Period
to 4 December 2020

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 4 December 2020 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
4 Dec 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 330 383 437
Rank change year-on-year +53 +54 +10
Contract jobs citing VMware ESXi 250 487 567
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.66% 0.59% 0.55%
As % of the System Software category 4.48% 3.83% 3.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 179 320 369
Median daily rate £450 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.43% +0.06% -
10th Percentile £315 £293 £223
90th Percentile £588 £588 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +12.50% - +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 23 33
Median hourly rate £35.00 £46.40 £44.18
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.57% +5.02% -4.82%
10th Percentile £30.88 £38.30 £35.00
90th Percentile £44.20 £50.00 £49.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £42.50 £47.00
% change year-on-year -17.65% -9.57% +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 5,584 12,713 15,759
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.72% 15.48% 15.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,424 8,295 10,290
Median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £213 £163 £180
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £405
% change year-on-year +3.03% +1.85% +8.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 282 724 887
Median hourly rate £22.50 £17.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +32.35% +6.25% -3.03%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £10.55
90th Percentile £60.00 £47.50 £44.27
Median hourly rate £17.63 £16.00 £15.86
% change year-on-year +10.16% +0.88% +5.73%

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 4 December 2020.

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 4 December 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for VMware ESXi in the UK

VMware ESXi
Top 13 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 4 December 2020. 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 +74 212 £450 +9.09% 78
UK excluding London +96 159 £450 +12.50% 54
London +88 73 £450 -4.76% 24
South East +121 61 £494 +21.24% 18
South West +77 43 £450 -5.26% 6
Work from Home -112 43 £463 -2.63% 4
Scotland +45 24 £405 +15.71%
Midlands +37 11 £375 - 15
West Midlands +35 11 £375 -11.76% 10
East of England +74 10 £519 +42.12% 5
North of England +68 10 £413 +22.22% 11
Yorkshire +54 9 £500 +26.90% 1
North East +33 1 £225 -35.71% 3

For the 6 months to 4 December 2020, 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.

