The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for VMware ESXi skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited VMware ESXi over the 3 months to 26 May 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 ESXi (formerly ESX Server)
UK
3 months to
26 May 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 423 280 291
Rank change year-on-year -143 +11  
Contract jobs citing VMware ESXi 186 471 413
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.40% 0.88% 0.76%
As % of the System Software category 3.65% 7.02% 7.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 127 330 285
Median daily rate £365 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.66% +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £472 £512 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £347
% change year-on-year - +0.72%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 15 9
Median hourly rate £49.19 £26.58 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +85.09% -11.41%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.70 £21.00 £19.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £39.00 £41.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.00 £26.58 £25.50
% change year-on-year +20.41% +4.21%  

VMware ESXi 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 5101 6707 5759
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 11.02% 12.48% 10.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 3270 4108 3244
Median daily rate £401 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.12% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £200 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £360 £325
% change year-on-year +4.16% +10.76%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 289 450 660
Median hourly rate £17.39 £19.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.47% +8.57%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.60 £41.00 £39.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.28 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -14.31% +11.76%  

VMware ESXi
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for VMware ESXi in the UK

VMware ESXi
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for VMware ESXi in the UK

VMware ESXi
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing VMware ESXi over the 3 months to 26 May 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for VMware ESXi in the UK

VMware ESXi
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for VMware ESXi in the UK

VMware ESXi
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing VMware ESXi over the 3 months to 26 May 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for VMware ESXi in the UK

VMware ESXi
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 ESXi within the UK over the 3 months to 26 May 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 -114 174 £361 -7.37% 57
South East -25 64 £360 -4.00% 15
London -105 59 £400 -11.11% 16
Hampshire +4 22 £360 -4.00% 2
Yorkshire +22 16 £325 +1.16% 4
Surrey -9 14 £350 -17.64% 4
East of England -15 13 £265 -24.28% 4
North West +18 12 £305 -23.75% 4
Milton Keynes -7 10 £400 -
Buckinghamshire -13 10 £400 -
New Malden - 9 - -
Berkshire +13 8 £375 +4.16% 6
Hook +11 8 £360 +18.03%
Scotland 0 8 £395 +31.66% 1
West Yorkshire +27 7 £480 +42.22% 3
Leeds +16 7 £480 +42.22% 2
South Yorkshire +8 6 £325 +23.80%
Kent +2 6 £338 -5.92% 2
Cambridgeshire -1 6 £225 -33.82% 3
Epsom -3 6 - - 2
Essex -7 5 £265 -
Doncaster - 5 £325 -
Tyne and Wear +53 4 - -
Newcastle upon Tyne +49 4 - -
North East +46 4 - -
Erskine +25 4 £250 -15.25%
Renfrewshire +22 4 £250 -15.25%
Cheshire +22 4 £350 -17.64% 3
Edinburgh +16 4 £413 - 1
Manchester +12 4 £275 +48.64% 1

For the 6 months to 26 May 2017, IT contractor jobs citing VMware ESXi 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 ESXi.

1 413 (88.63%) VMware
2 337 (72.32%) Windows
3 269 (57.73%) VMware Infrastructure
4 201 (43.13%) Active Directory
5 180 (38.63%) Windows Server
6 165 (35.41%) Microsoft
6 165 (35.41%) Windows Server 2008
7 155 (33.26%) Linux
8 139 (29.83%) DNS
8 139 (29.83%) Citrix
9 132 (28.33%) SAN
10 125 (26.82%) Windows Server 2012
11 117 (25.11%) Cisco
12 113 (24.25%) Firewall
12 113 (24.25%) PowerShell
13 101 (21.67%) Finance
14 100 (21.46%) Security Cleared
15 95 (20.39%) ITIL
16 91 (19.53%) Windows Server 2003
16 91 (19.53%) vSphere
17 90 (19.31%) SQL
18 82 (17.60%) SQL Server
19 79 (16.95%) Windows 7
20 72 (15.45%) Unix
20 72 (15.45%) SCCM
21 69 (14.81%) SC Cleared
21 69 (14.81%) MS Exchange
22 68 (14.59%) Data Centre
23 66 (14.16%) Hyper-V
24 65 (13.95%) HP

