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

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Virtual Environments
UK
Rank 504 492 499
Rank change year-on-year -12 +7  
Contract jobs citing Virtual Environments 105 150 124
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.23% 0.28% 0.23%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.28% 0.34% 0.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 62 112 78
Median daily rate £425 £405 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.93% -1.21%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £276 £242
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £535 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £390 £400
% change year-on-year +28.20% -2.50%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 3 8
Median hourly rate £40.00 £55.65 £20.45
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -28.12% +172.19%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.80 £25.09 £17.72
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.13 £55.65 £39.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £55.65 £39.25
% change year-on-year -28.12% +41.78%  

Virtual Environments is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 37182 44106 42440
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 83.13% 82.88% 79.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 24552 28910 26291
Median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £398
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.62%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 945 1111 1221
Median hourly rate £36.00 £37.50 £28.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +32.74%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £55.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.75 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.09% +29.16%  

Virtual Environments
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Virtual Environments as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Virtual Environments in the UK

Virtual Environments
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Virtual Environments in the UK

Virtual Environments
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Virtual Environments over the 3 months to 26 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Virtual Environments in the UK

Virtual Environments
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Virtual Environments in the UK

Virtual Environments
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Virtual Environments over the 3 months to 26 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Virtual Environments in the UK

Virtual Environments
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 Virtual Environments within the UK over the 3 months to 26 March 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 +2 99 £433 +8.25% 24
South East +15 33 £500 +25.00% 8
London +7 32 £420 -6.66% 5
Buckinghamshire -4 17 £500 +5.26% 1
Milton Keynes +3 16 £500 +5.26% 1
Hampshire +4 11 £395 +1.80% 3
Tyne and Wear - 10 £290 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 10 £290 -
North East - 10 £290 -
West Midlands +10 6 £500 +7.52% 2
Bristol +8 6 £500 +75.35% 1
South West -7 6 £500 +42.78% 1
North West +25 4 £481 +75.00% 4
Yorkshire +19 4 £333 - 2
East of England +1 4 - - 2
Cheshire +31 3 £550 +100.00% 4
Edinburgh +18 3 £338 +35.00%
Scotland +15 3 £338 -13.46% 1
Basingstoke +9 3 £314 -
City of London -4 3 £414 -2.52% 3
Birmingham - 3 £500 -
Bedfordshire - 3 - -
Wales - 3 £323 -
Berkshire +23 2 £525 +110.00% 2
West Yorkshire +16 2 £333 - 1
Reading +16 2 £525 +110.00% 1
West Sussex +2 2 - - 1
East Midlands -1 2 £513 +57.69%
West Wales - 2 £325 -
Wolverhampton - 2 £575 - 1

Virtual Environments
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Virtual Environments 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 Virtual Environments.

1 129 (57.85%) Windows
2 99 (44.39%) Active Directory
3 94 (42.15%) Microsoft
4 81 (36.32%) VMware
4 81 (36.32%) VMware Infrastructure
5 76 (34.08%) Windows Server
6 70 (31.39%) Security Cleared
7 62 (27.80%) SC Cleared
8 59 (26.46%) Windows Server 2008
9 56 (25.11%) SQL
10 55 (24.66%) Firewall
11 54 (24.22%) ITIL
12 51 (22.87%) Hyper-V
13 46 (20.63%) PowerShell
14 43 (19.28%) SQL Server
14 43 (19.28%) MS Excel
14 43 (19.28%) DNS
15 42 (18.83%) TCP/IP
16 41 (18.39%) Linux
16 41 (18.39%) Migration
17 37 (16.59%) SCCM
18 34 (15.25%) Cisco
19 33 (14.80%) DHCP
19 33 (14.80%) Windows 7
19 33 (14.80%) Windows Server 2012
20 30 (13.45%) DevOps
20 30 (13.45%) Analytical Skills
20 30 (13.45%) Microsoft Certification
21 27 (12.11%) Citrix
22 26 (11.66%) HP

