Period
to 24 June 2019

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 24 June 2019 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
24 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 404 394 432
Rank change year-on-year -10 +38 -119
Contract jobs citing vSphere 472 556 415
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.57% 0.61% 0.49%
As % of the System Software category 3.66% 4.40% 4.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 316 366 294
England median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +5.26%
10th Percentile £231 £257 £231
90th Percentile £588 £525 £538
UK median daily rate £425 £411 £400
% change year-on-year +3.34% +2.81% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 21 10
England median hourly rate £20.33 £29.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -31.10% +47.50% -53.49%
10th Percentile £14.00 £17.25 £11.70
90th Percentile £48.90 £47.83 £31.69
UK median hourly rate £30.00 £29.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year +1.69% +40.48% -51.16%

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 12,901 12,648 9,573
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 15.54% 13.82% 11.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,644 8,198 6,142
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £190 £185 £170
90th Percentile £638 £625 £588
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £420
% change year-on-year +5.56% +7.14% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 518 749 602
England median hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +3.23%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.00 £10.01
90th Percentile £47.50 £46.25 £43.75
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +6.25% - -

vSphere
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

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 6 months to 24 June 2019.

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 6 months to 24 June 2019.

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 6 months to 24 June 2019. 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 -8 167 £475 +9.20% 5
South East +14 133 £425 - 12
North of England -25 55 £425 +27.82% 12
Midlands +17 42 £250 -35.48% 8
South West -4 38 £438 +24.56% 2
East of England +18 35 £450 +14.29% 4
West Midlands +7 27 £210 -50.59% 6
Yorkshire +13 25 £425 +4.94% 7
North West +7 23 £438 +12.90% 5
East Midlands +16 15 £360 -7.10% 2
North East -22 7 £275 -11.00%
vSphere
UK

For the 6 months to 24 June 2019, 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.

1 451 (95.55%) VMware
2 316 (66.95%) VMware Infrastructure
3 292 (61.86%) Windows
4 205 (43.43%) Active Directory
5 196 (41.53%) Windows Server
6 187 (39.62%) Microsoft
7 141 (29.87%) Citrix
8 122 (25.85%) PowerShell
9 116 (24.58%) VMware ESXi
10 113 (23.94%) Cisco
11 106 (22.46%) DNS
11 106 (22.46%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 103 (21.82%) Security Cleared
13 101 (21.40%) Amazon AWS
14 93 (19.70%) Windows Server 2012
15 91 (19.28%) Office 365
16 90 (19.07%) Linux
16 90 (19.07%) Microsoft Azure
16 90 (19.07%) SCCM
17 87 (18.43%) Firewall
18 84 (17.80%) XenApp
19 76 (16.10%) Hyper-V
20 75 (15.89%) vCenter Server
21 73 (15.47%) Data Centre
22 69 (14.62%) Finance
23 68 (14.41%) DHCP
24 66 (13.98%) Migration
25 65 (13.77%) ITIL
26 63 (13.35%) Microsoft Certification
27 62 (13.14%) Windows Server 2008

