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 6 May 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
6 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
VMS
Rank 564 539 503
Rank change year-on-year
-25 -36
Contract jobs citing VMS 48 55 49
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.086% 0.10% 0.10%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.39% 0.46% 0.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 27 26
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£350 £400 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.50% +21.21%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £177 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £560 £502 £513
UK excluding London average daily rate £295 £485 £325
% change year-on-year
-39.17% +49.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 6
Average hourly rate £22.83 - £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £42.50

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
12316 11929 10077
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 22.06% 22.18% 21.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 7024 6709 5417
Average daily rate £363 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.57% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £160 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £348 £315 £325
% change year-on-year
+10.31% -3.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1026 1046 984
Average hourly rate £16.20 £16.16 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.24% -7.65%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.00 £35.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.75 £15.88 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-0.78% -0.78%

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 6 May 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 6 May 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 43 £350 -12.50% 10
London -10 15 £550 +37.50% 9
South East -14 10 £475 - 1
East of England +12 8 £478 +98.95%
Berkshire -8 6 £350 -12.50%
Essex - 6 £525 -
City of London +16 4 £463 +27.58% 3
South West - 4 £290 -
Bristol - 4 £290 -
Reading -4 3 £350 +10.23%
North West -16 3 £150 -
Merseyside - 3 £150 -
Liverpool - 3 £150 -
Surrey +9 2 - -
Staines +5 2 - -
West Midlands -26 2 £250 -48.45%
Twickenham - 2 - -
Cambridgeshire +4 1 - -
Cambridge -2 1 - -
Leamington Spa - 1 £150 -
Bracknell - 1 - -
Brentwood - 1 - -
Solihull - 1 £350 -
Milton Keynes - 1 £600 -
Norwich - 1 £430 -
Norfolk - 1 £430 -
Buckinghamshire - 1 £600 -
Sussex - 1 - -
Warwickshire - 1 £150 -
East Midlands - 1 - -

VMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 6 May 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 60 (44.78%) Windows
1 60 (44.78%) Linux
2 42 (31.34%) VMware
3 32 (23.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 32 (23.88%) vSphere
4 29 (21.64%) UNIX
5 28 (20.90%) SQL
6 27 (20.15%) Migration
7 26 (19.40%) SAP
8 24 (17.91%) Cisco
8 24 (17.91%) HP
9 23 (17.16%) Finance
9 23 (17.16%) Security Cleared
10 22 (16.42%) SC Cleared
10 22 (16.42%) CheckPoint
11 16 (11.94%) Automotive
11 16 (11.94%) Red Hat
12 15 (11.19%) Oracle
13 14 (10.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 13 (9.70%) Active Directory
15 12 (8.96%) Windows Server 2003
15 12 (8.96%) SAN
15 12 (8.96%) Manufacturing
16 11 (8.21%) Microsoft
16 11 (8.21%) SAP SD
16 11 (8.21%) Java
17 10 (7.46%) EDI
17 10 (7.46%) Citrix
17 10 (7.46%) CentOS
18 9 (6.72%) Windows Server 2012

