Period
to 23 October 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 23 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.

VMS
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
23 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 521 555 572
Rank change year-on-year +34 +17 +52
Contract jobs citing VMS 76 97 69
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.17% 0.18% 0.13%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.71% 0.82% 0.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 55 54 32
UK excluding London median daily rate £495 £455 £406
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.79% +12.00% -7.14%
10th Percentile £378 £315 £160
90th Percentile £638 £575 £500
UK median daily rate £475 £525 £475
% change year-on-year -9.52% +10.53% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 8
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £31.50 £26.35
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +19.57% -18.94%
UK median hourly rate £43.50 £31.50 £26.35
% change year-on-year +38.10% +19.57% -36.90%

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 10,674 11,881 11,185
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 23.25% 21.57% 21.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,190 6,572 6,413
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.23% +3.33% -
10th Percentile £133 £150 £158
90th Percentile £575 £550 £538
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 980 1,195 970
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £16.81
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.03% -1.81% +5.03%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.77 £10.75
90th Percentile £48.88 £47.00 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

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 23 October 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 23 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 +72 40 £500 +2.56% 13
North of England -3 11 £525 +15.38% 6
Yorkshire +11 10 £525 -4.55% 4
South West -6 9 £463 +23.33%
Midlands +45 8 £406 -14.47% 1
East of England +29 7 £420 -26.96% 1
West Midlands +32 6 £413 -21.43% 1
East Midlands +23 2 £350 -23.29%
Scotland +27 1 - -
North West +11 1 £300 -29.41% 2
VMS
UK

For the 6 months to 23 October 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 37 (48.68%) Azure
2 24 (31.58%) IaaS
3 22 (28.95%) Security Cleared
4 21 (27.63%) DevOps
5 20 (26.32%) VMware
5 20 (26.32%) SQL
6 19 (25.00%) Windows
7 18 (23.68%) Microsoft
8 17 (22.37%) Python
8 17 (22.37%) VMware Infrastructure
8 17 (22.37%) PowerShell
9 16 (21.05%) .NET
9 16 (21.05%) Active Directory
10 15 (19.74%) DNS
10 15 (19.74%) Linux
10 15 (19.74%) Network Virtualisation
11 14 (18.42%) Kubernetes
11 14 (18.42%) Migration
12 13 (17.11%) Agile Software Development
12 13 (17.11%) Ansible
13 12 (15.79%) Docker
13 12 (15.79%) Firewall
13 12 (15.79%) PaaS
14 11 (14.47%) Bash Shell
14 11 (14.47%) DV Cleared
14 11 (14.47%) Java
14 11 (14.47%) Virtual Machines
15 10 (13.16%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 10 (13.16%) SQL Server
15 10 (13.16%) SC Cleared

