Period
to 28 October 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Virtual Servers skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Virtual Servers over the 6 months to 28 October 2021 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 Servers
UK
6 months to
28 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 713 502 693
Rank change year-on-year -211 +191 +51
Contract jobs citing Virtual Servers 117 31 140
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.14% 0.095% 0.17%
As % of the System Software category 0.98% 0.65% 1.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 94 22 102
10th Percentile £257 £219 £216
25th Percentile £319 £315 £294
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £463 £369 £394
Median % change year-on-year +25.42% -6.35% +0.64%
75th Percentile £521 £617 £511
90th Percentile £588 £630 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £365
% change year-on-year - -4.11% -2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 2 0
Median hourly rate £78.00 £29.00 -
Median % change year-on-year +168.97% - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £78.00 £29.00 -
% change year-on-year +168.97% - -

Virtual Servers is in the System Software category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills.

All System Software Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 11,919 4,747 13,182
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.95% 14.56% 15.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,469 3,185 8,855
10th Percentile £206 £221 £163
25th Percentile £400 £363 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
75th Percentile £600 £575 £570
90th Percentile £680 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £432 £413
% change year-on-year -1.62% +4.73% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 393 187 645
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.74 £12.55 £13.50
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.50
Median % change year-on-year - +6.06% +3.13%
75th Percentile £32.00 £39.00 £24.41
90th Percentile £64.50 £53.85 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.23 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +1.44% - +3.23%

Virtual Servers
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Virtual Servers as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Virtual Servers in the UK

Virtual Servers
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Virtual Servers.

Daily rate trend for Virtual Servers in the UK

Virtual Servers
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Virtual Servers over the 6 months to 28 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Virtual Servers in the UK

Virtual Servers
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Virtual Servers.

Hourly rate trend for Virtual Servers in the UK

Virtual Servers
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Virtual Servers over the 6 months to 28 October 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Virtual Servers in the UK

Virtual Servers
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 Servers within the UK over the 6 months to 28 October 2021. 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 -174 97 £475 +31.03% 50
UK excluding London -119 61 £350 - 46
London -149 43 £510 +27.50% 14
Work from Home -200 18 £488 - 11
East of England -35 13 £325 +44.44% 1
South East -84 12 £550 +83.33% 6
South West -42 11 £338 -15.94% 6
Scotland -67 10 £463 +2.78% 6
Midlands -64 8 £281 -13.46% 11
North of England -87 7 £400 -16.88% 12
West Midlands -62 6 £288 -11.54% 7
North West -47 4 £340 -6.21% 7
Yorkshire -45 3 £550 -9.47% 4
East Midlands - 2 £275 - 4

For the 6 months to 28 October 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Virtual Servers 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 Servers.

1 79 (67.52%) Windows
2 57 (48.72%) VMware
2 57 (48.72%) VMware Infrastructure
3 51 (43.59%) Windows Server
4 50 (42.74%) Microsoft
5 45 (38.46%) Active Directory
6 43 (36.75%) Linux
7 35 (29.91%) ITIL
8 32 (27.35%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 32 (27.35%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 28 (23.93%) DNS
10 27 (23.08%) Azure
11 26 (22.22%) Firewall
12 25 (21.37%) SQL
13 23 (19.66%) Microsoft 365
14 22 (18.80%) SCCM
14 22 (18.80%) Oracle
14 22 (18.80%) SQL Server
15 21 (17.95%) ITSM
15 21 (17.95%) Finance
15 21 (17.95%) Data Centre
15 21 (17.95%) Social Skills
16 20 (17.09%) DHCP
17 19 (16.24%) SAN
18 18 (15.38%) TCP/IP
19 17 (14.53%) ServiceNow
20 16 (13.68%) Public Sector
20 16 (13.68%) PowerShell
20 16 (13.68%) Security Cleared
21 15 (12.82%) Degree

