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 24 April 2015 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
24 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
VMware vSphere
Rank 140 111 97
Rank change year-on-year
-29 -14
Contract jobs citing vSphere 14 24 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.36% 0.77% 0.89%
As % of the System Software category 4.01% 6.42% 9.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 13 17
Average daily rate
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£300 £250 £265
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -5.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £252 £223 £229
10% offered a daily rate of more than £317 £330 £326
UK excluding London average daily rate £331 £325 £310
% change year-on-year
+1.92% +4.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 6 1
Average hourly rate - £32.00 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +72.97%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.50 £22.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-13.33% -18.18%
vSphere
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
349 374 237
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 8.99% 12.05% 9.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 140 148 71
Average daily rate £325 £263 £253
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.80% +3.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £208 £130 £214
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £400 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £315 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.93% -3.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 64 75 51
Average hourly rate £13.00 £25.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-48.00% +31.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.58 £12.49 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £43.50 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year
-3.03% +6.45%

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
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 24 April 2015. 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 -3 8 £300 +22.44% 1
Cheshire -7 4 - - 2
Manchester -13 2 - - 6
vSphere
England

vSphere
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 April 2015, 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 32 (100.00%) VMware
2 30 (93.75%) Windows
3 24 (75.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 19 (59.38%) Linux
5 18 (56.25%) Security Cleared
6 15 (46.88%) Active Directory
7 14 (43.75%) SC Cleared
8 13 (40.63%) Cisco
8 13 (40.63%) Microsoft
8 13 (40.63%) CheckPoint
9 11 (34.38%) Migration
9 11 (34.38%) VMS
10 10 (31.25%) Citrix
10 10 (31.25%) Windows Server 2003
10 10 (31.25%) Finance
10 10 (31.25%) Windows Server 2008
11 9 (28.13%) PowerShell
11 9 (28.13%) XenServer
12 8 (25.00%) DNS
12 8 (25.00%) HP
12 8 (25.00%) DHCP
12 8 (25.00%) ITIL
13 6 (18.75%) MCSE
13 6 (18.75%) Microsoft Certification
13 6 (18.75%) XenDesktop
13 6 (18.75%) XenApp
14 5 (15.63%) Amazon AWS
14 5 (15.63%) DevOps
14 5 (15.63%) McAfee
14 5 (15.63%) MS Excel

vSphere
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 2015, 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 2 (6.25%) SharePoint
1 2 (6.25%) SharePoint 2013
1 2 (6.25%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 5 (15.63%) MS Excel
2 2 (6.25%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 5 (15.63%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (9.38%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 8 (25.00%) DNS
1 8 (25.00%) DHCP
2 2 (6.25%) Firewall
2 2 (6.25%) Network Security
3 1 (3.13%) iSCSI
3 1 (3.13%) Fibre Channel
3 1 (3.13%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (12.50%) SQL Server
2 2 (6.25%) SQL Server 2005
2 2 (6.25%) MySQL
2 2 (6.25%) SQL Server 2008
General
1 10 (31.25%) Finance
Job Titles
1 13 (40.63%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 12 (37.50%) Cloud Engineer
3 6 (18.75%) Support Engineer
4 2 (6.25%) Analyst
4 2 (6.25%) Support Analyst
4 2 (6.25%) 3rd Line Support
4 2 (6.25%) Infrastructure Analyst
4 2 (6.25%) Server Engineer
4 2 (6.25%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
4 2 (6.25%) Security Engineer
4 2 (6.25%) Citrix Engineer
4 2 (6.25%) Security Support Engineer
4 2 (6.25%) DevOps Engineer
5 1 (3.13%) 3rd Line Support Technician
5 1 (3.13%) 3rd Line Server Engineer
5 1 (3.13%) Linux DevOps Engineer
5 1 (3.13%) AWS Engineer
5 1 (3.13%) Linux Engineer
5 1 (3.13%) Linux Systems Administrator
5 1 (3.13%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (9.38%) Web Services
2 2 (6.25%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 2 (6.25%) Replication
1 2 (6.25%) Enterprise Storage
1 2 (6.25%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 30 (93.75%) Windows
2 19 (59.38%) Linux
3 11 (34.38%) VMS
4 10 (31.25%) Windows Server 2003
4 10 (31.25%) Windows Server 2008
5 4 (12.50%) UNIX
6 1 (3.13%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (34.38%) Migration
2 8 (25.00%) ITIL
3 5 (15.63%) DevOps
4 4 (12.50%) Continuous Integration
5 3 (9.38%) High Availability
5 3 (9.38%) Performance Monitoring
6 2 (6.25%) Information Security
6 2 (6.25%) Content Management
7 1 (3.13%) Change Control
7 1 (3.13%) SOA
7 1 (3.13%) Incident Management
7 1 (3.13%) Disaster Recovery
7 1 (3.13%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (28.13%) PowerShell
2 4 (12.50%) SQL
3 3 (9.38%) VBScript
4 2 (6.25%) T-SQL
5 1 (3.13%) Bash Shell
5 1 (3.13%) C
5 1 (3.13%) Perl
5 1 (3.13%) PHP
Qualifications
1 18 (56.25%) Security Cleared
2 14 (43.75%) SC Cleared
3 6 (18.75%) MCSE
3 6 (18.75%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (3.13%) CCNA
4 1 (3.13%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (3.13%) MCSA
4 1 (3.13%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.13%) QA
1 1 (3.13%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 24 (75.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 15 (46.88%) Active Directory
3 9 (28.13%) XenServer
4 6 (18.75%) XenDesktop
4 6 (18.75%) XenApp
5 2 (6.25%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (6.25%) Xen
6 1 (3.13%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (3.13%) NFS
Systems Management
1 3 (9.38%) McAfee ePO
1 3 (9.38%) Puppet
1 3 (9.38%) Opscode Chef
1 3 (9.38%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
1 3 (9.38%) EdgeSight
1 3 (9.38%) Norton AntiVirus
2 2 (6.25%) Ansible
2 2 (6.25%) Salt
2 2 (6.25%) SCCM
Vendors
1 32 (100.00%) VMware
2 13 (40.63%) Cisco
2 13 (40.63%) Microsoft
2 13 (40.63%) CheckPoint
3 10 (31.25%) Citrix
4 8 (25.00%) HP
5 5 (15.63%) McAfee
6 4 (12.50%) Compaq
6 4 (12.50%) Dell
7 3 (9.38%) Lumension
7 3 (9.38%) Symantec
8 2 (6.25%) Stellent
8 2 (6.25%) Sun
9 1 (3.13%) NetApp