Period
to 25 February 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 25 February 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
25 Feb 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 346 400 438
Rank change year-on-year +54 +38 +3
Contract jobs citing VMware ESXi 303 376 537
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.64% 0.55% 0.55%
As % of the System Software category 4.40% 3.54% 3.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 231 278 360
Median daily rate £450 £401 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.22% -2.79% +5.10%
10th Percentile £313 £281 £235
90th Percentile £575 £550 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £400
% change year-on-year +5.26% -5.00% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 17 36
Median hourly rate £52.00 £47.00 £44.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.64% +5.62% -4.13%
10th Percentile £43.75 £27.60 £29.82
90th Percentile £54.00 £55.00 £49.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £44.50 £47.00
% change year-on-year - -5.32% +51.61%

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 6,885 10,610 15,097
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.52% 15.53% 15.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,666 7,205 10,114
Median daily rate £475 £450 £470
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% -4.26% +4.44%
10th Percentile £225 £163 £175
90th Percentile £650 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £425 £425
% change year-on-year -1.18% - +9.68%
Number of hourly rates quoted 288 559 742
Median hourly rate £18.32 £16.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.05% +3.13% +0.88%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.26 £10.58
90th Percentile £61.25 £45.03 £45.79
Median hourly rate £15.85 £16.00 £15.48
% change year-on-year -0.94% +3.34% +3.22%

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 25 February 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
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 25 February 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 +74 244 £450 +9.09% 63
UK excluding London +89 185 £400 +5.26% 50
London +49 89 £475 +11.76% 18
Work from Home -143 80 £450 +33.33% 12
South East +110 62 £450 +12.22% 15
Scotland +49 40 £400 +10.27% 2
North of England +48 33 £400 +14.29% 10
South West +56 24 £425 -15.00% 8
Midlands +36 16 £350 +12.90% 9
Yorkshire +42 15 £400 -11.11% 5
West Midlands +24 14 £375 -1.64% 8
North West +28 13 £375 +15.38% 3
East of England +46 12 £650 +112.24% 3
North East +36 5 £400 +14.29% 2
East Midlands +25 2 £325 +11.97% 1

For the 6 months to 25 February 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.

1 276 (91.09%) VMware
2 213 (70.30%) VMware Infrastructure
3 203 (67.00%) Windows
4 147 (48.51%) Active Directory
5 116 (38.28%) Windows Server
6 115 (37.95%) vCenter Server
7 109 (35.97%) Microsoft
7 109 (35.97%) Security Cleared
8 98 (32.34%) Linux
9 97 (32.01%) PowerShell
10 89 (29.37%) vSphere
10 89 (29.37%) Cisco
11 88 (29.04%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 80 (26.40%) SC Cleared
13 79 (26.07%) Data Centre
14 76 (25.08%) Dell
15 73 (24.09%) Azure
16 71 (23.43%) DNS
17 65 (21.45%) Citrix
18 59 (19.47%) VMware NSX
18 59 (19.47%) VSAN
19 56 (18.48%) Firewall
20 54 (17.82%) SCCM
20 54 (17.82%) vRealize
21 51 (16.83%) Windows Server 2012
22 50 (16.50%) Ansible
23 49 (16.17%) DHCP
23 49 (16.17%) Windows 10
24 46 (15.18%) Finance
25 45 (14.85%) 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 26 (8.58%) SharePoint
2 15 (4.95%) IIS
3 14 (4.62%) MS Exchange
4 13 (4.29%) OpenStack
5 11 (3.63%) WebSphere
6 10 (3.30%) Confluence
7 6 (1.98%) Exchange Server 2010
8 5 (1.65%) Skype for Business
9 3 (0.99%) Apache
9 3 (0.99%) CMS
9 3 (0.99%) Exchange Server 2013
10 2 (0.66%) Drupal
10 2 (0.66%) Joomla!
