The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for VMS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited VMS over the 3 months to 25 March 2017 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
VMS
UK / England
Rank 548 557 531
Rank change year-on-year +9 -26  
Contract jobs citing VMS 37 58 66
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.089% 0.12% 0.14%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.43% 0.55% 0.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 28 33
Median daily rate £450 £468 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.74% +13.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £370 £397 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £558 £505
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £455 £400
% change year-on-year -1.09% +13.75%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 3
Median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £22.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -12.39%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year - +25.00%  

VMS is in the operating system skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for operating system skills.

Contract Operating System Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 8593 10492 10615
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 20.56% 21.39% 22.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 5512 6554 6074
Median daily rate £413 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.45% +3.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £185 £200 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £543 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £363 £338
% change year-on-year +6.89% +7.40%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 514 640 881
Median hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +3.12%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.50 £45.00 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.25 £16.92 £15.50
% change year-on-year -9.86% +9.16%  

VMS
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing VMS as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Operating Systems category.

Job vacancy trend for VMS in England

VMS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing VMS in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for VMS in England

VMS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing VMS in England over the 3 months to 25 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for VMS in England

VMS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing VMS in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for VMS in England

VMS
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 VMS within the England region over the 3 months to 25 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +29 16 £425 -10.52% 4
South East +2 6 £443 -11.50% 1
East of England +2 5 £450 - 2
East Midlands - 5 £400 -
North West +22 3 £530 +15.21% 1
Yorkshire +16 2 £450 - 1
VMS
UK

VMS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 25 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing VMS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for VMS.

1 20 (33.33%) Windows
2 18 (30.00%) SQL
2 18 (30.00%) DNS
3 16 (26.67%) Migration
4 14 (23.33%) Finance
4 14 (23.33%) Replication
5 13 (21.67%) VMware
5 13 (21.67%) Oracle
6 12 (20.00%) Java
6 12 (20.00%) Linux
6 12 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
6 12 (20.00%) Amazon AWS
7 11 (18.33%) Unix
7 11 (18.33%) Microsoft
7 11 (18.33%) Active Directory
7 11 (18.33%) Data Centre
8 10 (16.67%) Windows Server
8 10 (16.67%) TCP/IP
8 10 (16.67%) Microsoft Azure
8 10 (16.67%) DevOps
9 9 (15.00%) IBM
10 8 (13.33%) Change Management
10 8 (13.33%) Perl
10 8 (13.33%) IaaS
10 8 (13.33%) Windows Server 2008
11 7 (11.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 7 (11.67%) Veritas Volume Manager
11 7 (11.67%) Veritas File System
11 7 (11.67%) NAS
11 7 (11.67%) SRDF

