Period
to 26 November 2021

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 26 November 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 Servers
UK > England
6 months to
26 Nov 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 637 496 652
Rank change year-on-year -141 +156 +76
Contract jobs citing Virtual Servers 111 29 134
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.16% 0.095% 0.18%
As % of the System Software category 1.09% 0.65% 1.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 91 18 99
10th Percentile £256 £213 £203
25th Percentile £322 £304 £281
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £488 £369 £375
Median % change year-on-year +32.20% -1.67% -2.60%
75th Percentile £542 £628 £493
90th Percentile £588 £636 £551
UK median daily rate £480 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +28.00% - -2.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 2
Median hourly rate - £29.00 £21.00
Median % change year-on-year - +38.10% -45.81%
UK median hourly rate £60.00 £29.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year +106.90% +38.10% -50.59%

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 10,165 4,441 11,595
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.33% 14.55% 15.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,321 2,987 7,826
10th Percentile £195 £225 £165
25th Percentile £383 £363 £320
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £510 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year +7.37% +5.56% -1.10%
75th Percentile £610 £575 £569
90th Percentile £688 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £510 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +7.37% +5.56% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 355 184 578
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.56 £12.76 £13.23
Median hourly rate £17.00 £17.75 £16.20
Median % change year-on-year -4.23% +9.57% +1.25%
75th Percentile £25.25 £40.00 £22.00
90th Percentile £57.00 £53.75 £46.83
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.75 £16.50
% change year-on-year -1.41% +7.58% +3.13%

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 26 November 2021.

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
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 26 November 2021. 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 -148 55 £510 +36.00% 20
South West -37 14 £338 -15.94% 6
East of England -40 14 £325 +44.44% 7
South East -90 12 £550 +83.33% 10
Midlands -63 8 £281 -13.46% 8
West Midlands -63 6 £288 -11.54% 7
North of England -79 4 £525 -13.58% 12
Yorkshire -48 2 £370 -40.08% 4
North West -52 2 £600 +65.52% 7
East Midlands - 2 £275 - 1
Virtual Servers
UK

For the 6 months to 26 November 2021, 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 83 (74.77%) Windows
2 63 (56.76%) VMware
2 63 (56.76%) VMware Infrastructure
3 59 (53.15%) Microsoft
3 59 (53.15%) Windows Server
4 54 (48.65%) Active Directory
5 39 (35.14%) ITIL
6 38 (34.23%) Linux
7 36 (32.43%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 34 (30.63%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 31 (27.93%) Firewall
10 29 (26.13%) DNS
11 27 (24.32%) SQL Server
12 26 (23.42%) ITSM
13 24 (21.62%) SCCM
13 24 (21.62%) Data Centre
14 23 (20.72%) Azure
14 23 (20.72%) DHCP
15 22 (19.82%) SQL
15 22 (19.82%) Oracle
16 20 (18.02%) Finance
16 20 (18.02%) Microsoft 365
16 20 (18.02%) ServiceNow
16 20 (18.02%) Social Skills
17 19 (17.12%) Citrix
18 18 (16.22%) SAN
19 17 (15.32%) PowerShell
20 16 (14.41%) Degree
20 16 (14.41%) TCP/IP
20 16 (14.41%) Public Sector

