Period
to 16 February 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East with a requirement for VMS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited VMS over the 6 months to 16 February 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.

VMS
England > South East
6 months to
16 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 263 352 375
Rank change year-on-year +89 +23 -27
Contract jobs citing VMS 40 29 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.37% 0.18% 0.048%
As % of the Operating Systems category 1.70% 0.84% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 20 3
South East median daily rate £500 £475 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +26.67% -23.08%
10th Percentile £414 £383 £201
90th Percentile £675 £511 £618
England median daily rate £500 £488 £500
% change year-on-year +2.56% -2.50% +24.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
South East median hourly rate - - £32.50
England median hourly rate £35.00 - £32.50

VMS is in the Operating Systems 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 operating system skills.

All Operating Systems
South East
Contract vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 2,355 3,469 3,805
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 22.03% 21.86% 22.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,362 1,969 2,123
South East median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £131 £156 £143
90th Percentile £575 £575 £575
England median daily rate £415 £430 £425
% change year-on-year -3.49% +1.18% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 219 290 284
South East median hourly rate £17.16 £16.18 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.09% -7.57% +9.38%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.17 £11.17
90th Percentile £51.50 £51.00 £50.25
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.25 £17.43
% change year-on-year +1.45% -1.03% +5.64%

VMS
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

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

Job vacancy trend for VMS in the South East

VMS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for VMS in the South East

VMS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing VMS in the South East over the 6 months to 16 February 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for VMS in the South East

VMS
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 VMS in the South East.

Contractor hourly rate trend for VMS in the South East

VMS
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 VMS within the South East region over the 6 months to 16 February 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 +42 19 £500 +2.56% 4
Berkshire +31 16 £500 +2.56% 3
Hampshire +50 15 £475 +15.15% 2
Surrey +47 3 £500 +2.56% 1
East Sussex +24 3 £900 +44.00%
Buckinghamshire - 3 £600 - 1
VMS
England

For the 6 months to 16 February 2020, IT contractor jobs citing VMS 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 VMS.

1 25 (62.50%) VMware
2 22 (55.00%) Security Cleared
2 22 (55.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 22 (55.00%) Windows
3 18 (45.00%) TCP/IP
4 17 (42.50%) DNS
4 17 (42.50%) DV Cleared
4 17 (42.50%) DevOps
4 17 (42.50%) Network Virtualisation
5 16 (40.00%) Active Directory
6 15 (37.50%) Windows Server
7 14 (35.00%) Virtual Machines
7 14 (35.00%) DHCP
8 13 (32.50%) Microsoft
9 12 (30.00%) Linux
9 12 (30.00%) Azure
10 11 (27.50%) Docker
10 11 (27.50%) Virtual Servers
11 10 (25.00%) Citrix
11 10 (25.00%) Service Management
11 10 (25.00%) ITSM
11 10 (25.00%) Python
11 10 (25.00%) SQL Server
11 10 (25.00%) XenApp
11 10 (25.00%) XenDesktop
11 10 (25.00%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 10 (25.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 10 (25.00%) Windows 7
11 10 (25.00%) Bash Shell
11 10 (25.00%) Windows 8

