Period
to 2 December 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 2 December 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
2 Dec 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 624 491 656
Rank change year-on-year -133 +165 +43
Contract jobs citing VMS 130 45 127
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.18% 0.14% 0.17%
As % of the Operating Systems category 1.12% 0.77% 0.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 69 22 84
10th Percentile £216 " £400
25th Percentile £356 £363 £446
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £438 £500
Median % change year-on-year +14.29% -12.50% -9.09%
75th Percentile £665 £561 £575
90th Percentile £703 £600 £668
UK median daily rate £500 £450 £500
% change year-on-year +11.11% -10.00% -9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 3 2
10th Percentile £41.25 £51.60 £48.75
25th Percentile £61.31 £52.50 £49.13
Median hourly rate £63.00 £54.00 £52.00
Median % change year-on-year +16.67% +3.85% +235.48%
75th Percentile £75.94 " £54.88
90th Percentile £77.88 " £55.25
UK median hourly rate £63.00 £54.00 £52.00
% change year-on-year +16.67% +3.85% +235.48%

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 11,575 5,818 15,291
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 16.22% 18.61% 20.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,065 3,785 9,772
10th Percentile £163 £165 £145
25th Percentile £324 £313 £256
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £488 £438 £420
Median % change year-on-year +11.43% +4.17% -1.18%
75th Percentile £588 £538 £525
90th Percentile £675 £625 £614
UK median daily rate £488 £435 £415
% change year-on-year +12.07% +4.82% -2.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 658 339 1,048
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.17 £11.25
25th Percentile £14.25 £13.73 £14.00
Median hourly rate £17.98 £18.50 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year -2.81% +5.71% +0.72%
75th Percentile £44.13 £40.00 £26.75
90th Percentile £62.05 £50.40 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.25 £17.50
% change year-on-year -1.37% +4.29% +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 2 December 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 2 December 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 2 December 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 -186 46 £655 +54.12% 24
South West -32 23 £615 +92.94% 2
North of England -59 22 £200 -52.94% 4
South East -76 16 £475 -20.83% 7
Yorkshire -37 12 £200 - 2
North West -46 10 - - 2
Midlands -66 9 £438 -2.78% 1
East Midlands -35 7 £356 -20.83%
East of England -46 3 £325 -33.33% 6
West Midlands - 2 £563 - 1
VMS
UK

For the 6 months to 2 December 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 63 (48.46%) Linux
2 44 (33.85%) Windows
3 38 (29.23%) Azure
4 36 (27.69%) Microsoft
5 33 (25.38%) DevOps
6 31 (23.85%) SQL
7 27 (20.77%) SAP
7 27 (20.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 26 (20.00%) VMware
9 24 (18.46%) Docker
9 24 (18.46%) SAP S/4HANA
10 22 (16.92%) Migration
11 21 (16.15%) Social Skills
11 21 (16.15%) SAP HANA
12 20 (15.38%) SAP Basis
13 19 (14.62%) Agile Software Development
14 18 (13.85%) PowerShell
14 18 (13.85%) Active Directory
15 17 (13.08%) Python
15 17 (13.08%) Kubernetes
16 16 (12.31%) Ansible
17 15 (11.54%) PaaS
17 15 (11.54%) Problem-Solving
17 15 (11.54%) Red Hat
18 14 (10.77%) WSUS
18 14 (10.77%) Windows Server
18 14 (10.77%) Jenkins
19 13 (10.00%) IaaS
19 13 (10.00%) Analytics
19 13 (10.00%) Azure SQL Database

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 8 (6.15%) OpenStack
1 8 (6.15%) SharePoint
2 4 (3.08%) Apache
3 3 (2.31%) Apache Spark
3 3 (2.31%) IIS
4 2 (1.54%) Confluence
4 2 (1.54%) Elasticsearch
4 2 (1.54%) nginx
Applications
1 6 (4.62%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (3.08%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (3.08%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.77%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 24 (18.46%) SAP S/4HANA
