Period
to 20 April 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Wireless skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Wireless over the 6 months to 20 April 2021 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.

Wireless
UK
6 months to
20 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 315 250 275
Rank change year-on-year -65 +25 +54
Contract jobs citing Wireless 393 612 972
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.73% 1.07% 1.02%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 6.43% 7.77% 8.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 239 363 586
10th Percentile £190 £151 £181
25th Percentile £275 £265 £305
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £395 £388
Median % change year-on-year +1.27% +1.94% +3.33%
75th Percentile £488 £484 £475
90th Percentile £578 £540 £531
UK excluding London median daily rate £343 £373 £375
% change year-on-year -8.05% -0.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 47 91
10th Percentile £16.01 £13.05 £14.77
25th Percentile £23.13 £16.25 £15.70
Median hourly rate £32.50 £29.00 £24.23
Median % change year-on-year +12.07% +19.69% -22.81%
75th Percentile £47.50 £47.38 £47.50
90th Percentile £51.10 £51.45 £66.81
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £29.50 £24.91
% change year-on-year +10.17% +18.43% -35.72%

Wireless 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 6,114 7,877 12,096
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.42% 13.72% 12.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,965 4,809 7,615
10th Percentile £223 £175 £201
25th Percentile £346 £312 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £425 £425
Median % change year-on-year +5.88% - +2.41%
75th Percentile £538 £525 £538
90th Percentile £613 £606 £610
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £410
% change year-on-year - -2.44% +6.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 290 473 546
10th Percentile £12.98 £13.05 £12.00
25th Percentile £16.02 £15.75 £14.45
Median hourly rate £26.50 £21.00 £18.03
Median % change year-on-year +26.19% +16.49% -3.60%
75th Percentile £50.00 £45.00 £43.01
90th Percentile £60.35 £52.04 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year +31.58% +11.76% -7.48%

Wireless
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Wireless as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Wireless in the UK

Wireless
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Wireless.

Daily rate trend for Wireless in the UK

Wireless
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Wireless over the 6 months to 20 April 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Wireless in the UK

Wireless
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Wireless.

Hourly rate trend for Wireless in the UK

Wireless
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Wireless over the 6 months to 20 April 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Wireless in the UK

Wireless
Top 17 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Wireless within the UK over the 6 months to 20 April 2021. 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 -60 342 £400 +1.27% 241
UK excluding London -6 246 £343 -8.05% 217
London -68 113 £436 +9.06% 32
Work from Home -203 79 £400 +1.27% 28
South East -4 65 £350 - 53
North of England +35 53 £325 - 57
South West +64 46 £375 - 26
North West +17 33 £350 +3.70% 19
East of England +13 29 £300 -28.57% 35
Midlands -13 26 £388 -20.51% 36
East Midlands +19 15 £294 -38.16% 13
Yorkshire +28 13 £160 -50.00% 30
Wales +23 13 £320 -20.00% 1
Scotland -6 13 £325 +15.04% 7
West Midlands -25 11 £413 -11.76% 23
North East +26 7 £202 -12.65% 8
Northern Ireland +9 1 £142 -52.67% 1

For the 6 months to 20 April 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Wireless 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 Wireless.

1 216 (54.96%) Cisco
2 181 (46.06%) Firewall
3 147 (37.40%) WAN
4 133 (33.84%) LAN
5 106 (26.97%) VPN
6 94 (23.92%) Cisco Certification
7 82 (20.87%) Windows
8 80 (20.36%) Data Centre
9 69 (17.56%) Active Directory
10 68 (17.30%) Microsoft
10 68 (17.30%) CCNP
11 66 (16.79%) Security Cleared
12 60 (15.27%) Azure
13 58 (14.76%) Wi-Fi
13 58 (14.76%) Microsoft 365
14 57 (14.50%) MPLS
15 55 (13.99%) OSPF
16 52 (13.23%) Telecoms
17 51 (12.98%) CCNA
17 51 (12.98%) SC Cleared
18 48 (12.21%) Network Security
18 48 (12.21%) Python
18 48 (12.21%) F5
19 47 (11.96%) Cisco Nexus
19 47 (11.96%) ITIL
19 47 (11.96%) Internet
19 47 (11.96%) BGP
20 46 (11.70%) VMware
21 43 (10.94%) TCP/IP
21 43 (10.94%) Aruba

