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 3 September 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
3 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
VMS
Rank 580 547 546
Rank change year-on-year
-33 -1
Contract jobs citing VMS 50 69 53
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.086% 0.12% 0.099%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.40% 0.55% 0.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 25 33
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£400 £330 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+21.39% +9.83%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £165 £254 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+14.28% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 9
Average hourly rate £33.00 - £32.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.20 - £19.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.80 - £37.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £32.50

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
12482 12618 12040
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.38% 22.32% 22.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 7418 7200 6733
Average daily rate £375 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £163 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £518 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £323 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.52% -0.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 960 1099 1021
Average hourly rate £16.66 £16.00 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.12% -3.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £35.00 £36.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -

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 3 September 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 3 September 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 -32 44 £400 +21.39% 8
London -27 14 £444 +36.53% 2
South East -12 10 £400 - 2
West Midlands +5 7 £413 +3.12%
Surrey - 5 - - 2
City of London +7 4 £450 -10.00%
North West -28 4 £165 +1.53% 2
Midlands - 4 - -
Staines - 4 - - 2
Milton Keynes - 3 - -
Warwickshire - 3 £535 -
Buckinghamshire - 3 - -
East of England +6 2 - -
Merseyside -6 2 £165 +1.53%
Hampshire - 2 £400 -
Bromley - 2 £500 -
Manchester - 2 - - 2
Farnborough - 2 £400 -
Bedfordshire - 2 - -
Hertfordshire - 2 - -
Birmingham +6 1 £263 -
Bristol -2 1 - -
Coventry -4 1 - -
Liverpool -7 1 £165 +1.53%
South West -11 1 - - 1
East Midlands - 1 - -
North East - 1 £525 -
Edinburgh - 1 £285 -
Scotland - 1 £285 -
Tyne and Wear - 1 £525 -

VMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 September 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 38 (39.18%) Linux
2 29 (29.90%) VMware
3 28 (28.87%) Windows
4 24 (24.74%) UNIX
4 24 (24.74%) SAP
5 22 (22.68%) VMware Infrastructure
6 21 (21.65%) SQL
7 17 (17.53%) Manufacturing
8 14 (14.43%) Automotive
9 13 (13.40%) Migration
9 13 (13.40%) Data Centre
10 12 (12.37%) Java
11 11 (11.34%) SharePoint
11 11 (11.34%) HP
11 11 (11.34%) SAN
11 11 (11.34%) Finance
11 11 (11.34%) Microsoft Azure
12 10 (10.31%) Wiki
12 10 (10.31%) SAP SD
13 9 (9.28%) Configuration Management
13 9 (9.28%) Project Management
13 9 (9.28%) IBM
13 9 (9.28%) Oracle
13 9 (9.28%) ITIL
13 9 (9.28%) AIX
13 9 (9.28%) Continuous Integration
13 9 (9.28%) Puppet
13 9 (9.28%) Opscode Chef
13 9 (9.28%) Analytical Skills
13 9 (9.28%) DevOps

