Period
to 20 June 2018

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 20 June 2018 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
20 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 722 743 759
Rank change year-on-year +21 +16 -4
Contract jobs citing VMS 148 99 131
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.11% 0.12%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.71% 0.52% 0.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 92 66 70
UK median daily rate £475 £438 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.57% -2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £348 £336 £360
90th Percentile £635 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £425 £450
% change year-on-year -5.88% -5.56% +12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 4
UK median hourly rate £47.50 £20.00 £26.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +137.50% -23.81% +14.98%
10th Percentile £43.75 £17.50 £17.95
90th Percentile £51.25 £22.50 £45.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.50 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +137.50% - +25.00%

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 20,801 18,902 23,778
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.83% 20.76% 22.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,088 11,916 14,813
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £185 £200 £208
90th Percentile £606 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £395 £400 £375
% change year-on-year -1.25% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,394 1,121 1,338
UK median hourly rate £17.33 £16.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.00% -2.94% +5.20%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.50 £10.75
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.50 £46.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £15.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year +3.23% -6.06% +4.76%

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 20 June 2018.

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 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 20 June 2018. 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 +5 143 £475 +8.57% 44
UK excluding London -10 78 £400 -5.88% 27
London -9 67 £550 +22.22% 18
North of England -10 29 £400 -13.51% 6
North East +24 24 £400 - 1
Midlands -5 16 £400 - 3
South East -16 16 £538 +26.47% 8
East Midlands -5 12 £419 +4.69%
East of England +1 10 £506 +12.50% 8
West Midlands -12 4 £325 -10.96% 2
Yorkshire -15 4 £550 +30.95% 2
South West +6 3 £375 +7.14% 1
Wales - 3 £413 - 1
North West -21 1 - - 3
Scotland -41 1 £350 -

For the 6 months to 20 June 2018, 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 50 (33.78%) Windows
1 50 (33.78%) Linux
2 46 (31.08%) Java
2 46 (31.08%) SQL
3 42 (28.38%) Unix
4 41 (27.70%) PowerShell
4 41 (27.70%) Test Automation
5 40 (27.03%) Agile Software Development
5 40 (27.03%) JIRA
6 38 (25.68%) IaaS
7 37 (25.00%) PaaS
8 35 (23.65%) Microsoft Azure
8 35 (23.65%) DevOps
9 31 (20.95%) Git (software)
9 31 (20.95%) Problem-Solving
10 30 (20.27%) Amazon AWS
10 30 (20.27%) Maven
11 29 (19.59%) ITIL
11 29 (19.59%) Python
12 28 (18.92%) C
13 27 (18.24%) Confluence
13 27 (18.24%) Microservices
14 26 (17.57%) Analytical Skills
14 26 (17.57%) RESTful
14 26 (17.57%) Security Cleared
14 26 (17.57%) REST
14 26 (17.57%) JUnit
14 26 (17.57%) Service Management
14 26 (17.57%) Change Management
15 25 (16.89%) Management Information System

