Period
to 24 April 2019

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 24 April 2019 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
24 Apr 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 423 421 396
Rank change year-on-year -2 -25 -75
Contract jobs citing VMware ESXi 516 544 532
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.54% 0.54% 0.58%
As % of the System Software category 3.55% 4.09% 5.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 341 335 382
UK median daily rate £413 £388 £356
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.45% +8.77% -5.00%
10th Percentile £250 £258 £260
90th Percentile £575 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £350 £338
% change year-on-year +17.86% +3.70% -3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 26 19
UK median hourly rate £44.50 £44.55 £42.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.11% +6.07% +33.10%
10th Percentile £35.52 £23.38 £24.85
90th Percentile £49.50 £47.83 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.50 £30.25 £35.00
% change year-on-year +57.02% -13.57% +16.67%

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 14,555 13,286 10,482
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.31% 13.15% 11.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,636 8,608 6,622
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +8.43% +3.75%
10th Percentile £181 £175 £163
90th Percentile £638 £625 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £363
% change year-on-year +6.25% +10.34% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 666 741 719
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £15.86 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.04% -0.88% +1.51%
10th Percentile £10.92 £10.75 £10.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £46.00 £46.78
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.42 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +2.82% - -6.25%

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 24 April 2019.

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 24 April 2019.

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 24 April 2019. 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 +15 479 £413 +3.13% 32
UK excluding London +18 351 £413 +17.86% 31
London -28 151 £438 +9.38% 4
South East +6 114 £413 +4.83% 12
South West +23 76 £475 +18.75% 2
Midlands +23 61 £375 +1.35% 3
North of England +25 50 £350 - 8
West Midlands +2 47 £390 +11.43% 3
East of England +20 27 £410 +36.67% 3
North West +5 24 £300 -14.29% 4
Yorkshire +7 16 £360 -20.00% 3
Scotland -32 16 £498 +80.91% 1
East Midlands +15 14 £325 -27.78%
North East +12 10 £398 +51.43% 1
Wales -9 5 £400 -1.23%
Northern Ireland - 2 £400 -

For the 6 months to 24 April 2019, 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.

1 503 (97.48%) VMware
2 396 (76.74%) Windows
3 321 (62.21%) Active Directory
4 310 (60.08%) VMware Infrastructure
5 261 (50.58%) Microsoft
6 259 (50.19%) Windows Server
7 166 (32.17%) Windows Server 2012
7 166 (32.17%) DNS
8 163 (31.59%) Citrix
9 154 (29.84%) Security Cleared
9 154 (29.84%) PowerShell
10 141 (27.33%) Windows Server 2008
11 140 (27.13%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 138 (26.74%) SCCM
13 131 (25.39%) SAN
14 120 (23.26%) Firewall
14 120 (23.26%) Linux
15 117 (22.67%) DHCP
16 114 (22.09%) ITIL
16 114 (22.09%) vSphere
17 111 (21.51%) Windows 10
18 109 (21.12%) Office 365
19 108 (20.93%) vCenter Server
19 108 (20.93%) Cisco
20 105 (20.35%) MS Exchange
21 102 (19.77%) Finance
22 98 (18.99%) Migration
23 95 (18.41%) SQL Server
24 92 (17.83%) Hyper-V
25 88 (17.05%) Microsoft Azure

