The table below looks at the statistics for vSphere skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited vSphere over the 3 months to 24 February 2017 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
24 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
VMware vSphere
UK
Rank 362 290 268
Rank change year-on-year
-72 -22
Contract jobs citing vSphere 254 399 415
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.56% 0.77% 0.79%
As % of the System Software category 4.92% 7.45% 7.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 176 250 247
Median daily rate £389 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.66% -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £236 £243 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £384 £375 £368
% change year-on-year
+2.33% +2.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 12 29
Median hourly rate £23.00 £29.53 £22.69
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.10% +30.13%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.20 £13.50 £14.73
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.40 £45.00 £29.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.25 £31.56 £22.69
% change year-on-year
+8.54% +39.07%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire System Software category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

System Software Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
System Software category
5163 5356 5328
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 11.37% 10.30% 10.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 3266 3199 2931
Median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £190 £188
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 374 480 598
Median hourly rate £17.50 £16.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+9.37% -3.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £43.00 £32.52
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £16.00

vSphere
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing vSphere as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 24 February 2017.

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 24 February 2017.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing vSphere within the UK over the 3 months to 24 February 2017. 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 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
England -58 237 £390 +4.00% 86
South East +7 94 £400 +13.47% 18
London -40 76 £400 - 33
Hampshire +22 54 £400 +14.28% 9
Berkshire +14 18 £425 +11.84% 4
North West +20 17 £375 +3.44% 11
Yorkshire -1 17 £463 +8.82% 12
Scotland +23 14 £365 -8.75% 2
Winchester +2 14 £425 +13.33%
Manchester +15 12 £390 - 5
Surrey 0 12 £375 +11.11% 2
East of England +3 11 £269 -31.74% 4
West Yorkshire -3 11 £481 +13.23% 9
Edinburgh +31 10 £438 +50.86%
South West -9 10 £300 -11.76% 1
City of London -14 10 £410 +6.71% 5
Wiltshire -10 9 £288 -15.44%
Swindon -8 7 £313 -8.08%
Hook - 7 £324 -
Suffolk - 7 £250 -
Slough +13 6 £408 +15.60%
West Midlands +6 6 £225 - 2
Leeds -8 6 £481 +13.23% 7
East Midlands +4 5 £325 +30.00% 4
Birmingham +3 4 £225 - 1
Bradford +13 3 - - 1
North Yorkshire +11 3 £430 +7.50% 2
Southampton +9 3 £344 +14.58% 1
Maidenhead -4 3 £518 +21.26%
Portsmouth -4 3 £488 - 1

vSphere
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 February 2017, 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 with a requirement for vSphere.

