The table below looks at the statistics for VMS skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited VMS over the 3 months to 31 July 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
VMS
Rank 567 556 523
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -33
Contract jobs citing VMS 53 55 56
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.093% 0.10% 0.11%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.44% 0.45% 0.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 15 33
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£400 £450 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.11% +50.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £179 £257 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £518 £508 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £425 £300
% change year-on-year
-5.88% +41.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 10
Average hourly rate £33.00 £15.50 £34.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+112.90% -54.74%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.20 £15.50 £21.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.80 £15.50 £40.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £15.50 £36.00
% change year-on-year
- -56.94%

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

Operating Systems Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Operating Systems category
12128 12350 11399
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.33% 22.60% 22.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 7180 7014 6235
Average daily rate £375 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £165 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+12.00% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 934 1046 1027
Average hourly rate £17.00 £15.00 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.33% -11.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £29.75 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £15.00 £16.23
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -7.55%

VMS
Jobs Demand Trend

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

VMS Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

VMS
Daily Rate Trend

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

VMS Daily Rate Trend in the UK

VMS
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing VMS within the UK over the 3 months to 31 July 2015.

VMS Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

VMS
Hourly Rate Trend

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

VMS Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

VMS
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing VMS within the UK over the 3 months to 31 July 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 -27 48 £400 -11.11% 11
London -16 17 £400 -15.84% 7
South East -5 10 £400 -13.51% 3
West Midlands -2 8 £400 -
Midlands - 5 - -
Milton Keynes - 5 - -
Buckinghamshire - 5 - -
North West - 4 £165 - 1
Warwickshire - 3 £535 -
Surrey - 3 - - 2
Bromley - 3 £500 -
Birmingham +4 2 £269 -
Hampshire -6 2 £400 -15.78%
City of London -15 2 £488 -2.50% 1
Manchester - 2 - - 1
Merseyside - 2 £165 -
Farnborough - 2 £400 -
Coventry -3 1 - -
South West -8 1 - -
East of England - 1 - -
East Midlands - 1 - -
North East - 1 £525 -
Edinburgh - 1 £285 -
Scotland - 1 £285 -
Norfolk - 1 - -
Norwich - 1 - -
Nottingham - 1 - -
Kenilworth - 1 - -
Nottinghamshire - 1 - -
Liverpool - 1 £165 -

VMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing VMS 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 VMS.

1 42 (40.00%) Linux
2 31 (29.52%) Windows
3 29 (27.62%) SAP
3 29 (27.62%) UNIX
3 29 (27.62%) VMware
4 21 (20.00%) VMware Infrastructure
5 19 (18.10%) Automotive
6 18 (17.14%) Manufacturing
7 17 (16.19%) SQL
8 14 (13.33%) Migration
9 13 (12.38%) SAP SD
9 13 (12.38%) Data Centre
10 12 (11.43%) Java
10 12 (11.43%) Finance
11 11 (10.48%) SharePoint
12 10 (9.52%) HP
12 10 (9.52%) SAN
12 10 (9.52%) Wiki
12 10 (9.52%) Analytical Skills
13 9 (8.57%) Middleware
13 9 (8.57%) IBM
13 9 (8.57%) AIX
14 8 (7.62%) ITIL
14 8 (7.62%) Oracle
14 8 (7.62%) Cisco
14 8 (7.62%) Project Management
14 8 (7.62%) Configuration Management
14 8 (7.62%) Active Directory
14 8 (7.62%) Red Hat
14 8 (7.62%) Logistics

