Period
to 20 September 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 20 September 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
20 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 432 340 388
Rank change year-on-year -92 +48 +21
Contract jobs citing VMware ESXi 404 173 538
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.51% 0.59% 0.61%
As % of the System Software category 3.65% 4.00% 3.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 286 109 355
10th Percentile £302 £296 £254
25th Percentile £393 £363 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £455 £450 £413
Median % change year-on-year +1.11% +9.09% +7.14%
75th Percentile £530 £525 £513
90th Percentile £600 £590 £581
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £469 £400
% change year-on-year -4.00% +17.19% +9.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 7 21
10th Percentile £38.61 £31.45 £25.00
25th Percentile £42.29 £42.00 £41.25
Median hourly rate £47.50 £47.83 £46.40
Median % change year-on-year -0.69% +3.08% +9.18%
75th Percentile £59.63 £49.79 £48.75
90th Percentile £71.95 £52.55 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £53.75 - £42.50

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 11,079 4,328 13,781
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.01% 14.84% 15.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,784 2,885 9,265
10th Percentile £213 £213 £173
25th Percentile £400 £368 £331
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £450 £425
% change year-on-year -5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 358 169 636
10th Percentile £11.94 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.50 £12.76 £13.50
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.75 £16.68
Median % change year-on-year -1.41% +6.45% +4.22%
75th Percentile £39.58 £40.75 £25.00
90th Percentile £65.50 £53.75 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.92 £16.00
% change year-on-year -2.50% +5.77% +1.91%

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 20 September 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 20 September 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for VMware ESXi in the UK

VMware ESXi
Top 17 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 20 September 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 -121 307 £475 +5.56% 110
UK excluding London -43 227 £450 -4.00% 94
London -141 116 £500 +17.65% 21
Work from Home -158 109 £475 +13.43% 11
South East -64 59 £456 -8.90% 23
Scotland -44 47 £443 +3.02% 4
North of England -51 42 £450 -5.26% 27
South West -39 37 £450 -5.26% 14
Yorkshire -29 26 £450 -5.26% 13
Midlands -67 23 £390 -13.33% 21
East of England -27 22 £525 -0.85% 5
North West -46 15 £381 - 11
West Midlands -63 12 £390 -13.33% 14
East Midlands - 11 £399 - 7
Wales -19 4 £400 -11.11%
Northern Ireland - 4 £269 - 1
North East - 1 £400 - 3

For the 6 months to 20 September 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.

1 366 (90.59%) VMware
2 287 (71.04%) VMware Infrastructure
3 221 (54.70%) Windows
4 159 (39.36%) Windows Server
5 139 (34.41%) Active Directory
6 132 (32.67%) Microsoft
7 111 (27.48%) Security Cleared
8 105 (25.99%) PowerShell
8 105 (25.99%) vCenter Server
9 102 (25.25%) Cisco
10 95 (23.51%) Linux
