Period
to 22 June 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 22 June 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
22 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 384 433 304
Rank change year-on-year +49 -129 +5
Contract jobs citing VMware ESXi 614 452 882
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.61% 0.49% 0.83%
As % of the System Software category 4.46% 4.41% 7.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 390 305 613
UK median daily rate £375 £365 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.74% -2.67% -
10th Percentile £255 £263 £245
90th Percentile £525 £478 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 25 19
UK median hourly rate £43.92 £42.00 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.56% +71.43% +15.29%
10th Percentile £25.73 £23.20 £20.25
90th Percentile £47.83 £50.00 £39.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.25 £32.00 £25.54
% change year-on-year +28.91% +25.31% +20.18%

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 13,773 10,256 12,495
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.74% 11.23% 11.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,883 6,551 7,657
UK median daily rate £450 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +5.00% +14.29%
10th Percentile £185 £163 £174
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 822 656 924
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £16.00
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.13 £10.50
90th Percentile £45.87 £46.07 £42.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.53 £15.00 £16.25
% change year-on-year +3.55% -7.69% +8.33%

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 22 June 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 22 June 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 22 June 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 +10 514 £388 +6.16% 99
UK excluding London +27 379 £350 - 68
London +32 227 £415 -2.35% 35
South East -40 126 £400 +12.28% 28
Scotland +21 84 £280 -29.11% 2
North of England -16 51 £350 +7.69% 13
Midlands +24 47 £356 -14.87% 5
South West +24 39 £375 +20.00% 11
West Midlands -5 36 £350 -1.75% 5
North West -1 34 £358 +12.60% 7
East of England -24 24 £313 +17.92% 7
East Midlands +6 11 £388 -10.40%
Yorkshire -32 10 £350 - 5
Wales -3 8 £418 -1.76%
North East +3 7 £263 -6.25% 1

For the 6 months to 22 June 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.

1 584 (95.11%) VMware
2 506 (82.41%) Windows
3 371 (60.42%) VMware Infrastructure
4 351 (57.17%) Active Directory
5 333 (54.23%) Microsoft
6 313 (50.98%) Windows Server
7 258 (42.02%) Windows Server 2008
8 209 (34.04%) Windows Server 2012
9 194 (31.60%) Citrix
10 190 (30.94%) Linux
11 161 (26.22%) DNS
12 156 (25.41%) Hyper-V
13 149 (24.27%) HP
14 148 (24.10%) PowerShell
15 143 (23.29%) SCCM
16 142 (23.13%) Security Cleared
17 136 (22.15%) SQL
18 130 (21.17%) SAN
19 127 (20.68%) Firewall
20 124 (20.20%) Windows 7
21 122 (19.87%) Finance
21 122 (19.87%) DHCP
22 119 (19.38%) Cisco
22 119 (19.38%) vCenter Server
23 118 (19.22%) SQL Server
24 112 (18.24%) Clustering
