Period
to 15 July 2019

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 15 July 2019 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
15 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 680 736 722
Rank change year-on-year +56 -14 -49
Contract jobs citing Virtual Servers 179 155 151
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.19% 0.15% 0.16%
As % of the System Software category 1.24% 1.07% 1.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 136 102 109
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +14.29% -12.50%
10th Percentile £231 £250 £177
90th Percentile £650 £562 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £400 £338
% change year-on-year -2.50% +18.52% -11.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 6 7
UK median hourly rate £20.33 £17.75 £19.66
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.51% -9.72% +3.47%
10th Percentile £17.66 £12.50 £13.20
90th Percentile £22.99 £30.75 £25.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £16.50 £19.66
% change year-on-year - -16.07% +3.47%

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 14,473 14,442 10,872
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.56% 13.92% 11.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,608 9,373 6,931
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £180 £185 £163
90th Percentile £638 £625 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 624 860 683
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +1.59%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £45.27 £46.98
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.93 £15.70 £15.00
% change year-on-year +1.46% +4.67% -6.25%

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 15 July 2019.

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
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 15 July 2019. 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
UK excluding London +62 135 £390 -2.50% 93
England +8 132 £355 -11.25% 106
South East +36 44 £360 -18.18% 19
London +52 39 £475 +5.56% 21
Wales - 29 £628 - 6
North of England +17 17 £325 -17.72% 27
North West +16 15 £330 -14.12% 10
Midlands +15 15 £280 -20.00% 23
Scotland +30 11 £363 +11.54% 2
East of England +20 10 £275 -31.25% 4
West Midlands +12 9 £250 -28.57% 17
South West -38 7 £250 -33.55% 12
East Midlands +18 6 £365 +4.29% 6
Channel Islands - 2 £400 -
Yorkshire +16 1 £150 -62.50% 14
North East - 1 - - 3

For the 6 months to 15 July 2019, 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.

