Period
to 23 October 2017

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 23 October 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
6 months to
23 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 691 561 666
Rank change year-on-year -130 +105 -60
Contract jobs citing Virtual Environments 191 339 235
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.19% 0.32% 0.21%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.23% 0.38% 0.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 101 253 136
UK median daily rate £450 £395 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.92% +1.28% +2.90%
10th Percentile £275 £301 £211
90th Percentile £588 £538 £535
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £390 £376
% change year-on-year +8.97% +3.67% -0.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 18 3
UK median hourly rate £13.03 £36.00 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -63.82% +24.14% +16.00%
10th Percentile £9.00 £20.99 £25.00
90th Percentile £50.25 £61.25 £29.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.03 £36.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -63.82% +24.14% +5.45%

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 84677 88405 92997
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.53% 83.89% 81.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 56261 58466 60205
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £263
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1985 2318 2697
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £23.50 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.38% +6.82% +15.79%
10th Percentile £11.60 £11.50 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £47.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +4.17% +6.67% +12.50%

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 23 October 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 6 months to 23 October 2017.

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 23 October 2017. 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 -98 175 £450 +16.13% 15
UK excluding London -81 119 £425 +8.97% 8
London -25 70 £475 +18.75% 8
South East -8 58 £400 - 2
Midlands +35 15 £525 +54.41% 2
West Midlands +36 13 £575 +69.12%
Scotland -15 13 £419 +3.33% 1
South West -18 13 £525 -17.65%
East of England -39 13 £200 -41.18%
North of England -1 8 £350 - 3
Yorkshire +16 4 £350 -12.50% 2
North East +45 2 - -
North West -4 2 - - 1
East Midlands - 2 £525 - 2
Wales +3 1 £300 -36.84%

For the 6 months to 23 October 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.

1 104 (54.45%) Windows
2 83 (43.46%) VMware
2 83 (43.46%) VMware Infrastructure
3 66 (34.55%) PowerShell
4 64 (33.51%) ITIL
5 62 (32.46%) Active Directory
6 61 (31.94%) Windows Server
7 54 (28.27%) Microsoft
8 48 (25.13%) Windows Server 2012
9 45 (23.56%) Security Cleared
10 41 (21.47%) Linux
11 39 (20.42%) Citrix
12 37 (19.37%) SQL
12 37 (19.37%) Microsoft Azure
13 36 (18.85%) Finance
14 35 (18.32%) Amazon AWS
15 34 (17.80%) SC Cleared
16 31 (16.23%) Hyper-V
17 27 (14.14%) Python
17 27 (14.14%) SAN
18 26 (13.61%) Unix
18 26 (13.61%) Banking
18 26 (13.61%) Windows Server 2008
19 25 (13.09%) Windows 7
19 25 (13.09%) DevOps
20 23 (12.04%) Migration
20 23 (12.04%) SQL Server
20 23 (12.04%) Configuration Management
20 23 (12.04%) Project Management
20 23 (12.04%) Analytical Skills

