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 28 March 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
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 575 578 573
Rank change year-on-year +3 -5  
Contract jobs citing VMS 33 61 69
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.073% 0.11% 0.13%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.35% 0.53% 0.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 30 33
Median daily rate £450 £455 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.09% +10.30%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £365 £399 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £553 £505
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £455 £400
% change year-on-year -1.09% +13.75%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 3
Median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £22.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -12.39%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year - +25.00%  

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 9317 11544 11778
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.66% 21.54% 21.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 5945 7180 6685
Median daily rate £410 £380 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.89% +1.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £190 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £530 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £363 £338
% change year-on-year +6.89% +7.40%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 576 687 974
Median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.03% +3.12%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £38.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.25 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -7.57% +6.45%  

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 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for VMS in the UK

VMS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for VMS in the UK

VMS
Top 20 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 28 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 +5 33 £450 -1.09% 10
London +17 16 £425 -8.10% 4
East of England +3 5 £450 - 2
East Midlands - 5 £400 -
Lincolnshire - 5 £400 -
Peterborough - 4 £450 -
Cambridgeshire - 4 £450 -
North West +23 3 £530 +15.21% 1
Manchester - 3 £530 - 1
Yorkshire +18 2 £450 - 1
South East -7 2 - - 1
Lincoln - 2 £400 -
West Sussex +7 1 - -
South Yorkshire +4 1 - -
Doncaster -6 1 - -
Buckinghamshire -7 1 - -
West Yorkshire - 1 £450 -
Leeds - 1 £450 -
Bromley - 1 £550 -
Hertfordshire - 1 - - 1

