Period
to 24 September 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for SSH skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited SSH over the 6 months to 24 September 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.

Secure Shell (SSH)
UK
6 months to
24 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 716 467 728
Rank change year-on-year -249 +261 -7
Contract jobs citing SSH 81 54 121
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.10% 0.18% 0.14%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.90% 1.34% 1.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 49 28 75
10th Percentile £380 £289 £319
25th Percentile £400 £327 £359
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £423 £450
Median % change year-on-year +18.34% -6.11% -
75th Percentile £540 £525 £500
90th Percentile £668 £576 £593
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £383 £440
% change year-on-year +4.58% -13.07% +0.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 2
10th Percentile £48.99 £27.30 £46.63
25th Percentile £49.37 £28.88 £47.19
Median hourly rate £50.62 £32.50 £48.75
Median % change year-on-year +55.75% -33.33% +261.11%
75th Percentile £52.50 £35.88 £49.69
90th Percentile £53.25 £37.30 £49.88
UK excluding London median hourly rate £52.50 - -

SSH is in the Communications and Computer Networking category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 9,045 4,036 11,682
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.25% 13.58% 13.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,812 2,513 7,262
10th Percentile £228 £205 £200
25th Percentile £363 £325 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £440 £425
Median % change year-on-year +7.95% +3.53% -
75th Percentile £575 £538 £525
90th Percentile £653 £625 £610
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £410 £400
% change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 406 189 604
10th Percentile £12.00 £14.00 £12.77
25th Percentile £14.50 £17.50 £16.24
Median hourly rate £22.19 £31.50 £25.06
Median % change year-on-year -29.57% +25.70% +31.89%
75th Percentile £48.70 £46.40 £46.00
90th Percentile £65.00 £54.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.51 £27.50 £22.86
% change year-on-year -25.42% +20.30% +22.25%

SSH
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for SSH in the UK

SSH
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for SSH in the UK

SSH
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing SSH over the 6 months to 24 September 2021.

Daily rate histogram for SSH in the UK

SSH
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for SSH in the UK

SSH
Top 12 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SSH within the UK over the 6 months to 24 September 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 -203 71 £500 +8.11% 26
UK excluding London -156 38 £400 +4.58% 22
London -192 32 £535 +0.47% 6
South East -79 19 £513 +12.33% 3
Work from Home -250 15 £525 +5.00% 4
South West -38 6 £400 - 1
Midlands -64 6 £390 -7.14% 6
East Midlands - 6 £390 - 2
North of England -82 4 £350 +32.08% 6
Scotland -76 3 £530 +32.38%
North West - 3 £350 - 4
Yorkshire -55 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 24 September 2021, IT contractor jobs citing SSH 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 SSH.

1 42 (51.85%) Linux
2 34 (41.98%) Firewall
3 30 (37.04%) Windows
4 26 (32.10%) SQL
4 26 (32.10%) DNS
5 24 (29.63%) Python
5 24 (29.63%) HTTP
6 23 (28.40%) TCP/IP
7 22 (27.16%) Oracle
8 20 (24.69%) SSL
8 20 (24.69%) Social Skills
9 19 (23.46%) HP
9 19 (23.46%) Agile Software Development
9 19 (23.46%) Security Cleared
10 18 (22.22%) Active Directory
10 18 (22.22%) SNMP
11 17 (20.99%) VPN
11 17 (20.99%) DevOps
12 16 (19.75%) Finance
13 15 (18.52%) ITSM
13 15 (18.52%) SC Cleared
13 15 (18.52%) Git (software)
14 14 (17.28%) Azure
14 14 (17.28%) AWS
14 14 (17.28%) Docker
14 14 (17.28%) FTP
14 14 (17.28%) DHCP
14 14 (17.28%) ITIL
15 13 (16.05%) Java
15 13 (16.05%) JavaScript

