Period
to 14 November 2019

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 14 November 2019 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
14 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 395 422 439
Rank change year-on-year +27 +17 -93
Contract jobs citing VMware ESXi 509 595 541
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.60% 0.57% 0.53%
As % of the System Software category 3.89% 3.76% 4.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 338 384 320
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £279 £227 £256
90th Percentile £588 £534 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £389 £400 £377
% change year-on-year -2.81% +6.10% +7.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 24 28
UK median hourly rate £45.46 £44.59 £46.42
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.94% -3.93% +42.82%
10th Percentile £30.00 £27.68 £17.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.73 £54.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.50 £47.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.45% +56.67% +30.43%

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 13,077 15,813 12,895
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.53% 15.15% 12.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,584 10,321 8,349
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £163 £181 £156
90th Percentile £638 £625 £601
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 706 897 724
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £16.68
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -4.08% +5.90%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.55 £10.40
90th Percentile £47.50 £43.75 £46.18
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £15.86 £15.50
% change year-on-year +0.88% +2.32% +3.33%

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 14 November 2019.

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 14 November 2019.

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 14 November 2019. 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 +32 456 £405 +1.25% 134
UK excluding London +49 352 £389 -2.81% 118
London +28 149 £475 +18.75% 24
South East +24 108 £400 -3.61% 38
South West +49 77 £475 +20.25% 18
Midlands +58 59 £350 - 17
North of England +14 47 £323 -14.00% 29
Scotland +41 41 £351 +25.18% 2
West Midlands +43 40 £409 +12.76% 13
North West +15 37 £306 -31.94% 12
East Midlands +25 18 £325 -7.14% 4
East of England -4 15 £365 -13.10% 8
Yorkshire +10 10 £394 +21.23% 13
Wales +29 3 £400 +14.29% 5
Northern Ireland +7 3 £206 - 1
North East +8 1 £350 -12.50% 4

For the 6 months to 14 November 2019, 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.

1 471 (92.53%) VMware
2 381 (74.85%) Windows
3 292 (57.37%) Active Directory
4 283 (55.60%) Windows Server
5 257 (50.49%) VMware Infrastructure
6 226 (44.40%) Microsoft
7 163 (32.02%) Windows Server 2012
8 162 (31.83%) DNS
9 147 (28.88%) PowerShell
10 143 (28.09%) Citrix
11 139 (27.31%) DHCP
11 139 (27.31%) vSphere
12 137 (26.92%) Security Cleared
13 134 (26.33%) Windows Server 2008
13 134 (26.33%) vCenter Server
14 130 (25.54%) Office 365
15 127 (24.95%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 121 (23.77%) Azure
17 120 (23.58%) Firewall
18 117 (22.99%) SCCM
19 112 (22.00%) Linux
20 107 (21.02%) SAN
21 98 (19.25%) Cisco
22 96 (18.86%) Hyper-V
23 91 (17.88%) Windows 10
24 80 (15.72%) ITIL
25 79 (15.52%) HP
26 78 (15.32%) SC Cleared
27 77 (15.13%) Migration
28 72 (14.15%) SQL

