The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Microsoft Virtual Server skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Microsoft Virtual Server over the 3 months to 26 June 2017 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.

Microsoft Virtual Server
UK
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 571 624 601
Rank change year-on-year +53 -23  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Virtual Server 36 27 40
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.077% 0.051% 0.072%
As % of the System Software category 0.69% 0.40% 0.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 23 28
Median daily rate £338 £400 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -15.62% +33.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £231 £148 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £468 £446 £352
UK excluding London median daily rate £366 £350 £250
% change year-on-year +4.57% +40.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 0
Median hourly rate £19.66 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.66 - -

Microsoft Virtual Server is in the system software skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills.

Contract System Software Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 5251 6694 5913
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 11.17% 12.61% 10.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 3369 4129 3336
Median daily rate £402 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.50% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £203 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +7.14% +7.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 307 469 616
Median hourly rate £17.00 £20.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.00% +11.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.15 £12.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.02 £42.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.18 £21.75 £17.50
% change year-on-year -25.60% +24.28%  

Microsoft Virtual Server
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Microsoft Virtual Server as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the System Software category.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Virtual Server in the UK

Microsoft Virtual Server
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft Virtual Server.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Virtual Server in the UK

Microsoft Virtual Server
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Virtual Server over the 3 months to 26 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Virtual Server in the UK

Microsoft Virtual Server
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Virtual Server.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Virtual Server in the UK

Microsoft Virtual Server
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Virtual Server within the UK over the 3 months to 26 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +42 30 £350 -12.50% 10
London -6 10 £300 -25.00% 3
South East +37 9 £350 +25.00% 4
Wiltshire - 5 £600 -
South West - 5 £600 - 1
Swindon - 5 £600 -
Kent - 4 £425 -
Dartford - 4 £425 -
East of England - 4 £436 - 1
Hertfordshire - 3 £388 -
Scotland +33 2 £98 -11.36%
Berkshire +20 2 - - 1
Reading +17 2 - - 1
Edinburgh +16 2 £98 -13.33%
Wales -4 2 £450 +12.50%
City of London -4 2 £286 -37.77%
South Wales -6 2 £450 +12.50%
East Midlands -9 2 £325 -18.75%
Northern Ireland - 2 £327 -
Derby - 2 £325 -
Stevenage - 2 - -
Derbyshire - 2 £325 -
Bridgend +3 1 £450 +12.50%
Cardiff 0 1 - -
Buckinghamshire - 1 £225 - 1
Hampshire - 1 £314 -
Surrey - 1 £325 -
Welwyn - 1 £388 -
Reigate - 1 £325 -
West End of London - 1 £400 -

For the 6 months to 26 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Virtual Server also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Microsoft Virtual Server.

1 51 (96.23%) Virtual Servers
2 47 (88.68%) Microsoft
3 35 (66.04%) Windows
4 32 (60.38%) VMware
4 32 (60.38%) VMware Infrastructure
5 28 (52.83%) Active Directory
6 20 (37.74%) Windows Server
7 19 (35.85%) Citrix
7 19 (35.85%) SQL Server
8 17 (32.08%) Cisco
9 15 (28.30%) MS Exchange
10 14 (26.42%) LAN
11 13 (24.53%) Hyper-V
11 13 (24.53%) Windows Server 2012
12 12 (22.64%) Windows Server 2008
12 12 (22.64%) WAN
12 12 (22.64%) Data Centre
13 11 (20.75%) SharePoint
13 11 (20.75%) Microsoft Office
13 11 (20.75%) SQL
13 11 (20.75%) HP
13 11 (20.75%) Migration
13 11 (20.75%) Firewall
13 11 (20.75%) Project Management
14 10 (18.87%) DNS
14 10 (18.87%) PowerShell
14 10 (18.87%) VMware ESXi
15 9 (16.98%) Office 365
15 9 (16.98%) XenDesktop
15 9 (16.98%) NetApp

