Period
to 19 February 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 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.

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 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 516 507 542
Rank change year-on-year -9 +35 +11
Contract jobs citing SolarWinds 230 398 373
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.33% 0.40% 0.37%
As % of the Vendors category 0.78% 0.95% 0.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 159 245 231
UK median daily rate £400 £388 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.23% +10.71% -5.41%
10th Percentile £250 £301 £225
90th Percentile £594 £538 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 14 9
UK median hourly rate £47.50 £40.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.75% +150.00% -65.78%
10th Percentile £42.07 £21.00 £13.95
90th Percentile £49.75 £47.50 £32.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £35.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year - +125.81% -57.53%

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 29,641 42,042 42,005
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 43.00% 42.37% 41.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 18,182 25,998 26,429
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £220 £260 £231
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,240 1,556 1,420
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.57% - +2.94%
10th Percentile £11.99 £10.75 £10.75
90th Percentile £51.75 £48.75 £46.76
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £16.50 £16.18
% change year-on-year +9.09% +2.01% -1.97%

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 19 February 2020.

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
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 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
England +32 206 £400 +2.89% 87
UK excluding London -13 148 £400 +6.67% 75
London +97 72 £406 -4.41% 18
South East +42 65 £400 +7.38% 29
Midlands +19 31 £425 +8.28% 11
West Midlands +46 25 £450 +12.50% 9
North of England +36 18 £396 +3.93% 18
East of England +44 13 £375 +57.89% 7
North West +31 13 £431 +13.11% 7
Scotland +15 13 £380 +1.33% 1
South West +4 7 £500 +29.03% 4
East Midlands -5 6 £245 -34.67% 2
Yorkshire +37 4 £371 +3.13% 8
North East +21 1 - - 3
Wales +15 1 - - 5

For the 6 months to 19 February 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.

1 142 (61.74%) Cisco
2 127 (55.22%) Firewall
3 87 (37.83%) Cisco Certification
4 76 (33.04%) WAN
5 73 (31.74%) LAN
5 73 (31.74%) Windows
6 70 (30.43%) Juniper
7 67 (29.13%) CCNP
8 66 (28.70%) VPN
9 63 (27.39%) Cisco Nexus
10 62 (26.96%) OSPF
11 61 (26.52%) VMware
11 61 (26.52%) Cisco ASA
12 59 (25.65%) DNS
13 56 (24.35%) Wireless
14 54 (23.48%) Linux
15 50 (21.74%) BGP
16 47 (20.43%) Data Centre
17 44 (19.13%) Change Management
18 42 (18.26%) Active Directory
19 41 (17.83%) TCP/IP
19 41 (17.83%) DHCP
20 39 (16.96%) Nagios
20 39 (16.96%) Azure
21 38 (16.52%) Python
21 38 (16.52%) ITIL
22 36 (15.65%) Palo Alto
23 35 (15.22%) Windows Server
23 35 (15.22%) VMware Infrastructure
24 34 (14.78%) PowerShell

