Period
to 23 October 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 23 October 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
23 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 486 668 701
Rank change year-on-year +182 +33 +42
Contract jobs citing VMS 48 141 204
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.17% 0.20%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.81% 0.80% 0.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 101 151
Median daily rate £450 £475 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.26% -9.52% +10.53%
10th Percentile £363 £350 £363
90th Percentile £610 £638 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £495 £455
% change year-on-year -19.19% +8.79% +12.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 4 2
Median hourly rate £54.00 £43.50 £31.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.14% +38.10% +19.14%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £54.00 £35.00 £31.50
% change year-on-year +54.29% +11.11% +19.14%

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 5,904 17,684 21,657
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.45% 20.87% 20.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,537 10,985 13,401
Median daily rate £432 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.65% - -
10th Percentile £167 £150 £163
90th Percentile £613 £613 £606
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 355 1,249 1,517
Median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.29% - -
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £52.80 £50.00 £47.50
Median hourly rate £17.75 £17.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year +4.41% +3.03% -1.81%

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 23 October 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 23 October 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 23 October 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 +197 40 £425 -14.14% 21
London +163 23 £500 -2.44% 2
UK excluding London +192 17 £400 -19.19% 19
Work from Home - 13 £388 - 1
South West +116 8 £375 -18.92% 1
North of England +116 5 £400 -23.81% 1
South East +144 3 - - 5
North West +88 3 £450 +50.00%
Midlands +79 1 £450 +10.77% 9
Yorkshire +67 1 - -
East Midlands +52 1 £450 +28.57% 4
North East - 1 £400 - 1

For the 6 months to 23 October 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 25 (52.08%) Azure
2 23 (47.92%) Microsoft
3 22 (45.83%) Windows
4 16 (33.33%) Terraform
5 15 (31.25%) Ansible
5 15 (31.25%) DevOps
5 15 (31.25%) Security Cleared
5 15 (31.25%) PowerShell
6 14 (29.17%) SC Cleared
6 14 (29.17%) AWS
6 14 (29.17%) SQL
7 13 (27.08%) Linux
7 13 (27.08%) Migration
7 13 (27.08%) Agile Software Development
7 13 (27.08%) Data Centre
8 12 (25.00%) Unit Testing
8 12 (25.00%) Configuration Management
9 11 (22.92%) SQL Server
9 11 (22.92%) Git (software)
9 11 (22.92%) High Availability
9 11 (22.92%) Infrastructure as Code
10 10 (20.83%) Windows Server
10 10 (20.83%) Cisco
10 10 (20.83%) VMware
11 9 (18.75%) Disaster Recovery
11 9 (18.75%) WAN
11 9 (18.75%) Active Directory
11 9 (18.75%) Jenkins
11 9 (18.75%) Azure Stack
12 8 (16.67%) GitLab

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 5 (10.42%) Skype for Business
2 2 (4.17%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 1 (2.08%) CMS
3 1 (2.08%) SharePoint
Business Applications
1 2 (4.17%) Oracle Applications
