Period
to 22 June 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 22 June 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
22 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 564 492 708
Rank change year-on-year -72 +216 +22
Contract jobs citing VMS 72 78 116
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.14% 0.21% 0.14%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.91% 1.04% 0.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 50 91
10th Percentile £350 £325 £358
25th Percentile £450 £406 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% -
75th Percentile £600 £671 £520
90th Percentile £700 £700 £588
UK median daily rate £525 £500 £475
% change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
Median hourly rate - £21.00 £35.00
Median % change year-on-year - -40.00% -26.32%
UK median hourly rate £70.00 £21.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +233.33% -40.00% -26.32%

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 7,878 7,524 16,454
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 15.72% 19.93% 19.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,159 5,009 10,695
10th Percentile £185 £151 £160
25th Percentile £340 £304 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £430 £450
Median % change year-on-year +4.65% -4.44% +2.86%
75th Percentile £556 £538 £550
90th Percentile £650 £631 £625
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £438
% change year-on-year +5.88% -2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 378 479 965
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.63 £11.24
25th Percentile £14.00 £13.55 £13.05
Median hourly rate £17.76 £17.50 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year +1.49% - -
75th Percentile £42.50 £22.75 £32.50
90th Percentile £60.00 £47.57 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.25
% change year-on-year - +1.45% +1.47%

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 22 June 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
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 22 June 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 -55 33 £525 +5.00% 9
South East -22 12 £450 -26.53% 16
North of England +19 9 £513 +13.89% 3
North West - 8 £450 - 2
Midlands -25 6 £350 -22.22% 2
East Midlands +2 5 £506 -25.00%
South West +15 3 £288 -34.29% 3
East of England -1 2 £510 +50.00% 1
West Midlands -21 1 £350 +7.69% 2
North East - 1 £650 -
VMS
UK

For the 6 months to 22 June 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 33 (45.83%) DevOps
2 28 (38.89%) Linux
3 26 (36.11%) Azure
4 19 (26.39%) Ansible
5 18 (25.00%) Kubernetes
6 17 (23.61%) Docker
6 17 (23.61%) Java
6 17 (23.61%) SQL
6 17 (23.61%) Migration
6 17 (23.61%) VMware
6 17 (23.61%) Terraform
7 16 (22.22%) Windows
8 15 (20.83%) Social Skills
9 14 (19.44%) VMware Infrastructure
10 13 (18.06%) GCP
10 13 (18.06%) Python
11 12 (16.67%) Git (software)
12 11 (15.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 11 (15.28%) Private Cloud
12 11 (15.28%) Jenkins
12 11 (15.28%) E-Commerce
12 11 (15.28%) Agile Software Development
13 10 (13.89%) Google
13 10 (13.89%) IaaS
13 10 (13.89%) Azure SQL Database
13 10 (13.89%) Virtual Machines
14 9 (12.50%) Azure Storage
14 9 (12.50%) Red Hat
14 9 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
