Period
to 21 May 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for Virtual Machines skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Virtual Machines over the 6 months to 21 May 2018 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.

Virtual Machine (VM)
England > North West
6 months to
21 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 186 167 201
Rank change year-on-year -19 +34 +6
Contract jobs citing Virtual Machines 35 38 33
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.60% 0.70% 0.43%
As % of the System Software category 5.05% 6.96% 4.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 26 14
North West median daily rate £450 £500 £488
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.00% +2.56% +16.42%
10th Percentile £250 £359 £289
90th Percentile £544 £600 £500
England median daily rate £475 £450 £413
% change year-on-year +5.56% +9.09% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
North West median hourly rate - £65.00 -
England median hourly rate £47.83 £18.10 £24.25
% change year-on-year +164.25% -25.36% +6.22%

Virtual Machines is in the System Software category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for system software skills.

All System Software Skills
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 693 546 786
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 11.95% 10.12% 10.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 412 336 399
North West median daily rate £400 £379 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.61% -2.26% +10.71%
10th Percentile £158 £163 £205
90th Percentile £575 £550 £525
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 73 53 87
North West median hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £14.34
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.23% +8.09% +2.43%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.82 £10.50
90th Percentile £30.61 £20.60 £40.00
England median hourly rate £16.22 £16.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year +1.34% +3.23% -3.13%

Virtual Machines
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Virtual Machines as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for Virtual Machines in the North West

Virtual Machines
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Virtual Machines in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Virtual Machines in the North West

Virtual Machines
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Virtual Machines in the North West over the 6 months to 21 May 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Virtual Machines in the North West

Virtual Machines
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Virtual Machines in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Virtual Machines in the North West

Virtual Machines
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Virtual Machines within the North West region over the 6 months to 21 May 2018. 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
Manchester -15 16 £463 +15.63% 13
Cheshire -17 6 £250 -44.44% 1
Lancashire -20 6 £475 -9.09%
Merseyside +14 2 - -
Virtual Machines
England

For the 6 months to 21 May 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Virtual Machines 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 North West region with a requirement for Virtual Machines.

1 15 (42.86%) Microsoft
1 15 (42.86%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (37.14%) Windows
2 13 (37.14%) Linux
3 12 (34.29%) PaaS
4 11 (31.43%) Microsoft Azure
4 11 (31.43%) Hyper-V
4 11 (31.43%) SQL
4 11 (31.43%) VMware
5 9 (25.71%) Resource Management
5 9 (25.71%) Oracle
5 9 (25.71%) Active Directory
5 9 (25.71%) RESTful
5 9 (25.71%) DevOps
6 8 (22.86%) Amazon AWS
6 8 (22.86%) Open Source
6 8 (22.86%) Cisco
6 8 (22.86%) JavaScript
6 8 (22.86%) HTML
6 8 (22.86%) ITIL
6 8 (22.86%) PRINCE2
6 8 (22.86%) VMware Infrastructure
6 8 (22.86%) Migration
7 7 (20.00%) Firewall
7 7 (20.00%) TDD
7 7 (20.00%) Data Management
7 7 (20.00%) JSON
7 7 (20.00%) Web Services
7 7 (20.00%) SQL Server
7 7 (20.00%) Configuration Management

