Period
to 25 May 2019

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 25 May 2019 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
25 May 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 325 308 338
Rank change year-on-year -17 +30 -74
Contract jobs citing vSphere 344 382 307
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.70% 0.71% 0.63%
As % of the System Software category 4.58% 5.35% 5.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 230 246 215
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £388 £372
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.68% +4.17% -0.80%
10th Percentile £218 £258 £231
90th Percentile £588 £519 £500
UK median daily rate £425 £401 £388
% change year-on-year +5.92% +3.55% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 8 7
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £30.25 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.70% +44.05% -22.33%
10th Percentile £14.00 £14.95 £14.20
90th Percentile £49.70 £60.00 £41.70
UK median hourly rate £40.79 £27.50 £23.00
% change year-on-year +48.31% +19.57% -13.45%

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 7,505 7,145 5,598
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 15.31% 13.37% 11.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,637 4,100 3,322
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +4.17%
10th Percentile £163 £163 £150
90th Percentile £600 £575 £538
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £423
% change year-on-year +5.56% +6.51% +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 474 606 523
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.19 £15.00 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.27% -3.23% -3.13%
10th Percentile £10.92 £10.50 £10.00
90th Percentile £47.50 £42.50 £42.50
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £15.86 £16.00
% change year-on-year +4.04% -0.88% +1.47%

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 25 May 2019.

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 25 May 2019.

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 25 May 2019. 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 +18 135 £425 - 8
North of England -21 53 £425 +27.82% 2
South West -11 48 £463 +15.26% 4
East of England +14 36 £450 +17.80% 2
Midlands -1 34 £250 -39.39%
West Midlands -1 27 £250 -41.18%
Scotland +6 25 £500 +17.65% 1
North West +7 24 £275 -29.03% 1
Yorkshire +9 22 £425 +10.39% 1
Wales -2 13 £338 -15.63%
East Midlands +15 7 £409 +5.55%
North East -18 7 £275 -11.00%
vSphere
UK

For the 6 months to 25 May 2019, 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.

1 329 (95.64%) VMware
2 220 (63.95%) Windows
3 214 (62.21%) VMware Infrastructure
4 171 (49.71%) Active Directory
5 158 (45.93%) Windows Server
6 139 (40.41%) Microsoft
7 109 (31.69%) Citrix
8 101 (29.36%) VMware ESXi
9 98 (28.49%) Security Cleared
10 96 (27.91%) Cisco
11 94 (27.33%) DNS
12 92 (26.74%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 88 (25.58%) Linux
14 72 (20.93%) Firewall
15 71 (20.64%) XenApp
16 65 (18.90%) PowerShell
17 64 (18.60%) Microsoft Azure
17 64 (18.60%) vRealize
18 60 (17.44%) VMware NSX
18 60 (17.44%) Amazon AWS
18 60 (17.44%) SC Cleared
19 57 (16.57%) ITIL
19 57 (16.57%) vCenter Server
19 57 (16.57%) Windows Server 2012
20 53 (15.41%) DHCP
20 53 (15.41%) Hyper-V
21 52 (15.12%) XenDesktop
21 52 (15.12%) SCCM
21 52 (15.12%) Data Centre
22 50 (14.53%) Finance

