The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for VMS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited VMS over the 3 months to 28 June 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
England / West Midlands
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 119 141 112
Rank change year-on-year +22 -29  
Contract jobs citing VMS 2 5 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.096% 0.17% 0.21%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.51% 0.84% 1.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 3 3
Median daily rate £365 £450 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -18.88% +12.50%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £423 £425 £450
% change year-on-year -0.58% -5.55%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £32.50 -

VMS is in the operating system skills category. The next 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 operating system skills.

Contract Operating System Skills
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 396 595 404
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 19.06% 19.79% 17.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 240 316 224
Median daily rate £375 £375 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +11.94%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £135 £125 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £496 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year +3.44% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 49 62
Median hourly rate £14.00 £13.50 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.70% -12.90%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £10.46
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.00 £36.50 £26.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year -11.42% +6.06%  

VMS
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands citing VMS as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Operating Systems category.

Job vacancy trend for VMS in the West Midlands

VMS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing VMS in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for VMS in the West Midlands

VMS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing VMS in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for VMS in the West Midlands

VMS
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 VMS within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 28 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Shropshire +15 2 £365 -
VMS
England

For the 6 months to 28 June 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for VMS.

1 2 (100.00%) Windows
1 2 (100.00%) VPN
1 2 (100.00%) DNS
1 2 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 2 (100.00%) Active Directory
1 2 (100.00%) Symantec
1 2 (100.00%) Migration
1 2 (100.00%) Test Scripting
1 2 (100.00%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (100.00%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (100.00%) SaaS
1 2 (100.00%) PaaS
1 2 (100.00%) Puppet
1 2 (100.00%) IaaS
1 2 (100.00%) Opscode Chef
1 2 (100.00%) Ansible
1 2 (100.00%) DevOps
1 2 (100.00%) Azure Active Directory

VMS
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:

Cloud Services
1 2 (100.00%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (100.00%) Azure Active Directory
1 2 (100.00%) IaaS
1 2 (100.00%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (100.00%) PaaS
1 2 (100.00%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (100.00%) DNS
1 2 (100.00%) VPN
Job Titles
1 2 (100.00%) Azure Engineer
1 2 (100.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
1 2 (100.00%) Microsoft Engineer
Operating Systems
1 2 (100.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (100.00%) DevOps
1 2 (100.00%) Migration
1 2 (100.00%) Test Scripting
System Software
1 2 (100.00%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (100.00%) Ansible
1 2 (100.00%) Opscode Chef
1 2 (100.00%) Puppet
Vendors
1 2 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 2 (100.00%) Symantec