The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for SSL skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited SSL over the 3 months to 29 March 2017 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 Socket Layer (SSL)
UK
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 266 293 311
Rank change year-on-year +27 +18  
Contract jobs citing SSL 402 426 363
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.89% 0.79% 0.68%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 6.14% 5.36% 4.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 277 268 199
Median daily rate £475 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.85% +2.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £300 £269
10% offered a daily rate of more than £595 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £463 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +15.62% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 12 4
Median hourly rate £17.00 £42.75 £17.11
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -60.23% +149.85%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.20 £25.21 £16.72
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.56 £54.50 £17.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £42.75 £17.11
% change year-on-year -60.23% +149.85%  

SSL is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 6545 7942 7919
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 14.47% 14.76% 14.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 4037 4754 4323
Median daily rate £400 £380 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +4.82%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £235 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £538 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 362 339 435
Median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.66% +11.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £46.79
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £37.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year -39.18% +25.42%  

SSL
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing SSL as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

Job vacancy trend for SSL in the UK

SSL
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SSL in the UK

SSL
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SSL over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SSL in the UK

SSL
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for SSL in the UK

SSL
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SSL within the UK over the 3 months to 29 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +30 369 £475 +17.28% 64
London +67 164 £475 +11.76% 20
South East -62 58 £463 +16.35% 22
East of England +39 51 £519 +5.06% 5
North West +34 36 £400 -8.57% 3
Manchester +27 24 £400 - 3
City of London +3 23 £475 +15.15% 6
West Midlands +17 22 £500 +66.66% 1
Essex +11 19 £550 +25.71%
Scotland +24 17 £416 +1.21% 1
Hampshire -22 17 £403 +18.38% 7
Hertfordshire - 17 £413 -
Oxfordshire - 16 £513 - 6
South West -2 15 £538 +16.21% 6
Yorkshire +3 14 £450 -0.88% 4
Southend-on-Sea -10 13 £550 +25.65%
Cambridgeshire +11 10 £515 - 3
Birmingham +7 10 £525 +31.25%
Renfrewshire - 10 £416 -
Erskine - 10 £416 -
Shropshire +35 9 £500 -
Cheshire +20 9 £413 -6.98%
East Midlands -2 9 £515 +39.18% 1
Wales - 9 £425 -
Leicestershire - 8 £515 -
West Sussex +10 7 £512 -
West Yorkshire +8 7 £438 -10.25% 4
Hatfield - 7 £409 -
Telford +42 6 £500 -
Welwyn Garden City - 6 £330 -

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing SSL also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for SSL.

1 417 (55.01%) Linux
2 333 (43.93%) TCP/IP
3 302 (39.84%) HTTP
4 241 (31.79%) DevOps
5 232 (30.61%) Firewall
6 224 (29.55%) Java
7 222 (29.29%) Agile Software Development
8 208 (27.44%) Configuration Management
9 201 (26.52%) Puppet
10 198 (26.12%) DNS
11 195 (25.73%) Windows
11 195 (25.73%) Jenkins
12 182 (24.01%) Python
13 173 (22.82%) Continuous Integration
14 161 (21.24%) Open Source
15 158 (20.84%) Cisco
16 156 (20.58%) VPN
17 155 (20.45%) Amazon AWS
18 154 (20.32%) Git (software)
19 153 (20.18%) Unix
20 139 (18.34%) Apache
21 132 (17.41%) Security Cleared
22 126 (16.62%) Finance
23 123 (16.23%) Ruby
24 115 (15.17%) Opscode Chef
24 115 (15.17%) SC Cleared
25 114 (15.04%) Microsoft
26 112 (14.78%) Ansible
27 111 (14.64%) Active Directory
28 108 (14.25%) Perl