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
1 105 (20.35%) MS Exchange
2 54 (10.47%) SharePoint
3 43 (8.33%) Skype for Business
4 32 (6.20%) Exchange Server 2010
5 24 (4.65%) IIS
6 19 (3.68%) Exchange Server 2013
7 15 (2.91%) Apache
8 14 (2.71%) Confluence
9 10 (1.94%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 8 (1.55%) SharePoint Server
11 6 (1.16%) Exchange Server 2007
12 4 (0.78%) Office Communications Server
12 4 (0.78%) SharePoint 2013
12 4 (0.78%) WebSphere
13 3 (0.58%) CMS
13 3 (0.58%) Tomcat
14 2 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2003
14 2 (0.39%) MQSeries
15 1 (0.19%) OpenStack
Applications
1 22 (4.26%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (0.58%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.39%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 7 (1.36%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.19%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 109 (21.12%) Office 365
2 88 (17.05%) Microsoft Azure
3 77 (14.92%) Amazon AWS
4 30 (5.81%) Azure Active Directory
5 21 (4.07%) IaaS
6 10 (1.94%) PaaS
7 7 (1.36%) Mimecast
8 6 (1.16%) Yammer
9 5 (0.97%) Google Cloud Platform
10 4 (0.78%) SaaS
11 3 (0.58%) AWS CloudFormation
12 2 (0.39%) Cloud Computing
12 2 (0.39%) OneDrive
13 1 (0.19%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 166 (32.17%) DNS
2 131 (25.39%) SAN
3 120 (23.26%) Firewall
4 117 (22.67%) DHCP
5 52 (10.08%) LAN
6 47 (9.11%) WAN
7 45 (8.72%) VLAN
8 40 (7.75%) Skype
9 38 (7.36%) VPN
10 36 (6.98%) NetScaler
11 35 (6.78%) VSAN
12 32 (6.20%) iSCSI
13 30 (5.81%) Fibre Channel
14 20 (3.88%) TCP/IP
15 19 (3.68%) IP Telephony
16 18 (3.49%) Cisco ASA
17 16 (3.10%) SMTP
18 15 (2.91%) NAS
19 14 (2.71%) WLAN
20 13 (2.52%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 95 (18.41%) SQL Server
2 17 (3.29%) SQL Server 2012
3 15 (2.91%) SQL Server 2014
4 14 (2.71%) MySQL
4 14 (2.71%) SQL Server 2016
5 9 (1.74%) SQL Server 2008
6 6 (1.16%) Oracle Database
7 4 (0.78%) Data Mining
7 4 (0.78%) Data Warehouse
8 3 (0.58%) NoSQL
8 3 (0.58%) PostgreSQL
9 2 (0.39%) Big Data
9 2 (0.39%) Data Mart
9 2 (0.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 1 (0.19%) Hadoop
10 1 (0.19%) Oracle Database 11g
10 1 (0.19%) Oracle Exadata
10 1 (0.19%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 10 (1.94%) Bitbucket
2 9 (1.74%) Git (software)
3 7 (1.36%) Artifactory
3 7 (1.36%) GitLab
3 7 (1.36%) JIRA
4 5 (0.97%) Ant
4 5 (0.97%) Jenkins
4 5 (0.97%) Rational Team Concert
5 3 (0.58%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 2 (0.39%) Bitbucket Server
6 2 (0.39%) Hudson
7 1 (0.19%) MSI
General
1 102 (19.77%) Finance
2 17 (3.29%) Banking
3 16 (3.10%) Military
4 15 (2.91%) Law
5 13 (2.52%) Telecoms
6 10 (1.94%) Publishing
7 7 (1.36%) Manufacturing
8 6 (1.16%) Financial Institution
9 5 (0.97%) Investment Banking
10 4 (0.78%) French Language
10 4 (0.78%) German Language
11 3 (0.58%) Electronics
11 3 (0.58%) Marketing
12 2 (0.39%) Back Office
