Period
to 30 March 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 30 March 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
30 Mar 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 566 711 707
Rank change year-on-year +145 -4 +56
Contract jobs citing VMS 112 126 159
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.20% 0.14% 0.17%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.97% 0.69% 0.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 76 110 110
Median daily rate £500 £475 £488
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% -2.56% +16.77%
10th Percentile £360 £353 £313
90th Percentile £688 £550 £575
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 4
Median hourly rate £28.00 £35.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +7.69% +62.50%
10th Percentile £22.40 £32.50 £27.31
90th Percentile £33.60 £37.50 £40.75
UK median hourly rate £28.00 £35.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year -20.00% +7.69% +62.50%

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 11,529 18,182 19,652
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 20.39% 20.44% 20.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,160 11,517 12,647
Median daily rate £425 £433 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.85% -1.03% +3.55%
10th Percentile £143 £160 £178
90th Percentile £613 £625 £625
UK median daily rate £413 £425 £425
% change year-on-year -2.94% - +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 939 1,086 1,167
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +0.72% +5.30%
10th Percentile £11.63 £11.25 £11.17
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £47.83
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year - +2.94% +3.03%

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 30 March 2020.

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 30 March 2020.

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 30 March 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 +88 40 £528 +11.16% 5
London +106 23 £475 -2.56% 7
North of England +76 15 £523 +86.61% 3
Midlands +68 15 £450 -5.26%
Yorkshire - 15 £523 -
East of England +51 10 £358 -37.83%
East Midlands +36 8 £563 +18.42%
South West +23 8 £425 -10.53% 2
West Midlands +59 7 £325 -38.10%
VMS
UK

For the 6 months to 30 March 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 44 (39.29%) Windows
2 39 (34.82%) VMware
2 39 (34.82%) Azure
3 35 (31.25%) Microsoft
4 30 (26.79%) VMware Infrastructure
5 28 (25.00%) Windows Server
6 27 (24.11%) DevOps
6 27 (24.11%) Active Directory
6 27 (24.11%) Security Cleared
7 25 (22.32%) SQL
8 24 (21.43%) PowerShell
9 22 (19.64%) DNS
10 21 (18.75%) Migration
11 20 (17.86%) Agile Software Development
11 20 (17.86%) Linux
12 19 (16.96%) Windows Server 2012
13 18 (16.07%) IaaS
13 18 (16.07%) Virtual Machines
13 18 (16.07%) Python
13 18 (16.07%) DHCP
14 17 (15.18%) Business Intelligence
14 17 (15.18%) TCP/IP
14 17 (15.18%) Citrix
14 17 (15.18%) SQL Server
14 17 (15.18%) Ansible
15 16 (14.29%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 15 (13.39%) Network Virtualisation
16 15 (13.39%) DV Cleared
17 14 (12.50%) Big Data
18 13 (11.61%) Analytics