SSL
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
1 139 (18.34%) Apache
2 102 (13.46%) Tomcat
3 86 (11.35%) WebSphere
4 78 (10.29%) nginx
5 66 (8.71%) IIS
5 66 (8.71%) JBoss
6 39 (5.15%) WebLogic
7 36 (4.75%) WebSphere Application Server
8 31 (4.09%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 27 (3.56%) Confluence
10 24 (3.17%) Jetty
10 24 (3.17%) Mongrel
11 22 (2.90%) Elasticsearch
12 21 (2.77%) OpenStack
13 13 (1.72%) IBM HTTP Server
14 12 (1.58%) Oracle HTTP Server
15 11 (1.45%) MS Exchange
15 11 (1.45%) Skype for Business
16 10 (1.32%) CMS
17 7 (0.92%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 21 (2.77%) MS Excel
2 12 (1.58%) MS Office
3 4 (0.53%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (0.40%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.26%) HipChat
Business Applications
1 10 (1.32%) Oracle iRecruitment
2 7 (0.92%) Payment Gateway
3 6 (0.79%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 4 (0.53%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
4 4 (0.53%) Infor M3
5 2 (0.26%) Oracle Applications
5 2 (0.26%) Oracle EBS
5 2 (0.26%) Oracle iProcurement
5 2 (0.26%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.13%) OpenText MBPM
6 1 (0.13%) Oracle BPM
6 1 (0.13%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.13%) Oracle HRMS
6 1 (0.13%) Oracle Receivables
6 1 (0.13%) Remedy AR System
Cloud Services
1 155 (20.45%) Amazon AWS
2 51 (6.73%) Microsoft Azure
3 43 (5.67%) Amazon EC2
4 33 (4.35%) GitHub
5 29 (3.83%) IaaS
6 24 (3.17%) PaaS
7 23 (3.03%) Google App Engine
7 23 (3.03%) Google Cloud Platform
8 20 (2.64%) Amazon S3
9 19 (2.51%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 15 (1.98%) Google Analytics
11 14 (1.85%) Route 53
12 12 (1.58%) SaaS
13 10 (1.32%) Amazon ElastiCache
13 10 (1.32%) Amazon ELB
13 10 (1.32%) Cloud Computing
13 10 (1.32%) Oracle CX
14 9 (1.19%) AWS CloudFormation
14 9 (1.19%) Office 365
15 7 (0.92%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 333 (43.93%) TCP/IP
2 302 (39.84%) HTTP
3 232 (30.61%) Firewall
4 198 (26.12%) DNS
5 156 (20.58%) VPN
6 106 (13.98%) IPsec
7 83 (10.95%) Network Security
8 81 (10.69%) LAN
9 77 (10.16%) DHCP
9 77 (10.16%) LDAP
10 71 (9.37%) Internet
10 71 (9.37%) WAN
11 58 (7.65%) HTTPS
11 58 (7.65%) Wireless
12 54 (7.12%) FTP
13 52 (6.86%) Cisco ASA
14 45 (5.94%) BGP
14 45 (5.94%) Cisco Nexus
14 45 (5.94%) MPLS
14 45 (5.94%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 107 (14.12%) PostgreSQL
2 100 (13.19%) MongoDB
3 85 (11.21%) MySQL
4 57 (7.52%) Relational Database
5 54 (7.12%) SQL Server
6 37 (4.88%) Oracle Database
7 35 (4.62%) Redis
8 24 (3.17%) NoSQL
9 17 (2.24%) Amazon RDS
9 17 (2.24%) Oracle Database 11g
10 15 (1.98%) BusinessObjects
11 12 (1.58%) RDBMS
12 10 (1.32%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 10 (1.32%) Big Data
12 10 (1.32%) Oracle ODI
13 9 (1.19%) Hadoop
14 8 (1.06%) DB2
14 8 (1.06%) Oracle Database 12c
15 7 (0.92%) SQL Server 2012
16 6 (0.79%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 195 (25.73%) Jenkins
2 154 (20.32%) Git (software)
3 69 (9.10%) Subversion
4 38 (5.01%) Maven
5 36 (4.75%) Travis CI
6 34 (4.49%) JIRA
7 31 (4.09%) Selenium
8 28 (3.69%) Vagrant
9 27 (3.56%) Grunt
