The first table below looks at the demand for vSphere skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited vSphere over the 3 months to 17 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.

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
17 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
VMware vSphere
Rank 292 254 291
Rank change year-on-year
-38 +37
Contract jobs citing vSphere 358 361 343
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.64% 0.76% 0.57%
As % of the System Software category 6.81% 8.24% 7.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 236 206 196
Average daily rate £350 £325 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -10.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £242 £225 £231
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £338
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 17 19
Average hourly rate £20.03 £25.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-19.88% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.10 £21.20 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.30 £32.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.28 £27.25 £23.75
% change year-on-year
-21.90% +14.73%
System Software Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
System Software category
5258 4380 4694
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 9.33% 9.16% 7.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 2687 2115 2310
Average daily rate £350 £338 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.70% -3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £190 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £463
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 592 625 569
Average hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -2.94%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £31.50 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £15.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.45% -6.06%

vSphere
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing vSphere within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the System Software category.

vSphere Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

vSphere
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing vSphere within the UK.

vSphere Daily Rate Trend in the UK

vSphere
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing vSphere within the UK over the 3 months to 17 April 2014.

vSphere Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

vSphere
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing vSphere within the UK.

vSphere Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

vSphere
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing vSphere within the UK over the 3 months to 17 April 2014.

vSphere Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

vSphere
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing vSphere within the UK over the 3 months to 17 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
England -36 312 £350 +7.69% 120
London -38 125 £375 - 40
South East -48 68 £325 +6.12% 31
Yorkshire +11 32 £325 +8.33% 11
Scotland -4 28 £348 -4.13% 2
North West -15 25 £250 -5.66% 13
East of England -23 24 £335 -7.45% 7
South West -23 23 £400 -11.11% 11
City of London -28 23 £350 -7.28% 12
Hampshire +6 22 £375 +7.14% 11
West Yorkshire -10 22 £325 +4.00% 8
Lancashire -12 17 £245 -0.50%
Leeds -5 16 £325 +18.18% 6
Edinburgh -18 15 £350 +59.09% 1
Surrey -9 13 £313 - 5
Cambridgeshire -11 12 £400 +10.49% 1
West Midlands -19 11 £280 +40.00% 3
Berkshire -29 11 £325 -4.41% 10
South Wales -6 10 £288 +9.52% 2
Wales -15 10 £288 +9.52% 2
Gloucestershire +5 9 £365 -18.88% 1
Hertfordshire -1 9 £325 - 2
Southampton -1 8 £288 -11.53% 4
North Yorkshire -1 7 £400 - 3
Buckinghamshire -17 7 £294 +35.05% 3
Glasgow +14 6 £325 +10.63%
Croydon -5 6 £550 -
Bridgend - 6 £450 -
Cambridge +4 5 £369 +5.35%
Cheltenham -3 5 £395 -12.22% 1

vSphere
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 April 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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.

1 662 (91.06%) VMware
2 584 (80.33%) Windows
3 421 (57.91%) VMware Infrastructure
4 372 (51.17%) Active Directory
5 344 (47.32%) Windows Server 2008
6 319 (43.88%) Microsoft
7 268 (36.86%) Windows Server 2003
8 258 (35.49%) Citrix
9 224 (30.81%) SAN
9 224 (30.81%) HP
10 220 (30.26%) MS Exchange
11 183 (25.17%) DNS
12 168 (23.11%) XenApp
13 167 (22.97%) Linux
14 157 (21.60%) SQL
15 148 (20.36%) ITIL
16 146 (20.08%) SQL Server
17 141 (19.39%) Microsoft Certification
18 139 (19.12%) DHCP
19 133 (18.29%) Cisco
20 122 (16.78%) VMware ESX
21 121 (16.64%) MCSE
22 117 (16.09%) XenDesktop
22 117 (16.09%) Exchange Server 2010
23 114 (15.68%) Windows Server 2012
24 113 (15.54%) PowerShell
25 111 (15.27%) NetApp
26 106 (14.58%) Security Cleared
27 105 (14.44%) EMC
28 104 (14.31%) SCCM

