Period
to 22 November 2018

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 22 November 2018 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
22 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 527 520 534
Rank change year-on-year -7 +14 -16
Contract jobs citing Virtual Servers 132 120 146
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.24% 0.22% 0.25%
As % of the System Software category 1.60% 1.71% 2.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 88 61 95
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £375
10th Percentile £163 £190 £200
90th Percentile £499 £475 £456
UK median daily rate £394 £363 £375
% change year-on-year +8.62% -3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 10 5
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.75 £31.83 £14.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.74% +115.80% +3.87%
10th Percentile £23.75 £14.71 £12.25
90th Percentile £89.13 £47.25 £15.70
UK median hourly rate £38.75 £33.75 £14.75
% change year-on-year +14.81% +128.81% -16.90%

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 8,235 7,008 7,286
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 14.87% 13.01% 12.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,822 4,171 4,251
UK excluding London median daily rate £403 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.33% +7.14% +4.48%
10th Percentile £163 £140 £161
90th Percentile £575 £538 £525
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +8.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 703 573 724
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £15.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.73% - -6.25%
10th Percentile £10.42 £10.25 £10.25
90th Percentile £42.40 £43.00 £39.68
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year -3.03% +3.13% -

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 22 November 2018.

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 22 November 2018.

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 22 November 2018. 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 -18 28 £344 +0.36% 14
South East -10 27 £373 +49.00% 9
Midlands -16 20 £350 -10.83% 4
East of England +1 19 £400 +14.29% 6
Scotland -17 17 £400 +6.67% 3
South West -19 17 £400 -18.99% 1
Yorkshire -10 15 £349 -3.79% 9
East Midlands +26 10 £350 -22.22% 2
West Midlands -32 10 £338 -12.34% 2
North West -16 7 £400 +3.90% 3
North East -2 6 £200 -11.11% 2
Wales -25 4 £350 -7.89%
Virtual Servers
UK

For the 6 months to 22 November 2018, 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 92 (69.70%) Windows
2 70 (53.03%) VMware
2 70 (53.03%) VMware Infrastructure
3 61 (46.21%) Active Directory
4 60 (45.45%) Windows Server
5 50 (37.88%) Linux
6 43 (32.58%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 38 (28.79%) Microsoft
8 31 (23.48%) DNS
9 30 (22.73%) Windows Server 2012
10 28 (21.21%) Firewall
11 26 (19.70%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 25 (18.94%) SCCM
13 24 (18.18%) SAN
13 24 (18.18%) TCP/IP
14 23 (17.42%) SQL Server
15 22 (16.67%) SQL
16 20 (15.15%) MS Exchange
16 20 (15.15%) Windows 10
17 19 (14.39%) Migration
17 19 (14.39%) Unix
17 19 (14.39%) ITIL
18 18 (13.64%) Oracle
18 18 (13.64%) DevOps
18 18 (13.64%) Amazon AWS
19 17 (12.88%) Data Centre
19 17 (12.88%) Cisco
19 17 (12.88%) Red Hat
20 16 (12.12%) Configuration Management
21 15 (11.36%) VPN

