Period
to 20 September 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 20 September 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
20 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 364 307 343
Rank change year-on-year -57 +36 -18
Contract jobs citing SAN 533 213 643
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.67% 0.73% 0.72%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 6.00% 5.36% 5.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 349 143 382
10th Percentile £259 £263 £238
25th Percentile £350 £313 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £437 £413 £401
Median % change year-on-year +5.95% +2.80% +0.31%
75th Percentile £513 £491 £500
90th Percentile £613 £538 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £375 £388
% change year-on-year +8.00% -3.23% +0.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 16 40
10th Percentile £24.50 £22.50 £31.75
25th Percentile £25.63 £38.38 £41.25
Median hourly rate £50.00 £45.00 £42.25
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% +6.51% +20.71%
75th Percentile £60.50 £64.50 £50.94
90th Percentile £78.00 £65.25 £82.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £51.00 £45.00 £42.00
% change year-on-year +13.33% +7.14% +20.00%

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 8,889 3,974 11,693
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.24% 13.63% 13.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,688 2,467 7,268
10th Percentile £231 £206 £200
25th Percentile £363 £324 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £438 £425
Median % change year-on-year +8.57% +2.94% -
75th Percentile £575 £538 £525
90th Percentile £650 £625 £610
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £410 £400
% change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 405 186 602
10th Percentile £12.00 £13.63 £12.81
25th Percentile £15.00 £17.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate £22.50 £30.50 £23.75
Median % change year-on-year -26.23% +28.42% +25.00%
75th Percentile £48.75 £46.66 £46.00
90th Percentile £65.00 £54.38 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.51 £27.16 £22.50
% change year-on-year -24.47% +20.69% +19.11%

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 20 September 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 20 September 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 20 September 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 -85 407 £425 +6.25% 165
UK excluding London -25 288 £405 +8.00% 137
London -93 177 £500 +17.65% 35
Work from Home -160 105 £473 -1.82% 20
South East -39 97 £437 -7.99% 22
Scotland -49 49 £460 -0.54% 4
Midlands -47 42 £328 -3.68% 33
South West -24 39 £295 -26.02% 16
North of England -81 26 £371 +5.86% 43
Wales 0 23 £428 -14.50% 3
West Midlands -52 22 £363 +6.62% 20
East Midlands - 19 £320 - 13
North West -65 13 £375 +7.14% 23
Northern Ireland - 10 £263 - 1
North East -10 8 £160 - 3
East of England -46 8 £313 +13.64% 16
Yorkshire -46 5 £350 +7.69% 17

For the 6 months to 20 September 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.

1 323 (60.60%) VMware
2 280 (52.53%) Windows
3 206 (38.65%) VMware Infrastructure
4 161 (30.21%) Linux
5 151 (28.33%) Active Directory
6 141 (26.45%) Microsoft
7 140 (26.27%) Azure
7 140 (26.27%) Windows Server
