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 23 October 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
23 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
XenSource Xen
Rank 550 543 496
Rank change year-on-year
-7 -47
Contract jobs citing Xen 62 32 83
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.11% 0.062% 0.15%
As % of the System Software category 1.10% 0.64% 1.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 39 17 44
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£413 £300 £385
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+37.50% -22.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £282 £286 £272
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £381 £468
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £400 £380
% change year-on-year
+12.50% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 1
Average hourly rate £14.00 £26.75 £20.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-47.66% +30.48%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

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
5636 5022 4756
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 9.65% 9.73% 8.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 3163 2589 2289
Average daily rate £350 £338 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.70% -3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £175 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
+6.45% -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 692 626 624
Average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -3.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.95 £31.56 £31.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.78 £15.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+8.25% -3.12%

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 23 October 2014.

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 23 October 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 -1 62 £413 +37.50% 26
London +18 38 £365 +21.66% 10
City of London +26 12 £450 +50.00% 1
South East -18 11 £450 - 5
Surrey +2 7 £450 - 1
North West - 6 £530 -
West Yorkshire - 4 - - 2
Yorkshire - 4 - - 2
East of England -22 3 £413 - 4
Leeds - 3 - - 2
Berkshire +9 1 £225 - 3
Buckinghamshire - 1 - -
Cambridgeshire - - - - 2
Essex - - - - 1
Hampshire - - - - 1
Oxfordshire - - - -
Somerset - - - -
South Yorkshire - - - -
Suffolk - - - -
Andover - - - - 1
Bath - - - -
Bury St Edmunds - - - -
Cambridge - - - - 2
Colchester - - - -
Cwmbran - - - -
Epsom - - - -
Glasgow - - - -
Livingston - - - -
West Lothian - - - -
Manchester - - - -

Xen
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 October 2014, 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 82 (66.67%) VMware
2 69 (56.10%) Windows
3 65 (52.85%) VMware Infrastructure
4 60 (48.78%) Linux
5 56 (45.53%) Citrix
6 55 (44.72%) Active Directory
7 50 (40.65%) Microsoft
8 42 (34.15%) Cisco
8 42 (34.15%) MS Exchange
9 41 (33.33%) Firewall
9 41 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
10 38 (30.89%) Hyper-V
11 34 (27.64%) SAN
12 33 (26.83%) Blackberry
13 29 (23.58%) Windows Server 2003
13 29 (23.58%) LAN
14 27 (21.95%) WAN
14 27 (21.95%) ITIL
14 27 (21.95%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 26 (21.14%) Windows 7
15 26 (21.14%) Puppet
16 25 (20.33%) BIG-IP
17 24 (19.51%) MPLS
17 24 (19.51%) Apache
17 24 (19.51%) MS Office
18 23 (18.70%) CheckPoint
18 23 (18.70%) Thin Client
18 23 (18.70%) Fat Client
18 23 (18.70%) XenApp
19 22 (17.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Xen
