Period
to 4 March 2021

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 4 March 2021 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
4 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 326 308 317
Rank change year-on-year -18 +9 -30
Contract jobs citing SAN 336 544 809
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.69% 0.81% 0.82%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.85% 5.99% 6.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 250 363 517
Median daily rate £446 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.56% +3.23% -3.13%
10th Percentile £301 £265 £240
90th Percentile £575 £538 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +13.33% - +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 32 28
Median hourly rate £50.00 £42.50 £44.18
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.65% -3.80% +159.88%
10th Percentile £23.00 £25.00 £14.74
90th Percentile £64.50 £82.50 £48.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 £39.60 £45.00
% change year-on-year +26.26% -12.00% +178.47%

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 5,748 9,087 12,520
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.86% 13.49% 12.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,637 5,622 7,724
Median daily rate £438 £415 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.42% -2.35% +6.12%
10th Percentile £213 £180 £200
90th Percentile £613 £600 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 282 503 561
Median hourly rate £29.50 £21.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.48% +16.67% -5.26%
10th Percentile £12.98 £13.38 £12.00
90th Percentile £60.93 £52.50 £48.75
Median hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £17.25
% change year-on-year +25.00% +15.94% -12.88%

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 4 March 2021.

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 4 March 2021.

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 4 March 2021. 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 -19 250 £425 +11.11% 138
UK excluding London +43 212 £425 +13.33% 115
London -17 88 £442 +6.51% 30
Work from Home -161 72 £463 +24.58% 13
Scotland +45 54 £474 +17.02% 3
South East +53 52 £463 +23.33% 28
South West +97 37 £345 +1.47% 25
North of England -5 28 £464 +15.28% 31
Midlands +34 26 £400 +14.29% 20
East Midlands +30 14 £388 +28.10% 13
Yorkshire +25 14 £400 -5.88% 9
West Midlands +25 12 £463 +19.35% 7
North West -10 11 £464 +14.57% 20
East of England +48 10 £250 -23.08% 6
Wales -5 6 £475 - 2
North East +31 3 £474 +26.38% 2
Northern Ireland +7 3 £430 +34.38% 2

For the 6 months to 4 March 2021, 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.

1 194 (57.74%) VMware
2 189 (56.25%) Windows
3 133 (39.58%) VMware Infrastructure
4 120 (35.71%) Security Cleared
5 112 (33.33%) Active Directory
6 103 (30.65%) Microsoft
7 100 (29.76%) Linux
8 99 (29.46%) Windows Server
9 91 (27.08%) Cisco
10 82 (24.40%) HP
11 81 (24.11%) Azure
12 79 (23.51%) SC Cleared
13 74 (22.02%) PowerShell
14 72 (21.43%) Data Centre
15 66 (19.64%) Disaster Recovery
16 64 (19.05%) DNS
17 62 (18.45%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 61 (18.15%) WAN
19 58 (17.26%) Hyper-V
20 57 (16.96%) LAN
20 57 (16.96%) SQL Server
21 56 (16.67%) Unix
21 56 (16.67%) Firewall
22 55 (16.37%) NAS
23 54 (16.07%) 3PAR
24 53 (15.77%) ITIL
25 51 (15.18%) SQL
26 50 (14.88%) NetApp
27 48 (14.29%) Oracle
28 46 (13.69%) EMC

