Period
to 21 October 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 21 October 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
21 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 522 545 526
Rank change year-on-year +23 -19 +27
Contract jobs citing Virtual Servers 98 119 113
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.21% 0.22% 0.22%
As % of the System Software category 1.33% 1.51% 1.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 74 82 62
UK excluding London median daily rate £381 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.67% - -
10th Percentile £250 £163 £198
90th Percentile £566 £481 £487
UK median daily rate £400 £386 £369
% change year-on-year +3.56% +4.75% -6.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 6
UK excluding London median hourly rate £185.00 £35.00 £19.66
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +428.57% +78.03% +33.29%
10th Percentile £177.50 £22.25 £13.28
90th Percentile £192.50 £44.35 £46.63
UK median hourly rate £185.00 £33.75 £26.08
% change year-on-year +448.15% +29.41% +75.33%

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 7,372 7,886 6,662
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 16.06% 14.47% 12.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,507 4,543 3,986
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% +4.17%
10th Percentile £156 £163 £147
90th Percentile £588 £575 £538
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 516 729 538
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £15.50 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.23% - +0.24%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.48 £10.25
90th Percentile £46.88 £42.10 £43.00
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £16.66
% change year-on-year +6.25% -3.96% +4.13%

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 21 October 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
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 21 October 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
South East +37 37 £425 +14.09% 21
South West -7 21 £315 -21.25% 7
Scotland +37 14 £525 +31.25% 2
North of England +21 9 £313 -3.85% 7
North West +17 6 £275 -26.37% 3
Midlands +37 5 £334 -4.64% 18
West Midlands +29 5 £334 -4.64% 9
Wales +26 5 £605 +72.86% 4
East of England +15 5 £250 -37.50% 10
Yorkshire +27 3 £350 +12.00% 4
Channel Islands - 2 £400 -
Virtual Servers
UK

For the 6 months to 21 October 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 70 (71.43%) Windows
2 49 (50.00%) Windows Server
3 45 (45.92%) VMware
3 45 (45.92%) VMware Infrastructure
4 44 (44.90%) Active Directory
5 40 (40.82%) Microsoft
6 34 (34.69%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 29 (29.59%) SCCM
8 28 (28.57%) Windows Server 2012
9 25 (25.51%) Azure
9 25 (25.51%) PowerShell
9 25 (25.51%) Linux
9 25 (25.51%) Windows 10
10 24 (24.49%) AWS
11 22 (22.45%) SAN
12 21 (21.43%) SQL Server
13 19 (19.39%) Migration
13 19 (19.39%) Data Centre
14 18 (18.37%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 18 (18.37%) DNS
15 17 (17.35%) Cisco
15 17 (17.35%) Security Cleared
15 17 (17.35%) Office 365
15 17 (17.35%) Public Sector
16 16 (16.33%) SQL
17 14 (14.29%) LAN
17 14 (14.29%) WAN
18 13 (13.27%) DHCP
18 13 (13.27%) Web Services
18 13 (13.27%) Windows 7

