Period
to 4 August 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 4 August 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
4 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 124 135 163
Rank change year-on-year +11 +28 -21
Contract jobs citing WAN 708 1,791 1,779
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.98% 1.96% 1.72%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.69% 15.27% 12.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 461 1,198 1,066
Median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +5.96%
10th Percentile £200 £200 £175
90th Percentile £600 £594 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 57 85 126
Median hourly rate £34.00 £17.50 £19.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +94.29% -11.39% -10.23%
10th Percentile £16.05 £12.00 £12.20
90th Percentile £47.69 £47.50 £45.56
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.92 £17.50 £19.39
% change year-on-year +48.09% -9.72% -0.59%

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 4,820 11,729 13,851
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.46% 12.86% 13.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,757 7,186 8,513
Median daily rate £425 £425 £425
10th Percentile £200 £200 £203
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £400 £395
% change year-on-year +1.25% +1.27% +3.95%
Number of hourly rates quoted 289 589 778
Median hourly rate £35.00 £23.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +48.94% +17.50% +5.26%
10th Percentile £14.86 £12.25 £12.20
90th Percentile £52.50 £52.30 £47.50
Median hourly rate £30.00 £22.50 £19.40
% change year-on-year +33.33% +16.01% +4.84%

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 4 August 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 4 August 2020.

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 4 August 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 +1 613 £425 - 171
UK excluding London +29 489 £400 - 154
London -26 176 £448 -3.24% 28
South East +13 150 £450 +12.50% 33
Midlands +60 101 £400 +17.65% 27
North of England -8 78 £375 +10.29% 53
West Midlands +68 73 £463 +26.71% 17
Work from Home -23 61 £398 +6.00% 18
South West +13 57 £425 +10.39% 21
East of England +38 48 £425 -5.56% 9
North West +5 43 £325 -13.33% 31
Scotland +41 42 £300 +10.09% 4
Yorkshire +41 33 £400 +9.59% 15
East Midlands +34 27 £331 +35.20% 9
Wales +39 14 £350 +10.67% 5
North East +2 2 £475 +61.02% 7

For the 6 months to 4 August 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.

1 507 (71.61%) LAN
2 321 (45.34%) Cisco
3 315 (44.49%) Firewall
4 206 (29.10%) Windows
5 193 (27.26%) Cisco Certification
6 181 (25.56%) VPN
7 177 (25.00%) Active Directory
8 167 (23.59%) Security Cleared
9 148 (20.90%) Data Centre
10 139 (19.63%) Wireless
11 138 (19.49%) Microsoft
12 137 (19.35%) CCNP
13 126 (17.80%) VMware
14 121 (17.09%) DNS
15 120 (16.95%) Azure
16 119 (16.81%) TCP/IP
17 112 (15.82%) Juniper
18 111 (15.68%) MPLS
19 110 (15.54%) BGP
20 107 (15.11%) OSPF
21 98 (13.84%) Internet
21 98 (13.84%) SC Cleared
22 96 (13.56%) Linux
23 95 (13.42%) Telecoms
24 94 (13.28%) CCNA
25 90 (12.71%) VoIP
26 86 (12.15%) Network Security
27 83 (11.72%) Migration
28 82 (11.58%) VMware Infrastructure