VMS
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 March 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 20 (33.33%) Windows
2 19 (31.67%) SQL
3 18 (30.00%) DNS
4 16 (26.67%) Migration
5 14 (23.33%) Replication
5 14 (23.33%) Java
5 14 (23.33%) Oracle
6 13 (21.67%) Linux
6 13 (21.67%) VMware
6 13 (21.67%) Finance
6 13 (21.67%) Agile Software Development
7 12 (20.00%) Amazon AWS
8 11 (18.33%) Unix
8 11 (18.33%) Microsoft
8 11 (18.33%) Active Directory
8 11 (18.33%) DevOps
8 11 (18.33%) Data Centre
9 10 (16.67%) Windows Server
9 10 (16.67%) TCP/IP
9 10 (16.67%) Microsoft Azure
10 9 (15.00%) IBM
11 8 (13.33%) Perl
11 8 (13.33%) Change Management
11 8 (13.33%) Puppet
11 8 (13.33%) IaaS
11 8 (13.33%) Opscode Chef
11 8 (13.33%) SC Cleared
11 8 (13.33%) Security Cleared
11 8 (13.33%) Windows Server 2008
12 7 (11.67%) Red Hat Enterprise 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 3 (5.00%) MS Exchange
1 3 (5.00%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 2 (3.33%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (3.33%) WebSphere
3 1 (1.67%) Cloud Foundry
3 1 (1.67%) Confluence
3 1 (1.67%) IIS
3 1 (1.67%) JBoss
3 1 (1.67%) nginx
3 1 (1.67%) OpenStack
3 1 (1.67%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.67%) WildFly
Applications
1 4 (6.67%) MS Excel
2 2 (3.33%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (1.67%) Eloqua
Cloud Services
1 12 (20.00%) Amazon AWS
2 10 (16.67%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (13.33%) IaaS
4 4 (6.67%) PaaS
5 3 (5.00%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (3.33%) Office 365
7 1 (1.67%) G Suite
7 1 (1.67%) GitHub
7 1 (1.67%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 18 (30.00%) DNS
2 10 (16.67%) TCP/IP
3 7 (11.67%) LDAP
3 7 (11.67%) NAS
3 7 (11.67%) SAN
4 6 (10.00%) VLAN
5 4 (6.67%) DHCP
5 4 (6.67%) Firewall
5 4 (6.67%) HTTP
5 4 (6.67%) LAN
5 4 (6.67%) Network Security
5 4 (6.67%) WAN
6 3 (5.00%) SSL
6 3 (5.00%) VPN
7 2 (3.33%) IPv4
7 2 (3.33%) MPLS
8 1 (1.67%) HTTPS
8 1 (1.67%) Intrusion Detection
8 1 (1.67%) PuTTY
8 1 (1.67%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (11.67%) Big Data
2 2 (3.33%) DB2
3 1 (1.67%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (1.67%) Azure SQL Database
3 1 (1.67%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (1.67%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 7 (11.67%) Git (software)
1 7 (11.67%) Maven
2 5 (8.33%) Jenkins
3 2 (3.33%) Artifactory
3 2 (3.33%) JIRA
3 2 (3.33%) Sonatype Nexus
3 2 (3.33%) Vagrant
4 1 (1.67%) Ant
4 1 (1.67%) Capybara
4 1 (1.67%) CircleCI
4 1 (1.67%) Gradle
4 1 (1.67%) gulp
4 1 (1.67%) Hudson
4 1 (1.67%) JUnit
4 1 (1.67%) Selenium
4 1 (1.67%) Subversion
4 1 (1.67%) TestNG
4 1 (1.67%) Travis CI
General
1 13 (21.67%) Finance
2 5 (8.33%) Billing
3 3 (5.00%) Banking
4 2 (3.33%) Investment Banking
4 2 (3.33%) Retail
5 1 (1.67%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 10 (16.67%) Consultant
2 8 (13.33%) Administrator
3 7 (11.67%) Architect
3 7 (11.67%) Developer
3 7 (11.67%) Linux Administrator
3 7 (11.67%) Unix Administrator
4 6 (10.00%) Java Developer
5 5 (8.33%) AWS DevOps
5 5 (8.33%) DevOps Consultant
5 5 (8.33%) DevOps Engineer
5 5 (8.33%) Project Manager
6 4 (6.67%) Active Directory Consultant
6 4 (6.67%) AIX Administrator
6 4 (6.67%) Senior Manager
6 4 (6.67%) Senior Project Manager
6 4 (6.67%) Solutions Architect
7 3 (5.00%) Active Directory Engineer
7 3 (5.00%) AWS Consultant
7 3 (5.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 3 (5.00%) Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (11.67%) Web Services
1 7 (11.67%) XML
2 6 (10.00%) ActiveMQ
2 6 (10.00%) JMS
3 5 (8.33%) .NET
3 5 (8.33%) ASP.NET Web API
3 5 (8.33%) J2EE
3 5 (8.33%) Java EE
3 5 (8.33%) Spring
4 3 (5.00%) Middleware
5 2 (3.33%) CSS
5 2 (3.33%) HTML
5 2 (3.33%) HTML5
5 2 (3.33%) IBM Integration Bus
5 2 (3.33%) WebSphere MQ
