Period
to 20 June 2019

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 June 2019 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 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 348 288 244
Rank change year-on-year -60 -44 -96
Contract jobs citing SAN 668 891 974
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.74% 0.89% 1.07%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.84% 6.71% 7.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 417 613 640
UK median daily rate £405 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.25% +3.23% -0.64%
10th Percentile £231 £251 £250
90th Percentile £575 £550 £543
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £375 £368
% change year-on-year +1.33% +1.90% -1.87%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 26 22
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £22.25 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +91.01% -19.09% -28.57%
10th Percentile £35.50 £10.88 £16.03
90th Percentile £47.50 £42.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.00 £21.23 £19.38
% change year-on-year +97.88% +9.52% -51.85%

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 11,439 13,288 12,636
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.61% 13.31% 13.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,036 8,175 7,668
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.94% +1.25%
10th Percentile £201 £205 £206
90th Percentile £610 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £395 £385
% change year-on-year +4.43% +2.60% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 552 730 745
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £19.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.53% -5.00% -23.08%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £51.99
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.06 £19.00 £19.19
% change year-on-year -4.97% -0.99% -29.06%

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 20 June 2019.

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 20 June 2019.

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 20 June 2019. 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 -58 602 £400 - 55
UK excluding London -54 431 £380 +1.33% 42
London -28 220 £475 +5.56% 16
South East -7 150 £390 -6.02% 8
South West -10 75 £344 +1.85% 6
North of England -66 75 £375 +4.17% 13
Midlands -26 44 £400 +6.67% 8
East of England -9 38 £400 +26.98% 4
Yorkshire +14 35 £425 +17.24% 7
North West -35 33 £295 -26.25% 6
Scotland +13 29 £525 +77.97% 3
West Midlands -32 24 £425 +21.43% 4
East Midlands +15 20 £338 -10.00% 4
Wales +3 19 £450 +5.88%
North East -21 7 £255 -16.26%
Northern Ireland +12 2 £465 +225.17%

For the 6 months to 20 June 2019, 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.

1 435 (65.12%) Windows
2 391 (58.53%) VMware
3 293 (43.86%) Active Directory
4 283 (42.37%) Microsoft
5 248 (37.13%) VMware Infrastructure
6 247 (36.98%) Windows Server
7 196 (29.34%) Cisco
8 188 (28.14%) DNS
9 185 (27.69%) Microsoft Azure
10 175 (26.20%) Data Centre
10 175 (26.20%) Firewall
11 172 (25.75%) Linux
12 164 (24.55%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 157 (23.50%) PowerShell
14 151 (22.60%) Windows Server 2012
15 149 (22.31%) SQL
16 136 (20.36%) SQL Server
16 136 (20.36%) WAN
17 135 (20.21%) ITIL
17 135 (20.21%) NAS
18 133 (19.91%) Hyper-V
19 132 (19.76%) Office 365
20 130 (19.46%) LAN
21 128 (19.16%) DHCP
22 127 (19.01%) HP
23 126 (18.86%) VMware ESXi
24 122 (18.26%) Migration
25 119 (17.81%) Windows Server 2008
26 115 (17.22%) Finance
27 113 (16.92%) NetApp

