Period
to 27 September 2020

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 27 September 2020 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
27 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 311 393 369
Rank change year-on-year +82 -24 +85
Contract jobs citing vSphere 166 483 631
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.65% 0.60% 0.67%
As % of the System Software category 4.48% 3.85% 4.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 117 314 428
Median daily rate £450 £421 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.82% +5.31% +2.89%
10th Percentile £258 £275 £225
90th Percentile £538 £575 £538
UK median daily rate £430 £420 £400
% change year-on-year +2.38% +5.00% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 19 16
Median hourly rate £38.75 £26.50 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +46.23% +29.27% -31.67%
10th Percentile £35.00 £14.00 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £48.60 £45.65
UK median hourly rate £38.75 £26.50 £20.50
% change year-on-year +46.23% +29.27% -33.87%

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 3,703 12,535 13,964
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.59% 15.63% 14.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,348 8,409 9,137
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £227 £180 £185
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £475 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 171 556 810
Median hourly rate £22.29 £16.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +35.06% +3.13% -4.79%
10th Percentile £11.63 £11.17 £10.57
90th Percentile £48.17 £47.83 £44.29
Median hourly rate £22.50 £17.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +32.35% +6.25% -4.79%

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 27 September 2020.

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 27 September 2020.

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 27 September 2020. 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 +150 71 £475 +11.76% 21
London +95 40 £450 - 23
South West +91 19 £500 +37.93% 9
Midlands +58 11 £340 -2.86% 11
West Midlands +47 11 £340 +0.74% 8
North of England +61 10 £300 -14.29% 8
East of England +73 7 £335 -10.67% 5
North West +68 5 £300 -5.88% 3
Yorkshire +42 5 £300 -20.00% 5
vSphere
UK

For the 6 months to 27 September 2020, 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.

1 160 (96.39%) VMware
2 113 (68.07%) VMware Infrastructure
3 105 (63.25%) Windows
4 83 (50.00%) Security Cleared
5 64 (38.55%) SC Cleared
6 63 (37.95%) Windows Server
7 57 (34.34%) Active Directory
8 53 (31.93%) PowerShell
9 50 (30.12%) Microsoft
10 49 (29.52%) Windows Server 2016
11 48 (28.92%) Linux
12 44 (26.51%) DNS
12 44 (26.51%) Firewall
13 37 (22.29%) Jenkins
14 36 (21.69%) VMware ESXi
14 36 (21.69%) Windows 10
15 34 (20.48%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 34 (20.48%) AWS
15 34 (20.48%) DHCP
16 33 (19.88%) Git (software)
16 33 (19.88%) Continuous Integration
16 33 (19.88%) Azure
17 32 (19.28%) Cisco
18 30 (18.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 30 (18.07%) Agile Software Development
18 30 (18.07%) vRealize
19 29 (17.47%) Ansible
19 29 (17.47%) VLAN
20 28 (16.87%) EMC
20 28 (16.87%) DevOps

