Period
to 18 January 2019

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 18 January 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 Servers
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
18 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 525 522 513
Rank change year-on-year -3 -9 +6
Contract jobs citing Virtual Servers 124 114 118
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.23% 0.22% 0.22%
As % of the System Software category 1.55% 1.68% 1.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 83 59 73
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +10.29% +4.62%
10th Percentile £143 £233 £206
90th Percentile £487 £488 £456
UK median daily rate £378 £350 £340
% change year-on-year +7.86% +2.94% -7.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 8 5
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.00 £45.25 £14.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -42.54% +206.78% +3.87%
10th Percentile £12.25 £13.66 £14.00
90th Percentile £71.38 £47.25 £30.40
UK median hourly rate £23.00 £45.25 £14.75
% change year-on-year -49.18% +206.78% -41.00%

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 7,996 6,784 6,514
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 15.12% 13.09% 12.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,715 3,976 3,807
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.00% +7.14% +3.70%
10th Percentile £160 £146 £150
90th Percentile £575 £556 £526
UK median daily rate £463 £425 £401
% change year-on-year +8.82% +6.12% +6.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 648 548 661
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.33% - -4.76%
10th Percentile £10.40 £10.16 £10.25
90th Percentile £43.75 £42.79 £41.50
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.41 £16.00
% change year-on-year -2.47% +2.53% +3.23%

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 18 January 2019.

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 18 January 2019.

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 18 January 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
North of England -20 26 £335 -4.29% 14
South East -2 24 £438 +9.38% 12
Scotland -3 21 £381 +1.67% 1
East of England +10 18 £400 +14.29% 4
Midlands -25 15 £325 -15.58% 5
Yorkshire -14 14 £385 +6.21% 8
South West -22 14 £375 -24.05% 7
East Midlands +11 11 £325 -39.53% 2
North East -6 6 £200 -11.11%
North West -11 6 £330 -10.20% 6
Wales -11 6 £381 +0.33%
West Midlands -35 4 £325 -13.33% 2
Virtual Servers
UK

For the 6 months to 18 January 2019, 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 80 (64.52%) Windows
2 66 (53.23%) VMware
2 66 (53.23%) VMware Infrastructure
3 56 (45.16%) Active Directory
4 52 (41.94%) Microsoft
4 52 (41.94%) Windows Server
5 47 (37.90%) Linux
5 47 (37.90%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 32 (25.81%) DNS
7 30 (24.19%) SQL Server
8 28 (22.58%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 27 (21.77%) Windows Server 2012
9 27 (21.77%) TCP/IP
10 25 (20.16%) Firewall
10 25 (20.16%) Windows 7
11 23 (18.55%) SCCM
11 23 (18.55%) Windows 10
12 22 (17.74%) Cisco
12 22 (17.74%) SAN
12 22 (17.74%) ITIL
13 20 (16.13%) Hyper-V
14 19 (15.32%) SQL
14 19 (15.32%) Citrix
15 18 (14.52%) VPN
16 17 (13.71%) Migration
16 17 (13.71%) Data Centre
17 16 (12.90%) Amazon AWS
17 16 (12.90%) Opscode Chef
17 16 (12.90%) Wireless
18 15 (12.10%) DHCP

