The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for VMS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited VMS over the 3 months to 26 June 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.

VMS
UK
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 543 574 598
Rank change year-on-year +31 +24  
Contract jobs citing VMS 64 77 43
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.14% 0.15% 0.077%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.65% 0.63% 0.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 46 13
Median daily rate £425 £428 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.58% +0.58%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £339 £342 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £570 £500 £590
UK excluding London median daily rate £423 £425 £450
% change year-on-year -0.58% -5.55%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Median hourly rate - £41.75 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £32.50 -

VMS is in the operating system skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills.

Contract Operating System Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 9808 12311 12384
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.86% 23.19% 22.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 6109 7754 7233
Median daily rate £401 £395 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.39% +12.85%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £200 £174
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £345
% change year-on-year +3.44% +5.07%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 553 646 971
Median hourly rate £16.00 £16.97 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.71% -0.17%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £42.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £17.00 £16.20
% change year-on-year -8.82% +4.93%  

VMS
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for VMS in the UK

VMS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for VMS in the UK

VMS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing VMS over the 3 months to 26 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for VMS in the UK

VMS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for VMS in the UK

VMS
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing VMS within the UK over the 3 months to 26 June 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 +21 63 £425 -0.58% 15
London -21 21 £450 +3.74% 9
Hertfordshire +10 15 - -
East of England +9 15 - -
East Midlands - 9 £438 - 1
South East +7 5 £425 +17.24% 4
North West - 5 £475 -
Lincoln - 4 £400 -
Nottingham - 4 £475 -
Lincolnshire - 4 £400 -
Nottinghamshire - 4 £475 -
Manchester - 4 £475 -
Yorkshire +28 3 £420 -11.57%
Leeds - 3 £420 -
West Yorkshire - 3 £420 -
West Midlands +22 2 £365 -18.88% 1
Shropshire +16 2 £365 -
Telford +16 2 £365 -
South West +6 2 £350 -17.64%
Buckinghamshire - 2 - - 3
Bristol - 2 £350 -
Welwyn Garden City - 2 - -
North East +69 1 - -
Scotland +34 1 - - 1
West Sussex +18 1 £400 -1.53% 1
Edinburgh +16 1 - - 1
Chichester -1 1 £400 -36.00%
Abingdon - 1 £425 -
Leicester - 1 - -
Milton Keynes - 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 26 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing VMS 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 VMS.

1 32 (32.00%) Windows
2 29 (29.00%) PowerShell
3 28 (28.00%) DevOps
4 27 (27.00%) Migration
5 24 (24.00%) VMware
6 23 (23.00%) Agile Software Development
7 21 (21.00%) Amazon AWS
7 21 (21.00%) Data Centre
8 20 (20.00%) SQL
9 19 (19.00%) Java
9 19 (19.00%) Perl
9 19 (19.00%) Linux
9 19 (19.00%) Python
10 18 (18.00%) Git (software)
10 18 (18.00%) Docker
11 17 (17.00%) Opscode Chef
11 17 (17.00%) VMware Infrastructure
12 16 (16.00%) Microsoft Azure
13 15 (15.00%) VirtualBox
13 15 (15.00%) Microsoft
14 14 (14.00%) Unix
14 14 (14.00%) Finance
14 14 (14.00%) IaaS
15 13 (13.00%) Jenkins
15 13 (13.00%) Ansible
15 13 (13.00%) Programme Delivery
15 13 (13.00%) XML
16 12 (12.00%) DNS
16 12 (12.00%) Puppet
16 12 (12.00%) Maven