Virtual Environments
Top Related 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 20 (8.97%) MS Exchange
2 19 (8.52%) IIS
3 17 (7.62%) SharePoint
4 16 (7.17%) CICS
4 16 (7.17%) Skype for Business
5 12 (5.38%) Exchange Server 2013
6 10 (4.48%) Apache
6 10 (4.48%) Tomcat
7 8 (3.59%) Exchange Server 2010
8 4 (1.79%) OpenStack
9 3 (1.35%) JBoss
10 2 (0.90%) Cloud Foundry
10 2 (0.90%) Confluence
10 2 (0.90%) Elasticsearch
10 2 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2007
11 1 (0.45%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 1 (0.45%) CMS
11 1 (0.45%) Jupyter
11 1 (0.45%) SharePoint 2010
11 1 (0.45%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 43 (19.28%) MS Excel
2 19 (8.52%) MS Office
3 6 (2.69%) MS Visio
4 3 (1.35%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 3 (1.35%) MS Project
5 1 (0.45%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.45%) InDesign
5 1 (0.45%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.45%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 10 (4.48%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.35%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (1.35%) Dynamics GP
2 3 (1.35%) Dynamics NAV
2 3 (1.35%) Dynamics SL
2 3 (1.35%) Oracle Assets
2 3 (1.35%) Oracle Payables
2 3 (1.35%) Oracle Receivables
3 1 (0.45%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 20 (8.97%) Office 365
2 14 (6.28%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (4.93%) SaaS
4 8 (3.59%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (0.90%) Adobe Creative Cloud
5 2 (0.90%) Azure Active Directory
5 2 (0.90%) Bluemix
5 2 (0.90%) IBM Cloud
5 2 (0.90%) OneDrive
5 2 (0.90%) PaaS
6 1 (0.45%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.45%) Amazon ELB
6 1 (0.45%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.45%) CloudFront
6 1 (0.45%) IaaS
6 1 (0.45%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 55 (24.66%) Firewall
2 43 (19.28%) DNS
3 42 (18.83%) TCP/IP
4 33 (14.80%) DHCP
5 23 (10.31%) SAN
6 20 (8.97%) WAN
7 18 (8.07%) LAN
8 15 (6.73%) Cisco ASA
9 13 (5.83%) VPN
10 12 (5.38%) HTTP
10 12 (5.38%) NAS
11 11 (4.93%) Internet
12 10 (4.48%) Network Security
12 10 (4.48%) VLAN
12 10 (4.48%) Wireless
13 9 (4.04%) BGP
13 9 (4.04%) iSCSI
14 8 (3.59%) HTTPS
14 8 (3.59%) LDAP
14 8 (3.59%) X.509
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (19.28%) SQL Server
2 12 (5.38%) DB2
3 10 (4.48%) MySQL
4 8 (3.59%) SQL Server 2000
4 8 (3.59%) SQL Server 2008
5 6 (2.69%) SQL Server 2012
6 3 (1.35%) SQL Server 2005
6 3 (1.35%) SQL Server 2016
7 2 (0.90%) MS Access
7 2 (0.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 2 (0.90%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (0.45%) Amazon RDS
8 1 (0.45%) Apache Cassandra
8 1 (0.45%) BusinessObjects
8 1 (0.45%) Crystal Reports
8 1 (0.45%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.45%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 7 (3.14%) Jenkins
2 5 (2.24%) Selenium
3 4 (1.79%) Cucumber
3 4 (1.79%) Git (software)
3 4 (1.79%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (1.35%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 3 (1.35%) CruiseControl
4 3 (1.35%) FitNesse
4 3 (1.35%) HP UFT
4 3 (1.35%) JIRA
4 3 (1.35%) Robot Framework
4 3 (1.35%) SilkTest
