Period
to 23 October 2017

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 October 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
6 months to
23 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 441 368 310
Rank change year-on-year -73 -58 +18
Contract jobs citing vSphere 512 682 869
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.51% 0.65% 0.76%
As % of the System Software category 4.18% 5.23% 7.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 349 475 539
UK median daily rate £385 £388 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.65% +6.90% +5.07%
10th Percentile £178 £224 £228
90th Percentile £540 £533 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 22 29
UK median hourly rate £31.00 £32.50 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.62% +36.84% -13.64%
10th Percentile £12.36 £10.84 £16.85
90th Percentile £39.75 £49.46 £43.45
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.00 £44.46 £23.25
% change year-on-year -28.03% +91.23% +1.09%

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 12251 13034 11711
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.23% 12.37% 10.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 7906 8173 6609
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +11.11% +6.67%
10th Percentile £158 £175 £160
90th Percentile £600 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £360 £338
% change year-on-year +4.17% +6.67% +5.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 683 888 1257
UK median hourly rate £16.70 £16.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.38% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £10.40 £10.50 £10.00
90th Percentile £47.25 £40.08 £38.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £15.25 £15.75
% change year-on-year +1.64% -3.17% +5.00%

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 October 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 6 months to 23 October 2017.

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 23 October 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 -75 453 £388 -3.13% 66
UK excluding London -41 326 £375 - 40
London -33 179 £425 - 27
South East -52 122 £400 -5.88% 14
North of England +31 70 £375 +8.70% 9
Yorkshire +45 40 £400 -3.61% 5
Scotland +11 39 £450 +36.36% 1
Midlands +28 32 £354 -5.67% 8
South West -3 32 £425 +6.25% 1
North West +4 27 £325 -4.34% 3
East of England -53 25 £214 -36.67% 7
West Midlands +30 21 £378 -2.58% 5
East Midlands 0 11 £338 -10.00% 3
Wales +9 7 £325 -12.75%
Northern Ireland - 6 £345 -
North East +40 3 - - 1

For the 6 months to 23 October 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.

1 477 (93.16%) VMware
2 351 (68.55%) Windows
3 253 (49.41%) VMware Infrastructure
4 248 (48.44%) Windows Server
5 245 (47.85%) Active Directory
6 229 (44.73%) Microsoft
7 173 (33.79%) Windows Server 2012
8 144 (28.13%) Windows Server 2008
9 140 (27.34%) Linux
10 125 (24.41%) Cisco
11 124 (24.22%) Firewall
12 121 (23.63%) SAN
13 109 (21.29%) PowerShell
14 108 (21.09%) HP
15 101 (19.73%) Citrix
16 95 (18.55%) SQL Server
17 89 (17.38%) ITIL
18 77 (15.04%) Migration
18 77 (15.04%) vCenter Server
19 76 (14.84%) VMware ESXi
20 75 (14.65%) MS Exchange
21 74 (14.45%) SQL
21 74 (14.45%) Data Centre
22 69 (13.48%) NetApp
22 69 (13.48%) DNS
23 68 (13.28%) Security Cleared
24 65 (12.70%) Finance
25 62 (12.11%) WAN
26 59 (11.52%) XenApp
27 58 (11.33%) LAN

