Period
to 20 February 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for SSL skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited SSL over the 6 months to 20 February 2020 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.

Secure Socket Layer (SSL)
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
20 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 340 330 377
Rank change year-on-year -10 +47 -117
Contract jobs citing SSL 206 374 286
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.54% 0.71% 0.54%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.51% 4.86% 3.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 141 234 172
UK excluding London median daily rate £460 £425 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.24% -10.53% +11.76%
10th Percentile £356 £313 £313
90th Percentile £688 £575 £613
UK median daily rate £505 £500 £513
% change year-on-year +1.00% -2.44% +19.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 7 9
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £25.67 £31.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.35% -18.51% +113.56%
10th Percentile £19.29 £17.25 £13.04
90th Percentile £36.75 £41.10 £34.49
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £25.67 £32.25
% change year-on-year -12.35% -20.40% +118.64%

SSL 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 advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 5,873 7,698 7,826
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 15.35% 14.52% 14.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,291 4,349 4,483
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -
10th Percentile £175 £200 £163
90th Percentile £570 £560 £550
UK median daily rate £413 £425 £401
% change year-on-year -2.94% +6.12% +0.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 400 430 531
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £17.41 £19.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.88% -10.81% -9.21%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £11.00
90th Percentile £51.75 £48.75 £46.00
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £18.70 £19.45
% change year-on-year +12.30% -3.84% -9.55%

SSL
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing SSL as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for SSL in the UK excluding London

SSL
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing SSL in the UK excluding London.

Contractor daily rate trend for SSL in the UK excluding London

SSL
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SSL in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 20 February 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SSL in the UK excluding London

SSL
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing SSL in the UK excluding London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for SSL in the UK excluding London

SSL
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing SSL in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 20 February 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for SSL in the UK excluding London

SSL
Contract Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SSL within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 20 February 2020. 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
North of England +5 55 £568 +10.84% 21
Scotland +51 44 £495 +16.13% 5
South East +18 40 £402 -5.53% 34
Midlands +31 26 £445 +11.11% 11
South West +13 25 £413 +6.45% 4
West Midlands +31 21 £495 +10.00% 7
North East +43 20 £490 -10.91% 5
North West +10 19 £650 +26.34% 9
Yorkshire +10 17 £525 +5.00% 7
Wales +32 12 £413 -13.61% 6
East of England +2 6 £580 +43.21% 9
East Midlands +25 5 £375 -6.25% 3
SSL
UK

For the 6 months to 20 February 2020, IT contractor jobs citing SSL also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the UK excluding London region with a requirement for SSL.

1 106 (51.46%) Linux
2 89 (43.20%) HTTP
3 84 (40.78%) TCP/IP
4 71 (34.47%) Jenkins
5 68 (33.01%) DNS
6 66 (32.04%) AWS
7 63 (30.58%) Continuous Integration
8 62 (30.10%) DevOps
8 62 (30.10%) Microsoft
9 61 (29.61%) Java
10 56 (27.18%) Configuration Management
11 55 (26.70%) Windows
12 54 (26.21%) Open Source
13 52 (25.24%) Git (software)
14 49 (23.79%) J2EE
14 49 (23.79%) Google
15 48 (23.30%) Agile Software Development
16 47 (22.82%) Firewall
17 46 (22.33%) Active Directory
18 43 (20.87%) SQL
18 43 (20.87%) XML
19 42 (20.39%) WebSphere
20 41 (19.90%) REST
21 40 (19.42%) VPN
22 39 (18.93%) Cisco
22 39 (18.93%) DHCP
22 39 (18.93%) VMware
22 39 (18.93%) Puppet
23 38 (18.45%) JSON
23 38 (18.45%) IPsec