4 3 (1.35%) TeamCity
4 3 (1.35%) Vagrant
4 3 (1.35%) Visual Studio Team System
5 2 (0.90%) Toad
6 1 (0.45%) JBehave
6 1 (0.45%) JMeter
6 1 (0.45%) LoadRunner
6 1 (0.45%) Subversion
General
1 26 (11.66%) Finance
2 9 (4.04%) Retail
3 7 (3.14%) Banking
3 7 (3.14%) Legal
4 3 (1.35%) Advertising
4 3 (1.35%) General Ledger
4 3 (1.35%) Marketing
5 2 (0.90%) Back Office
6 1 (0.45%) Electronics
6 1 (0.45%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.45%) Law
6 1 (0.45%) Local Government
6 1 (0.45%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.45%) Military
6 1 (0.45%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 23 (10.31%) Support Engineer
2 22 (9.87%) Analyst
2 22 (9.87%) Consultant
3 20 (8.97%) Migration Engineer
4 17 (7.62%) Administrator
5 16 (7.17%) Architect
5 16 (7.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 14 (6.28%) Systems Administrator
7 13 (5.83%) DevOps Engineer
7 13 (5.83%) Project Manager
8 9 (4.04%) 3rd Line Support
8 9 (4.04%) Network Engineer
9 8 (3.59%) Linux Administrator
9 8 (3.59%) Linux Systems Administrator
9 8 (3.59%) SCCM Engineer
10 7 (3.14%) Developer
10 7 (3.14%) Technical Architect
10 7 (3.14%) Test Analyst
11 6 (2.69%) Infrastructure Manager
11 6 (2.69%) Infrastructure Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (4.04%) Middleware
2 8 (3.59%) .NET
3 5 (2.24%) ASP.NET
4 3 (1.35%) CSS
4 3 (1.35%) HTML
4 3 (1.35%) WCF
4 3 (1.35%) Web Services
4 3 (1.35%) WF
4 3 (1.35%) XML
5 2 (0.90%) Ajax
5 2 (0.90%) Flash
5 2 (0.90%) HTML5
5 2 (0.90%) jQuery
5 2 (0.90%) Regular Expression
5 2 (0.90%) REST
6 1 (0.45%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (0.45%) CSS3
6 1 (0.45%) Node.js
6 1 (0.45%) Oracle Fusion
6 1 (0.45%) Sphinx
Miscellaneous
1 30 (13.45%) Analytical Skills
2 21 (9.42%) Data Centre
3 15 (6.73%) Mainframe
4 14 (6.28%) iPad
5 13 (5.83%) Clustering
6 12 (5.38%) Replication
7 4 (1.79%) Enterprise Software
7 4 (1.79%) Private Cloud
8 3 (1.35%) Computer Science
8 3 (1.35%) Derivative
8 3 (1.35%) Enterprise Storage
8 3 (1.35%) Management Information System
8 3 (1.35%) NHS
8 3 (1.35%) Public Cloud
9 2 (0.90%) Linux Command Line
9 2 (0.90%) Video Conferencing
10 1 (0.45%) Cyberthreat
10 1 (0.45%) Enterprise Cloud
10 1 (0.45%) Fintech
10 1 (0.45%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 129 (57.85%) Windows
2 76 (34.08%) Windows Server
3 59 (26.46%) Windows Server 2008
4 41 (18.39%) Linux
5 33 (14.80%) Windows 7
5 33 (14.80%) Windows Server 2012
6 20 (8.97%) Windows Server 2003
7 16 (7.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 13 (5.83%) Unix
9 12 (5.38%) Windows 10
9 12 (5.38%) zOS
10 11 (4.93%) CentOS
11 4 (1.79%) Solaris
12 3 (1.35%) Data ONTAP
13 2 (0.90%) AIX
13 2 (0.90%) Android
13 2 (0.90%) Apple iOS
13 2 (0.90%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.45%) Oracle Linux
14 1 (0.45%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 54 (24.22%) ITIL
2 41 (18.39%) Migration
3 30 (13.45%) DevOps
4 18 (8.07%) E-Commerce
5 17 (7.62%) Functional Testing
5 17 (7.62%) Unit Testing
6 15 (6.73%) Change Management
6 15 (6.73%) Configuration Management
6 15 (6.73%) Project Management
6 15 (6.73%) Service Management
7 14 (6.28%) CRM
7 14 (6.28%) ITSM
8 13 (5.83%) ITIL V3
8 13 (5.83%) Test Automation
9 12 (5.38%) Service Delivery
