Period
to 30 March 2020

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 30 March 2020 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
30 Mar 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 578 750 742
Rank change year-on-year +172 -8 +61
Contract jobs citing VMS 120 127 161
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.19% 0.13% 0.16%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.93% 0.63% 0.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 83 111 112
Median daily rate £500 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% - +8.57%
10th Percentile £365 £356 £307
90th Percentile £688 £550 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £506 £475 £400
% change year-on-year +6.53% +18.75% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 4
Median hourly rate £28.00 £35.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +7.69% +62.50%
10th Percentile £22.40 £32.50 £27.31
90th Percentile £33.60 £37.50 £40.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 - £32.50

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 12,947 20,039 21,321
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.63% 20.59% 20.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,954 12,607 13,652
Median daily rate £413 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.94% - +3.03%
10th Percentile £135 £159 £175
90th Percentile £606 £613 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £400 £400
% change year-on-year -3.13% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,061 1,206 1,273
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +2.94% +3.03%
10th Percentile £11.75 £11.17 £11.17
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.92 £47.50
Median hourly rate £17.00 £16.10 £15.86
% change year-on-year +5.57% +1.53% -0.88%

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 30 March 2020.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing VMS over the 6 months to 30 March 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for VMS in the UK

VMS
Top 14 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 30 March 2020. 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 +145 112 £500 +5.26% 17
UK excluding London +161 92 £506 +6.53% 11
South East +88 40 £528 +11.16% 5
London +106 23 £475 -2.56% 7
North of England +76 15 £523 +86.61% 3
Midlands +68 15 £450 -5.26%
Yorkshire - 15 £523 -
East of England +51 10 £358 -37.83%
East Midlands +36 8 £563 +18.42%
South West +23 8 £425 -10.53% 2
West Midlands +59 7 £325 -38.10%
Work from Home +10 3 £640 +34.74%
Scotland - 3 £500 -
Wales +28 1 £538 +26.47% 1

For the 6 months to 30 March 2020, 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 46 (38.33%) Windows
2 42 (35.00%) VMware
3 40 (33.33%) Azure
4 38 (31.67%) Microsoft
5 32 (26.67%) VMware Infrastructure
6 30 (25.00%) Windows Server
7 29 (24.17%) Security Cleared
7 29 (24.17%) Active Directory
8 27 (22.50%) SQL
8 27 (22.50%) DevOps
9 24 (20.00%) PowerShell
9 24 (20.00%) DNS
10 22 (18.33%) Linux
10 22 (18.33%) Migration
11 21 (17.50%) DHCP
11 21 (17.50%) Windows Server 2012
12 20 (16.67%) Virtual Machines
12 20 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
13 19 (15.83%) TCP/IP
13 19 (15.83%) SQL Server
13 19 (15.83%) Citrix
14 18 (15.00%) Python
14 18 (15.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 18 (15.00%) IaaS
15 17 (14.17%) Ansible
15 17 (14.17%) DV Cleared
15 17 (14.17%) Network Virtualisation
15 17 (14.17%) Business Intelligence
15 17 (14.17%) Dell
16 15 (12.50%) Infrastructure Management