VMS
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 3 (3.00%) Apache
1 3 (3.00%) IIS
1 3 (3.00%) OpenStack
1 3 (3.00%) Oracle SOA Suite
1 3 (3.00%) WebSphere
2 2 (2.00%) Confluence
2 2 (2.00%) nginx
2 2 (2.00%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.00%) MS Exchange
3 1 (1.00%) Tomcat
Applications
1 2 (2.00%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (1.00%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.00%) Eloqua
Cloud Services
1 21 (21.00%) Amazon AWS
2 16 (16.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 14 (14.00%) IaaS
4 5 (5.00%) Azure Active Directory
4 5 (5.00%) SaaS
5 4 (4.00%) Office 365
5 4 (4.00%) PaaS
6 3 (3.00%) Azure Data Factory
7 1 (1.00%) G Suite
7 1 (1.00%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 12 (12.00%) DNS
2 11 (11.00%) Network Security
3 10 (10.00%) Internet
4 7 (7.00%) HTTP
5 6 (6.00%) SAN
5 6 (6.00%) TCP/IP
6 5 (5.00%) VLAN
6 5 (5.00%) VPN
7 4 (4.00%) LDAP
7 4 (4.00%) SSL
8 3 (3.00%) NAS
9 2 (2.00%) DHCP
9 2 (2.00%) Firewall
10 1 (1.00%) HTTPS
10 1 (1.00%) Intrusion Detection
10 1 (1.00%) PuTTY
10 1 (1.00%) Remote Desktop
10 1 (1.00%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (10.00%) SQL Server
2 7 (7.00%) Big Data
3 4 (4.00%) MongoDB
4 3 (3.00%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (2.00%) DB2
5 2 (2.00%) MySQL
5 2 (2.00%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (1.00%) Amazon RDS
6 1 (1.00%) Azure SQL Database
6 1 (1.00%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (1.00%) NoSQL
6 1 (1.00%) Oracle Database
6 1 (1.00%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (1.00%) Power BI
6 1 (1.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 18 (18.00%) Git (software)
2 13 (13.00%) Jenkins
3 12 (12.00%) Maven
4 7 (7.00%) IDA Disassembler
4 7 (7.00%) Metasploit
4 7 (7.00%) OllyDbg
5 6 (6.00%) Octopus Deploy
6 4 (4.00%) JIRA
6 4 (4.00%) Subversion
7 3 (3.00%) Ant
7 3 (3.00%) Sonatype Nexus
7 3 (3.00%) TeamCity
8 2 (2.00%) Artifactory
8 2 (2.00%) Hudson
8 2 (2.00%) Vagrant
9 1 (1.00%) Capybara
9 1 (1.00%) GitLab
9 1 (1.00%) Mercurial
9 1 (1.00%) Phabricator
9 1 (1.00%) Trac
General
1 14 (14.00%) Finance
2 11 (11.00%) Law
3 9 (9.00%) Billing
4 4 (4.00%) Banking
5 2 (2.00%) Investment Banking
6 1 (1.00%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 18 (18.00%) Consultant
2 17 (17.00%) Developer
3 11 (11.00%) DevOps Engineer
4 10 (10.00%) Analyst
4 10 (10.00%) Java Developer
5 9 (9.00%) AWS DevOps
6 8 (8.00%) Administrator
6 8 (8.00%) DevOps Consultant
6 8 (8.00%) Security Specialist
7 6 (6.00%) AWS Consultant
7 6 (6.00%) Incident Analyst
7 6 (6.00%) Linux Administrator
7 6 (6.00%) Malware Analyst
7 6 (6.00%) Security Consultant
8 5 (5.00%) AWS Engineer
8 5 (5.00%) Systems Administrator
9 4 (4.00%) Architect
9 4 (4.00%) Security Analyst
9 4 (4.00%) Solutions Architect
9 4 (4.00%) Unix Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (13.00%) XML
2 11 (11.00%) Web Services
3 9 (9.00%) J2EE
3 9 (9.00%) Java EE
3 9 (9.00%) Spring
4 8 (8.00%) .NET
5 5 (5.00%) ActiveMQ
5 5 (5.00%) ASP.NET Web API
5 5 (5.00%) JMS
6 4 (4.00%) Middleware
6 4 (4.00%) Node.js
6 4 (4.00%) RabbitMQ
7 3 (3.00%) .NET Core
7 3 (3.00%) Express
7 3 (3.00%) IBM Integration Bus
7 3 (3.00%) WebSphere MQ
7 3 (3.00%) XSLT
8 2 (2.00%) CSS
8 2 (2.00%) HTML
8 2 (2.00%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 21 (21.00%) Data Centre
2 7 (7.00%) Cyberthreat
3 6 (6.00%) Greenfield Project
4 4 (4.00%) Computer Science
4 4 (4.00%) Cyber Kill Chain
4 4 (4.00%) Linux Command Line
4 4 (4.00%) Replication
5 3 (3.00%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (3.00%) CCTV
5 3 (3.00%) SCADA
5 3 (3.00%) SWIFT
