Period
to 17 January 2018

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 6 months to 17 January 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.

Virtual Environments
UK
6 months to
17 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 748 620 669
Rank change year-on-year -128 +49 -18
Contract jobs citing Virtual Environments 148 247 203
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.25% 0.19%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.17% 0.30% 0.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 90 181 134
UK median daily rate £415 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.55% -6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £246 £263 £275
90th Percentile £540 £500 £535
UK excluding London median daily rate £402 £375 £400
% change year-on-year +7.08% -6.25% +17.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 13 6
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £55.65 £20.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -70.35% +168.19% -17.00%
10th Percentile £9.00 £37.00 £14.38
90th Percentile £32.90 £61.25 £29.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £55.65 £20.75
% change year-on-year -70.35% +168.19% -34.84%

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

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 84,751 81,607 87,705
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.49% 83.83% 82.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 56,773 54,043 56,866
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £285 £263 £263
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +2.50% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,963 2,262 2,675
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £24.42 £23.35
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.77% +4.58% +16.75%
10th Percentile £11.42 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.02 £24.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +0.08% -4.00% +25.00%

Virtual Environments
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Virtual Environments as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

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 6 months to 17 January 2018.

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 6 months to 17 January 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Virtual Environments in the UK

Virtual Environments
Top 15 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 6 months to 17 January 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
England -84 137 £394 +5.07% 56
UK excluding London -52 81 £402 +7.08% 37
London -41 66 £425 +12.58% 22
South East -5 49 £382 +5.38% 20
North of England -18 8 £395 +5.33% 5
East of England -31 8 £300 -6.25% 2
Scotland -35 7 £392 +8.15%
North West +8 4 - - 3
Midlands +1 4 £450 +32.35% 6
North East +21 3 £565 +66.18% 2
Wales +1 3 £425 -10.53% 2
West Midlands -4 3 £475 +39.71% 4
South West +4 2 £450 +30.43% 1
East Midlands +3 1 £450 +33.33% 2
Yorkshire -6 1 £225 -40.00%

For the 6 months to 17 January 2018, 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 81 (54.73%) Windows
2 60 (40.54%) VMware
2 60 (40.54%) VMware Infrastructure
3 54 (36.49%) Microsoft
4 49 (33.11%) ITIL
5 48 (32.43%) Active Directory
6 43 (29.05%) Microsoft Office
7 41 (27.70%) Linux
8 35 (23.65%) Windows Server
9 34 (22.97%) Security Cleared
10 31 (20.95%) Windows Server 2008
10 31 (20.95%) Windows Server 2012
11 29 (19.59%) SC Cleared
12 28 (18.92%) Citrix
13 26 (17.57%) Windows Server 2003
14 25 (16.89%) Finance
15 24 (16.22%) Hyper-V
15 24 (16.22%) PowerShell
16 23 (15.54%) Office 365
17 21 (14.19%) Data Centre
17 21 (14.19%) SQL
18 20 (13.51%) SQL Server
18 20 (13.51%) Virtual Machines
19 19 (12.84%) Windows 7
19 19 (12.84%) Service Management
20 18 (12.16%) HP
20 18 (12.16%) LAN
21 17 (11.49%) Service Delivery
21 17 (11.49%) Microsoft Azure
22 16 (10.81%) iSCSI

