Period
to 17 November 2017

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 17 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 > West Midlands
6 months to
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 46 71 58
Rank change year-on-year +25 -13 +6
Contract jobs citing WAN 184 169 148
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 3.82% 2.71% 2.98%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 23.50% 19.61% 24.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 90 75 72
West Midlands median daily rate £399 £350 £328
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.93% +6.87% -12.67%
10th Percentile £210 £201 £237
90th Percentile £499 £520 £500
England median daily rate £375 £400 £375
% change year-on-year -6.25% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 6 7
West Midlands median hourly rate £14.41 £21.25 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -32.21% +28.79% -17.50%
10th Percentile £11.65 £13.94 £12.00
90th Percentile £36.15 £23.25 £21.00
England median hourly rate £17.38 £21.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year -19.19% +30.30% -17.50%

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 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 783 862 596
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 16.27% 13.83% 12.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 460 447 305
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.14% +6.06%
10th Percentile £161 £195 £213
90th Percentile £502 £538 £500
England median daily rate £403 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +0.63% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 42 63
West Midlands median hourly rate £22.49 £21.25 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.84% +21.43% -12.50%
10th Percentile £10.63 £11.52 £10.78
90th Percentile £44.50 £39.50 £40.71
England median hourly rate £18.70 £22.67 £20.50
% change year-on-year -17.50% +10.57% +2.50%

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 17 November 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 6 months to 17 November 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 6 months to 17 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
Solihull +6 47 - -
Shropshire +25 33 £440 -4.86%
Birmingham -21 32 £364 +0.34% 5
Worcestershire +16 12 £204 -6.32% 1
Dudley - 12 £350 -
Warwickshire -6 11 £350 -20.90% 1
Coventry +20 7 £538 - 2
Staffordshire +8 4 £376 -5.35%
Herefordshire -3 4 £360 +10.77%
West Bromwich - 4 £175 -
Wolverhampton - 3 - -
Walsall - 1 - -
WAN
England

For the 6 months to 17 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for WAN.

1 121 (65.76%) LAN
2 103 (55.98%) Cisco
3 79 (42.93%) Firewall
4 74 (40.22%) VPN
5 53 (28.80%) Wireless
6 50 (27.17%) Cisco Certification
7 42 (22.83%) CheckPoint
7 42 (22.83%) Wi-Fi
8 40 (21.74%) Microsoft Azure
9 39 (21.20%) Amazon AWS
9 39 (21.20%) MPLS
10 38 (20.65%) CCNP
10 38 (20.65%) WAN Optimisation
11 36 (19.57%) Cisco ASA
11 36 (19.57%) Fortinet
12 33 (17.93%) Network Design
13 32 (17.39%) Presales
14 31 (16.85%) Data Centre
15 30 (16.30%) Windows
16 28 (15.22%) McAfee
17 24 (13.04%) ITIL
17 24 (13.04%) Active Directory
17 24 (13.04%) DHCP
17 24 (13.04%) Telecoms
17 24 (13.04%) Security Cleared
18 23 (12.50%) FortiGate
18 23 (12.50%) Customer Requirements
18 23 (12.50%) VoIP
18 23 (12.50%) Oracle
19 22 (11.96%) Service Management

