Period
to 15 November 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 15 November 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
15 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 92 47 75
Rank change year-on-year -45 +28 -18
Contract jobs citing WAN 125 184 168
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.43% 3.82% 2.69%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 19.47% 24.34% 19.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 80 89 74
West Midlands median daily rate £388 £398 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.52% +13.57% +7.69%
10th Percentile £199 £209 £203
90th Percentile £518 £496 £521
England median daily rate £400 £375 £400
% change year-on-year +6.67% -6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 7 6
West Midlands median hourly rate £13.50 £14.41 £21.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.28% -32.21% +28.79%
10th Percentile £12.20 £11.65 £13.94
90th Percentile £28.65 £36.15 £23.25
England median hourly rate £23.15 £17.38 £21.25
% change year-on-year +33.24% -18.24% +28.79%

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 642 756 857
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 12.46% 15.71% 13.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 375 445 442
West Midlands median daily rate £390 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.00% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £177 £161 £189
90th Percentile £536 £500 £538
England median daily rate £425 £405 £400
% change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 44 42
West Midlands median hourly rate £17.50 £19.25 £21.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.09% -9.41% +21.43%
10th Percentile £10.86 £10.58 £11.52
90th Percentile £33.00 £44.80 £39.50
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.70 £22.50
% change year-on-year +6.95% -16.89% +12.50%

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 15 November 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 15 November 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 15 November 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
Birmingham +3 31 £345 -5.15% 11
Shropshire -50 29 £475 +7.95% 7
Solihull -5 23 £122 - 4
Staffordshire +1 15 £360 -4.32% 7
Coventry -10 8 £438 -18.60% 7
Warwickshire +7 6 £513 +46.43% 2
Walsall +4 4 £110 -
Dudley -2 3 £375 +7.14% 1
Wolverhampton -3 1 - -
Herefordshire -15 1 £375 +4.17%
Sutton Coldfield - 1 £350 -
Halesowen - 1 - -
WAN
England

For the 6 months to 15 November 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 88 (70.40%) Cisco
2 69 (55.20%) Firewall
3 65 (52.00%) Cisco Certification
4 59 (47.20%) LAN
5 48 (38.40%) Security Cleared
6 47 (37.60%) SC Cleared
7 46 (36.80%) CCNP
8 39 (31.20%) CheckPoint
8 39 (31.20%) Wireless
9 36 (28.80%) ITIL
10 35 (28.00%) Microsoft Azure
11 33 (26.40%) CCNA
12 32 (25.60%) VPN
12 32 (25.60%) Amazon AWS
12 32 (25.60%) Fortinet
13 30 (24.00%) Internet
13 30 (24.00%) WAN Optimisation
14 29 (23.20%) McAfee
15 28 (22.40%) MPLS
16 26 (20.80%) F5
17 23 (18.40%) Aruba
17 23 (18.40%) Wi-Fi
18 21 (16.80%) Windows
18 21 (16.80%) Network Load Balancing
18 21 (16.80%) Problem-Solving
19 20 (16.00%) Network Monitoring
19 20 (16.00%) Blue Coat
20 19 (15.20%) Network Design
20 19 (15.20%) ITIL V3
20 19 (15.20%) Meraki

