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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited vSphere over the 3 months to 3 May 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
3 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
VMware vSphere
Rank 144 148 120
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -28
Contract jobs citing vSphere 22 13 23
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.55% 0.33% 0.72%
As % of the System Software category 5.10% 3.55% 5.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 3 13
Median daily rate £444 £300 £255
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+48.00% +17.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £416 £252 £224
10% offered a daily rate of more than £478 £317 £359
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £339 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.52% +4.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 5
Median hourly rate - - £33.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.58 £21.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year
+26.54% -17.64%
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
431 366 390
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 10.69% 9.36% 12.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 217 151 158
Median daily rate £375 £321 £263
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.86% +22.23%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £228 £202 £166
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £360 £338 £320
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +5.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 71 73
Median hourly rate £13.50 £14.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.57% -44.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.98 £12.49
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.25 £20.22 £44.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.25
% change year-on-year
+6.06% +1.53%

vSphere
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing vSphere as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing vSphere within the North West region over the 3 months to 3 May 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Cheshire -3 14 £444 -
Manchester -3 3 - - 4
Lancashire -2 1 - -
vSphere
England

vSphere
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 3 May 2016, IT contractor jobs citing vSphere also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for vSphere.

1 34 (82.93%) VMware
2 30 (73.17%) VMware Infrastructure
3 27 (65.85%) Windows
4 26 (63.41%) Microsoft
5 24 (58.54%) Windows Server 2012
6 22 (53.66%) Windows Server
6 22 (53.66%) Active Directory
7 19 (46.34%) SharePoint
7 19 (46.34%) MS Exchange
7 19 (46.34%) PowerShell
8 18 (43.90%) Linux
8 18 (43.90%) Skype for Business
9 17 (41.46%) MS Office
10 15 (36.59%) Security Cleared
11 14 (34.15%) SCCM
11 14 (34.15%) SCOM
12 13 (31.71%) SC Cleared
12 13 (31.71%) Migration
12 13 (31.71%) SharePoint 2013
12 13 (31.71%) Skype
13 12 (29.27%) SQL
13 12 (29.27%) Data Migration
13 12 (29.27%) Test Automation
13 12 (29.27%) Software Engineering
14 11 (26.83%) Windows Server 2008
14 11 (26.83%) Windows 10
15 10 (24.39%) XenServer
15 10 (24.39%) DHCP
15 10 (24.39%) DNS
16 9 (21.95%) SAN

