Period
to 15 June 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 15 June 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

VMS
UK
6 months to
15 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 814 770 1007
Rank change year-on-year -44 +237 -30
Permanent jobs citing VMS 135 92 99
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.13% 0.11% 0.069%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.73% 0.52% 0.30%
Number of salaries quoted 105 51 79
10th Percentile £34,000 £30,500 £26,250
25th Percentile £42,000 £41,875 £35,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £65,000 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year -15.38% +44.44% -30.77%
75th Percentile £70,000 £67,500 £55,000
90th Percentile £81,500 £75,000 £71,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,500 £60,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year -17.50% +50.00% -10.51%

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 18,536 17,651 32,960
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.36% 21.06% 22.94%
Number of salaries quoted 14,089 14,469 26,483
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,500 £25,750
25th Percentile £36,250 £35,000 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £48,500 £47,500
Median % change year-on-year +3.09% +2.11% +3.26%
75th Percentile £67,500 £65,000 £65,000
90th Percentile £85,000 £80,000 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £43,000 £42,314
% change year-on-year +4.65% +1.62% +5.78%

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 15 June 2021.

Salary histogram for VMS in the UK

VMS
Top 15 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 15 June 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 -37 111 £58,750 -9.62% 32
UK excluding London -22 83 £49,500 -17.50% 21
London -30 44 £70,000 +5.66% 11
South East +11 33 £60,000 -7.69% 11
North of England -23 25 £49,500 -23.85% 4
Work from Home -192 25 £60,000 +90.48% 8
Yorkshire -24 16 £44,750 +19.33% 1
Scotland -29 11 £42,000 +35.48%
North West -24 8 £60,000 -7.69% 3
Wales - 5 £25,000 -
East of England -7 4 £57,500 - 1
South West -63 3 £52,500 -12.50% 4
West Midlands -37 2 £57,500 -4.17% 1
Midlands -41 2 £57,500 +9.52% 1
North East -13 1 £45,000 +45.16%

For the 6 months to 15 June 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 88 (65.19%) Azure
2 68 (50.37%) Active Directory
3 63 (46.67%) Windows
4 62 (45.93%) DevOps
5 58 (42.96%) Linux
6 49 (36.30%) Microsoft
6 49 (36.30%) Windows Server
7 42 (31.11%) VMware
8 35 (25.93%) Agile Software Development
9 34 (25.19%) SQL
10 30 (22.22%) AWS
10 30 (22.22%) Kubernetes
11 29 (21.48%) .NET
12 28 (20.74%) Firewall
12 28 (20.74%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 26 (19.26%) IaaS
13 26 (19.26%) Cybersecurity
13 26 (19.26%) SaaS
14 25 (18.52%) Red Hat
15 24 (17.78%) Oracle
15 24 (17.78%) PowerShell
15 24 (17.78%) Docker
15 24 (17.78%) Mentoring
16 23 (17.04%) Azure Active Directory
16 23 (17.04%) VMware ESXi
16 23 (17.04%) C#
16 23 (17.04%) DNS
17 22 (16.30%) Terraform
17 22 (16.30%) Social Skills
18 21 (15.56%) Finance

