Period
to 25 September 2017

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 September 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
6 months to
25 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 143 111 104
Rank change year-on-year -32 -7 +16
Contract jobs citing WAN 1827 2282 2417
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.86% 2.15% 2.12%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 13.50% 13.62% 15.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 1172 1436 1474
UK median daily rate £375 £400 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +12.68% +1.43%
10th Percentile £192 £219 £193
90th Percentile £550 £588 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £375 £348
% change year-on-year -1.33% +7.68% +3.95%
Number of hourly rates quoted 111 89 144
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £20.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.00% +17.65% -2.86%
10th Percentile £12.24 £11.25 £11.65
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.83 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.90 £20.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -0.50% +14.29% -

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 13538 16751 16020
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.79% 15.81% 14.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 8172 10188 9108
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -
10th Percentile £195 £220 £207
90th Percentile £575 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14% +0.79%
Number of hourly rates quoted 738 834 1033
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £25.00 £20.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.00% +23.85% +1.38%
10th Percentile £10.99 £11.55 £11.00
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.98 £25.00 £20.19
% change year-on-year -24.08% +23.85% +1.38%

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 September 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 6 months to 25 September 2017.

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 September 2017. 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 1676 £385 -3.75% 191
UK excluding London -15 1207 £370 -1.33% 152
London -34 599 £425 -5.56% 51
South East -7 374 £388 +1.31% 40
North of England -3 240 £375 - 39
Midlands -4 209 £386 +6.55% 23
West Midlands +13 166 £388 +10.87% 21
East of England -21 138 £357 +1.93% 27
South West -24 118 £320 -1.54% 11
Scotland +15 112 £350 -9.39% 7
North West -27 104 £375 -6.25% 26
Yorkshire +35 99 £375 +15.38% 13
East Midlands -30 40 £320 -24.71% 2
North East +26 37 £448 +27.86%
Wales -18 20 £305 -15.86% 5
Northern Ireland -60 3 £325 -10.34%

For the 6 months to 25 September 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 1500 (82.10%) LAN
2 901 (49.32%) Cisco
3 785 (42.97%) Firewall
4 603 (33.00%) Windows
5 485 (26.55%) Cisco Certification
6 426 (23.32%) Data Centre
7 414 (22.66%) Active Directory
8 412 (22.55%) VPN
9 372 (20.36%) Wireless
10 365 (19.98%) Microsoft
11 347 (18.99%) ITIL
12 340 (18.61%) VMware
13 326 (17.84%) TCP/IP
14 322 (17.62%) CCNP
15 287 (15.71%) DNS
16 285 (15.60%) Security Cleared
17 283 (15.49%) Windows Server
18 268 (14.67%) MPLS
19 265 (14.50%) CheckPoint
20 259 (14.18%) Juniper
21 256 (14.01%) Linux
22 231 (12.64%) Network Design
23 228 (12.48%) Wi-Fi
24 223 (12.21%) Finance
