Period
to 16 August 2017

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 2017 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 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 466 327 285
Rank change year-on-year -139 -42 +51
Contract jobs citing VMware ESXi 444 812 937
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.46% 0.75% 0.83%
As % of the System Software category 3.96% 6.13% 7.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 284 557 634
UK median daily rate £398 £375 £372
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.13% +0.74% +6.36%
10th Percentile £258 £222 £213
90th Percentile £485 £515 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £373 £348 £350
% change year-on-year +7.19% -0.71% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 23 24
UK median hourly rate £47.83 £24.50 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +95.22% -31.94% +84.62%
10th Percentile £19.50 £20.73 £19.39
90th Percentile £51.25 £44.00 £49.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £24.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year +16.67% -26.15% +83.10%

VMware ESXi is in the system software skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills.

Contract System Software Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 11222 13255 11791
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 11.73% 12.16% 10.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 7231 8277 6650
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +14.29% +7.69%
10th Percentile £163 £175 £163
90th Percentile £588 £575 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £338
% change year-on-year +2.74% +8.15% +10.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 638 891 1262
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £16.14
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.03% +2.23% +4.64%
10th Percentile £10.38 £10.50 £10.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £41.00 £38.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £16.50 £15.85
% change year-on-year -9.09% +4.10% +5.67%

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 2017.

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 2017.

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 2017. 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 -78 417 £400 +6.67% 49
UK excluding London -49 300 £373 +7.19% 40
South East +27 166 £375 +4.17% 9
London -131 136 £425 - 12
North of England +11 48 £325 -7.14% 9
East of England -10 31 £265 -22.06% 1
Yorkshire +35 25 £325 -7.14% 5
South West -15 20 £438 +25.00% 11
Scotland -17 19 £350 +23.67% 1
North West -16 18 £318 -15.33% 4
Midlands +2 15 £375 +4.90% 7
West Midlands +29 10 £345 -3.50% 4
North East +49 5 £280 +7.59%
East Midlands -31 5 £425 +13.33% 3
Wales -4 3 £400 +15.94% 2

For the 6 months to 16 August 2017, IT contractor jobs citing VMware ESXi also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for VMware ESXi.

1 390 (87.84%) VMware
2 308 (69.37%) Windows
3 236 (53.15%) VMware Infrastructure
4 185 (41.67%) Windows Server
5 183 (41.22%) Active Directory
6 177 (39.86%) Microsoft
7 153 (34.46%) Linux
8 147 (33.11%) Windows Server 2008
9 138 (31.08%) Citrix
10 129 (29.05%) SAN
11 124 (27.93%) Windows Server 2012
12 122 (27.48%) Firewall
13 119 (26.80%) Cisco
14 105 (23.65%) DNS
15 101 (22.75%) PowerShell
16 99 (22.30%) SQL
17 87 (19.59%) Security Cleared
18 81 (18.24%) SQL Server
19 80 (18.02%) Windows Server 2003
20 78 (17.57%) Finance
21 76 (17.12%) Hyper-V
22 74 (16.67%) Red Hat
23 73 (16.44%) vSphere
24 72 (16.22%) Data Centre
25 69 (15.54%) HP
26 68 (15.32%) DHCP
26 68 (15.32%) Unix
27 62 (13.96%) MS Exchange
28 61 (13.74%) vCenter Server
29 60 (13.51%) NetApp

