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 28 June 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.

VMware ESXi (formerly ESX Server)
UK
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 399 281 274
Rank change year-on-year -118 -7  
Contract jobs citing VMware ESXi 217 461 449
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.46% 0.86% 0.81%
As % of the System Software category 4.11% 6.80% 7.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 136 308 299
Median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £289 £237 £189
10% offered a daily rate of more than £469 £525 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +7.14% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 15 8
Median hourly rate £49.19 £26.58 £26.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +85.09% -0.65%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.25 £21.00 £17.89
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £39.50 £74.79
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £31.04 £26.75
% change year-on-year -9.78% +16.02%  

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 5277 6781 5827
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 11.20% 12.59% 10.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 5009 7094 5670
Median daily rate £410 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £200 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year +7.14% +6.06%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 431 681 778
Median hourly rate £16.92 £20.00 £17.98
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.40% +11.23%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.25 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £22.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -28.88% +28.57%  

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 3 months to 28 June 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 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 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for VMware ESXi in the UK

VMware ESXi
Top 10 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 28 June 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 -94 201 £400 - 54
UK excluding London -54 150 £375 +7.14% 51
South East +31 87 £390 +4.00% 24
London -86 64 £425 - 11
North of England +34 30 £350 -6.66% 10
Scotland -6 12 £395 +32.77% 3
East of England -18 8 £193 -45.00% 1
South West -22 7 £425 +23.63% 6
Midlands +1 4 £425 +18.88% 2
Wales -7 2 £425 +26.86% 2

For the 6 months to 28 June 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.

