Period
to 20 February 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 20 February 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
20 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 174 174 202
Rank change year-on-year 0 +28 -13
Contract jobs citing Virtual Machines 30 41 37
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.56% 0.70% 0.45%
As % of the System Software category 5.08% 6.81% 5.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 31 15
North West median daily rate £438 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.89% - +26.67%
10th Percentile £157 £187 £257
90th Percentile £598 £600 £520
England median daily rate £475 £450 £406
% change year-on-year +5.56% +10.91% +0.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
North West median hourly rate - - £35.00
England median hourly rate £47.83 £27.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year +73.93% -21.43% +52.17%

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 590 602 717
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 10.97% 10.22% 8.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 358 360 365
North West median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - +15.38%
10th Percentile £135 £139 £167
90th Percentile £575 £575 £525
England median daily rate £450 £420 £388
% change year-on-year +7.14% +8.39% +7.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 67 53 120
North West median hourly rate £16.36 £15.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.07% - +6.19%
10th Percentile £11.22 £10.50 £10.98
90th Percentile £33.00 £23.50 £37.50
England median hourly rate £16.45 £16.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +2.83% +6.67% -3.23%

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 20 February 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 20 February 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 +12 13 £300 -29.41% 8
Merseyside +19 6 - -
Cheshire -6 4 £250 -58.33% 5
Lancashire -9 2 - -
Virtual Machines
England

For the 6 months to 20 February 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 14 (46.67%) Web Services
2 13 (43.33%) Migration
3 11 (36.67%) Microsoft
3 11 (36.67%) Hyper-V
3 11 (36.67%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (36.67%) Puppet
4 9 (30.00%) Amazon AWS
4 9 (30.00%) PaaS
4 9 (30.00%) RESTful
4 9 (30.00%) Active Directory
4 9 (30.00%) Windows
4 9 (30.00%) JavaScript
4 9 (30.00%) DevOps
5 8 (26.67%) Tomcat
6 7 (23.33%) Python
6 7 (23.33%) MS Exchange
6 7 (23.33%) Windows Server 2003
6 7 (23.33%) Firewall
6 7 (23.33%) VMware
6 7 (23.33%) Ruby
6 7 (23.33%) Exchange Server 2010
6 7 (23.33%) Office 365
6 7 (23.33%) VMware Infrastructure
6 7 (23.33%) Opscode Chef
6 7 (23.33%) Ansible
6 7 (23.33%) Exchange Server 2013
6 7 (23.33%) Windows Server
7 6 (20.00%) Network Virtualisation
7 6 (20.00%) Jenkins
7 6 (20.00%) Docker