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 53 (11.23%) MS Exchange
2 37 (7.84%) Skype for Business
3 22 (4.66%) SharePoint
3 22 (4.66%) Tomcat
4 20 (4.24%) IIS
5 19 (4.03%) Exchange Server 2010
6 15 (3.18%) Exchange Server 2013
7 12 (2.54%) Apache
8 7 (1.48%) WebSphere
9 6 (1.27%) OpenStack
10 5 (1.06%) IBM Notes
11 4 (0.85%) SharePoint Server
12 3 (0.64%) JBoss
13 2 (0.42%) Cloud Foundry
13 2 (0.42%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 2 (0.42%) WebLogic
14 1 (0.21%) CloudStack
14 1 (0.21%) Elasticsearch
14 1 (0.21%) Jupyter
14 1 (0.21%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 30 (6.36%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (1.48%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (1.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.64%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (1.27%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.42%) Dynamics GP
3 1 (0.21%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 101 (21.40%) Amazon AWS
2 91 (19.28%) Office 365
3 90 (19.07%) Microsoft Azure
4 42 (8.90%) Amazon EC2
5 35 (7.42%) IaaS
6 19 (4.03%) PaaS
7 16 (3.39%) Azure Active Directory
8 8 (1.69%) Akamai
9 6 (1.27%) Cloud Computing
9 6 (1.27%) SaaS
10 5 (1.06%) OpenShift
10 5 (1.06%) Power Platform
10 5 (1.06%) PowerApps
11 4 (0.85%) Slack
11 4 (0.85%) Yammer
12 3 (0.64%) AWS CloudFormation
12 3 (0.64%) Azure Stack
12 3 (0.64%) GitHub
13 2 (0.42%) CloudFront
13 2 (0.42%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 106 (22.46%) DNS
2 87 (18.43%) Firewall
3 68 (14.41%) DHCP
4 57 (12.08%) SAN
5 35 (7.42%) TCP/IP
5 35 (7.42%) VSAN
6 34 (7.20%) WAN
7 33 (6.99%) Skype
8 31 (6.57%) LAN
9 27 (5.72%) VPN
10 24 (5.08%) NetScaler
11 22 (4.66%) iSCSI
12 19 (4.03%) VLAN
13 17 (3.60%) Fibre Channel
14 16 (3.39%) SSL
15 15 (3.18%) Cisco Nexus
16 12 (2.54%) NAS
17 9 (1.91%) HTTP
18 8 (1.69%) Cisco ASA
18 8 (1.69%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 47 (9.96%) SQL Server
2 12 (2.54%) MySQL
3 9 (1.91%) SQL Server 2012
4 8 (1.69%) PostgreSQL
5 7 (1.48%) Hadoop
6 5 (1.06%) Big Data
6 5 (1.06%) HBase
7 4 (0.85%) Oracle Database
8 3 (0.64%) Relational Database
9 2 (0.42%) NoSQL
9 2 (0.42%) SQL Server 2016
10 1 (0.21%) Apache Accumulo
10 1 (0.21%) DB2
10 1 (0.21%) RDBMS
10 1 (0.21%) SQL Server 2005
10 1 (0.21%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 46 (9.75%) Git (software)
2 39 (8.26%) Jenkins
2 39 (8.26%) JUnit
2 39 (8.26%) Maven
3 38 (8.05%) DbUnit
3 38 (8.05%) jMock
3 38 (8.05%) Mockito
3 38 (8.05%) SonarQube
4 13 (2.75%) Sonatype Nexus
5 12 (2.54%) MSI
6 8 (1.69%) InstallShield
7 7 (1.48%) AdminStudio
8 6 (1.27%) JIRA
9 2 (0.42%) Bitbucket
9 2 (0.42%) GitLab
9 2 (0.42%) Hudson
9 2 (0.42%) Subversion
9 2 (0.42%) TortoiseSVN
9 2 (0.42%) Vagrant
10 1 (0.21%) TestNG
General
1 69 (14.62%) Finance
2 18 (3.81%) Telecoms
3 17 (3.60%) Retail
4 12 (2.54%) Banking
5 11 (2.33%) Back Office
6 6 (1.27%) Law
6 6 (1.27%) Marketing
7 5 (1.06%) Legal
7 5 (1.06%) Manufacturing
8 4 (0.85%) Electronics
8 4 (0.85%) Investment Banking
9 3 (0.64%) Financial Institution
9 3 (0.64%) Publishing
10 2 (0.42%) Advertising
10 2 (0.42%) Local Government
10 2 (0.42%) Online Betting
11 1 (0.21%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.21%) Military
Job Titles
1 98 (20.76%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 73 (15.47%) Analyst
3 51 (10.81%) Architect
4 45 (9.53%) VMware Engineer
5 43 (9.11%) Infrastructure Analyst
6 40 (8.47%) Consultant
7 39 (8.26%) Developer
8 37 (7.84%) Java Developer
9 32 (6.78%) 3rd Line Support
10 26 (5.51%) Windows Engineer
11 24 (5.08%) Support Engineer
12 23 (4.87%) VMware Consultant
13 20 (4.24%) Server Engineer
14 19 (4.03%) 3rd Line Engineer
14 19 (4.03%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
14 19 (4.03%) Support Analyst
14 19 (4.03%) Wintel Engineer
15 18 (3.81%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
16 17 (3.60%) Administrator
17 16 (3.39%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (10.38%) Web Services
2 46 (9.75%) J2EE
3 39 (8.26%) RESTful
3 39 (8.26%) SOAP
4 38 (8.05%) Apache Camel
4 38 (8.05%) PowerMock
5 29 (6.14%) Spring
6 20 (4.24%) Spring Boot
7 13 (2.75%) XML
8 10 (2.12%) Software Packaging
9 8 (1.69%) 802.1X
9 8 (1.69%) LDAP
9 8 (1.69%) REST
10 5 (1.06%) Hibernate
11 4 (0.85%) SailPoint
11 4 (0.85%) WAP
12 3 (0.64%) JSP
12 3 (0.64%) Node.js
12 3 (0.64%) Servlets
12 3 (0.64%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 73 (15.47%) Data Centre
