Period
to 17 November 2017

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 17 November 2017 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
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 228 185 169
Rank change year-on-year -43 -16 -45
Contract jobs citing SAN 1147 1482 1707
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.12% 1.40% 1.48%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.11% 8.97% 10.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 701 1031 1048
UK median daily rate £388 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% - +3.45%
10th Percentile £255 £230 £250
90th Percentile £550 £525 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +4.29% - +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 27 94
UK median hourly rate £25.63 £23.75 £27.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.89% -12.84% +9.00%
10th Percentile £13.58 £12.75 £14.98
90th Percentile £51.75 £50.00 £49.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £19.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year +31.58% -32.14% +12.00%

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 14144 16517 15992
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.76% 15.59% 13.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 8603 9972 9242
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £181 £215 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year - +3.45% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 743 842 1032
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £23.59 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.46% +15.07% +2.50%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.72 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.20 £47.50 £45.98
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £25.00 £20.50
% change year-on-year -24.00% +21.95% +2.50%

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 17 November 2017.

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 17 November 2017.

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 17 November 2017. 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 -34 1063 £400 +5.26% 106
UK excluding London -33 728 £365 +4.29% 67
London -58 412 £425 - 43
South East -39 251 £400 +2.56% 16
North of England -23 152 £340 +4.62% 19
Midlands +72 130 £350 +9.38% 15
East of England -20 80 £325 -27.78% 8
East Midlands +33 68 £350 +12.00% 5
Scotland -22 63 £363 +9.85% 2
West Midlands +43 62 £333 +3.91% 10
North West -2 59 £350 -11.39% 12
South West -19 50 £425 +33.86% 5
North East +10 48 £324 +4.44% 1
Yorkshire +8 45 £363 +10.69% 6
Wales +2 11 £363 -23.68% 2
Northern Ireland -43 5 £324 +311.43%

For the 6 months to 17 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing SAN also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for SAN.

1 676 (58.94%) Windows
2 571 (49.78%) VMware
3 444 (38.71%) Linux
4 404 (35.22%) Windows Server
5 403 (35.14%) Active Directory
6 360 (31.39%) Microsoft
7 341 (29.73%) VMware Infrastructure
8 312 (27.20%) Cisco
9 304 (26.50%) HP
10 296 (25.81%) Firewall
11 290 (25.28%) NAS
12 258 (22.49%) Data Centre
13 253 (22.06%) Unix
14 249 (21.71%) Windows Server 2012
15 240 (20.92%) Finance
16 226 (19.70%) EMC
17 213 (18.57%) ITIL
18 209 (18.22%) Citrix
19 205 (17.87%) Windows Server 2008
20 201 (17.52%) Red Hat
21 199 (17.35%) Security Cleared
22 198 (17.26%) Solaris
23 195 (17.00%) WAN
24 189 (16.48%) MS Exchange
25 188 (16.39%) Migration
26 187 (16.30%) SQL Server
27 184 (16.04%) DNS
27 184 (16.04%) Hyper-V
28 182 (15.87%) NetApp
29 181 (15.78%) PowerShell

