The table below looks at the statistics for NAS skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited NAS over the 3 months to 26 January 2015 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
26 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Network Attached Storage (NAS)
Rank 346 345 281
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -64
Contract jobs citing NAS 249 228 284
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.49% 0.47% 0.63%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.36% 3.51% 3.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 152 138 191
Average daily rate
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£401 £411 £393
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.43% +4.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £268 £300 £271
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £550 £473
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £400 £363
% change year-on-year
-13.13% +10.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 10 16
Average hourly rate £32.50 £21.00 £20.13
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+54.76% +4.34%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £21.00 £20.25
% change year-on-year
+54.76% +3.70%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Communications & Networking category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Communications & Networking Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Communications & Networking category
7410 6490 7173
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.60% 13.33% 15.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 4167 3461 3435
Average daily rate £375 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £223 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 396 389 638
Average hourly rate £23.75 £18.50 £21.97
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+28.37% -15.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.58 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £41.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -11.11%

NAS
Jobs Demand Trend

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

NAS Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

NAS
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing NAS within the UK.

NAS Daily Rate Trend in the UK

NAS
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing NAS within the UK over the 3 months to 26 January 2015.

NAS Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

NAS
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing NAS within the UK.

NAS Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

NAS
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing NAS within the UK over the 3 months to 26 January 2015. 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
England -23 206 £425 +3.34% 88
London -3 127 £450 +5.88% 40
South East -9 37 £385 -8.33% 20
Scotland +12 31 £347 -0.72% 3
City of London +7 25 £350 -17.64% 11
West Midlands +6 12 £275 - 3
Edinburgh +3 12 £363 -36.95%
Surrey +7 11 £293 +6.36% 5
Yorkshire +1 11 £343 +14.16% 7
Berkshire +4 7 £330 -22.35% 5
North West -8 7 £450 +8.43% 10
Hampshire -24 7 £550 +30.95% 3
West Yorkshire - 6 £310 - 4
Buckinghamshire -11 5 - - 2
Fareham - 5 £550 -
Leeds - 5 £311 - 4
Milton Keynes - 5 - - 2
Manchester -3 4 £450 - 7
Epsom - 4 - -
Essex +3 3 £463 - 1
East of England +1 3 £463 -1.59% 3
Sheffield 0 3 £400 - 1
South Yorkshire -4 3 £400 +33.33% 1
Staines -5 3 - -
Wales -13 3 £431 +7.81% 1
South West -30 3 £363 +20.83% 3
South Wales - 3 £431 - 1
Bracknell - 3 £330 -
Dorset -3 2 - -
East Midlands -5 2 £140 -65.00% 2

NAS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 January 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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.

1 477 (87.85%) SAN
2 331 (60.96%) Windows
3 284 (52.30%) VMware
4 210 (38.67%) Linux
5 207 (38.12%) VMware Infrastructure
6 202 (37.20%) Active Directory
7 200 (36.83%) Microsoft
8 144 (26.52%) Windows Server 2008
9 141 (25.97%) UNIX
10 132 (24.31%) Cisco
11 115 (21.18%) SQL
12 111 (20.44%) Firewall
13 109 (20.07%) NetApp
14 108 (19.89%) ITIL
15 107 (19.71%) Citrix
16 106 (19.52%) HP
17 105 (19.34%) Solaris
18 102 (18.78%) Windows Server 2003
19 100 (18.42%) Oracle
20 95 (17.50%) SQL Server
21 89 (16.39%) EMC
22 86 (15.84%) Clustering
23 85 (15.65%) MS Exchange
24 81 (14.92%) Migration
25 80 (14.73%) Finance
25 80 (14.73%) DNS
26 78 (14.36%) VMware ESX
27 75 (13.81%) Windows Server 2012
28 73 (13.44%) Hyper-V
29 71 (13.08%) Veritas

