Period
to 19 April 2018

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 6 months to 19 April 2018 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
6 months to
19 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 421 372 323
Rank change year-on-year -49 -49 -14
Contract jobs citing VMware ESXi 543 561 792
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.54% 0.61% 0.74%
As % of the System Software category 4.08% 5.24% 6.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 330 402 553
UK median daily rate £388 £350 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.71% -7.89% +1.33%
10th Percentile £258 £260 £250
90th Percentile £525 £523 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £338 £350
% change year-on-year +3.70% -3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 19 23
UK median hourly rate £44.60 £42.00 £31.56
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.18% +33.10% +57.78%
10th Percentile £24.55 £24.85 £20.40
90th Percentile £47.83 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.25 £35.00 £28.29
% change year-on-year -13.57% +23.73% +41.44%

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

All System Software Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 13,307 10,703 11,612
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.16% 11.55% 10.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,639 6,738 7,020
UK median daily rate £450 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.43% +3.75% +12.68%
10th Percentile £175 £163 £163
90th Percentile £625 £588 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £358 £350
% change year-on-year +11.89% +2.14% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 737 744 970
UK median hourly rate £15.86 £16.00 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.88% +3.23% -
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.25 £10.19
90th Percentile £45.61 £46.97 £42.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £15.34 £16.00
% change year-on-year -2.20% -4.14% +6.67%

VMware ESXi
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing VMware ESXi as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

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 6 months to 19 April 2018.

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 6 months to 19 April 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for VMware ESXi in the UK

VMware ESXi
Top 15 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 6 months to 19 April 2018. 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
England -62 465 £400 +14.29% 108
UK excluding London -28 318 £350 +3.70% 81
London -25 215 £400 -5.88% 33
South East -59 115 £394 +16.59% 25
Scotland -13 58 £275 -21.43% 5
North of England -3 45 £350 +7.69% 22
Midlands +15 40 £375 +11.11% 12
North West -5 33 £350 +16.67% 10
South West +16 31 £400 +23.08% 6
West Midlands -7 29 £350 +40.00% 9
East of England -47 19 £300 -9.77% 10
East Midlands +1 11 £450 +20.08% 3
Wales -2 10 £405 +102.50% 1
North East +29 6 £263 -12.50%
Yorkshire -28 6 £450 +23.29% 12

For the 6 months to 19 April 2018, IT contractor jobs citing VMware ESXi 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 with a requirement for VMware ESXi.

1 524 (96.50%) VMware
2 440 (81.03%) Windows
3 313 (57.64%) VMware Infrastructure
4 283 (52.12%) Microsoft
5 279 (51.38%) Active Directory
6 272 (50.09%) Windows Server
7 228 (41.99%) Windows Server 2008
8 226 (41.62%) Windows Server 2012
9 184 (33.89%) Linux
10 157 (28.91%) PowerShell
11 151 (27.81%) Citrix
12 146 (26.89%) DNS
13 145 (26.70%) Hyper-V
14 126 (23.20%) HP
15 118 (21.73%) Cisco
16 115 (21.18%) SAN
17 112 (20.63%) Security Cleared
18 108 (19.89%) Firewall
19 105 (19.34%) Finance
19 105 (19.34%) DHCP
19 105 (19.34%) SCCM
20 98 (18.05%) Windows 7
21 96 (17.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
22 94 (17.31%) vSphere
23 92 (16.94%) Windows Server 2003
24 91 (16.76%) SQL
24 91 (16.76%) vCenter Server
25 86 (15.84%) MS Exchange
26 79 (14.55%) SQL Server
26 79 (14.55%) ITIL

