Period
to 5 April 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 5 April 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
5 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 491 523 539
Rank change year-on-year +32 +16 +35
Contract jobs citing SolarWinds 202 371 376
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.33% 0.38% 0.37%
As % of the Vendors category 0.77% 0.90% 0.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 140 223 241
Median daily rate £425 £390 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.97% +11.43% -5.41%
10th Percentile £215 £293 £250
90th Percentile £625 £525 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +13.33% +7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 17 7
Median hourly rate £44.39 £35.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +26.82% +118.75% -70.91%
10th Percentile £35.00 £17.09 £14.65
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £33.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year - +118.75% -70.91%

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 26,328 41,312 42,292
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 42.76% 42.61% 41.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 15,784 25,715 26,388
Median daily rate £450 £450 £450
10th Percentile £213 £263 £243
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £405
% change year-on-year - +4.94% +1.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,221 1,427 1,433
Median hourly rate £19.46 £18.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.11% +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £11.85 £10.89 £10.75
90th Percentile £50.25 £49.50 £47.50
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -3.03%

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 5 April 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
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing SolarWinds over the 6 months to 5 April 2020.

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 5 April 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 +34 175 £425 +7.59% 53
UK excluding London +32 137 £425 +13.33% 43
London +117 58 £425 -5.56% 14
South East +59 49 £375 +11.11% 14
Midlands +28 35 £550 +46.67% 2
West Midlands +64 31 £550 +42.86%
North of England +51 18 £475 +18.75% 14
Scotland +31 18 £210 -45.81% 3
North West +35 12 £525 +31.25% 10
Work from Home +12 8 £344 -10.71% 4
South West +10 8 £544 +24.29% 6
East of England +23 7 £378 -13.71% 2
Yorkshire +39 5 £440 +17.33% 1
East Midlands -11 3 £325 -13.33% 2
Wales +14 2 £225 -38.78% 2
North East +26 1 - - 3

For the 6 months to 5 April 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.

1 118 (58.42%) Cisco
2 104 (51.49%) Firewall
3 87 (43.07%) Cisco Certification
4 71 (35.15%) WAN
5 66 (32.67%) LAN
6 65 (32.18%) OSPF
7 63 (31.19%) Juniper
7 63 (31.19%) CCNP
8 62 (30.69%) Windows
9 58 (28.71%) VPN
9 58 (28.71%) Cisco Nexus
10 55 (27.23%) VMware
11 52 (25.74%) BGP
12 50 (24.75%) Security Cleared
13 48 (23.76%) Data Centre
14 47 (23.27%) Linux
15 46 (22.77%) Wireless
16 42 (20.79%) DNS
17 41 (20.30%) Python
17 41 (20.30%) Windows Server
18 40 (19.80%) Microsoft
19 39 (19.31%) Dell
20 38 (18.81%) ITIL
21 37 (18.32%) CCNA
22 35 (17.33%) DHCP
22 35 (17.33%) Azure
23 34 (16.83%) Cisco ASA
23 34 (16.83%) Splunk
24 33 (16.34%) Cisco ISE
24 33 (16.34%) Active Directory

