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 22 June 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
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 388 309 257
Rank change year-on-year -79 -52  
Contract jobs citing vSphere 211 364 455
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.49% 0.73% 0.89%
As % of the System Software category 4.32% 5.99% 8.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 150 271 279
Median daily rate £413 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £225 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £540 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £360 £350
% change year-on-year +4.16% +2.85%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 8 8
Median hourly rate £14.95 £44.00 £22.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -66.03% +92.72%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £23.00 £19.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.52 £49.46 £23.11
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.84 £44.00 £18.75
% change year-on-year -61.73% +134.66%  

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 4883 6078 5545
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 11.34% 12.27% 10.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 3145 3875 3187
Median daily rate £413 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.12% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £193 £210 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year +7.14% +6.06%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 293 430 600
Median hourly rate £16.96 £19.00 £17.98
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.73% +5.67%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.61 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £42.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £21.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -25.58% +22.85%  

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 22 June 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
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 22 June 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 -16 86 £450 +5.88% 32
South East -45 56 £400 - 20
North West +30 21 £400 +52.38% 10
Yorkshire +38 17 £425 +88.88% 5
South West +6 16 £388 +3.33% 10
West Midlands +18 8 £238 -30.14% 9
East Midlands -11 5 £381 +12.96% 4
East of England -26 4 £155 -54.41% 1
vSphere
UK

For the 6 months to 22 June 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.

1 385 (92.55%) VMware
2 252 (60.58%) Windows
3 208 (50.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 164 (39.42%) Active Directory
5 159 (38.22%) Windows Server
6 149 (35.82%) Microsoft
7 143 (34.38%) Linux
8 122 (29.33%) Windows Server 2012
9 98 (23.56%) PowerShell
10 96 (23.08%) Cisco
11 94 (22.60%) Windows Server 2008
12 90 (21.63%) Citrix
13 89 (21.39%) HP
14 87 (20.91%) SAN
15 76 (18.27%) ITIL
16 75 (18.03%) DevOps
16 75 (18.03%) vCenter Server
17 74 (17.79%) VMware ESXi
18 71 (17.07%) SQL Server
19 69 (16.59%) Security Cleared
20 68 (16.35%) Data Centre
21 65 (15.63%) SCCM
22 60 (14.42%) Firewall
22 60 (14.42%) Finance
23 59 (14.18%) SC Cleared
24 57 (13.70%) DNS
25 56 (13.46%) Amazon AWS
