Period
to 22 September 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 September 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 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 729 774 820
Rank change year-on-year +45 +46 -68
Contract jobs citing VMS 123 127 86
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.12% 0.12% 0.075%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.60% 0.54% 0.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 69 74 33
UK median daily rate £450 £444 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.41% +10.94% +10.34%
10th Percentile £325 £333 £206
90th Percentile £600 £596 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £450 £400
% change year-on-year -6.67% +12.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 2 3
UK median hourly rate £26.00 £41.75 £32.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -37.72% +30.47% +106.45%
10th Percentile £25.70 £33.23 £24.30
90th Percentile £41.35 £49.28 £33.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.00 £32.50 -
% change year-on-year -20.00% - -

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 20535 23707 24854
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.81% 22.05% 21.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 12904 14951 14629
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +3.44%
10th Percentile £183 £206 £185
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1200 1267 1942
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.43
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.06% +0.46% +3.46%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £43.75 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +3.13% - +3.23%

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 September 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 September 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 September 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 +34 121 £450 +2.86% 9
UK excluding London +56 62 £420 -6.67% 4
London 0 61 £525 +20.00% 6
East of England +13 18 - - 3
Midlands +30 12 £413 -5.71%
North of England +85 11 £435 +22.19%
South East -13 11 £413 -8.44%
East Midlands - 10 £438 -
South West +19 8 £413 -2.94%
North West - 5 £475 -
North East +82 3 £350 -
Yorkshire +40 3 £420 +17.98%
West Midlands +31 2 £365 -16.57%
Scotland +20 1 - - 1
Channel Islands - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 22 September 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 44 (35.77%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (31.71%) Windows
3 38 (30.89%) Git (software)
4 37 (30.08%) Unix
5 34 (27.64%) Test Automation
5 34 (27.64%) PowerShell
6 32 (26.02%) Java
6 32 (26.02%) Migration
7 28 (22.76%) DevOps
8 27 (21.95%) Microservices
8 27 (21.95%) VMware
8 27 (21.95%) Linux
8 27 (21.95%) Amazon AWS
8 27 (21.95%) Maven
9 25 (20.33%) Java EE
9 25 (20.33%) JIRA
9 25 (20.33%) OO
9 25 (20.33%) Vagrant
10 24 (19.51%) Python
10 24 (19.51%) Microsoft Azure
10 24 (19.51%) Security Cleared
11 23 (18.70%) Data Centre
12 22 (17.89%) VMware Infrastructure
12 22 (17.89%) Confluence
13 21 (17.07%) Dependency Injection
13 21 (17.07%) Domain-Driven Design
13 21 (17.07%) RESTful
13 21 (17.07%) Drools
13 21 (17.07%) Checkstyle
13 21 (17.07%) JMS

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 22 (17.89%) Confluence
2 21 (17.07%) WildFly
3 7 (5.69%) IIS
4 5 (4.07%) OpenStack
5 3 (2.44%) Apache
5 3 (2.44%) CMS
6 2 (1.63%) nginx
7 1 (0.81%) JBoss
