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 3 months to 26 March 2017 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
VMware ESXi
UK
Rank 497 471 477
Rank change year-on-year -26 +6  
Contract jobs citing VMware ESXi 112 174 146
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.25% 0.33% 0.27%
As % of the System Software category 2.25% 3.01% 2.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 76 140 118
Median daily rate £328 £375 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.60% -11.76%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £253 £250 £249
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £475 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £358 £400
% change year-on-year -9.09% -10.62%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 1 6
Median hourly rate £38.35 £24.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +56.51% +40.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £24.50 £13.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £24.50 £35.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £24.50 £16.83
% change year-on-year +12.24% +45.61%  

VMware ESXi is in the system software skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills.

Contract System Software Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 4981 5782 5460
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 11.14% 10.86% 10.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 3172 3510 3004
Median daily rate £400 £390 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £200 £188
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £365 £350
% change year-on-year -4.10% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 349 445 626
Median hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £16.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +1.53%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £45.00 £32.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -3.87% +6.45%  

VMware ESXi
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing VMware ESXi as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the System Software category.

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 3 months to 26 March 2017.

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 26 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for VMware ESXi in the UK

VMware ESXi
Top 30 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 3 months to 26 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -5 109 £330 -12.00% 23
London +36 50 £375 -18.91% 8
South East -9 28 £320 +24.27% 6
East of England +9 13 £255 -34.19%
Berkshire +19 10 £314 +23.03% 2
City of London 0 9 £326 -23.41% 2
Hampshire +11 8 £320 -8.57% 2
South West -16 8 £628 +67.33% 2
Cambridgeshire +14 7 £331 -14.51%
Bristol +7 7 £680 +70.00%
North West +26 6 £310 -0.80% 3
Suffolk - 5 £255 -
New Malden - 5 - -
Peterborough - 5 £194 -
Ipswich - 5 £255 -
Manchester +17 4 £293 -30.35% 3
West Sussex +4 4 £400 +45.45%
Reading +21 3 £185 -26.00% 2
Edinburgh +17 3 £305 -26.06%
Yorkshire +14 3 £325 +24.87% 1
Scotland +6 3 £305 -25.60% 2
Surrey -14 3 £350 +34.61% 1
South Yorkshire -1 2 £325 -
Doncaster - 2 £325 -
West Midlands - 2 £700 - 1
Redhill - 2 £350 -
Crawley - 2 £400 -
Fareham - 2 £275 -
Cheshire +29 1 - -
West Yorkshire +12 1 - - 1

VMware ESXi
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing VMware ESXi also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for VMware ESXi.

1 254 (90.39%) VMware
2 205 (72.95%) Windows
3 148 (52.67%) Windows Server
4 147 (52.31%) VMware Infrastructure
5 116 (41.28%) Windows Server 2008
6 112 (39.86%) Windows Server 2012
7 110 (39.15%) Linux
8 109 (38.79%) Active Directory
9 102 (36.30%) Microsoft
10 92 (32.74%) Cisco
10 92 (32.74%) vSphere
11 77 (27.40%) PowerShell
12 73 (25.98%) DNS
13 69 (24.56%) Firewall
14 68 (24.20%) SAN
15 65 (23.13%) Security Cleared
16 60 (21.35%) Citrix
17 58 (20.64%) SC Cleared
18 56 (19.93%) Red Hat
18 56 (19.93%) Windows Server 2003
18 56 (19.93%) ITIL
19 55 (19.57%) Finance
20 50 (17.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
21 49 (17.44%) HP
22 44 (15.66%) SQL Server
23 43 (15.30%) MS Exchange
23 43 (15.30%) Agile Software Development
24 41 (14.59%) VMware ESX
24 41 (14.59%) SQL
25 40 (14.23%) Hyper-V

