Period
to 27 January 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 27 January 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
27 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 125 154 161
Rank change year-on-year +29 +7 -38
Contract jobs citing WAN 1,426 1,752 1,716
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.99% 1.79% 1.72%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.50% 14.04% 12.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 915 1,117 996
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -6.25%
10th Percentile £181 £190 £175
90th Percentile £563 £575 £556
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £365
% change year-on-year +6.67% +2.74% -2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 82 80 100
UK median hourly rate £21.50 £23.15 £16.93
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.13% +36.74% -8.49%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.99 £11.00
90th Percentile £51.75 £47.09 £35.07
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £18.75 £16.50
% change year-on-year +1.33% +13.64% -

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 9,837 12,483 13,309
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.76% 12.74% 13.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,906 7,533 8,215
UK median daily rate £410 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.53% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £181 £200 £181
90th Percentile £600 £606 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 569 579 684
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £18.75 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.00% +0.27% -15.48%
10th Percentile £13.38 £12.00 £11.00
90th Percentile £53.00 £48.75 £46.41
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.11 £17.46 £19.00
% change year-on-year +15.18% -8.13% -15.56%

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 27 January 2020.

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 27 January 2020.

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 27 January 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 +34 1,326 £400 - 666
UK excluding London +35 956 £400 +6.67% 561
London +9 442 £375 -11.76% 142
South East +13 300 £425 +6.25% 148
North of England +27 217 £370 +3.86% 145
Midlands +52 184 £388 +3.33% 107
West Midlands +48 138 £398 +6.00% 64
North West +12 110 £400 +14.29% 84
South West +15 98 £350 -5.41% 53
East of England +33 86 £400 +14.29% 71
Yorkshire +36 77 £350 -3.45% 44
Scotland +30 58 £465 +28.28% 20
East Midlands +35 46 £375 -6.25% 43
North East +30 32 £355 +14.06% 17
Wales +27 16 £400 -10.61% 13
Northern Ireland -1 2 - - 4

For the 6 months to 27 January 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 1,067 (74.82%) LAN
2 760 (53.30%) Cisco
3 589 (41.30%) Firewall
4 427 (29.94%) Cisco Certification
5 402 (28.19%) Windows
6 320 (22.44%) Data Centre
7 318 (22.30%) VPN
8 300 (21.04%) Active Directory
9 285 (19.99%) Microsoft
10 278 (19.50%) CCNP
11 273 (19.14%) Security Cleared
12 258 (18.09%) MPLS
13 254 (17.81%) BGP
14 246 (17.25%) DNS
15 244 (17.11%) Wireless
16 222 (15.57%) CCNA
17 209 (14.66%) VMware
18 204 (14.31%) DHCP
19 203 (14.24%) TCP/IP
20 194 (13.60%) ITIL
21 185 (12.97%) Telecoms
21 185 (12.97%) Azure
21 185 (12.97%) Office 365
22 179 (12.55%) Windows Server
23 177 (12.41%) Wi-Fi
24 171 (11.99%) Migration
25 167 (11.71%) CheckPoint
