Period
to 23 July 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West 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 July 2018 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 > West Midlands
6 months to
23 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 80 61 63
Rank change year-on-year -19 +2 -1
Contract jobs citing WAN 135 131 172
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.62% 2.97% 2.87%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 19.59% 21.72% 21.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 82 68 95
West Midlands median daily rate £475 £388 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +22.58% +14.81% +3.85%
10th Percentile £157 £178 £200
90th Percentile £550 £528 £475
England median daily rate £400 £395 £388
% change year-on-year +1.27% +1.94% +6.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 6 9
West Midlands median hourly rate £12.40 £15.00 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.33% -30.23% +14.67%
10th Percentile £12.20 £10.63 £12.25
90th Percentile £25.20 £40.13 £24.20
England median hourly rate £20.00 £16.25 £21.00
% change year-on-year +23.08% -22.62% -6.67%

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 West Midlands with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
West Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 689 603 806
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 13.38% 13.69% 13.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 403 333 417
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +8.11% +5.71%
10th Percentile £200 £201 £183
90th Percentile £538 £525 £525
England median daily rate £425 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 52 50 40
West Midlands median hourly rate £17.42 £16.75 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.99% -22.09% +13.16%
10th Percentile £11.57 £10.50 £10.73
90th Percentile £30.81 £61.13 £38.83
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +8.11% -26.00% +21.95%

WAN
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

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

Job vacancy trend for WAN in the West Midlands

WAN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for WAN in the West Midlands

WAN
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing WAN in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 23 July 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for WAN in the West Midlands

WAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for WAN in the West Midlands

WAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing WAN in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 23 July 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for WAN 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing WAN within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 23 July 2018. 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
Solihull -6 29 £274 - 5
Birmingham -25 29 £255 -32.00% 7
Shropshire -9 28 £530 +24.71% 2
Warwickshire +9 15 £488 +44.44% 1
Walsall - 9 - - 1
Staffordshire +1 8 £394 +1.61% 2
Coventry -32 5 £375 -15.73% 7
Wolverhampton - 3 £325 - 1
Dudley -6 1 £150 - 1
Halesowen - 1 - - 1
Kingswinford - 1 - -
WAN
England

For the 6 months to 23 July 2018, IT contractor jobs citing WAN also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for WAN.

1 96 (71.11%) Cisco
2 74 (54.81%) LAN
3 72 (53.33%) Firewall
4 55 (40.74%) Cisco Certification
5 49 (36.30%) Network Design
6 47 (34.81%) Security Cleared
7 46 (34.07%) SC Cleared
7 46 (34.07%) VPN
8 45 (33.33%) CCNA
9 41 (30.37%) Wireless
9 41 (30.37%) Data Centre
10 39 (28.89%) Oracle
11 37 (27.41%) Microsoft Azure
12 36 (26.67%) Cisco ASA
13 34 (25.19%) Amazon AWS
13 34 (25.19%) CheckPoint
14 33 (24.44%) McAfee
14 33 (24.44%) Aruba
15 32 (23.70%) WAN Optimisation
15 32 (23.70%) Fortinet
16 31 (22.96%) ITIL
17 30 (22.22%) FortiGate
18 29 (21.48%) Nokia
19 26 (19.26%) CCNP
20 23 (17.04%) MPLS
21 22 (16.30%) Windows
21 22 (16.30%) Network Monitoring
21 22 (16.30%) Analytical Skills
22 21 (15.56%) VoIP
23 19 (14.07%) Wi-Fi