7 1 (0.81%) SAS
7 1 (0.81%) SharePoint
7 1 (0.81%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.81%) WebSphere
Applications
1 2 (1.63%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (0.81%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 27 (21.95%) Amazon AWS
2 24 (19.51%) Microsoft Azure
3 13 (10.57%) IaaS
4 8 (6.50%) PaaS
5 6 (4.88%) SaaS
6 5 (4.07%) Azure Active Directory
7 3 (2.44%) Amazon EC2
7 3 (2.44%) Amazon ELB
7 3 (2.44%) Amazon S3
7 3 (2.44%) Azure Data Factory
8 2 (1.63%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 12 (9.76%) Internet
2 9 (7.32%) DNS
2 9 (7.32%) Network Security
3 7 (5.69%) SAN
4 4 (3.25%) VPN
5 3 (2.44%) HTTP
5 3 (2.44%) PCoIP
5 3 (2.44%) TCP/IP
6 2 (1.63%) DHCP
6 2 (1.63%) Firewall
6 2 (1.63%) SSL
7 1 (0.81%) IPv4
7 1 (0.81%) LDAP
7 1 (0.81%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (17.07%) RDBMS
1 21 (17.07%) Relational Database
2 18 (14.63%) SQL Server
3 7 (5.69%) SQL Server 2012
4 4 (3.25%) MongoDB
5 3 (2.44%) Amazon RDS
6 2 (1.63%) MySQL
6 2 (1.63%) NoSQL
6 2 (1.63%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.81%) Data Lake
7 1 (0.81%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.81%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.81%) HDInsight
7 1 (0.81%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.81%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.81%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 38 (30.89%) Git (software)
2 27 (21.95%) Maven
3 25 (20.33%) JIRA
3 25 (20.33%) Vagrant
4 21 (17.07%) Checkstyle
4 21 (17.07%) JUnit
4 21 (17.07%) Liquibase
4 21 (17.07%) Mockito
4 21 (17.07%) SonarQube
5 14 (11.38%) Jenkins
6 7 (5.69%) IDA Disassembler
6 7 (5.69%) Metasploit
6 7 (5.69%) OllyDbg
7 6 (4.88%) Octopus Deploy
8 5 (4.07%) Subversion
9 4 (3.25%) Bitbucket
10 3 (2.44%) Mercurial
10 3 (2.44%) TeamCity
11 2 (1.63%) Ant
11 2 (1.63%) ScriptRunner
General
1 11 (8.94%) Law
2 9 (7.32%) Finance
3 5 (4.07%) Manufacturing
4 4 (3.25%) Billing
5 3 (2.44%) Banking
6 2 (1.63%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.81%) Automotive
7 1 (0.81%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.81%) Retail
Job Titles
1 30 (24.39%) Developer
2 25 (20.33%) Consultant
3 24 (19.51%) Java Developer
4 11 (8.94%) DevOps Engineer
5 10 (8.13%) DevOps Consultant
6 9 (7.32%) Analyst
6 9 (7.32%) AWS DevOps
7 8 (6.50%) Administrator
7 8 (6.50%) AWS Consultant
8 7 (5.69%) SC Cleared Java Developer
9 6 (4.88%) AWS Engineer
9 6 (4.88%) Incident Analyst
9 6 (4.88%) Malware Analyst
9 6 (4.88%) Security Consultant
9 6 (4.88%) Security Specialist
9 6 (4.88%) Virtualisation Engineer
9 6 (4.88%) Windows Engineer
10 5 (4.07%) Linux Administrator
10 5 (4.07%) Linux Engineer
10 5 (4.07%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (20.33%) Java EE
2 21 (17.07%) Drools
2 21 (17.07%) Hibernate
2 21 (17.07%) JAX-RS
2 21 (17.07%) JMS
2 21 (17.07%) Lambda Expressions
2 21 (17.07%) REST
2 21 (17.07%) RESTful
2 21 (17.07%) WireMock
3 9 (7.32%) Web Services
4 8 (6.50%) .NET
5 6 (4.88%) XML
6 4 (3.25%) HTML
6 4 (3.25%) J2EE
6 4 (3.25%) Node.js
6 4 (3.25%) Spring
7 3 (2.44%) .NET Core
7 3 (2.44%) .NET Framework
7 3 (2.44%) Express
7 3 (2.44%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 23 (18.70%) Data Centre
2 21 (17.07%) Linux Command Line
3 11 (8.94%) Computer Science
4 7 (5.69%) Cyberthreat
5 6 (4.88%) Analytical Skills
5 6 (4.88%) Greenfield Project
6 4 (3.25%) Cyber Kill Chain
7 1 (0.81%) Clustering
