Period
to 14 October 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for SAN skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited SAN over the 6 months to 14 October 2019 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.

Storage Area Network (SAN)
UK
6 months to
14 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 324 309 247
Rank change year-on-year -15 -62 -57
Contract jobs citing SAN 660 857 1,069
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.77% 0.84% 1.09%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.83% 6.36% 7.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 393 510 647
UK median daily rate £405 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.25% +3.23% +1.97%
10th Percentile £231 £269 £244
90th Percentile £556 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £385 £359
% change year-on-year -1.30% +7.32% -0.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 27 23
UK median hourly rate £42.00 £39.50 £26.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.33% +50.48% +10.53%
10th Percentile £25.20 £14.65 £15.58
90th Percentile £82.50 £176.25 £52.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.00 £37.25 £26.25
% change year-on-year +12.75% +41.90% +19.32%

SAN is in the Communications and Computer Networking category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 11,319 13,468 13,438
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.25% 13.18% 13.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,841 8,121 8,197
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £200 £200 £188
90th Percentile £600 £608 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 615 682 725
UK median hourly rate £28.42 £19.00 £19.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +49.58% -1.30% -19.79%
10th Percentile £13.50 £12.20 £11.10
90th Percentile £53.75 £48.21 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.55 £19.00 £19.38
% change year-on-year +23.92% -1.96% -22.48%

SAN
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing SAN as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for SAN in the UK

SAN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SAN in the UK

SAN
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SAN over the 6 months to 14 October 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SAN in the UK

SAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for SAN in the UK

SAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing SAN over the 6 months to 14 October 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for SAN in the UK

SAN
Top 16 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SAN within the UK over the 6 months to 14 October 2019. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -19 584 £400 - 295
UK excluding London -18 454 £380 -1.30% 256
London +11 191 £435 -3.33% 65
South East +32 179 £390 -8.24% 64
South West +7 73 £375 +5.63% 28
North of England -46 70 £350 -6.67% 82
Wales +53 42 £475 +5.56% 11
East of England +15 33 £378 -2.58% 17
Yorkshire -2 33 £375 - 23
Midlands +6 32 £325 -7.14% 39
North West -29 31 £350 -14.11% 51
West Midlands +21 26 £363 +3.57% 21
Scotland +18 25 £405 +1.25% 11
East Midlands +10 6 £183 -45.78% 18
North East -2 6 £350 -5.41% 8
Northern Ireland -1 2 £320 +123.78% 4

For the 6 months to 14 October 2019, IT contractor jobs citing SAN also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for SAN.

1 466 (70.61%) Windows
2 377 (57.12%) VMware
3 286 (43.33%) Microsoft
4 284 (43.03%) Active Directory
5 263 (39.85%) Windows Server
6 221 (33.48%) VMware Infrastructure
7 204 (30.91%) DNS
8 196 (29.70%) Azure
9 175 (26.52%) Security Cleared
10 173 (26.21%) HP
11 172 (26.06%) Linux
12 169 (25.61%) PowerShell
13 168 (25.45%) Firewall
13 168 (25.45%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 165 (25.00%) Cisco
15 162 (24.55%) NAS
16 156 (23.64%) Windows Server 2008
17 135 (20.45%) Windows Server 2012
18 129 (19.55%) Hyper-V
19 126 (19.09%) SQL
20 125 (18.94%) EMC
21 124 (18.79%) SC Cleared
21 124 (18.79%) Office 365
22 120 (18.18%) ITIL
23 118 (17.88%) Disaster Recovery
24 116 (17.58%) DHCP
24 116 (17.58%) Data Centre
25 111 (16.82%) Migration
26 110 (16.67%) TCP/IP
26 110 (16.67%) VMware ESXi

