Period
to 14 May 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 14 May 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
14 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 335 308 348
Rank change year-on-year -27 +40 -50
Contract jobs citing SAN 393 399 685
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.69% 0.79% 0.75%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 6.04% 5.80% 6.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 274 276 433
10th Percentile £300 £263 £241
25th Percentile £375 £313 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £388 £400
Median % change year-on-year +16.13% -3.13% -
75th Percentile £500 £475 £488
90th Percentile £594 £538 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £350 £380
% change year-on-year +21.43% -7.89% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 18 27
10th Percentile £27.87 £25.00 £34.75
25th Percentile £42.00 £34.58 £41.25
Median hourly rate £50.00 £42.25 £43.20
Median % change year-on-year +18.34% -2.20% +110.73%
75th Percentile £51.00 £49.25 £47.30
90th Percentile £73.23 £55.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £25.00 £44.00
% change year-on-year +80.00% -43.18% +153.35%

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 6,506 6,877 11,420
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.38% 13.64% 12.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,183 4,203 7,187
10th Percentile £225 £178 £202
25th Percentile £350 £313 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £425 £425
Median % change year-on-year +5.88% - +2.41%
75th Percentile £538 £525 £538
90th Percentile £625 £613 £610
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £413
% change year-on-year - -3.03% +6.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 296 394 525
10th Percentile £12.93 £13.38 £12.00
25th Percentile £15.50 £16.25 £14.43
Median hourly rate £27.00 £22.19 £18.75
Median % change year-on-year +21.69% +18.33% +0.27%
75th Percentile £50.00 £46.94 £43.75
90th Percentile £63.50 £53.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £19.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +23.08% +11.43% -4.76%

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 14 May 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 14 May 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 14 May 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 -31 291 £430 +14.67% 137
UK excluding London +42 235 £425 +21.43% 116
London -62 115 £500 +23.46% 35
South East +43 83 £406 -4.41% 32
Work from Home -193 79 £475 +10.14% 16
Scotland +13 54 £450 +12.50% 6
North of England +1 36 £425 +6.25% 28
Midlands +14 24 £400 +14.29% 30
South West +37 19 £338 +0.75% 8
Yorkshire +25 15 £500 +11.11% 10
North West -21 15 £413 +3.13% 15
East Midlands +18 12 £400 +14.29% 9
West Midlands +5 12 £500 +42.86% 20
Wales +6 11 £525 +5.00% 8
East of England +22 8 £375 +15.38% 4
Northern Ireland +7 6 £450 +40.63%
North East - 6 £413 - 3

For the 6 months to 14 May 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.

1 240 (61.07%) VMware
2 212 (53.94%) Windows
3 176 (44.78%) VMware Infrastructure
4 135 (34.35%) Security Cleared
5 123 (31.30%) Active Directory
