Period
to 18 May 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London 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 18 May 2021 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)
Central London > City of London
6 months to
18 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 124 149 213
Rank change year-on-year +25 +64 +13
Contract jobs citing Virtual Machines 20 10 29
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the City of London 0.72% 0.30% 0.45%
As % of the System Software category 4.50% 2.20% 2.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 5 23
10th Percentile £371 £265 £406
25th Percentile £400 £288 £423
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £413 £375 £475
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% -21.05% +24.18%
75th Percentile £575 £475 £556
90th Percentile £639 £520 £663
Central London median daily rate £413 £450 £525
% change year-on-year -8.33% -14.29% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Median hourly rate - £12.00 £14.00
Median % change year-on-year - -14.29% -33.33%
Central London median hourly rate - £12.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year - -14.29% -33.33%

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 the City of London with a requirement for system software skills.

All System Software Skills
City of London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 444 454 1,191
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 16.00% 13.84% 18.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 314 361 891
10th Percentile £352 £200 £185
25th Percentile £444 £413 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £513 £500
Median % change year-on-year +2.44% +2.50% -0.99%
75th Percentile £624 £613 £600
90th Percentile £688 £663 £675
Central London median daily rate £525 £500 £525
% change year-on-year +5.00% -4.76% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 10 20
Median hourly rate - £13.08 £19.63
Median % change year-on-year - -33.38% +2.61%
Central London median hourly rate £20.00 £15.25 £19.00
% change year-on-year +31.15% -19.74% -5.00%

Virtual Machines
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

Job postings citing Virtual Machines as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the City of London.

Job vacancy trend for Virtual Machines in the City of London

Virtual Machines
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Virtual Machines in the City of London.

Daily rate trend for Virtual Machines in the City of London

Virtual Machines
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Virtual Machines in the City of London over the 6 months to 18 May 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Virtual Machines in the City of London

Virtual Machines
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Virtual Machines in the City of London.

Hourly rate trend for Virtual Machines in the City of London

For the 6 months to 18 May 2021, 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 City of London region with a requirement for Virtual Machines.

1 12 (60.00%) Microsoft 365
2 11 (55.00%) Internet
2 11 (55.00%) Firewall
3 10 (50.00%) Asset Management
3 10 (50.00%) DNS
3 10 (50.00%) Finance
3 10 (50.00%) Video Conferencing
3 10 (50.00%) Problem-Solving
4 9 (45.00%) Self-Motivation
4 9 (45.00%) Collaborative Working
4 9 (45.00%) Tandem
4 9 (45.00%) Agile Software Development
4 9 (45.00%) Resource Management
4 9 (45.00%) Cisco CUCM
4 9 (45.00%) Capacity Planning
4 9 (45.00%) Skype for Business
4 9 (45.00%) Unified Communications
4 9 (45.00%) Sonus
4 9 (45.00%) Skype
4 9 (45.00%) WAN
4 9 (45.00%) Ethernet
4 9 (45.00%) LAN
4 9 (45.00%) CheckPoint
5 7 (35.00%) Windows
5 7 (35.00%) Social Skills
6 5 (25.00%) Windows Server
6 5 (25.00%) Microsoft
6 5 (25.00%) Hyper-V
6 5 (25.00%) Azure
7 4 (20.00%) VMware Infrastructure

