Period
to 10 August 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 10 August 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
10 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 213 312 306
Rank change year-on-year +99 -6 +61
Contract jobs citing vSphere 176 349 419
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.99% 0.71% 0.76%
As % of the System Software category 6.51% 4.53% 5.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 132 219 274
Median daily rate £425 £413 £383
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +7.77% +4.15%
10th Percentile £301 £249 £259
90th Percentile £550 £550 £500
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 12 7
Median hourly rate £35.00 £33.75 £31.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.70% +8.87% +84.14%
UK median hourly rate £41.00 £40.72 £29.50
% change year-on-year +0.70% +38.02% +26.88%

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 2,705 7,711 7,712
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 15.27% 15.66% 13.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,604 4,713 4,468
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £156 £163 £163
90th Percentile £588 £588 £563
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 208 490 699
Median hourly rate £18.00 £16.00 £15.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +0.88% +5.73%
10th Percentile £11.22 £11.00 £10.56
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.50 £43.75
Median hourly rate £20.00 £17.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year +17.65% +3.03% +3.13%

vSphere
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing vSphere as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing vSphere in the UK excluding London.

Daily rate trend for vSphere in the UK excluding London

vSphere
Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing vSphere in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 10 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for vSphere in the UK excluding London

vSphere
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing vSphere in the UK excluding London.

Hourly rate trend 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 10 August 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 +107 67 £475 +15.15% 23
Scotland +94 34 £406 -18.75% 2
South West +77 31 £500 +37.93% 4
North of England +73 17 £450 +12.50% 7
Midlands +59 13 £350 +11.55% 3
East of England +63 12 £335 -25.56% 1
West Midlands +50 11 £350 +26.70% 2
North West +69 10 £475 +40.74% 1
Yorkshire +54 5 £375 -11.76% 2
East Midlands +46 2 £250 -28.83% 1
Wales +36 2 £388 +10.71% 1
North East +35 2 £375 +36.36% 4
vSphere
UK

For the 6 months to 10 August 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.

1 166 (94.32%) VMware
2 126 (71.59%) Windows
3 116 (65.91%) VMware Infrastructure
4 103 (58.52%) Security Cleared
5 90 (51.14%) Windows Server
6 84 (47.73%) Active Directory
7 74 (42.05%) SC Cleared
8 72 (40.91%) PowerShell
9 59 (33.52%) Microsoft
10 47 (26.70%) Citrix
10 47 (26.70%) VMware NSX
11 45 (25.57%) vRealize
11 45 (25.57%) VSAN
12 43 (24.43%) Configuration Management
13 42 (23.86%) VMware ESXi
14 41 (23.30%) Windows Server 2016
15 38 (21.59%) Windows Server 2012
16 37 (21.02%) DNS
17 35 (19.89%) Linux
17 35 (19.89%) Firewall
17 35 (19.89%) XenApp
17 35 (19.89%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 33 (18.75%) XML
19 32 (18.18%) Azure
20 30 (17.05%) PowerCLI
20 30 (17.05%) DHCP
21 28 (15.91%) DV Cleared
21 28 (15.91%) SCCM
22 27 (15.34%) Cisco
22 27 (15.34%) Windows 10