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 (5.45%) MS Exchange
2 7 (3.47%) IIS
3 6 (2.97%) Exchange Server 2007
3 6 (2.97%) Exchange Server 2013
4 5 (2.48%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (2.48%) SharePoint
5 4 (1.98%) FileNet
5 4 (1.98%) WebSphere
6 2 (0.99%) Elasticsearch
6 2 (0.99%) Skype for Business
7 1 (0.50%) Apache
7 1 (0.50%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 1 (0.50%) CMS
7 1 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (0.50%) Exchange Server 5.5
7 1 (0.50%) JBoss
7 1 (0.50%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 1 (0.50%) Tomcat
Applications
1 4 (1.98%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.99%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.99%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (2.97%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.99%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.50%) assyst
3 1 (0.50%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 35 (17.33%) Azure
2 24 (11.88%) AWS
3 18 (8.91%) Office 365
4 7 (3.47%) GCP
5 6 (2.97%) Azure Active Directory
6 3 (1.49%) Akamai
6 3 (1.49%) Amazon EC2
6 3 (1.49%) AWS Lambda
6 3 (1.49%) IaaS
6 3 (1.49%) Serverless
6 3 (1.49%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 2 (0.99%) Amazon S3
7 2 (0.99%) PaaS
8 1 (0.50%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 1 (0.50%) OneDrive
8 1 (0.50%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 104 (51.49%) Firewall
2 71 (35.15%) WAN
3 66 (32.67%) LAN
4 65 (32.18%) OSPF
5 58 (28.71%) Cisco Nexus
5 58 (28.71%) VPN
6 52 (25.74%) BGP
7 46 (22.77%) Wireless
8 42 (20.79%) DNS
9 35 (17.33%) DHCP
10 34 (16.83%) Cisco ASA
11 33 (16.34%) Cisco ISE
11 33 (16.34%) EIGRP
12 29 (14.36%) TCP/IP
13 26 (12.87%) Wireshark
14 22 (10.89%) VXLAN
15 20 (9.90%) DMVPN
15 20 (9.90%) Ethernet
15 20 (9.90%) VoIP
16 19 (9.41%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (6.93%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.98%) Big Data
2 4 (1.98%) MySQL
2 4 (1.98%) SQL Server 2016
3 3 (1.49%) Amazon RDS
3 3 (1.49%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (0.50%) MongoDB
4 1 (0.50%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (0.50%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (0.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 6 (2.97%) JIRA
2 3 (1.49%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 2 (0.99%) LoadRunner
3 2 (0.99%) NeoLoad
4 1 (0.50%) Bitbucket
4 1 (0.50%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.50%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.50%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 15 (7.43%) Telecoms
2 12 (5.94%) Finance
2 12 (5.94%) Public Sector
3 3 (1.49%) Local Government
3 3 (1.49%) Marketing
3 3 (1.49%) Retail
4 2 (0.99%) Back Office
4 2 (0.99%) Electronics
4 2 (0.99%) Games
4 2 (0.99%) German Language
4 2 (0.99%) Housing Association
4 2 (0.99%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.50%) Banking
5 1 (0.50%) Law
5 1 (0.50%) Legal
5 1 (0.50%) Military
5 1 (0.50%) Police
5 1 (0.50%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 79 (39.11%) Network Engineer
2 21 (10.40%) Senior Network Engineer
3 17 (8.42%) Administrator
3 17 (8.42%) Architect
4 16 (7.92%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 12 (5.94%) Network Architect
6 11 (5.45%) Support Engineer
7 10 (4.95%) Consultant
7 10 (4.95%) Network Administrator
8 8 (3.96%) Cisco Engineer
8 8 (3.96%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 7 (3.47%) Analyst
10 6 (2.97%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 6 (2.97%) Migration Engineer
10 6 (2.97%) Network Security Engineer
10 6 (2.97%) Security Engineer
10 6 (2.97%) Server Engineer
10 6 (2.97%) Systems Administrator
10 6 (2.97%) Windows Engineer
11 5 (2.48%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (3.96%) 802.1X
2 5 (2.48%) Web Services
3 4 (1.98%) LAMP
4 2 (0.99%) JSON
4 2 (0.99%) ONVIF
5 1 (0.50%) .NET
5 1 (0.50%) CSS
5 1 (0.50%) Django
5 1 (0.50%) Elastic Stack
5 1 (0.50%) HTML
5 1 (0.50%) Jinja
5 1 (0.50%) LDAP
5 1 (0.50%) XML
5 1 (0.50%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 48 (23.76%) Data Centre
