Period
to 16 August 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 16 August 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
16 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 154 186 189
Rank change year-on-year +32 +3 +7
Contract jobs citing Virtual Machines 64 17 45
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.05% 0.30% 0.60%
As % of the System Software category 7.91% 2.91% 5.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 7 30
North West median daily rate £475 £360 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +31.94% -28.00% +5.26%
England median daily rate £493 £423 £425
% change year-on-year +16.57% -0.59% +6.25%
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 £30.00 £45.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -33.33% +136.84% -20.00%

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 809 585 818
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 13.25% 10.20% 10.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 501 369 422
North West median daily rate £400 £388 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.23% -3.13% +23.08%
10th Percentile £158 £155 £191
90th Percentile £575 £543 £524
England median daily rate £450 £425 £405
% change year-on-year +5.88% +4.94% +15.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 77 47 85
North West median hourly rate £15.00 £14.25 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -3.57%
10th Percentile £11.14 £10.75 £10.35
90th Percentile £26.50 £17.97 £22.65
England median hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £15.75
% change year-on-year +3.13% +1.59% -4.55%

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 16 August 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 16 August 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 +14 43 £500 +51.52% 12
Cheshire +2 12 £306 -14.93% 2
Lancashire -11 8 £463 +23.33% 2
Merseyside - 1 £375 - 2
Virtual Machines
England

For the 6 months to 16 August 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 21 (32.81%) Windows
1 21 (32.81%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (29.69%) Groovy
2 19 (29.69%) Open Source
3 18 (28.13%) Java
3 18 (28.13%) SQL
4 17 (26.56%) Microsoft
4 17 (26.56%) VMware
4 17 (26.56%) Microsoft Azure
4 17 (26.56%) DevOps
5 16 (25.00%) PaaS
5 16 (25.00%) Python
6 15 (23.44%) Linux
6 15 (23.44%) Jenkins
7 13 (20.31%) Docker
7 13 (20.31%) Puppet
8 12 (18.75%) Hyper-V
8 12 (18.75%) Oracle
8 12 (18.75%) TDD
9 11 (17.19%) WAN
9 11 (17.19%) Cisco
9 11 (17.19%) SCCM
9 11 (17.19%) Opscode Chef
9 11 (17.19%) Office 365
9 11 (17.19%) Kubernetes
9 11 (17.19%) Windows Server
9 11 (17.19%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 10 (15.63%) Ansible
10 10 (15.63%) Microservices
10 10 (15.63%) VMware Infrastructure

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 10 (15.63%) MS Exchange
2 8 (12.50%) Cloud Foundry
2 8 (12.50%) nginx
3 6 (9.38%) OpenStack
4 5 (7.81%) SAS
5 4 (6.25%) Exchange Server 2010
6 3 (4.69%) Confluence
6 3 (4.69%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (3.13%) Apache
7 2 (3.13%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (3.13%) JBoss
7 2 (3.13%) Tomcat
7 2 (3.13%) WebLogic
8 1 (1.56%) IIS
8 1 (1.56%) SharePoint
8 1 (1.56%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 2 (3.13%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (4.69%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 17 (26.56%) Microsoft Azure
