Period
to 7 March 2021

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 6 months to 7 March 2021 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
6 months to
7 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 553 588 752
Rank change year-on-year +35 +164 -28
Contract jobs citing VMS 76 129 136
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.16% 0.20% 0.14%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.92% 0.95% 0.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 87 115
Median daily rate £450 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.00% +5.26% -5.00%
10th Percentile £350 £375 £340
90th Percentile £538 £688 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £506 £475
% change year-on-year -20.95% +6.53% +18.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 1 2
Median hourly rate £54.00 £21.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +157.14% -40.00% +7.69%
10th Percentile £50.00 £21.00 £32.50
90th Percentile £55.00 £21.00 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £54.00 £21.00 -
% change year-on-year +157.14% - -

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

All Operating Systems
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 8,220 13,575 20,224
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 17.09% 20.55% 20.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,330 8,704 12,936
Median daily rate £446 £408 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.25% -3.94% -
10th Percentile £166 £136 £158
90th Percentile £618 £600 £606
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £380 £400
% change year-on-year - -5.00% +1.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 469 1,045 1,229
Median hourly rate £17.43 £17.50 £16.95
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.40% +3.24% +2.73%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.63 £11.17
90th Percentile £56.25 £48.75 £47.50
Median hourly rate £15.86 £16.70 £16.00
% change year-on-year -5.03% +4.38% +3.29%

VMS
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing VMS as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for VMS in the UK

VMS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing VMS.

Daily rate trend for VMS in the UK

VMS
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing VMS over the 6 months to 7 March 2021.

Daily rate histogram for VMS in the UK

VMS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing VMS.

Hourly rate trend for VMS in the UK

VMS
Top 16 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 6 months to 7 March 2021. 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 +76 53 £413 -17.50% 29
Work from Home -208 29 £450 -29.69% 3
UK excluding London +80 28 £400 -20.95% 19
London +63 25 £419 -11.84% 13
South East +62 8 £450 -11.07% 2
South West +77 7 £363 -25.64% 6
North of England +73 7 £400 -23.44% 3
North West +55 5 £450 +50.00%
Midlands +32 2 £400 -11.11% 4
Scotland +25 2 £425 -15.00% 3
East of England +53 1 £488 +16.07% 1
Yorkshire +33 1 - - 2
West Midlands +27 1 £350 +7.69% 4
East Midlands +18 1 £450 -33.33%
North East - 1 £400 - 1
Northern Ireland - 1 £425 -

For the 6 months to 7 March 2021, IT contractor jobs citing VMS 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 VMS.

1 34 (44.74%) Azure
2 28 (36.84%) Windows
3 23 (30.26%) Linux
4 21 (27.63%) VMware
5 20 (26.32%) Migration
5 20 (26.32%) DevOps
6 17 (22.37%) Active Directory
7 15 (19.74%) Data Centre
7 15 (19.74%) Virtual Machines
8 14 (18.42%) Windows Server
9 13 (17.11%) Azure Active Directory
9 13 (17.11%) SQL
9 13 (17.11%) Oracle
9 13 (17.11%) Ansible
9 13 (17.11%) Security Cleared
10 12 (15.79%) VMware Infrastructure
10 12 (15.79%) IaaS
11 11 (14.47%) Kubernetes
11 11 (14.47%) Terraform
11 11 (14.47%) Microsoft
12 10 (13.16%) Agile Software Development
12 10 (13.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 10 (13.16%) Network Security
12 10 (13.16%) Network Virtualisation
13 9 (11.84%) Git (software)
13 9 (11.84%) PowerShell
13 9 (11.84%) Red Hat
13 9 (11.84%) SQL Server
13 9 (11.84%) Unix
14 8 (10.53%) Disaster Recovery

