Period
to 22 November 2017

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 22 November 2017 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
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 730 808 819
Rank change year-on-year +78 +11 -73
Contract jobs citing VMS 154 91 85
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.086% 0.075%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.71% 0.40% 0.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 95 55 43
UK median daily rate £500 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +5.88% +21.43%
10th Percentile £203 £330 £206
90th Percentile £575 £615 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £450 £425
% change year-on-year -11.11% +5.88% +21.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 1 2
UK median hourly rate £26.35 £32.50 £33.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.94% -1.52% -
10th Percentile £25.59 £31.25 £32.20
90th Percentile £46.00 £33.75 £33.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.35 £32.50 -
% change year-on-year -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 21602 22697 24137
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.94% 21.53% 21.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 13731 14304 14225
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £393
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +1.91% +4.67%
10th Percentile £170 £200 £185
90th Percentile £600 £575 £556
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £370 £360
% change year-on-year +1.35% +2.78% +7.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1307 1310 1932
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £16.25 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.69% -1.52% +4.10%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.63 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £43.75 £42.46
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £15.26 £16.16
% change year-on-year +8.13% -5.57% +4.26%

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 22 November 2017.

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 22 November 2017.

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 22 November 2017. 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 +77 151 £500 +11.11% 8
London +21 94 £550 +22.22% 4
UK excluding London +44 60 £400 -11.11% 6
South East -7 14 £375 -21.05% 2
South West - 14 £413 - 1
North of England +77 12 £375 +5.34%
Midlands +28 10 £160 -62.35% 1
East of England -5 9 £550 +22.22%
East Midlands - 6 £413 - 1
North West - 6 £475 -
West Midlands +24 3 £160 -62.35%
Yorkshire +21 3 £160 -55.06%
North East - 3 £350 -
Scotland -8 2 £155 -69.00% 2
Channel Islands - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 22 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing VMS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for VMS.

1 67 (43.51%) Unix
2 64 (41.56%) Agile Software Development
2 64 (41.56%) Git (software)
3 63 (40.91%) Java
4 62 (40.26%) Test Automation
5 58 (37.66%) JIRA
6 57 (37.01%) Vagrant
7 55 (35.71%) REST
7 55 (35.71%) Maven
7 55 (35.71%) Confluence
8 54 (35.06%) Dependency Injection
8 54 (35.06%) Domain-Driven Design
8 54 (35.06%) RESTful
8 54 (35.06%) Drools
8 54 (35.06%) JUnit
8 54 (35.06%) OO
8 54 (35.06%) JMS
8 54 (35.06%) CQRS
8 54 (35.06%) JAX-RS
8 54 (35.06%) Mockito
8 54 (35.06%) Microservices
8 54 (35.06%) WireMock
9 53 (34.42%) Java EE
10 52 (33.77%) SonarQube
11 51 (33.12%) WildFly
11 51 (33.12%) Liquibase
11 51 (33.12%) Lambda Expressions
11 51 (33.12%) JPQL
11 51 (33.12%) Relational Database
11 51 (33.12%) Linux Command Line

