Period
to 3 July 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 3 July 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
3 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 340 419 398
Rank change year-on-year +79 -21 +55
Contract jobs citing VMware ESXi 261 530 623
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.63% 0.57% 0.60%
As % of the System Software category 4.07% 3.67% 4.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 163 363 395
Median daily rate £425 £425 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +13.33% -
10th Percentile £251 £250 £255
90th Percentile £550 £581 £528
UK excluding London median daily rate £430 £405 £350
% change year-on-year +6.17% +15.71% -2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 18 27
Median hourly rate £46.50 £44.96 £43.92
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.43% +2.37% +4.56%
10th Percentile £32.87 £35.91 £24.55
90th Percentile £55.00 £50.75 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £47.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year -25.53% +10.59% +32.81%

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 6,416 14,449 14,261
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.51% 15.53% 13.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,044 9,580 9,205
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £186 £180 £185
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 352 623 860
Median hourly rate £20.00 £17.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.65% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £11.64 £11.11 £11.00
90th Percentile £48.92 £47.50 £45.47
Median hourly rate £18.00 £15.86 £15.50
% change year-on-year +13.49% +2.32% +3.33%

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 3 July 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 3 July 2020.

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 3 July 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 +73 237 £425 - 43
UK excluding London +57 171 £430 +6.17% 39
London +122 76 £419 -12.76% 8
South West +50 49 £500 +5.26% 6
South East +72 47 £425 +3.03% 10
North of England +103 35 £375 +7.14% 12
Yorkshire +80 19 £450 +25.00% 3
East of England +67 18 £300 -25.00% 1
North West +63 15 £325 -3.70% 8
Work from Home +7 11 £235 -54.26% 3
Midlands +27 10 £380 +11.36% 6
Scotland +50 9 £430 +2.69% 1
West Midlands +28 9 £450 +20.00% 5
Wales +36 3 £375 -21.05% 2
East Midlands +38 1 £305 -6.15% 1
North East +33 1 £375 +114.29% 1

For the 6 months to 3 July 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.

1 236 (90.42%) VMware
2 204 (78.16%) Windows
3 153 (58.62%) VMware Infrastructure
4 149 (57.09%) Active Directory
5 120 (45.98%) Windows Server
6 118 (45.21%) Windows Server 2012
7 107 (41.00%) Microsoft
8 100 (38.31%) PowerShell
9 90 (34.48%) Windows Server 2008
10 89 (34.10%) Security Cleared
11 81 (31.03%) Windows Server 2016
12 72 (27.59%) DNS
13 69 (26.44%) vSphere
14 68 (26.05%) Office 365
14 68 (26.05%) vCenter Server
15 66 (25.29%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 66 (25.29%) Citrix