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 (10.37%) SharePoint
2 9 (6.67%) Cloud Foundry
3 8 (5.93%) IIS
4 6 (4.44%) Confluence
5 4 (2.96%) MS Exchange
6 2 (1.48%) Apache
6 2 (1.48%) nginx
6 2 (1.48%) OpenStack
6 2 (1.48%) Red Hat Fuse
6 2 (1.48%) SAS
6 2 (1.48%) Tomcat
6 2 (1.48%) WordPress
Applications
1 5 (3.70%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.74%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 3 (2.22%) Sentinel
2 2 (1.48%) FastStats
2 2 (1.48%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 88 (65.19%) Azure
2 30 (22.22%) AWS
3 26 (19.26%) IaaS
3 26 (19.26%) SaaS
4 23 (17.04%) Azure Active Directory
5 20 (14.81%) Microsoft 365
6 19 (14.07%) Azure Storage
6 19 (14.07%) PaaS
7 12 (8.89%) Azure Service Bus
7 12 (8.89%) Cloud Computing
8 10 (7.41%) Amazon S3
8 10 (7.41%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 10 (7.41%) GCP
9 9 (6.67%) Amazon EC2
9 9 (6.67%) Azure App Service
9 9 (6.67%) GitHub
9 9 (6.67%) Route 53
10 8 (5.93%) Amazon ELB
10 8 (5.93%) Serverless
11 5 (3.70%) Datadog
Communications & Networking
1 28 (20.74%) Firewall
2 23 (17.04%) DNS
3 18 (13.33%) VPN
4 13 (9.63%) Network Security
4 13 (9.63%) TCP/IP
5 11 (8.15%) WAN
6 10 (7.41%) LAN
7 5 (3.70%) DHCP
7 5 (3.70%) SMTP
8 4 (2.96%) Cisco ISE
8 4 (2.96%) Remote Desktop
8 4 (2.96%) SAN
8 4 (2.96%) VLAN
9 3 (2.22%) SSL
9 3 (2.22%) VoIP
10 2 (1.48%) Cisco ASA
10 2 (1.48%) Cisco IOS
10 2 (1.48%) Internet
10 2 (1.48%) IP Telephony
10 2 (1.48%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (14.07%) SQL Server
2 11 (8.15%) Amazon RDS
3 10 (7.41%) Big Data
4 8 (5.93%) Azure SQL Database
5 7 (5.19%) MySQL
5 7 (5.19%) NoSQL
6 5 (3.70%) Redis
7 3 (2.22%) MongoDB
7 3 (2.22%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (1.48%) InfluxDB
8 2 (1.48%) SQL Server 2012
8 2 (1.48%) SQL Server 2017
8 2 (1.48%) SQL Server 2019
9 1 (0.74%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 1 (0.74%) MariaDB
9 1 (0.74%) Power BI
9 1 (0.74%) RavenDB
9 1 (0.74%) SQL Server 2008
9 1 (0.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 20 (14.81%) Visual Studio Team System
2 18 (13.33%) Jenkins
3 17 (12.59%) JIRA
4 12 (8.89%) Git (software)
5 9 (6.67%) Team Foundation Server
6 8 (5.93%) Vagrant
7 5 (3.70%) NUnit
8 4 (2.96%) Moq
8 4 (2.96%) SonarQube
8 4 (2.96%) SpecFlow
9 3 (2.22%) GitLab
9 3 (2.22%) Visual Studio
10 2 (1.48%) Bitbucket
10 2 (1.48%) CircleCI
10 2 (1.48%) Selenium
10 2 (1.48%) Sonatype Nexus
11 1 (0.74%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 1 (0.74%) LabVIEW
11 1 (0.74%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 22 (16.30%) Social Skills
2 21 (15.56%) Finance
3 10 (7.41%) Organisational Skills
4 9 (6.67%) Analytical Skills
5 5 (3.70%) Manufacturing
6 4 (2.96%) Law
6 4 (2.96%) Legal
6 4 (2.96%) Public Sector
7 3 (2.22%) Automotive
7 3 (2.22%) Marketing
7 3 (2.22%) Telecoms
8 2 (1.48%) Presentation Skills
8 2 (1.48%) Retail
9 1 (0.74%) Back Office
9 1 (0.74%) Documentation Skills
9 1 (0.74%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 24 (17.78%) DevOps Engineer
2 22 (16.30%) Developer
3 20 (14.81%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 17 (12.59%) Azure Engineer
5 15 (11.11%) Server Engineer
6 13 (9.63%) Cloud Engineer
7 10 (7.41%) Consultant
7 10 (7.41%) Lead Developer
8 9 (6.67%) .NET Developer
8 9 (6.67%) Architect
8 9 (6.67%) Full Stack Developer
9 8 (5.93%) Administrator
9 8 (5.93%) Security Engineer
10 6 (4.44%) AWS Engineer
10 6 (4.44%) Azure Infrastructure Engineer
10 6 (4.44%) Linux Engineer
10 6 (4.44%) Professional Services Engineer
11 5 (3.70%) AWS DevOps
11 5 (3.70%) AWS DevOps Engineer
11 5 (3.70%) Azure DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (21.48%) .NET
2 18 (13.33%) .NET Core
3 15 (11.11%) RabbitMQ
3 15 (11.11%) Web Services
4 11 (8.15%) ActiveMQ
5 10 (7.41%) SOAP
6 9 (6.67%) RESTful
7 8 (5.93%) ASP.NET Web API
7 8 (5.93%) CGI
7 8 (5.93%) CSS
7 8 (5.93%) HTML
7 8 (5.93%) React
8 7 (5.19%) .NET Framework
8 7 (5.19%) ATL
8 7 (5.19%) Entity Framework
8 7 (5.19%) jQuery
