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 3 months to 26 June 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
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 514 531 484
Rank change year-on-year +17 -47  
Contract jobs citing Virtual Servers 93 120 157
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.20% 0.23% 0.28%
As % of the System Software category 1.77% 1.79% 2.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 67 84 92
Median daily rate £380 £400 £323
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.00% +24.03%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £201 £156 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £479 £470 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £384 £398 £300
% change year-on-year -3.45% +32.50%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 3 10
Median hourly rate £19.66 £19.00 £22.59
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.47% -15.90%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.88 £17.00 £17.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.32 £22.60 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.66 £19.00 £22.59
% change year-on-year +3.47% -15.90%  

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 5251 6694 5913
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 11.17% 12.61% 10.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 3369 4129 3336
Median daily rate £402 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.50% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £203 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +7.14% +7.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 307 469 616
Median hourly rate £17.00 £20.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.00% +11.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.15 £12.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.02 £42.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.18 £21.75 £17.50
% change year-on-year -25.60% +24.28%  

Virtual Servers
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Virtual Servers as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the System Software category.

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 3 months to 26 June 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
Top 30 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 3 months to 26 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +5 82 £375 -6.25% 21
London -21 31 £375 -11.76% 6
South East +9 18 £350 -12.50% 7
Hampshire -10 9 £264 -33.85% 1
South West +11 8 £350 - 2
West Midlands - 8 £413 - 1
Scotland +36 7 £425 +286.36% 1
Yorkshire +27 6 £325 +109.67% 3
East of England - 6 £400 - 2
Wiltshire - 6 £475 -
Shropshire - 6 £413 -
Telford - 6 £413 -
Swindon - 6 £475 -
Glasgow +13 5 £425 +325.00%
City of London -6 4 £273 -36.62%
East Midlands -9 4 £380 -5.00%
Hertfordshire - 4 £388 -
Derby - 4 £380 -
Dartford - 4 £425 -
Kent - 4 £425 -
Derbyshire - 4 £380 -
Portsmouth 0 3 £500 +28.20%
Wales -4 3 £450 +12.50%
Winchester - 3 £175 -
Croydon - 3 £450 -
South Yorkshire - 3 £356 -
Berkshire +19 2 - - 1
Reading +17 2 - - 1
Edinburgh +14 2 £98 -13.33% 1
South Wales -7 2 £450 +12.50%

For the 6 months to 26 June 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 84 (56.38%) VMware
1 84 (56.38%) VMware Infrastructure
2 82 (55.03%) Windows
3 60 (40.27%) Active Directory
4 57 (38.26%) Microsoft
5 51 (34.23%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 47 (31.54%) Windows Server
7 40 (26.85%) Windows Server 2012
8 38 (25.50%) Linux
9 36 (24.16%) Data Centre
10 33 (22.15%) Migration
11 31 (20.81%) Citrix
12 30 (20.13%) SAN
12 30 (20.13%) Cisco
13 27 (18.12%) Project Management
13 27 (18.12%) Windows Server 2008
14 26 (17.45%) LAN
14 26 (17.45%) Oracle
15 25 (16.78%) NetApp
16 24 (16.11%) SQL Server
16 24 (16.11%) WAN
17 23 (15.44%) DNS
17 23 (15.44%) Disaster Recovery
18 22 (14.77%) Firewall
18 22 (14.77%) SQL
18 22 (14.77%) Hyper-V
19 21 (14.09%) Security Cleared
20 20 (13.42%) VMware ESXi
20 20 (13.42%) MS Exchange
21 19 (12.75%) PowerShell

