Period
to 17 September 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 17 September 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
17 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 617 486 727
Rank change year-on-year -131 +241 +4
Contract jobs citing VMS 185 42 128
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.23% 0.14% 0.14%
As % of the Operating Systems category 1.55% 0.74% 0.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 103 25 94
10th Percentile £220 " £350
25th Percentile £429 £363 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £550 £475
Median % change year-on-year -4.55% +15.79% -13.64%
75th Percentile £700 £625 £575
90th Percentile £738 £675 £646
UK excluding London median daily rate £288 £600 £475
% change year-on-year -52.08% +26.32% +4.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 0 2
10th Percentile £60.98 " £48.75
25th Percentile " " £49.13
Median hourly rate £63.00 - £52.00
75th Percentile £77.50 " £54.88
90th Percentile £78.63 " £55.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £63.00 - -

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 11,974 5,641 18,454
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.09% 18.71% 20.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,997 3,633 11,757
10th Percentile £178 £175 £150
25th Percentile £350 £315 £288
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £438 £425
Median % change year-on-year +8.57% +2.94% -
75th Percentile £575 £538 £538
90th Percentile £663 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 662 299 1,202
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.75 £14.03 £13.50
Median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year -7.89% +8.57% +2.94%
75th Percentile £42.63 £37.30 £37.50
90th Percentile £63.00 £48.29 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £18.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year -5.56% +12.50% -

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 17 September 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 17 September 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for VMS in the UK

VMS
Top 13 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 17 September 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 -141 119 £510 -7.27% 22
Work from Home -180 84 £613 -4.30% 6
UK excluding London -89 75 £288 -52.08% 13
London -162 45 £550 +10.00% 9
North of England - 20 £210 - 2
South West -29 19 - - 4
South East -82 16 £475 -25.78% 3
Yorkshire - 11 £200 -
Scotland - 10 £180 -
North West - 9 £450 - 2
East Midlands - 6 £506 -
Midlands - 6 £506 -
East of England -40 4 £510 +42.66% 4

For the 6 months to 17 September 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.

1 101 (54.59%) Linux
2 69 (37.30%) Windows
2 69 (37.30%) Azure
3 58 (31.35%) DevOps
4 53 (28.65%) Kubernetes
5 43 (23.24%) VMware
6 41 (22.16%) Terraform
7 39 (21.08%) IaaS
8 38 (20.54%) Finance
9 37 (20.00%) Migration
10 35 (18.92%) Ansible
11 34 (18.38%) PaaS
12 33 (17.84%) Jenkins
12 33 (17.84%) SQL
13 31 (16.76%) Microsoft
14 30 (16.22%) Public Cloud
15 28 (15.14%) Docker
15 28 (15.14%) Java
15 28 (15.14%) Agile Software Development
16 27 (14.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 25 (13.51%) Kafka
17 25 (13.51%) Social Skills
18 24 (12.97%) MongoDB
18 24 (12.97%) VMware Infrastructure
18 24 (12.97%) YAML
19 22 (11.89%) Validation
19 22 (11.89%) JSON
19 22 (11.89%) Virtual Machines
19 22 (11.89%) OpenShift
19 22 (11.89%) Artifactory

