Period
to 25 July 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 25 July 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
25 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 403 336 407
Rank change year-on-year -67 +71 -7
Contract jobs citing vSphere 282 217 478
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.50% 0.65% 0.57%
As % of the System Software category 3.48% 4.28% 3.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 192 147 313
10th Percentile £273 £254 £250
25th Percentile £355 £350 £331
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £429 £463 £425
Median % change year-on-year -7.35% +8.82% +4.68%
75th Percentile £513 £523 £525
90th Percentile £550 £550 £580
UK median daily rate £446 £450 £425
% change year-on-year -0.83% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 10 15
10th Percentile £18.50 £31.65 "
25th Percentile £26.45 £39.31 £14.00
Median hourly rate £43.72 £47.17 £25.00
Median % change year-on-year -7.31% +88.66% -19.35%
75th Percentile £46.38 £47.83 £46.70
90th Percentile £47.63 £48.22 £48.25
UK median hourly rate £42.44 £47.83 £32.16
% change year-on-year -11.28% +48.73% +3.74%

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 8,103 5,065 13,008
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.40% 15.17% 15.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,660 3,473 8,867
10th Percentile £213 £200 £185
25th Percentile £380 £363 £356
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £588 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £638 £638
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 261 214 489
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.25 £11.08
25th Percentile £13.25 £12.98 £13.00
Median hourly rate £18.12 £17.00 £16.60
Median % change year-on-year +6.56% +2.41% +0.61%
75th Percentile £33.75 £22.75 £25.00
90th Percentile £63.00 £47.50 £47.54
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £16.95
% change year-on-year +8.57% +3.24% +5.94%

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 25 July 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 25 July 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 25 July 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 -106 97 £460 +8.24% 29
South East -27 75 £423 -13.33% 25
North of England -4 42 £450 -5.26% 24
North West -8 29 £500 +5.26% 16
South West -18 20 £343 -31.50% 17
Midlands -35 19 £281 -19.64% 22
West Midlands -35 10 £390 +11.43% 14
North East +1 8 £375 +42.86%
East Midlands -8 8 £225 -10.00% 8
East of England -20 7 £575 +71.64% 8
Yorkshire -19 5 £265 -41.11% 8
vSphere
UK

For the 6 months to 25 July 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.

1 264 (93.62%) VMware
2 184 (65.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 167 (59.22%) Windows
4 116 (41.13%) Active Directory
5 98 (34.75%) Windows Server
6 94 (33.33%) Security Cleared
7 93 (32.98%) PowerShell
7 93 (32.98%) Microsoft
8 74 (26.24%) SC Cleared
8 74 (26.24%) Data Centre
9 68 (24.11%) vCenter Server
10 67 (23.76%) VMware ESXi
11 66 (23.40%) Linux
12 65 (23.05%) Azure
13 61 (21.63%) AWS
13 61 (21.63%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 60 (21.28%) vRealize
14 60 (21.28%) Firewall
15 59 (20.92%) VSAN
16 56 (19.86%) Dell
17 55 (19.50%) DNS
18 54 (19.15%) Ansible
19 52 (18.44%) Microsoft 365
20 50 (17.73%) HP
21 49 (17.38%) Cisco
22 48 (17.02%) ITIL
22 48 (17.02%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
23 47 (16.67%) VMware NSX
24 46 (16.31%) Social Skills
25 45 (15.96%) Windows Server 2012

