Period
to 19 October 2018

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 19 October 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 > UK excluding London
6 months to
19 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 306 352 314
Rank change year-on-year +46 -38 -31
Contract jobs citing vSphere 408 324 460
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.74% 0.62% 0.77%
As % of the System Software category 5.14% 4.85% 6.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 261 220 338
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.67% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £258 £184 £213
90th Percentile £500 £514 £525
UK median daily rate £413 £385 £375
% change year-on-year +7.14% +2.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 7 18
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.75 £32.00 £44.46
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -35.16% -28.03% +91.23%
10th Percentile £10.50 £12.28 £10.44
90th Percentile £45.33 £39.75 £49.46
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £31.00 £37.75
% change year-on-year -27.42% -17.88% +58.95%

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 7,933 6,681 7,624
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 14.46% 12.79% 12.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,564 3,994 4,450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +4.17% +7.46%
10th Percentile £163 £147 £163
90th Percentile £575 £538 £525
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +13.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 733 539 740
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £15.50 £15.46
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +0.24% -1.83%
10th Percentile £10.42 £10.25 £10.25
90th Percentile £42.00 £43.00 £40.00
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.66 £16.00
% change year-on-year -3.96% +4.13% -

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 19 October 2018.

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 19 October 2018.

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 19 October 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
South East +23 154 £400 - 25
North of England -29 63 £333 -12.50% 27
Midlands +24 62 £389 +9.89% 24
East of England +25 47 £400 +87.13% 13
West Midlands 0 42 £400 +5.96% 14
South West -16 36 £325 -23.53% 13
Scotland -28 35 £475 +5.56% 6
Yorkshire -21 29 £375 -6.25% 16
North West -25 21 £300 -14.29% 11
East Midlands +15 20 £388 +14.81% 10
North East +13 13 £333 -
Wales -11 11 £425 +30.77% 1
vSphere
UK

For the 6 months to 19 October 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 UK excluding London region with a requirement for vSphere.

1 385 (94.36%) VMware
2 253 (62.01%) Windows
2 253 (62.01%) VMware Infrastructure
3 209 (51.23%) Active Directory
4 182 (44.61%) Windows Server
5 179 (43.87%) Microsoft
6 111 (27.21%) Security Cleared
7 100 (24.51%) Citrix
7 100 (24.51%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 95 (23.28%) DNS
8 95 (23.28%) Linux
9 91 (22.30%) Cisco
10 82 (20.10%) Windows Server 2012
11 80 (19.61%) VMware ESXi
12 79 (19.36%) PowerShell
13 77 (18.87%) ITIL
14 76 (18.63%) Firewall
15 74 (18.14%) DHCP
15 74 (18.14%) vRealize
16 72 (17.65%) NetApp
17 71 (17.40%) SC Cleared
18 70 (17.16%) Windows Server 2008
19 67 (16.42%) XenApp
20 66 (16.18%) HP
21 64 (15.69%) SQL Server
22 63 (15.44%) vCenter Server
23 61 (14.95%) Microsoft Azure
24 60 (14.71%) SAN
24 60 (14.71%) Office 365
25 59 (14.46%) Data Centre