Virtual Servers
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 6 (5.13%) IIS
1 6 (5.13%) JBoss
2 5 (4.27%) Apache
2 5 (4.27%) MS Exchange
2 5 (4.27%) Tomcat
2 5 (4.27%) WebLogic
2 5 (4.27%) WebSphere
3 4 (3.42%) SharePoint
4 3 (2.56%) Exchange Server 2007
4 3 (2.56%) Exchange Server 2010
4 3 (2.56%) Exchange Server 2013
5 2 (1.71%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 6 (5.13%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (3.42%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (2.56%) MS Visio
3 3 (2.56%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.85%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (1.71%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (1.71%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 27 (23.08%) Azure
2 23 (19.66%) Microsoft 365
3 14 (11.97%) AWS
4 6 (5.13%) Azure Active Directory
5 5 (4.27%) Kong
6 4 (3.42%) Amazon S3
7 3 (2.56%) OneDrive
8 2 (1.71%) Amazon ELB
8 2 (1.71%) GitHub
9 1 (0.85%) Amazon EC2
9 1 (0.85%) IaaS
9 1 (0.85%) Mimecast
9 1 (0.85%) PaaS
9 1 (0.85%) Power Platform
9 1 (0.85%) Route 53
9 1 (0.85%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 28 (23.93%) DNS
2 26 (22.22%) Firewall
3 20 (17.09%) DHCP
4 19 (16.24%) SAN
5 18 (15.38%) TCP/IP
6 8 (6.84%) SSL
6 8 (6.84%) VPN
7 7 (5.98%) Wireless
8 5 (4.27%) FTP
8 5 (4.27%) HTTP
8 5 (4.27%) iSCSI
8 5 (4.27%) NAS
8 5 (4.27%) Network Security
8 5 (4.27%) PuTTY
8 5 (4.27%) SMTP
8 5 (4.27%) SSH
8 5 (4.27%) Telnet
8 5 (4.27%) WinSCP
9 4 (3.42%) LAN
9 4 (3.42%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (18.80%) SQL Server
2 9 (7.69%) Oracle Database
3 5 (4.27%) MySQL
3 5 (4.27%) SQL Server 2012
4 3 (2.56%) SQL Server 2005
4 3 (2.56%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.85%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (0.85%) Azure SQL Database
5 1 (0.85%) Data Vault
5 1 (0.85%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (0.85%) Oracle Database 12c
5 1 (0.85%) Oracle Exadata
5 1 (0.85%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.85%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.85%) Power BI
5 1 (0.85%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.85%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.85%) SQL Server 2016
5 1 (0.85%) SQL Server 2019
Development Applications
1 7 (5.98%) Git (software)
2 6 (5.13%) Bitbucket
3 5 (4.27%) Jenkins
3 5 (4.27%) JIRA
3 5 (4.27%) SonarQube
4 2 (1.71%) Gradle
5 1 (0.85%) GitLab
5 1 (0.85%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 21 (17.95%) Finance
1 21 (17.95%) Social Skills
2 16 (13.68%) Public Sector
3 7 (5.98%) Organisational Skills
4 5 (4.27%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (2.56%) Banking
6 1 (0.85%) Back Office
6 1 (0.85%) Influencing Skills
6 1 (0.85%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 25 (21.37%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 16 (13.68%) Server Engineer
3 12 (10.26%) Analyst
4 9 (7.69%) Support Engineer
4 9 (7.69%) Windows Engineer
4 9 (7.69%) Wintel Engineer
5 8 (6.84%) VMware Engineer
5 8 (6.84%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
6 7 (5.98%) Active Directory Engineer
6 7 (5.98%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
6 7 (5.98%) Windows Server Engineer
7 6 (5.13%) Azure Engineer
7 6 (5.13%) DevOps Engineer
7 6 (5.13%) Support Analyst
8 5 (4.27%) 2nd Line Support
8 5 (4.27%) Applications Support
8 5 (4.27%) Architect
8 5 (4.27%) Infrastructure Security Engineer
8 5 (4.27%) Infrastructure Support
8 5 (4.27%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (4.27%) HTML
1 5 (4.27%) HTML5
1 5 (4.27%) JMS
1 5 (4.27%) JSON
1 5 (4.27%) LAMP
1 5 (4.27%) REST
1 5 (4.27%) SOAP
1 5 (4.27%) WebSphere MQ
1 5 (4.27%) XML
1 5 (4.27%) XML-RPC
2 4 (3.42%) .NET
2 4 (3.42%) Kafka
2 4 (3.42%) Middleware
2 4 (3.42%) SonicMQ
3 2 (1.71%) Elastic Stack
4 1 (0.85%) LDAP
4 1 (0.85%) Oracle GoldenGate
4 1 (0.85%) Spring
4 1 (0.85%) Web Services
4 1 (0.85%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 21 (17.95%) Data Centre
2 9 (7.69%) Clustering
2 9 (7.69%) Replication
3 8 (6.84%) Virtual Team
4 5 (4.27%) Linux Command Line
