The table below looks at the statistics for Xen skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Xen over the 3 months to 27 February 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
27 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Xen Project
Rank 522 520 502
Rank change year-on-year
-2 -18
Contract jobs citing Xen 54 46 35
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.10% 0.092% 0.078%
As % of the System Software category 1.08% 0.98% 0.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 26 15
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£433 £389 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.25% +19.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £175 £206
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £458 £448
UK excluding London average daily rate £290 £323 £295
% change year-on-year
-10.07% +9.32%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 1
Average hourly rate £16.00 £35.00 £33.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-54.28% +3.70%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £29.75 £33.75
% change year-on-year
- -11.85%

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

System Software Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
System Software category
4999 4712 4267
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 9.53% 9.37% 9.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 2782 2306 2021
Average daily rate £385 £350 £335
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% +4.47%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £170 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £486 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £308 £315
% change year-on-year
+17.07% -2.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 559 540 709
Average hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -5.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £10.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.15 £35.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
- -5.88%

Xen
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Xen within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the System Software category.

Xen Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Xen
Daily Rate Trend

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

Xen Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Xen
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Xen within the UK over the 3 months to 27 February 2015.

Xen Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Xen
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Xen Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Xen
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 Xen within the UK over the 3 months to 27 February 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 -8 54 £433 +10.89% 22
London -10 33 £450 +12.50% 6
North West - 9 £450 -
Manchester - 7 £363 -
City of London +14 6 £425 -26.08% 1
Kingston Upon Thames - 5 £450 -
South West -18 4 £290 -30.53% 2
Bristol - 3 £290 - 2
Leeds -5 2 - - 1
Yorkshire -10 2 - - 4
West Yorkshire -12 2 - - 1
South East -35 1 - - 5
Surrey - 1 - -
Birmingham - 1 £400 -
West Midlands - 1 £400 -
Wales - - - -
Scotland - - - - 2
Torfaen - - - -
East of England - - - - 5
Brighton - - - - 1
Cambridge - - - - 2
Cwmbran - - - -
Edinburgh - - - -
Hounslow - - - -
Bedford - - - -
Luton - - - -
South Wales - - - -
Milton Keynes - - - -
Oxford - - - -
Peterborough - - - -

Xen
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Xen 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 Xen.

1 90 (75.00%) VMware
2 80 (66.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 66 (55.00%) Windows
4 65 (54.17%) Linux
5 53 (44.17%) Hyper-V
6 49 (40.83%) Microsoft
6 49 (40.83%) Citrix
7 43 (35.83%) Cisco
8 39 (32.50%) Windows Server 2008
9 37 (30.83%) Active Directory
9 37 (30.83%) MS Exchange
10 35 (29.17%) SAN
10 35 (29.17%) Puppet
11 34 (28.33%) Firewall
12 29 (24.17%) Windows Server 2003
12 29 (24.17%) TCP/IP
13 27 (22.50%) Apache
13 27 (22.50%) Oracle
14 26 (21.67%) LAN
14 26 (21.67%) XenApp
15 25 (20.83%) HTTP
15 25 (20.83%) EMC
15 25 (20.83%) Configuration Management
16 24 (20.00%) DNS
16 24 (20.00%) WAN
17 23 (19.17%) SQL
17 23 (19.17%) Windows 7
18 22 (18.33%) Java
18 22 (18.33%) Blackberry
18 22 (18.33%) NetApp

