Period
to 27 January 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 27 January 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
27 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 340 402 423
Rank change year-on-year +62 +21 -66
Contract jobs citing vSphere 456 552 521
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.70% 0.61% 0.57%
As % of the System Software category 4.49% 3.93% 4.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 299 376 338
England median daily rate £450 £425 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +13.33% -6.25%
10th Percentile £299 £215 £213
90th Percentile £575 £538 £538
UK median daily rate £446 £425 £383
% change year-on-year +4.82% +11.11% -2.55%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 26 13
England median hourly rate £22.50 £38.63 £25.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -41.76% +51.50% -21.54%
10th Percentile £14.00 £13.25 £16.28
90th Percentile £35.00 £49.75 £38.30
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £42.26 £25.50
% change year-on-year -40.84% +65.72% -21.54%

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 10,146 14,048 11,920
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 15.61% 15.64% 12.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,706 9,325 7,840
England median daily rate £450 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.26% +5.56% +7.78%
10th Percentile £165 £186 £163
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £450 £465 £425
% change year-on-year -3.23% +9.41% +4.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 589 697 641
England median hourly rate £16.95 £16.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.94% -3.03% +2.17%
10th Percentile £11.26 £10.50 £10.40
90th Percentile £47.20 £44.85 £46.25
UK median hourly rate £17.21 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +7.53% - -

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 27 January 2020.

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 27 January 2020.

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 27 January 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 +51 160 £475 +5.56% 39
South East +26 100 £475 +15.15% 37
North of England +67 68 £345 +15.00% 21
South West +38 68 £463 +21.31% 18
Yorkshire +56 35 £340 +2.64% 8
Midlands +26 29 £350 -22.22% 13
East of England +16 29 £375 -10.71% 26
West Midlands +47 25 £325 -27.78% 6
North West +33 25 £369 +39.15% 13
North East +25 8 £263 +31.25%
East Midlands -2 3 £533 +6.50% 7
vSphere
UK

For the 6 months to 27 January 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.

1 403 (88.38%) VMware
2 279 (61.18%) Windows
3 272 (59.65%) VMware Infrastructure
4 199 (43.64%) Active Directory
5 189 (41.45%) Windows Server
6 169 (37.06%) Microsoft
7 133 (29.17%) Azure
8 130 (28.51%) Security Cleared
9 107 (23.46%) AWS
10 99 (21.71%) PowerShell
11 93 (20.39%) DNS
12 91 (19.96%) Windows Server 2012
13 89 (19.52%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 88 (19.30%) Migration
14 88 (19.30%) SC Cleared
14 88 (19.30%) VMware ESXi
15 87 (19.08%) vCenter Server
16 82 (17.98%) Cisco
17 81 (17.76%) Linux
18 80 (17.54%) DHCP
18 80 (17.54%) VMware NSX
19 79 (17.32%) SCCM
20 78 (17.11%) Citrix
21 71 (15.57%) vRealize
22 70 (15.35%) Firewall
23 65 (14.25%) Windows Server 2008
24 63 (13.82%) ITIL
24 63 (13.82%) Data Centre
25 60 (13.16%) Office 365
26 59 (12.94%) VSAN