SSL
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London 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 42 (20.39%) WebSphere
2 35 (16.99%) Tomcat
3 34 (16.50%) Apache
4 32 (15.53%) nginx
5 30 (14.56%) IIS
6 24 (11.65%) JBoss
6 24 (11.65%) Jetty
6 24 (11.65%) Mongrel
7 15 (7.28%) Apache Spark
7 15 (7.28%) WebLogic
8 10 (4.85%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 9 (4.37%) Oracle Service Bus
10 8 (3.88%) MQSeries
10 8 (3.88%) WebLogic Portal
11 6 (2.91%) SharePoint
12 5 (2.43%) Elasticsearch
13 4 (1.94%) Confluence
14 3 (1.46%) CMS
15 2 (0.97%) Office Communications Server
15 2 (0.97%) Oracle HTTP Server
Applications
1 1 (0.49%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 8 (3.88%) Oracle BPM
2 1 (0.49%) assyst
2 1 (0.49%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 66 (32.04%) AWS
2 35 (16.99%) Azure
3 31 (15.05%) GitHub
4 28 (13.59%) Amazon EC2
5 25 (12.14%) GCP
5 25 (12.14%) Google App Engine
6 23 (11.17%) Google Analytics
7 11 (5.34%) Office 365
8 6 (2.91%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 4 (1.94%) AWS Lambda
9 4 (1.94%) SaaS
9 4 (1.94%) Serverless
10 3 (1.46%) Amazon S3
11 2 (0.97%) Apigee
11 2 (0.97%) AWS CloudFormation
11 2 (0.97%) Azure Active Directory
11 2 (0.97%) Azure Data Factory
11 2 (0.97%) IaaS
11 2 (0.97%) iTunes
11 2 (0.97%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 89 (43.20%) HTTP
2 84 (40.78%) TCP/IP
3 68 (33.01%) DNS
4 47 (22.82%) Firewall
5 40 (19.42%) VPN
6 39 (18.93%) DHCP
7 38 (18.45%) IPsec
8 29 (14.08%) HTTPS
9 26 (12.62%) FTP
10 24 (11.65%) VLAN
11 22 (10.68%) Kerberos
12 16 (7.77%) WAN
13 15 (7.28%) MPLS
14 13 (6.31%) BGP
15 12 (5.83%) Internet
15 12 (5.83%) LAN
16 11 (5.34%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
17 10 (4.85%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
18 9 (4.37%) NetScaler
19 8 (3.88%) Cisco ISE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (8.25%) MongoDB
2 16 (7.77%) SQL Server
3 15 (7.28%) Apache Hive
4 14 (6.80%) Big Data
4 14 (6.80%) Impala
4 14 (6.80%) Pentaho
5 10 (4.85%) NoSQL
6 9 (4.37%) Relational Database
7 8 (3.88%) MySQL
8 6 (2.91%) Infinispan
9 5 (2.43%) PostgreSQL
10 3 (1.46%) Amazon RDS
11 2 (0.97%) Azure SQL Database
11 2 (0.97%) Data Lake
11 2 (0.97%) Data Warehouse
11 2 (0.97%) RDBMS
11 2 (0.97%) SQL Server 2014
12 1 (0.49%) Hadoop
12 1 (0.49%) HBase
12 1 (0.49%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 71 (34.47%) Jenkins
2 52 (25.24%) Git (software)
3 28 (13.59%) JUnit
4 25 (12.14%) Selenium
5 24 (11.65%) Cucumber
5 24 (11.65%) Gatling
5 24 (11.65%) Travis CI
6 14 (6.80%) Artifactory
7 13 (6.31%) JIRA
8 12 (5.83%) Ant
8 12 (5.83%) Eclipse
9 10 (4.85%) MSI
10 7 (3.40%) IntelliJ
11 6 (2.91%) Grunt
11 6 (2.91%) gulp
11 6 (2.91%) Karma Test Runner
11 6 (2.91%) NUnit
11 6 (2.91%) Sublime Text
12 4 (1.94%) Subversion
13 3 (1.46%) Maven
General
1 16 (7.77%) Public Sector
2 10 (4.85%) Finance
3 8 (3.88%) Telecoms
4 2 (0.97%) Back Office
4 2 (0.97%) Banking