NAS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 26 January 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 85 (15.65%) MS Exchange
2 62 (11.42%) IIS
3 43 (7.92%) SharePoint
4 38 (7.00%) Exchange Server 2010
5 35 (6.45%) Exchange Server 2013
6 33 (6.08%) Exchange Server 2007
7 26 (4.79%) Lync
8 22 (4.05%) OpenStack
9 20 (3.68%) Exchange Server 2003
10 14 (2.58%) Apache
11 12 (2.21%) Tomcat
11 12 (2.21%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 12 (2.21%) WebSphere
12 11 (2.03%) Office Communications Server
12 11 (2.03%) BizTalk Server
13 8 (1.47%) Lotus Domino
14 7 (1.29%) WebLogic
15 6 (1.10%) SAS
15 6 (1.10%) Oracle HTTP Server
16 5 (0.92%) Oracle Coherence
Applications
1 51 (9.39%) MS Excel
2 25 (4.60%) MS Office
3 3 (0.55%) Spreadsheet
4 2 (0.37%) Final Cut Pro
4 2 (0.37%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 2 (0.37%) MS Project
4 2 (0.37%) Quicktime
4 2 (0.37%) Maya
4 2 (0.37%) CINEMA 4D
5 1 (0.18%) PrintSoft PReS
5 1 (0.18%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 7 (1.29%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.74%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.37%) ResourceLink
3 2 (0.37%) RMDS
3 2 (0.37%) IntelliMatch
4 1 (0.18%) Oracle BPM
4 1 (0.18%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 26 (4.79%) Microsoft Azure
2 14 (2.58%) IaaS
3 9 (1.66%) Office 365
4 5 (0.92%) SaaS
5 4 (0.74%) PaaS
5 4 (0.74%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (0.37%) Amazon AWS
7 1 (0.18%) HP Helion
Communications & Networking
1 477 (87.85%) SAN
2 111 (20.44%) Firewall
3 80 (14.73%) DNS
4 63 (11.60%) DHCP
5 62 (11.42%) TCP/IP
6 52 (9.58%) WAN
7 49 (9.02%) LAN
8 47 (8.66%) Fibre Channel
9 44 (8.10%) iSCSI
10 39 (7.18%) VLAN
11 36 (6.63%) Wireless
12 31 (5.71%) MPLS
13 29 (5.34%) IPsec
13 29 (5.34%) LDAP
14 27 (4.97%) VPN
15 25 (4.60%) FTP
16 22 (4.05%) Cisco Nexus
17 20 (3.68%) Multicast
18 19 (3.50%) VoIP
19 18 (3.31%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 95 (17.50%) SQL Server
2 29 (5.34%) SQL Server 2008
3 21 (3.87%) Oracle Database
4 20 (3.68%) SQL Server 2005
5 17 (3.13%) SQL Server 2012
6 12 (2.21%) Relational Database
6 12 (2.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 11 (2.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 11 (2.03%) RDBMS
8 8 (1.47%) MySQL
8 8 (1.47%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 7 (1.29%) HBase
9 7 (1.29%) Hadoop
10 6 (1.10%) DB2
11 5 (0.92%) Informix
11 5 (0.92%) Oracle Database 11g
11 5 (0.92%) PostgreSQL
12 4 (0.74%) Ingres
12 4 (0.74%) MongoDB
13 3 (0.55%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 6 (1.10%) Selenium
2 4 (0.74%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 3 (0.55%) MSI
3 3 (0.55%) Visual Studio
4 2 (0.37%) Trac
4 2 (0.37%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.18%) Redmine
5 1 (0.18%) InstallShield
5 1 (0.18%) AdminStudio
5 1 (0.18%) Bugzilla
5 1 (0.18%) Subversion
5 1 (0.18%) JIRA
General
1 80 (14.73%) Finance
2 46 (8.47%) Banking
3 13 (2.39%) Telecoms
