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 30 May 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
30 May 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 423 279 280
Rank change year-on-year -144 +1  
Contract jobs citing VMware ESXi 177 457 424
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.40% 0.85% 0.77%
As % of the System Software category 3.57% 6.79% 7.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 124 317 294
Median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £468 £518 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £360 £350 £344
% change year-on-year +2.85% +1.59%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 15 9
Median hourly rate £46.89 £26.58 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +76.45% +26.54%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.20 £21.00 £19.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £39.00 £41.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.00 £26.58 £21.00
% change year-on-year +20.41% +26.54%  

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 4953 6731 5833
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 11.06% 12.54% 10.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 3189 4119 3289
Median daily rate £405 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.25% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £200 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £361 £325
% change year-on-year +3.95% +11.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 270 457 664
Median hourly rate £17.20 £19.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.50% +8.57%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.46 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.67 £41.00 £39.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -13.15% +11.76%  

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 30 May 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 30 May 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 30 May 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 -108 165 £375 -3.84% 48
South East -12 66 £369 -1.66% 14
London -106 53 £403 -10.55% 12
Hampshire +1 26 £365 -2.66% 2
Yorkshire +19 15 £325 +1.16% 3
Surrey -2 14 £275 -35.29% 4
North West +14 11 £300 -25.00% 3
East of England -21 11 £265 -24.28% 4
Milton Keynes -12 10 £400 -
Buckinghamshire -12 10 £400 -
Berkshire +19 9 £388 +6.89% 4
Scotland +3 8 £395 +31.66% 1
Hook +7 7 £360 +18.03%
Epsom -2 7 - - 2
Leeds +19 6 £480 +42.22% 1
West Yorkshire +17 6 £480 +42.22% 2
South Yorkshire +7 6 £325 +23.80%
Kent +3 6 £338 -5.92% 1
Cambridgeshire 0 5 £225 -33.82% 3
Essex -5 5 £265 -
City of London -35 5 £438 -7.89% 4
Doncaster - 5 £325 -
Croydon - 5 £463 -
Tyne and Wear +55 4 - -
Newcastle upon Tyne +52 4 - -
North East +51 4 - -
Erskine +26 4 £250 -15.25%
Cheshire +24 4 £350 -17.64% 2
Renfrewshire +24 4 £250 -15.25%
Edinburgh +9 4 £413 - 1

For the 6 months to 30 May 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.

1 415 (88.87%) VMware
2 340 (72.81%) Windows
3 266 (56.96%) VMware Infrastructure
4 201 (43.04%) Active Directory
5 184 (39.40%) Windows Server
6 169 (36.19%) Microsoft
6 169 (36.19%) Windows Server 2008
7 158 (33.83%) Linux
8 144 (30.84%) Citrix
9 139 (29.76%) DNS
10 128 (27.41%) SAN
