Period
to 26 June 2019

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 26 June 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.

VMS
UK
6 months to
26 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 728 721 745
Rank change year-on-year -7 +24 +8
Contract jobs citing VMS 121 153 100
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.13% 0.15% 0.11%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.66% 0.73% 0.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 94 94 66
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +11.76% -5.56%
10th Percentile £359 £348 £336
90th Percentile £588 £609 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £400 £425
% change year-on-year +18.75% -5.88% -5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 1
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £47.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -26.32% +137.50% -23.81%
10th Percentile £32.50 £43.75 £17.50
90th Percentile £37.50 £51.25 £22.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £47.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year - +137.50% -

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 18,295 21,005 19,089
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.07% 20.85% 20.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,543 13,205 12,021
UK median daily rate £433 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.76% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £158 £185 £200
90th Percentile £625 £606 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £395 £400
% change year-on-year +1.27% -1.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,144 1,420 1,131
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.39 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.63% +5.39% -2.94%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £15.86
% change year-on-year - +0.88% -3.88%

VMS
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 6 months to 26 June 2019.

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 9 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 26 June 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
England -13 117 £475 - 3
UK excluding London +14 70 £475 +18.75% 2
London +15 47 £488 -11.36% 2
South East +21 42 £475 +11.76% 1
South West -16 12 £475 +28.81%
Midlands +11 11 £400 -
West Midlands +5 8 £463 +42.31%
East of England -4 5 £550 +8.64%
East Midlands +17 3 £390 -6.87%

For the 6 months to 26 June 2019, 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 56 (46.28%) Microsoft Azure
2 44 (36.36%) Agile Software Development
3 34 (28.10%) SQL
4 30 (24.79%) Microsoft
4 30 (24.79%) Amazon AWS
4 30 (24.79%) Vagrant
5 29 (23.97%) Java
6 28 (23.14%) Git (software)
7 26 (21.49%) DevOps
8 25 (20.66%) Microservices
9 24 (19.83%) PaaS
9 24 (19.83%) BDD
9 24 (19.83%) RESTful
10 23 (19.01%) Windows
11 22 (18.18%) JavaScript
11 22 (18.18%) Java 8
12 21 (17.36%) IaaS
12 21 (17.36%) Docker
12 21 (17.36%) TDD
13 20 (16.53%) Hibernate
14 19 (15.70%) .NET
14 19 (15.70%) gulp
15 18 (14.88%) Ansible
15 18 (14.88%) Node.js
15 18 (14.88%) NoSQL
15 18 (14.88%) JUnit
15 18 (14.88%) OO
15 18 (14.88%) Test Automation
15 18 (14.88%) Domain-Driven Design
16 17 (14.05%) Linux