4 5 (4.27%) Management Information System
4 5 (4.27%) Wiki
5 4 (3.42%) EMC VNX
5 4 (3.42%) Private Cloud
6 3 (2.56%) CMDB
6 3 (2.56%) Data Protection Act
6 3 (2.56%) Microsoft Licensing
7 2 (1.71%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (1.71%) Grid Computing
7 2 (1.71%) Mobile App
7 2 (1.71%) NHS
7 2 (1.71%) Public Cloud
7 2 (1.71%) Self-Motivation
8 1 (0.85%) Fat Client
8 1 (0.85%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 79 (67.52%) Windows
2 51 (43.59%) Windows Server
3 43 (36.75%) Linux
4 11 (9.40%) Windows Server 2016
5 10 (8.55%) Windows 10
6 9 (7.69%) Windows Server 2008
7 7 (5.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 7 (5.98%) Solaris
7 7 (5.98%) Ubuntu
7 7 (5.98%) Unix
7 7 (5.98%) Windows Server 2012
8 6 (5.13%) Windows Server 2019
9 5 (4.27%) Windows 7
10 3 (2.56%) Windows 8
11 2 (1.71%) AIX
11 2 (1.71%) Apple iOS
11 2 (1.71%) VMS
12 1 (0.85%) HPUX
12 1 (0.85%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (29.91%) ITIL
2 32 (27.35%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 21 (17.95%) ITSM
4 15 (12.82%) DevOps
5 13 (11.11%) Server Management
6 12 (10.26%) Migration
7 11 (9.40%) High Availability
7 11 (9.40%) Load Balancing
7 11 (9.40%) Problem-Solving
8 10 (8.55%) Agile Software Development
8 10 (8.55%) Configuration Management
9 7 (5.98%) Change Management
9 7 (5.98%) Incident Management
9 7 (5.98%) Time Management
10 6 (5.13%) Disaster Recovery
10 6 (5.13%) ETL
10 6 (5.13%) Root Cause Analysis
10 6 (5.13%) Virtual Environments
11 5 (4.27%) Continuous Integration
11 5 (4.27%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 25 (21.37%) SQL
2 16 (13.68%) PowerShell
3 11 (9.40%) Python
4 8 (6.84%) Java
4 8 (6.84%) Shell Script
5 7 (5.98%) Bash Shell
6 5 (4.27%) C
6 5 (4.27%) JavaScript
6 5 (4.27%) VBScript
7 3 (2.56%) PHP
8 1 (0.85%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.85%) VB
Qualifications
1 16 (13.68%) Security Cleared
2 15 (12.82%) Degree
3 10 (8.55%) ITIL Certification
3 10 (8.55%) SC Cleared
4 8 (6.84%) Microsoft Certification
5 7 (5.98%) Citrix Certification
6 6 (5.13%) DV Cleared
7 5 (4.27%) MCITP
7 5 (4.27%) MCSA
7 5 (4.27%) MCSE
8 2 (1.71%) CCA
8 2 (1.71%) DBS Check
8 2 (1.71%) HND
8 2 (1.71%) MCP
8 2 (1.71%) MCTS
8 2 (1.71%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 1 (0.85%) CCNA
9 1 (0.85%) Cisco Certification
9 1 (0.85%) PMI Certification
9 1 (0.85%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (7.69%) Data Quality
2 8 (6.84%) SLA
3 3 (2.56%) PCI DSS
4 2 (1.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.85%) Cyber Essentials
System Software
1 57 (48.72%) VMware Infrastructure
2 45 (38.46%) Active Directory
3 32 (27.35%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 14 (11.97%) Virtual Machines
5 10 (8.55%) VMware ESXi
5 10 (8.55%) vSphere
6 8 (6.84%) Firmware
6 8 (6.84%) Hyper-V
6 8 (6.84%) NFS
7 5 (4.27%) Docker
7 5 (4.27%) VirtualBox
7 5 (4.27%) XenApp
7 5 (4.27%) XenDesktop
8 4 (3.42%) Citrix Hypervisor
8 4 (3.42%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (1.71%) BitLocker
9 2 (1.71%) Terminal Services
9 2 (1.71%) VMware NSX
10 1 (0.85%) Virtual Desktop
10 1 (0.85%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 22 (18.80%) SCCM
2 10 (8.55%) Nagios
3 7 (5.98%) vCenter Server
4 6 (5.13%) Ansible
5 5 (4.27%) Kubernetes
5 5 (4.27%) NetBackup
5 5 (4.27%) vRealize
5 5 (4.27%) ZABBIX
6 4 (3.42%) PowerCLI
6 4 (3.42%) Puppet
6 4 (3.42%) vRealize Orchestrator
7 3 (2.56%) Microsoft Intune
7 3 (2.56%) Nessus
7 3 (2.56%) Norton AntiVirus
7 3 (2.56%) SCOM
8 2 (1.71%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 2 (1.71%) Microsoft Clustering
8 2 (1.71%) Terraform
8 2 (1.71%) WSUS
9 1 (0.85%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 57 (48.72%) VMware
2 50 (42.74%) Microsoft
3 22 (18.80%) Oracle
4 17 (14.53%) ServiceNow
5 14 (11.97%) Citrix
6 11 (9.40%) HP
6 11 (9.40%) Veeam
7 8 (6.84%) IBM
7 8 (6.84%) McAfee
7 8 (6.84%) NetApp
8 7 (5.98%) Cisco
8 7 (5.98%) Dell
8 7 (5.98%) Red Hat
9 6 (5.13%) Informatica
9 6 (5.13%) Vertica
10 5 (4.27%) AppDynamics
10 5 (4.27%) Atlassian
10 5 (4.27%) CommVault
10 5 (4.27%) Coverity
10 5 (4.27%) SAP