The table below looks at the prevalence of the term VLE in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited VLE over the 3 months to 30 June 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
30 Jun 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
Rank 590 570 546
Rank change year-on-year
-20 -24
Contract jobs citing VLE 10 29 21
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.018% 0.054% 0.043%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.057% 0.17% 0.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 16 2
Average daily rate
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£315 £245 £424
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+28.70% -42.24%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £276 £199 £333
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £325 £515
UK excluding London average daily rate £383 £244 £424
% change year-on-year
+56.76% -42.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 3
Average hourly rate £16.61 £15.79 £26.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.19% -39.26%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.27 £15.79 £26.00
% change year-on-year
-9.64% -39.26%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Miscellaneous category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Miscellaneous Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Miscellaneous category
17597 17102 16421
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 31.37% 31.76% 33.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 10983 10536 9717
Average daily rate £415 £400 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.75% -5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £235 £243
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 640 655 709
Average hourly rate £19.00 £22.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.63% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.25 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.50 £43.00 £43.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.90 £23.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-17.82% +15.00%

VLE
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing VLE within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Miscellaneous category.

VLE Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

VLE
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing VLE within the UK.

VLE Daily Rate Trend in the UK

VLE
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing VLE within the UK over the 3 months to 30 June 2015.

VLE Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

VLE
Hourly Rate Trend

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

VLE Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

VLE
Top 16 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing VLE within the UK over the 3 months to 30 June 2015. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -28 10 £315 +28.70% 10
London -23 5 £250 +2.14% 6
South East - 2 £315 - 1
City of London -7 1 £250 +25.00% 1
Manchester -15 1 - -
Leeds -19 1 £450 -
North West -20 1 - -
Yorkshire -21 1 £450 -
West Yorkshire -22 1 £450 -
Birmingham - 1 - -
Egham - 1 £315 -
Sheffield - 1 £450 -
Middlesex - 1 £315 -
South Yorkshire - 1 £450 -
Surrey - 1 £315 -
West Midlands - 1 - - 1

VLE
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 June 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing VLE also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited VLE.

1 13 (56.52%) E-Learning
1 13 (56.52%) Moodle
2 10 (43.48%) Blackboard
3 7 (30.43%) MS Office
4 6 (26.09%) HTML
5 5 (21.74%) Windows
5 5 (21.74%) Microsoft
5 5 (21.74%) Windows 7
6 4 (17.39%) Apple iOS
6 4 (17.39%) Windows 8
6 4 (17.39%) PHP
6 4 (17.39%) CSS
6 4 (17.39%) MySQL
7 3 (13.04%) JavaScript
7 3 (13.04%) SQL
7 3 (13.04%) Adobe
7 3 (13.04%) MS Excel
8 2 (8.70%) Windows XP
8 2 (8.70%) MS Exchange
8 2 (8.70%) LAN
8 2 (8.70%) WAN
8 2 (8.70%) Active Directory
8 2 (8.70%) Citrix
8 2 (8.70%) SAN
8 2 (8.70%) Mac OS X
8 2 (8.70%) Apple
8 2 (8.70%) Windows Server 2003
8 2 (8.70%) Internet
8 2 (8.70%) Business Analysis
8 2 (8.70%) Strategic Planning

VLE
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 June 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing VLE also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited VLE. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 13 (56.52%) Moodle
2 2 (8.70%) Blackboard Learning System
2 2 (8.70%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (8.70%) IIS
2 2 (8.70%) Tomcat
2 2 (8.70%) MS Exchange
3 1 (4.35%) CMS
3 1 (4.35%) Apache
Applications
1 7 (30.43%) MS Office
2 3 (13.04%) MS Excel
3 2 (8.70%) Adobe Premiere
3 2 (8.70%) Final Cut Pro
4 1 (4.35%) Photoshop
4 1 (4.35%) Adobe Illustrator
4 1 (4.35%) InDesign
Communications & Networking
1 2 (8.70%) SAN
1 2 (8.70%) Internet
1 2 (8.70%) Wi-Fi
1 2 (8.70%) LAN
1 2 (8.70%) WAN
2 1 (4.35%) Ethernet
2 1 (4.35%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (17.39%) MySQL
2 1 (4.35%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (4.35%) Dreamweaver
1 1 (4.35%) Subversion
1 1 (4.35%) Git (software)
General
1 1 (4.35%) Publishing
1 1 (4.35%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 7 (30.43%) Developer
2 6 (26.09%) Analyst
3 4 (17.39%) Service Analyst
3 4 (17.39%) Service Desk Analyst
3 4 (17.39%) Moodle Developer
4 3 (13.04%) Administrator
4 3 (13.04%) PHP Developer
5 2 (8.70%) E-Learning Developer
5 2 (8.70%) Network Manager
5 2 (8.70%) 1st Line Support
6 1 (4.35%) Project Manager
6 1 (4.35%) Business Analyst
6 1 (4.35%) 2nd Line Support
6 1 (4.35%) PHP MySQL Developer
6 1 (4.35%) Network Support
6 1 (4.35%) Developer Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (26.09%) HTML
2 4 (17.39%) CSS
3 1 (4.35%) XML
3 1 (4.35%) Flash
3 1 (4.35%) jQuery
3 1 (4.35%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 13 (56.52%) E-Learning
Operating Systems
1 5 (21.74%) Windows
1 5 (21.74%) Windows 7
2 4 (17.39%) Apple iOS
2 4 (17.39%) Windows 8
3 2 (8.70%) Windows XP
3 2 (8.70%) Mac OS X
3 2 (8.70%) Windows Server 2003
3 2 (8.70%) Android
3 2 (8.70%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (8.70%) Mac OS
4 1 (4.35%) CentOS
4 1 (4.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (4.35%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (8.70%) Business Analysis
1 2 (8.70%) Strategic Planning
2 1 (4.35%) Performance Testing
2 1 (4.35%) Time Management
2 1 (4.35%) ITIL
2 1 (4.35%) Data Modelling
2 1 (4.35%) Workflow
2 1 (4.35%) Content Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (17.39%) PHP
2 3 (13.04%) SQL
2 3 (13.04%) JavaScript
3 1 (4.35%) Perl
3 1 (4.35%) Java
3 1 (4.35%) Shell Script
3 1 (4.35%) Bash Shell
3 1 (4.35%) sed
Qualifications
1 2 (8.70%) Degree
2 1 (4.35%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 2 (8.70%) Active Directory
1 2 (8.70%) XenServer
Vendors
1 10 (43.48%) Blackboard
2 5 (21.74%) Microsoft
3 3 (13.04%) Adobe
4 2 (8.70%) Citrix
4 2 (8.70%) Apple
5 1 (4.35%) Oracle
5 1 (4.35%) Red Hat
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