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 23 January 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
23 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Wide Area Network (WAN)
Rank 55 54 43
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -11
Contract jobs citing WAN 53 55 64
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 2.45% 2.64% 3.56%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 18.15% 20.60% 21.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 31 15
Average daily rate
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£325 £332 £280
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.03% +18.48%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £160 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £420 £440
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £350 £323
% change year-on-year
-3.57% +8.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 1 16
Average hourly rate £26.00 £19.00 £29.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+36.84% -36.13%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.69 £19.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+19.42% -5.00%
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
292 267 296
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 13.52% 12.81% 16.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 128 127 80
Average daily rate £325 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £157 £150 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £433 £402
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 41 15 56
Average hourly rate £26.00 £19.00 £29.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+36.84% -34.48%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.50 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.89 £25.61 £34.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £19.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+33.33% -13.33%

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 23 January 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 23 January 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 23 January 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 +16 22 £426 +6.56% 3
Birmingham +6 12 £313 +101.61% 6
Shropshire -14 3 £267 -36.49% 2
Coventry -1 2 £310 -22.50% 2
Wolverhampton - 2 £230 - 1
Staffordshire +7 1 £418 +67.00% 3
Worcestershire - - - - 1
Herefordshire - - - -
Brierley Hill - - - -
Dudley - - - -
Solihull - - - -
Walsall - - - - 1
Wednesbury - - - -
West Bromwich - - - -
WAN
England

WAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 23 January 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.

1 115 (92.74%) LAN
2 60 (48.39%) Cisco
3 41 (33.06%) ITIL
3 41 (33.06%) Firewall
4 38 (30.65%) Windows
5 36 (29.03%) Cisco Certification
6 33 (26.61%) CCNP
7 29 (23.39%) CCNA
8 27 (21.77%) Active Directory
9 26 (20.97%) Microsoft
10 23 (18.55%) Security Cleared
11 19 (15.32%) VoIP
12 18 (14.52%) TCP/IP
12 18 (14.52%) VPN
12 18 (14.52%) Windows Server 2008
13 15 (12.10%) SC Cleared
13 15 (12.10%) Juniper
13 15 (12.10%) CheckPoint
13 15 (12.10%) F5
14 14 (11.29%) Internet
14 14 (11.29%) Project Management
14 14 (11.29%) HP
15 13 (10.48%) MPLS
15 13 (10.48%) Telecoms
15 13 (10.48%) Migration
16 12 (9.68%) Network Security
16 12 (9.68%) MS Excel
16 12 (9.68%) MS Office
17 11 (8.87%) Windows XP
17 11 (8.87%) Hyper-V