11 122 (26.12%) Windows Server 2012
12 117 (25.05%) PowerShell
13 116 (24.84%) Cisco
13 116 (24.84%) Firewall
14 100 (21.41%) Finance
14 100 (21.41%) Security Cleared
15 91 (19.49%) SQL
15 91 (19.49%) vSphere
16 90 (19.27%) ITIL
16 90 (19.27%) Windows Server 2003
17 84 (17.99%) SQL Server
18 77 (16.49%) Windows 7
19 75 (16.06%) Unix
20 71 (15.20%) Hyper-V
21 69 (14.78%) SC Cleared
21 69 (14.78%) SCCM
21 69 (14.78%) MS Exchange
22 68 (14.56%) Data Centre
23 63 (13.49%) 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 69 (14.78%) MS Exchange
2 58 (12.42%) Skype for Business
3 45 (9.64%) IIS
4 37 (7.92%) Exchange Server 2010
5 32 (6.85%) SharePoint
6 16 (3.43%) JBoss
7 15 (3.21%) BizTalk Server
8 14 (3.00%) Apache
9 11 (2.36%) WildFly
10 10 (2.14%) OpenStack
11 8 (1.71%) Exchange Server 2007
11 8 (1.71%) Exchange Server 2013
12 7 (1.50%) Confluence
12 7 (1.50%) WebSphere
13 6 (1.28%) IBM Notes
13 6 (1.28%) Tomcat
14 5 (1.07%) EPiServer
14 5 (1.07%) FileNet
14 5 (1.07%) WebSphere Application Server
15 4 (0.86%) Cloud Foundry
Applications
1 26 (5.57%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (2.14%) MS Visio
3 8 (1.71%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.43%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.21%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 8 (1.71%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 45 (9.64%) Amazon AWS
2 33 (7.07%) Microsoft Azure
3 24 (5.14%) Office 365
4 12 (2.57%) Cloud Computing
5 9 (1.93%) AWS CloudFormation
6 8 (1.71%) PaaS
7 7 (1.50%) IaaS
8 4 (0.86%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
8 4 (0.86%) Azure Active Directory
8 4 (0.86%) Heroku
9 3 (0.64%) G Suite
9 3 (0.64%) Mimecast
10 2 (0.43%) GitHub
10 2 (0.43%) SaaS
11 1 (0.21%) Amazon EC2
11 1 (0.21%) Amazon S3
11 1 (0.21%) HP Helion
11 1 (0.21%) IBM PureFlex
11 1 (0.21%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 139 (29.76%) DNS
2 128 (27.41%) SAN
3 116 (24.84%) Firewall
4 56 (11.99%) DHCP
5 47 (10.06%) LDAP
6 43 (9.21%) NetScaler
7 39 (8.35%) NAS
8 33 (7.07%) WAN
9 31 (6.64%) VPN
10 29 (6.21%) LAN
11 26 (5.57%) IPsec
11 26 (5.57%) VoIP
12 25 (5.35%) Network Security
12 25 (5.35%) Skype
13 20 (4.28%) SSH
14 18 (3.85%) TCP/IP
15 17 (3.64%) Cisco ASA
15 17 (3.64%) Internet
16 14 (3.00%) Cisco Nexus
17 13 (2.78%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 84 (17.99%) SQL Server
2 18 (3.85%) SQL Server 2012
3 14 (3.00%) Oracle Database
4 10 (2.14%) Oracle Database 11g
4 10 (2.14%) PostgreSQL
4 10 (2.14%) SQL Server 2008
5 5 (1.07%) DB2
5 5 (1.07%) MySQL
5 5 (1.07%) SQL Server 2005
6 4 (0.86%) Oracle Database 12c
6 4 (0.86%) SQL Server 2014
7 3 (0.64%) Big Data
7 3 (0.64%) Oracle Reports
8 2 (0.43%) Data Warehouse
8 2 (0.43%) SQL Server 2000
9 1 (0.21%) Hadoop
9 1 (0.21%) Oracle BI EE
9 1 (0.21%) Oracle Database 10g
9 1 (0.21%) Oracle Exadata
9 1 (0.21%) Redis
Development Applications
1 13 (2.78%) Jenkins
2 12 (2.57%) Git (software)
3 10 (2.14%) JIRA
4 6 (1.28%) Sonatype Nexus
4 6 (1.28%) Vagrant
5 5 (1.07%) Subversion
6 4 (0.86%) Rational DOORS
7 3 (0.64%) MSI
7 3 (0.64%) StarTeam
8 2 (0.43%) Team Foundation Server
8 2 (0.43%) Visual Studio
8 2 (0.43%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 1 (0.21%) Bitbucket
9 1 (0.21%) GitLab
9 1 (0.21%) Octopus Deploy
