Period
to 22 November 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 22 November 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
22 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 297 315 325
Rank change year-on-year +18 +10 -38
Contract jobs citing vSphere 355 409 383
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.79% 0.74% 0.71%
As % of the System Software category 4.89% 4.97% 5.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 224 266 259
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.23% +3.33% -
10th Percentile £280 £250 £213
90th Percentile £538 £500 £538
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £385
% change year-on-year +3.03% +7.14% -3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 11 8
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.75 £25.00 £31.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.00% -19.35% -19.48%
10th Percentile £15.20 £10.50 £12.36
90th Percentile £47.00 £47.83 £39.75
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £23.48 £32.00
% change year-on-year +49.05% -26.62% -1.54%

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 7,259 8,222 7,002
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 16.18% 14.87% 13.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,424 4,808 4,166
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £403 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.48% +7.33% +7.14%
10th Percentile £150 £163 £140
90th Percentile £600 £575 £538
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 543 706 574
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.20 £15.86 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.14% +5.73% -
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.45 £10.25
90th Percentile £47.00 £42.75 £43.00
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year +6.25% -3.03% +3.13%

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 22 November 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 22 November 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 22 November 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 +6 113 £463 +15.63% 36
North of England +31 61 £345 +6.15% 36
South West +34 60 £438 +34.62% 13
Midlands +37 54 £355 -11.25% 18
Yorkshire +51 41 £350 -3.45% 16
West Midlands +52 38 £350 -15.15% 9
East of England +16 32 £375 -8.54% 21
North West +23 20 £319 +9.91% 18
Scotland +17 19 £325 -31.58% 9
Wales +33 16 £500 +17.65% 2
East Midlands +4 15 £370 -7.50% 9
vSphere
UK

For the 6 months to 22 November 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.

1 326 (91.83%) VMware
2 259 (72.96%) Windows
3 223 (62.82%) VMware Infrastructure
4 193 (54.37%) Windows Server
5 180 (50.70%) Active Directory
6 143 (40.28%) Microsoft
7 128 (36.06%) Security Cleared
8 103 (29.01%) PowerShell
9 94 (26.48%) Linux
10 88 (24.79%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 87 (24.51%) Windows Server 2012
12 83 (23.38%) VMware ESXi
12 83 (23.38%) Citrix
13 82 (23.10%) Azure
14 78 (21.97%) DNS
15 77 (21.69%) SC Cleared
16 76 (21.41%) SCCM
17 74 (20.85%) Migration
18 71 (20.00%) AWS
19 63 (17.75%) vCenter Server
20 61 (17.18%) Hyper-V
21 58 (16.34%) Cisco
22 57 (16.06%) Data Centre
23 56 (15.77%) VMware NSX
23 56 (15.77%) DHCP
24 55 (15.49%) Windows Server 2008
24 55 (15.49%) Office 365
25 54 (15.21%) DV Cleared
26 51 (14.37%) vRealize
27 50 (14.08%) XenApp

