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 28 April 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.

Virtual Environments
UK
3 months to
28 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 491 483 504
Rank change year-on-year -8 +21  
Contract jobs citing Virtual Environments 112 163 138
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.24% 0.29% 0.25%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.28% 0.35% 0.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 59 119 97
Median daily rate £447 £423 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.85% +5.62%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £300 £244
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £527 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £488 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +21.87% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 5 0
Median hourly rate £40.00 £17.45 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +129.22% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £17.45 -
% change year-on-year +129.22% -  

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 39463 46272 44542
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 83.70% 82.83% 79.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 25947 30560 27673
Median daily rate £450 £438 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.75% +2.56%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1013 1075 1305
Median hourly rate £35.00 £33.97 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +17.13%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.83 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £50.00 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.00 £36.00 £30.20
% change year-on-year +2.77% +19.20%  

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 28 April 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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT 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 28 April 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 28 April 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 +11 104 £475 +11.76% 21
South East +27 37 £500 +17.64% 4
London 0 31 £420 -11.57% 7
Buckinghamshire +1 23 £500 +5.26% 3
Milton Keynes +7 22 £500 +5.26% 3
Tyne and Wear +27 9 £290 -
North East +24 9 £290 -
Newcastle upon Tyne +22 9 £290 -
West Midlands +21 9 £500 +7.52% 4
Hampshire +11 9 £312 +7.58%
Northamptonshire +3 5 £525 +5.00%
South West 0 5 £450 +38.46% 1
Northampton -4 5 £525 +5.00%
East Midlands -12 5 £525 +61.53%
Bristol - 5 £450 -
North West +29 4 £413 +22.22% 1
Reading +23 4 £525 -
Berkshire +22 4 £525 -
Scotland +17 4 £375 -10.71% 4
East of England -10 4 - - 2
Birmingham - 4 £500 - 1
Cheshire +32 3 - - 1
Yorkshire +18 3 £388 +10.71% 2
Edinburgh +17 3 £375 +50.00% 2
Basingstoke +6 3 £314 -
Wolverhampton - 3 - -
Bedfordshire - 3 - -
South Yorkshire - 3 £388 -
Wales - 3 £323 - 2
City of London -9 2 £388 -8.82% 3

For the 6 months to 28 April 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.

1 111 (56.92%) Windows
2 86 (44.10%) Active Directory
3 80 (41.03%) VMware
3 80 (41.03%) VMware Infrastructure
4 69 (35.38%) Microsoft
5 64 (32.82%) Security Cleared
