Period
to 23 February 2020

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 23 February 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 vSphere
UK
6 months to
23 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 322 415 390
Rank change year-on-year +93 -25 -25
Contract jobs citing vSphere 492 586 637
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.73% 0.60% 0.63%
As % of the System Software category 4.70% 3.89% 4.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 326 406 420
UK median daily rate £441 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.65% +6.25% +2.56%
10th Percentile £283 £216 £231
90th Percentile £571 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £420 £375
% change year-on-year +1.19% +12.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 30 18
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £42.25 £31.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -40.83% +36.29% -4.62%
10th Percentile £14.00 £14.00 £16.64
90th Percentile £49.19 £49.55 £48.24
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.75 £44.63 £25.33
% change year-on-year -46.79% +76.22% -39.70%

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 10,475 15,065 12,887
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.55% 15.33% 12.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,863 9,903 8,414
UK median daily rate £450 £473 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.76% +5.00% +11.80%
10th Percentile £163 £178 £163
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £385
% change year-on-year - +10.39% +10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 606 760 701
UK median hourly rate £17.25 £16.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.81% - +0.95%
10th Percentile £11.41 £10.58 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.09 £46.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £15.49 £15.00
% change year-on-year +6.52% +3.27% -

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 23 February 2020.

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 23 February 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for vSphere in the UK

vSphere
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 vSphere within the UK over the 6 months to 23 February 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 +83 441 £450 +5.88% 145
UK excluding London +68 327 £425 +1.19% 129
London +89 154 £475 -5.00% 36
South East +40 103 £463 +12.12% 33
South West +51 68 £475 +18.75% 7
North of England +66 62 £350 +16.67% 36
Scotland +25 35 £360 -28.00% 16
North West +46 28 £375 +25.00% 22
East of England +13 27 £375 -11.76% 21
Midlands +34 26 £325 -24.33% 12
West Midlands +54 24 £300 -20.00% 8
Yorkshire +47 24 £350 +3.70% 14
North East +25 10 £263 +31.25%
Wales +15 7 £500 +33.33% 3
East Midlands +17 1 - - 4

For the 6 months to 23 February 2020, IT contractor jobs citing vSphere 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 vSphere.

1 434 (88.21%) VMware
2 324 (65.85%) Windows
3 283 (57.52%) VMware Infrastructure
4 231 (46.95%) Active Directory
5 228 (46.34%) Windows Server
6 175 (35.57%) Microsoft
7 156 (31.71%) Security Cleared
8 141 (28.66%) PowerShell
9 138 (28.05%) Azure
10 114 (23.17%) SC Cleared
11 106 (21.54%) Windows Server 2012
12 104 (21.14%) AWS
13 101 (20.53%) VMware ESXi
14 94 (19.11%) vRealize
15 93 (18.90%) DNS
15 93 (18.90%) Linux
16 91 (18.50%) Cisco
16 91 (18.50%) Citrix
17 88 (17.89%) Migration
18 87 (17.68%) VMware NSX
19 85 (17.28%) Infrastructure Engineering
20 84 (17.07%) DHCP
21 81 (16.46%) SCCM
21 81 (16.46%) vCenter Server
22 70 (14.23%) VSAN
22 70 (14.23%) Firewall
23 68 (13.82%) SQL
23 68 (13.82%) Windows Server 2008
24 66 (13.41%) Office 365
24 66 (13.41%) Data Centre

