Period
to 21 January 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London 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 21 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 > UK excluding London
6 months to
21 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 279 327 306
Rank change year-on-year +48 -21 -17
Contract jobs citing vSphere 332 382 388
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.82% 0.73% 0.76%
As % of the System Software category 4.98% 4.81% 5.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 222 255 255
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £300 £218 £213
90th Percentile £538 £525 £565
UK median daily rate £440 £420 £388
% change year-on-year +4.76% +8.39% -3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 18 9
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.50 £42.27 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -39.67% +40.88% -28.57%
10th Percentile £14.00 £12.01 £15.43
90th Percentile £35.00 £50.00 £39.75
UK median hourly rate £26.50 £42.27 £30.00
% change year-on-year -37.30% +40.88% -7.69%

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 the UK excluding London with a requirement for system software skills.

All System Software Skills
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 6,663 7,943 6,684
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 16.40% 15.12% 13.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,099 4,700 3,905
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £413 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +10.00% +7.14%
10th Percentile £150 £160 £146
90th Percentile £600 £575 £560
UK median daily rate £450 £463 £425
% change year-on-year -2.70% +8.82% +6.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 527 637 549
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £15.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.45% +3.33% -
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.39 £10.16
90th Percentile £46.65 £43.75 £42.76
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £16.08
% change year-on-year +6.25% -0.50% +0.50%

vSphere
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing vSphere as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for vSphere in the UK excluding London

vSphere
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing vSphere in the UK excluding London.

Contractor daily rate trend for vSphere in the UK excluding London

vSphere
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing vSphere in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 21 January 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for vSphere in the UK excluding London

vSphere
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for vSphere in the UK excluding London

vSphere
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing vSphere in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 21 January 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for vSphere in the UK excluding London

vSphere
Contract Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing vSphere within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 21 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
South East +16 99 £475 +15.15% 31
North of England +62 67 £340 +13.33% 31
South West +35 67 £463 +23.33% 20
Yorkshire +56 37 £340 -1.09% 11
Midlands +21 30 £350 -22.22% 10
East of England +13 29 £375 -10.71% 23
West Midlands +45 26 £325 -27.78% 2
Scotland +22 26 £325 -33.33% 4
North West +15 24 £344 +29.72% 18
Wales +28 15 £500 +25.00% 2
North East +23 6 - - 2
East Midlands 0 3 £533 +6.50% 8
vSphere
UK

For the 6 months to 21 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 UK excluding London region with a requirement for vSphere.

1 303 (91.27%) VMware
2 219 (65.96%) Windows
3 199 (59.94%) VMware Infrastructure
4 175 (52.71%) Windows Server
5 161 (48.49%) Active Directory
6 146 (43.98%) Security Cleared
7 111 (33.43%) Microsoft
8 105 (31.63%) SC Cleared
9 89 (26.81%) PowerShell
10 77 (23.19%) Azure
11 72 (21.69%) Linux
12 70 (21.08%) Windows Server 2012
12 70 (21.08%) VMware NSX
13 69 (20.78%) AWS
14 68 (20.48%) SCCM
15 66 (19.88%) DNS
16 64 (19.28%) VMware ESXi
16 64 (19.28%) vCenter Server
17 62 (18.67%) Citrix
18 59 (17.77%) Infrastructure Engineering
19 58 (17.47%) vRealize
20 57 (17.17%) DV Cleared
21 55 (16.57%) Cisco
22 51 (15.36%) Migration
23 50 (15.06%) Firewall
24 49 (14.76%) DHCP
24 49 (14.76%) VSAN
25 47 (14.16%) Data Centre
26 46 (13.86%) Windows 10
26 46 (13.86%) ITIL