8 7 (5.19%) JSF
9 5 (3.70%) Elastic Stack
10 2 (1.48%) JSON
10 2 (1.48%) LEMP Stack
Miscellaneous
1 15 (11.11%) EMC VNX
2 9 (6.67%) User Experience
3 7 (5.19%) Data Centre
4 6 (4.44%) Public Cloud
5 5 (3.70%) Replication
6 4 (2.96%) AS400
6 4 (2.96%) Linux Command Line
6 4 (2.96%) Management Information System
7 3 (2.22%) Cybercrime
8 2 (1.48%) Cloud Native
8 2 (1.48%) EFT
8 2 (1.48%) Enterprise Storage
8 2 (1.48%) Hybrid Cloud
8 2 (1.48%) Private Cloud
9 1 (0.74%) Animation
9 1 (0.74%) Cyberthreat
9 1 (0.74%) Greenfield Project
9 1 (0.74%) PMI
9 1 (0.74%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 63 (46.67%) Windows
2 58 (42.96%) Linux
3 49 (36.30%) Windows Server
4 15 (11.11%) Oracle Linux
5 11 (8.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 7 (5.19%) Windows 10
7 6 (4.44%) CentOS
7 6 (4.44%) Windows Server 2012
8 4 (2.96%) AIX
8 4 (2.96%) Debian
8 4 (2.96%) HPUX
8 4 (2.96%) Solaris
9 3 (2.22%) Windows Server 2008
10 2 (1.48%) Android
10 2 (1.48%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.74%) Apple iOS
11 1 (0.74%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 62 (45.93%) DevOps
2 35 (25.93%) Agile Software Development
3 28 (20.74%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 26 (19.26%) Cybersecurity
5 24 (17.78%) Mentoring
6 17 (12.59%) Microservices
6 17 (12.59%) Open Source
7 15 (11.11%) Infrastructure as Code
8 14 (10.37%) Analytics
8 14 (10.37%) Scrum
9 13 (9.63%) Migration
9 13 (9.63%) Test Automation
10 11 (8.15%) Configuration Management
10 11 (8.15%) Problem-Solving
10 11 (8.15%) Project Delivery
11 10 (7.41%) Deployment Automation
11 10 (7.41%) Disaster Recovery
11 10 (7.41%) Load Balancing
11 10 (7.41%) Unit Testing
12 9 (6.67%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 34 (25.19%) SQL
2 24 (17.78%) PowerShell
3 23 (17.04%) C#
4 20 (14.81%) Python
5 10 (7.41%) Bash Shell
6 8 (5.93%) JavaScript
7 7 (5.19%) PL/SQL
8 6 (4.44%) T-SQL
9 5 (3.70%) TypeScript
10 4 (2.96%) Java
10 4 (2.96%) Perl
10 4 (2.96%) PHP
11 2 (1.48%) C
11 2 (1.48%) C++
11 2 (1.48%) R
12 1 (0.74%) MATLAB
12 1 (0.74%) VB
Qualifications
1 8 (5.93%) SC Cleared
1 8 (5.93%) Security Cleared
2 6 (4.44%) CEH
2 6 (4.44%) GIAC
3 5 (3.70%) Cisco Certification
4 4 (2.96%) OSCP
5 3 (2.22%) CISSP
5 3 (2.22%) Degree
5 3 (2.22%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (0.74%) A+ Certification
6 1 (0.74%) AWS Certification
6 1 (0.74%) MCSA
6 1 (0.74%) MCSE
6 1 (0.74%) Network+ Certification
6 1 (0.74%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (9.63%) SLA
2 4 (2.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (2.22%) QA
4 1 (0.74%) NIST
4 1 (0.74%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 68 (50.37%) Active Directory
2 24 (17.78%) Docker
3 23 (17.04%) VMware ESXi
4 20 (14.81%) Virtual Machines
4 20 (14.81%) VMware Infrastructure
5 19 (14.07%) Hyper-V
6 10 (7.41%) Virtual Servers
7 7 (5.19%) vSphere
8 3 (2.22%) Firmware
9 2 (1.48%) NFS
9 2 (1.48%) Terminal Services
9 2 (1.48%) Virtual Desktop
9 2 (1.48%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 30 (22.22%) Kubernetes
2 22 (16.30%) Terraform
3 16 (11.85%) Nagios
4 15 (11.11%) BladeLogic
4 15 (11.11%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 15 (11.11%) SCOM
5 12 (8.89%) Ansible
6 8 (5.93%) WSUS
7 7 (5.19%) Prometheus
8 6 (4.44%) vCenter Server
9 4 (2.96%) Active Directory Federation Services
9 4 (2.96%) Puppet
10 3 (2.22%) Backup Exec
10 3 (2.22%) Microsoft Intune
10 3 (2.22%) ZABBIX
11 2 (1.48%) Docker Swarm
11 2 (1.48%) Grafana
11 2 (1.48%) Graylog
11 2 (1.48%) Opscode Chef
11 2 (1.48%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 49 (36.30%) Microsoft
2 42 (31.11%) VMware
3 25 (18.52%) Red Hat
4 24 (17.78%) Oracle
5 18 (13.33%) Dell
5 18 (13.33%) Veeam
6 15 (11.11%) 3PAR
6 15 (11.11%) Blue Coat
6 15 (11.11%) BMC
6 15 (11.11%) EMC
7 7 (5.19%) Cisco
8 6 (4.44%) Google
8 6 (4.44%) SolarWinds
9 5 (3.70%) Veritas
10 4 (2.96%) CrowdStrike
10 4 (2.96%) Qualys
10 4 (2.96%) Veracode
11 2 (1.48%) Apteco
11 2 (1.48%) ESET
11 2 (1.48%) Palo Alto