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 23 July 2016 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
23 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
VMware vSphere
Rank 326 259 323
Rank change year-on-year
-67 +64
Contract jobs citing vSphere 360 485 333
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.67% 0.85% 0.63%
As % of the System Software category 5.42% 8.03% 6.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 265 308 203
Median daily rate £375 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £222 £223 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £473
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £310
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +12.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 8 17
Median hourly rate £23.75 £22.83 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.02% +20.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.83 £21.98 £13.57
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.46 £26.38 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.75 £26.25 £18.88
% change year-on-year
-9.52% +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
6637 6040 5442
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.26% 10.61% 10.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 4143 3417 2934
Median daily rate £400 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £205 £195 £168
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £338 £313
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +8.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 438 612 658
Median hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.57% +9.37%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.00 £40.00 £29.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.73 £17.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+21.94% +9.67%

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 23 July 2016.

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 July 2016.

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 23 July 2016. 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 see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 -69 336 £375 +7.14% 100
South East -49 109 £425 +19.71% 25
London -62 108 £400 +8.84% 36
Hampshire -2 43 £375 +7.52% 3
Berkshire +18 36 £450 +28.57% 13
East of England +19 30 £350 +11.55% 7
North West +3 22 £325 +8.33% 7
West Midlands -9 21 £358 -7.74% 5
Newcastle upon Tyne -32 21 £210 -23.63%
Tyne and Wear -32 21 £210 -23.63%
North East -33 21 £210 -23.63%
Surrey -10 19 £438 +25.00% 4
City of London +23 18 £420 +12.00% 10
South West -1 17 £420 +12.00% 6
Scotland -5 15 £363 -2.02% 1
Portsmouth -11 13 £464 +65.71%
Hertfordshire +8 11 £375 +7.14% 4
Manchester -3 11 £373 +24.16% 6
Birmingham -5 11 £400 -11.11% 2
Bedfordshire +8 8 £350 +21.73% 1
Edinburgh -6 8 £431 +11.29%
Windsor - 8 £500 -
Cambridgeshire +19 7 £350 +18.64% 2
Oxfordshire +10 7 £325 -5.45% 2
Woking +8 7 £440 +41.93% 2
Gloucestershire -4 7 £393 -7.64% 2
Reading - 7 £450 - 8
Cambridge +15 6 £345 +10.40% 2
Slough +11 6 £375 -5.06% 2
Hook +9 6 £308 -18.68%

vSphere
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 July 2016, 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.

1 748 (87.59%) VMware
2 525 (61.48%) Windows
