Period
to 20 September 2020

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 20 September 2020 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
20 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 335 378 401
Rank change year-on-year +43 +23 +56
Contract jobs citing VMware ESXi 173 538 637
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.59% 0.61% 0.62%
As % of the System Software category 4.00% 3.90% 4.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 111 356 416
Median daily rate £450 £415 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.43% +9.21% -5.00%
10th Percentile £235 £261 £224
90th Percentile £575 £588 £535
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £400 £363
% change year-on-year +12.50% +10.34% -3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 23 24
Median hourly rate £35.00 £46.40 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.57% +9.18% -5.13%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £42.50 £47.00
% change year-on-year -17.65% -9.57% +70.91%

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 4,328 13,781 15,020
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.84% 15.53% 14.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,690 9,106 9,725
Median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £213 £175 £180
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £435 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.35% +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 209 660 904
Median hourly rate £21.50 £17.00 £16.17
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +26.47% +5.17% -3.09%
10th Percentile £11.23 £11.17 £10.66
90th Percentile £52.35 £47.50 £43.75
Median hourly rate £18.00 £16.00 £15.86
% change year-on-year +12.50% +0.88% +2.32%

VMware ESXi
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing VMware ESXi as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for VMware ESXi in the UK

VMware ESXi
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing VMware ESXi.

Daily rate trend for VMware ESXi in the UK

VMware ESXi
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing VMware ESXi over the 6 months to 20 September 2020.

Daily rate histogram for VMware ESXi in the UK

VMware ESXi
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing VMware ESXi.

Hourly rate trend for VMware ESXi in the UK

VMware ESXi
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing VMware ESXi over the 6 months to 20 September 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for VMware ESXi in the UK

VMware ESXi
Top 14 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 20 September 2020. 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 +74 156 £450 +5.88% 52
UK excluding London +54 94 £450 +12.50% 47
London +153 67 £435 -8.42% 8
South West +74 35 £463 -2.63% 3
South East +105 27 £488 +18.18% 18
Work from Home -42 17 £419 -25.56% 2
North of England +102 9 £450 +42.29% 12
Midlands +54 9 £450 +25.00% 10
West Midlands +36 9 £450 +15.38% 9
Yorkshire +82 8 £450 +28.57% 3
East of England +88 7 £519 +29.69% 1
Scotland +57 6 £430 +7.50% 2
North West +61 1 - - 6
Wales +36 1 £450 +12.50% 1

For the 6 months to 20 September 2020, 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.

1 162 (93.64%) VMware
2 126 (72.83%) Windows
3 114 (65.90%) VMware Infrastructure
4 97 (56.07%) Active Directory
5 69 (39.88%) Security Cleared
6 66 (38.15%) Windows Server
7 59 (34.10%) Microsoft
8 57 (32.95%) Windows Server 2012
9 52 (30.06%) Linux
10 46 (26.59%) DNS
11 44 (25.43%) PowerShell
11 44 (25.43%) vSphere
12 43 (24.86%) SC Cleared
12 43 (24.86%) vCenter Server
13 38 (21.97%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 37 (21.39%) Windows Server 2016
15 36 (20.81%) HP
16 33 (19.08%) Cisco
16 33 (19.08%) Windows Server 2008
16 33 (19.08%) Azure
17 31 (17.92%) Dell
18 30 (17.34%) Firewall
19 29 (16.76%) VSAN
20 28 (16.18%) VMware NSX
20 28 (16.18%) DHCP
21 27 (15.61%) Hyper-V
22 26 (15.03%) Ansible
22 26 (15.03%) Clustering
22 26 (15.03%) SAN
23 25 (14.45%) Oracle