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 55 (35.71%) Confluence
2 51 (33.12%) WildFly
3 6 (3.90%) SAS
4 5 (3.25%) Apache
4 5 (3.25%) IIS
4 5 (3.25%) OpenStack
5 3 (1.95%) CMS
6 2 (1.30%) SharePoint
6 2 (1.30%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.65%) Apache Spark
7 1 (0.65%) JBoss
7 1 (0.65%) MS Exchange
7 1 (0.65%) nginx
Applications
1 2 (1.30%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (0.65%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 35 (22.73%) Microsoft Azure
2 19 (12.34%) Amazon AWS
3 13 (8.44%) IaaS
4 8 (5.19%) PaaS
5 5 (3.25%) Office 365
6 3 (1.95%) Amazon EC2
6 3 (1.95%) Amazon ELB
6 3 (1.95%) Amazon S3
6 3 (1.95%) Azure Active Directory
6 3 (1.95%) SaaS
7 1 (0.65%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 8 (5.19%) VSAN
2 7 (4.55%) SAN
3 6 (3.90%) DNS
3 6 (3.90%) Internet
4 4 (2.60%) Network Security
4 4 (2.60%) VPN
5 3 (1.95%) PCoIP
5 3 (1.95%) VLAN
6 2 (1.30%) Firewall
7 1 (0.65%) DHCP
7 1 (0.65%) IPv4
7 1 (0.65%) LAN
7 1 (0.65%) LDAP
7 1 (0.65%) PBX
7 1 (0.65%) SSL
7 1 (0.65%) TCP/IP
7 1 (0.65%) VoIP
7 1 (0.65%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 51 (33.12%) RDBMS
1 51 (33.12%) Relational Database
2 16 (10.39%) SQL Server
3 7 (4.55%) Data Lake
3 7 (4.55%) Hadoop
3 7 (4.55%) SQL Server 2012
4 6 (3.90%) HDInsight
4 6 (3.90%) NoSQL
5 3 (1.95%) Amazon RDS
5 3 (1.95%) Azure SQL Database
5 3 (1.95%) Data Warehouse
5 3 (1.95%) MySQL
5 3 (1.95%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (1.30%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.65%) Apache Cassandra
7 1 (0.65%) InterSystems Cache
7 1 (0.65%) MongoDB
7 1 (0.65%) Parquet
7 1 (0.65%) Power BI
7 1 (0.65%) Redis
Development Applications
1 64 (41.56%) Git (software)
2 58 (37.66%) JIRA
3 57 (37.01%) Vagrant
4 55 (35.71%) Maven
5 54 (35.06%) JUnit
5 54 (35.06%) Mockito
6 52 (33.77%) SonarQube
7 51 (33.12%) Checkstyle
7 51 (33.12%) Liquibase
8 10 (6.49%) Jenkins
9 6 (3.90%) Subversion
10 4 (2.60%) Bitbucket
11 3 (1.95%) IDA Disassembler
11 3 (1.95%) Mercurial
11 3 (1.95%) Metasploit
11 3 (1.95%) OllyDbg
12 2 (1.30%) Ant
12 2 (1.30%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 2 (1.30%) ScriptRunner
13 1 (0.65%) Trac
General
1 8 (5.19%) Finance
2 5 (3.25%) Law
2 5 (3.25%) Manufacturing
2 5 (3.25%) Retail
3 2 (1.30%) Aerospace
3 2 (1.30%) Billing
3 2 (1.30%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (0.65%) Automotive
4 1 (0.65%) Banking
Job Titles
1 53 (34.42%) Developer
2 51 (33.12%) Java Developer
3 24 (15.58%) SC Cleared Java Developer
4 17 (11.04%) DevOps Engineer
5 13 (8.44%) Consultant
6 10 (6.49%) Administrator
7 8 (5.19%) Lead Developer
7 8 (5.19%) Lead Java Developer
8 7 (4.55%) Azure Engineer
8 7 (4.55%) Cloud Engineer
8 7 (4.55%) IT Engineer
8 7 (4.55%) Linux Engineer
9 6 (3.90%) AWS Engineer
9 6 (3.90%) Linux Administrator
9 6 (3.90%) Support Engineer
9 6 (3.90%) Virtualisation Engineer
9 6 (3.90%) Windows Engineer
10 5 (3.25%) Analyst
10 5 (3.25%) DevOps Consultant
10 5 (3.25%) Security Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 55 (35.71%) REST
2 54 (35.06%) Drools
2 54 (35.06%) JAX-RS
2 54 (35.06%) JMS
2 54 (35.06%) RESTful
2 54 (35.06%) WireMock
3 53 (34.42%) Java EE
4 51 (33.12%) Hibernate
4 51 (33.12%) Lambda Expressions
5 7 (4.55%) .NET
6 5 (3.25%) Spring
7 4 (2.60%) Web Services
8 3 (1.95%) .NET Framework
8 3 (1.95%) Apache Camel
8 3 (1.95%) HTML
8 3 (1.95%) Node.js
8 3 (1.95%) React
8 3 (1.95%) Spring Integration
9 2 (1.30%) LAMP
9 2 (1.30%) LAPP Stack
Miscellaneous
1 51 (33.12%) Linux Command Line
2 17 (11.04%) Data Centre
3 12 (7.79%) Computer Science
4 7 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (1.95%) Cyberthreat
