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 19 December 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Wide Area Network (WAN)
Rank 63 46 44
Rank change year-on-year
-17 -2
Contract jobs citing WAN 51 56 66
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 2.19% 2.63% 3.26%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 15.27% 16.62% 20.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 32 17
Average daily rate
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£350 £346 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.08% -1.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £210 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £441 £425 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
-7.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 3 14
Average hourly rate £26.00 £20.50 £23.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+26.82% -13.68%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.00 £19.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+10.52% -
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
334 337 323
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 14.35% 15.80% 15.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 177 162 104
Average daily rate £330 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.53% +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £155 £150 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £401
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 28 53
Average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £26.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -24.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.60 £12.00 £13.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.90 £30.00 £31.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.50 £20.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+14.63% -2.38%

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 19 December 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 19 December 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 19 December 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 +8 17 £331 +107.03% 5
Warwickshire +3 14 £426 +6.56% 1
Shropshire -7 7 £301 -25.26%
Staffordshire -4 1 £418 +75.78% 3
Coventry -12 1 - - 4
Wolverhampton - 1 £350 - 2
Herefordshire - - - -
Brierley Hill - - - -
Dudley - - - -
Solihull - - - -
Walsall - - - -
Wednesbury - - - -
West Bromwich - - - -
Worcestershire - - - - 2
WAN
England

WAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 19 December 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.

1 121 (88.97%) LAN
2 61 (44.85%) Cisco
3 45 (33.09%) Firewall
4 38 (27.94%) ITIL
4 38 (27.94%) Windows
5 37 (27.21%) Cisco Certification
6 34 (25.00%) CCNP
7 30 (22.06%) CCNA
8 25 (18.38%) Active Directory
8 25 (18.38%) VoIP
9 24 (17.65%) Security Cleared
10 22 (16.18%) TCP/IP
10 22 (16.18%) Microsoft
11 21 (15.44%) Project Management
11 21 (15.44%) Migration
12 20 (14.71%) VMware
13 17 (12.50%) VPN
13 17 (12.50%) Windows Server 2008
14 16 (11.76%) MPLS
14 16 (11.76%) SC Cleared
14 16 (11.76%) Network Security
15 15 (11.03%) Stakeholder Management
16 14 (10.29%) Internet
16 14 (10.29%) Juniper
16 14 (10.29%) MS Exchange
17 13 (9.56%) CheckPoint
17 13 (9.56%) F5
17 13 (9.56%) Analytical Skills
18 12 (8.82%) Citrix
18 12 (8.82%) Avaya

