Period
to 17 December 2018

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 December 2018 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 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 416 438 363
Rank change year-on-year +22 -75 -33
Contract jobs citing VMware ESXi 572 528 670
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.55% 0.51% 0.66%
As % of the System Software category 3.57% 4.06% 5.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 370 311 461
UK median daily rate £400 £393 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.91% +4.67% -3.23%
10th Percentile £224 £250 £250
90th Percentile £538 £519 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% -4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 26 21
UK median hourly rate £44.18 £46.42 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.82% +32.61% -0.71%
10th Percentile £35.00 £18.25 £17.00
90th Percentile £49.28 £53.35 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.00 £31.00 £20.73
% change year-on-year +51.61% +49.54% -39.47%

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 16,028 12,992 12,552
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.28% 12.66% 12.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,512 8,439 7,834
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £402
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +5.85% +7.07%
10th Percentile £180 £157 £170
90th Percentile £625 £613 £582
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +9.33% +7.14% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 884 698 863
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.03% +6.45% -
10th Percentile £10.52 £10.40 £10.50
90th Percentile £44.27 £47.00 £43.28
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.85 £15.25 £15.00
% change year-on-year +3.93% +1.67% -3.23%

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 December 2018.

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 December 2018.

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 December 2018. 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 +17 526 £400 - 127
UK excluding London +11 374 £400 +6.67% 105
London -14 181 £400 - 27
South East -54 119 £413 +9.42% 26
North of England +26 78 £363 +11.54% 29
South West +16 59 £425 +3.03% 14
East of England +18 44 £420 +20.00% 11
Midlands -5 44 £363 -7.05% 20
North West +2 33 £430 +32.31% 10
West Midlands -7 31 £400 +14.29% 15
Yorkshire +5 30 £325 -22.62% 15
Scotland -14 23 £283 -22.07% 3
North East +3 15 £400 - 4
East Midlands +12 13 £335 -33.00% 5
Wales -26 6 £350 -2.44% 2
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 17 December 2018, 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.

1 552 (96.50%) VMware
2 420 (73.43%) Windows
3 344 (60.14%) Active Directory
4 331 (57.87%) VMware Infrastructure
5 272 (47.55%) Windows Server
6 250 (43.71%) Microsoft
7 184 (32.17%) Windows Server 2008
8 167 (29.20%) PowerShell
9 162 (28.32%) Citrix
10 156 (27.27%) Windows Server 2012
11 153 (26.75%) Linux
12 149 (26.05%) SCCM
13 145 (25.35%) DNS
14 144 (25.17%) vSphere
15 141 (24.65%) Security Cleared
16 127 (22.20%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 123 (21.50%) Hyper-V
18 119 (20.80%) vCenter Server
19 116 (20.28%) MS Exchange
20 113 (19.76%) HP
21 109 (19.06%) SC Cleared
21 109 (19.06%) Office 365
22 104 (18.18%) Windows 10
23 100 (17.48%) ITIL
24 98 (17.13%) SAN
25 97 (16.96%) Firewall
26 96 (16.78%) Finance
26 96 (16.78%) DHCP
27 95 (16.61%) Cisco
28 92 (16.08%) XenDesktop

