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 29 August 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
VMware vSphere
Rank 282 274 221
Rank change year-on-year
-8 -53
Contract jobs citing vSphere 383 372 497
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.68% 0.71% 0.86%
As % of the System Software category 7.11% 7.32% 10.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 205 214 302
Average daily rate
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£330 £340 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% +0.74%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £484 £425 £441
UK excluding London average daily rate £315 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
-3.07% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 37 15
Average hourly rate £27.50 £30.50 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.83% +32.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.60 £18.60 £18.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £35.00 £52.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.25 £30.50 £22.75
% change year-on-year
-20.49% +34.06%

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
5388 5085 4819
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 9.53% 9.65% 8.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 3028 2629 2333
Average daily rate £325 £339 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.05% +0.37%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £180 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
-3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 630 580 588
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.71% +6.06%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.50 £32.50 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-5.71% +9.37%

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 August 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 August 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 August 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 +2 361 £331 -5.42% 108
London +39 169 £378 +1.34% 26
South East -5 94 £338 -3.57% 28
City of London +4 44 £418 +4.37% 11
Hampshire +12 35 £325 +14.03% 7
South West -24 25 £300 -25.00% 14
East of England -27 23 £275 +12.24% 8
Berkshire +1 19 £413 +17.85% 5
Scotland -11 17 £304 -2.72% 1
West Midlands -1 16 £303 -6.92% 9
Yorkshire -3 15 £320 +42.22% 7
North West -21 14 £236 -1.66% 12
West Yorkshire +5 12 £225 -34.54% 5
Leeds +4 12 £225 -35.71% 4
Buckinghamshire +2 12 £325 +12.06% 3
Milton Keynes +4 10 £400 - 2
Wiltshire -12 10 £250 -41.17% 1
Gloucestershire - 9 £300 - 1
Hertfordshire -10 8 £213 -26.72% 3
Kent -13 8 £400 +12.28% 1
West Sussex +4 7 £275 -27.63% 1
Lancashire -4 7 £236 -39.09% 1
Reading +4 6 £375 +63.04%
Birmingham +3 6 £185 -22.10% 3
Cambridgeshire -6 6 £288 -28.12% 3
Surrey -10 6 £325 +4.00% 7
Worcestershire - 6 £315 - 3
Worcester - 6 £315 - 3
Edinburgh -13 5 £338 -15.62%
Chester +9 4 - - 1

vSphere
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 August 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.

1 647 (89.74%) VMware
2 594 (82.39%) Windows
3 417 (57.84%) Active Directory
4 372 (51.60%) VMware Infrastructure
5 364 (50.49%) Windows Server 2008
6 317 (43.97%) Microsoft
7 272 (37.73%) Citrix
8 239 (33.15%) Windows Server 2003
9 221 (30.65%) HP
10 213 (29.54%) SAN
11 195 (27.05%) MS Exchange
12 184 (25.52%) DNS
13 166 (23.02%) XenApp
14 165 (22.88%) Cisco
15 145 (20.11%) Firewall
16 143 (19.83%) Windows Server 2012
17 142 (19.69%) Linux
18 134 (18.59%) SQL
19 132 (18.31%) SQL Server
19 132 (18.31%) ITIL
20 127 (17.61%) PowerShell
21 124 (17.20%) Security Cleared
21 124 (17.20%) DHCP
22 117 (16.23%) Microsoft Certification
23 115 (15.95%) MS Excel
