Period
to 7 April 2020

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 7 April 2020 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
7 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 173 228 281
Rank change year-on-year +55 +53 +21
Contract jobs citing Virtual Machines 104 163 99
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 1.09% 1.03% 0.59%
As % of the System Software category 7.42% 6.28% 4.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 85 111 57
Median daily rate £500 £475 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +11.76% +21.43%
10th Percentile £418 £248 £284
90th Percentile £583 £600 £550
England median daily rate £475 £500 £475
% change year-on-year -5.00% +5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 2
Median hourly rate £25.50 £12.50 £17.76
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +104.00% -29.63% -35.41%
10th Percentile £17.90 £11.25 £14.19
90th Percentile £33.10 £13.75 £21.82
England median hourly rate £28.75 £36.34 £47.83
% change year-on-year -20.88% -24.03% +73.93%

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 1,402 2,597 2,372
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 14.70% 16.49% 14.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 836 1,612 1,266
Median daily rate £425 £436 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.58% +9.06% +5.26%
10th Percentile £135 £175 £147
90th Percentile £588 £590 £575
England median daily rate £460 £475 £450
% change year-on-year -3.16% +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 122 166 149
Median hourly rate £16.13 £16.00 £16.16
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.78% -0.99% -2.06%
10th Percentile £11.85 £11.00 £10.37
90th Percentile £35.00 £48.75 £43.75
Median hourly rate £17.50 £16.00 £15.86
% change year-on-year +9.38% +0.88% -0.88%

Virtual Machines
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing Virtual Machines as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Virtual Machines in the South East.

Daily rate trend for Virtual Machines in the South East

Virtual Machines
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Virtual Machines in the South East over the 6 months to 7 April 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Virtual Machines in the South East

Virtual Machines
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Virtual Machines in the South East.

Hourly rate trend for Virtual Machines in the South East

Virtual Machines
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Virtual Machines in the South East over the 6 months to 7 April 2020.

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 7 April 2020. 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 +32 76 £500 -1.23% 9
Berkshire +36 67 £500 -4.31% 9
Hampshire +51 17 £475 - 2
Buckinghamshire +10 5 £400 +3.23%
Oxfordshire +14 4 £450 -18.18%
West Sussex +26 3 £600 +9.09%
East Sussex +23 3 - -
Surrey +50 2 £550 +12.82% 1
Virtual Machines
England

For the 6 months to 7 April 2020, 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 70 (67.31%) Windows
2 64 (61.54%) Microsoft
3 58 (55.77%) Azure
3 58 (55.77%) DevOps
4 53 (50.96%) SQL
5 50 (48.08%) IaaS
6 48 (46.15%) Continuous Integration
7 47 (45.19%) PaaS
8 46 (44.23%) Analytics
9 45 (43.27%) PowerShell
9 45 (43.27%) Agile Software Development
10 44 (42.31%) Test Automation
10 44 (42.31%) HDInsight
11 43 (41.35%) Data Management
12 41 (39.42%) Continuous Delivery
12 41 (39.42%) Data Lake
13 40 (38.46%) Power BI
13 40 (38.46%) Power Platform
13 40 (38.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 40 (38.46%) Visual Studio
13 40 (38.46%) Business Intelligence
14 37 (35.58%) Security Testing
14 37 (35.58%) Data-Driven Testing
15 33 (31.73%) Infrastructure as Code
16 31 (29.81%) Scrum
17 29 (27.88%) Informatica
18 24 (23.08%) Security Cleared
18 24 (23.08%) Project Delivery
19 22 (21.15%) VMware Infrastructure
19 22 (21.15%) VMware

