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 3 months to 24 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)
England / West Midlands
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 45 60 51
Rank change year-on-year +15 -9  
Contract jobs citing WAN 76 91 77
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 3.79% 3.01% 3.22%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 24.68% 22.64% 22.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 55 41
Median daily rate £393 £338 £323
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.29% +4.65%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £189 £188 £134
10% offered a daily rate of more than £519 £464 £466
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 6 3
Median hourly rate £12.50 £21.25 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -41.17% +1.19%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.00 £22.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +18.18% -2.22%  

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 the West Midlands with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 308 402 342
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 15.35% 13.32% 14.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 154 216 197
Median daily rate £400 £358 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.88% +10.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £488 £451
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £368 £345
% change year-on-year +2.04% +6.52%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 22 32
Median hourly rate £31.00 £21.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +44.18% +22.85%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £12.50 £10.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.00 £37.50 £29.61
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £32.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -13.84% +30.00%  

WAN
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands 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 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 3 months to 24 June 2017.

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 3 months to 24 June 2017.

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 3 months to 24 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Solihull +24 19 - - 1
Birmingham -12 18 £388 +17.42% 11
Coventry +19 9 £448 +57.01%
Worcestershire +19 8 £189 - 1
Shropshire +18 8 £450 +309.09% 5
Staffordshire +1 4 £388 -2.51% 4
Herefordshire 0 4 £360 -4.00%
Dudley - 2 - - 1
Warwickshire 0 1 - - 1
WAN
England

For the 6 months to 24 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for WAN.

1 108 (81.82%) LAN
2 56 (42.42%) Cisco
3 50 (37.88%) Firewall
4 34 (25.76%) Active Directory
4 34 (25.76%) Windows
5 32 (24.24%) Cisco Certification
6 26 (19.70%) Wireless
6 26 (19.70%) VPN
7 24 (18.18%) CCNA
8 22 (16.67%) CCNP
8 22 (16.67%) Security Cleared
9 18 (13.64%) Cisco ASA
9 18 (13.64%) Windows Server
10 17 (12.88%) Network Design
10 17 (12.88%) CheckPoint
10 17 (12.88%) MS Exchange
11 16 (12.12%) DNS
11 16 (12.12%) VMware
11 16 (12.12%) Microsoft Azure
11 16 (12.12%) Data Centre
12 15 (11.36%) SC Cleared
12 15 (11.36%) Citrix
13 14 (10.61%) ITIL
13 14 (10.61%) Telecoms
13 14 (10.61%) Network Management
14 13 (9.85%) Cisco Nexus
14 13 (9.85%) Wi-Fi
14 13 (9.85%) Windows Server 2008
14 13 (9.85%) Microsoft
15 12 (9.09%) OSPF

