Period
to

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 24 May 2022 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
24 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 598 553 545
Rank change year-on-year -45 -8 +170
Contract jobs citing VMS 173 68 81
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.25% 0.15% 0.19%
As % of the Operating Systems category 1.59% 0.92% 0.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 94 39 50
10th Percentile £432 £350 £325
25th Percentile £481 £400 £403
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £563 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +12.50% - +5.26%
75th Percentile £669 £538 £654
90th Percentile £712 £660 £700
UK median daily rate £525 £505 £500
% change year-on-year +3.96% +1.00% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
10th Percentile - - -
25th Percentile £41.25 - -
Median hourly rate £42.50 - £21.00
75th Percentile £43.75 - -
90th Percentile - - -
UK median hourly rate £66.00 £70.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year -5.71% +233.33% -40.00%

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 10,896 7,356 8,600
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 15.47% 15.88% 19.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,489 4,838 5,664
10th Percentile £174 £185 £150
25th Percentile £325 £330 £281
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £450 £425
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% +5.88% -3.41%
75th Percentile £625 £550 £538
90th Percentile £700 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £500 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +11.11% +5.88% -1.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 521 355 620
10th Percentile £13.25 £11.64 £11.63
25th Percentile £15.76 £13.45 £13.69
Median hourly rate £21.50 £17.50 £17.42
Median % change year-on-year +22.86% +0.44% +2.79%
75th Percentile £51.45 £40.00 £21.50
90th Percentile £65.00 £59.50 £47.25
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +28.57% - +5.74%

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 24 May 2022.

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 24 May 2022. 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
Jobs
London -17 117 £538 +5.39% 10
South East -25 24 £588 +46.88% 4
South West -26 10 £550 +91.30% 2
North of England -57 8 £550 +7.32% 3
North West -33 7 £500 +11.11% 3
Midlands -43 6 £700 +30.23% 4
West Midlands -45 5 £700 +100.00% 3
East of England -26 4 £775 +55.39% 2
East Midlands -25 1 - - 1
Yorkshire - 1 £700 -
VMS
UK

For the 6 months to 24 May 2022, 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 78 (45.09%) Azure
2 61 (35.26%) Windows
3 48 (27.75%) DevOps
4 47 (27.17%) Linux
5 46 (26.59%) PaaS
6 44 (25.43%) Active Directory
7 42 (24.28%) Migration
8 39 (22.54%) Microsoft
8 39 (22.54%) Terraform
9 36 (20.81%) Windows Server
10 35 (20.23%) Security Cleared
11 32 (18.50%) Agile
11 32 (18.50%) SQL