25 167 (11.71%) SC Cleared
26 166 (11.64%) Network Security
27 165 (11.57%) Juniper

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 94 (6.59%) MS Exchange
2 81 (5.68%) SharePoint
3 64 (4.49%) Skype for Business
4 22 (1.54%) Exchange Server 2013
5 20 (1.40%) IIS
6 11 (0.77%) Exchange Server 2000
6 11 (0.77%) Exchange Server 2010
6 11 (0.77%) OpenStack
7 9 (0.63%) Confluence
8 6 (0.42%) Apache
8 6 (0.42%) SharePoint 2013
9 4 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2007
10 3 (0.21%) Tomcat
11 2 (0.14%) SharePoint 2010
11 2 (0.14%) WebSphere
12 1 (0.070%) Camunda
12 1 (0.070%) Elasticsearch
12 1 (0.070%) SharePoint Server
12 1 (0.070%) WebSphere Application Server
12 1 (0.070%) WordPress
Applications
1 122 (8.56%) Microsoft Office
2 30 (2.10%) Microsoft Excel
3 25 (1.75%) MS Visio
4 13 (0.91%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 5 (0.35%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.070%) FileZilla
Business Applications
1 15 (1.05%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.28%) Remedy ITSM
3 3 (0.21%) Line 500
3 3 (0.21%) Magento
4 2 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (0.14%) OpenText VIM for SAP
4 2 (0.14%) Oracle Retail
5 1 (0.070%) assyst
5 1 (0.070%) Cognos Planning
5 1 (0.070%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.070%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.070%) Oracle HRMS
5 1 (0.070%) Oracle Payroll
5 1 (0.070%) PeopleSoft Financials
5 1 (0.070%) RMDS
5 1 (0.070%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 185 (12.97%) Azure
1 185 (12.97%) Office 365
2 111 (7.78%) AWS
3 38 (2.66%) Azure Active Directory
3 38 (2.66%) IaaS
4 33 (2.31%) SaaS
5 28 (1.96%) PaaS
6 17 (1.19%) Cloud Computing
7 13 (0.91%) Mimecast
8 11 (0.77%) OneDrive
8 11 (0.77%) Power Platform
9 9 (0.63%) PowerApps
10 8 (0.56%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 7 (0.49%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 6 (0.42%) Dynamics 365
13 5 (0.35%) Microsoft Flow
14 3 (0.21%) Akamai
14 3 (0.21%) G Suite
14 3 (0.21%) GCP
15 2 (0.14%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 1,067 (74.82%) LAN
2 589 (41.30%) Firewall
3 318 (22.30%) VPN
4 258 (18.09%) MPLS
5 254 (17.81%) BGP
6 246 (17.25%) DNS
7 244 (17.11%) Wireless
8 204 (14.31%) DHCP
9 203 (14.24%) TCP/IP
10 177 (12.41%) Wi-Fi
11 166 (11.64%) Network Security
12 165 (11.57%) OSPF
13 163 (11.43%) Cisco ASA
14 161 (11.29%) VoIP
15 144 (10.10%) Internet
16 118 (8.27%) WLAN
17 116 (8.13%) Cisco Nexus
18 104 (7.29%) VLAN
19 103 (7.22%) IPsec
20 102 (7.15%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 63 (4.42%) SQL Server
2 15 (1.05%) SQL Server 2012
3 10 (0.70%) Relational Database
4 9 (0.63%) SQL Server 2016
5 7 (0.49%) SQL Server 2008
6 6 (0.42%) Data Warehouse
7 5 (0.35%) Power BI
7 5 (0.35%) SQL Server 2014
8 4 (0.28%) SQL Server 2017
9 3 (0.21%) Big Data
9 3 (0.21%) MySQL
9 3 (0.21%) Oracle Reports
9 3 (0.21%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 2 (0.14%) Amazon RDS
10 2 (0.14%) DB2
10 2 (0.14%) Oracle Database
10 2 (0.14%) SAP HANA
11 1 (0.070%) Electronic Patient Records
11 1 (0.070%) Informix
11 1 (0.070%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 17 (1.19%) JIRA
2 16 (1.12%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 9 (0.63%) Team Foundation Server
4 5 (0.35%) Sonatype Nexus
5 4 (0.28%) Git (software)
5 4 (0.28%) Hudson
6 3 (0.21%) TestRail
7 2 (0.14%) Artifactory
7 2 (0.14%) Cucumber