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 59 (14.46%) MS Exchange
2 27 (6.62%) Exchange Server 2010
3 24 (5.88%) IIS
4 20 (4.90%) SharePoint
5 17 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2013
6 15 (3.68%) Apache
7 13 (3.19%) Skype for Business
8 10 (2.45%) OpenStack
9 9 (2.21%) WebSphere
10 7 (1.72%) JBoss
11 6 (1.47%) IBM Notes
11 6 (1.47%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 5 (1.23%) CloudStack
12 5 (1.23%) nginx
12 5 (1.23%) SharePoint Server
13 4 (0.98%) Confluence
14 3 (0.74%) Cloud Foundry
14 3 (0.74%) Tomcat
14 3 (0.74%) WebLogic
15 2 (0.49%) Apache Pig
Applications
1 19 (4.66%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.25%) 3ds Max
2 1 (0.25%) AutoCAD
2 1 (0.25%) CINEMA 4D
2 1 (0.25%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.25%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.25%) SketchUp
Business Applications
1 3 (0.74%) Towers Watson Igloo
2 2 (0.49%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 61 (14.95%) Microsoft Azure
2 60 (14.71%) Office 365
3 54 (13.24%) Amazon AWS
4 19 (4.66%) Amazon EC2
5 16 (3.92%) IaaS
6 13 (3.19%) Cloud Computing
7 6 (1.47%) Google Cloud Platform
8 4 (0.98%) Dynamics 365
9 3 (0.74%) OpenShift
9 3 (0.74%) PaaS
9 3 (0.74%) SaaS
9 3 (0.74%) Yammer
10 2 (0.49%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 95 (23.28%) DNS
2 76 (18.63%) Firewall
3 74 (18.14%) DHCP
4 60 (14.71%) SAN
5 52 (12.75%) TCP/IP
6 36 (8.82%) VSAN
7 30 (7.35%) WAN
8 28 (6.86%) NAS
9 27 (6.62%) VPN
10 26 (6.37%) LAN
11 19 (4.66%) Network Security
12 17 (4.17%) VLAN
13 14 (3.43%) VoIP
14 13 (3.19%) iSCSI
15 12 (2.94%) IPsec
15 12 (2.94%) Skype
16 8 (1.96%) Ethernet
16 8 (1.96%) PuTTY
16 8 (1.96%) SNMP
16 8 (1.96%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (15.69%) SQL Server
2 26 (6.37%) SQL Server 2012
3 15 (3.68%) Oracle Database
3 15 (3.68%) SQL Server 2008
4 11 (2.70%) Oracle Database 10g
4 11 (2.70%) Oracle Database 11g
4 11 (2.70%) SQL Server 2005
5 10 (2.45%) SQL Server 2016
6 9 (2.21%) Relational Database
7 7 (1.72%) Data Warehouse
8 5 (1.23%) Oracle Reports
9 4 (0.98%) MySQL
9 4 (0.98%) NoSQL
10 3 (0.74%) Big Data
10 3 (0.74%) Oracle Database 12c
10 3 (0.74%) PostgreSQL
11 2 (0.49%) Apache Hive
11 2 (0.49%) Hadoop
12 1 (0.25%) MongoDB
12 1 (0.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 26 (6.37%) Git (software)
2 25 (6.13%) Jenkins
3 19 (4.66%) DbUnit
3 19 (4.66%) jMock
3 19 (4.66%) JUnit
3 19 (4.66%) Maven
3 19 (4.66%) Mockito
3 19 (4.66%) SonarQube
4 11 (2.70%) Selenium
5 10 (2.45%) Oracle APEX
6 8 (1.96%) HP UFT
6 8 (1.96%) JIRA
6 8 (1.96%) SoapUI
6 8 (1.96%) SpecFlow
7 6 (1.47%) Ant
7 6 (1.47%) Eclipse
7 6 (1.47%) Team Foundation Server
7 6 (1.47%) TestNG
8 5 (1.23%) LoadRunner
8 5 (1.23%) Toad
General
1 46 (11.27%) Finance
2 30 (7.35%) Retail
3 13 (3.19%) Law
4 8 (1.96%) Manufacturing
5 5 (1.23%) Banking
5 5 (1.23%) Publishing
5 5 (1.23%) Telecoms
