Period
to 14 November 2018

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 14 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.

VMS
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
14 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 581 591 626
Rank change year-on-year +10 +35 +5
Contract jobs citing VMS 89 60 54
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.16% 0.11% 0.093%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.73% 0.52% 0.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 30 25
UK excluding London median daily rate £459 £388 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.39% -13.89% +9.09%
10th Percentile £315 £160 £278
90th Percentile £575 £505 £555
UK median daily rate £550 £500 £450
% change year-on-year +10.00% +11.11% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 8 1
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.50 £26.35 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.57% -18.94% -
10th Percentile £18.10 £25.59 £31.25
90th Percentile £47.70 £46.00 £33.75
UK median hourly rate £31.50 £26.35 £32.50
% change year-on-year +19.57% -18.94% -1.52%

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 12,161 11,514 13,198
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 21.84% 21.38% 22.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,778 6,616 7,784
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +1.35% +2.07%
10th Percentile £150 £150 £175
90th Percentile £550 £538 £525
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,193 1,011 1,072
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.75 £15.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.49% +6.35% -1.56%
10th Percentile £10.92 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.26 £47.50 £43.28
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year - +6.06% -

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 14 November 2018.

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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing VMS in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 14 November 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 14 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 +24 43 £455 +30.00% 4
Yorkshire +15 29 £550 +243.75% 3
South East -6 14 £488 +30.00% 9
Midlands -6 12 £475 +196.88% 1
North West -4 11 £425 -10.53% 1
South West -32 9 £375 -9.09% 2
East Midlands +17 8 £475 +15.15%
Wales - 5 £413 -
East of England +6 4 £488 -11.36% 3
West Midlands -28 4 £500 +212.50% 1
North East 0 3 £525 +50.00%
Scotland -14 2 - - 1
VMS
UK

For the 6 months to 14 November 2018, 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 45 (50.56%) Amazon AWS
2 35 (39.33%) Windows
3 29 (32.58%) Agile Software Development
4 28 (31.46%) Test Automation
5 26 (29.21%) Linux
6 25 (28.09%) JavaScript
7 24 (26.97%) Amazon EC2
7 24 (26.97%) JIRA
8 23 (25.84%) Amazon RDS
8 23 (25.84%) Vagrant
9 22 (24.72%) PowerShell
10 21 (23.60%) MySQL
10 21 (23.60%) TDD
10 21 (23.60%) Microservices
11 20 (22.47%) IaaS
12 19 (21.35%) CQRS
12 19 (21.35%) Confluence
12 19 (21.35%) Microsoft Azure
12 19 (21.35%) Domain-Driven Design
12 19 (21.35%) Continuous Integration
12 19 (21.35%) SQL
13 18 (20.22%) DevOps
14 17 (19.10%) Doctrine
14 17 (19.10%) PHP 7
14 17 (19.10%) PHP
14 17 (19.10%) Pair Programming
14 17 (19.10%) Unit Testing
14 17 (19.10%) Selenium
14 17 (19.10%) Zend
14 17 (19.10%) PHPUnit

