Period
to 11 December 2018

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 11 December 2018 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
11 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 738 703 661
Rank change year-on-year -35 -42 -30
Contract jobs citing Virtual Servers 171 193 230
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.16% 0.19% 0.22%
As % of the System Software category 1.06% 1.48% 1.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 113 104 144
UK median daily rate £385 £356 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.07% +1.79% -
10th Percentile £163 £143 £138
90th Percentile £525 £519 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £375 £325
% change year-on-year -1.33% +15.38% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 13 7
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £44.00 £14.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.41% +198.31% -20.27%
10th Percentile £32.15 £15.49 £12.75
90th Percentile £98.00 £65.45 £29.85
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £44.00 £14.75
% change year-on-year -3.41% +198.31% +3.87%

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 16,068 13,044 12,665
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.25% 12.63% 12.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,505 8,464 7,950
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.18% +6.73%
10th Percentile £180 £156 £170
90th Percentile £625 £613 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +8.00% +7.14% +5.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 893 707 862
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.03% +3.13% +3.23%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.40 £10.50
90th Percentile £44.27 £46.94 £43.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.85 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +5.67% - -3.23%

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 11 December 2018.

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 11 December 2018.

Contractor 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 11 December 2018. 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 -36 148 £383 +9.29% 57
UK excluding London -6 130 £370 -1.33% 40
London -16 39 £481 +60.42% 18
North of England -2 29 £375 +9.49% 15
South East -16 27 £373 +49.00% 13
East of England +8 18 £400 +14.29% 4
Scotland -11 18 £400 +6.67% 1
Yorkshire -1 17 £385 +6.21% 8
Midlands -18 17 £338 -14.01% 6
South West -29 17 £388 -21.52% 1
East Midlands +13 10 £338 -37.21% 1
West Midlands -36 7 £338 -12.34% 5
North East -2 6 £200 -11.11% 1
North West -20 6 £316 -18.05% 6
Wales -17 4 £350 -7.89%

For the 6 months to 11 December 2018, 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.

1 111 (64.91%) Windows
2 93 (54.39%) VMware
2 93 (54.39%) VMware Infrastructure
3 76 (44.44%) Linux
4 72 (42.11%) Windows Server
5 65 (38.01%) Active Directory
6 46 (26.90%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 44 (25.73%) Microsoft
8 38 (22.22%) DNS
9 35 (20.47%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 33 (19.30%) Cisco
10 33 (19.30%) Firewall
11 32 (18.71%) Unix
11 32 (18.71%) Data Centre
12 30 (17.54%) Windows Server 2012
12 30 (17.54%) ITIL
12 30 (17.54%) Red Hat
13 29 (16.96%) SAN
13 29 (16.96%) TCP/IP
13 29 (16.96%) SCCM
14 27 (15.79%) Migration
15 26 (15.20%) Citrix
16 25 (14.62%) SQL
16 25 (14.62%) SQL Server
17 24 (14.04%) Configuration Management
17 24 (14.04%) Windows 10
18 23 (13.45%) Amazon AWS
19 22 (12.87%) Oracle
20 20 (11.70%) MS Exchange
20 20 (11.70%) vSphere

