The table below looks at the statistics 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 27 August 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
27 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Storage Area Network (SAN)
Rank 77 74 96
Rank change year-on-year
-3 +22
Contract jobs citing SAN 59 58 45
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.91% 2.01% 1.36%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 12.85% 15.68% 8.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 32 22
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.40% -3.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £210 £188
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £448 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
+1.53% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 3 4
Average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% +50.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.13 £22.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -
SAN
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
459 370 514
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 14.88% 12.80% 15.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 239 181 180
Average daily rate £300 £300 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £205 £188 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £439 £488 £453
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 43 58
Average hourly rate £22.50 £29.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.41% +45.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.58 £14.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.00 £33.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £23.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-4.25% -6.00%

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 27 August 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 27 August 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 27 August 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 37 £320 +11.30% 16
Cheshire -10 14 £300 -27.71% 6
Merseyside +6 6 £450 -2.70% 1
Lancashire - 1 - -
Cumbria - - - - 1
SAN
England

SAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 27 August 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 85 (72.03%) Windows
2 62 (52.54%) VMware
3 50 (42.37%) Windows Server 2008
4 46 (38.98%) Cisco
5 45 (38.14%) Active Directory
6 43 (36.44%) Hyper-V
7 42 (35.59%) Microsoft
8 41 (34.75%) Windows Server 2003
9 35 (29.66%) VMware Infrastructure
10 34 (28.81%) Citrix
10 34 (28.81%) ITIL
11 31 (26.27%) Microsoft Certification
11 31 (26.27%) HP
12 29 (24.58%) MS Exchange
13 28 (23.73%) Symantec
14 27 (22.88%) LAN
14 27 (22.88%) Windows Server 2012
15 26 (22.03%) MCSE
15 26 (22.03%) SQL
15 26 (22.03%) Firewall
16 25 (21.19%) DHCP
17 24 (20.34%) DNS
18 23 (19.49%) Backup Exec
19 22 (18.64%) VMware ESX
19 22 (18.64%) WAN
20 18 (15.25%) TCP/IP
20 18 (15.25%) Clustering
20 18 (15.25%) SCOM
20 18 (15.25%) Degree
21 17 (14.41%) SCCM

