Period
to 21 January 2020

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 21 January 2020 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
21 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 604 733 727
Rank change year-on-year +129 -6 +69
Contract jobs citing VMS 137 159 169
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.19% 0.16% 0.17%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.89% 0.77% 0.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 90 123 116
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £500
10th Percentile £375 £363 £303
90th Percentile £638 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £475 £400
% change year-on-year +5.26% +18.75% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 8
UK median hourly rate £43.50 - £26.35
10th Percentile £35.00 - £25.59
90th Percentile £54.75 - £46.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 - £26.35

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 15,363 20,693 20,486
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.08% 20.94% 20.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,490 12,912 13,059
UK median daily rate £413 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.94% - +5.59%
10th Percentile £140 £160 £168
90th Percentile £600 £600 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £393 £400 £386
% change year-on-year -1.88% +3.56% +4.39%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,206 1,340 1,253
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.41 £17.43
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.52% -0.11% +5.64%
10th Percentile £11.41 £11.00 £11.00
90th Percentile £48.97 £47.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.74 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year +1.47% - +3.13%

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 21 January 2020.

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 21 January 2020.

Contractor 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 21 January 2020. 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 +116 129 £500 -1.23% 39
UK excluding London +116 87 £500 +5.26% 25
South East +82 45 £500 +3.90% 9
London +59 45 £475 -13.64% 15
North of England +35 14 £523 -0.48% 9
Yorkshire +37 13 £525 -4.55% 1
South West +13 9 £488 +8.33% 3
Midlands +41 7 £475 - 2
East of England +35 7 £420 -26.96% 1
West Midlands +41 5 £475 -5.00% 2
Scotland +28 4 £500 - 1
East Midlands +25 2 £425 -10.53%
Wales +29 1 £538 +26.47%
North West +11 1 £300 - 8

For the 6 months to 21 January 2020, 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 64 (46.72%) Azure
2 55 (40.15%) Microsoft
3 53 (38.69%) Windows
4 45 (32.85%) SQL
4 45 (32.85%) VMware
5 39 (28.47%) PowerShell
5 39 (28.47%) DevOps
6 38 (27.74%) VMware Infrastructure
7 37 (27.01%) Active Directory
8 36 (26.28%) Security Cleared
9 35 (25.55%) Python
10 32 (23.36%) SQL Server
10 32 (23.36%) Migration
11 31 (22.63%) IaaS
12 30 (21.90%) Windows Server
13 27 (19.71%) DNS
13 27 (19.71%) Linux
13 27 (19.71%) Network Virtualisation
14 26 (18.98%) Agile Software Development
15 24 (17.52%) TCP/IP
16 23 (16.79%) Azure SQL Database
17 22 (16.06%) Windows Server 2012
17 22 (16.06%) Virtual Machines
18 21 (15.33%) Ansible
18 21 (15.33%) DHCP
19 20 (14.60%) .NET
20 19 (13.87%) Kubernetes
20 19 (13.87%) AWS
21 18 (13.14%) PaaS
21 18 (13.14%) DV Cleared

