The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for NAS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited NAS over the 3 months to 24 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Network Attached Storage (NAS)
England / North West
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 119 148 137
Rank change year-on-year +29 -11  
Contract jobs citing NAS 16 7 17
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.55% 0.18% 0.45%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.56% 1.21% 3.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 3 15
Median daily rate £440 £500 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.00% +11.11%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £371 £440 £354
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £610 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £425 £375
% change year-on-year -5.88% +13.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £162.50 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.55 £20.25 £22.00
% change year-on-year +115.04% -7.95%  

NAS is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 450 578 495
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 15.52% 15.17% 13.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 234 326 251
Median daily rate £365 £383 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.69% +17.84%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £275 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £368 £345
% change year-on-year +2.04% +6.52%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 24 47
Median hourly rate £16.50 £14.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.85% -17.64%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £12.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £68.00 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £32.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -13.84% +30.00%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing NAS as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

Job vacancy trend for NAS in the North West

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for NAS in the North West

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing NAS in the North West over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for NAS in the North West

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for NAS in the North West

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Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing NAS within the North West region over the 3 months to 24 June 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +18 9 £415 -2.35% 1
Cheshire +29 5 £450 -29.41%
Merseyside -3 1 - -
Cumbria - 1 £400 -
NAS
England

For the 6 months to 24 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing NAS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for NAS.

1 18 (60.00%) VMware
2 17 (56.67%) SAN
3 15 (50.00%) Windows
4 14 (46.67%) VMware Infrastructure
5 13 (43.33%) NetApp
5 13 (43.33%) Windows Server
6 10 (33.33%) IBM
6 10 (33.33%) Active Directory
7 9 (30.00%) HP
7 9 (30.00%) Linux
7 9 (30.00%) MS Exchange
7 9 (30.00%) Finance
7 9 (30.00%) Windows Server 2008
7 9 (30.00%) Windows Server 2012
8 8 (26.67%) vSphere
8 8 (26.67%) Citrix
9 7 (23.33%) Microsoft
9 7 (23.33%) LAN
10 6 (20.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 6 (20.00%) Hyper-V
10 6 (20.00%) Data Centre
11 5 (16.67%) Exchange Server 2010
11 5 (16.67%) XenApp
11 5 (16.67%) DHCP
11 5 (16.67%) DNS
12 4 (13.33%) Cisco
12 4 (13.33%) SQL Server
12 4 (13.33%) ITIL
12 4 (13.33%) Red Hat
12 4 (13.33%) Tivoli Storage Manager

