Period
to 20 November 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East 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 November 2019 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 > South East
6 months to
20 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 240 272 263
Rank change year-on-year +32 -9 +32
Contract jobs citing Virtual Machines 107 119 109
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.79% 0.71% 0.65%
As % of the System Software category 4.96% 4.53% 4.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 85 77 62
South East median daily rate £475 £429 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.85% +37.12% -21.88%
10th Percentile £349 £279 £213
90th Percentile £613 £559 £550
England median daily rate £475 £500 £415
% change year-on-year -5.00% +20.48% -5.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 1
South East median hourly rate £40.00 £21.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +90.48% +50.00% +21.74%
10th Percentile £15.90 £13.20 £13.50
90th Percentile £42.50 £39.80 £14.50
England median hourly rate £40.00 £18.70 £47.83
% change year-on-year +113.90% -60.90% +82.21%

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 South East with a requirement for system software skills.

All System Software Skills
South East
Contract vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 2,158 2,625 2,442
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 16.02% 15.76% 14.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,277 1,567 1,454
South East median daily rate £425 £425 £394
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.87% +5.07%
10th Percentile £159 £181 £144
90th Percentile £603 £575 £538
England median daily rate £450 £451 £425
% change year-on-year -0.11% +6.00% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 151 173 182
South East median hourly rate £17.16 £16.00 £16.71
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.25% -4.22% +11.37%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.52 £10.26
90th Percentile £53.75 £44.35 £45.00
England median hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year +3.13% -3.03% +3.13%

Virtual Machines
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing Virtual Machines as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

Job vacancy trend for Virtual Machines in the South East

Virtual Machines
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Virtual Machines in the South East.

Contractor daily rate trend for Virtual Machines in the South East

Virtual Machines
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Virtual Machines in the South East over the 6 months to 20 November 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Virtual Machines in the South East

Virtual Machines
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Virtual Machines in the South East.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Virtual Machines in the South East

Virtual Machines
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Virtual Machines in the South East over the 6 months to 20 November 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Virtual Machines in the South East

Virtual Machines
Contract Job Locations in the South East

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 South East region over the 6 months to 20 November 2019. 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
Thames Valley +8 45 £498 +28.39% 11
Berkshire +4 28 £520 +2.72% 7
Hampshire +12 23 £463 +15.63% 5
West Sussex +29 16 £394 -17.75% 1
Surrey +48 15 £469 -3.85% 3
Buckinghamshire +7 9 £440 +16.94% 1
Oxfordshire +35 8 £450 +2.86% 3
East Sussex +9 4 £900 +125.00% 1
Kent +8 3 £425 +25.93% 4
Virtual Machines
England

For the 6 months to 20 November 2019, 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 South East region with a requirement for Virtual Machines.

1 57 (53.27%) Windows
2 55 (51.40%) Microsoft
2 55 (51.40%) Azure
3 40 (37.38%) VMware
4 38 (35.51%) DevOps
5 37 (34.58%) PowerShell
6 34 (31.78%) SQL
7 33 (30.84%) Active Directory
7 33 (30.84%) VMware Infrastructure
8 30 (28.04%) Agile Software Development
9 29 (27.10%) IaaS
10 28 (26.17%) C#
11 27 (25.23%) Security Cleared
11 27 (25.23%) Windows Server
12 26 (24.30%) Python
13 25 (23.36%) Linux
14 24 (22.43%) SQL Server
15 23 (21.50%) DNS
15 23 (21.50%) PaaS
16 22 (20.56%) Test Automation
17 21 (19.63%) Clustering
18 20 (18.69%) Continuous Integration
18 20 (18.69%) .NET
18 20 (18.69%) Docker
18 20 (18.69%) Network Virtualisation
19 19 (17.76%) Continuous Delivery
20 17 (15.89%) Citrix
21 16 (14.95%) DV Cleared
21 16 (14.95%) Kubernetes
22 15 (14.02%) GCP