3 460 (53.86%) VMware Infrastructure
4 348 (40.75%) Windows Server
5 342 (40.05%) Linux
6 324 (37.94%) Active Directory
7 308 (36.07%) Microsoft
8 251 (29.39%) Windows Server 2012
9 232 (27.17%) Windows Server 2008
10 224 (26.23%) Cisco
11 223 (26.11%) SAN
12 206 (24.12%) PowerShell
13 187 (21.90%) HP
13 187 (21.90%) Citrix
14 175 (20.49%) DNS
15 173 (20.26%) ITIL
16 160 (18.74%) Firewall
17 145 (16.98%) MS Exchange
17 145 (16.98%) Data Centre
18 138 (16.16%) Finance
19 137 (16.04%) Windows Server 2003
20 134 (15.69%) Puppet
21 132 (15.46%) DevOps
22 131 (15.34%) SQL Server
23 129 (15.11%) Security Cleared
24 126 (14.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
25 124 (14.52%) SQL
26 120 (14.05%) Hyper-V
27 118 (13.82%) Unix
27 118 (13.82%) DHCP

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
1 145 (16.98%) MS Exchange
2 84 (9.84%) OpenStack
3 66 (7.73%) Exchange Server 2010
4 57 (6.67%) SharePoint
5 54 (6.32%) Apache
6 40 (4.68%) Cloud Foundry
7 37 (4.33%) Skype for Business
7 37 (4.33%) Tomcat
8 36 (4.22%) IIS
9 29 (3.40%) Exchange Server 2013
10 22 (2.58%) SharePoint 2013
11 20 (2.34%) Exchange Server 2007
12 16 (1.87%) Confluence
13 15 (1.76%) Exchange Server 2003
14 14 (1.64%) WebSphere
15 13 (1.52%) JBoss
16 11 (1.29%) WebSphere Application Server
17 10 (1.17%) CloudStack
18 8 (0.94%) Elasticsearch
18 8 (0.94%) nginx
Applications
1 102 (11.94%) MS Excel
2 57 (6.67%) MS Office
3 13 (1.52%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.12%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (0.59%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.23%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.12%) Infor M3
3 1 (0.12%) OpenText Process Suite
3 1 (0.12%) Sage 50
Cloud Services
1 107 (12.53%) Amazon AWS
2 72 (8.43%) Microsoft Azure
3 54 (6.32%) PaaS
4 39 (4.57%) Office 365
5 30 (3.51%) Heroku
6 28 (3.28%) IaaS
7 26 (3.04%) SaaS
8 20 (2.34%) Amazon EC2
9 16 (1.87%) Cloud Computing
10 13 (1.52%) Google App Engine
10 13 (1.52%) Google Cloud Platform
11 6 (0.70%) Mimecast
11 6 (0.70%) SoftLayer
12 4 (0.47%) Azure Active Directory
13 3 (0.35%) Amazon S3
13 3 (0.35%) OpenShift
14 2 (0.23%) HP Helion
15 1 (0.12%) AWS CloudFormation
15 1 (0.12%) CloudBees
15 1 (0.12%) IBM PureFlex
Communications & Networking
1 223 (26.11%) SAN
2 175 (20.49%) DNS
3 160 (18.74%) Firewall
4 118 (13.82%) DHCP
5 81 (9.48%) TCP/IP
6 65 (7.61%) LAN
6 65 (7.61%) WAN
7 54 (6.32%) Cisco Nexus
8 47 (5.50%) NetScaler
9 38 (4.45%) VPN
10 37 (4.33%) Cisco ASA
11 36 (4.22%) VLAN
12 35 (4.10%) Fibre Channel
12 35 (4.10%) NAS
13 27 (3.16%) iSCSI
14 26 (3.04%) SSL
15 23 (2.69%) Network Security
16 22 (2.58%) MPLS
17 20 (2.34%) Internet
17 20 (2.34%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 131 (15.34%) SQL Server
2 41 (4.80%) MySQL
3 31 (3.63%) Apache Cassandra
4 30 (3.51%) Redis
4 30 (3.51%) SQL Server 2008
5 25 (2.93%) SQL Server 2012
6 20 (2.34%) PostgreSQL
7 19 (2.22%) SQL Server 2005
8 15 (1.76%) Oracle Database
8 15 (1.76%) SQL Server 2014
9 14 (1.64%) DB2
10 7 (0.82%) MongoDB
11 5 (0.59%) Big Data
11 5 (0.59%) Hadoop
11 5 (0.59%) Oracle BI EE
11 5 (0.59%) Oracle ODI
12 4 (0.47%) BusinessObjects
12 4 (0.47%) Data Warehouse
12 4 (0.47%) SQL Server 2000
12 4 (0.47%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 60 (7.03%) Jenkins