5 2 (3.33%) XSLT
6 1 (1.67%) AngularJS
6 1 (1.67%) CSS3
6 1 (1.67%) RabbitMQ
6 1 (1.67%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 14 (23.33%) Replication
2 11 (18.33%) Data Centre
3 7 (11.67%) Symmetrix
4 5 (8.33%) CCTV
4 5 (8.33%) Linux Command Line
4 5 (8.33%) PKI
5 4 (6.67%) SCADA
6 2 (3.33%) Client/Server
6 2 (3.33%) Hybrid Cloud
6 2 (3.33%) Management Information System
6 2 (3.33%) SWIFT
7 1 (1.67%) Blackberry
7 1 (1.67%) Computer Science
7 1 (1.67%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (1.67%) Fintech
7 1 (1.67%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 20 (33.33%) Windows
2 13 (21.67%) Linux
3 11 (18.33%) Unix
4 10 (16.67%) Windows Server
5 8 (13.33%) Windows Server 2008
6 7 (11.67%) AIX
6 7 (11.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 7 (11.67%) Solaris
6 7 (11.67%) SUSE
6 7 (11.67%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
6 7 (11.67%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (3.33%) Windows 7
8 1 (1.67%) Apple iOS
8 1 (1.67%) Mac OS
8 1 (1.67%) MVS
8 1 (1.67%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (26.67%) Migration
2 13 (21.67%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (18.33%) DevOps
4 8 (13.33%) Change Management
5 7 (11.67%) Disaster Recovery
5 7 (11.67%) ITIL
5 7 (11.67%) Open Source
6 6 (10.00%) Build Automation
7 5 (8.33%) TDD
8 4 (6.67%) Analytics
8 4 (6.67%) Configuration Management
8 4 (6.67%) Continuous Integration
8 4 (6.67%) Matrix Organization
8 4 (6.67%) Microservices
8 4 (6.67%) PRINCE2
9 3 (5.00%) SIEM
9 3 (5.00%) SOA
9 3 (5.00%) Software Deployment
10 2 (3.33%) ITSM
10 2 (3.33%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 19 (31.67%) SQL
2 14 (23.33%) Java
3 8 (13.33%) Perl
4 4 (6.67%) PL/SQL
4 4 (6.67%) PowerShell
4 4 (6.67%) Python
4 4 (6.67%) Shell Script
5 3 (5.00%) Ruby
6 2 (3.33%) C++
6 2 (3.33%) DCL
7 1 (1.67%) C#
7 1 (1.67%) Groovy
7 1 (1.67%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 8 (13.33%) SC Cleared
1 8 (13.33%) Security Cleared
2 5 (8.33%) MCP
2 5 (8.33%) MCTS
2 5 (8.33%) Microsoft Certification
3 3 (5.00%) Degree
4 2 (3.33%) CCIE
4 2 (3.33%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (3.33%) CISM
4 2 (3.33%) CISSP
4 2 (3.33%) PMI Certification
4 2 (3.33%) PMP
4 2 (3.33%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 1 (1.67%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (1.67%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.00%) PMO
1 3 (5.00%) QA
2 2 (3.33%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (3.33%) ISO20022
3 1 (1.67%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 11 (18.33%) Active Directory
2 7 (11.67%) NFS
2 7 (11.67%) Oracle RAC
2 7 (11.67%) SRDF
2 7 (11.67%) Veritas File System
2 7 (11.67%) Veritas Volume Manager
3 6 (10.00%) Docker
4 5 (8.33%) Hyper-V
4 5 (8.33%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (3.33%) Veritas Cluster Server
5 2 (3.33%) VMware Infrastructure
6 1 (1.67%) VirtualBox
6 1 (1.67%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 8 (13.33%) Opscode Chef
1 8 (13.33%) Puppet
2 7 (11.67%) Veritas Storage Foundation
3 6 (10.00%) Microsoft Clustering
4 5 (8.33%) Ansible
5 3 (5.00%) QRadar
5 3 (5.00%) SCOM
6 2 (3.33%) ArcSight ESM
6 2 (3.33%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 2 (3.33%) Tivoli
7 1 (1.67%) CloudForms
7 1 (1.67%) Failover Clustering
7 1 (1.67%) NetBackup
7 1 (1.67%) SCCM
7 1 (1.67%) vMotion
Vendors
1 14 (23.33%) Oracle
2 13 (21.67%) VMware
3 11 (18.33%) Microsoft
4 9 (15.00%) IBM
5 7 (11.67%) EMC
5 7 (11.67%) NetApp
5 7 (11.67%) Red Hat
5 7 (11.67%) Sun
5 7 (11.67%) Veritas
6 4 (6.67%) Cisco
6 4 (6.67%) Splunk
7 3 (5.00%) AlienVault
7 3 (5.00%) ArcSight
7 3 (5.00%) Qualys
7 3 (5.00%) SaltStack
8 2 (3.33%) Barracuda Networks
8 2 (3.33%) F5
9 1 (1.67%) 3PAR
9 1 (1.67%) Atlassian
9 1 (1.67%) Google
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