Period
to 25 September 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 25 September 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
25 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 707 744 770
Rank change year-on-year +37 +26 +48
Contract jobs citing VMS 196 123 123
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.19% 0.13% 0.12%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.92% 0.60% 0.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 130 69 73
UK median daily rate £550 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +22.22% +2.86% +9.38%
10th Percentile £363 £325 £332
90th Percentile £588 £580 £580
UK excluding London median daily rate £455 £420 £438
% change year-on-year +8.33% -4.00% +9.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 5 2
UK median hourly rate £31.50 £26.00 £41.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.15% -37.72% +26.52%
10th Percentile £18.10 £25.70 £33.23
90th Percentile £47.70 £41.35 £49.28
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.50 £26.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year +21.15% -20.00% -

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 21,300 20,431 23,448
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.72% 20.80% 22.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,191 12,830 14,770
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £170 £183 £206
90th Percentile £606 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +4.00% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,526 1,204 1,266
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.86% +6.06% +0.46%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.83 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £16.25
% change year-on-year -3.03% +1.54% +1.56%

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 25 September 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing VMS over the 6 months to 25 September 2018.

Contractor 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 25 September 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 +42 188 £550 +22.22% 30
London +27 98 £550 +4.76% 13
UK excluding London +8 95 £455 +8.33% 18
North of England +16 40 £464 +6.61% 4
Yorkshire +3 28 £550 +30.95% 2
South East -19 19 £388 -6.06% 7
Midlands -14 16 £475 +15.15% 3
East Midlands +3 10 £456 +4.29% 1
North West -17 9 £455 -4.21% 2
East of England -17 8 £525 - 2
West Midlands -18 6 £525 +43.84% 2
South West -20 5 £375 -9.09% 1
Wales - 4 £388 -
North East -7 3 £525 +50.00%
Scotland -13 3 £350 - 1

For the 6 months to 25 September 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 88 (44.90%) Agile Software Development
2 84 (42.86%) Test Automation
3 80 (40.82%) JIRA
3 80 (40.82%) Java
4 72 (36.73%) Vagrant
4 72 (36.73%) Microservices
5 69 (35.20%) Domain-Driven Design
6 68 (34.69%) Amazon AWS
7 65 (33.16%) Confluence
7 65 (33.16%) Git (software)
7 65 (33.16%) CQRS
8 61 (31.12%) Maven
9 59 (30.10%) Unix
10 57 (29.08%) OO
10 57 (29.08%) JUnit
10 57 (29.08%) RESTful
11 55 (28.06%) SC Cleared
11 55 (28.06%) Security Cleared
12 54 (27.55%) Hibernate
12 54 (27.55%) Java 8
13 53 (27.04%) Windows
13 53 (27.04%) Dependency Injection
13 53 (27.04%) REST
14 51 (26.02%) Mockito
14 51 (26.02%) Relational Database
14 51 (26.02%) JMS
15 50 (25.51%) Linux
15 50 (25.51%) Linux Command Line
16 49 (25.00%) OOA/OOD
16 49 (25.00%) RDBMS