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 10 (8.93%) MS Exchange
1 10 (8.93%) SharePoint
2 9 (8.04%) Skype for Business
3 7 (6.25%) IIS
4 4 (3.57%) Exchange Server 2013
5 3 (2.68%) CMS
5 3 (2.68%) Confluence
5 3 (2.68%) Headless CMS
5 3 (2.68%) Sitecore CMS
5 3 (2.68%) Tomcat
5 3 (2.68%) WebSphere
6 2 (1.79%) ArcGIS
6 2 (1.79%) Umbraco
7 1 (0.89%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 3 (2.68%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.89%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.89%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.89%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (2.68%) Payment Gateway
2 2 (1.79%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (1.79%) SAP SD
2 2 (1.79%) SAP VC
3 1 (0.89%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.89%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 39 (34.82%) Azure
2 18 (16.07%) IaaS
3 13 (11.61%) Power Platform
4 10 (8.93%) AWS
5 6 (5.36%) Office 365
5 6 (5.36%) PaaS
5 6 (5.36%) SaaS
6 5 (4.46%) Azure Active Directory
7 3 (2.68%) prismic.io
8 2 (1.79%) Amazon EC2
8 2 (1.79%) AWS Lambda
8 2 (1.79%) Azure Data Factory
8 2 (1.79%) Azure Functions
8 2 (1.79%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (1.79%) OneDrive
8 2 (1.79%) Serverless
9 1 (0.89%) Amazon ELB
9 1 (0.89%) Amazon S3
9 1 (0.89%) Dynamics 365
9 1 (0.89%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 22 (19.64%) DNS
2 18 (16.07%) DHCP
3 17 (15.18%) TCP/IP
4 9 (8.04%) Firewall
5 7 (6.25%) LAN
5 7 (6.25%) VLAN
6 6 (5.36%) SAN
6 6 (5.36%) Skype
6 6 (5.36%) VPN
6 6 (5.36%) Wireless
7 4 (3.57%) iSCSI
7 4 (3.57%) WAN
8 3 (2.68%) FTP
8 3 (2.68%) MPLS
8 3 (2.68%) NetScaler
8 3 (2.68%) SSH
9 2 (1.79%) Internet
9 2 (1.79%) Network Security
9 2 (1.79%) Remote Desktop
9 2 (1.79%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (15.18%) SQL Server
2 14 (12.50%) Big Data
3 13 (11.61%) Power BI
4 11 (9.82%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 10 (8.93%) Data Lake
5 10 (8.93%) Data Warehouse
6 7 (6.25%) Azure SQL Database
7 5 (4.46%) Cosmos DB
8 4 (3.57%) SQL Server 2016
9 2 (1.79%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
9 2 (1.79%) PostgreSQL
9 2 (1.79%) Relational Database
10 1 (0.89%) Amazon RDS
10 1 (0.89%) DB2
10 1 (0.89%) MongoDB
10 1 (0.89%) OLTP
10 1 (0.89%) Redis
10 1 (0.89%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 4 (3.57%) Git (software)
1 4 (3.57%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (2.68%) Jenkins
2 3 (2.68%) Subversion
3 2 (1.79%) JIRA
3 2 (1.79%) PowerBuilder
4 1 (0.89%) Bitbucket
4 1 (0.89%) ProC
4 1 (0.89%) SonarQube
4 1 (0.89%) Vagrant
4 1 (0.89%) Visual Studio
General
1 12 (10.71%) Finance
2 8 (7.14%) Public Sector
3 7 (6.25%) Telecoms
4 5 (4.46%) Manufacturing
5 4 (3.57%) Retail
6 3 (2.68%) Marketing
6 3 (2.68%) Military
6 3 (2.68%) Publishing
7 2 (1.79%) Electronics
7 2 (1.79%) French Language
8 1 (0.89%) Advertising
8 1 (0.89%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.89%) Banking
8 1 (0.89%) Games
8 1 (0.89%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 29 (25.89%) Architect
2 15 (13.39%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 13 (11.61%) Developer
4 10 (8.93%) Cloud Architect
5 7 (6.25%) Linux Engineer
6 6 (5.36%) Consultant
6 6 (5.36%) Data Analytics Architect
6 6 (5.36%) Data Architect
6 6 (5.36%) VMware Engineer
7 5 (4.46%) Administrator
7 5 (4.46%) Azure Developer
7 5 (4.46%) Azure Engineer
7 5 (4.46%) DevOps Engineer
7 5 (4.46%) Systems Engineer
7 5 (4.46%) Wintel Engineer
8 4 (3.57%) Azure Architect
8 4 (3.57%) Cloud Engineer
8 4 (3.57%) Infrastructure Support
8 4 (3.57%) IT Support
8 4 (3.57%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (11.61%) .NET
2 9 (8.04%) 802.1X
3 5 (4.46%) ASP.NET
3 5 (4.46%) ASP.NET Web API
4 4 (3.57%) FIX Protocol
5 3 (2.68%) ADO
5 3 (2.68%) ASP.NET MVC
5 3 (2.68%) CSS
5 3 (2.68%) CSS3
5 3 (2.68%) GatsbyJS
5 3 (2.68%) HTML
5 3 (2.68%) HTML5
5 3 (2.68%) React
5 3 (2.68%) React Native
6 2 (1.79%) .NET Core
6 2 (1.79%) AngularJS
6 2 (1.79%) ASP.NET Web Forms
6 2 (1.79%) REST
6 2 (1.79%) Vue.js
6 2 (1.79%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 9 (8.04%) PKI
2 7 (6.25%) Data Centre
3 6 (5.36%) Clustering
4 5 (4.46%) CCTV
5 4 (3.57%) Greenfield Project