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 46 (9.35%) MS Exchange
2 29 (5.89%) SharePoint
3 20 (4.07%) Exchange Server 2010
4 19 (3.86%) IIS
5 13 (2.64%) OpenStack
6 12 (2.44%) Confluence
6 12 (2.44%) Exchange Server 2013
6 12 (2.44%) Skype for Business
7 9 (1.83%) Tomcat
8 8 (1.63%) IBM Notes
9 7 (1.42%) Elasticsearch
10 3 (0.61%) Apache
10 3 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2007
10 3 (0.61%) IBM Domino
11 1 (0.20%) Exchange Server 2003
11 1 (0.20%) Exchange Server 5.5
11 1 (0.20%) SharePoint 2013
11 1 (0.20%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 22 (4.47%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (3.46%) MS Visio
3 9 (1.83%) Microsoft Project
4 6 (1.22%) Microsoft Excel
5 1 (0.20%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 6 (1.22%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.81%) Oracle BPM
3 2 (0.41%) Payment Gateway
4 1 (0.20%) CA PPM
4 1 (0.20%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.20%) OpenText VIM for SAP
Cloud Services
1 138 (28.05%) Azure
2 104 (21.14%) AWS
3 66 (13.41%) Office 365
4 39 (7.93%) IaaS
5 30 (6.10%) GCP
6 28 (5.69%) Azure Active Directory
7 27 (5.49%) PaaS
8 24 (4.88%) SaaS
9 21 (4.27%) Amazon EC2
9 21 (4.27%) GitHub
10 10 (2.03%) Cloud Computing
10 10 (2.03%) NuGet
10 10 (2.03%) Serverless
11 8 (1.63%) Yammer
12 6 (1.22%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 5 (1.02%) Amazon S3
14 4 (0.81%) Apigee
14 4 (0.81%) Trello
15 2 (0.41%) Amazon ELB
16 1 (0.20%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 93 (18.90%) DNS
2 84 (17.07%) DHCP
3 70 (14.23%) Firewall
3 70 (14.23%) VSAN
4 54 (10.98%) SAN
5 31 (6.30%) TCP/IP
6 30 (6.10%) WAN
7 28 (5.69%) iSCSI
8 27 (5.49%) LAN
9 23 (4.67%) VPN
10 19 (3.86%) NAS
10 19 (3.86%) Skype
11 17 (3.46%) IPsec
12 16 (3.25%) MPLS
12 16 (3.25%) NetScaler
13 15 (3.05%) VLAN
14 14 (2.85%) Network Security
14 14 (2.85%) Wireless
15 13 (2.64%) VoIP
16 12 (2.44%) BGP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 48 (9.76%) SQL Server
2 12 (2.44%) Oracle Database
2 12 (2.44%) PostgreSQL
3 8 (1.63%) EDRMS
3 8 (1.63%) SQL Server 2008
4 7 (1.42%) SQL Server 2016
5 6 (1.22%) SAP HANA
6 5 (1.02%) SQL Server 2012
7 4 (0.81%) Big Data
7 4 (0.81%) MongoDB
7 4 (0.81%) MySQL
7 4 (0.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 4 (0.81%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 3 (0.61%) SQL Server 2014
8 3 (0.61%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 2 (0.41%) Amazon RDS
9 2 (0.41%) Oracle Database 11g
9 2 (0.41%) Oracle Reports
9 2 (0.41%) Relational Database
9 2 (0.41%) SQL Server 2017
Development Applications
1 43 (8.74%) Jenkins
2 29 (5.89%) Git (software)
3 21 (4.27%) JIRA
4 20 (4.07%) Maven
5 19 (3.86%) JUnit
5 19 (3.86%) Mockito
6 16 (3.25%) GitLab
7 13 (2.64%) Selenium
7 13 (2.64%) SonarQube
8 11 (2.24%) DbUnit
8 11 (2.24%) jMock
8 11 (2.24%) TeamCity
9 10 (2.03%) Octopus Deploy
10 9 (1.83%) Cucumber
11 8 (1.63%) Appium
12 7 (1.42%) Artifactory
13 4 (0.81%) Bitbucket
13 4 (0.81%) Team Foundation Server
14 3 (0.61%) Eclipse
14 3 (0.61%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 41 (8.33%) Finance
