The first table below looks at the demand 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 24 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Communications & Networking category for the North West region.

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
24 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Local Area Network (LAN)
Rank 79 91 69
Rank change year-on-year
+12 -22
Contract jobs citing LAN 53 37 72
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.74% 1.39% 2.21%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 13.35% 9.66% 13.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 15 23
Average daily rate
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£338 £275 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+22.72% -21.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £195 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £615 £470 £473
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £300 £333
% change year-on-year
- -9.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 13 18
Average hourly rate £31.50 £32.50 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.07% +54.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.27 £25.00 £14.28
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £39.46 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-12.50% +11.11%
Communications & Networking Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
397 383 543
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 13.01% 14.37% 16.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 200 180 196
Average daily rate £300 £284 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.72% -12.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £175 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £435 £453
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.68% -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 43 55
Average hourly rate £22.50 £32.03 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-29.74% +60.13%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.85 £14.65 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.25 £40.00 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £25.50 £24.97
% change year-on-year
-21.56% +2.12%
LAN
England

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 24 July 2014.

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 24 July 2014.

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 24 July 2014. 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
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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 +11 23 £615 +123.63% 6
Manchester +8 17 £315 +48.23% 14
Lancashire -6 7 £263 - 1
Merseyside +5 5 £200 -57.89% 1
Cumbria - - - - 1
LAN
England

LAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 July 2014, 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 88 (71.54%) WAN
2 60 (48.78%) Windows
3 57 (46.34%) Cisco
4 43 (34.96%) Cisco Certification
5 42 (34.15%) VMware
6 39 (31.71%) Wireless
7 38 (30.89%) Firewall
7 38 (30.89%) Windows Server 2008
8 37 (30.08%) Citrix
9 32 (26.02%) Active Directory
10 30 (24.39%) DNS
10 30 (24.39%) SAN
11 29 (23.58%) Windows Server 2003
12 28 (22.76%) Microsoft
12 28 (22.76%) CCNP
12 28 (22.76%) CCNA
12 28 (22.76%) TCP/IP
13 24 (19.51%) DHCP
13 24 (19.51%) ITIL
13 24 (19.51%) Windows Server 2012
14 23 (18.70%) VMware Infrastructure
15 21 (17.07%) VPN
16 20 (16.26%) SQL
17 19 (15.45%) MS Exchange
18 18 (14.63%) VLAN
19 17 (13.82%) SCOM
20 16 (13.01%) HP
20 16 (13.01%) IIS
21 15 (12.20%) Hyper-V
22 14 (11.38%) Network Security

