Period
to 19 September 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 19 September 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
19 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 87 48 56
Rank change year-on-year -39 +8 +2
Contract jobs citing WAN 125 162 193
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.43% 3.59% 3.13%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 19.20% 23.75% 22.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 71 77 106
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £388 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.23% +14.81% +3.85%
10th Percentile £130 £203 £199
90th Percentile £530 £488 £500
England median daily rate £400 £385 £400
% change year-on-year +3.90% -3.75% +13.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 8 7
West Midlands median hourly rate £12.40 £13.95 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.13% -33.56% +27.27%
10th Percentile £12.20 £10.88 £12.25
90th Percentile £24.60 £32.18 £23.25
England median hourly rate £21.50 £17.44 £20.00
% change year-on-year +23.30% -12.81% +14.29%

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 651 682 859
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 12.67% 15.11% 13.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 367 391 456
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £375 £366
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +2.39% +4.64%
10th Percentile £199 £161 £175
90th Percentile £538 £500 £525
England median daily rate £425 £410 £400
% change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 47 37
West Midlands median hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.57% -18.60% +26.47%
10th Percentile £11.36 £10.50 £11.78
90th Percentile £31.20 £64.50 £39.70
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.10 £25.00
% change year-on-year +10.50% -27.60% +24.42%

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 19 September 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 19 September 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 19 September 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 -27 30 £520 +18.18% 5
Solihull -6 28 £274 - 4
Birmingham -15 28 £255 -30.14% 14
Walsall +8 10 £110 -
Staffordshire -2 10 £388 - 5
Warwickshire +6 7 £513 +46.43% 2
Dudley -1 3 £375 +7.14% 2
Coventry -27 3 £405 -8.99% 4
Wolverhampton 0 2 - -
Sutton Coldfield - 1 £350 - 1
Halesowen - 1 - - 1
WAN
England

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 94 (75.20%) Cisco
2 63 (50.40%) Firewall
3 62 (49.60%) LAN
4 59 (47.20%) Cisco Certification
5 49 (39.20%) Security Cleared
6 48 (38.40%) SC Cleared
7 39 (31.20%) Wireless
8 37 (29.60%) VPN
9 36 (28.80%) CCNA
10 35 (28.00%) ITIL
11 34 (27.20%) Microsoft Azure
12 33 (26.40%) CheckPoint
13 32 (25.60%) Amazon AWS
14 31 (24.80%) WAN Optimisation
14 31 (24.80%) Fortinet
14 31 (24.80%) McAfee
14 31 (24.80%) CCNP
15 28 (22.40%) Network Design
15 28 (22.40%) Aruba
16 26 (20.80%) Cisco ASA
17 24 (19.20%) Data Centre
18 23 (18.40%) FortiGate
18 23 (18.40%) Oracle
19 21 (16.80%) VoIP
19 21 (16.80%) MPLS
19 21 (16.80%) Internet
19 21 (16.80%) Wi-Fi
19 21 (16.80%) Meraki
20 19 (15.20%) Network Monitoring
20 19 (15.20%) Analytical Skills

