.60%) Banking
4 49 (2.60%) Retail
5 37 (1.96%) Legal
6 33 (1.75%) Manufacturing
7 32 (1.70%) Marketing
8 24 (1.27%) Law
9 19 (1.01%) Electronics
10 18 (0.95%) Billing
11 16 (0.85%) Investment Banking
12 13 (0.69%) Publishing
13 10 (0.53%) Back Office
13 10 (0.53%) French Language
14 9 (0.48%) Advertising
15 8 (0.42%) Financial Institution
16 5 (0.26%) Multimedia
17 4 (0.21%) Music Industry
17 4 (0.21%) Pharmaceutical
18 3 (0.16%) German Language
Job Titles
1 479 (25.38%) Network Engineer
2 253 (13.41%) Architect
3 177 (9.38%) Analyst
3 177 (9.38%) Project Manager
4 155 (8.21%) Cisco Engineer
5 151 (8.00%) Support Engineer
6 135 (7.15%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 120 (6.36%) Network Architect
8 99 (5.25%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 70 (3.71%) 2nd Line Support
10 69 (3.66%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 68 (3.60%) Infrastructure Manager
12 66 (3.50%) Desktop Support
13 64 (3.39%) 3rd Line Support
14 62 (3.29%) Senior Network Engineer
15 59 (3.13%) Support Analyst
16 57 (3.02%) Network Support
17 56 (2.97%) Consultant
18 54 (2.86%) Infrastructure Project Manager
19 49 (2.60%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (1.48%) Middleware
2 25 (1.32%) .NET
3 23 (1.22%) 802.1X
4 22 (1.17%) Web Services
5 19 (1.01%) Sensu
6 16 (0.85%) HTML
7 15 (0.79%) Elastic Stack
8 14 (0.74%) Kafka
8 14 (0.74%) Node.js
8 14 (0.74%) Spark Streaming
8 14 (0.74%) XML
9 11 (0.58%) LAMP
9 11 (0.58%) REST
10 9 (0.48%) J2EE
11 7 (0.37%) XSLT
12 5 (0.26%) FIX Protocol
12 5 (0.26%) JSON
13 4 (0.21%) SOAP
14 3 (0.16%) AngularJS
14 3 (0.16%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 433 (22.95%) Data Centre
2 92 (4.88%) Analytical Skills
3 85 (4.50%) Management Information System
4 44 (2.33%) Clustering
4 44 (2.33%) Computer Science
5 41 (2.17%) Private Cloud
6 36 (1.91%) Video Conferencing
7 35 (1.85%) NHS
8 32 (1.70%) Replication
9 29 (1.54%) Enterprise Software
10 28 (1.48%) Driving Licence
11 22 (1.17%) Public Cloud
12 21 (1.11%) PKI
12 21 (1.11%) Smartphone
13 19 (1.01%) iPhone
13 19 (1.01%) Linux Command Line
13 19 (1.01%) Virtual Team
14 16 (0.85%) User Experience
15 15 (0.79%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
16 14 (0.74%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 645 (34.18%) Windows
2 324 (17.17%) Windows Server
3 254 (13.46%) Linux
4 170 (9.01%) Windows Server 2008
5 158 (8.37%) Windows 7
5 158 (8.37%) Windows Server 2012
6 111 (5.88%) Unix
7 93 (4.93%) Windows 10
8 68 (3.60%) Windows Server 2003
9 56 (2.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 43 (2.28%) Windows 8
11 38 (2.01%) Windows XP
12 35 (1.85%) CentOS
13 26 (1.38%) Android
13 26 (1.38%) Apple iOS
14 23 (1.22%) Solaris
15 21 (1.11%) AIX
16 20 (1.06%) SUSE
17 18 (0.95%) Windows Vista
18 16 (0.85%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 344 (18.23%) ITIL
2 207 (10.97%) Migration
3 178 (9.43%) Network Design
4 157 (8.32%) Project Management
5 140 (7.42%) PRINCE2
6 114 (6.04%) Network Management
7 112 (5.94%) Service Delivery
8 104 (5.51%) Load Balancing
9 97 (5.14%) Service Management
10 95 (5.03%) Agile Software Development
11 88 (4.66%) Change Management
12 82 (4.35%) Network Monitoring
13 81 (4.29%) Stakeholder Management