10 2 (0.66%) Mule
10 2 (0.66%) SAS
10 2 (0.66%) WordPress
11 1 (0.33%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 1 (0.33%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 13 (4.29%) MS Visio
2 9 (2.97%) Microsoft Office
3 6 (1.98%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.33%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 73 (24.09%) Azure
2 40 (13.20%) AWS
3 35 (11.55%) Microsoft 365
4 30 (9.90%) IaaS
5 20 (6.60%) Azure Active Directory
6 14 (4.62%) GCP
7 8 (2.64%) Cloud Computing
7 8 (2.64%) SaaS
8 7 (2.31%) GitHub
8 7 (2.31%) PaaS
9 5 (1.65%) Amazon EC2
9 5 (1.65%) Power Automate
10 3 (0.99%) Amazon ELB
10 3 (0.99%) OneDrive
10 3 (0.99%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 1 (0.33%) AWS CloudFormation
11 1 (0.33%) Cohesity
11 1 (0.33%) IBM Cloud
11 1 (0.33%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 71 (23.43%) DNS
2 59 (19.47%) VSAN
3 56 (18.48%) Firewall
4 49 (16.17%) DHCP
5 45 (14.85%) SAN
6 37 (12.21%) WAN
7 32 (10.56%) LAN
8 23 (7.59%) TCP/IP
9 22 (7.26%) VPN
10 16 (5.28%) NAS
11 15 (4.95%) NetScaler
12 14 (4.62%) Remote Desktop
13 13 (4.29%) Cisco Nexus
14 12 (3.96%) iSCSI
14 12 (3.96%) Software-Defined Networking
15 11 (3.63%) Network Security
15 11 (3.63%) SGSN
16 10 (3.30%) 3GPP
16 10 (3.30%) Kerberos
16 10 (3.30%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (11.22%) SQL Server
2 10 (3.30%) DB2
3 6 (1.98%) MySQL
4 5 (1.65%) Oracle Database
4 5 (1.65%) SQL Server 2008
5 4 (1.32%) SQL Server 2012
6 3 (0.99%) Amazon RDS
6 3 (0.99%) Hadoop
6 3 (0.99%) Oracle Database 11g
7 2 (0.66%) MongoDB
7 2 (0.66%) PostgreSQL
7 2 (0.66%) SQL Server 2016
8 1 (0.33%) Data Lake
8 1 (0.33%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 1 (0.33%) Oracle Database 12c
8 1 (0.33%) Relational Database
8 1 (0.33%) SQL Server 2014
8 1 (0.33%) SQL Server 2017
8 1 (0.33%) SQL Server 2019
8 1 (0.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 11 (3.63%) JIRA
2 9 (2.97%) MSI
3 8 (2.64%) Git (software)
3 8 (2.64%) Sonatype Nexus
4 7 (2.31%) Jenkins
5 6 (1.98%) InstallShield
5 6 (1.98%) Subversion
6 5 (1.65%) Hudson
6 5 (1.65%) TeamCity
7 4 (1.32%) Serena SBM
8 3 (0.99%) Bitbucket
9 2 (0.66%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 2 (0.66%) Oracle Forms
10 1 (0.33%) Ant
10 1 (0.33%) Artifactory
10 1 (0.33%) Bugzilla
10 1 (0.33%) Maven
10 1 (0.33%) Rational Team Concert
10 1 (0.33%) Vagrant
General
1 46 (15.18%) Finance
2 27 (8.91%) Banking
3 19 (6.27%) Public Sector
4 12 (3.96%) Telecoms
5 6 (1.98%) Retail
6 5 (1.65%) Back Office
6 5 (1.65%) Front Office
7 4 (1.32%) Manufacturing
7 4 (1.32%) Publishing
8 3 (0.99%) Electronics
8 3 (0.99%) International Banking
8 3 (0.99%) Investment Banking
8 3 (0.99%) Legal
8 3 (0.99%) Marketing
9 2 (0.66%) Military
10 1 (0.33%) Automotive
10 1 (0.33%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.33%) Games
