The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for knowledge and experience of SolarWinds products and/or services. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited SolarWinds over the 3 months to 24 March 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.

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

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
SolarWinds
England / North West
Rank 126 150 130
Rank change year-on-year +24 -20  
Contract jobs citing SolarWinds 4 9 20
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.15% 0.24% 0.57%
As % of the Vendors category 0.36% 0.54% 1.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 8 6
Median daily rate £538 £250 £488
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +115.00% -48.71%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £408 £200 £395
10% offered a daily rate of more than £668 £326 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £388
% change year-on-year - -3.22%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £43.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year - +82.97%  

SolarWinds is in the vendor products and services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all vendor product and service related skills in contract job vacancies advertised in the North West.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 1097 1663 1614
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 42.19% 43.50% 45.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 679 913 787
Median daily rate £394 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.56% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £250 £233
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £538 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 70 110 85
Median hourly rate £16.00 £20.00 £20.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% -0.91%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.80 £13.00 £11.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.33 £47.33 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £19.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year -15.36% +14.67%  

SolarWinds
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing SolarWinds as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Vendors category.

Job vacancy trend for SolarWinds in the North West

SolarWinds
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SolarWinds in the North West

SolarWinds
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SolarWinds in the North West over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SolarWinds in the North West

SolarWinds
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing SolarWinds in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for SolarWinds in the North West

SolarWinds
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SolarWinds within the North West region over the 3 months to 24 March 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Lancashire - 3 £700 -
Cheshire +30 1 £375 +66.66% 2
SolarWinds
England

SolarWinds
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing SolarWinds also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for SolarWinds.

1 14 (77.78%) WAN
1 14 (77.78%) Cisco
2 13 (72.22%) LAN
3 12 (66.67%) Firewall
4 11 (61.11%) Performance Monitoring
5 10 (55.56%) Cisco ASA
5 10 (55.56%) Intel Security
5 10 (55.56%) Forcepoint
6 9 (50.00%) Cisco Certification
6 9 (50.00%) CCNA
7 6 (33.33%) MS Exchange
7 6 (33.33%) Windows
8 5 (27.78%) Hyper-V
8 5 (27.78%) SC Cleared
8 5 (27.78%) Security Cleared
8 5 (27.78%) VMware Infrastructure
8 5 (27.78%) Migration
8 5 (27.78%) VMware
8 5 (27.78%) Active Directory
8 5 (27.78%) SAN
9 4 (22.22%) NetApp
9 4 (22.22%) Microsoft
9 4 (22.22%) Citrix
9 4 (22.22%) DNS
9 4 (22.22%) DHCP
9 4 (22.22%) PowerShell
9 4 (22.22%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 4 (22.22%) SCCM
9 4 (22.22%) Data Migration
9 4 (22.22%) WSUS

SolarWinds
Top Related IT Skills in the North West 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 6 (33.33%) MS Exchange
2 3 (16.67%) IIS
3 2 (11.11%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (11.11%) Exchange Server 5.5
4 1 (5.56%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (5.56%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (5.56%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (5.56%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (11.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (5.56%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (5.56%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 14 (77.78%) WAN
2 13 (72.22%) LAN
3 12 (66.67%) Firewall
4 10 (55.56%) Cisco ASA
5 5 (27.78%) SAN
6 4 (22.22%) DHCP
6 4 (22.22%) DNS
6 4 (22.22%) NAS
7 2 (11.11%) IP Telephony
7 2 (11.11%) VLAN
8 1 (5.56%) Cisco Nexus
8 1 (5.56%) DMZ
8 1 (5.56%) Reverse Proxy
8 1 (5.56%) TCP/IP
8 1 (5.56%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (16.67%) SQL Server
2 2 (11.11%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 2 (11.11%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (11.11%) Manufacturing
2 1 (5.56%) Finance
2 1 (5.56%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 6 (33.33%) Hardware Specialist
1 6 (33.33%) Storage Specialist
2 4 (22.22%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 3 (16.67%) Network Engineer
4 2 (11.11%) Cisco Engineer
4 2 (11.11%) Consultant
4 2 (11.11%) Network Infrastructure Engineer
4 2 (11.11%) Systems Engineer
5 1 (5.56%) Cisco Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) Cisco Network Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) Network Infrastructure Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) Network Specialist
5 1 (5.56%) Network Systems Engineer
5 1 (5.56%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
5 1 (5.56%) Storage Engineer
5 1 (5.56%) Storage Manager
5 1 (5.56%) VMware Specialist
5 1 (5.56%) Windows Administrator
5 1 (5.56%) Windows Server Administrator
5 1 (5.56%) Wintel Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.56%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (16.67%) Clustering
1 3 (16.67%) Data Centre
2 2 (11.11%) Life Science
3 1 (5.56%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 6 (33.33%) Windows
2 3 (16.67%) Windows Server
3 1 (5.56%) Linux
3 1 (5.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (5.56%) Solaris
3 1 (5.56%) Unix
3 1 (5.56%) Windows 10
3 1 (5.56%) Windows 7
3 1 (5.56%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (61.11%) Performance Monitoring
2 5 (27.78%) Migration
3 4 (22.22%) Data Migration
4 3 (16.67%) ITIL
5 2 (11.11%) Change Management
5 2 (11.11%) ERP
5 2 (11.11%) Release Management
6 1 (5.56%) Continuous Improvement
6 1 (5.56%) Data Centre Operations
6 1 (5.56%) High Availability
6 1 (5.56%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 4 (22.22%) PowerShell
2 2 (11.11%) VB
2 2 (11.11%) VB6
2 2 (11.11%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 9 (50.00%) CCNA
1 9 (50.00%) Cisco Certification
2 5 (27.78%) SC Cleared
2 5 (27.78%) Security Cleared
3 3 (16.67%) MCSE
3 3 (16.67%) Microsoft Certification
4 2 (11.11%) MCITP
5 1 (5.56%) CCA
5 1 (5.56%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.56%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (27.78%) Active Directory
1 5 (27.78%) Hyper-V
1 5 (27.78%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (22.22%) Citrix Presentation Server
3 2 (11.11%) VMware ESX
3 2 (11.11%) VMware ESXi
3 2 (11.11%) VMware GSX
3 2 (11.11%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 4 (22.22%) SCCM
1 4 (22.22%) WSUS
2 3 (16.67%) SCOM
3 2 (11.11%) Backup Exec
3 2 (11.11%) MOM
3 2 (11.11%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
3 2 (11.11%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 1 (5.56%) Failover Clustering
4 1 (5.56%) Microsoft Clustering
4 1 (5.56%) Nagios
4 1 (5.56%) NetBackup
4 1 (5.56%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 14 (77.78%) Cisco
2 10 (55.56%) Forcepoint
2 10 (55.56%) Intel Security
3 5 (27.78%) VMware
4 4 (22.22%) Citrix
4 4 (22.22%) Microsoft
4 4 (22.22%) NetApp
5 2 (11.11%) HP
5 2 (11.11%) Kaseya
5 2 (11.11%) Kaspersky
5 2 (11.11%) Oracle
5 2 (11.11%) SAP
5 2 (11.11%) Symantec
6 1 (5.56%) Dell
6 1 (5.56%) EMC
6 1 (5.56%) F5
6 1 (5.56%) Red Hat
6 1 (5.56%) Sourcefire