Wireless
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 13 (3.31%) WebSphere
2 11 (2.80%) Skype for Business
3 8 (2.04%) SharePoint
4 6 (1.53%) Confluence
4 6 (1.53%) JBoss
5 5 (1.27%) NetWeaver
6 4 (1.02%) Exchange Server 2013
7 3 (0.76%) MS Exchange
8 2 (0.51%) Camunda
8 2 (0.51%) Elasticsearch
8 2 (0.51%) WebLogic
9 1 (0.25%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 27 (6.87%) Microsoft Office
2 15 (3.82%) MS Visio
3 12 (3.05%) Microsoft Excel
4 4 (1.02%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.76%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.51%) Simulink
7 1 (0.25%) Doxygen
7 1 (0.25%) SOLIDWORKS
7 1 (0.25%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.25%) assyst
1 1 (0.25%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 60 (15.27%) Azure
2 58 (14.76%) Microsoft 365
3 31 (7.89%) AWS
3 31 (7.89%) PaaS
4 26 (6.62%) IaaS
5 19 (4.83%) SaaS
6 12 (3.05%) Cloud Computing
7 11 (2.80%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 5 (1.27%) Azure Cosmos DB
9 4 (1.02%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 4 (1.02%) GitHub
9 4 (1.02%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 3 (0.76%) Amazon EC2
10 3 (0.76%) Amazon ECS
10 3 (0.76%) Amazon S3
10 3 (0.76%) AWS CloudFormation
10 3 (0.76%) CloudFront
10 3 (0.76%) IBM Cloud
10 3 (0.76%) OneDrive
11 2 (0.51%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 181 (46.06%) Firewall
2 147 (37.40%) WAN
3 133 (33.84%) LAN
4 106 (26.97%) VPN
5 58 (14.76%) Wi-Fi
6 57 (14.50%) MPLS
7 55 (13.99%) OSPF
8 48 (12.21%) Network Security
9 47 (11.96%) BGP
9 47 (11.96%) Cisco Nexus
9 47 (11.96%) Internet
10 43 (10.94%) TCP/IP
11 42 (10.69%) VLAN
11 42 (10.69%) WLAN
12 40 (10.18%) SD-WAN
13 39 (9.92%) DHCP
13 39 (9.92%) DNS
14 37 (9.41%) VoIP
15 36 (9.16%) Cisco ASA
16 34 (8.65%) Cisco ISE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (3.56%) DB2
1 14 (3.56%) SQL Server
2 7 (1.78%) SQL Server 2012
2 7 (1.78%) SQL Server 2014
2 7 (1.78%) SQL Server 2016
3 5 (1.27%) Azure SQL Database
3 5 (1.27%) MySQL
3 5 (1.27%) SAP HANA
4 4 (1.02%) PostgreSQL
5 3 (0.76%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 3 (0.76%) MongoDB
5 3 (0.76%) NoSQL
6 2 (0.51%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.25%) QGIS
7 1 (0.25%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 13 (3.31%) JIRA
2 7 (1.78%) Git (software)
3 6 (1.53%) Sonatype Nexus
4 5 (1.27%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 5 (1.27%) Jenkins
5 3 (0.76%) TestRail
6 2 (0.51%) Maven
7 1 (0.25%) Ant
7 1 (0.25%) LabVIEW
7 1 (0.25%) Subversion
7 1 (0.25%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 52 (13.23%) Telecoms
2 32 (8.14%) Public Sector
3 31 (7.89%) Finance
4 13 (3.31%) Electronics
5 11 (2.80%) Banking
6 9 (2.29%) Manufacturing
7 4 (1.02%) Billing
7 4 (1.02%) Financial Institution
7 4 (1.02%) Law
8 3 (0.76%) Marketing
8 3 (0.76%) Retail
9 2 (0.51%) Legal
9 2 (0.51%) Mandarin Language
10 1 (0.25%) Advertising
