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 3 months to 30 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 vSphere
UK / England
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 365 277 275
Rank change year-on-year -88 -2  
Contract jobs citing vSphere 221 414 387
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.53% 0.83% 0.79%
As % of the System Software category 4.68% 7.61% 7.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 156 263 243
Median daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £252 £275 £261
10% offered a daily rate of more than £518 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £386 £343
% change year-on-year -2.91% +12.77%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 11 24
Median hourly rate £23.00 £27.50 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.36% +30.95%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.36 £12.10 £15.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.18 £45.00 £29.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £27.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year -23.63% +30.95%  

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 England with a requirement for system software skills.

Contract System Software Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 4722 5438 5102
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 11.25% 10.88% 10.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 3021 3368 2829
Median daily rate £413 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.12% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £200 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £370 £350
% change year-on-year -5.40% +5.71%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 321 437 609
Median hourly rate £16.75 £16.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.68% -3.03%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.31 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £31.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £15.85
% change year-on-year -3.03% +4.10%  

vSphere
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England 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 England

vSphere
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for vSphere in England

vSphere
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing vSphere in England over the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for vSphere in England

vSphere
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for vSphere in England

vSphere
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing vSphere in England over the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

Contractor 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 3 months to 30 March 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
London -43 79 £425 -9.57% 19
South East -44 68 £389 +3.66% 9
North West +19 22 £325 -26.47% 11
Yorkshire +6 16 £481 +13.23% 7
South West -10 14 £350 - 1
East Midlands 0 7 £325 +30.00% 6
East of England -3 7 £388 -3.12% 5
West Midlands +17 6 £250 -
vSphere
UK

For the 6 months to 30 March 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 England region with a requirement for vSphere.

1 465 (89.60%) VMware
2 307 (59.15%) Windows
3 259 (49.90%) VMware Infrastructure
4 189 (36.42%) Windows Server
5 188 (36.22%) Active Directory
6 178 (34.30%) Linux
7 174 (33.53%) Microsoft
8 146 (28.13%) Cisco
9 131 (25.24%) Windows Server 2012
10 127 (24.47%) Windows Server 2008
11 123 (23.70%) SAN
12 122 (23.51%) Security Cleared
13 120 (23.12%) PowerShell
14 104 (20.04%) SC Cleared
15 100 (19.27%) ITIL
16 99 (19.08%) HP
16 99 (19.08%) Citrix
17 94 (18.11%) DNS
18 92 (17.73%) Data Centre
19 82 (15.80%) VMware ESXi
20 80 (15.41%) Red Hat
21 77 (14.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
21 77 (14.84%) Amazon AWS
22 76 (14.64%) DevOps
22 76 (14.64%) SCCM
23 75 (14.45%) EMC
23 75 (14.45%) SQL Server
24 74 (14.26%) Unix
25 68 (13.10%) Microsoft Azure
26 66 (12.72%) Firewall

