Period
to 23 September 2018

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 23 September 2018 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
23 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 369 450 358
Rank change year-on-year +81 -92 -64
Contract jobs citing vSphere 615 440 681
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.67% 0.49% 0.68%
As % of the System Software category 4.49% 4.01% 5.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 412 303 495
England median daily rate £400 £388 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.23% -3.13% +10.34%
10th Percentile £225 £182 £224
90th Percentile £538 £540 £550
UK median daily rate £400 £385 £400
% change year-on-year +3.90% -3.75% +12.68%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 6 20
England median hourly rate £20.50 £15.88 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +29.13% -42.27% +20.46%
10th Percentile £10.50 £11.50 £10.56
90th Percentile £45.61 £39.75 £49.46
UK median hourly rate £20.50 £19.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year +7.89% -30.91% +20.46%

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 13,687 10,983 12,130
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.81% 12.20% 12.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,922 7,110 7,732
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +16.20%
10th Percentile £185 £164 £181
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 809 621 806
England median hourly rate £16.10 £16.81 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.20% +5.03% -
10th Percentile £10.58 £10.40 £10.50
90th Percentile £44.31 £47.50 £37.75
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.81 £16.29
% change year-on-year -4.79% +3.16% +1.81%

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 23 September 2018.

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 23 September 2018.

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 23 September 2018. 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 +68 265 £425 -5.56% 52
South East +16 141 £413 +5.77% 28
North of England -18 76 £335 -10.67% 27
Midlands +11 57 £388 +14.81% 20
East of England +16 41 £363 +111.68% 8
West Midlands -6 40 £388 +23.02% 13
South West -12 33 £325 -23.53% 16
Yorkshire -26 29 £385 -3.75% 6
North East - 24 £333 - 3
North West -17 23 £300 -15.49% 18
East Midlands +7 17 £388 +9.54% 7
vSphere
UK

For the 6 months to 23 September 2018, 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.

1 590 (95.93%) VMware
2 388 (63.09%) VMware Infrastructure
3 386 (62.76%) Windows
4 260 (42.28%) Active Directory
4 260 (42.28%) Windows Server
5 238 (38.70%) Microsoft
6 166 (26.99%) Citrix
7 152 (24.72%) Linux
8 135 (21.95%) DNS
9 131 (21.30%) HP
9 131 (21.30%) Security Cleared
10 125 (20.33%) PowerShell
11 124 (20.16%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 124 (20.16%) Windows Server 2012
12 120 (19.51%) Data Centre
12 120 (19.51%) VMware ESXi
13 115 (18.70%) Cisco
14 114 (18.54%) Windows Server 2008
15 113 (18.37%) XenApp
16 112 (18.21%) MS Exchange
16 112 (18.21%) Amazon AWS
17 111 (18.05%) SAN
18 104 (16.91%) DHCP
19 103 (16.75%) SQL Server
20 94 (15.28%) Microsoft Azure
21 90 (14.63%) NetApp
22 89 (14.47%) Finance
23 88 (14.31%) ITIL
23 88 (14.31%) SC Cleared
24 85 (13.82%) SCCM

