Period
to 20 February 2019

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 20 February 2019 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
20 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 84 53 65
Rank change year-on-year -31 +12 +7
Contract jobs citing WAN 126 163 146
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.51% 3.41% 2.77%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 20.83% 22.21% 20.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 89 102 62
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £460 £369
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -18.48% +24.75% +12.60%
10th Percentile £277 £253 £200
90th Percentile £528 £530 £536
England median daily rate £400 £389 £400
% change year-on-year +2.73% -2.66% +1.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 4 3
West Midlands median hourly rate £13.17 £13.95 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.61% -0.34% -11.11%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.86 £10.50
90th Percentile £29.33 £17.30 £16.60
England median hourly rate £23.15 £16.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year +40.30% -10.81% -7.50%

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 605 734 709
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 12.05% 15.34% 13.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 339 434 364
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -6.25% +14.29%
10th Percentile £190 £167 £213
90th Percentile £538 £523 £540
England median daily rate £425 £413 £410
% change year-on-year +3.03% +0.61% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 32 30
West Midlands median hourly rate £17.00 £27.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -38.18% +83.33% -16.67%
10th Percentile £10.88 £12.53 £9.94
90th Percentile £38.75 £45.10 £40.15
England median hourly rate £18.70 £20.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year -6.50% -6.98% -2.27%

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 20 February 2019.

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 20 February 2019.

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 20 February 2019. 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 +25 31 £360 -1.37% 16
Shropshire -63 26 £479 +0.79% 1
Coventry +3 21 £425 +57.41% 8
Staffordshire +10 15 £360 -1.37% 2
Solihull -10 9 £116 - 10
Warwickshire -6 8 £525 +9.38% 8
Dudley +6 3 £375 +7.14% 1
Worcestershire -10 3 £300 - 2
Halesowen - 2 - -
Wolverhampton +2 1 - -
Herefordshire -14 1 £375 - 1
Sutton Coldfield - 1 £350 - 1
WAN
England

For the 6 months to 20 February 2019, 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 87 (69.05%) Firewall
2 77 (61.11%) Cisco
3 64 (50.79%) LAN
4 55 (43.65%) Cisco Certification
5 54 (42.86%) CheckPoint
6 50 (39.68%) VPN
7 49 (38.89%) CCNP
8 35 (27.78%) Wireless
8 35 (27.78%) Amazon AWS
9 34 (26.98%) Microsoft Azure
9 34 (26.98%) ITIL
9 34 (26.98%) F5
10 33 (26.19%) Windows
11 32 (25.40%) VMware
11 32 (25.40%) Internet
11 32 (25.40%) Fortinet
11 32 (25.40%) Security Cleared
12 31 (24.60%) SC Cleared
13 30 (23.81%) MPLS
13 30 (23.81%) Data Centre
14 29 (23.02%) Wi-Fi
15 28 (22.22%) McAfee
16 27 (21.43%) WAN Optimisation
17 25 (19.84%) Blue Coat
18 23 (18.25%) CCNA
19 22 (17.46%) Active Directory
20 21 (16.67%) Network Design
21 20 (15.87%) Aruba
21 20 (15.87%) Windows Server
22 19 (15.08%) ITIL V3

