Period
to 20 February 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 20 February 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
20 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 424 325 358
Rank change year-on-year -99 +33 -57
Contract jobs citing VMware ESXi 530 705 695
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.52% 0.74% 0.65%
As % of the System Software category 4.10% 6.08% 6.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 325 497 460
UK median daily rate £390 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.00% - -3.85%
10th Percentile £256 £263 £250
90th Percentile £523 £525 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £348 £355
% change year-on-year +7.91% -2.11% +1.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 23 31
UK median hourly rate £45.51 £35.00 £34.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +30.01% +2.94% +70.00%
10th Percentile £17.00 £17.85 £17.75
90th Percentile £47.83 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.00 £35.00 £31.56
% change year-on-year -11.43% +10.92% +110.37%

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 12,912 11,599 10,820
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.72% 12.17% 10.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,415 7,239 6,312
UK median daily rate £450 £408 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.43% +8.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £162 £163 £158
90th Percentile £625 £588 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £350 £340
% change year-on-year +10.71% +2.94% +1.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 712 843 1,100
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -3.23%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.29 £10.00
90th Percentile £46.00 £44.15 £40.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year - -3.23% +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 20 February 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 20 February 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for VMware ESXi in the UK

VMware ESXi
Top 15 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 20 February 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 -118 481 £388 +3.33% 109
UK excluding London -77 305 £375 +7.91% 84
London -63 219 £400 -5.88% 32
South East -44 143 £388 +10.71% 20
North of England -13 39 £338 -19.64% 14
Midlands +7 35 £365 +26.96% 18
Scotland -45 31 £400 +29.03% 6
North West +11 29 £325 -19.75% 7
West Midlands +11 27 £350 +27.27% 9
East of England -47 24 £300 -9.77% 15
South West +13 23 £388 +21.09% 10
Wales +4 11 £393 +20.77% 2
East Midlands +3 8 £500 +33.42% 9
Yorkshire -27 6 £438 +14.38% 7
North East +28 4 £275 -46.60%

For the 6 months to 20 February 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.

1 498 (93.96%) VMware
2 423 (79.81%) Windows
3 266 (50.19%) VMware Infrastructure
4 254 (47.92%) Microsoft
5 248 (46.79%) Active Directory
6 247 (46.60%) Windows Server
7 238 (44.91%) Windows Server 2012
8 211 (39.81%) Linux
9 205 (38.68%) PowerShell
10 202 (38.11%) Windows Server 2008
11 137 (25.85%) DNS
12 131 (24.72%) Hyper-V
13 130 (24.53%) Citrix