Xen
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Xen 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 Xen. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 37 (30.83%) MS Exchange
2 27 (22.50%) Apache
3 19 (15.83%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 17 (14.17%) Tomcat
5 16 (13.33%) WebSphere
6 14 (11.67%) Exchange Server 2007
6 14 (11.67%) nginx
6 14 (11.67%) IIS
7 13 (10.83%) Exchange Server 2010
8 8 (6.67%) Jetty
9 6 (5.00%) Oracle Coherence
9 6 (5.00%) IBM Notes
9 6 (5.00%) Oracle HTTP Server
9 6 (5.00%) OpenStack
9 6 (5.00%) Exchange Server 2003
10 5 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2013
10 5 (4.17%) Node.js
10 5 (4.17%) Lync
11 3 (2.50%) WebSphere Application Server
11 3 (2.50%) JBoss
Applications
1 14 (11.67%) MS Office
2 7 (5.83%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (1.67%) RMDS
1 2 (1.67%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.83%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 15 (12.50%) Amazon EC2
2 12 (10.00%) Cloud Computing
3 9 (7.50%) Google Cloud Platform
3 9 (7.50%) Office 365
3 9 (7.50%) Google App Engine
4 6 (5.00%) Amazon AWS
4 6 (5.00%) Amazon S3
5 3 (2.50%) Microsoft Azure
5 3 (2.50%) SaaS
6 2 (1.67%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 35 (29.17%) SAN
2 34 (28.33%) Firewall
3 29 (24.17%) TCP/IP
4 26 (21.67%) LAN
5 25 (20.83%) HTTP
6 24 (20.00%) WAN
6 24 (20.00%) DNS
7 18 (15.00%) iSCSI
8 16 (13.33%) Fibre Channel
9 14 (11.67%) DHCP
10 13 (10.83%) NAS
11 12 (10.00%) MPLS
12 11 (9.17%) SSL
12 11 (9.17%) BIG-IP
13 10 (8.33%) IPsec
13 10 (8.33%) FCoE
13 10 (8.33%) Multicast
14 9 (7.50%) FTP
15 8 (6.67%) DSL
16 5 (4.17%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (10.83%) MySQL
1 13 (10.83%) SQL Server
2 12 (10.00%) MongoDB
3 8 (6.67%) NoSQL
4 7 (5.83%) PostgreSQL
5 6 (5.00%) Redis
5 6 (5.00%) Oracle Database
5 6 (5.00%) Relational Database
6 4 (3.33%) Hadoop
6 4 (3.33%) HBase
7 3 (2.50%) DB2
7 3 (2.50%) MariaDB
8 1 (0.83%) SQL Server 2008
8 1 (0.83%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 14 (11.67%) Jenkins
2 10 (8.33%) Git (software)
3 3 (2.50%) Subversion
4 2 (1.67%) GitLab
5 1 (0.83%) MSI
5 1 (0.83%) Hudson
General
1 13 (10.83%) Finance
2 7 (5.83%) Telecoms
2 7 (5.83%) Games
3 5 (4.17%) Banking
3 5 (4.17%) Publishing
4 4 (3.33%) Local Government
5 3 (2.50%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.67%) Multimedia
6 2 (1.67%) Legal
6 2 (1.67%) Financial Institution
6 2 (1.67%) German Language
6 2 (1.67%) Italian Language
6 2 (1.67%) Turkish Language
7 1 (0.83%) Marketing
7 1 (0.83%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 17 (14.17%) Linux Engineer
2 16 (13.33%) Architect
2 16 (13.33%) Analyst
3 13 (10.83%) Solutions Architect
3 13 (10.83%) DevOps Engineer
4 12 (10.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 11 (9.17%) Support Engineer
6 9 (7.50%) Infrastructure Architect
7 8 (6.67%) 3rd Line Support
7 8 (6.67%) Infrastructure Solutions Architect
8 7 (5.83%) Citrix Analyst
8 7 (5.83%) Support Analyst
8 7 (5.83%) Consultant
8 7 (5.83%) Systems Engineer
9 6 (5.00%) Software Engineer
9 6 (5.00%) Operations Analyst
10 5 (4.17%) Administrator
10 5 (4.17%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 5 (4.17%) Desktop Engineer
10 5 (4.17%) Desktop Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (8.33%) .NET
2 9 (7.50%) XML
3 8 (6.67%) J2EE
4 6 (5.00%) XSLT
4 6 (5.00%) Rendezvous
4 6 (5.00%) Middleware
4 6 (5.00%) HTML
4 6 (5.00%) libvirt
5 5 (4.17%) Servlets
6 2 (1.67%) Web Services
6 2 (1.67%) RabbitMQ
7 1 (0.83%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 22 (18.33%) Blackberry
2 17 (14.17%) Open Source
3 15 (12.50%) Thin Client
3 15 (12.50%) Fat Client
