Period
to 4 April 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 4 April 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
4 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 558 698 740
Rank change year-on-year +140 +42 -48
Contract jobs citing Virtual Servers 106 146 138
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.19% 0.17% 0.15%
As % of the System Software category 1.23% 1.07% 1.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 72 102 85
Median daily rate £400 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -6.25% +23.08%
10th Percentile £203 £170 £206
90th Percentile £550 £535 £575
UK median daily rate £400 £388 £400
% change year-on-year +3.23% -3.13% +23.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 6 7
Median hourly rate £31.00 £23.00 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.80% +24.31% +4.11%
10th Percentile £21.00 £17.66 £12.70
90th Percentile £191.25 £39.25 £47.25
UK median hourly rate £31.00 £20.33 £46.50
% change year-on-year +52.52% -56.29% +161.68%

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 8,588 13,708 12,212
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 15.49% 15.55% 13.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,551 9,160 7,989
Median daily rate £453 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.74% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £168 £189 £175
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £450 £475 £450
% change year-on-year -5.26% +5.56% +9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 518 612 642
Median hourly rate £17.50 £16.10 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.68% +0.64% -
10th Percentile £11.37 £10.92 £10.58
90th Percentile £45.00 £47.50 £45.81
Median hourly rate £17.63 £16.21 £15.86
% change year-on-year +8.76% +2.18% -0.88%

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 4 April 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 4 April 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 4 April 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 +148 30 £388 -16.22% 6
South West +36 21 £375 - 6
South East +72 19 £490 +30.67% 7
North of England +62 13 £350 -7.28% 5
Midlands +53 13 £281 -13.69% 6
East of England +25 9 £350 +29.63% 3
West Midlands +60 8 £375 +30.43% 4
North West +29 7 £400 +19.40% 3
Yorkshire +52 6 £169 -56.17% 1
East Midlands +28 5 £278 -17.70% 2
Virtual Servers
UK

For the 6 months to 4 April 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 74 (69.81%) Windows
2 66 (62.26%) VMware
2 66 (62.26%) VMware Infrastructure
3 61 (57.55%) Active Directory
4 59 (55.66%) Windows Server
5 48 (45.28%) Microsoft
6 35 (33.02%) Windows Server 2012
6 35 (33.02%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 34 (32.08%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 25 (23.58%) Security Cleared
8 25 (23.58%) Windows 7
8 25 (23.58%) Windows Server 2016
9 24 (22.64%) Azure
10 23 (21.70%) DNS
11 21 (19.81%) Citrix
11 21 (19.81%) Windows Server 2008
12 20 (18.87%) Cisco
12 20 (18.87%) DHCP
12 20 (18.87%) SQL
12 20 (18.87%) Migration
13 19 (17.92%) Windows 10
14 18 (16.98%) Linux
15 17 (16.04%) MS Exchange
15 17 (16.04%) Service Management
15 17 (16.04%) ITSM
16 16 (15.09%) SQL Server
16 16 (15.09%) SCCM
17 15 (14.15%) Microsoft Office
17 15 (14.15%) SharePoint
17 15 (14.15%) Office 365

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 17 (16.04%) MS Exchange
2 15 (14.15%) SharePoint
3 6 (5.66%) IIS
3 6 (5.66%) Skype for Business
4 5 (4.72%) Exchange Server 2013
5 3 (2.83%) Apache
6 1 (0.94%) CMS
6 1 (0.94%) Confluence