WAN
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West 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 6 (4.44%) MS Exchange
2 4 (2.96%) Apache
2 4 (2.96%) Exchange Server 2010
2 4 (2.96%) Skype for Business
3 2 (1.48%) IIS
3 2 (1.48%) JBoss
3 2 (1.48%) Site Server
3 2 (1.48%) Tomcat
3 2 (1.48%) WebSphere
4 1 (0.74%) Oracle Workflow
4 1 (0.74%) SharePoint
Applications
1 5 (3.70%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 37 (27.41%) Microsoft Azure
2 34 (25.19%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (2.22%) Office 365
4 2 (1.48%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (0.74%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 74 (54.81%) LAN
2 72 (53.33%) Firewall
3 46 (34.07%) VPN
4 41 (30.37%) Wireless
5 36 (26.67%) Cisco ASA
6 23 (17.04%) MPLS
7 21 (15.56%) VoIP
8 19 (14.07%) Network Security
8 19 (14.07%) Wi-Fi
9 14 (10.37%) SAN
10 13 (9.63%) SNMP
10 13 (9.63%) VLAN
11 10 (7.41%) Internet
12 8 (5.93%) Cisco ISE
13 6 (4.44%) SSL
14 5 (3.70%) Ethernet
15 4 (2.96%) TCP/IP
16 3 (2.22%) DHCP
16 3 (2.22%) DNS
16 3 (2.22%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (2.22%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (0.74%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.74%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 1 (0.74%) Metasploit
1 1 (0.74%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 18 (13.33%) Telecoms
2 16 (11.85%) Retail
3 2 (1.48%) Banking
4 1 (0.74%) Automotive
4 1 (0.74%) Finance
Job Titles
1 54 (40.00%) Network Engineer
2 34 (25.19%) Implementation Engineer
3 29 (21.48%) Cisco Engineer
4 28 (20.74%) Design Engineer
4 28 (20.74%) Network Design Engineer
4 28 (20.74%) Network Implementation Engineer
5 22 (16.30%) Architect
6 19 (14.07%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
7 18 (13.33%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 16 (11.85%) Firewall Engineer
9 15 (11.11%) Cisco Design Engineer
9 15 (11.11%) Cisco Network Design Engineer
9 15 (11.11%) Cloud Engineer
10 13 (9.63%) Security Architect
11 12 (8.89%) Deployment Engineer
12 9 (6.67%) Project Manager
12 9 (6.67%) SC Cleared Deployment Engineer
13 6 (4.44%) Analyst
13 6 (4.44%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 6 (4.44%) Network Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (8.15%) WAP
2 4 (2.96%) LAMP
3 2 (1.48%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 41 (30.37%) Data Centre
2 22 (16.30%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (9.63%) Management Information System
4 2 (1.48%) Client/Server
4 2 (1.48%) e-Health
4 2 (1.48%) PKI
5 1 (0.74%) Computer Science
5 1 (0.74%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (0.74%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (0.74%) Self-Motivation
5 1 (0.74%) Smartphone
5 1 (0.74%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 22 (16.30%) Windows
2 18 (13.33%) Unix
3 5 (3.70%) Windows Server
4 4 (2.96%) Windows 7
5 3 (2.22%) Linux
5 3 (2.22%) Windows 10
5 3 (2.22%) Windows XP
6 2 (1.48%) Windows 8
6 2 (1.48%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.74%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.74%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (0.74%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (36.30%) Network Design
2 32 (23.70%) WAN Optimisation
3 31 (22.96%) ITIL
4 22 (16.30%) Network Monitoring
5 15 (11.11%) Project Management
6 14 (10.37%) Identity Management
6 14 (10.37%) Migration
7 13 (9.63%) Data Loss Prevention
7 13 (9.63%) Data Protection
7 13 (9.63%) Security Architecture
7 13 (9.63%) SIEM
8 12 (8.89%) Information Governance
9 11 (8.15%) Cybersecurity
9 11 (8.15%) Information Security
9 11 (8.15%) Risk Management
10 10 (7.41%) SDLC
10 10 (7.41%) Security Hardening
11 8 (5.93%) Load Balancing
11 8 (5.93%) Problem-Solving
12 6 (4.44%) Change Control
Programming Languages
1 13 (9.63%) PowerShell
2 11 (8.15%) Perl
2 11 (8.15%) Python
3 5 (3.70%) SQL
4 1 (0.74%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 55 (40.74%) Cisco Certification
2 47 (34.81%) Security Cleared
3 46 (34.07%) SC Cleared
4 45 (33.33%) CCNA
5 26 (19.26%) CCNP
6 13 (9.63%) CISSP
6 13 (9.63%) ITIL Certification
7 10 (7.41%) SANS
8 7 (5.19%) CCIE
9 5 (3.70%) Degree
10 3 (2.22%) Check Point Certification
11 2 (1.48%) DV Cleared
11 2 (1.48%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 2 (1.48%) MCSE
11 2 (1.48%) Microsoft Certification
11 2 (1.48%) PMP
12 1 (0.74%) JNCIA
12 1 (0.74%) MCP
12 1 (0.74%) MCSA
12 1 (0.74%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (8.89%) GDPR
2 1 (0.74%) SLA
System Software
1 11 (8.15%) Active Directory
1 11 (8.15%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (2.22%) VMware NSX
2 3 (2.22%) XenApp
3 2 (1.48%) iptables
3 2 (1.48%) Postfix
3 2 (1.48%) Samba
3 2 (1.48%) Squid
3 2 (1.48%) Virtual Servers
3 2 (1.48%) VMware ESXi
3 2 (1.48%) vSphere
4 1 (0.74%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 30 (22.22%) FortiGate
2 5 (3.70%) SCCM
3 4 (2.96%) Nessus
4 1 (0.74%) AirWatch
4 1 (0.74%) Cisco UCCX
4 1 (0.74%) McAfee ePO
4 1 (0.74%) Microsoft Intune
4 1 (0.74%) Nmap
4 1 (0.74%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 96 (71.11%) Cisco
2 39 (28.89%) Oracle
3 34 (25.19%) CheckPoint
4 33 (24.44%) Aruba
4 33 (24.44%) McAfee
5 32 (23.70%) Fortinet
6 29 (21.48%) Nokia
7 19 (14.07%) Meraki
8 15 (11.11%) HP
9 11 (8.15%) VMware
10 9 (6.67%) Microsoft
11 7 (5.19%) Citrix
11 7 (5.19%) Juniper
12 5 (3.70%) F5
13 3 (2.22%) Blue Coat
13 3 (2.22%) BMC
13 3 (2.22%) BT
13 3 (2.22%) IBM
13 3 (2.22%) NetApp
14 2 (1.48%) Dell