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 86 (15.84%) MS Exchange
2 58 (10.68%) Skype for Business
3 53 (9.76%) IIS
4 35 (6.45%) Exchange Server 2010
5 26 (4.79%) SharePoint
6 20 (3.68%) Elasticsearch
7 13 (2.39%) Exchange Server 2013
8 7 (1.29%) Tomcat
9 6 (1.10%) Apache
10 5 (0.92%) Exchange Server 2007
10 5 (0.92%) IBM Domino
10 5 (0.92%) OpenStack
10 5 (0.92%) WebSphere
11 4 (0.74%) CMS
11 4 (0.74%) JBoss
11 4 (0.74%) Office Communications Server
11 4 (0.74%) SAS
11 4 (0.74%) SharePoint Server
11 4 (0.74%) WebLogic
12 3 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 25 (4.60%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (1.10%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (0.92%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.37%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.37%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (0.37%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.18%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.18%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 76 (14.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 67 (12.34%) Office 365
3 39 (7.18%) Amazon AWS
4 31 (5.71%) IaaS
5 28 (5.16%) PaaS
6 7 (1.29%) SaaS
7 6 (1.10%) AWS CloudFormation
8 5 (0.92%) Azure Active Directory
8 5 (0.92%) Cloud Computing
8 5 (0.92%) Yammer
9 4 (0.74%) Mimecast
10 3 (0.55%) G Suite
10 3 (0.55%) OpenShift
11 2 (0.37%) IBM Cloud
11 2 (0.37%) SoftLayer
12 1 (0.18%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 1 (0.18%) AWS CloudTrail
12 1 (0.18%) AWS Lambda
12 1 (0.18%) Serverless
12 1 (0.18%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 146 (26.89%) DNS
2 115 (21.18%) SAN
3 108 (19.89%) Firewall
4 105 (19.34%) DHCP
5 61 (11.23%) WAN
6 52 (9.58%) LAN
7 46 (8.47%) NAS
7 46 (8.47%) TCP/IP
8 31 (5.71%) iSCSI
9 25 (4.60%) NetScaler
10 23 (4.24%) Skype
11 22 (4.05%) IPsec
12 21 (3.87%) VoIP
13 20 (3.68%) Fibre Channel
14 18 (3.31%) VLAN
15 17 (3.13%) VPN
15 17 (3.13%) VSAN
16 13 (2.39%) Ethernet
17 12 (2.21%) Internet
18 11 (2.03%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 79 (14.55%) SQL Server
2 16 (2.95%) SQL Server 2008
3 14 (2.58%) Oracle Database
4 13 (2.39%) SQL Server 2012
5 11 (2.03%) SQL Server 2016
6 9 (1.66%) Oracle Database 11g
7 7 (1.29%) MySQL
8 6 (1.10%) Oracle Reports
8 6 (1.10%) SQL Server 2014
9 5 (0.92%) DB2
9 5 (0.92%) Oracle Database 12c
9 5 (0.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 4 (0.74%) SQL Server 2005
11 3 (0.55%) Amazon RDS
12 2 (0.37%) Data Lake
12 2 (0.37%) Data Mining
12 2 (0.37%) Hadoop
12 2 (0.37%) Oracle Database 10g
13 1 (0.18%) BusinessObjects
13 1 (0.18%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 21 (3.87%) HP UFT
1 21 (3.87%) WinRunner
2 17 (3.13%) MSI
3 13 (2.39%) Jenkins
4 9 (1.66%) TeamCity
5 8 (1.47%) Bitbucket
5 8 (1.47%) FishEye
5 8 (1.47%) Octopus Deploy
5 8 (1.47%) Subversion
5 8 (1.47%) TestDirector
6 7 (1.29%) WiX
7 5 (0.92%) Git (software)
7 5 (0.92%) JIRA
7 5 (0.92%) Visual Studio
8 4 (0.74%) Cucumber
8 4 (0.74%) Rational Team Concert
9 3 (0.55%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 3 (0.55%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 2 (0.37%) ClearCase