25 222 (12.15%) VMware Infrastructure
26 216 (11.82%) DHCP
27 214 (11.71%) Citrix
28 210 (11.49%) Telecoms
29 209 (11.44%) Network Security
30 207 (11.33%) CCNA

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
1 150 (8.21%) MS Exchange
2 54 (2.96%) Exchange Server 2010
3 52 (2.85%) SharePoint
4 48 (2.63%) IIS
5 46 (2.52%) Skype for Business
6 38 (2.08%) OpenStack
7 29 (1.59%) Apache
7 29 (1.59%) Tomcat
8 20 (1.09%) JBoss
9 18 (0.99%) Exchange Server 2007
10 17 (0.93%) WebLogic
11 16 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2013
12 14 (0.77%) Apache Spark
12 14 (0.77%) Exchange Server 2003
13 13 (0.71%) WebSphere
14 10 (0.55%) iPlanet
14 10 (0.55%) Oracle Application Server
15 8 (0.44%) BizTalk Server
15 8 (0.44%) CMS
16 7 (0.38%) Exchange Server 2000
Applications
1 128 (7.01%) Microsoft Office
2 51 (2.79%) Microsoft Excel
3 35 (1.92%) MS Visio
4 17 (0.93%) Microsoft Project
5 15 (0.82%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 6 (0.33%) Houdini
6 6 (0.33%) Maya
6 6 (0.33%) NUKE
6 6 (0.33%) Photoshop
7 4 (0.22%) Acrobat
7 4 (0.22%) PaintShop Pro
8 2 (0.11%) HipChat
8 2 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 8 (0.44%) Dynamics AX
2 7 (0.38%) Eikon
3 6 (0.33%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 3 (0.16%) Maximo
5 2 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.055%) assyst
6 1 (0.055%) Dynamics CRM
6 1 (0.055%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.055%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 1 (0.055%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 148 (8.10%) Office 365
2 126 (6.90%) Microsoft Azure
3 115 (6.29%) Amazon AWS
4 41 (2.24%) IaaS
5 33 (1.81%) SaaS
6 28 (1.53%) PaaS
7 18 (0.99%) Azure Active Directory
8 14 (0.77%) GitHub
9 9 (0.49%) Cloud Computing
9 9 (0.49%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 7 (0.38%) OpenShift
11 6 (0.33%) Google Cloud Platform
11 6 (0.33%) IBM Cloud
11 6 (0.33%) Mimecast
12 5 (0.27%) Akamai
13 4 (0.22%) AWS CloudFormation
14 3 (0.16%) Amazon ELB
14 3 (0.16%) OneDrive
14 3 (0.16%) Yammer
15 2 (0.11%) Cloudflare
Communications & Networking
1 1500 (82.10%) LAN
2 785 (42.97%) Firewall
3 412 (22.55%) VPN
4 372 (20.36%) Wireless
5 326 (17.84%) TCP/IP
6 287 (15.71%) DNS
7 268 (14.67%) MPLS
8 228 (12.48%) Wi-Fi
9 216 (11.82%) DHCP
10 209 (11.44%) Network Security
11 198 (10.84%) VoIP
12 191 (10.45%) Cisco ASA
13 184 (10.07%) BGP
14 151 (8.26%) SAN
15 150 (8.21%) Internet
16 149 (8.16%) OSPF
17 143 (7.83%) Cisco Nexus
18 141 (7.72%) WLAN
19 133 (7.28%) VLAN
20 105 (5.75%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 90 (4.93%) SQL Server
2 35 (1.92%) Big Data
3 22 (1.20%) Relational Database
4 20 (1.09%) SQL Server 2008
5 18 (0.99%) Hadoop
5 18 (0.99%) MySQL
6 15 (0.82%) HBase
7 14 (0.77%) Apache Cassandra
7 14 (0.77%) Apache Hive
7 14 (0.77%) Impala
7 14 (0.77%) MongoDB
7 14 (0.77%) Sqoop
8 11 (0.60%) MS Access
9 7 (0.38%) Oracle Reports
9 7 (0.38%) SQL Server 2005
9 7 (0.38%) SQL Server 2012
10 6 (0.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 5 (0.27%) PostgreSQL
11 5 (0.27%) Power BI
12 4 (0.22%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 32 (1.75%) Git (software)
2 25 (1.37%) Jenkins
3 21 (1.15%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 11 (0.60%) JIRA
5 6 (0.33%) Team Foundation Server
5 6 (0.33%) Visual Studio