2 4 (3.08%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 38 (29.23%) Azure
2 15 (11.54%) PaaS
3 13 (10.00%) Azure Active Directory
3 13 (10.00%) IaaS
4 12 (9.23%) Power Platform
5 11 (8.46%) Azure Storage
6 9 (6.92%) AWS
6 9 (6.92%) GCP
6 9 (6.92%) SaaS
7 8 (6.15%) Microsoft 365
8 7 (5.38%) GitHub
9 4 (3.08%) Azure Data Factory
9 4 (3.08%) Azure Synapse Analytics
9 4 (3.08%) OpenShift
9 4 (3.08%) Serverless
10 3 (2.31%) Azure Key Vault
10 3 (2.31%) Cloud Run
11 2 (1.54%) Amazon EC2
11 2 (1.54%) Azure Functions
11 2 (1.54%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 11 (8.46%) DNS
2 10 (7.69%) Firewall
3 7 (5.38%) DHCP
4 6 (4.62%) Network Security
5 5 (3.85%) SAN
5 5 (3.85%) VLAN
5 5 (3.85%) VPN
6 3 (2.31%) NAS
6 3 (2.31%) WAN
7 2 (1.54%) Cisco Firepower
7 2 (1.54%) LAN
7 2 (1.54%) SSL
8 1 (0.77%) AMQP
8 1 (0.77%) Internet
8 1 (0.77%) MPLS
8 1 (0.77%) PBX
8 1 (0.77%) Software-Defined Networking
8 1 (0.77%) TCP/IP
8 1 (0.77%) Unified Communications
8 1 (0.77%) VXLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (16.15%) SAP HANA
2 13 (10.00%) Azure SQL Database
3 12 (9.23%) Power BI
4 8 (6.15%) Big Data
4 8 (6.15%) NoSQL
5 6 (4.62%) Data Lake
5 6 (4.62%) MongoDB
6 5 (3.85%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
6 5 (3.85%) Data Warehouse
6 5 (3.85%) Oracle Database
7 4 (3.08%) Oracle Reports
7 4 (3.08%) RDBMS
7 4 (3.08%) Redis
7 4 (3.08%) Relational Database
7 4 (3.08%) Spotfire
8 3 (2.31%) SQL Server
9 2 (1.54%) Apache Cassandra
9 2 (1.54%) Hadoop
9 2 (1.54%) Star Schema
9 2 (1.54%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 14 (10.77%) Jenkins
2 6 (4.62%) Git (software)
2 6 (4.62%) Visual Studio
3 5 (3.85%) JIRA
4 4 (3.08%) PowerDesigner
5 3 (2.31%) Artifactory
5 3 (2.31%) IBM UrbanCode
5 3 (2.31%) Maven
5 3 (2.31%) TeamCity
6 2 (1.54%) Mockito
6 2 (1.54%) NUnit
6 2 (1.54%) WebDriver
7 1 (0.77%) Ant
7 1 (0.77%) Appium
7 1 (0.77%) Eclipse
7 1 (0.77%) ERwin
7 1 (0.77%) GitLab
7 1 (0.77%) JUnit
7 1 (0.77%) MSTest
7 1 (0.77%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 21 (16.15%) Social Skills
2 12 (9.23%) Finance
3 6 (4.62%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (4.62%) Presentation Skills
4 5 (3.85%) Organisational Skills
5 4 (3.08%) Public Sector
6 3 (2.31%) Aerospace
6 3 (2.31%) Automotive
6 3 (2.31%) Retail
6 3 (2.31%) Telecoms
7 2 (1.54%) Avionics
7 2 (1.54%) Law
8 1 (0.77%) Banking
8 1 (0.77%) Electronics
8 1 (0.77%) Legal
8 1 (0.77%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 23 (17.69%) Consultant
2 13 (10.00%) Architect
2 13 (10.00%) Azure Engineer
3 12 (9.23%) Developer
4 11 (8.46%) Cloud Engineer
5 10 (7.69%) DevOps Engineer
5 10 (7.69%) Technical Consultant
6 8 (6.15%) IT Engineer
6 8 (6.15%) Senior Technician
6 8 (6.15%) VMware Consultant
7 7 (5.38%) Azure Architect
7 7 (5.38%) SAP Consultant
7 7 (5.38%) Solutions Architect
8 6 (4.62%) Data Engineer
8 6 (4.62%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 6 (4.62%) SAP Basis Consultant
8 6 (4.62%) Support Engineer
9 5 (3.85%) Cloud Developer
9 5 (3.85%) Java Developer
9 5 (3.85%) VMware Technical Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (15.38%) SAP Basis
2 11 (8.46%) Kafka
3 6 (4.62%) REST
4 5 (3.85%) .NET
4 5 (3.85%) RESTful
4 5 (3.85%) Spring
4 5 (3.85%) XML
5 4 (3.08%) CSS
5 4 (3.08%) HTML
5 4 (3.08%) React
6 3 (2.31%) .NET Framework
6 3 (2.31%) LDAP
6 3 (2.31%) OAuth
6 3 (2.31%) YAML
7 2 (1.54%) jQuery
7 2 (1.54%) JSON
7 2 (1.54%) SAML
7 2 (1.54%) Spring MVC
7 2 (1.54%) Swagger
7 2 (1.54%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 7 (5.38%) Replication
2 6 (4.62%) Private Cloud
2 6 (4.62%) Public Cloud
3 5 (3.85%) Self-Motivation
4 4 (3.08%) Algorithms
4 4 (3.08%) Data Centre
5 3 (2.31%) Legacy Applications
5 3 (2.31%) Linux Command Line
5 3 (2.31%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.54%) CMDB
6 2 (1.54%) Legacy Code
