Period
to 23 February 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for Virtual Servers skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Virtual Servers over the 6 months to 23 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.

Virtual Servers
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
23 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 438 515 530
Rank change year-on-year +77 +15 -16
Contract jobs citing Virtual Servers 98 145 107
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.26% 0.28% 0.20%
As % of the System Software category 1.60% 1.82% 1.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 63 102 57
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £375
10th Percentile £203 £138 £219
90th Percentile £570 £549 £493
UK median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 8 9
UK excluding London median hourly rate £100.50 £26.00 £44.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +286.54% -40.91% +198.31%
10th Percentile £21.00 £12.25 £13.10
90th Percentile £191.75 £71.38 £47.25
UK median hourly rate £27.00 £20.33 £46.50
% change year-on-year +32.84% -56.29% +215.25%

Virtual Servers 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 UK excluding London with a requirement for system software skills.

All System Software Skills
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 6,131 7,953 6,798
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 16.35% 15.16% 12.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,768 4,753 3,982
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +10.39% +10.00%
10th Percentile £153 £160 £148
90th Percentile £600 £575 £575
UK median daily rate £450 £473 £450
% change year-on-year -4.76% +5.00% +11.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 481 589 533
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £15.49 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.52% +3.27% -
10th Percentile £11.25 £10.40 £10.21
90th Percentile £46.40 £45.01 £43.00
UK median hourly rate £17.25 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +7.81% - +0.95%

Virtual Servers
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing Virtual Servers as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for Virtual Servers in the UK excluding London

Virtual Servers
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Virtual Servers in the UK excluding London.

Contractor daily rate trend for Virtual Servers in the UK excluding London

Virtual Servers
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Virtual Servers in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 23 February 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Virtual Servers in the UK excluding London

Virtual Servers
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Virtual Servers in the UK excluding London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Virtual Servers in the UK excluding London

Virtual Servers
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Virtual Servers in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 23 February 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Virtual Servers in the UK excluding London

Virtual Servers
Contract Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Virtual Servers within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 23 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
South East +63 29 £485 +29.33% 12
South West +35 22 £300 -20.00% 10
Midlands +47 14 £290 -10.69% 17
North of England +41 13 £185 -47.89% 16
Scotland +10 12 £550 +69.23% 3
West Midlands +50 9 £339 +17.83% 12
North West +36 7 £350 +6.06% 7
Yorkshire +41 6 £169 -56.17% 8
East Midlands +35 5 £278 -14.54% 5
East of England +24 4 £350 +40.00% 11
Wales +21 4 £500 -20.32% 1
Virtual Servers
UK

For the 6 months to 23 February 2020, IT contractor jobs citing Virtual Servers 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 UK excluding London region with a requirement for Virtual Servers.

1 73 (74.49%) Windows
2 61 (62.24%) VMware
2 61 (62.24%) VMware Infrastructure
3 58 (59.18%) Windows Server
4 51 (52.04%) Active Directory
5 39 (39.80%) Microsoft
6 38 (38.78%) Windows Server 2012
7 33 (33.67%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 31 (31.63%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 25 (25.51%) Windows 7
10 24 (24.49%) SCCM
10 24 (24.49%) DNS
10 24 (24.49%) SAN
11 23 (23.47%) Migration
11 23 (23.47%) Windows 10
12 21 (21.43%) DHCP
12 21 (21.43%) SQL Server
12 21 (21.43%) Windows Server 2008
13 19 (19.39%) Security Cleared
13 19 (19.39%) Linux
14 18 (18.37%) SQL
14 18 (18.37%) Cisco
14 18 (18.37%) Data Centre
15 17 (17.35%) PowerShell
16 15 (15.31%) Service Management
17 14 (14.29%) ITSM
17 14 (14.29%) EMC
17 14 (14.29%) Citrix
18 13 (13.27%) Oracle
18 13 (13.27%) MS Exchange

