Period
to 24 January 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for VMS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited VMS over the 6 months to 24 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

VMS
UK
6 months to
24 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 683 862 967
Rank change year-on-year +179 +105 +76
Permanent jobs citing VMS 85 171 167
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.13% 0.14% 0.11%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.65% 0.61% 0.47%
Number of salaries quoted 78 141 130
Median annual salary £60,000 £59,000 £57,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.69% +2.61% -1.75%
10th Percentile £26,575 £31,250 £35,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £73,750 £92,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,000 £45,000 £43,500
% change year-on-year -6.67% +3.45% -3.33%

VMS is in the Operating Systems category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills.

All Operating Systems
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 13,034 28,160 35,288
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.50% 22.40% 23.25%
Number of salaries quoted 10,653 22,865 28,685
Median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.11% -5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £25,000 £25,750
90th Percentile £80,000 £80,000 £78,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £41,250 £42,000
% change year-on-year +9.09% -1.79% +5.00%

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
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing VMS.

Salary trend for VMS in the UK

VMS
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing VMS over the 6 months to 24 January 2021.

Salary histogram for VMS in the UK

VMS
Top 12 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing VMS within the UK over the 6 months to 24 January 2021. 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +181 74 £62,500 +5.93% 24
London +173 44 £80,000 +18.52% 8
UK excluding London +167 34 £42,000 -6.67% 19
Work from Home -47 23 £65,000 +52.94% 4
South East +114 10 £30,000 -49.15% 9
North of England +69 7 £36,000 -44.62% 3
Scotland +34 7 £46,000 +48.39% 3
South West +70 6 £52,500 -12.50% 3
Yorkshire - 5 £36,000 - 2
North West +56 2 £25,000 -61.54% 1
Wales +43 2 £25,000 -
East of England - 2 £72,500 -

For the 6 months to 24 January 2021, IT 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 permanent job ads with a requirement for VMS.

1 39 (45.88%) Active Directory
2 37 (43.53%) Windows
2 37 (43.53%) Azure
3 35 (41.18%) Linux
4 31 (36.47%) Microsoft
5 27 (31.76%) DevOps
6 23 (27.06%) Docker
6 23 (27.06%) Agile Software Development
7 22 (25.88%) Kubernetes
8 20 (23.53%) Windows Server
9 19 (22.35%) Oracle
10 18 (21.18%) VMware
11 17 (20.00%) Azure Active Directory
11 17 (20.00%) IaaS
12 16 (18.82%) SQL
12 16 (18.82%) JIRA
13 15 (17.65%) JavaScript
13 15 (17.65%) DNS
13 15 (17.65%) Red Hat
13 15 (17.65%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 14 (16.47%) Vagrant
14 14 (16.47%) Python
14 14 (16.47%) PowerShell
14 14 (16.47%) AWS
14 14 (16.47%) Test Automation
14 14 (16.47%) Open Source
14 14 (16.47%) Confluence
15 13 (15.29%) VMware ESXi
15 13 (15.29%) Continuous Integration
15 13 (15.29%) Degree