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 65 (33.16%) Confluence
2 49 (25.00%) WildFly
3 13 (6.63%) OpenStack
4 8 (4.08%) WebSphere
5 6 (3.06%) MQSeries
6 4 (2.04%) nginx
7 3 (1.53%) Apache
7 3 (1.53%) SharePoint
8 2 (1.02%) IPython
9 1 (0.51%) Apache Pig
9 1 (0.51%) BizTalk Server
9 1 (0.51%) CMS
9 1 (0.51%) Ethereum
9 1 (0.51%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 3 (1.53%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.51%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 1 (0.51%) Distributed Ledger
1 1 (0.51%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.51%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 68 (34.69%) Amazon AWS
2 33 (16.84%) Microsoft Azure
3 24 (12.24%) Amazon EC2
3 24 (12.24%) IaaS
4 16 (8.16%) PaaS
5 12 (6.12%) Serverless
6 10 (5.10%) Google Cloud Platform
7 6 (3.06%) Amazon ELB
7 6 (3.06%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
7 6 (3.06%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 5 (2.55%) GitHub
9 4 (2.04%) Azure Active Directory
10 3 (1.53%) Cloud Computing
10 3 (1.53%) Office 365
11 2 (1.02%) Amazon S3
12 1 (0.51%) AWS CloudFormation
12 1 (0.51%) AWS Lambda
12 1 (0.51%) Dynamics 365
12 1 (0.51%) Mimecast
12 1 (0.51%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 9 (4.59%) Firewall
2 7 (3.57%) VPN
3 5 (2.55%) Internet
4 4 (2.04%) DNS
5 3 (1.53%) Cisco Firepower
5 3 (1.53%) HTTP
5 3 (1.53%) Network Security
5 3 (1.53%) SAN
5 3 (1.53%) SMTP
5 3 (1.53%) WAN
6 2 (1.02%) LAN
6 2 (1.02%) Reverse Proxy
6 2 (1.02%) TCP/IP
6 2 (1.02%) VLAN
7 1 (0.51%) Cisco IOS
7 1 (0.51%) DECnet
7 1 (0.51%) Intranet
7 1 (0.51%) iSCSI
7 1 (0.51%) SSL
7 1 (0.51%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 51 (26.02%) Relational Database
2 49 (25.00%) RDBMS
3 26 (13.27%) SQL Server
4 24 (12.24%) MySQL
4 24 (12.24%) PostgreSQL
5 22 (11.22%) Amazon RDS
6 16 (8.16%) Azure SQL Database
7 14 (7.14%) Apache Cassandra
8 12 (6.12%) HBase
8 12 (6.12%) icCube
9 11 (5.61%) Big Data
10 9 (4.59%) NoSQL
11 7 (3.57%) Data Warehouse
12 6 (3.06%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
13 5 (2.55%) Redis
14 4 (2.04%) MongoDB
15 3 (1.53%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 1 (0.51%) Apache Hive
16 1 (0.51%) Hadoop
16 1 (0.51%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 80 (40.82%) JIRA
2 72 (36.73%) Vagrant
3 65 (33.16%) Git (software)
4 61 (31.12%) Maven
5 57 (29.08%) JUnit
6 51 (26.02%) Mockito
7 49 (25.00%) Checkstyle
7 49 (25.00%) Liquibase
7 49 (25.00%) SonarQube
8 25 (12.76%) Jenkins
9 20 (10.20%) Selenium
10 16 (8.16%) PHPUnit
11 9 (4.59%) Team Foundation Server
12 7 (3.57%) Octopus Deploy
12 7 (3.57%) Visual Studio
13 6 (3.06%) MSBuild
13 6 (3.06%) Sonatype Nexus
14 5 (2.55%) Bitbucket
15 4 (2.04%) Visual Studio Team System
16 3 (1.53%) TestNG
General
1 15 (7.65%) Finance
2 7 (3.57%) Banking
3 4 (2.04%) Games
4 3 (1.53%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.02%) Front Office
5 2 (1.02%) Investment Banking
5 2 (1.02%) Marketing
5 2 (1.02%) Retail
6 1 (0.51%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.51%) Law
6 1 (0.51%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 103 (52.55%) Developer
2 62 (31.63%) Java Developer
3 48 (24.49%) SC Cleared Java Developer
4 19 (9.69%) Architect
5 16 (8.16%) PHP Developer
6 12 (6.12%) AWS Architect
7 10 (5.10%) Analyst
7 10 (5.10%) Cloud Architect
7 10 (5.10%) Cloud Engineer
7 10 (5.10%) Cloud Infrastructure Architect
7 10 (5.10%) Consultant
7 10 (5.10%) Infrastructure Architect
8 9 (4.59%) AWS Infrastructure Architect
8 9 (4.59%) Support Analyst
9 7 (3.57%) Azure Engineer
9 7 (3.57%) Senior Developer
9 7 (3.57%) SQL Developer
10 6 (3.06%) Administrator
10 6 (3.06%) DevOps Engineer
10 6 (3.06%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 57 (29.08%) RESTful
2 54 (27.55%) Hibernate
3 53 (27.04%) REST
4 51 (26.02%) JMS
5 49 (25.00%) Drools
5 49 (25.00%) Java EE
5 49 (25.00%) JAX-RS
5 49 (25.00%) Lambda Expressions
5 49 (25.00%) WireMock
6 16 (8.16%) Doctrine
7 14 (7.14%) CSS
7 14 (7.14%) HTML
7 14 (7.14%) Kafka
7 14 (7.14%) RabbitMQ
8 10 (5.10%) HTML5
8 10 (5.10%) LAPP Stack
9 9 (4.59%) CSS3
10 7 (3.57%) WebSphere MQ
10 7 (3.57%) XML
11 6 (3.06%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 50 (25.51%) Linux Command Line
