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 VMS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited VMS 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.

VMS
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
18 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 582 564 590
Rank change year-on-year -18 +26 +32
Contract jobs citing VMS 67 72 41
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.13% 0.14% 0.077%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.57% 0.66% 0.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 46 40 21
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.75% +6.67% -14.29%
10th Percentile £325 £160 £258
90th Percentile £575 £558 £575
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £450
% change year-on-year - +11.11% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 8 0
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £26.35 -
UK median hourly rate - £26.35 -

VMS 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 11,787 10,927 11,483
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 22.29% 21.08% 21.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,754 6,320 6,718
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.96% +3.99% +2.07%
10th Percentile £145 £150 £163
90th Percentile £550 £550 £525
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £403
% change year-on-year - +5.59% +0.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,063 953 1,053
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +3.13% -3.03%
10th Percentile £10.92 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.50 £43.75
UK median hourly rate £17.46 £17.43 £16.50
% change year-on-year +0.19% +5.64% -

VMS
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

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

Job vacancy trend for VMS in the UK excluding London

VMS
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 VMS in the UK excluding London.

Contractor daily rate trend for VMS in the UK excluding London

VMS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing VMS in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 18 January 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for VMS in the UK excluding London

VMS
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 VMS in the UK excluding London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for VMS in the UK excluding London

VMS
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 VMS 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 -18 27 £495 +23.75% 2
Yorkshire -1 20 £550 +243.75%
South East +10 19 £488 +30.00% 8
South West -40 9 £450 +9.09% 4
Midlands -16 8 £475 +196.88% 1
East Midlands -1 6 £475 +5.56%
North West -2 5 £300 - 2
Scotland -11 2 - -
West Midlands -13 2 £500 +212.50% 1
North East -26 2 £535 +33.75%
East of England -1 1 £575 +41.98% 2
Wales - 1 £425 -
VMS
UK

For the 6 months to 18 January 2019, IT contractor jobs citing VMS 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 VMS.

1 30 (44.78%) Amazon AWS
2 23 (34.33%) Agile Software Development
3 22 (32.84%) Microsoft Azure
4 21 (31.34%) Test Automation
5 19 (28.36%) Vagrant
5 19 (28.36%) Microservices
6 18 (26.87%) JavaScript
6 18 (26.87%) PowerShell
7 17 (25.37%) Continuous Integration
7 17 (25.37%) TDD
7 17 (25.37%) MySQL
7 17 (25.37%) Windows
8 16 (23.88%) Microsoft
8 16 (23.88%) IaaS
9 15 (22.39%) SQL
9 15 (22.39%) JIRA
10 14 (20.90%) CQRS
10 14 (20.90%) Domain-Driven Design
10 14 (20.90%) PaaS
10 14 (20.90%) Confluence
11 13 (19.40%) Amazon EC2
11 13 (19.40%) Amazon RDS
11 13 (19.40%) DevOps
11 13 (19.40%) Linux
12 12 (17.91%) PHP
12 12 (17.91%) Selenium
12 12 (17.91%) Zend
12 12 (17.91%) Unit Testing
12 12 (17.91%) Pair Programming
12 12 (17.91%) Non-Functional Testing