VMS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 September 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 (11.34%) SharePoint
2 5 (5.15%) WebSphere
2 5 (5.15%) OpenStack
3 3 (3.09%) Mule ESB
3 3 (3.09%) Mule
3 3 (3.09%) NetWeaver
4 1 (1.03%) MS Exchange
4 1 (1.03%) IIS
4 1 (1.03%) Apache
Applications
1 1 (1.03%) MS Project
1 1 (1.03%) MS Office
1 1 (1.03%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 10 (10.31%) SAP SD
2 3 (3.09%) SAP MII
3 1 (1.03%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 11 (11.34%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (7.22%) Azure Active Directory
3 6 (6.19%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (3.09%) PaaS
4 3 (3.09%) Office 365
4 3 (3.09%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 11 (11.34%) SAN
2 6 (6.19%) DNS
3 5 (5.15%) SMS
3 5 (5.15%) VoIP
3 5 (5.15%) DHCP
4 4 (4.12%) LDAP
4 4 (4.12%) VLAN
4 4 (4.12%) ISUP
4 4 (4.12%) INAP
4 4 (4.12%) Firewall
4 4 (4.12%) Diameter Protocol
5 3 (3.09%) Broadband
5 3 (3.09%) WAN
5 3 (3.09%) FTP
5 3 (3.09%) LAN
5 3 (3.09%) VPN
6 2 (2.06%) TCP/IP
6 2 (2.06%) 3G
6 2 (2.06%) MPLS
6 2 (2.06%) VoLTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (5.15%) Azure SQL Database
1 5 (5.15%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.09%) Oracle Database
2 3 (3.09%) SAP HANA
2 3 (3.09%) BusinessObjects
2 3 (3.09%) PowerCenter
3 2 (2.06%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (1.03%) Oracle Database 12c
4 1 (1.03%) SQLPlus
4 1 (1.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (1.03%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (1.03%) MySQL
4 1 (1.03%) DB2
4 1 (1.03%) Ingres
Development Applications
1 6 (6.19%) Jenkins
2 4 (4.12%) Subversion
3 3 (3.09%) Maven
3 3 (3.09%) JIRA
3 3 (3.09%) Git (software)
3 3 (3.09%) Hudson
3 3 (3.09%) Ant
4 1 (1.03%) ProC
General
1 17 (17.53%) Manufacturing
2 14 (14.43%) Automotive
3 11 (11.34%) Finance
4 6 (6.19%) Telecoms
5 3 (3.09%) Billing
5 3 (3.09%) Spanish Language
6 2 (2.06%) Banking
7 1 (1.03%) Retail
7 1 (1.03%) Investment Banking
7 1 (1.03%) Legal
Job Titles
1 14 (14.43%) Architect
1 14 (14.43%) Consultant
2 11 (11.34%) Developer
2 11 (11.34%) SAP Consultant
3 9 (9.28%) SAP SD Consultant
3 9 (9.28%) Systems Administrator
4 8 (8.25%) Solutions Architect
5 7 (7.22%) Administrator
5 7 (7.22%) DevOps Engineer
6 6 (6.19%) Java Developer
7 5 (5.15%) SAP Architect
7 5 (5.15%) SAP Solutions Architect
7 5 (5.15%) Infrastructure Architect
7 5 (5.15%) Linux Administrator
7 5 (5.15%) Cloud Engineer
8 4 (4.12%) SAP Developer
8 4 (4.12%) Test Engineer
8 4 (4.12%) ABAP Developer
8 4 (4.12%) Analyst
9 3 (3.09%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (8.25%) Middleware
2 6 (6.19%) EDIFACT
3 4 (4.12%) WebSphere Message Broker
4 3 (3.09%) SAP PI
4 3 (3.09%) FFmpeg
4 3 (3.09%) SAP ALE
4 3 (3.09%) SAP Smart Forms
4 3 (3.09%) BAPI
4 3 (3.09%) SAP XI
4 3 (3.09%) XML
4 3 (3.09%) XSLT
4 3 (3.09%) WebSphere MQ
5 1 (1.03%) HTML
5 1 (1.03%) .NET
5 1 (1.03%) Web Services
5 1 (1.03%) Web Dynpro
5 1 (1.03%) LAMP
5 1 (1.03%) SAP Basis
Miscellaneous
1 13 (13.40%) Data Centre
2 10 (10.31%) Wiki
3 9 (9.28%) Analytical Skills
4 7 (7.22%) Management Information System
4 7 (7.22%) Clustering
5 5 (5.15%) Client/Server
5 5 (5.15%) N-Tier
6 4 (4.12%) Mainframe
6 4 (4.12%) Computer Science
7 3 (3.09%) Enterprise Software
7 3 (3.09%) SWIFT
7 3 (3.09%) HACMP
7 3 (3.09%) DataPower
7 3 (3.09%) LPAR