6 59 (30.26%) Windows Server
7 57 (29.23%) SC Cleared
8 51 (26.15%) ITIL
9 46 (23.59%) Linux
9 46 (23.59%) Hyper-V
10 44 (22.56%) Firewall
11 43 (22.05%) TCP/IP
11 43 (22.05%) Windows Server 2008
12 38 (19.49%) PowerShell
13 37 (18.97%) SQL
14 35 (17.95%) DNS
14 35 (17.95%) Migration
15 34 (17.44%) Cisco
16 29 (14.87%) Citrix
16 29 (14.87%) DHCP
16 29 (14.87%) Windows 7
17 28 (14.36%) DevOps
18 26 (13.33%) Analytical Skills
18 26 (13.33%) Windows Server 2012
18 26 (13.33%) SCCM
19 25 (12.82%) SQL Server
19 25 (12.82%) HP
20 24 (12.31%) Microsoft Office
20 24 (12.31%) Data Centre

Virtual Environments
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 (7.69%) MS Exchange
2 14 (7.18%) SharePoint
3 12 (6.15%) Exchange Server 2013
4 11 (5.64%) IIS
5 10 (5.13%) Skype for Business
6 8 (4.10%) CICS
6 8 (4.10%) Exchange Server 2010
7 7 (3.59%) Apache
8 5 (2.56%) Elasticsearch
8 5 (2.56%) Tomcat
9 3 (1.54%) Confluence
9 3 (1.54%) JBoss
10 2 (1.03%) Cloud Foundry
10 2 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2007
11 1 (0.51%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 1 (0.51%) CMS
11 1 (0.51%) Jupyter
11 1 (0.51%) SharePoint 2010
11 1 (0.51%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 24 (12.31%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.54%) Adobe Creative Suite
2 3 (1.54%) Microsoft Project
2 3 (1.54%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.51%) Adobe Illustrator
3 1 (0.51%) InDesign
3 1 (0.51%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.51%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 7 (3.59%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.54%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (1.54%) Dynamics GP
2 3 (1.54%) Dynamics NAV
2 3 (1.54%) Dynamics SL
2 3 (1.54%) Oracle Assets
2 3 (1.54%) Oracle Payables
2 3 (1.54%) Oracle Receivables
3 2 (1.03%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 20 (10.26%) Microsoft Azure
2 16 (8.21%) Office 365
3 13 (6.67%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (2.05%) SaaS
5 3 (1.54%) IaaS
6 2 (1.03%) Adobe Creative Cloud
6 2 (1.03%) Amazon EC2
6 2 (1.03%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (1.03%) Bluemix
6 2 (1.03%) IBM Cloud
6 2 (1.03%) OneDrive
6 2 (1.03%) OpenShift
6 2 (1.03%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 44 (22.56%) Firewall
2 43 (22.05%) TCP/IP
3 35 (17.95%) DNS
4 29 (14.87%) DHCP
5 23 (11.79%) SAN
6 18 (9.23%) Cisco ASA
6 18 (9.23%) LAN
6 18 (9.23%) WAN
7 14 (7.18%) Wireless
8 12 (6.15%) BGP
9 11 (5.64%) Internet
9 11 (5.64%) LDAP
9 11 (5.64%) Network Security
9 11 (5.64%) VPN
10 10 (5.13%) ICMP
11 8 (4.10%) NAS
12 7 (3.59%) HTTP
12 7 (3.59%) VoIP
13 6 (3.08%) IPv6
13 6 (3.08%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (12.82%) SQL Server
2 9 (4.62%) SQL Server 2008
3 6 (3.08%) DB2
3 6 (3.08%) MongoDB
3 6 (3.08%) SQL Server 2012
4 5 (2.56%) SQL Server 2005
5 3 (1.54%) Apache Cassandra
5 3 (1.54%) MS Access
5 3 (1.54%) MySQL
5 3 (1.54%) SQL Server 2016
6 2 (1.03%) Hadoop
6 2 (1.03%) NoSQL
6 2 (1.03%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 2 (1.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.51%) BusinessObjects
7 1 (0.51%) Crystal Reports
