Period
to 16 August 2018

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 16 August 2018 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
16 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 388 466 333
Rank change year-on-year +78 -133 -45
Contract jobs citing VMware ESXi 634 444 812
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.62% 0.46% 0.74%
As % of the System Software category 4.33% 3.95% 6.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 397 284 557
UK median daily rate £375 £398 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.78% +6.13% +0.74%
10th Percentile £236 £258 £222
90th Percentile £530 £485 £515
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £373 £348
% change year-on-year -6.04% +7.19% -0.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 26 23
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £47.83 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.14% +95.22% -31.94%
10th Percentile £30.30 £19.50 £20.73
90th Percentile £47.83 £51.25 £44.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £28.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year +51.79% +16.67% -26.15%

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 14,628 11,229 13,256
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.30% 11.74% 12.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,463 7,236 8,277
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +14.29%
10th Percentile £181 £163 £175
90th Percentile £625 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £365
% change year-on-year +6.67% +2.74% +8.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 886 638 891
UK median hourly rate £16.19 £16.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.19% -3.03% +2.23%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.38 £10.50
90th Percentile £44.63 £47.50 £41.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £15.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year +5.73% -9.09% +4.10%

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 16 August 2018.

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 16 August 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for VMware ESXi in the UK

VMware ESXi
Top 15 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 16 August 2018. 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 +21 533 £400 - 117
UK excluding London +37 401 £350 -6.04% 91
London +72 221 £414 -2.65% 30
South East -45 132 £400 +6.67% 29
Scotland +31 86 £280 -20.00% 3
North of England -3 54 £325 - 23
South West +28 53 £388 -11.43% 11
Midlands +30 52 £388 +3.33% 8
West Midlands +7 42 £350 +1.45% 5
North West -3 30 £350 +10.24% 10
East of England -20 20 £335 +26.42% 16
Yorkshire -21 17 £325 - 11
East Midlands +6 10 £388 -8.82% 3
North East -5 7 £263 -6.25% 2
Wales -15 4 £400 - 1

For the 6 months to 16 August 2018, 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.