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 October 2014, 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 42 (34.15%) MS Exchange
2 27 (21.95%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 24 (19.51%) Apache
4 16 (13.01%) Tomcat
5 13 (10.57%) Exchange Server 2010
6 10 (8.13%) WebSphere
7 9 (7.32%) OpenStack
8 8 (6.50%) nginx
9 7 (5.69%) Jetty
10 6 (4.88%) Exchange Server 2007
10 6 (4.88%) SharePoint
10 6 (4.88%) WebLogic
10 6 (4.88%) SharePoint 2010
11 5 (4.07%) Node.js
11 5 (4.07%) IIS
11 5 (4.07%) Office Communications Server
12 4 (3.25%) JBoss
13 3 (2.44%) Drupal
13 3 (2.44%) Moodle
14 2 (1.63%) lighttpd
Applications
1 24 (19.51%) MS Office
2 8 (6.50%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (1.63%) RMDS
2 1 (0.81%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 14 (11.38%) Cloud Computing
2 11 (8.94%) Amazon EC2
3 9 (7.32%) Google App Engine
4 4 (3.25%) Amazon AWS
5 3 (2.44%) SaaS
6 2 (1.63%) PaaS
6 2 (1.63%) Amazon S3
6 2 (1.63%) Microsoft Azure
6 2 (1.63%) Route 53
6 2 (1.63%) Amazon ELB
7 1 (0.81%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 41 (33.33%) Firewall
2 34 (27.64%) SAN
3 29 (23.58%) LAN
4 27 (21.95%) WAN
5 25 (20.33%) BIG-IP
6 24 (19.51%) MPLS
7 21 (17.07%) DSL
8 20 (16.26%) DNS
9 18 (14.63%) HTTP
9 18 (14.63%) TCP/IP
10 11 (8.94%) DHCP
10 11 (8.94%) SSL
10 11 (8.94%) LDAP
11 10 (8.13%) NAS
11 10 (8.13%) FTP
12 9 (7.32%) iSCSI
12 9 (7.32%) IPsec
13 5 (4.07%) Cisco IOS
13 5 (4.07%) NetScaler
14 4 (3.25%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (11.38%) MySQL
2 9 (7.32%) SQL Server
3 8 (6.50%) PostgreSQL
4 5 (4.07%) MongoDB
4 5 (4.07%) Redis
5 4 (3.25%) Oracle Database
5 4 (3.25%) Relational Database
6 3 (2.44%) SQLPlus
7 2 (1.63%) HBase
7 2 (1.63%) NoSQL
7 2 (1.63%) Hadoop
8 1 (0.81%) DB2
8 1 (0.81%) Oracle Exadata
8 1 (0.81%) MariaDB
Development Applications
1 15 (12.20%) Jenkins
2 14 (11.38%) Git (software)
3 10 (8.13%) Subversion
4 4 (3.25%) Hudson
5 3 (2.44%) Selenium
5 3 (2.44%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 2 (1.63%) TeamCity
7 1 (0.81%) Maven
7 1 (0.81%) JIRA
General
1 14 (11.38%) Finance
2 10 (8.13%) Games
3 5 (4.07%) Telecoms
4 4 (3.25%) Financial Institution
5 2 (1.63%) Banking
5 2 (1.63%) Law
5 2 (1.63%) Legal
5 2 (1.63%) Publishing
6 1 (0.81%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.81%) Retail
Job Titles
1 22 (17.89%) Analyst
2 12 (9.76%) Linux Engineer
3 11 (8.94%) DevOps Engineer
3 11 (8.94%) Systems Administrator
4 10 (8.13%) 3rd Line Support
4 10 (8.13%) Administrator
4 10 (8.13%) Operations Analyst
5 7 (5.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 7 (5.69%) Support Engineer
5 7 (5.69%) Systems Engineer
6 6 (4.88%) Support Analyst
6 6 (4.88%) Consultant
7 5 (4.07%) Architect
7 5 (4.07%) Software Engineer
7 5 (4.07%) Infrastructure Architect
7 5 (4.07%) Citrix Support
7 5 (4.07%) Linux Systems Administrator
7 5 (4.07%) Linux Administrator
8 4 (3.25%) Citrix Engineer
8 4 (3.25%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (7.32%) .NET
2 7 (5.69%) J2EE
2 7 (5.69%) Servlets
3 3 (2.44%) Web Services
3 3 (2.44%) LAMP
4 2 (1.63%) HTML
4 2 (1.63%) XML
4 2 (1.63%) XSLT
4 2 (1.63%) Rendezvous
4 2 (1.63%) Middleware
5 1 (0.81%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 33 (26.83%) Blackberry
2 23 (18.70%) Thin Client
2 23 (18.70%) Fat Client
3 10 (8.13%) Online Games
3 10 (8.13%) Open Source
4 6 (4.88%) Device Driver
5 3 (2.44%) Computer Science
5 3 (2.44%) VLE
5 3 (2.44%) PKI
5 3 (2.44%) EqualLogic
5 3 (2.44%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (1.63%) Digital Media
6 2 (1.63%) Clustering
7 1 (0.81%) Management Information System