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 8 (3.48%) MS Exchange
2 7 (3.04%) IIS
3 6 (2.61%) Skype for Business
4 5 (2.17%) Exchange Server 2007
4 5 (2.17%) Exchange Server 2013
5 4 (1.74%) Exchange Server 2010
5 4 (1.74%) FileNet
5 4 (1.74%) SharePoint
5 4 (1.74%) WebSphere
6 3 (1.30%) Confluence
7 2 (0.87%) Apache
7 2 (0.87%) Elasticsearch
7 2 (0.87%) JBoss
7 2 (0.87%) nginx
7 2 (0.87%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (0.43%) Exchange Server 5.5
8 1 (0.43%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 3 (1.30%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.43%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.43%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 6 (2.61%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (1.30%) CA PPM
3 2 (0.87%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.87%) Payment Gateway
4 1 (0.43%) assyst
4 1 (0.43%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 39 (16.96%) Azure
2 33 (14.35%) AWS
3 20 (8.70%) Office 365
4 8 (3.48%) Azure Active Directory
5 7 (3.04%) GCP
6 6 (2.61%) IaaS
7 5 (2.17%) Amazon EC2
7 5 (2.17%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 3 (1.30%) Akamai
8 3 (1.30%) AWS Lambda
8 3 (1.30%) GitHub
8 3 (1.30%) OneDrive
8 3 (1.30%) PaaS
8 3 (1.30%) Serverless
8 3 (1.30%) Yammer
9 2 (0.87%) Amazon ELB
9 2 (0.87%) Amazon S3
9 2 (0.87%) Azure ExpressRoute
Communications & Networking
1 127 (55.22%) Firewall
2 76 (33.04%) WAN
3 73 (31.74%) LAN
4 66 (28.70%) VPN
5 63 (27.39%) Cisco Nexus
6 62 (26.96%) OSPF
7 61 (26.52%) Cisco ASA
8 59 (25.65%) DNS
9 56 (24.35%) Wireless
10 50 (21.74%) BGP
11 41 (17.83%) DHCP
11 41 (17.83%) TCP/IP
12 34 (14.78%) Ethernet
13 33 (14.35%) EIGRP
13 33 (14.35%) Wireshark
14 30 (13.04%) VLAN
15 28 (12.17%) VXLAN
16 26 (11.30%) MPLS
16 26 (11.30%) Network Security
17 24 (10.43%) IPv6
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (6.52%) SQL Server
2 5 (2.17%) MySQL
3 4 (1.74%) Big Data
4 3 (1.30%) Amazon RDS
4 3 (1.30%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (0.87%) MongoDB
5 2 (0.87%) SQL Server 2005
5 2 (0.87%) SQL Server 2016
6 1 (0.43%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.43%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.43%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (0.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 9 (3.91%) JIRA
2 5 (2.17%) Jenkins
3 4 (1.74%) Artifactory
3 4 (1.74%) Bitbucket
3 4 (1.74%) Rational DOORS
3 4 (1.74%) Rational Quality Manager
4 3 (1.30%) ClearCase
4 3 (1.30%) Gerrit
4 3 (1.30%) SonarQube
5 2 (0.87%) Git (software)
5 2 (0.87%) LoadRunner
5 2 (0.87%) NeoLoad
5 2 (0.87%) Sonatype Nexus
6 1 (0.43%) Subversion
General
1 28 (12.17%) Finance
2 17 (7.39%) Telecoms
3 16 (6.96%) Public Sector
4 8 (3.48%) Multimedia
5 4 (1.74%) Games
6 3 (1.30%) Back Office
6 3 (1.30%) Local Government
6 3 (1.30%) Manufacturing
6 3 (1.30%) Marketing
6 3 (1.30%) Retail
7 2 (0.87%) Electronics
7 2 (0.87%) German Language
8 1 (0.43%) Advertising
8 1 (0.43%) Banking
8 1 (0.43%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.43%) Law
8 1 (0.43%) Legal
8 1 (0.43%) Military
8 1 (0.43%) Police
8 1 (0.43%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 88 (38.26%) Network Engineer
2 26 (11.30%) Administrator
3 23 (10.00%) Senior Network Engineer
4 20 (8.70%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 17 (7.39%) Network Administrator
6 16 (6.96%) Cisco Engineer
6 16 (6.96%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 13 (5.65%) Architect
8 11 (4.78%) Consultant
8 11 (4.78%) Windows Engineer
9 9 (3.91%) Analyst
10 8 (3.48%) IT Engineer
11 7 (3.04%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 7 (3.04%) Juniper Engineer
11 7 (3.04%) Support Engineer
12 6 (2.61%) 3rd Line Support
12 6 (2.61%) Citrix Engineer
12 6 (2.61%) Migration Engineer
12 6 (2.61%) Network Architect
12 6 (2.61%) Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (6.96%) 802.1X
2 6 (2.61%) LAMP
2 6 (2.61%) LDAP
3 5 (2.17%) Web Services
4 3 (1.30%) Elastic Stack
5 2 (0.87%) .NET
5 2 (0.87%) Django
5 2 (0.87%) JSON
6 1 (0.43%) CSS
6 1 (0.43%) Jinja
6 1 (0.43%) XMPP
6 1 (0.43%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 47 (20.43%) Data Centre