vSphere
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London 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 30 (9.04%) MS Exchange
2 22 (6.63%) SharePoint
3 15 (4.52%) Exchange Server 2010
3 15 (4.52%) OpenStack
4 11 (3.31%) Confluence
5 9 (2.71%) IBM Notes
5 9 (2.71%) Skype for Business
5 9 (2.71%) Tomcat
6 8 (2.41%) Exchange Server 2013
6 8 (2.41%) IIS
7 5 (1.51%) IBM Domino
8 2 (0.60%) SharePoint Server
9 1 (0.30%) Apache
9 1 (0.30%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 1 (0.30%) Elasticsearch
9 1 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2003
9 1 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2007
9 1 (0.30%) Exchange Server 5.5
9 1 (0.30%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 18 (5.42%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (3.92%) MS Visio
3 10 (3.01%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.60%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (1.20%) Oracle BPM
2 3 (0.90%) CA PPM
3 1 (0.30%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 77 (23.19%) Azure
2 69 (20.78%) AWS
3 37 (11.14%) Office 365
4 25 (7.53%) GCP
5 19 (5.72%) IaaS
6 14 (4.22%) PaaS
7 13 (3.92%) SaaS
8 12 (3.61%) GitHub
9 11 (3.31%) Amazon EC2
10 9 (2.71%) Azure Active Directory
11 6 (1.81%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 4 (1.20%) Amazon S3
12 4 (1.20%) Apigee
12 4 (1.20%) Cloud Computing
12 4 (1.20%) Trello
13 3 (0.90%) Yammer
14 2 (0.60%) Amazon ELB
15 1 (0.30%) Azure ExpressRoute
15 1 (0.30%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 66 (19.88%) DNS
2 50 (15.06%) Firewall
3 49 (14.76%) DHCP
3 49 (14.76%) VSAN
4 28 (8.43%) SAN
5 19 (5.72%) WAN
6 18 (5.42%) TCP/IP
7 16 (4.82%) LAN
8 14 (4.22%) VPN
9 12 (3.61%) IPsec
9 12 (3.61%) NAS
9 12 (3.61%) Skype
10 11 (3.31%) iSCSI
10 11 (3.31%) Network Security
11 10 (3.01%) VLAN
12 9 (2.71%) Wireless
13 8 (2.41%) MPLS
14 7 (2.11%) IKE
14 7 (2.11%) Internet
14 7 (2.11%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 41 (12.35%) SQL Server
2 13 (3.92%) Oracle Database
3 10 (3.01%) SQL Server 2016
4 9 (2.71%) PostgreSQL
5 7 (2.11%) EDRMS
6 5 (1.51%) SAP HANA
6 5 (1.51%) SQL Server 2012
6 5 (1.51%) SQL Server 2014
6 5 (1.51%) SQL Server 2017
7 3 (0.90%) Oracle Database 10g
7 3 (0.90%) Oracle Database 11g
7 3 (0.90%) Oracle Reports
7 3 (0.90%) SQL Server 2008
8 2 (0.60%) Big Data
8 2 (0.60%) MongoDB
8 2 (0.60%) MySQL
8 2 (0.60%) Relational Database
8 2 (0.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 1 (0.30%) Amazon RDS
9 1 (0.30%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 25 (7.53%) Jenkins
2 18 (5.42%) JIRA
3 15 (4.52%) GitLab
4 13 (3.92%) Selenium
5 10 (3.01%) Maven
6 9 (2.71%) Artifactory
6 9 (2.71%) JUnit
6 9 (2.71%) Mockito
7 8 (2.41%) Appium
7 8 (2.41%) Cucumber
8 6 (1.81%) Git (software)
8 6 (1.81%) SonarQube
9 5 (1.51%) AdminStudio
9 5 (1.51%) Bitbucket
9 5 (1.51%) InstallShield
9 5 (1.51%) MSI
9 5 (1.51%) Team Foundation Server
10 4 (1.20%) Eclipse
10 4 (1.20%) HP UFT
10 4 (1.20%) SpecFlow
General