24 106 (14.70%) XenDesktop
25 101 (14.01%) SCCM
26 99 (13.73%) MCSE
26 99 (13.73%) EMC
27 98 (13.59%) VMware ESX

vSphere
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 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
1 195 (27.05%) MS Exchange
2 89 (12.34%) Exchange Server 2010
3 80 (11.10%) IIS
4 57 (7.91%) Exchange Server 2007
5 54 (7.49%) SharePoint
6 49 (6.80%) Exchange Server 2003
7 33 (4.58%) Exchange Server 2013
8 28 (3.88%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 27 (3.74%) Lync
10 25 (3.47%) Apache
11 22 (3.05%) SharePoint 2010
12 16 (2.22%) Tomcat
13 12 (1.66%) WebSphere
14 11 (1.53%) OpenStack
14 11 (1.53%) SharePoint 2013
15 7 (0.97%) WebLogic
16 5 (0.69%) JOnAS
16 5 (0.69%) Office Communications Server
17 3 (0.42%) BizTalk Server
18 2 (0.28%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 115 (15.95%) MS Excel
2 48 (6.66%) MS Office
3 12 (1.66%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.28%) MS Project
4 2 (0.28%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (0.28%) OmniGraffle
5 1 (0.14%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 7 (0.97%) Oracle EBS
2 5 (0.69%) Remedy ITSM
3 3 (0.42%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.28%) ReMetrica
5 1 (0.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 19 (2.64%) Microsoft Azure
2 16 (2.22%) Office 365
3 13 (1.80%) Amazon AWS
4 12 (1.66%) IaaS
5 6 (0.83%) SaaS
5 6 (0.83%) PaaS
6 4 (0.55%) IBM SmartCloud
7 3 (0.42%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.28%) GitHub
8 2 (0.28%) Google App Engine
Communications & Networking
1 213 (29.54%) SAN
2 184 (25.52%) DNS
3 145 (20.11%) Firewall
4 124 (17.20%) DHCP
5 87 (12.07%) TCP/IP
6 76 (10.54%) WAN
7 72 (9.99%) VPN
8 71 (9.85%) LAN
9 52 (7.21%) VLAN
10 47 (6.52%) NetScaler
11 33 (4.58%) VoIP
11 33 (4.58%) MPLS
12 31 (4.30%) Network Security
12 31 (4.30%) NAS
13 28 (3.88%) Cisco ASA
14 25 (3.47%) Internet
15 23 (3.19%) iSCSI
16 22 (3.05%) LDAP
17 20 (2.77%) Fibre Channel
18 19 (2.64%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 132 (18.31%) SQL Server
2 45 (6.24%) SQL Server 2008
3 19 (2.64%) SQL Server 2005
4 18 (2.50%) MySQL
5 13 (1.80%) Oracle Database
6 11 (1.53%) DB2
7 9 (1.25%) SQL Server 2012
8 6 (0.83%) Relational Database
8 6 (0.83%) SQL Server 2000
9 5 (0.69%) SQLPlus
10 3 (0.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 3 (0.42%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 3 (0.42%) Oracle Database 11g
10 3 (0.42%) Big Data
11 2 (0.28%) MongoDB
11 2 (0.28%) Apache Cassandra
11 2 (0.28%) NoSQL
11 2 (0.28%) Redis
11 2 (0.28%) Oracle Database 10g
12 1 (0.14%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 11 (1.53%) Git (software)
2 9 (1.25%) Jenkins
2 9 (1.25%) MSI
3 4 (0.55%) Hudson
4 3 (0.42%) Maven
4 3 (0.42%) ClearCase
4 3 (0.42%) ClearQuest
5 2 (0.28%) LoadRunner
5 2 (0.28%) JIRA
5 2 (0.28%) Subversion
6 1 (0.14%) JProfiler
6 1 (0.14%) Cucumber
6 1 (0.14%) Wise Package Studio
6 1 (0.14%) InstallShield
6 1 (0.14%) AdminStudio
6 1 (0.14%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 70 (9.71%) Finance
2 24 (3.33%) Telecoms
3 22 (3.05%) Law
4 21 (2.91%) Retail
5 17 (2.36%) Banking
6 16 (2.22%) Legal
7 13 (1.80%) Financial Institution
8 7 (0.97%) Advertising
8 7 (0.97%) Local Government
9 5 (0.69%) Publishing
10 4 (0.55%) Manufacturing
11 3 (0.42%) Electronics
11 3 (0.42%) Games
11 3 (0.42%) Investment Banking
11 3 (0.42%) German Language
12 2 (0.28%) Back Office
13 1 (0.14%) Marketing
13 1 (0.14%) Dutch Language
13 1 (0.14%) French Language
Job Titles
1 129 (17.89%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 77 (10.68%) Administrator
3 61 (8.46%) Consultant
4 49 (6.80%) Analyst
5 48 (6.66%) Systems Administrator