vSphere
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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
1 220 (30.26%) MS Exchange
2 117 (16.09%) Exchange Server 2010
3 77 (10.59%) IIS
4 69 (9.49%) Exchange Server 2007
5 65 (8.94%) Exchange Server 2003
6 46 (6.33%) SharePoint
7 42 (5.78%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 37 (5.09%) Lync
9 21 (2.89%) SharePoint 2010
10 13 (1.79%) Exchange Server 2013
11 11 (1.51%) Tomcat
12 10 (1.38%) Apache
13 9 (1.24%) JOnAS
14 8 (1.10%) WebSphere
14 8 (1.10%) OpenStack
15 6 (0.83%) SharePoint 2013
16 5 (0.69%) WebLogic
17 4 (0.55%) WorkSite
17 4 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2000
17 4 (0.55%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 81 (11.14%) MS Excel
2 31 (4.26%) MS Office
3 6 (0.83%) MS Project
3 6 (0.83%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.14%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 4 (0.55%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (0.41%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.28%) Tridion
4 1 (0.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.14%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.14%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 14 (1.93%) Office 365
2 10 (1.38%) IaaS
3 9 (1.24%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (1.24%) Amazon AWS
4 8 (1.10%) SaaS
5 4 (0.55%) PaaS
6 3 (0.41%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (0.28%) IBM SmartCloud
8 1 (0.14%) Google App Engine
8 1 (0.14%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 224 (30.81%) SAN
2 183 (25.17%) DNS
3 139 (19.12%) DHCP
4 103 (14.17%) TCP/IP
4 103 (14.17%) Firewall
5 73 (10.04%) LAN
6 67 (9.22%) WAN
7 55 (7.57%) VPN
8 42 (5.78%) NetScaler
9 39 (5.36%) NAS
10 37 (5.09%) VLAN
11 35 (4.81%) MPLS
12 29 (3.99%) Internet
13 28 (3.85%) SMTP
14 27 (3.71%) VoIP
14 27 (3.71%) Wireless
15 23 (3.16%) Network Security
15 23 (3.16%) Fibre Channel
16 18 (2.48%) iSCSI
17 16 (2.20%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 146 (20.08%) SQL Server
2 49 (6.74%) SQL Server 2008
3 27 (3.71%) SQL Server 2005
4 18 (2.48%) MySQL
5 15 (2.06%) Relational Database
6 11 (1.51%) SQL Server 2012
7 8 (1.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 4 (0.55%) Data Warehouse
8 4 (0.55%) Oracle Database
9 3 (0.41%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 3 (0.41%) RDBMS
9 3 (0.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 3 (0.41%) NoSQL
9 3 (0.41%) Big Data
10 2 (0.28%) SQLPlus
11 1 (0.14%) PostgreSQL
11 1 (0.14%) SQL Server 2000
11 1 (0.14%) DTS
11 1 (0.14%) MS Access
11 1 (0.14%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 8 (1.10%) LoadRunner
1 8 (1.10%) MSI
2 4 (0.55%) JProfiler
3 3 (0.41%) Visual Studio
3 3 (0.41%) Jenkins
4 2 (0.28%) Facilita Forecast
4 2 (0.28%) Wise Package Studio
4 2 (0.28%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.14%) Cucumber
5 1 (0.14%) JIRA
5 1 (0.14%) Git (software)
5 1 (0.14%) Hudson
General
1 59 (8.12%) Finance
2 36 (4.95%) Telecoms
3 24 (3.30%) Law
4 23 (3.16%) Banking
5 19 (2.61%) Legal
6 15 (2.06%) Retail
7 11 (1.51%) Manufacturing
8 8 (1.10%) Back Office
8 8 (1.10%) Local Government
9 6 (0.83%) Investment Banking
10 5 (0.69%) Publishing
10 5 (0.69%) French Language
10 5 (0.69%) German Language
11 4 (0.55%) Italian Language
11 4 (0.55%) Japanese Language
12 3 (0.41%) Multimedia
13 2 (0.28%) Electronics
14 1 (0.14%) Financial Institution
14 1 (0.14%) Advertising
