Period
to 19 October 2020

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 6 months to 19 October 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.

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

SolarWinds
UK
6 months to
19 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 383 550 586
Rank change year-on-year +167 +36 +5
Contract jobs citing SolarWinds 146 276 327
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.47% 0.33% 0.32%
As % of the Vendors category 1.05% 0.76% 0.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 118 190 210
Median daily rate £375 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% - +12.53%
10th Percentile £250 £236 £228
90th Percentile £488 £525 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £395 £385
% change year-on-year -1.90% +2.60% +6.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 6 5
Median hourly rate £35.00 £47.50 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -26.32% +131.71% -51.76%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £18.06 £17.75
% change year-on-year +93.85% +1.72% +26.79%

SolarWinds is in the Vendor Products and Services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services.

All Vendors
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 13,840 36,448 43,415
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 44.39% 43.15% 42.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,311 22,888 26,857
Median daily rate £463 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% - +4.65%
10th Percentile £256 £242 £250
90th Percentile £673 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £428 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +0.65% +1.19% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 502 1,414 1,657
Median hourly rate £32.25 £20.00 £17.41
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +61.25% +14.88% -0.51%
10th Percentile £12.06 £11.17 £10.77
90th Percentile £53.75 £52.09 £45.55
Median hourly rate £25.00 £18.70 £16.50
% change year-on-year +33.69% +13.33% -2.27%

SolarWinds
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing SolarWinds as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for SolarWinds in the UK

SolarWinds
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing SolarWinds.

Daily rate trend for SolarWinds in the UK

SolarWinds
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing SolarWinds over the 6 months to 19 October 2020.

Daily rate histogram for SolarWinds in the UK

SolarWinds
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing SolarWinds.

Hourly rate trend for SolarWinds in the UK

SolarWinds
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SolarWinds within the UK over the 6 months to 19 October 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
England +178 134 £375 -6.25% 23
UK excluding London +159 79 £388 -1.90% 19
London +188 59 £373 -6.75% 9
South East +137 24 £375 -6.25% 3
Midlands +56 20 £413 +3.13% 4
West Midlands +50 19 £425 +6.25% 2
Work from Home -76 17 £350 -3.45% 5
South West +117 13 £394 -5.12%
North of England +98 10 £300 -4.00% 6
East of England +78 7 £383 +39.09% 1
North West +86 6 £275 -24.14% 3
Scotland +72 4 £300 +50.00% 4
North East +36 4 £350 +16.67% 1
Wales +38 2 £275 - 1
East Midlands +39 1 £275 -0.90% 2

For the 6 months to 19 October 2020, IT contractor jobs citing SolarWinds 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 with a requirement for SolarWinds.

1 80 (54.79%) Windows
2 66 (45.21%) Security Cleared
3 55 (37.67%) Cisco
4 49 (33.56%) Firewall
5 45 (30.82%) VMware
6 43 (29.45%) WAN
6 43 (29.45%) SC Cleared
6 43 (29.45%) Windows Server
7 42 (28.77%) Active Directory
8 41 (28.08%) PowerShell
9 39 (26.71%) LAN
10 37 (25.34%) Cisco Certification
11 33 (22.60%) Microsoft
11 33 (22.60%) Azure
12 31 (21.23%) DV Cleared
12 31 (21.23%) Splunk
13 30 (20.55%) Linux
14 28 (19.18%) CCNP
14 28 (19.18%) VPN
14 28 (19.18%) BGP
14 28 (19.18%) VMware Infrastructure
15 26 (17.81%) SCCM
16 25 (17.12%) OSPF
16 25 (17.12%) ITIL
16 25 (17.12%) Analytical Skills
17 24 (16.44%) Cisco Nexus
17 24 (16.44%) Data Centre
17 24 (16.44%) CCNA
17 24 (16.44%) Juniper
17 24 (16.44%) SCOM

