The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for VMS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited VMS over the 3 months to 30 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.

VMS
England / North West
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 128 153 142
Rank change year-on-year +25 -11  
Contract jobs citing VMS 3 8 14
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.12% 0.21% 0.39%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.63% 0.96% 1.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 1 10
Median daily rate £530 £460 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.21% +11.51%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £455 £400
% change year-on-year -1.09% +13.75%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year - +25.00%  

VMS 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 476 831 780
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 18.30% 21.36% 21.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 321 430 373
Median daily rate £363 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.33% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £230 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £365 £338
% change year-on-year +5.47% +8.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 68 95
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 £10.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £20.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -6.06% +6.45%  

VMS
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

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

Job vacancy trend for VMS in the North West

VMS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for VMS in the North West

VMS
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 VMS in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for VMS in the North West

VMS
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 VMS within the North West region over the 3 months to 30 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester - 3 £530 -
VMS
England

For the 6 months to 30 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing VMS 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 VMS.

1 3 (100.00%) VLAN
1 3 (100.00%) Qualys
1 3 (100.00%) Splunk
1 3 (100.00%) ArcSight
1 3 (100.00%) SIEM
1 3 (100.00%) AlienVault
1 3 (100.00%) QRadar
2 2 (66.67%) ArcSight ESM
2 2 (66.67%) Cybersecurity
2 2 (66.67%) Network Security
3 1 (33.33%) PCI DSS
3 1 (33.33%) Performance Tuning
3 1 (33.33%) Linux
3 1 (33.33%) TCP/IP
3 1 (33.33%) HTTPS
3 1 (33.33%) SSL
3 1 (33.33%) ISEB
3 1 (33.33%) CISSP
3 1 (33.33%) CISM
3 1 (33.33%) Firewall
3 1 (33.33%) Finance
3 1 (33.33%) PuTTY
3 1 (33.33%) SSH
3 1 (33.33%) Intrusion Detection
3 1 (33.33%) Linux Command Line

VMS
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:

Communications & Networking
1 3 (100.00%) VLAN
2 2 (66.67%) Network Security
3 1 (33.33%) Firewall
3 1 (33.33%) HTTPS
3 1 (33.33%) Intrusion Detection
3 1 (33.33%) PuTTY
3 1 (33.33%) SSH
3 1 (33.33%) SSL
3 1 (33.33%) TCP/IP
General
1 1 (33.33%) Finance
Job Titles
1 2 (66.67%) Cybersecurity Specialist
1 2 (66.67%) Security Specialist
2 1 (33.33%) SIEM Specialist
2 1 (33.33%) VMS Specialist
Miscellaneous
1 1 (33.33%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 1 (33.33%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (100.00%) SIEM
2 2 (66.67%) Cybersecurity
3 1 (33.33%) Performance Tuning
Qualifications
1 1 (33.33%) CISM
1 1 (33.33%) CISSP
1 1 (33.33%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (33.33%) PCI DSS
Systems Management
1 3 (100.00%) QRadar
2 2 (66.67%) ArcSight ESM
Vendors
1 3 (100.00%) AlienVault
1 3 (100.00%) ArcSight
1 3 (100.00%) Qualys
1 3 (100.00%) Splunk