Period
to 21 June 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 21 June 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
21 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 163 122 112
Rank change year-on-year -41 -10 -12
Contract jobs citing WAN 1,679 1,837 2,333
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.68% 2.02% 2.19%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 12.63% 14.50% 14.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,013 1,235 1,426
UK median daily rate £400 £388 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.23% +0.65% +5.48%
10th Percentile £170 £205 £215
90th Percentile £588 £575 £583
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year - +3.45% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 108 110 120
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £19.70 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.71% -8.37% -4.44%
10th Percentile £10.93 £11.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £45.16 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year -2.78% -16.28% -6.52%

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 13,292 12,669 16,225
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.29% 13.90% 15.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,171 7,686 9,745
UK median daily rate £425 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £205 £206 £219
90th Percentile £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £395 £385 £375
% change year-on-year +2.60% +2.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 731 749 751
UK median hourly rate £19.09 £20.00 £26.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.55% -23.81% +22.09%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £51.80 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £19.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year -2.56% -29.09% +22.22%

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 21 June 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 21 June 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 21 June 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 -29 1,573 £400 - 473
UK excluding London -46 984 £375 - 346
London +9 679 £410 -2.38% 144
South East -34 348 £425 +3.16% 93
North of England -59 182 £350 -9.68% 98
Midlands +2 173 £478 +27.33% 69
West Midlands -11 125 £485 +25.57% 38
North West -7 111 £355 -6.19% 73
East of England -25 96 £363 -2.03% 44
South West -18 92 £325 +4.00% 25
Scotland -69 65 £275 -15.38% 5
Yorkshire -29 60 £331 -11.67% 20
East Midlands +16 47 £363 - 31
Wales -17 23 £355 +14.52% 10
North East -41 14 £625 +47.93% 5
Northern Ireland +20 7 £275 -18.52% 2

For the 6 months to 21 June 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 1,276 (76.00%) LAN
2 882 (52.53%) Cisco
3 699 (41.63%) Firewall
4 514 (30.61%) Cisco Certification
5 488 (29.06%) Windows
6 410 (24.42%) Data Centre
7 363 (21.62%) ITIL
8 362 (21.56%) VPN
9 359 (21.38%) Active Directory
10 340 (20.25%) Microsoft
11 334 (19.89%) VMware
12 331 (19.71%) MPLS
13 321 (19.12%) CCNP
14 288 (17.15%) DNS
15 286 (17.03%) Wireless
16 270 (16.08%) Security Cleared
17 255 (15.19%) CCNA
18 245 (14.59%) Migration
19 235 (14.00%) VMware Infrastructure
20 233 (13.88%) TCP/IP
21 226 (13.46%) Juniper
22 221 (13.16%) Finance
22 221 (13.16%) Windows Server