1 604 (95.27%) VMware
2 531 (83.75%) Windows
3 394 (62.15%) Active Directory
4 387 (61.04%) VMware Infrastructure
5 332 (52.37%) Microsoft
6 329 (51.89%) Windows Server
7 270 (42.59%) Windows Server 2008
8 231 (36.44%) Citrix
9 188 (29.65%) Windows Server 2012
10 177 (27.92%) SCCM
11 175 (27.60%) Linux
12 171 (26.97%) DNS
13 167 (26.34%) Hyper-V
14 162 (25.55%) HP
15 157 (24.76%) Security Cleared
16 144 (22.71%) Windows 7
17 142 (22.40%) PowerShell
18 138 (21.77%) Infrastructure Engineering
19 136 (21.45%) SQL
20 131 (20.66%) DHCP
21 128 (20.19%) Office 365
22 126 (19.87%) Clustering
23 124 (19.56%) vCenter Server
24 123 (19.40%) vSphere
25 121 (19.09%) Finance
25 121 (19.09%) SAN
25 121 (19.09%) MS Exchange
26 117 (18.45%) SC Cleared
27 115 (18.14%) Windows Server 2003
28 112 (17.67%) SQL 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
1 121 (19.09%) MS Exchange
2 73 (11.51%) Exchange Server 2010
3 66 (10.41%) Skype for Business
4 48 (7.57%) SharePoint
5 42 (6.62%) IIS
6 15 (2.37%) Exchange Server 2013
7 14 (2.21%) OpenStack
8 13 (2.05%) JBoss
9 9 (1.42%) WildFly
10 6 (0.95%) Exchange Server 2007
11 5 (0.79%) Apache
11 5 (0.79%) Office Communications Server
11 5 (0.79%) SharePoint Server
12 4 (0.63%) Tomcat
13 3 (0.47%) MS Project Server
13 3 (0.47%) SAS
14 2 (0.32%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 2 (0.32%) CMS
14 2 (0.32%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
14 2 (0.32%) WebSphere
Applications
1 48 (7.57%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (0.63%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (0.63%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.32%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (0.47%) Towers Watson Igloo
2 1 (0.16%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.16%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 128 (20.19%) Office 365
2 112 (17.67%) Microsoft Azure
3 51 (8.04%) Amazon AWS
4 27 (4.26%) IaaS
5 19 (3.00%) Azure Active Directory
6 18 (2.84%) PaaS
7 11 (1.74%) SaaS
8 10 (1.58%) Yammer
9 7 (1.10%) Cloud Computing
10 4 (0.63%) Mimecast
11 3 (0.47%) Akamai
11 3 (0.47%) AWS CloudFormation
11 3 (0.47%) G Suite
11 3 (0.47%) Google Cloud Platform
11 3 (0.47%) IBM Cloud
12 2 (0.32%) Dynamics 365
12 2 (0.32%) OpenShift
13 1 (0.16%) Amazon ElastiCache
13 1 (0.16%) Amazon SQS
13 1 (0.16%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 171 (26.97%) DNS
2 131 (20.66%) DHCP
3 121 (19.09%) SAN
4 110 (17.35%) Firewall
5 70 (11.04%) LAN
6 60 (9.46%) WAN
7 41 (6.47%) NetScaler
8 39 (6.15%) TCP/IP
9 37 (5.84%) Skype
10 31 (4.89%) NAS
11 29 (4.57%) iSCSI
12 27 (4.26%) VLAN
13 21 (3.31%) Fibre Channel
14 20 (3.15%) VPN
15 18 (2.84%) VSAN
16 17 (2.68%) SSH
17 15 (2.37%) IPsec
18 13 (2.05%) Ethernet
19 9 (1.42%) DMZ
19 9 (1.42%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 112 (17.67%) SQL Server
2 27 (4.26%) SQL Server 2012
3 21 (3.31%) SQL Server 2008
3 21 (3.31%) SQL Server 2016
4 15 (2.37%) SQL Server 2005
5 12 (1.89%) Oracle Database
6 8 (1.26%) Data Warehouse
7 5 (0.79%) MySQL
7 5 (0.79%) SQL Server 2014
8 4 (0.63%) Oracle Database 10g
8 4 (0.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 3 (0.47%) Big Data
10 2 (0.32%) Oracle Exadata
10 2 (0.32%) RDBMS
10 2 (0.32%) Relational Database
11 1 (0.16%) Amazon RDS
11 1 (0.16%) BusinessObjects
11 1 (0.16%) DB2
11 1 (0.16%) Oracle Database 11g
11 1 (0.16%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 47 (7.41%) HP UFT
1 47 (7.41%) WinRunner
