Period
to 21 January 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 January 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 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 159 117 112
Rank change year-on-year -42 -5 -12
Contract jobs citing WAN 1,695 2,077 2,208
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.72% 2.16% 2.04%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 12.88% 14.43% 14.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 980 1,322 1,339
UK median daily rate £375 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +2.56% +11.43%
10th Percentile £175 £213 £212
90th Percentile £563 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £375 £375
% change year-on-year -3.33% - +11.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 95 96 145
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £20.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.07% +2.50% -0.62%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.47 £12.00
90th Percentile £34.50 £55.00 £49.13
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.75 £17.50
% change year-on-year -7.04% +1.43% -16.67%

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 13,163 14,395 15,077
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.33% 14.99% 13.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,132 8,760 8,723
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £180 £213 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 674 745 911
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £22.50 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.89% +2.27% +4.76%
10th Percentile £10.88 £11.47 £11.25
90th Percentile £45.25 £48.75 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £22.50 £21.25
% change year-on-year -15.56% +5.88% -5.56%

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 January 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 January 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 January 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 -32 1,589 £375 -6.25% 531
UK excluding London -39 1,024 £363 -3.33% 384
London -44 652 £400 -5.88% 169
South East -26 357 £400 - 99
Midlands +20 224 £400 +19.40% 78
West Midlands +23 169 £440 +25.71% 40
North of England -52 164 £350 -12.50% 108
East of England -36 103 £361 +10.31% 39
South West -5 87 £300 -2.04% 38
North West -64 85 £350 -15.41% 65
Scotland -48 72 £344 +3.77% 10
Yorkshire +3 66 £385 +18.46% 38
East Midlands +11 50 £339 +5.86% 37
Wales -6 18 £231 -29.92% 12
North East +1 13 £427 +6.68% 5
Northern Ireland -23 3 - -

For the 6 months to 21 January 2018, 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 1,329 (78.41%) LAN
2 796 (46.96%) Cisco
3 656 (38.70%) Firewall
4 544 (32.09%) Windows
5 436 (25.72%) Active Directory
6 388 (22.89%) Cisco Certification
7 368 (21.71%) Data Centre
8 366 (21.59%) Microsoft
9 362 (21.36%) VPN
10 321 (18.94%) VMware
11 319 (18.82%) ITIL
12 305 (17.99%) DNS
13 297 (17.52%) TCP/IP
14 282 (16.64%) Wireless
15 264 (15.58%) Windows Server
16 257 (15.16%) Security Cleared
17 254 (14.99%) MPLS
18 250 (14.75%) CCNP
19 237 (13.98%) DHCP
20 213 (12.57%) Juniper
21 208 (12.27%) VMware Infrastructure
22 204 (12.04%) CheckPoint
23 200 (11.80%) Citrix
24 196 (11.56%) Network Security
25 194 (11.45%) Finance
26 192 (11.33%) CCNA
27 191 (11.27%) Migration
28 190 (11.21%) Microsoft Azure