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 20 (11.70%) MS Exchange
2 9 (5.26%) Confluence
2 9 (5.26%) Exchange Server 2010
3 8 (4.68%) OpenStack
4 7 (4.09%) IIS
5 6 (3.51%) Apache
5 6 (3.51%) SharePoint
6 5 (2.92%) nginx
7 4 (2.34%) Cloud Foundry
8 3 (1.75%) Apache Spark
8 3 (1.75%) IBM Notes
9 2 (1.17%) Tomcat
10 1 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2007
10 1 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2013
10 1 (0.58%) SharePoint Server
10 1 (0.58%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 18 (10.53%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (4.09%) Microsoft Project
2 7 (4.09%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 23 (13.45%) Amazon AWS
2 19 (11.11%) Office 365
3 16 (9.36%) IaaS
4 14 (8.19%) Microsoft Azure
5 5 (2.92%) G Suite
5 5 (2.92%) GitHub
6 4 (2.34%) OpenShift
6 4 (2.34%) PaaS
7 3 (1.75%) SaaS
8 2 (1.17%) Amazon EC2
8 2 (1.17%) Amazon ELB
8 2 (1.17%) Amazon EMR
8 2 (1.17%) Amazon Kinesis
8 2 (1.17%) Amazon S3
8 2 (1.17%) Azure Active Directory
9 1 (0.58%) AWS CloudFormation
9 1 (0.58%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 38 (22.22%) DNS
2 33 (19.30%) Firewall
3 29 (16.96%) SAN
3 29 (16.96%) TCP/IP
4 16 (9.36%) DHCP
4 16 (9.36%) VPN
5 15 (8.77%) LAN
5 15 (8.77%) Wireless
6 11 (6.43%) WAN
7 10 (5.85%) Internet
7 10 (5.85%) NAS
8 8 (4.68%) Remote Desktop
8 8 (4.68%) SSL
9 7 (4.09%) HTTP
9 7 (4.09%) VoIP
10 6 (3.51%) Network Security
11 5 (2.92%) DSL
11 5 (2.92%) Ethernet
11 5 (2.92%) IPsec
11 5 (2.92%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (14.62%) SQL Server
2 9 (5.26%) MySQL
3 8 (4.68%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (1.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (0.58%) Hadoop
5 1 (0.58%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.58%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.58%) SQL Server 2014
5 1 (0.58%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 17 (9.94%) Git (software)
1 17 (9.94%) Jenkins
2 9 (5.26%) JIRA
3 7 (4.09%) Subversion
4 5 (2.92%) Maven
4 5 (2.92%) Sonatype Nexus
5 4 (2.34%) Gradle
6 3 (1.75%) Selenium
7 2 (1.17%) Ant
7 2 (1.17%) Cucumber
7 2 (1.17%) gulp
7 2 (1.17%) Metasploit
7 2 (1.17%) Protractor
7 2 (1.17%) Team Foundation Server
8 1 (0.58%) MSI
8 1 (0.58%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 19 (11.11%) Finance
2 5 (2.92%) Banking
2 5 (2.92%) Telecoms
3 4 (2.34%) Marketing
4 3 (1.75%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.17%) Law
6 1 (0.58%) Back Office
6 1 (0.58%) Legal
6 1 (0.58%) Retail
Job Titles
1 28 (16.37%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 19 (11.11%) Server Engineer
3 17 (9.94%) Analyst
4 14 (8.19%) Linux Engineer
4 14 (8.19%) VMware Engineer
5 12 (7.02%) Support Engineer
6 10 (5.85%) 3rd Line Support
6 10 (5.85%) Systems Engineer
6 10 (5.85%) Windows Engineer
7 9 (5.26%) Architect
7 9 (5.26%) IT Engineer
8 8 (4.68%) 2nd Line Support
8 8 (4.68%) Cisco Engineer
8 8 (4.68%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
9 7 (4.09%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 7 (4.09%) Administrator
9 7 (4.09%) Applications Packager
9 7 (4.09%) IT Support
9 7 (4.09%) Support Analyst
10 6 (3.51%) Linux Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (9.36%) LDAP
2 8 (4.68%) LAMP
3 6 (3.51%) REST
4 4 (2.34%) Web Services
5 3 (1.75%) Node.js
6 2 (1.17%) AngularJS
6 2 (1.17%) Kafka
6 2 (1.17%) Middleware
6 2 (1.17%) WireMock
7 1 (0.58%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 32 (18.71%) Data Centre
2 11 (6.43%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (5.85%) Clustering
4 8 (4.68%) Virtual Team
5 7 (4.09%) Management Information System
5 7 (4.09%) Replication
6 6 (3.51%) Client/Server
6 6 (3.51%) Over-the-Top Content
7 5 (2.92%) Blackberry
7 5 (2.92%) CMDB
7 5 (2.92%) Enterprise Storage
8 4 (2.34%) Hybrid Cloud
8 4 (2.34%) LPAR
9 3 (1.75%) Credit Risk
9 3 (1.75%) Enterprise Software
10 2 (1.17%) EMC VMAX
