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 3 months to 27 April 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 vSphere
UK
3 months to
27 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 385 257 285
Rank change year-on-year -128 +28  
Contract jobs citing vSphere 220 494 418
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.47% 0.88% 0.75%
As % of the System Software category 4.34% 7.52% 7.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 148 329 266
Median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £331
% change year-on-year +0.06% +13.13%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 11 18
Median hourly rate £23.00 £26.58 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.45% +36.28%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.52 £12.10 £15.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £46.00 £30.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £26.58 £19.50
% change year-on-year -20.97% +36.28%  

vSphere 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 5074 6566 5794
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 10.92% 11.75% 10.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 3239 4012 3231
Median daily rate £401 £393 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.03% +8.27%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £185 £200 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £551 £538 £506
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +0.68% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 334 477 667
Median hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.51 £43.00 £35.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year -8.57% +6.06%  

vSphere
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing vSphere as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the System Software category.

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 3 months to 27 April 2017.

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 3 months to 27 April 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for vSphere in the UK

vSphere
Top 30 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 3 months to 27 April 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -120 204 £400 - 80
London -65 68 £443 -6.84% 27
South East -79 55 £380 +1.33% 18
North West +27 25 £350 -21.17% 7
Hampshire -35 23 £369 +0.34% 7
Yorkshire +24 18 £500 +17.64% 9
City of London -8 18 £443 -19.54% 9
Edinburgh +25 12 £413 - 1
Scotland +12 12 £413 +12.32% 2
South West +1 12 £375 +11.94% 8
Manchester +19 11 £299 - 7
West Yorkshire +14 10 £506 +19.11% 5
East Midlands +4 10 £325 +4.00% 5
West Midlands +22 7 £250 -37.50% 2
Buckinghamshire -6 7 £422 +29.92%
East of England -15 7 £278 -14.61% 4
Andover - 7 £370 -
Cheshire +24 6 £360 -23.72%
Leeds +11 6 £506 +22.65% 2
Milton Keynes +4 6 £422 +29.92%
Surrey -11 6 £350 - 3
Berkshire -17 6 £385 +4.05% 2
West Sussex +17 5 £375 -9.09%
Birmingham +4 5 £238 -29.62% 2
Merseyside - 5 £400 -
Liverpool - 5 £400 -
Crawley +9 4 £375 -9.09%
Northamptonshire +2 4 £325 +30.00%
Bedfordshire +1 4 £155 -66.48% 1
Wiltshire -3 4 £288 -23.33%

For the 6 months to 27 April 2017, 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.

1 475 (89.62%) VMware
2 316 (59.62%) Windows
3 256 (48.30%) VMware Infrastructure
4 194 (36.60%) Active Directory
5 192 (36.23%) Windows Server
6 183 (34.53%) Microsoft
7 175 (33.02%) Linux
8 149 (28.11%) Cisco
9 146 (27.55%) Windows Server 2008
10 145 (27.36%) Windows Server 2012
11 124 (23.40%) PowerShell
12 116 (21.89%) Security Cleared
12 116 (21.89%) SAN
13 113 (21.32%) Citrix
14 111 (20.94%) ITIL
15 101 (19.06%) HP
16 100 (18.87%) SC Cleared
17 97 (18.30%) DNS
18 91 (17.17%) vCenter Server
19 87 (16.42%) Data Centre
20 84 (15.85%) DevOps
21 83 (15.66%) SQL Server
22 80 (15.09%) SCCM
23 79 (14.91%) VMware ESXi
24 73 (13.77%) Firewall
25 71 (13.40%) Unix
25 71 (13.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
25 71 (13.40%) Amazon AWS
26 68 (12.83%) Red Hat
27 66 (12.45%) Microsoft Azure