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
1 189 (16.48%) MS Exchange
2 85 (7.41%) SharePoint
3 77 (6.71%) IIS
4 64 (5.58%) Exchange Server 2010
5 52 (4.53%) Skype for Business
6 49 (4.27%) Apache
6 49 (4.27%) Tomcat
7 47 (4.10%) Exchange Server 2013
8 30 (2.62%) OpenStack
9 28 (2.44%) WebSphere
10 26 (2.27%) JBoss
11 21 (1.83%) WebLogic
12 19 (1.66%) Exchange Server 2007
13 18 (1.57%) iPlanet
14 17 (1.48%) BizTalk Server
15 16 (1.39%) Oracle Application Server
16 13 (1.13%) Elasticsearch
17 12 (1.05%) MQSeries
18 11 (0.96%) SAS
18 11 (0.96%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 58 (5.06%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (1.13%) Microsoft Project
2 13 (1.13%) MS Visio
3 9 (0.78%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 14 (1.22%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
2 6 (0.52%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.087%) Maximo
3 1 (0.087%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 134 (11.68%) Microsoft Azure
2 119 (10.37%) Office 365
3 106 (9.24%) Amazon AWS
4 42 (3.66%) Cloud Computing
5 24 (2.09%) IaaS
6 21 (1.83%) PaaS
7 18 (1.57%) SaaS
8 15 (1.31%) Azure Active Directory
9 10 (0.87%) Mimecast
10 6 (0.52%) AWS Lambda
10 6 (0.52%) Serverless
11 4 (0.35%) Akamai
11 4 (0.35%) AWS CloudFormation
11 4 (0.35%) G Suite
12 2 (0.17%) Amazon EC2
12 2 (0.17%) Google Cloud Platform
12 2 (0.17%) OneDrive
13 1 (0.087%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 1 (0.087%) Amazon Kinesis
13 1 (0.087%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 296 (25.81%) Firewall
2 290 (25.28%) NAS
3 195 (17.00%) WAN
4 184 (16.04%) DNS
5 162 (14.12%) LAN
6 146 (12.73%) DHCP
7 128 (11.16%) TCP/IP
8 102 (8.89%) Fibre Channel
9 81 (7.06%) VPN
10 68 (5.93%) iSCSI
11 54 (4.71%) VLAN
12 48 (4.18%) Wireless
13 46 (4.01%) VoIP
14 34 (2.96%) LDAP
15 32 (2.79%) Network Security
16 31 (2.70%) Cisco ASA
16 31 (2.70%) Internet
17 30 (2.62%) SSL
18 26 (2.27%) Skype
19 25 (2.18%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 187 (16.30%) SQL Server
2 60 (5.23%) Oracle Database
3 40 (3.49%) SQL Server 2012
4 29 (2.53%) SQL Server 2008
5 24 (2.09%) SQL Server 2005
6 19 (1.66%) Relational Database
7 18 (1.57%) MySQL
8 15 (1.31%) SQL Server 2014
9 14 (1.22%) SQL Server 2016
10 13 (1.13%) DB2
11 11 (0.96%) Hadoop
12 10 (0.87%) Big Data
12 10 (0.87%) PostgreSQL
13 8 (0.70%) MongoDB
13 8 (0.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 7 (0.61%) Data Warehouse
14 7 (0.61%) Oracle Reports
15 6 (0.52%) DataStage
16 5 (0.44%) Amazon RDS
17 4 (0.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 13 (1.13%) Git (software)
2 7 (0.61%) Team Foundation Server
3 6 (0.52%) MSI
4 5 (0.44%) Jenkins
5 3 (0.26%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 3 (0.26%) Toad
6 2 (0.17%) JIRA
6 2 (0.17%) Octopus Deploy
6 2 (0.17%) TeamCity
7 1 (0.087%) GoCD
7 1 (0.087%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 240 (20.92%) Finance
2 88 (7.67%) Banking
3 40 (3.49%) Telecoms
4 38 (3.31%) Legal
5 19 (1.66%) Manufacturing
6 16 (1.39%) Investment Banking
6 16 (1.39%) Law
7 13 (1.13%) Marketing
8 11 (0.96%) Back Office
8 11 (0.96%) Retail
9 9 (0.78%) Electronics
10 7 (0.61%) Front Office
