Period
to 29 October 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 29 October 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
29 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 499 685 718
Rank change year-on-year +186 +33 -16
Contract jobs citing Virtual Servers 31 141 173
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.095% 0.17% 0.17%
As % of the System Software category 0.65% 1.06% 1.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 99 117
Median daily rate £369 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.81% - +14.29%
10th Percentile £274 £250 £163
90th Percentile £632 £575 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £370 £375
% change year-on-year -5.41% -1.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 7
Median hourly rate £29.00 £180.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -83.89% +414.29% +34.20%
10th Percentile £15.73 £50.80 £21.50
90th Percentile £44.08 £192.00 £80.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £180.00 £38.75
% change year-on-year -83.89% +364.52% +97.10%

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 4,769 13,253 15,610
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.58% 15.58% 15.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,946 8,723 10,174
Median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £213 £165 £180
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 223 691 910
Median hourly rate £19.50 £17.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.71% +6.25% -4.19%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £10.50
90th Percentile £53.60 £47.50 £43.75
Median hourly rate £17.75 £16.00 £15.75
% change year-on-year +10.94% +1.59% +1.61%

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 29 October 2020.

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 29 October 2020.

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 29 October 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 +181 30 £363 -4.92% 21
UK excluding London +177 22 £350 -5.41% 19
North of England +118 12 £363 +31.82% 7
London +190 9 £400 -21.95% 2
Yorkshire +81 8 £600 +71.43% 3
South East +156 3 £300 -29.41% 4
East of England +82 3 - - 3
North East - 3 £225 - 1
South West +90 2 £402 +27.46% 4
Work from Home - 2 - - 2
Midlands +81 1 £325 +8.33% 1
North West +75 1 £363 +31.82% 3
West Midlands +66 1 £325 -2.62% 1
Scotland +58 1 £450 -14.29%

For the 6 months to 29 October 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 24 (77.42%) Windows
2 15 (48.39%) Microsoft
2 15 (48.39%) VMware
2 15 (48.39%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (38.71%) Azure
4 11 (35.48%) Migration
4 11 (35.48%) Linux
5 10 (32.26%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 9 (29.03%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 8 (25.81%) Active Directory
8 7 (22.58%) SAN
8 7 (22.58%) Cisco
8 7 (22.58%) Windows Server
9 6 (19.35%) Citrix
9 6 (19.35%) Hyper-V
10 5 (16.13%) vSphere
10 5 (16.13%) Firewall
10 5 (16.13%) DNS
10 5 (16.13%) Decision-Making
10 5 (16.13%) Mentoring
10 5 (16.13%) Coaching
11 4 (12.90%) Data Centre
11 4 (12.90%) VMware ESXi
11 4 (12.90%) Virtual Machines
11 4 (12.90%) Thought Leadership
11 4 (12.90%) Public Sector
11 4 (12.90%) DHCP
11 4 (12.90%) Python
11 4 (12.90%) Dell
11 4 (12.90%) Internet

