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 3 months to 26 June 2017 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
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 400 288 272
Rank change year-on-year -112 -16  
Contract jobs citing VMware ESXi 212 451 451
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.45% 0.85% 0.81%
As % of the System Software category 4.04% 6.74% 7.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 134 303 298
Median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £291 £247 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £463 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +7.14% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 15 8
Median hourly rate £46.89 £26.58 £26.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +76.45% -0.65%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.60 £21.00 £18.82
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £39.00 £68.73
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.50 £26.58 £26.75
% change year-on-year +7.24% -0.65%  

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

Contract System Software Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 5251 6694 5913
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 11.17% 12.61% 10.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 3369 4129 3336
Median daily rate £402 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.50% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £203 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +7.14% +7.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 307 469 616
Median hourly rate £17.00 £20.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.00% +11.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.15 £12.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.02 £42.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.18 £21.75 £17.50
% change year-on-year -25.60% +24.28%  

VMware ESXi
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing VMware ESXi as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the System Software category.

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 3 months to 26 June 2017.

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 3 months to 26 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for VMware ESXi in the UK

VMware ESXi
Top 30 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 3 months to 26 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -88 197 £400 +1.26% 72
South East +30 85 £390 +4.00% 29
London -98 63 £425 - 12
Hampshire +5 31 £400 +6.66% 5
Surrey +12 18 £375 -6.25% 10
Yorkshire +32 17 £325 -13.33% 10
Milton Keynes -7 14 £400 - 1
Buckinghamshire -8 14 £400 - 1
Berkshire +12 12 £388 +5.44% 7
Epsom +6 11 - - 1
Scotland -5 11 £395 +32.77% 4
Croydon - 10 £463 -
Leeds +23 9 £435 +16.00% 3
West Yorkshire +17 9 £435 +16.00% 10
North West -4 9 £350 -12.50% 9
Kent +1 8 £338 +3.05%
Basingstoke -5 8 £368 - 1
East of England -21 8 £193 -45.00% 1
South West -15 7 £425 +23.63% 8
Hook +2 6 £360 +11.62%
Cambridgeshire -8 6 £193 -43.38%
New Malden - 6 - -
South Yorkshire +11 5 £325 +23.80%
Cheshire +9 5 £350 -17.64% 3
Newcastle upon Tyne +72 4 - -
Tyne and Wear +69 4 - -
North East +64 4 - -
Renfrewshire +33 4 £250 -16.66%
Erskine +29 4 £250 -16.66%
Edinburgh +6 4 £413 +33.06% 3

For the 6 months to 26 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing VMware ESXi also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for VMware ESXi.

1 400 (88.11%) VMware
2 321 (70.70%) Windows
3 261 (57.49%) VMware Infrastructure
4 184 (40.53%) Active Directory
5 181 (39.87%) Windows Server
6 163 (35.90%) Linux
7 154 (33.92%) Microsoft
8 146 (32.16%) Windows Server 2008
9 130 (28.63%) DNS
10 125 (27.53%) SAN
11 122 (26.87%) Citrix
12 121 (26.65%) Firewall
13 110 (24.23%) Windows Server 2012
14 109 (24.01%) Cisco
15 99 (21.81%) Security Cleared
15 99 (21.81%) PowerShell
16 97 (21.37%) SQL
17 95 (20.93%) Finance
18 87 (19.16%) Windows Server 2003
19 80 (17.62%) SQL Server
19 80 (17.62%) vSphere
20 77 (16.96%) Unix
21 76 (16.74%) ITIL
22 74 (16.30%) Data Centre
23 70 (15.42%) Red Hat
24 69 (15.20%) SC Cleared
25 66 (14.54%) Hyper-V
26 63 (13.88%) MS Exchange
26 63 (13.88%) Windows 7
27 62 (13.66%) HP

