Period
to 17 September 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 17 September 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

VMS
UK
6 months to
17 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 878 636 986
Rank change year-on-year -242 +350 -4
Permanent jobs citing VMS 158 69 115
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.13% 0.14% 0.081%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.73% 0.63% 0.35%
Number of salaries quoted 95 37 90
10th Percentile £35,200 £38,200 £31,125
25th Percentile £50,000 £60,000 £36,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £62,500 £65,000 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year -3.85% +44.44% -35.71%
75th Percentile £75,000 £85,000 £62,500
90th Percentile £90,000 £92,500 £68,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £55,000 £39,750 £45,000
% change year-on-year +38.36% -11.67% +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 21,541 10,950 32,484
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 17.73% 21.47% 22.89%
Number of salaries quoted 15,269 9,124 25,949
10th Percentile £26,250 £28,750 £25,120
25th Percentile £35,750 £36,750 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £50,000 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year - +11.11% -5.26%
75th Percentile £67,500 £67,500 £65,000
90th Percentile £85,000 £80,000 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £41,000
% change year-on-year - +9.76% -

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 17 September 2021.

Salary histogram for VMS in the UK

VMS
Top 13 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 17 September 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 -196 150 £62,500 -3.85% 22
UK excluding London -156 90 £55,000 +38.36% 13
South East -91 66 £60,000 -7.69% 3
London -215 59 £70,000 -12.50% 9
Work from Home -294 21 £70,000 +16.67% 5
North of England -96 12 £41,250 +33.06% 2
North West - 8 £60,000 - 2
East of England - 8 £57,500 - 5
Midlands -126 3 £32,500 +5.26%
Yorkshire - 3 £37,500 -
East Midlands - 3 £32,500 -
North East -30 1 £45,000 +45.16%
Wales - 1 £37,500 -

For the 6 months to 17 September 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.

1 128 (81.01%) Azure
2 90 (56.96%) DevOps
3 77 (48.73%) Agile Software Development
4 73 (46.20%) SQL
5 56 (35.44%) Active Directory
6 54 (34.18%) Kubernetes
7 50 (31.65%) Windows
8 48 (30.38%) Microsoft
8 48 (30.38%) Docker
9 47 (29.75%) Social Skills
10 44 (27.85%) .NET
10 44 (27.85%) AWS
11 43 (27.22%) Analytics
11 43 (27.22%) Firewall
11 43 (27.22%) PowerShell
12 42 (26.58%) VPN
12 42 (26.58%) SaaS
13 41 (25.95%) PaaS
14 39 (24.68%) Microservices
14 39 (24.68%) C#
14 39 (24.68%) Python
15 36 (22.78%) Azure Storage
16 35 (22.15%) Mentoring
16 35 (22.15%) IaaS
17 34 (21.52%) Big Data
17 34 (21.52%) Visual Studio Team System
17 34 (21.52%) DNS
18 33 (20.89%) Microsoft 365
19 32 (20.25%) Jenkins
19 32 (20.25%) Test Automation

