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 19 December 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
VMS
Rank 531 530 482
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -48
Contract jobs citing VMS 64 52 75
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.12% 0.10% 0.15%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.50% 0.44% 0.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 26 44
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£363 £350 £358
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.57% -2.09%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £203 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £558 £400 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £275 £275
% change year-on-year
+18.18% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 2
Average hourly rate £40.00 £28.00 £36.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+42.85% -22.22%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £28.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year
+42.85% -22.22%

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
12684 11754 10984
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 22.99% 22.78% 22.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 7516 6547 5795
Average daily rate £363 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.57% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £155 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £513 £533
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.87% -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1066 1061 1137
Average hourly rate £15.85 £15.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.25% -11.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.50 £34.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.85 £15.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+5.66% -11.76%

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 19 December 2014.

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 23 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 19 December 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 -18 60 £363 +3.57% 8
South East -8 17 £429 +71.50% 1
London 0 12 £428 +9.61% 5
North West -1 9 £270 +20.00% 1
Berkshire +8 7 £498 -
West Midlands -12 7 £563 +87.50% 1
City of London +9 6 £428 +18.75% 2
Manchester - 4 £306 - 1
Reading +20 3 - -
South West -25 2 £375 +30.43%
Kent - 1 - -
Surrey - - - -
Sussex - - - -
Cheshire - - - -
East Sussex - - - -
Slough - - - -
County Londonderry - - - -
Bexhill-On-Sea - - - -
Birmingham - - - -
Bristol - - - -
Feltham - - - -
Knutsford - - - -
Northern Ireland - - - -

VMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, 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 54 (40.00%) Linux
2 48 (35.56%) Windows
3 47 (34.81%) UNIX
4 44 (32.59%) VMware
5 33 (24.44%) VMware Infrastructure
6 31 (22.96%) Oracle
7 30 (22.22%) SQL
8 29 (21.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 28 (20.74%) HP
10 27 (20.00%) SAN
11 24 (17.78%) Active Directory
11 24 (17.78%) Red Hat
12 20 (14.81%) SAP
13 19 (14.07%) Java
13 19 (14.07%) Shell Script
13 19 (14.07%) Oracle Database
14 18 (13.33%) Relational Database
14 18 (13.33%) Configuration Management
14 18 (13.33%) JavaScript
14 18 (13.33%) HTML
15 17 (12.59%) Microsoft
15 17 (12.59%) RDBMS
16 16 (11.85%) DNS
17 15 (11.11%) CSS
17 15 (11.11%) Security Cleared
18 14 (10.37%) SC Cleared
19 13 (9.63%) Windows Server 2008
19 13 (9.63%) Solaris
19 13 (9.63%) Clustering
19 13 (9.63%) Finance