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 63 (13.88%) MS Exchange
2 46 (10.13%) Skype for Business
3 41 (9.03%) IIS
4 34 (7.49%) Exchange Server 2010
5 31 (6.83%) SharePoint
6 15 (3.30%) BizTalk Server
6 15 (3.30%) JBoss
7 12 (2.64%) Apache
8 11 (2.42%) WildFly
9 10 (2.20%) Exchange Server 2007
10 9 (1.98%) OpenStack
11 8 (1.76%) Exchange Server 2013
12 7 (1.54%) Confluence
12 7 (1.54%) WebSphere
13 6 (1.32%) IBM Notes
14 5 (1.10%) EPiServer
14 5 (1.10%) FileNet
14 5 (1.10%) WebSphere Application Server
15 4 (0.88%) Tomcat
16 3 (0.66%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 25 (5.51%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (2.64%) MS Visio
3 10 (2.20%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.44%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.22%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 8 (1.76%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.44%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 37 (8.15%) Amazon AWS
2 29 (6.39%) Microsoft Azure
3 25 (5.51%) Office 365
4 11 (2.42%) Cloud Computing
4 11 (2.42%) IaaS
4 11 (2.42%) PaaS
5 6 (1.32%) AWS CloudFormation
6 3 (0.66%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
6 3 (0.66%) Heroku
6 3 (0.66%) Mimecast
6 3 (0.66%) SaaS
7 2 (0.44%) G Suite
7 2 (0.44%) IBM Cloud
8 1 (0.22%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.22%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.22%) GitHub
8 1 (0.22%) HP Helion
8 1 (0.22%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 130 (28.63%) DNS
2 125 (27.53%) SAN
3 121 (26.65%) Firewall
4 53 (11.67%) LDAP
5 46 (10.13%) DHCP
6 38 (8.37%) NAS
7 34 (7.49%) NetScaler
8 33 (7.27%) VPN
9 32 (7.05%) WAN
10 27 (5.95%) LAN
11 25 (5.51%) IPsec
11 25 (5.51%) Network Security
12 20 (4.41%) SSH
13 19 (4.19%) Cisco ASA
13 19 (4.19%) VoIP
14 18 (3.96%) TCP/IP
15 15 (3.30%) Skype
16 12 (2.64%) HTTP
16 12 (2.64%) Internet
16 12 (2.64%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 80 (17.62%) SQL Server
2 18 (3.96%) SQL Server 2012
3 13 (2.86%) SQL Server 2008
4 9 (1.98%) Oracle Database
5 8 (1.76%) PostgreSQL
6 7 (1.54%) SQL Server 2005
7 6 (1.32%) Oracle Database 11g
8 5 (1.10%) DB2
9 4 (0.88%) SQL Server 2014
10 3 (0.66%) Oracle Reports
11 2 (0.44%) MySQL
11 2 (0.44%) SQL Server 2000
12 1 (0.22%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 1 (0.22%) Data Warehouse
12 1 (0.22%) Hadoop
12 1 (0.22%) Impala
12 1 (0.22%) Oracle Database 12c
12 1 (0.22%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 1 (0.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 1 (0.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 11 (2.42%) Jenkins
2 10 (2.20%) JIRA
3 9 (1.98%) Git (software)
4 7 (1.54%) Vagrant
5 6 (1.32%) Sonatype Nexus
6 4 (0.88%) Rational DOORS
6 4 (0.88%) Subversion
7 3 (0.66%) StarTeam
8 2 (0.44%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 1 (0.22%) Bitbucket
9 1 (0.22%) MSI
9 1 (0.22%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 95 (20.93%) Finance
2 25 (5.51%) Banking
3 23 (5.07%) Telecoms
4 17 (3.74%) Manufacturing
5 16 (3.52%) Legal
6 11 (2.42%) Back Office
7 10 (2.20%) Electronics
8 8 (1.76%) Marketing
9 7 (1.54%) Retail
10 5 (1.10%) Military
11 4 (0.88%) Investment Banking
12 3 (0.66%) Financial Institution
13 1 (0.22%) Aerospace
13 1 (0.22%) Automotive
13 1 (0.22%) Local Government
13 1 (0.22%) Online Betting