14 123 (23.21%) SAN
15 121 (22.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 116 (21.89%) Cisco
17 111 (20.94%) Firewall
18 102 (19.25%) DHCP
18 102 (19.25%) HP
19 98 (18.49%) Finance
20 97 (18.30%) vSphere
21 87 (16.42%) Red Hat
22 84 (15.85%) Windows Server 2003
23 81 (15.28%) NetApp
24 80 (15.09%) SQL
25 78 (14.72%) MS Exchange
25 78 (14.72%) SCCM
26 77 (14.53%) SQL Server
26 77 (14.53%) ITIL
27 76 (14.34%) vCenter Server

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 78 (14.72%) MS Exchange
2 53 (10.00%) Skype for Business
3 47 (8.87%) IIS
4 33 (6.23%) Elasticsearch
5 24 (4.53%) SharePoint
6 19 (3.58%) Exchange Server 2010
7 12 (2.26%) Apache
8 9 (1.70%) OpenStack
9 7 (1.32%) Exchange Server 2013
9 7 (1.32%) Tomcat
10 6 (1.13%) IBM Domino
11 5 (0.94%) JBoss
11 5 (0.94%) WebLogic
12 4 (0.75%) CMS
12 4 (0.75%) Exchange Server 2007
12 4 (0.75%) IBM Notes
12 4 (0.75%) SAS
12 4 (0.75%) SharePoint 2010
13 3 (0.57%) WebSphere
14 2 (0.38%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 11 (2.08%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (0.75%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.57%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.19%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.38%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 56 (10.57%) Amazon AWS
1 56 (10.57%) Microsoft Azure
2 41 (7.74%) Office 365
3 26 (4.91%) IaaS
3 26 (4.91%) PaaS
4 7 (1.32%) SaaS
5 6 (1.13%) Mimecast
6 4 (0.75%) AWS CloudFormation
6 4 (0.75%) Cloud Computing
6 4 (0.75%) IBM Cloud
6 4 (0.75%) SoftLayer
7 3 (0.57%) G Suite
8 2 (0.38%) HP Helion
9 1 (0.19%) OneDrive
9 1 (0.19%) OpenShift
9 1 (0.19%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 137 (25.85%) DNS
2 123 (23.21%) SAN
3 111 (20.94%) Firewall
4 102 (19.25%) DHCP
5 56 (10.57%) WAN
6 53 (10.00%) NAS
7 47 (8.87%) TCP/IP
8 43 (8.11%) LAN
9 36 (6.79%) NetScaler
10 32 (6.04%) iSCSI
11 28 (5.28%) Fibre Channel
12 26 (4.91%) VoIP
13 22 (4.15%) VLAN
14 21 (3.96%) VPN
15 19 (3.58%) Skype
16 17 (3.21%) VSAN
17 14 (2.64%) Internet
17 14 (2.64%) SSH
18 12 (2.26%) Cisco ASA
18 12 (2.26%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 77 (14.53%) SQL Server
2 24 (4.53%) SQL Server 2008
3 13 (2.45%) Oracle Database
3 13 (2.45%) SQL Server 2012
4 10 (1.89%) SQL Server 2014
5 9 (1.70%) Oracle Database 11g
6 8 (1.51%) Oracle Reports
7 7 (1.32%) MySQL
7 7 (1.32%) SQL Server 2016
8 5 (0.94%) DB2
8 5 (0.94%) Oracle Database 12c
9 4 (0.75%) Amazon RDS
9 4 (0.75%) SQL Server 2005
10 3 (0.57%) BusinessObjects
10 3 (0.57%) Data Mining
11 2 (0.38%) Hadoop
11 2 (0.38%) Oracle Database 10g
11 2 (0.38%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 2 (0.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 2 (0.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 14 (2.64%) MSI
2 12 (2.26%) Jenkins
3 9 (1.70%) TeamCity
4 8 (1.51%) Bitbucket
4 8 (1.51%) FishEye
4 8 (1.51%) Octopus Deploy
4 8 (1.51%) Subversion
5 5 (0.94%) JIRA
5 5 (0.94%) Visual Studio
6 4 (0.75%) Cucumber
6 4 (0.75%) Git (software)
6 4 (0.75%) WiX
7 3 (0.57%) Ant
7 3 (0.57%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 2 (0.38%) ClearCase
