Period
to 28 May 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 28 May 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
28 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 325 422 416
Rank change year-on-year +97 -6 +21
Contract jobs citing vSphere 276 465 528
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.66% 0.56% 0.57%
As % of the System Software category 4.20% 3.58% 4.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 175 329 345
Median daily rate £463 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.82% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £275 £218 £258
90th Percentile £550 £603 £525
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +6.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 19 22
Median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.00% -9.09% +19.57%
10th Percentile £15.40 £14.00 £17.34
90th Percentile £47.83 £49.60 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £40.79 £27.50
% change year-on-year -14.18% +48.31% +19.57%

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 6,564 12,972 12,413
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 15.66% 15.64% 13.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,252 8,736 8,076
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £185 £190 £185
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £463 £475 £450
% change year-on-year -2.63% +5.56% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 361 518 719
Median hourly rate £18.50 £16.91 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.44% +2.45% +3.13%
10th Percentile £11.30 £11.00 £10.95
90th Percentile £45.00 £48.15 £46.00
Median hourly rate £19.00 £16.67 £15.86
% change year-on-year +13.99% +5.09% -0.88%

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 28 May 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 28 May 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 28 May 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
London +131 87 £475 - 11
South East +64 67 £425 - 12
South West +51 50 £500 +8.11% 7
North of England +87 45 £400 -5.88% 7
North West +56 25 £375 +22.45% 4
East of England +36 14 £475 +5.56% 5
Midlands +53 12 £363 +40.78% 3
North East +27 12 £263 -4.55% 1
West Midlands +42 10 £400 +60.00% 3
Yorkshire +49 8 £425 - 2
East Midlands +43 2 £250 -38.88%
vSphere
UK

For the 6 months to 28 May 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.

1 254 (92.03%) VMware
2 176 (63.77%) Windows
3 158 (57.25%) VMware Infrastructure
4 123 (44.57%) Windows Server
5 101 (36.59%) Active Directory
6 100 (36.23%) Security Cleared
7 93 (33.70%) Microsoft
8 80 (28.99%) PowerShell
9 78 (28.26%) Windows Server 2012
10 71 (25.72%) SC Cleared
11 64 (23.19%) VMware ESXi
12 63 (22.83%) Azure
13 58 (21.01%) Windows Server 2016
14 55 (19.93%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 54 (19.57%) AWS
16 53 (19.20%) DNS
17 50 (18.12%) vCenter Server
18 46 (16.67%) DHCP
19 44 (15.94%) SCCM
20 43 (15.58%) Cisco
20 43 (15.58%) Firewall
21 41 (14.86%) Citrix
21 41 (14.86%) Windows 10
22 40 (14.49%) Linux
23 39 (14.13%) Migration
23 39 (14.13%) vRealize
24 38 (13.77%) VMware NSX
25 37 (13.41%) SAN
26 36 (13.04%) DV Cleared
27 35 (12.68%) Jenkins

