Period
to 20 April 2021

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 20 April 2021 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
20 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 390 326 425
Rank change year-on-year -64 +99 -29
Contract jobs citing vSphere 202 363 482
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.48% 0.70% 0.55%
As % of the System Software category 3.24% 4.51% 3.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 125 241 346
10th Percentile £316 £263 £221
25th Percentile £363 £363 £340
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £430 £450 £438
Median % change year-on-year -4.44% +2.86% +9.38%
75th Percentile £506 £525 £538
90th Percentile £556 £550 £578
UK median daily rate £423 £450 £425
% change year-on-year -6.11% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 14 23
10th Percentile £19.20 £15.33 "
25th Percentile £32.63 £20.13 £14.00
Median hourly rate £46.00 £37.20 £25.00
Median % change year-on-year +23.66% +48.79% -1.96%
75th Percentile £46.75 £47.83 £48.75
90th Percentile £47.70 " £49.90
UK median hourly rate £46.00 £46.50 £42.25
% change year-on-year -1.08% +10.06% +65.69%

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 6,241 8,045 13,580
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.68% 15.59% 15.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,317 5,475 9,262
10th Percentile £225 £170 £193
25th Percentile £363 £325 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £463 £475
Median % change year-on-year +2.70% -2.63% +5.56%
75th Percentile £575 £569 £575
90th Percentile £650 £638 £638
UK median daily rate £480 £450 £475
% change year-on-year +6.67% -5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 231 425 566
10th Percentile £11.30 £11.25 £10.92
25th Percentile £13.25 £13.07 £13.00
Median hourly rate £18.55 £16.50 £16.21
Median % change year-on-year +12.42% +1.80% +2.19%
75th Percentile £40.00 £21.00 £24.19
90th Percentile £58.00 £42.98 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £17.00 £16.10
% change year-on-year +17.65% +5.57% +1.53%

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 20 April 2021.

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 20 April 2021.

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 20 April 2021. 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 -38 95 £450 -5.26% 26
South East +47 60 £436 -3.11% 29
Midlands +27 12 £385 +18.46% 11
North of England +12 12 £400 - 11
South West +1 10 £410 -13.68% 10
West Midlands +13 9 £410 +17.14% 4
North East +25 6 £400 +52.38% 2
North West +2 4 £360 -10.00% 7
East of England +23 3 - - 14
East Midlands +21 3 £275 +10.00% 7
Yorkshire +21 2 £500 +17.65% 2
vSphere
UK

For the 6 months to 20 April 2021, 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.

1 173 (85.64%) VMware
2 146 (72.28%) VMware Infrastructure
3 105 (51.98%) Windows
4 85 (42.08%) Microsoft
5 78 (38.61%) Security Cleared
6 72 (35.64%) Active Directory
7 68 (33.66%) VMware ESXi
8 60 (29.70%) Azure
8 60 (29.70%) vRealize
8 60 (29.70%) vCenter Server
8 60 (29.70%) Linux
9 57 (28.22%) SC Cleared
9 57 (28.22%) VSAN
10 56 (27.72%) Data Centre
11 54 (26.73%) Windows Server
12 51 (25.25%) Firewall
13 50 (24.75%) Dell
14 49 (24.26%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 47 (23.27%) VMware NSX
15 47 (23.27%) PowerShell
16 41 (20.30%) Citrix
17 40 (19.80%) ITIL
17 40 (19.80%) AWS
18 39 (19.31%) Microsoft 365
19 38 (18.81%) HP
20 36 (17.82%) Cisco
21 34 (16.83%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
22 33 (16.34%) Finance
22 33 (16.34%) DNS
22 33 (16.34%) Ansible

