Period
to 6 August 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 6 August 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
6 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 482 707 738
Rank change year-on-year +225 +31 -58
Contract jobs citing Virtual Servers 44 108 141
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.14% 0.13% 0.15%
As % of the System Software category 0.94% 0.83% 1.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 77 89
Median daily rate £413 £363 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.79% -9.38% +14.29%
10th Percentile £220 £235 £245
90th Percentile £556 £568 £558
UK median daily rate £400 £413 £400
% change year-on-year -3.03% +3.13% +10.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 4
Median hourly rate £35.00 - £22.00
10th Percentile £17.20 - £16.93
90th Percentile £45.00 - £33.05
UK median hourly rate £35.00 - £22.00

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 4,700 12,965 13,365
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.96% 15.61% 14.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,985 8,692 8,695
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £200 £183 £185
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 244 532 796
Median hourly rate £19.00 £16.62 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.35% +0.70% +4.60%
10th Percentile £11.57 £11.17 £11.15
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.83 £45.65
Median hourly rate £19.39 £17.00 £16.36
% change year-on-year +14.06% +3.93% +2.23%

Virtual Servers
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Virtual Servers in England

Virtual Servers
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Virtual Servers in England.

Daily rate trend for Virtual Servers in England

Virtual Servers
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Virtual Servers in England over the 6 months to 6 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Virtual Servers in England

Virtual Servers
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Virtual Servers in England.

Hourly rate trend for Virtual Servers in England

Virtual Servers
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Virtual Servers in England over the 6 months to 6 August 2020.

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 6 August 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
South West +95 15 £475 +65.22% 2
London +192 13 £400 -16.88% 4
North of England +103 7 £338 -3.57% 7
East of England +84 6 £288 +4.55% 2
Yorkshire +77 4 £338 -3.57% 1
South East +135 2 £481 +24.19% 7
North East +38 2 - - 5
North West +63 1 £400 +23.08% 1
Virtual Servers
UK

For the 6 months to 6 August 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 34 (77.27%) Windows
2 24 (54.55%) Windows Server
3 22 (50.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (50.00%) Active Directory
3 22 (50.00%) VMware
4 17 (38.64%) Microsoft
5 13 (29.55%) Security Cleared
6 12 (27.27%) Linux
6 12 (27.27%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 11 (25.00%) Migration
7 11 (25.00%) SC Cleared
7 11 (25.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 11 (25.00%) Windows Server 2016
8 10 (22.73%) Azure
8 10 (22.73%) MS Exchange
8 10 (22.73%) Microsoft Office
8 10 (22.73%) Cisco
9 9 (20.45%) CCNP
9 9 (20.45%) CCNA
9 9 (20.45%) Cisco Certification
9 9 (20.45%) Windows Server 2008
9 9 (20.45%) Public Sector
10 8 (18.18%) Windows Server 2012
10 8 (18.18%) IaaS
10 8 (18.18%) SAN
10 8 (18.18%) SQL
10 8 (18.18%) Information Security
11 7 (15.91%) ITIL
11 7 (15.91%) Citrix
11 7 (15.91%) Windows 10

