Period
to 15 December 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 15 December 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
15 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 306 301 285
Rank change year-on-year -5 -16 +4
Contract jobs citing vSphere 420 395 464
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.76% 0.74% 0.83%
As % of the System Software category 5.04% 5.72% 6.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 278 263 324
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £370 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.73% -1.33% +7.14%
10th Percentile £214 £213 £250
90th Percentile £500 £548 £524
UK median daily rate £413 £375 £400
% change year-on-year +10.00% -6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 9 19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.27 £30.00 £38.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.88% -22.08% +65.59%
10th Percentile £11.69 £15.43 £9.85
90th Percentile £50.00 £39.75 £49.46
UK median hourly rate £42.26 £31.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year +36.31% -4.62% +35.42%

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 8,336 6,908 6,966
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 15.02% 12.89% 12.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,902 4,084 4,053
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.33% +7.14% +6.06%
10th Percentile £163 £143 £156
90th Percentile £575 £550 £537
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £402
% change year-on-year +5.88% +5.85% +7.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 701 548 705
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.70 £15.25 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.95% +1.67% -3.23%
10th Percentile £10.40 £10.19 £10.29
90th Percentile £43.75 £43.08 £42.00
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £15.75
% change year-on-year -3.03% +4.76% +1.61%

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 15 December 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 15 December 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 15 December 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 +15 156 £400 +6.67% 44
Midlands +10 68 £425 +10.39% 26
North of England -22 56 £300 - 23
East of England -2 51 £420 +31.25% 13
South West -21 46 £350 -13.04% 24
West Midlands 0 39 £425 +6.58% 11
East Midlands +9 29 £442 +17.87% 15
Scotland -40 29 £475 - 4
Yorkshire -26 26 £350 -3.45% 5
North West -1 23 £231 -17.41% 17
Wales -26 14 £425 +21.43% 1
North East -1 7 £200 +18.52% 1
vSphere
UK

For the 6 months to 15 December 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.

1 399 (95.00%) VMware
2 271 (64.52%) Windows
3 248 (59.05%) VMware Infrastructure
4 238 (56.67%) Active Directory
5 196 (46.67%) Windows Server
6 185 (44.05%) Microsoft
7 111 (26.43%) Security Cleared
8 106 (25.24%) Citrix
9 102 (24.29%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 99 (23.57%) VMware ESXi
11 97 (23.10%) DNS
12 93 (22.14%) Linux
13 86 (20.48%) ITIL
14 83 (19.76%) Cisco
15 82 (19.52%) PowerShell
