Period
to 24 July 2021

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 24 July 2021 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
24 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 655 523 707
Rank change year-on-year -132 +184 +52
Contract jobs citing Virtual Servers 95 51 164
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.13% 0.14% 0.18%
As % of the System Software category 0.94% 0.90% 1.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 64 38 127
10th Percentile £280 £220 £231
25th Percentile £325 £221 £276
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £413 £375 £400
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% -6.25% -
75th Percentile £514 £488 £575
90th Percentile £584 £552 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £344 £400
% change year-on-year +9.09% -14.06% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 2 0
Median hourly rate £78.00 £29.00 -
Median % change year-on-year +168.97% - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £78.00 £29.00 -
% change year-on-year +168.97% - -

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 10,123 5,674 14,264
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.22% 15.12% 15.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,013 3,825 9,596
10th Percentile £230 £199 £178
25th Percentile £398 £358 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £588 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £430 £425
% change year-on-year -1.16% +1.18% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 316 247 591
10th Percentile £11.56 £11.34 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.50 £13.00 £13.00
Median hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £17.00
Median % change year-on-year +8.57% +2.94% +6.25%
75th Percentile £43.01 £25.15 £27.00
90th Percentile £64.75 £51.90 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.60 £16.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year +6.67% +3.13% +0.88%

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 24 July 2021.

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 24 July 2021.

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 24 July 2021. 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 -108 76 £444 +18.33% 57
UK excluding London -56 53 £375 +9.09% 46
London -113 31 £478 +12.35% 17
Work from Home -251 21 £485 - 6
North of England -29 15 £375 +11.11% 11
South East -21 10 £550 +14.29% 17
Scotland -46 10 £358 +120.60% 3
North West -14 9 £280 -30.00% 4
East of England -17 8 £500 +53.85% 6
South West -26 6 £338 -28.95% 2
Yorkshire -17 5 £475 +40.74% 7
Midlands -31 4 £294 - 4
East Midlands -15 2 £275 - 3
West Midlands - 2 £313 - 1
North East -5 1 £225 -

For the 6 months to 24 July 2021, 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 54 (56.84%) Windows
2 49 (51.58%) VMware
2 49 (51.58%) VMware Infrastructure
3 39 (41.05%) Windows Server
4 36 (37.89%) Active Directory
5 32 (33.68%) Microsoft
6 30 (31.58%) Linux
7 28 (29.47%) ITIL
8 23 (24.21%) Azure
9 21 (22.11%) Social Skills
10 20 (21.05%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 20 (21.05%) Security Cleared
11 18 (18.95%) VMware ESXi
11 18 (18.95%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 18 (18.95%) ITSM
11 18 (18.95%) Microsoft 365
12 17 (17.89%) Firewall
12 17 (17.89%) SQL
12 17 (17.89%) DNS
12 17 (17.89%) SCCM
13 16 (16.84%) Citrix
13 16 (16.84%) SQL Server
14 15 (15.79%) SC Cleared
14 15 (15.79%) AWS
15 14 (14.74%) Agile Software Development
15 14 (14.74%) PowerShell
15 14 (14.74%) Oracle
15 14 (14.74%) Finance
15 14 (14.74%) DevOps
16 13 (13.68%) Virtual Machines