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 13 (9.49%) MS Exchange
2 12 (8.76%) SharePoint
3 9 (6.57%) IIS
3 9 (6.57%) Skype for Business
4 8 (5.84%) Confluence
4 8 (5.84%) Exchange Server 2013
5 6 (4.38%) Apache Spark
6 5 (3.65%) Tomcat
7 3 (2.19%) ArcGIS
7 3 (2.19%) CMS
7 3 (2.19%) Exchange Server 2010
7 3 (2.19%) OpenStack
8 2 (1.46%) Umbraco
9 1 (0.73%) ColdFusion
9 1 (0.73%) Elasticsearch
9 1 (0.73%) Headless CMS
9 1 (0.73%) JBoss
9 1 (0.73%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 1 (0.73%) Oracle Workflow
9 1 (0.73%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 2 (1.46%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.73%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (2.19%) CA PPM
2 1 (0.73%) NetSuite
2 1 (0.73%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (0.73%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.73%) SAP SCM
Cloud Services
1 64 (46.72%) Azure
2 31 (22.63%) IaaS
3 19 (13.87%) AWS
4 18 (13.14%) PaaS
5 13 (9.49%) Azure Active Directory
5 13 (9.49%) Azure Data Factory
5 13 (9.49%) Serverless
6 12 (8.76%) Azure Functions
7 8 (5.84%) Office 365
8 7 (5.11%) GCP
8 7 (5.11%) SaaS
9 6 (4.38%) Power Platform
10 4 (2.92%) AWS CloudFormation
11 3 (2.19%) Amazon EC2
11 3 (2.19%) GitHub
11 3 (2.19%) IBM Cloud
11 3 (2.19%) Mimecast
12 2 (1.46%) Amazon S3
12 2 (1.46%) Cloud Computing
12 2 (1.46%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 27 (19.71%) DNS
2 24 (17.52%) TCP/IP
3 21 (15.33%) DHCP
4 12 (8.76%) Firewall
5 8 (5.84%) VPN
6 7 (5.11%) Network Security
6 7 (5.11%) SAN
7 6 (4.38%) LAN
7 6 (4.38%) Skype
7 6 (4.38%) VLAN
8 5 (3.65%) iSCSI
9 3 (2.19%) FTP
9 3 (2.19%) MPLS
9 3 (2.19%) NetScaler
9 3 (2.19%) SSH
9 3 (2.19%) WAN
10 2 (1.46%) HTTP
10 2 (1.46%) Internet
10 2 (1.46%) NAS
10 2 (1.46%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (23.36%) SQL Server
2 23 (16.79%) Azure SQL Database
3 14 (10.22%) Big Data
3 14 (10.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 13 (9.49%) SQL Server 2016
5 9 (6.57%) Data Lake
6 7 (5.11%) Data Warehouse
6 7 (5.11%) Relational Database
7 6 (4.38%) Power BI
8 4 (2.92%) Cosmos DB
8 4 (2.92%) Oracle Database
9 3 (2.19%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
9 3 (2.19%) Redis
10 2 (1.46%) PostgreSQL
11 1 (0.73%) DB2
11 1 (0.73%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 1 (0.73%) MongoDB
11 1 (0.73%) NoSQL
11 1 (0.73%) OLTP
11 1 (0.73%) Presto
Development Applications
1 17 (12.41%) Git (software)
2 12 (8.76%) JIRA
3 9 (6.57%) Jenkins
4 8 (5.84%) Team Foundation Server
5 7 (5.11%) Visual Studio
6 6 (4.38%) Subversion
7 5 (3.65%) Bitbucket
7 5 (3.65%) SonarQube
8 4 (2.92%) Artifactory
8 4 (2.92%) ClearCase
8 4 (2.92%) Gerrit
9 2 (1.46%) Babel
9 2 (1.46%) GitLab
9 2 (1.46%) gulp
9 2 (1.46%) Jasmine
9 2 (1.46%) JMeter
9 2 (1.46%) Octopus Deploy
9 2 (1.46%) SpecFlow
9 2 (1.46%) TeamCity
9 2 (1.46%) webpack