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 11 (5.98%) MS Exchange
2 6 (3.26%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (2.17%) Apache
4 3 (1.63%) Exchange Server 2000
4 3 (1.63%) Exchange Server 2003
4 3 (1.63%) Oracle Workflow
5 2 (1.09%) Exchange Server 5.5
6 1 (0.54%) OpenEdge
6 1 (0.54%) SharePoint
6 1 (0.54%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 2 (1.09%) Microsoft Office
1 2 (1.09%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 5 (2.72%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 40 (21.74%) Microsoft Azure
2 39 (21.20%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (1.63%) Akamai
3 3 (1.63%) Amazon ELB
3 3 (1.63%) Office 365
4 2 (1.09%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (0.54%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 121 (65.76%) LAN
2 79 (42.93%) Firewall
3 74 (40.22%) VPN
4 53 (28.80%) Wireless
5 42 (22.83%) Wi-Fi
6 39 (21.20%) MPLS
7 36 (19.57%) Cisco ASA
8 24 (13.04%) DHCP
9 23 (12.50%) VoIP
10 20 (10.87%) Internet
11 17 (9.24%) VLAN
12 16 (8.70%) Cisco Nexus
12 16 (8.70%) DNS
13 14 (7.61%) Intrusion Detection
14 13 (7.07%) 3G
14 13 (7.07%) 4G
14 13 (7.07%) 5G
14 13 (7.07%) RFID
14 13 (7.07%) ZigBee
14 13 (7.07%) Z-Wave
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (7.07%) Big Data
2 6 (3.26%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.54%) Informix
3 1 (0.54%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 4 (2.17%) Metasploit
2 1 (0.54%) PVCS
General
1 24 (13.04%) Telecoms
2 10 (5.43%) Finance
3 9 (4.89%) Retail
4 2 (1.09%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.54%) Automotive
5 1 (0.54%) Banking
5 1 (0.54%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 60 (32.61%) Network Engineer
2 46 (25.00%) Architect
3 24 (13.04%) Cisco Engineer
4 23 (12.50%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 22 (11.96%) Implementation Engineer
5 22 (11.96%) Network Implementation Engineer
6 17 (9.24%) Network Architect
7 16 (8.70%) Design Engineer
7 16 (8.70%) Network Design Engineer
8 13 (7.07%) Solutions Architect
9 11 (5.98%) Firewall Engineer
10 10 (5.43%) Cisco Design Engineer
10 10 (5.43%) Project Manager
11 9 (4.89%) Cloud Engineer
11 9 (4.89%) Technical Specialist
12 8 (4.35%) Network Manager
12 8 (4.35%) Network Specialist
12 8 (4.35%) Senior Network Engineer
12 8 (4.35%) Support Engineer
13 7 (3.80%) Network Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (5.98%) REST
2 4 (2.17%) LAMP
3 1 (0.54%) Flash
3 1 (0.54%) HTML
3 1 (0.54%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 31 (16.85%) Data Centre
2 18 (9.78%) Management Information System
3 6 (3.26%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (2.17%) PKI
5 3 (1.63%) Data Protection Act
5 3 (1.63%) Driving Licence
5 3 (1.63%) Freedom of Information
5 3 (1.63%) Freedom of Information Act
6 2 (1.09%) Computer Science
6 2 (1.09%) Cyber Attack
6 2 (1.09%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 2 (1.09%) FMCG
6 2 (1.09%) NHS
6 2 (1.09%) Security Operations Centre
7 1 (0.54%) Fat Client
7 1 (0.54%) Mobile App
7 1 (0.54%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 30 (16.30%) Windows
2 16 (8.70%) Windows Server
3 13 (7.07%) Windows Server 2008
4 11 (5.98%) Windows Server 2012
5 9 (4.89%) Unix
6 7 (3.80%) Linux
7 4 (2.17%) Windows Server 2003
7 4 (2.17%) Windows XP
8 3 (1.63%) Windows 2000 Server
9 2 (1.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (1.09%) Solaris
9 2 (1.09%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.54%) AIX
10 1 (0.54%) HPUX
10 1 (0.54%) Windows 10
10 1 (0.54%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (20.65%) WAN Optimisation
2 33 (17.93%) Network Design
3 32 (17.39%) Presales
4 24 (13.04%) ITIL
5 23 (12.50%) Customer Requirements
6 22 (11.96%) Service Management
7 19 (10.33%) ERP
8 18 (9.78%) Service Delivery
9 15 (8.15%) Network Management
9 15 (8.15%) Validation
10 13 (7.07%) Network Load Balancing
10 13 (7.07%) Network Packet Analysis
11 12 (6.52%) Analytics
11 12 (6.52%) Data Security
11 12 (6.52%) Performance Metrics
11 12 (6.52%) Problem Management
11 12 (6.52%) Service Design
11 12 (6.52%) Statistics
12 11 (5.98%) ITIL V3
12 11 (5.98%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 6 (3.26%) SQL
2 2 (1.09%) Perl
3 1 (0.54%) Progress 4GL
3 1 (0.54%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 50 (27.17%) Cisco Certification
2 38 (20.65%) CCNP
3 24 (13.04%) Security Cleared
4 17 (9.24%) CCNA
5 16 (8.70%) CCIE
6 14 (7.61%) SC Cleared
7 6 (3.26%) Check Point Certification
7 6 (3.26%) CISSP
7 6 (3.26%) PMP
8 3 (1.63%) DV Cleared
8 3 (1.63%) MCP
8 3 (1.63%) Microsoft Certification
9 2 (1.09%) BPSS Clearance
9 2 (1.09%) Computer Science Degree
9 2 (1.09%) Degree
9 2 (1.09%) JNCIA
9 2 (1.09%) MCSE
10 1 (0.54%) CCVP
10 1 (0.54%) MCSA
10 1 (0.54%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (2.72%) PCI DSS
2 4 (2.17%) SLA
3 1 (0.54%) Cyber Essentials
3 1 (0.54%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 24 (13.04%) Active Directory
2 8 (4.35%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (3.26%) Samba
4 4 (2.17%) iptables
4 4 (2.17%) Postfix
4 4 (2.17%) Squid
5 3 (1.63%) Firmware
5 3 (1.63%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (1.63%) XenApp
6 2 (1.09%) Hyper-V
6 2 (1.09%) vSphere
7 1 (0.54%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 23 (12.50%) FortiGate
2 5 (2.72%) Cisco UCCX
3 4 (2.17%) Nessus
3 4 (2.17%) Nmap
3 4 (2.17%) SCCM
3 4 (2.17%) SCOM
4 3 (1.63%) Nagios
5 2 (1.09%) Cisco Prime
6 1 (0.54%) Cisco CUCM
6 1 (0.54%) EMC VPLEX
6 1 (0.54%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 103 (55.98%) Cisco
2 42 (22.83%) CheckPoint
3 36 (19.57%) Fortinet
4 28 (15.22%) McAfee
5 23 (12.50%) Oracle
6 19 (10.33%) VMware
7 17 (9.24%) Aruba
7 17 (9.24%) F5
8 16 (8.70%) IBM
8 16 (8.70%) Nokia
9 14 (7.61%) Citrix
10 13 (7.07%) Blue Coat
10 13 (7.07%) BMC
10 13 (7.07%) HP
10 13 (7.07%) Sigfox
11 11 (5.98%) Juniper
12 10 (5.43%) Microsoft
13 9 (4.89%) Palo Alto
14 5 (2.72%) SolarWinds
15 4 (2.17%) Brocade