Period
to 18 October 2017

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 18 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 Servers
UK
6 months to
18 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 669 650 611
Rank change year-on-year -19 -39 +101
Contract jobs citing Virtual Servers 192 241 287
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.19% 0.23% 0.25%
As % of the System Software category 1.58% 1.83% 2.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 113 161 165
UK median daily rate £375 £398 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.66% +20.45% -2.22%
10th Percentile £152 £150 £203
90th Percentile £521 £520 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £320
% change year-on-year - +17.19% -1.99%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 6 13
UK median hourly rate £26.08 £14.88 £20.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +75.33% -26.31% -12.24%
10th Percentile £14.59 £12.63 £12.75
90th Percentile £46.38 £20.75 £28.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.66 £14.75 £17.75
% change year-on-year +33.29% -16.90% +23.87%

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 12141 13159 11597
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.22% 12.35% 10.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 7811 8250 6511
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £351
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +14.12% +4.63%
10th Percentile £158 £175 £160
90th Percentile £600 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £360 £335
% change year-on-year +4.17% +7.46% +4.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 681 899 1267
UK median hourly rate £16.66 £16.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.13% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £10.40 £10.50 £10.13
90th Percentile £47.25 £41.00 £38.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £15.50 £15.63
% change year-on-year - -0.80% +4.17%

Virtual Servers
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Virtual Servers in the UK

Virtual Servers
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Virtual Servers.

Contractor daily rate trend for Virtual Servers in the UK

Virtual Servers
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Virtual Servers over the 6 months to 18 October 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Virtual Servers in the UK

Virtual Servers
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Virtual Servers.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Virtual Servers in the UK

Virtual Servers
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Virtual Servers over the 6 months to 18 October 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Virtual Servers in the UK

Virtual Servers
Top 16 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 18 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 -11 178 £375 -5.66% 32
UK excluding London 0 116 £375 - 22
London -17 76 £308 -31.59% 12
South East +2 36 £325 -18.75% 6
Midlands +39 25 £393 -1.88% 5
West Midlands +46 20 £385 -10.47% 3
North of England +46 18 £350 +12.90% 4
Yorkshire +29 12 £325 +27.45% 1
Scotland +22 12 £326 +183.04% 2
South West +7 12 £488 +77.27% 1
East of England -15 11 £400 -8.57% 4
East Midlands +2 5 £400 - 2
North West +18 4 £418 +30.47% 3
North East +58 2 £335 +4.69%
Wales 0 1 £450 -
Northern Ireland - 1 £325 -

For the 6 months to 18 October 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Virtual Servers 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 Servers.

1 97 (50.52%) Windows
2 82 (42.71%) VMware
2 82 (42.71%) VMware Infrastructure
3 77 (40.10%) Active Directory
4 64 (33.33%) Microsoft
5 50 (26.04%) Migration
6 49 (25.52%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 48 (25.00%) Citrix
8 47 (24.48%) Windows Server
9 43 (22.40%) Finance
9 43 (22.40%) Data Centre
10 42 (21.88%) Oracle
11 39 (20.31%) Firewall
12 38 (19.79%) Cisco
12 38 (19.79%) Windows Server 2012
13 37 (19.27%) SQL
14 36 (18.75%) Microsoft Certification
15 35 (18.23%) Linux
16 34 (17.71%) LAN
16 34 (17.71%) PowerShell
17 33 (17.19%) MCSE
18 30 (15.63%) Windows Server 2008
19 29 (15.10%) MS Exchange
20 27 (14.06%) DNS
20 27 (14.06%) Hyper-V
21 25 (13.02%) Microsoft Azure
21 25 (13.02%) SQL Server
21 25 (13.02%) Project Management
22 24 (12.50%) Internet
22 24 (12.50%) Microsoft Office