Virtual Machines
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 (17.14%) Tomcat
2 5 (14.29%) OpenStack
3 4 (11.43%) Apache
3 4 (11.43%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (11.43%) Exchange Server 2013
3 4 (11.43%) JBoss
3 4 (11.43%) MS Exchange
3 4 (11.43%) SAS
4 3 (8.57%) Confluence
4 3 (8.57%) Exchange Server 2007
4 3 (8.57%) IIS
4 3 (8.57%) Skype for Business
5 2 (5.71%) WebLogic
6 1 (2.86%) Cloud Foundry
6 1 (2.86%) nginx
6 1 (2.86%) WebSphere
6 1 (2.86%) WebSphere Application Server
Business Applications
1 1 (2.86%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 12 (34.29%) PaaS
2 11 (31.43%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (22.86%) Amazon AWS
4 7 (20.00%) IaaS
5 5 (14.29%) GitHub
5 5 (14.29%) SaaS
6 4 (11.43%) Azure Active Directory
6 4 (11.43%) Office 365
7 3 (8.57%) Amazon EC2
8 2 (5.71%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (5.71%) Google Cloud Platform
8 2 (5.71%) OpenShift
9 1 (2.86%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 1 (2.86%) Amazon S3
9 1 (2.86%) AWS CloudFormation
9 1 (2.86%) AWS CloudTrail
9 1 (2.86%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
9 1 (2.86%) AWS Lambda
9 1 (2.86%) Serverless
9 1 (2.86%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 7 (20.00%) Firewall
2 3 (8.57%) LAN
2 3 (8.57%) Reverse Proxy
2 3 (8.57%) WAN
3 2 (5.71%) HTTP
3 2 (5.71%) SAN
4 1 (2.86%) VPN
4 1 (2.86%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (20.00%) SQL Server
2 5 (14.29%) MongoDB
2 5 (14.29%) MySQL
3 4 (11.43%) DB2
3 4 (11.43%) Oracle Reports
4 3 (8.57%) NoSQL
4 3 (8.57%) PostgreSQL
4 3 (8.57%) SQL Server 2016
5 2 (5.71%) Blockchain
5 2 (5.71%) Redis
6 1 (2.86%) Amazon RDS
6 1 (2.86%) Amazon Redshift
6 1 (2.86%) Azure SQL Database
6 1 (2.86%) Big Data
6 1 (2.86%) Electronic Patient Records
Development Applications
1 5 (14.29%) Git (software)
2 4 (11.43%) Jenkins
3 3 (8.57%) JIRA
4 2 (5.71%) Cucumber
4 2 (5.71%) GitLab
4 2 (5.71%) Mocha
4 2 (5.71%) Visual Studio Team System
5 1 (2.86%) Maven
5 1 (2.86%) Mercurial
General
1 3 (8.57%) Local Government
2 2 (5.71%) Telecoms
3 1 (2.86%) Finance
Job Titles
1 7 (20.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 5 (14.29%) DevOps Engineer
3 4 (11.43%) Azure Engineer
4 3 (8.57%) Architect
4 3 (8.57%) Azure Consultant
4 3 (8.57%) Consultant
4 3 (8.57%) Developer
4 3 (8.57%) Server Engineer
5 2 (5.71%) Azure Architect
5 2 (5.71%) Citrix Engineer
5 2 (5.71%) Citrix Server Engineer
5 2 (5.71%) Cloud Engineer
5 2 (5.71%) Cloud Infrastructure Engineer
5 2 (5.71%) Designer
5 2 (5.71%) Infrastructure Designer
5 2 (5.71%) Middleware Engineer
5 2 (5.71%) Senior Middleware Engineer
5 2 (5.71%) Solutions Designer
5 2 (5.71%) VMware Engineer
6 1 (2.86%) Agile Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (25.71%) RESTful
2 8 (22.86%) HTML
3 7 (20.00%) JSON
3 7 (20.00%) Web Services
4 4 (11.43%) KML
4 4 (11.43%) Middleware
4 4 (11.43%) SOAP
4 4 (11.43%) XML
5 3 (8.57%) CSS
5 3 (8.57%) CSS3
5 3 (8.57%) HTML5
5 3 (8.57%) Node.js
6 2 (5.71%) Chai
6 2 (5.71%) IBM Integration Bus
6 2 (5.71%) Jest
6 2 (5.71%) LAMP
6 2 (5.71%) LAPP Stack
6 2 (5.71%) Redux
7 1 (2.86%) boto
7 1 (2.86%) React
Miscellaneous
1 6 (17.14%) Management Information System
2 5 (14.29%) Data Centre
3 4 (11.43%) Clustering