8 134 (25.14%) NAS
8 134 (25.14%) Cisco
9 125 (23.45%) Security Cleared
10 118 (22.14%) HP
11 114 (21.39%) Data Centre
12 100 (18.76%) Social Skills
12 100 (18.76%) EMC
13 99 (18.57%) Migration
14 98 (18.39%) NetApp
15 93 (17.45%) Oracle
16 90 (16.89%) SQL
17 89 (16.70%) Dell
17 89 (16.70%) VMware ESXi
17 89 (16.70%) Microsoft 365
18 83 (15.57%) DNS
18 83 (15.57%) PowerShell
19 82 (15.38%) Infrastructure Engineering
20 80 (15.01%) SC Cleared
21 79 (14.82%) WAN
22 77 (14.45%) Citrix
22 77 (14.45%) Red Hat
22 77 (14.45%) Firewall

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 33 (6.19%) MS Exchange
2 24 (4.50%) SharePoint
3 18 (3.38%) Apache
3 18 (3.38%) Tomcat
4 16 (3.00%) Confluence
5 15 (2.81%) IIS
6 13 (2.44%) WebSphere
7 12 (2.25%) Oracle Workflow
8 8 (1.50%) Documentum
8 8 (1.50%) Exchange Server 2013
9 7 (1.31%) WebSphere Application Server
10 5 (0.94%) Exchange Server 2010
11 4 (0.75%) JBoss
12 3 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2007
12 3 (0.56%) Site Server
12 3 (0.56%) WebLogic
13 2 (0.38%) CMS
13 2 (0.38%) OpenStack
13 2 (0.38%) Skype for Business
14 1 (0.19%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 33 (6.19%) Microsoft Office
2 23 (4.32%) MS Visio
3 12 (2.25%) Microsoft Project
4 10 (1.88%) Microsoft Excel
5 9 (1.69%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 5 (0.94%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 6 (1.13%) SAP S/4HANA
2 3 (0.56%) StreamServe
3 1 (0.19%) Oracle BPM
3 1 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.19%) SAP APO
3 1 (0.19%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 140 (26.27%) Azure
2 89 (16.70%) Microsoft 365
3 64 (12.01%) AWS
4 33 (6.19%) GCP
4 33 (6.19%) IaaS
5 26 (4.88%) Azure Active Directory
6 13 (2.44%) PaaS
7 12 (2.25%) GitHub
8 11 (2.06%) OneDrive
9 10 (1.88%) OpenShift
10 8 (1.50%) Mimecast
10 8 (1.50%) SaaS
11 6 (1.13%) Azure Storage
11 6 (1.13%) Cohesity
12 5 (0.94%) Azure ExpressRoute
13 4 (0.75%) IBM Cloud
14 3 (0.56%) Google Workspace
15 2 (0.38%) Amazon ELB
15 2 (0.38%) Power Platform
15 2 (0.38%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 134 (25.14%) NAS
2 83 (15.57%) DNS
3 79 (14.82%) WAN
4 77 (14.45%) Firewall
5 68 (12.76%) LAN
6 58 (10.88%) TCP/IP
7 51 (9.57%) DHCP
8 37 (6.94%) VPN
9 27 (5.07%) iSCSI
10 26 (4.88%) Cisco Nexus
10 26 (4.88%) Fibre Channel
11 24 (4.50%) Internet
12 21 (3.94%) NetScaler
13 20 (3.75%) HTTP
14 18 (3.38%) Cisco ASA
14 18 (3.38%) SSL
15 15 (2.81%) VoIP
16 12 (2.25%) Network Security
16 12 (2.25%) VSAN
17 10 (1.88%) Junos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 73 (13.70%) SQL Server
2 23 (4.32%) PostgreSQL
3 20 (3.75%) Oracle Database
4 12 (2.25%) MySQL
5 10 (1.88%) DB2
5 10 (1.88%) Oracle Database 11g
6 9 (1.69%) Oracle Reports
7 8 (1.50%) Oracle Database 12c
8 7 (1.31%) Big Data
9 6 (1.13%) MongoDB
10 5 (0.94%) Apache Cassandra
10 5 (0.94%) SAP HANA
10 5 (0.94%) SQL Server 2012
11 4 (0.75%) Hadoop
11 4 (0.75%) Oracle Exadata
11 4 (0.75%) Riak
11 4 (0.75%) SQL Server 2008
11 4 (0.75%) SQL Server 2017
11 4 (0.75%) Sybase IQ
12 3 (0.56%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 24 (4.50%) JIRA
2 12 (2.25%) Jenkins
3 11 (2.06%) Git (software)
4 9 (1.69%) Sonatype Nexus
5 6 (1.13%) Bitbucket
6 4 (0.75%) MSI
7 3 (0.56%) Oracle Forms
8 2 (0.38%) GitLab
8 2 (0.38%) Gradle