7 3 (3.09%) Video on Demand
7 3 (3.09%) MPEG
8 2 (2.06%) AS400
8 2 (2.06%) Replication
8 2 (2.06%) Hybrid Cloud
9 1 (1.03%) FlexPod
Operating Systems
1 38 (39.18%) Linux
2 28 (28.87%) Windows
3 24 (24.74%) UNIX
4 9 (9.28%) AIX
5 7 (7.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 6 (6.19%) Windows Server 2008
7 5 (5.15%) Windows Server 2003
8 4 (4.12%) Solaris
9 3 (3.09%) HPUX
9 3 (3.09%) OpenVMS
9 3 (3.09%) Windows 7
9 3 (3.09%) Windows Server 2012
10 2 (2.06%) OS/390
10 2 (2.06%) OS/400
10 2 (2.06%) Windows XP
11 1 (1.03%) NetWare
11 1 (1.03%) VME
11 1 (1.03%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (13.40%) Migration
2 9 (9.28%) ITIL
2 9 (9.28%) Configuration Management
2 9 (9.28%) Project Management
2 9 (9.28%) Continuous Integration
2 9 (9.28%) DevOps
3 8 (8.25%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (7.22%) Change Management
4 7 (7.22%) Validation
5 6 (6.19%) Stakeholder Management
5 6 (6.19%) Logistics
6 5 (5.15%) Disaster Recovery
6 5 (5.15%) Service Delivery
6 5 (5.15%) Software Deployment
7 4 (4.12%) Unit Testing
7 4 (4.12%) Integration Testing
7 4 (4.12%) Time Management
7 4 (4.12%) Service Management
7 4 (4.12%) Use Case
7 4 (4.12%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 21 (21.65%) SQL
2 12 (12.37%) Java
3 8 (8.25%) PowerShell
4 7 (7.22%) Shell Script
5 6 (6.19%) ABAP
5 6 (6.19%) Python
5 6 (6.19%) Perl
5 6 (6.19%) C
6 5 (5.15%) DCL
6 5 (5.15%) Ruby
7 4 (4.12%) C++
8 3 (3.09%) AWK
8 3 (3.09%) sed
8 3 (3.09%) SAPscript
9 2 (2.06%) VB
9 2 (2.06%) C#
9 2 (2.06%) PHP
9 2 (2.06%) JavaScript
10 1 (1.03%) PL/SQL
10 1 (1.03%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 6 (6.19%) Degree
2 5 (5.15%) SC Cleared
2 5 (5.15%) Security Cleared
3 3 (3.09%) Microsoft Certification
3 3 (3.09%) SAP Certification
4 2 (2.06%) MCSE
4 2 (2.06%) MCSA
5 1 (1.03%) CCNP
5 1 (1.03%) CCNA
5 1 (1.03%) CISSP
5 1 (1.03%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (1.03%) CISA
5 1 (1.03%) CISM
5 1 (1.03%) MCITP
5 1 (1.03%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 1 (1.03%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.09%) SLA
System Software
1 22 (22.68%) VMware Infrastructure
2 8 (8.25%) vSphere
2 8 (8.25%) Docker
3 7 (7.22%) Active Directory
4 6 (6.19%) Veritas Cluster Server
5 5 (5.15%) VMware ESX
6 4 (4.12%) VMware ESXi
7 3 (3.09%) Veritas File System
7 3 (3.09%) vCloud
8 2 (2.06%) Hyper-V
8 2 (2.06%) XenApp
8 2 (2.06%) XenServer
9 1 (1.03%) Veritas Volume Manager
9 1 (1.03%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 1 (1.03%) Terminal Services
9 1 (1.03%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 9 (9.28%) Puppet
1 9 (9.28%) Opscode Chef
2 8 (8.25%) SCCM
3 6 (6.19%) SCOM
4 5 (5.15%) Ansible
5 3 (3.09%) Salt
6 1 (1.03%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 1 (1.03%) Tivoli
6 1 (1.03%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 1 (1.03%) NetBackup
6 1 (1.03%) Backup Exec
6 1 (1.03%) Nessus
6 1 (1.03%) WSUS
6 1 (1.03%) Veritas Storage Foundation
Vendors
1 29 (29.90%) VMware
2 24 (24.74%) SAP
3 11 (11.34%) HP
4 9 (9.28%) Oracle
4 9 (9.28%) IBM
5 7 (7.22%) Cisco
5 7 (7.22%) Veritas
5 7 (7.22%) Red Hat
6 6 (6.19%) Microsoft
6 6 (6.19%) Symantec
7 5 (5.15%) Splunk
7 5 (5.15%) Citrix
8 4 (4.12%) Dell
8 4 (4.12%) EMC
9 3 (3.09%) Sophos
9 3 (3.09%) SaltStack
9 3 (3.09%) 3PAR
9 3 (3.09%) Informatica
9 3 (3.09%) Adobe
10 2 (2.06%) CheckPoint
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