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 17 (12.88%) MS Exchange
2 7 (5.30%) Exchange Server 2010
3 5 (3.79%) IIS
4 4 (3.03%) Exchange Server 2000
4 4 (3.03%) Exchange Server 2003
4 4 (3.03%) Skype for Business
5 3 (2.27%) Exchange Server 2013
5 3 (2.27%) Exchange Server 5.5
5 3 (2.27%) SharePoint
6 2 (1.52%) Exchange Server 2007
6 2 (1.52%) Oracle Workflow
7 1 (0.76%) JBoss
7 1 (0.76%) SharePoint 2010
7 1 (0.76%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.76%) WebSphere
Applications
1 6 (4.55%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (2.27%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.76%) AutoCAD
3 1 (0.76%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 8 (6.06%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.76%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 16 (12.12%) Microsoft Azure
2 11 (8.33%) Amazon AWS
3 6 (4.55%) Office 365
4 3 (2.27%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 108 (81.82%) LAN
2 50 (37.88%) Firewall
3 26 (19.70%) VPN
3 26 (19.70%) Wireless
4 18 (13.64%) Cisco ASA
5 16 (12.12%) DNS
6 13 (9.85%) Cisco Nexus
6 13 (9.85%) Wi-Fi
7 12 (9.09%) OSPF
8 11 (8.33%) BGP
8 11 (8.33%) DHCP
9 10 (7.58%) VoIP
10 9 (6.82%) MPLS
11 8 (6.06%) EIGRP
11 8 (6.06%) Network Security
11 8 (6.06%) TCP/IP
11 8 (6.06%) WLAN
12 6 (4.55%) Internet
13 5 (3.79%) Cisco Wireless
13 5 (3.79%) DMVPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (5.30%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.03%) Big Data
3 1 (0.76%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 2 (1.52%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 14 (10.61%) Telecoms
2 12 (9.09%) Finance
3 11 (8.33%) Retail
4 2 (1.52%) Automotive
4 2 (1.52%) Electronics
5 1 (0.76%) Advertising
5 1 (0.76%) Financial Institution
5 1 (0.76%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.76%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 30 (22.73%) Network Engineer
2 22 (16.67%) Architect
3 17 (12.88%) Analyst
4 13 (9.85%) Network Architect
5 11 (8.33%) Network Manager
5 11 (8.33%) Project Manager
6 9 (6.82%) Cisco Engineer
6 9 (6.82%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 8 (6.06%) Administrator
7 8 (6.06%) Design Engineer
7 8 (6.06%) Implementation Engineer
7 8 (6.06%) Network Design Engineer
7 8 (6.06%) Network Implementation Engineer
7 8 (6.06%) Systems Administrator
8 7 (5.30%) Network Project Manager
9 6 (4.55%) Programme Manager
10 5 (3.79%) Consultant
10 5 (3.79%) Senior Manager
10 5 (3.79%) Senior Network Project Manager
10 5 (3.79%) Senior Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (3.79%) REST
2 2 (1.52%) 802.1X
3 1 (0.76%) Leaflet
Miscellaneous
1 16 (12.12%) Data Centre
2 10 (7.58%) Analytical Skills
3 9 (6.82%) Management Information System
4 3 (2.27%) Computer Science
4 3 (2.27%) Data Protection Act
4 3 (2.27%) Freedom of Information
4 3 (2.27%) Freedom of Information Act
5 2 (1.52%) Clustering
5 2 (1.52%) FMCG
5 2 (1.52%) User Experience
6 1 (0.76%) CCTV
6 1 (0.76%) CESG
6 1 (0.76%) Derivative
6 1 (0.76%) Driving Licence
6 1 (0.76%) Enterprise Storage
6 1 (0.76%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (0.76%) IVR
6 1 (0.76%) SCADA
6 1 (0.76%) Smartphone
6 1 (0.76%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 34 (25.76%) Windows
2 18 (13.64%) Windows Server
3 13 (9.85%) Windows Server 2008
4 10 (7.58%) Windows Server 2012
5 9 (6.82%) Unix
6 5 (3.79%) Windows 7
7 4 (3.03%) Linux
7 4 (3.03%) Windows 2000 Server
7 4 (3.03%) Windows Server 2003
8 3 (2.27%) Windows 8
9 2 (1.52%) HPUX
9 2 (1.52%) Windows 10
9 2 (1.52%) Windows XP
10 1 (0.76%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.76%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (12.88%) Network Design
2 14 (10.61%) ITIL
2 14 (10.61%) Network Management
3 12 (9.09%) Migration
4 11 (8.33%) Customer Requirements
4 11 (8.33%) ERP
4 11 (8.33%) Presales
5 10 (7.58%) PRINCE2
5 10 (7.58%) Project Management
6 9 (6.82%) Performance Management
7 7 (5.30%) IT Strategy
7 7 (5.30%) WAN Optimisation
8 6 (4.55%) Hardware Maintenance
8 6 (4.55%) Load Balancing
8 6 (4.55%) Service Management
9 5 (3.79%) Logistics
9 5 (3.79%) Programme Delivery
9 5 (3.79%) Security Management
9 5 (3.79%) Service Delivery
9 5 (3.79%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 3 (2.27%) Perl
2 2 (1.52%) Shell Script
2 2 (1.52%) SQL
3 1 (0.76%) C
3 1 (0.76%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 32 (24.24%) Cisco Certification
2 24 (18.18%) CCNA
3 22 (16.67%) CCNP
3 22 (16.67%) Security Cleared
4 15 (11.36%) SC Cleared
5 6 (4.55%) DV Cleared
5 6 (4.55%) JNCIA
5 6 (4.55%) PMP
6 4 (3.03%) Degree
7 3 (2.27%) CCDA
7 3 (2.27%) CCDP
7 3 (2.27%) Computer Science Degree
8 2 (1.52%) CCIE
9 1 (0.76%) APMP
9 1 (0.76%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (0.76%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 1 (0.76%) Microsoft Certification
9 1 (0.76%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 3 (2.27%) PCI DSS
1 3 (2.27%) PMO
1 3 (2.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 2 (1.52%) SLA
3 1 (0.76%) JSP 440
System Software
1 34 (25.76%) Active Directory
2 4 (3.03%) Hyper-V
3 3 (2.27%) Samba
3 3 (2.27%) XenApp
4 2 (1.52%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.76%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 1 (0.76%) Terminal Services
5 1 (0.76%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (0.76%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 6 (4.55%) SCCM
2 3 (2.27%) FortiGate
2 3 (2.27%) SCOM
3 1 (0.76%) Backup Exec
3 1 (0.76%) Failover Clustering
3 1 (0.76%) Forum Sentry
3 1 (0.76%) Host Intrusion Detection System
3 1 (0.76%) Jamf Pro
3 1 (0.76%) Microsoft Clustering
3 1 (0.76%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 56 (42.42%) Cisco
2 17 (12.88%) CheckPoint
3 16 (12.12%) VMware
4 15 (11.36%) Citrix
5 13 (9.85%) Microsoft
6 10 (7.58%) Fortinet
6 10 (7.58%) Oracle
7 7 (5.30%) EMC
7 7 (5.30%) F5
8 6 (4.55%) Palo Alto
9 4 (3.03%) HP
9 4 (3.03%) McAfee
9 4 (3.03%) Riverbed
9 4 (3.03%) SevOne
9 4 (3.03%) SolarWinds
10 3 (2.27%) Aruba
10 3 (2.27%) Avaya
10 3 (2.27%) EqualLogic
10 3 (2.27%) Juniper
10 3 (2.27%) Nokia
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