26 55 (13.22%) Microsoft Azure
26 55 (13.22%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
27 52 (12.50%) MS Exchange

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 (12.50%) MS Exchange
2 29 (6.97%) Exchange Server 2010
3 19 (4.57%) OpenStack
4 18 (4.33%) SharePoint
5 15 (3.61%) IIS
6 13 (3.13%) Apache
6 13 (3.13%) Skype for Business
7 11 (2.64%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 11 (2.64%) Tomcat
8 10 (2.40%) Cloud Foundry
8 10 (2.40%) Exchange Server 2013
9 8 (1.92%) JBoss
10 7 (1.68%) Elasticsearch
10 7 (1.68%) Exchange Server 2007
11 4 (0.96%) CloudStack
11 4 (0.96%) IBM Notes
11 4 (0.96%) SharePoint 2013
12 3 (0.72%) WebSphere
12 3 (0.72%) WebSphere Application Server
13 2 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 31 (7.45%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (0.96%) MS Visio
3 3 (0.72%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.48%) 3ds Max
4 2 (0.48%) AutoCAD
4 2 (0.48%) CINEMA 4D
4 2 (0.48%) SketchUp
Business Applications
1 11 (2.64%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 5 (1.20%) Oracle Applications
3 3 (0.72%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.48%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.24%) Oracle 11i
5 1 (0.24%) Sage CRM
Cloud Services
1 56 (13.46%) Amazon AWS
2 55 (13.22%) Microsoft Azure
3 27 (6.49%) Office 365
4 12 (2.88%) Cloud Computing
5 11 (2.64%) PaaS
6 8 (1.92%) GitHub
7 6 (1.44%) IBM Cloud
7 6 (1.44%) SoftLayer
8 5 (1.20%) AWS CloudFormation
8 5 (1.20%) Azure Active Directory
8 5 (1.20%) Google Cloud Platform
8 5 (1.20%) Heroku
8 5 (1.20%) IaaS
9 4 (0.96%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
9 4 (0.96%) Google Compute Engine
10 3 (0.72%) Amazon EC2
11 2 (0.48%) G Suite
11 2 (0.48%) Mimecast
11 2 (0.48%) SaaS
11 2 (0.48%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 87 (20.91%) SAN
2 60 (14.42%) Firewall
3 57 (13.70%) DNS
4 34 (8.17%) DHCP
4 34 (8.17%) LAN
5 32 (7.69%) TCP/IP
6 31 (7.45%) NAS
6 31 (7.45%) WAN
7 29 (6.97%) VPN
8 22 (5.29%) VSAN
9 21 (5.05%) Wireless
10 20 (4.81%) Cisco Nexus
10 20 (4.81%) NetScaler
11 19 (4.57%) PuTTY
11 19 (4.57%) WinSCP
12 12 (2.88%) Cisco ASA
13 11 (2.64%) VLAN
14 8 (1.92%) iSCSI
14 8 (1.92%) SNMP
14 8 (1.92%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 71 (17.07%) SQL Server
2 30 (7.21%) SQL Server 2008
3 29 (6.97%) SQL Server 2005
4 27 (6.49%) SQL Server 2012
5 26 (6.25%) Oracle Database
6 22 (5.29%) Oracle Database 11g
7 21 (5.05%) Oracle Database 10g
8 17 (4.09%) Oracle Reports
9 11 (2.64%) PostgreSQL
10 5 (1.20%) MySQL
10 5 (1.20%) Redis
11 4 (0.96%) Apache Cassandra
11 4 (0.96%) Big Data
11 4 (0.96%) NoSQL
11 4 (0.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 4 (0.96%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 3 (0.72%) DB2
13 2 (0.48%) Oracle9i Database
13 2 (0.48%) RDBMS
13 2 (0.48%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 47 (11.30%) Jenkins
2 22 (5.29%) TeamCity
3 20 (4.81%) SpecFlow
4 19 (4.57%) HP UFT
4 19 (4.57%) Oracle APEX
4 19 (4.57%) Selenium
4 19 (4.57%) Team Foundation Server
5 15 (3.61%) Git (software)
6 14 (3.37%) Toad
7 13 (3.13%) Ant
7 13 (3.13%) Eclipse
7 13 (3.13%) SoapUI
7 13 (3.13%) TestNG
