Period
to 12 December 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 12 December 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
12 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 700 670 610
Rank change year-on-year -30 -60 +54
Contract jobs citing Virtual Servers 195 230 296
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.19% 0.22% 0.26%
As % of the System Software category 1.49% 1.81% 2.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 104 144 176
UK median daily rate £366 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.64% - -
10th Percentile £143 £138 £233
90th Percentile £534 £488 £499
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +15.38% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 7 13
UK median hourly rate £44.00 £14.75 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +198.31% -20.27% +5.71%
10th Percentile £15.49 £12.75 £12.75
90th Percentile £65.45 £29.85 £32.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.00 £14.75 £14.20
% change year-on-year +198.31% +3.87% -18.86%

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 13060 12734 11473
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.64% 12.32% 10.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 8480 7992 6574
UK median daily rate £425 £401 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.12% +6.80% +7.76%
10th Percentile £157 £170 £158
90th Percentile £613 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £331
% change year-on-year +7.14% +5.66% +1.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 704 866 1215
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% -
10th Percentile £10.38 £10.50 £10.00
90th Percentile £47.00 £43.28 £38.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year - -3.23% -1.43%

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 December 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 12 December 2017.

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 12 December 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 -60 176 £350 - 18
UK excluding London +3 121 £375 +15.38% 13
London -27 73 £300 -33.26% 7
South East +1 33 £256 -19.92% 3
Midlands +28 25 £393 +3.29% 2
West Midlands +31 22 £385 +54.00% 2
North of England +25 20 £343 +10.48% 2
Scotland +2 15 £375 +47.06% 1
East of England -18 15 £350 -20.00% 1
Yorkshire +24 10 £363 +27.75%
South West +4 10 £494 +79.55% 3
North West +8 6 £385 +28.33% 2
North East +51 4 £225 -29.69%
Wales +8 3 £380 -15.56% 1
East Midlands -15 3 £538 +37.82%

For the 6 months to 12 December 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.

1 102 (52.31%) Windows
2 91 (46.67%) VMware
2 91 (46.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 79 (40.51%) Active Directory
4 55 (28.21%) Microsoft
5 50 (25.64%) Windows Server
6 49 (25.13%) PowerShell
7 46 (23.59%) Finance
8 42 (21.54%) Linux
9 41 (21.03%) Migration
10 40 (20.51%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 39 (20.00%) Firewall
11 39 (20.00%) SQL
11 39 (20.00%) Citrix
12 38 (19.49%) Windows Server 2012
12 38 (19.49%) Data Centre
13 37 (18.97%) Oracle
14 36 (18.46%) Microsoft Azure
15 35 (17.95%) Hyper-V
16 30 (15.38%) DevOps
17 28 (14.36%) Windows Server 2008
17 28 (14.36%) Cisco
17 28 (14.36%) LAN
17 28 (14.36%) Microsoft Certification
18 27 (13.85%) MS Exchange
19 26 (13.33%) MCSE
19 26 (13.33%) Puppet
20 25 (12.82%) Opscode Chef
21 24 (12.31%) Security Cleared
21 24 (12.31%) Java

