The table below looks at the statistics 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 26 November 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

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
26 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Wide Area Network (WAN)
Rank 63 44 56
Rank change year-on-year
-19 +12
Contract jobs citing WAN 51 60 58
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 2.15% 2.89% 2.72%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.57% 18.29% 17.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 33 16
Average daily rate
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£375 £375 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +20.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £293 £210 £193
10% offered a daily rate of more than £430 £450 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £350 £300
% change year-on-year
-3.57% +16.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 5 14
Average hourly rate £20.00 £20.50 £26.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.43% -21.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £17.20 £20.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.00 £25.90 £28.70
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+18.42% -
WAN
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands region.

Communications & Networking Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
350 328 334
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 14.77% 15.81% 15.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 187 163 122
Average daily rate £350 £340 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% +13.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £200 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £430 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 36 48
Average hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £26.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -24.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.64 £30.00 £31.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.50 £21.75 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+8.04% +3.57%

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 26 November 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 26 November 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 26 November 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 14 £350 +38.61% 5
Shropshire -6 10 £340 -15.52% 1
Warwickshire +1 9 £375 -6.25% 4
Wolverhampton - 5 £350 - 3
Herefordshire - - - -
Staffordshire - - - - 4
Coventry - - - - 4
Dudley - - - -
Solihull - - - - 3
Walsall - - - -
West Bromwich - - - -
Worcestershire - - - - 1
WAN
England

WAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 26 November 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.

1 110 (82.71%) LAN
2 57 (42.86%) Cisco
3 45 (33.83%) Firewall
4 40 (30.08%) Windows
5 33 (24.81%) ITIL
5 33 (24.81%) Cisco Certification
6 32 (24.06%) CCNP
7 25 (18.80%) CCNA
7 25 (18.80%) VoIP
8 22 (16.54%) TCP/IP
8 22 (16.54%) Active Directory
8 22 (16.54%) Security Cleared
9 19 (14.29%) Project Management
9 19 (14.29%) Microsoft
9 19 (14.29%) Migration
9 19 (14.29%) VMware
10 17 (12.78%) VPN
10 17 (12.78%) MPLS
11 15 (11.28%) Stakeholder Management
11 15 (11.28%) Network Security
12 14 (10.53%) SC Cleared
12 14 (10.53%) Windows Server 2008
12 14 (10.53%) Juniper
12 14 (10.53%) Service Delivery
12 14 (10.53%) Citrix
12 14 (10.53%) Analytical Skills
13 12 (9.02%) F5
13 12 (9.02%) PRINCE2
13 12 (9.02%) Linux
13 12 (9.02%) MS Exchange

