Period
to 29 March 2020

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 6 months to 29 March 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.

Secure Socket Layer (SSL)
UK
6 months to
29 Mar 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 392 363 354
Rank change year-on-year -29 -9 -53
Contract jobs citing SSL 325 688 701
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.52% 0.71% 0.69%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.78% 5.60% 5.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 223 437 486
Median daily rate £510 £500 £522
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.00% -4.12% +15.89%
10th Percentile £358 £326 £313
90th Percentile £700 £625 £660
UK excluding London median daily rate £490 £445 £475
% change year-on-year +10.11% -6.32% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 8 8
Median hourly rate £29.40 £29.09 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.08% -16.90% +137.29%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.40 £29.09 £34.00
% change year-on-year +1.08% -14.46% +130.51%

SSL 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 8,597 12,296 13,344
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.63% 12.63% 13.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,059 7,509 8,236
Median daily rate £425 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.03% +1.85%
10th Percentile £175 £200 £200
90th Percentile £600 £606 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 518 567 720
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.06 £19.24
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.62% -6.17% -12.08%
10th Percentile £13.38 £12.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £51.86 £48.75 £47.50
Median hourly rate £20.00 £17.25 £19.06
% change year-on-year +15.94% -9.50% -11.35%

SSL
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for SSL in the UK

SSL
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for SSL in the UK

SSL
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing SSL over the 6 months to 29 March 2020.

Daily rate histogram for SSL in the UK

SSL
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for SSL in the UK

SSL
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing SSL over the 6 months to 29 March 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for SSL in the UK

SSL
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 SSL within the UK over the 6 months to 29 March 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 -54 271 £525 +5.00% 60
UK excluding London -10 192 £490 +10.11% 48
London -11 122 £550 - 18
North of England +7 54 £538 +4.98% 10
South East +37 49 £414 -1.43% 12
Scotland +41 39 £490 +30.67% 5
North West +32 25 £598 +16.70% 5
Midlands +31 19 £470 +4.44% 11
Yorkshire +10 17 £525 +2.44% 2
South West +14 16 £375 -3.23% 6
West Midlands +35 15 £540 +8.00% 7
North East +26 13 £490 -10.91% 3
Wales +29 11 £460 -3.16% 1
East of England +6 8 £620 +83.70% 3
Work from Home -6 5 £450 - 8
East Midlands +22 4 £425 +6.25% 4

For the 6 months to 29 March 2020, IT contractor jobs citing SSL 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 SSL.

1 137 (42.15%) Linux
2 133 (40.92%) HTTP
3 124 (38.15%) TCP/IP
4 107 (32.92%) DNS
5 106 (32.62%) Firewall
6 103 (31.69%) DevOps
7 95 (29.23%) Java
7 95 (29.23%) AWS
8 88 (27.08%) Continuous Integration
8 88 (27.08%) Agile Software Development
8 88 (27.08%) Jenkins
9 76 (23.38%) Git (software)
10 72 (22.15%) Windows
11 69 (21.23%) IPsec
12 68 (20.92%) Open Source
13 67 (20.62%) Cisco
14 66 (20.31%) Configuration Management
15 64 (19.69%) VPN
16 61 (18.77%) Microsoft
17 59 (18.15%) REST
18 56 (17.23%) JavaScript
18 56 (17.23%) XML
19 55 (16.92%) SQL
19 55 (16.92%) Active Directory
20 53 (16.31%) Google
20 53 (16.31%) Microservices
21 50 (15.38%) DHCP
21 50 (15.38%) Azure
22 49 (15.08%) Security Cleared
22 49 (15.08%) WebSphere

