Period
to 16 January 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for vSphere skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited vSphere over the 6 months to 16 January 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 vSphere
UK
6 months to
16 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 381 368 347
Rank change year-on-year -13 -21 -56
Contract jobs citing vSphere 614 637 741
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.61% 0.66% 0.69%
As % of the System Software category 4.80% 5.39% 6.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 402 424 476
UK median daily rate £388 £396 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.21% +5.67% -0.33%
10th Percentile £219 £249 £244
90th Percentile £575 £533 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £351
% change year-on-year - +6.99% +1.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 23 35
UK median hourly rate £30.00 £32.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.69% +30.00% -9.09%
10th Percentile £16.28 £10.00 £13.80
90th Percentile £45.46 £49.46 £44.95
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £42.00 £24.50
% change year-on-year -28.57% +71.43% -10.91%

vSphere 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 12,782 11,818 10,781
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.75% 12.24% 10.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,316 7,421 6,223
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £160 £165 £156
90th Percentile £613 £588 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £338
% change year-on-year +7.14% +3.70% +3.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 692 823 1,146
UK median hourly rate £16.45 £16.00 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.83% +3.23% -
10th Percentile £10.40 £10.50 £10.03
90th Percentile £45.00 £44.45 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year - -3.23% -

vSphere
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing vSphere as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for vSphere in the UK

vSphere
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing vSphere.

Contractor daily rate trend for vSphere in the UK

vSphere
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing vSphere over the 6 months to 16 January 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for vSphere in the UK

vSphere
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing vSphere.

Contractor hourly rate trend for vSphere in the UK

vSphere
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing vSphere over the 6 months to 16 January 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for vSphere in the UK

vSphere
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 vSphere within the UK over the 6 months to 16 January 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 -43 523 £375 -6.25% 181
UK excluding London -8 392 £375 - 140
London -27 213 £450 +6.51% 54
South East -65 129 £375 -10.71% 40
Scotland +1 60 £500 +59.36% 8
North of England -13 56 £294 -31.69% 39
East of England -3 50 £320 +11.30% 17
Midlands +39 49 £400 - 17
Yorkshire +12 32 £320 -14.67% 14
South West +6 30 £414 +18.21% 15
West Midlands +26 25 £425 -12.82% 10
East Midlands +20 24 £375 - 7
North West -12 19 £280 -28.21% 15
Wales +11 18 £363 -9.38% 3
North East +44 5 £169 -68.37% 10
Northern Ireland - 3 - - 2

For the 6 months to 16 January 2018, IT contractor jobs citing vSphere 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 vSphere.

1 559 (91.04%) VMware
2 433 (70.52%) Windows
3 312 (50.81%) Active Directory
4 303 (49.35%) Windows Server
5 296 (48.21%) Microsoft
6 291 (47.39%) VMware Infrastructure
7 200 (32.57%) Windows Server 2012
8 197 (32.08%) Windows Server 2008
9 166 (27.04%) Linux
10 151 (24.59%) Cisco
11 147 (23.94%) HP
12 142 (23.13%) Firewall
13 140 (22.80%) SAN
14 137 (22.31%) PowerShell
15 124 (20.20%) Security Cleared
16 107 (17.43%) ITIL
17 104 (16.94%) SQL Server
18 101 (16.45%) Citrix
19 96 (15.64%) MS Exchange
20 95 (15.47%) DNS
21 91 (14.82%) SC Cleared
21 91 (14.82%) SCCM
22 89 (14.50%) Microsoft Azure
23 87 (14.17%) VMware ESXi
24 83 (13.52%) SQL
25 81 (13.19%) Microsoft Certification
26 80 (13.03%) Finance
27 79 (12.87%) NetApp
28 77 (12.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
29 73 (11.89%) Office 365