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 10 (4.95%) WebSphere
2 9 (4.46%) MS Exchange
3 6 (2.97%) OpenStack
3 6 (2.97%) SharePoint
4 5 (2.48%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (2.48%) Exchange Server 2013
5 4 (1.98%) Skype for Business
6 3 (1.49%) Apache
6 3 (1.49%) IIS
6 3 (1.49%) SAS
7 2 (0.99%) Cloud Foundry
7 2 (0.99%) nginx
8 1 (0.50%) Confluence
8 1 (0.50%) JBoss
8 1 (0.50%) Site Server
8 1 (0.50%) WebLogic
Applications
1 6 (2.97%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.49%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (1.49%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 60 (29.70%) Azure
2 40 (19.80%) AWS
3 39 (19.31%) Microsoft 365
4 29 (14.36%) IaaS
5 14 (6.93%) Azure Active Directory
6 10 (4.95%) GCP
7 5 (2.48%) PaaS
8 4 (1.98%) SaaS
9 3 (1.49%) Amazon EC2
9 3 (1.49%) Amazon ELB
9 3 (1.49%) GitHub
10 2 (0.99%) AWS CloudFormation
10 2 (0.99%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
10 2 (0.99%) Azure Service Fabric
10 2 (0.99%) Heroku
10 2 (0.99%) OpenShift
10 2 (0.99%) Yammer
11 1 (0.50%) Cohesity
11 1 (0.50%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 57 (28.22%) VSAN
2 51 (25.25%) Firewall
3 33 (16.34%) DNS
4 26 (12.87%) WAN
5 22 (10.89%) VPN
6 21 (10.40%) DHCP
6 21 (10.40%) VLAN
7 20 (9.90%) SAN
8 18 (8.91%) Ethernet
9 16 (7.92%) LAN
10 14 (6.93%) Remote Desktop
11 11 (5.45%) Fibre Channel
11 11 (5.45%) TCP/IP
12 10 (4.95%) Wireless
13 9 (4.46%) iSCSI
14 7 (3.47%) NetScaler
14 7 (3.47%) VoIP
15 6 (2.97%) NAS
15 6 (2.97%) Skype
16 4 (1.98%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (9.41%) SQL Server
2 10 (4.95%) Hadoop
3 9 (4.46%) DB2
4 8 (3.96%) HBase
5 2 (0.99%) GIS
5 2 (0.99%) SQL Server 2014
6 1 (0.50%) Amazon RDS
6 1 (0.50%) MySQL
6 1 (0.50%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.50%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 15 (7.43%) Jenkins
2 8 (3.96%) Git (software)
3 3 (1.49%) Hudson
3 3 (1.49%) Octopus Deploy
4 2 (0.99%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 2 (0.99%) CF BOSH
4 2 (0.99%) IBM UrbanCode
4 2 (0.99%) JIRA
4 2 (0.99%) MSI
4 2 (0.99%) Sonatype Nexus
4 2 (0.99%) TeamCity
5 1 (0.50%) Bitbucket
5 1 (0.50%) GCC
5 1 (0.50%) Maven
General
1 33 (16.34%) Finance
2 11 (5.45%) Banking
3 10 (4.95%) Public Sector
4 3 (1.49%) Financial Institution
4 3 (1.49%) Marketing
5 1 (0.50%) International Banking
5 1 (0.50%) Law
5 1 (0.50%) Local Government
5 1 (0.50%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (0.50%) Publishing
5 1 (0.50%) Retail
5 1 (0.50%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 40 (19.80%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 35 (17.33%) VMware Engineer
3 27 (13.37%) Architect
4 15 (7.43%) Virtualisation Engineer
5 14 (6.93%) Consultant
5 14 (6.93%) Infrastructure Architect
5 14 (6.93%) VMware Architect
6 11 (5.45%) VMware Consultant
7 10 (4.95%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 10 (4.95%) Server Engineer
8 9 (4.46%) Administrator
9 7 (3.47%) Cloud Architect
9 7 (3.47%) Cloud Engineer
9 7 (3.47%) DevOps Engineer
9 7 (3.47%) Systems Administrator
9 7 (3.47%) Windows Engineer
10 6 (2.97%) Developer
10 6 (2.97%) Network Engineer
11 5 (2.48%) Support Engineer
11 5 (2.48%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (4.46%) WebSphere MQ
2 7 (3.47%) XML
3 6 (2.97%) JSON
4 2 (0.99%) Middleware
4 2 (0.99%) OAuth
4 2 (0.99%) OAuth2
4 2 (0.99%) SAML
4 2 (0.99%) ServiceStack
5 1 (0.50%) .NET
5 1 (0.50%) 802.1X
5 1 (0.50%) AngularJS
5 1 (0.50%) Django
5 1 (0.50%) J2EE
5 1 (0.50%) Node.js
5 1 (0.50%) Spring
5 1 (0.50%) Spring Boot
5 1 (0.50%) Swagger
5 1 (0.50%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 56 (27.72%) Data Centre
2 26 (12.87%) Private Cloud
3 16 (7.92%) Hybrid Cloud
4 14 (6.93%) Public Cloud
5 12 (5.94%) Clustering
6 11 (5.45%) Replication
7 5 (2.48%) Analytical Skills
7 5 (2.48%) Greenfield Project
7 5 (2.48%) PKI
8 4 (1.98%) CMDB
8 4 (1.98%) Enterprise Cloud
9 2 (0.99%) Client/Server
9 2 (0.99%) Cloud Native
