Period
to 20 May 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 20 May 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
20 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 628 622 573
Rank change year-on-year -6 -49 +73
Contract jobs citing Virtual Environments 258 209 321
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.26% 0.23% 0.30%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.30% 0.27% 0.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 165 123 225
UK median daily rate £425 £441 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.63% +5.00% +5.66%
10th Percentile £238 £286 £286
90th Percentile £580 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £500 £400
% change year-on-year -15.00% +25.00% +1.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 16 12
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £40.00 £26.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -58.75% +52.38% +26.67%
10th Percentile £15.25 £15.25 £17.45
90th Percentile £17.75 £52.95 £53.74
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £40.00 £26.25
% change year-on-year -58.75% +52.38% -23.68%

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 86,330 76,829 88,678
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.71% 84.61% 84.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 56,972 50,371 58,252
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £606
UK excluding London median daily rate £423 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +5.75% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,261 2,090 2,318
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £25.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.00% - +19.05%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.47 £11.63
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £50.61
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.50 £25.00 £26.83
% change year-on-year -18.00% -6.82% +22.96%

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 20 May 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
Top 14 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 20 May 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 -8 247 £425 -5.56% 44
UK excluding London -20 151 £425 -15.00% 26
London -4 104 £425 +1.19% 18
South East +8 83 £424 -15.30% 5
Midlands -4 37 £550 +4.76% 4
West Midlands -4 33 £550 +10.00% 3
North of England -22 13 £360 +16.13% 8
North West -9 10 £238 -56.82% 4
Scotland -35 7 £325 -18.75%
East Midlands -3 4 £325 -38.10% 1
South West -5 4 £325 -40.86% 7
East of England -6 4 £300 - 2
Wales -1 3 £425 +31.78%
North East -7 3 £565 +82.26%

For the 6 months to 20 May 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Virtual Environments also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for Virtual Environments.

1 118 (45.74%) Windows
2 102 (39.53%) VMware
2 102 (39.53%) VMware Infrastructure
3 98 (37.98%) Microsoft
4 94 (36.43%) ITIL
5 70 (27.13%) Linux
6 65 (25.19%) Active Directory
7 57 (22.09%) Security Cleared
8 54 (20.93%) SC Cleared
9 50 (19.38%) Windows Server 2008
10 49 (18.99%) Microsoft Azure
10 49 (18.99%) Problem-Solving
11 47 (18.22%) Windows Server 2012
11 47 (18.22%) Microsoft Office
