Period
to 26 May 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for Virtual Machines skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Virtual Machines over the 6 months to 26 May 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.

Virtual Machine (VM)
England > West Midlands
6 months to
26 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 104 159 172
Rank change year-on-year +55 +13 -18
Contract jobs citing Virtual Machines 21 26 20
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.00% 0.56% 0.41%
As % of the System Software category 6.31% 3.74% 3.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 18 15
Median daily rate £450 £450 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -10.00% +11.11%
10th Percentile £288 £334 £311
90th Percentile £538 £491 £659
England median daily rate £471 £499 £475
% change year-on-year -5.61% +5.00% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £77.50
England median hourly rate £22.50 £36.67 £47.67
% change year-on-year -38.64% -23.07% +163.34%

Virtual Machines is in the System Software category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for system software skills.

All System Software Skills
West Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 333 696 568
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 15.87% 15.12% 11.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 183 424 313
Median daily rate £425 £425 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.59% +1.94%
10th Percentile £135 £193 £157
90th Percentile £584 £550 £562
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 27 80
Median hourly rate £17.00 £15.00 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.33% +3.45% -1.69%
10th Percentile £11.55 £10.70 £10.18
90th Percentile £35.00 £20.85 £27.25
Median hourly rate £18.50 £16.75 £16.22
% change year-on-year +10.45% +3.30% +1.34%

Virtual Machines
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing Virtual Machines as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for Virtual Machines in the West Midlands

Virtual Machines
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Virtual Machines in the West Midlands.

Daily rate trend for Virtual Machines in the West Midlands

Virtual Machines
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Virtual Machines in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 26 May 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Virtual Machines in the West Midlands

Virtual Machines
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Virtual Machines in the West Midlands.

Hourly rate trend for Virtual Machines in the West Midlands

Virtual Machines
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Virtual Machines within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 26 May 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
Birmingham +26 9 £400 -1.54%
Coventry +21 5 £500 +11.11% 1
Herefordshire -7 3 £450 +5.88%
Shropshire +45 1 £500 - 2
Wolverhampton -1 1 - -
Staffordshire - 1 £275 -
Worcestershire - 1 £335 -
Virtual Machines
England

For the 6 months to 26 May 2020, IT contractor jobs citing Virtual Machines 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Virtual Machines.

1 14 (66.67%) Windows
2 12 (57.14%) Azure
3 10 (47.62%) Linux
4 9 (42.86%) Security Cleared
5 8 (38.10%) Microsoft
6 7 (33.33%) SQL
6 7 (33.33%) Windows Server
7 6 (28.57%) SC Cleared
7 6 (28.57%) AWS
8 5 (23.81%) PaaS
8 5 (23.81%) SCCM
8 5 (23.81%) SQL Server
8 5 (23.81%) Active Directory
8 5 (23.81%) Microsoft App-V
8 5 (23.81%) Operational Acceptance Testing
8 5 (23.81%) Defect Management
8 5 (23.81%) Analytics
8 5 (23.81%) Resilience Testing
8 5 (23.81%) User Experience
9 4 (19.05%) Windows 10
9 4 (19.05%) DevOps
9 4 (19.05%) Data Centre
9 4 (19.05%) Application Virtualisation
9 4 (19.05%) Virtual Desktop
9 4 (19.05%) Microsoft Clustering
9 4 (19.05%) Serverless
9 4 (19.05%) Infrastructure as Code
9 4 (19.05%) Public Sector
9 4 (19.05%) Agile Software Development
9 4 (19.05%) VMware

