Period
to 30 October 2020

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 30 October 2020 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
30 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 308 324 312
Rank change year-on-year +16 -12 -77
Contract jobs citing SAN 240 660 880
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.73% 0.78% 0.85%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.63% 5.84% 6.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 159 411 531
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +4.58%
10th Percentile £252 £231 £275
90th Percentile £566 £550 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £375 £385
% change year-on-year +10.00% -2.60% +10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 43 27
Median hourly rate £42.75 £43.20 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.04% +8.00% +42.22%
10th Percentile £23.00 £25.10 £14.65
90th Percentile £64.50 £82.50 £176.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £42.00 £39.50
% change year-on-year +7.14% +6.33% +50.48%

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 4,260 11,300 13,618
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.98% 13.31% 13.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,450 6,812 8,195
Median daily rate £438 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £210 £195 £200
90th Percentile £621 £600 £609
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 239 627 661
Median hourly rate £35.00 £28.42 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.15% +49.58% -
10th Percentile £14.45 £13.50 £12.20
90th Percentile £55.40 £53.75 £48.25
Median hourly rate £34.50 £23.50 £18.75
% change year-on-year +46.81% +25.33% -2.93%

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 30 October 2020.

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 30 October 2020.

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 30 October 2020. 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 +32 198 £413 +3.13% 118
UK excluding London +47 139 £413 +10.00% 99
London +88 79 £425 - 26
South East +58 37 £473 +24.34% 16
Work from Home -85 34 £450 +15.38% 24
South West +63 29 £383 +2.00% 13
North of England +67 27 £356 -5.00% 28
Scotland +81 24 £475 +17.28% 5
North West +67 19 £413 +13.79% 17
East of England +71 14 £260 -30.80% 6
Midlands +53 8 £340 +8.37% 29
Yorkshire +55 7 £350 -6.67% 8
West Midlands +42 7 £340 -12.26% 14
East Midlands +40 1 £388 +44.86% 15
North East +29 1 - - 3
Wales -1 1 £500 +8.11% 2

For the 6 months to 30 October 2020, 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.

1 145 (60.42%) Windows
2 131 (54.58%) VMware
3 92 (38.33%) VMware Infrastructure
4 91 (37.92%) Active Directory
5 76 (31.67%) Security Cleared
6 74 (30.83%) Windows Server
7 71 (29.58%) Cisco
8 64 (26.67%) Microsoft
9 63 (26.25%) DNS
10 59 (24.58%) SC Cleared
11 55 (22.92%) Azure
12 54 (22.50%) Linux
13 52 (21.67%) Data Centre
13 52 (21.67%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 50 (20.83%) PowerShell
15 49 (20.42%) LAN
16 48 (20.00%) WAN
17 45 (18.75%) DHCP
17 45 (18.75%) HP
18 44 (18.33%) Windows Server 2012
19 42 (17.50%) ITIL
20 37 (15.42%) VMware ESXi
21 36 (15.00%) EMC
22 35 (14.58%) Hyper-V
23 34 (14.17%) SQL Server
23 34 (14.17%) Migration
24 33 (13.75%) Finance
25 32 (13.33%) Firewall
25 32 (13.33%) Windows Server 2016
26 31 (12.92%) Citrix