5 4 (3.57%) SWIFT
6 3 (2.68%) Replication
6 3 (2.68%) User Experience
6 3 (2.68%) Virtual Team
7 2 (1.79%) Hybrid Cloud
7 2 (1.79%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.79%) Public Cloud
7 2 (1.79%) Self-Motivation
8 1 (0.89%) Analytical Skills
8 1 (0.89%) Cyber Kill Chain
8 1 (0.89%) Cyberattack
8 1 (0.89%) Handset
8 1 (0.89%) Linux Command Line
8 1 (0.89%) Private Cloud
8 1 (0.89%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 44 (39.29%) Windows
2 28 (25.00%) Windows Server
3 20 (17.86%) Linux
4 19 (16.96%) Windows Server 2012
5 12 (10.71%) Windows 7
6 11 (9.82%) Windows 8
7 10 (8.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 10 (8.93%) Windows Server 2008
8 8 (7.14%) Windows Server 2016
9 6 (5.36%) Windows Server 2019
10 5 (4.46%) Solaris
11 4 (3.57%) OpenVMS
11 4 (3.57%) Windows 10
12 3 (2.68%) CentOS
12 3 (2.68%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
12 3 (2.68%) Ubuntu
12 3 (2.68%) Windows Vista
13 1 (0.89%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.89%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.89%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (24.11%) DevOps
2 21 (18.75%) Migration
3 20 (17.86%) Agile Software Development
4 17 (15.18%) Business Intelligence
5 16 (14.29%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 15 (13.39%) Network Virtualisation
7 13 (11.61%) Analytics
7 13 (11.61%) Infrastructure Management
7 13 (11.61%) ITIL
8 11 (9.82%) Data Security
8 11 (9.82%) Machine Learning
8 11 (9.82%) Service Management
9 10 (8.93%) Data Architecture
9 10 (8.93%) Data Modelling
9 10 (8.93%) ITSM
10 9 (8.04%) Break/Fix
10 9 (8.04%) Proactive Maintenance
11 8 (7.14%) Stakeholder Management
12 7 (6.25%) Cybersecurity
12 7 (6.25%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 25 (22.32%) SQL
2 24 (21.43%) PowerShell
3 18 (16.07%) Python
4 10 (8.93%) JavaScript
5 6 (5.36%) C#
6 5 (4.46%) Java
7 4 (3.57%) Bash Shell
7 4 (3.57%) C
7 4 (3.57%) Fortran
7 4 (3.57%) VB
8 3 (2.68%) Perl
9 2 (1.79%) TypeScript
9 2 (1.79%) VBA
10 1 (0.89%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.89%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 27 (24.11%) Security Cleared
2 15 (13.39%) DV Cleared
3 8 (7.14%) Microsoft Certification
4 6 (5.36%) Degree
4 6 (5.36%) SC Cleared
5 4 (3.57%) HNC
5 4 (3.57%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 4 (3.57%) MCSE
6 3 (2.68%) CISSP
7 2 (1.79%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (0.89%) APMP
8 1 (0.89%) AWS Certification
8 1 (0.89%) HND
8 1 (0.89%) MCITP
8 1 (0.89%) MCTS
8 1 (0.89%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 1 (0.89%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.79%) GDPR
1 2 (1.79%) SLA
2 1 (0.89%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.89%) QA
System Software
1 30 (26.79%) VMware Infrastructure
2 27 (24.11%) Active Directory
3 18 (16.07%) Virtual Machines
4 12 (10.71%) Virtual Servers
5 11 (9.82%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 10 (8.93%) XenApp
6 10 (8.93%) XenDesktop
7 7 (6.25%) Docker
7 7 (6.25%) Firmware
7 7 (6.25%) Hyper-V
8 3 (2.68%) NFS
8 3 (2.68%) Virtual Desktop
8 3 (2.68%) VMware ESXi
8 3 (2.68%) VMware Server
9 2 (1.79%) vCloud
9 2 (1.79%) vSphere
10 1 (0.89%) Terminal Services
10 1 (0.89%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 17 (15.18%) Ansible
2 9 (8.04%) Kubernetes
3 8 (7.14%) SCOM
4 5 (4.46%) Cisco CUCM
4 5 (4.46%) Failover Clustering
5 4 (3.57%) EMC NetWorker
5 4 (3.57%) WSUS
6 3 (2.68%) HP ALM
6 3 (2.68%) Microsoft Clustering
6 3 (2.68%) SCVMM
6 3 (2.68%) TeMIP
6 3 (2.68%) vCenter Server
7 2 (1.79%) Cisco UCCX
7 2 (1.79%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 2 (1.79%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
7 2 (1.79%) yum
8 1 (0.89%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.89%) Puppet
8 1 (0.89%) SCCM
8 1 (0.89%) vMotion
Vendors
1 39 (34.82%) VMware
2 35 (31.25%) Microsoft
3 17 (15.18%) Citrix
4 13 (11.61%) Dell
5 9 (8.04%) EMC
6 7 (6.25%) Oracle
7 5 (4.46%) Cisco
8 4 (3.57%) CA
8 4 (3.57%) Clearswift
8 4 (3.57%) HP
8 4 (3.57%) Juniper
8 4 (3.57%) McAfee
8 4 (3.57%) Red Hat
8 4 (3.57%) SAP
9 3 (2.68%) EqualLogic
9 3 (2.68%) Sitecore
9 3 (2.68%) SolarWinds
9 3 (2.68%) Verint
10 2 (1.79%) Canon
10 2 (1.79%) ESRI