Period
to 25 February 2020

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 25 February 2020 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
25 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 390 434 440
Rank change year-on-year +44 +6 -96
Contract jobs citing VMware ESXi 376 537 520
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.55% 0.55% 0.52%
As % of the System Software category 3.54% 3.56% 4.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 259 350 321
UK median daily rate £400 £413 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.03% +5.77% +4.00%
10th Percentile £279 £250 £263
90th Percentile £550 £564 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £410 £375
% change year-on-year -8.42% +9.20% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 37 25
UK median hourly rate £45.76 £44.50 £46.42
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.82% -4.13% +32.61%
10th Percentile £28.70 £35.00 £17.00
90th Percentile £55.00 £49.70 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.75 £47.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year -9.04% +51.61% -8.15%

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 10,609 15,096 12,697
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.54% 15.36% 12.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,943 9,929 8,296
UK median daily rate £450 £473 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.86% +5.11% +11.11%
10th Percentile £163 £175 £163
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £388
% change year-on-year - +9.68% +10.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 611 761 692
UK median hourly rate £17.25 £16.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.81% - -
10th Percentile £11.42 £10.58 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.09 £46.23
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £15.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year +6.45% +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 25 February 2020.

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 25 February 2020.

Contractor 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 25 February 2020. 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 +21 334 £400 -3.03% 166
UK excluding London +39 248 £375 -8.42% 145
London +76 115 £425 - 29
South East +38 63 £400 -11.11% 45
North of England +58 55 £350 -10.26% 38
South West -4 50 £500 +4.17% 26
North West +43 38 £325 +4.00% 20
Midlands +39 32 £310 -11.43% 14
Scotland +26 27 £363 -19.39% 2
West Midlands +57 24 £381 -7.58% 10
East of England 0 19 £300 -25.00% 14
Yorkshire +40 17 £450 +33.33% 14
East Midlands +27 7 £290 -10.69% 4
Northern Ireland +15 2 £213 -46.88% 5
Wales +27 1 £375 - 1
North East +7 1 £350 -12.50% 4

For the 6 months to 25 February 2020, 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.

1 342 (90.96%) VMware
2 272 (72.34%) Windows
3 209 (55.59%) Active Directory
4 203 (53.99%) VMware Infrastructure
5 200 (53.19%) Windows Server
6 160 (42.55%) Microsoft
7 125 (33.24%) Windows Server 2012
8 123 (32.71%) PowerShell
9 110 (29.26%) Windows Server 2008
9 110 (29.26%) vCenter Server
10 107 (28.46%) Office 365
10 107 (28.46%) Citrix
11 106 (28.19%) DNS
11 106 (28.19%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 103 (27.39%) Security Cleared
13 102 (27.13%) vSphere
14 95 (25.27%) DHCP
14 95 (25.27%) Cisco
15 88 (23.40%) Firewall
16 87 (23.14%) Azure
16 87 (23.14%) Windows 10
17 86 (22.87%) SAN
18 84 (22.34%) SCCM
19 71 (18.88%) Migration
20 63 (16.76%) SQL
21 62 (16.49%) Linux
21 62 (16.49%) XenApp
21 62 (16.49%) XenDesktop
22 61 (16.22%) SC Cleared
23 60 (15.96%) Hyper-V

