Period
to 15 January 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for VMware ESXi skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited VMware ESXi over the 6 months to 15 January 2021 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 ESXi (formerly ESX Server)
UK > England
6 months to
15 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 325 392 437
Rank change year-on-year +67 +45 +4
Contract jobs citing VMware ESXi 220 369 485
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.65% 0.55% 0.53%
As % of the System Software category 4.44% 3.55% 3.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 163 264 342
Median daily rate £463 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.63% - +0.31%
10th Percentile £325 £286 £224
90th Percentile £588 £575 £538
UK median daily rate £450 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +12.50% - +1.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 18 20
Median hourly rate - £45.46 £45.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -0.64% -1.43%
UK median hourly rate £44.50 £47.00 £44.18
% change year-on-year -5.32% +6.38% -0.93%

VMware ESXi is in the System Software category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for system software skills.

All System Software Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 4,951 10,387 14,134
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.67% 15.56% 15.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,351 7,072 9,504
Median daily rate £475 £450 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% -5.26% +7.95%
10th Percentile £213 £163 £184
90th Percentile £650 £638 £638
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £455
% change year-on-year +5.56% -1.10% +7.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 204 549 713
Median hourly rate £17.25 £16.20 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.48% +1.25% -
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £10.50
90th Percentile £59.63 £46.61 £43.75
Median hourly rate £17.75 £16.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year +7.58% +3.13% -

VMware ESXi
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing VMware ESXi as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for VMware ESXi in England

VMware ESXi
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing VMware ESXi in England.

Daily rate trend for VMware ESXi in England

VMware ESXi
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing VMware ESXi in England over the 6 months to 15 January 2021.

Daily rate histogram for VMware ESXi in England

VMware ESXi
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing VMware ESXi in England.

Hourly rate trend for VMware ESXi in England

VMware ESXi
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing VMware ESXi within the England region over the 6 months to 15 January 2021. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +84 89 £450 +5.88% 17
South East +117 57 £488 +21.27% 15
South West +83 33 £463 -7.50% 10
Midlands +37 15 £375 +7.14% 12
West Midlands +32 14 £375 -11.76% 6
North of England +67 13 £400 +23.08% 9
East of England +64 9 £650 +85.71% 4
Yorkshire +39 5 £500 +11.11% 3
North West +33 5 £425 +32.81% 4
North East +39 3 £400 +14.29% 2
East Midlands +34 1 £325 +6.56% 4
VMware ESXi
UK

For the 6 months to 15 January 2021, IT contractor jobs citing VMware ESXi also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region with a requirement for VMware ESXi.

1 207 (94.09%) VMware
2 158 (71.82%) VMware Infrastructure
3 145 (65.91%) Windows
4 111 (50.45%) Active Directory
5 90 (40.91%) Microsoft
6 81 (36.82%) Linux
6 81 (36.82%) Security Cleared
7 78 (35.45%) vCenter Server
8 77 (35.00%) Cisco
9 74 (33.64%) Windows Server
10 71 (32.27%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 63 (28.64%) DNS
12 59 (26.82%) Dell
13 58 (26.36%) vSphere
14 54 (24.55%) DHCP
15 53 (24.09%) PowerShell
16 52 (23.64%) Azure
16 52 (23.64%) Data Centre
16 52 (23.64%) VMware NSX
17 50 (22.73%) Firewall
18 48 (21.82%) Ansible
18 48 (21.82%) SC Cleared
18 48 (21.82%) VSAN
19 46 (20.91%) Citrix
20 43 (19.55%) Red Hat
20 43 (19.55%) Windows Server 2012
21 37 (16.82%) DV Cleared
22 36 (16.36%) Kubernetes
22 36 (16.36%) Terraform
22 36 (16.36%) Windows Server 2016

