The table below looks at the statistics for NAS 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 NAS over the 3 months to 21 October 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
21 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Network Attached Storage (NAS)
Rank 121 115 128
Rank change year-on-year
-6 +13
Contract jobs citing NAS 19 11 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.59% 0.39% 0.31%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.10% 2.52% 2.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 7 4
Average daily rate
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£398 £365 £318
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.90% +14.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £298 £235 £303
10% offered a daily rate of more than £428 £445 £343
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
-0.73% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Average hourly rate - - £20.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £27.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-18.18% +37.50%
NAS
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
463 436 452
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 14.41% 15.28% 14.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 270 205 181
Average daily rate £340 £315 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.93% -3.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £225 £217
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £550 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £348 £325 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.07% -4.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 40 32
Average hourly rate £21.50 £26.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.30% +30.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £14.00 £13.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £35.00 £28.64
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.13 £22.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+2.77% -

NAS
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

NAS Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

NAS
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

NAS Daily Rate Trend in the North West

NAS
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing NAS across the North West region over the 3 months to 21 October 2014.

NAS Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

NAS
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

NAS Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

NAS
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 NAS within the North West region over the 3 months to 21 October 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 +4 14 £345 +15.00% 4
Cheshire +2 4 £423 +12.66% 1
Lancashire - 1 - -
Merseyside - - - -
Cumbria - - - -
NAS
England

NAS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 21 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing NAS 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 NAS.

1 22 (88.00%) SAN
2 18 (72.00%) Microsoft
3 15 (60.00%) Windows
4 14 (56.00%) VMware
5 13 (52.00%) Active Directory
6 12 (48.00%) Migration
7 11 (44.00%) EMC
7 11 (44.00%) SQL Server
7 11 (44.00%) Solaris
8 10 (40.00%) Cisco
8 10 (40.00%) Firewall
8 10 (40.00%) VMware Infrastructure
9 9 (36.00%) Hyper-V
9 9 (36.00%) Oracle
9 9 (36.00%) UNIX
10 8 (32.00%) IIS
10 8 (32.00%) SQL
10 8 (32.00%) Fibre Channel
11 7 (28.00%) Change Control
11 7 (28.00%) WAN
11 7 (28.00%) Replication
12 6 (24.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 6 (24.00%) LAN
12 6 (24.00%) Citrix
12 6 (24.00%) CheckPoint
13 5 (20.00%) Terminal Services
13 5 (20.00%) ITIL
13 5 (20.00%) Celerra
13 5 (20.00%) iSCSI
13 5 (20.00%) EMC RecoverPoint

