The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for SAN skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited SAN over the 3 months to 22 March 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.

3 months to
22 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Storage Area Network (SAN)
England / North West
Rank 105 116 77
Rank change year-on-year +11 -39  
Contract jobs citing SAN 23 44 70
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.90% 1.15% 2.01%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 6.17% 7.67% 14.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 18 26
Median daily rate £375 £363 £404
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.44% -10.21%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £239 £241
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £375 £375
% change year-on-year -6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 4
Median hourly rate - - £20.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £43.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -36.04% +43.33%  

SAN 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 373 574 475
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 14.58% 14.95% 13.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 244 320 219
Median daily rate £389 £425 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.52% +21.42%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £600 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 31 42
Median hourly rate £16.59 £16.84 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.48% -11.36%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.30 £12.17 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.35 £40.00 £51.67
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.95 £37.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -35.27% +34.54%  

SAN
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

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

Job vacancy trend for SAN in the North West

SAN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SAN in the North West

SAN
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SAN in the North West over the 3 months to 22 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SAN in the North West

SAN
Contractor 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 in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for SAN 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SAN within the North West region over the 3 months to 22 March 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
Lancashire +31 9 £415 +3.75%
Cheshire +17 7 £375 -11.76% 6
Manchester +6 6 £275 +4.76% 11
Merseyside -7 1 £350 -6.66% 7
SAN
England

SAN
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing SAN 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 SAN.

1 27 (50.94%) Windows
2 24 (45.28%) Microsoft
3 22 (41.51%) Migration
4 21 (39.62%) Windows Server
5 19 (35.85%) VMware
5 19 (35.85%) Cisco
6 18 (33.96%) Data Centre
7 17 (32.08%) Active Directory
7 17 (32.08%) LAN
8 16 (30.19%) Linux
8 16 (30.19%) Windows Server 2008
9 15 (28.30%) NAS
9 15 (28.30%) VMware Infrastructure
10 14 (26.42%) WAN
10 14 (26.42%) ITIL
10 14 (26.42%) MS Exchange
11 13 (24.53%) Unix
11 13 (24.53%) Firewall
12 12 (22.64%) Clustering
13 11 (20.75%) HP
13 11 (20.75%) NetApp
13 11 (20.75%) Windows Server 2003
14 10 (18.87%) Citrix
14 10 (18.87%) AIX
15 9 (16.98%) SQL Server
15 9 (16.98%) IIS
15 9 (16.98%) Hyper-V
15 9 (16.98%) Fibre Channel
16 8 (15.09%) Windows Server 2012
16 8 (15.09%) SCOM

