Period
to 28 January 2022

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 28 January 2022 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

VMS
UK
6 months to
28 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 860 721 849
Rank change year-on-year -139 +128 +119
Permanent jobs citing VMS 204 86 174
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.16% 0.13% 0.14%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.85% 0.65% 0.62%
Number of salaries quoted 110 58 124
10th Percentile £30,875 £27,250 £31,250
25th Percentile £50,000 £38,000 £41,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £70,000 £52,500 £58,250
Median % change year-on-year +33.33% -9.87% +1.30%
75th Percentile £80,000 £72,500 £68,750
90th Percentile £92,125 £87,500 £73,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £41,250 £42,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year -1.79% -6.67% +3.45%

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 24,015 13,253 28,099
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.41% 20.41% 22.35%
Number of salaries quoted 16,127 10,931 22,811
10th Percentile £26,250 £27,500 £25,000
25th Percentile £35,000 £36,250 £32,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £50,000 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year - +11.11% -5.26%
75th Percentile £70,000 £65,000 £63,750
90th Percentile £85,000 £80,000 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £41,500
% change year-on-year - +8.43% -1.19%

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 28 January 2022.

Salary histogram for VMS in the UK

VMS
Top 11 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 28 January 2022. 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
Jobs
England -139 200 £70,000 +16.67% 62
UK excluding London -115 108 £41,250 -1.79% 33
London -154 89 £80,000 +1.59% 30
South East -65 56 £70,000 +143.48% 7
North of England -96 34 £37,500 - 11
Yorkshire -57 27 £37,500 - 6
Work from Home -207 23 £69,000 +10.40% 7
East Midlands - 15 £30,000 - 2
Midlands - 15 £30,000 - 7
North West -82 7 £66,500 +47.78% 5
East of England -98 3 £62,000 -14.48% 3

For the 6 months to 28 January 2022, 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.

1 144 (70.59%) Azure
2 100 (49.02%) DevOps
3 98 (48.04%) Agile Software Development
4 97 (47.55%) CI/CD
5 86 (42.16%) AWS
6 84 (41.18%) Windows
7 72 (35.29%) Microsoft
8 67 (32.84%) SQL
9 65 (31.86%) Kubernetes
10 64 (31.37%) Python
11 59 (28.92%) PowerShell
12 58 (28.43%) IaaS
12 58 (28.43%) Docker
13 57 (27.94%) C#
14 55 (26.96%) PaaS
15 49 (24.02%) Linux
16 45 (22.06%) DevSecOps
17 44 (21.57%) Virtual Machines
18 41 (20.10%) NoSQL
18 41 (20.10%) Java
19 39 (19.12%) Test Automation
19 39 (19.12%) VMware
19 39 (19.12%) Terraform
20 38 (18.63%) Jenkins
21 37 (18.14%) Open Source
21 37 (18.14%) Software Engineering
22 35 (17.16%) Big Data
23 34 (16.67%) Social Skills
24 32 (15.69%) GitHub
24 32 (15.69%) JavaScript

