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 29 July 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
29 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
VMware vSphere
Rank 285 237 249
Rank change year-on-year
-48 +12
Contract jobs citing vSphere 359 393 424
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.66% 0.77% 0.73%
As % of the System Software category 6.89% 7.86% 8.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 209 232 240
Average daily rate
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£325 £338 £349
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.70% -3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £225 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £473 £425 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £325 £335
% change year-on-year
-3.84% -2.98%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 30 18
Average hourly rate £19.00 £30.50 £23.71
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-37.70% +28.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.60 £22.45 £17.88
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £38.00 £45.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.75 £30.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-38.52% +35.55%
System Software Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
System Software category
5212 5000 4771
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 9.54% 9.78% 8.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 2872 2528 2264
Average daily rate £325 £340 £335
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.41% +1.49%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £190 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £302 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
-7.18% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 612 621 647
Average hourly rate £16.00 £18.50 £17.19
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.51% +7.65%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £32.50 £34.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.88 £17.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
-9.24% +2.94%

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 29 July 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 29 July 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 29 July 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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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
England -19 338 £327 -3.97% 140
London +14 151 £350 -2.77% 51
South East -30 85 £350 - 34
Hampshire +18 39 £325 +5.69% 10
City of London -8 26 £410 +8.60% 13
South West -29 25 £300 -4.00% 14
West Midlands +3 18 £315 +32.63% 10
Scotland -15 18 £315 +4.83% 7
East of England -27 18 £213 +18.05% 4
Berkshire 0 16 £470 +34.28% 9
North West -15 14 £236 -1.66% 6
Yorkshire -9 12 £225 -16.27% 12
West Yorkshire +4 10 £225 -16.27% 10
Leeds -3 10 £225 -34.54% 9
East Midlands -17 10 £266 -11.25% 6
Milton Keynes -1 9 £400 +86.04% 4
Buckinghamshire -7 9 £400 +18.51% 4
Reading +7 7 £424 - 5
Wiltshire -4 7 £250 -44.44% 1
Lancashire -9 7 £238 -26.50% 1
Gloucestershire -13 7 £300 -7.69% 4
Derbyshire +6 6 £208 -33.06%
Nottinghamshire +5 6 £325 +8.33% 1
Kent -6 6 £350 -
West Sussex -8 6 £278 -32.31% 4
Essex +2 5 £255 -
Birmingham -1 5 £185 -22.10% 5
Hertfordshire -5 5 £201 +11.80% 2
Edinburgh -17 5 £338 - 1
Bedfordshire -21 5 £235 +135.00% 1

vSphere
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 July 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.

1 645 (89.46%) VMware
2 587 (81.41%) Windows
3 388 (53.81%) VMware Infrastructure
4 385 (53.40%) Active Directory
5 354 (49.10%) Windows Server 2008
6 311 (43.13%) Microsoft
7 246 (34.12%) Citrix
8 227 (31.48%) Windows Server 2003
9 215 (29.82%) HP
10 197 (27.32%) MS Exchange
