Period
to 24 June 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 24 June 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
24 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 230 284 288
Rank change year-on-year +54 +4 -55
Contract jobs citing Virtual Machines 125 100 70
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.85% 0.60% 0.45%
As % of the System Software category 5.36% 4.24% 3.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 86 54 40
South East median daily rate £453 £425 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.47% +25.93% -17.68%
10th Percentile £231 £300 £150
90th Percentile £593 £523 £494
England median daily rate £489 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +2.89% +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 0
South East median hourly rate £23.75 £43.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -44.77% - -
England median hourly rate £36.67 £45.25 £17.50
% change year-on-year -18.96% +158.57% -22.22%

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 2,330 2,361 1,903
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 15.83% 14.23% 12.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,466 1,279 1,090
South East median daily rate £434 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.27% +5.00% +6.67%
10th Percentile £190 £185 £163
90th Percentile £600 £569 £538
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 142 173 159
South East median hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +3.03% +2.33%
10th Percentile £10.64 £10.50 £10.40
90th Percentile £48.75 £45.13 £43.00
England median hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +3.23%

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 24 June 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
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 24 June 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 +31 55 £443 +4.86% 1
Berkshire -3 34 £488 +16.42%
Hampshire +7 25 £500 +5.26% 4
Kent +12 21 £250 -23.08%
Buckinghamshire +17 14 £400 -5.21%
Surrey +25 11 £475 +11.44%
West Sussex +12 8 £550 +12.24% 1
Oxfordshire +29 7 £600 - 1
East Sussex - 5 £288 - 1
Virtual Machines
England

For the 6 months to 24 June 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 69 (55.20%) Windows
2 66 (52.80%) Microsoft Azure
3 49 (39.20%) Microsoft
4 42 (33.60%) VMware
5 40 (32.00%) VMware Infrastructure
5 40 (32.00%) PowerShell
5 40 (32.00%) IaaS
5 40 (32.00%) DevOps
6 32 (25.60%) PaaS
7 31 (24.80%) SQL
8 30 (24.00%) Active Directory
9 29 (23.20%) Agile Software Development
10 27 (21.60%) Visual Studio Team System
11 21 (16.80%) Analytics
11 21 (16.80%) SAN
12 20 (16.00%) Visual Studio
13 19 (15.20%) ITIL
13 19 (15.20%) Data Centre
14 18 (14.40%) Network Virtualisation
14 18 (14.40%) Linux
14 18 (14.40%) Dell
14 18 (14.40%) Scrum
14 18 (14.40%) Hyper-V
14 18 (14.40%) EqualLogic
15 17 (13.60%) Security Cleared
15 17 (13.60%) Continuous Integration
15 17 (13.60%) Infrastructure as Code
15 17 (13.60%) Continuous Delivery
15 17 (13.60%) Windows Server
16 16 (12.80%) Windows Server 2012

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 5 (4.00%) SharePoint
2 4 (3.20%) Skype for Business
3 3 (2.40%) Apache
3 3 (2.40%) WordPress
4 2 (1.60%) Elasticsearch
4 2 (1.60%) Exchange Server 2013
4 2 (1.60%) MS Exchange
4 2 (1.60%) WebSphere
5 1 (0.80%) Apache Solr
5 1 (0.80%) Apache Spark
5 1 (0.80%) IBM HTTP Server
5 1 (0.80%) IIS
5 1 (0.80%) Liferay
5 1 (0.80%) MS Project Server
5 1 (0.80%) SharePoint Server
Cloud Services
1 66 (52.80%) Microsoft Azure
2 40 (32.00%) IaaS
3 32 (25.60%) PaaS
4 15 (12.00%) Azure Active Directory
5 14 (11.20%) Amazon AWS
5 14 (11.20%) Power Platform
6 9 (7.20%) Office 365
7 7 (5.60%) Google Cloud Platform
