Period
to 19 March 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 19 March 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
19 Mar 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 665 750 685
Rank change year-on-year +85 -65 -35
Contract jobs citing Virtual Servers 195 148 161
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.20% 0.15% 0.17%
As % of the System Software category 1.30% 1.14% 1.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 139 89 107
UK median daily rate £385 £400 £315
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.75% +26.98% -16.00%
10th Percentile £149 £209 £135
90th Percentile £590 £575 £468
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £390 £315
% change year-on-year -3.85% +23.81% -10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 9 7
UK median hourly rate £20.33 £46.50 £14.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -56.29% +215.25% -43.81%
10th Percentile £12.25 £13.10 £11.75
90th Percentile £44.75 £70.00 £30.45
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.00 £18.50 £14.75
% change year-on-year +40.54% +25.42% -22.37%

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 14,944 12,962 11,187
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.45% 12.85% 12.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,878 8,455 6,987
UK median daily rate £473 £450 £402
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.11% +12.08% +3.61%
10th Percentile £180 £170 £163
90th Percentile £638 £625 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £389 £350
% change year-on-year +9.32% +11.07% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 715 705 802
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £15.73 £15.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.72% -0.79% +2.29%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.29
90th Percentile £47.50 £45.62 £46.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.48 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +3.17% - -5.81%

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 19 March 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 19 March 2019.

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 19 March 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
UK excluding London +40 157 £375 -3.85% 50
England +44 151 £375 -6.25% 66
South East +3 44 £375 -20.00% 10
London +26 31 £475 +18.75% 20
North of England +9 24 £356 +9.62% 21
Midlands +4 22 £325 -18.75% 6
Scotland +8 20 £138 -63.20% 2
Wales +9 18 £628 +65.13% 2
South West -30 16 £375 +12.78% 8
East Midlands +30 13 £338 -30.77% 2
East of England +24 13 £270 - 1
North West +8 12 £335 -4.29% 10
Yorkshire +14 9 £385 +24.19% 10
West Midlands -15 9 £288 -26.75% 4
North East -8 3 £200 +18.52% 1

For the 6 months to 19 March 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.

1 128 (65.64%) Windows
2 116 (59.49%) VMware
2 116 (59.49%) VMware Infrastructure
3 69 (35.38%) Windows Server
4 66 (33.85%) Active Directory
5 62 (31.79%) Microsoft
5 62 (31.79%) Linux
6 54 (27.69%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 47 (24.10%) ITIL
8 45 (23.08%) Windows Server 2012
9 42 (21.54%) SAN
10 38 (19.49%) Migration
11 37 (18.97%) Data Centre
11 37 (18.97%) Hyper-V
12 36 (18.46%) Citrix
12 36 (18.46%) DNS
13 34 (17.44%) SQL Server
14 33 (16.92%) Cisco
15 30 (15.38%) Change Management
15 30 (15.38%) Windows 10
16 29 (14.87%) Security Cleared
16 29 (14.87%) Windows 7
16 29 (14.87%) Dell
17 28 (14.36%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 27 (13.85%) DHCP
19 26 (13.33%) Service Management
20 25 (12.82%) SC Cleared
20 25 (12.82%) SCCM
21 24 (12.31%) Docker
21 24 (12.31%) Virtual Machines