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 29 (15.10%) MS Exchange
2 24 (12.50%) SharePoint
3 16 (8.33%) IIS
4 14 (7.29%) IBM Notes
5 11 (5.73%) SharePoint 2013
6 10 (5.21%) Exchange Server 2010
7 9 (4.69%) Cloud Foundry
8 8 (4.17%) SharePoint 2010
8 8 (4.17%) SharePoint Server
8 8 (4.17%) Skype for Business
8 8 (4.17%) Tomcat
9 5 (2.60%) Apache Spark
9 5 (2.60%) Exchange Server 2013
10 3 (1.56%) Exchange Server 2003
10 3 (1.56%) Exchange Server 2007
11 2 (1.04%) Apache
11 2 (1.04%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 2 (1.04%) OpenStack
12 1 (0.52%) IBM Domino
12 1 (0.52%) SAS
Applications
1 24 (12.50%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.04%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.52%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 25 (13.02%) Microsoft Azure
2 20 (10.42%) Office 365
3 15 (7.81%) Amazon AWS
4 11 (5.73%) GitHub
4 11 (5.73%) IaaS
5 7 (3.65%) SaaS
6 4 (2.08%) IBM Cloud
6 4 (2.08%) PaaS
7 3 (1.56%) Yammer
8 2 (1.04%) Azure Active Directory
9 1 (0.52%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 1 (0.52%) AWS CloudFormation
9 1 (0.52%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 39 (20.31%) Firewall
2 34 (17.71%) LAN
3 27 (14.06%) DNS
4 24 (12.50%) Internet
5 23 (11.98%) TCP/IP
6 20 (10.42%) SAN
6 20 (10.42%) WAN
6 20 (10.42%) Wireless
7 18 (9.38%) NetScaler
8 15 (7.81%) DHCP
8 15 (7.81%) Ethernet
9 11 (5.73%) Intranet
10 10 (5.21%) VoIP
11 8 (4.17%) MPLS
11 8 (4.17%) Network Security
12 7 (3.65%) Skype
13 6 (3.13%) BIG-IP
14 5 (2.60%) Cisco ASA
14 5 (2.60%) IP Telephony
15 4 (2.08%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (13.02%) SQL Server
2 6 (3.13%) MySQL
2 6 (3.13%) SQL Server 2012
3 4 (2.08%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (1.04%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.52%) Big Data
5 1 (0.52%) MS Access
5 1 (0.52%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.52%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.52%) Oracle Database 10g
5 1 (0.52%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (0.52%) Oracle Database 12c
5 1 (0.52%) Oracle8/8i Database
5 1 (0.52%) Oracle9i Database
5 1 (0.52%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.52%) Redis
5 1 (0.52%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 17 (8.85%) Jenkins
2 9 (4.69%) Cucumber
2 9 (4.69%) Sonatype Nexus
3 8 (4.17%) Git (software)
3 8 (4.17%) Team Foundation Server
4 6 (3.13%) Selenium
5 5 (2.60%) gulp
5 5 (2.60%) Protractor
6 3 (1.56%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 1 (0.52%) JIRA
7 1 (0.52%) JMeter
7 1 (0.52%) MSI
7 1 (0.52%) Vagrant
General
1 43 (22.40%) Finance
2 10 (5.21%) Banking
3 8 (4.17%) Telecoms
4 5 (2.60%) Military
4 5 (2.60%) Retail
5 4 (2.08%) Back Office
6 3 (1.56%) Investment Banking
6 3 (1.56%) Law
7 2 (1.04%) French Language
7 2 (1.04%) Legal
7 2 (1.04%) Local Government
8 1 (0.52%) Advertising
8 1 (0.52%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.52%) Marketing
8 1 (0.52%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 22 (11.46%) Administrator
2 20 (10.42%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 16 (8.33%) Network Engineer
4 15 (7.81%) Project Manager
5 14 (7.29%) DevOps Engineer
6 12 (6.25%) Analyst
7 11 (5.73%) 3rd Line Support
7 11 (5.73%) Architect
7 11 (5.73%) Desktop Support
7 11 (5.73%) Infrastructure Manager
7 11 (5.73%) Support Engineer
7 11 (5.73%) Systems Engineer
8 9 (4.69%) 2nd Line Support
8 9 (4.69%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 9 (4.69%) Infrastructure Project Manager
9 8 (4.17%) Consultant
9 8 (4.17%) Infrastructure Architect
9 8 (4.17%) SharePoint Administrator
10 7 (3.65%) Citrix Architect
10 7 (3.65%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (5.21%) .NET
2 6 (3.13%) Node.js
3 5 (2.60%) AngularJS
3 5 (2.60%) Kafka
3 5 (2.60%) WireMock
4 4 (2.08%) 802.1X
5 3 (1.56%) Elastic Stack
5 3 (1.56%) Web Services
6 2 (1.04%) HTML
6 2 (1.04%) JSON
7 1 (0.52%) .NET Framework
7 1 (0.52%) COM
7 1 (0.52%) CSS
7 1 (0.52%) HTML5
7 1 (0.52%) LAMP
7 1 (0.52%) Mason
Miscellaneous
1 43 (22.40%) Data Centre
2 21 (10.94%) Blackberry
3 17 (8.85%) Management Information System
