Period
to 21 October 2017

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 21 October 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.

Storage Area Network (SAN)
UK
6 months to
21 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 237 185 160
Rank change year-on-year -52 -25 -38
Contract jobs citing SAN 1083 1563 1764
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.09% 1.47% 1.55%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 7.92% 9.35% 11.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 655 1108 1067
UK median daily rate £388 £380 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.97% +4.83% -
10th Percentile £250 £237 £219
90th Percentile £538 £525 £523
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £338
% change year-on-year - +3.70% +2.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 27 109
UK median hourly rate £28.13 £23.75 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.42% -13.64% +10.00%
10th Percentile £15.46 £12.75 £17.27
90th Percentile £52.25 £50.00 £52.17
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.25 £20.50 £29.50
% change year-on-year +28.05% -30.51% +20.41%

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 13669 16708 15902
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.76% 15.73% 13.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 8303 10144 9104
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +1.33%
10th Percentile £188 £220 £213
90th Percentile £575 £575 £549
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £360
% change year-on-year - +4.17% +3.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 723 842 1036
UK median hourly rate £19.25 £23.75 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.95% +18.75% -
10th Percentile £11.32 £11.72 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £25.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -22.00% +25.00% -

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 21 October 2017.

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 21 October 2017.

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 21 October 2017. 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 -49 1011 £400 +2.56% 128
UK excluding London -42 681 £350 - 84
London -59 396 £438 +2.94% 45
South East -34 245 £400 +2.56% 18
North of England -26 152 £328 +0.77% 27
Midlands +67 111 £331 +3.52% 21
North West 0 69 £385 -3.75% 16
East of England -37 68 £325 -27.78% 11
East Midlands +24 56 £325 +1.96% 13
West Midlands +40 55 £350 +9.38% 8
Scotland -20 53 £323 -2.27%
South West -9 51 £425 +30.77% 6
North East -6 48 £324 +2.78% 2
Yorkshire -3 35 £313 -3.85% 9
Wales +5 10 £350 -26.32% 1
Northern Ireland -49 5 £324 +311.43%

For the 6 months to 21 October 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 with a requirement for SAN.

1 616 (56.88%) Windows
2 541 (49.95%) VMware
3 401 (37.03%) Linux
4 373 (34.44%) Windows Server
5 363 (33.52%) Active Directory
6 339 (31.30%) Microsoft
7 323 (29.82%) VMware Infrastructure
8 295 (27.24%) Cisco
9 291 (26.87%) HP
10 287 (26.50%) Firewall
11 281 (25.95%) NAS
12 252 (23.27%) Data Centre
13 238 (21.98%) Unix
14 230 (21.24%) Windows Server 2012
15 222 (20.50%) Finance
16 220 (20.31%) EMC
17 210 (19.39%) Citrix
18 207 (19.11%) Migration
19 200 (18.47%) Security Cleared
20 197 (18.19%) Solaris
21 192 (17.73%) ITIL
22 185 (17.08%) Red Hat
23 182 (16.81%) MS Exchange
24 176 (16.25%) Windows Server 2008
25 174 (16.07%) WAN
25 174 (16.07%) SQL Server
25 174 (16.07%) NetApp
26 172 (15.88%) Oracle
27 169 (15.60%) Hyper-V
28 164 (15.14%) DNS

