Period
to 2 December 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 2 December 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
2 Dec 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 649 513 674
Rank change year-on-year -136 +161 +43
Contract jobs citing VMS 195 58 129
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.22% 0.16% 0.16%
As % of the Operating Systems category 1.40% 0.85% 0.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 96 25 85
10th Percentile £200 " £400
25th Percentile £341 £363 £450
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £450 £500
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% -10.00% -9.09%
75th Percentile £681 £519 £575
90th Percentile £750 £600 £665
UK excluding London median daily rate £288 £438 £500
% change year-on-year -34.29% -12.50% +9.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 5 2
10th Percentile £41.25 £50.40 £48.75
25th Percentile £61.88 £51.00 £49.13
Median hourly rate £63.00 £54.00 £52.00
Median % change year-on-year +16.67% +3.85% +235.48%
75th Percentile £75.63 " £54.88
90th Percentile £77.75 " £55.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £63.00 £54.00 -
% change year-on-year +16.67% - -

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 13,948 6,850 17,127
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.59% 18.39% 21.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,617 4,441 10,793
10th Percentile £165 £163 £143
25th Percentile £338 £313 £250
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £488 £435 £415
Median % change year-on-year +12.07% +4.82% -2.35%
75th Percentile £588 £538 £525
90th Percentile £675 £615 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £387 £388
% change year-on-year +3.43% -0.19% -0.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 731 392 1,235
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.17 £11.25
25th Percentile £14.25 £13.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.25 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year -1.37% +4.29% +2.94%
75th Percentile £46.00 £40.00 £30.00
90th Percentile £62.25 £52.50 £47.93
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £17.16 £16.50
% change year-on-year -0.93% +4.00% +1.65%

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 2 December 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
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing VMS over the 6 months to 2 December 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for VMS in the UK

VMS
Top 15 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 2 December 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 -133 130 £500 +14.29% 46
UK excluding London -76 88 £288 -34.29% 20
Work from Home -142 76 £600 +50.00% 7
London -186 46 £655 +54.12% 24
South West -32 23 £615 +92.94% 2
North of England -59 22 £200 -52.94% 4
South East -76 16 £475 -20.83% 7
Scotland - 13 £200 -
Yorkshire -37 12 £200 - 2
North West -46 10 - - 2
Midlands -66 9 £438 -2.78% 1
East Midlands -35 7 £356 -20.83%
East of England -46 3 £325 -33.33% 6
Wales - 2 £450 -
West Midlands - 2 £563 - 1