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 13 (7.83%) MS Exchange
2 10 (6.02%) Exchange Server 2013
3 7 (4.22%) Tomcat
4 5 (3.01%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (3.01%) SharePoint
5 4 (2.41%) OpenStack
5 4 (2.41%) Skype for Business
6 3 (1.81%) Apache
6 3 (1.81%) Confluence
7 2 (1.20%) Cloud Foundry
7 2 (1.20%) nginx
8 1 (0.60%) IIS
8 1 (0.60%) JBoss
8 1 (0.60%) WildFly
Applications
1 3 (1.81%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (1.81%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 34 (20.48%) AWS
2 33 (19.88%) Azure
3 23 (13.86%) GitHub
4 16 (9.64%) Office 365
5 10 (6.02%) IaaS
6 8 (4.82%) Amazon EC2
7 7 (4.22%) GCP
8 5 (3.01%) PaaS
9 3 (1.81%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 3 (1.81%) Datadog
10 2 (1.20%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
10 2 (1.20%) Heroku
10 2 (1.20%) OpenShift
10 2 (1.20%) SaaS
10 2 (1.20%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 44 (26.51%) DNS
1 44 (26.51%) Firewall
2 34 (20.48%) DHCP
3 29 (17.47%) VLAN
4 24 (14.46%) Reverse Proxy
5 23 (13.86%) SAN
6 21 (12.65%) SNMP
6 21 (12.65%) VSAN
7 13 (7.83%) WAN
8 9 (5.42%) Skype
8 9 (5.42%) TCP/IP
9 8 (4.82%) LAN
9 8 (4.82%) Network Security
10 7 (4.22%) iSCSI
11 6 (3.61%) Cisco Nexus
11 6 (3.61%) NetScaler
12 5 (3.01%) VPN
13 4 (2.41%) Internet
14 3 (1.81%) BGP
14 3 (1.81%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (12.65%) SQL Server
2 9 (5.42%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (1.20%) MySQL
3 2 (1.20%) Oracle Database
3 2 (1.20%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (1.20%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (1.20%) SQL Server 2017
4 1 (0.60%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (0.60%) Oracle Database 12c
4 1 (0.60%) Redis
Development Applications
1 37 (22.29%) Jenkins
2 33 (19.88%) Git (software)
3 26 (15.66%) JIRA
4 25 (15.06%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 23 (13.86%) GitLab
6 8 (4.82%) DbUnit
6 8 (4.82%) jMock
6 8 (4.82%) JUnit
6 8 (4.82%) Maven
6 8 (4.82%) Mockito
6 8 (4.82%) SonarQube
7 3 (1.81%) Bitbucket
7 3 (1.81%) Sonatype Nexus
8 2 (1.20%) CF BOSH
8 2 (1.20%) TeamCity
9 1 (0.60%) InstallShield
9 1 (0.60%) MSI
General
1 8 (4.82%) Finance
2 4 (2.41%) Public Sector
3 1 (0.60%) Banking
3 1 (0.60%) Front Office
3 1 (0.60%) Housing Association
3 1 (0.60%) Legal
3 1 (0.60%) Local Government
3 1 (0.60%) Military
3 1 (0.60%) Publishing
3 1 (0.60%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 27 (16.27%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 22 (13.25%) VMware Engineer
3 21 (12.65%) Architect
4 17 (10.24%) DevOps Engineer
5 16 (9.64%) Consultant
6 11 (6.63%) Wintel Engineer
7 10 (6.02%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 8 (4.82%) Administrator
8 8 (4.82%) Cloud Engineer
8 8 (4.82%) VMware Architect
9 6 (3.61%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
9 6 (3.61%) Senior Wintel Engineer
9 6 (3.61%) Support Engineer
10 5 (3.01%) Developer
10 5 (3.01%) Infrastructure Consultant
10 5 (3.01%) Java Developer
10 5 (3.01%) Network Engineer
10 5 (3.01%) VMware Consultant
10 5 (3.01%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
10 5 (3.01%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (12.05%) REST
2 19 (11.45%) RESTful
3 14 (8.43%) Elastic Stack
3 14 (8.43%) gRPC
3 14 (8.43%) Swagger
4 10 (6.02%) Web Services
5 8 (4.82%) J2EE
5 8 (4.82%) PowerMock
5 8 (4.82%) SOAP
6 7 (4.22%) Apache Camel
6 7 (4.22%) Spring
7 6 (3.61%) XML
8 4 (2.41%) Hibernate
8 4 (2.41%) Middleware
9 3 (1.81%) 802.1X
10 2 (1.20%) OAuth
10 2 (1.20%) OAuth2
10 2 (1.20%) RabbitMQ
10 2 (1.20%) SailPoint
10 2 (1.20%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 28 (16.87%) Data Centre
2 11 (6.63%) Replication
3 9 (5.42%) Private Cloud
3 9 (5.42%) Public Cloud
4 8 (4.82%) Clustering
5 7 (4.22%) Self-Motivation
6 6 (3.61%) Analytical Skills
7 4 (2.41%) NHS
7 4 (2.41%) PKI
8 3 (1.81%) Fat Client
8 3 (1.81%) Thin Client
9 2 (1.20%) Client/Server