29 81 (11.44%) Office 365

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 29 (4.10%) MS Exchange
2 18 (2.54%) Skype for Business
3 13 (1.84%) SharePoint
4 11 (1.55%) Exchange Server 2013
5 6 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2010
5 6 (0.85%) IIS
5 6 (0.85%) Tomcat
6 5 (0.71%) Apache
6 5 (0.71%) OpenStack
7 4 (0.56%) JBoss
8 3 (0.42%) Confluence
8 3 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2007
8 3 (0.42%) IBM Notes
8 3 (0.42%) NetWeaver
8 3 (0.42%) WebSphere
9 2 (0.28%) CMS
9 2 (0.28%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 1 (0.14%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 1 (0.14%) Exchange Server 2003
10 1 (0.14%) WildFly
Applications
1 36 (5.08%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (2.40%) MS Visio
3 11 (1.55%) Microsoft Excel
4 5 (0.71%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (0.71%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.14%) FileZilla
5 1 (0.14%) Open Workbench
5 1 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.14%) assyst
1 1 (0.14%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 120 (16.95%) Azure
2 81 (11.44%) Office 365
3 49 (6.92%) AWS
4 40 (5.65%) IaaS
4 40 (5.65%) PaaS
5 30 (4.24%) SaaS
6 15 (2.12%) Azure ExpressRoute
7 12 (1.69%) Cloud Computing
8 11 (1.55%) Azure Active Directory
9 8 (1.13%) GCP
10 6 (0.85%) AWS CloudFormation
11 4 (0.56%) OpenShift
12 3 (0.42%) Akamai
13 2 (0.28%) G Suite
13 2 (0.28%) GitHub
13 2 (0.28%) Mimecast
13 2 (0.28%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 1 (0.14%) Cloudflare
14 1 (0.14%) Power Platform
14 1 (0.14%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 507 (71.61%) LAN
2 315 (44.49%) Firewall
3 181 (25.56%) VPN
4 139 (19.63%) Wireless
5 121 (17.09%) DNS
6 119 (16.81%) TCP/IP
7 111 (15.68%) MPLS
8 110 (15.54%) BGP
9 107 (15.11%) OSPF
10 98 (13.84%) Internet
11 90 (12.71%) VoIP
12 86 (12.15%) Network Security
13 80 (11.30%) DHCP
14 59 (8.33%) Cisco Nexus
14 59 (8.33%) EIGRP
14 59 (8.33%) Wi-Fi
15 58 (8.19%) IPsec
16 55 (7.77%) Ethernet
17 54 (7.63%) SAN
18 48 (6.78%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (3.25%) SQL Server
2 7 (0.99%) Azure SQL Database
2 7 (0.99%) Cosmos DB
3 6 (0.85%) DB2
3 6 (0.85%) MySQL
4 4 (0.56%) Relational Database
5 3 (0.42%) SAP HANA
6 2 (0.28%) Geospatial Data
6 2 (0.28%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (0.28%) SQL Server 2016
7 1 (0.14%) Crystal Reports
7 1 (0.14%) Data Lake
7 1 (0.14%) Electronic Patient Records
7 1 (0.14%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.14%) Oracle Database 12c
7 1 (0.14%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.14%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (0.14%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (0.14%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 9 (1.27%) JIRA
2 8 (1.13%) Team Foundation Server
3 6 (0.85%) Git (software)
3 6 (0.85%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 4 (0.56%) Artifactory
4 4 (0.56%) Jenkins
5 3 (0.42%) ClearCase
5 3 (0.42%) ClearQuest
5 3 (0.42%) Cucumber
5 3 (0.42%) JUnit
5 3 (0.42%) Maven
6 2 (0.28%) Rational DOORS
6 2 (0.28%) Redmine
6 2 (0.28%) TestDirector
6 2 (0.28%) Visual Studio
7 1 (0.14%) Eclipse
7 1 (0.14%) GitLab