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
1 112 (18.21%) MS Exchange
2 62 (10.08%) Exchange Server 2010
3 39 (6.34%) IIS
4 28 (4.55%) SharePoint
5 24 (3.90%) Exchange Server 2013
6 15 (2.44%) Skype for Business
7 14 (2.28%) Tomcat
8 13 (2.11%) Apache
9 12 (1.95%) OpenStack
10 10 (1.63%) IBM Notes
11 9 (1.46%) JBoss
12 7 (1.14%) SharePoint Server
12 7 (1.14%) WebSphere
13 5 (0.81%) Exchange Server 2007
14 4 (0.65%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 4 (0.65%) Cloud Foundry
14 4 (0.65%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 4 (0.65%) WebLogic
15 3 (0.49%) CloudStack
15 3 (0.49%) CMS
Applications
1 24 (3.90%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (0.49%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.16%) 3ds Max
3 1 (0.16%) AutoCAD
3 1 (0.16%) CINEMA 4D
3 1 (0.16%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.16%) SketchUp
Business Applications
1 3 (0.49%) Towers Watson Igloo
2 2 (0.33%) Infor SunSystems
2 2 (0.33%) ReMetrica
3 1 (0.16%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 112 (18.21%) Amazon AWS
2 94 (15.28%) Microsoft Azure
3 71 (11.54%) Office 365
4 51 (8.29%) Amazon EC2
5 19 (3.09%) IaaS
6 18 (2.93%) Cloud Computing
7 11 (1.79%) Google Cloud Platform
8 7 (1.14%) OpenShift
9 6 (0.98%) SaaS
10 4 (0.65%) Amazon ElastiCache
10 4 (0.65%) GitHub
11 3 (0.49%) PaaS
11 3 (0.49%) Yammer
12 2 (0.33%) Azure Active Directory
12 2 (0.33%) Dynamics 365
12 2 (0.33%) G Suite
12 2 (0.33%) IBM Cloud
12 2 (0.33%) Mimecast
13 1 (0.16%) Slack
13 1 (0.16%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 135 (21.95%) DNS
2 111 (18.05%) SAN
3 104 (16.91%) DHCP
4 76 (12.36%) Firewall
5 54 (8.78%) TCP/IP
6 48 (7.80%) NAS
7 42 (6.83%) VSAN
8 41 (6.67%) WAN
9 39 (6.34%) VPN
10 35 (5.69%) NetScaler
11 33 (5.37%) LAN
12 23 (3.74%) VLAN
13 22 (3.58%) FCoE
14 18 (2.93%) MPLS
14 18 (2.93%) Skype
15 17 (2.76%) Internet
15 17 (2.76%) Network Security
16 16 (2.60%) iSCSI
16 16 (2.60%) VoIP
17 12 (1.95%) Extranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 103 (16.75%) SQL Server
2 31 (5.04%) SQL Server 2012
3 23 (3.74%) SQL Server 2005
4 20 (3.25%) SQL Server 2008
5 18 (2.93%) Oracle Database
6 14 (2.28%) Oracle Database 11g
7 13 (2.11%) Oracle Database 10g
7 13 (2.11%) PostgreSQL
7 13 (2.11%) SQL Server 2016
8 10 (1.63%) Relational Database
9 8 (1.30%) Data Warehouse
10 6 (0.98%) NoSQL
11 5 (0.81%) Oracle Reports
12 4 (0.65%) Amazon RDS
13 3 (0.49%) MySQL
13 3 (0.49%) Oracle Database 12c
14 2 (0.33%) SQL Server 2000
14 2 (0.33%) SQL Server 2014
15 1 (0.16%) RDBMS
15 1 (0.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 65 (10.57%) Jenkins
2 59 (9.59%) Git (software)
3 47 (7.64%) DbUnit
3 47 (7.64%) jMock
3 47 (7.64%) JUnit
3 47 (7.64%) Mockito
4 46 (7.48%) Maven
4 46 (7.48%) SonarQube
5 12 (1.95%) Oracle APEX
6 11 (1.79%) Selenium
7 10 (1.63%) HP UFT
7 10 (1.63%) SoapUI
7 10 (1.63%) SpecFlow
8 8 (1.30%) Ant
8 8 (1.30%) Eclipse
8 8 (1.30%) MSI
8 8 (1.30%) Team Foundation Server
8 8 (1.30%) TestNG
9 7 (1.14%) LoadRunner
10 5 (0.81%) Toad
General
1 89 (14.47%) Finance
2 33 (5.37%) Banking
3 32 (5.20%) Retail