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 88 (13.17%) MS Exchange
2 66 (9.88%) Skype for Business
3 62 (9.28%) SharePoint
4 54 (8.08%) IIS
5 31 (4.64%) Exchange Server 2013
6 28 (4.19%) Exchange Server 2010
7 25 (3.74%) OpenStack
8 22 (3.29%) Apache
9 12 (1.80%) JBoss
10 8 (1.20%) SharePoint Server
11 6 (0.90%) WebSphere
12 5 (0.75%) Confluence
13 4 (0.60%) WebLogic
14 3 (0.45%) BizTalk Server
14 3 (0.45%) Commerce Server
14 3 (0.45%) Exchange Server 2003
14 3 (0.45%) Tomcat
14 3 (0.45%) WebSphere Application Server
15 2 (0.30%) MQSeries
15 2 (0.30%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 48 (7.19%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (2.10%) MS Visio
3 13 (1.95%) Microsoft Project
4 8 (1.20%) Microsoft Excel
5 1 (0.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (0.30%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.15%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 185 (27.69%) Microsoft Azure
2 132 (19.76%) Office 365
3 110 (16.47%) Amazon AWS
4 49 (7.34%) IaaS
5 36 (5.39%) PaaS
6 23 (3.44%) Azure Active Directory
7 16 (2.40%) SaaS
8 15 (2.25%) Google Cloud Platform
8 15 (2.25%) OpenShift
9 14 (2.10%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 12 (1.80%) Azure Stack
11 11 (1.65%) Cloud Computing
12 10 (1.50%) GitHub
12 10 (1.50%) Power Platform
13 5 (0.75%) OneDrive
14 4 (0.60%) Mimecast
14 4 (0.60%) PowerApps
14 4 (0.60%) Yammer
15 2 (0.30%) Dynamics 365
15 2 (0.30%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 188 (28.14%) DNS
2 175 (26.20%) Firewall
3 136 (20.36%) WAN
4 135 (20.21%) NAS
5 130 (19.46%) LAN
6 128 (19.16%) DHCP
7 88 (13.17%) TCP/IP
8 76 (11.38%) VPN
9 57 (8.53%) iSCSI
10 55 (8.23%) Cisco ASA
11 48 (7.19%) Fibre Channel
12 40 (5.99%) Cisco Nexus
12 40 (5.99%) Skype
13 36 (5.39%) Wireless
14 35 (5.24%) VoIP
15 30 (4.49%) Internet
15 30 (4.49%) VLAN
16 28 (4.19%) Reverse Proxy
17 25 (3.74%) BGP
17 25 (3.74%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 136 (20.36%) SQL Server
2 30 (4.49%) SQL Server 2012
3 25 (3.74%) SQL Server 2016
4 21 (3.14%) SQL Server 2014
5 19 (2.84%) MySQL
5 19 (2.84%) Oracle Database
6 16 (2.40%) Big Data
6 16 (2.40%) Relational Database
6 16 (2.40%) SQL Server 2008
7 15 (2.25%) RDBMS
8 12 (1.80%) SQL Server 2005
9 9 (1.35%) DB2
9 9 (1.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 8 (1.20%) PostgreSQL
10 8 (1.20%) SQL Server 2017
10 8 (1.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 6 (0.90%) Azure SQL Database
11 6 (0.90%) Power BI
11 6 (0.90%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 3 (0.45%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 21 (3.14%) MSI
2 14 (2.10%) WiX
3 11 (1.65%) Jenkins
4 8 (1.20%) JIRA
5 5 (0.75%) Git (software)
6 3 (0.45%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 3 (0.45%) Hudson
6 3 (0.45%) LoadRunner
6 3 (0.45%) WinDbg
7 2 (0.30%) Bitbucket Server
7 2 (0.30%) Rational Rose
7 2 (0.30%) Rational Team Concert
7 2 (0.30%) Sonatype Nexus
8 1 (0.15%) GitLab
8 1 (0.15%) Oracle Forms
8 1 (0.15%) StarTeam
8 1 (0.15%) Subversion
8 1 (0.15%) Team Foundation Server
8 1 (0.15%) TeamCity
8 1 (0.15%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 115 (17.22%) Finance
2 44 (6.59%) Banking
3 16 (2.40%) Law