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 63 (11.89%) MS Exchange
2 32 (6.04%) Exchange Server 2010
3 31 (5.85%) OpenStack
4 29 (5.47%) IIS
5 21 (3.96%) SharePoint
6 18 (3.40%) Skype for Business
7 14 (2.64%) CloudStack
8 13 (2.45%) Apache
8 13 (2.45%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 11 (2.08%) Cloud Foundry
10 10 (1.89%) Exchange Server 2013
11 9 (1.70%) JBoss
12 5 (0.94%) Tomcat
12 5 (0.94%) WebSphere
13 4 (0.75%) IBM Notes
13 4 (0.75%) SharePoint 2013
13 4 (0.75%) WebSphere Application Server
14 3 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2007
14 3 (0.57%) nginx
15 2 (0.38%) Apache Spark
Applications
1 32 (6.04%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (1.32%) MS Visio
3 3 (0.57%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.19%) 3ds Max
4 1 (0.19%) AutoCAD
4 1 (0.19%) CINEMA 4D
4 1 (0.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.19%) SketchUp
Business Applications
1 8 (1.51%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (0.75%) Infor M3
2 4 (0.75%) Oracle Applications
3 3 (0.57%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.19%) Oracle 11i
Cloud Services
1 71 (13.40%) Amazon AWS
2 66 (12.45%) Microsoft Azure
3 24 (4.53%) Office 365
4 19 (3.58%) Cloud Computing
4 19 (3.58%) PaaS
5 8 (1.51%) GitHub
5 8 (1.51%) IBM Cloud
5 8 (1.51%) SoftLayer
6 7 (1.32%) IaaS
7 6 (1.13%) Azure Active Directory
8 5 (0.94%) Google Cloud Platform
8 5 (0.94%) Heroku
9 4 (0.75%) AWS CloudFormation
9 4 (0.75%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
9 4 (0.75%) Google Compute Engine
9 4 (0.75%) OpenShift
10 3 (0.57%) Amazon EC2
10 3 (0.57%) Mimecast
10 3 (0.57%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 2 (0.38%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 116 (21.89%) SAN
2 97 (18.30%) DNS
3 73 (13.77%) Firewall
4 59 (11.13%) DHCP
5 58 (10.94%) TCP/IP
6 46 (8.68%) NAS
7 38 (7.17%) LAN
8 36 (6.79%) VPN
9 35 (6.60%) WAN
10 25 (4.72%) VSAN
11 24 (4.53%) Cisco Nexus
12 21 (3.96%) Wireless
13 19 (3.58%) Cisco ASA
13 19 (3.58%) NetScaler
14 17 (3.21%) SSL
15 15 (2.83%) IPsec
15 15 (2.83%) PuTTY
15 15 (2.83%) WinSCP
16 13 (2.45%) iSCSI
16 13 (2.45%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 83 (15.66%) SQL Server
2 34 (6.42%) SQL Server 2012
3 30 (5.66%) SQL Server 2005
4 24 (4.53%) Oracle Database
4 24 (4.53%) SQL Server 2008
5 20 (3.77%) Oracle Database 11g
6 17 (3.21%) Oracle Database 10g
7 13 (2.45%) Oracle Reports
8 12 (2.26%) PostgreSQL
9 7 (1.32%) NoSQL
10 6 (1.13%) Amazon RDS
10 6 (1.13%) BusinessObjects
11 4 (0.75%) Big Data
11 4 (0.75%) MySQL
12 3 (0.57%) DB2
12 3 (0.57%) Oracle Database 12c
12 3 (0.57%) Redis
12 3 (0.57%) SQL Server 2014
12 3 (0.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 3 (0.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 50 (9.43%) Jenkins
2 20 (3.77%) Git (software)
3 18 (3.40%) TeamCity
4 16 (3.02%) Team Foundation Server
5 15 (2.83%) HP UFT
5 15 (2.83%) Oracle APEX
5 15 (2.83%) Selenium
5 15 (2.83%) SpecFlow
6 10 (1.89%) Octopus Deploy
6 10 (1.89%) Toad
7 9 (1.70%) Ant
7 9 (1.70%) Eclipse
7 9 (1.70%) SoapUI
7 9 (1.70%) TestNG
8 8 (1.51%) MSI
8 8 (1.51%) Subversion
9 7 (1.32%) LoadRunner
10 6 (1.13%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 6 (1.13%) GitLab
11 5 (0.94%) Vagrant
General
1 54 (10.19%) Finance
2 16 (3.02%) Banking
2 16 (3.02%) Telecoms
3 9 (1.70%) Local Government
3 9 (1.70%) Manufacturing
4 8 (1.51%) Electronics
4 8 (1.51%) Marketing
5 6 (1.13%) Advertising