2 17 (3.46%) Banking
3 16 (3.25%) Public Sector
4 11 (2.24%) Telecoms
5 9 (1.83%) Retail
6 8 (1.63%) Law
6 8 (1.63%) Local Government
7 5 (1.02%) Manufacturing
8 4 (0.81%) Back Office
9 3 (0.61%) Games
9 3 (0.61%) Legal
10 2 (0.41%) Military
11 1 (0.20%) Corporate Banking
11 1 (0.20%) Electronics
11 1 (0.20%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.20%) Investment Banking
11 1 (0.20%) Marketing
11 1 (0.20%) Police
11 1 (0.20%) Publishing
11 1 (0.20%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 63 (12.80%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 54 (10.98%) VMware Engineer
3 48 (9.76%) Architect
4 47 (9.55%) Analyst
5 34 (6.91%) Consultant
6 29 (5.89%) Administrator
7 27 (5.49%) Server Engineer
8 26 (5.28%) Support Engineer
9 21 (4.27%) Virtualisation Engineer
10 20 (4.07%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 20 (4.07%) 3rd Line Support
10 20 (4.07%) DevOps Engineer
10 20 (4.07%) Infrastructure Analyst
11 19 (3.86%) Developer
11 19 (3.86%) Java Developer
11 19 (3.86%) VMware Consultant
12 18 (3.66%) Automation Engineer
13 17 (3.46%) Network Engineer
13 17 (3.46%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
14 16 (3.25%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (7.52%) XML
2 18 (3.66%) Spring
3 17 (3.46%) RESTful
3 17 (3.46%) Web Services
4 15 (3.05%) SOAP
4 15 (3.05%) YAML
5 13 (2.64%) J2EE
6 11 (2.24%) Apache Camel
6 11 (2.24%) PowerMock
7 10 (2.03%) OAuth
8 9 (1.83%) Spring Boot
9 8 (1.63%) JSF
10 5 (1.02%) HTML
11 4 (0.81%) .NET
11 4 (0.81%) CSS
11 4 (0.81%) Elastic Stack
11 4 (0.81%) LDAP
12 3 (0.61%) Middleware
12 3 (0.61%) Rendezvous
12 3 (0.61%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 66 (13.41%) Data Centre
2 28 (5.69%) Hybrid Cloud
3 21 (4.27%) Enterprise Storage
4 20 (4.07%) Management Information System
5 19 (3.86%) Clustering
6 16 (3.25%) PKI
7 14 (2.85%) Cloud Native
7 14 (2.85%) Replication
8 13 (2.64%) VxBlock/Vblock
9 11 (2.24%) Analytical Skills
10 10 (2.03%) Greenfield Project
10 10 (2.03%) Public Cloud
11 8 (1.63%) EMC VMAX
12 6 (1.22%) EMC VNX
12 6 (1.22%) Private Cloud
12 6 (1.22%) Self-Motivation
13 5 (1.02%) CMDB
13 5 (1.02%) Driving Licence
13 5 (1.02%) NHS
14 4 (0.81%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 324 (65.85%) Windows
2 228 (46.34%) Windows Server
3 106 (21.54%) Windows Server 2012
4 93 (18.90%) Linux
5 68 (13.82%) Windows Server 2008
6 61 (12.40%) Windows 10
7 26 (5.28%) Windows 7
8 24 (4.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 18 (3.66%) Windows Server 2003
10 16 (3.25%) Unix
11 15 (3.05%) CentOS
12 8 (1.63%) VMS
13 6 (1.22%) Solaris
14 3 (0.61%) Debian
14 3 (0.61%) Windows 2000
15 2 (0.41%) Fedora
15 2 (0.41%) SUSE
15 2 (0.41%) Windows 2000 Server
15 2 (0.41%) Windows XP
16 1 (0.20%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 88 (17.89%) Migration
2 85 (17.28%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 62 (12.60%) ITIL
4 52 (10.57%) DevOps
5 44 (8.94%) Agile Software Development
6 37 (7.52%) High Availability
7 36 (7.32%) Disaster Recovery
8 34 (6.91%) Configuration Management
9 30 (6.10%) Continuous Integration
