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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 28 May 2022 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
28 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 694 650 551
Rank change year-on-year -44 -99 +137
Contract jobs citing Virtual Servers 142 60 76
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.16% 0.10% 0.16%
As % of the System Software category 1.21% 0.71% 1.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 114 39 59
10th Percentile £226 £263 £220
25th Percentile £352 £291 £221
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £375 £425
Median % change year-on-year +20.00% -11.76% +8.97%
75th Percentile £538 £501 £491
90th Percentile £638 £578 £551
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £375 £400
% change year-on-year +13.33% -6.25% +2.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 4 1
10th Percentile - £74.33 -
25th Percentile £20.00 £76.69 -
Median hourly rate £39.73 £78.00 £27.00
Median % change year-on-year -49.07% +188.89% +38.46%
75th Percentile £44.69 - -
90th Percentile £46.38 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.86 £78.00 -
% change year-on-year -61.71% - -

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 11,759 8,500 7,305
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.33% 14.25% 15.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,443 5,903 4,969
10th Percentile £200 £225 £181
25th Percentile £400 £385 £340
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £495 £468
Median % change year-on-year +6.06% +5.77% -1.47%
75th Percentile £625 £575 £563
90th Percentile £700 £658 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 302 297 360
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.64 £11.26
25th Percentile £14.81 £14.00 £13.25
Median hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year -9.52% +20.00% +6.19%
75th Percentile £40.56 £50.00 £24.31
90th Percentile £57.50 £64.50 £52.55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.27 £16.33
% change year-on-year -4.21% +11.91% +5.80%

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 28 May 2022.

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 28 May 2022.

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 28 May 2022. 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
Jobs
England -51 122 £425 +6.25% 48
UK excluding London -25 83 £425 +13.33% 33
Work from Home -93 61 £475 +15.15% 15
London -84 47 £463 +12.12% 12
East of England -4 25 £400 -33.33% 2
South East -29 14 £600 +47.69% 6
North of England -46 14 £521 +38.93% 9
North West -41 13 £590 +110.71% 5
Midlands -27 12 £310 -1.20% 13
Scotland -17 8 £450 +25.53% 1
West Midlands -33 7 £310 -4.62% 3
South West -18 6 £325 -10.28% 2
East Midlands -14 5 £300 -0.83% 10
Wales - 3 £510 -
Yorkshire -39 1 £158 -66.84% 4
Northern Ireland - 1 £450 -

For the 6 months to 28 May 2022, 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.

1 104 (73.24%) Windows
2 73 (51.41%) VMware
2 73 (51.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 65 (45.77%) Active Directory
4 64 (45.07%) Microsoft
5 58 (40.85%) Windows Server
6 44 (30.99%) DNS
7 42 (29.58%) Firewall
8 41 (28.87%) Linux
9 34 (23.94%) DHCP
10 31 (21.83%) Azure
10 31 (21.83%) Data Centre
10 31 (21.83%) Windows 10
10 31 (21.83%) Microsoft 365
11 30 (21.13%) Windows Server 2016
12 29 (20.42%) Windows Server 2008
13 28 (19.72%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 28 (19.72%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 27 (19.01%) Hyper-V
14 27 (19.01%) Change Management
14 27 (19.01%) Finance
15 26 (18.31%) MS Exchange
15 26 (18.31%) SCCM
15 26 (18.31%) Social Skills
16 25 (17.61%) Citrix
17 23 (16.20%) ITIL
18 21 (14.79%) Red Hat
18 21 (14.79%) HP
19 20 (14.08%) NetBackup
19 20 (14.08%) Windows Server 2012