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 15 (12.10%) MS Exchange
2 14 (11.29%) SharePoint
3 9 (7.26%) IIS
4 7 (5.65%) Confluence
5 6 (4.84%) Apache
6 5 (4.03%) nginx
6 5 (4.03%) Skype for Business
7 4 (3.23%) Cloud Foundry
7 4 (3.23%) Exchange Server 2013
8 3 (2.42%) Apache Spark
9 2 (1.61%) Exchange Server 2010
9 2 (1.61%) IBM Notes
10 1 (0.81%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 14 (11.29%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (2.42%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 16 (12.90%) Amazon AWS
2 14 (11.29%) Office 365
3 10 (8.06%) Microsoft Azure
4 5 (4.03%) GitHub
5 4 (3.23%) G Suite
5 4 (3.23%) OneDrive
5 4 (3.23%) OpenShift
6 2 (1.61%) Amazon EC2
6 2 (1.61%) Amazon ELB
6 2 (1.61%) Amazon EMR
6 2 (1.61%) Amazon Kinesis
6 2 (1.61%) Amazon S3
6 2 (1.61%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (1.61%) IaaS
6 2 (1.61%) PaaS
7 1 (0.81%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.81%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.81%) Mimecast
7 1 (0.81%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 32 (25.81%) DNS
2 27 (21.77%) TCP/IP
3 25 (20.16%) Firewall
4 22 (17.74%) SAN
5 18 (14.52%) VPN
6 16 (12.90%) Wireless
7 15 (12.10%) DHCP
8 14 (11.29%) LAN
9 8 (6.45%) Internet
9 8 (6.45%) Skype
9 8 (6.45%) WAN
10 7 (5.65%) HTTP
10 7 (5.65%) Remote Desktop
10 7 (5.65%) SSL
11 6 (4.84%) Ethernet
11 6 (4.84%) NAS
11 6 (4.84%) VoIP
12 5 (4.03%) DSL
12 5 (4.03%) IPsec
13 4 (3.23%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (24.19%) SQL Server
2 7 (5.65%) MySQL
3 6 (4.84%) PostgreSQL
3 6 (4.84%) SQL Server 2016
4 3 (2.42%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.81%) Hadoop
5 1 (0.81%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.81%) SQL Server 2014
5 1 (0.81%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 12 (9.68%) Jenkins
2 10 (8.06%) Git (software)
2 10 (8.06%) JIRA
3 5 (4.03%) Maven
3 5 (4.03%) Sonatype Nexus
3 5 (4.03%) Subversion
4 4 (3.23%) Gradle
5 2 (1.61%) Cucumber
5 2 (1.61%) gulp
5 2 (1.61%) Protractor
5 2 (1.61%) Selenium
6 1 (0.81%) Metasploit
6 1 (0.81%) MSI
6 1 (0.81%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 7 (5.65%) Telecoms
2 6 (4.84%) Finance
3 3 (2.42%) Manufacturing
3 3 (2.42%) Marketing
4 2 (1.61%) Advertising
5 1 (0.81%) Back Office
5 1 (0.81%) Banking
5 1 (0.81%) Military
5 1 (0.81%) Retail
Job Titles
1 24 (19.35%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 17 (13.71%) Analyst
3 11 (8.87%) VMware Engineer
4 10 (8.06%) Support Analyst
5 9 (7.26%) Server Engineer
5 9 (7.26%) Windows Engineer
6 7 (5.65%) 2nd Line Support
6 7 (5.65%) IT Support
6 7 (5.65%) Support Engineer
6 7 (5.65%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
7 6 (4.84%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 6 (4.84%) 3rd Line Support
7 6 (4.84%) Administrator
7 6 (4.84%) Applications Packager
7 6 (4.84%) IT Analyst
7 6 (4.84%) IT Engineer
7 6 (4.84%) IT Support Analyst
8 5 (4.03%) DevOps Engineer
8 5 (4.03%) IT Infrastructure Engineer
8 5 (4.03%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (4.84%) LAMP
1 6 (4.84%) LDAP
1 6 (4.84%) REST
2 3 (2.42%) 802.1X
2 3 (2.42%) Node.js
3 2 (1.61%) AngularJS
3 2 (1.61%) Kafka
3 2 (1.61%) WireMock
4 1 (0.81%) Middleware
4 1 (0.81%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 17 (13.71%) Data Centre
2 11 (8.87%) Clustering
3 9 (7.26%) Analytical Skills
4 7 (5.65%) Replication
5 6 (4.84%) Client/Server
5 6 (4.84%) Over-the-Top Content
6 5 (4.03%) Blackberry
6 5 (4.03%) Private Cloud
7 4 (3.23%) CMDB
7 4 (3.23%) Public Cloud
8 3 (2.42%) Credit Risk
8 3 (2.42%) Enterprise Software
8 3 (2.42%) FMCG
8 3 (2.42%) Management Information System
8 3 (2.42%) PKI
9 2 (1.61%) EMC VMAX
9 2 (1.61%) Hybrid Cloud