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 70 (13.75%) SharePoint
2 50 (9.82%) MS Exchange
3 48 (9.43%) Skype for Business
4 19 (3.73%) Exchange Server 2010
5 15 (2.95%) IIS
6 9 (1.77%) Exchange Server 2007
7 8 (1.57%) Exchange Server 2013
8 7 (1.38%) Apache
9 6 (1.18%) Tomcat
10 5 (0.98%) Confluence
10 5 (0.98%) Elasticsearch
11 4 (0.79%) SharePoint Server
12 3 (0.59%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 2 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2003
13 2 (0.39%) IBM Notes
13 2 (0.39%) JBoss
13 2 (0.39%) Jupyter
13 2 (0.39%) nginx
13 2 (0.39%) OpenStack
14 1 (0.20%) Cloud Foundry
Applications
1 40 (7.86%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (0.79%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.59%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (0.98%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.20%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 130 (25.54%) Office 365
2 121 (23.77%) Azure
3 60 (11.79%) AWS
4 31 (6.09%) IaaS
5 23 (4.52%) Azure Active Directory
6 20 (3.93%) SaaS
7 17 (3.34%) GitHub
8 14 (2.75%) PaaS
8 14 (2.75%) Yammer
9 13 (2.55%) OneDrive
10 7 (1.38%) Mimecast
11 5 (0.98%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 4 (0.79%) OpenShift
13 3 (0.59%) GCP
14 1 (0.20%) Cloud Computing
14 1 (0.20%) G Suite
14 1 (0.20%) Smartsheet
14 1 (0.20%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 162 (31.83%) DNS
2 139 (27.31%) DHCP
3 120 (23.58%) Firewall
4 107 (21.02%) SAN
5 42 (8.25%) Skype
6 38 (7.47%) VSAN
7 31 (6.09%) VPN
7 31 (6.09%) WAN
8 29 (5.70%) NetScaler
9 28 (5.50%) LAN
10 20 (3.93%) TCP/IP
11 19 (3.73%) VLAN
12 18 (3.54%) NAS
13 14 (2.75%) iSCSI
14 13 (2.55%) Cisco ASA
14 13 (2.55%) HTTP
15 12 (2.36%) Network Security
16 11 (2.16%) Cisco Nexus
16 11 (2.16%) Ethernet
16 11 (2.16%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (7.86%) SQL Server
2 10 (1.96%) Big Data
3 7 (1.38%) Amazon RDS
4 4 (0.79%) Hadoop
4 4 (0.79%) MySQL
4 4 (0.79%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (0.39%) Apache Accumulo
5 2 (0.39%) Data Lake
5 2 (0.39%) Oracle Database
5 2 (0.39%) SQL Server 2005
5 2 (0.39%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (0.39%) SQL Server 2016
6 1 (0.20%) MariaDB
6 1 (0.20%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.20%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 23 (4.52%) JIRA
2 14 (2.75%) StarTeam
3 11 (2.16%) Jenkins
4 8 (1.57%) Git (software)
5 4 (0.79%) MSI
6 2 (0.39%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 2 (0.39%) Bitbucket
6 2 (0.39%) Hudson
7 1 (0.20%) Bitbucket Server
7 1 (0.20%) Eclipse
7 1 (0.20%) Fiddler
7 1 (0.20%) GCC
7 1 (0.20%) Sonatype Nexus
7 1 (0.20%) Subversion
7 1 (0.20%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 58 (11.39%) Finance
2 20 (3.93%) Public Sector
3 19 (3.73%) Banking
4 10 (1.96%) Telecoms
5 6 (1.18%) Publishing
5 6 (1.18%) Retail
6 4 (0.79%) Financial Institution
6 4 (0.79%) Investment Banking
6 4 (0.79%) Law
6 4 (0.79%) Manufacturing
7 3 (0.59%) Advertising
7 3 (0.59%) Back Office
8 2 (0.39%) Automotive
8 2 (0.39%) Marketing
8 2 (0.39%) Military
9 1 (0.20%) Electronics
9 1 (0.20%) Games
9 1 (0.20%) Local Government
9 1 (0.20%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.20%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 112 (22.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 48 (9.43%) Server Engineer
3 47 (9.23%) VMware Engineer
4 43 (8.45%) Architect
5 41 (8.06%) Consultant
6 39 (7.66%) Windows Engineer
7 36 (7.07%) Administrator
8 30 (5.89%) Analyst
9 26 (5.11%) Wintel Engineer
10 24 (4.72%) Support Engineer
10 24 (4.72%) Systems Administrator
11 23 (4.52%) Technical Architect
11 23 (4.52%) VMware Consultant
12 21 (4.13%) IT Engineer
13 15 (2.95%) Systems Engineer
13 15 (2.95%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
14 14 (2.75%) 3rd Line Engineer
14 14 (2.75%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
14 14 (2.75%) Windows Server Engineer
15 13 (2.55%) Virtualisation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (1.96%) LDAP
2 9 (1.77%) Middleware
3 7 (1.38%) Web Services
4 6 (1.18%) XML
5 4 (0.79%) X-Windows
6 3 (0.59%) Kafka
6 3 (0.59%) SAML
7 2 (0.39%) 802.1X
7 2 (0.39%) JSON
7 2 (0.39%) REST
7 2 (0.39%) TensorFlow
8 1 (0.20%) .NET
8 1 (0.20%) ActiveMQ
8 1 (0.20%) Ajax
8 1 (0.20%) HTML
8 1 (0.20%) JFC
8 1 (0.20%) LAMP
8 1 (0.20%) Node.js
8 1 (0.20%) Spring
8 1 (0.20%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 68 (13.36%) Data Centre
2 52 (10.22%) Clustering
3 31 (6.09%) Analytical Skills
