Period
to 17 August 2017

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 17 August 2017 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
17 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 674 661 618
Rank change year-on-year -13 -43 +63
Contract jobs citing Virtual Servers 174 227 292
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.18% 0.21% 0.26%
As % of the System Software category 1.54% 1.71% 2.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 118 157 175
UK median daily rate £369 £400 £345
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.81% +15.94% +2.22%
10th Percentile £189 £206 £221
90th Percentile £500 £485 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £375 £330
% change year-on-year -3.33% +13.64% -2.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 6 21
UK median hourly rate £18.72 £17.75 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.44% -29.00% -9.09%
10th Percentile £14.32 £12.63 £13.58
90th Percentile £24.50 £21.88 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.72 £19.00 £22.59
% change year-on-year -1.50% -15.90% -23.09%

Virtual Servers is in the system software skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills.

Contract System Software Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 11272 13251 11813
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 11.78% 12.18% 10.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 7256 8280 6661
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +14.29% +7.69%
10th Percentile £163 £175 £163
90th Percentile £588 £575 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £338
% change year-on-year +2.74% +8.15% +10.39%
Number of hourly rates quoted 643 889 1264
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £16.07
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.03% +2.68% +3.68%
10th Percentile £10.38 £10.50 £10.25
90th Percentile £47.40 £41.20 £38.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £16.50 £15.85
% change year-on-year -9.09% +4.10% +5.67%

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 17 August 2017.

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 17 August 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 17 August 2017. 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 +7 159 £350 -12.50% 36
UK excluding London +58 121 £363 -3.33% 28
London -38 53 £369 -13.24% 8
South East +19 39 £320 -20.13% 6
Midlands +30 24 £378 +16.15% 5
North of England +37 16 £335 -1.47% 9
West Midlands +40 15 £400 - 2
South West +11 14 £325 -23.53% 2
East of England +13 13 £394 -5.97% 6
Scotland +41 11 £400 +233.33%
Yorkshire +38 11 £325 +13.04% 4
East Midlands -9 9 £325 - 3
North West +13 3 £385 +10.00% 5
Wales -4 3 £450 +12.50%
North East +46 2 £335 +1.90%
Northern Ireland - 1 £325 -

For the 6 months to 17 August 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Virtual Servers also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Virtual Servers.

1 99 (56.90%) Windows
2 91 (52.30%) VMware
2 91 (52.30%) VMware Infrastructure
3 71 (40.80%) Active Directory
4 68 (39.08%) Microsoft
5 55 (31.61%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 55 (31.61%) Windows Server
6 46 (26.44%) Windows Server 2012
7 42 (24.14%) Migration
8 41 (23.56%) Citrix
9 37 (21.26%) Data Centre
10 34 (19.54%) Linux
11 33 (18.97%) Cisco
11 33 (18.97%) Windows Server 2008
12 31 (17.82%) SQL
12 31 (17.82%) Oracle
13 28 (16.09%) DNS
13 28 (16.09%) Project Management
13 28 (16.09%) PowerShell
14 27 (15.52%) Microsoft Certification
14 27 (15.52%) NetApp
14 27 (15.52%) MS Exchange
14 27 (15.52%) SQL Server
14 27 (15.52%) Finance
14 27 (15.52%) Firewall
15 25 (14.37%) Security Cleared
15 25 (14.37%) Hyper-V
16 24 (13.79%) VMware ESXi
16 24 (13.79%) MCSE
17 23 (13.22%) LAN

