Period
to 19 June 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 19 June 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
19 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 590 521 741
Rank change year-on-year -69 +220 +19
Contract jobs citing VMS 120 81 120
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.19% 0.19% 0.13%
As % of the Operating Systems category 1.25% 0.96% 0.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 70 53 93
10th Percentile £399 £330 £357
25th Percentile £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% +5.56%
75th Percentile £675 £675 £515
90th Percentile £728 £702 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £525 £475
% change year-on-year -16.19% +10.53% +18.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 2
10th Percentile £57.25 " "
25th Percentile £60.63 " £32.50
Median hourly rate £70.00 £21.00 £35.00
Median % change year-on-year +233.33% -40.00% -26.32%
75th Percentile £83.13 " £37.50
90th Percentile £88.75 " "
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £21.00 -

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 9,636 8,425 18,169
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.42% 19.81% 20.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,288 5,512 11,693
10th Percentile £188 £150 £158
25th Percentile £350 £300 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £425 £435
Median % change year-on-year +5.88% -2.30% +2.35%
75th Percentile £550 £538 £538
90th Percentile £650 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 476 556 1,109
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.75 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.63 £14.00 £13.00
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50
75th Percentile £45.00 £24.50 £34.25
90th Percentile £60.00 £47.99 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £17.10 £16.00
% change year-on-year -0.58% +6.88% +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 19 June 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 19 June 2021.

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 19 June 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 -77 69 £525 +5.00% 33
Work from Home -209 61 £600 -6.25% 9
UK excluding London -30 36 £440 -16.19% 22
London -59 31 £525 +5.00% 11
South East -23 12 £450 -26.53% 12
North of England +8 8 £513 +13.89% 4
North West - 7 £450 - 3
Midlands -23 6 £350 -22.22% 2
East Midlands -1 5 £506 -25.00%
Scotland - 5 £425 -
South West +16 3 £288 -34.29% 3
East of England -1 2 £510 +50.00% 1
West Midlands -21 1 £350 +7.69% 2
North East - 1 £650 -

For the 6 months to 19 June 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 59 (49.17%) Azure
2 53 (44.17%) DevOps
3 52 (43.33%) Linux
4 45 (37.50%) Windows
5 39 (32.50%) Kubernetes
6 36 (30.00%) Ansible
6 36 (30.00%) Terraform
7 30 (25.00%) IaaS
8 28 (23.33%) VMware
9 27 (22.50%) Jenkins
9 27 (22.50%) Public Cloud
10 26 (21.67%) Migration
10 26 (21.67%) PaaS
11 25 (20.83%) SQL
12 22 (18.33%) Validation
12 22 (18.33%) Finance
12 22 (18.33%) Docker
12 22 (18.33%) Social Skills
13 20 (16.67%) Java
13 20 (16.67%) YAML
14 19 (15.83%) JSON
14 19 (15.83%) Virtual Machines
15 18 (15.00%) Python
15 18 (15.00%) Microsoft
16 17 (14.17%) Agile Software Development
16 17 (14.17%) VMware Infrastructure
16 17 (14.17%) Artifactory
17 16 (13.33%) Active Directory
18 15 (12.50%) MongoDB
18 15 (12.50%) Kafka

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 6 (5.00%) OpenStack
2 5 (4.17%) Apache
3 2 (1.67%) Confluence
3 2 (1.67%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.67%) Tomcat