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 49 (15.08%) WebSphere
2 48 (14.77%) Apache
2 48 (14.77%) Tomcat
3 44 (13.54%) IIS
4 35 (10.77%) nginx
5 25 (7.69%) Jetty
5 25 (7.69%) Mongrel
6 23 (7.08%) Elasticsearch
7 21 (6.46%) JBoss
7 21 (6.46%) WebLogic
8 14 (4.31%) Apache Spark
8 14 (4.31%) SharePoint
9 13 (4.00%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 12 (3.69%) Oracle Service Bus
11 10 (3.08%) SharePoint 2010
11 10 (3.08%) SharePoint 2013
11 10 (3.08%) WebLogic Portal
12 9 (2.77%) MQSeries
13 8 (2.46%) Confluence
14 3 (0.92%) Oracle HTTP Server
Applications
1 2 (0.62%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.31%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (0.31%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 10 (3.08%) Oracle BPM
2 2 (0.62%) Magento
2 2 (0.62%) RMDS
3 1 (0.31%) assyst
3 1 (0.31%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.31%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 95 (29.23%) AWS
2 50 (15.38%) Azure
3 40 (12.31%) GitHub
4 32 (9.85%) Amazon EC2
4 32 (9.85%) GCP
5 26 (8.00%) Google App Engine
6 20 (6.15%) Google Analytics
7 13 (4.00%) PaaS
8 11 (3.38%) Amazon EKS
8 11 (3.38%) Office 365
9 9 (2.77%) Amazon SQS
9 9 (2.77%) Route 53
10 8 (2.46%) SaaS
11 7 (2.15%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 6 (1.85%) Serverless
13 5 (1.54%) Amazon S3
13 5 (1.54%) IaaS
14 4 (1.23%) AWS Lambda
14 4 (1.23%) OpenShift
15 2 (0.62%) iTunes
Communications & Networking
1 133 (40.92%) HTTP
2 124 (38.15%) TCP/IP
3 107 (32.92%) DNS
4 106 (32.62%) Firewall
5 69 (21.23%) IPsec
6 64 (19.69%) VPN
7 50 (15.38%) DHCP
8 41 (12.62%) FTP
9 40 (12.31%) Network Security
10 34 (10.46%) Internet
11 30 (9.23%) Kerberos
12 29 (8.92%) HTTPS
13 26 (8.00%) BGP
14 25 (7.69%) WAN
15 22 (6.77%) LAN
16 20 (6.15%) OSPF
17 19 (5.85%) MPLS
18 18 (5.54%) VLAN
19 16 (4.92%) Cisco ASA
19 16 (4.92%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (9.54%) MongoDB
2 19 (5.85%) PostgreSQL
3 17 (5.23%) SQL Server
4 14 (4.31%) Relational Database
5 13 (4.00%) Apache Hive
5 13 (4.00%) NoSQL
6 11 (3.38%) Big Data
7 10 (3.08%) Impala
8 9 (2.77%) MySQL
8 9 (2.77%) Pentaho
9 7 (2.15%) Redis
10 5 (1.54%) Amazon RDS
10 5 (1.54%) Hadoop
11 4 (1.23%) MariaDB
11 4 (1.23%) Oracle Database
11 4 (1.23%) RDBMS
12 3 (0.92%) Apache Cassandra
12 3 (0.92%) HBase
12 3 (0.92%) Oracle Database 12c
12 3 (0.92%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 88 (27.08%) Jenkins
2 76 (23.38%) Git (software)
3 29 (8.92%) Gatling
4 28 (8.62%) Selenium
5 25 (7.69%) JUnit
5 25 (7.69%) Travis CI
6 21 (6.46%) Cucumber
6 21 (6.46%) JIRA
7 13 (4.00%) MSI
8 11 (3.38%) GitLab
9 10 (3.08%) Gradle
10 9 (2.77%) Artifactory
11 8 (2.46%) Geb
11 8 (2.46%) Spock
11 8 (2.46%) Subversion
12 6 (1.85%) Ant
12 6 (1.85%) Bitbucket
12 6 (1.85%) gulp
12 6 (1.85%) IntelliJ
12 6 (1.85%) Maven
General
1 33 (10.15%) Public Sector
2 26 (8.00%) Finance
3 11 (3.38%) Telecoms
4 9 (2.77%) Banking
5 5 (1.54%) Marketing
6 4 (1.23%) Legal
7 3 (0.92%) Pharmaceutical