2 29 (6.14%) Analytical Skills
3 25 (5.30%) Clustering
4 20 (4.24%) Greenfield Project
5 18 (3.81%) Management Information System
6 17 (3.60%) PKI
7 14 (2.97%) VxBlock/Vblock
8 13 (2.75%) EMC VNX
9 9 (1.91%) Public Cloud
9 9 (1.91%) Replication
9 9 (1.91%) User Experience
10 7 (1.48%) Hybrid Cloud
11 6 (1.27%) Fat Client
11 6 (1.27%) Self-Motivation
11 6 (1.27%) Thin Client
12 5 (1.06%) Blackberry
12 5 (1.06%) CCTV
13 4 (0.85%) Enterprise Storage
13 4 (0.85%) NHS
13 4 (0.85%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 292 (61.86%) Windows
2 196 (41.53%) Windows Server
3 93 (19.70%) Windows Server 2012
4 90 (19.07%) Linux
5 62 (13.14%) Windows Server 2008
6 60 (12.71%) Windows 10
7 40 (8.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 31 (6.57%) Windows 7
8 31 (6.57%) Windows Server 2003
9 26 (5.51%) Unix
10 19 (4.03%) Solaris
11 18 (3.81%) Ubuntu
12 11 (2.33%) CentOS
13 9 (1.91%) AIX
14 7 (1.48%) Android
15 5 (1.06%) Apple iOS
15 5 (1.06%) Data ONTAP
16 4 (0.85%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
17 3 (0.64%) Mac OS
17 3 (0.64%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 106 (22.46%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 66 (13.98%) Migration
3 65 (13.77%) ITIL
4 54 (11.44%) Agile Software Development
4 54 (11.44%) Virtual Infrastructure
5 42 (8.90%) BDD
6 41 (8.69%) Scrum
7 40 (8.47%) Continuous Integration
7 40 (8.47%) E-Commerce
7 40 (8.47%) TDD
8 38 (8.05%) Kanban
9 31 (6.57%) Problem-Solving
10 30 (6.36%) Open Source
11 25 (5.30%) Problem Management
12 21 (4.45%) Application Packaging
13 19 (4.03%) Capacity Planning
14 18 (3.81%) DevOps
14 18 (3.81%) Patch Management
14 18 (3.81%) Service Management
15 17 (3.60%) Data Centre Operations
Programming Languages
1 122 (25.85%) PowerShell
2 55 (11.65%) Java
3 35 (7.42%) SQL
4 29 (6.14%) JavaScript
5 16 (3.39%) Python
6 13 (2.75%) VBScript
7 9 (1.91%) C
8 5 (1.06%) VB
9 4 (0.85%) Bash Shell
10 3 (0.64%) Ruby
11 2 (0.42%) C++
11 2 (0.42%) Kotlin
11 2 (0.42%) PHP
11 2 (0.42%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.21%) ABAP
12 1 (0.21%) C#
Qualifications
1 103 (21.82%) Security Cleared
2 63 (13.35%) Microsoft Certification
3 57 (12.08%) SC Cleared
4 47 (9.96%) MCSE
5 44 (9.32%) DV Cleared
6 41 (8.69%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 28 (5.93%) Cisco Certification
7 28 (5.93%) MCSA
8 23 (4.87%) CCNA
9 20 (4.24%) Degree
10 13 (2.75%) MCP
11 9 (1.91%) CISSP
11 9 (1.91%) MCITP
11 9 (1.91%) VCAP
11 9 (1.91%) VCP6
12 7 (1.48%) Computer Science Degree
13 5 (1.06%) HNC
13 5 (1.06%) HND
13 5 (1.06%) VCP5
14 4 (0.85%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (2.54%) SLA
2 7 (1.48%) QA
3 5 (1.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.64%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (0.42%) PMO
6 1 (0.21%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (0.21%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 1 (0.21%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 316 (66.95%) VMware Infrastructure
2 205 (43.43%) Active Directory
3 116 (24.58%) VMware ESXi
4 84 (17.80%) XenApp
5 76 (16.10%) Hyper-V
6 53 (11.23%) XenDesktop
7 52 (11.02%) VMware NSX
8 29 (6.14%) VMware Workstation
9 21 (4.45%) vCloud
10 20 (4.24%) Virtual Machines
11 19 (4.03%) NFS
12 17 (3.60%) BitLocker
12 17 (3.60%) Microsoft App-V
13 14 (2.97%) Virtual Servers
14 11 (2.33%) Docker
15 10 (2.12%) Virtual Desktop
16 8 (1.69%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 8 (1.69%) Squid
16 8 (1.69%) Varnish
17 7 (1.48%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 90 (19.07%) SCCM
2 75 (15.89%) vCenter Server
3 60 (12.71%) vRealize
4 36 (7.63%) vRealize Orchestrator
5 22 (4.66%) Ansible
5 22 (4.66%) WSUS
6 20 (4.24%) Opscode Chef
6 20 (4.24%) SCOM
7 16 (3.39%) Failover Clustering
8 15 (3.18%) NetBackup
9 14 (2.97%) Puppet
10 13 (2.75%) Backup Exec
11 12 (2.54%) Norton AntiVirus
12 9 (1.91%) AirWatch
13 8 (1.69%) Microsoft Intune
13 8 (1.69%) Tivoli
14 7 (1.48%) Microsoft Clustering
14 7 (1.48%) PingFederate
15 5 (1.06%) Terraform
15 5 (1.06%) vMotion
Vendors
1 451 (95.55%) VMware
2 187 (39.62%) Microsoft
3 141 (29.87%) Citrix
4 113 (23.94%) Cisco
5 57 (12.08%) HP
6 53 (11.23%) NetApp
7 44 (9.32%) EMC
8 42 (8.90%) Dell
9 34 (7.20%) Red Hat
10 30 (6.36%) Oracle
11 23 (4.87%) Symantec
12 22 (4.66%) Ivanti
13 21 (4.45%) F5
14 19 (4.03%) Palo Alto
15 16 (3.39%) BMC
16 15 (3.18%) Veeam
17 14 (2.97%) IBM
18 13 (2.75%) Unisys
19 11 (2.33%) Meraki
20 9 (1.91%) Veritas