Virtual Machines
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 3 (14.29%) SharePoint
2 1 (4.76%) CMS
2 1 (4.76%) Confluence
2 1 (4.76%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 3 (14.29%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 12 (57.14%) Azure
2 6 (28.57%) AWS
3 5 (23.81%) PaaS
4 4 (19.05%) Serverless
5 3 (14.29%) Azure Functions
5 3 (14.29%) GitHub
5 3 (14.29%) Google Analytics
5 3 (14.29%) Office 365
5 3 (14.29%) Slack
6 2 (9.52%) IaaS
6 2 (9.52%) Power Platform
7 1 (4.76%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (4.76%) Amazon EKS
7 1 (4.76%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (4.76%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 4 (19.05%) Network Security
2 3 (14.29%) DHCP
2 3 (14.29%) DNS
3 2 (9.52%) Firewall
4 1 (4.76%) Connectrix
4 1 (4.76%) DMZ
4 1 (4.76%) Internet
4 1 (4.76%) LAN
4 1 (4.76%) Reverse Proxy
4 1 (4.76%) SAN
4 1 (4.76%) SMS
4 1 (4.76%) VPN
4 1 (4.76%) WAN
4 1 (4.76%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (23.81%) SQL Server
2 4 (19.05%) Azure SQL Database
3 3 (14.29%) Cosmos DB
4 2 (9.52%) Amazon RDS
4 2 (9.52%) Microsoft Analysis Services
4 2 (9.52%) Oracle Database
4 2 (9.52%) Power BI
4 2 (9.52%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (9.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 2 (9.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (4.76%) Amazon Aurora
5 1 (4.76%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (4.76%) MaxDB
5 1 (4.76%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (4.76%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 3 (14.29%) Git (software)
2 2 (9.52%) Visual Studio
3 1 (4.76%) InstallShield
3 1 (4.76%) JIRA
3 1 (4.76%) MSI
3 1 (4.76%) Zephyr
General
1 4 (19.05%) Public Sector
2 3 (14.29%) Finance
3 1 (4.76%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 4 (19.05%) Analyst
1 4 (19.05%) OAT Analyst
2 3 (14.29%) 3rd Line Engineer
2 3 (14.29%) DV Cleared Software Engineer
2 3 (14.29%) Infrastructure Tester
2 3 (14.29%) OAT Tester
2 3 (14.29%) Software Engineer
2 3 (14.29%) Tester
3 2 (9.52%) Azure DevOps
3 2 (9.52%) Business Intelligence Developer
3 2 (9.52%) Developer
3 2 (9.52%) Infrastructure Analyst
3 2 (9.52%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
3 2 (9.52%) OAT Test Analyst
3 2 (9.52%) Power BI Developer
3 2 (9.52%) Senior Analyst
4 1 (4.76%) IT Support Engineer
4 1 (4.76%) Security Architect
4 1 (4.76%) Storage Specialist
4 1 (4.76%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (14.29%) YAML
2 2 (9.52%) CSS
2 2 (9.52%) HTML
2 2 (9.52%) HTML5
3 1 (4.76%) .NET
3 1 (4.76%) .NET Core
3 1 (4.76%) .NET Framework
3 1 (4.76%) RESTful
3 1 (4.76%) SOAP
3 1 (4.76%) Web Services
3 1 (4.76%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (23.81%) User Experience
2 4 (19.05%) Clustering
2 4 (19.05%) Data Centre
3 2 (9.52%) Management Information System
4 1 (4.76%) CCTV
4 1 (4.76%) EMC VMAX
Operating Systems
1 14 (66.67%) Windows
2 10 (47.62%) Linux
3 7 (33.33%) Windows Server
4 4 (19.05%) Windows 10
5 3 (14.29%) Windows Server 2012
5 3 (14.29%) Windows Server 2016
6 2 (9.52%) Windows 7
7 1 (4.76%) AIX
7 1 (4.76%) CentOS
7 1 (4.76%) HPUX
7 1 (4.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (4.76%) Solaris
7 1 (4.76%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (23.81%) Analytics
1 5 (23.81%) Defect Management
1 5 (23.81%) Operational Acceptance Testing
1 5 (23.81%) Resilience Testing
2 4 (19.05%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (19.05%) Application Virtualisation
2 4 (19.05%) DevOps
2 4 (19.05%) Infrastructure as Code
2 4 (19.05%) ITIL
3 3 (14.29%) Data Protection
3 3 (14.29%) ITSM
3 3 (14.29%) Software Engineering
3 3 (14.29%) Webhook
4 2 (9.52%) Business Intelligence
4 2 (9.52%) Change Management
4 2 (9.52%) Disaster Recovery
4 2 (9.52%) GAP Analysis
4 2 (9.52%) Migration
4 2 (9.52%) Project Delivery
4 2 (9.52%) Runbook
Programming Languages
1 7 (33.33%) SQL
2 2 (9.52%) C#
2 2 (9.52%) Java
2 2 (9.52%) JavaScript
2 2 (9.52%) PowerShell
2 2 (9.52%) Python
2 2 (9.52%) R
2 2 (9.52%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 9 (42.86%) Security Cleared
2 6 (28.57%) SC Cleared
3 3 (14.29%) DV Cleared
4 2 (9.52%) Degree
5 1 (4.76%) AWS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (9.52%) Data Quality
System Software
1 5 (23.81%) Active Directory
1 5 (23.81%) Microsoft App-V
2 4 (19.05%) Hyper-V
2 4 (19.05%) Virtual Desktop
2 4 (19.05%) VMware ESXi
2 4 (19.05%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (14.29%) DFS Replication
4 1 (4.76%) BitLocker
4 1 (4.76%) SRDF
4 1 (4.76%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 5 (23.81%) SCCM
2 4 (19.05%) Microsoft Clustering
3 3 (14.29%) Failover Clustering
3 3 (14.29%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
3 3 (14.29%) SCDPM
3 3 (14.29%) SCOM
3 3 (14.29%) SCSM
3 3 (14.29%) SCVMM
3 3 (14.29%) WSUS
4 1 (4.76%) Data Guard
4 1 (4.76%) EMC NetWorker
4 1 (4.76%) EMC TimeFinder
4 1 (4.76%) Grafana
4 1 (4.76%) Kubernetes
4 1 (4.76%) Microsoft Intune
4 1 (4.76%) Terraform
4 1 (4.76%) WMI
4 1 (4.76%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 8 (38.10%) Microsoft
2 4 (19.05%) VMware
3 3 (14.29%) ArcSight
3 3 (14.29%) Dell
3 3 (14.29%) Google
3 3 (14.29%) Oracle
4 2 (9.52%) EMC
4 2 (9.52%) Red Hat
5 1 (4.76%) 3PAR
5 1 (4.76%) Brocade
5 1 (4.76%) HP
5 1 (4.76%) IBM
5 1 (4.76%) McAfee
5 1 (4.76%) SolarWinds
5 1 (4.76%) Sun
5 1 (4.76%) T-Plan
5 1 (4.76%) Veeam