VMware ESXi
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 17 (7.73%) SharePoint
2 15 (6.82%) OpenStack
3 12 (5.45%) MS Exchange
4 9 (4.09%) Exchange Server 2010
4 9 (4.09%) WebSphere
5 7 (3.18%) Confluence
6 6 (2.73%) IIS
7 5 (2.27%) Skype for Business
8 4 (1.82%) CMS
8 4 (1.82%) Exchange Server 2013
9 2 (0.91%) Apache
10 1 (0.45%) nginx
10 1 (0.45%) Tomcat
Applications
1 12 (5.45%) MS Visio
2 9 (4.09%) Microsoft Office
3 6 (2.73%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.91%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.45%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 52 (23.64%) Azure
2 35 (15.91%) Office 365
3 34 (15.45%) IaaS
4 30 (13.64%) AWS
5 13 (5.91%) Azure Active Directory
6 12 (5.45%) GCP
7 8 (3.64%) Cloud Computing
7 8 (3.64%) GitHub
7 8 (3.64%) PaaS
7 8 (3.64%) SaaS
8 5 (2.27%) Power Automate
9 3 (1.36%) OneDrive
10 2 (0.91%) Amazon EC2
10 2 (0.91%) Cohesity
11 1 (0.45%) Amazon ELB
11 1 (0.45%) AWS CloudFormation
11 1 (0.45%) Datadog
11 1 (0.45%) IBM Cloud
11 1 (0.45%) OpenShift
11 1 (0.45%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 63 (28.64%) DNS
2 54 (24.55%) DHCP
3 50 (22.73%) Firewall
4 48 (21.82%) VSAN
5 28 (12.73%) SAN
6 24 (10.91%) WAN
7 23 (10.45%) TCP/IP
8 22 (10.00%) VPN
9 20 (9.09%) LAN
10 15 (6.82%) Remote Desktop
11 12 (5.45%) Cisco Nexus
12 11 (5.00%) Kerberos
13 9 (4.09%) iSCSI
13 9 (4.09%) Software-Defined Networking
14 8 (3.64%) AMQP
14 8 (3.64%) Cisco ASA
14 8 (3.64%) Fibre Channel
15 7 (3.18%) NAS
15 7 (3.18%) SGSN
15 7 (3.18%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (7.73%) SQL Server
2 8 (3.64%) DB2
3 2 (0.91%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (0.91%) MySQL
4 1 (0.45%) Data Lake
4 1 (0.45%) MongoDB
4 1 (0.45%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (0.45%) RDBMS
4 1 (0.45%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.45%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.45%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 17 (7.73%) Git (software)
2 12 (5.45%) Jenkins
3 9 (4.09%) JIRA
3 9 (4.09%) TeamCity
4 8 (3.64%) Sonatype Nexus
4 8 (3.64%) Subversion
5 4 (1.82%) Bitbucket
6 2 (0.91%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 1 (0.45%) Ant
7 1 (0.45%) Artifactory
7 1 (0.45%) Bugzilla
7 1 (0.45%) Hudson
7 1 (0.45%) Maven
7 1 (0.45%) Serena SBM
7 1 (0.45%) Vagrant
General
1 35 (15.91%) Finance
2 19 (8.64%) Banking
3 10 (4.55%) Telecoms
4 9 (4.09%) Public Sector
4 9 (4.09%) Retail
5 6 (2.73%) Investment Banking
6 5 (2.27%) Publishing
7 4 (1.82%) Back Office
7 4 (1.82%) Front Office
8 3 (1.36%) Electronics
8 3 (1.36%) Legal
8 3 (1.36%) Manufacturing
8 3 (1.36%) Marketing
9 1 (0.45%) Automotive
9 1 (0.45%) Games
9 1 (0.45%) Military
Job Titles
1 57 (25.91%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 41 (18.64%) VMware Engineer
3 32 (14.55%) Architect
4 24 (10.91%) Cloud Engineer
4 24 (10.91%) Infrastructure Architect
5 18 (8.18%) Consultant
6 17 (7.73%) Virtualisation Engineer
7 16 (7.27%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
8 14 (6.36%) Administrator
9 11 (5.00%) Windows Engineer
10 10 (4.55%) Cloud Infrastructure Engineer
10 10 (4.55%) VMWare Administrator
11 8 (3.64%) Analyst
11 8 (3.64%) Citrix Engineer
11 8 (3.64%) Server Engineer
11 8 (3.64%) Solutions Architect
12 7 (3.18%) Infrastructure Analyst
12 7 (3.18%) Infrastructure Specialist
12 7 (3.18%) Systems Administrator
12 7 (3.18%) VMware Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (5.45%) LDAP
2 9 (4.09%) XML
3 8 (3.64%) JSON
3 8 (3.64%) Middleware
4 6 (2.73%) Spine.js
4 6 (2.73%) WebSphere MQ
4 6 (2.73%) YAML
5 3 (1.36%) Elastic Stack
5 3 (1.36%) Flash
5 3 (1.36%) XMPP
6 1 (0.45%) .NET
6 1 (0.45%) ASP.NET
6 1 (0.45%) ASP.NET 2.0
6 1 (0.45%) CGI
6 1 (0.45%) HTML
6 1 (0.45%) LAMP
6 1 (0.45%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 52 (23.64%) Data Centre
2 17 (7.73%) Clustering
3 13 (5.91%) Replication
4 12 (5.45%) Private Cloud
5 10 (4.55%) Hybrid Cloud
6 9 (4.09%) Analytical Skills
6 9 (4.09%) PKI
7 6 (2.73%) Derivative
8 5 (2.27%) Management Information System
9 4 (1.82%) Fat Client
9 4 (1.82%) Thin Client
10 3 (1.36%) VxBlock/Vblock