4 16 (8.33%) Client/Server
5 15 (7.81%) Analytical Skills
6 8 (4.17%) FlexPod
6 8 (4.17%) SWIFT
7 6 (3.13%) Computer Science
8 5 (2.60%) Replication
9 4 (2.08%) Linux Command Line
9 4 (2.08%) Private Cloud
10 3 (1.56%) Fat Client
10 3 (1.56%) NHS
10 3 (1.56%) Thin Client
11 2 (1.04%) Cloud Native
11 2 (1.04%) Clustering
11 2 (1.04%) CMDB
11 2 (1.04%) Driving Licence
11 2 (1.04%) EMC VNX
11 2 (1.04%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 97 (50.52%) Windows
2 47 (24.48%) Windows Server
3 38 (19.79%) Windows Server 2012
4 35 (18.23%) Linux
5 30 (15.63%) Windows Server 2008
6 23 (11.98%) Windows 7
7 18 (9.38%) Apple iOS
8 16 (8.33%) Windows 10
9 13 (6.77%) Windows 8
10 11 (5.73%) Unix
11 8 (4.17%) Windows Server 2003
12 3 (1.56%) Oracle Linux
12 3 (1.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 2 (1.04%) AIX
13 2 (1.04%) Android
13 2 (1.04%) Solaris
14 1 (0.52%) Debian
14 1 (0.52%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.52%) VMS
14 1 (0.52%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 50 (26.04%) Migration
2 25 (13.02%) Project Management
3 23 (11.98%) Change Management
4 20 (10.42%) DevOps
5 15 (7.81%) Time Management
5 15 (7.81%) Validation
6 14 (7.29%) ITIL
7 11 (5.73%) Network Design
8 10 (5.21%) Disaster Recovery
8 10 (5.21%) Infrastructure Management
8 10 (5.21%) Scrum
9 9 (4.69%) Capacity Planning
9 9 (4.69%) Release Management
10 8 (4.17%) Configuration Management
10 8 (4.17%) Load Balancing
10 8 (4.17%) Mentoring
11 7 (3.65%) Asset Management
11 7 (3.65%) Runbook
12 6 (3.13%) Information Security
12 6 (3.13%) Virtual Environments
Programming Languages
1 37 (19.27%) SQL
2 34 (17.71%) PowerShell
3 21 (10.94%) Java
4 6 (3.13%) JavaScript
5 5 (2.60%) C
6 4 (2.08%) Bash Shell
6 4 (2.08%) Perl
6 4 (2.08%) VBScript
7 2 (1.04%) Python
7 2 (1.04%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.52%) C#
8 1 (0.52%) PHP
8 1 (0.52%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.52%) Ruby
8 1 (0.52%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 36 (18.75%) Microsoft Certification
2 33 (17.19%) MCSE
3 23 (11.98%) Security Cleared
4 19 (9.90%) MCSA
4 19 (9.90%) SC Cleared
5 18 (9.38%) MCP
6 16 (8.33%) ACHDS
6 16 (8.33%) MCDST
6 16 (8.33%) MCSM
6 16 (8.33%) Network+ Certification
7 15 (7.81%) ACDT
7 15 (7.81%) ACTC
8 11 (5.73%) A+ Certification
8 11 (5.73%) CCNP
8 11 (5.73%) Cisco Certification
9 10 (5.21%) Degree
10 6 (3.13%) CCNA
11 4 (2.08%) CISSP
11 4 (2.08%) Computer Science Degree
11 4 (2.08%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (2.60%) PMO
1 5 (2.60%) QA
2 4 (2.08%) SLA
3 1 (0.52%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.52%) GDPR
3 1 (0.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 82 (42.71%) VMware Infrastructure
2 77 (40.10%) Active Directory
3 49 (25.52%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 27 (14.06%) Hyper-V
5 21 (10.94%) VMware ESXi
6 18 (9.38%) vSphere
7 14 (7.29%) XenDesktop
8 10 (5.21%) Docker
8 10 (5.21%) XenApp
9 6 (3.13%) Microsoft App-V
10 5 (2.60%) Virtual Machines
11 4 (2.08%) VMware Workstation
12 3 (1.56%) VMware Server
12 3 (1.56%) XenServer
13 2 (1.04%) NFS
13 2 (1.04%) Squid
13 2 (1.04%) Terminal Server
13 2 (1.04%) Terminal Services
14 1 (0.52%) DFS Replication
14 1 (0.52%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 18 (9.38%) Opscode Chef
1 18 (9.38%) Puppet
2 15 (7.81%) vCenter Server
3 11 (5.73%) SCOM
4 10 (5.21%) SCCM
5 9 (4.69%) Backup Exec
5 9 (4.69%) SCVMM
6 6 (3.13%) Norton AntiVirus
6 6 (3.13%) WSUS
7 5 (2.60%) Terraform
8 4 (2.08%) Ansible
8 4 (2.08%) BMC PATROL
8 4 (2.08%) Nagios
8 4 (2.08%) NetBackup
9 3 (1.56%) Control-M
9 3 (1.56%) Dollar Universe
9 3 (1.56%) HP SiteScope
9 3 (1.56%) Kubernetes
9 3 (1.56%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
9 3 (1.56%) Salt
Vendors
1 82 (42.71%) VMware
2 64 (33.33%) Microsoft
3 48 (25.00%) Citrix
4 42 (21.88%) Oracle
5 38 (19.79%) Cisco
6 19 (9.90%) NetApp
7 17 (8.85%) Apple
8 15 (7.81%) HP
9 14 (7.29%) CheckPoint
9 14 (7.29%) Lotus
10 10 (5.21%) F5
10 10 (5.21%) Symantec
11 8 (4.17%) EMC
11 8 (4.17%) Mitel
12 6 (3.13%) Avaya
13 5 (2.60%) 3PAR
13 5 (2.60%) McAfee
13 5 (2.60%) Veeam
14 4 (2.08%) Palo Alto
14 4 (2.08%) Sophos