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 (9.09%) Umbraco
2 9 (7.44%) SharePoint
3 8 (6.61%) Confluence
4 7 (5.79%) WildFly
5 4 (3.31%) Tomcat
6 3 (2.48%) BizTalk Server
6 3 (2.48%) CMS
7 1 (0.83%) IIS
7 1 (0.83%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 3 (2.48%) Microsoft Excel
1 3 (2.48%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.65%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 2 (1.65%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.83%) Acrobat
3 1 (0.83%) AutoCAD
3 1 (0.83%) LightWave 3D
Business Applications
1 2 (1.65%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (1.65%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.83%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 56 (46.28%) Microsoft Azure
2 30 (24.79%) Amazon AWS
3 24 (19.83%) PaaS
4 21 (17.36%) IaaS
5 12 (9.92%) Loggly
6 7 (5.79%) Azure Active Directory
7 5 (4.13%) Azure Stack
7 5 (4.13%) Google Cloud Platform
7 5 (4.13%) Power Platform
8 4 (3.31%) Azure Functions
8 4 (3.31%) Serverless
9 3 (2.48%) Apigee
9 3 (2.48%) Azure Data Factory
9 3 (2.48%) Cloud Computing
9 3 (2.48%) Office 365
10 2 (1.65%) GitHub
11 1 (0.83%) AWS CloudFormation
11 1 (0.83%) Boomi
11 1 (0.83%) Dynamics 365
11 1 (0.83%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 12 (9.92%) Firewall
2 6 (4.96%) VLAN
3 5 (4.13%) DNS
3 5 (4.13%) Network Security
3 5 (4.13%) SSL
3 5 (4.13%) VPN
4 4 (3.31%) LAN
5 3 (2.48%) WAN
5 3 (2.48%) Wireless
6 2 (1.65%) BGP
6 2 (1.65%) Cisco IOS
6 2 (1.65%) EIGRP
6 2 (1.65%) IPsec
6 2 (1.65%) Junos
6 2 (1.65%) Modbus
6 2 (1.65%) NAS
6 2 (1.65%) OSPF
6 2 (1.65%) Profibus
6 2 (1.65%) RTP
6 2 (1.65%) TACACS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (14.88%) NoSQL
2 14 (11.57%) PostgreSQL
2 14 (11.57%) Redis
3 13 (10.74%) MySQL
4 11 (9.09%) Relational Database
5 10 (8.26%) Apache Cassandra
5 10 (8.26%) MongoDB
6 9 (7.44%) Azure SQL Database
6 9 (7.44%) RDBMS
6 9 (7.44%) SQL Server
7 5 (4.13%) Oracle Database
7 5 (4.13%) Power BI
8 4 (3.31%) Cosmos DB
8 4 (3.31%) Data Lake
9 3 (2.48%) Data Warehouse
10 2 (1.65%) DB2
10 2 (1.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 1 (0.83%) Amazon Aurora
11 1 (0.83%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
11 1 (0.83%) NonStop SQL
Development Applications
1 30 (24.79%) Vagrant
2 28 (23.14%) Git (software)
3 19 (15.70%) gulp
4 18 (14.88%) JUnit
5 15 (12.40%) Mockito
6 14 (11.57%) JIRA
6 14 (11.57%) Maven
7 11 (9.09%) Babel
7 11 (9.09%) Jasmine
7 11 (9.09%) Jenkins
7 11 (9.09%) JMeter
7 11 (9.09%) Octopus Deploy
7 11 (9.09%) SpecFlow
7 11 (9.09%) TeamCity
7 11 (9.09%) webpack
8 7 (5.79%) Checkstyle
8 7 (5.79%) Liquibase
8 7 (5.79%) SonarQube
9 6 (4.96%) Visual Studio Team System
10 5 (4.13%) git-flow
General
1 7 (5.79%) Retail
2 6 (4.96%) Finance
3 3 (2.48%) Telecoms
4 2 (1.65%) Billing
4 2 (1.65%) Marketing
4 2 (1.65%) Publishing
5 1 (0.83%) Banking
5 1 (0.83%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 50 (41.32%) Developer
2 21 (17.36%) Java Developer
3 20 (16.53%) Architect
4 19 (15.70%) Senior Developer
5 17 (14.05%) .NET Developer
6 11 (9.09%) Azure Architect
6 11 (9.09%) Senior .NET Developer
7 9 (7.44%) Azure Engineer
7 9 (7.44%) Solutions Architect
8 8 (6.61%) Consultant
8 8 (6.61%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
8 8 (6.61%) Senior Java Developer
9 7 (5.79%) AWS Developer
9 7 (5.79%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 5 (4.13%) Azure Consultant
10 5 (4.13%) DevOps Engineer
10 5 (4.13%) Infrastructure Architect
10 5 (4.13%) VMware Engineer
10 5 (4.13%) Wintel Engineer
11 4 (3.31%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (19.83%) RESTful
2 20 (16.53%) Hibernate
3 19 (15.70%) .NET
4 18 (14.88%) Node.js
5 17 (14.05%) JMS
6 14 (11.57%) AngularJS
7 13 (10.74%) CSS
7 13 (10.74%) HTML
7 13 (10.74%) Spring
8 12 (9.92%) ActiveMQ
8 12 (9.92%) HTML5
8 12 (9.92%) JPA
9 11 (9.09%) .NET Core
9 11 (9.09%) ASP.NET
9 11 (9.09%) ASP.NET MVC
9 11 (9.09%) ASP.NET Web API
9 11 (9.09%) Swagger
10 10 (8.26%) Kafka
10 10 (8.26%) RabbitMQ
