Period
to 14 May 2021

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 14 May 2021 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
14 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 325 365 432
Rank change year-on-year +40 +67 -2
Contract jobs citing VMware ESXi 407 307 512
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.71% 0.61% 0.56%
As % of the System Software category 4.96% 3.91% 3.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 269 218 354
10th Percentile £300 £277 £250
25th Percentile £363 £350 £340
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £438 £428 £413
Median % change year-on-year +2.34% +3.64% +10.00%
75th Percentile £500 £500 £525
90th Percentile £550 £550 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £450 £400
% change year-on-year -5.56% +12.50% +14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 27 24
10th Percentile £46.00 £27.70 £38.05
25th Percentile £48.13 £41.58 £41.27
Median hourly rate £52.00 £47.83 £44.71
Median % change year-on-year +8.72% +6.98% +1.13%
75th Percentile £54.00 £54.38 £48.06
90th Percentile £76.00 £55.00 £49.85
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.50 £38.26 £49.00
% change year-on-year +24.17% -21.93% +38.03%

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 8,208 7,848 14,007
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.36% 15.56% 15.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,686 5,321 9,455
10th Percentile £231 £178 £180
25th Percentile £381 £325 £356
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £489 £455 £475
Median % change year-on-year +7.53% -4.21% +5.56%
75th Percentile £575 £563 £575
90th Percentile £651 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 294 400 613
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.26 £11.00
25th Percentile £14.00 £13.49 £12.76
Median hourly rate £22.00 £17.50 £16.00
Median % change year-on-year +25.71% +9.38% +0.88%
75th Percentile £50.00 £23.75 £25.75
90th Percentile £64.50 £51.75 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.27 £16.50 £15.19
% change year-on-year +10.73% +8.62% +1.27%

VMware ESXi
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for VMware ESXi in the UK

VMware ESXi
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing VMware ESXi.

Daily rate trend for VMware ESXi in the UK

VMware ESXi
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing VMware ESXi over the 6 months to 14 May 2021.

Daily rate histogram for VMware ESXi in the UK

VMware ESXi
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing VMware ESXi.

Hourly rate trend for VMware ESXi in the UK

VMware ESXi
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing VMware ESXi over the 6 months to 14 May 2021.

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 14 May 2021. 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 +39 319 £450 +2.86% 64
UK excluding London +87 251 £425 -5.56% 54
Work from Home -150 126 £450 +60.00% 6
London -21 113 £475 +11.76% 13
Scotland +32 62 £425 -3.41% 3
North of England +52 60 £425 +13.33% 8
South East +35 57 £426 -4.21% 21
Yorkshire +54 36 £450 - 2
East of England +49 33 £523 +67.41% 2
Midlands +18 26 £400 -5.88% 13
South West +12 20 £375 -25.00% 7
North West +6 20 £355 +9.23% 6
West Midlands +6 15 £389 -8.53% 8
East Midlands +21 11 £400 +31.15% 4
North East +24 4 £400 +6.67%

For the 6 months to 14 May 2021, 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.

1 360 (88.45%) VMware
2 282 (69.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 247 (60.69%) Windows
4 162 (39.80%) Active Directory
5 159 (39.07%) Windows Server
6 147 (36.12%) Security Cleared
7 117 (28.75%) PowerShell
8 114 (28.01%) Microsoft
9 113 (27.76%) SC Cleared
10 102 (25.06%) Linux
11 95 (23.34%) Cisco
12 93 (22.85%) vCenter Server
13 88 (21.62%) Data Centre
14 82 (20.15%) Citrix
15 81 (19.90%) vSphere
16 80 (19.66%) Dell
17 79 (19.41%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 77 (18.92%) Social Skills
19 74 (18.18%) DNS
20 73 (17.94%) Red Hat
20 73 (17.94%) Windows Server 2012
20 73 (17.94%) SCCM
21 69 (16.95%) Azure
21 69 (16.95%) Finance
22 67 (16.46%) ITIL
23 64 (15.72%) SAN
23 64 (15.72%) vRealize
24 63 (15.48%) Windows 10
25 59 (14.50%) AWS
26 54 (13.27%) SharePoint

