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 25 June 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.

VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP, VCAP4)
UK
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 575 633 622
Rank change year-on-year +58 -11  
Contract jobs citing VCAP 12 19 14
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.026% 0.036% 0.025%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.13% 0.16% 0.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 10 8
Median daily rate £450 £431 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.34% +19.79%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £297 £359 £311
10% offered a daily rate of more than £473 £550 £422
UK excluding London median daily rate £295 £438 £420
% change year-on-year -32.57% +4.16%  
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 8905 11622 10650
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.24% 21.90% 19.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 5328 7267 6206
Median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 486 440 554
Median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £24.12
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.03% +18.15%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.52 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £49.13 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.00 £24.12
% change year-on-year +10.00% +24.37%  

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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

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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

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing VCAP over the 3 months to 25 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for VCAP in the UK

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for VCAP in the UK

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Top 13 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 25 June 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 +47 12 £450 +11.11% 3
London +7 6 £450 +27.65%
South East +36 2 £290 -36.26% 3
Hampshire +7 2 £290 -19.44% 1
East Midlands -9 2 £300 -
East of England - 2 - -
Luton - 2 - -
Northampton - 2 £300 -
Northamptonshire - 2 £300 -
Bedfordshire - 2 - -
Portsmouth - 1 - -
Southampton - 1 £290 -
City of London - 1 £525 -

For the 6 months to 25 June 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 21 (100.00%) VMware
2 20 (95.24%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
3 16 (76.19%) VMware Infrastructure
4 14 (66.67%) vSphere
5 12 (57.14%) VCP6
6 8 (38.10%) Degree
7 7 (33.33%) Finance
7 7 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
7 7 (33.33%) Data Centre
8 6 (28.57%) Microsoft Certification
8 6 (28.57%) Linux
8 6 (28.57%) MCSE
8 6 (28.57%) Computer Science
9 5 (23.81%) Mathematics
9 5 (23.81%) Scrum
9 5 (23.81%) Cisco Certification
9 5 (23.81%) Cisco
9 5 (23.81%) Microsoft
9 5 (23.81%) Ansible
9 5 (23.81%) vRealize
9 5 (23.81%) PaaS
9 5 (23.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 4 (19.05%) High Availability
10 4 (19.05%) Java
10 4 (19.05%) Windows
10 4 (19.05%) Disaster Recovery
11 3 (14.29%) Continuous Integration
11 3 (14.29%) Enterprise Architecture
11 3 (14.29%) ITIL
11 3 (14.29%) JavaScript

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Co-occurring 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 3 (14.29%) MS Exchange
2 2 (9.52%) Skype for Business
3 1 (4.76%) Exchange Server 2013
Cloud Services
1 5 (23.81%) PaaS
2 3 (14.29%) OpenShift
3 2 (9.52%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (4.76%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (4.76%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 3 (14.29%) VXLAN
2 2 (9.52%) NetScaler
2 2 (9.52%) Skype
2 2 (9.52%) Unified Communications
3 1 (4.76%) Cisco ASA
3 1 (4.76%) Cisco Nexus
3 1 (4.76%) Fibre Channel
3 1 (4.76%) Firewall
3 1 (4.76%) LAN
3 1 (4.76%) Network Security
3 1 (4.76%) SAN
3 1 (4.76%) VoIP
3 1 (4.76%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (14.29%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 3 (14.29%) Jenkins
General
1 7 (33.33%) Finance
2 2 (9.52%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 9 (42.86%) Architect
2 8 (38.10%) Solutions Architect
3 7 (33.33%) Consultant
4 5 (23.81%) Virtualisation Architect
5 4 (19.05%) Virtualisation Consultant
5 4 (19.05%) VMware Engineer
6 2 (9.52%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 2 (9.52%) Automation Engineer
6 2 (9.52%) Infrastructure Architect
6 2 (9.52%) Infrastructure Solutions Architect
6 2 (9.52%) Virtualisation Engineer
6 2 (9.52%) VMware Consultant
7 1 (4.76%) 3rd Line Support
7 1 (4.76%) Cisco Engineer
7 1 (4.76%) Data Centre Engineer
7 1 (4.76%) Enterprise Architect
7 1 (4.76%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 1 (4.76%) Lead Architect
7 1 (4.76%) Senior DevOps
7 1 (4.76%) Storage Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (14.29%) RESTful
2 2 (9.52%) J2EE
2 2 (9.52%) Java EE
3 1 (4.76%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 7 (33.33%) Data Centre
2 6 (28.57%) Computer Science
3 2 (9.52%) Clustering
3 2 (9.52%) EMC VNX
3 2 (9.52%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 6 (28.57%) Linux
2 5 (23.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 4 (19.05%) Windows
4 2 (9.52%) Windows Server
5 1 (4.76%) Windows 10
5 1 (4.76%) Windows 7
5 1 (4.76%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (23.81%) Mathematics
2 5 (23.81%) Scrum
3 4 (19.05%) Disaster Recovery
3 4 (19.05%) High Availability
4 3 (14.29%) Continuous Deployment
4 3 (14.29%) Continuous Integration
4 3 (14.29%) Enterprise Architecture
4 3 (14.29%) ITIL
5 2 (9.52%) Business Continuity
5 2 (9.52%) Business Transformation
5 2 (9.52%) CMMI
5 2 (9.52%) Desktop Virtualisation
5 2 (9.52%) DevOps
5 2 (9.52%) Digital Transformation Programme
5 2 (9.52%) ITIL V3
5 2 (9.52%) Migration
5 2 (9.52%) PRINCE2
5 2 (9.52%) Project Management
5 2 (9.52%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 4 (19.05%) Java
2 3 (14.29%) JavaScript
2 3 (14.29%) PowerShell
3 1 (4.76%) SQL
Qualifications
1 20 (95.24%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
2 12 (57.14%) VCP6
3 8 (38.10%) Degree
4 6 (28.57%) MCSE
4 6 (28.57%) Microsoft Certification
5 5 (23.81%) Cisco Certification
6 3 (14.29%) CCIE
6 3 (14.29%) MCSA
7 2 (9.52%) CCA
7 2 (9.52%) CCNA
7 2 (9.52%) Citrix Certification
7 2 (9.52%) SC Cleared
7 2 (9.52%) Security Cleared
7 2 (9.52%) VCDX
8 1 (4.76%) CCNP
8 1 (4.76%) CCSA
8 1 (4.76%) DV Cleared
8 1 (4.76%) MCITP
8 1 (4.76%) NCDA
8 1 (4.76%) NCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (9.52%) PCI DSS
2 1 (4.76%) Cyber Essentials
2 1 (4.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 16 (76.19%) VMware Infrastructure
2 14 (66.67%) vSphere
3 3 (14.29%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (9.52%) Active Directory
4 2 (9.52%) Docker
4 2 (9.52%) Microsoft App-V
4 2 (9.52%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (9.52%) XenApp
5 1 (4.76%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 5 (23.81%) Ansible
1 5 (23.81%) vRealize
2 3 (14.29%) Red Hat Satellite
3 2 (9.52%) SCCM
4 1 (4.76%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 1 (4.76%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 21 (100.00%) VMware
2 5 (23.81%) Cisco
2 5 (23.81%) Microsoft
3 3 (14.29%) NetApp
3 3 (14.29%) Red Hat
4 2 (9.52%) Citrix
4 2 (9.52%) EMC
5 1 (4.76%) Avaya
5 1 (4.76%) Symantec