6 47 (6.52%) Support Engineer
7 42 (5.83%) Architect
8 40 (5.55%) Wintel Engineer
9 35 (4.85%) Server Engineer
10 28 (3.88%) 3rd Line Support
11 25 (3.47%) Network Engineer
12 24 (3.33%) Systems Engineer
13 23 (3.19%) Server Administrator
14 22 (3.05%) Virtualisation Engineer
15 20 (2.77%) VMware Engineer
15 20 (2.77%) Infrastructure Architect
16 19 (2.64%) Infrastructure Analyst
16 19 (2.64%) Storage Administrator
17 18 (2.50%) Support Analyst
18 17 (2.36%) Project Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (3.74%) Web Services
2 10 (1.39%) Regular Expression
3 9 (1.25%) Application Packaging
3 9 (1.25%) Middleware
4 8 (1.11%) XMPP
5 6 (0.83%) .NET
6 5 (0.69%) WebSphere MQ
7 2 (0.28%) ActiveMQ
7 2 (0.28%) Software Packaging
7 2 (0.28%) ZeroMQ
7 2 (0.28%) RESTful
7 2 (0.28%) RabbitMQ
7 2 (0.28%) ASP.NET
7 2 (0.28%) SOAP
7 2 (0.28%) XML
7 2 (0.28%) EDI
8 1 (0.14%) LAMP
8 1 (0.14%) J2EE
8 1 (0.14%) WAMP
Miscellaneous
1 40 (5.55%) Blackberry
2 39 (5.41%) Clustering
3 34 (4.72%) Replication
4 20 (2.77%) Client/Server
5 16 (2.22%) EqualLogic
6 15 (2.08%) PKI
7 13 (1.80%) CLARiiON
7 13 (1.80%) Hedge funds
8 12 (1.66%) Firmware
8 12 (1.66%) Management Information System
9 9 (1.25%) Thin Client
9 9 (1.25%) Fat Client
10 8 (1.11%) Enterprise Storage
11 7 (0.97%) iPad
12 6 (0.83%) Open Source
12 6 (0.83%) Computer Science
12 6 (0.83%) HACMP
13 5 (0.69%) Cryptography
13 5 (0.69%) Celerra
14 4 (0.55%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 594 (82.39%) Windows
2 364 (50.49%) Windows Server 2008
3 239 (33.15%) Windows Server 2003
4 143 (19.83%) Windows Server 2012
5 142 (19.69%) Linux
6 84 (11.65%) Windows 7
7 56 (7.77%) UNIX
8 44 (6.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 35 (4.85%) Windows XP
10 25 (3.47%) AIX
11 21 (2.91%) SUSE
12 16 (2.22%) Oracle Linux
13 13 (1.80%) Windows 2000
14 12 (1.66%) Windows 2000 Server
15 11 (1.53%) CentOS
16 10 (1.39%) Windows 8
17 7 (0.97%) Solaris
18 5 (0.69%) SELinux
19 3 (0.42%) VMS
20 1 (0.14%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 132 (18.31%) ITIL
2 90 (12.48%) Migration
3 55 (7.63%) Disaster Recovery
4 37 (5.13%) Change Management
4 37 (5.13%) Load Balancing
5 36 (4.99%) Service Management
6 32 (4.44%) Incident Management
7 29 (4.02%) Performance Tuning
7 29 (4.02%) DevOps
8 25 (3.47%) Project Management
8 25 (3.47%) Service Delivery
9 22 (3.05%) Root Cause Analysis
10 20 (2.77%) Agile Software Development
11 19 (2.64%) Continuous Improvement
12 15 (2.08%) Performance Monitoring
12 15 (2.08%) Network Management
13 14 (1.94%) Time Management
13 14 (1.94%) Configuration Management
13 14 (1.94%) PRINCE2
13 14 (1.94%) Capacity Management
Programming Languages
1 134 (18.59%) SQL
2 127 (17.61%) PowerShell
3 34 (4.72%) VBScript
3 34 (4.72%) VB
4 17 (2.36%) Perl
5 14 (1.94%) T-SQL
6 11 (1.53%) C
7 10 (1.39%) VBA
7 10 (1.39%) Ruby
8 9 (1.25%) Python
9 8 (1.11%) Java
10 6 (0.83%) C#
10 6 (0.83%) Bash Shell
11 5 (0.69%) Shell Script
11 5 (0.69%) PL/SQL
12 4 (0.55%) PHP
13 2 (0.28%) JavaScript
13 2 (0.28%) Clojure
13 2 (0.28%) R
13 2 (0.28%) Golang
Qualifications
1 124 (17.20%) Security Cleared
2 117 (16.23%) Microsoft Certification
3 99 (13.73%) MCSE
4 79 (10.96%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 75 (10.40%) SC Cleared
6 48 (6.66%) DV Cleared
7 35 (4.85%) Cisco Certification
8 34 (4.72%) MCITP
9 33 (4.58%) CCNA
10 29 (4.02%) VCAP
11 21 (2.91%) CCNP
12 19 (2.64%) Degree
13 18 (2.50%) MCP
14 15 (2.08%) VCDX
15 12 (1.66%) MCSA
16 11 (1.53%) VCP5
16 11 (1.53%) MCTS
17 8 (1.11%) Citrix Certification
17 8 (1.11%) Oracle Certification
18 7 (0.97%) VCP4
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (4.58%) SLA
2 19 (2.64%) QA
3 7 (0.97%) PCI DSS
4 6 (0.83%) JSP 440
