Period
to 9 July 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 9 July 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
9 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 510 723 724
Rank change year-on-year +213 +1 +45
Contract jobs citing VMS 78 128 172
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.19% 0.14% 0.17%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.96% 0.68% 0.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 56 103 110
Median daily rate £538 £475 £481
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.16% -1.30% +13.24%
10th Percentile £338 £359 £350
90th Percentile £714 £588 £601
UK excluding London median daily rate £580 £475 £400
% change year-on-year +22.11% +18.75% -5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 2
Median hourly rate £28.00 £35.00 £31.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +11.11% +57.50%
10th Percentile £22.40 £32.50 £18.10
90th Percentile £33.60 £37.50 £47.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 - £31.50

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 8,129 18,915 21,672
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.70% 20.15% 20.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,961 11,921 13,560
Median daily rate £425 £425 £425
10th Percentile £150 £156 £181
90th Percentile £625 £625 £606
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £390
% change year-on-year - +2.56% -2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 585 1,211 1,479
Median hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £17.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.57% +1.45% +4.55%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.17 £11.17
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £47.50
Median hourly rate £17.50 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +9.38% - +3.23%

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 9 July 2020.

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 9 July 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for VMS in the UK

VMS
Top 12 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 9 July 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 +228 75 £525 +10.53% 20
UK excluding London +182 52 £580 +22.11% 15
South East +142 27 £640 +38.38% 4
London +181 22 £500 +3.90% 4
Midlands +87 12 £450 +12.50% 1
East Midlands +59 7 £675 +82.43%
West Midlands +71 5 £325 -21.21% 1
East of England +68 5 £340 -38.18% 2
North of England +121 4 £450 - 4
Yorkshire +82 4 £450 -
South West +73 4 £438 -7.89% 4
Work from Home -5 3 £640 +34.74% 2

For the 6 months to 9 July 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 37 (47.44%) Azure
2 34 (43.59%) DevOps
3 30 (38.46%) SQL
4 29 (37.18%) Agile Software Development
5 28 (35.90%) Windows
6 26 (33.33%) Microsoft
7 24 (30.77%) Business Intelligence
8 22 (28.21%) Analytics
8 22 (28.21%) Power BI
8 22 (28.21%) Power Platform
9 21 (26.92%) VMware
10 19 (24.36%) Data Modelling
10 19 (24.36%) Data Security
10 19 (24.36%) Big Data
11 18 (23.08%) Machine Learning
12 17 (21.79%) Data Lake
12 17 (21.79%) Data Warehouse
12 17 (21.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 17 (21.79%) Data Architecture
13 16 (20.51%) VMware Infrastructure
14 15 (19.23%) Active Directory
15 14 (17.95%) SQL Server
16 13 (16.67%) Security Cleared
16 13 (16.67%) Windows Server
17 12 (15.38%) Ansible
17 12 (15.38%) AWS
17 12 (15.38%) Linux
17 12 (15.38%) Stakeholder Management
18 11 (14.10%) DNS
19 10 (12.82%) Configuration Management