2 11 (1.74%) MSI
3 9 (1.42%) TestDirector
4 7 (1.10%) Git (software)
4 7 (1.10%) Rational Team Concert
5 5 (0.79%) Jenkins
6 4 (0.63%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 4 (0.63%) WiX
7 3 (0.47%) AdminStudio
7 3 (0.47%) Octopus Deploy
8 2 (0.32%) Cucumber
8 2 (0.32%) JIRA
8 2 (0.32%) Mercurial
8 2 (0.32%) Team Foundation Server
9 1 (0.16%) Bitbucket
9 1 (0.16%) FishEye
9 1 (0.16%) Subversion
9 1 (0.16%) TeamCity
General
1 121 (19.09%) Finance
2 31 (4.89%) Banking
3 14 (2.21%) Manufacturing
4 8 (1.26%) Legal
4 8 (1.26%) Retail
5 7 (1.10%) Advertising
5 7 (1.10%) Publishing
6 6 (0.95%) Telecoms
7 3 (0.47%) Back Office
7 3 (0.47%) Marketing
7 3 (0.47%) Retail Banking
8 2 (0.32%) Law
8 2 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.16%) Automotive
9 1 (0.16%) Electronics
9 1 (0.16%) Front Office
9 1 (0.16%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.16%) Local Government
9 1 (0.16%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 121 (19.09%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 90 (14.20%) Analyst
3 51 (8.04%) VMware Engineer
4 50 (7.89%) Server Engineer
5 44 (6.94%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 44 (6.94%) Architect
6 43 (6.78%) Support Engineer
7 39 (6.15%) Administrator
7 39 (6.15%) Infrastructure Analyst
8 37 (5.84%) Windows Engineer
9 34 (5.36%) Consultant
10 31 (4.89%) Infrastructure Support
11 27 (4.26%) 3rd Line Support
11 27 (4.26%) Citrix Engineer
12 26 (4.10%) Network Engineer
12 26 (4.10%) Test Analyst
13 25 (3.94%) Integration Engineer
14 22 (3.47%) Infrastructure Architect
15 21 (3.31%) Systems Administrator
16 20 (3.15%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (5.05%) Middleware
2 29 (4.57%) Web Services
3 14 (2.21%) LDAP
4 13 (2.05%) .NET
5 12 (1.89%) .NET Framework
6 9 (1.42%) REST
6 9 (1.42%) SailPoint
7 8 (1.26%) XML
8 5 (0.79%) Web Services Management
9 4 (0.63%) Angular 2
9 4 (0.63%) AngularJS
9 4 (0.63%) ASP.NET Web API
9 4 (0.63%) CSS
9 4 (0.63%) Dapper ORM
9 4 (0.63%) Entity Framework
9 4 (0.63%) HTML
9 4 (0.63%) MFC
9 4 (0.63%) NHibernate
9 4 (0.63%) WCF
9 4 (0.63%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 126 (19.87%) Clustering
2 62 (9.78%) Data Centre
3 46 (7.26%) Fat Client
3 46 (7.26%) Thin Client
4 44 (6.94%) PDA
5 39 (6.15%) Analytical Skills
6 25 (3.94%) PKI
7 23 (3.63%) Replication
8 20 (3.15%) Blackberry
9 11 (1.74%) Client/Server
9 11 (1.74%) EMC VNX
9 11 (1.74%) Management Information System
10 10 (1.58%) Private Cloud
11 9 (1.42%) Computer Science
11 9 (1.42%) Self-Motivation
12 8 (1.26%) CLARiiON
13 7 (1.10%) EMC VMAX
13 7 (1.10%) Enterprise Storage
14 5 (0.79%) Enterprise Software
14 5 (0.79%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 531 (83.75%) Windows
2 329 (51.89%) Windows Server
3 270 (42.59%) Windows Server 2008
4 188 (29.65%) Windows Server 2012
5 175 (27.60%) Linux
6 144 (22.71%) Windows 7
7 115 (18.14%) Windows Server 2003
8 104 (16.40%) Windows 10
9 55 (8.68%) AIX
10 54 (8.52%) Unix
11 44 (6.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 36 (5.68%) CentOS
13 25 (3.94%) Solaris
14 16 (2.52%) Windows XP
15 10 (1.58%) Mac OS
16 9 (1.42%) Ubuntu
17 8 (1.26%) Windows 8
18 6 (0.95%) Mac OS X
18 6 (0.95%) Windows 2000
19 5 (0.79%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 138 (21.77%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 107 (16.88%) ITIL
3 78 (12.30%) Migration
4 70 (11.04%) Change Management
5 49 (7.73%) Software Testing