9 1 (0.19%) Artifactory
9 1 (0.19%) Emacs
9 1 (0.19%) Hudson
9 1 (0.19%) Vagrant
General
1 100 (18.76%) Social Skills
2 71 (13.32%) Finance
3 34 (6.38%) Public Sector
4 33 (6.19%) Analytical Skills
5 31 (5.82%) Banking
6 24 (4.50%) Telecoms
7 11 (2.06%) Documentation Skills
8 10 (1.88%) Presentation Skills
9 9 (1.69%) Organisational Skills
10 8 (1.50%) Manufacturing
11 6 (1.13%) Electronics
11 6 (1.13%) Marketing
12 5 (0.94%) Back Office
13 4 (0.75%) Influencing Skills
13 4 (0.75%) Local Government
14 3 (0.56%) Italian Language
14 3 (0.56%) Law
15 2 (0.38%) Advertising
15 2 (0.38%) Financial Institution
15 2 (0.38%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 83 (15.57%) Architect
2 64 (12.01%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 49 (9.19%) Administrator
4 40 (7.50%) Consultant
5 37 (6.94%) Network Engineer
6 36 (6.75%) Storage Engineer
7 31 (5.82%) IT Engineer
8 30 (5.63%) Solutions Architect
9 28 (5.25%) Infrastructure Architect
9 28 (5.25%) Support Engineer
10 24 (4.50%) Storage Consultant
10 24 (4.50%) Systems Administrator
11 21 (3.94%) Project Manager
12 20 (3.75%) Analyst
12 20 (3.75%) Technical Architect
13 19 (3.56%) Server Engineer
14 16 (3.00%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 15 (2.81%) VMware Engineer
16 13 (2.44%) SAN Engineer
16 13 (2.44%) SAN Storage Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (3.94%) Middleware
2 19 (3.56%) Web Services
3 14 (2.63%) LDAP
4 8 (1.50%) Flash
4 8 (1.50%) Kafka
5 7 (1.31%) XML
6 6 (1.13%) JSON
7 5 (0.94%) .NET
7 5 (0.94%) 802.1X
7 5 (0.94%) Oracle GoldenGate
7 5 (0.94%) REST
7 5 (0.94%) SAP Basis
7 5 (0.94%) SOAP
8 3 (0.56%) LAMP
9 2 (0.38%) EDI
9 2 (0.38%) HTML
9 2 (0.38%) SAML
9 2 (0.38%) XSLT
10 1 (0.19%) COM
10 1 (0.19%) JMS
Miscellaneous
1 114 (21.39%) Data Centre
2 44 (8.26%) Clustering
3 42 (7.88%) Replication
4 20 (3.75%) Enterprise Software
4 20 (3.75%) Enterprise Storage
5 17 (3.19%) PKI
6 15 (2.81%) VxBlock/Vblock
7 14 (2.63%) Management Information System
7 14 (2.63%) Public Cloud
8 13 (2.44%) Mainframe
9 11 (2.06%) Cyberattack
9 11 (2.06%) Data Protection Act
9 11 (2.06%) EMC VNX
9 11 (2.06%) Self-Motivation
10 10 (1.88%) NHS
11 9 (1.69%) Private Cloud
12 7 (1.31%) EMC VMAX
12 7 (1.31%) Mobile App
12 7 (1.31%) Video Conferencing
13 6 (1.13%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 280 (52.53%) Windows
2 161 (30.21%) Linux
3 140 (26.27%) Windows Server
4 72 (13.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 69 (12.95%) Unix
6 56 (10.51%) Windows Server 2019
7 55 (10.32%) Windows Server 2012
8 48 (9.01%) Windows Server 2016
9 38 (7.13%) Windows Server 2008
10 35 (6.57%) Solaris
11 28 (5.25%) Windows 10
12 21 (3.94%) AIX
13 17 (3.19%) Data ONTAP
14 15 (2.81%) Windows 7
15 10 (1.88%) CentOS
15 10 (1.88%) Windows Server 2003
16 8 (1.50%) HPUX
17 7 (1.31%) SUSE
18 6 (1.13%) Windows Vista
19 5 (0.94%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 99 (18.57%) Migration
2 82 (15.38%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 71 (13.32%) ITIL
4 59 (11.07%) Disaster Recovery
5 53 (9.94%) Agile Software Development
6 51 (9.57%) Problem-Solving
7 39 (7.32%) Project Delivery
8 35 (6.57%) DevOps
9 34 (6.38%) Project Management
10 32 (6.00%) Load Balancing
11 31 (5.82%) Data Protection
12 29 (5.44%) Change Management