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 9 (11.84%) SharePoint
2 6 (7.89%) Exchange Server 2013
2 6 (7.89%) MS Exchange
3 5 (6.58%) Skype for Business
4 4 (5.26%) CMS
4 4 (5.26%) IIS
4 4 (5.26%) Umbraco
5 3 (3.95%) Confluence
5 3 (3.95%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (1.32%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (1.32%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (1.32%) JBoss
6 1 (1.32%) OpenStack
Applications
1 2 (2.63%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.32%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (3.95%) CA PPM
2 1 (1.32%) NetSuite
2 1 (1.32%) SAP SCM
Cloud Services
1 37 (48.68%) Azure
2 24 (31.58%) IaaS
3 12 (15.79%) PaaS
4 9 (11.84%) Azure Active Directory
5 6 (7.89%) AWS
5 6 (7.89%) SaaS
6 5 (6.58%) Power Platform
7 4 (5.26%) Loggly
7 4 (5.26%) Office 365
8 3 (3.95%) AWS CloudFormation
8 3 (3.95%) GCP
8 3 (3.95%) GitHub
8 3 (3.95%) Mimecast
8 3 (3.95%) Serverless
9 1 (1.32%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 1 (1.32%) Azure Functions
9 1 (1.32%) Azure Stack
9 1 (1.32%) Boomi
9 1 (1.32%) Cloud Computing
9 1 (1.32%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 15 (19.74%) DNS
2 12 (15.79%) Firewall
3 9 (11.84%) TCP/IP
4 5 (6.58%) DHCP
4 5 (6.58%) Skype
4 5 (6.58%) SSL
4 5 (6.58%) VPN
5 4 (5.26%) Network Security
6 3 (3.95%) BGP
6 3 (3.95%) EIGRP
6 3 (3.95%) HTTPS
6 3 (3.95%) IGMP
6 3 (3.95%) IPsec
6 3 (3.95%) Junos
6 3 (3.95%) NAS
6 3 (3.95%) OSPF
6 3 (3.95%) RTP
6 3 (3.95%) RTSP
6 3 (3.95%) TACACS
6 3 (3.95%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (13.16%) SQL Server
2 7 (9.21%) Data Warehouse
3 6 (7.89%) Azure SQL Database
3 6 (7.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 5 (6.58%) Power BI
5 4 (5.26%) Big Data
5 4 (5.26%) Data Lake
5 4 (5.26%) Redis
6 3 (3.95%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
6 3 (3.95%) SQL Server 2016
7 2 (2.63%) Cosmos DB
7 2 (2.63%) Oracle Database
8 1 (1.32%) MariaDB
8 1 (1.32%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 6 (7.89%) Jenkins
1 6 (7.89%) Visual Studio Team System
2 5 (6.58%) SonarQube
3 4 (5.26%) Babel
3 4 (5.26%) ClearCase
3 4 (5.26%) gulp
3 4 (5.26%) Jasmine
3 4 (5.26%) JIRA
3 4 (5.26%) JMeter
3 4 (5.26%) Octopus Deploy
3 4 (5.26%) SpecFlow
3 4 (5.26%) TeamCity
3 4 (5.26%) webpack
4 3 (3.95%) Artifactory
4 3 (3.95%) Bitbucket
4 3 (3.95%) Gerrit
4 3 (3.95%) Git (software)
4 3 (3.95%) Hudson
4 3 (3.95%) PVCS
5 2 (2.63%) Subversion
General
1 4 (5.26%) Billing
2 2 (2.63%) Military
2 2 (2.63%) Publishing
3 1 (1.32%) Finance
3 1 (1.32%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 22 (28.95%) Architect
2 19 (25.00%) Developer
3 9 (11.84%) .NET Developer
3 9 (11.84%) Cloud Architect
4 8 (10.53%) Azure Architect
4 8 (10.53%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 7 (9.21%) Azure Engineer
6 6 (7.89%) Administrator
7 5 (6.58%) Automation Architect
7 5 (6.58%) DevOps Engineer
8 4 (5.26%) Azure Developer
8 4 (5.26%) Cloud Engineer
8 4 (5.26%) Consultant
8 4 (5.26%) Network Engineer
8 4 (5.26%) Senior .NET Developer
8 4 (5.26%) Senior Developer
8 4 (5.26%) Technical Architect
9 3 (3.95%) Network Infrastructure Engineer
9 3 (3.95%) Solutions Architect
9 3 (3.95%) Technical Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (21.05%) .NET
2 5 (6.58%) JSF
2 5 (6.58%) Node.js
2 5 (6.58%) XML
3 4 (5.26%) .NET Core
3 4 (5.26%) 802.1X
3 4 (5.26%) ASP.NET
3 4 (5.26%) ASP.NET MVC
3 4 (5.26%) ASP.NET Web API
3 4 (5.26%) LDAP
3 4 (5.26%) Swagger
4 3 (3.95%) ATL
4 3 (3.95%) REST
4 3 (3.95%) STL
5 2 (2.63%) OAuth
5 2 (2.63%) Regular Expression
5 2 (2.63%) SAML
5 2 (2.63%) Velocity
6 1 (1.32%) ActiveMQ
6 1 (1.32%) ADO
Miscellaneous
1 6 (7.89%) Linux Command Line
2 4 (5.26%) CMDB
2 4 (5.26%) PKI
3 3 (3.95%) Clustering