3 16 (2.40%) Publishing
4 13 (1.95%) Telecoms
5 9 (1.35%) Financial Institution
5 9 (1.35%) Investment Banking
6 7 (1.05%) Back Office
6 7 (1.05%) Retail
7 6 (0.90%) Legal
8 5 (0.75%) Advertising
9 4 (0.60%) French Language
10 3 (0.45%) Electronics
10 3 (0.45%) Military
11 2 (0.30%) German Language
11 2 (0.30%) Italian Language
11 2 (0.30%) Manufacturing
11 2 (0.30%) Marketing
11 2 (0.30%) Spanish Language
12 1 (0.15%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 133 (19.91%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 103 (15.42%) Architect
3 45 (6.74%) Administrator
4 37 (5.54%) Network Engineer
4 37 (5.54%) Windows Engineer
5 35 (5.24%) Consultant
5 35 (5.24%) Infrastructure Architect
6 33 (4.94%) Systems Engineer
7 32 (4.79%) Systems Administrator
8 31 (4.64%) Analyst
9 29 (4.34%) VMware Engineer
10 28 (4.19%) Server Engineer
10 28 (4.19%) Storage Engineer
11 27 (4.04%) Support Engineer
11 27 (4.04%) Technical Architect
12 26 (3.89%) Solutions Architect
13 22 (3.29%) 3rd Line Engineer
14 21 (3.14%) IT Support
15 20 (2.99%) IT Engineer
15 20 (2.99%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (3.29%) Middleware
2 21 (3.14%) .NET
3 19 (2.84%) LDAP
3 19 (2.84%) Web Services
4 13 (1.95%) Software Packaging
5 12 (1.80%) J2EE
6 10 (1.50%) RESTful
7 9 (1.35%) Swagger
8 6 (0.90%) HTML
9 5 (0.75%) WAP
9 5 (0.75%) XML
10 4 (0.60%) 802.1X
10 4 (0.60%) SailPoint
10 4 (0.60%) Spring
11 3 (0.45%) Regular Expression
11 3 (0.45%) XML Schema
12 2 (0.30%) JSON
12 2 (0.30%) SOAP
12 2 (0.30%) WebSphere MQ
13 1 (0.15%) Windows SharePoint Services
Miscellaneous
1 175 (26.20%) Data Centre
2 74 (11.08%) Clustering
3 67 (10.03%) Replication
4 49 (7.34%) Public Cloud
5 34 (5.09%) Analytical Skills
6 33 (4.94%) Management Information System
7 32 (4.79%) PKI
8 27 (4.04%) Private Cloud
9 18 (2.69%) Fat Client
9 18 (2.69%) Thin Client
10 15 (2.25%) Self-Motivation
11 9 (1.35%) Blog
11 9 (1.35%) EMC VMAX
11 9 (1.35%) EMC VNX
11 9 (1.35%) Hybrid Cloud
12 8 (1.20%) Enterprise Storage
12 8 (1.20%) Microsoft Licensing
13 7 (1.05%) Blackberry
13 7 (1.05%) Video Conferencing
14 6 (0.90%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 435 (65.12%) Windows
2 247 (36.98%) Windows Server
3 172 (25.75%) Linux
4 151 (22.60%) Windows Server 2012
5 119 (17.81%) Windows Server 2008
6 104 (15.57%) Unix
7 93 (13.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 57 (8.53%) Solaris
9 48 (7.19%) Windows 10
10 32 (4.79%) AIX
11 30 (4.49%) CentOS
12 28 (4.19%) Windows 7
13 17 (2.54%) Windows Server 2003
14 13 (1.95%) Data ONTAP
15 12 (1.80%) Ubuntu
16 8 (1.20%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
16 8 (1.20%) Windows 8
17 6 (0.90%) SUSE
18 5 (0.75%) Windows Vista
19 4 (0.60%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 164 (24.55%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 135 (20.21%) ITIL
3 122 (18.26%) Migration
4 77 (11.53%) Disaster Recovery
5 76 (11.38%) Load Balancing
6 66 (9.88%) High Availability
7 58 (8.68%) Service Management
8 57 (8.53%) DevOps
9 51 (7.63%) Change Management
10 48 (7.19%) Configuration Management
11 45 (6.74%) Problem-Solving
12 43 (6.44%) Storage Management
13 40 (5.99%) Root Cause Analysis
14 38 (5.69%) Agile Software Development