14 1 (0.14%) Games
Job Titles
1 103 (14.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 68 (9.35%) Consultant
3 62 (8.53%) Support Engineer
4 57 (7.84%) Administrator
5 53 (7.29%) Architect
6 48 (6.60%) Analyst
7 47 (6.46%) Systems Engineer
8 44 (6.05%) Wintel Engineer
9 40 (5.50%) 3rd Line Support
10 38 (5.23%) Server Engineer
11 25 (3.44%) Systems Administrator
12 22 (3.03%) Solutions Architect
13 21 (2.89%) Network Engineer
13 21 (2.89%) Citrix Engineer
14 19 (2.61%) Infrastructure Architect
14 19 (2.61%) Server Support
15 18 (2.48%) Infrastructure Analyst
15 18 (2.48%) Project Engineer
16 17 (2.34%) Virtualisation Engineer
17 16 (2.20%) VMware Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (2.20%) Web Services
2 13 (1.79%) Middleware
3 11 (1.51%) XML
4 10 (1.38%) XMPP
5 8 (1.10%) Application Packaging
6 7 (0.96%) .NET
7 4 (0.55%) ASP.NET
7 4 (0.55%) EDI
8 3 (0.41%) MSMQ
8 3 (0.41%) WCF
8 3 (0.41%) ASP.NET MVC
8 3 (0.41%) .NET Framework
8 3 (0.41%) JTAPI
8 3 (0.41%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
9 2 (0.28%) COM+
9 2 (0.28%) WebSphere MQ
10 1 (0.14%) X-Windows
10 1 (0.14%) LAMP
10 1 (0.14%) K2 blackpearl
Miscellaneous
1 70 (9.63%) Clustering
2 47 (6.46%) Blackberry
3 39 (5.36%) Replication
4 31 (4.26%) CLARiiON
5 25 (3.44%) Management Information System
6 20 (2.75%) PKI
7 13 (1.79%) Fat Client
7 13 (1.79%) Celerra
7 13 (1.79%) Thin Client
8 10 (1.38%) Client/Server
8 10 (1.38%) Video on Demand
9 9 (1.24%) Enterprise Storage
10 8 (1.10%) CESG
11 6 (0.83%) AS400
11 6 (0.83%) Mainframe
11 6 (0.83%) IPTV
11 6 (0.83%) Enterprise Software
12 5 (0.69%) Mobile App
12 5 (0.69%) NHS
13 4 (0.55%) Firmware
Operating Systems
1 584 (80.33%) Windows
2 344 (47.32%) Windows Server 2008
3 268 (36.86%) Windows Server 2003
4 167 (22.97%) Linux
5 114 (15.68%) Windows Server 2012
6 74 (10.18%) Windows 7
7 71 (9.77%) UNIX
8 55 (7.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 32 (4.40%) Solaris
10 27 (3.71%) Windows XP
11 16 (2.20%) SUSE
12 14 (1.93%) Windows 2000 Server
13 12 (1.65%) Windows 8
14 11 (1.51%) AIX
15 5 (0.69%) Windows Vista
15 5 (0.69%) SELinux
15 5 (0.69%) Oracle Linux
16 4 (0.55%) Android
16 4 (0.55%) VMS
16 4 (0.55%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 148 (20.36%) ITIL
2 90 (12.38%) Migration
3 60 (8.25%) Disaster Recovery
4 35 (4.81%) Performance Monitoring
5 32 (4.40%) Service Management
6 30 (4.13%) Project Management
7 29 (3.99%) Load Balancing
8 23 (3.16%) Performance Tuning
9 22 (3.03%) Data Migration
9 22 (3.03%) Change Control
9 22 (3.03%) Incident Management
10 21 (2.89%) Root Cause Analysis
11 20 (2.75%) Service Delivery
12 19 (2.61%) Change Management
12 19 (2.61%) Software Deployment
13 17 (2.34%) Server Monitoring
14 15 (2.06%) Problem Management
15 14 (1.93%) Performance Testing
15 14 (1.93%) PRINCE2
15 14 (1.93%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 157 (21.60%) SQL
2 113 (15.54%) PowerShell
3 32 (4.40%) Perl
4 26 (3.58%) VB
5 19 (2.61%) VBScript
6 17 (2.34%) Python
7 16 (2.20%) C#
8 9 (1.24%) Shell Script
9 8 (1.10%) C
9 8 (1.10%) T-SQL
10 7 (0.96%) Bash Shell
11 6 (0.83%) Java
12 4 (0.55%) Bourne shell
12 4 (0.55%) Ruby
13 3 (0.41%) LINC
13 3 (0.41%) PHP
14 2 (0.28%) PL/SQL
14 2 (0.28%) JavaScript
14 2 (0.28%) C++
14 2 (0.28%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 141 (19.39%) Microsoft Certification
2 121 (16.64%) MCSE
3 106 (14.58%) Security Cleared
4 87 (11.97%) SC Cleared
