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 6 March 2015 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
6 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Wide Area Network (WAN)
Rank 55 52 58
Rank change year-on-year
-3 +6
Contract jobs citing WAN 61 62 50
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 2.67% 2.88% 2.77%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 20.13% 26.38% 19.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 33 24
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£325 £350 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.14% +16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £228 £223 £162
10% offered a daily rate of more than £449 £464 £468
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.57% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 0 15
Average hourly rate £26.00 - £31.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 - £13.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.90 - £33.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% +8.10%
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
303 235 262
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 13.28% 10.92% 14.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 125 105 93
Average daily rate £325 £350 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.14% +16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £205 £225 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £444 £436
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.44% +6.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 11 46
Average hourly rate £28.69 £16.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+73.87% -26.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £10.50 £11.79
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £29.51 £33.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £29.50 £20.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+43.90% -8.88%

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 6 March 2015.

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 6 March 2015.

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 6 March 2015. 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
Warwickshire +12 20 £390 -17.89% 1
Birmingham -1 11 £425 +100.00% 3
Shropshire -20 8 £176 -46.91% 3
Coventry -4 4 £310 -13.88% 5
Staffordshire -5 2 £346 - 4
Solihull +6 1 £300 -
Worcestershire -2 1 £225 +28.57% 4
Wolverhampton - 1 £110 -
Herefordshire - - - -
Walsall - - - -
Wednesbury - - - -
West Bromwich - - - -
Dudley - - - -
Brierley Hill - - - -
WAN
England

WAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 6 March 2015, 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 99 (87.61%) LAN
2 55 (48.67%) Cisco
3 40 (35.40%) Windows
4 35 (30.97%) ITIL
4 35 (30.97%) Active Directory
5 34 (30.09%) Cisco Certification
6 30 (26.55%) CCNP
7 29 (25.66%) Microsoft
8 28 (24.78%) Firewall
9 23 (20.35%) Security Cleared
10 22 (19.47%) CCNA
11 20 (17.70%) Migration
12 19 (16.81%) Windows Server 2008
13 18 (15.93%) CheckPoint
14 17 (15.04%) SC Cleared
15 16 (14.16%) HP
15 16 (14.16%) Windows XP
16 15 (13.27%) VoIP
16 15 (13.27%) MS Excel
16 15 (13.27%) MS Office
16 15 (13.27%) Juniper
16 15 (13.27%) DNS
16 15 (13.27%) TCP/IP
16 15 (13.27%) Telecoms
17 14 (12.39%) VPN
17 14 (12.39%) Hyper-V
17 14 (12.39%) Windows 7
17 14 (12.39%) F5
18 13 (11.50%) MPLS
19 12 (10.62%) VMware

