The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for WAN skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited WAN over the 3 months to 23 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Wide Area Network (WAN)
West Midlands / Birmingham
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 38 26 29
Rank change year-on-year -12 +3  
Contract jobs citing WAN 18 48 34
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 2.93% 5.90% 4.40%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 21.43% 39.34% 23.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 33 18
Median daily rate £388 £330 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.42% -2.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £159 £200 £158
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £432
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 0
Median hourly rate £11.25 £12.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.00% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.00 £22.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year +18.18% -4.34%  

WAN is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
Birmingham
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 84 122 142
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham 13.68% 14.99% 18.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 59 79 86
Median daily rate £394 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +7.69%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £200 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £463 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £347
% change year-on-year +2.73% +5.04%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 6 9
Median hourly rate £11.50 £12.50 £26.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.00% -52.83%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.80 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.39 £13.55 £30.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £32.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year -15.38% +25.00%  

WAN
Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Birmingham citing WAN as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

Job vacancy trend for WAN in Birmingham

WAN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing WAN in Birmingham.

Contractor daily rate trend for WAN in Birmingham

WAN
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing WAN in Birmingham over the 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for WAN in Birmingham

WAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing WAN in Birmingham.

Contractor hourly rate trend for WAN in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 23 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing WAN also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Birmingham region with a requirement for WAN.

1 35 (83.33%) LAN
2 27 (64.29%) Cisco
3 21 (50.00%) Firewall
4 17 (40.48%) Cisco Certification
5 15 (35.71%) CCNP
6 12 (28.57%) Wireless
7 11 (26.19%) CCNA
7 11 (26.19%) Active Directory
8 10 (23.81%) VPN
9 9 (21.43%) Windows
10 8 (19.05%) Finance
10 8 (19.05%) CheckPoint
11 7 (16.67%) OSPF
11 7 (16.67%) BGP
11 7 (16.67%) Microsoft
11 7 (16.67%) DHCP
11 7 (16.67%) Migration
11 7 (16.67%) Cisco ASA
11 7 (16.67%) Cisco Nexus
12 6 (14.29%) Wi-Fi
12 6 (14.29%) MS Exchange
12 6 (14.29%) EIGRP
13 5 (11.90%) MPLS
13 5 (11.90%) VoIP
13 5 (11.90%) DNS
13 5 (11.90%) Network Design
13 5 (11.90%) VMware
13 5 (11.90%) Palo Alto
13 5 (11.90%) Presales
13 5 (11.90%) Windows Server

