Period
to

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 22 May 2022 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
22 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 502 342 360
Rank change year-on-year -160 +18 +75
Contract jobs citing VMware ESXi 357 406 293
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.41% 0.69% 0.61%
As % of the System Software category 3.05% 4.87% 3.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 264 269 209
10th Percentile £275 £300 £281
25th Percentile £384 £375 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £450 £430
Median % change year-on-year - +4.65% +4.24%
75th Percentile £550 £500 £500
90th Percentile £625 £558 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £450
% change year-on-year - -5.56% +12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 13 26
10th Percentile £37.06 £44.04 £26.63
25th Percentile £43.50 £46.00 £42.73
Median hourly rate £52.56 £51.00 £48.51
Median % change year-on-year +3.05% +5.13% +8.51%
75th Percentile £63.00 £54.00 £54.69
90th Percentile £69.30 £71.60 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £52.56 £47.50 £38.26
% change year-on-year +10.64% +24.17% -21.93%

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 11,723 8,342 7,464
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.39% 14.27% 15.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,408 5,786 5,067
10th Percentile £200 £230 £180
25th Percentile £400 £385 £338
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £490 £465
Median % change year-on-year +7.14% +5.38% -2.11%
75th Percentile £625 £575 £563
90th Percentile £700 £660 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 308 295 375
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.64 £11.26
25th Percentile £15.00 £14.00 £13.31
Median hourly rate £19.00 £21.50 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year -11.63% +22.86% +9.38%
75th Percentile £40.00 £50.00 £24.01
90th Percentile £57.88 £64.20 £51.97
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.27 £16.40
% change year-on-year -4.21% +11.40% +8.84%

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 22 May 2022.

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 22 May 2022.

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 22 May 2022. 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
Jobs
England -150 303 £450 - 85
UK excluding London -96 180 £425 - 72
Work from Home -155 138 £455 +1.11% 24
London -95 135 £500 +5.26% 16
South East -30 70 £440 +3.53% 22
Midlands -44 27 £375 -6.25% 11
North of England -75 27 £425 - 14
North West -38 22 £425 +19.72% 7
South West -26 19 £470 +10.53% 14
Scotland -50 16 £400 -8.26%
East Midlands -17 15 £424 +5.94% 4
Wales - 15 £475 - 3
West Midlands -52 12 £375 -3.85% 7
East of England -54 6 £472 -10.10% 7
Yorkshire -70 5 £400 -11.11% 7
North East -10 1 £250 -37.50%

For the 6 months to 22 May 2022, 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.

1 337 (94.40%) VMware
2 251 (70.31%) Windows
3 212 (59.38%) VMware Infrastructure
4 187 (52.38%) Microsoft
5 170 (47.62%) Active Directory
6 158 (44.26%) Windows Server
7 106 (29.69%) Linux
8 104 (29.13%) vCenter Server
9 101 (28.29%) vSphere
10 92 (25.77%) DNS
11 89 (24.93%) PowerShell
12 85 (23.81%) Azure
13 82 (22.97%) Security Cleared
14 78 (21.85%) Cisco
14 78 (21.85%) Social Skills
15 72 (20.17%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 71 (19.89%) Citrix
16 71 (19.89%) SC Cleared
16 71 (19.89%) Microsoft 365
17 70 (19.61%) Firewall
18 61 (17.09%) AWS
19 58 (16.25%) HP
20 56 (15.69%) Windows Server 2008
21 55 (15.41%) DHCP
22 52 (14.57%) Windows Server 2012
23 51 (14.29%) Finance
24 50 (14.01%) Ansible
25 49 (13.73%) Data Centre
26 47 (13.17%) WAN
26 47 (13.17%) IBM