SAN
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 96 (14.55%) MS Exchange
2 44 (6.67%) Skype for Business
3 40 (6.06%) IIS
3 40 (6.06%) SharePoint
4 37 (5.61%) Exchange Server 2010
5 17 (2.58%) OpenStack
6 16 (2.42%) Exchange Server 2013
7 8 (1.21%) JBoss
7 8 (1.21%) SAS
8 7 (1.06%) Apache Spark
8 7 (1.06%) Jupyter
8 7 (1.06%) WebSphere
9 5 (0.76%) Confluence
10 4 (0.61%) Apache
10 4 (0.61%) Oracle Workflow
11 3 (0.45%) Commerce Server
11 3 (0.45%) Documentum
11 3 (0.45%) WebLogic
12 2 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2003
12 2 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 61 (9.24%) Microsoft Office
2 21 (3.18%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (1.06%) Microsoft Project
3 7 (1.06%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.45%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (0.61%) Payment Gateway
2 2 (0.30%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.15%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.15%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.15%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.15%) Unit4 Business World
3 1 (0.15%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 196 (29.70%) Azure
2 124 (18.79%) Office 365
3 95 (14.39%) AWS
4 61 (9.24%) IaaS
5 56 (8.48%) PaaS
6 48 (7.27%) SaaS
7 36 (5.45%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 20 (3.03%) Azure Active Directory
9 16 (2.42%) GitHub
10 12 (1.82%) GCP
11 9 (1.36%) Cloud Computing
12 8 (1.21%) Azure Stack
12 8 (1.21%) OpenShift
13 5 (0.76%) Mimecast
13 5 (0.76%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 4 (0.61%) Amazon EC2
14 4 (0.61%) Amazon ELB
15 2 (0.30%) G Suite
15 2 (0.30%) IBM Cloud
15 2 (0.30%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 204 (30.91%) DNS
2 168 (25.45%) Firewall
3 162 (24.55%) NAS
4 116 (17.58%) DHCP
5 110 (16.67%) TCP/IP
6 105 (15.91%) WAN
7 98 (14.85%) LAN
8 96 (14.55%) VPN
9 55 (8.33%) Internet
10 48 (7.27%) Reverse Proxy
11 29 (4.39%) Skype
12 28 (4.24%) iSCSI
13 23 (3.48%) Fibre Channel
13 23 (3.48%) VLAN
14 20 (3.03%) VoIP
14 20 (3.03%) Wireless
15 19 (2.88%) MPLS
16 17 (2.58%) Wi-Fi
17 14 (2.12%) NetScaler
17 14 (2.12%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 100 (15.15%) SQL Server
2 19 (2.88%) Oracle Database
3 17 (2.58%) SQL Server 2012
4 14 (2.12%) Azure SQL Database
5 13 (1.97%) Big Data
5 13 (1.97%) SQL Server 2008
6 10 (1.52%) Oracle Reports
6 10 (1.52%) Relational Database
6 10 (1.52%) SQL Server 2016
7 8 (1.21%) DB2
7 8 (1.21%) SQL Server 2005
8 7 (1.06%) Apache Hive
8 7 (1.06%) Apache Zeppelin
8 7 (1.06%) Data Lake
8 7 (1.06%) Hadoop
8 7 (1.06%) Impala
9 6 (0.91%) InterSystems Cache
9 6 (0.91%) MySQL
9 6 (0.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 5 (0.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 16 (2.42%) Jenkins
2 11 (1.67%) Visual Studio Team System
3 8 (1.21%) JIRA
4 5 (0.76%) LoadRunner
5 4 (0.61%) MSI
5 4 (0.61%) WinDbg
6 3 (0.45%) Git (software)
6 3 (0.45%) Subversion
7 2 (0.30%) Oracle Forms
7 2 (0.30%) StarTeam
7 2 (0.30%) WiX
8 1 (0.15%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 1 (0.15%) Bazaar
8 1 (0.15%) Bitbucket Server
8 1 (0.15%) Bugzilla
8 1 (0.15%) TeamCity
General
1 92 (13.94%) Finance
2 34 (5.15%) Public Sector
3 30 (4.55%) Banking
4 26 (3.94%) Publishing