6 5 (0.27%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 5 (0.27%) JUnit
6 5 (0.27%) Selenium
7 4 (0.22%) Bugzilla
7 4 (0.22%) Metasploit
7 4 (0.22%) Redmine
7 4 (0.22%) TeamCity
7 4 (0.22%) Trac
7 4 (0.22%) Visual Studio Team System
8 3 (0.16%) Artifactory
9 2 (0.11%) Bitbucket
9 2 (0.11%) git-flow
9 2 (0.11%) Maven
9 2 (0.11%) MSI
General
1 223 (12.21%) Finance
2 210 (11.49%) Telecoms
3 60 (3.28%) Banking
4 53 (2.90%) Retail
5 38 (2.08%) Manufacturing
6 36 (1.97%) Legal
7 35 (1.92%) Marketing
8 30 (1.64%) Law
9 22 (1.20%) Electronics
10 14 (0.77%) Billing
11 12 (0.66%) Back Office
11 12 (0.66%) Investment Banking
11 12 (0.66%) Publishing
12 8 (0.44%) Advertising
13 7 (0.38%) Financial Institution
13 7 (0.38%) French Language
14 4 (0.22%) Games
14 4 (0.22%) German Language
14 4 (0.22%) Local Government
14 4 (0.22%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 459 (25.12%) Network Engineer
2 260 (14.23%) Architect
3 176 (9.63%) Project Manager
4 142 (7.77%) Cisco Engineer
5 141 (7.72%) Analyst
6 139 (7.61%) Support Engineer
7 129 (7.06%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 112 (6.13%) Network Architect
9 92 (5.04%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 83 (4.54%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 77 (4.21%) Consultant
12 65 (3.56%) Infrastructure Manager
13 63 (3.45%) Infrastructure Architect
14 62 (3.39%) Senior Network Engineer
15 58 (3.17%) 2nd Line Support
15 58 (3.17%) 3rd Line Support
16 56 (3.07%) Infrastructure Project Manager
17 46 (2.52%) Administrator
18 45 (2.46%) Desktop Support
19 44 (2.41%) Network Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (2.08%) 802.1X
2 29 (1.59%) .NET
3 28 (1.53%) Web Services
4 27 (1.48%) Sensu
5 26 (1.42%) Middleware
6 24 (1.31%) Elastic Stack
7 22 (1.20%) HTML
8 14 (0.77%) Kafka
8 14 (0.77%) Spark Streaming
8 14 (0.77%) XML
9 13 (0.71%) LAMP
10 11 (0.60%) Node.js
11 8 (0.44%) J2EE
12 7 (0.38%) REST
13 5 (0.27%) .NET Framework
13 5 (0.27%) jQuery
14 4 (0.22%) Java EE
14 4 (0.22%) SOAP
14 4 (0.22%) XSLT
15 3 (0.16%) FIX Protocol
Miscellaneous
1 426 (23.32%) Data Centre
2 94 (5.15%) Analytical Skills
3 86 (4.71%) Management Information System
4 60 (3.28%) Computer Science
5 55 (3.01%) Private Cloud
6 42 (2.30%) Video Conferencing
7 31 (1.70%) Driving Licence
8 29 (1.59%) Clustering
9 25 (1.37%) Enterprise Software
9 25 (1.37%) Public Cloud
9 25 (1.37%) Smartphone
10 22 (1.20%) Linux Command Line
11 21 (1.15%) NHS
12 18 (0.99%) Virtual Team
13 17 (0.93%) PKI
13 17 (0.93%) Replication
14 15 (0.82%) BYOD
14 15 (0.82%) User Experience
15 13 (0.71%) Cyber Attack
16 12 (0.66%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 603 (33.00%) Windows
2 283 (15.49%) Windows Server
3 256 (14.01%) Linux
4 158 (8.65%) Windows Server 2008
5 137 (7.50%) Windows Server 2012
6 125 (6.84%) Unix
7 119 (6.51%) Windows 7
8 79 (4.32%) Windows 10
9 53 (2.90%) Windows Server 2003
10 44 (2.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 39 (2.13%) Windows 8
12 29 (1.59%) Solaris
13 28 (1.53%) CentOS
14 27 (1.48%) Android
14 27 (1.48%) Apple iOS
14 27 (1.48%) Windows XP
15 21 (1.15%) SUSE
16 20 (1.09%) AIX
17 17 (0.93%) Mac OS X
17 17 (0.93%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 347 (18.99%) ITIL
2 231 (12.64%) Network Design
3 188 (10.29%) Migration
4 145 (7.94%) Project Management
5 129 (7.06%) PRINCE2
6 126 (6.90%) Network Management
