Period
to 24 February 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 24 February 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
24 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 698 790 810
Rank change year-on-year +92 +20 -52
Contract jobs citing VMS 180 65 89
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.18% 0.068% 0.082%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.87% 0.32% 0.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 124 46 45
UK median daily rate £488 £418 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.77% -7.22% +12.50%
10th Percentile £313 £328 £354
90th Percentile £575 £560 £568
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £410 £450
% change year-on-year -2.44% -8.89% +20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 3
UK median hourly rate £32.50 £20.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +62.50% - -28.57%
10th Percentile £26.75 £17.50 £17.80
90th Percentile £41.75 £22.50 £33.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +62.50% - -28.57%

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 20,808 20,128 23,126
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.67% 20.99% 21.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,329 12,721 13,842
UK median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £170 £190 £188
90th Percentile £613 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £365
% change year-on-year +4.00% +2.74% +4.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,251 1,283 1,713
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.03% - +3.13%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £46.00 £46.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £15.85 £16.50
% change year-on-year +0.06% -3.94% +4.85%

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 24 February 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 24 February 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 24 February 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 +87 177 £500 +21.95% 37
London +51 103 £550 +29.41% 20
UK excluding London +51 76 £400 -2.44% 22
North of England +39 28 £400 +12.36% 2
North East +82 24 £400 +10.34% 1
Midlands +29 20 £344 -12.97% 4
East Midlands +16 17 £450 +13.92% 2
South West +27 13 £413 +56.40%
South East -12 10 £375 -23.08% 8
East of England -18 4 £405 -10.00% 3
Yorkshire -2 3 £160 -54.29%
West Midlands +8 2 £160 - 2
Scotland -9 2 £155 -71.82% 5
North West +11 1 - - 1
Channel Islands - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 24 February 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 81 (45.00%) Unix
1 81 (45.00%) Agile Software Development
2 75 (41.67%) Java
3 70 (38.89%) REST
4 69 (38.33%) Vagrant
4 69 (38.33%) Microservices
4 69 (38.33%) JUnit
4 69 (38.33%) Domain-Driven Design
4 69 (38.33%) RESTful
4 69 (38.33%) Dependency Injection
5 68 (37.78%) Test Automation
6 67 (37.22%) Git (software)
7 66 (36.67%) Confluence
7 66 (36.67%) JIRA
7 66 (36.67%) Drools
7 66 (36.67%) Maven
7 66 (36.67%) JMS
7 66 (36.67%) Hibernate
7 66 (36.67%) Mockito
7 66 (36.67%) CQRS
7 66 (36.67%) JAX-RS
7 66 (36.67%) WireMock
8 64 (35.56%) SonarQube
9 63 (35.00%) WildFly
9 63 (35.00%) Liquibase
9 63 (35.00%) Lambda Expressions
9 63 (35.00%) JPQL
9 63 (35.00%) Relational Database
9 63 (35.00%) Linux Command Line
9 63 (35.00%) Checkstyle

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 66 (36.67%) Confluence
2 63 (35.00%) WildFly
3 6 (3.33%) SAS
4 2 (1.11%) Apache
4 2 (1.11%) CMS
4 2 (1.11%) IIS
4 2 (1.11%) MS Exchange
5 1 (0.56%) Apache Spark
5 1 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.56%) IBM Domino