1 577 (90.16%) VMware
2 369 (57.66%) Windows
3 339 (52.97%) VMware Infrastructure
4 237 (37.03%) Active Directory
5 224 (35.00%) Windows Server
6 212 (33.13%) Microsoft
7 210 (32.81%) Linux
8 172 (26.88%) Windows Server 2012
9 170 (26.56%) Windows Server 2008
10 165 (25.78%) Cisco
11 152 (23.75%) Security Cleared
12 150 (23.44%) DNS
13 145 (22.66%) ITIL
14 142 (22.19%) SAN
15 131 (20.47%) PowerShell
16 123 (19.22%) SC Cleared
17 114 (17.81%) Data Centre
18 112 (17.50%) VMware ESXi
18 112 (17.50%) Citrix
19 103 (16.09%) HP
20 94 (14.69%) DHCP
21 93 (14.53%) SQL Server
22 92 (14.38%) DevOps
23 90 (14.06%) Unix
24 88 (13.75%) Firewall
24 88 (13.75%) Amazon AWS
25 85 (13.28%) TCP/IP
26 84 (13.13%) Red Hat
27 83 (12.97%) EMC
27 83 (12.97%) MS Excel

vSphere
Top Related IT Skills 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 62 (9.69%) MS Exchange
2 44 (6.88%) OpenStack
3 42 (6.56%) IIS
4 38 (5.94%) Exchange Server 2010
5 22 (3.44%) Apache
6 20 (3.13%) Cloud Foundry
7 19 (2.97%) CloudStack
8 15 (2.34%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 13 (2.03%) Skype for Business
10 11 (1.72%) Exchange Server 2007
10 11 (1.72%) Exchange Server 2013
11 10 (1.56%) WebSphere
12 9 (1.41%) nginx
12 9 (1.41%) Tomcat
13 8 (1.25%) JBoss
13 8 (1.25%) SharePoint
14 6 (0.94%) Elasticsearch
14 6 (0.94%) WebSphere Application Server
15 5 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2003
16 3 (0.47%) Mongrel
Applications
1 83 (12.97%) MS Excel
2 30 (4.69%) MS Office
3 8 (1.25%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.31%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 7 (1.09%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.63%) Infor M3
2 4 (0.63%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.31%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.16%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 88 (13.75%) Amazon AWS
2 74 (11.56%) Microsoft Azure
3 43 (6.72%) PaaS
4 27 (4.22%) IaaS
4 27 (4.22%) Office 365
5 25 (3.91%) Cloud Computing
6 18 (2.81%) Heroku
6 18 (2.81%) SaaS
7 13 (2.03%) HP Helion
8 7 (1.09%) Google Cloud Platform
9 6 (0.94%) IBM Cloud
9 6 (0.94%) SoftLayer
10 5 (0.78%) Amazon EC2
10 5 (0.78%) Amazon S3
11 4 (0.63%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
11 4 (0.63%) Google Compute Engine
12 3 (0.47%) AWS CloudFormation
12 3 (0.47%) GitHub
12 3 (0.47%) OpenShift
12 3 (0.47%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 150 (23.44%) DNS
2 142 (22.19%) SAN
3 94 (14.69%) DHCP
4 88 (13.75%) Firewall
5 85 (13.28%) TCP/IP
6 48 (7.50%) LAN
6 48 (7.50%) WAN
7 45 (7.03%) NAS
8 34 (5.31%) VPN
9 32 (5.00%) VSAN
10 28 (4.38%) SSL
11 26 (4.06%) Cisco ASA
12 24 (3.75%) Cisco Nexus
12 24 (3.75%) Wireless
13 22 (3.44%) LDAP
14 20 (3.13%) IPsec
15 15 (2.34%) HTTP
16 13 (2.03%) NetScaler
16 13 (2.03%) VLAN
17 12 (1.88%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 93 (14.53%) SQL Server
2 18 (2.81%) SQL Server 2012
3 16 (2.50%) Redis
3 16 (2.50%) SQL Server 2005
4 14 (2.19%) Apache Cassandra
5 12 (1.88%) Oracle Database
6 11 (1.72%) SQL Server 2008
7 10 (1.56%) PostgreSQL
8 6 (0.94%) BusinessObjects
8 6 (0.94%) MySQL
9 5 (0.78%) DB2
9 5 (0.78%) NoSQL
10 4 (0.63%) Amazon RDS
10 4 (0.63%) Oracle Database 11g
10 4 (0.63%) SQL Server 2014
11 2 (0.31%) CouchDB
11 2 (0.31%) MongoDB
11 2 (0.31%) Oracle Database 12c
11 2 (0.31%) Relational Database
