The first table below looks at the demand for WAN skills in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited WAN over the 3 months to 25 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Communications & Networking category for the West Midlands region.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
25 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Wide Area Network (WAN)
Rank 58 49 58
Rank change year-on-year
-9 +9
Contract jobs citing WAN 65 62 51
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 2.68% 3.16% 2.26%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 17.91% 20.74% 16.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 30 24
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.89% -21.52%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £151 £125 £120
10% offered a daily rate of more than £472 £357 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £350
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -14.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 6 5
Average hourly rate £16.00 £18.75 £28.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-14.66% -33.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.60 £14.13 £13.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £25.75 £46.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-12.50% -
Communications & Networking Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
363 299 318
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 14.99% 15.23% 14.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 173 133 135
Average daily rate £313 £323 £295
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.10% +9.32%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £155 £144 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £431
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.68% -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 34 30
Average hourly rate £18.00 £20.00 £26.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.00% -23.07%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £12.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £26.50 £51.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £25.50 £24.97
% change year-on-year
-21.56% +2.12%
WAN
England

WAN
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing WAN across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

WAN Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

WAN
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing WAN across the West Midlands region.

WAN Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

WAN
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing WAN across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 25 July 2014.

WAN Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

WAN
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing WAN across the West Midlands region.

WAN Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

WAN
Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing WAN across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 25 July 2014.

WAN Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

WAN
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing WAN within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 25 July 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham +7 27 £345 +115.62% 8
Shropshire -1 14 £350 +12.90% 3
Warwickshire -5 6 £300 -2.83% 7
Solihull -1 5 - -
Walsall -4 2 - -
Coventry -13 2 - - 3
West Bromwich - - - -
Worcestershire - - - -
Staffordshire - - - - 4
WAN
England

WAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 25 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing WAN also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited WAN.

1 97 (72.39%) LAN
2 50 (37.31%) Cisco
3 48 (35.82%) Windows
4 39 (29.10%) Firewall
5 33 (24.63%) MPLS
6 30 (22.39%) TCP/IP
6 30 (22.39%) Security Cleared
7 28 (20.90%) CheckPoint
8 27 (20.15%) SC Cleared
9 26 (19.40%) Active Directory
10 25 (18.66%) PRINCE2
11 24 (17.91%) Cisco Certification
12 23 (17.16%) CCNP
12 23 (17.16%) Migration
13 21 (15.67%) Microsoft
14 20 (14.93%) ITIL
15 19 (14.18%) VoIP
16 18 (13.43%) VMware
16 18 (13.43%) Windows XP
17 17 (12.69%) Stakeholder Management
17 17 (12.69%) Service Delivery
17 17 (12.69%) Project Management
18 16 (11.94%) Avaya
18 16 (11.94%) F5
19 15 (11.19%) CCNA
19 15 (11.19%) BIG-IP
20 14 (10.45%) Network Design
20 14 (10.45%) Windows Server 2008
20 14 (10.45%) Citrix
20 14 (10.45%) Cisco Nexus