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 26 (18.31%) MS Exchange
2 16 (11.27%) Exchange Server 2010
3 15 (10.56%) Exchange Server 2007
3 15 (10.56%) Exchange Server 2013
4 9 (6.34%) IIS
5 6 (4.23%) SharePoint
6 5 (3.52%) Exchange Server 2003
7 4 (2.82%) Skype for Business
7 4 (2.82%) ThingWorx
8 3 (2.11%) OpenROAD
8 3 (2.11%) WebLogic
9 1 (0.70%) Confluence
Applications
1 10 (7.04%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (2.82%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (2.82%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (2.11%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (1.41%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (2.82%) C-CURE
1 4 (2.82%) Maximo
2 1 (0.70%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.70%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 31 (21.83%) Azure
1 31 (21.83%) Microsoft 365
2 16 (11.27%) AWS
3 9 (6.34%) Azure Active Directory
4 3 (2.11%) Azure Stack
5 2 (1.41%) GCP
5 2 (1.41%) IaaS
5 2 (1.41%) NuGet
5 2 (1.41%) Power Platform
5 2 (1.41%) Serverless
6 1 (0.70%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 1 (0.70%) Dynamics 365
6 1 (0.70%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 44 (30.99%) DNS
2 42 (29.58%) Firewall
3 34 (23.94%) DHCP
4 19 (13.38%) SAN
5 15 (10.56%) IPv4
5 15 (10.56%) Network Security
6 11 (7.75%) VoIP
7 10 (7.04%) TCP/IP
8 9 (6.34%) WAN
9 8 (5.63%) Wireless
10 6 (4.23%) LAN
10 6 (4.23%) VPN
11 5 (3.52%) Skype
12 4 (2.82%) NAS
12 4 (2.82%) VSAN
13 3 (2.11%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
13 3 (2.11%) HTTP
13 3 (2.11%) Remote Desktop
13 3 (2.11%) Unified Communications
13 3 (2.11%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (9.15%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.11%) DB2
2 3 (2.11%) Ingres
3 2 (1.41%) NoSQL
3 2 (1.41%) Power BI
3 2 (1.41%) RDBMS
3 2 (1.41%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.70%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 5 (3.52%) Eclipse
2 4 (2.82%) JIRA
3 3 (2.11%) Jenkins
4 2 (1.41%) ClearCase
4 2 (1.41%) ClearQuest
4 2 (1.41%) GitLab
5 1 (0.70%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 1 (0.70%) Bitbucket
5 1 (0.70%) Git (software)
General
1 27 (19.01%) Finance
2 26 (18.31%) Social Skills
3 8 (5.63%) Back Office
4 7 (4.93%) Banking
4 7 (4.93%) Public Sector
5 5 (3.52%) Front Office
5 5 (3.52%) Influencing Skills
5 5 (3.52%) Telecoms
6 4 (2.82%) Analytical Skills
7 3 (2.11%) Mandarin Language
7 3 (2.11%) Manufacturing
7 3 (2.11%) Publishing
8 2 (1.41%) Local Government
8 2 (1.41%) Pharmaceutical
8 2 (1.41%) Presentation Skills
9 1 (0.70%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.70%) Documentation Skills
9 1 (0.70%) Legal
9 1 (0.70%) Retail
Job Titles
1 26 (18.31%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 21 (14.79%) Support Engineer
2 21 (14.79%) Wintel Engineer
3 19 (13.38%) Architect
4 16 (11.27%) Server Engineer
5 14 (9.86%) IT Engineer
5 14 (9.86%) Linux Engineer
6 11 (7.75%) Solutions Architect
6 11 (7.75%) Wintel Support
6 11 (7.75%) Wintel Support Engineer
7 9 (6.34%) IT Infrastructure Engineer
7 9 (6.34%) VMware Engineer
7 9 (6.34%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
8 7 (4.93%) 2nd Line Support
8 7 (4.93%) Administrator
8 7 (4.93%) Analyst
8 7 (4.93%) IT Support
8 7 (4.93%) IT Support Engineer
8 7 (4.93%) Project Manager
8 7 (4.93%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (2.11%) Middleware
2 2 (1.41%) .NET
2 2 (1.41%) .NET Framework
3 1 (0.70%) OpenTelemetry
Miscellaneous
1 31 (21.83%) Data Centre
2 14 (9.86%) CMDB
3 9 (6.34%) CCTV
3 9 (6.34%) NHS
4 7 (4.93%) Clustering
5 4 (2.82%) Digital Signage
5 4 (2.82%) IoT
5 4 (2.82%) Legacy Systems
5 4 (2.82%) Public Cloud
5 4 (2.82%) User Experience
6 3 (2.11%) Management Information System
