The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of SolarWinds products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SolarWinds over the 3 months to 5 February 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

The figures below represent the IT contractor job market in general and are NOT representative of contractor rates within SolarWinds.

Location
3 months to
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
SolarWinds
Rank - 107 93
Contract jobs citing SolarWinds 0 4 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands - 0.19% 0.67%
As % of the Vendors category - 0.38% 1.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 4 7
Average daily rate - £388 £285
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +35.96%
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £388 £290
% change year-on-year
-12.25% +33.62%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £43.00 £23.00 £18.75
% change year-on-year
+86.95% +22.66%
SolarWinds
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Vendors category in contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands region.

Vendors Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
1194 1051 1014
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 47.16% 48.77% 48.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 599 538 494
Average daily rate £400 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £200 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 101 60
Average hourly rate £17.00 £16.21 £17.49
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.90% -7.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.61 £11.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.90 £29.00 £116.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £17.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+32.35% +3.03%

SolarWinds
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing SolarWinds across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the Vendors category.

SolarWinds Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

SolarWinds
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing SolarWinds across the West Midlands region.

SolarWinds Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

SolarWinds
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing SolarWinds also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited SolarWinds.

1 4 (66.67%) Cisco
1 4 (66.67%) MPLS
1 4 (66.67%) CheckPoint
2 3 (50.00%) Firewall
2 3 (50.00%) Cisco Certification
2 3 (50.00%) CCNP
2 3 (50.00%) Cisco ASA
3 2 (33.33%) Load Balancing
3 2 (33.33%) Security Cleared
3 2 (33.33%) Network Management
3 2 (33.33%) F5
3 2 (33.33%) Cisco Nexus
3 2 (33.33%) Juniper
3 2 (33.33%) ITIL
3 2 (33.33%) VoIP
3 2 (33.33%) WAN
3 2 (33.33%) VPN
4 1 (16.67%) SLA
4 1 (16.67%) WLAN
4 1 (16.67%) Windows
4 1 (16.67%) MS Visio
4 1 (16.67%) MS Exchange
4 1 (16.67%) LAN
4 1 (16.67%) BMC
4 1 (16.67%) IBM
4 1 (16.67%) Microsoft
4 1 (16.67%) CCNA
4 1 (16.67%) HP
4 1 (16.67%) CiscoWorks
4 1 (16.67%) Wireless

SolarWinds
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing SolarWinds also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited SolarWinds. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (16.67%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 1 (16.67%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 1 (16.67%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 4 (66.67%) MPLS
2 3 (50.00%) Cisco ASA
2 3 (50.00%) Firewall
3 2 (33.33%) Cisco Nexus
3 2 (33.33%) VoIP
3 2 (33.33%) VPN
3 2 (33.33%) WAN
4 1 (16.67%) BGP
4 1 (16.67%) Cisco Wireless
4 1 (16.67%) DMVPN
4 1 (16.67%) FWSM
4 1 (16.67%) LAN
4 1 (16.67%) Network Security
4 1 (16.67%) OSPF
4 1 (16.67%) TACACS
4 1 (16.67%) VLAN
4 1 (16.67%) Wireless
4 1 (16.67%) WLAN
Job Titles
1 3 (50.00%) Network Engineer
2 2 (33.33%) Cisco Engineer
2 2 (33.33%) Cisco Network Engineer
3 1 (16.67%) Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Architect
3 1 (16.67%) Cisco Network Specialist
3 1 (16.67%) Cisco Security Engineer
3 1 (16.67%) Cisco Specialist
3 1 (16.67%) Juniper Engineer
3 1 (16.67%) Network Architect
3 1 (16.67%) Network Security Engineer
3 1 (16.67%) Network Specialist
3 1 (16.67%) Security Engineer
3 1 (16.67%) Technical Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (16.67%) 802.1X
1 1 (16.67%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 1 (16.67%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 1 (16.67%) Windows
1 1 (16.67%) Windows 7
1 1 (16.67%) Windows Server
1 1 (16.67%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (33.33%) ITIL
1 2 (33.33%) Load Balancing
1 2 (33.33%) Network Management
2 1 (16.67%) Business Continuity
2 1 (16.67%) Change Control
2 1 (16.67%) Configuration Management
2 1 (16.67%) Network Monitoring
2 1 (16.67%) Performance Monitoring
2 1 (16.67%) Root Cause Analysis
2 1 (16.67%) WAN Optimisation
Qualifications
1 3 (50.00%) CCNP
1 3 (50.00%) Cisco Certification
2 2 (33.33%) Security Cleared
3 1 (16.67%) CCNA
3 1 (16.67%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (16.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 1 (16.67%) SLA
Systems Management
1 1 (16.67%) Backup Exec
1 1 (16.67%) CiscoWorks
Vendors
1 4 (66.67%) CheckPoint
1 4 (66.67%) Cisco
2 2 (33.33%) F5
2 2 (33.33%) Juniper
3 1 (16.67%) Blue Coat
3 1 (16.67%) BMC
3 1 (16.67%) Fortinet
3 1 (16.67%) HP
3 1 (16.67%) IBM
3 1 (16.67%) McAfee
3 1 (16.67%) Microsoft
3 1 (16.67%) Palo Alto
3 1 (16.67%) VMware