11 2 (0.91%) Blackberry
11 2 (0.91%) Cloud Native
11 2 (0.91%) Enterprise Software
11 2 (0.91%) Enterprise Storage
11 2 (0.91%) Linux Command Line
11 2 (0.91%) Mainframe
11 2 (0.91%) Video Conferencing
11 2 (0.91%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 145 (65.91%) Windows
2 81 (36.82%) Linux
3 74 (33.64%) Windows Server
4 43 (19.55%) Windows Server 2012
5 36 (16.36%) Windows Server 2016
6 33 (15.00%) Windows Server 2008
7 27 (12.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 27 (12.27%) Windows 10
8 26 (11.82%) Windows Server 2019
9 22 (10.00%) Ubuntu
10 12 (5.45%) CentOS
11 11 (5.00%) Windows 7
12 10 (4.55%) Unix
13 8 (3.64%) Solaris
13 8 (3.64%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
14 7 (3.18%) Windows Server 2003
15 4 (1.82%) Windows NT
15 4 (1.82%) Windows XP
16 2 (0.91%) AIX
17 1 (0.45%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 71 (32.27%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 33 (15.00%) DevOps
3 31 (14.09%) Migration
4 27 (12.27%) Converged Infrastructure
5 26 (11.82%) High Availability
5 26 (11.82%) ITIL
6 21 (9.55%) Agile Software Development
7 20 (9.09%) Load Balancing
8 17 (7.73%) Infrastructure Automation
8 17 (7.73%) SIEM
9 16 (7.27%) Change Management
9 16 (7.27%) Storage Management
10 15 (6.82%) Disaster Recovery
10 15 (6.82%) Scrum
11 14 (6.36%) Data Protection
11 14 (6.36%) Security Hardening
11 14 (6.36%) Stakeholder Management
12 12 (5.45%) Continuous Integration
13 11 (5.00%) Infrastructure as Code
14 10 (4.55%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 53 (24.09%) PowerShell
2 11 (5.00%) C
3 8 (3.64%) SQL
4 7 (3.18%) Python
5 5 (2.27%) Bash Shell
6 4 (1.82%) Ruby
7 2 (0.91%) Perl
8 1 (0.45%) C#
8 1 (0.45%) Java
8 1 (0.45%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.45%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.45%) VB.NET
8 1 (0.45%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 81 (36.82%) Security Cleared
2 48 (21.82%) SC Cleared
3 37 (16.82%) DV Cleared
4 13 (5.91%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 12 (5.45%) Microsoft Certification
6 11 (5.00%) MCSE
7 7 (3.18%) RHCA
7 7 (3.18%) TOGAF Certification
8 6 (2.73%) CCNA
8 6 (2.73%) Cisco Certification
9 5 (2.27%) Citrix Certification
10 4 (1.82%) MCITP
11 3 (1.36%) CCA
11 3 (1.36%) CISSP
11 3 (1.36%) MCSA
11 3 (1.36%) Network+ Certification
11 3 (1.36%) VCAP
12 2 (0.91%) ITIL Certification
12 2 (0.91%) VCP6
13 1 (0.45%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (4.55%) SLA
2 6 (2.73%) GDPR
2 6 (2.73%) OASIS TOSCA
3 4 (1.82%) NCSC
4 3 (1.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (0.91%) NIST
6 1 (0.45%) Def Stans
6 1 (0.45%) QA
6 1 (0.45%) SEPA
System Software
1 158 (71.82%) VMware Infrastructure
2 111 (50.45%) Active Directory
3 58 (26.36%) vSphere
4 52 (23.64%) VMware NSX
5 29 (13.18%) Docker
6 28 (12.73%) Virtual Machines
7 18 (8.18%) NFS
8 17 (7.73%) Hyper-V
9 13 (5.91%) VMFS
10 11 (5.00%) XenApp
11 8 (3.64%) XenDesktop
12 7 (3.18%) KVM
13 6 (2.73%) LXC
13 6 (2.73%) Virtual Servers
14 5 (2.27%) Firmware
14 5 (2.27%) VMware Server
15 4 (1.82%) UAG
15 4 (1.82%) vCloud
15 4 (1.82%) VMware Workstation
16 3 (1.36%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 78 (35.45%) vCenter Server
2 48 (21.82%) Ansible
3 36 (16.36%) Kubernetes
3 36 (16.36%) Terraform
4 34 (15.45%) vRealize
5 23 (10.45%) SCCM
6 17 (7.73%) Puppet
7 15 (6.82%) vMotion
8 13 (5.91%) vRealize Orchestrator
9 12 (5.45%) PowerCLI
10 11 (5.00%) Microsoft Clustering
11 9 (4.09%) Opscode Chef
12 8 (3.64%) WSUS
13 6 (2.73%) Cloudify
13 6 (2.73%) Docker Swarm
13 6 (2.73%) Grafana
13 6 (2.73%) Juju
13 6 (2.73%) Prometheus
14 5 (2.27%) BladeLogic
14 5 (2.27%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
Vendors
1 207 (94.09%) VMware
2 90 (40.91%) Microsoft
3 77 (35.00%) Cisco
4 59 (26.82%) Dell
5 46 (20.91%) Citrix
6 43 (19.55%) Red Hat
7 35 (15.91%) HP
8 33 (15.00%) Juniper
9 22 (10.00%) Veeam
10 21 (9.55%) NetApp
11 16 (7.27%) Oracle
12 15 (6.82%) Palo Alto
13 14 (6.36%) IBM
14 12 (5.45%) Fortinet
15 10 (4.55%) EMC
16 8 (3.64%) Ivanti
16 8 (3.64%) SolarWinds
17 7 (3.18%) CheckPoint
18 6 (2.73%) BMC
18 6 (2.73%) CommVault