Period
to 17 November 2018

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 17 November 2018 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
17 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 375 426 362
Rank change year-on-year +51 -64 -31
Contract jobs citing vSphere 633 508 678
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.67% 0.54% 0.69%
As % of the System Software category 4.36% 4.22% 5.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 420 351 461
England median daily rate £413 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.00% -6.25% +6.74%
10th Percentile £234 £198 £253
90th Percentile £538 £538 £533
UK median daily rate £413 £375 £400
% change year-on-year +9.93% -6.19% +8.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 9 23
England median hourly rate £23.13 £30.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.90% -7.69% +32.65%
10th Percentile £10.73 £12.45 £10.00
90th Percentile £45.73 £39.75 £49.46
UK median hourly rate £23.13 £30.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year -22.90% -7.69% +32.65%

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 14,522 12,044 12,164
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 15.40% 12.74% 12.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,546 7,865 7,708
England median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +9.33%
10th Percentile £185 £163 £178
90th Percentile £625 £613 £575
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +8.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 794 666 815
England median hourly rate £16.00 £16.57 £15.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.41% +5.17% -1.56%
10th Percentile £10.52 £10.40 £10.50
90th Percentile £43.75 £47.25 £39.13
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £15.75
% change year-on-year -3.03% +4.76% -1.56%

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 17 November 2018.

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 17 November 2018.

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 17 November 2018. 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 +66 266 £430 +1.18% 48
South East +20 159 £400 +6.67% 27
Midlands +5 62 £388 +4.73% 21
North of England -34 61 £331 -5.36% 31
East of England +9 48 £410 +28.13% 21
West Midlands -9 35 £413 +7.14% 8
South West -27 33 £325 -21.21% 14
Yorkshire -19 32 £375 - 12
East Midlands +20 27 £369 +2.43% 13
North West -14 20 £300 +7.14% 15
North East 0 9 £233 +37.78% 4
vSphere
UK

For the 6 months to 17 November 2018, 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.

1 607 (95.89%) VMware
2 405 (63.98%) VMware Infrastructure
3 371 (58.61%) Windows
4 265 (41.86%) Active Directory
5 259 (40.92%) Microsoft
6 249 (39.34%) Windows Server
7 153 (24.17%) Linux
8 152 (24.01%) Citrix
9 133 (21.01%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 132 (20.85%) Amazon AWS
11 127 (20.06%) VMware ESXi
12 124 (19.59%) Data Centre
13 121 (19.12%) Windows Server 2012
13 121 (19.12%) PowerShell
14 115 (18.17%) Cisco
15 112 (17.69%) DNS
16 109 (17.22%) SCCM
17 105 (16.59%) MS Exchange
18 102 (16.11%) Windows Server 2008
19 96 (15.17%) HP
20 95 (15.01%) ITIL
20 95 (15.01%) Hyper-V
20 95 (15.01%) Security Cleared
21 93 (14.69%) SQL Server
21 93 (14.69%) Microsoft Azure
22 90 (14.22%) Firewall
22 90 (14.22%) Finance
23 89 (14.06%) SAN
24 87 (13.74%) Migration
25 83 (13.11%) XenApp

