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 26 March 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Wide Area Network (WAN)
West Midlands / Birmingham
Rank 35 43 44
Rank change year-on-year +8 +1  
Contract jobs citing WAN 22 15 16
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 3.46% 2.33% 2.16%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 21.78% 16.85% 16.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 6 6
Median daily rate £363 £313 £366
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.00% -14.67%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £205 £250 £113
10% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £453 £438
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year +3.44% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £14.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.15 £22.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -32.66% -10.00%  

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 101 89 100
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham 15.91% 13.80% 13.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 77 33 53
Median daily rate £363 £400 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.37% +5.26%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £250 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £472
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 9 5
Median hourly rate £14.00 £11.50 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.73% -55.76%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.85 £37.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -38.24% +23.33%  

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 26 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing WAN in Birmingham.

Contractor hourly rate trend for WAN in Birmingham

WAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 26 March 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 34 (87.18%) LAN
2 30 (76.92%) Cisco
3 26 (66.67%) Cisco Certification
4 22 (56.41%) Firewall
5 16 (41.03%) CCNP
5 16 (41.03%) CCNA
6 13 (33.33%) Cisco ASA
6 13 (33.33%) VPN
6 13 (33.33%) F5
7 12 (30.77%) Juniper
7 12 (30.77%) CheckPoint
7 12 (30.77%) Wireless
8 11 (28.21%) BGP
8 11 (28.21%) Cisco Nexus
9 10 (25.64%) OSPF
9 10 (25.64%) VoIP
10 9 (23.08%) MPLS
11 8 (20.51%) Windows
11 8 (20.51%) Migration
11 8 (20.51%) Network Design
11 8 (20.51%) Data Centre
12 7 (17.95%) Network Management
12 7 (17.95%) EIGRP
12 7 (17.95%) CCDA
12 7 (17.95%) CCDP
13 6 (15.38%) Active Directory
13 6 (15.38%) DNS
13 6 (15.38%) IP Telephony
13 6 (15.38%) Network Security
13 6 (15.38%) Windows Server