VMware ESXi
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 69 (14.81%) MS Exchange
2 53 (11.37%) Skype for Business
3 45 (9.66%) IIS
4 37 (7.94%) Exchange Server 2010
5 32 (6.87%) SharePoint
6 15 (3.22%) Apache
6 15 (3.22%) BizTalk Server
7 14 (3.00%) JBoss
8 10 (2.15%) OpenStack
9 9 (1.93%) WildFly
10 8 (1.72%) Exchange Server 2007
10 8 (1.72%) Exchange Server 2013
11 7 (1.50%) Tomcat
11 7 (1.50%) WebSphere
12 6 (1.29%) Confluence
12 6 (1.29%) IBM Notes
13 5 (1.07%) EPiServer
13 5 (1.07%) FileNet
13 5 (1.07%) WebSphere Application Server
14 4 (0.86%) Cloud Foundry
Applications
1 26 (5.58%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (2.36%) MS Visio
3 8 (1.72%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (0.64%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.43%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.21%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 8 (1.72%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 46 (9.87%) Amazon AWS
2 33 (7.08%) Microsoft Azure
3 24 (5.15%) Office 365
4 12 (2.58%) Cloud Computing
5 10 (2.15%) AWS CloudFormation
6 6 (1.29%) PaaS
7 5 (1.07%) IaaS
8 4 (0.86%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
8 4 (0.86%) Azure Active Directory
8 4 (0.86%) Heroku
9 3 (0.64%) G Suite
9 3 (0.64%) Mimecast
10 2 (0.43%) GitHub
10 2 (0.43%) SaaS
11 1 (0.21%) Amazon EC2
11 1 (0.21%) Amazon S3
11 1 (0.21%) HP Helion
11 1 (0.21%) IBM PureFlex
11 1 (0.21%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 139 (29.83%) DNS
2 132 (28.33%) SAN
3 113 (24.25%) Firewall
4 57 (12.23%) DHCP
5 44 (9.44%) LDAP
6 39 (8.37%) NAS
7 38 (8.15%) NetScaler
8 34 (7.30%) WAN
9 32 (6.87%) VPN
10 30 (6.44%) LAN
11 26 (5.58%) IPsec
11 26 (5.58%) VoIP
12 25 (5.36%) Network Security
12 25 (5.36%) Skype
13 18 (3.86%) Internet
13 18 (3.86%) SSH
13 18 (3.86%) TCP/IP
14 17 (3.65%) Cisco ASA
15 14 (3.00%) Cisco Nexus
16 13 (2.79%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 82 (17.60%) SQL Server
2 18 (3.86%) SQL Server 2012
3 14 (3.00%) Oracle Database
4 11 (2.36%) PostgreSQL
5 10 (2.15%) Oracle Database 11g
5 10 (2.15%) SQL Server 2008
6 6 (1.29%) MySQL
7 5 (1.07%) DB2
7 5 (1.07%) SQL Server 2005
8 4 (0.86%) Oracle Database 12c
8 4 (0.86%) SQL Server 2014
9 3 (0.64%) Big Data
9 3 (0.64%) Oracle Reports
10 2 (0.43%) Data Warehouse
10 2 (0.43%) NoSQL
10 2 (0.43%) Redis
10 2 (0.43%) SQL Server 2000
11 1 (0.21%) Apache Hive
11 1 (0.21%) Hadoop
11 1 (0.21%) Oracle Exadata
Development Applications
1 15 (3.22%) Jenkins
2 12 (2.58%) Git (software)
3 9 (1.93%) JIRA
4 6 (1.29%) Sonatype Nexus
4 6 (1.29%) Vagrant
5 4 (0.86%) Rational DOORS
5 4 (0.86%) Subversion
6 3 (0.64%) MSI
6 3 (0.64%) StarTeam
7 2 (0.43%) GitLab
7 2 (0.43%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (0.43%) Visual Studio
7 2 (0.43%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 1 (0.21%) Octopus Deploy
8 1 (0.21%) Oracle APEX
8 1 (0.21%) TeamCity
General
1 101 (21.67%) Finance
2 21 (4.51%) Telecoms
3 20 (4.29%) Banking
4 19 (4.08%) Manufacturing
5 14 (3.00%) Legal
6 12 (2.58%) Back Office
7 11 (2.36%) Electronics
8 8 (1.72%) Marketing
9 7 (1.50%) Retail
10 6 (1.29%) Military
11 3 (0.64%) Financial Institution
12 2 (0.43%) Investment Banking
13 1 (0.21%) Aerospace
13 1 (0.21%) Automotive
13 1 (0.21%) Local Government
13 1 (0.21%) Online Betting
13 1 (0.21%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 60 (12.88%) Analyst
2 52 (11.16%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 44 (9.44%) Architect