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 22 (12.50%) MS Exchange
2 10 (5.68%) Exchange Server 2013
3 9 (5.11%) SharePoint
3 9 (5.11%) Skype for Business
4 6 (3.41%) Confluence
5 5 (2.84%) IIS
6 4 (2.27%) Elasticsearch
6 4 (2.27%) Exchange Server 2010
6 4 (2.27%) Tomcat
7 3 (1.70%) OpenStack
8 2 (1.14%) Cloud Foundry
9 1 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2007
9 1 (0.57%) JBoss
9 1 (0.57%) WildFly
Applications
1 7 (3.98%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.70%) MS Visio
3 2 (1.14%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (1.14%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (1.70%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 32 (18.18%) Azure
2 27 (15.34%) AWS
3 21 (11.93%) Office 365
4 14 (7.95%) GitHub
5 9 (5.11%) IaaS
6 7 (3.98%) GCP
7 6 (3.41%) Amazon EC2
8 5 (2.84%) PaaS
9 4 (2.27%) Yammer
10 2 (1.14%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
10 2 (1.14%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 2 (1.14%) Datadog
10 2 (1.14%) Heroku
11 1 (0.57%) Cloud Computing
11 1 (0.57%) G Suite
11 1 (0.57%) OpenShift
11 1 (0.57%) Power Platform
11 1 (0.57%) PowerApps
11 1 (0.57%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 45 (25.57%) VSAN
2 37 (21.02%) DNS
3 35 (19.89%) Firewall
4 30 (17.05%) DHCP
5 20 (11.36%) SAN
6 16 (9.09%) VLAN
6 16 (9.09%) WAN
7 14 (7.95%) Reverse Proxy
8 13 (7.39%) Skype
9 12 (6.82%) LAN
10 11 (6.25%) SNMP
11 9 (5.11%) iSCSI
11 9 (5.11%) Network Security
12 8 (4.55%) TCP/IP
13 7 (3.98%) Remote Desktop
14 6 (3.41%) NetScaler
15 3 (1.70%) Cisco Firepower
15 3 (1.70%) Cisco Nexus
15 3 (1.70%) Ethernet
15 3 (1.70%) Junos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (14.20%) SQL Server
2 10 (5.68%) PostgreSQL
3 5 (2.84%) MySQL
4 3 (1.70%) Big Data
4 3 (1.70%) MongoDB
5 2 (1.14%) Amazon RDS
5 2 (1.14%) Oracle Database
5 2 (1.14%) SQL Server 2017
6 1 (0.57%) Oracle Database 12c
6 1 (0.57%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.57%) Redis
6 1 (0.57%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (0.57%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.57%) SQL Server 2014
6 1 (0.57%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 26 (14.77%) Jenkins
2 22 (12.50%) Git (software)
3 20 (11.36%) JIRA
4 16 (9.09%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 14 (7.95%) GitLab
6 6 (3.41%) DbUnit
6 6 (3.41%) jMock
6 6 (3.41%) JUnit
6 6 (3.41%) Maven
6 6 (3.41%) Mockito
6 6 (3.41%) SonarQube
7 3 (1.70%) Bitbucket
7 3 (1.70%) Robot Framework
7 3 (1.70%) TestRail
8 2 (1.14%) CF BOSH
8 2 (1.14%) TeamCity
9 1 (0.57%) AutoIt
9 1 (0.57%) SoapUI
9 1 (0.57%) Sonatype Nexus
9 1 (0.57%) SpecFlow
General
1 7 (3.98%) Finance
2 6 (3.41%) Public Sector
3 4 (2.27%) Legal
3 4 (2.27%) Telecoms
4 3 (1.70%) Banking
5 2 (1.14%) Publishing
5 2 (1.14%) Spanish Language
6 1 (0.57%) Back Office
6 1 (0.57%) Local Government
6 1 (0.57%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.57%) Police
Job Titles
1 28 (15.91%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 26 (14.77%) Virtualisation Engineer
3 25 (14.20%) VMware Engineer
4 13 (7.39%) Wintel Engineer
5 12 (6.82%) Architect
6 10 (5.68%) DevOps Engineer
6 10 (5.68%) Network Engineer
7 9 (5.11%) Administrator
7 9 (5.11%) Consultant
8 8 (4.55%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 7 (3.98%) Analyst
9 7 (3.98%) PowerShell Engineer
10 6 (3.41%) Cloud Engineer
11 5 (2.84%) Applications Engineer
11 5 (2.84%) Developer
11 5 (2.84%) Java Developer
11 5 (2.84%) Network Infrastructure Engineer
11 5 (2.84%) Support Engineer
11 5 (2.84%) VMware Architect
12 4 (2.27%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (18.75%) XML
2 14 (7.95%) RESTful
3 13 (7.39%) REST
4 9 (5.11%) Elastic Stack
4 9 (5.11%) gRPC
4 9 (5.11%) Swagger
4 9 (5.11%) Web Services
5 6 (3.41%) J2EE
5 6 (3.41%) PowerMock
5 6 (3.41%) SOAP
6 5 (2.84%) Apache Camel
6 5 (2.84%) Middleware
7 4 (2.27%) JSON
7 4 (2.27%) Spring
8 3 (1.70%) SailPoint
9 2 (1.14%) Flash
9 2 (1.14%) OAuth
9 2 (1.14%) OAuth2
9 2 (1.14%) RabbitMQ
9 2 (1.14%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 25 (14.20%) Data Centre
2 14 (7.95%) Replication
3 9 (5.11%) PKI
4 8 (4.55%) Public Cloud
5 7 (3.98%) Clustering
6 5 (2.84%) Private Cloud