7 2 (0.14%) Jenkins
7 2 (0.14%) JUnit
7 2 (0.14%) Maven
8 1 (0.070%) AutoIt
8 1 (0.070%) GCC
8 1 (0.070%) LoadRunner
8 1 (0.070%) Mocha
8 1 (0.070%) NeoLoad
8 1 (0.070%) TeamCity
8 1 (0.070%) webpack
General
1 185 (12.97%) Telecoms
2 155 (10.87%) Finance
3 79 (5.54%) Public Sector
4 49 (3.44%) Banking
5 35 (2.45%) Retail
6 20 (1.40%) Manufacturing
7 17 (1.19%) Law
8 15 (1.05%) Publishing
9 14 (0.98%) Marketing
10 12 (0.84%) Police
11 11 (0.77%) Advertising
11 11 (0.77%) Financial Institution
12 10 (0.70%) Legal
13 9 (0.63%) Local Government
14 8 (0.56%) Electronics
14 8 (0.56%) German Language
14 8 (0.56%) Multimedia
15 7 (0.49%) Back Office
15 7 (0.49%) French Language
15 7 (0.49%) Military
Job Titles
1 492 (34.50%) Network Engineer
2 173 (12.13%) Architect
3 113 (7.92%) Support Engineer
4 111 (7.78%) Analyst
5 89 (6.24%) Network Architect
6 88 (6.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 77 (5.40%) Cisco Engineer
8 71 (4.98%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 67 (4.70%) Project Manager
10 55 (3.86%) 2nd Line Support
11 53 (3.72%) Consultant
12 52 (3.65%) Senior Network Engineer
13 51 (3.58%) WAN Engineer
14 48 (3.37%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 46 (3.23%) Security Engineer
16 41 (2.88%) Infrastructure Architect
17 40 (2.81%) Solutions Architect
18 39 (2.73%) Network Security Engineer
18 39 (2.73%) Network Support
18 39 (2.73%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 52 (3.65%) 802.1X
2 23 (1.61%) Web Services
3 6 (0.42%) Django
3 6 (0.42%) Middleware
4 5 (0.35%) LDAP
5 3 (0.21%) .NET
5 3 (0.21%) RESTful
5 3 (0.21%) XML
6 2 (0.14%) Apache Camel
6 2 (0.14%) CSS
6 2 (0.14%) Express
6 2 (0.14%) FFmpeg
6 2 (0.14%) Hibernate
6 2 (0.14%) JSON
6 2 (0.14%) LAMP
6 2 (0.14%) ModSecurity
6 2 (0.14%) Node.js
6 2 (0.14%) SailPoint
6 2 (0.14%) TIBCO EMS
6 2 (0.14%) WireMock
Miscellaneous
1 320 (22.44%) Data Centre
2 72 (5.05%) Analytical Skills
3 56 (3.93%) Video Conferencing
4 51 (3.58%) Management Information System
5 32 (2.24%) PKI
6 29 (2.03%) Self-Motivation
7 24 (1.68%) Public Cloud
8 22 (1.54%) Private Cloud
9 19 (1.33%) iPhone
10 17 (1.19%) Hybrid Cloud
11 16 (1.12%) Driving Licence
12 15 (1.05%) Video\Live Streaming
13 14 (0.98%) NHS
14 13 (0.91%) iPad
14 13 (0.91%) User Experience
15 12 (0.84%) Handset
15 12 (0.84%) Hedge funds
16 11 (0.77%) Smartphone
16 11 (0.77%) VxBlock/Vblock
17 10 (0.70%) Fibre Optics
Operating Systems
1 402 (28.19%) Windows
2 179 (12.55%) Windows Server
3 133 (9.33%) Windows 10
4 123 (8.63%) Linux
5 106 (7.43%) Windows 7
6 70 (4.91%) Windows Server 2008
7 68 (4.77%) Windows Server 2012
8 45 (3.16%) Android
9 34 (2.38%) Unix
10 20 (1.40%) Windows Server 2003
11 17 (1.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 16 (1.12%) Apple iOS
12 16 (1.12%) Mac OS
13 14 (0.98%) Windows 2000 Server
14 12 (0.84%) Solaris
15 8 (0.56%) Embedded Linux
15 8 (0.56%) Mac OS X
15 8 (0.56%) SUSE
16 7 (0.49%) CentOS
16 7 (0.49%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 194 (13.60%) ITIL
2 171 (11.99%) Migration
3 130 (9.12%) Network Design
4 127 (8.91%) Problem-Solving
5 103 (7.22%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 103 (7.22%) Project Management
6 102 (7.15%) Service Delivery
7 94 (6.59%) Project Delivery
8 83 (5.82%) Change Management
9 82 (5.75%) Load Balancing
10 81 (5.68%) Agile Software Development
10 81 (5.68%) Network Management
11 72 (5.05%) Incident Management
