Period
to 25 February 2020

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 25 February 2020 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
25 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 588 716 729
Rank change year-on-year +128 +13 -35
Contract jobs citing Virtual Servers 138 185 153
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.20% 0.19% 0.15%
As % of the System Software category 1.30% 1.23% 1.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 91 128 78
UK median daily rate £375 £375 £375
10th Percentile £203 £143 £202
90th Percentile £556 £538 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £373
% change year-on-year - +0.67% +18.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 11 11
UK median hourly rate £27.00 £20.33 £46.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +32.84% -56.29% +215.25%
10th Percentile £21.00 £12.25 £13.50
90th Percentile £191.50 £44.75 £70.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £100.50 £26.00 £44.00
% change year-on-year +286.54% -40.91% +198.31%

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 10,609 15,096 12,697
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.54% 15.36% 12.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,943 9,929 8,296
UK median daily rate £450 £473 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.86% +5.11% +11.11%
10th Percentile £163 £175 £163
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £388
% change year-on-year - +9.68% +10.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 611 761 692
UK median hourly rate £17.25 £16.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.81% - -
10th Percentile £11.42 £10.58 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.09 £46.23
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £15.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year +6.45% +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 25 February 2020.

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 25 February 2020.

Contractor 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 25 February 2020. 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 +112 115 £375 - 85
UK excluding London +64 99 £375 - 66
London +138 33 £400 -13.51% 23
South East +67 29 £485 +29.33% 12
South West +21 22 £300 -20.00% 9
Midlands +41 14 £290 -10.69% 18
North of England +57 13 £185 -47.89% 13
Scotland +6 13 £538 +65.38% 3
West Midlands +57 9 £339 +17.83% 12
North West +26 7 £350 +6.06% 6
Yorkshire +44 6 £169 -56.17% 6
East Midlands +30 5 £278 -14.54% 6
Wales +26 4 £500 -20.32% 1
East of England +14 4 £350 +40.00% 10

For the 6 months to 25 February 2020, 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 93 (67.39%) Windows
2 75 (54.35%) Windows Server
3 73 (52.90%) VMware
3 73 (52.90%) VMware Infrastructure
4 69 (50.00%) Active Directory
5 52 (37.68%) Microsoft
6 43 (31.16%) Windows Server 2012
7 41 (29.71%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 39 (28.26%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 31 (22.46%) Windows 7
10 29 (21.01%) DNS
10 29 (21.01%) Migration
11 27 (19.57%) Cisco
11 27 (19.57%) SQL
12 26 (18.84%) Linux
12 26 (18.84%) DHCP
12 26 (18.84%) SAN
12 26 (18.84%) Azure
12 26 (18.84%) SCCM
12 26 (18.84%) Windows 10
13 24 (17.39%) Office 365
13 24 (17.39%) AWS
13 24 (17.39%) Security Cleared
14 23 (16.67%) SQL Server
15 22 (15.94%) Windows Server 2008
15 22 (15.94%) Data Centre
16 20 (14.49%) Citrix
17 19 (13.77%) LAN
18 18 (13.04%) SharePoint
18 18 (13.04%) Service Management