SAN
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 27 August 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 29 (24.58%) MS Exchange
2 14 (11.86%) IIS
3 13 (11.02%) SharePoint
3 13 (11.02%) Exchange Server 2010
4 7 (5.93%) Exchange Server 2003
4 7 (5.93%) Exchange Server 2007
5 6 (5.08%) SharePoint 2010
6 5 (4.24%) Lync
7 4 (3.39%) Tomcat
8 2 (1.69%) Apache
8 2 (1.69%) BizTalk Server
8 2 (1.69%) Exchange Server 2013
9 1 (0.85%) nginx
Applications
1 14 (11.86%) MS Excel
2 3 (2.54%) MS Office
3 1 (0.85%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 4 (3.39%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.69%) PaaS
2 1 (0.85%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.85%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 27 (22.88%) LAN
2 26 (22.03%) Firewall
3 25 (21.19%) DHCP
4 24 (20.34%) DNS
5 22 (18.64%) WAN
6 18 (15.25%) TCP/IP
7 12 (10.17%) Wireless
8 9 (7.63%) NAS
9 6 (5.08%) VoIP
10 5 (4.24%) VLAN
11 4 (3.39%) IP Telephony
11 4 (3.39%) WLAN
11 4 (3.39%) IPsec
12 3 (2.54%) VPN
12 3 (2.54%) iSCSI
13 2 (1.69%) Cisco Nexus
13 2 (1.69%) Structured Cabling
13 2 (1.69%) ADSL
13 2 (1.69%) SSL
14 1 (0.85%) DMZ
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (7.63%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.39%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (2.54%) SQL Server 2005
4 2 (1.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (1.69%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 2 (1.69%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.85%) MySQL
5 1 (0.85%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.85%) QlikView
5 1 (0.85%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (0.85%) DTS
5 1 (0.85%) Oracle Database 10g
5 1 (0.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 1 (0.85%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 12 (10.17%) Finance
2 5 (4.24%) Local Government
3 3 (2.54%) Manufacturing
4 2 (1.69%) Publishing
4 2 (1.69%) Banking
4 2 (1.69%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (0.85%) Legal
Job Titles
1 14 (11.86%) Architect
1 14 (11.86%) Consultant
2 13 (11.02%) 3rd Line Support
3 12 (10.17%) Analyst
4 10 (8.47%) Support Consultant
4 10 (8.47%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 9 (7.63%) Administrator
5 9 (7.63%) Support Engineer
5 9 (7.63%) Systems Administrator
5 9 (7.63%) Infrastructure Architect
6 7 (5.93%) Wintel Support
6 7 (5.93%) Infrastructure Consultant
6 7 (5.93%) Support Analyst
6 7 (5.93%) Infrastructure Support Consultant
7 6 (5.08%) Systems Engineer
8 5 (4.24%) Project Manager
9 4 (3.39%) Systems Support
9 4 (3.39%) 2nd Line Support
9 4 (3.39%) Network Manager
9 4 (3.39%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (3.39%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 18 (15.25%) Clustering
2 6 (5.08%) Replication
2 6 (5.08%) Firmware
3 5 (4.24%) PKI
4 4 (3.39%) Fat Client
4 4 (3.39%) Thin Client
4 4 (3.39%) EqualLogic
5 3 (2.54%) HACMP
5 3 (2.54%) DLPAR
6 2 (1.69%) Symmetrix DMX
6 2 (1.69%) LPAR
6 2 (1.69%) Computer Science
6 2 (1.69%) Blackberry
6 2 (1.69%) GIS
6 2 (1.69%) CLARiiON
6 2 (1.69%) EMC Centera
6 2 (1.69%) CESG
6 2 (1.69%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.85%) IBM XIV
7 1 (0.85%) e-Health
Operating Systems
1 85 (72.03%) Windows
2 50 (42.37%) Windows Server 2008
3 41 (34.75%) Windows Server 2003
4 27 (22.88%) Windows Server 2012
5 15 (12.71%) UNIX
6 14 (11.86%) Linux
7 7 (5.93%) AIX
7 7 (5.93%) Windows XP
8 6 (5.08%) Windows 7
9 4 (3.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 4 (3.39%) Solaris
10 3 (2.54%) HPUX
11 2 (1.69%) Windows 2000
12 1 (0.85%) Windows Mobile
12 1 (0.85%) Windows Vista
12 1 (0.85%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (28.81%) ITIL
2 12 (10.17%) PRINCE2
2 12 (10.17%) Project Management
3 11 (9.32%) Migration
4 9 (7.63%) Disaster Recovery
4 9 (7.63%) Change Control
5 7 (5.93%) High Availability
5 7 (5.93%) Performance Management
6 6 (5.08%) Capacity Management
7 5 (4.24%) Change Management
8 4 (3.39%) CRM
9 3 (2.54%) E-Commerce
9 3 (2.54%) Configuration Management
9 3 (2.54%) Service Management
9 3 (2.54%) Business Continuity
9 3 (2.54%) Asset Management
9 3 (2.54%) TOGAF
9 3 (2.54%) Load Balancing
9 3 (2.54%) Kalman Filter
10 2 (1.69%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 26 (22.03%) SQL
2 16 (13.56%) PowerShell
3 9 (7.63%) Shell Script
4 1 (0.85%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 31 (26.27%) Microsoft Certification
2 26 (22.03%) MCSE
3 18 (15.25%) Degree
4 13 (11.02%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 13 (11.02%) MCITP
5 9 (7.63%) VCP5
6 6 (5.08%) MCSA
6 6 (5.08%) MCP
7 5 (4.24%) Cisco Certification
7 5 (4.24%) CCNA
7 5 (4.24%) MCTS
7 5 (4.24%) ITIL Certification
8 4 (3.39%) Security Cleared
9 3 (2.54%) SC Cleared
9 3 (2.54%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 2 (1.69%) ISEB
11 1 (0.85%) CCA
11 1 (0.85%) Citrix Certification
11 1 (0.85%) PMP
11 1 (0.85%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (6.78%) SLA
2 2 (1.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (1.69%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 45 (38.14%) Active Directory
2 43 (36.44%) Hyper-V
3 35 (29.66%) VMware Infrastructure
4 22 (18.64%) VMware ESX
5 9 (7.63%) XenApp
6 4 (3.39%) Oracle RAC
6 4 (3.39%) vSphere
7 3 (2.54%) Forefront TMG
7 3 (2.54%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 2 (1.69%) Terminal Services
8 2 (1.69%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (1.69%) Brightmail
9 1 (0.85%) vCloud
9 1 (0.85%) GPFS
9 1 (0.85%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.85%) EMC RecoverPoint
9 1 (0.85%) DFS Replication
9 1 (0.85%) ISA Server
9 1 (0.85%) Terminal Server
9 1 (0.85%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 23 (19.49%) Backup Exec
2 18 (15.25%) SCOM
3 17 (14.41%) SCCM
4 8 (6.78%) NetBackup
5 4 (3.39%) SCSM
6 3 (2.54%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 3 (2.54%) EMC NetWorker
7 2 (1.69%) FortiGate
7 2 (1.69%) WSUS
7 2 (1.69%) Norton AntiVirus
7 2 (1.69%) OpenView
7 2 (1.69%) SAP Afaria
8 1 (0.85%) Legato
8 1 (0.85%) Tivoli
8 1 (0.85%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 1 (0.85%) Cisco IPCC
8 1 (0.85%) SCVMM
8 1 (0.85%) HP Quality Center
8 1 (0.85%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (0.85%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 62 (52.54%) VMware
2 46 (38.98%) Cisco
3 42 (35.59%) Microsoft
4 34 (28.81%) Citrix
5 31 (26.27%) HP
6 28 (23.73%) Symantec
7 17 (14.41%) Juniper
8 15 (12.71%) EMC
9 14 (11.86%) 3PAR
10 11 (9.32%) NetApp
11 10 (8.47%) Oracle
12 8 (6.78%) Dell
13 6 (5.08%) IBM
13 6 (5.08%) Apple
13 6 (5.08%) Brocade
14 5 (4.24%) IronPort
14 5 (4.24%) CheckPoint
14 5 (4.24%) McAfee
14 5 (4.24%) SAP
15 4 (3.39%) Avaya
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