The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for VMware ESX skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited VMware ESX over the 3 months to 26 March 2017 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
VMware ESX Server
England / North West
Rank 126 149 131
Rank change year-on-year +23 -18  
Contract jobs citing VMware ESX 2 8 19
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.078% 0.21% 0.53%
As % of the System Software category 0.77% 1.94% 5.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 7 9
Median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £334 £350 £358
% change year-on-year -4.64% -2.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £24.25 £30.00
% change year-on-year +44.32% -19.16%  

VMware ESX is in the system software skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for system software skills.

Contract System Software Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 259 413 352
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 10.09% 10.76% 9.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 165 207 154
Median daily rate £350 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.66% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £185 £230 £206
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £683
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £365 £350
% change year-on-year -4.10% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 47 55
Median hourly rate £16.00 £15.50 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.22% +10.71%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.20 £11.65 £10.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.47 £40.00 £37.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -3.87% +6.45%  

VMware ESX
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing VMware ESX as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the System Software category.

Job vacancy trend for VMware ESX in the North West

VMware ESX
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing VMware ESX in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for VMware ESX in the North West

VMware ESX
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing VMware ESX in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for VMware ESX in the North West

VMware ESX
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing VMware ESX within the North West region over the 3 months to 26 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Cheshire +28 1 - -
VMware ESX
England

VMware ESX
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 26 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing VMware ESX also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for VMware ESX.

1 11 (100.00%) VMware
2 9 (81.82%) Windows
2 9 (81.82%) Active Directory
3 7 (63.64%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (54.55%) SCCM
4 6 (54.55%) DNS
4 6 (54.55%) SQL Server
5 5 (45.45%) DHCP
5 5 (45.45%) SAN
5 5 (45.45%) Firewall
5 5 (45.45%) SCOM
5 5 (45.45%) Server Building
6 4 (36.36%) Oracle Database
6 4 (36.36%) Oracle Database 11g
6 4 (36.36%) VMware ESXi
6 4 (36.36%) VLAN
6 4 (36.36%) Dell
6 4 (36.36%) Cisco
6 4 (36.36%) Microsoft
6 4 (36.36%) Oracle
6 4 (36.36%) SMTP
7 3 (27.27%) VBScript
7 3 (27.27%) ITIL
7 3 (27.27%) HP
7 3 (27.27%) vSphere
7 3 (27.27%) PowerShell
7 3 (27.27%) NAS
8 2 (18.18%) Veeam
8 2 (18.18%) Windows Server 2008
8 2 (18.18%) Hyper-V

VMware ESX
Top Related IT Skills in the North West 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 2 (18.18%) Exchange Server 5.5
1 2 (18.18%) MS Exchange
2 1 (9.09%) IIS
2 1 (9.09%) SharePoint
2 1 (9.09%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 1 (9.09%) MS Office
1 1 (9.09%) MS PowerPoint
1 1 (9.09%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 6 (54.55%) DNS
2 5 (45.45%) DHCP
2 5 (45.45%) Firewall
2 5 (45.45%) SAN
3 4 (36.36%) SMTP
3 4 (36.36%) VLAN
4 3 (27.27%) NAS
5 2 (18.18%) LAN
6 1 (9.09%) Cisco ASA
6 1 (9.09%) IP Telephony
6 1 (9.09%) IPsec
6 1 (9.09%) IPv4
6 1 (9.09%) Network Security
6 1 (9.09%) SSL
6 1 (9.09%) VPN
6 1 (9.09%) VSAN
6 1 (9.09%) WAN
6 1 (9.09%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (54.55%) SQL Server
2 4 (36.36%) Oracle Database
2 4 (36.36%) Oracle Database 11g
3 1 (9.09%) SQL Server 2000
3 1 (9.09%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 2 (18.18%) Visual Studio
General
1 1 (9.09%) Banking
1 1 (9.09%) Finance
Job Titles
1 3 (27.27%) Designer
1 3 (27.27%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 2 (18.18%) Consultant
3 1 (9.09%) 3rd Line Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Architect
3 1 (9.09%) Design Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Infrastructure Consultant
3 1 (9.09%) IT Technician
3 1 (9.09%) Network Design Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Network Designer
3 1 (9.09%) Network Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Senior IT Technician
3 1 (9.09%) Server Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Virtualisation Specialist
3 1 (9.09%) VMware Architect
3 1 (9.09%) VMware Consultant
3 1 (9.09%) VMware Specialist
3 1 (9.09%) Windows Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Windows Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (9.09%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 1 (9.09%) AS400
1 1 (9.09%) Fat Client
1 1 (9.09%) Management Information System
1 1 (9.09%) Replication
1 1 (9.09%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 9 (81.82%) Windows
2 2 (18.18%) Windows Server
2 2 (18.18%) Windows Server 2003
2 2 (18.18%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (9.09%) Windows 2000
3 1 (9.09%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (45.45%) Server Building
2 3 (27.27%) ITIL
3 1 (9.09%) Capacity Management
3 1 (9.09%) Configuration Management
3 1 (9.09%) Customer-Centric Approach
3 1 (9.09%) Infrastructure Management
3 1 (9.09%) Network Design
3 1 (9.09%) Patch Management
3 1 (9.09%) PRINCE2
3 1 (9.09%) Problem Management
3 1 (9.09%) Process Improvement
3 1 (9.09%) Project Management
3 1 (9.09%) Release Management
3 1 (9.09%) Root Cause Analysis
3 1 (9.09%) Service Delivery
3 1 (9.09%) Service Management
3 1 (9.09%) Technical Analysis
3 1 (9.09%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (27.27%) PowerShell
1 3 (27.27%) VBScript
2 2 (18.18%) SQL
2 2 (18.18%) VB
2 2 (18.18%) VB6
Qualifications
1 1 (9.09%) CCNA
1 1 (9.09%) Cisco Certification
1 1 (9.09%) MCSE
1 1 (9.09%) Microsoft Certification
1 1 (9.09%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
System Software
1 9 (81.82%) Active Directory
2 7 (63.64%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (36.36%) VMware ESXi
4 3 (27.27%) vSphere
5 2 (18.18%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 2 (18.18%) Hyper-V
5 2 (18.18%) VMware GSX
6 1 (9.09%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 1 (9.09%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (9.09%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 6 (54.55%) SCCM
2 5 (45.45%) SCOM
3 2 (18.18%) MOM
3 2 (18.18%) SCOrch
3 2 (18.18%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 2 (18.18%) WSUS
4 1 (9.09%) Backup Exec
4 1 (9.09%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 1 (9.09%) McAfee ePO
4 1 (9.09%) Microsoft Clustering
4 1 (9.09%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (9.09%) vRealize
Vendors
1 11 (100.00%) VMware
2 4 (36.36%) Cisco
2 4 (36.36%) Dell
2 4 (36.36%) Microsoft
2 4 (36.36%) Oracle
3 3 (27.27%) HP
4 2 (18.18%) Citrix
4 2 (18.18%) NetApp
4 2 (18.18%) SolarWinds
4 2 (18.18%) Symantec
4 2 (18.18%) Veeam
5 1 (9.09%) Apple
5 1 (9.09%) Canon
5 1 (9.09%) EqualLogic
5 1 (9.09%) Intel Security
5 1 (9.09%) Lumension
5 1 (9.09%) Motorola
5 1 (9.09%) Sophos