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 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
VMware vSphere
Rank 113 104 104
Rank change year-on-year
-9 0
Contract jobs citing vSphere 19 17 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.60% 0.64% 0.70%
As % of the System Software category 7.48% 6.03% 6.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 8 6
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£425 £273 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+55.96% +9.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £358 £220 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £442 £375 £308
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £320 £300
% change year-on-year
+21.09% +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 5 8
Average hourly rate - £30.00 £28.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +4.34%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.85 £23.20 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-1.53% -22.66%
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
254 282 295
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 8.08% 10.57% 11.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 98 113 106
Average daily rate £338 £269 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.58% -17.30%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £228 £135 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £410 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
+16.66% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 54 57 65
Average hourly rate £14.50 £26.50 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-45.28% +6.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.18 £11.12 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.28 £42.38 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £15.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+3.22% -11.42%

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 30 January 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 -13 11 £440 +96.42% 1
Manchester +1 8 £368 - 3
Cheshire - - - - 5
Merseyside - - - -
vSphere
England

vSphere
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 (96.00%) Windows
2 23 (92.00%) VMware
3 19 (76.00%) Linux
4 18 (72.00%) VMware Infrastructure
5 14 (56.00%) Cisco
6 13 (52.00%) CheckPoint
6 13 (52.00%) Migration
7 12 (48.00%) SC Cleared
7 12 (48.00%) Security Cleared
8 11 (44.00%) VMS
9 10 (40.00%) Active Directory
9 10 (40.00%) Finance
10 7 (28.00%) Microsoft
11 6 (24.00%) Windows Server 2008
12 5 (20.00%) DevOps
12 5 (20.00%) Windows Server 2003
13 4 (16.00%) DNS
13 4 (16.00%) Citrix
13 4 (16.00%) DHCP
13 4 (16.00%) UNIX
13 4 (16.00%) MS Excel
13 4 (16.00%) PowerShell
13 4 (16.00%) Continuous Integration
14 3 (12.00%) Performance Management
14 3 (12.00%) Microsoft Certification
14 3 (12.00%) SAN
14 3 (12.00%) MS Exchange
14 3 (12.00%) MCSE
14 3 (12.00%) Opscode Chef
14 3 (12.00%) Puppet

vSphere
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 3 (12.00%) MS Exchange
2 2 (8.00%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 4 (16.00%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 2 (8.00%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (16.00%) DNS
1 4 (16.00%) DHCP
2 3 (12.00%) SAN
3 2 (8.00%) LAN
3 2 (8.00%) WAN
3 2 (8.00%) TCP/IP
3 2 (8.00%) Firewall
3 2 (8.00%) Network Security
3 2 (8.00%) VLAN
4 1 (4.00%) iSCSI
4 1 (4.00%) Fibre Channel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (8.00%) MySQL
1 2 (8.00%) SQL Server
General
1 10 (40.00%) Finance
2 2 (8.00%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 15 (60.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 11 (44.00%) Cloud Engineer
3 2 (8.00%) DevOps Engineer
4 1 (4.00%) Data Migration Engineer
4 1 (4.00%) Server Engineer
4 1 (4.00%) UNIX Engineer
4 1 (4.00%) Linux Systems Administrator
4 1 (4.00%) Linux Administrator
4 1 (4.00%) Linux Engineer
4 1 (4.00%) Migration Engineer
4 1 (4.00%) Linux DevOps Engineer
4 1 (4.00%) 3rd Line Server Engineer
4 1 (4.00%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (8.00%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (8.00%) Enterprise Storage
1 2 (8.00%) Replication
1 2 (8.00%) PKI
1 2 (8.00%) Computer Science
2 1 (4.00%) EqualLogic
Operating Systems
1 24 (96.00%) Windows
2 19 (76.00%) Linux
3 11 (44.00%) VMS
4 6 (24.00%) Windows Server 2008
5 5 (20.00%) Windows Server 2003
6 4 (16.00%) UNIX
7 3 (12.00%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (4.00%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (52.00%) Migration
2 5 (20.00%) DevOps
3 4 (16.00%) Continuous Integration
4 3 (12.00%) Performance Management
4 3 (12.00%) High Availability
5 2 (8.00%) Information Security
6 1 (4.00%) Problem Management
6 1 (4.00%) Data Migration
6 1 (4.00%) Configuration Management
6 1 (4.00%) ITIL
6 1 (4.00%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 4 (16.00%) PowerShell
2 1 (4.00%) C
2 1 (4.00%) Perl
2 1 (4.00%) PHP
2 1 (4.00%) SQL
2 1 (4.00%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 12 (48.00%) SC Cleared
1 12 (48.00%) Security Cleared
2 3 (12.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 3 (12.00%) MCSE
3 2 (8.00%) MCSA
4 1 (4.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 1 (4.00%) MCITP
4 1 (4.00%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (4.00%) CCNA
4 1 (4.00%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.00%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 18 (72.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 10 (40.00%) Active Directory
3 3 (12.00%) XenApp
4 2 (8.00%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 1 (4.00%) Xen
5 1 (4.00%) NFS
5 1 (4.00%) Hyper-V
5 1 (4.00%) XenServer
5 1 (4.00%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 3 (12.00%) Opscode Chef
1 3 (12.00%) Puppet
2 2 (8.00%) Ansible
2 2 (8.00%) Salt
2 2 (8.00%) SCOM
3 1 (4.00%) Backup Exec
3 1 (4.00%) Norton AntiVirus
3 1 (4.00%) McAfee ePO
3 1 (4.00%) PureDisk
Vendors
1 23 (92.00%) VMware
2 14 (56.00%) Cisco
3 13 (52.00%) CheckPoint
4 7 (28.00%) Microsoft
5 4 (16.00%) Citrix
6 2 (8.00%) HP
6 2 (8.00%) Dell
7 1 (4.00%) NetApp
7 1 (4.00%) Symantec
7 1 (4.00%) McAfee
7 1 (4.00%) Compaq
7 1 (4.00%) Veeam
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