5 6 (1.13%) Retail
6 5 (0.94%) Financial Institution
6 5 (0.94%) Investment Banking
7 4 (0.75%) Publishing
8 3 (0.57%) Games
8 3 (0.57%) International Banking
8 3 (0.57%) Law
9 2 (0.38%) Military
10 1 (0.19%) Aerospace
10 1 (0.19%) Back Office
10 1 (0.19%) Billing
10 1 (0.19%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 61 (11.51%) VMware Engineer
2 50 (9.43%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 47 (8.87%) Analyst
4 42 (7.92%) Administrator
5 41 (7.74%) DevOps Engineer
6 39 (7.36%) Architect
7 36 (6.79%) Consultant
8 32 (6.04%) Windows Engineer
9 31 (5.85%) Support Engineer
10 27 (5.09%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 27 (5.09%) VMware Specialist
10 27 (5.09%) Wintel Engineer
11 25 (4.72%) Systems Administrator
12 24 (4.53%) 3rd Line Support
13 23 (4.34%) Server Engineer
14 22 (4.15%) Support Analyst
15 20 (3.77%) Infrastructure Specialist
16 18 (3.40%) Network Engineer
17 17 (3.21%) 2nd Line Support
18 16 (3.02%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (5.09%) .NET
2 24 (4.53%) Web Services
3 8 (1.51%) Middleware
3 8 (1.51%) REST
3 8 (1.51%) XML
4 7 (1.32%) HTML
4 7 (1.32%) RESTful
4 7 (1.32%) SAML
5 6 (1.13%) LAMP
5 6 (1.13%) Node.js
6 5 (0.94%) CSS
6 5 (0.94%) HTML5
6 5 (0.94%) J2EE
7 4 (0.75%) ActiveMQ
7 4 (0.75%) ASP.NET
7 4 (0.75%) Flash
7 4 (0.75%) Java EE
7 4 (0.75%) SOAP
8 3 (0.57%) RabbitMQ
8 3 (0.57%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 87 (16.42%) Data Centre
2 53 (10.00%) VxBlock/Vblock
3 40 (7.55%) Clustering
4 38 (7.17%) EMC VNX
5 24 (4.53%) Analytical Skills
6 22 (4.15%) EMC VMAX
7 19 (3.58%) Replication
8 17 (3.21%) Computer Science
8 17 (3.21%) PKI
9 16 (3.02%) Hybrid Cloud
9 16 (3.02%) Management Information System
10 11 (2.08%) Blackberry
11 8 (1.51%) FlexPod
12 7 (1.32%) Driving Licence
13 6 (1.13%) Private Cloud
14 5 (0.94%) Digital TV
14 5 (0.94%) MPEG
14 5 (0.94%) Smart Meter
14 5 (0.94%) STB
15 4 (0.75%) BYOD
Operating Systems
1 316 (59.62%) Windows
2 192 (36.23%) Windows Server
3 175 (33.02%) Linux
4 146 (27.55%) Windows Server 2008
5 145 (27.36%) Windows Server 2012
6 71 (13.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 71 (13.40%) Unix
7 64 (12.08%) Windows Server 2003
8 44 (8.30%) Windows 7
9 29 (5.47%) Windows 10
10 25 (4.72%) CentOS
11 15 (2.83%) Solaris
11 15 (2.83%) Ubuntu
12 11 (2.08%) AIX
12 11 (2.08%) Mac OS X
12 11 (2.08%) SUSE
12 11 (2.08%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
13 9 (1.70%) Oracle Linux
14 6 (1.13%) Data ONTAP
14 6 (1.13%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 111 (20.94%) ITIL
2 84 (15.85%) DevOps
3 50 (9.43%) Agile Software Development
4 44 (8.30%) Service Management
5 43 (8.11%) Migration
6 37 (6.98%) Continuous Integration
7 33 (6.23%) Configuration Management
8 28 (5.28%) Scrum
9 27 (5.09%) Converged Infrastructure
10 26 (4.91%) Load Balancing
11 24 (4.53%) High Availability
12 23 (4.34%) Capacity Planning
12 23 (4.34%) Change Management
13 22 (4.15%) Disaster Recovery
13 22 (4.15%) Server Building
14 21 (3.96%) Problem Management
15 19 (3.58%) Change Control
15 19 (3.58%) Project Management
16 18 (3.40%) Infrastructure Monitoring
17 17 (3.21%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 124 (23.40%) PowerShell
2 59 (11.13%) SQL
3 41 (7.74%) Bash Shell
3 41 (7.74%) Python
4 28 (5.28%) Java
5 25 (4.72%) Ruby
6 23 (4.34%) C
6 23 (4.34%) Perl
7 21 (3.96%) Shell Script
8 17 (3.21%) VBScript
9 15 (2.83%) F#
10 10 (1.89%) Korn
11 9 (1.70%) C++