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 26 (7.74%) MS Exchange
2 22 (6.55%) SharePoint
3 21 (6.25%) IIS
4 14 (4.17%) Apache
5 12 (3.57%) Exchange Server 2010
6 10 (2.98%) WebSphere
7 9 (2.68%) Exchange Server 2013
7 9 (2.68%) JBoss
8 7 (2.08%) Tomcat
8 7 (2.08%) WebSphere Application Server
9 6 (1.79%) Documentum
10 5 (1.49%) Confluence
10 5 (1.49%) SAS
11 4 (1.19%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 4 (1.19%) Skype for Business
12 3 (0.89%) Oracle Workflow
12 3 (0.89%) WebLogic
13 2 (0.60%) Drupal
13 2 (0.60%) Joomla!
13 2 (0.60%) WordPress
Applications
1 14 (4.17%) MS Visio
2 13 (3.87%) Microsoft Office
3 12 (3.57%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (0.89%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.30%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (0.60%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.30%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 81 (24.11%) Azure
2 44 (13.10%) AWS
3 34 (10.12%) Microsoft 365
4 22 (6.55%) Azure Active Directory
5 16 (4.76%) IaaS
6 13 (3.87%) GCP
7 9 (2.68%) PaaS
8 4 (1.19%) GitHub
8 4 (1.19%) OneDrive
8 4 (1.19%) SaaS
9 3 (0.89%) Logic Apps
9 3 (0.89%) Power Platform
10 1 (0.30%) Amazon S3
10 1 (0.30%) Cloud Computing
10 1 (0.30%) Dynamics 365
10 1 (0.30%) OpenShift
10 1 (0.30%) Oracle Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 64 (19.05%) DNS
2 61 (18.15%) WAN
3 57 (16.96%) LAN
4 56 (16.67%) Firewall
5 55 (16.37%) NAS
6 44 (13.10%) DHCP
7 43 (12.80%) Fibre Channel
8 21 (6.25%) iSCSI
8 21 (6.25%) TCP/IP
9 19 (5.65%) VSAN
10 15 (4.46%) VLAN
11 9 (2.68%) Cisco Nexus
11 9 (2.68%) FCoE
11 9 (2.68%) Network Security
11 9 (2.68%) VPN
12 8 (2.38%) Cisco ASA
13 7 (2.08%) FTP
14 5 (1.49%) Ethernet
14 5 (1.49%) MPLS
14 5 (1.49%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 57 (16.96%) SQL Server
2 14 (4.17%) SQL Server 2012
3 11 (3.27%) Oracle Database
3 11 (3.27%) SQL Server 2016
4 10 (2.98%) DB2
5 9 (2.68%) SQL Server 2014
6 5 (1.49%) Data Warehouse
6 5 (1.49%) Oracle Reports
6 5 (1.49%) PostgreSQL
6 5 (1.49%) SQL Server 2008
7 4 (1.19%) BusinessObjects
7 4 (1.19%) Hadoop
7 4 (1.19%) HBase
7 4 (1.19%) MongoDB
8 3 (0.89%) MySQL
8 3 (0.89%) Riak
8 3 (0.89%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 3 (0.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 3 (0.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 2 (0.60%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 5 (1.49%) JIRA
2 4 (1.19%) Jenkins
2 4 (1.19%) Oracle Forms
2 4 (1.19%) Sonatype Nexus
3 2 (0.60%) Hudson
4 1 (0.30%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.30%) Rational Team Concert
General
1 36 (10.71%) Finance
2 31 (9.23%) Public Sector
3 9 (2.68%) Banking
4 6 (1.79%) Retail
5 5 (1.49%) Back Office
5 5 (1.49%) Front Office
5 5 (1.49%) Publishing
6 3 (0.89%) Manufacturing
6 3 (0.89%) Military
7 2 (0.60%) Aerospace
7 2 (0.60%) Law
8 1 (0.30%) Advertising
8 1 (0.30%) Automotive
8 1 (0.30%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.30%) Legal
8 1 (0.30%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.30%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 52 (15.48%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 39 (11.61%) Architect
3 30 (8.93%) Infrastructure Architect
4 28 (8.33%) Administrator
5 25 (7.44%) Consultant
6 20 (5.95%) Storage Engineer
7 17 (5.06%) Network Engineer
8 15 (4.46%) Cloud Engineer
9 14 (4.17%) Systems Administrator
10 13 (3.87%) Backup Engineer
10 13 (3.87%) Project Manager
11 12 (3.57%) VMware Engineer
12 11 (3.27%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 11 (3.27%) Windows Engineer
13 10 (2.98%) Analyst
13 10 (2.98%) IT Engineer
13 10 (2.98%) Linux Engineer
13 10 (2.98%) Support Engineer
14 9 (2.68%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
14 9 (2.68%) Storage Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (4.17%) Middleware
2 5 (1.49%) LDAP
3 3 (0.89%) Java EE
3 3 (0.89%) JSON
3 3 (0.89%) LAMP
3 3 (0.89%) SOAP
3 3 (0.89%) Web Services
3 3 (0.89%) XML
4 2 (0.60%) Flash
4 2 (0.60%) X-Windows
5 1 (0.30%) Java RMI
5 1 (0.30%) ServiceStack
5 1 (0.30%) Spine.js
5 1 (0.30%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 72 (21.43%) Data Centre
2 28 (8.33%) Enterprise Software
3 22 (6.55%) Replication
4 21 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
5 18 (5.36%) EMC VNX
6 13 (3.87%) Clustering
7 11 (3.27%) EMC VMAX
7 11 (3.27%) HP StoreVirtual
7 11 (3.27%) VxBlock/Vblock
