The table below looks at the statistics 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 23 October 2014 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
23 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
VMware vSphere
Rank 269 290 251
Rank change year-on-year
+21 -39
Contract jobs citing vSphere 427 332 419
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.73% 0.64% 0.77%
As % of the System Software category 7.58% 6.61% 8.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 234 180 248
Average daily rate
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£350 £375 £328
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% +14.31%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £328 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.80% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 32 9
Average hourly rate £27.50 £21.75 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+26.43% +1.16%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.20 £16.50 £16.13
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.60 £35.00 £66.78
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.00 £21.75 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+70.11% -29.83%

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
5636 5022 4756
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 9.65% 9.73% 8.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 3163 2589 2289
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 £180 £175 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
+6.45% -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 692 626 624
Average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -3.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.95 £31.56 £31.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.78 £15.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+8.25% -3.12%

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 23 October 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 23 October 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 23 October 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 +24 403 £350 -6.66% 163
London +37 185 £400 - 58
South East +2 89 £338 -3.57% 43
City of London +31 52 £425 +6.25% 19
Yorkshire +20 42 £335 +84.82% 11
West Yorkshire +21 30 £310 - 8
Berkshire +18 30 £325 +16.07% 10
Hampshire -6 26 £342 +52.21% 9
Leeds +19 24 £310 - 4
South West -26 23 £330 -22.35% 9
East of England -38 19 £275 +12.24% 7
North East -25 18 £349 +16.33% 3
Scotland +2 16 £348 +23.73% 6
Kent +8 12 £440 -7.36% 5
Wiltshire -8 12 £500 +5.26% 1
Bracknell +1 11 £300 - 1
West Midlands -14 11 £301 +14.76% 19
Tyne and Wear -35 11 £375 +24.83% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne -33 9 £374 +24.66% 1
South Yorkshire +5 8 £335 +48.88%
Surrey -9 8 £288 -28.12% 6
North West -19 8 £236 -18.96% 8
East Midlands 0 7 £615 +100.00% 4
Cambridgeshire -1 7 £295 - 2
Buckinghamshire -3 7 £313 +73.61% 2
Hertfordshire -17 7 £213 -37.03% 5
Durham - 7 £250 - 2
Gloucestershire -9 6 £175 -46.96% 3
Slough - 6 £300 - 2
Sheffield 0 5 £450 -

vSphere
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 October 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.

1 677 (87.47%) VMware
2 616 (79.59%) Windows
3 445 (57.49%) Active Directory
4 390 (50.39%) Windows Server 2008