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 35 (10.17%) MS Exchange
2 27 (7.85%) SharePoint
3 26 (7.56%) Skype for Business
4 24 (6.98%) IIS
5 13 (3.78%) Apache
6 11 (3.20%) Tomcat
7 9 (2.62%) Exchange Server 2010
8 7 (2.03%) WebSphere
9 6 (1.74%) OpenStack
10 4 (1.16%) Exchange Server 2013
10 4 (1.16%) IBM Notes
10 4 (1.16%) nginx
10 4 (1.16%) SharePoint Server
11 3 (0.87%) Cloud Foundry
11 3 (0.87%) Confluence
12 2 (0.58%) CloudStack
12 2 (0.58%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 1 (0.29%) Exchange Server 2003
13 1 (0.29%) GroupWise
13 1 (0.29%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 21 (6.10%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (0.87%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (0.87%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (0.58%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 64 (18.60%) Microsoft Azure
2 60 (17.44%) Amazon AWS
3 40 (11.63%) Office 365
4 28 (8.14%) IaaS
5 14 (4.07%) PaaS
6 8 (2.33%) Azure Active Directory
7 7 (2.03%) Akamai
7 7 (2.03%) Amazon EC2
8 6 (1.74%) Cloud Computing
8 6 (1.74%) Power Platform
8 6 (1.74%) PowerApps
8 6 (1.74%) Yammer
9 5 (1.45%) Google Cloud Platform
10 4 (1.16%) OpenShift
10 4 (1.16%) SaaS
11 3 (0.87%) AWS CloudFormation
11 3 (0.87%) GitHub
12 2 (0.58%) CloudFront
12 2 (0.58%) Route 53
13 1 (0.29%) Boomi
Communications & Networking
1 94 (27.33%) DNS
2 72 (20.93%) Firewall
3 53 (15.41%) DHCP
4 37 (10.76%) SAN
5 34 (9.88%) VSAN
6 26 (7.56%) LAN
7 25 (7.27%) Skype
7 25 (7.27%) WAN
8 23 (6.69%) TCP/IP
9 21 (6.10%) iSCSI
10 17 (4.94%) NetScaler
11 16 (4.65%) Fibre Channel
11 16 (4.65%) VLAN
12 15 (4.36%) VPN
13 10 (2.91%) Network Security
14 8 (2.33%) NAS
14 8 (2.33%) SSL
15 7 (2.03%) Cisco Nexus
16 6 (1.74%) Intrusion Detection
16 6 (1.74%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (11.05%) SQL Server
2 8 (2.33%) MySQL
3 5 (1.45%) Relational Database
4 3 (0.87%) Big Data
4 3 (0.87%) Hadoop
4 3 (0.87%) HBase
4 3 (0.87%) NoSQL
4 3 (0.87%) PostgreSQL
4 3 (0.87%) RDBMS
4 3 (0.87%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (0.58%) DB2
5 2 (0.58%) Oracle Database
5 2 (0.58%) SQL Server 2016
6 1 (0.29%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (0.29%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 8 (2.33%) Git (software)
1 8 (2.33%) Jenkins
2 7 (2.03%) Sonatype Nexus
3 6 (1.74%) GitLab
4 5 (1.45%) DbUnit
4 5 (1.45%) JIRA
4 5 (1.45%) jMock
4 5 (1.45%) JUnit
4 5 (1.45%) Maven
4 5 (1.45%) Mockito
4 5 (1.45%) SonarQube
5 4 (1.16%) Subversion
6 2 (0.58%) MSI
6 2 (0.58%) Selenium
6 2 (0.58%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (0.58%) Vagrant
7 1 (0.29%) AdminStudio
7 1 (0.29%) CF BOSH
7 1 (0.29%) InstallShield
7 1 (0.29%) TortoiseSVN
General
1 50 (14.53%) Finance
2 14 (4.07%) Retail
3 11 (3.20%) Telecoms
4 7 (2.03%) Back Office
5 6 (1.74%) Banking
6 5 (1.45%) Manufacturing
7 4 (1.16%) Electronics
7 4 (1.16%) Marketing
8 2 (0.58%) Local Government
8 2 (0.58%) Online Betting
9 1 (0.29%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.29%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.29%) Legal
9 1 (0.29%) Military
Job Titles
1 81 (23.55%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 51 (14.83%) Analyst
3 47 (13.66%) VMware Engineer
4 36 (10.47%) Consultant
5 35 (10.17%) Architect
6 32 (9.30%) Infrastructure Analyst
7 23 (6.69%) Administrator
7 23 (6.69%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
8 21 (6.10%) Wintel Engineer
9 17 (4.94%) VMware Consultant
10 15 (4.36%) Windows Engineer
11 13 (3.78%) Support Engineer
11 13 (3.78%) Systems Engineer
11 13 (3.78%) Technical Consultant
12 12 (3.49%) Systems Administrator
13 11 (3.20%) Lead Architect
13 11 (3.20%) Senior Consultant
14 10 (2.91%) 3rd Line Support
15 9 (2.62%) Developer
15 9 (2.62%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (3.49%) J2EE
2 11 (3.20%) Web Services
3 7 (2.03%) 802.1X
4 6 (1.74%) RESTful
4 6 (1.74%) SailPoint
4 6 (1.74%) SOAP
4 6 (1.74%) WAP
5 5 (1.45%) Apache Camel
5 5 (1.45%) PowerMock
5 5 (1.45%) Spring
5 5 (1.45%) XML
6 4 (1.16%) LDAP
6 4 (1.16%) REST
7 3 (0.87%) ActiveMQ
7 3 (0.87%) Hibernate
7 3 (0.87%) Middleware
7 3 (0.87%) RabbitMQ
7 3 (0.87%) X-Windows
8 1 (0.29%) PHP-FPM
8 1 (0.29%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 52 (15.12%) Data Centre
2 37 (10.76%) Analytical Skills
3 23 (6.69%) Management Information System