5 1 (0.56%) JBoss
5 1 (0.56%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.56%) Tomcat
Cloud Services
1 51 (28.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 42 (23.33%) IaaS
2 42 (23.33%) PaaS
3 24 (13.33%) SaaS
4 9 (5.00%) Amazon AWS
4 9 (5.00%) Azure Active Directory
5 6 (3.33%) Cloud Computing
6 4 (2.22%) Office 365
7 2 (1.11%) Amazon EC2
7 2 (1.11%) Amazon ELB
7 2 (1.11%) Amazon S3
7 2 (1.11%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 15 (8.33%) VPN
2 13 (7.22%) Firewall
3 8 (4.44%) VSAN
4 7 (3.89%) Network Security
5 4 (2.22%) DNS
6 2 (1.11%) Internet
6 2 (1.11%) SMS
6 2 (1.11%) VLAN
7 1 (0.56%) DHCP
7 1 (0.56%) IPv4
7 1 (0.56%) LAN
7 1 (0.56%) PBX
7 1 (0.56%) SAN
7 1 (0.56%) VoIP
7 1 (0.56%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 63 (35.00%) RDBMS
1 63 (35.00%) Relational Database
2 17 (9.44%) SQL Server
3 13 (7.22%) Azure SQL Database
4 8 (4.44%) Oracle Database
4 8 (4.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 7 (3.89%) Data Lake
5 7 (3.89%) Hadoop
5 7 (3.89%) NoSQL
6 6 (3.33%) HDInsight
7 5 (2.78%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
7 5 (2.78%) Data Warehouse
7 5 (2.78%) Redis
8 4 (2.22%) PostgreSQL
9 3 (1.67%) SQL Server 2012
10 2 (1.11%) Amazon RDS
10 2 (1.11%) InterSystems Cache
10 2 (1.11%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 2 (1.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 1 (0.56%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 69 (38.33%) JUnit
1 69 (38.33%) Vagrant
2 67 (37.22%) Git (software)
3 66 (36.67%) JIRA
3 66 (36.67%) Maven
3 66 (36.67%) Mockito
4 64 (35.56%) SonarQube
5 63 (35.00%) Checkstyle
5 63 (35.00%) Liquibase
6 7 (3.89%) Jenkins
6 7 (3.89%) Visual Studio
7 4 (2.22%) Visual Studio Team System
8 3 (1.67%) Gradle
8 3 (1.67%) gulp
8 3 (1.67%) TestNG
9 2 (1.11%) Octopus Deploy
10 1 (0.56%) ClearCase
10 1 (0.56%) ClearQuest
10 1 (0.56%) MSI
10 1 (0.56%) PyCharm
General
1 8 (4.44%) Finance
2 7 (3.89%) Telecoms
3 6 (3.33%) Manufacturing
4 5 (2.78%) Pharmaceutical
4 5 (2.78%) Retail
5 4 (2.22%) Aerospace
6 2 (1.11%) Legal
Job Titles
1 70 (38.89%) Developer
2 65 (36.11%) Java Developer
3 36 (20.00%) SC Cleared Java Developer
4 23 (12.78%) Analyst
5 22 (12.22%) DevOps Engineer
6 16 (8.89%) Azure Engineer
7 15 (8.33%) Operations Analyst
8 14 (7.78%) Consultant
9 12 (6.67%) Cloud Engineer
10 11 (6.11%) Azure DevOps
10 11 (6.11%) Azure DevOps Engineer
11 10 (5.56%) Support Analyst
12 9 (5.00%) 1st Line Support
12 9 (5.00%) 1st Line Support Analyst
13 8 (4.44%) Operational Support Analyst
13 8 (4.44%) Operations Support Analyst
14 7 (3.89%) Architect
14 7 (3.89%) IT Engineer
14 7 (3.89%) Lead Developer
14 7 (3.89%) Lead Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 70 (38.89%) REST
2 69 (38.33%) RESTful
3 66 (36.67%) Drools
3 66 (36.67%) Hibernate
3 66 (36.67%) JAX-RS
3 66 (36.67%) JMS
3 66 (36.67%) WireMock
4 63 (35.00%) Java EE
4 63 (35.00%) Lambda Expressions
5 15 (8.33%) ISPF
6 7 (3.89%) .NET
6 7 (3.89%) Web Services
7 6 (3.33%) HTML
7 6 (3.33%) Node.js
7 6 (3.33%) Spring
8 3 (1.67%) AngularJS
8 3 (1.67%) Apache Camel
8 3 (1.67%) React
8 3 (1.67%) Sass
8 3 (1.67%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 63 (35.00%) Linux Command Line
2 28 (15.56%) Analytical Skills
3 27 (15.00%) Management Information System
4 15 (8.33%) VSAM
5 8 (4.44%) Data Centre
6 7 (3.89%) Computer Science
7 3 (1.67%) Client/Server
8 2 (1.11%) Cyberthreat
8 2 (1.11%) FMCG
8 2 (1.11%) Hybrid Cloud
8 2 (1.11%) PKI
8 2 (1.11%) SCADA
9 1 (0.56%) Clustering
9 1 (0.56%) Enterprise Software
9 1 (0.56%) Fintech
9 1 (0.56%) Greenfield Project
9 1 (0.56%) Mainframe
9 1 (0.56%) Public Cloud
