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 24 April 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
24 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Local Area Network (LAN)
Rank 75 65 71
Rank change year-on-year
-10 +6
Contract jobs citing LAN 82 73 48
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.11% 2.35% 1.95%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 16.14% 18.67% 14.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 25 14
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£350 £275 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+27.27% -38.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £205 £194 £262
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £365 £537
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £324 £313
% change year-on-year
+7.94% +3.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 13 14
Average hourly rate £11.50 £32.50 £16.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-64.61% +100.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £18.44 £14.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £44.50 £21.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.00 £20.28 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+8.48% +26.75%
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
508 391 329
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 13.09% 12.60% 13.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 238 162 131
Average daily rate £350 £310 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.90% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £200 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £338 £315
% change year-on-year
+0.74% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 34 46
Average hourly rate £19.00 £28.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-33.33% +42.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.55 £15.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.67 £45.00 £55.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+50.00% -11.11%

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 April 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 24 April 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 24 April 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 +1 34 £306 -1.20% 14
Lancashire +12 18 £400 +52.38% 3
Merseyside -4 16 £313 +42.04% 5
Cheshire -34 8 £380 +17.82% 6
LAN
England

LAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 April 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.

1 116 (80.56%) WAN
2 76 (52.78%) Cisco
3 56 (38.89%) Windows
4 45 (31.25%) Cisco Certification
5 42 (29.17%) Microsoft
5 42 (29.17%) Active Directory
6 41 (28.47%) Firewall
7 31 (21.53%) VMware
8 29 (20.14%) Citrix
9 28 (19.44%) Windows Server 2012
10 26 (18.06%) Wireless
10 26 (18.06%) VPN
11 24 (16.67%) SAN
11 24 (16.67%) BGP
11 24 (16.67%) Windows Server 2008
12 23 (15.97%) Windows Server 2003
12 23 (15.97%) CCNP
12 23 (15.97%) DNS
13 22 (15.28%) ITIL
14 21 (14.58%) Microsoft Certification
15 20 (13.89%) OSPF
15 20 (13.89%) DHCP
16 19 (13.19%) TCP/IP
17 18 (12.50%) MPLS
17 18 (12.50%) VMware Infrastructure
17 18 (12.50%) Windows 7
18 17 (11.81%) EIGRP
18 17 (11.81%) CCIE
18 17 (11.81%) MS Exchange
19 16 (11.11%) MCP