1 2 (4.17%) Oracle BPM
1 2 (4.17%) Oracle ERP
1 2 (4.17%) SAP Retail
1 2 (4.17%) SAP S/4HANA
1 2 (4.17%) SAP SD
1 2 (4.17%) Siebel CRM
1 2 (4.17%) Workday HCM
2 1 (2.08%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 25 (52.08%) Azure
2 14 (29.17%) AWS
3 9 (18.75%) Azure Stack
4 7 (14.58%) Office 365
5 6 (12.50%) Azure Active Directory
5 6 (12.50%) IaaS
5 6 (12.50%) PaaS
5 6 (12.50%) SaaS
6 3 (6.25%) AWS CloudFormation
6 3 (6.25%) Power Platform
7 2 (4.17%) Amazon EC2
7 2 (4.17%) Amazon ELB
7 2 (4.17%) Amazon S3
8 1 (2.08%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 1 (2.08%) Amazon EMR
8 1 (2.08%) AWS CloudTrail
8 1 (2.08%) AWS Lambda
8 1 (2.08%) Datadog
8 1 (2.08%) OneDrive
8 1 (2.08%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 9 (18.75%) WAN
2 8 (16.67%) LAN
3 7 (14.58%) VLAN
4 5 (10.42%) Cisco ASA
4 5 (10.42%) Skype
4 5 (10.42%) VPN
5 4 (8.33%) ATM
5 4 (8.33%) DECnet
5 4 (8.33%) FDDI
5 4 (8.33%) IPX
5 4 (8.33%) IPX/SPX
5 4 (8.33%) MPLS
5 4 (8.33%) NetScreen
5 4 (8.33%) SAN
5 4 (8.33%) SNA
5 4 (8.33%) TCP/IP
5 4 (8.33%) Unified Communications
5 4 (8.33%) X.25
6 3 (6.25%) DNS
6 3 (6.25%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (22.92%) SQL Server
2 3 (6.25%) Power BI
3 2 (4.17%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (4.17%) Azure SQL Database
3 2 (4.17%) Cosmos DB
3 2 (4.17%) Data Lake
3 2 (4.17%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (4.17%) OLTP
3 2 (4.17%) Oracle BI EE
3 2 (4.17%) Oracle Database
3 2 (4.17%) Oracle Database 10g
3 2 (4.17%) Oracle Database 11g
3 2 (4.17%) Oracle Database 12c
3 2 (4.17%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (2.08%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 1 (2.08%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
4 1 (2.08%) Big Data
4 1 (2.08%) NoSQL
4 1 (2.08%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (2.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 11 (22.92%) Git (software)
2 9 (18.75%) Jenkins
3 8 (16.67%) GitLab
4 2 (4.17%) Ant
5 1 (2.08%) Bitbucket
5 1 (2.08%) PVCS
5 1 (2.08%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (2.08%) Visual Studio
5 1 (2.08%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 5 (10.42%) Finance
2 3 (6.25%) Public Sector
3 2 (4.17%) Banking
3 2 (4.17%) Retail
4 1 (2.08%) Financial Institution
4 1 (2.08%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 17 (35.42%) Azure Engineer
2 9 (18.75%) Azure DevOps Engineer
2 9 (18.75%) DevOps Engineer
3 7 (14.58%) Consultant
3 7 (14.58%) Senior DevOps
3 7 (14.58%) Senior DevOps Engineer
4 5 (10.42%) Cloud Engineer
4 5 (10.42%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 4 (8.33%) Architect
5 4 (8.33%) AWS Engineer
5 4 (8.33%) Unified Communications Specialist
5 4 (8.33%) VMware Consultant
6 3 (6.25%) Automation Engineer
6 3 (6.25%) Azure DevOps
6 3 (6.25%) Migration Engineer
7 2 (4.17%) Azure Infrastructure Engineer
7 2 (4.17%) Cloud Automation Engineer
7 2 (4.17%) Technical Consultant
7 2 (4.17%) VMware Technical Consultant
7 2 (4.17%) Workday Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.25%) SOAP
1 3 (6.25%) XML
2 2 (4.17%) .NET
2 2 (4.17%) 802.1X
2 2 (4.17%) JSON
2 2 (4.17%) Middleware
2 2 (4.17%) OAuth
2 2 (4.17%) OpenID
2 2 (4.17%) Oracle Fusion
2 2 (4.17%) REST
2 2 (4.17%) SAML
2 2 (4.17%) Web Services
2 2 (4.17%) XML Schema
2 2 (4.17%) XSL
2 2 (4.17%) XSLT
2 2 (4.17%) X-Windows
3 1 (2.08%) EDI
3 1 (2.08%) IDoc