7 3 (0.92%) Retail
8 2 (0.62%) Back Office
8 2 (0.62%) Electronics
8 2 (0.62%) French Language
8 2 (0.62%) German Language
8 2 (0.62%) Mandarin Language
8 2 (0.62%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.62%) Retail Banking
9 1 (0.31%) Front Office
9 1 (0.31%) Local Government
9 1 (0.31%) Military
Job Titles
1 52 (16.00%) Developer
2 43 (13.23%) Network Engineer
3 33 (10.15%) DevOps Engineer
4 29 (8.92%) Architect
4 29 (8.92%) Security Engineer
5 28 (8.62%) Consultant
6 17 (5.23%) Cloud Engineer
6 17 (5.23%) Platform Engineer
7 16 (4.92%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
7 16 (4.92%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 16 (4.92%) Java Developer
8 12 (3.69%) Infrastructure Architect
8 12 (3.69%) Network Security Engineer
9 10 (3.08%) SharePoint Consultant
10 9 (2.77%) DevSecOps Engineer
11 8 (2.46%) Agile Developer
11 8 (2.46%) Agile Java Developer
11 8 (2.46%) IT Engineer
11 8 (2.46%) Network Architect
12 6 (1.85%) Site Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 59 (18.15%) REST
2 56 (17.23%) XML
3 44 (13.54%) .NET
3 44 (13.54%) JSON
4 43 (13.23%) SOAP
5 40 (12.31%) J2EE
6 36 (11.08%) CSS
6 36 (11.08%) HTML
7 31 (9.54%) Node.js
7 31 (9.54%) Servlets
8 29 (8.92%) SAML
9 27 (8.31%) LDAP
10 24 (7.38%) HTML5
11 23 (7.08%) Play Framework
11 23 (7.08%) Spring
12 22 (6.77%) AngularJS
12 22 (6.77%) Middleware
12 22 (6.77%) OAuth
13 21 (6.46%) Gherkin
14 18 (5.54%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 42 (12.92%) PKI
2 38 (11.69%) Data Centre
3 19 (5.85%) Analytical Skills
4 14 (4.31%) Clustering
5 12 (3.69%) Fat Client
5 12 (3.69%) Thin Client
6 9 (2.77%) Public Cloud
7 7 (2.15%) Linux Command Line
8 6 (1.85%) DataPower
8 6 (1.85%) Virtual Team
9 5 (1.54%) Security Operations Centre
9 5 (1.54%) Self-Motivation
10 4 (1.23%) Algorithms
10 4 (1.23%) Cyberthreat
10 4 (1.23%) N-Tier
11 3 (0.92%) CESG
11 3 (0.92%) Driving Licence
11 3 (0.92%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 3 (0.92%) Mainframe
11 3 (0.92%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 137 (42.15%) Linux
2 72 (22.15%) Windows
3 31 (9.54%) Windows Server
4 21 (6.46%) Unix
5 17 (5.23%) Windows Server 2003
5 17 (5.23%) Windows Server 2008
6 15 (4.62%) Windows 10
6 15 (4.62%) Windows 7
7 13 (4.00%) Windows Server 2012
7 13 (4.00%) Windows XP
8 9 (2.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 5 (1.54%) Ubuntu
10 4 (1.23%) AIX
10 4 (1.23%) Solaris
11 3 (0.92%) Mac OS X
12 2 (0.62%) Amazon Linux
12 2 (0.62%) Android
12 2 (0.62%) HPUX
12 2 (0.62%) zOS
13 1 (0.31%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 103 (31.69%) DevOps
2 88 (27.08%) Agile Software Development
2 88 (27.08%) Continuous Integration
3 68 (20.92%) Open Source
4 66 (20.31%) Configuration Management
5 53 (16.31%) Microservices
6 38 (11.69%) Migration
7 32 (9.85%) Test Automation
8 31 (9.54%) Load Balancing
9 28 (8.62%) ITIL
10 27 (8.31%) Problem-Solving
11 25 (7.69%) Analytics
11 25 (7.69%) Lean Software Development