10 10 (4.48%) Agile Software Development
10 10 (4.48%) Disaster Recovery
10 10 (4.48%) Software Distribution
10 10 (4.48%) Test Scripting
10 10 (4.48%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 56 (25.11%) SQL
2 46 (20.63%) PowerShell
3 14 (6.28%) Perl
4 12 (5.38%) Bash Shell
5 10 (4.48%) Shell Script
6 9 (4.04%) Java
7 7 (3.14%) JavaScript
7 7 (3.14%) PHP
8 6 (2.69%) Python
9 4 (1.79%) C#
9 4 (1.79%) Korn
10 3 (1.35%) C++
10 3 (1.35%) XPath
10 3 (1.35%) XQuery
11 2 (0.90%) AWK
11 2 (0.90%) sed
12 1 (0.45%) C
12 1 (0.45%) Jython
12 1 (0.45%) VB
12 1 (0.45%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 70 (31.39%) Security Cleared
2 62 (27.80%) SC Cleared
3 30 (13.45%) Microsoft Certification
4 15 (6.73%) Cisco Certification
4 15 (6.73%) MCDBA
4 15 (6.73%) MCITP
5 13 (5.83%) DV Cleared
6 12 (5.38%) CCNP
7 11 (4.93%) MCSE
8 10 (4.48%) CCNA
9 8 (3.59%) ISEB
9 8 (3.59%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 7 (3.14%) Degree
10 7 (3.14%) MCP
11 6 (2.69%) ITIL Certification
11 6 (2.69%) MCSA
12 5 (2.24%) ISTQB
12 5 (2.24%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 4 (1.79%) CISM
13 4 (1.79%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (2.24%) PCI DSS
2 4 (1.79%) QA
3 3 (1.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.90%) BS25999
4 2 (0.90%) JSP 440
4 2 (0.90%) SLA
5 1 (0.45%) GPG13
5 1 (0.45%) PMO
5 1 (0.45%) SDET
System Software
1 99 (44.39%) Active Directory
2 81 (36.32%) VMware Infrastructure
3 51 (22.87%) Hyper-V
4 11 (4.93%) VMware Workstation
5 7 (3.14%) Docker
5 7 (3.14%) Virtual Machines
5 7 (3.14%) Virtual Servers
6 5 (2.24%) Microsoft App-V
6 5 (2.24%) VMware ESX
6 5 (2.24%) VMware ESXi
6 5 (2.24%) vSphere
7 4 (1.79%) Terminal Server
7 4 (1.79%) XenApp
8 3 (1.35%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 3 (1.35%) NFS
8 3 (1.35%) pfSense
8 3 (1.35%) Snort
9 2 (0.90%) Terminal Services
9 2 (0.90%) Tivoli Directory Server
10 1 (0.45%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 37 (16.59%) SCCM
2 18 (8.07%) HP SiteScope
2 18 (8.07%) Puppet
3 14 (6.28%) CA Service Virtualization
3 14 (6.28%) OMEGAMON
4 13 (5.83%) Nagios
5 11 (4.93%) CA Endevor
6 10 (4.48%) McAfee ePO
7 8 (3.59%) Ansible
7 8 (3.59%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 7 (3.14%) OVSD
9 5 (2.24%) SCOM
9 5 (2.24%) vRealize
10 4 (1.79%) Failover Clustering
10 4 (1.79%) HP Operations Orchestration
10 4 (1.79%) Opscode Chef
10 4 (1.79%) Red Hat Satellite
10 4 (1.79%) Tivoli
10 4 (1.79%) WSUS
11 3 (1.35%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 94 (42.15%) Microsoft
2 81 (36.32%) VMware
3 34 (15.25%) Cisco
4 27 (12.11%) Citrix
5 26 (11.66%) HP
6 19 (8.52%) CA
6 19 (8.52%) Oracle
7 15 (6.73%) IBM
7 15 (6.73%) Red Hat
8 14 (6.28%) Splunk
8 14 (6.28%) Syncsort
9 11 (4.93%) Juniper
10 10 (4.48%) Intel Security
11 8 (3.59%) RedGate
12 7 (3.14%) Avaya
12 7 (3.14%) Meraki
12 7 (3.14%) Palo Alto
13 6 (2.69%) Dell
13 6 (2.69%) NetApp
14 5 (2.24%) SAP
Cheshire
Venturi
Rate: £14 - £17 per hour + likelihood of extension
Posted: 3 days ago
Fareham, Hampshire
Networkers
Rate: £500 - £525 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Hampshire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Hampshire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 9 days ago