Period
to 23 October 2019

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 23 October 2019 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
23 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 655 690 741
Rank change year-on-year +35 +51 +52
Contract jobs citing VMS 141 204 149
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.17% 0.20% 0.15%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.80% 0.94% 0.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 101 147 89
UK median daily rate £475 £525 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.52% +10.53% +5.56%
10th Percentile £350 £363 £162
90th Percentile £638 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £495 £455 £406
% change year-on-year +8.79% +12.00% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 8
UK median hourly rate £43.50 £31.50 £26.35
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +38.10% +19.57% -36.90%
10th Percentile £35.00 £18.10 £25.59
90th Percentile £54.75 £47.70 £46.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £31.50 £26.35
% change year-on-year +11.11% +19.57% -18.94%

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 17,660 21,647 20,883
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.85% 20.92% 20.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,974 13,393 13,203
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £425
10th Percentile £150 £163 £175
90th Percentile £613 £606 £595
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.23% +3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,248 1,517 1,245
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.96
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £16.81
% change year-on-year +3.03% -1.81% +5.03%

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 23 October 2019.

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 23 October 2019.

Contractor 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 23 October 2019. 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 +30 136 £495 -7.48% 29
UK excluding London +34 76 £495 +8.79% 21
London +34 59 £513 -6.82% 8
South East +72 40 £500 +2.56% 13
North of England -3 11 £525 +15.38% 6
Yorkshire +11 10 £525 -4.55% 4
South West -6 9 £463 +23.33%
Midlands +45 8 £406 -14.47% 1
East of England +29 7 £420 -26.96% 1
West Midlands +32 6 £413 -21.43% 1
East Midlands +23 2 £350 -23.29%
Scotland +27 1 - -
North West +11 1 £300 -29.41% 2

For the 6 months to 23 October 2019, 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 79 (56.03%) Azure
2 52 (36.88%) Microsoft
3 49 (34.75%) SQL
4 41 (29.08%) Windows
5 35 (24.82%) DevOps
6 32 (22.70%) IaaS
6 32 (22.70%) PowerShell
6 32 (22.70%) Python
6 32 (22.70%) VMware
6 32 (22.70%) Agile Software Development
7 27 (19.15%) Security Cleared
7 27 (19.15%) VMware Infrastructure
8 26 (18.44%) Azure SQL Database
8 26 (18.44%) Migration
8 26 (18.44%) Active Directory
9 23 (16.31%) .NET
9 23 (16.31%) SQL Server
10 22 (15.60%) PaaS
10 22 (15.60%) Network Virtualisation
11 21 (14.89%) Kubernetes
11 21 (14.89%) Linux
11 21 (14.89%) Firewall
12 20 (14.18%) Java
13 19 (13.48%) AWS
14 18 (12.77%) Git (software)
14 18 (12.77%) Docker
15 17 (12.06%) Bash Shell
15 17 (12.06%) JavaScript
15 17 (12.06%) DNS
16 16 (11.35%) Oracle

