Period
to 17 September 2021

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 6 months to 17 September 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.

VMS
UK > England
6 months to
17 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 592 451 685
Rank change year-on-year -141 +234 +27
Contract jobs citing VMS 119 38 124
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.19% 0.14% 0.15%
As % of the Operating Systems category 1.20% 0.76% 0.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 62 25 92
10th Percentile £202 " £351
25th Percentile £367 £363 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £510 £550 £475
Median % change year-on-year -7.27% +15.79% -13.64%
75th Percentile £652 £625 £575
90th Percentile £700 £675 £649
UK median daily rate £525 £550 £475
% change year-on-year -4.55% +15.79% -13.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 0 2
10th Percentile £60.75 " £48.75
25th Percentile " " £49.13
Median hourly rate £63.00 - £52.00
75th Percentile £76.88 " £54.88
90th Percentile £77.50 " £55.25
UK median hourly rate £63.00 - £52.00

VMS is in the Operating Systems 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 operating system skills.

All Operating Systems
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 9,900 4,970 16,625
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 15.59% 18.87% 20.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,675 3,245 10,733
10th Percentile £170 £180 £150
25th Percentile £335 £318 £300
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £450 £425
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -2.86%
75th Percentile £575 £538 £538
90th Percentile £668 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £475 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +8.57% +2.94% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 574 261 1,006
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.43 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.88 £14.35 £13.50
Median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £17.41
Median % change year-on-year -7.89% +9.16% -0.54%
75th Percentile £39.90 £36.34 £33.44
90th Percentile £62.85 £48.17 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -7.89% +8.57% +2.94%

VMS
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing VMS as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for VMS in England

VMS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing VMS in England.

Daily rate trend for VMS in England

VMS
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing VMS in England over the 6 months to 17 September 2021.

Daily rate histogram for VMS in England

VMS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing VMS in England.

Hourly rate trend for VMS in England

VMS
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing VMS in England over the 6 months to 17 September 2021.

Hourly rate histogram 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 6 months to 17 September 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 -162 45 £550 +10.00% 9
North of England - 20 £210 - 2
South West -29 19 - - 4
South East -82 16 £475 -25.78% 3
Yorkshire - 11 £200 -
North West - 9 £450 - 2
East Midlands - 6 £506 -
Midlands - 6 £506 -
East of England -40 4 £510 +42.66% 4
VMS
UK

For the 6 months to 17 September 2021, IT contractor jobs citing VMS 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 VMS.

1 67 (56.30%) Linux
2 35 (29.41%) Windows
3 32 (26.89%) DevOps
4 30 (25.21%) VMware
4 30 (25.21%) Azure
5 26 (21.85%) SQL
6 24 (20.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 23 (19.33%) Migration
8 22 (18.49%) Microsoft
8 22 (18.49%) Kubernetes
9 21 (17.65%) SAP
10 19 (15.97%) SAP HANA
10 19 (15.97%) SAP S/4HANA
11 18 (15.13%) Docker
11 18 (15.13%) Java
11 18 (15.13%) SAP Basis
11 18 (15.13%) Agile Software Development
12 17 (14.29%) VMware Infrastructure
12 17 (14.29%) Python
12 17 (14.29%) GCP
12 17 (14.29%) Terraform
12 17 (14.29%) Social Skills
13 16 (13.45%) Google
14 15 (12.61%) WSUS
15 14 (11.76%) Red Hat
15 14 (11.76%) Finance
15 14 (11.76%) Ansible
16 13 (10.92%) PowerShell
17 12 (10.08%) Bash Shell
17 12 (10.08%) ISO/IEC 27001