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 (6.49%) OpenStack
2 6 (3.24%) SharePoint
3 5 (2.70%) Apache
4 3 (1.62%) Apache Spark
5 2 (1.08%) Elasticsearch
5 2 (1.08%) IIS
6 1 (0.54%) Confluence
6 1 (0.54%) nginx
Applications
1 2 (1.08%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.54%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.54%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.54%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 19 (10.27%) SAP S/4HANA
2 2 (1.08%) Sentinel
3 1 (0.54%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 69 (37.30%) Azure
2 39 (21.08%) IaaS
3 34 (18.38%) PaaS
4 22 (11.89%) OpenShift
5 21 (11.35%) GCP
6 12 (6.49%) AWS
6 12 (6.49%) Azure Storage
7 11 (5.95%) GitHub
8 10 (5.41%) Azure Active Directory
8 10 (5.41%) Microsoft 365
9 7 (3.78%) Amazon EC2
9 7 (3.78%) SaaS
10 6 (3.24%) Power Platform
11 5 (2.70%) Amazon S3
11 5 (2.70%) Azure Data Factory
12 4 (2.16%) IBM Cloud
12 4 (2.16%) OneDrive
13 3 (1.62%) Azure Key Vault
13 3 (1.62%) Azure Sentinel
13 3 (1.62%) Cloud Run
Communications & Networking
1 16 (8.65%) DNS
2 13 (7.03%) Firewall
3 9 (4.86%) DHCP
4 6 (3.24%) VPN
5 5 (2.70%) Network Security
5 5 (2.70%) SAN
6 4 (2.16%) NAS
6 4 (2.16%) SSL
6 4 (2.16%) VLAN
7 3 (1.62%) Cisco Firepower
8 2 (1.08%) TCP/IP
9 1 (0.54%) FTP
9 1 (0.54%) LAN
9 1 (0.54%) MPLS
9 1 (0.54%) Remote Desktop
9 1 (0.54%) WAN
9 1 (0.54%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (12.97%) MongoDB
2 20 (10.81%) Big Data
3 19 (10.27%) SAP HANA
4 13 (7.03%) Azure SQL Database
5 11 (5.95%) SQL Server
6 10 (5.41%) PostgreSQL
7 9 (4.86%) Relational Database
8 8 (4.32%) KDB
8 8 (4.32%) Kdb+
9 6 (3.24%) Power BI
10 5 (2.70%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
10 5 (2.70%) Data Lake
10 5 (2.70%) Data Warehouse
10 5 (2.70%) Hadoop
10 5 (2.70%) NoSQL
10 5 (2.70%) Redis
11 4 (2.16%) Amazon RDS
11 4 (2.16%) MySQL
12 3 (1.62%) HDInsight
12 3 (1.62%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 33 (17.84%) Jenkins
2 22 (11.89%) Artifactory
3 10 (5.41%) Git (software)
4 9 (4.86%) Visual Studio
5 8 (4.32%) JIRA
6 6 (3.24%) Maven
7 5 (2.70%) Mockito
7 5 (2.70%) TeamCity
7 5 (2.70%) WebDriver
8 4 (2.16%) JUnit
9 3 (1.62%) Bitbucket
9 3 (1.62%) IBM UrbanCode
9 3 (1.62%) Visual Studio Team System
10 2 (1.08%) CircleCI
10 2 (1.08%) ERwin
10 2 (1.08%) Octopus Deploy
10 2 (1.08%) Travis CI
11 1 (0.54%) git-flow
11 1 (0.54%) NUnit
11 1 (0.54%) PowerDesigner
General
1 38 (20.54%) Finance
2 25 (13.51%) Social Skills
3 14 (7.57%) Banking
4 10 (5.41%) Public Sector
5 4 (2.16%) Aerospace
5 4 (2.16%) Retail
6 3 (1.62%) Analytical Skills
6 3 (1.62%) Automotive
6 3 (1.62%) Presentation Skills
7 2 (1.08%) Avionics
7 2 (1.08%) Influencing Skills
7 2 (1.08%) Telecoms
8 1 (0.54%) Law
8 1 (0.54%) Legal
8 1 (0.54%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.54%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 43 (23.24%) Azure Engineer
2 33 (17.84%) DevOps Engineer
3 24 (12.97%) Azure DevOps Engineer
4 23 (12.43%) Consultant
5 21 (11.35%) Azure DevOps
6 19 (10.27%) Kubernetes Engineer
7 14 (7.57%) Cloud Engineer
7 14 (7.57%) Data Engineer
8 13 (7.03%) Developer
9 12 (6.49%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 11 (5.95%) Technical Consultant
11 10 (5.41%) Architect
11 10 (5.41%) VMware Consultant
12 9 (4.86%) IT Engineer
12 9 (4.86%) Unix Engineer
13 8 (4.32%) Cloud Developer
13 8 (4.32%) Development Engineer
13 8 (4.32%) Java Developer
13 8 (4.32%) Java Engineer
13 8 (4.32%) Senior Technician
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (13.51%) Kafka
2 24 (12.97%) YAML
3 22 (11.89%) JSON
4 18 (9.73%) SAP Basis
5 8 (4.32%) Spring
6 6 (3.24%) .NET
7 5 (2.70%) Akka
7 5 (2.70%) Memcached
7 5 (2.70%) RESTEasy
7 5 (2.70%) Spring MVC
7 5 (2.70%) Swagger
7 5 (2.70%) WireMock
8 4 (2.16%) JCE
8 4 (2.16%) LAMP
8 4 (2.16%) LDAP
8 4 (2.16%) Middleware
9 3 (1.62%) CSS
9 3 (1.62%) HTML
10 2 (1.08%) REST
10 2 (1.08%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 30 (16.22%) Public Cloud
2 11 (5.95%) Private Cloud
3 8 (4.32%) Data Centre
4 6 (3.24%) Replication
5 5 (2.70%) Legacy Code
5 5 (2.70%) Linux Command Line
6 3 (1.62%) Algorithms
6 3 (1.62%) Legacy Applications
6 3 (1.62%) Management Information System