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 54 (13.27%) SharePoint
2 26 (6.39%) MS Exchange
2 26 (6.39%) OpenStack
3 13 (3.19%) Confluence
4 10 (2.46%) WebSphere
5 9 (2.21%) IIS
5 9 (2.21%) Skype for Business
6 8 (1.97%) MS Project Server
7 6 (1.47%) Apache
7 6 (1.47%) Exchange Server 2010
8 5 (1.23%) Mule
9 3 (0.74%) SAS
10 2 (0.49%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 2 (0.49%) Drupal
10 2 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2013
10 2 (0.49%) Joomla!
10 2 (0.49%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.49%) WordPress
11 1 (0.25%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 1 (0.25%) WebLogic
Applications
1 5 (1.23%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (0.98%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.25%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (0.74%) StreamServe
2 2 (0.49%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.25%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 69 (16.95%) Azure
2 59 (14.50%) AWS
3 42 (10.32%) Microsoft 365
4 20 (4.91%) GCP
4 20 (4.91%) IaaS
5 11 (2.70%) Cloud Computing
6 10 (2.46%) SaaS
7 9 (2.21%) Azure Active Directory
7 9 (2.21%) GitHub
7 9 (2.21%) PaaS
8 7 (1.72%) Mimecast
9 6 (1.47%) OneDrive
10 5 (1.23%) Amazon EC2
11 3 (0.74%) Amazon ELB
11 3 (0.74%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 2 (0.49%) AWS Lambda
12 2 (0.49%) Azure Storage
12 2 (0.49%) OpenShift
12 2 (0.49%) Serverless
13 1 (0.25%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 74 (18.18%) DNS
2 64 (15.72%) SAN
3 49 (12.04%) Firewall
4 47 (11.55%) DHCP
5 40 (9.83%) VSAN
6 38 (9.34%) TCP/IP
7 36 (8.85%) WAN
8 31 (7.62%) NetScaler
9 27 (6.63%) LAN
10 23 (5.65%) Software-Defined Networking
11 21 (5.16%) 3GPP
11 21 (5.16%) SGSN
12 20 (4.91%) VPN
13 15 (3.69%) NAS
14 14 (3.44%) Remote Desktop
15 12 (2.95%) iSCSI
15 12 (2.95%) Kerberos
15 12 (2.95%) Skype
16 9 (2.21%) VLAN
16 9 (2.21%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (9.58%) SQL Server
2 9 (2.21%) DB2
3 7 (1.72%) MySQL
4 5 (1.23%) Oracle Database
4 5 (1.23%) SQL Server 2008
5 3 (0.74%) Amazon RDS
5 3 (0.74%) Hadoop
5 3 (0.74%) Oracle Database 11g
5 3 (0.74%) SQL Server 2012
6 2 (0.49%) MongoDB
6 2 (0.49%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (0.49%) SQL Server 2016
7 1 (0.25%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 1 (0.25%) Oracle Database 12c
7 1 (0.25%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.25%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.25%) SQL Server 2014
7 1 (0.25%) SQL Server 2017
7 1 (0.25%) SQL Server 2019
7 1 (0.25%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 13 (3.19%) JIRA
2 10 (2.46%) MSI
3 9 (2.21%) Jenkins
3 9 (2.21%) Subversion
4 7 (1.72%) Git (software)
4 7 (1.72%) TeamCity
5 6 (1.47%) Hudson
6 4 (0.98%) Serena SBM
6 4 (0.98%) Sonatype Nexus
7 3 (0.74%) GitLab
7 3 (0.74%) InstallShield
8 2 (0.49%) Oracle Forms
9 1 (0.25%) Ant
9 1 (0.25%) Artifactory
9 1 (0.25%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 1 (0.25%) Bitbucket
9 1 (0.25%) Bugzilla
9 1 (0.25%) Maven