Microsoft Virtual Server
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 15 (28.30%) MS Exchange
2 11 (20.75%) SharePoint
3 8 (15.09%) Skype for Business
4 5 (9.43%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (9.43%) IBM Notes
4 5 (9.43%) IIS
5 4 (7.55%) Exchange Server 2007
5 4 (7.55%) Tomcat
6 3 (5.66%) Exchange Server 2013
6 3 (5.66%) SharePoint 2010
6 3 (5.66%) SharePoint 2013
7 2 (3.77%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 2 (3.77%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (1.89%) Exchange Server 2000
Applications
1 11 (20.75%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 9 (16.98%) Office 365
2 3 (5.66%) IaaS
2 3 (5.66%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (5.66%) SaaS
2 3 (5.66%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 14 (26.42%) LAN
2 12 (22.64%) WAN
3 11 (20.75%) Firewall
4 10 (18.87%) DNS
5 9 (16.98%) DHCP
6 7 (13.21%) Internet
7 6 (11.32%) NetScaler
7 6 (11.32%) Network Security
7 6 (11.32%) SAN
7 6 (11.32%) TCP/IP
8 5 (9.43%) Skype
9 4 (7.55%) 802.11
9 4 (7.55%) Cisco IPT
9 4 (7.55%) DPNSS
9 4 (7.55%) IP Telephony
9 4 (7.55%) MPLS
9 4 (7.55%) SNMP
9 4 (7.55%) Telepresence
9 4 (7.55%) VoIP
9 4 (7.55%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (35.85%) SQL Server
2 6 (11.32%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (9.43%) RDBMS
3 5 (9.43%) Relational Database
4 4 (7.55%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (1.89%) MS Access
5 1 (1.89%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (1.89%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 1 (1.89%) MSI
1 1 (1.89%) Visual Studio
General
1 7 (13.21%) Finance
2 5 (9.43%) Manufacturing
2 5 (9.43%) Telecoms
3 2 (3.77%) Banking
3 2 (3.77%) French Language
3 2 (3.77%) Legal
3 2 (3.77%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (1.89%) Local Government
4 1 (1.89%) Retail
Job Titles
1 11 (20.75%) Analyst
2 7 (13.21%) Project Engineer
3 6 (11.32%) Administrator
3 6 (11.32%) Architect
4 5 (9.43%) 2nd Line Support
4 5 (9.43%) 3rd Line Support
4 5 (9.43%) Infrastructure Architect
4 5 (9.43%) Support Analyst
4 5 (9.43%) Systems Administrator
5 4 (7.55%) Citrix Architect
5 4 (7.55%) Server Engineer
5 4 (7.55%) Support Engineer
6 3 (5.66%) Infrastructure Analyst
6 3 (5.66%) Infrastructure Manager
6 3 (5.66%) Infrastructure Project Manager
6 3 (5.66%) Project Manager
6 3 (5.66%) Server Support
6 3 (5.66%) Technical Analyst
6 3 (5.66%) Technical Support
6 3 (5.66%) Technical Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (9.43%) .NET
1 5 (9.43%) 802.1X
2 3 (5.66%) Java SE
3 2 (3.77%) COM
4 1 (1.89%) .NET Framework
4 1 (1.89%) Flash
4 1 (1.89%) HTML
4 1 (1.89%) HTML5
4 1 (1.89%) SAP Basis
Miscellaneous
1 12 (22.64%) Data Centre
2 8 (15.09%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (9.43%) Blackberry
3 5 (9.43%) FlexPod
3 5 (9.43%) Management Information System
4 4 (7.55%) Driving Licence
4 4 (7.55%) Enterprise Storage
4 4 (7.55%) Replication
5 3 (5.66%) Computer Science
5 3 (5.66%) Linux Command Line
5 3 (5.66%) Private Cloud
6 2 (3.77%) Clustering
6 2 (3.77%) Fat Client
6 2 (3.77%) Hedge funds
6 2 (3.77%) NHS
6 2 (3.77%) PKI
6 2 (3.77%) Thin Client
7 1 (1.89%) CMDB
7 1 (1.89%) EMC VNX
Operating Systems
1 35 (66.04%) Windows
2 20 (37.74%) Windows Server
3 13 (24.53%) Windows Server 2012
