Period
to 27 January 2022

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 27 January 2022 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
27 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 412 325 311
Rank change year-on-year -87 -14 +43
Contract jobs citing SAN 494 299 591
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.56% 0.70% 0.83%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.15% 5.64% 6.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 323 182 375
10th Percentile £223 £260 £265
25th Percentile £316 £355 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £442 £388
Median % change year-on-year +1.75% +14.13% -
75th Percentile £538 £496 £473
90th Percentile £662 £528 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £375
% change year-on-year - +13.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 30 36
10th Percentile £21.00 £23.68 £25.25
25th Percentile £24.50 £39.56 £36.75
Median hourly rate £25.50 £50.00 £48.75
Median % change year-on-year -49.00% +2.56% +11.84%
75th Percentile £47.40 £53.75 £82.50
90th Percentile £59.60 £64.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £46.25 £50.00 £47.25
% change year-on-year -7.50% +5.82% +13.86%

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 9,591 5,299 9,840
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 10.92% 12.48% 13.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,328 3,376 6,074
10th Percentile £210 £200 £180
25th Percentile £363 £323 £306
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £438 £410
Median % change year-on-year +14.29% +6.71% -3.53%
75th Percentile £600 £538 £515
90th Percentile £699 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 346 270 550
10th Percentile £12.63 £13.10 £13.38
25th Percentile £15.75 £16.30 £16.25
Median hourly rate £22.00 £34.98 £21.38
Median % change year-on-year -37.10% +63.63% +18.75%
75th Percentile £47.45 £50.00 £46.40
90th Percentile £63.25 £60.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.26 £32.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year -37.68% +62.50% +14.88%

SAN
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for SAN in the UK

SAN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing SAN.

Daily rate trend for SAN in the UK

SAN
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing SAN over the 6 months to 27 January 2022.

Daily rate histogram for SAN in the UK

SAN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing SAN.

Hourly rate trend for SAN in the UK

SAN
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing SAN over the 6 months to 27 January 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for SAN in the UK

SAN
Top 17 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 27 January 2022. 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
Jobs
England -78 368 £441 +3.82% 200
UK excluding London -61 270 £425 - 150
London -102 145 £475 +9.51% 61
Work from Home -82 132 £466 +0.81% 42
South East -32 78 £483 +16.27% 38
Wales +10 40 £450 -7.69% 5
North of England -42 39 £325 -25.71% 41
Midlands -47 39 £361 -9.69% 36
South West -52 34 £290 -17.14% 10
West Midlands -32 30 £300 -29.41% 24
Scotland -74 22 £450 -5.26% 5
Yorkshire -24 19 £220 -12.00% 18
North West -47 15 £394 -13.84% 15
East of England -42 14 £325 +27.45% 13
East Midlands -29 9 £400 +3.23% 12
North East 0 5 £150 -64.71% 8
Northern Ireland - 5 £263 - 2

For the 6 months to 27 January 2022, 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.

1 282 (57.09%) Windows
2 264 (53.44%) VMware
3 167 (33.81%) Linux
4 165 (33.40%) VMware Infrastructure
5 151 (30.57%) Active Directory
6 149 (30.16%) Microsoft
7 127 (25.71%) Cisco
7 127 (25.71%) Azure
8 122 (24.70%) Data Centre
8 122 (24.70%) Windows Server
9 96 (19.43%) SQL
10 94 (19.03%) Migration
11 93 (18.83%) NAS
12 92 (18.62%) Citrix
13 91 (18.42%) Unix
14 87 (17.61%) Firewall
14 87 (17.61%) Security Cleared
14 87 (17.61%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 84 (17.00%) Microsoft 365
16 83 (16.80%) Social Skills
16 83 (16.80%) EMC
17 82 (16.60%) Finance
18 81 (16.40%) HP
18 81 (16.40%) Oracle
19 76 (15.38%) WAN
20 73 (14.78%) LAN
21 71 (14.37%) Red Hat
22 70 (14.17%) DNS
23 68 (13.77%) ITIL
23 68 (13.77%) SC Cleared