SolarWinds
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 11 (7.53%) MS Exchange
2 8 (5.48%) Exchange Server 2010
2 8 (5.48%) IIS
3 7 (4.79%) SharePoint
4 2 (1.37%) Skype for Business
5 1 (0.68%) Apache
5 1 (0.68%) CMS
5 1 (0.68%) nginx
Applications
1 8 (5.48%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.68%) assyst
1 1 (0.68%) Payment Gateway
1 1 (0.68%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 33 (22.60%) Azure
2 16 (10.96%) Office 365
3 10 (6.85%) Azure Active Directory
3 10 (6.85%) IaaS
4 7 (4.79%) PaaS
4 7 (4.79%) SaaS
5 6 (4.11%) AWS
6 5 (3.42%) Power Automate
7 2 (1.37%) Power Platform
8 1 (0.68%) Datadog
8 1 (0.68%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 49 (33.56%) Firewall
2 43 (29.45%) WAN
3 39 (26.71%) LAN
4 28 (19.18%) BGP
4 28 (19.18%) VPN
5 25 (17.12%) OSPF
6 24 (16.44%) Cisco Nexus
7 23 (15.75%) DNS
8 21 (14.38%) VoIP
9 20 (13.70%) Cisco ISE
9 20 (13.70%) SAN
10 16 (10.96%) EIGRP
11 14 (9.59%) DHCP
11 14 (9.59%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
12 13 (8.90%) Cisco ASA
12 13 (8.90%) Network Security
12 13 (8.90%) Wireless
13 11 (7.53%) DMVPN
13 11 (7.53%) Wi-Fi
14 9 (6.16%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (12.33%) SQL Server
2 11 (7.53%) Data Mining
3 2 (1.37%) Geospatial Data
3 2 (1.37%) MS Access
3 2 (1.37%) MySQL
3 2 (1.37%) Power BI
3 2 (1.37%) Relational Database
3 2 (1.37%) SQL Server 2017
4 1 (0.68%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (0.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 11 (7.53%) eggPlant
1 11 (7.53%) JMeter
1 11 (7.53%) LoadUI
1 11 (7.53%) NeoLoad
2 5 (3.42%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 2 (1.37%) Dreamweaver
3 2 (1.37%) JIRA
4 1 (0.68%) Gatling
4 1 (0.68%) QALoad
General
1 18 (12.33%) Finance
2 13 (8.90%) Public Sector
3 5 (3.42%) Banking
4 4 (2.74%) Manufacturing
4 4 (2.74%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.37%) Electronics
5 2 (1.37%) Local Government
5 2 (1.37%) Marketing
6 1 (0.68%) German Language
6 1 (0.68%) Law
6 1 (0.68%) Legal
6 1 (0.68%) Retail
Job Titles
1 41 (28.08%) Network Engineer
2 18 (12.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 10 (6.85%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
4 9 (6.16%) Security Engineer
4 9 (6.16%) Senior Network Engineer
5 8 (5.48%) Test Engineer
6 7 (4.79%) Performance Test Engineer
7 6 (4.11%) Administrator
7 6 (4.11%) Analyst
7 6 (4.11%) Consultant
7 6 (4.11%) Performance Engineer
7 6 (4.11%) PowerShell Engineer
8 5 (3.42%) Design Engineer
8 5 (3.42%) Field Engineer
8 5 (3.42%) IT Engineer
8 5 (3.42%) Network Design Engineer
8 5 (3.42%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
8 5 (3.42%) Technical Leader
8 5 (3.42%) Technical Support
9 4 (2.74%) Azure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (8.22%) Elastic Stack
2 6 (4.11%) HTML
3 2 (1.37%) .NET
3 2 (1.37%) ASP.NET
3 2 (1.37%) Middleware
3 2 (1.37%) REST
4 1 (0.68%) 802.1X
4 1 (0.68%) CGI
4 1 (0.68%) CSS
4 1 (0.68%) J2EE
4 1 (0.68%) JSP
4 1 (0.68%) LDAP
4 1 (0.68%) SOAP
4 1 (0.68%) Spring
4 1 (0.68%) Struts
4 1 (0.68%) Web Services
4 1 (0.68%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 25 (17.12%) Analytical Skills
2 24 (16.44%) Data Centre
3 6 (4.11%) HP StoreVirtual
3 6 (4.11%) Management Information System
3 6 (4.11%) Public Cloud
4 5 (3.42%) Client/Server
5 3 (2.05%) iSeries
5 3 (2.05%) PKI
5 3 (2.05%) Self-Motivation
6 2 (1.37%) CCTV
6 2 (1.37%) Clustering
6 2 (1.37%) CMDB
6 2 (1.37%) Cyberattack
6 2 (1.37%) Fat Client
6 2 (1.37%) NHS
6 2 (1.37%) Security Operations Centre
6 2 (1.37%) Thin Client
