Period
to 25 April 2019

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 25 April 2019 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
25 Apr 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 142 161 111
Rank change year-on-year +19 -50 0
Contract jobs citing WAN 1,752 1,689 1,940
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.85% 1.67% 2.13%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.64% 12.68% 14.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,112 1,043 1,255
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +1.27% +1.28%
10th Percentile £198 £175 £205
90th Percentile £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £381 £375
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.47% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 97 102 106
UK median hourly rate £18.06 £17.38 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.91% +2.21% -20.34%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.78 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.50 £35.51 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.34 £17.50 £16.05
% change year-on-year -0.94% +9.07% -19.78%

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 11,967 13,320 13,035
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.60% 13.18% 14.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,378 8,225 7,931
UK median daily rate £425 £415 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.41% +2.47% +1.25%
10th Percentile £203 £200 £209
90th Percentile £606 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £388 £380
% change year-on-year +6.45% +1.97% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 559 732 725
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £19.24 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.26% -12.53% -13.73%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £49.50 £47.50 £51.88
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.41 £18.84 £21.00
% change year-on-year -7.59% -10.29% -16.00%

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 25 April 2019.

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 25 April 2019.

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 25 April 2019. 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 +16 1,630 £413 +3.13% 215
UK excluding London +16 1,060 £390 +2.50% 166
London +10 662 £425 +6.25% 59
South East +28 406 £400 -3.32% 37
North of England +29 222 £360 +2.86% 58
Midlands -28 136 £370 -19.57% 21
South West -10 112 £350 +7.69% 17
North West +9 106 £351 +0.36% 37
East of England +29 94 £450 +25.00% 23
West Midlands -31 94 £370 -22.11% 18
Yorkshire +27 88 £410 +9.33% 18
Scotland +8 68 £375 +25.00% 5
East Midlands +12 41 £340 -4.90% 3
North East +12 28 £300 -51.02% 3
Wales +3 19 £350 +12.00% 5
Northern Ireland +16 7 £278 -

For the 6 months to 25 April 2019, 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 1,338 (76.37%) LAN
2 950 (54.22%) Cisco
3 803 (45.83%) Firewall
4 566 (32.31%) Cisco Certification
5 538 (30.71%) Windows
6 465 (26.54%) VPN
7 415 (23.69%) Active Directory
8 412 (23.52%) Data Centre
9 378 (21.58%) CCNP
10 365 (20.83%) Microsoft
11 345 (19.69%) TCP/IP
12 326 (18.61%) Wireless
13 318 (18.15%) VMware
14 316 (18.04%) DNS
14 316 (18.04%) CheckPoint
15 295 (16.84%) MPLS
16 293 (16.72%) ITIL
17 280 (15.98%) BGP
18 267 (15.24%) OSPF
18 267 (15.24%) CCNA
19 264 (15.07%) Security Cleared
20 248 (14.16%) Network Security
21 247 (14.10%) Windows Server
22 246 (14.04%) Microsoft Azure
23 242 (13.81%) Juniper
24 235 (13.41%) DHCP
25 233 (13.30%) Office 365
26 231 (13.18%) Finance
27 219 (12.50%) Amazon AWS
28 210 (11.99%) Migration