12 2 (0.39%) Online Betting
12 2 (0.39%) Pharmaceutical
12 2 (0.39%) Retail Banking
13 1 (0.19%) Automotive
13 1 (0.19%) International Banking
13 1 (0.19%) Retail
Job Titles
1 124 (24.03%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 65 (12.60%) Analyst
3 61 (11.82%) VMware Engineer
4 47 (9.11%) Architect
5 43 (8.33%) Administrator
6 41 (7.95%) Infrastructure Analyst
7 38 (7.36%) Server Engineer
8 36 (6.98%) Wintel Engineer
9 31 (6.01%) Windows Engineer
10 30 (5.81%) Systems Engineer
11 29 (5.62%) Support Engineer
12 28 (5.43%) Systems Administrator
12 28 (5.43%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
13 27 (5.23%) Consultant
14 26 (5.04%) Integration Engineer
15 20 (3.88%) Infrastructure Support
15 20 (3.88%) Linux Administrator
16 19 (3.68%) 3rd Line Engineer
17 17 (3.29%) Infrastructure Architect
17 17 (3.29%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (1.55%) LDAP
2 6 (1.16%) Web Services
2 6 (1.16%) XML
3 5 (0.97%) .NET
4 4 (0.78%) DOM
4 4 (0.78%) XSLT
5 3 (0.58%) Middleware
5 3 (0.58%) Spring
6 2 (0.39%) 802.1X
6 2 (0.39%) WebSphere MQ
6 2 (0.39%) X-Windows
7 1 (0.19%) .NET Framework
7 1 (0.19%) Flash
7 1 (0.19%) HTML
7 1 (0.19%) LAMP
7 1 (0.19%) PostGIS
7 1 (0.19%) Software Packaging
7 1 (0.19%) Web Services Management
7 1 (0.19%) WPF
7 1 (0.19%) WSH
Miscellaneous
1 83 (16.09%) Data Centre
2 49 (9.50%) Clustering
3 35 (6.78%) Fat Client
3 35 (6.78%) Thin Client
4 34 (6.59%) PKI
5 27 (5.23%) Management Information System
6 25 (4.84%) Analytical Skills
7 19 (3.68%) Replication
8 14 (2.71%) Private Cloud
9 9 (1.74%) CMDB
9 9 (1.74%) User Experience
9 9 (1.74%) Video Conferencing
10 7 (1.36%) EMC VNX
11 6 (1.16%) Public Cloud
12 5 (0.97%) Blackberry
13 4 (0.78%) Hybrid Cloud
13 4 (0.78%) Self-Motivation
13 4 (0.78%) VxBlock/Vblock
14 3 (0.58%) Enterprise Storage
14 3 (0.58%) Reinsurance
Operating Systems
1 396 (76.74%) Windows
2 259 (50.19%) Windows Server
3 166 (32.17%) Windows Server 2012
4 141 (27.33%) Windows Server 2008
5 120 (23.26%) Linux
6 111 (21.51%) Windows 10
7 57 (11.05%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 33 (6.40%) Windows Server 2003
9 25 (4.84%) Unix
9 25 (4.84%) Windows 7
10 14 (2.71%) CentOS
11 6 (1.16%) AIX
12 5 (0.97%) Solaris
12 5 (0.97%) Ubuntu
13 4 (0.78%) Windows 8
14 3 (0.58%) HPUX
15 2 (0.39%) Android
15 2 (0.39%) Mac OS
15 2 (0.39%) Mac OS X
15 2 (0.39%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 140 (27.13%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 114 (22.09%) ITIL
3 98 (18.99%) Migration
4 49 (9.50%) Problem-Solving
5 47 (9.11%) Agile Software Development
6 45 (8.72%) Disaster Recovery
7 40 (7.75%) High Availability
8 38 (7.36%) Configuration Management
9 32 (6.20%) Capacity Planning
9 32 (6.20%) Root Cause Analysis
10 29 (5.62%) DevOps
10 29 (5.62%) Patch Management
10 29 (5.62%) Storage Management
11 26 (5.04%) Load Balancing
11 26 (5.04%) Server Virtualisation
12 25 (4.84%) Service Management
13 24 (4.65%) Information Security