8 2 (0.38%) Oracle APEX
9 1 (0.19%) Hudson
9 1 (0.19%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 1 (0.19%) Team Foundation Server
9 1 (0.19%) Toad
General
1 98 (18.49%) Finance
2 33 (6.23%) Banking
3 14 (2.64%) Legal
3 14 (2.64%) Retail
4 11 (2.08%) Telecoms
5 9 (1.70%) Manufacturing
6 5 (0.94%) Games
7 3 (0.57%) Advertising
7 3 (0.57%) Back Office
7 3 (0.57%) Law
7 3 (0.57%) Military
7 3 (0.57%) Retail Banking
8 2 (0.38%) Electronics
8 2 (0.38%) Financial Institution
8 2 (0.38%) Investment Banking
8 2 (0.38%) Local Government
8 2 (0.38%) Marketing
9 1 (0.19%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 67 (12.64%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 62 (11.70%) Analyst
3 47 (8.87%) Architect
4 41 (7.74%) VMware Engineer
5 40 (7.55%) Administrator
6 38 (7.17%) Windows Engineer
7 34 (6.42%) DevOps Engineer
7 34 (6.42%) Linux Engineer
8 30 (5.66%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 28 (5.28%) Support Engineer
10 25 (4.72%) Systems Administrator
11 24 (4.53%) Server Engineer
12 21 (3.96%) Infrastructure Analyst
12 21 (3.96%) Storage Engineer
13 20 (3.77%) 3rd Line Support
14 19 (3.58%) Network Engineer
14 19 (3.58%) Technical Architect
14 19 (3.58%) Wintel Engineer
15 18 (3.40%) Consultant
15 18 (3.40%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (4.91%) Web Services
2 21 (3.96%) .NET
3 17 (3.21%) LDAP
4 12 (2.26%) Middleware
5 10 (1.89%) WPF
6 9 (1.70%) X-Windows
7 7 (1.32%) CSS
8 5 (0.94%) .NET Framework
8 5 (0.94%) HTML
9 4 (0.75%) AngularJS
9 4 (0.75%) ASP.NET Web API
9 4 (0.75%) Dapper ORM
9 4 (0.75%) Entity Framework
9 4 (0.75%) JTAPI
9 4 (0.75%) MFC
9 4 (0.75%) NHibernate
9 4 (0.75%) RFC 2833
9 4 (0.75%) TAPI
9 4 (0.75%) WCF
9 4 (0.75%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 73 (13.77%) Data Centre
2 53 (10.00%) Clustering
2 53 (10.00%) Replication
3 34 (6.42%) Analytical Skills
4 25 (4.72%) Management Information System
5 23 (4.34%) EMC VNX
5 23 (4.34%) PKI
6 14 (2.64%) Private Cloud
7 13 (2.45%) Enterprise Storage
8 9 (1.70%) Blackberry
8 9 (1.70%) Computer Science
8 9 (1.70%) Linux Command Line
9 8 (1.51%) Life Science
10 7 (1.32%) EMC Centera
10 7 (1.32%) EMC VMAX
10 7 (1.32%) EMC VNXe
11 6 (1.13%) Virtual Team
12 5 (0.94%) Online Games
12 5 (0.94%) SWIFT
13 4 (0.75%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 423 (79.81%) Windows
2 247 (46.60%) Windows Server
3 238 (44.91%) Windows Server 2012
4 211 (39.81%) Linux
5 202 (38.11%) Windows Server 2008
6 121 (22.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 84 (15.85%) Windows Server 2003
8 69 (13.02%) CentOS
9 62 (11.70%) Windows 7
10 47 (8.87%) Unix
11 38 (7.17%) Solaris
12 34 (6.42%) Windows 10
13 24 (4.53%) Ubuntu
14 14 (2.64%) AIX
14 14 (2.64%) Windows Vista
15 12 (2.26%) Windows 2000
16 10 (1.89%) Windows XP
17 9 (1.70%) Data ONTAP
18 8 (1.51%) SUSE
19 7 (1.32%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 77 (14.53%) ITIL
2 72 (13.58%) Migration
3 49 (9.25%) DevOps
4 38 (7.17%) Open Source
5 35 (6.60%) Change Management
6 32 (6.04%) Problem Management
7 28 (5.28%) Patch Management
7 28 (5.28%) Root Cause Analysis
8 27 (5.09%) Load Balancing
9 25 (4.72%) Performance Monitoring