7 1 (0.14%) Hudson
7 1 (0.14%) Sonatype Nexus
7 1 (0.14%) TeamCity
General
1 95 (13.42%) Telecoms
2 58 (8.19%) Finance
3 42 (5.93%) Public Sector
4 14 (1.98%) Manufacturing
5 10 (1.41%) Retail
6 8 (1.13%) Pharmaceutical
7 7 (0.99%) Banking
8 6 (0.85%) Local Government
9 5 (0.71%) Financial Institution
9 5 (0.71%) Legal
10 4 (0.56%) Marketing
11 3 (0.42%) Electronics
11 3 (0.42%) Military
11 3 (0.42%) Publishing
12 2 (0.28%) Advertising
12 2 (0.28%) Back Office
12 2 (0.28%) Italian Language
12 2 (0.28%) Law
13 1 (0.14%) French Language
13 1 (0.14%) German Language
Job Titles
1 219 (30.93%) Network Engineer
2 107 (15.11%) Architect
3 49 (6.92%) Network Architect
4 47 (6.64%) Support Engineer
5 40 (5.65%) Solutions Architect
6 39 (5.51%) Analyst
7 33 (4.66%) Security Engineer
8 29 (4.10%) Cisco Engineer
9 28 (3.95%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 28 (3.95%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 28 (3.95%) Project Manager
10 26 (3.67%) Network Support
10 26 (3.67%) Network Support Engineer
11 25 (3.53%) Senior Network Engineer
12 23 (3.25%) Consultant
13 21 (2.97%) WAN Engineer
14 18 (2.54%) Network Security Engineer
15 17 (2.40%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 17 (2.40%) Designer
16 16 (2.26%) LAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (4.24%) .NET
2 19 (2.68%) LDAP
3 14 (1.98%) 802.1X
3 14 (1.98%) Web Services
4 8 (1.13%) Middleware
5 5 (0.71%) XML
6 4 (0.56%) JSON
7 3 (0.42%) Apache Camel
7 3 (0.42%) Hibernate
7 3 (0.42%) SAP Basis
7 3 (0.42%) TIBCO EMS
7 3 (0.42%) WireMock
8 2 (0.28%) Apache Cordova
8 2 (0.28%) Elastic Stack
8 2 (0.28%) FIX Protocol
8 2 (0.28%) Flutter
8 2 (0.28%) Ionic Framework
8 2 (0.28%) Jinja
8 2 (0.28%) Node.js
9 1 (0.14%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 148 (20.90%) Data Centre
2 41 (5.79%) PKI
3 38 (5.37%) Self-Motivation
4 32 (4.52%) Analytical Skills
5 23 (3.25%) NHS
6 21 (2.97%) Management Information System
7 17 (2.40%) Video Conferencing
8 16 (2.26%) Clustering
8 16 (2.26%) Public Cloud
9 12 (1.69%) Client/Server
9 12 (1.69%) CMDB
9 12 (1.69%) Video\Live Streaming
10 11 (1.55%) Fibre Optics
11 10 (1.41%) Replication
12 8 (1.13%) Driving Licence
12 8 (1.13%) Tandem
13 7 (0.99%) CCTV
13 7 (0.99%) Device Driver
13 7 (0.99%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
14 6 (0.85%) CESG
Operating Systems
1 206 (29.10%) Windows
2 96 (13.56%) Linux
3 72 (10.17%) Windows Server
4 38 (5.37%) Unix
5 36 (5.08%) Windows 10
6 29 (4.10%) Windows Server 2012
7 27 (3.81%) Windows Server 2008
8 20 (2.82%) Windows 7
8 20 (2.82%) Windows Server 2016
9 15 (2.12%) Windows Server 2003
10 13 (1.84%) Windows Server 2019
10 13 (1.84%) Windows XP
11 10 (1.41%) Solaris
12 8 (1.13%) Android
12 8 (1.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 7 (0.99%) AIX
13 7 (0.99%) CatOS
13 7 (0.99%) Embedded Linux
14 5 (0.71%) Apple iOS
14 5 (0.71%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 83 (11.72%) Migration
2 80 (11.30%) ITIL
3 70 (9.89%) Network Design
4 59 (8.33%) Problem-Solving
5 52 (7.34%) Project Management
6 51 (7.20%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 51 (7.20%) Service Delivery
7 47 (6.64%) Agile Software Development
8 43 (6.07%) Load Balancing
9 36 (5.08%) Cybersecurity