For the 6 months to 2 December 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 91 (46.67%) Linux
2 64 (32.82%) Windows
3 63 (32.31%) Azure
4 47 (24.10%) Microsoft
5 44 (22.56%) Migration
6 43 (22.05%) DevOps
7 42 (21.54%) VMware
8 35 (17.95%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 34 (17.44%) SQL
10 33 (16.92%) Kubernetes
10 33 (16.92%) Social Skills
11 31 (15.90%) Docker
11 31 (15.90%) IaaS
12 30 (15.38%) SAP
13 29 (14.87%) PaaS
14 27 (13.85%) Finance
14 27 (13.85%) Agile Software Development
15 25 (12.82%) Oracle
15 25 (12.82%) SAP S/4HANA
16 24 (12.31%) Problem-Solving
16 24 (12.31%) Ansible
17 23 (11.79%) Active Directory
18 22 (11.28%) Red Hat
18 22 (11.28%) Jenkins
18 22 (11.28%) SAP HANA
18 22 (11.28%) PowerShell
19 21 (10.77%) Microsoft Certification
19 21 (10.77%) Unix
19 21 (10.77%) SAP Basis
20 20 (10.26%) Terraform

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 12 (6.15%) SharePoint
2 8 (4.10%) OpenStack
3 4 (2.05%) Apache
4 3 (1.54%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 3 (1.54%) Anypoint
4 3 (1.54%) Apache Spark
4 3 (1.54%) IIS
5 2 (1.03%) Confluence
5 2 (1.03%) Elasticsearch
5 2 (1.03%) nginx
Applications
1 6 (3.08%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (2.05%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (2.05%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.51%) Chatbot
3 1 (0.51%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 25 (12.82%) SAP S/4HANA
2 4 (2.05%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 3 (1.54%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.51%) Adobe Campaign
4 1 (0.51%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.51%) SAP SD
4 1 (0.51%) SAP VC
Cloud Services
1 63 (32.31%) Azure
2 31 (15.90%) IaaS
3 29 (14.87%) PaaS
4 16 (8.21%) Power Platform
5 15 (7.69%) Azure Active Directory
6 13 (6.67%) Azure Storage
7 12 (6.15%) AWS
8 11 (5.64%) Microsoft 365
8 11 (5.64%) OpenShift
8 11 (5.64%) SaaS
9 10 (5.13%) GCP
10 8 (4.10%) Azure Data Factory
10 8 (4.10%) Azure Synapse Analytics
11 7 (3.59%) GitHub
12 6 (3.08%) Serverless
13 5 (2.56%) Azure Key Vault
14 4 (2.05%) Azure Functions
14 4 (2.05%) Azure Logic Apps
14 4 (2.05%) Dynamics 365
15 3 (1.54%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 14 (7.18%) DNS
2 12 (6.15%) Firewall
2 12 (6.15%) SAN
3 9 (4.62%) DHCP
3 9 (4.62%) NAS
4 6 (3.08%) Network Security
5 5 (2.56%) VLAN
5 5 (2.56%) VPN
6 3 (1.54%) WAN
7 2 (1.03%) Cisco Firepower
7 2 (1.03%) LAN
7 2 (1.03%) MPLS
7 2 (1.03%) SSL
8 1 (0.51%) BGP
8 1 (0.51%) EIGRP
8 1 (0.51%) FTP
8 1 (0.51%) IPv4
8 1 (0.51%) IPv6
8 1 (0.51%) OSPF
8 1 (0.51%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (11.28%) SAP HANA
2 16 (8.21%) Power BI
3 15 (7.69%) Big Data
4 14 (7.18%) Azure SQL Database
5 13 (6.67%) MongoDB
6 11 (5.64%) Relational Database
6 11 (5.64%) SQL Server
7 9 (4.62%) Data Lake
7 9 (4.62%) PostgreSQL
8 8 (4.10%) Data Warehouse
8 8 (4.10%) NoSQL
9 7 (3.59%) KDB
9 7 (3.59%) Kdb+
10 5 (2.56%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
10 5 (2.56%) Oracle Database
11 4 (2.05%) Oracle Reports
11 4 (2.05%) RDBMS
11 4 (2.05%) Redis
11 4 (2.05%) Spotfire
12 3 (1.54%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 22 (11.28%) Jenkins