8 4 (3.20%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 3 (2.40%) Azure Data Factory
10 2 (1.60%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 2 (1.60%) AWS CloudFormation
10 2 (1.60%) Datadog
10 2 (1.60%) OpenShift
10 2 (1.60%) SaaS
11 1 (0.80%) Azure Functions
11 1 (0.80%) Azure Stack
11 1 (0.80%) Cortana Intelligence Suite
11 1 (0.80%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 21 (16.80%) SAN
2 14 (11.20%) DNS
3 7 (5.60%) Firewall
3 7 (5.60%) WAN
4 5 (4.00%) Skype
5 4 (3.20%) LAN
6 3 (2.40%) SSL
6 3 (2.40%) Unified Communications
6 3 (2.40%) Wi-Fi
7 2 (1.60%) Internet
7 2 (1.60%) MPLS
7 2 (1.60%) VLAN
7 2 (1.60%) VoIP
7 2 (1.60%) Wireless
8 1 (0.80%) Cisco ASA
8 1 (0.80%) iSCSI
8 1 (0.80%) ISDN
8 1 (0.80%) NAS
8 1 (0.80%) Network Security
8 1 (0.80%) VPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (12.00%) Data Lake
2 14 (11.20%) HDInsight
2 14 (11.20%) Power BI
2 14 (11.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 8 (6.40%) SQL Server
4 7 (5.60%) Azure SQL Database
5 5 (4.00%) SQL Server 2012
6 3 (2.40%) SQL Server 2014
6 3 (2.40%) SQL Server 2016
7 2 (1.60%) Big Data
7 2 (1.60%) Redis
8 1 (0.80%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.80%) Cosmos DB
8 1 (0.80%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.80%) DB2
8 1 (0.80%) GIS
8 1 (0.80%) Hadoop
8 1 (0.80%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 27 (21.60%) Visual Studio Team System
2 20 (16.00%) Visual Studio
3 4 (3.20%) Git (software)
4 3 (2.40%) Moq
4 3 (2.40%) MSTest
5 2 (1.60%) Vagrant
6 1 (0.80%) Gerrit
6 1 (0.80%) IntelliJ
6 1 (0.80%) Jenkins
6 1 (0.80%) JIRA
6 1 (0.80%) Maven
6 1 (0.80%) Octopus Deploy
6 1 (0.80%) PyCharm
6 1 (0.80%) Sonatype Nexus
6 1 (0.80%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.80%) Visual Studio Code
General
1 8 (6.40%) Billing
2 6 (4.80%) Telecoms
3 4 (3.20%) Finance
4 2 (1.60%) Advertising
4 2 (1.60%) French Language
4 2 (1.60%) German Language
5 1 (0.80%) Banking
5 1 (0.80%) Financial Institution
5 1 (0.80%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.80%) Retail
Job Titles
1 26 (20.80%) DevOps Engineer
2 25 (20.00%) Azure Engineer
3 15 (12.00%) Azure DevOps
4 12 (9.60%) Architect
4 12 (9.60%) Azure DevOps Engineer
4 12 (9.60%) IT Support
5 8 (6.40%) Consultant
5 8 (6.40%) Infrastructure Support
5 8 (6.40%) Support Engineer
6 7 (5.60%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
6 7 (5.60%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Support
6 7 (5.60%) 3rd Line Support
6 7 (5.60%) Technical Engineer
7 6 (4.80%) Azure Architect
7 6 (4.80%) Developer
7 6 (4.80%) Senior Test Engineer
7 6 (4.80%) Test Engineer
8 5 (4.00%) Cloud Engineer
8 5 (4.00%) IT Engineer
8 5 (4.00%) SAN Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (8.80%) .NET
2 9 (7.20%) .NET Framework
3 6 (4.80%) JSON
4 4 (3.20%) Web Services
5 3 (2.40%) Kafka
5 3 (2.40%) Task Parallel Library
5 3 (2.40%) Unity DI Container
5 3 (2.40%) WPF
6 2 (1.60%) ASP.NET
6 2 (1.60%) ASP.NET MVC
6 2 (1.60%) Elastic Stack
6 2 (1.60%) LDAP
7 1 (0.80%) 802.1X
7 1 (0.80%) CSS
7 1 (0.80%) HTML
7 1 (0.80%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 19 (15.20%) Data Centre
2 14 (11.20%) Clustering
3 6 (4.80%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (4.80%) Hybrid Cloud
4 3 (2.40%) Blog
4 3 (2.40%) EPoS
4 3 (2.40%) Public Cloud
4 3 (2.40%) Replication
4 3 (2.40%) VxBlock/Vblock
5 2 (1.60%) Client/Server
5 2 (1.60%) Management Information System
5 2 (1.60%) PKI
5 2 (1.60%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (0.80%) Cloud Native
6 1 (0.80%) Enterprise Cloud
6 1 (0.80%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (0.80%) Hedge funds
6 1 (0.80%) Internet of Things
6 1 (0.80%) Private Cloud
6 1 (0.80%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 69 (55.20%) Windows