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 14 (9.93%) SharePoint
2 8 (5.67%) Confluence
3 7 (4.96%) Apache Spark
4 6 (4.26%) Exchange Server 2013
4 6 (4.26%) MS Exchange
5 5 (3.55%) Skype for Business
6 4 (2.84%) CMS
6 4 (2.84%) IIS
6 4 (2.84%) Umbraco
7 3 (2.13%) Exchange Server 2010
7 3 (2.13%) OpenStack
7 3 (2.13%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.71%) Apache
8 1 (0.71%) ArcGIS
8 1 (0.71%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.71%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.71%) JBoss
Applications
1 4 (2.84%) Microsoft Excel
1 4 (2.84%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.42%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 2 (1.42%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.71%) Acrobat
3 1 (0.71%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 3 (2.13%) CA PPM
2 2 (1.42%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.42%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.71%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.71%) SAP SCM
Cloud Services
1 79 (56.03%) Azure
2 32 (22.70%) IaaS
3 22 (15.60%) PaaS
4 19 (13.48%) AWS
5 15 (10.64%) Serverless
6 13 (9.22%) Azure Active Directory
6 13 (9.22%) Azure Data Factory
6 13 (9.22%) Azure Functions
7 11 (7.80%) Power Platform
8 10 (7.09%) Office 365
9 9 (6.38%) GCP
10 7 (4.96%) SaaS
11 4 (2.84%) AWS CloudFormation
11 4 (2.84%) IBM Cloud
11 4 (2.84%) Loggly
12 3 (2.13%) Apigee
12 3 (2.13%) Azure Stack
12 3 (2.13%) GitHub
12 3 (2.13%) Mimecast
13 2 (1.42%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 21 (14.89%) Firewall
2 17 (12.06%) DNS
3 13 (9.22%) TCP/IP
4 10 (7.09%) VPN
5 9 (6.38%) Network Security
6 6 (4.26%) SSL
7 5 (3.55%) DHCP
7 5 (3.55%) NAS
7 5 (3.55%) Skype
8 4 (2.84%) HTTP
8 4 (2.84%) LAN
8 4 (2.84%) VLAN
9 3 (2.13%) BGP
9 3 (2.13%) HTTPS
9 3 (2.13%) IGMP
9 3 (2.13%) IPsec
9 3 (2.13%) OSPF
9 3 (2.13%) RTSP
9 3 (2.13%) SAN
9 3 (2.13%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (18.44%) Azure SQL Database
2 23 (16.31%) SQL Server
3 15 (10.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 13 (9.22%) Data Lake
5 11 (7.80%) Big Data
5 11 (7.80%) Power BI
5 11 (7.80%) SQL Server 2016
6 9 (6.38%) Relational Database
7 8 (5.67%) Data Warehouse
8 4 (2.84%) Oracle Database
8 4 (2.84%) Redis
9 3 (2.13%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
9 3 (2.13%) Cosmos DB
9 3 (2.13%) NoSQL
10 2 (1.42%) MySQL
11 1 (0.71%) MariaDB
11 1 (0.71%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 1 (0.71%) Presto
11 1 (0.71%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 18 (12.77%) Git (software)
2 11 (7.80%) JIRA
3 9 (6.38%) gulp
3 9 (6.38%) Visual Studio
4 8 (5.67%) Jenkins
5 6 (4.26%) Visual Studio Team System
6 5 (3.55%) SonarQube
6 5 (3.55%) Vagrant
7 4 (2.84%) Artifactory
7 4 (2.84%) Babel
7 4 (2.84%) Bitbucket
7 4 (2.84%) ClearCase
7 4 (2.84%) Gerrit
7 4 (2.84%) Jasmine
7 4 (2.84%) JMeter
7 4 (2.84%) Octopus Deploy
7 4 (2.84%) SpecFlow
7 4 (2.84%) Team Foundation Server
7 4 (2.84%) TeamCity
7 4 (2.84%) webpack
General
1 11 (7.80%) Finance
2 6 (4.26%) Banking
2 6 (4.26%) Public Sector
3 5 (3.55%) Billing
3 5 (3.55%) Publishing
4 3 (2.13%) Retail
4 3 (2.13%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.42%) Marketing
5 2 (1.42%) Military
6 1 (0.71%) Front Office
6 1 (0.71%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 37 (26.24%) Architect
2 36 (25.53%) Developer
3 17 (12.06%) Azure Engineer
4 15 (10.64%) Azure Architect
5 11 (7.80%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 10 (7.09%) Administrator
7 9 (6.38%) .NET Developer
7 9 (6.38%) Azure Developer
7 9 (6.38%) Cloud Architect
8 7 (4.96%) Consultant
8 7 (4.96%) Solutions Architect
9 6 (4.26%) Backend Developer
9 6 (4.26%) Big Data Engineer
9 6 (4.26%) Data Engineer
9 6 (4.26%) DevOps Engineer
9 6 (4.26%) Senior Data Engineer
9 6 (4.26%) Senior Developer
9 6 (4.26%) VMware Engineer
10 5 (3.55%) Automation Architect
10 5 (3.55%) Cloud Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (16.31%) .NET
2 12 (8.51%) Node.js
3 8 (5.67%) LDAP
4 7 (4.96%) AngularJS
4 7 (4.96%) ASP.NET
4 7 (4.96%) CSS
4 7 (4.96%) HTML
4 7 (4.96%) HTML5
4 7 (4.96%) XML
5 6 (4.26%) jQuery
5 6 (4.26%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 5 (3.55%) Ajax
6 5 (3.55%) CSS3
6 5 (3.55%) Express
6 5 (3.55%) JSF
6 5 (3.55%) Modernizr
6 5 (3.55%) Nunjucks
6 5 (3.55%) REST