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 (13.04%) SharePoint
2 14 (10.14%) MS Exchange
3 8 (5.80%) IIS
3 8 (5.80%) Skype for Business
4 7 (5.07%) Apache Spark
4 7 (5.07%) Jupyter
4 7 (5.07%) SAS
5 6 (4.35%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (0.72%) Apache
6 1 (0.72%) CMS
6 1 (0.72%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 10 (7.25%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (2.17%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.72%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.72%) Carpe Diem
1 1 (0.72%) Elite 3E
1 1 (0.72%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (0.72%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 26 (18.84%) Azure
2 24 (17.39%) AWS
2 24 (17.39%) Office 365
3 9 (6.52%) PaaS
4 7 (5.07%) IaaS
5 6 (4.35%) G Suite
6 3 (2.17%) SaaS
7 2 (1.45%) GCP
7 2 (1.45%) GitHub
8 1 (0.72%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 1 (0.72%) Mimecast
8 1 (0.72%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 29 (21.01%) DNS
2 26 (18.84%) DHCP
2 26 (18.84%) SAN
3 19 (13.77%) LAN
4 17 (12.32%) TCP/IP
4 17 (12.32%) WAN
5 13 (9.42%) Firewall
6 10 (7.25%) VPN
7 9 (6.52%) Skype
8 4 (2.90%) Wi-Fi
9 3 (2.17%) Internet
9 3 (2.17%) NetScaler
10 2 (1.45%) SMTP
11 1 (0.72%) Cisco ISE
11 1 (0.72%) DSL
11 1 (0.72%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
11 1 (0.72%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
11 1 (0.72%) Remote Desktop
11 1 (0.72%) SMS
11 1 (0.72%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (16.67%) SQL Server
2 7 (5.07%) Apache Hive
2 7 (5.07%) Apache Zeppelin
2 7 (5.07%) Big Data
2 7 (5.07%) Data Lake
2 7 (5.07%) Hadoop
2 7 (5.07%) Impala
2 7 (5.07%) Relational Database
3 5 (3.62%) SQL Server 2016
4 3 (2.17%) MySQL
4 3 (2.17%) Oracle Database
4 3 (2.17%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.72%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 5 (3.62%) Git (software)
1 5 (3.62%) Jenkins
2 3 (2.17%) MSI
3 2 (1.45%) Hudson
4 1 (0.72%) ClearCase
4 1 (0.72%) Gradle
4 1 (0.72%) PVCS
4 1 (0.72%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 14 (10.14%) Public Sector
2 12 (8.70%) Finance
3 5 (3.62%) Mandarin Language
3 5 (3.62%) Telecoms
4 4 (2.90%) Banking
5 2 (1.45%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.72%) Electronics
6 1 (0.72%) Law
6 1 (0.72%) Legal
6 1 (0.72%) Marketing
6 1 (0.72%) Military
Job Titles
1 36 (26.09%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 21 (15.22%) Support Engineer
3 12 (8.70%) 3rd Line Engineer
3 12 (8.70%) 3rd Line Support
3 12 (8.70%) Architect
3 12 (8.70%) IT Engineer
3 12 (8.70%) Server Engineer
4 11 (7.97%) IT Support
5 9 (6.52%) Platform Engineer
6 8 (5.80%) Administrator
6 8 (5.80%) Windows Engineer
7 7 (5.07%) 2nd Line Support
7 7 (5.07%) Active Directory Engineer
7 7 (5.07%) IT Support Engineer
7 7 (5.07%) Solutions Architect
7 7 (5.07%) Wintel Engineer
8 6 (4.35%) Analyst
8 6 (4.35%) Infrastructure Support
8 6 (4.35%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
8 6 (4.35%) Windows Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (7.97%) 802.1X
2 7 (5.07%) Apache NiFi
2 7 (5.07%) Kafka
2 7 (5.07%) Web Services
3 1 (0.72%) .NET
3 1 (0.72%) LAMP
3 1 (0.72%) LDAP
3 1 (0.72%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 22 (15.94%) Data Centre
2 11 (7.97%) PKI
3 8 (5.80%) VxBlock/Vblock
4 6 (4.35%) Management Information System
4 6 (4.35%) Private Cloud
5 5 (3.62%) Video Conferencing
6 4 (2.90%) Hedge funds
7 1 (0.72%) Analytical Skills
7 1 (0.72%) CCTV
7 1 (0.72%) CMDB
7 1 (0.72%) DataPower
7 1 (0.72%) Driving Licence
7 1 (0.72%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.72%) Enterprise Storage
7 1 (0.72%) Hybrid Cloud
7 1 (0.72%) iPad
7 1 (0.72%) Mobile Banking