11 89 (22.03%) SAN
11 89 (22.03%) Azure
12 83 (20.54%) SC Cleared
13 82 (20.30%) vSphere
14 80 (19.80%) Windows Server 2012
15 78 (19.31%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 75 (18.56%) Data Centre
17 71 (17.57%) Citrix
18 70 (17.33%) Windows Server 2016
19 68 (16.83%) Finance
20 67 (16.58%) Social Skills
21 64 (15.84%) DNS
22 63 (15.59%) Microsoft 365
23 61 (15.10%) Dell
24 59 (14.60%) Red Hat
25 58 (14.36%) ITIL
26 57 (14.11%) SCCM
27 55 (13.61%) SharePoint
27 55 (13.61%) Ansible

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 55 (13.61%) SharePoint
2 31 (7.67%) MS Exchange
3 17 (4.21%) Confluence
3 17 (4.21%) OpenStack
4 8 (1.98%) Skype for Business
4 8 (1.98%) WebSphere
5 7 (1.73%) IIS
6 6 (1.49%) Exchange Server 2013
6 6 (1.49%) MS Project Server
7 3 (0.74%) BizTalk Server
7 3 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2010
8 2 (0.50%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 2 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2007
9 1 (0.25%) Apache
9 1 (0.25%) JBoss
9 1 (0.25%) Mule
9 1 (0.25%) SAS
9 1 (0.25%) WebLogic
Applications
1 15 (3.71%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.25%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.25%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 8 (1.98%) Dynamics AX
1 8 (1.98%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.74%) StreamServe
3 1 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 89 (22.03%) Azure
2 63 (15.59%) Microsoft 365
3 50 (12.38%) AWS
4 34 (8.42%) IaaS
5 31 (7.67%) GCP
6 28 (6.93%) Azure Active Directory
7 20 (4.95%) PaaS
8 15 (3.71%) SaaS
9 14 (3.47%) Cloud Computing
10 13 (3.22%) GitHub
11 9 (2.23%) Mimecast
12 8 (1.98%) Dynamics 365
13 7 (1.73%) Azure Storage
14 6 (1.49%) Azure ExpressRoute
14 6 (1.49%) OpenShift
15 5 (1.24%) OneDrive
15 5 (1.24%) Power Platform
15 5 (1.24%) PowerApps
16 4 (0.99%) Cloud Run
17 2 (0.50%) Snowflake
Communications & Networking
1 89 (22.03%) SAN
2 64 (15.84%) DNS
3 52 (12.87%) DHCP
3 52 (12.87%) TCP/IP
4 51 (12.62%) Firewall
4 51 (12.62%) VSAN
5 46 (11.39%) WAN
6 34 (8.42%) LAN
7 29 (7.18%) VPN
8 19 (4.70%) Software-Defined Networking
9 18 (4.46%) NAS
9 18 (4.46%) NetScaler
10 14 (3.47%) Kerberos
11 13 (3.22%) 3GPP
11 13 (3.22%) Remote Desktop
11 13 (3.22%) SGSN
11 13 (3.22%) VLAN
12 11 (2.72%) Skype
13 9 (2.23%) Cisco ASA
13 9 (2.23%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (10.40%) SQL Server
2 8 (1.98%) SQL Server 2012
3 7 (1.73%) DB2
3 7 (1.73%) SQL Server 2017
4 6 (1.49%) MySQL
4 6 (1.49%) Oracle Database
4 6 (1.49%) PostgreSQL
5 4 (0.99%) NoSQL
5 4 (0.99%) SQL Server 2008
5 4 (0.99%) SQL Server 2014
5 4 (0.99%) SQL Server 2016
5 4 (0.99%) SQL Server 2019
6 3 (0.74%) BusinessObjects
6 3 (0.74%) MongoDB
6 3 (0.74%) Oracle Database 11g
6 3 (0.74%) Oracle Database 12c
6 3 (0.74%) RDBMS
6 3 (0.74%) Relational Database
6 3 (0.74%) Sybase ASE
7 2 (0.50%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 22 (5.45%) JIRA
2 13 (3.22%) Subversion
3 10 (2.48%) Bitbucket
3 10 (2.48%) Git (software)
4 9 (2.23%) TeamCity
5 7 (1.73%) Jenkins
6 6 (1.49%) GitLab
7 5 (1.24%) Serena SBM
8 1 (0.25%) Artifactory
8 1 (0.25%) Hudson
8 1 (0.25%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 68 (16.83%) Finance
2 67 (16.58%) Social Skills
3 32 (7.92%) Banking
