The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for VMware ESX skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited VMware ESX over the 3 months to 30 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.

VMware ESX Server
UK
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 478 381 427
Rank change year-on-year -97 +46  
Contract jobs citing VMware ESX 123 278 207
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.27% 0.51% 0.39%
As % of the System Software category 2.42% 4.70% 3.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 91 186 121
Median daily rate £365 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.66% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £350 £357
% change year-on-year -5.71% -1.83%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 2 4
Median hourly rate £35.00 £24.25 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +44.32% -19.16%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £24.25 £30.00
% change year-on-year +44.32% -19.16%  

VMware ESX is in the system software skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills.

Contract System Software Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 5084 5919 5511
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 11.17% 10.93% 10.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 3238 3608 3035
Median daily rate £400 £398 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.62% +6.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £200 £185
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £535 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £370 £350
% change year-on-year -5.40% +5.71%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 357 458 641
Median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -3.03%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £45.00 £33.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £15.85
% change year-on-year -3.03% +4.10%  

VMware ESX
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing VMware ESX as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the System Software category.

Job vacancy trend for VMware ESX in the UK

VMware ESX
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for VMware ESX in the UK

VMware ESX
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing VMware ESX over the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for VMware ESX in the UK

VMware ESX
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for VMware ESX in the UK

VMware ESX
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing VMware ESX over the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for VMware ESX in the UK

VMware ESX
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing VMware ESX within the UK over the 3 months to 30 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 -69 115 £365 -2.66% 15
London -22 44 £469 +0.80% 6
East of England +18 28 £295 -12.59% 2
South East -26 23 £330 +1.53% 1
Hampshire +6 12 £325 -10.34% 1
Essex - 12 £265 -
Norfolk +9 10 £365 +12.30% 1
South West -19 8 £313 -10.71%
Hook +11 7 £310 +3.33%
Bristol +1 6 £311 -5.68%
Croydon - 6 £469 -
West Midlands +20 5 £173 -65.50% 2
Yorkshire +14 4 £575 +43.75% 1
City of London +4 4 £525 +13.51% 1
Hertfordshire +3 4 £200 -44.82% 1
Scotland -1 4 £395 +30.57%
Berkshire +18 3 £394 +25.00%
Edinburgh +16 3 £395 -12.22%
Tunbridge Wells +15 3 £303 -
West Yorkshire +9 3 £575 +43.75%
Kent +6 3 £303 -25.76%
Leeds 0 3 £575 +43.75%
King's Lynn - 3 £368 -
North West +24 2 £400 +6.66% 2
Slough +9 2 £394 +4.65%
Cambridgeshire +8 2 - -
Birmingham +6 2 £338 -32.50% 1
Surrey -5 2 £375 +97.36%
Oxfordshire -12 2 £338 +50.00%
Solihull - 2 £120 -

For the 6 months to 30 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing VMware ESX 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 VMware ESX.

1 320 (99.69%) VMware
2 248 (77.26%) Windows
3 237 (73.83%) VMware Infrastructure
4 148 (46.11%) Active Directory
5 126 (39.25%) Microsoft
5 126 (39.25%) DNS
6 110 (34.27%) Windows Server
7 108 (33.64%) Windows Server 2008
8 96 (29.91%) Windows 7
8 96 (29.91%) SAN
9 91 (28.35%) Finance
10 81 (25.23%) Citrix
11 80 (24.92%) Linux
12 77 (23.99%) ITIL
13 76 (23.68%) PowerShell
13 76 (23.68%) Windows Server 2012
14 69 (21.50%) SCCM
15 68 (21.18%) Windows Server 2003
15 68 (21.18%) Firewall
16 60 (18.69%) XenApp
17 59 (18.38%) Cisco
18 55 (17.13%) vSphere
19 52 (16.20%) EMC
19 52 (16.20%) Unix
19 52 (16.20%) SQL
20 50 (15.58%) Security Cleared
21 48 (14.95%) DHCP
21 48 (14.95%) Red Hat
22 47 (14.64%) HP
23 46 (14.33%) MS Exchange