5 385 (49.74%) VMware Infrastructure
6 326 (42.12%) Microsoft
7 272 (35.14%) Citrix
8 271 (35.01%) Windows Server 2003
9 231 (29.84%) HP
10 212 (27.39%) SAN
11 203 (26.23%) DNS
12 199 (25.71%) MS Exchange
13 187 (24.16%) Cisco
14 178 (23.00%) Windows Server 2012
15 171 (22.09%) XenApp
16 166 (21.45%) Firewall
17 157 (20.28%) SQL Server
18 150 (19.38%) ITIL
19 148 (19.12%) Security Cleared
20 147 (18.99%) Linux
21 129 (16.67%) IIS
22 121 (15.63%) SQL
23 120 (15.50%) PowerShell
24 119 (15.37%) SCCM
25 117 (15.12%) EMC
26 116 (14.99%) DHCP
27 115 (14.86%) MS Excel
28 109 (14.08%) Microsoft Certification
29 104 (13.44%) VMware ESX
30 101 (13.05%) SC Cleared

vSphere
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 October 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
1 199 (25.71%) MS Exchange
2 129 (16.67%) IIS
3 96 (12.40%) Exchange Server 2010
4 62 (8.01%) Exchange Server 2007
5 58 (7.49%) SharePoint
6 55 (7.11%) Exchange Server 2003
7 50 (6.46%) Exchange Server 2013
8 32 (4.13%) Apache
9 22 (2.84%) Lync
10 20 (2.58%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 19 (2.45%) JBoss
12 18 (2.33%) Lotus Domino
13 17 (2.20%) Tomcat
13 17 (2.20%) OpenStack
14 14 (1.81%) SharePoint 2010
15 11 (1.42%) SharePoint 2013
16 8 (1.03%) Office Communications Server
16 8 (1.03%) IBM Notes
16 8 (1.03%) WebSphere
17 7 (0.90%) GlassFish
Applications
1 115 (14.86%) MS Excel
2 55 (7.11%) MS Office
3 11 (1.42%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.52%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (0.52%) MS Project
5 2 (0.26%) OmniGraffle
Business Applications
1 3 (0.39%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.26%) ReMetrica
2 2 (0.26%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (0.26%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.13%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 28 (3.62%) Office 365
2 21 (2.71%) Microsoft Azure
3 13 (1.68%) IaaS
4 11 (1.42%) Amazon AWS
5 9 (1.16%) SaaS
6 8 (1.03%) PaaS
7 3 (0.39%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.26%) Google App Engine
8 2 (0.26%) IBM SmartCloud
8 2 (0.26%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 212 (27.39%) SAN
2 203 (26.23%) DNS
3 166 (21.45%) Firewall
4 116 (14.99%) DHCP
5 85 (10.98%) TCP/IP
6 76 (9.82%) WAN
7 68 (8.79%) LAN
7 68 (8.79%) VPN
8 58 (7.49%) VLAN
9 56 (7.24%) NetScaler
10 40 (5.17%) NAS
11 39 (5.04%) Cisco ASA
12 38 (4.91%) Network Security
12 38 (4.91%) Internet
13 34 (4.39%) VoIP
14 30 (3.88%) MPLS
15 25 (3.23%) BGP
15 25 (3.23%) iSCSI
16 24 (3.10%) Cisco Nexus
17 22 (2.84%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 157 (20.28%) SQL Server
2 63 (8.14%) SQL Server 2008
3 31 (4.01%) SQL Server 2005
4 23 (2.97%) SQL Server 2012
5 13 (1.68%) DB2
6 12 (1.55%) Oracle Database
7 10 (1.29%) SQL Server 2000
8 9 (1.16%) MySQL
9 5 (0.65%) SQLPlus
10 4 (0.52%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 3 (0.39%) SQL Server 7
11 3 (0.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 3 (0.39%) Oracle Database 11g
11 3 (0.39%) Big Data
12 2 (0.26%) MongoDB
12 2 (0.26%) Apache Cassandra
12 2 (0.26%) NoSQL
12 2 (0.26%) Redis
12 2 (0.26%) Oracle Database 10g
13 1 (0.13%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 15 (1.94%) MSI
1 15 (1.94%) Git (software)
2 10 (1.29%) Jenkins
