Period
to 23 July 2019

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 23 July 2019 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
23 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 532 576 581
Rank change year-on-year +44 +5 -10
Contract jobs citing SolarWinds 317 349 290
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.34% 0.34% 0.30%
As % of the Vendors category 0.81% 0.81% 0.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 196 210 206
UK median daily rate £400 £353 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.39% -4.66% -7.50%
10th Percentile £260 £248 £208
90th Percentile £515 £559 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £370
% change year-on-year +7.14% -5.41% -1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 6 11
UK median hourly rate £27.32 £20.27 £50.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.79% -59.46% +124.72%
10th Percentile £17.09 £14.88 £23.68
90th Percentile £49.63 £45.75 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.06 £20.04 £10.27
% change year-on-year -9.91% +95.13% -53.84%

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 39,203 42,949 41,763
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 42.59% 41.59% 43.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 24,420 26,574 25,525
UK median daily rate £455 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.11% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £256 £250 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,414 1,597 1,422
UK median hourly rate £19.03 £17.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.74% +2.94% -2.86%
10th Percentile £11.01 £11.00 £10.50
90th Percentile £51.00 £47.22 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £16.76 £16.27
% change year-on-year +7.40% +3.04% -6.79%

SolarWinds
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for SolarWinds in the UK

SolarWinds
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SolarWinds in the UK

SolarWinds
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SolarWinds over the 6 months to 23 July 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SolarWinds in the UK

SolarWinds
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for SolarWinds in the UK

SolarWinds
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing SolarWinds over the 6 months to 23 July 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for SolarWinds in the UK

SolarWinds
Top 16 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 23 July 2019. 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 +15 290 £400 +14.29% 97
UK excluding London +71 223 £375 +7.14% 84
London -6 89 £475 +26.67% 18
Midlands +79 74 £390 +41.56% 23
South East -37 59 £350 -0.14% 26
West Midlands +47 42 £413 +49.73% 16
North of England +34 39 £375 +5.26% 16
East Midlands +46 32 £375 +50.00% 7
East of England +13 18 £350 -12.50% 6
North East +26 14 £300 +9.09% 2
North West +30 13 £394 -43.75% 11
Wales +11 13 £425 - 5
Yorkshire +25 12 £425 +25.93% 3
South West -20 12 £475 +90.00% 8
Scotland +16 7 £375 -16.67%
Northern Ireland +7 2 £465 +95.79%

For the 6 months to 23 July 2019, 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.

1 192 (60.57%) Cisco
2 147 (46.37%) Firewall
3 138 (43.53%) Cisco Certification
4 108 (34.07%) Wireless
5 97 (30.60%) WAN
6 95 (29.97%) CCNP
7 87 (27.44%) LAN
8 86 (27.13%) OSPF
9 84 (26.50%) BGP
10 83 (26.18%) VPN
11 79 (24.92%) Data Centre
12 73 (23.03%) Windows
13 72 (22.71%) Cisco ASA
14 70 (22.08%) CheckPoint
14 70 (22.08%) VMware
15 69 (21.77%) Security Cleared
16 68 (21.45%) F5
17 65 (20.50%) Cisco Nexus
18 64 (20.19%) Microsoft
19 59 (18.61%) DNS
20 58 (18.30%) SC Cleared
21 57 (17.98%) Network Monitoring
22 55 (17.35%) CCNA
23 53 (16.72%) ITIL
24 51 (16.09%) Juniper
25 47 (14.83%) Palo Alto
26 46 (14.51%) Cisco Prime
26 46 (14.51%) TCP/IP
26 46 (14.51%) Wi-Fi
26 46 (14.51%) Microsoft Azure