6 122 (31.04%) Linux
6 122 (31.04%) Windows Server
7 100 (25.45%) Social Skills
8 98 (24.94%) Microsoft
9 92 (23.41%) Cisco
10 87 (22.14%) Azure
10 87 (22.14%) Data Centre
11 86 (21.88%) NAS
12 85 (21.63%) HP
13 82 (20.87%) NetApp
13 82 (20.87%) Disaster Recovery
13 82 (20.87%) SC Cleared
14 81 (20.61%) PowerShell
15 72 (18.32%) ITIL
16 71 (18.07%) DNS
17 70 (17.81%) EMC
18 67 (17.05%) Migration
19 64 (16.28%) VMware ESXi
20 63 (16.03%) Unix
20 63 (16.03%) SQL
21 59 (15.01%) Firewall
22 56 (14.25%) Hyper-V
22 56 (14.25%) Infrastructure Engineering
23 55 (13.99%) WAN
24 53 (13.49%) 3PAR

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 25 (6.36%) MS Exchange
2 20 (5.09%) SharePoint
3 18 (4.58%) Apache
3 18 (4.58%) WebSphere
4 13 (3.31%) IIS
5 10 (2.54%) Confluence
5 10 (2.54%) JBoss
6 9 (2.29%) Tomcat
7 8 (2.04%) Exchange Server 2010
7 8 (2.04%) Exchange Server 2013
7 8 (2.04%) WebSphere Application Server
8 7 (1.78%) Documentum
8 7 (1.78%) WebLogic
9 5 (1.27%) SAS
10 4 (1.02%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 4 (1.02%) Oracle Workflow
11 2 (0.51%) Drupal
11 2 (0.51%) Site Server
11 2 (0.51%) Skype for Business
11 2 (0.51%) WordPress
Applications
1 18 (4.58%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (4.07%) Microsoft Project
3 13 (3.31%) MS Visio
4 6 (1.53%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.51%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (1.02%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (0.76%) StreamServe
3 1 (0.25%) SAP S/4HANA
3 1 (0.25%) SAP SD
3 1 (0.25%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 87 (22.14%) Azure
2 50 (12.72%) AWS
3 48 (12.21%) Microsoft 365
4 22 (5.60%) IaaS
5 21 (5.34%) GCP
6 16 (4.07%) Azure Active Directory
7 9 (2.29%) OneDrive
8 7 (1.78%) PaaS
9 6 (1.53%) GitHub
10 4 (1.02%) OpenShift
11 3 (0.76%) Mimecast
12 2 (0.51%) SaaS
13 1 (0.25%) Amazon ECS
13 1 (0.25%) Amazon S3
13 1 (0.25%) Azure Storage
13 1 (0.25%) Cloud Computing
13 1 (0.25%) Cohesity
13 1 (0.25%) Dynamics 365
13 1 (0.25%) Oracle Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 86 (21.88%) NAS
2 71 (18.07%) DNS
3 59 (15.01%) Firewall
4 55 (13.99%) WAN
5 46 (11.70%) LAN
6 43 (10.94%) DHCP
7 37 (9.41%) TCP/IP
8 30 (7.63%) Fibre Channel
9 17 (4.33%) iSCSI
9 17 (4.33%) VPN
10 16 (4.07%) Cisco Nexus
10 16 (4.07%) VSAN
11 14 (3.56%) FTP
11 14 (3.56%) VLAN
12 8 (2.04%) HTTP
12 8 (2.04%) SSL
13 7 (1.78%) Cisco ASA
13 7 (1.78%) FCoE
13 7 (1.78%) Multicast
14 6 (1.53%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 50 (12.72%) SQL Server
2 15 (3.82%) DB2
3 11 (2.80%) Oracle Database
4 10 (2.54%) Oracle Reports
5 9 (2.29%) SQL Server 2014
6 8 (2.04%) SQL Server 2012
7 7 (1.78%) PostgreSQL
7 7 (1.78%) SQL Server 2016
8 6 (1.53%) SQL Server 2008
9 5 (1.27%) Data Warehouse
9 5 (1.27%) MySQL
10 4 (1.02%) BusinessObjects
10 4 (1.02%) Hadoop
10 4 (1.02%) HBase
10 4 (1.02%) MongoDB
11 3 (0.76%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 3 (0.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 3 (0.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 2 (0.51%) ObjectStore
12 2 (0.51%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 11 (2.80%) JIRA
2 7 (1.78%) Jenkins
