The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for VMware ESX skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited VMware ESX over the 3 months to 27 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

VMware ESX Server
North West / Cheshire
3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 52 77 -
Rank change year-on-year +25 -  
Contract jobs citing VMware ESX 1 4 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 0.19% 0.41% -
As % of the System Software category 2.08% 3.20% -
Number of daily rates quoted 0 3 0
Median daily rate - £425 -
UK excluding London median daily rate £339 £350 £357
% change year-on-year -3.21% -1.83%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £24.25 £30.00
% change year-on-year +44.32% -19.16%  

VMware ESX is in the system software skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for system software skills.

Contract System Software Skills
Cheshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 48 125 106
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 9.01% 12.95% 12.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 56 60
Median daily rate £350 £425 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -17.64% -5.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £245 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £500 £725
UK excluding London median daily rate £351 £365 £350
% change year-on-year -3.97% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 17 20
Median hourly rate £16.00 £14.18 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.83% +1.28%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.60 £10.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.74 £35.00 £20.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.82 £16.50 £15.85
% change year-on-year -4.13% +4.10%  

VMware ESX
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cheshire citing VMware ESX as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the System Software category.

Job vacancy trend for VMware ESX in Cheshire

VMware ESX
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing VMware ESX in Cheshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for VMware ESX in Cheshire

VMware ESX
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing VMware ESX in Cheshire.

Contractor hourly rate trend for VMware ESX in Cheshire

VMware ESX
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 27 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing VMware ESX also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Cheshire region with a requirement for VMware ESX.

1 4 (100.00%) VMware
1 4 (100.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (75.00%) PowerShell
2 3 (75.00%) SCCM
2 3 (75.00%) SCOM
2 3 (75.00%) NAS
2 3 (75.00%) VMware ESXi
2 3 (75.00%) Active Directory
2 3 (75.00%) HP
2 3 (75.00%) VBScript
2 3 (75.00%) Windows
2 3 (75.00%) SAN
3 2 (50.00%) NetApp
3 2 (50.00%) MS Exchange
3 2 (50.00%) Cisco
3 2 (50.00%) Microsoft
3 2 (50.00%) Visual Studio
3 2 (50.00%) VB
3 2 (50.00%) VB6
3 2 (50.00%) VMware GSX
3 2 (50.00%) MOM
3 2 (50.00%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 2 (50.00%) Citrix
3 2 (50.00%) Hyper-V
3 2 (50.00%) SolarWinds
3 2 (50.00%) Exchange Server 5.5
3 2 (50.00%) WSUS
3 2 (50.00%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 1 (25.00%) Release Management
4 1 (25.00%) Problem Management

VMware ESX
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire 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 2 (50.00%) Exchange Server 5.5
1 2 (50.00%) MS Exchange
Communications & Networking
1 3 (75.00%) NAS
1 3 (75.00%) SAN
2 1 (25.00%) DHCP
2 1 (25.00%) DNS
2 1 (25.00%) IPsec
2 1 (25.00%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (25.00%) SQL Server
1 1 (25.00%) SQL Server 2000
1 1 (25.00%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 2 (50.00%) Visual Studio
General
1 1 (25.00%) Banking
Job Titles
1 2 (50.00%) Consultant
1 2 (50.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 1 (25.00%) Active Directory Engineer
2 1 (25.00%) Architect
2 1 (25.00%) Infrastructure Consultant
2 1 (25.00%) Server Engineer
2 1 (25.00%) VMware Architect
2 1 (25.00%) VMware Consultant
2 1 (25.00%) Windows Engineer
2 1 (25.00%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
2 1 (25.00%) Windows Server Engineer
2 1 (25.00%) Wintel Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (25.00%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 1 (25.00%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 3 (75.00%) Windows
2 1 (25.00%) Windows 2000
2 1 (25.00%) Windows Server
2 1 (25.00%) Windows Server 2003
2 1 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (25.00%) Capacity Management
1 1 (25.00%) Configuration Management
1 1 (25.00%) Problem Management
1 1 (25.00%) Process Improvement
1 1 (25.00%) Release Management
1 1 (25.00%) Root Cause Analysis
1 1 (25.00%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (75.00%) PowerShell
1 3 (75.00%) VBScript
2 2 (50.00%) VB
2 2 (50.00%) VB6
3 1 (25.00%) SQL
System Software
1 4 (100.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (75.00%) Active Directory
2 3 (75.00%) VMware ESXi
3 2 (50.00%) Citrix Presentation Server
3 2 (50.00%) Hyper-V
3 2 (50.00%) VMware GSX
4 1 (25.00%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 3 (75.00%) SCCM
1 3 (75.00%) SCOM
2 2 (50.00%) MOM
2 2 (50.00%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 2 (50.00%) WSUS
3 1 (25.00%) Microsoft Clustering
3 1 (25.00%) Norton AntiVirus
3 1 (25.00%) SCOrch
3 1 (25.00%) vRealize
Vendors
1 4 (100.00%) VMware
2 3 (75.00%) HP
3 2 (50.00%) Cisco
3 2 (50.00%) Citrix
3 2 (50.00%) Microsoft
3 2 (50.00%) NetApp
3 2 (50.00%) SolarWinds
4 1 (25.00%) Dell
4 1 (25.00%) Lumension
4 1 (25.00%) Symantec
4 1 (25.00%) Veeam