VMware ESX
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 46 (14.33%) MS Exchange
2 36 (11.21%) Skype for Business
3 34 (10.59%) IIS
4 31 (9.66%) Exchange Server 2010
4 31 (9.66%) SharePoint
5 21 (6.54%) BizTalk Server
6 11 (3.43%) Tomcat
7 9 (2.80%) Apache
8 8 (2.49%) Exchange Server 2013
9 6 (1.87%) OpenStack
10 5 (1.56%) JBoss
11 4 (1.25%) Cloud Foundry
11 4 (1.25%) Confluence
11 4 (1.25%) IBM Notes
12 3 (0.93%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 2 (0.62%) Exchange Server 5.5
13 2 (0.62%) IBM Domino
13 2 (0.62%) WebLogic
14 1 (0.31%) MQSeries
14 1 (0.31%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 30 (9.35%) MS Office
2 21 (6.54%) MS Excel
3 7 (2.18%) MS PowerPoint
3 7 (2.18%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.62%) MS Project
5 1 (0.31%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 1 (0.31%) SAP FI
1 1 (0.31%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 35 (10.90%) Amazon AWS
2 29 (9.03%) Microsoft Azure
3 25 (7.79%) Office 365
4 14 (4.36%) AWS CloudFormation
5 5 (1.56%) Azure Active Directory
6 4 (1.25%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
6 4 (1.25%) Heroku
6 4 (1.25%) PaaS
7 2 (0.62%) GitHub
7 2 (0.62%) IBM PureFlex
8 1 (0.31%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.31%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 126 (39.25%) DNS
2 96 (29.91%) SAN
3 68 (21.18%) Firewall
4 48 (14.95%) DHCP
5 24 (7.48%) NAS
6 21 (6.54%) Skype
7 19 (5.92%) LAN
7 19 (5.92%) LDAP
7 19 (5.92%) VoIP
8 18 (5.61%) VPN
9 17 (5.30%) Internet
9 17 (5.30%) WAN
10 14 (4.36%) NetScaler
10 14 (4.36%) Network Security
11 13 (4.05%) SMTP
12 9 (2.80%) VLAN
13 8 (2.49%) TCP/IP
14 6 (1.87%) Cisco ASA
15 5 (1.56%) IP Telephony
15 5 (1.56%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (13.40%) SQL Server
2 8 (2.49%) SQL Server 2012
3 7 (2.18%) Oracle Database
4 6 (1.87%) SQL Server 2008
5 4 (1.25%) MySQL
5 4 (1.25%) Oracle Database 11g
5 4 (1.25%) PostgreSQL
6 3 (0.93%) Oracle Reports
7 2 (0.62%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (0.62%) Oracle Exadata
7 2 (0.62%) SQL Server 2014
8 1 (0.31%) Oracle Database 12c
8 1 (0.31%) SQL Server 2000
8 1 (0.31%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 6 (1.87%) Jenkins
2 4 (1.25%) GitLab
2 4 (1.25%) Subversion
2 4 (1.25%) Vagrant
3 3 (0.93%) Rational DOORS
4 2 (0.62%) Visual Studio
4 2 (0.62%) WinDbg
General
1 91 (28.35%) Finance
2 12 (3.74%) Banking
3 9 (2.80%) Manufacturing
4 8 (2.49%) Telecoms
5 7 (2.18%) Back Office
6 6 (1.87%) Law
6 6 (1.87%) Legal
7 4 (1.25%) Electronics
7 4 (1.25%) Games
7 4 (1.25%) Retail
8 3 (0.93%) Investment Banking
9 2 (0.62%) Automotive
10 1 (0.31%) Advertising
10 1 (0.31%) Local Government
10 1 (0.31%) Marketing
