Period
to 17 January 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for vSphere skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited vSphere over the 6 months to 17 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 vSphere
UK > England
6 months to
17 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 313 345 389
Rank change year-on-year +32 +44 +27
Contract jobs citing vSphere 216 459 572
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.65% 0.69% 0.63%
As % of the System Software category 4.39% 4.43% 4.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 153 306 396
Median daily rate £425 £450 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.56% +7.14% +12.00%
10th Percentile £263 £300 £218
90th Percentile £575 £575 £538
UK median daily rate £413 £440 £420
% change year-on-year -6.25% +4.76% +8.39%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 13 23
Median hourly rate £44.50 £25.00 £42.27
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +78.00% -40.85% +65.75%
10th Percentile £12.50 £14.25 £12.80
90th Percentile £46.75 £46.99 £49.90
UK median hourly rate £44.50 £26.00 £42.27
% change year-on-year +71.15% -38.48% +40.88%

vSphere 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 4,919 10,350 14,178
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.71% 15.61% 15.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,336 7,046 9,544
Median daily rate £475 £450 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% -5.26% +8.57%
10th Percentile £215 £163 £184
90th Percentile £650 £638 £638
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £460
% change year-on-year +5.56% -2.17% +8.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 202 554 711
Median hourly rate £17.50 £16.46 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.32% +2.88% -
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £10.50
90th Percentile £59.88 £46.56 £43.75
Median hourly rate £17.75 £16.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year +7.58% +3.13% -

vSphere
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for vSphere in England

vSphere
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Daily rate trend for vSphere in England

vSphere
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing vSphere in England over the 6 months to 17 January 2021.

Daily rate histogram for vSphere in England

vSphere
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Hourly rate trend for vSphere in England

vSphere
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing vSphere in England over the 6 months to 17 January 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for vSphere in England

vSphere
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 vSphere within the England region over the 6 months to 17 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
South East +106 80 £430 -9.47% 21
London +33 74 £450 - 22
South West +52 20 £475 - 6
North of England +54 14 £313 -10.71% 15
Midlands +45 14 £340 -10.82% 13
West Midlands +40 13 £340 -2.86% 9
Yorkshire +21 6 £300 -11.76% 5
North West +57 5 £325 -10.03% 8
East of England +40 3 £335 -10.67% 9
North East +34 3 £400 - 2
East Midlands +40 1 £325 -38.97% 4
vSphere
UK

For the 6 months to 17 January 2021, IT contractor jobs citing vSphere 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 vSphere.

1 190 (87.96%) VMware
2 153 (70.83%) VMware Infrastructure
3 124 (57.41%) Windows
4 97 (44.91%) Security Cleared
5 95 (43.98%) Microsoft
6 87 (40.28%) Active Directory
7 72 (33.33%) SC Cleared
8 69 (31.94%) Windows Server
9 67 (31.02%) Linux
10 61 (28.24%) Firewall
11 60 (27.78%) vRealize
12 58 (26.85%) VMware ESXi
12 58 (26.85%) DNS
13 56 (25.93%) PowerShell
13 56 (25.93%) VMware NSX
14 55 (25.46%) vCenter Server
15 54 (25.00%) VSAN
16 53 (24.54%) Cisco
17 52 (24.07%) Azure
18 51 (23.61%) Dell
19 50 (23.15%) Infrastructure Engineering
20 46 (21.30%) Data Centre
21 45 (20.83%) DHCP
22 43 (19.91%) Windows Server 2016
23 40 (18.52%) VLAN
24 38 (17.59%) Migration
25 37 (17.13%) Ansible
25 37 (17.13%) AWS
26 36 (16.67%) Office 365
26 36 (16.67%) Citrix