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 25 (7.00%) Confluence
2 22 (6.16%) IIS
2 22 (6.16%) SharePoint
3 21 (5.88%) MS Exchange
4 12 (3.36%) WebSphere
5 7 (1.96%) OpenStack
6 5 (1.40%) Exchange Server 2010
7 3 (0.84%) Skype for Business
8 2 (0.56%) Apache
8 2 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2007
8 2 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2013
9 1 (0.28%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 1 (0.28%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 23 (6.44%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (1.40%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (0.56%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.28%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 8 (2.24%) Markit EDM
1 8 (2.24%) thinkFolio
2 2 (0.56%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.56%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.28%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 85 (23.81%) Azure
2 71 (19.89%) Microsoft 365
3 61 (17.09%) AWS
4 25 (7.00%) GCP
5 20 (5.60%) SaaS
6 19 (5.32%) Cloud Computing
7 15 (4.20%) IaaS
8 14 (3.92%) Nutanix
9 13 (3.64%) Azure Active Directory
9 13 (3.64%) PaaS
10 12 (3.36%) GitHub
11 7 (1.96%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 5 (1.40%) Amazon EC2
12 5 (1.40%) Amazon EKS
12 5 (1.40%) Rubrik
13 4 (1.12%) IBM Cloud
13 4 (1.12%) OneDrive
13 4 (1.12%) OpenShift
13 4 (1.12%) Tricentis Tosca
14 3 (0.84%) Amazon ELB
Communications & Networking
1 92 (25.77%) DNS
2 70 (19.61%) Firewall
3 55 (15.41%) DHCP
4 47 (13.17%) WAN
5 43 (12.04%) SAN
6 42 (11.76%) TCP/IP
7 34 (9.52%) LAN
8 31 (8.68%) VSAN
9 26 (7.28%) VPN
10 13 (3.64%) VLAN
11 12 (3.36%) Network Security
11 12 (3.36%) Wireless
12 11 (3.08%) Kerberos
13 10 (2.80%) VoIP
14 9 (2.52%) HTTP
15 8 (2.24%) NetScaler
15 8 (2.24%) SD-WAN
15 8 (2.24%) Software-Defined Networking
16 7 (1.96%) Remote Desktop
16 7 (1.96%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 44 (12.32%) SQL Server
2 14 (3.92%) DB2
3 11 (3.08%) MySQL
4 9 (2.52%) PostgreSQL
5 7 (1.96%) MongoDB
6 6 (1.68%) Oracle Database
7 5 (1.40%) Redis
8 4 (1.12%) Big Data
9 3 (0.84%) Oracle Database 11g
9 3 (0.84%) Oracle Database 12c
9 3 (0.84%) Sybase ASE
10 2 (0.56%) Amazon RDS
10 2 (0.56%) RDBMS
10 2 (0.56%) Relational Database
11 1 (0.28%) Data Warehouse
11 1 (0.28%) Hadoop
11 1 (0.28%) MariaDB
11 1 (0.28%) NoSQL
11 1 (0.28%) Oracle Exadata
Development Applications
1 26 (7.28%) JIRA
2 21 (5.88%) Git (software)
3 19 (5.32%) Subversion
4 17 (4.76%) Jenkins
5 10 (2.80%) TeamCity
6 7 (1.96%) GitLab
7 6 (1.68%) Eclipse
8 5 (1.40%) Serena SBM
9 3 (0.84%) Team Foundation Server
10 2 (0.56%) Fiddler
10 2 (0.56%) MSI
11 1 (0.28%) GCC
General
1 78 (21.85%) Social Skills
2 51 (14.29%) Finance
3 30 (8.40%) Public Sector
4 19 (5.32%) Analytical Skills
5 17 (4.76%) Banking
6 11 (3.08%) Financial Institution
6 11 (3.08%) Telecoms
7 8 (2.24%) Influencing Skills
7 8 (2.24%) Presentation Skills
8 7 (1.96%) Manufacturing
8 7 (1.96%) Organisational Skills
9 3 (0.84%) Advertising
