Period
to 17 February 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Virtual Servers skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Virtual Servers over the 6 months to 17 February 2020 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 Servers
UK > England
6 months to
17 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 579 703 702
Rank change year-on-year +124 -1 -30
Contract jobs citing Virtual Servers 121 150 150
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.19% 0.17% 0.16%
As % of the System Software category 1.25% 1.08% 1.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 83 102 75
England median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.14% +7.69%
10th Percentile £203 £163 £145
90th Percentile £538 £525 £575
UK median daily rate £375 £380 £368
% change year-on-year -1.32% +3.40% +13.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 7 11
England median hourly rate £27.00 £25.67 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.18% -26.66% +137.29%
10th Percentile £21.00 £17.66 £13.50
90th Percentile £191.50 £44.15 £47.25
UK median hourly rate £27.00 £20.33 £44.00
% change year-on-year +32.84% -53.81% +198.31%

Virtual Servers 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 England with a requirement for system software skills.

All System Software Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 9,706 13,902 11,875
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 15.64% 15.54% 12.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,432 9,217 7,806
England median daily rate £450 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.26% +5.56% +7.14%
10th Percentile £173 £185 £163
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £450 £470 £450
% change year-on-year -4.26% +4.44% +10.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 545 675 639
England median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £11.26 £10.58 £10.50
90th Percentile £45.00 £46.90 £46.05
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +9.38% - -

Virtual Servers
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Virtual Servers as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Virtual Servers in England

Virtual Servers
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Virtual Servers in England

Virtual Servers
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Virtual Servers in England over the 6 months to 17 February 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Virtual Servers in England

Virtual Servers
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Virtual Servers in England

Virtual Servers
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Virtual Servers in England over the 6 months to 17 February 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Virtual Servers in England

Virtual Servers
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 Virtual Servers within the England region over the 6 months to 17 February 2020. 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
London +124 35 £400 -15.79% 24
South East +72 29 £475 +24.18% 17
South West +30 26 £305 -18.67% 4
Midlands +56 15 £300 -11.11% 11
North of England +55 12 £185 -44.78% 14
West Midlands +55 10 £375 +15.38% 9
North West +38 7 £350 +6.06% 7
Yorkshire +43 5 £169 -56.17% 7
East Midlands +31 5 £278 -20.64% 2
East of England +21 4 £350 -12.50% 12
Virtual Servers
UK

For the 6 months to 17 February 2020, IT contractor jobs citing Virtual Servers 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 England region with a requirement for Virtual Servers.

1 80 (66.12%) Windows
2 67 (55.37%) Windows Server
3 65 (53.72%) Active Directory
4 60 (49.59%) VMware
4 60 (49.59%) VMware Infrastructure
5 53 (43.80%) Microsoft
6 44 (36.36%) Windows Server 2012
7 40 (33.06%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 34 (28.10%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 30 (24.79%) Windows 7
10 29 (23.97%) Windows 10
11 28 (23.14%) DNS
12 27 (22.31%) SCCM
13 25 (20.66%) DHCP
14 24 (19.83%) Azure
15 21 (17.36%) Security Cleared
15 21 (17.36%) SQL
15 21 (17.36%) Migration
16 20 (16.53%) Windows Server 2008
16 20 (16.53%) Office 365
17 19 (15.70%) Cisco
18 18 (14.88%) Citrix
18 18 (14.88%) SQL Server
19 17 (14.05%) AWS
20 16 (13.22%) Linux
20 16 (13.22%) Service Management
21 15 (12.40%) ITSM
21 15 (12.40%) SharePoint
21 15 (12.40%) ITIL
21 15 (12.40%) SAN