VMS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 6 May 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 5 (3.73%) MS Exchange
1 5 (3.73%) Lync
1 5 (3.73%) Exchange Server 2010
2 4 (2.99%) Apache
2 4 (2.99%) Exchange Server 2013
3 3 (2.24%) SharePoint
4 2 (1.49%) JBoss
4 2 (1.49%) Mule
4 2 (1.49%) Mule ESB
5 1 (0.75%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (0.75%) IIS
Applications
1 5 (3.73%) MS Office
2 1 (0.75%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 11 (8.21%) SAP SD
2 2 (1.49%) Oracle 11i
Cloud Services
1 5 (3.73%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (2.24%) PaaS
2 3 (2.24%) IaaS
3 2 (1.49%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (0.75%) Taleo
4 1 (0.75%) Office 365
4 1 (0.75%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 12 (8.96%) SAN
2 6 (4.48%) ISUP
2 6 (4.48%) INAP
2 6 (4.48%) LDAP
3 5 (3.73%) DHCP
3 5 (3.73%) DNS
3 5 (3.73%) VLAN
4 4 (2.99%) LTE
4 4 (2.99%) VoIP
4 4 (2.99%) 3G
5 3 (2.24%) WAN
5 3 (2.24%) LAN
5 3 (2.24%) SMS
5 3 (2.24%) VPN
5 3 (2.24%) NAS
5 3 (2.24%) Cisco Nexus
6 2 (1.49%) Network Security
6 2 (1.49%) VoLTE
6 2 (1.49%) FTP
6 2 (1.49%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (6.72%) SQL Server
2 8 (5.97%) Oracle Database
3 6 (4.48%) Oracle Database 11g
3 6 (4.48%) Oracle Reports
4 5 (3.73%) RDBMS
4 5 (3.73%) SQLPlus
4 5 (3.73%) Relational Database
5 4 (2.99%) PostgreSQL
5 4 (2.99%) Oracle Database 10g
6 3 (2.24%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (1.49%) Oracle Discoverer
7 2 (1.49%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (1.49%) Oracle BI Publisher
8 1 (0.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.75%) Crystal Reports
8 1 (0.75%) SAP BW
8 1 (0.75%) SAP BI
Development Applications
1 6 (4.48%) Oracle Forms
1 6 (4.48%) Subversion
1 6 (4.48%) Oracle APEX
1 6 (4.48%) Git (software)
2 5 (3.73%) Jenkins
3 3 (2.24%) Grunt
3 3 (2.24%) SonarQube
3 3 (2.24%) webpack
3 3 (2.24%) Maven
4 2 (1.49%) Toad
4 2 (1.49%) Visual Studio
5 1 (0.75%) Rational DOORS
5 1 (0.75%) ProC
General
1 23 (17.16%) Finance
2 16 (11.94%) Automotive
3 12 (8.96%) Manufacturing
4 6 (4.48%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.49%) Games
5 2 (1.49%) Billing
6 1 (0.75%) Marketing
6 1 (0.75%) Military
6 1 (0.75%) Banking
6 1 (0.75%) Electronics
6 1 (0.75%) Law
Job Titles
1 26 (19.40%) Consultant
2 21 (15.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 21 (15.67%) SAP Consultant
3 20 (14.93%) Cloud Engineer
4 15 (11.19%) Administrator
5 14 (10.45%) Systems Administrator
5 14 (10.45%) Developer
6 10 (7.46%) Analyst
6 10 (7.46%) SAP SD Consultant
7 9 (6.72%) Architect
8 8 (5.97%) Support Analyst
8 8 (5.97%) Linux Systems Administrator
8 8 (5.97%) Linux Administrator
9 7 (5.22%) IT Support
10 6 (4.48%) Systems Engineer
10 6 (4.48%) IT Support Analyst
10 6 (4.48%) Test Engineer
11 5 (3.73%) Oracle Developer
12 4 (2.99%) Applications Support
12 4 (2.99%) Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (7.46%) EDI
2 8 (5.97%) EDIFACT
3 7 (5.22%) XML
4 5 (3.73%) Web Services
4 5 (3.73%) HTML
4 5 (3.73%) .NET
4 5 (3.73%) Middleware
5 4 (2.99%) JSON
5 4 (2.99%) ASP.NET
5 4 (2.99%) CSS
5 4 (2.99%) jQuery
6 3 (2.24%) JPA
6 3 (2.24%) Backbone.js
6 3 (2.24%) AngularJS
6 3 (2.24%) HTML5
6 3 (2.24%) REST
6 3 (2.24%) XHTML
6 3 (2.24%) Hibernate
6 3 (2.24%) Spring
7 2 (1.49%) ASP.NET MVC 3
Miscellaneous
1 7 (5.22%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (4.48%) Clustering
3 3 (2.24%) W3C
3 3 (2.24%) Celerra
3 3 (2.24%) Open Source