2 37 (4.33%) Git (software)
3 30 (3.51%) JIRA
4 28 (3.28%) Sonatype Nexus
5 17 (1.99%) Maven
5 17 (1.99%) TeamCity
6 14 (1.64%) Travis CI
6 14 (1.64%) Vagrant
7 12 (1.41%) SonarQube
8 10 (1.17%) Ant
9 9 (1.05%) Appium
9 9 (1.05%) Mocha
9 9 (1.05%) Selenium
9 9 (1.05%) Subversion
10 7 (0.82%) Hudson
11 5 (0.59%) Team Foundation Server
12 3 (0.35%) Visual Studio
13 2 (0.23%) DbUnit
13 2 (0.23%) Mockito
13 2 (0.23%) MSI
General
1 138 (16.16%) Finance
2 33 (3.86%) Banking
3 18 (2.11%) Back Office
4 17 (1.99%) Telecoms
5 15 (1.76%) Financial Institution
5 15 (1.76%) Legal
5 15 (1.76%) Retail
6 9 (1.05%) Manufacturing
7 7 (0.82%) Advertising
7 7 (0.82%) Billing
8 6 (0.70%) Games
8 6 (0.70%) Investment Banking
9 5 (0.59%) Electronics
9 5 (0.59%) Marketing
10 4 (0.47%) Law
10 4 (0.47%) Military
11 2 (0.23%) Front Office
11 2 (0.23%) German Language
11 2 (0.23%) Local Government
11 2 (0.23%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 124 (14.52%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 102 (11.94%) Support Engineer
3 100 (11.71%) VMware Engineer
4 83 (9.72%) DevOps Engineer
5 60 (7.03%) Administrator
6 54 (6.32%) Server Engineer
7 53 (6.21%) Wintel Engineer
8 49 (5.74%) Systems Administrator
9 48 (5.62%) Architect
9 48 (5.62%) Cloud Engineer
10 43 (5.04%) Linux Engineer
11 42 (4.92%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 41 (4.80%) Analyst
13 39 (4.57%) 3rd Line Support
14 37 (4.33%) Windows Engineer
15 36 (4.22%) Consultant
16 32 (3.75%) Citrix Engineer
16 32 (3.75%) Infrastructure Support
17 30 (3.51%) Server Support
18 29 (3.40%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (5.27%) RabbitMQ
2 38 (4.45%) Web Services
3 30 (3.51%) .NET
4 21 (2.46%) Middleware
5 20 (2.34%) HTML
6 14 (1.64%) LAMP
6 14 (1.64%) Node.js
7 11 (1.29%) REST
8 9 (1.05%) Chai
9 8 (0.94%) J2EE
10 7 (0.82%) HTML5
11 5 (0.59%) ActiveMQ
11 5 (0.59%) Servlets
11 5 (0.59%) YAML
12 4 (0.47%) LAPP Stack
13 3 (0.35%) Java EE
13 3 (0.35%) RESTful
13 3 (0.35%) SAP Basis
13 3 (0.35%) SOAP
13 3 (0.35%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 145 (16.98%) Data Centre
2 54 (6.32%) Clustering
3 39 (4.57%) Analytical Skills
4 38 (4.45%) EMC VNX
5 32 (3.75%) FlexPod
6 24 (2.81%) Replication
7 16 (1.87%) Computer Science
8 14 (1.64%) VCE vBlock
9 12 (1.41%) Blackberry
9 12 (1.41%) Driving Licence
9 12 (1.41%) Enterprise Software
10 11 (1.29%) PKI
11 10 (1.17%) e-Health
12 8 (0.94%) Mainframe
13 7 (0.82%) Hybrid Cloud
13 7 (0.82%) Management Information System
13 7 (0.82%) Virtual Team
14 6 (0.70%) EMC VMAX
14 6 (0.70%) Enterprise Cloud
14 6 (0.70%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 525 (61.48%) Windows
2 348 (40.75%) Windows Server
3 342 (40.05%) Linux
4 251 (29.39%) Windows Server 2012
5 232 (27.17%) Windows Server 2008
6 137 (16.04%) Windows Server 2003
7 126 (14.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 118 (13.82%) Unix
9 59 (6.91%) CentOS
10 53 (6.21%) Windows 7
11 40 (4.68%) Solaris
12 39 (4.57%) AIX
13 33 (3.86%) Data ONTAP
13 33 (3.86%) Windows 10
14 32 (3.75%) Ubuntu
15 20 (2.34%) SUSE
16 15 (1.76%) Windows 8
17 13 (1.52%) Oracle Linux
18 10 (1.17%) Mac OS X
19 5 (0.59%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 173 (20.26%) ITIL
2 132 (15.46%) DevOps
3 103 (12.06%) Agile Software Development