6 4 (0.98%) Automotive
6 4 (0.98%) Financial Institution
6 4 (0.98%) Local Government
6 4 (0.98%) Military
7 2 (0.49%) Back Office
7 2 (0.49%) Legal
8 1 (0.25%) French Language
8 1 (0.25%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 82 (20.10%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 54 (13.24%) VMware Engineer
3 52 (12.75%) Analyst
4 35 (8.58%) Consultant
5 24 (5.88%) Infrastructure Analyst
6 19 (4.66%) Developer
7 18 (4.41%) Administrator
7 18 (4.41%) Systems Engineer
8 17 (4.17%) Systems Administrator
8 17 (4.17%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
8 17 (4.17%) Wintel Engineer
9 16 (3.92%) Architect
9 16 (3.92%) Automation Engineer
9 16 (3.92%) Java Developer
9 16 (3.92%) Support Engineer
9 16 (3.92%) VMware Consultant
10 15 (3.68%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 13 (3.19%) Project Engineer
12 12 (2.94%) Infrastructure Architect
12 12 (2.94%) Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (8.58%) Web Services
2 21 (5.15%) SOAP
3 19 (4.66%) .NET
3 19 (4.66%) Apache Camel
3 19 (4.66%) J2EE
3 19 (4.66%) PowerMock
3 19 (4.66%) RESTful
4 15 (3.68%) Spring
5 13 (3.19%) Spring Boot
6 8 (1.96%) Middleware
6 8 (1.96%) XML
7 7 (1.72%) Hibernate
7 7 (1.72%) JPA
7 7 (1.72%) LDAP
8 5 (1.23%) REST
9 4 (0.98%) JSON
9 4 (0.98%) POSIX
9 4 (0.98%) WSH
10 3 (0.74%) ASP.NET
10 3 (0.74%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 59 (14.46%) Data Centre
2 41 (10.05%) Clustering
3 28 (6.86%) Analytical Skills
4 18 (4.41%) PKI
5 16 (3.92%) Management Information System
6 13 (3.19%) Self-Motivation
7 12 (2.94%) Private Cloud
8 9 (2.21%) NHS
8 9 (2.21%) VxBlock/Vblock
9 8 (1.96%) Blackberry
9 8 (1.96%) Fat Client
9 8 (1.96%) Thin Client
10 5 (1.23%) Hybrid Cloud
10 5 (1.23%) Public Cloud
11 4 (0.98%) CESG
11 4 (0.98%) iSeries
11 4 (0.98%) MPEG
12 3 (0.74%) HP Storage
12 3 (0.74%) iPhone
12 3 (0.74%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 253 (62.01%) Windows
2 182 (44.61%) Windows Server
3 95 (23.28%) Linux
4 82 (20.10%) Windows Server 2012
5 70 (17.16%) Windows Server 2008
6 39 (9.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 36 (8.82%) Windows 7
8 30 (7.35%) Windows 10
9 27 (6.62%) Unix
10 16 (3.92%) Windows Server 2003
11 15 (3.68%) Data ONTAP
12 10 (2.45%) Solaris
13 9 (2.21%) Ubuntu
14 8 (1.96%) Windows XP
15 7 (1.72%) CentOS
16 4 (0.98%) AIX
16 4 (0.98%) Android
16 4 (0.98%) Apple iOS
16 4 (0.98%) SUSE
17 3 (0.74%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 100 (24.51%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 77 (18.87%) ITIL
3 42 (10.29%) Agile Software Development
4 32 (7.84%) Continuous Integration
5 31 (7.60%) Scrum
6 30 (7.35%) Migration
7 28 (6.86%) Disaster Recovery
8 25 (6.13%) Virtual Infrastructure
9 24 (5.88%) Patch Management
10 23 (5.64%) Kanban
10 23 (5.64%) Service Management
11 22 (5.39%) BDD
11 22 (5.39%) DevOps
11 22 (5.39%) ITIL V3
12 19 (4.66%) TDD