29 186 (10.97%) Office 365
30 175 (10.32%) SAN

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
1 165 (9.73%) MS Exchange
2 59 (3.48%) Exchange Server 2010
3 57 (3.36%) Skype for Business
4 55 (3.24%) SharePoint
5 32 (1.89%) Exchange Server 2007
6 30 (1.77%) IIS
7 21 (1.24%) Apache
8 15 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2013
8 15 (0.88%) JBoss
9 14 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2003
10 12 (0.71%) Elasticsearch
10 12 (0.71%) Tomcat
10 12 (0.71%) WebLogic
11 8 (0.47%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 7 (0.41%) CMS
12 7 (0.41%) iPlanet
12 7 (0.41%) OpenStack
12 7 (0.41%) Oracle Application Server
12 7 (0.41%) WebSphere
13 6 (0.35%) Confluence
Applications
1 152 (8.97%) Microsoft Office
2 35 (2.06%) Microsoft Excel
3 30 (1.77%) MS Visio
4 20 (1.18%) Microsoft Project
5 14 (0.83%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 9 (0.53%) Acrobat
7 8 (0.47%) PaintShop Pro
8 6 (0.35%) Houdini
8 6 (0.35%) Maya
8 6 (0.35%) NUKE
8 6 (0.35%) Photoshop
9 5 (0.29%) HipChat
10 4 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
11 3 (0.18%) Doxygen
Business Applications
1 4 (0.24%) Eikon
2 3 (0.18%) Maximo
3 2 (0.12%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.12%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
3 2 (0.12%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.059%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.059%) SAP HR
4 1 (0.059%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 190 (11.21%) Microsoft Azure
2 186 (10.97%) Office 365
3 138 (8.14%) Amazon AWS
4 41 (2.42%) IaaS
5 36 (2.12%) SaaS
6 35 (2.06%) PaaS
7 23 (1.36%) Cloud Computing
8 18 (1.06%) Azure Active Directory
9 9 (0.53%) Mimecast
9 9 (0.53%) OneDrive
10 8 (0.47%) OpenShift
11 7 (0.41%) AWS CloudFormation
12 4 (0.24%) Akamai
12 4 (0.24%) Amazon ELB
13 3 (0.18%) Google Cloud Platform
14 2 (0.12%) IBM Cloud
14 2 (0.12%) Oracle Service Cloud
15 1 (0.059%) OpenDNS
15 1 (0.059%) SoftLayer
15 1 (0.059%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 1,329 (78.41%) LAN
2 656 (38.70%) Firewall
3 362 (21.36%) VPN
4 305 (17.99%) DNS
5 297 (17.52%) TCP/IP
6 282 (16.64%) Wireless
7 254 (14.99%) MPLS
8 237 (13.98%) DHCP
9 196 (11.56%) Network Security
10 175 (10.32%) SAN
11 164 (9.68%) Cisco ASA
12 162 (9.56%) Internet
13 155 (9.14%) VoIP
14 153 (9.03%) Wi-Fi
15 150 (8.85%) BGP
16 146 (8.61%) VLAN
17 132 (7.79%) OSPF
18 113 (6.67%) Cisco Nexus
19 106 (6.25%) WLAN
20 66 (3.89%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 75 (4.42%) SQL Server
2 23 (1.36%) SQL Server 2008
3 11 (0.65%) SQL Server 2012
4 10 (0.59%) Big Data
5 8 (0.47%) Oracle Database
5 8 (0.47%) Relational Database
5 8 (0.47%) SQL Server 2005
6 6 (0.35%) DB2
7 5 (0.29%) Oracle Reports
7 5 (0.29%) PostgreSQL
8 3 (0.18%) Hadoop
8 3 (0.18%) MS Access
8 3 (0.18%) MySQL
8 3 (0.18%) NoSQL
8 3 (0.18%) SQL Server 2014
9 2 (0.12%) Amazon RDS
9 2 (0.12%) Electronic Patient Records
9 2 (0.12%) MongoDB
9 2 (0.12%) Power BI
9 2 (0.12%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 13 (0.77%) Git (software)
1 13 (0.77%) Jenkins
2 9 (0.53%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 8 (0.47%) JIRA
4 7 (0.41%) Maven
5 5 (0.29%) Bitbucket
5 5 (0.29%) git-flow
6 4 (0.24%) Artifactory
6 4 (0.24%) JUnit
6 4 (0.24%) Metasploit
6 4 (0.24%) Team Foundation Server
6 4 (0.24%) TeamCity