LAN
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 24 July 2014, 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 19 (15.45%) MS Exchange
2 16 (13.01%) IIS
3 12 (9.76%) SharePoint
4 7 (5.69%) Exchange Server 2010
5 4 (3.25%) SharePoint 2010
6 2 (1.63%) Exchange Server 2007
6 2 (1.63%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.81%) Site Server
7 1 (0.81%) WebSphere Application Server
7 1 (0.81%) Apache
7 1 (0.81%) SAS
7 1 (0.81%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.81%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (0.81%) IBM HTTP Server
7 1 (0.81%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (0.81%) nginx
Applications
1 10 (8.13%) MS Excel
2 9 (7.32%) MS Office
3 6 (4.88%) MS Project
4 1 (0.81%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (3.25%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.63%) Office 365
2 1 (0.81%) IaaS
2 1 (0.81%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 88 (71.54%) WAN
2 39 (31.71%) Wireless
3 38 (30.89%) Firewall
4 30 (24.39%) DNS
4 30 (24.39%) SAN
5 28 (22.76%) TCP/IP
6 24 (19.51%) DHCP
7 21 (17.07%) VPN
8 18 (14.63%) VLAN
9 14 (11.38%) Network Security
10 13 (10.57%) BGP
11 12 (9.76%) Internet
12 10 (8.13%) EIGRP
13 9 (7.32%) MPLS
13 9 (7.32%) OSPF
14 8 (6.50%) Cisco IOS
15 7 (5.69%) WLAN
15 7 (5.69%) IPsec
15 7 (5.69%) NetScaler
15 7 (5.69%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (5.69%) SQL Server
2 5 (4.07%) SQL Server 2008
3 4 (3.25%) QlikView
4 3 (2.44%) SQL Server 2005
5 2 (1.63%) Oracle Database
5 2 (1.63%) SQL Server 2000
6 1 (0.81%) MSDE
6 1 (0.81%) DB2
6 1 (0.81%) MySQL
6 1 (0.81%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 1 (0.81%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 11 (8.94%) Local Government
2 10 (8.13%) Finance
3 8 (6.50%) Telecoms
4 3 (2.44%) Pharmaceutical
5 2 (1.63%) Law
6 1 (0.81%) Banking
6 1 (0.81%) Retail
6 1 (0.81%) Legal
6 1 (0.81%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 28 (22.76%) Network Engineer
2 17 (13.82%) Project Manager
3 13 (10.57%) Architect
4 10 (8.13%) Analyst
5 9 (7.32%) Network Manager
5 9 (7.32%) Infrastructure Architect
6 8 (6.50%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 6 (4.88%) Project Engineer
7 6 (4.88%) Senior Manager
8 4 (3.25%) Solutions Architect
8 4 (3.25%) Infrastructure Manager
8 4 (3.25%) Technical Manager
8 4 (3.25%) Network Support
8 4 (3.25%) Network Analyst
8 4 (3.25%) Senior Project Manager
8 4 (3.25%) Applications Support
8 4 (3.25%) 3rd Line Support
8 4 (3.25%) Infrastructure Project Manager
8 4 (3.25%) Technical Project Manager
9 3 (2.44%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (4.88%) .NET
2 1 (0.81%) Middleware
2 1 (0.81%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 14 (11.38%) Clustering
2 8 (6.50%) Mainframe
3 6 (4.88%) Enterprise Software
4 5 (4.07%) Firmware
4 5 (4.07%) Management Information System
5 4 (3.25%) Fat Client
5 4 (3.25%) Wiki
5 4 (3.25%) Thin Client
6 3 (2.44%) Blackberry
6 3 (2.44%) Life Science
6 3 (2.44%) PKI
6 3 (2.44%) Statistics
6 3 (2.44%) EqualLogic
7 2 (1.63%) IBM Mainframe
7 2 (1.63%) Video Conferencing
7 2 (1.63%) Replication
7 2 (1.63%) CESG
7 2 (1.63%) NHS
8 1 (0.81%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.81%) CCTV
Operating Systems
1 60 (48.78%) Windows
2 38 (30.89%) Windows Server 2008
3 29 (23.58%) Windows Server 2003
4 24 (19.51%) Windows Server 2012
5 13 (10.57%) Windows 7
6 10 (8.13%) UNIX
7 9 (7.32%) Windows XP
8 8 (6.50%) Linux
9 3 (2.44%) AIX
10 2 (1.63%) Mac OS
10 2 (1.63%) Windows 2000 Server
10 2 (1.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (1.63%) Windows 8
10 2 (1.63%) Windows 2000
11 1 (0.81%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.81%) MVS
11 1 (0.81%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (19.51%) ITIL
2 13 (10.57%) Disaster Recovery
3 12 (9.76%) PRINCE2
4 10 (8.13%) Migration
4 10 (8.13%) Project Management
5 9 (7.32%) Service Management
6 7 (5.69%) Load Balancing
6 7 (5.69%) Stakeholder Management
6 7 (5.69%) Capacity Planning
7 6 (4.88%) Change Control
7 6 (4.88%) Network Management
8 5 (4.07%) Incident Management
8 5 (4.07%) ITSM
9 4 (3.25%) Change Management
9 4 (3.25%) Information Security
9 4 (3.25%) CRM
10 3 (2.44%) Network Load Balancing
10 3 (2.44%) Logistics
10 3 (2.44%) Security Management
10 3 (2.44%) Infrastructure Management
Programming Languages
1 20 (16.26%) SQL
2 11 (8.94%) PowerShell
3 2 (1.63%) Java
4 1 (0.81%) JCL
4 1 (0.81%) REXX
4 1 (0.81%) PHP
4 1 (0.81%) T-SQL
4 1 (0.81%) SELCOPY
Qualifications
1 43 (34.96%) Cisco Certification
2 28 (22.76%) CCNP
2 28 (22.76%) CCNA
3 9 (7.32%) Microsoft Certification
3 9 (7.32%) MCSE
4 5 (4.07%) Degree
5 4 (3.25%) MCP
6 3 (2.44%) CISSP
6 3 (2.44%) ITIL Certification
6 3 (2.44%) MCSA
6 3 (2.44%) CCIP
6 3 (2.44%) MCITP
6 3 (2.44%) MCTS
6 3 (2.44%) CCSA
7 2 (1.63%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 2 (1.63%) CCDP
7 2 (1.63%) CCIE
7 2 (1.63%) ISEB
7 2 (1.63%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 1 (0.81%) Check Point Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.07%) SLA
2 2 (1.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 32 (26.02%) Active Directory
2 23 (18.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (12.20%) Hyper-V
4 13 (10.57%) VMware ESX
5 10 (8.13%) XenApp
6 7 (5.69%) Oracle RAC
7 3 (2.44%) Forefront TMG
7 3 (2.44%) vSphere
8 2 (1.63%) VMware Workstation
9 1 (0.81%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 1 (0.81%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 17 (13.82%) SCOM
2 12 (9.76%) SCCM
3 4 (3.25%) HP Quality Center
3 4 (3.25%) SCSM
3 4 (3.25%) NetBackup
3 4 (3.25%) Backup Exec
4 3 (2.44%) MAILsweeper
5 2 (1.63%) FortiGate
6 1 (0.81%) Tivoli
6 1 (0.81%) Tivoli Monitoring
6 1 (0.81%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 1 (0.81%) CiscoWorks
6 1 (0.81%) OpenView
6 1 (0.81%) WSUS
6 1 (0.81%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 57 (46.34%) Cisco
2 42 (34.15%) VMware
3 37 (30.08%) Citrix
4 28 (22.76%) Microsoft
5 16 (13.01%) HP
6 14 (11.38%) F5
6 14 (11.38%) Juniper
7 12 (9.76%) Oracle
8 7 (5.69%) Avaya
8 7 (5.69%) Informatica
8 7 (5.69%) Siebel
8 7 (5.69%) IronPort
8 7 (5.69%) Open Text
9 6 (4.88%) Riverbed
9 6 (4.88%) Blue Coat
9 6 (4.88%) NetApp
9 6 (4.88%) CheckPoint
10 5 (4.07%) EMC
10 5 (4.07%) IBM
11 4 (3.25%) 3PAR
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