Period
to 12 November 2019

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 12 November 2019 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
12 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 647 731 703
Rank change year-on-year +84 -28 -8
Contract jobs citing Virtual Servers 158 167 191
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.19% 0.16% 0.19%
As % of the System Software category 1.21% 1.07% 1.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 107 104 110
UK median daily rate £388 £400 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.13% +21.12% -11.93%
10th Percentile £207 £163 £140
90th Percentile £575 £534 £508
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 6 9
UK median hourly rate £180.00 £38.75 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +364.52% +19.23% +118.49%
10th Percentile £50.80 £23.75 £15.24
90th Percentile £192.00 £89.13 £47.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £180.00 £38.75 £19.66
% change year-on-year +364.52% +97.10% +33.29%

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 13,035 15,577 12,666
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.53% 15.15% 12.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,574 10,170 8,199
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £163 £181 £156
90th Percentile £638 £625 £601
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 695 879 709
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £16.81
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -4.79% +6.70%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.50 £10.40
90th Percentile £47.20 £43.75 £46.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £15.86 £15.50
% change year-on-year +0.88% +2.32% +3.33%

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 12 November 2019.

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 12 November 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Virtual Servers in the UK

Virtual Servers
Top 14 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 12 November 2019. 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 +58 132 £388 -3.13% 64
UK excluding London +51 116 £375 - 59
South East +54 43 £425 +13.33% 23
London +62 39 £425 -11.69% 11
South West +6 21 £315 -21.25% 4
Scotland +29 20 £525 +31.25% 3
North of England +24 12 £275 +5.26% 10
Midlands +35 11 £300 -11.11% 10
West Midlands +37 7 £365 +4.29% 7
North West +27 7 £275 -31.25% 4
East of England +26 6 £250 -37.50% 6
Yorkshire +14 5 £263 +14.75% 5
East Midlands +12 4 £278 -14.54% 3
Wales +31 3 £300 -14.29% 3

For the 6 months to 12 November 2019, 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 98 (62.03%) Windows
2 74 (46.84%) Windows Server
3 69 (43.67%) Active Directory
4 66 (41.77%) VMware
4 66 (41.77%) VMware Infrastructure
5 57 (36.08%) Microsoft
6 44 (27.85%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 39 (24.68%) Windows Server 2012
8 37 (23.42%) SCCM
8 37 (23.42%) Cisco
9 33 (20.89%) Data Centre
9 33 (20.89%) Windows 10
9 33 (20.89%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 32 (20.25%) DNS
10 32 (20.25%) Azure
11 31 (19.62%) SQL Server
12 30 (18.99%) Linux
12 30 (18.99%) AWS
13 29 (18.35%) PowerShell
13 29 (18.35%) DHCP
13 29 (18.35%) SAN
14 28 (17.72%) Firewall
15 27 (17.09%) Windows 7
16 26 (16.46%) Office 365
17 23 (14.56%) Migration
17 23 (14.56%) LAN
17 23 (14.56%) WAN
17 23 (14.56%) SQL
17 23 (14.56%) Web Services
18 21 (13.29%) ITIL