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 52 (10.02%) MS Exchange
2 32 (6.17%) OpenStack
3 23 (4.43%) Exchange Server 2010
4 22 (4.24%) IIS
5 21 (4.05%) Apache
6 19 (3.66%) SharePoint
7 18 (3.47%) Skype for Business
8 15 (2.89%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 15 (2.89%) CloudStack
9 10 (1.93%) JBoss
10 9 (1.73%) Cloud Foundry
11 7 (1.35%) nginx
11 7 (1.35%) Tomcat
12 6 (1.16%) Exchange Server 2013
13 5 (0.96%) WebSphere
14 4 (0.77%) WebSphere Application Server
15 3 (0.58%) Elasticsearch
15 3 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2007
16 2 (0.39%) Apache Spark
16 2 (0.39%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 62 (11.95%) MS Excel
2 26 (5.01%) MS Office
3 6 (1.16%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.19%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 8 (1.54%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (0.77%) Infor M3
2 4 (0.77%) Oracle Applications
3 2 (0.39%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 77 (14.84%) Amazon AWS
2 68 (13.10%) Microsoft Azure
3 22 (4.24%) Office 365
4 17 (3.28%) Cloud Computing
5 16 (3.08%) PaaS
6 7 (1.35%) GitHub
6 7 (1.35%) Heroku
7 6 (1.16%) IaaS
7 6 (1.16%) IBM Cloud
7 6 (1.16%) SoftLayer
8 5 (0.96%) Azure Active Directory
9 4 (0.77%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
9 4 (0.77%) Google Cloud Platform
9 4 (0.77%) Google Compute Engine
9 4 (0.77%) SaaS
10 3 (0.58%) Amazon S3
10 3 (0.58%) AWS CloudFormation
10 3 (0.58%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 2 (0.39%) Amazon EC2
11 2 (0.39%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 123 (23.70%) SAN
2 94 (18.11%) DNS
3 66 (12.72%) Firewall
4 60 (11.56%) TCP/IP
5 51 (9.83%) NAS
6 49 (9.44%) DHCP
7 35 (6.74%) LAN
8 31 (5.97%) WAN
9 30 (5.78%) VPN
10 25 (4.82%) Cisco Nexus
11 23 (4.43%) SSL
12 22 (4.24%) Wireless
13 20 (3.85%) Cisco ASA
14 19 (3.66%) LDAP
15 18 (3.47%) NetScaler
16 16 (3.08%) IPsec
16 16 (3.08%) VSAN
17 15 (2.89%) PuTTY
17 15 (2.89%) WinSCP
18 13 (2.50%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 75 (14.45%) SQL Server
2 33 (6.36%) SQL Server 2012
3 27 (5.20%) SQL Server 2005
4 25 (4.82%) SQL Server 2008
5 23 (4.43%) Oracle Database
6 19 (3.66%) Oracle Database 11g
7 17 (3.28%) Oracle Database 10g
8 12 (2.31%) Oracle Reports
9 10 (1.93%) PostgreSQL
10 7 (1.35%) NoSQL
11 6 (1.16%) Amazon RDS
11 6 (1.16%) BusinessObjects
12 5 (0.96%) MySQL
13 4 (0.77%) Redis
13 4 (0.77%) SQL Server 2014
14 3 (0.58%) Apache Cassandra
14 3 (0.58%) DB2
14 3 (0.58%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 3 (0.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 2 (0.39%) Oracle9i Database
Development Applications
1 45 (8.67%) Jenkins
2 19 (3.66%) Git (software)
3 18 (3.47%) TeamCity
4 16 (3.08%) Team Foundation Server
5 15 (2.89%) HP UFT
5 15 (2.89%) Oracle APEX
5 15 (2.89%) Selenium
5 15 (2.89%) SpecFlow
6 9 (1.73%) Ant
6 9 (1.73%) Eclipse
6 9 (1.73%) Octopus Deploy
6 9 (1.73%) SoapUI
6 9 (1.73%) Subversion
6 9 (1.73%) TestNG
6 9 (1.73%) Toad
7 8 (1.54%) Hudson
7 8 (1.54%) MSI
8 7 (1.35%) JIRA
8 7 (1.35%) LoadRunner
