Period
to 19 February 2018

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 19 February 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 Servers
UK
6 months to
19 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 702 654 642
Rank change year-on-year -48 -12 -2
Contract jobs citing Virtual Servers 167 176 257
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.17% 0.19% 0.24%
As % of the System Software category 1.30% 1.53% 2.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 87 114 154
UK median daily rate £370 £325 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.85% -13.33% -
10th Percentile £155 £138 £247
90th Percentile £575 £471 £504
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £315 £350
% change year-on-year +19.05% -10.00% +5.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 6 11
UK median hourly rate £45.25 £14.75 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +206.78% -41.00% +42.86%
10th Percentile £13.67 £11.25 £13.50
90th Percentile £67.73 £30.13 £33.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.00 £14.75 £16.35
% change year-on-year +198.31% -9.79% -6.57%

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 12,803 11,508 10,906
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.71% 12.18% 10.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,345 7,180 6,358
UK median daily rate £450 £405 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +8.00% +7.14%
10th Percentile £162 £163 £158
90th Percentile £625 £588 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £350 £340
% change year-on-year +10.71% +2.94% +1.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 703 834 1,112
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -2.57%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.29 £10.00
90th Percentile £46.00 £44.43 £40.23
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year - -3.23% +3.33%

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 19 February 2018.

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 19 February 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Virtual Servers in the UK

Virtual Servers
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 Servers within the UK over the 6 months to 19 February 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 -26 149 £365 +12.31% 51
UK excluding London -4 109 £375 +19.05% 44
London -46 57 £320 -4.48% 7
South East -6 30 £400 +14.29% 21
Midlands +2 26 £385 -0.65% 4
West Midlands +21 21 £385 +54.00% 2
North of England +33 19 £350 +22.81% 8
Scotland -16 14 £350 +13.90%
North West +13 11 £350 +19.66% 3
East of England -24 11 - - 6
South West +10 6 £426 +55.00% 5
Yorkshire +2 6 £350 +25.00% 5
Wales +2 3 £380 -15.56%
East Midlands -12 3 £488 +21.88% 2
North East +40 2 £169 -41.91%

For the 6 months to 19 February 2018, 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 74 (44.31%) Windows
1 74 (44.31%) VMware
1 74 (44.31%) VMware Infrastructure
2 54 (32.34%) Active Directory
3 42 (25.15%) Data Centre
4 40 (23.95%) Microsoft
4 40 (23.95%) Linux
4 40 (23.95%) PowerShell
5 38 (22.75%) Migration
6 36 (21.56%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 35 (20.96%) Windows Server
7 35 (20.96%) Microsoft Azure
7 35 (20.96%) DevOps
8 34 (20.36%) SQL
8 34 (20.36%) Firewall
9 32 (19.16%) Finance
10 31 (18.56%) Cisco
11 28 (16.77%) Oracle
11 28 (16.77%) IaaS
11 28 (16.77%) Hyper-V
12 27 (16.17%) Puppet
13 26 (15.57%) Opscode Chef
13 26 (15.57%) Citrix
14 24 (14.37%) PaaS
15 21 (12.57%) Windows Server 2012
15 21 (12.57%) SAN
15 21 (12.57%) VPN
16 20 (11.98%) SCCM
16 20 (11.98%) Jenkins
17 19 (11.38%) Amazon AWS