5 14 (2.12%) Retail
6 13 (1.97%) Back Office
7 9 (1.36%) Telecoms
8 8 (1.21%) Legal
9 7 (1.06%) Investment Banking
10 6 (0.91%) Financial Institution
10 6 (0.91%) Law
11 2 (0.30%) Advertising
11 2 (0.30%) Automotive
11 2 (0.30%) French Language
11 2 (0.30%) Military
12 1 (0.15%) Games
12 1 (0.15%) Local Government
12 1 (0.15%) Manufacturing
12 1 (0.15%) Pharmaceutical
12 1 (0.15%) Welsh Language
Job Titles
1 134 (20.30%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 90 (13.64%) Architect
3 47 (7.12%) Storage Engineer
4 43 (6.52%) Windows Engineer
5 41 (6.21%) Administrator
6 40 (6.06%) Support Engineer
7 34 (5.15%) VMware Engineer
8 33 (5.00%) Consultant
9 32 (4.85%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 30 (4.55%) Server Engineer
11 29 (4.39%) Solutions Architect
12 27 (4.09%) Analyst
13 26 (3.94%) Network Engineer
14 22 (3.33%) Systems Administrator
14 22 (3.33%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
15 21 (3.18%) Systems Engineer
16 20 (3.03%) Infrastructure Architect
17 19 (2.88%) Technical Architect
17 19 (2.88%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
18 18 (2.73%) Azure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (6.82%) Web Services
2 28 (4.24%) Middleware
3 17 (2.58%) LDAP
4 14 (2.12%) RESTful
4 14 (2.12%) Swagger
5 9 (1.36%) Oracle Fusion
6 8 (1.21%) J2EE
7 7 (1.06%) 802.1X
7 7 (1.06%) Apache NiFi
7 7 (1.06%) Kafka
8 5 (0.76%) .NET
9 4 (0.61%) Django
10 3 (0.45%) Regular Expression
10 3 (0.45%) SAML
10 3 (0.45%) Software Packaging
10 3 (0.45%) X-Windows
11 2 (0.30%) HTML
12 1 (0.15%) ASP.NET
12 1 (0.15%) LAMP
12 1 (0.15%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 116 (17.58%) Data Centre
2 101 (15.30%) Replication
3 80 (12.12%) Clustering
4 31 (4.70%) Self-Motivation
5 27 (4.09%) Management Information System
6 24 (3.64%) Public Cloud
7 22 (3.33%) EMC VMAX
8 21 (3.18%) Analytical Skills
9 20 (3.03%) Hybrid Cloud
10 18 (2.73%) EMC VNX
11 16 (2.42%) Private Cloud
12 15 (2.27%) Enterprise Software
12 15 (2.27%) PKI
13 11 (1.67%) Blog
14 9 (1.36%) VxBlock/Vblock
15 8 (1.21%) Enterprise Storage
15 8 (1.21%) Microsoft Licensing
16 6 (0.91%) Driving Licence
16 6 (0.91%) Fibre Optics
16 6 (0.91%) HP StoreVirtual
Operating Systems
1 466 (70.61%) Windows
2 263 (39.85%) Windows Server
3 172 (26.06%) Linux
4 156 (23.64%) Windows Server 2008
5 135 (20.45%) Windows Server 2012
6 87 (13.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 84 (12.73%) Unix
8 67 (10.15%) Windows 10
9 50 (7.58%) Solaris
10 35 (5.30%) CentOS
11 29 (4.39%) Windows Server 2003
12 25 (3.79%) Windows 7
13 19 (2.88%) AIX
14 13 (1.97%) SUSE
14 13 (1.97%) Ubuntu
15 9 (1.36%) HPUX
16 7 (1.06%) Data ONTAP
17 5 (0.76%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
18 4 (0.61%) Oracle Linux
18 4 (0.61%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 168 (25.45%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 120 (18.18%) ITIL
3 118 (17.88%) Disaster Recovery
4 111 (16.82%) Migration
5 64 (9.70%) Configuration Management
6 49 (7.42%) DevOps
7 48 (7.27%) Information Security
7 48 (7.27%) Service Management
8 46 (6.97%) Problem-Solving
9 41 (6.21%) Change Management
10 40 (6.06%) High Availability
11 39 (5.91%) Agile Software Development
11 39 (5.91%) Computer Science
11 39 (5.91%) Project Management
12 37 (5.61%) Storage Management