25 109 (17.75%) vSphere
25 109 (17.75%) Office 365
26 107 (17.43%) MS Exchange
27 105 (17.10%) Windows Server 2003

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
1 107 (17.43%) MS Exchange
2 62 (10.10%) Skype for Business
3 53 (8.63%) Exchange Server 2010
3 53 (8.63%) IIS
4 36 (5.86%) SharePoint
5 15 (2.44%) Exchange Server 2013
6 13 (2.12%) JBoss
7 8 (1.30%) Elasticsearch
7 8 (1.30%) WildFly
8 6 (0.98%) Exchange Server 2007
8 6 (0.98%) Office Communications Server
8 6 (0.98%) OpenStack
9 5 (0.81%) SharePoint Server
9 5 (0.81%) Tomcat
10 4 (0.65%) Apache
10 4 (0.65%) SAS
11 3 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2003
11 3 (0.49%) WebLogic
11 3 (0.49%) WebSphere
12 2 (0.33%) CMS
Applications
1 36 (5.86%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (0.65%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (0.65%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.33%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.16%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (0.16%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 109 (17.75%) Office 365
2 103 (16.78%) Microsoft Azure
3 41 (6.68%) Amazon AWS
4 24 (3.91%) IaaS
5 19 (3.09%) PaaS
6 13 (2.12%) Azure Active Directory
7 9 (1.47%) Yammer
8 7 (1.14%) AWS CloudFormation
9 5 (0.81%) Cloud Computing
10 4 (0.65%) Mimecast
10 4 (0.65%) SaaS
11 3 (0.49%) G Suite
12 2 (0.33%) Dynamics 365
12 2 (0.33%) OpenShift
13 1 (0.16%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 1 (0.16%) AWS CloudTrail
13 1 (0.16%) AWS Lambda
13 1 (0.16%) OneDrive
13 1 (0.16%) Serverless
13 1 (0.16%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 161 (26.22%) DNS
2 130 (21.17%) SAN
3 127 (20.68%) Firewall
4 122 (19.87%) DHCP
5 67 (10.91%) WAN
6 62 (10.10%) LAN
7 47 (7.65%) TCP/IP
8 36 (5.86%) iSCSI
9 35 (5.70%) NAS
10 30 (4.89%) Skype
11 28 (4.56%) NetScaler
12 23 (3.75%) Fibre Channel
13 22 (3.58%) VLAN
14 19 (3.09%) VPN
15 17 (2.77%) IPsec
16 16 (2.61%) Wireless
17 13 (2.12%) VSAN
18 12 (1.95%) SSH
18 12 (1.95%) VoIP
19 10 (1.63%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 118 (19.22%) SQL Server
2 24 (3.91%) SQL Server 2016
3 21 (3.42%) SQL Server 2012
4 19 (3.09%) SQL Server 2008
5 18 (2.93%) Oracle Database
6 12 (1.95%) SQL Server 2005
7 8 (1.30%) Oracle Database 11g
8 7 (1.14%) SQL Server 2014
9 5 (0.81%) Data Warehouse
10 4 (0.65%) MySQL
10 4 (0.65%) Oracle Database 12c
10 4 (0.65%) Oracle Reports
10 4 (0.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 3 (0.49%) Amazon RDS
12 2 (0.33%) BusinessObjects
12 2 (0.33%) BusinessObjects XI
12 2 (0.33%) Data Lake
12 2 (0.33%) Hadoop
12 2 (0.33%) Oracle Exadata
12 2 (0.33%) Pentaho
Development Applications
1 40 (6.51%) HP UFT
1 40 (6.51%) WinRunner
2 18 (2.93%) MSI
3 9 (1.47%) Jenkins
3 9 (1.47%) TestDirector
4 7 (1.14%) Octopus Deploy
5 6 (0.98%) WiX
6 5 (0.81%) Bitbucket
6 5 (0.81%) Cucumber
6 5 (0.81%) FishEye
6 5 (0.81%) Git (software)
6 5 (0.81%) Rational Team Concert
6 5 (0.81%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 5 (0.81%) Subversion
6 5 (0.81%) TeamCity
7 3 (0.49%) Visual Studio
8 2 (0.33%) Team Foundation Server
