The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the System Software category for the North West region.

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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
VMware vSphere
Rank 111 98 121
Rank change year-on-year
-13 +23
Contract jobs citing vSphere 25 22 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.79% 0.91% 0.49%
As % of the System Software category 6.56% 9.40% 5.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 17 9
Average daily rate £250 £265 £288
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.66% -7.82%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £223 £229 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £358 £326 £369
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £338
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 1 2
Average hourly rate £32.00 £18.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+72.97% -2.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.28 £18.50 £17.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.50 £18.50 £20.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.28 £27.25 £23.75
% change year-on-year
-21.90% +14.73%
System Software Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
System Software category
381 234 263
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 12.01% 9.72% 8.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 147 75 88
Average daily rate £260 £253 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.97% -19.20%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £130 £206 £155
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £350 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 79 49 44
Average hourly rate £25.00 £18.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+35.13% +5.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £11.30 £11.88
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.50 £37.50 £24.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £15.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.45% -6.06%
vSphere
England

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 18 April 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
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing vSphere across the North West region over the 3 months to 18 April 2014.

vSphere Hourly Rate Histogram 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 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Lancashire -14 17 £245 -0.50%
Cheshire -10 4 £250 -29.82% 2
Manchester -17 2 £350 +38.61% 7
Merseyside +1 1 £375 +36.36% 1
vSphere
England

vSphere
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 32 (64.00%) DHCP
1 32 (64.00%) DNS
2 31 (62.00%) VMware
3 28 (56.00%) Windows
4 27 (54.00%) Windows Server 2008
5 26 (52.00%) Citrix
6 25 (50.00%) Security Cleared
6 25 (50.00%) VMware Infrastructure
7 23 (46.00%) XenApp
7 23 (46.00%) Windows Server 2003
8 22 (44.00%) Active Directory
9 21 (42.00%) Microsoft
10 20 (40.00%) Migration
10 20 (40.00%) Data Migration
10 20 (40.00%) SC Cleared
11 19 (38.00%) PureDisk
12 14 (28.00%) XenDesktop
13 13 (26.00%) XenServer
13 13 (26.00%) HP
13 13 (26.00%) ITIL
14 11 (22.00%) Compaq
14 11 (22.00%) Dell
15 9 (18.00%) MCSE
15 9 (18.00%) Microsoft Certification
16 8 (16.00%) Windows XP
16 8 (16.00%) Windows 7
16 8 (16.00%) Citrix Presentation Server
17 7 (14.00%) WAN
18 6 (12.00%) LAN
18 6 (12.00%) SAN

vSphere
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 (10.00%) SharePoint 2013
1 5 (10.00%) SharePoint 2010
1 5 (10.00%) SharePoint
2 4 (8.00%) MS Exchange
3 3 (6.00%) Exchange Server 2007
3 3 (6.00%) IIS
4 2 (4.00%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (2.00%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (2.00%) Exchange Server 2003
5 1 (2.00%) Site Server
Applications
1 2 (4.00%) MS Office
2 1 (2.00%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.00%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 32 (64.00%) DHCP
1 32 (64.00%) DNS
2 7 (14.00%) WAN
3 6 (12.00%) LAN
3 6 (12.00%) SAN
4 3 (6.00%) NetScaler
4 3 (6.00%) Reverse Proxy
5 2 (4.00%) TCP/IP
5 2 (4.00%) VoIP
5 2 (4.00%) Cisco Nexus
6 1 (2.00%) Firewall
6 1 (2.00%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.00%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (2.00%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (2.00%) MySQL
General
1 4 (8.00%) Local Government
2 1 (2.00%) Telecoms
2 1 (2.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 15 (30.00%) Data Migration Engineer
1 15 (30.00%) Migration Engineer
2 9 (18.00%) Server Engineer
3 6 (12.00%) Consultant
4 5 (10.00%) Support Engineer
5 4 (8.00%) Systems Engineer
6 3 (6.00%) Windows Server Engineer
6 3 (6.00%) Citrix Consultant
7 2 (4.00%) IT Support Engineer
7 2 (4.00%) IT Support
7 2 (4.00%) VMware Consultant
8 1 (2.00%) VMware Engineer
8 1 (2.00%) Web Engineer
8 1 (2.00%) Web Support Engineer
8 1 (2.00%) Wintel Engineer
8 1 (2.00%) Server Support Engineer
8 1 (2.00%) Citrix Engineer
8 1 (2.00%) Head of IT
8 1 (2.00%) Citrix Specialist
8 1 (2.00%) Senior Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (8.00%) Web Services
2 2 (4.00%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 4 (8.00%) PKI
2 3 (6.00%) Fat Client
2 3 (6.00%) Clustering
2 3 (6.00%) Thin Client
3 1 (2.00%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 28 (56.00%) Windows
2 27 (54.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 23 (46.00%) Windows Server 2003
4 8 (16.00%) Windows XP
4 8 (16.00%) Windows 7
5 6 (12.00%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (6.00%) Linux
7 2 (4.00%) UNIX
7 2 (4.00%) Mac OS X
7 2 (4.00%) Windows Vista
7 2 (4.00%) Windows 2000 Server
8 1 (2.00%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (40.00%) Migration
1 20 (40.00%) Data Migration
2 13 (26.00%) ITIL
3 3 (6.00%) PRINCE2
4 1 (2.00%) Performance Management
4 1 (2.00%) Project Management
4 1 (2.00%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 3 (6.00%) LINC
2 2 (4.00%) SQL
2 2 (4.00%) VB.NET
2 2 (4.00%) AppleScript
3 1 (2.00%) PHP
Qualifications
1 25 (50.00%) Security Cleared
2 20 (40.00%) SC Cleared
3 9 (18.00%) MCSE
3 9 (18.00%) Microsoft Certification
4 3 (6.00%) BC Cleared
5 1 (2.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
System Software
1 25 (50.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 23 (46.00%) XenApp
3 22 (44.00%) Active Directory
4 14 (28.00%) XenDesktop
5 13 (26.00%) XenServer
6 8 (16.00%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 4 (8.00%) Hyper-V
8 3 (6.00%) VMware ESX
9 2 (4.00%) MetaFrame
9 2 (4.00%) VMware Workstation
9 2 (4.00%) vCloud
10 1 (2.00%) VMware ESXi
10 1 (2.00%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 19 (38.00%) PureDisk
2 5 (10.00%) SCOM
3 1 (2.00%) SCCM
Vendors
1 31 (62.00%) VMware
2 26 (52.00%) Citrix
3 21 (42.00%) Microsoft
4 13 (26.00%) HP
5 11 (22.00%) Compaq
5 11 (22.00%) Dell
6 5 (10.00%) NetApp
7 3 (6.00%) Cisco
8 2 (4.00%) IBM
8 2 (4.00%) Apple
9 1 (2.00%) Symantec