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 10 (22.73%) MS Exchange
2 5 (11.36%) SharePoint
3 3 (6.82%) Apache
4 2 (4.55%) IIS
5 1 (2.27%) Confluence
5 1 (2.27%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (2.27%) IBM HTTP Server
5 1 (2.27%) JBoss
5 1 (2.27%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 1 (2.27%) WebSphere
Applications
1 10 (22.73%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (2.27%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 10 (22.73%) Azure
2 8 (18.18%) IaaS
3 5 (11.36%) PaaS
4 3 (6.82%) AWS
4 3 (6.82%) Office 365
5 2 (4.55%) SaaS
6 1 (2.27%) Amazon ECS
6 1 (2.27%) Amazon S3
6 1 (2.27%) Amazon SageMaker
6 1 (2.27%) AWS CloudFormation
6 1 (2.27%) AWS CodePipeline
6 1 (2.27%) AWS Lambda
6 1 (2.27%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (2.27%) Azure Functions
6 1 (2.27%) CloudFront
6 1 (2.27%) GCP
6 1 (2.27%) GitHub
6 1 (2.27%) IBM Cloud
6 1 (2.27%) Route 53
6 1 (2.27%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 8 (18.18%) SAN
2 3 (6.82%) Internet
3 2 (4.55%) Firewall
3 2 (4.55%) LAN
3 2 (4.55%) SMTP
3 2 (4.55%) WAN
3 2 (4.55%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (2.27%) DNS
4 1 (2.27%) DSL
4 1 (2.27%) HTTP
4 1 (2.27%) OpenLDAP
4 1 (2.27%) Remote Desktop
4 1 (2.27%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (13.64%) SQL Server
2 5 (11.36%) MySQL
3 1 (2.27%) Amazon DynamoDB
3 1 (2.27%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (2.27%) Apache Cassandra
3 1 (2.27%) Cosmos DB
3 1 (2.27%) MariaDB
3 1 (2.27%) MongoDB
3 1 (2.27%) NoSQL
3 1 (2.27%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 3 (6.82%) Git (software)
2 2 (4.55%) GitLab
2 2 (4.55%) Hudson
2 2 (4.55%) Jenkins
2 2 (4.55%) JIRA
3 1 (2.27%) Gradle
3 1 (2.27%) Sonatype Nexus
3 1 (2.27%) Visual Studio
General
1 9 (20.45%) Public Sector
2 3 (6.82%) Finance
3 2 (4.55%) Retail
4 1 (2.27%) Billing
4 1 (2.27%) Electronics
4 1 (2.27%) Games
4 1 (2.27%) Law
4 1 (2.27%) Manufacturing
4 1 (2.27%) Marketing
4 1 (2.27%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 13 (29.55%) Wintel Engineer
2 8 (18.18%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 5 (11.36%) Analyst
3 5 (11.36%) Server Engineer
4 4 (9.09%) Linux Engineer
5 3 (6.82%) Migration Engineer
5 3 (6.82%) Server Support
5 3 (6.82%) Support Engineer
5 3 (6.82%) Technical Engineer
5 3 (6.82%) Technical Support
5 3 (6.82%) Technical Support Engineer
5 3 (6.82%) Windows Engineer
5 3 (6.82%) Wintel Infrastructure Engineer
6 2 (4.55%) Cloud Engineer
6 2 (4.55%) DBA
6 2 (4.55%) DevOps Engineer
6 2 (4.55%) IT Engineer
6 2 (4.55%) SC Cleared DBA
6 2 (4.55%) Security Analyst
6 2 (4.55%) SQL Server DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.82%) LAMP
2 2 (4.55%) .NET
2 2 (4.55%) jQuery
2 2 (4.55%) Twitter Bootstrap
3 1 (2.27%) .NET Core
3 1 (2.27%) .NET Framework
3 1 (2.27%) ASP.NET
3 1 (2.27%) ASP.NET Core
3 1 (2.27%) CSS
3 1 (2.27%) Django
3 1 (2.27%) LDAP
3 1 (2.27%) OAuth
3 1 (2.27%) OAuth2
3 1 (2.27%) OpenID
3 1 (2.27%) SAML
3 1 (2.27%) Spring
3 1 (2.27%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (6.82%) Enterprise Software
1 3 (6.82%) Management Information System
2 1 (2.27%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (2.27%) Data Centre
