Period
to 26 April 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 26 April 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
26 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 64 65 82
Rank change year-on-year +1 +17 -19
Contract jobs citing WAN 135 122 122
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.79% 2.69% 2.29%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 19.18% 20.78% 19.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 100 55 58
West Midlands median daily rate £479 £375 £333
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +27.67% +12.78% +2.31%
10th Percentile £257 £187 £150
90th Percentile £538 £530 £452
England median daily rate £400 £400 £390
% change year-on-year - +2.56% +7.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 5 9
West Midlands median hourly rate £16.25 £14.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.07% -30.00% -23.08%
10th Percentile £12.03 £10.50 £12.20
90th Percentile £20.28 £16.73 £24.20
England median hourly rate £18.35 £17.00 £21.13
% change year-on-year +7.94% -19.53% -1.74%

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 704 587 619
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 14.55% 12.95% 11.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 424 300 296
West Midlands median daily rate £413 £400 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% +10.34% +3.57%
10th Percentile £200 £177 £182
90th Percentile £550 £550 £500
England median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 34 35
West Midlands median hourly rate £25.00 £15.00 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +66.67% +3.45% -44.23%
10th Percentile £11.50 £10.08 £10.73
90th Percentile £43.35 £38.35 £38.10
England median hourly rate £19.51 £21.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -9.26% -14.00% +13.64%

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 26 April 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
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 26 April 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
Shropshire +16 47 £500 +19.05% 1
Warwickshire +12 24 £488 +50.00%
Birmingham -29 23 £364 +7.78% 13
Solihull -12 10 £425 +60.38% 5
Coventry -5 9 £270 -46.00% 3
Wolverhampton - 3 £325 - 2
Staffordshire -4 1 £365 -23.16% 8
Worcestershire -8 1 - - 2
Kingswinford - 1 - -
WAN
England

For the 6 months to 26 April 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 86 (63.70%) Firewall
2 80 (59.26%) Cisco
3 70 (51.85%) LAN
4 64 (47.41%) Wireless
5 63 (46.67%) Network Design
6 59 (43.70%) Microsoft Azure
7 58 (42.96%) Amazon AWS
8 56 (41.48%) Aruba
9 55 (40.74%) CheckPoint
10 52 (38.52%) VPN
10 52 (38.52%) Oracle
10 52 (38.52%) WAN Optimisation
11 50 (37.04%) FortiGate
11 50 (37.04%) Fortinet
11 50 (37.04%) McAfee
12 49 (36.30%) Data Centre
13 42 (31.11%) Cisco Certification
14 38 (28.15%) Cisco ASA
15 37 (27.41%) CCNP
16 36 (26.67%) Nokia
17 34 (25.19%) SC Cleared
17 34 (25.19%) Security Cleared
18 30 (22.22%) ITIL
19 29 (21.48%) Windows
20 26 (19.26%) HP
21 25 (18.52%) MPLS
22 23 (17.04%) CCNA
23 21 (15.56%) VLAN
24 20 (14.81%) Network Security
25 19 (14.07%) PowerShell