1 237 (94.80%) VMware
2 184 (73.60%) Windows
3 178 (71.20%) VMware Infrastructure
4 137 (54.80%) Active Directory
5 101 (40.40%) Windows Server
6 92 (36.80%) Security Cleared
7 89 (35.60%) vCenter Server
8 86 (34.40%) Microsoft
9 83 (33.20%) Linux
10 82 (32.80%) Cisco
11 80 (32.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 75 (30.00%) PowerShell
13 72 (28.80%) vSphere
14 68 (27.20%) DNS
15 66 (26.40%) Dell
16 65 (26.00%) VMware NSX
17 62 (24.80%) Azure
18 58 (23.20%) SC Cleared
18 58 (23.20%) Windows Server 2012
18 58 (23.20%) VSAN
19 54 (21.60%) Ansible
20 53 (21.20%) Firewall
20 53 (21.20%) DHCP
21 50 (20.00%) Data Centre
22 46 (18.40%) SAN
23 45 (18.00%) Citrix
24 42 (16.80%) vRealize
25 41 (16.40%) Terraform
25 41 (16.40%) Windows Server 2016
26 40 (16.00%) 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 18 (7.20%) MS Exchange
1 18 (7.20%) SharePoint
2 11 (4.40%) Exchange Server 2010
2 11 (4.40%) IIS
2 11 (4.40%) OpenStack
3 7 (2.80%) Confluence
4 5 (2.00%) Skype for Business
5 4 (1.60%) CMS
5 4 (1.60%) Exchange Server 2013
5 4 (1.60%) Tomcat
6 3 (1.20%) Apache
6 3 (1.20%) GeoServer
6 3 (1.20%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.40%) nginx
7 1 (0.40%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 1 (0.40%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 12 (4.80%) MS Visio
2 9 (3.60%) Microsoft Office
3 6 (2.40%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.80%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.40%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 62 (24.80%) Azure
2 35 (14.00%) IaaS
3 34 (13.60%) Office 365
4 31 (12.40%) AWS
5 18 (7.20%) Azure Active Directory
6 12 (4.80%) GCP
7 9 (3.60%) PaaS
8 8 (3.20%) Cloud Computing
8 8 (3.20%) SaaS
9 7 (2.80%) GitHub
10 5 (2.00%) Power Automate
11 3 (1.20%) Amazon EC2
11 3 (1.20%) Amazon ELB
11 3 (1.20%) OneDrive
11 3 (1.20%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 1 (0.40%) Datadog
12 1 (0.40%) G Suite
12 1 (0.40%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 68 (27.20%) DNS
2 58 (23.20%) VSAN
3 53 (21.20%) DHCP
3 53 (21.20%) Firewall
4 46 (18.40%) SAN
5 32 (12.80%) WAN
6 27 (10.80%) LAN
7 21 (8.40%) TCP/IP
8 17 (6.80%) Remote Desktop
8 17 (6.80%) VPN
9 13 (5.20%) iSCSI
10 12 (4.80%) Kerberos
11 11 (4.40%) Cisco Nexus
11 11 (4.40%) NAS
11 11 (4.40%) Network Security
12 9 (3.60%) Fibre Channel
12 9 (3.60%) NetScaler
13 8 (3.20%) AMQP
13 8 (3.20%) Cisco ASA
14 6 (2.40%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (14.80%) SQL Server
2 8 (3.20%) GIS
2 8 (3.20%) QGIS
3 7 (2.80%) Geospatial Data
4 3 (1.20%) DB2
4 3 (1.20%) Oracle Reports
4 3 (1.20%) Spatial Data
5 2 (0.80%) MySQL
6 1 (0.40%) Amazon RDS
6 1 (0.40%) Data Lake
6 1 (0.40%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.40%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.40%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 17 (6.80%) Git (software)
2 11 (4.40%) Jenkins
3 10 (4.00%) JIRA
4 9 (3.60%) TeamCity
5 7 (2.80%) Sonatype Nexus
5 7 (2.80%) Subversion
6 5 (2.00%) Bitbucket
7 4 (1.60%) InstallShield
7 4 (1.60%) MSI
8 1 (0.40%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 1 (0.40%) Rational Team Concert
8 1 (0.40%) Serena SBM
General
1 28 (11.20%) Finance
2 19 (7.60%) Public Sector
3 13 (5.20%) Banking
4 8 (3.20%) Telecoms
5 7 (2.80%) Retail
6 5 (2.00%) Manufacturing
7 4 (1.60%) Back Office
7 4 (1.60%) Front Office
7 4 (1.60%) Investment Banking
7 4 (1.60%) Publishing
8 3 (1.20%) Electronics
8 3 (1.20%) Legal
8 3 (1.20%) Marketing
9 2 (0.80%) Military
10 1 (0.40%) Automotive
10 1 (0.40%) Games
10 1 (0.40%) International Banking
Job Titles
1 63 (25.20%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 39 (15.60%) VMware Engineer
3 26 (10.40%) Architect
4 20 (8.00%) Administrator
5 18 (7.20%) Cloud Engineer
5 18 (7.20%) Consultant
6 17 (6.80%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
7 16 (6.40%) Windows Engineer
8 15 (6.00%) Infrastructure Architect
9 14 (5.60%) Systems Engineer
9 14 (5.60%) Virtualisation Engineer
10 12 (4.80%) Citrix Engineer
10 12 (4.80%) VMWare Administrator
11 10 (4.00%) Analyst
11 10 (4.00%) Integration Engineer
12 9 (3.60%) Cloud Infrastructure Engineer
12 9 (3.60%) Systems Administrator
13 8 (3.20%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 8 (3.20%) Systems Integration Engineer
14 7 (2.80%) Infrastructure Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (5.20%) LDAP
2 10 (4.00%) JSON
3 9 (3.60%) PostGIS
4 7 (2.80%) XML
5 6 (2.40%) Middleware
6 5 (2.00%) Web Services
7 4 (1.60%) Flash
8 3 (1.20%) Elastic Stack
8 3 (1.20%) XMPP
9 2 (0.80%) CGI
9 2 (0.80%) Spine.js
9 2 (0.80%) YAML