5 3 (3.00%) Symmetrix
6 2 (2.00%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (2.00%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.00%) Blackberry
7 1 (1.00%) Clustering
7 1 (1.00%) Fintech
7 1 (1.00%) Private Cloud
7 1 (1.00%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 32 (32.00%) Windows
2 19 (19.00%) Linux
3 14 (14.00%) Unix
4 12 (12.00%) Windows Server
5 7 (7.00%) Solaris
5 7 (7.00%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (4.00%) AIX
7 3 (3.00%) Kali Linux
7 3 (3.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 3 (3.00%) SUSE
7 3 (3.00%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
8 2 (2.00%) CentOS
8 2 (2.00%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (1.00%) Apple iOS
9 1 (1.00%) Debian
9 1 (1.00%) Mac OS
9 1 (1.00%) OpenVMS
9 1 (1.00%) Ubuntu
9 1 (1.00%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (28.00%) DevOps
2 27 (27.00%) Migration
3 23 (23.00%) Agile Software Development
4 13 (13.00%) Programme Delivery
5 10 (10.00%) Microservices
5 10 (10.00%) TDD
6 9 (9.00%) Test Automation
7 8 (8.00%) Incident Management
7 8 (8.00%) Information Security
7 8 (8.00%) SIEM
8 7 (7.00%) Actionable Insight
8 7 (7.00%) Computer Forensics
8 7 (7.00%) Malware Analysis
8 7 (7.00%) Open Source
8 7 (7.00%) Threat Analysis
9 6 (6.00%) Continuous Integration
10 5 (5.00%) Configuration Management
10 5 (5.00%) SOA
11 4 (4.00%) MVC
11 4 (4.00%) Usability Testing
Programming Languages
1 29 (29.00%) PowerShell
2 20 (20.00%) SQL
3 19 (19.00%) Java
3 19 (19.00%) Perl
3 19 (19.00%) Python
4 5 (5.00%) Ruby
5 4 (4.00%) PL/SQL
5 4 (4.00%) Shell Script
6 3 (3.00%) Assembly Language
6 3 (3.00%) C++
6 3 (3.00%) DCL
7 2 (2.00%) JavaScript
8 1 (1.00%) ABAP
8 1 (1.00%) C#
8 1 (1.00%) Pascal
8 1 (1.00%) PHP
8 1 (1.00%) SAPscript
Qualifications
1 7 (7.00%) Degree
2 3 (3.00%) Computer Science Degree
2 3 (3.00%) MCSE
2 3 (3.00%) Microsoft Certification
3 2 (2.00%) CCIE
3 2 (2.00%) Cisco Certification
3 2 (2.00%) CISM
3 2 (2.00%) CISSP
3 2 (2.00%) PMI Certification
3 2 (2.00%) PMP
3 2 (2.00%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 1 (1.00%) ISEB
4 1 (1.00%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.00%) ISO 20022
1 3 (3.00%) QA
2 2 (2.00%) PMO
3 1 (1.00%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 18 (18.00%) Docker
2 17 (17.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (15.00%) VirtualBox
4 9 (9.00%) Active Directory
5 6 (6.00%) Hyper-V
5 6 (6.00%) Virtual Machines
6 4 (4.00%) VMware ESXi
7 3 (3.00%) NFS
7 3 (3.00%) Oracle RAC
7 3 (3.00%) SRDF
7 3 (3.00%) Veritas File System
7 3 (3.00%) Veritas Volume Manager
8 2 (2.00%) XenDesktop
9 1 (1.00%) Terminal Server
9 1 (1.00%) vSphere
9 1 (1.00%) Xen
9 1 (1.00%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 17 (17.00%) Opscode Chef
2 13 (13.00%) Ansible
3 12 (12.00%) Puppet
4 7 (7.00%) EnCase
4 7 (7.00%) Terraform
5 6 (6.00%) Kubernetes
6 4 (4.00%) NetBackup
6 4 (4.00%) QRadar
6 4 (4.00%) SCCM
7 3 (3.00%) ArcSight ESM
7 3 (3.00%) BMC PATROL
7 3 (3.00%) Veritas Storage Foundation
8 2 (2.00%) SCOM
9 1 (1.00%) CloudForms
9 1 (1.00%) Consul
9 1 (1.00%) FreeIPA
9 1 (1.00%) Microsoft Clustering
9 1 (1.00%) vCenter Server
9 1 (1.00%) vRealize
9 1 (1.00%) WSUS
Vendors
1 24 (24.00%) VMware
2 15 (15.00%) Microsoft
3 11 (11.00%) Oracle
4 7 (7.00%) Splunk
5 6 (6.00%) IBM
5 6 (6.00%) SaltStack
6 5 (5.00%) Cisco
6 5 (5.00%) Citrix
7 4 (4.00%) AlienVault
7 4 (4.00%) ArcSight
7 4 (4.00%) EMC
7 4 (4.00%) Qualys
7 4 (4.00%) Red Hat
8 3 (3.00%) 3PAR
8 3 (3.00%) HP
8 3 (3.00%) NetApp
8 3 (3.00%) Sun
8 3 (3.00%) Symantec
8 3 (3.00%) Veritas
9 2 (2.00%) F5
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