1 396 (88.20%) VMware
2 314 (69.93%) Windows
3 253 (56.35%) VMware Infrastructure
4 182 (40.53%) Windows Server
5 181 (40.31%) Active Directory
6 163 (36.30%) Linux
7 148 (32.96%) Microsoft
8 147 (32.74%) Windows Server 2008
9 126 (28.06%) SAN
10 125 (27.84%) DNS
11 122 (27.17%) Firewall
12 121 (26.95%) Citrix
13 112 (24.94%) Windows Server 2012
14 109 (24.28%) Cisco
15 101 (22.49%) PowerShell
16 98 (21.83%) Security Cleared
17 95 (21.16%) SQL
18 92 (20.49%) Finance
19 88 (19.60%) Windows Server 2003
20 82 (18.26%) vSphere
21 80 (17.82%) SQL Server
22 75 (16.70%) Unix
23 74 (16.48%) ITIL
23 74 (16.48%) Data Centre
24 70 (15.59%) Red Hat
25 68 (15.14%) SC Cleared
26 66 (14.70%) MS Exchange
27 61 (13.59%) HP
27 61 (13.59%) Hyper-V
28 58 (12.92%) 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 66 (14.70%) MS Exchange
2 44 (9.80%) Skype for Business
3 40 (8.91%) IIS
4 37 (8.24%) Exchange Server 2010
5 30 (6.68%) SharePoint
6 15 (3.34%) JBoss
7 14 (3.12%) BizTalk Server
8 12 (2.67%) Apache
8 12 (2.67%) Exchange Server 2007
9 11 (2.45%) WildFly
10 9 (2.00%) OpenStack
11 8 (1.78%) Exchange Server 2013
12 7 (1.56%) Confluence
12 7 (1.56%) WebSphere
13 6 (1.34%) IBM Notes
14 5 (1.11%) EPiServer
14 5 (1.11%) FileNet
14 5 (1.11%) Tomcat
14 5 (1.11%) WebSphere Application Server
15 4 (0.89%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 21 (4.68%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (2.67%) MS Visio
3 10 (2.23%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.45%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.22%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 8 (1.78%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.45%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 36 (8.02%) Amazon AWS
2 30 (6.68%) Microsoft Azure
3 22 (4.90%) Office 365
4 11 (2.45%) IaaS
4 11 (2.45%) PaaS
5 10 (2.23%) Cloud Computing
6 6 (1.34%) AWS CloudFormation
7 4 (0.89%) SaaS
8 3 (0.67%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
8 3 (0.67%) Heroku
8 3 (0.67%) Mimecast
9 2 (0.45%) G Suite
9 2 (0.45%) IBM Cloud
10 1 (0.22%) Amazon EC2
10 1 (0.22%) Amazon S3
10 1 (0.22%) GitHub
10 1 (0.22%) HP Helion
10 1 (0.22%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 126 (28.06%) SAN
2 125 (27.84%) DNS
3 122 (27.17%) Firewall
4 53 (11.80%) LDAP
5 44 (9.80%) DHCP
6 40 (8.91%) NAS
7 34 (7.57%) NetScaler
7 34 (7.57%) WAN
8 32 (7.13%) VPN
9 28 (6.24%) LAN
10 24 (5.35%) IPsec
11 22 (4.90%) Network Security
12 20 (4.45%) SSH
13 19 (4.23%) Cisco ASA
13 19 (4.23%) TCP/IP
13 19 (4.23%) VoIP
14 15 (3.34%) Skype
15 13 (2.90%) HTTP
16 12 (2.67%) SSL
16 12 (2.67%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 80 (17.82%) SQL Server
2 18 (4.01%) SQL Server 2012
3 13 (2.90%) SQL Server 2008
4 9 (2.00%) Oracle Database
5 8 (1.78%) PostgreSQL
6 7 (1.56%) SQL Server 2005
7 6 (1.34%) Oracle Database 11g
8 5 (1.11%) DB2
9 4 (0.89%) SQL Server 2014
10 3 (0.67%) Oracle Reports
11 2 (0.45%) MySQL
11 2 (0.45%) NoSQL
11 2 (0.45%) SQL Server 2000
12 1 (0.22%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 1 (0.22%) Apache Hive
12 1 (0.22%) Big Data
12 1 (0.22%) Hadoop
12 1 (0.22%) Impala
12 1 (0.22%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 1 (0.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 12 (2.67%) Jenkins
2 10 (2.23%) JIRA
3 9 (2.00%) Git (software)
4 8 (1.78%) Vagrant
5 6 (1.34%) Sonatype Nexus
6 4 (0.89%) Subversion
7 3 (0.67%) Rational DOORS
7 3 (0.67%) StarTeam
8 2 (0.45%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 1 (0.22%) Bitbucket
9 1 (0.22%) MSI
9 1 (0.22%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 92 (20.49%) Finance
2 25 (5.57%) Banking
3 20 (4.45%) Telecoms
4 17 (3.79%) Manufacturing
5 15 (3.34%) Legal
6 11 (2.45%) Back Office
7 8 (1.78%) Electronics
7 8 (1.78%) Marketing
8 7 (1.56%) Retail
9 5 (1.11%) Military
10 4 (0.89%) Investment Banking
11 3 (0.67%) Financial Institution
12 1 (0.22%) Aerospace
12 1 (0.22%) Automotive
12 1 (0.22%) Local Government
12 1 (0.22%) Online Betting
12 1 (0.22%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 64 (14.25%) Analyst
2 48 (10.69%) VMware Engineer
3 46 (10.24%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 32 (7.13%) Administrator
4 32 (7.13%) Architect
5 29 (6.46%) Server Engineer
6 26 (5.79%) Systems Administrator
6 26 (5.79%) Windows Engineer
7 23 (5.12%) Support Engineer
8 22 (4.90%) Consultant
8 22 (4.90%) Linux Administrator
8 22 (4.90%) Linux Systems Administrator
9 21 (4.68%) Systems Engineer
9 21 (4.68%) Wintel Engineer
10 20 (4.45%) DevOps Engineer
11 18 (4.01%) Technical Analyst
12 17 (3.79%) Designer
12 17 (3.79%) Linux Engineer
12 17 (3.79%) Virtualisation Engineer
13 16 (3.56%) Integration Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (6.68%) Web Services
2 15 (3.34%) Middleware
3 11 (2.45%) XML
4 6 (1.34%) REST
4 6 (1.34%) Software Packaging
5 5 (1.11%) .NET
6 4 (0.89%) SOAP
7 3 (0.67%) COM
7 3 (0.67%) Java EE
7 3 (0.67%) SAML
8 2 (0.45%) 802.1X
8 2 (0.45%) CSS
8 2 (0.45%) Java SE