Virtual Servers
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London 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 13 (13.27%) MS Exchange
2 10 (10.20%) SharePoint
3 7 (7.14%) Apache Spark
3 7 (7.14%) Jupyter
3 7 (7.14%) SAS
4 6 (6.12%) Skype for Business
5 5 (5.10%) Exchange Server 2013
5 5 (5.10%) IIS
6 1 (1.02%) CMS
6 1 (1.02%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 9 (9.18%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (3.06%) MS Visio
3 1 (1.02%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (1.02%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (1.02%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 13 (13.27%) AWS
1 13 (13.27%) Azure
1 13 (13.27%) Office 365
2 9 (9.18%) PaaS
3 6 (6.12%) IaaS
4 3 (3.06%) G Suite
4 3 (3.06%) SaaS
5 2 (2.04%) GitHub
6 1 (1.02%) Azure ExpressRoute
6 1 (1.02%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 24 (24.49%) DNS
1 24 (24.49%) SAN
2 21 (21.43%) DHCP
3 12 (12.24%) LAN
3 12 (12.24%) TCP/IP
4 11 (11.22%) WAN
5 7 (7.14%) Skype
6 6 (6.12%) Firewall
7 5 (5.10%) VPN
8 3 (3.06%) Internet
8 3 (3.06%) NetScaler
9 2 (2.04%) SMTP
10 1 (1.02%) DSL
10 1 (1.02%) NAS
10 1 (1.02%) SMS
10 1 (1.02%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (21.43%) SQL Server
2 7 (7.14%) Apache Hive
2 7 (7.14%) Apache Zeppelin
2 7 (7.14%) Big Data
2 7 (7.14%) Data Lake
2 7 (7.14%) Hadoop
2 7 (7.14%) Impala
2 7 (7.14%) Relational Database
3 4 (4.08%) SQL Server 2016
4 2 (2.04%) Oracle Database
5 1 (1.02%) MySQL
5 1 (1.02%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 3 (3.06%) MSI
2 2 (2.04%) Hudson
3 1 (1.02%) ClearCase
3 1 (1.02%) Git (software)
3 1 (1.02%) Gradle
3 1 (1.02%) Jenkins
3 1 (1.02%) PVCS
3 1 (1.02%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 13 (13.27%) Public Sector
2 6 (6.12%) Finance
3 3 (3.06%) Banking
3 3 (3.06%) Telecoms
4 2 (2.04%) Mandarin Language
4 2 (2.04%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.02%) Electronics
5 1 (1.02%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 28 (28.57%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 13 (13.27%) Support Engineer
3 11 (11.22%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 10 (10.20%) Architect
5 9 (9.18%) 3rd Line Support
5 9 (9.18%) Platform Engineer
6 8 (8.16%) IT Engineer
6 8 (8.16%) Server Engineer
7 7 (7.14%) IT Support
7 7 (7.14%) Wintel Engineer
8 6 (6.12%) Solutions Architect
9 5 (5.10%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
9 5 (5.10%) Administrator
9 5 (5.10%) Desktop Engineer
9 5 (5.10%) IT Support Engineer
9 5 (5.10%) Senior Platform Engineer
9 5 (5.10%) Wintel Infrastructure Engineer
10 4 (4.08%) Analyst
10 4 (4.08%) Data Architect
11 3 (3.06%) Systems Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (9.18%) 802.1X
2 7 (7.14%) Apache NiFi
2 7 (7.14%) Kafka
3 5 (5.10%) Web Services
4 1 (1.02%) .NET
4 1 (1.02%) LDAP
4 1 (1.02%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 18 (18.37%) Data Centre
2 9 (9.18%) PKI
3 8 (8.16%) VxBlock/Vblock
4 4 (4.08%) Management Information System
4 4 (4.08%) Private Cloud
5 2 (2.04%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (1.02%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (1.02%) CCTV
6 1 (1.02%) Driving Licence
6 1 (1.02%) Enterprise Storage
6 1 (1.02%) iPad
6 1 (1.02%) Mobile Banking
6 1 (1.02%) NHS
6 1 (1.02%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 73 (74.49%) Windows
2 58 (59.18%) Windows Server