WAN
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 26 November 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 12 (9.02%) MS Exchange
2 4 (3.01%) Exchange Server 2010
2 4 (3.01%) CICS
2 4 (3.01%) TPMS
3 2 (1.50%) nginx
3 2 (1.50%) IBM Notes
3 2 (1.50%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.50%) Apache
3 2 (1.50%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (0.75%) IIS
4 1 (0.75%) Lync
Applications
1 8 (6.02%) MS Excel
2 5 (3.76%) MS Office
2 5 (3.76%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.75%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 7 (5.26%) Office 365
2 2 (1.50%) IBM SmartCloud
2 2 (1.50%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 110 (82.71%) LAN
2 45 (33.83%) Firewall
3 25 (18.80%) VoIP
4 22 (16.54%) TCP/IP
5 17 (12.78%) VPN
5 17 (12.78%) MPLS
6 15 (11.28%) Network Security
7 11 (8.27%) Internet
8 10 (7.52%) Wi-Fi
9 9 (6.77%) OSPF
10 8 (6.02%) Wireless
10 8 (6.02%) Cisco ASA
11 7 (5.26%) ADSL
11 7 (5.26%) BGP
12 6 (4.51%) Cisco Nexus
12 6 (4.51%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
12 6 (4.51%) WLAN
12 6 (4.51%) BIG-IP
13 5 (3.76%) VLAN
13 5 (3.76%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (3.76%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.01%) DB2
2 4 (3.01%) MySQL
2 4 (3.01%) Informix
3 2 (1.50%) Big Data
3 2 (1.50%) MarkLogic
3 2 (1.50%) Hadoop
4 1 (0.75%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 4 (3.01%) Oracle Forms
2 2 (1.50%) Hudson
2 2 (1.50%) Jenkins
General
1 8 (6.02%) Telecoms
2 3 (2.26%) Manufacturing
2 3 (2.26%) Finance
2 3 (2.26%) Automotive
3 2 (1.50%) Banking
3 2 (1.50%) Local Government
4 1 (0.75%) Legal
Job Titles
1 30 (22.56%) Network Engineer
2 20 (15.04%) Architect
3 14 (10.53%) Project Manager
4 12 (9.02%) Analyst
4 12 (9.02%) Technical Architect
4 12 (9.02%) Network Manager
5 10 (7.52%) Cisco Engineer
5 10 (7.52%) Service Manager
6 9 (6.77%) Design Engineer
7 7 (5.26%) 2nd Line Support
7 7 (5.26%) Support Analyst
8 6 (4.51%) 3rd Line Support
8 6 (4.51%) Network Support
9 5 (3.76%) Network Design Engineer
9 5 (3.76%) Implementation Engineer
9 5 (3.76%) Infrastructure Architect
9 5 (3.76%) Data Manager
9 5 (3.76%) Network Services Manager
10 4 (3.01%) 1st Line Support
10 4 (3.01%) Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (4.51%) Middleware
1 6 (4.51%) JSP
2 4 (3.01%) JavaBeans
2 4 (3.01%) EJB
3 2 (1.50%) LAMP
4 1 (0.75%) SOAP
4 1 (0.75%) J2EE
4 1 (0.75%) JMS
4 1 (0.75%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 14 (10.53%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (7.52%) Video Conferencing
3 8 (6.02%) PMI
4 6 (4.51%) Management Information System
5 5 (3.76%) Enterprise Software
6 4 (3.01%) Data Structures
7 2 (1.50%) CESG
7 2 (1.50%) PDA
7 2 (1.50%) Computer Science
8 1 (0.75%) Statistics
8 1 (0.75%) PKI
8 1 (0.75%) Cryptography
8 1 (0.75%) Clustering
8 1 (0.75%) Blackberry
8 1 (0.75%) Mainframe
8 1 (0.75%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 40 (30.08%) Windows
2 14 (10.53%) Windows Server 2008
3 12 (9.02%) Linux
4 8 (6.02%) Windows Server 2003
4 8 (6.02%) Windows XP
4 8 (6.02%) UNIX
5 5 (3.76%) Windows Vista
5 5 (3.76%) Windows 7
6 4 (3.01%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (1.50%) Windows 8
7 2 (1.50%) Debian
7 2 (1.50%) Ubuntu
7 2 (1.50%) Windows 2000 Server
8 1 (0.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.75%) Windows 2000
8 1 (0.75%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (24.81%) ITIL
2 19 (14.29%) Project Management
2 19 (14.29%) Migration
3 15 (11.28%) Stakeholder Management
4 14 (10.53%) Service Delivery
5 12 (9.02%) PRINCE2
5 12 (9.02%) Network Design
6 8 (6.02%) Data Protection
6 8 (6.02%) Enterprise Architecture
6 8 (6.02%) Technical Architecture
6 8 (6.02%) Load Balancing
7 7 (5.26%) Risk Assessment
7 7 (5.26%) Security Architecture
7 7 (5.26%) Continuous Improvement
7 7 (5.26%) Network Monitoring
8 6 (4.51%) Six Sigma
8 6 (4.51%) Project Planning
9 5 (3.76%) TOGAF
9 5 (3.76%) Capacity Planning
9 5 (3.76%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (3.76%) SQL
2 2 (1.50%) Bash Shell
2 2 (1.50%) R
2 2 (1.50%) Progress 4GL
2 2 (1.50%) Ruby
3 1 (0.75%) C
3 1 (0.75%) Perl
3 1 (0.75%) PHP
3 1 (0.75%) Python
Qualifications
1 33 (24.81%) Cisco Certification
2 32 (24.06%) CCNP
3 25 (18.80%) CCNA
4 22 (16.54%) Security Cleared
5 14 (10.53%) SC Cleared
6 9 (6.77%) ITIL Certification
7 8 (6.02%) PMI Certification
8 7 (5.26%) CCDP
9 5 (3.76%) ISSAP
10 4 (3.01%) CCIE
11 2 (1.50%) CCSP
11 2 (1.50%) JNCIS
11 2 (1.50%) Degree
11 2 (1.50%) DV Cleared
12 1 (0.75%) HP ASE
12 1 (0.75%) HP MASE
12 1 (0.75%) Chartered Engineer
12 1 (0.75%) CITP
12 1 (0.75%) MCITP
12 1 (0.75%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (0.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 1 (0.75%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 22 (16.54%) Active Directory
2 10 (7.52%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (6.77%) Hyper-V
4 7 (5.26%) XenApp
5 4 (3.01%) vSphere
5 4 (3.01%) Terminal Services
6 2 (1.50%) Samba
7 1 (0.75%) VMware Workstation
7 1 (0.75%) KVM
Systems Management
1 3 (2.26%) Puppet
1 3 (2.26%) WhatsUp Gold
2 2 (1.50%) ZABBIX
2 2 (1.50%) CiscoWorks
3 1 (0.75%) SCOM
3 1 (0.75%) WSUS
3 1 (0.75%) Backup Exec
3 1 (0.75%) OPNET
3 1 (0.75%) SCOrch
3 1 (0.75%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (0.75%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 57 (42.86%) Cisco
2 19 (14.29%) Microsoft
2 19 (14.29%) VMware
3 14 (10.53%) Juniper
3 14 (10.53%) Citrix
4 12 (9.02%) F5
4 12 (9.02%) Avaya
5 11 (8.27%) CheckPoint
6 10 (7.52%) HP
7 8 (6.02%) Riverbed
8 6 (4.51%) SolarWinds
9 5 (3.76%) BT
9 5 (3.76%) Oracle
9 5 (3.76%) CA
10 4 (3.01%) Nokia
10 4 (3.01%) Remedy
10 4 (3.01%) Sybase
11 3 (2.26%) Red Hat
12 2 (1.50%) Rackspace
12 2 (1.50%) Splunk
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