Period
to 7 April 2020

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 7 April 2020 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
7 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 298 331 292
Rank change year-on-year +33 -39 -57
Contract jobs citing SAN 482 760 896
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.79% 0.78% 0.88%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.80% 6.20% 6.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 322 494 606
Median daily rate £384 £390 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.60% -2.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £263 £243 £255
90th Percentile £538 £538 £574
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 26 27
Median hourly rate £41.10 £45.00 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.67% +119.51% -51.19%
10th Percentile £25.00 £25.93 £10.90
90th Percentile £55.00 £48.50 £34.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £45.00 £17.37
% change year-on-year -37.78% +159.10% -36.85%

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 8,313 12,257 13,405
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.67% 12.64% 13.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,877 7,561 8,262
Median daily rate £425 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.03% +2.48%
10th Percentile £175 £200 £200
90th Percentile £600 £610 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £376
% change year-on-year - +6.38% -1.05%
Number of hourly rates quoted 505 567 721
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.70 £19.40
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.32% -3.58% -9.79%
10th Percentile £13.25 £12.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £51.75 £49.50 £47.50
Median hourly rate £20.00 £17.25 £19.03
% change year-on-year +15.94% -9.35% -9.25%

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 7 April 2020.

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 7 April 2020.

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 7 April 2020. 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 +28 413 £375 -3.85% 158
UK excluding London +9 307 £375 - 129
London +79 164 £400 -5.88% 45
North of England +59 102 £400 +6.67% 25
South East +19 75 £400 +6.67% 33
North West +73 67 £405 +20.00% 18
Scotland +22 34 £405 +1.25% 7
Yorkshire +11 30 £425 +13.33% 3
Midlands +29 29 £363 -3.97% 28
South West -9 23 £338 -5.59% 18
East of England +23 20 £325 +4.00% 10
West Midlands +49 19 £389 +3.67% 24
Wales +39 19 £450 +56.52% 11
East Midlands +8 10 £303 -13.57% 4
North East +28 5 £375 -12.59% 4
Northern Ireland +18 5 £320 -31.18%
Work from Home -1 5 £338 -10.00% 11

For the 6 months to 7 April 2020, 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.

1 333 (69.09%) Windows
2 294 (61.00%) VMware
3 220 (45.64%) Windows Server
4 217 (45.02%) Active Directory
5 201 (41.70%) Microsoft
6 182 (37.76%) VMware Infrastructure
7 146 (30.29%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 136 (28.22%) Azure
9 135 (28.01%) DNS
10 130 (26.97%) Cisco
11 125 (25.93%) Security Cleared
12 117 (24.27%) Linux
13 115 (23.86%) SQL Server
14 112 (23.24%) Firewall
15 107 (22.20%) SC Cleared
16 106 (21.99%) SQL
16 106 (21.99%) EMC
17 103 (21.37%) DHCP
18 102 (21.16%) PowerShell
19 101 (20.95%) Office 365
20 98 (20.33%) Windows Server 2012
21 97 (20.12%) Citrix
22 95 (19.71%) HP
23 91 (18.88%) Windows Server 2008
24 89 (18.46%) SCCM
25 87 (18.05%) Hyper-V
25 87 (18.05%) ITIL
26 86 (17.84%) Data Centre
27 83 (17.22%) Migration
28 80 (16.60%) NetApp