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 19 (9.31%) SharePoint
2 15 (7.35%) Apache
3 9 (4.41%) IIS
3 9 (4.41%) SAS
4 6 (2.94%) Elasticsearch
5 5 (2.45%) Camunda
6 2 (0.98%) BizTalk Server
6 2 (0.98%) Confluence
6 2 (0.98%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.49%) Apache Solr
7 1 (0.49%) TPMS
7 1 (0.49%) Traefik
Applications
1 5 (2.45%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.49%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (0.98%) Dynamics AX
1 2 (0.98%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (0.98%) Infor M3
1 2 (0.98%) Misys Midas
2 1 (0.49%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 144 (70.59%) Azure
2 86 (42.16%) AWS
3 58 (28.43%) IaaS
4 55 (26.96%) PaaS
5 32 (15.69%) GitHub
6 24 (11.76%) Serverless
7 20 (9.80%) Azure Monitor
7 20 (9.80%) GitHub Actions
8 19 (9.31%) SaaS
9 18 (8.82%) Azure Storage
10 17 (8.33%) Azure App Service
11 15 (7.35%) GCP
12 14 (6.86%) Azure Active Directory
12 14 (6.86%) Microsoft 365
13 12 (5.88%) Cloud Computing
14 7 (3.43%) Amazon ELB
14 7 (3.43%) Amazon S3
14 7 (3.43%) Azure Service Fabric
14 7 (3.43%) Pulumi
15 6 (2.94%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 24 (11.76%) Firewall
2 17 (8.33%) DNS
3 12 (5.88%) VPN
4 11 (5.39%) HTTP
5 10 (4.90%) SMTP
6 9 (4.41%) Cisco IOS
7 8 (3.92%) Network Security
7 8 (3.92%) TCP/IP
8 7 (3.43%) DHCP
9 5 (2.45%) Cisco ASA
9 5 (2.45%) Cisco Nexus
10 4 (1.96%) Fibre Channel
10 4 (1.96%) FTP
10 4 (1.96%) Remote Desktop
10 4 (1.96%) SSH
10 4 (1.96%) Telepresence
11 3 (1.47%) VoIP
12 2 (0.98%) BIG-IP
12 2 (0.98%) LAN
12 2 (0.98%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 41 (20.10%) NoSQL
2 35 (17.16%) Big Data
3 28 (13.73%) PostgreSQL
4 25 (12.25%) Data Lake
5 21 (10.29%) Relational Database
6 18 (8.82%) MongoDB
7 17 (8.33%) Apache Cassandra
8 15 (7.35%) Hadoop
8 15 (7.35%) HBase
9 13 (6.37%) Redis
10 10 (4.90%) SQL Server
11 8 (3.92%) Amazon RDS
12 6 (2.94%) Data Warehouse
13 5 (2.45%) Amazon DynamoDB
13 5 (2.45%) Azure SQL Database
14 4 (1.96%) MySQL
15 3 (1.47%) Amazon Aurora
15 3 (1.47%) Amazon Redshift
16 2 (0.98%) BigQuery
16 2 (0.98%) Power Query
Development Applications
1 38 (18.63%) Jenkins
2 23 (11.27%) GitLab
3 18 (8.82%) Git (software)
4 13 (6.37%) Octopus Deploy
5 11 (5.39%) JIRA
5 11 (5.39%) TeamCity
6 10 (4.90%) Vagrant
7 8 (3.92%) CircleCI
8 7 (3.43%) Moq
9 5 (2.45%) Gatling
9 5 (2.45%) Jasmine
9 5 (2.45%) Karma Test Runner
9 5 (2.45%) Mocha
9 5 (2.45%) NUnit
9 5 (2.45%) Pa11y
9 5 (2.45%) Protractor
9 5 (2.45%) Sinon.JS
9 5 (2.45%) WebDriver
10 4 (1.96%) SpecFlow
10 4 (1.96%) Subversion
General
1 34 (16.67%) Social Skills
2 26 (12.75%) Finance
3 20 (9.80%) Inclusion and Diversity
4 16 (7.84%) Aerospace
5 15 (7.35%) Analytical Skills
5 15 (7.35%) Public Sector
5 15 (7.35%) Retail
6 9 (4.41%) Manufacturing
7 5 (2.45%) Banking
7 5 (2.45%) Law
8 3 (1.47%) Automotive
8 3 (1.47%) Organisational Skills
8 3 (1.47%) Presentation Skills
8 3 (1.47%) Telecoms
9 2 (0.98%) Documentation Skills
9 2 (0.98%) Electronics
9 2 (0.98%) Legal
9 2 (0.98%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 39 (19.12%) Architect
2 36 (17.65%) DevOps Engineer
3 28 (13.73%) Developer
4 22 (10.78%) Azure Architect
5 19 (9.31%) Lead Developer
6 17 (8.33%) Security Specialist
7 16 (7.84%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 13 (6.37%) Big Data Specialist
8 13 (6.37%) Cybersecurity Specialist
9 12 (5.88%) Solutions Architect
10 11 (5.39%) Lead Architect
11 10 (4.90%) Cloud Engineer
12 9 (4.41%) Support Engineer
13 8 (3.92%) Azure Engineer
13 8 (3.92%) Senior Developer
13 8 (3.92%) Software Engineer
14 6 (2.94%) Data Architect
14 6 (2.94%) Infrastructure Support
14 6 (2.94%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
14 6 (2.94%) Microsoft Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (12.25%) GraphQL
2 23 (11.27%) .NET
3 19 (9.31%) ARM Templates
4 18 (8.82%) CSS
4 18 (8.82%) HTML
5 17 (8.33%) React
6 16 (7.84%) JSON
6 16 (7.84%) Kafka
6 16 (7.84%) Node.js
7 15 (7.35%) Apache NiFi
8 8 (3.92%) Apollo GraphQL
9 7 (3.43%) .NET Core
9 7 (3.43%) REST
9 7 (3.43%) Web Services
10 6 (2.94%) Vue.js
11 5 (2.45%) Chai
11 5 (2.45%) CSS3