14 9 (12.50%) Finance

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 6 (8.33%) OpenStack
2 3 (4.17%) Apache
3 2 (2.78%) Confluence
4 1 (1.39%) Apache Spark
Applications
1 1 (1.39%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (2.78%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 26 (36.11%) Azure
2 13 (18.06%) GCP
3 10 (13.89%) IaaS
4 9 (12.50%) Azure Storage
5 8 (11.11%) Azure Active Directory
6 7 (9.72%) GitHub
7 6 (8.33%) PaaS
8 5 (6.94%) AWS
8 5 (6.94%) SaaS
9 4 (5.56%) Azure Data Factory
9 4 (5.56%) IBM Cloud
9 4 (5.56%) Power Platform
10 3 (4.17%) Amazon EC2
10 3 (4.17%) Amazon S3
11 2 (2.78%) Azure App Service
11 2 (2.78%) Azure Cosmos DB
11 2 (2.78%) Azure Key Vault
11 2 (2.78%) Azure Sentinel
11 2 (2.78%) Azure Service Bus
11 2 (2.78%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 4 (5.56%) DNS
1 4 (5.56%) SSL
2 3 (4.17%) Cisco Firepower
2 3 (4.17%) Network Security
2 3 (4.17%) VSAN
3 2 (2.78%) Firewall
4 1 (1.39%) DHCP
4 1 (1.39%) NAS
4 1 (1.39%) Remote Desktop
4 1 (1.39%) SAN
4 1 (1.39%) SMTP
4 1 (1.39%) SNMP
4 1 (1.39%) TCP/IP
4 1 (1.39%) VLAN
4 1 (1.39%) VPN
4 1 (1.39%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (13.89%) Azure SQL Database
2 6 (8.33%) MongoDB
3 5 (6.94%) Hadoop
3 5 (6.94%) Redis
4 4 (5.56%) Data Lake
4 4 (5.56%) Power BI
4 4 (5.56%) SQL Server
5 3 (4.17%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
5 3 (4.17%) Data Warehouse
5 3 (4.17%) MySQL
6 2 (2.78%) HDInsight
6 2 (2.78%) NoSQL
6 2 (2.78%) Oracle Database
6 2 (2.78%) Oracle Database 12c
6 2 (2.78%) Semantic Layer
6 2 (2.78%) Star Schema
7 1 (1.39%) Big Data
7 1 (1.39%) Couchbase
7 1 (1.39%) RDBMS
7 1 (1.39%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 12 (16.67%) Git (software)
2 11 (15.28%) Jenkins
3 6 (8.33%) JIRA
4 5 (6.94%) Maven
4 5 (6.94%) Mockito
4 5 (6.94%) WebDriver
5 4 (5.56%) JUnit
6 3 (4.17%) Artifactory
6 3 (4.17%) Visual Studio
7 2 (2.78%) Bitbucket
7 2 (2.78%) TeamCity
7 2 (2.78%) Visual Studio Team System
8 1 (1.39%) IBM UrbanCode
8 1 (1.39%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 15 (20.83%) Social Skills
2 9 (12.50%) Finance
3 7 (9.72%) Banking
4 3 (4.17%) Aerospace
5 2 (2.78%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (2.78%) Influencing Skills
5 2 (2.78%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 13 (18.06%) Azure Engineer
1 13 (18.06%) DevOps Engineer
2 10 (13.89%) Developer
3 9 (12.50%) Architect
4 6 (8.33%) Cloud Engineer
5 5 (6.94%) Administrator
5 5 (6.94%) Cloud Developer
5 5 (6.94%) Java Developer
6 4 (5.56%) Cloud Architect
6 4 (5.56%) Linux Administrator
6 4 (5.56%) Linux Engineer
6 4 (5.56%) Security Engineer
7 3 (4.17%) Azure DevOps
7 3 (4.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 3 (4.17%) Project Manager
7 3 (4.17%) React Developer
7 3 (4.17%) Test Engineer
8 2 (2.78%) Azure Infrastructure Engineer
8 2 (2.78%) Lead DevOps
8 2 (2.78%) Transformation Director
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (8.33%) Kafka
2 5 (6.94%) .NET
2 5 (6.94%) Akka
2 5 (6.94%) Memcached
2 5 (6.94%) RESTEasy
2 5 (6.94%) Spring
2 5 (6.94%) Spring MVC
2 5 (6.94%) Swagger
2 5 (6.94%) WireMock
3 4 (5.56%) JCE
4 3 (4.17%) JSON
4 3 (4.17%) LAMP
4 3 (4.17%) Node.js
4 3 (4.17%) React
4 3 (4.17%) YAML
5 2 (2.78%) AngularJS