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 57 (15.16%) SharePoint
2 39 (10.37%) MS Exchange
3 33 (8.78%) Skype for Business
4 14 (3.72%) Exchange Server 2010
5 9 (2.39%) IIS
6 8 (2.13%) Exchange Server 2013
7 7 (1.86%) Confluence
8 5 (1.33%) Exchange Server 2007
9 4 (1.06%) Elasticsearch
10 2 (0.53%) Apache
10 2 (0.53%) OpenStack
11 1 (0.27%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 1 (0.27%) CMS
11 1 (0.27%) Exchange Server 2003
11 1 (0.27%) Exchange Server 5.5
11 1 (0.27%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 25 (6.65%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (1.86%) MS Visio
3 5 (1.33%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (1.06%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.27%) assyst
2 1 (0.27%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.27%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 107 (28.46%) Office 365
2 87 (23.14%) Azure
3 50 (13.30%) AWS
4 28 (7.45%) IaaS
5 19 (5.05%) OneDrive
6 14 (3.72%) Azure Active Directory
7 9 (2.39%) PaaS
8 8 (2.13%) GitHub
9 7 (1.86%) Yammer
10 5 (1.33%) SaaS
11 4 (1.06%) GCP
12 3 (0.80%) Cloud Computing
13 2 (0.53%) Datadog
13 2 (0.53%) Mimecast
14 1 (0.27%) Azure ExpressRoute
14 1 (0.27%) G Suite
14 1 (0.27%) Smartsheet
Communications & Networking
1 106 (28.19%) DNS
2 95 (25.27%) DHCP
3 88 (23.40%) Firewall
4 86 (22.87%) SAN
5 45 (11.97%) NetScaler
6 30 (7.98%) Skype
6 30 (7.98%) VSAN
7 23 (6.12%) WAN
8 22 (5.85%) LAN
8 22 (5.85%) VPN
9 20 (5.32%) iSCSI
10 16 (4.26%) NAS
11 14 (3.72%) TCP/IP
12 13 (3.46%) MPLS
13 12 (3.19%) Internet
14 11 (2.93%) OSPF
15 10 (2.66%) RIP
16 9 (2.39%) BGP
16 9 (2.39%) Cisco ASA
16 9 (2.39%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 41 (10.90%) SQL Server
2 11 (2.93%) Amazon RDS
3 7 (1.86%) MySQL
4 6 (1.60%) Big Data
4 6 (1.60%) SQL Server 2008
5 5 (1.33%) MongoDB
5 5 (1.33%) PostgreSQL
6 3 (0.80%) BusinessObjects
6 3 (0.80%) Crystal Reports
6 3 (0.80%) SQL Server 2012
6 3 (0.80%) SQL Server 2016
7 2 (0.53%) SQL Server 2014
7 2 (0.53%) SQL Server 2017
8 1 (0.27%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.27%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.27%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.27%) Oracle Database 12c
8 1 (0.27%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.27%) Relational Database
8 1 (0.27%) SQL Server 2019
Development Applications
1 30 (7.98%) JIRA
2 18 (4.79%) Git (software)
3 15 (3.99%) Bitbucket
4 8 (2.13%) Jenkins
5 7 (1.86%) StarTeam
6 6 (1.60%) MSI
7 4 (1.06%) Fiddler
8 3 (0.80%) Rational Team Concert
8 3 (0.80%) Robot Framework
8 3 (0.80%) Subversion
8 3 (0.80%) TestRail
8 3 (0.80%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 2 (0.53%) GitLab
9 2 (0.53%) Hudson
10 1 (0.27%) Bitbucket Server
10 1 (0.27%) GCC
10 1 (0.27%) Serena SBM
10 1 (0.27%) Team Foundation Server
10 1 (0.27%) TeamCity
General
1 39 (10.37%) Finance
2 18 (4.79%) Public Sector
3 9 (2.39%) Banking
3 9 (2.39%) Telecoms
4 8 (2.13%) Back Office
4 8 (2.13%) Law
5 5 (1.33%) Legal