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
1 105 (16.59%) MS Exchange
2 52 (8.21%) Exchange Server 2010
3 28 (4.42%) SharePoint
4 25 (3.95%) IIS
5 23 (3.63%) Exchange Server 2013
6 16 (2.53%) Apache
7 15 (2.37%) OpenStack
8 11 (1.74%) WebSphere
9 10 (1.58%) Skype for Business
10 9 (1.42%) IBM Notes
10 9 (1.42%) JBoss
11 8 (1.26%) Tomcat
12 7 (1.11%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 6 (0.95%) CloudStack
13 6 (0.95%) Exchange Server 2007
14 5 (0.79%) SharePoint Server
14 5 (0.79%) WebLogic
15 4 (0.63%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 4 (0.63%) nginx
16 3 (0.47%) Apache Pig
Applications
1 24 (3.79%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (0.47%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.16%) 3ds Max
3 1 (0.16%) AutoCAD
3 1 (0.16%) CINEMA 4D
3 1 (0.16%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.16%) SketchUp
3 1 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (0.47%) Towers Watson Igloo
2 2 (0.32%) Infor SunSystems
2 2 (0.32%) Payment Gateway
2 2 (0.32%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.32%) ReMetrica
Cloud Services
1 132 (20.85%) Amazon AWS
2 93 (14.69%) Microsoft Azure
3 83 (13.11%) Office 365
4 58 (9.16%) Amazon EC2
5 26 (4.11%) IaaS
6 17 (2.69%) Google Cloud Platform
7 16 (2.53%) Cloud Computing
8 12 (1.90%) PaaS
9 6 (0.95%) Mimecast
10 5 (0.79%) SaaS
11 4 (0.63%) Amazon ElastiCache
11 4 (0.63%) GitHub
12 3 (0.47%) Yammer
13 2 (0.32%) Azure Active Directory
13 2 (0.32%) G Suite
13 2 (0.32%) IBM Cloud
13 2 (0.32%) OpenShift
14 1 (0.16%) Dynamics 365
14 1 (0.16%) OneDrive
14 1 (0.16%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 112 (17.69%) DNS
2 90 (14.22%) Firewall
3 89 (14.06%) SAN
4 79 (12.48%) DHCP
5 61 (9.64%) TCP/IP
6 46 (7.27%) VSAN
7 43 (6.79%) NAS
8 41 (6.48%) VPN
9 40 (6.32%) WAN
10 39 (6.16%) LAN
11 24 (3.79%) VLAN
12 18 (2.84%) iSCSI
12 18 (2.84%) Network Security
13 17 (2.69%) FCoE
13 17 (2.69%) MPLS
14 15 (2.37%) Internet
14 15 (2.37%) VoIP
15 14 (2.21%) NetScaler
16 12 (1.90%) IPsec
16 12 (1.90%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 93 (14.69%) SQL Server
2 25 (3.95%) SQL Server 2012
3 17 (2.69%) SQL Server 2005
4 16 (2.53%) SQL Server 2008
5 13 (2.05%) Oracle Database
6 8 (1.26%) Data Warehouse
6 8 (1.26%) Relational Database
7 7 (1.11%) PostgreSQL
8 6 (0.95%) MySQL
8 6 (0.95%) Oracle Database 11g
8 6 (0.95%) SQL Server 2016
9 5 (0.79%) Oracle Database 10g
10 4 (0.63%) Amazon RDS
10 4 (0.63%) Big Data
11 3 (0.47%) Apache Hive
11 3 (0.47%) Hadoop
11 3 (0.47%) Oracle Database 12c
11 3 (0.47%) Oracle Reports
12 1 (0.16%) DB2
12 1 (0.16%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 74 (11.69%) Jenkins
2 67 (10.58%) Git (software)
3 54 (8.53%) DbUnit
3 54 (8.53%) jMock
3 54 (8.53%) JUnit
3 54 (8.53%) Mockito
4 53 (8.37%) Maven
4 53 (8.37%) SonarQube
5 8 (1.26%) Selenium
6 6 (0.95%) JIRA
6 6 (0.95%) MSI
7 5 (0.79%) Octopus Deploy
7 5 (0.79%) Oracle APEX
7 5 (0.79%) Toad
8 4 (0.63%) HP UFT
8 4 (0.63%) SoapUI
8 4 (0.63%) SpecFlow
9 3 (0.47%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 3 (0.47%) Robot Framework
9 3 (0.47%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 90 (14.22%) Finance