23 216 (12.86%) Network Security
24 213 (12.69%) Office 365
25 205 (12.21%) CheckPoint
26 200 (11.91%) BGP
26 200 (11.91%) Microsoft Azure
27 184 (10.96%) DHCP
28 183 (10.90%) Cisco ASA

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
1 145 (8.64%) MS Exchange
2 72 (4.29%) Skype for Business
3 70 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2010
4 48 (2.86%) IIS
5 29 (1.73%) SharePoint
6 28 (1.67%) Exchange Server 2013
7 23 (1.37%) Apache
8 13 (0.77%) OpenStack
9 12 (0.71%) Tomcat
10 11 (0.66%) Exchange Server 2003
11 10 (0.60%) Exchange Server 2007
11 10 (0.60%) WebSphere
12 7 (0.42%) IBM Notes
12 7 (0.42%) Site Server
13 5 (0.30%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 5 (0.30%) JBoss
14 4 (0.24%) CMS
14 4 (0.24%) Exchange Server 2000
15 3 (0.18%) Confluence
15 3 (0.18%) Exchange Server 5.5
Applications
1 126 (7.50%) Microsoft Office
2 21 (1.25%) Microsoft Excel
3 17 (1.01%) MS Visio
4 8 (0.48%) Microsoft Project
5 7 (0.42%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 4 (0.24%) Acrobat
7 2 (0.12%) PaintShop Pro
8 1 (0.060%) Autodesk Inventor
8 1 (0.060%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.12%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.12%) Relativity
2 2 (0.12%) SystmOne
3 1 (0.060%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 213 (12.69%) Office 365
2 200 (11.91%) Microsoft Azure
3 136 (8.10%) Amazon AWS
4 43 (2.56%) PaaS
5 42 (2.50%) IaaS
6 31 (1.85%) SaaS
7 12 (0.71%) Cloud Computing
8 9 (0.54%) Amazon EC2
8 9 (0.54%) Azure Active Directory
9 8 (0.48%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 6 (0.36%) Mimecast
10 6 (0.36%) OneDrive
11 5 (0.30%) Akamai
11 5 (0.30%) G Suite
11 5 (0.30%) GitHub
12 4 (0.24%) Amazon S3
12 4 (0.24%) Google Cloud Platform
13 3 (0.18%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 3 (0.18%) AWS CloudFormation
13 3 (0.18%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 1,276 (76.00%) LAN
2 699 (41.63%) Firewall
3 362 (21.56%) VPN
4 331 (19.71%) MPLS
5 288 (17.15%) DNS
6 286 (17.03%) Wireless
7 233 (13.88%) TCP/IP
8 216 (12.86%) Network Security
9 200 (11.91%) BGP
10 184 (10.96%) DHCP
11 183 (10.90%) Cisco ASA
12 179 (10.66%) Wi-Fi
13 175 (10.42%) Internet
14 158 (9.41%) OSPF
15 157 (9.35%) VoIP
16 153 (9.11%) VLAN
17 137 (8.16%) SAN
18 135 (8.04%) Cisco Nexus
19 100 (5.96%) WLAN
20 91 (5.42%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 80 (4.76%) SQL Server
2 13 (0.77%) MySQL
3 12 (0.71%) Big Data
4 9 (0.54%) SQL Server 2005
5 7 (0.42%) Hadoop
5 7 (0.42%) HBase
5 7 (0.42%) Oracle Database
6 6 (0.36%) Relational Database
6 6 (0.36%) SQL Server 2008
6 6 (0.36%) SQL Server 2012
7 5 (0.30%) Amazon RDS
7 5 (0.30%) BusinessObjects
8 4 (0.24%) Oracle Reports
9 3 (0.18%) Data Warehouse
9 3 (0.18%) SQL Server 2016
10 2 (0.12%) Data Mining
10 2 (0.12%) Oracle Exadata
10 2 (0.12%) RDBMS
10 2 (0.12%) SQL Server 2014
11 1 (0.060%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 12 (0.71%) Jenkins
2 11 (0.66%) JIRA
2 11 (0.66%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 10 (0.60%) Subversion
4 7 (0.42%) Git (software)
5 6 (0.36%) JMeter
6 5 (0.30%) LoadRunner
7 4 (0.24%) Visual Studio
8 3 (0.18%) Artifactory
8 3 (0.18%) Hudson
8 3 (0.18%) Selenium
8 3 (0.18%) SilkTest
8 3 (0.18%) Team Foundation Server
8 3 (0.18%) TeamCity
