Period
to

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 24 May 2022 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
24 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 608 575 551
Rank change year-on-year -33 -24 +204
Contract jobs citing VMS 207 111 88
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.24% 0.19% 0.18%
As % of the Operating Systems category 1.60% 1.23% 0.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 107 70 56
10th Percentile £429 £379 £338
25th Percentile £469 £450 £409
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £505 £500
Median % change year-on-year +3.96% +1.00% +5.26%
75th Percentile £647 £597 £643
90th Percentile £706 £703 £701
UK excluding London median daily rate £600 £440 £525
% change year-on-year +36.36% -16.19% +10.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 1
10th Percentile £48.68 £57.25 -
25th Percentile £59.81 £60.63 -
Median hourly rate £66.00 £70.00 £21.00
Median % change year-on-year -5.71% +233.33% -40.00%
75th Percentile - £83.13 -
90th Percentile - £88.75 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 - £21.00

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 12,959 9,056 9,616
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.80% 15.53% 19.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,817 5,938 6,235
10th Percentile £175 £185 £144
25th Percentile £350 £338 £264
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £450 £425
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% +5.88% -1.16%
75th Percentile £618 £550 £525
90th Percentile £700 £638 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 588 449 709
10th Percentile £13.21 £11.94 £11.64
25th Percentile £15.91 £13.50 £14.00
Median hourly rate £22.50 £17.50 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year +28.57% - +5.74%
75th Percentile £52.50 £43.00 £23.50
90th Percentile £65.00 £59.00 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year +21.21% -2.94% +7.59%

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 24 May 2022.

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 24 May 2022.

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 24 May 2022. 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
Jobs
England -45 173 £563 +12.50% 25
London -17 117 £538 +5.39% 10
Work from Home -105 83 £525 - 12
UK excluding London -42 54 £600 +36.36% 16
South East -25 24 £588 +46.88% 4
South West -26 10 £550 +91.30% 2
North of England -57 8 £550 +7.32% 3
North West -33 7 £500 +11.11% 3
Midlands -43 6 £700 +30.23% 4
West Midlands -45 5 £700 +100.00% 3
East of England -26 4 £775 +55.39% 2
Scotland -3 2 £425 - 1
East Midlands -25 1 - - 1
Yorkshire - 1 £700 -

For the 6 months to 24 May 2022, 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 93 (44.93%) Azure
2 66 (31.88%) Windows
3 54 (26.09%) DevOps
4 51 (24.64%) Terraform
4 51 (24.64%) Linux
5 50 (24.15%) Active Directory
5 50 (24.15%) Migration
6 47 (22.71%) PaaS
7 44 (21.26%) Microsoft
8 38 (18.36%) SQL
8 38 (18.36%) Security Cleared
9 37 (17.87%) Kubernetes
9 37 (17.87%) Windows Server
10 36 (17.39%) Agile
11 35 (16.91%) Docker
11 35 (16.91%) PowerShell
12 32 (15.46%) Finance
12 32 (15.46%) DNS
12 32 (15.46%) Social Skills
13 29 (14.01%) Problem-Solving
14 28 (13.53%) CI/CD
15 27 (13.04%) Firewall
16 25 (12.08%) Ansible
16 25 (12.08%) IaaS
17 24 (11.59%) Python
18 23 (11.11%) Azure Active Directory
19 22 (10.63%) Java
20 21 (10.14%) SQL Server
20 21 (10.14%) Red Hat
20 21 (10.14%) VMware

