Period
to 29 March 2020

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 29 March 2020 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
29 Mar 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 116 146 164
Rank change year-on-year +30 +18 -40
Contract jobs citing WAN 1,260 1,811 1,690
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.00% 1.86% 1.67%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.66% 14.73% 12.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 811 1,194 1,047
Median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £175 £199 £175
90th Percentile £600 £575 £556
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £384 £375
% change year-on-year +5.54% +2.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 77 86 99
Median hourly rate £26.81 £19.57 £17.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.98% +12.65% -0.71%
10th Percentile £13.71 £10.75 £11.00
90th Percentile £51.75 £47.50 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £18.06 £17.75
% change year-on-year +10.77% +1.72% +8.40%

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 8,597 12,296 13,344
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.63% 12.63% 13.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,059 7,509 8,236
Median daily rate £425 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.03% +1.85%
10th Percentile £175 £200 £200
90th Percentile £600 £606 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 518 567 720
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.06 £19.24
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.62% -6.17% -12.08%
10th Percentile £13.38 £12.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £51.86 £48.75 £47.50
Median hourly rate £20.00 £17.25 £19.06
% change year-on-year +15.94% -9.50% -11.35%

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 29 March 2020.

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 29 March 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for WAN in the UK

WAN
Top 17 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 29 March 2020. 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 +28 1,136 £400 - 443
UK excluding London +37 877 £405 +5.54% 367
London -5 349 £395 -7.06% 101
South East +14 241 £450 +12.50% 97
North of England +26 191 £350 -4.11% 81
Midlands +61 178 £390 +5.41% 63
West Midlands +54 133 £444 +19.93% 51
North West +21 100 £375 +1.35% 49
South West +7 88 £363 +3.57% 57
East of England +28 85 £450 -2.70% 44
Scotland +23 70 £425 +10.75% 14
Yorkshire +33 66 £325 -20.73% 23
East Midlands +37 43 £300 -14.29% 11
Work from Home +13 42 £400 -5.88% 22
North East +14 26 £363 +20.83% 9
Wales +36 22 £400 +6.67% 9
Northern Ireland +8 2 - - 3

For the 6 months to 29 March 2020, 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.

1 958 (76.03%) LAN
2 612 (48.57%) Cisco
3 533 (42.30%) Firewall
4 387 (30.71%) Cisco Certification
5 349 (27.70%) Windows
6 289 (22.94%) Security Cleared
7 288 (22.86%) Active Directory
8 272 (21.59%) VPN
9 264 (20.95%) Data Centre
10 261 (20.71%) CCNP
11 256 (20.32%) Microsoft
12 226 (17.94%) Wireless
13 214 (16.98%) MPLS
14 213 (16.90%) VMware
15 212 (16.83%) BGP
16 211 (16.75%) DNS
17 192 (15.24%) CCNA
18 186 (14.76%) TCP/IP
19 181 (14.37%) DHCP
20 170 (13.49%) OSPF
21 169 (13.41%) Azure
22 168 (13.33%) SC Cleared
23 163 (12.94%) Juniper
23 163 (12.94%) Wi-Fi
24 162 (12.86%) Migration
25 161 (12.78%) ITIL
26 158 (12.54%) Network Security
27 156 (12.38%) Windows Server
28 153 (12.14%) Office 365
29 149 (11.83%) VMware Infrastructure