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 22 (12.72%) MS Exchange
2 19 (10.98%) Exchange Server 2010
3 14 (8.09%) SharePoint
4 12 (6.94%) OpenStack
5 6 (3.47%) Tomcat
6 5 (2.89%) Confluence
6 5 (2.89%) GeoServer
6 5 (2.89%) SharePoint 2013
7 4 (2.31%) Exchange Server 2013
8 3 (1.73%) Apache
8 3 (1.73%) CMS
8 3 (1.73%) IIS
8 3 (1.73%) Skype for Business
8 3 (1.73%) WebSphere
9 2 (1.16%) Cloud Foundry
9 2 (1.16%) IBM Notes
10 1 (0.58%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 1 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2007
10 1 (0.58%) nginx
10 1 (0.58%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 6 (3.47%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (2.89%) MS Visio
3 2 (1.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.58%) BusinessWorks
1 1 (0.58%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 33 (19.08%) Azure
2 22 (12.72%) Office 365
3 20 (11.56%) AWS
4 17 (9.83%) IaaS
5 12 (6.94%) GCP
5 12 (6.94%) PaaS
6 10 (5.78%) Azure Active Directory
7 8 (4.62%) Cloud Computing
7 8 (4.62%) SaaS
8 7 (4.05%) GitHub
9 4 (2.31%) Mimecast
9 4 (2.31%) OneDrive
10 3 (1.73%) Datadog
11 2 (1.16%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
11 2 (1.16%) Heroku
11 2 (1.16%) OpenShift
11 2 (1.16%) Power Automate
12 1 (0.58%) Dynamics 365
12 1 (0.58%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 46 (26.59%) DNS
2 30 (17.34%) Firewall
3 29 (16.76%) VSAN
4 28 (16.18%) DHCP
5 26 (15.03%) SAN
6 18 (10.40%) TCP/IP
7 17 (9.83%) VPN
8 15 (8.67%) WAN
9 12 (6.94%) LAN
10 10 (5.78%) Kerberos
10 10 (5.78%) Remote Desktop
11 8 (4.62%) Network Security
12 7 (4.05%) NAS
13 6 (3.47%) iSCSI
14 5 (2.89%) NetScaler
14 5 (2.89%) Reverse Proxy
14 5 (2.89%) SNMP
14 5 (2.89%) VLAN
15 4 (2.31%) Software-Defined Networking
16 3 (1.73%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (14.45%) SQL Server
2 10 (5.78%) GIS
2 10 (5.78%) QGIS
3 8 (4.62%) Geospatial Data
4 5 (2.89%) Oracle Reports
5 4 (2.31%) MySQL
6 3 (1.73%) DB2
6 3 (1.73%) Spatial Data
7 2 (1.16%) PostgreSQL
8 1 (0.58%) Amazon RDS
8 1 (0.58%) SQL Server 2008
8 1 (0.58%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 13 (7.51%) Jenkins
2 12 (6.94%) Git (software)
2 12 (6.94%) TeamCity
3 7 (4.05%) JIRA
3 7 (4.05%) Subversion
4 3 (1.73%) Bitbucket
5 2 (1.16%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 2 (1.16%) CF BOSH
5 2 (1.16%) ClearCase
5 2 (1.16%) ClearQuest
6 1 (0.58%) Serena SBM
General
1 23 (13.29%) Finance
2 10 (5.78%) Banking
3 6 (3.47%) Public Sector
4 4 (2.31%) Investment Banking
4 4 (2.31%) Retail
5 2 (1.16%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.16%) Publishing
5 2 (1.16%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.58%) Electronics
6 1 (0.58%) International Banking
6 1 (0.58%) Marketing
6 1 (0.58%) Military
Job Titles
1 28 (16.18%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 22 (12.72%) VMware Engineer
3 19 (10.98%) Analyst
4 15 (8.67%) Architect
5 14 (8.09%) Integration Engineer
5 14 (8.09%) Systems Engineer
5 14 (8.09%) Virtualisation Engineer
6 13 (7.51%) Infrastructure Analyst
7 12 (6.94%) Consultant
8 11 (6.36%) Administrator
9 10 (5.78%) Systems Integration Engineer
10 9 (5.20%) Windows Engineer
11 7 (4.05%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 7 (4.05%) Infrastructure Architect
11 7 (4.05%) Infrastructure Specialist
12 6 (3.47%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
13 5 (2.89%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
13 5 (2.89%) Systems Administrator
14 4 (2.31%) Solutions Architect
14 4 (2.31%) Support Technician
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (6.94%) LDAP
2 11 (6.36%) PostGIS
3 8 (4.62%) JSON
4 7 (4.05%) Web Services
5 6 (3.47%) Middleware
6 4 (2.31%) Flash
7 3 (1.73%) XML
8 2 (1.16%) Elastic Stack
8 2 (1.16%) LAMP
8 2 (1.16%) OAuth
8 2 (1.16%) OAuth2
8 2 (1.16%) RabbitMQ
8 2 (1.16%) SAML
8 2 (1.16%) XMPP
9 1 (0.58%) CGI
9 1 (0.58%) Spine.js
9 1 (0.58%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 26 (15.03%) Clustering
2 19 (10.98%) Data Centre
3 13 (7.51%) Analytical Skills
4 10 (5.78%) Replication
5 9 (5.20%) Private Cloud
6 7 (4.05%) User Experience
7 6 (3.47%) Fat Client
7 6 (3.47%) Hybrid Cloud
