Period
to 17 December 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for Virtual Machines skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Virtual Machines over the 6 months to 17 December 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Virtual Machine (VM)
North West > Cheshire
6 months to
17 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 74 90 81
Rank change year-on-year +16 -9 +19
Contract jobs citing Virtual Machines 15 2 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 1.21% 0.15% 0.60%
As % of the System Software category 8.82% 1.49% 6.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 0 5
Cheshire median daily rate £375 - £600
North West median daily rate £700 £438 £500
% change year-on-year +60.00% -12.50% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Cheshire median hourly rate £23.75 - -
North West median hourly rate £23.75 - -

Virtual Machines is in the System Software category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for system software skills.

All System Software Skills
Cheshire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 170 134 127
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 13.73% 10.11% 9.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 86 89 75
Cheshire median daily rate £375 £325 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.38% -13.33% -
10th Percentile £263 £127 £141
90th Percentile £475 £575 £615
North West median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +10.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 11 19
Cheshire median hourly rate £17.50 £13.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.62% -27.78% +27.01%
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.00 £12.85
90th Percentile £19.88 £21.00 £24.75
North West median hourly rate £16.50 £16.43 £15.00
% change year-on-year +0.43% +9.53% +3.45%

Virtual Machines
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

Job postings citing Virtual Machines as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Cheshire.

Job vacancy trend for Virtual Machines in Cheshire

Virtual Machines
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Virtual Machines in Cheshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for Virtual Machines in Cheshire

Virtual Machines
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Virtual Machines in Cheshire over the 6 months to 17 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Virtual Machines in Cheshire

Virtual Machines
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Virtual Machines in Cheshire.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Virtual Machines in Cheshire

Virtual Machines
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Virtual Machines within the Cheshire region over the 6 months to 17 December 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Knutsford - 5 £375 -
Warrington - 4 £475 - 1
Macclesfield -7 2 £375 -
Chester - 2 £300 -
Virtual Machines
North West

For the 6 months to 17 December 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Virtual Machines also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Cheshire region with a requirement for Virtual Machines.

1 9 (60.00%) VMware
2 7 (46.67%) Windows
2 7 (46.67%) Load Balancing
3 6 (40.00%) VMware NSX
4 5 (33.33%) Windows Server
5 4 (26.67%) Microsoft
6 3 (20.00%) Active Directory
6 3 (20.00%) SQL
6 3 (20.00%) SCCM
6 3 (20.00%) VMware Infrastructure
6 3 (20.00%) Microsoft Azure
7 2 (13.33%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (13.33%) Hybrid Cloud
7 2 (13.33%) Azure Active Directory
7 2 (13.33%) DevOps
7 2 (13.33%) Teamcenter
7 2 (13.33%) Deployment Automation
7 2 (13.33%) SCOM
7 2 (13.33%) Agile Software Development
7 2 (13.33%) McAfee ePO
7 2 (13.33%) Test Automation
7 2 (13.33%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (13.33%) Jenkins
7 2 (13.33%) WAN
7 2 (13.33%) McAfee
7 2 (13.33%) Back Office
7 2 (13.33%) Migration
7 2 (13.33%) Linux
7 2 (13.33%) MS Exchange
8 1 (6.67%) LAN

Virtual Machines
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 2 (13.33%) MS Exchange
2 1 (6.67%) Confluence
2 1 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2007
2 1 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (6.67%) SharePoint
Business Applications
1 2 (13.33%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 3 (20.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (13.33%) Azure Active Directory
3 1 (6.67%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (6.67%) Amazon CloudWatch
3 1 (6.67%) Amazon EC2
3 1 (6.67%) Amazon ELB
3 1 (6.67%) Amazon EMR
3 1 (6.67%) Amazon S3
3 1 (6.67%) Amazon SQS
3 1 (6.67%) AWS CloudFormation
3 1 (6.67%) AWS CloudTrail
3 1 (6.67%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
3 1 (6.67%) AWS Lambda
3 1 (6.67%) Office 365
3 1 (6.67%) Serverless
3 1 (6.67%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 2 (13.33%) WAN
2 1 (6.67%) Firewall
2 1 (6.67%) LAN
2 1 (6.67%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (6.67%) Amazon RDS
1 1 (6.67%) Amazon Redshift
1 1 (6.67%) Electronic Patient Records
1 1 (6.67%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (13.33%) Jenkins
2 1 (6.67%) Chocolatey
2 1 (6.67%) JIRA
2 1 (6.67%) MSI
2 1 (6.67%) Vagrant
General
1 2 (13.33%) Back Office
2 1 (6.67%) Billing
2 1 (6.67%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 3 (20.00%) Server Engineer
1 3 (20.00%) Support Engineer
2 1 (6.67%) 3rd Line Engineer
2 1 (6.67%) 3rd Line Support
2 1 (6.67%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
2 1 (6.67%) Azure DevOps
2 1 (6.67%) Azure DevOps Engineer
2 1 (6.67%) Azure Engineer
2 1 (6.67%) Citrix Engineer
2 1 (6.67%) DevOps Engineer
2 1 (6.67%) Microsoft Engineer
2 1 (6.67%) Wintel Engineer
2 1 (6.67%) Wintel Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (6.67%) .NET
1 1 (6.67%) boto
1 1 (6.67%) HTML
1 1 (6.67%) JSON
1 1 (6.67%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (13.33%) Hybrid Cloud
2 1 (6.67%) Linux Command Line
2 1 (6.67%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 7 (46.67%) Windows
2 5 (33.33%) Windows Server
3 2 (13.33%) Linux
3 2 (13.33%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (6.67%) Oracle Linux
4 1 (6.67%) Solaris
4 1 (6.67%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (46.67%) Load Balancing
2 2 (13.33%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (13.33%) Deployment Automation
2 2 (13.33%) DevOps
2 2 (13.33%) Migration
2 2 (13.33%) Test Automation
3 1 (6.67%) Data Security
3 1 (6.67%) High Availability
3 1 (6.67%) Regression Testing
3 1 (6.67%) Release Management
3 1 (6.67%) Scaled Agile Framework
3 1 (6.67%) Scrum
3 1 (6.67%) Server Building
3 1 (6.67%) Server Patching
3 1 (6.67%) Webhook
Programming Languages
1 3 (20.00%) SQL
2 1 (6.67%) Perl
2 1 (6.67%) PowerShell
2 1 (6.67%) Python
2 1 (6.67%) VB
2 1 (6.67%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 1 (6.67%) AWS Certification
1 1 (6.67%) SC Cleared
1 1 (6.67%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 6 (40.00%) VMware NSX
2 3 (20.00%) Active Directory
2 3 (20.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (6.67%) Docker
3 1 (6.67%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (6.67%) Microsoft Virtual Server
3 1 (6.67%) Oracle RAC
3 1 (6.67%) Virtual Servers
3 1 (6.67%) VMware Workstation
3 1 (6.67%) Xen
3 1 (6.67%) XenApp
3 1 (6.67%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 3 (20.00%) SCCM
2 2 (13.33%) McAfee ePO
2 2 (13.33%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (13.33%) SCOM
3 1 (6.67%) Docker Swarm
3 1 (6.67%) Kubernetes
3 1 (6.67%) Nagios
3 1 (6.67%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 1 (6.67%) Puppet
3 1 (6.67%) Salt
Vendors
1 9 (60.00%) VMware
2 4 (26.67%) Microsoft
3 2 (13.33%) McAfee
4 1 (6.67%) Citrix
4 1 (6.67%) Ivanti
4 1 (6.67%) Oracle
4 1 (6.67%) Red Hat