4 1 (0.83%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 1 (0.83%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (1.67%) Sentinel
1 2 (1.67%) Shopify
2 1 (0.83%) SAP SD
2 1 (0.83%) SAP VC
Cloud Services
1 59 (49.17%) Azure
2 30 (25.00%) IaaS
3 26 (21.67%) PaaS
4 15 (12.50%) GCP
4 15 (12.50%) OpenShift
5 12 (10.00%) Azure Active Directory
6 11 (9.17%) Azure Storage
6 11 (9.17%) GitHub
7 7 (5.83%) AWS
8 6 (5.00%) Microsoft 365
9 5 (4.17%) Amazon EC2
9 5 (4.17%) Amazon S3
9 5 (4.17%) Azure Data Factory
9 5 (4.17%) SaaS
10 4 (3.33%) Azure Sentinel
10 4 (3.33%) OneDrive
10 4 (3.33%) Power Platform
11 3 (2.50%) Azure Cosmos DB
11 3 (2.50%) Azure Service Bus
11 3 (2.50%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 10 (8.33%) DNS
1 10 (8.33%) Firewall
2 5 (4.17%) Network Security
3 4 (3.33%) SSL
4 3 (2.50%) Cisco Firepower
4 3 (2.50%) DHCP
4 3 (2.50%) NAS
4 3 (2.50%) SAN
4 3 (2.50%) VLAN
4 3 (2.50%) VSAN
5 2 (1.67%) SMTP
5 2 (1.67%) SNMP
5 2 (1.67%) TCP/IP
5 2 (1.67%) Wireless
6 1 (0.83%) FTP
6 1 (0.83%) Multicast
6 1 (0.83%) Remote Desktop
6 1 (0.83%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (12.50%) MongoDB
2 11 (9.17%) Azure SQL Database
3 10 (8.33%) Big Data
4 7 (5.83%) SQL Server
5 5 (4.17%) Hadoop
5 5 (4.17%) Redis
6 4 (3.33%) Amazon RDS
6 4 (3.33%) Data Lake
6 4 (3.33%) HDInsight
6 4 (3.33%) PostgreSQL
6 4 (3.33%) Power BI
6 4 (3.33%) Relational Database
7 3 (2.50%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
7 3 (2.50%) Data Warehouse
7 3 (2.50%) KDB
7 3 (2.50%) Kdb+
7 3 (2.50%) MySQL
8 2 (1.67%) Oracle Database
8 2 (1.67%) Oracle Database 12c
8 2 (1.67%) Semantic Layer
Development Applications
1 27 (22.50%) Jenkins
2 17 (14.17%) Artifactory
3 14 (11.67%) Git (software)
4 8 (6.67%) JIRA
5 7 (5.83%) Maven
6 5 (4.17%) Mockito
6 5 (4.17%) Visual Studio
6 5 (4.17%) WebDriver
7 4 (3.33%) JUnit
8 3 (2.50%) Bitbucket
8 3 (2.50%) CircleCI
8 3 (2.50%) Travis CI
9 2 (1.67%) Octopus Deploy
9 2 (1.67%) TeamCity
9 2 (1.67%) Visual Studio Team System
10 1 (0.83%) git-flow
10 1 (0.83%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 22 (18.33%) Finance
1 22 (18.33%) Social Skills
2 12 (10.00%) Banking
3 9 (7.50%) Public Sector
4 3 (2.50%) Aerospace
4 3 (2.50%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (1.67%) Influencing Skills
5 2 (1.67%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.67%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.83%) Retail
Job Titles
1 36 (30.00%) Azure Engineer
2 29 (24.17%) DevOps Engineer
3 19 (15.83%) Azure DevOps Engineer
4 18 (15.00%) Azure DevOps
5 11 (9.17%) Architect
6 10 (8.33%) Kubernetes Engineer
7 9 (7.50%) Developer
7 9 (7.50%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 8 (6.67%) Cloud Engineer
9 5 (4.17%) Administrator
9 5 (4.17%) Cloud Developer
9 5 (4.17%) Consultant
9 5 (4.17%) Data Engineer
9 5 (4.17%) Java Developer
10 4 (3.33%) Azure Infrastructure Engineer
10 4 (3.33%) Cloud Architect
10 4 (3.33%) Linux Administrator
10 4 (3.33%) Project Engineer
10 4 (3.33%) Security Engineer
10 4 (3.33%) VMware Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (16.67%) YAML
2 19 (15.83%) JSON
3 15 (12.50%) Kafka
4 7 (5.83%) .NET
5 5 (4.17%) Akka
5 5 (4.17%) Memcached
5 5 (4.17%) RESTEasy
5 5 (4.17%) Spring
5 5 (4.17%) Spring MVC
5 5 (4.17%) Swagger
5 5 (4.17%) WireMock
6 3 (2.50%) JCE
6 3 (2.50%) LAMP
6 3 (2.50%) LDAP
7 2 (1.67%) AngularJS
7 2 (1.67%) CSS
7 2 (1.67%) HTML
7 2 (1.67%) J2EE
7 2 (1.67%) React
7 2 (1.67%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 27 (22.50%) Public Cloud
2 13 (10.83%) Data Centre
3 10 (8.33%) Private Cloud
4 4 (3.33%) Replication
5 3 (2.50%) Enterprise Cloud
5 3 (2.50%) Hybrid Cloud
5 3 (2.50%) iPad
5 3 (2.50%) Linux Command Line