7 122 (6.68%) Service Management
8 111 (6.08%) Load Balancing
9 100 (5.47%) Service Delivery
10 92 (5.04%) Agile Software Development
11 90 (4.93%) Change Management
12 84 (4.60%) DevOps
13 83 (4.54%) High Availability
14 78 (4.27%) Stakeholder Management
15 77 (4.21%) Information Security
16 76 (4.16%) Configuration Management
17 75 (4.11%) Disaster Recovery
18 73 (4.00%) Network Monitoring
19 65 (3.56%) Network Architecture
20 51 (2.79%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 108 (5.91%) SQL
2 69 (3.78%) Python
3 58 (3.17%) Perl
3 58 (3.17%) PowerShell
4 41 (2.24%) Bash Shell
4 41 (2.24%) Java
5 39 (2.13%) Shell Script
6 32 (1.75%) PHP
7 30 (1.64%) C
8 20 (1.09%) Korn
9 18 (0.99%) C-shell
10 16 (0.88%) VB
11 15 (0.82%) JavaScript
12 12 (0.66%) Ruby
13 8 (0.44%) VBScript
14 7 (0.38%) Lisp
15 5 (0.27%) Delphi
15 5 (0.27%) Groovy
15 5 (0.27%) VB.NET
15 5 (0.27%) VBA
Qualifications
1 485 (26.55%) Cisco Certification
2 322 (17.62%) CCNP
3 285 (15.60%) Security Cleared
4 207 (11.33%) CCNA
5 176 (9.63%) SC Cleared
6 164 (8.98%) CCIE
7 143 (7.83%) Degree
8 88 (4.82%) DV Cleared
9 85 (4.65%) Microsoft Certification
10 64 (3.50%) CCDP
11 59 (3.23%) JNCIA
12 52 (2.85%) MCSE
13 50 (2.74%) CCSA
14 49 (2.68%) CCSE
14 49 (2.68%) JNCIE
15 47 (2.57%) Computer Science Degree
16 39 (2.13%) CISSP
17 36 (1.97%) CCIP
18 33 (1.81%) MCP
18 33 (1.81%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 74 (4.05%) SLA
2 28 (1.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 24 (1.31%) PCI DSS
4 20 (1.09%) QA
5 15 (0.82%) PMO
6 12 (0.66%) Disclosure Scotland
7 9 (0.49%) JSP 440
7 9 (0.49%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 7 (0.38%) GDPR
9 6 (0.33%) RMADS
10 5 (0.27%) MiFID
11 3 (0.16%) AIFMD
11 3 (0.16%) COBIT
11 3 (0.16%) Data Quality
11 3 (0.16%) FATCA
11 3 (0.16%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 3 (0.16%) IFRS
12 2 (0.11%) GMP
12 2 (0.11%) GPG13
12 2 (0.11%) HIPAA
System Software
1 414 (22.66%) Active Directory
2 222 (12.15%) VMware Infrastructure
3 74 (4.05%) Hyper-V
4 60 (3.28%) vSphere
5 45 (2.46%) VMware ESXi
6 44 (2.41%) XenApp
7 27 (1.48%) Docker
7 27 (1.48%) Samba
8 24 (1.31%) XenDesktop
9 21 (1.15%) Virtual Servers
9 21 (1.15%) VMware NSX
10 19 (1.04%) KVM
11 16 (0.88%) NFS
12 15 (0.82%) ProxySG
12 15 (0.82%) Xen
13 14 (0.77%) Apache Flume
14 13 (0.71%) Microsoft App-V
15 11 (0.60%) Firmware
15 11 (0.60%) Virtual Machines
16 9 (0.49%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 91 (4.98%) SCCM
2 80 (4.38%) FortiGate
3 35 (1.92%) Ansible
3 35 (1.92%) Cisco Prime
4 34 (1.86%) SCOM
5 27 (1.48%) AirWatch
6 25 (1.37%) Cisco CUCM
7 24 (1.31%) Kubernetes
8 23 (1.26%) Nessus
8 23 (1.26%) WSUS
9 19 (1.04%) Nagios
10 18 (0.99%) Puppet
11 16 (0.88%) McAfee ePO
11 16 (0.88%) Prometheus
12 15 (0.82%) Grafana
12 15 (0.82%) logstash
13 14 (0.77%) QRadar
14 13 (0.71%) Cacti
14 13 (0.71%) Nmap
15 12 (0.66%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 901 (49.32%) Cisco
2 365 (19.98%) Microsoft
3 340 (18.61%) VMware
4 265 (14.50%) CheckPoint
5 259 (14.18%) Juniper
6 214 (11.71%) Citrix
7 204 (11.17%) F5
8 173 (9.47%) HP
9 126 (6.90%) Palo Alto
10 120 (6.57%) Fortinet
11 110 (6.02%) Riverbed
12 99 (5.42%) SolarWinds
13 88 (4.82%) Oracle
14 68 (3.72%) Red Hat
15 55 (3.01%) Aruba
15 55 (3.01%) Avaya
16 54 (2.96%) McAfee
17 47 (2.57%) Blue Coat
17 47 (2.57%) NetApp
18 43 (2.35%) Dell