10 2 (0.37%) Oracle APEX
General
1 105 (19.34%) Finance
2 31 (5.71%) Banking
3 16 (2.95%) Retail
4 11 (2.03%) Telecoms
5 10 (1.84%) Legal
6 7 (1.29%) Manufacturing
7 5 (0.92%) Games
8 4 (0.74%) Law
9 3 (0.55%) Investment Banking
9 3 (0.55%) Local Government
9 3 (0.55%) Military
10 2 (0.37%) Electronics
10 2 (0.37%) Marketing
11 1 (0.18%) Advertising
11 1 (0.18%) Automotive
11 1 (0.18%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.18%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 80 (14.73%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 58 (10.68%) Analyst
3 45 (8.29%) VMware Engineer
4 44 (8.10%) Windows Engineer
5 43 (7.92%) Architect
6 37 (6.81%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 34 (6.26%) Support Engineer
8 32 (5.89%) Linux Engineer
8 32 (5.89%) Server Engineer
9 26 (4.79%) Infrastructure Analyst
10 23 (4.24%) Technical Architect
11 22 (4.05%) Administrator
11 22 (4.05%) DevOps Engineer
12 21 (3.87%) Network Engineer
13 20 (3.68%) Infrastructure Architect
14 19 (3.50%) Consultant
14 19 (3.50%) Wintel Engineer
15 18 (3.31%) 3rd Line Server Engineer
15 18 (3.31%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
16 17 (3.13%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (5.34%) Web Services
2 18 (3.31%) .NET
3 16 (2.95%) LDAP
4 13 (2.39%) WPF
5 11 (2.03%) X-Windows
6 10 (1.84%) .NET Framework
7 9 (1.66%) Middleware
8 8 (1.47%) CSS
8 8 (1.47%) HTML
9 7 (1.29%) AngularJS
9 7 (1.29%) ASP.NET Web API
9 7 (1.29%) Dapper ORM
9 7 (1.29%) Entity Framework
9 7 (1.29%) MFC
9 7 (1.29%) NHibernate
9 7 (1.29%) WCF
10 5 (0.92%) Angular 2
11 4 (0.74%) RFC 2833
11 4 (0.74%) TAPI
11 4 (0.74%) Web Services Management
Miscellaneous
1 73 (13.44%) Clustering
2 68 (12.52%) Data Centre
3 44 (8.10%) Analytical Skills
4 41 (7.55%) Replication
5 27 (4.97%) PKI
6 24 (4.42%) Management Information System
7 21 (3.87%) Blackberry
7 21 (3.87%) Self-Motivation
8 20 (3.68%) EMC VNX
9 19 (3.50%) PDA
10 13 (2.39%) Computer Science
11 12 (2.21%) Fat Client
11 12 (2.21%) Thin Client
12 11 (2.03%) Private Cloud
13 9 (1.66%) Linux Command Line
14 8 (1.47%) Enterprise Storage
14 8 (1.47%) Life Science
14 8 (1.47%) Virtual Team
15 7 (1.29%) EMC Centera
15 7 (1.29%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 440 (81.03%) Windows
2 272 (50.09%) Windows Server
3 228 (41.99%) Windows Server 2008
4 226 (41.62%) Windows Server 2012
5 184 (33.89%) Linux
6 98 (18.05%) Windows 7
7 96 (17.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 92 (16.94%) Windows Server 2003
9 57 (10.50%) CentOS
10 50 (9.21%) Windows 10
11 43 (7.92%) Unix
12 35 (6.45%) AIX
12 35 (6.45%) Solaris
13 21 (3.87%) Windows XP
14 17 (3.13%) Ubuntu
15 15 (2.76%) Windows 2000
16 11 (2.03%) Data ONTAP
17 10 (1.84%) Windows Vista
18 8 (1.47%) SUSE
19 7 (1.29%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 79 (14.55%) ITIL
2 69 (12.71%) Migration
3 57 (10.50%) Problem-Solving
4 52 (9.58%) Change Management
5 45 (8.29%) DevOps
6 36 (6.63%) Configuration Management
7 29 (5.34%) Root Cause Analysis
8 28 (5.16%) Asset Management
8 28 (5.16%) Performance Tuning