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 41 (8.99%) MS Exchange
2 26 (5.70%) Exchange Server 2010
2 26 (5.70%) SharePoint
3 15 (3.29%) OpenStack
4 12 (2.63%) Confluence
4 12 (2.63%) Exchange Server 2013
5 10 (2.19%) Skype for Business
5 10 (2.19%) Tomcat
6 9 (1.97%) IBM Notes
7 7 (1.54%) IIS
8 5 (1.10%) Elasticsearch
8 5 (1.10%) IBM Domino
9 3 (0.66%) Apache
10 2 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2007
11 1 (0.22%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 1 (0.22%) Exchange Server 2003
11 1 (0.22%) Exchange Server 5.5
11 1 (0.22%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 1 (0.22%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 21 (4.61%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (3.07%) MS Visio
3 10 (2.19%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (0.66%) Microsoft Excel
5 1 (0.22%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 5 (1.10%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.88%) Oracle BPM
3 3 (0.66%) CA PPM
4 1 (0.22%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.22%) OpenText VIM for SAP
Cloud Services
1 133 (29.17%) Azure
2 107 (23.46%) AWS
3 60 (13.16%) Office 365
4 37 (8.11%) IaaS
5 34 (7.46%) GCP
6 31 (6.80%) Azure Active Directory
7 29 (6.36%) PaaS
8 27 (5.92%) SaaS
9 25 (5.48%) Amazon EC2
10 22 (4.82%) GitHub
11 10 (2.19%) NuGet
11 10 (2.19%) Serverless
12 9 (1.97%) Cloud Computing
13 6 (1.32%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 5 (1.10%) Amazon S3
15 4 (0.88%) Apigee
15 4 (0.88%) Trello
15 4 (0.88%) Yammer
16 2 (0.44%) Amazon ELB
17 1 (0.22%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 93 (20.39%) DNS
2 80 (17.54%) DHCP
3 70 (15.35%) Firewall
4 59 (12.94%) VSAN
5 50 (10.96%) SAN
6 32 (7.02%) TCP/IP
7 25 (5.48%) WAN
8 24 (5.26%) VPN
9 23 (5.04%) iSCSI
10 22 (4.82%) LAN
11 20 (4.39%) NetScaler
12 17 (3.73%) NAS
13 14 (3.07%) Network Security
13 14 (3.07%) Skype
14 13 (2.85%) MPLS
14 13 (2.85%) VLAN
14 13 (2.85%) Wireless
15 12 (2.63%) IPsec
16 10 (2.19%) VoIP
16 10 (2.19%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 44 (9.65%) SQL Server
2 13 (2.85%) Oracle Database
3 11 (2.41%) PostgreSQL
3 11 (2.41%) SQL Server 2016
4 8 (1.75%) EDRMS
5 6 (1.32%) SAP HANA
5 6 (1.32%) SQL Server 2012
6 5 (1.10%) SQL Server 2008
6 5 (1.10%) SQL Server 2014
6 5 (1.10%) SQL Server 2017
7 3 (0.66%) Big Data
7 3 (0.66%) Oracle Database 10g
7 3 (0.66%) Oracle Database 11g
7 3 (0.66%) Oracle Reports
7 3 (0.66%) Relational Database
8 2 (0.44%) MongoDB
8 2 (0.44%) MySQL
8 2 (0.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 1 (0.22%) Amazon RDS
9 1 (0.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 46 (10.09%) Jenkins
2 33 (7.24%) Git (software)
3 24 (5.26%) Maven
4 23 (5.04%) JUnit
4 23 (5.04%) Mockito
5 19 (4.17%) JIRA
5 19 (4.17%) SonarQube
6 15 (3.29%) DbUnit
6 15 (3.29%) GitLab
6 15 (3.29%) jMock
7 13 (2.85%) Selenium
8 11 (2.41%) TeamCity
9 10 (2.19%) Octopus Deploy
10 9 (1.97%) Artifactory
11 8 (1.75%) Appium
11 8 (1.75%) Cucumber
12 5 (1.10%) Bitbucket
12 5 (1.10%) InstallShield
12 5 (1.10%) MSI