8 11 (2.64%) Octopus Deploy
9 10 (2.40%) LoadRunner
10 8 (1.92%) GitLab
11 6 (1.44%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 6 (1.44%) Subversion
12 5 (1.20%) Sonatype Nexus
13 4 (0.96%) Vagrant
General
1 60 (14.42%) Finance
2 26 (6.25%) Banking
3 17 (4.09%) Telecoms
4 12 (2.88%) Manufacturing
4 12 (2.88%) Marketing
5 11 (2.64%) Electronics
6 8 (1.92%) Investment Banking
7 7 (1.68%) Local Government
8 3 (0.72%) Financial Institution
8 3 (0.72%) International Banking
8 3 (0.72%) Law
8 3 (0.72%) Publishing
9 2 (0.48%) Billing
9 2 (0.48%) Retail
10 1 (0.24%) Aerospace
10 1 (0.24%) Back Office
10 1 (0.24%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 56 (13.46%) Analyst
2 49 (11.78%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 46 (11.06%) VMware Engineer
4 38 (9.13%) Administrator
5 31 (7.45%) Architect
6 29 (6.97%) Consultant
7 27 (6.49%) DevOps Engineer
8 25 (6.01%) Support Analyst
8 25 (6.01%) Support Engineer
9 23 (5.53%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 22 (5.29%) 3rd Line Support
10 22 (5.29%) Systems Administrator
11 21 (5.05%) Windows Engineer
12 20 (4.81%) VMware Specialist
13 18 (4.33%) Network Engineer
14 16 (3.85%) Server Engineer
15 15 (3.61%) Infrastructure Analyst
15 15 (3.61%) Service Analyst
15 15 (3.61%) Wintel Engineer
16 14 (3.37%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (6.97%) .NET
2 23 (5.53%) Web Services
3 8 (1.92%) XML
4 7 (1.68%) Middleware
5 6 (1.44%) SAML
6 5 (1.20%) Flash
6 5 (1.20%) REST
6 5 (1.20%) RESTful
7 4 (0.96%) ActiveMQ
7 4 (0.96%) ASP.NET
7 4 (0.96%) LAMP
7 4 (0.96%) SOAP
8 3 (0.72%) Apache Camel
8 3 (0.72%) COM
8 3 (0.72%) CSS
8 3 (0.72%) HTML
8 3 (0.72%) J2EE
8 3 (0.72%) Node.js
8 3 (0.72%) PowerMock
8 3 (0.72%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 68 (16.35%) Data Centre
2 25 (6.01%) EMC VNX
3 23 (5.53%) Clustering
4 20 (4.81%) Computer Science
5 18 (4.33%) VxBlock/Vblock
6 16 (3.85%) PKI
7 14 (3.37%) Analytical Skills
8 12 (2.88%) EMC VMAX
8 12 (2.88%) Hybrid Cloud
9 11 (2.64%) Replication
10 10 (2.40%) Blackberry
10 10 (2.40%) Management Information System
11 5 (1.20%) FlexPod
11 5 (1.20%) Smart Meter
12 4 (0.96%) Driving Licence
12 4 (0.96%) Linux Command Line
13 3 (0.72%) Enterprise Storage
13 3 (0.72%) iPad
13 3 (0.72%) Minimum Viable Product
14 2 (0.48%) HP Storage
Operating Systems
1 252 (60.58%) Windows
2 159 (38.22%) Windows Server
3 143 (34.38%) Linux
4 122 (29.33%) Windows Server 2012
5 94 (22.60%) Windows Server 2008
6 47 (11.30%) Unix
7 44 (10.58%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 40 (9.62%) Windows Server 2003
9 31 (7.45%) Windows 7
10 29 (6.97%) Windows 10
11 16 (3.85%) CentOS
11 16 (3.85%) Ubuntu
12 15 (3.61%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
13 13 (3.13%) SUSE
14 10 (2.40%) AIX
14 10 (2.40%) Mac OS X
15 9 (2.16%) Windows 8
16 6 (1.44%) Data ONTAP
16 6 (1.44%) Oracle Linux
17 4 (0.96%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 76 (18.27%) ITIL
2 75 (18.03%) DevOps
3 46 (11.06%) Migration
4 39 (9.38%) Agile Software Development
5 37 (8.89%) Service Management
6 36 (8.65%) Continuous Integration
7 29 (6.97%) Configuration Management
7 29 (6.97%) Test Automation
8 27 (6.49%) Load Balancing