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 19 (21.35%) Confluence
2 6 (6.74%) MQSeries
3 4 (4.49%) OpenStack
4 3 (3.37%) WebSphere
5 2 (2.25%) nginx
5 2 (2.25%) SharePoint
5 2 (2.25%) WildFly
6 1 (1.12%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 5 (5.62%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.12%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 1 (1.12%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (1.12%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 45 (50.56%) Amazon AWS
2 24 (26.97%) Amazon EC2
3 20 (22.47%) IaaS
4 19 (21.35%) Microsoft Azure
5 16 (17.98%) PaaS
6 12 (13.48%) Serverless
7 6 (6.74%) Amazon ELB
7 6 (6.74%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 3 (3.37%) Google Cloud Platform
9 2 (2.25%) Azure Active Directory
9 2 (2.25%) GitHub
9 2 (2.25%) Office 365
10 1 (1.12%) Amazon S3
10 1 (1.12%) AWS CloudFormation
10 1 (1.12%) AWS Lambda
10 1 (1.12%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 10 (11.24%) Firewall
2 6 (6.74%) DNS
2 6 (6.74%) Internet
3 2 (2.25%) SAN
3 2 (2.25%) TCP/IP
3 2 (2.25%) VPN
4 1 (1.12%) Cisco Firepower
4 1 (1.12%) Cisco IOS
4 1 (1.12%) Fibre Channel
4 1 (1.12%) Intranet
4 1 (1.12%) Junos
4 1 (1.12%) LAN
4 1 (1.12%) OpenFlow
4 1 (1.12%) Remote Desktop
4 1 (1.12%) SSL
4 1 (1.12%) VLAN
4 1 (1.12%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (25.84%) Amazon RDS
2 21 (23.60%) MySQL
3 13 (14.61%) SQL Server
4 6 (6.74%) PostgreSQL
5 5 (5.62%) Apache Cassandra
5 5 (5.62%) Azure SQL Database
6 4 (4.49%) MongoDB
6 4 (4.49%) NoSQL
6 4 (4.49%) Relational Database
7 3 (3.37%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
7 3 (3.37%) Big Data
7 3 (3.37%) Data Warehouse
7 3 (3.37%) HBase
7 3 (3.37%) icCube
8 2 (2.25%) RDBMS
9 1 (1.12%) Hadoop
9 1 (1.12%) MS Access
9 1 (1.12%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 1 (1.12%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 1 (1.12%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 24 (26.97%) JIRA
2 23 (25.84%) Vagrant
3 17 (19.10%) PHPUnit
3 17 (19.10%) Selenium
4 9 (10.11%) Git (software)
5 7 (7.87%) Jenkins
5 7 (7.87%) Visual Studio Team System
6 4 (4.49%) JUnit
6 4 (4.49%) Mockito
6 4 (4.49%) MSI
6 4 (4.49%) Visual Studio
7 3 (3.37%) Maven
8 2 (2.25%) Checkstyle
8 2 (2.25%) GitLab
8 2 (2.25%) Liquibase
8 2 (2.25%) SonarQube
9 1 (1.12%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 1 (1.12%) Bitbucket
9 1 (1.12%) git-flow
9 1 (1.12%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 5 (5.62%) Billing
2 2 (2.25%) Finance
2 2 (2.25%) Law
Job Titles
1 28 (31.46%) Developer
2 17 (19.10%) PHP Developer
3 12 (13.48%) Analyst
4 11 (12.36%) Architect
5 10 (11.24%) AWS Architect
5 10 (11.24%) Cloud Architect
5 10 (11.24%) Cloud Engineer
5 10 (11.24%) Cloud Infrastructure Architect
5 10 (11.24%) Infrastructure Architect
6 9 (10.11%) AWS Infrastructure Architect
6 9 (10.11%) Support Analyst
7 6 (6.74%) Consultant
8 5 (5.62%) Administrator
8 5 (5.62%) Applications Support
8 5 (5.62%) Applications Support Analyst
8 5 (5.62%) SQL Developer
9 4 (4.49%) Applications Packager
9 4 (4.49%) Azure DevOps
9 4 (4.49%) Java Developer
9 4 (4.49%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (19.10%) Doctrine
2 7 (7.87%) RabbitMQ
3 6 (6.74%) CSS
3 6 (6.74%) HTML
4 5 (5.62%) CSS3
4 5 (5.62%) HTML5
4 5 (5.62%) Kafka
4 5 (5.62%) RESTful
4 5 (5.62%) Web Services
5 4 (4.49%) Hibernate
5 4 (4.49%) JMS
6 3 (3.37%) LAPP Stack
7 2 (2.25%) ActiveMQ
7 2 (2.25%) Drools
7 2 (2.25%) Java EE
7 2 (2.25%) JPA
7 2 (2.25%) Lambda Expressions
7 2 (2.25%) React
7 2 (2.25%) WebSphere MQ
7 2 (2.25%) WireMock
Miscellaneous
1 12 (13.48%) Public Cloud
2 3 (3.37%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (3.37%) Clustering