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 16 (8.38%) IIS
2 13 (6.81%) Apache
2 13 (6.81%) MS Exchange
3 9 (4.71%) Exchange Server 2010
3 9 (4.71%) Tomcat
4 7 (3.66%) Confluence
4 7 (3.66%) Documentum
4 7 (3.66%) Exchange Server 2013
4 7 (3.66%) SharePoint
5 5 (2.62%) Skype for Business
6 3 (1.57%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 3 (1.57%) Elasticsearch
6 3 (1.57%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 2 (1.05%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (0.52%) Apache Spark
8 1 (0.52%) Cloud Foundry
8 1 (0.52%) CMS
8 1 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.52%) nginx
8 1 (0.52%) WebLogic
Applications
1 21 (10.99%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.05%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 2 (1.05%) Simulink
3 1 (0.52%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 1 (0.52%) Adobe Illustrator
3 1 (0.52%) InDesign
3 1 (0.52%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.52%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 6 (3.14%) Dynamics GP
2 5 (2.62%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (1.05%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (1.05%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.52%) Oracle 11i
Cloud Services
1 37 (19.37%) Microsoft Azure
2 35 (18.32%) Amazon AWS
3 22 (11.52%) Office 365
4 6 (3.14%) Cloud Computing
5 4 (2.09%) Amazon EC2
6 3 (1.57%) GitHub
6 3 (1.57%) OpenShift
7 1 (0.52%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.52%) Google Cloud Platform
7 1 (0.52%) IaaS
7 1 (0.52%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.52%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 27 (14.14%) SAN
2 18 (9.42%) Firewall
3 16 (8.38%) WAN
4 15 (7.85%) DNS
4 15 (7.85%) LAN
5 12 (6.28%) HTTP
6 11 (5.76%) DHCP
7 10 (5.24%) VPN
8 9 (4.71%) LDAP
9 8 (4.19%) HTTPS
9 8 (4.19%) SSL
9 8 (4.19%) VSAN
10 7 (3.66%) TCP/IP
11 5 (2.62%) NAS
11 5 (2.62%) SNMP
12 4 (2.09%) Unified Communications
13 3 (1.57%) SMTP
13 3 (1.57%) tcpdump
13 3 (1.57%) VoIP
13 3 (1.57%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (12.04%) SQL Server
2 12 (6.28%) SQL Server 2008
3 8 (4.19%) SQL Server 2012
4 5 (2.62%) MySQL
5 4 (2.09%) MongoDB
5 4 (2.09%) NoSQL
5 4 (2.09%) Relational Database
6 3 (1.57%) Apache Cassandra
6 3 (1.57%) Hadoop
6 3 (1.57%) PostgreSQL
6 3 (1.57%) SQL Server 2005
7 1 (0.52%) Big Data
7 1 (0.52%) BigQuery
7 1 (0.52%) Bigtable
7 1 (0.52%) HBase
7 1 (0.52%) Impala
7 1 (0.52%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.52%) Oracle ODI
7 1 (0.52%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.52%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 20 (10.47%) Jenkins
2 8 (4.19%) Git (software)
2 8 (4.19%) JIRA
2 8 (4.19%) Subversion
2 8 (4.19%) TeamCity
3 7 (3.66%) Octopus Deploy
4 6 (3.14%) Maven
5 4 (2.09%) GitLab
5 4 (2.09%) Team Foundation Server
6 3 (1.57%) Ant
6 3 (1.57%) Artifactory
6 3 (1.57%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 3 (1.57%) Hudson
6 3 (1.57%) MSI
7 2 (1.05%) Bitbucket
7 2 (1.05%) Rational DOORS
7 2 (1.05%) Visual Studio Team System
8 1 (0.52%) IntelliJ
8 1 (0.52%) Sonatype Nexus
8 1 (0.52%) Vagrant
General
1 36 (18.85%) Finance
2 26 (13.61%) Banking
3 10 (5.24%) Investment Banking
4 7 (3.66%) Retail
5 3 (1.57%) Legal
5 3 (1.57%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.05%) Back Office
6 2 (1.05%) Front Office
7 1 (0.52%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.52%) French Language
7 1 (0.52%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 24 (12.57%) 3rd Line Support
2 17 (8.90%) Architect
2 17 (8.90%) DevOps Engineer
3 16 (8.38%) Support Engineer
3 16 (8.38%) VMware Engineer
4 13 (6.81%) Analyst
5 12 (6.28%) Consultant
6 11 (5.76%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 10 (5.24%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
7 10 (5.24%) Administrator
7 10 (5.24%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 10 (5.24%) VMware Specialist
8 9 (4.71%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
8 9 (4.71%) Infrastructure Support
8 9 (4.71%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
9 8 (4.19%) 2nd/3rd Line Support Engineer
9 8 (4.19%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
9 8 (4.19%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Support
10 7 (3.66%) 2nd/3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
10 7 (3.66%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (7.33%) XML
2 11 (5.76%) .NET
2 11 (5.76%) REST
3 10 (5.24%) Web Services
4 9 (4.71%) XSD
5 6 (3.14%) DOM
5 6 (3.14%) SAX
5 6 (3.14%) XSLT