4 16 (4.65%) Clustering
5 15 (4.36%) PKI
6 13 (3.78%) VxBlock/Vblock
7 12 (3.49%) EMC VNX
8 8 (2.33%) Hybrid Cloud
9 7 (2.03%) Fat Client
9 7 (2.03%) Public Cloud
9 7 (2.03%) Thin Client
10 6 (1.74%) Blackberry
11 5 (1.45%) EMC VMAX
11 5 (1.45%) Replication
12 3 (0.87%) Data Protection Act
12 3 (0.87%) Self-Motivation
13 2 (0.58%) Algorithms
13 2 (0.58%) Client/Server
13 2 (0.58%) Enterprise Storage
13 2 (0.58%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 220 (63.95%) Windows
2 158 (45.93%) Windows Server
3 88 (25.58%) Linux
4 57 (16.57%) Windows Server 2012
5 45 (13.08%) Windows Server 2008
6 35 (10.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 34 (9.88%) Windows 10
8 24 (6.98%) Windows Server 2003
9 20 (5.81%) Unix
10 17 (4.94%) Solaris
11 11 (3.20%) AIX
11 11 (3.20%) Ubuntu
12 9 (2.62%) Windows 7
13 7 (2.03%) CentOS
14 4 (1.16%) Android
14 4 (1.16%) SUSE
14 4 (1.16%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
15 3 (0.87%) HPUX
15 3 (0.87%) Windows XP
16 2 (0.58%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 92 (26.74%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 57 (16.57%) ITIL
3 38 (11.05%) Problem-Solving
4 36 (10.47%) Migration
5 25 (7.27%) Agile Software Development
6 21 (6.10%) DevOps
6 21 (6.10%) Virtual Infrastructure
7 19 (5.52%) Capacity Planning
7 19 (5.52%) Infrastructure Automation
7 19 (5.52%) Patch Management
7 19 (5.52%) Stakeholder Management
8 17 (4.94%) Problem Management
9 16 (4.65%) Configuration Management
9 16 (4.65%) Incident Management
9 16 (4.65%) Infrastructure Management
10 15 (4.36%) Server Management
11 14 (4.07%) Data Centre Operations
11 14 (4.07%) Server Building
12 13 (3.78%) Load Balancing
12 13 (3.78%) Server Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 65 (18.90%) PowerShell
2 30 (8.72%) JavaScript
3 24 (6.98%) SQL
4 17 (4.94%) Java
5 8 (2.33%) VBScript
6 7 (2.03%) C
6 7 (2.03%) Python
7 5 (1.45%) Shell Script
8 4 (1.16%) VB
9 3 (0.87%) PHP
10 2 (0.58%) C#
10 2 (0.58%) C++
10 2 (0.58%) Kotlin
11 1 (0.29%) ABAP
11 1 (0.29%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 98 (28.49%) Security Cleared
2 60 (17.44%) SC Cleared
3 45 (13.08%) DV Cleared
4 43 (12.50%) Microsoft Certification
5 39 (11.34%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 32 (9.30%) Degree
7 31 (9.01%) MCSE
8 24 (6.98%) MCSA
9 19 (5.52%) Cisco Certification
10 18 (5.23%) CCNA
11 11 (3.20%) VCP6
12 10 (2.91%) MCP
13 9 (2.62%) Computer Science Degree
14 7 (2.03%) VCAP
15 4 (1.16%) CCA
15 4 (1.16%) Citrix Certification
15 4 (1.16%) HNC
15 4 (1.16%) ITIL Certification
15 4 (1.16%) RHCSA
15 4 (1.16%) VCP5
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (3.20%) SLA
2 3 (0.87%) GDPR
2 3 (0.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.58%) PMO
3 2 (0.58%) QA
4 1 (0.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 214 (62.21%) VMware Infrastructure
2 171 (49.71%) Active Directory
3 101 (29.36%) VMware ESXi
4 71 (20.64%) XenApp
5 60 (17.44%) VMware NSX
6 53 (15.41%) Hyper-V
7 52 (15.12%) XenDesktop
8 21 (6.10%) NFS
9 19 (5.52%) vCloud
9 19 (5.52%) Virtual Machines
10 10 (2.91%) Virtual Servers
11 7 (2.03%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 7 (2.03%) Docker
11 7 (2.03%) Squid
11 7 (2.03%) Varnish
12 6 (1.74%) Samba
12 6 (1.74%) Xen
13 5 (1.45%) Microsoft App-V
13 5 (1.45%) Terminal Services
14 4 (1.16%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 64 (18.60%) vRealize
2 57 (16.57%) vCenter Server
3 52 (15.12%) SCCM
4 32 (9.30%) vRealize Orchestrator
5 24 (6.98%) SCOM
6 23 (6.69%) Ansible
7 20 (5.81%) WSUS
8 17 (4.94%) Opscode Chef
9 16 (4.65%) Failover Clustering
10 14 (4.07%) Puppet
11 13 (3.78%) NetBackup
12 9 (2.62%) AirWatch
12 9 (2.62%) Nagios
12 9 (2.62%) Tivoli
13 8 (2.33%) Backup Exec
14 7 (2.03%) Microsoft Clustering
15 6 (1.74%) Microsoft Intune
16 5 (1.45%) Norton AntiVirus
17 4 (1.16%) Red Hat Satellite
17 4 (1.16%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 329 (95.64%) VMware
2 139 (40.41%) Microsoft
3 109 (31.69%) Citrix
4 96 (27.91%) Cisco
5 38 (11.05%) Dell
5 38 (11.05%) Red Hat
6 37 (10.76%) EMC
7 34 (9.88%) HP
8 28 (8.14%) Veeam
9 27 (7.85%) NetApp
9 27 (7.85%) Oracle
10 20 (5.81%) IBM
11 16 (4.65%) Meraki
12 15 (4.36%) F5
12 15 (4.36%) Fortinet
13 13 (3.78%) Symantec
13 13 (3.78%) Unisys
14 12 (3.49%) BMC
15 10 (2.91%) Juniper
16 9 (2.62%) McAfee