VMS
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 14 (20.90%) Confluence
2 3 (4.48%) Exchange Server 2013
2 3 (4.48%) IIS
2 3 (4.48%) MS Exchange
2 3 (4.48%) SharePoint
2 3 (4.48%) Skype for Business
3 2 (2.99%) WildFly
4 1 (1.49%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 4 (5.97%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.49%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 30 (44.78%) Amazon AWS
2 22 (32.84%) Microsoft Azure
3 16 (23.88%) IaaS
4 14 (20.90%) PaaS
5 13 (19.40%) Amazon EC2
6 7 (10.45%) Serverless
7 2 (2.99%) Azure Active Directory
7 2 (2.99%) GitHub
8 1 (1.49%) Amazon ELB
8 1 (1.49%) Office 365
8 1 (1.49%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 9 (13.43%) DNS
1 9 (13.43%) Firewall
2 3 (4.48%) DHCP
2 3 (4.48%) Skype
2 3 (4.48%) TCP/IP
3 2 (2.99%) Internet
3 2 (2.99%) SAN
4 1 (1.49%) Cisco Firepower
4 1 (1.49%) Fibre Channel
4 1 (1.49%) Kerberos
4 1 (1.49%) LAN
4 1 (1.49%) Remote Desktop
4 1 (1.49%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (25.37%) MySQL
2 13 (19.40%) Amazon RDS
3 10 (14.93%) SQL Server
4 7 (10.45%) NoSQL
5 5 (7.46%) Azure SQL Database
5 5 (7.46%) MongoDB
6 4 (5.97%) Relational Database
7 3 (4.48%) Apache Cassandra
7 3 (4.48%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
7 3 (4.48%) Data Warehouse
7 3 (4.48%) PostgreSQL
7 3 (4.48%) SQL Server 2016
8 2 (2.99%) RDBMS
9 1 (1.49%) Oracle Database
9 1 (1.49%) SQL Server 2008
9 1 (1.49%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 1 (1.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 1 (1.49%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 19 (28.36%) Vagrant
2 15 (22.39%) JIRA
3 12 (17.91%) PHPUnit
3 12 (17.91%) Selenium
4 7 (10.45%) Git (software)
4 7 (10.45%) Visual Studio Team System
5 5 (7.46%) JUnit
5 5 (7.46%) Mockito
6 4 (5.97%) MSI
6 4 (5.97%) Visual Studio
7 3 (4.48%) Maven
8 2 (2.99%) Checkstyle
8 2 (2.99%) GitLab
8 2 (2.99%) Jenkins
8 2 (2.99%) Liquibase
8 2 (2.99%) SonarQube
9 1 (1.49%) git-flow
9 1 (1.49%) Subversion
9 1 (1.49%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 5 (7.46%) Billing
2 3 (4.48%) Retail
3 2 (2.99%) Law
4 1 (1.49%) Finance
Job Titles
1 21 (31.34%) Developer
2 12 (17.91%) PHP Developer
3 11 (16.42%) Architect
4 9 (13.43%) Infrastructure Architect
5 7 (10.45%) AWS Architect
5 7 (10.45%) AWS Infrastructure Architect
5 7 (10.45%) Cloud Architect
5 7 (10.45%) Cloud Infrastructure Architect
5 7 (10.45%) Java Developer
6 6 (8.96%) Cloud Engineer
7 5 (7.46%) Azure Engineer
7 5 (7.46%) Consultant
7 5 (7.46%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 4 (5.97%) Analyst
8 4 (5.97%) Applications Packager
8 4 (5.97%) Azure DevOps
9 3 (4.48%) Azure Consultant
9 3 (4.48%) Cloud Consultant
10 2 (2.99%) Azure Architect
10 2 (2.99%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (17.91%) Doctrine
2 7 (10.45%) RESTful
3 5 (7.46%) Hibernate
3 5 (7.46%) JMS
3 5 (7.46%) JPA
4 3 (4.48%) 802.1X
4 3 (4.48%) ActiveMQ
4 3 (4.48%) Kafka
4 3 (4.48%) RabbitMQ
4 3 (4.48%) Spring
4 3 (4.48%) Web Services
5 2 (2.99%) CSS
5 2 (2.99%) CSS3
5 2 (2.99%) Drools
5 2 (2.99%) HTML5
5 2 (2.99%) Java EE
5 2 (2.99%) JAX-RS
5 2 (2.99%) Lambda Expressions
5 2 (2.99%) REST
5 2 (2.99%) WireMock
Miscellaneous
1 8 (11.94%) Public Cloud
2 5 (7.46%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (4.48%) Data Centre
3 3 (4.48%) PKI