VMS
Top Related 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 3 (5.00%) MS Exchange
2 2 (3.33%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (3.33%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 2 (3.33%) WebSphere
3 1 (1.67%) Confluence
3 1 (1.67%) OpenStack
3 1 (1.67%) SharePoint
Applications
1 4 (6.67%) MS Excel
2 2 (3.33%) MS Project
Cloud Services
1 12 (20.00%) Amazon AWS
2 10 (16.67%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (13.33%) IaaS
4 3 (5.00%) Azure Active Directory
4 3 (5.00%) PaaS
5 2 (3.33%) Office 365
6 1 (1.67%) G Suite
6 1 (1.67%) GitHub
6 1 (1.67%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 18 (30.00%) DNS
2 10 (16.67%) TCP/IP
3 7 (11.67%) LDAP
3 7 (11.67%) NAS
3 7 (11.67%) SAN
4 6 (10.00%) VLAN
5 4 (6.67%) DHCP
5 4 (6.67%) Firewall
5 4 (6.67%) HTTP
5 4 (6.67%) LAN
5 4 (6.67%) Network Security
5 4 (6.67%) WAN
6 3 (5.00%) SSL
6 3 (5.00%) VPN
7 2 (3.33%) IPv4
7 2 (3.33%) MPLS
8 1 (1.67%) HTTPS
8 1 (1.67%) Intrusion Detection
8 1 (1.67%) PuTTY
8 1 (1.67%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (11.67%) Big Data
2 2 (3.33%) DB2
3 1 (1.67%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (1.67%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 6 (10.00%) Git (software)
1 6 (10.00%) Maven
2 3 (5.00%) Jenkins
3 2 (3.33%) Artifactory
3 2 (3.33%) JIRA
3 2 (3.33%) Sonatype Nexus
4 1 (1.67%) Ant
4 1 (1.67%) Hudson
4 1 (1.67%) Subversion
General
1 14 (23.33%) Finance
2 5 (8.33%) Billing
3 3 (5.00%) Banking
4 2 (3.33%) Investment Banking
4 2 (3.33%) Retail
5 1 (1.67%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 10 (16.67%) Consultant
2 8 (13.33%) Administrator
3 7 (11.67%) Linux Administrator
3 7 (11.67%) Project Manager
3 7 (11.67%) Unix Administrator
4 6 (10.00%) Architect
4 6 (10.00%) Developer
4 6 (10.00%) Java Developer
5 5 (8.33%) AWS DevOps
5 5 (8.33%) DevOps Consultant
6 4 (6.67%) Active Directory Consultant
6 4 (6.67%) AIX Administrator
6 4 (6.67%) DevOps Engineer
6 4 (6.67%) Senior Manager
6 4 (6.67%) Senior Project Manager
6 4 (6.67%) Solutions Architect
7 3 (5.00%) Active Directory Engineer
7 3 (5.00%) AWS Consultant
7 3 (5.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 3 (5.00%) Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (11.67%) Web Services
1 7 (11.67%) XML
2 5 (8.33%) ActiveMQ
2 5 (8.33%) J2EE
2 5 (8.33%) Java EE
2 5 (8.33%) JMS
2 5 (8.33%) Spring
3 4 (6.67%) .NET
3 4 (6.67%) ASP.NET Web API
4 2 (3.33%) IBM Integration Bus
4 2 (3.33%) Middleware
4 2 (3.33%) WebSphere MQ
4 2 (3.33%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 14 (23.33%) Replication
2 11 (18.33%) Data Centre
3 7 (11.67%) Symmetrix
4 5 (8.33%) CCTV
4 5 (8.33%) Linux Command Line
4 5 (8.33%) PKI
5 4 (6.67%) SCADA
6 3 (5.00%) Management Information System
7 2 (3.33%) Client/Server
7 2 (3.33%) Hybrid Cloud
7 2 (3.33%) SWIFT
8 1 (1.67%) Analytical Skills
8 1 (1.67%) Blackberry
8 1 (1.67%) Computer Science
8 1 (1.67%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (1.67%) Fintech
8 1 (1.67%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 20 (33.33%) Windows
2 12 (20.00%) Linux
3 11 (18.33%) Unix
4 10 (16.67%) Windows Server
5 8 (13.33%) Windows Server 2008
6 7 (11.67%) AIX
6 7 (11.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 7 (11.67%) Solaris
6 7 (11.67%) SUSE
6 7 (11.67%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
6 7 (11.67%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (3.33%) Windows 7
8 1 (1.67%) Apple iOS
8 1 (1.67%) Mac OS
8 1 (1.67%) MVS
8 1 (1.67%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (26.67%) Migration
2 12 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
3 10 (16.67%) DevOps
4 8 (13.33%) Change Management
5 7 (11.67%) Disaster Recovery
5 7 (11.67%) ITIL
6 6 (10.00%) Build Automation
7 5 (8.33%) Open Source
7 5 (8.33%) PRINCE2
7 5 (8.33%) TDD
8 4 (6.67%) Analytics
8 4 (6.67%) Configuration Management
8 4 (6.67%) Matrix Organization
8 4 (6.67%) Microservices
9 3 (5.00%) Continuous Integration
9 3 (5.00%) Project Management
9 3 (5.00%) SIEM
9 3 (5.00%) Software Deployment
10 2 (3.33%) Service Management
10 2 (3.33%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 18 (30.00%) SQL
2 12 (20.00%) Java
3 8 (13.33%) Perl
4 4 (6.67%) PL/SQL
4 4 (6.67%) PowerShell
5 3 (5.00%) Python
5 3 (5.00%) Ruby
5 3 (5.00%) Shell Script
6 2 (3.33%) C++
6 2 (3.33%) DCL
Qualifications
1 7 (11.67%) SC Cleared
1 7 (11.67%) Security Cleared
2 5 (8.33%) MCP
2 5 (8.33%) MCTS
2 5 (8.33%) Microsoft Certification
3 4 (6.67%) Degree
4 3 (5.00%) PMP
5 2 (3.33%) CCIE
5 2 (3.33%) Cisco Certification
5 2 (3.33%) CISM
5 2 (3.33%) CISSP
5 2 (3.33%) PMI Certification
5 2 (3.33%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 1 (1.67%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (1.67%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.00%) PMO
1 3 (5.00%) QA
2 2 (3.33%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (3.33%) ISO20022
3 1 (1.67%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 11 (18.33%) Active Directory
2 7 (11.67%) NFS
2 7 (11.67%) Oracle RAC
2 7 (11.67%) SRDF
2 7 (11.67%) Veritas File System
2 7 (11.67%) Veritas Volume Manager
3 5 (8.33%) Docker
3 5 (8.33%) Hyper-V
3 5 (8.33%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (3.33%) Veritas Cluster Server
4 2 (3.33%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (1.67%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 7 (11.67%) Opscode Chef
1 7 (11.67%) Puppet
1 7 (11.67%) Veritas Storage Foundation
2 6 (10.00%) Microsoft Clustering
3 4 (6.67%) Ansible
4 3 (5.00%) QRadar
4 3 (5.00%) SCOM
5 2 (3.33%) ArcSight ESM
5 2 (3.33%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 2 (3.33%) Tivoli
6 1 (1.67%) CloudForms
6 1 (1.67%) Failover Clustering
6 1 (1.67%) NetBackup
6 1 (1.67%) SCCM
6 1 (1.67%) vMotion
Vendors
1 13 (21.67%) Oracle
1 13 (21.67%) VMware
2 11 (18.33%) Microsoft
3 9 (15.00%) IBM
4 7 (11.67%) EMC
4 7 (11.67%) NetApp
4 7 (11.67%) Red Hat
4 7 (11.67%) Sun
4 7 (11.67%) Veritas
5 4 (6.67%) Cisco
5 4 (6.67%) Splunk
6 3 (5.00%) AlienVault
6 3 (5.00%) ArcSight
6 3 (5.00%) Qualys
6 3 (5.00%) SaltStack
7 2 (3.33%) Barracuda Networks
7 2 (3.33%) F5
8 1 (1.67%) 3PAR
8 1 (1.67%) Atlassian
8 1 (1.67%) Google