The table below looks at the statistics for VLAN 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 VLAN over the 3 months to 24 December 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Virtual LAN (VLAN)
Rank 123 124 123
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -1
Contract jobs citing VLAN 16 5 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.50% 0.18% 0.24%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.90% 1.13% 1.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 2 2
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£250 £400 £383
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-37.50% +4.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £168 £300 £277
10% offered a daily rate of more than £429 £500 £489
UK excluding London average daily rate £323 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
-7.85% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 3 3
Average hourly rate £18.02 £24.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-26.46% -30.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.07 £24.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-22.18% -30.00%
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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
410 441 539
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 12.77% 15.57% 18.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 206 219 246
Average daily rate £350 £337 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.85% +6.98%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £215 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £540 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 35 50
Average hourly rate £18.00 £22.50 £28.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% -21.73%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.00 £15.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £31.56 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.50 £21.00 £21.67
% change year-on-year
+11.90% -3.06%

VLAN
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

VLAN Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

VLAN
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

VLAN Daily Rate Trend in the North West

VLAN
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing VLAN across the North West region over the 3 months to 24 December 2014.

VLAN Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

VLAN
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

VLAN Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

VLAN
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing VLAN across the North West region over the 3 months to 24 December 2014.

VLAN Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

VLAN
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 VLAN within the North West region over the 3 months to 24 December 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
Cheshire +14 7 £193 -
Manchester -7 7 £225 -57.14% 2
Merseyside - - - -
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VLAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing VLAN 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 VLAN.

1 22 (66.67%) Cisco
2 18 (54.55%) Firewall
3 17 (51.52%) CCNA
3 17 (51.52%) Cisco Certification
4 14 (42.42%) WAN
5 13 (39.39%) LAN
6 12 (36.36%) Windows
7 11 (33.33%) Local Government
8 10 (30.30%) VMware
8 10 (30.30%) DHCP
8 10 (30.30%) Active Directory
9 8 (24.24%) VPN
10 7 (21.21%) Citrix
10 7 (21.21%) SAN
10 7 (21.21%) Windows Server 2003
10 7 (21.21%) OSPF
10 7 (21.21%) Windows Server 2008
11 6 (18.18%) VMware Infrastructure
11 6 (18.18%) Disaster Recovery
11 6 (18.18%) Juniper
11 6 (18.18%) DNS
11 6 (18.18%) Microsoft
12 5 (15.15%) CCIE
12 5 (15.15%) MS Exchange
12 5 (15.15%) MCSE
12 5 (15.15%) SQL
12 5 (15.15%) SQL Server
12 5 (15.15%) ITIL
12 5 (15.15%) Microsoft Certification
12 5 (15.15%) MPLS

