The first table below looks at the demand for SAN 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 SAN over the 3 months to 29 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
29 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Storage Area Network (SAN)
Rank 72 68 90
Rank change year-on-year
-4 +22
Contract jobs citing SAN 59 62 53
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.96% 2.29% 1.64%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 15.13% 15.86% 9.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 36 26
Average daily rate
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£300 £263 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -12.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £190 £173
10% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £420 £403
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £316
% change year-on-year
- +2.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 3 2
Average hourly rate £24.50 £30.00 £28.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-18.33% +4.34%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.75 £24.00 £21.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £32.00 £35.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.25 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-3.12% +6.66%
Communications & Networking Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
390 391 547
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 12.94% 14.43% 16.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 194 180 193
Average daily rate £300 £288 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.34% -11.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £175 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £435 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £320 £330
% change year-on-year
+4.68% -3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 43 58
Average hourly rate £22.50 £32.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-30.76% +62.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £14.55 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.75 £40.00 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £25.50 £24.38
% change year-on-year
-21.56% +4.61%
SAN
England

SAN
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

SAN Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

SAN
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

SAN Daily Rate Trend in the North West

SAN
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SAN across the North West region over the 3 months to 29 July 2014.

SAN Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

SAN
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

SAN Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

SAN
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SAN across the North West region over the 3 months to 29 July 2014.

SAN Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

SAN
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 SAN within the North West region over the 3 months to 29 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
Manchester +12 38 £300 +20.00% 10
Cheshire -5 14 £265 -19.08% 8
Merseyside +9 5 £450 -2.70% 2
Lancashire -16 1 - - 1
SAN
England

SAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing SAN 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 SAN.

1 78 (67.83%) Windows
2 60 (52.17%) VMware
3 50 (43.48%) Windows Server 2008
4 44 (38.26%) Hyper-V
4 44 (38.26%) Microsoft
5 40 (34.78%) Active Directory
5 40 (34.78%) Windows Server 2003
6 38 (33.04%) Cisco
7 33 (28.70%) VMware Infrastructure
8 32 (27.83%) MS Exchange
9 31 (26.96%) HP
10 30 (26.09%) LAN
10 30 (26.09%) Firewall
11 29 (25.22%) Citrix
11 29 (25.22%) ITIL
12 28 (24.35%) SQL
13 27 (23.48%) Windows Server 2012
14 26 (22.61%) WAN
14 26 (22.61%) Symantec
14 26 (22.61%) VMware ESX
15 24 (20.87%) DHCP
15 24 (20.87%) DNS
15 24 (20.87%) Microsoft Certification
16 22 (19.13%) Backup Exec
17 21 (18.26%) Clustering
17 21 (18.26%) EMC
18 19 (16.52%) MCSE
19 18 (15.65%) IIS
19 18 (15.65%) TCP/IP
19 18 (15.65%) PowerShell