4 19 (3.09%) Law
5 12 (1.95%) Telecoms
6 10 (1.63%) Manufacturing
7 9 (1.46%) Investment Banking
8 8 (1.30%) Publishing
9 6 (0.98%) Games
9 6 (0.98%) Military
10 5 (0.81%) Financial Institution
11 4 (0.65%) Automotive
11 4 (0.65%) Local Government
12 3 (0.49%) Advertising
12 3 (0.49%) Legal
13 1 (0.16%) Back Office
13 1 (0.16%) Corporate Banking
13 1 (0.16%) French Language
13 1 (0.16%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 97 (15.77%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 74 (12.03%) VMware Engineer
3 72 (11.71%) Consultant
4 52 (8.46%) Analyst
5 47 (7.64%) Developer
6 45 (7.32%) Java Developer
7 44 (7.15%) VMware Consultant
8 35 (5.69%) Server Engineer
9 27 (4.39%) Architect
9 27 (4.39%) Citrix Engineer
9 27 (4.39%) Support Engineer
9 27 (4.39%) Systems Engineer
10 26 (4.23%) Wintel Engineer
11 23 (3.74%) Infrastructure Analyst
12 22 (3.58%) Administrator
13 21 (3.41%) Linux Engineer
14 20 (3.25%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
15 18 (2.93%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 18 (2.93%) Infrastructure Architect
16 16 (2.60%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 71 (11.54%) Web Services
2 47 (7.64%) Apache Camel
2 47 (7.64%) J2EE
2 47 (7.64%) PowerMock
2 47 (7.64%) RESTful
2 47 (7.64%) SOAP
3 38 (6.18%) Spring
4 26 (4.23%) Spring Boot
5 18 (2.93%) .NET
6 17 (2.76%) XML
7 12 (1.95%) LDAP
7 12 (1.95%) REST
8 7 (1.14%) Middleware
9 6 (0.98%) JSON
10 5 (0.81%) XSLT
11 4 (0.65%) POSIX
11 4 (0.65%) WSH
12 3 (0.49%) Hibernate
12 3 (0.49%) JPA
12 3 (0.49%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 120 (19.51%) Data Centre
2 74 (12.03%) Clustering
3 40 (6.50%) PKI
4 34 (5.53%) Analytical Skills
5 23 (3.74%) CLARiiON
6 21 (3.41%) Management Information System
7 19 (3.09%) Self-Motivation
8 14 (2.28%) Replication
9 12 (1.95%) NHS
10 11 (1.79%) Computer Science
10 11 (1.79%) EMC VMAX
10 11 (1.79%) Private Cloud
11 9 (1.46%) Fat Client
11 9 (1.46%) Thin Client
12 8 (1.30%) Blackberry
13 7 (1.14%) Hybrid Cloud
13 7 (1.14%) Public Cloud
13 7 (1.14%) VxBlock/Vblock
14 6 (0.98%) MPEG
15 5 (0.81%) FlexPod
Operating Systems
1 386 (62.76%) Windows
2 260 (42.28%) Windows Server
3 152 (24.72%) Linux
4 124 (20.16%) Windows Server 2012
5 114 (18.54%) Windows Server 2008
6 59 (9.59%) Windows 10
7 47 (7.64%) Unix
8 44 (7.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 44 (7.15%) Windows 7
9 42 (6.83%) Windows Server 2003
10 19 (3.09%) Solaris
11 17 (2.76%) CentOS
12 15 (2.44%) Data ONTAP
13 12 (1.95%) Ubuntu
14 9 (1.46%) Windows XP
15 8 (1.30%) SUSE
16 7 (1.14%) AIX
17 6 (0.98%) Windows 8
18 4 (0.65%) Mac OS
18 4 (0.65%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 124 (20.16%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 88 (14.31%) ITIL
3 79 (12.85%) Migration
4 73 (11.87%) Agile Software Development
5 69 (11.22%) Continuous Integration
6 61 (9.92%) Scrum
7 50 (8.13%) BDD
7 50 (8.13%) Kanban
8 48 (7.80%) Virtual Infrastructure
9 47 (7.64%) TDD
10 46 (7.48%) E-Commerce
11 41 (6.67%) Virtual Environments
12 38 (6.18%) Network Load Balancing
13 36 (5.85%) Patch Management