2 11 (4.78%) Enterprise Storage
2 11 (4.78%) PKI
3 10 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
4 8 (3.48%) User Experience
5 7 (3.04%) CCTV
5 7 (3.04%) Clustering
5 7 (3.04%) Management Information System
6 6 (2.61%) CMDB
7 5 (2.17%) Public Cloud
8 4 (1.74%) Fibre Optics
8 4 (1.74%) Private Cloud
9 3 (1.30%) IPTV
10 2 (0.87%) Cyber Defence
10 2 (0.87%) Greenfield Project
10 2 (0.87%) Hybrid Cloud
10 2 (0.87%) Linux Command Line
10 2 (0.87%) Self-Motivation
11 1 (0.43%) Cyberattack
11 1 (0.43%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 73 (31.74%) Windows
2 54 (23.48%) Linux
3 35 (15.22%) Windows Server
4 25 (10.87%) Windows Server 2008
5 17 (7.39%) Windows Server 2012
6 13 (5.65%) Windows Server 2003
7 12 (5.22%) Unix
8 11 (4.78%) CentOS
9 10 (4.35%) Windows 10
10 8 (3.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 8 (3.48%) Windows 7
11 6 (2.61%) Ubuntu
12 4 (1.74%) SUSE
13 3 (1.30%) Mac OS
13 3 (1.30%) Solaris
13 3 (1.30%) VMS
14 2 (0.87%) Fedora
14 2 (0.87%) Mac OS X
15 1 (0.43%) Windows 2000 Server
15 1 (0.43%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (19.13%) Change Management
2 38 (16.52%) ITIL
3 31 (13.48%) Migration
4 26 (11.30%) Network Management
5 23 (10.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 22 (9.57%) Configuration Management
7 20 (8.70%) Network Monitoring
8 19 (8.26%) Service Management
9 16 (6.96%) ITSM
10 15 (6.52%) Incident Management
10 15 (6.52%) Problem Management
11 14 (6.09%) High Availability
12 13 (5.65%) Disaster Recovery
12 13 (5.65%) Problem-Solving
12 13 (5.65%) Project Delivery
12 13 (5.65%) Validation
13 12 (5.22%) Business Continuity
13 12 (5.22%) Load Balancing
14 11 (4.78%) Capacity Planning
14 11 (4.78%) ITIL V3
Programming Languages
1 38 (16.52%) Python
2 34 (14.78%) PowerShell
3 18 (7.83%) SQL
4 14 (6.09%) Bash Shell
5 11 (4.78%) Perl
5 11 (4.78%) Ruby
6 7 (3.04%) C
7 6 (2.61%) Java
8 4 (1.74%) VBScript
9 2 (0.87%) PHP
10 1 (0.43%) C#
Qualifications
1 87 (37.83%) Cisco Certification
2 67 (29.13%) CCNP
3 32 (13.91%) CCNA
3 32 (13.91%) Security Cleared
4 23 (10.00%) JNCIP
5 17 (7.39%) CCIE
6 14 (6.09%) CCDA
7 13 (5.65%) DV Cleared
8 10 (4.35%) SC Cleared
9 9 (3.91%) CCIE Routing and Switching
9 9 (3.91%) JNCIS
9 9 (3.91%) Microsoft Certification
10 7 (3.04%) MCSE
11 6 (2.61%) CCIE Collaboration
11 6 (2.61%) JNCIA
12 5 (2.17%) Degree
12 5 (2.17%) ITIL Certification
13 4 (1.74%) CCSA
14 3 (1.30%) CISSP
14 3 (1.30%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (4.78%) SLA
2 5 (2.17%) PMO
3 4 (1.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (1.30%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.87%) GDPR
5 2 (0.87%) QA
6 1 (0.43%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 42 (18.26%) Active Directory
2 35 (15.22%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (7.39%) XenApp
4 16 (6.96%) Hyper-V
5 15 (6.52%) VMware ESXi
6 10 (4.35%) vSphere
7 8 (3.48%) VMware NSX
8 7 (3.04%) Firmware
9 6 (2.61%) XenDesktop
10 5 (2.17%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 5 (2.17%) Docker
10 5 (2.17%) NFS
11 3 (1.30%) KVM
11 3 (1.30%) Samba
11 3 (1.30%) Xen
12 2 (0.87%) Virtual Machines
12 2 (0.87%) VirtualBox
13 1 (0.43%) Virtual Desktop
13 1 (0.43%) Virtual Servers
13 1 (0.43%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 39 (16.96%) Nagios
2 33 (14.35%) SCCM
3 17 (7.39%) Ansible
4 13 (5.65%) Cisco Prime
5 11 (4.78%) FortiGate
5 11 (4.78%) SCOM
6 10 (4.35%) Puppet
7 9 (3.91%) NetBackup
7 9 (3.91%) SolarWinds Orion
7 9 (3.91%) vRealize
8 8 (3.48%) Backup Exec
8 8 (3.48%) HP SIM
9 7 (3.04%) ZABBIX
10 6 (2.61%) McAfee ePO
10 6 (2.61%) Microsoft Clustering
11 5 (2.17%) Nessus
11 5 (2.17%) Perfmon
11 5 (2.17%) QRadar
11 5 (2.17%) SCOrch
11 5 (2.17%) Terraform
Vendors
1 142 (61.74%) Cisco
2 70 (30.43%) Juniper
3 61 (26.52%) VMware
4 36 (15.65%) Palo Alto
5 33 (14.35%) CheckPoint
6 28 (12.17%) Citrix
7 27 (11.74%) Dell
8 26 (11.30%) Microsoft
9 25 (10.87%) Splunk
10 22 (9.57%) F5
11 20 (8.70%) HP
12 17 (7.39%) Oracle
13 16 (6.96%) Aruba
13 16 (6.96%) Symantec
14 14 (6.09%) NetApp
15 13 (5.65%) Infoblox
15 13 (5.65%) Riverbed
16 12 (5.22%) Red Hat
17 11 (4.78%) EMC
17 11 (4.78%) Remedy