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 23 (8.33%) MS Exchange
2 14 (5.07%) IIS
3 13 (4.71%) SharePoint
4 9 (3.26%) OpenStack
5 8 (2.90%) Exchange Server 2010
6 7 (2.54%) Skype for Business
7 5 (1.81%) Elasticsearch
7 5 (1.81%) Tomcat
8 4 (1.45%) Confluence
8 4 (1.45%) Exchange Server 2013
9 3 (1.09%) Apache
10 2 (0.72%) Cloud Foundry
10 2 (0.72%) IBM Notes
11 1 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 12 (4.35%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (2.54%) MS Visio
3 3 (1.09%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.72%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.72%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.72%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 63 (22.83%) Azure
2 54 (19.57%) AWS
3 34 (12.32%) Office 365
4 25 (9.06%) IaaS
5 17 (6.16%) GCP
6 15 (5.43%) PaaS
7 11 (3.99%) Amazon EC2
7 11 (3.99%) GitHub
8 10 (3.62%) Azure Active Directory
8 10 (3.62%) SaaS
9 8 (2.90%) Cloud Computing
10 7 (2.54%) Yammer
11 4 (1.45%) Amazon S3
11 4 (1.45%) Apigee
11 4 (1.45%) Trello
11 4 (1.45%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 2 (0.72%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 2 (0.72%) Datadog
12 2 (0.72%) Heroku
12 2 (0.72%) NuGet
Communications & Networking
1 53 (19.20%) DNS
2 46 (16.67%) DHCP
3 43 (15.58%) Firewall
4 37 (13.41%) SAN
5 29 (10.51%) VSAN
6 23 (8.33%) WAN
7 19 (6.88%) LAN
8 14 (5.07%) IPsec
8 14 (5.07%) iSCSI
8 14 (5.07%) Skype
8 14 (5.07%) TCP/IP
9 11 (3.99%) VLAN
9 11 (3.99%) VoIP
10 10 (3.62%) BGP
10 10 (3.62%) NAS
10 10 (3.62%) Network Security
11 9 (3.26%) VPN
11 9 (3.26%) Wireless
12 8 (2.90%) NetScaler
12 8 (2.90%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (11.23%) SQL Server
2 10 (3.62%) PostgreSQL
3 8 (2.90%) SQL Server 2008
4 5 (1.81%) MySQL
4 5 (1.81%) SAP HANA
5 4 (1.45%) MongoDB
5 4 (1.45%) SQL Server 2012
6 3 (1.09%) Big Data
6 3 (1.09%) EDRMS
6 3 (1.09%) SQL Server 2014
6 3 (1.09%) SQL Server 2016
6 3 (1.09%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 3 (1.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 3 (1.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 2 (0.72%) Amazon RDS
7 2 (0.72%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.36%) Oracle Reports
8 1 (0.36%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.36%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 35 (12.68%) Jenkins
2 18 (6.52%) Git (software)
3 11 (3.99%) DbUnit
3 11 (3.99%) JIRA
3 11 (3.99%) jMock
3 11 (3.99%) JUnit
3 11 (3.99%) Maven
3 11 (3.99%) Mockito
3 11 (3.99%) SonarQube
4 9 (3.26%) GitLab
5 5 (1.81%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 4 (1.45%) Artifactory
6 4 (1.45%) TeamCity
7 3 (1.09%) Robot Framework
7 3 (1.09%) Sonatype Nexus
7 3 (1.09%) TestRail
8 2 (0.72%) AutoIt
8 2 (0.72%) Bitbucket
8 2 (0.72%) CF BOSH
8 2 (0.72%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 30 (10.87%) Finance
2 10 (3.62%) Banking
2 10 (3.62%) Telecoms
3 9 (3.26%) Local Government
3 9 (3.26%) Public Sector
4 4 (1.45%) Legal
4 4 (1.45%) Manufacturing
5 3 (1.09%) Publishing
6 2 (0.72%) Law
6 2 (0.72%) Police
6 2 (0.72%) Spanish Language
7 1 (0.36%) Corporate Banking
7 1 (0.36%) Electronics
7 1 (0.36%) Housing Association
7 1 (0.36%) Marketing
7 1 (0.36%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 42 (15.22%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 34 (12.32%) VMware Engineer
3 28 (10.14%) Architect
4 18 (6.52%) Consultant
5 15 (5.43%) Network Engineer
5 15 (5.43%) PowerShell Engineer
6 14 (5.07%) Systems Engineer
7 12 (4.35%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 12 (4.35%) Server Engineer
7 12 (4.35%) VMware Consultant
7 12 (4.35%) Wintel Engineer
8 11 (3.99%) Automation Engineer
8 11 (3.99%) Cloud Engineer
8 11 (3.99%) Support Engineer
9 9 (3.26%) Administrator
9 9 (3.26%) Analyst
10 8 (2.90%) 3rd Line Support
10 8 (2.90%) Developer
10 8 (2.90%) Java Developer
11 7 (2.54%) Citrix Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (6.52%) XML
2 13 (4.71%) Web Services
3 11 (3.99%) J2EE
3 11 (3.99%) PowerMock
4 10 (3.62%) Apache Camel
4 10 (3.62%) RESTful
4 10 (3.62%) SOAP
5 9 (3.26%) Spring
6 7 (2.54%) REST
7 5 (1.81%) Elastic Stack
8 4 (1.45%) Hibernate
8 4 (1.45%) Middleware
8 4 (1.45%) OAuth
8 4 (1.45%) Spring Boot
8 4 (1.45%) YAML
9 3 (1.09%) gRPC
9 3 (1.09%) SailPoint
9 3 (1.09%) Swagger
10 2 (0.72%) Apache NiFi
10 2 (0.72%) OAuth2
Miscellaneous
