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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 2 July 2022 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
2 Jul 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 419 349 293
Rank change year-on-year -70 -56 +58
Contract jobs citing SAN 515 465 337
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.58% 0.70% 0.82%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.09% 6.12% 6.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 347 306 230
10th Percentile £275 £278 £263
25th Percentile £363 £363 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £450 £381
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% +18.03% -4.69%
75th Percentile £550 £513 £488
90th Percentile £669 £622 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £411 £375
% change year-on-year +6.38% +9.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 28 14
10th Percentile £22.95 £24.22 £25.00
25th Percentile - £42.00 £29.71
Median hourly rate £23.91 £50.00 £41.50
Median % change year-on-year -52.18% +20.48% -2.06%
75th Percentile £47.40 £51.00 £43.41
90th Percentile £63.00 £69.53 £48.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £54.16 £50.00 £26.50
% change year-on-year +8.32% +88.68% -36.90%

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 10,126 7,593 5,570
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.38% 11.45% 13.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,716 4,861 3,393
10th Percentile £250 £231 £192
25th Percentile £400 £355 £319
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £450 £438
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% +2.86% +2.94%
75th Percentile £615 £550 £538
90th Percentile £700 £638 £637
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £413 £415
% change year-on-year +9.09% -0.60% +1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 380 355 288
10th Percentile £15.25 £12.23 £13.85
25th Percentile £17.00 £15.25 £16.25
Median hourly rate £29.06 £25.00 £25.03
Median % change year-on-year +16.24% -0.12% +19.19%
75th Percentile £52.81 £50.00 £46.25
90th Percentile £67.50 £64.50 £53.23
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £22.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +2.27% +10.00% +9.42%

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 2 July 2022.

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 2 July 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for SAN in the UK

SAN
Top 18 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 2 July 2022. 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
Jobs
England -47 440 £475 +11.76% 134
UK excluding London -39 262 £438 +6.38% 127
Work from Home -24 226 £450 -3.23% 52
London -47 192 £525 +6.60% 23
South East -19 93 £488 +11.54% 19
North of England -5 76 £425 +6.25% 44
Yorkshire +4 49 £425 -15.00% 22
North West -21 29 £480 +28.00% 17
Scotland -29 27 £403 -10.56% 12
South West -13 26 £473 +40.00% 20
Midlands -43 20 £450 +20.81% 18
West Midlands -30 16 £400 +10.34% 11
Wales -7 12 £513 +2.50% 3
East of England -25 6 £485 +49.23% 9
East Midlands -20 4 £500 +33.33% 7
Isle of Man - 3 £530 -
Northern Ireland -10 2 £500 +21.95% 2
North East -14 1 £210 -45.81% 5

For the 6 months to 2 July 2022, 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.

1 303 (58.83%) Windows
2 263 (51.07%) VMware
3 202 (39.22%) VMware Infrastructure
4 158 (30.68%) Active Directory
5 153 (29.71%) Windows Server
6 152 (29.51%) Microsoft
7 144 (27.96%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 143 (27.77%) Cisco
9 138 (26.80%) Linux
10 135 (26.21%) Azure
11 120 (23.30%) NAS
11 120 (23.30%) Finance
12 113 (21.94%) Social Skills
13 103 (20.00%) Data Centre
14 102 (19.81%) Citrix
15 100 (19.42%) HP
16 92 (17.86%) Oracle
17 90 (17.48%) Firewall
18 89 (17.28%) SQL Server
19 88 (17.09%) Microsoft 365
20 85 (16.50%) Hyper-V
21 84 (16.31%) SQL
22 83 (16.12%) Dell
23 79 (15.34%) DNS
23 79 (15.34%) Unix
24 78 (15.15%) EMC
24 78 (15.15%) Migration
24 78 (15.15%) Security Cleared
25 77 (14.95%) Problem-Solving
26 76 (14.76%) WAN