10 2 (1.17%) Hedge funds
10 2 (1.17%) Self-Motivation
10 2 (1.17%) User Experience
11 1 (0.58%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 111 (64.91%) Windows
2 76 (44.44%) Linux
3 72 (42.11%) Windows Server
4 32 (18.71%) Unix
5 30 (17.54%) Windows Server 2012
6 24 (14.04%) Windows 10
7 17 (9.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 16 (9.36%) Windows 7
9 12 (7.02%) Solaris
9 12 (7.02%) Windows Server 2008
10 7 (4.09%) CentOS
10 7 (4.09%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
10 7 (4.09%) Windows 8
11 5 (2.92%) Apple iOS
11 5 (2.92%) SUSE
11 5 (2.92%) Ubuntu
12 4 (2.34%) AIX
13 3 (1.75%) HPUX
14 2 (1.17%) Data ONTAP
14 2 (1.17%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (20.47%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 30 (17.54%) ITIL
3 27 (15.79%) Migration
4 24 (14.04%) Configuration Management
5 18 (10.53%) DevOps
6 16 (9.36%) Disaster Recovery
7 13 (7.60%) Problem-Solving
8 12 (7.02%) Open Source
8 12 (7.02%) Test Automation
9 11 (6.43%) Load Balancing
9 11 (6.43%) Service Management
10 10 (5.85%) Business Continuity
10 10 (5.85%) Change Management
10 10 (5.85%) Server Building
11 9 (5.26%) Capacity Planning
11 9 (5.26%) High Availability
11 9 (5.26%) Infrastructure Management
12 8 (4.68%) Data Protection
13 7 (4.09%) Performance Management
13 7 (4.09%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 25 (14.62%) SQL
2 15 (8.77%) Java
3 14 (8.19%) PowerShell
4 13 (7.60%) Python
5 9 (5.26%) Perl
6 8 (4.68%) Shell Script
7 6 (3.51%) Bash Shell
8 5 (2.92%) Groovy
9 4 (2.34%) Korn
10 2 (1.17%) C
10 2 (1.17%) JavaScript
11 1 (0.58%) C#
11 1 (0.58%) PHP
11 1 (0.58%) Ruby
11 1 (0.58%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.58%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 15 (8.77%) Microsoft Certification
2 13 (7.60%) MCSA
3 12 (7.02%) MCP
3 12 (7.02%) SC Cleared
3 12 (7.02%) Security Cleared
4 10 (5.85%) MCSE
5 7 (4.09%) Cisco Certification
6 6 (3.51%) Degree
7 5 (2.92%) ACDT
7 5 (2.92%) ACHDS
7 5 (2.92%) ACTC
7 5 (2.92%) CCNA
7 5 (2.92%) DBS Check
7 5 (2.92%) MCDST
7 5 (2.92%) MCSM
7 5 (2.92%) Network+ Certification
8 4 (2.34%) ITIL Certification
8 4 (2.34%) RHCE
8 4 (2.34%) RHCSA
8 4 (2.34%) RHCVA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (4.09%) FedRAMP
1 7 (4.09%) SLA
2 6 (3.51%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (1.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.58%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.58%) GDPR
System Software
1 93 (54.39%) VMware Infrastructure
2 65 (38.01%) Active Directory
3 46 (26.90%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 20 (11.70%) vSphere
5 19 (11.11%) Hyper-V
6 13 (7.60%) Virtual Machines
7 12 (7.02%) Docker
7 12 (7.02%) VMware ESXi
8 5 (2.92%) Firmware
8 5 (2.92%) KVM
8 5 (2.92%) Xen
9 4 (2.34%) NFS
9 4 (2.34%) RHEV
9 4 (2.34%) Samba
9 4 (2.34%) Sendmail
9 4 (2.34%) Veritas File System
10 3 (1.75%) EMC RecoverPoint
10 3 (1.75%) Microsoft App-V
10 3 (1.75%) VMware Server
10 3 (1.75%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 29 (16.96%) SCCM
2 20 (11.70%) Opscode Chef
3 17 (9.94%) Ansible
4 11 (6.43%) Kubernetes
5 10 (5.85%) Puppet
5 10 (5.85%) Tivoli
6 9 (5.26%) WSUS
7 7 (4.09%) NetBackup
8 6 (3.51%) Nagios
8 6 (3.51%) Nessus
8 6 (3.51%) SCOM
8 6 (3.51%) Terraform
8 6 (3.51%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 5 (2.92%) Microsoft Clustering
10 4 (2.34%) BladeLogic
10 4 (2.34%) BMC PATROL
10 4 (2.34%) OpenView
10 4 (2.34%) yum
11 3 (1.75%) EMC NetWorker
11 3 (1.75%) Red Hat Spacewalk
Vendors
1 93 (54.39%) VMware
2 44 (25.73%) Microsoft
3 33 (19.30%) Cisco
4 30 (17.54%) Red Hat
5 26 (15.20%) Citrix
6 22 (12.87%) Oracle
7 16 (9.36%) HP
8 11 (6.43%) Veritas
9 9 (5.26%) Dell
9 9 (5.26%) EMC
9 9 (5.26%) IBM
9 9 (5.26%) SolarWinds
10 7 (4.09%) NetApp
11 6 (3.51%) BMC
11 6 (3.51%) Fortinet
11 6 (3.51%) Splunk
11 6 (3.51%) Symantec
12 5 (2.92%) Apple
12 5 (2.92%) Brocade
12 5 (2.92%) SaltStack