WAN
Co-occurring IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 6 (14.29%) MS Exchange
2 3 (7.14%) Exchange Server 2013
2 3 (7.14%) IIS
3 2 (4.76%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (2.38%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (2.38%) JBoss
4 1 (2.38%) SharePoint
4 1 (2.38%) Skype for Business
4 1 (2.38%) Tomcat
4 1 (2.38%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (7.14%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (4.76%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (2.38%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.76%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (4.76%) Office 365
2 1 (2.38%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 35 (83.33%) LAN
2 21 (50.00%) Firewall
3 12 (28.57%) Wireless
4 10 (23.81%) VPN
5 7 (16.67%) BGP
5 7 (16.67%) Cisco ASA
5 7 (16.67%) Cisco Nexus
5 7 (16.67%) DHCP
5 7 (16.67%) OSPF
6 6 (14.29%) EIGRP
6 6 (14.29%) Wi-Fi
7 5 (11.90%) DNS
7 5 (11.90%) MPLS
7 5 (11.90%) VoIP
8 4 (9.52%) Internet
8 4 (9.52%) Network Security
8 4 (9.52%) VLAN
9 3 (7.14%) Cisco Wireless
9 3 (7.14%) DMVPN
9 3 (7.14%) RIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.38%) Amazon RDS
1 1 (2.38%) Big Data
1 1 (2.38%) SQL Server
General
1 8 (19.05%) Finance
2 4 (9.52%) Retail
3 2 (4.76%) Electronics
3 2 (4.76%) Telecoms
4 1 (2.38%) Advertising
4 1 (2.38%) Financial Institution
4 1 (2.38%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 17 (40.48%) Network Engineer
2 9 (21.43%) Cisco Engineer
2 9 (21.43%) Cisco Network Engineer
3 5 (11.90%) Analyst
3 5 (11.90%) Architect
4 4 (9.52%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 3 (7.14%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 3 (7.14%) IT Analyst
5 3 (7.14%) LAN/WAN Analyst
5 3 (7.14%) Network Infrastructure Engineer
5 3 (7.14%) Support Engineer
5 3 (7.14%) WAN Engineer
6 2 (4.76%) Active Directory Analyst
6 2 (4.76%) Business IT Analyst
6 2 (4.76%) IT Engineer
6 2 (4.76%) LAN Engineer
6 2 (4.76%) LAN/WAN Engineer
6 2 (4.76%) Migration Engineer
6 2 (4.76%) Technical Architect
6 2 (4.76%) Technical Design Authority
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (4.76%) 802.1X
1 2 (4.76%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 3 (7.14%) Computer Science
1 3 (7.14%) Data Centre
2 2 (4.76%) Clustering
2 2 (4.76%) FMCG
3 1 (2.38%) CCTV
3 1 (2.38%) Client/Server
3 1 (2.38%) Enterprise Storage
3 1 (2.38%) Greenfield Project
3 1 (2.38%) IVR
3 1 (2.38%) NHS
3 1 (2.38%) Replication
3 1 (2.38%) SCADA
3 1 (2.38%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 9 (21.43%) Windows
2 5 (11.90%) Windows Server
3 3 (7.14%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (4.76%) Windows 7
4 2 (4.76%) Windows 8
4 2 (4.76%) Windows Server 2003
4 2 (4.76%) Windows Server 2012
4 2 (4.76%) Windows XP
5 1 (2.38%) Linux
5 1 (2.38%) Mac OS X
5 1 (2.38%) Unix
5 1 (2.38%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (16.67%) Migration
2 5 (11.90%) Customer Requirements
2 5 (11.90%) Network Design
2 5 (11.90%) Presales
3 4 (9.52%) Load Balancing
3 4 (9.52%) Logistics
3 4 (9.52%) Network Management
4 3 (7.14%) High Availability
4 3 (7.14%) ITIL
5 2 (4.76%) Penetration Testing
5 2 (4.76%) Problem Management
5 2 (4.76%) Test Strategy
5 2 (4.76%) WAN Optimisation
6 1 (2.38%) Business Analysis
6 1 (2.38%) Change Management
6 1 (2.38%) Data Security
6 1 (2.38%) Disaster Recovery
6 1 (2.38%) Incident Management
6 1 (2.38%) Technical Architecture
6 1 (2.38%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 1 (2.38%) C
1 1 (2.38%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 17 (40.48%) Cisco Certification
2 15 (35.71%) CCNP
3 11 (26.19%) CCNA
4 3 (7.14%) Computer Science Degree
4 3 (7.14%) Degree
5 2 (4.76%) CCDA
5 2 (4.76%) CCDP
5 2 (4.76%) CCIE
5 2 (4.76%) SC Cleared
5 2 (4.76%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 11 (26.19%) Active Directory
2 2 (4.76%) Hyper-V
2 2 (4.76%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (4.76%) XenApp
3 1 (2.38%) Citrix Presentation Server
3 1 (2.38%) Terminal Services
3 1 (2.38%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (2.38%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 4 (9.52%) SCCM
2 1 (2.38%) Backup Exec
2 1 (2.38%) Failover Clustering
2 1 (2.38%) Jamf Pro
2 1 (2.38%) Microsoft Clustering
2 1 (2.38%) SCOM
2 1 (2.38%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 27 (64.29%) Cisco
2 8 (19.05%) CheckPoint
3 7 (16.67%) Microsoft
4 5 (11.90%) Palo Alto
4 5 (11.90%) VMware
5 4 (9.52%) F5
5 4 (9.52%) SolarWinds
6 3 (7.14%) Citrix
6 3 (7.14%) EqualLogic
6 3 (7.14%) Riverbed
7 2 (4.76%) AirMagnet
7 2 (4.76%) Avaya
7 2 (4.76%) CA
8 1 (2.38%) Apple
8 1 (2.38%) Dell
8 1 (2.38%) HP
8 1 (2.38%) Juniper
8 1 (2.38%) Kaspersky
8 1 (2.38%) NetApp
8 1 (2.38%) Veeam