The table below looks at the prevalence of the term VLE in contract job vacancies. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited VLE over the 3 months to 30 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period over 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 Learning Environment (VLE)
UK
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 585 622 612
Rank change year-on-year +37 -10  
Contract jobs citing VLE 15 18 13
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.033% 0.033% 0.024%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.10% 0.11% 0.080%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 8 5
Median daily rate £250 £389 £245
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -35.69% +58.67%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £115 £275 £203
10% offered a daily rate of more than £356 £416 £248
UK excluding London median daily rate £250 £389 £245
% change year-on-year -35.69% +58.67%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 5
Median hourly rate £15.28 £12.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.24% -28.57%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.28 £12.50 £16.96
% change year-on-year +22.24% -26.30%  

VLE is in the generic IT skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills.

Generic IT Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 14524 16885 16255
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 31.90% 31.19% 30.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 9395 11035 9819
Median daily rate £445 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.70% +1.19%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £260 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £395 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +5.33% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 535 570 684
Median hourly rate £22.50 £22.54 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.17% +21.83%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.33 £12.50 £11.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £51.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £25.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year -21.56% +37.83%  

VLE
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing VLE as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Miscellaneous category.

Job vacancy trend for VLE in the UK

VLE
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing VLE.

Contractor daily rate trend for VLE in the UK

VLE
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing VLE over the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for VLE in the UK

VLE
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing VLE.

Contractor hourly rate trend for VLE in the UK

VLE
Top 13 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing VLE within the UK over the 3 months to 30 March 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 +47 9 £300 -20.00% 3
Scotland - 6 £124 -
West Midlands +21 4 £350 +27.27%
Edinburgh - 4 £124 -
Leicestershire - 3 £250 -
East Midlands - 3 £250 -
Leicester - 3 £250 -
Yorkshire +18 2 - - 1
West Yorkshire +14 1 - -
Dundee - 1 £110 -
Doncaster - 1 - -
Leeds - 1 - -
South Yorkshire - 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 30 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing VLE 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 VLE.

1 11 (47.83%) Moodle
2 8 (34.78%) Blackboard
3 7 (30.43%) Degree
4 6 (26.09%) ITIL
4 6 (26.09%) Service Management
4 6 (26.09%) e-Learning
5 5 (21.74%) PRINCE2
6 4 (17.39%) HTML
6 4 (17.39%) Microsoft
6 4 (17.39%) CSS
7 3 (13.04%) User Stories
7 3 (13.04%) User Experience
7 3 (13.04%) Statistics
7 3 (13.04%) Content Management
7 3 (13.04%) Freedom of Information
7 3 (13.04%) Information Security
7 3 (13.04%) Usability Testing
7 3 (13.04%) Blackboard Learn
7 3 (13.04%) Social Media
7 3 (13.04%) Dreamweaver
7 3 (13.04%) Windows
7 3 (13.04%) CMS
7 3 (13.04%) ITSM
8 2 (8.70%) Management Information System
8 2 (8.70%) Use Case
9 1 (4.35%) DBS Check
9 1 (4.35%) Kalman Filter
9 1 (4.35%) Line Management
9 1 (4.35%) Agile Software Development
9 1 (4.35%) Multimedia

VLE
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 11 (47.83%) Moodle
2 3 (13.04%) Blackboard Learn
2 3 (13.04%) CMS
3 1 (4.35%) WordPress
Applications
1 1 (4.35%) MS Office
1 1 (4.35%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.35%) DHCP
1 1 (4.35%) DNS
1 1 (4.35%) Internet
1 1 (4.35%) Intranet
1 1 (4.35%) VPN
1 1 (4.35%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 3 (13.04%) Dreamweaver
General
1 1 (4.35%) Advertising
1 1 (4.35%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 6 (26.09%) Analyst
2 4 (17.39%) IT Manager
2 4 (17.39%) Technologist
3 3 (13.04%) Project Manager
4 2 (8.70%) Communications Manager
4 2 (8.70%) IT Communications Manager
4 2 (8.70%) IT Project Manager
4 2 (8.70%) Service Management Officer
4 2 (8.70%) Support Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) Applications Support Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) Communications Specialist
5 1 (4.35%) Database Manager
5 1 (4.35%) e-Learning Officer
5 1 (4.35%) Help Desk Support
5 1 (4.35%) Help Desk Support Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) IT Support
5 1 (4.35%) Network Manager
5 1 (4.35%) Service Desk Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) SSRS Developer
5 1 (4.35%) Support Officer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (17.39%) CSS
1 4 (17.39%) HTML
2 1 (4.35%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 6 (26.09%) e-Learning
2 3 (13.04%) Freedom of Information
2 3 (13.04%) Social Media
2 3 (13.04%) User Experience
3 2 (8.70%) Management Information System
4 1 (4.35%) Digital Media
4 1 (4.35%) Learning Management System
4 1 (4.35%) Video Editing
Operating Systems
1 3 (13.04%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (26.09%) ITIL
1 6 (26.09%) Service Management
2 5 (21.74%) PRINCE2
3 3 (13.04%) Content Management
3 3 (13.04%) Information Security
3 3 (13.04%) ITSM
3 3 (13.04%) Statistics
3 3 (13.04%) Usability Testing
3 3 (13.04%) User Stories
4 2 (8.70%) Use Case
5 1 (4.35%) Agile Software Development
5 1 (4.35%) Data Security
5 1 (4.35%) Disaster Recovery
5 1 (4.35%) DSDM
5 1 (4.35%) Process Improvement
5 1 (4.35%) Project Management
5 1 (4.35%) Scrum
5 1 (4.35%) Service Delivery
5 1 (4.35%) Stakeholder Engagement
5 1 (4.35%) Systems Analysis
Programming Languages
1 1 (4.35%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 7 (30.43%) Degree
2 1 (4.35%) DBS Check
2 1 (4.35%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Vendors
1 8 (34.78%) Blackboard
2 4 (17.39%) Microsoft
3 1 (4.35%) SumTotal