2 3 (3.37%) Linux Command Line
2 3 (3.37%) Self-Motivation
3 2 (2.25%) Data Centre
3 2 (2.25%) User Experience
4 1 (1.12%) Fat Client
4 1 (1.12%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (1.12%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.12%) Taxonomies
4 1 (1.12%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 35 (39.33%) Windows
2 26 (29.21%) Linux
3 10 (11.24%) Windows Server
4 9 (10.11%) Unix
5 5 (5.62%) Windows 10
6 4 (4.49%) OpenVMS
6 4 (4.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 3 (3.37%) AIX
7 3 (3.37%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (2.25%) CentOS
8 2 (2.25%) DC/OS
8 2 (2.25%) Debian
8 2 (2.25%) Mesosphere
9 1 (1.12%) Amazon Linux
9 1 (1.12%) Mac OS
9 1 (1.12%) Ubuntu
9 1 (1.12%) Windows 2000 Server
9 1 (1.12%) Windows NT
9 1 (1.12%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (1.12%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (32.58%) Agile Software Development
2 28 (31.46%) Test Automation
3 21 (23.60%) Microservices
3 21 (23.60%) TDD
4 19 (21.35%) Continuous Integration
4 19 (21.35%) CQRS
4 19 (21.35%) Domain-Driven Design
5 18 (20.22%) DevOps
6 17 (19.10%) Non-Functional Testing
6 17 (19.10%) Pair Programming
6 17 (19.10%) Unit Testing
7 13 (14.61%) ITIL
8 12 (13.48%) Infrastructure Management
9 11 (12.36%) Network Management
10 8 (8.99%) ETL
11 7 (7.87%) OO
12 6 (6.74%) Deployment Automation
12 6 (6.74%) Problem Management
12 6 (6.74%) Strategic Thinking
13 5 (5.62%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 25 (28.09%) JavaScript
2 22 (24.72%) PowerShell
3 19 (21.35%) SQL
4 17 (19.10%) PHP
4 17 (19.10%) PHP 7
5 13 (14.61%) Java
6 9 (10.11%) Python
7 5 (5.62%) VB
8 4 (4.49%) C#
8 4 (4.49%) Java 8
8 4 (4.49%) Perl
9 3 (3.37%) Bash Shell
9 3 (3.37%) C
9 3 (3.37%) Go
10 2 (2.25%) JPQL
10 2 (2.25%) Ruby
11 1 (1.12%) PL/SQL
11 1 (1.12%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (6.74%) SC Cleared
1 6 (6.74%) Security Cleared
2 5 (5.62%) BPSS Clearance
3 3 (3.37%) AWS Certification
3 3 (3.37%) BC Cleared
3 3 (3.37%) Degree
4 1 (1.12%) MCP
4 1 (1.12%) MCSE
4 1 (1.12%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.37%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (2.25%) GDPR
System Software
1 10 (11.24%) Docker
1 10 (11.24%) Virtual Machines
2 9 (10.11%) Active Directory
3 7 (7.87%) Hyper-V
4 6 (6.74%) VMware Infrastructure
5 3 (3.37%) Apache Flume
5 3 (3.37%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
6 2 (2.25%) VirtualBox
6 2 (2.25%) vSphere
7 1 (1.12%) Firmware
7 1 (1.12%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (1.12%) NFS
7 1 (1.12%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (1.12%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (1.12%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 12 (13.48%) Ansible
1 12 (13.48%) Puppet
2 8 (8.99%) Terraform
3 7 (7.87%) Kubernetes
4 6 (6.74%) Packer
5 4 (4.49%) Opscode Chef
5 4 (4.49%) SCCM
6 3 (3.37%) Microsoft Clustering
6 3 (3.37%) Tivoli
6 3 (3.37%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 2 (2.25%) Docker Swarm
7 2 (2.25%) Failover Clustering
7 2 (2.25%) SCVMM
7 2 (2.25%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 1 (1.12%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (1.12%) PowerCLI
8 1 (1.12%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 1 (1.12%) vCenter Server
8 1 (1.12%) vMotion
Vendors
1 17 (19.10%) Zend
2 14 (15.73%) Microsoft
3 11 (12.36%) VMware
4 3 (3.37%) Google
4 3 (3.37%) IBM
4 3 (3.37%) ServiceNow
4 3 (3.37%) Vertica
5 2 (2.25%) Cisco
5 2 (2.25%) F5
5 2 (2.25%) Meraki
5 2 (2.25%) Oracle
5 2 (2.25%) Red Hat
5 2 (2.25%) SaltStack
5 2 (2.25%) Symantec
6 1 (1.12%) Citrix
6 1 (1.12%) Dell
6 1 (1.12%) Hortonworks
6 1 (1.12%) HP
6 1 (1.12%) Juniper
6 1 (1.12%) McAfee