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 62 (13.96%) MS Exchange
2 38 (8.56%) IIS
3 37 (8.33%) Skype for Business
4 28 (6.31%) Exchange Server 2010
5 27 (6.08%) SharePoint
6 20 (4.50%) JBoss
7 16 (3.60%) WildFly
8 14 (3.15%) Exchange Server 2007
9 13 (2.93%) Apache
10 8 (1.80%) Exchange Server 2013
11 7 (1.58%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 7 (1.58%) OpenStack
12 6 (1.35%) SharePoint 2010
12 6 (1.35%) WebSphere
13 5 (1.13%) Confluence
13 5 (1.13%) EPiServer
13 5 (1.13%) FileNet
14 4 (0.90%) BizTalk Server
14 4 (0.90%) IBM Domino
14 4 (0.90%) Tomcat
Applications
1 15 (3.38%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (2.93%) MS Visio
3 11 (2.48%) Microsoft Excel
4 7 (1.58%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (0.90%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 31 (6.98%) Microsoft Azure
2 26 (5.86%) Amazon AWS
2 26 (5.86%) Office 365
3 18 (4.05%) IaaS
4 15 (3.38%) PaaS
5 7 (1.58%) Cloud Computing
6 5 (1.13%) IBM Cloud
7 4 (0.90%) SaaS
8 3 (0.68%) Amazon EC2
8 3 (0.68%) Amazon S3
8 3 (0.68%) GitHub
9 2 (0.45%) G Suite
9 2 (0.45%) HP Helion
10 1 (0.23%) AWS CloudFormation
10 1 (0.23%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 129 (29.05%) SAN
2 122 (27.48%) Firewall
3 105 (23.65%) DNS
4 68 (15.32%) DHCP
5 45 (10.14%) NetScaler
6 44 (9.91%) LDAP
7 42 (9.46%) NAS
8 38 (8.56%) LAN
8 38 (8.56%) WAN
9 30 (6.76%) TCP/IP
9 30 (6.76%) VPN
10 23 (5.18%) Network Security
11 21 (4.73%) Cisco ASA
12 19 (4.28%) SSH
13 18 (4.05%) IPsec
14 16 (3.60%) iSCSI
15 15 (3.38%) Fibre Channel
16 14 (3.15%) MPLS
17 13 (2.93%) VoIP
17 13 (2.93%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 81 (18.24%) SQL Server
2 24 (5.41%) SQL Server 2012
3 16 (3.60%) SQL Server 2008
4 10 (2.25%) SQL Server 2005
5 5 (1.13%) Oracle Database
5 5 (1.13%) PostgreSQL
5 5 (1.13%) SQL Server 2014
6 4 (0.90%) MongoDB
6 4 (0.90%) NoSQL
7 3 (0.68%) Big Data
7 3 (0.68%) Hadoop
7 3 (0.68%) SQL Server 2000
8 2 (0.45%) Data Warehouse
8 2 (0.45%) DB2
8 2 (0.45%) MySQL
8 2 (0.45%) Oracle Database 11g
8 2 (0.45%) Oracle Reports
9 1 (0.23%) Apache Cassandra
9 1 (0.23%) Apache Hive
9 1 (0.23%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 18 (4.05%) Jenkins
2 15 (3.38%) Git (software)
3 14 (3.15%) JIRA
4 12 (2.70%) Subversion
5 9 (2.03%) Bitbucket
6 8 (1.80%) Vagrant
7 6 (1.35%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 5 (1.13%) ScriptRunner
9 4 (0.90%) GitLab
10 3 (0.68%) Sonatype Nexus
10 3 (0.68%) StarTeam
11 2 (0.45%) CircleCI
11 2 (0.45%) MSI
11 2 (0.45%) Rational DOORS
11 2 (0.45%) VSS/SourceSafe
12 1 (0.23%) Gerrit
12 1 (0.23%) Octopus Deploy
12 1 (0.23%) Phabricator
General
1 78 (17.57%) Finance
2 25 (5.63%) Banking
3 21 (4.73%) Telecoms
4 17 (3.83%) Legal
5 14 (3.15%) Manufacturing
6 9 (2.03%) Retail
7 8 (1.80%) Back Office
8 5 (1.13%) Advertising
8 5 (1.13%) Electronics
8 5 (1.13%) Investment Banking
8 5 (1.13%) Marketing
8 5 (1.13%) Military
9 3 (0.68%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.23%) Aerospace