11 5 (2.45%) JAX-RS
11 5 (2.45%) Sass
11 5 (2.45%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 24 (11.76%) Mobile App
2 16 (7.84%) Data Centre
3 15 (7.35%) Private Cloud
4 12 (5.88%) Social Network
5 11 (5.39%) Cloud Native
6 8 (3.92%) Management Information System
7 7 (3.43%) CCTV
8 6 (2.94%) User Experience
9 5 (2.45%) Driving Licence
9 5 (2.45%) Linux Command Line
9 5 (2.45%) Public Cloud
9 5 (2.45%) Self-Motivation
9 5 (2.45%) Video Conferencing
10 4 (1.96%) Cyber Defence
10 4 (1.96%) Cyberattack
10 4 (1.96%) Cybercrime
10 4 (1.96%) Fibre Optics
11 3 (1.47%) Animation
12 1 (0.49%) Data Protection Act
12 1 (0.49%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 84 (41.18%) Windows
2 49 (24.02%) Linux
3 25 (12.25%) Windows Server
4 12 (5.88%) Unix
5 6 (2.94%) CentOS
5 6 (2.94%) Mac OS
5 6 (2.94%) Solaris
6 4 (1.96%) Android
6 4 (1.96%) OpenVMS
7 3 (1.47%) Windows Server 2019
8 2 (0.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (0.98%) Ubuntu
8 2 (0.98%) Windows 10
9 1 (0.49%) Debian
9 1 (0.49%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.49%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 100 (49.02%) DevOps
2 98 (48.04%) Agile Software Development
3 97 (47.55%) CI/CD
4 45 (22.06%) DevSecOps
5 39 (19.12%) Test Automation
6 37 (18.14%) Open Source
6 37 (18.14%) Software Engineering
7 28 (13.73%) Analytics
8 27 (13.24%) Information Security
9 26 (12.75%) Infrastructure as Code
9 26 (12.75%) Scrum
10 25 (12.25%) Configuration Management
11 24 (11.76%) Problem-Solving
12 23 (11.27%) ETL
13 20 (9.80%) Microservices
13 20 (9.80%) Migration
13 20 (9.80%) TDD
14 19 (9.31%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 19 (9.31%) Performance Management
15 18 (8.82%) Creative Thinking
Programming Languages
1 67 (32.84%) SQL
2 64 (31.37%) Python
3 59 (28.92%) PowerShell
4 57 (27.94%) C#
5 41 (20.10%) Java
6 32 (15.69%) JavaScript
7 24 (11.76%) Go
8 22 (10.78%) Bash
9 18 (8.82%) Ruby
10 15 (7.35%) C
11 12 (5.88%) TypeScript
12 8 (3.92%) Rust
12 8 (3.92%) T-SQL
13 5 (2.45%) PL/SQL
13 5 (2.45%) Shell Script
14 4 (1.96%) Groovy
14 4 (1.96%) Perl
15 2 (0.98%) Lua
15 2 (0.98%) Scala
16 1 (0.49%) R
Qualifications
1 29 (14.22%) Security Cleared
2 14 (6.86%) Microsoft Certification
3 9 (4.41%) SC Cleared
4 8 (3.92%) Degree
5 7 (3.43%) Cisco Certification
6 6 (2.94%) CCNA
7 5 (2.45%) MCSA
8 4 (1.96%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 3 (1.47%) CCNP
9 3 (1.47%) Computer Science Degree
9 3 (1.47%) CTC Cleared
9 3 (1.47%) ISTQB
9 3 (1.47%) MCSE
10 2 (0.98%) CEH
10 2 (0.98%) CISSP
10 2 (0.98%) GIAC
10 2 (0.98%) PMI Certification
10 2 (0.98%) PMP
10 2 (0.98%) VCAP
11 1 (0.49%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (6.86%) QA
2 6 (2.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (2.45%) Cyber Essentials
3 5 (2.45%) SLA
4 1 (0.49%) GDPR
System Software
1 58 (28.43%) Docker
2 44 (21.57%) Virtual Machines
3 28 (13.73%) VMware Infrastructure
4 24 (11.76%) Active Directory
5 10 (4.90%) Hyper-V
6 9 (4.41%) vSphere
7 4 (1.96%) BitLocker
7 4 (1.96%) Microsoft App-V
8 3 (1.47%) Virtual Desktop
8 3 (1.47%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.49%) Firmware
9 1 (0.49%) KVM
9 1 (0.49%) oVirt
9 1 (0.49%) Shibboleth
9 1 (0.49%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 65 (31.86%) Kubernetes
2 39 (19.12%) Terraform
3 18 (8.82%) Ansible
4 11 (5.39%) SCCM
5 8 (3.92%) Grafana
6 7 (3.43%) Prometheus
7 6 (2.94%) Microsoft Intune
8 5 (2.45%) Puppet
9 4 (1.96%) IBM BigFix
9 4 (1.96%) Jamf Pro
9 4 (1.96%) Nagios
9 4 (1.96%) Opscode Chef
9 4 (1.96%) Packer
9 4 (1.96%) vCenter Server
9 4 (1.96%) WSUS
10 2 (0.98%) FortiGate
11 1 (0.49%) Cobbler
11 1 (0.49%) Consul
11 1 (0.49%) HAProxy
11 1 (0.49%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 72 (35.29%) Microsoft
2 39 (19.12%) VMware
3 17 (8.33%) Cisco
4 13 (6.37%) QinetiQ
5 7 (3.43%) Google
5 7 (3.43%) Oracle
6 6 (2.94%) Blue Coat
6 6 (2.94%) SAP
7 5 (2.45%) Fortinet
7 5 (2.45%) IBM
7 5 (2.45%) Symantec
7 5 (2.45%) Veeam
8 4 (1.96%) Avaya
8 4 (1.96%) Citrix
8 4 (1.96%) CyberArk
8 4 (1.96%) Juniper
8 4 (1.96%) Meraki
8 4 (1.96%) Polycom
8 4 (1.96%) Qualys
8 4 (1.96%) SolarWinds