Period
to 17 August 2019

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 17 August 2019 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
17 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 380 399 466
Rank change year-on-year +19 +67 -130
Contract jobs citing VMware ESXi 560 636 444
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.61% 0.62% 0.46%
As % of the System Software category 3.93% 4.32% 3.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 377 399 283
UK median daily rate £413 £375 £396
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.00% -5.30% +5.60%
10th Percentile £250 £237 £258
90th Percentile £581 £530 £480
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £350 £375
% change year-on-year +14.29% -6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 27 26
UK median hourly rate £47.00 £42.50 £47.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.59% -11.14% +95.22%
10th Percentile £24.75 £30.30 £19.50
90th Percentile £50.75 £47.83 £51.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £46.70 £42.50 £28.00
% change year-on-year +9.88% +51.79% +16.67%

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 14,233 14,735 11,279
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.62% 14.30% 11.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,402 9,539 7,261
UK median daily rate £470 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.44% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £176 £181 £163
90th Percentile £638 £625 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +2.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 644 890 643
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £16.36 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.93% +2.23% -3.03%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.38
90th Percentile £47.50 £44.78 £47.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £15.86 £15.00
% change year-on-year +0.88% +5.73% -9.09%

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 17 August 2019.

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 17 August 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for VMware ESXi in the UK

VMware ESXi
Top 16 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 17 August 2019. 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 +33 523 £425 +6.25% 153
UK excluding London +24 392 £400 +14.29% 134
London -1 162 £488 +17.82% 38
South East +25 136 £413 +3.13% 31
South West +12 85 £475 +22.58% 20
Midlands +57 78 £360 -7.10% 19
West Midlands +36 58 £375 +7.14% 8
North of England +21 46 £325 - 38
North West +13 31 £325 -7.14% 25
Scotland -28 22 £413 +47.32% 10
East Midlands +35 20 £325 -16.13% 11
East of England +15 16 £400 +21.21% 7
Yorkshire +12 14 £350 +7.69% 12
Wales +9 5 £400 - 7
Northern Ireland - 5 £300 - 2
North East +17 1 £175 -33.33% 1

For the 6 months to 17 August 2019, 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.

1 532 (95.00%) VMware
2 432 (77.14%) Windows
3 313 (55.89%) Active Directory
4 306 (54.64%) VMware Infrastructure
5 296 (52.86%) Windows Server
6 249 (44.46%) Microsoft
7 180 (32.14%) PowerShell
8 177 (31.61%) Citrix
9 168 (30.00%) Windows Server 2012
10 167 (29.82%) DNS
11 148 (26.43%) Security Cleared
12 146 (26.07%) Linux
13 145 (25.89%) vSphere
13 145 (25.89%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 142 (25.36%) Firewall
15 138 (24.64%) DHCP
15 138 (24.64%) Windows Server 2008
16 129 (23.04%) SCCM
17 124 (22.14%) SAN
18 123 (21.96%) Office 365
19 114 (20.36%) vCenter Server
19 114 (20.36%) Cisco
20 111 (19.82%) Microsoft Azure
21 109 (19.46%) ITIL
22 105 (18.75%) Migration
23 98 (17.50%) HP
24 97 (17.32%) Hyper-V
25 93 (16.61%) XenApp
26 92 (16.43%) Data Centre
27 90 (16.07%) Windows 10