7 1 (0.68%) Digital Signage
7 1 (0.68%) Replication
7 1 (0.68%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 80 (54.79%) Windows
2 43 (29.45%) Windows Server
3 30 (20.55%) Linux
4 18 (12.33%) Windows Server 2016
5 17 (11.64%) Windows Server 2012
6 16 (10.96%) Windows 10
7 12 (8.22%) Windows Server 2008
8 11 (7.53%) Unix
8 11 (7.53%) Windows Server 2019
9 7 (4.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 4 (2.74%) Check Point GAiA
11 2 (1.37%) Android
11 2 (1.37%) Apple iOS
12 1 (0.68%) CentOS
12 1 (0.68%) Data ONTAP
12 1 (0.68%) Ubuntu
12 1 (0.68%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (17.12%) ITIL
2 24 (16.44%) Agile Software Development
3 18 (12.33%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 14 (9.59%) Network Management
4 14 (9.59%) Network Monitoring
5 13 (8.90%) Cryptography
5 13 (8.90%) Waterfall
6 12 (8.22%) Root Cause Analysis
6 12 (8.22%) SDLC
6 12 (8.22%) Service Delivery
7 11 (7.53%) Performance Testing
7 11 (7.53%) Risk Analysis
7 11 (7.53%) SIEM
7 11 (7.53%) Test Planning
8 10 (6.85%) Patch Management
8 10 (6.85%) Problem Management
8 10 (6.85%) Project Delivery
8 10 (6.85%) Test Strategy
9 9 (6.16%) DevOps
9 9 (6.16%) Network Design
Programming Languages
1 41 (28.08%) PowerShell
2 20 (13.70%) SQL
3 16 (10.96%) Python
4 5 (3.42%) Bash Shell
4 5 (3.42%) Java
4 5 (3.42%) JavaScript
4 5 (3.42%) Perl
5 3 (2.05%) Shell Script
6 2 (1.37%) C#
7 1 (0.68%) C
7 1 (0.68%) T-SQL
7 1 (0.68%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 66 (45.21%) Security Cleared
2 43 (29.45%) SC Cleared
3 37 (25.34%) Cisco Certification
4 31 (21.23%) DV Cleared
5 28 (19.18%) CCNP
6 24 (16.44%) CCNA
7 12 (8.22%) CCIE
8 10 (6.85%) CCDA
9 9 (6.16%) Microsoft Certification
10 8 (5.48%) ITIL Certification
11 7 (4.79%) CCDP
12 6 (4.11%) CCIE Routing and Switching
12 6 (4.11%) MCSE
13 5 (3.42%) CISSP
13 5 (3.42%) MCSA
14 4 (2.74%) JNCIA
15 3 (2.05%) BPSS Clearance
15 3 (2.05%) Degree
15 3 (2.05%) Network+ Certification
16 2 (1.37%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (4.11%) Government Security Classifications
2 5 (3.42%) NCSC
3 4 (2.74%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 3 (2.05%) PCI DSS
4 3 (2.05%) QA
4 3 (2.05%) SLA
5 2 (1.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.68%) JSP 440
6 1 (0.68%) RMADS
System Software
1 42 (28.77%) Active Directory
2 28 (19.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (8.90%) Hyper-V
4 8 (5.48%) VMware ESXi
4 8 (5.48%) vSphere
5 7 (4.79%) Virtual Machines
6 5 (3.42%) VMware NSX
7 3 (2.05%) XenApp
7 3 (2.05%) XenDesktop
8 1 (0.68%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 26 (17.81%) SCCM
2 24 (16.44%) SCOM
3 15 (10.27%) SolarWinds Orion
3 15 (10.27%) ZABBIX
4 14 (9.59%) WSUS
5 11 (7.53%) WMI
6 9 (6.16%) Microsoft Intune
7 7 (4.79%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 6 (4.11%) Cisco CUCM
9 5 (3.42%) Ansible
9 5 (3.42%) Cisco Prime
9 5 (3.42%) McAfee ePO
9 5 (3.42%) Norton AntiVirus
10 4 (2.74%) Cisco UCCX
10 4 (2.74%) Nagios
10 4 (2.74%) Puppet
11 3 (2.05%) Control-M
11 3 (2.05%) EMC VPLEX
11 3 (2.05%) OpenView
12 2 (1.37%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 55 (37.67%) Cisco
2 45 (30.82%) VMware
3 33 (22.60%) Microsoft
4 31 (21.23%) Splunk
5 24 (16.44%) Juniper
6 21 (14.38%) Dell
6 21 (14.38%) F5
7 19 (13.01%) Citrix
8 18 (12.33%) HP
9 17 (11.64%) Palo Alto
10 16 (10.96%) CheckPoint
10 16 (10.96%) ServiceNow
11 12 (8.22%) AppDynamics
12 11 (7.53%) Dynatrace
12 11 (7.53%) Meraki
12 11 (7.53%) New Relic
13 10 (6.85%) Oracle
14 9 (6.16%) McAfee
15 7 (4.79%) EMC
16 6 (4.11%) Sophos