2 36 (5.69%) Retail
3 33 (5.21%) Banking
4 29 (4.58%) Law
5 10 (1.58%) Publishing
6 9 (1.42%) Financial Institution
6 9 (1.42%) Telecoms
7 8 (1.26%) Investment Banking
8 6 (0.95%) Games
8 6 (0.95%) Manufacturing
9 4 (0.63%) Local Government
9 4 (0.63%) Military
10 3 (0.47%) Legal
11 1 (0.16%) Advertising
11 1 (0.16%) Automotive
11 1 (0.16%) Back Office
11 1 (0.16%) Corporate Banking
11 1 (0.16%) French Language
11 1 (0.16%) Marketing
11 1 (0.16%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 108 (17.06%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 96 (15.17%) VMware Engineer
3 70 (11.06%) Consultant
4 54 (8.53%) Developer
5 52 (8.21%) Analyst
5 52 (8.21%) Java Developer
6 38 (6.00%) Architect
6 38 (6.00%) VMware Consultant
7 32 (5.06%) Administrator
8 28 (4.42%) Server Engineer
9 26 (4.11%) Project Engineer
10 25 (3.95%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
11 22 (3.48%) Infrastructure Analyst
11 22 (3.48%) Systems Administrator
12 21 (3.32%) Systems Engineer
13 20 (3.16%) Infrastructure Architect
14 19 (3.00%) Linux Engineer
14 19 (3.00%) Support Engineer
14 19 (3.00%) Windows Engineer
15 17 (2.69%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 74 (11.69%) Web Services
2 57 (9.00%) SOAP
3 54 (8.53%) Apache Camel
3 54 (8.53%) J2EE
3 54 (8.53%) PowerMock
3 54 (8.53%) RESTful
4 46 (7.27%) Spring
5 37 (5.85%) Spring Boot
6 16 (2.53%) .NET
7 12 (1.90%) LDAP
8 11 (1.74%) REST
9 10 (1.58%) Middleware
10 6 (0.95%) Hibernate
10 6 (0.95%) JPA
10 6 (0.95%) LAMP
11 5 (0.79%) XML
12 4 (0.63%) ASP.NET
12 4 (0.63%) POSIX
12 4 (0.63%) WSH
13 3 (0.47%) STL
Miscellaneous
1 124 (19.59%) Data Centre
2 71 (11.22%) Clustering
3 29 (4.58%) Analytical Skills
4 22 (3.48%) PKI
5 21 (3.32%) Management Information System
6 18 (2.84%) CLARiiON
7 13 (2.05%) NHS
8 12 (1.90%) VxBlock/Vblock
9 11 (1.74%) Greenfield Project
10 10 (1.58%) Private Cloud
10 10 (1.58%) Replication
10 10 (1.58%) Self-Motivation
11 9 (1.42%) Blackberry
11 9 (1.42%) Public Cloud
12 8 (1.26%) Hybrid Cloud
13 7 (1.11%) EMC VMAX
13 7 (1.11%) Fat Client
13 7 (1.11%) Thin Client
14 5 (0.79%) FlexPod
15 4 (0.63%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 371 (58.61%) Windows
2 249 (39.34%) Windows Server
3 153 (24.17%) Linux
4 121 (19.12%) Windows Server 2012
5 102 (16.11%) Windows Server 2008
6 61 (9.64%) Windows 10
7 54 (8.53%) Unix
8 48 (7.58%) Windows 7
9 43 (6.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 39 (6.16%) Windows Server 2003
11 18 (2.84%) Solaris
12 15 (2.37%) Data ONTAP
13 14 (2.21%) CentOS
13 14 (2.21%) Ubuntu
14 10 (1.58%) Apple iOS
14 10 (1.58%) SUSE
15 8 (1.26%) Android
15 8 (1.26%) Windows 8
15 8 (1.26%) Windows XP
16 7 (1.11%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 133 (21.01%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 95 (15.01%) ITIL
3 87 (13.74%) Migration
4 81 (12.80%) Continuous Integration
5 75 (11.85%) Agile Software Development
6 62 (9.79%) Scrum
7 58 (9.16%) Virtual Infrastructure
8 56 (8.85%) BDD
8 56 (8.85%) Kanban
9 54 (8.53%) TDD
10 52 (8.21%) E-Commerce
11 40 (6.32%) Open Source
12 36 (5.69%) Patch Management
13 33 (5.21%) Network Load Balancing
14 31 (4.90%) Disaster Recovery