6 1 (0.94%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.94%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (0.94%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 15 (14.15%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.94%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.94%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (0.94%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.94%) Carpe Diem
1 1 (0.94%) Elite 3E
1 1 (0.94%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 24 (22.64%) Azure
2 15 (14.15%) Office 365
3 14 (13.21%) AWS
4 11 (10.38%) IaaS
4 11 (10.38%) PaaS
5 5 (4.72%) SaaS
6 4 (3.77%) G Suite
7 3 (2.83%) GCP
8 2 (1.89%) GitHub
9 1 (0.94%) Amazon ECS
9 1 (0.94%) Amazon SageMaker
9 1 (0.94%) AWS CloudFormation
9 1 (0.94%) AWS CodePipeline
9 1 (0.94%) AWS Lambda
9 1 (0.94%) Azure Active Directory
9 1 (0.94%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 1 (0.94%) Azure Functions
9 1 (0.94%) OneDrive
9 1 (0.94%) Route 53
9 1 (0.94%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 23 (21.70%) DNS
2 20 (18.87%) DHCP
3 14 (13.21%) SAN
3 14 (13.21%) TCP/IP
4 10 (9.43%) LAN
5 9 (8.49%) Firewall
6 8 (7.55%) WAN
7 7 (6.60%) Skype
7 7 (6.60%) VPN
8 4 (3.77%) Wi-Fi
9 3 (2.83%) Internet
9 3 (2.83%) NetScaler
10 2 (1.89%) SMTP
11 1 (0.94%) Cisco ASA
11 1 (0.94%) DSL
11 1 (0.94%) Network Security
11 1 (0.94%) SMS
11 1 (0.94%) SNMP
11 1 (0.94%) VLAN
11 1 (0.94%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (15.09%) SQL Server
2 6 (5.66%) MySQL
3 4 (3.77%) SQL Server 2016
4 3 (2.83%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.94%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 1 (0.94%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (0.94%) Apache Cassandra
5 1 (0.94%) Cosmos DB
5 1 (0.94%) MariaDB
5 1 (0.94%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.94%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.94%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 6 (5.66%) Git (software)
1 6 (5.66%) Jenkins
2 2 (1.89%) Hudson
3 1 (0.94%) ClearCase
3 1 (0.94%) GitLab
3 1 (0.94%) Gradle
3 1 (0.94%) JIRA
3 1 (0.94%) PVCS
3 1 (0.94%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 13 (12.26%) Public Sector
2 8 (7.55%) Finance
3 5 (4.72%) Telecoms
4 3 (2.83%) Mandarin Language
4 3 (2.83%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.89%) Banking
5 2 (1.89%) Electronics
5 2 (1.89%) Marketing
6 1 (0.94%) Billing
6 1 (0.94%) Games
6 1 (0.94%) Law
6 1 (0.94%) Legal
6 1 (0.94%) Military
Job Titles
1 30 (28.30%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 14 (13.21%) Support Engineer
2 14 (13.21%) Wintel Engineer
3 10 (9.43%) Server Engineer
4 9 (8.49%) IT Support
5 7 (6.60%) 3rd Line Support
5 7 (6.60%) Analyst
6 6 (5.66%) 2nd Line Support
6 6 (5.66%) Administrator
6 6 (5.66%) IT Engineer
6 6 (5.66%) Windows Engineer
7 5 (4.72%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 5 (4.72%) Architect
7 5 (4.72%) Consultant
7 5 (4.72%) Wintel Infrastructure Engineer
8 4 (3.77%) DBA
8 4 (3.77%) IT Support Engineer
8 4 (3.77%) Server Support
8 4 (3.77%) Systems Analyst
8 4 (3.77%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (8.49%) 802.1X
2 3 (2.83%) LAMP
3 1 (0.94%) .NET
3 1 (0.94%) LDAP
3 1 (0.94%) OAuth
3 1 (0.94%) OAuth2
3 1 (0.94%) OpenID
3 1 (0.94%) SAML
3 1 (0.94%) Spring
3 1 (0.94%) Web Services
3 1 (0.94%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 12 (11.32%) Data Centre
2 10 (9.43%) PKI
3 7 (6.60%) Management Information System
4 4 (3.77%) Private Cloud
5 3 (2.83%) Enterprise Software
5 3 (2.83%) Video Conferencing
6 2 (1.89%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (1.89%) Hedge funds
7 1 (0.94%) CCTV
7 1 (0.94%) CMDB
7 1 (0.94%) DataPower
7 1 (0.94%) Driving Licence
7 1 (0.94%) Enterprise Storage
7 1 (0.94%) Hybrid Cloud
7 1 (0.94%) iPad
7 1 (0.94%) NHS
7 1 (0.94%) Public Cloud
7 1 (0.94%) Self-Motivation