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 27 (18.24%) Confluence
2 22 (14.86%) WildFly
3 12 (8.11%) OpenStack
4 3 (2.03%) Apache
4 3 (2.03%) MQSeries
4 3 (2.03%) WebSphere
5 2 (1.35%) IPython
5 2 (1.35%) nginx
5 2 (1.35%) SharePoint
6 1 (0.68%) Apache Pig
6 1 (0.68%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (0.68%) CMS
6 1 (0.68%) Ethereum
6 1 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (0.68%) IBM Domino
6 1 (0.68%) IIS
6 1 (0.68%) MS Exchange
6 1 (0.68%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 1 (0.68%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 1 (0.68%) Distributed Ledger
1 1 (0.68%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.68%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 38 (25.68%) IaaS
2 37 (25.00%) PaaS
3 35 (23.65%) Microsoft Azure
4 30 (20.27%) Amazon AWS
5 23 (15.54%) SaaS
6 9 (6.08%) Google Cloud Platform
7 6 (4.05%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
8 5 (3.38%) Azure Active Directory
9 4 (2.70%) GitHub
10 3 (2.03%) Amazon EC2
10 3 (2.03%) Cloud Computing
11 2 (1.35%) Serverless
12 1 (0.68%) Amazon S3
12 1 (0.68%) Azure Data Factory
12 1 (0.68%) Dynamics 365
12 1 (0.68%) Office 365
12 1 (0.68%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 15 (10.14%) VPN
2 11 (7.43%) Firewall
3 6 (4.05%) Network Security
4 4 (2.70%) DNS
5 3 (2.03%) HTTP
5 3 (2.03%) SMTP
6 2 (1.35%) Cisco Firepower
6 2 (1.35%) Reverse Proxy
6 2 (1.35%) SMS
6 2 (1.35%) VLAN
7 1 (0.68%) Cisco IOS
7 1 (0.68%) Intranet
7 1 (0.68%) iSCSI
7 1 (0.68%) Junos
7 1 (0.68%) LAN
7 1 (0.68%) OpenFlow
7 1 (0.68%) SAN
7 1 (0.68%) SSL
7 1 (0.68%) WAN
7 1 (0.68%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (16.89%) SQL Server
2 23 (15.54%) Relational Database
3 22 (14.86%) RDBMS
4 19 (12.84%) PostgreSQL
5 17 (11.49%) Azure SQL Database
6 11 (7.43%) Apache Cassandra
6 11 (7.43%) HBase
6 11 (7.43%) icCube
7 10 (6.76%) Big Data
8 7 (4.73%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 6 (4.05%) Data Warehouse
9 6 (4.05%) MySQL
10 5 (3.38%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
10 5 (3.38%) Oracle Database
11 4 (2.70%) Redis
12 3 (2.03%) NoSQL
13 2 (1.35%) Amazon RDS
13 2 (1.35%) SQL Server 2012
13 2 (1.35%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 2 (1.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 40 (27.03%) JIRA
2 31 (20.95%) Git (software)
3 30 (20.27%) Maven
4 26 (17.57%) JUnit
5 25 (16.89%) Vagrant
6 22 (14.86%) Checkstyle
6 22 (14.86%) Liquibase
6 22 (14.86%) Mockito
6 22 (14.86%) SonarQube
7 17 (11.49%) Jenkins
8 8 (5.41%) Octopus Deploy
8 8 (5.41%) Team Foundation Server
9 7 (4.73%) Visual Studio
10 6 (4.05%) MSBuild
10 6 (4.05%) Selenium
11 5 (3.38%) Bitbucket
11 5 (3.38%) Sonatype Nexus
11 5 (3.38%) Visual Studio Team System
12 3 (2.03%) Cucumber
12 3 (2.03%) Zephyr
General
1 18 (12.16%) Finance
2 6 (4.05%) Banking
2 6 (4.05%) Telecoms
3 4 (2.70%) Games
3 4 (2.70%) Manufacturing
4 3 (2.03%) German Language
4 3 (2.03%) Pharmaceutical
5 2 (1.35%) Aerospace
5 2 (1.35%) Financial Institution
5 2 (1.35%) Front Office
5 2 (1.35%) Investment Banking
5 2 (1.35%) Marketing
5 2 (1.35%) Retail
6 1 (0.68%) Legal
Job Titles
1 51 (34.46%) Developer
2 27 (18.24%) Analyst
3 26 (17.57%) Java Developer
4 15 (10.14%) Operations Analyst
4 15 (10.14%) SC Cleared Java Developer
5 14 (9.46%) Consultant
5 14 (9.46%) Support Analyst
6 9 (6.08%) 1st Line Support
6 9 (6.08%) 1st Line Support Analyst
6 9 (6.08%) Architect
6 9 (6.08%) DevOps Engineer
7 8 (5.41%) Azure Engineer
7 8 (5.41%) Operational Support Analyst
7 8 (5.41%) Operations Support Analyst
8 7 (4.73%) Azure DevOps
8 7 (4.73%) Azure DevOps Engineer
9 6 (4.05%) Cloud Engineer
9 6 (4.05%) Senior Developer
9 6 (4.05%) Software Developer
9 6 (4.05%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (17.57%) REST
1 26 (17.57%) RESTful
2 23 (15.54%) Hibernate
3 22 (14.86%) Drools
3 22 (14.86%) Java EE
3 22 (14.86%) JAX-RS
3 22 (14.86%) JMS
3 22 (14.86%) Lambda Expressions
3 22 (14.86%) WireMock
4 15 (10.14%) ISPF
5 11 (7.43%) Kafka
6 9 (6.08%) HTML
6 9 (6.08%) LAPP Stack
6 9 (6.08%) RabbitMQ
7 6 (4.05%) .NET
7 6 (4.05%) CSS
8 4 (2.70%) AngularJS