11 195 (27.05%) SAN
12 165 (22.88%) DNS
13 161 (22.33%) Cisco
14 152 (21.08%) Linux
15 143 (19.83%) XenApp
16 141 (19.56%) Windows Server 2012
17 138 (19.14%) ITIL
18 130 (18.03%) SQL
18 130 (18.03%) Firewall
19 120 (16.64%) Security Cleared
20 118 (16.37%) Microsoft Certification
21 114 (15.81%) SQL Server
22 113 (15.67%) XenDesktop
23 110 (15.26%) PowerShell
24 108 (14.98%) DHCP
25 106 (14.70%) EMC
26 105 (14.56%) MS Excel
26 105 (14.56%) VMware ESX
27 100 (13.87%) MCSE
27 100 (13.87%) Exchange Server 2010

vSphere
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 July 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
1 197 (27.32%) MS Exchange
2 100 (13.87%) Exchange Server 2010
3 66 (9.15%) IIS
4 60 (8.32%) Exchange Server 2007
5 54 (7.49%) SharePoint
6 47 (6.52%) Exchange Server 2003
7 32 (4.44%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 32 (4.44%) Exchange Server 2013
8 30 (4.16%) Lync
9 23 (3.19%) SharePoint 2010
10 16 (2.22%) Apache
11 12 (1.66%) Tomcat
12 10 (1.39%) WebSphere
13 9 (1.25%) OpenStack
14 8 (1.11%) WebLogic
15 7 (0.97%) SharePoint 2013
16 5 (0.69%) Office Communications Server
16 5 (0.69%) JOnAS
17 3 (0.42%) Confluence
18 2 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2000
Applications
1 105 (14.56%) MS Excel
2 48 (6.66%) MS Office
3 12 (1.66%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.28%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (0.28%) OmniGraffle
5 1 (0.14%) SPSS
5 1 (0.14%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 7 (0.97%) Oracle EBS
2 5 (0.69%) Remedy ITSM
3 3 (0.42%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.14%) ReMetrica
4 1 (0.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 16 (2.22%) Microsoft Azure
1 16 (2.22%) Office 365
2 11 (1.53%) IaaS
3 10 (1.39%) Amazon AWS
4 8 (1.11%) SaaS
5 5 (0.69%) PaaS
6 4 (0.55%) Cloud Computing
7 3 (0.42%) IBM SmartCloud
8 1 (0.14%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 195 (27.05%) SAN
2 165 (22.88%) DNS
3 130 (18.03%) Firewall
4 108 (14.98%) DHCP
5 84 (11.65%) TCP/IP
6 72 (9.99%) LAN
7 71 (9.85%) WAN
8 66 (9.15%) VPN
9 48 (6.66%) VLAN
10 37 (5.13%) NetScaler
11 36 (4.99%) NAS
12 32 (4.44%) MPLS
13 31 (4.30%) VoIP
14 25 (3.47%) Network Security
14 25 (3.47%) iSCSI
15 23 (3.19%) Wireless
16 21 (2.91%) LDAP
17 20 (2.77%) Fibre Channel
18 19 (2.64%) Cisco ASA
19 18 (2.50%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 114 (15.81%) SQL Server
2 36 (4.99%) SQL Server 2008
3 18 (2.50%) SQL Server 2005
3 18 (2.50%) MySQL
4 12 (1.66%) Relational Database
5 11 (1.53%) Oracle Database
6 6 (0.83%) SQL Server 2012
7 5 (0.69%) SQLPlus
8 4 (0.55%) DB2
8 4 (0.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 4 (0.55%) SQL Server 2000
8 4 (0.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 3 (0.42%) Data Warehouse
9 3 (0.42%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 2 (0.28%) Big Data
10 2 (0.28%) Oracle Database 10g
10 2 (0.28%) Oracle Database 11g
10 2 (0.28%) PostgreSQL
11 1 (0.14%) QlikView
11 1 (0.14%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 11 (1.53%) Git (software)
2 10 (1.39%) Jenkins
3 7 (0.97%) LoadRunner
3 7 (0.97%) MSI
4 4 (0.55%) JProfiler
4 4 (0.55%) Hudson
5 3 (0.42%) Wise Package Studio
5 3 (0.42%) Maven
5 3 (0.42%) JIRA
5 3 (0.42%) ClearQuest
5 3 (0.42%) Visual Studio
5 3 (0.42%) ClearCase
6 2 (0.28%) Subversion
6 2 (0.28%) Facilita Forecast
6 2 (0.28%) Cucumber
6 2 (0.28%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (0.14%) InstallShield
7 1 (0.14%) AdminStudio
General
1 60 (8.32%) Finance
2 28 (3.88%) Telecoms
3 24 (3.33%) Law
4 18 (2.50%) Retail
5 16 (2.22%) Legal
6 14 (1.94%) Financial Institution
7 11 (1.53%) Banking
8 5 (0.69%) Local Government
8 5 (0.69%) Manufacturing
9 4 (0.55%) Back Office
9 4 (0.55%) Electronics
9 4 (0.55%) Publishing