10 1 (0.23%) Billing
10 1 (0.23%) Law
10 1 (0.23%) Local Government
10 1 (0.23%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 54 (12.16%) Analyst
2 52 (11.71%) VMware Engineer
3 47 (10.59%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 34 (7.66%) Architect
5 31 (6.98%) Administrator
6 24 (5.41%) Designer
7 23 (5.18%) Windows Engineer
8 22 (4.95%) Consultant
8 22 (4.95%) Solutions Designer
9 21 (4.73%) Linux Administrator
9 21 (4.73%) Server Engineer
10 20 (4.50%) Systems Administrator
10 20 (4.50%) Technical Analyst
10 20 (4.50%) Technical Support
11 18 (4.05%) DevOps Engineer
11 18 (4.05%) Infrastructure Analyst
11 18 (4.05%) Linux Systems Administrator
11 18 (4.05%) Support Engineer
12 16 (3.60%) 3rd Line Support
12 16 (3.60%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (7.66%) Web Services
2 19 (4.28%) Middleware
3 10 (2.25%) .NET
4 4 (0.90%) .NET Framework
4 4 (0.90%) XML
5 3 (0.68%) COM
5 3 (0.68%) Java EE
5 3 (0.68%) Software Packaging
6 2 (0.45%) 802.1X
6 2 (0.45%) LAMP
6 2 (0.45%) RabbitMQ
6 2 (0.45%) REST
6 2 (0.45%) Sensu
6 2 (0.45%) WebSphere MQ
7 1 (0.23%) Android SDK
7 1 (0.23%) AngularJS
7 1 (0.23%) ASP.NET Web API
7 1 (0.23%) Express
7 1 (0.23%) Kafka
7 1 (0.23%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 72 (16.22%) Data Centre
2 31 (6.98%) Clustering
3 23 (5.18%) Analytical Skills
4 22 (4.95%) Computer Science
5 19 (4.28%) Client/Server
6 17 (3.83%) Replication
7 13 (2.93%) Enterprise Storage
8 11 (2.48%) Blackberry
8 11 (2.48%) EMC VNX
9 10 (2.25%) Management Information System
10 8 (1.80%) Mainframe
11 7 (1.58%) PKI
12 5 (1.13%) Private Cloud
12 5 (1.13%) Spread Betting
12 5 (1.13%) Tandem
12 5 (1.13%) Video Conferencing
12 5 (1.13%) VxBlock/Vblock
13 4 (0.90%) EMC VMAX
13 4 (0.90%) Minimum Viable Product
14 3 (0.68%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 308 (69.37%) Windows
2 185 (41.67%) Windows Server
3 153 (34.46%) Linux
4 147 (33.11%) Windows Server 2008
5 124 (27.93%) Windows Server 2012
6 80 (18.02%) Windows Server 2003
7 68 (15.32%) Unix
8 49 (11.04%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 41 (9.23%) Windows 7
10 34 (7.66%) Solaris
11 32 (7.21%) CentOS
12 20 (4.50%) Windows 10
13 19 (4.28%) Ubuntu
14 16 (3.60%) SUSE
15 11 (2.48%) AIX
16 9 (2.03%) VMS
17 7 (1.58%) Data ONTAP
17 7 (1.58%) Windows XP
18 6 (1.35%) Debian
18 6 (1.35%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 60 (13.51%) Migration
2 45 (10.14%) ITIL
3 35 (7.88%) Agile Software Development
3 35 (7.88%) DevOps
4 31 (6.98%) Disaster Recovery
5 30 (6.76%) Load Balancing
5 30 (6.76%) TOGAF
6 28 (6.31%) Project Management
7 26 (5.86%) Capacity Management
7 26 (5.86%) Configuration Management
8 24 (5.41%) Change Management
9 21 (4.73%) Network Management
10 20 (4.50%) Incident Management
10 20 (4.50%) Network Design
11 19 (4.28%) Performance Monitoring
12 18 (4.05%) Capacity Planning
12 18 (4.05%) Server Building
13 17 (3.83%) Asset Management
14 16 (3.60%) Problem Management
15 15 (3.38%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 101 (22.75%) PowerShell
