The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Microsoft Virtual Server skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Microsoft Virtual Server over the 3 months to 29 March 2017 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.

Microsoft Virtual Server
UK / England
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 559 607 589
Rank change year-on-year +48 -18  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Virtual Server 18 19 17
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.043% 0.038% 0.035%
As % of the System Software category 0.38% 0.35% 0.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 12 7
Median daily rate £275 £400 £347
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -31.25% +15.11%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £341 £258
10% offered a daily rate of more than £398 £425 £480
UK excluding London median daily rate £273 £425 £341
% change year-on-year -35.88% +24.54%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Median hourly rate £17.77 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.77 - -

Microsoft Virtual Server is in the system software skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for system software skills.

Contract System Software Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 4686 5416 5093
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 11.23% 10.90% 10.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 2992 3348 2819
Median daily rate £410 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £200 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £369 £350
% change year-on-year -5.08% +5.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 319 438 602
Median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -3.03%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.31 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £31.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £15.85
% change year-on-year -3.03% +4.10%  

Microsoft Virtual Server
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing Microsoft Virtual Server as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the System Software category.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Virtual Server in England

Microsoft Virtual Server
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft Virtual Server in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Virtual Server in England

Microsoft Virtual Server
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Virtual Server in England over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Virtual Server in England

Microsoft Virtual Server
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Virtual Server in England

Microsoft Virtual Server
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Virtual Server in England over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft Virtual Server in England

Microsoft Virtual Server
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Virtual Server within the England region over the 3 months to 29 March 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
South East - 5 £295 - 1
East of England - 5 £200 -
London +20 3 £313 -21.87% 2
East Midlands - 3 £290 -
North East - 2 - -
Microsoft Virtual Server
UK

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Virtual Server also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for Microsoft Virtual Server.

1 45 (100.00%) Virtual Servers
2 34 (75.56%) Microsoft
3 32 (71.11%) Active Directory
4 31 (68.89%) VMware
4 31 (68.89%) VMware Infrastructure
5 24 (53.33%) SQL Server
5 24 (53.33%) Windows
6 18 (40.00%) MS Excel
7 16 (35.56%) RDBMS
7 16 (35.56%) Siemens
7 16 (35.56%) Manufacturing
7 16 (35.56%) Windows Server
7 16 (35.56%) Relational Database
8 15 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
9 12 (26.67%) Continuous Improvement
9 12 (26.67%) Security Cleared
9 12 (26.67%) Migration
9 12 (26.67%) Oracle
10 11 (24.44%) Server Building
11 10 (22.22%) DNS
12 9 (20.00%) MS Exchange
13 8 (17.78%) Configuration Management
13 8 (17.78%) Firewall
13 8 (17.78%) Linux
13 8 (17.78%) SQL
13 8 (17.78%) DHCP
13 8 (17.78%) System Integration Testing
13 8 (17.78%) Exchange Server 2010
13 8 (17.78%) Data Migration
13 8 (17.78%) SC Cleared