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 7 (6.31%) IIS
1 7 (6.31%) JBoss
2 6 (5.41%) MS Exchange
2 6 (5.41%) SharePoint
2 6 (5.41%) WebSphere
3 5 (4.50%) Apache
3 5 (4.50%) Exchange Server 2007
3 5 (4.50%) Exchange Server 2010
3 5 (4.50%) Exchange Server 2013
3 5 (4.50%) Tomcat
3 5 (4.50%) WebLogic
4 2 (1.80%) Skype for Business
5 1 (0.90%) IBM HTTP Server
Applications
1 6 (5.41%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (3.60%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (2.70%) MS Visio
3 3 (2.70%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.90%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (2.70%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.80%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 23 (20.72%) Azure
2 20 (18.02%) Microsoft 365
3 14 (12.61%) AWS
4 7 (6.31%) Azure Active Directory
5 5 (4.50%) Kong
6 4 (3.60%) Amazon S3
6 4 (3.60%) OneDrive
7 2 (1.80%) Amazon ELB
7 2 (1.80%) GitHub
8 1 (0.90%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.90%) IaaS
8 1 (0.90%) Mimecast
8 1 (0.90%) PaaS
8 1 (0.90%) Route 53
8 1 (0.90%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 31 (27.93%) Firewall
2 29 (26.13%) DNS
3 23 (20.72%) DHCP
4 18 (16.22%) SAN
5 16 (14.41%) TCP/IP
6 9 (8.11%) VPN
7 7 (6.31%) iSCSI
7 7 (6.31%) NAS
7 7 (6.31%) SSL
7 7 (6.31%) VSAN
8 6 (5.41%) HTTP
8 6 (5.41%) IPv4
8 6 (5.41%) Network Security
9 5 (4.50%) FTP
9 5 (4.50%) LAN
9 5 (4.50%) SMTP
9 5 (4.50%) SSH
9 5 (4.50%) Telnet
9 5 (4.50%) VLAN
9 5 (4.50%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (24.32%) SQL Server
2 9 (8.11%) Oracle Database
3 7 (6.31%) SQL Server 2012
4 5 (4.50%) MySQL
4 5 (4.50%) SQL Server 2005
4 5 (4.50%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.90%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (0.90%) Data Vault
5 1 (0.90%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (0.90%) Oracle Database 12c
5 1 (0.90%) Oracle Exadata
5 1 (0.90%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.90%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.90%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.90%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 7 (6.31%) Git (software)
2 6 (5.41%) Bitbucket
3 5 (4.50%) Jenkins
3 5 (4.50%) JIRA
3 5 (4.50%) SonarQube
4 2 (1.80%) Gradle
5 1 (0.90%) Eclipse
5 1 (0.90%) GitLab
5 1 (0.90%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 20 (18.02%) Finance
1 20 (18.02%) Social Skills
2 16 (14.41%) Public Sector
3 8 (7.21%) Organisational Skills
4 6 (5.41%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (2.70%) Banking
6 2 (1.80%) Influencing Skills
7 1 (0.90%) Back Office
7 1 (0.90%) Mandarin Language
7 1 (0.90%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.90%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 28 (25.23%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 17 (15.32%) Server Engineer
3 15 (13.51%) Support Engineer
4 11 (9.91%) Analyst
4 11 (9.91%) Windows Engineer
5 10 (9.01%) VMware Engineer
6 9 (8.11%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
6 9 (8.11%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
6 9 (8.11%) Windows Server Engineer
7 8 (7.21%) Active Directory Engineer
7 8 (7.21%) Architect
7 8 (7.21%) Infrastructure Support
7 8 (7.21%) Wintel Engineer
8 7 (6.31%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
9 6 (5.41%) Azure Engineer
9 6 (5.41%) Infrastructure Architect
9 6 (5.41%) Infrastructure Security Engineer
9 6 (5.41%) IT Support
9 6 (5.41%) Security Engineer
9 6 (5.41%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (4.50%) HTML
1 5 (4.50%) HTML5
1 5 (4.50%) JMS
1 5 (4.50%) JSON
1 5 (4.50%) LAMP
1 5 (4.50%) REST
1 5 (4.50%) SOAP
1 5 (4.50%) WebSphere MQ
1 5 (4.50%) XML
1 5 (4.50%) XML-RPC
2 4 (3.60%) .NET
2 4 (3.60%) Kafka
2 4 (3.60%) Middleware
2 4 (3.60%) SonicMQ
3 2 (1.80%) Elastic Stack
4 1 (0.90%) Oracle GoldenGate
4 1 (0.90%) Spring
4 1 (0.90%) WAMP
4 1 (0.90%) X-Windows
4 1 (0.90%) Zend Framework
Miscellaneous
1 24 (21.62%) Data Centre
2 10 (9.01%) Replication
3 8 (7.21%) Virtual Team
4 6 (5.41%) Clustering
5 5 (4.50%) Linux Command Line
5 5 (4.50%) Wiki
6 4 (3.60%) CMDB
6 4 (3.60%) Management Information System
6 4 (3.60%) PKI
6 4 (3.60%) Private Cloud