6 48 (7.57%) Test Scripting
7 47 (7.41%) Test Automation
8 38 (5.99%) DevOps
9 37 (5.84%) Service Delivery
9 37 (5.84%) Storage Management
10 36 (5.68%) Server Management
10 36 (5.68%) Virtual Environments
11 35 (5.52%) Smoke Testing
12 32 (5.05%) High Availability
13 31 (4.89%) Problem-Solving
14 29 (4.57%) Configuration Management
15 26 (4.10%) Load Balancing
15 26 (4.10%) Network Load Balancing
15 26 (4.10%) Root Cause Analysis
16 22 (3.47%) Capacity Management
Programming Languages
1 142 (22.40%) PowerShell
2 136 (21.45%) SQL
3 25 (3.94%) Python
4 16 (2.52%) Bash Shell
4 16 (2.52%) Java
4 16 (2.52%) Perl
5 15 (2.37%) JavaScript
6 14 (2.21%) VBScript
7 13 (2.05%) C
8 7 (1.10%) AWK
8 7 (1.10%) sed
9 6 (0.95%) AppleScript
9 6 (0.95%) T-SQL
9 6 (0.95%) VB
10 5 (0.79%) Shell Script
11 4 (0.63%) C#
12 3 (0.47%) Go
13 2 (0.32%) VBA
14 1 (0.16%) PHP
14 1 (0.16%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 157 (24.76%) Security Cleared
2 117 (18.45%) SC Cleared
3 51 (8.04%) Microsoft Certification
4 45 (7.10%) ISTQB
5 43 (6.78%) MCSE
6 40 (6.31%) DV Cleared
7 27 (4.26%) Citrix Certification
7 27 (4.26%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 24 (3.79%) Degree
9 22 (3.47%) Cisco Certification
10 18 (2.84%) CCA
11 16 (2.52%) MCSA
12 15 (2.37%) CCNA
13 14 (2.21%) ITIL Certification
14 13 (2.05%) MCITP
15 10 (1.58%) VCP6
16 9 (1.42%) CCNP
16 9 (1.42%) MCTS
17 8 (1.26%) Novell Certification
18 7 (1.10%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (1.58%) SLA
2 4 (0.63%) GDPR
2 4 (0.63%) JSP 440
2 4 (0.63%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 3 (0.47%) GCP
3 3 (0.47%) PCI DSS
3 3 (0.47%) QA
3 3 (0.47%) RMADS
4 1 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.16%) FIPS 140-2
4 1 (0.16%) Government Security Classifications
4 1 (0.16%) ISO 22301
4 1 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.16%) PMO
System Software
1 394 (62.15%) Active Directory
2 387 (61.04%) VMware Infrastructure
3 167 (26.34%) Hyper-V
4 123 (19.40%) vSphere
5 111 (17.51%) XenDesktop
6 90 (14.20%) XenApp
7 57 (8.99%) Virtual Desktop
8 54 (8.52%) Microsoft App-V
9 51 (8.04%) XenServer
10 31 (4.89%) Virtual Machines
11 24 (3.79%) NFS
12 22 (3.47%) DFS Replication
12 22 (3.47%) VMware NSX
13 17 (2.68%) VMware Workstation
14 14 (2.21%) Docker
14 14 (2.21%) Firmware
15 12 (1.89%) Virtual Servers
16 10 (1.58%) EMC RecoverPoint
17 7 (1.10%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 6 (0.95%) KVM
Systems Management
1 177 (27.92%) SCCM
2 124 (19.56%) vCenter Server
3 74 (11.67%) McAfee ePO
4 52 (8.20%) SCOM
5 51 (8.04%) WSUS
6 39 (6.15%) HP ALM
7 35 (5.52%) Microsoft Clustering
8 34 (5.36%) NetBackup
9 31 (4.89%) vRealize
10 27 (4.26%) Ansible
11 21 (3.31%) Backup Exec
12 20 (3.15%) PowerCLI
13 19 (3.00%) Norton AntiVirus
14 18 (2.84%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
15 17 (2.68%) Puppet
15 17 (2.68%) vMotion
16 15 (2.37%) Microsoft Intune
17 14 (2.21%) Failover Clustering
17 14 (2.21%) Opscode Chef
17 14 (2.21%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 604 (95.27%) VMware
2 332 (52.37%) Microsoft
3 231 (36.44%) Citrix
4 162 (25.55%) HP
5 108 (17.03%) Cisco
6 105 (16.56%) McAfee
7 98 (15.46%) NetApp
8 89 (14.04%) Veritas
9 73 (11.51%) Ivanti
10 70 (11.04%) EMC
11 63 (9.94%) Dell
12 50 (7.89%) Red Hat
13 47 (7.41%) Splunk
14 46 (7.26%) Oracle
15 42 (6.62%) Veeam
16 37 (5.84%) Symantec
17 35 (5.52%) IBM
18 29 (4.57%) Juniper
19 25 (3.94%) SolarWinds
20 21 (3.31%) CheckPoint