2 18 (14.40%) Linux
3 17 (13.60%) Windows Server
4 16 (12.80%) Windows Server 2012
5 4 (3.20%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (1.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (1.60%) Windows 10
6 2 (1.60%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.80%) Unix
7 1 (0.80%) VMS
7 1 (0.80%) Windows 8
7 1 (0.80%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (32.00%) DevOps
2 29 (23.20%) Agile Software Development
3 21 (16.80%) Analytics
4 19 (15.20%) ITIL
5 18 (14.40%) Network Virtualisation
5 18 (14.40%) Scrum
6 17 (13.60%) Continuous Delivery
6 17 (13.60%) Continuous Integration
6 17 (13.60%) Infrastructure as Code
7 16 (12.80%) Change Management
7 16 (12.80%) Test Automation
8 15 (12.00%) Data Management
8 15 (12.00%) Security Testing
8 15 (12.00%) Service Management
9 14 (11.20%) Business Intelligence
9 14 (11.20%) Data-Driven Testing
10 12 (9.60%) Configuration Management
11 11 (8.80%) Data Science
11 11 (8.80%) Migration
12 10 (8.00%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 40 (32.00%) PowerShell
2 31 (24.80%) SQL
3 11 (8.80%) C#
4 10 (8.00%) Python
5 5 (4.00%) C
5 5 (4.00%) JavaScript
6 3 (2.40%) Java
6 3 (2.40%) PHP
6 3 (2.40%) R
7 1 (0.80%) Bash Shell
7 1 (0.80%) C++
7 1 (0.80%) Ruby
7 1 (0.80%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 17 (13.60%) Security Cleared
2 13 (10.40%) SC Cleared
3 8 (6.40%) DV Cleared
4 6 (4.80%) Degree
4 6 (4.80%) Microsoft Certification
5 4 (3.20%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 3 (2.40%) CCA
6 3 (2.40%) Cisco Certification
6 3 (2.40%) Citrix Certification
6 3 (2.40%) MCSE
6 3 (2.40%) MCTS
6 3 (2.40%) VCAP
6 3 (2.40%) VCP4
6 3 (2.40%) VCP5
7 2 (1.60%) CCNA
7 2 (1.60%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.80%) CCNP
8 1 (0.80%) CISA
8 1 (0.80%) CISM
8 1 (0.80%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (4.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.80%) GAMP
2 1 (0.80%) GDPR
2 1 (0.80%) HAZOP
2 1 (0.80%) HIPAA
2 1 (0.80%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
2 1 (0.80%) NIST
2 1 (0.80%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.80%) QA
2 1 (0.80%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (0.80%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 40 (32.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 30 (24.00%) Active Directory
3 18 (14.40%) Hyper-V
4 15 (12.00%) Virtual Servers
5 9 (7.20%) vSphere
6 7 (5.60%) Docker
6 7 (5.60%) vCloud
7 3 (2.40%) Citrix Hypervisor
8 2 (1.60%) LXC
8 2 (1.60%) VirtualBox
9 1 (0.80%) NFS
9 1 (0.80%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
9 1 (0.80%) Veritas Cluster Server
9 1 (0.80%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.80%) VMware NSX
9 1 (0.80%) XenApp
9 1 (0.80%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 9 (7.20%) vCenter Server
2 8 (6.40%) Cisco CUCM
3 6 (4.80%) Terraform
4 5 (4.00%) Ansible
4 5 (4.00%) Kubernetes
4 5 (4.00%) Microsoft Clustering
5 4 (3.20%) Puppet
6 3 (2.40%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (2.40%) SCCM
6 3 (2.40%) SCVMM
6 3 (2.40%) Single Sign-On
7 2 (1.60%) Docker Swarm
7 2 (1.60%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 2 (1.60%) Packer
8 1 (0.80%) PowerCLI
8 1 (0.80%) SCDPM
8 1 (0.80%) SCOM
8 1 (0.80%) SCOrch
8 1 (0.80%) vRealize
8 1 (0.80%) vRealize Orchestrator
Vendors
1 49 (39.20%) Microsoft
2 42 (33.60%) VMware
3 18 (14.40%) Dell
3 18 (14.40%) EqualLogic
4 13 (10.40%) Cisco
5 11 (8.80%) Citrix
6 7 (5.60%) Google
7 5 (4.00%) Oracle
8 4 (3.20%) Meraki
8 4 (3.20%) PlateSpin
9 3 (2.40%) Databricks
9 3 (2.40%) HP
9 3 (2.40%) Sophos
10 2 (1.60%) 3PAR
10 2 (1.60%) New Relic
10 2 (1.60%) Splunk
11 1 (0.80%) AppDynamics
11 1 (0.80%) Aruba
11 1 (0.80%) F5
11 1 (0.80%) Ruckus Wireless