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
1 101 (5.76%) MS Exchange
2 71 (4.05%) Skype for Business
3 66 (3.77%) SharePoint
4 24 (1.37%) Exchange Server 2013
5 22 (1.26%) Exchange Server 2010
6 12 (0.68%) Tomcat
7 11 (0.63%) OpenStack
8 10 (0.57%) Apache
8 10 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2007
8 10 (0.57%) JBoss
9 7 (0.40%) Confluence
9 7 (0.40%) IIS
10 4 (0.23%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 4 (0.23%) IBM Notes
10 4 (0.23%) WebLogic
10 4 (0.23%) WordPress
11 3 (0.17%) Elasticsearch
11 3 (0.17%) IBM Domino
11 3 (0.17%) MS Project Server
12 2 (0.11%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 174 (9.93%) Microsoft Office
2 39 (2.23%) Microsoft Excel
3 32 (1.83%) MS Visio
4 23 (1.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 23 (1.31%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (0.17%) Windchill
6 1 (0.057%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.057%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.057%) Houdini
6 1 (0.057%) Maya
6 1 (0.057%) NUKE
6 1 (0.057%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.057%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.057%) assyst
1 1 (0.057%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (0.057%) RMDS
1 1 (0.057%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 246 (14.04%) Microsoft Azure
2 233 (13.30%) Office 365
3 219 (12.50%) Amazon AWS
4 54 (3.08%) IaaS
5 41 (2.34%) PaaS
6 38 (2.17%) SaaS
7 28 (1.60%) Cloud Computing
8 22 (1.26%) OpenShift
9 18 (1.03%) Google Cloud Platform
10 16 (0.91%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 15 (0.86%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 15 (0.86%) OneDrive
12 11 (0.63%) Azure Active Directory
13 10 (0.57%) Mimecast
14 9 (0.51%) Akamai
15 8 (0.46%) Amazon ELB
16 7 (0.40%) Datadog
16 7 (0.40%) Sumo Logic
17 4 (0.23%) Amazon EC2
17 4 (0.23%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 1,338 (76.37%) LAN
2 803 (45.83%) Firewall
3 465 (26.54%) VPN
4 345 (19.69%) TCP/IP
5 326 (18.61%) Wireless
6 316 (18.04%) DNS
7 295 (16.84%) MPLS
8 280 (15.98%) BGP
9 267 (15.24%) OSPF
10 248 (14.16%) Network Security
11 235 (13.41%) DHCP
12 198 (11.30%) Cisco ASA
13 197 (11.24%) VoIP
14 195 (11.13%) Cisco Nexus
15 168 (9.59%) Wi-Fi
16 156 (8.90%) Internet
17 151 (8.62%) SAN
18 136 (7.76%) WLAN
19 126 (7.19%) VLAN
20 120 (6.85%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 66 (3.77%) SQL Server
2 14 (0.80%) MySQL
3 11 (0.63%) Relational Database
4 9 (0.51%) RDBMS
5 8 (0.46%) MariaDB
5 8 (0.46%) Oracle Database
6 7 (0.40%) PostgreSQL
7 6 (0.34%) Big Data
8 5 (0.29%) NoSQL
9 3 (0.17%) Data Warehouse
9 3 (0.17%) Oracle Discoverer
9 3 (0.17%) Oracle Reports
9 3 (0.17%) SQL Server 2012
10 2 (0.11%) Amazon RDS
10 2 (0.11%) Electronic Patient Records
10 2 (0.11%) SQL Server 2000
11 1 (0.057%) FileMaker
11 1 (0.057%) HBase
11 1 (0.057%) Mahout
11 1 (0.057%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 12 (0.68%) JIRA
1 12 (0.68%) Sonatype Nexus
2 10 (0.57%) Team Foundation Server
3 8 (0.46%) Git (software)
3 8 (0.46%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 4 (0.23%) Hudson
4 4 (0.23%) Jenkins
5 3 (0.17%) AdminStudio
5 3 (0.17%) InstallShield
6 2 (0.11%) Burp Suite
6 2 (0.11%) Metasploit
6 2 (0.11%) Visual Studio
7 1 (0.057%) Bitbucket
7 1 (0.057%) QARun