VMS
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 11 (9.24%) OpenStack
2 5 (4.20%) Apache
3 4 (3.36%) SharePoint
4 3 (2.52%) Apache Spark
5 2 (1.68%) Elasticsearch
5 2 (1.68%) IIS
6 1 (0.84%) Confluence
6 1 (0.84%) nginx
Applications
1 2 (1.68%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.84%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.84%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.84%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 19 (15.97%) SAP S/4HANA
2 1 (0.84%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 30 (25.21%) Azure
2 17 (14.29%) GCP
3 11 (9.24%) IaaS
4 10 (8.40%) Azure Storage
5 9 (7.56%) AWS
6 8 (6.72%) Azure Active Directory
7 7 (5.88%) GitHub
7 7 (5.88%) PaaS
8 6 (5.04%) Power Platform
9 5 (4.20%) Amazon EC2
9 5 (4.20%) SaaS
10 4 (3.36%) Azure Data Factory
10 4 (3.36%) IBM Cloud
10 4 (3.36%) Microsoft 365
10 4 (3.36%) OpenShift
11 3 (2.52%) Amazon S3
11 3 (2.52%) Cloud Run
12 2 (1.68%) Azure App Service
12 2 (1.68%) Cloud Computing
13 1 (0.84%) Azure Sentinel
Communications & Networking
1 10 (8.40%) DNS
2 7 (5.88%) DHCP
2 7 (5.88%) Firewall
3 6 (5.04%) VPN
4 5 (4.20%) Network Security
5 4 (3.36%) SSL
5 4 (3.36%) VLAN
6 3 (2.52%) Cisco Firepower
7 2 (1.68%) SAN
8 1 (0.84%) LAN
8 1 (0.84%) MPLS
8 1 (0.84%) NAS
8 1 (0.84%) Remote Desktop
8 1 (0.84%) TCP/IP
8 1 (0.84%) WAN
8 1 (0.84%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (15.97%) SAP HANA
2 12 (10.08%) Azure SQL Database
3 9 (7.56%) MongoDB
4 6 (5.04%) Power BI
5 5 (4.20%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
5 5 (4.20%) Big Data
5 5 (4.20%) Data Lake
5 5 (4.20%) Data Warehouse
5 5 (4.20%) Hadoop
5 5 (4.20%) NoSQL
5 5 (4.20%) Redis
6 4 (3.36%) MySQL
7 3 (2.52%) Oracle Database
8 2 (1.68%) Apache Cassandra
8 2 (1.68%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (1.68%) Semantic Layer
8 2 (1.68%) SQL Server
8 2 (1.68%) Star Schema
8 2 (1.68%) Tableau
9 1 (0.84%) Spotfire
Development Applications
1 12 (10.08%) Jenkins
2 9 (7.56%) Git (software)
3 6 (5.04%) JIRA
3 6 (5.04%) Visual Studio
4 5 (4.20%) Mockito
4 5 (4.20%) WebDriver
5 4 (3.36%) JUnit
5 4 (3.36%) Maven
5 4 (3.36%) TeamCity
6 3 (2.52%) Artifactory
6 3 (2.52%) IBM UrbanCode
6 3 (2.52%) Visual Studio Team System
7 2 (1.68%) Bitbucket
8 1 (0.84%) ERwin
8 1 (0.84%) NUnit
8 1 (0.84%) Octopus Deploy
8 1 (0.84%) PowerDesigner
General
1 17 (14.29%) Social Skills
2 14 (11.76%) Finance
3 5 (4.20%) Banking
4 4 (3.36%) Aerospace
5 3 (2.52%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (2.52%) Automotive
5 3 (2.52%) Presentation Skills
5 3 (2.52%) Public Sector
5 3 (2.52%) Retail
6 2 (1.68%) Avionics
6 2 (1.68%) Influencing Skills
7 1 (0.84%) Law
7 1 (0.84%) Legal
7 1 (0.84%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 18 (15.13%) Consultant
2 16 (13.45%) Azure Engineer
3 12 (10.08%) Cloud Engineer
3 12 (10.08%) Developer
4 11 (9.24%) DevOps Engineer
5 10 (8.40%) Technical Consultant
6 8 (6.72%) Cloud Developer
6 8 (6.72%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 8 (6.72%) Java Developer
6 8 (6.72%) Senior Technician
7 7 (5.88%) IT Engineer
7 7 (5.88%) VMware Consultant
8 6 (5.04%) Administrator
8 6 (5.04%) Architect
8 6 (5.04%) Data Engineer
8 6 (5.04%) Support Engineer
9 5 (4.20%) IT Support
9 5 (4.20%) SAP Basis Consultant
9 5 (4.20%) SAP Consultant
9 5 (4.20%) VMware Technical Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (15.13%) SAP Basis
2 10 (8.40%) Kafka
3 8 (6.72%) Spring
4 5 (4.20%) .NET
4 5 (4.20%) Akka
4 5 (4.20%) Memcached
4 5 (4.20%) RESTEasy
4 5 (4.20%) Spring MVC
4 5 (4.20%) Swagger
4 5 (4.20%) WireMock
5 4 (3.36%) JCE
5 4 (3.36%) LAMP
6 3 (2.52%) CSS
6 3 (2.52%) HTML
6 3 (2.52%) YAML
7 2 (1.68%) J2EE
7 2 (1.68%) JSON
7 2 (1.68%) React
7 2 (1.68%) REST
7 2 (1.68%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 11 (9.24%) Private Cloud
2 6 (5.04%) Public Cloud
3 5 (4.20%) Legacy Code
4 3 (2.52%) Algorithms
4 3 (2.52%) Legacy Applications