6 4 (1.06%) Advertising
6 4 (1.06%) Publishing
6 4 (1.06%) Retail
7 3 (0.80%) Financial Institution
7 3 (0.80%) International Banking
7 3 (0.80%) Local Government
8 2 (0.53%) Electronics
8 2 (0.53%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.53%) Marketing
8 2 (0.53%) Military
9 1 (0.27%) Games
9 1 (0.27%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.27%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 91 (24.20%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 41 (10.90%) VMware Engineer
3 37 (9.84%) Windows Engineer
4 30 (7.98%) Consultant
5 27 (7.18%) Citrix Engineer
5 27 (7.18%) Support Engineer
6 24 (6.38%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 23 (6.12%) Architect
8 22 (5.85%) Server Engineer
9 20 (5.32%) Administrator
9 20 (5.32%) Wintel Engineer
10 17 (4.52%) Analyst
11 16 (4.26%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
12 15 (3.99%) Active Directory Engineer
12 15 (3.99%) Citrix Infrastructure Engineer
12 15 (3.99%) Systems Engineer
13 14 (3.72%) Software Engineer
13 14 (3.72%) VMware Consultant
14 13 (3.46%) Network Engineer
14 13 (3.46%) Windows Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (3.72%) REST
2 9 (2.39%) LDAP
3 5 (1.33%) Middleware
3 5 (1.33%) X-Windows
4 3 (0.80%) Rendezvous
4 3 (0.80%) Web Services
5 2 (0.53%) .NET
5 2 (0.53%) AngularJS
5 2 (0.53%) Apache NiFi
5 2 (0.53%) ASP.NET Web API
5 2 (0.53%) Express
5 2 (0.53%) JSON
5 2 (0.53%) React
5 2 (0.53%) SOAP
5 2 (0.53%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 2 (0.53%) WCF
5 2 (0.53%) WPF
5 2 (0.53%) XML
6 1 (0.27%) 802.1X
6 1 (0.27%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 54 (14.36%) Data Centre
2 30 (7.98%) Clustering
3 20 (5.32%) Management Information System
4 18 (4.79%) Hybrid Cloud
5 17 (4.52%) Replication
6 14 (3.72%) Analytical Skills
6 14 (3.72%) User Experience
7 11 (2.93%) PKI
7 11 (2.93%) VxBlock/Vblock
8 9 (2.39%) Fat Client
8 9 (2.39%) Thin Client
9 7 (1.86%) CMDB
10 6 (1.60%) EMC VNX
10 6 (1.60%) Enterprise Storage
11 5 (1.33%) Driving Licence
11 5 (1.33%) Private Cloud
11 5 (1.33%) Self-Motivation
12 4 (1.06%) Client/Server
12 4 (1.06%) EMC VMAX
12 4 (1.06%) Fibre Optics
Operating Systems
1 272 (72.34%) Windows
2 200 (53.19%) Windows Server
3 125 (33.24%) Windows Server 2012
4 110 (29.26%) Windows Server 2008
5 87 (23.14%) Windows 10
6 62 (16.49%) Linux
7 43 (11.44%) Windows 7
8 30 (7.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 25 (6.65%) Windows Server 2003
10 21 (5.59%) CentOS
11 9 (2.39%) AIX
11 9 (2.39%) Unix
12 8 (2.13%) Windows XP
13 7 (1.86%) Ubuntu
14 5 (1.33%) VMS
15 4 (1.06%) Fedora
15 4 (1.06%) SUSE
15 4 (1.06%) Windows 8
16 3 (0.80%) Debian
16 3 (0.80%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 106 (28.19%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 71 (18.88%) Migration
3 50 (13.30%) ITIL
4 32 (8.51%) Agile Software Development
5 28 (7.45%) High Availability
6 23 (6.12%) Change Management
6 23 (6.12%) Server Virtualisation
6 23 (6.12%) Software Engineering
7 21 (5.59%) DevOps
7 21 (5.59%) Problem-Solving