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 (4.80%) MS Exchange
2 4 (3.20%) Apache
3 3 (2.40%) Exchange Server 2010
3 3 (2.40%) Skype for Business
4 2 (1.60%) IIS
4 2 (1.60%) JBoss
4 2 (1.60%) SharePoint
4 2 (1.60%) Site Server
4 2 (1.60%) Tomcat
4 2 (1.60%) WebSphere
5 1 (0.80%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 5 (4.00%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 34 (27.20%) Microsoft Azure
2 32 (25.60%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (1.60%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 63 (50.40%) Firewall
2 62 (49.60%) LAN
3 39 (31.20%) Wireless
4 37 (29.60%) VPN
5 26 (20.80%) Cisco ASA
6 21 (16.80%) Internet
6 21 (16.80%) MPLS
6 21 (16.80%) VoIP
6 21 (16.80%) Wi-Fi
7 13 (10.40%) Intrusion Detection
8 11 (8.80%) Network Security
9 8 (6.40%) Cisco ISE
9 8 (6.40%) SAN
9 8 (6.40%) VLAN
10 6 (4.80%) SNMP
10 6 (4.80%) SSL
11 5 (4.00%) DHCP
11 5 (4.00%) TCP/IP
12 4 (3.20%) WLAN
13 3 (2.40%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (2.40%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.60%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (0.80%) SQL Server 2000
3 1 (0.80%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (0.80%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 2 (1.60%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (0.80%) Metasploit
General
1 16 (12.80%) Telecoms
2 15 (12.00%) Retail
3 2 (1.60%) Finance
4 1 (0.80%) Automotive
4 1 (0.80%) Banking
Job Titles
1 56 (44.80%) Network Engineer
2 26 (20.80%) Implementation Engineer
3 23 (18.40%) Cisco Engineer
4 20 (16.00%) Network Implementation Engineer
5 18 (14.40%) Design Engineer
5 18 (14.40%) Network Design Engineer
6 14 (11.20%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
6 14 (11.20%) Senior Network Engineer
7 12 (9.60%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 12 (9.60%) Deployment Engineer
8 9 (7.20%) Architect
8 9 (7.20%) Firewall Engineer
8 9 (7.20%) SC Cleared Deployment Engineer
9 8 (6.40%) Analyst
9 8 (6.40%) Cisco Design Engineer
9 8 (6.40%) Cisco Network Design Engineer
9 8 (6.40%) Cloud Engineer
10 6 (4.80%) Project Manager
11 5 (4.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 5 (4.00%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (3.20%) LAMP
1 4 (3.20%) WAP
2 2 (1.60%) LDAP
3 1 (0.80%) MAPI
Miscellaneous
1 24 (19.20%) Data Centre
2 19 (15.20%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (4.80%) Management Information System
4 2 (1.60%) Client/Server
4 2 (1.60%) e-Health
4 2 (1.60%) PKI
5 1 (0.80%) CMDB
5 1 (0.80%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (0.80%) FMCG
5 1 (0.80%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (0.80%) Self-Motivation
5 1 (0.80%) Smartphone
5 1 (0.80%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 17 (13.60%) Windows
2 13 (10.40%) Unix
3 6 (4.80%) Windows 7
4 5 (4.00%) Windows Server
5 4 (3.20%) Windows 10
6 3 (2.40%) Linux
6 3 (2.40%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (1.60%) Windows Server 2003
7 2 (1.60%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (1.60%) Windows XP
8 1 (0.80%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.80%) Windows 2000 Server
8 1 (0.80%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (28.00%) ITIL
2 31 (24.80%) WAN Optimisation
3 28 (22.40%) Network Design
4 19 (15.20%) Network Monitoring
5 15 (12.00%) Problem-Solving
6 13 (10.40%) Migration
6 13 (10.40%) Network Load Balancing
6 13 (10.40%) Network Packet Analysis
7 11 (8.80%) ITIL V3
8 10 (8.00%) Load Balancing
9 9 (7.20%) Project Management
10 8 (6.40%) Coaching
11 7 (5.60%) Data Protection
12 6 (4.80%) Cybersecurity
12 6 (4.80%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 6 (4.80%) Service Delivery
13 5 (4.00%) Data Loss Prevention
13 5 (4.00%) Information Governance
13 5 (4.00%) SDLC
13 5 (4.00%) Security Hardening
Programming Languages
1 7 (5.60%) PowerShell
2 6 (4.80%) SQL
3 5 (4.00%) Perl
3 5 (4.00%) Python
4 1 (0.80%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 59 (47.20%) Cisco Certification
2 49 (39.20%) Security Cleared
3 48 (38.40%) SC Cleared
4 36 (28.80%) CCNA
5 31 (24.80%) CCNP
6 13 (10.40%) ITIL Certification
7 11 (8.80%) CCIE
7 11 (8.80%) CISSP
8 6 (4.80%) Check Point Certification
9 5 (4.00%) SANS
10 2 (1.60%) DV Cleared
10 2 (1.60%) JNCIA
10 2 (1.60%) JNCIP
10 2 (1.60%) JNCIS
11 1 (0.80%) MCP
11 1 (0.80%) MCSA
11 1 (0.80%) MCSE
11 1 (0.80%) Microsoft Certification
11 1 (0.80%) PMP
11 1 (0.80%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (3.20%) GDPR
1 4 (3.20%) SLA
System Software
1 10 (8.00%) Active Directory
2 8 (6.40%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (2.40%) XenApp
4 2 (1.60%) iptables
4 2 (1.60%) Postfix
4 2 (1.60%) Samba
4 2 (1.60%) Squid
4 2 (1.60%) VMware NSX
4 2 (1.60%) vSphere
5 1 (0.80%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.80%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (0.80%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 23 (18.40%) FortiGate
2 5 (4.00%) SCCM
3 4 (3.20%) Nessus
4 1 (0.80%) AirWatch
4 1 (0.80%) Cisco UCCX
4 1 (0.80%) Nmap
4 1 (0.80%) WSUS
Vendors
1 94 (75.20%) Cisco
2 33 (26.40%) CheckPoint
3 31 (24.80%) Fortinet
3 31 (24.80%) McAfee
4 28 (22.40%) Aruba
5 23 (18.40%) Oracle
6 21 (16.80%) Meraki
7 18 (14.40%) Nokia
8 15 (12.00%) F5
9 14 (11.20%) HP
9 14 (11.20%) IBM
10 13 (10.40%) Blue Coat
10 13 (10.40%) BMC
10 13 (10.40%) Microsoft
11 9 (7.20%) VMware
12 7 (5.60%) Juniper
13 6 (4.80%) Citrix
14 4 (3.20%) NetApp
15 2 (1.60%) Avaya
15 2 (1.60%) BT