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 11 (9.17%) MS Exchange
1 11 (9.17%) SharePoint
2 10 (8.33%) Skype for Business
3 8 (6.67%) IIS
4 5 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2013
5 4 (3.33%) CMS
5 4 (3.33%) Tomcat
6 3 (2.50%) Confluence
6 3 (2.50%) Headless CMS
6 3 (2.50%) Sitecore CMS
6 3 (2.50%) WebSphere
7 2 (1.67%) ArcGIS
7 2 (1.67%) Umbraco
8 1 (0.83%) ColdFusion
8 1 (0.83%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.83%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 3 (2.50%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.83%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.83%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.83%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (2.50%) Payment Gateway
2 2 (1.67%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (1.67%) SAP SD
2 2 (1.67%) SAP VC
3 1 (0.83%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.83%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.83%) SAP MM
3 1 (0.83%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 40 (33.33%) Azure
2 18 (15.00%) IaaS
3 13 (10.83%) Power Platform
4 10 (8.33%) AWS
5 6 (5.00%) Office 365
5 6 (5.00%) PaaS
5 6 (5.00%) SaaS
6 5 (4.17%) Azure Active Directory
7 3 (2.50%) prismic.io
8 2 (1.67%) Amazon EC2
8 2 (1.67%) AWS Lambda
8 2 (1.67%) Azure Data Factory
8 2 (1.67%) Azure Functions
8 2 (1.67%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (1.67%) OneDrive
8 2 (1.67%) Serverless
9 1 (0.83%) Amazon ELB
9 1 (0.83%) Amazon S3
9 1 (0.83%) Dynamics 365
9 1 (0.83%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 24 (20.00%) DNS
2 21 (17.50%) DHCP
3 19 (15.83%) TCP/IP
4 9 (7.50%) Firewall
5 7 (5.83%) LAN
5 7 (5.83%) Skype
5 7 (5.83%) VLAN
6 6 (5.00%) SAN
6 6 (5.00%) VPN
6 6 (5.00%) Wireless
7 5 (4.17%) iSCSI
8 4 (3.33%) WAN
9 3 (2.50%) FTP
9 3 (2.50%) Internet
9 3 (2.50%) MPLS
9 3 (2.50%) NetScaler
9 3 (2.50%) SSH
10 2 (1.67%) Network Security
10 2 (1.67%) Remote Desktop
10 2 (1.67%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (15.83%) SQL Server
2 15 (12.50%) Big Data
3 13 (10.83%) Power BI
4 11 (9.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 10 (8.33%) Data Lake
5 10 (8.33%) Data Warehouse
6 7 (5.83%) Azure SQL Database
7 5 (4.17%) Cosmos DB
7 5 (4.17%) SQL Server 2016
8 2 (1.67%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
8 2 (1.67%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (1.67%) Relational Database
9 1 (0.83%) Amazon RDS
9 1 (0.83%) DB2
9 1 (0.83%) MongoDB
9 1 (0.83%) OLTP
9 1 (0.83%) Oracle Database
9 1 (0.83%) Redis
9 1 (0.83%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 5 (4.17%) Git (software)
2 4 (3.33%) Subversion
2 4 (3.33%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (2.50%) Jenkins
4 2 (1.67%) JIRA
4 2 (1.67%) PowerBuilder
5 1 (0.83%) Ant
5 1 (0.83%) Bitbucket
5 1 (0.83%) IntelliJ
5 1 (0.83%) Maven
5 1 (0.83%) ProC
5 1 (0.83%) SonarQube
5 1 (0.83%) Vagrant
5 1 (0.83%) Visual Studio
General
1 13 (10.83%) Finance
2 8 (6.67%) Public Sector
3 7 (5.83%) Telecoms
4 6 (5.00%) Manufacturing
5 4 (3.33%) Retail
6 3 (2.50%) Marketing
6 3 (2.50%) Military
6 3 (2.50%) Publishing
7 2 (1.67%) Electronics
7 2 (1.67%) French Language
8 1 (0.83%) Advertising
8 1 (0.83%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.83%) Banking
8 1 (0.83%) Games
8 1 (0.83%) Local Government
8 1 (0.83%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 29 (24.17%) Architect
2 17 (14.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 14 (11.67%) Developer
4 10 (8.33%) Cloud Architect
5 9 (7.50%) Consultant
5 9 (7.50%) Linux Engineer
6 6 (5.00%) Data Analytics Architect
6 6 (5.00%) Data Architect
6 6 (5.00%) VMware Engineer
7 5 (4.17%) Administrator
7 5 (4.17%) Azure Developer
7 5 (4.17%) Azure Engineer
7 5 (4.17%) DevOps Engineer
7 5 (4.17%) Systems Engineer
7 5 (4.17%) Wintel Engineer
8 4 (3.33%) .NET Developer
8 4 (3.33%) Azure Architect
8 4 (3.33%) Cloud Engineer
8 4 (3.33%) Infrastructure Support
8 4 (3.33%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (10.83%) .NET
2 11 (9.17%) 802.1X
3 5 (4.17%) ASP.NET
3 5 (4.17%) ASP.NET Web API
4 4 (3.33%) CSS
4 4 (3.33%) FIX Protocol
4 4 (3.33%) HTML
5 3 (2.50%) ADO
5 3 (2.50%) ASP.NET MVC
5 3 (2.50%) CSS3
5 3 (2.50%) GatsbyJS
5 3 (2.50%) HTML5
5 3 (2.50%) React
5 3 (2.50%) React Native
5 3 (2.50%) REST
6 2 (1.67%) .NET Core
6 2 (1.67%) AngularJS
6 2 (1.67%) ASP.NET Web Forms