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 (13.42%) MS Exchange
2 14 (9.40%) SharePoint
3 8 (5.37%) Exchange Server 2013
3 8 (5.37%) IIS
4 7 (4.70%) Exchange Server 2010
4 7 (4.70%) IBM Notes
4 7 (4.70%) Skype for Business
5 5 (3.36%) Tomcat
6 4 (2.68%) Exchange Server 2007
7 3 (2.01%) Apache
7 3 (2.01%) SharePoint 2010
7 3 (2.01%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (1.34%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 2 (1.34%) Exchange Server 2003
9 1 (0.67%) Apache Spark
9 1 (0.67%) Cloud Foundry
9 1 (0.67%) Exchange Server 2000
9 1 (0.67%) IBM Domino
9 1 (0.67%) SAS
9 1 (0.67%) WebSphere
Applications
1 13 (8.72%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 19 (12.75%) Office 365
2 16 (10.74%) Microsoft Azure
3 12 (8.05%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (2.68%) IaaS
4 4 (2.68%) SaaS
5 3 (2.01%) GitHub
5 3 (2.01%) Yammer
6 2 (1.34%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.67%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 1 (0.67%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.67%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.67%) IBM Cloud
7 1 (0.67%) PaaS
7 1 (0.67%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 30 (20.13%) SAN
2 26 (17.45%) LAN
3 24 (16.11%) WAN
4 23 (15.44%) DNS
5 22 (14.77%) Firewall
6 17 (11.41%) NAS
7 14 (9.40%) DHCP
8 12 (8.05%) Internet
9 11 (7.38%) Wireless
10 10 (6.71%) Network Security
10 10 (6.71%) TCP/IP
11 9 (6.04%) iSCSI
12 8 (5.37%) FTP
12 8 (5.37%) SSH
13 7 (4.70%) MPLS
14 6 (4.03%) Cisco ASA
14 6 (4.03%) NetScaler
15 5 (3.36%) Skype
15 5 (3.36%) VoIP
15 5 (3.36%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (16.11%) SQL Server
2 7 (4.70%) SQL Server 2012
3 6 (4.03%) SQL Server 2008
4 5 (3.36%) RDBMS
4 5 (3.36%) Relational Database
5 4 (2.68%) InterSystems Cache
6 3 (2.01%) MySQL
7 2 (1.34%) SQL Server 2014
8 1 (0.67%) MS Access
8 1 (0.67%) SQL Server 2005
8 1 (0.67%) SQL Server 2016
8 1 (0.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 3 (2.01%) Jenkins
2 1 (0.67%) Cucumber
2 1 (0.67%) gulp
2 1 (0.67%) MSI
2 1 (0.67%) Protractor
2 1 (0.67%) Selenium
2 1 (0.67%) Sonatype Nexus
2 1 (0.67%) Visual Studio
General
1 17 (11.41%) Finance
2 7 (4.70%) Retail
3 5 (3.36%) Banking
3 5 (3.36%) Manufacturing
3 5 (3.36%) Telecoms
4 4 (2.68%) Legal
4 4 (2.68%) Local Government
4 4 (2.68%) Military
5 2 (1.34%) French Language
6 1 (0.67%) Back Office
6 1 (0.67%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 23 (15.44%) Administrator
2 18 (12.08%) Analyst
3 13 (8.72%) Systems Administrator
4 12 (8.05%) Project Manager
5 11 (7.38%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 9 (6.04%) 3rd Line Support
6 9 (6.04%) Architect
6 9 (6.04%) Infrastructure Manager
6 9 (6.04%) Support Engineer
6 9 (6.04%) Unix Administrator
7 8 (5.37%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 8 (5.37%) Infrastructure Project Manager
7 8 (5.37%) Server Engineer
7 8 (5.37%) Solaris Administrator
7 8 (5.37%) Storage Administrator
8 7 (4.70%) Infrastructure Architect
8 7 (4.70%) Linux Specialist
8 7 (4.70%) Project Engineer
8 7 (4.70%) SAN Administrator
8 7 (4.70%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (5.37%) .NET
2 5 (3.36%) 802.1X
3 3 (2.01%) HTML
3 3 (2.01%) Java SE
4 2 (1.34%) COM
4 2 (1.34%) CSS
4 2 (1.34%) LAMP
4 2 (1.34%) Mason
4 2 (1.34%) Web Services
5 1 (0.67%) .NET Framework
5 1 (0.67%) AngularJS
5 1 (0.67%) Flash
5 1 (0.67%) HTML5
5 1 (0.67%) Kafka
5 1 (0.67%) Node.js
5 1 (0.67%) SAP Basis
5 1 (0.67%) WireMock
Miscellaneous
1 36 (24.16%) Data Centre
2 16 (10.74%) Analytical Skills
3 12 (8.05%) Enterprise Storage
3 12 (8.05%) Replication
4 8 (5.37%) Blackberry
5 7 (4.70%) EMC VNX
5 7 (4.70%) FlexPod
5 7 (4.70%) Management Information System
6 5 (3.36%) Computer Science
7 4 (2.68%) Driving Licence
7 4 (2.68%) Linux Command Line
7 4 (2.68%) NHS