4 75 (8.78%) Migration
5 69 (8.08%) Configuration Management
6 52 (6.09%) Service Management
7 51 (5.97%) Disaster Recovery
8 48 (5.62%) Software Engineering
9 44 (5.15%) Server Building
10 41 (4.80%) High Availability
10 41 (4.80%) Project Management
11 39 (4.57%) TDD
12 38 (4.45%) Continuous Delivery
13 35 (4.10%) Change Control
14 33 (3.86%) Change Management
14 33 (3.86%) Load Balancing
14 33 (3.86%) Mentoring
14 33 (3.86%) Stakeholder Management
15 32 (3.75%) Continuous Improvement
15 32 (3.75%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 206 (24.12%) PowerShell
2 124 (14.52%) SQL
3 114 (13.35%) Java
4 103 (12.06%) Python
5 97 (11.36%) Ruby
6 94 (11.01%) Bash Shell
7 83 (9.72%) Perl
8 36 (4.22%) Shell Script
9 31 (3.63%) Go
10 25 (2.93%) JavaScript
11 22 (2.58%) C#
12 12 (1.41%) C
13 10 (1.17%) PL/SQL
14 9 (1.05%) VBScript
15 8 (0.94%) Korn
15 8 (0.94%) PHP
15 8 (0.94%) VB
16 5 (0.59%) COBOL
17 4 (0.47%) C++
17 4 (0.47%) C-shell
Qualifications
1 129 (15.11%) Security Cleared
2 113 (13.23%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
3 108 (12.65%) Microsoft Certification
4 96 (11.24%) SC Cleared
5 78 (9.13%) MCSE
6 64 (7.49%) Cisco Certification
7 62 (7.26%) MCSA
8 41 (4.80%) CCNA
9 39 (4.57%) CCNP
10 26 (3.04%) Degree
11 23 (2.69%) ITIL Certification
12 20 (2.34%) BPSS Clearance
13 19 (2.22%) VCAP
14 18 (2.11%) DV Cleared
15 13 (1.52%) NCDA
16 11 (1.29%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 10 (1.17%) RHCE
18 9 (1.05%) RHCSA
19 8 (0.94%) MCP
20 7 (0.82%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (2.93%) PCI DSS
2 19 (2.22%) Disclosure Scotland
3 18 (2.11%) SLA
4 11 (1.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 7 (0.82%) COBIT
6 2 (0.23%) QA
7 1 (0.12%) JSP 440
System Software
1 460 (53.86%) VMware Infrastructure
2 324 (37.94%) Active Directory
3 120 (14.05%) Hyper-V
4 114 (13.35%) VMware ESXi
5 107 (12.53%) VMware ESX
6 83 (9.72%) XenApp
7 65 (7.61%) vCloud
8 50 (5.85%) Virtual Machines
9 47 (5.50%) Docker
10 42 (4.92%) XenDesktop
11 30 (3.51%) XenServer
12 29 (3.40%) NFS
13 16 (1.87%) Virtual Servers
14 14 (1.64%) Xen
15 12 (1.41%) Postfix
16 11 (1.29%) iptables
16 11 (1.29%) Sendmail
16 11 (1.29%) Virtual Desktop
17 9 (1.05%) DFS Replication
17 9 (1.05%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 134 (15.69%) Puppet
2 106 (12.41%) SCCM
3 59 (6.91%) SCOM
4 53 (6.21%) Nagios
5 51 (5.97%) Opscode Chef
6 50 (5.85%) Ansible
7 39 (4.57%) NetBackup
7 39 (4.57%) vRealize
8 31 (3.63%) WSUS
9 30 (3.51%) Backup Exec
10 24 (2.81%) FreeIPA
10 24 (2.81%) Icinga
11 23 (2.69%) Microsoft Clustering
12 18 (2.11%) McAfee ePO
12 18 (2.11%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
13 17 (1.99%) Kubernetes
13 17 (1.99%) SELinux
14 16 (1.87%) Red Hat Spacewalk
14 16 (1.87%) Tivoli
15 15 (1.76%) Cobbler
Vendors
1 748 (87.59%) VMware
2 308 (36.07%) Microsoft
3 224 (26.23%) Cisco
4 187 (21.90%) Citrix
4 187 (21.90%) HP
5 118 (13.82%) Red Hat
6 96 (11.24%) NetApp
7 93 (10.89%) EMC
8 74 (8.67%) Oracle
9 73 (8.55%) IBM
10 71 (8.31%) Dell
11 51 (5.97%) Symantec
12 35 (4.10%) Intel Security
12 35 (4.10%) Splunk
13 28 (3.28%) CheckPoint
14 24 (2.81%) CA
15 21 (2.46%) Veritas
16 20 (2.34%) Lumension
17 19 (2.22%) SaltStack
18 18 (2.11%) Juniper
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