Period
to 23 October 2019

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 23 October 2019 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
23 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 639 669 716
Rank change year-on-year +30 +47 +49
Contract jobs citing VMS 136 197 146
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.18% 0.21% 0.16%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.86% 0.99% 0.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 99 144 87
England median daily rate £495 £535 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.48% +7.00% +11.11%
10th Percentile £356 £363 £245
90th Percentile £640 £575 £575
UK median daily rate £475 £525 £475
% change year-on-year -9.52% +10.53% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 8
England median hourly rate £43.50 £31.50 £26.35
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +38.10% +19.57% -36.90%
10th Percentile £35.00 £18.10 £25.59
90th Percentile £54.75 £47.70 £46.00
UK median hourly rate £43.50 £31.50 £26.35
% change year-on-year +38.10% +19.57% -36.90%

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 15,764 19,842 19,139
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 20.40% 20.99% 20.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,936 12,358 12,233
England median daily rate £425 £435 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.30% +2.35% +3.66%
10th Percentile £150 £167 £180
90th Percentile £625 £613 £600
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,047 1,391 1,153
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50
10th Percentile £11.24 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £50.45 £47.50 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

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 23 October 2019.

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 23 October 2019.

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 23 October 2019. 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 +34 59 £513 -6.82% 8
South East +72 40 £500 +2.56% 13
North of England -3 11 £525 +15.38% 5
Yorkshire +11 10 £525 -4.55% 4
South West -6 9 £463 +23.33%
Midlands +45 8 £406 -14.47% 1
East of England +29 7 £420 -26.96% 1
West Midlands +32 6 £413 -21.43% 1
East Midlands +23 2 £350 -23.29%
North West +11 1 £300 -29.41% 1
VMS
UK

For the 6 months to 23 October 2019, 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 77 (56.62%) Azure
2 49 (36.03%) SQL
3 48 (35.29%) Microsoft
4 37 (27.21%) Windows
5 34 (25.00%) DevOps
6 32 (23.53%) Python
6 32 (23.53%) Agile Software Development
7 31 (22.79%) PowerShell
8 30 (22.06%) IaaS
8 30 (22.06%) VMware
9 26 (19.12%) Migration
9 26 (19.12%) VMware Infrastructure
9 26 (19.12%) Azure SQL Database
10 25 (18.38%) Security Cleared
11 23 (16.91%) .NET
11 23 (16.91%) Active Directory
12 22 (16.18%) SQL Server
13 21 (15.44%) Linux
13 21 (15.44%) Firewall
13 21 (15.44%) Kubernetes
14 20 (14.71%) PaaS
15 19 (13.97%) AWS
15 19 (13.97%) Java
15 19 (13.97%) Network Virtualisation
16 18 (13.24%) Git (software)
16 18 (13.24%) Docker
17 17 (12.50%) Bash Shell
17 17 (12.50%) JavaScript
17 17 (12.50%) DNS
18 16 (11.76%) Ansible