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 18 (10.78%) MS Exchange
2 14 (8.38%) IIS
3 13 (7.78%) SharePoint
4 11 (6.59%) Cloud Foundry
5 10 (5.99%) Apache Spark
6 5 (2.99%) Exchange Server 2013
7 4 (2.40%) Apache
7 4 (2.40%) Exchange Server 2010
7 4 (2.40%) IBM Notes
7 4 (2.40%) OpenStack
8 3 (1.80%) Elasticsearch
8 3 (1.80%) SharePoint 2010
8 3 (1.80%) SharePoint 2013
8 3 (1.80%) SharePoint Server
9 2 (1.20%) Confluence
10 1 (0.60%) Tomcat
Applications
1 14 (8.38%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (2.99%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (2.40%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (2.40%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.60%) OPENHousing
Cloud Services
1 35 (20.96%) Microsoft Azure
2 28 (16.77%) IaaS
3 24 (14.37%) PaaS
4 19 (11.38%) Amazon AWS
5 15 (8.98%) SaaS
6 11 (6.59%) GitHub
6 11 (6.59%) Office 365
7 7 (4.19%) Cloud Computing
7 7 (4.19%) npm
8 5 (2.99%) Azure Active Directory
9 4 (2.40%) Dynamics 365
10 1 (0.60%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 34 (20.36%) Firewall
2 21 (12.57%) SAN
2 21 (12.57%) VPN
3 19 (11.38%) LAN
4 15 (8.98%) Internet
5 13 (7.78%) DNS
5 13 (7.78%) Wireless
6 10 (5.99%) Cisco ASA
6 10 (5.99%) TCP/IP
7 9 (5.39%) DHCP
7 9 (5.39%) WAN
8 8 (4.79%) Ethernet
8 8 (4.79%) Intranet
9 7 (4.19%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
9 7 (4.19%) Network Security
10 6 (3.59%) Cisco Nexus
10 6 (3.59%) OSPF
10 6 (3.59%) tcpdump
10 6 (3.59%) VLAN
10 6 (3.59%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (7.78%) SQL Server
2 10 (5.99%) Relational Database
3 7 (4.19%) MySQL
4 6 (3.59%) Big Data
4 6 (3.59%) SQL Server 2012
5 4 (2.40%) NoSQL
6 3 (1.80%) Redis
6 3 (1.80%) SQL Server 2005
6 3 (1.80%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (0.60%) Azure SQL Database
7 1 (0.60%) Cosmos DB
7 1 (0.60%) Data Lake
7 1 (0.60%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.60%) Electronic Patient Records
7 1 (0.60%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 20 (11.98%) Jenkins
2 13 (7.78%) Selenium
3 11 (6.59%) Cucumber
3 11 (6.59%) Sonatype Nexus
3 11 (6.59%) Visual Studio
4 10 (5.99%) Git (software)
4 10 (5.99%) gulp
4 10 (5.99%) Protractor
4 10 (5.99%) Team Foundation Server
5 7 (4.19%) Bower
5 7 (4.19%) NuGet
5 7 (4.19%) Visual Studio Team System
6 6 (3.59%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 3 (1.80%) JMeter
8 2 (1.20%) JIRA
9 1 (0.60%) MSI
9 1 (0.60%) Vagrant
General
1 32 (19.16%) Finance
2 8 (4.79%) Banking
3 5 (2.99%) Law
4 3 (1.80%) Investment Banking
5 2 (1.20%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.60%) Advertising
6 1 (0.60%) Back Office
6 1 (0.60%) French Language
6 1 (0.60%) Legal
6 1 (0.60%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 21 (12.57%) DevOps Engineer
2 17 (10.18%) Administrator
3 15 (8.98%) Architect
3 15 (8.98%) Network Engineer
4 14 (8.38%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 10 (5.99%) Analyst
5 10 (5.99%) Consultant
5 10 (5.99%) Development Engineer
6 9 (5.39%) Azure Architect
6 9 (5.39%) Senior DevOps
7 8 (4.79%) Desktop Support
7 8 (4.79%) Technical Engineer
8 7 (4.19%) Senior DevOps Engineer
8 7 (4.19%) Support Engineer
8 7 (4.19%) Systems Administrator
9 6 (3.59%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 6 (3.59%) Network Security Engineer
9 6 (3.59%) Platform Engineer
9 6 (3.59%) Senior Platform Engineer
9 6 (3.59%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (7.78%) .NET
1 13 (7.78%) Node.js
2 10 (5.99%) AngularJS
2 10 (5.99%) Kafka
2 10 (5.99%) WireMock
3 9 (5.39%) JSON
4 8 (4.79%) Web Services
5 7 (4.19%) .NET Framework
6 3 (1.80%) Elastic Stack
6 3 (1.80%) jQuery
6 3 (1.80%) LINQ
7 2 (1.20%) Middleware
8 1 (0.60%) Core Data
8 1 (0.60%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 42 (25.15%) Data Centre
2 15 (8.98%) Management Information System
3 11 (6.59%) Analytical Skills
