The table below looks at the statistics for LAN skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited LAN over the 3 months to 8 February 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
8 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Local Area Network (LAN)
Rank 99 77 67
Rank change year-on-year
-22 -10
Contract jobs citing LAN 61 64 64
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.61% 1.99% 2.36%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 10.18% 14.65% 17.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 31 33
Average daily rate £450 £313 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+44.00% -26.47%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £236 £203 £204
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £400 £670
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £340 £350
% change year-on-year
+10.29% -2.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 5 4
Average hourly rate £13.50 £29.00 £25.81
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-53.44% +12.37%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.32 £17.80 £20.02
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.10 £30.00 £31.56
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £22.69 £21.00
% change year-on-year
-11.85% +8.04%
LAN
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised in the North West region.

Communications & Networking Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
599 437 359
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 15.78% 13.59% 13.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 341 218 171
Average daily rate £400 £346 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.52% +2.59%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £222 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £459 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 39 25
Average hourly rate £16.84 £18.13 £15.09
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.11% +20.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £10.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £38.50 £31.56
UK excluding London average hourly rate £29.00 £26.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+11.53% +23.80%

LAN
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing LAN across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Communications & Networking category.

LAN Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

LAN
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing LAN across the North West region.

LAN Daily Rate Trend in the North West

LAN
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing LAN across the North West region over the 3 months to 8 February 2016.

LAN Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

LAN
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing LAN across the North West region.

LAN Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

LAN
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing LAN across the North West region over the 3 months to 8 February 2016.

LAN Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

LAN
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing LAN within the North West region over the 3 months to 8 February 2016. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Cheshire +1 27 £535 +69.84% 9
Manchester -26 19 £363 +26.08% 21
Lancashire +3 7 £319 -
Merseyside -6 3 £180 +80.00% 6
Cumbria - 1 - -
LAN
England

LAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 8 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing LAN also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited LAN.

1 128 (77.58%) WAN
2 82 (49.70%) Cisco
3 61 (36.97%) Firewall
4 55 (33.33%) Windows
5 53 (32.12%) Data Centre
6 39 (23.64%) DNS
7 38 (23.03%) Migration
8 36 (21.82%) VMware
9 35 (21.21%) Active Directory
9 35 (21.21%) Cisco Certification
10 31 (18.79%) SAN
11 30 (18.18%) VPN
12 29 (17.58%) Network Security
13 28 (16.97%) DHCP
14 25 (15.15%) Citrix
15 24 (14.55%) VMware Infrastructure
16 22 (13.33%) Wireless
16 22 (13.33%) VLAN
17 21 (12.73%) CCNA
17 21 (12.73%) Microsoft
18 20 (12.12%) TCP/IP
18 20 (12.12%) Linux
18 20 (12.12%) Security Cleared
18 20 (12.12%) Windows Server 2008
18 20 (12.12%) Windows Server
19 19 (11.52%) Juniper
19 19 (11.52%) IPsec
20 18 (10.91%) SSL
20 18 (10.91%) VoIP
20 18 (10.91%) ITIL