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 13 (9.56%) SharePoint
2 8 (5.88%) Confluence
3 7 (5.15%) Apache Spark
4 6 (4.41%) Exchange Server 2013
4 6 (4.41%) MS Exchange
5 5 (3.68%) Skype for Business
6 4 (2.94%) CMS
6 4 (2.94%) Umbraco
7 3 (2.21%) Exchange Server 2010
7 3 (2.21%) IIS
7 3 (2.21%) OpenStack
7 3 (2.21%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.74%) Apache
8 1 (0.74%) ArcGIS
8 1 (0.74%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.74%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 3 (2.21%) Microsoft Excel
1 3 (2.21%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.74%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.74%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (2.21%) CA PPM
2 2 (1.47%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.47%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.74%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.74%) SAP SCM
Cloud Services
1 77 (56.62%) Azure
2 30 (22.06%) IaaS
3 20 (14.71%) PaaS
4 19 (13.97%) AWS
5 15 (11.03%) Serverless
6 13 (9.56%) Azure Active Directory
6 13 (9.56%) Azure Data Factory
6 13 (9.56%) Azure Functions
7 11 (8.09%) Power Platform
8 10 (7.35%) Office 365
9 9 (6.62%) GCP
10 7 (5.15%) SaaS
11 4 (2.94%) AWS CloudFormation
11 4 (2.94%) IBM Cloud
11 4 (2.94%) Loggly
12 3 (2.21%) Apigee
12 3 (2.21%) GitHub
12 3 (2.21%) Mimecast
13 2 (1.47%) Cloud Computing
13 2 (1.47%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 21 (15.44%) Firewall
2 17 (12.50%) DNS
3 13 (9.56%) TCP/IP
4 10 (7.35%) VPN
5 9 (6.62%) Network Security
6 6 (4.41%) SSL
7 5 (3.68%) DHCP
7 5 (3.68%) NAS
7 5 (3.68%) Skype
8 4 (2.94%) VLAN
9 3 (2.21%) HTTP
9 3 (2.21%) IGMP
9 3 (2.21%) IPsec
9 3 (2.21%) Junos
9 3 (2.21%) LAN
9 3 (2.21%) Multicast
9 3 (2.21%) OSPF
9 3 (2.21%) RTSP
9 3 (2.21%) SAN
9 3 (2.21%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (19.12%) Azure SQL Database
2 22 (16.18%) SQL Server
3 15 (11.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 13 (9.56%) Data Lake
5 11 (8.09%) Big Data
5 11 (8.09%) Power BI
5 11 (8.09%) SQL Server 2016
6 9 (6.62%) Relational Database
7 8 (5.88%) Data Warehouse
8 4 (2.94%) Redis
9 3 (2.21%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
9 3 (2.21%) Cosmos DB
9 3 (2.21%) NoSQL
9 3 (2.21%) Oracle Database
10 2 (1.47%) MySQL
11 1 (0.74%) MariaDB
11 1 (0.74%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 1 (0.74%) Presto
11 1 (0.74%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 18 (13.24%) Git (software)
2 11 (8.09%) JIRA
3 9 (6.62%) gulp
3 9 (6.62%) Visual Studio
4 8 (5.88%) Jenkins
5 6 (4.41%) Visual Studio Team System
6 5 (3.68%) SonarQube
6 5 (3.68%) Vagrant
7 4 (2.94%) Artifactory
7 4 (2.94%) Babel
7 4 (2.94%) Bitbucket
7 4 (2.94%) ClearCase
7 4 (2.94%) Gerrit
7 4 (2.94%) Jasmine
7 4 (2.94%) JMeter
7 4 (2.94%) Octopus Deploy
7 4 (2.94%) SpecFlow
7 4 (2.94%) Team Foundation Server
7 4 (2.94%) TeamCity
7 4 (2.94%) webpack
General
1 10 (7.35%) Finance
2 6 (4.41%) Banking
3 5 (3.68%) Publishing
4 4 (2.94%) Billing
4 4 (2.94%) Public Sector
5 3 (2.21%) Retail
6 2 (1.47%) Marketing
6 2 (1.47%) Military
7 1 (0.74%) Front Office
7 1 (0.74%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.74%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 36 (26.47%) Developer
2 35 (25.74%) Architect
3 17 (12.50%) Azure Engineer
4 13 (9.56%) Azure Architect
5 11 (8.09%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 9 (6.62%) .NET Developer
6 9 (6.62%) Administrator
6 9 (6.62%) Azure Developer
6 9 (6.62%) Cloud Architect
7 7 (5.15%) Consultant
7 7 (5.15%) Solutions Architect
8 6 (4.41%) Backend Developer
8 6 (4.41%) Big Data Engineer
8 6 (4.41%) Data Engineer
8 6 (4.41%) Senior Data Engineer
8 6 (4.41%) Senior Developer
8 6 (4.41%) VMware Engineer
9 5 (3.68%) Automation Architect
9 5 (3.68%) DevOps Engineer
9 5 (3.68%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (16.91%) .NET
2 12 (8.82%) Node.js
3 8 (5.88%) LDAP
4 7 (5.15%) AngularJS
4 7 (5.15%) ASP.NET
4 7 (5.15%) CSS
4 7 (5.15%) HTML
4 7 (5.15%) HTML5
4 7 (5.15%) XML
5 6 (4.41%) jQuery
5 6 (4.41%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 5 (3.68%) Ajax
6 5 (3.68%) CSS3
6 5 (3.68%) Express
6 5 (3.68%) JSF
6 5 (3.68%) Modernizr
6 5 (3.68%) Nunjucks
6 5 (3.68%) REST
6 5 (3.68%) Sass
7 4 (2.94%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 11 (8.09%) Linux Command Line