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
1 182 (16.81%) MS Exchange
2 79 (7.29%) IIS
3 73 (6.74%) SharePoint
4 60 (5.54%) Exchange Server 2010
5 53 (4.89%) Tomcat
6 52 (4.80%) Apache
7 42 (3.88%) Exchange Server 2013
8 40 (3.69%) Skype for Business
9 27 (2.49%) OpenStack
10 23 (2.12%) JBoss
11 22 (2.03%) WebSphere
12 19 (1.75%) WebLogic
13 17 (1.57%) BizTalk Server
13 17 (1.57%) Exchange Server 2007
13 17 (1.57%) iPlanet
14 15 (1.39%) Oracle Application Server
15 12 (1.11%) MQSeries
16 11 (1.02%) Exchange Server 2003
16 11 (1.02%) WebLogic Portal
17 10 (0.92%) SAS
Applications
1 55 (5.08%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (1.20%) Microsoft Project
3 12 (1.11%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (1.11%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 14 (1.29%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
2 6 (0.55%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.18%) Maximo
3 2 (0.18%) Sentinel
4 1 (0.092%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.092%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 125 (11.54%) Microsoft Azure
2 114 (10.53%) Office 365
3 97 (8.96%) Amazon AWS
4 32 (2.95%) Cloud Computing
5 23 (2.12%) IaaS
6 20 (1.85%) PaaS
7 18 (1.66%) SaaS
8 13 (1.20%) Azure Active Directory
9 7 (0.65%) Mimecast
10 6 (0.55%) AWS Lambda
10 6 (0.55%) Serverless
11 4 (0.37%) G Suite
12 3 (0.28%) AWS CloudFormation
13 2 (0.18%) Amazon EC2
13 2 (0.18%) Google Cloud Platform
14 1 (0.092%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 1 (0.092%) Amazon Kinesis
14 1 (0.092%) Amazon SQS
14 1 (0.092%) IBM Cloud
14 1 (0.092%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 287 (26.50%) Firewall
2 281 (25.95%) NAS
3 174 (16.07%) WAN
4 164 (15.14%) DNS
5 145 (13.39%) LAN
6 124 (11.45%) DHCP
7 107 (9.88%) TCP/IP
8 98 (9.05%) Fibre Channel
9 71 (6.56%) VPN
10 63 (5.82%) iSCSI
11 45 (4.16%) Wireless
12 44 (4.06%) VLAN
13 36 (3.32%) LDAP
14 34 (3.14%) VoIP
15 31 (2.86%) Network Security
16 28 (2.59%) Cisco ASA
16 28 (2.59%) Internet
17 24 (2.22%) SSL
17 24 (2.22%) VSAN
18 20 (1.85%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 174 (16.07%) SQL Server
2 57 (5.26%) Oracle Database
3 43 (3.97%) SQL Server 2012
4 26 (2.40%) SQL Server 2008
5 23 (2.12%) SQL Server 2005
6 21 (1.94%) Relational Database
7 20 (1.85%) SQL Server 2016
8 15 (1.39%) MySQL
9 13 (1.20%) SQL Server 2014
10 12 (1.11%) Hadoop
11 11 (1.02%) Big Data
11 11 (1.02%) PostgreSQL
12 10 (0.92%) DB2
13 8 (0.74%) MongoDB
13 8 (0.74%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 7 (0.65%) Oracle Reports
15 6 (0.55%) Data Warehouse
16 5 (0.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 4 (0.37%) Amazon RDS
17 4 (0.37%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 6 (0.55%) MSI
1 6 (0.55%) Team Foundation Server
2 5 (0.46%) Jenkins
3 4 (0.37%) Git (software)
4 3 (0.28%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 3 (0.28%) Toad
5 1 (0.092%) GoCD
5 1 (0.092%) Vagrant
5 1 (0.092%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 222 (20.50%) Finance
2 94 (8.68%) Banking
3 44 (4.06%) Telecoms
4 35 (3.23%) Legal
5 19 (1.75%) Manufacturing
6 18 (1.66%) Investment Banking
7 14 (1.29%) Marketing
8 12 (1.11%) Law