16 80 (19.05%) Windows Server 2012
17 74 (17.62%) SC Cleared
17 74 (17.62%) Firewall
18 73 (17.38%) vRealize
19 71 (16.90%) vCenter Server
19 71 (16.90%) Windows Server 2008
20 68 (16.19%) SCCM
21 67 (15.95%) DHCP
22 63 (15.00%) SQL Server
22 63 (15.00%) XenApp
23 62 (14.76%) Office 365
24 60 (14.29%) Data Centre
24 60 (14.29%) MS Exchange
24 60 (14.29%) NetApp
25 59 (14.05%) SAN

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 60 (14.29%) MS Exchange
2 31 (7.38%) IIS
3 26 (6.19%) Exchange Server 2010
4 25 (5.95%) SharePoint
5 18 (4.29%) Apache
6 17 (4.05%) WebSphere
7 16 (3.81%) Exchange Server 2013
8 12 (2.86%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 10 (2.38%) OpenStack
10 9 (2.14%) nginx
10 9 (2.14%) Skype for Business
11 7 (1.67%) CloudStack
12 6 (1.43%) IBM Notes
12 6 (1.43%) JBoss
12 6 (1.43%) NetWeaver
13 5 (1.19%) SharePoint Server
14 4 (0.95%) Confluence
14 4 (0.95%) WebLogic
15 3 (0.71%) Tomcat
16 2 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 16 (3.81%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (0.71%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.24%) 3ds Max
3 1 (0.24%) AutoCAD
3 1 (0.24%) CINEMA 4D
3 1 (0.24%) SketchUp
Business Applications
1 5 (1.19%) HFM
1 5 (1.19%) Maximo
2 3 (0.71%) Towers Watson Igloo
3 2 (0.48%) Payment Gateway
4 1 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.24%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 62 (14.76%) Office 365
2 46 (10.95%) Amazon AWS
3 45 (10.71%) Microsoft Azure
4 15 (3.57%) Amazon EC2
4 15 (3.57%) IaaS
5 9 (2.14%) Cloud Computing
6 6 (1.43%) Boomi
7 4 (0.95%) PaaS
8 3 (0.71%) Yammer
9 2 (0.48%) Dynamics 365
9 2 (0.48%) GitHub
9 2 (0.48%) Google Cloud Platform
9 2 (0.48%) Mimecast
9 2 (0.48%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 97 (23.10%) DNS
2 74 (17.62%) Firewall
3 67 (15.95%) DHCP
4 59 (14.05%) SAN
5 51 (12.14%) TCP/IP
6 35 (8.33%) LAN
6 35 (8.33%) VSAN
7 30 (7.14%) NAS
8 28 (6.67%) WAN
9 25 (5.95%) VPN
10 14 (3.33%) Network Security
10 14 (3.33%) VLAN
11 13 (3.10%) iSCSI
12 11 (2.62%) IPsec
12 11 (2.62%) SSL
13 10 (2.38%) Internet
14 9 (2.14%) Skype
14 9 (2.14%) VoIP
15 8 (1.90%) SNMP
16 7 (1.67%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 63 (15.00%) SQL Server
2 18 (4.29%) SQL Server 2012
3 13 (3.10%) SQL Server 2008
4 10 (2.38%) SQL Server 2005
5 8 (1.90%) Oracle Database
6 6 (1.43%) Relational Database
7 5 (1.19%) Data Warehouse
7 5 (1.19%) MySQL
8 4 (0.95%) SQL Server 2016
9 3 (0.71%) Big Data
9 3 (0.71%) Oracle Database 12c
10 2 (0.48%) Apache Hive
10 2 (0.48%) Hadoop
10 2 (0.48%) Oracle Database 10g
10 2 (0.48%) Oracle Database 11g
10 2 (0.48%) Oracle Reports
11 1 (0.24%) Oracle Exadata
11 1 (0.24%) PostgreSQL
11 1 (0.24%) SAP BW
11 1 (0.24%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 18 (4.29%) Git (software)
2 16 (3.81%) Jenkins
3 15 (3.57%) DbUnit
3 15 (3.57%) jMock
3 15 (3.57%) JUnit
3 15 (3.57%) Maven
3 15 (3.57%) Mockito
3 15 (3.57%) SonarQube
4 8 (1.90%) JIRA
5 6 (1.43%) Selenium
6 5 (1.19%) Octopus Deploy
6 5 (1.19%) Toad
7 4 (0.95%) Team Foundation Server
8 3 (0.71%) GitLab
8 3 (0.71%) MSI