12 46 (17.83%) Amazon AWS
12 46 (17.83%) Windows Server
13 45 (17.44%) Hyper-V
13 45 (17.44%) Citrix
13 45 (17.44%) Agile Software Development
14 41 (15.89%) Windows Server 2003
15 39 (15.12%) Data Centre
16 38 (14.73%) Finance
17 36 (13.95%) SCCM
18 34 (13.18%) Analytical Skills
19 33 (12.79%) PowerShell
19 33 (12.79%) Windows 7
19 33 (12.79%) Service Delivery
20 31 (12.02%) Firewall
21 30 (11.63%) Wireless
22 29 (11.24%) NetApp

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 17 (6.59%) MS Exchange
2 14 (5.43%) Documentum
2 14 (5.43%) OpenStack
3 13 (5.04%) Exchange Server 2010
4 9 (3.49%) Jupyter
4 9 (3.49%) Tomcat
5 8 (3.10%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 8 (3.10%) IIS
6 7 (2.71%) SharePoint
7 6 (2.33%) Confluence
7 6 (2.33%) Skype for Business
8 5 (1.94%) Exchange Server 2013
9 3 (1.16%) nginx
9 3 (1.16%) SharePoint 2013
10 2 (0.78%) Elasticsearch
10 2 (0.78%) IBM Notes
10 2 (0.78%) JBoss
11 1 (0.39%) Apache Spark
11 1 (0.39%) CMS
11 1 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 47 (18.22%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.55%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (1.16%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 3 (1.16%) Adobe Illustrator
3 3 (1.16%) InDesign
3 3 (1.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (1.16%) Photoshop
4 1 (0.39%) Autodesk Inventor
4 1 (0.39%) CATIA
4 1 (0.39%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (0.78%) Concordance
1 2 (0.78%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (0.78%) PeopleSoft HCM
1 2 (0.78%) Relativity
1 2 (0.78%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 1 (0.39%) Dynamics GP
2 1 (0.39%) ENOVIA
Cloud Services
1 49 (18.99%) Microsoft Azure
2 46 (17.83%) Amazon AWS
3 15 (5.81%) Office 365
4 13 (5.04%) Cloud Computing
4 13 (5.04%) IaaS
5 4 (1.55%) Azure Active Directory
5 4 (1.55%) Google Cloud Platform
6 2 (0.78%) Salesforce Service Cloud
7 1 (0.39%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.39%) Amazon Glacier
7 1 (0.39%) Bluemix
7 1 (0.39%) IBM Cloud
7 1 (0.39%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 31 (12.02%) Firewall
2 30 (11.63%) Wireless
3 29 (11.24%) SAN
4 27 (10.47%) DHCP
5 26 (10.08%) iSCSI
6 25 (9.69%) NAS
7 24 (9.30%) DNS
8 21 (8.14%) LAN
9 19 (7.36%) TCP/IP
9 19 (7.36%) WAN
10 17 (6.59%) Cisco ASA
11 16 (6.20%) VPN
12 15 (5.81%) BGP
12 15 (5.81%) BIG-IP
12 15 (5.81%) ICMP
12 15 (5.81%) IPsec
12 15 (5.81%) OSPF
13 14 (5.43%) Cisco ISE
14 13 (5.04%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
15 12 (4.65%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (8.91%) SQL Server
2 7 (2.71%) SQL Server 2005
3 6 (2.33%) SQL Server 2012
4 5 (1.94%) MySQL
4 5 (1.94%) SQL Server 2016
4 5 (1.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 4 (1.55%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (1.55%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (1.16%) MongoDB
6 3 (1.16%) MS Access
6 3 (1.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 2 (0.78%) Data Mining
7 2 (0.78%) NoSQL
7 2 (0.78%) Oracle Database
7 2 (0.78%) Power BI
7 2 (0.78%) Relational Database
8 1 (0.39%) Big Data
8 1 (0.39%) BusinessObjects
8 1 (0.39%) Oracle Reports