1 113 (63.13%) Windows
2 100 (55.87%) VMware
2 100 (55.87%) VMware Infrastructure
3 54 (30.17%) Active Directory
4 51 (28.49%) Linux
5 46 (25.70%) Microsoft
5 46 (25.70%) Migration
5 46 (25.70%) Windows Server
6 40 (22.35%) Security Cleared
7 39 (21.79%) SAN
8 38 (21.23%) SC Cleared
8 38 (21.23%) Microsoft Azure
8 38 (21.23%) Data Centre
9 37 (20.67%) ITIL
9 37 (20.67%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 34 (18.99%) Windows Server 2012
10 34 (18.99%) Docker
11 30 (16.76%) Kubernetes
12 29 (16.20%) SCCM
13 28 (15.64%) PowerShell
14 26 (14.53%) Hyper-V
14 26 (14.53%) DevOps
14 26 (14.53%) Firewall
14 26 (14.53%) Change Management
15 25 (13.97%) SQL Server
15 25 (13.97%) Virtual Machines
16 24 (13.41%) DNS
16 24 (13.41%) TOGAF
17 22 (12.29%) Dell
18 21 (11.73%) 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 12 (6.70%) MS Exchange
2 9 (5.03%) SharePoint
2 9 (5.03%) Skype for Business
3 7 (3.91%) IIS
4 3 (1.68%) Cloud Foundry
4 3 (1.68%) Tomcat
5 2 (1.12%) Apache
5 2 (1.12%) Exchange Server 2013
5 2 (1.12%) JBoss
5 2 (1.12%) SharePoint 2010
5 2 (1.12%) SharePoint Server
5 2 (1.12%) WebLogic
6 1 (0.56%) Apache Spark
6 1 (0.56%) Confluence
6 1 (0.56%) Oracle 10gAS
6 1 (0.56%) Oracle Application Server
Applications
1 8 (4.47%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.56%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.56%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.56%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 38 (21.23%) Microsoft Azure
2 20 (11.17%) Office 365
3 17 (9.50%) Amazon AWS
4 7 (3.91%) IaaS
5 6 (3.35%) NuGet
6 5 (2.79%) Cloud Computing
7 4 (2.23%) GitHub
7 4 (2.23%) Google Cloud Platform
7 4 (2.23%) OpenShift
7 4 (2.23%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 1 (0.56%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.56%) Amazon ELB
8 1 (0.56%) Amazon EMR
8 1 (0.56%) Amazon Kinesis
8 1 (0.56%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.56%) Apigee
8 1 (0.56%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.56%) OneDrive
8 1 (0.56%) PaaS
8 1 (0.56%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 39 (21.79%) SAN
2 26 (14.53%) Firewall
3 24 (13.41%) DNS
4 17 (9.50%) DHCP
5 14 (7.82%) LAN
6 12 (6.70%) WAN
7 11 (6.15%) TCP/IP
8 10 (5.59%) Wireless
9 8 (4.47%) Network Security
10 6 (3.35%) Fibre Channel
10 6 (3.35%) NAS
10 6 (3.35%) Skype
10 6 (3.35%) VLAN
11 5 (2.79%) Internet
11 5 (2.79%) MPLS
12 4 (2.23%) iSCSI
13 3 (1.68%) DSL
13 3 (1.68%) Ethernet
13 3 (1.68%) VPN
14 2 (1.12%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (13.97%) SQL Server
2 6 (3.35%) Oracle Database
3 5 (2.79%) NoSQL
4 3 (1.68%) MongoDB
4 3 (1.68%) MySQL
5 2 (1.12%) PostgreSQL
5 2 (1.12%) SQL Server 2005
5 2 (1.12%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.56%) Amazon RDS
6 1 (0.56%) Big Data
6 1 (0.56%) DB2
6 1 (0.56%) GIS
6 1 (0.56%) Hadoop
6 1 (0.56%) Oracle Database 11g
6 1 (0.56%) Oracle Database 12c
6 1 (0.56%) Oracle8/8i Database
6 1 (0.56%) Oracle9i Database
6 1 (0.56%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.56%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (0.56%) UniData
Development Applications
1 6 (3.35%) JIRA
1 6 (3.35%) MSI
2 4 (2.23%) Git (software)
2 4 (2.23%) Jenkins
3 3 (1.68%) Gradle
3 3 (1.68%) Sonatype Nexus
4 2 (1.12%) Subversion
4 2 (1.12%) TortoiseSVN
5 1 (0.56%) Bower
5 1 (0.56%) Cucumber
5 1 (0.56%) gulp
5 1 (0.56%) Protractor
5 1 (0.56%) Selenium
5 1 (0.56%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.56%) Vagrant
5 1 (0.56%) Visual Studio
5 1 (0.56%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 16 (8.94%) Finance
2 5 (2.79%) Telecoms
3 4 (2.23%) Retail
4 2 (1.12%) Advertising
4 2 (1.12%) Banking
5 1 (0.56%) Back Office
5 1 (0.56%) Electronics
5 1 (0.56%) French Language
5 1 (0.56%) Law
5 1 (0.56%) Legal
5 1 (0.56%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.56%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 26 (14.53%) Architect
2 22 (12.29%) Solutions Architect
3 16 (8.94%) IT Support
4 14 (7.82%) Administrator
4 14 (7.82%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 11 (6.15%) DevOps Engineer
5 11 (6.15%) Support Engineer
6 10 (5.59%) 2nd Line Support
6 10 (5.59%) Analyst
7 9 (5.03%) Azure Engineer
7 9 (5.03%) VMware Engineer
7 9 (5.03%) Windows Engineer
8 8 (4.47%) 3rd Line Support
8 8 (4.47%) Infrastructure Support
8 8 (4.47%) IT Engineer
9 7 (3.91%) Consultant
9 7 (3.91%) Environment Manager
9 7 (3.91%) Infrastructure Solutions Architect
9 7 (3.91%) Unix Administrator
9 7 (3.91%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (10.06%) Web Services
2 6 (3.35%) Kafka
3 5 (2.79%) Drools
4 2 (1.12%) Middleware
4 2 (1.12%) Node.js
4 2 (1.12%) Software Packaging
4 2 (1.12%) XML
5 1 (0.56%) .NET
5 1 (0.56%) .NET Framework
