Period
to 24 July 2021

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 24 July 2021 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
24 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 570 415 565
Rank change year-on-year -155 +150 +5
Contract jobs citing SolarWinds 181 160 318
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.25% 0.43% 0.35%
As % of the Vendors category 0.61% 0.99% 0.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 143 112 201
10th Percentile £280 £213 £258
25th Percentile £315 £299 £315
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £400 £400
75th Percentile £500 £520 £488
90th Percentile £538 £599 £515
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £400 £375
% change year-on-year -12.50% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 13
10th Percentile £34.31 £42.96 "
25th Percentile £38.90 £44.19 £17.09
Median hourly rate £49.66 £47.50 £19.65
Median % change year-on-year +4.54% +141.79% -4.17%
75th Percentile £51.38 £49.38 £48.75
90th Percentile £52.20 £49.75 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 - £18.06

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 29,432 16,187 38,611
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 41.35% 43.14% 41.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 18,908 10,299 24,341
10th Percentile £299 £255 £250
25th Percentile £400 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £455
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +4.40% +1.11%
75th Percentile £588 £575 £563
90th Percentile £688 £675 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 831 561 1,343
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.89 £11.00
25th Percentile £13.50 £14.35 £13.25
Median hourly rate £19.50 £20.00 £18.70
Median % change year-on-year -2.50% +6.95% +6.86%
75th Percentile £42.35 £36.00 £38.75
90th Percentile £56.25 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -5.26% +8.57% +7.86%

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 24 July 2021.

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 24 July 2021.

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 24 July 2021. 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 -112 166 £400 - 78
UK excluding London -86 95 £350 -12.50% 62
London -102 75 £425 +13.33% 25
South East -22 38 £475 +26.67% 12
Work from Home -253 30 £500 +33.33% 9
Midlands -37 29 £350 -36.36% 12
West Midlands -43 25 £350 -36.36% 8
South West -15 10 £330 -17.50% 15
North of England -44 7 £375 -6.25% 10
Scotland -61 6 £320 +60.00% 6
East Midlands -14 4 £375 +15.38% 4
East of England -21 4 £350 -12.50% 4
North West -29 3 £350 - 6
North East -4 2 £406 +1.56% 3
Yorkshire -18 2 £348 -22.78% 1
Wales -10 1 £500 +122.22% 3

For the 6 months to 24 July 2021, 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 69 (38.12%) Cisco
2 65 (35.91%) VMware
3 62 (34.25%) Windows
4 61 (33.70%) Firewall
5 57 (31.49%) WAN
6 51 (28.18%) Azure
7 49 (27.07%) Active Directory
8 48 (26.52%) LAN
9 47 (25.97%) VMware Infrastructure
10 43 (23.76%) PowerShell
11 33 (18.23%) Citrix
12 32 (17.68%) Linux
12 32 (17.68%) ITIL
13 31 (17.13%) DNS
14 30 (16.57%) Cisco Certification
15 29 (16.02%) DHCP
15 29 (16.02%) Microsoft
15 29 (16.02%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 29 (16.02%) Public Sector
15 29 (16.02%) Social Skills
16 27 (14.92%) Python
16 27 (14.92%) Security Cleared
17 26 (14.36%) VPN
18 25 (13.81%) Migration
18 25 (13.81%) AWS
19 24 (13.26%) DevOps
19 24 (13.26%) Data Centre
20 23 (12.71%) Network Security
21 22 (12.15%) SCCM
21 22 (12.15%) Windows Server 2012