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 11 (11.22%) MS Exchange
2 10 (10.20%) SharePoint
2 10 (10.20%) Skype for Business
3 7 (7.14%) Apache Spark
3 7 (7.14%) Jupyter
3 7 (7.14%) SAS
4 4 (4.08%) Exchange Server 2013
5 3 (3.06%) IIS
6 1 (1.02%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (1.02%) Oracle 10gAS
6 1 (1.02%) Oracle Application Server
6 1 (1.02%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 4 (4.08%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.02%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.02%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.02%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 25 (25.51%) Azure
2 24 (24.49%) AWS
3 17 (17.35%) Office 365
4 1 (1.02%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (1.02%) Amazon S3
4 1 (1.02%) G Suite
4 1 (1.02%) GCP
4 1 (1.02%) IaaS
4 1 (1.02%) IBM Cloud
4 1 (1.02%) PaaS
4 1 (1.02%) Route 53
4 1 (1.02%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 22 (22.45%) SAN
2 18 (18.37%) DNS
3 14 (14.29%) LAN
3 14 (14.29%) WAN
4 13 (13.27%) DHCP
5 12 (12.24%) Firewall
6 9 (9.18%) TCP/IP
7 8 (8.16%) Skype
8 5 (5.10%) NAS
9 4 (4.08%) VLAN
9 4 (4.08%) Wireless
10 3 (3.06%) Fibre Channel
10 3 (3.06%) iSCSI
10 3 (3.06%) VPN
11 2 (2.04%) Ethernet
12 1 (1.02%) IPsec
12 1 (1.02%) Kerberos
12 1 (1.02%) NetScaler
12 1 (1.02%) SSL
12 1 (1.02%) Wi-Fi
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%) Oracle Database
4 3 (3.06%) SQL Server 2016
5 2 (2.04%) DB2
6 1 (1.02%) Amazon RDS
6 1 (1.02%) GIS
6 1 (1.02%) Oracle Database 10g
6 1 (1.02%) Oracle Database 11g
6 1 (1.02%) Oracle Database 12c
6 1 (1.02%) Oracle8/8i Database
6 1 (1.02%) Oracle9i Database
6 1 (1.02%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (1.02%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 11 (11.22%) MSI
2 1 (1.02%) IBM UrbanCode
General
1 17 (17.35%) Public Sector
2 4 (4.08%) Telecoms
3 3 (3.06%) Finance
4 1 (1.02%) Back Office
4 1 (1.02%) Law
4 1 (1.02%) Legal
4 1 (1.02%) Mandarin Language
4 1 (1.02%) Retail
Job Titles
1 16 (16.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 12 (12.24%) 3rd Line Engineer
3 11 (11.22%) 3rd Line Support
3 11 (11.22%) Environment Manager
4 10 (10.20%) Architect
5 9 (9.18%) Support Engineer
6 8 (8.16%) Platform Engineer
6 8 (8.16%) Solutions Architect
7 6 (6.12%) IT Engineer
7 6 (6.12%) Server Engineer
7 6 (6.12%) Windows Engineer
8 5 (5.10%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
8 5 (5.10%) Wintel Engineer
9 4 (4.08%) Administrator
9 4 (4.08%) Data Architect
9 4 (4.08%) Senior Platform Engineer
10 3 (3.06%) 2nd Line Support
10 3 (3.06%) Azure Engineer
10 3 (3.06%) Cloud Engineer
10 3 (3.06%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (13.27%) Web Services
2 7 (7.14%) Apache NiFi
2 7 (7.14%) Kafka
3 4 (4.08%) 802.1X
4 3 (3.06%) Middleware
5 1 (1.02%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 19 (19.39%) Data Centre
2 8 (8.16%) VxBlock/Vblock
3 6 (6.12%) Private Cloud
4 4 (4.08%) PKI
5 3 (3.06%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (3.06%) Management Information System
5 3 (3.06%) Public Cloud
6 2 (2.04%) Client/Server
6 2 (2.04%) Device Driver
7 1 (1.02%) CESG
7 1 (1.02%) Clustering
7 1 (1.02%) EMC VMAX
7 1 (1.02%) EMC VNX
7 1 (1.02%) EPoS
7 1 (1.02%) Fat Client
7 1 (1.02%) Replication
7 1 (1.02%) Thin Client
7 1 (1.02%) Video Conferencing
