Period
to 21 October 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 21 October 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
21 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 381 446 342
Rank change year-on-year +65 -104 -36
Contract jobs citing VMware ESXi 622 505 747
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.61% 0.51% 0.70%
As % of the System Software category 4.06% 4.16% 5.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 409 299 502
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -
10th Percentile £224 £250 £232
90th Percentile £538 £480 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £390 £350
% change year-on-year -3.85% +11.43% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 27 28
UK median hourly rate £47.00 £41.42 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.49% +27.43% -4.41%
10th Percentile £39.48 £17.00 £19.28
90th Percentile £47.83 £54.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.00 £30.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year +56.67% +27.66% -27.69%

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 15,305 12,140 13,140
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.96% 12.22% 12.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,967 7,822 8,236
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +11.89%
10th Percentile £180 £158 £175
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £360
% change year-on-year +6.67% +4.17% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 890 677 900
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.66 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.96% +4.13% -
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.40 £10.50
90th Percentile £43.75 £47.25 £40.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £15.50 £15.46
% change year-on-year - +0.24% -1.83%

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 21 October 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 21 October 2018.

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 21 October 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 +32 558 £400 - 164
UK excluding London 0 377 £375 -3.85% 108
London +46 234 £403 +0.63% 60
South East -63 128 £413 +5.77% 20
North of England -9 63 £375 +15.38% 40
Midlands +10 48 £350 -10.26% 16
South West -1 48 £383 -14.83% 13
Scotland -1 47 £285 -25.97% 2
East of England +20 36 £363 +20.83% 15
West Midlands +1 35 £350 -10.26% 7
Yorkshire -10 29 £325 -5.45% 24
North West -11 26 £450 +38.46% 16
East Midlands +20 13 £340 -22.29% 9
North East +7 8 £400 -
Wales -19 6 £363 - 1
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 21 October 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.

1 593 (95.34%) VMware
2 476 (76.53%) Windows
3 368 (59.16%) VMware Infrastructure
4 355 (57.07%) Active Directory
5 305 (49.04%) Windows Server
6 295 (47.43%) Microsoft
7 227 (36.50%) Windows Server 2008
8 198 (31.83%) Linux
9 188 (30.23%) Citrix
10 163 (26.21%) PowerShell
11 162 (26.05%) Windows Server 2012
12 157 (25.24%) SCCM
13 154 (24.76%) DNS
14 146 (23.47%) HP
15 144 (23.15%) Hyper-V
16 138 (22.19%) vSphere
17 136 (21.86%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 128 (20.58%) Security Cleared