WAN
Top Related 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 2 (5.13%) MS Exchange
2 1 (2.56%) Exchange Server 2007
2 1 (2.56%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (2.56%) Exchange Server 2013
2 1 (2.56%) IBM Domino
2 1 (2.56%) IBM Notes
2 1 (2.56%) IIS
2 1 (2.56%) SAS
2 1 (2.56%) SharePoint
2 1 (2.56%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 2 (5.13%) MS Office
2 1 (2.56%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.56%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (2.56%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 3 (7.69%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (2.56%) Azure Active Directory
2 1 (2.56%) IaaS
2 1 (2.56%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 34 (87.18%) LAN
2 22 (56.41%) Firewall
3 13 (33.33%) Cisco ASA
3 13 (33.33%) VPN
4 12 (30.77%) Wireless
5 11 (28.21%) BGP
5 11 (28.21%) Cisco Nexus
6 10 (25.64%) OSPF
6 10 (25.64%) VoIP
7 9 (23.08%) MPLS
8 7 (17.95%) EIGRP
9 6 (15.38%) DNS
9 6 (15.38%) IP Telephony
9 6 (15.38%) Network Security
10 5 (12.82%) DHCP
10 5 (12.82%) Junos
10 5 (12.82%) Unified Communications
11 4 (10.26%) DMVPN
11 4 (10.26%) Multicast
11 4 (10.26%) NX-OS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.56%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 1 (2.56%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 4 (10.26%) Finance
2 3 (7.69%) Telecoms
3 2 (5.13%) Electronics
4 1 (2.56%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 25 (64.10%) Network Engineer
2 14 (35.90%) Cisco Engineer
2 14 (35.90%) Cisco Network Engineer
3 3 (7.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 3 (7.69%) Network Infrastructure Engineer
3 3 (7.69%) WAN Engineer
4 2 (5.13%) 1st Line Support
4 2 (5.13%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 2 (5.13%) Analyst
4 2 (5.13%) Architect
4 2 (5.13%) LAN Engineer
4 2 (5.13%) LAN/WAN Engineer
4 2 (5.13%) Migration Engineer
4 2 (5.13%) Project Manager
5 1 (2.56%) Business Analyst
5 1 (2.56%) Consultant
5 1 (2.56%) Infrastructure Project Manager
5 1 (2.56%) Solutions Architect
5 1 (2.56%) Support Engineer
5 1 (2.56%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (10.26%) CSS
2 2 (5.13%) 802.1X
3 1 (2.56%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 8 (20.51%) Data Centre
2 2 (5.13%) Computer Science
3 1 (2.56%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.56%) CCTV
3 1 (2.56%) Client/Server
3 1 (2.56%) Clustering
3 1 (2.56%) PMI
3 1 (2.56%) Replication
3 1 (2.56%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 8 (20.51%) Windows
2 6 (15.38%) Windows Server
3 3 (7.69%) Linux
3 3 (7.69%) Windows Server 2008
3 3 (7.69%) Windows Server 2012
4 2 (5.13%) Mac OS X
4 2 (5.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (2.56%) Unix
5 1 (2.56%) Windows 10
5 1 (2.56%) Windows 7
5 1 (2.56%) Windows 8
5 1 (2.56%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (2.56%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (20.51%) Migration
1 8 (20.51%) Network Design
2 7 (17.95%) Network Management
3 5 (12.82%) Load Balancing
4 4 (10.26%) Service Delivery
5 3 (7.69%) Customer Requirements
6 2 (5.13%) Presales
6 2 (5.13%) Project Management
7 1 (2.56%) Business Analysis
7 1 (2.56%) Change Management
7 1 (2.56%) Disaster Recovery
7 1 (2.56%) ITIL
7 1 (2.56%) PRINCE
7 1 (2.56%) PRINCE2
7 1 (2.56%) Problem Management
7 1 (2.56%) Supplier Management
7 1 (2.56%) Technical Architecture
7 1 (2.56%) Time Management
7 1 (2.56%) Use Case
7 1 (2.56%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 1 (2.56%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 26 (66.67%) Cisco Certification
2 16 (41.03%) CCNA
2 16 (41.03%) CCNP
3 7 (17.95%) CCDA
3 7 (17.95%) CCDP
4 4 (10.26%) CCVP
4 4 (10.26%) Security Cleared
5 3 (7.69%) CCIE
5 3 (7.69%) SC Cleared
6 2 (5.13%) Degree
7 1 (2.56%) JNCIA
7 1 (2.56%) JNCIP
7 1 (2.56%) JNCIS
7 1 (2.56%) PMI Certification
System Software
1 6 (15.38%) Active Directory
2 2 (5.13%) Hyper-V
3 1 (2.56%) Terminal Services
3 1 (2.56%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (2.56%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 2 (5.13%) SCCM
2 1 (2.56%) Cisco CUCM
2 1 (2.56%) Cisco UCCE
2 1 (2.56%) Jamf Pro
2 1 (2.56%) SCOM
Vendors
1 30 (76.92%) Cisco
2 13 (33.33%) F5
3 12 (30.77%) CheckPoint
3 12 (30.77%) Juniper
4 5 (12.82%) Microsoft
5 4 (10.26%) Avaya
5 4 (10.26%) Nokia
6 3 (7.69%) EqualLogic
6 3 (7.69%) Palo Alto
6 3 (7.69%) Riverbed
6 3 (7.69%) SolarWinds
6 3 (7.69%) VMware
7 2 (5.13%) AirMagnet
7 2 (5.13%) Apple
7 2 (5.13%) BT
7 2 (5.13%) CA
7 2 (5.13%) Red Hat
8 1 (2.56%) Citrix
8 1 (2.56%) HP
8 1 (2.56%) Lotus