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 3 months to 24 June 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
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 126 106 95
Rank change year-on-year -20 -11  
Contract jobs citing WAN 904 1200 1226
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.95% 2.23% 2.19%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.41% 13.83% 15.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 610 726 735
Median daily rate £388 £400 £353
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.12% +13.47%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £228 £191
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 58 57 72
Median hourly rate £27.50 £21.50 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +27.90% +2.38%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.30 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.00 £22.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +18.18% -2.22%  

WAN is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 6274 8675 8108
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.56% 16.13% 14.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 3717 5255 4568
Median daily rate £400 £390 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +8.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £212 £240 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £368 £345
% change year-on-year +2.04% +6.52%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 391 426 478
Median hourly rate £27.50 £29.00 £23.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.17% +23.40%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.05 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £32.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -13.84% +30.00%  

WAN
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing WAN as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

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 3 months to 24 June 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 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for WAN in the UK

WAN
Top 30 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 3 months to 24 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -28 803 £389 -2.75% 256
London -30 283 £425 -5.55% 73
South East -16 182 £400 +6.66% 48
West Midlands +15 76 £393 +16.29% 24
Scotland +52 74 £372 -0.93% 6
Hampshire +17 72 £450 +20.00% 16
East of England -7 71 £350 -15.40% 16
South West -27 61 £313 -10.71% 10
City of London -23 53 £426 -10.26% 14
Yorkshire +15 49 £363 +7.40% 17
North West -9 46 £325 -13.33% 55
Berkshire +2 42 £360 +2.85% 14
West Yorkshire +27 36 £350 - 14
Hertfordshire +16 31 £375 -11.76% 4
Edinburgh +30 28 £225 -35.71% 3
Leeds +21 28 £350 - 8
Bristol +3 28 £313 -10.71% 3
North East +40 27 £475 +35.71% 3
Tyne and Wear +47 24 £475 +35.71% 2
Milton Keynes +4 24 £398 -7.55% 1
Buckinghamshire -4 24 £398 -7.55% 2
Newcastle upon Tyne +47 23 £475 +35.71% 2
Aberdeen +12 23 £424 - 1
Cambridgeshire +5 23 £300 -27.27% 4
Manchester -3 20 £236 -37.06% 30
Solihull +24 19 - - 1
Birmingham -12 18 £388 +17.42% 11
Cheshire +23 17 £338 +3.84% 16
Wales -1 17 £300 -20.52% 4
Wiltshire -16 16 £376 +0.33% 4

For the 6 months to 24 June 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 1523 (81.84%) LAN
2 913 (49.06%) Cisco
3 800 (42.99%) Firewall
4 605 (32.51%) Windows
5 577 (31.00%) Cisco Certification
6 426 (22.89%) Wireless
7 418 (22.46%) CCNP
8 404 (21.71%) Data Centre
9 397 (21.33%) Security Cleared
10 396 (21.28%) Active Directory
10 396 (21.28%) ITIL
11 394 (21.17%) VPN
12 358 (19.24%) Microsoft
13 325 (17.46%) Juniper
14 318 (17.09%) VMware
15 294 (15.80%) CheckPoint
15 294 (15.80%) TCP/IP
16 279 (14.99%) SC Cleared
17 278 (14.94%) DNS
18 265 (14.24%) Network Design
19 258 (13.86%) F5
20 256 (13.76%) CCNA
21 250 (13.43%) MPLS
22 226 (12.14%) Windows Server
23 211 (11.34%) Finance
24 207 (11.12%) HP
25 206 (11.07%) Cisco ASA
26 203 (10.91%) VMware Infrastructure
27 202 (10.85%) VoIP
28 201 (10.80%) Network Security

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