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 48 (9.32%) MS Exchange
2 34 (6.60%) WebSphere
3 30 (5.83%) SharePoint
4 11 (2.14%) Exchange Server 2010
4 11 (2.14%) IIS
5 8 (1.55%) Confluence
6 7 (1.36%) WebSphere Application Server
7 6 (1.17%) Apache
7 6 (1.17%) SAS
8 4 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2013
9 3 (0.58%) IBM Notes
9 3 (0.58%) Tomcat
9 3 (0.58%) WebLogic
10 2 (0.39%) JBoss
10 2 (0.39%) Skype for Business
11 1 (0.19%) Camunda
11 1 (0.19%) Exchange Server 2003
11 1 (0.19%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 16 (3.11%) Microsoft Office
2 15 (2.91%) MS Visio
3 8 (1.55%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (0.58%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.19%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.19%) Snagit
Business Applications
1 8 (1.55%) Markit EDM
1 8 (1.55%) thinkFolio
2 1 (0.19%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 135 (26.21%) Azure
2 88 (17.09%) Microsoft 365
3 41 (7.96%) AWS
4 30 (5.83%) IaaS
5 24 (4.66%) Azure Active Directory
5 24 (4.66%) GitHub
6 18 (3.50%) GCP
6 18 (3.50%) SaaS
7 14 (2.72%) PaaS
8 10 (1.94%) Power Platform
9 8 (1.55%) Azure DevOps
9 8 (1.55%) Cloud Computing
9 8 (1.55%) Rubrik
10 7 (1.36%) IBM Cloud
11 6 (1.17%) SoftLayer
12 5 (0.97%) Cohesity
12 5 (0.97%) OneDrive
13 4 (0.78%) Google Workspace
13 4 (0.78%) Nutanix
14 3 (0.58%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 120 (23.30%) NAS
2 90 (17.48%) Firewall
3 79 (15.34%) DNS
4 76 (14.76%) WAN
5 59 (11.46%) DHCP
5 59 (11.46%) LAN
6 49 (9.51%) TCP/IP
7 31 (6.02%) Network Security
8 28 (5.44%) VoIP
9 24 (4.66%) Fibre Channel
9 24 (4.66%) VPN
10 19 (3.69%) BGP
10 19 (3.69%) VLAN
11 16 (3.11%) iSCSI
12 15 (2.91%) MPLS
12 15 (2.91%) OSPF
12 15 (2.91%) Wireless
13 12 (2.33%) Cisco ASA
13 12 (2.33%) HTTP
13 12 (2.33%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 89 (17.28%) SQL Server
2 24 (4.66%) DB2
3 9 (1.75%) Data Warehouse
3 9 (1.75%) Oracle Database
4 7 (1.36%) Oracle Database 12c
5 6 (1.17%) BusinessObjects
6 3 (0.58%) MySQL
6 3 (0.58%) Oracle Database 10g
6 3 (0.58%) Oracle Database 11g
7 2 (0.39%) Azure SQL Database
7 2 (0.39%) Big Data
7 2 (0.39%) InterSystems Cache
7 2 (0.39%) MongoDB
8 1 (0.19%) Amazon RDS
8 1 (0.19%) InfluxDB
8 1 (0.19%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 24 (4.66%) Jenkins
2 9 (1.75%) JIRA
3 5 (0.97%) AppScan
3 5 (0.97%) Burp Suite
4 4 (0.78%) GitLab
5 3 (0.58%) Git (software)
6 1 (0.19%) GDB
6 1 (0.19%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 120 (23.30%) Finance
2 113 (21.94%) Social Skills
3 67 (13.01%) Banking
4 51 (9.90%) Analytical Skills
5 32 (6.21%) Public Sector
6 29 (5.63%) Telecoms
7 13 (2.52%) Local Government
8 11 (2.14%) Electronics
8 11 (2.14%) Legal
8 11 (2.14%) Manufacturing
8 11 (2.14%) Marketing
9 10 (1.94%) Organisational Skills
10 9 (1.75%) Mandarin Language
10 9 (1.75%) Presentation Skills
10 9 (1.75%) Retail
11 8 (1.55%) Documentation Skills
11 8 (1.55%) Investment Banking