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 71 (14.73%) MS Exchange
2 44 (9.13%) SharePoint
3 33 (6.85%) IIS
4 25 (5.19%) Exchange Server 2013
5 21 (4.36%) Exchange Server 2010
5 21 (4.36%) Skype for Business
6 13 (2.70%) Apache
7 10 (2.07%) Confluence
7 10 (2.07%) Tomcat
8 5 (1.04%) Anypoint
8 5 (1.04%) Exchange Server 2007
8 5 (1.04%) Mule
9 4 (0.83%) Documentum
9 4 (0.83%) nginx
10 3 (0.62%) Apache Spark
10 3 (0.62%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 3 (0.62%) Jupyter
10 3 (0.62%) SAS
11 2 (0.41%) Cloud Foundry
11 2 (0.41%) OpenStack
Applications
1 41 (8.51%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (1.45%) MS Visio
3 6 (1.24%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.41%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (0.41%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.21%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 136 (28.22%) Azure
2 101 (20.95%) Office 365
3 65 (13.49%) AWS
4 32 (6.64%) IaaS
5 20 (4.15%) PaaS
6 15 (3.11%) Azure Active Directory
7 13 (2.70%) SaaS
8 12 (2.49%) GCP
9 11 (2.28%) Cloud Computing
10 8 (1.66%) OneDrive
11 4 (0.83%) Amazon S3
11 4 (0.83%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 4 (0.83%) GitHub
11 4 (0.83%) Mimecast
12 2 (0.41%) Datadog
12 2 (0.41%) Power Platform
12 2 (0.41%) PowerApps
12 2 (0.41%) Yammer
13 1 (0.21%) AWS CloudFormation
13 1 (0.21%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 135 (28.01%) DNS
2 112 (23.24%) Firewall
3 103 (21.37%) DHCP
4 78 (16.18%) WAN
5 75 (15.56%) LAN
6 73 (15.15%) NAS
7 40 (8.30%) TCP/IP
8 36 (7.47%) VPN
9 29 (6.02%) NetScaler
10 26 (5.39%) Fibre Channel
11 21 (4.36%) iSCSI
12 20 (4.15%) MPLS
12 20 (4.15%) VoIP
13 19 (3.94%) Wi-Fi
14 18 (3.73%) Skype
15 17 (3.53%) VLAN
16 13 (2.70%) BGP
17 12 (2.49%) Network Security
17 12 (2.49%) OSPF
17 12 (2.49%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 115 (23.86%) SQL Server
2 16 (3.32%) SQL Server 2012
3 10 (2.07%) SQL Server 2008
3 10 (2.07%) SQL Server 2016
4 9 (1.87%) Amazon RDS
4 9 (1.87%) Oracle Database
5 8 (1.66%) SQL Server 2014
5 8 (1.66%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 7 (1.45%) MySQL
7 6 (1.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 4 (0.83%) DB2
8 4 (0.83%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 3 (0.62%) Apache Hive
9 3 (0.62%) Azure SQL Database
9 3 (0.62%) Big Data
9 3 (0.62%) Data Warehouse
9 3 (0.62%) Hadoop
9 3 (0.62%) Oracle Reports
9 3 (0.62%) PostgreSQL
9 3 (0.62%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 9 (1.87%) Jenkins
2 7 (1.45%) Git (software)
3 4 (0.83%) JIRA
3 4 (0.83%) Rational Team Concert
4 3 (0.62%) Oracle Forms
4 3 (0.62%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (0.41%) Bitbucket
5 2 (0.41%) ClearCase
5 2 (0.41%) ClearQuest
5 2 (0.41%) GitLab
6 1 (0.21%) Bitbucket Server
6 1 (0.21%) CF BOSH
6 1 (0.21%) GCC
6 1 (0.21%) Hudson
6 1 (0.21%) MSI
6 1 (0.21%) Sonatype Nexus
6 1 (0.21%) Subversion
6 1 (0.21%) Toad
6 1 (0.21%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 49 (10.17%) Finance
2 24 (4.98%) Public Sector
3 16 (3.32%) Banking
4 10 (2.07%) Local Government
5 8 (1.66%) Telecoms
6 5 (1.04%) Retail
7 4 (0.83%) Law
8 3 (0.62%) Financial Institution
8 3 (0.62%) Publishing
9 2 (0.41%) Back Office