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
1 116 (20.28%) MS Exchange
2 54 (9.44%) Exchange Server 2010
3 45 (7.87%) SharePoint
4 40 (6.99%) Skype for Business
5 17 (2.97%) Exchange Server 2013
6 12 (2.10%) OpenStack
7 9 (1.57%) Apache
7 9 (1.57%) IIS
8 8 (1.40%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 8 (1.40%) Exchange Server 2007
9 7 (1.22%) Tomcat
10 4 (0.70%) Confluence
10 4 (0.70%) GlassFish
10 4 (0.70%) Office Communications Server
11 3 (0.52%) MS Project Server
12 2 (0.35%) CMS
12 2 (0.35%) SharePoint Server
13 1 (0.17%) Exchange Server 2003
13 1 (0.17%) WebSphere
13 1 (0.17%) WordPress
Applications
1 37 (6.47%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (0.52%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.17%) HipChat
3 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (0.52%) Remedy ITSM
1 3 (0.52%) Towers Watson Igloo
2 1 (0.17%) Sage 200
2 1 (0.17%) Sage 50
Cloud Services
1 109 (19.06%) Office 365
2 91 (15.91%) Microsoft Azure
3 51 (8.92%) Amazon AWS
4 23 (4.02%) IaaS
5 19 (3.32%) Azure Active Directory
6 12 (2.10%) PaaS
6 12 (2.10%) SaaS
7 9 (1.57%) Yammer
8 7 (1.22%) IBM Cloud
9 5 (0.87%) Mimecast
10 4 (0.70%) Google Cloud Platform
11 3 (0.52%) Akamai
11 3 (0.52%) Cloud Computing
12 1 (0.17%) Dynamics 365
12 1 (0.17%) G Suite
12 1 (0.17%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 145 (25.35%) DNS
2 98 (17.13%) SAN
3 97 (16.96%) Firewall
4 96 (16.78%) DHCP
5 52 (9.09%) LAN
6 39 (6.82%) NetScaler
6 39 (6.82%) WAN
7 34 (5.94%) Skype
7 34 (5.94%) VLAN
8 31 (5.42%) TCP/IP
9 26 (4.55%) iSCSI
9 26 (4.55%) VPN
10 22 (3.85%) VSAN
11 21 (3.67%) NAS
12 19 (3.32%) Fibre Channel
13 9 (1.57%) BGP
13 9 (1.57%) Cisco ASA
13 9 (1.57%) IP Telephony
13 9 (1.57%) SMTP
13 9 (1.57%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 63 (11.01%) SQL Server
2 18 (3.15%) SQL Server 2008
2 18 (3.15%) SQL Server 2012
3 14 (2.45%) SQL Server 2005
4 6 (1.05%) MySQL
5 5 (0.87%) Oracle Database
5 5 (0.87%) Oracle Database 10g
6 4 (0.70%) Data Warehouse
7 3 (0.52%) SQL Server 2014
8 2 (0.35%) Big Data
8 2 (0.35%) Data Mining
8 2 (0.35%) Oracle Exadata
8 2 (0.35%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (0.35%) SQL Server 2016
9 1 (0.17%) Firebird
9 1 (0.17%) Hadoop
9 1 (0.17%) RDBMS
9 1 (0.17%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 13 (2.27%) GitLab
1 13 (2.27%) HP UFT
1 13 (2.27%) WinRunner
2 12 (2.10%) Artifactory
3 7 (1.22%) Git (software)
3 7 (1.22%) JIRA
4 6 (1.05%) Rational Team Concert
5 4 (0.70%) Jenkins
6 3 (0.52%) Cucumber
7 2 (0.35%) AdminStudio
7 2 (0.35%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 2 (0.35%) Mercurial
7 2 (0.35%) Octopus Deploy
8 1 (0.17%) Ant
8 1 (0.17%) MSI
8 1 (0.17%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 96 (16.78%) Finance
2 18 (3.15%) Banking
3 11 (1.92%) Financial Institution
4 8 (1.40%) Manufacturing
4 8 (1.40%) Telecoms
5 6 (1.05%) Law
6 4 (0.70%) Back Office
6 4 (0.70%) Pharmaceutical
6 4 (0.70%) Publishing
7 3 (0.52%) Investment Banking