Job Titles
1 72 (23.76%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 47 (15.51%) VMware Engineer
3 34 (11.22%) Architect
4 33 (10.89%) Cloud Engineer
5 28 (9.24%) Consultant
6 24 (7.92%) Infrastructure Architect
7 20 (6.60%) Windows Engineer
8 18 (5.94%) Administrator
8 18 (5.94%) Virtualisation Engineer
9 16 (5.28%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
10 13 (4.29%) Cloud Infrastructure Engineer
11 12 (3.96%) Citrix Engineer
11 12 (3.96%) Wintel Engineer
12 11 (3.63%) Server Engineer
13 10 (3.30%) Build Engineer
13 10 (3.30%) Systems Administrator
13 10 (3.30%) VMWare Administrator
14 9 (2.97%) Solutions Architect
14 9 (2.97%) VMware Consultant
14 9 (2.97%) VMware Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (6.60%) XML
2 19 (6.27%) JSON
3 10 (3.30%) LDAP
3 10 (3.30%) Spine.js
3 10 (3.30%) WebSphere MQ
3 10 (3.30%) YAML
4 6 (1.98%) Middleware
5 3 (0.99%) Elastic Stack
5 3 (0.99%) Web Services
5 3 (0.99%) XMPP
6 2 (0.66%) CGI
6 2 (0.66%) Flash
7 1 (0.33%) ASP.NET 2.0
7 1 (0.33%) JMS
7 1 (0.33%) OAuth
7 1 (0.33%) OpenID
7 1 (0.33%) REST
7 1 (0.33%) SAML
7 1 (0.33%) TIBCO EMS
7 1 (0.33%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 79 (26.07%) Data Centre
2 14 (4.62%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (4.62%) Clustering
2 14 (4.62%) Private Cloud
3 13 (4.29%) PKI
4 12 (3.96%) Replication
5 10 (3.30%) Derivative
6 9 (2.97%) Hybrid Cloud
7 6 (1.98%) Management Information System
7 6 (1.98%) Self-Motivation
8 5 (1.65%) VxBlock/Vblock
9 4 (1.32%) Cloud Native
9 4 (1.32%) CMDB
9 4 (1.32%) EMC VMAX
9 4 (1.32%) Enterprise Storage
10 3 (0.99%) Enterprise Software
10 3 (0.99%) Linux Command Line
10 3 (0.99%) NHS
10 3 (0.99%) RSA SecurID
10 3 (0.99%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 203 (67.00%) Windows
2 116 (38.28%) Windows Server
3 98 (32.34%) Linux
4 51 (16.83%) Windows Server 2012
5 49 (16.17%) Windows 10
6 37 (12.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 35 (11.55%) Windows Server 2019
8 33 (10.89%) Windows Server 2016
9 32 (10.56%) Windows Server 2008
10 16 (5.28%) Unix
11 15 (4.95%) CentOS
11 15 (4.95%) Ubuntu
12 12 (3.96%) Windows 7
13 11 (3.63%) Windows Server 2003
14 7 (2.31%) Solaris
15 3 (0.99%) SUSE
16 2 (0.66%) Apple iOS
16 2 (0.66%) Mac OS X
16 2 (0.66%) Windows 8
17 1 (0.33%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 88 (29.04%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 45 (14.85%) ITIL
3 37 (12.21%) Migration
4 30 (9.90%) Converged Infrastructure
4 30 (9.90%) Load Balancing
5 28 (9.24%) DevOps
6 25 (8.25%) Agile Software Development
6 25 (8.25%) Change Management
6 25 (8.25%) Storage Management
7 24 (7.92%) High Availability
8 21 (6.93%) Disaster Recovery
9 18 (5.94%) Security Hardening
9 18 (5.94%) SIEM
10 17 (5.61%) Problem-Solving
11 16 (5.28%) Virtual Infrastructure