9 6 (1.16%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 58 (11.18%) Finance
2 19 (3.66%) Telecoms
3 10 (1.93%) Banking
3 10 (1.93%) Local Government
3 10 (1.93%) Manufacturing
4 8 (1.54%) Electronics
4 8 (1.54%) Marketing
5 7 (1.35%) Advertising
5 7 (1.35%) Games
5 7 (1.35%) Retail
6 4 (0.77%) Financial Institution
7 3 (0.58%) Publishing
8 2 (0.39%) Back Office
9 1 (0.19%) Billing
9 1 (0.19%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.19%) Law
9 1 (0.19%) Legal
9 1 (0.19%) Military
9 1 (0.19%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 56 (10.79%) VMware Engineer
2 46 (8.86%) Analyst
3 41 (7.90%) Architect
3 41 (7.90%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 38 (7.32%) Administrator
5 36 (6.94%) DevOps Engineer
6 34 (6.55%) Consultant
7 33 (6.36%) Support Engineer
8 27 (5.20%) VMware Specialist
8 27 (5.20%) Windows Engineer
9 26 (5.01%) 3rd Line Support
9 26 (5.01%) Infrastructure Specialist
9 26 (5.01%) Server Engineer
9 26 (5.01%) Support Analyst
10 24 (4.62%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 24 (4.62%) Systems Administrator
11 22 (4.24%) Wintel Engineer
12 19 (3.66%) 2nd Line Support
12 19 (3.66%) Network Engineer
13 17 (3.28%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (5.97%) .NET
2 18 (3.47%) Web Services
3 9 (1.73%) LAMP
3 9 (1.73%) REST
4 8 (1.54%) XML
5 7 (1.35%) HTML
5 7 (1.35%) Middleware
5 7 (1.35%) RabbitMQ
5 7 (1.35%) SAML
6 6 (1.16%) Node.js
7 5 (0.96%) ASP.NET
7 5 (0.96%) CSS
7 5 (0.96%) HTML5
8 4 (0.77%) COM
8 4 (0.77%) MSMQ
8 4 (0.77%) RESTful
8 4 (0.77%) SOAP
9 3 (0.58%) 802.1X
9 3 (0.58%) Elastic Stack
9 3 (0.58%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 92 (17.73%) Data Centre
2 58 (11.18%) VxBlock/Vblock
3 47 (9.06%) EMC VNX
4 45 (8.67%) Clustering
5 29 (5.59%) EMC VMAX
6 16 (3.08%) Replication
7 15 (2.89%) Computer Science
7 15 (2.89%) Management Information System
7 15 (2.89%) PKI
8 14 (2.70%) Analytical Skills
8 14 (2.70%) Blackberry
9 13 (2.50%) Hybrid Cloud
10 8 (1.54%) FlexPod
11 7 (1.35%) Smart Meter
12 6 (1.16%) Driving Licence
12 6 (1.16%) Private Cloud
13 5 (0.96%) Digital TV
13 5 (0.96%) MPEG
13 5 (0.96%) STB
14 4 (0.77%) BYOD
Operating Systems
1 307 (59.15%) Windows
2 189 (36.42%) Windows Server
3 178 (34.30%) Linux
4 131 (25.24%) Windows Server 2012
5 127 (24.47%) Windows Server 2008
6 77 (14.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 74 (14.26%) Unix
8 61 (11.75%) Windows Server 2003
9 47 (9.06%) Windows 7
10 31 (5.97%) Windows 10
11 21 (4.05%) CentOS
12 16 (3.08%) Oracle Linux
13 15 (2.89%) Solaris
14 13 (2.50%) Mac OS X
15 12 (2.31%) Ubuntu
16 10 (1.93%) AIX
16 10 (1.93%) SUSE
17 8 (1.54%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
18 6 (1.16%) Data ONTAP
18 6 (1.16%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 100 (19.27%) ITIL
2 76 (14.64%) DevOps
3 44 (8.48%) Migration
4 41 (7.90%) Service Management
5 40 (7.71%) Agile Software Development
6 38 (7.32%) Converged Infrastructure
7 32 (6.17%) Continuous Integration
7 32 (6.17%) Load Balancing
8 31 (5.97%) Configuration Management
9 24 (4.62%) Problem Management