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 (13.85%) MS Exchange
2 18 (9.23%) IIS
2 18 (9.23%) SharePoint
3 12 (6.15%) Exchange Server 2010
4 11 (5.64%) IBM Notes
5 10 (5.13%) Cloud Foundry
6 8 (4.10%) Exchange Server 2013
6 8 (4.10%) SharePoint 2013
6 8 (4.10%) SharePoint Server
7 6 (3.08%) Apache Spark
8 5 (2.56%) SharePoint 2010
9 4 (2.05%) OpenStack
9 4 (2.05%) Tomcat
10 2 (1.03%) Confluence
10 2 (1.03%) Elasticsearch
10 2 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2007
10 2 (1.03%) Skype for Business
11 1 (0.51%) Apache
11 1 (0.51%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 1 (0.51%) SAS
Applications
1 19 (9.74%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.54%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (1.03%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.51%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.51%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 36 (18.46%) Microsoft Azure
2 23 (11.79%) IaaS
3 17 (8.72%) Amazon AWS
3 17 (8.72%) PaaS
4 14 (7.18%) Office 365
5 12 (6.15%) GitHub
5 12 (6.15%) SaaS
6 5 (2.56%) Cloud Computing
6 5 (2.56%) npm
7 4 (2.05%) IBM Cloud
8 2 (1.03%) Azure Active Directory
9 1 (0.51%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 1 (0.51%) AWS CloudFormation
9 1 (0.51%) Dynamics 365
9 1 (0.51%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 39 (20.00%) Firewall
2 28 (14.36%) LAN
3 22 (11.28%) DNS
4 21 (10.77%) Internet
4 21 (10.77%) SAN
5 18 (9.23%) TCP/IP
5 18 (9.23%) Wireless
6 15 (7.69%) Ethernet
7 14 (7.18%) DHCP
7 14 (7.18%) VPN
8 13 (6.67%) NetScaler
9 10 (5.13%) WAN
10 8 (4.10%) Intranet
10 8 (4.10%) VoIP
11 7 (3.59%) BIG-IP
12 6 (3.08%) Cisco ASA
13 5 (2.56%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
13 5 (2.56%) Network Security
14 4 (2.05%) Cisco Nexus
14 4 (2.05%) Software-Defined Networking
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (9.23%) SQL Server
2 7 (3.59%) Relational Database
3 6 (3.08%) SQL Server 2008
4 5 (2.56%) MySQL
4 5 (2.56%) SQL Server 2012
5 4 (2.05%) SQL Server 2005
6 2 (1.03%) NoSQL
6 2 (1.03%) Oracle Database
6 2 (1.03%) Redis
7 1 (0.51%) Azure SQL Database
7 1 (0.51%) Big Data
7 1 (0.51%) MS Access
7 1 (0.51%) Oracle Database 10g
7 1 (0.51%) Oracle Database 11g
7 1 (0.51%) Oracle Database 12c
7 1 (0.51%) Oracle8/8i Database
7 1 (0.51%) Oracle9i Database
Development Applications
1 21 (10.77%) Jenkins
2 13 (6.67%) Git (software)
2 13 (6.67%) Team Foundation Server
3 10 (5.13%) Cucumber
3 10 (5.13%) Sonatype Nexus
4 8 (4.10%) Selenium
5 6 (3.08%) gulp
5 6 (3.08%) Protractor
5 6 (3.08%) Visual Studio
6 5 (2.56%) Bower
6 5 (2.56%) NuGet
6 5 (2.56%) Visual Studio Team System
7 4 (2.05%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 2 (1.03%) JIRA
8 2 (1.03%) JMeter
9 1 (0.51%) MSI
9 1 (0.51%) Vagrant
General
1 46 (23.59%) Finance
2 13 (6.67%) Banking
3 4 (2.05%) Back Office
3 4 (2.05%) Military
3 4 (2.05%) Retail
3 4 (2.05%) Telecoms
4 3 (1.54%) Investment Banking
4 3 (1.54%) Law
5 2 (1.03%) Legal
6 1 (0.51%) Advertising
6 1 (0.51%) French Language
6 1 (0.51%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.51%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 28 (14.36%) Administrator
2 20 (10.26%) DevOps Engineer
3 18 (9.23%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 16 (8.21%) Network Engineer
5 12 (6.15%) Architect
5 12 (6.15%) Desktop Support
6 11 (5.64%) Consultant
6 11 (5.64%) Systems Administrator
6 11 (5.64%) Systems Engineer
7 10 (5.13%) 3rd Line Support
7 10 (5.13%) Windows Engineer
8 8 (4.10%) 2nd Line Support
8 8 (4.10%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 8 (4.10%) Analyst
8 8 (4.10%) Development Engineer
8 8 (4.10%) SharePoint Administrator
8 8 (4.10%) Support Engineer
8 8 (4.10%) Technical Engineer
9 6 (3.08%) Desktop Engineer
9 6 (3.08%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (5.64%) .NET
2 9 (4.62%) JSON
3 8 (4.10%) Node.js
4 6 (3.08%) AngularJS
4 6 (3.08%) Kafka
4 6 (3.08%) WireMock
5 5 (2.56%) .NET Framework
5 5 (2.56%) Web Services
6 3 (1.54%) Elastic Stack
7 2 (1.03%) Middleware
8 1 (0.51%) COM
8 1 (0.51%) Core Data
8 1 (0.51%) HTML
8 1 (0.51%) HTML5
8 1 (0.51%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 38 (19.49%) Data Centre
2 18 (9.23%) Blackberry