12 15 (4.95%) Project Delivery
12 15 (4.95%) Stakeholder Management
13 14 (4.62%) Incident Management
13 14 (4.62%) Infrastructure Automation
14 13 (4.29%) Patch Management
Programming Languages
1 97 (32.01%) PowerShell
2 27 (8.91%) Python
3 16 (5.28%) SQL
4 13 (4.29%) Bash Shell
5 10 (3.30%) C
6 9 (2.97%) Java
7 7 (2.31%) Ruby
8 4 (1.32%) Perl
8 4 (1.32%) Shell Script
9 3 (0.99%) JavaScript
9 3 (0.99%) VBScript
10 2 (0.66%) C#
10 2 (0.66%) Go
10 2 (0.66%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.33%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.33%) XPath
Qualifications
1 109 (35.97%) Security Cleared
2 80 (26.40%) SC Cleared
3 33 (10.89%) DV Cleared
4 22 (7.26%) Microsoft Certification
5 16 (5.28%) MCSE
5 16 (5.28%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 14 (4.62%) CCNA
6 14 (4.62%) Cisco Certification
7 13 (4.29%) Citrix Certification
8 9 (2.97%) RHCA
8 9 (2.97%) TOGAF Certification
9 8 (2.64%) CCNP
9 8 (2.64%) MCSA
10 6 (1.98%) Degree
10 6 (1.98%) VCAP
11 5 (1.65%) MCITP
12 4 (1.32%) CCA
12 4 (1.32%) VCP6
13 3 (0.99%) CISSP
13 3 (0.99%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (3.96%) SLA
2 10 (3.30%) OASIS TOSCA
3 9 (2.97%) GDPR
4 6 (1.98%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (0.66%) NCSC
5 2 (0.66%) QA
5 2 (0.66%) SEPA
6 1 (0.33%) Def Stans
6 1 (0.33%) NIST
System Software
1 213 (70.30%) VMware Infrastructure
2 147 (48.51%) Active Directory
3 89 (29.37%) vSphere
4 59 (19.47%) VMware NSX
5 33 (10.89%) Virtual Machines
6 21 (6.93%) NFS
7 20 (6.60%) Docker
7 20 (6.60%) Hyper-V
8 17 (5.61%) XenApp
9 14 (4.62%) Virtual Servers
10 13 (4.29%) VMFS
11 11 (3.63%) KVM
11 11 (3.63%) XenDesktop
12 10 (3.30%) LXC
13 9 (2.97%) vCloud
14 8 (2.64%) VMware Server
15 7 (2.31%) Virtual Desktop
16 6 (1.98%) Microsoft App-V
17 5 (1.65%) UAG
17 5 (1.65%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 115 (37.95%) vCenter Server
2 54 (17.82%) SCCM
2 54 (17.82%) vRealize
3 50 (16.50%) Ansible
4 28 (9.24%) Terraform
5 25 (8.25%) Kubernetes
6 23 (7.59%) PowerCLI
7 19 (6.27%) vRealize Orchestrator
8 17 (5.61%) WSUS
9 15 (4.95%) vMotion
10 10 (3.30%) Cloudify
10 10 (3.30%) Docker Swarm
10 10 (3.30%) Grafana
10 10 (3.30%) Juju
10 10 (3.30%) Prometheus
11 7 (2.31%) EMC NetWorker
11 7 (2.31%) Microsoft Clustering
11 7 (2.31%) Microsoft Intune
11 7 (2.31%) Opscode Chef
11 7 (2.31%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 276 (91.09%) VMware
2 109 (35.97%) Microsoft
3 89 (29.37%) Cisco
4 76 (25.08%) Dell
5 65 (21.45%) Citrix
6 45 (14.85%) Red Hat
7 41 (13.53%) Juniper
8 37 (12.21%) HP
9 25 (8.25%) EMC
10 23 (7.59%) Veeam
11 22 (7.26%) IBM
12 20 (6.60%) Oracle
12 20 (6.60%) Palo Alto
13 14 (4.62%) NetApp
14 13 (4.29%) Fortinet
15 11 (3.63%) BMC
16 10 (3.30%) Ericsson
16 10 (3.30%) Ivanti
16 10 (3.30%) McAfee
16 10 (3.30%) Mirantis