4 3 (2.52%) Management Information System
4 3 (2.52%) Replication
5 2 (1.68%) Cloud Native
5 2 (1.68%) CMDB
5 2 (1.68%) Linux Command Line
5 2 (1.68%) Mobile App
5 2 (1.68%) PMI
5 2 (1.68%) Renewable Energy
6 1 (0.84%) Clustering
6 1 (0.84%) Data Centre
6 1 (0.84%) IBM Storwize
6 1 (0.84%) iPad
6 1 (0.84%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 67 (56.30%) Linux
2 35 (29.41%) Windows
3 24 (20.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 9 (7.56%) Debian
4 9 (7.56%) Windows Server
5 7 (5.88%) Windows Server 2012
6 5 (4.20%) Unix
6 5 (4.20%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (2.52%) Ubuntu
7 3 (2.52%) Windows 10
7 3 (2.52%) Windows Server 2016
8 2 (1.68%) CentOS
8 2 (1.68%) Solaris
8 2 (1.68%) Windows 7
8 2 (1.68%) Windows Server 2019
9 1 (0.84%) Apple iOS
9 1 (0.84%) CoreOS
9 1 (0.84%) OpenVMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (26.89%) DevOps
2 23 (19.33%) Migration
3 18 (15.13%) Agile Software Development
4 11 (9.24%) Analytics
4 11 (9.24%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 11 (9.24%) Microservices
5 10 (8.40%) E-Commerce
5 10 (8.40%) Stakeholder Management
6 9 (7.56%) Problem-Solving
7 8 (6.72%) Continuous Improvement
8 7 (5.88%) User Acceptance Testing
9 6 (5.04%) Business Intelligence
9 6 (5.04%) High Availability
9 6 (5.04%) Mentoring
9 6 (5.04%) Project Management
10 5 (4.20%) Continuous Delivery
10 5 (4.20%) Data Analytics
10 5 (4.20%) Infrastructure as Code
10 5 (4.20%) Infrastructure Automation
10 5 (4.20%) Runbook
Programming Languages
1 26 (21.85%) SQL
2 18 (15.13%) Java
3 17 (14.29%) Python
4 13 (10.92%) PowerShell
5 12 (10.08%) Bash Shell
6 9 (7.56%) Java 11
7 7 (5.88%) C#
7 7 (5.88%) Perl
8 6 (5.04%) PHP
9 5 (4.20%) Scala
10 4 (3.36%) Go
11 3 (2.52%) C
11 3 (2.52%) VBScript
12 2 (1.68%) Ada
12 2 (1.68%) AWK
12 2 (1.68%) C++
12 2 (1.68%) DCL
12 2 (1.68%) JavaScript
12 2 (1.68%) sed
12 2 (1.68%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 11 (9.24%) Cisco Certification
1 11 (9.24%) Microsoft Certification
2 10 (8.40%) CCNA
3 8 (6.72%) MCSE
4 7 (5.88%) MCP
4 7 (5.88%) MCSA
5 6 (5.04%) Security Cleared
6 5 (4.20%) Degree
7 4 (3.36%) SC Cleared
8 3 (2.52%) CISM
8 3 (2.52%) MCAD
8 3 (2.52%) Numerate Degree
8 3 (2.52%) OCMJD
8 3 (2.52%) PhD
8 3 (2.52%) Postgraduate
9 2 (1.68%) DBS Check
9 2 (1.68%) PMI Certification
9 2 (1.68%) PMP
10 1 (0.84%) MCITP
10 1 (0.84%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (10.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 7 (5.88%) ISO 9001
2 7 (5.88%) PCI DSS
3 5 (4.20%) QA
4 3 (2.52%) Cyber Essentials
4 3 (2.52%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 1 (0.84%) SLA
System Software
1 18 (15.13%) Docker
2 17 (14.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (9.24%) Active Directory
4 10 (8.40%) Virtual Machines
4 10 (8.40%) VMware ESXi
5 8 (6.72%) NFS
6 6 (5.04%) vSphere
7 3 (2.52%) Slurm Workload Manager
7 3 (2.52%) XenApp
8 2 (1.68%) Veritas Cluster Server
8 2 (1.68%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.84%) Firmware
9 1 (0.84%) Hyper-V
9 1 (0.84%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 22 (18.49%) Kubernetes
2 17 (14.29%) Terraform
3 15 (12.61%) WSUS
4 14 (11.76%) Ansible
5 8 (6.72%) Grafana
6 6 (5.04%) vCenter Server
7 3 (2.52%) Istio
7 3 (2.52%) Knative
7 3 (2.52%) MobiControl
7 3 (2.52%) Prometheus
8 2 (1.68%) Packer
8 2 (1.68%) Puppet
9 1 (0.84%) Active Directory Federation Services
9 1 (0.84%) Kibana
9 1 (0.84%) Opscode Chef
9 1 (0.84%) SCCM
9 1 (0.84%) vRealize
9 1 (0.84%) vRealize Orchestrator
Vendors
1 30 (25.21%) VMware
2 22 (18.49%) Microsoft
3 21 (17.65%) SAP
4 16 (13.45%) Google
5 14 (11.76%) Red Hat
6 11 (9.24%) IBM
7 8 (6.72%) Cisco
8 6 (5.04%) Databricks
8 6 (5.04%) HP
9 5 (4.20%) NetApp
9 5 (4.20%) Oracle
10 4 (3.36%) Citrix
10 4 (3.36%) Thales
11 3 (2.52%) CheckPoint
11 3 (2.52%) SOTI
11 3 (2.52%) Veritas
12 2 (1.68%) Dell
12 2 (1.68%) F5
12 2 (1.68%) Micro Focus
12 2 (1.68%) Serena