2 16 (25.00%) PaaS
3 11 (17.19%) Office 365
4 8 (12.50%) Amazon AWS
4 8 (12.50%) npm
5 6 (9.38%) SaaS
6 5 (7.81%) GitHub
6 5 (7.81%) IaaS
7 4 (6.25%) Amazon EC2
7 4 (6.25%) OpenShift
8 3 (4.69%) Azure Active Directory
9 2 (3.13%) Amazon ELB
9 2 (3.13%) Cloud Computing
9 2 (3.13%) Google Cloud Platform
9 2 (3.13%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 1 (1.56%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 1 (1.56%) Amazon EMR
10 1 (1.56%) Amazon S3
10 1 (1.56%) AWS CloudTrail
10 1 (1.56%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
Communications & Networking
1 11 (17.19%) WAN
2 10 (15.63%) Firewall
2 10 (15.63%) LAN
3 5 (7.81%) Skype
4 3 (4.69%) SAN
4 3 (4.69%) TCP/IP
5 2 (3.13%) DHCP
5 2 (3.13%) DNS
5 2 (3.13%) HTTP
5 2 (3.13%) VPN
6 1 (1.56%) Internet
6 1 (1.56%) Reverse Proxy
6 1 (1.56%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (10.94%) SQL Server
2 5 (7.81%) DB2
2 5 (7.81%) MongoDB
3 4 (6.25%) Oracle Reports
3 4 (6.25%) SQL Server 2016
4 2 (3.13%) Blockchain
4 2 (3.13%) MySQL
4 2 (3.13%) NoSQL
4 2 (3.13%) Redis
5 1 (1.56%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (1.56%) Amazon Redshift
5 1 (1.56%) Big Data
5 1 (1.56%) Electronic Patient Records
5 1 (1.56%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 15 (23.44%) Jenkins
2 9 (14.06%) Git (software)
3 8 (12.50%) CircleCI
3 8 (12.50%) Gradle
3 8 (12.50%) gulp
3 8 (12.50%) IBM UrbanCode
3 8 (12.50%) Maven
3 8 (12.50%) Travis CI
4 4 (6.25%) Cucumber
4 4 (6.25%) Mercurial
5 3 (4.69%) JIRA
5 3 (4.69%) Subversion
5 3 (4.69%) Visual Studio Team System
6 2 (3.13%) Appium
6 2 (3.13%) GitLab
6 2 (3.13%) Karma Test Runner
6 2 (3.13%) Mocha
6 2 (3.13%) Protractor
6 2 (3.13%) Ranorex
6 2 (3.13%) Selenium
General
1 4 (6.25%) Finance
2 3 (4.69%) Back Office
2 3 (4.69%) Publishing
2 3 (4.69%) Retail
3 2 (3.13%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.56%) Local Government
4 1 (1.56%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 12 (18.75%) DevOps Engineer
2 11 (17.19%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 6 (9.38%) Consultant
3 6 (9.38%) Developer
4 5 (7.81%) Azure Engineer
4 5 (7.81%) Network Engineer
4 5 (7.81%) SCCM Engineer
4 5 (7.81%) Support Engineer
5 4 (6.25%) Java Developer
5 4 (6.25%) Senior Developer
5 4 (6.25%) Senior Java Developer
6 3 (4.69%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 3 (4.69%) Azure Consultant
6 3 (4.69%) Cloud Engineer
6 3 (4.69%) Java Consultant
6 3 (4.69%) Senior Consultant
6 3 (4.69%) Senior Java Consultant
6 3 (4.69%) Server Engineer
7 2 (3.13%) Cloud Infrastructure Engineer
7 2 (3.13%) Senior Middleware Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (15.63%) RESTful
2 4 (6.25%) HTML
2 4 (6.25%) JSON
3 3 (4.69%) CSS
3 3 (4.69%) CSS3
3 3 (4.69%) HTML5
3 3 (4.69%) Node.js
3 3 (4.69%) SOAP
4 2 (3.13%) Chai
4 2 (3.13%) Gherkin
4 2 (3.13%) IBM Integration Bus
4 2 (3.13%) Jest
4 2 (3.13%) Middleware
4 2 (3.13%) Redux
4 2 (3.13%) Web Services
5 1 (1.56%) boto
5 1 (1.56%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 6 (9.38%) Management Information System
2 5 (7.81%) Data Centre
3 4 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (4.69%) Clustering
4 3 (4.69%) Computer Science
4 3 (4.69%) Hybrid Cloud
5 2 (3.13%) Mobile App
6 1 (1.56%) EPoS
6 1 (1.56%) Life Science
6 1 (1.56%) Linux Command Line
6 1 (1.56%) NHS
6 1 (1.56%) PKI
6 1 (1.56%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 21 (32.81%) Windows