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 9 (2.84%) SharePoint
2 8 (2.52%) MS Exchange
3 6 (1.89%) Elasticsearch
4 4 (1.26%) BizTalk Server
4 4 (1.26%) Cloud Foundry
4 4 (1.26%) Confluence
4 4 (1.26%) IIS
4 4 (1.26%) Skype for Business
5 2 (0.63%) Apache
6 1 (0.32%) Apache Spark
6 1 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (0.32%) IBM Domino
6 1 (0.32%) nginx
6 1 (0.32%) OpenStack
6 1 (0.32%) Oracle Application Server
Applications
1 10 (3.15%) MS Visio
2 8 (2.52%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.63%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 46 (14.51%) Microsoft Azure
2 33 (10.41%) Amazon AWS
3 29 (9.15%) Office 365
4 14 (4.42%) PaaS
5 12 (3.79%) IaaS
6 7 (2.21%) GitHub
7 5 (1.58%) Serverless
8 4 (1.26%) Azure Functions
8 4 (1.26%) Dynamics 365
8 4 (1.26%) Google Analytics
8 4 (1.26%) OpenShift
9 3 (0.95%) Amazon EC2
10 2 (0.63%) Amazon ELB
10 2 (0.63%) Azure Active Directory
10 2 (0.63%) Azure Stack
10 2 (0.63%) SaaS
10 2 (0.63%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 1 (0.32%) AWS CloudFormation
11 1 (0.32%) AWS Lambda
11 1 (0.32%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 147 (46.37%) Firewall
2 108 (34.07%) Wireless
3 97 (30.60%) WAN
4 87 (27.44%) LAN
5 86 (27.13%) OSPF
6 84 (26.50%) BGP
7 83 (26.18%) VPN
8 72 (22.71%) Cisco ASA
9 65 (20.50%) Cisco Nexus
10 59 (18.61%) DNS
11 46 (14.51%) TCP/IP
11 46 (14.51%) VLAN
11 46 (14.51%) Wi-Fi
12 44 (13.88%) MPLS
13 42 (13.25%) DHCP
14 38 (11.99%) VoIP
15 37 (11.67%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
16 36 (11.36%) IPsec
16 36 (11.36%) Network Security
17 31 (9.78%) Cisco Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (5.36%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.63%) Big Data
2 2 (0.63%) Oracle Database
3 1 (0.32%) Amazon DynamoDB
3 1 (0.32%) Hadoop
3 1 (0.32%) MongoDB
3 1 (0.32%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (0.32%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 17 (5.36%) Rational DOORS
1 17 (5.36%) Rational Quality Manager
2 14 (4.42%) Bugzilla
3 12 (3.79%) Sonatype Nexus
4 10 (3.15%) Git (software)
5 8 (2.52%) Visual Studio Team System
6 7 (2.21%) Jenkins
7 5 (1.58%) Artifactory
7 5 (1.58%) JIRA
8 4 (1.26%) Bitbucket
8 4 (1.26%) JMeter
8 4 (1.26%) SilkPerformer
8 4 (1.26%) SilkTest
8 4 (1.26%) Visual Studio
9 2 (0.63%) Selenium
10 1 (0.32%) Hudson
10 1 (0.32%) TeamCity
10 1 (0.32%) Travis CI
General
1 36 (11.36%) Finance
2 14 (4.42%) Telecoms
3 12 (3.79%) Multimedia
4 9 (2.84%) Retail
5 6 (1.89%) Banking
6 1 (0.32%) Advertising
6 1 (0.32%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.32%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.32%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 145 (45.74%) Network Engineer
2 33 (10.41%) Senior Network Engineer
3 23 (7.26%) Architect
4 21 (6.62%) Cisco Engineer
5 20 (6.31%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 18 (5.68%) Consultant
7 17 (5.36%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 15 (4.73%) Analyst
9 13 (4.10%) Support Engineer
10 11 (3.47%) Test Engineer
11 10 (3.15%) Administrator
11 10 (3.15%) Network Architect
11 10 (3.15%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
11 10 (3.15%) Security Engineer
12 9 (2.84%) Network Consultant
13 8 (2.52%) Automation Engineer
13 8 (2.52%) Network Support
13 8 (2.52%) Network Support Engineer
13 8 (2.52%) Wireless Engineer
14 7 (2.21%) Network Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (8.52%) 802.1X
2 15 (4.73%) JSON
2 15 (4.73%) YAML
3 10 (3.15%) .NET
4 7 (2.21%) XML
5 6 (1.89%) Regular Expression
6 4 (1.26%) Elastic Stack
7 3 (0.95%) Web Services
7 3 (0.95%) XMPP
8 2 (0.63%) Apache NiFi
9 1 (0.32%) Django
9 1 (0.32%) Kafka
9 1 (0.32%) LDAP
9 1 (0.32%) Node.js
9 1 (0.32%) OAuth
9 1 (0.32%) React
9 1 (0.32%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 79 (24.92%) Data Centre
2 35 (11.04%) Analytical Skills
3 17 (5.36%) Self-Motivation
4 15 (4.73%) PKI
5 12 (3.79%) Clustering
6 9 (2.84%) Video Conferencing
7 7 (2.21%) Management Information System
