The table below looks at the statistics for vSphere skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited vSphere over the 3 months to 1 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
1 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
VMware vSphere
Rank 119 111 113
Rank change year-on-year
-8 +2
Contract jobs citing vSphere 14 24 27
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.45% 0.82% 0.82%
As % of the System Software category 4.65% 7.69% 8.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 12 14
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£236 £240 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.66% -35.13%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £200 £188
10% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £323 £390
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
-4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 7 1
Average hourly rate £31.50 £35.00 £11.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.00% +218.18%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.25 £30.50 £22.75
% change year-on-year
-20.49% +34.06%
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England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire System Software category in contract jobs advertised in the North West region.

System Software Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
System Software category
301 312 312
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 9.71% 10.72% 9.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 165 128 118
Average daily rate £280 £294 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.76% -9.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £193 £147
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £429 £390
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
-3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 67 68
Average hourly rate £19.00 £27.50 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-30.90% +66.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.35 £11.36 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £35.00 £33.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-5.71% +9.37%

vSphere
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing vSphere across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the System Software category.

vSphere Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

vSphere
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing vSphere across the North West region.

vSphere Daily Rate Trend in the North West

vSphere
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing vSphere across the North West region.

vSphere Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

vSphere
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing vSphere across the North West region over the 3 months to 1 September 2014.

vSphere Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

vSphere
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing vSphere within the North West region over the 3 months to 1 September 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Lancashire -4 7 £236 -39.09% 1
Cheshire -1 4 - - 4
Merseyside +3 2 - -
Cumbria - - - -
Manchester - - - - 7
vSphere
England

vSphere
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 1 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing vSphere also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited vSphere.

1 30 (90.91%) VMware
2 27 (81.82%) Windows
2 27 (81.82%) Windows Server 2008
3 25 (75.76%) Microsoft
3 25 (75.76%) Active Directory
4 24 (72.73%) Windows Server 2003
4 24 (72.73%) VMware Infrastructure
5 23 (69.70%) Citrix
6 22 (66.67%) DHCP
6 22 (66.67%) DNS
6 22 (66.67%) XenApp
7 18 (54.55%) XenServer
7 18 (54.55%) XenDesktop
7 18 (54.55%) Dell
7 18 (54.55%) ITIL
8 17 (51.52%) HP
8 17 (51.52%) Compaq
9 16 (48.48%) Microsoft Certification
9 16 (48.48%) MCSE
10 13 (39.39%) Security Cleared
11 12 (36.36%) SC Cleared
12 10 (30.30%) SharePoint
13 6 (18.18%) Exchange Server 2007
13 6 (18.18%) MS Exchange
13 6 (18.18%) SharePoint 2010
13 6 (18.18%) SharePoint 2013
14 5 (15.15%) SQL
14 5 (15.15%) Web Services
14 5 (15.15%) Cisco
15 4 (12.12%) SAN

vSphere
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing vSphere also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited vSphere. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 10 (30.30%) SharePoint
2 6 (18.18%) MS Exchange
2 6 (18.18%) Exchange Server 2007
2 6 (18.18%) SharePoint 2010
2 6 (18.18%) SharePoint 2013
3 1 (3.03%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (3.03%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (3.03%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 2 (6.06%) MS Excel
2 1 (3.03%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 22 (66.67%) DHCP
1 22 (66.67%) DNS
2 4 (12.12%) SAN
2 4 (12.12%) LAN
2 4 (12.12%) WAN
3 2 (6.06%) Cisco Nexus
3 2 (6.06%) Cisco ASA
3 2 (6.06%) VoIP
3 2 (6.06%) Firewall
4 1 (3.03%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (3.03%) VLAN
4 1 (3.03%) TCP/IP
4 1 (3.03%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (12.12%) SQL Server
2 3 (9.09%) SQL Server 2008
2 3 (9.09%) SQL Server 2012
General
1 3 (9.09%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 7 (21.21%) Infrastructure Engineer
1 7 (21.21%) Server Engineer
2 6 (18.18%) Support Engineer
3 4 (12.12%) Windows Server Engineer
4 2 (6.06%) Server Analyst
4 2 (6.06%) Server Support
4 2 (6.06%) Analyst
4 2 (6.06%) IT Manager
4 2 (6.06%) Server Support Engineer
5 1 (3.03%) Citrix Engineer
5 1 (3.03%) Migration Engineer
5 1 (3.03%) Citrix Consultant
5 1 (3.03%) Consultant
5 1 (3.03%) Citrix Specialist
5 1 (3.03%) Capacity Manager
5 1 (3.03%) Web Support Engineer
5 1 (3.03%) Data Migration Engineer
5 1 (3.03%) Web Engineer
5 1 (3.03%) VMware Specialist
5 1 (3.03%) Windows Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (15.15%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (9.09%) PKI
2 2 (6.06%) Replication
3 1 (3.03%) NHS
3 1 (3.03%) EqualLogic
Operating Systems
1 27 (81.82%) Windows
1 27 (81.82%) Windows Server 2008
2 24 (72.73%) Windows Server 2003
3 4 (12.12%) Windows Server 2012
4 3 (9.09%) Windows 7
5 2 (6.06%) Linux
6 1 (3.03%) Windows 2000
6 1 (3.03%) Windows XP
6 1 (3.03%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (54.55%) ITIL
2 4 (12.12%) Performance Management
3 2 (6.06%) PRINCE2
3 2 (6.06%) Migration
3 2 (6.06%) Stakeholder Management
4 1 (3.03%) Content Management
4 1 (3.03%) Problem Management
4 1 (3.03%) Data Migration
4 1 (3.03%) Capacity Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (15.15%) SQL
2 1 (3.03%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 16 (48.48%) MCSE
1 16 (48.48%) Microsoft Certification
2 13 (39.39%) Security Cleared
3 12 (36.36%) SC Cleared
4 1 (3.03%) MCP
4 1 (3.03%) MCITP
4 1 (3.03%) MCSA
System Software
1 25 (75.76%) Active Directory
2 24 (72.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (66.67%) XenApp
4 18 (54.55%) XenServer
4 18 (54.55%) XenDesktop
5 3 (9.09%) Microsoft App-V
5 3 (9.09%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 2 (6.06%) Terminal Services
7 1 (3.03%) ISA Server
7 1 (3.03%) Forefront TMG
7 1 (3.03%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 3 (9.09%) Backup Exec
1 3 (9.09%) SCOM
2 2 (6.06%) SCCM
3 1 (3.03%) McAfee ePO
3 1 (3.03%) PureDisk
3 1 (3.03%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 30 (90.91%) VMware
2 25 (75.76%) Microsoft
3 23 (69.70%) Citrix
4 18 (54.55%) Dell
5 17 (51.52%) HP
5 17 (51.52%) Compaq
6 5 (15.15%) Cisco
7 3 (9.09%) Veeam
8 2 (6.06%) NetApp
8 2 (6.06%) McAfee
9 1 (3.03%) Symantec