9 1 (0.56%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 81 (45.00%) Unix
2 32 (17.78%) Linux
3 30 (16.67%) Windows
4 22 (12.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 20 (11.11%) Windows Server
6 16 (8.89%) HPUX
7 15 (8.33%) AIX
7 15 (8.33%) MVS
7 15 (8.33%) Solaris
7 15 (8.33%) VME
7 15 (8.33%) Windows 2000 Server
8 4 (2.22%) Windows Server 2012
9 2 (1.11%) CentOS
9 2 (1.11%) Embedded Linux
10 1 (0.56%) OpenVMS
10 1 (0.56%) Oracle Linux
10 1 (0.56%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.56%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.56%) Windows Server 2003
10 1 (0.56%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 81 (45.00%) Agile Software Development
2 69 (38.33%) Dependency Injection
2 69 (38.33%) Domain-Driven Design
2 69 (38.33%) Microservices
3 68 (37.78%) Test Automation
4 66 (36.67%) CQRS
5 63 (35.00%) OO
5 63 (35.00%) OOA/OOD
6 40 (22.22%) DevOps
7 30 (16.67%) ITIL
8 25 (13.89%) Data Management
9 24 (13.33%) Open Source
9 24 (13.33%) Service Management
10 22 (12.22%) Change Management
10 22 (12.22%) Configuration Management
11 21 (11.67%) ITIL V3
12 14 (7.78%) Continuous Integration
12 14 (7.78%) Network Virtualisation
12 14 (7.78%) Operations Management
13 13 (7.22%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 75 (41.67%) Java
2 63 (35.00%) JPQL
3 57 (31.67%) PowerShell
4 21 (11.67%) SQL
5 18 (10.00%) C
6 15 (8.33%) JCL
6 15 (8.33%) Shell Script
7 11 (6.11%) Python
8 9 (5.00%) JavaScript
9 6 (3.33%) Bash Shell
10 5 (2.78%) C#
10 5 (2.78%) C++
11 1 (0.56%) Perl
11 1 (0.56%) VBScript
11 1 (0.56%) XAML
Qualifications
1 54 (30.00%) Security Cleared
2 44 (24.44%) SC Cleared
3 9 (5.00%) BPSS Clearance
4 4 (2.22%) SAP Certification
5 3 (1.67%) Degree
6 2 (1.11%) CEH
6 2 (1.11%) CISA
6 2 (1.11%) CISM
6 2 (1.11%) CISSP
7 1 (0.56%) (ISC)2 CCSP
7 1 (0.56%) CCSP
7 1 (0.56%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (0.56%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 1 (0.56%) MCSA
7 1 (0.56%) MCSE
7 1 (0.56%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (0.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (5.00%) SLA
2 3 (1.67%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.56%) QA
System Software
1 15 (8.33%) Docker
1 15 (8.33%) Job Entry Subsystem
1 15 (8.33%) RACF
1 15 (8.33%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
2 13 (7.22%) Active Directory
3 7 (3.89%) Virtual Machines
3 7 (3.89%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (2.22%) Hyper-V
4 4 (2.22%) Xen
5 2 (1.11%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (0.56%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 1 (0.56%) Oracle RAC
6 1 (0.56%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.56%) VMware NSX
6 1 (0.56%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 19 (10.56%) Opscode Chef
2 17 (9.44%) Puppet
3 15 (8.33%) Tivoli
3 15 (8.33%) Tivoli Monitoring
4 14 (7.78%) Ansible
5 7 (3.89%) Terraform
6 4 (2.22%) Kubernetes
7 3 (1.67%) FortiGate
7 3 (1.67%) QRadar
8 2 (1.11%) McAfee ePO
8 2 (1.11%) PowerCLI
9 1 (0.56%) Bcfg2
9 1 (0.56%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 1 (0.56%) SCCM
9 1 (0.56%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 1 (0.56%) vRealize
9 1 (0.56%) WSUS
Vendors
1 23 (12.78%) Red Hat
2 22 (12.22%) ServiceNow
3 19 (10.56%) HP
4 16 (8.89%) Microsoft
5 15 (8.33%) BMC
6 9 (5.00%) Oracle
7 8 (4.44%) VMware
8 7 (3.89%) Sun
9 6 (3.33%) SAP
10 3 (1.67%) CheckPoint
10 3 (1.67%) F5
10 3 (1.67%) McAfee
10 3 (1.67%) Qualys
11 2 (1.11%) Cisco
11 2 (1.11%) IBM
11 2 (1.11%) Remedy
12 1 (0.56%) Citrix
12 1 (0.56%) Dell
12 1 (0.56%) EMC
12 1 (0.56%) Intel