7 1 (0.057%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 1 (0.057%) Subversion
7 1 (0.057%) TestDirector
7 1 (0.057%) Trac
7 1 (0.057%) WinRunner
7 1 (0.057%) Zephyr
General
1 231 (13.18%) Finance
2 143 (8.16%) Telecoms
3 62 (3.54%) Retail
4 56 (3.20%) Banking
5 31 (1.77%) Financial Institution
5 31 (1.77%) Law
6 30 (1.71%) Manufacturing
7 19 (1.08%) Investment Banking
8 12 (0.68%) Legal
8 12 (0.68%) Local Government
8 12 (0.68%) Multimedia
9 7 (0.40%) Marketing
10 6 (0.34%) Back Office
10 6 (0.34%) Electronics
10 6 (0.34%) German Language
10 6 (0.34%) Military
11 5 (0.29%) Advertising
11 5 (0.29%) Billing
11 5 (0.29%) Publishing
12 4 (0.23%) Games
Job Titles
1 601 (34.30%) Network Engineer
2 236 (13.47%) Architect
3 178 (10.16%) Analyst
4 112 (6.39%) Support Engineer
5 111 (6.34%) Network Architect
6 104 (5.94%) Cisco Engineer
7 103 (5.88%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 100 (5.71%) Project Manager
9 89 (5.08%) Senior Network Engineer
10 85 (4.85%) Cisco Network Engineer
11 82 (4.68%) Consultant
12 81 (4.62%) Security Engineer
13 62 (3.54%) Network Security Engineer
14 54 (3.08%) WAN Engineer
15 51 (2.91%) 2nd Line Support
16 49 (2.80%) Desktop Support
17 47 (2.68%) Infrastructure Manager
18 46 (2.63%) Support Analyst
19 45 (2.57%) Infrastructure Architect
19 45 (2.57%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (2.34%) Web Services
2 40 (2.28%) 802.1X
3 31 (1.77%) Elastic Stack
4 28 (1.60%) Middleware
5 18 (1.03%) J2EE
6 17 (0.97%) REST
7 16 (0.91%) LDAP
8 10 (0.57%) SOAP
8 10 (0.57%) XML
8 10 (0.57%) XMPP
9 9 (0.51%) JSON
10 8 (0.46%) YAML
11 5 (0.29%) HTML
11 5 (0.29%) RESTful
12 4 (0.23%) Jinja
12 4 (0.23%) SailPoint
12 4 (0.23%) Software Packaging
13 3 (0.17%) WAP
14 2 (0.11%) Node.js
14 2 (0.11%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 412 (23.52%) Data Centre
2 81 (4.62%) Management Information System
3 70 (4.00%) Analytical Skills
4 58 (3.31%) Video Conferencing
5 55 (3.14%) Self-Motivation
6 51 (2.91%) Public Cloud
7 44 (2.51%) PKI
8 32 (1.83%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 29 (1.66%) Cyberattack
10 26 (1.48%) NHS
11 24 (1.37%) Smartphone
12 22 (1.26%) Driving Licence
13 17 (0.97%) Clustering
13 17 (0.97%) Private Cloud
13 17 (0.97%) Replication
14 16 (0.91%) EMC VNX
15 15 (0.86%) iPhone
15 15 (0.86%) Mainframe
16 14 (0.80%) Hedge funds
17 13 (0.74%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 538 (30.71%) Windows
2 247 (14.10%) Windows Server
3 169 (9.65%) Linux
4 114 (6.51%) Windows 10
5 110 (6.28%) Windows 7
6 106 (6.05%) Windows Server 2012
7 88 (5.02%) Unix
8 73 (4.17%) Windows Server 2008
9 59 (3.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 38 (2.17%) Android
11 32 (1.83%) Windows Server 2003
12 22 (1.26%) Mac OS X
12 22 (1.26%) Windows 8
13 18 (1.03%) Solaris
13 18 (1.03%) Windows XP
14 17 (0.97%) CentOS
15 16 (0.91%) Apple iOS
16 14 (0.80%) Ubuntu
17 11 (0.63%) Mac OS
18 6 (0.34%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 293 (16.72%) ITIL
2 210 (11.99%) Migration
3 179 (10.22%) Network Design
4 155 (8.85%) Load Balancing
5 151 (8.62%) Project Management
6 148 (8.45%) Network Monitoring
7 136 (7.76%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 129 (7.36%) Problem-Solving
9 126 (7.19%) Network Management
10 100 (5.71%) Change Management
11 97 (5.54%) Agile Software Development