NAS
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 21 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing NAS 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 NAS. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 8 (32.00%) IIS
2 1 (4.00%) SharePoint
2 1 (4.00%) SharePoint 2010
Business Applications
1 3 (12.00%) Dynamics NAV
Communications & Networking
1 22 (88.00%) SAN
2 10 (40.00%) Firewall
3 8 (32.00%) Fibre Channel
4 7 (28.00%) WAN
5 6 (24.00%) LAN
6 5 (20.00%) iSCSI
7 4 (16.00%) DHCP
7 4 (16.00%) Wireless
7 4 (16.00%) MPLS
8 3 (12.00%) OSPF
8 3 (12.00%) BGP
8 3 (12.00%) EIGRP
8 3 (12.00%) DMZ
8 3 (12.00%) Internet
8 3 (12.00%) Cisco ASA
8 3 (12.00%) VPLS
9 2 (8.00%) SSL
9 2 (8.00%) VPN
10 1 (4.00%) DNS
10 1 (4.00%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (44.00%) SQL Server
2 6 (24.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 3 (12.00%) Oracle Database 11g
3 3 (12.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 3 (12.00%) Oracle Database
3 3 (12.00%) Oracle Database 10g
3 3 (12.00%) EDMS
3 3 (12.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
General
1 2 (8.00%) Publishing
2 1 (4.00%) Telecoms
2 1 (4.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 5 (20.00%) Architect
1 5 (20.00%) Server Engineer
2 3 (12.00%) Project Leader
2 3 (12.00%) Infrastructure Architect
2 3 (12.00%) Technical Project Leader
2 3 (12.00%) Systems Engineer
2 3 (12.00%) Developer
2 3 (12.00%) Analyst
2 3 (12.00%) Microsoft Developer
2 3 (12.00%) Dynamics NAV Developer
3 2 (8.00%) Storage Analyst
4 1 (4.00%) Server Specialist
4 1 (4.00%) Infrastructure Consultant
4 1 (4.00%) Network Specialist
4 1 (4.00%) Cisco Specialist
4 1 (4.00%) Technical Architect
4 1 (4.00%) Consultant
4 1 (4.00%) Solutions Architect
4 1 (4.00%) Infrastructure Analyst
4 1 (4.00%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (12.00%) EDI
2 1 (4.00%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 7 (28.00%) Replication
2 5 (20.00%) Clustering
2 5 (20.00%) Celerra
3 3 (12.00%) Life Science
3 3 (12.00%) Management Information System
3 3 (12.00%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (8.00%) Blackberry
4 2 (8.00%) CLARiiON
4 2 (8.00%) EMC Centera
4 2 (8.00%) Symmetrix DMX
4 2 (8.00%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 15 (60.00%) Windows
2 11 (44.00%) Solaris
3 9 (36.00%) UNIX
4 4 (16.00%) Windows Server 2003
4 4 (16.00%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (12.00%) Windows 8
6 2 (8.00%) AIX
7 1 (4.00%) Linux
7 1 (4.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (48.00%) Migration
2 7 (28.00%) Change Control
3 5 (20.00%) Disaster Recovery
3 5 (20.00%) ITIL
4 4 (16.00%) ERP
5 3 (12.00%) Business Intelligence
5 3 (12.00%) Asset Management
5 3 (12.00%) Project Planning
5 3 (12.00%) Document Management
5 3 (12.00%) Performance Tuning
6 2 (8.00%) Enterprise Architecture
6 2 (8.00%) SIEM
6 2 (8.00%) Service Management
7 1 (4.00%) Service Delivery
7 1 (4.00%) Zachman Framework
7 1 (4.00%) TOGAF
7 1 (4.00%) Information Security
7 1 (4.00%) Project Governance
7 1 (4.00%) Load Balancing
7 1 (4.00%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (32.00%) SQL
2 3 (12.00%) C#
3 1 (4.00%) Shell Script
3 1 (4.00%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 3 (12.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (8.00%) ITIL Certification
2 2 (8.00%) MCITP
3 1 (4.00%) Degree
3 1 (4.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
3 1 (4.00%) MCSE
3 1 (4.00%) CCNA
3 1 (4.00%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (8.00%) SLA
System Software
1 13 (52.00%) Active Directory
2 10 (40.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (36.00%) Hyper-V
4 5 (20.00%) EMC RecoverPoint
4 5 (20.00%) Terminal Services
4 5 (20.00%) VMware ESX
5 3 (12.00%) Oracle RAC
6 2 (8.00%) Firmware
6 2 (8.00%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 3 (12.00%) SCCM
1 3 (12.00%) Cisco Prime
2 2 (8.00%) SAP Afaria
2 2 (8.00%) OpenView
2 2 (8.00%) Backup Exec
2 2 (8.00%) EMC NetWorker
3 1 (4.00%) Tivoli Storage Manager
3 1 (4.00%) SCOM
3 1 (4.00%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 18 (72.00%) Microsoft
2 14 (56.00%) VMware
3 11 (44.00%) EMC
4 10 (40.00%) Cisco
5 9 (36.00%) Oracle
6 6 (24.00%) Citrix
6 6 (24.00%) CheckPoint
7 4 (16.00%) Nortel
8 3 (12.00%) HP
8 3 (12.00%) Veeam
8 3 (12.00%) SolarWinds
8 3 (12.00%) TARGIT
9 2 (8.00%) Apple
9 2 (8.00%) MobileIron
9 2 (8.00%) Blue Coat
9 2 (8.00%) Axway
9 2 (8.00%) Sun
9 2 (8.00%) Symantec
9 2 (8.00%) StorageTek
9 2 (8.00%) Juniper