2 1 (2.27%) Hybrid Cloud
2 1 (2.27%) LIMS
2 1 (2.27%) Mobile App
2 1 (2.27%) PKI
2 1 (2.27%) Private Cloud
2 1 (2.27%) Public Cloud
2 1 (2.27%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 34 (77.27%) Windows
2 24 (54.55%) Windows Server
3 12 (27.27%) Linux
4 11 (25.00%) Windows Server 2016
5 9 (20.45%) Windows Server 2008
6 8 (18.18%) Windows Server 2012
7 7 (15.91%) Windows 10
8 5 (11.36%) Unix
9 4 (9.09%) Windows 7
10 3 (6.82%) Windows Server 2019
11 2 (4.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (2.27%) Amazon Linux
12 1 (2.27%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (25.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
1 11 (25.00%) Migration
2 8 (18.18%) Information Security
3 7 (15.91%) ITIL
4 5 (11.36%) Incident Management
4 5 (11.36%) Server Building
4 5 (11.36%) Server Management
5 4 (9.09%) DevOps
5 4 (9.09%) ITSM
5 4 (9.09%) NsoIT
5 4 (9.09%) Service Management
5 4 (9.09%) Storage Management
5 4 (9.09%) System Testing
6 2 (4.55%) Deployment Automation
6 2 (4.55%) Information Management
6 2 (4.55%) Load Balancing
6 2 (4.55%) Network Management
6 2 (4.55%) Operational Acceptance Testing
6 2 (4.55%) Problem Management
6 2 (4.55%) Runbook
Programming Languages
1 8 (18.18%) SQL
2 4 (9.09%) Python
3 3 (6.82%) Bash Shell
3 3 (6.82%) PHP
3 3 (6.82%) PowerShell
4 2 (4.55%) Perl
5 1 (2.27%) C#
5 1 (2.27%) Groovy
5 1 (2.27%) JavaScript
5 1 (2.27%) Korn
5 1 (2.27%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 13 (29.55%) Security Cleared
2 11 (25.00%) SC Cleared
3 9 (20.45%) CCNA
3 9 (20.45%) CCNP
3 9 (20.45%) Cisco Certification
4 6 (13.64%) MCSA
4 6 (13.64%) MCSE
4 6 (13.64%) Microsoft Certification
5 3 (6.82%) DV Cleared
6 2 (4.55%) CISSP
6 2 (4.55%) Degree
7 1 (2.27%) CEH
7 1 (2.27%) HND
7 1 (2.27%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.55%) SLA
2 1 (2.27%) COBIT
2 1 (2.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (2.27%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
2 1 (2.27%) NIST
2 1 (2.27%) QA
System Software
1 22 (50.00%) Active Directory
1 22 (50.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 12 (27.27%) Microsoft Virtual Server
3 3 (6.82%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (4.55%) Docker
4 2 (4.55%) Hyper-V
4 2 (4.55%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (4.55%) vSphere
4 2 (4.55%) XenDesktop
5 1 (2.27%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 6 (13.64%) WSUS
2 3 (6.82%) Ansible
2 3 (6.82%) SCCM
3 2 (4.55%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 2 (4.55%) Kubernetes
3 2 (4.55%) NetBackup
3 2 (4.55%) SCOM
3 2 (4.55%) Terraform
3 2 (4.55%) vCenter Server
4 1 (2.27%) Jamf Pro
4 1 (2.27%) McAfee ePO
4 1 (2.27%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (2.27%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 1 (2.27%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (2.27%) Puppet
Vendors
1 22 (50.00%) VMware
2 17 (38.64%) Microsoft
3 10 (22.73%) Cisco
4 7 (15.91%) Citrix
5 3 (6.82%) Hitachi
6 2 (4.55%) Forcepoint
6 2 (4.55%) HP
6 2 (4.55%) Huawei
6 2 (4.55%) IBM
6 2 (4.55%) Veeam
7 1 (2.27%) EMC
7 1 (2.27%) Okta
7 1 (2.27%) Oracle
7 1 (2.27%) Progress
7 1 (2.27%) SAP
7 1 (2.27%) ServiceNow
7 1 (2.27%) Sony
7 1 (2.27%) Splunk
7 1 (2.27%) Twitter
7 1 (2.27%) Zscaler