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 6 (7.69%) SharePoint
2 4 (5.13%) MS Exchange
2 4 (5.13%) Skype for Business
3 3 (3.85%) CMS
3 3 (3.85%) Confluence
3 3 (3.85%) Headless CMS
3 3 (3.85%) IIS
3 3 (3.85%) Sitecore CMS
3 3 (3.85%) WebSphere
4 2 (2.56%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 2 (2.56%) Tomcat
4 2 (2.56%) Umbraco
5 1 (1.28%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 3 (3.85%) MS Visio
2 1 (1.28%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.28%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.28%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (3.85%) Payment Gateway
2 2 (2.56%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (2.56%) Oracle Applications
2 2 (2.56%) Oracle BPM
2 2 (2.56%) Oracle ERP
2 2 (2.56%) SAP S/4HANA
2 2 (2.56%) SAP SD
2 2 (2.56%) SAP VC
2 2 (2.56%) Siebel CRM
3 1 (1.28%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (1.28%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 37 (47.44%) Azure
2 22 (28.21%) Power Platform
3 12 (15.38%) AWS
4 9 (11.54%) IaaS
5 7 (8.97%) PaaS
6 5 (6.41%) Office 365
6 5 (6.41%) SaaS
7 4 (5.13%) Azure Active Directory
7 4 (5.13%) Azure Stack
8 3 (3.85%) Logic Apps
8 3 (3.85%) prismic.io
9 2 (2.56%) Amazon EC2
9 2 (2.56%) Amazon ELB
9 2 (2.56%) Amazon S3
9 2 (2.56%) AWS Lambda
9 2 (2.56%) Azure Data Factory
9 2 (2.56%) Azure Functions
9 2 (2.56%) OneDrive
9 2 (2.56%) Serverless
10 1 (1.28%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 11 (14.10%) DNS
2 7 (8.97%) TCP/IP
3 6 (7.69%) Firewall
3 6 (7.69%) Wireless
4 5 (6.41%) DHCP
4 5 (6.41%) VLAN
5 4 (5.13%) SAN
5 4 (5.13%) VPN
6 3 (3.85%) FTP
6 3 (3.85%) LAN
7 2 (2.56%) iSCSI
7 2 (2.56%) MPLS
7 2 (2.56%) Remote Desktop
7 2 (2.56%) Skype
7 2 (2.56%) SMTP
7 2 (2.56%) SNMP
7 2 (2.56%) VoIP
8 1 (1.28%) Cisco ASA
8 1 (1.28%) NAS
8 1 (1.28%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (28.21%) Power BI
2 19 (24.36%) Big Data
3 17 (21.79%) Data Lake
3 17 (21.79%) Data Warehouse
3 17 (21.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 14 (17.95%) SQL Server
5 5 (6.41%) Azure SQL Database
6 4 (5.13%) Cosmos DB
7 3 (3.85%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (2.56%) Amazon RDS
8 2 (2.56%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
8 2 (2.56%) OLTP
8 2 (2.56%) Oracle BI EE
8 2 (2.56%) Oracle Database
8 2 (2.56%) Oracle Database 10g
8 2 (2.56%) Oracle Database 11g
8 2 (2.56%) Oracle Database 12c
8 2 (2.56%) Oracle Reports
9 1 (1.28%) Redis
9 1 (1.28%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 6 (7.69%) Git (software)
2 5 (6.41%) Jenkins
3 4 (5.13%) GitLab
4 2 (2.56%) Ant
4 2 (2.56%) PowerBuilder
4 2 (2.56%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (1.28%) ProC
5 1 (1.28%) Vagrant
General
1 9 (11.54%) Finance
2 4 (5.13%) Public Sector
3 2 (2.56%) Banking
3 2 (2.56%) French Language
3 2 (2.56%) Manufacturing
3 2 (2.56%) Retail
3 2 (2.56%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.28%) Advertising
4 1 (1.28%) Aerospace
4 1 (1.28%) Financial Institution
4 1 (1.28%) Games
4 1 (1.28%) Law
4 1 (1.28%) Marketing
4 1 (1.28%) Retail Banking
4 1 (1.28%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 26 (33.33%) Architect
2 10 (12.82%) Data Analytics Architect
2 10 (12.82%) Data Architect
3 9 (11.54%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 8 (10.26%) Azure Engineer
4 8 (10.26%) DevOps Engineer
5 7 (8.97%) Azure DevOps Engineer
6 6 (7.69%) Consultant
6 6 (7.69%) Developer
7 4 (5.13%) Cloud Engineer
7 4 (5.13%) Infrastructure Support
7 4 (5.13%) IT Support
8 3 (3.85%) .NET Developer
8 3 (3.85%) Azure Architect
8 3 (3.85%) Azure Developer
8 3 (3.85%) Project Engineer
8 3 (3.85%) SAP Consultant
8 3 (3.85%) Security Architect
8 3 (3.85%) Senior DevOps
8 3 (3.85%) Senior DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (10.26%) .NET
2 6 (7.69%) 802.1X
3 5 (6.41%) ASP.NET
3 5 (6.41%) ASP.NET Web API
4 3 (3.85%) ADO
4 3 (3.85%) ASP.NET MVC
4 3 (3.85%) CSS
4 3 (3.85%) CSS3
4 3 (3.85%) FIX Protocol
4 3 (3.85%) GatsbyJS
4 3 (3.85%) HTML
4 3 (3.85%) HTML5
4 3 (3.85%) React
4 3 (3.85%) React Native
5 2 (2.56%) .NET Core
5 2 (2.56%) AngularJS