8 4 (2.70%) Gherkin
8 4 (2.70%) Web Services
9 3 (2.03%) Android SDK
Miscellaneous
1 26 (17.57%) Analytical Skills
2 25 (16.89%) Management Information System
3 23 (15.54%) Linux Command Line
4 15 (10.14%) VSAM
5 6 (4.05%) Computer Science
6 4 (2.70%) Hybrid Cloud
6 4 (2.70%) Private Cloud
6 4 (2.70%) Public Cloud
7 3 (2.03%) Algorithms
7 3 (2.03%) Client/Server
7 3 (2.03%) Data Centre
7 3 (2.03%) Greenfield Project
7 3 (2.03%) Self-Motivation
8 2 (1.35%) SCADA
9 1 (0.68%) Bitcoin
9 1 (0.68%) Cyberthreat
9 1 (0.68%) Fintech
9 1 (0.68%) Mainframe
9 1 (0.68%) PMI
9 1 (0.68%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 50 (33.78%) Linux
1 50 (33.78%) Windows
2 42 (28.38%) Unix
3 20 (13.51%) Windows Server
4 18 (12.16%) AIX
5 16 (10.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 16 (10.81%) Windows 2000 Server
6 15 (10.14%) HPUX
6 15 (10.14%) MVS
6 15 (10.14%) Solaris
6 15 (10.14%) VME
7 8 (5.41%) CentOS
8 6 (4.05%) OpenVMS
9 4 (2.70%) Android
9 4 (2.70%) Ubuntu
10 3 (2.03%) Nucleus RTOS
11 1 (0.68%) Apple iOS
11 1 (0.68%) NetWare
11 1 (0.68%) OS/2
11 1 (0.68%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (27.70%) Test Automation
2 40 (27.03%) Agile Software Development
3 35 (23.65%) DevOps
4 31 (20.95%) Problem-Solving
5 29 (19.59%) ITIL
6 27 (18.24%) Microservices
7 26 (17.57%) Change Management
7 26 (17.57%) Service Management
8 25 (16.89%) Data Management
8 25 (16.89%) Domain-Driven Design
8 25 (16.89%) OO
9 24 (16.22%) CQRS
9 24 (16.22%) Dependency Injection
9 24 (16.22%) Open Source
10 22 (14.86%) OOA/OOD
11 21 (14.19%) Analytics
11 21 (14.19%) Continuous Integration
11 21 (14.19%) ITIL V3
12 15 (10.14%) Configuration Management
13 13 (8.78%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 46 (31.08%) Java
1 46 (31.08%) SQL
2 41 (27.70%) PowerShell
3 29 (19.59%) Python
4 28 (18.92%) C
5 23 (15.54%) Java 8
6 22 (14.86%) JPQL
7 20 (13.51%) JavaScript
8 16 (10.81%) Shell Script
9 15 (10.14%) JCL
10 14 (9.46%) C#
11 9 (6.08%) Go
12 7 (4.73%) XAML
13 4 (2.70%) C++
14 3 (2.03%) Bash Shell
14 3 (2.03%) PHP
14 3 (2.03%) PL/SQL
15 2 (1.35%) DCL
15 2 (1.35%) PHP 7
16 1 (0.68%) Solidity
Qualifications
1 26 (17.57%) Security Cleared
2 25 (16.89%) SC Cleared
3 11 (7.43%) Degree
4 6 (4.05%) BPSS Clearance
5 3 (2.03%) PMI Certification
5 3 (2.03%) PMP
6 2 (1.35%) SAP Certification
7 1 (0.68%) APMG
7 1 (0.68%) BC Cleared
7 1 (0.68%) CEH
7 1 (0.68%) CISA
7 1 (0.68%) CISM
7 1 (0.68%) CISSP
7 1 (0.68%) Computer Science Degree
7 1 (0.68%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.68%) DV Cleared
7 1 (0.68%) ISEB
7 1 (0.68%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (6.08%) GCP
2 8 (5.41%) SLA
3 5 (3.38%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.68%) PMO
System Software
1 19 (12.84%) Docker
2 18 (12.16%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
3 15 (10.14%) Job Entry Subsystem
3 15 (10.14%) RACF
4 12 (8.11%) Hyper-V
5 9 (6.08%) Active Directory
5 9 (6.08%) Apache Flume
6 8 (5.41%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (1.35%) VMware Infrastructure
8 1 (0.68%) VirtualBox
8 1 (0.68%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.68%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 18 (12.16%) Tivoli
2 15 (10.14%) Tivoli Monitoring
3 12 (8.11%) Ansible
4 11 (7.43%) Puppet
5 9 (6.08%) Kubernetes
6 5 (3.38%) Opscode Chef
7 4 (2.70%) McAfee ePO
8 3 (2.03%) Docker Swarm
8 3 (2.03%) FortiGate
8 3 (2.03%) QRadar
8 3 (2.03%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 2 (1.35%) Consul
9 2 (1.35%) Terraform
10 1 (0.68%) Failover Clustering
10 1 (0.68%) Microsoft Clustering
10 1 (0.68%) PowerCLI
10 1 (0.68%) SCOM
10 1 (0.68%) SCOrch
10 1 (0.68%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 1 (0.68%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 22 (14.86%) ServiceNow
2 19 (12.84%) Microsoft
3 16 (10.81%) Red Hat
4 15 (10.14%) BMC
4 15 (10.14%) HP
5 11 (7.43%) Oracle
5 11 (7.43%) Vertica
6 9 (6.08%) Google
6 9 (6.08%) VMware
7 5 (3.38%) McAfee
8 4 (2.70%) IBM
9 3 (2.03%) CheckPoint
9 3 (2.03%) Cisco
9 3 (2.03%) Qualys
9 3 (2.03%) SAP
10 2 (1.35%) F5
10 2 (1.35%) Zend
11 1 (0.68%) Dell
11 1 (0.68%) Lotus
11 1 (0.68%) Symantec