6 3 (1.62%) Mobile App
6 3 (1.62%) Symmetrix
7 2 (1.08%) Cloud Native
7 2 (1.08%) CMDB
7 2 (1.08%) PMI
7 2 (1.08%) Renewable Energy
7 2 (1.08%) Self-Motivation
8 1 (0.54%) Clustering
8 1 (0.54%) IBM Storwize
8 1 (0.54%) iPad
8 1 (0.54%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 101 (54.59%) Linux
2 69 (37.30%) Windows
3 27 (14.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 20 (10.81%) Windows Server
5 18 (9.73%) CoreOS
6 17 (9.19%) Unix
7 11 (5.95%) Debian
7 11 (5.95%) Windows Server 2012
8 7 (3.78%) Ubuntu
9 5 (2.70%) Solaris
9 5 (2.70%) Windows Server 2008
10 4 (2.16%) Windows 10
11 3 (1.62%) AIX
11 3 (1.62%) SUSE
11 3 (1.62%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
11 3 (1.62%) Windows Server 2016
12 2 (1.08%) CentOS
12 2 (1.08%) OpenVMS
12 2 (1.08%) Windows 7
12 2 (1.08%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (31.35%) DevOps
2 37 (20.00%) Migration
3 28 (15.14%) Agile Software Development
4 22 (11.89%) Validation
5 19 (10.27%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 17 (9.19%) Mentoring
7 14 (7.57%) Analytics
7 14 (7.57%) Problem-Solving
8 12 (6.49%) Stakeholder Management
9 11 (5.95%) Microservices
10 10 (5.41%) E-Commerce
10 10 (5.41%) Infrastructure as Code
11 9 (4.86%) User Acceptance Testing
12 8 (4.32%) Applied Mathematics
12 8 (4.32%) Computer Science
12 8 (4.32%) Continuous Improvement
12 8 (4.32%) Mathematics
12 8 (4.32%) Parallel Programming
13 6 (3.24%) High Availability
13 6 (3.24%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 33 (17.84%) SQL
2 28 (15.14%) Java
3 21 (11.35%) PowerShell
3 21 (11.35%) Python
4 12 (6.49%) Bash Shell
5 9 (4.86%) Java 11
6 8 (4.32%) C#
7 7 (3.78%) Perl
8 6 (3.24%) PHP
9 5 (2.70%) Scala
10 4 (2.16%) Go
11 3 (1.62%) C
11 3 (1.62%) VBScript
12 2 (1.08%) Ada
12 2 (1.08%) AWK
12 2 (1.08%) C++
12 2 (1.08%) DCL
12 2 (1.08%) JavaScript
12 2 (1.08%) Korn
12 2 (1.08%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 16 (8.65%) Microsoft Certification
2 13 (7.03%) Cisco Certification
2 13 (7.03%) Degree
3 12 (6.49%) CCNA
4 11 (5.95%) MCSA
4 11 (5.95%) Security Cleared
5 10 (5.41%) MCSE
6 9 (4.86%) MCP
6 9 (4.86%) SC Cleared
7 3 (1.62%) CISM
7 3 (1.62%) MCAD
7 3 (1.62%) Numerate Degree
7 3 (1.62%) OCMJD
7 3 (1.62%) PhD
7 3 (1.62%) Postgraduate
8 2 (1.08%) DBS Check
8 2 (1.08%) PMI Certification
8 2 (1.08%) PMP
8 2 (1.08%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 1 (0.54%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (7.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 9 (4.86%) ISO 9001
2 9 (4.86%) PCI DSS
3 7 (3.78%) QA
4 3 (1.62%) Cyber Essentials
4 3 (1.62%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 2 (1.08%) SLA
System Software
1 28 (15.14%) Docker
2 24 (12.97%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (11.89%) Virtual Machines
4 16 (8.65%) Active Directory
5 12 (6.49%) VMware ESXi
6 11 (5.95%) NFS
7 7 (3.78%) vSphere
8 3 (1.62%) Oracle RAC
8 3 (1.62%) Slurm Workload Manager
8 3 (1.62%) SRDF
8 3 (1.62%) XenApp
9 2 (1.08%) Veritas Cluster Server
9 2 (1.08%) Veritas File System
9 2 (1.08%) Veritas Volume Manager
9 2 (1.08%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.54%) Firmware
10 1 (0.54%) Hyper-V
10 1 (0.54%) VMware NSX
10 1 (0.54%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 53 (28.65%) Kubernetes
2 41 (22.16%) Terraform
3 35 (18.92%) Ansible
4 15 (8.11%) WSUS
5 10 (5.41%) Grafana
6 9 (4.86%) vCenter Server
7 4 (2.16%) Opsview
7 4 (2.16%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 3 (1.62%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 3 (1.62%) Istio
8 3 (1.62%) Knative
8 3 (1.62%) MobiControl
8 3 (1.62%) Prometheus
8 3 (1.62%) SCCM
9 2 (1.08%) Microsoft Intune
9 2 (1.08%) Packer
9 2 (1.08%) Puppet
9 2 (1.08%) Veritas Storage Foundation
9 2 (1.08%) vRealize
9 2 (1.08%) vRealize Orchestrator
Vendors
1 43 (23.24%) VMware
2 31 (16.76%) Microsoft
3 21 (11.35%) SAP
4 19 (10.27%) Red Hat
5 18 (9.73%) Google
6 16 (8.65%) Oracle
7 14 (7.57%) IBM
8 9 (4.86%) Dell
9 8 (4.32%) Cisco
9 8 (4.32%) Citrix
9 8 (4.32%) Databricks
9 8 (4.32%) Sybase
10 7 (3.78%) Splunk
11 6 (3.24%) HP
11 6 (3.24%) Veritas
12 5 (2.70%) EMC
12 5 (2.70%) Hitachi
12 5 (2.70%) NetApp
13 4 (2.16%) CommVault
13 4 (2.16%) Symantec