Period
to 21 January 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 21 January 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
21 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 46 69 70
Rank change year-on-year +23 +1 -10
Contract jobs citing WAN 169 147 124
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 3.65% 2.71% 2.50%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 22.72% 20.05% 20.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 89 57 51
West Midlands median daily rate £440 £350 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +25.71% +6.06% -12.00%
10th Percentile £209 £185 £163
90th Percentile £530 £505 £500
England median daily rate £375 £400 £398
% change year-on-year -6.25% +0.63% +13.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 3 6
West Midlands median hourly rate £13.95 £16.25 £15.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.14% +3.17% -39.42%
10th Percentile £12.86 £11.13 £12.00
90th Percentile £17.30 £20.58 £20.75
England median hourly rate £17.38 £21.25 £20.00
% change year-on-year -18.24% +6.25% -

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 744 733 591
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 16.06% 13.50% 11.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 440 367 297
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £388 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.23% +10.71% -
10th Percentile £156 £200 £181
90th Percentile £508 £540 £500
England median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 28 54
West Midlands median hourly rate £30.31 £15.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +102.07% -14.29% -25.53%
10th Percentile £12.55 £10.00 £10.73
90th Percentile £44.95 £38.08 £41.38
England median hourly rate £18.70 £22.50 £22.00
% change year-on-year -16.89% +2.27% +7.61%

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 21 January 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
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 21 January 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 +19 39 £460 +2.22% 1
Solihull +4 34 - - 1
Birmingham -19 25 £344 +16.53% 12
Warwickshire +15 17 £475 +9.20% 6
Coventry +14 9 £270 -48.57% 4
Dudley - 9 £350 -
Worcestershire +3 6 £215 +65.38% 6
West Bromwich - 4 £175 -
Wolverhampton - 3 - -
Staffordshire +6 1 £365 -12.31% 4
Herefordshire -1 1 - -
Walsall - 1 - - 1
WAN
England

For the 6 months to 21 January 2018, 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.

1 103 (60.95%) LAN
2 93 (55.03%) Cisco
3 80 (47.34%) Firewall
4 66 (39.05%) VPN
5 57 (33.73%) Wireless
6 56 (33.14%) Cisco Certification
7 49 (28.99%) Amazon AWS
8 48 (28.40%) Microsoft Azure
9 47 (27.81%) CheckPoint
10 44 (26.04%) MPLS
11 43 (25.44%) CCNP
11 43 (25.44%) Fortinet
11 43 (25.44%) WAN Optimisation
12 38 (22.49%) McAfee
13 37 (21.89%) ITIL
13 37 (21.89%) Network Design
14 36 (21.30%) Data Centre
15 35 (20.71%) Cisco ASA
16 33 (19.53%) FortiGate
17 32 (18.93%) Aruba
17 32 (18.93%) Wi-Fi
18 30 (17.75%) Oracle
19 26 (15.38%) Windows
20 25 (14.79%) Security Cleared
20 25 (14.79%) Internet
21 24 (14.20%) VLAN
22 23 (13.61%) Telecoms
22 23 (13.61%) IBM
22 23 (13.61%) F5
23 21 (12.43%) Intrusion Detection