4 26 (5.11%) Management Information System
5 23 (4.52%) Replication
6 22 (4.32%) Fat Client
6 22 (4.32%) Thin Client
7 16 (3.14%) PKI
7 16 (3.14%) User Experience
7 16 (3.14%) VxBlock/Vblock
8 15 (2.95%) Hybrid Cloud
9 14 (2.75%) Self-Motivation
10 9 (1.77%) Private Cloud
10 9 (1.77%) Public Cloud
11 8 (1.57%) Linux Command Line
12 7 (1.38%) Driving Licence
12 7 (1.38%) EMC VNX
12 7 (1.38%) Fibre Optics
13 6 (1.18%) Data Protection Act
14 5 (0.98%) EMC VMAX
Operating Systems
1 381 (74.85%) Windows
2 283 (55.60%) Windows Server
3 163 (32.02%) Windows Server 2012
4 134 (26.33%) Windows Server 2008
5 112 (22.00%) Linux
6 91 (17.88%) Windows 10
7 55 (10.81%) Windows Server 2003
8 38 (7.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 26 (5.11%) Windows 7
10 24 (4.72%) AIX
11 22 (4.32%) Unix
12 17 (3.34%) CentOS
13 15 (2.95%) Windows XP
14 10 (1.96%) Mac OS
15 9 (1.77%) Ubuntu
16 8 (1.57%) SUSE
17 6 (1.18%) Debian
17 6 (1.18%) Solaris
18 5 (0.98%) Windows Vista
19 4 (0.79%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 127 (24.95%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 80 (15.72%) ITIL
3 77 (15.13%) Migration
4 53 (10.41%) Problem-Solving
5 42 (8.25%) Agile Software Development
6 35 (6.88%) Change Management
7 30 (5.89%) Root Cause Analysis
8 27 (5.30%) Server Virtualisation
9 25 (4.91%) Disaster Recovery
10 24 (4.72%) DevOps
11 21 (4.13%) Incident Management
11 21 (4.13%) Service Management
12 20 (3.93%) Computer Science
12 20 (3.93%) Data Protection
12 20 (3.93%) High Availability
13 19 (3.73%) Application Virtualisation
14 18 (3.54%) Task Automation
15 16 (3.14%) Project Delivery
16 15 (2.95%) Scrum
16 15 (2.95%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 147 (28.88%) PowerShell
2 72 (14.15%) SQL
3 33 (6.48%) Python
4 18 (3.54%) VBScript
5 17 (3.34%) Bash Shell
6 13 (2.55%) Java
7 11 (2.16%) Perl
8 10 (1.96%) JavaScript
9 6 (1.18%) C
9 6 (1.18%) Shell Script
9 6 (1.18%) VB
10 5 (0.98%) Korn
11 3 (0.59%) C-shell
12 1 (0.20%) C++
12 1 (0.20%) Go
12 1 (0.20%) Groovy
12 1 (0.20%) PHP
12 1 (0.20%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 137 (26.92%) Security Cleared
2 78 (15.32%) SC Cleared
3 70 (13.75%) DV Cleared
4 60 (11.79%) Microsoft Certification
5 47 (9.23%) MCSE
6 41 (8.06%) Citrix Certification
7 38 (7.47%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 37 (7.27%) MCSA
9 24 (4.72%) CCA
10 20 (3.93%) Cisco Certification
10 20 (3.93%) MCITP
11 19 (3.73%) Degree
12 16 (3.14%) CCNA
13 15 (2.95%) MCP
14 14 (2.75%) CCNP
14 14 (2.75%) ISTQB
14 14 (2.75%) MCTS
15 7 (1.38%) JNCIA
15 7 (1.38%) JNCIP
15 7 (1.38%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (3.73%) SLA
2 4 (0.79%) Cyber Essentials
2 4 (0.79%) HMG Security Policy Framework
2 4 (0.79%) NIST
3 2 (0.39%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (0.39%) Government Security Classifications
3 2 (0.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.39%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.39%) PMO
4 1 (0.20%) GDPR
4 1 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 292 (57.37%) Active Directory
2 257 (50.49%) VMware Infrastructure
3 139 (27.31%) vSphere
4 96 (18.86%) Hyper-V
5 71 (13.95%) XenApp
6 59 (11.59%) XenDesktop
7 49 (9.63%) Virtual Machines
7 49 (9.63%) VMware NSX
8 34 (6.68%) DFS Replication
9 25 (4.91%) Microsoft App-V
10 24 (4.72%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 20 (3.93%) vCloud
12 15 (2.95%) NFS
12 15 (2.95%) Virtual Desktop
13 13 (2.55%) VMFS
14 10 (1.96%) Virtual Servers
14 10 (1.96%) VMware Workstation
15 9 (1.77%) Docker
15 9 (1.77%) VMware Server
16 8 (1.57%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 134 (26.33%) vCenter Server
2 117 (22.99%) SCCM
3 44 (8.64%) WSUS
4 43 (8.45%) SCOM
4 43 (8.45%) vRealize
5 27 (5.30%) McAfee ePO
6 22 (4.32%) vMotion
7 21 (4.13%) Ansible
7 21 (4.13%) Netcool
7 21 (4.13%) SCVMM
8 20 (3.93%) Microsoft Clustering
9 19 (3.73%) NetBackup
10 18 (3.54%) Failover Clustering
11 16 (3.14%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 14 (2.75%) SCDPM
12 14 (2.75%) SCSM
13 13 (2.55%) Microsoft Intune
14 10 (1.96%) Kubernetes
14 10 (1.96%) PowerCLI
15 9 (1.77%) DatAdvantage
Vendors
1 471 (92.53%) VMware
2 226 (44.40%) Microsoft
3 143 (28.09%) Citrix
4 98 (19.25%) Cisco
5 79 (15.52%) HP
6 65 (12.77%) NetApp
7 57 (11.20%) Red Hat
8 49 (9.63%) EMC
9 40 (7.86%) Dell
9 40 (7.86%) Veeam
10 38 (7.47%) McAfee
11 24 (4.72%) Veritas
12 17 (3.34%) Forcepoint
12 17 (3.34%) IBM
12 17 (3.34%) Oracle
13 16 (3.14%) CheckPoint
13 16 (3.14%) Hitachi
14 14 (2.75%) Symantec
15 13 (2.55%) SolarWinds
16 12 (2.36%) Brocade