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 30 (10.64%) MS Exchange
2 15 (5.32%) SharePoint
3 13 (4.61%) Exchange Server 2013
4 8 (2.84%) OpenStack
5 6 (2.13%) Confluence
6 5 (1.77%) IIS
7 4 (1.42%) Exchange Server 2010
8 3 (1.06%) SAS
8 3 (1.06%) Tomcat
8 3 (1.06%) WebSphere
9 2 (0.71%) Site Server
9 2 (0.71%) Skype for Business
10 1 (0.35%) Apache
10 1 (0.35%) Cloud Foundry
10 1 (0.35%) JBoss
10 1 (0.35%) WebLogic
Applications
1 5 (1.77%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.06%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.71%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (0.71%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 65 (23.05%) Azure
2 61 (21.63%) AWS
3 52 (18.44%) Microsoft 365
4 24 (8.51%) IaaS
5 11 (3.90%) GCP
6 7 (2.48%) Azure Active Directory
7 6 (2.13%) PaaS
8 5 (1.77%) SaaS
9 4 (1.42%) Yammer
10 3 (1.06%) Amazon EC2
10 3 (1.06%) OpenShift
11 2 (0.71%) Cloud Run
11 2 (0.71%) OneDrive
12 1 (0.35%) Cloud Computing
12 1 (0.35%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 60 (21.28%) Firewall
2 59 (20.92%) VSAN
3 55 (19.50%) DNS
4 45 (15.96%) SAN
5 38 (13.48%) DHCP
6 33 (11.70%) VPN
7 24 (8.51%) Remote Desktop
8 23 (8.16%) TCP/IP
9 21 (7.45%) Network Security
10 16 (5.67%) VLAN
11 14 (4.96%) NAS
12 13 (4.61%) WAN
13 12 (4.26%) LAN
14 11 (3.90%) VoIP
15 10 (3.55%) Cisco Nexus
15 10 (3.55%) Ethernet
16 9 (3.19%) Fibre Channel
17 8 (2.84%) Cisco ASA
18 7 (2.48%) iSCSI
18 7 (2.48%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 45 (15.96%) SQL Server
2 12 (4.26%) SQL Server 2012
3 11 (3.90%) SQL Server 2016
4 5 (1.77%) PostgreSQL
4 5 (1.77%) SQL Server 2017
5 4 (1.42%) Hadoop
5 4 (1.42%) MySQL
6 2 (0.71%) DB2
6 2 (0.71%) GIS
6 2 (0.71%) HBase
6 2 (0.71%) Oracle Database
6 2 (0.71%) SQL Server 2014
7 1 (0.35%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (0.35%) SQL Server 2019
Development Applications
1 13 (4.61%) Jenkins
2 10 (3.55%) Git (software)
3 7 (2.48%) JIRA
4 4 (1.42%) SonarQube
5 3 (1.06%) Bitbucket
5 3 (1.06%) DbUnit
5 3 (1.06%) jMock
5 3 (1.06%) JUnit
5 3 (1.06%) Maven
5 3 (1.06%) Mockito
6 2 (0.71%) Hudson
7 1 (0.35%) GCC
General
1 46 (16.31%) Social Skills
2 38 (13.48%) Finance
3 18 (6.38%) Public Sector
4 13 (4.61%) Telecoms
5 12 (4.26%) Banking
6 8 (2.84%) Marketing
7 5 (1.77%) Analytical Skills
8 4 (1.42%) Retail
9 3 (1.06%) Automotive
9 3 (1.06%) Documentation Skills
9 3 (1.06%) Influencing Skills
9 3 (1.06%) Legal
10 2 (0.71%) Investment Banking
10 2 (0.71%) Pharmaceutical
10 2 (0.71%) Presentation Skills
11 1 (0.35%) Back Office
11 1 (0.35%) Electronics
11 1 (0.35%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.35%) Games
11 1 (0.35%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 51 (18.09%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 47 (16.67%) VMware Engineer
3 28 (9.93%) Virtualisation Engineer
4 22 (7.80%) Consultant
5 19 (6.74%) Architect
6 14 (4.96%) Analyst
7 12 (4.26%) Infrastructure Architect
7 12 (4.26%) Network Engineer
8 11 (3.90%) Support Engineer
8 11 (3.90%) Systems Engineer
8 11 (3.90%) VMware Consultant
8 11 (3.90%) Wintel Engineer
9 10 (3.55%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 10 (3.55%) DevOps Engineer
10 9 (3.19%) Developer
10 9 (3.19%) IT Manager
11 8 (2.84%) Infrastructure Specialist
11 8 (2.84%) Server Engineer
12 7 (2.48%) Infrastructure Analyst
12 7 (2.48%) VMware Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (6.38%) XML
2 17 (6.03%) JSON
3 12 (4.26%) LDAP
4 8 (2.84%) Web Services
5 4 (1.42%) REST
6 3 (1.06%) Apache Camel
6 3 (1.06%) Hibernate
6 3 (1.06%) J2EE
6 3 (1.06%) Node.js
6 3 (1.06%) PowerMock
6 3 (1.06%) RESTful
6 3 (1.06%) SOAP
6 3 (1.06%) Spring
7 2 (0.71%) .NET
7 2 (0.71%) ActiveMQ
7 2 (0.71%) ServiceStack
7 2 (0.71%) WebSphere MQ
7 2 (0.71%) YAML
8 1 (0.35%) Middleware
8 1 (0.35%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 74 (26.24%) Data Centre
2 19 (6.74%) Private Cloud
3 18 (6.38%) Public Cloud
4 16 (5.67%) Clustering
5 15 (5.32%) Replication
6 10 (3.55%) Data Protection Act