10 1 (0.25%) Back Office
10 1 (0.25%) Local Government
10 1 (0.25%) Multimedia
10 1 (0.25%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.25%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 115 (29.26%) Network Engineer
2 43 (10.94%) Architect
3 23 (5.85%) Network Architect
4 21 (5.34%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 20 (5.09%) Analyst
5 20 (5.09%) Wireless Engineer
6 18 (4.58%) Test Engineer
7 16 (4.07%) Cisco Engineer
7 16 (4.07%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 15 (3.82%) Security Engineer
8 15 (3.82%) Support Engineer
9 13 (3.31%) Consultant
9 13 (3.31%) Senior Network Engineer
10 12 (3.05%) Project Manager
11 11 (2.80%) Infrastructure Architect
11 11 (2.80%) Software Engineer
12 10 (2.54%) Solutions Architect
13 9 (2.29%) Azure Engineer
13 9 (2.29%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
14 8 (2.04%) Microsoft 365 Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (4.83%) 802.1X
2 9 (2.29%) WebSphere MQ
3 6 (1.53%) REST
4 5 (1.27%) SAP Basis
4 5 (1.27%) Web Services
5 4 (1.02%) JMS
5 4 (1.02%) Middleware
6 3 (0.76%) HTML
6 3 (0.76%) RESTful
6 3 (0.76%) SOAP
6 3 (0.76%) YAML
7 2 (0.51%) .NET
7 2 (0.51%) .NET Framework
7 2 (0.51%) J2EE
7 2 (0.51%) OAuth
7 2 (0.51%) OAuth2
7 2 (0.51%) XML
7 2 (0.51%) XSD
7 2 (0.51%) XSLT
8 1 (0.25%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 80 (20.36%) Data Centre
2 24 (6.11%) PKI
2 24 (6.11%) Self-Motivation
3 18 (4.58%) Analytical Skills
4 15 (3.82%) Video Conferencing
5 11 (2.80%) Smartphone
6 10 (2.54%) Fibre Optics
6 10 (2.54%) Public Cloud
7 9 (2.29%) Management Information System
8 8 (2.04%) CCTV
8 8 (2.04%) NHS
9 7 (1.78%) Driving Licence
10 6 (1.53%) Algorithms
11 5 (1.27%) Hybrid Cloud
11 5 (1.27%) Organisational Skills
11 5 (1.27%) Virtual Team
12 4 (1.02%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
12 4 (1.02%) VHDL
13 3 (0.76%) Private Cloud
13 3 (0.76%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 82 (20.87%) Windows
2 40 (10.18%) Linux
3 23 (5.85%) Windows 10
4 17 (4.33%) Windows Server
5 16 (4.07%) Windows 7
6 12 (3.05%) Windows Server 2012
7 10 (2.54%) Windows Server 2016
8 9 (2.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 8 (2.04%) Unix
10 6 (1.53%) AIX
11 5 (1.27%) Embedded Linux
12 4 (1.02%) Windows 8
12 4 (1.02%) Windows Server 2008
13 2 (0.51%) Android
13 2 (0.51%) Apple iOS
13 2 (0.51%) Mac OS
13 2 (0.51%) VMS
14 1 (0.25%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.25%) MVS
14 1 (0.25%) OpenVMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (11.96%) ITIL
2 36 (9.16%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 35 (8.91%) Agile Software Development
4 31 (7.89%) Migration
4 31 (7.89%) Network Management
5 28 (7.12%) Network Design
5 28 (7.12%) Problem-Solving
6 27 (6.87%) Disaster Recovery
7 22 (5.60%) Project Management
7 22 (5.60%) SIEM
8 20 (5.09%) Load Balancing
9 19 (4.83%) Test Automation
10 18 (4.58%) Business Continuity
10 18 (4.58%) Service Management