Virtual Machines
Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London 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 9 (45.00%) Skype for Business
2 2 (10.00%) MS Exchange
2 2 (10.00%) SharePoint
Business Applications
1 1 (5.00%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 1 (5.00%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 12 (60.00%) Microsoft 365
2 5 (25.00%) Azure
3 3 (15.00%) IaaS
3 3 (15.00%) PaaS
4 2 (10.00%) AWS
4 2 (10.00%) Azure Active Directory
4 2 (10.00%) GCP
5 1 (5.00%) Azure ExpressRoute
5 1 (5.00%) Azure Functions
5 1 (5.00%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 11 (55.00%) Firewall
1 11 (55.00%) Internet
2 10 (50.00%) DNS
3 9 (45.00%) Ethernet
3 9 (45.00%) LAN
3 9 (45.00%) Skype
3 9 (45.00%) Unified Communications
3 9 (45.00%) WAN
4 2 (10.00%) Cisco ASA
4 2 (10.00%) IPv4
4 2 (10.00%) Network Security
4 2 (10.00%) VoIP
4 2 (10.00%) VPN
5 1 (5.00%) DHCP
5 1 (5.00%) Fibre Channel
5 1 (5.00%) HTTP
5 1 (5.00%) iSCSI
5 1 (5.00%) NAS
5 1 (5.00%) SAN
5 1 (5.00%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (15.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (5.00%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 1 (5.00%) Git (software)
1 1 (5.00%) Jenkins
General
1 10 (50.00%) Finance
2 7 (35.00%) Social Skills
3 2 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (10.00%) Law
3 2 (10.00%) Legal
3 2 (10.00%) Organisational Skills
3 2 (10.00%) Telecoms
4 1 (5.00%) Banking
4 1 (5.00%) Documentation Skills
Job Titles
1 9 (45.00%) Voice Engineer
2 3 (15.00%) Azure Engineer
2 3 (15.00%) DevOps Engineer
3 2 (10.00%) 3rd Line Engineer
3 2 (10.00%) 3rd Line Support
3 2 (10.00%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
3 2 (10.00%) Administrator
3 2 (10.00%) Azure DevOps Engineer
3 2 (10.00%) Migration Engineer
3 2 (10.00%) Support Engineer
3 2 (10.00%) Systems Administrator
4 1 (5.00%) Applications Architect
4 1 (5.00%) Architect
4 1 (5.00%) Senior Architect
4 1 (5.00%) Senior Systems Administrator
4 1 (5.00%) Senior Technical Architect
4 1 (5.00%) Technical Architect
4 1 (5.00%) Technical Support
4 1 (5.00%) Technical Support Officer
4 1 (5.00%) VMWare Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.00%) .NET
1 1 (5.00%) AngularJS
1 1 (5.00%) Elastic Stack
1 1 (5.00%) Kafka
1 1 (5.00%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 10 (50.00%) Video Conferencing
2 9 (45.00%) Self-Motivation
2 9 (45.00%) Tandem
3 2 (10.00%) CESG
3 2 (10.00%) Data Centre
3 2 (10.00%) Fat Client
3 2 (10.00%) Thin Client
4 1 (5.00%) N-Tier
4 1 (5.00%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 7 (35.00%) Windows
2 5 (25.00%) Windows Server
3 2 (10.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (5.00%) Android
4 1 (5.00%) Apple iOS
4 1 (5.00%) Linux
4 1 (5.00%) Mac OS
4 1 (5.00%) Windows 10
4 1 (5.00%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (5.00%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (50.00%) Asset Management
1 10 (50.00%) Problem-Solving
2 9 (45.00%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (45.00%) Capacity Planning
2 9 (45.00%) Collaborative Working
2 9 (45.00%) Resource Management
3 4 (20.00%) Migration
4 3 (15.00%) DevOps
4 3 (15.00%) Disaster Recovery
4 3 (15.00%) Technical Debt
5 2 (10.00%) Business Continuity
5 2 (10.00%) Configuration Management
5 2 (10.00%) Data Interpretation
5 2 (10.00%) Data Protection
5 2 (10.00%) High Availability
5 2 (10.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 2 (10.00%) ITIL
5 2 (10.00%) Network Virtualisation
5 2 (10.00%) Protective Monitoring
5 2 (10.00%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (15.00%) PowerShell
2 2 (10.00%) Python
3 1 (5.00%) Java
3 1 (5.00%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 3 (15.00%) SC Cleared
1 3 (15.00%) Security Cleared
2 2 (10.00%) ITIL Certification
2 2 (10.00%) MCSE
2 2 (10.00%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (5.00%) Computer Science Degree
3 1 (5.00%) Degree
3 1 (5.00%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (10.00%) Government Security Classifications
1 2 (10.00%) HMG Security Policy Framework
1 2 (10.00%) QA
System Software
1 5 (25.00%) Hyper-V
2 4 (20.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (15.00%) Active Directory
4 2 (10.00%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (5.00%) BitLocker
5 1 (5.00%) Docker
5 1 (5.00%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (5.00%) NFS
5 1 (5.00%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (5.00%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (5.00%) VMware Server
5 1 (5.00%) XenApp
5 1 (5.00%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 9 (45.00%) Cisco CUCM
2 2 (10.00%) SCOM
3 1 (5.00%) BladeLogic
3 1 (5.00%) Kubernetes
3 1 (5.00%) SCCM
Vendors
1 9 (45.00%) CheckPoint
1 9 (45.00%) Sonus
2 5 (25.00%) Microsoft
3 4 (20.00%) VMware
4 3 (15.00%) Cisco
5 2 (10.00%) Citrix
6 1 (5.00%) BMC
6 1 (5.00%) Dell
6 1 (5.00%) HP
6 1 (5.00%) Ivanti
6 1 (5.00%) Oracle
6 1 (5.00%) SAP
6 1 (5.00%) Shavlik
6 1 (5.00%) Splunk
6 1 (5.00%) Veeam
6 1 (5.00%) Zerto