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 26 (16.46%) SharePoint
2 20 (12.66%) Cloud Foundry
3 14 (8.86%) SAS
4 13 (8.23%) IIS
5 6 (3.80%) Tomcat
6 5 (3.16%) Camunda
7 4 (2.53%) Apache
7 4 (2.53%) nginx
7 4 (2.53%) OpenStack
8 3 (1.90%) MS Exchange
9 2 (1.27%) Confluence
9 2 (1.27%) WordPress
10 1 (0.63%) Apache Solr
10 1 (0.63%) NServiceBus
Applications
1 13 (8.23%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 6 (3.80%) Unica
2 4 (2.53%) FastStats
2 4 (2.53%) Oracle Payables
3 3 (1.90%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 128 (81.01%) Azure
2 44 (27.85%) AWS
3 42 (26.58%) SaaS
4 41 (25.95%) PaaS
5 36 (22.78%) Azure Storage
6 35 (22.15%) IaaS
7 33 (20.89%) Microsoft 365
8 24 (15.19%) Azure Active Directory
9 22 (13.92%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 21 (13.29%) Azure App Service
10 21 (13.29%) Azure Service Bus
11 20 (12.66%) Cloud Computing
11 20 (12.66%) GitHub
12 16 (10.13%) GCP
13 11 (6.96%) Azure Service Fabric
14 10 (6.33%) Serverless
15 8 (5.06%) OneDrive
15 8 (5.06%) Power Platform
16 7 (4.43%) Datadog
16 7 (4.43%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 43 (27.22%) Firewall
2 42 (26.58%) VPN
3 34 (21.52%) DNS
4 14 (8.86%) Cisco IOS
5 10 (6.33%) Cisco ASA
5 10 (6.33%) Cisco Nexus
5 10 (6.33%) DHCP
6 9 (5.70%) SMTP
7 8 (5.06%) Network Security
7 8 (5.06%) VLAN
8 7 (4.43%) VoIP
8 7 (4.43%) WAN
9 6 (3.80%) Cisco Firepower
10 4 (2.53%) Internet
10 4 (2.53%) MPLS
10 4 (2.53%) Telepresence
11 3 (1.90%) Remote Desktop
11 3 (1.90%) SAN
11 3 (1.90%) TCP/IP
12 2 (1.27%) OpenScape
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (21.52%) Big Data
2 25 (15.82%) NoSQL
2 25 (15.82%) SQL Server
3 15 (9.49%) MongoDB
4 13 (8.23%) Apache Cassandra
4 13 (8.23%) Data Lake
5 12 (7.59%) Redis
6 11 (6.96%) MySQL
7 9 (5.70%) PostgreSQL
8 6 (3.80%) Azure SQL Database
9 3 (1.90%) Amazon RDS
10 2 (1.27%) InfluxDB
10 2 (1.27%) SQL Server 2012
10 2 (1.27%) SQL Server 2017
10 2 (1.27%) SQL Server 2019
11 1 (0.63%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
11 1 (0.63%) MariaDB
11 1 (0.63%) Power BI
11 1 (0.63%) RavenDB
11 1 (0.63%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 34 (21.52%) Visual Studio Team System
2 32 (20.25%) Jenkins
3 26 (16.46%) JIRA
4 20 (12.66%) Team Foundation Server
5 11 (6.96%) Git (software)
6 9 (5.70%) GitLab
6 9 (5.70%) NUnit
7 8 (5.06%) Moq
7 8 (5.06%) SpecFlow
8 7 (4.43%) Jasmine
8 7 (4.43%) Karma Test Runner
8 7 (4.43%) Vagrant
9 5 (3.16%) Gatling
9 5 (3.16%) Mocha
9 5 (3.16%) Pa11y
9 5 (3.16%) Protractor
9 5 (3.16%) Sinon.JS
9 5 (3.16%) SonarQube
9 5 (3.16%) WebDriver
10 4 (2.53%) Visual Studio
General
1 47 (29.75%) Social Skills
2 22 (13.92%) Organisational Skills
3 21 (13.29%) Finance
4 20 (12.66%) Analytical Skills
5 11 (6.96%) Retail
6 9 (5.70%) Marketing
6 9 (5.70%) Public Sector
6 9 (5.70%) Telecoms
7 7 (4.43%) Automotive
8 5 (3.16%) Manufacturing
9 4 (2.53%) Law
9 4 (2.53%) Legal
10 3 (1.90%) Electronics
10 3 (1.90%) Presentation Skills
11 2 (1.27%) Banking
12 1 (0.63%) Back Office
12 1 (0.63%) Documentation Skills
12 1 (0.63%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 45 (28.48%) Developer
2 27 (17.09%) Lead Developer
3 22 (13.92%) Full Stack Developer
4 21 (13.29%) Cloud Engineer
5 18 (11.39%) DevOps Engineer
6 13 (8.23%) Big Data Specialist
6 13 (8.23%) Cybersecurity Specialist
6 13 (8.23%) Security Specialist
7 11 (6.96%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 10 (6.33%) .NET Developer
9 9 (5.70%) AWS Engineer
9 9 (5.70%) Security Engineer
9 9 (5.70%) Senior Developer
10 8 (5.06%) Architect
10 8 (5.06%) IT Manager
10 8 (5.06%) Linux Engineer
11 7 (4.43%) Azure Engineer
12 6 (3.80%) Administrator
12 6 (3.80%) C# Developer
12 6 (3.80%) Senior C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (27.85%) .NET
2 31 (19.62%) .NET Core
3 27 (17.09%) RabbitMQ
3 27 (17.09%) Web Services
4 26 (16.46%) RESTful
5 25 (15.82%) ActiveMQ
6 21 (13.29%) SOAP
7 19 (12.03%) ARM Templates
7 19 (12.03%) HTML
8 18 (11.39%) CSS
9 15 (9.49%) React
10 12 (7.59%) jQuery
11 10 (6.33%) .NET Framework
11 10 (6.33%) Entity Framework
12 9 (5.70%) ASP.NET Web API
12 9 (5.70%) ATL
12 9 (5.70%) JSF
13 7 (4.43%) CSS3
14 6 (3.80%) Elastic Stack