4 12 (2.21%) Publishing
5 9 (1.66%) Investment Banking
6 7 (1.29%) Multimedia
7 6 (1.10%) Manufacturing
7 6 (1.10%) Marketing
8 5 (0.92%) Games
9 4 (0.74%) Retail
9 4 (0.74%) Electronics
9 4 (0.74%) Legal
10 3 (0.55%) Law
11 2 (0.37%) Military
11 2 (0.37%) French Language
12 1 (0.18%) German Language
12 1 (0.18%) Spanish Language
12 1 (0.18%) Dutch Language
12 1 (0.18%) Local Government
12 1 (0.18%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 85 (15.65%) Architect
2 65 (11.97%) Administrator
3 52 (9.58%) Analyst
4 46 (8.47%) Consultant
5 44 (8.10%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 36 (6.63%) Storage Engineer
7 33 (6.08%) Systems Administrator
8 28 (5.16%) Infrastructure Architect
9 26 (4.79%) Server Engineer
10 22 (4.05%) Solutions Architect
11 21 (3.87%) Network Engineer
11 21 (3.87%) Support Engineer
11 21 (3.87%) 3rd Line Support
12 17 (3.13%) Infrastructure Analyst
13 15 (2.76%) Windows Administrator
13 15 (2.76%) Integration Engineer
14 14 (2.58%) UNIX Administrator
14 14 (2.58%) Wintel Analyst
15 13 (2.39%) Storage Architect
16 12 (2.21%) Infrastructure Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (9.94%) Middleware
2 18 (3.31%) .NET
3 14 (2.58%) HTML
4 9 (1.66%) Ajax
5 7 (1.29%) JSON
5 7 (1.29%) REST
5 7 (1.29%) SOAP
5 7 (1.29%) Hibernate
6 6 (1.10%) XML
7 5 (0.92%) XSLT
7 5 (0.92%) Rendezvous
8 4 (0.74%) Application Packaging
9 3 (0.55%) .NET Framework
9 3 (0.55%) Oracle Fusion
9 3 (0.55%) Web Services
10 2 (0.37%) X-Windows
10 2 (0.37%) ADO.NET
10 2 (0.37%) ASP.NET
10 2 (0.37%) CSS
10 2 (0.37%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 86 (15.84%) Clustering
2 65 (11.97%) Replication
3 27 (4.97%) Enterprise Storage
4 20 (3.68%) Blackberry
5 19 (3.50%) Computer Science
6 17 (3.13%) Analytical Skills
7 15 (2.76%) Mainframe
8 14 (2.58%) User Experience
9 10 (1.84%) Celerra
10 9 (1.66%) Management Information System
11 8 (1.47%) Client/Server
12 7 (1.29%) PKI
12 7 (1.29%) Spread Betting
12 7 (1.29%) Life Science
12 7 (1.29%) Hedge funds
13 6 (1.10%) PDA
13 6 (1.10%) N-Tier
14 5 (0.92%) STB
14 5 (0.92%) Embedded Systems
15 4 (0.74%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 331 (60.96%) Windows
2 210 (38.67%) Linux
3 144 (26.52%) Windows Server 2008
4 141 (25.97%) UNIX
5 105 (19.34%) Solaris
6 102 (18.78%) Windows Server 2003
7 75 (13.81%) Windows Server 2012
8 57 (10.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 26 (4.79%) Windows 7
10 17 (3.13%) Windows XP
11 16 (2.95%) Windows 2000
12 15 (2.76%) Windows 8
13 14 (2.58%) Windows NT
14 13 (2.39%) SUSE
14 13 (2.39%) Windows 2000 Server
15 10 (1.84%) AIX
15 10 (1.84%) HPUX
16 8 (1.47%) VMS
17 5 (0.92%) Slackware
18 4 (0.74%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 108 (19.89%) ITIL
2 81 (14.92%) Migration
3 61 (11.23%) Configuration Management
4 50 (9.21%) Disaster Recovery
5 34 (6.26%) Load Balancing
6 32 (5.89%) Change Control
7 30 (5.52%) ITSM
8 29 (5.34%) Change Management
9 28 (5.16%) Software Distribution
10 25 (4.60%) Service Delivery
11 24 (4.42%) Benchmarking
