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 31 July 2015 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Local Area Network (LAN)
Rank 93 85 96
Rank change year-on-year
-8 +11
Contract jobs citing LAN 66 47 40
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.72% 1.57% 1.47%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.19% 12.21% 10.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 18 15
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£325 £240 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+35.41% -12.72%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £175 £195
10% offered a daily rate of more than £468 £440 £470
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 9 13
Average hourly rate £14.25 £31.50 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-54.76% -3.07%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.05 £9.27 £25.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.70 £45.00 £39.46
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+5.71% -12.50%
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
465 385 388
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 12.15% 12.82% 14.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 234 191 181
Average daily rate £350 £300 £280
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £210 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £446 £435
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £336 £320
% change year-on-year
+4.27% +4.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 35 43
Average hourly rate £16.84 £22.50 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.15% -30.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.00 £14.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £41.75 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.76 £20.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year
+8.81% -21.56%

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 31 July 2015.

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 31 July 2015.

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 31 July 2015. 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 +8 34 £325 +27.45% 22
Cheshire -8 18 £450 -5.26% 7
Merseyside -6 9 £255 +27.50% 2
Cumbria - 2 £325 -
Lancashire +4 1 £170 -35.23% 1
LAN
England

LAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, 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.

1 123 (82.00%) WAN
2 73 (48.67%) Cisco
3 65 (43.33%) Windows
4 56 (37.33%) Firewall
5 51 (34.00%) Cisco Certification
6 46 (30.67%) Active Directory
7 45 (30.00%) Microsoft
8 36 (24.00%) Data Centre
9 33 (22.00%) VMware
10 32 (21.33%) DNS
11 31 (20.67%) Citrix
12 30 (20.00%) CCNP
13 28 (18.67%) DHCP
14 26 (17.33%) Microsoft Certification
14 26 (17.33%) Wireless
15 25 (16.67%) ITIL
15 25 (16.67%) VMware Infrastructure
15 25 (16.67%) Windows Server 2008
16 24 (16.00%) SAN
17 23 (15.33%) BGP
18 22 (14.67%) MS Office
18 22 (14.67%) VPN
18 22 (14.67%) Windows 7
19 21 (14.00%) Windows Server 2003
20 20 (13.33%) OSPF
20 20 (13.33%) CCIE
20 20 (13.33%) MCP
20 20 (13.33%) Windows Server 2012
21 19 (12.67%) MS Excel
22 16 (10.67%) EIGRP