10 1 (0.40%) JMS
10 1 (0.40%) OAuth
10 1 (0.40%) OpenID
10 1 (0.40%) REST
10 1 (0.40%) SAML
10 1 (0.40%) TIBCO EMS
10 1 (0.40%) WebSphere MQ
10 1 (0.40%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 50 (20.00%) Data Centre
2 16 (6.40%) Clustering
2 16 (6.40%) Private Cloud
3 15 (6.00%) Hybrid Cloud
4 14 (5.60%) PKI
5 11 (4.40%) Replication
6 10 (4.00%) Analytical Skills
6 10 (4.00%) Management Information System
7 5 (2.00%) Self-Motivation
7 5 (2.00%) VxBlock/Vblock
8 4 (1.60%) EMC VMAX
8 4 (1.60%) Enterprise Storage
8 4 (1.60%) Fat Client
8 4 (1.60%) Thin Client
9 3 (1.20%) Driving Licence
9 3 (1.20%) Linux Command Line
9 3 (1.20%) RSA SecurID
9 3 (1.20%) Video Conferencing
10 2 (0.80%) Algorithms
10 2 (0.80%) Cyber Defence
Operating Systems
1 184 (73.60%) Windows
2 101 (40.40%) Windows Server
3 83 (33.20%) Linux
4 58 (23.20%) Windows Server 2012
5 41 (16.40%) Windows Server 2016
6 38 (15.20%) Windows 10
7 29 (11.60%) Windows Server 2019
8 28 (11.20%) Windows Server 2008
9 23 (9.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 21 (8.40%) CentOS
11 20 (8.00%) Ubuntu
12 11 (4.40%) Unix
12 11 (4.40%) Windows 7
13 8 (3.20%) Solaris
13 8 (3.20%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
13 8 (3.20%) Windows Server 2003
14 4 (1.60%) Windows NT
14 4 (1.60%) Windows XP
15 2 (0.80%) AIX
15 2 (0.80%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 80 (32.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 39 (15.60%) DevOps
3 33 (13.20%) Migration
4 31 (12.40%) Load Balancing
5 26 (10.40%) Converged Infrastructure
5 26 (10.40%) ITIL
6 25 (10.00%) High Availability
7 24 (9.60%) Agile Software Development
8 23 (9.20%) Infrastructure Automation
9 21 (8.40%) Storage Management
10 18 (7.20%) Change Management
11 17 (6.80%) SIEM
12 15 (6.00%) Data Protection
12 15 (6.00%) Scrum
13 14 (5.60%) Infrastructure as Code
14 13 (5.20%) Configuration Management
14 13 (5.20%) Disaster Recovery
15 12 (4.80%) Incident Management
15 12 (4.80%) Security Hardening
15 12 (4.80%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 75 (30.00%) PowerShell
2 21 (8.40%) Python
3 14 (5.60%) Bash Shell
4 10 (4.00%) C
5 9 (3.60%) Java
6 7 (2.80%) C#
6 7 (2.80%) SQL
7 3 (1.20%) Perl
8 2 (0.80%) Ruby
9 1 (0.40%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.40%) VBScript
9 1 (0.40%) XPath
Qualifications
1 92 (36.80%) Security Cleared
2 58 (23.20%) SC Cleared
3 38 (15.20%) DV Cleared
4 16 (6.40%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 12 (4.80%) CCNA
5 12 (4.80%) Cisco Certification
6 10 (4.00%) Microsoft Certification
7 9 (3.60%) MCSE
8 8 (3.20%) CCNP
9 6 (2.40%) VCAP
10 5 (2.00%) Citrix Certification
11 4 (1.60%) CCA
12 3 (1.20%) CISSP
12 3 (1.20%) Degree
12 3 (1.20%) MCITP
12 3 (1.20%) MCSA
12 3 (1.20%) Network+ Certification
13 2 (0.80%) BPSS Clearance
13 2 (0.80%) ITIL Certification
14 1 (0.40%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (3.60%) SLA
2 4 (1.60%) GDPR
2 4 (1.60%) NCSC
3 2 (0.80%) NIST
3 2 (0.80%) OASIS TOSCA
4 1 (0.40%) Def Stans
4 1 (0.40%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 178 (71.20%) VMware Infrastructure
2 137 (54.80%) Active Directory
3 72 (28.80%) vSphere
4 65 (26.00%) VMware NSX
5 35 (14.00%) Virtual Machines
6 29 (11.60%) Hyper-V
7 24 (9.60%) Docker
8 17 (6.80%) NFS
9 15 (6.00%) VMware Workstation
9 15 (6.00%) XenApp
10 14 (5.60%) XenDesktop
11 13 (5.20%) VMFS
12 8 (3.20%) vCloud
13 6 (2.40%) Microsoft App-V
13 6 (2.40%) Virtual Desktop
13 6 (2.40%) Virtual Servers
13 6 (2.40%) VMware Server
14 4 (1.60%) Firmware
15 3 (1.20%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 3 (1.20%) UAG
Systems Management
1 89 (35.60%) vCenter Server
2 54 (21.60%) Ansible
3 42 (16.80%) vRealize
4 41 (16.40%) Terraform
5 34 (13.60%) SCCM
6 31 (12.40%) Kubernetes
7 16 (6.40%) Puppet
7 16 (6.40%) vMotion
8 14 (5.60%) PowerCLI
8 14 (5.60%) vRealize Orchestrator
9 11 (4.40%) Microsoft Clustering
10 10 (4.00%) WSUS
11 7 (2.80%) Opscode Chef
11 7 (2.80%) Single Sign-On
12 5 (2.00%) BladeLogic
12 5 (2.00%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
13 4 (1.60%) AirWatch
13 4 (1.60%) Microsoft Intune
13 4 (1.60%) NetBackup
13 4 (1.60%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 237 (94.80%) VMware
2 86 (34.40%) Microsoft
3 82 (32.80%) Cisco
4 66 (26.40%) Dell
5 45 (18.00%) Citrix
6 40 (16.00%) HP
7 33 (13.20%) Veeam
8 30 (12.00%) Red Hat
9 29 (11.60%) Juniper
10 24 (9.60%) NetApp
10 24 (9.60%) Oracle
11 20 (8.00%) EMC
11 20 (8.00%) Palo Alto
12 14 (5.60%) Fortinet
13 11 (4.40%) F5
14 9 (3.60%) CheckPoint
14 9 (3.60%) SolarWinds
15 8 (3.20%) CommVault
15 8 (3.20%) ESRI
16 7 (2.80%) BMC