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 9 December 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
9 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
VMware vSphere
Rank 120 141 134
Rank change year-on-year
+21 -7
Contract jobs citing vSphere 31 16 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.99% 0.39% 0.18%
As % of the System Software category 9.23% 4.41% 1.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 6 5
Median daily rate £390 £370 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.40% +5.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £189 £335 £248
10% offered a daily rate of more than £430 £399 £372
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £370 £350
% change year-on-year
-5.40% +5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.23 £25.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year
+72.92% -13.79%
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
336 363 305
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 10.69% 8.79% 9.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 198 180 133
Median daily rate £350 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £170 £224
10% offered a daily rate of more than £583 £475 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £348
% change year-on-year
- +0.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 52 64
Median hourly rate £14.75 £17.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.23% +13.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £11.40 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £35.00 £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £16.85
% change year-on-year
- -5.04%

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
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 9 December 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing vSphere within the North West region over the 3 months to 9 December 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
Manchester +16 24 £425 +13.33% 3
Lancashire -5 4 £263 -29.05%
Cheshire +19 2 £105 -70.00% 2
Cumbria - 1 - -
vSphere
England

vSphere
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 9 December 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 44 (84.62%) VMware
2 27 (51.92%) Windows
3 25 (48.08%) Linux
4 24 (46.15%) Active Directory
5 22 (42.31%) VMware Infrastructure
6 18 (34.62%) Windows Server
7 16 (30.77%) Windows Server 2012
7 16 (30.77%) Microsoft
8 13 (25.00%) Red Hat
9 12 (23.08%) Windows Server 2003
9 12 (23.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 11 (21.15%) Migration
10 11 (21.15%) Unix
10 11 (21.15%) ZABBIX
10 11 (21.15%) Puppet
10 11 (21.15%) Red Hat Satellite
11 10 (19.23%) Oracle Linux
11 10 (19.23%) Bash Shell
11 10 (19.23%) Amazon AWS
11 10 (19.23%) DevOps
11 10 (19.23%) Oracle
11 10 (19.23%) Python
11 10 (19.23%) Windows Server 2008
12 9 (17.31%) Ruby
12 9 (17.31%) Identity Management
12 9 (17.31%) SQL
12 9 (17.31%) OpenStack
13 8 (15.38%) CloudStack
13 8 (15.38%) Opscode Chef
13 8 (15.38%) 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 9 (17.31%) OpenStack
2 8 (15.38%) CloudStack
3 3 (5.77%) IIS
3 3 (5.77%) SharePoint
4 1 (1.92%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (1.92%) Exchange Server 2003
4 1 (1.92%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (1.92%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (1.92%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 3 (5.77%) MS Excel
1 3 (5.77%) MS PowerPoint
1 3 (5.77%) MS Visio
2 2 (3.85%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 10 (19.23%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (5.77%) Office 365
3 1 (1.92%) Amazon EC2
3 1 (1.92%) Amazon S3
3 1 (1.92%) IBM Cloud
3 1 (1.92%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 8 (15.38%) SAN
2 7 (13.46%) LDAP
3 5 (9.62%) LAN
3 5 (9.62%) WAN
4 4 (7.69%) DHCP
4 4 (7.69%) DNS
4 4 (7.69%) VPN
5 2 (3.85%) Fibre Channel
5 2 (3.85%) Firewall
5 2 (3.85%) VLAN
6 1 (1.92%) Cisco ASA
6 1 (1.92%) iSCSI
6 1 (1.92%) MPLS
6 1 (1.92%) NAS
6 1 (1.92%) NetScaler
6 1 (1.92%) Network Security
6 1 (1.92%) TCP/IP
6 1 (1.92%) VoIP
6 1 (1.92%) Wireless
6 1 (1.92%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (13.46%) SQL Server
