Period
to 2 August 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 2 August 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
2 Aug 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 616 483 721
Rank change year-on-year -133 +238 -1
Contract jobs citing Virtual Servers 74 49 108
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.13% 0.15% 0.13%
As % of the System Software category 0.89% 1.01% 0.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 36 78
10th Percentile £280 £220 £236
25th Percentile £331 £221 £263
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £463 £388 £361
Median % change year-on-year +19.35% +7.27% -9.69%
75th Percentile £550 £488 £466
90th Percentile £588 £553 £566
UK median daily rate £425 £375 £425
% change year-on-year +13.33% -11.76% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Median hourly rate - £29.00 -
UK median hourly rate £78.00 £29.00 -
% change year-on-year +168.97% - -

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 8,295 4,855 13,019
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.44% 15.04% 15.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,828 3,318 8,849
10th Percentile £213 £200 £181
25th Percentile £377 £363 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £588 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £638 £638
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 258 208 506
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.25 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.25 £13.00 £13.00
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.42 £16.50
Median % change year-on-year +0.44% +5.59% +1.91%
75th Percentile £31.56 £22.81 £24.50
90th Percentile £63.75 £47.50 £47.60
UK median hourly rate £18.27 £17.50 £16.91
% change year-on-year +4.40% +3.52% +5.66%

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 2 August 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 2 August 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 -128 31 £478 +12.35% 20
North of England -38 12 £400 +18.52% 9
South East -33 11 £550 +14.29% 10
East of England -20 8 £500 +73.91% 7
North West -24 7 £280 -30.00% 3
South West -28 6 £338 -28.95% 2
Yorkshire -22 5 £475 +40.74% 6
Midlands -36 4 £294 - 3
East Midlands -18 2 £275 - 1
West Midlands - 2 £313 - 2
Virtual Servers
UK

For the 6 months to 2 August 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 43 (58.11%) Windows
2 40 (54.05%) VMware
2 40 (54.05%) VMware Infrastructure
3 33 (44.59%) Windows Server
4 30 (40.54%) Active Directory
5 28 (37.84%) Microsoft
6 26 (35.14%) Linux
6 26 (35.14%) ITIL
7 20 (27.03%) Azure
8 19 (25.68%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 19 (25.68%) Social Skills
9 17 (22.97%) SQL
9 17 (22.97%) ITSM
10 16 (21.62%) Microsoft 365
11 15 (20.27%) AWS
11 15 (20.27%) Firewall
11 15 (20.27%) Oracle
11 15 (20.27%) SQL Server
11 15 (20.27%) DNS
12 14 (18.92%) SCCM
12 14 (18.92%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 14 (18.92%) Virtual Machines
13 13 (17.57%) PowerShell
13 13 (17.57%) Finance
13 13 (17.57%) TCP/IP
14 12 (16.22%) Citrix
14 12 (16.22%) Agile Software Development
15 11 (14.86%) High Availability
15 11 (14.86%) SAN
15 11 (14.86%) DHCP

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 6 (8.11%) Apache
1 6 (8.11%) IIS
1 6 (8.11%) JBoss
1 6 (8.11%) Tomcat
2 5 (6.76%) WebLogic
3 4 (5.41%) WebSphere
4 3 (4.05%) SharePoint
5 2 (2.70%) MS Exchange