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 73 (13.04%) MS Exchange
2 56 (10.00%) SharePoint
3 47 (8.39%) Skype for Business
4 30 (5.36%) Exchange Server 2010
5 24 (4.29%) IIS
6 16 (2.86%) Apache
7 13 (2.32%) Exchange Server 2013
8 8 (1.43%) Tomcat
9 6 (1.07%) Confluence
9 6 (1.07%) Exchange Server 2007
10 4 (0.71%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 4 (0.71%) SharePoint Server
11 3 (0.54%) Elasticsearch
11 3 (0.54%) IBM Notes
11 3 (0.54%) MQSeries
11 3 (0.54%) SharePoint 2013
11 3 (0.54%) WebSphere
12 2 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2003
12 2 (0.36%) Jupyter
12 2 (0.36%) OpenStack
Applications
1 24 (4.29%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (1.07%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (1.07%) MS Visio
3 3 (0.54%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (1.07%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (0.54%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.54%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 123 (21.96%) Office 365
2 111 (19.82%) Microsoft Azure
3 66 (11.79%) Amazon AWS
4 34 (6.07%) IaaS
5 30 (5.36%) Azure Active Directory
6 18 (3.21%) PaaS
7 17 (3.04%) SaaS
8 11 (1.96%) Yammer
9 10 (1.79%) Mimecast
10 8 (1.43%) OneDrive
11 4 (0.71%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 4 (0.71%) Cloud Computing
11 4 (0.71%) GitHub
11 4 (0.71%) OpenShift
12 3 (0.54%) Google Cloud Platform
13 1 (0.18%) Akamai
13 1 (0.18%) AWS CloudFormation
13 1 (0.18%) IBM Cloud
13 1 (0.18%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 167 (29.82%) DNS
2 142 (25.36%) Firewall
3 138 (24.64%) DHCP
4 124 (22.14%) SAN
5 43 (7.68%) Skype
5 43 (7.68%) VPN
6 42 (7.50%) VSAN
7 39 (6.96%) WAN
8 36 (6.43%) LAN
9 32 (5.71%) VLAN
10 30 (5.36%) NetScaler
11 26 (4.64%) NAS
12 22 (3.93%) Cisco ASA
13 19 (3.39%) TCP/IP
14 18 (3.21%) HTTP
14 18 (3.21%) IP Telephony
15 15 (2.68%) SMTP
16 14 (2.50%) Network Security
17 13 (2.32%) iSCSI
18 12 (2.14%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 56 (10.00%) SQL Server
2 13 (2.32%) SQL Server 2016
3 11 (1.96%) MySQL
4 10 (1.79%) SQL Server 2012
4 10 (1.79%) SQL Server 2014
5 9 (1.61%) Big Data
6 7 (1.25%) Hadoop
6 7 (1.25%) Oracle Database
7 6 (1.07%) SQL Server 2008
8 4 (0.71%) Data Lake
9 2 (0.36%) Apache Accumulo
9 2 (0.36%) Data Warehouse
9 2 (0.36%) SQL Server 2005
10 1 (0.18%) MariaDB
10 1 (0.18%) NoSQL
10 1 (0.18%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 11 (1.96%) Jenkins
2 8 (1.43%) Git (software)
3 7 (1.25%) Bitbucket
3 7 (1.25%) Hudson
4 6 (1.07%) JIRA
5 5 (0.89%) MSI
6 2 (0.36%) Ant
6 2 (0.36%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 2 (0.36%) Toad
7 1 (0.18%) Eclipse
7 1 (0.18%) Rational Team Concert
7 1 (0.18%) StarTeam
General
1 82 (14.64%) Finance
2 20 (3.57%) Banking
3 18 (3.21%) Telecoms
4 13 (2.32%) Publishing
5 9 (1.61%) Law
5 9 (1.61%) Manufacturing
5 9 (1.61%) Military
6 6 (1.07%) Marketing
7 5 (0.89%) Financial Institution
7 5 (0.89%) Investment Banking
7 5 (0.89%) Retail
8 4 (0.71%) Electronics