11 2 (0.31%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 26 (4.06%) Jenkins
2 20 (3.13%) Git (software)
3 10 (1.56%) MSI
4 8 (1.25%) Hudson
5 7 (1.09%) Octopus Deploy
6 6 (0.94%) JIRA
6 6 (0.94%) Subversion
6 6 (0.94%) Vagrant
7 5 (0.78%) Team Foundation Server
8 4 (0.63%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 3 (0.47%) Gitweb
9 3 (0.47%) JUnit
9 3 (0.47%) Maven
9 3 (0.47%) Travis CI
9 3 (0.47%) Visual Studio
9 3 (0.47%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 2 (0.31%) DbUnit
10 2 (0.31%) jMock
10 2 (0.31%) Mockito
10 2 (0.31%) TeamCity
General
1 70 (10.94%) Finance
2 15 (2.34%) Telecoms
3 14 (2.19%) Banking
4 9 (1.41%) Local Government
4 9 (1.41%) Retail
5 7 (1.09%) Advertising
5 7 (1.09%) Games
5 7 (1.09%) Manufacturing
6 6 (0.94%) Back Office
7 4 (0.63%) Electronics
7 4 (0.63%) Marketing
8 2 (0.31%) Financial Institution
8 2 (0.31%) Legal
8 2 (0.31%) Publishing
9 1 (0.16%) Billing
9 1 (0.16%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.16%) Military
9 1 (0.16%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 77 (12.03%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 68 (10.63%) VMware Engineer
3 50 (7.81%) Administrator
4 49 (7.66%) Analyst
5 47 (7.34%) Architect
6 41 (6.41%) Consultant
7 36 (5.63%) DevOps Engineer
7 36 (5.63%) Support Engineer
8 34 (5.31%) Windows Engineer
9 32 (5.00%) Server Engineer
9 32 (5.00%) VMware Specialist
9 32 (5.00%) Wintel Engineer
10 31 (4.84%) Support Analyst
11 29 (4.53%) Systems Administrator
12 28 (4.38%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 26 (4.06%) 3rd Line Support
14 23 (3.59%) 2nd Line Support
14 23 (3.59%) Infrastructure Specialist
15 22 (3.44%) Cloud Engineer
16 20 (3.13%) Virtualisation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (3.44%) .NET
2 21 (3.28%) Web Services
3 18 (2.81%) RabbitMQ
4 10 (1.56%) REST
5 9 (1.41%) J2EE
5 9 (1.41%) Middleware
6 8 (1.25%) LAMP
7 7 (1.09%) ASP.NET
7 7 (1.09%) CSS
7 7 (1.09%) HTML
7 7 (1.09%) SAML
8 5 (0.78%) Elastic Stack
8 5 (0.78%) RESTful
8 5 (0.78%) Software Packaging
8 5 (0.78%) XML
9 4 (0.63%) MSMQ
9 4 (0.63%) Spring
9 4 (0.63%) X-Windows
10 3 (0.47%) Servlets
10 3 (0.47%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 114 (17.81%) Data Centre
2 70 (10.94%) Clustering
3 64 (10.00%) VxBlock/Vblock
4 48 (7.50%) EMC VNX
5 30 (4.69%) EMC VMAX
6 26 (4.06%) Analytical Skills
7 19 (2.97%) Replication
8 18 (2.81%) Management Information System
9 15 (2.34%) Blackberry
10 14 (2.19%) Hybrid Cloud
10 14 (2.19%) Private Cloud
11 11 (1.72%) Linux Command Line
12 10 (1.56%) FlexPod
12 10 (1.56%) PKI
13 9 (1.41%) Computer Science
14 6 (0.94%) Driving Licence
14 6 (0.94%) Smart Meter
15 4 (0.63%) BYOD
15 4 (0.63%) Fat Client
15 4 (0.63%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 369 (57.66%) Windows
2 224 (35.00%) Windows Server
3 210 (32.81%) Linux
4 172 (26.88%) Windows Server 2012
5 170 (26.56%) Windows Server 2008
6 90 (14.06%) Unix
7 83 (12.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 82 (12.81%) Windows Server 2003
9 58 (9.06%) Windows 7
10 34 (5.31%) Windows 10
11 29 (4.53%) Solaris
12 25 (3.91%) Oracle Linux
13 23 (3.59%) CentOS
14 15 (2.34%) SUSE
15 14 (2.19%) AIX
15 14 (2.19%) Mac OS X
16 11 (1.72%) Windows 8
17 10 (1.56%) Windows XP
18 8 (1.25%) Ubuntu
19 7 (1.09%) Data ONTAP
Processes & Methodologies
1 145 (22.66%) ITIL
2 92 (14.38%) DevOps
3 47 (7.34%) Migration
4 46 (7.19%) Service Management