11 32 (18.50%) Docker
12 31 (17.92%) Kubernetes
12 31 (17.92%) PowerShell
13 29 (16.76%) DNS
13 29 (16.76%) Finance
14 27 (15.61%) Problem-Solving
15 26 (15.03%) Social Skills
16 24 (13.87%) CI/CD
16 24 (13.87%) Firewall
17 23 (13.29%) IaaS
18 22 (12.72%) Ansible
19 20 (11.56%) Java
20 19 (10.98%) Jenkins
21 18 (10.40%) AWS
21 18 (10.40%) Python
21 18 (10.40%) Red Hat
22 17 (9.83%) PowerDesigner

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 (6.94%) Apache
2 9 (5.20%) nginx
3 6 (3.47%) OpenStack
4 5 (2.89%) IIS
5 3 (1.73%) Apache Airflow
5 3 (1.73%) Confluence
5 3 (1.73%) MS Exchange
5 3 (1.73%) SharePoint
6 2 (1.16%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.58%) Mattermost
7 1 (0.58%) MediaWiki
7 1 (0.58%) Moodle
7 1 (0.58%) ThingWorx
Applications
1 4 (2.31%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.16%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.58%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.58%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (2.89%) SAP BPC
1 5 (2.89%) SAP CO
1 5 (2.89%) SAP FI
1 5 (2.89%) SAP FI/CO
2 4 (2.31%) SAP S/4HANA
3 2 (1.16%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.58%) assyst
4 1 (0.58%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 78 (45.09%) Azure
2 46 (26.59%) PaaS
3 23 (13.29%) IaaS
4 18 (10.40%) AWS
5 17 (9.83%) Azure Active Directory
6 15 (8.67%) SaaS
7 14 (8.09%) Microsoft 365
8 13 (7.51%) Power Platform
9 12 (6.94%) Azure Key Vault
10 10 (5.78%) Azure Storage
10 10 (5.78%) GCP
11 9 (5.20%) Azure Monitor
11 9 (5.20%) OpenShift
12 7 (4.05%) Azure Cosmos DB
13 6 (3.47%) Azure App Service
13 6 (3.47%) Power Automate
14 5 (2.89%) Amazon EKS
14 5 (2.89%) Azure Event Grid
14 5 (2.89%) Snowflake
14 5 (2.89%) SonarCloud
Communications & Networking
1 29 (16.76%) DNS
2 24 (13.87%) Firewall
3 13 (7.51%) DHCP
3 13 (7.51%) VLAN
4 10 (5.78%) WAN
5 7 (4.05%) SSL
6 5 (2.89%) Internet
6 5 (2.89%) LAN
7 4 (2.31%) SSH
8 3 (1.73%) FTP
8 3 (1.73%) HTTP
8 3 (1.73%) SMTP
8 3 (1.73%) TCP/IP
8 3 (1.73%) Wi-Fi
9 2 (1.16%) Network Security
9 2 (1.16%) Remote Desktop
9 2 (1.16%) VPN
9 2 (1.16%) WLAN
10 1 (0.58%) MQTT
10 1 (0.58%) VoWiFi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (9.83%) SQL Server
2 10 (5.78%) Power BI
3 6 (3.47%) PostgreSQL
4 5 (2.89%) Azure SQL Database
4 5 (2.89%) Big Data
4 5 (2.89%) Spotfire
5 4 (2.31%) Data Lake
5 4 (2.31%) Redis
6 3 (1.73%) Amazon RDS
6 3 (1.73%) BigQuery
6 3 (1.73%) Couchbase
6 3 (1.73%) Hadoop
6 3 (1.73%) NoSQL
7 2 (1.16%) Apache Cassandra
7 2 (1.16%) MySQL
7 2 (1.16%) Oracle Database
7 2 (1.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.58%) BusinessObjects
8 1 (0.58%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.58%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 19 (10.98%) Jenkins
2 17 (9.83%) PowerDesigner
3 12 (6.94%) Git (software)
4 6 (3.47%) SonarQube
5 5 (2.89%) GitLab
6 4 (2.31%) JIRA
6 4 (2.31%) ProC
7 3 (1.73%) Subversion
7 3 (1.73%) Vagrant