5 2 (2.70%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 1 (1.35%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (1.35%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (1.35%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 20 (27.03%) Azure
2 16 (21.62%) Microsoft 365
3 15 (20.27%) AWS
4 5 (6.76%) Kong
5 3 (4.05%) IaaS
5 3 (4.05%) PaaS
6 2 (2.70%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (2.70%) GCP
7 1 (1.35%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (1.35%) Amazon ELB
7 1 (1.35%) Amazon S3
7 1 (1.35%) GitHub
7 1 (1.35%) OpenShift
7 1 (1.35%) Route 53
7 1 (1.35%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 15 (20.27%) DNS
1 15 (20.27%) Firewall
2 13 (17.57%) TCP/IP
3 11 (14.86%) DHCP
3 11 (14.86%) SAN
4 7 (9.46%) SSL
5 5 (6.76%) FTP
5 5 (6.76%) HTTP
5 5 (6.76%) PuTTY
5 5 (6.76%) SMTP
5 5 (6.76%) SSH
5 5 (6.76%) Telnet
5 5 (6.76%) WinSCP
6 4 (5.41%) NAS
6 4 (5.41%) VPN
7 3 (4.05%) VLAN
7 3 (4.05%) WAN
7 3 (4.05%) Wireless
8 2 (2.70%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
8 2 (2.70%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (20.27%) SQL Server
2 6 (8.11%) MySQL
3 2 (2.70%) Oracle Database
3 2 (2.70%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (2.70%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (1.35%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (1.35%) NoSQL
4 1 (1.35%) SQL Server 2016
4 1 (1.35%) SQL Server 2019
Development Applications
1 2 (2.70%) Bitbucket
1 2 (2.70%) Git (software)
2 1 (1.35%) Gradle
2 1 (1.35%) Jenkins
2 1 (1.35%) JIRA
2 1 (1.35%) SonarQube
2 1 (1.35%) Vagrant
General
1 19 (25.68%) Social Skills
2 13 (17.57%) Finance
3 8 (10.81%) Public Sector
4 6 (8.11%) Organisational Skills
5 3 (4.05%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (2.70%) Law
6 2 (2.70%) Legal
7 1 (1.35%) Back Office
7 1 (1.35%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 14 (18.92%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 9 (12.16%) Support Engineer
2 9 (12.16%) VMware Engineer
3 8 (10.81%) Server Engineer
4 7 (9.46%) Azure Engineer
4 7 (9.46%) Windows Engineer
5 6 (8.11%) Wintel Engineer
6 5 (6.76%) Active Directory Engineer
6 5 (6.76%) Analyst
6 5 (6.76%) Applications Support
6 5 (6.76%) Applications Support Analyst
6 5 (6.76%) Environment Manager
6 5 (6.76%) Linux Engineer
6 5 (6.76%) Migration Engineer
6 5 (6.76%) Support Analyst
6 5 (6.76%) Windows Support Engineer
7 4 (5.41%) Active Directory Support
7 4 (5.41%) Active Directory Support Engineer
7 4 (5.41%) Architect
7 4 (5.41%) Citrix Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (8.11%) LAMP
2 5 (6.76%) HTML
2 5 (6.76%) HTML5
2 5 (6.76%) JMS
2 5 (6.76%) JSON
2 5 (6.76%) REST
2 5 (6.76%) SOAP
2 5 (6.76%) XML
2 5 (6.76%) XML-RPC
3 4 (5.41%) .NET
3 4 (5.41%) Kafka
3 4 (5.41%) SonicMQ
3 4 (5.41%) WebSphere MQ
4 3 (4.05%) LDAP
5 2 (2.70%) Elastic Stack
6 1 (1.35%) ARM Templates
6 1 (1.35%) LAPP Stack
6 1 (1.35%) Middleware
6 1 (1.35%) React
6 1 (1.35%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 8 (10.81%) Virtual Team
2 7 (9.46%) Data Centre
3 5 (6.76%) Clustering
3 5 (6.76%) Wiki
4 4 (5.41%) Replication
5 3 (4.05%) Microsoft Licensing
6 2 (2.70%) IBM Mainframe
6 2 (2.70%) Mainframe
6 2 (2.70%) NHS
6 2 (2.70%) Private Cloud
6 2 (2.70%) Public Cloud
7 1 (1.35%) EMC VNX
7 1 (1.35%) Grid Computing
7 1 (1.35%) Legacy Systems
7 1 (1.35%) Life Science
7 1 (1.35%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 43 (58.11%) Windows