14 6 (3.80%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 20 (12.66%) User Experience
2 11 (6.96%) Data Centre
2 11 (6.96%) Management Information System
3 10 (6.33%) Cloud Native
3 10 (6.33%) Public Cloud
4 5 (3.16%) Animation
4 5 (3.16%) Replication
5 4 (2.53%) EFT
5 4 (2.53%) Video Conferencing
6 3 (1.90%) CCTV
6 3 (1.90%) Hybrid Cloud
7 2 (1.27%) Mobile App
8 1 (0.63%) Cyberthreat
8 1 (0.63%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (0.63%) Linux Command Line
8 1 (0.63%) Over-the-Top Content
8 1 (0.63%) Private Cloud
8 1 (0.63%) Social Media
8 1 (0.63%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 50 (31.65%) Windows
2 30 (18.99%) Linux
3 25 (15.82%) Windows Server
4 10 (6.33%) Windows Server 2012
5 8 (5.06%) Android
5 8 (5.06%) Windows 10
6 4 (2.53%) Mac OS
6 4 (2.53%) OpenVMS
7 3 (1.90%) Apple iOS
8 2 (1.27%) CentOS
8 2 (1.27%) Debian
8 2 (1.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (1.27%) Windows Server 2016
8 2 (1.27%) Windows Server 2019
9 1 (0.63%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.63%) Unix
9 1 (0.63%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.63%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 90 (56.96%) DevOps
2 77 (48.73%) Agile Software Development
3 43 (27.22%) Analytics
4 39 (24.68%) Microservices
5 35 (22.15%) Mentoring
6 32 (20.25%) Scrum
6 32 (20.25%) Test Automation
7 31 (19.62%) Problem-Solving
8 29 (18.35%) Information Security
9 27 (17.09%) Full Stack Development
9 27 (17.09%) Open Source
10 22 (13.92%) Cybersecurity
10 22 (13.92%) Load Balancing
11 21 (13.29%) Requirements Gathering
12 20 (12.66%) Data Analytics
12 20 (12.66%) Machine Learning
12 20 (12.66%) Product Vision
12 20 (12.66%) The Twelve-Factor App
13 19 (12.03%) Disaster Recovery
14 15 (9.49%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 73 (46.20%) SQL
2 43 (27.22%) PowerShell
3 39 (24.68%) C#
3 39 (24.68%) Python
4 18 (11.39%) JavaScript
5 12 (7.59%) T-SQL
6 10 (6.33%) Bash Shell
7 9 (5.70%) PL/SQL
7 9 (5.70%) TypeScript
8 8 (5.06%) Java
8 8 (5.06%) Perl
9 6 (3.80%) R
10 3 (1.90%) PHP
10 3 (1.90%) Ruby
11 2 (1.27%) C
11 2 (1.27%) Go
11 2 (1.27%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 9 (5.70%) Security Cleared
2 7 (4.43%) Microsoft Certification
3 6 (3.80%) SC Cleared
4 5 (3.16%) Cisco Certification
5 4 (2.53%) CCNA
5 4 (2.53%) CEH
5 4 (2.53%) GIAC
6 3 (1.90%) CISSP
6 3 (1.90%) ISTQB
6 3 (1.90%) MCSA
7 2 (1.27%) A+ Certification
7 2 (1.27%) CTC Cleared
7 2 (1.27%) Degree
7 2 (1.27%) Network+ Certification
8 1 (0.63%) MCSE
8 1 (0.63%) PMP
8 1 (0.63%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (6.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 8 (5.06%) QA
3 5 (3.16%) SLA
4 4 (2.53%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.63%) NIST
5 1 (0.63%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 56 (35.44%) Active Directory
2 48 (30.38%) Docker
3 18 (11.39%) Virtual Machines
4 16 (10.13%) Hyper-V
5 10 (6.33%) VMware Infrastructure
6 6 (3.80%) VMware ESXi
7 4 (2.53%) BitLocker
7 4 (2.53%) Microsoft App-V
8 3 (1.90%) Firmware
9 2 (1.27%) Terminal Services
10 1 (0.63%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.63%) VirtualBox
10 1 (0.63%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 54 (34.18%) Kubernetes
2 23 (14.56%) Ansible
3 20 (12.66%) Terraform
4 11 (6.96%) SCCM
5 9 (5.70%) Active Directory Federation Services
5 9 (5.70%) Microsoft Intune
6 8 (5.06%) Prometheus
7 6 (3.80%) Backup Exec
7 6 (3.80%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 4 (2.53%) IBM BigFix
8 4 (2.53%) Jamf Pro
8 4 (2.53%) Packer
9 3 (1.90%) Nagios
10 2 (1.27%) Docker Swarm
10 2 (1.27%) Grafana
10 2 (1.27%) Graylog
10 2 (1.27%) Rancher
10 2 (1.27%) WSUS
11 1 (0.63%) FortiGate
11 1 (0.63%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 48 (30.38%) Microsoft
2 21 (13.29%) Cisco
3 20 (12.66%) VMware
4 16 (10.13%) Oracle
5 12 (7.59%) Google
6 10 (6.33%) IBM
6 10 (6.33%) Symantec
7 9 (5.70%) Dell
7 9 (5.70%) Veritas
8 8 (5.06%) Meraki
9 7 (4.43%) SAP
10 5 (3.16%) Blue Coat
10 5 (3.16%) Intel
10 5 (3.16%) Veracode
11 4 (2.53%) Apteco
11 4 (2.53%) CyberArk
11 4 (2.53%) FireEye
11 4 (2.53%) Polycom
11 4 (2.53%) Qualys
11 4 (2.53%) Xerox