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 6 (3.31%) Elasticsearch
1 6 (3.31%) MS Exchange
1 6 (3.31%) SharePoint
2 5 (2.76%) Tomcat
3 4 (2.21%) IIS
4 2 (1.10%) Confluence
4 2 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2013
4 2 (1.10%) SharePoint Server
5 1 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (0.55%) OpenStack
5 1 (0.55%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 7 (3.87%) MS Visio
2 3 (1.66%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.55%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 7 (3.87%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.55%) Elite 3E
Cloud Services
1 51 (28.18%) Azure
2 25 (13.81%) AWS
3 16 (8.84%) Microsoft 365
4 13 (7.18%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 12 (6.63%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 12 (6.63%) Amazon EC2
5 12 (6.63%) Amazon ELB
5 12 (6.63%) AWS CloudFormation
5 12 (6.63%) AWS Direct Connect
5 12 (6.63%) AWS Lambda
5 12 (6.63%) GitHub
6 8 (4.42%) Mimecast
7 7 (3.87%) Azure Active Directory
8 6 (3.31%) IaaS
8 6 (3.31%) PaaS
9 5 (2.76%) Azure Pipelines
9 5 (2.76%) BrowserStack
10 3 (1.66%) SaaS
11 2 (1.10%) GCP
11 2 (1.10%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 61 (33.70%) Firewall
2 57 (31.49%) WAN
3 48 (26.52%) LAN
4 31 (17.13%) DNS
5 29 (16.02%) DHCP
6 26 (14.36%) VPN
7 23 (12.71%) Network Security
8 21 (11.60%) Wireless
9 19 (10.50%) SAN
10 18 (9.94%) TCP/IP
11 17 (9.39%) Cisco ASA
11 17 (9.39%) VLAN
11 17 (9.39%) VoIP
12 15 (8.29%) Cisco Nexus
12 15 (8.29%) OSPF
13 14 (7.73%) BGP
13 14 (7.73%) PBX
13 14 (7.73%) RTP
14 11 (6.08%) Cisco Firepower
14 11 (6.08%) SD-WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (7.73%) Data Warehouse
2 5 (2.76%) SQL Server
3 3 (1.66%) MySQL
3 3 (1.66%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (0.55%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (0.55%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.55%) Redis
4 1 (0.55%) SQL Server 2017
Development Applications
1 18 (9.94%) Git (software)
2 14 (7.73%) LoadRunner
3 13 (7.18%) JIRA
4 7 (3.87%) Sonatype Nexus
5 5 (2.76%) Gradle
5 5 (2.76%) Jenkins
5 5 (2.76%) JUnit
5 5 (2.76%) Maven
5 5 (2.76%) Mockito
5 5 (2.76%) Selenium
6 2 (1.10%) Bitbucket
6 2 (1.10%) Rational Team Concert
7 1 (0.55%) GitLab
General
1 29 (16.02%) Public Sector
1 29 (16.02%) Social Skills
2 22 (12.15%) Finance
3 18 (9.94%) Telecoms
4 14 (7.73%) Analytical Skills
4 14 (7.73%) Back Office
5 5 (2.76%) Law
6 4 (2.21%) Documentation Skills
6 4 (2.21%) Legal
7 3 (1.66%) Retail
8 2 (1.10%) Banking
8 2 (1.10%) French Language
8 2 (1.10%) German Language
8 2 (1.10%) Investment Banking
8 2 (1.10%) Manufacturing
8 2 (1.10%) Spanish Language
9 1 (0.55%) Electronics
9 1 (0.55%) Influencing Skills
9 1 (0.55%) Marketing
9 1 (0.55%) Presentation Skills
Job Titles
1 48 (26.52%) Network Engineer
2 32 (17.68%) Analyst
3 20 (11.05%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 17 (9.39%) Infrastructure Analyst
5 14 (7.73%) Test Analyst
6 10 (5.52%) Architect
6 10 (5.52%) AWS Engineer
6 10 (5.52%) DevOps Engineer
6 10 (5.52%) Senior Network Engineer
7 9 (4.97%) Cloud Engineer
8 8 (4.42%) Active Directory Analyst
8 8 (4.42%) Consultant
8 8 (4.42%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
8 8 (4.42%) Systems Engineer
9 7 (3.87%) Security Engineer
10 6 (3.31%) Design Engineer
10 6 (3.31%) Network Security Engineer
11 5 (2.76%) Cybersecurity Analyst
11 5 (2.76%) Kubernetes Engineer
11 5 (2.76%) Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (10.50%) YAML
2 14 (7.73%) JSON
3 6 (3.31%) Web Services
4 5 (2.76%) Jest
4 5 (2.76%) Kafka
4 5 (2.76%) Node.js
4 5 (2.76%) RESTful
4 5 (2.76%) SOAP
5 4 (2.21%) React
6 3 (1.66%) 802.1X
7 2 (1.10%) REST
8 1 (0.55%) .NET
8 1 (0.55%) .NET Core
8 1 (0.55%) ADO
8 1 (0.55%) CSS
8 1 (0.55%) Jinja
8 1 (0.55%) Middleware
8 1 (0.55%) Regular Expression
8 1 (0.55%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 24 (13.26%) Data Centre
2 15 (8.29%) Greenfield Project
3 6 (3.31%) Replication
4 5 (2.76%) Linux Command Line
4 5 (2.76%) Management Information System
5 4 (2.21%) Clustering
5 4 (2.21%) Video Conferencing
6 3 (1.66%) CMDB
7 2 (1.10%) Data Protection Act
7 2 (1.10%) EMC VNX