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 32 (6.48%) MS Exchange
2 25 (5.06%) Apache
3 16 (3.24%) SharePoint
3 16 (3.24%) Tomcat
4 13 (2.63%) IIS
5 11 (2.23%) Exchange Server 2013
6 9 (1.82%) Exchange Server 2007
6 9 (1.82%) Exchange Server 2010
6 9 (1.82%) nginx
7 7 (1.42%) Confluence
7 7 (1.42%) Oracle Workflow
8 4 (0.81%) JBoss
8 4 (0.81%) WebLogic
9 3 (0.61%) Skype for Business
10 2 (0.40%) Elasticsearch
10 2 (0.40%) OpenStack
10 2 (0.40%) Site Server
11 1 (0.20%) Apache Spark
11 1 (0.20%) CloudStack
11 1 (0.20%) GlassFish
Applications
1 33 (6.68%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (3.24%) MS Visio
3 10 (2.02%) Microsoft Project
4 8 (1.62%) Microsoft Excel
5 7 (1.42%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 4 (0.81%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.40%) Remedy ITSM
1 2 (0.40%) SAP S/4HANA
2 1 (0.20%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 127 (25.71%) Azure
2 84 (17.00%) Microsoft 365
3 45 (9.11%) AWS
4 26 (5.26%) IaaS
5 19 (3.85%) Azure Active Directory
6 17 (3.44%) GCP
7 10 (2.02%) OpenShift
8 7 (1.42%) OneDrive
9 6 (1.21%) Cloud Computing
9 6 (1.21%) IBM Cloud
9 6 (1.21%) Nutanix
9 6 (1.21%) PaaS
9 6 (1.21%) Rubrik
10 4 (0.81%) GitHub
11 3 (0.61%) Azure Storage
11 3 (0.61%) Cohesity
11 3 (0.61%) Google Workspace
11 3 (0.61%) SaaS
12 2 (0.40%) AWS Direct Connect
12 2 (0.40%) Azure ExpressRoute
Communications & Networking
1 93 (18.83%) NAS
2 87 (17.61%) Firewall
3 76 (15.38%) WAN
4 73 (14.78%) LAN
5 70 (14.17%) DNS
6 49 (9.92%) DHCP
7 38 (7.69%) VPN
8 37 (7.49%) TCP/IP
9 36 (7.29%) NetScaler
10 27 (5.47%) HTTP
11 26 (5.26%) iSCSI
12 23 (4.66%) SSL
13 22 (4.45%) Junos
14 20 (4.05%) Fibre Channel
15 18 (3.64%) Cisco ASA
15 18 (3.64%) Cisco Nexus
16 16 (3.24%) Internet
16 16 (3.24%) Network Security
16 16 (3.24%) Wi-Fi
17 15 (3.04%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 65 (13.16%) SQL Server
2 13 (2.63%) PostgreSQL
2 13 (2.63%) SQL Server 2012
3 12 (2.43%) SQL Server 2008
4 10 (2.02%) Oracle Database
5 8 (1.62%) SQL Server 2005
6 7 (1.42%) MySQL
6 7 (1.42%) Riak
7 5 (1.01%) Data Vault
7 5 (1.01%) Data Warehouse
7 5 (1.01%) Oracle Reports
8 4 (0.81%) Big Data
8 4 (0.81%) Oracle Database 12c
8 4 (0.81%) Oracle Exadata
8 4 (0.81%) Redis
8 4 (0.81%) SQL Server 2014
8 4 (0.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 4 (0.81%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 3 (0.61%) Oracle Database 11g
9 3 (0.61%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 17 (3.44%) JIRA
2 10 (2.02%) Git (software)
3 6 (1.21%) AppScan
3 6 (1.21%) Burp Suite
3 6 (1.21%) Terragrunt
4 5 (1.01%) Bitbucket
5 4 (0.81%) GitLab
5 4 (0.81%) MSI
6 3 (0.61%) Jenkins
7 2 (0.40%) eggPlant
7 2 (0.40%) GCC
7 2 (0.40%) LoadRunner
7 2 (0.40%) Oracle Forms
7 2 (0.40%) Sonatype Nexus
7 2 (0.40%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 1 (0.20%) Emacs
8 1 (0.20%) Gradle
8 1 (0.20%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 1 (0.20%) Visual Studio
General
1 83 (16.80%) Social Skills
2 82 (16.60%) Finance
3 53 (10.73%) Public Sector
4 36 (7.29%) Analytical Skills
5 21 (4.25%) Banking