WAN
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 23 January 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 9 (7.26%) MS Exchange
2 5 (4.03%) SharePoint
3 4 (3.23%) TPMS
3 4 (3.23%) CICS
4 2 (1.61%) Exchange Server 2007
4 2 (1.61%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (0.81%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.81%) nginx
5 1 (0.81%) Lync
5 1 (0.81%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 1 (0.81%) IIS
5 1 (0.81%) Apache
Applications
1 12 (9.68%) MS Office
1 12 (9.68%) MS Excel
2 5 (4.03%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.81%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (0.81%) MS Project
Cloud Services
1 9 (7.26%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (2.42%) Office 365
3 2 (1.61%) IBM SmartCloud
Communications & Networking
1 115 (92.74%) LAN
2 41 (33.06%) Firewall
3 19 (15.32%) VoIP
4 18 (14.52%) TCP/IP
4 18 (14.52%) VPN
5 14 (11.29%) Internet
6 13 (10.48%) MPLS
7 12 (9.68%) Network Security
8 9 (7.26%) OSPF
8 9 (7.26%) Wireless
9 8 (6.45%) BGP
10 7 (5.65%) DNS
10 7 (5.65%) DHCP
10 7 (5.65%) Cisco ASA
11 6 (4.84%) Cisco Nexus
11 6 (4.84%) ATM
12 5 (4.03%) ADSL
13 4 (3.23%) Ethernet
13 4 (3.23%) DSL
13 4 (3.23%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (4.03%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.23%) DB2
2 4 (3.23%) Informix
2 4 (3.23%) MySQL
3 1 (0.81%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (0.81%) Hadoop
3 1 (0.81%) Big Data
3 1 (0.81%) MarkLogic
Development Applications
1 4 (3.23%) Oracle Forms
2 1 (0.81%) Hudson
2 1 (0.81%) Jenkins
General
1 13 (10.48%) Telecoms
2 6 (4.84%) Finance
2 6 (4.84%) Banking
3 2 (1.61%) Automotive
4 1 (0.81%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.81%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 29 (23.39%) Network Engineer
2 23 (18.55%) Analyst
3 18 (14.52%) Architect
4 15 (12.10%) Support Analyst
5 13 (10.48%) Project Manager
6 10 (8.06%) Technical Architect
7 9 (7.26%) 1st Line Support
7 9 (7.26%) Service Analyst
7 9 (7.26%) Design Engineer
7 9 (7.26%) Service Desk Analyst
8 8 (6.45%) Network Manager
8 8 (6.45%) 2nd Line Support
8 8 (6.45%) Server Support
8 8 (6.45%) Server Support Analyst
8 8 (6.45%) Server Analyst
9 7 (5.65%) Cisco Engineer
9 7 (5.65%) Network Support
9 7 (5.65%) Infrastructure Analyst
10 6 (4.84%) Service Manager
10 6 (4.84%) Desktop Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (4.84%) JSP
1 6 (4.84%) Middleware
2 4 (3.23%) JavaBeans
2 4 (3.23%) EJB
3 1 (0.81%) J2EE
3 1 (0.81%) SOAP
3 1 (0.81%) JMS
3 1 (0.81%) LAMP
3 1 (0.81%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 10 (8.06%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (7.26%) Video Conferencing
3 7 (5.65%) Enterprise Software
4 6 (4.84%) Management Information System
5 5 (4.03%) Blackberry
5 5 (4.03%) PDA
6 4 (3.23%) Data Structures
6 4 (3.23%) PKI
7 2 (1.61%) e-Health
7 2 (1.61%) CESG
7 2 (1.61%) PMI
7 2 (1.61%) Computer Science
8 1 (0.81%) Statistics
8 1 (0.81%) Open Source
8 1 (0.81%) NHS
8 1 (0.81%) Mainframe
8 1 (0.81%) Cryptography
Operating Systems
1 38 (30.65%) Windows
2 18 (14.52%) Windows Server 2008
3 11 (8.87%) Windows XP
4 10 (8.06%) Linux
4 10 (8.06%) Windows 7
5 9 (7.26%) UNIX
5 9 (7.26%) Windows Server 2003
6 7 (5.65%) Windows Server 2012
7 5 (4.03%) Windows Vista
7 5 (4.03%) Windows 2000 Server
8 1 (0.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.81%) Windows 8
8 1 (0.81%) Debian
8 1 (0.81%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.81%) Windows 2000
8 1 (0.81%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (33.06%) ITIL
2 14 (11.29%) Project Management
3 13 (10.48%) Migration
4 8 (6.45%) Network Design
4 8 (6.45%) Technical Architecture
4 8 (6.45%) Load Balancing
4 8 (6.45%) Data Protection
4 8 (6.45%) Network Management
5 7 (5.65%) Security Architecture
5 7 (5.65%) Enterprise Architecture
5 7 (5.65%) Stakeholder Management
6 6 (4.84%) Project Planning
6 6 (4.84%) Kalman Filter
7 5 (4.03%) TOGAF
7 5 (4.03%) Agile Software Development
7 5 (4.03%) Service Delivery
7 5 (4.03%) PRINCE2
8 4 (3.23%) TDD
8 4 (3.23%) Scrum
8 4 (3.23%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 3 (2.42%) SQL
2 1 (0.81%) Python
2 1 (0.81%) Ruby
2 1 (0.81%) Bash Shell
2 1 (0.81%) C
2 1 (0.81%) Perl
2 1 (0.81%) PHP
Qualifications
1 36 (29.03%) Cisco Certification
2 33 (26.61%) CCNP
3 29 (23.39%) CCNA
4 23 (18.55%) Security Cleared
5 15 (12.10%) SC Cleared
6 8 (6.45%) ITIL Certification
7 6 (4.84%) CCDP
8 5 (4.03%) ISSAP
9 4 (3.23%) CCIE
10 3 (2.42%) PMI Certification
10 3 (2.42%) BC Cleared
11 2 (1.61%) Degree
11 2 (1.61%) CCSP
11 2 (1.61%) CCIP
11 2 (1.61%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 1 (0.81%) RHCE
12 1 (0.81%) CITP
12 1 (0.81%) Chartered Engineer
12 1 (0.81%) JNCIS
12 1 (0.81%) CCVP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.61%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.81%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (0.81%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 27 (21.77%) Active Directory
2 11 (8.87%) Hyper-V
3 6 (4.84%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (3.23%) ProxySG
5 3 (2.42%) XenApp
6 2 (1.61%) vSphere
7 1 (0.81%) KVM
7 1 (0.81%) Terminal Services
7 1 (0.81%) Samba
Systems Management
1 5 (4.03%) SCOM
1 5 (4.03%) SCOrch
2 3 (2.42%) WhatsUp Gold
3 2 (1.61%) Puppet
3 2 (1.61%) CiscoWorks
3 2 (1.61%) CA Spectrum
4 1 (0.81%) OPNET
4 1 (0.81%) Backup Exec
4 1 (0.81%) WSUS
4 1 (0.81%) SCCM
4 1 (0.81%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.81%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 60 (48.39%) Cisco
2 26 (20.97%) Microsoft
3 15 (12.10%) Juniper
3 15 (12.10%) CheckPoint
3 15 (12.10%) F5
4 14 (11.29%) HP
5 9 (7.26%) Avaya
5 9 (7.26%) VMware
6 8 (6.45%) Riverbed
7 7 (5.65%) Citrix
7 7 (5.65%) CA
8 6 (4.84%) SolarWinds
8 6 (4.84%) BT
9 5 (4.03%) Remedy
9 5 (4.03%) Blue Coat
9 5 (4.03%) Oracle
10 4 (3.23%) Sybase
10 4 (3.23%) Nokia
11 2 (1.61%) Red Hat
11 2 (1.61%) IBM
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