Period
to 23 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the Midlands with a requirement for WAN skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited WAN over the 6 months to 23 November 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)
England > Midlands
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 66 92 68
Rank change year-on-year +26 -24 -1
Contract jobs citing WAN 241 224 219
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 2.93% 2.29% 2.61%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 19.22% 17.61% 22.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 132 116 111
Midlands median daily rate £375 £375 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +11.94% -10.67%
10th Percentile £188 £200 £213
90th Percentile £488 £556 £500
England median daily rate £375 £400 £375
% change year-on-year -6.25% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 12 22
Midlands median hourly rate £15.41 £20.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.98% +17.65% -15.00%
10th Percentile £11.93 £13.49 £12.78
90th Percentile £35.50 £23.25 £23.75
England median hourly rate £17.38 £21.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -19.19% +22.86% -12.50%

WAN is in the Communications and Computer Networking category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the Midlands with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 1254 1272 984
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 15.25% 13.02% 11.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 761 716 501
Midlands median daily rate £350 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.67% +7.14% -
10th Percentile £160 £180 £200
90th Percentile £500 £538 £500
England median daily rate £404 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +1.00% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 85 68 99
Midlands median hourly rate £15.00 £18.69 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.73% +6.79% -12.50%
10th Percentile £10.38 £9.83 £10.68
90th Percentile £43.25 £39.65 £39.50
England median hourly rate £18.70 £23.00 £20.94
% change year-on-year -18.70% +9.86% +4.68%

WAN
Job Vacancy Trend in the Midlands

Job postings citing WAN as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for WAN in the Midlands

WAN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for WAN in the Midlands

WAN
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing WAN in the Midlands over the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for WAN in the Midlands

WAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for WAN in the Midlands

WAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the Midlands

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing WAN in the Midlands over the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for WAN in the Midlands

WAN
Contract Job Locations in the Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing WAN within the Midlands region over the 6 months to 23 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
West Midlands +29 185 £399 +10.00% 15
East Midlands -7 53 £324 -13.67% 17
WAN
England

For the 6 months to 23 November 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 Midlands region with a requirement for WAN.

1 169 (70.12%) LAN
2 133 (55.19%) Cisco
3 101 (41.91%) Firewall
4 78 (32.37%) VPN
5 63 (26.14%) Windows
6 62 (25.73%) Cisco Certification
7 56 (23.24%) Wireless
8 49 (20.33%) CheckPoint
9 48 (19.92%) Active Directory
10 47 (19.50%) Wi-Fi
11 46 (19.09%) MPLS
12 45 (18.67%) VMware
13 44 (18.26%) CCNP
13 44 (18.26%) Microsoft Azure
14 43 (17.84%) Data Centre
15 40 (16.60%) Amazon AWS
16 39 (16.18%) Windows Server
16 39 (16.18%) WAN Optimisation
17 38 (15.77%) ITIL
18 37 (15.35%) Network Design
18 37 (15.35%) Cisco ASA
18 37 (15.35%) Fortinet
19 36 (14.94%) Security Cleared
19 36 (14.94%) Presales
20 32 (13.28%) Microsoft
20 32 (13.28%) DHCP
21 30 (12.45%) VoIP
21 30 (12.45%) McAfee
22 29 (12.03%) DNS
23 28 (11.62%) Oracle

