The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for VCAP qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 24 March 2017 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP, VCAP4)
UK
Rank 587 630 611
Rank change year-on-year +43 -19  
Contract jobs citing VCAP 9 12 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.020% 0.023% 0.019%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.096% 0.11% 0.095%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 12 5
Median daily rate £475 £360 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +31.94% -12.19%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £380 £360 £329
10% offered a daily rate of more than £640 £540 £560
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £360 £500
% change year-on-year +25.00% -28.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

VCAP is in the academic qualifications and professional certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 9416 11075 10551
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.79% 20.90% 20.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 5980 6908 6005
Median daily rate £420 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.70% +1.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £255 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £545
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 450 402 477
Median hourly rate £30.00 £37.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +66.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £12.26 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.00 £60.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.25 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -26.87% +77.77%  

VCAP
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing VCAP as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for VCAP in the UK

VCAP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing VCAP.

Contractor daily rate trend for VCAP in the UK

VCAP
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing VCAP over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for VCAP in the UK

VCAP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing VCAP.

Contractor hourly rate trend for VCAP in the UK

VCAP
Top 7 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing VCAP within the UK over the 3 months to 24 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +27 5 £500 +38.88% 1
London - 4 £675 - 1
Edinburgh - 4 £463 -
Scotland - 4 £463 -
North West +29 1 £275 -8.33%
Salford - 1 £275 -
Manchester - 1 £275 -

VCAP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing VCAP also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for VCAP.

1 15 (100.00%) VMware
2 14 (93.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
3 11 (73.33%) vSphere
4 9 (60.00%) VMware Infrastructure
5 8 (53.33%) VCP6
6 6 (40.00%) Data Centre
6 6 (40.00%) Linux
6 6 (40.00%) vRealize
7 5 (33.33%) Cisco
7 5 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
7 5 (33.33%) Scrum
7 5 (33.33%) Ansible
7 5 (33.33%) PaaS
7 5 (33.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 4 (26.67%) Active Directory
8 4 (26.67%) Microsoft Certification
8 4 (26.67%) MCSE
8 4 (26.67%) Java
9 3 (20.00%) JavaScript
9 3 (20.00%) Microsoft
9 3 (20.00%) SAN
9 3 (20.00%) NetApp
9 3 (20.00%) Red Hat
9 3 (20.00%) Cisco Certification
9 3 (20.00%) VMware ESX
9 3 (20.00%) RESTful
9 3 (20.00%) PowerShell
9 3 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
9 3 (20.00%) OpenShift
9 3 (20.00%) Red Hat Satellite

VCAP
Top Related IT Skills 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 1 (6.67%) MS Exchange
1 1 (6.67%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (6.67%) MS Excel
1 1 (6.67%) MS Project
Cloud Services
1 5 (33.33%) PaaS
2 3 (20.00%) OpenShift
3 2 (13.33%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (6.67%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (6.67%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 3 (20.00%) SAN
1 3 (20.00%) VXLAN
2 2 (13.33%) Cisco Nexus
2 2 (13.33%) DNS
2 2 (13.33%) Firewall
2 2 (13.33%) NAS
2 2 (13.33%) WAN
3 1 (6.67%) Cisco ASA
3 1 (6.67%) FCoE
3 1 (6.67%) Fibre Channel
3 1 (6.67%) iSCSI
3 1 (6.67%) LAN
3 1 (6.67%) MPLS
3 1 (6.67%) NetScaler
3 1 (6.67%) Network Security
3 1 (6.67%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (6.67%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 3 (20.00%) Jenkins
General
1 2 (13.33%) Finance
2 1 (6.67%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 4 (26.67%) Architect
2 3 (20.00%) Consultant
2 3 (20.00%) VMware Consultant
2 3 (20.00%) VMware Engineer
3 2 (13.33%) Administrator
3 2 (13.33%) Automation Engineer
3 2 (13.33%) Data Centre Architect
3 2 (13.33%) Enterprise Architect
3 2 (13.33%) Enterprise Solutions Architect
3 2 (13.33%) Lead Architect
3 2 (13.33%) Lead Enterprise Architect
3 2 (13.33%) Lead Solutions Architect
3 2 (13.33%) Solutions Architect
3 2 (13.33%) Virtualisation Architect
3 2 (13.33%) VMWare Administrator
3 2 (13.33%) VMware Architect
4 1 (6.67%) Automation Consultant
4 1 (6.67%) Exchange Administrator
4 1 (6.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) Senior DevOps
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (20.00%) RESTful
2 2 (13.33%) J2EE
2 2 (13.33%) Java EE
3 1 (6.67%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 6 (40.00%) Data Centre
2 2 (13.33%) EMC VNX
2 2 (13.33%) VxBlock/Vblock
3 1 (6.67%) Blog
3 1 (6.67%) Computer Science
3 1 (6.67%) Microsoft Licensing
Operating Systems
1 6 (40.00%) Linux
2 5 (33.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 2 (13.33%) Windows
4 1 (6.67%) Data ONTAP
4 1 (6.67%) Solaris
4 1 (6.67%) Windows Server
4 1 (6.67%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (6.67%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (6.67%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
1 5 (33.33%) Scrum
2 3 (20.00%) Continuous Deployment
2 3 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
3 2 (13.33%) DevOps
3 2 (13.33%) Enterprise Architecture
4 1 (6.67%) Converged Infrastructure
4 1 (6.67%) Disaster Recovery
4 1 (6.67%) Document Management
4 1 (6.67%) Migration
4 1 (6.67%) Presales
4 1 (6.67%) PRINCE2
4 1 (6.67%) Software Licensing
4 1 (6.67%) Stakeholder Management
4 1 (6.67%) Supplier Management
4 1 (6.67%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 4 (26.67%) Java
2 3 (20.00%) JavaScript
2 3 (20.00%) PowerShell
3 2 (13.33%) SQL
Qualifications
1 14 (93.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
2 8 (53.33%) VCP6
3 4 (26.67%) MCSE
3 4 (26.67%) Microsoft Certification
4 3 (20.00%) Cisco Certification
5 2 (13.33%) CCIE
5 2 (13.33%) CCNA
5 2 (13.33%) MCITP
5 2 (13.33%) VCDX
6 1 (6.67%) CCNP
6 1 (6.67%) Degree
6 1 (6.67%) DV Cleared
6 1 (6.67%) MCSA
6 1 (6.67%) NCDA
6 1 (6.67%) NCIE
6 1 (6.67%) PMI Certification
6 1 (6.67%) PMP
6 1 (6.67%) SC Cleared
6 1 (6.67%) Security Cleared
6 1 (6.67%) VCP5
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (6.67%) Cyber Essentials
1 1 (6.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 1 (6.67%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 11 (73.33%) vSphere
2 9 (60.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (26.67%) Active Directory
4 3 (20.00%) VMware ESX
5 2 (13.33%) Docker
5 2 (13.33%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (6.67%) Hyper-V
6 1 (6.67%) NFS
6 1 (6.67%) vCloud
6 1 (6.67%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (6.67%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 6 (40.00%) vRealize
2 5 (33.33%) Ansible
3 3 (20.00%) Red Hat Satellite
4 1 (6.67%) SCCM
Vendors
1 15 (100.00%) VMware
2 5 (33.33%) Cisco
3 3 (20.00%) Microsoft
3 3 (20.00%) NetApp
3 3 (20.00%) Red Hat
4 2 (13.33%) Citrix
4 2 (13.33%) EMC
4 2 (13.33%) Veeam
5 1 (6.67%) 3PAR
5 1 (6.67%) Avaya
5 1 (6.67%) HP
5 1 (6.67%) Oracle