10 24 (4.53%) Server Building
11 23 (4.34%) Performance Tuning
11 23 (4.34%) TOGAF
12 21 (3.96%) Agile Software Development
12 21 (3.96%) Configuration Management
12 21 (3.96%) Disaster Recovery
13 20 (3.77%) High Availability
14 18 (3.40%) Asset Management
15 17 (3.21%) Incident Management
15 17 (3.21%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 205 (38.68%) PowerShell
2 80 (15.09%) SQL
3 33 (6.23%) Bash Shell
4 31 (5.85%) VBScript
5 24 (4.53%) Python
6 18 (3.40%) Shell Script
7 17 (3.21%) C#
8 12 (2.26%) Java
8 12 (2.26%) Perl
9 11 (2.08%) C
10 7 (1.32%) JavaScript
11 5 (0.94%) C++
12 4 (0.75%) AWK
13 3 (0.57%) Bourne shell
14 2 (0.38%) T-SQL
14 2 (0.38%) VB
15 1 (0.19%) AppleScript
15 1 (0.19%) Korn
15 1 (0.19%) PL/SQL
15 1 (0.19%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 64 (12.08%) Security Cleared
2 60 (11.32%) Microsoft Certification
3 40 (7.55%) MCSE
4 35 (6.60%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 34 (6.42%) DV Cleared
6 28 (5.28%) Degree
6 28 (5.28%) SC Cleared
7 25 (4.72%) MCSA
8 18 (3.40%) Cisco Certification
9 12 (2.26%) CCNA
10 11 (2.08%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
11 9 (1.70%) CCNP
11 9 (1.70%) MCITP
12 8 (1.51%) CCIE
12 8 (1.51%) ITIL Certification
13 6 (1.13%) VCP6
14 5 (0.94%) VCP5
15 4 (0.75%) A+ Certification
15 4 (0.75%) CompTIA Security+
15 4 (0.75%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (3.40%) SLA
2 8 (1.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (1.32%) PCI DSS
3 7 (1.32%) PMO
4 4 (0.75%) Disclosure Scotland
4 4 (0.75%) PA-DSS
5 2 (0.38%) GDPR
5 2 (0.38%) GxP
5 2 (0.38%) QA
6 1 (0.19%) PMBOK
6 1 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 266 (50.19%) VMware Infrastructure
2 248 (46.79%) Active Directory
3 131 (24.72%) Hyper-V
4 97 (18.30%) vSphere
5 64 (12.08%) XenApp
6 53 (10.00%) XenDesktop
7 39 (7.36%) Virtual Machines
8 31 (5.85%) Microsoft App-V
9 29 (5.47%) XenServer
10 25 (4.72%) NFS
11 17 (3.21%) KVM
12 14 (2.64%) VMware NSX
13 13 (2.45%) Samba
14 12 (2.26%) vCloud
14 12 (2.26%) Veritas Cluster Server
15 11 (2.08%) Terminal Services
15 11 (2.08%) Veritas File System
15 11 (2.08%) Virtual Servers
16 10 (1.89%) Docker
17 9 (1.70%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 78 (14.72%) SCCM
2 76 (14.34%) vCenter Server
3 45 (8.49%) SCOM
4 40 (7.55%) NetBackup
5 35 (6.60%) WSUS
6 31 (5.85%) Opscode Chef
7 29 (5.47%) Microsoft Clustering
8 26 (4.91%) WMI
9 21 (3.96%) Backup Exec
9 21 (3.96%) Norton AntiVirus
9 21 (3.96%) Puppet
10 18 (3.40%) Nagios
11 17 (3.21%) vRealize
12 16 (3.02%) Ansible
12 16 (3.02%) vMotion
13 15 (2.83%) PowerCLI
14 13 (2.45%) HP Data Protector
15 11 (2.08%) Tivoli Storage Manager
16 8 (1.51%) Nessus
17 7 (1.32%) BladeLogic
Vendors
1 498 (93.96%) VMware
2 254 (47.92%) Microsoft
3 130 (24.53%) Citrix
4 116 (21.89%) Cisco
5 102 (19.25%) HP
6 87 (16.42%) Red Hat
7 81 (15.28%) NetApp
8 50 (9.43%) EMC
8 50 (9.43%) Oracle
9 49 (9.25%) SolarWinds
10 46 (8.68%) Symantec
11 40 (7.55%) Veritas
12 37 (6.98%) Dell
13 36 (6.79%) Splunk
14 32 (6.04%) McAfee
15 30 (5.66%) IBM
16 28 (5.28%) Brocade
17 27 (5.09%) 3PAR
18 23 (4.34%) Juniper
19 18 (3.40%) CommVault