10 1 (0.31%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 51 (15.89%) Analyst
2 38 (11.84%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 32 (9.97%) VMware Engineer
4 30 (9.35%) Architect
5 28 (8.72%) Windows Engineer
6 25 (7.79%) Wintel Engineer
7 24 (7.48%) Consultant
8 22 (6.85%) Administrator
9 19 (5.92%) Security Analyst
10 18 (5.61%) Support Engineer
11 16 (4.98%) Cybersecurity Analyst
11 16 (4.98%) Server Engineer
11 16 (4.98%) Systems Engineer
12 15 (4.67%) Infrastructure Architect
12 15 (4.67%) Systems Administrator
13 14 (4.36%) AWS Engineer
13 14 (4.36%) DevOps Engineer
14 13 (4.05%) PowerShell Engineer
15 12 (3.74%) Citrix Analyst
15 12 (3.74%) VMWare Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (4.36%) XML
2 7 (2.18%) Web Services
3 5 (1.56%) REST
3 5 (1.56%) SOAP
4 4 (1.25%) LAMP
4 4 (1.25%) LAPP Stack
4 4 (1.25%) Middleware
4 4 (1.25%) SAML
5 2 (0.62%) Java SE
5 2 (0.62%) Oracle Fusion
6 1 (0.31%) .NET
6 1 (0.31%) COM
6 1 (0.31%) Flash
6 1 (0.31%) HTML
6 1 (0.31%) Software Packaging
6 1 (0.31%) WAP
6 1 (0.31%) WebSphere MQ
6 1 (0.31%) X-Windows
6 1 (0.31%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 40 (12.46%) Data Centre
2 26 (8.10%) Computer Science
3 23 (7.17%) Analytical Skills
4 20 (6.23%) EMC VNX
5 17 (5.30%) Fat Client
5 17 (5.30%) Thin Client
6 14 (4.36%) Clustering
7 13 (4.05%) EMC VMAX
8 10 (3.12%) Replication
8 10 (3.12%) VxBlock/Vblock
9 7 (2.18%) Video Conferencing
10 5 (1.56%) Management Information System
10 5 (1.56%) Private Cloud
10 5 (1.56%) User Experience
11 4 (1.25%) Enterprise Software
11 4 (1.25%) Spread Betting
12 3 (0.93%) Blackberry
12 3 (0.93%) CLARiiON
12 3 (0.93%) HP Storage
12 3 (0.93%) Symmetrix
Operating Systems
1 248 (77.26%) Windows
2 110 (34.27%) Windows Server
3 108 (33.64%) Windows Server 2008
4 96 (29.91%) Windows 7
5 80 (24.92%) Linux
6 76 (23.68%) Windows Server 2012
7 68 (21.18%) Windows Server 2003
8 52 (16.20%) Unix
9 23 (7.17%) Windows 10
10 20 (6.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 16 (4.98%) Solaris
12 12 (3.74%) CentOS
13 8 (2.49%) Ubuntu
14 4 (1.25%) HPUX
14 4 (1.25%) Windows 2000
15 3 (0.93%) AIX
16 2 (0.62%) Data ONTAP
16 2 (0.62%) Debian
17 1 (0.31%) Apple iOS
17 1 (0.31%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 77 (23.99%) ITIL
2 38 (11.84%) Migration
3 34 (10.59%) DevOps
4 30 (9.35%) Incident Management
5 29 (9.03%) Agile Software Development
6 22 (6.85%) Continuous Improvement
7 21 (6.54%) CRM
8 19 (5.92%) Cybersecurity
8 19 (5.92%) Performance Tuning
9 18 (5.61%) Change Control
9 18 (5.61%) Problem Management
10 17 (5.30%) Forensic Analysis
10 17 (5.30%) Vulnerability Management
11 16 (4.98%) High Availability
11 16 (4.98%) Stakeholder Management
12 15 (4.67%) Digital Forensics
12 15 (4.67%) Server Building
13 14 (4.36%) Change Management