12 24 (7.38%) Mentoring
13 22 (6.77%) Kalman Filter
14 21 (6.46%) Web Development
15 20 (6.15%) DevSecOps
15 20 (6.15%) High Availability
15 20 (6.15%) Software Engineering
16 19 (5.85%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 95 (29.23%) Java
2 56 (17.23%) JavaScript
3 55 (16.92%) SQL
4 38 (11.69%) Python
5 31 (9.54%) PowerShell
6 24 (7.38%) Scala
7 23 (7.08%) Bash Shell
7 23 (7.08%) Ruby
8 22 (6.77%) C#
9 17 (5.23%) Java 8
9 17 (5.23%) Shell Script
10 14 (4.31%) VB
11 13 (4.00%) REXX
11 13 (4.00%) Tcl
12 11 (3.38%) Go
13 9 (2.77%) Haskell
13 9 (2.77%) Perl
13 9 (2.77%) TypeScript
14 7 (2.15%) Groovy
14 7 (2.15%) PHP
Qualifications
1 49 (15.08%) Security Cleared
2 42 (12.92%) SC Cleared
3 38 (11.69%) Cisco Certification
4 31 (9.54%) CCNP
5 14 (4.31%) Degree
6 12 (3.69%) CCNA
7 11 (3.38%) BPSS Clearance
8 8 (2.46%) ITIL Certification
9 7 (2.15%) CISSP
10 4 (1.23%) CCIE
10 4 (1.23%) Computer Science Degree
11 3 (0.92%) AWS Certification
11 3 (0.92%) BC Cleared
11 3 (0.92%) DV Cleared
11 3 (0.92%) JNCIA
11 3 (0.92%) JNCIP
11 3 (0.92%) JNCIS
12 2 (0.62%) CCSE
12 2 (0.62%) CCSP
12 2 (0.62%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (5.23%) SLA
1 17 (5.23%) WCAG
2 9 (2.77%) SSAE 16
3 6 (1.85%) PCI DSS
4 5 (1.54%) QA
5 3 (0.92%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 3 (0.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.92%) NIST
6 2 (0.62%) COBIT
6 2 (0.62%) Disclosure Scotland
6 2 (0.62%) HL7
7 1 (0.31%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.31%) SEPA
System Software
1 55 (16.92%) Active Directory
2 48 (14.77%) Docker
3 41 (12.62%) VMware Infrastructure
4 25 (7.69%) Xen
5 13 (4.00%) DFS Replication
5 13 (4.00%) XenApp
5 13 (4.00%) XenDesktop
6 10 (3.08%) Virtual Machines
7 8 (2.46%) Hyper-V
8 7 (2.15%) Citrix Hypervisor
9 4 (1.23%) HDFS
9 4 (1.23%) vSphere
10 3 (0.92%) NFS
10 3 (0.92%) Oracle RAC
10 3 (0.92%) ProxySG
11 2 (0.62%) OpenAM
11 2 (0.62%) OpenIDM
11 2 (0.62%) Varnish
11 2 (0.62%) VMware ESXi
11 2 (0.62%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 48 (14.77%) Puppet
2 36 (11.08%) Terraform
3 34 (10.46%) Ansible
4 27 (8.31%) Kubernetes
5 25 (7.69%) Opscode Chef
6 24 (7.38%) Single Sign-On
7 23 (7.08%) Kibana
8 20 (6.15%) Grafana
9 13 (4.00%) SCCM
10 12 (3.69%) Hadoop YARN
11 10 (3.08%) Oracle Identity Management
12 9 (2.77%) Docker Swarm
13 8 (2.46%) Prometheus
14 6 (1.85%) Consul
14 6 (1.85%) FortiGate
15 5 (1.54%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
16 4 (1.23%) Opsview
17 3 (0.92%) logstash
17 3 (0.92%) Oozie
17 3 (0.92%) Oracle Flashback
Vendors
1 67 (20.62%) Cisco
2 61 (18.77%) Microsoft
3 53 (16.31%) Google
4 44 (13.54%) VMware
5 36 (11.08%) Oracle
6 29 (8.92%) F5
7 22 (6.77%) Palo Alto
8 20 (6.15%) Juniper
9 18 (5.54%) Citrix
10 17 (5.23%) CheckPoint
11 13 (4.00%) Cloudera
12 12 (3.69%) Fortinet
13 10 (3.08%) Blue Coat
13 10 (3.08%) Meraki
13 10 (3.08%) Red Hat
14 8 (2.46%) IBM
14 8 (2.46%) Lets Encrypt
15 7 (2.15%) Aruba
15 7 (2.15%) HP
16 6 (1.85%) SAP