9 2 (0.12%) Cucumber
9 2 (0.12%) JUnit
9 2 (0.12%) Maven
9 2 (0.12%) SoapUI
9 2 (0.12%) WebDriver
10 1 (0.060%) MSI
General
1 221 (13.16%) Finance
2 147 (8.76%) Telecoms
3 57 (3.39%) Retail
4 48 (2.86%) Banking
5 31 (1.85%) Legal
6 15 (0.89%) Financial Institution
7 14 (0.83%) Advertising
8 12 (0.71%) Local Government
9 11 (0.66%) Investment Banking
10 10 (0.60%) Manufacturing
11 9 (0.54%) Law
12 8 (0.48%) Back Office
13 7 (0.42%) Marketing
14 5 (0.30%) Billing
15 4 (0.24%) French Language
15 4 (0.24%) Games
15 4 (0.24%) German Language
15 4 (0.24%) Multimedia
15 4 (0.24%) Pharmaceutical
15 4 (0.24%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 487 (29.01%) Network Engineer
2 234 (13.94%) Architect
3 165 (9.83%) Analyst
4 134 (7.98%) Cisco Engineer
5 126 (7.50%) Project Manager
6 111 (6.61%) Support Engineer
7 109 (6.49%) Network Architect
8 105 (6.25%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 91 (5.42%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 82 (4.88%) Senior Network Engineer
11 79 (4.71%) Consultant
12 76 (4.53%) Desktop Support
13 59 (3.51%) Security Engineer
14 57 (3.39%) 2nd Line Support
14 57 (3.39%) Security Architect
15 55 (3.28%) Infrastructure Manager
15 55 (3.28%) IT Support
15 55 (3.28%) WAN Engineer
16 53 (3.16%) Support Analyst
17 50 (2.98%) Network Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (1.85%) 802.1X
2 23 (1.37%) Web Services
3 22 (1.31%) Middleware
4 16 (0.95%) LDAP
5 11 (0.66%) WAP
6 10 (0.60%) JSON
6 10 (0.60%) Node.js
7 9 (0.54%) LAMP
8 7 (0.42%) HTML
9 6 (0.36%) .NET
9 6 (0.36%) AngularJS
9 6 (0.36%) MAPI
9 6 (0.36%) Spring
9 6 (0.36%) XML
10 5 (0.30%) Kafka
11 4 (0.24%) CSS
11 4 (0.24%) Ruby on Rails
12 3 (0.18%) LINQ
12 3 (0.18%) Velocity
13 2 (0.12%) TIBCO EMS
Miscellaneous
1 410 (24.42%) Data Centre
2 121 (7.21%) Analytical Skills
3 57 (3.39%) Management Information System
4 44 (2.62%) Smartphone
5 42 (2.50%) Clustering
6 41 (2.44%) Video Conferencing
7 35 (2.08%) NHS
8 26 (1.55%) Self-Motivation
9 25 (1.49%) PKI
10 22 (1.31%) Blackberry
11 20 (1.19%) Hybrid Cloud
11 20 (1.19%) Replication
11 20 (1.19%) Virtual Team
12 19 (1.13%) Computer Science
12 19 (1.13%) iPhone
13 18 (1.07%) Private Cloud
14 14 (0.83%) Public Cloud
15 12 (0.71%) Driving Licence
16 11 (0.66%) iPad
17 10 (0.60%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 488 (29.06%) Windows
2 221 (13.16%) Windows Server
3 149 (8.87%) Windows Server 2008
4 148 (8.81%) Linux
5 134 (7.98%) Windows 7
6 97 (5.78%) Windows Server 2012
7 90 (5.36%) Unix
8 64 (3.81%) Windows 10
9 55 (3.28%) Windows Server 2003
10 39 (2.32%) Windows 8
11 32 (1.91%) Solaris
12 25 (1.49%) Windows XP
13 23 (1.37%) Android
14 22 (1.31%) Apple iOS
14 22 (1.31%) Mac OS X
15 16 (0.95%) Mac OS
15 16 (0.95%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 9 (0.54%) Debian
16 9 (0.54%) SUSE
16 9 (0.54%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 363 (21.62%) ITIL
2 245 (14.59%) Migration
3 173 (10.30%) Network Design
4 164 (9.77%) Project Management
5 127 (7.56%) Change Management
6 117 (6.97%) Problem-Solving
7 107 (6.37%) Service Management
8 97 (5.78%) Network Management
9 93 (5.54%) Service Delivery
10 91 (5.42%) Network Monitoring
11 90 (5.36%) Load Balancing
12 82 (4.88%) PRINCE2
13 80 (4.76%) Agile Software Development