13 24 (4.65%) Mentoring
13 24 (4.65%) Problem Management
14 22 (4.26%) Performance Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 154 (29.84%) PowerShell
2 67 (12.98%) SQL
3 14 (2.71%) Bash Shell
3 14 (2.71%) Python
3 14 (2.71%) VBScript
4 11 (2.13%) Java
5 9 (1.74%) C#
6 8 (1.55%) AWK
6 8 (1.55%) JavaScript
6 8 (1.55%) Shell Script
7 7 (1.36%) VB
8 6 (1.16%) Perl
9 5 (0.97%) C
9 5 (0.97%) Korn
10 4 (0.78%) sed
11 2 (0.39%) T-SQL
12 1 (0.19%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 154 (29.84%) Security Cleared
2 86 (16.67%) SC Cleared
3 69 (13.37%) Microsoft Certification
4 67 (12.98%) DV Cleared
5 53 (10.27%) MCSE
6 37 (7.17%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 36 (6.98%) Cisco Certification
8 27 (5.23%) CCNA
9 22 (4.26%) Degree
10 21 (4.07%) MCSA
11 19 (3.68%) CCNP
12 15 (2.91%) ITIL Certification
12 15 (2.91%) VCP6
13 13 (2.52%) Citrix Certification
14 12 (2.33%) CCA
15 11 (2.13%) MCP
16 10 (1.94%) Computer Science Degree
16 10 (1.94%) HNC
17 8 (1.55%) MCITP
18 6 (1.16%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (2.91%) SLA
2 6 (1.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (0.58%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.39%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 2 (0.39%) GAMP
4 2 (0.39%) PMO
4 2 (0.39%) QA
5 1 (0.19%) GDPR
5 1 (0.19%) RMADS
System Software
1 321 (62.21%) Active Directory
2 310 (60.08%) VMware Infrastructure
3 114 (22.09%) vSphere
4 92 (17.83%) Hyper-V
5 83 (16.09%) XenDesktop
6 80 (15.50%) XenApp
7 55 (10.66%) VMware NSX
8 37 (7.17%) Microsoft App-V
9 34 (6.59%) Virtual Machines
10 33 (6.40%) XenServer
11 21 (4.07%) NFS
12 17 (3.29%) DFS Replication
13 14 (2.71%) Firmware
13 14 (2.71%) Virtual Desktop
13 14 (2.71%) Virtual Servers
14 12 (2.33%) Shibboleth
15 11 (2.13%) KVM
15 11 (2.13%) vCloud
16 9 (1.74%) Terminal Services
16 9 (1.74%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 138 (26.74%) SCCM
2 108 (20.93%) vCenter Server
3 48 (9.30%) SCOM
4 40 (7.75%) WSUS
5 36 (6.98%) Failover Clustering
6 33 (6.40%) vRealize
7 31 (6.01%) vMotion
8 28 (5.43%) Microsoft Clustering
9 27 (5.23%) Microsoft Intune
10 18 (3.49%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 18 (3.49%) Puppet
11 16 (3.10%) Ansible
11 16 (3.10%) SCVMM
12 14 (2.71%) NetBackup
13 12 (2.33%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
13 12 (2.33%) Single Sign-On
14 11 (2.13%) Opscode Chef
14 11 (2.13%) Tivoli Storage Manager
15 10 (1.94%) McAfee ePO
16 9 (1.74%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 503 (97.48%) VMware
2 261 (50.58%) Microsoft
3 163 (31.59%) Citrix
4 108 (20.93%) Cisco
5 70 (13.57%) Red Hat
6 65 (12.60%) HP
7 58 (11.24%) Dell
8 54 (10.47%) NetApp
9 53 (10.27%) Oracle
10 51 (9.88%) EMC
11 48 (9.30%) McAfee
12 42 (8.14%) Veeam
13 28 (5.43%) CheckPoint
14 23 (4.46%) Ivanti
14 23 (4.46%) Juniper
15 22 (4.26%) Symantec
16 20 (3.88%) SolarWinds
16 20 (3.88%) Splunk
17 19 (3.68%) 3PAR
17 19 (3.68%) IBM