3 38 (38.78%) Windows Server 2012
4 25 (25.51%) Windows 7
5 23 (23.47%) Windows 10
6 21 (21.43%) Windows Server 2008
7 19 (19.39%) Linux
8 11 (11.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 11 (11.22%) VMS
9 10 (10.20%) Windows 8
10 8 (8.16%) CentOS
11 4 (4.08%) Solaris
11 4 (4.08%) Unix
12 2 (2.04%) Mac OS
13 1 (1.02%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (31.63%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 23 (23.47%) Migration
3 15 (15.31%) Service Management
4 14 (14.29%) ITSM
5 11 (11.22%) Agile Software Development
5 11 (11.22%) Break/Fix
5 11 (11.22%) Network Virtualisation
6 10 (10.20%) Infrastructure Management
6 10 (10.20%) Proactive Maintenance
7 9 (9.18%) Coaching
7 9 (9.18%) ITIL
7 9 (9.18%) Server Building
8 8 (8.16%) DevOps
8 8 (8.16%) Disaster Recovery
9 7 (7.14%) Data Engineering
9 7 (7.14%) Data Munging
9 7 (7.14%) Data Security
9 7 (7.14%) Data Transformation
9 7 (7.14%) Mentoring
9 7 (7.14%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 18 (18.37%) SQL
2 17 (17.35%) PowerShell
3 6 (6.12%) Bash Shell
3 6 (6.12%) Python
4 4 (4.08%) Perl
4 4 (4.08%) VBScript
5 1 (1.02%) Dart
5 1 (1.02%) Groovy
5 1 (1.02%) Java
5 1 (1.02%) Korn
5 1 (1.02%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 19 (19.39%) Security Cleared
2 11 (11.22%) DBS Check
2 11 (11.22%) DV Cleared
3 8 (8.16%) CCNA
3 8 (8.16%) CCNP
3 8 (8.16%) Cisco Certification
4 7 (7.14%) SC Cleared
5 4 (4.08%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 3 (3.06%) Microsoft Certification
6 3 (3.06%) VCAP
7 2 (2.04%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (2.04%) MCSA
7 2 (2.04%) MCSE
8 1 (1.02%) A+ Certification
8 1 (1.02%) CEH
8 1 (1.02%) CISSP
8 1 (1.02%) Citrix Certification
8 1 (1.02%) MCITP
8 1 (1.02%) NCDA
8 1 (1.02%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (10.20%) SLA
2 2 (2.04%) PMO
3 1 (1.02%) Cyber Essentials
3 1 (1.02%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
3 1 (1.02%) GxP
3 1 (1.02%) QA
System Software
1 61 (62.24%) VMware Infrastructure
2 51 (52.04%) Active Directory
3 33 (33.67%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 12 (12.24%) Hyper-V
4 12 (12.24%) Virtual Machines
5 10 (10.20%) VMware ESXi
5 10 (10.20%) XenApp
5 10 (10.20%) XenDesktop
6 9 (9.18%) Virtual Desktop
7 5 (5.10%) VMware NSX
8 4 (4.08%) EMC RecoverPoint
9 3 (3.06%) vSphere
10 1 (1.02%) Terminal Server
10 1 (1.02%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 24 (24.49%) SCCM
2 10 (10.20%) WSUS
3 7 (7.14%) Avamar
3 7 (7.14%) Oozie
4 6 (6.12%) Norton AntiVirus
5 4 (4.08%) EMC NetWorker
5 4 (4.08%) NetBackup
5 4 (4.08%) PowerCLI
5 4 (4.08%) SCOM
5 4 (4.08%) vCenter Server
6 3 (3.06%) Jamf Pro
6 3 (3.06%) Nessus
6 3 (3.06%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 3 (3.06%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 2 (2.04%) McAfee ePO
7 2 (2.04%) vRealize
8 1 (1.02%) Ansible
8 1 (1.02%) Backup Exec
8 1 (1.02%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 1 (1.02%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
Vendors
1 61 (62.24%) VMware
2 39 (39.80%) Microsoft
3 18 (18.37%) Cisco
4 14 (14.29%) Citrix
4 14 (14.29%) EMC
5 13 (13.27%) Oracle
6 11 (11.22%) Dell
7 7 (7.14%) Cloudera
7 7 (7.14%) Hortonworks
7 7 (7.14%) StreamSets
8 6 (6.12%) Symantec
9 5 (5.10%) Veeam
10 4 (4.08%) CA
10 4 (4.08%) Clearswift
10 4 (4.08%) HP
10 4 (4.08%) Juniper
10 4 (4.08%) Okta
11 3 (3.06%) GFI Software
11 3 (3.06%) IBM
11 3 (3.06%) Zscaler