1 114 (6.13%) MS Exchange
2 65 (3.49%) SharePoint
3 59 (3.17%) IIS
4 54 (2.90%) Skype for Business
5 36 (1.93%) Exchange Server 2010
6 27 (1.45%) OpenStack
7 26 (1.40%) Exchange Server 2013
8 21 (1.13%) Apache
8 21 (1.13%) Tomcat
9 20 (1.07%) Exchange Server 2007
10 9 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2003
10 9 (0.48%) WebSphere
11 8 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2000
12 7 (0.38%) Exchange Server 5.5
12 7 (0.38%) IBM Notes
13 5 (0.27%) Elasticsearch
13 5 (0.27%) WebLogic
14 4 (0.21%) BizTalk Server
15 3 (0.16%) JBoss
15 3 (0.16%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 150 (8.06%) Microsoft Office
2 36 (1.93%) MS Visio
3 26 (1.40%) Microsoft Excel
4 8 (0.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 5 (0.27%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.16%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.054%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 12 (0.64%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 8 (0.43%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (0.27%) Remedy ITSM
4 4 (0.21%) Dynamics CRM
5 3 (0.16%) assyst
6 2 (0.11%) thinkFolio
7 1 (0.054%) NetSuite
7 1 (0.054%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 1 (0.054%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 155 (8.33%) Office 365
2 141 (7.58%) Microsoft Azure
3 129 (6.93%) Amazon AWS
4 45 (2.42%) IaaS
5 27 (1.45%) SaaS
6 25 (1.34%) PaaS
7 17 (0.91%) Azure Active Directory
8 13 (0.70%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 8 (0.43%) Yammer
10 7 (0.38%) Cloud Computing
11 6 (0.32%) AWS CloudFormation
11 6 (0.32%) Google Cloud Platform
11 6 (0.32%) OneDrive
12 5 (0.27%) Amazon EC2
13 4 (0.21%) Amazon S3
13 4 (0.21%) Mimecast
13 4 (0.21%) OpenShift
14 3 (0.16%) IBM Cloud
15 2 (0.11%) G Suite
15 2 (0.11%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 1523 (81.84%) LAN
2 800 (42.99%) Firewall
3 426 (22.89%) Wireless
4 394 (21.17%) VPN
5 294 (15.80%) TCP/IP
6 278 (14.94%) DNS
7 250 (13.43%) MPLS
8 206 (11.07%) Cisco ASA
9 202 (10.85%) VoIP
10 201 (10.80%) Network Security
11 197 (10.59%) DHCP
12 191 (10.26%) BGP
13 170 (9.13%) Wi-Fi
14 155 (8.33%) OSPF
15 135 (7.25%) VLAN
16 134 (7.20%) Cisco Nexus
17 130 (6.99%) Internet
18 126 (6.77%) SAN
19 111 (5.96%) WLAN
20 97 (5.21%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 104 (5.59%) SQL Server
2 41 (2.20%) Relational Database
3 24 (1.29%) MySQL
4 16 (0.86%) Big Data
5 14 (0.75%) Apache Cassandra
6 12 (0.64%) MongoDB
7 11 (0.59%) MS Access
7 11 (0.59%) SQL Server 2005
7 11 (0.59%) SQL Server 2008
8 10 (0.54%) Redis
9 7 (0.38%) SQL Server 2012
9 7 (0.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 6 (0.32%) Oracle Database
10 6 (0.32%) PostgreSQL
10 6 (0.32%) RDBMS
11 5 (0.27%) Amazon RDS
12 4 (0.21%) Hadoop
12 4 (0.21%) Power BI
12 4 (0.21%) SQL Server 2000
12 4 (0.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 19 (1.02%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 18 (0.97%) Jenkins
3 16 (0.86%) Git (software)
4 9 (0.48%) JIRA
5 7 (0.38%) Visual Studio
6 6 (0.32%) Visual Studio Team System
7 5 (0.27%) Team Foundation Server
8 4 (0.21%) Artifactory
9 3 (0.16%) ClearCase
9 3 (0.16%) ClearQuest
10 2 (0.11%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 2 (0.11%) Bitbucket
10 2 (0.11%) Bugzilla
10 2 (0.11%) JUnit
10 2 (0.11%) MSI
10 2 (0.11%) Redmine
10 2 (0.11%) Selenium
10 2 (0.11%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 2 (0.11%) Trac
10 2 (0.11%) Travis CI
General
1 211 (11.34%) Finance
2 190 (10.21%) Telecoms
3 54 (2.90%) Banking
4 49 (2.63%) Retail
5 42 (2.26%) Legal
6 33 (1.77%) Manufacturing
7 27 (1.45%) Marketing
8 14 (0.75%) Electronics
8 14 (0.75%) Law
9 12 (0.64%) Back Office
10 10 (0.54%) Local Government
11 9 (0.48%) Advertising
11 9 (0.48%) Multimedia
12 8 (0.43%) Billing
12 8 (0.43%) French Language
13 7 (0.38%) Investment Banking
14 4 (0.21%) Games
14 4 (0.21%) Military
14 4 (0.21%) Pharmaceutical
14 4 (0.21%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 516 (27.73%) Network Engineer
2 275 (14.78%) Architect
3 191 (10.26%) Analyst