8 2 (0.45%) JSON
8 2 (0.45%) LAMP
8 2 (0.45%) WebSphere MQ
9 1 (0.22%) Dojo
9 1 (0.22%) Kafka
9 1 (0.22%) X-Windows
9 1 (0.22%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 74 (16.48%) Data Centre
2 36 (8.02%) Clustering
3 34 (7.57%) Computer Science
4 27 (6.01%) Analytical Skills
5 19 (4.23%) Replication
6 13 (2.90%) Client/Server
7 11 (2.45%) EMC VNX
8 10 (2.23%) Private Cloud
9 9 (2.00%) Mainframe
10 7 (1.56%) Enterprise Storage
10 7 (1.56%) Management Information System
10 7 (1.56%) VxBlock/Vblock
11 6 (1.34%) Fat Client
11 6 (1.34%) Spread Betting
11 6 (1.34%) Thin Client
12 5 (1.11%) Blackberry
12 5 (1.11%) EMC VMAX
12 5 (1.11%) Tandem
13 4 (0.89%) Hybrid Cloud
13 4 (0.89%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 314 (69.93%) Windows
2 182 (40.53%) Windows Server
3 163 (36.30%) Linux
4 147 (32.74%) Windows Server 2008
5 112 (24.94%) Windows Server 2012
6 88 (19.60%) Windows Server 2003
7 75 (16.70%) Unix
8 56 (12.47%) Windows 7
9 50 (11.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 37 (8.24%) CentOS
11 34 (7.57%) Solaris
12 25 (5.57%) Ubuntu
13 18 (4.01%) AIX
13 18 (4.01%) SUSE
14 14 (3.12%) Windows 10
15 7 (1.56%) Oracle Linux
15 7 (1.56%) Windows XP
16 6 (1.34%) Data ONTAP
16 6 (1.34%) Mac OS X
17 5 (1.11%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 74 (16.48%) ITIL
2 46 (10.24%) Configuration Management
3 42 (9.35%) Migration
4 39 (8.69%) Agile Software Development
4 39 (8.69%) DevOps
5 30 (6.68%) Server Building
6 29 (6.46%) Load Balancing
7 24 (5.35%) Incident Management
7 24 (5.35%) Service Management
8 23 (5.12%) Disaster Recovery
9 22 (4.90%) TOGAF
10 21 (4.68%) Change Management
11 20 (4.45%) Capacity Management
12 19 (4.23%) Data Protection
13 16 (3.56%) Network Design
13 16 (3.56%) Network Management
14 15 (3.34%) Performance Tuning
14 15 (3.34%) Problem Management
14 15 (3.34%) Project Management
15 14 (3.12%) Cybersecurity
Programming Languages
1 101 (22.49%) PowerShell
2 95 (21.16%) SQL
3 41 (9.13%) Bash Shell
4 22 (4.90%) Python
5 21 (4.68%) Perl
6 15 (3.34%) Java
7 13 (2.90%) VBScript
8 8 (1.78%) Korn
9 7 (1.56%) Shell Script
10 6 (1.34%) C
10 6 (1.34%) JavaScript
11 5 (1.11%) JCL
12 3 (0.67%) C#
13 2 (0.45%) AppleScript
13 2 (0.45%) C++
13 2 (0.45%) VB
14 1 (0.22%) PHP
14 1 (0.22%) Ruby
14 1 (0.22%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 98 (21.83%) Security Cleared
2 68 (15.14%) SC Cleared
3 39 (8.69%) Microsoft Certification
4 34 (7.57%) Degree
5 26 (5.79%) DV Cleared
6 24 (5.35%) Cisco Certification
7 21 (4.68%) Computer Science Degree
8 20 (4.45%) MCSA
8 20 (4.45%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 19 (4.23%) CCNP
10 18 (4.01%) MCSE
11 16 (3.56%) MCITP
12 14 (3.12%) CCNA
13 9 (2.00%) JNCIA
13 9 (2.00%) JNCIS
14 8 (1.78%) CCDA
14 8 (1.78%) JNCIP
15 6 (1.34%) CCIE
16 5 (1.11%) Citrix Certification
16 5 (1.11%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (1.78%) SLA
2 6 (1.34%) GDPR
2 6 (1.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (0.89%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.67%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (0.67%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (0.45%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.45%) Def Stans
5 2 (0.45%) PMO
6 1 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (0.22%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.22%) QA
System Software
1 253 (56.35%) VMware Infrastructure
2 181 (40.31%) Active Directory
3 82 (18.26%) vSphere
4 61 (13.59%) Hyper-V
5 47 (10.47%) XenDesktop
6 42 (9.35%) XenApp
7 34 (7.57%) Virtual Machines
8 32 (7.13%) XenServer
9 22 (4.90%) vCloud
10 20 (4.45%) KVM
10 20 (4.45%) Virtual Servers
11 19 (4.23%) Microsoft App-V
12 17 (3.79%) Virtual Desktop
13 10 (2.23%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 8 (1.78%) Oracle RAC
15 6 (1.34%) Firmware
15 6 (1.34%) NFS
16 5 (1.11%) Docker
16 5 (1.11%) Veritas Cluster Server
16 5 (1.11%) Veritas File System
Systems Management
1 58 (12.92%) vCenter Server
2 57 (12.69%) SCCM
3 49 (10.91%) Puppet
4 29 (6.46%) NetBackup
5 26 (5.79%) Ansible
6 23 (5.12%) vMotion
7 22 (4.90%) vRealize
8 19 (4.23%) Netcool
8 19 (4.23%) Opscode Chef
9 18 (4.01%) Tivoli
10 17 (3.79%) yum
11 16 (3.56%) Norton AntiVirus
11 16 (3.56%) OpenView Configuration Management
12 13 (2.90%) Tivoli Storage Manager
12 13 (2.90%) WSUS
13 10 (2.23%) SCOM
14 9 (2.00%) Microsoft Clustering
15 8 (1.78%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
16 7 (1.56%) McAfee ePO
16 7 (1.56%) Nagios
Vendors
1 396 (88.20%) VMware
2 148 (32.96%) Microsoft
3 121 (26.95%) Citrix
4 109 (24.28%) Cisco
5 70 (15.59%) Red Hat
6 61 (13.59%) HP
7 52 (11.58%) NetApp
8 43 (9.58%) EMC
9 37 (8.24%) Dell
9 37 (8.24%) Veritas
10 35 (7.80%) Oracle
11 34 (7.57%) Symantec
12 32 (7.13%) IBM
13 27 (6.01%) Juniper
14 22 (4.90%) McAfee
15 15 (3.34%) 3PAR
15 15 (3.34%) Brocade
15 15 (3.34%) F5
16 14 (3.12%) Avaya
17 13 (2.90%) SolarWinds
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