7 1 (1.02%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 70 (71.43%) Windows
2 49 (50.00%) Windows Server
3 28 (28.57%) Windows Server 2012
4 25 (25.51%) Linux
4 25 (25.51%) Windows 10
5 13 (13.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 13 (13.27%) Windows 7
6 12 (12.24%) Windows Server 2008
7 8 (8.16%) CentOS
8 5 (5.10%) Unix
8 5 (5.10%) VMS
9 4 (4.08%) Solaris
9 4 (4.08%) Windows 8
10 1 (1.02%) AIX
10 1 (1.02%) HPUX
10 1 (1.02%) Mac OS
10 1 (1.02%) Mac OS X
10 1 (1.02%) SUSE
10 1 (1.02%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (19.39%) Migration
2 18 (18.37%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 12 (12.24%) Disaster Recovery
3 12 (12.24%) Server Building
4 11 (11.22%) Coaching
5 10 (10.20%) ITIL
6 9 (9.18%) Agile Software Development
6 9 (9.18%) DevOps
6 9 (9.18%) Service Management
6 9 (9.18%) TOGAF
7 8 (8.16%) Data Security
7 8 (8.16%) UML
8 7 (7.14%) Analytics
8 7 (7.14%) ArchiMate
8 7 (7.14%) Data Analytics
8 7 (7.14%) Data Engineering
8 7 (7.14%) Data Management
8 7 (7.14%) Data Munging
8 7 (7.14%) Data Transformation
8 7 (7.14%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 25 (25.51%) PowerShell
2 16 (16.33%) SQL
3 6 (6.12%) Python
4 5 (5.10%) Bash Shell
5 4 (4.08%) Perl
6 1 (1.02%) C
6 1 (1.02%) PL/SQL
6 1 (1.02%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 17 (17.35%) Security Cleared
2 11 (11.22%) SC Cleared
3 9 (9.18%) CCNA
3 9 (9.18%) Cisco Certification
4 7 (7.14%) CCNP
4 7 (7.14%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 6 (6.12%) DBS Check
6 5 (5.10%) DV Cleared
6 5 (5.10%) VCAP
7 4 (4.08%) Microsoft Certification
8 3 (3.06%) MCSA
9 2 (2.04%) Degree
9 2 (2.04%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (1.02%) A+ Certification
10 1 (1.02%) BPSS Clearance
10 1 (1.02%) MCP
10 1 (1.02%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (8.16%) SLA
2 2 (2.04%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (1.02%) GDPR
3 1 (1.02%) NCSC
3 1 (1.02%) QA
System Software
1 45 (45.92%) VMware Infrastructure
2 44 (44.90%) Active Directory
3 34 (34.69%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 12 (12.24%) Hyper-V
5 10 (10.20%) Virtual Machines
6 8 (8.16%) Virtual Desktop
7 6 (6.12%) VMware ESXi
8 5 (5.10%) VMware NSX
8 5 (5.10%) XenDesktop
9 4 (4.08%) EMC RecoverPoint
9 4 (4.08%) vSphere
9 4 (4.08%) XenApp
10 3 (3.06%) Docker
10 3 (3.06%) Microsoft App-V
11 1 (1.02%) Oracle RAC
11 1 (1.02%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 29 (29.59%) SCCM
2 8 (8.16%) Avamar
2 8 (8.16%) WSUS
3 7 (7.14%) Oozie
3 7 (7.14%) SCOM
4 4 (4.08%) PowerCLI
5 3 (3.06%) EMC NetWorker
5 3 (3.06%) Kubernetes
5 3 (3.06%) McAfee ePO
5 3 (3.06%) Microsoft Intune
6 2 (2.04%) HP Data Protector
6 2 (2.04%) NetBackup
7 1 (1.02%) Ansible
7 1 (1.02%) Backup Exec
7 1 (1.02%) Check_MK
7 1 (1.02%) Cisco UCCE
7 1 (1.02%) Data Guard
7 1 (1.02%) Oracle RMAN
7 1 (1.02%) Puppet
7 1 (1.02%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 45 (45.92%) VMware
2 40 (40.82%) Microsoft
3 17 (17.35%) Cisco
4 12 (12.24%) EMC
4 12 (12.24%) Oracle
5 10 (10.20%) Citrix
6 7 (7.14%) Cloudera
6 7 (7.14%) Hortonworks
6 7 (7.14%) StreamSets
7 6 (6.12%) Dell
8 5 (5.10%) McAfee
9 4 (4.08%) Red Hat
10 3 (3.06%) CA
10 3 (3.06%) Clearswift
10 3 (3.06%) Juniper
10 3 (3.06%) Remedy
11 2 (2.04%) HP
11 2 (2.04%) IBM
11 2 (2.04%) Sophos
12 1 (1.02%) Apple