VMS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, 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 10 (7.41%) Apache
2 5 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2010
2 5 (3.70%) MS Exchange
3 4 (2.96%) Lync
3 4 (2.96%) Exchange Server 2013
4 3 (2.22%) JBoss
5 2 (1.48%) SharePoint
5 2 (1.48%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.74%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (0.74%) OpenStack
6 1 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (0.74%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.74%) Oracle Coherence
6 1 (0.74%) WebLogic
Applications
1 4 (2.96%) MS Office
2 2 (1.48%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (2.22%) Remedy ITSM
1 3 (2.22%) SAP SD
2 2 (1.48%) Oracle 11i
3 1 (0.74%) SAP PLM
3 1 (0.74%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.74%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 4 (2.96%) SaaS
2 3 (2.22%) PaaS
3 2 (1.48%) Amazon EC2
3 2 (1.48%) Amazon S3
3 2 (1.48%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (1.48%) Amazon ELB
3 2 (1.48%) Route 53
4 1 (0.74%) IaaS
4 1 (0.74%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.74%) Taleo
Communications & Networking
1 27 (20.00%) SAN
2 16 (11.85%) DNS
3 12 (8.89%) LDAP
4 10 (7.41%) ISUP
4 10 (7.41%) INAP
4 10 (7.41%) 3G
4 10 (7.41%) LTE
5 9 (6.67%) NAS
6 7 (5.19%) Kerberos
6 7 (5.19%) HTTPS
6 7 (5.19%) SSH
7 6 (4.44%) TCP/IP
8 5 (3.70%) PuTTY
9 4 (2.96%) SMS
10 3 (2.22%) DVB
11 2 (1.48%) Wireless
11 2 (1.48%) DHCP
11 2 (1.48%) VLAN
12 1 (0.74%) MVNO
12 1 (0.74%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (14.07%) Oracle Database
2 18 (13.33%) Relational Database
3 17 (12.59%) RDBMS
4 9 (6.67%) SQL Server
5 7 (5.19%) Oracle Database 11g
5 7 (5.19%) Oracle Reports
6 5 (3.70%) Ingres
6 5 (3.70%) JasperReports
7 4 (2.96%) PostgreSQL
7 4 (2.96%) SQLPlus
7 4 (2.96%) Oracle Database 10g
8 3 (2.22%) Crystal Reports
8 3 (2.22%) Data Warehouse
8 3 (2.22%) SAP BW
9 2 (1.48%) Oracle Discoverer
9 2 (1.48%) Oracle BI Publisher
10 1 (0.74%) MarkLogic
10 1 (0.74%) MongoDB
10 1 (0.74%) NoSQL
10 1 (0.74%) SAP BI
Development Applications
1 7 (5.19%) Jenkins
1 7 (5.19%) Oracle APEX
1 7 (5.19%) Oracle Forms
2 6 (4.44%) Maven
3 5 (3.70%) PHPUnit
3 5 (3.70%) Git (software)
4 4 (2.96%) Subversion
4 4 (2.96%) Grunt
5 3 (2.22%) Visual Studio
5 3 (2.22%) Ant
5 3 (2.22%) Toad
6 2 (1.48%) Eclipse
6 2 (1.48%) Selenium
6 2 (1.48%) Hudson
6 2 (1.48%) YourKit
7 1 (0.74%) Rational DOORS
7 1 (0.74%) JIRA
General
1 13 (9.63%) Finance
2 10 (7.41%) Manufacturing
3 9 (6.67%) Telecoms
4 7 (5.19%) Automotive
5 6 (4.44%) Banking
6 5 (3.70%) Retail
7 3 (2.22%) Games
8 2 (1.48%) Billing
8 2 (1.48%) Electronics
8 2 (1.48%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.74%) Marketing
9 1 (0.74%) French Language
9 1 (0.74%) Military
9 1 (0.74%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 18 (13.33%) Architect
1 18 (13.33%) Developer
2 13 (9.63%) Consultant
3 10 (7.41%) Analyst
4 9 (6.67%) SAP Consultant
4 9 (6.67%) Systems Administrator
5 8 (5.93%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 8 (5.93%) Administrator
6 7 (5.19%) Windows Engineer
7 6 (4.44%) Linux Administrator
7 6 (4.44%) Test Engineer
7 6 (4.44%) DBA
8 5 (3.70%) Technical Architect
8 5 (3.70%) Java Developer
8 5 (3.70%) Oracle DBA
8 5 (3.70%) Linux Systems Administrator
8 5 (3.70%) Systems Developer
9 4 (2.96%) Operations Analyst
9 4 (2.96%) Applications Architect
9 4 (2.96%) Oracle Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (13.33%) HTML
2 15 (11.11%) CSS
3 12 (8.89%) JDBC
3 12 (8.89%) Web Services
4 9 (6.67%) EDI
4 9 (6.67%) Hibernate
5 8 (5.93%) jQuery
5 8 (5.93%) HTML5
6 6 (4.44%) XML
6 6 (4.44%) JSON
6 6 (4.44%) AngularJS
6 6 (4.44%) Backbone.js
6 6 (4.44%) Laravel
7 5 (3.70%) .NET
7 5 (3.70%) CGI
7 5 (3.70%) DAO
8 4 (2.96%) Spring
8 4 (2.96%) Middleware
8 4 (2.96%) XHTML