14 78 (4.65%) Network Architecture
15 74 (4.41%) Incident Management
16 69 (4.11%) High Availability
17 65 (3.87%) Disaster Recovery
18 60 (3.57%) Stakeholder Management
19 56 (3.34%) Configuration Management
20 55 (3.28%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 87 (5.18%) SQL
2 84 (5.00%) PowerShell
3 75 (4.47%) Python
4 31 (1.85%) Perl
5 25 (1.49%) Bash Shell
6 24 (1.43%) C
7 22 (1.31%) Java
8 11 (0.66%) JavaScript
9 10 (0.60%) Shell Script
10 8 (0.48%) C#
11 7 (0.42%) PHP
11 7 (0.42%) Ruby
11 7 (0.42%) VBA
12 6 (0.36%) T-SQL
13 4 (0.24%) VBScript
14 2 (0.12%) Korn
15 1 (0.060%) Lingo
15 1 (0.060%) R
15 1 (0.060%) VB
Qualifications
1 514 (30.61%) Cisco Certification
2 321 (19.12%) CCNP
3 270 (16.08%) Security Cleared
4 255 (15.19%) CCNA
5 181 (10.78%) SC Cleared
6 115 (6.85%) CCIE
7 86 (5.12%) Degree
8 74 (4.41%) Microsoft Certification
9 69 (4.11%) DV Cleared
10 50 (2.98%) CCDP
10 50 (2.98%) MCSE
11 48 (2.86%) CISSP
12 37 (2.20%) MCP
13 30 (1.79%) ITIL Certification
14 25 (1.49%) CCSA
15 24 (1.43%) CISM
15 24 (1.43%) JNCIA
16 23 (1.37%) JNCIS
16 23 (1.37%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
17 22 (1.31%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 96 (5.72%) SLA
2 32 (1.91%) GDPR
3 31 (1.85%) PCI DSS
4 24 (1.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 23 (1.37%) QA
6 14 (0.83%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 11 (0.66%) PMO
8 5 (0.30%) RMADS
9 4 (0.24%) GAAP
9 4 (0.24%) HIPAA
10 3 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
10 3 (0.18%) NIST 800
11 2 (0.12%) Disclosure Scotland
11 2 (0.12%) GxP
11 2 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 2 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 2 (0.12%) SAS 70
12 1 (0.060%) COBIT
12 1 (0.060%) JSP 440
12 1 (0.060%) PMBOK
System Software
1 359 (21.38%) Active Directory
2 235 (14.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 86 (5.12%) Hyper-V
4 64 (3.81%) VMware ESXi
5 55 (3.28%) vSphere
6 43 (2.56%) XenApp
7 32 (1.91%) VMware NSX
8 17 (1.01%) Docker
8 17 (1.01%) Virtual Machines
9 13 (0.77%) ProxySG
10 11 (0.66%) Virtual Servers
11 10 (0.60%) BitLocker
11 10 (0.60%) Virtual Desktop
12 9 (0.54%) Firmware
13 6 (0.36%) Samba
13 6 (0.36%) XenDesktop
14 5 (0.30%) NFS
14 5 (0.30%) Terminal Services
14 5 (0.30%) vCloud
15 4 (0.24%) KVM
Systems Management
1 124 (7.39%) SCCM
2 55 (3.28%) FortiGate
3 29 (1.73%) SCOM
4 24 (1.43%) Cisco Prime
4 24 (1.43%) Microsoft Clustering
5 23 (1.37%) Cisco CUCM
6 20 (1.19%) WSUS
7 17 (1.01%) Ansible
7 17 (1.01%) Puppet
8 15 (0.89%) Microsoft Intune
8 15 (0.89%) Norton AntiVirus
9 14 (0.83%) Opscode Chef
10 13 (0.77%) AirWatch
10 13 (0.77%) Nessus
11 12 (0.71%) Backup Exec
11 12 (0.71%) CA Spectrum
11 12 (0.71%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 11 (0.66%) Kubernetes
12 11 (0.66%) Terraform
13 10 (0.60%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 882 (52.53%) Cisco
2 340 (20.25%) Microsoft
3 334 (19.89%) VMware
4 226 (13.46%) Juniper
5 205 (12.21%) CheckPoint
6 172 (10.24%) Citrix
7 161 (9.59%) HP
8 142 (8.46%) F5
9 104 (6.19%) Palo Alto
10 84 (5.00%) Aruba
11 81 (4.82%) Fortinet
12 75 (4.47%) McAfee
13 74 (4.41%) SolarWinds
14 73 (4.35%) Oracle
15 60 (3.57%) Meraki
16 52 (3.10%) NetApp
17 45 (2.68%) Blue Coat
18 40 (2.38%) Remedy
19 38 (2.26%) Nokia
20 35 (2.08%) Dell