Period
to 22 August 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 22 August 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
22 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 637 585 640
Rank change year-on-year -52 +55 -38
Contract jobs citing Virtual Environments 222 329 252
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.23% 0.30% 0.22%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.27% 0.36% 0.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 121 236 159
UK median daily rate £450 £400 £377
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +6.00% -5.66%
10th Percentile £300 £301 £205
90th Percentile £550 £550 £509
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +12.50% +2.50% -2.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 16 3
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £32.00 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.00% +10.34% -3.33%
10th Percentile £12.24 £17.45 £25.00
90th Percentile £50.25 £39.25 £29.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £32.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -25.00% +10.34% -3.33%

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 80882 90429 91778
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 84.36% 83.50% 80.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 53087 59721 58563
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £281 £263 £260
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2003 2206 2633
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +13.64% +8.96%
10th Percentile £11.72 £11.50 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.23 £48.38 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year - +11.11% +7.14%

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 22 August 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 22 August 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 22 August 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 -31 203 £475 +18.75% 25
UK excluding London -13 151 £450 +12.50% 14
South East +12 72 £500 +25.00% 4
London -6 68 £455 +1.11% 11
Midlands +33 25 £525 +46.85% 5
West Midlands +47 19 £500 +39.86% 4
Scotland +10 16 £412 -2.20%
North of England +21 15 £350 - 1
East of England -23 14 £200 -41.18% 2
South West -13 13 £525 -15.15% 2
North East +54 8 £290 -9.38% 1
East Midlands -11 6 £525 +61.54% 1
Yorkshire +29 5 £369 -1.67%
North West +9 2 - -
Wales - 1 £300 -

For the 6 months to 22 August 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.

1 123 (55.41%) Windows
2 92 (41.44%) VMware
2 92 (41.44%) VMware Infrastructure
3 80 (36.04%) Active Directory
4 74 (33.33%) ITIL
5 73 (32.88%) PowerShell
6 66 (29.73%) Windows Server
7 63 (28.38%) Security Cleared
8 61 (27.48%) Microsoft
9 53 (23.87%) Linux
10 52 (23.42%) SC Cleared
11 45 (20.27%) Windows Server 2012
12 42 (18.92%) SQL
13 38 (17.12%) Hyper-V
13 38 (17.12%) Microsoft Azure
14 37 (16.67%) Amazon AWS
14 37 (16.67%) Citrix
15 36 (16.22%) Unix
16 35 (15.77%) Migration
17 34 (15.32%) Firewall
18 33 (14.86%) SAN
19 32 (14.41%) Finance
19 32 (14.41%) Data Centre
20 30 (13.51%) Cisco
20 30 (13.51%) DevOps
21 29 (13.06%) HP
22 28 (12.61%) DNS
22 28 (12.61%) TCP/IP
23 27 (12.16%) Python
23 27 (12.16%) Windows 7