9 1 (0.21%) Oracle APEX
9 1 (0.21%) TeamCity
General
1 100 (21.41%) Finance
2 23 (4.93%) Banking
3 21 (4.50%) Telecoms
4 19 (4.07%) Manufacturing
5 15 (3.21%) Legal
6 12 (2.57%) Back Office
7 11 (2.36%) Electronics
8 8 (1.71%) Marketing
9 7 (1.50%) Retail
10 6 (1.28%) Military
11 3 (0.64%) Financial Institution
11 3 (0.64%) Investment Banking
12 1 (0.21%) Aerospace
12 1 (0.21%) Automotive
12 1 (0.21%) Local Government
12 1 (0.21%) Online Betting
12 1 (0.21%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 62 (13.28%) Analyst
2 47 (10.06%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 45 (9.64%) Architect
4 42 (8.99%) VMware Engineer
5 36 (7.71%) Wintel Engineer
6 34 (7.28%) Server Engineer
7 30 (6.42%) Administrator
8 28 (6.00%) Windows Engineer
9 24 (5.14%) Consultant
9 24 (5.14%) Infrastructure Architect
10 23 (4.93%) DevOps Engineer
11 22 (4.71%) Systems Administrator
12 21 (4.50%) Support Engineer
12 21 (4.50%) Systems Engineer
13 18 (3.85%) Designer
13 18 (3.85%) Technical Analyst
14 17 (3.64%) Solutions Designer
15 16 (3.43%) Integration Engineer
15 16 (3.43%) Network Engineer
15 16 (3.43%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (6.64%) Web Services
2 18 (3.85%) Middleware
2 18 (3.85%) XML
3 7 (1.50%) REST
4 6 (1.28%) .NET
4 6 (1.28%) Software Packaging
5 5 (1.07%) CSS
6 4 (0.86%) LAMP
6 4 (0.86%) SAML
6 4 (0.86%) SOAP
7 3 (0.64%) COM
7 3 (0.64%) Java EE
7 3 (0.64%) JSON
8 2 (0.43%) 802.1X
8 2 (0.43%) HTML
8 2 (0.43%) Java SE
8 2 (0.43%) LAPP Stack
8 2 (0.43%) Oracle Fusion
9 1 (0.21%) Elastic Stack
9 1 (0.21%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 68 (14.56%) Data Centre
2 38 (8.14%) Clustering
3 35 (7.49%) Computer Science
4 31 (6.64%) Analytical Skills
5 18 (3.85%) Replication
6 12 (2.57%) EMC VNX
6 12 (2.57%) Private Cloud
7 11 (2.36%) Client/Server
8 10 (2.14%) Fat Client
8 10 (2.14%) Thin Client
9 9 (1.93%) Mainframe
10 8 (1.71%) Management Information System
10 8 (1.71%) VxBlock/Vblock
11 7 (1.50%) EMC VMAX
11 7 (1.50%) Video Conferencing
12 6 (1.28%) Hybrid Cloud
13 5 (1.07%) Tandem
14 4 (0.86%) Blackberry
14 4 (0.86%) Spread Betting
14 4 (0.86%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 340 (72.81%) Windows
2 184 (39.40%) Windows Server
3 169 (36.19%) Windows Server 2008
4 158 (33.83%) Linux
5 122 (26.12%) Windows Server 2012
6 90 (19.27%) Windows Server 2003
7 77 (16.49%) Windows 7
8 75 (16.06%) Unix
9 39 (8.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 34 (7.28%) Solaris
11 27 (5.78%) CentOS
12 21 (4.50%) Windows 10
13 18 (3.85%) AIX
14 17 (3.64%) Ubuntu
15 16 (3.43%) SUSE
16 9 (1.93%) Oracle Linux
17 7 (1.50%) Mac OS X
18 6 (1.28%) Windows XP
19 5 (1.07%) Apple iOS
19 5 (1.07%) Data ONTAP
Processes & Methodologies
1 90 (19.27%) ITIL
2 46 (9.85%) Configuration Management
3 44 (9.42%) Agile Software Development
3 44 (9.42%) DevOps
4 35 (7.49%) Migration
5 29 (6.21%) Change Management
5 29 (6.21%) Incident Management
5 29 (6.21%) TOGAF
6 28 (6.00%) Server Building
7 27 (5.78%) Load Balancing
8 25 (5.35%) Service Management
9 23 (4.93%) Problem Management
10 20 (4.28%) Capacity Management
10 20 (4.28%) Disaster Recovery
11 19 (4.07%) Performance Tuning
12 18 (3.85%) Data Protection
12 18 (3.85%) Network Design
13 15 (3.21%) Network Management
13 15 (3.21%) Server Virtualisation