7 1 (0.51%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 7 (3.59%) Jenkins
2 5 (2.56%) Git (software)
3 4 (2.05%) JIRA
3 4 (2.05%) Selenium
3 4 (2.05%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (1.54%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 3 (1.54%) Cucumber
4 3 (1.54%) HP UFT
4 3 (1.54%) SilkTest
4 3 (1.54%) Subversion
4 3 (1.54%) TeamCity
5 2 (1.03%) Ant
5 2 (1.03%) CruiseControl
5 2 (1.03%) FitNesse
5 2 (1.03%) Maven
5 2 (1.03%) Visual Studio Team System
6 1 (0.51%) Artifactory
6 1 (0.51%) GitLab
6 1 (0.51%) JMeter
6 1 (0.51%) LoadRunner
General
1 23 (11.79%) Finance
2 10 (5.13%) Retail
3 9 (4.62%) Banking
4 8 (4.10%) Legal
5 5 (2.56%) Marketing
6 3 (1.54%) General Ledger
6 3 (1.54%) Investment Banking
6 3 (1.54%) Telecoms
7 2 (1.03%) Advertising
7 2 (1.03%) Electronics
7 2 (1.03%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.51%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.51%) Law
8 1 (0.51%) Local Government
8 1 (0.51%) Military
Job Titles
1 23 (11.79%) Architect
2 19 (9.74%) Support Engineer
3 17 (8.72%) Administrator
3 17 (8.72%) Analyst
4 16 (8.21%) Consultant
4 16 (8.21%) Migration Engineer
4 16 (8.21%) Project Manager
5 14 (7.18%) DevOps Engineer
6 11 (5.64%) Systems Administrator
7 9 (4.62%) 3rd Line Support
7 9 (4.62%) Network Architect
7 9 (4.62%) Network Engineer
8 8 (4.10%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 8 (4.10%) Infrastructure Manager
8 8 (4.10%) Infrastructure Project Manager
8 8 (4.10%) Technical Architect
9 7 (3.59%) Linux Administrator
10 6 (3.08%) IT Support
10 6 (3.08%) Linux Engineer
11 5 (2.56%) SCCM Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (3.08%) .NET
2 4 (2.05%) Ajax
2 4 (2.05%) ASP.NET
2 4 (2.05%) CSS
2 4 (2.05%) Middleware
2 4 (2.05%) XML
3 3 (1.54%) Node.js
3 3 (1.54%) Web Services
4 2 (1.03%) Flash
4 2 (1.03%) HTML
4 2 (1.03%) HTML5
4 2 (1.03%) jQuery
4 2 (1.03%) JSON
4 2 (1.03%) RabbitMQ
4 2 (1.03%) Regular Expression
4 2 (1.03%) WCF
4 2 (1.03%) WF
5 1 (0.51%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (0.51%) Oracle Fusion
5 1 (0.51%) Sphinx
Miscellaneous
1 26 (13.33%) Analytical Skills
2 24 (12.31%) Data Centre
3 16 (8.21%) Replication
4 15 (7.69%) Clustering
5 8 (4.10%) iPad
5 8 (4.10%) Mainframe
6 5 (2.56%) Private Cloud
7 4 (2.05%) Public Cloud
7 4 (2.05%) Video Conferencing
8 3 (1.54%) Derivative
8 3 (1.54%) Enterprise Storage
9 2 (1.03%) Computer Science
9 2 (1.03%) Data Protection Act
9 2 (1.03%) Hybrid Cloud
9 2 (1.03%) Management Information System
9 2 (1.03%) PKI
10 1 (0.51%) Fat Client
10 1 (0.51%) NHS
10 1 (0.51%) Online Banking
10 1 (0.51%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 111 (56.92%) Windows
2 59 (30.26%) Windows Server
3 46 (23.59%) Linux
4 43 (22.05%) Windows Server 2008
5 29 (14.87%) Windows 7
6 26 (13.33%) Windows Server 2012
7 20 (10.26%) Unix
8 19 (9.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 18 (9.23%) CentOS
9 18 (9.23%) Windows Server 2003
10 12 (6.15%) Windows 10
11 6 (3.08%) zOS
12 3 (1.54%) Data ONTAP
12 3 (1.54%) Solaris
13 2 (1.03%) AIX
13 2 (1.03%) Android
13 2 (1.03%) Apple iOS
13 2 (1.03%) Mac OS X
13 2 (1.03%) Oracle Linux
13 2 (1.03%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 51 (26.15%) ITIL