10 29 (5.89%) Test Automation
11 25 (5.08%) Incident Management
11 25 (5.08%) Problem-Solving
12 24 (4.88%) Virtual Infrastructure
13 23 (4.67%) Scrum
14 22 (4.47%) BDD
15 20 (4.07%) TDD
16 19 (3.86%) Kanban
16 19 (3.86%) Stakeholder Management
16 19 (3.86%) Time Management
17 18 (3.66%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 141 (28.66%) PowerShell
2 68 (13.82%) SQL
3 29 (5.89%) Python
4 28 (5.69%) Java
5 15 (3.05%) Bash Shell
6 14 (2.85%) JavaScript
7 10 (2.03%) C
8 7 (1.42%) PHP
9 6 (1.22%) VBScript
10 5 (1.02%) Perl
11 4 (0.81%) C#
11 4 (0.81%) Go
11 4 (0.81%) Ruby
11 4 (0.81%) VB
11 4 (0.81%) VBA
12 2 (0.41%) F#
13 1 (0.20%) Shell Script
13 1 (0.20%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 156 (31.71%) Security Cleared
2 114 (23.17%) SC Cleared
3 60 (12.20%) DV Cleared
4 38 (7.72%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 35 (7.11%) Microsoft Certification
6 28 (5.69%) MCSE
7 27 (5.49%) Cisco Certification
8 26 (5.28%) CCNA
9 17 (3.46%) ISEB
10 16 (3.25%) Citrix Certification
10 16 (3.25%) Degree
10 16 (3.25%) ISTQB
11 11 (2.24%) MCSA
12 10 (2.03%) VCAP
13 8 (1.63%) CCNP
14 7 (1.42%) CCA
15 6 (1.22%) ITIL Certification
15 6 (1.22%) MCP
15 6 (1.22%) VCP6
16 5 (1.02%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (3.66%) SLA
2 5 (1.02%) QA
3 4 (0.81%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (0.81%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (0.41%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.20%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.20%) GxP
5 1 (0.20%) PMO
System Software
1 283 (57.52%) VMware Infrastructure
2 231 (46.95%) Active Directory
3 101 (20.53%) VMware ESXi
4 87 (17.68%) VMware NSX
5 63 (12.80%) XenApp
6 43 (8.74%) Hyper-V
7 37 (7.52%) Virtual Machines
8 31 (6.30%) XenDesktop
9 26 (5.28%) NFS
10 23 (4.67%) Docker
11 22 (4.47%) vCloud
12 20 (4.07%) VMFS
13 18 (3.66%) Microsoft App-V
14 12 (2.44%) Terminal Services
15 9 (1.83%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 4 (0.81%) VMware Workstation
17 3 (0.61%) Firmware
17 3 (0.61%) Virtual Servers
18 2 (0.41%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 2 (0.41%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 94 (19.11%) vRealize
2 81 (16.46%) SCCM
2 81 (16.46%) vCenter Server
3 44 (8.94%) Ansible
4 37 (7.52%) Kubernetes
5 36 (7.32%) PowerCLI
6 24 (4.88%) vMotion
7 23 (4.67%) vRealize Orchestrator
8 20 (4.07%) NetBackup
9 18 (3.66%) Terraform
10 15 (3.05%) Puppet
11 14 (2.85%) HP Quality Center
11 14 (2.85%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 14 (2.85%) Opscode Chef
12 13 (2.64%) WSUS
13 12 (2.44%) Backup Exec
14 9 (1.83%) AirWatch
14 9 (1.83%) Tivoli
14 9 (1.83%) Tivoli Storage Manager
15 8 (1.63%) SCOM
Vendors
1 434 (88.21%) VMware
2 175 (35.57%) Microsoft
3 91 (18.50%) Cisco
3 91 (18.50%) Citrix
4 45 (9.15%) NetApp
5 43 (8.74%) HP
6 42 (8.54%) Dell
7 29 (5.89%) EMC
8 25 (5.08%) Red Hat
9 24 (4.88%) Veeam
10 20 (4.07%) Veritas
11 16 (3.25%) Google
12 14 (2.85%) McAfee
12 14 (2.85%) Oracle
13 11 (2.24%) IBM
14 10 (2.03%) Juniper
14 10 (2.03%) Lotus
15 9 (1.83%) Brocade
15 9 (1.83%) Fortinet
16 8 (1.63%) SolarWinds