12 5 (1.10%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 37 (8.11%) Finance
2 13 (2.85%) Public Sector
3 12 (2.63%) Retail
3 12 (2.63%) Telecoms
4 10 (2.19%) Banking
5 8 (1.75%) Law
6 7 (1.54%) Local Government
7 6 (1.32%) Manufacturing
8 4 (0.88%) Back Office
9 3 (0.66%) Games
10 2 (0.44%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.22%) Corporate Banking
11 1 (0.22%) Electronics
11 1 (0.22%) Investment Banking
11 1 (0.22%) Marketing
11 1 (0.22%) Police
11 1 (0.22%) Publishing
11 1 (0.22%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 67 (14.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 47 (10.31%) VMware Engineer
3 45 (9.87%) Analyst
4 44 (9.65%) Architect
5 32 (7.02%) Administrator
5 32 (7.02%) Consultant
6 25 (5.48%) Support Engineer
7 24 (5.26%) Server Engineer
8 23 (5.04%) Developer
8 23 (5.04%) Java Developer
9 22 (4.82%) Infrastructure Analyst
10 19 (4.17%) DevOps Engineer
10 19 (4.17%) Systems Administrator
11 18 (3.95%) 3rd Line Support
11 18 (3.95%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
12 17 (3.73%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 17 (3.73%) Automation Engineer
12 17 (3.73%) VMware Architect
12 17 (3.73%) VMware Consultant
13 16 (3.51%) VMWare Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (4.82%) Web Services
2 21 (4.61%) XML
3 19 (4.17%) RESTful
3 19 (4.17%) SOAP
3 19 (4.17%) Spring
4 17 (3.73%) J2EE
5 15 (3.29%) Apache Camel
5 15 (3.29%) PowerMock
5 15 (3.29%) YAML
6 10 (2.19%) OAuth
7 9 (1.97%) Spring Boot
8 8 (1.75%) JSF
9 6 (1.32%) LDAP
10 5 (1.10%) .NET
10 5 (1.10%) HTML
11 4 (0.88%) CSS
12 3 (0.66%) COM
13 2 (0.44%) LAMP
13 2 (0.44%) Middleware
13 2 (0.44%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 63 (13.82%) Data Centre
2 30 (6.58%) Hybrid Cloud
3 20 (4.39%) Enterprise Storage
4 18 (3.95%) Management Information System
5 16 (3.51%) Clustering
6 14 (3.07%) Cloud Native
7 11 (2.41%) Analytical Skills
7 11 (2.41%) Replication
8 10 (2.19%) Greenfield Project
9 9 (1.97%) PKI
9 9 (1.97%) VxBlock/Vblock
10 8 (1.75%) EMC VMAX
10 8 (1.75%) Public Cloud
11 7 (1.54%) EMC VNX
11 7 (1.54%) Self-Motivation
12 5 (1.10%) Blackberry
12 5 (1.10%) CMDB
12 5 (1.10%) Driving Licence
12 5 (1.10%) Private Cloud
13 4 (0.88%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 279 (61.18%) Windows
2 189 (41.45%) Windows Server
3 91 (19.96%) Windows Server 2012
4 81 (17.76%) Linux
5 65 (14.25%) Windows Server 2008
6 52 (11.40%) Windows 10
7 28 (6.14%) Windows 7
8 21 (4.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 19 (4.17%) Windows Server 2003
10 14 (3.07%) Unix
11 11 (2.41%) CentOS
12 9 (1.97%) VMS
13 5 (1.10%) Solaris
14 4 (0.88%) Debian
15 3 (0.66%) SUSE
16 2 (0.44%) HPUX
16 2 (0.44%) Ubuntu
16 2 (0.44%) Windows 2000
16 2 (0.44%) Windows 8
16 2 (0.44%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 89 (19.52%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 88 (19.30%) Migration
3 63 (13.82%) ITIL
4 57 (12.50%) DevOps
5 42 (9.21%) Agile Software Development
6 38 (8.33%) Disaster Recovery
7 35 (7.68%) High Availability
8 32 (7.02%) Continuous Integration
