Period
to 11 April 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 11 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

VMS
UK
6 months to
11 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 739 853 991
Rank change year-on-year +114 +138 +13
Permanent jobs citing VMS 110 138 130
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.13% 0.12% 0.087%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.68% 0.57% 0.38%
Number of salaries quoted 83 93 102
10th Percentile £26,250 £30,500 £30,250
25th Percentile £36,250 £41,250 £35,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £45,000 £65,000 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year -30.77% +44.44% -30.77%
75th Percentile £68,125 £68,750 £67,500
90th Percentile £77,500 £74,750 £78,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,000 £55,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year -23.64% +29.41% -5.56%

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 16,246 24,312 34,390
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.62% 21.40% 23.11%
Number of salaries quoted 13,156 19,797 27,788
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,000 £25,851
25th Percentile £36,250 £32,500 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £67,500 £65,000 £65,000
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,000 £78,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,000
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +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 11 April 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 11 April 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 +101 87 £50,500 -22.31% 29
UK excluding London +98 65 £42,000 -23.64% 17
London +107 40 £70,000 +3.70% 15
North of England +28 19 £40,000 -38.46% 4
Work from Home -119 19 £37,500 -11.76% 3
South East +83 17 £30,000 -53.85% 5
Yorkshire +34 17 £40,000 +6.67% 1
Scotland +18 13 £42,000 +35.48% 2
East of England +62 5 £63,750 -
Wales - 5 £25,000 - 1
South West -3 4 £52,500 -12.50% 4
West Midlands +23 2 £57,500 +35.29% 1
Midlands +21 2 £57,500 +35.29% 1
North West +14 1 £25,000 -61.54% 3
North East +11 1 £45,000 +45.16%

For the 6 months to 11 April 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 58 (52.73%) Windows
2 57 (51.82%) Active Directory
3 56 (50.91%) Azure
4 55 (50.00%) Linux
5 48 (43.64%) Microsoft
6 45 (40.91%) Windows Server
7 38 (34.55%) DevOps
8 37 (33.64%) VMware
9 27 (24.55%) Red Hat
10 25 (22.73%) VMware ESXi
11 24 (21.82%) AWS
11 24 (21.82%) Oracle
11 24 (21.82%) IaaS
12 23 (20.91%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 22 (20.00%) Cybersecurity
14 20 (18.18%) Terraform
14 20 (18.18%) Veeam
14 20 (18.18%) Agile Software Development
15 19 (17.27%) VMware Infrastructure
15 19 (17.27%) .NET
16 18 (16.36%) Firewall
16 18 (16.36%) Finance
16 18 (16.36%) Hyper-V
17 17 (15.45%) C#
18 16 (14.55%) DNS
18 16 (14.55%) Dell
18 16 (14.55%) EMC
18 16 (14.55%) Nagios
18 16 (14.55%) BMC
18 16 (14.55%) 3PAR

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 9 (8.18%) SharePoint
2 7 (6.36%) Confluence
3 5 (4.55%) MS Exchange
4 3 (2.73%) Apache
4 3 (2.73%) IIS
4 3 (2.73%) Red Hat Fuse
5 2 (1.82%) Cloud Foundry
5 2 (1.82%) WordPress
Applications
1 2 (1.82%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.91%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.91%) Simulink
Cloud Services
1 56 (50.91%) Azure
2 24 (21.82%) AWS
2 24 (21.82%) IaaS
3 16 (14.55%) Azure Active Directory
4 13 (11.82%) Amazon S3
5 12 (10.91%) Microsoft 365