2 33 (44.59%) Windows Server
3 26 (35.14%) Linux
4 6 (8.11%) Windows Server 2008
5 5 (6.76%) Windows Server 2012
5 5 (6.76%) Windows Server 2016
5 5 (6.76%) Windows Server 2019
6 3 (4.05%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 3 (4.05%) Ubuntu
6 3 (4.05%) Unix
7 2 (2.70%) VMS
7 2 (2.70%) Windows 10
7 2 (2.70%) Windows 7
8 1 (1.35%) CentOS
8 1 (1.35%) Mac OS X
8 1 (1.35%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (35.14%) ITIL
2 19 (25.68%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 17 (22.97%) ITSM
4 12 (16.22%) Agile Software Development
5 11 (14.86%) High Availability
6 10 (13.51%) DevOps
7 8 (10.81%) Change Management
7 8 (10.81%) Migration
8 7 (9.46%) Load Balancing
9 6 (8.11%) ETL
9 6 (8.11%) Incident Management
9 6 (8.11%) Project Management
9 6 (8.11%) Root Cause Analysis
9 6 (8.11%) Server Management
9 6 (8.11%) Time Management
10 5 (6.76%) Configuration Management
10 5 (6.76%) Knowledge Management
10 5 (6.76%) Scrum
11 4 (5.41%) Software Licensing
11 4 (5.41%) Virtual Environments
Programming Languages
1 17 (22.97%) SQL
2 13 (17.57%) PowerShell
3 11 (14.86%) Python
4 10 (13.51%) Shell Script
5 5 (6.76%) JavaScript
5 5 (6.76%) VBScript
6 4 (5.41%) Java
7 3 (4.05%) Bash Shell
8 2 (2.70%) C
8 2 (2.70%) PHP
Qualifications
1 10 (13.51%) Degree
1 10 (13.51%) ITIL Certification
1 10 (13.51%) Security Cleared
2 9 (12.16%) SC Cleared
3 7 (9.46%) Microsoft Certification
4 6 (8.11%) Citrix Certification
5 5 (6.76%) MCSE
6 4 (5.41%) AWS Certification
7 3 (4.05%) Cisco Certification
7 3 (4.05%) MCITP
8 2 (2.70%) DBS Check
8 2 (2.70%) MCSA
9 1 (1.35%) CCNA
9 1 (1.35%) CCNP
9 1 (1.35%) Computer Science Degree
9 1 (1.35%) DV Cleared
9 1 (1.35%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (9.46%) SLA
2 6 (8.11%) Data Quality
3 3 (4.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (4.05%) QA
4 2 (2.70%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 40 (54.05%) VMware Infrastructure
2 30 (40.54%) Active Directory
3 14 (18.92%) Microsoft Virtual Server
3 14 (18.92%) Virtual Machines
4 10 (13.51%) VMware ESXi
5 5 (6.76%) Firmware
5 5 (6.76%) Hyper-V
5 5 (6.76%) NFS
6 4 (5.41%) vSphere
7 3 (4.05%) XenApp
7 3 (4.05%) XenDesktop
8 2 (2.70%) Docker
8 2 (2.70%) Veritas Cluster Server
8 2 (2.70%) Veritas Volume Manager
8 2 (2.70%) VMware NSX
8 2 (2.70%) VMware Server
9 1 (1.35%) Citrix Hypervisor
9 1 (1.35%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (1.35%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 14 (18.92%) SCCM
2 9 (12.16%) Ansible
3 8 (10.81%) Nagios
4 7 (9.46%) SCOM
5 6 (8.11%) vCenter Server
5 6 (8.11%) vRealize
6 3 (4.05%) Kubernetes
6 3 (4.05%) PowerCLI
6 3 (4.05%) Red Hat Satellite
6 3 (4.05%) vRealize Orchestrator
7 2 (2.70%) Microsoft Clustering
7 2 (2.70%) Microsoft Intune
7 2 (2.70%) Puppet
7 2 (2.70%) Terraform
7 2 (2.70%) WSUS
8 1 (1.35%) HAProxy
8 1 (1.35%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (1.35%) Packer
8 1 (1.35%) SCOrch
8 1 (1.35%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 40 (54.05%) VMware
2 28 (37.84%) Microsoft
3 15 (20.27%) Oracle
4 12 (16.22%) Citrix
5 8 (10.81%) IBM
5 8 (10.81%) Red Hat
5 8 (10.81%) ServiceNow
5 8 (10.81%) Veeam
6 7 (9.46%) Cisco
7 6 (8.11%) Dell
7 6 (8.11%) HP
7 6 (8.11%) Informatica
7 6 (8.11%) Vertica
8 5 (6.76%) AppDynamics
8 5 (6.76%) Centrify
8 5 (6.76%) NetApp
9 4 (5.41%) F5
9 4 (5.41%) Splunk
10 3 (4.05%) CommVault
10 3 (4.05%) Meraki