3 5 (1.27%) Oracle Forms
3 5 (1.27%) Sonatype Nexus
4 3 (0.76%) Hudson
5 2 (0.51%) Git (software)
5 2 (0.51%) GitLab
General
1 100 (25.45%) Social Skills
2 48 (12.21%) Finance
3 24 (6.11%) Public Sector
4 21 (5.34%) Analytical Skills
5 11 (2.80%) Banking
5 11 (2.80%) Influencing Skills
6 7 (1.78%) Presentation Skills
7 6 (1.53%) Documentation Skills
7 6 (1.53%) Publishing
7 6 (1.53%) Retail
7 6 (1.53%) Telecoms
8 5 (1.27%) Organisational Skills
9 3 (0.76%) Financial Institution
10 2 (0.51%) Automotive
10 2 (0.51%) Back Office
10 2 (0.51%) Front Office
10 2 (0.51%) Manufacturing
10 2 (0.51%) Military
10 2 (0.51%) Police
11 1 (0.25%) Legal
Job Titles
1 61 (15.52%) Architect
2 43 (10.94%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 40 (10.18%) Infrastructure Architect
4 31 (7.89%) Administrator
5 29 (7.38%) Network Engineer
6 24 (6.11%) Consultant
7 22 (5.60%) Storage Engineer
8 18 (4.58%) Project Manager
9 17 (4.33%) Cloud Engineer
9 17 (4.33%) Systems Administrator
10 16 (4.07%) IT Engineer
10 16 (4.07%) VMware Engineer
11 15 (3.82%) Wintel Engineer
12 13 (3.31%) Server Engineer
13 12 (3.05%) Backup Engineer
13 12 (3.05%) Support Engineer
13 12 (3.05%) Technical Architect
14 11 (2.80%) Unix Administrator
14 11 (2.80%) VMware Architect
15 10 (2.54%) Unix Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (5.85%) Middleware
2 9 (2.29%) LDAP
3 5 (1.27%) Web Services
4 4 (1.02%) LAMP
5 3 (0.76%) Java EE
5 3 (0.76%) JSON
5 3 (0.76%) XML
6 2 (0.51%) .NET
6 2 (0.51%) SOAP
7 1 (0.25%) 802.1X
7 1 (0.25%) ASP.NET Web API
7 1 (0.25%) Flash
7 1 (0.25%) Java RMI
7 1 (0.25%) REST
7 1 (0.25%) SAML
7 1 (0.25%) SAP Basis
7 1 (0.25%) ServiceStack
7 1 (0.25%) Spine.js
7 1 (0.25%) SPNEGO
Miscellaneous
1 87 (22.14%) Data Centre
2 33 (8.40%) Enterprise Software
2 33 (8.40%) Replication
3 28 (7.12%) Clustering
4 20 (5.09%) EMC VNX
5 16 (4.07%) Private Cloud
6 14 (3.56%) CMDB
7 13 (3.31%) HP Storage
8 12 (3.05%) Public Cloud
9 11 (2.80%) EMC VMAX
10 10 (2.54%) AS400
10 10 (2.54%) iSeries
10 10 (2.54%) LPAR
11 9 (2.29%) PKI
11 9 (2.29%) Self-Motivation
11 9 (2.29%) VxBlock/Vblock
12 8 (2.04%) Enterprise Storage
13 7 (1.78%) HP StoreVirtual
13 7 (1.78%) Mainframe
14 6 (1.53%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 212 (53.94%) Windows
2 122 (31.04%) Linux
2 122 (31.04%) Windows Server
3 63 (16.03%) Unix
4 49 (12.47%) Windows Server 2008
5 42 (10.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 41 (10.43%) Windows Server 2012
7 35 (8.91%) Windows Server 2016
8 30 (7.63%) Windows Server 2019
9 26 (6.62%) Solaris
10 18 (4.58%) Windows 10
11 16 (4.07%) AIX
12 13 (3.31%) Data ONTAP
13 12 (3.05%) Apple iOS
14 11 (2.80%) Windows Server 2003
15 10 (2.54%) CentOS
16 9 (2.29%) SUSE
17 6 (1.53%) Windows 7
18 5 (1.27%) Windows 2000
18 5 (1.27%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 82 (20.87%) Disaster Recovery
2 72 (18.32%) ITIL
3 67 (17.05%) Migration
4 56 (14.25%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 45 (11.45%) Project Delivery
5 45 (11.45%) Project Management
6 43 (10.94%) Problem-Solving
7 39 (9.92%) Storage Management
8 33 (8.40%) Agile Software Development
8 33 (8.40%) Data Protection
9 27 (6.87%) Capacity Planning