General
1 17 (12.41%) Finance
2 6 (4.38%) Public Sector
3 5 (3.65%) Telecoms
4 4 (2.92%) Banking
4 4 (2.92%) Billing
4 4 (2.92%) Manufacturing
4 4 (2.92%) Military
4 4 (2.92%) Retail
5 3 (2.19%) Marketing
5 3 (2.19%) Publishing
6 2 (1.46%) Electronics
7 1 (0.73%) Advertising
7 1 (0.73%) Front Office
7 1 (0.73%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 30 (21.90%) Architect
2 25 (18.25%) Developer
3 16 (11.68%) Azure Engineer
4 15 (10.95%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 12 (8.76%) Administrator
5 12 (8.76%) Cloud Architect
6 11 (8.03%) Azure Architect
7 9 (6.57%) Azure Developer
8 8 (5.84%) Consultant
8 8 (5.84%) Linux Engineer
9 7 (5.11%) DevOps Engineer
10 6 (4.38%) Automation Architect
10 6 (4.38%) Backend Developer
10 6 (4.38%) Systems Engineer
11 5 (3.65%) Big Data Engineer
11 5 (3.65%) Cloud Engineer
11 5 (3.65%) Data Engineer
11 5 (3.65%) Senior Data Engineer
11 5 (3.65%) VMware Engineer
12 4 (2.92%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (14.60%) .NET
2 11 (8.03%) 802.1X
3 8 (5.84%) ASP.NET
4 7 (5.11%) LDAP
5 5 (3.65%) ASP.NET Web API
5 5 (3.65%) REST
5 5 (3.65%) RESTful
6 4 (2.92%) .NET Core
6 4 (2.92%) AngularJS
6 4 (2.92%) FIX Protocol
6 4 (2.92%) Node.js
7 3 (2.19%) .NET Framework
7 3 (2.19%) ASP.NET MVC
7 3 (2.19%) OpenID
7 3 (2.19%) SOAP
8 2 (1.46%) CSS
8 2 (1.46%) HTML
8 2 (1.46%) Web Services
8 2 (1.46%) WinForms
8 2 (1.46%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 11 (8.03%) PKI
2 9 (6.57%) Data Centre
2 9 (6.57%) Linux Command Line
3 7 (5.11%) Clustering
4 5 (3.65%) Mobile App
4 5 (3.65%) Public Cloud
5 4 (2.92%) CMDB
5 4 (2.92%) Enterprise Software
5 4 (2.92%) SWIFT
6 3 (2.19%) Mobile Banking
6 3 (2.19%) Self-Motivation
7 2 (1.46%) Greenfield Project
7 2 (1.46%) Hybrid Cloud
7 2 (1.46%) NHS
7 2 (1.46%) Replication
8 1 (0.73%) Management Information System
8 1 (0.73%) Smart Meter
8 1 (0.73%) Social Network
8 1 (0.73%) Video Conferencing
8 1 (0.73%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 53 (38.69%) Windows
2 30 (21.90%) Windows Server
3 27 (19.71%) Linux
4 22 (16.06%) Windows Server 2012
5 12 (8.76%) Windows 7
5 12 (8.76%) Windows 8
6 11 (8.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 10 (7.30%) Windows Server 2008
8 5 (3.65%) CentOS
9 4 (2.92%) Ubuntu
10 3 (2.19%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
10 3 (2.19%) Windows Vista
11 2 (1.46%) Mac OS
11 2 (1.46%) OpenVMS
11 2 (1.46%) Unix
12 1 (0.73%) AIX
12 1 (0.73%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (28.47%) DevOps
2 32 (23.36%) Migration
3 27 (19.71%) Network Virtualisation
4 26 (18.98%) Agile Software Development
5 17 (12.41%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 15 (10.95%) ITIL
7 14 (10.22%) Infrastructure Management
8 12 (8.76%) ITSM
8 12 (8.76%) Service Management
9 11 (8.03%) Break/Fix
9 11 (8.03%) Proactive Maintenance