14 33 (5.37%) Problem-Solving
15 29 (4.72%) Disaster Recovery
15 29 (4.72%) Server Management
16 28 (4.55%) Open Source
17 27 (4.39%) Capacity Planning
18 25 (4.07%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 125 (20.33%) PowerShell
2 75 (12.20%) SQL
3 71 (11.54%) Java
4 25 (4.07%) Python
5 20 (3.25%) Perl
6 16 (2.60%) Bash Shell
6 16 (2.60%) C
7 15 (2.44%) VBScript
8 14 (2.28%) JavaScript
9 13 (2.11%) VB
10 10 (1.63%) F#
11 8 (1.30%) Ruby
12 7 (1.14%) C#
13 4 (0.65%) Go
13 4 (0.65%) Shell Script
14 2 (0.33%) Bourne shell
14 2 (0.33%) PHP
15 1 (0.16%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 131 (21.30%) Security Cleared
2 88 (14.31%) SC Cleared
3 51 (8.29%) Microsoft Certification
4 44 (7.15%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 42 (6.83%) MCSE
6 40 (6.50%) DV Cleared
7 23 (3.74%) Cisco Certification
8 21 (3.41%) Novell Certification
9 19 (3.09%) Degree
10 17 (2.76%) CCNA
10 17 (2.76%) MCSA
11 13 (2.11%) VCP6
12 11 (1.79%) Computer Science Degree
13 10 (1.63%) ISEB
13 10 (1.63%) ISEB Practitioner
13 10 (1.63%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 9 (1.46%) VCAP
15 8 (1.30%) MCP
16 7 (1.14%) Citrix Certification
16 7 (1.14%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (3.09%) SLA
2 10 (1.63%) PMO
2 10 (1.63%) QA
3 4 (0.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.49%) JSP 440
5 2 (0.33%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.33%) GDPR
6 1 (0.16%) COBIT
6 1 (0.16%) Government Security Classifications
6 1 (0.16%) GPG13
6 1 (0.16%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 1 (0.16%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 388 (63.09%) VMware Infrastructure
2 260 (42.28%) Active Directory
3 120 (19.51%) VMware ESXi
4 113 (18.37%) XenApp
5 83 (13.50%) Hyper-V
6 78 (12.68%) XenDesktop
7 67 (10.89%) VMware NSX
8 32 (5.20%) Virtual Machines
9 24 (3.90%) Microsoft App-V
10 23 (3.74%) Virtual Desktop
11 22 (3.58%) vCloud
12 17 (2.76%) Docker
13 16 (2.60%) VMware Server
14 14 (2.28%) NFS
15 12 (1.95%) Virtual Servers
16 11 (1.79%) XenServer
17 9 (1.46%) Oracle RAC
18 8 (1.30%) IAG
18 8 (1.30%) UAG
19 7 (1.14%) EMC RecoverPoint
Systems Management
1 85 (13.82%) SCCM
2 78 (12.68%) vCenter Server
3 66 (10.73%) vRealize
4 64 (10.41%) Microsoft Clustering
5 52 (8.46%) SCOM
6 35 (5.69%) Ansible
7 34 (5.53%) Puppet
8 30 (4.88%) Opscode Chef
9 28 (4.55%) McAfee ePO
9 28 (4.55%) NetBackup
9 28 (4.55%) vRealize Orchestrator
10 25 (4.07%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 23 (3.74%) WSUS
12 21 (3.41%) PowerCLI
13 13 (2.11%) Single Sign-On
14 10 (1.63%) Failover Clustering
14 10 (1.63%) HP ALM
14 10 (1.63%) vMotion
15 9 (1.46%) Nagios
16 8 (1.30%) EMC NetWorker
Vendors
1 590 (95.93%) VMware
2 238 (38.70%) Microsoft
3 166 (26.99%) Citrix
4 131 (21.30%) HP
5 115 (18.70%) Cisco
6 90 (14.63%) NetApp
7 65 (10.57%) EMC
8 52 (8.46%) Red Hat
9 42 (6.83%) CommVault
9 42 (6.83%) Oracle
10 38 (6.18%) Ivanti
11 36 (5.85%) Dell
12 31 (5.04%) McAfee
13 27 (4.39%) Veeam
14 22 (3.58%) IBM
14 22 (3.58%) Veritas
15 19 (3.09%) Juniper
15 19 (3.09%) Trend Micro
16 15 (2.44%) Sony
17 13 (2.11%) Wyse