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 (4.81%) IIS
1 5 (4.81%) SharePoint
1 5 (4.81%) Skype for Business
2 4 (3.85%) Exchange Server 2013
2 4 (3.85%) MS Exchange
3 3 (2.88%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 2 (1.92%) Oracle Service Bus
5 1 (0.96%) OpenStack
5 1 (0.96%) Oracle Workflow
5 1 (0.96%) WebLogic
5 1 (0.96%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 3 (2.88%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (1.92%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.96%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.96%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.96%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 58 (55.77%) Azure
2 50 (48.08%) IaaS
3 47 (45.19%) PaaS
4 40 (38.46%) Power Platform
5 7 (6.73%) GCP
6 6 (5.77%) AWS
7 4 (3.85%) Office 365
8 2 (1.92%) Azure Active Directory
8 2 (1.92%) GitHub
8 2 (1.92%) Serverless
9 1 (0.96%) Amazon EC2
9 1 (0.96%) Amazon S3
9 1 (0.96%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 14 (13.46%) DNS
1 14 (13.46%) TCP/IP
2 13 (12.50%) DHCP
3 8 (7.69%) Firewall
4 5 (4.81%) Skype
5 4 (3.85%) SNMP
5 4 (3.85%) WAN
6 3 (2.88%) LAN
6 3 (2.88%) NetScaler
6 3 (2.88%) SSL
7 2 (1.92%) 4G
7 2 (1.92%) BGP
7 2 (1.92%) HTTP
7 2 (1.92%) MPLS
7 2 (1.92%) Reverse Proxy
7 2 (1.92%) SMTP
7 2 (1.92%) Unified Communications
7 2 (1.92%) VLAN
7 2 (1.92%) VSAN
7 2 (1.92%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 44 (42.31%) HDInsight
2 41 (39.42%) Data Lake
3 40 (38.46%) Power BI
3 40 (38.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 10 (9.62%) Hadoop
5 9 (8.65%) SQL Server
6 8 (7.69%) SQL Server 2016
7 5 (4.81%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 3 (2.88%) SQL Server 2012
8 3 (2.88%) SQL Server 2014
9 1 (0.96%) Amazon Redshift
9 1 (0.96%) Big Data
9 1 (0.96%) Oracle ODI
Development Applications
1 40 (38.46%) Visual Studio
2 9 (8.65%) Git (software)
3 6 (5.77%) Visual Studio Team System
4 5 (4.81%) Jenkins
5 3 (2.88%) Subversion
6 2 (1.92%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 2 (1.92%) GitLab
6 2 (1.92%) JIRA
6 2 (1.92%) Rational DOORS
6 2 (1.92%) StarTeam
7 1 (0.96%) Maven
7 1 (0.96%) Selenium
7 1 (0.96%) Sonatype Nexus
7 1 (0.96%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 4 (3.85%) Telecoms
2 3 (2.88%) German Language
3 2 (1.92%) French Language
3 2 (1.92%) Italian Language
4 1 (0.96%) Back Office
4 1 (0.96%) Finance
4 1 (0.96%) Law
4 1 (0.96%) Legal
4 1 (0.96%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.96%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 47 (45.19%) DevOps Engineer
2 17 (16.35%) Azure Engineer
3 14 (13.46%) Azure DevOps Engineer
4 13 (12.50%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 10 (9.62%) Technical Engineer
6 7 (6.73%) Azure DevOps
6 7 (6.73%) Support Engineer
7 6 (5.77%) Architect
8 5 (4.81%) Data Engineer
9 4 (3.85%) Automation Engineer
9 4 (3.85%) Hadoop Engineer
9 4 (3.85%) Linux DevOps Engineer
9 4 (3.85%) Linux Engineer
9 4 (3.85%) Linux/Unix DevOps
10 3 (2.88%) Consultant
10 3 (2.88%) Desktop Engineer
10 3 (2.88%) Desktop Support
10 3 (2.88%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 3 (2.88%) Project Manager
10 3 (2.88%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (8.65%) 802.1X
2 7 (6.73%) .NET
3 5 (4.81%) Middleware
3 5 (4.81%) REST
4 4 (3.85%) Web Services
5 3 (2.88%) .NET Framework
5 3 (2.88%) RESTful
6 2 (1.92%) Elastic Stack
6 2 (1.92%) gRPC
6 2 (1.92%) LDAP
6 2 (1.92%) Swagger
7 1 (0.96%) Ajax
7 1 (0.96%) Java EE
7 1 (0.96%) JAXB
7 1 (0.96%) SOAP
7 1 (0.96%) Spring
7 1 (0.96%) XML
7 1 (0.96%) XSD
7 1 (0.96%) XSL
7 1 (0.96%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 10 (9.62%) PKI
2 9 (8.65%) Clustering
3 4 (3.85%) Data Centre
4 3 (2.88%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (1.92%) AS400
5 2 (1.92%) Blog
5 2 (1.92%) Mainframe