6 2 (1.30%) PKI
7 1 (0.65%) Clustering
7 1 (0.65%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.65%) Fintech
7 1 (0.65%) FMCG
7 1 (0.65%) Greenfield Project
7 1 (0.65%) Management Information System
7 1 (0.65%) Public Cloud
7 1 (0.65%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 67 (43.51%) Unix
2 36 (23.38%) Linux
3 32 (20.78%) Windows
4 15 (9.74%) Windows Server
5 12 (7.79%) Windows Server 2012
6 10 (6.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 5 (3.25%) OpenVMS
8 4 (2.60%) CentOS
8 4 (2.60%) Solaris
9 3 (1.95%) AIX
10 2 (1.30%) Debian
10 2 (1.30%) Embedded Linux
10 2 (1.30%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.65%) HPUX
11 1 (0.65%) Oracle Linux
11 1 (0.65%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.65%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.65%) Windows Server 2003
11 1 (0.65%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 64 (41.56%) Agile Software Development
2 62 (40.26%) Test Automation
3 54 (35.06%) CQRS
3 54 (35.06%) Dependency Injection
3 54 (35.06%) Domain-Driven Design
3 54 (35.06%) Microservices
3 54 (35.06%) OO
4 51 (33.12%) OOA/OOD
5 31 (20.13%) Migration
6 27 (17.53%) DevOps
7 16 (10.39%) Configuration Management
8 13 (8.44%) Continuous Integration
9 11 (7.14%) Data Migration
10 9 (5.84%) Incident Management
11 7 (4.55%) Business Intelligence
11 7 (4.55%) Data Security
11 7 (4.55%) Information Security
11 7 (4.55%) Network Virtualisation
11 7 (4.55%) Project Management
11 7 (4.55%) Virtual Infrastructure
Programming Languages
1 63 (40.91%) Java
2 51 (33.12%) JPQL
3 37 (24.03%) PowerShell
4 19 (12.34%) SQL
5 18 (11.69%) Python
6 11 (7.14%) C++
7 8 (5.19%) Perl
8 6 (3.90%) Bash Shell
9 4 (2.60%) JavaScript
10 3 (1.95%) C#
10 3 (1.95%) Ruby
10 3 (1.95%) T-SQL
11 2 (1.30%) C
11 2 (1.30%) Groovy
11 2 (1.30%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.65%) Pascal
12 1 (0.65%) PHP
Qualifications
1 42 (27.27%) Security Cleared
2 29 (18.83%) SC Cleared
3 14 (9.09%) Degree
4 7 (4.55%) BPSS Clearance
4 7 (4.55%) Computer Science Degree
4 7 (4.55%) MCSE
4 7 (4.55%) Microsoft Certification
5 2 (1.30%) SAP Certification
6 1 (0.65%) (ISC)2 CCSP
6 1 (0.65%) CCSP
6 1 (0.65%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (0.65%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 1 (0.65%) MCSA
6 1 (0.65%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (2.60%) SLA
2 1 (0.65%) QA
System Software
1 16 (10.39%) VMware Infrastructure
2 15 (9.74%) Docker
3 11 (7.14%) Virtual Machines
4 10 (6.49%) Hyper-V
4 10 (6.49%) VMware ESXi
5 8 (5.19%) Active Directory
6 5 (3.25%) VirtualBox
7 4 (2.60%) Xen
8 2 (1.30%) vSphere
9 1 (0.65%) Oracle RAC
9 1 (0.65%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.65%) VMware NSX
9 1 (0.65%) XenApp
9 1 (0.65%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 21 (13.64%) Ansible
2 16 (10.39%) Puppet
3 12 (7.79%) Opscode Chef
4 9 (5.84%) Terraform
5 4 (2.60%) Kubernetes
5 4 (2.60%) SCCM
6 3 (1.95%) EnCase
6 3 (1.95%) Packer
7 2 (1.30%) Bcfg2
7 2 (1.30%) vRealize
8 1 (0.65%) ArcSight ESM
8 1 (0.65%) BMC PATROL
8 1 (0.65%) FreeIPA
8 1 (0.65%) Microsoft Clustering
8 1 (0.65%) NetBackup
8 1 (0.65%) PowerCLI
8 1 (0.65%) SCOM
8 1 (0.65%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 1 (0.65%) vCenter Server
8 1 (0.65%) WSUS
Vendors
1 22 (14.29%) VMware
2 12 (7.79%) Microsoft
3 10 (6.49%) Citrix
3 10 (6.49%) HP
3 10 (6.49%) Red Hat
4 9 (5.84%) Cisco
5 7 (4.55%) 3PAR
5 7 (4.55%) Sun
6 4 (2.60%) Oracle
6 4 (2.60%) ServiceNow
7 3 (1.95%) Remedy
7 3 (1.95%) SaltStack
7 3 (1.95%) SAP
7 3 (1.95%) Splunk
8 2 (1.30%) Atlassian
8 2 (1.30%) F5
8 2 (1.30%) NetApp
9 1 (0.65%) EMC
9 1 (0.65%) Intel
9 1 (0.65%) Siemens