SAN
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 29 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing SAN 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 SAN. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 32 (27.83%) MS Exchange
2 18 (15.65%) IIS
3 17 (14.78%) SharePoint
4 13 (11.30%) Exchange Server 2010
5 8 (6.96%) Exchange Server 2003
6 7 (6.09%) SharePoint 2010
7 6 (5.22%) Lync
8 5 (4.35%) Exchange Server 2007
8 5 (4.35%) Tomcat
9 2 (1.74%) Exchange Server 2013
9 2 (1.74%) BizTalk Server
10 1 (0.87%) Apache
10 1 (0.87%) nginx
10 1 (0.87%) SAS
Applications
1 9 (7.83%) MS Excel
2 3 (2.61%) MS Office
3 1 (0.87%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 4 (3.48%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.74%) PaaS
2 1 (0.87%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.87%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 30 (26.09%) LAN
1 30 (26.09%) Firewall
2 26 (22.61%) WAN
3 24 (20.87%) DHCP
3 24 (20.87%) DNS
4 18 (15.65%) TCP/IP
5 13 (11.30%) Wireless
6 8 (6.96%) NAS
7 6 (5.22%) VoIP
8 5 (4.35%) Connectrix
8 5 (4.35%) VLAN
9 4 (3.48%) IP Telephony
9 4 (3.48%) IPsec
9 4 (3.48%) WLAN
10 3 (2.61%) VPN
10 3 (2.61%) iSCSI
11 2 (1.74%) Cisco Nexus
11 2 (1.74%) Structured Cabling
11 2 (1.74%) ADSL
12 1 (0.87%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (7.83%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.48%) QlikView
3 3 (2.61%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (2.61%) Oracle Database
4 2 (1.74%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (0.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.87%) DTS
5 1 (0.87%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.87%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (0.87%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 1 (0.87%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 9 (7.83%) Finance
2 5 (4.35%) Local Government
3 3 (2.61%) Manufacturing
4 2 (1.74%) Publishing
4 2 (1.74%) Pharmaceutical
4 2 (1.74%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.87%) Legal
5 1 (0.87%) Banking
Job Titles
1 15 (13.04%) Analyst
2 14 (12.17%) Consultant
3 12 (10.43%) Architect
4 10 (8.70%) 3rd Line Support
4 10 (8.70%) Support Consultant
5 9 (7.83%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 8 (6.96%) Infrastructure Architect
6 8 (6.96%) Support Engineer
7 7 (6.09%) Systems Engineer
7 7 (6.09%) Support Analyst
7 7 (6.09%) Infrastructure Consultant
7 7 (6.09%) Wintel Support
7 7 (6.09%) Infrastructure Support Consultant
8 6 (5.22%) Storage Engineer
8 6 (5.22%) Project Manager
9 5 (4.35%) Operations Engineer
10 4 (3.48%) Server Engineer
10 4 (3.48%) Applications Support
10 4 (3.48%) 2nd Line Support
10 4 (3.48%) Network Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (4.35%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 21 (18.26%) Clustering
2 7 (6.09%) Replication
3 4 (3.48%) Firmware
3 4 (3.48%) Thin Client
3 4 (3.48%) Wiki
3 4 (3.48%) Fat Client
3 4 (3.48%) EqualLogic
4 3 (2.61%) Enterprise Storage
4 3 (2.61%) Enterprise Software
4 3 (2.61%) DLPAR
4 3 (2.61%) PKI
4 3 (2.61%) HACMP
5 2 (1.74%) CLARiiON
5 2 (1.74%) EMC Centera
5 2 (1.74%) Mainframe
5 2 (1.74%) GIS
5 2 (1.74%) Computer Science
5 2 (1.74%) CESG
5 2 (1.74%) IBM Mainframe
5 2 (1.74%) Symmetrix DMX
Operating Systems
1 78 (67.83%) Windows
2 50 (43.48%) Windows Server 2008
3 40 (34.78%) Windows Server 2003
4 27 (23.48%) Windows Server 2012
5 14 (12.17%) UNIX
6 9 (7.83%) Windows 7
7 8 (6.96%) Windows XP
8 6 (5.22%) AIX
9 5 (4.35%) Linux
10 2 (1.74%) Solaris
11 1 (0.87%) Windows 2000
11 1 (0.87%) MVS
11 1 (0.87%) Windows Mobile
11 1 (0.87%) Windows Vista
11 1 (0.87%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (25.22%) ITIL
2 13 (11.30%) Project Management
3 12 (10.43%) PRINCE2
3 12 (10.43%) Change Control
4 10 (8.70%) Performance Management
5 9 (7.83%) Migration
6 8 (6.96%) Disaster Recovery
7 7 (6.09%) Capacity Management
8 6 (5.22%) Change Management
9 5 (4.35%) High Availability
10 4 (3.48%) CRM
11 3 (2.61%) Configuration Management
11 3 (2.61%) Service Management
11 3 (2.61%) Business Continuity
11 3 (2.61%) Asset Management
11 3 (2.61%) Capacity Planning
11 3 (2.61%) TOGAF
11 3 (2.61%) Load Balancing
12 2 (1.74%) Security Management
12 2 (1.74%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 28 (24.35%) SQL
2 18 (15.65%) PowerShell
3 7 (6.09%) Shell Script
4 1 (0.87%) JCL
4 1 (0.87%) T-SQL
4 1 (0.87%) REXX
4 1 (0.87%) SELCOPY
Qualifications
1 24 (20.87%) Microsoft Certification
2 19 (16.52%) MCSE
3 18 (15.65%) Degree
4 12 (10.43%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 12 (10.43%) MCITP
5 9 (7.83%) VCP5
6 8 (6.96%) Security Cleared
7 7 (6.09%) SC Cleared
8 6 (5.22%) ITIL Certification
9 5 (4.35%) MCTS
9 5 (4.35%) MCSA
9 5 (4.35%) CCNA
9 5 (4.35%) MCP
9 5 (4.35%) Cisco Certification
10 3 (2.61%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 2 (1.74%) ISEB
12 1 (0.87%) CCA
12 1 (0.87%) Citrix Certification
12 1 (0.87%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 1 (0.87%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (8.70%) SLA
2 2 (1.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (1.74%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 44 (38.26%) Hyper-V
2 40 (34.78%) Active Directory
3 33 (28.70%) VMware Infrastructure
4 26 (22.61%) VMware ESX
5 7 (6.09%) Oracle RAC
5 7 (6.09%) XenApp
6 5 (4.35%) EMC RecoverPoint
7 3 (2.61%) Forefront TMG
8 2 (1.74%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (1.74%) Brightmail
8 2 (1.74%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.87%) ISA Server
9 1 (0.87%) Terminal Server
9 1 (0.87%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 1 (0.87%) VMware Server
9 1 (0.87%) vCloud
9 1 (0.87%) GPFS
9 1 (0.87%) DFS Replication
9 1 (0.87%) vSphere
9 1 (0.87%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 22 (19.13%) Backup Exec
2 17 (14.78%) SCOM
3 14 (12.17%) SCCM
4 12 (10.43%) NetBackup
5 4 (3.48%) HP Quality Center
5 4 (3.48%) SCSM
6 3 (2.61%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 2 (1.74%) FortiGate
7 2 (1.74%) WSUS
7 2 (1.74%) EMC NetWorker
8 1 (0.87%) OpenView
8 1 (0.87%) Legato
8 1 (0.87%) Tivoli
8 1 (0.87%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 1 (0.87%) Norton AntiVirus
8 1 (0.87%) Cisco IPCC
8 1 (0.87%) SAP Afaria
8 1 (0.87%) Cisco CUCM
8 1 (0.87%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 60 (52.17%) VMware
2 44 (38.26%) Microsoft
3 38 (33.04%) Cisco
4 31 (26.96%) HP
5 29 (25.22%) Citrix
6 26 (22.61%) Symantec
7 21 (18.26%) EMC
8 16 (13.91%) Juniper
9 15 (13.04%) NetApp
10 14 (12.17%) Oracle
11 13 (11.30%) 3PAR
12 12 (10.43%) Dell
13 11 (9.57%) Brocade
14 9 (7.83%) IronPort
14 9 (7.83%) IBM
15 7 (6.09%) Siebel
15 7 (6.09%) Informatica
15 7 (6.09%) Open Text
16 5 (4.35%) Apple
16 5 (4.35%) SAP
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