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 July 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 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
SolarWinds
Rank 101 113 103
Rank change year-on-year
+12 -10
Contract jobs citing SolarWinds 14 3 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.58% 0.12% 0.25%
As % of the Vendors category 1.34% 0.25% 0.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 0 1
Average daily rate
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£320 - £310
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £400 £314
% change year-on-year
-18.75% +27.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £45.00 £14.75
% change year-on-year
-11.11% +205.08%
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
1044 1196 912
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 43.41% 49.16% 46.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 558 556 394
Average daily rate £366 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.69% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £185 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 78 86 70
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -15.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.93 £10.40 £11.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £33.70 £28.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £19.50
% change year-on-year
+5.71% -10.25%

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 July 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
Coventry +10 6 - -
Shropshire 0 6 £313 -
SolarWinds
England

SolarWinds
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 30 July 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 24 (68.57%) Cisco
2 20 (57.14%) BMC
3 19 (54.29%) Firewall
3 19 (54.29%) F5
3 19 (54.29%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
4 18 (51.43%) Cisco Nexus
4 18 (51.43%) CSS
5 17 (48.57%) CheckPoint
5 17 (48.57%) BIG-IP
5 17 (48.57%) Fortinet
6 13 (37.14%) MPLS
6 13 (37.14%) Cisco Certification
6 13 (37.14%) CCNP
7 12 (34.29%) IBM
7 12 (34.29%) VoIP
7 12 (34.29%) WLAN
7 12 (34.29%) WAN
7 12 (34.29%) CiscoWorks
7 12 (34.29%) McAfee
7 12 (34.29%) Blue Coat
7 12 (34.29%) WAN Optimisation
7 12 (34.29%) DMVPN
8 11 (31.43%) Cisco ASA
8 11 (31.43%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
8 11 (31.43%) 802.1X
9 10 (28.57%) Security Cleared
10 9 (25.71%) Network Monitoring
11 8 (22.86%) User Experience
11 8 (22.86%) Network Management
11 8 (22.86%) OPNET

SolarWinds
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 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 6 (17.14%) IIS
Cloud Services
1 6 (17.14%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 19 (54.29%) Firewall
1 19 (54.29%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
2 18 (51.43%) Cisco Nexus
3 17 (48.57%) BIG-IP
4 13 (37.14%) MPLS
5 12 (34.29%) VoIP
5 12 (34.29%) WLAN
5 12 (34.29%) WAN
5 12 (34.29%) DMVPN
6 11 (31.43%) Cisco ASA
6 11 (31.43%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
7 6 (17.14%) OSPF
7 6 (17.14%) BGP
8 2 (5.71%) Network Security
9 1 (2.86%) Wireless
9 1 (2.86%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (20.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.86%) SQL Server 2008
General
1 1 (2.86%) Retail
Job Titles
1 14 (40.00%) Network Engineer
2 12 (34.29%) Consultant
3 4 (11.43%) Network Specialist
3 4 (11.43%) Monitoring Specialist
4 3 (8.57%) Network Support Engineer
4 3 (8.57%) Network Support
4 3 (8.57%) Project Consultant
4 3 (8.57%) OSS Engineer
4 3 (8.57%) Network Consultant
4 3 (8.57%) Support Engineer
5 2 (5.71%) Network Monitoring Engineer
5 2 (5.71%) Monitoring Engineer
6 1 (2.86%) 3rd Line Support
6 1 (2.86%) Operations Manager
6 1 (2.86%) Systems Manager
6 1 (2.86%) Technical Architect
6 1 (2.86%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (51.43%) CSS
2 11 (31.43%) 802.1X
3 3 (8.57%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 8 (22.86%) User Experience
2 4 (11.43%) Visualisation
3 1 (2.86%) NHS
3 1 (2.86%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 7 (20.00%) Windows
2 6 (17.14%) Windows Server 2003
2 6 (17.14%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (34.29%) WAN Optimisation
2 9 (25.71%) Network Monitoring
3 8 (22.86%) Network Management
4 7 (20.00%) Service Management
5 6 (17.14%) ITIL
5 6 (17.14%) Load Balancing
5 6 (17.14%) Mentoring
5 6 (17.14%) Network Architecture
6 5 (14.29%) Root Cause Analysis
7 4 (11.43%) Migration
8 3 (8.57%) CRM
8 3 (8.57%) Performance Monitoring
9 2 (5.71%) Incident Management
9 2 (5.71%) Problem Management
9 2 (5.71%) Performance Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (11.43%) SQL
Qualifications
1 13 (37.14%) CCNP
1 13 (37.14%) Cisco Certification
2 10 (28.57%) Security Cleared
3 3 (8.57%) SC Cleared
4 1 (2.86%) CCNA
4 1 (2.86%) HP ASE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.86%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 6 (17.14%) VMware ESX
2 1 (2.86%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 12 (34.29%) CiscoWorks
2 8 (22.86%) OPNET
3 7 (20.00%) SolarWinds Orion
4 6 (17.14%) SCOM
4 6 (17.14%) Unicenter
4 6 (17.14%) Tivoli
5 2 (5.71%) OpenView
6 1 (2.86%) EdgeSight
6 1 (2.86%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 24 (68.57%) Cisco
2 20 (57.14%) BMC
3 19 (54.29%) F5
4 17 (48.57%) Fortinet
4 17 (48.57%) CheckPoint
5 12 (34.29%) IBM
5 12 (34.29%) McAfee
5 12 (34.29%) Blue Coat
6 6 (17.14%) Juniper
6 6 (17.14%) VMware
6 6 (17.14%) Riverbed
6 6 (17.14%) CA
6 6 (17.14%) Nokia
7 3 (8.57%) Salesforce.com
7 3 (8.57%) HP
8 1 (2.86%) Citrix
8 1 (2.86%) AppSense