5 2 (2.56%) ASP.NET Web Forms
5 2 (2.56%) OpenID
5 2 (2.56%) REST
5 2 (2.56%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 7 (8.97%) Data Centre
2 5 (6.41%) CCTV
2 5 (6.41%) Greenfield Project
3 4 (5.13%) Clustering
3 4 (5.13%) Hybrid Cloud
3 4 (5.13%) PKI
3 4 (5.13%) User Experience
4 3 (3.85%) SWIFT
4 3 (3.85%) Virtual Team
5 2 (2.56%) Private Cloud
5 2 (2.56%) Public Cloud
5 2 (2.56%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (1.28%) Cloud Native
6 1 (1.28%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (1.28%) Handset
6 1 (1.28%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.28%) NHS
6 1 (1.28%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 28 (35.90%) Windows
2 13 (16.67%) Windows Server
3 12 (15.38%) Linux
4 9 (11.54%) Windows Server 2012
5 7 (8.97%) Windows Server 2008
6 6 (7.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 6 (7.69%) Windows 7
7 5 (6.41%) Solaris
7 5 (6.41%) Windows 8
8 4 (5.13%) Windows 10
8 4 (5.13%) Windows Server 2016
9 3 (3.85%) OpenVMS
9 3 (3.85%) Windows Server 2019
10 2 (2.56%) Oracle Linux
11 1 (1.28%) CentOS
11 1 (1.28%) Mac OS X
11 1 (1.28%) Unix
11 1 (1.28%) Windows Server 2003
11 1 (1.28%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (43.59%) DevOps
2 29 (37.18%) Agile Software Development
3 24 (30.77%) Business Intelligence
4 22 (28.21%) Analytics
5 19 (24.36%) Data Modelling
5 19 (24.36%) Data Security
6 18 (23.08%) Machine Learning
7 17 (21.79%) Data Architecture
8 12 (15.38%) Stakeholder Management
9 10 (12.82%) Configuration Management
9 10 (12.82%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 9 (11.54%) Migration
11 8 (10.26%) Infrastructure as Code
11 8 (10.26%) Network Virtualisation
12 6 (7.69%) CRM
13 5 (6.41%) Disaster Recovery
13 5 (6.41%) High Availability
13 5 (6.41%) MVC
13 5 (6.41%) Service Management
13 5 (6.41%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 30 (38.46%) SQL
2 9 (11.54%) PowerShell
3 6 (7.69%) C#
4 5 (6.41%) JavaScript
5 4 (5.13%) Python
6 3 (3.85%) C
6 3 (3.85%) Fortran
6 3 (3.85%) Java
7 2 (2.56%) AWK
7 2 (2.56%) Bash Shell
7 2 (2.56%) Jython
7 2 (2.56%) Perl
7 2 (2.56%) sed
7 2 (2.56%) TypeScript
7 2 (2.56%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
8 1 (1.28%) Shell Script
8 1 (1.28%) VB
Qualifications
1 13 (16.67%) Security Cleared
2 10 (12.82%) DV Cleared
3 9 (11.54%) SC Cleared
4 5 (6.41%) Degree
5 4 (5.13%) Microsoft Certification
6 3 (3.85%) CISSP
6 3 (3.85%) HNC
7 2 (2.56%) AWS Certification
8 1 (1.28%) APMP
8 1 (1.28%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 1 (1.28%) MCSE
8 1 (1.28%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.28%) GDPR
1 1 (1.28%) PCI DSS
1 1 (1.28%) SLA
System Software
1 16 (20.51%) VMware Infrastructure
2 15 (19.23%) Active Directory
3 9 (11.54%) Virtual Machines
4 5 (6.41%) Hyper-V
5 4 (5.13%) Docker
5 4 (5.13%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 4 (5.13%) Virtual Servers
5 4 (5.13%) XenApp
5 4 (5.13%) XenDesktop
6 3 (3.85%) Firmware
7 2 (2.56%) NFS
7 2 (2.56%) Virtual Desktop
7 2 (2.56%) VMware Server
8 1 (1.28%) Terminal Services
8 1 (1.28%) vCloud
8 1 (1.28%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 12 (15.38%) Ansible
2 6 (7.69%) Terraform
3 5 (6.41%) Cisco CUCM
4 4 (5.13%) Failover Clustering
4 4 (5.13%) SCOM
5 3 (3.85%) Single Sign-On
5 3 (3.85%) TeMIP
6 2 (2.56%) Data Guard
6 2 (2.56%) Microsoft Clustering
6 2 (2.56%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 2 (2.56%) Oracle ZFS
6 2 (2.56%) SCVMM
6 2 (2.56%) WSUS
6 2 (2.56%) yum
7 1 (1.28%) Cisco UCCX
7 1 (1.28%) EMC NetWorker
7 1 (1.28%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 1 (1.28%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (1.28%) Puppet
7 1 (1.28%) SCCM
Vendors
1 26 (33.33%) Microsoft
2 21 (26.92%) VMware
3 8 (10.26%) Citrix
3 8 (10.26%) Dell
4 7 (8.97%) Oracle
5 6 (7.69%) Cisco
6 4 (5.13%) EMC
6 4 (5.13%) SAP
7 3 (3.85%) McAfee
7 3 (3.85%) Red Hat
7 3 (3.85%) Sitecore
7 3 (3.85%) SolarWinds
7 3 (3.85%) Verint
8 2 (2.56%) Canon
8 2 (2.56%) EqualLogic
8 2 (2.56%) Informatica
8 2 (2.56%) NetApp
8 2 (2.56%) Okta
8 2 (2.56%) Refinitiv
8 2 (2.56%) Siebel