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 6 (6.32%) Apache
1 6 (6.32%) IIS
1 6 (6.32%) Tomcat
2 5 (5.26%) JBoss
2 5 (5.26%) WebLogic
3 4 (4.21%) WebSphere
4 3 (3.16%) MS Exchange
4 3 (3.16%) SharePoint
5 2 (2.11%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 2 (2.11%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.05%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.05%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 23 (24.21%) Azure
2 18 (18.95%) Microsoft 365
3 15 (15.79%) AWS
4 5 (5.26%) Kong
5 3 (3.16%) IaaS
5 3 (3.16%) PaaS
6 2 (2.11%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (2.11%) GCP
7 1 (1.05%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (1.05%) Amazon ELB
7 1 (1.05%) Amazon S3
7 1 (1.05%) GitHub
7 1 (1.05%) OpenShift
7 1 (1.05%) Power Platform
7 1 (1.05%) Route 53
7 1 (1.05%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 17 (17.89%) DNS
1 17 (17.89%) Firewall
2 13 (13.68%) SAN
2 13 (13.68%) TCP/IP
3 11 (11.58%) DHCP
4 9 (9.47%) SSL
5 6 (6.32%) WAN
6 5 (5.26%) FTP
6 5 (5.26%) HTTP
6 5 (5.26%) PuTTY
6 5 (5.26%) SMTP
6 5 (5.26%) SSH
6 5 (5.26%) Telnet
6 5 (5.26%) WinSCP
6 5 (5.26%) Wireless
7 4 (4.21%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
7 4 (4.21%) NAS
7 4 (4.21%) VLAN
7 4 (4.21%) VPN
8 3 (3.16%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (16.84%) SQL Server
2 6 (6.32%) MySQL
3 2 (2.11%) Oracle Database
3 2 (2.11%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (2.11%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (1.05%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (1.05%) NoSQL
4 1 (1.05%) Power BI
4 1 (1.05%) SQL Server 2016
4 1 (1.05%) SQL Server 2019
Development Applications
1 2 (2.11%) Bitbucket
1 2 (2.11%) Git (software)
2 1 (1.05%) Gradle
2 1 (1.05%) Jenkins
2 1 (1.05%) JIRA
2 1 (1.05%) SonarQube
2 1 (1.05%) Vagrant
General
1 21 (22.11%) Social Skills
2 14 (14.74%) Finance
3 8 (8.42%) Public Sector
4 6 (6.32%) Organisational Skills
5 4 (4.21%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (2.11%) Law
6 2 (2.11%) Legal
7 1 (1.05%) Back Office
7 1 (1.05%) Manufacturing
7 1 (1.05%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (1.05%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 15 (15.79%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 12 (12.63%) Wintel Engineer
3 9 (9.47%) Server Engineer
3 9 (9.47%) Support Engineer
3 9 (9.47%) VMware Engineer
4 8 (8.42%) Windows Engineer
5 7 (7.37%) Analyst
5 7 (7.37%) Azure Engineer
6 5 (5.26%) Active Directory Engineer
6 5 (5.26%) Applications Support
6 5 (5.26%) Applications Support Analyst
6 5 (5.26%) DevOps Engineer
6 5 (5.26%) Linux Engineer
6 5 (5.26%) Migration Engineer
6 5 (5.26%) Support Analyst
6 5 (5.26%) Windows Support Engineer
7 4 (4.21%) Citrix Engineer
7 4 (4.21%) Citrix Support
7 4 (4.21%) Environment Manager
7 4 (4.21%) VMware Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (6.32%) LAMP
2 5 (5.26%) HTML
2 5 (5.26%) HTML5
2 5 (5.26%) JMS
2 5 (5.26%) JSON
2 5 (5.26%) REST
2 5 (5.26%) SOAP
2 5 (5.26%) XML
2 5 (5.26%) XML-RPC
3 4 (4.21%) .NET
3 4 (4.21%) Kafka
3 4 (4.21%) SonicMQ
3 4 (4.21%) WebSphere MQ
4 3 (3.16%) LDAP
5 2 (2.11%) Elastic Stack
6 1 (1.05%) LAPP Stack
6 1 (1.05%) Middleware
6 1 (1.05%) React
6 1 (1.05%) Web Services
6 1 (1.05%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 10 (10.53%) Data Centre
2 7 (7.37%) Virtual Team
3 6 (6.32%) Clustering
3 6 (6.32%) EMC VNX
4 5 (5.26%) Replication
4 5 (5.26%) Wiki
5 3 (3.16%) Microsoft Licensing
6 2 (2.11%) IBM Mainframe
6 2 (2.11%) Mainframe
6 2 (2.11%) Mobile App
6 2 (2.11%) NHS
6 2 (2.11%) Private Cloud
6 2 (2.11%) Public Cloud
7 1 (1.05%) Device Driver