10 22 (4.24%) High Availability
10 22 (4.24%) Scrum
11 19 (3.66%) Capacity Planning
12 18 (3.47%) Project Management
12 18 (3.47%) Root Cause Analysis
13 17 (3.28%) Change Management
13 17 (3.28%) Integration Testing
14 16 (3.08%) Change Control
14 16 (3.08%) Kalman Filter
14 16 (3.08%) Server Building
Programming Languages
1 120 (23.12%) PowerShell
2 54 (10.40%) SQL
3 42 (8.09%) Bash Shell
4 39 (7.51%) Python
5 27 (5.20%) Ruby
6 25 (4.82%) C
6 25 (4.82%) Java
7 23 (4.43%) Perl
8 21 (4.05%) Shell Script
9 15 (2.89%) F#
10 14 (2.70%) VBScript
11 13 (2.50%) Korn
12 8 (1.54%) C++
12 8 (1.54%) VB
13 7 (1.35%) C#
14 4 (0.77%) AWK
14 4 (0.77%) Go
14 4 (0.77%) JavaScript
15 2 (0.39%) PL/SQL
15 2 (0.39%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 122 (23.51%) Security Cleared
2 104 (20.04%) SC Cleared
3 49 (9.44%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 38 (7.32%) Microsoft Certification
5 32 (6.17%) Cisco Certification
6 27 (5.20%) MCSE
7 26 (5.01%) Degree
8 19 (3.66%) CCNA
9 18 (3.47%) ITIL Certification
10 16 (3.08%) CCNP
11 12 (2.31%) CCIE
12 9 (1.73%) MCSA
13 8 (1.54%) Citrix Certification
13 8 (1.54%) ISEB
13 8 (1.54%) VCP6
14 7 (1.35%) CCDP
14 7 (1.35%) DV Cleared
14 7 (1.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 7 (1.35%) RHCE
14 7 (1.35%) VCDX
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (5.97%) SLA
2 19 (3.66%) PCI DSS
3 7 (1.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (0.96%) QA
5 4 (0.77%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.19%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.19%) PMO
System Software
1 259 (49.90%) VMware Infrastructure
2 188 (36.22%) Active Directory
3 82 (15.80%) VMware ESXi
4 62 (11.95%) XenApp
5 52 (10.02%) Hyper-V
6 50 (9.63%) VMware ESX
7 39 (7.51%) XenDesktop
8 35 (6.74%) vCloud
9 33 (6.36%) Virtual Machines
10 30 (5.78%) Docker
11 26 (5.01%) XenServer
12 21 (4.05%) Microsoft App-V
13 16 (3.08%) Virtual Desktop
14 13 (2.50%) Xen
15 12 (2.31%) NFS
15 12 (2.31%) Veritas Cluster Server
16 9 (1.73%) Terminal Services
17 7 (1.35%) VMware Workstation
18 6 (1.16%) Firmware
18 6 (1.16%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 76 (14.64%) SCCM
2 65 (12.52%) Puppet
3 50 (9.63%) vRealize
4 40 (7.71%) Opscode Chef
5 36 (6.94%) Ansible
6 32 (6.17%) SCOM
7 31 (5.97%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 22 (4.24%) Red Hat Satellite
9 15 (2.89%) Nagios
9 15 (2.89%) NetBackup
9 15 (2.89%) WSUS
10 13 (2.50%) EMC NetWorker
11 12 (2.31%) ZABBIX
12 11 (2.12%) Cobbler
12 11 (2.12%) PowerCLI
13 9 (1.73%) Nessus
14 8 (1.54%) vMotion
15 7 (1.35%) EdgeSight
15 7 (1.35%) Microsoft Clustering
16 6 (1.16%) logstash
Vendors
1 465 (89.60%) VMware
2 174 (33.53%) Microsoft
3 146 (28.13%) Cisco
4 99 (19.08%) Citrix
4 99 (19.08%) HP
5 80 (15.41%) Red Hat
6 75 (14.45%) EMC
7 49 (9.44%) Oracle
8 32 (6.17%) NetApp
9 30 (5.78%) Dell
10 27 (5.20%) IBM
11 20 (3.85%) Veritas
12 18 (3.47%) LANDesk
13 16 (3.08%) Symantec
14 14 (2.70%) 3PAR
14 14 (2.70%) Veeam
15 12 (2.31%) F5
15 12 (2.31%) Juniper
16 11 (2.12%) CommVault
17 10 (1.93%) Sophos
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