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 27 (15.52%) MS Exchange
2 17 (9.77%) SharePoint
3 12 (6.90%) Exchange Server 2010
3 12 (6.90%) IIS
4 9 (5.17%) IBM Notes
4 9 (5.17%) Skype for Business
5 8 (4.60%) SharePoint 2013
6 7 (4.02%) Exchange Server 2013
6 7 (4.02%) Tomcat
7 6 (3.45%) Exchange Server 2007
8 5 (2.87%) SharePoint 2010
8 5 (2.87%) SharePoint Server
9 4 (2.30%) Cloud Foundry
10 3 (1.72%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 3 (1.72%) Exchange Server 2003
11 2 (1.15%) Apache
12 1 (0.57%) Apache Spark
12 1 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2000
12 1 (0.57%) SAS
12 1 (0.57%) WebSphere
Applications
1 17 (9.77%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 23 (13.22%) Microsoft Azure
2 20 (11.49%) Office 365
3 11 (6.32%) Amazon AWS
4 6 (3.45%) GitHub
4 6 (3.45%) IaaS
5 4 (2.30%) IBM Cloud
5 4 (2.30%) SaaS
6 3 (1.72%) Yammer
7 2 (1.15%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (0.57%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 1 (0.57%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.57%) PaaS
8 1 (0.57%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 28 (16.09%) DNS
2 27 (15.52%) Firewall
3 23 (13.22%) LAN
4 20 (11.49%) WAN
5 19 (10.92%) SAN
6 17 (9.77%) Internet
7 16 (9.20%) DHCP
8 14 (8.05%) NetScaler
9 13 (7.47%) TCP/IP
10 11 (6.32%) Wireless
11 8 (4.60%) MPLS
11 8 (4.60%) VoIP
12 7 (4.02%) Ethernet
12 7 (4.02%) Skype
13 6 (3.45%) NAS
14 5 (2.87%) IP Telephony
14 5 (2.87%) Network Security
15 4 (2.30%) IPsec
15 4 (2.30%) SNMP
15 4 (2.30%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (15.52%) SQL Server
2 8 (4.60%) SQL Server 2012
3 7 (4.02%) SQL Server 2008
4 5 (2.87%) RDBMS
4 5 (2.87%) Relational Database
5 3 (1.72%) MySQL
6 1 (0.57%) InterSystems Cache
6 1 (0.57%) MS Access
6 1 (0.57%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.57%) Oracle Database 10g
6 1 (0.57%) Oracle Database 11g
6 1 (0.57%) Oracle Database 12c
6 1 (0.57%) Oracle8/8i Database
6 1 (0.57%) Oracle9i Database
6 1 (0.57%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (0.57%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 7 (4.02%) Jenkins
2 5 (2.87%) Git (software)
2 5 (2.87%) Team Foundation Server
3 4 (2.30%) Cucumber
3 4 (2.30%) Sonatype Nexus
4 1 (0.57%) gulp
4 1 (0.57%) MSI
4 1 (0.57%) Protractor
4 1 (0.57%) Selenium
4 1 (0.57%) Visual Studio
General
1 27 (15.52%) Finance
2 9 (5.17%) Banking
3 7 (4.02%) Telecoms
4 6 (3.45%) Military
5 5 (2.87%) Manufacturing
5 5 (2.87%) Retail
6 4 (2.30%) Local Government
7 3 (1.72%) Back Office
8 2 (1.15%) French Language
8 2 (1.15%) Legal
9 1 (0.57%) Marketing
9 1 (0.57%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 25 (14.37%) Administrator
2 16 (9.20%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 16 (9.20%) Project Manager
3 15 (8.62%) 3rd Line Support
4 14 (8.05%) Analyst
5 12 (6.90%) Architect
5 12 (6.90%) Support Engineer
5 12 (6.90%) Systems Administrator
6 11 (6.32%) Infrastructure Manager
7 10 (5.75%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 10 (5.75%) Infrastructure Architect
7 10 (5.75%) Infrastructure Project Manager
8 8 (4.60%) 2nd Line Support
9 7 (4.02%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
9 7 (4.02%) Citrix Architect
9 7 (4.02%) Project Engineer
9 7 (4.02%) Server Engineer
9 7 (4.02%) Windows Engineer
10 6 (3.45%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
10 6 (3.45%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (4.02%) .NET
2 4 (2.30%) 802.1X
3 2 (1.15%) COM
3 2 (1.15%) CSS
3 2 (1.15%) HTML
4 1 (0.57%) .NET Framework
4 1 (0.57%) AngularJS
4 1 (0.57%) Flash
4 1 (0.57%) HTML5
4 1 (0.57%) Java SE
4 1 (0.57%) Kafka
4 1 (0.57%) LAMP
4 1 (0.57%) Mason
4 1 (0.57%) Node.js
4 1 (0.57%) SAP Basis
4 1 (0.57%) Web Services
4 1 (0.57%) WireMock
Miscellaneous
1 37 (21.26%) Data Centre
2 14 (8.05%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (7.47%) Blackberry
4 10 (5.75%) FlexPod
4 10 (5.75%) Management Information System
5 9 (5.17%) Replication