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Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 9 (30.00%) MS Exchange
2 5 (16.67%) Exchange Server 2010
3 3 (10.00%) IIS
3 3 (10.00%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 2 (6.67%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (6.67%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 4 (13.33%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (3.33%) IaaS
2 1 (3.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (3.33%) Office 365
2 1 (3.33%) PaaS
2 1 (3.33%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 17 (56.67%) SAN
2 7 (23.33%) LAN
3 5 (16.67%) DHCP
3 5 (16.67%) DNS
4 3 (10.00%) Firewall
4 3 (10.00%) TCP/IP
4 3 (10.00%) Wi-Fi
4 3 (10.00%) WLAN
5 2 (6.67%) IP Telephony
5 2 (6.67%) PPTP
5 2 (6.67%) VoIP
5 2 (6.67%) VPN
5 2 (6.67%) WAN
6 1 (3.33%) ADSL
6 1 (3.33%) Cisco ASA
6 1 (3.33%) Ethernet
6 1 (3.33%) IPsec
6 1 (3.33%) iSCSI
6 1 (3.33%) ISDN
6 1 (3.33%) Junos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (13.33%) SQL Server
2 3 (10.00%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (3.33%) SQL Server 2000
3 1 (3.33%) SQL Server 2005
General
1 9 (30.00%) Finance
2 4 (13.33%) Banking
3 3 (10.00%) Investment Banking
4 2 (6.67%) Manufacturing
5 1 (3.33%) Games
Job Titles
1 6 (20.00%) Storage Specialist
2 4 (13.33%) Administrator
2 4 (13.33%) Windows Engineer
3 3 (10.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 3 (10.00%) Infrastructure Manager
3 3 (10.00%) Infrastructure Project Manager
3 3 (10.00%) Infrastructure Specialist
3 3 (10.00%) Linux Engineer
3 3 (10.00%) NetApp Specialist
3 3 (10.00%) Project Manager
3 3 (10.00%) Storage Manager
3 3 (10.00%) Systems Administrator
3 3 (10.00%) Technical Specialist
3 3 (10.00%) Windows Administrator
4 2 (6.67%) Infrastructure Architect
4 2 (6.67%) IT Support
4 2 (6.67%) IT Support Technician
4 2 (6.67%) IT Technician
4 2 (6.67%) SAN Project Manager
4 2 (6.67%) Windows Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (3.33%) Flash
Miscellaneous
1 6 (20.00%) Data Centre
2 3 (10.00%) Clustering
2 3 (10.00%) Replication
3 2 (6.67%) Life Science
4 1 (3.33%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (3.33%) Computer Science
4 1 (3.33%) EMC VNX
4 1 (3.33%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 15 (50.00%) Windows
2 13 (43.33%) Windows Server
3 9 (30.00%) Linux
3 9 (30.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 9 (30.00%) Windows Server 2012
4 6 (20.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 4 (13.33%) SUSE
6 2 (6.67%) Windows 7
6 2 (6.67%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (13.33%) ITIL
2 3 (10.00%) Change Management
2 3 (10.00%) Migration
3 2 (6.67%) ERP
3 2 (6.67%) Load Balancing
3 2 (6.67%) PRINCE2
3 2 (6.67%) Project Management
3 2 (6.67%) Release Management
4 1 (3.33%) Capacity Planning
4 1 (3.33%) Configuration Management
4 1 (3.33%) Data Migration
4 1 (3.33%) Disaster Recovery
4 1 (3.33%) High Availability
4 1 (3.33%) Identity Management
4 1 (3.33%) Performance Analysis
4 1 (3.33%) Performance Management
4 1 (3.33%) Root Cause Analysis
4 1 (3.33%) Security Patching
4 1 (3.33%) Server Building
4 1 (3.33%) Software Deployment
Programming Languages
1 4 (13.33%) PowerShell
2 1 (3.33%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 3 (10.00%) MCSE
1 3 (10.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (6.67%) CCNA
2 2 (6.67%) Cisco Certification
2 2 (6.67%) MCITP
2 2 (6.67%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
2 2 (6.67%) Security Cleared
3 1 (3.33%) Degree
3 1 (3.33%) JNCIA
3 1 (3.33%) SC Cleared
3 1 (3.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (6.67%) QA
System Software
1 14 (46.67%) VMware Infrastructure
2 10 (33.33%) Active Directory
3 8 (26.67%) vSphere
4 6 (20.00%) Hyper-V
5 5 (16.67%) XenApp
6 3 (10.00%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (10.00%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 4 (13.33%) Tivoli Storage Manager
2 3 (10.00%) WSUS
3 2 (6.67%) Ansible
3 2 (6.67%) Backup Exec
3 2 (6.67%) Puppet
3 2 (6.67%) SCCM
3 2 (6.67%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 1 (3.33%) BladeLogic
4 1 (3.33%) Microsoft Clustering
4 1 (3.33%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (3.33%) vCenter Server
4 1 (3.33%) vRealize
Vendors
1 18 (60.00%) VMware
2 13 (43.33%) NetApp
3 10 (33.33%) IBM
4 9 (30.00%) HP
5 8 (26.67%) Citrix
6 7 (23.33%) Microsoft
7 4 (13.33%) Cisco
7 4 (13.33%) Red Hat
7 4 (13.33%) Symantec
8 3 (10.00%) EMC
8 3 (10.00%) Veeam
9 2 (6.67%) Avaya
9 2 (6.67%) Dell
9 2 (6.67%) Kaseya
9 2 (6.67%) Kaspersky
9 2 (6.67%) Oracle
9 2 (6.67%) SAP
9 2 (6.67%) SolarWinds
9 2 (6.67%) SonicWALL
9 2 (6.67%) Synology