Virtual Machines
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 11 (10.28%) Skype for Business
2 10 (9.35%) SharePoint
3 8 (7.48%) MS Exchange
4 7 (6.54%) Exchange Server 2013
4 7 (6.54%) IIS
5 3 (2.80%) Exchange Server 2010
5 3 (2.80%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.93%) Apache
6 1 (0.93%) MS Project Server
6 1 (0.93%) Oracle Service Bus
6 1 (0.93%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 3 (2.80%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.87%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.93%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.87%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (0.93%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 55 (51.40%) Azure
2 29 (27.10%) IaaS
3 23 (21.50%) PaaS
4 15 (14.02%) GCP
5 13 (12.15%) AWS
6 9 (8.41%) Power Platform
7 7 (6.54%) Office 365
8 6 (5.61%) Azure Data Factory
9 5 (4.67%) Azure Active Directory
10 3 (2.80%) AWS CloudFormation
10 3 (2.80%) Mimecast
10 3 (2.80%) SaaS
11 1 (0.93%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 1 (0.93%) Azure Functions
11 1 (0.93%) OpenShift
11 1 (0.93%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 23 (21.50%) DNS
2 14 (13.08%) Firewall
3 13 (12.15%) TCP/IP
4 11 (10.28%) DHCP
4 11 (10.28%) Skype
5 10 (9.35%) SAN
6 6 (5.61%) Internet
6 6 (5.61%) iSCSI
7 4 (3.74%) Fibre Channel
7 4 (3.74%) LAN
7 4 (3.74%) VSAN
7 4 (3.74%) WAN
8 3 (2.80%) Unified Communications
8 3 (2.80%) VLAN
9 2 (1.87%) NetScaler
9 2 (1.87%) Network Security
9 2 (1.87%) VoIP
10 1 (0.93%) HTTP
10 1 (0.93%) PBX
10 1 (0.93%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (22.43%) SQL Server
2 12 (11.21%) SQL Server 2016
3 11 (10.28%) Azure SQL Database
4 9 (8.41%) Power BI
5 8 (7.48%) Data Lake
5 8 (7.48%) HDInsight
5 8 (7.48%) SQL Server 2012
5 8 (7.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 7 (6.54%) Cosmos DB
6 7 (6.54%) SQL Server 2014
7 5 (4.67%) Redis
8 3 (2.80%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
8 3 (2.80%) Data Warehouse
8 3 (2.80%) Oracle Database
9 2 (1.87%) DB2
10 1 (0.93%) GIS
10 1 (0.93%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 14 (13.08%) Git (software)
1 14 (13.08%) Visual Studio Team System
2 11 (10.28%) Visual Studio
3 4 (3.74%) Jenkins
4 3 (2.80%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.93%) JIRA
5 1 (0.93%) Selenium
5 1 (0.93%) Sonatype Nexus
5 1 (0.93%) Subversion
General
1 4 (3.74%) Finance
1 4 (3.74%) French Language
1 4 (3.74%) German Language
2 3 (2.80%) Billing
3 2 (1.87%) Advertising
3 2 (1.87%) Manufacturing
3 2 (1.87%) Public Sector
3 2 (1.87%) Retail
4 1 (0.93%) Back Office
4 1 (0.93%) Law
4 1 (0.93%) Marketing
4 1 (0.93%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 20 (18.69%) Azure Engineer
2 17 (15.89%) Azure DevOps
3 16 (14.95%) DevOps Engineer
4 14 (13.08%) Azure DevOps Engineer
5 13 (12.15%) Architect
5 13 (12.15%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 9 (8.41%) Support Engineer
7 8 (7.48%) Automation Engineer
8 6 (5.61%) Consultant
9 5 (4.67%) Azure Developer
9 5 (4.67%) Cloud Engineer
9 5 (4.67%) Developer
9 5 (4.67%) Storage Engineer
9 5 (4.67%) Technical Engineer
10 4 (3.74%) Administrator
10 4 (3.74%) C# Developer
10 4 (3.74%) Technical Architect
10 4 (3.74%) Wintel Engineer
11 3 (2.80%) 3rd Line Support
11 3 (2.80%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (18.69%) .NET
2 12 (11.21%) .NET Framework
3 8 (7.48%) Web Services
4 7 (6.54%) 802.1X
5 4 (3.74%) LDAP
6 3 (2.80%) .NET Core
6 3 (2.80%) Middleware
6 3 (2.80%) Node.js
7 1 (0.93%) ADO
7 1 (0.93%) CSS
7 1 (0.93%) HTML
7 1 (0.93%) OAuth
7 1 (0.93%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 21 (19.63%) Clustering
2 12 (11.21%) Data Centre
3 9 (8.41%) PKI
4 6 (5.61%) Management Information System
5 5 (4.67%) Greenfield Project
6 4 (3.74%) Analytical Skills
6 4 (3.74%) Linux Command Line
6 4 (3.74%) Public Cloud
6 4 (3.74%) VxBlock/Vblock
7 3 (2.80%) Blog
7 3 (2.80%) Private Cloud
8 2 (1.87%) Internet of Things
8 2 (1.87%) Life Science
8 2 (1.87%) Replication
8 2 (1.87%) Self-Motivation
8 2 (1.87%) Taxonomies
9 1 (0.93%) AS400
9 1 (0.93%) CMDB
9 1 (0.93%) Mainframe