9 10 (0.92%) Back Office
9 10 (0.92%) Electronics
10 9 (0.83%) Retail
11 8 (0.74%) Local Government
12 7 (0.65%) Financial Institution
13 6 (0.55%) Front Office
14 5 (0.46%) Automotive
14 5 (0.46%) Pharmaceutical
15 4 (0.37%) Advertising
15 4 (0.37%) Aerospace
15 4 (0.37%) French Language
16 3 (0.28%) German Language
Job Titles
1 161 (14.87%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 144 (13.30%) Administrator
3 106 (9.79%) Architect
4 90 (8.31%) Analyst
5 83 (7.66%) Systems Administrator
6 75 (6.93%) Systems Engineer
7 72 (6.65%) Storage Engineer
8 69 (6.37%) Unix Engineer
9 52 (4.80%) 3rd Line Support
9 52 (4.80%) Consultant
10 51 (4.71%) Support Engineer
11 49 (4.52%) Infrastructure Architect
12 48 (4.43%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 43 (3.97%) Network Engineer
14 42 (3.88%) Server Engineer
15 41 (3.79%) Technical Architect
16 38 (3.51%) Linux Engineer
16 38 (3.51%) VMware Engineer
17 36 (3.32%) Infrastructure Support
18 34 (3.14%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (1.94%) Middleware
1 21 (1.94%) Web Services
2 15 (1.39%) J2EE
3 10 (0.92%) .NET
4 7 (0.65%) X-Windows
5 5 (0.46%) Sensu
5 5 (0.46%) Software Packaging
6 3 (0.28%) 802.1X
6 3 (0.28%) ASP.NET
6 3 (0.28%) Elastic Stack
6 3 (0.28%) Flash
7 2 (0.18%) EDI
7 2 (0.18%) IBM Integration Bus
7 2 (0.18%) JMS
7 2 (0.18%) LAMP
7 2 (0.18%) Regular Expression
7 2 (0.18%) REST
7 2 (0.18%) SAML
7 2 (0.18%) SAP PI
7 2 (0.18%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 252 (23.27%) Data Centre
2 94 (8.68%) Clustering
3 93 (8.59%) Replication
4 69 (6.37%) Analytical Skills
5 38 (3.51%) Enterprise Storage
6 37 (3.42%) Computer Science
7 33 (3.05%) Management Information System
8 30 (2.77%) EMC VNX
9 27 (2.49%) PKI
10 23 (2.12%) HP Storage
11 17 (1.57%) Fat Client
11 17 (1.57%) Private Cloud
11 17 (1.57%) Thin Client
12 15 (1.39%) EMC VMAX
12 15 (1.39%) Public Cloud
12 15 (1.39%) Virtual Team
13 13 (1.20%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
14 12 (1.11%) Hybrid Cloud
15 11 (1.02%) VxBlock/Vblock
16 10 (0.92%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 616 (56.88%) Windows
2 401 (37.03%) Linux
3 373 (34.44%) Windows Server
4 238 (21.98%) Unix
5 230 (21.24%) Windows Server 2012
6 197 (18.19%) Solaris
7 176 (16.25%) Windows Server 2008
8 148 (13.67%) AIX
8 148 (13.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 105 (9.70%) Windows Server 2003
10 47 (4.34%) Windows 7
11 46 (4.25%) SUSE
12 39 (3.60%) Windows 10
13 35 (3.23%) CentOS
14 27 (2.49%) HPUX
15 14 (1.29%) Windows Vista
16 11 (1.02%) Data ONTAP
16 11 (1.02%) Oracle Linux
17 10 (0.92%) Ubuntu
18 9 (0.83%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 207 (19.11%) Migration
2 192 (17.73%) ITIL
3 97 (8.96%) Disaster Recovery
4 92 (8.49%) Load Balancing
5 87 (8.03%) High Availability
6 82 (7.57%) DevOps
7 68 (6.28%) Project Management
8 61 (5.63%) Service Delivery
9 60 (5.54%) Change Management
10 50 (4.62%) Agile Software Development
11 47 (4.34%) Performance Tuning
12 45 (4.16%) Network Design
12 45 (4.16%) Performance Monitoring
13 38 (3.51%) Incident Management
14 37 (3.42%) Capacity Planning
15 35 (3.23%) Open Source
16 34 (3.14%) Change Control
16 34 (3.14%) Problem Management
