Period
to 23 October 2018

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

ICL VME
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
23 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 613 632 625
Rank change year-on-year +19 -7 -10
Contract jobs citing VME 34 4 52
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.062% 0.008% 0.088%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.29% 0.036% 0.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 2 31
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £463 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -13.51% +40.15% -15.06%
10th Percentile £302 £379 £263
90th Percentile £650 £556 £438
UK median daily rate £400 £463 £330
% change year-on-year -13.51% +40.15% -15.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 - -
UK median hourly rate £35.00 - -

VME 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 UK excluding London with a requirement for operating system skills.

All Operating Systems
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 11,881 11,185 13,489
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 21.57% 21.30% 22.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,572 6,413 7,949
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% - +4.17%
10th Percentile £150 £158 £181
90th Percentile £550 £538 £525
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,195 970 1,051
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.81 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.81% +5.03% -
10th Percentile £10.77 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.00 £47.50 £43.28
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year - +6.06% -

VME
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

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

Job vacancy trend for VME in the UK excluding London

VME
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 VME in the UK excluding London.

Contractor daily rate trend for VME in the UK excluding London

VME
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing VME in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 23 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for VME in the UK excluding London

VME
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 VME in the UK excluding London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for VME in the UK excluding London

VME
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 VME within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 23 October 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 +1 14 £600 +29.73% 1
West Midlands - 14 £310 -
Midlands - 14 £310 -
North East +4 7 - -
North West -5 7 £600 +9.09% 1
East of England - 4 £338 -
South East -12 2 - - 1
VME
UK

For the 6 months to 23 October 2018, IT contractor jobs citing VME 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 VME.

1 26 (76.47%) COBOL
2 18 (52.94%) Unix
3 17 (50.00%) Oracle
4 16 (47.06%) SQL
4 16 (47.06%) Mainframe
5 14 (41.18%) Java
6 12 (35.29%) Perl
6 12 (35.29%) webMethods
6 12 (35.29%) Shell Script
7 11 (32.35%) WebLogic
8 10 (29.41%) Agile Software Development
9 9 (26.47%) Scrum
9 9 (26.47%) Windows
9 9 (26.47%) PL/SQL
9 9 (26.47%) J2EE
10 8 (23.53%) Micro Focus
10 8 (23.53%) Migration
10 8 (23.53%) Test Scripting
10 8 (23.53%) TPMS
10 8 (23.53%) Process Improvement
11 7 (20.59%) Test Strategy
11 7 (20.59%) Fujitsu
12 6 (17.65%) Refactoring
12 6 (17.65%) Waterfall
12 6 (17.65%) IDMS
12 6 (17.65%) ISEB
12 6 (17.65%) BEA
12 6 (17.65%) Linux
12 6 (17.65%) Business Intelligence
13 5 (14.71%) Toad

VME
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 (32.35%) WebLogic
2 8 (23.53%) TPMS
3 2 (5.88%) Tuxedo
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.94%) Cloud Computing
1 1 (2.94%) IaaS
1 1 (2.94%) PaaS
1 1 (2.94%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.88%) FTP
2 1 (2.94%) Firewall
2 1 (2.94%) LAN
2 1 (2.94%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (17.65%) IDMS
2 4 (11.76%) BusinessObjects
3 2 (5.88%) Data Mining
3 2 (5.88%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (2.94%) DB2
4 1 (2.94%) Oracle Database
4 1 (2.94%) RDBMS
4 1 (2.94%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 5 (14.71%) Toad
2 4 (11.76%) Visual Studio
3 1 (2.94%) Eclipse
3 1 (2.94%) Git (software)
3 1 (2.94%) Zephyr
General
1 1 (2.94%) Banking
1 1 (2.94%) Finance
Job Titles
1 16 (47.06%) Developer
2 11 (32.35%) COBOL Developer
3 7 (20.59%) Mainframe Developer
4 6 (17.65%) Analyst
4 6 (17.65%) Test Analyst
5 4 (11.76%) Consultant
6 3 (8.82%) Architect
6 3 (8.82%) Migration Consultant
7 2 (5.88%) Delivery Manager
7 2 (5.88%) Solutions Architect
7 2 (5.88%) Technical Delivery Manager
7 2 (5.88%) Technical Manager
8 1 (2.94%) COBOL Consultant
8 1 (2.94%) Designer
8 1 (2.94%) Mainframe Analyst
8 1 (2.94%) Mainframe Test Analyst
8 1 (2.94%) SQL Analyst
8 1 (2.94%) Technical Developer
8 1 (2.94%) Test Leader
8 1 (2.94%) Unix Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (26.47%) J2EE
2 5 (14.71%) XML
3 3 (8.82%) Middleware
4 1 (2.94%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 16 (47.06%) Mainframe
2 2 (5.88%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.94%) Data Centre
3 1 (2.94%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 18 (52.94%) Unix
2 9 (26.47%) Windows
3 6 (17.65%) Linux
4 1 (2.94%) AIX
4 1 (2.94%) HPUX
4 1 (2.94%) MVS
4 1 (2.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (2.94%) Solaris
4 1 (2.94%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (29.41%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (26.47%) Scrum
3 8 (23.53%) Migration
3 8 (23.53%) Process Improvement
3 8 (23.53%) Test Scripting
4 7 (20.59%) Test Strategy
5 6 (17.65%) Business Intelligence
5 6 (17.65%) Refactoring
5 6 (17.65%) Waterfall
6 5 (14.71%) OO
6 5 (14.71%) Problem Management
6 5 (14.71%) Problem-Solving
6 5 (14.71%) RUP
7 4 (11.76%) Configuration Management
7 4 (11.76%) Customer Requirements
7 4 (11.76%) Data Modelling
8 3 (8.82%) Data Migration
8 3 (8.82%) Release Management
8 3 (8.82%) Source Code Analysis
9 2 (5.88%) Scenario Testing
Programming Languages
1 26 (76.47%) COBOL
2 16 (47.06%) SQL
3 14 (41.18%) Java
4 12 (35.29%) Perl
4 12 (35.29%) Shell Script
5 9 (26.47%) PL/SQL
6 3 (8.82%) Python
6 3 (8.82%) Ruby
7 1 (2.94%) C
Qualifications
1 6 (17.65%) ISEB
2 5 (14.71%) ISTQB
2 5 (14.71%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (5.88%) Security Cleared
4 1 (2.94%) CCNA
4 1 (2.94%) CCNP
4 1 (2.94%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (2.94%) ISEB Practitioner
4 1 (2.94%) SC Cleared
Systems Management
1 1 (2.94%) HP ALM
1 1 (2.94%) HP SIM
1 1 (2.94%) Nagios
1 1 (2.94%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 17 (50.00%) Oracle
2 12 (35.29%) webMethods
3 8 (23.53%) Micro Focus
4 7 (20.59%) Fujitsu
5 6 (17.65%) BEA
6 5 (14.71%) ICL
7 3 (8.82%) HP
8 1 (2.94%) 3PAR
8 1 (2.94%) BMC
8 1 (2.94%) Cisco
8 1 (2.94%) EMC
8 1 (2.94%) F5
8 1 (2.94%) IBM
8 1 (2.94%) Red Hat