9 2 (0.48%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 2 (0.48%) Oracle APEX
9 2 (0.48%) Robot Framework
9 2 (0.48%) SoapUI
9 2 (0.48%) SpecFlow
General
1 47 (11.19%) Finance
2 30 (7.14%) Retail
3 15 (3.57%) Law
4 9 (2.14%) Manufacturing
5 7 (1.67%) Back Office
6 6 (1.43%) Banking
6 6 (1.43%) Financial Institution
6 6 (1.43%) Telecoms
7 5 (1.19%) Publishing
8 4 (0.95%) Aerospace
8 4 (0.95%) Military
9 3 (0.71%) Local Government
10 1 (0.24%) French Language
10 1 (0.24%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.24%) Marketing
10 1 (0.24%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 83 (19.76%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 69 (16.43%) VMware Engineer
3 46 (10.95%) Analyst
4 31 (7.38%) Consultant
5 30 (7.14%) Administrator
6 26 (6.19%) Architect
7 23 (5.48%) Systems Administrator
7 23 (5.48%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
8 22 (5.24%) Infrastructure Analyst
8 22 (5.24%) Support Engineer
9 20 (4.76%) Project Engineer
10 19 (4.52%) Wintel Engineer
11 16 (3.81%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 16 (3.81%) Automation Engineer
11 16 (3.81%) Systems Engineer
12 15 (3.57%) 3rd Line Support
12 15 (3.57%) Developer
13 14 (3.33%) Infrastructure Architect
13 14 (3.33%) Java Developer
13 14 (3.33%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (7.14%) Web Services
2 23 (5.48%) SOAP
3 21 (5.00%) RESTful
4 15 (3.57%) Apache Camel
4 15 (3.57%) J2EE
4 15 (3.57%) Middleware
4 15 (3.57%) PowerMock
4 15 (3.57%) Spring
5 11 (2.62%) .NET
5 11 (2.62%) Spring Boot
6 7 (1.67%) Hibernate
6 7 (1.67%) JPA
6 7 (1.67%) REST
7 6 (1.43%) IDoc
7 6 (1.43%) SAP PI
7 6 (1.43%) SAP XI
7 6 (1.43%) WebSphere MQ
8 4 (0.95%) LDAP
8 4 (0.95%) WSH
8 4 (0.95%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 60 (14.29%) Data Centre
2 42 (10.00%) Clustering
3 38 (9.05%) Analytical Skills
4 27 (6.43%) Management Information System
5 16 (3.81%) PKI
6 10 (2.38%) Private Cloud
7 9 (2.14%) VxBlock/Vblock
8 8 (1.90%) Blackberry
8 8 (1.90%) NHS
9 6 (1.43%) CESG
9 6 (1.43%) Fat Client
9 6 (1.43%) Replication
9 6 (1.43%) Self-Motivation
9 6 (1.43%) Thin Client
10 5 (1.19%) EMC VMAX
10 5 (1.19%) Public Cloud
11 4 (0.95%) Enterprise Software
11 4 (0.95%) Hybrid Cloud
12 3 (0.71%) FlexPod
12 3 (0.71%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 271 (64.52%) Windows
2 196 (46.67%) Windows Server
3 93 (22.14%) Linux
4 80 (19.05%) Windows Server 2012
5 71 (16.90%) Windows Server 2008
6 39 (9.29%) Windows 10
7 31 (7.38%) Unix
8 29 (6.90%) Windows 7
9 28 (6.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 16 (3.81%) Solaris
10 16 (3.81%) Windows Server 2003
11 14 (3.33%) Data ONTAP
12 9 (2.14%) Ubuntu
12 9 (2.14%) Windows XP
13 7 (1.67%) SUSE
14 6 (1.43%) Apple iOS
14 6 (1.43%) CentOS
15 4 (0.95%) Android
15 4 (0.95%) Windows 8
16 3 (0.71%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 102 (24.29%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 86 (20.48%) ITIL
3 39 (9.29%) Agile Software Development
4 33 (7.86%) Problem-Solving
5 32 (7.62%) Migration
6 27 (6.43%) Continuous Integration
7 26 (6.19%) Disaster Recovery