vSphere
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 96 (15.64%) MS Exchange
2 52 (8.47%) IIS
3 48 (7.82%) Exchange Server 2010
4 42 (6.84%) SharePoint
5 34 (5.54%) Exchange Server 2013
6 27 (4.40%) Skype for Business
7 21 (3.42%) Apache
8 18 (2.93%) JBoss
9 16 (2.61%) Tomcat
10 15 (2.44%) OpenStack
11 11 (1.79%) SharePoint Server
12 8 (1.30%) SharePoint 2013
13 5 (0.81%) Exchange Server 2007
14 4 (0.65%) WordPress
15 3 (0.49%) CloudStack
15 3 (0.49%) WebLogic
15 3 (0.49%) WebSphere
16 2 (0.33%) Apache ServiceMix
16 2 (0.33%) IBM Domino
16 2 (0.33%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 43 (7.00%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (1.14%) Microsoft Project
3 4 (0.65%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.49%) Microsoft Excel
5 1 (0.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.16%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.16%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 89 (14.50%) Microsoft Azure
2 73 (11.89%) Office 365
3 53 (8.63%) Amazon AWS
4 30 (4.89%) Amazon EC2
5 15 (2.44%) Azure Active Directory
6 12 (1.95%) Cloud Computing
7 9 (1.47%) IaaS
8 6 (0.98%) G Suite
8 6 (0.98%) Google App Engine
8 6 (0.98%) Google Cloud Platform
9 3 (0.49%) OneDrive
9 3 (0.49%) PaaS
10 2 (0.33%) IBM Cloud
10 2 (0.33%) Mimecast
10 2 (0.33%) SoftLayer
10 2 (0.33%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 1 (0.16%) Amazon S3
11 1 (0.16%) AWS CloudFormation
11 1 (0.16%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 142 (23.13%) Firewall
2 140 (22.80%) SAN
3 95 (15.47%) DNS
4 69 (11.24%) DHCP
5 67 (10.91%) TCP/IP
6 64 (10.42%) WAN
7 60 (9.77%) LAN
7 60 (9.77%) VPN
8 33 (5.37%) NAS
8 33 (5.37%) VoIP
9 32 (5.21%) Cisco ASA
10 29 (4.72%) VSAN
11 24 (3.91%) iSCSI
11 24 (3.91%) Skype
12 22 (3.58%) NetScaler
12 22 (3.58%) VLAN
13 20 (3.26%) Internet
14 19 (3.09%) Fibre Channel
15 18 (2.93%) SNMP
16 16 (2.61%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 104 (16.94%) SQL Server
2 31 (5.05%) SQL Server 2012
3 20 (3.26%) Oracle Database
4 17 (2.77%) Oracle Database 11g
5 16 (2.61%) Oracle Database 10g
5 16 (2.61%) SQL Server 2016
6 15 (2.44%) SQL Server 2008
7 13 (2.12%) PostgreSQL
8 11 (1.79%) SQL Server 2005
9 8 (1.30%) SQL Server 2014
10 7 (1.14%) MySQL
11 6 (0.98%) Oracle Reports
12 4 (0.65%) Relational Database
13 3 (0.49%) JasperReports
13 3 (0.49%) MongoDB
14 2 (0.33%) Apache Cassandra
14 2 (0.33%) BusinessObjects
14 2 (0.33%) DB2
14 2 (0.33%) NoSQL
15 1 (0.16%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 47 (7.65%) Git (software)
2 30 (4.89%) Jenkins
3 22 (3.58%) Team Foundation Server
4 21 (3.42%) DbUnit
4 21 (3.42%) jMock
4 21 (3.42%) JUnit
4 21 (3.42%) Mockito
5 19 (3.09%) Maven
5 19 (3.09%) SonarQube
6 16 (2.61%) Ant
6 16 (2.61%) Eclipse
6 16 (2.61%) Oracle APEX
6 16 (2.61%) Selenium
6 16 (2.61%) SoapUI
6 16 (2.61%) TestNG
7 15 (2.44%) HP UFT
7 15 (2.44%) SpecFlow
8 12 (1.95%) MSI
9 11 (1.79%) LoadRunner
10 6 (0.98%) Chocolatey
General
1 80 (13.03%) Finance
2 21 (3.42%) Telecoms
3 16 (2.61%) Retail
4 14 (2.28%) Banking
4 14 (2.28%) Publishing