14 80 (4.24%) Information Security
15 79 (4.19%) Disaster Recovery
16 76 (4.03%) DevOps
17 74 (3.92%) High Availability
18 65 (3.44%) Configuration Management
18 65 (3.44%) WAN Optimisation
19 53 (2.81%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 108 (5.72%) SQL
2 75 (3.97%) Python
3 72 (3.82%) PowerShell
4 58 (3.07%) Bash Shell
5 54 (2.86%) Perl
6 42 (2.23%) Shell Script
7 34 (1.80%) Java
8 26 (1.38%) C
9 22 (1.17%) Korn
10 21 (1.11%) PHP
11 20 (1.06%) C-shell
12 15 (0.79%) Ruby
13 11 (0.58%) VB
14 10 (0.53%) JavaScript
15 8 (0.42%) VBScript
16 7 (0.37%) Groovy
17 6 (0.32%) VBA
18 5 (0.26%) VB.NET
19 3 (0.16%) C++
20 1 (0.053%) Scala
Qualifications
1 435 (23.05%) Cisco Certification
2 286 (15.16%) Security Cleared
3 283 (15.00%) CCNP
4 190 (10.07%) SC Cleared
5 182 (9.64%) CCNA
6 127 (6.73%) Degree
7 124 (6.57%) CCIE
8 114 (6.04%) Microsoft Certification
9 75 (3.97%) DV Cleared
10 70 (3.71%) MCSE
11 46 (2.44%) MCP
12 35 (1.85%) CCDP
12 35 (1.85%) JNCIA
12 35 (1.85%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 34 (1.80%) CCSA
13 34 (1.80%) CCSE
13 34 (1.80%) CISSP
14 32 (1.70%) Computer Science Degree
15 26 (1.38%) PMP
16 25 (1.32%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 84 (4.45%) SLA
2 33 (1.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 25 (1.32%) PCI DSS
4 20 (1.06%) PMO
5 14 (0.74%) Disclosure Scotland
5 14 (0.74%) QA
6 13 (0.69%) GDPR
7 9 (0.48%) JSP 440
8 8 (0.42%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 7 (0.37%) MiFID
9 7 (0.37%) RMADS
10 5 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 3 (0.16%) AIFMD
11 3 (0.16%) Data Quality
11 3 (0.16%) FATCA
11 3 (0.16%) IFRS
12 2 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials
12 2 (0.11%) HIPAA
13 1 (0.053%) FedRAMP
13 1 (0.053%) PMBOK
System Software
1 463 (24.54%) Active Directory
2 233 (12.35%) VMware Infrastructure
3 87 (4.61%) Hyper-V
4 68 (3.60%) vSphere
5 62 (3.29%) VMware ESXi
6 48 (2.54%) XenApp
7 40 (2.12%) Samba
8 25 (1.32%) XenDesktop
9 24 (1.27%) VMware NSX
10 22 (1.17%) Docker
11 20 (1.06%) Firmware
12 19 (1.01%) NFS
13 17 (0.90%) Microsoft App-V
14 15 (0.79%) ProxySG
15 14 (0.74%) Apache Flume
16 13 (0.69%) Virtual Servers
16 13 (0.69%) XenServer
17 10 (0.53%) KVM
18 9 (0.48%) Virtual Desktop
19 8 (0.42%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 120 (6.36%) SCCM
2 71 (3.76%) FortiGate
3 37 (1.96%) Cisco Prime
4 34 (1.80%) SCOM
5 31 (1.64%) Ansible
6 27 (1.43%) AirWatch
7 24 (1.27%) Nessus
8 23 (1.22%) Cisco CUCM
9 22 (1.17%) Nagios
9 22 (1.17%) WSUS
10 18 (0.95%) Opscode Chef
11 17 (0.90%) Kubernetes
12 15 (0.79%) Prometheus
12 15 (0.79%) Puppet
13 13 (0.69%) Nmap
14 12 (0.64%) QRadar
15 11 (0.58%) Terraform
16 10 (0.53%) Microsoft Clustering
16 10 (0.53%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
16 10 (0.53%) WMI
Vendors
1 893 (47.32%) Cisco
2 393 (20.83%) Microsoft
3 367 (19.45%) VMware
4 246 (13.04%) CheckPoint
5 227 (12.03%) Juniper
6 223 (11.82%) Citrix
7 173 (9.17%) HP
8 170 (9.01%) F5
9 116 (6.15%) Fortinet
10 105 (5.56%) Palo Alto
11 101 (5.35%) SolarWinds
12 84 (4.45%) Oracle
13 83 (4.40%) Riverbed
14 65 (3.44%) Red Hat
15 61 (3.23%) Avaya
16 60 (3.18%) Aruba
17 58 (3.07%) Blue Coat
18 57 (3.02%) McAfee
19 47 (2.49%) IBM
20 46 (2.44%) Dell