2 18 (9.23%) Management Information System
3 16 (8.21%) Client/Server
4 14 (7.18%) Analytical Skills
5 8 (4.10%) SWIFT
6 4 (2.05%) Cloud Native
6 4 (2.05%) Fat Client
6 4 (2.05%) FlexPod
6 4 (2.05%) NHS
6 4 (2.05%) Thin Client
7 3 (1.54%) Computer Science
7 3 (1.54%) Replication
8 2 (1.03%) Clustering
8 2 (1.03%) CMDB
8 2 (1.03%) EMC VNX
8 2 (1.03%) Enterprise Software
8 2 (1.03%) Hybrid Cloud
8 2 (1.03%) Public Cloud
9 1 (0.51%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 102 (52.31%) Windows
2 50 (25.64%) Windows Server
3 42 (21.54%) Linux
4 38 (19.49%) Windows Server 2012
5 28 (14.36%) Windows Server 2008
6 22 (11.28%) Windows 7
7 18 (9.23%) Apple iOS
8 12 (6.15%) Windows 10
8 12 (6.15%) Windows Server 2003
9 11 (5.64%) Unix
9 11 (5.64%) Windows 8
10 6 (3.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 2 (1.03%) AIX
11 2 (1.03%) Android
11 2 (1.03%) Oracle Linux
11 2 (1.03%) Solaris
11 2 (1.03%) VMS
11 2 (1.03%) Windows XP
12 1 (0.51%) Data ONTAP
12 1 (0.51%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (21.03%) Migration
2 30 (15.38%) DevOps
3 20 (10.26%) Change Management
4 16 (8.21%) Disaster Recovery
5 15 (7.69%) Time Management
5 15 (7.69%) Validation
6 13 (6.67%) Information Security
7 12 (6.15%) ITIL
7 12 (6.15%) Network Design
8 11 (5.64%) Infrastructure Management
8 11 (5.64%) Scrum
8 11 (5.64%) Software Engineering
9 10 (5.13%) Continuous Delivery
10 9 (4.62%) Agile Software Development
10 9 (4.62%) Business Continuity
10 9 (4.62%) Configuration Management
10 9 (4.62%) Load Balancing
10 9 (4.62%) Project Management
11 8 (4.10%) Continuous Integration
11 8 (4.10%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 49 (25.13%) PowerShell
2 39 (20.00%) SQL
3 24 (12.31%) Java
4 7 (3.59%) JavaScript
5 6 (3.08%) Bash Shell
6 4 (2.05%) C
6 4 (2.05%) VB
6 4 (2.05%) VBScript
7 3 (1.54%) Perl
7 3 (1.54%) Python
8 2 (1.03%) PHP
8 2 (1.03%) Ruby
8 2 (1.03%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.51%) C#
9 1 (0.51%) Korn
9 1 (0.51%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.51%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 28 (14.36%) Microsoft Certification
2 26 (13.33%) MCSE
3 24 (12.31%) Security Cleared
4 20 (10.26%) SC Cleared
5 18 (9.23%) MCSA
6 17 (8.72%) MCP
7 16 (8.21%) ACHDS
7 16 (8.21%) MCDST
7 16 (8.21%) MCSM
7 16 (8.21%) Network+ Certification
8 15 (7.69%) ACDT
8 15 (7.69%) ACTC
9 11 (5.64%) Degree
10 10 (5.13%) A+ Certification
11 8 (4.10%) Cisco Certification
12 6 (3.08%) CCNP
13 3 (1.54%) CCNA
13 3 (1.54%) Computer Science Degree
13 3 (1.54%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 1 (0.51%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (2.56%) SLA
2 3 (1.54%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (1.03%) GDPR
3 2 (1.03%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.51%) PMO
4 1 (0.51%) QA
System Software
1 91 (46.67%) VMware Infrastructure
2 79 (40.51%) Active Directory
3 40 (20.51%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 35 (17.95%) Hyper-V
5 19 (9.74%) VMware ESXi
5 19 (9.74%) vSphere
6 14 (7.18%) Docker
7 9 (4.62%) XenApp
7 9 (4.62%) XenDesktop
8 5 (2.56%) Microsoft App-V
9 3 (1.54%) Virtual Machines
10 2 (1.03%) Terminal Server
10 2 (1.03%) VMware Server
10 2 (1.03%) XenServer
11 1 (0.51%) NFS
11 1 (0.51%) Oracle RAC
11 1 (0.51%) Squid
11 1 (0.51%) Terminal Services
11 1 (0.51%) VMware NSX
11 1 (0.51%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 26 (13.33%) Puppet
2 25 (12.82%) Opscode Chef
3 18 (9.23%) SCCM
4 14 (7.18%) vCenter Server
5 12 (6.15%) SCOM
6 9 (4.62%) Backup Exec
6 9 (4.62%) WSUS
7 6 (3.08%) Nagios
8 5 (2.56%) Ansible
8 5 (2.56%) Kubernetes
8 5 (2.56%) Norton AntiVirus
8 5 (2.56%) SCVMM
8 5 (2.56%) Terraform
9 4 (2.05%) BMC PATROL
9 4 (2.05%) vMotion
10 3 (1.54%) EMC NetWorker
10 3 (1.54%) HP SiteScope
10 3 (1.54%) Salt
11 2 (1.03%) FortiGate
11 2 (1.03%) PowerCLI
Vendors
1 91 (46.67%) VMware
2 55 (28.21%) Microsoft
3 39 (20.00%) Citrix
4 37 (18.97%) Oracle
5 28 (14.36%) Cisco
6 17 (8.72%) Apple
7 13 (6.67%) F5
7 13 (6.67%) HP
7 13 (6.67%) NetApp
8 12 (6.15%) CheckPoint
9 11 (5.64%) Lotus
9 11 (5.64%) Symantec
10 9 (4.62%) EMC
10 9 (4.62%) Red Hat
11 6 (3.08%) Dell
12 4 (2.05%) BMC
12 4 (2.05%) McAfee
12 4 (2.05%) Mitel
12 4 (2.05%) Reuters
12 4 (2.05%) SolarWinds