Virtual Servers
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 15 (12.40%) SharePoint
2 13 (10.74%) MS Exchange
3 6 (4.96%) IIS
3 6 (4.96%) Skype for Business
4 5 (4.13%) Exchange Server 2013
5 4 (3.31%) Apache Spark
5 4 (3.31%) Jupyter
5 4 (3.31%) SAS
6 1 (0.83%) Apache
6 1 (0.83%) CMS
6 1 (0.83%) Confluence
6 1 (0.83%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (0.83%) OpenStack
Applications
1 12 (9.92%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.83%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.83%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.83%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (0.83%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.83%) Carpe Diem
1 1 (0.83%) Elite 3E
1 1 (0.83%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (0.83%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 24 (19.83%) Azure
2 20 (16.53%) Office 365
3 17 (14.05%) AWS
4 8 (6.61%) PaaS
5 6 (4.96%) G Suite
5 6 (4.96%) IaaS
6 3 (2.48%) SaaS
7 2 (1.65%) GCP
8 1 (0.83%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 1 (0.83%) GitHub
8 1 (0.83%) IBM Cloud
8 1 (0.83%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 28 (23.14%) DNS
2 25 (20.66%) DHCP
3 15 (12.40%) SAN
3 15 (12.40%) TCP/IP
4 13 (10.74%) Firewall
5 11 (9.09%) VPN
6 10 (8.26%) LAN
7 8 (6.61%) WAN
8 7 (5.79%) Skype
9 5 (4.13%) Wi-Fi
10 3 (2.48%) NetScaler
11 2 (1.65%) Internet
12 1 (0.83%) Cisco ASA
12 1 (0.83%) Intrusion Detection
12 1 (0.83%) Kerberos
12 1 (0.83%) Network Security
12 1 (0.83%) SMS
12 1 (0.83%) SMTP
12 1 (0.83%) SNMP
12 1 (0.83%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (14.88%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.31%) Apache Hive
2 4 (3.31%) Apache Zeppelin
2 4 (3.31%) Big Data
2 4 (3.31%) Data Lake
2 4 (3.31%) Hadoop
2 4 (3.31%) Impala
2 4 (3.31%) MySQL
2 4 (3.31%) PostgreSQL
2 4 (3.31%) Relational Database
2 4 (3.31%) SQL Server 2016
3 3 (2.48%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.83%) DB2
4 1 (0.83%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 5 (4.13%) Git (software)
2 4 (3.31%) Jenkins
2 4 (3.31%) MSI
3 1 (0.83%) ClearCase
3 1 (0.83%) Hudson
3 1 (0.83%) IBM UrbanCode
3 1 (0.83%) JIRA
3 1 (0.83%) PVCS
3 1 (0.83%) Subversion
General
1 10 (8.26%) Public Sector
2 9 (7.44%) Finance
3 5 (4.13%) Mandarin Language
3 5 (4.13%) Telecoms
4 2 (1.65%) Banking
4 2 (1.65%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.83%) Electronics
5 1 (0.83%) Legal
5 1 (0.83%) Marketing
5 1 (0.83%) Military
Job Titles
1 31 (25.62%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 15 (12.40%) Support Engineer
3 12 (9.92%) 3rd Line Engineer
3 12 (9.92%) 3rd Line Support
3 12 (9.92%) IT Engineer
4 10 (8.26%) IT Support
5 9 (7.44%) Architect
6 8 (6.61%) Administrator
7 7 (5.79%) 2nd Line Support
7 7 (5.79%) Environment Manager
7 7 (5.79%) Server Engineer
7 7 (5.79%) Wintel Engineer
8 6 (4.96%) Analyst
9 5 (4.13%) Consultant
9 5 (4.13%) IT Support Engineer
9 5 (4.13%) Solutions Architect
9 5 (4.13%) Wintel Infrastructure Engineer
10 4 (3.31%) Active Directory Engineer
10 4 (3.31%) Azure Consultant
10 4 (3.31%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (7.44%) 802.1X
1 9 (7.44%) Web Services
2 4 (3.31%) Apache NiFi
2 4 (3.31%) Kafka
3 1 (0.83%) .NET
3 1 (0.83%) LAMP
3 1 (0.83%) Middleware
3 1 (0.83%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 13 (10.74%) Data Centre
2 9 (7.44%) PKI
3 5 (4.13%) Management Information System
3 5 (4.13%) Video Conferencing
4 4 (3.31%) Private Cloud
5 2 (1.65%) Hedge funds
6 1 (0.83%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (0.83%) CCTV
6 1 (0.83%) CMDB
6 1 (0.83%) DataPower
6 1 (0.83%) Driving Licence
