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 22 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
VMS
Rank 560 538 503
Rank change year-on-year
-22 -35
Contract jobs citing VMS 47 44 46
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.087% 0.084% 0.098%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.39% 0.37% 0.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 19 26
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£428 £400 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.87% +14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £90 £195
10% offered a daily rate of more than £565 £489 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £475 £343
% change year-on-year
-26.31% +38.68%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 5
Average hourly rate £22.83 £15.50 £40.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+47.29% -61.25%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £15.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year
- -61.25%

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
11976 11833 10146
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 22.11% 22.48% 21.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 6932 6723 5446
Average daily rate £363 £350 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.57% -2.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £160 £194
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 1000 1049 986
Average hourly rate £16.50 £15.89 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.83% -9.20%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.95 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £35.00 £38.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.75 £15.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+1.61% -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 22 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 22 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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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 -23 44 £428 +6.87% 13
London -5 18 £475 +22.58% 7
South East -13 10 £475 -7.31%
East of England +15 8 £478 +98.95% 3
Berkshire -6 6 £350 -36.36%
Essex - 6 £525 - 1
City of London +7 4 £463 +27.58% 2
Reading +9 3 £350 -
West Midlands -16 3 £275 -43.29% 1
Staines +10 2 - -
Surrey +6 2 - -
North West -20 2 £150 - 1
Merseyside - 2 £150 -
Twickenham - 2 - -
Norfolk - 2 £430 -
Liverpool - 2 £150 -
Norwich - 2 £430 -
South West +10 1 - -
Midlands - 1 - -
Sussex - 1 - -
Warwickshire - 1 £150 -
East Midlands - 1 - -
Milton Keynes - 1 £600 -
Birmingham - 1 £275 -
Bracknell - 1 - -
Brentwood - 1 - -
Bristol - 1 - -
Bromley - 1 - -
Leamington Spa - 1 £150 -
Buckinghamshire - 1 £600 -

VMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 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 52 (42.98%) Windows
2 50 (41.32%) Linux
3 37 (30.58%) VMware
4 30 (24.79%) vSphere
5 27 (22.31%) Migration
5 27 (22.31%) UNIX
6 26 (21.49%) Cisco
7 25 (20.66%) VMware Infrastructure
8 24 (19.83%) SAP
9 22 (18.18%) SQL
9 22 (18.18%) CheckPoint
9 22 (18.18%) SC Cleared
9 22 (18.18%) Security Cleared
10 20 (16.53%) Finance
11 15 (12.40%) HP
12 14 (11.57%) Automotive
13 13 (10.74%) Oracle
14 11 (9.09%) Java
14 11 (9.09%) Manufacturing
15 10 (8.26%) SAP SD
15 10 (8.26%) SAN
15 10 (8.26%) Windows Server 2003
16 9 (7.44%) Active Directory
16 9 (7.44%) C
16 9 (7.44%) SQL Server
16 9 (7.44%) EDI
16 9 (7.44%) Windows Server 2008
16 9 (7.44%) Oracle Database
17 8 (6.61%) Puppet
17 8 (6.61%) Agile Software Development