3 1 (2.08%) RESTful
3 1 (2.08%) STL
Miscellaneous
1 13 (27.08%) Data Centre
2 8 (16.67%) Hybrid Cloud
3 7 (14.58%) Public Cloud
4 6 (12.50%) Private Cloud
5 2 (4.17%) CCTV
5 2 (4.17%) Learning Management System
5 2 (4.17%) Linux Command Line
5 2 (4.17%) Replication
5 2 (4.17%) Virtual Team
6 1 (2.08%) Cloud Native
6 1 (2.08%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (2.08%) Enterprise Storage
6 1 (2.08%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (2.08%) Management Information System
6 1 (2.08%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 22 (45.83%) Windows
2 13 (27.08%) Linux
3 10 (20.83%) Windows Server
4 8 (16.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 8 (16.67%) Ubuntu
5 4 (8.33%) CentOS
5 4 (8.33%) Debian
5 4 (8.33%) Fedora
5 4 (8.33%) NetWare
5 4 (8.33%) Solaris
5 4 (8.33%) Unix
5 4 (8.33%) Windows Server 2019
6 3 (6.25%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (4.17%) OpenVMS
7 2 (4.17%) Oracle Linux
7 2 (4.17%) Windows 10
8 1 (2.08%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (2.08%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (31.25%) DevOps
2 13 (27.08%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (27.08%) Migration
3 12 (25.00%) Configuration Management
3 12 (25.00%) Unit Testing
4 11 (22.92%) High Availability
4 11 (22.92%) Infrastructure as Code
5 9 (18.75%) Disaster Recovery
6 6 (12.50%) Analytics
6 6 (12.50%) Coaching
6 6 (12.50%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 6 (12.50%) Mentoring
6 6 (12.50%) Network Virtualisation
6 6 (12.50%) Open Source
6 6 (12.50%) Technical Leadership
7 5 (10.42%) Data Modelling
8 4 (8.33%) Content Management
8 4 (8.33%) Network Management
8 4 (8.33%) Runbook
9 3 (6.25%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 15 (31.25%) PowerShell
2 14 (29.17%) SQL
3 7 (14.58%) Python
4 2 (4.17%) ABAP
4 2 (4.17%) AWK
4 2 (4.17%) Bash Shell
4 2 (4.17%) Fortran
4 2 (4.17%) Java
4 2 (4.17%) JavaScript
4 2 (4.17%) Jython
4 2 (4.17%) Perl
4 2 (4.17%) sed
4 2 (4.17%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
5 1 (2.08%) C
5 1 (2.08%) C++
5 1 (2.08%) DCL
5 1 (2.08%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 15 (31.25%) Security Cleared
2 14 (29.17%) SC Cleared
3 8 (16.67%) DV Cleared
4 3 (6.25%) AWS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.08%) SLA
System Software
1 9 (18.75%) Active Directory
2 6 (12.50%) Virtual Machines
2 6 (12.50%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (4.17%) NFS
4 1 (2.08%) Docker
4 1 (2.08%) vCloud
4 1 (2.08%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (2.08%) VMware NSX
4 1 (2.08%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 16 (33.33%) Terraform
2 15 (31.25%) Ansible
3 3 (6.25%) Single Sign-On
4 2 (4.17%) Cisco CUCM
4 2 (4.17%) Data Guard
4 2 (4.17%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (4.17%) Oracle ZFS
4 2 (4.17%) Puppet
5 1 (2.08%) Kubernetes
5 1 (2.08%) Microsoft Intune
5 1 (2.08%) SCCM
5 1 (2.08%) SCOM
5 1 (2.08%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 23 (47.92%) Microsoft
2 10 (20.83%) Cisco
2 10 (20.83%) VMware
3 4 (8.33%) 3PAR
3 4 (8.33%) Avaya
3 4 (8.33%) Blue Coat
3 4 (8.33%) F5
3 4 (8.33%) Foundstone
3 4 (8.33%) Juniper
3 4 (8.33%) Novell
3 4 (8.33%) Red Hat
3 4 (8.33%) SAP
3 4 (8.33%) Veeam
4 3 (6.25%) Oracle
5 2 (4.17%) Aruba
5 2 (4.17%) Informatica
5 2 (4.17%) NetApp
5 2 (4.17%) Okta
5 2 (4.17%) Siebel
5 2 (4.17%) Workday