10 3 (0.42%) Games
10 3 (0.42%) Advertising
11 1 (0.14%) Military
11 1 (0.14%) Marketing
11 1 (0.14%) Dutch Language
11 1 (0.14%) French Language
11 1 (0.14%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 120 (16.64%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 67 (9.29%) Administrator
3 62 (8.60%) Consultant
4 50 (6.93%) Analyst
5 44 (6.10%) Support Engineer
6 41 (5.69%) Architect
7 40 (5.55%) Systems Administrator
8 35 (4.85%) Wintel Engineer
9 34 (4.72%) Server Engineer
10 33 (4.58%) Systems Engineer
11 28 (3.88%) 3rd Line Support
12 23 (3.19%) Virtualisation Engineer
13 22 (3.05%) Network Engineer
14 19 (2.64%) Infrastructure Analyst
14 19 (2.64%) Infrastructure Architect
14 19 (2.64%) VMware Specialist
15 18 (2.50%) VMware Engineer
16 17 (2.36%) Support Analyst
17 16 (2.22%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
17 16 (2.22%) Server Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (2.91%) Web Services
2 14 (1.94%) Middleware
3 8 (1.11%) XMPP
4 7 (0.97%) .NET
5 6 (0.83%) Application Packaging
6 5 (0.69%) ASP.NET
6 5 (0.69%) WebSphere MQ
7 4 (0.55%) Regular Expression
8 3 (0.42%) EDI
8 3 (0.42%) .NET Framework
8 3 (0.42%) WCF
8 3 (0.42%) ASP.NET MVC
8 3 (0.42%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
9 2 (0.28%) COM+
9 2 (0.28%) XML
10 1 (0.14%) X-Windows
10 1 (0.14%) LAMP
10 1 (0.14%) WAMP
10 1 (0.14%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 39 (5.41%) Clustering
2 38 (5.27%) Blackberry
3 33 (4.58%) Replication
4 22 (3.05%) Client/Server
5 15 (2.08%) CLARiiON
6 13 (1.80%) Management Information System
6 13 (1.80%) Hedge funds
6 13 (1.80%) Enterprise Storage
7 12 (1.66%) PKI
8 11 (1.53%) EqualLogic
9 9 (1.25%) Video on Demand
10 8 (1.11%) iPad
11 7 (0.97%) Fat Client
11 7 (0.97%) Firmware
11 7 (0.97%) Thin Client
12 6 (0.83%) Celerra
12 6 (0.83%) Computer Science
13 5 (0.69%) IPTV
13 5 (0.69%) Open Source
13 5 (0.69%) HACMP
Operating Systems
1 587 (81.41%) Windows
2 354 (49.10%) Windows Server 2008
3 227 (31.48%) Windows Server 2003
4 152 (21.08%) Linux
5 141 (19.56%) Windows Server 2012
6 84 (11.65%) Windows 7
7 65 (9.02%) UNIX
8 50 (6.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 34 (4.72%) Windows XP
10 17 (2.36%) AIX
11 16 (2.22%) Windows 2000 Server
11 16 (2.22%) SUSE
12 15 (2.08%) Windows 8
13 13 (1.80%) Oracle Linux
14 10 (1.39%) CentOS
15 9 (1.25%) Solaris
16 8 (1.11%) Windows 2000
17 5 (0.69%) SELinux
18 2 (0.28%) Android
18 2 (0.28%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 138 (19.14%) ITIL
2 76 (10.54%) Migration
3 64 (8.88%) Disaster Recovery
4 35 (4.85%) Performance Tuning
5 34 (4.72%) Service Management
6 29 (4.02%) Load Balancing
7 28 (3.88%) Service Delivery
7 28 (3.88%) Project Management
8 27 (3.74%) Incident Management
9 25 (3.47%) DevOps
9 25 (3.47%) Performance Monitoring
10 24 (3.33%) Change Management
11 22 (3.05%) Agile Software Development
12 19 (2.64%) Root Cause Analysis
13 15 (2.08%) Capacity Management
13 15 (2.08%) Continuous Improvement
13 15 (2.08%) Data Protection
14 14 (1.94%) PRINCE2
15 13 (1.80%) ITSM
15 13 (1.80%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 130 (18.03%) SQL
2 110 (15.26%) PowerShell
3 35 (4.85%) VB
4 25 (3.47%) VBScript
5 18 (2.50%) Perl
6 13 (1.80%) C
7 11 (1.53%) Java
7 11 (1.53%) T-SQL
8 10 (1.39%) VBA
8 10 (1.39%) Python
8 10 (1.39%) Ruby
9 8 (1.11%) C#
10 7 (0.97%) Shell Script
11 6 (0.83%) Bash Shell
12 5 (0.69%) PL/SQL
13 3 (0.42%) PHP
14 2 (0.28%) C++
14 2 (0.28%) JavaScript
14 2 (0.28%) VB6
14 2 (0.28%) R
Qualifications
1 120 (16.64%) Security Cleared
2 118 (16.37%) Microsoft Certification
3 100 (13.87%) MCSE
4 97 (13.45%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 74 (10.26%) SC Cleared
6 43 (5.96%) DV Cleared
7 40 (5.55%) Cisco Certification
8 37 (5.13%) MCITP
9 34 (4.72%) CCNA
10 30 (4.16%) VCAP