WAN
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 14 (10.29%) MS Exchange
2 4 (2.94%) CICS
2 4 (2.94%) TPMS
2 4 (2.94%) Exchange Server 2010
3 3 (2.21%) SharePoint
4 2 (1.47%) Apache
4 2 (1.47%) Exchange Server 2007
4 2 (1.47%) nginx
5 1 (0.74%) Lync
5 1 (0.74%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 1 (0.74%) IIS
Applications
1 8 (5.88%) MS Excel
2 7 (5.15%) MS Office
3 5 (3.68%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.74%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.74%) MS Project
Cloud Services
1 8 (5.88%) Office 365
2 5 (3.68%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (1.47%) IBM SmartCloud
Communications & Networking
1 121 (88.97%) LAN
2 45 (33.09%) Firewall
3 25 (18.38%) VoIP
4 22 (16.18%) TCP/IP
5 17 (12.50%) VPN
6 16 (11.76%) MPLS
6 16 (11.76%) Network Security
7 14 (10.29%) Internet
8 10 (7.35%) OSPF
9 9 (6.62%) BGP
10 8 (5.88%) Wi-Fi
10 8 (5.88%) Wireless
10 8 (5.88%) Cisco ASA
11 7 (5.15%) ADSL
12 6 (4.41%) ATM
12 6 (4.41%) WLAN
12 6 (4.41%) Cisco Nexus
13 5 (3.68%) VLAN
13 5 (3.68%) BIG-IP
13 5 (3.68%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (3.68%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.94%) DB2
2 4 (2.94%) MySQL
2 4 (2.94%) Informix
3 1 (0.74%) Big Data
3 1 (0.74%) MarkLogic
3 1 (0.74%) Hadoop
3 1 (0.74%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 4 (2.94%) Oracle Forms
2 2 (1.47%) Jenkins
2 2 (1.47%) Hudson
General
1 12 (8.82%) Telecoms
2 4 (2.94%) Banking
3 3 (2.21%) Manufacturing
3 3 (2.21%) Finance
3 3 (2.21%) Automotive
4 2 (1.47%) Local Government
5 1 (0.74%) Legal
Job Titles
1 32 (23.53%) Network Engineer
2 19 (13.97%) Architect
3 17 (12.50%) Analyst
4 16 (11.76%) Project Manager
5 12 (8.82%) Technical Architect
6 11 (8.09%) Network Manager
6 11 (8.09%) Support Analyst
7 10 (7.35%) Cisco Engineer
8 9 (6.62%) Design Engineer
9 7 (5.15%) Service Manager
9 7 (5.15%) 2nd Line Support
10 6 (4.41%) 3rd Line Support
10 6 (4.41%) Network Support
11 5 (3.68%) Network Services Manager
11 5 (3.68%) Server Analyst
11 5 (3.68%) Network Design Engineer
11 5 (3.68%) Implementation Engineer
11 5 (3.68%) Server Support Analyst
11 5 (3.68%) Service Desk Analyst
11 5 (3.68%) Data Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (4.41%) JSP
1 6 (4.41%) Middleware
2 4 (2.94%) EJB
2 4 (2.94%) JavaBeans
3 2 (1.47%) LAMP
4 1 (0.74%) Oracle Fusion
4 1 (0.74%) JMS
4 1 (0.74%) SOAP
4 1 (0.74%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 13 (9.56%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (7.35%) Video Conferencing
3 7 (5.15%) PMI
4 6 (4.41%) Management Information System
5 5 (3.68%) Enterprise Software
6 4 (2.94%) Data Structures
7 3 (2.21%) PDA
7 3 (2.21%) Blackberry
8 2 (1.47%) CESG
8 2 (1.47%) PKI
8 2 (1.47%) Computer Science
9 1 (0.74%) Open Source
9 1 (0.74%) Statistics
9 1 (0.74%) Clustering
9 1 (0.74%) Cryptography
9 1 (0.74%) e-Health
9 1 (0.74%) NHS
9 1 (0.74%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 38 (27.94%) Windows
2 17 (12.50%) Windows Server 2008
3 11 (8.09%) Linux
4 9 (6.62%) Windows Server 2003
4 9 (6.62%) Windows XP
4 9 (6.62%) UNIX
5 7 (5.15%) Windows 7
6 5 (3.68%) Windows Server 2012
6 5 (3.68%) Windows Vista
7 3 (2.21%) Windows 2000 Server
8 2 (1.47%) Debian
8 2 (1.47%) Ubuntu
8 2 (1.47%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.74%) Windows 2000
9 1 (0.74%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (27.94%) ITIL
2 21 (15.44%) Project Management
2 21 (15.44%) Migration
3 15 (11.03%) Stakeholder Management
4 12 (8.82%) PRINCE2
5 11 (8.09%) Service Delivery
6 10 (7.35%) Network Design
7 8 (5.88%) Data Protection
7 8 (5.88%) Load Balancing
7 8 (5.88%) Technical Architecture
8 7 (5.15%) Security Architecture
8 7 (5.15%) Enterprise Architecture
9 6 (4.41%) Risk Assessment
9 6 (4.41%) Project Planning
9 6 (4.41%) Network Management
9 6 (4.41%) Network Monitoring
10 5 (3.68%) Mentoring
10 5 (3.68%) Continuous Improvement
10 5 (3.68%) Capacity Planning
10 5 (3.68%) Agile Software Development
Programming Languages
1 5 (3.68%) SQL
2 2 (1.47%) Ruby
2 2 (1.47%) Bash Shell
2 2 (1.47%) R
3 1 (0.74%) Python
3 1 (0.74%) C
3 1 (0.74%) Perl
3 1 (0.74%) PHP
Qualifications
1 37 (27.21%) Cisco Certification
2 34 (25.00%) CCNP
3 30 (22.06%) CCNA
4 24 (17.65%) Security Cleared
5 16 (11.76%) SC Cleared
6 9 (6.62%) ITIL Certification
7 8 (5.88%) PMI Certification
8 6 (4.41%) CCDP
9 5 (3.68%) ISSAP
10 4 (2.94%) CCIE
11 3 (2.21%) BC Cleared
12 2 (1.47%) CCSP
12 2 (1.47%) CCIP
12 2 (1.47%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 2 (1.47%) Degree
13 1 (0.74%) VCP4
13 1 (0.74%) Chartered Engineer
13 1 (0.74%) DV Cleared
13 1 (0.74%) HP ASE
13 1 (0.74%) HP MASE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.47%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.74%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 25 (18.38%) Active Directory
2 11 (8.09%) Hyper-V
3 10 (7.35%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (5.15%) XenApp
5 4 (2.94%) Terminal Services
5 4 (2.94%) vSphere
6 2 (1.47%) ProxySG
6 2 (1.47%) Samba
7 1 (0.74%) KVM
7 1 (0.74%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 3 (2.21%) Puppet
1 3 (2.21%) WhatsUp Gold
2 2 (1.47%) CiscoWorks
2 2 (1.47%) SCOM
2 2 (1.47%) ZABBIX
2 2 (1.47%) SCOrch
3 1 (0.74%) FortiGate
3 1 (0.74%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (0.74%) CA Spectrum
3 1 (0.74%) SCCM
3 1 (0.74%) WSUS
3 1 (0.74%) Backup Exec
3 1 (0.74%) OPNET
Vendors
1 61 (44.85%) Cisco
2 22 (16.18%) Microsoft
3 20 (14.71%) VMware
4 14 (10.29%) Juniper
5 13 (9.56%) CheckPoint
5 13 (9.56%) F5
6 12 (8.82%) Citrix
6 12 (8.82%) Avaya
6 12 (8.82%) HP
7 8 (5.88%) Riverbed
8 6 (4.41%) CA
8 6 (4.41%) BT
8 6 (4.41%) SolarWinds
9 5 (3.68%) Remedy
9 5 (3.68%) Oracle
10 4 (2.94%) Sybase
10 4 (2.94%) Nokia
10 4 (2.94%) Blue Coat
11 3 (2.21%) Red Hat
12 2 (1.47%) IBM
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