14 31 (4.90%) Server Management
14 31 (4.90%) Virtual Environments
15 30 (4.74%) Problem-Solving
16 29 (4.58%) Configuration Management
17 26 (4.11%) Capacity Planning
Programming Languages
1 121 (19.12%) PowerShell
2 78 (12.32%) SQL
3 68 (10.74%) Java
4 32 (5.06%) Python
5 22 (3.48%) Perl
6 15 (2.37%) JavaScript
7 14 (2.21%) Bash Shell
8 13 (2.05%) C
9 12 (1.90%) VBScript
10 11 (1.74%) C#
11 10 (1.58%) VB
12 7 (1.11%) Ruby
13 5 (0.79%) PHP
13 5 (0.79%) Shell Script
14 4 (0.63%) F#
15 3 (0.47%) C++
15 3 (0.47%) Objective-C
16 2 (0.32%) Bourne shell
16 2 (0.32%) Go
17 1 (0.16%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 95 (15.01%) Security Cleared
2 75 (11.85%) Microsoft Certification
3 71 (11.22%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 60 (9.48%) MCSE
4 60 (9.48%) SC Cleared
5 33 (5.21%) DV Cleared
6 25 (3.95%) Cisco Certification
7 19 (3.00%) CCNA
7 19 (3.00%) VCP6
8 18 (2.84%) VCAP
9 16 (2.53%) Novell Certification
10 14 (2.21%) Degree
10 14 (2.21%) MCITP
10 14 (2.21%) MCSA
11 12 (1.90%) Citrix Certification
11 12 (1.90%) RHCE
12 9 (1.42%) MCP
12 9 (1.42%) VCDX
12 9 (1.42%) VCP5
13 8 (1.26%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (2.53%) SLA
2 13 (2.05%) QA
3 9 (1.42%) PMO
4 6 (0.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 4 (0.63%) GDPR
6 3 (0.47%) JSP 440
7 2 (0.32%) Cyber Essentials
7 2 (0.32%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.16%) COBIT
8 1 (0.16%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 1 (0.16%) Government Security Classifications
8 1 (0.16%) GPG13
8 1 (0.16%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 1 (0.16%) ISO 22301
System Software
1 405 (63.98%) VMware Infrastructure
2 265 (41.86%) Active Directory
3 127 (20.06%) VMware ESXi
4 95 (15.01%) Hyper-V
5 83 (13.11%) XenApp
6 62 (9.79%) XenDesktop
7 54 (8.53%) VMware NSX
8 42 (6.64%) vCloud
9 35 (5.53%) Virtual Machines
10 22 (3.48%) NFS
11 20 (3.16%) Virtual Desktop
12 19 (3.00%) Virtual Servers
13 18 (2.84%) XenServer
14 15 (2.37%) Docker
14 15 (2.37%) VMware Server
15 12 (1.90%) Microsoft App-V
16 8 (1.26%) IAG
16 8 (1.26%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 8 (1.26%) UAG
17 7 (1.11%) Xen
Systems Management
1 109 (17.22%) SCCM
2 76 (12.01%) vRealize
3 74 (11.69%) vCenter Server
4 50 (7.90%) SCOM
5 47 (7.42%) Microsoft Clustering
6 46 (7.27%) Puppet
7 36 (5.69%) Ansible
7 36 (5.69%) Opscode Chef
8 30 (4.74%) McAfee ePO
9 27 (4.27%) vRealize Orchestrator
9 27 (4.27%) WSUS
10 26 (4.11%) NetBackup
11 22 (3.48%) PowerCLI
12 19 (3.00%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 17 (2.69%) vMotion
14 11 (1.74%) Nagios
15 9 (1.42%) Cisco CUCM
15 9 (1.42%) EMC NetWorker
15 9 (1.42%) Failover Clustering
15 9 (1.42%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 607 (95.89%) VMware
2 259 (40.92%) Microsoft
3 152 (24.01%) Citrix
4 115 (18.17%) Cisco
5 96 (15.17%) HP
6 78 (12.32%) NetApp
7 56 (8.85%) EMC
8 41 (6.48%) Red Hat
9 37 (5.85%) Dell
10 36 (5.69%) Oracle
11 33 (5.21%) CommVault
11 33 (5.21%) McAfee
12 26 (4.11%) Veeam
13 24 (3.79%) IBM
13 24 (3.79%) Sony
14 19 (3.00%) Google
15 17 (2.69%) Ivanti
15 17 (2.69%) SolarWinds
16 15 (2.37%) Trend Micro
17 14 (2.21%) Veritas