Period
to

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 29 June 2022 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
29 Jun 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 657 601 512
Rank change year-on-year -56 -89 +184
Contract jobs citing Virtual Servers 108 60 60
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.15% 0.12% 0.16%
As % of the System Software category 1.12% 0.81% 1.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 89 43 43
10th Percentile £169 £266 £220
25th Percentile £325 £301 £297
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £413 £400
Median % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +9.97%
75th Percentile £575 £516 £488
90th Percentile £675 £571 £548
UK median daily rate £430 £400 £425
% change year-on-year +7.50% -5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 2
10th Percentile - - £28.55
25th Percentile - - £30.88
Median hourly rate £20.00 - £36.00
75th Percentile £33.75 - £42.38
90th Percentile £42.00 - £45.45
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £78.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year -74.36% +116.67% +77.12%

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 9,669 7,365 5,722
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.52% 14.31% 15.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,024 5,124 3,922
10th Percentile £190 £220 £198
25th Percentile £388 £381 £356
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% -
75th Percentile £638 £580 £575
90th Percentile £725 £675 £650
UK median daily rate £525 £500 £475
% change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 265 234 245
10th Percentile £13.30 £11.19 £11.14
25th Percentile £15.00 £13.31 £13.00
Median hourly rate £20.00 £18.53 £17.00
Median % change year-on-year +7.96% +8.97% +0.56%
75th Percentile £40.00 £39.50 £22.75
90th Percentile £60.00 £63.53 £47.33
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year - +14.29% +2.94%

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 29 June 2022.

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 29 June 2022.

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 29 June 2022. 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
Jobs
London -52 44 £441 -5.87% 9
East of England -12 19 £400 -27.27% 4
South East -25 14 £600 +20.00% 14
North of England -44 13 £439 +16.93% 12
North West -32 12 £452 +61.43% 6
Midlands -34 9 £310 +2.90% 7
West Midlands -38 7 £310 -0.80% 5
South West -11 6 £325 -3.70% 8
East Midlands -20 2 £309 +4.64% 2
Yorkshire -38 1 £158 -71.36% 5
Virtual Servers
UK

For the 6 months to 29 June 2022, 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 76 (70.37%) Windows
2 49 (45.37%) Microsoft
2 49 (45.37%) VMware
2 49 (45.37%) VMware Infrastructure
3 45 (41.67%) Windows Server
4 44 (40.74%) Active Directory
5 31 (28.70%) DNS
5 31 (28.70%) Firewall
6 27 (25.00%) Microsoft 365
7 25 (23.15%) DHCP
7 25 (23.15%) Linux
8 24 (22.22%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 24 (22.22%) Windows 10
8 24 (22.22%) Windows Server 2016
9 23 (21.30%) Social Skills
9 23 (21.30%) Windows Server 2008
9 23 (21.30%) Azure
10 21 (19.44%) Data Centre
11 20 (18.52%) MS Exchange
12 19 (17.59%) Citrix
12 19 (17.59%) Hyper-V
12 19 (17.59%) SCCM
13 18 (16.67%) ITIL
14 17 (15.74%) Cisco
14 17 (15.74%) Change Management
14 17 (15.74%) PowerShell
14 17 (15.74%) Windows Server 2012
15 16 (14.81%) Finance
16 15 (13.89%) Microsoft Certification
17 14 (12.96%) NetBackup