5 2 (2.78%) CSS3
5 2 (2.78%) HTML5
5 2 (2.78%) J2EE
5 2 (2.78%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 11 (15.28%) Private Cloud
2 6 (8.33%) Public Cloud
3 4 (5.56%) Data Centre
4 3 (4.17%) Enterprise Cloud
4 3 (4.17%) Hybrid Cloud
4 3 (4.17%) iPad
5 2 (2.78%) Cloud Native
5 2 (2.78%) Mobile App
5 2 (2.78%) PMI
6 1 (1.39%) Algorithms
6 1 (1.39%) Clustering
6 1 (1.39%) IBM Storwize
6 1 (1.39%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 28 (38.89%) Linux
2 16 (22.22%) Windows
3 11 (15.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 7 (9.72%) Debian
4 7 (9.72%) Unix
5 5 (6.94%) Windows Server
5 5 (6.94%) Windows Server 2008
6 4 (5.56%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (5.56%) Windows Server 2016
6 4 (5.56%) Windows Server 2019
7 2 (2.78%) CentOS
7 2 (2.78%) OpenVMS
7 2 (2.78%) Ubuntu
7 2 (2.78%) Windows 10
8 1 (1.39%) AIX
8 1 (1.39%) CoreOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (45.83%) DevOps
2 17 (23.61%) Migration
3 11 (15.28%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (15.28%) E-Commerce
4 9 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
5 6 (8.33%) Analytics
5 6 (8.33%) Continuous Delivery
6 5 (6.94%) Configuration Management
6 5 (6.94%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 5 (6.94%) Microservices
6 5 (6.94%) MVC
6 5 (6.94%) Validation
7 4 (5.56%) BDD
7 4 (5.56%) Business Case
7 4 (5.56%) Business Intelligence
7 4 (5.56%) Infrastructure Automation
7 4 (5.56%) TDD
7 4 (5.56%) Test Automation
8 3 (4.17%) Capacity Planning
8 3 (4.17%) Data Analytics
Programming Languages
1 17 (23.61%) Java
1 17 (23.61%) SQL
2 13 (18.06%) Python
3 7 (9.72%) PowerShell
4 5 (6.94%) Perl
4 5 (6.94%) Scala
5 4 (5.56%) Bash Shell
5 4 (5.56%) C#
6 3 (4.17%) PHP
6 3 (4.17%) TypeScript
7 2 (2.78%) C
7 2 (2.78%) ES6
7 2 (2.78%) JavaScript
7 2 (2.78%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 8 (11.11%) Security Cleared
2 5 (6.94%) Degree
3 3 (4.17%) SC Cleared
4 2 (2.78%) DBS Check
4 2 (2.78%) PMI Certification
4 2 (2.78%) PMP
4 2 (2.78%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (6.94%) QA
System Software
1 17 (23.61%) Docker
2 14 (19.44%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (13.89%) Virtual Machines
4 8 (11.11%) Active Directory
4 8 (11.11%) vSphere
5 5 (6.94%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (4.17%) vCloud
6 3 (4.17%) VMware NSX
7 2 (2.78%) Hyper-V
7 2 (2.78%) NFS
7 2 (2.78%) Veritas Cluster Server
7 2 (2.78%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (1.39%) Firmware
8 1 (1.39%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 19 (26.39%) Ansible
2 18 (25.00%) Kubernetes
3 17 (23.61%) Terraform
4 6 (8.33%) Grafana
4 6 (8.33%) Puppet
5 5 (6.94%) vCenter Server
5 5 (6.94%) vRealize Orchestrator
6 4 (5.56%) Opscode Chef
6 4 (5.56%) Packer
6 4 (5.56%) SCCM
7 3 (4.17%) vRealize
8 2 (2.78%) SCOM
9 1 (1.39%) WSUS
Vendors
1 17 (23.61%) VMware
2 10 (13.89%) Google
3 9 (12.50%) Red Hat
4 8 (11.11%) Microsoft
5 6 (8.33%) IBM
5 6 (8.33%) Oracle
6 4 (5.56%) Databricks
6 4 (5.56%) HP
6 4 (5.56%) Thales
7 3 (4.17%) Cisco
7 3 (4.17%) Foundry
7 3 (4.17%) SolarWinds
7 3 (4.17%) Veritas
8 2 (2.78%) F5
8 2 (2.78%) Palo Alto
8 2 (2.78%) SaltStack
8 2 (2.78%) ServiceNow
8 2 (2.78%) Splunk
9 1 (1.39%) Dell KACE
9 1 (1.39%) Zerto