2 12 (5.94%) Analytical Skills
3 11 (5.45%) Management Information System
4 8 (3.96%) CCTV
4 8 (3.96%) Enterprise Storage
5 7 (3.47%) Fibre Optics
5 7 (3.47%) PKI
6 6 (2.97%) Clustering
6 6 (2.97%) CMDB
7 5 (2.48%) User Experience
8 3 (1.49%) Private Cloud
9 2 (0.99%) Cyber Defence
9 2 (0.99%) Greenfield Project
9 2 (0.99%) Hybrid Cloud
9 2 (0.99%) Linux Command Line
9 2 (0.99%) Public Cloud
9 2 (0.99%) Self-Motivation
10 1 (0.50%) Cyberattack
10 1 (0.50%) Data Structures
10 1 (0.50%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 62 (30.69%) Windows
2 47 (23.27%) Linux
3 41 (20.30%) Windows Server
4 18 (8.91%) Windows Server 2012
4 18 (8.91%) Windows Server 2016
5 15 (7.43%) Windows Server 2008
6 8 (3.96%) Windows Server 2003
7 6 (2.97%) CentOS
7 6 (2.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 6 (2.97%) Unix
7 6 (2.97%) Windows 10
8 5 (2.48%) Ubuntu
8 5 (2.48%) Windows 7
9 4 (1.98%) Mac OS X
10 3 (1.49%) SUSE
10 3 (1.49%) VMS
11 2 (0.99%) Fedora
12 1 (0.50%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.50%) Windows 2000 Server
12 1 (0.50%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (18.81%) ITIL
2 33 (16.34%) Change Management
3 24 (11.88%) Migration
4 22 (10.89%) Network Monitoring
5 20 (9.90%) Configuration Management
5 20 (9.90%) Network Design
5 20 (9.90%) Network Management
6 18 (8.91%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 18 (8.91%) Problem Management
6 18 (8.91%) Service Management
7 17 (8.42%) Incident Management
8 16 (7.92%) ITSM
8 16 (7.92%) Problem-Solving
9 13 (6.44%) Service Delivery
9 13 (6.44%) Validation
10 12 (5.94%) Asset Management
10 12 (5.94%) Project Delivery
11 11 (5.45%) Load Balancing
11 11 (5.45%) MODAF
11 11 (5.45%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 41 (20.30%) Python
2 25 (12.38%) PowerShell
3 16 (7.92%) SQL
4 10 (4.95%) Bash Shell
5 7 (3.47%) Ruby
6 6 (2.97%) Perl
7 5 (2.48%) C
7 5 (2.48%) Java
8 1 (0.50%) C#
8 1 (0.50%) PHP
Qualifications
1 87 (43.07%) Cisco Certification
2 63 (31.19%) CCNP
3 50 (24.75%) Security Cleared
4 37 (18.32%) CCNA
5 28 (13.86%) DV Cleared
6 22 (10.89%) CCIE
7 19 (9.41%) Degree
8 18 (8.91%) JNCIP
9 15 (7.43%) CCDA
9 15 (7.43%) CCDP
9 15 (7.43%) CCIE Routing and Switching
10 12 (5.94%) SC Cleared
11 11 (5.45%) JNCIS
12 9 (4.46%) JNCIA
13 8 (3.96%) Microsoft Certification
14 6 (2.97%) CCDE
14 6 (2.97%) CCIE Collaboration
14 6 (2.97%) ITIL Certification
15 4 (1.98%) CCSA
15 4 (1.98%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (2.97%) SLA
2 4 (1.98%) PMO
3 3 (1.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (1.49%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 1 (0.50%) QA
System Software
1 33 (16.34%) Active Directory
2 31 (15.35%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (8.91%) Hyper-V
3 18 (8.91%) VMware ESXi
4 11 (5.45%) XenApp
5 6 (2.97%) NFS
5 6 (2.97%) VMware NSX
6 5 (2.48%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 5 (2.48%) Firmware
6 5 (2.48%) vSphere
7 4 (1.98%) KVM
7 4 (1.98%) XenDesktop
8 2 (0.99%) Docker
8 2 (0.99%) Samba
8 2 (0.99%) VirtualBox
8 2 (0.99%) Xen
9 1 (0.50%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (0.50%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.50%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 25 (12.38%) Nagios
2 21 (10.40%) SCCM
3 15 (7.43%) Ansible
4 10 (4.95%) Cisco Prime
4 10 (4.95%) SCOM
5 9 (4.46%) NetBackup
5 9 (4.46%) ZABBIX
6 8 (3.96%) SolarWinds Orion
7 7 (3.47%) Puppet
8 6 (2.97%) Backup Exec
8 6 (2.97%) HP SIM
8 6 (2.97%) vRealize
9 5 (2.48%) Microsoft Clustering
9 5 (2.48%) Perfmon
9 5 (2.48%) Salt
9 5 (2.48%) SCOrch
9 5 (2.48%) TeMIP
9 5 (2.48%) Terraform
10 4 (1.98%) Graylog
10 4 (1.98%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 118 (58.42%) Cisco
2 63 (31.19%) Juniper
3 55 (27.23%) VMware
4 40 (19.80%) Microsoft
5 39 (19.31%) Dell
6 34 (16.83%) Splunk
7 27 (13.37%) CheckPoint
8 25 (12.38%) F5
8 25 (12.38%) Palo Alto
9 24 (11.88%) Citrix
10 17 (8.42%) HP
11 16 (7.92%) Oracle
12 14 (6.93%) NetApp
13 10 (4.95%) Dynatrace
13 10 (4.95%) Fortinet
13 10 (4.95%) Riverbed
14 9 (4.46%) BMC
14 9 (4.46%) Meraki
14 9 (4.46%) Symantec
15 8 (3.96%) Red Hat