10 10 (7.30%) Configuration Management
10 10 (7.30%) ETL
10 10 (7.30%) Scrum
10 10 (7.30%) Stakeholder Management
11 8 (5.84%) Business Intelligence
11 8 (5.84%) ETL Development
11 8 (5.84%) Test Automation
12 7 (5.11%) Analytics
12 7 (5.11%) Infrastructure as Code
Programming Languages
1 45 (32.85%) SQL
2 39 (28.47%) PowerShell
3 35 (25.55%) Python
4 15 (10.95%) Java
4 15 (10.95%) JavaScript
5 13 (9.49%) Bash Shell
6 12 (8.76%) C#
7 9 (6.57%) T-SQL
8 7 (5.11%) Ruby
9 6 (4.38%) Perl
10 4 (2.92%) Go
10 4 (2.92%) VBScript
11 3 (2.19%) PHP
11 3 (2.19%) Shell Script
11 3 (2.19%) VB
12 2 (1.46%) C
12 2 (1.46%) Fortran
12 2 (1.46%) Scala
12 2 (1.46%) TypeScript
12 2 (1.46%) VBA
Qualifications
1 36 (26.28%) Security Cleared
2 18 (13.14%) DV Cleared
3 9 (6.57%) SC Cleared
4 7 (5.11%) Degree
4 7 (5.11%) Microsoft Certification
5 6 (4.38%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 4 (2.92%) MCSE
7 3 (2.19%) BPSS Clearance
7 3 (2.19%) CESG Certified Professional
7 3 (2.19%) Citrix Certification
7 3 (2.19%) Computer Science Degree
7 3 (2.19%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 2 (1.46%) HNC
8 2 (1.46%) HND
9 1 (0.73%) AWS Certification
9 1 (0.73%) MCITP
9 1 (0.73%) MCP
9 1 (0.73%) MCSA
9 1 (0.73%) MCTS
9 1 (0.73%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (4.38%) QA
2 3 (2.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (2.19%) NCSC
3 2 (1.46%) GDPR
4 1 (0.73%) PSD2
4 1 (0.73%) SLA
System Software
1 38 (27.74%) VMware Infrastructure
2 37 (27.01%) Active Directory
3 22 (16.06%) Virtual Machines
4 15 (10.95%) XenApp
4 15 (10.95%) XenDesktop
5 14 (10.22%) Docker
5 14 (10.22%) Virtual Servers
6 13 (9.49%) Hyper-V
6 13 (9.49%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 10 (7.30%) vSphere
8 5 (3.65%) vCloud
8 5 (3.65%) VMware ESXi
9 4 (2.92%) Firmware
10 3 (2.19%) Microsoft App-V
10 3 (2.19%) OpenAM
10 3 (2.19%) OpenDJ
10 3 (2.19%) OpenIDM
10 3 (2.19%) Virtual Desktop
10 3 (2.19%) VMware NSX
10 3 (2.19%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 21 (15.33%) Ansible
2 19 (13.87%) Kubernetes
3 12 (8.76%) SCOM
4 10 (7.30%) Terraform
5 7 (5.11%) Puppet
5 7 (5.11%) Single Sign-On
5 7 (5.11%) vRealize
6 6 (4.38%) Opscode Chef
7 5 (3.65%) Cisco CUCM
7 5 (3.65%) EMC NetWorker
7 5 (3.65%) Nagios
8 4 (2.92%) WSUS
9 3 (2.19%) Failover Clustering
9 3 (2.19%) HP ALM
9 3 (2.19%) Microsoft Clustering
9 3 (2.19%) SCVMM
9 3 (2.19%) vCenter Server
10 2 (1.46%) Cisco UCCX
10 2 (1.46%) ThinApp
10 2 (1.46%) vRealize Orchestrator
Vendors
1 55 (40.15%) Microsoft
2 45 (32.85%) VMware
3 18 (13.14%) Citrix
4 17 (12.41%) Dell
5 15 (10.95%) Oracle
6 10 (7.30%) EMC
7 8 (5.84%) Google
8 6 (4.38%) Cisco
8 6 (4.38%) Red Hat
9 5 (3.65%) Alteryx
9 5 (3.65%) CA
9 5 (3.65%) Clearswift
9 5 (3.65%) HP
9 5 (3.65%) Juniper
9 5 (3.65%) StreamSets
10 4 (2.92%) IBM
11 3 (2.19%) Coverity
11 3 (2.19%) EqualLogic
11 3 (2.19%) SAP
11 3 (2.19%) SolarWinds