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 14 (16.47%) Confluence
2 8 (9.41%) SharePoint
3 5 (5.88%) IIS
4 3 (3.53%) Apache
4 3 (3.53%) MS Exchange
4 3 (3.53%) Tomcat
5 2 (2.35%) Cloud Foundry
6 1 (1.18%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (1.18%) Red Hat Fuse
Applications
1 1 (1.18%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (2.35%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (1.18%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 37 (43.53%) Azure
2 17 (20.00%) Azure Active Directory
2 17 (20.00%) IaaS
3 14 (16.47%) AWS
4 12 (14.12%) Office 365
5 11 (12.94%) Amazon S3
5 11 (12.94%) PaaS
6 10 (11.76%) SaaS
7 9 (10.59%) Amazon EC2
8 8 (9.41%) Route 53
9 7 (8.24%) Amazon ELB
10 4 (4.71%) GitHub
11 3 (3.53%) Cloud Computing
11 3 (3.53%) Power Platform
12 2 (2.35%) AWS CloudFormation
12 2 (2.35%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 2 (2.35%) OneDrive
13 1 (1.18%) AWS Lambda
13 1 (1.18%) Mimecast
13 1 (1.18%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 15 (17.65%) DNS
2 9 (10.59%) Firewall
2 9 (10.59%) VPN
3 7 (8.24%) SAN
4 6 (7.06%) DHCP
5 5 (5.88%) iSCSI
5 5 (5.88%) SSL
6 4 (4.71%) LAN
6 4 (4.71%) Remote Desktop
6 4 (4.71%) TCP/IP
7 3 (3.53%) FTP
7 3 (3.53%) NAS
7 3 (3.53%) VSAN
7 3 (3.53%) WAN
8 2 (2.35%) Fibre Channel
8 2 (2.35%) Internet
8 2 (2.35%) Network Security
8 2 (2.35%) SMTP
8 2 (2.35%) SNMP
8 2 (2.35%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (12.94%) Amazon RDS
1 11 (12.94%) SQL Server
2 10 (11.76%) NoSQL
3 9 (10.59%) PostgreSQL
4 6 (7.06%) Relational Database
5 5 (5.88%) Azure SQL Database
5 5 (5.88%) KDB
5 5 (5.88%) Kdb+
6 3 (3.53%) Cosmos DB
6 3 (3.53%) InfluxDB
6 3 (3.53%) Power BI
6 3 (3.53%) Redis
6 3 (3.53%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 2 (2.35%) Big Data
8 1 (1.18%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 1 (1.18%) MongoDB
8 1 (1.18%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 16 (18.82%) JIRA
2 14 (16.47%) Vagrant
3 10 (11.76%) Jenkins
4 8 (9.41%) Git (software)
5 7 (8.24%) JUnit
5 7 (8.24%) Mockito
5 7 (8.24%) Visual Studio
6 4 (4.71%) GitLab
7 3 (3.53%) Selenium
8 2 (2.35%) Sonatype Nexus
8 2 (2.35%) Team Foundation Server
8 2 (2.35%) Visual Studio Team System
9 1 (1.18%) Bitbucket
9 1 (1.18%) CircleCI
9 1 (1.18%) NUnit
9 1 (1.18%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 11 (12.94%) Finance
2 2 (2.35%) Public Sector
3 1 (1.18%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 15 (17.65%) DevOps Engineer
2 12 (14.12%) Azure Engineer
2 12 (14.12%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 11 (12.94%) Developer
4 10 (11.76%) Architect
5 9 (10.59%) Consultant
6 7 (8.24%) Java Developer
6 7 (8.24%) SC Cleared Java Developer
6 7 (8.24%) Solutions Architect
7 6 (7.06%) Azure DevOps Engineer
7 6 (7.06%) Cloud Architect
7 6 (7.06%) Server Engineer
8 5 (5.88%) Azure Architect
8 5 (5.88%) Azure Infrastructure Engineer
8 5 (5.88%) Data Engineer
8 5 (5.88%) Support Engineer
9 4 (4.71%) AWS Engineer
9 4 (4.71%) C# Architect
9 4 (4.71%) Cloud Solutions Architect
9 4 (4.71%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (11.76%) .NET
2 9 (10.59%) RESTful
3 7 (8.24%) Apache Camel
3 7 (8.24%) CSS
3 7 (8.24%) Drools
3 7 (8.24%) HTML
3 7 (8.24%) HTML5
3 7 (8.24%) JAX-RS
3 7 (8.24%) JMS
3 7 (8.24%) Node.js
3 7 (8.24%) React
3 7 (8.24%) REST
3 7 (8.24%) Spring
3 7 (8.24%) Spring Integration
3 7 (8.24%) WireMock
4 5 (5.88%) Dask
4 5 (5.88%) RabbitMQ
5 4 (4.71%) LDAP
6 3 (3.53%) ActiveMQ
6 3 (3.53%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 12 (14.12%) Data Centre
2 10 (11.76%) Public Cloud
3 9 (10.59%) Social Media
4 6 (7.06%) EMC VNX
5 5 (5.88%) Blog
6 4 (4.71%) Analytical Skills
6 4 (4.71%) Linux Command Line
6 4 (4.71%) NHS