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 22 (11.28%) MS Exchange
2 16 (8.21%) SharePoint
3 11 (5.64%) Exchange Server 2013
4 10 (5.13%) IIS
5 7 (3.59%) Apache
6 6 (3.08%) Cloud Foundry
6 6 (3.08%) Skype for Business
7 5 (2.56%) Confluence
7 5 (2.56%) nginx
8 4 (2.05%) Apache Spark
9 3 (1.54%) Exchange Server 2010
9 3 (1.54%) OpenStack
9 3 (1.54%) SharePoint Server
10 1 (0.51%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 17 (8.72%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.54%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.51%) Maya
3 1 (0.51%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.51%) NUKE
3 1 (0.51%) Photoshop
Cloud Services
1 22 (11.28%) Office 365
2 21 (10.77%) Microsoft Azure
3 15 (7.69%) Amazon AWS
4 7 (3.59%) GitHub
4 7 (3.59%) IaaS
5 6 (3.08%) OpenShift
6 5 (2.56%) OneDrive
7 4 (2.05%) Amazon EC2
7 4 (2.05%) Amazon S3
7 4 (2.05%) G Suite
7 4 (2.05%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 3 (1.54%) Amazon ELB
8 3 (1.54%) Amazon EMR
8 3 (1.54%) Amazon Kinesis
8 3 (1.54%) Cloud Computing
8 3 (1.54%) NuGet
9 2 (1.03%) PaaS
9 2 (1.03%) SaaS
10 1 (0.51%) AWS CloudFormation
10 1 (0.51%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 42 (21.54%) SAN
2 36 (18.46%) DNS
3 27 (13.85%) DHCP
4 21 (10.77%) TCP/IP
4 21 (10.77%) Wireless
5 20 (10.26%) Firewall
5 20 (10.26%) LAN
6 14 (7.18%) VPN
6 14 (7.18%) WAN
7 12 (6.15%) Network Security
8 9 (4.62%) Skype
9 8 (4.10%) Internet
9 8 (4.10%) MPLS
9 8 (4.10%) SSL
10 7 (3.59%) DSL
11 6 (3.08%) Ethernet
11 6 (3.08%) IPsec
11 6 (3.08%) VoIP
12 5 (2.56%) iSCSI
12 5 (2.56%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (17.44%) SQL Server
2 8 (4.10%) SQL Server 2012
3 6 (3.08%) SQL Server 2016
4 4 (2.05%) MySQL
4 4 (2.05%) NoSQL
5 2 (1.03%) MongoDB
5 2 (1.03%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (0.51%) Amazon RDS
6 1 (0.51%) Hadoop
6 1 (0.51%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.51%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (0.51%) SQL Server 2014
6 1 (0.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.51%) UniData
Development Applications
1 12 (6.15%) Jenkins
2 11 (5.64%) Git (software)
3 10 (5.13%) JIRA
4 7 (3.59%) Sonatype Nexus
5 6 (3.08%) Gradle
6 3 (1.54%) Cucumber
6 3 (1.54%) gulp
6 3 (1.54%) Protractor
6 3 (1.54%) Selenium
6 3 (1.54%) Subversion
7 2 (1.03%) Maven
7 2 (1.03%) Metasploit
7 2 (1.03%) MSI
General
1 15 (7.69%) Finance
2 7 (3.59%) Telecoms
3 5 (2.56%) Retail
4 3 (1.54%) Advertising
4 3 (1.54%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.51%) Banking
5 1 (0.51%) Electronics
5 1 (0.51%) Law
5 1 (0.51%) Marketing
5 1 (0.51%) Military
Job Titles
1 25 (12.82%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 22 (11.28%) Analyst
2 22 (11.28%) Architect
3 19 (9.74%) IT Support
4 18 (9.23%) Solutions Architect
5 17 (8.72%) VMware Engineer
6 14 (7.18%) Administrator
7 11 (5.64%) IT Engineer
7 11 (5.64%) Support Engineer
8 10 (5.13%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 10 (5.13%) 3rd Line Support
8 10 (5.13%) DevOps Engineer
8 10 (5.13%) Server Engineer
8 10 (5.13%) Windows Engineer
9 8 (4.10%) Infrastructure Support
9 8 (4.10%) Technical Engineer
10 7 (3.59%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
10 7 (3.59%) Linux Engineer
10 7 (3.59%) Unix Administrator
10 7 (3.59%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (4.10%) Web Services
2 7 (3.59%) Kafka
3 4 (2.05%) Drools
3 4 (2.05%) LDAP
3 4 (2.05%) Node.js
4 3 (1.54%) 802.1X
4 3 (1.54%) AngularJS
4 3 (1.54%) WireMock
5 2 (1.03%) Middleware
6 1 (0.51%) Apache NiFi
6 1 (0.51%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 37 (18.97%) Data Centre
2 20 (10.26%) Clustering
3 10 (5.13%) Analytical Skills
4 7 (3.59%) Private Cloud
4 7 (3.59%) Public Cloud
5 6 (3.08%) Enterprise Software
6 5 (2.56%) Management Information System
6 5 (2.56%) PKI
6 5 (2.56%) Replication
7 4 (2.05%) Blackberry
7 4 (2.05%) Client/Server
7 4 (2.05%) Self-Motivation