10 26 (3.43%) gulp
10 26 (3.43%) Sonatype Nexus
11 25 (3.30%) Karma Test Runner
12 23 (3.03%) Ant
13 20 (2.64%) Cucumber
14 19 (2.51%) IntelliJ
15 18 (2.37%) Bitbucket
16 17 (2.24%) MSI
17 15 (1.98%) Gatling
17 15 (1.98%) Sublime Text
18 13 (1.72%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 126 (16.62%) Finance
2 42 (5.54%) Banking
3 30 (3.96%) Telecoms
4 14 (1.85%) Retail
5 13 (1.72%) Financial Institution
6 10 (1.32%) Games
7 8 (1.06%) Investment Banking
8 7 (0.92%) Marketing
9 6 (0.79%) Electronics
9 6 (0.79%) Manufacturing
10 4 (0.53%) Advertising
10 4 (0.53%) Back Office
11 3 (0.40%) Law
12 2 (0.26%) Legal
12 2 (0.26%) Local Government
12 2 (0.26%) Publishing
13 1 (0.13%) Avionics
13 1 (0.13%) Billing
13 1 (0.13%) German Language
13 1 (0.13%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 124 (16.36%) DevOps Engineer
2 87 (11.48%) Developer
3 84 (11.08%) Network Engineer
4 58 (7.65%) Architect
5 48 (6.33%) Security Engineer
6 39 (5.15%) Consultant
7 34 (4.49%) Linux Engineer
8 33 (4.35%) Administrator
9 25 (3.30%) Software Engineer
10 24 (3.17%) Analyst
10 24 (3.17%) Network Security Engineer
11 23 (3.03%) Support Engineer
12 22 (2.90%) Linux/Unix DevOps
13 21 (2.77%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 21 (2.77%) Technical Architect
14 20 (2.64%) Cisco Engineer
14 20 (2.64%) Senior DevOps
15 19 (2.51%) AWS DevOps
15 19 (2.51%) Cisco Network Engineer
15 19 (2.51%) Scala Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 94 (12.40%) Web Services
2 76 (10.03%) J2EE
3 66 (8.71%) Middleware
4 62 (8.18%) .NET
5 61 (8.05%) Node.js
6 57 (7.52%) REST
7 52 (6.86%) JSON
8 46 (6.07%) HTML
8 46 (6.07%) SOAP
9 45 (5.94%) XML
10 44 (5.80%) Servlets
11 40 (5.28%) CSS
12 38 (5.01%) AngularJS
13 31 (4.09%) SAML
14 28 (3.69%) LAPP Stack
15 26 (3.43%) Elastic Stack
16 24 (3.17%) LAMP
17 23 (3.03%) HTML5
17 23 (3.03%) jQuery
17 23 (3.03%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 82 (10.82%) Data Centre
2 62 (8.18%) Clustering
3 46 (6.07%) Analytical Skills
4 39 (5.15%) PKI
5 31 (4.09%) Computer Science
5 31 (4.09%) Management Information System
6 21 (2.77%) Enterprise Software
7 13 (1.72%) Device Driver
8 12 (1.58%) DataPower
8 12 (1.58%) Linux Command Line
8 12 (1.58%) User Experience
9 10 (1.32%) Graphic Design
10 9 (1.19%) Hedge funds
10 9 (1.19%) Replication
11 8 (1.06%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 8 (1.06%) Hybrid Cloud
11 8 (1.06%) Mainframe
11 8 (1.06%) Wiki
12 7 (0.92%) Fat Client
12 7 (0.92%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 417 (55.01%) Linux
2 195 (25.73%) Windows
3 153 (20.18%) Unix
4 102 (13.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 64 (8.44%) Windows Server
6 46 (6.07%) AIX
7 44 (5.80%) CentOS
7 44 (5.80%) Windows Server 2008
8 42 (5.54%) Windows Server 2012
9 32 (4.22%) Ubuntu
10 31 (4.09%) Windows 7
11 30 (3.96%) Windows Server 2003
12 23 (3.03%) Windows 10
13 22 (2.90%) CoreOS
14 16 (2.11%) Windows XP
15 15 (1.98%) Solaris
16 14 (1.85%) Fedora
17 13 (1.72%) Oracle Linux
18 11 (1.45%) SUSE
18 11 (1.45%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 241 (31.79%) DevOps
2 222 (29.29%) Agile Software Development
3 208 (27.44%) Configuration Management