LAN
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, 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 10 (6.67%) MS Exchange
2 6 (4.00%) Exchange Server 2007
3 4 (2.67%) Exchange Server 2013
4 3 (2.00%) Exchange Server 2010
4 3 (2.00%) IBM Notes
5 2 (1.33%) SharePoint
5 2 (1.33%) IIS
5 2 (1.33%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (0.67%) Lync
6 1 (0.67%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 22 (14.67%) MS Office
2 19 (12.67%) MS Excel
3 2 (1.33%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.67%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.67%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 1 (0.67%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 6 (4.00%) Office 365
2 4 (2.67%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (1.33%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.67%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 123 (82.00%) WAN
2 56 (37.33%) Firewall
3 32 (21.33%) DNS
4 28 (18.67%) DHCP
5 26 (17.33%) Wireless
6 24 (16.00%) SAN
7 23 (15.33%) BGP
8 22 (14.67%) VPN
9 20 (13.33%) OSPF
10 16 (10.67%) EIGRP
11 15 (10.00%) VoIP
12 14 (9.33%) TCP/IP
13 13 (8.67%) MPLS
14 12 (8.00%) Wi-Fi
14 12 (8.00%) Network Security
15 11 (7.33%) VLAN
16 9 (6.00%) IPsec
17 7 (4.67%) Cisco Nexus
18 6 (4.00%) Cisco ASA
18 6 (4.00%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (3.33%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.67%) RDBMS
2 1 (0.67%) Relational Database
General
1 13 (8.67%) Finance
2 4 (2.67%) Telecoms
3 3 (2.00%) Manufacturing
3 3 (2.00%) Banking
4 2 (1.33%) Law
5 1 (0.67%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (0.67%) Electronics
5 1 (0.67%) Retail
5 1 (0.67%) Local Government
5 1 (0.67%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 31 (20.67%) Network Engineer
2 24 (16.00%) Analyst
3 20 (13.33%) Architect
4 17 (11.33%) Consultant
5 14 (9.33%) Desktop Support
6 12 (8.00%) Network Architect
7 11 (7.33%) Network Consultant
7 11 (7.33%) Technical Analyst
8 9 (6.00%) Network Analyst
8 9 (6.00%) Support Engineer
8 9 (6.00%) Administrator
9 8 (5.33%) Citrix Analyst
10 7 (4.67%) Desktop Administrator
10 7 (4.67%) Project Manager
11 6 (4.00%) 2nd Line Support
11 6 (4.00%) Infrastructure Architect
12 5 (3.33%) Infrastructure Consultant
12 5 (3.33%) Support Analyst
13 4 (2.67%) Technical Support
13 4 (2.67%) Network Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (4.00%) Middleware
2 4 (2.67%) 802.1X
3 2 (1.33%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 36 (24.00%) Data Centre
2 13 (8.67%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (4.67%) Fat Client
3 7 (4.67%) Thin Client
4 5 (3.33%) Replication
4 5 (3.33%) Enterprise Storage
5 4 (2.67%) Blackberry
6 2 (1.33%) Management Information System
7 1 (0.67%) Handset
7 1 (0.67%) EqualLogic
7 1 (0.67%) DTV
7 1 (0.67%) Mainframe
7 1 (0.67%) Clustering
7 1 (0.67%) IVR
7 1 (0.67%) PDA
7 1 (0.67%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 65 (43.33%) Windows
2 25 (16.67%) Windows Server 2008
3 22 (14.67%) Windows 7
4 21 (14.00%) Windows Server 2003
5 20 (13.33%) Windows Server 2012
6 6 (4.00%) Windows XP
6 6 (4.00%) Linux
7 5 (3.33%) UNIX
8 4 (2.67%) Solaris
9 3 (2.00%) Windows Vista
9 3 (2.00%) Android
9 3 (2.00%) Apple iOS
9 3 (2.00%) BlackBerry OS
9 3 (2.00%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.67%) Windows 2000 Server
10 1 (0.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.67%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.67%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (16.67%) ITIL
2 15 (10.00%) Migration
3 13 (8.67%) Network Design
4 12 (8.00%) Disaster Recovery
5 9 (6.00%) Network Management
6 8 (5.33%) Network Architecture
6 8 (5.33%) Stakeholder Management
6 8 (5.33%) Project Management
6 8 (5.33%) Network Monitoring
7 6 (4.00%) PRINCE2
8 3 (2.00%) ERP
8 3 (2.00%) Service Delivery
8 3 (2.00%) Change Management
8 3 (2.00%) Load Balancing
8 3 (2.00%) Incident Management
8 3 (2.00%) Capacity Management
9 2 (1.33%) Continuous Improvement
9 2 (1.33%) Supplier Management
9 2 (1.33%) Risk Management
9 2 (1.33%) Capacity Planning
Programming Languages
1 5 (3.33%) SQL
1 5 (3.33%) PowerShell
2 1 (0.67%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 51 (34.00%) Cisco Certification
2 30 (20.00%) CCNP
3 26 (17.33%) Microsoft Certification
4 20 (13.33%) MCP
4 20 (13.33%) CCIE
5 13 (8.67%) Security Cleared
5 13 (8.67%) ITIL Certification
6 12 (8.00%) CCNA
7 11 (7.33%) Citrix Certification
8 10 (6.67%) MCSE
8 10 (6.67%) SC Cleared
9 6 (4.00%) CCDP
10 4 (2.67%) CCA
10 4 (2.67%) CCEE
10 4 (2.67%) CCAA
11 3 (2.00%) MCITP
12 2 (1.33%) Degree
12 2 (1.33%) MCSA
13 1 (0.67%) HNC
13 1 (0.67%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (6.00%) QA
2 8 (5.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (3.33%) SLA
4 1 (0.67%) BS25999
System Software
1 46 (30.67%) Active Directory
2 25 (16.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (6.67%) XenApp
4 8 (5.33%) Hyper-V
4 8 (5.33%) VMware ESXi
4 8 (5.33%) MetaFrame
4 8 (5.33%) VMware Workstation
4 8 (5.33%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 7 (4.67%) Terminal Services
6 2 (1.33%) VMware ESX
6 2 (1.33%) vSphere
7 1 (0.67%) NFS
7 1 (0.67%) vCloud
7 1 (0.67%) XenServer
7 1 (0.67%) XenDesktop
7 1 (0.67%) VMware Server
7 1 (0.67%) ProxySG
7 1 (0.67%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 6 (4.00%) SCCM
2 5 (3.33%) OpenView
3 4 (2.67%) NetBackup
4 2 (1.33%) CiscoWorks
5 1 (0.67%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 1 (0.67%) WSUS
5 1 (0.67%) HP SIM
Vendors
1 73 (48.67%) Cisco
2 45 (30.00%) Microsoft
3 33 (22.00%) VMware
4 31 (20.67%) Citrix
5 15 (10.00%) Juniper
6 14 (9.33%) HP
7 11 (7.33%) CheckPoint
8 8 (5.33%) AppSense
9 7 (4.67%) Veeam
10 6 (4.00%) Aruba
11 5 (3.33%) Red Hat
11 5 (3.33%) Veritas
11 5 (3.33%) EMC
11 5 (3.33%) SolarWinds
12 4 (2.67%) FireEye
12 4 (2.67%) Symantec
12 4 (2.67%) 3PAR
13 3 (2.00%) F5
13 3 (2.00%) Sourcefire
13 3 (2.00%) WatchGuard
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