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 8 (26.67%) Tomcat
2 7 (23.33%) Exchange Server 2010
2 7 (23.33%) Exchange Server 2013
2 7 (23.33%) MS Exchange
3 6 (20.00%) WebSphere
4 5 (16.67%) Cloud Foundry
4 5 (16.67%) nginx
4 5 (16.67%) WebSphere Application Server
5 2 (6.67%) Apache
5 2 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2007
5 2 (6.67%) IIS
5 2 (6.67%) JBoss
5 2 (6.67%) Skype for Business
6 1 (3.33%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (3.33%) Confluence
6 1 (3.33%) Oracle SOA Suite
Business Applications
1 5 (16.67%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 11 (36.67%) Microsoft Azure
2 9 (30.00%) Amazon AWS
2 9 (30.00%) PaaS
3 7 (23.33%) Office 365
4 4 (13.33%) Azure Active Directory
5 3 (10.00%) IaaS
6 1 (3.33%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 7 (23.33%) Firewall
2 3 (10.00%) SAN
3 2 (6.67%) Reverse Proxy
4 1 (3.33%) LAN
4 1 (3.33%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (20.00%) SQL Server
2 5 (16.67%) Big Data
2 5 (16.67%) NoSQL
3 3 (10.00%) MySQL
3 3 (10.00%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (3.33%) Azure SQL Database
4 1 (3.33%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 6 (20.00%) Jenkins
2 4 (13.33%) Visual Studio
2 4 (13.33%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 2 (6.67%) Cucumber
3 2 (6.67%) Git (software)
4 1 (3.33%) Bitbucket
4 1 (3.33%) JIRA
4 1 (3.33%) Maven
General
1 2 (6.67%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 9 (30.00%) Architect
1 9 (30.00%) DevOps Engineer
2 5 (16.67%) 3rd Line Engineer
3 4 (13.33%) Azure Architect
3 4 (13.33%) Sitecore Architect
4 2 (6.67%) DBA
4 2 (6.67%) Server Engineer
4 2 (6.67%) Solutions Architect
4 2 (6.67%) SQL DBA
5 1 (3.33%) AWS Architect
5 1 (3.33%) Azure Consultant
5 1 (3.33%) Azure Engineer
5 1 (3.33%) Citrix Engineer
5 1 (3.33%) Citrix Server Engineer
5 1 (3.33%) Cloud Solutions Architect
5 1 (3.33%) Consultant
5 1 (3.33%) Data Architect
5 1 (3.33%) Infrastructure Solutions Architect
5 1 (3.33%) Integration Architect
5 1 (3.33%) VMware Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (46.67%) Web Services
2 9 (30.00%) RESTful
3 5 (16.67%) Node.js
3 5 (16.67%) React
4 4 (13.33%) HTML
4 4 (13.33%) JSON
4 4 (13.33%) KML
4 4 (13.33%) Middleware
4 4 (13.33%) SOAP
4 4 (13.33%) XML
5 2 (6.67%) LAMP
5 2 (6.67%) LAPP Stack
6 1 (3.33%) IBM Integration Bus
6 1 (3.33%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 5 (16.67%) Enterprise Software
1 5 (16.67%) iPad
1 5 (16.67%) Mobile App
2 4 (13.33%) Greenfield Project
3 3 (10.00%) Data Centre
4 2 (6.67%) PKI
5 1 (3.33%) Clustering
5 1 (3.33%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 9 (30.00%) Windows
2 7 (23.33%) Windows Server
2 7 (23.33%) Windows Server 2003
3 5 (16.67%) Linux
4 4 (13.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (6.67%) CentOS
5 2 (6.67%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (6.67%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (3.33%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (43.33%) Migration
2 9 (30.00%) DevOps
3 6 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
3 6 (20.00%) Network Virtualisation
3 6 (20.00%) Open Source
4 5 (16.67%) E-Commerce
5 4 (13.33%) Analytics
5 4 (13.33%) Data Migration
5 4 (13.33%) MVC
5 4 (13.33%) Release Management
5 4 (13.33%) Resource Management
5 4 (13.33%) Security Hardening
6 2 (6.67%) Change Control
6 2 (6.67%) Data Management
6 2 (6.67%) High Availability
6 2 (6.67%) Kanban
6 2 (6.67%) Performance Testing
6 2 (6.67%) Security Patching
6 2 (6.67%) Server Building
6 2 (6.67%) Virtual Infrastructure
Programming Languages
1 9 (30.00%) JavaScript
2 7 (23.33%) Python
2 7 (23.33%) Ruby
3 6 (20.00%) Java
3 6 (20.00%) Shell Script
4 5 (16.67%) C#
4 5 (16.67%) C++
4 5 (16.67%) Groovy
4 5 (16.67%) SQL
5 3 (10.00%) Bash Shell
5 3 (10.00%) PowerShell
6 2 (6.67%) Korn
6 2 (6.67%) Perl
6 2 (6.67%) PHP
7 1 (3.33%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 1 (3.33%) Degree
1 1 (3.33%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 11 (36.67%) Hyper-V
2 9 (30.00%) Active Directory
3 7 (23.33%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (20.00%) Docker
5 4 (13.33%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (6.67%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 2 (6.67%) vSphere
6 2 (6.67%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 11 (36.67%) Puppet
2 7 (23.33%) Ansible
2 7 (23.33%) Opscode Chef
3 5 (16.67%) Kubernetes
4 2 (6.67%) Packer
4 2 (6.67%) Red Hat Satellite
4 2 (6.67%) SCOM
4 2 (6.67%) vCenter Server
4 2 (6.67%) vMotion
4 2 (6.67%) WSUS
5 1 (3.33%) HP SIM
5 1 (3.33%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (3.33%) Microsoft Clustering
5 1 (3.33%) Salt
5 1 (3.33%) SCCM
5 1 (3.33%) SmoothWall
5 1 (3.33%) Terraform
Vendors
1 11 (36.67%) Microsoft
2 7 (23.33%) VMware
3 6 (20.00%) Cisco
4 5 (16.67%) Fortinet
4 5 (16.67%) Oracle
5 4 (13.33%) Capita
5 4 (13.33%) HP
5 4 (13.33%) SendGrid
5 4 (13.33%) Sitecore
6 2 (6.67%) Avaya
6 2 (6.67%) Citrix
6 2 (6.67%) Compaq
6 2 (6.67%) Red Hat
7 1 (3.33%) Altiris
7 1 (3.33%) Atlassian
7 1 (3.33%) IBM
7 1 (3.33%) Ivanti
7 1 (3.33%) McAfee
7 1 (3.33%) SAP
7 1 (3.33%) TIBCO