6 2 (1.67%) Cloud Native
6 2 (1.67%) Mobile App
6 2 (1.67%) PMI
6 2 (1.67%) Symmetrix
7 1 (0.83%) CCTV
7 1 (0.83%) Clustering
7 1 (0.83%) IBM Storwize
7 1 (0.83%) Self-Motivation
7 1 (0.83%) VAX
7 1 (0.83%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 52 (43.33%) Linux
2 45 (37.50%) Windows
3 15 (12.50%) Windows Server
4 14 (11.67%) CoreOS
5 13 (10.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 13 (10.83%) Unix
6 9 (7.50%) Debian
7 8 (6.67%) Windows Server 2012
8 6 (5.00%) Ubuntu
9 5 (4.17%) Windows Server 2008
10 4 (3.33%) OpenVMS
10 4 (3.33%) Windows Server 2016
10 4 (3.33%) Windows Server 2019
11 3 (2.50%) AIX
12 2 (1.67%) CentOS
12 2 (1.67%) Solaris
12 2 (1.67%) SUSE
12 2 (1.67%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
12 2 (1.67%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (44.17%) DevOps
2 26 (21.67%) Migration
3 22 (18.33%) Validation
4 17 (14.17%) Agile Software Development
5 12 (10.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 11 (9.17%) Stakeholder Management
7 10 (8.33%) E-Commerce
8 8 (6.67%) Mentoring
9 7 (5.83%) Analytics
10 6 (5.00%) Continuous Delivery
10 6 (5.00%) Infrastructure as Code
10 6 (5.00%) Test Automation
11 5 (4.17%) Business Intelligence
11 5 (4.17%) Configuration Management
11 5 (4.17%) Microservices
11 5 (4.17%) MVC
11 5 (4.17%) Software Engineering
12 4 (3.33%) Change Management
12 4 (3.33%) Continuous Integration
12 4 (3.33%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 25 (20.83%) SQL
2 20 (16.67%) Java
3 18 (15.00%) Python
4 13 (10.83%) PowerShell
5 5 (4.17%) Bash Shell
5 5 (4.17%) Perl
5 5 (4.17%) Scala
6 4 (3.33%) C#
7 3 (2.50%) Groovy
7 3 (2.50%) PHP
8 2 (1.67%) C
8 2 (1.67%) ES6
8 2 (1.67%) JavaScript
8 2 (1.67%) Ruby
8 2 (1.67%) Shell Script
8 2 (1.67%) TypeScript
9 1 (0.83%) Go
Qualifications
1 10 (8.33%) Security Cleared
2 8 (6.67%) Degree
3 4 (3.33%) SC Cleared
4 3 (2.50%) Microsoft Certification
5 2 (1.67%) DBS Check
5 2 (1.67%) MCSA
5 2 (1.67%) PMI Certification
5 2 (1.67%) PMP
5 2 (1.67%) VCAP
6 1 (0.83%) CTC Cleared
6 1 (0.83%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (5.83%) QA
2 1 (0.83%) SLA
System Software
1 22 (18.33%) Docker
2 19 (15.83%) Virtual Machines
3 17 (14.17%) VMware Infrastructure
4 16 (13.33%) Active Directory
5 9 (7.50%) VMware ESXi
6 8 (6.67%) vSphere
7 4 (3.33%) NFS
7 4 (3.33%) VMware NSX
8 3 (2.50%) vCloud
9 2 (1.67%) Hyper-V
9 2 (1.67%) Oracle RAC
9 2 (1.67%) SRDF
9 2 (1.67%) Veritas Cluster Server
9 2 (1.67%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.83%) Firmware
10 1 (0.83%) Veritas File System
10 1 (0.83%) Veritas Volume Manager
10 1 (0.83%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 39 (32.50%) Kubernetes
2 36 (30.00%) Ansible
2 36 (30.00%) Terraform
3 10 (8.33%) Grafana
3 10 (8.33%) vCenter Server
4 6 (5.00%) Puppet
4 6 (5.00%) SCCM
4 6 (5.00%) vRealize Orchestrator
5 4 (3.33%) Opscode Chef
5 4 (3.33%) Opsview
5 4 (3.33%) Packer
5 4 (3.33%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 4 (3.33%) vRealize
6 2 (1.67%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 2 (1.67%) Microsoft Intune
6 2 (1.67%) SCOM
6 2 (1.67%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 2 (1.67%) yum
7 1 (0.83%) Prometheus
7 1 (0.83%) WSUS
Vendors
1 28 (23.33%) VMware
2 18 (15.00%) Microsoft
3 14 (11.67%) Red Hat
4 12 (10.00%) Oracle
5 11 (9.17%) Google
6 7 (5.83%) IBM
7 6 (5.00%) Splunk
8 5 (4.17%) Cisco
8 5 (4.17%) Citrix
8 5 (4.17%) Veritas
9 4 (3.33%) CommVault
9 4 (3.33%) Databricks
9 4 (3.33%) HP
9 4 (3.33%) Palo Alto
9 4 (3.33%) Symantec
10 3 (2.50%) Foundry
10 3 (2.50%) ServiceNow
10 3 (2.50%) SolarWinds
10 3 (2.50%) Sybase
10 3 (2.50%) Thales