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 (5.80%) Apache
2 9 (4.35%) nginx
3 7 (3.38%) OpenStack
4 5 (2.42%) IIS
5 4 (1.93%) Confluence
6 3 (1.45%) Apache Airflow
6 3 (1.45%) MS Exchange
6 3 (1.45%) SharePoint
7 2 (0.97%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.48%) Jupyter
8 1 (0.48%) Mattermost
8 1 (0.48%) MediaWiki
8 1 (0.48%) Moodle
8 1 (0.48%) SAS
8 1 (0.48%) ThingWorx
Applications
1 5 (2.42%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.97%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.97%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (2.42%) SAP BPC
1 5 (2.42%) SAP CO
1 5 (2.42%) SAP FI
1 5 (2.42%) SAP FI/CO
2 4 (1.93%) SAP S/4HANA
3 2 (0.97%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.48%) assyst
4 1 (0.48%) SAP CRM
4 1 (0.48%) SAP SD
4 1 (0.48%) SAP VC
Cloud Services
1 93 (44.93%) Azure
2 47 (22.71%) PaaS
3 25 (12.08%) IaaS
4 23 (11.11%) Azure Active Directory
5 20 (9.66%) AWS
6 16 (7.73%) Power Platform
7 15 (7.25%) Azure Key Vault
7 15 (7.25%) SaaS
8 14 (6.76%) GCP
8 14 (6.76%) Microsoft 365
9 13 (6.28%) Azure Storage
10 12 (5.80%) Azure Monitor
11 9 (4.35%) Azure Cosmos DB
11 9 (4.35%) OpenShift
12 7 (3.38%) Azure App Service
12 7 (3.38%) GitHub
13 6 (2.90%) Azure Logic Apps
13 6 (2.90%) Power Automate
14 5 (2.42%) Amazon EKS
14 5 (2.42%) SonarCloud
Communications & Networking
1 32 (15.46%) DNS
2 27 (13.04%) Firewall
3 15 (7.25%) DHCP
4 13 (6.28%) VLAN
5 10 (4.83%) WAN
6 7 (3.38%) SSL
7 6 (2.90%) Internet
7 6 (2.90%) IPv4
7 6 (2.90%) IPv6
7 6 (2.90%) MPLS
7 6 (2.90%) OSPF
8 5 (2.42%) 2G
8 5 (2.42%) 3G
8 5 (2.42%) 4G
8 5 (2.42%) 5G
8 5 (2.42%) BGP
8 5 (2.42%) Cisco Nexus
8 5 (2.42%) EIGRP
8 5 (2.42%) LAN
8 5 (2.42%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (10.14%) SQL Server
2 13 (6.28%) Power BI
3 9 (4.35%) Azure SQL Database
4 6 (2.90%) Big Data
4 6 (2.90%) Data Lake
4 6 (2.90%) PostgreSQL
5 5 (2.42%) NoSQL
5 5 (2.42%) Spotfire
6 4 (1.93%) Redis
7 3 (1.45%) Amazon RDS
7 3 (1.45%) BigQuery
7 3 (1.45%) Couchbase
7 3 (1.45%) Data Warehouse
7 3 (1.45%) Hadoop
7 3 (1.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 2 (0.97%) Apache Cassandra
8 2 (0.97%) BusinessObjects
8 2 (0.97%) MySQL
8 2 (0.97%) Oracle Database
8 2 (0.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 19 (9.18%) Jenkins
2 17 (8.21%) PowerDesigner
3 12 (5.80%) Git (software)
4 7 (3.38%) GitLab
5 6 (2.90%) JIRA
5 6 (2.90%) SonarQube
6 4 (1.93%) ProC
7 3 (1.45%) Subversion
7 3 (1.45%) Vagrant
8 2 (0.97%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 2 (0.97%) Bitbucket
8 2 (0.97%) ERwin
8 2 (0.97%) git-flow
8 2 (0.97%) Gradle
8 2 (0.97%) Maven
8 2 (0.97%) Octopus Deploy
8 2 (0.97%) TeamCity
9 1 (0.48%) MSI
9 1 (0.48%) Visual Studio
9 1 (0.48%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 32 (15.46%) Finance
1 32 (15.46%) Social Skills