5 5 (0.81%) Games
6 4 (0.65%) Local Government
7 3 (0.49%) Advertising
7 3 (0.49%) Financial Institution
7 3 (0.49%) Manufacturing
7 3 (0.49%) Military
7 3 (0.49%) Romanian Language
8 2 (0.33%) Legal
8 2 (0.33%) Retail Banking
9 1 (0.16%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.16%) Automotive
9 1 (0.16%) French Language
9 1 (0.16%) Law
9 1 (0.16%) Marketing
9 1 (0.16%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 115 (18.73%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 66 (10.75%) Analyst
3 52 (8.47%) VMware Engineer
4 47 (7.65%) Support Engineer
5 46 (7.49%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 46 (7.49%) Administrator
6 39 (6.35%) Consultant
7 38 (6.19%) Windows Engineer
8 37 (6.03%) Architect
9 33 (5.37%) Server Engineer
10 28 (4.56%) Infrastructure Analyst
11 26 (4.23%) 3rd Line Support
11 26 (4.23%) Wintel Engineer
12 24 (3.91%) Developer
12 24 (3.91%) Systems Administrator
13 22 (3.58%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
14 20 (3.26%) Java Developer
15 19 (3.09%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
16 18 (2.93%) Infrastructure Architect
16 18 (2.93%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 47 (7.65%) Web Services
2 22 (3.58%) .NET
2 22 (3.58%) SOAP
3 21 (3.42%) Apache Camel
3 21 (3.42%) J2EE
3 21 (3.42%) PowerMock
3 21 (3.42%) RESTful
4 17 (2.77%) Spring
5 13 (2.12%) XML
6 11 (1.79%) REST
7 7 (1.14%) 802.1X
7 7 (1.14%) Spring Boot
7 7 (1.14%) X-Windows
8 5 (0.81%) ASP.NET
9 4 (0.65%) Java EE
9 4 (0.65%) JSP
10 3 (0.49%) EJB
10 3 (0.49%) Hibernate
10 3 (0.49%) Servlets
10 3 (0.49%) Spring MVC
Miscellaneous
1 73 (11.89%) Data Centre
2 40 (6.51%) Management Information System
3 37 (6.03%) PKI
4 26 (4.23%) Virtual Team
5 24 (3.91%) Replication
6 23 (3.75%) Analytical Skills
7 20 (3.26%) EMC VNX
8 17 (2.77%) Private Cloud
9 12 (1.95%) Clustering
9 12 (1.95%) EMC VMAX
10 11 (1.79%) FlexPod
11 10 (1.63%) Blackberry
11 10 (1.63%) VxBlock/Vblock
12 9 (1.47%) RSA SecurID
13 8 (1.30%) HP Storage
14 6 (0.98%) Mobile App
14 6 (0.98%) Video Conferencing
15 5 (0.81%) iPad
15 5 (0.81%) Online Games
15 5 (0.81%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 433 (70.52%) Windows
2 303 (49.35%) Windows Server
3 200 (32.57%) Windows Server 2012
4 197 (32.08%) Windows Server 2008
5 166 (27.04%) Linux
6 77 (12.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 50 (8.14%) Windows 7
8 46 (7.49%) Unix
9 37 (6.03%) Windows Server 2003
10 35 (5.70%) Windows 10
11 20 (3.26%) Solaris
12 14 (2.28%) AIX
12 14 (2.28%) Windows XP
13 12 (1.95%) Windows 8
14 9 (1.47%) Android
14 9 (1.47%) Windows Vista
15 8 (1.30%) SUSE
16 6 (0.98%) Apple iOS
16 6 (0.98%) CentOS
17 5 (0.81%) Scientific Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 107 (17.43%) ITIL
2 57 (9.28%) Continuous Integration
3 54 (8.79%) Migration
4 53 (8.63%) Agile Software Development
5 45 (7.33%) Configuration Management
6 43 (7.00%) DevOps
7 38 (6.19%) TDD
8 36 (5.86%) E-Commerce
9 30 (4.89%) Disaster Recovery
9 30 (4.89%) Scrum
9 30 (4.89%) Server Building
10 29 (4.72%) Kanban