6 2 (1.54%) Renewable Energy
7 1 (0.77%) Clustering
7 1 (0.77%) Data Structures
7 1 (0.77%) EMC VNX
7 1 (0.77%) Hybrid Cloud
7 1 (0.77%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 63 (48.46%) Linux
2 44 (33.85%) Windows
3 27 (20.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 14 (10.77%) Windows Server
5 9 (6.92%) Windows Server 2012
6 6 (4.62%) Debian
6 6 (4.62%) Windows Server 2008
7 5 (3.85%) Unix
7 5 (3.85%) Windows Server 2016
8 4 (3.08%) Solaris
8 4 (3.08%) Windows 10
9 3 (2.31%) Apple iOS
10 2 (1.54%) AIX
10 2 (1.54%) SUSE
10 2 (1.54%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
10 2 (1.54%) Ubuntu
10 2 (1.54%) Windows 7
10 2 (1.54%) Windows Server 2019
11 1 (0.77%) Android
11 1 (0.77%) OpenVMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (25.38%) DevOps
2 22 (16.92%) Migration
3 19 (14.62%) Agile Software Development
4 15 (11.54%) Problem-Solving
5 13 (10.00%) Analytics
6 12 (9.23%) Business Intelligence
6 12 (9.23%) Configuration Management
6 12 (9.23%) Stakeholder Management
7 11 (8.46%) Infrastructure as Code
7 11 (8.46%) Microservices
8 9 (6.92%) Continuous Improvement
9 8 (6.15%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 7 (5.38%) Decision-Making
11 6 (4.62%) Continuous Integration
11 6 (4.62%) High Availability
11 6 (4.62%) Mentoring
11 6 (4.62%) Project Delivery
11 6 (4.62%) Runbook
11 6 (4.62%) Software Engineering
11 6 (4.62%) Virtual Infrastructure
Programming Languages
1 31 (23.85%) SQL
2 18 (13.85%) PowerShell
3 17 (13.08%) Python
4 10 (7.69%) Bash Shell
5 9 (6.92%) C#
6 8 (6.15%) Java
7 7 (5.38%) Go
7 7 (5.38%) Perl
8 6 (4.62%) Java 11
8 6 (4.62%) PHP
9 5 (3.85%) Ada
9 5 (3.85%) DCL
10 3 (2.31%) C
10 3 (2.31%) C++
10 3 (2.31%) JavaScript
10 3 (2.31%) TypeScript
10 3 (2.31%) VBScript
11 2 (1.54%) Korn
11 2 (1.54%) Scala
11 2 (1.54%) sed
Qualifications
1 13 (10.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 12 (9.23%) Security Cleared
3 11 (8.46%) Cisco Certification
4 10 (7.69%) CCNA
4 10 (7.69%) MCSE
5 8 (6.15%) SC Cleared
6 7 (5.38%) MCP
6 7 (5.38%) MCSA
7 5 (3.85%) Degree
8 3 (2.31%) CISM
8 3 (2.31%) MCAD
8 3 (2.31%) Numerate Degree
8 3 (2.31%) OCMJD
8 3 (2.31%) PhD
8 3 (2.31%) Postgraduate
9 2 (1.54%) MCITP
10 1 (0.77%) AWS Certification
10 1 (0.77%) Computer Science Degree
10 1 (0.77%) RHCE
10 1 (0.77%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (9.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 7 (5.38%) ISO 9001
2 7 (5.38%) PCI DSS
3 3 (2.31%) Cyber Essentials
3 3 (2.31%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
4 2 (1.54%) GDPR
4 2 (1.54%) QA
4 2 (1.54%) SLA
System Software
1 24 (18.46%) Docker
2 18 (13.85%) Active Directory
3 10 (7.69%) Virtual Machines
3 10 (7.69%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (6.92%) NFS
5 7 (5.38%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (2.31%) Slurm Workload Manager
6 3 (2.31%) vSphere
6 3 (2.31%) XenApp
7 2 (1.54%) Hyper-V
7 2 (1.54%) KVM
7 2 (1.54%) Oracle RAC
8 1 (0.77%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.77%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 17 (13.08%) Kubernetes
2 16 (12.31%) Ansible
3 14 (10.77%) WSUS
4 10 (7.69%) Terraform
5 6 (4.62%) vCenter Server
6 5 (3.85%) Grafana
7 3 (2.31%) Istio
7 3 (2.31%) Knative
7 3 (2.31%) MobiControl
7 3 (2.31%) Prometheus
7 3 (2.31%) Puppet
8 2 (1.54%) Kibana
8 2 (1.54%) Veritas Storage Foundation
8 2 (1.54%) vMotion
8 2 (1.54%) vRealize Orchestrator
9 1 (0.77%) Active Directory Federation Services
9 1 (0.77%) Microsoft Intune
9 1 (0.77%) Nagios
9 1 (0.77%) SCCM
9 1 (0.77%) SCOM
Vendors
1 36 (27.69%) Microsoft
2 27 (20.77%) SAP
3 26 (20.00%) VMware
4 15 (11.54%) Red Hat
5 10 (7.69%) Cisco
5 10 (7.69%) IBM
6 9 (6.92%) Databricks
6 9 (6.92%) Google
6 9 (6.92%) Oracle
7 5 (3.85%) Micro Focus
7 5 (3.85%) NetApp
7 5 (3.85%) Serena
8 4 (3.08%) BiZZdesign
8 4 (3.08%) MuleSoft
8 4 (3.08%) Salesforce.com
9 3 (2.31%) CheckPoint
9 3 (2.31%) EMC
9 3 (2.31%) HP
9 3 (2.31%) Palo Alto
9 3 (2.31%) SOTI