vSphere
Top Related IT Skills in the North West 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 19 (46.34%) MS Exchange
1 19 (46.34%) SharePoint
2 18 (43.90%) Skype for Business
3 13 (31.71%) SharePoint 2013
4 7 (17.07%) Exchange Server 2010
4 7 (17.07%) Exchange Server 2013
5 6 (14.63%) CloudStack
5 6 (14.63%) OpenStack
6 5 (12.20%) Exchange Server 2003
7 3 (7.32%) IIS
8 2 (4.88%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 17 (41.46%) MS Office
2 7 (17.07%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 5 (12.20%) Office 365
2 2 (4.88%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (4.88%) Amazon EC2
2 2 (4.88%) SoftLayer
3 1 (2.44%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 13 (31.71%) Skype
2 10 (24.39%) DHCP
2 10 (24.39%) DNS
3 9 (21.95%) SAN
4 5 (12.20%) Firewall
5 4 (9.76%) NAS
5 4 (9.76%) VoIP
6 2 (4.88%) Fibre Channel
6 2 (4.88%) Internet
6 2 (4.88%) iSCSI
6 2 (4.88%) LAN
6 2 (4.88%) VLAN
6 2 (4.88%) WAN
7 1 (2.44%) Remote Desktop
7 1 (2.44%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.44%) Oracle Database
1 1 (2.44%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (2.44%) eggPlant
1 1 (2.44%) Visual Studio
General
1 6 (14.63%) Finance
2 2 (4.88%) Banking
2 2 (4.88%) Military
3 1 (2.44%) Investment Banking
3 1 (2.44%) Local Government
3 1 (2.44%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 9 (21.95%) Designer
2 7 (17.07%) VMware Specialist
3 6 (14.63%) DevOps Engineer
4 5 (12.20%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 5 (12.20%) Support Engineer
5 4 (9.76%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
5 4 (9.76%) Server Engineer
6 3 (7.32%) Analyst
6 3 (7.32%) Messaging Engineer
6 3 (7.32%) Messaging Support
6 3 (7.32%) Messaging Support Engineer
6 3 (7.32%) Server Support
6 3 (7.32%) Test Analyst
7 2 (4.88%) Exchange Engineer
7 2 (4.88%) Platform Engineer
7 2 (4.88%) Project Engineer
7 2 (4.88%) Senior Analyst
7 2 (4.88%) Senior Test Analyst
7 2 (4.88%) Support Specialist
7 2 (4.88%) Virtualisation Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (7.32%) Web Services
2 1 (2.44%) SOAP
2 1 (2.44%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (4.88%) Clustering
1 2 (4.88%) Fat Client
1 2 (4.88%) Thin Client
2 1 (2.44%) Data Centre
2 1 (2.44%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 27 (65.85%) Windows
2 24 (58.54%) Windows Server 2012
3 22 (53.66%) Windows Server
4 18 (43.90%) Linux
5 11 (26.83%) Windows 10
5 11 (26.83%) Windows Server 2008
6 9 (21.95%) Windows Server 2003
7 7 (17.07%) Unix
8 2 (4.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (4.88%) Solaris
8 2 (4.88%) Windows 7
9 1 (2.44%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (31.71%) Migration
2 12 (29.27%) Data Migration
2 12 (29.27%) Software Engineering
2 12 (29.27%) Test Automation
3 9 (21.95%) DevOps
4 8 (19.51%) Agile Software Development
5 6 (14.63%) Configuration Management
5 6 (14.63%) Continuous Integration
5 6 (14.63%) DSDM
5 6 (14.63%) ITIL
5 6 (14.63%) RUP
5 6 (14.63%) Scrum
6 5 (12.20%) Application Packaging
7 4 (9.76%) Kalman Filter
7 4 (9.76%) Load Balancing
7 4 (9.76%) Performance Management
8 3 (7.32%) Capacity Management
8 3 (7.32%) Defect Management
8 3 (7.32%) Identity Access Management
8 3 (7.32%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 19 (46.34%) PowerShell
2 12 (29.27%) SQL
3 6 (14.63%) Bash Shell
3 6 (14.63%) Python
3 6 (14.63%) Ruby
3 6 (14.63%) Shell Script
4 2 (4.88%) C
5 1 (2.44%) C#
5 1 (2.44%) Java
Qualifications
1 15 (36.59%) Security Cleared
2 13 (31.71%) SC Cleared
3 7 (17.07%) MCSE
3 7 (17.07%) Microsoft Certification
4 4 (9.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 3 (7.32%) ISEB
5 3 (7.32%) ISTQB
5 3 (7.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (4.88%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (4.88%) CCNA
6 2 (4.88%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (4.88%) MCITP
6 2 (4.88%) MCSA
7 1 (2.44%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.88%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 30 (73.17%) VMware Infrastructure
2 22 (53.66%) Active Directory
3 10 (24.39%) XenServer
4 8 (19.51%) Xen
5 5 (12.20%) XenApp
6 4 (9.76%) Brightmail
6 4 (9.76%) XenDesktop
7 3 (7.32%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (4.88%) Hyper-V
8 2 (4.88%) NFS
8 2 (4.88%) VMware ESX
8 2 (4.88%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (2.44%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 1 (2.44%) Forefront TMG
9 1 (2.44%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (2.44%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 14 (34.15%) SCCM
1 14 (34.15%) SCOM
2 9 (21.95%) vRealize
3 6 (14.63%) Cobbler
3 6 (14.63%) Opscode Chef
3 6 (14.63%) Puppet
3 6 (14.63%) Tivoli
4 4 (9.76%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 3 (7.32%) AirWatch
6 1 (2.44%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 1 (2.44%) SCOrch
6 1 (2.44%) vMotion
Vendors
1 34 (82.93%) VMware
2 26 (63.41%) Microsoft
3 8 (19.51%) Citrix
4 7 (17.07%) HP
4 7 (17.07%) Oracle
5 6 (14.63%) EnterpriseDB
6 5 (12.20%) Dell
6 5 (12.20%) NetApp
6 5 (12.20%) Sun
7 4 (9.76%) 3PAR
7 4 (9.76%) Compaq
7 4 (9.76%) IronPort
7 4 (9.76%) Symantec
7 4 (9.76%) ThinPrint
8 3 (7.32%) Cisco
8 3 (7.32%) IBM
9 2 (4.88%) EMC
10 1 (2.44%) Avaya
10 1 (2.44%) Fujitsu