9 1 (0.25%) Vagrant
General
1 77 (18.92%) Social Skills
2 69 (16.95%) Finance
3 35 (8.60%) Banking
4 17 (4.18%) Analytical Skills
4 17 (4.18%) Documentation Skills
5 16 (3.93%) Public Sector
6 9 (2.21%) Telecoms
7 8 (1.97%) Influencing Skills
7 8 (1.97%) Presentation Skills
8 5 (1.23%) Publishing
8 5 (1.23%) Retail
9 3 (0.74%) Back Office
9 3 (0.74%) International Banking
10 2 (0.49%) Front Office
10 2 (0.49%) Investment Banking
10 2 (0.49%) Military
11 1 (0.25%) Automotive
11 1 (0.25%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.25%) Games
11 1 (0.25%) Legal
Job Titles
1 69 (16.95%) VMware Engineer
2 64 (15.72%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 45 (11.06%) Architect
4 33 (8.11%) Cloud Engineer
5 32 (7.86%) Consultant
6 28 (6.88%) Infrastructure Architect
7 22 (5.41%) Wintel Engineer
8 21 (5.16%) Virtualisation Engineer
9 19 (4.67%) Administrator
9 19 (4.67%) Windows Engineer
10 18 (4.42%) Network Engineer
11 17 (4.18%) Server Engineer
12 14 (3.44%) Build Engineer
12 14 (3.44%) Kubernetes Engineer
12 14 (3.44%) Storage Engineer
12 14 (3.44%) Systems Administrator
12 14 (3.44%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
13 13 (3.19%) Citrix Engineer
14 12 (2.95%) Analyst
15 11 (2.70%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (7.86%) XML
2 31 (7.62%) JSON
3 21 (5.16%) Spine.js
3 21 (5.16%) YAML
4 10 (2.46%) LDAP
4 10 (2.46%) WebSphere MQ
5 3 (0.74%) Flash
5 3 (0.74%) REST
5 3 (0.74%) Web Services
6 2 (0.49%) .NET
6 2 (0.49%) Elastic Stack
6 2 (0.49%) Middleware
6 2 (0.49%) SAML
7 1 (0.25%) ASP.NET
7 1 (0.25%) HTML
7 1 (0.25%) J2EE
7 1 (0.25%) JMS
7 1 (0.25%) OpenID
7 1 (0.25%) WSH
7 1 (0.25%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 88 (21.62%) Data Centre
2 33 (8.11%) Clustering
3 21 (5.16%) Derivative
4 13 (3.19%) Cloud Native
4 13 (3.19%) Replication
5 12 (2.95%) Private Cloud
6 11 (2.70%) PKI
7 10 (2.46%) CMDB
7 10 (2.46%) EMC VNX
7 10 (2.46%) VxBlock/Vblock
8 8 (1.97%) User Experience
9 7 (1.72%) Enterprise Storage
10 5 (1.23%) Enterprise Software
10 5 (1.23%) Greenfield Project
11 4 (0.98%) EMC VMAX
11 4 (0.98%) PMI
11 4 (0.98%) RSA SecurID
11 4 (0.98%) Self-Motivation
11 4 (0.98%) Video Conferencing
12 3 (0.74%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 247 (60.69%) Windows
2 159 (39.07%) Windows Server
3 102 (25.06%) Linux
4 73 (17.94%) Windows Server 2012
5 63 (15.48%) Windows 10
6 53 (13.02%) Windows Server 2016
7 51 (12.53%) Windows Server 2008
8 48 (11.79%) Windows Server 2019
9 44 (10.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 21 (5.16%) Unix
11 18 (4.42%) Windows Server 2003
12 15 (3.69%) Solaris
13 13 (3.19%) Data ONTAP
14 11 (2.70%) Ubuntu
14 11 (2.70%) Windows 7
15 8 (1.97%) CentOS
16 6 (1.47%) SUSE
16 6 (1.47%) VMS
16 6 (1.47%) Windows Vista
16 6 (1.47%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 79 (19.41%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 67 (16.46%) ITIL
3 53 (13.02%) Migration
4 29 (7.13%) Agile Software Development
5 26 (6.39%) Project Management
6 24 (5.90%) Disaster Recovery
7 22 (5.41%) Problem-Solving
8 21 (5.16%) Open Source
