The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London 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 28 June 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
London / City of London
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 152 149 162
Rank change year-on-year -3 +13  
Contract jobs citing vSphere 14 16 43
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.43% 0.48% 0.75%
As % of the System Software category 4.22% 4.40% 7.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 13 24
Median daily rate £444 £425 £404
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.41% +5.26%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £123 £234 £291
10% offered a daily rate of more than £616 £575 £503
UK excluding London median daily rate £389 £359 £350
% change year-on-year +8.36% +2.50%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 6
Median hourly rate - - £22.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.50 £44.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year -71.59% +109.52%  

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 the City of London with a requirement for system software skills.

Contract System Software Skills
City of London
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 332 364 560
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 10.17% 10.81% 9.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 347 543 674
Median daily rate £463 £475 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.63% +26.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £185 £250 £216
10% offered a daily rate of more than £638 £635 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year +7.14% +6.06%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 33 62
Median hourly rate £21.25 £19.00 £22.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.84% -16.77%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.78 £11.25 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £140.50 £22.00 £28.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £22.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -28.88% +28.57%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

Job postings citing vSphere as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the City of London.

Job vacancy trend for vSphere in the City of London

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for vSphere in the City of London

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing vSphere in the City of London over the 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for vSphere in the City of London

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for vSphere in the City of London

For the 6 months to 28 June 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 City of London region with a requirement for vSphere.

1 32 (96.97%) VMware
2 23 (69.70%) Active Directory
3 22 (66.67%) Windows
4 18 (54.55%) VMware Infrastructure
5 17 (51.52%) Windows Server
6 14 (42.42%) PowerShell
7 12 (36.36%) Microsoft
8 11 (33.33%) Citrix
8 11 (33.33%) vCenter Server
9 10 (30.30%) Windows Server 2012
9 10 (30.30%) Windows Server 2008
10 9 (27.27%) SCCM
10 9 (27.27%) SCOM
10 9 (27.27%) Finance
10 9 (27.27%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 7 (21.21%) MS Exchange
11 7 (21.21%) WAN
11 7 (21.21%) MCSE
11 7 (21.21%) Microsoft Certification
12 6 (18.18%) Service Management
12 6 (18.18%) Firewall
12 6 (18.18%) XenApp
12 6 (18.18%) XenDesktop
12 6 (18.18%) Infrastructure Monitoring
13 5 (15.15%) ServiceNow
13 5 (15.15%) Amazon AWS
13 5 (15.15%) VMware ESXi
13 5 (15.15%) VLAN
13 5 (15.15%) Asset Management
13 5 (15.15%) SAN