4 148 (7.95%) Project Manager
5 120 (6.45%) Support Engineer
6 116 (6.23%) Network Architect
7 114 (6.13%) Cisco Engineer
8 101 (5.43%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 92 (4.94%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 81 (4.35%) Consultant
11 76 (4.08%) Infrastructure Architect
12 72 (3.87%) Infrastructure Manager
13 71 (3.82%) 2nd Line Support
14 70 (3.76%) Network Analyst
15 63 (3.39%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 63 (3.39%) Senior Network Engineer
16 55 (2.96%) Infrastructure Project Manager
17 53 (2.85%) Network Support
17 53 (2.85%) Technical Architect
18 50 (2.69%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (2.47%) 802.1X
2 42 (2.26%) Web Services
3 32 (1.72%) Elastic Stack
4 21 (1.13%) .NET
4 21 (1.13%) HTML
5 20 (1.07%) Middleware
6 12 (0.64%) Sensu
7 7 (0.38%) LAMP
7 7 (0.38%) XML
8 6 (0.32%) .NET Framework
8 6 (0.32%) CSS
8 6 (0.32%) REST
8 6 (0.32%) RESTful
9 5 (0.27%) jQuery
10 4 (0.21%) SAML
10 4 (0.21%) SOAP
11 3 (0.16%) J2EE
11 3 (0.16%) Java SE
11 3 (0.16%) Leaflet
12 2 (0.11%) Rendezvous
Miscellaneous
1 404 (21.71%) Data Centre
2 118 (6.34%) Analytical Skills
3 83 (4.46%) Management Information System
4 61 (3.28%) Computer Science
5 53 (2.85%) Private Cloud
6 43 (2.31%) Smartphone
7 37 (1.99%) Clustering
8 33 (1.77%) Driving Licence
9 24 (1.29%) NHS
9 24 (1.29%) Video Conferencing
10 19 (1.02%) Replication
10 19 (1.02%) Virtual Team
11 17 (0.91%) Mainframe
11 17 (0.91%) Public Cloud
12 16 (0.86%) CESG
12 16 (0.86%) PKI
12 16 (0.86%) RSA SecurID
13 13 (0.70%) Linux Command Line
13 13 (0.70%) Video on Demand
14 11 (0.59%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 605 (32.51%) Windows
2 226 (12.14%) Windows Server
3 199 (10.69%) Linux
4 149 (8.01%) Windows Server 2008
5 129 (6.93%) Windows Server 2012
6 116 (6.23%) Windows 7
7 105 (5.64%) Unix
8 80 (4.30%) Windows Server 2003
9 72 (3.87%) Windows 10
10 47 (2.53%) Windows XP
11 44 (2.36%) Android
12 34 (1.83%) Windows 8
13 27 (1.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 22 (1.18%) Solaris
15 20 (1.07%) CentOS
16 18 (0.97%) Mac OS X
17 16 (0.86%) Apple iOS
18 15 (0.81%) AIX
19 13 (0.70%) Windows Phone
20 12 (0.64%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 396 (21.28%) ITIL
2 265 (14.24%) Network Design
3 191 (10.26%) Migration
4 157 (8.44%) Service Management
5 136 (7.31%) Load Balancing
6 133 (7.15%) Project Management
7 123 (6.61%) Network Management
8 107 (5.75%) PRINCE2
9 93 (5.00%) Change Management
10 92 (4.94%) High Availability
11 86 (4.62%) Disaster Recovery
11 86 (4.62%) Network Monitoring
12 85 (4.57%) ITSM
13 79 (4.25%) Stakeholder Management
14 76 (4.08%) DevOps
15 75 (4.03%) Agile Software Development
16 73 (3.92%) Service Delivery
17 67 (3.60%) Information Security
18 66 (3.55%) Network Architecture
19 65 (3.49%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 100 (5.37%) SQL
2 61 (3.28%) PowerShell
3 36 (1.93%) Perl
4 33 (1.77%) C
5 32 (1.72%) Python
6 31 (1.67%) Java
7 28 (1.50%) PHP
8 14 (0.75%) VB
9 13 (0.70%) Shell Script
10 10 (0.54%) Lisp
11 9 (0.48%) Bash Shell
11 9 (0.48%) JavaScript
12 6 (0.32%) C#
12 6 (0.32%) Korn
12 6 (0.32%) VBScript
13 5 (0.27%) Delphi
14 4 (0.21%) Ruby
15 3 (0.16%) C++
15 3 (0.16%) Groovy
15 3 (0.16%) VBA
Qualifications
1 577 (31.00%) Cisco Certification
2 418 (22.46%) CCNP
3 397 (21.33%) Security Cleared
4 279 (14.99%) SC Cleared
5 256 (13.76%) CCNA
6 186 (9.99%) CCIE
7 131 (7.04%) Degree
8 110 (5.91%) CCDP
9 95 (5.10%) DV Cleared
10 88 (4.73%) CCSA
11 85 (4.57%) JNCIA
12 82 (4.41%) CCSE
12 82 (4.41%) JNCIE
13 70 (3.76%) Microsoft Certification
14 68 (3.65%) CCIP
15 56 (3.01%) Computer Science Degree
16 49 (2.63%) HP ASE
17 48 (2.58%) HP MASE
18 45 (2.42%) MCSE
19 43 (2.31%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 75 (4.03%) SLA
2 29 (1.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 21 (1.13%) PCI DSS
4 20 (1.07%) PMO
4 20 (1.07%) QA
5 18 (0.97%) Disclosure Scotland
6 12 (0.64%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 6 (0.32%) JSP 440
8 4 (0.21%) COBIT
8 4 (0.21%) HIPAA