13 1 (0.22%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 65 (14.32%) Analyst
2 48 (10.57%) VMware Engineer
3 46 (10.13%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 36 (7.93%) Architect
5 32 (7.05%) Administrator
6 28 (6.17%) Server Engineer
7 26 (5.73%) Systems Administrator
7 26 (5.73%) Windows Engineer
8 22 (4.85%) Consultant
8 22 (4.85%) Linux Administrator
8 22 (4.85%) Linux Systems Administrator
8 22 (4.85%) Support Engineer
9 21 (4.63%) Systems Engineer
9 21 (4.63%) Wintel Engineer
10 20 (4.41%) DevOps Engineer
11 19 (4.19%) Technical Analyst
12 17 (3.74%) Designer
12 17 (3.74%) Linux Engineer
12 17 (3.74%) Virtualisation Engineer
13 16 (3.52%) 3rd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (6.83%) Web Services
2 15 (3.30%) Middleware
3 11 (2.42%) XML
4 6 (1.32%) REST
4 6 (1.32%) Software Packaging
5 5 (1.10%) .NET
6 4 (0.88%) SOAP
7 3 (0.66%) COM
7 3 (0.66%) Java EE
7 3 (0.66%) SAML
8 2 (0.44%) 802.1X
8 2 (0.44%) CSS
8 2 (0.44%) Java SE
8 2 (0.44%) JSON
8 2 (0.44%) LAMP
8 2 (0.44%) WebSphere MQ
9 1 (0.22%) Dojo
9 1 (0.22%) Flash
9 1 (0.22%) Kafka
9 1 (0.22%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 74 (16.30%) Data Centre
2 37 (8.15%) Computer Science
3 36 (7.93%) Clustering
4 33 (7.27%) Analytical Skills
5 19 (4.19%) Replication
6 13 (2.86%) Client/Server
7 10 (2.20%) EMC VNX
7 10 (2.20%) Fat Client
7 10 (2.20%) Private Cloud
7 10 (2.20%) Thin Client
8 9 (1.98%) Mainframe
9 8 (1.76%) Management Information System
10 7 (1.54%) Enterprise Storage
10 7 (1.54%) Video Conferencing
10 7 (1.54%) VxBlock/Vblock
11 6 (1.32%) Spread Betting
12 5 (1.10%) EMC VMAX
12 5 (1.10%) Hybrid Cloud
12 5 (1.10%) Tandem
13 4 (0.88%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 321 (70.70%) Windows
2 181 (39.87%) Windows Server
3 163 (35.90%) Linux
4 146 (32.16%) Windows Server 2008
5 110 (24.23%) Windows Server 2012
6 87 (19.16%) Windows Server 2003
7 77 (16.96%) Unix
8 63 (13.88%) Windows 7
9 50 (11.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 36 (7.93%) CentOS
11 35 (7.71%) Solaris
12 24 (5.29%) Ubuntu
13 18 (3.96%) AIX
14 17 (3.74%) SUSE
15 15 (3.30%) Windows 10
16 7 (1.54%) Oracle Linux
16 7 (1.54%) Windows XP
17 6 (1.32%) Data ONTAP
17 6 (1.32%) Mac OS X
18 5 (1.10%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 76 (16.74%) ITIL
2 46 (10.13%) Configuration Management
3 41 (9.03%) Migration
4 39 (8.59%) DevOps
5 38 (8.37%) Agile Software Development
6 31 (6.83%) Incident Management
7 30 (6.61%) Load Balancing
7 30 (6.61%) Server Building
8 24 (5.29%) Disaster Recovery
8 24 (5.29%) Service Management
8 24 (5.29%) TOGAF
9 23 (5.07%) Change Management
10 20 (4.41%) Capacity Management
10 20 (4.41%) Data Protection
11 17 (3.74%) Problem Management
12 16 (3.52%) Network Management
12 16 (3.52%) Performance Tuning
13 15 (3.30%) Network Design
14 14 (3.08%) Cybersecurity
14 14 (3.08%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 99 (21.81%) PowerShell
2 97 (21.37%) SQL
3 41 (9.03%) Bash Shell
4 22 (4.85%) Python
5 21 (4.63%) Perl
6 15 (3.30%) Java
7 13 (2.86%) VBScript
8 8 (1.76%) Korn
9 7 (1.54%) C
9 7 (1.54%) Shell Script
10 6 (1.32%) JavaScript
11 5 (1.10%) JCL
12 3 (0.66%) C#
13 2 (0.44%) AppleScript
13 2 (0.44%) C++
13 2 (0.44%) VB
14 1 (0.22%) PHP
14 1 (0.22%) Ruby
14 1 (0.22%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 99 (21.81%) Security Cleared
2 69 (15.20%) SC Cleared
