Period
to 21 January 2020

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 21 January 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.

VMS
UK > England
6 months to
21 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 586 702 681
Rank change year-on-year +116 -21 +94
Contract jobs citing VMS 129 156 166
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.19% 0.17% 0.18%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.94% 0.82% 0.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 84 122 114
England median daily rate £500 £506 £513
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.23% -1.22% +36.48%
10th Percentile £375 £363 £313
90th Percentile £638 £575 £575
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £500
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 8
England median hourly rate £43.50 - £26.35
10th Percentile £35.00 - £25.59
90th Percentile £54.75 - £46.00
UK median hourly rate £43.50 - £26.35

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 13,757 18,940 18,932
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 20.74% 20.91% 20.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,575 11,871 12,220
England median daily rate £413 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.94% - +3.03%
10th Percentile £143 £163 £170
90th Percentile £606 £613 £613
UK median daily rate £413 £425 £425
% change year-on-year -2.94% - +5.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,068 1,214 1,144
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50
10th Percentile £11.26 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.41 £17.43
% change year-on-year +0.52% -0.11% +5.64%

VMS
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

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 6 months to 21 January 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for VMS in England

VMS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for VMS in England

VMS
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing VMS in England over the 6 months to 21 January 2020.

Contractor 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 21 January 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
South East +82 45 £500 +3.90% 9
London +59 45 £475 -13.64% 15
North of England +35 14 £523 -0.48% 9
Yorkshire +37 13 £525 -4.55% 1
South West +13 9 £488 +8.33% 3
Midlands +41 7 £475 - 2
East of England +35 7 £420 -26.96% 1
West Midlands +41 5 £475 -5.00% 2
East Midlands +25 2 £425 -10.53%
North West +11 1 £300 - 8
VMS
UK

For the 6 months to 21 January 2020, 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 63 (48.84%) Azure
2 52 (40.31%) Microsoft
3 50 (38.76%) Windows
4 43 (33.33%) SQL
5 41 (31.78%) VMware
6 39 (30.23%) PowerShell
7 38 (29.46%) DevOps
8 36 (27.91%) VMware Infrastructure
9 35 (27.13%) Active Directory
9 35 (27.13%) Python
10 34 (26.36%) Security Cleared
11 31 (24.03%) IaaS
11 31 (24.03%) Migration
12 29 (22.48%) SQL Server
13 27 (20.93%) Windows Server
14 26 (20.16%) Agile Software Development
15 25 (19.38%) Linux
15 25 (19.38%) DNS
15 25 (19.38%) Network Virtualisation
16 23 (17.83%) Azure SQL Database
17 22 (17.05%) TCP/IP
18 21 (16.28%) Ansible
19 20 (15.50%) Virtual Machines
19 20 (15.50%) Windows Server 2012
19 20 (15.50%) .NET
20 19 (14.73%) AWS
20 19 (14.73%) Kubernetes
21 18 (13.95%) PaaS
21 18 (13.95%) DHCP
22 16 (12.40%) Citrix