6 3 (2.11%) PKI
6 3 (2.11%) Self-Motivation
6 3 (2.11%) Virtual Team
7 2 (1.41%) EMC VNX
7 2 (1.41%) Greenfield Project
7 2 (1.41%) Linux Command Line
7 2 (1.41%) Replication
8 1 (0.70%) Cyberthreat
8 1 (0.70%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 104 (73.24%) Windows
2 58 (40.85%) Windows Server
3 41 (28.87%) Linux
4 31 (21.83%) Windows 10
5 30 (21.13%) Windows Server 2016
6 29 (20.42%) Windows Server 2008
7 20 (14.08%) Windows Server 2012
8 17 (11.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 12 (8.45%) Windows 7
10 8 (5.63%) Windows Server 2019
11 7 (4.93%) CentOS
12 3 (2.11%) Mac OS
12 3 (2.11%) Unix
13 2 (1.41%) Apple iOS
13 2 (1.41%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.70%) Debian
14 1 (0.70%) Ubuntu
14 1 (0.70%) VMS
14 1 (0.70%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (19.72%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 27 (19.01%) Change Management
3 23 (16.20%) ITIL
4 20 (14.08%) Patch Management
5 18 (12.68%) Problem-Solving
6 15 (10.56%) Runbook
7 13 (9.15%) Migration
8 11 (7.75%) Change Control
8 11 (7.75%) Server Management
8 11 (7.75%) Virtual Environments
9 10 (7.04%) DevOps
10 9 (6.34%) Agile
10 9 (6.34%) Asset Management
10 9 (6.34%) Coaching
10 9 (6.34%) Cybersecurity
11 8 (5.63%) Product Roadmap
11 8 (5.63%) Project Delivery
12 6 (4.23%) Load Balancing
12 6 (4.23%) Release Management
12 6 (4.23%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 18 (12.68%) PowerShell
2 12 (8.45%) SQL
3 7 (4.93%) Python
4 5 (3.52%) Bash
5 4 (2.82%) Java
6 3 (2.11%) Shell Script
7 1 (0.70%) C
7 1 (0.70%) Go
Qualifications
1 18 (12.68%) Microsoft Certification
2 15 (10.56%) MCITP
3 14 (9.86%) MCSA
4 11 (7.75%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 10 (7.04%) ITIL Certification
5 10 (7.04%) MCSE
6 9 (6.34%) CCA
6 9 (6.34%) Citrix Certification
6 9 (6.34%) Degree
7 8 (5.63%) MCP
7 8 (5.63%) MCTS
7 8 (5.63%) SC Cleared
7 8 (5.63%) Security Cleared
8 2 (1.41%) HND
8 2 (1.41%) RHCSA
8 2 (1.41%) VCAP
9 1 (0.70%) CCNA
9 1 (0.70%) CCNP
9 1 (0.70%) Cisco Certification
9 1 (0.70%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.11%) Accessibility
1 3 (2.11%) SLA
2 1 (0.70%) GDPR
2 1 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.70%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 73 (51.41%) VMware Infrastructure
2 65 (45.77%) Active Directory
3 28 (19.72%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 27 (19.01%) Hyper-V
5 16 (11.27%) Citrix Hypervisor
5 16 (11.27%) XenApp
5 16 (11.27%) XenDesktop
6 15 (10.56%) Microsoft App-V
7 10 (7.04%) vSphere
8 9 (6.34%) VMware ESXi
9 6 (4.23%) Virtual Machines
10 4 (2.82%) Terminal Services
11 2 (1.41%) NFS
11 2 (1.41%) VMware NSX
12 1 (0.70%) BitLocker
12 1 (0.70%) Forefront TMG
12 1 (0.70%) VirtualBox
12 1 (0.70%) VMware Server
12 1 (0.70%) Xen
Systems Management
1 26 (18.31%) SCCM
2 20 (14.08%) NetBackup
3 12 (8.45%) Ansible
4 8 (5.63%) WSUS
5 7 (4.93%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 6 (4.23%) Puppet
6 6 (4.23%) vCenter Server
7 5 (3.52%) Terraform
8 4 (2.82%) Microsoft Intune
8 4 (2.82%) SCOM
8 4 (2.82%) vRealize
9 3 (2.11%) Avamar
9 3 (2.11%) Microsoft Clustering
9 3 (2.11%) Opscode Chef
9 3 (2.11%) Single Sign-On
9 3 (2.11%) VxRail
10 2 (1.41%) McAfee ePO
10 2 (1.41%) Norton AntiVirus
10 2 (1.41%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
11 1 (0.70%) CSIRT
Vendors
1 73 (51.41%) VMware
2 64 (45.07%) Microsoft
3 25 (17.61%) Citrix
4 21 (14.79%) HP
4 21 (14.79%) Red Hat
5 19 (13.38%) Cisco
6 15 (10.56%) Ivanti
6 15 (10.56%) Shavlik
7 13 (9.15%) Veeam
8 8 (5.63%) ServiceNow
9 7 (4.93%) IBM
9 7 (4.93%) SolarWinds
10 5 (3.52%) Dell
10 5 (3.52%) EMC
10 5 (3.52%) NetApp
10 5 (3.52%) Symantec
11 4 (2.82%) McAfee
11 4 (2.82%) PTC
12 3 (2.11%) F5
12 3 (2.11%) Oracle