8 1 (0.39%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 17 (6.59%) JIRA
2 16 (6.20%) Jenkins
3 9 (3.49%) IntelliJ
3 9 (3.49%) Sonatype Nexus
4 8 (3.10%) Git (software)
5 6 (2.33%) TeamCity
6 4 (1.55%) Bitbucket
6 4 (1.55%) Octopus Deploy
6 4 (1.55%) Visual Studio
7 3 (1.16%) MonoDevelop
7 3 (1.16%) Team Foundation Server
8 2 (0.78%) Jasmine
8 2 (0.78%) Maven
8 2 (0.78%) Vagrant
9 1 (0.39%) CruiseControl
9 1 (0.39%) GitLab
9 1 (0.39%) Grunt
9 1 (0.39%) gulp
9 1 (0.39%) Selenium
9 1 (0.39%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 38 (14.73%) Finance
2 17 (6.59%) Legal
3 14 (5.43%) Law
4 9 (3.49%) Telecoms
5 5 (1.94%) Games
6 4 (1.55%) Retail
7 3 (1.16%) Back Office
7 3 (1.16%) Banking
8 2 (0.78%) Marketing
9 1 (0.39%) General Ledger
9 1 (0.39%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.39%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 32 (12.40%) Architect
1 32 (12.40%) Developer
2 21 (8.14%) Support Engineer
3 20 (7.75%) 3rd Line Engineer
3 20 (7.75%) Server Engineer
4 17 (6.59%) Windows Engineer
5 15 (5.81%) Analyst
5 15 (5.81%) AWS Architect
5 15 (5.81%) Storage Specialist
6 14 (5.43%) Citrix Engineer
6 14 (5.43%) Desktop Support
7 13 (5.04%) 3rd Line Server Engineer
7 13 (5.04%) AWS Infrastructure Architect
7 13 (5.04%) Infrastructure Architect
7 13 (5.04%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 12 (4.65%) Citrix Server Engineer
8 12 (4.65%) Windows Server Engineer
9 10 (3.88%) SCCM Engineer
9 10 (3.88%) Team Leader
10 9 (3.49%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (9.30%) Middleware
2 11 (4.26%) .NET
3 10 (3.88%) REST
4 9 (3.49%) Anaconda
5 6 (2.33%) CSS
5 6 (2.33%) HTML
5 6 (2.33%) HTML5
5 6 (2.33%) JSON
6 5 (1.94%) jQuery
6 5 (1.94%) Web Services
7 4 (1.55%) Unity (Game Engine)
8 2 (0.78%) ASP.NET
8 2 (0.78%) CreateJS
8 2 (0.78%) CSS3
8 2 (0.78%) Django
8 2 (0.78%) lodash
8 2 (0.78%) Node.js
8 2 (0.78%) React
8 2 (0.78%) XML
9 1 (0.39%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 39 (15.12%) Data Centre
2 34 (13.18%) Analytical Skills
3 18 (6.98%) Management Information System
4 17 (6.59%) Clustering
5 13 (5.04%) Private Cloud
6 11 (4.26%) Enterprise Storage
7 8 (3.10%) Blackberry
8 7 (2.71%) Self-Motivation
9 6 (2.33%) CLARiiON
9 6 (2.33%) User Experience
9 6 (2.33%) Video Conferencing
10 5 (1.94%) Computer Science
11 4 (1.55%) Replication
12 3 (1.16%) Greenfield Project
12 3 (1.16%) Mobile App
13 2 (0.78%) Cloud Native
13 2 (0.78%) Linux Command Line
13 2 (0.78%) RIA
13 2 (0.78%) Wiki
14 1 (0.39%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 118 (45.74%) Windows
2 70 (27.13%) Linux
3 50 (19.38%) Windows Server 2008
4 47 (18.22%) Windows Server 2012
5 46 (17.83%) Windows Server
6 41 (15.89%) Windows Server 2003
7 33 (12.79%) Windows 7
8 25 (9.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 21 (8.14%) Windows 10
10 16 (6.20%) Unix
11 15 (5.81%) Data ONTAP
12 4 (1.55%) Android
12 4 (1.55%) Apple iOS
12 4 (1.55%) CentOS
13 1 (0.39%) AIX
13 1 (0.39%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.39%) SUSE
13 1 (0.39%) Windows 8
13 1 (0.39%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 94 (36.43%) ITIL
2 49 (18.99%) Problem-Solving