9 3 (0.16%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 2 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials
10 2 (0.11%) GMP
10 2 (0.11%) GPG13
10 2 (0.11%) ISO 9001
11 1 (0.054%) BS25999
11 1 (0.054%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 1 (0.054%) P3O
11 1 (0.054%) PMBOK
System Software
1 396 (21.28%) Active Directory
2 203 (10.91%) VMware Infrastructure
3 82 (4.41%) Hyper-V
4 33 (1.77%) vSphere
5 32 (1.72%) VMware ESXi
6 27 (1.45%) XenApp
7 25 (1.34%) Docker
8 24 (1.29%) Virtual Servers
9 20 (1.07%) Xen
10 17 (0.91%) KVM
11 16 (0.86%) ProxySG
12 13 (0.70%) ISA Server
13 12 (0.64%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 12 (0.64%) vCloud
14 11 (0.59%) Virtual Machines
15 9 (0.48%) Samba
16 8 (0.43%) Forefront TMG
16 8 (0.43%) VMware Server
17 7 (0.38%) UAG
17 7 (0.38%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 99 (5.32%) FortiGate
2 68 (3.65%) SCCM
3 41 (2.20%) Cisco Prime
4 40 (2.15%) SCOM
5 27 (1.45%) Cisco CUCM
6 24 (1.29%) Ansible
7 21 (1.13%) logstash
7 21 (1.13%) Puppet
8 20 (1.07%) AirWatch
9 19 (1.02%) Kubernetes
10 18 (0.97%) Nagios
10 18 (0.97%) QRadar
10 18 (0.97%) WSUS
11 17 (0.91%) McAfee ePO
12 15 (0.81%) Cisco UCCX
12 15 (0.81%) Grafana
13 14 (0.75%) Opscode Chef
14 13 (0.70%) Kibana
15 11 (0.59%) NetBackup
15 11 (0.59%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 913 (49.06%) Cisco
2 358 (19.24%) Microsoft
3 325 (17.46%) Juniper
4 318 (17.09%) VMware
5 294 (15.80%) CheckPoint
6 258 (13.86%) F5
7 207 (11.12%) HP
8 198 (10.64%) Citrix
9 135 (7.25%) Palo Alto
10 134 (7.20%) Riverbed
11 131 (7.04%) Fortinet
12 91 (4.89%) Aruba
13 78 (4.19%) SolarWinds
14 69 (3.71%) Oracle
15 54 (2.90%) Red Hat
16 49 (2.63%) Blue Coat
17 48 (2.58%) Avaya
18 47 (2.53%) Apple
18 47 (2.53%) Dell
19 46 (2.47%) NetApp
Maldon, Essex
Austin Fraser
Rate: £13.00
Posted: Yesterday
London
Joseph Harry Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Eastleigh, Hampshire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £200 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Dudley, West Midlands (County)
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Comtecs
Rate: £180 - £200 Per Day to £200 p/day
Posted: Yesterday
Durham, County Durham
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £9.50 - £12.50 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 - £375 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Rate: £Negotiable/Flexible
Posted: Yesterday
Pontefract, West Yorkshire
Roc Search
Rate: £10 - £14 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Eastleigh, Hampshire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £300 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Derby, Derbyshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £38 - £42 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Cititec
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
onezeero.
Rate: £450 - £500 per day + benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £180.00 - £200.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Cititec
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Pontefract, West Yorkshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £14 - £14.40 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Maclean Moore Consulting
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £330 - £550.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Spring Technology
Posted: 5 days ago
Middlesex
Gibbs
Rate: £0 - £475 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Oscar
Rate: £500 - £501 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
CPS Group UK
Rate: £500 - £550 per day + Expenses
Posted: 2 days ago
Selby, North Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day 6 Months initially
Posted: 4 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350.00 - £440.00 per day + up to £90 travel expenses
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Synergize Consulting
Posted: 4 days ago
Berkshire
ECMWF
Posted: 11 days ago
London
Roc Search
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
Shropshire
Shropshire Council
Posted: 16 days ago