6 5 (3.55%) Sass
7 4 (2.84%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 11 (7.80%) Linux Command Line
2 10 (7.09%) Data Centre
3 8 (5.67%) Public Cloud
4 6 (4.26%) Mobile App
5 4 (2.84%) CMDB
5 4 (2.84%) Enterprise Software
5 4 (2.84%) Mobile Banking
5 4 (2.84%) PKI
6 3 (2.13%) Clustering
6 3 (2.13%) MPEG
7 2 (1.42%) Greenfield Project
7 2 (1.42%) Hybrid Cloud
7 2 (1.42%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.42%) Private Cloud
7 2 (1.42%) SCADA
7 2 (1.42%) Self-Motivation
8 1 (0.71%) Cyber Kill Chain
8 1 (0.71%) Cyberattack
8 1 (0.71%) Social Network
8 1 (0.71%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 41 (29.08%) Windows
2 21 (14.89%) Linux
3 14 (9.93%) Windows Server
4 9 (6.38%) Unix
4 9 (6.38%) Windows Server 2012
5 6 (4.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 5 (3.55%) OpenVMS
6 5 (3.55%) Windows Server 2008
7 4 (2.84%) Windows 7
7 4 (2.84%) Windows 8
8 3 (2.13%) CentOS
8 3 (2.13%) Windows Vista
9 1 (0.71%) AIX
9 1 (0.71%) Android
9 1 (0.71%) Apple iOS
9 1 (0.71%) HPUX
9 1 (0.71%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (24.82%) DevOps
2 32 (22.70%) Agile Software Development
3 26 (18.44%) Migration
4 22 (15.60%) Network Virtualisation
5 13 (9.22%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 11 (7.80%) ETL
6 11 (7.80%) Stakeholder Management
7 10 (7.09%) Analytics
7 10 (7.09%) BDD
7 10 (7.09%) Microservices
7 10 (7.09%) Open Source
7 10 (7.09%) Risk Management
8 9 (6.38%) Business Intelligence
8 9 (6.38%) Disaster Recovery
9 8 (5.67%) Configuration Management
9 8 (5.67%) ETL Development
9 8 (5.67%) ITIL
9 8 (5.67%) Performance Tuning
9 8 (5.67%) Scrum
9 8 (5.67%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 49 (34.75%) SQL
2 32 (22.70%) PowerShell
2 32 (22.70%) Python
3 20 (14.18%) Java
4 17 (12.06%) Bash Shell
4 17 (12.06%) JavaScript
5 13 (9.22%) C#
6 9 (6.38%) T-SQL
7 8 (5.67%) Ruby
8 6 (4.26%) Shell Script
9 5 (3.55%) VBScript
10 4 (2.84%) C
10 4 (2.84%) Fortran
10 4 (2.84%) Go
10 4 (2.84%) PHP
11 3 (2.13%) C++
11 3 (2.13%) DCL
11 3 (2.13%) Perl
12 2 (1.42%) Kotlin
12 2 (1.42%) Scala
Qualifications
1 27 (19.15%) Security Cleared
2 13 (9.22%) SC Cleared
3 11 (7.80%) DV Cleared
4 8 (5.67%) Degree
5 6 (4.26%) Microsoft Certification
6 5 (3.55%) BPSS Clearance
6 5 (3.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 4 (2.84%) Cisco Certification
7 4 (2.84%) MCSA
7 4 (2.84%) MCSE
8 3 (2.13%) CCIE
8 3 (2.13%) CCNP
8 3 (2.13%) CESG Certified Professional
8 3 (2.13%) Citrix Certification
8 3 (2.13%) Computer Science Degree
8 3 (2.13%) JNCIE
9 2 (1.42%) DBS Check
10 1 (0.71%) TOGAF Certification
10 1 (0.71%) VCAP
10 1 (0.71%) VCP6
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (5.67%) QA
2 3 (2.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (2.13%) NCSC
3 2 (1.42%) SLA
4 1 (0.71%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.71%) JSP 440
4 1 (0.71%) PSD2
System Software
1 27 (19.15%) VMware Infrastructure
2 26 (18.44%) Active Directory
3 18 (12.77%) Docker
4 14 (9.93%) Virtual Machines
5 10 (7.09%) vSphere
6 7 (4.96%) Hyper-V
6 7 (4.96%) XenApp
6 7 (4.96%) XenDesktop
7 6 (4.26%) vCloud
7 6 (4.26%) Virtual Servers
7 6 (4.26%) VMware ESXi
8 4 (2.84%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 4 (2.84%) OpenAM
8 4 (2.84%) OpenDJ
8 4 (2.84%) OpenIDM
9 3 (2.13%) Microsoft App-V
10 2 (1.42%) Firmware
10 2 (1.42%) VMware Workstation
11 1 (0.71%) ISA Server
11 1 (0.71%) Xen
Systems Management
1 21 (14.89%) Kubernetes
2 16 (11.35%) Ansible
3 10 (7.09%) Terraform
4 8 (5.67%) SCOM
5 7 (4.96%) Puppet
5 7 (4.96%) Single Sign-On
6 6 (4.26%) Opscode Chef
7 5 (3.55%) vRealize
8 4 (2.84%) Nagios
8 4 (2.84%) vCenter Server
9 3 (2.13%) EMC NetWorker
10 2 (1.42%) CA Single Sign-On
10 2 (1.42%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 2 (1.42%) SCCM
10 2 (1.42%) ThinApp
10 2 (1.42%) vRealize Orchestrator
10 2 (1.42%) WSUS
11 1 (0.71%) Consul
11 1 (0.71%) Prometheus
11 1 (0.71%) Stealthwatch
Vendors
1 52 (36.88%) Microsoft
2 32 (22.70%) VMware
3 16 (11.35%) Oracle
4 10 (7.09%) Google
5 9 (6.38%) Cisco
6 8 (5.67%) Citrix
7 6 (4.26%) Alteryx
7 6 (4.26%) CA
7 6 (4.26%) Juniper
7 6 (4.26%) SolarWinds
7 6 (4.26%) StreamSets
8 5 (3.55%) Dell
8 5 (3.55%) IBM
9 4 (2.84%) ForgeRock
9 4 (2.84%) MuleSoft
9 4 (2.84%) New Relic
9 4 (2.84%) Red Hat
10 3 (2.13%) CA Agile Central
10 3 (2.13%) Clearswift
10 3 (2.13%) Synology