8 4 (2.96%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 13 (9.63%) Clustering
2 9 (6.67%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (5.19%) Mainframe
4 5 (3.70%) N-Tier
5 4 (2.96%) Management Information System
5 4 (2.96%) W3C
5 4 (2.96%) Data Structures
6 3 (2.22%) Digital Media
6 3 (2.22%) AS400
6 3 (2.22%) SecurID
6 3 (2.22%) Interactive TV
6 3 (2.22%) VAX
6 3 (2.22%) Smartphone
7 2 (1.48%) PKI
7 2 (1.48%) Celerra
7 2 (1.48%) Hedge funds
8 1 (0.74%) User Experience
8 1 (0.74%) Algorithms
8 1 (0.74%) Open Source
8 1 (0.74%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 54 (40.00%) Linux
2 48 (35.56%) Windows
3 47 (34.81%) UNIX
4 29 (21.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 13 (9.63%) Windows Server 2008
5 13 (9.63%) Solaris
6 10 (7.41%) Windows Server 2012
6 10 (7.41%) CentOS
7 8 (5.93%) OpenVMS
8 7 (5.19%) AIX
8 7 (5.19%) Windows Server 2003
9 5 (3.70%) HPUX
10 4 (2.96%) Ubuntu
11 3 (2.22%) Apple iOS
11 3 (2.22%) Android
11 3 (2.22%) Mac OS X
12 2 (1.48%) zOS
12 2 (1.48%) Windows 7
12 2 (1.48%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (13.33%) Configuration Management
2 11 (8.15%) OO
2 11 (8.15%) Migration
3 10 (7.41%) Validation
3 10 (7.41%) Agile Software Development
4 9 (6.67%) Software Engineering
5 8 (5.93%) Unit Testing
5 8 (5.93%) Root Cause Analysis
6 7 (5.19%) Business Intelligence
6 7 (5.19%) MVC
7 6 (4.44%) Performance Analysis
8 5 (3.70%) Change Control
9 4 (2.96%) Business Continuity
9 4 (2.96%) RAD
9 4 (2.96%) User Acceptance Testing
10 3 (2.22%) Performance Tuning
10 3 (2.22%) DevOps
10 3 (2.22%) SAP Implementation
10 3 (2.22%) Enterprise Architecture
10 3 (2.22%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 30 (22.22%) SQL
2 19 (14.07%) Java
2 19 (14.07%) Shell Script
3 18 (13.33%) JavaScript
4 9 (6.67%) PHP
4 9 (6.67%) PL/SQL
5 8 (5.93%) C
6 7 (5.19%) Bash Shell
6 7 (5.19%) Perl
6 7 (5.19%) Korn
7 6 (4.44%) C#
8 5 (3.70%) DCL
9 3 (2.22%) C++
10 2 (1.48%) ABAP
10 2 (1.48%) CoffeeScript
10 2 (1.48%) TypeScript
11 1 (0.74%) VB
11 1 (0.74%) Delphi
11 1 (0.74%) Ada
11 1 (0.74%) Python
Qualifications
1 15 (11.11%) Security Cleared
2 14 (10.37%) SC Cleared
3 12 (8.89%) Degree
4 9 (6.67%) Microsoft Certification
5 3 (2.22%) MCSE
6 2 (1.48%) MCITP
7 1 (0.74%) BC Cleared
7 1 (0.74%) DV Cleared
7 1 (0.74%) HP APS
7 1 (0.74%) CISSP
7 1 (0.74%) CISM
7 1 (0.74%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 1 (0.74%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (5.19%) QA
2 3 (2.22%) SLA
System Software
1 33 (24.44%) VMware Infrastructure
2 24 (17.78%) Active Directory
3 12 (8.89%) vSphere
4 7 (5.19%) Veritas Cluster Server
4 7 (5.19%) NFS
5 6 (4.44%) RHEV
6 5 (3.70%) XenDesktop
6 5 (3.70%) XenApp
7 4 (2.96%) VMware ESX
8 3 (2.22%) XenServer
9 2 (1.48%) Hyper-V
9 2 (1.48%) Xen
10 1 (0.74%) Docker
10 1 (0.74%) LXC
10 1 (0.74%) MetaFrame
Systems Management
1 8 (5.93%) Puppet
2 7 (5.19%) Control-M
3 4 (2.96%) NetBackup
3 4 (2.96%) Tivoli
3 4 (2.96%) BMC PATROL
4 3 (2.22%) OpenView
4 3 (2.22%) Netcool
4 3 (2.22%) Backup Exec
5 2 (1.48%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 2 (1.48%) Tivoli NetView
5 2 (1.48%) Legato
5 2 (1.48%) HP Data Protector
5 2 (1.48%) SCCM
5 2 (1.48%) SCOM
5 2 (1.48%) WSUS
5 2 (1.48%) McAfee ePO
5 2 (1.48%) HP SIM
5 2 (1.48%) Vagrant
5 2 (1.48%) SCDPM
5 2 (1.48%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 44 (32.59%) VMware
2 31 (22.96%) Oracle
3 28 (20.74%) HP
4 24 (17.78%) Red Hat
5 20 (14.81%) SAP
6 17 (12.59%) Microsoft
7 11 (8.15%) NetApp
8 10 (7.41%) TIBCO
9 7 (5.19%) Citrix
10 6 (4.44%) Remedy
11 5 (3.70%) 3PAR
11 5 (3.70%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
11 5 (3.70%) IBM
11 5 (3.70%) CheckPoint
11 5 (3.70%) Brocade
12 4 (2.96%) EMC
12 4 (2.96%) Ericsson
12 4 (2.96%) BMC
12 4 (2.96%) Cisco
13 3 (2.22%) ZTE
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