13 34 (5.15%) Project Delivery
13 34 (5.15%) Root Cause Analysis
14 33 (5.00%) Capacity Management
14 33 (5.00%) SOA
15 29 (4.39%) Data Management
Programming Languages
1 169 (25.61%) PowerShell
2 126 (19.09%) SQL
3 47 (7.12%) Python
4 36 (5.45%) Perl
5 25 (3.79%) C
6 23 (3.48%) Bash Shell
7 20 (3.03%) Java
8 14 (2.12%) Korn
9 12 (1.82%) VBScript
10 11 (1.67%) VB
11 7 (1.06%) PHP
11 7 (1.06%) Shell Script
12 6 (0.91%) C#
12 6 (0.91%) T-SQL
13 5 (0.76%) C++
14 4 (0.61%) JavaScript
15 3 (0.45%) Go
15 3 (0.45%) PL/SQL
16 2 (0.30%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 175 (26.52%) Security Cleared
2 124 (18.79%) SC Cleared
3 58 (8.79%) Microsoft Certification
4 51 (7.73%) Degree
4 51 (7.73%) DV Cleared
5 46 (6.97%) Cisco Certification
6 37 (5.61%) MCSE
7 34 (5.15%) CCNA
8 30 (4.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 27 (4.09%) CCNP
10 17 (2.58%) MCP
10 17 (2.58%) MCSA
11 12 (1.82%) ITIL Certification
12 9 (1.36%) CISSP
12 9 (1.36%) Citrix Certification
13 7 (1.06%) CCDA
13 7 (1.06%) ISTQB
13 7 (1.06%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 6 (0.91%) CCIE
14 6 (0.91%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 40 (6.06%) SLA
2 11 (1.67%) QA
3 10 (1.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 6 (0.91%) Government Security Classifications
5 5 (0.76%) NCSC
5 5 (0.76%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.45%) GDPR
6 3 (0.45%) NIST
6 3 (0.45%) PMO
7 2 (0.30%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 1 (0.15%) COBIT
8 1 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials
8 1 (0.15%) Data Quality
8 1 (0.15%) GMP
8 1 (0.15%) HAZOP
8 1 (0.15%) HL7
8 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 284 (43.03%) Active Directory
2 221 (33.48%) VMware Infrastructure
3 129 (19.55%) Hyper-V
4 110 (16.67%) VMware ESXi
5 77 (11.67%) vSphere
6 35 (5.30%) Virtual Machines
7 33 (5.00%) XenApp
8 28 (4.24%) Docker
8 28 (4.24%) XenDesktop
9 24 (3.64%) Virtual Servers
10 21 (3.18%) Firmware
11 18 (2.73%) NFS
12 16 (2.42%) vCloud
12 16 (2.42%) VMware NSX
13 11 (1.67%) Veritas Cluster Server
14 10 (1.52%) ISA Server
14 10 (1.52%) Veritas Volume Manager
14 10 (1.52%) Virtual Desktop
15 9 (1.36%) Microsoft App-V
15 9 (1.36%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 100 (15.15%) SCCM
2 50 (7.58%) vCenter Server
3 48 (7.27%) NetBackup
4 47 (7.12%) Ansible
5 43 (6.52%) Puppet
6 35 (5.30%) SCOM
7 34 (5.15%) Microsoft Clustering
8 26 (3.94%) WSUS
9 25 (3.79%) vRealize
10 23 (3.48%) Single Sign-On
11 22 (3.33%) Microsoft Intune
12 20 (3.03%) Kubernetes
13 17 (2.58%) vMotion
14 16 (2.42%) Backup Exec
14 16 (2.42%) Tivoli Storage Manager
15 15 (2.27%) Norton AntiVirus
16 13 (1.97%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
17 12 (1.82%) Avamar
18 11 (1.67%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
19 9 (1.36%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 377 (57.12%) VMware
2 286 (43.33%) Microsoft
3 173 (26.21%) HP
4 165 (25.00%) Cisco
5 125 (18.94%) EMC
6 97 (14.70%) NetApp
7 94 (14.24%) Citrix
8 77 (11.67%) Oracle
9 71 (10.76%) Dell
10 67 (10.15%) IBM
11 63 (9.55%) Red Hat
12 60 (9.09%) 3PAR
13 41 (6.21%) Brocade
14 39 (5.91%) Veritas
15 30 (4.55%) Symantec
16 29 (4.39%) CheckPoint
17 28 (4.24%) SolarWinds
18 26 (3.94%) Hitachi
19 18 (2.73%) Workday
20 16 (2.42%) Juniper