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 20 (15.15%) MS Exchange
2 8 (6.06%) IIS
3 7 (5.30%) Confluence
4 6 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2010
5 5 (3.79%) Apache
5 5 (3.79%) SharePoint
6 4 (3.03%) Cloud Foundry
6 4 (3.03%) nginx
7 3 (2.27%) Apache Spark
7 3 (2.27%) IBM Notes
8 2 (1.52%) Tomcat
9 1 (0.76%) Exchange Server 2007
9 1 (0.76%) SharePoint Server
9 1 (0.76%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 10 (7.58%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (3.03%) Microsoft Project
3 3 (2.27%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 18 (13.64%) Amazon AWS
2 14 (10.61%) Office 365
3 11 (8.33%) Microsoft Azure
4 5 (3.79%) GitHub
5 4 (3.03%) IaaS
5 4 (3.03%) OpenShift
5 4 (3.03%) PaaS
5 4 (3.03%) SaaS
6 3 (2.27%) G Suite
7 2 (1.52%) Amazon EC2
7 2 (1.52%) Amazon ELB
7 2 (1.52%) Amazon EMR
7 2 (1.52%) Amazon Kinesis
7 2 (1.52%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.76%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.76%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (0.76%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.76%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 31 (23.48%) DNS
2 28 (21.21%) Firewall
3 24 (18.18%) SAN
3 24 (18.18%) TCP/IP
4 15 (11.36%) VPN
5 14 (10.61%) DHCP
6 13 (9.85%) LAN
6 13 (9.85%) Wireless
7 9 (6.82%) WAN
8 7 (5.30%) HTTP
8 7 (5.30%) Remote Desktop
8 7 (5.30%) SSL
9 6 (4.55%) Internet
9 6 (4.55%) NAS
9 6 (4.55%) Network Security
9 6 (4.55%) VoIP
10 5 (3.79%) DSL
11 4 (3.03%) DMZ
11 4 (3.03%) IPsec
12 3 (2.27%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (17.42%) SQL Server
2 9 (6.82%) MySQL
3 8 (6.06%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (1.52%) Hadoop
4 2 (1.52%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (0.76%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.76%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.76%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.76%) SQL Server 2014
5 1 (0.76%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 12 (9.09%) Jenkins
2 10 (7.58%) Git (software)
3 7 (5.30%) JIRA
4 5 (3.79%) Maven
4 5 (3.79%) Sonatype Nexus
4 5 (3.79%) Subversion
5 4 (3.03%) Gradle
6 3 (2.27%) Selenium
7 2 (1.52%) Ant
7 2 (1.52%) Cucumber
7 2 (1.52%) gulp
7 2 (1.52%) Protractor
7 2 (1.52%) Team Foundation Server
8 1 (0.76%) Metasploit
8 1 (0.76%) MSI
8 1 (0.76%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 12 (9.09%) Finance
2 5 (3.79%) Telecoms
3 4 (3.03%) Marketing
4 2 (1.52%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.76%) Back Office
5 1 (0.76%) Banking
5 1 (0.76%) Retail
Job Titles
1 20 (15.15%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 14 (10.61%) Analyst
3 10 (7.58%) Architect
3 10 (7.58%) Windows Engineer
4 9 (6.82%) VMware Engineer
5 8 (6.06%) 2nd Line Support
5 8 (6.06%) 3rd Line Support
5 8 (6.06%) Server Engineer
5 8 (6.06%) Support Engineer
6 7 (5.30%) Applications Packager
6 7 (5.30%) IT Engineer
6 7 (5.30%) Support Analyst
6 7 (5.30%) Systems Engineer
6 7 (5.30%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
7 6 (4.55%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 6 (4.55%) Administrator
7 6 (4.55%) DevOps Engineer
7 6 (4.55%) IT Support
7 6 (4.55%) Linux Engineer
8 5 (3.79%) Integration Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (8.33%) LDAP
2 8 (6.06%) LAMP
3 6 (4.55%) REST
4 4 (3.03%) Web Services
5 3 (2.27%) Node.js
6 2 (1.52%) AngularJS
6 2 (1.52%) Kafka
6 2 (1.52%) WireMock
7 1 (0.76%) Middleware
7 1 (0.76%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 17 (12.88%) Data Centre
2 9 (6.82%) Clustering
3 7 (5.30%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (5.30%) Replication
3 7 (5.30%) Virtual Team
4 6 (4.55%) Management Information System
4 6 (4.55%) Over-the-Top Content
5 4 (3.03%) Client/Server
5 4 (3.03%) CMDB
5 4 (3.03%) Enterprise Software
5 4 (3.03%) Hybrid Cloud
6 3 (2.27%) Blackberry
6 3 (2.27%) Credit Risk
7 2 (1.52%) EMC VMAX