5 2 (1.92%) Replication
5 2 (1.92%) Self-Motivation
5 2 (1.92%) VxBlock/Vblock
6 1 (0.96%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
6 1 (0.96%) Life Science
6 1 (0.96%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.96%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 70 (67.31%) Windows
2 20 (19.23%) Linux
3 16 (15.38%) Windows Server
4 11 (10.58%) VMS
5 10 (9.62%) Windows 7
5 10 (9.62%) Windows 8
5 10 (9.62%) Windows Server 2012
6 6 (5.77%) Windows 10
7 3 (2.88%) Mac OS
7 3 (2.88%) Solaris
7 3 (2.88%) Windows Server 2016
8 2 (1.92%) CentOS
8 2 (1.92%) HPUX
8 2 (1.92%) Mac OS X
8 2 (1.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (1.92%) Unix
8 2 (1.92%) Windows Server 2003
8 2 (1.92%) Windows Server 2019
8 2 (1.92%) zOS
9 1 (0.96%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (55.77%) DevOps
2 48 (46.15%) Continuous Integration
3 46 (44.23%) Analytics
4 45 (43.27%) Agile Software Development
5 44 (42.31%) Test Automation
6 43 (41.35%) Data Management
7 41 (39.42%) Continuous Delivery
8 40 (38.46%) Business Intelligence
9 37 (35.58%) Data-Driven Testing
9 37 (35.58%) Security Testing
10 33 (31.73%) Infrastructure as Code
11 31 (29.81%) Scrum
12 24 (23.08%) Project Delivery
13 20 (19.23%) Data Modelling
14 13 (12.50%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 12 (11.54%) Task Automation
16 11 (10.58%) Service Management
17 10 (9.62%) ITSM
17 10 (9.62%) Network Virtualisation
18 9 (8.65%) Break/Fix
Programming Languages
1 53 (50.96%) SQL
2 45 (43.27%) PowerShell
3 14 (13.46%) C#
4 10 (9.62%) Python
5 8 (7.69%) Shell Script
6 5 (4.81%) JavaScript
7 3 (2.88%) Bash Shell
7 3 (2.88%) C
7 3 (2.88%) Java
7 3 (2.88%) PHP
7 3 (2.88%) R
8 2 (1.92%) COBOL
8 2 (1.92%) Go
9 1 (0.96%) C++
9 1 (0.96%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.96%) VBScript
9 1 (0.96%) XPath
9 1 (0.96%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 24 (23.08%) Security Cleared
2 14 (13.46%) DV Cleared
3 11 (10.58%) SC Cleared
4 8 (7.69%) Degree
5 5 (4.81%) MCTS
5 5 (4.81%) Microsoft Certification
6 3 (2.88%) A+ Certification
6 3 (2.88%) ACSP
6 3 (2.88%) MCITP
6 3 (2.88%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 2 (1.92%) BPSS Clearance
7 2 (1.92%) CCA
7 2 (1.92%) Citrix Certification
7 2 (1.92%) CompTIA Security+
7 2 (1.92%) Computer Science Degree
7 2 (1.92%) Network+ Certification
7 2 (1.92%) VCAP
7 2 (1.92%) VCP4
7 2 (1.92%) VCP5
8 1 (0.96%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.88%) QA
2 2 (1.92%) ISO/IEC 15288
System Software
1 22 (21.15%) VMware Infrastructure
2 19 (18.27%) Active Directory
3 11 (10.58%) Virtual Servers
4 10 (9.62%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 10 (9.62%) XenApp
4 10 (9.62%) XenDesktop
5 9 (8.65%) Docker
6 8 (7.69%) vSphere
7 7 (6.73%) Hyper-V
8 4 (3.85%) vCloud
8 4 (3.85%) VMware ESXi
9 3 (2.88%) Virtual Desktop
10 2 (1.92%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 2 (1.92%) NFS
10 2 (1.92%) VMFS
10 2 (1.92%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 8 (7.69%) SCOM
2 6 (5.77%) Kubernetes
2 6 (5.77%) Microsoft Clustering
2 6 (5.77%) SCVMM
3 5 (4.81%) SCCM
3 5 (4.81%) Terraform
3 5 (4.81%) vCenter Server
4 4 (3.85%) EMC NetWorker
4 4 (3.85%) Opscode Chef
4 4 (3.85%) Puppet
5 3 (2.88%) AirWatch
5 3 (2.88%) Failover Clustering
5 3 (2.88%) Jamf Pro
5 3 (2.88%) Single Sign-On
5 3 (2.88%) vMotion
6 2 (1.92%) Ansible
6 2 (1.92%) Grafana
6 2 (1.92%) Packer
6 2 (1.92%) Prometheus
6 2 (1.92%) vRealize
Vendors
1 64 (61.54%) Microsoft
2 29 (27.88%) Informatica
3 22 (21.15%) VMware
4 13 (12.50%) Citrix
4 13 (12.50%) Dell
5 10 (9.62%) Oracle
6 8 (7.69%) Google
6 8 (7.69%) Hortonworks
7 7 (6.73%) EMC
8 5 (4.81%) Cisco
8 5 (4.81%) HP
9 4 (3.85%) CA
9 4 (3.85%) Clearswift
9 4 (3.85%) Intel
9 4 (3.85%) Juniper
10 3 (2.88%) Apple
11 2 (1.92%) Atlassian
11 2 (1.92%) IFS
11 2 (1.92%) Palo Alto
11 2 (1.92%) Splunk