2 5 (9.62%) SQL Server 2000
2 5 (9.62%) SQL Server 2016
3 2 (3.85%) SAP HANA
General
1 1 (1.92%) Back Office
1 1 (1.92%) Banking
1 1 (1.92%) Law
1 1 (1.92%) Manufacturing
1 1 (1.92%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 10 (19.23%) DevOps Engineer
2 6 (11.54%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 6 (11.54%) Platform Engineer
2 6 (11.54%) Support Engineer
3 3 (5.77%) 2nd Line Engineer
3 3 (5.77%) 2nd Line Support
3 3 (5.77%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
3 3 (5.77%) 3rd Line Engineer
3 3 (5.77%) Analyst
3 3 (5.77%) DBA
3 3 (5.77%) Infrastructure Support
3 3 (5.77%) IT Engineer
3 3 (5.77%) IT Support
3 3 (5.77%) Linux Specialist
3 3 (5.77%) SQL DBA
3 3 (5.77%) SQL Server DBA
3 3 (5.77%) VMware Engineer
4 2 (3.85%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
4 2 (3.85%) Desktop Support
4 2 (3.85%) IT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (3.85%) .NET
2 1 (1.92%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (5.77%) Clustering
1 3 (5.77%) Private Cloud
2 2 (3.85%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.92%) AS400
3 1 (1.92%) Data Centre
3 1 (1.92%) EMC VNX
3 1 (1.92%) Fat Client
3 1 (1.92%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 27 (51.92%) Windows
2 25 (48.08%) Linux
3 18 (34.62%) Windows Server
4 16 (30.77%) Windows Server 2012
5 12 (23.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 12 (23.08%) Windows Server 2003
6 11 (21.15%) Unix
7 10 (19.23%) Oracle Linux
7 10 (19.23%) Windows Server 2008
8 3 (5.77%) Solaris
8 3 (5.77%) SUSE
9 2 (3.85%) Windows 7
10 1 (1.92%) AIX
10 1 (1.92%) Windows 10
10 1 (1.92%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (21.15%) Migration
2 10 (19.23%) DevOps
3 9 (17.31%) Identity Management
4 4 (7.69%) Infrastructure Management
4 4 (7.69%) ITIL
5 3 (5.77%) Open Source
5 3 (5.77%) Technical Analysis
6 2 (3.85%) Data Protection
6 2 (3.85%) High Availability
6 2 (3.85%) Load Balancing
7 1 (1.92%) Agile Software Development
7 1 (1.92%) Configuration Management
7 1 (1.92%) Continuous Delivery
7 1 (1.92%) PRINCE2
7 1 (1.92%) Project Management
7 1 (1.92%) Security Patching
7 1 (1.92%) Server Building
7 1 (1.92%) Service Delivery
7 1 (1.92%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (19.23%) Bash Shell
1 10 (19.23%) Python
2 9 (17.31%) Ruby
2 9 (17.31%) SQL
3 8 (15.38%) Shell Script
4 3 (5.77%) Perl
4 3 (5.77%) PowerShell
5 1 (1.92%) C
5 1 (1.92%) C#
5 1 (1.92%) Go
5 1 (1.92%) Java
Qualifications
1 8 (15.38%) Security Cleared
2 7 (13.46%) MCSE
2 7 (13.46%) Microsoft Certification
3 6 (11.54%) SC Cleared
4 5 (9.62%) CCNA
4 5 (9.62%) Cisco Certification
5 4 (7.69%) MCSA
5 4 (7.69%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 1 (1.92%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.92%) PCI DSS
1 1 (1.92%) SLA
System Software
1 24 (46.15%) Active Directory
2 22 (42.31%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (13.46%) Xen
4 6 (11.54%) Hyper-V
4 6 (11.54%) XenServer
5 4 (7.69%) VMware ESX
6 2 (3.85%) Docker
6 2 (3.85%) Veritas Cluster Server
6 2 (3.85%) Veritas Volume Manager
7 1 (1.92%) NFS
7 1 (1.92%) vCloud
7 1 (1.92%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (1.92%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (1.92%) XenApp
7 1 (1.92%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 11 (21.15%) Puppet
1 11 (21.15%) Red Hat Satellite
1 11 (21.15%) ZABBIX
2 8 (15.38%) Opscode Chef
3 6 (11.54%) Cobbler
4 4 (7.69%) SCCM
4 4 (7.69%) SCOM
5 3 (5.77%) Ansible
5 3 (5.77%) Backup Exec
5 3 (5.77%) McAfee ePO
6 2 (3.85%) NetBackup
6 2 (3.85%) Oracle ZFS
7 1 (1.92%) Chronos
7 1 (1.92%) EMC NetWorker
7 1 (1.92%) logstash
7 1 (1.92%) Marathon
7 1 (1.92%) Mesos
7 1 (1.92%) Microsoft Clustering
7 1 (1.92%) WSUS
7 1 (1.92%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 44 (84.62%) VMware
2 16 (30.77%) Microsoft
3 13 (25.00%) Red Hat
4 10 (19.23%) Oracle
5 6 (11.54%) Cisco
6 4 (7.69%) HP
6 4 (7.69%) Intel Security
7 3 (5.77%) Canon
7 3 (5.77%) Dell
7 3 (5.77%) EMC
7 3 (5.77%) iManage
7 3 (5.77%) NetApp
7 3 (5.77%) PlateSpin
7 3 (5.77%) Symantec
7 3 (5.77%) Veritas
8 2 (3.85%) Citrix
8 2 (3.85%) LANDesk
8 2 (3.85%) SAP
8 2 (3.85%) Sun
8 2 (3.85%) Veeam