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 22 September 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
22 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Storage Area Network (SAN)
Rank 90 74 101
Rank change year-on-year
-16 +27
Contract jobs citing SAN 47 61 42
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.47% 2.06% 1.23%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.87% 14.84% 8.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 38 18
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -6.97%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £195 £212 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £408
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.07% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 7 4
Average hourly rate £34.50 £31.56 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+9.33% +57.77%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £27.50 £25.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year
+10.00% +16.27%
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
476 411 508
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 14.90% 13.90% 14.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 269 213 184
Average daily rate £320 £305 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.91% -12.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £219 £225 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+6.76% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 40 53
Average hourly rate £22.50 £30.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.00% +57.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.84 £14.50 £13.53
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.00 £28.64
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £22.50

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 22 September 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 22 September 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 22 September 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 0 30 £298 +3.47% 17
Cheshire -16 9 £388 +19.23% 9
Merseyside +1 6 £450 -1.36% 3
Lancashire -21 1 - - 1
Cumbria - - - -
SAN
England

SAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 September 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 81 (72.32%) Windows
2 58 (51.79%) VMware
3 45 (40.18%) Windows Server 2008
3 45 (40.18%) Cisco
4 42 (37.50%) Active Directory
5 40 (35.71%) Hyper-V
6 38 (33.93%) Windows Server 2003
7 37 (33.04%) Microsoft
8 34 (30.36%) HP
9 32 (28.57%) VMware Infrastructure
10 29 (25.89%) Microsoft Certification
10 29 (25.89%) ITIL
10 29 (25.89%) Symantec
11 27 (24.11%) Citrix
12 26 (23.21%) MS Exchange
13 24 (21.43%) DHCP
13 24 (21.43%) MCSE
14 23 (20.54%) SQL
14 23 (20.54%) DNS
14 23 (20.54%) Firewall
14 23 (20.54%) Backup Exec
15 20 (17.86%) VMware ESX
15 20 (17.86%) TCP/IP
15 20 (17.86%) LAN
15 20 (17.86%) Windows Server 2012
16 18 (16.07%) WAN
16 18 (16.07%) Linux
16 18 (16.07%) SCOM
17 17 (15.18%) SCCM
17 17 (15.18%) UNIX