5 43 (6.72%) Agile Software Development
6 39 (6.09%) Converged Infrastructure
7 36 (5.63%) Problem Management
8 35 (5.47%) Configuration Management
9 34 (5.31%) Load Balancing
10 32 (5.00%) Change Management
11 30 (4.69%) Continuous Delivery
12 29 (4.53%) High Availability
13 23 (3.59%) Kalman Filter
13 23 (3.59%) Performance Tuning
14 22 (3.44%) Disaster Recovery
14 22 (3.44%) Server Building
15 19 (2.97%) Change Control
15 19 (2.97%) Continuous Integration
15 19 (2.97%) Open Source
15 19 (2.97%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 131 (20.47%) PowerShell
2 64 (10.00%) SQL
3 62 (9.69%) Bash Shell
4 41 (6.41%) Ruby
5 38 (5.94%) Shell Script
6 36 (5.63%) Python
7 34 (5.31%) Java
8 27 (4.22%) C
9 25 (3.91%) Perl
10 16 (2.50%) Korn
11 15 (2.34%) Go
12 10 (1.56%) JavaScript
13 9 (1.41%) C#
13 9 (1.41%) VBScript
14 5 (0.78%) VB
15 4 (0.63%) AWK
16 3 (0.47%) C++
17 2 (0.31%) PHP
17 2 (0.31%) PL/SQL
18 1 (0.16%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 152 (23.75%) Security Cleared
2 123 (19.22%) SC Cleared
3 70 (10.94%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 57 (8.91%) Microsoft Certification
5 45 (7.03%) MCSE
6 32 (5.00%) Cisco Certification
7 30 (4.69%) ITIL Certification
8 26 (4.06%) MCSA
9 22 (3.44%) Degree
10 20 (3.13%) CCNA
10 20 (3.13%) DV Cleared
11 14 (2.19%) CCNP
12 11 (1.72%) VCAP
13 10 (1.56%) BPSS Clearance
14 8 (1.25%) CCIE
15 7 (1.09%) CCDP
15 7 (1.09%) VCDX
15 7 (1.09%) VCP6
16 6 (0.94%) Citrix Certification
16 6 (0.94%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (4.53%) PCI DSS
2 28 (4.38%) SLA
3 14 (2.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 6 (0.94%) Disclosure Scotland
4 6 (0.94%) RMADS
5 4 (0.63%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.31%) QA
7 1 (0.16%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.16%) ISO22301
System Software
1 339 (52.97%) VMware Infrastructure
2 237 (37.03%) Active Directory
3 112 (17.50%) VMware ESXi
4 67 (10.47%) XenApp
5 63 (9.84%) VMware ESX
6 59 (9.22%) Hyper-V
7 46 (7.19%) vCloud
8 34 (5.31%) XenDesktop
9 30 (4.69%) Virtual Machines
10 27 (4.22%) XenServer
11 24 (3.75%) Docker
12 23 (3.59%) NFS
13 22 (3.44%) Microsoft App-V
14 20 (3.13%) Xen
15 17 (2.66%) Virtual Desktop
16 14 (2.19%) Veritas Cluster Server
17 12 (1.88%) Virtual Servers
18 11 (1.72%) Samba
18 11 (1.72%) VMware Server
19 10 (1.56%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 75 (11.72%) Puppet
2 70 (10.94%) vRealize
3 62 (9.69%) SCCM
4 44 (6.88%) Opscode Chef
5 38 (5.94%) Ansible
6 32 (5.00%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 27 (4.22%) PowerCLI
8 25 (3.91%) Red Hat Satellite
9 23 (3.59%) SCOM
10 22 (3.44%) NetBackup
11 18 (2.81%) Nagios
12 16 (2.50%) Microsoft Clustering
12 16 (2.50%) Nessus
13 14 (2.19%) WSUS
14 13 (2.03%) Backup Exec
14 13 (2.03%) Cobbler
14 13 (2.03%) EMC NetWorker
14 13 (2.03%) Network Intrusion Detection System
14 13 (2.03%) ZABBIX
15 12 (1.88%) vMotion
Vendors
1 577 (90.16%) VMware
2 212 (33.13%) Microsoft
3 165 (25.78%) Cisco
4 112 (17.50%) Citrix
5 103 (16.09%) HP
6 84 (13.13%) Red Hat
7 83 (12.97%) EMC
8 47 (7.34%) NetApp
9 45 (7.03%) Oracle
10 41 (6.41%) Dell
11 38 (5.94%) IBM
12 29 (4.53%) Veritas
13 22 (3.44%) Veeam
14 21 (3.28%) LANDesk
15 18 (2.81%) Symantec
16 15 (2.34%) 3PAR
16 15 (2.34%) CommVault
17 14 (2.19%) AlienVault
18 13 (2.03%) Brocade
18 13 (2.03%) Juniper
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