5 12 (10.91%) SaaS
6 11 (10.00%) Amazon EC2
6 11 (10.00%) PaaS
7 10 (9.09%) Route 53
8 9 (8.18%) Amazon ELB
9 6 (5.45%) Cloud Computing
10 4 (3.64%) Amazon EKS
11 3 (2.73%) Power Platform
11 3 (2.73%) Serverless
12 2 (1.82%) AWS CloudFormation
12 2 (1.82%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 2 (1.82%) GCP
12 2 (1.82%) GitHub
12 2 (1.82%) NuGet
Communications & Networking
1 18 (16.36%) Firewall
2 16 (14.55%) DNS
3 13 (11.82%) TCP/IP
4 11 (10.00%) VPN
5 10 (9.09%) LAN
5 10 (9.09%) WAN
6 8 (7.27%) Network Security
6 8 (7.27%) SAN
7 7 (6.36%) DHCP
7 7 (6.36%) SSL
8 5 (4.55%) Remote Desktop
9 4 (3.64%) Cisco ISE
10 3 (2.73%) FTP
10 3 (2.73%) iSCSI
10 3 (2.73%) NAS
10 3 (2.73%) OpenLDAP
10 3 (2.73%) VSAN
11 2 (1.82%) Internet
11 2 (1.82%) IP Telephony
11 2 (1.82%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (11.82%) Amazon RDS
2 10 (9.09%) SQL Server
3 5 (4.55%) NoSQL
4 3 (2.73%) Azure SQL Database
4 3 (2.73%) Big Data
4 3 (2.73%) Cosmos DB
4 3 (2.73%) Power BI
4 3 (2.73%) Redis
4 3 (2.73%) Relational Database
4 3 (2.73%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (1.82%) InfluxDB
5 2 (1.82%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.91%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 1 (0.91%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.91%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 11 (10.00%) Jenkins
2 10 (9.09%) Git (software)
3 9 (8.18%) JIRA
3 9 (8.18%) Vagrant
4 8 (7.27%) Visual Studio
5 4 (3.64%) Visual Studio Team System
6 3 (2.73%) Bitbucket
6 3 (2.73%) NUnit
7 2 (1.82%) GitLab
7 2 (1.82%) Moq
7 2 (1.82%) Selenium
7 2 (1.82%) Sonatype Nexus
7 2 (1.82%) SpecFlow
7 2 (1.82%) Team Foundation Server
8 1 (0.91%) CircleCI
8 1 (0.91%) LabVIEW
8 1 (0.91%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 18 (16.36%) Finance
2 4 (3.64%) Manufacturing
3 2 (1.82%) Automotive
3 2 (1.82%) Public Sector
4 1 (0.91%) Retail
Job Titles
1 19 (17.27%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 16 (14.55%) DevOps Engineer
2 16 (14.55%) Server Engineer
3 15 (13.64%) Azure Engineer
4 12 (10.91%) Architect
5 10 (9.09%) Consultant
6 9 (8.18%) Developer
7 7 (6.36%) Azure Infrastructure Engineer
7 7 (6.36%) IT Support
7 7 (6.36%) Professional Services Engineer
7 7 (6.36%) Solutions Architect
7 7 (6.36%) Support Engineer
8 5 (4.55%) Azure Architect
9 4 (3.64%) AWS DevOps
9 4 (3.64%) AWS DevOps Engineer
9 4 (3.64%) AWS Engineer
9 4 (3.64%) C# Architect
9 4 (3.64%) Cloud Architect
9 4 (3.64%) Cloud Solutions Architect
9 4 (3.64%) Infrastructure Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (17.27%) .NET
2 9 (8.18%) CSS
2 9 (8.18%) HTML
3 7 (6.36%) .NET Core
3 7 (6.36%) HTML5
4 6 (5.45%) LDAP
5 5 (4.55%) ActiveMQ
6 4 (3.64%) RabbitMQ
6 4 (3.64%) Web Services
7 3 (2.73%) .NET Framework
7 3 (2.73%) ASP.NET Web API
7 3 (2.73%) JSON
7 3 (2.73%) React
7 3 (2.73%) SOAP
8 2 (1.82%) ATL
8 2 (1.82%) CGI
8 2 (1.82%) Entity Framework
8 2 (1.82%) jQuery
8 2 (1.82%) JSF
8 2 (1.82%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 16 (14.55%) EMC VNX
2 10 (9.09%) Public Cloud
3 9 (8.18%) Data Centre
4 7 (6.36%) Linux Command Line
5 4 (3.64%) AS400
5 4 (3.64%) Hybrid Cloud
5 4 (3.64%) Management Information System
5 4 (3.64%) PMI
5 4 (3.64%) Social Media
6 3 (2.73%) Cybercrime
6 3 (2.73%) Device Driver
6 3 (2.73%) Enterprise Storage
7 2 (1.82%) Analytical Skills
7 2 (1.82%) Internet of Things
7 2 (1.82%) Private Cloud
7 2 (1.82%) User Experience
8 1 (0.91%) Cloud Native
8 1 (0.91%) Cyberthreat
8 1 (0.91%) Security Operations Centre