VMS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing VMS 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 VMS. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 11 (10.48%) SharePoint
2 5 (4.76%) WebSphere
3 4 (3.81%) Apache
4 3 (2.86%) NetWeaver
4 3 (2.86%) Mule
4 3 (2.86%) Mule ESB
5 1 (0.95%) IIS
Applications
1 1 (0.95%) MS Project
1 1 (0.95%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 13 (12.38%) SAP SD
2 3 (2.86%) SAP MII
3 1 (0.95%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 6 (5.71%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (2.86%) PaaS
2 3 (2.86%) Office 365
2 3 (2.86%) IaaS
3 2 (1.90%) Azure Active Directory
3 2 (1.90%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 10 (9.52%) SAN
2 6 (5.71%) ISUP
2 6 (5.71%) INAP
2 6 (5.71%) LDAP
2 6 (5.71%) Diameter Protocol
3 5 (4.76%) VLAN
3 5 (4.76%) SMS
3 5 (4.76%) DNS
4 4 (3.81%) DHCP
4 4 (3.81%) VoIP
4 4 (3.81%) Firewall
4 4 (3.81%) 3G
4 4 (3.81%) LTE
5 3 (2.86%) WAN
5 3 (2.86%) Broadband
5 3 (2.86%) LAN
5 3 (2.86%) FTP
5 3 (2.86%) VPN
5 3 (2.86%) Cisco Nexus
6 2 (1.90%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (4.76%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.86%) BusinessObjects
2 3 (2.86%) PowerCenter
2 3 (2.86%) SAP HANA
2 3 (2.86%) Oracle Database
3 2 (1.90%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.95%) Oracle Database 12c
4 1 (0.95%) SAP BW
4 1 (0.95%) SQLPlus
4 1 (0.95%) SAP BI
4 1 (0.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (0.95%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (0.95%) DB2
4 1 (0.95%) Crystal Reports
4 1 (0.95%) Ingres
Development Applications
1 3 (2.86%) Subversion
1 3 (2.86%) Git (software)
1 3 (2.86%) Jenkins
2 1 (0.95%) ProC
General
1 19 (18.10%) Automotive
2 18 (17.14%) Manufacturing
3 12 (11.43%) Finance
4 7 (6.67%) Telecoms
5 3 (2.86%) Billing
5 3 (2.86%) Spanish Language
6 2 (1.90%) Banking
7 1 (0.95%) Retail
7 1 (0.95%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.95%) Marketing
7 1 (0.95%) Law
Job Titles
1 19 (18.10%) Consultant
2 16 (15.24%) SAP Consultant
3 15 (14.29%) Architect
4 13 (12.38%) Systems Administrator
5 11 (10.48%) Developer
5 11 (10.48%) SAP SD Consultant
5 11 (10.48%) Administrator
6 9 (8.57%) Solutions Architect
6 9 (8.57%) Linux Administrator
7 6 (5.71%) Linux Systems Administrator
7 6 (5.71%) Analyst
7 6 (5.71%) Systems Engineer
7 6 (5.71%) Test Engineer
7 6 (5.71%) Java Developer
8 5 (4.76%) Infrastructure Architect
9 4 (3.81%) SAP Developer
9 4 (3.81%) SAP Architect
9 4 (3.81%) SAP Solutions Architect
9 4 (3.81%) ABAP Developer
9 4 (3.81%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (8.57%) Middleware
2 8 (7.62%) EDIFACT
3 6 (5.71%) XML
4 4 (3.81%) WebSphere Message Broker
5 3 (2.86%) SAP PI
5 3 (2.86%) FFmpeg
5 3 (2.86%) WebSphere MQ
5 3 (2.86%) SAP ALE
5 3 (2.86%) XSLT
5 3 (2.86%) SAP Smart Forms
5 3 (2.86%) BAPI
5 3 (2.86%) SAP XI
6 1 (0.95%) SAP Basis
6 1 (0.95%) EDI
6 1 (0.95%) HTML
6 1 (0.95%) .NET
6 1 (0.95%) Web Services
6 1 (0.95%) Web Dynpro
Miscellaneous
1 13 (12.38%) Data Centre
2 10 (9.52%) Wiki
2 10 (9.52%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (6.67%) Management Information System
3 7 (6.67%) Clustering
4 6 (5.71%) Client/Server
4 6 (5.71%) N-Tier
5 4 (3.81%) Mainframe
6 3 (2.86%) HACMP
6 3 (2.86%) DataPower
6 3 (2.86%) LPAR
6 3 (2.86%) Video on Demand
6 3 (2.86%) MPEG