6 10 (3.55%) PKI
7 6 (2.13%) NHS
8 5 (1.77%) EMC VNX
8 5 (1.77%) Greenfield Project
8 5 (1.77%) Self-Motivation
9 4 (1.42%) Client/Server
10 3 (1.06%) CMDB
10 3 (1.06%) Enterprise Software
10 3 (1.06%) Hedge funds
10 3 (1.06%) Hybrid Cloud
11 2 (0.71%) PMI
11 2 (0.71%) User Experience
11 2 (0.71%) Virtual Team
12 1 (0.35%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 167 (59.22%) Windows
2 98 (34.75%) Windows Server
3 66 (23.40%) Linux
4 45 (15.96%) Windows Server 2012
5 34 (12.06%) Windows Server 2016
6 26 (9.22%) Windows Server 2019
7 20 (7.09%) Windows Server 2008
8 18 (6.38%) Windows 10
9 15 (5.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 13 (4.61%) Unix
11 12 (4.26%) Windows Server 2003
12 9 (3.19%) Windows 7
13 7 (2.48%) VMS
14 6 (2.13%) Ubuntu
15 5 (1.77%) CentOS
15 5 (1.77%) Windows 2000
16 4 (1.42%) Windows 8
17 3 (1.06%) AIX
18 2 (0.71%) Android
18 2 (0.71%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 61 (21.63%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 48 (17.02%) ITIL
3 30 (10.64%) Configuration Management
4 29 (10.28%) Migration
5 28 (9.93%) Agile Software Development
6 27 (9.57%) Storage Management
7 26 (9.22%) DevOps
8 19 (6.74%) Disaster Recovery
9 18 (6.38%) Network Design
10 17 (6.03%) Deployment Automation
10 17 (6.03%) Problem-Solving
11 16 (5.67%) Change Management
11 16 (5.67%) Data Protection
12 14 (4.96%) Capacity Management
13 12 (4.26%) Project Management
14 11 (3.90%) Problem Management
14 11 (3.90%) SIEM
15 10 (3.55%) High Availability
15 10 (3.55%) Network Architecture
15 10 (3.55%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 93 (32.98%) PowerShell
2 31 (10.99%) Python
3 22 (7.80%) Bash Shell
4 21 (7.45%) Java
4 21 (7.45%) SQL
5 5 (1.77%) VB
6 3 (1.06%) Go
6 3 (1.06%) VBScript
7 2 (0.71%) C#
7 2 (0.71%) Ruby
8 1 (0.35%) C
8 1 (0.35%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.35%) Perl
Qualifications
1 94 (33.33%) Security Cleared
2 74 (26.24%) SC Cleared
3 48 (17.02%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 28 (9.93%) Microsoft Certification
5 22 (7.80%) Cisco Certification
6 20 (7.09%) MCSE
7 19 (6.74%) CCNA
8 18 (6.38%) DV Cleared
9 16 (5.67%) Degree
10 12 (4.26%) VCP6
11 10 (3.55%) MCITP
12 9 (3.19%) MCSA
12 9 (3.19%) RHCA
12 9 (3.19%) VCAP
13 8 (2.84%) VCDX
14 7 (2.48%) CCNP
14 7 (2.48%) RHCE
15 6 (2.13%) MCP
16 3 (1.06%) PMI Certification
16 3 (1.06%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (4.26%) SLA
2 6 (2.13%) GDPR
3 4 (1.42%) QA
4 2 (0.71%) PMO
5 1 (0.35%) SEPA
System Software
1 184 (65.25%) VMware Infrastructure
2 116 (41.13%) Active Directory
3 67 (23.76%) VMware ESXi
4 47 (16.67%) VMware NSX
5 21 (7.45%) Hyper-V
5 21 (7.45%) Virtual Machines
6 18 (6.38%) vCloud
7 14 (4.96%) XenApp
8 10 (3.55%) Docker
9 9 (3.19%) Virtual Desktop
9 9 (3.19%) XenDesktop
10 5 (1.77%) EMC RecoverPoint
11 4 (1.42%) Firmware
11 4 (1.42%) Microsoft App-V
11 4 (1.42%) Virtual Servers
12 3 (1.06%) NFS
12 3 (1.06%) Terminal Services
13 2 (0.71%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 2 (0.71%) HDFS
13 2 (0.71%) KVM
Systems Management
1 68 (24.11%) vCenter Server
2 60 (21.28%) vRealize
3 54 (19.15%) Ansible
4 33 (11.70%) SCCM
5 29 (10.28%) vRealize Orchestrator
6 27 (9.57%) WSUS
7 26 (9.22%) Terraform
8 23 (8.16%) PowerCLI
9 15 (5.32%) Puppet
10 14 (4.96%) Active Directory Federation Services
10 14 (4.96%) Kubernetes
11 10 (3.55%) Microsoft Intune
11 10 (3.55%) Tivoli
12 9 (3.19%) SCOM
13 8 (2.84%) Tivoli Storage Manager
14 7 (2.48%) Failover Clustering
14 7 (2.48%) NetBackup
15 6 (2.13%) Nagios
15 6 (2.13%) Opscode Chef
16 5 (1.77%) vMotion
Vendors
1 264 (93.62%) VMware
2 93 (32.98%) Microsoft
3 56 (19.86%) Dell
4 50 (17.73%) HP
5 49 (17.38%) Cisco
6 44 (15.60%) Citrix
7 24 (8.51%) EMC
7 24 (8.51%) IBM
8 21 (7.45%) Red Hat
9 15 (5.32%) Fortinet
9 15 (5.32%) Veeam
10 14 (4.96%) SolarWinds
11 13 (4.61%) Juniper
12 12 (4.26%) Google
12 12 (4.26%) McAfee
13 11 (3.90%) NetApp
14 10 (3.55%) CA
14 10 (3.55%) CheckPoint
15 9 (3.19%) BMC
15 9 (3.19%) Oracle