7 1 (1.05%) Grid Computing
7 1 (1.05%) Legacy Systems
7 1 (1.05%) Life Science
7 1 (1.05%) Linux Command Line
7 1 (1.05%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.05%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 54 (56.84%) Windows
2 39 (41.05%) Windows Server
3 30 (31.58%) Linux
4 6 (6.32%) Windows Server 2008
4 6 (6.32%) Windows Server 2016
5 5 (5.26%) Windows Server 2012
5 5 (5.26%) Windows Server 2019
6 4 (4.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 3 (3.16%) Ubuntu
7 3 (3.16%) Unix
7 3 (3.16%) Windows 10
8 2 (2.11%) VMS
8 2 (2.11%) Windows 7
9 1 (1.05%) CentOS
9 1 (1.05%) Mac OS X
9 1 (1.05%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (29.47%) ITIL
2 20 (21.05%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 18 (18.95%) ITSM
4 14 (14.74%) Agile Software Development
4 14 (14.74%) DevOps
5 11 (11.58%) High Availability
6 9 (9.47%) Migration
7 8 (8.42%) Load Balancing
7 8 (8.42%) Server Management
8 7 (7.37%) Change Management
8 7 (7.37%) Incident Management
9 6 (6.32%) Project Management
9 6 (6.32%) Time Management
10 5 (5.26%) Configuration Management
10 5 (5.26%) ETL
10 5 (5.26%) Knowledge Management
10 5 (5.26%) Root Cause Analysis
10 5 (5.26%) Scrum
11 4 (4.21%) Kalman Filter
11 4 (4.21%) Software Licensing
Programming Languages
1 17 (17.89%) SQL
2 14 (14.74%) PowerShell
3 11 (11.58%) Python
4 10 (10.53%) Shell Script
5 6 (6.32%) Java
6 5 (5.26%) JavaScript
6 5 (5.26%) VBScript
7 4 (4.21%) PHP
8 3 (3.16%) Bash Shell
9 2 (2.11%) C
Qualifications
1 20 (21.05%) Security Cleared
2 15 (15.79%) SC Cleared
3 10 (10.53%) Degree
3 10 (10.53%) ITIL Certification
4 8 (8.42%) Microsoft Certification
5 6 (6.32%) Citrix Certification
5 6 (6.32%) MCSE
6 5 (5.26%) DV Cleared
7 4 (4.21%) AWS Certification
8 3 (3.16%) Cisco Certification
8 3 (3.16%) MCITP
8 3 (3.16%) MCSA
9 2 (2.11%) DBS Check
10 1 (1.05%) CCNA
10 1 (1.05%) CCNP
10 1 (1.05%) Computer Science Degree
10 1 (1.05%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (7.37%) SLA
2 5 (5.26%) Data Quality
3 3 (3.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (3.16%) QA
4 2 (2.11%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 49 (51.58%) VMware Infrastructure
2 36 (37.89%) Active Directory
3 18 (18.95%) Microsoft Virtual Server
3 18 (18.95%) VMware ESXi
4 13 (13.68%) Virtual Machines
5 9 (9.47%) Hyper-V
6 5 (5.26%) Firmware
6 5 (5.26%) NFS
7 4 (4.21%) Docker
7 4 (4.21%) vSphere
8 3 (3.16%) XenApp
8 3 (3.16%) XenDesktop
9 2 (2.11%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (2.11%) Veritas Cluster Server
9 2 (2.11%) Veritas Volume Manager
9 2 (2.11%) VMware NSX
9 2 (2.11%) VMware Server
10 1 (1.05%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 1 (1.05%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 17 (17.89%) SCCM
2 12 (12.63%) vCenter Server
3 9 (9.47%) Ansible
4 8 (8.42%) Nagios
4 8 (8.42%) SCOM
5 6 (6.32%) vRealize
6 5 (5.26%) Kubernetes
7 4 (4.21%) WSUS
8 3 (3.16%) PowerCLI
8 3 (3.16%) Red Hat Satellite
8 3 (3.16%) vRealize Orchestrator
9 2 (2.11%) Microsoft Clustering
9 2 (2.11%) Microsoft Intune
9 2 (2.11%) Puppet
9 2 (2.11%) Terraform
10 1 (1.05%) Backup Exec
10 1 (1.05%) HAProxy
10 1 (1.05%) McAfee ePO
10 1 (1.05%) NetBackup
10 1 (1.05%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 49 (51.58%) VMware
2 32 (33.68%) Microsoft
3 16 (16.84%) Citrix
4 14 (14.74%) Oracle
5 12 (12.63%) Dell
6 10 (10.53%) Cisco
7 9 (9.47%) IBM
7 9 (9.47%) Red Hat
8 8 (8.42%) McAfee
8 8 (8.42%) ServiceNow
8 8 (8.42%) Veeam
9 7 (7.37%) HP
10 6 (6.32%) F5
10 6 (6.32%) NetApp
11 5 (5.26%) AppDynamics
11 5 (5.26%) Centrify
11 5 (5.26%) Informatica
11 5 (5.26%) Meraki
11 5 (5.26%) Vertica
12 4 (4.21%) Splunk