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 (10.14%) MS Exchange
2 13 (8.78%) IIS
3 11 (7.43%) Exchange Server 2010
3 11 (7.43%) SharePoint
4 9 (6.08%) Exchange Server 2013
5 6 (4.05%) Skype for Business
6 5 (3.38%) Confluence
7 4 (2.70%) Apache
7 4 (2.70%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 3 (2.03%) Apache Spark
8 3 (2.03%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (1.35%) Exchange Server 2003
9 2 (1.35%) Jupyter
9 2 (1.35%) nginx
9 2 (1.35%) Tomcat
10 1 (0.68%) Cloud Foundry
10 1 (0.68%) CMS
10 1 (0.68%) Elasticsearch
10 1 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 43 (29.05%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.68%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 1 (0.68%) Adobe Illustrator
3 1 (0.68%) InDesign
3 1 (0.68%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.68%) Photoshop
3 1 (0.68%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (4.73%) Dynamics GP
2 6 (4.05%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (1.35%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 23 (15.54%) Office 365
2 17 (11.49%) Microsoft Azure
3 15 (10.14%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (1.35%) Salesforce Service Cloud
5 1 (0.68%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (0.68%) AWS CloudFormation
5 1 (0.68%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (0.68%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (0.68%) IaaS
5 1 (0.68%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 18 (12.16%) LAN
2 16 (10.81%) DHCP
2 16 (10.81%) iSCSI
3 14 (9.46%) WAN
4 13 (8.78%) DNS
4 13 (8.78%) SAN
5 11 (7.43%) VLAN
5 11 (7.43%) VoIP
6 8 (5.41%) Firewall
6 8 (5.41%) NAS
7 7 (4.73%) Wireless
8 6 (4.05%) VPN
9 5 (3.38%) Wireshark
10 4 (2.70%) TCP/IP
11 3 (2.03%) BIG-IP
11 3 (2.03%) HTTP
11 3 (2.03%) Skype
11 3 (2.03%) VSAN
12 2 (1.35%) HTTPS
12 2 (1.35%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (13.51%) SQL Server
2 13 (8.78%) SQL Server 2008
3 6 (4.05%) SQL Server 2005
4 4 (2.70%) SQL Server 2012
5 3 (2.03%) Big Data
5 3 (2.03%) BigQuery
5 3 (2.03%) Bigtable
5 3 (2.03%) HBase
5 3 (2.03%) Impala
5 3 (2.03%) NoSQL
6 2 (1.35%) DB2
6 2 (1.35%) Hadoop
6 2 (1.35%) MS Access
6 2 (1.35%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.68%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 9 (6.08%) Jenkins
2 7 (4.73%) JIRA
3 5 (3.38%) Git (software)
4 4 (2.70%) TeamCity
5 3 (2.03%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 3 (2.03%) MSI
5 3 (2.03%) Octopus Deploy
6 2 (1.35%) Bitbucket
6 2 (1.35%) IntelliJ
6 2 (1.35%) Sonatype Nexus
6 2 (1.35%) Subversion
6 2 (1.35%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (1.35%) Visual Studio
7 1 (0.68%) JMeter
7 1 (0.68%) LoadRunner
7 1 (0.68%) Travis CI
7 1 (0.68%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 25 (16.89%) Finance
2 12 (8.11%) Banking
3 11 (7.43%) Retail
4 10 (6.76%) Legal
5 8 (5.41%) Telecoms
6 7 (4.73%) Back Office
7 5 (3.38%) Games
8 2 (1.35%) Investment Banking
8 2 (1.35%) Marketing
9 1 (0.68%) French Language
Job Titles
1 15 (10.14%) Analyst
2 12 (8.11%) Storage Specialist
3 11 (7.43%) Server Specialist
4 10 (6.76%) 3rd Line Support
4 10 (6.76%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 10 (6.76%) Support Specialist
4 10 (6.76%) VMware Engineer
5 9 (6.08%) Consultant
6 8 (5.41%) Desktop Support
6 8 (5.41%) DevOps Engineer
6 8 (5.41%) Support Engineer
7 7 (4.73%) Server Support
8 6 (4.05%) Communications Specialist
8 6 (4.05%) Mitel Engineer
8 6 (4.05%) Project Manager
8 6 (4.05%) Server Support Specialist
8 6 (4.05%) Support Analyst
9 5 (3.38%) Java Engineer
9 5 (3.38%) Lead DevOps
9 5 (3.38%) Mitel VoIP Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (5.41%) .NET
2 3 (2.03%) Kafka
3 2 (1.35%) Middleware
3 2 (1.35%) OCX
3 2 (1.35%) REST
3 2 (1.35%) RESTful
3 2 (1.35%) XML
4 1 (0.68%) HTML
4 1 (0.68%) Web Services
4 1 (0.68%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 21 (14.19%) Data Centre
2 15 (10.14%) Analytical Skills
3 9 (6.08%) Clustering