16 63 (24.14%) Azure
17 62 (23.75%) Windows 10
18 59 (22.61%) Linux
19 54 (20.69%) SC Cleared
20 52 (19.92%) Cisco
21 50 (19.16%) Firewall
21 50 (19.16%) Hyper-V
22 49 (18.77%) DHCP
23 47 (18.01%) HP
23 47 (18.01%) XenApp
24 45 (17.24%) SAN
25 42 (16.09%) Dell
25 42 (16.09%) SCCM

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 37 (14.18%) MS Exchange
2 27 (10.34%) Exchange Server 2010
3 22 (8.43%) SharePoint
4 14 (5.36%) Exchange Server 2013
5 13 (4.98%) Skype for Business
6 9 (3.45%) IIS
7 8 (3.07%) Confluence
8 7 (2.68%) Tomcat
9 5 (1.92%) Apache
9 5 (1.92%) GeoServer
9 5 (1.92%) OpenStack
9 5 (1.92%) SharePoint 2013
10 4 (1.53%) Elasticsearch
11 3 (1.15%) Exchange Server 2007
11 3 (1.15%) IBM Notes
11 3 (1.15%) Office Communications Server
12 2 (0.77%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 2 (0.77%) Cloud Foundry
12 2 (0.77%) CMS
12 2 (0.77%) WebSphere
Applications
1 8 (3.07%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (2.30%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.38%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (1.15%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.38%) BusinessWorks
Cloud Services
1 68 (26.05%) Office 365
2 63 (24.14%) Azure
3 23 (8.81%) AWS
4 17 (6.51%) IaaS
4 17 (6.51%) OneDrive
5 15 (5.75%) Azure Active Directory
6 12 (4.60%) PaaS
7 8 (3.07%) Mimecast
8 7 (2.68%) GCP
9 4 (1.53%) Cloud Computing
9 4 (1.53%) Datadog
10 3 (1.15%) OpenShift
11 2 (0.77%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
11 2 (0.77%) GitHub
11 2 (0.77%) Heroku
11 2 (0.77%) SaaS
12 1 (0.38%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 72 (27.59%) DNS
2 50 (19.16%) Firewall
3 49 (18.77%) DHCP
4 45 (17.24%) SAN
5 37 (14.18%) NetScaler
6 19 (7.28%) VSAN
6 19 (7.28%) WAN
7 17 (6.51%) TCP/IP
8 16 (6.13%) LAN
8 16 (6.13%) VPN
9 13 (4.98%) NAS
10 12 (4.60%) Skype
11 9 (3.45%) Internet
11 9 (3.45%) Network Security
12 8 (3.07%) IPsec
13 7 (2.68%) SNMP
14 5 (1.92%) Reverse Proxy
14 5 (1.92%) VLAN
14 5 (1.92%) Wireless
15 4 (1.53%) Software-Defined Networking
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (14.94%) SQL Server
2 10 (3.83%) GIS
2 10 (3.83%) QGIS
3 9 (3.45%) MySQL
4 8 (3.07%) Geospatial Data
5 7 (2.68%) SQL Server 2008
6 6 (2.30%) PostgreSQL
7 5 (1.92%) Big Data
7 5 (1.92%) Oracle Reports
8 4 (1.53%) MongoDB
9 3 (1.15%) BusinessObjects
9 3 (1.15%) Crystal Reports
9 3 (1.15%) Spatial Data
9 3 (1.15%) SQL Server 2012
10 2 (0.77%) Amazon RDS
10 2 (0.77%) Oracle Database
11 1 (0.38%) Data Warehouse
11 1 (0.38%) NoSQL
11 1 (0.38%) Oracle Database 12c
11 1 (0.38%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 15 (5.75%) JIRA
2 10 (3.83%) Git (software)
2 10 (3.83%) Jenkins
3 9 (3.45%) Bitbucket
4 5 (1.92%) MSI
4 5 (1.92%) TeamCity
5 3 (1.15%) ClearCase
5 3 (1.15%) ClearQuest
5 3 (1.15%) Fiddler
5 3 (1.15%) Hudson
5 3 (1.15%) Robot Framework
5 3 (1.15%) TestRail
6 2 (0.77%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 2 (0.77%) CF BOSH
6 2 (0.77%) GitLab
6 2 (0.77%) Serena SBM
6 2 (0.77%) Subversion