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 (4.00%) MS Exchange
2 3 (2.40%) Skype for Business
3 2 (1.60%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (1.60%) IIS
3 2 (1.60%) JBoss
3 2 (1.60%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.60%) Tomcat
3 2 (1.60%) WebSphere
4 1 (0.80%) Apache
4 1 (0.80%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (0.80%) Site Server
Applications
1 5 (4.00%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.80%) Houdini
2 1 (0.80%) Maya
2 1 (0.80%) NUKE
2 1 (0.80%) Photoshop
Cloud Services
1 35 (28.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 32 (25.60%) Amazon AWS
3 5 (4.00%) Office 365
4 1 (0.80%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 69 (55.20%) Firewall
2 59 (47.20%) LAN
3 39 (31.20%) Wireless
4 32 (25.60%) VPN
5 30 (24.00%) Internet
6 28 (22.40%) MPLS
7 23 (18.40%) Wi-Fi
8 17 (13.60%) Intrusion Detection
9 16 (12.80%) Cisco ASA
10 13 (10.40%) VLAN
10 13 (10.40%) VoIP
11 12 (9.60%) BGP
12 10 (8.00%) OSPF
13 9 (7.20%) Cisco ISE
13 9 (7.20%) WLAN
14 8 (6.40%) Network Security
15 6 (4.80%) HSRP
16 5 (4.00%) Cisco Nexus
16 5 (4.00%) DHCP
16 5 (4.00%) SNMP
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
General
1 16 (12.80%) Retail
2 6 (4.80%) Telecoms
3 3 (2.40%) Finance
Job Titles
1 63 (50.40%) Network Engineer
2 24 (19.20%) Senior Network Engineer
3 17 (13.60%) Cisco Engineer
4 16 (12.80%) Implementation Engineer
5 12 (9.60%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
6 11 (8.80%) Deployment Engineer
7 10 (8.00%) Network Implementation Engineer
8 9 (7.20%) Architect
8 9 (7.20%) Design Engineer
8 9 (7.20%) Network Design Engineer
8 9 (7.20%) SC Cleared Deployment Engineer
9 8 (6.40%) Analyst
9 8 (6.40%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 8 (6.40%) Support Engineer
10 7 (5.60%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 7 (5.60%) Project Manager
10 7 (5.60%) WAN Engineer
11 6 (4.80%) 3rd Line Support
11 6 (4.80%) Infrastructure Project Manager
11 6 (4.80%) Network Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (2.40%) Middleware
2 2 (1.60%) WAP
3 1 (0.80%) LAMP
3 1 (0.80%) LDAP
3 1 (0.80%) MAPI
Miscellaneous
1 18 (14.40%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (12.80%) Data Centre
3 5 (4.00%) FMCG
3 5 (4.00%) Management Information System
4 2 (1.60%) Client/Server
4 2 (1.60%) Driving Licence
4 2 (1.60%) e-Health
5 1 (0.80%) Animation
5 1 (0.80%) CMDB
5 1 (0.80%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (0.80%) Linux Command Line
5 1 (0.80%) PKI
5 1 (0.80%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 21 (16.80%) Windows
2 9 (7.20%) Unix
2 9 (7.20%) Windows Server
3 6 (4.80%) Windows 10
3 6 (4.80%) Windows 7
3 6 (4.80%) Windows Server 2003
4 3 (2.40%) Linux
5 2 (1.60%) Windows XP
6 1 (0.80%) CentOS
6 1 (0.80%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.80%) Windows 2000 Server
6 1 (0.80%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (0.80%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (28.80%) ITIL
2 30 (24.00%) WAN Optimisation
3 21 (16.80%) Network Load Balancing
3 21 (16.80%) Problem-Solving
4 20 (16.00%) Network Monitoring
5 19 (15.20%) ITIL V3
5 19 (15.20%) Network Design
6 16 (12.80%) Network Packet Analysis
7 13 (10.40%) Migration
8 10 (8.00%) Coaching
9 9 (7.20%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 8 (6.40%) Load Balancing
10 8 (6.40%) Network Management
11 7 (5.60%) Project Management
12 6 (4.80%) Change Control
12 6 (4.80%) Data Protection
12 6 (4.80%) Root Cause Analysis
13 5 (4.00%) Cybersecurity
13 5 (4.00%) Patch Management
13 5 (4.00%) Re-Platforming
Programming Languages
1 5 (4.00%) PowerShell
1 5 (4.00%) Python
2 4 (3.20%) Perl
2 4 (3.20%) SQL
3 1 (0.80%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 65 (52.00%) Cisco Certification
2 48 (38.40%) Security Cleared
3 47 (37.60%) SC Cleared
4 46 (36.80%) CCNP
5 33 (26.40%) CCNA
6 11 (8.80%) CISSP
7 10 (8.00%) CCIE
8 6 (4.80%) Check Point Certification
8 6 (4.80%) ITIL Certification
9 4 (3.20%) CCDP
9 4 (3.20%) SANS
10 3 (2.40%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 2 (1.60%) DV Cleared
11 2 (1.60%) JNCIA
11 2 (1.60%) JNCIP
11 2 (1.60%) JNCIS
12 1 (0.80%) BC Cleared
12 1 (0.80%) CCDA
12 1 (0.80%) MCSE
12 1 (0.80%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (3.20%) SLA
2 3 (2.40%) GDPR
2 3 (2.40%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 2 (1.60%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 1 (0.80%) FISMA
4 1 (0.80%) HIPAA
4 1 (0.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.80%) QA
System Software
1 14 (11.20%) Active Directory
2 6 (4.80%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (2.40%) VMware NSX
4 2 (1.60%) Samba
5 1 (0.80%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.80%) iptables
5 1 (0.80%) NFS
5 1 (0.80%) Postfix
5 1 (0.80%) Squid
5 1 (0.80%) vSphere
5 1 (0.80%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 13 (10.40%) FortiGate
2 4 (3.20%) SCCM
3 2 (1.60%) Cisco Prime
4 1 (0.80%) AirWatch
4 1 (0.80%) Nessus
4 1 (0.80%) SCOM
4 1 (0.80%) WSUS
Vendors
1 88 (70.40%) Cisco
2 39 (31.20%) CheckPoint
3 32 (25.60%) Fortinet
4 29 (23.20%) McAfee
5 26 (20.80%) F5
6 23 (18.40%) Aruba
7 20 (16.00%) Blue Coat
8 19 (15.20%) Meraki
9 17 (13.60%) HP
9 17 (13.60%) IBM
10 16 (12.80%) BMC
11 14 (11.20%) Microsoft
12 13 (10.40%) Oracle
12 13 (10.40%) VMware
13 9 (7.20%) Nokia
14 4 (3.20%) Citrix
15 3 (2.40%) NetApp
15 3 (2.40%) SolarWinds
16 2 (1.60%) Huawei
16 2 (1.60%) SonicWALL