SSH
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 (11.11%) Apache
2 6 (7.41%) IIS
2 6 (7.41%) Tomcat
3 5 (6.17%) WebLogic
3 5 (6.17%) WebSphere
4 4 (4.94%) Elasticsearch
5 3 (3.70%) Confluence
6 2 (2.47%) IBM Transformation Extender
7 1 (1.23%) Apache Spark
7 1 (1.23%) nginx
7 1 (1.23%) OpenStack
7 1 (1.23%) SharePoint
7 1 (1.23%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 1 (1.23%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (1.23%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 14 (17.28%) AWS
1 14 (17.28%) Azure
2 10 (12.35%) Microsoft 365
3 6 (7.41%) GCP
4 5 (6.17%) Kong
5 3 (3.70%) OpenShift
5 3 (3.70%) PaaS
5 3 (3.70%) Serverless
6 2 (2.47%) Amazon EC2
6 2 (2.47%) Amazon ECS
6 2 (2.47%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (2.47%) CloudBees
6 2 (2.47%) IaaS
6 2 (2.47%) SaaS
7 1 (1.23%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (1.23%) AWS Lambda
7 1 (1.23%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (1.23%) Azure Functions
7 1 (1.23%) BlazeMeter
7 1 (1.23%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 34 (41.98%) Firewall
2 26 (32.10%) DNS
3 24 (29.63%) HTTP
4 23 (28.40%) TCP/IP
5 20 (24.69%) SSL
6 18 (22.22%) SNMP
7 17 (20.99%) VPN
8 14 (17.28%) DHCP
8 14 (17.28%) FTP
9 12 (14.81%) SMTP
10 11 (13.58%) IPsec
11 10 (12.35%) MPLS
12 8 (9.88%) Network Security
12 8 (9.88%) TACACS
12 8 (9.88%) Telnet
13 7 (8.64%) PuTTY
14 6 (7.41%) HTTPS
15 5 (6.17%) Ethernet
15 5 (6.17%) LAN
15 5 (6.17%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (14.81%) PostgreSQL
2 10 (12.35%) Oracle Database
3 9 (11.11%) MySQL
4 5 (6.17%) Big Data
5 4 (4.94%) NoSQL
5 4 (4.94%) SQL Server
6 2 (2.47%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (2.47%) Redis
6 2 (2.47%) SQLite
7 1 (1.23%) Azure SQL Database
7 1 (1.23%) Firebird
7 1 (1.23%) Neo4j
7 1 (1.23%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 15 (18.52%) Git (software)
2 10 (12.35%) Jenkins
3 5 (6.17%) JIRA
4 3 (3.70%) Bitbucket
4 3 (3.70%) Maven
4 3 (3.70%) SonarQube
5 2 (2.47%) Eclipse
5 2 (2.47%) GitLab
5 2 (2.47%) JUnit
5 2 (2.47%) Snyk
5 2 (2.47%) Sonatype Nexus
5 2 (2.47%) Toad
5 2 (2.47%) Visual Studio
6 1 (1.23%) Artifactory
6 1 (1.23%) Bitbucket Server
6 1 (1.23%) Gradle
6 1 (1.23%) Selenium
6 1 (1.23%) Subversion
6 1 (1.23%) VectorCAST
6 1 (1.23%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 20 (24.69%) Social Skills
2 16 (19.75%) Finance
3 5 (6.17%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (6.17%) Banking
3 5 (6.17%) Telecoms
4 2 (2.47%) Financial Institution
4 2 (2.47%) Legal
4 2 (2.47%) Presentation Skills
5 1 (1.23%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.23%) Marketing
5 1 (1.23%) Public Speaking
5 1 (1.23%) Retail
Job Titles
1 10 (12.35%) Security Engineer
2 9 (11.11%) Systems Engineer
3 8 (9.88%) Developer
4 7 (8.64%) Analyst
4 7 (8.64%) Consultant
4 7 (8.64%) DevOps Engineer
5 6 (7.41%) Administrator
5 6 (7.41%) Architect
5 6 (7.41%) Linux Administrator
5 6 (7.41%) Linux Engineer
5 6 (7.41%) Linux Systems Administrator
5 6 (7.41%) Network Engineer
5 6 (7.41%) Systems Administrator
6 5 (6.17%) Applications Support
6 5 (6.17%) Applications Support Analyst
6 5 (6.17%) Support Analyst
7 4 (4.94%) Security Consultant
8 3 (3.70%) DBA
8 3 (3.70%) Network Security Engineer
8 3 (3.70%) Unix Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (14.81%) LDAP
1 12 (14.81%) REST
2 11 (13.58%) JSON
3 9 (11.11%) SOAP
3 9 (11.11%) XML
4 8 (9.88%) .NET
4 8 (9.88%) Kafka
5 7 (8.64%) HTML
6 6 (7.41%) HTML5
6 6 (7.41%) LAMP
7 5 (6.17%) JMS
7 5 (6.17%) WebSphere MQ
7 5 (6.17%) XML-RPC
8 4 (4.94%) ARM Templates
8 4 (4.94%) SonicMQ
9 3 (3.70%) GraphQL
9 3 (3.70%) Web Services
10 2 (2.47%) .NET Core
10 2 (2.47%) 802.1X
10 2 (2.47%) React
Miscellaneous
1 11 (13.58%) Linux Command Line
2 7 (8.64%) PKI
3 5 (6.17%) Wiki