9 2 (0.41%) Housing Association
9 2 (0.41%) Legal
9 2 (0.41%) Military
9 2 (0.41%) Police
9 2 (0.41%) Welsh Language
10 1 (0.21%) Front Office
10 1 (0.21%) Games
10 1 (0.21%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.21%) Marketing
10 1 (0.21%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 117 (24.27%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 48 (9.96%) Storage Engineer
3 33 (6.85%) Architect
4 32 (6.64%) Consultant
5 29 (6.02%) Support Engineer
6 24 (4.98%) Server Engineer
6 24 (4.98%) Systems Engineer
7 23 (4.77%) Administrator
7 23 (4.77%) Infrastructure Architect
8 22 (4.56%) Windows Engineer
9 21 (4.36%) VMware Engineer
10 18 (3.73%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 17 (3.53%) Backup Engineer
11 17 (3.53%) IT Engineer
11 17 (3.53%) Network Engineer
11 17 (3.53%) Systems Administrator
12 16 (3.32%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
13 15 (3.11%) Analyst
13 15 (3.11%) Infrastructure Support
13 15 (3.11%) Storage Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (1.66%) Web Services
2 6 (1.24%) RAML
3 5 (1.04%) LDAP
4 4 (0.83%) FIX Protocol
4 4 (0.83%) Kafka
4 4 (0.83%) Middleware
5 3 (0.62%) Apache NiFi
6 2 (0.41%) .NET
6 2 (0.41%) JSON
6 2 (0.41%) Node.js
6 2 (0.41%) SailPoint
7 1 (0.21%) HTML
7 1 (0.21%) Oracle Fusion
7 1 (0.21%) XML
7 1 (0.21%) XSLT
7 1 (0.21%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 86 (17.84%) Data Centre
2 43 (8.92%) Replication
3 35 (7.26%) EMC VNX
4 33 (6.85%) Clustering
5 29 (6.02%) Management Information System
6 28 (5.81%) Analytical Skills
7 13 (2.70%) EMC VMAX
8 12 (2.49%) Hybrid Cloud
8 12 (2.49%) VxBlock/Vblock
9 11 (2.28%) CLARiiON
9 11 (2.28%) PKI
10 10 (2.07%) Enterprise Storage
10 10 (2.07%) Public Cloud
11 9 (1.87%) Celerra
11 9 (1.87%) Fat Client
11 9 (1.87%) HP StoreVirtual
11 9 (1.87%) Thin Client
12 7 (1.45%) Blackberry
12 7 (1.45%) Enterprise Software
13 6 (1.24%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 333 (69.09%) Windows
2 220 (45.64%) Windows Server
3 117 (24.27%) Linux
4 98 (20.33%) Windows Server 2012
5 91 (18.88%) Windows Server 2008
6 75 (15.56%) Windows Server 2016
7 57 (11.83%) Unix
8 48 (9.96%) Windows 10
9 31 (6.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 30 (6.22%) Windows Server 2019
11 19 (3.94%) Solaris
12 18 (3.73%) Windows 7
13 10 (2.07%) AIX
13 10 (2.07%) CentOS
14 7 (1.45%) Windows Server 2003
15 6 (1.24%) Android
15 6 (1.24%) Data ONTAP
15 6 (1.24%) Ubuntu
15 6 (1.24%) VMS
16 5 (1.04%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 146 (30.29%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 87 (18.05%) ITIL
3 83 (17.22%) Migration
4 49 (10.17%) Disaster Recovery
5 34 (7.05%) DevOps
6 30 (6.22%) Agile Software Development
7 29 (6.02%) High Availability
7 29 (6.02%) Problem-Solving
8 28 (5.81%) Configuration Management
9 26 (5.39%) Change Management
10 25 (5.19%) Server Management
11 24 (4.98%) Patch Management
12 22 (4.56%) Data Protection
13 21 (4.36%) Capacity Management
13 21 (4.36%) Problem Management
13 21 (4.36%) Storage Management
14 19 (3.94%) Incident Management
14 19 (3.94%) Project Management
14 19 (3.94%) Service Management
14 19 (3.94%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 106 (21.99%) SQL