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 20 (18.52%) MS Exchange
2 10 (9.26%) Exchange Server 2007
2 10 (9.26%) Exchange Server 2010
2 10 (9.26%) Exchange Server 2013
3 7 (6.48%) IIS
4 6 (5.56%) SharePoint
5 5 (4.63%) Exchange Server 2003
5 5 (4.63%) ThingWorx
6 3 (2.78%) Skype for Business
7 2 (1.85%) OpenROAD
8 1 (0.93%) Confluence
Applications
1 8 (7.41%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.85%) Microsoft Project
2 2 (1.85%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.93%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.93%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (4.63%) Maximo
2 4 (3.70%) C-CURE
Cloud Services
1 27 (25.00%) Microsoft 365
2 23 (21.30%) Azure
3 7 (6.48%) AWS
3 7 (6.48%) Azure Active Directory
4 3 (2.78%) Azure Stack
5 2 (1.85%) Azure DevOps
5 2 (1.85%) IaaS
5 2 (1.85%) NuGet
5 2 (1.85%) Serverless
6 1 (0.93%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 1 (0.93%) GCP
6 1 (0.93%) OneDrive
6 1 (0.93%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 31 (28.70%) DNS
1 31 (28.70%) Firewall
2 25 (23.15%) DHCP
3 11 (10.19%) VoIP
4 10 (9.26%) IPv4
4 10 (9.26%) Network Security
5 9 (8.33%) TCP/IP
6 8 (7.41%) SAN
7 5 (4.63%) LAN
7 5 (4.63%) WAN
8 4 (3.70%) Skype
8 4 (3.70%) Wireless
9 3 (2.78%) Unified Communications
9 3 (2.78%) VPN
10 2 (1.85%) Internet
10 2 (1.85%) iSCSI
10 2 (1.85%) VLAN
10 2 (1.85%) VSAN
11 1 (0.93%) Remote Desktop
11 1 (0.93%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (11.11%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.78%) DB2
3 2 (1.85%) Ingres
3 2 (1.85%) NoSQL
3 2 (1.85%) RDBMS
3 2 (1.85%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.93%) Power BI
4 1 (0.93%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 3 (2.78%) Eclipse
1 3 (2.78%) GitLab
1 3 (2.78%) Jenkins
2 2 (1.85%) JIRA
3 1 (0.93%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 1 (0.93%) Bitbucket
3 1 (0.93%) Git (software)
General
1 23 (21.30%) Social Skills
2 16 (14.81%) Finance
3 8 (7.41%) Back Office
4 5 (4.63%) Banking
4 5 (4.63%) Front Office
4 5 (4.63%) Telecoms
5 4 (3.70%) Public Sector
6 3 (2.78%) Analytical Skills
6 3 (2.78%) Influencing Skills
7 2 (1.85%) Manufacturing
7 2 (1.85%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.93%) Documentation Skills
8 1 (0.93%) Legal
8 1 (0.93%) Local Government
8 1 (0.93%) Mandarin Language
8 1 (0.93%) Presentation Skills
8 1 (0.93%) Retail
Job Titles
1 22 (20.37%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 17 (15.74%) Architect
2 17 (15.74%) Support Engineer
3 14 (12.96%) Wintel Engineer
4 12 (11.11%) IT Engineer
5 10 (9.26%) Solutions Architect
6 8 (7.41%) IT Support
6 8 (7.41%) Wintel Support
6 8 (7.41%) Wintel Support Engineer
7 7 (6.48%) Analyst
7 7 (6.48%) IT Infrastructure Engineer
7 7 (6.48%) IT Support Engineer
7 7 (6.48%) Linux Engineer
7 7 (6.48%) Server Engineer
7 7 (6.48%) VMware Engineer
7 7 (6.48%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
8 6 (5.56%) 2nd Line Support
8 6 (5.56%) Administrator
9 5 (4.63%) Project Manager
9 5 (4.63%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (2.78%) Middleware
2 2 (1.85%) .NET
2 2 (1.85%) .NET Framework
3 1 (0.93%) OpenTelemetry
Miscellaneous
1 21 (19.44%) Data Centre
2 9 (8.33%) CCTV
3 8 (7.41%) NHS
4 5 (4.63%) CMDB
4 5 (4.63%) IoT
4 5 (4.63%) Management Information System
5 4 (3.70%) Digital Signage
5 4 (3.70%) Legacy Systems
5 4 (3.70%) Replication
5 4 (3.70%) User Experience
6 3 (2.78%) Clustering
6 3 (2.78%) Greenfield Project
6 3 (2.78%) Public Cloud
7 2 (1.85%) Linux Command Line