SAN
Top Related 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 14 (26.42%) MS Exchange
2 9 (16.98%) IIS
3 3 (5.66%) Skype for Business
4 2 (3.77%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (3.77%) Exchange Server 5.5
5 1 (1.89%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (1.89%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (1.89%) SharePoint
Applications
1 5 (9.43%) MS Office
2 2 (3.77%) MS PowerPoint
2 2 (3.77%) MS Visio
3 1 (1.89%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (3.77%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (1.89%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (1.89%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 3 (5.66%) Amazon AWS
1 3 (5.66%) Microsoft Azure
1 3 (5.66%) Office 365
2 1 (1.89%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 17 (32.08%) LAN
2 15 (28.30%) NAS
3 14 (26.42%) WAN
4 13 (24.53%) Firewall
5 9 (16.98%) Fibre Channel
6 6 (11.32%) DNS
7 4 (7.55%) DHCP
7 4 (7.55%) Internet
7 4 (7.55%) Reverse Proxy
8 3 (5.66%) IP Telephony
8 3 (5.66%) iSCSI
8 3 (5.66%) LDAP
8 3 (5.66%) VLAN
9 2 (3.77%) DMZ
9 2 (3.77%) TCP/IP
9 2 (3.77%) VPN
9 2 (3.77%) WLAN
10 1 (1.89%) IPsec
10 1 (1.89%) SSL
10 1 (1.89%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (16.98%) SQL Server
2 3 (5.66%) Oracle Database
3 2 (3.77%) Oracle Database 11g
3 2 (3.77%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (1.89%) GIS
4 1 (1.89%) MySQL
4 1 (1.89%) Oracle Database 12c
4 1 (1.89%) Oracle Discoverer
4 1 (1.89%) SQL Server 2000
4 1 (1.89%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 2 (3.77%) Visual Studio
2 1 (1.89%) JIRA
General
1 7 (13.21%) Finance
2 5 (9.43%) Banking
2 5 (9.43%) Local Government
3 2 (3.77%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.89%) Marketing
4 1 (1.89%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (1.89%) Retail
4 1 (1.89%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 8 (15.09%) Consultant
2 7 (13.21%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 5 (9.43%) Linux Consultant
3 5 (9.43%) Storage Specialist
4 4 (7.55%) AIX Consultant
4 4 (7.55%) Service Desk Engineer
4 4 (7.55%) Support Engineer
5 3 (5.66%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 3 (5.66%) Administrator
5 3 (5.66%) Analyst
5 3 (5.66%) Infrastructure Specialist
5 3 (5.66%) Infrastructure Support
5 3 (5.66%) NetApp Engineer
5 3 (5.66%) Security Officer
5 3 (5.66%) Storage Engineer
5 3 (5.66%) Support Analyst
6 2 (3.77%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
6 2 (3.77%) 2nd/3rd Line Support Engineer
6 2 (3.77%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
6 2 (3.77%) Virtualisation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.89%) .NET
1 1 (1.89%) COM
1 1 (1.89%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 18 (33.96%) Data Centre
2 12 (22.64%) Clustering
3 3 (5.66%) Management Information System
3 3 (5.66%) PKI
4 2 (3.77%) CESG
4 2 (3.77%) Life Science
5 1 (1.89%) AS400
5 1 (1.89%) BYOD
5 1 (1.89%) Enterprise Storage
5 1 (1.89%) Fat Client
5 1 (1.89%) HACMP
5 1 (1.89%) Private Cloud
5 1 (1.89%) Public Cloud
5 1 (1.89%) Replication
5 1 (1.89%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 27 (50.94%) Windows
2 21 (39.62%) Windows Server
3 16 (30.19%) Linux
3 16 (30.19%) Windows Server 2008
4 13 (24.53%) Unix
5 11 (20.75%) Windows Server 2003
6 10 (18.87%) AIX
7 8 (15.09%) Windows Server 2012
8 4 (7.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 4 (7.55%) Solaris
8 4 (7.55%) Windows 7
9 3 (5.66%) Data ONTAP
10 1 (1.89%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (41.51%) Migration
2 14 (26.42%) ITIL
3 7 (13.21%) Data Migration
4 3 (5.66%) Data Centre Operations
4 3 (5.66%) High Availability
4 3 (5.66%) Information Security
4 3 (5.66%) Information Security Management
4 3 (5.66%) Infrastructure Management
4 3 (5.66%) PRINCE2
4 3 (5.66%) Project Management
4 3 (5.66%) Release Management
4 3 (5.66%) Security Management
4 3 (5.66%) Service Delivery
5 2 (3.77%) Change Management
5 2 (3.77%) Configuration Management
5 2 (3.77%) ERP
5 2 (3.77%) Server Building
5 2 (3.77%) Technical Analysis
5 2 (3.77%) Time Management
6 1 (1.89%) Stress Testing
Programming Languages
1 7 (13.21%) SQL
2 6 (11.32%) PowerShell
3 3 (5.66%) VBScript
4 2 (3.77%) Shell Script
4 2 (3.77%) VB
4 2 (3.77%) VB6
5 1 (1.89%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.89%) PHP
5 1 (1.89%) PL/SQL
5 1 (1.89%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (7.55%) MCSE
1 4 (7.55%) Microsoft Certification
1 4 (7.55%) SC Cleared
1 4 (7.55%) Security Cleared
2 3 (5.66%) ISEB
3 2 (3.77%) CCNA
3 2 (3.77%) Cisco Certification
3 2 (3.77%) MCITP
3 2 (3.77%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 1 (1.89%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (1.89%) PCI DSS
2 1 (1.89%) SLA
System Software
1 17 (32.08%) Active Directory
2 15 (28.30%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (16.98%) Hyper-V
4 5 (9.43%) Veritas Cluster Server
4 5 (9.43%) VMware ESX
4 5 (9.43%) vSphere
5 4 (7.55%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (5.66%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 3 (5.66%) Veritas Volume Manager
6 3 (5.66%) Virtual Servers
6 3 (5.66%) XenApp
7 2 (3.77%) NFS
7 2 (3.77%) Terminal Services
7 2 (3.77%) VMware GSX
7 2 (3.77%) XenDesktop
8 1 (1.89%) Firmware
8 1 (1.89%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (1.89%) Oracle RAC
8 1 (1.89%) PowerHA
8 1 (1.89%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 8 (15.09%) SCOM
2 6 (11.32%) SCCM
3 4 (7.55%) Backup Exec
3 4 (7.55%) SmoothWall
3 4 (7.55%) WSUS
4 2 (3.77%) McAfee ePO
4 2 (3.77%) Microsoft Clustering
4 2 (3.77%) MOM
4 2 (3.77%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (3.77%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 2 (3.77%) Puppet
4 2 (3.77%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 2 (3.77%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 1 (1.89%) Failover Clustering
5 1 (1.89%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 1 (1.89%) NetBackup
5 1 (1.89%) Oracle RMAN
5 1 (1.89%) SCOrch
5 1 (1.89%) Tivoli
5 1 (1.89%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 24 (45.28%) Microsoft
2 19 (35.85%) Cisco
2 19 (35.85%) VMware
3 11 (20.75%) HP
3 11 (20.75%) NetApp
4 10 (18.87%) Citrix
5 8 (15.09%) Brocade
5 8 (15.09%) EMC
5 8 (15.09%) Veritas
6 7 (13.21%) 3PAR
7 6 (11.32%) Dell
8 5 (9.43%) Oracle
8 5 (9.43%) Red Hat
8 5 (9.43%) SolarWinds
8 5 (9.43%) Symantec
9 4 (7.55%) Intel Security
9 4 (7.55%) Webroot
10 3 (5.66%) EqualLogic
10 3 (5.66%) F5
10 3 (5.66%) Juniper
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