SAN
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 22 September 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 26 (23.21%) MS Exchange
2 13 (11.61%) Exchange Server 2010
3 11 (9.82%) IIS
4 9 (8.04%) SharePoint
5 7 (6.25%) Exchange Server 2003
5 7 (6.25%) Exchange Server 2007
6 6 (5.36%) Tomcat
6 6 (5.36%) SharePoint 2010
7 5 (4.46%) Lync
8 3 (2.68%) Apache
9 2 (1.79%) BizTalk Server
9 2 (1.79%) Exchange Server 2013
10 1 (0.89%) nginx
Applications
1 14 (12.50%) MS Excel
2 3 (2.68%) MS Office
3 1 (0.89%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 4 (3.57%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.79%) PaaS
2 1 (0.89%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.89%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 24 (21.43%) DHCP
2 23 (20.54%) DNS
2 23 (20.54%) Firewall
3 20 (17.86%) LAN
3 20 (17.86%) TCP/IP
4 18 (16.07%) WAN
5 10 (8.93%) NAS
6 8 (7.14%) Wireless
7 6 (5.36%) VoIP
8 5 (4.46%) VLAN
9 4 (3.57%) IPsec
10 3 (2.68%) iSCSI
11 2 (1.79%) VPN
11 2 (1.79%) IP Telephony
11 2 (1.79%) NetScaler
11 2 (1.79%) Cisco Nexus
11 2 (1.79%) Structured Cabling
11 2 (1.79%) SSL
11 2 (1.79%) ADSL
12 1 (0.89%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (6.25%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.68%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (1.79%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (0.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (0.89%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (0.89%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (0.89%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.89%) Oracle Database 10g
4 1 (0.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (0.89%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 1 (0.89%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 14 (12.50%) Finance
2 4 (3.57%) Banking
2 4 (3.57%) Local Government
3 2 (1.79%) Manufacturing
3 2 (1.79%) Publishing
3 2 (1.79%) Pharmaceutical
3 2 (1.79%) Telecoms
4 1 (0.89%) Legal
4 1 (0.89%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 13 (11.61%) Architect
1 13 (11.61%) Consultant
1 13 (11.61%) 3rd Line Support
2 12 (10.71%) Administrator
2 12 (10.71%) Systems Administrator
2 12 (10.71%) Analyst
3 11 (9.82%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 10 (8.93%) Support Consultant
5 9 (8.04%) Infrastructure Architect
5 9 (8.04%) Support Engineer
6 7 (6.25%) Systems Engineer
6 7 (6.25%) Infrastructure Consultant
6 7 (6.25%) Wintel Support
6 7 (6.25%) Infrastructure Support Consultant
7 6 (5.36%) Support Analyst
8 5 (4.46%) Project Manager
8 5 (4.46%) HPUX Systems Administrator
8 5 (4.46%) HPUX Engineer
9 4 (3.57%) Wintel Analyst
9 4 (3.57%) Linux Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (0.89%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 14 (12.50%) Clustering
2 9 (8.04%) Firmware
3 6 (5.36%) Replication
4 4 (3.57%) PKI
5 3 (2.68%) HACMP
5 3 (2.68%) EqualLogic
5 3 (2.68%) DLPAR
6 2 (1.79%) Symmetrix DMX
6 2 (1.79%) Blackberry
6 2 (1.79%) GIS
6 2 (1.79%) CLARiiON
6 2 (1.79%) EMC Centera
6 2 (1.79%) Computer Science
6 2 (1.79%) LPAR
7 1 (0.89%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.89%) CESG
7 1 (0.89%) e-Health
7 1 (0.89%) Fat Client
7 1 (0.89%) iSeries
7 1 (0.89%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 81 (72.32%) Windows
2 45 (40.18%) Windows Server 2008
3 38 (33.93%) Windows Server 2003
4 20 (17.86%) Windows Server 2012
5 18 (16.07%) Linux
6 17 (15.18%) UNIX
7 7 (6.25%) HPUX
8 6 (5.36%) AIX
8 6 (5.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 5 (4.46%) Windows 7
9 5 (4.46%) Windows XP
10 4 (3.57%) Solaris
11 2 (1.79%) Windows 2000
12 1 (0.89%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.89%) Windows Mobile
12 1 (0.89%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (25.89%) ITIL
2 12 (10.71%) Migration
3 10 (8.93%) Disaster Recovery
4 8 (7.14%) PRINCE2
4 8 (7.14%) Project Management
5 7 (6.25%) Performance Management
6 6 (5.36%) High Availability
6 6 (5.36%) Change Control
6 6 (5.36%) Capacity Management
7 4 (3.57%) CRM
8 3 (2.68%) E-Commerce
8 3 (2.68%) Service Management
8 3 (2.68%) Configuration Management
8 3 (2.68%) Change Management
8 3 (2.68%) Asset Management
8 3 (2.68%) Business Continuity
8 3 (2.68%) Load Balancing
8 3 (2.68%) Wealth Management
8 3 (2.68%) Kalman Filter
9 2 (1.79%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 23 (20.54%) SQL
2 11 (9.82%) Shell Script
3 10 (8.93%) PowerShell
4 1 (0.89%) T-SQL
4 1 (0.89%) PHP
Qualifications
1 29 (25.89%) Microsoft Certification
2 24 (21.43%) MCSE
3 16 (14.29%) Degree
4 14 (12.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 13 (11.61%) MCITP
6 9 (8.04%) VCP5
7 7 (6.25%) MCP
8 6 (5.36%) MCSA
9 5 (4.46%) MCTS
9 5 (4.46%) ITIL Certification
10 4 (3.57%) CCNA
10 4 (3.57%) Cisco Certification
11 3 (2.68%) Security Cleared
12 2 (1.79%) SC Cleared
12 2 (1.79%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 1 (0.89%) ISEB
13 1 (0.89%) CCA
13 1 (0.89%) Citrix Certification
13 1 (0.89%) PMP
13 1 (0.89%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (5.36%) SLA
2 2 (1.79%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 42 (37.50%) Active Directory
2 40 (35.71%) Hyper-V
3 32 (28.57%) VMware Infrastructure
4 20 (17.86%) VMware ESX
5 8 (7.14%) XenApp
6 4 (3.57%) vSphere
7 3 (2.68%) Forefront TMG
7 3 (2.68%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 2 (1.79%) Terminal Services
8 2 (1.79%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (1.79%) Brightmail
9 1 (0.89%) vCloud
9 1 (0.89%) VMFS
9 1 (0.89%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.89%) EMC RecoverPoint
9 1 (0.89%) DFS Replication
9 1 (0.89%) ISA Server
9 1 (0.89%) Terminal Server
9 1 (0.89%) VMware Server
9 1 (0.89%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 23 (20.54%) Backup Exec
2 18 (16.07%) SCOM
3 17 (15.18%) SCCM
4 8 (7.14%) NetBackup
5 4 (3.57%) SCSM
6 3 (2.68%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 2 (1.79%) SAP Afaria
7 2 (1.79%) WSUS
7 2 (1.79%) EMC NetWorker
7 2 (1.79%) Norton AntiVirus
7 2 (1.79%) OpenView
8 1 (0.89%) Tivoli
8 1 (0.89%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 1 (0.89%) Nagios
8 1 (0.89%) Cisco IPCC
8 1 (0.89%) SCVMM
8 1 (0.89%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (0.89%) Cisco CUCM
8 1 (0.89%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 58 (51.79%) VMware
2 45 (40.18%) Cisco
3 37 (33.04%) Microsoft
4 34 (30.36%) HP
5 29 (25.89%) Symantec
6 27 (24.11%) Citrix
7 17 (15.18%) Juniper
8 15 (13.39%) EMC
8 15 (13.39%) 3PAR
9 10 (8.93%) NetApp
9 10 (8.93%) Dell
10 8 (7.14%) Brocade
11 6 (5.36%) Apple
12 5 (4.46%) CheckPoint
12 5 (4.46%) Red Hat
12 5 (4.46%) IBM
12 5 (4.46%) Oracle
13 4 (3.57%) SAP
13 4 (3.57%) Avaya
13 4 (3.57%) McAfee
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