The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West with a requirement for vSphere skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited vSphere over the 3 months to 24 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
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
VMware vSphere
England / South West
Rank 125 111 125
Rank change year-on-year -14 +14  
Contract jobs citing vSphere 15 27 19
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.58% 0.93% 0.61%
As % of the System Software category 4.93% 7.89% 6.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 14 11
Median daily rate £300 £350 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.28% -6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £253 £190 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £397 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £386 £345
% change year-on-year -1.61% +11.95%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £27.50 £22.10
% change year-on-year -23.63% +24.46%  

vSphere 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 South West with a requirement for system software skills.

Contract System Software Skills
South West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 304 342 312
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 11.70% 11.82% 10.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 176 196 153
Median daily rate £331 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.35% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £171 £133 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £573 £450 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £365 £350
% change year-on-year -4.10% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 36 41
Median hourly rate £15.89 £18.50 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.12% +19.35%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.53 £8.85 £10.39
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.75 £40.90 £33.45
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -3.87% +6.45%  

vSphere
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

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

Job vacancy trend for vSphere in the South West

vSphere
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing vSphere in the South West.

Contractor daily rate trend for vSphere in the South West

vSphere
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing vSphere in the South West over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for vSphere in the South West

vSphere
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for vSphere in the South West

vSphere
Contract Job Locations in the South West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing vSphere within the South West region over the 3 months to 24 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
Wiltshire -6 7 £275 -26.66% 1
Somerset +5 1 £450 -
Bristol - 1 - - 1
vSphere
England

vSphere
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 24 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing vSphere 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 South West region with a requirement for vSphere.

1 30 (93.75%) VMware
2 22 (68.75%) Cisco
3 20 (62.50%) Windows
4 19 (59.38%) Security Cleared
5 18 (56.25%) SC Cleared
6 17 (53.13%) Red Hat
7 15 (46.88%) Linux
8 14 (43.75%) HP
8 14 (43.75%) Windows Server
9 13 (40.63%) vRealize
10 12 (37.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 10 (31.25%) VMware Infrastructure
11 10 (31.25%) Unix
11 10 (31.25%) DevOps
11 10 (31.25%) VxBlock/Vblock
12 9 (28.13%) Oracle
12 9 (28.13%) Integration Testing
12 9 (28.13%) Load Balancing
13 8 (25.00%) Windows Server 2012
13 8 (25.00%) Jenkins
13 8 (25.00%) C
13 8 (25.00%) .NET
13 8 (25.00%) DNS
14 7 (21.88%) HP UFT
14 7 (21.88%) Regression Testing
14 7 (21.88%) Firewall
14 7 (21.88%) SQL Server
14 7 (21.88%) Microsoft
14 7 (21.88%) Oracle Database 10g
14 7 (21.88%) SpecFlow