3 4 (11.43%) Greenfield Project
4 3 (8.57%) PKI
5 2 (5.71%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (5.71%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (2.86%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (2.86%) EPoS
6 1 (2.86%) iPad
6 1 (2.86%) Linux Command Line
6 1 (2.86%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 13 (37.14%) Linux
1 13 (37.14%) Windows
2 5 (14.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 5 (14.29%) Windows Server
2 5 (14.29%) Windows Server 2003
3 4 (11.43%) Windows Server 2008
4 3 (8.57%) Unix
4 3 (8.57%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (5.71%) CentOS
6 1 (2.86%) Windows 7
6 1 (2.86%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (42.86%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (25.71%) DevOps
2 9 (25.71%) Resource Management
3 8 (22.86%) ITIL
3 8 (22.86%) Migration
3 8 (22.86%) Open Source
3 8 (22.86%) PRINCE2
4 7 (20.00%) Configuration Management
4 7 (20.00%) Data Management
4 7 (20.00%) High Availability
4 7 (20.00%) Network Virtualisation
4 7 (20.00%) TDD
5 6 (17.14%) Scrum
6 5 (14.29%) Continuous Integration
6 5 (14.29%) Network Design
6 5 (14.29%) Problem Management
6 5 (14.29%) Project Management
6 5 (14.29%) Server Virtualisation
6 5 (14.29%) SFIA
7 4 (11.43%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 11 (31.43%) SQL
2 8 (22.86%) JavaScript
3 6 (17.14%) Java
3 6 (17.14%) PowerShell
3 6 (17.14%) Python
4 5 (14.29%) Bash Shell
4 5 (14.29%) Groovy
4 5 (14.29%) Ruby
5 4 (11.43%) Clojure
5 4 (11.43%) Scala
6 3 (8.57%) Perl
7 2 (5.71%) ES6
7 2 (5.71%) Korn
7 2 (5.71%) PHP
7 2 (5.71%) Shell Script
7 2 (5.71%) VBScript
8 1 (2.86%) C#
8 1 (2.86%) C++
Qualifications
1 5 (14.29%) CCDP
1 5 (14.29%) CCNP
1 5 (14.29%) Chartered Engineer
1 5 (14.29%) Cisco Certification
1 5 (14.29%) CISM
1 5 (14.29%) CISSP
1 5 (14.29%) PRINCE2 Certification
2 2 (5.71%) Degree
3 1 (2.86%) AWS Certification
3 1 (2.86%) CCIE
3 1 (2.86%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
3 1 (2.86%) Security Cleared
3 1 (2.86%) Six Sigma Black Belt
System Software
1 11 (31.43%) Hyper-V
2 9 (25.71%) Active Directory
3 8 (22.86%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (17.14%) Docker
5 5 (14.29%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (8.57%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 3 (8.57%) vSphere
6 3 (8.57%) XenApp
7 2 (5.71%) VirtualBox
8 1 (2.86%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (2.86%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 7 (20.00%) Puppet
2 6 (17.14%) Kubernetes
3 5 (14.29%) Opscode Chef
4 3 (8.57%) Failover Clustering
4 3 (8.57%) SCOM
4 3 (8.57%) vCenter Server
4 3 (8.57%) vMotion
4 3 (8.57%) WSUS
5 2 (5.71%) Ansible
5 2 (5.71%) HP SIM
5 2 (5.71%) McAfee ePO
5 2 (5.71%) Microsoft Clustering
5 2 (5.71%) Packer
5 2 (5.71%) Red Hat Satellite
5 2 (5.71%) SCCM
5 2 (5.71%) SmoothWall
6 1 (2.86%) Docker Swarm
6 1 (2.86%) Salt
Vendors
1 15 (42.86%) Microsoft
2 11 (31.43%) VMware
3 9 (25.71%) Oracle
4 8 (22.86%) Cisco
5 6 (17.14%) HP
6 5 (14.29%) Capita
6 5 (14.29%) Red Hat
7 4 (11.43%) Informatica
8 3 (8.57%) Avaya
8 3 (8.57%) Citrix
9 2 (5.71%) Altiris
9 2 (5.71%) Brocade
9 2 (5.71%) Compaq
9 2 (5.71%) Google
9 2 (5.71%) IBM
9 2 (5.71%) Ivanti
9 2 (5.71%) McAfee
10 1 (2.86%) Fortinet