2 11 (5.64%) Artifactory
3 7 (3.59%) Visual Studio
4 6 (3.08%) Git (software)
5 5 (2.56%) JIRA
6 4 (2.05%) PowerDesigner
7 3 (1.54%) IBM UrbanCode
7 3 (1.54%) Maven
7 3 (1.54%) TeamCity
8 2 (1.03%) ERwin
8 2 (1.03%) Mockito
8 2 (1.03%) NUnit
8 2 (1.03%) WebDriver
9 1 (0.51%) Ant
9 1 (0.51%) Appium
9 1 (0.51%) Eclipse
9 1 (0.51%) GitLab
9 1 (0.51%) JUnit
9 1 (0.51%) MSTest
9 1 (0.51%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 33 (16.92%) Social Skills
2 27 (13.85%) Finance
3 8 (4.10%) Banking
3 8 (4.10%) Public Sector
4 6 (3.08%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (3.08%) Organisational Skills
4 6 (3.08%) Presentation Skills
5 4 (2.05%) Telecoms
6 3 (1.54%) Aerospace
6 3 (1.54%) Automotive
6 3 (1.54%) Retail
7 2 (1.03%) Avionics
7 2 (1.03%) Law
8 1 (0.51%) Electronics
8 1 (0.51%) Legal
8 1 (0.51%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 30 (15.38%) Consultant
2 28 (14.36%) Azure Engineer
3 21 (10.77%) Architect
4 19 (9.74%) DevOps Engineer
5 14 (7.18%) Kubernetes Engineer
6 13 (6.67%) Cloud Engineer
6 13 (6.67%) Data Engineer
6 13 (6.67%) Developer
6 13 (6.67%) IT Engineer
7 12 (6.15%) Azure DevOps
7 12 (6.15%) Azure DevOps Engineer
7 12 (6.15%) VMware Consultant
8 11 (5.64%) Administrator
8 11 (5.64%) Solutions Architect
8 11 (5.64%) Support Engineer
9 10 (5.13%) Technical Consultant
10 9 (4.62%) IT Support
10 9 (4.62%) IT Support Engineer
10 9 (4.62%) SAP Consultant
10 9 (4.62%) Unix Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (10.77%) SAP Basis
2 18 (9.23%) Kafka
3 12 (6.15%) YAML
4 10 (5.13%) JSON
5 8 (4.10%) LDAP
6 6 (3.08%) REST
7 5 (2.56%) .NET
7 5 (2.56%) Middleware
7 5 (2.56%) React
7 5 (2.56%) RESTful
7 5 (2.56%) Spring
7 5 (2.56%) XML
8 4 (2.05%) CSS
8 4 (2.05%) HTML
9 3 (1.54%) .NET Framework
9 3 (1.54%) OAuth
10 2 (1.03%) Entity Framework
10 2 (1.03%) jQuery
10 2 (1.03%) Memcached
10 2 (1.03%) Spring MVC
Miscellaneous
1 17 (8.72%) Public Cloud
2 13 (6.67%) Replication
3 10 (5.13%) Data Centre
4 8 (4.10%) Linux Command Line
5 6 (3.08%) Private Cloud
5 6 (3.08%) Self-Motivation
6 5 (2.56%) Symmetrix
7 4 (2.05%) Algorithms
8 3 (1.54%) Legacy Applications
8 3 (1.54%) Management Information System
9 2 (1.03%) CMDB
9 2 (1.03%) Legacy Code
9 2 (1.03%) Renewable Energy
10 1 (0.51%) Clustering
10 1 (0.51%) Data Structures
10 1 (0.51%) IBM XIV
10 1 (0.51%) Mobile App
10 1 (0.51%) NHS
10 1 (0.51%) Social Media
10 1 (0.51%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 91 (46.67%) Linux
2 64 (32.82%) Windows
3 35 (17.95%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 21 (10.77%) Unix
5 19 (9.74%) Windows Server
6 12 (6.15%) Solaris
7 9 (4.62%) Windows Server 2012
8 8 (4.10%) AIX
8 8 (4.10%) CoreOS
8 8 (4.10%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
9 7 (3.59%) SUSE
10 6 (3.08%) Debian
10 6 (3.08%) Windows Server 2008
11 5 (2.56%) Windows 10
11 5 (2.56%) Windows Server 2016
12 3 (1.54%) Apple iOS
13 2 (1.03%) Ubuntu
13 2 (1.03%) Windows 7
13 2 (1.03%) Windows Server 2019
14 1 (0.51%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (22.56%) Migration
2 43 (22.05%) DevOps