19 120 (19.29%) vCenter Server
20 118 (18.97%) Office 365
21 117 (18.81%) MS Exchange
22 113 (18.17%) DHCP
23 112 (18.01%) Windows 7
24 111 (17.85%) Cisco
25 110 (17.68%) SAN
25 110 (17.68%) Clustering
26 109 (17.52%) Finance
27 108 (17.36%) SQL
28 107 (17.20%) Firewall
29 105 (16.88%) 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
1 117 (18.81%) MS Exchange
2 60 (9.65%) Exchange Server 2010
3 48 (7.72%) SharePoint
3 48 (7.72%) Skype for Business
4 18 (2.89%) IIS
5 13 (2.09%) OpenStack
6 12 (1.93%) Exchange Server 2013
7 11 (1.77%) JBoss
8 9 (1.45%) WildFly
9 8 (1.29%) Apache
10 7 (1.13%) Tomcat
11 5 (0.80%) Exchange Server 2007
12 4 (0.64%) GlassFish
13 3 (0.48%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 3 (0.48%) MS Project Server
14 2 (0.32%) Confluence
14 2 (0.32%) Office Communications Server
14 2 (0.32%) SharePoint Server
15 1 (0.16%) Apache Spark
15 1 (0.16%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 46 (7.40%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (0.64%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (0.48%) Towers Watson Igloo
2 1 (0.16%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.16%) Sage 200
2 1 (0.16%) Sage 50
Cloud Services
1 118 (18.97%) Office 365
2 105 (16.88%) Microsoft Azure
3 57 (9.16%) Amazon AWS
4 26 (4.18%) IaaS
5 17 (2.73%) Azure Active Directory
6 16 (2.57%) PaaS
7 14 (2.25%) SaaS
8 8 (1.29%) Yammer
9 7 (1.13%) Cloud Computing
9 7 (1.13%) IBM Cloud
10 6 (0.96%) Mimecast
11 3 (0.48%) Akamai
11 3 (0.48%) Dynamics 365
11 3 (0.48%) G Suite
11 3 (0.48%) Google Cloud Platform
12 1 (0.16%) AWS CloudFormation
12 1 (0.16%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 154 (24.76%) DNS
2 113 (18.17%) DHCP
3 110 (17.68%) SAN
4 107 (17.20%) Firewall
5 56 (9.00%) LAN
6 46 (7.40%) WAN
7 40 (6.43%) NetScaler
8 36 (5.79%) Skype
9 35 (5.63%) TCP/IP
10 32 (5.14%) VLAN
11 26 (4.18%) iSCSI
12 25 (4.02%) NAS
12 25 (4.02%) VPN
13 20 (3.22%) VSAN
14 18 (2.89%) Fibre Channel
15 16 (2.57%) SSH
16 14 (2.25%) Wireless
17 13 (2.09%) FCoE
18 10 (1.61%) Cisco ASA
18 10 (1.61%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 97 (15.59%) SQL Server
2 24 (3.86%) SQL Server 2012
3 21 (3.38%) SQL Server 2005
4 19 (3.05%) SQL Server 2008
5 14 (2.25%) SQL Server 2016
6 11 (1.77%) Oracle Database
7 8 (1.29%) Data Warehouse
8 5 (0.80%) Oracle Database 10g
8 5 (0.80%) SQL Server 2014
9 4 (0.64%) MySQL
10 2 (0.32%) Big Data
10 2 (0.32%) Oracle Exadata
11 1 (0.16%) BusinessObjects
11 1 (0.16%) CouchDB
11 1 (0.16%) DB2
11 1 (0.16%) Hadoop
11 1 (0.16%) Pentaho
11 1 (0.16%) RDBMS
11 1 (0.16%) Relational Database
11 1 (0.16%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 28 (4.50%) HP UFT
1 28 (4.50%) WinRunner
2 8 (1.29%) Git (software)
3 6 (0.96%) GitLab
4 5 (0.80%) Artifactory
4 5 (0.80%) JIRA
5 4 (0.64%) Cucumber
5 4 (0.64%) Jenkins
5 4 (0.64%) MSI
5 4 (0.64%) Rational Team Concert
6 3 (0.48%) AdminStudio
6 3 (0.48%) Octopus Deploy
7 2 (0.32%) Mercurial
7 2 (0.32%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 2 (0.32%) Team Foundation Server
8 1 (0.16%) Bitbucket
8 1 (0.16%) FishEye
8 1 (0.16%) TeamCity
8 1 (0.16%) TestDirector
8 1 (0.16%) WiX