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 5 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2010
1 5 (3.70%) MS Exchange
2 3 (2.22%) Skype for Business
3 1 (0.74%) Apache
3 1 (0.74%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 5 (3.70%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.74%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 59 (43.70%) Microsoft Azure
2 58 (42.96%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (1.48%) AWS CloudFormation
3 2 (1.48%) Azure Active Directory
3 2 (1.48%) Cloud Computing
3 2 (1.48%) Office 365
4 1 (0.74%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 86 (63.70%) Firewall
2 70 (51.85%) LAN
3 64 (47.41%) Wireless
4 52 (38.52%) VPN
5 38 (28.15%) Cisco ASA
6 25 (18.52%) MPLS
7 21 (15.56%) VLAN
8 20 (14.81%) Network Security
9 17 (12.59%) SNMP
10 16 (11.85%) Internet
11 15 (11.11%) SAN
12 14 (10.37%) Intrusion Detection
13 8 (5.93%) Wi-Fi
14 6 (4.44%) DHCP
15 5 (3.70%) BGP
15 5 (3.70%) TCP/IP
16 4 (2.96%) DNS
16 4 (2.96%) Ethernet
16 4 (2.96%) OSPF
16 4 (2.96%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (3.70%) Oracle Reports
2 2 (1.48%) Oracle Database
2 2 (1.48%) Relational Database
2 2 (1.48%) SQL Server
General
1 12 (8.89%) Telecoms
2 7 (5.19%) Retail
3 4 (2.96%) Automotive
4 2 (1.48%) Banking
4 2 (1.48%) Finance
Job Titles
1 64 (47.41%) Network Engineer
2 37 (27.41%) Design Engineer
2 37 (27.41%) Network Design Engineer
3 36 (26.67%) Architect
4 35 (25.93%) Implementation Engineer
4 35 (25.93%) Network Implementation Engineer
5 27 (20.00%) Cisco Engineer
5 27 (20.00%) Cisco Network Engineer
6 24 (17.78%) Cloud Engineer
7 23 (17.04%) Cisco Design Engineer
7 23 (17.04%) Cisco Network Design Engineer
7 23 (17.04%) Firewall Engineer
8 17 (12.59%) Security Architect
9 14 (10.37%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
10 13 (9.63%) Network Architect
11 11 (8.15%) Project Manager
12 9 (6.67%) Network Support
12 9 (6.67%) Network Support Engineer
12 9 (6.67%) Support Engineer
13 7 (5.19%) Incident Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (6.67%) WAP
2 2 (1.48%) JSON
2 2 (1.48%) Middleware
3 1 (0.74%) LAMP
3 1 (0.74%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 49 (36.30%) Data Centre
2 16 (11.85%) Management Information System
3 7 (5.19%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (2.96%) NHS
5 2 (1.48%) Driving Licence
5 2 (1.48%) EPoS
5 2 (1.48%) Fat Client
5 2 (1.48%) Hybrid Cloud
5 2 (1.48%) PKI
5 2 (1.48%) Private Cloud
5 2 (1.48%) Public Cloud
5 2 (1.48%) Thin Client
5 2 (1.48%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (0.74%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.74%) Enterprise Cloud
6 1 (0.74%) FMCG
6 1 (0.74%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (0.74%) Replication
6 1 (0.74%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 29 (21.48%) Windows
2 14 (10.37%) Unix
3 10 (7.41%) Windows Server
4 4 (2.96%) Windows 8
5 3 (2.22%) Linux
5 3 (2.22%) Windows 7
6 2 (1.48%) Apple iOS
6 2 (1.48%) Windows 10
6 2 (1.48%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (1.48%) Windows XP
7 1 (0.74%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 63 (46.67%) Network Design
2 52 (38.52%) WAN Optimisation
3 30 (22.22%) ITIL
4 18 (13.33%) Identity Management
5 17 (12.59%) Data Loss Prevention
5 17 (12.59%) Data Protection
5 17 (12.59%) Security Architecture
5 17 (12.59%) SIEM
6 16 (11.85%) Problem-Solving
7 15 (11.11%) Information Governance
7 15 (11.11%) Project Management
8 14 (10.37%) Cybersecurity
8 14 (10.37%) Information Security
8 14 (10.37%) Network Load Balancing
8 14 (10.37%) Network Packet Analysis
9 12 (8.89%) SDLC
9 12 (8.89%) Security Hardening
10 11 (8.15%) Risk Management
11 9 (6.67%) ITIL V3
11 9 (6.67%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 19 (14.07%) PowerShell
2 14 (10.37%) Perl
2 14 (10.37%) Python
Qualifications
1 42 (31.11%) Cisco Certification
2 37 (27.41%) CCNP
3 34 (25.19%) SC Cleared
3 34 (25.19%) Security Cleared
4 23 (17.04%) CCNA
5 14 (10.37%) CISSP
6 12 (8.89%) SANS
7 10 (7.41%) Degree
8 4 (2.96%) PMP
9 3 (2.22%) CCIE
10 2 (1.48%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 2 (1.48%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 1 (0.74%) Check Point Certification
11 1 (0.74%) DBS Check
11 1 (0.74%) ITIL Certification
11 1 (0.74%) MCSE
11 1 (0.74%) Microsoft Certification
11 1 (0.74%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (12.59%) GDPR
System Software
1 13 (9.63%) Active Directory
2 11 (8.15%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (2.22%) Hyper-V
3 3 (2.22%) Virtual Servers
3 3 (2.22%) VMware NSX
4 2 (1.48%) Docker
4 2 (1.48%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (1.48%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 50 (37.04%) FortiGate
2 2 (1.48%) AirWatch
2 2 (1.48%) Ansible
2 2 (1.48%) Kubernetes
2 2 (1.48%) McAfee ePO
2 2 (1.48%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (1.48%) Packer
2 2 (1.48%) Puppet
2 2 (1.48%) SCCM
2 2 (1.48%) Single Sign-On
3 1 (0.74%) Microsoft Intune
3 1 (0.74%) Nessus
Vendors
1 80 (59.26%) Cisco
2 56 (41.48%) Aruba
3 55 (40.74%) CheckPoint
4 52 (38.52%) Oracle
5 50 (37.04%) Fortinet
5 50 (37.04%) McAfee
6 36 (26.67%) Nokia
7 26 (19.26%) HP
8 16 (11.85%) F5
9 14 (10.37%) Blue Coat
9 14 (10.37%) BMC
9 14 (10.37%) IBM
10 13 (9.63%) VMware
11 6 (4.44%) Juniper
11 6 (4.44%) Microsoft
12 4 (2.96%) Citrix
13 3 (2.22%) BT
13 3 (2.22%) Meraki
14 2 (1.48%) Avaya
14 2 (1.48%) Capita