13 15 (3.21%) Software Deployment
Programming Languages
1 117 (25.05%) PowerShell
2 91 (19.49%) SQL
3 36 (7.71%) Bash Shell
4 24 (5.14%) VBScript
5 22 (4.71%) Perl
5 22 (4.71%) Python
6 15 (3.21%) Java
7 9 (1.93%) Korn
8 7 (1.50%) JavaScript
9 6 (1.28%) VB
10 5 (1.07%) C
10 5 (1.07%) JCL
10 5 (1.07%) Shell Script
11 4 (0.86%) C#
12 3 (0.64%) Ruby
13 2 (0.43%) AppleScript
13 2 (0.43%) C++
13 2 (0.43%) VB6
14 1 (0.21%) PHP
14 1 (0.21%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 100 (21.41%) Security Cleared
2 69 (14.78%) SC Cleared
3 45 (9.64%) Microsoft Certification
4 37 (7.92%) Degree
5 26 (5.57%) MCSA
6 24 (5.14%) Computer Science Degree
6 24 (5.14%) DV Cleared
7 22 (4.71%) MCITP
8 20 (4.28%) Cisco Certification
8 20 (4.28%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 18 (3.85%) MCSE
10 17 (3.64%) CCNP
11 10 (2.14%) CCNA
12 7 (1.50%) Citrix Certification
12 7 (1.50%) JNCIS
12 7 (1.50%) MCTS
13 6 (1.28%) CCDA
13 6 (1.28%) CCIE
13 6 (1.28%) JNCIA
13 6 (1.28%) JNCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (1.28%) GDPR
1 6 (1.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 6 (1.28%) SLA
2 5 (1.07%) PCI DSS
3 4 (0.86%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 3 (0.64%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.43%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.43%) Def Stans
5 2 (0.43%) PMO
6 1 (0.21%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (0.21%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.21%) QA
System Software
1 266 (56.96%) VMware Infrastructure
2 201 (43.04%) Active Directory
3 91 (19.49%) vSphere
4 71 (15.20%) Hyper-V
5 58 (12.42%) XenDesktop
6 56 (11.99%) XenApp
7 35 (7.49%) Virtual Machines
8 34 (7.28%) XenServer
9 30 (6.42%) Microsoft App-V
10 23 (4.93%) vCloud
11 22 (4.71%) Virtual Desktop
12 17 (3.64%) KVM
12 17 (3.64%) Virtual Servers
13 9 (1.93%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 8 (1.71%) Oracle RAC
15 6 (1.28%) BitLocker
15 6 (1.28%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 6 (1.28%) Firmware
16 4 (0.86%) Docker
16 4 (0.86%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 69 (14.78%) SCCM
2 63 (13.49%) vCenter Server
3 46 (9.85%) Puppet
4 29 (6.21%) vMotion
5 27 (5.78%) Ansible
6 26 (5.57%) NetBackup
7 24 (5.14%) Opscode Chef
8 22 (4.71%) vRealize
9 19 (4.07%) Netcool
10 18 (3.85%) Tivoli
11 16 (3.43%) Norton AntiVirus
11 16 (3.43%) OpenView Configuration Management
12 14 (3.00%) Tivoli Storage Manager
13 12 (2.57%) SCOM
13 12 (2.57%) yum
14 11 (2.36%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
15 10 (2.14%) WSUS
16 8 (1.71%) Backup Exec
16 8 (1.71%) Nagios
16 8 (1.71%) WMI
Vendors
1 415 (88.87%) VMware
2 169 (36.19%) Microsoft
3 144 (30.84%) Citrix
4 116 (24.84%) Cisco
5 63 (13.49%) Red Hat
6 62 (13.28%) HP
7 58 (12.42%) NetApp
8 44 (9.42%) EMC
9 42 (8.99%) Oracle
10 38 (8.14%) Dell
11 37 (7.92%) IBM
12 35 (7.49%) Veritas
13 34 (7.28%) Symantec
14 26 (5.57%) Juniper
14 26 (5.57%) McAfee
15 16 (3.43%) F5
16 14 (3.00%) AppSense
17 13 (2.78%) 3PAR
17 13 (2.78%) Avaya
18 12 (2.57%) Palo Alto
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Hampshire
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Rate: £385 - £430.00 per day
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