6 3 (2.86%) Computer Science
6 3 (2.86%) SWIFT
7 2 (1.90%) FlexPod
7 2 (1.90%) Hybrid Cloud
7 2 (1.90%) AS400
7 2 (1.90%) Replication
8 1 (0.95%) Fixed Income
Operating Systems
1 42 (40.00%) Linux
2 31 (29.52%) Windows
3 29 (27.62%) UNIX
4 9 (8.57%) AIX
5 7 (6.67%) Windows Server 2003
6 6 (5.71%) Windows Server 2008
7 5 (4.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 5 (4.76%) Windows Server 2012
8 4 (3.81%) OpenVMS
9 3 (2.86%) Windows XP
9 3 (2.86%) HPUX
9 3 (2.86%) Solaris
9 3 (2.86%) CentOS
9 3 (2.86%) Debian
10 2 (1.90%) OS/390
10 2 (1.90%) Windows 7
10 2 (1.90%) OS/400
11 1 (0.95%) NetWare
11 1 (0.95%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (13.33%) Migration
2 8 (7.62%) Logistics
2 8 (7.62%) ITIL
2 8 (7.62%) Configuration Management
2 8 (7.62%) Project Management
2 8 (7.62%) Change Management
3 7 (6.67%) Stakeholder Management
3 7 (6.67%) Validation
4 6 (5.71%) Continuous Integration
5 5 (4.76%) Integration Testing
5 5 (4.76%) Disaster Recovery
5 5 (4.76%) Service Delivery
6 4 (3.81%) Release Management
6 4 (3.81%) Time Management
7 3 (2.86%) Data Migration
7 3 (2.86%) Open Source
7 3 (2.86%) Unit Testing
7 3 (2.86%) Capacity Management
7 3 (2.86%) Performance Analysis
7 3 (2.86%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 17 (16.19%) SQL
2 12 (11.43%) Java
3 6 (5.71%) Perl
3 6 (5.71%) C
3 6 (5.71%) ABAP
3 6 (5.71%) Python
3 6 (5.71%) Shell Script
4 5 (4.76%) DCL
5 4 (3.81%) C++
5 4 (3.81%) PHP
5 4 (3.81%) PowerShell
6 3 (2.86%) sed
6 3 (2.86%) SAPscript
6 3 (2.86%) AWK
7 2 (1.90%) Ruby
7 2 (1.90%) JavaScript
7 2 (1.90%) C#
8 1 (0.95%) COBOL
8 1 (0.95%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.95%) Pascal
Qualifications
1 6 (5.71%) Degree
2 4 (3.81%) SC Cleared
2 4 (3.81%) Security Cleared
3 3 (2.86%) SAP Certification
4 1 (0.95%) CISA
4 1 (0.95%) CISM
4 1 (0.95%) MCITP
4 1 (0.95%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
4 1 (0.95%) MCP
4 1 (0.95%) MCSE
4 1 (0.95%) MCSA
4 1 (0.95%) CCNP
4 1 (0.95%) CCNA
4 1 (0.95%) CISSP
4 1 (0.95%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (0.95%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.86%) SLA
2 2 (1.90%) QA
System Software
1 21 (20.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 8 (7.62%) Active Directory
2 8 (7.62%) vSphere
3 5 (4.76%) Veritas Cluster Server
3 5 (4.76%) VMware ESX
4 3 (2.86%) Xen
4 3 (2.86%) XenApp
4 3 (2.86%) Veritas File System
4 3 (2.86%) VMware ESXi
4 3 (2.86%) vCloud
4 3 (2.86%) Docker
5 2 (1.90%) XenServer
5 2 (1.90%) Hyper-V
5 2 (1.90%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 2 (1.90%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 8 (7.62%) Puppet
2 4 (3.81%) Opscode Chef
3 3 (2.86%) Bcfg2
3 3 (2.86%) SCCM
3 3 (2.86%) Salt
3 3 (2.86%) Ganeti
4 1 (0.95%) SCOM
4 1 (0.95%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 1 (0.95%) Tivoli
4 1 (0.95%) Tivoli Storage Manager
4 1 (0.95%) NetBackup
4 1 (0.95%) Nessus
4 1 (0.95%) WSUS
Vendors
1 29 (27.62%) SAP
1 29 (27.62%) VMware
2 10 (9.52%) HP
3 9 (8.57%) IBM
4 8 (7.62%) Oracle
4 8 (7.62%) Cisco
4 8 (7.62%) Red Hat
5 6 (5.71%) Citrix
5 6 (5.71%) Veritas
6 5 (4.76%) EMC
6 5 (4.76%) Symantec
7 4 (3.81%) Microsoft
8 3 (2.86%) Adobe
8 3 (2.86%) Informatica
8 3 (2.86%) Sophos
8 3 (2.86%) CheckPoint
8 3 (2.86%) TIBCO
8 3 (2.86%) 3PAR
8 3 (2.86%) SaltStack
9 2 (1.90%) Nokia Solutions and Networks