7 2 (1.10%) Fibre Optics
7 2 (1.10%) Hybrid Cloud
7 2 (1.10%) NHS
7 2 (1.10%) Self-Motivation
8 1 (0.55%) Cyberattack
8 1 (0.55%) FlexPod
8 1 (0.55%) HP StoreVirtual
8 1 (0.55%) Public Cloud
8 1 (0.55%) User Experience
8 1 (0.55%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 62 (34.25%) Windows
2 32 (17.68%) Linux
3 22 (12.15%) Windows Server 2012
4 20 (11.05%) Windows Server
5 19 (10.50%) Windows Server 2016
6 14 (7.73%) Windows Server 2019
7 11 (6.08%) Windows Server 2008
8 8 (4.42%) Windows 10
9 3 (1.66%) Unix
9 3 (1.66%) Windows 7
10 2 (1.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (1.10%) Ubuntu
10 2 (1.10%) Windows Server 2003
11 1 (0.55%) Android
11 1 (0.55%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.55%) Oracle Linux
11 1 (0.55%) SUSE
11 1 (0.55%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (17.68%) ITIL
2 29 (16.02%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 25 (13.81%) Migration
4 24 (13.26%) DevOps
5 22 (12.15%) Agile Software Development
6 21 (11.60%) Network Management
7 19 (10.50%) Change Management
7 19 (10.50%) Disaster Recovery
8 18 (9.94%) Problem-Solving
8 18 (9.94%) Service Management
9 17 (9.39%) Identity Access Management
10 16 (8.84%) Business Continuity
11 13 (7.18%) Functional Testing
11 13 (7.18%) Non-Functional Testing
12 12 (6.63%) Business Continuity Management
12 12 (6.63%) Cost Optimisation
12 12 (6.63%) Defect Management
12 12 (6.63%) Infrastructure Automation
13 11 (6.08%) Network Monitoring
13 11 (6.08%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 43 (23.76%) PowerShell
2 27 (14.92%) Python
3 12 (6.63%) SQL
4 10 (5.52%) Bash Shell
5 7 (3.87%) C
5 7 (3.87%) Java
6 6 (3.31%) Shell Script
7 5 (2.76%) ES6
7 5 (2.76%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.55%) Perl
8 1 (0.55%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 30 (16.57%) Cisco Certification
2 27 (14.92%) Security Cleared
3 20 (11.05%) SC Cleared
4 18 (9.94%) CCNA
5 13 (7.18%) CCNP
6 10 (5.52%) CISSP
6 10 (5.52%) MCSE
6 10 (5.52%) Microsoft Certification
7 7 (3.87%) Degree
8 5 (2.76%) CCIE
8 5 (2.76%) CISM
9 3 (1.66%) CCDA
9 3 (1.66%) CCSP
9 3 (1.66%) CISA
9 3 (1.66%) MCP
9 3 (1.66%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 2 (1.10%) JNCIA
10 2 (1.10%) JNCIP
10 2 (1.10%) JNCIS
10 2 (1.10%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (7.18%) SLA
2 3 (1.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (1.66%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.10%) Cyber Essentials
3 2 (1.10%) NIST
3 2 (1.10%) QA
3 2 (1.10%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.55%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
4 1 (0.55%) GDPR
4 1 (0.55%) ISO 22301
4 1 (0.55%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 49 (27.07%) Active Directory
2 47 (25.97%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (7.73%) vSphere
4 13 (7.18%) VMware ESXi
5 11 (6.08%) XenApp
6 8 (4.42%) Docker
6 8 (4.42%) Hyper-V
7 7 (3.87%) VMware NSX
8 5 (2.76%) XenDesktop
9 3 (1.66%) Firmware
9 3 (1.66%) ProxySG
9 3 (1.66%) Virtual Machines
9 3 (1.66%) Virtual Servers
10 2 (1.10%) EMC RecoverPoint
10 2 (1.10%) VMware Server
11 1 (0.55%) DFS Replication
11 1 (0.55%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.55%) Postfix
11 1 (0.55%) Terminal Server
11 1 (0.55%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 22 (12.15%) SCCM
2 21 (11.60%) Ansible
3 15 (8.29%) SCOM
4 14 (7.73%) Puppet
5 13 (7.18%) Opscode Chef
6 12 (6.63%) Cisco Prime
6 12 (6.63%) Nagios
7 9 (4.97%) SolarWinds Orion
8 8 (4.42%) Kubernetes
9 7 (3.87%) McAfee ePO
9 7 (3.87%) WSUS
10 6 (3.31%) FortiGate
10 6 (3.31%) Grafana
10 6 (3.31%) NetMRI
11 5 (2.76%) Graylog
11 5 (2.76%) Terraform
12 4 (2.21%) Cisco CUCM
12 4 (2.21%) PaperCut
12 4 (2.21%) vCenter Server
13 3 (1.66%) Cisco CME
Vendors
1 69 (38.12%) Cisco
2 65 (35.91%) VMware
3 33 (18.23%) Citrix
4 29 (16.02%) Microsoft
5 19 (10.50%) Dell
6 18 (9.94%) Fortinet
6 18 (9.94%) HP
7 17 (9.39%) CheckPoint
7 17 (9.39%) McAfee
8 15 (8.29%) Juniper
9 14 (7.73%) Meraki
9 14 (7.73%) Palo Alto
10 13 (7.18%) F5
11 12 (6.63%) New Relic
12 10 (5.52%) Veeam
13 9 (4.97%) EMC
13 9 (4.97%) Remedy
14 8 (4.42%) Infoblox
15 6 (3.31%) EqualLogic
15 6 (3.31%) Splunk