vSphere
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 12 (5.56%) MS Exchange
2 7 (3.24%) Exchange Server 2013
2 7 (3.24%) Skype for Business
3 6 (2.78%) WebSphere
4 5 (2.31%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (2.31%) SharePoint
5 4 (1.85%) Apache
5 4 (1.85%) IIS
5 4 (1.85%) nginx
5 4 (1.85%) OpenStack
6 2 (0.93%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 2 (0.93%) Cloud Foundry
6 2 (0.93%) Confluence
Applications
1 11 (5.09%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (2.78%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (2.78%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (1.39%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 52 (24.07%) Azure
2 37 (17.13%) AWS
3 36 (16.67%) Office 365
4 19 (8.80%) IaaS
5 16 (7.41%) GitHub
6 15 (6.94%) Azure Active Directory
7 4 (1.85%) GCP
8 3 (1.39%) Amazon ELB
9 2 (0.93%) Amazon EC2
9 2 (0.93%) AWS CloudFormation
9 2 (0.93%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
9 2 (0.93%) Heroku
9 2 (0.93%) OpenShift
9 2 (0.93%) PaaS
9 2 (0.93%) SaaS
9 2 (0.93%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 1 (0.46%) Cohesity
10 1 (0.46%) Datadog
10 1 (0.46%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 61 (28.24%) Firewall
2 58 (26.85%) DNS
3 54 (25.00%) VSAN
4 45 (20.83%) DHCP
5 40 (18.52%) VLAN
6 28 (12.96%) WAN
7 21 (9.72%) SAN
8 16 (7.41%) Reverse Proxy
8 16 (7.41%) VPN
9 15 (6.94%) Ethernet
10 14 (6.48%) LAN
11 13 (6.02%) SNMP
12 12 (5.56%) TCP/IP
13 9 (4.17%) iSCSI
14 8 (3.70%) Fibre Channel
14 8 (3.70%) NetScaler
14 8 (3.70%) Network Security
14 8 (3.70%) Skype
14 8 (3.70%) Wireless
15 7 (3.24%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (4.17%) HBase
1 9 (4.17%) SQL Server
2 8 (3.70%) Hadoop
3 6 (2.78%) DB2
4 1 (0.46%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (0.46%) Redis
4 1 (0.46%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.46%) SQL Server 2017
Development Applications
1 22 (10.19%) Jenkins
2 21 (9.72%) JIRA
3 20 (9.26%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 18 (8.33%) Git (software)
5 16 (7.41%) GitLab
6 4 (1.85%) Bitbucket
7 3 (1.39%) Octopus Deploy
8 2 (0.93%) CF BOSH
8 2 (0.93%) IBM UrbanCode
8 2 (0.93%) MSI
8 2 (0.93%) TeamCity
9 1 (0.46%) Maven
9 1 (0.46%) Sonatype Nexus
9 1 (0.46%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 22 (10.19%) Finance
2 16 (7.41%) Public Sector
3 8 (3.70%) Banking
4 3 (1.39%) Electronics
4 3 (1.39%) Financial Institution
4 3 (1.39%) Manufacturing
4 3 (1.39%) Marketing
4 3 (1.39%) Telecoms
5 2 (0.93%) Military
6 1 (0.46%) French Language
6 1 (0.46%) Front Office
6 1 (0.46%) International Banking
6 1 (0.46%) Law
6 1 (0.46%) Publishing
6 1 (0.46%) Retail
Job Titles
1 41 (18.98%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 35 (16.20%) Architect
3 31 (14.35%) VMware Engineer
4 20 (9.26%) Consultant
5 15 (6.94%) Administrator
5 15 (6.94%) VMware Architect
6 14 (6.48%) DevOps Engineer
7 13 (6.02%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 13 (6.02%) Infrastructure Architect
8 11 (5.09%) Cloud Architect
9 10 (4.63%) Server Engineer
9 10 (4.63%) VMware Consultant
9 10 (4.63%) Wintel Engineer
10 9 (4.17%) Cloud Engineer
10 9 (4.17%) Support Engineer
10 9 (4.17%) Systems Administrator
11 8 (3.70%) Virtualisation Engineer
12 7 (3.24%) Analyst
13 6 (2.78%) VMWare Administrator
13 6 (2.78%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (5.09%) Swagger
2 10 (4.63%) Elastic Stack
2 10 (4.63%) gRPC
2 10 (4.63%) REST
2 10 (4.63%) RESTful
3 6 (2.78%) WebSphere MQ
4 4 (1.85%) Middleware
5 2 (0.93%) JSON
5 2 (0.93%) OAuth
5 2 (0.93%) OAuth2
5 2 (0.93%) SAML
5 2 (0.93%) XML
6 1 (0.46%) 802.1X
6 1 (0.46%) AngularJS
6 1 (0.46%) Django
6 1 (0.46%) Flash
6 1 (0.46%) Node.js
6 1 (0.46%) Spring
6 1 (0.46%) Spring Boot
6 1 (0.46%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 46 (21.30%) Data Centre
2 18 (8.33%) Hybrid Cloud
2 18 (8.33%) Private Cloud
3 11 (5.09%) Analytical Skills
3 11 (5.09%) Replication
4 6 (2.78%) Clustering
4 6 (2.78%) PKI
5 5 (2.31%) Enterprise Cloud
5 5 (2.31%) Enterprise Storage
5 5 (2.31%) Public Cloud
5 5 (2.31%) Self-Motivation
6 3 (1.39%) CMDB