7 1 (0.72%) Public Cloud
7 1 (0.72%) Self-Motivation
7 1 (0.72%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 93 (67.39%) Windows
2 75 (54.35%) Windows Server
3 43 (31.16%) Windows Server 2012
4 31 (22.46%) Windows 7
5 26 (18.84%) Linux
5 26 (18.84%) Windows 10
6 22 (15.94%) Windows Server 2008
7 16 (11.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 14 (10.14%) VMS
9 12 (8.70%) Windows 8
10 8 (5.80%) CentOS
11 5 (3.62%) Mac OS
11 5 (3.62%) Unix
12 4 (2.90%) Solaris
13 2 (1.45%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (28.26%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 29 (21.01%) Migration
3 18 (13.04%) Service Management
4 17 (12.32%) ITSM
5 16 (11.59%) Break/Fix
6 14 (10.14%) ITIL
6 14 (10.14%) Network Virtualisation
7 12 (8.70%) DevOps
7 12 (8.70%) Infrastructure Management
7 12 (8.70%) Proactive Maintenance
8 11 (7.97%) Agile Software Development
8 11 (7.97%) Server Building
9 10 (7.25%) Coaching
9 10 (7.25%) Configuration Management
9 10 (7.25%) Server Management
10 8 (5.80%) Disaster Recovery
10 8 (5.80%) Information Security
10 8 (5.80%) Mentoring
11 7 (5.07%) Data Security
11 7 (5.07%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 27 (19.57%) SQL
2 18 (13.04%) PowerShell
3 6 (4.35%) Bash Shell
3 6 (4.35%) Python
4 5 (3.62%) VBScript
5 4 (2.90%) Perl
6 1 (0.72%) C
6 1 (0.72%) Dart
6 1 (0.72%) Groovy
6 1 (0.72%) Java
6 1 (0.72%) Korn
6 1 (0.72%) PHP
6 1 (0.72%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 24 (17.39%) Security Cleared
2 14 (10.14%) DV Cleared
3 12 (8.70%) DBS Check
4 8 (5.80%) CCNA
4 8 (5.80%) CCNP
4 8 (5.80%) Cisco Certification
4 8 (5.80%) SC Cleared
5 4 (2.90%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 3 (2.17%) Degree
6 3 (2.17%) Microsoft Certification
6 3 (2.17%) VCAP
7 2 (1.45%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (1.45%) MCSA
7 2 (1.45%) MCSE
8 1 (0.72%) A+ Certification
8 1 (0.72%) CEH
8 1 (0.72%) CISSP
8 1 (0.72%) Citrix Certification
8 1 (0.72%) MCITP
8 1 (0.72%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (7.97%) SLA
2 2 (1.45%) PMO
3 1 (0.72%) Cyber Essentials
3 1 (0.72%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
3 1 (0.72%) GxP
3 1 (0.72%) QA
System Software
1 73 (52.90%) VMware Infrastructure
2 69 (50.00%) Active Directory
3 41 (29.71%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 14 (10.14%) Virtual Machines
5 13 (9.42%) Hyper-V
6 12 (8.70%) VMware ESXi
6 12 (8.70%) XenApp
6 12 (8.70%) XenDesktop
7 9 (6.52%) Virtual Desktop
8 5 (3.62%) VMware NSX
9 4 (2.90%) EMC RecoverPoint
10 3 (2.17%) vSphere
11 2 (1.45%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 2 (1.45%) Firmware
11 2 (1.45%) Terminal Services
11 2 (1.45%) VMware Server
12 1 (0.72%) Docker
12 1 (0.72%) Terminal Server
12 1 (0.72%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 26 (18.84%) SCCM
2 12 (8.70%) WSUS
3 7 (5.07%) Avamar
3 7 (5.07%) Oozie
4 6 (4.35%) Norton AntiVirus
5 5 (3.62%) Ansible
5 5 (3.62%) EMC NetWorker
5 5 (3.62%) Jamf Pro
5 5 (3.62%) SCOM
5 5 (3.62%) vCenter Server
6 4 (2.90%) Kubernetes
6 4 (2.90%) Nessus
6 4 (2.90%) NetBackup
6 4 (2.90%) Opscode Chef
6 4 (2.90%) PowerCLI
6 4 (2.90%) Puppet
7 3 (2.17%) McAfee ePO
7 3 (2.17%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 3 (2.17%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 2 (1.45%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 73 (52.90%) VMware
2 52 (37.68%) Microsoft
3 27 (19.57%) Cisco
4 20 (14.49%) Citrix
5 16 (11.59%) EMC
6 15 (10.87%) Oracle
7 13 (9.42%) Dell
8 7 (5.07%) Cloudera
8 7 (5.07%) Hortonworks
8 7 (5.07%) StreamSets
9 6 (4.35%) Juniper
9 6 (4.35%) Symantec
10 5 (3.62%) CA
10 5 (3.62%) Clearswift
10 5 (3.62%) Veeam
11 4 (2.90%) Apple
11 4 (2.90%) HP
11 4 (2.90%) McAfee
11 4 (2.90%) Okta
12 3 (2.17%) IBM