4 12 (22.64%) Windows Server 2008
5 8 (15.09%) Windows 7
6 7 (13.21%) Windows 10
7 4 (7.55%) Unix
8 3 (5.66%) Windows 8
9 2 (3.77%) Solaris
10 1 (1.89%) Linux
10 1 (1.89%) Windows Server 2003
10 1 (1.89%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (20.75%) Migration
1 11 (20.75%) Project Management
2 9 (16.98%) Disaster Recovery
2 9 (16.98%) ITIL
3 8 (15.09%) Change Management
4 6 (11.32%) Configuration Management
4 6 (11.32%) Mentoring
5 4 (7.55%) Asset Management
5 4 (7.55%) Continuous Improvement
5 4 (7.55%) Data Migration
5 4 (7.55%) Integration Testing
5 4 (7.55%) Kalman Filter
5 4 (7.55%) Problem Management
5 4 (7.55%) Server Building
5 4 (7.55%) Service Management
5 4 (7.55%) System Integration Testing
6 3 (5.66%) Investment Management
6 3 (5.66%) Network Management
6 3 (5.66%) PRINCE2
6 3 (5.66%) Software Deployment
Programming Languages
1 11 (20.75%) SQL
2 10 (18.87%) PowerShell
3 3 (5.66%) VBScript
4 2 (3.77%) VB
5 1 (1.89%) Bash Shell
5 1 (1.89%) C
5 1 (1.89%) C#
5 1 (1.89%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.89%) Perl
5 1 (1.89%) Python
Qualifications
1 8 (15.09%) Microsoft Certification
1 8 (15.09%) Security Cleared
2 5 (9.43%) Cisco Certification
2 5 (9.43%) MCSE
2 5 (9.43%) SC Cleared
3 4 (7.55%) CCNP
3 4 (7.55%) CISSP
3 4 (7.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 3 (5.66%) CCNA
4 3 (5.66%) Degree
4 3 (5.66%) PMP
4 3 (5.66%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 2 (3.77%) DV Cleared
5 2 (3.77%) ITIL Certification
5 2 (3.77%) MCITP
5 2 (3.77%) PMI Certification
6 1 (1.89%) CNA
6 1 (1.89%) ISTQB
6 1 (1.89%) MCTS
6 1 (1.89%) Novell Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (7.55%) QA
2 3 (5.66%) PMO
3 1 (1.89%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (1.89%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.89%) SLA
System Software
1 51 (96.23%) Virtual Servers
2 32 (60.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 28 (52.83%) Active Directory
4 13 (24.53%) Hyper-V
5 10 (18.87%) VMware ESXi
6 9 (16.98%) XenDesktop
7 6 (11.32%) Microsoft App-V
8 5 (9.43%) vSphere
9 4 (7.55%) XenApp
10 3 (5.66%) Terminal Server
10 3 (5.66%) Terminal Services
10 3 (5.66%) VMware Workstation
11 2 (3.77%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 2 (3.77%) Virtual Machines
11 2 (3.77%) XenServer
12 1 (1.89%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 6 (11.32%) NetBackup
2 5 (9.43%) SCCM
2 5 (9.43%) SCVMM
2 5 (9.43%) vCenter Server
3 3 (5.66%) Control-M
3 3 (5.66%) Dollar Universe
3 3 (5.66%) PowerCLI
3 3 (5.66%) SCOM
4 2 (3.77%) Microsoft Clustering
4 2 (3.77%) Norton AntiVirus
4 2 (3.77%) WMI
5 1 (1.89%) AppDNA
5 1 (1.89%) Backup Exec
5 1 (1.89%) EdgeSight
5 1 (1.89%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (1.89%) SCSM
5 1 (1.89%) Simpana
5 1 (1.89%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 1 (1.89%) vRealize
5 1 (1.89%) WSUS
Vendors
1 47 (88.68%) Microsoft
2 32 (60.38%) VMware
3 19 (35.85%) Citrix
4 17 (32.08%) Cisco
5 11 (20.75%) HP
6 9 (16.98%) NetApp
7 8 (15.09%) Siemens
8 7 (13.21%) Avaya
9 5 (9.43%) Lotus
9 5 (9.43%) Mitel
9 5 (9.43%) Oracle
10 4 (7.55%) CheckPoint
10 4 (7.55%) Riverbed
11 3 (5.66%) AppSense
11 3 (5.66%) CommVault
11 3 (5.66%) LANDesk
11 3 (5.66%) Veritas
12 2 (3.77%) 3PAR
12 2 (3.77%) CyberTech
12 2 (3.77%) Veeam