8 3 (2.01%) Client/Server
8 3 (2.01%) Private Cloud
9 2 (1.34%) Clustering
9 2 (1.34%) Fat Client
9 2 (1.34%) Hedge funds
9 2 (1.34%) Thin Client
10 1 (0.67%) CMDB
10 1 (0.67%) DataPower
Operating Systems
1 82 (55.03%) Windows
2 47 (31.54%) Windows Server
3 40 (26.85%) Windows Server 2012
4 38 (25.50%) Linux
5 27 (18.12%) Windows Server 2008
6 18 (12.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 18 (12.08%) Unix
6 18 (12.08%) Windows 10
7 15 (10.07%) Windows 7
7 15 (10.07%) Windows Server 2003
8 14 (9.40%) Solaris
9 11 (7.38%) Windows 8
10 8 (5.37%) AIX
11 4 (2.68%) HPUX
12 3 (2.01%) Apple iOS
13 2 (1.34%) Oracle Linux
14 1 (0.67%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (22.15%) Migration
2 27 (18.12%) Project Management
3 23 (15.44%) Disaster Recovery
4 18 (12.08%) ITIL
5 16 (10.74%) Change Management
6 11 (7.38%) High Availability
6 11 (7.38%) Load Balancing
7 9 (6.04%) Performance Analysis
7 9 (6.04%) Problem Management
7 9 (6.04%) Server Virtualisation
8 8 (5.37%) Mentoring
8 8 (5.37%) Virtual Environments
9 7 (4.70%) Service Management
10 6 (4.03%) Capacity Management
10 6 (4.03%) Configuration Management
10 6 (4.03%) Hardware Maintenance
10 6 (4.03%) Performance Monitoring
11 5 (3.36%) Change Control
11 5 (3.36%) Data Migration
11 5 (3.36%) Server Building
Programming Languages
1 22 (14.77%) SQL
2 19 (12.75%) PowerShell
3 11 (7.38%) Bash Shell
4 9 (6.04%) Perl
5 8 (5.37%) Shell Script
6 6 (4.03%) VBScript
7 3 (2.01%) Java
7 3 (2.01%) Python
8 2 (1.34%) JavaScript
8 2 (1.34%) T-SQL
8 2 (1.34%) VB
9 1 (0.67%) C
9 1 (0.67%) C#
Qualifications
1 21 (14.09%) Security Cleared
2 17 (11.41%) Microsoft Certification
3 16 (10.74%) SC Cleared
4 14 (9.40%) MCSE
5 8 (5.37%) Cisco Certification
6 6 (4.03%) CCNA
6 6 (4.03%) CCNP
6 6 (4.03%) MCSA
6 6 (4.03%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 5 (3.36%) Degree
7 5 (3.36%) MCP
8 4 (2.68%) CISSP
9 3 (2.01%) ACDT
9 3 (2.01%) ACHDS
9 3 (2.01%) ACTC
9 3 (2.01%) ITIL Certification
9 3 (2.01%) MCDST
9 3 (2.01%) Network+ Certification
9 3 (2.01%) PMP
9 3 (2.01%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (3.36%) QA
2 4 (2.68%) PMO
3 2 (1.34%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.34%) SLA
4 1 (0.67%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 84 (56.38%) VMware Infrastructure
2 60 (40.27%) Active Directory
3 51 (34.23%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 22 (14.77%) Hyper-V
5 20 (13.42%) VMware ESXi
6 12 (8.05%) NFS
7 10 (6.71%) vSphere
8 9 (6.04%) XenDesktop
9 8 (5.37%) Squid
9 8 (5.37%) Veritas Cluster Server
9 8 (5.37%) Veritas File System
10 6 (4.03%) Microsoft App-V
10 6 (4.03%) Terminal Server
10 6 (4.03%) Virtual Machines
11 5 (3.36%) XenApp
12 4 (2.68%) VMware Workstation
13 3 (2.01%) Terminal Services
14 2 (1.34%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 2 (1.34%) iptables
14 2 (1.34%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 17 (11.41%) vCenter Server
2 11 (7.38%) Nagios
3 10 (6.71%) SCOM
3 10 (6.71%) SELinux
4 9 (6.04%) EMC Navisphere
5 8 (5.37%) NetBackup
5 8 (5.37%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
5 8 (5.37%) Veritas Storage Foundation
6 7 (4.70%) EMC NetWorker
6 7 (4.70%) SCCM
7 6 (4.03%) Norton AntiVirus
8 5 (3.36%) Opscode Chef
8 5 (3.36%) Puppet
8 5 (3.36%) SCVMM
8 5 (3.36%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 4 (2.68%) Oracle ZFS
9 4 (2.68%) Tivoli
10 3 (2.01%) Control-M
10 3 (2.01%) Dollar Universe
10 3 (2.01%) WSUS
Vendors
1 84 (56.38%) VMware
2 57 (38.26%) Microsoft
3 31 (20.81%) Citrix
4 30 (20.13%) Cisco
5 26 (17.45%) Oracle
6 25 (16.78%) NetApp
7 18 (12.08%) Red Hat
8 16 (10.74%) HP
9 14 (9.40%) EMC
10 12 (8.05%) Avaya
10 12 (8.05%) Veritas
11 9 (6.04%) Brocade
11 9 (6.04%) Sun
12 8 (5.37%) ArcSight
12 8 (5.37%) Siemens
12 8 (5.37%) Tripwire
13 7 (4.70%) Lotus
13 7 (4.70%) Sophos
14 6 (4.03%) Dell
14 6 (4.03%) Symantec