WAN
Co-occurring IT Skills in the Midlands 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 22 (9.13%) MS Exchange
2 9 (3.73%) SharePoint
3 8 (3.32%) Apache
3 8 (3.32%) Exchange Server 2010
4 6 (2.49%) Exchange Server 2003
5 5 (2.07%) Exchange Server 2007
6 4 (1.66%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 4 (1.66%) iPlanet
6 4 (1.66%) JBoss
6 4 (1.66%) Oracle Application Server
6 4 (1.66%) Tomcat
6 4 (1.66%) WebLogic
7 3 (1.24%) Exchange Server 2000
7 3 (1.24%) Oracle Workflow
8 2 (0.83%) Exchange Server 5.5
8 2 (0.83%) Skype for Business
9 1 (0.41%) BizTalk Server
9 1 (0.41%) OpenStack
9 1 (0.41%) SharePoint 2010
9 1 (0.41%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 7 (2.90%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.24%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 4 (1.66%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.41%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 44 (18.26%) Microsoft Azure
2 40 (16.60%) Amazon AWS
3 12 (4.98%) Office 365
4 3 (1.24%) Akamai
4 3 (1.24%) Amazon ELB
4 3 (1.24%) SaaS
5 2 (0.83%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (0.41%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 169 (70.12%) LAN
2 101 (41.91%) Firewall
3 78 (32.37%) VPN
4 56 (23.24%) Wireless
5 47 (19.50%) Wi-Fi
6 46 (19.09%) MPLS
7 37 (15.35%) Cisco ASA
8 32 (13.28%) DHCP
9 30 (12.45%) VoIP
10 29 (12.03%) DNS
11 25 (10.37%) Internet
11 25 (10.37%) VLAN
12 24 (9.96%) SAN
13 20 (8.30%) TCP/IP
14 18 (7.47%) Cisco Nexus
15 15 (6.22%) Intrusion Detection
16 14 (5.81%) OSPF
17 13 (5.39%) 3G
17 13 (5.39%) Bluetooth
17 13 (5.39%) RFID
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (6.22%) SQL Server
2 14 (5.81%) Big Data
3 4 (1.66%) SQL Server 2005
3 4 (1.66%) SQL Server 2008
3 4 (1.66%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (0.83%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.41%) Informix
5 1 (0.41%) MS Access
5 1 (0.41%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.41%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 4 (1.66%) Metasploit
2 1 (0.41%) PVCS
2 1 (0.41%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 25 (10.37%) Telecoms
2 12 (4.98%) Finance
3 8 (3.32%) Retail
4 2 (0.83%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.41%) Automotive
5 1 (0.41%) Banking
5 1 (0.41%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 65 (26.97%) Network Engineer
2 56 (23.24%) Architect
3 25 (10.37%) Cisco Engineer
4 23 (9.54%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 22 (9.13%) Implementation Engineer
5 22 (9.13%) Network Architect
5 22 (9.13%) Network Implementation Engineer
6 17 (7.05%) Design Engineer
7 16 (6.64%) Network Design Engineer
7 16 (6.64%) Project Manager
8 14 (5.81%) Solutions Architect
9 13 (5.39%) Support Engineer
10 12 (4.98%) Consultant
11 11 (4.56%) Firewall Engineer
12 10 (4.15%) Cisco Design Engineer
13 9 (3.73%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 9 (3.73%) Analyst
13 9 (3.73%) Cloud Engineer
13 9 (3.73%) Network Manager
13 9 (3.73%) Technical Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (4.56%) REST
2 4 (1.66%) LAMP
3 2 (0.83%) J2EE
4 1 (0.41%) 802.1X
4 1 (0.41%) Flash
4 1 (0.41%) HTML
4 1 (0.41%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 43 (17.84%) Data Centre
2 18 (7.47%) Management Information System
3 8 (3.32%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (3.32%) Driving Licence
4 6 (2.49%) Fat Client
4 6 (2.49%) NHS
4 6 (2.49%) Thin Client
5 5 (2.07%) PKI
6 3 (1.24%) Data Protection Act
6 3 (1.24%) Freedom of Information