General
1 109 (17.52%) Finance
2 33 (5.31%) Banking
3 11 (1.77%) Manufacturing
4 8 (1.29%) Telecoms
5 7 (1.13%) Publishing
6 6 (0.96%) Advertising
6 6 (0.96%) Financial Institution
7 5 (0.80%) Retail
8 4 (0.64%) Back Office
8 4 (0.64%) Law
8 4 (0.64%) Legal
9 3 (0.48%) Pharmaceutical
10 2 (0.32%) Marketing
10 2 (0.32%) Retail Banking
11 1 (0.16%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.16%) Front Office
11 1 (0.16%) Investment Banking
11 1 (0.16%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 118 (18.97%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 87 (13.99%) Analyst
3 60 (9.65%) VMware Engineer
4 49 (7.88%) Server Engineer
5 45 (7.23%) Architect
6 42 (6.75%) Support Engineer
7 41 (6.59%) Administrator
7 41 (6.59%) Infrastructure Analyst
8 40 (6.43%) Consultant
9 37 (5.95%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 34 (5.47%) Infrastructure Support
10 34 (5.47%) Windows Engineer
11 30 (4.82%) Network Engineer
12 28 (4.50%) 3rd Line Support
13 27 (4.34%) Systems Administrator
14 26 (4.18%) Integration Engineer
15 24 (3.86%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
16 21 (3.38%) Infrastructure Architect
16 21 (3.38%) Support Analyst
17 20 (3.22%) Citrix Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (5.63%) Middleware
2 21 (3.38%) Web Services
3 17 (2.73%) LDAP
4 9 (1.45%) REST
4 9 (1.45%) SailPoint
5 8 (1.29%) .NET
6 7 (1.13%) .NET Framework
7 5 (0.80%) XML
8 4 (0.64%) SOAP
9 3 (0.48%) XMPP
9 3 (0.48%) X-Windows
10 2 (0.32%) LAMP
11 1 (0.16%) CSS
11 1 (0.16%) Flash
11 1 (0.16%) HTML
11 1 (0.16%) MFC
11 1 (0.16%) NHibernate
11 1 (0.16%) SAP XI
11 1 (0.16%) WAP
11 1 (0.16%) Web Services Management
Miscellaneous
1 110 (17.68%) Clustering
2 77 (12.38%) Data Centre
3 38 (6.11%) Fat Client
3 38 (6.11%) Thin Client
4 27 (4.34%) PDA
4 27 (4.34%) Replication
5 24 (3.86%) Analytical Skills
6 21 (3.38%) PKI
7 15 (2.41%) EMC VNX
8 14 (2.25%) Client/Server
9 13 (2.09%) CLARiiON
10 10 (1.61%) Self-Motivation
10 10 (1.61%) Video Conferencing
11 9 (1.45%) EMC VMAX
11 9 (1.45%) Private Cloud
12 8 (1.29%) Management Information System
13 7 (1.13%) Blackberry
13 7 (1.13%) Hybrid Cloud
14 6 (0.96%) Enterprise Storage
14 6 (0.96%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 476 (76.53%) Windows
2 305 (49.04%) Windows Server
3 227 (36.50%) Windows Server 2008
4 198 (31.83%) Linux
5 162 (26.05%) Windows Server 2012
6 112 (18.01%) Windows 7
7 95 (15.27%) Windows 10
8 93 (14.95%) Windows Server 2003
9 59 (9.49%) Unix
10 49 (7.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 37 (5.95%) AIX
12 29 (4.66%) CentOS
13 24 (3.86%) Solaris
14 10 (1.61%) Mac OS
14 10 (1.61%) Windows 8
15 8 (1.29%) Mac OS X
16 7 (1.13%) Ubuntu
17 5 (0.80%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
17 5 (0.80%) Windows XP
18 4 (0.64%) Data ONTAP
Processes & Methodologies
1 136 (21.86%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 98 (15.76%) ITIL
3 71 (11.41%) Migration
4 45 (7.23%) Change Management
5 41 (6.59%) Server Management
6 39 (6.27%) Storage Management
7 36 (5.79%) Virtual Environments
8 31 (4.98%) Network Load Balancing
8 31 (4.98%) Test Automation
9 30 (4.82%) DevOps
9 30 (4.82%) Disaster Recovery