3 3 (3.95%) Data Centre
3 3 (3.95%) MPEG
4 2 (2.63%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (2.63%) Greenfield Project
4 2 (2.63%) Private Cloud
5 1 (1.32%) Cyber Kill Chain
5 1 (1.32%) Cyberattack
5 1 (1.32%) HP Superdome
5 1 (1.32%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.32%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.32%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 19 (25.00%) Windows
2 15 (19.74%) Linux
3 8 (10.53%) Windows Server
4 7 (9.21%) Unix
5 5 (6.58%) OpenVMS
5 5 (6.58%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 5 (6.58%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (5.26%) Windows 7
6 4 (5.26%) Windows 8
7 2 (2.63%) CentOS
7 2 (2.63%) Windows Vista
8 1 (1.32%) HPUX
8 1 (1.32%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (27.63%) DevOps
2 15 (19.74%) Network Virtualisation
3 14 (18.42%) Migration
4 13 (17.11%) Agile Software Development
5 10 (13.16%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 8 (10.53%) Configuration Management
7 6 (7.89%) Analytics
7 6 (7.89%) API Integration
7 6 (7.89%) Continuous Delivery
7 6 (7.89%) Continuous Improvement
7 6 (7.89%) Validation
8 5 (6.58%) BDD
8 5 (6.58%) Business Intelligence
8 5 (6.58%) Data Security
8 5 (6.58%) Deployment Automation
8 5 (6.58%) Infrastructure as Code
8 5 (6.58%) ITIL
8 5 (6.58%) Test Automation
9 4 (5.26%) MVC
9 4 (5.26%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 20 (26.32%) SQL
2 17 (22.37%) PowerShell
2 17 (22.37%) Python
3 11 (14.47%) Bash Shell
3 11 (14.47%) Java
4 8 (10.53%) Ruby
5 7 (9.21%) C#
6 6 (7.89%) JavaScript
6 6 (7.89%) Shell Script
7 5 (6.58%) VBScript
8 4 (5.26%) C
8 4 (5.26%) Fortran
8 4 (5.26%) Go
9 3 (3.95%) C++
9 3 (3.95%) DCL
9 3 (3.95%) Perl
10 2 (2.63%) Kotlin
10 2 (2.63%) PHP
11 1 (1.32%) Groovy
11 1 (1.32%) VB6
Qualifications
1 22 (28.95%) Security Cleared
2 11 (14.47%) DV Cleared
3 10 (13.16%) SC Cleared
4 3 (3.95%) CCIE
4 3 (3.95%) CCNP
4 3 (3.95%) Cisco Certification
4 3 (3.95%) JNCIE
5 2 (2.63%) BPSS Clearance
5 2 (2.63%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (1.32%) Degree
6 1 (1.32%) HNC
6 1 (1.32%) HND
6 1 (1.32%) ISEB
6 1 (1.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (1.32%) MCP
6 1 (1.32%) MCSA
6 1 (1.32%) MCSE
6 1 (1.32%) RHCE
6 1 (1.32%) VCAP
6 1 (1.32%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (5.26%) QA
2 3 (3.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (3.95%) NCSC
3 1 (1.32%) JSP 440
3 1 (1.32%) SLA
System Software
1 17 (22.37%) VMware Infrastructure
2 16 (21.05%) Active Directory
3 12 (15.79%) Docker
4 11 (14.47%) Virtual Machines
5 6 (7.89%) vCloud
5 6 (7.89%) Virtual Servers
6 5 (6.58%) Hyper-V
7 4 (5.26%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 4 (5.26%) VMware ESXi
7 4 (5.26%) vSphere
7 4 (5.26%) XenApp
7 4 (5.26%) XenDesktop
8 1 (1.32%) KVM
8 1 (1.32%) VMware NSX
8 1 (1.32%) Xen
Systems Management
1 14 (18.42%) Kubernetes
2 13 (17.11%) Ansible
3 8 (10.53%) Terraform
4 7 (9.21%) Single Sign-On
5 5 (6.58%) SCOM
5 5 (6.58%) vRealize
6 4 (5.26%) Nagios
7 3 (3.95%) EMC NetWorker
7 3 (3.95%) Opscode Chef
7 3 (3.95%) Puppet
8 2 (2.63%) CA Single Sign-On
8 2 (2.63%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 2 (2.63%) vCenter Server
8 2 (2.63%) WSUS
9 1 (1.32%) Consul
9 1 (1.32%) Grafana
9 1 (1.32%) HP ALM
9 1 (1.32%) logstash
9 1 (1.32%) Prometheus
9 1 (1.32%) SCCM
Vendors
1 20 (26.32%) VMware
2 18 (23.68%) Microsoft
3 7 (9.21%) Cisco
4 6 (7.89%) CA
4 6 (7.89%) Juniper
4 6 (7.89%) SolarWinds
5 5 (6.58%) Citrix
5 5 (6.58%) Dell
5 5 (6.58%) Oracle
6 4 (5.26%) New Relic
7 3 (3.95%) Aruba
7 3 (3.95%) CA Agile Central
7 3 (3.95%) Clearswift
7 3 (3.95%) CommVault
7 3 (3.95%) Coverity
7 3 (3.95%) EMC
7 3 (3.95%) F5
7 3 (3.95%) Google
7 3 (3.95%) Red Hat
7 3 (3.95%) Synology