9 3 (0.84%) Law
9 3 (0.84%) Legal
9 3 (0.84%) Marketing
10 2 (0.56%) Automotive
10 2 (0.56%) Electronics
10 2 (0.56%) International Banking
10 2 (0.56%) Local Government
10 2 (0.56%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 64 (17.93%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 36 (10.08%) Analyst
3 29 (8.12%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 27 (7.56%) Architect
5 25 (7.00%) Administrator
6 21 (5.88%) Wintel Engineer
7 20 (5.60%) Server Engineer
8 18 (5.04%) Infrastructure Architect
9 16 (4.48%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
10 15 (4.20%) Support Engineer
11 14 (3.92%) Network Engineer
11 14 (3.92%) Virtualisation Engineer
12 13 (3.64%) Consultant
12 13 (3.64%) Windows Engineer
13 12 (3.36%) Network Infrastructure Architect
14 11 (3.08%) IT Engineer
14 11 (3.08%) Project Manager
14 11 (3.08%) Support Analyst
14 11 (3.08%) VMware Engineer
15 10 (2.80%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (6.72%) LDAP
2 12 (3.36%) WebSphere MQ
3 9 (2.52%) Web Services
4 8 (2.24%) YAML
5 7 (1.96%) Django
5 7 (1.96%) Flask
6 6 (1.68%) REST
7 5 (1.40%) libvirt
8 3 (0.84%) .NET
8 3 (0.84%) Elastic Stack
8 3 (0.84%) Middleware
9 2 (0.56%) ASP.NET
9 2 (0.56%) SAML
9 2 (0.56%) XML
10 1 (0.28%) Flash
10 1 (0.28%) JSON
10 1 (0.28%) Node.js
10 1 (0.28%) OAuth
10 1 (0.28%) OAuth2
10 1 (0.28%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 49 (13.73%) Data Centre
2 42 (11.76%) Clustering
3 23 (6.44%) PKI
4 22 (6.16%) Replication
5 14 (3.92%) Management Information System
6 13 (3.64%) Private Cloud
7 10 (2.80%) CMDB
8 8 (2.24%) Self-Motivation
9 6 (1.68%) Data Protection Act
9 6 (1.68%) Fat Client
9 6 (1.68%) Public Cloud
9 6 (1.68%) Thin Client
10 4 (1.12%) Algorithms
10 4 (1.12%) Client/Server
10 4 (1.12%) Fibre Optics
11 3 (0.84%) Cybercrime
11 3 (0.84%) Derivative
11 3 (0.84%) IVR
11 3 (0.84%) NHS
12 2 (0.56%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 251 (70.31%) Windows
2 158 (44.26%) Windows Server
3 106 (29.69%) Linux
4 56 (15.69%) Windows Server 2008
5 52 (14.57%) Windows Server 2012
6 42 (11.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 38 (10.64%) Windows Server 2016
8 31 (8.68%) Windows Server 2019
9 29 (8.12%) Unix
10 24 (6.72%) Solaris
11 19 (5.32%) Windows Server 2003
12 18 (5.04%) Windows 10
13 12 (3.36%) Windows 7
14 11 (3.08%) Ubuntu
15 10 (2.80%) CentOS
16 9 (2.52%) Windows 2000 Server
17 8 (2.24%) AIX
18 7 (1.96%) Windows 2000
19 5 (1.40%) VMS
20 4 (1.12%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 72 (20.17%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 40 (11.20%) ITIL
3 37 (10.36%) Problem-Solving
4 35 (9.80%) Project Delivery
5 29 (8.12%) High Availability
6 28 (7.84%) Stakeholder Management
7 26 (7.28%) Disaster Recovery
8 25 (7.00%) Migration
9 24 (6.72%) DevOps
10 21 (5.88%) Patch Management
11 20 (5.60%) Computer Science
11 20 (5.60%) Project Management
12 19 (5.32%) Change Management
12 19 (5.32%) Runbook
13 17 (4.76%) Continuous Improvement
13 17 (4.76%) Decision-Making
14 16 (4.48%) CI/CD