9 30 (6.58%) Test Automation
10 28 (6.14%) Virtual Infrastructure
11 27 (5.92%) BDD
12 26 (5.70%) Scrum
13 24 (5.26%) Problem-Solving
13 24 (5.26%) TDD
14 23 (5.04%) Configuration Management
14 23 (5.04%) Kanban
15 20 (4.39%) Load Balancing
15 20 (4.39%) Time Management
16 19 (4.17%) Incident Management
16 19 (4.17%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 99 (21.71%) PowerShell
2 53 (11.62%) SQL
3 34 (7.46%) Java
4 25 (5.48%) Python
5 12 (2.63%) JavaScript
6 10 (2.19%) Bash Shell
7 9 (1.97%) C
8 8 (1.75%) Perl
8 8 (1.75%) Ruby
9 5 (1.10%) VBScript
10 4 (0.88%) VB
11 3 (0.66%) F#
11 3 (0.66%) Go
11 3 (0.66%) PHP
11 3 (0.66%) VBA
12 1 (0.22%) C#
12 1 (0.22%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.22%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 130 (28.51%) Security Cleared
2 88 (19.30%) SC Cleared
3 55 (12.06%) DV Cleared
4 29 (6.36%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 28 (6.14%) Microsoft Certification
6 24 (5.26%) MCSE
7 20 (4.39%) CCNA
7 20 (4.39%) Cisco Certification
7 20 (4.39%) ISEB
8 19 (4.17%) Citrix Certification
9 17 (3.73%) ISTQB
10 12 (2.63%) Degree
11 11 (2.41%) MCP
12 9 (1.97%) MCSA
12 9 (1.97%) VCAP
13 7 (1.54%) CCA
13 7 (1.54%) ITIL Certification
14 6 (1.32%) VCP6
15 5 (1.10%) CCNP
16 4 (0.88%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (3.95%) SLA
2 8 (1.75%) QA
3 7 (1.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (1.54%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (0.44%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.22%) GxP
5 1 (0.22%) PMO
System Software
1 272 (59.65%) VMware Infrastructure
2 199 (43.64%) Active Directory
3 88 (19.30%) VMware ESXi
4 80 (17.54%) VMware NSX
5 53 (11.62%) XenApp
6 47 (10.31%) Hyper-V
7 38 (8.33%) Virtual Machines
8 36 (7.89%) XenDesktop
9 24 (5.26%) Docker
10 23 (5.04%) Microsoft App-V
11 20 (4.39%) NFS
11 20 (4.39%) VMFS
12 19 (4.17%) vCloud
13 13 (2.85%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 7 (1.54%) VMware Workstation
15 4 (0.88%) Virtual Servers
16 3 (0.66%) Firmware
16 3 (0.66%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 3 (0.66%) VMware Server
16 3 (0.66%) Xen
Systems Management
1 87 (19.08%) vCenter Server
2 79 (17.32%) SCCM
3 71 (15.57%) vRealize
4 39 (8.55%) Ansible
5 37 (8.11%) Kubernetes
6 25 (5.48%) vMotion
6 25 (5.48%) vRealize Orchestrator
7 21 (4.61%) NetBackup
8 19 (4.17%) PowerCLI
9 17 (3.73%) HP Quality Center
9 17 (3.73%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 14 (3.07%) Terraform
10 14 (3.07%) WSUS
11 12 (2.63%) Puppet
11 12 (2.63%) SCOM
12 11 (2.41%) Opscode Chef
13 10 (2.19%) Backup Exec
14 7 (1.54%) AirWatch
14 7 (1.54%) Cisco Prime
14 7 (1.54%) ThinApp
Vendors
1 403 (88.38%) VMware
2 169 (37.06%) Microsoft
3 82 (17.98%) Cisco
4 78 (17.11%) Citrix
5 47 (10.31%) Dell
6 45 (9.87%) HP
7 41 (8.99%) NetApp
8 27 (5.92%) EMC
9 23 (5.04%) Veeam
10 22 (4.82%) Veritas
11 20 (4.39%) Red Hat
12 18 (3.95%) Google
13 16 (3.51%) Oracle
14 12 (2.63%) Brocade
14 12 (2.63%) Fortinet
14 12 (2.63%) Ivanti
14 12 (2.63%) Lotus
15 10 (2.19%) Juniper
15 10 (2.19%) McAfee
16 9 (1.97%) IBM