8 10 (2.98%) HP Storage
8 10 (2.98%) Private Cloud
9 9 (2.68%) PKI
9 9 (2.68%) Public Cloud
10 8 (2.38%) CMDB
10 8 (2.38%) Fat Client
10 8 (2.38%) Thin Client
11 7 (2.08%) User Experience
11 7 (2.08%) Video Conferencing
12 6 (1.79%) Management Information System
13 5 (1.49%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 189 (56.25%) Windows
2 100 (29.76%) Linux
3 99 (29.46%) Windows Server
4 56 (16.67%) Unix
5 46 (13.69%) Windows Server 2012
6 35 (10.42%) Windows Server 2008
7 33 (9.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 31 (9.23%) Windows Server 2016
9 23 (6.85%) Windows 10
10 19 (5.65%) Solaris
11 16 (4.76%) CentOS
11 16 (4.76%) Windows Server 2019
12 10 (2.98%) AIX
12 10 (2.98%) Windows Server 2003
13 7 (2.08%) Apple iOS
14 6 (1.79%) VMS
14 6 (1.79%) Windows 2000
15 5 (1.49%) Data ONTAP
15 5 (1.49%) Ubuntu
16 4 (1.19%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 66 (19.64%) Disaster Recovery
2 62 (18.45%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 53 (15.77%) ITIL
4 43 (12.80%) Migration
5 37 (11.01%) Storage Management
6 32 (9.52%) Agile Software Development
6 32 (9.52%) Data Protection
7 31 (9.23%) High Availability
8 30 (8.93%) Problem-Solving
9 28 (8.33%) Project Management
10 24 (7.14%) Capacity Planning
11 22 (6.55%) Data Management
11 22 (6.55%) DevOps
12 21 (6.25%) Load Balancing
12 21 (6.25%) Project Delivery
13 18 (5.36%) Performance Tuning
14 17 (5.06%) Infrastructure as Code
14 17 (5.06%) Service Management
15 16 (4.76%) Configuration Management
16 15 (4.46%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 74 (22.02%) PowerShell
2 51 (15.18%) SQL
3 31 (9.23%) Python
4 28 (8.33%) Bash Shell
5 23 (6.85%) Perl
6 16 (4.76%) Shell Script
7 9 (2.68%) Java
8 8 (2.38%) C
8 8 (2.38%) JavaScript
9 6 (1.79%) T-SQL
10 5 (1.49%) AWK
10 5 (1.49%) Korn
11 3 (0.89%) Bourne shell
11 3 (0.89%) VBScript
12 2 (0.60%) sed
13 1 (0.30%) C-shell
13 1 (0.30%) Erlang
13 1 (0.30%) VB
Qualifications
1 120 (35.71%) Security Cleared
2 79 (23.51%) SC Cleared
3 33 (9.82%) DV Cleared
4 23 (6.85%) Cisco Certification
5 22 (6.55%) CCNA
6 18 (5.36%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 17 (5.06%) Microsoft Certification
8 14 (4.17%) CCNP
9 13 (3.87%) MCSA
9 13 (3.87%) MCSE
10 12 (3.57%) Degree
11 7 (2.08%) RHCE
11 7 (2.08%) RHCSA
12 6 (1.79%) CompTIA Security+
12 6 (1.79%) HP AIS
12 6 (1.79%) ITIL Certification
12 6 (1.79%) JNCIS
12 6 (1.79%) Linux+ Certification
12 6 (1.79%) MCITP
12 6 (1.79%) NCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (5.95%) SLA
2 7 (2.08%) QA
3 5 (1.49%) Government Security Classifications
4 4 (1.19%) GDPR
4 4 (1.19%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 4 (1.19%) NCSC
4 4 (1.19%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.89%) Disclosure Scotland
5 3 (0.89%) HL7
6 2 (0.60%) ISO 9000
6 2 (0.60%) NIST
7 1 (0.30%) Cyber Essentials
7 1 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 133 (39.58%) VMware Infrastructure
2 112 (33.33%) Active Directory
3 58 (17.26%) Hyper-V
4 45 (13.39%) VMware ESXi
5 26 (7.74%) vSphere
6 21 (6.25%) Virtual Machines
7 20 (5.95%) NFS
8 17 (5.06%) VMware NSX
9 11 (3.27%) Virtual Servers
10 9 (2.68%) Veritas Cluster Server
10 9 (2.68%) VMware Server
11 8 (2.38%) Docker
12 7 (2.08%) DFS Replication
12 7 (2.08%) Oracle RAC
12 7 (2.08%) SRDF
13 6 (1.79%) KVM
13 6 (1.79%) Veritas Volume Manager
13 6 (1.79%) Xen
14 5 (1.49%) Firmware
14 5 (1.49%) PowerHA
Systems Management
1 32 (9.52%) Ansible
2 30 (8.93%) SCCM
3 23 (6.85%) NetBackup
4 22 (6.55%) HP Data Protector
5 19 (5.65%) WSUS
6 17 (5.06%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 15 (4.46%) Terraform
8 13 (3.87%) Tivoli
8 13 (3.87%) vRealize
9 12 (3.57%) Puppet
10 11 (3.27%) Avamar
10 11 (3.27%) PowerCLI
10 11 (3.27%) SCOM
11 10 (2.98%) BladeLogic
11 10 (2.98%) vCenter Server
12 9 (2.68%) Tivoli Storage Manager
13 8 (2.38%) Microsoft Clustering
13 8 (2.38%) SELinux
13 8 (2.38%) vRealize Orchestrator
14 7 (2.08%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 194 (57.74%) VMware
2 103 (30.65%) Microsoft
3 91 (27.08%) Cisco
4 82 (24.40%) HP
5 54 (16.07%) 3PAR
6 50 (14.88%) NetApp
7 48 (14.29%) Oracle
8 46 (13.69%) EMC
9 44 (13.10%) Citrix
10 40 (11.90%) Dell
11 32 (9.52%) Brocade
11 32 (9.52%) IBM
12 27 (8.04%) Red Hat
12 27 (8.04%) Veritas
13 22 (6.55%) Juniper
13 22 (6.55%) Veeam
14 18 (5.36%) McAfee
15 17 (5.06%) SolarWinds
16 14 (4.17%) F5
17 13 (3.87%) BMC