vSphere
Top Related IT Skills in the South 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 4 (12.50%) Apache
1 4 (12.50%) Tomcat
2 2 (6.25%) IIS
2 2 (6.25%) OpenStack
2 2 (6.25%) SharePoint
Applications
1 5 (15.63%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (6.25%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 7 (21.88%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (18.75%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (3.13%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 8 (25.00%) DNS
2 7 (21.88%) Firewall
2 7 (21.88%) PuTTY
2 7 (21.88%) WinSCP
3 4 (12.50%) SAN
3 4 (12.50%) SMTP
3 4 (12.50%) SSL
4 3 (9.38%) LAN
4 3 (9.38%) NetScaler
4 3 (9.38%) VPN
4 3 (9.38%) WAN
4 3 (9.38%) Wireless
5 2 (6.25%) TCP/IP
6 1 (3.13%) DHCP
6 1 (3.13%) LDAP
6 1 (3.13%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (21.88%) Oracle Database
1 7 (21.88%) Oracle Database 10g
1 7 (21.88%) Oracle Database 11g
1 7 (21.88%) SQL Server
1 7 (21.88%) SQL Server 2005
1 7 (21.88%) SQL Server 2008
1 7 (21.88%) SQL Server 2012
2 6 (18.75%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 8 (25.00%) Jenkins
2 7 (21.88%) HP UFT
2 7 (21.88%) Oracle APEX
2 7 (21.88%) Selenium
2 7 (21.88%) SpecFlow
2 7 (21.88%) Team Foundation Server
2 7 (21.88%) TeamCity
3 5 (15.63%) Ant
3 5 (15.63%) Eclipse
3 5 (15.63%) SoapUI
3 5 (15.63%) TestNG
3 5 (15.63%) Toad
4 4 (12.50%) LoadRunner
5 1 (3.13%) Artifactory
5 1 (3.13%) Bitbucket
5 1 (3.13%) Git (software)
5 1 (3.13%) Maven
General
1 4 (12.50%) Games
Job Titles
1 9 (28.13%) VMware Engineer
2 6 (18.75%) Unix Engineer
3 5 (15.63%) Integration Engineer
3 5 (15.63%) Network Engineer
3 5 (15.63%) Tester
4 4 (12.50%) Automation Tester
5 3 (9.38%) Cloud Engineer
5 3 (9.38%) Network Integration Engineer
6 2 (6.25%) Applications Consultant
6 2 (6.25%) Applications Tester
6 2 (6.25%) Cisco Engineer
6 2 (6.25%) Consultant
6 2 (6.25%) Oracle Applications Consultant
6 2 (6.25%) Oracle Consultant
6 2 (6.25%) Test Automation Consultant
6 2 (6.25%) Test Consultant
7 1 (3.13%) Analyst
7 1 (3.13%) QA Analyst
7 1 (3.13%) Quality Analyst
7 1 (3.13%) Release Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (25.00%) .NET
2 5 (15.63%) Web Services
3 1 (3.13%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 10 (31.25%) VxBlock/Vblock
2 4 (12.50%) Clustering
2 4 (12.50%) EMC VNX
3 2 (6.25%) Data Centre
4 1 (3.13%) Computer Science
4 1 (3.13%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 20 (62.50%) Windows
2 15 (46.88%) Linux
3 14 (43.75%) Windows Server
4 12 (37.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 10 (31.25%) Unix
6 8 (25.00%) Windows Server 2012
7 6 (18.75%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (31.25%) DevOps
2 9 (28.13%) Integration Testing
2 9 (28.13%) Load Balancing
3 7 (21.88%) Continuous Integration
3 7 (21.88%) Defect Tracking
3 7 (21.88%) Exploratory Testing
3 7 (21.88%) Regression Testing
3 7 (21.88%) System Integration Testing
4 6 (18.75%) Agile Software Development
4 6 (18.75%) BDD
4 6 (18.75%) ITIL
4 6 (18.75%) Project Management
4 6 (18.75%) Scrum
4 6 (18.75%) Test Scripting
4 6 (18.75%) Test Strategy
5 5 (15.63%) API Testing
5 5 (15.63%) Test Automation
6 4 (12.50%) Performance Testing
7 3 (9.38%) Change Management
7 3 (9.38%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 8 (25.00%) C
2 7 (21.88%) F#
3 5 (15.63%) Java
3 5 (15.63%) SQL
4 4 (12.50%) AWK
5 2 (6.25%) PowerShell
5 2 (6.25%) Shell Script
5 2 (6.25%) VB
5 2 (6.25%) VBScript
6 1 (3.13%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 19 (59.38%) Security Cleared
2 18 (56.25%) SC Cleared
3 4 (12.50%) CCNP
3 4 (12.50%) Cisco Certification
3 4 (12.50%) ISEB
3 4 (12.50%) ISEB Practitioner
3 4 (12.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 4 (12.50%) ITIL Certification
4 3 (9.38%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 2 (6.25%) CCNA
6 1 (3.13%) Degree
6 1 (3.13%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (6.25%) QA
System Software
1 10 (31.25%) VMware Infrastructure
2 6 (18.75%) Active Directory
2 6 (18.75%) Virtual Machines
3 4 (12.50%) Veritas Cluster Server
3 4 (12.50%) VMware ESX
4 2 (6.25%) Hyper-V
4 2 (6.25%) Terminal Services
4 2 (6.25%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (3.13%) Docker
Systems Management
1 13 (40.63%) vRealize
2 4 (12.50%) NetBackup
2 4 (12.50%) Puppet
2 4 (12.50%) Zenoss
Vendors
1 30 (93.75%) VMware
2 22 (68.75%) Cisco
3 17 (53.13%) Red Hat
4 14 (43.75%) HP
5 9 (28.13%) Oracle
6 7 (21.88%) Microsoft
7 4 (12.50%) Brocade
7 4 (12.50%) Dell
7 4 (12.50%) EMC
7 4 (12.50%) Symantec
7 4 (12.50%) Veritas
8 3 (9.38%) Citrix
8 3 (9.38%) F5
9 2 (6.25%) Sun
9 2 (6.25%) WatchGuard