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 5 (6.58%) Apache
2 4 (5.26%) Tomcat
3 2 (2.63%) Confluence
3 2 (2.63%) JBoss
4 1 (1.32%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (1.32%) SharePoint
4 1 (1.32%) Skype for Business
Business Applications
1 2 (2.63%) Shopify
2 1 (1.32%) SAP MM
2 1 (1.32%) SAP Retail
2 1 (1.32%) SAP S/4HANA
2 1 (1.32%) SAP SD
2 1 (1.32%) SAP VC
Cloud Services
1 34 (44.74%) Azure
2 13 (17.11%) Azure Active Directory
3 12 (15.79%) IaaS
4 7 (9.21%) Serverless
5 6 (7.89%) AWS
5 6 (7.89%) PaaS
6 5 (6.58%) SaaS
7 3 (3.95%) OpenShift
8 2 (2.63%) AWS CloudFormation
8 2 (2.63%) GitHub
8 2 (2.63%) Microsoft 365
9 1 (1.32%) Akamai
9 1 (1.32%) Amazon EC2
9 1 (1.32%) Amazon ELB
9 1 (1.32%) Amazon S3
9 1 (1.32%) AWS Lambda
9 1 (1.32%) Azure Data Factory
9 1 (1.32%) Azure Functions
9 1 (1.32%) Datadog
9 1 (1.32%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 10 (13.16%) Network Security
2 6 (7.89%) SAN
3 5 (6.58%) SSL
3 5 (6.58%) WAN
4 4 (5.26%) LAN
5 3 (3.95%) Firewall
5 3 (3.95%) FTP
5 3 (3.95%) SMTP
5 3 (3.95%) SNMP
5 3 (3.95%) VLAN
5 3 (3.95%) VSAN
6 2 (2.63%) DHCP
6 2 (2.63%) DNS
6 2 (2.63%) NAS
6 2 (2.63%) VPN
6 2 (2.63%) Wireless
7 1 (1.32%) Multicast
7 1 (1.32%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (11.84%) SQL Server
2 4 (5.26%) Azure SQL Database
2 4 (5.26%) NoSQL
3 3 (3.95%) Cosmos DB
4 2 (2.63%) Data Lake
4 2 (2.63%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (2.63%) Relational Database
5 1 (1.32%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 1 (1.32%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (1.32%) Apache Cassandra
5 1 (1.32%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
5 1 (1.32%) Big Data
5 1 (1.32%) Cloud Spanner
5 1 (1.32%) Oracle Database
5 1 (1.32%) Oracle Database 12c
5 1 (1.32%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (1.32%) Power BI
5 1 (1.32%) RDBMS
5 1 (1.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 9 (11.84%) Git (software)
2 5 (6.58%) Jenkins
3 3 (3.95%) JIRA
4 2 (2.63%) Artifactory
4 2 (2.63%) Maven
4 2 (2.63%) Visual Studio Team System
5 1 (1.32%) Bitbucket
5 1 (1.32%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (1.32%) Visual Studio
General
1 7 (9.21%) Public Sector
2 4 (5.26%) Banking
3 3 (3.95%) Finance
4 2 (2.63%) Retail
Job Titles
1 13 (17.11%) Architect
2 12 (15.79%) Azure Engineer
3 7 (9.21%) Azure Architect
3 7 (9.21%) Consultant
3 7 (9.21%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 5 (6.58%) Developer
4 5 (6.58%) VMware Engineer
5 4 (5.26%) Cloud Engineer
5 4 (5.26%) VMware Consultant
6 3 (3.95%) Analyst
6 3 (3.95%) AWS Engineer
6 3 (3.95%) Azure DevOps
6 3 (3.95%) CyberArk Engineer
6 3 (3.95%) DevOps Engineer
6 3 (3.95%) Migration Engineer
7 2 (2.63%) Automation Engineer
7 2 (2.63%) Lead DevOps
7 2 (2.63%) Lead DevOps Engineer
7 2 (2.63%) React Developer
7 2 (2.63%) Transformation Director
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (6.58%) .NET
2 4 (5.26%) CSS
2 4 (5.26%) HTML
2 4 (5.26%) YAML
3 3 (3.95%) HTML5
3 3 (3.95%) JSON
3 3 (3.95%) LDAP
3 3 (3.95%) React
4 2 (2.63%) AngularJS
4 2 (2.63%) CSS3
4 2 (2.63%) GraphQL
4 2 (2.63%) Node.js
4 2 (2.63%) Sass
4 2 (2.63%) Web Services
4 2 (2.63%) X-Windows
5 1 (1.32%) AppFabric
5 1 (1.32%) ASP.NET Web API
5 1 (1.32%) Entity Framework
5 1 (1.32%) jQuery
5 1 (1.32%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 15 (19.74%) Data Centre
2 7 (9.21%) Public Cloud
3 6 (7.89%) Linux Command Line
4 5 (6.58%) Hybrid Cloud
4 5 (6.58%) Private Cloud
5 4 (5.26%) Enterprise Cloud
6 3 (3.95%) CCTV