Microsoft Virtual Server
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 (20.00%) MS Exchange
2 8 (17.78%) Exchange Server 2010
3 5 (11.11%) Exchange Server 2013
4 4 (8.89%) IBM Notes
5 3 (6.67%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 3 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2007
5 3 (6.67%) SharePoint
5 3 (6.67%) Skype for Business
6 2 (4.44%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (2.22%) Apache
7 1 (2.22%) IIS
Applications
1 18 (40.00%) MS Excel
2 4 (8.89%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 5 (11.11%) Office 365
2 4 (8.89%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (2.22%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (2.22%) Azure Active Directory
3 1 (2.22%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 10 (22.22%) DNS
2 8 (17.78%) DHCP
2 8 (17.78%) Firewall
3 7 (15.56%) SAN
4 5 (11.11%) LAN
4 5 (11.11%) WAN
5 4 (8.89%) Network Security
6 3 (6.67%) Internet
6 3 (6.67%) NAS
6 3 (6.67%) Unified Communications
7 2 (4.44%) Cisco ASA
7 2 (4.44%) SMTP
7 2 (4.44%) VoIP
8 1 (2.22%) IP Telephony
8 1 (2.22%) ISDN
8 1 (2.22%) LDAP
8 1 (2.22%) SSL
8 1 (2.22%) VLAN
8 1 (2.22%) VPN
8 1 (2.22%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (53.33%) SQL Server
2 16 (35.56%) RDBMS
2 16 (35.56%) Relational Database
3 7 (15.56%) SQL Server 2008
4 4 (8.89%) Ingres
4 4 (8.89%) Microsoft Analysis Services
4 4 (8.89%) Oracle Database
4 4 (8.89%) Oracle Database 10g
4 4 (8.89%) Oracle Database 11g
4 4 (8.89%) Oracle Database 12c
4 4 (8.89%) Oracle9i Database
4 4 (8.89%) SQL Server 2000
4 4 (8.89%) SQL Server 2005
4 4 (8.89%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 4 (8.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 4 (8.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (4.44%) Oracle Reports
5 2 (4.44%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (2.22%) MS Access
6 1 (2.22%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 1 (2.22%) MSI
1 1 (2.22%) Visual Studio
General
1 16 (35.56%) Manufacturing
2 2 (4.44%) Telecoms
3 1 (2.22%) Banking
Job Titles
1 9 (20.00%) Project Engineer
2 7 (15.56%) Analyst
2 7 (15.56%) Architect
3 4 (8.89%) 3rd Line Support
3 4 (8.89%) Administrator
4 3 (6.67%) Support Analyst
4 3 (6.67%) Systems Administrator
4 3 (6.67%) Technical Analyst
4 3 (6.67%) Technical Support
4 3 (6.67%) Technical Support Analyst
5 2 (4.44%) Consultant
5 2 (4.44%) Database Analyst
5 2 (4.44%) DBA
5 2 (4.44%) Infrastructure Analyst
5 2 (4.44%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 2 (4.44%) Oracle DBA
5 2 (4.44%) Solutions Architect
5 2 (4.44%) SQL DBA
5 2 (4.44%) VMware Engineer
6 1 (2.22%) Desktop Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.67%) Java SE
2 1 (2.22%) .NET
2 1 (2.22%) 802.1X
2 1 (2.22%) COM
2 1 (2.22%) Flash
2 1 (2.22%) HTML
2 1 (2.22%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 15 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (15.56%) Data Centre
3 4 (8.89%) Oracle Licensing
3 4 (8.89%) Replication
4 3 (6.67%) Blackberry
4 3 (6.67%) Enterprise Storage
5 2 (4.44%) Fat Client
5 2 (4.44%) Thin Client
6 1 (2.22%) Clustering
6 1 (2.22%) Computer Science
6 1 (2.22%) Driving Licence
6 1 (2.22%) e-Learning
6 1 (2.22%) EMC VNX
6 1 (2.22%) Hybrid Cloud
6 1 (2.22%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 24 (53.33%) Windows
2 16 (35.56%) Windows Server
3 8 (17.78%) Linux
4 6 (13.33%) Windows Server 2008
4 6 (13.33%) Windows Server 2012
5 5 (11.11%) Unix
6 3 (6.67%) Windows 7
7 2 (4.44%) Solaris
7 2 (4.44%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (2.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (2.22%) Windows 10
8 1 (2.22%) Windows 8
8 1 (2.22%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (26.67%) Continuous Improvement
1 12 (26.67%) Migration
2 11 (24.44%) Server Building
3 8 (17.78%) Configuration Management
3 8 (17.78%) Data Migration
3 8 (17.78%) Integration Testing
3 8 (17.78%) System Integration Testing
4 7 (15.56%) TOGAF
5 6 (13.33%) ITIL
6 5 (11.11%) Change Management
6 5 (11.11%) Disaster Recovery
7 4 (8.89%) Performance Tuning
7 4 (8.89%) Software Licensing
8 3 (6.67%) Software Deployment
9 2 (4.44%) Performance Management
9 2 (4.44%) Project Management
9 2 (4.44%) Virtual Environments
10 1 (2.22%) Information Security
10 1 (2.22%) Service Delivery
10 1 (2.22%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 8 (17.78%) SQL
2 6 (13.33%) PowerShell
3 2 (4.44%) VB
3 2 (4.44%) VBScript
4 1 (2.22%) Bash Shell
4 1 (2.22%) C#
4 1 (2.22%) JavaScript
4 1 (2.22%) Perl
4 1 (2.22%) Python
Qualifications
1 12 (26.67%) Security Cleared
2 8 (17.78%) SC Cleared
3 7 (15.56%) Degree
4 6 (13.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 5 (11.11%) Microsoft Certification
6 4 (8.89%) MCITP
7 3 (6.67%) MCSE
8 2 (4.44%) Cisco Certification
9 1 (2.22%) CCNA
9 1 (2.22%) CCNP
9 1 (2.22%) DV Cleared
9 1 (2.22%) ISEB
9 1 (2.22%) ISTQB
9 1 (2.22%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 1 (2.22%) MCSA
9 1 (2.22%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.22%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 45 (100.00%) Virtual Servers
2 32 (71.11%) Active Directory
3 31 (68.89%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (15.56%) Hyper-V
5 5 (11.11%) VMware ESXi
6 4 (8.89%) VMware ESX
7 3 (6.67%) Microsoft App-V
7 3 (6.67%) Virtual Machines
7 3 (6.67%) vSphere
7 3 (6.67%) XenDesktop
8 2 (4.44%) Terminal Server
8 2 (4.44%) Terminal Services
9 1 (2.22%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 1 (2.22%) KVM
9 1 (2.22%) Postfix
9 1 (2.22%) Squid
9 1 (2.22%) Virtual Desktop
9 1 (2.22%) Xen
9 1 (2.22%) XenApp
9 1 (2.22%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 6 (13.33%) SCOM
2 5 (11.11%) SCCM
3 4 (8.89%) Data Guard
3 4 (8.89%) Oracle RMAN
4 3 (6.67%) PowerCLI
5 2 (4.44%) MAILsweeper
5 2 (4.44%) WMI
6 1 (2.22%) EdgeSight
6 1 (2.22%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 1 (2.22%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (2.22%) Microsoft Clustering
6 1 (2.22%) vRealize
6 1 (2.22%) WSUS
Vendors
1 34 (75.56%) Microsoft
2 31 (68.89%) VMware
3 16 (35.56%) Siemens
4 12 (26.67%) Oracle
5 6 (13.33%) Cisco
6 5 (11.11%) HP
7 4 (8.89%) Citrix
7 4 (8.89%) Lotus
7 4 (8.89%) NetApp
8 3 (6.67%) EMC
8 3 (6.67%) Red Hat
8 3 (6.67%) Sophos
9 2 (4.44%) 3PAR
9 2 (4.44%) Apple
9 2 (4.44%) IronPort
9 2 (4.44%) Trend Micro
10 1 (2.22%) AppSense
10 1 (2.22%) Avaya
10 1 (2.22%) Becrypt
10 1 (2.22%) PlateSpin