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 27 February 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
27 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
VMware vSphere
Rank 122 110 91
Rank change year-on-year
-12 -19
Contract jobs citing vSphere 22 21 27
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.64% 0.77% 1.14%
As % of the System Software category 7.43% 6.69% 10.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 10 14
Average daily rate
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£403 £256 £251
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+57.07% +1.99%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £319 £222 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £441 £364 £331
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £335 £311
% change year-on-year
+8.20% +7.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 5 9
Average hourly rate - £30.00 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +9.09%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.00 £23.60 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-11.01% -14.18%
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
296 314 266
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 8.63% 11.49% 11.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 117 106 87
Average daily rate £350 £260 £270
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+34.61% -3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £209 £135 £153
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £375 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £308 £315
% change year-on-year
+17.07% -2.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 57 66 65
Average hourly rate £13.00 £26.50 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-50.94% +6.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.01 £11.82 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.54 £43.50 £33.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
- -5.88%

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
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing vSphere across the North West region over the 3 months to 27 February 2015.

vSphere Daily Rate Histogram 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 27 February 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 -8 13 £440 +97.30% 1
Manchester -4 8 £375 +7.14% 4
Cheshire 0 1 - - 3
Merseyside - - - -
vSphere
England

vSphere
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 24 (92.31%) Windows
1 24 (92.31%) VMware
2 19 (73.08%) VMware Infrastructure
2 19 (73.08%) Linux
3 15 (57.69%) Security Cleared
4 14 (53.85%) SC Cleared
5 13 (50.00%) Cisco
5 13 (50.00%) CheckPoint
6 12 (46.15%) Migration
7 11 (42.31%) VMS
7 11 (42.31%) Active Directory
8 10 (38.46%) Finance
9 7 (26.92%) PowerShell
10 6 (23.08%) Windows Server 2008
10 6 (23.08%) Microsoft
11 5 (19.23%) Windows Server 2003
11 5 (19.23%) DevOps
12 4 (15.38%) Citrix
12 4 (15.38%) DHCP
12 4 (15.38%) SQL Server
12 4 (15.38%) UNIX
12 4 (15.38%) Continuous Integration
12 4 (15.38%) DNS
13 3 (11.54%) Microsoft Certification
13 3 (11.54%) Web Services
13 3 (11.54%) MCSE
13 3 (11.54%) MS Excel
13 3 (11.54%) HP
13 3 (11.54%) Opscode Chef
13 3 (11.54%) XenApp

vSphere
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 (7.69%) SharePoint
1 2 (7.69%) SharePoint 2010
1 2 (7.69%) SharePoint 2013
2 1 (3.85%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 3 (11.54%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 2 (7.69%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (15.38%) DHCP
1 4 (15.38%) DNS
2 2 (7.69%) Firewall
2 2 (7.69%) Network Security
3 1 (3.85%) iSCSI
3 1 (3.85%) Fibre Channel
3 1 (3.85%) VLAN
3 1 (3.85%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (15.38%) SQL Server
2 2 (7.69%) SQL Server 2005
2 2 (7.69%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (7.69%) MySQL
General
1 10 (38.46%) Finance
Job Titles
1 14 (53.85%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 12 (46.15%) Cloud Engineer
3 2 (7.69%) Support Engineer
3 2 (7.69%) 3rd Line Support
3 2 (7.69%) DevOps Engineer
4 1 (3.85%) Support Technician
4 1 (3.85%) Linux DevOps Engineer
4 1 (3.85%) Migration Engineer
4 1 (3.85%) Server Engineer
4 1 (3.85%) UNIX Engineer
4 1 (3.85%) Citrix Engineer
4 1 (3.85%) Linux Systems Administrator
4 1 (3.85%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
4 1 (3.85%) Linux Administrator
4 1 (3.85%) Linux Engineer
4 1 (3.85%) Data Migration Engineer
4 1 (3.85%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
4 1 (3.85%) 3rd Line Support Technician
4 1 (3.85%) 3rd Line Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (11.54%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (7.69%) Replication
1 2 (7.69%) Computer Science
1 2 (7.69%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 24 (92.31%) Windows
2 19 (73.08%) Linux
3 11 (42.31%) VMS
4 6 (23.08%) Windows Server 2008
5 5 (19.23%) Windows Server 2003
6 4 (15.38%) UNIX
7 1 (3.85%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (46.15%) Migration
2 5 (19.23%) DevOps
3 4 (15.38%) Continuous Integration
4 3 (11.54%) High Availability
5 2 (7.69%) Information Security
5 2 (7.69%) Content Management
5 2 (7.69%) ITIL
6 1 (3.85%) SOA
6 1 (3.85%) Configuration Management
6 1 (3.85%) Disaster Recovery
6 1 (3.85%) Incident Management
6 1 (3.85%) Data Migration
Programming Languages
1 7 (26.92%) PowerShell
2 2 (7.69%) SQL
2 2 (7.69%) T-SQL
3 1 (3.85%) VBScript
3 1 (3.85%) C
3 1 (3.85%) Perl
3 1 (3.85%) PHP
3 1 (3.85%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 15 (57.69%) Security Cleared
2 14 (53.85%) SC Cleared
3 3 (11.54%) Microsoft Certification
3 3 (11.54%) MCSE
4 1 (3.85%) MCSA
4 1 (3.85%) CCNA
4 1 (3.85%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (3.85%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.85%) QA
1 1 (3.85%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 19 (73.08%) VMware Infrastructure
2 11 (42.31%) Active Directory
3 3 (11.54%) XenApp
3 3 (11.54%) XenServer
3 3 (11.54%) XenDesktop
4 1 (3.85%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (3.85%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (3.85%) Xen
4 1 (3.85%) Hyper-V
4 1 (3.85%) NFS
Systems Management
1 3 (11.54%) Puppet
1 3 (11.54%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (7.69%) Ansible
2 2 (7.69%) Salt
3 1 (3.85%) PureDisk
Vendors
1 24 (92.31%) VMware
2 13 (50.00%) Cisco
2 13 (50.00%) CheckPoint
3 6 (23.08%) Microsoft
4 4 (15.38%) Citrix
5 3 (11.54%) HP
6 2 (7.69%) Compaq
6 2 (7.69%) Dell
6 2 (7.69%) McAfee
6 2 (7.69%) Stellent
7 1 (3.85%) NetApp