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 37 (10.42%) MS Exchange
2 28 (7.89%) SharePoint
3 19 (5.35%) Exchange Server 2010
4 13 (3.66%) Skype for Business
5 12 (3.38%) Exchange Server 2013
5 12 (3.38%) Tomcat
6 11 (3.10%) Confluence
6 11 (3.10%) OpenStack
7 9 (2.54%) IIS
8 8 (2.25%) IBM Notes
9 5 (1.41%) IBM Domino
10 2 (0.56%) Apache
10 2 (0.56%) SharePoint Server
11 1 (0.28%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 1 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2003
11 1 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2007
11 1 (0.28%) Exchange Server 5.5
11 1 (0.28%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 18 (5.07%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (2.82%) MS Visio
3 8 (2.25%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.56%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (1.13%) Oracle BPM
2 3 (0.85%) CA PPM
Cloud Services
1 82 (23.10%) Azure
2 71 (20.00%) AWS
3 55 (15.49%) Office 365
4 20 (5.63%) GCP
5 17 (4.79%) IaaS
6 16 (4.51%) Amazon EC2
7 10 (2.82%) GitHub
7 10 (2.82%) PaaS
8 9 (2.54%) Azure Active Directory
9 8 (2.25%) SaaS
10 5 (1.41%) Cloud Computing
11 4 (1.13%) Amazon ELB
11 4 (1.13%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 3 (0.85%) Yammer
13 2 (0.56%) Mimecast
13 2 (0.56%) Power Platform
13 2 (0.56%) PowerApps
14 1 (0.28%) Azure ExpressRoute
14 1 (0.28%) BrowserStack
14 1 (0.28%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 78 (21.97%) DNS
2 56 (15.77%) DHCP
3 49 (13.80%) Firewall
4 45 (12.68%) SAN
5 33 (9.30%) VSAN
6 31 (8.73%) TCP/IP
7 26 (7.32%) WAN
8 25 (7.04%) LAN
9 17 (4.79%) NetScaler
10 15 (4.23%) NAS
10 15 (4.23%) Skype
11 11 (3.10%) Network Security
12 9 (2.54%) iSCSI
12 9 (2.54%) VPN
13 8 (2.25%) Wireless
14 5 (1.41%) Cisco ASA
14 5 (1.41%) SSL
15 4 (1.13%) Cisco Nexus
15 4 (1.13%) Internet
15 4 (1.13%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 47 (13.24%) SQL Server
2 13 (3.66%) Oracle Database
3 10 (2.82%) SQL Server 2016
4 8 (2.25%) PostgreSQL
5 6 (1.69%) SQL Server 2012
6 5 (1.41%) EDRMS
6 5 (1.41%) SQL Server 2017
7 4 (1.13%) Big Data
7 4 (1.13%) SQL Server 2014
8 3 (0.85%) Oracle Database 10g
8 3 (0.85%) Oracle Database 11g
8 3 (0.85%) Oracle Reports
8 3 (0.85%) SQL Server 2008
9 2 (0.56%) Hadoop
9 2 (0.56%) HBase
9 2 (0.56%) MySQL
9 2 (0.56%) Relational Database
9 2 (0.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 1 (0.28%) Amazon RDS
10 1 (0.28%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 24 (6.76%) Jenkins
2 15 (4.23%) JIRA
3 14 (3.94%) Maven
4 13 (3.66%) Git (software)
4 13 (3.66%) JUnit
4 13 (3.66%) Selenium
5 12 (3.38%) InstallShield
5 12 (3.38%) Mockito
5 12 (3.38%) MSI
6 11 (3.10%) AdminStudio
6 11 (3.10%) GitLab
6 11 (3.10%) SonarQube
7 8 (2.25%) Appium
7 8 (2.25%) Cucumber
8 6 (1.69%) Bitbucket
9 5 (1.41%) Artifactory
9 5 (1.41%) Team Foundation Server
10 4 (1.13%) DbUnit
10 4 (1.13%) jMock
10 4 (1.13%) TestNG
General
1 16 (4.51%) Finance
2 14 (3.94%) Public Sector
3 13 (3.66%) Telecoms
4 11 (3.10%) Back Office
5 8 (2.25%) Law
6 7 (1.97%) Retail
7 3 (0.85%) Banking
8 2 (0.56%) Financial Institution
8 2 (0.56%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.56%) Military
9 1 (0.28%) Advertising
9 1 (0.28%) Games
Job Titles
1 79 (22.25%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 43 (12.11%) Analyst
3 35 (9.86%) Architect
4 29 (8.17%) VMware Engineer
5 28 (7.89%) Server Engineer
6 25 (7.04%) Administrator
6 25 (7.04%) Consultant
6 25 (7.04%) Infrastructure Analyst
7 18 (5.07%) VMware Consultant
8 17 (4.79%) 3rd Line Support
9 16 (4.51%) Wintel Engineer
10 15 (4.23%) Support Engineer
10 15 (4.23%) Systems Administrator
10 15 (4.23%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
11 14 (3.94%) Virtualisation Engineer
11 14 (3.94%) VMware Architect
11 14 (3.94%) Windows Engineer
12 12 (3.38%) Java Developer
12 12 (3.38%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
12 12 (3.38%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (4.23%) Web Services
2 12 (3.38%) XML
3 9 (2.54%) RESTful
3 9 (2.54%) SOAP
4 8 (2.25%) JSF
4 8 (2.25%) Spring
5 6 (1.69%) LDAP
6 5 (1.41%) HTML
6 5 (1.41%) J2EE
7 4 (1.13%) Apache Camel
7 4 (1.13%) CSS
7 4 (1.13%) PowerMock
8 3 (0.85%) .NET
9 2 (0.56%) LAMP
10 1 (0.28%) Ajax
10 1 (0.28%) AngularJS
10 1 (0.28%) Kafka
10 1 (0.28%) Middleware
10 1 (0.28%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 57 (16.06%) Data Centre
2 27 (7.61%) Clustering