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 13 (8.23%) SharePoint
2 12 (7.59%) MS Exchange
3 10 (6.33%) Skype for Business
4 8 (5.06%) IIS
5 7 (4.43%) Apache Spark
5 7 (4.43%) Jupyter
5 7 (4.43%) SAS
6 5 (3.16%) Exchange Server 2013
7 4 (2.53%) Confluence
7 4 (2.53%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.63%) Exchange Server 2010
8 1 (0.63%) Oracle 10gAS
8 1 (0.63%) Oracle Application Server
Applications
1 13 (8.23%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.63%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.63%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.63%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (0.63%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.63%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 32 (20.25%) Azure
2 30 (18.99%) AWS
3 26 (16.46%) Office 365
4 6 (3.80%) IaaS
5 5 (3.16%) G Suite
6 4 (2.53%) GCP
7 1 (0.63%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.63%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.63%) Apigee
7 1 (0.63%) IBM Cloud
7 1 (0.63%) Mimecast
7 1 (0.63%) OpenShift
7 1 (0.63%) PaaS
7 1 (0.63%) Route 53
7 1 (0.63%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 32 (20.25%) DNS
2 29 (18.35%) DHCP
2 29 (18.35%) SAN
3 28 (17.72%) Firewall
4 23 (14.56%) LAN
4 23 (14.56%) WAN
5 17 (10.76%) TCP/IP
6 11 (6.96%) VPN
7 10 (6.33%) Skype
8 7 (4.43%) Wi-Fi
9 6 (3.80%) NAS
10 5 (3.16%) Intrusion Detection
10 5 (3.16%) Kerberos
10 5 (3.16%) VLAN
11 4 (2.53%) Fibre Channel
11 4 (2.53%) Wireless
12 3 (1.90%) iSCSI
13 2 (1.27%) Ethernet
13 2 (1.27%) NetScaler
13 2 (1.27%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (19.62%) SQL Server
2 9 (5.70%) PostgreSQL
3 8 (5.06%) Big Data
3 8 (5.06%) Hadoop
4 7 (4.43%) Apache Hive
4 7 (4.43%) Apache Zeppelin
4 7 (4.43%) Data Lake
4 7 (4.43%) Impala
4 7 (4.43%) Relational Database
5 4 (2.53%) MySQL
5 4 (2.53%) Oracle Database
5 4 (2.53%) SQL Server 2016
6 2 (1.27%) DB2
7 1 (0.63%) GIS
7 1 (0.63%) Oracle Database 10g
7 1 (0.63%) Oracle Database 11g
7 1 (0.63%) Oracle Database 12c
7 1 (0.63%) Oracle8/8i Database
7 1 (0.63%) Oracle9i Database
7 1 (0.63%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 11 (6.96%) MSI
2 4 (2.53%) Git (software)
2 4 (2.53%) JIRA
2 4 (2.53%) Subversion
3 1 (0.63%) IBM UrbanCode
General
1 20 (12.66%) Public Sector
2 8 (5.06%) Finance
3 7 (4.43%) Telecoms
4 5 (3.16%) Banking
4 5 (3.16%) Mandarin Language
5 1 (0.63%) Back Office
5 1 (0.63%) Law
5 1 (0.63%) Legal
5 1 (0.63%) Retail
Job Titles
1 30 (18.99%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 18 (11.39%) Environment Manager
3 16 (10.13%) Support Engineer
4 15 (9.49%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 15 (9.49%) IT Engineer
5 14 (8.86%) 3rd Line Support
6 12 (7.59%) Platform Engineer
7 11 (6.96%) Architect
8 10 (6.33%) IT Support
9 8 (5.06%) 2nd Line Support
9 8 (5.06%) Server Engineer
10 7 (4.43%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
10 7 (4.43%) Administrator
10 7 (4.43%) Solutions Architect
10 7 (4.43%) Windows Engineer
11 6 (3.80%) Infrastructure Manager
11 6 (3.80%) Test Manager
11 6 (3.80%) Wintel Engineer
12 5 (3.16%) IT Support Engineer
12 5 (3.16%) QA Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (14.56%) Web Services
2 7 (4.43%) 802.1X
2 7 (4.43%) Apache NiFi
2 7 (4.43%) Kafka
3 3 (1.90%) Middleware
4 1 (0.63%) LDAP
4 1 (0.63%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 33 (20.89%) Data Centre
2 12 (7.59%) VxBlock/Vblock
3 7 (4.43%) PKI
3 7 (4.43%) Private Cloud
4 5 (3.16%) Video Conferencing
5 4 (2.53%) Management Information System
5 4 (2.53%) Public Cloud
6 3 (1.90%) Analytical Skills
7 2 (1.27%) Client/Server
7 2 (1.27%) Device Driver