10 18 (4.58%) Software Engineering
11 17 (4.33%) Change Management
11 17 (4.33%) Project Delivery
11 17 (4.33%) Stakeholder Management
12 16 (4.07%) Network Architecture
12 16 (4.07%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 48 (12.21%) Python
2 19 (4.83%) C
3 16 (4.07%) SQL
4 13 (3.31%) Java
5 8 (2.04%) C++
6 7 (1.78%) Embedded C
6 7 (1.78%) MATLAB
7 5 (1.27%) Shell Script
8 4 (1.02%) Go
9 3 (0.76%) R
10 2 (0.51%) XPath
11 1 (0.25%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.25%) C#
11 1 (0.25%) PHP
11 1 (0.25%) PowerShell
11 1 (0.25%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 94 (23.92%) Cisco Certification
2 68 (17.30%) CCNP
3 66 (16.79%) Security Cleared
4 51 (12.98%) CCNA
4 51 (12.98%) SC Cleared
5 33 (8.40%) Degree
6 27 (6.87%) CCIE
7 11 (2.80%) CCDP
8 8 (2.04%) CCSA
8 8 (2.04%) TOGAF Certification
9 7 (1.78%) BPSS Clearance
9 7 (1.78%) CISSP
9 7 (1.78%) RHCA
10 6 (1.53%) Computer Science Degree
10 6 (1.53%) JNCIE
11 5 (1.27%) CCSE
11 5 (1.27%) Microsoft Certification
12 4 (1.02%) CCDA
12 4 (1.02%) CCIP
12 4 (1.02%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (2.54%) QA
2 8 (2.04%) SLA
3 6 (1.53%) GDPR
3 6 (1.53%) PCI DSS
4 5 (1.27%) COBIT
5 4 (1.02%) ISO 9000
5 4 (1.02%) ISO/IEC 17025
6 3 (0.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 2 (0.51%) Cyber Essentials
7 2 (0.51%) Disclosure Scotland
7 2 (0.51%) NIST
7 2 (0.51%) PMO
7 2 (0.51%) SEPA
8 1 (0.25%) BS25999
8 1 (0.25%) GRC
8 1 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 1 (0.25%) NCSC
8 1 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 69 (17.56%) Active Directory
2 37 (9.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (3.56%) Docker
4 12 (3.05%) Hyper-V
5 10 (2.54%) VMware NSX
5 10 (2.54%) vSphere
6 9 (2.29%) VMware ESXi
7 4 (1.02%) Firmware
7 4 (1.02%) VMware Workstation
8 3 (0.76%) Virtual Machines
9 2 (0.51%) KVM
9 2 (0.51%) ProxySG
9 2 (0.51%) Terminal Server
9 2 (0.51%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.25%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 24 (6.11%) SCCM
2 19 (4.83%) Cisco Prime
2 19 (4.83%) FortiGate
3 16 (4.07%) Ansible
4 12 (3.05%) SolarWinds Orion
5 11 (2.80%) Kubernetes
6 6 (1.53%) Nessus
6 6 (1.53%) SCOM
6 6 (1.53%) SCSM
6 6 (1.53%) Terraform
7 4 (1.02%) Microsoft Intune
8 3 (0.76%) Cisco CUCM
8 3 (0.76%) ITRS Geneos
9 2 (0.51%) CA Spectrum
9 2 (0.51%) Opscode Chef
9 2 (0.51%) Puppet
9 2 (0.51%) Salt
9 2 (0.51%) WhatsUp Gold
10 1 (0.25%) AirWatch
10 1 (0.25%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 216 (54.96%) Cisco
2 68 (17.30%) Microsoft
3 48 (12.21%) F5
4 46 (11.70%) VMware
5 43 (10.94%) Aruba
6 42 (10.69%) Juniper
7 39 (9.92%) Meraki
8 34 (8.65%) Palo Alto
9 33 (8.40%) CheckPoint
10 32 (8.14%) Fortinet
11 26 (6.62%) Citrix
11 26 (6.62%) SolarWinds
12 22 (5.60%) HP
13 18 (4.58%) Blue Coat
14 16 (4.07%) Riverbed
15 14 (3.56%) Arista
15 14 (3.56%) Red Hat
16 13 (3.31%) IBM
16 13 (3.31%) Ivanti
17 10 (2.54%) ServiceNow