7 4 (2.27%) Analytical Skills
7 4 (2.27%) Management Information System
7 4 (2.27%) Self-Motivation
8 3 (1.70%) Driving Licence
9 2 (1.14%) Machine to Machine
10 1 (0.57%) Blackberry
10 1 (0.57%) Client/Server
10 1 (0.57%) Fat Client
10 1 (0.57%) FlexPod
10 1 (0.57%) Hybrid Cloud
10 1 (0.57%) NHS
10 1 (0.57%) Thin Client
10 1 (0.57%) Video Conferencing
10 1 (0.57%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 126 (71.59%) Windows
2 90 (51.14%) Windows Server
3 41 (23.30%) Windows Server 2016
4 38 (21.59%) Windows Server 2012
5 35 (19.89%) Linux
6 27 (15.34%) Windows 10
7 23 (13.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 18 (10.23%) CentOS
9 13 (7.39%) Windows Server 2008
10 9 (5.11%) Windows Server 2019
11 7 (3.98%) Unix
12 3 (1.70%) Windows 7
13 2 (1.14%) AIX
13 2 (1.14%) Solaris
13 2 (1.14%) Windows Server 2003
13 2 (1.14%) Windows XP
14 1 (0.57%) HPUX
14 1 (0.57%) Windows 2000
14 1 (0.57%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 43 (24.43%) Configuration Management
2 35 (19.89%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 24 (13.64%) ITIL
4 23 (13.07%) Agile Software Development
4 23 (13.07%) Deployment Automation
5 22 (12.50%) Continuous Integration
6 18 (10.23%) DevOps
7 17 (9.66%) Infrastructure as Code
8 14 (7.95%) Continuous Deployment
8 14 (7.95%) Migration
9 11 (6.25%) Problem-Solving
10 10 (5.68%) Storage Management
11 9 (5.11%) Change Management
11 9 (5.11%) Microservices
11 9 (5.11%) Test Automation
12 8 (4.55%) Systems Engineering
13 7 (3.98%) Continuous Delivery
13 7 (3.98%) Disaster Recovery
13 7 (3.98%) Project Management
13 7 (3.98%) Virtual Infrastructure
Programming Languages
1 72 (40.91%) PowerShell
2 14 (7.95%) Python
3 13 (7.39%) SQL
4 12 (6.82%) Bash Shell
5 9 (5.11%) C#
5 9 (5.11%) Go
6 7 (3.98%) Java
6 7 (3.98%) JavaScript
7 4 (2.27%) PHP
8 3 (1.70%) C
9 2 (1.14%) VBScript
10 1 (0.57%) F#
10 1 (0.57%) Perl
10 1 (0.57%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.57%) VBA
Qualifications
1 103 (58.52%) Security Cleared
2 74 (42.05%) SC Cleared
3 28 (15.91%) DV Cleared
4 11 (6.25%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 6 (3.41%) MCSE
5 6 (3.41%) Microsoft Certification
6 5 (2.84%) Degree
6 5 (2.84%) VCP6
7 4 (2.27%) ISTQB
8 3 (1.70%) CCNA
8 3 (1.70%) Cisco Certification
9 2 (1.14%) Citrix Certification
9 2 (1.14%) DBS Check
9 2 (1.14%) ISEB
9 2 (1.14%) ITIL Certification
9 2 (1.14%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 2 (1.14%) VCAP
10 1 (0.57%) CCA
10 1 (0.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 1 (0.57%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.41%) SLA
2 3 (1.70%) QA
3 2 (1.14%) PMO
4 1 (0.57%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.57%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 116 (65.91%) VMware Infrastructure
2 84 (47.73%) Active Directory
3 47 (26.70%) VMware NSX
4 42 (23.86%) VMware ESXi
5 35 (19.89%) XenApp
6 19 (10.80%) Terminal Services
7 16 (9.09%) Hyper-V
8 15 (8.52%) Docker
9 12 (6.82%) vCloud
10 9 (5.11%) Virtual Machines
11 6 (3.41%) XenDesktop
12 5 (2.84%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 5 (2.84%) NFS
12 5 (2.84%) Virtual Desktop
13 3 (1.70%) Microsoft App-V
14 2 (1.14%) DFS Replication
14 2 (1.14%) UAG
14 2 (1.14%) Virtual Servers
15 1 (0.57%) Forefront TMG
15 1 (0.57%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 45 (25.57%) vRealize
2 30 (17.05%) PowerCLI
3 28 (15.91%) SCCM
4 21 (11.93%) vCenter Server
5 16 (9.09%) Opscode Chef
5 16 (9.09%) Puppet
6 15 (8.52%) Ansible
6 15 (8.52%) Terraform
7 14 (7.95%) Kubernetes
7 14 (7.95%) Packer
8 11 (6.25%) McAfee ePO
9 9 (5.11%) Grafana
9 9 (5.11%) Prometheus
9 9 (5.11%) ZABBIX
10 7 (3.98%) SCOM
11 5 (2.84%) vMotion
11 5 (2.84%) WSUS
12 4 (2.27%) Failover Clustering
12 4 (2.27%) Microsoft Intune
12 4 (2.27%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 166 (94.32%) VMware
2 59 (33.52%) Microsoft
3 47 (26.70%) Citrix
4 27 (15.34%) Cisco
5 24 (13.64%) NetApp
6 20 (11.36%) McAfee
7 18 (10.23%) Dell
8 17 (9.66%) Atlassian
8 17 (9.66%) EMC
9 14 (7.95%) HP
10 12 (6.82%) Splunk
10 12 (6.82%) Veeam
11 10 (5.68%) Juniper
11 10 (5.68%) Red Hat
12 8 (4.55%) Google
12 8 (4.55%) Oracle
13 6 (3.41%) SolarWinds
14 4 (2.27%) CyberArk
14 4 (2.27%) F5
14 4 (2.27%) NetIQ