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 (2.37%) Apache
1 4 (2.37%) MS Exchange
2 3 (1.78%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (0.59%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 5 (2.96%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.18%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 49 (28.99%) Amazon AWS
2 48 (28.40%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (1.78%) Akamai
3 3 (1.78%) Amazon ELB
4 2 (1.18%) AWS CloudFormation
4 2 (1.18%) Cloud Computing
4 2 (1.18%) Office 365
5 1 (0.59%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 103 (60.95%) LAN
2 80 (47.34%) Firewall
3 66 (39.05%) VPN
4 57 (33.73%) Wireless
5 44 (26.04%) MPLS
6 35 (20.71%) Cisco ASA
7 32 (18.93%) Wi-Fi
8 25 (14.79%) Internet
9 24 (14.20%) VLAN
10 21 (12.43%) DHCP
10 21 (12.43%) Intrusion Detection
11 20 (11.83%) VoIP
12 16 (9.47%) Network Security
13 14 (8.28%) DNS
14 12 (7.10%) BGP
14 12 (7.10%) Cisco Nexus
15 11 (6.51%) OSPF
16 9 (5.33%) SAN
17 8 (4.73%) HSRP
17 8 (4.73%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (4.14%) Big Data
2 2 (1.18%) Oracle Database
2 2 (1.18%) Oracle Reports
2 2 (1.18%) Relational Database
2 2 (1.18%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.59%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 4 (2.37%) Metasploit
General
1 23 (13.61%) Telecoms
2 8 (4.73%) Finance
3 3 (1.78%) Automotive
3 3 (1.78%) Retail
4 1 (0.59%) Banking
4 1 (0.59%) Front Office
4 1 (0.59%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 62 (36.69%) Network Engineer
2 47 (27.81%) Architect
3 26 (15.38%) Cisco Engineer
4 25 (14.79%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 22 (13.02%) Implementation Engineer
5 22 (13.02%) Network Implementation Engineer
6 20 (11.83%) Network Architect
7 16 (9.47%) Cloud Engineer
7 16 (9.47%) Design Engineer
7 16 (9.47%) Network Design Engineer
8 15 (8.88%) Cisco Design Engineer
8 15 (8.88%) Firewall Engineer
9 14 (8.28%) Solutions Architect
9 14 (8.28%) Support Engineer
10 13 (7.69%) Network Support
11 10 (5.92%) Network Support Engineer
12 9 (5.33%) Cisco Network Design Engineer
13 8 (4.73%) Project Manager
13 8 (4.73%) Senior Network Engineer
14 7 (4.14%) Security Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (2.96%) LDAP
1 5 (2.96%) REST
2 4 (2.37%) LAMP
3 2 (1.18%) JSON
3 2 (1.18%) Middleware
4 1 (0.59%) Flash
4 1 (0.59%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 36 (21.30%) Data Centre
2 20 (11.83%) Management Information System
3 6 (3.55%) PKI
4 5 (2.96%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (2.37%) Driving Licence
5 4 (2.37%) NHS
6 3 (1.78%) Fat Client
6 3 (1.78%) Thin Client
7 2 (1.18%) EPoS
7 2 (1.18%) Hybrid Cloud
7 2 (1.18%) Private Cloud
7 2 (1.18%) Public Cloud
7 2 (1.18%) Video Conferencing
8 1 (0.59%) Enterprise Cloud
8 1 (0.59%) FMCG
8 1 (0.59%) Mobile App
8 1 (0.59%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 26 (15.38%) Windows
2 11 (6.51%) Unix
3 9 (5.33%) Windows Server
4 7 (4.14%) Linux
5 5 (2.96%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (2.37%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (1.78%) Windows 7
8 2 (1.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (1.18%) Windows 10
8 2 (1.18%) Windows 8
8 2 (1.18%) Windows XP
9 1 (0.59%) AIX
9 1 (0.59%) Apple iOS
9 1 (0.59%) Solaris
9 1 (0.59%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 43 (25.44%) WAN Optimisation
2 37 (21.89%) ITIL
2 37 (21.89%) Network Design
3 20 (11.83%) Network Load Balancing
3 20 (11.83%) Network Packet Analysis
3 20 (11.83%) Presales
3 20 (11.83%) Service Management
4 16 (9.47%) ITIL V3
5 15 (8.88%) Service Delivery
6 13 (7.69%) Coaching
7 11 (6.51%) Customer Requirements
7 11 (6.51%) Network Management
7 11 (6.51%) Validation
8 10 (5.92%) Problem Management
8 10 (5.92%) Service Design
8 10 (5.92%) SIEM
9 9 (5.33%) Load Balancing
9 9 (5.33%) Performance Metrics
9 9 (5.33%) Statistics
10 8 (4.73%) Customer Engagement
Programming Languages
1 10 (5.92%) PowerShell
2 6 (3.55%) Perl
2 6 (3.55%) Python
2 6 (3.55%) SQL
Qualifications
1 56 (33.14%) Cisco Certification
2 43 (25.44%) CCNP
3 25 (14.79%) Security Cleared
4 19 (11.24%) SC Cleared
5 18 (10.65%) CCNA
6 16 (9.47%) CCIE
7 12 (7.10%) CISSP
8 6 (3.55%) Check Point Certification
9 5 (2.96%) Degree
9 5 (2.96%) SANS
10 2 (1.18%) BPSS Clearance
10 2 (1.18%) JNCIA
10 2 (1.18%) PMP
10 2 (1.18%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 1 (0.59%) CCVP
11 1 (0.59%) DBS Check
11 1 (0.59%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 1 (0.59%) MCP
11 1 (0.59%) MCSA
11 1 (0.59%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (4.14%) GDPR
2 3 (1.78%) SLA
3 1 (0.59%) Cyber Essentials
3 1 (0.59%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 13 (7.69%) Active Directory
2 8 (4.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (2.37%) iptables
3 4 (2.37%) Postfix
3 4 (2.37%) Samba
3 4 (2.37%) Squid
4 3 (1.78%) Hyper-V
4 3 (1.78%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (1.18%) Docker
5 2 (1.18%) Firmware
5 2 (1.18%) vSphere
6 1 (0.59%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.59%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (0.59%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 33 (19.53%) FortiGate
2 5 (2.96%) Cisco UCCX
3 4 (2.37%) Nessus
3 4 (2.37%) Nmap
3 4 (2.37%) SCOM
4 3 (1.78%) Nagios
5 2 (1.18%) Ansible
5 2 (1.18%) Cisco Prime
5 2 (1.18%) Kubernetes
5 2 (1.18%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (1.18%) Packer
5 2 (1.18%) Puppet
6 1 (0.59%) AirWatch
6 1 (0.59%) Cisco CUCM
6 1 (0.59%) EMC VPLEX
6 1 (0.59%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (0.59%) SCCM
Vendors
1 93 (55.03%) Cisco
2 47 (27.81%) CheckPoint
3 43 (25.44%) Fortinet
4 38 (22.49%) McAfee
5 32 (18.93%) Aruba
6 30 (17.75%) Oracle
7 23 (13.61%) F5
7 23 (13.61%) IBM
8 20 (11.83%) Blue Coat
8 20 (11.83%) BMC
8 20 (11.83%) HP
9 19 (11.24%) Nokia
10 12 (7.10%) VMware
11 11 (6.51%) Juniper
12 10 (5.92%) Microsoft
13 7 (4.14%) Sigfox
14 5 (2.96%) Capita
14 5 (2.96%) Citrix
14 5 (2.96%) Palo Alto
14 5 (2.96%) SolarWinds