7 1 (0.38%) Bitbucket Server
7 1 (0.38%) Rational Team Concert
7 1 (0.38%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 30 (11.49%) Finance
2 6 (2.30%) Public Sector
2 6 (2.30%) Telecoms
3 5 (1.92%) Legal
4 3 (1.15%) Back Office
4 3 (1.15%) Banking
4 3 (1.15%) Law
4 3 (1.15%) Local Government
4 3 (1.15%) Manufacturing
5 2 (0.77%) Automotive
6 1 (0.38%) Advertising
6 1 (0.38%) Electronics
6 1 (0.38%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.38%) International Banking
6 1 (0.38%) Marketing
6 1 (0.38%) Military
6 1 (0.38%) Multimedia
6 1 (0.38%) Publishing
6 1 (0.38%) Retail
Job Titles
1 56 (21.46%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 25 (9.58%) Analyst
2 25 (9.58%) VMware Engineer
3 24 (9.20%) Systems Engineer
4 22 (8.43%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 22 (8.43%) Citrix Engineer
5 21 (8.05%) Windows Engineer
6 20 (7.66%) Integration Engineer
7 17 (6.51%) Architect
8 16 (6.13%) Infrastructure Analyst
9 15 (5.75%) Citrix Infrastructure Engineer
10 13 (4.98%) Consultant
10 13 (4.98%) Software Engineer
10 13 (4.98%) Support Engineer
11 12 (4.60%) Administrator
12 11 (4.21%) Wintel Engineer
13 10 (3.83%) Infrastructure Support
13 10 (3.83%) IT Engineer
13 10 (3.83%) Systems Integration Engineer
13 10 (3.83%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (4.21%) PostGIS
2 8 (3.07%) Web Services
3 6 (2.30%) JSON
3 6 (2.30%) REST
4 4 (1.53%) LDAP
5 3 (1.15%) Middleware
6 2 (0.77%) Apache NiFi
6 2 (0.77%) Flash
6 2 (0.77%) OAuth
6 2 (0.77%) OAuth2
6 2 (0.77%) RabbitMQ
6 2 (0.77%) SAML
7 1 (0.38%) .NET
7 1 (0.38%) 802.1X
7 1 (0.38%) ASP.NET Web API
7 1 (0.38%) LAMP
7 1 (0.38%) Node.js
7 1 (0.38%) React
7 1 (0.38%) Rendezvous
7 1 (0.38%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 32 (12.26%) Data Centre
2 25 (9.58%) Clustering
3 20 (7.66%) Analytical Skills
4 14 (5.36%) Management Information System
5 11 (4.21%) PKI
5 11 (4.21%) User Experience
6 9 (3.45%) Private Cloud
6 9 (3.45%) Self-Motivation
7 8 (3.07%) Replication
8 6 (2.30%) Client/Server
8 6 (2.30%) Hybrid Cloud
9 4 (1.53%) CMDB
9 4 (1.53%) Cyber Defence
9 4 (1.53%) Driving Licence
9 4 (1.53%) Enterprise Storage
9 4 (1.53%) NHS
9 4 (1.53%) Public Cloud
10 3 (1.15%) Fat Client
10 3 (1.15%) Thin Client
11 2 (0.77%) EMC VNX
Operating Systems
1 204 (78.16%) Windows
2 120 (45.98%) Windows Server
3 118 (45.21%) Windows Server 2012
4 90 (34.48%) Windows Server 2008
5 81 (31.03%) Windows Server 2016
6 62 (23.75%) Windows 10
7 59 (22.61%) Linux
8 38 (14.56%) Windows 7
9 18 (6.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 18 (6.90%) Windows Server 2019
10 15 (5.75%) Windows Server 2003
11 13 (4.98%) CentOS
11 13 (4.98%) Unix
12 6 (2.30%) Windows XP
13 5 (1.92%) Ubuntu
14 4 (1.53%) Fedora
14 4 (1.53%) Windows 8
15 3 (1.15%) AIX
15 3 (1.15%) Solaris
16 2 (0.77%) FreeBSD
Processes & Methodologies
1 66 (25.29%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 39 (14.94%) ITIL
3 28 (10.73%) Migration
4 20 (7.66%) Configuration Management
4 20 (7.66%) Load Balancing
5 17 (6.51%) Agile Software Development