4 2 (0.97%) Electronics
4 2 (0.97%) Mandarin Language
4 2 (0.97%) Manufacturing
4 2 (0.97%) Marketing
4 2 (0.97%) Retail
5 1 (0.49%) Financial Institution
5 1 (0.49%) French Language
5 1 (0.49%) Games
5 1 (0.49%) German Language
5 1 (0.49%) Local Government
5 1 (0.49%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 38 (18.45%) Developer
2 29 (14.08%) DevOps Engineer
3 23 (11.17%) Network Engineer
4 16 (7.77%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
5 14 (6.80%) Consultant
5 14 (6.80%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 13 (6.31%) Platform Engineer
7 11 (5.34%) Big Data Engineer
7 11 (5.34%) Data Engineer
7 11 (5.34%) Security Engineer
8 9 (4.37%) Administrator
8 9 (4.37%) Java Developer
9 7 (3.40%) Architect
9 7 (3.40%) IAM Specialist
9 7 (3.40%) IT Engineer
9 7 (3.40%) Site Engineer
9 7 (3.40%) Site Reliability Engineer
10 6 (2.91%) Identity Management Specialist
10 6 (2.91%) Technical Specialist
10 6 (2.91%) Tivoli Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (23.79%) J2EE
2 43 (20.87%) XML
3 41 (19.90%) REST
4 38 (18.45%) .NET
4 38 (18.45%) JSON
5 31 (15.05%) Servlets
6 29 (14.08%) HTML
7 27 (13.11%) CSS
7 27 (13.11%) Node.js
8 23 (11.17%) Gherkin
8 23 (11.17%) Play Framework
9 22 (10.68%) HTML5
10 17 (8.25%) CSS3
10 17 (8.25%) Sass
11 16 (7.77%) SOAP
12 13 (6.31%) Middleware
13 11 (5.34%) EJB
14 10 (4.85%) SAML
15 9 (4.37%) LDAP
15 9 (4.37%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 23 (11.17%) PKI
2 17 (8.25%) Data Centre
3 12 (5.83%) Clustering
3 12 (5.83%) Fat Client
3 12 (5.83%) Thin Client
4 8 (3.88%) DataPower
5 6 (2.91%) Analytical Skills
5 6 (2.91%) Public Cloud
6 4 (1.94%) Linux Command Line
6 4 (1.94%) Security Operations Centre
7 3 (1.46%) Driving Licence
7 3 (1.46%) RSA SecurID
7 3 (1.46%) Self-Motivation
8 2 (0.97%) CESG
8 2 (0.97%) Mainframe
8 2 (0.97%) N-Tier
8 2 (0.97%) Replication
8 2 (0.97%) Smartphone
9 1 (0.49%) AS400
9 1 (0.49%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 106 (51.46%) Linux
2 55 (26.70%) Windows
3 23 (11.17%) Windows Server
4 20 (9.71%) Unix
5 13 (6.31%) Windows 10
6 12 (5.83%) Windows 7
6 12 (5.83%) Windows Server 2008
7 11 (5.34%) Windows Server 2003
7 11 (5.34%) Windows Server 2012
8 10 (4.85%) Windows XP
9 7 (3.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 6 (2.91%) Ubuntu
11 2 (0.97%) Amazon Linux
11 2 (0.97%) CentOS
11 2 (0.97%) Debian
11 2 (0.97%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.49%) AIX
12 1 (0.49%) HPUX
12 1 (0.49%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
12 1 (0.49%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 63 (30.58%) Continuous Integration
2 62 (30.10%) DevOps
3 56 (27.18%) Configuration Management
4 54 (26.21%) Open Source
5 48 (23.30%) Agile Software Development
6 36 (17.48%) Microservices
7 30 (14.56%) Test Automation
8 24 (11.65%) Analytics
9 23 (11.17%) Lean Software Development
9 23 (11.17%) Migration
10 22 (10.68%) Mentoring
11 18 (8.74%) Continuous Improvement