10 24 (6.11%) Configuration Management
11 23 (5.85%) Data Management
11 23 (5.85%) High Availability
12 22 (5.60%) DevOps
12 22 (5.60%) Service Delivery
13 20 (5.09%) Load Balancing
13 20 (5.09%) Service Management
14 18 (4.58%) Performance Tuning
15 17 (4.33%) Decision-Making
Programming Languages
1 81 (20.61%) PowerShell
2 63 (16.03%) SQL
3 43 (10.94%) Python
4 23 (5.85%) Bash Shell
5 20 (5.09%) Perl
6 18 (4.58%) Shell Script
7 15 (3.82%) Java
8 12 (3.05%) JavaScript
9 8 (2.04%) T-SQL
10 7 (1.78%) VBScript
11 6 (1.53%) AWK
12 5 (1.27%) C
12 5 (1.27%) Korn
13 4 (1.02%) Bourne shell
14 3 (0.76%) C#
14 3 (0.76%) C++
15 2 (0.51%) PHP
15 2 (0.51%) sed
15 2 (0.51%) VB
16 1 (0.25%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 135 (34.35%) Security Cleared
2 82 (20.87%) SC Cleared
3 49 (12.47%) DV Cleared
4 32 (8.14%) Cisco Certification
5 25 (6.36%) CCNA
6 23 (5.85%) Microsoft Certification
7 21 (5.34%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 19 (4.83%) MCSE
9 18 (4.58%) CCNP
9 18 (4.58%) Degree
9 18 (4.58%) MCSA
10 10 (2.54%) MCITP
11 9 (2.29%) JNCIS
11 9 (2.29%) RHCE
11 9 (2.29%) RHCSA
12 7 (1.78%) ITIL Certification
13 6 (1.53%) HP AIS
13 6 (1.53%) HP ASE
13 6 (1.53%) HP MASE
13 6 (1.53%) Linux+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (7.89%) SLA
2 15 (3.82%) QA
3 9 (2.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.76%) Cyber Essentials
4 3 (0.76%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.51%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 2 (0.51%) GDPR
5 2 (0.51%) HL7
5 2 (0.51%) ISO 22301
5 2 (0.51%) ISO 9000
5 2 (0.51%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.25%) COBIT
6 1 (0.25%) IFRS
System Software
1 176 (44.78%) VMware Infrastructure
2 123 (31.30%) Active Directory
3 64 (16.28%) VMware ESXi
4 56 (14.25%) Hyper-V
5 40 (10.18%) vSphere
6 22 (5.60%) NFS
7 20 (5.09%) VMware NSX
8 18 (4.58%) Virtual Machines
9 12 (3.05%) SRDF
10 11 (2.80%) Oracle RAC
10 11 (2.80%) Veritas Cluster Server
11 10 (2.54%) PowerHA
12 9 (2.29%) Veritas Volume Manager
13 8 (2.04%) Firmware
13 8 (2.04%) KVM
13 8 (2.04%) VMware Server
14 7 (1.78%) Docker
14 7 (1.78%) Virtual Servers
14 7 (1.78%) Xen
15 5 (1.27%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 41 (10.43%) SCCM
2 31 (7.89%) Ansible
3 27 (6.87%) NetBackup
4 25 (6.36%) HP Data Protector
5 18 (4.58%) Terraform
6 17 (4.33%) vCenter Server
7 15 (3.82%) Puppet
7 15 (3.82%) WSUS
8 14 (3.56%) Kubernetes
9 12 (3.05%) SCOM
9 12 (3.05%) vRealize
10 10 (2.54%) BladeLogic
10 10 (2.54%) SnapMirror
11 9 (2.29%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 8 (2.04%) Avamar
12 8 (2.04%) Failover Clustering
12 8 (2.04%) Microsoft Clustering
12 8 (2.04%) Nagios
12 8 (2.04%) SELinux
12 8 (2.04%) vRealize Orchestrator
Vendors
1 240 (61.07%) VMware
2 98 (24.94%) Microsoft
3 92 (23.41%) Cisco
4 85 (21.63%) HP
5 82 (20.87%) NetApp
6 70 (17.81%) EMC
7 53 (13.49%) 3PAR
8 51 (12.98%) Dell
8 51 (12.98%) Oracle
9 48 (12.21%) Red Hat
10 46 (11.70%) Citrix
11 43 (10.94%) IBM
12 38 (9.67%) Veritas
13 36 (9.16%) Brocade
14 23 (5.85%) Juniper
15 21 (5.34%) Veeam
16 18 (4.58%) McAfee
16 18 (4.58%) SolarWinds
17 17 (4.33%) F5
18 14 (3.56%) Isilon