VMS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 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 4 (3.31%) Apache
2 3 (2.48%) SharePoint
2 3 (2.48%) Mule
2 3 (2.48%) Mule ESB
3 2 (1.65%) JBoss
4 1 (0.83%) IIS
4 1 (0.83%) MS Exchange
4 1 (0.83%) WebSphere
4 1 (0.83%) Lync
4 1 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (0.83%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 5 (4.13%) MS Office
2 1 (0.83%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 10 (8.26%) SAP SD
2 2 (1.65%) Oracle 11i
Cloud Services
1 5 (4.13%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (2.48%) PaaS
2 3 (2.48%) IaaS
3 2 (1.65%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (0.83%) Taleo
4 1 (0.83%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.83%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 10 (8.26%) SAN
2 8 (6.61%) DNS
3 7 (5.79%) DHCP
4 6 (4.96%) Diameter Protocol
4 6 (4.96%) VLAN
4 6 (4.96%) LDAP
4 6 (4.96%) ISUP
4 6 (4.96%) INAP
5 4 (3.31%) LTE
5 4 (3.31%) VoIP
5 4 (3.31%) 3G
6 3 (2.48%) VPN
6 3 (2.48%) FTP
6 3 (2.48%) WAN
6 3 (2.48%) LAN
6 3 (2.48%) SMS
6 3 (2.48%) Firewall
6 3 (2.48%) NAS
6 3 (2.48%) Cisco Nexus
7 2 (1.65%) VoLTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (7.44%) SQL Server
1 9 (7.44%) Oracle Database
2 7 (5.79%) Oracle Database 11g
3 6 (4.96%) Oracle Reports
4 5 (4.13%) RDBMS
4 5 (4.13%) SQLPlus
4 5 (4.13%) Relational Database
5 4 (3.31%) PostgreSQL
5 4 (3.31%) Oracle Database 10g
6 3 (2.48%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (1.65%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (1.65%) Oracle BI Publisher
7 2 (1.65%) Oracle Discoverer
8 1 (0.83%) SAP BW
8 1 (0.83%) PowerCenter
8 1 (0.83%) SAP BI
8 1 (0.83%) Crystal Reports
8 1 (0.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.83%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 6 (4.96%) Oracle APEX
1 6 (4.96%) Oracle Forms
2 4 (3.31%) Jenkins
2 4 (3.31%) Git (software)
2 4 (3.31%) Subversion
3 2 (1.65%) Toad
3 2 (1.65%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.83%) ProC
4 1 (0.83%) Maven
4 1 (0.83%) Rational DOORS
4 1 (0.83%) Grunt
4 1 (0.83%) SonarQube
4 1 (0.83%) webpack
General
1 20 (16.53%) Finance
2 14 (11.57%) Automotive
3 11 (9.09%) Manufacturing
4 6 (4.96%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.65%) Billing
5 2 (1.65%) Banking
6 1 (0.83%) Law
6 1 (0.83%) Electronics
6 1 (0.83%) Military
6 1 (0.83%) Marketing
6 1 (0.83%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 25 (20.66%) Consultant
2 20 (16.53%) Cloud Engineer
3 19 (15.70%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 19 (15.70%) SAP Consultant
4 12 (9.92%) Developer
5 11 (9.09%) Administrator
6 10 (8.26%) Systems Administrator
7 9 (7.44%) SAP SD Consultant
8 8 (6.61%) Analyst
9 7 (5.79%) Support Analyst
10 6 (4.96%) IT Support
10 6 (4.96%) Test Engineer
10 6 (4.96%) Systems Engineer
11 5 (4.13%) Architect
11 5 (4.13%) Oracle Developer
11 5 (4.13%) IT Support Analyst
12 4 (3.31%) VMware Engineer
12 4 (3.31%) Systems Developer
12 4 (3.31%) Java Developer
12 4 (3.31%) Linux Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (7.44%) EDI
2 8 (6.61%) EDIFACT
2 8 (6.61%) XML
3 4 (3.31%) .NET
3 4 (3.31%) HTML
3 4 (3.31%) Middleware
4 3 (2.48%) Web Services
4 3 (2.48%) ASP.NET
4 3 (2.48%) FFmpeg
5 2 (1.65%) SAP ALE
5 2 (1.65%) JSON
5 2 (1.65%) jQuery
5 2 (1.65%) CSS
5 2 (1.65%) XSLT
6 1 (0.83%) WebSphere MQ
6 1 (0.83%) XHTML
6 1 (0.83%) Hibernate
6 1 (0.83%) Web Dynpro
6 1 (0.83%) WebSphere Message Broker
6 1 (0.83%) Dojo
Miscellaneous
1 6 (4.96%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (2.48%) MPEG