5 76 (10.45%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 50 (6.88%) MCITP
7 29 (3.99%) Cisco Certification
8 24 (3.30%) MCSA
9 22 (3.03%) CCNA
10 21 (2.89%) MCP
10 21 (2.89%) VCAP
11 18 (2.48%) Citrix Certification
12 15 (2.06%) CCA
12 15 (2.06%) DV Cleared
13 14 (1.93%) CCNP
14 8 (1.10%) CCEA
14 8 (1.10%) Degree
15 7 (0.96%) VCDX
15 7 (0.96%) MCTS
15 7 (0.96%) VCP5
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (3.16%) SLA
2 11 (1.51%) QA
3 4 (0.55%) JSP 440
4 3 (0.41%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.28%) GPG13
6 1 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 421 (57.91%) VMware Infrastructure
2 372 (51.17%) Active Directory
3 168 (23.11%) XenApp
4 122 (16.78%) VMware ESX
5 117 (16.09%) XenDesktop
6 95 (13.07%) VMware ESXi
7 76 (10.45%) Hyper-V
8 41 (5.64%) XenServer
9 37 (5.09%) vCloud
10 25 (3.44%) Microsoft App-V
10 25 (3.44%) ISA Server
11 21 (2.89%) Xen
12 18 (2.48%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 18 (2.48%) UAG
13 14 (1.93%) NFS
14 12 (1.65%) EMC RecoverPoint
15 6 (0.83%) DFS Replication
15 6 (0.83%) VMware Workstation
16 5 (0.69%) Terminal Services
16 5 (0.69%) IAG
Systems Management
1 104 (14.31%) SCCM
2 71 (9.77%) SCOM
3 50 (6.88%) NetBackup
4 34 (4.68%) WSUS
5 33 (4.54%) Backup Exec
6 22 (3.03%) EMC NetWorker
6 22 (3.03%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 19 (2.61%) Norton AntiVirus
7 19 (2.61%) MAILsweeper
7 19 (2.61%) PureDisk
8 17 (2.34%) HP Data Protector
9 11 (1.51%) Puppet
9 11 (1.51%) Tivoli Storage Manager
10 10 (1.38%) HP SIM
11 9 (1.24%) Veritas Storage Foundation
12 8 (1.10%) Opscode Chef
13 6 (0.83%) McAfee ePO
13 6 (0.83%) BladeLogic
13 6 (0.83%) Tivoli
14 5 (0.69%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 662 (91.06%) VMware
2 319 (43.88%) Microsoft
3 258 (35.49%) Citrix
4 224 (30.81%) HP
5 133 (18.29%) Cisco
6 111 (15.27%) NetApp
7 105 (14.44%) EMC
8 72 (9.90%) Symantec
9 64 (8.80%) Dell
10 61 (8.39%) Oracle
11 55 (7.57%) Red Hat
12 53 (7.29%) IBM
13 37 (5.09%) AppSense
14 35 (4.81%) McAfee
15 28 (3.85%) Websense
16 20 (2.75%) Clearswift
17 19 (2.61%) CheckPoint
17 19 (2.61%) Veritas
17 19 (2.61%) Compaq
17 19 (2.61%) 3PAR
Brentford, Middlesex
Experis IT
Rate: £450 - £545 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
Reading, Berkshire
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Rate: From £300 to £425 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £425 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
London
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Bournemouth, Dorset
PruHealth
Rate: Competitive
Posted: Yesterday
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £400.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Austin Fraser
Rate: £0.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £400.00 - £410.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Hertfordshire
Coal IT Services
Rate: Up to £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Dorset
People Source Consulting
Rate: £400.00 - £401.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
esynergy Solutions - UK
Rate: £270 per annum
Posted: 10 days ago
City of London
Computer Futures
Posted: 13 days ago
City of London
Computer Futures
Posted: 13 days ago
Buckinghamshire
DP Connect
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £400.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 14 days ago
Sunbury-On-Thames
Premier Group
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 24 days ago