11 18 (8.74%) Web Development
12 17 (8.25%) BEM - Block Element Modifier
12 17 (8.25%) Front End Development
12 17 (8.25%) Site Reliability Engineering
13 16 (7.77%) ITIL
13 16 (7.77%) Line Management
14 15 (7.28%) Kalman Filter
14 15 (7.28%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 61 (29.61%) Java
2 43 (20.87%) SQL
3 33 (16.02%) JavaScript
4 24 (11.65%) Scala
5 15 (7.28%) Python
6 14 (6.80%) C#
7 11 (5.34%) VB
8 10 (4.85%) PowerShell
8 10 (4.85%) REXX
8 10 (4.85%) Tcl
9 9 (4.37%) Perl
10 8 (3.88%) Ruby
10 8 (3.88%) Shell Script
11 7 (3.40%) Java 8
12 6 (2.91%) Bash Shell
12 6 (2.91%) Groovy
12 6 (2.91%) Haskell
13 4 (1.94%) C
14 2 (0.97%) PHP
14 2 (0.97%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 32 (15.53%) Security Cleared
2 27 (13.11%) SC Cleared
3 16 (7.77%) Cisco Certification
4 12 (5.83%) CCNP
5 11 (5.34%) CCNA
6 8 (3.88%) BPSS Clearance
7 4 (1.94%) Degree
8 3 (1.46%) CCIP
8 3 (1.46%) CCSA
8 3 (1.46%) CCSE
9 2 (0.97%) AWS Certification
9 2 (0.97%) Computer Science Degree
9 2 (0.97%) ISEB
9 2 (0.97%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 1 (0.49%) CEH
10 1 (0.49%) CISA
10 1 (0.49%) GIAC
10 1 (0.49%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.49%) OSCE
10 1 (0.49%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (8.25%) WCAG
2 10 (4.85%) SLA
3 6 (2.91%) PCI DSS
4 3 (1.46%) QA
5 2 (0.97%) COBIT
5 2 (0.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.97%) NIST
6 1 (0.49%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.49%) HL7
6 1 (0.49%) SEPA
System Software
1 46 (22.33%) Active Directory
2 36 (17.48%) VMware Infrastructure
3 30 (14.56%) Docker
4 24 (11.65%) Xen
5 14 (6.80%) DFS Replication
6 13 (6.31%) XenApp
6 13 (6.31%) XenDesktop
7 8 (3.88%) Hyper-V
8 7 (3.40%) Citrix Hypervisor
8 7 (3.40%) vSphere
9 6 (2.91%) Tivoli Directory Server
10 3 (1.46%) Virtual Machines
11 2 (0.97%) Firmware
11 2 (0.97%) VMware ESXi
12 1 (0.49%) HDFS
12 1 (0.49%) NFS
12 1 (0.49%) Postfix
12 1 (0.49%) Sendmail
12 1 (0.49%) Varnish
12 1 (0.49%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 39 (18.93%) Puppet
2 31 (15.05%) Ansible
3 24 (11.65%) Kibana
4 23 (11.17%) Grafana
5 21 (10.19%) Terraform
6 15 (7.28%) SCCM
7 14 (6.80%) Hadoop YARN
8 9 (4.37%) Opscode Chef
8 9 (4.37%) Tivoli
9 8 (3.88%) Kubernetes
9 8 (3.88%) Oracle Identity Management
10 6 (2.91%) FortiGate
10 6 (2.91%) Tivoli Identity Manager
11 5 (2.43%) Consul
12 4 (1.94%) Opsview
12 4 (1.94%) Single Sign-On
13 2 (0.97%) HAProxy
13 2 (0.97%) Microsoft Clustering
13 2 (0.97%) vCenter Server
13 2 (0.97%) WSUS
Vendors
1 62 (30.10%) Microsoft
2 49 (23.79%) Google
3 39 (18.93%) Cisco
3 39 (18.93%) VMware
4 16 (7.77%) Oracle
5 14 (6.80%) Cloudera
6 13 (6.31%) Citrix
6 13 (6.31%) IBM
7 11 (5.34%) F5
8 8 (3.88%) Dell
8 8 (3.88%) Palo Alto
9 7 (3.40%) CheckPoint
9 7 (3.40%) Juniper
10 6 (2.91%) HP
10 6 (2.91%) Meraki
11 5 (2.43%) Fortinet
11 5 (2.43%) webMethods
12 4 (1.94%) Adobe
12 4 (1.94%) Red Hat
12 4 (1.94%) Sophos