10 10 (8.26%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 12 (9.92%) Data Centre
2 10 (8.26%) Linux Command Line
3 5 (4.13%) Public Cloud
4 4 (3.31%) Enterprise Software
5 3 (2.48%) Greenfield Project
5 3 (2.48%) HP Superdome
6 2 (1.65%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (1.65%) Hybrid Cloud
6 2 (1.65%) MPEG
6 2 (1.65%) Reference Data
6 2 (1.65%) Replication
6 2 (1.65%) SCADA
6 2 (1.65%) Self-Motivation
6 2 (1.65%) Social Media
6 2 (1.65%) Video on Demand
6 2 (1.65%) Video\Live Streaming
7 1 (0.83%) Data Protection Act
7 1 (0.83%) Management Information System
7 1 (0.83%) N-Tier
7 1 (0.83%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 23 (19.01%) Windows
2 17 (14.05%) Linux
3 13 (10.74%) Unix
4 8 (6.61%) Windows Server
5 5 (4.13%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (2.48%) HPUX
6 3 (2.48%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.83%) Android
7 1 (0.83%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.83%) CentOS
7 1 (0.83%) OpenVMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (36.36%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (21.49%) DevOps
3 25 (20.66%) Microservices
4 24 (19.83%) BDD
5 21 (17.36%) TDD
6 18 (14.88%) Domain-Driven Design
6 18 (14.88%) OO
6 18 (14.88%) Test Automation
7 16 (13.22%) MVC
8 13 (10.74%) Continuous Delivery
8 13 (10.74%) Continuous Integration
8 13 (10.74%) High Availability
8 13 (10.74%) Open Source
9 11 (9.09%) Continuous Improvement
9 11 (9.09%) Load Testing
9 11 (9.09%) OOP
9 11 (9.09%) Progressive Enhancement
10 10 (8.26%) Dependency Injection
10 10 (8.26%) Disaster Recovery
11 9 (7.44%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 34 (28.10%) SQL
2 29 (23.97%) Java
3 22 (18.18%) Java 8
3 22 (18.18%) JavaScript
4 13 (10.74%) C#
5 12 (9.92%) Python
6 11 (9.09%) PowerShell
7 8 (6.61%) Bash Shell
8 7 (5.79%) JPQL
9 4 (3.31%) PHP
10 1 (0.83%) COBOL
10 1 (0.83%) ES6
10 1 (0.83%) Go
10 1 (0.83%) Pascal
10 1 (0.83%) PHP 7
10 1 (0.83%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.83%) VB
10 1 (0.83%) VB6
10 1 (0.83%) VBA
10 1 (0.83%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 15 (12.40%) Security Cleared
2 14 (11.57%) SC Cleared
3 10 (8.26%) Degree
4 8 (6.61%) Computer Science Degree
5 5 (4.13%) Cisco Certification
5 5 (4.13%) MCSA
5 5 (4.13%) MCSE
5 5 (4.13%) Microsoft Certification
6 4 (3.31%) CCIE
7 3 (2.48%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (1.65%) CCNP
8 2 (1.65%) DBS Check
8 2 (1.65%) DV Cleared
8 2 (1.65%) JNCIE
8 2 (1.65%) TOGAF Certification
9 1 (0.83%) CCNA
9 1 (0.83%) ISEB
9 1 (0.83%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 1 (0.83%) VCP5
9 1 (0.83%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (10.74%) QA
2 2 (1.65%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.83%) JSP 440
3 1 (0.83%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.83%) SLA
System Software
1 21 (17.36%) Docker
2 10 (8.26%) Active Directory
3 9 (7.44%) Virtual Machines
3 9 (7.44%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (3.31%) Hyper-V
5 3 (2.48%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (1.65%) Firmware
6 2 (1.65%) Virtual Servers
6 2 (1.65%) VMware Workstation
6 2 (1.65%) vSphere
7 1 (0.83%) ISA Server
7 1 (0.83%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 18 (14.88%) Ansible
2 14 (11.57%) Opscode Chef
2 14 (11.57%) Puppet
3 4 (3.31%) Terraform
4 3 (2.48%) Kubernetes
4 3 (2.48%) SCCM
4 3 (2.48%) SCOM
4 3 (2.48%) vCenter Server
5 2 (1.65%) Packer
6 1 (0.83%) BMC PATROL
6 1 (0.83%) Control-M
6 1 (0.83%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 1 (0.83%) NetBackup
6 1 (0.83%) Pingdom
6 1 (0.83%) Rsyslog
6 1 (0.83%) Stealthwatch
6 1 (0.83%) WSUS
Vendors
1 30 (24.79%) Microsoft
2 14 (11.57%) VMware
3 12 (9.92%) Cisco
3 12 (9.92%) New Relic
4 11 (9.09%) Xamarin
5 9 (7.44%) Oracle
6 4 (3.31%) HP
7 3 (2.48%) Citrix
7 3 (2.48%) CommVault
7 3 (2.48%) FireEye
7 3 (2.48%) Google
7 3 (2.48%) MicroStrategy
7 3 (2.48%) MuleSoft
7 3 (2.48%) Tableau
8 2 (1.65%) Aruba
8 2 (1.65%) F5
8 2 (1.65%) Informatica
8 2 (1.65%) Juniper
8 2 (1.65%) SolarWinds
8 2 (1.65%) Synology