5 5 (0.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 4 (0.55%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 3 (0.42%) ISO 9001
7 3 (0.42%) BS7799
8 1 (0.14%) Data Quality
System Software
1 417 (57.84%) Active Directory
2 372 (51.60%) VMware Infrastructure
3 166 (23.02%) XenApp
4 106 (14.70%) XenDesktop
5 98 (13.59%) VMware ESX
6 90 (12.48%) VMware ESXi
7 83 (11.51%) Hyper-V
8 80 (11.10%) vCloud
9 48 (6.66%) XenServer
10 22 (3.05%) Terminal Services
11 19 (2.64%) Microsoft App-V
12 16 (2.22%) ISA Server
13 15 (2.08%) NFS
14 12 (1.66%) VMware Server
14 12 (1.66%) Xen
14 12 (1.66%) UAG
15 11 (1.53%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 9 (1.25%) FreeRADIUS
17 7 (0.97%) MetaFrame
18 6 (0.83%) Forefront TMG
Systems Management
1 101 (14.01%) SCCM
2 60 (8.32%) SCOM
3 40 (5.55%) Backup Exec
4 31 (4.30%) NetBackup
5 27 (3.74%) HP SIM
6 26 (3.61%) Puppet
7 19 (2.64%) EMC NetWorker
8 16 (2.22%) WSUS
8 16 (2.22%) Norton AntiVirus
9 14 (1.94%) Tivoli Storage Manager
10 12 (1.66%) Nagios
10 12 (1.66%) HP Data Protector
10 12 (1.66%) Opscode Chef
11 11 (1.53%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
11 11 (1.53%) OpenView Configuration Management
12 10 (1.39%) Tivoli
13 9 (1.25%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
14 8 (1.11%) ARCserve
14 8 (1.11%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
14 8 (1.11%) BladeLogic
Vendors
1 647 (89.74%) VMware
2 317 (43.97%) Microsoft
3 272 (37.73%) Citrix
4 221 (30.65%) HP
5 165 (22.88%) Cisco
6 99 (13.73%) EMC
7 90 (12.48%) IBM
8 84 (11.65%) NetApp
9 65 (9.02%) Dell
10 61 (8.46%) Oracle
11 54 (7.49%) Symantec
12 53 (7.35%) F5
13 43 (5.96%) 3PAR
14 38 (5.27%) Juniper
15 37 (5.13%) Red Hat
16 36 (4.99%) CheckPoint
17 33 (4.58%) Websense
18 26 (3.61%) Sophos
19 25 (3.47%) AppSense
20 20 (2.77%) Compaq
Brentford, Middlesex
Aston Carter
Rate: £450 - £500 per day + dependant on experience
Posted: 13 hours ago
London
Lawrence Harvey IT & Change
Rate: £1.00 - £2.00 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
Kent
Church International
Rate: £500 - £525 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
Yeovil
Computer Futures
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
Loughborough, Leicestershire
Ashdown IT
Rate: £180 - £220 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Kelway Ltd
Rate: Day Rate - Negotiable
Posted: Yesterday
Berkshire
Roc Search
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: Yesterday
Bracknell, Berkshire
MAPP Ltd - IT & Business Management Recruitment Specialists
Rate: From £250 to £280 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Synergize Consulting
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: Yesterday
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £325 - £375 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 2 days ago
Worcester, Worcestershire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £275 - £330 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Yeovil
Computer Futures
Rate: £150 - £250 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Plymouth
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £375 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: market rate
Posted: 3 days ago
Bournemouth
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £400 per day + competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
South West London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Joseph Harry Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
South West London
Reed Business Information Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day direct - no agency margin
Posted: 7 days ago
Buckinghamshire
DP Connect
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 17 days ago