6 4 (4.71%) PMI
7 3 (3.53%) Device Driver
7 3 (3.53%) Enterprise Storage
7 3 (3.53%) Hybrid Cloud
7 3 (3.53%) PKI
7 3 (3.53%) Self-Motivation
7 3 (3.53%) Spread Betting
8 2 (2.35%) AS400
8 2 (2.35%) Internet of Things
8 2 (2.35%) Management Information System
8 2 (2.35%) User Experience
9 1 (1.18%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 37 (43.53%) Windows
2 35 (41.18%) Linux
3 20 (23.53%) Windows Server
4 9 (10.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 8 (9.41%) Oracle Linux
5 8 (9.41%) Unix
6 6 (7.06%) Debian
7 5 (5.88%) Windows 10
8 4 (4.71%) CentOS
8 4 (4.71%) Windows Server 2008
8 4 (4.71%) Windows Server 2012
9 3 (3.53%) Android
9 3 (3.53%) Apple iOS
9 3 (3.53%) Ubuntu
10 2 (2.35%) AIX
10 2 (2.35%) HPUX
10 2 (2.35%) Solaris
10 2 (2.35%) Windows Server 2016
10 2 (2.35%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (31.76%) DevOps
2 23 (27.06%) Agile Software Development
3 15 (17.65%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 14 (16.47%) Open Source
4 14 (16.47%) Test Automation
5 13 (15.29%) Continuous Integration
6 11 (12.94%) TDD
7 10 (11.76%) Dependency Injection
7 10 (11.76%) Microservices
7 10 (11.76%) Software Engineering
8 9 (10.59%) Performance Monitoring
9 8 (9.41%) Configuration Management
9 8 (9.41%) Customer Requirements
9 8 (9.41%) Disaster Recovery
9 8 (9.41%) Migration
9 8 (9.41%) Technical Leadership
10 7 (8.24%) Enterprise Architecture
10 7 (8.24%) MVC
10 7 (8.24%) Pair Programming
10 7 (8.24%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 16 (18.82%) SQL
2 15 (17.65%) JavaScript
3 14 (16.47%) PowerShell
3 14 (16.47%) Python
4 10 (11.76%) Bash Shell
4 10 (11.76%) C#
4 10 (11.76%) Java
5 7 (8.24%) Java 8
6 6 (7.06%) Perl
7 3 (3.53%) AWK
7 3 (3.53%) C
7 3 (3.53%) sed
8 2 (2.35%) C++
8 2 (2.35%) Shell Script
9 1 (1.18%) Go
9 1 (1.18%) Rust
9 1 (1.18%) VB
Qualifications
1 13 (15.29%) Degree
2 12 (14.12%) SC Cleared
2 12 (14.12%) Security Cleared
3 4 (4.71%) PMI Certification
4 3 (3.53%) RHCE
4 3 (3.53%) RHCSA
5 2 (2.35%) Cisco Certification
5 2 (2.35%) Master's Degree
5 2 (2.35%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (1.18%) AWS Certification
6 1 (1.18%) CISSP
6 1 (1.18%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (10.59%) SLA
2 2 (2.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.18%) QA
System Software
1 39 (45.88%) Active Directory
2 23 (27.06%) Docker
3 13 (15.29%) VMware ESXi
4 11 (12.94%) VMware Infrastructure
5 8 (9.41%) Hyper-V
5 8 (9.41%) Virtual Machines
6 7 (8.24%) Virtual Desktop
6 7 (8.24%) vSphere
7 6 (7.06%) Firmware
8 5 (5.88%) NFS
9 3 (3.53%) OCFS2
9 3 (3.53%) Oracle RAC
9 3 (3.53%) Postfix
9 3 (3.53%) qmail
9 3 (3.53%) Samba
9 3 (3.53%) Sendmail
9 3 (3.53%) Veritas Cluster Server
9 3 (3.53%) Veritas Volume Manager
9 3 (3.53%) Xen
9 3 (3.53%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 22 (25.88%) Kubernetes
2 12 (14.12%) Terraform
3 6 (7.06%) BladeLogic
3 6 (7.06%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
3 6 (7.06%) Microsoft Intune
3 6 (7.06%) Nagios
3 6 (7.06%) SCOM
4 5 (5.88%) Ansible
5 4 (4.71%) Backup Exec
5 4 (4.71%) Rancher
6 3 (3.53%) Docker Swarm
6 3 (3.53%) Failover Clustering
6 3 (3.53%) Grafana
6 3 (3.53%) Graylog
6 3 (3.53%) Prometheus
6 3 (3.53%) Puppet
6 3 (3.53%) SELinux
6 3 (3.53%) vCenter Server
6 3 (3.53%) vRealize
7 2 (2.35%) systemd
Vendors
1 31 (36.47%) Microsoft
2 19 (22.35%) Oracle
3 18 (21.18%) VMware
4 15 (17.65%) Red Hat
5 9 (10.59%) Dell
5 9 (10.59%) Veeam
6 6 (7.06%) 3PAR
6 6 (7.06%) Blue Coat
6 6 (7.06%) BMC
6 6 (7.06%) EMC
7 5 (5.88%) Cisco
7 5 (5.88%) Sybase
8 4 (4.71%) Citrix
8 4 (4.71%) HP
9 3 (3.53%) BeyondTrust
9 3 (3.53%) Xamarin
10 2 (2.35%) SolarWinds
11 1 (1.18%) Meraki
11 1 (1.18%) Symantec
11 1 (1.18%) Wyse