9 1 (0.16%) ClearCase
9 1 (0.16%) JIRA
9 1 (0.16%) Oracle APEX
General
1 122 (19.87%) Finance
2 33 (5.37%) Banking
3 11 (1.79%) Manufacturing
3 11 (1.79%) Retail
4 10 (1.63%) Legal
5 7 (1.14%) Advertising
6 6 (0.98%) Publishing
6 6 (0.98%) Telecoms
7 4 (0.65%) Law
8 3 (0.49%) Investment Banking
8 3 (0.49%) Local Government
8 3 (0.49%) Marketing
8 3 (0.49%) Retail Banking
9 1 (0.16%) Automotive
9 1 (0.16%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 111 (18.08%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 96 (15.64%) Analyst
3 54 (8.79%) VMware Engineer
4 47 (7.65%) Server Engineer
5 45 (7.33%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 42 (6.84%) Architect
6 42 (6.84%) Infrastructure Analyst
7 39 (6.35%) Support Engineer
7 39 (6.35%) Windows Engineer
8 31 (5.05%) Network Engineer
9 27 (4.40%) Administrator
10 26 (4.23%) Infrastructure Architect
11 24 (3.91%) Citrix Engineer
11 24 (3.91%) Systems Engineer
11 24 (3.91%) Test Analyst
12 23 (3.75%) 3rd Line Support
12 23 (3.75%) Infrastructure Support
12 23 (3.75%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
13 22 (3.58%) Wintel Engineer
14 21 (3.42%) Linux Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (5.37%) Web Services
2 25 (4.07%) Middleware
3 15 (2.44%) LDAP
4 14 (2.28%) .NET
5 10 (1.63%) .NET Framework
6 7 (1.14%) WPF
7 6 (0.98%) Angular 2
7 6 (0.98%) AngularJS
7 6 (0.98%) ASP.NET Web API
7 6 (0.98%) CSS
7 6 (0.98%) Dapper ORM
7 6 (0.98%) Entity Framework
7 6 (0.98%) HTML
7 6 (0.98%) MFC
7 6 (0.98%) NHibernate
7 6 (0.98%) WCF
8 5 (0.81%) REST
8 5 (0.81%) SailPoint
8 5 (0.81%) XML
8 5 (0.81%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 112 (18.24%) Clustering
2 57 (9.28%) Data Centre
3 42 (6.84%) Analytical Skills
4 37 (6.03%) PDA
5 32 (5.21%) Fat Client
5 32 (5.21%) Thin Client
6 31 (5.05%) Replication
7 29 (4.72%) PKI
8 17 (2.77%) Blackberry
9 16 (2.61%) Self-Motivation
10 12 (1.95%) EMC VNX
10 12 (1.95%) Management Information System
11 11 (1.79%) Computer Science
12 8 (1.30%) Client/Server
12 8 (1.30%) Enterprise Storage
13 7 (1.14%) CLARiiON
13 7 (1.14%) EMC VMAX
13 7 (1.14%) Greenfield Project
13 7 (1.14%) Virtual Team
14 6 (0.98%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 506 (82.41%) Windows
2 313 (50.98%) Windows Server
3 258 (42.02%) Windows Server 2008
4 209 (34.04%) Windows Server 2012
5 190 (30.94%) Linux
6 124 (20.20%) Windows 7
7 105 (17.10%) Windows Server 2003
8 75 (12.21%) Windows 10
9 61 (9.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 49 (7.98%) AIX
11 48 (7.82%) CentOS
12 46 (7.49%) Unix
13 28 (4.56%) Solaris
14 21 (3.42%) Windows XP
15 10 (1.63%) Ubuntu
15 10 (1.63%) Windows 8
16 8 (1.30%) Windows 2000
17 7 (1.14%) Mac OS
17 7 (1.14%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
17 7 (1.14%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 104 (16.94%) ITIL
2 84 (13.68%) Migration
3 61 (9.93%) Change Management
4 48 (7.82%) Problem-Solving
5 42 (6.84%) Software Testing
6 41 (6.68%) DevOps
6 41 (6.68%) Test Automation
6 41 (6.68%) Test Scripting
7 32 (5.21%) Service Delivery
8 29 (4.72%) Configuration Management
8 29 (4.72%) Smoke Testing