15 35 (5.24%) Stakeholder Management
16 33 (4.94%) Data Protection
16 33 (4.94%) Information Security
17 32 (4.79%) Mentoring
17 32 (4.79%) Performance Tuning
18 31 (4.64%) Server Virtualisation
Programming Languages
1 157 (23.50%) PowerShell
2 149 (22.31%) SQL
3 30 (4.49%) Python
4 27 (4.04%) Java
5 22 (3.29%) VB
6 20 (2.99%) Perl
7 19 (2.84%) C
8 17 (2.54%) Shell Script
9 15 (2.25%) Bash Shell
10 12 (1.80%) VBScript
11 9 (1.35%) JavaScript
12 7 (1.05%) PHP
13 5 (0.75%) C#
14 4 (0.60%) T-SQL
15 3 (0.45%) C++
15 3 (0.45%) Go
15 3 (0.45%) Korn
16 1 (0.15%) PL/SQL
16 1 (0.15%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 111 (16.62%) Security Cleared
2 72 (10.78%) Cisco Certification
3 61 (9.13%) SC Cleared
4 54 (8.08%) Microsoft Certification
5 50 (7.49%) DV Cleared
6 48 (7.19%) CCNP
7 42 (6.29%) MCSE
8 37 (5.54%) CCNA
9 35 (5.24%) Degree
10 17 (2.54%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 15 (2.25%) MCSA
12 14 (2.10%) ITIL Certification
13 11 (1.65%) CCIE
13 11 (1.65%) CISSP
14 9 (1.35%) CCSP
14 9 (1.35%) MCITP
15 7 (1.05%) Computer Science Degree
15 7 (1.05%) DBS Check
15 7 (1.05%) MCP
16 5 (0.75%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (5.84%) SLA
2 11 (1.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 10 (1.50%) QA
4 5 (0.75%) PCI DSS
5 4 (0.60%) GDPR
6 3 (0.45%) PMO
7 2 (0.30%) NCSC
8 1 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials
8 1 (0.15%) Data Quality
8 1 (0.15%) HAZOP
8 1 (0.15%) ISO 22301
8 1 (0.15%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 1 (0.15%) NIST
System Software
1 293 (43.86%) Active Directory
2 248 (37.13%) VMware Infrastructure
3 133 (19.91%) Hyper-V
4 126 (18.86%) VMware ESXi
5 64 (9.58%) vSphere
6 53 (7.93%) Virtual Machines
7 42 (6.29%) XenApp
8 41 (6.14%) Virtual Servers
9 31 (4.64%) Docker
10 23 (3.44%) VMware NSX
10 23 (3.44%) XenDesktop
11 19 (2.84%) Microsoft App-V
12 17 (2.54%) NFS
13 14 (2.10%) vCloud
14 12 (1.80%) Shibboleth
15 10 (1.50%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 10 (1.50%) ISA Server
16 8 (1.20%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 7 (1.05%) Terminal Services
17 7 (1.05%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 108 (16.17%) SCCM
2 49 (7.34%) SCOM
3 42 (6.29%) Ansible
3 42 (6.29%) Microsoft Clustering
4 39 (5.84%) NetBackup
4 39 (5.84%) vCenter Server
5 37 (5.54%) Puppet
6 32 (4.79%) WSUS
7 25 (3.74%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 24 (3.59%) Kubernetes
9 22 (3.29%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 21 (3.14%) SCOrch
11 20 (2.99%) vMotion
11 20 (2.99%) vRealize
12 19 (2.84%) QRadar
13 18 (2.69%) Failover Clustering
14 17 (2.54%) Single Sign-On
15 15 (2.25%) Microsoft Intune
16 13 (1.95%) Tivoli Storage Manager
17 11 (1.65%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 391 (58.53%) VMware
2 283 (42.37%) Microsoft
3 196 (29.34%) Cisco
4 127 (19.01%) HP
5 113 (16.92%) NetApp
6 107 (16.02%) Citrix
7 82 (12.28%) Dell
8 79 (11.83%) EMC
9 75 (11.23%) Red Hat
10 73 (10.93%) Oracle
11 54 (8.08%) IBM
12 47 (7.04%) CheckPoint
13 45 (6.74%) Symantec
14 39 (5.84%) Veritas
15 31 (4.64%) SolarWinds
16 28 (4.19%) 3PAR
16 28 (4.19%) F5
17 23 (3.44%) McAfee
18 22 (3.29%) Brocade
19 21 (3.14%) Juniper