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 77 (6.11%) MS Exchange
2 58 (4.60%) SharePoint
3 46 (3.65%) Skype for Business
4 27 (2.14%) Exchange Server 2013
5 25 (1.98%) IIS
6 9 (0.71%) Apache
7 8 (0.63%) Exchange Server 2010
7 8 (0.63%) OpenStack
7 8 (0.63%) Tomcat
8 5 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2000
9 4 (0.32%) Confluence
9 4 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2007
9 4 (0.32%) SharePoint 2013
10 2 (0.16%) CMS
10 2 (0.16%) IBM Notes
10 2 (0.16%) WordPress
11 1 (0.079%) Commerce Server
11 1 (0.079%) Exchange Server 2003
11 1 (0.079%) GroupWise
11 1 (0.079%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 86 (6.83%) Microsoft Office
2 25 (1.98%) Microsoft Excel
3 23 (1.83%) MS Visio
4 11 (0.87%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.32%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.16%) FileZilla
8 1 (0.079%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 9 (0.71%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.24%) Line 500
2 3 (0.24%) Magento
2 3 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.16%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.079%) assyst
4 1 (0.079%) Cognos Planning
4 1 (0.079%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.079%) Oracle HRMS
4 1 (0.079%) Oracle Payroll
4 1 (0.079%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 169 (13.41%) Azure
2 153 (12.14%) Office 365
3 100 (7.94%) AWS
4 36 (2.86%) IaaS
5 32 (2.54%) Azure Active Directory
6 30 (2.38%) PaaS
6 30 (2.38%) SaaS
7 16 (1.27%) Cloud Computing
8 10 (0.79%) GCP
9 8 (0.63%) Mimecast
10 5 (0.40%) Akamai
10 5 (0.40%) AWS CloudFormation
10 5 (0.40%) G Suite
10 5 (0.40%) OpenShift
10 5 (0.40%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 4 (0.32%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 4 (0.32%) OneDrive
12 3 (0.24%) GitHub
13 1 (0.079%) Dynamics 365
13 1 (0.079%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 958 (76.03%) LAN
2 533 (42.30%) Firewall
3 272 (21.59%) VPN
4 226 (17.94%) Wireless
5 214 (16.98%) MPLS
6 212 (16.83%) BGP
7 211 (16.75%) DNS
8 186 (14.76%) TCP/IP
9 181 (14.37%) DHCP
10 170 (13.49%) OSPF
11 163 (12.94%) Wi-Fi
12 158 (12.54%) Network Security
13 132 (10.48%) VoIP
14 129 (10.24%) Internet
15 117 (9.29%) Cisco Nexus
16 104 (8.25%) WLAN
17 100 (7.94%) Cisco ASA
18 96 (7.62%) Ethernet
19 92 (7.30%) VLAN
20 87 (6.90%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 65 (5.16%) SQL Server
2 14 (1.11%) SQL Server 2012
3 11 (0.87%) Relational Database
4 9 (0.71%) SQL Server 2016
5 6 (0.48%) SQL Server 2008
6 5 (0.40%) MySQL
7 4 (0.32%) Oracle Reports
7 4 (0.32%) SQL Server 2014
8 3 (0.24%) Big Data
8 3 (0.24%) DB2
8 3 (0.24%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 2 (0.16%) Oracle Database
10 1 (0.079%) Azure SQL Database
10 1 (0.079%) MongoDB
10 1 (0.079%) NoSQL
10 1 (0.079%) Power BI
10 1 (0.079%) RDBMS
10 1 (0.079%) Redis
10 1 (0.079%) SQL Server 2000
10 1 (0.079%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 14 (1.11%) JIRA
1 14 (1.11%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 9 (0.71%) Git (software)
2 9 (0.71%) Team Foundation Server
3 7 (0.56%) Sonatype Nexus
4 5 (0.40%) Artifactory
4 5 (0.40%) Cucumber
4 5 (0.40%) JUnit
4 5 (0.40%) Maven
5 4 (0.32%) Jenkins
6 2 (0.16%) AutoIt
6 2 (0.16%) ClearCase
6 2 (0.16%) ClearQuest
6 2 (0.16%) GitLab
6 2 (0.16%) Hudson
6 2 (0.16%) Rational DOORS