10 1 (0.81%) New Media
10 1 (0.81%) User Experience
10 1 (0.81%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 80 (64.52%) Windows
2 52 (41.94%) Windows Server
3 47 (37.90%) Linux
4 27 (21.77%) Windows Server 2012
5 25 (20.16%) Windows 7
6 23 (18.55%) Windows 10
7 13 (10.48%) Unix
8 10 (8.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 10 (8.06%) Windows Server 2008
9 9 (7.26%) Windows 8
10 8 (6.45%) Solaris
11 5 (4.03%) AIX
11 5 (4.03%) Apple iOS
11 5 (4.03%) SUSE
11 5 (4.03%) Ubuntu
12 4 (3.23%) VMS
13 3 (2.42%) Android
14 2 (1.61%) Data ONTAP
14 2 (1.61%) Windows Server 2003
15 1 (0.81%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (22.58%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 22 (17.74%) ITIL
3 17 (13.71%) Migration
4 14 (11.29%) DevOps
5 13 (10.48%) Service Management
6 11 (8.87%) Load Balancing
7 10 (8.06%) Infrastructure Management
7 10 (8.06%) Server Building
8 9 (7.26%) Change Management
8 9 (7.26%) Configuration Management
8 9 (7.26%) Disaster Recovery
8 9 (7.26%) Problem-Solving
9 7 (5.65%) Agile Software Development
9 7 (5.65%) Decision-Making
10 6 (4.84%) Release Management
10 6 (4.84%) Software Deployment
10 6 (4.84%) Test Automation
11 5 (4.03%) DRM
11 5 (4.03%) Security Management
11 5 (4.03%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 19 (15.32%) SQL
2 11 (8.87%) Java
3 9 (7.26%) PowerShell
4 7 (5.65%) Python
5 6 (4.84%) Bash Shell
6 5 (4.03%) Groovy
7 4 (3.23%) Korn
8 2 (1.61%) JavaScript
9 1 (0.81%) C
9 1 (0.81%) Perl
9 1 (0.81%) PHP
9 1 (0.81%) Ruby
9 1 (0.81%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.81%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 14 (11.29%) Security Cleared
2 13 (10.48%) Microsoft Certification
3 11 (8.87%) SC Cleared
4 10 (8.06%) MCP
4 10 (8.06%) MCSA
5 9 (7.26%) MCSE
6 6 (4.84%) Cisco Certification
7 5 (4.03%) ACDT
7 5 (4.03%) ACHDS
7 5 (4.03%) ACTC
7 5 (4.03%) CCNA
7 5 (4.03%) DBS Check
7 5 (4.03%) Degree
7 5 (4.03%) MCDST
7 5 (4.03%) MCSM
7 5 (4.03%) Network+ Certification
8 4 (3.23%) IBM Certification
9 3 (2.42%) CCNP
9 3 (2.42%) DV Cleared
9 3 (2.42%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (4.84%) SLA
2 5 (4.03%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (1.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 66 (53.23%) VMware Infrastructure
2 56 (45.16%) Active Directory
3 47 (37.90%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 20 (16.13%) Hyper-V
5 11 (8.87%) Docker
6 10 (8.06%) vSphere
7 7 (5.65%) Virtual Machines
7 7 (5.65%) VMware ESXi
8 6 (4.84%) XenApp
9 5 (4.03%) XenDesktop
10 4 (3.23%) Veritas Cluster Server
11 3 (2.42%) EMC RecoverPoint
11 3 (2.42%) Microsoft App-V
11 3 (2.42%) Xen
12 2 (1.61%) Forefront TMG
12 2 (1.61%) ISA Server
12 2 (1.61%) UAG
13 1 (0.81%) KVM
13 1 (0.81%) vCloud
13 1 (0.81%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 23 (18.55%) SCCM
2 16 (12.90%) Opscode Chef
3 12 (9.68%) Ansible
4 11 (8.87%) Kubernetes
5 9 (7.26%) SCOM
6 6 (4.84%) EMC NetWorker
6 6 (4.84%) Terraform
7 5 (4.03%) Nagios
8 4 (3.23%) WSUS
9 3 (2.42%) Microsoft Clustering
9 3 (2.42%) Puppet
10 2 (1.61%) Nessus
10 2 (1.61%) Salt
10 2 (1.61%) SCVMM
10 2 (1.61%) SnapMirror
10 2 (1.61%) SnapVault
10 2 (1.61%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 2 (1.61%) Tivoli Storage Manager
11 1 (0.81%) Norton AntiVirus
11 1 (0.81%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 66 (53.23%) VMware
2 52 (41.94%) Microsoft
3 22 (17.74%) Cisco
4 19 (15.32%) Citrix
5 14 (11.29%) Oracle
5 14 (11.29%) Red Hat
6 12 (9.68%) HP
7 9 (7.26%) Dell
7 9 (7.26%) EMC
8 6 (4.84%) Fortinet
9 5 (4.03%) Apple
9 5 (4.03%) Brocade
9 5 (4.03%) jetNEXUS
9 5 (4.03%) SolarWinds
9 5 (4.03%) Splunk
10 4 (3.23%) IBM
10 4 (3.23%) Juniper
10 4 (3.23%) NetApp
10 4 (3.23%) Veritas
11 3 (2.42%) CA