7 3 (0.52%) Military
8 2 (0.35%) Legal
8 2 (0.35%) Retail
9 1 (0.17%) Advertising
9 1 (0.17%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.17%) Front Office
9 1 (0.17%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 118 (20.63%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 60 (10.49%) Administrator
2 60 (10.49%) VMware Engineer
3 56 (9.79%) Analyst
4 41 (7.17%) Consultant
5 39 (6.82%) Support Engineer
5 39 (6.82%) Systems Administrator
6 38 (6.64%) Architect
7 36 (6.29%) Server Engineer
8 33 (5.77%) Infrastructure Analyst
8 33 (5.77%) Infrastructure Support
9 29 (5.07%) Windows Engineer
10 28 (4.90%) Integration Engineer
11 27 (4.72%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
12 22 (3.85%) 3rd Line Support
13 21 (3.67%) 3rd Line Engineer
14 19 (3.32%) Network Engineer
14 19 (3.32%) Windows Administrator
15 18 (3.15%) Wintel Engineer
16 17 (2.97%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (2.62%) LDAP
1 15 (2.62%) Middleware
2 7 (1.22%) Web Services
3 6 (1.05%) .NET
4 5 (0.87%) .NET Framework
5 4 (0.70%) REST
5 4 (0.70%) SailPoint
5 4 (0.70%) SOAP
5 4 (0.70%) XML
6 3 (0.52%) LAMP
6 3 (0.52%) X-Windows
7 2 (0.35%) XMPP
8 1 (0.17%) Elastic Stack
8 1 (0.17%) Flash
8 1 (0.17%) Oracle GoldenGate
8 1 (0.17%) Spring
8 1 (0.17%) WAP
8 1 (0.17%) Web Services Management
8 1 (0.17%) WPF
8 1 (0.17%) WSH
Miscellaneous
1 78 (13.64%) Clustering
2 77 (13.46%) Data Centre
3 33 (5.77%) Fat Client
3 33 (5.77%) Thin Client
4 30 (5.24%) PKI
5 24 (4.20%) Replication
6 20 (3.50%) Management Information System
7 19 (3.32%) Analytical Skills
8 13 (2.27%) PDA
9 12 (2.10%) EMC VNX
10 10 (1.75%) Self-Motivation
10 10 (1.75%) Video Conferencing
11 9 (1.57%) Private Cloud
12 8 (1.40%) Hybrid Cloud
13 7 (1.22%) CLARiiON
14 6 (1.05%) Blackberry
14 6 (1.05%) Client/Server
14 6 (1.05%) Enterprise Storage
15 5 (0.87%) EMC VMAX
16 4 (0.70%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 420 (73.43%) Windows
2 272 (47.55%) Windows Server
3 184 (32.17%) Windows Server 2008
4 156 (27.27%) Windows Server 2012
5 153 (26.75%) Linux
6 104 (18.18%) Windows 10
7 81 (14.16%) Windows 7
8 63 (11.01%) Windows Server 2003
9 48 (8.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 41 (7.17%) Unix
11 19 (3.32%) CentOS
12 17 (2.97%) AIX
13 16 (2.80%) Solaris
14 10 (1.75%) Windows 8
15 8 (1.40%) Ubuntu
16 5 (0.87%) Android
16 5 (0.87%) Mac OS
16 5 (0.87%) Mac OS X
17 4 (0.70%) HPUX
18 3 (0.52%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 127 (22.20%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 100 (17.48%) ITIL
3 61 (10.66%) Migration
4 39 (6.82%) Disaster Recovery
5 37 (6.47%) Change Management
6 33 (5.77%) Agile Software Development
6 33 (5.77%) High Availability
7 29 (5.07%) Configuration Management
8 27 (4.72%) Load Balancing
8 27 (4.72%) Virtual Environments
9 25 (4.37%) Problem-Solving
10 24 (4.20%) DevOps
11 23 (4.02%) Capacity Planning
11 23 (4.02%) Change Control
11 23 (4.02%) Network Load Balancing