3 27 (13.85%) Agile Software Development
4 24 (12.31%) Problem-Solving
5 19 (9.74%) Analytics
6 17 (8.72%) Business Intelligence
7 14 (7.18%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 13 (6.67%) Infrastructure as Code
9 12 (6.15%) Configuration Management
9 12 (6.15%) Mentoring
9 12 (6.15%) Stakeholder Management
10 11 (5.64%) Disaster Recovery
10 11 (5.64%) Microservices
10 11 (5.64%) Storage Management
10 11 (5.64%) User Acceptance Testing
11 10 (5.13%) Change Management
12 9 (4.62%) Continuous Improvement
12 9 (4.62%) Validation
13 8 (4.10%) Computer Science
13 8 (4.10%) Runbook
Programming Languages
1 34 (17.44%) SQL
2 22 (11.28%) PowerShell
3 17 (8.72%) Python
4 15 (7.69%) Java
5 12 (6.15%) Bash Shell
6 10 (5.13%) C#
7 7 (3.59%) Go
7 7 (3.59%) Perl
8 6 (3.08%) Java 11
8 6 (3.08%) PHP
9 5 (2.56%) Ada
9 5 (2.56%) DCL
10 4 (2.05%) JavaScript
11 3 (1.54%) C
11 3 (1.54%) C++
11 3 (1.54%) Shell Script
11 3 (1.54%) TypeScript
11 3 (1.54%) VBScript
12 2 (1.03%) AWK
12 2 (1.03%) Korn
Qualifications
1 21 (10.77%) Microsoft Certification
2 19 (9.74%) Security Cleared
3 17 (8.72%) Cisco Certification
4 16 (8.21%) CCNA
4 16 (8.21%) MCSE
5 15 (7.69%) MCSA
5 15 (7.69%) SC Cleared
6 13 (6.67%) MCP
7 12 (6.15%) Degree
8 3 (1.54%) CISM
8 3 (1.54%) MCAD
8 3 (1.54%) Numerate Degree
8 3 (1.54%) OCMJD
8 3 (1.54%) PhD
8 3 (1.54%) Postgraduate
9 2 (1.03%) MCITP
10 1 (0.51%) CCNP
10 1 (0.51%) MCSD
10 1 (0.51%) RHCE
10 1 (0.51%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (9.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 13 (6.67%) ISO 9001
2 13 (6.67%) PCI DSS
3 3 (1.54%) Cyber Essentials
3 3 (1.54%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
4 2 (1.03%) GDPR
4 2 (1.03%) QA
4 2 (1.03%) SLA
5 1 (0.51%) Data Quality
System Software
1 31 (15.90%) Docker
2 23 (11.79%) Active Directory
3 20 (10.26%) Virtual Machines
4 17 (8.72%) VMware Infrastructure
5 14 (7.18%) NFS
6 12 (6.15%) VMware ESXi
7 8 (4.10%) vSphere
8 7 (3.59%) Oracle RAC
9 6 (3.08%) Veritas File System
9 6 (3.08%) Veritas Volume Manager
10 5 (2.56%) SRDF
11 4 (2.05%) VMware NSX
12 3 (1.54%) Slurm Workload Manager
12 3 (1.54%) XenApp
13 2 (1.03%) Hyper-V
13 2 (1.03%) KVM
14 1 (0.51%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 33 (16.92%) Kubernetes
2 24 (12.31%) Ansible
3 20 (10.26%) Terraform
4 14 (7.18%) WSUS
5 8 (4.10%) vCenter Server
5 8 (4.10%) Veritas Storage Foundation
6 5 (2.56%) Grafana
6 5 (2.56%) vRealize Orchestrator
7 3 (1.54%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 3 (1.54%) Istio
7 3 (1.54%) Knative
7 3 (1.54%) Microsoft Intune
7 3 (1.54%) MobiControl
7 3 (1.54%) Nagios
7 3 (1.54%) Prometheus
7 3 (1.54%) Puppet
7 3 (1.54%) SCCM
8 2 (1.03%) Failover Clustering
8 2 (1.03%) Kibana
8 2 (1.03%) vMotion
Vendors
1 47 (24.10%) Microsoft
2 42 (21.54%) VMware
3 30 (15.38%) SAP
4 25 (12.82%) Oracle
5 22 (11.28%) Red Hat
6 17 (8.72%) IBM
7 11 (5.64%) Cisco
7 11 (5.64%) Databricks
7 11 (5.64%) EMC
8 10 (5.13%) Dell
9 9 (4.62%) Google
10 8 (4.10%) Sun
10 8 (4.10%) Sybase
10 8 (4.10%) Veritas
11 7 (3.59%) Hitachi
11 7 (3.59%) MuleSoft
12 5 (2.56%) Micro Focus
12 5 (2.56%) NetApp
12 5 (2.56%) Serena
13 4 (2.05%) Axway