Period
to 23 April 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 23 April 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
23 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 553 551 713
Rank change year-on-year -2 +162 +23
Contract jobs citing Virtual Servers 39 93 144
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.091% 0.18% 0.17%
As % of the System Software category 0.62% 1.18% 1.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 67 98
10th Percentile £263 £202 £170
25th Percentile £280 £221 £252
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £375 £369
Median % change year-on-year +6.53% +1.69% -7.81%
75th Percentile £419 £488 £457
90th Percentile £507 £543 £515
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £388
% change year-on-year +6.53% -3.23% -3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 4
Median hourly rate - £21.00 £20.33
Median % change year-on-year - +3.32% +8.40%
UK median hourly rate - £21.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year - +7.69% +2.63%

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 6,282 7,864 13,503
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.62% 15.58% 15.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,356 5,350 9,211
10th Percentile £225 £170 £190
25th Percentile £367 £325 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £463 £475
Median % change year-on-year +2.70% -2.63% +5.56%
75th Percentile £575 £571 £575
90th Percentile £650 £638 £638
UK median daily rate £483 £450 £475
% change year-on-year +7.22% -5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 227 408 564
10th Percentile £11.46 £11.23 £10.92
25th Percentile £13.38 £13.07 £12.85
Median hourly rate £19.50 £16.67 £16.00
Median % change year-on-year +16.96% +4.20% +0.88%
75th Percentile £41.13 £21.00 £24.06
90th Percentile £58.30 £42.74 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £17.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +17.65% +6.25% +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 23 April 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 23 April 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 -7 15 £454 +29.64% 7
North of England +57 9 £375 +7.14% 6
South East +64 6 £400 -15.79% 4
North West +29 5 £280 -30.00% 4
South West +29 4 £362 -23.74% 4
Yorkshire +35 3 £400 +64.10% 1
East of England +27 3 £500 +53.85% 4
Midlands +17 2 £314 +8.10% 9
West Midlands +17 1 £325 -19.25% 5
East Midlands +16 1 £303 +8.91% 4
North East - 1 £225 - 1
Virtual Servers
UK

For the 6 months to 23 April 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 30 (76.92%) VMware
1 30 (76.92%) VMware Infrastructure
2 23 (58.97%) Windows
3 18 (46.15%) Microsoft
3 18 (46.15%) Active Directory
3 18 (46.15%) Windows Server
4 12 (30.77%) Azure
5 11 (28.21%) VMware ESXi
5 11 (28.21%) Microsoft 365
5 11 (28.21%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 11 (28.21%) ITIL
5 11 (28.21%) Citrix
5 11 (28.21%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 8 (20.51%) Dell
6 8 (20.51%) SAN
7 7 (17.95%) DNS
7 7 (17.95%) SLA
7 7 (17.95%) Cisco
7 7 (17.95%) Security Cleared
7 7 (17.95%) vCenter Server
7 7 (17.95%) Virtual Machines
7 7 (17.95%) AWS
7 7 (17.95%) DevOps
7 7 (17.95%) Data Centre
8 6 (15.38%) NAS
8 6 (15.38%) PowerShell
8 6 (15.38%) ITSM
8 6 (15.38%) Time Management
8 6 (15.38%) SCOM
8 6 (15.38%) Linux