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 (10.42%) MS Exchange
2 18 (7.50%) IIS
3 14 (5.83%) Exchange Server 2010
4 10 (4.17%) Apache
5 7 (2.92%) SharePoint
6 6 (2.50%) Confluence
6 6 (2.50%) Exchange Server 2013
6 6 (2.50%) Skype for Business
6 6 (2.50%) Tomcat
7 4 (1.67%) Documentum
7 4 (1.67%) JBoss
8 3 (1.25%) nginx
9 2 (0.83%) IBM Notes
9 2 (0.83%) OpenStack
10 1 (0.42%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 1 (0.42%) iPlanet
10 1 (0.42%) Liferay
10 1 (0.42%) WebLogic
Applications
1 10 (4.17%) MS Visio
2 4 (1.67%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.83%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.42%) InfoPath
4 1 (0.42%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.42%) assyst
1 1 (0.42%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 55 (22.92%) Azure
2 27 (11.25%) Office 365
3 25 (10.42%) AWS
4 18 (7.50%) Azure Active Directory
5 11 (4.58%) IaaS
6 9 (3.75%) SaaS
7 8 (3.33%) PaaS
8 3 (1.25%) Datadog
8 3 (1.25%) Logic Apps
8 3 (1.25%) Power Platform
9 1 (0.42%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 1 (0.42%) Cloud Computing
9 1 (0.42%) G Suite
9 1 (0.42%) OneDrive
9 1 (0.42%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 63 (26.25%) DNS
2 49 (20.42%) LAN
3 48 (20.00%) WAN
4 45 (18.75%) DHCP
5 32 (13.33%) Firewall
6 22 (9.17%) Fibre Channel
7 21 (8.75%) NAS
8 20 (8.33%) iSCSI
9 12 (5.00%) VLAN
10 11 (4.58%) TCP/IP
11 10 (4.17%) SSL
12 9 (3.75%) Structured Cabling
13 8 (3.33%) HTTP
13 8 (3.33%) VPN
14 7 (2.92%) IPv4
14 7 (2.92%) Network Security
15 6 (2.50%) NetScaler
15 6 (2.50%) SNMP
15 6 (2.50%) VSAN
16 5 (2.08%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (14.17%) SQL Server
2 8 (3.33%) Oracle Database
3 5 (2.08%) MySQL
3 5 (2.08%) PostgreSQL
4 3 (1.25%) DB2
4 3 (1.25%) MongoDB
4 3 (1.25%) Oracle Database 11g
4 3 (1.25%) Oracle Database 12c
5 2 (0.83%) Oracle Database 10g
5 2 (0.83%) Oracle Exadata
5 2 (0.83%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (0.83%) SQL Server 2016
6 1 (0.42%) Amazon Redshift
6 1 (0.42%) Crystal Reports
6 1 (0.42%) MariaDB
6 1 (0.42%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.42%) Riak
6 1 (0.42%) Sybase IQ
Development Applications
1 9 (3.75%) JIRA
2 6 (2.50%) Jenkins
3 4 (1.67%) Bitbucket
3 4 (1.67%) Git (software)
3 4 (1.67%) Maven
3 4 (1.67%) Sonatype Nexus
4 2 (0.83%) ClearCase
4 2 (0.83%) ClearQuest
5 1 (0.42%) Hudson
5 1 (0.42%) Oracle Forms
5 1 (0.42%) Rational Team Concert
General
1 33 (13.75%) Finance
2 17 (7.08%) Public Sector
3 7 (2.92%) Telecoms
4 5 (2.08%) Banking
4 5 (2.08%) Military
5 4 (1.67%) Retail
6 3 (1.25%) Automotive
6 3 (1.25%) Back Office
6 3 (1.25%) Legal
6 3 (1.25%) Publishing
7 2 (0.83%) Front Office
7 2 (0.83%) International Banking
7 2 (0.83%) Marketing
7 2 (0.83%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.42%) Advertising
8 1 (0.42%) Billing
8 1 (0.42%) Law
8 1 (0.42%) Local Government
8 1 (0.42%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 42 (17.50%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 20 (8.33%) Analyst
2 20 (8.33%) Storage Engineer
3 19 (7.92%) Consultant
4 14 (5.83%) Architect
5 13 (5.42%) VMware Engineer
6 11 (4.58%) Administrator
7 10 (4.17%) Data Centre Engineer
7 10 (4.17%) IT Engineer
8 8 (3.33%) Infrastructure Architect
8 8 (3.33%) Network Engineer
8 8 (3.33%) Server Engineer
8 8 (3.33%) Systems Engineer
9 7 (2.92%) Platform Engineer
9 7 (2.92%) Storage Specialist
9 7 (2.92%) Technical Support
10 6 (2.50%) Support Engineer
10 6 (2.50%) Technical Support Officer
10 6 (2.50%) Virtualisation Engineer
10 6 (2.50%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (5.00%) LDAP
2 4 (1.67%) LAMP
2 4 (1.67%) Middleware
2 4 (1.67%) YAML
3 3 (1.25%) Flash
4 2 (0.83%) JSON
4 2 (0.83%) Oracle GoldenGate
4 2 (0.83%) X-Windows
5 1 (0.42%) LAPP Stack
5 1 (0.42%) LEMP Stack
5 1 (0.42%) SOAP
5 1 (0.42%) Spring
5 1 (0.42%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 52 (21.67%) Data Centre
2 21 (8.75%) Replication
3 14 (5.83%) Analytical Skills
4 12 (5.00%) Management Information System
5 10 (4.17%) Clustering
5 10 (4.17%) HP StoreVirtual
6 9 (3.75%) EMC VMAX
6 9 (3.75%) PKI
7 8 (3.33%) Client/Server
7 8 (3.33%) EMC VNX
8 7 (2.92%) Enterprise Storage
8 7 (2.92%) Self-Motivation