13 27 (5.07%) Configuration Management
14 25 (4.69%) Performance Tuning
15 24 (4.50%) Identity Management
15 24 (4.50%) Service Delivery
16 23 (4.32%) Mentoring
16 23 (4.32%) Stakeholder Management
17 22 (4.13%) High Availability
18 21 (3.94%) Capacity Planning
Programming Languages
1 90 (16.89%) SQL
2 83 (15.57%) PowerShell
3 50 (9.38%) Python
4 28 (5.25%) Bash Shell
5 23 (4.32%) Java
6 22 (4.13%) Perl
7 20 (3.75%) JavaScript
7 20 (3.75%) PHP
8 19 (3.56%) Shell Script
9 18 (3.38%) Ruby
10 13 (2.44%) VBScript
11 11 (2.06%) VB
12 4 (0.75%) C#
12 4 (0.75%) PL/SQL
12 4 (0.75%) T-SQL
13 3 (0.56%) AWK
13 3 (0.56%) Bourne shell
13 3 (0.56%) C++
13 3 (0.56%) Korn
14 2 (0.38%) C
Qualifications
1 125 (23.45%) Security Cleared
2 80 (15.01%) SC Cleared
3 39 (7.32%) Cisco Certification
4 38 (7.13%) DV Cleared
5 34 (6.38%) Microsoft Certification
6 33 (6.19%) Degree
7 31 (5.82%) MCSE
8 25 (4.69%) CCNA
9 21 (3.94%) CCNP
10 20 (3.75%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 14 (2.63%) Computer Science Degree
12 13 (2.44%) MCSA
13 9 (1.69%) MCP
14 8 (1.50%) ITIL Certification
15 7 (1.31%) JNCIA
16 6 (1.13%) MCITP
17 5 (0.94%) RHCE
17 5 (0.94%) TOGAF Certification
18 4 (0.75%) CISSP
18 4 (0.75%) GIAC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (5.44%) SLA
2 16 (3.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 14 (2.63%) QA
4 4 (0.75%) HL7
5 3 (0.56%) ISO 22301
5 3 (0.56%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.38%) Cyber Essentials
6 2 (0.38%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 2 (0.38%) NIST
7 1 (0.19%) COBIT
7 1 (0.19%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.19%) GxP
7 1 (0.19%) IFRS
7 1 (0.19%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.19%) PMBOK
7 1 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 206 (38.65%) VMware Infrastructure
2 151 (28.33%) Active Directory
3 89 (16.70%) VMware ESXi
4 59 (11.07%) vSphere
5 48 (9.01%) Hyper-V
6 30 (5.63%) NFS
7 23 (4.32%) Virtual Machines
8 18 (3.38%) Firmware
9 17 (3.19%) VMware NSX
10 16 (3.00%) Docker
10 16 (3.00%) KVM
10 16 (3.00%) Virtual Servers
11 15 (2.81%) SRDF
12 12 (2.25%) Oracle RAC
12 12 (2.25%) XenApp
13 9 (1.69%) Veritas Cluster Server
13 9 (1.69%) Veritas Volume Manager
13 9 (1.69%) VMware Workstation
13 9 (1.69%) Xen
13 9 (1.69%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 67 (12.57%) SCCM
2 54 (10.13%) Ansible
3 43 (8.07%) NetBackup
4 36 (6.75%) vCenter Server
5 34 (6.38%) Terraform
6 29 (5.44%) Puppet
7 20 (3.75%) Microsoft Intune
8 19 (3.56%) SnapMirror
9 18 (3.38%) vRealize
10 16 (3.00%) Kubernetes
10 16 (3.00%) SnapVault
11 15 (2.81%) WSUS
12 13 (2.44%) HP Data Protector
13 11 (2.06%) FortiGate
13 11 (2.06%) OpenView Configuration Management
13 11 (2.06%) Opscode Chef
13 11 (2.06%) PowerCLI
14 9 (1.69%) Tivoli Storage Manager
14 9 (1.69%) vRealize Orchestrator
14 9 (1.69%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 323 (60.60%) VMware
2 141 (26.45%) Microsoft
3 134 (25.14%) Cisco
4 118 (22.14%) HP
5 100 (18.76%) EMC
6 98 (18.39%) NetApp
7 93 (17.45%) Oracle
8 89 (16.70%) Dell
9 77 (14.45%) Citrix
9 77 (14.45%) Red Hat
10 69 (12.95%) 3PAR
11 55 (10.32%) Veeam
12 46 (8.63%) IBM
13 39 (7.32%) Brocade
14 35 (6.57%) Veritas
15 33 (6.19%) Juniper
15 33 (6.19%) Nimble Storage
16 28 (5.25%) CommVault
17 25 (4.69%) SAP
18 24 (4.50%) F5