Period
to 18 October 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 18 October 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
18 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 149 175 186
Rank change year-on-year +26 +11 +1
Contract jobs citing Virtual Machines 69 25 48
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.17% 0.45% 0.66%
As % of the System Software category 8.28% 4.07% 6.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 70 10 32
North West median daily rate £500 £368 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +36.05% -26.50% +5.26%
England median daily rate £493 £425 £438
% change year-on-year +15.88% -2.86% +7.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
North West median hourly rate £23.75 £65.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -63.46% - -
England median hourly rate £21.00 £45.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -53.33% +100.00% -19.64%

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 833 614 749
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 14.07% 10.93% 10.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 520 383 411
North West median daily rate £380 £375 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.33% -1.32% +16.92%
10th Percentile £150 £133 £175
90th Percentile £588 £544 £519
England median daily rate £450 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +13.10%
Number of hourly rates quoted 86 50 84
North West median hourly rate £15.59 £15.25 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.21% +8.93% -3.45%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.98 £10.50
90th Percentile £22.09 £43.00 £21.00
England median hourly rate £16.00 £16.75 £15.75
% change year-on-year -4.48% +6.35% -1.56%

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 18 October 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 18 October 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 +18 46 £700 +112.12% 7
Cheshire +4 14 £375 -4.46% 4
Lancashire -22 6 £463 +23.33% 1
Merseyside +7 2 £433 - 4
Cumbria - 1 £425 - 3
Virtual Machines
England

For the 6 months to 18 October 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 23 (33.33%) Java
1 23 (33.33%) Python
1 23 (33.33%) Groovy
1 23 (33.33%) DevOps
2 22 (31.88%) Open Source
2 22 (31.88%) Puppet
2 22 (31.88%) Jenkins
3 21 (30.43%) Microsoft Azure
3 21 (30.43%) VMware
4 19 (27.54%) PaaS
5 18 (26.09%) Ansible
5 18 (26.09%) Windows
6 17 (24.64%) Shell Script
6 17 (24.64%) Docker
6 17 (24.64%) Opscode Chef
7 16 (23.19%) Gradle
7 16 (23.19%) nginx
7 16 (23.19%) Cloud Foundry
7 16 (23.19%) gulp
7 16 (23.19%) Travis CI
7 16 (23.19%) IBM UrbanCode
7 16 (23.19%) CircleCI
7 16 (23.19%) npm
7 16 (23.19%) Maven
8 14 (20.29%) Office 365
9 13 (18.84%) PowerShell
10 12 (17.39%) Windows Server
10 12 (17.39%) Microsoft
10 12 (17.39%) SQL
10 12 (17.39%) Oracle

