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 28 August 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Wide Area Network (WAN)
Rank 55 46 49
Rank change year-on-year
-9 +3
Contract jobs citing WAN 65 80 64
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 2.61% 3.16% 3.08%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 23.99% 18.26% 20.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 56 31
Average daily rate
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£335 £375 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.66% +20.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £224 £223 £144
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £513 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £338 £309
% change year-on-year
- +9.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 6 6
Average hourly rate £16.50 £20.00 £18.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.50% +6.66%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year
-7.89% -11.62%
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
271 438 310
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 10.90% 17.30% 14.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 143 226 150
Average daily rate £325 £320 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.56% -1.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £175 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £487 £461 £440
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 29 31
Average hourly rate £16.75 £20.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.25% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £9.50 £12.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.78 £35.00 £26.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.53 £22.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year
-4.33% -4.25%

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 28 August 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
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 28 August 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
Birmingham -5 16 £320 -14.66% 6
Shropshire -16 8 £305 -7.57%
Worcestershire - 8 £350 - 2
Staffordshire -3 7 £291 +1.30% 2
Warwickshire -6 7 £427 +4.03%
Solihull - 7 - -
Coventry +2 5 £500 - 5
WAN
England

WAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 28 August 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.

1 118 (78.15%) LAN
2 76 (50.33%) Cisco
3 61 (40.40%) Firewall
4 58 (38.41%) Cisco Certification
5 46 (30.46%) CCNP
6 37 (24.50%) Active Directory
7 35 (23.18%) Windows
8 34 (22.52%) Microsoft
8 34 (22.52%) MPLS
9 32 (21.19%) CCNA
10 29 (19.21%) Juniper
10 29 (19.21%) CheckPoint
10 29 (19.21%) Security Cleared
11 28 (18.54%) Cisco ASA
11 28 (18.54%) VoIP
12 26 (17.22%) F5
12 26 (17.22%) Cisco Nexus
13 25 (16.56%) Network Design
14 23 (15.23%) VPN
15 22 (14.57%) ITIL
16 21 (13.91%) OSPF
16 21 (13.91%) SC Cleared
17 19 (12.58%) PRINCE2
17 19 (12.58%) HP
18 18 (11.92%) Data Centre
19 17 (11.26%) Migration
20 16 (10.60%) Internet
20 16 (10.60%) CSS
20 16 (10.60%) WLAN
21 15 (9.93%) MS Excel