6 15 (3.04%) Telecoms
7 14 (2.83%) Documentation Skills
8 13 (2.63%) Presentation Skills
9 10 (2.02%) Back Office
9 10 (2.02%) Organisational Skills
10 8 (1.62%) Legal
11 7 (1.42%) Local Government
12 6 (1.21%) Financial Institution
13 5 (1.01%) Influencing Skills
14 4 (0.81%) Advertising
14 4 (0.81%) Retail
15 3 (0.61%) Electronics
15 3 (0.61%) Italian Language
15 3 (0.61%) Manufacturing
15 3 (0.61%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 73 (14.78%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 61 (12.35%) Architect
3 41 (8.30%) Administrator
4 38 (7.69%) Support Engineer
5 31 (6.28%) Analyst
6 30 (6.07%) Network Engineer
7 29 (5.87%) Consultant
8 28 (5.67%) Storage Engineer
9 27 (5.47%) Server Engineer
10 20 (4.05%) Systems Administrator
10 20 (4.05%) Technical Architect
11 19 (3.85%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 17 (3.44%) Project Manager
13 16 (3.24%) 2nd Line Support
13 16 (3.24%) 3rd Line Support
13 16 (3.24%) Infrastructure Architect
13 16 (3.24%) IT Engineer
13 16 (3.24%) Systems Engineer
13 16 (3.24%) VMware Engineer
14 14 (2.83%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (3.24%) LDAP
2 15 (3.04%) JSON
2 15 (3.04%) XML
3 13 (2.63%) SOAP
4 11 (2.23%) .NET
4 11 (2.23%) REST
4 11 (2.23%) Web Services
5 8 (1.62%) Middleware
6 7 (1.42%) FHIR
7 6 (1.21%) ASP.NET
7 6 (1.21%) Flash
8 4 (0.81%) Kafka
9 3 (0.61%) ADO
10 2 (0.40%) ASP.NET Web API
10 2 (0.40%) Elastic Stack
10 2 (0.40%) MAPI
10 2 (0.40%) SAP Basis
11 1 (0.20%) 802.1X
11 1 (0.20%) Apache Flex
11 1 (0.20%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 122 (24.70%) Data Centre
2 38 (7.69%) Replication
3 33 (6.68%) Clustering
4 28 (5.67%) Management Information System
5 17 (3.44%) NHS
6 14 (2.83%) Enterprise Storage
7 12 (2.43%) EMC VMAX
7 12 (2.43%) Public Cloud
8 11 (2.23%) PKI
9 10 (2.02%) EMC VNX
9 10 (2.02%) Symmetrix
9 10 (2.02%) VxBlock/Vblock
10 8 (1.62%) CCTV
10 8 (1.62%) iPad
10 8 (1.62%) iPhone
10 8 (1.62%) Linux Command Line
11 7 (1.42%) Data Protection Act
11 7 (1.42%) IBM Storwize
11 7 (1.42%) Mobile App
12 6 (1.21%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 282 (57.09%) Windows
2 167 (33.81%) Linux
3 122 (24.70%) Windows Server
4 91 (18.42%) Unix
5 55 (11.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 41 (8.30%) Windows Server 2019
7 38 (7.69%) Solaris
7 38 (7.69%) Windows Server 2008
8 37 (7.49%) Windows Server 2016
9 32 (6.48%) Windows 10
10 30 (6.07%) Windows Server 2012
11 28 (5.67%) AIX
12 12 (2.43%) SUSE
13 11 (2.23%) Windows 7
14 9 (1.82%) Data ONTAP
14 9 (1.82%) Ubuntu
14 9 (1.82%) VMS
15 8 (1.62%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
15 8 (1.62%) Windows Server 2003
16 6 (1.21%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 94 (19.03%) Migration
2 87 (17.61%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 68 (13.77%) ITIL
4 60 (12.15%) Problem-Solving
5 45 (9.11%) Change Management
6 43 (8.70%) Disaster Recovery
7 39 (7.89%) Load Balancing
7 39 (7.89%) Project Delivery
8 37 (7.49%) Service Management
9 33 (6.68%) Agile Software Development
9 33 (6.68%) DevOps
9 33 (6.68%) Project Management
10 32 (6.48%) Service Delivery