VMS
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 7 (17.50%) Exchange Server 2013
1 7 (17.50%) MS Exchange
2 5 (12.50%) Skype for Business
3 4 (10.00%) IIS
3 4 (10.00%) SharePoint
4 3 (7.50%) Confluence
4 3 (7.50%) Exchange Server 2010
Business Applications
1 3 (7.50%) CA PPM
2 1 (2.50%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 12 (30.00%) Azure
2 8 (20.00%) IaaS
3 6 (15.00%) AWS
4 5 (12.50%) Azure Active Directory
5 3 (7.50%) AWS CloudFormation
5 3 (7.50%) GCP
5 3 (7.50%) GitHub
5 3 (7.50%) Mimecast
5 3 (7.50%) Office 365
5 3 (7.50%) PaaS
5 3 (7.50%) Power Platform
6 2 (5.00%) AWS Lambda
6 2 (5.00%) Azure Data Factory
6 2 (5.00%) Azure Functions
6 2 (5.00%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 18 (45.00%) TCP/IP
2 17 (42.50%) DNS
3 14 (35.00%) DHCP
4 5 (12.50%) Skype
5 3 (7.50%) NetScaler
5 3 (7.50%) SSH
6 1 (2.50%) Firewall
6 1 (2.50%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (25.00%) SQL Server
2 6 (15.00%) Data Warehouse
3 5 (12.50%) Azure SQL Database
3 5 (12.50%) Big Data
4 4 (10.00%) SQL Server 2016
5 3 (7.50%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
5 3 (7.50%) Data Lake
5 3 (7.50%) Power BI
5 3 (7.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (5.00%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (2.50%) DB2
7 1 (2.50%) MongoDB
7 1 (2.50%) Redis
7 1 (2.50%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 5 (12.50%) Jenkins
2 3 (7.50%) Artifactory
2 3 (7.50%) Bitbucket
2 3 (7.50%) ClearCase
2 3 (7.50%) Gerrit
2 3 (7.50%) JIRA
2 3 (7.50%) SonarQube
2 3 (7.50%) Subversion
3 2 (5.00%) Git (software)
General
1 4 (10.00%) Billing
2 2 (5.00%) Military
2 2 (5.00%) Telecoms
3 1 (2.50%) Electronics
3 1 (2.50%) Finance
3 1 (2.50%) Manufacturing
3 1 (2.50%) Marketing
3 1 (2.50%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 11 (27.50%) Architect
2 10 (25.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 5 (12.50%) Linux Engineer
4 4 (10.00%) Administrator
4 4 (10.00%) Azure Architect
4 4 (10.00%) Azure Engineer
4 4 (10.00%) Systems Engineer
5 3 (7.50%) Automation Architect
5 3 (7.50%) Cloud Engineer
5 3 (7.50%) Solutions Architect
5 3 (7.50%) Technical Engineer
6 2 (5.00%) Cloud Architect
6 2 (5.00%) DevOps Engineer
6 2 (5.00%) JIRA Administrator
6 2 (5.00%) Linux Systems Engineer
6 2 (5.00%) Technical Architect
7 1 (2.50%) Fortran Developer
7 1 (2.50%) Linux/Unix DevOps
7 1 (2.50%) Network Systems Engineer
7 1 (2.50%) Python Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (22.50%) 802.1X
2 3 (7.50%) .NET
2 3 (7.50%) LDAP
2 3 (7.50%) Node.js
3 2 (5.00%) .NET Core
3 2 (5.00%) AngularJS
3 2 (5.00%) ASP.NET
3 2 (5.00%) ASP.NET Web API
3 2 (5.00%) ASP.NET Web Forms
3 2 (5.00%) REST
3 2 (5.00%) Vue.js
3 2 (5.00%) WCF
3 2 (5.00%) WinForms
3 2 (5.00%) WPF
4 1 (2.50%) Elastic Stack
4 1 (2.50%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 9 (22.50%) PKI
2 4 (10.00%) CMDB
3 3 (7.50%) Clustering
3 3 (7.50%) Linux Command Line
4 1 (2.50%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (2.50%) Private Cloud
4 1 (2.50%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 22 (55.00%) Windows
2 15 (37.50%) Windows Server
3 12 (30.00%) Linux
4 10 (25.00%) Windows 7
4 10 (25.00%) Windows 8
4 10 (25.00%) Windows Server 2012
5 6 (15.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 3 (7.50%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
6 3 (7.50%) Ubuntu
7 2 (5.00%) CentOS
7 2 (5.00%) Unix
8 1 (2.50%) Mac OS
8 1 (2.50%) OpenVMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (42.50%) DevOps
1 17 (42.50%) Network Virtualisation
2 10 (25.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 10 (25.00%) ITSM
2 10 (25.00%) Service Management
3 9 (22.50%) Break/Fix
3 9 (22.50%) Infrastructure Management
3 9 (22.50%) Proactive Maintenance
4 6 (15.00%) Agile Software Development
4 6 (15.00%) Configuration Management
5 5 (12.50%) Test Automation
6 4 (10.00%) Analytics
6 4 (10.00%) Business Intelligence
6 4 (10.00%) Converged Infrastructure
6 4 (10.00%) Deployment Automation
6 4 (10.00%) Desktop Virtualisation
6 4 (10.00%) Stakeholder Management
6 4 (10.00%) Validation
7 3 (7.50%) Security Patching
7 3 (7.50%) Server Patching
Programming Languages
1 10 (25.00%) Bash Shell
1 10 (25.00%) Python
2 8 (20.00%) PowerShell
2 8 (20.00%) SQL
3 6 (15.00%) Perl
3 6 (15.00%) Ruby
4 5 (12.50%) C#
5 4 (10.00%) Java
5 4 (10.00%) VBScript
6 3 (7.50%) Go
6 3 (7.50%) JavaScript
7 2 (5.00%) TypeScript
8 1 (2.50%) C
8 1 (2.50%) Fortran
Qualifications
1 22 (55.00%) Security Cleared
2 17 (42.50%) DV Cleared
3 6 (15.00%) SC Cleared
4 2 (5.00%) Degree
4 2 (5.00%) HNC
4 2 (5.00%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (7.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 3 (7.50%) NCSC
2 1 (2.50%) QA
2 1 (2.50%) SLA
System Software
1 22 (55.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 16 (40.00%) Active Directory
3 14 (35.00%) Virtual Machines
4 11 (27.50%) Docker
4 11 (27.50%) Virtual Servers
5 10 (25.00%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 10 (25.00%) XenApp
5 10 (25.00%) XenDesktop
6 5 (12.50%) vCloud
7 3 (7.50%) Firmware
7 3 (7.50%) Hyper-V
7 3 (7.50%) NFS
7 3 (7.50%) vSphere
8 1 (2.50%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 8 (20.00%) Ansible
2 7 (17.50%) Terraform
3 6 (15.00%) Single Sign-On
4 4 (10.00%) EMC NetWorker
4 4 (10.00%) SCOM
4 4 (10.00%) vRealize
5 3 (7.50%) Kubernetes
5 3 (7.50%) Nagios
5 3 (7.50%) Opscode Chef
5 3 (7.50%) Puppet
6 1 (2.50%) Endace
6 1 (2.50%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 1 (2.50%) HP ALM
6 1 (2.50%) vCenter Server
6 1 (2.50%) WSUS
Vendors
1 25 (62.50%) VMware
2 13 (32.50%) Microsoft
3 10 (25.00%) Citrix
4 9 (22.50%) Dell
5 5 (12.50%) EMC
6 4 (10.00%) CA
6 4 (10.00%) Clearswift
6 4 (10.00%) Juniper
7 3 (7.50%) CA Agile Central
7 3 (7.50%) Coverity
7 3 (7.50%) Google
7 3 (7.50%) Red Hat
7 3 (7.50%) SolarWinds
8 1 (2.50%) Atlassian
8 1 (2.50%) Cisco
8 1 (2.50%) HP
8 1 (2.50%) Oracle
8 1 (2.50%) Palo Alto
8 1 (2.50%) Remedy
8 1 (2.50%) SAP