14 13 (4.05%) Disaster Recovery
14 13 (4.05%) Performance Management
Programming Languages
1 76 (23.68%) PowerShell
2 52 (16.20%) SQL
3 22 (6.85%) Bash Shell
4 20 (6.23%) VBScript
5 13 (4.05%) Python
6 11 (3.43%) C
7 7 (2.18%) Perl
8 5 (1.56%) JavaScript
8 5 (1.56%) Ruby
8 5 (1.56%) VB
9 4 (1.25%) AWK
10 3 (0.93%) Java
10 3 (0.93%) Korn
10 3 (0.93%) Shell Script
11 2 (0.62%) VB6
12 1 (0.31%) PHP
Qualifications
1 50 (15.58%) Security Cleared
2 41 (12.77%) SC Cleared
3 34 (10.59%) Degree
4 30 (9.35%) Microsoft Certification
5 23 (7.17%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 15 (4.67%) MCSA
6 15 (4.67%) MCSE
7 14 (4.36%) MCITP
8 7 (2.18%) ITIL Certification
9 6 (1.87%) Citrix Certification
10 5 (1.56%) BPSS Clearance
10 5 (1.56%) Cisco Certification
11 4 (1.25%) ISEB
11 4 (1.25%) ISTQB
11 4 (1.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 4 (1.25%) RHCE
12 3 (0.93%) CCNA
12 3 (0.93%) CCNP
12 3 (0.93%) VCAP
13 2 (0.62%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (2.80%) SLA
2 5 (1.56%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (0.93%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.31%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.31%) QA
System Software
1 237 (73.83%) VMware Infrastructure
2 148 (46.11%) Active Directory
3 60 (18.69%) XenApp
4 55 (17.13%) vSphere
5 44 (13.71%) XenDesktop
6 42 (13.08%) Microsoft App-V
7 41 (12.77%) VMware ESXi
8 39 (12.15%) Virtual Desktop
9 27 (8.41%) Hyper-V
10 19 (5.92%) Virtual Machines
11 13 (4.05%) KVM
12 11 (3.43%) BitLocker
13 10 (3.12%) GPFS
13 10 (3.12%) Virtual Servers
14 9 (2.80%) vCloud
15 6 (1.87%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 5 (1.56%) Firmware
16 5 (1.56%) XenServer
17 4 (1.25%) NFS
17 4 (1.25%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 69 (21.50%) SCCM
2 32 (9.97%) Puppet
3 25 (7.79%) Opscode Chef
4 24 (7.48%) vRealize
5 17 (5.30%) SCOM
6 16 (4.98%) NetBackup
6 16 (4.98%) vMotion
7 14 (4.36%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 13 (4.05%) WSUS
9 12 (3.74%) Nagios
9 12 (3.74%) Norton AntiVirus
10 8 (2.49%) Ansible
10 8 (2.49%) Backup Exec
10 8 (2.49%) logstash
10 8 (2.49%) yum
10 8 (2.49%) Zenoss
11 7 (2.18%) PowerCLI
12 6 (1.87%) WMI
13 5 (1.56%) EMC NetWorker
13 5 (1.56%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 320 (99.69%) VMware
2 126 (39.25%) Microsoft
3 81 (25.23%) Citrix
4 59 (18.38%) Cisco
5 52 (16.20%) EMC
6 48 (14.95%) Red Hat
7 47 (14.64%) HP
8 34 (10.59%) Dell
9 33 (10.28%) NetApp
10 31 (9.66%) Symantec
11 25 (7.79%) IBM
12 24 (7.48%) Oracle
13 23 (7.17%) Avaya
14 20 (6.23%) 3PAR
15 19 (5.92%) Epicor
16 17 (5.30%) AppSense
17 16 (4.98%) Veritas
17 16 (4.98%) Wyse
18 15 (4.67%) Veeam
19 13 (4.05%) CheckPoint
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