10 28 (4.50%) High Availability
10 28 (4.50%) Test Scripting
11 27 (4.34%) Software Testing
12 24 (3.86%) Agile Software Development
12 24 (3.86%) Patch Management
12 24 (3.86%) Smoke Testing
13 23 (3.70%) Load Balancing
14 22 (3.54%) Problem-Solving
14 22 (3.54%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 163 (26.21%) PowerShell
2 108 (17.36%) SQL
3 28 (4.50%) Python
4 21 (3.38%) C
5 18 (2.89%) Perl
6 13 (2.09%) Java
6 13 (2.09%) JavaScript
7 11 (1.77%) Bash Shell
7 11 (1.77%) VBScript
8 8 (1.29%) Shell Script
9 7 (1.13%) AppleScript
10 6 (0.96%) VB
11 3 (0.48%) Go
11 3 (0.48%) VBA
12 2 (0.32%) AWK
12 2 (0.32%) sed
12 2 (0.32%) T-SQL
13 1 (0.16%) C#
13 1 (0.16%) PHP
13 1 (0.16%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 128 (20.58%) Security Cleared
2 99 (15.92%) SC Cleared
3 48 (7.72%) Microsoft Certification
4 33 (5.31%) DV Cleared
5 32 (5.14%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 31 (4.98%) MCSE
7 28 (4.50%) Citrix Certification
7 28 (4.50%) ISTQB
8 25 (4.02%) Cisco Certification
9 24 (3.86%) CCNA
10 19 (3.05%) Degree
11 15 (2.41%) CCA
12 13 (2.09%) Novell Certification
13 12 (1.93%) CCNP
13 12 (1.93%) ITIL Certification
14 10 (1.61%) VCAP
15 9 (1.45%) MCSA
16 8 (1.29%) MCITP
16 8 (1.29%) MCP
17 7 (1.13%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (1.45%) SLA
2 7 (1.13%) GDPR
3 5 (0.80%) QA
4 4 (0.64%) JSP 440
5 3 (0.48%) ISO 22301
5 3 (0.48%) RMADS
6 2 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.32%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.16%) FIPS 140-2
7 1 (0.16%) Government Security Classifications
7 1 (0.16%) PMO
System Software
1 368 (59.16%) VMware Infrastructure
2 355 (57.07%) Active Directory
3 144 (23.15%) Hyper-V
4 138 (22.19%) vSphere
5 101 (16.24%) XenDesktop
6 82 (13.18%) XenApp
7 49 (7.88%) Virtual Desktop
8 44 (7.07%) Microsoft App-V
9 36 (5.79%) XenServer
10 29 (4.66%) Virtual Machines
11 27 (4.34%) VMware NSX
12 26 (4.18%) DFS Replication
13 21 (3.38%) VMware Workstation
14 20 (3.22%) Firmware
15 19 (3.05%) NFS
16 16 (2.57%) Virtual Servers
17 12 (1.93%) EMC RecoverPoint
17 12 (1.93%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 10 (1.61%) Docker
19 5 (0.80%) Xen
Systems Management
1 157 (25.24%) SCCM
2 120 (19.29%) vCenter Server
3 74 (11.90%) SCOM
4 52 (8.36%) McAfee ePO
5 37 (5.95%) Microsoft Clustering
6 35 (5.63%) vRealize
6 35 (5.63%) WSUS
7 29 (4.66%) NetBackup
7 29 (4.66%) Puppet
8 27 (4.34%) HP ALM
8 27 (4.34%) PowerCLI
9 18 (2.89%) Backup Exec
9 18 (2.89%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 17 (2.73%) vMotion
11 16 (2.57%) Ansible
12 15 (2.41%) Failover Clustering
12 15 (2.41%) XenMobile
13 14 (2.25%) HP SIM
14 12 (1.93%) SCOrch
15 11 (1.77%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 593 (95.34%) VMware
2 295 (47.43%) Microsoft
3 188 (30.23%) Citrix
4 146 (23.47%) HP
5 111 (17.85%) Cisco
6 103 (16.56%) NetApp
7 85 (13.67%) EMC
8 82 (13.18%) McAfee
9 66 (10.61%) Veritas
10 60 (9.65%) Dell
11 58 (9.32%) Ivanti
12 46 (7.40%) Red Hat
13 43 (6.91%) Splunk
14 41 (6.59%) Oracle
15 39 (6.27%) IBM
15 39 (6.27%) Veeam
16 30 (4.82%) SolarWinds
17 29 (4.66%) Symantec
18 28 (4.50%) Juniper
19 26 (4.18%) CommVault