7 3 (2.70%) Data Protection Act
7 3 (2.70%) Microsoft Licensing
8 2 (1.80%) Enterprise Software
8 2 (1.80%) Grid Computing
8 2 (1.80%) NHS
8 2 (1.80%) Public Cloud
8 2 (1.80%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 83 (74.77%) Windows
2 59 (53.15%) Windows Server
3 38 (34.23%) Linux
4 14 (12.61%) Windows 10
5 12 (10.81%) Windows Server 2016
6 10 (9.01%) Windows Server 2008
7 8 (7.21%) Windows Server 2012
8 7 (6.31%) Solaris
8 7 (6.31%) Ubuntu
8 7 (6.31%) Unix
8 7 (6.31%) Windows 7
9 6 (5.41%) Windows Server 2019
10 4 (3.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 4 (3.60%) Windows 8
11 3 (2.70%) Apple iOS
12 2 (1.80%) AIX
13 1 (0.90%) HPUX
13 1 (0.90%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.90%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.90%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (35.14%) ITIL
2 36 (32.43%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 26 (23.42%) ITSM
4 12 (10.81%) Server Management
5 11 (9.91%) High Availability
6 10 (9.01%) Configuration Management
6 10 (9.01%) DevOps
6 10 (9.01%) Migration
6 10 (9.01%) Problem-Solving
7 9 (8.11%) Time Management
8 8 (7.21%) Agile Software Development
8 8 (7.21%) Change Management
8 8 (7.21%) Load Balancing
9 7 (6.31%) Incident Management
9 7 (6.31%) Patch Management
9 7 (6.31%) Virtual Environments
10 6 (5.41%) ETL
10 6 (5.41%) Project Management
10 6 (5.41%) Root Cause Analysis
11 5 (4.50%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 22 (19.82%) SQL
2 17 (15.32%) PowerShell
3 11 (9.91%) Python
4 8 (7.21%) Shell Script
5 7 (6.31%) Bash Shell
6 6 (5.41%) Java
7 5 (4.50%) C
7 5 (4.50%) JavaScript
7 5 (4.50%) VBScript
8 1 (0.90%) PHP
8 1 (0.90%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.90%) VB
Qualifications
1 16 (14.41%) Degree
2 14 (12.61%) Security Cleared
3 13 (11.71%) ITIL Certification
4 11 (9.91%) Citrix Certification
4 11 (9.91%) SC Cleared
5 10 (9.01%) Microsoft Certification
6 7 (6.31%) MCSA
7 6 (5.41%) MCITP
7 6 (5.41%) MCSE
8 5 (4.50%) DV Cleared
9 3 (2.70%) CCA
9 3 (2.70%) MCP
9 3 (2.70%) MCTS
9 3 (2.70%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 2 (1.80%) HND
11 1 (0.90%) CCNA
11 1 (0.90%) Cisco Certification
11 1 (0.90%) CISSP
11 1 (0.90%) PMI Certification
11 1 (0.90%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (9.01%) SLA
2 9 (8.11%) Data Quality
3 3 (2.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (2.70%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.90%) COBIT
4 1 (0.90%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (0.90%) Government Security Classifications
4 1 (0.90%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 1 (0.90%) NIST
System Software
1 63 (56.76%) VMware Infrastructure
2 54 (48.65%) Active Directory
3 34 (30.63%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 15 (13.51%) Virtual Machines
5 10 (9.01%) Hyper-V
5 10 (9.01%) NFS
5 10 (9.01%) VMware ESXi
5 10 (9.01%) vSphere
6 8 (7.21%) Firmware
7 7 (6.31%) Terminal Services
7 7 (6.31%) XenApp
7 7 (6.31%) XenDesktop
8 6 (5.41%) Citrix Hypervisor
8 6 (5.41%) Microsoft App-V
8 6 (5.41%) VMware NSX
9 5 (4.50%) VirtualBox
10 3 (2.70%) BitLocker
10 3 (2.70%) Docker
11 1 (0.90%) Oracle RAC
11 1 (0.90%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 24 (21.62%) SCCM
2 10 (9.01%) Nagios
3 9 (8.11%) NetBackup
3 9 (8.11%) vRealize
4 6 (5.41%) Ansible
5 5 (4.50%) Norton AntiVirus
5 5 (4.50%) vCenter Server
5 5 (4.50%) ZABBIX
6 4 (3.60%) Microsoft Intune
6 4 (3.60%) Nessus
6 4 (3.60%) PowerCLI
6 4 (3.60%) Puppet
6 4 (3.60%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 4 (3.60%) vRealize Orchestrator
6 4 (3.60%) WSUS
7 3 (2.70%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 3 (2.70%) Kubernetes
7 3 (2.70%) SCOM
8 2 (1.80%) Microsoft Clustering
8 2 (1.80%) Terraform
Vendors
1 63 (56.76%) VMware
2 59 (53.15%) Microsoft
3 22 (19.82%) Oracle
4 20 (18.02%) ServiceNow
5 19 (17.12%) Citrix
6 13 (11.71%) HP
7 11 (9.91%) Veeam
8 10 (9.01%) IBM
9 9 (8.11%) Symantec
10 7 (6.31%) Centrify
10 7 (6.31%) Cisco
10 7 (6.31%) NetApp
11 6 (5.41%) Dell
11 6 (5.41%) Informatica
11 6 (5.41%) Ivanti
11 6 (5.41%) McAfee
11 6 (5.41%) Shavlik
11 6 (5.41%) Vertica
12 5 (4.50%) Atlassian
12 5 (4.50%) Qualys