8 1 (0.76%) Data Structures
8 1 (0.76%) Enterprise Storage
8 1 (0.76%) New Media
8 1 (0.76%) Private Cloud
8 1 (0.76%) Self-Motivation
8 1 (0.76%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 92 (69.70%) Windows
2 60 (45.45%) Windows Server
3 50 (37.88%) Linux
4 30 (22.73%) Windows Server 2012
5 20 (15.15%) Windows 10
6 19 (14.39%) Unix
7 12 (9.09%) Windows 7
8 11 (8.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 11 (8.33%) Windows Server 2008
9 10 (7.58%) Solaris
10 5 (3.79%) Ubuntu
11 4 (3.03%) SUSE
11 4 (3.03%) Windows 8
12 3 (2.27%) Apple iOS
12 3 (2.27%) HPUX
12 3 (2.27%) Windows Server 2003
13 2 (1.52%) AIX
13 2 (1.52%) CentOS
13 2 (1.52%) Data ONTAP
14 1 (0.76%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (19.70%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 19 (14.39%) ITIL
2 19 (14.39%) Migration
3 18 (13.64%) DevOps
4 16 (12.12%) Configuration Management
5 10 (7.58%) Disaster Recovery
6 9 (6.82%) Load Balancing
6 9 (6.82%) Service Management
7 8 (6.06%) Release Management
7 8 (6.06%) Server Building
7 8 (6.06%) Test Automation
8 7 (5.30%) Agile Software Development
8 7 (5.30%) Decision-Making
8 7 (5.30%) Infrastructure Management
8 7 (5.30%) Problem-Solving
8 7 (5.30%) Software Deployment
9 6 (4.55%) Change Management
9 6 (4.55%) Data Protection
9 6 (4.55%) Server Management
9 6 (4.55%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 22 (16.67%) SQL
2 13 (9.85%) Java
3 11 (8.33%) PowerShell
4 7 (5.30%) Bash Shell
4 7 (5.30%) Python
5 5 (3.79%) Groovy
6 4 (3.03%) Korn
7 3 (2.27%) Shell Script
8 2 (1.52%) C
8 2 (1.52%) JavaScript
9 1 (0.76%) Bourne shell
9 1 (0.76%) C#
9 1 (0.76%) Perl
9 1 (0.76%) PHP
9 1 (0.76%) Ruby
9 1 (0.76%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.76%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 12 (9.09%) SC Cleared
1 12 (9.09%) Security Cleared
2 11 (8.33%) Microsoft Certification
3 10 (7.58%) MCSA
4 8 (6.06%) MCP
5 7 (5.30%) MCSE
6 5 (3.79%) DBS Check
6 5 (3.79%) Degree
7 3 (2.27%) ACDT
7 3 (2.27%) ACHDS
7 3 (2.27%) ACTC
7 3 (2.27%) ITIL Certification
7 3 (2.27%) MCDST
7 3 (2.27%) MCSM
7 3 (2.27%) Network+ Certification
8 2 (1.52%) Cisco Certification
9 1 (0.76%) A+ Certification
9 1 (0.76%) CISA
9 1 (0.76%) CISSP
9 1 (0.76%) IBM Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (4.55%) Disclosure Scotland
2 4 (3.03%) SLA
3 2 (1.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.76%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.76%) GDPR
System Software
1 70 (53.03%) VMware Infrastructure
2 61 (46.21%) Active Directory
3 43 (32.58%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 14 (10.61%) Hyper-V
5 12 (9.09%) Docker
5 12 (9.09%) vSphere
6 9 (6.82%) VMware ESXi
7 8 (6.06%) Virtual Machines
8 5 (3.79%) Xen
9 3 (2.27%) EMC RecoverPoint
9 3 (2.27%) Microsoft App-V
9 3 (2.27%) VMware Server
9 3 (2.27%) XenApp
10 2 (1.52%) NFS
10 2 (1.52%) XenDesktop
11 1 (0.76%) Firmware
11 1 (0.76%) KVM
11 1 (0.76%) Oracle RAC
11 1 (0.76%) Veritas Cluster Server
11 1 (0.76%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 25 (18.94%) SCCM
2 15 (11.36%) Opscode Chef
3 12 (9.09%) Ansible
4 11 (8.33%) Kubernetes
5 9 (6.82%) WSUS
6 6 (4.55%) NetBackup
6 6 (4.55%) Terraform
6 6 (4.55%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 5 (3.79%) Microsoft Clustering
7 5 (3.79%) Nagios
7 5 (3.79%) Nessus
7 5 (3.79%) Puppet
7 5 (3.79%) SCOM
7 5 (3.79%) Tivoli
8 3 (2.27%) EMC NetWorker
8 3 (2.27%) Red Hat Spacewalk
9 2 (1.52%) Salt
9 2 (1.52%) SCSM
9 2 (1.52%) SnapMirror
9 2 (1.52%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 70 (53.03%) VMware
2 38 (28.79%) Microsoft
3 18 (13.64%) Oracle
4 17 (12.88%) Cisco
4 17 (12.88%) Red Hat
5 14 (10.61%) Citrix
6 8 (6.06%) HP
7 6 (4.55%) EMC
7 6 (4.55%) SolarWinds
8 5 (3.79%) Fortinet
9 4 (3.03%) IBM
9 4 (3.03%) jetNEXUS
9 4 (3.03%) NetApp
9 4 (3.03%) Symantec
9 4 (3.03%) Veritas
10 3 (2.27%) 3PAR
10 3 (2.27%) Apple
10 3 (2.27%) Forcepoint
10 3 (2.27%) Lotus
10 3 (2.27%) Splunk