8 1 (0.91%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 58 (52.73%) Windows
2 55 (50.00%) Linux
3 45 (40.91%) Windows Server
4 16 (14.55%) Oracle Linux
5 10 (9.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 6 (5.45%) Windows 10
7 5 (4.55%) CentOS
7 5 (4.55%) Windows Server 2008
7 5 (4.55%) Windows Server 2012
8 4 (3.64%) AIX
8 4 (3.64%) Debian
8 4 (3.64%) HPUX
8 4 (3.64%) Solaris
9 3 (2.73%) Android
9 3 (2.73%) Apple iOS
9 3 (2.73%) Unix
10 2 (1.82%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (34.55%) DevOps
2 23 (20.91%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 22 (20.00%) Cybersecurity
4 20 (18.18%) Agile Software Development
5 15 (13.64%) Mentoring
6 12 (10.91%) Disaster Recovery
6 12 (10.91%) Performance Monitoring
7 11 (10.00%) Configuration Management
7 11 (10.00%) Migration
8 10 (9.09%) Infrastructure as Code
8 10 (9.09%) Technical Leadership
8 10 (9.09%) Test Automation
9 9 (8.18%) Open Source
9 9 (8.18%) Technical Analysis
10 8 (7.27%) Analytics
10 8 (7.27%) Customer Requirements
10 8 (7.27%) Project Delivery
11 7 (6.36%) Identity Access Management
11 7 (6.36%) Presales
11 7 (6.36%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 17 (15.45%) C#
2 14 (12.73%) PowerShell
2 14 (12.73%) SQL
3 12 (10.91%) Python
4 11 (10.00%) Bash Shell
5 10 (9.09%) JavaScript
6 5 (4.55%) C
6 5 (4.55%) Java
6 5 (4.55%) Perl
7 3 (2.73%) AWK
7 3 (2.73%) C++
7 3 (2.73%) sed
8 2 (1.82%) PL/SQL
8 2 (1.82%) T-SQL
8 2 (1.82%) TypeScript
9 1 (0.91%) Go
9 1 (0.91%) MATLAB
9 1 (0.91%) PHP
9 1 (0.91%) Rust
9 1 (0.91%) VB
Qualifications
1 9 (8.18%) Degree
2 4 (3.64%) CEH
2 4 (3.64%) Cisco Certification
2 4 (3.64%) GIAC
2 4 (3.64%) OSCP
2 4 (3.64%) PMI Certification
2 4 (3.64%) SC Cleared
2 4 (3.64%) Security Cleared
3 3 (2.73%) RHCE
3 3 (2.73%) RHCSA
4 2 (1.82%) CISSP
4 2 (1.82%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (0.91%) AWS Certification
5 1 (0.91%) MCSA
5 1 (0.91%) MCSE
5 1 (0.91%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (13.64%) SLA
2 4 (3.64%) QA
3 2 (1.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 57 (51.82%) Active Directory
2 25 (22.73%) VMware ESXi
3 19 (17.27%) VMware Infrastructure
4 18 (16.36%) Hyper-V
5 13 (11.82%) Docker
5 13 (11.82%) Virtual Machines
6 10 (9.09%) Virtual Servers
6 10 (9.09%) vSphere
7 6 (5.45%) Firmware
8 3 (2.73%) NFS
8 3 (2.73%) Oracle RAC
8 3 (2.73%) Postfix
8 3 (2.73%) qmail
8 3 (2.73%) Samba
8 3 (2.73%) Sendmail
8 3 (2.73%) Veritas Cluster Server
8 3 (2.73%) Veritas Volume Manager
8 3 (2.73%) Virtual Desktop
8 3 (2.73%) Xen
8 3 (2.73%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 20 (18.18%) Terraform
2 16 (14.55%) BladeLogic
2 16 (14.55%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
2 16 (14.55%) Nagios
2 16 (14.55%) SCOM
3 15 (13.64%) Kubernetes
4 8 (7.27%) WSUS
5 6 (5.45%) vCenter Server
6 4 (3.64%) Ansible
7 3 (2.73%) Backup Exec
7 3 (2.73%) Failover Clustering
7 3 (2.73%) Puppet
7 3 (2.73%) SELinux
7 3 (2.73%) vRealize
7 3 (2.73%) ZABBIX
8 2 (1.82%) Docker Swarm
8 2 (1.82%) Grafana
8 2 (1.82%) Graylog
8 2 (1.82%) Prometheus
8 2 (1.82%) Rancher
Vendors
1 48 (43.64%) Microsoft
2 37 (33.64%) VMware
3 27 (24.55%) Red Hat
4 24 (21.82%) Oracle
5 20 (18.18%) Veeam
6 16 (14.55%) 3PAR
6 16 (14.55%) Blue Coat
6 16 (14.55%) BMC
6 16 (14.55%) Dell
6 16 (14.55%) EMC
7 6 (5.45%) Cisco
7 6 (5.45%) SolarWinds
8 4 (3.64%) CrowdStrike
8 4 (3.64%) Qualys
9 3 (2.73%) Citrix
9 3 (2.73%) HP
9 3 (2.73%) Xamarin
10 2 (1.82%) ESET
10 2 (1.82%) Google
11 1 (0.91%) Palo Alto