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 13 (5.86%) Apache
1 13 (5.86%) MS Exchange
2 12 (5.41%) Exchange Server 2010
3 11 (4.95%) IIS
4 10 (4.50%) Exchange Server 2013
4 10 (4.50%) Tomcat
5 8 (3.60%) Confluence
6 7 (3.15%) Documentum
6 7 (3.15%) Elasticsearch
7 6 (2.70%) Skype for Business
8 5 (2.25%) SharePoint
9 3 (1.35%) Exchange Server 2007
9 3 (1.35%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 2 (0.90%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 2 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2003
10 2 (0.90%) Jupyter
11 1 (0.45%) CMS
11 1 (0.45%) WebLogic
Applications
1 18 (8.11%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.90%) Simulink
3 1 (0.45%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 1 (0.45%) Adobe Illustrator
3 1 (0.45%) InDesign
3 1 (0.45%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.45%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.45%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 2 (0.90%) Oracle EBS
1 2 (0.90%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (0.45%) Oracle 11i
Cloud Services
1 38 (17.12%) Microsoft Azure
2 37 (16.67%) Amazon AWS
3 14 (6.31%) Office 365
4 6 (2.70%) Cloud Computing
5 5 (2.25%) Amazon EC2
6 4 (1.80%) OpenShift
7 3 (1.35%) GitHub
8 2 (0.90%) IaaS
8 2 (0.90%) PaaS
9 1 (0.45%) OneDrive
9 1 (0.45%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 34 (15.32%) Firewall
2 33 (14.86%) SAN
3 28 (12.61%) DNS
3 28 (12.61%) TCP/IP
4 22 (9.91%) DHCP
5 17 (7.66%) LDAP
6 16 (7.21%) WAN
7 15 (6.76%) LAN
8 14 (6.31%) HTTP
9 13 (5.86%) Cisco ASA
10 11 (4.95%) BGP
10 11 (4.95%) ICMP
10 11 (4.95%) SSL
10 11 (4.95%) Wireless
11 9 (4.05%) VPN
12 8 (3.60%) HTTPS
12 8 (3.60%) NAS
12 8 (3.60%) VSAN
13 6 (2.70%) SMTP
14 5 (2.25%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (9.46%) SQL Server
2 13 (5.86%) SQL Server 2012
3 11 (4.95%) SQL Server 2008
4 8 (3.60%) MongoDB
5 7 (3.15%) MySQL
6 6 (2.70%) SQL Server 2005
7 4 (1.80%) Apache Cassandra
7 4 (1.80%) Hadoop
7 4 (1.80%) NoSQL
7 4 (1.80%) Relational Database
7 4 (1.80%) SQL Server 2016
8 3 (1.35%) PostgreSQL
9 2 (0.90%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 2 (0.90%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 1 (0.45%) MS Access
10 1 (0.45%) Oracle ODI
10 1 (0.45%) Oracle Reports
10 1 (0.45%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 16 (7.21%) Jenkins
2 9 (4.05%) JIRA
3 8 (3.60%) Git (software)
4 7 (3.15%) Maven
4 7 (3.15%) Subversion
5 6 (2.70%) Octopus Deploy
5 6 (2.70%) TeamCity
6 4 (1.80%) Ant
6 4 (1.80%) GitLab
7 3 (1.35%) Artifactory
7 3 (1.35%) Hudson
7 3 (1.35%) Team Foundation Server
8 2 (0.90%) Rational DOORS
8 2 (0.90%) Visual Studio Team System
9 1 (0.45%) FitNesse
9 1 (0.45%) IntelliJ
9 1 (0.45%) MSI
9 1 (0.45%) Sonatype Nexus
9 1 (0.45%) Vagrant
General
1 32 (14.41%) Finance
2 25 (11.26%) Banking
3 12 (5.41%) Investment Banking
4 8 (3.60%) Retail
5 5 (2.25%) Telecoms
6 3 (1.35%) Marketing
7 2 (0.90%) Electronics
7 2 (0.90%) Front Office
7 2 (0.90%) Legal
7 2 (0.90%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.45%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.45%) Law
Job Titles
1 31 (13.96%) Architect
2 23 (10.36%) 3rd Line Support
2 23 (10.36%) Support Engineer
3 18 (8.11%) DevOps Engineer
3 18 (8.11%) VMware Engineer
4 15 (6.76%) Consultant
5 14 (6.31%) Analyst
6 13 (5.86%) Administrator
7 11 (4.95%) Network Architect
7 11 (4.95%) VMware Specialist
8 10 (4.50%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 10 (4.50%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 9 (4.05%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
9 9 (4.05%) Infrastructure Support
9 9 (4.05%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
9 9 (4.05%) Solutions Architect
10 8 (3.60%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
10 8 (3.60%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
10 8 (3.60%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Support
10 8 (3.60%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (6.76%) XML
2 11 (4.95%) REST
3 9 (4.05%) Web Services
3 9 (4.05%) XSD
4 6 (2.70%) .NET
4 6 (2.70%) DOM
4 6 (2.70%) Middleware
4 6 (2.70%) SAX
4 6 (2.70%) XSLT
5 5 (2.25%) CSS
5 5 (2.25%) JSON
5 5 (2.25%) Node.js
5 5 (2.25%) RabbitMQ
6 4 (1.80%) Ajax
7 3 (1.35%) WSDL
8 2 (0.90%) Flash
8 2 (0.90%) LAMP
8 2 (0.90%) LAPP Stack
8 2 (0.90%) Regular Expression
8 2 (0.90%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 32 (14.41%) Data Centre