6 2 (1.67%) RESTful
6 2 (1.67%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 11 (9.17%) PKI
2 7 (5.83%) Data Centre
3 6 (5.00%) Clustering
4 5 (4.17%) CCTV
4 5 (4.17%) Greenfield Project
5 4 (3.33%) SWIFT
6 3 (2.50%) Replication
6 3 (2.50%) User Experience
6 3 (2.50%) Virtual Team
7 2 (1.67%) Hybrid Cloud
7 2 (1.67%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.67%) Public Cloud
7 2 (1.67%) Self-Motivation
8 1 (0.83%) Analytical Skills
8 1 (0.83%) Cyber Kill Chain
8 1 (0.83%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.83%) Handset
8 1 (0.83%) NHS
8 1 (0.83%) Smart Meter
8 1 (0.83%) VAX
Operating Systems
1 46 (38.33%) Windows
2 30 (25.00%) Windows Server
3 22 (18.33%) Linux
4 21 (17.50%) Windows Server 2012
5 14 (11.67%) Windows 7
6 13 (10.83%) Windows 8
7 12 (10.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 10 (8.33%) Windows Server 2008
9 8 (6.67%) Windows Server 2016
10 6 (5.00%) Windows Server 2019
11 5 (4.17%) Solaris
12 4 (3.33%) CentOS
12 4 (3.33%) OpenVMS
12 4 (3.33%) Ubuntu
12 4 (3.33%) Windows 10
13 3 (2.50%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
13 3 (2.50%) Windows Vista
14 1 (0.83%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.83%) Windows Server 2003
14 1 (0.83%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (22.50%) DevOps
2 22 (18.33%) Migration
3 20 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
4 18 (15.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 17 (14.17%) Business Intelligence
5 17 (14.17%) Network Virtualisation
6 15 (12.50%) Infrastructure Management
7 14 (11.67%) ITIL
8 13 (10.83%) Analytics
8 13 (10.83%) Service Management
9 12 (10.00%) ITSM
10 11 (9.17%) Break/Fix
10 11 (9.17%) Data Security
10 11 (9.17%) Machine Learning
10 11 (9.17%) Proactive Maintenance
11 10 (8.33%) Data Architecture
11 10 (8.33%) Data Modelling
12 8 (6.67%) Stakeholder Management
13 7 (5.83%) Cybersecurity
13 7 (5.83%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 27 (22.50%) SQL
2 24 (20.00%) PowerShell
3 18 (15.00%) Python
4 11 (9.17%) JavaScript
5 6 (5.00%) C#
5 6 (5.00%) Java
6 4 (3.33%) Bash Shell
6 4 (3.33%) C
6 4 (3.33%) Fortran
6 4 (3.33%) VB
7 3 (2.50%) Perl
8 2 (1.67%) TypeScript
8 2 (1.67%) VBA
9 1 (0.83%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.83%) VBScript
9 1 (0.83%) XPath
Qualifications
1 29 (24.17%) Security Cleared
2 17 (14.17%) DV Cleared
3 8 (6.67%) Microsoft Certification
4 6 (5.00%) Degree
4 6 (5.00%) SC Cleared
5 4 (3.33%) HNC
5 4 (3.33%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 4 (3.33%) MCSE
6 3 (2.50%) CISSP
7 2 (1.67%) BPSS Clearance
7 2 (1.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 1 (0.83%) APMP
8 1 (0.83%) AWS Certification
8 1 (0.83%) HND
8 1 (0.83%) MCITP
8 1 (0.83%) MCTS
8 1 (0.83%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.67%) GDPR
1 2 (1.67%) SLA
2 1 (0.83%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.83%) QA
System Software
1 32 (26.67%) VMware Infrastructure
2 29 (24.17%) Active Directory
3 20 (16.67%) Virtual Machines
4 14 (11.67%) Virtual Servers
5 13 (10.83%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 12 (10.00%) XenApp
6 12 (10.00%) XenDesktop
7 7 (5.83%) Docker
7 7 (5.83%) Firmware
7 7 (5.83%) Hyper-V
8 4 (3.33%) VMware ESXi
9 3 (2.50%) NFS
9 3 (2.50%) Virtual Desktop
9 3 (2.50%) VMware Server
9 3 (2.50%) vSphere
10 2 (1.67%) vCloud
10 2 (1.67%) VMware NSX
11 1 (0.83%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 17 (14.17%) Ansible
2 9 (7.50%) Kubernetes
2 9 (7.50%) SCOM
3 5 (4.17%) Cisco CUCM
3 5 (4.17%) EMC NetWorker
3 5 (4.17%) Failover Clustering
4 4 (3.33%) vCenter Server
4 4 (3.33%) WSUS
5 3 (2.50%) HP ALM
5 3 (2.50%) Microsoft Clustering
5 3 (2.50%) SCVMM
5 3 (2.50%) TeMIP
6 2 (1.67%) Cisco UCCX
6 2 (1.67%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 2 (1.67%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 2 (1.67%) vRealize
6 2 (1.67%) yum
7 1 (0.83%) Endace
7 1 (0.83%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.83%) Puppet
Vendors
1 42 (35.00%) VMware
2 38 (31.67%) Microsoft
3 19 (15.83%) Citrix
4 17 (14.17%) Dell
5 10 (8.33%) EMC
6 9 (7.50%) Oracle
7 6 (5.00%) Red Hat
8 5 (4.17%) CA
8 5 (4.17%) Cisco
8 5 (4.17%) Clearswift
8 5 (4.17%) HP
8 5 (4.17%) Juniper
8 5 (4.17%) SAP
9 4 (3.33%) McAfee
10 3 (2.50%) EqualLogic
10 3 (2.50%) Sitecore
10 3 (2.50%) SolarWinds
10 3 (2.50%) Verint
11 2 (1.67%) Canon
11 2 (1.67%) Red Box