9 27 (4.40%) High Availability
9 27 (4.40%) Load Balancing
10 23 (3.75%) Virtual Environments
11 22 (3.58%) Agile Software Development
11 22 (3.58%) Capacity Management
11 22 (3.58%) Patch Management
12 21 (3.42%) Root Cause Analysis
13 19 (3.09%) Proactive Monitoring
14 18 (2.93%) Network Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 148 (24.10%) PowerShell
2 136 (22.15%) SQL
3 23 (3.75%) Python
4 20 (3.26%) VBScript
5 17 (2.77%) Java
6 15 (2.44%) C
7 14 (2.28%) Bash Shell
7 14 (2.28%) Perl
8 13 (2.12%) JavaScript
9 10 (1.63%) C#
9 10 (1.63%) Shell Script
10 8 (1.30%) AWK
10 8 (1.30%) sed
11 6 (0.98%) T-SQL
12 5 (0.81%) AppleScript
13 3 (0.49%) Bourne shell
13 3 (0.49%) C++
13 3 (0.49%) VB
14 1 (0.16%) PHP
14 1 (0.16%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 142 (23.13%) Security Cleared
2 94 (15.31%) SC Cleared
3 51 (8.31%) Microsoft Certification
4 45 (7.33%) MCSE
5 44 (7.17%) DV Cleared
6 38 (6.19%) ISTQB
7 24 (3.91%) Degree
8 22 (3.58%) MCSA
9 18 (2.93%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 17 (2.77%) Cisco Certification
10 17 (2.77%) ITIL Certification
11 16 (2.61%) Citrix Certification
12 12 (1.95%) CCA
13 10 (1.63%) MCITP
14 9 (1.47%) CCNA
15 8 (1.30%) CCNP
15 8 (1.30%) MCTS
16 7 (1.14%) Computer Science Degree
16 7 (1.14%) Novell Certification
17 5 (0.81%) VCP6
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (1.14%) SLA
2 6 (0.98%) PCI DSS
3 5 (0.81%) GDPR
3 5 (0.81%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 3 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.33%) GxP
5 2 (0.33%) RMADS
6 1 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 371 (60.42%) VMware Infrastructure
2 351 (57.17%) Active Directory
3 156 (25.41%) Hyper-V
4 109 (17.75%) vSphere
5 88 (14.33%) XenApp
6 77 (12.54%) XenDesktop
7 45 (7.33%) Virtual Desktop
8 42 (6.84%) Microsoft App-V
9 39 (6.35%) XenServer
10 31 (5.05%) Virtual Machines
11 25 (4.07%) NFS
12 20 (3.26%) DFS Replication
13 14 (2.28%) VMware NSX
14 12 (1.95%) Virtual Servers
15 11 (1.79%) KVM
16 10 (1.63%) EMC RecoverPoint
17 9 (1.47%) VMware Workstation
18 8 (1.30%) Docker
18 8 (1.30%) Firmware
18 8 (1.30%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 143 (23.29%) SCCM
2 119 (19.38%) vCenter Server
3 60 (9.77%) McAfee ePO
4 50 (8.14%) WSUS
5 37 (6.03%) SCOM
6 32 (5.21%) HP ALM
6 32 (5.21%) Microsoft Clustering
6 32 (5.21%) NetBackup
7 25 (4.07%) Ansible
8 23 (3.75%) Backup Exec
8 23 (3.75%) vMotion
9 22 (3.58%) Norton AntiVirus
10 19 (3.09%) PowerCLI
10 19 (3.09%) Puppet
11 18 (2.93%) Opscode Chef
12 17 (2.77%) vRealize
13 13 (2.12%) Failover Clustering
13 13 (2.12%) Nagios
13 13 (2.12%) SCOrch
14 10 (1.63%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 584 (95.11%) VMware
2 333 (54.23%) Microsoft
3 194 (31.60%) Citrix
4 149 (24.27%) HP
5 119 (19.38%) Cisco
6 96 (15.64%) NetApp
7 86 (14.01%) McAfee
8 82 (13.36%) Veritas
9 68 (11.07%) EMC
10 59 (9.61%) Red Hat
11 56 (9.12%) Dell
11 56 (9.12%) Ivanti
12 49 (7.98%) Oracle
13 46 (7.49%) Splunk
14 44 (7.17%) Symantec
15 34 (5.54%) SolarWinds
16 29 (4.72%) Veeam
17 28 (4.56%) IBM
18 26 (4.23%) CheckPoint
19 24 (3.91%) CommVault