6 3 (3.95%) iPad
6 3 (3.95%) Replication
7 2 (2.63%) Analytical Skills
7 2 (2.63%) Device Driver
8 1 (1.32%) Enterprise Storage
8 1 (1.32%) Management Information System
8 1 (1.32%) Self-Motivation
8 1 (1.32%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 28 (36.84%) Windows
2 23 (30.26%) Linux
3 14 (18.42%) Windows Server
4 10 (13.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 9 (11.84%) Unix
6 7 (9.21%) Windows Server 2008
6 7 (9.21%) Windows Server 2019
7 5 (6.58%) Windows Server 2012
8 4 (5.26%) CentOS
8 4 (5.26%) OpenVMS
8 4 (5.26%) Ubuntu
8 4 (5.26%) Windows Server 2016
9 3 (3.95%) CoreOS
9 3 (3.95%) Debian
10 2 (2.63%) Windows 10
11 1 (1.32%) AIX
11 1 (1.32%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (26.32%) DevOps
1 20 (26.32%) Migration
2 10 (13.16%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (13.16%) Network Virtualisation
3 8 (10.53%) Disaster Recovery
3 8 (10.53%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 7 (9.21%) Configuration Management
5 6 (7.89%) High Availability
5 6 (7.89%) Storage Management
5 6 (7.89%) Validation
6 5 (6.58%) E-Commerce
6 5 (6.58%) Load Balancing
6 5 (6.58%) Problem-Solving
6 5 (6.58%) Runbook
6 5 (6.58%) Stakeholder Management
7 4 (5.26%) Business Continuity
7 4 (5.26%) Capacity Planning
7 4 (5.26%) Continuous Integration
7 4 (5.26%) Infrastructure as Code
8 3 (3.95%) Infrastructure Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 13 (17.11%) SQL
2 9 (11.84%) PowerShell
3 7 (9.21%) Python
4 6 (7.89%) JavaScript
5 4 (5.26%) C
5 4 (5.26%) Java
5 4 (5.26%) Perl
6 3 (3.95%) Bash Shell
7 2 (2.63%) AWK
7 2 (2.63%) C#
7 2 (2.63%) ES6
7 2 (2.63%) Ruby
7 2 (2.63%) sed
7 2 (2.63%) Shell Script
7 2 (2.63%) TypeScript
8 1 (1.32%) ABAP
8 1 (1.32%) Go
8 1 (1.32%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 13 (17.11%) Security Cleared
2 8 (10.53%) SC Cleared
3 5 (6.58%) Degree
4 2 (2.63%) AWS Certification
4 2 (2.63%) RHCE
4 2 (2.63%) RHCSA
4 2 (2.63%) VCAP
5 1 (1.32%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.32%) GDPR
1 1 (1.32%) NIST
1 1 (1.32%) SLA
System Software
1 17 (22.37%) Active Directory
2 15 (19.74%) Virtual Machines
3 12 (15.79%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (9.21%) Docker
4 7 (9.21%) vSphere
5 5 (6.58%) Hyper-V
6 4 (5.26%) vCloud
6 4 (5.26%) VMware NSX
7 3 (3.95%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (2.63%) Firmware
8 2 (2.63%) KVM
8 2 (2.63%) OCFS2
8 2 (2.63%) Oracle RAC
8 2 (2.63%) Postfix
8 2 (2.63%) qmail
8 2 (2.63%) Samba
8 2 (2.63%) Sendmail
8 2 (2.63%) Veritas Cluster Server
8 2 (2.63%) Veritas Volume Manager
8 2 (2.63%) Xen
Systems Management
1 13 (17.11%) Ansible
2 11 (14.47%) Kubernetes
2 11 (14.47%) Terraform
3 7 (9.21%) vCenter Server
4 6 (7.89%) Puppet
4 6 (7.89%) vRealize Orchestrator
5 4 (5.26%) Grafana
5 4 (5.26%) Opscode Chef
5 4 (5.26%) SCCM
5 4 (5.26%) SCOM
5 4 (5.26%) vRealize
6 2 (2.63%) Failover Clustering
6 2 (2.63%) SELinux
6 2 (2.63%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 2 (2.63%) yum
7 1 (1.32%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
7 1 (1.32%) Microsoft Intune
7 1 (1.32%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 21 (27.63%) VMware
2 13 (17.11%) Oracle
3 11 (14.47%) Microsoft
4 9 (11.84%) Red Hat
5 5 (6.58%) Cisco
6 4 (5.26%) 3PAR
6 4 (5.26%) Splunk
6 4 (5.26%) Veeam
7 3 (3.95%) CyberArk
7 3 (3.95%) Foundry
7 3 (3.95%) HP
7 3 (3.95%) Qualys
7 3 (3.95%) RedGate
7 3 (3.95%) ServiceNow
7 3 (3.95%) SolarWinds
8 2 (2.63%) Aruba
8 2 (2.63%) SaltStack
8 2 (2.63%) SAP
9 1 (1.32%) Coverity
9 1 (1.32%) ProCurve