2 23 (10.36%) Analytical Skills
3 15 (6.76%) Clustering
4 11 (4.95%) Replication
5 10 (4.50%) Computer Science
5 10 (4.50%) Private Cloud
6 9 (4.05%) Hybrid Cloud
7 5 (2.25%) Derivative
7 5 (2.25%) Enterprise Storage
7 5 (2.25%) Fat Client
7 5 (2.25%) Thin Client
7 5 (2.25%) Video Conferencing
8 3 (1.35%) Data Protection Act
8 3 (1.35%) Management Information System
8 3 (1.35%) Public Cloud
9 2 (0.90%) Blackberry
9 2 (0.90%) Credit Risk
9 2 (0.90%) Fintech
9 2 (0.90%) NHS
9 2 (0.90%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 123 (55.41%) Windows
2 66 (29.73%) Windows Server
3 53 (23.87%) Linux
4 45 (20.27%) Windows Server 2012
5 36 (16.22%) Unix
6 27 (12.16%) Windows 7
7 25 (11.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 24 (10.81%) Windows Server 2008
9 17 (7.66%) CentOS
10 13 (5.86%) Windows 10
11 10 (4.50%) Windows Server 2003
12 6 (2.70%) Solaris
12 6 (2.70%) VMS
13 5 (2.25%) Data ONTAP
14 4 (1.80%) Ubuntu
15 2 (0.90%) AIX
15 2 (0.90%) Oracle Linux
16 1 (0.45%) Mac OS
16 1 (0.45%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 74 (33.33%) ITIL
2 35 (15.77%) Migration
3 30 (13.51%) DevOps
4 25 (11.26%) Virtual Infrastructure
5 24 (10.81%) Capacity Planning
6 23 (10.36%) Service Delivery
7 22 (9.91%) Project Management
8 21 (9.46%) Change Management
8 21 (9.46%) Configuration Management
8 21 (9.46%) Service Management
9 20 (9.01%) Agile Software Development
9 20 (9.01%) ITIL V3
10 17 (7.66%) ITSM
11 15 (6.76%) Task Automation
12 13 (5.86%) Continuous Integration
12 13 (5.86%) Incident Management
12 13 (5.86%) Server Virtualisation
13 12 (5.41%) Network Design
13 12 (5.41%) TOGAF
14 11 (4.95%) Zachman Framework
Programming Languages
1 73 (32.88%) PowerShell
2 42 (18.92%) SQL
3 27 (12.16%) Python
4 23 (10.36%) Bash Shell
5 22 (9.91%) Perl
6 20 (9.01%) Java
7 16 (7.21%) Shell Script
8 9 (4.05%) PHP
9 8 (3.60%) Ruby
10 6 (2.70%) C
11 5 (2.25%) Korn
12 3 (1.35%) C++
12 3 (1.35%) VB
13 2 (0.90%) MATLAB
13 2 (0.90%) VBScript
14 1 (0.45%) Groovy
14 1 (0.45%) JavaScript
14 1 (0.45%) T-SQL
14 1 (0.45%) XPath
14 1 (0.45%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 63 (28.38%) Security Cleared
2 52 (23.42%) SC Cleared
3 23 (10.36%) Microsoft Certification
4 18 (8.11%) DV Cleared
5 16 (7.21%) MCSE
6 15 (6.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 11 (4.95%) Degree
7 11 (4.95%) MCP
8 10 (4.50%) CCNP
8 10 (4.50%) Cisco Certification
9 6 (2.70%) Computer Science Degree
10 4 (1.80%) Master's Degree
10 4 (1.80%) MCDBA
10 4 (1.80%) MCSA
11 2 (0.90%) CCNA
11 2 (0.90%) MCITP
11 2 (0.90%) RHCE
12 1 (0.45%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (0.45%) PMI Certification
12 1 (0.45%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (4.50%) SLA
2 3 (1.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (1.35%) JSP 440
3 2 (0.90%) HL7
4 1 (0.45%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.45%) PMO
System Software
1 92 (41.44%) VMware Infrastructure
2 80 (36.04%) Active Directory
3 38 (17.12%) Hyper-V
4 18 (8.11%) vSphere
5 15 (6.76%) Docker
6 13 (5.86%) Virtual Machines
6 13 (5.86%) VMware ESXi
7 12 (5.41%) Microsoft App-V
8 10 (4.50%) vCloud
9 9 (4.05%) VMware Workstation
10 7 (3.15%) Virtual Servers
10 7 (3.15%) Xen
11 5 (2.25%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 5 (2.25%) NFS
11 5 (2.25%) Virtual Desktop
11 5 (2.25%) VMware Server
12 4 (1.80%) XenDesktop
12 4 (1.80%) XenServer
13 3 (1.35%) Terminal Services
14 2 (0.90%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 25 (11.26%) SCCM
2 22 (9.91%) Ansible
3 19 (8.56%) Puppet
4 18 (8.11%) vCenter Server
5 15 (6.76%) Nagios
6 14 (6.31%) OVSD
6 14 (6.31%) vRealize
7 12 (5.41%) Opscode Chef
8 11 (4.95%) PowerCLI
9 9 (4.05%) Salt
9 9 (4.05%) WSUS
10 7 (3.15%) Kubernetes
10 7 (3.15%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 7 (3.15%) Red Hat Satellite
11 6 (2.70%) McAfee ePO
11 6 (2.70%) ZABBIX
12 5 (2.25%) HP SiteScope
12 5 (2.25%) Microsoft Intune
12 5 (2.25%) NetBackup
13 4 (1.80%) Icinga
Vendors
1 92 (41.44%) VMware
2 61 (27.48%) Microsoft
3 37 (16.67%) Citrix
4 30 (13.51%) Cisco
5 29 (13.06%) HP
6 21 (9.46%) Red Hat
7 14 (6.31%) McAfee
8 13 (5.86%) Oracle
9 11 (4.95%) 3PAR
10 8 (3.60%) F5
10 8 (3.60%) NetApp
10 8 (3.60%) Palo Alto
11 5 (2.25%) Google
12 4 (1.80%) Dynatrace
12 4 (1.80%) Lumension
12 4 (1.80%) Pega
12 4 (1.80%) ServiceNow
12 4 (1.80%) Sophos
12 4 (1.80%) Splunk
13 2 (0.90%) Veeam