3 19 (5.35%) Hybrid Cloud
4 15 (4.23%) Enterprise Storage
5 14 (3.94%) Management Information System
6 12 (3.38%) EMC VMAX
6 12 (3.38%) Replication
7 9 (2.54%) EMC VNX
7 9 (2.54%) PKI
7 9 (2.54%) VxBlock/Vblock
8 8 (2.25%) Self-Motivation
9 7 (1.97%) User Experience
10 6 (1.69%) Analytical Skills
11 5 (1.41%) CCTV
11 5 (1.41%) Driving Licence
12 4 (1.13%) NHS
13 3 (0.85%) HP Storage
14 2 (0.56%) EMC VNXe
14 2 (0.56%) Private Cloud
14 2 (0.56%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 259 (72.96%) Windows
2 193 (54.37%) Windows Server
3 94 (26.48%) Linux
4 87 (24.51%) Windows Server 2012
5 55 (15.49%) Windows Server 2008
6 39 (10.99%) Windows 10
7 35 (9.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 22 (6.20%) Windows Server 2003
9 21 (5.92%) Unix
10 15 (4.23%) CentOS
11 13 (3.66%) Windows 7
12 12 (3.38%) Solaris
13 10 (2.82%) Ubuntu
14 5 (1.41%) SUSE
15 4 (1.13%) VMS
16 3 (0.85%) Debian
17 2 (0.56%) HPUX
17 2 (0.56%) Windows 2000 Server
18 1 (0.28%) Data ONTAP
18 1 (0.28%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 88 (24.79%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 74 (20.85%) Migration
3 49 (13.80%) ITIL
4 33 (9.30%) Disaster Recovery
5 32 (9.01%) DevOps
6 22 (6.20%) Agile Software Development
6 22 (6.20%) Configuration Management
7 18 (5.07%) High Availability
7 18 (5.07%) Problem-Solving
7 18 (5.07%) Virtual Infrastructure
8 17 (4.79%) Continuous Integration
9 16 (4.51%) Application Packaging
9 16 (4.51%) Test Automation
10 15 (4.23%) BDD
10 15 (4.23%) Capacity Management
10 15 (4.23%) Load Balancing
11 14 (3.94%) Change Management
11 14 (3.94%) Data Migration
11 14 (3.94%) Scrum
11 14 (3.94%) Software Delivery
Programming Languages
1 103 (29.01%) PowerShell
2 45 (12.68%) SQL
3 24 (6.76%) Java
4 22 (6.20%) Python
5 15 (4.23%) JavaScript
6 11 (3.10%) Bash Shell
6 11 (3.10%) C
7 10 (2.82%) VBScript
8 9 (2.54%) Perl
9 8 (2.25%) Ruby
10 3 (0.85%) F#
10 3 (0.85%) Go
11 2 (0.56%) T-SQL
12 1 (0.28%) C#
12 1 (0.28%) PHP
12 1 (0.28%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.28%) VB
Qualifications
1 128 (36.06%) Security Cleared
2 77 (21.69%) SC Cleared
3 54 (15.21%) DV Cleared
4 32 (9.01%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 27 (7.61%) Microsoft Certification
6 21 (5.92%) MCSE
7 17 (4.79%) ISEB
8 15 (4.23%) MCP
9 14 (3.94%) ISTQB
9 14 (3.94%) MCSA
10 10 (2.82%) VCAP
11 8 (2.25%) Cisco Certification
12 7 (1.97%) Citrix Certification
13 6 (1.69%) CCA
13 6 (1.69%) CCNA
13 6 (1.69%) ITIL Certification
14 5 (1.41%) VCP6
15 4 (1.13%) Degree
15 4 (1.13%) VCP5
16 3 (0.85%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (5.35%) QA
2 10 (2.82%) SLA
3 8 (2.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 8 (2.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.28%) GxP
4 1 (0.28%) NCSC
4 1 (0.28%) NIST
4 1 (0.28%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.28%) PMO
System Software
1 223 (62.82%) VMware Infrastructure
2 180 (50.70%) Active Directory
3 83 (23.38%) VMware ESXi
4 61 (17.18%) Hyper-V
5 56 (15.77%) VMware NSX
6 50 (14.08%) XenApp
7 25 (7.04%) Virtual Machines
8 24 (6.76%) Microsoft App-V
9 21 (5.92%) XenDesktop
10 15 (4.23%) vCloud
11 14 (3.94%) Docker
11 14 (3.94%) VMware Workstation
12 11 (3.10%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 9 (2.54%) NFS
13 9 (2.54%) VMFS
14 6 (1.69%) BitLocker
14 6 (1.69%) Firmware
15 5 (1.41%) ISA Server
15 5 (1.41%) Oracle RAC
15 5 (1.41%) Xen
Systems Management
1 76 (21.41%) SCCM
2 63 (17.75%) vCenter Server
3 51 (14.37%) vRealize
4 22 (6.20%) WSUS
5 18 (5.07%) vMotion
6 17 (4.79%) NetBackup
7 15 (4.23%) Ansible
8 14 (3.94%) HP Quality Center
8 14 (3.94%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 14 (3.94%) SCOM
9 13 (3.66%) PowerCLI
10 9 (2.54%) Norton AntiVirus
10 9 (2.54%) vRealize Orchestrator
11 8 (2.25%) AirWatch
11 8 (2.25%) Puppet
12 7 (1.97%) Kubernetes
13 6 (1.69%) Microsoft Intune
13 6 (1.69%) Nagios
13 6 (1.69%) Opscode Chef
13 6 (1.69%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 326 (91.83%) VMware
2 143 (40.28%) Microsoft
3 83 (23.38%) Citrix
4 58 (16.34%) Cisco
5 45 (12.68%) NetApp
6 44 (12.39%) HP
7 33 (9.30%) Dell
8 26 (7.32%) Red Hat
9 25 (7.04%) Veeam
10 24 (6.76%) EMC
11 19 (5.35%) Oracle
12 17 (4.79%) Ivanti
13 16 (4.51%) Veritas
14 12 (3.38%) Symantec
15 11 (3.10%) Brocade
15 11 (3.10%) Google
15 11 (3.10%) Lotus
15 11 (3.10%) SolarWinds
16 10 (2.82%) Fortinet
17 8 (2.25%) McAfee