6 2 (0.16%) Redmine
6 2 (0.16%) TeamCity
6 2 (0.16%) TestRail
7 1 (0.079%) webpack
General
1 135 (10.71%) Telecoms
2 117 (9.29%) Finance
3 73 (5.79%) Public Sector
4 39 (3.10%) Banking
5 28 (2.22%) Retail
6 22 (1.75%) Manufacturing
7 14 (1.11%) Law
8 13 (1.03%) Police
9 12 (0.95%) Local Government
9 12 (0.95%) Marketing
10 11 (0.87%) Legal
11 10 (0.79%) Financial Institution
11 10 (0.79%) Publishing
12 9 (0.71%) Back Office
13 8 (0.63%) Electronics
13 8 (0.63%) German Language
14 7 (0.56%) Advertising
14 7 (0.56%) French Language
15 6 (0.48%) Military
16 5 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 422 (33.49%) Network Engineer
2 151 (11.98%) Architect
3 94 (7.46%) Support Engineer
4 88 (6.98%) Analyst
5 79 (6.27%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 79 (6.27%) Network Architect
6 64 (5.08%) Cisco Engineer
7 61 (4.84%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 58 (4.60%) Project Manager
9 51 (4.05%) Consultant
10 46 (3.65%) WAN Engineer
11 45 (3.57%) Senior Network Engineer
12 39 (3.10%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 38 (3.02%) Security Engineer
13 38 (3.02%) Solutions Architect
14 35 (2.78%) 2nd Line Support
15 33 (2.62%) Network Support
15 33 (2.62%) Technical Leader
16 32 (2.54%) Infrastructure Architect
16 32 (2.54%) Network Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (2.78%) 802.1X
2 17 (1.35%) LDAP
3 14 (1.11%) Web Services
4 8 (0.63%) .NET
5 7 (0.56%) JSON
5 7 (0.56%) Middleware
5 7 (0.56%) XML
6 5 (0.40%) Apache Camel
6 5 (0.40%) Hibernate
6 5 (0.40%) TIBCO EMS
6 5 (0.40%) WireMock
7 4 (0.32%) Node.js
8 3 (0.24%) Jinja
9 2 (0.16%) Apache Cordova
9 2 (0.16%) Express
9 2 (0.16%) Flutter
9 2 (0.16%) Ionic Framework
9 2 (0.16%) ModSecurity
9 2 (0.16%) RESTful
9 2 (0.16%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 264 (20.95%) Data Centre
2 64 (5.08%) Analytical Skills
3 48 (3.81%) Management Information System
4 35 (2.78%) Video Conferencing
5 32 (2.54%) Self-Motivation
6 29 (2.30%) Video\Live Streaming
7 26 (2.06%) PKI
8 18 (1.43%) Clustering
8 18 (1.43%) Private Cloud
9 17 (1.35%) CMDB
9 17 (1.35%) Driving Licence
10 16 (1.27%) Device Driver
11 15 (1.19%) Public Cloud
11 15 (1.19%) User Experience
12 14 (1.11%) Fibre Optics
13 12 (0.95%) Hedge funds
14 11 (0.87%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
14 11 (0.87%) iPad
14 11 (0.87%) Virtual Team
15 10 (0.79%) CCTV
Operating Systems
1 349 (27.70%) Windows
2 156 (12.38%) Windows Server
3 125 (9.92%) Linux
4 95 (7.54%) Windows 10
5 75 (5.95%) Windows 7
6 67 (5.32%) Windows Server 2012
7 65 (5.16%) Windows Server 2008
8 49 (3.89%) Windows Server 2016
9 38 (3.02%) Android
10 33 (2.62%) Unix
11 19 (1.51%) Windows Server 2019
12 18 (1.43%) Windows Server 2003
13 16 (1.27%) Embedded Linux
14 15 (1.19%) Apple iOS
15 14 (1.11%) Mac OS
16 10 (0.79%) CatOS
16 10 (0.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 9 (0.71%) Windows 2000 Server
18 8 (0.63%) Solaris
19 7 (0.56%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 162 (12.86%) Migration
2 161 (12.78%) ITIL
3 135 (10.71%) Network Design
4 105 (8.33%) Problem-Solving
5 101 (8.02%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 99 (7.86%) Service Delivery
7 86 (6.83%) Project Management
8 77 (6.11%) Project Delivery
9 75 (5.95%) Network Management
10 69 (5.48%) Load Balancing
11 68 (5.40%) Change Management
12 67 (5.32%) Agile Software Development