4 26 (6.44%) Analytical Skills
5 16 (3.96%) Public Sector
6 11 (2.72%) Documentation Skills
7 8 (1.98%) Telecoms
8 7 (1.73%) Law
8 7 (1.73%) Retail
9 6 (1.49%) Influencing Skills
9 6 (1.49%) Presentation Skills
10 5 (1.24%) Automotive
10 5 (1.24%) Military
11 4 (0.99%) Games
12 3 (0.74%) International Banking
13 2 (0.50%) Aerospace
13 2 (0.50%) Organisational Skills
14 1 (0.25%) Back Office
14 1 (0.25%) Police
14 1 (0.25%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 62 (15.35%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 58 (14.36%) VMware Engineer
3 32 (7.92%) Consultant
3 32 (7.92%) Network Engineer
4 29 (7.18%) Architect
5 28 (6.93%) Storage Engineer
6 24 (5.94%) Virtualisation Engineer
7 21 (5.20%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 21 (5.20%) Cloud Engineer
8 18 (4.46%) Administrator
9 17 (4.21%) Infrastructure Architect
10 14 (3.47%) IT Engineer
11 13 (3.22%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
11 13 (3.22%) Systems Administrator
11 13 (3.22%) Systems Engineer
12 12 (2.97%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
12 12 (2.97%) Server Engineer
12 12 (2.97%) Windows Engineer
12 12 (2.97%) Wintel Engineer
13 11 (2.72%) Windows Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (5.45%) JSON
2 21 (5.20%) XML
3 16 (3.96%) YAML
4 15 (3.71%) LDAP
5 13 (3.22%) Spine.js
6 9 (2.23%) .NET
7 8 (1.98%) J2EE
8 7 (1.73%) WebSphere MQ
9 4 (0.99%) REST
9 4 (0.99%) Web Services
10 3 (0.74%) Django
10 3 (0.74%) Flask
10 3 (0.74%) Middleware
10 3 (0.74%) Node.js
11 2 (0.50%) Elastic Stack
11 2 (0.50%) Flash
11 2 (0.50%) SAML
12 1 (0.25%) .NET Framework
12 1 (0.25%) ARM Templates
12 1 (0.25%) WSH
Miscellaneous
1 75 (18.56%) Data Centre
2 38 (9.41%) Clustering
3 23 (5.69%) Private Cloud
4 20 (4.95%) Replication
5 13 (3.22%) Derivative
6 10 (2.48%) Public Cloud
6 10 (2.48%) User Experience
6 10 (2.48%) VxBlock/Vblock
7 9 (2.23%) Enterprise Software
7 9 (2.23%) PKI
8 8 (1.98%) Management Information System
8 8 (1.98%) Self-Motivation
9 7 (1.73%) Cloud Native
9 7 (1.73%) Greenfield Project
10 6 (1.49%) EMC VNX
10 6 (1.49%) Fibre Optics
11 5 (1.24%) CMDB
11 5 (1.24%) Video Conferencing
12 4 (0.99%) IBM Storwize
12 4 (0.99%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 221 (54.70%) Windows
2 159 (39.36%) Windows Server
3 95 (23.51%) Linux
4 80 (19.80%) Windows Server 2012
5 70 (17.33%) Windows Server 2016
6 53 (13.12%) Windows Server 2008
7 46 (11.39%) Windows Server 2019
8 42 (10.40%) Windows 10
9 32 (7.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 23 (5.69%) Data ONTAP
11 18 (4.46%) Unix
12 16 (3.96%) Solaris
12 16 (3.96%) Windows Server 2003
13 12 (2.97%) Ubuntu
13 12 (2.97%) VMS
14 11 (2.72%) Windows 7
15 8 (1.98%) CentOS
16 6 (1.49%) AIX
16 6 (1.49%) Windows Vista
17 5 (1.24%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 78 (19.31%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 58 (14.36%) ITIL
3 52 (12.87%) Migration
4 40 (9.90%) Agile Software Development
5 29 (7.18%) DevOps
6 25 (6.19%) Problem-Solving
7 24 (5.94%) Project Management
8 23 (5.69%) Configuration Management
8 23 (5.69%) Disaster Recovery
9 21 (5.20%) High Availability
10 20 (4.95%) Project Delivery
11 18 (4.46%) Data Protection
12 17 (4.21%) Storage Management
13 16 (3.96%) Architectural Design