8 24 (5.71%) Patch Management
8 24 (5.71%) Scrum
9 23 (5.48%) Incident Management
9 23 (5.48%) ITIL V3
10 22 (5.24%) Service Management
10 22 (5.24%) Virtual Infrastructure
11 20 (4.76%) DevOps
11 20 (4.76%) Server Management
12 19 (4.52%) Configuration Management
13 17 (4.05%) Load Balancing
13 17 (4.05%) Storage Management
14 16 (3.81%) High Availability
14 16 (3.81%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 82 (19.52%) PowerShell
2 44 (10.48%) SQL
3 25 (5.95%) Java
4 21 (5.00%) JavaScript
5 18 (4.29%) Python
6 11 (2.62%) C#
7 10 (2.38%) VBScript
8 8 (1.90%) C
9 7 (1.67%) Bash Shell
9 7 (1.67%) Shell Script
10 6 (1.43%) ABAP
10 6 (1.43%) Perl
11 5 (1.19%) VB
12 4 (0.95%) PHP
13 3 (0.71%) Ruby
14 2 (0.48%) C++
14 2 (0.48%) F#
14 2 (0.48%) Java 8
14 2 (0.48%) Objective-C
15 1 (0.24%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 111 (26.43%) Security Cleared
2 74 (17.62%) SC Cleared
3 52 (12.38%) Microsoft Certification
4 46 (10.95%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 42 (10.00%) MCSE
6 37 (8.81%) DV Cleared
7 21 (5.00%) Degree
8 19 (4.52%) VCP6
9 11 (2.62%) Citrix Certification
10 10 (2.38%) MCSA
11 9 (2.14%) CCA
11 9 (2.14%) Cisco Certification
11 9 (2.14%) VCAP
12 7 (1.67%) MCTS
12 7 (1.67%) VCP4
12 7 (1.67%) VCP5
13 6 (1.43%) ITIL Certification
13 6 (1.43%) MCITP
13 6 (1.43%) MCP
14 5 (1.19%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (2.86%) SLA
2 6 (1.43%) PMO
3 4 (0.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.71%) JSP 440
5 1 (0.24%) COBIT
5 1 (0.24%) GDPR
5 1 (0.24%) GPG13
5 1 (0.24%) QA
System Software
1 248 (59.05%) VMware Infrastructure
2 238 (56.67%) Active Directory
3 99 (23.57%) VMware ESXi
4 63 (15.00%) XenApp
5 53 (12.62%) VMware NSX
6 46 (10.95%) Hyper-V
7 45 (10.71%) Virtual Machines
8 33 (7.86%) XenDesktop
9 22 (5.24%) vCloud
10 18 (4.29%) NFS
11 16 (3.81%) XenServer
12 14 (3.33%) VMware Server
13 13 (3.10%) Virtual Servers
14 9 (2.14%) Docker
14 9 (2.14%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 9 (2.14%) Xen
15 7 (1.67%) Virtual Desktop
16 5 (1.19%) Squid
16 5 (1.19%) VMware Workstation
17 4 (0.95%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 73 (17.38%) vRealize
2 71 (16.90%) vCenter Server
3 68 (16.19%) SCCM
4 28 (6.67%) McAfee ePO
4 28 (6.67%) Puppet
5 25 (5.95%) WSUS
6 23 (5.48%) Microsoft Clustering
7 22 (5.24%) SCOM
8 20 (4.76%) Ansible
9 18 (4.29%) vMotion
10 16 (3.81%) vRealize Orchestrator
11 14 (3.33%) NetBackup
11 14 (3.33%) PowerCLI
12 13 (3.10%) Opscode Chef
13 12 (2.86%) Backup Exec
14 8 (1.90%) Nagios
15 7 (1.67%) Cisco CUCM
15 7 (1.67%) Failover Clustering
15 7 (1.67%) SCVMM
16 6 (1.43%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 399 (95.00%) VMware
2 185 (44.05%) Microsoft
3 106 (25.24%) Citrix
4 83 (19.76%) Cisco
5 60 (14.29%) NetApp
6 45 (10.71%) HP
7 41 (9.76%) Red Hat
8 34 (8.10%) McAfee
9 33 (7.86%) Oracle
10 24 (5.71%) IBM
11 23 (5.48%) Dell
11 23 (5.48%) Juniper
12 22 (5.24%) EMC
13 21 (5.00%) Veeam
14 16 (3.81%) CommVault
15 14 (3.33%) Sony
16 10 (2.38%) F5
17 9 (2.14%) Symantec
18 8 (1.90%) CheckPoint
18 8 (1.90%) Sophos