4 2 (1.49%) Video on Demand
4 2 (1.49%) Digital Media
4 2 (1.49%) FlexPod
4 2 (1.49%) Data Structures
4 2 (1.49%) Hybrid Cloud
4 2 (1.49%) Mainframe
4 2 (1.49%) Client/Server
4 2 (1.49%) N-Tier
4 2 (1.49%) MPEG
4 2 (1.49%) Interactive TV
4 2 (1.49%) Replication
4 2 (1.49%) Computer Science
4 2 (1.49%) Wiki
5 1 (0.75%) Fixed Income
5 1 (0.75%) SecurID
Operating Systems
1 60 (44.78%) Windows
1 60 (44.78%) Linux
2 29 (21.64%) UNIX
3 14 (10.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 12 (8.96%) Windows Server 2003
5 10 (7.46%) CentOS
6 9 (6.72%) Windows Server 2012
7 7 (5.22%) Windows Server 2008
8 6 (4.48%) Solaris
8 6 (4.48%) OpenVMS
9 5 (3.73%) HPUX
9 5 (3.73%) Windows XP
10 3 (2.24%) Debian
10 3 (2.24%) Ubuntu
10 3 (2.24%) Windows 7
10 3 (2.24%) AIX
11 1 (0.75%) OS/400
11 1 (0.75%) NetWare
11 1 (0.75%) OS/390
11 1 (0.75%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (20.15%) Migration
2 8 (5.97%) Configuration Management
2 8 (5.97%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (5.97%) Logistics
3 7 (5.22%) Unit Testing
4 5 (3.73%) Continuous Integration
4 5 (3.73%) User Acceptance Testing
5 4 (2.99%) Business Intelligence
5 4 (2.99%) SAP Implementation
5 4 (2.99%) ITIL
5 4 (2.99%) RAD
5 4 (2.99%) Stakeholder Management
6 3 (2.24%) Project Management
6 3 (2.24%) Disaster Recovery
6 3 (2.24%) OO
6 3 (2.24%) Penetration Testing
6 3 (2.24%) Software Engineering
6 3 (2.24%) Validation
6 3 (2.24%) DevOps
6 3 (2.24%) Capacity Management
Programming Languages
1 28 (20.90%) SQL
2 11 (8.21%) Java
3 9 (6.72%) PL/SQL
4 7 (5.22%) JavaScript
4 7 (5.22%) C
5 6 (4.48%) C#
5 6 (4.48%) Python
5 6 (4.48%) Shell Script
6 5 (3.73%) PowerShell
7 4 (2.99%) PHP
8 3 (2.24%) Perl
9 2 (1.49%) C++
9 2 (1.49%) Ruby
10 1 (0.75%) XPath
10 1 (0.75%) DCL
10 1 (0.75%) Ada
10 1 (0.75%) VB
10 1 (0.75%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 23 (17.16%) Security Cleared
2 22 (16.42%) SC Cleared
3 4 (2.99%) Degree
4 2 (1.49%) MCITP
4 2 (1.49%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (0.75%) MCTS
5 1 (0.75%) MCP
5 1 (0.75%) MCSE
5 1 (0.75%) MCSA
5 1 (0.75%) CCNP
5 1 (0.75%) CCNA
5 1 (0.75%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (0.75%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (4.48%) QA
2 1 (0.75%) SLA
System Software
1 32 (23.88%) VMware Infrastructure
1 32 (23.88%) vSphere
2 13 (9.70%) Active Directory
3 7 (5.22%) XenApp
4 5 (3.73%) XenServer
5 4 (2.99%) XenDesktop
5 4 (2.99%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (2.24%) Xen
7 2 (1.49%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 2 (1.49%) Terminal Services
7 2 (1.49%) Hyper-V
7 2 (1.49%) vCloud
7 2 (1.49%) Docker
8 1 (0.75%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 8 (5.97%) Puppet
2 4 (2.99%) Opscode Chef
3 3 (2.24%) Bcfg2
3 3 (2.24%) HP Data Protector
3 3 (2.24%) Salt
3 3 (2.24%) Ganeti
4 2 (1.49%) Tivoli
4 2 (1.49%) SCCM
4 2 (1.49%) SCOM
5 1 (0.75%) Tivoli Monitoring
5 1 (0.75%) NetBackup
5 1 (0.75%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 1 (0.75%) OpenView
Vendors
1 42 (31.34%) VMware
2 26 (19.40%) SAP
3 24 (17.91%) Cisco
3 24 (17.91%) HP
4 22 (16.42%) CheckPoint
5 16 (11.94%) Red Hat
6 15 (11.19%) Oracle
7 11 (8.21%) Microsoft
8 10 (7.46%) Citrix
9 5 (3.73%) NetApp
10 4 (2.99%) Brocade
10 4 (2.99%) 3PAR
10 4 (2.99%) EMC
11 3 (2.24%) TIBCO
11 3 (2.24%) Cognos
11 3 (2.24%) F5
11 3 (2.24%) SaltStack
12 2 (1.49%) Barracuda Networks
12 2 (1.49%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
12 2 (1.49%) Telerik