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 12 (9.30%) MS Exchange
2 11 (8.53%) SharePoint
3 8 (6.20%) Confluence
3 8 (6.20%) Skype for Business
4 7 (5.43%) Exchange Server 2013
4 7 (5.43%) IIS
5 6 (4.65%) Apache Spark
6 4 (3.10%) Tomcat
7 3 (2.33%) ArcGIS
7 3 (2.33%) Exchange Server 2010
7 3 (2.33%) OpenStack
8 2 (1.55%) CMS
8 2 (1.55%) Umbraco
9 1 (0.78%) Elasticsearch
9 1 (0.78%) Headless CMS
9 1 (0.78%) Oracle Workflow
9 1 (0.78%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 2 (1.55%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.78%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (2.33%) CA PPM
2 1 (0.78%) NetSuite
2 1 (0.78%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (0.78%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.78%) SAP SCM
Cloud Services
1 63 (48.84%) Azure
2 31 (24.03%) IaaS
3 19 (14.73%) AWS
4 18 (13.95%) PaaS
5 13 (10.08%) Azure Active Directory
5 13 (10.08%) Azure Data Factory
5 13 (10.08%) Serverless
6 12 (9.30%) Azure Functions
7 8 (6.20%) Office 365
8 7 (5.43%) GCP
8 7 (5.43%) SaaS
9 6 (4.65%) Power Platform
10 4 (3.10%) AWS CloudFormation
11 3 (2.33%) Amazon EC2
11 3 (2.33%) GitHub
11 3 (2.33%) IBM Cloud
11 3 (2.33%) Mimecast
12 2 (1.55%) Amazon S3
12 2 (1.55%) Cloud Computing
12 2 (1.55%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 25 (19.38%) DNS
2 22 (17.05%) TCP/IP
3 18 (13.95%) DHCP
4 12 (9.30%) Firewall
5 8 (6.20%) VPN
6 7 (5.43%) Network Security
6 7 (5.43%) SAN
7 6 (4.65%) LAN
7 6 (4.65%) VLAN
8 5 (3.88%) Skype
9 4 (3.10%) iSCSI
10 3 (2.33%) FTP
10 3 (2.33%) MPLS
10 3 (2.33%) NetScaler
10 3 (2.33%) SSH
10 3 (2.33%) WAN
11 2 (1.55%) NAS
11 2 (1.55%) VoIP
12 1 (0.78%) Internet
12 1 (0.78%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (22.48%) SQL Server
2 23 (17.83%) Azure SQL Database
3 14 (10.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 13 (10.08%) Big Data
5 12 (9.30%) SQL Server 2016
6 9 (6.98%) Data Lake
7 7 (5.43%) Data Warehouse
7 7 (5.43%) Relational Database
8 6 (4.65%) Power BI
9 4 (3.10%) Cosmos DB
10 3 (2.33%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
10 3 (2.33%) Redis
11 2 (1.55%) Oracle Database
11 2 (1.55%) PostgreSQL
12 1 (0.78%) Amazon RDS
12 1 (0.78%) MariaDB
12 1 (0.78%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 1 (0.78%) OLTP
12 1 (0.78%) Presto
12 1 (0.78%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 16 (12.40%) Git (software)
2 12 (9.30%) JIRA
3 9 (6.98%) Jenkins
4 8 (6.20%) Team Foundation Server
5 7 (5.43%) Visual Studio
6 5 (3.88%) Bitbucket
6 5 (3.88%) SonarQube
6 5 (3.88%) Subversion
7 4 (3.10%) Artifactory
7 4 (3.10%) ClearCase
7 4 (3.10%) Gerrit
8 2 (1.55%) Babel
8 2 (1.55%) GitLab
8 2 (1.55%) gulp
8 2 (1.55%) Jasmine
8 2 (1.55%) JMeter
8 2 (1.55%) Octopus Deploy
8 2 (1.55%) SpecFlow
8 2 (1.55%) TeamCity
8 2 (1.55%) webpack
General
1 16 (12.40%) Finance
2 6 (4.65%) Public Sector
3 5 (3.88%) Telecoms
4 4 (3.10%) Banking
4 4 (3.10%) Billing
4 4 (3.10%) Manufacturing
4 4 (3.10%) Military
4 4 (3.10%) Retail
5 3 (2.33%) Marketing
5 3 (2.33%) Publishing
6 2 (1.55%) Electronics
7 1 (0.78%) Advertising
7 1 (0.78%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 30 (23.26%) Architect
2 24 (18.60%) Developer
3 16 (12.40%) Azure Engineer
4 13 (10.08%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 12 (9.30%) Administrator
5 12 (9.30%) Cloud Architect
6 11 (8.53%) Azure Architect
7 9 (6.98%) Azure Developer
8 6 (4.65%) Automation Architect
8 6 (4.65%) Backend Developer
8 6 (4.65%) Consultant
8 6 (4.65%) DevOps Engineer
8 6 (4.65%) Linux Engineer
8 6 (4.65%) Systems Engineer
9 5 (3.88%) Big Data Engineer
9 5 (3.88%) Cloud Engineer
9 5 (3.88%) Data Engineer
9 5 (3.88%) Senior Data Engineer
9 5 (3.88%) VMware Engineer
10 4 (3.10%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (15.50%) .NET
2 9 (6.98%) 802.1X
3 8 (6.20%) ASP.NET
4 7 (5.43%) LDAP
5 5 (3.88%) ASP.NET Web API
5 5 (3.88%) RESTful
6 4 (3.10%) .NET Core
6 4 (3.10%) AngularJS
6 4 (3.10%) FIX Protocol
6 4 (3.10%) Node.js
6 4 (3.10%) REST
7 3 (2.33%) .NET Framework
7 3 (2.33%) ASP.NET MVC
7 3 (2.33%) OpenID
7 3 (2.33%) SOAP
8 2 (1.55%) ASP.NET Web Forms
8 2 (1.55%) WCF
8 2 (1.55%) Web Services
8 2 (1.55%) WinForms
8 2 (1.55%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 9 (6.98%) Linux Command Line