8 3 (1.54%) EMC VNX
8 3 (1.54%) FMCG
8 3 (1.54%) Hybrid Cloud
8 3 (1.54%) Virtual Team
9 2 (1.03%) Linux Command Line
9 2 (1.03%) User Experience
10 1 (0.51%) CMDB
10 1 (0.51%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 128 (65.64%) Windows
2 69 (35.38%) Windows Server
3 62 (31.79%) Linux
4 45 (23.08%) Windows Server 2012
5 30 (15.38%) Windows 10
6 29 (14.87%) Windows 7
7 15 (7.69%) Windows Server 2008
8 13 (6.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 12 (6.15%) Unix
10 10 (5.13%) Solaris
11 9 (4.62%) AIX
11 9 (4.62%) Windows 8
12 5 (2.56%) SUSE
13 4 (2.05%) Android
13 4 (2.05%) Apple iOS
14 3 (1.54%) CentOS
14 3 (1.54%) VMS
15 1 (0.51%) Mac OS X
15 1 (0.51%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (24.10%) ITIL
2 38 (19.49%) Migration
3 30 (15.38%) Change Management
4 28 (14.36%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 26 (13.33%) Service Management
6 20 (10.26%) DevOps
7 15 (7.69%) TOGAF
8 14 (7.18%) Load Balancing
8 14 (7.18%) Server Building
9 13 (6.67%) Enterprise Architecture
10 11 (5.64%) IT Strategy
10 11 (5.64%) Performance Tuning
11 10 (5.13%) Agile Software Development
11 10 (5.13%) Proactive Monitoring
12 9 (4.62%) Converged Infrastructure
12 9 (4.62%) Service Delivery
12 9 (4.62%) Stakeholder Management
13 8 (4.10%) Business Transformation
13 8 (4.10%) Configuration Management
13 8 (4.10%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 23 (11.79%) SQL
2 19 (9.74%) PowerShell
3 11 (5.64%) Python
4 8 (4.10%) Bash Shell
5 7 (3.59%) Groovy
6 6 (3.08%) Java
6 6 (3.08%) Korn
7 3 (1.54%) JavaScript
7 3 (1.54%) Perl
7 3 (1.54%) VBScript
8 1 (0.51%) C
8 1 (0.51%) PHP
8 1 (0.51%) Ruby
8 1 (0.51%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 29 (14.87%) Security Cleared
2 25 (12.82%) SC Cleared
3 21 (10.77%) Microsoft Certification
4 15 (7.69%) MCSA
5 14 (7.18%) MCSE
6 11 (5.64%) MCP
7 10 (5.13%) Cisco Certification
8 9 (4.62%) CCNA
9 8 (4.10%) IBM Certification
10 7 (3.59%) DBS Check
11 6 (3.08%) Degree
12 4 (2.05%) ACDT
12 4 (2.05%) ACHDS
12 4 (2.05%) ACTC
12 4 (2.05%) DV Cleared
12 4 (2.05%) MCDST
12 4 (2.05%) MCSM
12 4 (2.05%) Network+ Certification
13 3 (1.54%) CCNP
14 2 (1.03%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (6.67%) SLA
2 3 (1.54%) FedRAMP
2 3 (1.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (1.03%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.51%) COBIT
4 1 (0.51%) QA
System Software
1 116 (59.49%) VMware Infrastructure
2 66 (33.85%) Active Directory
3 54 (27.69%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 37 (18.97%) Hyper-V
5 24 (12.31%) Docker
5 24 (12.31%) Virtual Machines
6 19 (9.74%) vSphere
7 18 (9.23%) VMware ESXi
8 11 (5.64%) XenApp
9 8 (4.10%) Veritas Cluster Server
10 7 (3.59%) XenDesktop
11 3 (1.54%) EMC RecoverPoint
11 3 (1.54%) Xen
11 3 (1.54%) XenServer
12 2 (1.03%) Firmware
12 2 (1.03%) Forefront TMG
12 2 (1.03%) ISA Server
12 2 (1.03%) Microsoft App-V
12 2 (1.03%) UAG
13 1 (0.51%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 25 (12.82%) SCCM
2 22 (11.28%) Opscode Chef
3 21 (10.77%) Kubernetes
4 14 (7.18%) SCOM
5 12 (6.15%) Ansible
6 9 (4.62%) Microsoft Clustering
7 8 (4.10%) Terraform
8 7 (3.59%) WSUS
9 6 (3.08%) EMC NetWorker
9 6 (3.08%) Nessus
9 6 (3.08%) Puppet
9 6 (3.08%) SCVMM
10 5 (2.56%) Nagios
10 5 (2.56%) Tivoli
10 5 (2.56%) vMotion
11 4 (2.05%) Failover Clustering
11 4 (2.05%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
12 3 (1.54%) McAfee ePO
12 3 (1.54%) Norton AntiVirus
12 3 (1.54%) Tivoli Monitoring
Vendors
1 116 (59.49%) VMware
2 62 (31.79%) Microsoft
3 36 (18.46%) Citrix
4 33 (16.92%) Cisco
5 29 (14.87%) Dell
6 18 (9.23%) HP
6 18 (9.23%) Red Hat
7 15 (7.69%) EMC
7 15 (7.69%) EqualLogic
8 14 (7.18%) Oracle
9 11 (5.64%) IBM
10 10 (5.13%) Splunk
11 9 (4.62%) Veritas
12 7 (3.59%) Brocade
12 7 (3.59%) NetApp
12 7 (3.59%) Symantec
13 6 (3.08%) Fortinet
14 5 (2.56%) Dell Compellent
14 5 (2.56%) GFI Software
14 5 (2.56%) SolarWinds