2 6 (4.41%) Data Centre
2 6 (4.41%) Mobile App
2 6 (4.41%) Public Cloud
3 4 (2.94%) CMDB
3 4 (2.94%) Enterprise Software
3 4 (2.94%) Mobile Banking
3 4 (2.94%) PKI
4 3 (2.21%) Clustering
4 3 (2.21%) MPEG
5 2 (1.47%) Greenfield Project
5 2 (1.47%) Hybrid Cloud
5 2 (1.47%) Management Information System
5 2 (1.47%) Private Cloud
5 2 (1.47%) SCADA
5 2 (1.47%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (0.74%) Cyber Kill Chain
6 1 (0.74%) Cyberattack
6 1 (0.74%) Online Banking
6 1 (0.74%) Social Network
Operating Systems
1 37 (27.21%) Windows
2 21 (15.44%) Linux
3 10 (7.35%) Windows Server
4 9 (6.62%) Unix
4 9 (6.62%) Windows Server 2012
5 6 (4.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 5 (3.68%) OpenVMS
6 5 (3.68%) Windows Server 2008
7 4 (2.94%) Windows 7
7 4 (2.94%) Windows 8
8 3 (2.21%) CentOS
8 3 (2.21%) Windows Vista
9 1 (0.74%) AIX
9 1 (0.74%) Android
9 1 (0.74%) Apple iOS
9 1 (0.74%) HPUX
9 1 (0.74%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (25.00%) DevOps
2 32 (23.53%) Agile Software Development
3 26 (19.12%) Migration
4 19 (13.97%) Network Virtualisation
5 13 (9.56%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 11 (8.09%) ETL
6 11 (8.09%) Stakeholder Management
7 10 (7.35%) Analytics
7 10 (7.35%) BDD
7 10 (7.35%) Microservices
7 10 (7.35%) Open Source
7 10 (7.35%) Risk Management
8 9 (6.62%) Business Intelligence
8 9 (6.62%) Disaster Recovery
9 8 (5.88%) Configuration Management
9 8 (5.88%) ETL Development
9 8 (5.88%) ITIL
9 8 (5.88%) Performance Tuning
9 8 (5.88%) Scrum
9 8 (5.88%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 49 (36.03%) SQL
2 32 (23.53%) Python
3 31 (22.79%) PowerShell
4 19 (13.97%) Java
5 17 (12.50%) Bash Shell
5 17 (12.50%) JavaScript
6 13 (9.56%) C#
7 9 (6.62%) T-SQL
8 8 (5.88%) Ruby
9 6 (4.41%) Shell Script
10 5 (3.68%) VBScript
11 4 (2.94%) C
11 4 (2.94%) Fortran
11 4 (2.94%) Go
11 4 (2.94%) PHP
12 3 (2.21%) C++
12 3 (2.21%) DCL
12 3 (2.21%) Perl
13 2 (1.47%) Kotlin
13 2 (1.47%) Scala
Qualifications
1 25 (18.38%) Security Cleared
2 11 (8.09%) DV Cleared
2 11 (8.09%) SC Cleared
3 8 (5.88%) Degree
4 6 (4.41%) Microsoft Certification
5 5 (3.68%) BPSS Clearance
6 4 (2.94%) Cisco Certification
6 4 (2.94%) MCSA
6 4 (2.94%) MCSE
6 4 (2.94%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 3 (2.21%) CCIE
7 3 (2.21%) CCNP
7 3 (2.21%) CESG Certified Professional
7 3 (2.21%) Citrix Certification
7 3 (2.21%) Computer Science Degree
7 3 (2.21%) JNCIE
8 2 (1.47%) DBS Check
9 1 (0.74%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 1 (0.74%) TOGAF Certification
9 1 (0.74%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (5.88%) QA
2 3 (2.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (2.21%) NCSC
3 1 (0.74%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.74%) JSP 440
3 1 (0.74%) PSD2
3 1 (0.74%) SLA
System Software
1 26 (19.12%) VMware Infrastructure
2 23 (16.91%) Active Directory
3 18 (13.24%) Docker
4 13 (9.56%) Virtual Machines
5 10 (7.35%) vSphere
6 7 (5.15%) Hyper-V
6 7 (5.15%) XenApp
6 7 (5.15%) XenDesktop
7 6 (4.41%) vCloud
7 6 (4.41%) Virtual Servers
7 6 (4.41%) VMware ESXi
8 4 (2.94%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 4 (2.94%) OpenAM
8 4 (2.94%) OpenDJ
8 4 (2.94%) OpenIDM
9 3 (2.21%) Microsoft App-V
10 2 (1.47%) Firmware
10 2 (1.47%) VMware Workstation
11 1 (0.74%) ISA Server
11 1 (0.74%) Xen
Systems Management
1 21 (15.44%) Kubernetes
2 16 (11.76%) Ansible
3 10 (7.35%) Terraform
4 8 (5.88%) SCOM
5 7 (5.15%) Puppet
5 7 (5.15%) Single Sign-On
6 6 (4.41%) Opscode Chef
7 5 (3.68%) vRealize
8 4 (2.94%) Nagios
8 4 (2.94%) vCenter Server
9 3 (2.21%) EMC NetWorker
10 2 (1.47%) CA Single Sign-On
10 2 (1.47%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 2 (1.47%) SCCM
10 2 (1.47%) ThinApp
10 2 (1.47%) vRealize Orchestrator
10 2 (1.47%) WSUS
11 1 (0.74%) Consul
11 1 (0.74%) Grafana
11 1 (0.74%) Stealthwatch
Vendors
1 48 (35.29%) Microsoft
2 30 (22.06%) VMware
3 15 (11.03%) Oracle
4 10 (7.35%) Google
5 9 (6.62%) Cisco
6 8 (5.88%) Citrix
7 6 (4.41%) Alteryx
7 6 (4.41%) CA
7 6 (4.41%) Juniper
7 6 (4.41%) SolarWinds
7 6 (4.41%) StreamSets
8 5 (3.68%) Dell
8 5 (3.68%) IBM
9 4 (2.94%) ForgeRock
9 4 (2.94%) MuleSoft
9 4 (2.94%) New Relic
10 3 (2.21%) Aruba
10 3 (2.21%) CA Agile Central
10 3 (2.21%) Coverity
10 3 (2.21%) Synology