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 5 (12.82%) SharePoint
2 2 (5.13%) MS Exchange
3 1 (2.56%) Apache
3 1 (2.56%) IIS
3 1 (2.56%) Tomcat
Applications
1 2 (5.13%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (5.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 2 (5.13%) MS Visio
2 1 (2.56%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (2.56%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 12 (30.77%) Azure
2 11 (28.21%) Microsoft 365
3 7 (17.95%) AWS
4 3 (7.69%) Azure Active Directory
4 3 (7.69%) IaaS
4 3 (7.69%) PaaS
5 2 (5.13%) GCP
6 1 (2.56%) Dynamics 365
6 1 (2.56%) OpenShift
6 1 (2.56%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 8 (20.51%) SAN
2 7 (17.95%) DNS
3 6 (15.38%) NAS
4 4 (10.26%) DHCP
5 3 (7.69%) Firewall
6 2 (5.13%) Fibre Channel
6 2 (5.13%) Internet
6 2 (5.13%) iSCSI
6 2 (5.13%) Network Security
6 2 (5.13%) TCP/IP
7 1 (2.56%) BIG-IP
7 1 (2.56%) Ethernet
7 1 (2.56%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
7 1 (2.56%) FTP
7 1 (2.56%) LAN
7 1 (2.56%) Skype
7 1 (2.56%) VLAN
7 1 (2.56%) WAN
7 1 (2.56%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (5.13%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.56%) MySQL
2 1 (2.56%) NoSQL
2 1 (2.56%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 1 (2.56%) Vagrant
General
1 5 (12.82%) Finance
2 3 (7.69%) Law
3 2 (5.13%) Legal
4 1 (2.56%) Billing
4 1 (2.56%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 7 (17.95%) Infrastructure Engineer
1 7 (17.95%) Wintel Engineer
2 5 (12.82%) Support Engineer
2 5 (12.82%) VMware Engineer
2 5 (12.82%) Windows Engineer
3 4 (10.26%) Active Directory Engineer
3 4 (10.26%) Active Directory Support
3 4 (10.26%) Active Directory Support Engineer
3 4 (10.26%) Citrix Engineer
3 4 (10.26%) Citrix Support
3 4 (10.26%) Citrix Support Engineer
3 4 (10.26%) VMware Support Engineer
3 4 (10.26%) Windows Support Engineer
4 3 (7.69%) Administrator
4 3 (7.69%) Azure Engineer
4 3 (7.69%) Linux Engineer
4 3 (7.69%) Migration Engineer
4 3 (7.69%) VMWare Administrator
5 2 (5.13%) DevOps Engineer
5 2 (5.13%) Monitoring Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (7.69%) LDAP
2 2 (5.13%) Middleware
3 1 (2.56%) LAMP
3 1 (2.56%) LAPP Stack
Miscellaneous
1 7 (17.95%) Data Centre
2 5 (12.82%) Organisational Skills
3 2 (5.13%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (5.13%) EMC VNX
3 2 (5.13%) IBM Mainframe
3 2 (5.13%) Mainframe
4 1 (2.56%) Life Science
4 1 (2.56%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 23 (58.97%) Windows
2 18 (46.15%) Windows Server
3 6 (15.38%) Linux
4 3 (7.69%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (5.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (5.13%) Unix
5 2 (5.13%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (5.13%) Windows Server 2016
6 1 (2.56%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (28.21%) Infrastructure Engineering
1 11 (28.21%) ITIL
2 7 (17.95%) DevOps
3 6 (15.38%) ITSM
3 6 (15.38%) Time Management
4 5 (12.82%) Migration
5 4 (10.26%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (10.26%) Disaster Recovery
5 4 (10.26%) Project Management
6 3 (7.69%) Collaborative Working
6 3 (7.69%) Configuration Management
6 3 (7.69%) Functional Testing
6 3 (7.69%) High Availability
6 3 (7.69%) Network Virtualisation
6 3 (7.69%) Root Cause Analysis
7 2 (5.13%) Digital Transformation Programme
7 2 (5.13%) Non-Functional Testing
7 2 (5.13%) Operational Acceptance Testing
7 2 (5.13%) Scenario Testing
7 2 (5.13%) Technical Debt
Programming Languages
1 6 (15.38%) PowerShell
2 4 (10.26%) Python
2 4 (10.26%) Shell Script
3 3 (7.69%) SQL
4 1 (2.56%) C
4 1 (2.56%) PHP
4 1 (2.56%) VB
4 1 (2.56%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 7 (17.95%) Security Cleared
2 5 (12.82%) Citrix Certification
2 5 (12.82%) SC Cleared
3 4 (10.26%) AWS Certification
3 4 (10.26%) ITIL Certification
3 4 (10.26%) Microsoft Certification
4 3 (7.69%) Cisco Certification
4 3 (7.69%) Degree
4 3 (7.69%) MCSE
5 2 (5.13%) DV Cleared
5 2 (5.13%) MCSA
6 1 (2.56%) CCNA
6 1 (2.56%) CCNP
6 1 (2.56%) Computer Science Degree
6 1 (2.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (17.95%) SLA
2 3 (7.69%) QA
3 1 (2.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 30 (76.92%) VMware Infrastructure
2 18 (46.15%) Active Directory
3 11 (28.21%) Microsoft Virtual Server
3 11 (28.21%) VMware ESXi
4 7 (17.95%) Virtual Machines
5 4 (10.26%) Hyper-V
5 4 (10.26%) NFS
6 3 (7.69%) VMware Server
7 2 (5.13%) Veritas Cluster Server
7 2 (5.13%) Veritas Volume Manager
7 2 (5.13%) vSphere
8 1 (2.56%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (2.56%) VMware NSX
8 1 (2.56%) XenApp
8 1 (2.56%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 7 (17.95%) vCenter Server
2 6 (15.38%) SCOM
3 4 (10.26%) Ansible
3 4 (10.26%) SCCM
3 4 (10.26%) vRealize
4 2 (5.13%) BladeLogic
4 2 (5.13%) Microsoft Intune
4 2 (5.13%) Nagios
4 2 (5.13%) NetBackup
4 2 (5.13%) Red Hat Satellite
5 1 (2.56%) Backup Exec
5 1 (2.56%) Cisco CUCM
5 1 (2.56%) EMC NetWorker
5 1 (2.56%) HAProxy
5 1 (2.56%) MOM
5 1 (2.56%) OPNET
5 1 (2.56%) SCOrch
5 1 (2.56%) SCVMM
5 1 (2.56%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 1 (2.56%) WSUS
Vendors
1 30 (76.92%) VMware
2 18 (46.15%) Microsoft
3 11 (28.21%) Citrix
4 8 (20.51%) Dell
5 7 (17.95%) Cisco
6 6 (15.38%) Red Hat
7 4 (10.26%) Centrify
7 4 (10.26%) IBM
8 3 (7.69%) Ivanti
8 3 (7.69%) Veritas
9 2 (5.13%) BMC
9 2 (5.13%) F5
9 2 (5.13%) HP
9 2 (5.13%) McAfee
9 2 (5.13%) Nokia
9 2 (5.13%) Remedy
9 2 (5.13%) ServiceNow
9 2 (5.13%) Shavlik
9 2 (5.13%) Splunk
10 1 (2.56%) Meraki