6 5 (2.62%) Middleware
7 4 (2.09%) CSS
7 4 (2.09%) JSON
7 4 (2.09%) RabbitMQ
8 3 (1.57%) Ajax
8 3 (1.57%) Node.js
8 3 (1.57%) WSDL
9 2 (1.05%) HTML
9 2 (1.05%) LAMP
9 2 (1.05%) OCX
9 2 (1.05%) RESTful
9 2 (1.05%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 23 (12.04%) Analytical Skills
1 23 (12.04%) Data Centre
2 9 (4.71%) Computer Science
3 7 (3.66%) Hybrid Cloud
3 7 (3.66%) Private Cloud
4 6 (3.14%) Clustering
5 4 (2.09%) Fat Client
5 4 (2.09%) Management Information System
5 4 (2.09%) Replication
5 4 (2.09%) Thin Client
6 3 (1.57%) Blackberry
6 3 (1.57%) Public Cloud
7 2 (1.05%) Client/Server
7 2 (1.05%) Credit Risk
7 2 (1.05%) Derivative
7 2 (1.05%) Enterprise Storage
7 2 (1.05%) Fintech
7 2 (1.05%) NHS
7 2 (1.05%) N-Tier
7 2 (1.05%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 104 (54.45%) Windows
2 61 (31.94%) Windows Server
3 48 (25.13%) Windows Server 2012
4 41 (21.47%) Linux
5 26 (13.61%) Unix
5 26 (13.61%) Windows Server 2008
6 25 (13.09%) Windows 7
7 14 (7.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 14 (7.33%) Windows 10
7 14 (7.33%) Windows Server 2003
8 6 (3.14%) VMS
9 4 (2.09%) CentOS
10 3 (1.57%) Solaris
11 2 (1.05%) Data ONTAP
11 2 (1.05%) Ubuntu
11 2 (1.05%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.52%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.52%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 64 (33.51%) ITIL
2 25 (13.09%) DevOps
3 23 (12.04%) Configuration Management
3 23 (12.04%) Migration
3 23 (12.04%) Project Management
3 23 (12.04%) Virtual Infrastructure
4 20 (10.47%) Agile Software Development
4 20 (10.47%) Service Delivery
5 17 (8.90%) Change Management
6 15 (7.85%) Capacity Planning
6 15 (7.85%) Service Management
7 14 (7.33%) Continuous Integration
7 14 (7.33%) ITIL V3
7 14 (7.33%) Server Virtualisation
8 13 (6.81%) Incident Management
8 13 (6.81%) Task Automation
9 12 (6.28%) TOGAF
10 11 (5.76%) Patch Management
10 11 (5.76%) Zachman Framework
11 10 (5.24%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 66 (34.55%) PowerShell
2 37 (19.37%) SQL
3 27 (14.14%) Python
4 22 (11.52%) Bash Shell
5 17 (8.90%) Java
6 15 (7.85%) Perl
7 10 (5.24%) PHP
8 8 (4.19%) Ruby
9 7 (3.66%) C
10 6 (3.14%) Shell Script
11 3 (1.57%) VBScript
12 2 (1.05%) C++
12 2 (1.05%) Groovy
12 2 (1.05%) JavaScript
12 2 (1.05%) Korn
12 2 (1.05%) MATLAB
12 2 (1.05%) VB
13 1 (0.52%) C#
13 1 (0.52%) Tcl
13 1 (0.52%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 45 (23.56%) Security Cleared
2 34 (17.80%) SC Cleared
3 16 (8.38%) Microsoft Certification
4 15 (7.85%) MCSE
5 14 (7.33%) DV Cleared
6 10 (5.24%) Degree
6 10 (5.24%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 6 (3.14%) Computer Science Degree
7 6 (3.14%) MCP
8 3 (1.57%) CCNP
8 3 (1.57%) Cisco Certification
8 3 (1.57%) Master's Degree
9 2 (1.05%) RHCE
10 1 (0.52%) CCDA
10 1 (0.52%) CCDP
10 1 (0.52%) CCNA
10 1 (0.52%) Citrix Certification
10 1 (0.52%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.52%) PMI Certification
10 1 (0.52%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (4.71%) SLA
2 2 (1.05%) HL7
3 1 (0.52%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.52%) PMO
System Software
1 83 (43.46%) VMware Infrastructure
2 62 (32.46%) Active Directory
3 31 (16.23%) Hyper-V
4 16 (8.38%) Docker
5 15 (7.85%) vSphere
6 14 (7.33%) Microsoft App-V
7 10 (5.24%) VMware ESXi
8 9 (4.71%) VMware Workstation
9 7 (3.66%) vCloud
9 7 (3.66%) Xen
10 6 (3.14%) Virtual Machines
10 6 (3.14%) Virtual Servers
10 6 (3.14%) XenApp
11 5 (2.62%) Virtual Desktop
11 5 (2.62%) VMware Server
12 4 (2.09%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 4 (2.09%) XenDesktop
13 3 (1.57%) XenServer
14 2 (1.05%) KVM
14 2 (1.05%) NFS
Systems Management
1 23 (12.04%) SCCM
2 17 (8.90%) Ansible
3 14 (7.33%) vCenter Server
4 13 (6.81%) Puppet
5 10 (5.24%) Opscode Chef
5 10 (5.24%) vRealize
6 9 (4.71%) WSUS
7 7 (3.66%) Kubernetes
7 7 (3.66%) Nagios
7 7 (3.66%) PowerCLI
8 5 (2.62%) McAfee ePO
8 5 (2.62%) Microsoft Intune
8 5 (2.62%) Salt
8 5 (2.62%) ZABBIX
9 4 (2.09%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 4 (2.09%) OVSD
9 4 (2.09%) Red Hat Satellite
10 3 (1.57%) Graphite
10 3 (1.57%) Icinga
10 3 (1.57%) Mesos
Vendors
1 83 (43.46%) VMware
2 54 (28.27%) Microsoft
3 39 (20.42%) Citrix
4 22 (11.52%) HP
5 15 (7.85%) Cisco
6 14 (7.33%) Red Hat
7 13 (6.81%) McAfee
8 11 (5.76%) 3PAR
9 10 (5.24%) Oracle
10 7 (3.66%) ServiceNow
11 5 (2.62%) F5
11 5 (2.62%) Google
12 4 (2.09%) Atlassian
12 4 (2.09%) Lumension
12 4 (2.09%) Pega
12 4 (2.09%) Sophos
13 3 (1.57%) Dynatrace
13 3 (1.57%) NetApp
13 3 (1.57%) Splunk
14 2 (1.05%) Palo Alto