2 35 (17.95%) Migration
3 28 (14.36%) DevOps
4 20 (10.26%) Service Management
5 18 (9.23%) ITIL V3
6 16 (8.21%) Change Management
6 16 (8.21%) ITSM
7 14 (7.18%) Project Management
8 13 (6.67%) Configuration Management
8 13 (6.67%) Service Delivery
9 12 (6.15%) Disaster Recovery
9 12 (6.15%) E-Commerce
9 12 (6.15%) Performance Tuning
10 11 (5.64%) Functional Testing
11 10 (5.13%) Capacity Planning
11 10 (5.13%) Network Design
12 9 (4.62%) CRM
12 9 (4.62%) Performance Monitoring
13 8 (4.10%) Network Monitoring
13 8 (4.10%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 38 (19.49%) PowerShell
2 37 (18.97%) SQL
3 14 (7.18%) Shell Script
4 13 (6.67%) Perl
5 10 (5.13%) Bash Shell
6 9 (4.62%) Java
7 8 (4.10%) Python
8 3 (1.54%) C#
8 3 (1.54%) Korn
9 2 (1.03%) C
9 2 (1.03%) C++
9 2 (1.03%) JavaScript
9 2 (1.03%) Ruby
9 2 (1.03%) VB
9 2 (1.03%) XPath
9 2 (1.03%) XQuery
10 1 (0.51%) AWK
10 1 (0.51%) PHP
10 1 (0.51%) sed
10 1 (0.51%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 64 (32.82%) Security Cleared
2 57 (29.23%) SC Cleared
3 18 (9.23%) Microsoft Certification
4 14 (7.18%) DV Cleared
5 13 (6.67%) Cisco Certification
6 12 (6.15%) CCNP
7 11 (5.64%) MCSE
8 9 (4.62%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 8 (4.10%) MCP
10 6 (3.08%) CCNA
10 6 (3.08%) Degree
10 6 (3.08%) MCDBA
11 5 (2.56%) ISEB
11 5 (2.56%) MCSA
12 4 (2.05%) MCITP
13 3 (1.54%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 2 (1.03%) ISTQB
14 2 (1.03%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 2 (1.03%) MCDST
14 2 (1.03%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (2.05%) SLA
3 3 (1.54%) JSP 440
3 3 (1.54%) QA
4 2 (1.03%) BS25999
4 2 (1.03%) PCI DSS
4 2 (1.03%) PMO
5 1 (0.51%) GPG13
System Software
1 86 (44.10%) Active Directory
2 80 (41.03%) VMware Infrastructure
3 46 (23.59%) Hyper-V
4 12 (6.15%) Virtual Machines
4 12 (6.15%) VMware Workstation
4 12 (6.15%) vSphere
5 9 (4.62%) Docker
6 8 (4.10%) VMware ESXi
7 7 (3.59%) Virtual Servers
8 5 (2.56%) XenApp
9 4 (2.05%) Terminal Server
10 3 (1.54%) NFS
10 3 (1.54%) pfSense
10 3 (1.54%) Snort
10 3 (1.54%) vCloud
11 2 (1.03%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 2 (1.03%) Terminal Services
11 2 (1.03%) VMware ESX
11 2 (1.03%) XenDesktop
12 1 (0.51%) GFS2
Systems Management
1 26 (13.33%) SCCM
2 16 (8.21%) Puppet
3 14 (7.18%) HP SiteScope
4 13 (6.67%) Nagios
5 12 (6.15%) Ansible
5 12 (6.15%) OVSD
6 10 (5.13%) vCenter Server
7 8 (4.10%) CA Service Virtualization
7 8 (4.10%) OMEGAMON
7 8 (4.10%) vRealize
8 7 (3.59%) McAfee ePO
8 7 (3.59%) Red Hat Satellite
9 6 (3.08%) CA Endevor
9 6 (3.08%) Opscode Chef
10 5 (2.56%) Salt
10 5 (2.56%) SCOM
11 4 (2.05%) Failover Clustering
11 4 (2.05%) PowerCLI
11 4 (2.05%) vMotion
12 3 (1.54%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 80 (41.03%) VMware
2 69 (35.38%) Microsoft
3 34 (17.44%) Cisco
4 29 (14.87%) Citrix
5 25 (12.82%) HP
6 19 (9.74%) Red Hat
7 12 (6.15%) Oracle
8 10 (5.13%) Splunk
9 9 (4.62%) Palo Alto
10 8 (4.10%) CA
10 8 (4.10%) F5
10 8 (4.10%) IBM
10 8 (4.10%) Intel Security
10 8 (4.10%) Syncsort
11 7 (3.59%) Avaya
12 6 (3.08%) Meraki
12 6 (3.08%) SAP
13 5 (2.56%) NetApp
14 4 (2.05%) Juniper
14 4 (2.05%) Sophos
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