9 27 (4.97%) Service Delivery
10 26 (4.79%) High Availability
11 25 (4.60%) Workflow
12 24 (4.42%) Open Source
12 24 (4.42%) Software Testing
12 24 (4.42%) Test Automation
13 23 (4.24%) Problem Management
14 22 (4.05%) Patch Management
14 22 (4.05%) Test Scripting
15 20 (3.68%) Continuous Improvement
15 20 (3.68%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 157 (28.91%) PowerShell
2 91 (16.76%) SQL
3 26 (4.79%) Bash Shell
3 26 (4.79%) Python
4 21 (3.87%) VBScript
5 19 (3.50%) Shell Script
6 18 (3.31%) C#
7 13 (2.39%) C
8 12 (2.21%) Java
9 10 (1.84%) JavaScript
10 9 (1.66%) Perl
11 8 (1.47%) AWK
11 8 (1.47%) sed
12 5 (0.92%) C++
12 5 (0.92%) T-SQL
13 3 (0.55%) Bourne shell
13 3 (0.55%) VB
14 1 (0.18%) AppleScript
14 1 (0.18%) Korn
14 1 (0.18%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 112 (20.63%) Security Cleared
2 71 (13.08%) SC Cleared
3 52 (9.58%) Microsoft Certification
4 47 (8.66%) MCSE
5 35 (6.45%) DV Cleared
6 27 (4.97%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 26 (4.79%) Degree
8 24 (4.42%) MCSA
9 19 (3.50%) ISTQB
10 18 (3.31%) Cisco Certification
11 15 (2.76%) ITIL Certification
12 10 (1.84%) CCNP
12 10 (1.84%) MCITP
13 9 (1.66%) VCP6
14 8 (1.47%) CCNA
14 8 (1.47%) Computer Science Degree
15 7 (1.29%) Citrix Certification
15 7 (1.29%) MCTS
16 6 (1.10%) CCA
16 6 (1.10%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (2.03%) SLA
2 8 (1.47%) PCI DSS
3 7 (1.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (1.29%) PMO
4 4 (0.74%) PA-DSS
5 3 (0.55%) GDPR
5 3 (0.55%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.37%) GxP
7 1 (0.18%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.18%) PMBOK
System Software
1 313 (57.64%) VMware Infrastructure
2 279 (51.38%) Active Directory
3 145 (26.70%) Hyper-V
4 94 (17.31%) vSphere
5 76 (14.00%) XenApp
6 55 (10.13%) XenDesktop
7 40 (7.37%) Virtual Machines
8 35 (6.45%) Microsoft App-V
8 35 (6.45%) XenServer
9 23 (4.24%) NFS
10 21 (3.87%) Virtual Desktop
11 15 (2.76%) DFS Replication
12 14 (2.58%) Docker
13 13 (2.39%) KVM
14 12 (2.21%) VMware NSX
15 10 (1.84%) Virtual Servers
16 9 (1.66%) Firmware
16 9 (1.66%) vCloud
17 8 (1.47%) VMware Workstation
18 7 (1.29%) Samba
Systems Management
1 105 (19.34%) SCCM
2 91 (16.76%) vCenter Server
3 36 (6.63%) WSUS
4 32 (5.89%) SCOM
5 31 (5.71%) McAfee ePO
6 26 (4.79%) vMotion
7 25 (4.60%) Microsoft Clustering
8 23 (4.24%) Opscode Chef
9 22 (4.05%) Ansible
10 21 (3.87%) Puppet
11 19 (3.50%) NetBackup
11 19 (3.50%) Norton AntiVirus
12 18 (3.31%) vRealize
13 17 (3.13%) Nagios
13 17 (3.13%) PowerCLI
14 16 (2.95%) Backup Exec
15 14 (2.58%) HP ALM
16 13 (2.39%) WMI
17 10 (1.84%) SCOrch
18 9 (1.66%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 524 (96.50%) VMware
2 283 (52.12%) Microsoft
3 151 (27.81%) Citrix
4 126 (23.20%) HP
5 118 (21.73%) Cisco
6 79 (14.55%) NetApp
7 68 (12.52%) Red Hat
8 56 (10.31%) Veritas
9 51 (9.39%) McAfee
10 47 (8.66%) EMC
11 45 (8.29%) Dell
12 43 (7.92%) Oracle
12 43 (7.92%) SolarWinds
13 37 (6.81%) Symantec
14 32 (5.89%) Splunk
15 31 (5.71%) Ivanti
16 24 (4.42%) 3PAR
16 24 (4.42%) IBM
17 19 (3.50%) Juniper
18 18 (3.31%) CheckPoint