3 5 (0.65%) Subversion
3 5 (0.65%) Maven
4 4 (0.52%) Hudson
5 3 (0.39%) Wise Package Studio
5 3 (0.39%) ClearCase
5 3 (0.39%) ClearQuest
6 2 (0.26%) JIRA
6 2 (0.26%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 2 (0.26%) Gerrit
7 1 (0.13%) WinDbg
7 1 (0.13%) Cucumber
7 1 (0.13%) InstallShield
7 1 (0.13%) AdminStudio
General
1 80 (10.34%) Finance
2 28 (3.62%) Telecoms
3 23 (2.97%) Banking
3 23 (2.97%) Law
4 19 (2.45%) Retail
5 17 (2.20%) Advertising
6 13 (1.68%) Financial Institution
7 12 (1.55%) Legal
8 9 (1.16%) Marketing
9 8 (1.03%) Publishing
10 6 (0.78%) Investment Banking
11 4 (0.52%) Local Government
12 3 (0.39%) German Language
12 3 (0.39%) Games
13 2 (0.26%) Back Office
13 2 (0.26%) Electronics
13 2 (0.26%) Manufacturing
14 1 (0.13%) Dutch Language
14 1 (0.13%) French Language
14 1 (0.13%) Billing
Job Titles
1 143 (18.48%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 84 (10.85%) Administrator
3 80 (10.34%) Consultant
4 60 (7.75%) Architect
5 55 (7.11%) Systems Administrator
6 45 (5.81%) Analyst
7 42 (5.43%) Wintel Engineer
8 39 (5.04%) Support Engineer
9 34 (4.39%) 3rd Line Support
10 31 (4.01%) Network Engineer
11 29 (3.75%) Server Engineer
11 29 (3.75%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
12 26 (3.36%) Systems Engineer
13 25 (3.23%) Support Analyst
14 23 (2.97%) Storage Administrator
15 22 (2.84%) Infrastructure Architect
15 22 (2.84%) VMware Consultant
16 19 (2.45%) Solutions Architect
16 19 (2.45%) Technical Architect
16 19 (2.45%) Server Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (2.45%) Web Services
2 15 (1.94%) Application Packaging
3 12 (1.55%) Regular Expression
4 10 (1.29%) .NET
5 8 (1.03%) Middleware
6 7 (0.90%) Flash
7 5 (0.65%) WebSphere MQ
7 5 (0.65%) SOAP
8 4 (0.52%) Software Packaging
9 3 (0.39%) .NET Framework
9 3 (0.39%) X-Windows
9 3 (0.39%) LAMP
10 2 (0.26%) ActiveMQ
10 2 (0.26%) XML
10 2 (0.26%) COM
10 2 (0.26%) ZeroMQ
10 2 (0.26%) RESTful
10 2 (0.26%) RabbitMQ
11 1 (0.13%) REST
11 1 (0.13%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 51 (6.59%) Clustering
2 48 (6.20%) Replication
3 37 (4.78%) Analytical Skills
4 34 (4.39%) Blackberry
5 22 (2.84%) Client/Server
5 22 (2.84%) CLARiiON
6 17 (2.20%) EqualLogic
7 13 (1.68%) Hedge funds
8 12 (1.55%) Thin Client
8 12 (1.55%) PKI
8 12 (1.55%) Fat Client
9 11 (1.42%) Management Information System
10 10 (1.29%) Cryptography
11 9 (1.16%) Computer Science
12 7 (0.90%) iPad
12 7 (0.90%) Open Source
13 6 (0.78%) Enterprise Storage
13 6 (0.78%) HACMP
14 5 (0.65%) Celerra
14 5 (0.65%) Economics
Operating Systems
1 616 (79.59%) Windows
2 390 (50.39%) Windows Server 2008
3 271 (35.01%) Windows Server 2003
4 178 (23.00%) Windows Server 2012
5 147 (18.99%) Linux
6 83 (10.72%) Windows 7
7 66 (8.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 56 (7.24%) UNIX
9 44 (5.68%) Windows XP
10 28 (3.62%) SUSE
11 24 (3.10%) AIX
12 18 (2.33%) Oracle Linux
13 17 (2.20%) Windows 2000
14 13 (1.68%) CentOS
15 11 (1.42%) Windows 2000 Server
16 8 (1.03%) Solaris
17 7 (0.90%) Windows 8
18 5 (0.65%) VMS
19 4 (0.52%) Ubuntu
19 4 (0.52%) SELinux
Processes & Methodologies
1 150 (19.38%) ITIL
2 99 (12.79%) Migration
3 53 (6.85%) Change Management
4 52 (6.72%) Disaster Recovery
5 47 (6.07%) Load Balancing
6 43 (5.56%) Service Management
7 34 (4.39%) Service Delivery
7 34 (4.39%) DevOps