VLAN
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing VLAN 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 VLAN. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 5 (15.15%) MS Exchange
2 3 (9.09%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (6.06%) IIS
3 2 (6.06%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (3.03%) MS Project
1 1 (3.03%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 18 (54.55%) Firewall
2 14 (42.42%) WAN
3 13 (39.39%) LAN
4 10 (30.30%) DHCP
5 8 (24.24%) VPN
6 7 (21.21%) OSPF
6 7 (21.21%) SAN
7 6 (18.18%) DNS
8 5 (15.15%) MPLS
8 5 (15.15%) Wireless
9 4 (12.12%) IPsec
9 4 (12.12%) Cisco Nexus
9 4 (12.12%) SSL
9 4 (12.12%) TCP/IP
9 4 (12.12%) BGP
9 4 (12.12%) EIGRP
10 3 (9.09%) TACACS
10 3 (9.09%) NetScreen
11 2 (6.06%) Ethernet
12 1 (3.03%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (15.15%) SQL Server
2 2 (6.06%) SQL Server 2005
2 2 (6.06%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 4 (12.12%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 11 (33.33%) Local Government
2 2 (6.06%) Telecoms
3 1 (3.03%) Finance
Job Titles
1 9 (27.27%) Network Engineer
2 4 (12.12%) Analyst
2 4 (12.12%) Network Manager
3 3 (9.09%) Network Analyst
3 3 (9.09%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 3 (9.09%) 3rd Line Support
4 2 (6.06%) Support Engineer
4 2 (6.06%) Administrator
4 2 (6.06%) Server Engineer
5 1 (3.03%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
5 1 (3.03%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 1 (3.03%) Network Architect
5 1 (3.03%) Windows Administrator
5 1 (3.03%) Technical Leader
5 1 (3.03%) Network Project Manager
5 1 (3.03%) Windows Server Engineer
5 1 (3.03%) PRINCE2 Project Manager
5 1 (3.03%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
5 1 (3.03%) 3rd Line Network Engineer
5 1 (3.03%) Commissioning Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 1 (3.03%) Client/Server
1 1 (3.03%) MPEG
1 1 (3.03%) Smartcard
1 1 (3.03%) IPTV
1 1 (3.03%) CCTV
1 1 (3.03%) EqualLogic
1 1 (3.03%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 12 (36.36%) Windows
2 7 (21.21%) Windows Server 2003
2 7 (21.21%) Windows Server 2008
3 5 (15.15%) Windows Server 2012
4 3 (9.09%) Windows 7
5 2 (6.06%) Linux
5 2 (6.06%) Windows 2000
6 1 (3.03%) Windows NT
6 1 (3.03%) Windows XP
6 1 (3.03%) CentOS
6 1 (3.03%) Solaris
6 1 (3.03%) Apple iOS
6 1 (3.03%) Windows 8
6 1 (3.03%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (18.18%) Disaster Recovery
2 5 (15.15%) ITIL
3 3 (9.09%) Load Balancing
4 2 (6.06%) Software Deployment
4 2 (6.06%) Service Delivery
4 2 (6.06%) Migration
5 1 (3.03%) Stakeholder Management
5 1 (3.03%) Information Security
5 1 (3.03%) Asset Management
5 1 (3.03%) Change Management
5 1 (3.03%) PRINCE2
5 1 (3.03%) Configuration Management
5 1 (3.03%) Infrastructure Management
5 1 (3.03%) Security Management
5 1 (3.03%) Problem Management
5 1 (3.03%) Performance Management
5 1 (3.03%) Change Control
5 1 (3.03%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 5 (15.15%) SQL
2 1 (3.03%) PowerShell
2 1 (3.03%) C
Qualifications
1 17 (51.52%) Cisco Certification
1 17 (51.52%) CCNA
2 5 (15.15%) Microsoft Certification
2 5 (15.15%) MCSE
2 5 (15.15%) CCIE
3 4 (12.12%) CCNP
3 4 (12.12%) CCSA
3 4 (12.12%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 2 (6.06%) Degree
4 2 (6.06%) MCSA
5 1 (3.03%) GCIA
5 1 (3.03%) GCIH
5 1 (3.03%) CEH
5 1 (3.03%) Security Cleared
5 1 (3.03%) MCP
5 1 (3.03%) MCITP
5 1 (3.03%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.03%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 10 (30.30%) Active Directory
2 6 (18.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (6.06%) XenApp
3 2 (6.06%) vSphere
3 2 (6.06%) VMware ESX
4 1 (3.03%) Xen
4 1 (3.03%) NFS
Systems Management
1 3 (9.09%) SCOM
2 2 (6.06%) SCCM
3 1 (3.03%) Norton AntiVirus
3 1 (3.03%) Backup Exec
3 1 (3.03%) McAfee ePO
3 1 (3.03%) Puppet
3 1 (3.03%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 22 (66.67%) Cisco
2 10 (30.30%) VMware
3 7 (21.21%) Citrix
4 6 (18.18%) Juniper
4 6 (18.18%) Microsoft
5 4 (12.12%) NetApp
5 4 (12.12%) Fortinet
5 4 (12.12%) SolarWinds
6 3 (9.09%) Websense
6 3 (9.09%) CheckPoint
6 3 (9.09%) EMC
7 2 (6.06%) HP
7 2 (6.06%) Dell
8 1 (3.03%) Nortel
8 1 (3.03%) Ericsson
8 1 (3.03%) Symantec
8 1 (3.03%) McAfee
8 1 (3.03%) Nokia
8 1 (3.03%) Red Hat
8 1 (3.03%) AppSense