5 1 (0.56%) AngularJS
5 1 (0.56%) Apache NiFi
5 1 (0.56%) Express
5 1 (0.56%) LDAP
5 1 (0.56%) Play Framework
5 1 (0.56%) Sass
5 1 (0.56%) WireMock
Miscellaneous
1 38 (21.23%) Data Centre
2 14 (7.82%) Clustering
3 7 (3.91%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (3.35%) Public Cloud
5 5 (2.79%) Management Information System
6 4 (2.23%) Private Cloud
6 4 (2.23%) Replication
7 3 (1.68%) Client/Server
7 3 (1.68%) Enterprise Software
7 3 (1.68%) Hybrid Cloud
7 3 (1.68%) VxBlock/Vblock
8 2 (1.12%) Device Driver
8 2 (1.12%) EPoS
8 2 (1.12%) Linux Command Line
8 2 (1.12%) Mobile App
9 1 (0.56%) CMDB
9 1 (0.56%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 1 (0.56%) Driving Licence
9 1 (0.56%) EMC VNX
9 1 (0.56%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 113 (63.13%) Windows
2 51 (28.49%) Linux
3 46 (25.70%) Windows Server
4 34 (18.99%) Windows Server 2012
5 18 (10.06%) Windows 10
6 16 (8.94%) Unix
7 14 (7.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 13 (7.26%) Windows Server 2008
9 10 (5.59%) AIX
9 10 (5.59%) Solaris
9 10 (5.59%) Windows 7
10 3 (1.68%) Android
11 2 (1.12%) VMS
11 2 (1.12%) Windows Mobile
12 1 (0.56%) Apple iOS
12 1 (0.56%) HPUX
12 1 (0.56%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.56%) Ubuntu
12 1 (0.56%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.56%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (25.70%) Migration
2 37 (20.67%) ITIL
3 26 (14.53%) Change Management
3 26 (14.53%) DevOps
4 24 (13.41%) TOGAF
5 21 (11.73%) Enterprise Architecture
5 21 (11.73%) Service Management
6 17 (9.50%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 15 (8.38%) IT Strategy
8 14 (7.82%) Business Transformation
9 13 (7.26%) Server Building
10 12 (6.70%) Agile Software Development
10 12 (6.70%) Test Automation
11 11 (6.15%) Disaster Recovery
11 11 (6.15%) Stakeholder Management
12 9 (5.03%) Cybersecurity
13 8 (4.47%) Continuous Integration
13 8 (4.47%) Project Management
13 8 (4.47%) Service Delivery
14 7 (3.91%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 28 (15.64%) PowerShell
2 21 (11.73%) SQL
3 7 (3.91%) Python
4 6 (3.35%) Bash Shell
5 4 (2.23%) VBScript
6 3 (1.68%) Groovy
6 3 (1.68%) Korn
7 2 (1.12%) Perl
7 2 (1.12%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.56%) C
8 1 (0.56%) ES6
8 1 (0.56%) Go
8 1 (0.56%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.56%) PHP
8 1 (0.56%) PHP 7
8 1 (0.56%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 40 (22.35%) Security Cleared
2 38 (21.23%) SC Cleared
3 15 (8.38%) Microsoft Certification
4 12 (6.70%) MCSA
5 8 (4.47%) IBM Certification
6 7 (3.91%) MCSE
7 6 (3.35%) CCNA
7 6 (3.35%) Cisco Certification
7 6 (3.35%) Degree
8 5 (2.79%) DBS Check
9 4 (2.23%) MCP
10 3 (1.68%) DV Cleared
11 2 (1.12%) A+ Certification
11 2 (1.12%) ACDT
11 2 (1.12%) ACHDS
11 2 (1.12%) ACTC
11 2 (1.12%) MCDST
11 2 (1.12%) Network+ Certification
11 2 (1.12%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 1 (0.56%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (7.82%) SLA
2 8 (4.47%) QA
3 3 (1.68%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.56%) COBIT
4 1 (0.56%) GDPR
4 1 (0.56%) NCSC
System Software
1 100 (55.87%) VMware Infrastructure
2 54 (30.17%) Active Directory
3 37 (20.67%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 34 (18.99%) Docker
5 26 (14.53%) Hyper-V
6 25 (13.97%) Virtual Machines
7 18 (10.06%) VMware ESXi
8 15 (8.38%) vSphere
9 8 (4.47%) Veritas Cluster Server
10 6 (3.35%) Microsoft App-V
11 4 (2.23%) XenApp
12 3 (1.68%) Virtual Desktop
12 3 (1.68%) VMware NSX
12 3 (1.68%) XenDesktop
13 2 (1.12%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 2 (1.12%) VMware Workstation
14 1 (0.56%) Firmware
14 1 (0.56%) NFS
14 1 (0.56%) Samba
14 1 (0.56%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 30 (16.76%) Kubernetes
2 29 (16.20%) SCCM
3 18 (10.06%) Opscode Chef
4 13 (7.26%) SCOM
5 11 (6.15%) WSUS
6 7 (3.91%) Puppet
7 6 (3.35%) NetBackup
8 5 (2.79%) Ansible
8 5 (2.79%) Microsoft Clustering
8 5 (2.79%) SCVMM
9 4 (2.23%) Terraform
10 3 (1.68%) Microsoft Intune
10 3 (1.68%) Nessus
11 2 (1.12%) AirWatch
11 2 (1.12%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 2 (1.12%) HP Data Protector
11 2 (1.12%) Norton AntiVirus
11 2 (1.12%) SnapMirror
11 2 (1.12%) SnapVault
11 2 (1.12%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 100 (55.87%) VMware
2 46 (25.70%) Microsoft
3 22 (12.29%) Dell
4 18 (10.06%) Cisco
4 18 (10.06%) Citrix
5 15 (8.38%) EqualLogic
6 12 (6.70%) Oracle
7 11 (6.15%) Veritas
8 10 (5.59%) IBM
9 9 (5.03%) Red Hat
10 8 (4.47%) HP
11 7 (3.91%) NetApp
12 6 (3.35%) EMC
12 6 (3.35%) Pega
12 6 (3.35%) Sparx
13 5 (2.79%) Talend
14 4 (2.23%) Splunk
15 3 (1.68%) GFI Software
15 3 (1.68%) McAfee
15 3 (1.68%) Meraki