13 64 (5.08%) Technical Leadership
14 55 (4.37%) Cybersecurity
14 55 (4.37%) Incident Management
15 50 (3.97%) Service Management
16 49 (3.89%) Network Architecture
17 48 (3.81%) Stakeholder Management
18 46 (3.65%) Information Security
19 45 (3.57%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 79 (6.27%) SQL
2 64 (5.08%) PowerShell
3 63 (5.00%) Python
4 15 (1.19%) Bash Shell
4 15 (1.19%) Java
5 13 (1.03%) C
6 9 (0.71%) Perl
6 9 (0.71%) Shell Script
7 7 (0.56%) VB
8 4 (0.32%) C-shell
8 4 (0.32%) Korn
9 3 (0.24%) C#
9 3 (0.24%) PHP
9 3 (0.24%) PL/SQL
10 2 (0.16%) Apple Swift
10 2 (0.16%) Embedded C
10 2 (0.16%) JavaScript
10 2 (0.16%) Objective-C
10 2 (0.16%) VBScript
11 1 (0.079%) Julia
Qualifications
1 387 (30.71%) Cisco Certification
2 289 (22.94%) Security Cleared
3 261 (20.71%) CCNP
4 192 (15.24%) CCNA
5 168 (13.33%) SC Cleared
6 102 (8.10%) CCIE
7 78 (6.19%) DV Cleared
8 67 (5.32%) Degree
9 53 (4.21%) CCDP
10 43 (3.41%) CCDA
11 36 (2.86%) CCIE Routing and Switching
12 35 (2.78%) BC Cleared
13 32 (2.54%) Microsoft Certification
14 26 (2.06%) BPSS Clearance
14 26 (2.06%) CISSP
15 24 (1.90%) MCSE
16 16 (1.27%) JNCIA
17 15 (1.19%) CCSP
18 14 (1.11%) CCIP
18 14 (1.11%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 50 (3.97%) SLA
2 25 (1.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 14 (1.11%) NIST
3 14 (1.11%) PMO
4 13 (1.03%) GDPR
5 10 (0.79%) NCSC
6 9 (0.71%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 8 (0.63%) ISO/IEC 27005
7 8 (0.63%) PCI DSS
8 7 (0.56%) QA
8 7 (0.56%) RMADS
9 6 (0.48%) Cyber Essentials
9 6 (0.48%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 5 (0.40%) COBIT
11 4 (0.32%) BS7799
12 3 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 2 (0.16%) JSP 440
14 1 (0.079%) Data Quality
14 1 (0.079%) HL7
14 1 (0.079%) MiFID
System Software
1 288 (22.86%) Active Directory
2 149 (11.83%) VMware Infrastructure
3 65 (5.16%) Hyper-V
4 28 (2.22%) vSphere
5 25 (1.98%) VMware ESXi
6 23 (1.83%) VMware NSX
7 18 (1.43%) XenApp
8 17 (1.35%) Virtual Machines
9 15 (1.19%) Virtual Servers
10 11 (0.87%) Docker
11 8 (0.63%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 8 (0.63%) vCloud
12 6 (0.48%) Samba
12 6 (0.48%) XenDesktop
13 5 (0.40%) Firmware
13 5 (0.40%) NFS
13 5 (0.40%) Virtual Desktop
13 5 (0.40%) VMware Workstation
14 4 (0.32%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 4 (0.32%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 72 (5.71%) SCCM
2 43 (3.41%) FortiGate
3 23 (1.83%) Ansible
3 23 (1.83%) Cisco Prime
3 23 (1.83%) Microsoft Intune
4 21 (1.67%) SCOM
5 13 (1.03%) Microsoft Clustering
6 12 (0.95%) Kubernetes
6 12 (0.95%) vRealize
7 11 (0.87%) Failover Clustering
7 11 (0.87%) Terraform
8 10 (0.79%) Puppet
9 9 (0.71%) Backup Exec
9 9 (0.71%) WSUS
10 8 (0.63%) vCenter Server
11 7 (0.56%) AirWatch
11 7 (0.56%) Norton AntiVirus
11 7 (0.56%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
12 6 (0.48%) OpenView
12 6 (0.48%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 612 (48.57%) Cisco
2 256 (20.32%) Microsoft
3 213 (16.90%) VMware
4 163 (12.94%) Juniper
5 128 (10.16%) CheckPoint
6 126 (10.00%) Palo Alto
7 111 (8.81%) Citrix
8 95 (7.54%) F5
9 73 (5.79%) Fortinet
10 70 (5.56%) SolarWinds
11 57 (4.52%) Meraki
12 47 (3.73%) Dell
13 42 (3.33%) Oracle
14 39 (3.10%) HP
15 35 (2.78%) Aruba
16 30 (2.38%) McAfee
17 27 (2.14%) Riverbed
17 27 (2.14%) Splunk
18 24 (1.90%) Google
19 20 (1.59%) Red Hat