7 2 (1.27%) Virtual Team
8 1 (0.63%) CESG
8 1 (0.63%) Clustering
8 1 (0.63%) DataPower
8 1 (0.63%) EMC VNX
8 1 (0.63%) Fat Client
8 1 (0.63%) Mobile Banking
8 1 (0.63%) NHS
8 1 (0.63%) Replication
8 1 (0.63%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 98 (62.03%) Windows
2 74 (46.84%) Windows Server
3 39 (24.68%) Windows Server 2012
4 33 (20.89%) Windows 10
5 30 (18.99%) Linux
6 27 (17.09%) Windows 7
7 17 (10.76%) Windows Server 2008
8 14 (8.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 12 (7.59%) CentOS
10 9 (5.70%) VMS
11 8 (5.06%) Windows 8
12 6 (3.80%) Solaris
12 6 (3.80%) Unix
13 5 (3.16%) Mac OS
14 4 (2.53%) Ubuntu
15 1 (0.63%) AIX
15 1 (0.63%) HPUX
15 1 (0.63%) Mac OS X
15 1 (0.63%) SUSE
15 1 (0.63%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (20.89%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 23 (14.56%) Migration
3 21 (13.29%) ITIL
4 19 (12.03%) Agile Software Development
4 19 (12.03%) Service Management
5 17 (10.76%) Server Building
6 16 (10.13%) Disaster Recovery
7 13 (8.23%) Infrastructure Management
8 12 (7.59%) Data Security
8 12 (7.59%) DevOps
9 11 (6.96%) Coaching
10 10 (6.33%) Break/Fix
10 10 (6.33%) ITSM
11 9 (5.70%) Cybersecurity
11 9 (5.70%) PRINCE2
11 9 (5.70%) Project Management
11 9 (5.70%) Test Automation
12 8 (5.06%) IT Strategy
12 8 (5.06%) Network Virtualisation
12 8 (5.06%) Proactive Maintenance
Programming Languages
1 29 (18.35%) PowerShell
2 23 (14.56%) SQL
3 9 (5.70%) Python
4 7 (4.43%) Bash Shell
5 6 (3.80%) Perl
6 4 (2.53%) VBScript
7 1 (0.63%) C
7 1 (0.63%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 21 (13.29%) Security Cleared
2 11 (6.96%) CCNA
2 11 (6.96%) Cisco Certification
2 11 (6.96%) DV Cleared
3 10 (6.33%) SC Cleared
4 9 (5.70%) CCNP
4 9 (5.70%) DBS Check
5 8 (5.06%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 5 (3.16%) Microsoft Certification
6 5 (3.16%) VCAP
7 4 (2.53%) MCSA
8 3 (1.90%) Degree
9 2 (1.27%) BPSS Clearance
9 2 (1.27%) ITIL Certification
9 2 (1.27%) MCSE
10 1 (0.63%) A+ Certification
10 1 (0.63%) MCP
10 1 (0.63%) NCDA
10 1 (0.63%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (6.33%) SLA
2 7 (4.43%) QA
3 2 (1.27%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.63%) GDPR
4 1 (0.63%) GxP
4 1 (0.63%) NCSC
System Software
1 69 (43.67%) Active Directory
2 66 (41.77%) VMware Infrastructure
3 44 (27.85%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 15 (9.49%) Hyper-V
5 14 (8.86%) Virtual Machines
6 10 (6.33%) VMware ESXi
7 8 (5.06%) Virtual Desktop
7 8 (5.06%) XenApp
7 8 (5.06%) XenDesktop
8 6 (3.80%) EMC RecoverPoint
9 5 (3.16%) VMware NSX
9 5 (3.16%) vSphere
10 4 (2.53%) pfSense
11 2 (1.27%) Docker
11 2 (1.27%) Microsoft App-V
12 1 (0.63%) Oracle RAC
12 1 (0.63%) Terminal Server
12 1 (0.63%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 37 (23.42%) SCCM
2 11 (6.96%) SCOM
2 11 (6.96%) WSUS
3 10 (6.33%) Avamar
4 7 (4.43%) Oozie
5 6 (3.80%) Kubernetes
5 6 (3.80%) PowerCLI
6 4 (2.53%) EMC NetWorker
6 4 (2.53%) Nagios
6 4 (2.53%) NetBackup
7 3 (1.90%) McAfee ePO
7 3 (1.90%) Microsoft Intune
7 3 (1.90%) Nessus
7 3 (1.90%) Norton AntiVirus
7 3 (1.90%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 2 (1.27%) Cisco UCCE
8 2 (1.27%) HP Data Protector
8 2 (1.27%) Jamf Pro
8 2 (1.27%) vCenter Server
9 1 (0.63%) Data Guard
Vendors
1 66 (41.77%) VMware
2 57 (36.08%) Microsoft
3 37 (23.42%) Cisco
4 17 (10.76%) EMC
5 15 (9.49%) Oracle
6 13 (8.23%) Citrix
7 9 (5.70%) Dell
8 8 (5.06%) Hortonworks
9 7 (4.43%) Cloudera
9 7 (4.43%) StreamSets
10 6 (3.80%) HP
10 6 (3.80%) Meraki
10 6 (3.80%) Pega
10 6 (3.80%) Red Hat
11 5 (3.16%) McAfee
12 4 (2.53%) CA
12 4 (2.53%) Clearswift
12 4 (2.53%) IBM
12 4 (2.53%) Juniper
12 4 (2.53%) NEC