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 30 January 2015 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
SolarWinds
Rank 103 93 103
Rank change year-on-year
-10 +10
Contract jobs citing SolarWinds 4 16 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.18% 0.77% 0.055%
As % of the Vendors category 0.38% 1.59% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 9 0
Average daily rate
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£388 £285 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+35.96% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £285 £338
% change year-on-year
+35.96% -15.55%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.00 £20.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+15.00% -46.66%
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
1057 1005 868
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 48.87% 48.22% 47.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 549 484 347
Average daily rate £350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £220 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 109 58 110
Average hourly rate £16.00 £17.48 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.44% -30.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.94 £42.50 £34.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+3.03% -13.15%

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
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SolarWinds within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 30 January 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham - 3 £388 - 1
Shropshire -15 1 £410 +41.37%
Coventry - - - -
Solihull - - - - 1
SolarWinds
England

SolarWinds
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, 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 26 (86.67%) Cisco
2 23 (76.67%) Firewall
2 23 (76.67%) Network Management
2 23 (76.67%) Network Monitoring
3 21 (70.00%) OPNET
3 21 (70.00%) ITIL
3 21 (70.00%) BMC
4 20 (66.67%) User Experience
5 18 (60.00%) F5
6 17 (56.67%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
6 17 (56.67%) Cisco Certification
7 15 (50.00%) CCNA
8 14 (46.67%) CCNP
8 14 (46.67%) Middleware
8 14 (46.67%) Riverbed
9 13 (43.33%) Visualisation
9 13 (43.33%) CheckPoint
10 12 (40.00%) Nokia
10 12 (40.00%) OSPF
10 12 (40.00%) BGP
10 12 (40.00%) Load Balancing
10 12 (40.00%) BIG-IP
10 12 (40.00%) Cisco Nexus
11 11 (36.67%) Network Architecture
12 10 (33.33%) Fortinet
12 10 (33.33%) Juniper
12 10 (33.33%) CSS
13 8 (26.67%) Continuous Improvement
14 7 (23.33%) Performance Monitoring
14 7 (23.33%) Performance Management

SolarWinds
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, 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 (3.33%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (6.67%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (3.33%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 23 (76.67%) Firewall
2 17 (56.67%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 12 (40.00%) OSPF
3 12 (40.00%) BGP
3 12 (40.00%) BIG-IP
3 12 (40.00%) Cisco Nexus
4 6 (20.00%) LAN
4 6 (20.00%) WAN
5 3 (10.00%) FDDI
5 3 (10.00%) VPN
6 2 (6.67%) Network Security
7 1 (3.33%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (13.33%) SQL Server
2 3 (10.00%) SQL Server 2008
General
1 3 (10.00%) Retail
Job Titles
1 9 (30.00%) Network Specialist
1 9 (30.00%) Network Engineer
1 9 (30.00%) Monitoring Specialist
2 6 (20.00%) Network Consultant
2 6 (20.00%) Consultant
3 4 (13.33%) Architect
3 4 (13.33%) Network Monitoring Engineer
3 4 (13.33%) Monitoring Engineer
4 3 (10.00%) Senior Network Engineer
4 3 (10.00%) Technical Architect
5 2 (6.67%) Design Engineer
5 2 (6.67%) Network Design Engineer
6 1 (3.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 1 (3.33%) Cisco Support
6 1 (3.33%) Network Support
6 1 (3.33%) Network Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (46.67%) Middleware
2 10 (33.33%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 20 (66.67%) User Experience
2 13 (43.33%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 4 (13.33%) Windows
2 1 (3.33%) Windows Server 2012
2 1 (3.33%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (76.67%) Network Management
1 23 (76.67%) Network Monitoring
2 21 (70.00%) ITIL
3 12 (40.00%) Load Balancing
4 11 (36.67%) Network Architecture
5 8 (26.67%) Continuous Improvement
6 7 (23.33%) Performance Monitoring
6 7 (23.33%) Performance Management
7 2 (6.67%) Network Design
7 2 (6.67%) Mentoring
8 1 (3.33%) Disaster Recovery
8 1 (3.33%) Security Management
8 1 (3.33%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 1 (3.33%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 17 (56.67%) Cisco Certification
2 15 (50.00%) CCNA
3 14 (46.67%) CCNP
4 4 (13.33%) Security Cleared
5 2 (6.67%) CCDP
5 2 (6.67%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (10.00%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 4 (13.33%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 21 (70.00%) OPNET
2 7 (23.33%) OpenView
3 3 (10.00%) EdgeSight
3 3 (10.00%) WhatsUp Gold
4 2 (6.67%) CiscoWorks
5 1 (3.33%) SCCM
5 1 (3.33%) SCOM
Vendors
1 26 (86.67%) Cisco
2 21 (70.00%) BMC
3 18 (60.00%) F5
4 14 (46.67%) Riverbed
5 13 (43.33%) CheckPoint
6 12 (40.00%) Nokia
7 10 (33.33%) Fortinet
7 10 (33.33%) Juniper
8 7 (23.33%) HP
9 3 (10.00%) AppSense
9 3 (10.00%) Remedy
9 3 (10.00%) Citrix
10 1 (3.33%) Nimsoft
10 1 (3.33%) Spiceworks