7 1 (0.81%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 69 (56.10%) Windows
2 60 (48.78%) Linux
3 41 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
4 29 (23.58%) Windows Server 2003
5 26 (21.14%) Windows 7
6 22 (17.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 14 (11.38%) UNIX
8 11 (8.94%) CentOS
9 10 (8.13%) Windows Server 2012
10 9 (7.32%) Solaris
11 7 (5.69%) Windows XP
11 7 (5.69%) Windows 8
12 6 (4.88%) Embedded Linux
13 4 (3.25%) zOS
13 4 (3.25%) Android
13 4 (3.25%) Debian
13 4 (3.25%) Ubuntu
13 4 (3.25%) Oracle Linux
14 3 (2.44%) Scientific Linux
14 3 (2.44%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (21.95%) ITIL
2 20 (16.26%) Continuous Integration
3 18 (14.63%) Performance Management
3 18 (14.63%) Service Management
3 18 (14.63%) DevOps
4 14 (11.38%) Configuration Management
4 14 (11.38%) Agile Software Development
4 14 (11.38%) Problem Management
5 9 (7.32%) Scrum
5 9 (7.32%) Disaster Recovery
6 8 (6.50%) ITSM
7 7 (5.69%) Business Continuity
7 7 (5.69%) BCP
7 7 (5.69%) Software Engineering
7 7 (5.69%) Migration
7 7 (5.69%) Business Continuity Planning
8 6 (4.88%) Kanban
8 6 (4.88%) Workflow
9 4 (3.25%) Benchmarking
9 4 (3.25%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 21 (17.07%) Java
2 17 (13.82%) Python
3 16 (13.01%) Perl
4 14 (11.38%) Bash Shell
5 12 (9.76%) SQL
6 9 (7.32%) PHP
7 6 (4.88%) C
7 6 (4.88%) C++
8 5 (4.07%) PowerShell
9 4 (3.25%) Shell Script
9 4 (3.25%) JavaScript
10 3 (2.44%) AWK
10 3 (2.44%) Ruby
10 3 (2.44%) Korn
11 1 (0.81%) Objective-C
11 1 (0.81%) Golang
11 1 (0.81%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 13 (10.57%) Microsoft Certification
1 13 (10.57%) Security Cleared
2 12 (9.76%) MCSE
3 6 (4.88%) DV Cleared
4 5 (4.07%) MCSA
5 4 (3.25%) SC Cleared
6 3 (2.44%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 3 (2.44%) MCITP
6 3 (2.44%) CCNA
6 3 (2.44%) CCA
6 3 (2.44%) Citrix Certification
6 3 (2.44%) Cisco Certification
7 2 (1.63%) CCNP
7 2 (1.63%) Degree
8 1 (0.81%) MCP
8 1 (0.81%) ISTQB
8 1 (0.81%) ISEB
8 1 (0.81%) RHCT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (0.81%) SLA
System Software
1 65 (52.85%) VMware Infrastructure
2 55 (44.72%) Active Directory
3 38 (30.89%) Hyper-V
4 23 (18.70%) XenApp
5 21 (17.07%) NLBS
6 15 (12.20%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 12 (9.76%) NFS
8 11 (8.94%) KVM
9 7 (5.69%) XenDesktop
10 4 (3.25%) XenServer
10 4 (3.25%) Postfix
10 4 (3.25%) VMware ESX
10 4 (3.25%) vSphere
11 3 (2.44%) Samba
11 3 (2.44%) Sendmail
11 3 (2.44%) SRDF
12 2 (1.63%) qmail
12 2 (1.63%) Oracle RAC
12 2 (1.63%) Varnish
12 2 (1.63%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 26 (21.14%) Puppet
2 17 (13.82%) WSUS
3 13 (10.57%) Nagios
4 10 (8.13%) Cobbler
4 10 (8.13%) Opscode Chef
5 6 (4.88%) Vagrant
5 6 (4.88%) Red Hat Spacewalk
5 6 (4.88%) Opsview
6 5 (4.07%) XenMobile
7 4 (3.25%) Tivoli
8 3 (2.44%) WhatsUp Gold
8 3 (2.44%) Ansible
8 3 (2.44%) Casper Suite
8 3 (2.44%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 3 (2.44%) Nessus
9 2 (1.63%) HAProxy
9 2 (1.63%) SolarWinds Orion
9 2 (1.63%) Plesk
9 2 (1.63%) SCCM
9 2 (1.63%) Foglight
Vendors
1 82 (66.67%) VMware
2 56 (45.53%) Citrix
3 50 (40.65%) Microsoft
4 42 (34.15%) Cisco
5 23 (18.70%) CheckPoint
6 19 (15.45%) Red Hat
7 18 (14.63%) NetApp
8 15 (12.20%) Oracle
9 12 (9.76%) IBM
10 9 (7.32%) Google
11 8 (6.50%) Dell
11 8 (6.50%) EMC
12 7 (5.69%) Veritas
13 6 (4.88%) HP
13 6 (4.88%) Infoblox
13 6 (4.88%) Splunk
14 5 (4.07%) Symantec
15 4 (3.25%) Brocade
16 3 (2.44%) Sun
16 3 (2.44%) Intel
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