6 1 (0.83%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (0.83%) Enterprise Storage
6 1 (0.83%) iPad
6 1 (0.83%) NHS
6 1 (0.83%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 80 (66.12%) Windows
2 67 (55.37%) Windows Server
3 44 (36.36%) Windows Server 2012
4 30 (24.79%) Windows 7
5 29 (23.97%) Windows 10
6 20 (16.53%) Windows Server 2008
7 16 (13.22%) Linux
8 12 (9.92%) VMS
9 10 (8.26%) Windows 8
10 8 (6.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 6 (4.96%) CentOS
12 5 (4.13%) Mac OS
13 2 (1.65%) Solaris
14 1 (0.83%) Ubuntu
14 1 (0.83%) Unix
14 1 (0.83%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (28.10%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 21 (17.36%) Migration
3 16 (13.22%) Service Management
4 15 (12.40%) ITIL
4 15 (12.40%) ITSM
5 14 (11.57%) Break/Fix
6 13 (10.74%) Server Building
7 12 (9.92%) Network Virtualisation
8 11 (9.09%) Configuration Management
8 11 (9.09%) Infrastructure Management
9 10 (8.26%) Proactive Maintenance
10 8 (6.61%) Server Management
11 7 (5.79%) Coaching
11 7 (5.79%) DevOps
11 7 (5.79%) Information Security
12 5 (4.13%) Data Security
12 5 (4.13%) Mentoring
12 5 (4.13%) Open Source
12 5 (4.13%) Stakeholder Management
12 5 (4.13%) Wealth Management
Programming Languages
1 21 (17.36%) SQL
2 14 (11.57%) PowerShell
3 4 (3.31%) VBScript
4 2 (1.65%) Python
5 1 (0.83%) Bash Shell
5 1 (0.83%) C
5 1 (0.83%) Dart
5 1 (0.83%) Java
5 1 (0.83%) PHP
5 1 (0.83%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 21 (17.36%) Security Cleared
2 12 (9.92%) DV Cleared
3 11 (9.09%) DBS Check
4 7 (5.79%) SC Cleared
5 3 (2.48%) CCNA
5 3 (2.48%) CCNP
5 3 (2.48%) Cisco Certification
5 3 (2.48%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (1.65%) Degree
6 2 (1.65%) ITIL Certification
6 2 (1.65%) MCSA
6 2 (1.65%) MCSE
7 1 (0.83%) A+ Certification
7 1 (0.83%) CEH
7 1 (0.83%) CISSP
7 1 (0.83%) Citrix Certification
7 1 (0.83%) MCITP
7 1 (0.83%) NCDA
7 1 (0.83%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
7 1 (0.83%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (9.09%) SLA
2 1 (0.83%) Cyber Essentials
2 1 (0.83%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
2 1 (0.83%) GxP
2 1 (0.83%) QA
System Software
1 65 (53.72%) Active Directory
2 60 (49.59%) VMware Infrastructure
3 40 (33.06%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 13 (10.74%) Hyper-V
5 12 (9.92%) Virtual Machines
6 10 (8.26%) VMware ESXi
6 10 (8.26%) XenApp
6 10 (8.26%) XenDesktop
7 6 (4.96%) Virtual Desktop
8 3 (2.48%) vSphere
9 2 (1.65%) Citrix Hypervisor
9 2 (1.65%) Firmware
9 2 (1.65%) Terminal Services
9 2 (1.65%) VMware Server
10 1 (0.83%) Docker
10 1 (0.83%) pfSense
10 1 (0.83%) Terminal Server
10 1 (0.83%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 27 (22.31%) SCCM
2 11 (9.09%) WSUS
3 6 (4.96%) Norton AntiVirus
4 5 (4.13%) Jamf Pro
5 4 (3.31%) Ansible
5 4 (3.31%) EMC NetWorker
5 4 (3.31%) Kubernetes
5 4 (3.31%) Nessus
5 4 (3.31%) Oozie
5 4 (3.31%) Opscode Chef
5 4 (3.31%) Puppet
5 4 (3.31%) SCOM
5 4 (3.31%) vCenter Server
6 3 (2.48%) McAfee ePO
6 3 (2.48%) NetBackup
6 3 (2.48%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 3 (2.48%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 2 (1.65%) Microsoft Intune
8 1 (0.83%) Cisco CUCM
8 1 (0.83%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 60 (49.59%) VMware
2 53 (43.80%) Microsoft
3 19 (15.70%) Cisco
4 18 (14.88%) Citrix
5 12 (9.92%) Oracle
6 11 (9.09%) Dell
7 6 (4.96%) Symantec
8 5 (4.13%) EMC
8 5 (4.13%) Juniper
9 4 (3.31%) Apple
9 4 (3.31%) CA
9 4 (3.31%) Clearswift
9 4 (3.31%) Cloudera
9 4 (3.31%) Hortonworks
9 4 (3.31%) HP
9 4 (3.31%) IBM
9 4 (3.31%) McAfee
9 4 (3.31%) Okta
9 4 (3.31%) StreamSets
9 4 (3.31%) Veeam