8 19 (5.05%) Root Cause Analysis
9 17 (4.52%) Application Virtualisation
9 17 (4.52%) Load Balancing
10 16 (4.26%) Disaster Recovery
10 16 (4.26%) Incident Management
11 15 (3.99%) Configuration Management
12 14 (3.72%) Task Automation
13 13 (3.46%) Release Management
13 13 (3.46%) Service Management
14 12 (3.19%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 123 (32.71%) PowerShell
2 63 (16.76%) SQL
3 28 (7.45%) Python
4 19 (5.05%) Bash Shell
5 14 (3.72%) VBScript
6 12 (3.19%) C
7 7 (1.86%) JavaScript
8 6 (1.60%) PHP
9 5 (1.33%) Perl
10 4 (1.06%) Java
10 4 (1.06%) VB
11 3 (0.80%) C#
11 3 (0.80%) T-SQL
12 2 (0.53%) Shell Script
13 1 (0.27%) Groovy
13 1 (0.27%) PL/SQL
13 1 (0.27%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 103 (27.39%) Security Cleared
2 61 (16.22%) SC Cleared
3 49 (13.03%) DV Cleared
4 47 (12.50%) Citrix Certification
4 47 (12.50%) Microsoft Certification
5 35 (9.31%) MCSE
6 29 (7.71%) MCSA
7 28 (7.45%) CCA
8 25 (6.65%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 24 (6.38%) Cisco Certification
10 21 (5.59%) CCNA
11 14 (3.72%) Degree
12 11 (2.93%) CCNP
13 10 (2.66%) ISTQB
13 10 (2.66%) MCITP
14 8 (2.13%) MCTS
15 6 (1.60%) MCP
15 6 (1.60%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
16 5 (1.33%) BC Cleared
17 4 (1.06%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (4.52%) SLA
2 4 (1.06%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 2 (0.53%) PMO
4 1 (0.27%) QA
System Software
1 209 (55.59%) Active Directory
2 203 (53.99%) VMware Infrastructure
3 102 (27.13%) vSphere
4 62 (16.49%) XenApp
4 62 (16.49%) XenDesktop
5 60 (15.96%) Hyper-V
6 43 (11.44%) VMware NSX
7 39 (10.37%) Virtual Machines
8 34 (9.04%) Microsoft App-V
9 25 (6.65%) NFS
10 22 (5.85%) DFS Replication
11 20 (5.32%) VMFS
12 12 (3.19%) Virtual Desktop
12 12 (3.19%) Virtual Servers
13 10 (2.66%) BitLocker
13 10 (2.66%) Docker
14 8 (2.13%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 7 (1.86%) VMware Server
16 6 (1.60%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 5 (1.33%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 110 (29.26%) vCenter Server
2 84 (22.34%) SCCM
3 35 (9.31%) WSUS
4 32 (8.51%) vRealize
5 31 (8.24%) SCOM
6 27 (7.18%) Ansible
7 25 (6.65%) vMotion
8 17 (4.52%) Microsoft Clustering
9 16 (4.26%) NetBackup
10 12 (3.19%) Failover Clustering
10 12 (3.19%) McAfee ePO
10 12 (3.19%) SCVMM
11 11 (2.93%) Microsoft Intune
11 11 (2.93%) Norton AntiVirus
11 11 (2.93%) Puppet
12 10 (2.66%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 10 (2.66%) SCDPM
12 10 (2.66%) SCSM
12 10 (2.66%) XenMobile
13 8 (2.13%) Nessus
Vendors
1 342 (90.96%) VMware
2 160 (42.55%) Microsoft
3 107 (28.46%) Citrix
4 95 (25.27%) Cisco
5 52 (13.83%) HP
6 44 (11.70%) EMC
7 40 (10.64%) NetApp
8 35 (9.31%) Dell
8 35 (9.31%) Red Hat
9 34 (9.04%) McAfee
10 26 (6.91%) Veeam
11 24 (6.38%) Symantec
12 18 (4.79%) Hitachi
13 15 (3.99%) SolarWinds
14 14 (3.72%) ArcSight
15 13 (3.46%) Brocade
15 13 (3.46%) Oracle
16 12 (3.19%) Veritas
17 10 (2.66%) Altiris
17 10 (2.66%) Ivanti