1 15 (4.52%) Public Sector
2 14 (4.22%) Finance
3 7 (2.11%) Telecoms
4 6 (1.81%) Law
4 6 (1.81%) Retail
5 5 (1.51%) Banking
5 5 (1.51%) Local Government
6 4 (1.20%) Back Office
6 4 (1.20%) Manufacturing
7 2 (0.60%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.30%) Corporate Banking
8 1 (0.30%) Electronics
8 1 (0.30%) Games
8 1 (0.30%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 52 (15.66%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 38 (11.45%) Architect
3 37 (11.14%) Analyst
4 26 (7.83%) Administrator
4 26 (7.83%) VMware Engineer
5 25 (7.53%) Virtualisation Engineer
6 22 (6.63%) Consultant
7 21 (6.33%) Infrastructure Analyst
8 19 (5.72%) Server Engineer
9 17 (5.12%) VMware Architect
10 16 (4.82%) Systems Administrator
11 15 (4.52%) Automation Engineer
11 15 (4.52%) Wintel Engineer
12 14 (4.22%) Cloud Architect
12 14 (4.22%) VMware Consultant
13 13 (3.92%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
13 13 (3.92%) Support Engineer
14 12 (3.61%) PowerShell Engineer
14 12 (3.61%) VMWare Administrator
15 11 (3.31%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (8.13%) XML
2 9 (2.71%) Web Services
3 8 (2.41%) JSF
3 8 (2.41%) Spring
4 6 (1.81%) LDAP
4 6 (1.81%) RESTful
4 6 (1.81%) SOAP
5 5 (1.51%) HTML
6 4 (1.20%) .NET
6 4 (1.20%) CSS
7 2 (0.60%) J2EE
7 2 (0.60%) LAMP
8 1 (0.30%) Ajax
8 1 (0.30%) AngularJS
8 1 (0.30%) Apache Camel
8 1 (0.30%) Kafka
8 1 (0.30%) Middleware
8 1 (0.30%) PowerMock
Miscellaneous
1 47 (14.16%) Data Centre
2 22 (6.63%) Hybrid Cloud
3 17 (5.12%) Enterprise Storage
4 13 (3.92%) Clustering
4 13 (3.92%) Management Information System
5 11 (3.31%) VxBlock/Vblock
6 10 (3.01%) EMC VMAX
6 10 (3.01%) Replication
7 7 (2.11%) EMC VNX
7 7 (2.11%) PKI
8 6 (1.81%) Self-Motivation
9 5 (1.51%) Public Cloud
10 4 (1.20%) Cloud Native
10 4 (1.20%) Driving Licence
10 4 (1.20%) Enterprise Software
11 3 (0.90%) Analytical Skills
11 3 (0.90%) NHS
12 2 (0.60%) iSeries
12 2 (0.60%) Linux Command Line
12 2 (0.60%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 219 (65.96%) Windows
2 175 (52.71%) Windows Server
3 72 (21.69%) Linux
4 70 (21.08%) Windows Server 2012
5 46 (13.86%) Windows 10
6 41 (12.35%) Windows Server 2008
7 20 (6.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 17 (5.12%) Windows Server 2003
9 14 (4.22%) Windows 7
10 12 (3.61%) Unix
11 9 (2.71%) CentOS
12 5 (1.51%) Solaris
12 5 (1.51%) VMS
13 3 (0.90%) Debian
13 3 (0.90%) SUSE
14 2 (0.60%) HPUX
14 2 (0.60%) Windows 2000 Server
15 1 (0.30%) Windows 2000
15 1 (0.30%) Windows NT
15 1 (0.30%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 59 (17.77%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 51 (15.36%) Migration
3 46 (13.86%) ITIL
4 35 (10.54%) Disaster Recovery
5 31 (9.34%) DevOps
6 25 (7.53%) Configuration Management
7 20 (6.02%) Agile Software Development
8 19 (5.72%) High Availability
8 19 (5.72%) Incident Management
9 18 (5.42%) Test Automation
10 16 (4.82%) Data Migration
10 16 (4.82%) Service Management
10 16 (4.82%) Software Delivery
11 15 (4.52%) Load Balancing