4 9 (5.39%) Blackberry
5 8 (4.79%) Client/Server
5 8 (4.79%) SWIFT
6 6 (3.59%) Hybrid Cloud
7 5 (2.99%) Fat Client
7 5 (2.99%) Thin Client
8 4 (2.40%) Cloud Native
8 4 (2.40%) NHS
9 3 (1.80%) Computer Science
9 3 (1.80%) Enterprise Software
10 2 (1.20%) CMDB
10 2 (1.20%) Private Cloud
10 2 (1.20%) Public Cloud
11 1 (0.60%) Clustering
11 1 (0.60%) PACS
11 1 (0.60%) Replication
11 1 (0.60%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 74 (44.31%) Windows
2 40 (23.95%) Linux
3 35 (20.96%) Windows Server
4 21 (12.57%) Windows Server 2012
5 18 (10.78%) Windows 7
6 14 (8.38%) Windows Server 2008
7 10 (5.99%) Apple iOS
8 8 (4.79%) Unix
8 8 (4.79%) Windows Server 2003
9 6 (3.59%) Windows 10
10 5 (2.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 4 (2.40%) Debian
11 4 (2.40%) Windows XP
12 3 (1.80%) Solaris
13 2 (1.20%) VMS
14 1 (0.60%) AIX
14 1 (0.60%) Android
14 1 (0.60%) Data ONTAP
14 1 (0.60%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.60%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (22.75%) Migration
2 35 (20.96%) DevOps
3 17 (10.18%) Continuous Delivery
3 17 (10.18%) Continuous Integration
4 15 (8.98%) Software Engineering
5 12 (7.19%) Disaster Recovery
5 12 (7.19%) Information Security
5 12 (7.19%) Scrum
6 11 (6.59%) Configuration Management
6 11 (6.59%) Test Automation
7 10 (5.99%) Change Management
7 10 (5.99%) Manual Testing
7 10 (5.99%) Server Building
8 9 (5.39%) Network Design
9 8 (4.79%) Agile Software Development
9 8 (4.79%) ITIL
9 8 (4.79%) SDLC
9 8 (4.79%) Time Management
9 8 (4.79%) Validation
10 7 (4.19%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 40 (23.95%) PowerShell
2 34 (20.36%) SQL
3 17 (10.18%) Java
4 10 (5.99%) JavaScript
5 6 (3.59%) Bash Shell
5 6 (3.59%) VB
6 4 (2.40%) Python
6 4 (2.40%) VBScript
7 3 (1.80%) C
7 3 (1.80%) C#
7 3 (1.80%) Perl
7 3 (1.80%) PHP
7 3 (1.80%) Ruby
8 1 (0.60%) Korn
8 1 (0.60%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 19 (11.38%) Security Cleared
2 16 (9.58%) Microsoft Certification
3 15 (8.98%) SC Cleared
4 13 (7.78%) MCSE
5 11 (6.59%) Cisco Certification
5 11 (6.59%) MCSA
6 9 (5.39%) ACHDS
6 9 (5.39%) Degree
6 9 (5.39%) MCDST
6 9 (5.39%) MCP
6 9 (5.39%) MCSM
6 9 (5.39%) Network+ Certification
7 8 (4.79%) ACDT
7 8 (4.79%) ACTC
8 7 (4.19%) CCNP
9 4 (2.40%) A+ Certification
10 3 (1.80%) CCNA
10 3 (1.80%) Computer Science Degree
11 2 (1.20%) BPSS Clearance
11 2 (1.20%) CCIE Data Center
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (2.40%) SLA
2 3 (1.80%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (1.20%) GDPR
3 2 (1.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 74 (44.31%) VMware Infrastructure
2 54 (32.34%) Active Directory
3 36 (21.56%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 28 (16.77%) Hyper-V
5 12 (7.19%) Docker
6 11 (6.59%) VMware ESXi
7 10 (5.99%) vSphere
8 6 (3.59%) XenApp
9 4 (2.40%) Microsoft App-V
10 3 (1.80%) Virtual Machines
10 3 (1.80%) XenDesktop
11 1 (0.60%) NFS
11 1 (0.60%) Oracle RAC
11 1 (0.60%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 27 (16.17%) Puppet
2 26 (15.57%) Opscode Chef
3 20 (11.98%) SCCM
4 10 (5.99%) WSUS
5 9 (5.39%) vCenter Server
6 6 (3.59%) Backup Exec
6 6 (3.59%) SCOM
6 6 (3.59%) Terraform
7 5 (2.99%) Ansible
7 5 (2.99%) Kubernetes
7 5 (2.99%) Nagios
8 4 (2.40%) vMotion
9 3 (1.80%) FortiGate
9 3 (1.80%) HP SiteScope
9 3 (1.80%) Norton AntiVirus
9 3 (1.80%) Salt
10 2 (1.20%) EMC NetWorker
10 2 (1.20%) PowerCLI
11 1 (0.60%) EdgeSight
11 1 (0.60%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 74 (44.31%) VMware
2 40 (23.95%) Microsoft
3 31 (18.56%) Cisco
4 28 (16.77%) Oracle
5 26 (15.57%) Citrix
6 13 (7.78%) F5
7 12 (7.19%) CheckPoint
7 12 (7.19%) HP
8 9 (5.39%) Apple
8 9 (5.39%) Symantec
9 8 (4.79%) Red Hat
10 4 (2.40%) Dell
10 4 (2.40%) Lotus
10 4 (2.40%) Reuters
11 3 (1.80%) EMC
11 3 (1.80%) Forcepoint
11 3 (1.80%) McAfee
11 3 (1.80%) NetApp
11 3 (1.80%) Remedy
11 3 (1.80%) Sophos