VMware ESXi
Top Related 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 43 (15.30%) MS Exchange
2 34 (12.10%) Skype for Business
3 23 (8.19%) Exchange Server 2010
4 19 (6.76%) Exchange Server 2013
5 16 (5.69%) SharePoint
6 13 (4.63%) Apache
6 13 (4.63%) IIS
7 11 (3.91%) Confluence
7 11 (3.91%) Tomcat
8 9 (3.20%) Exchange Server 2007
9 8 (2.85%) SharePoint 2013
10 5 (1.78%) OpenStack
11 4 (1.42%) Cloud Foundry
11 4 (1.42%) WebSphere
11 4 (1.42%) WebSphere Application Server
12 3 (1.07%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 3 (1.07%) JBoss
13 2 (0.71%) BizTalk Server
13 2 (0.71%) Exchange Server 5.5
13 2 (0.71%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 22 (7.83%) MS Excel
2 12 (4.27%) MS Visio
3 9 (3.20%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 9 (3.20%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 19 (6.76%) Office 365
2 17 (6.05%) Amazon AWS
3 15 (5.34%) Microsoft Azure
4 7 (2.49%) Cloud Computing
5 5 (1.78%) G Suite
5 5 (1.78%) PaaS
6 4 (1.42%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
6 4 (1.42%) Heroku
6 4 (1.42%) SaaS
7 3 (1.07%) Amazon S3
7 3 (1.07%) IaaS
7 3 (1.07%) Mimecast
8 1 (0.36%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.36%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.36%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 73 (25.98%) DNS
2 69 (24.56%) Firewall
3 68 (24.20%) SAN
4 31 (11.03%) DHCP
5 30 (10.68%) WAN
6 28 (9.96%) LAN
7 27 (9.61%) VPN
8 23 (8.19%) Cisco Nexus
9 22 (7.83%) NetScaler
10 20 (7.12%) NAS
11 18 (6.41%) Skype
11 18 (6.41%) TCP/IP
12 16 (5.69%) LDAP
13 15 (5.34%) SSL
14 13 (4.63%) Cisco ASA
14 13 (4.63%) VoIP
15 11 (3.91%) Internet
16 10 (3.56%) iSCSI
16 10 (3.56%) Network Security
17 9 (3.20%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 44 (15.66%) SQL Server
2 19 (6.76%) PostgreSQL
3 15 (5.34%) Oracle Database
4 13 (4.63%) MySQL
4 13 (4.63%) Oracle Database 11g
5 12 (4.27%) SQL Server 2012
6 11 (3.91%) SQL Server 2008
7 7 (2.49%) DB2
7 7 (2.49%) NoSQL
7 7 (2.49%) Redis
8 4 (1.42%) SQL Server 2014
9 3 (1.07%) Oracle Database 12c
10 2 (0.71%) Data Warehouse
10 2 (0.71%) SQL Server 2005
11 1 (0.36%) Apache Hive
11 1 (0.36%) Big Data
11 1 (0.36%) Hadoop
11 1 (0.36%) Oracle BI EE
11 1 (0.36%) Oracle BI Publisher
11 1 (0.36%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 25 (8.90%) Jenkins
2 18 (6.41%) Git (software)
3 14 (4.98%) JIRA
4 10 (3.56%) Sonatype Nexus
4 10 (3.56%) Vagrant
5 7 (2.49%) GitLab
6 6 (2.14%) Subversion
7 5 (1.78%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 4 (1.42%) TeamCity
9 3 (1.07%) MSI
9 3 (1.07%) Octopus Deploy
10 2 (0.71%) Gitweb
10 2 (0.71%) Team Foundation Server
10 2 (0.71%) Visual Studio
10 2 (0.71%) WinDbg
11 1 (0.36%) Metasploit
11 1 (0.36%) Oracle APEX
General
1 55 (19.57%) Finance
2 17 (6.05%) Manufacturing
3 13 (4.63%) Back Office
4 9 (3.20%) Banking
4 9 (3.20%) Electronics
4 9 (3.20%) Law
4 9 (3.20%) Marketing