6 3 (1.39%) EMC VMAX
6 3 (1.39%) EMC VNX
6 3 (1.39%) Linux Command Line
6 3 (1.39%) Management Information System
6 3 (1.39%) NHS
6 3 (1.39%) VxBlock/Vblock
7 2 (0.93%) Blackberry
7 2 (0.93%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 124 (57.41%) Windows
2 69 (31.94%) Windows Server
3 67 (31.02%) Linux
4 43 (19.91%) Windows Server 2016
5 31 (14.35%) Windows 10
6 30 (13.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 25 (11.57%) Windows Server 2012
8 21 (9.72%) Windows Server 2008
9 20 (9.26%) CentOS
10 15 (6.94%) Windows Server 2019
11 13 (6.02%) Ubuntu
12 12 (5.56%) Unix
13 11 (5.09%) Windows 7
14 5 (2.31%) VMS
15 3 (1.39%) Android
15 3 (1.39%) Windows 8
15 3 (1.39%) Windows Server 2003
16 2 (0.93%) AIX
16 2 (0.93%) Apple iOS
16 2 (0.93%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 50 (23.15%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 38 (17.59%) Migration
3 33 (15.28%) DevOps
3 33 (15.28%) ITIL
4 29 (13.43%) Agile Software Development
5 27 (12.50%) Configuration Management
6 21 (9.72%) Converged Infrastructure
7 20 (9.26%) Load Balancing
8 18 (8.33%) Project Delivery
9 17 (7.87%) Continuous Integration
10 16 (7.41%) High Availability
10 16 (7.41%) Infrastructure as Code
11 15 (6.94%) Continuous Deployment
12 13 (6.02%) Continuous Delivery
13 12 (5.56%) Disaster Recovery
13 12 (5.56%) Microservices
14 11 (5.09%) Systems Engineering
15 10 (4.63%) Stakeholder Management
16 9 (4.17%) Service Management
16 9 (4.17%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 56 (25.93%) PowerShell
2 21 (9.72%) Python
3 18 (8.33%) Bash Shell
4 14 (6.48%) Go
5 10 (4.63%) C#
6 7 (3.24%) SQL
7 5 (2.31%) C
8 4 (1.85%) VBScript
9 3 (1.39%) Ruby
10 2 (0.93%) Java
10 2 (0.93%) JavaScript
10 2 (0.93%) Shell Script
10 2 (0.93%) VB
11 1 (0.46%) C++
11 1 (0.46%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.46%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 97 (44.91%) Security Cleared
2 72 (33.33%) SC Cleared
3 34 (15.74%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 26 (12.04%) DV Cleared
5 19 (8.80%) VCAP
6 14 (6.48%) Microsoft Certification
6 14 (6.48%) VCP6
7 11 (5.09%) Degree
8 9 (4.17%) CCNA
8 9 (4.17%) Cisco Certification
8 9 (4.17%) MCSE
9 8 (3.70%) VCDX
10 7 (3.24%) RHCA
10 7 (3.24%) TOGAF Certification
11 6 (2.78%) CCNP
12 5 (2.31%) Citrix Certification
12 5 (2.31%) MCSA
13 4 (1.85%) CCA
14 3 (1.39%) ITIL Certification
14 3 (1.39%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (2.78%) SLA
2 3 (1.39%) NCSC
3 2 (0.93%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.46%) Def Stans
4 1 (0.46%) GMP
4 1 (0.46%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 1 (0.46%) SEPA
System Software
1 153 (70.83%) VMware Infrastructure
2 87 (40.28%) Active Directory
3 58 (26.85%) VMware ESXi
4 56 (25.93%) VMware NSX
5 24 (11.11%) Virtual Machines
6 22 (10.19%) Docker
7 20 (9.26%) Hyper-V
8 19 (8.80%) NFS
9 13 (6.02%) vCloud
9 13 (6.02%) Virtual Desktop
9 13 (6.02%) VMFS
10 9 (4.17%) HDFS
11 7 (3.24%) XenApp
12 6 (2.78%) Virtual Servers
12 6 (2.78%) XenDesktop
13 4 (1.85%) Microsoft App-V
13 4 (1.85%) VMware Server
14 3 (1.39%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 3 (1.39%) VirtualBox
15 2 (0.93%) UAG
Systems Management
1 60 (27.78%) vRealize
2 55 (25.46%) vCenter Server
3 37 (17.13%) Ansible
4 34 (15.74%) SCCM
5 31 (14.35%) Terraform
6 25 (11.57%) Opscode Chef
7 24 (11.11%) Puppet
8 22 (10.19%) Kubernetes
9 19 (8.80%) SCOM
10 17 (7.87%) vRealize Orchestrator
11 15 (6.94%) Packer
12 14 (6.48%) Microsoft Intune
13 11 (5.09%) vMotion
14 10 (4.63%) Grafana
14 10 (4.63%) PowerCLI
14 10 (4.63%) Prometheus
14 10 (4.63%) ZABBIX
15 8 (3.70%) WSUS
16 6 (2.78%) NetBackup
17 5 (2.31%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 190 (87.96%) VMware
2 95 (43.98%) Microsoft
3 53 (24.54%) Cisco
4 51 (23.61%) Dell
5 36 (16.67%) Citrix
6 32 (14.81%) EMC
7 23 (10.65%) HP
8 19 (8.80%) Atlassian
9 16 (7.41%) Juniper
10 15 (6.94%) Veeam
11 14 (6.48%) Red Hat
12 13 (6.02%) McAfee
13 12 (5.56%) Palo Alto
14 10 (4.63%) Splunk
15 9 (4.17%) CheckPoint
15 9 (4.17%) Ivanti
15 9 (4.17%) NetApp
16 8 (3.70%) IBM
16 8 (3.70%) SolarWinds
17 6 (2.78%) Altiris