7 2 (0.12%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 2 (0.12%) Bugzilla
7 2 (0.12%) Cucumber
7 2 (0.12%) Redmine
7 2 (0.12%) Selenium
7 2 (0.12%) Trac
8 1 (0.059%) Octopus Deploy
8 1 (0.059%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 194 (11.45%) Finance
2 150 (8.85%) Telecoms
3 58 (3.42%) Banking
4 42 (2.48%) Retail
5 39 (2.30%) Legal
6 20 (1.18%) Manufacturing
7 16 (0.94%) Billing
7 16 (0.94%) Marketing
8 15 (0.88%) Investment Banking
9 12 (0.71%) Financial Institution
9 12 (0.71%) Law
10 10 (0.59%) Back Office
11 9 (0.53%) Advertising
11 9 (0.53%) French Language
11 9 (0.53%) Publishing
12 7 (0.41%) Electronics
13 6 (0.35%) Multimedia
14 5 (0.29%) Music Industry
15 4 (0.24%) Pharmaceutical
16 3 (0.18%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 419 (24.72%) Network Engineer
2 287 (16.93%) Architect
3 152 (8.97%) Analyst
4 150 (8.85%) Project Manager
5 136 (8.02%) Network Architect
6 131 (7.73%) Cisco Engineer
7 128 (7.55%) Support Engineer
8 113 (6.67%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 95 (5.60%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 72 (4.25%) Desktop Support
11 67 (3.95%) Infrastructure Manager
12 66 (3.89%) 2nd Line Support
13 64 (3.78%) Support Analyst
14 59 (3.48%) Network Support
15 55 (3.24%) 3rd Line Engineer
16 53 (3.13%) Security Architect
16 53 (3.13%) Senior Network Engineer
17 49 (2.89%) Infrastructure Project Manager
18 44 (2.60%) Network Manager
18 44 (2.60%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (2.06%) LDAP
2 25 (1.47%) Middleware
3 21 (1.24%) 802.1X
4 20 (1.18%) Web Services
5 17 (1.00%) .NET
6 15 (0.88%) XML
7 14 (0.83%) Node.js
8 11 (0.65%) JSON
9 7 (0.41%) LAMP
9 7 (0.41%) XSLT
10 6 (0.35%) HTML
11 5 (0.29%) FIX Protocol
11 5 (0.29%) J2EE
11 5 (0.29%) REST
11 5 (0.29%) SOAP
12 4 (0.24%) Ruby on Rails
13 3 (0.18%) AngularJS
13 3 (0.18%) Java EE
14 2 (0.12%) Elastic Stack
14 2 (0.12%) Sensu
Miscellaneous
1 368 (21.71%) Data Centre
2 87 (5.13%) Analytical Skills
3 82 (4.84%) Management Information System
4 46 (2.71%) Clustering
5 40 (2.36%) Replication
5 40 (2.36%) Video Conferencing
6 39 (2.30%) NHS
7 29 (1.71%) Public Cloud
8 26 (1.53%) Private Cloud
9 24 (1.42%) Smartphone
10 23 (1.36%) PKI
11 20 (1.18%) Linux Command Line
12 19 (1.12%) Enterprise Software
12 19 (1.12%) Hybrid Cloud
12 19 (1.12%) iPhone
13 15 (0.88%) Blackberry
13 15 (0.88%) Computer Science
13 15 (0.88%) iPad
14 14 (0.83%) Enterprise Storage
15 13 (0.77%) BYOD
Operating Systems
1 544 (32.09%) Windows
2 264 (15.58%) Windows Server
3 174 (10.27%) Linux
4 152 (8.97%) Windows 7
5 151 (8.91%) Windows Server 2008
6 147 (8.67%) Windows Server 2012
7 97 (5.72%) Windows 10
8 77 (4.54%) Unix
9 67 (3.95%) Windows Server 2003
10 48 (2.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 45 (2.65%) Windows 8
12 38 (2.24%) Windows XP
13 29 (1.71%) CentOS
14 25 (1.47%) Solaris
15 21 (1.24%) Windows Vista
16 20 (1.18%) AIX
17 17 (1.00%) Apple iOS
18 15 (0.88%) SUSE
19 14 (0.83%) Windows 2000
20 10 (0.59%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 319 (18.82%) ITIL
2 191 (11.27%) Migration
3 144 (8.50%) Project Management
4 139 (8.20%) Network Design
5 103 (6.08%) Service Delivery
6 102 (6.02%) PRINCE2
7 95 (5.60%) Network Management
8 90 (5.31%) Load Balancing
9 80 (4.72%) Change Management
10 79 (4.66%) Agile Software Development
11 76 (4.48%) Service Management
12 74 (4.37%) Network Monitoring