10 7 (0.61%) Local Government
11 6 (0.52%) French Language
12 5 (0.44%) Automotive
12 5 (0.44%) Financial Institution
12 5 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
13 4 (0.35%) Advertising
13 4 (0.35%) German Language
14 3 (0.26%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 173 (15.08%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 141 (12.29%) Administrator
3 102 (8.89%) Architect
4 99 (8.63%) Analyst
5 84 (7.32%) Systems Administrator
6 79 (6.89%) Storage Engineer
7 72 (6.28%) Systems Engineer
8 65 (5.67%) Consultant
9 63 (5.49%) Unix Engineer
10 57 (4.97%) 3rd Line Support
10 57 (4.97%) Support Engineer
11 51 (4.45%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 49 (4.27%) Server Engineer
13 48 (4.18%) Network Engineer
14 42 (3.66%) Infrastructure Architect
15 41 (3.57%) Linux Engineer
15 41 (3.57%) Technical Architect
15 41 (3.57%) Windows Engineer
16 40 (3.49%) Infrastructure Support
17 36 (3.14%) VMware Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (2.09%) Middleware
2 21 (1.83%) Web Services
3 16 (1.39%) J2EE
4 11 (0.96%) X-Windows
5 10 (0.87%) .NET
6 8 (0.70%) 802.1X
7 6 (0.52%) Software Packaging
8 5 (0.44%) LAMP
9 3 (0.26%) Elastic Stack
9 3 (0.26%) Flash
9 3 (0.26%) Sensu
10 2 (0.17%) ASP.NET
10 2 (0.17%) IBM Integration Bus
10 2 (0.17%) JMS
10 2 (0.17%) Regular Expression
10 2 (0.17%) SAML
10 2 (0.17%) SAP PI
10 2 (0.17%) WebSphere MQ
11 1 (0.087%) COM
11 1 (0.087%) COM+
Miscellaneous
1 258 (22.49%) Data Centre
2 109 (9.50%) Replication
3 100 (8.72%) Clustering
4 73 (6.36%) Analytical Skills
5 40 (3.49%) EMC VNX
6 38 (3.31%) Enterprise Storage
7 35 (3.05%) Computer Science
7 35 (3.05%) Management Information System
8 31 (2.70%) PKI
9 26 (2.27%) HP Storage
10 23 (2.01%) EMC VMAX
11 20 (1.74%) Enterprise Software
11 20 (1.74%) Private Cloud
11 20 (1.74%) Virtual Team
12 17 (1.48%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
13 16 (1.39%) Fat Client
13 16 (1.39%) Thin Client
14 14 (1.22%) Public Cloud
15 13 (1.13%) Blackberry
16 12 (1.05%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 676 (58.94%) Windows
2 444 (38.71%) Linux
3 404 (35.22%) Windows Server
4 253 (22.06%) Unix
5 249 (21.71%) Windows Server 2012
6 205 (17.87%) Windows Server 2008
7 198 (17.26%) Solaris
8 172 (15.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 153 (13.34%) AIX
10 103 (8.98%) Windows Server 2003
11 50 (4.36%) SUSE
11 50 (4.36%) Windows 7
12 39 (3.40%) CentOS
13 38 (3.31%) Windows 10
14 28 (2.44%) HPUX
15 16 (1.39%) Oracle Linux
16 13 (1.13%) Data ONTAP
17 12 (1.05%) Windows 8
18 11 (0.96%) Windows Vista
19 10 (0.87%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 213 (18.57%) ITIL
2 188 (16.39%) Migration
3 112 (9.76%) Disaster Recovery
4 98 (8.54%) Load Balancing
5 97 (8.46%) High Availability
6 82 (7.15%) DevOps
7 70 (6.10%) Change Management
8 68 (5.93%) Service Delivery
9 63 (5.49%) Project Management
10 54 (4.71%) Agile Software Development
10 54 (4.71%) Performance Tuning
11 51 (4.45%) Performance Monitoring
12 44 (3.84%) Configuration Management
13 43 (3.75%) Open Source
14 40 (3.49%) Root Cause Analysis
15 39 (3.40%) Capacity Planning
15 39 (3.40%) Information Security
15 39 (3.40%) Mentoring