12 67 (4.70%) Disaster Recovery
13 62 (4.35%) Network Architecture
14 57 (4.00%) PRINCE2
15 53 (3.72%) Service Management
15 53 (3.72%) Stakeholder Management
16 52 (3.65%) Network Monitoring
17 51 (3.58%) Cybersecurity
Programming Languages
1 83 (5.82%) SQL
2 60 (4.21%) Python
3 59 (4.14%) PowerShell
4 29 (2.03%) Perl
5 17 (1.19%) C
6 15 (1.05%) Java
7 14 (0.98%) Bash Shell
8 11 (0.77%) Shell Script
9 6 (0.42%) Tcl
10 4 (0.28%) C-shell
10 4 (0.28%) Korn
10 4 (0.28%) VB
11 3 (0.21%) C#
11 3 (0.21%) C++
11 3 (0.21%) Ruby
12 2 (0.14%) Embedded C
12 2 (0.14%) JavaScript
12 2 (0.14%) PL/SQL
13 1 (0.070%) VB.NET
13 1 (0.070%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 427 (29.94%) Cisco Certification
2 278 (19.50%) CCNP
3 273 (19.14%) Security Cleared
4 222 (15.57%) CCNA
5 167 (11.71%) SC Cleared
6 113 (7.92%) CCIE
7 70 (4.91%) Degree
8 65 (4.56%) DV Cleared
9 44 (3.09%) CCDA
10 42 (2.95%) CCDP
11 41 (2.88%) Microsoft Certification
12 31 (2.17%) BC Cleared
13 28 (1.96%) BPSS Clearance
14 26 (1.82%) CCIE Routing and Switching
15 24 (1.68%) MCSE
16 20 (1.40%) CISSP
17 17 (1.19%) CCSP
17 17 (1.19%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
18 16 (1.12%) CCIP
18 16 (1.12%) CCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 70 (4.91%) SLA
2 29 (2.03%) QA
3 22 (1.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 15 (1.05%) GDPR
4 15 (1.05%) PMO
5 12 (0.84%) NCSC
5 12 (0.84%) NIST
6 10 (0.70%) PCI DSS
7 9 (0.63%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 9 (0.63%) RMADS
8 8 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 27005
9 6 (0.42%) COBIT
10 5 (0.35%) Cyber Essentials
10 5 (0.35%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 4 (0.28%) BS7799
12 2 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 2 (0.14%) JSP 440
13 1 (0.070%) HL7
13 1 (0.070%) MiFID
13 1 (0.070%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 300 (21.04%) Active Directory
2 143 (10.03%) VMware Infrastructure
3 51 (3.58%) Hyper-V
4 27 (1.89%) vSphere
5 26 (1.82%) VMware ESXi
6 24 (1.68%) VMware NSX
7 19 (1.33%) Virtual Servers
8 16 (1.12%) XenApp
9 12 (0.84%) Firmware
10 10 (0.70%) Virtual Machines
11 7 (0.49%) vCloud
11 7 (0.49%) XenDesktop
12 6 (0.42%) Samba
12 6 (0.42%) VMware Server
13 5 (0.35%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 5 (0.35%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 5 (0.35%) Docker
13 5 (0.35%) EMC RecoverPoint
14 3 (0.21%) Virtual Desktop
14 3 (0.21%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 83 (5.82%) SCCM
2 62 (4.35%) FortiGate
3 34 (2.38%) Microsoft Intune
4 29 (2.03%) Cisco Prime
5 23 (1.61%) Ansible
6 20 (1.40%) Cisco CUCM
6 20 (1.40%) SCOM
6 20 (1.40%) WSUS
7 16 (1.12%) AirWatch
8 11 (0.77%) Single Sign-On
9 10 (0.70%) Backup Exec
10 9 (0.63%) Puppet
11 8 (0.56%) Avamar
11 8 (0.56%) Nagios
11 8 (0.56%) Terraform
12 7 (0.49%) Opscode Chef
12 7 (0.49%) Salt
12 7 (0.49%) vRealize
13 6 (0.42%) Iperf
13 6 (0.42%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 760 (53.30%) Cisco
2 285 (19.99%) Microsoft
3 209 (14.66%) VMware
4 167 (11.71%) CheckPoint
5 165 (11.57%) Juniper
6 151 (10.59%) Palo Alto
7 111 (7.78%) Citrix
8 105 (7.36%) F5
9 88 (6.17%) Fortinet
10 83 (5.82%) SolarWinds
11 69 (4.84%) Meraki
12 53 (3.72%) Aruba
13 52 (3.65%) HP
14 36 (2.52%) McAfee
15 35 (2.45%) Oracle
16 34 (2.38%) Riverbed
17 32 (2.24%) Dell
18 28 (1.96%) Mitel
18 28 (1.96%) Red Hat
19 25 (1.75%) Apple