8 33 (4.26%) Incident Management
9 31 (4.01%) Configuration Management
10 29 (3.75%) Performance Tuning
11 28 (3.62%) Agile Software Development
12 24 (3.10%) Root Cause Analysis
13 22 (2.84%) Project Management
14 20 (2.58%) Time Management
14 20 (2.58%) Network Management
15 17 (2.20%) Network Monitoring
16 16 (2.07%) Kalman Filter
16 16 (2.07%) Mentoring
16 16 (2.07%) Capacity Management
Programming Languages
1 121 (15.63%) SQL
2 120 (15.50%) PowerShell
3 34 (4.39%) VB
4 29 (3.75%) VBScript
5 18 (2.33%) Java
6 17 (2.20%) Perl
7 13 (1.68%) Python
8 12 (1.55%) Ruby
9 11 (1.42%) Shell Script
10 10 (1.29%) VBA
10 10 (1.29%) Bash Shell
10 10 (1.29%) T-SQL
11 9 (1.16%) C
12 7 (0.90%) PHP
13 5 (0.65%) PL/SQL
14 4 (0.52%) C#
15 2 (0.26%) JavaScript
15 2 (0.26%) Clojure
15 2 (0.26%) R
15 2 (0.26%) Golang
Qualifications
1 148 (19.12%) Security Cleared
2 109 (14.08%) Microsoft Certification
3 101 (13.05%) SC Cleared
4 81 (10.47%) MCSE
5 76 (9.82%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 51 (6.59%) DV Cleared
7 45 (5.81%) Cisco Certification
8 44 (5.68%) CCNA
9 22 (2.84%) CCNP
10 21 (2.71%) VCAP
11 19 (2.45%) MCITP
12 18 (2.33%) Degree
13 17 (2.20%) MCP
14 14 (1.81%) VCDX
15 10 (1.29%) MCSA
16 8 (1.03%) Citrix Certification
16 8 (1.03%) VCP5
17 7 (0.90%) RHCE
18 6 (0.78%) MCTS
19 5 (0.65%) VCP4
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (5.56%) SLA
2 17 (2.20%) QA
3 11 (1.42%) JSP 440
4 7 (0.90%) PCI DSS
5 5 (0.65%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 5 (0.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.39%) BS7799
6 3 (0.39%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.13%) COBIT
7 1 (0.13%) Data Quality
System Software
1 445 (57.49%) Active Directory
2 385 (49.74%) VMware Infrastructure
3 171 (22.09%) XenApp
4 104 (13.44%) VMware ESX
5 98 (12.66%) XenDesktop
6 90 (11.63%) VMware ESXi
7 82 (10.59%) vCloud
7 82 (10.59%) Hyper-V
8 33 (4.26%) XenServer
9 24 (3.10%) Microsoft App-V
9 24 (3.10%) Terminal Services
10 18 (2.33%) NFS
11 13 (1.68%) Firmware
12 12 (1.55%) VMware Server
12 12 (1.55%) FreeRADIUS
13 11 (1.42%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 10 (1.29%) ISA Server
15 7 (0.90%) UAG
15 7 (0.90%) KVM
16 6 (0.78%) Docker
Systems Management
1 119 (15.37%) SCCM
2 73 (9.43%) SCOM
3 63 (8.14%) NetBackup
4 37 (4.78%) HP SIM
5 34 (4.39%) Puppet
6 30 (3.88%) Backup Exec
7 19 (2.45%) WSUS
8 18 (2.33%) Norton AntiVirus
9 16 (2.07%) Tivoli
9 16 (2.07%) EMC NetWorker
10 15 (1.94%) Nagios
11 14 (1.81%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
12 13 (1.68%) Opscode Chef
12 13 (1.68%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 12 (1.55%) Tivoli Storage Manager
13 12 (1.55%) HP Data Protector
14 11 (1.42%) ZABBIX
15 10 (1.29%) ARCserve
15 10 (1.29%) OpenView Configuration Management
16 9 (1.16%) BMC PATROL
Vendors
1 677 (87.47%) VMware
2 326 (42.12%) Microsoft
3 272 (35.14%) Citrix
4 231 (29.84%) HP
5 187 (24.16%) Cisco
6 117 (15.12%) EMC
7 97 (12.53%) IBM
8 90 (11.63%) NetApp
9 77 (9.95%) Symantec
10 70 (9.04%) Dell
11 60 (7.75%) F5
12 54 (6.98%) 3PAR
13 53 (6.85%) Red Hat
14 51 (6.59%) CheckPoint
15 47 (6.07%) Juniper
16 46 (5.94%) Oracle
17 26 (3.36%) AppSense
18 24 (3.10%) McAfee
18 24 (3.10%) Sophos
19 22 (2.84%) Websense
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