6 3 (1.24%) Freedom of Information Act
7 2 (0.83%) Clustering
7 2 (0.83%) Computer Science
7 2 (0.83%) Cyber Attack
7 2 (0.83%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 2 (0.83%) FMCG
7 2 (0.83%) Security Operations Centre
8 1 (0.41%) Microsoft Licensing
8 1 (0.41%) Mobile App
8 1 (0.41%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 63 (26.14%) Windows
2 39 (16.18%) Windows Server
3 21 (8.71%) Windows Server 2008
4 20 (8.30%) Windows Server 2012
5 14 (5.81%) Unix
6 11 (4.56%) Linux
7 9 (3.73%) Windows 7
8 7 (2.90%) Windows 8
9 6 (2.49%) Solaris
9 6 (2.49%) Windows Server 2003
10 5 (2.07%) AIX
10 5 (2.07%) HPUX
10 5 (2.07%) Windows XP
11 4 (1.66%) SUSE
12 3 (1.24%) Windows 10
12 3 (1.24%) Windows 2000 Server
13 2 (0.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 1 (0.41%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (16.18%) WAN Optimisation
2 38 (15.77%) ITIL
3 37 (15.35%) Network Design
4 36 (14.94%) Presales
5 24 (9.96%) Customer Requirements
6 22 (9.13%) Service Management
7 18 (7.47%) ERP
7 18 (7.47%) Service Delivery
8 17 (7.05%) Project Management
9 16 (6.64%) Network Management
9 16 (6.64%) Validation
10 14 (5.81%) Network Load Balancing
10 14 (5.81%) Network Packet Analysis
11 13 (5.39%) Load Balancing
12 12 (4.98%) Analytics
12 12 (4.98%) Data Security
12 12 (4.98%) ITIL V3
12 12 (4.98%) Performance Metrics
12 12 (4.98%) Problem Management
12 12 (4.98%) Statistics
Programming Languages
1 17 (7.05%) SQL
2 6 (2.49%) Perl
3 5 (2.07%) Shell Script
4 4 (1.66%) Bash Shell
4 4 (1.66%) C-shell
4 4 (1.66%) Korn
5 1 (0.41%) Progress 4GL
Qualifications
1 62 (25.73%) Cisco Certification
2 44 (18.26%) CCNP
3 36 (14.94%) Security Cleared
4 25 (10.37%) CCNA
5 21 (8.71%) SC Cleared
6 19 (7.88%) CCIE
7 11 (4.56%) Microsoft Certification
8 7 (2.90%) PMP
9 6 (2.49%) Check Point Certification
9 6 (2.49%) CISSP
9 6 (2.49%) MCSA
9 6 (2.49%) MCSE
10 4 (1.66%) Degree
11 3 (1.24%) CCDP
11 3 (1.24%) DV Cleared
11 3 (1.24%) MCP
12 2 (0.83%) BPSS Clearance
12 2 (0.83%) DBS Check
12 2 (0.83%) JNCIA
12 2 (0.83%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (3.73%) SLA
2 5 (2.07%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.41%) Cyber Essentials
3 1 (0.41%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 48 (19.92%) Active Directory
2 18 (7.47%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (4.15%) Samba
4 8 (3.32%) XenApp
5 6 (2.49%) Firmware
5 6 (2.49%) Hyper-V
5 6 (2.49%) vSphere
6 4 (1.66%) iptables
6 4 (1.66%) Postfix
6 4 (1.66%) Squid
7 3 (1.24%) Terminal Services
7 3 (1.24%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.41%) BitLocker
8 1 (0.41%) KVM
8 1 (0.41%) Oracle RAC
8 1 (0.41%) ProxySG
8 1 (0.41%) Veritas Volume Manager
8 1 (0.41%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 24 (9.96%) FortiGate
2 16 (6.64%) SCCM
3 8 (3.32%) SCOM
4 7 (2.90%) Cisco Prime
5 5 (2.07%) Cisco UCCX
6 4 (1.66%) Nessus
6 4 (1.66%) Nmap
7 3 (1.24%) Nagios
8 1 (0.41%) Cisco CUCM
8 1 (0.41%) EMC VPLEX
8 1 (0.41%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (0.41%) OpenView
8 1 (0.41%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 133 (55.19%) Cisco
2 49 (20.33%) CheckPoint
3 45 (18.67%) VMware
4 37 (15.35%) Fortinet
5 32 (13.28%) Microsoft
6 30 (12.45%) McAfee
7 28 (11.62%) Oracle
8 26 (10.79%) HP
9 23 (9.54%) F5
10 22 (9.13%) Aruba
10 22 (9.13%) Citrix
11 17 (7.05%) IBM
12 16 (6.64%) Nokia
13 15 (6.22%) Blue Coat
14 14 (5.81%) BMC
15 13 (5.39%) Juniper
15 13 (5.39%) Sigfox
16 11 (4.56%) Palo Alto
16 11 (4.56%) SolarWinds
17 6 (2.49%) Red Hat