2 13 (6.63%) Public Cloud
3 6 (3.06%) Self-Motivation
4 5 (2.55%) Analytical Skills
4 5 (2.55%) Computer Science
4 5 (2.55%) SWIFT
5 4 (2.04%) Clustering
6 3 (1.53%) Algorithms
6 3 (1.53%) Data Centre
6 3 (1.53%) Greenfield Project
7 2 (1.02%) EMC VMAX
7 2 (1.02%) Hybrid Cloud
7 2 (1.02%) PMI
7 2 (1.02%) User Experience
7 2 (1.02%) VxBlock/Vblock
8 1 (0.51%) Fat Client
8 1 (0.51%) Management Information System
8 1 (0.51%) Replication
8 1 (0.51%) Thin Client
8 1 (0.51%) VAX
Operating Systems
1 59 (30.10%) Unix
2 53 (27.04%) Windows
3 50 (25.51%) Linux
4 9 (4.59%) CentOS
5 8 (4.08%) Windows Server
6 6 (3.06%) OpenVMS
6 6 (3.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 4 (2.04%) Android
7 4 (2.04%) Ubuntu
7 4 (2.04%) Windows Server 2012
8 3 (1.53%) AIX
8 3 (1.53%) Windows 10
9 2 (1.02%) DC/OS
9 2 (1.02%) Debian
9 2 (1.02%) Mesosphere
10 1 (0.51%) Amazon Linux
10 1 (0.51%) Apple iOS
10 1 (0.51%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.51%) Windows 2000 Server
10 1 (0.51%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 88 (44.90%) Agile Software Development
2 84 (42.86%) Test Automation
3 72 (36.73%) Microservices
4 69 (35.20%) Domain-Driven Design
5 65 (33.16%) CQRS
6 57 (29.08%) OO
7 53 (27.04%) Dependency Injection
8 49 (25.00%) OOA/OOD
9 36 (18.37%) DevOps
10 33 (16.84%) Continuous Integration
11 30 (15.31%) TDD
12 21 (10.71%) Unit Testing
13 18 (9.18%) Analytics
14 17 (8.67%) ETL
15 16 (8.16%) Non-Functional Testing
15 16 (8.16%) Pair Programming
16 15 (7.65%) ITIL
16 15 (7.65%) Problem-Solving
17 14 (7.14%) Business Intelligence
18 13 (6.63%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 80 (40.82%) Java
2 54 (27.55%) Java 8
3 49 (25.00%) JPQL
4 45 (22.96%) SQL
5 39 (19.90%) JavaScript
6 30 (15.31%) Python
7 24 (12.24%) PowerShell
8 16 (8.16%) C
8 16 (8.16%) PHP
8 16 (8.16%) PHP 7
9 14 (7.14%) C#
10 10 (5.10%) Go
11 7 (3.57%) DCL
12 6 (3.06%) C++
12 6 (3.06%) XAML
13 5 (2.55%) VB
14 4 (2.04%) Bash Shell
15 2 (1.02%) Perl
15 2 (1.02%) Shell Script
16 1 (0.51%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 55 (28.06%) SC Cleared
1 55 (28.06%) Security Cleared
2 16 (8.16%) Degree
3 5 (2.55%) BPSS Clearance
3 5 (2.55%) Computer Science Degree
4 4 (2.04%) BC Cleared
4 4 (2.04%) PMI Certification
4 4 (2.04%) PMP
5 3 (1.53%) AWS Certification
6 1 (0.51%) APMG
6 1 (0.51%) DBS Check
6 1 (0.51%) DV Cleared
6 1 (0.51%) ISEB
6 1 (0.51%) ISTQB
6 1 (0.51%) MCP
6 1 (0.51%) MCSE
6 1 (0.51%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.06%) Disclosure Scotland
2 5 (2.55%) ISO 20022
3 2 (1.02%) QA
4 1 (0.51%) GDPR
4 1 (0.51%) PMO
System Software
1 23 (11.73%) Docker
2 16 (8.16%) Hyper-V
3 14 (7.14%) Active Directory
4 10 (5.10%) Apache Flume
4 10 (5.10%) Virtual Machines
5 6 (3.06%) VMware Infrastructure
6 5 (2.55%) vSphere
7 3 (1.53%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
7 3 (1.53%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (1.02%) Veritas Volume Manager
8 2 (1.02%) VirtualBox
8 2 (1.02%) XenApp
9 1 (0.51%) Firmware
9 1 (0.51%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (0.51%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.51%) NFS
9 1 (0.51%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.51%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 25 (12.76%) Ansible
2 22 (11.22%) Puppet
3 13 (6.63%) Kubernetes
4 12 (6.12%) Terraform
5 7 (3.57%) Opscode Chef
6 6 (3.06%) Packer
7 5 (2.55%) Docker Swarm
7 5 (2.55%) Microsoft Clustering
8 3 (1.53%) Failover Clustering
8 3 (1.53%) McAfee ePO
8 3 (1.53%) Tivoli
8 3 (1.53%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 2 (1.02%) Consul
9 2 (1.02%) SCCM
9 2 (1.02%) SCVMM
9 2 (1.02%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 2 (1.02%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 1 (0.51%) EdgeSight
10 1 (0.51%) SCOrch
10 1 (0.51%) vMotion
Vendors
1 22 (11.22%) Microsoft
2 17 (8.67%) VMware
3 16 (8.16%) Zend
4 12 (6.12%) Vertica
5 10 (5.10%) Google
6 8 (4.08%) IBM
7 5 (2.55%) Cisco
7 5 (2.55%) ServiceNow
8 4 (2.04%) F5
8 4 (2.04%) Oracle
9 3 (1.53%) McAfee
9 3 (1.53%) Meraki
9 3 (1.53%) Red Hat
10 2 (1.02%) Citrix
10 2 (1.02%) EMC
10 2 (1.02%) PlateSpin
10 2 (1.02%) Symantec
10 2 (1.02%) Veritas
11 1 (0.51%) Dell
11 1 (0.51%) HP