12 94 (5.37%) Stakeholder Management
13 81 (4.62%) Service Management
14 80 (4.57%) DevOps
15 76 (4.34%) Information Security
16 73 (4.17%) Service Delivery
17 70 (4.00%) Disaster Recovery
18 69 (3.94%) Patch Management
19 65 (3.71%) Network Architecture
20 64 (3.65%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 94 (5.37%) Python
2 88 (5.02%) SQL
3 86 (4.91%) PowerShell
4 34 (1.94%) Perl
5 25 (1.43%) Java
6 22 (1.26%) C
7 15 (0.86%) Shell Script
7 15 (0.86%) VB
8 14 (0.80%) Bash Shell
9 5 (0.29%) VBScript
10 3 (0.17%) C++
10 3 (0.17%) JavaScript
11 2 (0.11%) PHP
11 2 (0.11%) R
11 2 (0.11%) Ruby
12 1 (0.057%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.057%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 566 (32.31%) Cisco Certification
2 378 (21.58%) CCNP
3 267 (15.24%) CCNA
4 264 (15.07%) Security Cleared
5 172 (9.82%) SC Cleared
6 154 (8.79%) CCIE
7 89 (5.08%) DV Cleared
7 89 (5.08%) Microsoft Certification
8 82 (4.68%) Degree
9 65 (3.71%) MCSE
10 51 (2.91%) CCDP
11 33 (1.88%) CISSP
12 30 (1.71%) MCSA
13 29 (1.66%) JNCIP
14 26 (1.48%) BPSS Clearance
15 25 (1.43%) CCSA
15 25 (1.43%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 22 (1.26%) PMP
17 21 (1.20%) Computer Science Degree
18 20 (1.14%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 81 (4.62%) SLA
2 33 (1.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 28 (1.60%) PCI DSS
4 25 (1.43%) GDPR
5 20 (1.14%) PMO
6 11 (0.63%) HIPAA
6 11 (0.63%) QA
7 7 (0.40%) FedRAMP
8 6 (0.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 5 (0.29%) Cyber Essentials
10 4 (0.23%) COBIT
11 3 (0.17%) Data Quality
11 3 (0.17%) Disclosure Scotland
12 2 (0.11%) HL7
12 2 (0.11%) ISO 9001
13 1 (0.057%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 1 (0.057%) FISMA
13 1 (0.057%) ISO 22301
13 1 (0.057%) MiFID
13 1 (0.057%) PMBOK
System Software
1 415 (23.69%) Active Directory
2 199 (11.36%) VMware Infrastructure
3 75 (4.28%) Hyper-V
4 45 (2.57%) VMware ESXi
5 32 (1.83%) Docker
6 28 (1.60%) Firmware
7 27 (1.54%) vSphere
8 24 (1.37%) XenApp
9 22 (1.26%) XenDesktop
10 20 (1.14%) VMware NSX
11 17 (0.97%) Virtual Machines
12 14 (0.80%) KVM
12 14 (0.80%) Virtual Desktop
13 11 (0.63%) ProxySG
13 11 (0.63%) Virtual Servers
14 9 (0.51%) BitLocker
15 8 (0.46%) Squid
15 8 (0.46%) Varnish
15 8 (0.46%) VMware Workstation
16 7 (0.40%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 112 (6.39%) SCCM
2 46 (2.63%) Ansible
3 40 (2.28%) Cisco Prime
4 37 (2.11%) Puppet
5 25 (1.43%) Cisco CUCM
6 23 (1.31%) Opscode Chef
7 22 (1.26%) QRadar
8 21 (1.20%) FortiGate
9 19 (1.08%) Nagios
10 18 (1.03%) Failover Clustering
11 16 (0.91%) Kubernetes
11 16 (0.91%) Single Sign-On
12 15 (0.86%) SCOM
13 14 (0.80%) Microsoft Intune
13 14 (0.80%) vCenter Server
14 11 (0.63%) WSUS
15 9 (0.51%) Terraform
16 8 (0.46%) Cacti
16 8 (0.46%) vRealize
17 7 (0.40%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 950 (54.22%) Cisco
2 365 (20.83%) Microsoft
3 318 (18.15%) VMware
4 316 (18.04%) CheckPoint
5 242 (13.81%) Juniper
6 205 (11.70%) F5
7 163 (9.30%) Citrix
8 139 (7.93%) Palo Alto
9 110 (6.28%) HP
10 104 (5.94%) SolarWinds
11 81 (4.62%) Aruba
12 75 (4.28%) Fortinet
13 74 (4.22%) Meraki
14 72 (4.11%) Dell
14 72 (4.11%) McAfee
15 70 (4.00%) Oracle
16 63 (3.60%) Riverbed
17 57 (3.25%) Apple
17 57 (3.25%) Splunk
18 53 (3.03%) Red Hat