12 5 (0.97%) Law
13 4 (0.78%) Advertising
13 4 (0.78%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 120 (23.30%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 75 (14.56%) Architect
3 39 (7.57%) Analyst
4 33 (6.41%) Infrastructure Architect
4 33 (6.41%) Storage Engineer
5 30 (5.83%) Administrator
6 27 (5.24%) Support Engineer
7 26 (5.05%) Consultant
7 26 (5.05%) IT Engineer
8 25 (4.85%) 2nd Line Support
8 25 (4.85%) Server Engineer
9 18 (3.50%) Infrastructure Analyst
9 18 (3.50%) Network Engineer
10 16 (3.11%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 16 (3.11%) Linux Engineer
11 15 (2.91%) Automation Engineer
11 15 (2.91%) Solutions Architect
12 14 (2.72%) 3rd Line Support
12 14 (2.72%) Help Desk Support
12 14 (2.72%) IT Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (5.63%) Middleware
2 23 (4.47%) RESTful
3 10 (1.94%) ARM Templates
4 9 (1.75%) REST
5 8 (1.55%) .NET
5 8 (1.55%) Flash
6 7 (1.36%) JSON
6 7 (1.36%) SOAP
6 7 (1.36%) XML
7 5 (0.97%) ASP.NET
8 4 (0.78%) ADO
9 2 (0.39%) LDAP
9 2 (0.39%) Regular Expression
9 2 (0.39%) WebSphere MQ
10 1 (0.19%) 802.1X
10 1 (0.19%) AngularJS
10 1 (0.19%) Kafka
10 1 (0.19%) Spine.js
10 1 (0.19%) Spring
10 1 (0.19%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 103 (20.00%) Data Centre
2 69 (13.40%) Clustering
3 62 (12.04%) Replication
4 45 (8.74%) Management Information System
5 36 (6.99%) Video Conferencing
6 24 (4.66%) Analytical Mindset
7 20 (3.88%) Enterprise Storage
8 18 (3.50%) Public Cloud
9 17 (3.30%) CCTV
9 17 (3.30%) PKI
10 16 (3.11%) Legacy Applications
10 16 (3.11%) Private Cloud
11 13 (2.52%) Self-Motivation
12 9 (1.75%) Client/Server
13 8 (1.55%) HACMP
13 8 (1.55%) Mainframe
14 7 (1.36%) Blackberry
14 7 (1.36%) CMDB
14 7 (1.36%) iPad
14 7 (1.36%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 303 (58.83%) Windows
2 153 (29.71%) Windows Server
3 138 (26.80%) Linux
4 79 (15.34%) Unix
5 61 (11.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 40 (7.77%) AIX
7 32 (6.21%) Windows Server 2019
8 30 (5.83%) Windows Server 2016
9 22 (4.27%) Windows Server 2012
10 21 (4.08%) Windows Server 2008
11 18 (3.50%) Windows Server 2003
12 16 (3.11%) Windows 10
13 12 (2.33%) Solaris
14 9 (1.75%) HPUX
15 7 (1.36%) Ubuntu
16 6 (1.17%) Android
16 6 (1.17%) SUSE
16 6 (1.17%) zOS
17 4 (0.78%) CentOS
17 4 (0.78%) FreeNAS
Processes & Methodologies
1 144 (27.96%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 78 (15.15%) Migration
3 77 (14.95%) Problem-Solving
4 75 (14.56%) ITIL
5 59 (11.46%) Disaster Recovery
6 55 (10.68%) Change Management
7 50 (9.71%) DevOps
8 46 (8.93%) Agile
9 42 (8.16%) Service Management
10 41 (7.96%) High Availability
11 38 (7.38%) Load Balancing
12 32 (6.21%) Business Continuity
13 31 (6.02%) Project Delivery
14 30 (5.83%) Infrastructure as Code
14 30 (5.83%) Storage Management
15 28 (5.44%) Task Automation
16 27 (5.24%) Problem Management
17 26 (5.05%) CI/CD
17 26 (5.05%) Infrastructure Automation
17 26 (5.05%) Operational Stability