7 6 (3.47%) Management Information System
7 6 (3.47%) PKI
7 6 (3.47%) Thin Client
8 5 (2.89%) NHS
9 3 (1.73%) Driving Licence
10 2 (1.16%) Client/Server
10 2 (1.16%) Cyber Defence
10 2 (1.16%) Mainframe
10 2 (1.16%) Public Cloud
10 2 (1.16%) Self-Motivation
11 1 (0.58%) Linux Command Line
11 1 (0.58%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 126 (72.83%) Windows
2 66 (38.15%) Windows Server
3 57 (32.95%) Windows Server 2012
4 52 (30.06%) Linux
5 37 (21.39%) Windows Server 2016
6 33 (19.08%) Windows Server 2008
7 22 (12.72%) Windows 10
8 15 (8.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 13 (7.51%) Windows Server 2019
10 12 (6.94%) Ubuntu
10 12 (6.94%) Unix
11 10 (5.78%) CentOS
11 10 (5.78%) Windows Server 2003
12 9 (5.20%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
13 8 (4.62%) Solaris
14 7 (4.05%) Windows XP
15 5 (2.89%) Windows 7
16 4 (2.31%) AIX
16 4 (2.31%) Windows NT
17 1 (0.58%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (21.97%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 20 (11.56%) DevOps
2 20 (11.56%) ITIL
3 19 (10.98%) High Availability
4 18 (10.40%) Migration
5 16 (9.25%) Load Balancing
6 14 (8.09%) Configuration Management
6 14 (8.09%) Continuous Integration
7 13 (7.51%) Infrastructure Automation
7 13 (7.51%) Storage Management
8 12 (6.94%) Data Protection
9 11 (6.36%) Capacity Management
10 10 (5.78%) Application Virtualisation
10 10 (5.78%) Deployment Automation
10 10 (5.78%) Problem-Solving
11 9 (5.20%) Change Management
11 9 (5.20%) Continuous Deployment
11 9 (5.20%) Incident Management
11 9 (5.20%) Infrastructure Monitoring
11 9 (5.20%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 44 (25.43%) PowerShell
2 12 (6.94%) Python
3 10 (5.78%) Java
4 9 (5.20%) C#
5 6 (3.47%) C
6 4 (2.31%) VBScript
7 3 (1.73%) Bash Shell
7 3 (1.73%) Perl
7 3 (1.73%) SQL
7 3 (1.73%) VB
8 2 (1.16%) Ruby
9 1 (0.58%) PHP
9 1 (0.58%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 69 (39.88%) Security Cleared
2 43 (24.86%) SC Cleared
3 25 (14.45%) DV Cleared
4 9 (5.20%) Microsoft Certification
4 9 (5.20%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 5 (2.89%) MCSE
6 4 (2.31%) MCSA
7 3 (1.73%) CCNA
7 3 (1.73%) Cisco Certification
7 3 (1.73%) Degree
8 2 (1.16%) Citrix Certification
8 2 (1.16%) MCITP
8 2 (1.16%) NCDA
9 1 (0.58%) CISSP
9 1 (0.58%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (0.58%) MCP
9 1 (0.58%) MCTS
9 1 (0.58%) Network+ Certification
9 1 (0.58%) RHCE
9 1 (0.58%) RHCT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (1.73%) GDPR
2 2 (1.16%) NCSC
2 2 (1.16%) NIST
3 1 (0.58%) OASIS TOSCA
3 1 (0.58%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 114 (65.90%) VMware Infrastructure
2 97 (56.07%) Active Directory
3 44 (25.43%) vSphere
4 28 (16.18%) VMware NSX
5 27 (15.61%) Hyper-V
6 18 (10.40%) Docker
7 16 (9.25%) Virtual Machines
8 15 (8.67%) VMware Workstation
9 12 (6.94%) XenApp
10 8 (4.62%) Virtual Desktop
11 7 (4.05%) Microsoft App-V
12 6 (3.47%) XenDesktop
13 5 (2.89%) GeoWebCache
13 5 (2.89%) NFS
14 4 (2.31%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 4 (2.31%) DFS Replication
14 4 (2.31%) Terminal Server
15 2 (1.16%) EMC RecoverPoint
15 2 (1.16%) Oracle RAC
15 2 (1.16%) UAG
Systems Management
1 43 (24.86%) vCenter Server
2 26 (15.03%) Ansible
3 21 (12.14%) Terraform
4 20 (11.56%) SCCM
5 19 (10.98%) Microsoft Clustering
6 18 (10.40%) Kubernetes
7 17 (9.83%) Puppet
8 14 (8.09%) vMotion
8 14 (8.09%) vRealize
9 13 (7.51%) WSUS
10 10 (5.78%) Failover Clustering
11 9 (5.20%) Opscode Chef
11 9 (5.20%) SCOM
12 8 (4.62%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 8 (4.62%) PowerCLI
13 5 (2.89%) Microsoft Intune
13 5 (2.89%) Tivoli
13 5 (2.89%) Tivoli Storage Manager
14 4 (2.31%) SCDPM
14 4 (2.31%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 162 (93.64%) VMware
2 59 (34.10%) Microsoft
3 36 (20.81%) HP
4 33 (19.08%) Cisco
5 31 (17.92%) Dell
6 25 (14.45%) Oracle
7 23 (13.29%) Citrix
8 22 (12.72%) Red Hat
9 21 (12.14%) NetApp
10 18 (10.40%) Veeam
11 12 (6.94%) EMC
11 12 (6.94%) Juniper
12 10 (5.78%) ESRI
12 10 (5.78%) SolarWinds
13 9 (5.20%) Symantec
14 8 (4.62%) CheckPoint
15 7 (4.05%) 3PAR
15 7 (4.05%) F5
15 7 (4.05%) IBM
16 6 (3.47%) SaltStack