4 4 (4.94%) Algorithms
4 4 (4.94%) Replication
5 3 (3.70%) Data Centre
6 2 (2.47%) Blog
6 2 (2.47%) CMDB
6 2 (2.47%) Cyberthreat
6 2 (2.47%) Data Structures
6 2 (2.47%) Management Information System
6 2 (2.47%) Self-Motivation
7 1 (1.23%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (1.23%) Hedge funds
7 1 (1.23%) LPAR
7 1 (1.23%) Private Cloud
7 1 (1.23%) Public Cloud
7 1 (1.23%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 42 (51.85%) Linux
2 30 (37.04%) Windows
3 10 (12.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 10 (12.35%) Unix
3 10 (12.35%) Windows Server
4 2 (2.47%) Debian
5 1 (1.23%) AIX
5 1 (1.23%) Android
5 1 (1.23%) HPUX
5 1 (1.23%) Mac OS
5 1 (1.23%) Slackware
5 1 (1.23%) Solaris
5 1 (1.23%) Ubuntu
5 1 (1.23%) Windows 10
5 1 (1.23%) Windows 2000 Server
5 1 (1.23%) Windows 7
5 1 (1.23%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (1.23%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (1.23%) Windows Server 2016
5 1 (1.23%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (23.46%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (20.99%) DevOps
3 15 (18.52%) ITSM
4 14 (17.28%) ITIL
5 13 (16.05%) Problem-Solving
6 11 (13.58%) Scrum
7 10 (12.35%) Microservices
8 8 (9.88%) Configuration Management
9 7 (8.64%) Continuous Integration
9 7 (8.64%) High Availability
9 7 (8.64%) Open Source
9 7 (8.64%) Software Engineering
10 6 (7.41%) Change Management
10 6 (7.41%) Cybersecurity
10 6 (7.41%) Incident Management
10 6 (7.41%) Infrastructure as Code
10 6 (7.41%) Network Management
11 5 (6.17%) Kanban
11 5 (6.17%) Knowledge Management
11 5 (6.17%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 26 (32.10%) SQL
2 24 (29.63%) Python
3 13 (16.05%) Bash Shell
3 13 (16.05%) Java
3 13 (16.05%) JavaScript
4 11 (13.58%) Perl
4 11 (13.58%) PowerShell
4 11 (13.58%) Shell Script
5 9 (11.11%) PHP
6 5 (6.17%) C#
6 5 (6.17%) VBScript
7 3 (3.70%) C++
7 3 (3.70%) T-SQL
8 2 (2.47%) BeanShell
9 1 (1.23%) Cypher
9 1 (1.23%) Go
9 1 (1.23%) PL/SQL
9 1 (1.23%) R
9 1 (1.23%) Scala
9 1 (1.23%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 19 (23.46%) Security Cleared
2 15 (18.52%) SC Cleared
3 11 (13.58%) Degree
4 10 (12.35%) Cisco Certification
5 7 (8.64%) CCNA
6 6 (7.41%) MCP
7 5 (6.17%) DV Cleared
7 5 (6.17%) ITIL Certification
8 3 (3.70%) CCNP
9 2 (2.47%) BPSS Clearance
9 2 (2.47%) CCIE
9 2 (2.47%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (4.94%) QA
2 1 (1.23%) Accessibility
2 1 (1.23%) GDPR
System Software
1 18 (22.22%) Active Directory
2 14 (17.28%) Docker
3 6 (7.41%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (6.17%) Virtual Servers
5 3 (3.70%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (1.23%) Ceph
6 1 (1.23%) Hyper-V
6 1 (1.23%) IAG
6 1 (1.23%) KVM
6 1 (1.23%) NFS
6 1 (1.23%) QEMU
6 1 (1.23%) RHEV
6 1 (1.23%) Samba
6 1 (1.23%) VirtualBox
6 1 (1.23%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (1.23%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 13 (16.05%) Kubernetes
2 12 (14.81%) Ansible
3 8 (9.88%) HP NNM
3 8 (9.88%) Nagios
4 7 (8.64%) Terraform
5 3 (3.70%) Kibana
5 3 (3.70%) Puppet
6 2 (2.47%) FortiGate
6 2 (2.47%) Grafana
6 2 (2.47%) Istio
6 2 (2.47%) WMI
7 1 (1.23%) BladeLogic
7 1 (1.23%) Cisco CUCM
7 1 (1.23%) Cisco UCCX
7 1 (1.23%) cPanel
7 1 (1.23%) logstash
7 1 (1.23%) Microsoft Intune
7 1 (1.23%) SCOM
7 1 (1.23%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 22 (27.16%) Oracle
2 19 (23.46%) HP
3 13 (16.05%) Microsoft
4 12 (14.81%) VMware
5 11 (13.58%) Cisco
6 9 (11.11%) Red Hat
7 8 (9.88%) Micro Focus
7 8 (9.88%) Palo Alto
7 8 (9.88%) ServiceNow
8 6 (7.41%) Aruba
8 6 (7.41%) IBM
9 5 (6.17%) AppDynamics
9 5 (6.17%) F5
9 5 (6.17%) Juniper
10 4 (4.94%) CheckPoint
11 3 (3.70%) Fortinet
12 2 (2.47%) CA
12 2 (2.47%) Google
12 2 (2.47%) Huawei
12 2 (2.47%) TOWER Software