Programming Languages
1 84 (16.31%) SQL
2 53 (10.29%) PowerShell
3 19 (3.69%) Python
4 16 (3.11%) Java
5 15 (2.91%) Shell Script
6 9 (1.75%) Bash
7 8 (1.55%) Perl
8 6 (1.17%) Korn
9 5 (0.97%) C#
9 5 (0.97%) PHP
10 3 (0.58%) C
10 3 (0.58%) VB
11 2 (0.39%) Groovy
11 2 (0.39%) JavaScript
12 1 (0.19%) Go
12 1 (0.19%) T-SQL
12 1 (0.19%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 78 (15.15%) Security Cleared
2 68 (13.20%) SC Cleared
3 32 (6.21%) Degree
4 28 (5.44%) Cisco Certification
5 23 (4.47%) Microsoft Certification
6 20 (3.88%) CCNA
7 15 (2.91%) DV Cleared
8 14 (2.72%) MCSE
9 13 (2.52%) Computer Science Degree
10 11 (2.14%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 10 (1.94%) CCNP
11 10 (1.94%) MCSA
12 9 (1.75%) ITIL Certification
13 7 (1.36%) CISSP
14 6 (1.17%) LPIC
14 6 (1.17%) RHCE
14 6 (1.17%) RHCT
15 5 (0.97%) GIAC
15 5 (0.97%) JNCIA
16 4 (0.78%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (7.38%) SLA
2 11 (2.14%) PMO
3 10 (1.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 6 (1.17%) QA
5 4 (0.78%) Actionable Recommendations
5 4 (0.78%) GDPR
6 2 (0.39%) Cyber Essentials
6 2 (0.39%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 2 (0.39%) JSP 440
6 2 (0.39%) NCSC
7 1 (0.19%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.19%) Government Security Classifications
7 1 (0.19%) NIST
7 1 (0.19%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 202 (39.22%) VMware Infrastructure
2 158 (30.68%) Active Directory
3 85 (16.50%) Hyper-V
4 56 (10.87%) VMware ESXi
5 35 (6.80%) vSphere
6 34 (6.60%) Virtual Machines
7 33 (6.41%) Veritas Cluster Server
8 25 (4.85%) Veritas Volume Manager
9 19 (3.69%) Firmware
10 16 (3.11%) XenApp
11 14 (2.72%) Virtual Servers
12 13 (2.52%) PowerHA
12 13 (2.52%) VMware NSX
13 12 (2.33%) Virtual Desktop
14 10 (1.94%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 9 (1.75%) Docker
16 8 (1.55%) NFS
16 8 (1.55%) XenDesktop
17 5 (0.97%) Oracle RAC
18 3 (0.58%) Veritas File System
Systems Management
1 60 (11.65%) SCCM
2 58 (11.26%) Ansible
3 40 (7.77%) NetBackup
4 38 (7.38%) vCenter Server
5 31 (6.02%) Puppet
6 30 (5.83%) Microsoft Intune
7 25 (4.85%) WSUS
8 19 (3.69%) Terraform
9 17 (3.30%) Microsoft Clustering
10 14 (2.72%) Active Directory Federation Services
11 13 (2.52%) Tivoli Storage Manager
12 12 (2.33%) Failover Clustering
13 11 (2.14%) Kubernetes
13 11 (2.14%) SCOM
13 11 (2.14%) Tivoli
14 10 (1.94%) AirWatch
15 8 (1.55%) Control-M
15 8 (1.55%) EMC NetWorker
16 7 (1.36%) Norton AntiVirus
17 6 (1.17%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 263 (51.07%) VMware
2 152 (29.51%) Microsoft
3 143 (27.77%) Cisco
4 102 (19.81%) Citrix
5 100 (19.42%) HP
6 92 (17.86%) Oracle
7 83 (16.12%) Dell
8 78 (15.15%) EMC
9 67 (13.01%) IBM
10 63 (12.23%) NetApp
11 52 (10.10%) Veeam
11 52 (10.10%) Veritas
12 40 (7.77%) Red Hat
13 38 (7.38%) Sybase
14 33 (6.41%) F5
15 31 (6.02%) Avaya
16 27 (5.24%) Brocade
17 24 (4.66%) SolarWinds
18 21 (4.08%) Isilon
19 15 (2.91%) ServiceNow