6 8 (4.60%) Client/Server
7 6 (3.45%) Computer Science
7 6 (3.45%) EMC VNX
8 5 (2.87%) Enterprise Storage
8 5 (2.87%) NHS
9 4 (2.30%) Fat Client
9 4 (2.30%) Linux Command Line
9 4 (2.30%) Thin Client
10 3 (1.72%) Clustering
10 3 (1.72%) Driving Licence
10 3 (1.72%) Private Cloud
11 2 (1.15%) Hedge funds
12 1 (0.57%) DataPower
12 1 (0.57%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 99 (56.90%) Windows
2 55 (31.61%) Windows Server
3 46 (26.44%) Windows Server 2012
4 34 (19.54%) Linux
5 33 (18.97%) Windows Server 2008
6 18 (10.34%) Windows 10
7 14 (8.05%) Windows 7
7 14 (8.05%) Windows 8
8 13 (7.47%) Unix
9 11 (6.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 11 (6.32%) Windows Server 2003
10 9 (5.17%) Solaris
11 8 (4.60%) Apple iOS
12 7 (4.02%) AIX
13 2 (1.15%) HPUX
13 2 (1.15%) Oracle Linux
14 1 (0.57%) Android
14 1 (0.57%) Debian
14 1 (0.57%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (24.14%) Migration
2 28 (16.09%) Project Management
3 19 (10.92%) Change Management
4 17 (9.77%) ITIL
5 12 (6.90%) Disaster Recovery
6 9 (5.17%) Load Balancing
6 9 (5.17%) Problem Management
7 8 (4.60%) Mentoring
7 8 (4.60%) Performance Analysis
8 7 (4.02%) Configuration Management
8 7 (4.02%) DevOps
8 7 (4.02%) Infrastructure Management
8 7 (4.02%) Time Management
8 7 (4.02%) Validation
8 7 (4.02%) Virtual Environments
9 6 (3.45%) Business Continuity
9 6 (3.45%) Capacity Planning
9 6 (3.45%) High Availability
9 6 (3.45%) PRINCE2
9 6 (3.45%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 31 (17.82%) SQL
2 28 (16.09%) PowerShell
3 11 (6.32%) Java
4 10 (5.75%) Bash Shell
5 7 (4.02%) Shell Script
6 6 (3.45%) VBScript
7 5 (2.87%) Perl
8 3 (1.72%) Python
9 2 (1.15%) C
9 2 (1.15%) JavaScript
9 2 (1.15%) VB
10 1 (0.57%) C#
10 1 (0.57%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.57%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 27 (15.52%) Microsoft Certification
2 25 (14.37%) Security Cleared
3 24 (13.79%) MCSE
4 19 (10.92%) SC Cleared
5 10 (5.75%) MCSA
6 9 (5.17%) Degree
6 9 (5.17%) MCP
7 8 (4.60%) Cisco Certification
7 8 (4.60%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 7 (4.02%) ACDT
8 7 (4.02%) ACHDS
8 7 (4.02%) ACTC
8 7 (4.02%) MCDST
8 7 (4.02%) MCSM
8 7 (4.02%) Network+ Certification
9 6 (3.45%) A+ Certification
9 6 (3.45%) CCNA
9 6 (3.45%) CCNP
10 4 (2.30%) CISSP
10 4 (2.30%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (2.87%) PMO
1 5 (2.87%) QA
2 4 (2.30%) SLA
System Software
1 91 (52.30%) VMware Infrastructure
2 71 (40.80%) Active Directory
3 55 (31.61%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 25 (14.37%) Hyper-V
5 24 (13.79%) VMware ESXi
6 17 (9.77%) vSphere
7 14 (8.05%) XenDesktop
8 8 (4.60%) Virtual Machines
8 8 (4.60%) XenApp
9 7 (4.02%) NFS
9 7 (4.02%) Squid
10 5 (2.87%) Microsoft App-V
10 5 (2.87%) Terminal Server
11 4 (2.30%) Terminal Services
11 4 (2.30%) VMware Workstation
11 4 (2.30%) XenServer
12 3 (1.72%) Docker
12 3 (1.72%) Veritas Cluster Server
12 3 (1.72%) Veritas File System
12 3 (1.72%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 16 (9.20%) vCenter Server
2 14 (8.05%) SCOM
3 9 (5.17%) Opscode Chef
3 9 (5.17%) Puppet
3 9 (5.17%) SELinux
4 8 (4.60%) SCCM
4 8 (4.60%) SCVMM
5 6 (3.45%) EMC NetWorker
5 6 (3.45%) Nagios
5 6 (3.45%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 5 (2.87%) NetBackup
7 4 (2.30%) Backup Exec
7 4 (2.30%) BMC PATROL
7 4 (2.30%) EMC Navisphere
7 4 (2.30%) Norton AntiVirus
7 4 (2.30%) Oracle ZFS
7 4 (2.30%) Tivoli
7 4 (2.30%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 4 (2.30%) WSUS
8 3 (1.72%) Terraform
Vendors
1 91 (52.30%) VMware
2 68 (39.08%) Microsoft
3 41 (23.56%) Citrix
4 33 (18.97%) Cisco
5 31 (17.82%) Oracle
6 27 (15.52%) NetApp
7 15 (8.62%) EMC
8 12 (6.90%) HP
8 12 (6.90%) Red Hat
9 9 (5.17%) Lotus
10 8 (4.60%) Apple
10 8 (4.60%) Mitel
10 8 (4.60%) Siemens
11 7 (4.02%) ArcSight
11 7 (4.02%) Avaya
11 7 (4.02%) Tripwire
11 7 (4.02%) Veritas
12 6 (3.45%) CheckPoint
12 6 (3.45%) Symantec
13 5 (2.87%) Dell