2 3 (2.48%) Wiki
2 3 (2.48%) Celerra
2 3 (2.48%) Open Source
2 3 (2.48%) Video on Demand
3 2 (1.65%) Hybrid Cloud
3 2 (1.65%) FlexPod
3 2 (1.65%) VAX
3 2 (1.65%) Replication
3 2 (1.65%) Clustering
3 2 (1.65%) Client/Server
3 2 (1.65%) N-Tier
3 2 (1.65%) Mainframe
4 1 (0.83%) W3C
4 1 (0.83%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 1 (0.83%) AS400
4 1 (0.83%) Fixed Income
4 1 (0.83%) Computer Science
4 1 (0.83%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 52 (42.98%) Windows
2 50 (41.32%) Linux
3 27 (22.31%) UNIX
4 10 (8.26%) Windows Server 2003
5 9 (7.44%) Windows Server 2008
6 7 (5.79%) OpenVMS
6 7 (5.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 5 (4.13%) HPUX
7 5 (4.13%) Windows XP
7 5 (4.13%) Windows Server 2012
8 4 (3.31%) CentOS
8 4 (3.31%) AIX
9 3 (2.48%) Debian
9 3 (2.48%) Windows 7
10 2 (1.65%) Solaris
11 1 (0.83%) OS/390
11 1 (0.83%) NetWare
11 1 (0.83%) OS/400
11 1 (0.83%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (22.31%) Migration
2 8 (6.61%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (6.61%) Unit Testing
2 8 (6.61%) Logistics
2 8 (6.61%) Configuration Management
3 6 (4.96%) Continuous Integration
3 6 (4.96%) ITIL
4 5 (4.13%) User Acceptance Testing
5 4 (3.31%) SAP Implementation
5 4 (3.31%) Load Balancing
5 4 (3.31%) Stakeholder Management
5 4 (3.31%) Business Intelligence
5 4 (3.31%) RAD
6 3 (2.48%) DRM
6 3 (2.48%) Project Management
6 3 (2.48%) Validation
6 3 (2.48%) TDD
6 3 (2.48%) Integration Testing
6 3 (2.48%) Software Engineering
6 3 (2.48%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 22 (18.18%) SQL
2 11 (9.09%) Java
3 9 (7.44%) C
4 7 (5.79%) Shell Script
4 7 (5.79%) PL/SQL
5 6 (4.96%) Python
5 6 (4.96%) JavaScript
6 5 (4.13%) C#
6 5 (4.13%) PHP
6 5 (4.13%) PowerShell
7 3 (2.48%) C++
7 3 (2.48%) Perl
7 3 (2.48%) DCL
8 2 (1.65%) Ruby
9 1 (0.83%) Pascal
9 1 (0.83%) VB
9 1 (0.83%) ABAP
9 1 (0.83%) Ada
9 1 (0.83%) XPath
Qualifications
1 22 (18.18%) SC Cleared
1 22 (18.18%) Security Cleared
2 3 (2.48%) Degree
3 1 (0.83%) CISSP
3 1 (0.83%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (0.83%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (0.83%) CCNP
3 1 (0.83%) CCNA
3 1 (0.83%) MCP
3 1 (0.83%) MCSE
3 1 (0.83%) MCSA
3 1 (0.83%) CISA
3 1 (0.83%) CISM
3 1 (0.83%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (4.96%) QA
2 1 (0.83%) SLA
System Software
1 30 (24.79%) vSphere
2 25 (20.66%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (7.44%) Active Directory
4 6 (4.96%) VMware ESXi
5 4 (3.31%) vCloud
6 3 (2.48%) Xen
6 3 (2.48%) XenApp
6 3 (2.48%) Docker
7 2 (1.65%) XenServer
7 2 (1.65%) Hyper-V
7 2 (1.65%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 2 (1.65%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 8 (6.61%) Puppet
2 4 (3.31%) Opscode Chef
3 3 (2.48%) HP Data Protector
3 3 (2.48%) Bcfg2
3 3 (2.48%) Ganeti
3 3 (2.48%) Salt
4 2 (1.65%) SCCM
4 2 (1.65%) SCOM
5 1 (0.83%) Tivoli
5 1 (0.83%) OpenView
5 1 (0.83%) NetBackup
5 1 (0.83%) Nessus
5 1 (0.83%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 37 (30.58%) VMware
2 26 (21.49%) Cisco
3 24 (19.83%) SAP
4 22 (18.18%) CheckPoint
5 15 (12.40%) HP
6 13 (10.74%) Oracle
7 8 (6.61%) Red Hat
8 6 (4.96%) Citrix
8 6 (4.96%) Microsoft
9 5 (4.13%) NetApp
9 5 (4.13%) F5
10 4 (3.31%) EMC
10 4 (3.31%) Sophos
11 3 (2.48%) TIBCO
11 3 (2.48%) SaltStack
12 2 (1.65%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
12 2 (1.65%) Barracuda Networks
12 2 (1.65%) Remedy
12 2 (1.65%) IBM
13 1 (0.83%) Dell
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