10 29 (4.72%) Patch Management
11 26 (4.23%) Change Management
11 26 (4.23%) Continuous Delivery
11 26 (4.23%) Incident Management
12 25 (4.07%) Test Automation
13 24 (3.91%) Mentoring
14 22 (3.58%) SIEM
14 22 (3.58%) Virtual Infrastructure
Programming Languages
1 137 (22.31%) PowerShell
2 83 (13.52%) SQL
3 52 (8.47%) Java
4 40 (6.51%) Ruby
5 19 (3.09%) Bash Shell
6 15 (2.44%) F#
7 14 (2.28%) Python
8 12 (1.95%) VBScript
9 11 (1.79%) C
10 10 (1.63%) Perl
11 8 (1.30%) Shell Script
12 6 (0.98%) C#
13 5 (0.81%) JavaScript
14 4 (0.65%) Elixir
14 4 (0.65%) Erlang
15 3 (0.49%) Korn
15 3 (0.49%) VB.NET
16 2 (0.33%) PHP
16 2 (0.33%) T-SQL
16 2 (0.33%) VB
Qualifications
1 124 (20.20%) Security Cleared
2 91 (14.82%) SC Cleared
3 81 (13.19%) Microsoft Certification
4 65 (10.59%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 50 (8.14%) MCSE
6 33 (5.37%) DV Cleared
7 29 (4.72%) Cisco Certification
8 23 (3.75%) CCNA
9 22 (3.58%) Degree
9 22 (3.58%) MCSA
10 13 (2.12%) ITIL Certification
10 13 (2.12%) VCP6
11 11 (1.79%) ISEB
11 11 (1.79%) MCTS
12 10 (1.63%) CCNP
12 10 (1.63%) MCITP
13 9 (1.47%) MCP
14 8 (1.30%) CISM
14 8 (1.30%) VCAP
15 7 (1.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (2.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 16 (2.61%) PCI DSS
2 13 (2.12%) SLA
3 11 (1.79%) RMADS
4 6 (0.98%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.33%) GDPR
5 2 (0.33%) Government Security Classifications
5 2 (0.33%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 2 (0.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.16%) PMO
System Software
1 312 (50.81%) Active Directory
2 291 (47.39%) VMware Infrastructure
3 87 (14.17%) VMware ESXi
4 57 (9.28%) Hyper-V
5 45 (7.33%) XenApp
6 38 (6.19%) XenDesktop
7 37 (6.03%) vCloud
8 30 (4.89%) Virtual Machines
9 29 (4.72%) VMware NSX
10 25 (4.07%) NFS
11 21 (3.42%) VMware Workstation
12 17 (2.77%) Microsoft App-V
12 17 (2.77%) Virtual Servers
12 17 (2.77%) XenServer
13 11 (1.79%) DFS Replication
14 9 (1.47%) Docker
15 8 (1.30%) BitLocker
16 4 (0.65%) Forefront TMG
16 4 (0.65%) ISA Server
16 4 (0.65%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 91 (14.82%) SCCM
2 73 (11.89%) vCenter Server
3 50 (8.14%) Puppet
4 48 (7.82%) SCOM
5 43 (7.00%) Ansible
5 43 (7.00%) vRealize
6 35 (5.70%) Opscode Chef
7 22 (3.58%) McAfee ePO
8 21 (3.42%) WSUS
9 20 (3.26%) NetBackup
10 19 (3.09%) PowerCLI
11 18 (2.93%) Nessus
12 16 (2.61%) Norton AntiVirus
13 12 (1.95%) Backup Exec
13 12 (1.95%) Network Intrusion Detection System
14 11 (1.79%) EMC NetWorker
15 9 (1.47%) Red Hat Satellite
16 8 (1.30%) EMC VPLEX
16 8 (1.30%) Microsoft Clustering
16 8 (1.30%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 559 (91.04%) VMware
2 296 (48.21%) Microsoft
3 151 (24.59%) Cisco
4 147 (23.94%) HP
5 101 (16.45%) Citrix
6 79 (12.87%) NetApp
7 59 (9.61%) Red Hat
8 54 (8.79%) Oracle
9 51 (8.31%) EMC
10 48 (7.82%) McAfee
11 42 (6.84%) Dell
12 35 (5.70%) CheckPoint
13 25 (4.07%) F5
14 24 (3.91%) IBM
15 23 (3.75%) Symantec
16 22 (3.58%) Veeam
17 19 (3.09%) 3PAR
17 19 (3.09%) Brocade
18 17 (2.77%) CommVault
18 17 (2.77%) Google