4 9 (3.20%) Telecoms
5 6 (2.14%) Legal
6 4 (1.42%) Retail
7 3 (1.07%) Military
8 1 (0.36%) Advertising
8 1 (0.36%) Local Government
8 1 (0.36%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 33 (11.74%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 31 (11.03%) Network Engineer
3 27 (9.61%) VMware Engineer
4 22 (7.83%) Analyst
4 22 (7.83%) Architect
5 21 (7.47%) Consultant
6 19 (6.76%) Linux Engineer
6 19 (6.76%) Server Engineer
7 18 (6.41%) DevOps Engineer
8 17 (6.05%) Administrator
8 17 (6.05%) Wintel Engineer
9 14 (4.98%) Systems Administrator
10 13 (4.63%) Designer
10 13 (4.63%) Senior Network Engineer
10 13 (4.63%) Solutions Designer
10 13 (4.63%) Support Engineer
11 11 (3.91%) Support Analyst
11 11 (3.91%) Virtualisation Engineer
11 11 (3.91%) Windows Engineer
12 10 (3.56%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (3.91%) LAMP
2 10 (3.56%) Software Packaging
3 9 (3.20%) LAPP Stack
3 9 (3.20%) Web Services
4 8 (2.85%) Middleware
5 7 (2.49%) COM
5 7 (2.49%) Elastic Stack
5 7 (2.49%) Memcached
6 6 (2.14%) .NET
6 6 (2.14%) ASP.NET
6 6 (2.14%) XML
7 5 (1.78%) 802.1X
7 5 (1.78%) CSS
7 5 (1.78%) REST
8 4 (1.42%) JSON
8 4 (1.42%) SAML
9 3 (1.07%) Java EE
10 2 (0.71%) HTML
11 1 (0.36%) Flash
11 1 (0.36%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 30 (10.68%) Data Centre
2 20 (7.12%) Clustering
3 13 (4.63%) Management Information System
4 10 (3.56%) Client/Server
5 9 (3.20%) EMC VNX
6 8 (2.85%) Replication
7 6 (2.14%) Computer Science
8 4 (1.42%) Analytical Skills
8 4 (1.42%) SWIFT
9 3 (1.07%) Blackberry
9 3 (1.07%) CLARiiON
9 3 (1.07%) EMC VMAX
9 3 (1.07%) Fat Client
9 3 (1.07%) Symmetrix
9 3 (1.07%) Thin Client
10 2 (0.71%) CESG
10 2 (0.71%) iPad
10 2 (0.71%) Linux Command Line
10 2 (0.71%) VxBlock/Vblock
11 1 (0.36%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 205 (72.95%) Windows
2 148 (52.67%) Windows Server
3 116 (41.28%) Windows Server 2008
4 112 (39.86%) Windows Server 2012
5 110 (39.15%) Linux
6 56 (19.93%) Windows Server 2003
7 50 (17.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 22 (7.83%) Unix
9 18 (6.41%) SUSE
9 18 (6.41%) Windows 7
10 15 (5.34%) Windows 10
11 12 (4.27%) AIX
12 7 (2.49%) CentOS
12 7 (2.49%) Oracle Linux
13 5 (1.78%) Apple iOS
13 5 (1.78%) Mac OS X
13 5 (1.78%) Mac OS X Server
13 5 (1.78%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
13 5 (1.78%) Ubuntu
14 4 (1.42%) FreeBSD
Processes & Methodologies
1 56 (19.93%) ITIL
2 43 (15.30%) Agile Software Development
3 34 (12.10%) DevOps
4 29 (10.32%) Service Management
5 24 (8.54%) Configuration Management
6 22 (7.83%) Change Management
7 21 (7.47%) Network Management
8 20 (7.12%) Continuous Delivery
9 16 (5.69%) Continuous Integration
9 16 (5.69%) Problem Management
10 15 (5.34%) Programme Management
10 15 (5.34%) TOGAF
11 13 (4.63%) Load Balancing
11 13 (4.63%) Migration
12 12 (4.27%) Network Design
13 11 (3.91%) Software Deployment
14 10 (3.56%) Data Protection
14 10 (3.56%) Network Architecture