12 8 (1.51%) JavaScript
12 8 (1.51%) VB
13 7 (1.32%) C#
14 3 (0.57%) Go
14 3 (0.57%) VB.NET
15 2 (0.38%) PL/SQL
16 1 (0.19%) PHP
Qualifications
1 116 (21.89%) Security Cleared
2 100 (18.87%) SC Cleared
3 64 (12.08%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 44 (8.30%) Microsoft Certification
5 36 (6.79%) Cisco Certification
6 32 (6.04%) MCSE
7 27 (5.09%) Degree
8 20 (3.77%) CCNA
8 20 (3.77%) CCNP
9 14 (2.64%) ITIL Certification
10 13 (2.45%) CCIE
10 13 (2.45%) VCP6
11 12 (2.26%) MCSA
12 11 (2.08%) RHCE
13 10 (1.89%) DV Cleared
14 9 (1.70%) VCAP
15 8 (1.51%) CCDP
15 8 (1.51%) ISEB
16 7 (1.32%) ISEB Practitioner
16 7 (1.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (5.09%) SLA
2 17 (3.21%) PCI DSS
3 8 (1.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (0.94%) QA
5 4 (0.75%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.38%) Def Stans
7 1 (0.19%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.19%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.19%) PMO
System Software
1 256 (48.30%) VMware Infrastructure
2 194 (36.60%) Active Directory
3 79 (14.91%) VMware ESXi
4 66 (12.45%) XenApp
5 53 (10.00%) Hyper-V
6 41 (7.74%) XenDesktop
7 38 (7.17%) Virtual Machines
7 38 (7.17%) VMware ESX
8 35 (6.60%) vCloud
9 27 (5.09%) Docker
10 26 (4.91%) XenServer
11 20 (3.77%) Microsoft App-V
12 14 (2.64%) Virtual Desktop
13 12 (2.26%) NFS
13 12 (2.26%) Xen
14 8 (1.51%) Terminal Services
15 7 (1.32%) Veritas Cluster Server
15 7 (1.32%) Virtual Servers
16 6 (1.13%) DFS Replication
17 5 (0.94%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 91 (17.17%) vCenter Server
2 80 (15.09%) SCCM
3 63 (11.89%) vRealize
4 54 (10.19%) Puppet
5 44 (8.30%) Ansible
6 38 (7.17%) Opscode Chef
6 38 (7.17%) SCOM
7 22 (4.15%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 18 (3.40%) WSUS
9 15 (2.83%) NetBackup
9 15 (2.83%) PowerCLI
9 15 (2.83%) vMotion
10 12 (2.26%) Nagios
10 12 (2.26%) Red Hat Satellite
11 11 (2.08%) Cobbler
11 11 (2.08%) Microsoft Clustering
12 10 (1.89%) EMC NetWorker
13 8 (1.51%) Nessus
13 8 (1.51%) Terraform
14 7 (1.32%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 475 (89.62%) VMware
2 183 (34.53%) Microsoft
3 149 (28.11%) Cisco
4 113 (21.32%) Citrix
5 101 (19.06%) HP
6 68 (12.83%) Red Hat
7 61 (11.51%) EMC
8 47 (8.87%) NetApp
9 40 (7.55%) Oracle
10 35 (6.60%) IBM
11 32 (6.04%) Dell
12 21 (3.96%) Veeam
13 18 (3.40%) 3PAR
14 16 (3.02%) LANDesk
15 15 (2.83%) Veritas
16 14 (2.64%) Google
17 13 (2.45%) CheckPoint
18 12 (2.26%) Brocade
18 12 (2.26%) CommVault
18 12 (2.26%) Juniper
London
Spring Technology
Posted: 11 hours ago
London
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £120 - £150 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
East London
Harris Global
Rate: From £30,000 to £35,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol, Avon
Reed Technology
Rate: £50000 per annum + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Premier IT
Posted: 3 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Brightred Resourcing Limited
Rate: From £400 to £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Windsor, Berkshire
Lafosse Contractors
Rate: £500 - £650 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
IQ Public Sector
Rate: £300.00 - £354.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Haysfm
Rate: £500.00 - £650.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
South Yorkshire
Modis International
Rate: £350 - £425 per day
Posted: 6 days ago