7 1 (0.81%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.81%) FMCG
7 1 (0.81%) Private Cloud
7 1 (0.81%) Public Cloud
7 1 (0.81%) Replication
7 1 (0.81%) SWIFT
7 1 (0.81%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 39 (31.71%) Windows
2 37 (30.08%) Unix
3 27 (21.95%) Linux
4 16 (13.01%) Windows Server
5 10 (8.13%) Windows Server 2012
6 6 (4.88%) OpenVMS
6 6 (4.88%) Solaris
7 4 (3.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 3 (2.44%) AIX
8 3 (2.44%) Kali Linux
9 2 (1.63%) CentOS
10 1 (0.81%) Debian
10 1 (0.81%) HPUX
10 1 (0.81%) Oracle Linux
10 1 (0.81%) Ubuntu
10 1 (0.81%) Windows Server 2003
10 1 (0.81%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (35.77%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (27.64%) Test Automation
3 32 (26.02%) Migration
4 28 (22.76%) DevOps
5 27 (21.95%) Microservices
6 25 (20.33%) OO
7 21 (17.07%) CQRS
7 21 (17.07%) Dependency Injection
7 21 (17.07%) Domain-Driven Design
7 21 (17.07%) OOA/OOD
8 13 (10.57%) Programme Delivery
9 11 (8.94%) Incident Management
10 10 (8.13%) Configuration Management
11 9 (7.32%) Continuous Integration
11 9 (7.32%) Open Source
12 8 (6.50%) Information Security
13 7 (5.69%) Actionable Insight
13 7 (5.69%) Malware Analysis
13 7 (5.69%) Runbook
13 7 (5.69%) Threat Analysis
Programming Languages
1 34 (27.64%) PowerShell
2 32 (26.02%) Java
3 24 (19.51%) Python
4 21 (17.07%) JPQL
5 16 (13.01%) Perl
5 16 (13.01%) SQL
6 10 (8.13%) C++
7 3 (2.44%) Assembly Language
7 3 (2.44%) Ruby
7 3 (2.44%) Shell Script
7 3 (2.44%) T-SQL
8 2 (1.63%) C
8 2 (1.63%) Groovy
8 2 (1.63%) JavaScript
8 2 (1.63%) Pascal
9 1 (0.81%) ABAP
9 1 (0.81%) DCL
9 1 (0.81%) PHP
9 1 (0.81%) SAPscript
Qualifications
1 24 (19.51%) Security Cleared
2 13 (10.57%) Degree
3 12 (9.76%) SC Cleared
4 7 (5.69%) Computer Science Degree
4 7 (5.69%) MCSE
4 7 (5.69%) Microsoft Certification
5 4 (3.25%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (1.63%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (1.63%) SAP Certification
7 1 (0.81%) (ISC)2 CCSP
7 1 (0.81%) CCIE
7 1 (0.81%) CCSP
7 1 (0.81%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.63%) SLA
2 1 (0.81%) ISO 20022
2 1 (0.81%) QA
System Software
1 22 (17.89%) VMware Infrastructure
2 19 (15.45%) Docker
3 14 (11.38%) VirtualBox
4 10 (8.13%) Virtual Machines
5 9 (7.32%) Active Directory
5 9 (7.32%) Hyper-V
5 9 (7.32%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.81%) Oracle RAC
6 1 (0.81%) Terminal Server
6 1 (0.81%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (0.81%) vSphere
6 1 (0.81%) Xen
6 1 (0.81%) XenApp
6 1 (0.81%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 19 (15.45%) Opscode Chef
2 18 (14.63%) Ansible
3 16 (13.01%) Puppet
4 9 (7.32%) Terraform
5 7 (5.69%) EnCase
6 6 (4.88%) Kubernetes
7 4 (3.25%) NetBackup
8 3 (2.44%) BMC PATROL
8 3 (2.44%) Packer
8 3 (2.44%) SCCM
9 1 (0.81%) ArcSight ESM
9 1 (0.81%) Bcfg2
9 1 (0.81%) Consul
9 1 (0.81%) FreeIPA
9 1 (0.81%) Microsoft Clustering
9 1 (0.81%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 1 (0.81%) QRadar
9 1 (0.81%) SCOM
9 1 (0.81%) vCenter Server
9 1 (0.81%) vRealize
Vendors
1 27 (21.95%) VMware
2 16 (13.01%) Microsoft
3 10 (8.13%) Citrix
4 8 (6.50%) Cisco
4 8 (6.50%) HP
4 8 (6.50%) SaltStack
5 7 (5.69%) 3PAR
6 4 (3.25%) Oracle
6 4 (3.25%) SAP
6 4 (3.25%) ServiceNow
7 3 (2.44%) Red Hat
7 3 (2.44%) Remedy
7 3 (2.44%) Splunk
7 3 (2.44%) Symantec
8 2 (1.63%) Atlassian
8 2 (1.63%) EMC
8 2 (1.63%) IBM
9 1 (0.81%) Pega
9 1 (0.81%) Qualys
9 1 (0.81%) Salesforce.com