2 99 (22.30%) SQL
3 26 (5.86%) Bash Shell
3 26 (5.86%) Python
4 22 (4.95%) Perl
5 20 (4.50%) Java
6 13 (2.93%) VBScript
7 8 (1.80%) C
8 6 (1.35%) Shell Script
9 5 (1.13%) Groovy
9 5 (1.13%) JavaScript
9 5 (1.13%) JCL
10 4 (0.90%) C#
10 4 (0.90%) C++
10 4 (0.90%) Ruby
11 3 (0.68%) AppleScript
12 2 (0.45%) Elixir
12 2 (0.45%) Erlang
12 2 (0.45%) T-SQL
12 2 (0.45%) VB
Qualifications
1 87 (19.59%) Security Cleared
2 57 (12.84%) SC Cleared
3 38 (8.56%) Cisco Certification
4 32 (7.21%) Microsoft Certification
5 27 (6.08%) Degree
6 26 (5.86%) CCNP
6 26 (5.86%) DV Cleared
7 22 (4.95%) CCNA
8 17 (3.83%) MCSE
9 16 (3.60%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 14 (3.15%) Computer Science Degree
11 13 (2.93%) JNCIS
12 11 (2.48%) JNCIA
13 10 (2.25%) MCSA
14 9 (2.03%) CCDA
14 9 (2.03%) CCIE
14 9 (2.03%) JNCIP
15 7 (1.58%) CCDP
15 7 (1.58%) MCITP
16 4 (0.90%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (3.38%) SLA
2 6 (1.35%) GDPR
3 5 (1.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.45%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.45%) Def Stans
4 2 (0.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.23%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.23%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.23%) Government Security Classifications
5 1 (0.23%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 1 (0.23%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.23%) PMO
5 1 (0.23%) QA
System Software
1 236 (53.15%) VMware Infrastructure
2 183 (41.22%) Active Directory
3 76 (17.12%) Hyper-V
4 73 (16.44%) vSphere
5 53 (11.94%) XenDesktop
6 51 (11.49%) XenApp
7 39 (8.78%) XenServer
8 27 (6.08%) Virtual Machines
9 25 (5.63%) Virtual Servers
10 16 (3.60%) Microsoft App-V
11 14 (3.15%) NFS
12 13 (2.93%) KVM
12 13 (2.93%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 12 (2.70%) Veritas Cluster Server
13 12 (2.70%) Veritas File System
14 11 (2.48%) vCloud
14 11 (2.48%) VMware NSX
15 8 (1.80%) Oracle RAC
16 7 (1.58%) DFS Replication
16 7 (1.58%) Docker
Systems Management
1 61 (13.74%) vCenter Server
2 45 (10.14%) SCCM
3 38 (8.56%) NetBackup
4 33 (7.43%) Puppet
5 25 (5.63%) Ansible
6 22 (4.95%) Norton AntiVirus
7 14 (3.15%) PowerCLI
7 14 (3.15%) vRealize
7 14 (3.15%) yum
8 13 (2.93%) Netcool
8 13 (2.93%) vMotion
8 13 (2.93%) WSUS
9 12 (2.70%) Microsoft Clustering
9 12 (2.70%) SCOM
10 10 (2.25%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 10 (2.25%) Opscode Chef
11 9 (2.03%) Tivoli
12 8 (1.80%) Tivoli Storage Manager
13 6 (1.35%) Backup Exec
13 6 (1.35%) Cisco Prime
Vendors
1 390 (87.84%) VMware
2 177 (39.86%) Microsoft
3 138 (31.08%) Citrix
4 119 (26.80%) Cisco
5 74 (16.67%) Red Hat
6 69 (15.54%) HP
7 60 (13.51%) NetApp
8 49 (11.04%) EMC
9 43 (9.68%) Symantec
10 41 (9.23%) Veritas
11 39 (8.78%) Dell
12 34 (7.66%) Oracle
13 28 (6.31%) IBM
14 24 (5.41%) Juniper
15 22 (4.95%) 3PAR
16 21 (4.73%) Brocade
17 20 (4.50%) McAfee
18 15 (3.38%) CheckPoint
18 15 (3.38%) Veeam
19 14 (3.15%) SolarWinds