8 7 (2.92%) Video Conferencing
9 6 (2.50%) Enterprise Software
9 6 (2.50%) VxBlock/Vblock
10 5 (2.08%) IBM Storwize
10 5 (2.08%) Public Cloud
11 3 (1.25%) Fat Client
11 3 (1.25%) Private Cloud
11 3 (1.25%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 145 (60.42%) Windows
2 74 (30.83%) Windows Server
3 54 (22.50%) Linux
4 44 (18.33%) Windows Server 2012
5 32 (13.33%) Windows Server 2016
6 30 (12.50%) Windows 10
7 23 (9.58%) Windows Server 2008
8 21 (8.75%) Unix
9 15 (6.25%) CentOS
10 14 (5.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 11 (4.58%) Solaris
11 11 (4.58%) Windows Server 2019
12 9 (3.75%) AIX
12 9 (3.75%) Windows Server 2003
13 7 (2.92%) Debian
13 7 (2.92%) Ubuntu
14 5 (2.08%) Oracle Linux
15 4 (1.67%) VMS
16 3 (1.25%) HPUX
16 3 (1.25%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (21.67%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 42 (17.50%) ITIL
3 34 (14.17%) Migration
4 25 (10.42%) Disaster Recovery
5 24 (10.00%) High Availability
6 23 (9.58%) Patch Management
7 17 (7.08%) Data Protection
8 15 (6.25%) Agile Software Development
9 14 (5.83%) DevOps
9 14 (5.83%) Mentoring
9 14 (5.83%) Storage Management
10 13 (5.42%) Problem-Solving
11 12 (5.00%) Virtual Environments
12 11 (4.58%) Change Management
12 11 (4.58%) Cybersecurity
12 11 (4.58%) Root Cause Analysis
13 10 (4.17%) Asset Management
13 10 (4.17%) Configuration Management
13 10 (4.17%) Digital Transformation Programme
13 10 (4.17%) Network Design
Programming Languages
1 50 (20.83%) PowerShell
2 18 (7.50%) Python
3 13 (5.42%) Bash Shell
3 13 (5.42%) Perl
4 10 (4.17%) Shell Script
4 10 (4.17%) SQL
5 7 (2.92%) C
6 3 (1.25%) Korn
7 2 (0.83%) PL/SQL
7 2 (0.83%) Ruby
7 2 (0.83%) VB
7 2 (0.83%) VBScript
8 1 (0.42%) AWK
8 1 (0.42%) Bourne shell
8 1 (0.42%) C-shell
8 1 (0.42%) PHP
Qualifications
1 76 (31.67%) Security Cleared
2 59 (24.58%) SC Cleared
3 20 (8.33%) DV Cleared
4 18 (7.50%) Microsoft Certification
5 16 (6.67%) ITIL Certification
6 15 (6.25%) Cisco Certification
7 12 (5.00%) CCNA
8 8 (3.33%) MCSA
8 8 (3.33%) MCSE
8 8 (3.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 6 (2.50%) CCNP
10 4 (1.67%) NCDA
11 3 (1.25%) SANS
11 3 (1.25%) VCAP
12 2 (0.83%) CISSP
12 2 (0.83%) DBS Check
12 2 (0.83%) Degree
12 2 (0.83%) OCP
12 2 (0.83%) Oracle Certification
12 2 (0.83%) VCP6
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (4.17%) Government Security Classifications
2 9 (3.75%) NCSC
2 9 (3.75%) SLA
3 7 (2.92%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 4 (1.67%) GDPR
5 3 (1.25%) QA
6 2 (0.83%) Cyber Essentials
6 2 (0.83%) HIPAA
6 2 (0.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.83%) NIST
6 2 (0.83%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.42%) HL7
System Software
1 92 (38.33%) VMware Infrastructure
2 91 (37.92%) Active Directory
3 37 (15.42%) VMware ESXi
4 35 (14.58%) Hyper-V
5 28 (11.67%) Virtual Machines
5 28 (11.67%) vSphere
6 13 (5.42%) XenApp
7 11 (4.58%) VMware NSX
8 10 (4.17%) NFS
8 10 (4.17%) XenDesktop
9 9 (3.75%) Firmware
10 7 (2.92%) Virtual Servers
11 5 (2.08%) Docker
11 5 (2.08%) Microsoft App-V
12 4 (1.67%) DFS Replication
12 4 (1.67%) VMware Server
13 3 (1.25%) Oracle RAC
13 3 (1.25%) Terminal Server
13 3 (1.25%) Virtual Desktop
14 2 (0.83%) KVM
Systems Management
1 23 (9.58%) SCCM
2 21 (8.75%) Ansible
3 19 (7.92%) WSUS
4 12 (5.00%) Microsoft Intune
4 12 (5.00%) Puppet
5 11 (4.58%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 10 (4.17%) Norton AntiVirus
6 10 (4.17%) vRealize
7 9 (3.75%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 8 (3.33%) Single Sign-On
8 8 (3.33%) Tivoli
8 8 (3.33%) vCenter Server
9 7 (2.92%) SCOM
10 6 (2.50%) NetBackup
10 6 (2.50%) PowerCLI
11 5 (2.08%) HP Data Protector
11 5 (2.08%) McAfee ePO
11 5 (2.08%) Nagios
11 5 (2.08%) Opscode Chef
11 5 (2.08%) Terraform
Vendors
1 131 (54.58%) VMware
2 71 (29.58%) Cisco
3 64 (26.67%) Microsoft
4 45 (18.75%) HP
5 36 (15.00%) EMC
6 31 (12.92%) Citrix
7 27 (11.25%) NetApp
8 25 (10.42%) 3PAR
9 23 (9.58%) IBM
10 22 (9.17%) Brocade
11 19 (7.92%) Dell
11 19 (7.92%) Oracle
11 19 (7.92%) SolarWinds
11 19 (7.92%) Veeam
12 16 (6.67%) Symantec
13 14 (5.83%) Sophos
14 13 (5.42%) McAfee
15 12 (5.00%) Red Hat
16 11 (4.58%) CheckPoint
16 11 (4.58%) Lumension