WAN
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 8 (5.30%) MS Exchange
2 5 (3.31%) Exchange Server 2010
2 5 (3.31%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.32%) Exchange Server 2013
3 2 (1.32%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 1 (0.66%) SharePoint Server
4 1 (0.66%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (0.66%) Lync
Applications
1 15 (9.93%) MS Excel
2 14 (9.27%) MS Office
3 6 (3.97%) MS Project
4 2 (1.32%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 8 (5.30%) Office 365
2 7 (4.64%) Cloud Computing
3 2 (1.32%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.66%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 118 (78.15%) LAN
2 61 (40.40%) Firewall
3 34 (22.52%) MPLS
4 28 (18.54%) VoIP
4 28 (18.54%) Cisco ASA
5 26 (17.22%) Cisco Nexus
6 23 (15.23%) VPN
7 21 (13.91%) OSPF
8 16 (10.60%) Internet
8 16 (10.60%) WLAN
9 15 (9.93%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
10 14 (9.27%) BGP
10 14 (9.27%) Wireless
11 13 (8.61%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
11 13 (8.61%) BIG-IP
12 12 (7.95%) DMVPN
12 12 (7.95%) Wi-Fi
12 12 (7.95%) TCP/IP
13 8 (5.30%) Intranet
13 8 (5.30%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (5.30%) Relational Database
2 4 (2.65%) SQL Server
3 2 (1.32%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (1.32%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.66%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 2 (1.32%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 11 (7.28%) Telecoms
2 6 (3.97%) Finance
3 4 (2.65%) Manufacturing
3 4 (2.65%) Local Government
4 2 (1.32%) Military
4 2 (1.32%) Automotive
5 1 (0.66%) Banking
5 1 (0.66%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 44 (29.14%) Network Engineer
2 16 (10.60%) Analyst
3 15 (9.93%) Architect
4 14 (9.27%) Project Manager
5 13 (8.61%) Support Engineer
6 11 (7.28%) Consultant
7 10 (6.62%) Network Support
8 9 (5.96%) Network Consultant
9 8 (5.30%) Service Analyst
9 8 (5.30%) Service Desk Analyst
9 8 (5.30%) Network Support Engineer
9 8 (5.30%) Infrastructure Architect
10 7 (4.64%) Programme Manager
11 6 (3.97%) Network Analyst
11 6 (3.97%) Design Engineer
11 6 (3.97%) 1st Line Support
11 6 (3.97%) 3rd Line Support
11 6 (3.97%) Infrastructure Manager
12 5 (3.31%) Implementation Manager
12 5 (3.31%) Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (10.60%) CSS
2 11 (7.28%) 802.1X
3 2 (1.32%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 18 (11.92%) Data Centre
2 8 (5.30%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (4.64%) Blackberry
4 6 (3.97%) Public Cloud
5 5 (3.31%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (1.32%) NHS
6 2 (1.32%) PKI
6 2 (1.32%) PDA
7 1 (0.66%) Statistics
7 1 (0.66%) SCADA
7 1 (0.66%) Informatics
7 1 (0.66%) Management Information System
7 1 (0.66%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 35 (23.18%) Windows
2 13 (8.61%) Windows Server 2008
3 12 (7.95%) Windows 7
4 11 (7.28%) Windows XP
5 10 (6.62%) Windows Server 2003
6 9 (5.96%) Windows Server 2012
7 4 (2.65%) Windows 8
8 3 (1.99%) UNIX
9 2 (1.32%) Windows 2000 Server
9 2 (1.32%) Linux
10 1 (0.66%) Windows CE
10 1 (0.66%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (16.56%) Network Design
2 22 (14.57%) ITIL
3 19 (12.58%) PRINCE2
4 17 (11.26%) Migration
5 14 (9.27%) WAN Optimisation
6 11 (7.28%) Load Balancing
7 10 (6.62%) Service Management
8 9 (5.96%) Project Management
9 8 (5.30%) Service Delivery
9 8 (5.30%) Network Management
9 8 (5.30%) Change Control
10 7 (4.64%) Incident Management
10 7 (4.64%) Disaster Recovery
11 6 (3.97%) Information Security
11 6 (3.97%) Continuous Improvement
12 5 (3.31%) Root Cause Analysis
12 5 (3.31%) Mentoring
12 5 (3.31%) Stakeholder Management
12 5 (3.31%) Change Management
12 5 (3.31%) Capacity Planning
Programming Languages
1 2 (1.32%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 58 (38.41%) Cisco Certification
2 46 (30.46%) CCNP
3 32 (21.19%) CCNA
4 29 (19.21%) Security Cleared
5 21 (13.91%) SC Cleared
6 6 (3.97%) CCIE
7 5 (3.31%) CCDP
8 4 (2.65%) ISEB
8 4 (2.65%) CCSE
8 4 (2.65%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 3 (1.99%) Degree
9 3 (1.99%) CCSA
9 3 (1.99%) CCVP
9 3 (1.99%) CCDA
10 2 (1.32%) CCIP
10 2 (1.32%) Microsoft Certification
10 2 (1.32%) ITIL Certification
10 2 (1.32%) JNCIS
11 1 (0.66%) JNCIE
11 1 (0.66%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.97%) SLA
2 3 (1.99%) QA
3 1 (0.66%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 37 (24.50%) Active Directory
2 6 (3.97%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (2.65%) Hyper-V
3 4 (2.65%) XenApp
3 4 (2.65%) VMware ESX
4 2 (1.32%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 2 (1.32%) MetaFrame
4 2 (1.32%) Firmware
4 2 (1.32%) Terminal Services
5 1 (0.66%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 11 (7.28%) CiscoWorks
2 5 (3.31%) SCVMM
2 5 (3.31%) SCCM
3 2 (1.32%) FortiGate
3 2 (1.32%) DameWare
3 2 (1.32%) NetBackup
3 2 (1.32%) Backup Exec
4 1 (0.66%) ARCserve
4 1 (0.66%) Zenoss
4 1 (0.66%) WhatsUp Gold
4 1 (0.66%) HP SIM
4 1 (0.66%) SCOrch
4 1 (0.66%) SCOM
Vendors
1 76 (50.33%) Cisco
2 34 (22.52%) Microsoft
3 29 (19.21%) Juniper
3 29 (19.21%) CheckPoint
4 26 (17.22%) F5
5 19 (12.58%) HP
6 15 (9.93%) McAfee
6 15 (9.93%) Blue Coat
7 14 (9.27%) Fortinet
8 13 (8.61%) Citrix
9 11 (7.28%) IBM
9 11 (7.28%) BMC
9 11 (7.28%) SolarWinds
9 11 (7.28%) VMware
10 6 (3.97%) Remedy
11 5 (3.31%) BT
12 4 (2.65%) Aerohive Networks
13 3 (1.99%) Brocade
14 2 (1.32%) Meraki
14 2 (1.32%) Foundry
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