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 16 (23.19%) Cloud Foundry
1 16 (23.19%) nginx
2 10 (14.49%) MS Exchange
3 4 (5.80%) Exchange Server 2010
4 3 (4.35%) Exchange Server 2013
5 2 (2.90%) OpenStack
5 2 (2.90%) SAS
6 1 (1.45%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (1.45%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (2.90%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (4.35%) Teamcenter
2 2 (2.90%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 21 (30.43%) Microsoft Azure
2 19 (27.54%) PaaS
3 16 (23.19%) npm
4 14 (20.29%) Office 365
5 8 (11.59%) AWS CloudFormation
6 5 (7.25%) Amazon AWS
6 5 (7.25%) Azure Active Directory
7 3 (4.35%) IaaS
8 2 (2.90%) Azure Data Factory
8 2 (2.90%) OpenShift
8 2 (2.90%) SaaS
9 1 (1.45%) Amazon EC2
9 1 (1.45%) Amazon ELB
9 1 (1.45%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 11 (15.94%) Firewall
2 9 (13.04%) WAN
3 8 (11.59%) LAN
4 5 (7.25%) Skype
5 4 (5.80%) VPN
6 3 (4.35%) TCP/IP
7 2 (2.90%) DHCP
7 2 (2.90%) DNS
7 2 (2.90%) SAN
8 1 (1.45%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (5.80%) SQL Server
2 3 (4.35%) Azure SQL Database
3 2 (2.90%) DB2
3 2 (2.90%) MongoDB
3 2 (2.90%) SQL Server 2016
4 1 (1.45%) Big Data
4 1 (1.45%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.45%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 22 (31.88%) Jenkins
2 16 (23.19%) CircleCI
2 16 (23.19%) Gradle
2 16 (23.19%) gulp
2 16 (23.19%) IBM UrbanCode
2 16 (23.19%) Maven
2 16 (23.19%) Travis CI
3 8 (11.59%) Git (software)
4 6 (8.70%) Cucumber
5 3 (4.35%) Mercurial
5 3 (4.35%) Subversion
5 3 (4.35%) Visual Studio Team System
6 2 (2.90%) Appium
6 2 (2.90%) Karma Test Runner
6 2 (2.90%) Protractor
6 2 (2.90%) Ranorex
6 2 (2.90%) Robot Framework
6 2 (2.90%) Selenium
7 1 (1.45%) Chocolatey
7 1 (1.45%) Vagrant
General
1 4 (5.80%) Retail
2 3 (4.35%) Back Office
2 3 (4.35%) Finance
2 3 (4.35%) Publishing
3 1 (1.45%) Billing
3 1 (1.45%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 20 (28.99%) DevOps Engineer
2 8 (11.59%) Azure Engineer
3 7 (10.14%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 6 (8.70%) Consultant
5 5 (7.25%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 5 (7.25%) Network Engineer
5 5 (7.25%) SCCM Engineer
6 4 (5.80%) Developer
6 4 (5.80%) Server Engineer
6 4 (5.80%) Support Engineer
7 3 (4.35%) Administrator
7 3 (4.35%) Azure Consultant
7 3 (4.35%) Java Consultant
7 3 (4.35%) Java Developer
7 3 (4.35%) Senior Consultant
7 3 (4.35%) Senior Developer
7 3 (4.35%) Senior Java Consultant
7 3 (4.35%) Senior Java Developer
7 3 (4.35%) Systems Administrator
8 2 (2.90%) Microsoft Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (8.70%) RESTful
2 3 (4.35%) JSON
2 3 (4.35%) SOAP
3 2 (2.90%) Gherkin
4 1 (1.45%) .NET
4 1 (1.45%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 4 (5.80%) Data Centre
2 3 (4.35%) Computer Science
2 3 (4.35%) Hybrid Cloud
3 2 (2.90%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (2.90%) Enterprise Software
3 2 (2.90%) Management Information System
3 2 (2.90%) Mobile App
3 2 (2.90%) NHS
4 1 (1.45%) Clustering
4 1 (1.45%) Life Science
4 1 (1.45%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 18 (26.09%) Windows
2 12 (17.39%) Windows Server
3 10 (14.49%) Linux
4 5 (7.25%) Windows Server 2003
4 5 (7.25%) Windows Server 2012
5 4 (5.80%) CentOS
5 4 (5.80%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (2.90%) Solaris
6 2 (2.90%) Unix
6 2 (2.90%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (1.45%) Oracle Linux
7 1 (1.45%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (33.33%) DevOps
2 22 (31.88%) Open Source
3 9 (13.04%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (10.14%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 7 (10.14%) Load Balancing
5 6 (8.70%) Data Management
5 6 (8.70%) Microservices
5 6 (8.70%) OO
5 6 (8.70%) OOP
5 6 (8.70%) SOA
5 6 (8.70%) Software Delivery
5 6 (8.70%) TDD
6 5 (7.25%) BCP
6 5 (7.25%) Migration
6 5 (7.25%) Problem-Solving
6 5 (7.25%) Scrum
7 4 (5.80%) Capacity Planning
7 4 (5.80%) ITIL
7 4 (5.80%) Mentoring
7 4 (5.80%) Virtual Infrastructure
Programming Languages
1 23 (33.33%) Groovy
1 23 (33.33%) Java
1 23 (33.33%) Python
2 17 (24.64%) Shell Script
3 13 (18.84%) PowerShell
4 12 (17.39%) SQL
5 6 (8.70%) Scala
6 3 (4.35%) Clojure
7 2 (2.90%) JavaScript
8 1 (1.45%) Perl
8 1 (1.45%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 5 (7.25%) SC Cleared
1 5 (7.25%) Security Cleared
2 4 (5.80%) Cisco Certification
3 3 (4.35%) Degree
4 2 (2.90%) CCDP
4 2 (2.90%) CCNP
4 2 (2.90%) Chartered Engineer
4 2 (2.90%) CISM
4 2 (2.90%) CISSP
4 2 (2.90%) Computer Science Degree
4 2 (2.90%) ISEB
4 2 (2.90%) ISTQB
4 2 (2.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (2.90%) MCSE
4 2 (2.90%) Microsoft Certification
4 2 (2.90%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 1 (1.45%) Six Sigma Black Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.45%) PMO
System Software
1 17 (24.64%) Docker
2 10 (14.49%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (13.04%) Hyper-V
4 7 (10.14%) Active Directory
5 6 (8.70%) VMware NSX
6 4 (5.80%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (2.90%) Virtual Desktop
7 2 (2.90%) VirtualBox
8 1 (1.45%) KVM
8 1 (1.45%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (1.45%) Oracle RAC
8 1 (1.45%) QEMU
8 1 (1.45%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (1.45%) Xen
Systems Management
1 22 (31.88%) Puppet
2 18 (26.09%) Ansible
3 17 (24.64%) Opscode Chef
4 11 (15.94%) Terraform
5 10 (14.49%) SCCM
6 6 (8.70%) Kubernetes
7 5 (7.25%) Microsoft Intune
8 4 (5.80%) Packer
9 3 (4.35%) McAfee ePO
9 3 (4.35%) SCOM
10 2 (2.90%) Failover Clustering
11 1 (1.45%) FortiGate
11 1 (1.45%) Nagios
11 1 (1.45%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 21 (30.43%) VMware
2 12 (17.39%) Microsoft
2 12 (17.39%) Oracle
3 9 (13.04%) Citrix
4 7 (10.14%) Cisco
5 4 (5.80%) Fortinet
5 4 (5.80%) Red Hat
6 3 (4.35%) McAfee
7 2 (2.90%) Informatica
8 1 (1.45%) Meraki
8 1 (1.45%) Sophos
8 1 (1.45%) Sun