15 39 (3.40%) Network Design
16 37 (3.23%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 181 (15.78%) PowerShell
2 169 (14.73%) SQL
3 81 (7.06%) Shell Script
4 75 (6.54%) Perl
5 70 (6.10%) Bash Shell
6 50 (4.36%) Korn
7 41 (3.57%) Python
8 26 (2.27%) Ruby
9 25 (2.18%) VBScript
10 14 (1.22%) C-shell
11 13 (1.13%) Java
12 9 (0.78%) C
13 6 (0.52%) PHP
14 4 (0.35%) Bourne shell
14 4 (0.35%) T-SQL
15 3 (0.26%) AWK
15 3 (0.26%) VB
16 2 (0.17%) JavaScript
16 2 (0.17%) VB.NET
16 2 (0.17%) VBA
Qualifications
1 199 (17.35%) Security Cleared
2 122 (10.64%) SC Cleared
3 120 (10.46%) Microsoft Certification
4 91 (7.93%) MCSE
5 78 (6.80%) Cisco Certification
6 57 (4.97%) CCNA
7 55 (4.80%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 54 (4.71%) Degree
9 37 (3.23%) MCSA
10 35 (3.05%) CCNP
11 26 (2.27%) DV Cleared
12 25 (2.18%) CISSP
12 25 (2.18%) ITIL Certification
13 24 (2.09%) MCITP
14 23 (2.01%) Computer Science Degree
15 17 (1.48%) CISM
16 15 (1.31%) RHCE
17 12 (1.05%) SANS
18 11 (0.96%) CISA
18 11 (0.96%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 53 (4.62%) SLA
2 39 (3.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 20 (1.74%) PCI DSS
4 12 (1.05%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 10 (0.87%) QA
6 7 (0.61%) Disclosure Scotland
6 7 (0.61%) GDPR
6 7 (0.61%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 6 (0.52%) PMO
8 4 (0.35%) PA-DSS
8 4 (0.35%) SAS 70
9 2 (0.17%) GCP
9 2 (0.17%) ISO 22301
9 2 (0.17%) PMBOK
10 1 (0.087%) COBIT
10 1 (0.087%) GMP
10 1 (0.087%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 1 (0.087%) RMADS
System Software
1 403 (35.14%) Active Directory
2 341 (29.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 184 (16.04%) Hyper-V
4 168 (14.65%) VMware ESXi
5 142 (12.38%) vSphere
6 60 (5.23%) NFS
7 53 (4.62%) XenApp
8 42 (3.66%) Virtual Machines
9 35 (3.05%) XenDesktop
10 32 (2.79%) Veritas Cluster Server
10 32 (2.79%) Veritas Volume Manager
11 29 (2.53%) Samba
12 28 (2.44%) Veritas File System
13 25 (2.18%) Xen
14 23 (2.01%) KVM
15 21 (1.83%) Terminal Services
16 20 (1.74%) DFS Replication
16 20 (1.74%) Docker
17 19 (1.66%) Oracle Clusterware
17 19 (1.66%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 148 (12.90%) NetBackup
2 124 (10.81%) SCCM
3 97 (8.46%) Puppet
4 78 (6.80%) SCOM
5 72 (6.28%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 50 (4.36%) Backup Exec
6 50 (4.36%) vCenter Server
7 49 (4.27%) EMC NetWorker
8 46 (4.01%) Microsoft Clustering
9 44 (3.84%) WSUS
10 41 (3.57%) Opscode Chef
11 37 (3.23%) HP Data Protector
12 36 (3.14%) Ansible
12 36 (3.14%) Norton AntiVirus
13 28 (2.44%) Tivoli
14 23 (2.01%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
15 20 (1.74%) Nagios
16 16 (1.39%) BladeLogic
17 13 (1.13%) OpenView
17 13 (1.13%) Red Hat Satellite
Vendors
1 571 (49.78%) VMware
2 360 (31.39%) Microsoft
3 312 (27.20%) Cisco
4 304 (26.50%) HP
5 226 (19.70%) EMC
6 209 (18.22%) Citrix
7 201 (17.52%) Red Hat
8 182 (15.87%) NetApp
9 179 (15.61%) Oracle
10 134 (11.68%) IBM
11 116 (10.11%) Brocade
12 114 (9.94%) Veritas
13 99 (8.63%) Symantec
14 88 (7.67%) 3PAR
15 81 (7.06%) Dell
16 63 (5.49%) Juniper
17 55 (4.80%) Sun
18 54 (4.71%) Veeam
19 45 (3.92%) SolarWinds
20 44 (3.84%) F5