13 18 (4.41%) Configuration Management
13 18 (4.41%) Incident Management
14 17 (4.17%) E-Commerce
14 17 (4.17%) Problem-Solving
15 15 (3.68%) Capacity Planning
Programming Languages
1 79 (19.36%) PowerShell
2 43 (10.54%) SQL
3 39 (9.56%) Java
4 25 (6.13%) Python
5 23 (5.64%) JavaScript
6 15 (3.68%) Bash Shell
6 15 (3.68%) C
7 12 (2.94%) VBScript
8 11 (2.70%) Perl
9 10 (2.45%) C#
10 8 (1.96%) F#
10 8 (1.96%) VB
11 6 (1.47%) Shell Script
12 5 (1.23%) Ruby
13 4 (0.98%) PHP
14 3 (0.74%) T-SQL
15 2 (0.49%) C++
15 2 (0.49%) Go
15 2 (0.49%) Objective-C
16 1 (0.25%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 111 (27.21%) Security Cleared
2 71 (17.40%) SC Cleared
3 47 (11.52%) Microsoft Certification
4 43 (10.54%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 36 (8.82%) DV Cleared
5 36 (8.82%) MCSE
6 18 (4.41%) VCP6
7 14 (3.43%) Cisco Certification
8 12 (2.94%) MCSA
9 10 (2.45%) Degree
10 9 (2.21%) CCNA
10 9 (2.21%) Citrix Certification
11 8 (1.96%) ISEB
11 8 (1.96%) ISEB Practitioner
11 8 (1.96%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 7 (1.72%) CCA
13 6 (1.47%) MCITP
13 6 (1.47%) MCTS
13 6 (1.47%) VCAP
14 5 (1.23%) VCP5
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (2.70%) SLA
2 8 (1.96%) PMO
3 4 (0.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.74%) JSP 440
5 2 (0.49%) GDPR
6 1 (0.25%) COBIT
6 1 (0.25%) GPG13
6 1 (0.25%) QA
System Software
1 253 (62.01%) VMware Infrastructure
2 209 (51.23%) Active Directory
3 80 (19.61%) VMware ESXi
4 67 (16.42%) XenApp
5 44 (10.78%) VMware NSX
6 37 (9.07%) Virtual Machines
7 36 (8.82%) Hyper-V
8 34 (8.33%) XenDesktop
9 19 (4.66%) vCloud
10 16 (3.92%) NFS
11 14 (3.43%) VMware Server
11 14 (3.43%) XenServer
12 13 (3.19%) Docker
13 11 (2.70%) Virtual Servers
14 7 (1.72%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 6 (1.47%) Terminal Services
15 6 (1.47%) Virtual Desktop
16 5 (1.23%) Forefront TMG
16 5 (1.23%) Xen
17 4 (0.98%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 74 (18.14%) vRealize
2 63 (15.44%) vCenter Server
3 50 (12.25%) SCCM
4 35 (8.58%) Puppet
5 31 (7.60%) Ansible
6 25 (6.13%) McAfee ePO
6 25 (6.13%) Microsoft Clustering
7 19 (4.66%) Opscode Chef
7 19 (4.66%) WSUS
8 18 (4.41%) vRealize Orchestrator
9 14 (3.43%) NetBackup
9 14 (3.43%) SCOM
9 14 (3.43%) vMotion
10 12 (2.94%) Backup Exec
10 12 (2.94%) PowerCLI
11 8 (1.96%) HP ALM
11 8 (1.96%) Red Hat Satellite
12 7 (1.72%) Failover Clustering
12 7 (1.72%) Norton AntiVirus
13 6 (1.47%) HP Data Protector
Vendors
1 385 (94.36%) VMware
2 179 (43.87%) Microsoft
3 100 (24.51%) Citrix
4 91 (22.30%) Cisco
5 72 (17.65%) NetApp
6 66 (16.18%) HP
7 53 (12.99%) Red Hat
8 35 (8.58%) Oracle
9 28 (6.86%) McAfee
10 24 (5.88%) EMC
11 20 (4.90%) Juniper
12 16 (3.92%) IBM
13 15 (3.68%) CommVault
13 15 (3.68%) Dell
14 13 (3.19%) Palo Alto
14 13 (3.19%) Sony
15 12 (2.94%) CheckPoint
16 10 (2.45%) Software AG
16 10 (2.45%) webMethods
17 9 (2.21%) Avaya