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 25 November 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
25 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
VMware vSphere
Rank 132 105 113
Rank change year-on-year
-27 +8
Contract jobs citing vSphere 4 25 21
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.13% 0.90% 0.68%
As % of the System Software category 1.40% 8.31% 6.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 17 11
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£288 £225 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+27.77% -39.18%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £213 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £338 £375 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £283 £325
% change year-on-year
+23.71% -13.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
Average hourly rate - £31.56 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £21.54 £25.75
% change year-on-year
+53.20% -16.34%
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
286 301 307
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 8.99% 10.85% 9.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 136 131 126
Average daily rate £305 £275 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.90% -21.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £170 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £420 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 57 61 46
Average hourly rate £15.00 £30.50 £15.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-50.81% +96.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £12.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £39.22 £35.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -3.03%

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 25 November 2014.

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 25 November 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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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
Manchester -13 2 £350 - 11
Cheshire +5 1 £288 +13.30%
Lancashire -31 1 £222 -0.65%
Merseyside - - - -
vSphere
England

vSphere
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 25 November 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 16 (84.21%) VMware
2 15 (78.95%) Windows
3 13 (68.42%) Active Directory
3 13 (68.42%) Windows Server 2008
4 12 (63.16%) VMware Infrastructure
4 12 (63.16%) Microsoft
5 10 (52.63%) DHCP
5 10 (52.63%) DNS
5 10 (52.63%) Windows Server 2003
6 9 (47.37%) Citrix
7 8 (42.11%) XenApp
8 6 (31.58%) Microsoft Certification
8 6 (31.58%) Dell
8 6 (31.58%) MCSE
8 6 (31.58%) ITIL
9 5 (26.32%) HP
9 5 (26.32%) Compaq
9 5 (26.32%) Cisco
9 5 (26.32%) MS Exchange
9 5 (26.32%) XenServer
9 5 (26.32%) XenDesktop
10 4 (21.05%) SharePoint
10 4 (21.05%) Linux
10 4 (21.05%) Exchange Server 2007
11 3 (15.79%) Performance Management
11 3 (15.79%) Backup Exec
11 3 (15.79%) SQL
11 3 (15.79%) SAN
11 3 (15.79%) Veeam
12 2 (10.53%) SQL Server 2008

vSphere
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 25 November 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 5 (26.32%) MS Exchange
2 4 (21.05%) SharePoint
2 4 (21.05%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 2 (10.53%) MS Excel
2 1 (5.26%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (5.26%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 10 (52.63%) DHCP
1 10 (52.63%) DNS
2 3 (15.79%) SAN
3 2 (10.53%) Cisco Nexus
3 2 (10.53%) Cisco ASA
3 2 (10.53%) LAN
3 2 (10.53%) VoIP
3 2 (10.53%) WAN
3 2 (10.53%) TCP/IP
3 2 (10.53%) Firewall
4 1 (5.26%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (10.53%) SQL Server 2008
1 2 (10.53%) SQL Server 2012
1 2 (10.53%) SQL Server
General
1 2 (10.53%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 8 (42.11%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 2 (10.53%) Server Analyst
2 2 (10.53%) Analyst
2 2 (10.53%) Support Engineer
3 1 (5.26%) Capacity Manager
3 1 (5.26%) Migration Engineer
3 1 (5.26%) Data Migration Engineer
3 1 (5.26%) IT Manager
3 1 (5.26%) Linux Engineer
3 1 (5.26%) Linux DevOps Engineer
3 1 (5.26%) DevOps Engineer
3 1 (5.26%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.26%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (10.53%) Replication
1 2 (10.53%) PKI
2 1 (5.26%) NHS
2 1 (5.26%) EqualLogic
Operating Systems
1 15 (78.95%) Windows
2 13 (68.42%) Windows Server 2008
3 10 (52.63%) Windows Server 2003
4 4 (21.05%) Linux
5 2 (10.53%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (5.26%) Windows 2000
6 1 (5.26%) UNIX
6 1 (5.26%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (31.58%) ITIL
2 3 (15.79%) Performance Management
3 2 (10.53%) DevOps
3 2 (10.53%) Migration
4 1 (5.26%) Problem Management
4 1 (5.26%) Continuous Integration
4 1 (5.26%) Data Migration
4 1 (5.26%) Stakeholder Management
4 1 (5.26%) Configuration Management
4 1 (5.26%) PRINCE2
4 1 (5.26%) SOA
4 1 (5.26%) High Availability
4 1 (5.26%) Capacity Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (15.79%) SQL
2 1 (5.26%) Perl
2 1 (5.26%) PHP
2 1 (5.26%) PowerShell
2 1 (5.26%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 6 (31.58%) Microsoft Certification
1 6 (31.58%) MCSE
2 2 (10.53%) SC Cleared
2 2 (10.53%) Security Cleared
3 1 (5.26%) MCITP
3 1 (5.26%) MCSA
3 1 (5.26%) MCP
System Software
1 13 (68.42%) Active Directory
2 12 (63.16%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (42.11%) XenApp
4 5 (26.32%) XenServer
4 5 (26.32%) XenDesktop
5 2 (10.53%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (10.53%) Terminal Services
5 2 (10.53%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 1 (5.26%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 3 (15.79%) Backup Exec
2 2 (10.53%) SCCM
2 2 (10.53%) SCOM
3 1 (5.26%) Norton AntiVirus
3 1 (5.26%) EdgeSight
3 1 (5.26%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (5.26%) McAfee ePO
3 1 (5.26%) PureDisk
3 1 (5.26%) Puppet
Vendors
1 16 (84.21%) VMware
2 12 (63.16%) Microsoft
3 9 (47.37%) Citrix
4 6 (31.58%) Dell
5 5 (26.32%) HP
5 5 (26.32%) Compaq
5 5 (26.32%) Cisco
6 3 (15.79%) Veeam
7 1 (5.26%) Symantec
7 1 (5.26%) McAfee
7 1 (5.26%) NetApp