11 30 (6.07%) Storage Management
12 26 (5.26%) Decision-Making
13 23 (4.66%) High Availability
14 21 (4.25%) Capacity Planning
14 21 (4.25%) Change Control
15 19 (3.85%) Data Protection
15 19 (3.85%) Identity Management
Programming Languages
1 96 (19.43%) SQL
2 58 (11.74%) PowerShell
3 50 (10.12%) Python
4 30 (6.07%) Perl
5 26 (5.26%) Bash
6 21 (4.25%) Shell Script
7 18 (3.64%) Java
8 16 (3.24%) PHP
9 12 (2.43%) VB
10 11 (2.23%) JavaScript
11 10 (2.02%) C#
12 9 (1.82%) Ruby
12 9 (1.82%) T-SQL
13 8 (1.62%) Korn
14 6 (1.21%) Erlang
14 6 (1.21%) VBScript
15 2 (0.40%) C
15 2 (0.40%) PL/SQL
16 1 (0.20%) Bourne shell
16 1 (0.20%) RPG
Qualifications
1 87 (17.61%) Security Cleared
2 68 (13.77%) SC Cleared
3 42 (8.50%) Microsoft Certification
4 41 (8.30%) Cisco Certification
5 37 (7.49%) Degree
6 33 (6.68%) MCSE
7 29 (5.87%) CCNA
8 18 (3.64%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 16 (3.24%) CCNP
10 13 (2.63%) DV Cleared
11 12 (2.43%) Computer Science Degree
12 11 (2.23%) JNCIA
13 10 (2.02%) MCSA
14 7 (1.42%) MCP
15 6 (1.21%) CISSP
15 6 (1.21%) GIAC
16 5 (1.01%) CCA
16 5 (1.01%) CEH
16 5 (1.01%) CSSLP
16 5 (1.01%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (6.07%) SLA
2 14 (2.83%) QA
3 7 (1.42%) HL7
4 6 (1.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 5 (1.01%) Actionable Recommendations
5 5 (1.01%) GDPR
6 2 (0.40%) Cyber Essentials
6 2 (0.40%) ISO 9001
6 2 (0.40%) JSP 440
6 2 (0.40%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.20%) Government Security Classifications
7 1 (0.20%) NIST
7 1 (0.20%) PMO
System Software
1 165 (33.40%) VMware Infrastructure
2 151 (30.57%) Active Directory
3 49 (9.92%) Hyper-V
4 44 (8.91%) VMware ESXi
5 40 (8.10%) vSphere
6 36 (7.29%) Virtual Machines
7 30 (6.07%) NFS
8 25 (5.06%) Virtual Servers
9 21 (4.25%) VMware NSX
10 20 (4.05%) Docker
10 20 (4.05%) XenApp
11 16 (3.24%) Firmware
11 16 (3.24%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 14 (2.83%) Veritas Volume Manager
13 12 (2.43%) Microsoft App-V
13 12 (2.43%) XenDesktop
14 10 (2.02%) Oracle RAC
15 8 (1.62%) SRDF
15 8 (1.62%) Veritas Cluster Server
16 7 (1.42%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 54 (10.93%) SCCM
2 50 (10.12%) Ansible
3 45 (9.11%) NetBackup
4 26 (5.26%) vCenter Server
5 22 (4.45%) Terraform
6 17 (3.44%) Puppet
6 17 (3.44%) WSUS
7 15 (3.04%) Kubernetes
8 13 (2.63%) Microsoft Intune
8 13 (2.63%) ZABBIX
9 12 (2.43%) Tivoli Storage Manager
10 11 (2.23%) FortiGate
10 11 (2.23%) Microsoft Clustering
11 10 (2.02%) Active Directory Federation Services
11 10 (2.02%) Opscode Chef
12 8 (1.62%) Failover Clustering
12 8 (1.62%) Norton AntiVirus
12 8 (1.62%) SCOM
12 8 (1.62%) XenMobile
13 7 (1.42%) Veritas Storage Foundation
Vendors
1 264 (53.44%) VMware
2 149 (30.16%) Microsoft
3 127 (25.71%) Cisco
4 92 (18.62%) Citrix
5 83 (16.80%) EMC
6 81 (16.40%) HP
6 81 (16.40%) Oracle
7 71 (14.37%) Red Hat
8 62 (12.55%) Dell
9 57 (11.54%) IBM
10 49 (9.92%) NetApp
11 48 (9.72%) Veeam
12 41 (8.30%) Juniper
13 33 (6.68%) Veritas
14 31 (6.28%) CheckPoint
14 31 (6.28%) F5
15 30 (6.07%) Brocade
16 21 (4.25%) 3PAR
17 20 (4.05%) McAfee
18 19 (3.85%) Commvault