4 6 (4.05%) Management Information System
5 5 (3.38%) Blackberry
5 5 (3.38%) Online Games
5 5 (3.38%) Public Cloud
6 4 (2.70%) Computer Science
7 3 (2.03%) Fat Client
7 3 (2.03%) Thin Client
8 2 (1.35%) Client/Server
8 2 (1.35%) Hybrid Cloud
8 2 (1.35%) Mobile App
9 1 (0.68%) EMC VMAX
9 1 (0.68%) EMC VNX
9 1 (0.68%) EMC VNXe
9 1 (0.68%) Enterprise Storage
9 1 (0.68%) Fintech
9 1 (0.68%) FlexPod
9 1 (0.68%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 81 (54.73%) Windows
2 41 (27.70%) Linux
3 35 (23.65%) Windows Server
4 31 (20.95%) Windows Server 2008
4 31 (20.95%) Windows Server 2012
5 26 (17.57%) Windows Server 2003
6 19 (12.84%) Windows 7
7 12 (8.11%) Data ONTAP
8 9 (6.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 9 (6.08%) Windows 10
9 7 (4.73%) Unix
10 3 (2.03%) CentOS
10 3 (2.03%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.68%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.68%) Solaris
11 1 (0.68%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (33.11%) ITIL
2 19 (12.84%) Service Management
3 17 (11.49%) Service Delivery
4 15 (10.14%) ITIL V3
5 14 (9.46%) High Availability
6 13 (8.78%) ITSM
7 12 (8.11%) DevOps
8 11 (7.43%) Business Continuity
9 10 (6.76%) Capacity Planning
9 10 (6.76%) Disaster Recovery
9 10 (6.76%) E-Commerce
9 10 (6.76%) Problem Management
10 8 (5.41%) Change Management
10 8 (5.41%) CRM
10 8 (5.41%) Migration
11 7 (4.73%) Configuration Management
11 7 (4.73%) Operational Acceptance Criteria
11 7 (4.73%) Performance Tuning
12 6 (4.05%) IT Strategy
12 6 (4.05%) Malware Detection/Protection
Programming Languages
1 24 (16.22%) PowerShell
2 21 (14.19%) SQL
3 10 (6.76%) Java
3 10 (6.76%) Python
4 5 (3.38%) Bash Shell
5 4 (2.70%) VB
6 3 (2.03%) VBScript
7 2 (1.35%) C
7 2 (1.35%) Groovy
7 2 (1.35%) JavaScript
7 2 (1.35%) PHP
8 1 (0.68%) C#
8 1 (0.68%) Ruby
8 1 (0.68%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 34 (22.97%) Security Cleared
2 29 (19.59%) SC Cleared
3 11 (7.43%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 10 (6.76%) Microsoft Certification
5 9 (6.08%) DV Cleared
6 8 (5.41%) MCSE
7 5 (3.38%) MCP
7 5 (3.38%) VCP6
8 4 (2.70%) Degree
8 4 (2.70%) MCSA
9 3 (2.03%) VCP5
10 2 (1.35%) CCA
10 2 (1.35%) CCNA
10 2 (1.35%) Cisco Certification
10 2 (1.35%) Citrix Certification
10 2 (1.35%) MCITP
11 1 (0.68%) CISM
11 1 (0.68%) CISSP
11 1 (0.68%) EMC Certification
11 1 (0.68%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (6.08%) SLA
2 1 (0.68%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (0.68%) PMO
System Software
1 60 (40.54%) VMware Infrastructure
2 48 (32.43%) Active Directory
3 24 (16.22%) Hyper-V
4 20 (13.51%) Virtual Machines
5 13 (8.78%) NFS
6 10 (6.76%) XenApp
7 9 (6.08%) VMware Workstation
8 8 (5.41%) Virtual Servers
8 8 (5.41%) vSphere
9 7 (4.73%) Docker
9 7 (4.73%) vCloud
9 7 (4.73%) VMware ESXi
10 6 (4.05%) DFS Replication
11 5 (3.38%) Microsoft App-V
12 3 (2.03%) VMware Server
13 2 (1.35%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 2 (1.35%) Virtual Desktop
14 1 (0.68%) Firmware
14 1 (0.68%) LXC
14 1 (0.68%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 13 (8.78%) SCCM
2 10 (6.76%) SCOM
3 8 (5.41%) vCenter Server
4 7 (4.73%) Failover Clustering
5 6 (4.05%) Ansible
5 6 (4.05%) Puppet
6 5 (3.38%) Backup Exec
7 4 (2.70%) OVSD
7 4 (2.70%) PowerCLI
7 4 (2.70%) SCSM
8 3 (2.03%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 2 (1.35%) BladeLogic
9 2 (1.35%) Opscode Chef
9 2 (1.35%) ServiceCenter
9 2 (1.35%) Terraform
9 2 (1.35%) Tivoli
9 2 (1.35%) vRealize
10 1 (0.68%) BMC PATROL
10 1 (0.68%) OpenView
10 1 (0.68%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 60 (40.54%) VMware
2 54 (36.49%) Microsoft
3 28 (18.92%) Citrix
4 18 (12.16%) HP
5 15 (10.14%) NetApp
6 11 (7.43%) Cisco
6 11 (7.43%) Dell
7 8 (5.41%) Symantec
8 7 (4.73%) EqualLogic
8 7 (4.73%) IBM
8 7 (4.73%) Ivanti
8 7 (4.73%) ServiceNow
9 6 (4.05%) Mitel
9 6 (4.05%) Sun
9 6 (4.05%) Veeam
10 5 (3.38%) F5
11 4 (2.70%) arcserve
11 4 (2.70%) CommVault
11 4 (2.70%) Oracle
12 3 (2.03%) Red Hat