2 102 (21.16%) PowerShell
3 18 (3.73%) Bash Shell
4 13 (2.70%) Python
5 11 (2.28%) VBScript
6 8 (1.66%) Perl
7 6 (1.24%) Java
8 5 (1.04%) Korn
8 5 (1.04%) Shell Script
8 5 (1.04%) T-SQL
9 4 (0.83%) C-shell
9 4 (0.83%) Ruby
10 3 (0.62%) PHP
10 3 (0.62%) VB
11 2 (0.41%) C
11 2 (0.41%) Go
12 1 (0.21%) VBA
Qualifications
1 125 (25.93%) Security Cleared
2 107 (22.20%) SC Cleared
3 59 (12.24%) Microsoft Certification
4 35 (7.26%) MCSE
5 28 (5.81%) Cisco Certification
6 25 (5.19%) DV Cleared
7 24 (4.98%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 22 (4.56%) CCNA
8 22 (4.56%) Degree
8 22 (4.56%) MCSA
9 21 (4.36%) Citrix Certification
10 19 (3.94%) CCNP
11 16 (3.32%) ITIL Certification
12 10 (2.07%) CCA
13 9 (1.87%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 5 (1.04%) CCIE
14 5 (1.04%) HND
15 4 (0.83%) CISSP
15 4 (0.83%) MCITP
15 4 (0.83%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (7.05%) SLA
2 7 (1.45%) GDPR
2 7 (1.45%) Government Security Classifications
2 7 (1.45%) NCSC
3 5 (1.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (0.83%) Cyber Essentials
4 4 (0.83%) PMO
5 3 (0.62%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 3 (0.62%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.41%) Dodd-Frank
6 2 (0.41%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 2 (0.41%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 2 (0.41%) MiFID
7 1 (0.21%) COBIT
7 1 (0.21%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 1 (0.21%) GMP
7 1 (0.21%) HL7
7 1 (0.21%) NIST
7 1 (0.21%) QA
7 1 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 217 (45.02%) Active Directory
2 182 (37.76%) VMware Infrastructure
3 87 (18.05%) Hyper-V
4 72 (14.94%) VMware ESXi
5 49 (10.17%) XenApp
6 47 (9.75%) vSphere
7 35 (7.26%) XenDesktop
8 26 (5.39%) Virtual Machines
9 21 (4.36%) Virtual Servers
10 15 (3.11%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 13 (2.70%) Firmware
11 13 (2.70%) Virtual Desktop
11 13 (2.70%) VMware NSX
12 12 (2.49%) EMC RecoverPoint
13 10 (2.07%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 8 (1.66%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 8 (1.66%) NFS
14 8 (1.66%) VMware Workstation
15 7 (1.45%) BitLocker
15 7 (1.45%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 89 (18.46%) SCCM
2 58 (12.03%) NetBackup
3 43 (8.92%) SCOM
4 30 (6.22%) WSUS
5 25 (5.19%) Puppet
6 19 (3.94%) Ansible
7 18 (3.73%) vCenter Server
7 18 (3.73%) vRealize
8 17 (3.53%) Microsoft Clustering
9 16 (3.32%) Tivoli Storage Manager
10 15 (3.11%) Opscode Chef
11 12 (2.49%) HP Data Protector
12 11 (2.28%) Norton AntiVirus
13 10 (2.07%) AirWatch
13 10 (2.07%) EMC NetWorker
13 10 (2.07%) Microsoft Intune
13 10 (2.07%) Terraform
14 9 (1.87%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
14 9 (1.87%) Oracle RMAN
15 8 (1.66%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 294 (61.00%) VMware
2 201 (41.70%) Microsoft
3 130 (26.97%) Cisco
4 106 (21.99%) EMC
5 97 (20.12%) Citrix
6 95 (19.71%) HP
7 80 (16.60%) NetApp
8 57 (11.83%) Dell
9 52 (10.79%) Brocade
10 48 (9.96%) Oracle
11 38 (7.88%) IBM
12 34 (7.05%) 3PAR
13 31 (6.43%) Red Hat
14 27 (5.60%) Hitachi
14 27 (5.60%) Symantec
15 25 (5.19%) Veeam
16 23 (4.77%) Ivanti
17 22 (4.56%) McAfee
18 19 (3.94%) Veritas
19 17 (3.53%) SolarWinds