9 2 (1.20%) Driving Licence
9 2 (1.20%) Enterprise Storage
9 2 (1.20%) Hybrid Cloud
9 2 (1.20%) Machine to Machine
9 2 (1.20%) User Experience
10 1 (0.60%) EMC VMAX
10 1 (0.60%) EMC VNX
10 1 (0.60%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 105 (63.25%) Windows
2 63 (37.95%) Windows Server
3 49 (29.52%) Windows Server 2016
4 48 (28.92%) Linux
5 36 (21.69%) Windows 10
6 30 (18.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 26 (15.66%) Windows Server 2012
8 25 (15.06%) CentOS
9 18 (10.84%) Windows Server 2008
10 10 (6.02%) Windows Server 2019
11 9 (5.42%) Unix
12 5 (3.01%) Windows Server 2003
13 3 (1.81%) AIX
13 3 (1.81%) Ubuntu
13 3 (1.81%) Windows 2000
13 3 (1.81%) Windows 7
14 1 (0.60%) Data ONTAP
14 1 (0.60%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (20.48%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 33 (19.88%) Continuous Integration
3 30 (18.07%) Agile Software Development
4 28 (16.87%) DevOps
4 28 (16.87%) Infrastructure as Code
5 26 (15.66%) Configuration Management
6 23 (13.86%) Continuous Deployment
7 22 (13.25%) Migration
8 17 (10.24%) Continuous Delivery
8 17 (10.24%) Microservices
9 16 (9.64%) Systems Engineering
10 15 (9.04%) ITIL
11 12 (7.23%) Disaster Recovery
12 8 (4.82%) Capacity Management
12 8 (4.82%) E-Commerce
12 8 (4.82%) High Availability
12 8 (4.82%) Problem-Solving
12 8 (4.82%) Stakeholder Management
13 7 (4.22%) BDD
13 7 (4.22%) Decision-Making
Programming Languages
1 53 (31.93%) PowerShell
2 18 (10.84%) Python
3 15 (9.04%) Bash Shell
3 15 (9.04%) C#
3 15 (9.04%) Go
4 8 (4.82%) Java
5 7 (4.22%) SQL
6 5 (3.01%) Shell Script
7 4 (2.41%) JavaScript
8 2 (1.20%) C
8 2 (1.20%) VBScript
9 1 (0.60%) C++
9 1 (0.60%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.60%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 83 (50.00%) Security Cleared
2 64 (38.55%) SC Cleared
3 19 (11.45%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 15 (9.04%) DV Cleared
5 11 (6.63%) VCAP
6 9 (5.42%) Microsoft Certification
7 7 (4.22%) VCP6
8 6 (3.61%) MCSE
9 3 (1.81%) CCNA
9 3 (1.81%) Cisco Certification
9 3 (1.81%) Degree
9 3 (1.81%) VCDX
10 2 (1.20%) Citrix Certification
10 2 (1.20%) Computer Science Degree
10 2 (1.20%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 2 (1.20%) MCSA
11 1 (0.60%) CCA
11 1 (0.60%) DBS Check
11 1 (0.60%) ITIL Certification
11 1 (0.60%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (4.22%) SLA
2 2 (1.20%) NCSC
3 1 (0.60%) GMP
3 1 (0.60%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 1 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.60%) QA
3 1 (0.60%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 113 (68.07%) VMware Infrastructure
2 57 (34.34%) Active Directory
3 36 (21.69%) VMware ESXi
4 28 (16.87%) VMware NSX
5 24 (14.46%) Docker
6 14 (8.43%) Virtual Desktop
7 9 (5.42%) XenApp
8 7 (4.22%) Hyper-V
8 7 (4.22%) vCloud
8 7 (4.22%) XenDesktop
9 4 (2.41%) NFS
10 3 (1.81%) Virtual Machines
11 2 (1.20%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 2 (1.20%) Microsoft App-V
11 2 (1.20%) UAG
12 1 (0.60%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 30 (18.07%) vRealize
2 29 (17.47%) Ansible
3 27 (16.27%) Puppet
4 26 (15.66%) Opscode Chef
5 25 (15.06%) Terraform
5 25 (15.06%) vCenter Server
6 24 (14.46%) Kubernetes
6 24 (14.46%) SCCM
7 23 (13.86%) Packer
8 14 (8.43%) Grafana
8 14 (8.43%) Prometheus
8 14 (8.43%) ZABBIX
9 10 (6.02%) SCOM
10 6 (3.61%) Failover Clustering
10 6 (3.61%) McAfee ePO
11 5 (3.01%) vRealize Orchestrator
11 5 (3.01%) WSUS
12 4 (2.41%) NetIQ Identity Manager
12 4 (2.41%) PowerCLI
12 4 (2.41%) vMotion
Vendors
1 160 (96.39%) VMware
2 50 (30.12%) Microsoft
3 32 (19.28%) Cisco
4 28 (16.87%) EMC
5 23 (13.86%) Atlassian
6 21 (12.65%) Dell
7 17 (10.24%) Citrix
7 17 (10.24%) Splunk
8 15 (9.04%) McAfee
9 14 (8.43%) Juniper
10 8 (4.82%) Google
10 8 (4.82%) NetApp
10 8 (4.82%) Oracle
10 8 (4.82%) SolarWinds
11 7 (4.22%) Veeam
12 6 (3.61%) CheckPoint
13 5 (3.01%) HP
13 5 (3.01%) NetIQ
13 5 (3.01%) Red Hat
14 3 (1.81%) Intel