14 16 (4.48%) Load Balancing
15 15 (4.20%) Asset Management
15 15 (4.20%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 89 (24.93%) PowerShell
2 43 (12.04%) Python
3 38 (10.64%) SQL
4 32 (8.96%) Bash
5 14 (3.92%) Perl
6 9 (2.52%) C-shell
6 9 (2.52%) JavaScript
6 9 (2.52%) Shell Script
7 6 (1.68%) VBA
8 5 (1.40%) Korn
9 4 (1.12%) C#
9 4 (1.12%) Java
9 4 (1.12%) Ruby
10 3 (0.84%) PL/SQL
10 3 (0.84%) T-SQL
10 3 (0.84%) VBScript
11 2 (0.56%) C
11 2 (0.56%) Go
11 2 (0.56%) PHP
12 1 (0.28%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 82 (22.97%) Security Cleared
2 71 (19.89%) SC Cleared
3 28 (7.84%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 25 (7.00%) Degree
5 24 (6.72%) Microsoft Certification
6 23 (6.44%) DV Cleared
7 16 (4.48%) MCSE
8 14 (3.92%) VCAP
9 11 (3.08%) TOGAF Certification
10 10 (2.80%) Cisco Certification
11 9 (2.52%) Master's Degree
11 9 (2.52%) RHCA
12 7 (1.96%) CCNA
13 5 (1.40%) CCA
13 5 (1.40%) Citrix Certification
13 5 (1.40%) Computer Science Degree
13 5 (1.40%) MCSA
14 4 (1.12%) RHCE
14 4 (1.12%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
15 3 (0.84%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (5.88%) QA
1 21 (5.88%) SLA
2 15 (4.20%) GDPR
3 8 (2.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 4 (1.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (1.12%) OASIS TOSCA
5 3 (0.84%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.56%) JSP 440
7 1 (0.28%) COBIT
7 1 (0.28%) ISA99
7 1 (0.28%) NCSC
System Software
1 212 (59.38%) VMware Infrastructure
2 170 (47.62%) Active Directory
3 101 (28.29%) vSphere
4 28 (7.84%) Hyper-V
4 28 (7.84%) XenApp
5 25 (7.00%) VMware NSX
6 20 (5.60%) Virtual Machines
7 19 (5.32%) XenDesktop
8 16 (4.48%) Firmware
9 15 (4.20%) vCloud
10 13 (3.64%) Docker
11 12 (3.36%) KVM
12 11 (3.08%) Virtual Servers
13 10 (2.80%) Virtual Desktop
14 7 (1.96%) Microsoft App-V
14 7 (1.96%) Xen
15 6 (1.68%) Terminal Services
15 6 (1.68%) UAG
16 5 (1.40%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 5 (1.40%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 104 (29.13%) vCenter Server
2 50 (14.01%) Ansible
3 40 (11.20%) SCCM
4 33 (9.24%) Microsoft Clustering
5 32 (8.96%) vRealize
6 29 (8.12%) WSUS
7 18 (5.04%) Control-M
7 18 (5.04%) NetBackup
8 16 (4.48%) Nagios
8 16 (4.48%) Puppet
8 16 (4.48%) Terraform
9 15 (4.20%) Kubernetes
10 14 (3.92%) McAfee ePO
10 14 (3.92%) SCOM
11 12 (3.36%) Microsoft Intune
12 11 (3.08%) Failover Clustering
12 11 (3.08%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
13 10 (2.80%) SCOrch
13 10 (2.80%) Single Sign-On
14 9 (2.52%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 337 (94.40%) VMware
2 187 (52.38%) Microsoft
3 78 (21.85%) Cisco
4 71 (19.89%) Citrix
5 58 (16.25%) HP
6 47 (13.17%) IBM
7 43 (12.04%) Red Hat
8 39 (10.92%) Dell
9 33 (9.24%) Oracle
10 31 (8.68%) Veeam
11 27 (7.56%) Juniper
11 27 (7.56%) Symantec
12 25 (7.00%) EMC
12 25 (7.00%) Veritas
13 22 (6.16%) SolarWinds
14 18 (5.04%) BMC
15 17 (4.76%) McAfee
16 16 (4.48%) CyberArk
17 13 (3.64%) Intel
17 13 (3.64%) Splunk