The first table below looks at the demand for vSphere skills in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited vSphere over the 3 months to 17 April 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 for the West Midlands region.

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
17 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
VMware vSphere
Rank 107 88 98
Rank change year-on-year
-19 +10
Contract jobs citing vSphere 11 10 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.46% 0.55% 0.40%
As % of the System Software category 5.61% 5.78% 4.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 5 7
Average daily rate £280 £200 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+40.00% -20.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £204 £103 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £246 £405
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £338
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £23.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.28 £27.25 £23.75
% change year-on-year
-21.90% +14.73%
System Software Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
System Software category
196 173 182
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 8.28% 9.44% 8.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 86 68 63
Average daily rate £305 £250 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+22.00% -21.87%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £110 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £445 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 31 41
Average hourly rate £14.50 £13.00 £14.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.53% -10.34%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.30 £23.00 £22.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £15.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.45% -6.06%
vSphere
England

vSphere
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing vSphere across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the System Software category.

vSphere Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

vSphere
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing vSphere across the West Midlands region.

vSphere Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

vSphere
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing vSphere across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 17 April 2014.

vSphere Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

vSphere
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing vSphere across the West Midlands region.

vSphere Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

vSphere
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing vSphere within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 17 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham -7 3 £213 +1.19% 1
Staffordshire - 3 £260 -
Warwickshire - - - -
Coventry - - - - 1
Solihull - - - - 1
Herefordshire - - - -
Shropshire - - - -
vSphere
England

vSphere
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 17 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region 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 18 (100.00%) VMware
2 16 (88.89%) Windows
3 14 (77.78%) Windows Server 2008
4 13 (72.22%) VMware Infrastructure
5 12 (66.67%) Windows Server 2003
6 11 (61.11%) Active Directory
7 10 (55.56%) Citrix
8 9 (50.00%) XenApp
9 8 (44.44%) XenDesktop
10 7 (38.89%) Windows 7
10 7 (38.89%) Migration
11 6 (33.33%) Incident Management
11 6 (33.33%) NetScaler
12 3 (16.67%) Windows Server 2012
12 3 (16.67%) 3PAR
12 3 (16.67%) Microsoft
12 3 (16.67%) SAN
12 3 (16.67%) HP
12 3 (16.67%) SQL
13 2 (11.11%) SQL Server
13 2 (11.11%) Linux
13 2 (11.11%) DHCP
13 2 (11.11%) DNS
13 2 (11.11%) NetApp
13 2 (11.11%) SCCM
13 2 (11.11%) XenServer
14 1 (5.56%) FlexPod
14 1 (5.56%) SQL Server 2012
14 1 (5.56%) SCOM
14 1 (5.56%) SC Cleared

vSphere
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region 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 1 (5.56%) IIS
1 1 (5.56%) MS Exchange
1 1 (5.56%) Exchange Server 2003
1 1 (5.56%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 1 (5.56%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 6 (33.33%) NetScaler
2 3 (16.67%) SAN
3 2 (11.11%) DHCP
3 2 (11.11%) DNS
4 1 (5.56%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (11.11%) SQL Server
2 1 (5.56%) SQL Server 2005
2 1 (5.56%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (5.56%) SQL Server 2012
Job Titles
1 3 (16.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
1 3 (16.67%) Support Specialist
2 2 (11.11%) 3rd Line Support
2 2 (11.11%) Architect
2 2 (11.11%) Consultant
2 2 (11.11%) Solutions Architect
3 1 (5.56%) Support Technician
3 1 (5.56%) Support Engineer
3 1 (5.56%) Analyst
3 1 (5.56%) Technical Architect
3 1 (5.56%) Senior Consultant
3 1 (5.56%) Administrator
3 1 (5.56%) Applications Support
3 1 (5.56%) Server Engineer
3 1 (5.56%) Citrix Engineer
3 1 (5.56%) Windows Administrator
3 1 (5.56%) Server Analyst
3 1 (5.56%) Data Consultant
3 1 (5.56%) Wintel Engineer
3 1 (5.56%) Virtualisation Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.56%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 1 (5.56%) FlexPod
Operating Systems
1 16 (88.89%) Windows
2 14 (77.78%) Windows Server 2008
3 12 (66.67%) Windows Server 2003
4 7 (38.89%) Windows 7
5 3 (16.67%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (11.11%) Linux
7 1 (5.56%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (38.89%) Migration
2 6 (33.33%) Incident Management
3 1 (5.56%) ITIL
3 1 (5.56%) Project Management
3 1 (5.56%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 3 (16.67%) SQL
2 1 (5.56%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (5.56%) MCSE
1 1 (5.56%) Citrix Certification
1 1 (5.56%) Microsoft Certification
1 1 (5.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
1 1 (5.56%) SC Cleared
1 1 (5.56%) Security Cleared
1 1 (5.56%) NCDA
1 1 (5.56%) NCIE
1 1 (5.56%) VCAP
1 1 (5.56%) CCEE
1 1 (5.56%) CCIA
System Software
1 13 (72.22%) VMware Infrastructure
2 11 (61.11%) Active Directory
3 9 (50.00%) XenApp
4 8 (44.44%) XenDesktop
5 2 (11.11%) XenServer
6 1 (5.56%) VMware ESX
6 1 (5.56%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 2 (11.11%) SCCM
2 1 (5.56%) SCOM
2 1 (5.56%) MOM
2 1 (5.56%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 18 (100.00%) VMware
2 10 (55.56%) Citrix
3 3 (16.67%) Microsoft
3 3 (16.67%) HP
3 3 (16.67%) 3PAR
4 2 (11.11%) NetApp
5 1 (5.56%) Cisco