7 7 (2.21%) Public Cloud
8 6 (1.89%) CCTV
8 6 (1.89%) CLARiiON
8 6 (1.89%) CMDB
8 6 (1.89%) NHS
9 5 (1.58%) iSeries
9 5 (1.58%) Private Cloud
9 5 (1.58%) User Experience
10 4 (1.26%) Replication
11 3 (0.95%) Fibre Optics
11 3 (0.95%) Hybrid Cloud
11 3 (0.95%) MPEG
12 2 (0.63%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 73 (23.03%) Windows
2 35 (11.04%) Windows Server
3 26 (8.20%) Linux
4 24 (7.57%) Windows Server 2008
5 21 (6.62%) Windows Server 2012
6 16 (5.05%) Windows 10
7 14 (4.42%) Windows Server 2003
8 8 (2.52%) Check Point GAiA
9 7 (2.21%) Solaris
10 5 (1.58%) Unix
10 5 (1.58%) Windows 7
11 4 (1.26%) SUSE
12 3 (0.95%) CentOS
12 3 (0.95%) VMS
13 2 (0.63%) Android
13 2 (0.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 2 (0.63%) Windows 8
14 1 (0.32%) Mac OS
14 1 (0.32%) Ubuntu
14 1 (0.32%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 57 (17.98%) Network Monitoring
2 53 (16.72%) ITIL
3 31 (9.78%) Problem-Solving
4 30 (9.46%) Migration
5 27 (8.52%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 27 (8.52%) Network Management
6 23 (7.26%) Change Management
6 23 (7.26%) DevOps
7 21 (6.62%) Load Balancing
7 21 (6.62%) Non-Functional Testing
8 17 (5.36%) Test Management
9 16 (5.05%) Service Delivery
10 15 (4.73%) Network Design
11 14 (4.42%) Coaching
11 14 (4.42%) Mentoring
11 14 (4.42%) Software Testing
12 13 (4.10%) Agile Software Development
12 13 (4.10%) Configuration Management
13 12 (3.79%) Project Management
13 12 (3.79%) Requirements Management
Programming Languages
1 33 (10.41%) Python
2 29 (9.15%) PowerShell
3 27 (8.52%) SQL
4 10 (3.15%) Perl
5 9 (2.84%) Java
6 8 (2.52%) C#
7 7 (2.21%) Bash Shell
7 7 (2.21%) Prolog
8 3 (0.95%) Shell Script
9 2 (0.63%) JavaScript
10 1 (0.32%) PHP
10 1 (0.32%) Ruby
10 1 (0.32%) Scala
Qualifications
1 138 (43.53%) Cisco Certification
2 95 (29.97%) CCNP
3 69 (21.77%) Security Cleared
4 58 (18.30%) SC Cleared
5 55 (17.35%) CCNA
6 31 (9.78%) CCIE
7 21 (6.62%) Degree
8 20 (6.31%) Microsoft Certification
9 14 (4.42%) HNC
9 14 (4.42%) HND
9 14 (4.42%) ISTQB
9 14 (4.42%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 14 (4.42%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 13 (4.10%) DV Cleared
10 13 (4.10%) MCSE
11 12 (3.79%) CCSA
12 11 (3.47%) MCSA
13 7 (2.21%) BPSS Clearance
13 7 (2.21%) CCDA
14 6 (1.89%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (2.52%) SLA
2 6 (1.89%) GDPR
2 6 (1.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 6 (1.89%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.63%) Cyber Essentials
3 2 (0.63%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (0.63%) NCSC
3 2 (0.63%) PMO
4 1 (0.32%) NIST
System Software
1 41 (12.93%) Active Directory
2 40 (12.62%) VMware Infrastructure
3 23 (7.26%) Hyper-V
4 20 (6.31%) VMware ESXi
5 8 (2.52%) XenApp
6 7 (2.21%) Docker
7 4 (1.26%) vSphere
7 4 (1.26%) XenDesktop
8 2 (0.63%) VMware NSX
9 1 (0.32%) Firmware
9 1 (0.32%) ISA Server
9 1 (0.32%) ProxySG
9 1 (0.32%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.32%) Virtual Desktop
9 1 (0.32%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (0.32%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 46 (14.51%) Cisco Prime
2 25 (7.89%) Ansible
3 23 (7.26%) Netcool
4 19 (5.99%) Nagios
5 17 (5.36%) SCOM
6 16 (5.05%) Cacti
7 14 (4.42%) SolarWinds Orion
8 12 (3.79%) SCCM
9 10 (3.15%) Microsoft Clustering
9 10 (3.15%) WSUS
10 7 (2.21%) FortiGate
10 7 (2.21%) Puppet
10 7 (2.21%) TeMIP
10 7 (2.21%) TrustSec
10 7 (2.21%) vCenter Server
10 7 (2.21%) vMotion
11 6 (1.89%) Opscode Chef
12 5 (1.58%) Backup Exec
12 5 (1.58%) Control-M
12 5 (1.58%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 192 (60.57%) Cisco
2 70 (22.08%) CheckPoint
2 70 (22.08%) VMware
3 68 (21.45%) F5
4 64 (20.19%) Microsoft
5 51 (16.09%) Juniper
6 47 (14.83%) Palo Alto
7 30 (9.46%) Fortinet
8 29 (9.15%) Citrix
9 25 (7.89%) HP
10 23 (7.26%) Riverbed
11 22 (6.94%) Dell
12 20 (6.31%) Aerohive Networks
13 19 (5.99%) Remedy
14 17 (5.36%) Aruba
14 17 (5.36%) NetApp
14 17 (5.36%) OpenText
15 15 (4.73%) Sophos
16 14 (4.42%) Meraki
16 14 (4.42%) NetScout