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 3 (9.68%) SharePoint
2 2 (6.45%) IIS
2 2 (6.45%) MS Exchange
3 1 (3.23%) Exchange Server 2003
3 1 (3.23%) Exchange Server 2007
3 1 (3.23%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (3.23%) Exchange Server 5.5
3 1 (3.23%) IBM HTTP Server
3 1 (3.23%) JBoss
3 1 (3.23%) Skype for Business
3 1 (3.23%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (3.23%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 12 (38.71%) Azure
2 4 (12.90%) AWS
2 4 (12.90%) Cloud Computing
3 3 (9.68%) Office 365
4 1 (3.23%) IBM Cloud
4 1 (3.23%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 7 (22.58%) SAN
2 5 (16.13%) DNS
2 5 (16.13%) Firewall
3 4 (12.90%) DHCP
3 4 (12.90%) Internet
4 3 (9.68%) Fibre Channel
4 3 (9.68%) iSCSI
4 3 (9.68%) NAS
5 2 (6.45%) Remote Desktop
5 2 (6.45%) VLAN
5 2 (6.45%) VPN
5 2 (6.45%) VXLAN
6 1 (3.23%) HTTP
6 1 (3.23%) LAN
6 1 (3.23%) Skype
6 1 (3.23%) TCP/IP
6 1 (3.23%) WAN
6 1 (3.23%) Wireless
6 1 (3.23%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (9.68%) SQL Server
2 2 (6.45%) MySQL
3 1 (3.23%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 3 (9.68%) Git (software)
1 3 (9.68%) JIRA
2 2 (6.45%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 2 (6.45%) Bitbucket
3 1 (3.23%) GitLab
3 1 (3.23%) JMeter
3 1 (3.23%) Visual Studio
General
1 4 (12.90%) Public Sector
2 2 (6.45%) Finance
2 2 (6.45%) Pharmaceutical
2 2 (6.45%) Retail
3 1 (3.23%) Banking
Job Titles
1 8 (25.81%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 4 (12.90%) Administrator
2 4 (12.90%) Azure Consultant
2 4 (12.90%) Consultant
3 3 (9.68%) Cloud Consultant
3 3 (9.68%) VMWare Administrator
4 2 (6.45%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 2 (6.45%) Analyst
4 2 (6.45%) Developer
4 2 (6.45%) DevOps Engineer
4 2 (6.45%) IT Engineer
4 2 (6.45%) Microsoft Consultant
4 2 (6.45%) Server Engineer
4 2 (6.45%) Systems Administrator
5 1 (3.23%) Exchange Engineer
5 1 (3.23%) Linux Engineer
5 1 (3.23%) Migration Engineer
5 1 (3.23%) Python Developer
5 1 (3.23%) Senior Systems Administrator
5 1 (3.23%) Test Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (6.45%) .NET
1 2 (6.45%) Django
1 2 (6.45%) jQuery
1 2 (6.45%) Twitter Bootstrap
2 1 (3.23%) .NET Core
2 1 (3.23%) .NET Framework
2 1 (3.23%) ASP.NET
2 1 (3.23%) ASP.NET Core
2 1 (3.23%) CSS
2 1 (3.23%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (12.90%) Data Centre
2 3 (9.68%) Management Information System
3 2 (6.45%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (6.45%) Linux Command Line
4 1 (3.23%) Blackberry
4 1 (3.23%) Fat Client
4 1 (3.23%) iPhone
4 1 (3.23%) Life Science
4 1 (3.23%) LIMS
4 1 (3.23%) Mobile App
4 1 (3.23%) Replication
4 1 (3.23%) Thin Client
4 1 (3.23%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 24 (77.42%) Windows
2 11 (35.48%) Linux
3 7 (22.58%) Windows Server
4 3 (9.68%) Windows Server 2012
4 3 (9.68%) Windows Server 2019
5 2 (6.45%) Unix
5 2 (6.45%) Windows 10
5 2 (6.45%) Windows Server 2016
6 1 (3.23%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (3.23%) Windows Vista
6 1 (3.23%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (35.48%) Migration
2 9 (29.03%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 5 (16.13%) Coaching
3 5 (16.13%) Decision-Making
3 5 (16.13%) Mentoring
4 4 (12.90%) Thought Leadership
5 3 (9.68%) DevOps
5 3 (9.68%) Operational Acceptance Testing
5 3 (9.68%) Root Cause Analysis
5 3 (9.68%) Scenario Testing
6 2 (6.45%) Computer Science
6 2 (6.45%) Configuration Management
6 2 (6.45%) Continuous Integration
6 2 (6.45%) Disaster Recovery
6 2 (6.45%) Problem-Solving
6 2 (6.45%) QMS
6 2 (6.45%) Quality Management
6 2 (6.45%) Time Management
7 1 (3.23%) Data Migration
7 1 (3.23%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 4 (12.90%) Python
2 2 (6.45%) Bash Shell
2 2 (6.45%) C
3 1 (3.23%) C#
3 1 (3.23%) JavaScript
3 1 (3.23%) PowerShell
3 1 (3.23%) SQL
3 1 (3.23%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (9.68%) Security Cleared
2 2 (6.45%) Degree
2 2 (6.45%) MCSA
2 2 (6.45%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (3.23%) CISSP
3 1 (3.23%) CTC Cleared
3 1 (3.23%) DV Cleared
3 1 (3.23%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (9.68%) SLA
2 2 (6.45%) Data Quality
3 1 (3.23%) COBIT
3 1 (3.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (3.23%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
3 1 (3.23%) NIST
3 1 (3.23%) QA
System Software
1 15 (48.39%) VMware Infrastructure
2 10 (32.26%) Microsoft Virtual Server
3 8 (25.81%) Active Directory
4 6 (19.35%) Hyper-V
5 5 (16.13%) vSphere
6 4 (12.90%) Virtual Machines
6 4 (12.90%) VMware ESXi
6 4 (12.90%) VMware Server
7 3 (9.68%) NFS
8 2 (6.45%) VirtualBox
8 2 (6.45%) XenDesktop
9 1 (3.23%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 3 (9.68%) BladeLogic
1 3 (9.68%) vRealize
2 1 (3.23%) Cisco CUCM
2 1 (3.23%) McAfee ePO
2 1 (3.23%) SCCM
2 1 (3.23%) vRealize Orchestrator
Vendors
1 15 (48.39%) Microsoft
1 15 (48.39%) VMware
2 7 (22.58%) Cisco
3 6 (19.35%) Citrix
4 4 (12.90%) Dell
5 3 (9.68%) BMC
5 3 (9.68%) HP
5 3 (9.68%) Ivanti
5 3 (9.68%) Shavlik
5 3 (9.68%) Veeam
6 2 (6.45%) Atlassian
6 2 (6.45%) IBM
6 2 (6.45%) Zerto
7 1 (3.23%) Intel
7 1 (3.23%) McAfee