The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for VME skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited VME over the 3 months to 28 March 2017 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.

ICL VME
England / North West
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank - 130 148
Contract jobs citing VME 0 30 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West - 0.78% 0.22%
As % of the Operating Systems category - 3.61% 1.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 25 6
Median daily rate - £300 £378
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -20.52%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £300 £375
% change year-on-year +33.33% -20.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

VME is in the operating system skills category. The next 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 operating system skills.

Contract Operating System Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 472 830 799
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 18.27% 21.58% 21.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 322 430 384
Median daily rate £363 £375 £364
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.33% +3.09%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £230 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £514
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £363 £338
% change year-on-year +6.89% +7.40%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 68 94
Median hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +14.28%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.00 £10.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £20.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.25 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -7.57% +6.45%  

VME
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing VME as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Operating Systems category.

Job vacancy trend for VME in the North West

VME
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for VME in the North West

VME
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for VME in the North West

VME
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing VME also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for VME.

1 21 (100.00%) ICL
2 16 (76.19%) StarTeam
3 14 (66.67%) COBOL
3 14 (66.67%) HP
3 14 (66.67%) Virtual Machines
4 13 (61.90%) Software Engineering
5 12 (57.14%) TDD
6 7 (33.33%) ITIL
6 7 (33.33%) Change Management
6 7 (33.33%) High Availability
7 6 (28.57%) Continuous Delivery
7 6 (28.57%) Data Management
7 6 (28.57%) Integration Testing
8 5 (23.81%) Problem Management
8 5 (23.81%) Release Management
8 5 (23.81%) Service Management
8 5 (23.81%) Linux
8 5 (23.81%) BPSS Clearance
9 4 (19.05%) Security Cleared
9 4 (19.05%) Fujitsu
10 3 (14.29%) Service Delivery
10 3 (14.29%) Tandem
10 3 (14.29%) Business Continuity
10 3 (14.29%) Disaster Recovery
10 3 (14.29%) ITSM
10 3 (14.29%) Capacity Planning
10 3 (14.29%) Disclosure Scotland
10 3 (14.29%) Operational Acceptance Testing
11 2 (9.52%) ITIL V3
11 2 (9.52%) ServiceNow

VME
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:

Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.76%) IDMS
Development Applications
1 16 (76.19%) StarTeam
General
1 1 (4.76%) Finance
Job Titles
1 12 (57.14%) Developer
2 7 (33.33%) Lead Developer
3 5 (23.81%) Operations Engineer
4 4 (19.05%) Senior Developer
4 4 (19.05%) Senior Operations Engineer
5 3 (14.29%) COBOL Developer
6 2 (9.52%) Configuration Manager
6 2 (9.52%) Digital Developer
7 1 (4.76%) Mainframe Developer
7 1 (4.76%) Principal Engineer
7 1 (4.76%) Principal Software Engineer
7 1 (4.76%) Senior COBOL Developer
7 1 (4.76%) Software Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 3 (14.29%) Tandem
2 2 (9.52%) CMDB
3 1 (4.76%) Mainframe
3 1 (4.76%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 5 (23.81%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (61.90%) Software Engineering
2 12 (57.14%) TDD
3 7 (33.33%) Change Management
3 7 (33.33%) High Availability
3 7 (33.33%) ITIL
4 6 (28.57%) Continuous Delivery
4 6 (28.57%) Data Management
4 6 (28.57%) Integration Testing
5 5 (23.81%) Problem Management
5 5 (23.81%) Release Management
5 5 (23.81%) Service Management
6 3 (14.29%) Business Continuity
6 3 (14.29%) Capacity Planning
6 3 (14.29%) Disaster Recovery
6 3 (14.29%) ITSM
6 3 (14.29%) Operational Acceptance Testing
6 3 (14.29%) Service Delivery
7 2 (9.52%) CMMI
7 2 (9.52%) Configuration Management
7 2 (9.52%) ITIL V3
Programming Languages
1 14 (66.67%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 5 (23.81%) BPSS Clearance
2 4 (19.05%) Security Cleared
3 1 (4.76%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (14.29%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 14 (66.67%) Virtual Machines
Vendors
1 21 (100.00%) ICL
2 14 (66.67%) HP
3 4 (19.05%) Fujitsu
4 2 (9.52%) ServiceNow
5 1 (4.76%) Capita