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 4 (3.17%) MS Exchange
2 3 (2.38%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.59%) Skype for Business
4 1 (0.79%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (0.79%) Site Server
Applications
1 5 (3.97%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.79%) Houdini
2 1 (0.79%) Maya
2 1 (0.79%) NUKE
2 1 (0.79%) Photoshop
Cloud Services
1 35 (27.78%) Amazon AWS
2 34 (26.98%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (5.56%) Office 365
4 2 (1.59%) IaaS
4 2 (1.59%) PaaS
5 1 (0.79%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (0.79%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.79%) Mimecast
5 1 (0.79%) OneDrive
5 1 (0.79%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 87 (69.05%) Firewall
2 64 (50.79%) LAN
3 50 (39.68%) VPN
4 35 (27.78%) Wireless
5 32 (25.40%) Internet
6 30 (23.81%) MPLS
7 29 (23.02%) Wi-Fi
8 19 (15.08%) BGP
8 19 (15.08%) VLAN
9 18 (14.29%) Cisco ASA
10 17 (13.49%) OSPF
11 15 (11.90%) Intrusion Detection
12 11 (8.73%) Cisco Firepower
13 10 (7.94%) SSL
13 10 (7.94%) VoIP
13 10 (7.94%) WLAN
14 9 (7.14%) Network Security
15 8 (6.35%) DMZ
15 8 (6.35%) DNS
15 8 (6.35%) HSRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (3.17%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.59%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (0.79%) SQL Server 2000
3 1 (0.79%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (0.79%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (0.79%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 3 (2.38%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 13 (10.32%) Retail
2 5 (3.97%) Finance
2 5 (3.97%) Telecoms
3 1 (0.79%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 66 (52.38%) Network Engineer
2 23 (18.25%) Senior Network Engineer
3 14 (11.11%) Architect
4 12 (9.52%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 11 (8.73%) Server Engineer
5 11 (8.73%) VMware Engineer
5 11 (8.73%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
6 10 (7.94%) Cisco Engineer
7 9 (7.14%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 9 (7.14%) Design Engineer
7 9 (7.14%) Implementation Engineer
7 9 (7.14%) Network Design Engineer
7 9 (7.14%) Network Implementation Engineer
7 9 (7.14%) Project Engineer
7 9 (7.14%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
7 9 (7.14%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
7 9 (7.14%) Senior Server Engineer
7 9 (7.14%) Senior VMware Engineer
8 8 (6.35%) Infrastructure Security Engineer
8 8 (6.35%) Senior Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (2.38%) Middleware
2 2 (1.59%) WAP
3 1 (0.79%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 30 (23.81%) Data Centre
2 11 (8.73%) FMCG
3 6 (4.76%) Management Information System
4 5 (3.97%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (3.17%) Hybrid Cloud
5 4 (3.17%) PKI
6 3 (2.38%) Public Cloud
6 3 (2.38%) Self-Motivation
7 2 (1.59%) Driving Licence
7 2 (1.59%) EMC VNX
7 2 (1.59%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.79%) Animation
8 1 (0.79%) CMDB
8 1 (0.79%) Linux Command Line
8 1 (0.79%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 33 (26.19%) Windows
2 20 (15.87%) Windows Server
3 10 (7.94%) Windows Server 2003
4 7 (5.56%) Unix
5 5 (3.97%) Windows 10
6 4 (3.17%) Linux
6 4 (3.17%) Windows 7
7 3 (2.38%) HPUX
8 2 (1.59%) Solaris
8 2 (1.59%) Windows XP
9 1 (0.79%) CentOS
9 1 (0.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.79%) Windows 2000 Server
9 1 (0.79%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.79%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (26.98%) ITIL
2 27 (21.43%) WAN Optimisation
3 21 (16.67%) Network Design
4 19 (15.08%) ITIL V3
5 18 (14.29%) Network Load Balancing
5 18 (14.29%) Problem-Solving
6 12 (9.52%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 12 (9.52%) Network Packet Analysis
7 11 (8.73%) Re-Platforming
8 10 (7.94%) Load Balancing
8 10 (7.94%) Patch Management
8 10 (7.94%) Service Delivery
9 9 (7.14%) Coaching
10 8 (6.35%) Application Discovery
10 8 (6.35%) Project Management
10 8 (6.35%) Root Cause Analysis
10 8 (6.35%) Vulnerability Scanning
11 7 (5.56%) Cybersecurity
11 7 (5.56%) Data Protection
11 7 (5.56%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 6 (4.76%) PowerShell
1 6 (4.76%) Python
2 5 (3.97%) Perl
3 4 (3.17%) C
4 2 (1.59%) SQL
5 1 (0.79%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 55 (43.65%) Cisco Certification
2 49 (38.89%) CCNP
3 32 (25.40%) Security Cleared
4 31 (24.60%) SC Cleared
5 23 (18.25%) CCNA
6 10 (7.94%) CCIE
6 10 (7.94%) CISSP
7 7 (5.56%) CCDP
8 6 (4.76%) BPSS Clearance
9 5 (3.97%) SANS
10 4 (3.17%) Check Point Certification
10 4 (3.17%) JNCIA
11 3 (2.38%) MCSA
11 3 (2.38%) MCSE
11 3 (2.38%) Microsoft Certification
12 2 (1.59%) BC Cleared
12 2 (1.59%) CCDA
12 2 (1.59%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 2 (1.59%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 1 (0.79%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (3.97%) GDPR
2 3 (2.38%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 3 (2.38%) SLA
3 2 (1.59%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 1 (0.79%) FISMA
4 1 (0.79%) HIPAA
4 1 (0.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.79%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.79%) QA
System Software
1 22 (17.46%) Active Directory
2 11 (8.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (3.17%) Hyper-V
4 3 (2.38%) VMware NSX
5 2 (1.59%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.79%) Firmware
6 1 (0.79%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 1 (0.79%) NFS
6 1 (0.79%) Samba
6 1 (0.79%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (0.79%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 11 (8.73%) FortiGate
2 3 (2.38%) Cisco Prime
2 3 (2.38%) WSUS
3 2 (1.59%) SCCM
3 2 (1.59%) SCVMM
3 2 (1.59%) vCenter Server
4 1 (0.79%) AirWatch
4 1 (0.79%) Microsoft Intune
4 1 (0.79%) Nagios
4 1 (0.79%) SCOM
4 1 (0.79%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 77 (61.11%) Cisco
2 54 (42.86%) CheckPoint
3 34 (26.98%) F5
4 32 (25.40%) Fortinet
4 32 (25.40%) VMware
5 28 (22.22%) McAfee
6 25 (19.84%) Blue Coat
7 20 (15.87%) Aruba
8 19 (15.08%) Oracle
9 16 (12.70%) HP
10 14 (11.11%) BMC
11 13 (10.32%) IBM
12 12 (9.52%) Microsoft
13 9 (7.14%) Nokia
14 8 (6.35%) Forcepoint
15 7 (5.56%) Juniper
16 6 (4.76%) Citrix
17 5 (3.97%) SolarWinds
18 4 (3.17%) Infoblox
18 4 (3.17%) SonicWALL