8 21 (5.16%) Storage Management
8 21 (5.16%) Virtual Infrastructure
9 20 (4.91%) Change Management
9 20 (4.91%) Project Delivery
10 19 (4.67%) High Availability
10 19 (4.67%) Virtual Environments
11 18 (4.42%) DevOps
12 17 (4.18%) Data Protection
12 17 (4.18%) Incident Management
13 16 (3.93%) Server Building
14 15 (3.69%) Performance Tuning
14 15 (3.69%) Security Hardening
Programming Languages
1 117 (28.75%) PowerShell
2 45 (11.06%) Python
3 34 (8.35%) SQL
4 15 (3.69%) Java
5 14 (3.44%) Shell Script
6 12 (2.95%) Bash Shell
7 10 (2.46%) Ruby
8 7 (1.72%) VBScript
9 6 (1.47%) Perl
10 5 (1.23%) Go
11 3 (0.74%) JavaScript
12 2 (0.49%) C
12 2 (0.49%) T-SQL
13 1 (0.25%) C#
13 1 (0.25%) PHP
13 1 (0.25%) VB.NET
13 1 (0.25%) XPath
Qualifications
1 147 (36.12%) Security Cleared
2 113 (27.76%) SC Cleared
3 31 (7.62%) DV Cleared
3 31 (7.62%) Microsoft Certification
4 24 (5.90%) MCSE
5 22 (5.41%) Citrix Certification
6 18 (4.42%) Cisco Certification
6 18 (4.42%) Degree
7 16 (3.93%) CCNA
7 16 (3.93%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 9 (2.21%) RHCA
8 9 (2.21%) TOGAF Certification
9 7 (1.72%) CCNP
9 7 (1.72%) MCSA
10 6 (1.47%) MCITP
11 5 (1.23%) Computer Science Degree
11 5 (1.23%) CTC Cleared
11 5 (1.23%) VCP6
12 4 (0.98%) CCA
12 4 (0.98%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (5.16%) OASIS TOSCA
2 14 (3.44%) SLA
3 10 (2.46%) GDPR
4 6 (1.47%) QA
4 6 (1.47%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (0.49%) PMO
5 2 (0.49%) SEPA
6 1 (0.25%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (0.25%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
System Software
1 282 (69.29%) VMware Infrastructure
2 162 (39.80%) Active Directory
3 81 (19.90%) vSphere
4 38 (9.34%) Hyper-V
4 38 (9.34%) VMware NSX
5 35 (8.60%) Virtual Machines
6 33 (8.11%) XenApp
7 31 (7.62%) Docker
8 22 (5.41%) KVM
9 21 (5.16%) LXC
10 18 (4.42%) Microsoft App-V
11 17 (4.18%) XenDesktop
12 16 (3.93%) Virtual Desktop
13 14 (3.44%) NFS
14 13 (3.19%) Virtual Servers
15 8 (1.97%) DFS Replication
16 6 (1.47%) Veritas Volume Manager
17 5 (1.23%) vCloud
17 5 (1.23%) VMware Server
18 4 (0.98%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 93 (22.85%) vCenter Server
2 73 (17.94%) SCCM
3 64 (15.72%) vRealize
4 42 (10.32%) Ansible
5 35 (8.60%) WSUS
6 31 (7.62%) Kubernetes
7 23 (5.65%) Grafana
7 23 (5.65%) PowerCLI
7 23 (5.65%) Prometheus
8 22 (5.41%) Terraform
9 21 (5.16%) Cloudify
9 21 (5.16%) Docker Swarm
9 21 (5.16%) Juju
10 19 (4.67%) vRealize Orchestrator
11 16 (3.93%) Microsoft Clustering
12 15 (3.69%) Failover Clustering
13 13 (3.19%) Microsoft Intune
13 13 (3.19%) SCOM
14 12 (2.95%) SnapMirror
14 12 (2.95%) SnapVault
Vendors
1 360 (88.45%) VMware
2 114 (28.01%) Microsoft
3 95 (23.34%) Cisco
4 82 (20.15%) Citrix
5 80 (19.66%) Dell
6 73 (17.94%) Red Hat
7 51 (12.53%) EMC
8 47 (11.55%) NetApp
9 44 (10.81%) Juniper
10 39 (9.58%) HP
11 38 (9.34%) Oracle
12 28 (6.88%) Veeam
13 27 (6.63%) IBM
14 22 (5.41%) McAfee
15 21 (5.16%) Ericsson
15 21 (5.16%) Mirantis
16 16 (3.93%) Ivanti
17 12 (2.95%) ServiceNow
17 12 (2.95%) Symantec
18 11 (2.70%) Veritas