8 2 (1.16%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 2 (1.16%) git-flow
8 2 (1.16%) Gradle
8 2 (1.16%) Maven
8 2 (1.16%) TeamCity
9 1 (0.58%) ERwin
9 1 (0.58%) MSI
9 1 (0.58%) NUnit
9 1 (0.58%) Selenium
9 1 (0.58%) Visual Studio
9 1 (0.58%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 29 (16.76%) Finance
2 26 (15.03%) Social Skills
3 15 (8.67%) Analytical Skills
3 15 (8.67%) Banking
4 7 (4.05%) Financial Institution
4 7 (4.05%) Presentation Skills
5 5 (2.89%) Law
6 4 (2.31%) Billing
6 4 (2.31%) Documentation Skills
6 4 (2.31%) Manufacturing
6 4 (2.31%) Retail
6 4 (2.31%) Telecoms
7 3 (1.73%) Automotive
7 3 (1.73%) Public Sector
8 2 (1.16%) Organisational Skills
9 1 (0.58%) Influencing Skills
9 1 (0.58%) Legal
Job Titles
1 52 (30.06%) Architect
2 23 (13.29%) Azure Engineer
3 18 (10.40%) Developer
3 18 (10.40%) DevOps Engineer
3 18 (10.40%) Solutions Architect
4 17 (9.83%) Cloud Engineer
5 15 (8.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 10 (5.78%) Azure Architect
7 9 (5.20%) Cloud Architect
7 9 (5.20%) Consultant
7 9 (5.20%) Java Developer
8 8 (4.62%) Project Manager
9 7 (4.05%) Azure Infrastructure Engineer
9 7 (4.05%) Kubernetes Engineer
9 7 (4.05%) SC Cleared Java Developer
10 6 (3.47%) Azure DevOps
10 6 (3.47%) Kubernetes Architect
11 5 (2.89%) Active Directory Engineer
11 5 (2.89%) Azure Consultant
11 5 (2.89%) Cloud Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (9.83%) Kafka
1 17 (9.83%) RESTful
2 11 (6.36%) YAML
3 9 (5.20%) Spring
3 9 (5.20%) Spring Boot
4 7 (4.05%) JSON
5 5 (2.89%) ADO
5 5 (2.89%) LDAP
6 4 (2.31%) libvirt
6 4 (2.31%) Node.js
7 3 (1.73%) ARM Templates
7 3 (1.73%) COM
7 3 (1.73%) Elastic Stack
7 3 (1.73%) LAPP Stack
7 3 (1.73%) XML
8 2 (1.16%) .NET
8 2 (1.16%) EJB
8 2 (1.16%) RabbitMQ
8 2 (1.16%) SAP Fiori
8 2 (1.16%) Yocto
Miscellaneous
1 11 (6.36%) Linux Command Line
1 11 (6.36%) Public Cloud
2 10 (5.78%) Private Cloud
3 9 (5.20%) Data Centre
4 8 (4.62%) IoT
5 5 (2.89%) Enterprise Cloud
5 5 (2.89%) Management Information System
6 4 (2.31%) Self-Motivation
7 3 (1.73%) NHS
8 2 (1.16%) Cloud Native
8 2 (1.16%) Clustering
8 2 (1.16%) Fat Client
8 2 (1.16%) Legacy Code
8 2 (1.16%) PKI
8 2 (1.16%) Thin Client
8 2 (1.16%) User Experience
9 1 (0.58%) Blockchain
9 1 (0.58%) Greenfield Project
9 1 (0.58%) Housing Association
9 1 (0.58%) Legacy Systems
Operating Systems
1 61 (35.26%) Windows
2 47 (27.17%) Linux
3 36 (20.81%) Windows Server
4 16 (9.25%) Unix
5 14 (8.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 9 (5.20%) Windows 10
7 6 (3.47%) Windows 7
8 5 (2.89%) CentOS
9 4 (2.31%) OpenVMS
9 4 (2.31%) Ubuntu
9 4 (2.31%) Windows Server 2012
10 3 (1.73%) Windows Server 2008
11 2 (1.16%) Android
11 2 (1.16%) Debian
11 2 (1.16%) Windows Server 2016
11 2 (1.16%) Windows Server 2019
12 1 (0.58%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (27.75%) DevOps
2 42 (24.28%) Migration
3 32 (18.50%) Agile
4 27 (15.61%) Problem-Solving
5 24 (13.87%) CI/CD