11 23 (4.02%) Storage Management
12 22 (3.85%) Root Cause Analysis
13 20 (3.50%) Server Management
14 18 (3.15%) Information Security
14 18 (3.15%) Performance Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 167 (29.20%) PowerShell
2 64 (11.19%) SQL
3 25 (4.37%) Python
4 16 (2.80%) Bash Shell
4 16 (2.80%) Shell Script
5 14 (2.45%) C
6 11 (1.92%) Perl
7 9 (1.57%) VB
8 8 (1.40%) VBScript
9 6 (1.05%) JavaScript
10 5 (0.87%) Java
11 4 (0.70%) AWK
11 4 (0.70%) sed
12 3 (0.52%) AppleScript
12 3 (0.52%) Go
12 3 (0.52%) VBA
13 2 (0.35%) Korn
14 1 (0.17%) C#
14 1 (0.17%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 141 (24.65%) Security Cleared
2 109 (19.06%) SC Cleared
3 56 (9.79%) Microsoft Certification
4 39 (6.82%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 36 (6.29%) MCSE
6 35 (6.12%) DV Cleared
7 26 (4.55%) Cisco Certification
8 25 (4.37%) CCNA
8 25 (4.37%) Citrix Certification
9 23 (4.02%) Degree
10 15 (2.62%) CCNP
10 15 (2.62%) ITIL Certification
11 14 (2.45%) MCP
12 13 (2.27%) CCA
12 13 (2.27%) ISTQB
13 12 (2.10%) MCSA
14 11 (1.92%) MCITP
15 10 (1.75%) VCAP
16 8 (1.40%) VCP6
17 7 (1.22%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (2.27%) SLA
2 7 (1.22%) GDPR
2 7 (1.22%) QA
3 4 (0.70%) JSP 440
4 3 (0.52%) ISO 22301
5 2 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.17%) FIPS 140-2
6 1 (0.17%) Government Security Classifications
6 1 (0.17%) PMO
6 1 (0.17%) RMADS
System Software
1 344 (60.14%) Active Directory
2 331 (57.87%) VMware Infrastructure
3 144 (25.17%) vSphere
4 123 (21.50%) Hyper-V
5 92 (16.08%) XenDesktop
6 79 (13.81%) XenApp
7 39 (6.82%) Microsoft App-V
8 35 (6.12%) Virtual Machines
9 33 (5.77%) VMware NSX
9 33 (5.77%) XenServer
10 29 (5.07%) Virtual Desktop
11 27 (4.72%) VMware Workstation
12 25 (4.37%) DFS Replication
13 21 (3.67%) Firmware
14 16 (2.80%) NFS
15 12 (2.10%) Oracle RAC
15 12 (2.10%) Virtual Servers
16 9 (1.57%) Docker
16 9 (1.57%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 6 (1.05%) EMC RecoverPoint
Systems Management
1 149 (26.05%) SCCM
2 119 (20.80%) vCenter Server
3 70 (12.24%) SCOM
4 37 (6.47%) Puppet
5 35 (6.12%) vRealize
6 33 (5.77%) McAfee ePO
7 29 (5.07%) Microsoft Clustering
7 29 (5.07%) PowerCLI
8 28 (4.90%) vMotion
9 27 (4.72%) WSUS
10 21 (3.67%) Microsoft Intune
11 20 (3.50%) NetBackup
12 13 (2.27%) Failover Clustering
12 13 (2.27%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 13 (2.27%) HP ALM
12 13 (2.27%) Tivoli Storage Manager
13 12 (2.10%) Ansible
14 10 (1.75%) HP SIM
14 10 (1.75%) Opscode Chef
14 10 (1.75%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 552 (96.50%) VMware
2 250 (43.71%) Microsoft
3 162 (28.32%) Citrix
4 113 (19.76%) HP
5 95 (16.61%) Cisco
6 83 (14.51%) NetApp
7 71 (12.41%) EMC
8 68 (11.89%) McAfee
9 55 (9.62%) Dell
10 52 (9.09%) Veeam
11 47 (8.22%) Red Hat
12 39 (6.82%) Ivanti
12 39 (6.82%) Veritas
13 38 (6.64%) Oracle
14 35 (6.12%) IBM
14 35 (6.12%) Juniper
15 31 (5.42%) 3PAR
16 28 (4.90%) Splunk
17 24 (4.20%) CA
18 23 (4.02%) SolarWinds