4 173 (22.82%) Continuous Integration
5 161 (21.24%) Open Source
6 93 (12.27%) Load Balancing
7 82 (10.82%) ITIL
8 65 (8.58%) Continuous Delivery
9 62 (8.18%) Scrum
10 56 (7.39%) Information Security
11 53 (6.99%) SOA
12 51 (6.73%) High Availability
13 50 (6.60%) Software Engineering
14 46 (6.07%) Microservices
15 45 (5.94%) Migration
16 41 (5.41%) TDD
17 40 (5.28%) Penetration Testing
18 35 (4.62%) Coaching
19 33 (4.35%) Mentoring
19 33 (4.35%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 224 (29.55%) Java
2 182 (24.01%) Python
3 123 (16.23%) Ruby
4 108 (14.25%) Perl
5 80 (10.55%) SQL
6 75 (9.89%) JavaScript
7 72 (9.50%) Bash Shell
8 70 (9.23%) PowerShell
9 61 (8.05%) Shell Script
10 55 (7.26%) C
11 42 (5.54%) PHP
12 40 (5.28%) C#
13 22 (2.90%) VB
14 21 (2.77%) Scala
15 19 (2.51%) Go
16 17 (2.24%) Korn
17 15 (1.98%) Groovy
17 15 (1.98%) Haskell
18 13 (1.72%) Tcl
19 12 (1.58%) REXX
Qualifications
1 132 (17.41%) Security Cleared
2 115 (15.17%) SC Cleared
3 52 (6.86%) Cisco Certification
4 44 (5.80%) Degree
5 34 (4.49%) CCNP
6 31 (4.09%) CISSP
7 24 (3.17%) CCIE
8 21 (2.77%) CCNA
8 21 (2.77%) RHCE
9 15 (1.98%) CCSE
9 15 (1.98%) JNCIP
9 15 (1.98%) Microsoft Certification
10 14 (1.85%) BPSS Clearance
11 12 (1.58%) Check Point Certification
12 11 (1.45%) MCSE
13 9 (1.19%) JNCIA
14 8 (1.06%) ITIL Certification
15 7 (0.92%) CISA
15 7 (0.92%) JNCIE
15 7 (0.92%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (2.77%) PCI DSS
2 13 (1.72%) QA
3 11 (1.45%) Disclosure Scotland
4 8 (1.06%) HIPAA
4 8 (1.06%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 7 (0.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 6 (0.79%) JSP 440
6 6 (0.79%) SLA
7 2 (0.26%) ISO20022
7 2 (0.26%) SEPA
System Software
1 111 (14.64%) Active Directory
2 74 (9.76%) VMware Infrastructure
3 63 (8.31%) Docker
4 32 (4.22%) vCloud
5 24 (3.17%) Xen
6 23 (3.03%) vSphere
7 20 (2.64%) Firmware
8 15 (1.98%) VMware ESXi
9 10 (1.32%) etcd
9 10 (1.32%) flannel
10 9 (1.19%) Terminal Services
10 9 (1.19%) Virtual Machines
10 9 (1.19%) XenApp
11 8 (1.06%) NFS
12 7 (0.92%) ProxySG
12 7 (0.92%) XenDesktop
13 6 (0.79%) HDFS
14 5 (0.66%) Apache Flume
14 5 (0.66%) Apache ZooKeeper
14 5 (0.66%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 201 (26.52%) Puppet
2 115 (15.17%) Opscode Chef
3 112 (14.78%) Ansible
4 50 (6.60%) Salt
5 46 (6.07%) Kibana
6 29 (3.83%) Nagios
7 27 (3.56%) Grafana
8 25 (3.30%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 23 (3.03%) Graphite
10 22 (2.90%) logstash
11 21 (2.77%) SCCM
11 21 (2.77%) Terraform
12 18 (2.37%) FortiGate
13 17 (2.24%) Kubernetes
14 16 (2.11%) Mesos
14 16 (2.11%) ZABBIX
15 14 (1.85%) Forum Sentry
15 14 (1.85%) Marathon
16 10 (1.32%) Consul
16 10 (1.32%) Rancher
Vendors
1 158 (20.84%) Cisco
2 114 (15.04%) Microsoft
3 107 (14.12%) Oracle
4 104 (13.72%) VMware
5 94 (12.40%) Juniper
6 73 (9.63%) CheckPoint
7 70 (9.23%) IBM
8 61 (8.05%) Red Hat
9 54 (7.12%) F5
10 47 (6.20%) Palo Alto
11 44 (5.80%) Google
12 32 (4.22%) Blue Coat
12 32 (4.22%) HP
13 28 (3.69%) Rackspace
14 27 (3.56%) Citrix
14 27 (3.56%) Intel Security
15 24 (3.17%) Sourcefire
16 23 (3.03%) Atlassian
17 19 (2.51%) ServiceNow
18 18 (2.37%) WSO2
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