11 24 (4.42%) Agile Software Development
11 24 (4.42%) Performance Tuning
12 23 (4.24%) Project Management
13 18 (3.31%) Stakeholder Management
14 17 (3.13%) Performance Monitoring
15 16 (2.95%) Root Cause Analysis
16 15 (2.76%) Incident Management
17 14 (2.58%) TOGAF
17 14 (2.58%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 115 (21.18%) SQL
2 51 (9.39%) PowerShell
3 50 (9.21%) Shell Script
4 41 (7.55%) Perl
5 38 (7.00%) Python
6 32 (5.89%) Java
7 23 (4.24%) Bash Shell
8 22 (4.05%) JavaScript
9 19 (3.50%) C++
10 16 (2.95%) C#
10 16 (2.95%) Ruby
10 16 (2.95%) Korn
11 14 (2.58%) VBScript
12 11 (2.03%) PHP
13 9 (1.66%) AWK
13 9 (1.66%) sed
14 7 (1.29%) VB.NET
15 6 (1.10%) VB
15 6 (1.10%) C
16 3 (0.55%) VBA
Qualifications
1 56 (10.31%) Security Cleared
2 47 (8.66%) Microsoft Certification
3 46 (8.47%) Cisco Certification
3 46 (8.47%) SC Cleared
4 42 (7.73%) MCSE
5 39 (7.18%) Degree
6 36 (6.63%) CCNA
7 26 (4.79%) CCNP
8 20 (3.68%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 15 (2.76%) CCIE
9 15 (2.76%) NCIE
10 13 (2.39%) NCDA
11 9 (1.66%) VCAP
11 9 (1.66%) DV Cleared
12 8 (1.47%) VCDX
12 8 (1.47%) MCITP
13 7 (1.29%) MCDBA
14 6 (1.10%) MCP
15 5 (0.92%) MCSA
15 5 (0.92%) CCDP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (5.52%) SLA
2 8 (1.47%) QA
3 4 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.18%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 207 (38.12%) VMware Infrastructure
2 202 (37.20%) Active Directory
3 78 (14.36%) VMware ESX
4 73 (13.44%) Hyper-V
5 64 (11.79%) vSphere
5 64 (11.79%) VMware ESXi
6 37 (6.81%) NFS
7 31 (5.71%) XenApp
8 27 (4.97%) Terminal Services
9 26 (4.79%) Veritas Cluster Server
10 25 (4.60%) XenDesktop
11 21 (3.87%) KVM
12 20 (3.68%) VMware Server
13 17 (3.13%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 15 (2.76%) Xen
14 15 (2.76%) ProxySG
14 15 (2.76%) vCloud
15 14 (2.58%) ISA Server
16 11 (2.03%) DFS Replication
16 11 (2.03%) SRDF
Systems Management
1 59 (10.87%) SCCM
2 50 (9.21%) SCOM
3 32 (5.89%) NetBackup
4 29 (5.34%) Tivoli
5 28 (5.16%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 27 (4.97%) Netcool
7 22 (4.05%) BladeLogic
8 19 (3.50%) Norton AntiVirus
9 17 (3.13%) HP SIM
10 16 (2.95%) Puppet
10 16 (2.95%) Backup Exec
10 16 (2.95%) EdgeSight
11 14 (2.58%) SCVMM
12 12 (2.21%) Opscode Chef
13 10 (1.84%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
14 8 (1.47%) Cisco Prime
15 7 (1.29%) Tivoli Storage Manager
16 6 (1.10%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
17 5 (0.92%) MOM
17 5 (0.92%) WSUS
Vendors
1 284 (52.30%) VMware
2 200 (36.83%) Microsoft
3 132 (24.31%) Cisco
4 109 (20.07%) NetApp
5 107 (19.71%) Citrix
6 106 (19.52%) HP
7 100 (18.42%) Oracle
8 89 (16.39%) EMC
9 71 (13.08%) Veritas
10 60 (11.05%) IBM
11 54 (9.94%) Red Hat
12 50 (9.21%) Symantec
13 40 (7.37%) Dell
14 33 (6.08%) Veeam
15 28 (5.16%) Brocade
15 28 (5.16%) Intel
16 26 (4.79%) CheckPoint
17 22 (4.05%) Sun
18 20 (3.68%) Nortel
19 19 (3.50%) Blue Coat
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