The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for vSphere skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited vSphere over the 3 months to 29 April 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 vSphere
North West / Cheshire
3 months to
29 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 53 71 77
Rank change year-on-year +18 +6  
Contract jobs citing vSphere 6 16 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 1.06% 1.45% 0.40%
As % of the System Software category 10.71% 11.35% 3.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 6 0
Median daily rate £360 £472 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -23.72% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £340
% change year-on-year +0.06% +10.22%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £26.58 £19.75
% change year-on-year -20.97% +34.55%  

vSphere 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 56 141 125
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 9.86% 12.75% 12.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 76 73
Median daily rate £350 £425 £519
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -17.64% -18.07%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £470 £500 £725
UK excluding London median daily rate £371 £360 £344
% change year-on-year +3.12% +4.72%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 10 22
Median hourly rate £15.50 £13.00 £14.42
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.23% -9.86%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £10.00 £10.93
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £21.00 £20.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year -8.57% +6.06%  

vSphere
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

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

Job vacancy trend for vSphere in Cheshire

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for vSphere in Cheshire

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing vSphere in Cheshire over the 3 months to 29 April 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for vSphere in Cheshire

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for vSphere in Cheshire

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Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing vSphere within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 29 April 2017. 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 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
Chester +11 3 £450 -10.00%
Knutsford - 2 £350 -
vSphere
North West

For the 6 months to 29 April 2017, 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 across the Cheshire region with a requirement for vSphere.

1 5 (83.33%) Windows
1 5 (83.33%) VMware
2 4 (66.67%) Windows Server 2008
2 4 (66.67%) Active Directory
2 4 (66.67%) Windows Server
3 3 (50.00%) vCenter Server
3 3 (50.00%) VMware ESXi
3 3 (50.00%) Citrix
3 3 (50.00%) Linux
3 3 (50.00%) SQL Server
3 3 (50.00%) SQL
3 3 (50.00%) LAN
3 3 (50.00%) WAN
3 3 (50.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (50.00%) SQL Server 2005
4 2 (33.33%) Banking
4 2 (33.33%) AppSense
4 2 (33.33%) Finance
4 2 (33.33%) LAMP
4 2 (33.33%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (33.33%) Investment Banking
4 2 (33.33%) SCCM
4 2 (33.33%) SCOM
4 2 (33.33%) CentOS
4 2 (33.33%) DHCP
4 2 (33.33%) SharePoint
4 2 (33.33%) MS Exchange
4 2 (33.33%) IIS
4 2 (33.33%) Web Services
4 2 (33.33%) Apache

vSphere
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 (33.33%) Apache
1 2 (33.33%) Exchange Server 2010
1 2 (33.33%) IIS
1 2 (33.33%) MS Exchange
1 2 (33.33%) SharePoint
1 2 (33.33%) SharePoint 2013
1 2 (33.33%) Skype for Business
Cloud Services
1 2 (33.33%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (50.00%) LAN
1 3 (50.00%) WAN
2 2 (33.33%) DHCP
2 2 (33.33%) DNS
2 2 (33.33%) NAS
2 2 (33.33%) NetScaler
2 2 (33.33%) SAN
2 2 (33.33%) Skype
3 1 (16.67%) Fibre Channel
3 1 (16.67%) Firewall
3 1 (16.67%) TCP/IP
3 1 (16.67%) VLAN
3 1 (16.67%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (50.00%) SQL Server
1 3 (50.00%) SQL Server 2005
2 2 (33.33%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (16.67%) SQL Server 2000
3 1 (16.67%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (16.67%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (16.67%) SQL Server 2016
3 1 (16.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (16.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 1 (16.67%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 2 (33.33%) Banking
1 2 (33.33%) Finance
1 2 (33.33%) Investment Banking
2 1 (16.67%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 3 (50.00%) Administrator
2 2 (33.33%) Consultant
2 2 (33.33%) Systems Administrator
2 2 (33.33%) Windows Administrator
2 2 (33.33%) Windows Systems Administrator
3 1 (16.67%) Architect
3 1 (16.67%) DBA
3 1 (16.67%) Infrastructure Consultant
3 1 (16.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 1 (16.67%) IT Consultant
3 1 (16.67%) Linux Administrator
3 1 (16.67%) Linux Systems Administrator
3 1 (16.67%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
3 1 (16.67%) SQL DBA
3 1 (16.67%) VMware Architect
3 1 (16.67%) VMware Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (33.33%) LAMP
1 2 (33.33%) Web Services
2 1 (16.67%) Flash
Miscellaneous
1 1 (16.67%) Clustering
1 1 (16.67%) Computer Science
1 1 (16.67%) EMC VNX
1 1 (16.67%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 5 (83.33%) Windows
2 4 (66.67%) Windows Server
2 4 (66.67%) Windows Server 2008
3 3 (50.00%) Linux
4 2 (33.33%) CentOS
5 1 (16.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (16.67%) Windows 2000 Server
5 1 (16.67%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (16.67%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (33.33%) DevOps
1 2 (33.33%) Network Management
2 1 (16.67%) Database Tuning
2 1 (16.67%) High Availability
2 1 (16.67%) ITIL
2 1 (16.67%) Load Balancing
2 1 (16.67%) Network Packet Analysis
2 1 (16.67%) Performance Analysis
2 1 (16.67%) Performance Management
2 1 (16.67%) Performance Optimisation
2 1 (16.67%) Server Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 3 (50.00%) SQL
2 1 (16.67%) PowerShell
2 1 (16.67%) VBScript
System Software
1 4 (66.67%) Active Directory
2 3 (50.00%) VMware ESXi
2 3 (50.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (33.33%) Hyper-V
3 2 (33.33%) XenApp
4 1 (16.67%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (16.67%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 3 (50.00%) vCenter Server
2 2 (33.33%) SCCM
2 2 (33.33%) SCOM
2 2 (33.33%) vMotion
2 2 (33.33%) vRealize
3 1 (16.67%) Ansible
3 1 (16.67%) BladeLogic
3 1 (16.67%) Failover Clustering
3 1 (16.67%) Perfmon
3 1 (16.67%) Puppet
3 1 (16.67%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 5 (83.33%) VMware
2 3 (50.00%) Citrix
3 2 (33.33%) AppSense
3 2 (33.33%) CA
3 2 (33.33%) HP
3 2 (33.33%) Red Hat
4 1 (16.67%) 3PAR
4 1 (16.67%) BMC
4 1 (16.67%) Dell
4 1 (16.67%) EMC
4 1 (16.67%) EqualLogic
4 1 (16.67%) IBM
4 1 (16.67%) NetApp
4 1 (16.67%) Veeam