WAN
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 6 March 2015, 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 11 (9.73%) MS Exchange
2 5 (4.42%) SharePoint
3 4 (3.54%) Exchange Server 2010
4 3 (2.65%) Exchange Server 2013
5 2 (1.77%) Lync
5 2 (1.77%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (0.88%) nginx
6 1 (0.88%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 1 (0.88%) IIS
6 1 (0.88%) Apache
Applications
1 15 (13.27%) MS Office
1 15 (13.27%) MS Excel
2 4 (3.54%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.88%) MS Project
Cloud Services
1 10 (8.85%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (3.54%) Office 365
3 2 (1.77%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 99 (87.61%) LAN
2 28 (24.78%) Firewall
3 15 (13.27%) TCP/IP
3 15 (13.27%) VoIP
3 15 (13.27%) DNS
4 14 (12.39%) VPN
5 13 (11.50%) MPLS
6 12 (10.62%) DHCP
7 11 (9.73%) OSPF
8 10 (8.85%) Network Security
9 9 (7.96%) Cisco ASA
9 9 (7.96%) BGP
9 9 (7.96%) Internet
10 8 (7.08%) Wireless
11 7 (6.19%) Cisco Nexus
12 6 (5.31%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
12 6 (5.31%) BIG-IP
12 6 (5.31%) WLAN
13 5 (4.42%) ADSL
13 5 (4.42%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.77%) Relational Database
2 1 (0.88%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.88%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 1 (0.88%) Hudson
1 1 (0.88%) Jenkins
General
1 15 (13.27%) Telecoms
2 5 (4.42%) Finance
2 5 (4.42%) Banking
3 3 (2.65%) Automotive
4 1 (0.88%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.88%) Local Government
4 1 (0.88%) French Language
4 1 (0.88%) German Language
4 1 (0.88%) Polish Language
Job Titles
1 31 (27.43%) Network Engineer
2 28 (24.78%) Analyst
3 17 (15.04%) Support Analyst
4 11 (9.73%) Service Analyst
4 11 (9.73%) Service Desk Analyst
5 10 (8.85%) 1st Line Support
5 10 (8.85%) Project Manager
6 9 (7.96%) 2nd Line Support
7 8 (7.08%) Support Engineer
7 8 (7.08%) Consultant
7 8 (7.08%) Server Support
7 8 (7.08%) Server Support Analyst
7 8 (7.08%) Server Analyst
8 7 (6.19%) Network Support
8 7 (6.19%) Infrastructure Analyst
9 6 (5.31%) Architect
9 6 (5.31%) Desktop Support
9 6 (5.31%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
9 6 (5.31%) Network Manager
10 5 (4.42%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (3.54%) CSS
2 2 (1.77%) JSP
3 1 (0.88%) SOAP
3 1 (0.88%) JMS
3 1 (0.88%) VXML
3 1 (0.88%) LAMP
3 1 (0.88%) XMPP
3 1 (0.88%) Oracle Fusion
3 1 (0.88%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 7 (6.19%) Blackberry
2 5 (4.42%) PKI
2 5 (4.42%) PDA
2 5 (4.42%) Video Conferencing
2 5 (4.42%) Enterprise Software
3 2 (1.77%) e-Health
3 2 (1.77%) CESG
4 1 (0.88%) Cryptography
4 1 (0.88%) Handset
4 1 (0.88%) NHS
4 1 (0.88%) Statistics
4 1 (0.88%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (0.88%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 40 (35.40%) Windows
2 19 (16.81%) Windows Server 2008
3 16 (14.16%) Windows XP
4 14 (12.39%) Windows 7
5 12 (10.62%) Windows Server 2012
6 9 (7.96%) Windows Server 2003
7 5 (4.42%) Linux
7 5 (4.42%) Windows 2000 Server
8 3 (2.65%) Windows 8
8 3 (2.65%) Windows Vista
9 2 (1.77%) UNIX
10 1 (0.88%) Windows 2000
10 1 (0.88%) Debian
10 1 (0.88%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (30.97%) ITIL
2 20 (17.70%) Migration
3 8 (7.08%) Stakeholder Management
4 6 (5.31%) Network Design
4 6 (5.31%) PRINCE2
4 6 (5.31%) Project Management
4 6 (5.31%) Incident Management
4 6 (5.31%) Network Management
5 5 (4.42%) Load Balancing
5 5 (4.42%) Root Cause Analysis
5 5 (4.42%) Network Monitoring
5 5 (4.42%) Kalman Filter
5 5 (4.42%) Capacity Planning
6 4 (3.54%) Mentoring
6 4 (3.54%) WAN Optimisation
6 4 (3.54%) Continuous Improvement
6 4 (3.54%) Service Delivery
7 3 (2.65%) Change Control
7 3 (2.65%) Technical Architecture
8 2 (1.77%) Network Architecture
Programming Languages
1 2 (1.77%) SQL
2 1 (0.88%) Python
2 1 (0.88%) Ruby
2 1 (0.88%) Bash Shell
2 1 (0.88%) C
2 1 (0.88%) Perl
2 1 (0.88%) PHP
Qualifications
1 34 (30.09%) Cisco Certification
2 30 (26.55%) CCNP
3 23 (20.35%) Security Cleared
4 22 (19.47%) CCNA
5 17 (15.04%) SC Cleared
6 5 (4.42%) VCP4
6 5 (4.42%) ITIL Certification
7 3 (2.65%) CCDP
7 3 (2.65%) Microsoft Certification
7 3 (2.65%) BC Cleared
8 2 (1.77%) HP ASE
8 2 (1.77%) HP MASE
8 2 (1.77%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 2 (1.77%) CCIP
8 2 (1.77%) MCSE
8 2 (1.77%) CCIE
8 2 (1.77%) CCSE
8 2 (1.77%) JNCIS
8 2 (1.77%) MCITP
9 1 (0.88%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.77%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.88%) SLA
2 1 (0.88%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (0.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.88%) QA
System Software
1 35 (30.97%) Active Directory
2 14 (12.39%) Hyper-V
3 11 (9.73%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (3.54%) ProxySG
5 3 (2.65%) vSphere
6 1 (0.88%) KVM
6 1 (0.88%) XenApp
6 1 (0.88%) Samba
Systems Management
1 8 (7.08%) SCOM
1 8 (7.08%) SCOrch
2 5 (4.42%) CiscoWorks
3 4 (3.54%) SCCM
4 2 (1.77%) CA Spectrum
4 2 (1.77%) WhatsUp Gold
4 2 (1.77%) Puppet
5 1 (0.88%) Cisco CUCM
5 1 (0.88%) FortiGate
5 1 (0.88%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.88%) Backup Exec
5 1 (0.88%) WSUS
5 1 (0.88%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 55 (48.67%) Cisco
2 29 (25.66%) Microsoft
3 18 (15.93%) CheckPoint
4 16 (14.16%) HP
5 15 (13.27%) Juniper
6 14 (12.39%) F5
7 12 (10.62%) VMware
8 10 (8.85%) Blue Coat
9 9 (7.96%) Citrix
10 7 (6.19%) SolarWinds
11 6 (5.31%) Fortinet
11 6 (5.31%) Avaya
11 6 (5.31%) Remedy
11 6 (5.31%) McAfee
12 4 (3.54%) BT
12 4 (3.54%) Riverbed
13 3 (2.65%) BMC
13 3 (2.65%) IBM
14 2 (1.77%) CA
14 2 (1.77%) Motorola
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