13 16 (3.96%) Open Source
13 16 (3.96%) Site Reliability Engineering
14 14 (3.47%) Continuous Improvement
14 14 (3.47%) Security Hardening
15 13 (3.22%) Computer Science
15 13 (3.22%) Deployment Automation
Programming Languages
1 105 (25.99%) PowerShell
2 45 (11.14%) SQL
3 41 (10.15%) Python
4 24 (5.94%) Bash Shell
5 14 (3.47%) Java
6 11 (2.72%) Shell Script
7 7 (1.73%) Perl
8 5 (1.24%) Go
9 4 (0.99%) Ruby
10 3 (0.74%) C#
10 3 (0.74%) JavaScript
10 3 (0.74%) PL/SQL
10 3 (0.74%) T-SQL
11 2 (0.50%) VBA
12 1 (0.25%) C
12 1 (0.25%) Groovy
12 1 (0.25%) PHP
12 1 (0.25%) VB
12 1 (0.25%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 111 (27.48%) Security Cleared
2 83 (20.54%) SC Cleared
3 29 (7.18%) DV Cleared
4 28 (6.93%) Cisco Certification
4 28 (6.93%) Microsoft Certification
5 26 (6.44%) Degree
6 24 (5.94%) CCNA
7 22 (5.45%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 19 (4.70%) MCSE
9 16 (3.96%) CCNP
10 13 (3.22%) MCSA
11 8 (1.98%) JNCIA
11 8 (1.98%) JNCIP
11 8 (1.98%) JNCIS
12 7 (1.73%) Citrix Certification
12 7 (1.73%) PMI Certification
13 6 (1.49%) CCDA
13 6 (1.49%) Computer Science Degree
13 6 (1.49%) PMP
14 5 (1.24%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (3.22%) OASIS TOSCA
2 12 (2.97%) GDPR
3 10 (2.48%) SLA
4 9 (2.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 3 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.74%) NCSC
5 3 (0.74%) QA
6 2 (0.50%) HIPAA
7 1 (0.25%) Cyber Essentials
7 1 (0.25%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 1 (0.25%) Def Stans
7 1 (0.25%) Government Security Classifications
7 1 (0.25%) ISO 22301
7 1 (0.25%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.25%) NIST
7 1 (0.25%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.25%) PMO
System Software
1 287 (71.04%) VMware Infrastructure
2 139 (34.41%) Active Directory
3 82 (20.30%) vSphere
4 40 (9.90%) Hyper-V
5 38 (9.41%) VMware NSX
6 37 (9.16%) Docker
7 32 (7.92%) Virtual Machines
8 27 (6.68%) XenApp
9 21 (5.20%) XenDesktop
10 19 (4.70%) KVM
10 19 (4.70%) Virtual Desktop
11 14 (3.47%) LXC
12 13 (3.22%) NFS
13 11 (2.72%) Microsoft App-V
13 11 (2.72%) Virtual Servers
14 10 (2.48%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 10 (2.48%) DFS Replication
15 9 (2.23%) Firmware
16 4 (0.99%) Veritas File System
16 4 (0.99%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 105 (25.99%) vCenter Server
2 57 (14.11%) SCCM
3 55 (13.61%) Ansible
4 52 (12.87%) vRealize
5 34 (8.42%) Kubernetes
6 30 (7.43%) Terraform
7 29 (7.18%) PowerCLI
8 27 (6.68%) Microsoft Intune
9 23 (5.69%) SnapMirror
9 23 (5.69%) SnapVault
9 23 (5.69%) WSUS
10 22 (5.45%) vRealize Orchestrator
11 20 (4.95%) Microsoft Clustering
12 19 (4.70%) Grafana
12 19 (4.70%) Prometheus
13 18 (4.46%) SCVMM
14 17 (4.21%) Failover Clustering
15 15 (3.71%) Puppet
16 14 (3.47%) NetBackup
16 14 (3.47%) SCOM
Vendors
1 366 (90.59%) VMware
2 132 (32.67%) Microsoft
3 102 (25.25%) Cisco
4 71 (17.57%) Citrix
5 61 (15.10%) Dell
6 59 (14.60%) Red Hat
7 49 (12.13%) NetApp
8 47 (11.63%) Oracle
9 43 (10.64%) EMC
9 43 (10.64%) HP
10 41 (10.15%) Juniper
10 41 (10.15%) Veeam
11 28 (6.93%) IBM
12 18 (4.46%) SAP
12 18 (4.46%) ServiceNow
13 17 (4.21%) McAfee
14 16 (3.96%) SolarWinds
15 14 (3.47%) 3PAR
15 14 (3.47%) Ericsson
15 14 (3.47%) Splunk