1 30 (10.87%) Data Centre
2 17 (6.16%) Clustering
3 15 (5.43%) Analytical Skills
3 15 (5.43%) Public Cloud
4 13 (4.71%) Hybrid Cloud
4 13 (4.71%) PKI
5 12 (4.35%) Replication
6 9 (3.26%) Enterprise Storage
6 9 (3.26%) Management Information System
6 9 (3.26%) Self-Motivation
7 6 (2.17%) Cloud Native
8 4 (1.45%) Blackberry
8 4 (1.45%) Enterprise Software
8 4 (1.45%) Greenfield Project
8 4 (1.45%) NHS
9 3 (1.09%) CMDB
9 3 (1.09%) Fat Client
9 3 (1.09%) Private Cloud
9 3 (1.09%) Thin Client
9 3 (1.09%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 176 (63.77%) Windows
2 123 (44.57%) Windows Server
3 78 (28.26%) Windows Server 2012
4 58 (21.01%) Windows Server 2016
5 41 (14.86%) Windows 10
6 40 (14.49%) Linux
7 30 (10.87%) Windows Server 2008
8 18 (6.52%) Windows 7
9 15 (5.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 12 (4.35%) CentOS
11 10 (3.62%) Windows Server 2019
12 9 (3.26%) Unix
13 7 (2.54%) Windows Server 2003
14 3 (1.09%) Solaris
15 2 (0.72%) Fedora
15 2 (0.72%) Windows XP
16 1 (0.36%) AIX
16 1 (0.36%) Android
16 1 (0.36%) HPUX
16 1 (0.36%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (19.93%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 39 (14.13%) Migration
3 34 (12.32%) Agile Software Development
4 32 (11.59%) ITIL
5 23 (8.33%) Continuous Integration
6 22 (7.97%) DevOps
7 20 (7.25%) Stakeholder Management
8 19 (6.88%) Problem-Solving
9 18 (6.52%) High Availability
10 17 (6.16%) Disaster Recovery
11 15 (5.43%) Software Engineering
12 14 (5.07%) Test Automation
13 13 (4.71%) Configuration Management
13 13 (4.71%) Infrastructure as Code
14 12 (4.35%) E-Commerce
14 12 (4.35%) Project Management
15 11 (3.99%) Change Management
15 11 (3.99%) Continuous Delivery
15 11 (3.99%) Incident Management
15 11 (3.99%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 80 (28.99%) PowerShell
2 33 (11.96%) SQL
3 26 (9.42%) Python
4 15 (5.43%) Java
5 11 (3.99%) Bash Shell
5 11 (3.99%) PHP
6 10 (3.62%) VBScript
7 8 (2.90%) JavaScript
7 8 (2.90%) Perl
8 7 (2.54%) C#
9 5 (1.81%) C
9 5 (1.81%) Go
9 5 (1.81%) VBA
10 2 (0.72%) Ruby
10 2 (0.72%) VB
11 1 (0.36%) F#
11 1 (0.36%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 100 (36.23%) Security Cleared
2 71 (25.72%) SC Cleared
3 36 (13.04%) DV Cleared
4 24 (8.70%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 20 (7.25%) Cisco Certification
6 19 (6.88%) CCNA
7 16 (5.80%) Microsoft Certification
8 13 (4.71%) MCSE
9 8 (2.90%) Degree
9 8 (2.90%) ISTQB
10 7 (2.54%) Citrix Certification
11 5 (1.81%) DBS Check
11 5 (1.81%) ISEB
12 4 (1.45%) CCNP
12 4 (1.45%) VCP6
13 3 (1.09%) CESG Certified Professional
13 3 (1.09%) MCSA
13 3 (1.09%) VCAP
14 1 (0.36%) AWS Certification
14 1 (0.36%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (3.62%) SLA
2 3 (1.09%) PMO
3 2 (0.72%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.72%) QA
4 1 (0.36%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 158 (57.25%) VMware Infrastructure
2 101 (36.59%) Active Directory
3 64 (23.19%) VMware ESXi
4 38 (13.77%) VMware NSX
5 23 (8.33%) XenApp
6 20 (7.25%) XenDesktop
7 19 (6.88%) vCloud
8 18 (6.52%) Hyper-V
9 12 (4.35%) Docker
9 12 (4.35%) Virtual Machines
10 10 (3.62%) NFS
11 6 (2.17%) Terminal Server
11 6 (2.17%) Virtual Desktop
11 6 (2.17%) VMFS
12 5 (1.81%) Microsoft App-V
13 4 (1.45%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 4 (1.45%) UAG
14 2 (0.72%) DFS Replication
14 2 (0.72%) Virtual Servers
15 1 (0.36%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 50 (18.12%) vCenter Server
2 44 (15.94%) SCCM
3 39 (14.13%) vRealize
4 26 (9.42%) Ansible
5 20 (7.25%) PowerCLI
6 17 (6.16%) Puppet
7 16 (5.80%) Opscode Chef
7 16 (5.80%) vRealize Orchestrator
8 15 (5.43%) Terraform
9 13 (4.71%) Kubernetes
10 12 (4.35%) NetBackup
11 8 (2.90%) vMotion
12 7 (2.54%) Cisco Prime
12 7 (2.54%) McAfee ePO
12 7 (2.54%) Microsoft Clustering
12 7 (2.54%) Tivoli
13 6 (2.17%) Tivoli Storage Manager
14 5 (1.81%) Microsoft Intune
14 5 (1.81%) OpenView Configuration Management
14 5 (1.81%) WSUS
Vendors
1 254 (92.03%) VMware
2 93 (33.70%) Microsoft
3 43 (15.58%) Cisco
4 41 (14.86%) Citrix
5 28 (10.14%) Dell
6 20 (7.25%) EMC
7 19 (6.88%) HP
8 16 (5.80%) Juniper
8 16 (5.80%) Veeam
9 12 (4.35%) McAfee
10 11 (3.99%) Google
11 8 (2.90%) Oracle
11 8 (2.90%) Red Hat
12 7 (2.54%) Brocade
12 7 (2.54%) F5
12 7 (2.54%) SAP
12 7 (2.54%) Splunk
12 7 (2.54%) TOWER Software
13 6 (2.17%) Atlassian
13 6 (2.17%) IBM