9 3 (0.54%) French Language
9 3 (0.54%) German Language
9 3 (0.54%) Retail Banking
10 2 (0.36%) Back Office
10 2 (0.36%) Online Betting
10 2 (0.36%) Pharmaceutical
11 1 (0.18%) Automotive
11 1 (0.18%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 132 (23.57%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 63 (11.25%) Analyst
3 55 (9.82%) VMware Engineer
4 54 (9.64%) Architect
5 48 (8.57%) Server Engineer
6 37 (6.61%) Infrastructure Analyst
7 35 (6.25%) Consultant
7 35 (6.25%) Systems Engineer
8 32 (5.71%) Wintel Engineer
9 30 (5.36%) Windows Engineer
10 29 (5.18%) Administrator
11 25 (4.46%) IT Engineer
12 24 (4.29%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
13 23 (4.11%) Support Engineer
14 22 (3.93%) Technical Architect
15 21 (3.75%) Systems Administrator
16 19 (3.39%) VMware Consultant
17 18 (3.21%) 3rd Line Engineer
18 17 (3.04%) Infrastructure Architect
19 16 (2.86%) Integration Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (1.79%) Web Services
1 10 (1.79%) XML
2 9 (1.61%) LDAP
2 9 (1.61%) Middleware
3 5 (0.89%) .NET
4 4 (0.71%) 802.1X
5 3 (0.54%) JSON
5 3 (0.54%) JSP
5 3 (0.54%) Kafka
5 3 (0.54%) Node.js
5 3 (0.54%) Servlets
5 3 (0.54%) WebSphere MQ
5 3 (0.54%) X-Windows
6 2 (0.36%) DOM
6 2 (0.36%) SAML
6 2 (0.36%) Software Packaging
6 2 (0.36%) Spring
6 2 (0.36%) TensorFlow
6 2 (0.36%) XSLT
7 1 (0.18%) PostGIS
Miscellaneous
1 92 (16.43%) Data Centre
2 53 (9.46%) Clustering
3 42 (7.50%) Analytical Skills
4 30 (5.36%) Fat Client
4 30 (5.36%) Thin Client
5 29 (5.18%) Management Information System
6 19 (3.39%) PKI
7 17 (3.04%) Private Cloud
7 17 (3.04%) Replication
8 15 (2.68%) Self-Motivation
8 15 (2.68%) User Experience
9 12 (2.14%) VxBlock/Vblock
10 9 (1.61%) Public Cloud
11 8 (1.43%) CMDB
11 8 (1.43%) SCADA
11 8 (1.43%) Video Conferencing
12 7 (1.25%) Data Protection Act
12 7 (1.25%) EMC VNX
12 7 (1.25%) Hybrid Cloud
13 6 (1.07%) EMC VMAX
Operating Systems
1 432 (77.14%) Windows
2 296 (52.86%) Windows Server
3 168 (30.00%) Windows Server 2012
4 146 (26.07%) Linux
5 138 (24.64%) Windows Server 2008
6 90 (16.07%) Windows 10
7 54 (9.64%) Windows Server 2003
8 52 (9.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 34 (6.07%) Unix
10 18 (3.21%) Windows 7
11 16 (2.86%) CentOS
12 15 (2.68%) Mac OS
13 13 (2.32%) AIX
14 12 (2.14%) Ubuntu
15 8 (1.43%) Solaris
16 7 (1.25%) SUSE
17 5 (0.89%) Debian
18 4 (0.71%) VMS
18 4 (0.71%) Windows Vista
19 3 (0.54%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 145 (25.89%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 109 (19.46%) ITIL
3 105 (18.75%) Migration
4 67 (11.96%) Problem-Solving
5 41 (7.32%) Agile Software Development
6 33 (5.89%) Disaster Recovery
7 32 (5.71%) Root Cause Analysis
8 30 (5.36%) DevOps
9 26 (4.64%) Change Management
9 26 (4.64%) Configuration Management
9 26 (4.64%) Service Management
9 26 (4.64%) Storage Management
10 25 (4.46%) Data Protection
11 24 (4.29%) Incident Management
11 24 (4.29%) Service Delivery
12 23 (4.11%) Information Security
13 22 (3.93%) Computer Science