4 8 (6.67%) Device Driver
5 7 (5.83%) Online Games
6 6 (5.00%) Clustering
7 3 (2.50%) Computer Science
7 3 (2.50%) CLARiiON
8 2 (1.67%) Digital Media
9 1 (0.83%) EqualLogic
9 1 (0.83%) DTV
9 1 (0.83%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 66 (55.00%) Windows
2 65 (54.17%) Linux
3 39 (32.50%) Windows Server 2008
4 29 (24.17%) Windows Server 2003
5 23 (19.17%) Windows 7
6 21 (17.50%) UNIX
7 14 (11.67%) Solaris
8 10 (8.33%) CentOS
8 10 (8.33%) Ubuntu
9 8 (6.67%) Embedded Linux
10 7 (5.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 7 (5.83%) Windows Server 2012
11 6 (5.00%) Debian
12 4 (3.33%) Windows Vista
13 3 (2.50%) VMS
14 2 (1.67%) Windows XP
14 2 (1.67%) Android
14 2 (1.67%) Windows 8
15 1 (0.83%) Apple iOS
15 1 (0.83%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (20.83%) Configuration Management
2 21 (17.50%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (17.50%) DevOps
3 17 (14.17%) ITIL
4 16 (13.33%) Continuous Integration
5 15 (12.50%) Migration
6 11 (9.17%) Problem Management
7 10 (8.33%) Benchmarking
7 10 (8.33%) Performance Tuning
8 8 (6.67%) Service Management
8 8 (6.67%) Load Balancing
8 8 (6.67%) Performance Management
9 7 (5.83%) Business Continuity
9 7 (5.83%) Software Engineering
9 7 (5.83%) Disaster Recovery
9 7 (5.83%) ITSM
9 7 (5.83%) BCP
9 7 (5.83%) Capacity Planning
9 7 (5.83%) Business Continuity Planning
10 5 (4.17%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 23 (19.17%) SQL
2 22 (18.33%) Java
3 21 (17.50%) Python
4 15 (12.50%) Ruby
5 14 (11.67%) C
6 11 (9.17%) Bash Shell
7 9 (7.50%) C++
8 8 (6.67%) PHP
9 6 (5.00%) Shell Script
9 6 (5.00%) JavaScript
9 6 (5.00%) Perl
10 2 (1.67%) Golang
10 2 (1.67%) PowerShell
11 1 (0.83%) C#
Qualifications
1 21 (17.50%) Microsoft Certification
2 14 (11.67%) MCSE
3 13 (10.83%) Security Cleared
4 10 (8.33%) VCP4
4 10 (8.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 8 (6.67%) DV Cleared
6 7 (5.83%) Cisco Certification
7 6 (5.00%) MCSA
7 6 (5.00%) MCITP
8 5 (4.17%) SC Cleared
8 5 (4.17%) CCNP
8 5 (4.17%) CCA
8 5 (4.17%) Citrix Certification
9 4 (3.33%) CCNA
9 4 (3.33%) VCP5
10 3 (2.50%) Degree
10 3 (2.50%) MCP
11 2 (1.67%) RHCT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (0.83%) SLA
1 1 (0.83%) QA
1 1 (0.83%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 80 (66.67%) VMware Infrastructure
2 53 (44.17%) Hyper-V
3 37 (30.83%) Active Directory
4 26 (21.67%) XenApp
5 20 (16.67%) NFS
6 15 (12.50%) KVM
7 13 (10.83%) vSphere
8 12 (10.00%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 8 (6.67%) SRDF
9 8 (6.67%) NLBS
9 8 (6.67%) Postfix
10 7 (5.83%) Microsoft App-V
10 7 (5.83%) Docker
11 6 (5.00%) Sendmail
11 6 (5.00%) XenDesktop
12 5 (4.17%) Oracle RAC
13 2 (1.67%) Squid
13 2 (1.67%) XenServer
13 2 (1.67%) VirtualBox
14 1 (0.83%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 35 (29.17%) Puppet
2 20 (16.67%) Opscode Chef
3 9 (7.50%) Ansible
4 7 (5.83%) WSUS
5 6 (5.00%) Nagios
5 6 (5.00%) SCCM
5 6 (5.00%) Cobbler
5 6 (5.00%) Salt
6 4 (3.33%) Backup Exec
6 4 (3.33%) EMC NetWorker
6 4 (3.33%) Red Hat Spacewalk
6 4 (3.33%) Legato
7 3 (2.50%) NetBackup
7 3 (2.50%) Ganeti
7 3 (2.50%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 3 (2.50%) Bcfg2
7 3 (2.50%) SCDPM
8 2 (1.67%) Vagrant
8 2 (1.67%) Casper Suite
8 2 (1.67%) Foglight
Vendors
1 90 (75.00%) VMware
2 49 (40.83%) Microsoft
2 49 (40.83%) Citrix
3 43 (35.83%) Cisco
4 27 (22.50%) Oracle
5 25 (20.83%) EMC
6 22 (18.33%) NetApp
7 16 (13.33%) Red Hat
7 16 (13.33%) HP
8 10 (8.33%) Intel
8 10 (8.33%) IBM
8 10 (8.33%) CheckPoint
8 10 (8.33%) Symantec
9 9 (7.50%) Google
10 6 (5.00%) DataSynapse
10 6 (5.00%) Wyse
10 6 (5.00%) SAP
10 6 (5.00%) Lotus
10 6 (5.00%) TIBCO
11 5 (4.17%) Sybase