10 34 (4.80%) Project Delivery
11 33 (4.66%) Service Management
12 32 (4.52%) PRINCE2
12 32 (4.52%) SIEM
13 31 (4.38%) DevOps
14 30 (4.24%) Network Management
15 28 (3.95%) Configuration Management
15 28 (3.95%) High Availability
16 27 (3.81%) Technical Leadership
17 26 (3.67%) Network Virtualisation
Programming Languages
1 36 (5.08%) Python
1 36 (5.08%) SQL
2 31 (4.38%) PowerShell
3 29 (4.10%) Java
4 15 (2.12%) C
5 13 (1.84%) Bash Shell
5 13 (1.84%) Shell Script
6 7 (0.99%) Perl
7 4 (0.56%) VB
8 3 (0.42%) PHP
8 3 (0.42%) VBScript
9 2 (0.28%) Apple Swift
9 2 (0.28%) C#
9 2 (0.28%) C-shell
9 2 (0.28%) Korn
9 2 (0.28%) Lisp
9 2 (0.28%) Objective-C
10 1 (0.14%) Go
10 1 (0.14%) Ruby
10 1 (0.14%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 193 (27.26%) Cisco Certification
2 167 (23.59%) Security Cleared
3 137 (19.35%) CCNP
4 98 (13.84%) SC Cleared
5 94 (13.28%) CCNA
6 56 (7.91%) CCIE
7 52 (7.34%) CCDP
8 50 (7.06%) DV Cleared
9 35 (4.94%) Degree
10 28 (3.95%) CISSP
11 23 (3.25%) BPSS Clearance
12 21 (2.97%) BC Cleared
12 21 (2.97%) CCIE Routing and Switching
13 20 (2.82%) Microsoft Certification
14 19 (2.68%) CCDA
15 14 (1.98%) MCSE
16 13 (1.84%) JNCIA
17 10 (1.41%) ITIL Certification
18 9 (1.27%) CCIP
18 9 (1.27%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (2.82%) SLA
2 19 (2.68%) QA
3 8 (1.13%) PCI DSS
4 6 (0.85%) GDPR
4 6 (0.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 4 (0.56%) Disclosure Scotland
5 4 (0.56%) NIST
6 3 (0.42%) COBIT
6 3 (0.42%) ISO 14001
6 3 (0.42%) ISO 9001
7 2 (0.28%) Cyber Essentials
7 2 (0.28%) PMO
8 1 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 1 (0.14%) FedRAMP
8 1 (0.14%) HAZOP
8 1 (0.14%) HIPAA
8 1 (0.14%) HL7
8 1 (0.14%) MiFID
8 1 (0.14%) NCSC
8 1 (0.14%) NIST 800
System Software
1 177 (25.00%) Active Directory
2 82 (11.58%) VMware Infrastructure
3 40 (5.65%) Hyper-V
4 19 (2.68%) VMware ESXi
4 19 (2.68%) vSphere
5 17 (2.40%) Virtual Machines
6 16 (2.26%) VMware NSX
7 11 (1.55%) Docker
7 11 (1.55%) XenApp
8 7 (0.99%) Virtual Desktop
9 6 (0.85%) vCloud
9 6 (0.85%) XenDesktop
10 4 (0.56%) NFS
10 4 (0.56%) Samba
10 4 (0.56%) Snort
10 4 (0.56%) Terminal Server
10 4 (0.56%) VMware Workstation
11 2 (0.28%) DFS Replication
11 2 (0.28%) Firmware
11 2 (0.28%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 38 (5.37%) SCCM
2 16 (2.26%) Ansible
2 16 (2.26%) FortiGate
3 15 (2.12%) Cisco Prime
4 14 (1.98%) Microsoft Clustering
4 14 (1.98%) Microsoft Intune
4 14 (1.98%) SCOM
5 12 (1.69%) Kubernetes
6 10 (1.41%) Failover Clustering
6 10 (1.41%) Puppet
6 10 (1.41%) vCenter Server
7 9 (1.27%) Terraform
7 9 (1.27%) vRealize
8 8 (1.13%) Opscode Chef
9 7 (0.99%) WSUS
10 5 (0.71%) Cisco CUCM
10 5 (0.71%) Cisco UCCX
10 5 (0.71%) Kibana
11 4 (0.56%) McAfee ePO
11 4 (0.56%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 321 (45.34%) Cisco
2 138 (19.49%) Microsoft
3 126 (17.80%) VMware
4 112 (15.82%) Juniper
5 58 (8.19%) Citrix
6 57 (8.05%) CheckPoint
7 56 (7.91%) F5
8 55 (7.77%) SolarWinds
9 48 (6.78%) Palo Alto
10 43 (6.07%) Dell
11 32 (4.52%) Oracle
12 31 (4.38%) Meraki
13 25 (3.53%) Splunk
14 22 (3.11%) Fortinet
15 19 (2.68%) HP
16 16 (2.26%) Aruba
17 15 (2.12%) Avaya
17 15 (2.12%) Red Hat
18 14 (1.98%) CyberArk
19 13 (1.84%) Riverbed