vSphere
Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London 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 7 (21.21%) MS Exchange
2 3 (9.09%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (6.06%) Apache
3 2 (6.06%) nginx
3 2 (6.06%) SharePoint
4 1 (3.03%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 1 (3.03%) CloudStack
4 1 (3.03%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (3.03%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (3.03%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (3.03%) OpenStack
4 1 (3.03%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 2 (6.06%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (3.03%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 5 (15.15%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (6.06%) AWS CloudFormation
2 2 (6.06%) GitHub
2 2 (6.06%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (3.03%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 7 (21.21%) WAN
2 6 (18.18%) Firewall
3 5 (15.15%) SAN
3 5 (15.15%) VLAN
4 4 (12.12%) LAN
4 4 (12.12%) VPN
5 3 (9.09%) DNS
5 3 (9.09%) NetScaler
5 3 (9.09%) Remote Desktop
6 2 (6.06%) DHCP
6 2 (6.06%) NAS
6 2 (6.06%) VSAN
7 1 (3.03%) BGP
7 1 (3.03%) MPLS
7 1 (3.03%) Skype
7 1 (3.03%) SMTP
7 1 (3.03%) SNMP
7 1 (3.03%) TCP/IP
7 1 (3.03%) Unified Communications
7 1 (3.03%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (9.09%) SQL Server
2 2 (6.06%) Amazon RDS
2 2 (6.06%) MySQL
3 1 (3.03%) Apache Cassandra
3 1 (3.03%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 2 (6.06%) Atlassian Bamboo
1 2 (6.06%) Jenkins
1 2 (6.06%) MSI
1 2 (6.06%) Subversion
1 2 (6.06%) TeamCity
General
1 9 (27.27%) Finance
2 3 (9.09%) Banking
3 2 (6.06%) Investment Banking
4 1 (3.03%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 8 (24.24%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 7 (21.21%) Support Engineer
3 4 (12.12%) Administrator
3 4 (12.12%) Systems Administrator
3 4 (12.12%) VMware Engineer
4 3 (9.09%) 1st/2nd Line Support
4 3 (9.09%) 1st/2nd Line Support Engineer
4 3 (9.09%) 2nd Line Engineer
4 3 (9.09%) 2nd Line Support
4 3 (9.09%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
4 3 (9.09%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 3 (9.09%) Architect
4 3 (9.09%) Consultant
4 3 (9.09%) DevOps Engineer
4 3 (9.09%) Systems Engineer
5 2 (6.06%) Analyst
5 2 (6.06%) Citrix Engineer
5 2 (6.06%) Infrastructure Consultant
5 2 (6.06%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
5 2 (6.06%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (6.06%) LAMP
1 2 (6.06%) LEMP Stack
Miscellaneous
1 3 (9.09%) Data Centre
2 2 (6.06%) AS400
2 2 (6.06%) Clustering
2 2 (6.06%) Hedge funds
2 2 (6.06%) iSeries
2 2 (6.06%) PKI
3 1 (3.03%) Blackberry
3 1 (3.03%) Computer Science
3 1 (3.03%) EMC VMAX
3 1 (3.03%) Greenfield Project
3 1 (3.03%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 22 (66.67%) Windows
2 17 (51.52%) Windows Server
3 10 (30.30%) Windows Server 2008
3 10 (30.30%) Windows Server 2012
4 5 (15.15%) Linux
5 4 (12.12%) Windows 10
5 4 (12.12%) Windows 7
6 3 (9.09%) Unix
6 3 (9.09%) Windows 8
7 1 (3.03%) SUSE
7 1 (3.03%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (18.18%) Infrastructure Monitoring
1 6 (18.18%) Service Management
2 5 (15.15%) Asset Management
2 5 (15.15%) ITIL
3 4 (12.12%) DevOps
4 3 (9.09%) Data Security
5 2 (6.06%) Continuous Integration
5 2 (6.06%) Digital Transformation Programme
5 2 (6.06%) Enterprise Architecture
5 2 (6.06%) Migration
5 2 (6.06%) Project Management
5 2 (6.06%) Root Cause Analysis
5 2 (6.06%) Server Virtualisation
6 1 (3.03%) Change Control
6 1 (3.03%) Customer Requirements
6 1 (3.03%) High Availability
6 1 (3.03%) Load Balancing
6 1 (3.03%) Open Source
6 1 (3.03%) Scenario Testing
6 1 (3.03%) Statistics
Programming Languages
1 14 (42.42%) PowerShell
2 3 (9.09%) Java
2 3 (9.09%) Python
2 3 (9.09%) SQL
2 3 (9.09%) VBScript
3 1 (3.03%) Bash Shell
3 1 (3.03%) Groovy
3 1 (3.03%) Ruby
3 1 (3.03%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 9 (27.27%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
2 7 (21.21%) MCSE
2 7 (21.21%) Microsoft Certification
3 3 (9.09%) CCNA
3 3 (9.09%) Cisco Certification
3 3 (9.09%) MCSA
3 3 (9.09%) VCP6
4 1 (3.03%) CCA
4 1 (3.03%) Citrix Certification
4 1 (3.03%) Degree
4 1 (3.03%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (15.15%) SLA
System Software
1 23 (69.70%) Active Directory
2 18 (54.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (18.18%) XenApp
3 6 (18.18%) XenDesktop
4 5 (15.15%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (9.09%) Docker
5 3 (9.09%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (6.06%) Corosync
6 2 (6.06%) DFS Replication
6 2 (6.06%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (6.06%) vCloud
7 1 (3.03%) Firmware
7 1 (3.03%) Hyper-V
7 1 (3.03%) LXC
7 1 (3.03%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (3.03%) VMware Server
7 1 (3.03%) Xen
7 1 (3.03%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 11 (33.33%) vCenter Server
2 9 (27.27%) SCCM
2 9 (27.27%) SCOM
3 4 (12.12%) Ansible
4 3 (9.09%) Puppet
4 3 (9.09%) Terraform
5 2 (6.06%) EMC NetWorker
5 2 (6.06%) HAProxy
5 2 (6.06%) Pacemaker
5 2 (6.06%) Rundeck
5 2 (6.06%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 1 (3.03%) Grafana
6 1 (3.03%) HP SIM
6 1 (3.03%) Kibana
6 1 (3.03%) Kubernetes
6 1 (3.03%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (3.03%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (3.03%) PowerCLI
6 1 (3.03%) Prometheus
6 1 (3.03%) vRealize
Vendors
1 32 (96.97%) VMware
2 12 (36.36%) Microsoft
3 11 (33.33%) Citrix
4 5 (15.15%) ServiceNow
5 4 (12.12%) EMC
5 4 (12.12%) HP
6 3 (9.09%) CheckPoint
6 3 (9.09%) Cisco
6 3 (9.09%) NetApp
7 2 (6.06%) 3PAR
7 2 (6.06%) Altiris
7 2 (6.06%) AppSense
7 2 (6.06%) Dell
7 2 (6.06%) Oracle
7 2 (6.06%) Symantec
8 1 (3.03%) BMC
8 1 (3.03%) F5
8 1 (3.03%) Isilon
8 1 (3.03%) MobileIron
8 1 (3.03%) Palo Alto