WAN
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 25 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing WAN also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited WAN. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 10 (7.46%) MS Exchange
2 8 (5.97%) IBM Notes
3 6 (4.48%) CMS
4 3 (2.24%) SharePoint
4 3 (2.24%) Exchange Server 2010
5 2 (1.49%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (0.75%) nginx
6 1 (0.75%) Apache
6 1 (0.75%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 10 (7.46%) MS Excel
2 9 (6.72%) MS Office
3 6 (4.48%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.75%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 5 (3.73%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 97 (72.39%) LAN
2 39 (29.10%) Firewall
3 33 (24.63%) MPLS
4 30 (22.39%) TCP/IP
5 19 (14.18%) VoIP
6 15 (11.19%) BIG-IP
7 14 (10.45%) Cisco Nexus
8 13 (9.70%) OSPF
9 12 (8.96%) VPN
9 12 (8.96%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
9 12 (8.96%) Network Security
9 12 (8.96%) Cisco ASA
10 11 (8.21%) ADSL
11 9 (6.72%) BGP
11 9 (6.72%) Wi-Fi
12 8 (5.97%) Wireless
12 8 (5.97%) DMVPN
13 6 (4.48%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
13 6 (4.48%) IPsec
13 6 (4.48%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.49%) Hadoop
1 2 (1.49%) Big Data
2 1 (0.75%) MarkLogic
Development Applications
1 1 (0.75%) Hudson
1 1 (0.75%) Jenkins
General
1 7 (5.22%) Finance
2 3 (2.24%) Telecoms
3 2 (1.49%) Automotive
3 2 (1.49%) Manufacturing
3 2 (1.49%) Military
4 1 (0.75%) Billing
4 1 (0.75%) Local Government
4 1 (0.75%) Legal
Job Titles
1 28 (20.90%) Network Engineer
2 19 (14.18%) Project Manager
3 13 (9.70%) Architect
3 13 (9.70%) Support Engineer
4 10 (7.46%) Analyst
5 9 (6.72%) Implementation Engineer
6 8 (5.97%) Network Manager
6 8 (5.97%) Cisco Engineer
7 7 (5.22%) Implementation Manager
7 7 (5.22%) Technical Architect
7 7 (5.22%) Design Engineer
7 7 (5.22%) Service Manager
8 6 (4.48%) 2nd Line Support
8 6 (4.48%) Network Support Engineer
8 6 (4.48%) Network Support
8 6 (4.48%) Network Implementation Engineer
9 5 (3.73%) Network Design Engineer
10 4 (2.99%) Infrastructure Architect
10 4 (2.99%) Cisco Network Engineer
10 4 (2.99%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (6.72%) CSS
2 1 (0.75%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 6 (4.48%) PMI
1 6 (4.48%) Video Conferencing
2 4 (2.99%) Fat Client
2 4 (2.99%) Thin Client
3 1 (0.75%) Blackberry
3 1 (0.75%) Management Information System
3 1 (0.75%) AS400
3 1 (0.75%) Clustering
3 1 (0.75%) PDA
3 1 (0.75%) SCADA
3 1 (0.75%) Computer Science
3 1 (0.75%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 48 (35.82%) Windows
2 18 (13.43%) Windows XP
3 14 (10.45%) Windows Server 2008
4 12 (8.96%) Windows Server 2003
5 9 (6.72%) Windows 7
6 4 (2.99%) Windows 8
7 2 (1.49%) Linux
7 2 (1.49%) Windows Vista
8 1 (0.75%) UNIX
8 1 (0.75%) Debian
8 1 (0.75%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.75%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (18.66%) PRINCE2
2 23 (17.16%) Migration
3 20 (14.93%) ITIL
4 17 (12.69%) Stakeholder Management
4 17 (12.69%) Project Management
4 17 (12.69%) Service Delivery
5 14 (10.45%) Network Design
6 10 (7.46%) Incident Management
6 10 (7.46%) WAN Optimisation
7 7 (5.22%) Continuous Improvement
8 6 (4.48%) Network Management
8 6 (4.48%) Risk Assessment
8 6 (4.48%) Disaster Recovery
9 5 (3.73%) Business Continuity
9 5 (3.73%) Service Management
9 5 (3.73%) Enterprise Architecture
9 5 (3.73%) Change Control
9 5 (3.73%) Data Migration
10 4 (2.99%) Load Balancing
10 4 (2.99%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 5 (3.73%) SQL
2 2 (1.49%) Progress 4GL
2 2 (1.49%) R
3 1 (0.75%) Ruby
3 1 (0.75%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 30 (22.39%) Security Cleared
2 27 (20.15%) SC Cleared
3 24 (17.91%) Cisco Certification
4 23 (17.16%) CCNP
5 15 (11.19%) CCNA
6 6 (4.48%) PMI Certification
7 5 (3.73%) CCDP
8 4 (2.99%) ITIL Certification
9 3 (2.24%) Degree
10 2 (1.49%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 2 (1.49%) ISEB Practitioner
10 2 (1.49%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 2 (1.49%) ISEB
10 2 (1.49%) CISSP
10 2 (1.49%) CISM
10 2 (1.49%) VCP4
11 1 (0.75%) BC Cleared
11 1 (0.75%) DV Cleared
11 1 (0.75%) CCSA
11 1 (0.75%) CCVP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.49%) SLA
1 2 (1.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 2 (1.49%) COBIT
1 2 (1.49%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 26 (19.40%) Active Directory
2 11 (8.21%) XenApp
3 8 (5.97%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (4.48%) Hyper-V
5 4 (2.99%) vSphere
6 3 (2.24%) Terminal Services
7 2 (1.49%) VMware ESX
7 2 (1.49%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (1.49%) XenDesktop
8 1 (0.75%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.75%) VMware Workstation
8 1 (0.75%) Samba
Systems Management
1 4 (2.99%) CiscoWorks
2 3 (2.24%) SCCM
3 2 (1.49%) McAfee ePO
3 2 (1.49%) Cisco CUCM
3 2 (1.49%) FortiGate
4 1 (0.75%) Puppet
4 1 (0.75%) SCOM
4 1 (0.75%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 50 (37.31%) Cisco
2 28 (20.90%) CheckPoint
3 21 (15.67%) Microsoft
4 18 (13.43%) VMware
5 16 (11.94%) F5
5 16 (11.94%) Avaya
6 14 (10.45%) Citrix
7 12 (8.96%) BT
8 10 (7.46%) McAfee
8 10 (7.46%) Blue Coat
8 10 (7.46%) HP
9 9 (6.72%) Fortinet
10 8 (5.97%) Lotus
11 5 (3.73%) Nokia
12 4 (2.99%) Nortel
12 4 (2.99%) Verint
13 3 (2.24%) Juniper
13 3 (2.24%) Mitel
13 3 (2.24%) Riverbed
14 2 (1.49%) SolarWinds
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Rate: £350 - £400 per day
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Rate: market rates
Posted: 3 days ago
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Rate: £350 - £425 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Warwickshire
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £100.00 - £150.00 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
Wolverhampton
Quantica Technology - London
Rate: £250 - £450 per day
Posted: 17 days ago
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Rate: £300 - £330 per day
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