3 38 (8.37%) Microsoft Certification
4 37 (8.15%) Degree
5 26 (5.73%) DV Cleared
6 24 (5.29%) Computer Science Degree
7 22 (4.85%) Cisco Certification
8 20 (4.41%) MCSA
8 20 (4.41%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 18 (3.96%) CCNP
9 18 (3.96%) MCSE
10 16 (3.52%) MCITP
11 13 (2.86%) CCNA
12 8 (1.76%) JNCIA
12 8 (1.76%) JNCIS
13 7 (1.54%) CCDA
13 7 (1.54%) JNCIP
14 5 (1.10%) CCIE
14 5 (1.10%) Citrix Certification
14 5 (1.10%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (1.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 7 (1.54%) SLA
2 6 (1.32%) GDPR
3 4 (0.88%) PCI DSS
3 4 (0.88%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 3 (0.66%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.44%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.44%) Def Stans
5 2 (0.44%) PMO
6 1 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (0.22%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.22%) QA
System Software
1 261 (57.49%) VMware Infrastructure
2 184 (40.53%) Active Directory
3 80 (17.62%) vSphere
4 66 (14.54%) Hyper-V
5 50 (11.01%) XenDesktop
6 47 (10.35%) XenApp
7 38 (8.37%) Virtual Machines
8 32 (7.05%) XenServer
9 24 (5.29%) Microsoft App-V
10 22 (4.85%) vCloud
11 21 (4.63%) Virtual Desktop
12 20 (4.41%) KVM
12 20 (4.41%) Virtual Servers
13 10 (2.20%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 8 (1.76%) Oracle RAC
15 6 (1.32%) BitLocker
15 6 (1.32%) Firmware
15 6 (1.32%) NFS
16 5 (1.10%) Veritas Cluster Server
16 5 (1.10%) Veritas File System
Systems Management
1 61 (13.44%) SCCM
2 58 (12.78%) vCenter Server
3 48 (10.57%) Puppet
4 28 (6.17%) NetBackup
5 26 (5.73%) Ansible
6 23 (5.07%) vMotion
7 22 (4.85%) vRealize
8 19 (4.19%) Netcool
8 19 (4.19%) Opscode Chef
9 18 (3.96%) Tivoli
10 17 (3.74%) yum
11 16 (3.52%) Norton AntiVirus
11 16 (3.52%) OpenView Configuration Management
12 13 (2.86%) Tivoli Storage Manager
12 13 (2.86%) WSUS
13 10 (2.20%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
14 9 (1.98%) Microsoft Clustering
14 9 (1.98%) SCOM
15 7 (1.54%) McAfee ePO
16 6 (1.32%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 400 (88.11%) VMware
2 154 (33.92%) Microsoft
3 122 (26.87%) Citrix
4 109 (24.01%) Cisco
5 70 (15.42%) Red Hat
6 62 (13.66%) HP
7 52 (11.45%) NetApp
8 44 (9.69%) EMC
9 41 (9.03%) Dell
10 38 (8.37%) Veritas
11 37 (8.15%) Oracle
12 36 (7.93%) Symantec
13 34 (7.49%) IBM
14 27 (5.95%) Juniper
15 22 (4.85%) McAfee
16 17 (3.74%) F5
17 15 (3.30%) 3PAR
17 15 (3.30%) Avaya
17 15 (3.30%) Brocade
18 14 (3.08%) AppSense
North London
Parallel Consulting
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 3 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
IT Connections
Rate: 400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Wiltshire
LA International
Posted: 4 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Spring Technology
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Plan-Net
Rate: Competitive rate
Posted: 3 days ago
Hampshire
Lawrence Harvey
Rate: £385 - £430.00 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Epsom, Surrey
Plan-Net
Rate: Unspecified Competitive rate
Posted: 3 days ago
UK
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £0.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £375.00 - £485.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £400.00 - £440.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago