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 19 September 2014 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Local Area Network (LAN)
Rank 69 62 87
Rank change year-on-year
-7 +25
Contract jobs citing LAN 72 73 56
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.26% 2.47% 1.67%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 15.00% 17.80% 11.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 40 19
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£300 £295 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.69% -15.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £225 £234
10% offered a daily rate of more than £396 £553 £467
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 16 14
Average hourly rate £45.00 £31.56 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+42.60% +91.24%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.97 £17.29 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+9.68% -3.94%
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
480 410 503
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 15.09% 13.86% 15.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 270 210 182
Average daily rate £320 £305 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.91% -12.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £535 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+6.91% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 41 52
Average hourly rate £22.50 £29.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-23.72% +55.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.84 £14.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.00 £28.64
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £24.97
% change year-on-year
- -9.89%

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 19 September 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 19 September 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 19 September 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
Manchester +9 31 £285 +1.78% 7
Cheshire -16 23 £400 +23.07% 11
Lancashire - 11 £300 - 1
Merseyside -2 2 - - 3
Cumbria -9 2 £163 -27.77%
LAN
England

LAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 96 (74.42%) WAN
2 57 (44.19%) Windows
3 53 (41.09%) Cisco
4 36 (27.91%) VMware
5 35 (27.13%) Citrix
5 35 (27.13%) Cisco Certification
6 34 (26.36%) Windows Server 2008
7 32 (24.81%) Microsoft
8 31 (24.03%) DNS
8 31 (24.03%) Wireless
9 30 (23.26%) Active Directory
10 28 (21.71%) Firewall
11 26 (20.16%) CCNA
12 24 (18.60%) Windows Server 2003
13 23 (17.83%) VMware Infrastructure
14 22 (17.05%) Windows Server 2012
14 22 (17.05%) TCP/IP
14 22 (17.05%) DHCP
15 21 (16.28%) CCNP
15 21 (16.28%) ITIL
15 21 (16.28%) SAN
16 19 (14.73%) SQL
17 18 (13.95%) Windows 7
18 16 (12.40%) SCOM
19 15 (11.63%) Local Government
19 15 (11.63%) VLAN
20 14 (10.85%) MS Exchange
20 14 (10.85%) Hyper-V
20 14 (10.85%) XenApp
21 13 (10.08%) Migration

LAN
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 14 (10.85%) MS Exchange
2 10 (7.75%) IIS
3 8 (6.20%) Exchange Server 2010
4 6 (4.65%) SharePoint
5 4 (3.10%) Exchange Server 2007
5 4 (3.10%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (0.78%) nginx
6 1 (0.78%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (0.78%) IBM HTTP Server
6 1 (0.78%) WebSphere Application Server
6 1 (0.78%) Apache
Applications
1 11 (8.53%) MS Office
2 8 (6.20%) MS Excel
3 6 (4.65%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 4 (3.10%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.78%) Office 365
1 1 (0.78%) IaaS
1 1 (0.78%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 96 (74.42%) WAN
2 31 (24.03%) DNS
2 31 (24.03%) Wireless
3 28 (21.71%) Firewall
4 22 (17.05%) TCP/IP
4 22 (17.05%) DHCP
5 21 (16.28%) SAN
6 15 (11.63%) VLAN
7 12 (9.30%) Network Security
8 11 (8.53%) VPN
9 10 (7.75%) Internet
10 9 (6.98%) BGP
11 8 (6.20%) MPLS
12 7 (5.43%) IPsec
12 7 (5.43%) EIGRP
13 6 (4.65%) WLAN
13 6 (4.65%) OSPF
14 5 (3.88%) IP Telephony
14 5 (3.88%) Wi-Fi
14 5 (3.88%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (4.65%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.10%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (1.55%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (0.78%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.78%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.78%) MSDE
4 1 (0.78%) MySQL
4 1 (0.78%) DB2
Development Applications
1 1 (0.78%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 15 (11.63%) Local Government
2 9 (6.98%) Finance
3 3 (2.33%) Law
3 3 (2.33%) Pharmaceutical
4 2 (1.55%) Telecoms
4 2 (1.55%) Banking
5 1 (0.78%) Retail
5 1 (0.78%) Billing
5 1 (0.78%) Legal
5 1 (0.78%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 19 (14.73%) Network Engineer
2 17 (13.18%) Project Manager
3 12 (9.30%) Architect
4 10 (7.75%) Network Manager
5 8 (6.20%) Analyst
5 8 (6.20%) Infrastructure Architect
6 7 (5.43%) Project Engineer
7 6 (4.65%) 3rd Line Support
8 5 (3.88%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 5 (3.88%) Consultant
9 4 (3.10%) Infrastructure Project Manager
9 4 (3.10%) Solutions Architect
9 4 (3.10%) Senior Manager
9 4 (3.10%) Network Analyst
9 4 (3.10%) Senior Project Manager
9 4 (3.10%) Network Support
9 4 (3.10%) Solutions Designer
9 4 (3.10%) Support Engineer
9 4 (3.10%) Administrator
9 4 (3.10%) Project Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (5.43%) ODBC
2 2 (1.55%) .NET
3 1 (0.78%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 10 (7.75%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (5.43%) Clustering
3 6 (4.65%) Mainframe
3 6 (4.65%) PKI
4 5 (3.88%) Management Information System
5 4 (3.10%) Life Science
6 3 (2.33%) Enterprise Software
6 3 (2.33%) Blackberry
7 2 (1.55%) NHS
7 2 (1.55%) Replication
7 2 (1.55%) CESG
7 2 (1.55%) CCTV
7 2 (1.55%) Statistics
7 2 (1.55%) Video Conferencing
8 1 (0.78%) EqualLogic
8 1 (0.78%) Open Source
8 1 (0.78%) SCADA
8 1 (0.78%) Fat Client
8 1 (0.78%) Tandem
8 1 (0.78%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 57 (44.19%) Windows
2 34 (26.36%) Windows Server 2008
3 24 (18.60%) Windows Server 2003
4 22 (17.05%) Windows Server 2012
5 18 (13.95%) Windows 7
6 6 (4.65%) Linux
6 6 (4.65%) UNIX
6 6 (4.65%) Windows XP
7 3 (2.33%) Windows 8
7 3 (2.33%) AIX
7 3 (2.33%) Windows 2000
8 2 (1.55%) Windows NT
8 2 (1.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (1.55%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.78%) Windows Vista
9 1 (0.78%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (16.28%) ITIL
2 13 (10.08%) Migration
3 10 (7.75%) PRINCE2
4 9 (6.98%) Disaster Recovery
4 9 (6.98%) Service Management
5 8 (6.20%) Stakeholder Management
6 6 (4.65%) Project Management
6 6 (4.65%) Project Governance
7 5 (3.88%) Network Management
7 5 (3.88%) ITSM
8 4 (3.10%) CRM
8 4 (3.10%) Load Balancing
8 4 (3.10%) Performance Management
9 3 (2.33%) ITIL V3
9 3 (2.33%) Logistics
9 3 (2.33%) Security Management
10 2 (1.55%) Information Security
10 2 (1.55%) Change Management
10 2 (1.55%) Network Design
10 2 (1.55%) Business Analysis
Programming Languages
1 19 (14.73%) SQL
2 6 (4.65%) Java
3 3 (2.33%) C
4 1 (0.78%) PowerShell
4 1 (0.78%) PHP
4 1 (0.78%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 35 (27.13%) Cisco Certification
2 26 (20.16%) CCNA
3 21 (16.28%) CCNP
4 8 (6.20%) MCSE
4 8 (6.20%) Microsoft Certification
5 7 (5.43%) CCSA
6 6 (4.65%) CCIE
7 5 (3.88%) MCP
8 3 (2.33%) MCITP
8 3 (2.33%) MCTS
8 3 (2.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 3 (2.33%) CISSP
8 3 (2.33%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 3 (2.33%) MCSA
9 2 (1.55%) CCDP
9 2 (1.55%) ISEB
9 2 (1.55%) Citrix Certification
9 2 (1.55%) ITIL Certification
9 2 (1.55%) Degree
10 1 (0.78%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.78%) SLA
System Software
1 30 (23.26%) Active Directory
2 23 (17.83%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (10.85%) Hyper-V
3 14 (10.85%) XenApp
4 7 (5.43%) VMware ESX
5 6 (4.65%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 4 (3.10%) vSphere
7 3 (2.33%) Forefront TMG
7 3 (2.33%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (1.55%) VMware Workstation
9 1 (0.78%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.78%) ProxySG
9 1 (0.78%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 16 (12.40%) SCOM
2 12 (9.30%) SCCM
3 4 (3.10%) Backup Exec
3 4 (3.10%) SCSM
3 4 (3.10%) Cisco CUCM
4 3 (2.33%) NetBackup
4 3 (2.33%) MAILsweeper
5 2 (1.55%) FortiGate
6 1 (0.78%) Cisco UCCE
6 1 (0.78%) WSUS
6 1 (0.78%) Cisco IPCC
6 1 (0.78%) OPNET
6 1 (0.78%) Tivoli
6 1 (0.78%) Tivoli Monitoring
6 1 (0.78%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 1 (0.78%) OpenView
6 1 (0.78%) CiscoWorks
Vendors
1 53 (41.09%) Cisco
2 36 (27.91%) VMware
3 35 (27.13%) Citrix
4 32 (24.81%) Microsoft
5 10 (7.75%) Juniper
5 10 (7.75%) F5
6 9 (6.98%) SolarWinds
6 9 (6.98%) CheckPoint
6 9 (6.98%) Oracle
6 9 (6.98%) HP
7 7 (5.43%) Avaya
8 6 (4.65%) 3PAR
9 5 (3.88%) Blue Coat
9 5 (3.88%) Symantec
10 4 (3.10%) IBM
10 4 (3.10%) Dell
10 4 (3.10%) Fortinet
10 4 (3.10%) Riverbed
11 3 (2.33%) Spiceworks
11 3 (2.33%) AppSense
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