5 17 (6.51%) Change Management
5 17 (6.51%) DevOps
5 17 (6.51%) Problem-Solving
5 17 (6.51%) Software Engineering
6 16 (6.13%) Application Virtualisation
7 15 (5.75%) High Availability
8 14 (5.36%) Incident Management
8 14 (5.36%) Root Cause Analysis
9 13 (4.98%) Service Management
9 13 (4.98%) Systems Engineering
10 11 (4.21%) Disaster Recovery
10 11 (4.21%) Storage Management
10 11 (4.21%) Vulnerability Management
11 10 (3.83%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 100 (38.31%) PowerShell
2 32 (12.26%) Python
2 32 (12.26%) SQL
3 15 (5.75%) Java
3 15 (5.75%) VBScript
4 13 (4.98%) Bash Shell
5 12 (4.60%) C
6 11 (4.21%) Perl
7 10 (3.83%) C#
8 9 (3.45%) JavaScript
8 9 (3.45%) PHP
9 6 (2.30%) VB
10 3 (1.15%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.38%) PL/SQL
11 1 (0.38%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 89 (34.10%) Security Cleared
2 54 (20.69%) SC Cleared
3 34 (13.03%) DV Cleared
4 25 (9.58%) Citrix Certification
5 23 (8.81%) Microsoft Certification
6 18 (6.90%) Cisco Certification
7 17 (6.51%) CCNA
8 15 (5.75%) Degree
9 13 (4.98%) MCSE
10 12 (4.60%) CCA
11 10 (3.83%) MCSA
11 10 (3.83%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 8 (3.07%) MCP
13 7 (2.68%) CCNP
14 6 (2.30%) MCITP
15 4 (1.53%) ITIL Certification
15 4 (1.53%) VCAP
16 3 (1.15%) Computer Science Degree
16 3 (1.15%) ISTQB
16 3 (1.15%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (3.45%) SLA
2 2 (0.77%) GDPR
2 2 (0.77%) QA
3 1 (0.38%) PMO
3 1 (0.38%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 153 (58.62%) VMware Infrastructure
2 149 (57.09%) Active Directory
3 69 (26.44%) vSphere
4 50 (19.16%) Hyper-V
5 47 (18.01%) XenApp
6 36 (13.79%) XenDesktop
7 31 (11.88%) Microsoft App-V
8 25 (9.58%) VMware NSX
9 17 (6.51%) Virtual Machines
10 12 (4.60%) Docker
10 12 (4.60%) VMware Workstation
11 11 (4.21%) Virtual Desktop
12 8 (3.07%) vCloud
13 7 (2.68%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 7 (2.68%) DFS Replication
14 6 (2.30%) NFS
14 6 (2.30%) Terminal Server
15 5 (1.92%) BitLocker
15 5 (1.92%) GeoWebCache
15 5 (1.92%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 68 (26.05%) vCenter Server
2 42 (16.09%) SCCM
3 25 (9.58%) SCOM
4 21 (8.05%) Microsoft Clustering
4 21 (8.05%) Microsoft Intune
5 20 (7.66%) WSUS
6 19 (7.28%) Ansible
7 16 (6.13%) vMotion
8 12 (4.60%) Failover Clustering
8 12 (4.60%) Puppet
9 11 (4.21%) NetBackup
9 11 (4.21%) vRealize
10 9 (3.45%) Tivoli
11 8 (3.07%) Opscode Chef
11 8 (3.07%) PowerCLI
11 8 (3.07%) XenMobile
12 7 (2.68%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 7 (2.68%) SCSM
12 7 (2.68%) SnapMirror
12 7 (2.68%) SnapVault
Vendors
1 236 (90.42%) VMware
2 107 (41.00%) Microsoft
3 66 (25.29%) Citrix
4 52 (19.92%) Cisco
5 47 (18.01%) HP
6 42 (16.09%) Dell
7 33 (12.64%) EMC
8 30 (11.49%) NetApp
9 29 (11.11%) Veeam
10 25 (9.58%) McAfee
10 25 (9.58%) Symantec
11 24 (9.20%) Oracle
12 16 (6.13%) Red Hat
13 15 (5.75%) SolarWinds
14 10 (3.83%) ESRI
15 9 (3.45%) Altiris
15 9 (3.45%) F5
15 9 (3.45%) Hitachi
15 9 (3.45%) Juniper
15 9 (3.45%) Lumension