13 72 (4.25%) Disaster Recovery
14 68 (4.01%) Network Architecture
15 65 (3.83%) High Availability
15 65 (3.83%) Stakeholder Management
16 62 (3.66%) Information Security
16 62 (3.66%) WAN Optimisation
17 58 (3.42%) Change Control
17 58 (3.42%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 83 (4.90%) SQL
2 75 (4.42%) PowerShell
3 66 (3.89%) Python
4 49 (2.89%) Bash Shell
5 37 (2.18%) Perl
6 25 (1.47%) Java
7 22 (1.30%) C
8 16 (0.94%) Shell Script
9 11 (0.65%) C-shell
9 11 (0.65%) Korn
9 11 (0.65%) Ruby
10 9 (0.53%) VBScript
11 8 (0.47%) JavaScript
12 7 (0.41%) PHP
13 5 (0.29%) Groovy
14 2 (0.12%) C++
14 2 (0.12%) VB.NET
14 2 (0.12%) VBA
15 1 (0.059%) C#
15 1 (0.059%) Scala
Qualifications
1 388 (22.89%) Cisco Certification
2 257 (15.16%) Security Cleared
3 250 (14.75%) CCNP
4 192 (11.33%) CCNA
5 167 (9.85%) SC Cleared
6 132 (7.79%) Microsoft Certification
7 93 (5.49%) CCIE
8 92 (5.43%) Degree
9 88 (5.19%) MCSE
10 65 (3.83%) DV Cleared
11 57 (3.36%) MCP
12 37 (2.18%) CISSP
13 25 (1.47%) MCSA
14 22 (1.30%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 21 (1.24%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 20 (1.18%) MCDST
16 20 (1.18%) PMP
17 19 (1.12%) CCDP
18 17 (1.00%) BPSS Clearance
19 15 (0.88%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 85 (5.01%) SLA
2 46 (2.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 29 (1.71%) PCI DSS
4 24 (1.42%) GDPR
5 19 (1.12%) PMO
6 15 (0.88%) Disclosure Scotland
7 13 (0.77%) QA
8 12 (0.71%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 11 (0.65%) RMADS
10 7 (0.41%) JSP 440
10 7 (0.41%) MiFID
11 5 (0.29%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 4 (0.24%) GAAP
13 3 (0.18%) AIFMD
13 3 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
13 3 (0.18%) FATCA
13 3 (0.18%) IFRS
14 2 (0.12%) Data Quality
15 1 (0.059%) P3O
15 1 (0.059%) PMBOK
System Software
1 436 (25.72%) Active Directory
2 208 (12.27%) VMware Infrastructure
3 81 (4.78%) Hyper-V
4 64 (3.78%) vSphere
5 59 (3.48%) VMware ESXi
6 46 (2.71%) XenApp
7 32 (1.89%) Samba
8 28 (1.65%) VMware NSX
9 22 (1.30%) XenDesktop
10 19 (1.12%) Docker
10 19 (1.12%) Firmware
10 19 (1.12%) ProxySG
11 13 (0.77%) Microsoft App-V
11 13 (0.77%) Virtual Desktop
12 12 (0.71%) NFS
13 9 (0.53%) Virtual Servers
13 9 (0.53%) XenServer
14 6 (0.35%) DFS Replication
14 6 (0.35%) Virtual Machines
15 5 (0.29%) Gluster
Systems Management
1 122 (7.20%) SCCM
2 53 (3.13%) FortiGate
3 27 (1.59%) SCOM
4 26 (1.53%) Ansible
5 24 (1.42%) Cisco Prime
6 22 (1.30%) Nessus
7 21 (1.24%) Opscode Chef
8 20 (1.18%) Nagios
9 17 (1.00%) AirWatch
10 16 (0.94%) Puppet
11 14 (0.83%) Cisco CUCM
11 14 (0.83%) Kubernetes
12 13 (0.77%) WSUS
13 12 (0.71%) Network Intrusion Detection System
13 12 (0.71%) WMI
14 11 (0.65%) Cisco UCCX
15 10 (0.59%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
15 10 (0.59%) NetBackup
16 9 (0.53%) Norton AntiVirus
16 9 (0.53%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 796 (46.96%) Cisco
2 366 (21.59%) Microsoft
3 321 (18.94%) VMware
4 213 (12.57%) Juniper
5 204 (12.04%) CheckPoint
6 200 (11.80%) Citrix
7 133 (7.85%) HP
8 127 (7.49%) F5
9 101 (5.96%) Fortinet
10 95 (5.60%) SolarWinds
11 84 (4.96%) Palo Alto
12 70 (4.13%) Oracle
13 60 (3.54%) McAfee
14 59 (3.48%) Blue Coat
15 56 (3.30%) Aruba
16 51 (3.01%) IBM
17 50 (2.95%) Red Hat
18 48 (2.83%) Avaya
19 44 (2.60%) Riverbed
20 42 (2.48%) NetApp