11 26 (3.61%) CCNP
12 19 (2.64%) Degree
13 14 (1.94%) VCP5
13 14 (1.94%) VCDX
14 13 (1.80%) MCP
15 12 (1.66%) MCSA
16 11 (1.53%) MCTS
17 9 (1.25%) Oracle Certification
17 9 (1.25%) VCP4
18 5 (0.69%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (3.61%) SLA
2 19 (2.64%) QA
3 6 (0.83%) JSP 440
3 6 (0.83%) PCI DSS
4 4 (0.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.42%) ISO 9001
5 3 (0.42%) BS7799
6 2 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.14%) Data Quality
System Software
1 388 (53.81%) VMware Infrastructure
2 385 (53.40%) Active Directory
3 143 (19.83%) XenApp
4 113 (15.67%) XenDesktop
5 105 (14.56%) VMware ESX
6 90 (12.48%) VMware ESXi
7 85 (11.79%) Hyper-V
8 67 (9.29%) vCloud
9 45 (6.24%) XenServer
10 20 (2.77%) Microsoft App-V
11 15 (2.08%) NFS
12 14 (1.94%) ISA Server
13 13 (1.80%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 12 (1.66%) Terminal Services
14 12 (1.66%) Xen
15 10 (1.39%) EMC RecoverPoint
16 7 (0.97%) UAG
16 7 (0.97%) VMware Server
17 5 (0.69%) Oracle RAC
17 5 (0.69%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 87 (12.07%) SCCM
2 47 (6.52%) SCOM
3 38 (5.27%) NetBackup
4 35 (4.85%) Backup Exec
5 22 (3.05%) WSUS
5 22 (3.05%) EMC NetWorker
5 22 (3.05%) Puppet
6 19 (2.64%) HP SIM
7 14 (1.94%) Norton AntiVirus
8 13 (1.80%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 12 (1.66%) Nagios
9 12 (1.66%) HP Data Protector
10 11 (1.53%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 10 (1.39%) Tivoli Storage Manager
12 9 (1.25%) Opscode Chef
13 8 (1.11%) ARCserve
14 7 (0.97%) MAILsweeper
14 7 (0.97%) Red Hat Spacewalk
15 6 (0.83%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
16 5 (0.69%) PureDisk
Vendors
1 645 (89.46%) VMware
2 311 (43.13%) Microsoft
3 246 (34.12%) Citrix
4 215 (29.82%) HP
5 161 (22.33%) Cisco
6 106 (14.70%) EMC
7 92 (12.76%) NetApp
8 70 (9.71%) IBM
9 59 (8.18%) Dell
10 58 (8.04%) Oracle
10 58 (8.04%) Symantec
11 44 (6.10%) Red Hat
12 41 (5.69%) F5
13 36 (4.99%) Websense
14 31 (4.30%) Juniper
14 31 (4.30%) 3PAR
15 26 (3.61%) CheckPoint
15 26 (3.61%) AppSense
16 21 (2.91%) Sophos
17 19 (2.64%) Brocade
City of London
Hudson - London
Rate: Day Rate Negotiable
Posted: Yesterday
Gloucestershire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300 - £360 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Worcester, Worcestershire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300.00 - £330.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Red10
Rate: £500 - £575 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Anantha
Rate: £0 - £200 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Nakama
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Streamline Connections
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
X4 Group
Rate: £180 - 200 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £600 - £650 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Leeds
Computer Futures
Rate: £250 - £280 per day + competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Proactive Appointments
Rate: Unspecified Market rate
Posted: 6 days ago
UK
LA International
Posted: 6 days ago
Chester
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £16.00 - £20.00 per hour
Posted: 7 days ago
London
esynergy Solutions - UK
Rate: £300 - £330 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
Reading
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £195 - £245 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
Edinburgh
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £350.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
Kingston Upon Hull
Computer Futures
Rate: £200 - £280 per day + competitive
Posted: 12 days ago
South West London
Reed Business Information Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day direct - no agency margin
Posted: 12 days ago