9 1 (0.93%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 57 (53.27%) Windows
2 27 (25.23%) Windows Server
3 25 (23.36%) Linux
4 13 (12.15%) VMS
5 12 (11.21%) Windows Server 2012
6 8 (7.48%) Windows 7
6 8 (7.48%) Windows 8
6 8 (7.48%) Windows Server 2008
7 6 (5.61%) Windows 10
8 4 (3.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 3 (2.80%) Data ONTAP
10 2 (1.87%) Unix
11 1 (0.93%) CentOS
11 1 (0.93%) HPUX
11 1 (0.93%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.93%) Solaris
11 1 (0.93%) Windows Server 2003
11 1 (0.93%) Windows Vista
11 1 (0.93%) Windows XP
11 1 (0.93%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (35.51%) DevOps
2 30 (28.04%) Agile Software Development
3 22 (20.56%) Test Automation
4 20 (18.69%) Continuous Integration
4 20 (18.69%) Network Virtualisation
5 19 (17.76%) Continuous Delivery
6 15 (14.02%) Configuration Management
7 14 (13.08%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 13 (12.15%) Infrastructure as Code
9 12 (11.21%) Open Source
9 12 (11.21%) Scrum
10 11 (10.28%) Analytics
10 11 (10.28%) High Availability
10 11 (10.28%) Software Engineering
11 10 (9.35%) Server Management
11 10 (9.35%) TDD
12 9 (8.41%) Computer Science
12 9 (8.41%) Infrastructure Management
12 9 (8.41%) Migration
12 9 (8.41%) Software Architecture
Programming Languages
1 37 (34.58%) PowerShell
2 34 (31.78%) SQL
3 28 (26.17%) C#
4 26 (24.30%) Python
5 10 (9.35%) Bash Shell
6 7 (6.54%) JavaScript
6 7 (6.54%) PHP
6 7 (6.54%) R
7 6 (5.61%) Ruby
8 5 (4.67%) C
8 5 (4.67%) VBScript
9 4 (3.74%) Java
10 3 (2.80%) Go
10 3 (2.80%) Perl
11 1 (0.93%) COBOL
11 1 (0.93%) PHP 7
11 1 (0.93%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.93%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 27 (25.23%) Security Cleared
2 16 (14.95%) DV Cleared
3 11 (10.28%) Degree
3 11 (10.28%) SC Cleared
4 8 (7.48%) Microsoft Certification
5 6 (5.61%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 4 (3.74%) CCNA
6 4 (3.74%) Cisco Certification
6 4 (3.74%) Computer Science Degree
7 3 (2.80%) CCA
7 3 (2.80%) Citrix Certification
7 3 (2.80%) MCTS
7 3 (2.80%) VCAP
7 3 (2.80%) VCP4
7 3 (2.80%) VCP5
8 2 (1.87%) MCSE
8 2 (1.87%) NCDA
8 2 (1.87%) NCIE
8 2 (1.87%) RHCE
8 2 (1.87%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (5.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (2.80%) NCSC
2 3 (2.80%) QA
3 2 (1.87%) SLA
4 1 (0.93%) GAMP
4 1 (0.93%) GDPR
4 1 (0.93%) HIPAA
4 1 (0.93%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 1 (0.93%) NIST
4 1 (0.93%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.93%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.93%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 33 (30.84%) Active Directory
1 33 (30.84%) VMware Infrastructure
2 20 (18.69%) Docker
3 13 (12.15%) Hyper-V
3 13 (12.15%) Virtual Servers
4 11 (10.28%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 10 (9.35%) XenApp
6 9 (8.41%) vSphere
6 9 (8.41%) XenDesktop
7 7 (6.54%) NFS
7 7 (6.54%) vCloud
7 7 (6.54%) VMware ESXi
8 3 (2.80%) Citrix Hypervisor
8 3 (2.80%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
8 3 (2.80%) Veritas Cluster Server
9 2 (1.87%) Firmware
9 2 (1.87%) VMFS
9 2 (1.87%) VMware NSX
10 1 (0.93%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 1 (0.93%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 16 (14.95%) Kubernetes
2 12 (11.21%) Puppet
2 12 (11.21%) vCenter Server
3 10 (9.35%) Microsoft Clustering
4 8 (7.48%) Ansible
5 7 (6.54%) SCCM
5 7 (6.54%) Terraform
6 6 (5.61%) Opscode Chef
7 5 (4.67%) Cisco CUCM
7 5 (4.67%) SCVMM
8 4 (3.74%) EMC NetWorker
8 4 (3.74%) SCOM
8 4 (3.74%) vRealize
9 3 (2.80%) Microsoft Intune
9 3 (2.80%) Single Sign-On
9 3 (2.80%) Tivoli
9 3 (2.80%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 3 (2.80%) vMotion
10 2 (1.87%) PowerCLI
10 2 (1.87%) WSUS
Vendors
1 55 (51.40%) Microsoft
2 40 (37.38%) VMware
3 17 (15.89%) Citrix
4 15 (14.02%) Google
4 15 (14.02%) Oracle
5 12 (11.21%) Cisco
6 10 (9.35%) Dell
7 5 (4.67%) Databricks
7 5 (4.67%) EMC
8 4 (3.74%) CA
8 4 (3.74%) Clearswift
8 4 (3.74%) HP
8 4 (3.74%) Juniper
8 4 (3.74%) NetApp
8 4 (3.74%) Red Hat
9 3 (2.80%) IFS
9 3 (2.80%) Veritas
10 2 (1.87%) 3PAR
10 2 (1.87%) Palo Alto
10 2 (1.87%) Veeam