LAN
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 17 (11.81%) MS Exchange
2 5 (3.47%) IIS
3 4 (2.78%) Exchange Server 2010
4 3 (2.08%) IBM Notes
5 1 (0.69%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (0.69%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 14 (9.72%) MS Excel
2 13 (9.03%) MS Office
3 3 (2.08%) MS Project
4 2 (1.39%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (1.39%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 4 (2.78%) Office 365
2 3 (2.08%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (2.08%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.69%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.69%) SaaS
3 1 (0.69%) PaaS
3 1 (0.69%) SoftLayer
3 1 (0.69%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 116 (80.56%) WAN
2 41 (28.47%) Firewall
3 26 (18.06%) Wireless
3 26 (18.06%) VPN
4 24 (16.67%) SAN
4 24 (16.67%) BGP
5 23 (15.97%) DNS
6 20 (13.89%) OSPF
6 20 (13.89%) DHCP
7 19 (13.19%) TCP/IP
8 18 (12.50%) MPLS
9 17 (11.81%) EIGRP
10 15 (10.42%) Network Security
10 15 (10.42%) VLAN
11 14 (9.72%) Wi-Fi
12 13 (9.03%) VoIP
13 10 (6.94%) Cisco ASA
14 9 (6.25%) WLAN
14 9 (6.25%) Cisco Nexus
15 8 (5.56%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (6.25%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.08%) Relational Database
2 3 (2.08%) RDBMS
3 1 (0.69%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 1 (0.69%) Dreamweaver
General
1 13 (9.03%) Finance
2 7 (4.86%) Telecoms
2 7 (4.86%) Manufacturing
3 5 (3.47%) Banking
4 3 (2.08%) Law
5 2 (1.39%) Retail
6 1 (0.69%) Legal
6 1 (0.69%) Publishing
6 1 (0.69%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.69%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 28 (19.44%) Network Engineer
2 26 (18.06%) Analyst
3 21 (14.58%) Architect
4 13 (9.03%) Technical Analyst
5 12 (8.33%) Administrator
6 10 (6.94%) Consultant
6 10 (6.94%) Desktop Support
6 10 (6.94%) Project Manager
7 9 (6.25%) Support Analyst
7 9 (6.25%) Network Architect
8 8 (5.56%) Citrix Analyst
9 7 (4.86%) Network Analyst
9 7 (4.86%) Network Consultant
9 7 (4.86%) Infrastructure Architect
10 6 (4.17%) 3rd Line Support
11 4 (2.78%) Cisco Network Engineer
11 4 (2.78%) Project Engineer
11 4 (2.78%) Desktop Administrator
11 4 (2.78%) Technical Support
11 4 (2.78%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (3.47%) Middleware
2 2 (1.39%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 4 (2.78%) Fat Client
1 4 (2.78%) Thin Client
2 3 (2.08%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (1.39%) Life Science
3 2 (1.39%) Enterprise Storage
3 2 (1.39%) Replication
4 1 (0.69%) IVR
4 1 (0.69%) Management Information System
4 1 (0.69%) Blackberry
4 1 (0.69%) iPhone
4 1 (0.69%) Video Conferencing
4 1 (0.69%) EqualLogic
4 1 (0.69%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 56 (38.89%) Windows
2 28 (19.44%) Windows Server 2012
3 24 (16.67%) Windows Server 2008
4 23 (15.97%) Windows Server 2003
5 18 (12.50%) Windows 7
6 4 (2.78%) UNIX
6 4 (2.78%) Solaris
7 3 (2.08%) Windows XP
8 1 (0.69%) Linux
8 1 (0.69%) Windows NT
8 1 (0.69%) Android
8 1 (0.69%) Windows 8
8 1 (0.69%) BlackBerry OS
8 1 (0.69%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.69%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (15.28%) ITIL
2 13 (9.03%) Migration
3 11 (7.64%) Network Management
3 11 (7.64%) Network Design
4 10 (6.94%) PRINCE2
5 8 (5.56%) Disaster Recovery
6 7 (4.86%) Stakeholder Management
6 7 (4.86%) Network Architecture
7 6 (4.17%) Capacity Planning
7 6 (4.17%) Project Management
7 6 (4.17%) Service Delivery
8 4 (2.78%) Capacity Management
8 4 (2.78%) Network Monitoring
9 3 (2.08%) Service Management
9 3 (2.08%) ERP
9 3 (2.08%) Load Balancing
10 2 (1.39%) Resource Management
10 2 (1.39%) Logistics
10 2 (1.39%) Supplier Management
10 2 (1.39%) Software Deployment
Programming Languages
1 9 (6.25%) SQL
2 2 (1.39%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 45 (31.25%) Cisco Certification
2 23 (15.97%) CCNP
3 21 (14.58%) Microsoft Certification
4 17 (11.81%) CCIE
5 16 (11.11%) MCP
6 15 (10.42%) CCNA
7 13 (9.03%) Security Cleared
8 10 (6.94%) ITIL Certification
9 9 (6.25%) Citrix Certification
10 8 (5.56%) SC Cleared
10 8 (5.56%) MCSE
11 5 (3.47%) CCA
11 5 (3.47%) CCDP
12 4 (2.78%) CCEE
12 4 (2.78%) CCAA
13 3 (2.08%) Degree
14 1 (0.69%) CISSP
14 1 (0.69%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 1 (0.69%) MCITP
14 1 (0.69%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (5.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 8 (5.56%) QA
2 3 (2.08%) SLA
3 1 (0.69%) BS25999
System Software
1 42 (29.17%) Active Directory
2 18 (12.50%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (7.64%) XenApp
4 10 (6.94%) Hyper-V
5 8 (5.56%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 8 (5.56%) MetaFrame
6 7 (4.86%) VMware ESXi
7 5 (3.47%) VMware ESX
8 4 (2.78%) Terminal Services
8 4 (2.78%) VMware Workstation
9 2 (1.39%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.69%) XenServer
10 1 (0.69%) VMware Server
10 1 (0.69%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 6 (4.17%) SCCM
2 3 (2.08%) NetBackup
3 2 (1.39%) CiscoWorks
4 1 (0.69%) SCOM
4 1 (0.69%) HP SIM
Vendors
1 76 (52.78%) Cisco
2 42 (29.17%) Microsoft
3 31 (21.53%) VMware
4 29 (20.14%) Citrix
5 13 (9.03%) CheckPoint
5 13 (9.03%) Juniper
6 11 (7.64%) NetApp
6 11 (7.64%) Aruba
7 10 (6.94%) HP
8 8 (5.56%) AppSense
9 7 (4.86%) SolarWinds
10 5 (3.47%) Avaya
10 5 (3.47%) EMC
10 5 (3.47%) Oracle
11 4 (2.78%) Nortel
11 4 (2.78%) Red Hat
11 4 (2.78%) BT
12 3 (2.08%) Lotus
12 3 (2.08%) Symantec
12 3 (2.08%) Dell
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