16 34 (3.14%) Server Virtualisation
17 33 (3.05%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 163 (15.05%) SQL
2 160 (14.77%) PowerShell
3 65 (6.00%) Shell Script
4 63 (5.82%) Perl
5 55 (5.08%) Bash Shell
6 41 (3.79%) Korn
7 33 (3.05%) Python
8 24 (2.22%) VBScript
9 18 (1.66%) Ruby
10 13 (1.20%) C-shell
11 12 (1.11%) Java
12 7 (0.65%) C
13 5 (0.46%) VB
14 4 (0.37%) Bourne shell
14 4 (0.37%) PHP
15 3 (0.28%) AWK
15 3 (0.28%) C#
15 3 (0.28%) T-SQL
15 3 (0.28%) VB.NET
16 2 (0.18%) VBA
Qualifications
1 200 (18.47%) Security Cleared
2 123 (11.36%) SC Cleared
3 112 (10.34%) Microsoft Certification
4 86 (7.94%) MCSE
5 72 (6.65%) Cisco Certification
6 57 (5.26%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 53 (4.89%) Degree
8 52 (4.80%) CCNA
9 33 (3.05%) CCNP
10 32 (2.95%) MCSA
11 30 (2.77%) DV Cleared
12 25 (2.31%) MCITP
13 24 (2.22%) Computer Science Degree
14 21 (1.94%) CISSP
14 21 (1.94%) ITIL Certification
15 15 (1.39%) RHCE
16 13 (1.20%) CISM
17 11 (1.02%) CISA
17 11 (1.02%) DBS Check
17 11 (1.02%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 50 (4.62%) SLA
2 28 (2.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 17 (1.57%) PCI DSS
4 10 (0.92%) QA
5 8 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 7 (0.65%) Disclosure Scotland
6 7 (0.65%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 6 (0.55%) GDPR
8 5 (0.46%) PMO
9 4 (0.37%) PA-DSS
9 4 (0.37%) SAS 70
10 2 (0.18%) GCP
10 2 (0.18%) ISO 22301
10 2 (0.18%) PMBOK
11 1 (0.092%) COBIT
11 1 (0.092%) GMP
11 1 (0.092%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 1 (0.092%) RMADS
System Software
1 363 (33.52%) Active Directory
2 323 (29.82%) VMware Infrastructure
3 169 (15.60%) Hyper-V
4 159 (14.68%) VMware ESXi
5 118 (10.90%) vSphere
6 52 (4.80%) NFS
7 50 (4.62%) XenApp
8 42 (3.88%) Virtual Machines
9 40 (3.69%) XenDesktop
10 33 (3.05%) Veritas Cluster Server
11 28 (2.59%) Veritas File System
12 26 (2.40%) Veritas Volume Manager
13 25 (2.31%) Samba
13 25 (2.31%) Xen
14 23 (2.12%) KVM
15 20 (1.85%) Virtual Servers
16 18 (1.66%) Terminal Services
17 17 (1.57%) DFS Replication
17 17 (1.57%) Oracle RAC
18 16 (1.48%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 141 (13.02%) NetBackup
2 118 (10.90%) SCCM
3 102 (9.42%) Puppet
4 74 (6.83%) SCOM
5 62 (5.72%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 48 (4.43%) Backup Exec
6 48 (4.43%) EMC NetWorker
7 44 (4.06%) Microsoft Clustering
7 44 (4.06%) vCenter Server
8 42 (3.88%) WSUS
9 37 (3.42%) Norton AntiVirus
10 36 (3.32%) HP Data Protector
11 31 (2.86%) Opscode Chef
12 24 (2.22%) Tivoli
13 23 (2.12%) Nagios
14 22 (2.03%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
15 18 (1.66%) Ansible
16 15 (1.39%) OpenView Configuration Management
17 13 (1.20%) Red Hat Satellite
18 12 (1.11%) BladeLogic
Vendors
1 541 (49.95%) VMware
2 339 (31.30%) Microsoft
3 295 (27.24%) Cisco
4 291 (26.87%) HP
5 220 (20.31%) EMC
6 210 (19.39%) Citrix
7 185 (17.08%) Red Hat
8 174 (16.07%) NetApp
9 172 (15.88%) Oracle
10 140 (12.93%) IBM
11 112 (10.34%) Brocade
12 106 (9.79%) Veritas
13 100 (9.23%) Symantec
14 85 (7.85%) 3PAR
15 81 (7.48%) Dell
16 56 (5.17%) Veeam
17 55 (5.08%) Sun
18 54 (4.99%) Juniper
19 40 (3.69%) F5
20 39 (3.60%) CheckPoint