3 3 (4.48%) Self-Motivation
4 2 (2.99%) Linux Command Line
4 2 (2.99%) User Experience
5 1 (1.49%) Clustering
5 1 (1.49%) Fat Client
5 1 (1.49%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (1.49%) HP Superdome
5 1 (1.49%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.49%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 17 (25.37%) Windows
2 13 (19.40%) Linux
3 10 (14.93%) Windows Server
4 4 (5.97%) Windows 10
4 4 (5.97%) Windows Server 2012
5 3 (4.48%) CentOS
5 3 (4.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 3 (4.48%) Unix
5 3 (4.48%) Windows 7
5 3 (4.48%) Windows 8
6 2 (2.99%) DC/OS
6 2 (2.99%) Mesosphere
7 1 (1.49%) Debian
7 1 (1.49%) HPUX
7 1 (1.49%) OpenVMS
7 1 (1.49%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (34.33%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (31.34%) Test Automation
3 19 (28.36%) Microservices
4 17 (25.37%) Continuous Integration
4 17 (25.37%) TDD
5 14 (20.90%) CQRS
5 14 (20.90%) Domain-Driven Design
6 13 (19.40%) DevOps
7 12 (17.91%) Non-Functional Testing
7 12 (17.91%) Pair Programming
7 12 (17.91%) Unit Testing
8 10 (14.93%) Infrastructure Management
9 9 (13.43%) OO
10 7 (10.45%) Network Management
11 6 (8.96%) Deployment Automation
11 6 (8.96%) High Availability
11 6 (8.96%) ITSM
12 5 (7.46%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 5 (7.46%) Scrum
12 5 (7.46%) Strategic Thinking
Programming Languages
1 18 (26.87%) JavaScript
1 18 (26.87%) PowerShell
2 15 (22.39%) SQL
3 12 (17.91%) PHP
3 12 (17.91%) PHP 7
4 8 (11.94%) Java
5 7 (10.45%) Java 8
6 4 (5.97%) Perl
7 3 (4.48%) Python
8 2 (2.99%) Bash Shell
8 2 (2.99%) JPQL
8 2 (2.99%) Ruby
9 1 (1.49%) PL/SQL
9 1 (1.49%) T-SQL
9 1 (1.49%) VB
Qualifications
1 11 (16.42%) Security Cleared
2 7 (10.45%) SC Cleared
3 4 (5.97%) BPSS Clearance
3 4 (5.97%) DV Cleared
4 2 (2.99%) BC Cleared
5 1 (1.49%) AWS Certification
5 1 (1.49%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (1.49%) Degree
5 1 (1.49%) MCSE
5 1 (1.49%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (1.49%) RHCA
5 1 (1.49%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.99%) Disclosure Scotland
1 2 (2.99%) GDPR
System Software
1 11 (16.42%) Virtual Machines
2 10 (14.93%) Docker
3 9 (13.43%) Active Directory
4 7 (10.45%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (5.97%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 4 (5.97%) Virtual Servers
5 4 (5.97%) XenApp
6 3 (4.48%) Hyper-V
6 3 (4.48%) XenDesktop
7 1 (1.49%) Firmware
7 1 (1.49%) NFS
7 1 (1.49%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (1.49%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 7 (10.45%) Ansible
1 7 (10.45%) Kubernetes
1 7 (10.45%) Puppet
2 5 (7.46%) Opscode Chef
2 5 (7.46%) SCCM
3 4 (5.97%) SCOM
4 3 (4.48%) EMC NetWorker
4 3 (4.48%) Terraform
5 2 (2.99%) Docker Swarm
6 1 (1.49%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (1.49%) Microsoft Clustering
6 1 (1.49%) Packer
6 1 (1.49%) PowerCLI
6 1 (1.49%) vCenter Server
6 1 (1.49%) vMotion
Vendors
1 16 (23.88%) Microsoft
2 12 (17.91%) Zend
3 11 (16.42%) VMware
4 5 (7.46%) Citrix
5 4 (5.97%) Dell
6 3 (4.48%) CA
6 3 (4.48%) Clearswift
6 3 (4.48%) EMC
6 3 (4.48%) Juniper
6 3 (4.48%) ServiceNow
7 2 (2.99%) Cisco
7 2 (2.99%) F5
7 2 (2.99%) HP
7 2 (2.99%) Oracle
7 2 (2.99%) Red Hat
7 2 (2.99%) SaltStack
7 2 (2.99%) Symantec
8 1 (1.49%) FireEye
8 1 (1.49%) McAfee