2 15 (23.44%) Linux
3 11 (17.19%) Windows Server
4 6 (9.38%) Windows Server 2003
4 6 (9.38%) Windows Server 2012
5 4 (6.25%) Windows Server 2008
6 3 (4.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 3 (4.69%) Unix
7 2 (3.13%) CentOS
8 1 (1.56%) Oracle Linux
8 1 (1.56%) Solaris
8 1 (1.56%) Windows 7
8 1 (1.56%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (32.81%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (29.69%) Open Source
3 17 (26.56%) DevOps
4 12 (18.75%) TDD
5 11 (17.19%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 10 (15.63%) Microservices
6 10 (15.63%) OO
6 10 (15.63%) OOP
6 10 (15.63%) Scrum
6 10 (15.63%) SOA
7 9 (14.06%) ITIL
8 8 (12.50%) Data Management
8 8 (12.50%) Problem-Solving
9 7 (10.94%) Configuration Management
9 7 (10.94%) Mentoring
9 7 (10.94%) Pair Programming
9 7 (10.94%) PRINCE2
9 7 (10.94%) Software Delivery
10 6 (9.38%) Migration
10 6 (9.38%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 19 (29.69%) Groovy
2 18 (28.13%) Java
2 18 (28.13%) SQL
3 16 (25.00%) Python
4 10 (15.63%) Scala
5 9 (14.06%) Shell Script
6 8 (12.50%) PowerShell
7 7 (10.94%) Clojure
8 5 (7.81%) JavaScript
9 3 (4.69%) Ruby
10 2 (3.13%) Bash Shell
10 2 (3.13%) ES6
10 2 (3.13%) Perl
11 1 (1.56%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 8 (12.50%) Cisco Certification
2 6 (9.38%) CCDP
2 6 (9.38%) CCNP
2 6 (9.38%) Chartered Engineer
2 6 (9.38%) CISM
2 6 (9.38%) CISSP
2 6 (9.38%) PRINCE2 Certification
3 4 (6.25%) Degree
4 2 (3.13%) Computer Science Degree
4 2 (3.13%) ISEB
4 2 (3.13%) ISTQB
4 2 (3.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (3.13%) MCSE
4 2 (3.13%) Microsoft Certification
4 2 (3.13%) SC Cleared
4 2 (3.13%) Security Cleared
5 1 (1.56%) AWS Certification
5 1 (1.56%) CCIE
5 1 (1.56%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 1 (1.56%) Six Sigma Black Belt
System Software
1 13 (20.31%) Docker
2 12 (18.75%) Hyper-V
3 10 (15.63%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (14.06%) Active Directory
5 4 (6.25%) VirtualBox
6 3 (4.69%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (3.13%) Virtual Servers
7 2 (3.13%) VMware NSX
8 1 (1.56%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 1 (1.56%) KVM
8 1 (1.56%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (1.56%) Oracle RAC
8 1 (1.56%) QEMU
8 1 (1.56%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (1.56%) VMware Server
8 1 (1.56%) vSphere
8 1 (1.56%) Xen
8 1 (1.56%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 13 (20.31%) Puppet
2 11 (17.19%) Kubernetes
2 11 (17.19%) Opscode Chef
2 11 (17.19%) SCCM
3 10 (15.63%) Ansible
4 5 (7.81%) Microsoft Intune
5 4 (6.25%) Failover Clustering
5 4 (6.25%) McAfee ePO
5 4 (6.25%) SCOM
6 3 (4.69%) Terraform
7 2 (3.13%) Packer
8 1 (1.56%) Docker Swarm
8 1 (1.56%) FortiGate
8 1 (1.56%) HP SIM
8 1 (1.56%) Microsoft Clustering
8 1 (1.56%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
8 1 (1.56%) Salt
8 1 (1.56%) SmoothWall
8 1 (1.56%) vCenter Server
8 1 (1.56%) vMotion
Vendors
1 17 (26.56%) Microsoft
1 17 (26.56%) VMware
2 12 (18.75%) Oracle
3 11 (17.19%) Cisco
4 9 (14.06%) Citrix
5 5 (7.81%) Informatica
5 5 (7.81%) Red Hat
6 4 (6.25%) McAfee
7 3 (4.69%) Fortinet
7 3 (4.69%) HP
8 2 (3.13%) Brocade
8 2 (3.13%) Google
8 2 (3.13%) IBM
9 1 (1.56%) Altiris
9 1 (1.56%) Avaya
9 1 (1.56%) Capita
9 1 (1.56%) ESET
9 1 (1.56%) Ivanti
9 1 (1.56%) Meraki
9 1 (1.56%) Sophos