4 41 (8.80%) VMware Engineer
5 36 (7.73%) Wintel Engineer
6 35 (7.51%) Server Engineer
7 30 (6.44%) Windows Engineer
8 28 (6.01%) Administrator
9 25 (5.36%) Consultant
10 24 (5.15%) DevOps Engineer
10 24 (5.15%) Infrastructure Architect
11 21 (4.51%) Systems Engineer
12 20 (4.29%) Support Engineer
12 20 (4.29%) Systems Administrator
13 17 (3.65%) Linux Engineer
14 16 (3.43%) Integration Engineer
14 16 (3.43%) Network Engineer
14 16 (3.43%) Technical Analyst
14 16 (3.43%) Technical Architect
15 15 (3.22%) 3rd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (6.44%) Web Services
2 18 (3.86%) XML
3 16 (3.43%) Middleware
4 7 (1.50%) REST
5 6 (1.29%) .NET
5 6 (1.29%) Software Packaging
6 5 (1.07%) CSS
6 5 (1.07%) LAMP
7 4 (0.86%) SAML
7 4 (0.86%) SOAP
8 3 (0.64%) COM
8 3 (0.64%) Java EE
8 3 (0.64%) JSON
8 3 (0.64%) LAPP Stack
9 2 (0.43%) 802.1X
9 2 (0.43%) Elastic Stack
9 2 (0.43%) HTML
9 2 (0.43%) Java SE
9 2 (0.43%) Memcached
9 2 (0.43%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 68 (14.59%) Data Centre
2 37 (7.94%) Clustering
3 34 (7.30%) Computer Science
4 31 (6.65%) Analytical Skills
5 18 (3.86%) Replication
6 13 (2.79%) EMC VNX
7 12 (2.58%) Private Cloud
8 10 (2.15%) EMC VMAX
8 10 (2.15%) Fat Client
8 10 (2.15%) Thin Client
9 9 (1.93%) Client/Server
9 9 (1.93%) Mainframe
10 8 (1.72%) Management Information System
10 8 (1.72%) VxBlock/Vblock
11 7 (1.50%) Video Conferencing
12 6 (1.29%) Hybrid Cloud
13 5 (1.07%) Tandem
14 4 (0.86%) Blackberry
14 4 (0.86%) Enterprise Software
14 4 (0.86%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 337 (72.32%) Windows
2 180 (38.63%) Windows Server
3 165 (35.41%) Windows Server 2008
4 155 (33.26%) Linux
5 125 (26.82%) Windows Server 2012
6 91 (19.53%) Windows Server 2003
7 79 (16.95%) Windows 7
8 72 (15.45%) Unix
9 37 (7.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 34 (7.30%) Solaris
11 26 (5.58%) CentOS
12 23 (4.94%) Windows 10
13 18 (3.86%) AIX
14 16 (3.43%) SUSE
14 16 (3.43%) Ubuntu
15 9 (1.93%) Oracle Linux
16 7 (1.50%) Mac OS X
17 6 (1.29%) Windows XP
18 5 (1.07%) Apple iOS
18 5 (1.07%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 95 (20.39%) ITIL
2 45 (9.66%) Configuration Management
2 45 (9.66%) DevOps
3 44 (9.44%) Agile Software Development
4 36 (7.73%) Migration
5 29 (6.22%) Change Management
5 29 (6.22%) Incident Management
6 27 (5.79%) Load Balancing
6 27 (5.79%) Server Building
7 25 (5.36%) Service Management
8 24 (5.15%) TOGAF
9 23 (4.94%) Problem Management
10 20 (4.29%) Disaster Recovery
11 18 (3.86%) Capacity Management
11 18 (3.86%) Data Protection
11 18 (3.86%) Network Design
11 18 (3.86%) Performance Tuning
12 15 (3.22%) High Availability
12 15 (3.22%) Network Management
12 15 (3.22%) Software Deployment
Programming Languages
1 113 (24.25%) PowerShell
2 90 (19.31%) SQL
3 35 (7.51%) Bash Shell
4 24 (5.15%) VBScript
5 22 (4.72%) Python
6 20 (4.29%) Perl
7 13 (2.79%) Java
8 9 (1.93%) Korn
9 7 (1.50%) JavaScript
10 6 (1.29%) VB
11 5 (1.07%) C
11 5 (1.07%) JCL
12 4 (0.86%) C#
12 4 (0.86%) Ruby
12 4 (0.86%) Shell Script
13 2 (0.43%) AppleScript
13 2 (0.43%) C++
13 2 (0.43%) VB6
14 1 (0.21%) PHP
14 1 (0.21%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 100 (21.46%) Security Cleared
2 69 (14.81%) SC Cleared
3 47 (10.09%) Microsoft Certification
4 38 (8.15%) Degree
5 26 (5.58%) MCSA
6 24 (5.15%) DV Cleared
7 22 (4.72%) MCITP
8 21 (4.51%) Cisco Certification
9 20 (4.29%) MCSE