1 9 (6.98%) PKI
2 8 (6.20%) Data Centre
3 7 (5.43%) Clustering
4 5 (3.88%) Mobile App
4 5 (3.88%) Public Cloud
5 4 (3.10%) CMDB
5 4 (3.10%) SWIFT
6 3 (2.33%) Enterprise Software
6 3 (2.33%) Mobile Banking
6 3 (2.33%) Self-Motivation
7 2 (1.55%) Greenfield Project
7 2 (1.55%) Hybrid Cloud
7 2 (1.55%) NHS
7 2 (1.55%) Replication
8 1 (0.78%) Cyber Kill Chain
8 1 (0.78%) Cyberattack
8 1 (0.78%) Management Information System
8 1 (0.78%) Online Banking
8 1 (0.78%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 50 (38.76%) Windows
2 27 (20.93%) Windows Server
3 25 (19.38%) Linux
4 20 (15.50%) Windows Server 2012
5 10 (7.75%) Windows 7
5 10 (7.75%) Windows 8
5 10 (7.75%) Windows Server 2008
6 9 (6.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 4 (3.10%) CentOS
8 3 (2.33%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
8 3 (2.33%) Ubuntu
8 3 (2.33%) Windows Vista
9 2 (1.55%) Mac OS
9 2 (1.55%) OpenVMS
9 2 (1.55%) Unix
10 1 (0.78%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (29.46%) DevOps
2 31 (24.03%) Migration
3 26 (20.16%) Agile Software Development
4 25 (19.38%) Network Virtualisation
5 15 (11.63%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 14 (10.85%) ITIL
7 12 (9.30%) Infrastructure Management
8 10 (7.75%) Configuration Management
8 10 (7.75%) ETL
8 10 (7.75%) ITSM
8 10 (7.75%) Scrum
8 10 (7.75%) Service Management
8 10 (7.75%) Stakeholder Management
9 9 (6.98%) Break/Fix
9 9 (6.98%) Proactive Maintenance
10 8 (6.20%) Business Intelligence
10 8 (6.20%) ETL Development
10 8 (6.20%) Test Automation
11 7 (5.43%) Analytics
11 7 (5.43%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 43 (33.33%) SQL
2 39 (30.23%) PowerShell
3 35 (27.13%) Python
4 14 (10.85%) JavaScript
5 13 (10.08%) Bash Shell
5 13 (10.08%) Java
6 12 (9.30%) C#
7 9 (6.98%) T-SQL
8 7 (5.43%) Ruby
9 6 (4.65%) Perl
10 4 (3.10%) Go
10 4 (3.10%) VBScript
11 3 (2.33%) PHP
11 3 (2.33%) Shell Script
11 3 (2.33%) VB
12 2 (1.55%) C
12 2 (1.55%) Fortran
12 2 (1.55%) Scala
12 2 (1.55%) TypeScript
12 2 (1.55%) VBA
Qualifications
1 34 (26.36%) Security Cleared
2 16 (12.40%) DV Cleared
3 9 (6.98%) SC Cleared
4 7 (5.43%) Degree
4 7 (5.43%) Microsoft Certification
5 5 (3.88%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 4 (3.10%) MCSE
7 3 (2.33%) BPSS Clearance
7 3 (2.33%) CESG Certified Professional
7 3 (2.33%) Citrix Certification
7 3 (2.33%) Computer Science Degree
7 3 (2.33%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 2 (1.55%) HNC
8 2 (1.55%) HND
9 1 (0.78%) AWS Certification
9 1 (0.78%) MCP
9 1 (0.78%) MCSA
9 1 (0.78%) MCTS
9 1 (0.78%) RHCE
9 1 (0.78%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (4.65%) QA
2 3 (2.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (2.33%) NCSC
3 2 (1.55%) GDPR
4 1 (0.78%) PSD2
4 1 (0.78%) SLA
System Software
1 36 (27.91%) VMware Infrastructure
2 35 (27.13%) Active Directory
3 20 (15.50%) Virtual Machines
4 14 (10.85%) Docker
5 13 (10.08%) Hyper-V
5 13 (10.08%) XenApp
5 13 (10.08%) XenDesktop
6 12 (9.30%) Virtual Servers
7 11 (8.53%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 9 (6.98%) vSphere
9 5 (3.88%) vCloud
10 4 (3.10%) Firmware
10 4 (3.10%) VMware ESXi
11 3 (2.33%) Microsoft App-V
11 3 (2.33%) NFS
11 3 (2.33%) OpenAM
11 3 (2.33%) OpenDJ
11 3 (2.33%) OpenIDM
11 3 (2.33%) Virtual Desktop
11 3 (2.33%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 21 (16.28%) Ansible
2 19 (14.73%) Kubernetes
3 11 (8.53%) SCOM
4 10 (7.75%) Terraform
5 7 (5.43%) Puppet
5 7 (5.43%) Single Sign-On
6 6 (4.65%) Opscode Chef
6 6 (4.65%) vRealize
7 5 (3.88%) Cisco CUCM
8 4 (3.10%) EMC NetWorker
8 4 (3.10%) Nagios
8 4 (3.10%) WSUS
9 3 (2.33%) Failover Clustering
9 3 (2.33%) HP ALM
9 3 (2.33%) Microsoft Clustering
9 3 (2.33%) SCVMM
10 2 (1.55%) Cisco UCCX
10 2 (1.55%) ThinApp
10 2 (1.55%) vCenter Server
10 2 (1.55%) vRealize Orchestrator
Vendors
1 52 (40.31%) Microsoft
2 41 (31.78%) VMware
3 16 (12.40%) Citrix
4 13 (10.08%) Dell
5 12 (9.30%) Oracle
6 9 (6.98%) EMC
7 8 (6.20%) Google
8 6 (4.65%) Cisco
9 5 (3.88%) Alteryx
9 5 (3.88%) StreamSets
10 4 (3.10%) CA
10 4 (3.10%) Clearswift
10 4 (3.10%) HP
10 4 (3.10%) IBM
10 4 (3.10%) Juniper
11 3 (2.33%) Coverity
11 3 (2.33%) ESRI
11 3 (2.33%) Red Hat
11 3 (2.33%) SAP
11 3 (2.33%) SolarWinds