3 45 (17.44%) Agile Software Development
4 33 (12.79%) Service Delivery
5 29 (11.24%) Continuous Integration
6 25 (9.69%) ITIL V3
6 25 (9.69%) Project Management
6 25 (9.69%) Service Management
7 23 (8.91%) Case Management
7 23 (8.91%) Performance Tuning
8 21 (8.14%) Business Analysis
8 21 (8.14%) Technical Architecture
9 19 (7.36%) Change Management
9 19 (7.36%) DevOps
9 19 (7.36%) Network Monitoring
10 18 (6.98%) Network Virtualisation
11 17 (6.59%) Capacity Management
11 17 (6.59%) Continuous Delivery
11 17 (6.59%) ITSM
11 17 (6.59%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 33 (12.79%) PowerShell
2 25 (9.69%) SQL
3 18 (6.98%) Python
4 12 (4.65%) C#
5 11 (4.26%) Java
5 11 (4.26%) JavaScript
6 7 (2.71%) Bash Shell
7 6 (2.33%) C++
8 4 (1.55%) Go
8 4 (1.55%) PHP
8 4 (1.55%) Ruby
9 2 (0.78%) ActionScript
9 2 (0.78%) ActionScript 3.0
9 2 (0.78%) C
9 2 (0.78%) Shell Script
9 2 (0.78%) TypeScript
10 1 (0.39%) Perl
10 1 (0.39%) R
10 1 (0.39%) Scala
10 1 (0.39%) VB
Qualifications
1 57 (22.09%) Security Cleared
2 54 (20.93%) SC Cleared
3 17 (6.59%) DV Cleared
4 15 (5.81%) CCNP
4 15 (5.81%) Cisco Certification
5 14 (5.43%) Degree
6 9 (3.49%) Microsoft Certification
7 6 (2.33%) MCSA
7 6 (2.33%) Novell Certification
7 6 (2.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 5 (1.94%) VCP5
9 4 (1.55%) CCNA
9 4 (1.55%) MCSE
10 3 (1.16%) ITIL Certification
10 3 (1.16%) MCITP
11 2 (0.78%) CCIP
11 2 (0.78%) VCAP
11 2 (0.78%) VCDX
12 1 (0.39%) CCIE
12 1 (0.39%) EMC Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (6.98%) SLA
2 1 (0.39%) Data Quality
2 1 (0.39%) GDPR
2 1 (0.39%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 102 (39.53%) VMware Infrastructure
2 65 (25.19%) Active Directory
3 45 (17.44%) Hyper-V
4 25 (9.69%) XenDesktop
5 23 (8.91%) NFS
6 22 (8.53%) VMware ESXi
7 21 (8.14%) Virtual Machines
8 20 (7.75%) vSphere
9 18 (6.98%) XenApp
10 14 (5.43%) Virtual Desktop
11 13 (5.04%) XenServer
12 11 (4.26%) Docker
13 10 (3.88%) Microsoft App-V
14 9 (3.49%) VMware NSX
15 8 (3.10%) VMware Workstation
16 6 (2.33%) DFS Replication
17 5 (1.94%) Virtual Servers
18 2 (0.78%) VirtualBox
19 1 (0.39%) Samba
19 1 (0.39%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 36 (13.95%) SCCM
2 20 (7.75%) SCOM
3 15 (5.81%) WSUS
4 12 (4.65%) OVSD
5 10 (3.88%) Puppet
6 8 (3.10%) Failover Clustering
7 6 (2.33%) Ansible
7 6 (2.33%) Backup Exec
7 6 (2.33%) Microsoft Clustering
7 6 (2.33%) SCSM
7 6 (2.33%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 6 (2.33%) Terraform
8 5 (1.94%) Kubernetes
9 4 (1.55%) Tivoli
10 3 (1.16%) HAProxy
10 3 (1.16%) Microsoft Intune
10 3 (1.16%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
11 2 (0.78%) PowerCLI
11 2 (0.78%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
11 2 (0.78%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 102 (39.53%) VMware
2 98 (37.98%) Microsoft
3 45 (17.44%) Citrix
4 29 (11.24%) Cisco
4 29 (11.24%) NetApp
5 28 (10.85%) HP
6 24 (9.30%) Ivanti
6 24 (9.30%) Pega
7 19 (7.36%) EMC
8 16 (6.20%) F5
9 15 (5.81%) Palo Alto
10 12 (4.65%) CommVault
10 12 (4.65%) Red Hat
11 11 (4.26%) Juniper
11 11 (4.26%) ServiceNow
12 10 (3.88%) Wyse
13 9 (3.49%) Dell
13 9 (3.49%) IBM
13 9 (3.49%) Symantec
13 9 (3.49%) Veeam