2 17 (8.21%) Analytical Skills
3 16 (7.73%) Banking
4 9 (4.35%) Telecoms
5 7 (3.38%) Financial Institution
5 7 (3.38%) Presentation Skills
5 7 (3.38%) Public Sector
6 6 (2.90%) Documentation Skills
7 5 (2.42%) Law
8 4 (1.93%) Billing
8 4 (1.93%) Manufacturing
8 4 (1.93%) Retail
9 3 (1.45%) Automotive
10 2 (0.97%) Organisational Skills
11 1 (0.48%) Influencing Skills
11 1 (0.48%) Legal
Job Titles
1 57 (27.54%) Architect
2 27 (13.04%) Azure Engineer
3 19 (9.18%) Developer
3 19 (9.18%) DevOps Engineer
4 18 (8.70%) Cloud Engineer
4 18 (8.70%) Solutions Architect
5 15 (7.25%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 12 (5.80%) Azure Architect
6 12 (5.80%) Consultant
6 12 (5.80%) Project Manager
7 9 (4.35%) Cloud Architect
7 9 (4.35%) Java Developer
8 8 (3.86%) Azure DevOps
9 7 (3.38%) Azure Infrastructure Engineer
9 7 (3.38%) Kubernetes Engineer
9 7 (3.38%) SC Cleared Java Developer
10 6 (2.90%) Azure Consultant
10 6 (2.90%) Kubernetes Architect
10 6 (2.90%) Linux Engineer
11 5 (2.42%) Azure DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (8.21%) Kafka
1 17 (8.21%) RESTful
2 12 (5.80%) YAML
3 9 (4.35%) Spring
3 9 (4.35%) Spring Boot
4 7 (3.38%) JSON
5 6 (2.90%) ADO
5 6 (2.90%) ARM Templates
5 6 (2.90%) LDAP
6 5 (2.42%) Node.js
7 4 (1.93%) .NET
7 4 (1.93%) libvirt
8 3 (1.45%) COM
8 3 (1.45%) Elastic Stack
8 3 (1.45%) LAPP Stack
8 3 (1.45%) XML
9 2 (0.97%) EJB
9 2 (0.97%) RabbitMQ
9 2 (0.97%) SAP Fiori
9 2 (0.97%) Yocto
Miscellaneous
1 12 (5.80%) Linux Command Line
2 11 (5.31%) Data Centre
2 11 (5.31%) Public Cloud
3 10 (4.83%) Private Cloud
4 9 (4.35%) IoT
5 6 (2.90%) Enterprise Cloud
6 5 (2.42%) Management Information System
7 4 (1.93%) Self-Motivation
8 3 (1.45%) NHS
9 2 (0.97%) Cloud Native
9 2 (0.97%) Clustering
9 2 (0.97%) Data Protection Act
9 2 (0.97%) Fat Client
9 2 (0.97%) Legacy Code
9 2 (0.97%) Life Science
9 2 (0.97%) PKI
9 2 (0.97%) Replication
9 2 (0.97%) Thin Client
9 2 (0.97%) User Experience
9 2 (0.97%) VAX
Operating Systems
1 66 (31.88%) Windows
2 51 (24.64%) Linux
3 37 (17.87%) Windows Server
4 20 (9.66%) Unix
5 17 (8.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 9 (4.35%) Windows 10
7 6 (2.90%) Windows 7
8 5 (2.42%) CentOS
9 4 (1.93%) OpenVMS
9 4 (1.93%) Ubuntu
9 4 (1.93%) Windows Server 2012
10 3 (1.45%) SUSE
10 3 (1.45%) Windows Server 2008
11 2 (0.97%) Android
11 2 (0.97%) Debian
11 2 (0.97%) Windows Server 2016
11 2 (0.97%) Windows Server 2019
12 1 (0.48%) AIX
12 1 (0.48%) Apple iOS
12 1 (0.48%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 54 (26.09%) DevOps
2 50 (24.15%) Migration
3 36 (17.39%) Agile
4 29 (14.01%) Problem-Solving
5 28 (13.53%) CI/CD
6 19 (9.18%) Analytics
6 19 (9.18%) Infrastructure as Code
7 18 (8.70%) Decision-Making
8 17 (8.21%) API Design
8 17 (8.21%) Disaster Recovery
8 17 (8.21%) TOGAF
9 16 (7.73%) ArchiMate