9 20 (4.29%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 17 (3.65%) CCNP
11 11 (2.36%) CCNA
12 7 (1.50%) Citrix Certification
12 7 (1.50%) JNCIS
12 7 (1.50%) MCTS
13 6 (1.29%) CCDA
13 6 (1.29%) CCIE
13 6 (1.29%) JNCIA
13 6 (1.29%) JNCIP
14 4 (0.86%) CCDP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (1.29%) GDPR
1 6 (1.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 6 (1.29%) SLA
2 5 (1.07%) PCI DSS
3 4 (0.86%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 3 (0.64%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.43%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.43%) Def Stans
5 2 (0.43%) PMO
6 1 (0.21%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (0.21%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.21%) QA
System Software
1 269 (57.73%) VMware Infrastructure
2 201 (43.13%) Active Directory
3 91 (19.53%) vSphere
4 66 (14.16%) Hyper-V
5 58 (12.45%) XenApp
6 54 (11.59%) XenDesktop
7 34 (7.30%) Virtual Machines
8 32 (6.87%) Microsoft App-V
9 29 (6.22%) XenServer
10 23 (4.94%) vCloud
10 23 (4.94%) Virtual Desktop
11 18 (3.86%) Virtual Servers
12 16 (3.43%) KVM
13 9 (1.93%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 8 (1.72%) Oracle RAC
15 6 (1.29%) BitLocker
15 6 (1.29%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 6 (1.29%) Firmware
16 5 (1.07%) Docker
16 5 (1.07%) GPFS
Systems Management
1 72 (15.45%) SCCM
2 65 (13.95%) vCenter Server
3 47 (10.09%) Puppet
4 28 (6.01%) vMotion
5 27 (5.79%) Ansible
6 24 (5.15%) NetBackup
6 24 (5.15%) Opscode Chef
7 21 (4.51%) vRealize
8 19 (4.08%) Netcool
9 18 (3.86%) Tivoli
10 16 (3.43%) Norton AntiVirus
10 16 (3.43%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 14 (3.00%) SCOM
11 14 (3.00%) Tivoli Storage Manager
12 11 (2.36%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
12 11 (2.36%) yum
13 10 (2.15%) Nagios
13 10 (2.15%) WSUS
14 9 (1.93%) Backup Exec
15 8 (1.72%) WMI
Vendors
1 413 (88.63%) VMware
2 165 (35.41%) Microsoft
3 139 (29.83%) Citrix
4 117 (25.11%) Cisco
5 65 (13.95%) HP
5 65 (13.95%) Red Hat
6 58 (12.45%) NetApp
7 49 (10.52%) EMC
8 42 (9.01%) Oracle
9 40 (8.58%) IBM
10 39 (8.37%) Dell
11 33 (7.08%) Symantec
12 32 (6.87%) Veritas
13 26 (5.58%) Juniper
14 25 (5.36%) McAfee
15 16 (3.43%) 3PAR
15 16 (3.43%) F5
16 14 (3.00%) AppSense
17 13 (2.79%) Avaya
18 12 (2.58%) Brocade
Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £12.17 - £17.51 per hour
Posted: 7 hours ago
Cambridgeshire
Keystream Resources Limited
Rate: From £175 to £210 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Reading, Berkshire
Boston Hale
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Square One Resources
Rate: Market rates
Posted: Yesterday
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £175 - £190 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Belfast, County Antrim
ANSON MCCADE
Rate: UKP 22000 per year
Posted: 2 days ago
Hampshire
Lawrence Harvey
Rate: £350.00 - £385.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £370 - £430 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Epsom, Surrey
Plan-Net
Rate: Unspecified Competitive rate
Posted: Yesterday
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 23 hours ago
Epsom, Surrey
Plan-Net
Rate: Competitive rate
Posted: 3 days ago
Corsham, Wiltshire
LA International
Posted: 2 days ago
Berkshire
Lawrence Harvey
Rate: £400.00 per day
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Pontypridd
Hays Specialist Recruitment Ltd
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