6 17 (9.83%) API Design
6 17 (9.83%) Decision-Making
6 17 (9.83%) TOGAF
7 16 (9.25%) Analytics
7 16 (9.25%) ArchiMate
7 16 (9.25%) Infrastructure as Code
8 14 (8.09%) Server Building
9 13 (7.51%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 12 (6.94%) Microservices
11 11 (6.36%) Architecture Roadmap
11 11 (6.36%) Disaster Recovery
11 11 (6.36%) RBAC
11 11 (6.36%) SOA
11 11 (6.36%) Strategic Roadmap
11 11 (6.36%) Strategic Thinking
Programming Languages
1 32 (18.50%) SQL
2 31 (17.92%) PowerShell
3 20 (11.56%) Java
4 18 (10.40%) Python
5 11 (6.36%) Bash
6 7 (4.05%) C
6 7 (4.05%) C++
6 7 (4.05%) Go
7 6 (3.47%) Perl
8 5 (2.89%) C#
8 5 (2.89%) VBScript
9 4 (2.31%) Fortran
9 4 (2.31%) Shell Script
9 4 (2.31%) VC++
10 3 (1.73%) Groovy
10 3 (1.73%) Ruby
11 2 (1.16%) ABAP
11 2 (1.16%) JavaScript
11 2 (1.16%) Rust
11 2 (1.16%) VB
Qualifications
1 35 (20.23%) Security Cleared
2 15 (8.67%) SC Cleared
3 7 (4.05%) DV Cleared
4 6 (3.47%) Microsoft Certification
5 3 (1.73%) CTC Cleared
5 3 (1.73%) Degree
6 2 (1.16%) TOGAF Certification
7 1 (0.58%) CCNP
7 1 (0.58%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (0.58%) Computer Science Degree
7 1 (0.58%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (0.58%) PhD
7 1 (0.58%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (6.94%) QA
2 3 (1.73%) OASIS TOSCA
3 2 (1.16%) Cyber Essentials
3 2 (1.16%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
3 2 (1.16%) ISO 22301
3 2 (1.16%) ISO 9001
3 2 (1.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (1.16%) SLA
System Software
1 44 (25.43%) Active Directory
2 32 (18.50%) Docker
3 14 (8.09%) KVM
4 12 (6.94%) Virtual Machines
4 12 (6.94%) vSphere
5 7 (4.05%) NFS
5 7 (4.05%) VMware Infrastructure
6 5 (2.89%) VMware ESXi
6 5 (2.89%) XenApp
7 4 (2.31%) oVirt
8 3 (1.73%) Apache ZooKeeper
8 3 (1.73%) Ceph
8 3 (1.73%) Hyper-V
9 1 (0.58%) iptables
9 1 (0.58%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.58%) Samba
9 1 (0.58%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.58%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 39 (22.54%) Terraform
2 31 (17.92%) Kubernetes
3 22 (12.72%) Ansible
4 6 (3.47%) SCCM
5 5 (2.89%) Microsoft Intune
5 5 (2.89%) Opscode Chef
5 5 (2.89%) Prometheus
5 5 (2.89%) WSUS
6 4 (2.31%) SCOM
7 3 (1.73%) Consul
7 3 (1.73%) FortiGate
7 3 (1.73%) Grafana
7 3 (1.73%) Nagios
7 3 (1.73%) Rancher
7 3 (1.73%) ZABBIX
8 2 (1.16%) HAProxy
8 2 (1.16%) Microsoft Clustering
8 2 (1.16%) Puppet
8 2 (1.16%) Single Sign-On
8 2 (1.16%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 39 (22.54%) Microsoft
2 18 (10.40%) Red Hat
3 17 (9.83%) BiZZdesign
3 17 (9.83%) SAP
4 15 (8.67%) VMware
5 13 (7.51%) MuleSoft
6 11 (6.36%) Cisco
6 11 (6.36%) NetApp
7 8 (4.62%) F5
8 7 (4.05%) Citrix
9 6 (3.47%) CheckPoint
9 6 (3.47%) HP
10 5 (2.89%) Alteryx
11 4 (2.31%) Anaplan
11 4 (2.31%) Blue Prism
11 4 (2.31%) Concur
11 4 (2.31%) Google
11 4 (2.31%) Oracle
11 4 (2.31%) Zscaler
12 3 (1.73%) Databricks