7 1 (0.94%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 74 (69.81%) Windows
2 59 (55.66%) Windows Server
3 35 (33.02%) Windows Server 2012
4 25 (23.58%) Windows 7
4 25 (23.58%) Windows Server 2016
5 21 (19.81%) Windows Server 2008
6 19 (17.92%) Windows 10
7 18 (16.98%) Linux
8 12 (11.32%) VMS
9 10 (9.43%) Windows 8
10 6 (5.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 3 (2.83%) Mac OS
11 3 (2.83%) Unix
11 3 (2.83%) Windows Server 2019
12 2 (1.89%) CentOS
12 2 (1.89%) Solaris
13 1 (0.94%) Amazon Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (33.02%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 20 (18.87%) Migration
3 17 (16.04%) ITSM
3 17 (16.04%) Service Management
4 14 (13.21%) Break/Fix
4 14 (13.21%) ITIL
5 12 (11.32%) Network Virtualisation
6 11 (10.38%) Server Management
7 10 (9.43%) Configuration Management
7 10 (9.43%) Information Security
7 10 (9.43%) Infrastructure Management
7 10 (9.43%) Proactive Maintenance
8 8 (7.55%) DevOps
8 8 (7.55%) Server Building
9 6 (5.66%) Incident Management
9 6 (5.66%) Open Source
9 6 (5.66%) Problem Management
10 5 (4.72%) Network Management
10 5 (4.72%) Stakeholder Management
10 5 (4.72%) Storage Management
Programming Languages
1 20 (18.87%) SQL
2 8 (7.55%) PowerShell
3 4 (3.77%) Bash Shell
3 4 (3.77%) Python
3 4 (3.77%) VBScript
4 3 (2.83%) PHP
5 2 (1.89%) Perl
6 1 (0.94%) C
6 1 (0.94%) Dart
6 1 (0.94%) Groovy
6 1 (0.94%) Java
6 1 (0.94%) Korn
6 1 (0.94%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 25 (23.58%) Security Cleared
2 14 (13.21%) DV Cleared
3 12 (11.32%) SC Cleared
4 8 (7.55%) CCNA
4 8 (7.55%) CCNP
4 8 (7.55%) Cisco Certification
4 8 (7.55%) DBS Check
5 7 (6.60%) Microsoft Certification
6 6 (5.66%) MCSA
6 6 (5.66%) MCSE
7 2 (1.89%) Degree
8 1 (0.94%) CEH
8 1 (0.94%) CISSP
8 1 (0.94%) Citrix Certification
8 1 (0.94%) HND
8 1 (0.94%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.94%) MCITP
8 1 (0.94%) NCDA
8 1 (0.94%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
8 1 (0.94%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (8.49%) SLA
2 2 (1.89%) QA
3 1 (0.94%) Cyber Essentials
3 1 (0.94%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
3 1 (0.94%) GxP
System Software
1 66 (62.26%) VMware Infrastructure
2 61 (57.55%) Active Directory
3 34 (32.08%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 14 (13.21%) Virtual Machines
5 11 (10.38%) Hyper-V
5 11 (10.38%) VMware ESXi
6 10 (9.43%) XenApp
6 10 (9.43%) XenDesktop
7 5 (4.72%) vSphere
8 3 (2.83%) Docker
8 3 (2.83%) Virtual Desktop
9 2 (1.89%) Citrix Hypervisor
9 2 (1.89%) Firmware
9 2 (1.89%) Terminal Services
9 2 (1.89%) VMware Server
10 1 (0.94%) Terminal Server
10 1 (0.94%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 16 (15.09%) SCCM
2 13 (12.26%) WSUS
3 7 (6.60%) Ansible
3 7 (6.60%) Norton AntiVirus
4 6 (5.66%) SCOM
5 5 (4.72%) Opscode Chef
5 5 (4.72%) Puppet
5 5 (4.72%) vCenter Server
6 4 (3.77%) EMC NetWorker
6 4 (3.77%) Jamf Pro
6 4 (3.77%) Nessus
6 4 (3.77%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 3 (2.83%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 3 (2.83%) Kubernetes
7 3 (2.83%) NetBackup
7 3 (2.83%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 2 (1.89%) Microsoft Intune
8 2 (1.89%) Terraform
9 1 (0.94%) Cisco CUCM
9 1 (0.94%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 66 (62.26%) VMware
2 48 (45.28%) Microsoft
3 21 (19.81%) Citrix
4 20 (18.87%) Cisco
5 11 (10.38%) Dell
6 8 (7.55%) Oracle
7 7 (6.60%) Symantec
8 6 (5.66%) EMC
9 5 (4.72%) Juniper
9 5 (4.72%) Okta
9 5 (4.72%) Veeam
10 4 (3.77%) CA
10 4 (3.77%) Clearswift
10 4 (3.77%) HP
10 4 (3.77%) Zscaler
11 3 (2.83%) GFI Software
11 3 (2.83%) Hitachi
11 3 (2.83%) IBM
11 3 (2.83%) SAP
12 2 (1.89%) F5