LAN
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 8 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing LAN also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited LAN. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 11 (6.67%) Skype for Business
2 8 (4.85%) MS Exchange
3 6 (3.64%) SharePoint
4 4 (2.42%) IIS
5 3 (1.82%) SharePoint 2010
6 2 (1.21%) Apache
6 2 (1.21%) Exchange Server 2010
6 2 (1.21%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (1.21%) IBM Domino
6 2 (1.21%) IBM Notes
7 1 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (0.61%) SharePoint 2013
7 1 (0.61%) Tomcat
Applications
1 14 (8.48%) MS Office
2 8 (4.85%) MS Excel
3 2 (1.21%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 3 (1.82%) Dynamics NAV
1 3 (1.82%) Oracle 11i
Cloud Services
1 4 (2.42%) IBM PureFlex
2 3 (1.82%) Office 365
3 2 (1.21%) Amazon S3
4 1 (0.61%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 128 (77.58%) WAN
2 61 (36.97%) Firewall
3 39 (23.64%) DNS
4 31 (18.79%) SAN
5 30 (18.18%) VPN
6 29 (17.58%) Network Security
7 28 (16.97%) DHCP
8 22 (13.33%) VLAN
8 22 (13.33%) Wireless
9 20 (12.12%) TCP/IP
10 19 (11.52%) IPsec
11 18 (10.91%) SSL
11 18 (10.91%) VoIP
12 15 (9.09%) Intrusion Detection
12 15 (9.09%) WLAN
13 14 (8.48%) Wi-Fi
14 11 (6.67%) Cisco IPT
14 11 (6.67%) Internet
15 10 (6.06%) MPLS
16 9 (5.45%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (6.67%) SQL Server
2 8 (4.85%) DB2
3 4 (2.42%) Relational Database
3 4 (2.42%) SQL Server 2012
4 3 (1.82%) Oracle Database
5 2 (1.21%) SQLPlus
6 1 (0.61%) MySQL
General
1 10 (6.06%) Finance
2 6 (3.64%) Telecoms
3 5 (3.03%) Local Government
4 4 (2.42%) Manufacturing
5 3 (1.82%) Retail
6 2 (1.21%) Back Office
6 2 (1.21%) Military
6 2 (1.21%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.61%) Automotive
7 1 (0.61%) Banking
7 1 (0.61%) Electronics
7 1 (0.61%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 46 (27.88%) Architect
2 34 (20.61%) Network Engineer
3 30 (18.18%) Network Architect
4 16 (9.70%) Analyst
5 13 (7.88%) Support Engineer
6 12 (7.27%) IT Support
7 11 (6.67%) IT Engineer
8 10 (6.06%) Cisco Engineer
8 10 (6.06%) Network Specialist
8 10 (6.06%) Project Manager
9 9 (5.45%) 3rd Line Support
9 9 (5.45%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 9 (5.45%) Designer
9 9 (5.45%) IT Support Engineer
10 8 (4.85%) Data Centre Architect
10 8 (4.85%) Migration Architect
10 8 (4.85%) Solutions Architect
11 7 (4.24%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
11 7 (4.24%) Consultant
11 7 (4.24%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (3.64%) 802.1X
2 1 (0.61%) LAMP
2 1 (0.61%) Middleware
2 1 (0.61%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 53 (32.12%) Data Centre
2 7 (4.24%) CMDB
3 4 (2.42%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (2.42%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
3 4 (2.42%) DLPAR
3 4 (2.42%) HACMP
3 4 (2.42%) iSeries
3 4 (2.42%) LPAR
4 3 (1.82%) AS400
4 3 (1.82%) Enterprise Storage
4 3 (1.82%) Mainframe
4 3 (1.82%) Security Operations Centre
4 3 (1.82%) Video Conferencing
5 2 (1.21%) Blackberry
5 2 (1.21%) CCTV
5 2 (1.21%) CESG
5 2 (1.21%) IVR
5 2 (1.21%) Management Information System
5 2 (1.21%) PKI
5 2 (1.21%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 55 (33.33%) Windows
2 20 (12.12%) Linux
2 20 (12.12%) Windows Server
2 20 (12.12%) Windows Server 2008
3 17 (10.30%) Windows Server 2012
4 16 (9.70%) Unix
5 13 (7.88%) Windows 7
6 11 (6.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 10 (6.06%) AIX
8 8 (4.85%) Windows Server 2003
8 8 (4.85%) Windows XP
9 6 (3.64%) HPUX
10 5 (3.03%) MVS
10 5 (3.03%) Solaris
10 5 (3.03%) Windows 8
11 3 (1.82%) VME
12 1 (0.61%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (23.03%) Migration
2 18 (10.91%) ITIL
3 15 (9.09%) Change Control
3 15 (9.09%) Network Design
3 15 (9.09%) Project Management
4 11 (6.67%) Service Management
4 11 (6.67%) Stakeholder Management
5 9 (5.45%) Continuous Improvement
5 9 (5.45%) Kalman Filter
6 6 (3.64%) Configuration Management
6 6 (3.64%) Disaster Recovery
6 6 (3.64%) Information Security
6 6 (3.64%) Network Architecture
7 5 (3.03%) High Availability
7 5 (3.03%) Infrastructure Management
7 5 (3.03%) Technical Architecture
7 5 (3.03%) Vulnerability Assessment
8 4 (2.42%) Data Centre Operations
8 4 (2.42%) ETL
8 4 (2.42%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 18 (10.91%) SQL
2 5 (3.03%) C
3 4 (2.42%) Lisp
4 3 (1.82%) PowerShell
5 1 (0.61%) C#
5 1 (0.61%) PHP
Qualifications
1 35 (21.21%) Cisco Certification
2 21 (12.73%) CCNA
3 20 (12.12%) Security Cleared
4 15 (9.09%) CCNP
4 15 (9.09%) SC Cleared
5 9 (5.45%) MCSE
5 9 (5.45%) Microsoft Certification
6 8 (4.85%) CCIE
7 6 (3.64%) MCITP
8 4 (2.42%) MCP
9 3 (1.82%) BPSS Clearance
9 3 (1.82%) Degree
9 3 (1.82%) MCSA
10 1 (0.61%) CCSA
10 1 (0.61%) CCSE
10 1 (0.61%) CESG Certified Professional
10 1 (0.61%) DV Cleared
10 1 (0.61%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 1 (0.61%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (5.45%) SLA
2 2 (1.21%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (1.21%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.61%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 1 (0.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.61%) RMADS
System Software
1 35 (21.21%) Active Directory
2 24 (14.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (4.85%) Hyper-V
4 7 (4.24%) XenApp
5 6 (3.64%) vSphere
6 4 (2.42%) PowerHA
6 4 (2.42%) XenDesktop
7 2 (1.21%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (1.21%) Snort
7 2 (1.21%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (1.21%) VMware Workstation
7 2 (1.21%) XenServer
8 1 (0.61%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 1 (0.61%) VMware ESX
8 1 (0.61%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 7 (4.24%) NetBackup
2 5 (3.03%) SCCM
2 5 (3.03%) Tivoli Storage Manager
3 4 (2.42%) Legato
4 2 (1.21%) WSUS
5 1 (0.61%) Ansible
5 1 (0.61%) FortiGate
5 1 (0.61%) OpenView
5 1 (0.61%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.61%) Puppet
5 1 (0.61%) SCOM
5 1 (0.61%) Tivoli
5 1 (0.61%) vRealize
Vendors
1 82 (49.70%) Cisco
2 36 (21.82%) VMware
3 25 (15.15%) Citrix
4 21 (12.73%) Microsoft
5 19 (11.52%) Juniper
6 17 (10.30%) IBM
7 14 (8.48%) HP
8 13 (7.88%) F5
8 13 (7.88%) Oracle
9 9 (5.45%) Palo Alto
10 7 (4.24%) 3PAR
10 7 (4.24%) Red Hat
11 6 (3.64%) Avaya
12 5 (3.03%) BT
12 5 (3.03%) CheckPoint
12 5 (3.03%) Fortinet
13 4 (2.42%) NetApp
13 4 (2.42%) SAP
14 3 (1.82%) EMC
14 3 (1.82%) Polycom
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