9 2 (0.99%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 2 (0.99%) EMC VMAX
9 2 (0.99%) EMC VNX
9 2 (0.99%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 2 (0.99%) Management Information System
9 2 (0.99%) Virtual Team
9 2 (0.99%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 105 (51.98%) Windows
2 60 (29.70%) Linux
3 54 (26.73%) Windows Server
4 30 (14.85%) Windows Server 2016
5 25 (12.38%) Windows Server 2008
6 23 (11.39%) Windows Server 2012
7 21 (10.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 17 (8.42%) Windows 10
9 15 (7.43%) Windows Server 2019
10 12 (5.94%) Windows 7
11 11 (5.45%) Unix
12 9 (4.46%) Ubuntu
13 8 (3.96%) VMS
14 5 (2.48%) CentOS
14 5 (2.48%) Windows 2000
14 5 (2.48%) Windows Server 2003
15 4 (1.98%) Windows 8
16 3 (1.49%) Android
17 2 (0.99%) AIX
17 2 (0.99%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (24.26%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 40 (19.80%) ITIL
3 32 (15.84%) Migration
4 22 (10.89%) Load Balancing
5 21 (10.40%) DevOps
6 20 (9.90%) Configuration Management
7 19 (9.41%) High Availability
8 18 (8.91%) Storage Management
9 17 (8.42%) Agile Software Development
10 15 (7.43%) Converged Infrastructure
11 12 (5.94%) Capacity Management
11 12 (5.94%) Change Management
12 10 (4.95%) Network Architecture
12 10 (4.95%) Project Delivery
12 10 (4.95%) Project Management
12 10 (4.95%) Service Management
13 9 (4.46%) Customer Insight
13 9 (4.46%) Deployment Automation
13 9 (4.46%) Product Requirements
13 9 (4.46%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 47 (23.27%) PowerShell
2 19 (9.41%) Python
3 8 (3.96%) Java
4 6 (2.97%) Bash Shell
4 6 (2.97%) SQL
5 5 (2.48%) Ruby
6 3 (1.49%) Go
6 3 (1.49%) VB
6 3 (1.49%) VBScript
7 2 (0.99%) C
8 1 (0.50%) C#
8 1 (0.50%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.50%) Perl
Qualifications
1 78 (38.61%) Security Cleared
2 57 (28.22%) SC Cleared
3 34 (16.83%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 22 (10.89%) DV Cleared
5 17 (8.42%) VCAP
5 17 (8.42%) VCP6
6 13 (6.44%) RHCA
7 11 (5.45%) Microsoft Certification
7 11 (5.45%) VCDX
8 9 (4.46%) TOGAF Certification
9 8 (3.96%) Degree
10 7 (3.47%) Cisco Certification
10 7 (3.47%) MCSA
10 7 (3.47%) MCSE
11 6 (2.97%) MCITP
12 5 (2.48%) CCNA
12 5 (2.48%) CCNP
13 4 (1.98%) Citrix Certification
13 4 (1.98%) RHCE
14 3 (1.49%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (4.46%) SLA
2 2 (0.99%) SEPA
3 1 (0.50%) Def Stans
3 1 (0.50%) NCSC
3 1 (0.50%) QA
System Software
1 146 (72.28%) VMware Infrastructure
2 72 (35.64%) Active Directory
3 68 (33.66%) VMware ESXi
4 47 (23.27%) VMware NSX
5 24 (11.88%) Hyper-V
6 21 (10.40%) Virtual Machines
7 15 (7.43%) vCloud
7 15 (7.43%) Virtual Desktop
8 12 (5.94%) Docker
9 10 (4.95%) NFS
9 10 (4.95%) VMFS
9 10 (4.95%) XenApp
10 8 (3.96%) HDFS
11 5 (2.48%) XenDesktop
12 4 (1.98%) EMC RecoverPoint
12 4 (1.98%) Microsoft App-V
13 3 (1.49%) Firmware
14 2 (0.99%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 2 (0.99%) UAG
14 2 (0.99%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 60 (29.70%) vCenter Server
1 60 (29.70%) vRealize
2 33 (16.34%) Ansible
3 29 (14.36%) vRealize Orchestrator
4 25 (12.38%) SCCM
5 16 (7.92%) PowerCLI
5 16 (7.92%) Terraform
6 15 (7.43%) Opscode Chef
6 15 (7.43%) Puppet
7 11 (5.45%) Microsoft Intune
8 10 (4.95%) Tivoli
8 10 (4.95%) vMotion
9 9 (4.46%) SCOM
10 8 (3.96%) Kubernetes
11 5 (2.48%) Failover Clustering
11 5 (2.48%) Microsoft Clustering
11 5 (2.48%) Tivoli Storage Manager
12 4 (1.98%) Avamar
12 4 (1.98%) Salt
13 3 (1.49%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 173 (85.64%) VMware
2 85 (42.08%) Microsoft
3 50 (24.75%) Dell
4 41 (20.30%) Citrix
5 38 (18.81%) HP
6 36 (17.82%) Cisco
7 26 (12.87%) IBM
8 25 (12.38%) EMC
9 20 (9.90%) Red Hat
10 12 (5.94%) BMC
10 12 (5.94%) Juniper
11 10 (4.95%) Veeam
12 9 (4.46%) CA
12 9 (4.46%) Google
12 9 (4.46%) SolarWinds
13 8 (3.96%) Palo Alto
14 7 (3.47%) Ivanti
14 7 (3.47%) McAfee
14 7 (3.47%) Oracle
14 7 (3.47%) ServiceNow