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 1 October 2014 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
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
Rank 605 587 588
Rank change year-on-year
-18 +1
Contract jobs citing VLE 12 3 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.021% 0.006% 0.019%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.068% 0.018% 0.063%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 2 3
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£250 £319 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-21.56% +15.90%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £221 £244 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £338 £394 £301
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £413 £291
% change year-on-year
-24.24% +41.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 5
Average hourly rate £27.50 - £20.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £27.50 - £20.00

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
17525 16502 17427
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 30.63% 31.32% 30.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 10780 10232 10133
Average daily rate £413 £413 £410
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +0.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £240 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 720 646 880
Average hourly rate £18.00 £17.81 £24.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.06% -27.30%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.42 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -32.69%

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 1 October 2014.

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 27 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 1 October 2014. 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 -9 12 £250 -21.56% 11
London +13 5 £250 +11.11% 3
South East -10 3 £313 - 5
East of England - 2 - -
West Midlands - 2 £235 -
Cambridge - 2 - -
Berkshire - 2 £313 - 3
Cambridgeshire - 2 - -
Buckinghamshire - 1 - -
Milton Keynes - 1 - -
Hammersmith - 1 - -
Tyne and Wear - - - -
Newcastle upon Tyne - - - -
Reigate - - - - 1
Rugby - - - -
Slough - - - -
St Helens - - - -
Greenford - - - -
Leeds - - - - 1
Surrey - - - - 1
Warwickshire - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - - 1
Yorkshire - - - - 1
East Midlands - - - - 1
Merseyside - - - -
North East - - - -
North West - - - -

VLE
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, 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 25 (60.98%) Moodle
2 21 (51.22%) PHP
3 18 (43.90%) E-Learning
4 15 (36.59%) MySQL
5 13 (31.71%) SQL
6 10 (24.39%) Apache
7 9 (21.95%) Red Hat
7 9 (21.95%) Linux
8 8 (19.51%) CentOS
8 8 (19.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 7 (17.07%) Project Management
10 6 (14.63%) Perl
10 6 (14.63%) Shell Script
10 6 (14.63%) Data Modelling
10 6 (14.63%) Ethernet
10 6 (14.63%) Git (software)
10 6 (14.63%) Performance Testing
10 6 (14.63%) SSH
10 6 (14.63%) Regular Expression
10 6 (14.63%) sed
10 6 (14.63%) Bash Shell
11 5 (12.20%) Blackboard
12 4 (9.76%) HTTP
12 4 (9.76%) Java
12 4 (9.76%) J2EE
12 4 (9.76%) PL/SQL
12 4 (9.76%) JDBC
12 4 (9.76%) JSP
12 4 (9.76%) Drupal
12 4 (9.76%) jQuery

VLE
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, 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 25 (60.98%) Moodle
2 10 (24.39%) Apache
3 4 (9.76%) Drupal
4 1 (2.44%) Blackboard Learning System
Applications
1 1 (2.44%) Final Cut Pro
1 1 (2.44%) MS Excel
1 1 (2.44%) Adobe Premiere
Communications & Networking
1 6 (14.63%) Ethernet
1 6 (14.63%) SSH
2 4 (9.76%) HTTP
3 3 (7.32%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (36.59%) MySQL
2 3 (7.32%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (4.88%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 6 (14.63%) Git (software)
2 2 (4.88%) Visual Studio
2 2 (4.88%) Subversion
3 1 (2.44%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (2.44%) Redmine
General
1 2 (4.88%) Finance
2 1 (2.44%) Marketing
2 1 (2.44%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 20 (48.78%) Developer
2 13 (31.71%) Moodle Developer
3 5 (12.20%) Project Manager
3 5 (12.20%) Analyst
4 4 (9.76%) Applications Developer
4 4 (9.76%) PHP Developer
5 3 (7.32%) Linux Administrator
5 3 (7.32%) Linux Systems Administrator
5 3 (7.32%) Linux Engineer
5 3 (7.32%) Development Analyst
5 3 (7.32%) Technical Developer
5 3 (7.32%) Administrator
5 3 (7.32%) Systems Administrator
5 3 (7.32%) Systems Engineer
5 3 (7.32%) Technical Analyst
6 2 (4.88%) Systems Manager
6 2 (4.88%) Applications Support Analyst
6 2 (4.88%) Support Analyst
6 2 (4.88%) Applications Support
6 2 (4.88%) Storage Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (14.63%) Regular Expression
2 4 (9.76%) J2EE
2 4 (9.76%) JDBC
2 4 (9.76%) JSP
2 4 (9.76%) jQuery
3 3 (7.32%) HTML
4 2 (4.88%) CSS
5 1 (2.44%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 18 (43.90%) E-Learning
2 2 (4.88%) User Experience
2 2 (4.88%) Learning Management System
3 1 (2.44%) Computer Science
3 1 (2.44%) PMI
3 1 (2.44%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 9 (21.95%) Linux
2 8 (19.51%) CentOS
2 8 (19.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 3 (7.32%) Ubuntu
3 3 (7.32%) Scientific Linux
3 3 (7.32%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (17.07%) Project Management
2 6 (14.63%) Data Modelling
2 6 (14.63%) Performance Testing
3 3 (7.32%) PRINCE2
4 2 (4.88%) ITIL
4 2 (4.88%) Release Management
5 1 (2.44%) Software Testing
5 1 (2.44%) Agile Software Development
5 1 (2.44%) Content Management
5 1 (2.44%) Analytics
5 1 (2.44%) RAD
5 1 (2.44%) SOA
5 1 (2.44%) Service Management
5 1 (2.44%) ITSM
5 1 (2.44%) Workflow
5 1 (2.44%) Information Security
5 1 (2.44%) Migration
5 1 (2.44%) Stakeholder Management
5 1 (2.44%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 21 (51.22%) PHP
2 13 (31.71%) SQL
3 6 (14.63%) Perl
3 6 (14.63%) Shell Script
3 6 (14.63%) sed
3 6 (14.63%) Bash Shell
4 4 (9.76%) Java
4 4 (9.76%) PL/SQL
5 3 (7.32%) Python
6 2 (4.88%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 3 (7.32%) Degree
2 1 (2.44%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.44%) QA
System Software
1 3 (7.32%) Postfix
1 3 (7.32%) Sendmail
1 3 (7.32%) Xen
1 3 (7.32%) VMware Infrastructure
1 3 (7.32%) KVM
1 3 (7.32%) NFS
1 3 (7.32%) Samba
2 2 (4.88%) SRDF
Systems Management
1 1 (2.44%) Nagios
Vendors
1 9 (21.95%) Red Hat
2 5 (12.20%) Blackboard
3 3 (7.32%) VMware
4 2 (4.88%) IBM
4 2 (4.88%) EMC
4 2 (4.88%) Oracle
5 1 (2.44%) Splunk
5 1 (2.44%) Microsoft
5 1 (2.44%) Adobe
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