12 14 (4.22%) Proactive Monitoring
12 14 (4.22%) Service Delivery
12 14 (4.22%) Validation
13 13 (3.92%) Change Management
13 13 (3.92%) Problem-Solving
13 13 (3.92%) Virtual Infrastructure
Programming Languages
1 89 (26.81%) PowerShell
2 46 (13.86%) SQL
3 26 (7.83%) Python
4 19 (5.72%) Java
5 11 (3.31%) JavaScript
6 10 (3.01%) Bash Shell
7 8 (2.41%) C
7 8 (2.41%) Ruby
8 6 (1.81%) Perl
9 3 (0.90%) F#
9 3 (0.90%) Go
10 2 (0.60%) PHP
10 2 (0.60%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.30%) C#
11 1 (0.30%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.30%) VBA
11 1 (0.30%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 146 (43.98%) Security Cleared
2 105 (31.63%) SC Cleared
3 57 (17.17%) DV Cleared
4 26 (7.83%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 22 (6.63%) Microsoft Certification
6 20 (6.02%) ISEB
7 16 (4.82%) ISTQB
7 16 (4.82%) MCSE
8 11 (3.31%) MCSA
8 11 (3.31%) VCAP
9 9 (2.71%) MCP
10 7 (2.11%) Citrix Certification
11 6 (1.81%) CCA
11 6 (1.81%) CCNA
11 6 (1.81%) Cisco Certification
12 5 (1.51%) ITIL Certification
13 4 (1.20%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 4 (1.20%) VCP6
14 3 (0.90%) VCP4
14 3 (0.90%) VCP5
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (4.22%) QA
1 14 (4.22%) SLA
2 8 (2.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 8 (2.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.30%) Cyber Essentials
3 1 (0.30%) GxP
3 1 (0.30%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.30%) PMO
System Software
1 199 (59.94%) VMware Infrastructure
2 161 (48.49%) Active Directory
3 70 (21.08%) VMware NSX
4 64 (19.28%) VMware ESXi
5 42 (12.65%) XenApp
6 31 (9.34%) Hyper-V
7 22 (6.63%) Virtual Machines
8 18 (5.42%) Microsoft App-V
9 16 (4.82%) XenDesktop
10 14 (4.22%) vCloud
11 13 (3.92%) Docker
12 11 (3.31%) NFS
12 11 (3.31%) VMFS
13 9 (2.71%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 7 (2.11%) Terminal Services
14 7 (2.11%) VMware Workstation
15 4 (1.20%) Virtual Servers
15 4 (1.20%) Xen
16 3 (0.90%) Firmware
16 3 (0.90%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 68 (20.48%) SCCM
2 64 (19.28%) vCenter Server
3 58 (17.47%) vRealize
4 27 (8.13%) PowerCLI
5 19 (5.72%) NetBackup
6 17 (5.12%) Ansible
6 17 (5.12%) HP Quality Center
7 16 (4.82%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 15 (4.52%) vMotion
9 14 (4.22%) WSUS
10 10 (3.01%) Kubernetes
10 10 (3.01%) SCOM
11 9 (2.71%) vRealize Orchestrator
12 7 (2.11%) Cisco Prime
13 6 (1.81%) AirWatch
13 6 (1.81%) Nagios
13 6 (1.81%) SCVMM
14 5 (1.51%) Oracle Identity Manager
14 5 (1.51%) Terraform
14 5 (1.51%) ThinApp
Vendors
1 303 (91.27%) VMware
2 111 (33.43%) Microsoft
3 62 (18.67%) Citrix
4 55 (16.57%) Cisco
5 38 (11.45%) NetApp
6 31 (9.34%) Dell
7 24 (7.23%) HP
8 20 (6.02%) EMC
8 20 (6.02%) Red Hat
8 20 (6.02%) Veeam
9 18 (5.42%) Veritas
10 15 (4.52%) Oracle
11 12 (3.61%) Fortinet
11 12 (3.61%) Lotus
12 11 (3.31%) Google
12 11 (3.31%) Juniper
13 10 (3.01%) Brocade
14 9 (2.71%) Ivanti
14 9 (2.71%) SolarWinds
15 8 (2.41%) Alibaba