14 10 (3.56%) Performance Management
14 10 (3.56%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 77 (27.40%) PowerShell
2 41 (14.59%) SQL
3 24 (8.54%) Bash Shell
4 22 (7.83%) Python
5 14 (4.98%) Perl
6 9 (3.20%) C
6 9 (3.20%) Ruby
7 8 (2.85%) VBScript
8 6 (2.14%) Korn
9 5 (1.78%) C#
10 3 (1.07%) Java
10 3 (1.07%) Shell Script
10 3 (1.07%) VB
11 2 (0.71%) C++
11 2 (0.71%) VB6
12 1 (0.36%) JavaScript
12 1 (0.36%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 65 (23.13%) Security Cleared
2 58 (20.64%) SC Cleared
3 29 (10.32%) Cisco Certification
4 28 (9.96%) Microsoft Certification
5 24 (8.54%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 22 (7.83%) CCNP
7 20 (7.12%) CCNA
8 17 (6.05%) MCSE
9 9 (3.20%) DV Cleared
10 8 (2.85%) Citrix Certification
10 8 (2.85%) JNCIS
10 8 (2.85%) MCSA
11 7 (2.49%) CCDA
11 7 (2.49%) Degree
11 7 (2.49%) JNCIA
11 7 (2.49%) JNCIP
12 6 (2.14%) MCITP
13 5 (1.78%) CCDP
14 4 (1.42%) CCIE
14 4 (1.42%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (2.14%) GDPR
2 4 (1.42%) PCI DSS
3 3 (1.07%) JSP 440
4 2 (0.71%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.71%) SLA
5 1 (0.36%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.36%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.36%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.36%) PMO
5 1 (0.36%) QA
System Software
1 147 (52.31%) VMware Infrastructure
2 109 (38.79%) Active Directory
3 92 (32.74%) vSphere
4 41 (14.59%) VMware ESX
5 40 (14.23%) Hyper-V
6 25 (8.90%) XenDesktop
7 23 (8.19%) XenServer
8 20 (7.12%) Virtual Machines
9 18 (6.41%) vCloud
10 13 (4.63%) Virtual Servers
10 13 (4.63%) XenApp
11 11 (3.91%) Microsoft App-V
12 8 (2.85%) DFS Replication
13 7 (2.49%) GlusterFS
14 6 (2.14%) KVM
15 5 (1.78%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 5 (1.78%) Firmware
15 5 (1.78%) Forefront TMG
15 5 (1.78%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 5 (1.78%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 38 (13.52%) Puppet
2 29 (10.32%) SCCM
3 17 (6.05%) vRealize
4 16 (5.69%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 15 (5.34%) NetBackup
6 12 (4.27%) WSUS
7 11 (3.91%) Ansible
7 11 (3.91%) Nagios
8 10 (3.56%) FortiGate
8 10 (3.56%) Forum Sentry
8 10 (3.56%) SCOM
8 10 (3.56%) vMotion
8 10 (3.56%) ZABBIX
9 9 (3.20%) Norton AntiVirus
10 8 (2.85%) PowerCLI
10 8 (2.85%) WMI
11 7 (2.49%) Cobbler
11 7 (2.49%) HAProxy
11 7 (2.49%) Linux-HA
11 7 (2.49%) Zenoss
Vendors
1 254 (90.39%) VMware
2 102 (36.30%) Microsoft
3 92 (32.74%) Cisco
4 60 (21.35%) Citrix
5 56 (19.93%) Red Hat
6 49 (17.44%) HP
7 27 (9.61%) EMC
8 26 (9.25%) NetApp
9 24 (8.54%) Dell
9 24 (8.54%) Juniper
10 21 (7.47%) Oracle
11 20 (7.12%) Symantec
12 18 (6.41%) IBM
13 15 (5.34%) Veeam
14 13 (4.63%) 3PAR
15 12 (4.27%) Intel Security
16 11 (3.91%) AlienVault
16 11 (3.91%) Lumension
17 10 (3.56%) Atlassian
17 10 (3.56%) Palo Alto
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