9 23 (5.53%) Integration Testing
10 22 (5.29%) Scrum
11 20 (4.81%) Capacity Planning
11 20 (4.81%) High Availability
12 19 (4.57%) BDD
12 19 (4.57%) System Integration Testing
13 18 (4.33%) Project Management
14 17 (4.09%) Defect Tracking
14 17 (4.09%) Exploratory Testing
14 17 (4.09%) Regression Testing
15 16 (3.85%) Infrastructure Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 98 (23.56%) PowerShell
2 50 (12.02%) SQL
3 39 (9.38%) Python
4 30 (7.21%) Bash Shell
4 30 (7.21%) Java
5 23 (5.53%) Perl
6 19 (4.57%) F#
7 14 (3.37%) VBScript
8 13 (3.13%) Ruby
9 12 (2.88%) C
10 9 (2.16%) Korn
11 8 (1.92%) Shell Script
12 7 (1.68%) C#
12 7 (1.68%) Go
13 6 (1.44%) C++
13 6 (1.44%) Groovy
13 6 (1.44%) VB
14 5 (1.20%) VB.NET
15 4 (0.96%) JavaScript
16 2 (0.48%) PHP
Qualifications
1 69 (16.59%) Security Cleared
2 59 (14.18%) SC Cleared
3 55 (13.22%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 35 (8.41%) Cisco Certification
5 30 (7.21%) Microsoft Certification
6 23 (5.53%) CCNA
6 23 (5.53%) Degree
7 21 (5.05%) MCSE
8 15 (3.61%) ITIL Certification
9 14 (3.37%) VCP6
10 13 (3.13%) CCIE
10 13 (3.13%) CCNP
11 11 (2.64%) ISEB
12 10 (2.40%) ISEB Practitioner
12 10 (2.40%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 10 (2.40%) MCSA
12 10 (2.40%) VCAP
13 9 (2.16%) RHCE
14 8 (1.92%) DV Cleared
15 7 (1.68%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (5.53%) SLA
2 10 (2.40%) PCI DSS
3 6 (1.44%) QA
4 4 (0.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.48%) PMO
5 2 (0.48%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.24%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 208 (50.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 164 (39.42%) Active Directory
3 74 (17.79%) VMware ESXi
4 50 (12.02%) XenApp
5 49 (11.78%) Hyper-V
6 41 (9.86%) Virtual Machines
7 29 (6.97%) XenDesktop
8 25 (6.01%) vCloud
9 23 (5.53%) Docker
10 11 (2.64%) XenServer
11 10 (2.40%) Virtual Desktop
12 9 (2.16%) DFS Replication
13 8 (1.92%) Virtual Servers
14 7 (1.68%) Microsoft App-V
15 6 (1.44%) Terminal Services
15 6 (1.44%) Xen
16 5 (1.20%) LXC
17 4 (0.96%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 4 (0.96%) Veritas Cluster Server
17 4 (0.96%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 75 (18.03%) vCenter Server
2 65 (15.63%) SCCM
3 45 (10.82%) vRealize
4 41 (9.86%) Puppet
5 39 (9.38%) Ansible
6 31 (7.45%) SCOM
7 29 (6.97%) Opscode Chef
8 16 (3.85%) Terraform
9 15 (3.61%) WSUS
10 14 (3.37%) vMotion
11 11 (2.64%) Tivoli Storage Manager
12 10 (2.40%) Nagios
13 9 (2.16%) EMC NetWorker
14 7 (1.68%) Kibana
14 7 (1.68%) NetBackup
15 6 (1.44%) Failover Clustering
15 6 (1.44%) Kubernetes
15 6 (1.44%) PowerCLI
15 6 (1.44%) Prometheus
15 6 (1.44%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 385 (92.55%) VMware
2 149 (35.82%) Microsoft
3 96 (23.08%) Cisco
4 90 (21.63%) Citrix
5 89 (21.39%) HP
6 47 (11.30%) Red Hat
7 46 (11.06%) EMC
8 36 (8.65%) Oracle
9 34 (8.17%) NetApp
10 24 (5.77%) IBM
11 21 (5.05%) Dell
12 17 (4.09%) 3PAR
13 15 (3.61%) Veeam
14 14 (3.37%) F5
14 14 (3.37%) Google
15 13 (3.13%) AppSense
15 13 (3.13%) CommVault
15 13 (3.13%) SAP
16 12 (2.88%) CheckPoint
17 10 (2.40%) LANDesk
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