7 2 (1.85%) PKI
7 2 (1.85%) Virtual Team
8 1 (0.93%) Data Protection Act
8 1 (0.93%) VAX
8 1 (0.93%) Video Conferencing
8 1 (0.93%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 76 (70.37%) Windows
2 45 (41.67%) Windows Server
3 25 (23.15%) Linux
4 24 (22.22%) Windows 10
4 24 (22.22%) Windows Server 2016
5 23 (21.30%) Windows Server 2008
6 17 (15.74%) Windows Server 2012
7 10 (9.26%) Windows 7
8 7 (6.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 7 (6.48%) Windows Server 2019
9 6 (5.56%) CentOS
10 3 (2.78%) Mac OS
10 3 (2.78%) Unix
11 2 (1.85%) Debian
11 2 (1.85%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.93%) Apple iOS
12 1 (0.93%) Ubuntu
12 1 (0.93%) VMS
12 1 (0.93%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (22.22%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 18 (16.67%) ITIL
3 17 (15.74%) Change Management
4 13 (12.04%) Patch Management
5 10 (9.26%) Change Control
5 10 (9.26%) Server Management
5 10 (9.26%) Virtual Environments
6 9 (8.33%) Asset Management
6 9 (8.33%) Coaching
6 9 (8.33%) Product Roadmap
7 8 (7.41%) Agile
8 7 (6.48%) Configuration Management
8 7 (6.48%) Cybersecurity
8 7 (6.48%) DevOps
9 6 (5.56%) Migration
9 6 (5.56%) Problem-Solving
9 6 (5.56%) Project Delivery
9 6 (5.56%) Runbook
10 5 (4.63%) EAM
10 5 (4.63%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 17 (15.74%) PowerShell
2 10 (9.26%) SQL
3 6 (5.56%) Python
4 5 (4.63%) Bash
5 3 (2.78%) Java
6 2 (1.85%) Shell Script
7 1 (0.93%) C
7 1 (0.93%) Go
Qualifications
1 15 (13.89%) Microsoft Certification
2 13 (12.04%) MCITP
3 12 (11.11%) MCSA
4 9 (8.33%) ITIL Certification
5 8 (7.41%) MCP
5 8 (7.41%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 7 (6.48%) CCA
6 7 (6.48%) Citrix Certification
6 7 (6.48%) MCSE
6 7 (6.48%) MCTS
6 7 (6.48%) SC Cleared
6 7 (6.48%) Security Cleared
7 4 (3.70%) Degree
8 1 (0.93%) CCNA
8 1 (0.93%) CCNP
8 1 (0.93%) Cisco Certification
8 1 (0.93%) DBS Check
8 1 (0.93%) Network+ Certification
8 1 (0.93%) RHCSA
8 1 (0.93%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.78%) Accessibility
2 1 (0.93%) GDPR
2 1 (0.93%) SLA
System Software
1 49 (45.37%) VMware Infrastructure
2 44 (40.74%) Active Directory
3 19 (17.59%) Hyper-V
4 14 (12.96%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 11 (10.19%) Citrix Hypervisor
6 10 (9.26%) Microsoft App-V
6 10 (9.26%) vSphere
6 10 (9.26%) XenApp
6 10 (9.26%) XenDesktop
7 6 (5.56%) VMware ESXi
8 5 (4.63%) Virtual Machines
9 2 (1.85%) Terminal Services
10 1 (0.93%) Forefront TMG
10 1 (0.93%) NFS
10 1 (0.93%) VirtualBox
10 1 (0.93%) VMware NSX
10 1 (0.93%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 19 (17.59%) SCCM
2 14 (12.96%) NetBackup
3 10 (9.26%) Ansible
4 6 (5.56%) Puppet
4 6 (5.56%) WSUS
5 5 (4.63%) vCenter Server
6 4 (3.70%) Terraform
7 3 (2.78%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 3 (2.78%) Microsoft Clustering
7 3 (2.78%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (1.85%) Avamar
8 2 (1.85%) SCOM
8 2 (1.85%) vRealize
8 2 (1.85%) VxRail
9 1 (0.93%) CSIRT
9 1 (0.93%) Grafana
9 1 (0.93%) Microsoft Intune
9 1 (0.93%) Nagios
9 1 (0.93%) PowerCLI
9 1 (0.93%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 49 (45.37%) Microsoft
1 49 (45.37%) VMware
2 19 (17.59%) Citrix
3 17 (15.74%) Cisco
4 12 (11.11%) HP
5 11 (10.19%) Veeam
6 10 (9.26%) Ivanti
6 10 (9.26%) Red Hat
6 10 (9.26%) Shavlik
7 6 (5.56%) SolarWinds
8 5 (4.63%) IBM
8 5 (4.63%) PTC
9 4 (3.70%) Dell
10 3 (2.78%) EMC
10 3 (2.78%) Oracle
11 2 (1.85%) 3PAR
11 2 (1.85%) Actian
11 2 (1.85%) Atlassian
11 2 (1.85%) Dell KACE
11 2 (1.85%) Symantec