14 20 (3.57%) Application Virtualisation
15 19 (3.39%) High Availability
15 19 (3.39%) Patch Management
Programming Languages
1 180 (32.14%) PowerShell
2 74 (13.21%) SQL
3 39 (6.96%) Python
4 21 (3.75%) Java
4 21 (3.75%) VBScript
5 18 (3.21%) Bash Shell
6 10 (1.79%) Perl
7 9 (1.61%) JavaScript
8 8 (1.43%) Korn
8 8 (1.43%) VB
9 6 (1.07%) Shell Script
10 5 (0.89%) C#
11 3 (0.54%) C-shell
12 2 (0.36%) AWK
12 2 (0.36%) C
12 2 (0.36%) Go
13 1 (0.18%) C++
13 1 (0.18%) Groovy
13 1 (0.18%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 148 (26.43%) Security Cleared
2 78 (13.93%) SC Cleared
3 76 (13.57%) DV Cleared
4 57 (10.18%) Microsoft Certification
5 46 (8.21%) MCSE
6 39 (6.96%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 35 (6.25%) Cisco Certification
8 30 (5.36%) CCNA
9 29 (5.18%) Citrix Certification
10 26 (4.64%) MCSA
11 24 (4.29%) Degree
12 18 (3.21%) CCNP
12 18 (3.21%) MCP
13 17 (3.04%) CCA
14 13 (2.32%) HNC
15 9 (1.61%) Computer Science Degree
15 9 (1.61%) ITIL Certification
15 9 (1.61%) MCITP
16 8 (1.43%) VCP6
17 7 (1.25%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (3.39%) SLA
2 7 (1.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (0.89%) PCI DSS
3 5 (0.89%) PMO
4 4 (0.71%) Cyber Essentials
4 4 (0.71%) NIST
5 3 (0.54%) Government Security Classifications
6 2 (0.36%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 2 (0.36%) Disclosure Scotland
6 2 (0.36%) GAMP
7 1 (0.18%) GDPR
7 1 (0.18%) NCSC
System Software
1 313 (55.89%) Active Directory
2 306 (54.64%) VMware Infrastructure
3 145 (25.89%) vSphere
4 97 (17.32%) Hyper-V
5 93 (16.61%) XenApp
6 73 (13.04%) XenDesktop
7 51 (9.11%) VMware NSX
8 44 (7.86%) Virtual Machines
9 31 (5.54%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 30 (5.36%) DFS Replication
11 28 (5.00%) Microsoft App-V
11 28 (5.00%) vCloud
12 17 (3.04%) Virtual Desktop
13 14 (2.50%) VMware Workstation
14 13 (2.32%) Virtual Servers
15 12 (2.14%) Firmware
16 10 (1.79%) NFS
16 10 (1.79%) Shibboleth
17 8 (1.43%) Docker
17 8 (1.43%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 129 (23.04%) SCCM
2 114 (20.36%) vCenter Server
3 54 (9.64%) SCOM
4 51 (9.11%) WSUS
5 44 (7.86%) vRealize
6 33 (5.89%) Microsoft Clustering
7 28 (5.00%) Failover Clustering
8 22 (3.93%) SCVMM
9 21 (3.75%) vMotion
10 20 (3.57%) NetBackup
11 18 (3.21%) Ansible
11 18 (3.21%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 17 (3.04%) Microsoft Intune
13 15 (2.68%) SCSM
14 13 (2.32%) SCDPM
15 12 (2.14%) Forefront Identity Manager
16 11 (1.96%) Single Sign-On
17 10 (1.79%) Netcool
18 9 (1.61%) Kubernetes
18 9 (1.61%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 532 (95.00%) VMware
2 249 (44.46%) Microsoft
3 177 (31.61%) Citrix
4 114 (20.36%) Cisco
5 98 (17.50%) HP
6 80 (14.29%) NetApp
7 78 (13.93%) Red Hat
8 52 (9.29%) Dell
9 49 (8.75%) EMC
10 39 (6.96%) Veeam
11 37 (6.61%) Oracle
12 31 (5.54%) CheckPoint
13 23 (4.11%) McAfee
14 21 (3.75%) IBM
14 21 (3.75%) SolarWinds
15 19 (3.39%) Forcepoint
16 18 (3.21%) Symantec
17 14 (2.50%) 3PAR
17 14 (2.50%) Blue Coat
18 12 (2.14%) Palo Alto