10 15 (7.25%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 14 (6.76%) Business Intelligence
11 14 (6.76%) Server Building
12 12 (5.80%) Load Balancing
12 12 (5.80%) Microservices
12 12 (5.80%) SOA
12 12 (5.80%) Stakeholder Management
12 12 (5.80%) Strategic Roadmap
Programming Languages
1 38 (18.36%) SQL
2 35 (16.91%) PowerShell
3 24 (11.59%) Python
4 22 (10.63%) Java
5 12 (5.80%) Bash
6 8 (3.86%) C++
6 8 (3.86%) Shell Script
7 7 (3.38%) C
7 7 (3.38%) Go
8 6 (2.90%) C#
8 6 (2.90%) Perl
9 5 (2.42%) VBScript
10 4 (1.93%) Fortran
10 4 (1.93%) VC++
11 3 (1.45%) Groovy
11 3 (1.45%) JavaScript
11 3 (1.45%) Ruby
11 3 (1.45%) Scala
12 2 (0.97%) Erlang
12 2 (0.97%) Rust
Qualifications
1 38 (18.36%) Security Cleared
2 18 (8.70%) SC Cleared
3 7 (3.38%) DV Cleared
4 6 (2.90%) Microsoft Certification
5 3 (1.45%) CTC Cleared
5 3 (1.45%) Degree
6 2 (0.97%) TOGAF Certification
7 1 (0.48%) CCNP
7 1 (0.48%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (0.48%) Computer Science Degree
7 1 (0.48%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (0.48%) PhD
7 1 (0.48%) RHCE
7 1 (0.48%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (5.80%) QA
2 3 (1.45%) OASIS TOSCA
3 2 (0.97%) Cyber Essentials
3 2 (0.97%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
3 2 (0.97%) ISO 22301
3 2 (0.97%) ISO 9001
3 2 (0.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.97%) SLA
4 1 (0.48%) NIST
4 1 (0.48%) NIST 800
System Software
1 50 (24.15%) Active Directory
2 35 (16.91%) Docker
3 17 (8.21%) Virtual Machines
4 14 (6.76%) KVM
5 13 (6.28%) vSphere
6 10 (4.83%) VMware Infrastructure
7 8 (3.86%) NFS
8 5 (2.42%) VMware ESXi
8 5 (2.42%) XenApp
9 4 (1.93%) Hyper-V
9 4 (1.93%) oVirt
10 3 (1.45%) Apache ZooKeeper
10 3 (1.45%) Ceph
11 2 (0.97%) VMware NSX
12 1 (0.48%) iptables
12 1 (0.48%) Oracle RAC
12 1 (0.48%) SRDF
12 1 (0.48%) Veritas File System
12 1 (0.48%) Veritas Volume Manager
12 1 (0.48%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 51 (24.64%) Terraform
2 37 (17.87%) Kubernetes
3 25 (12.08%) Ansible
4 6 (2.90%) SCCM
5 5 (2.42%) Microsoft Intune
5 5 (2.42%) Opscode Chef
5 5 (2.42%) Prometheus
5 5 (2.42%) WSUS
6 4 (1.93%) SCOM
6 4 (1.93%) vCenter Server
7 3 (1.45%) Consul
7 3 (1.45%) FortiGate
7 3 (1.45%) Grafana
7 3 (1.45%) Nagios
7 3 (1.45%) Rancher
7 3 (1.45%) VxRail
7 3 (1.45%) ZABBIX
8 2 (0.97%) Kustomize
8 2 (0.97%) Microsoft Clustering
8 2 (0.97%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 44 (21.26%) Microsoft
2 21 (10.14%) Red Hat
2 21 (10.14%) VMware
3 19 (9.18%) SAP
4 17 (8.21%) BiZZdesign
5 16 (7.73%) Cisco
6 13 (6.28%) MuleSoft
7 11 (5.31%) NetApp
8 8 (3.86%) F5
8 8 (3.86%) Google
9 7 (3.38%) Citrix
10 6 (2.90%) CheckPoint
10 6 (2.90%) HP
10 6 (2.90%) Oracle
11 5 (2.42%) Alteryx
11 5 (2.42%) Databricks
11 5 (2.42%) Nokia
12 4 (1.93%) Anaplan
12 4 (1.93%) Concur
12 4 (1.93%) Zscaler