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 75 (14.65%) MS Exchange
2 44 (8.59%) Exchange Server 2010
3 36 (7.03%) IIS
4 29 (5.66%) SharePoint
5 21 (4.10%) Exchange Server 2013
6 15 (2.93%) JBoss
7 14 (2.73%) Tomcat
8 13 (2.54%) Apache
8 13 (2.54%) Skype for Business
9 10 (1.95%) Exchange Server 2007
9 10 (1.95%) OpenStack
10 8 (1.56%) Elasticsearch
10 8 (1.56%) SharePoint 2013
10 8 (1.56%) SharePoint Server
11 4 (0.78%) Cloud Foundry
11 4 (0.78%) SharePoint 2010
11 4 (0.78%) WordPress
12 3 (0.59%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 3 (0.59%) CloudStack
12 3 (0.59%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 40 (7.81%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (0.78%) Microsoft Project
3 2 (0.39%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.20%) 3ds Max
4 1 (0.20%) AutoCAD
4 1 (0.20%) CINEMA 4D
4 1 (0.20%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.20%) SketchUp
Business Applications
1 4 (0.78%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.20%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (0.20%) Sage CRM
Cloud Services
1 57 (11.13%) Microsoft Azure
1 57 (11.13%) Office 365
2 35 (6.84%) Amazon AWS
3 13 (2.54%) Azure Active Directory
4 11 (2.15%) Cloud Computing
5 10 (1.95%) Amazon EC2
6 6 (1.17%) IaaS
7 5 (0.98%) G Suite
7 5 (0.98%) PaaS
8 3 (0.59%) AWS CloudFormation
9 2 (0.39%) Amazon S3
9 2 (0.39%) IBM Cloud
9 2 (0.39%) SoftLayer
9 2 (0.39%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 1 (0.20%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 1 (0.20%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
10 1 (0.20%) CloudBees
10 1 (0.20%) Heroku
10 1 (0.20%) Mimecast
10 1 (0.20%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 124 (24.22%) Firewall
2 121 (23.63%) SAN
3 69 (13.48%) DNS
4 62 (12.11%) WAN
5 58 (11.33%) LAN
6 55 (10.74%) DHCP
7 53 (10.35%) TCP/IP
8 50 (9.77%) VPN
9 32 (6.25%) VSAN
10 30 (5.86%) NAS
11 20 (3.91%) VoIP
11 20 (3.91%) Wireless
12 19 (3.71%) NetScaler
12 19 (3.71%) VLAN
13 17 (3.32%) Cisco ASA
13 17 (3.32%) Network Security
14 15 (2.93%) Cisco Nexus
15 14 (2.73%) MPLS
15 14 (2.73%) SMTP
16 13 (2.54%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 95 (18.55%) SQL Server
2 20 (3.91%) SQL Server 2012
3 16 (3.13%) SQL Server 2008
4 15 (2.93%) Oracle Database
5 12 (2.34%) Oracle Database 10g
5 12 (2.34%) Oracle Database 11g
6 9 (1.76%) SQL Server 2016
7 8 (1.56%) MySQL
7 8 (1.56%) SQL Server 2005
8 7 (1.37%) SQL Server 2014
9 6 (1.17%) Oracle Reports
10 5 (0.98%) Apache Cassandra
11 4 (0.78%) PostgreSQL
12 3 (0.59%) MongoDB
12 3 (0.59%) Redis
13 2 (0.39%) BusinessObjects
13 2 (0.39%) Relational Database
14 1 (0.20%) DB2
14 1 (0.20%) SQL Server 2000
14 1 (0.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 21 (4.10%) Jenkins
1 21 (4.10%) Team Foundation Server
2 19 (3.71%) Git (software)
3 13 (2.54%) SpecFlow
4 12 (2.34%) Ant
4 12 (2.34%) Eclipse
4 12 (2.34%) HP UFT
4 12 (2.34%) Oracle APEX
4 12 (2.34%) Selenium
4 12 (2.34%) SoapUI
4 12 (2.34%) TestNG
5 10 (1.95%) LoadRunner
6 9 (1.76%) MSI
7 7 (1.37%) Chocolatey
8 6 (1.17%) DbUnit
8 6 (1.17%) jMock
8 6 (1.17%) JUnit
8 6 (1.17%) Maven
8 6 (1.17%) Mockito
8 6 (1.17%) SonarQube
General
1 65 (12.70%) Finance
2 24 (4.69%) Banking
3 17 (3.32%) Telecoms
4 8 (1.56%) Manufacturing
4 8 (1.56%) Publishing
5 6 (1.17%) Local Government
6 5 (0.98%) Marketing
6 5 (0.98%) Retail
7 4 (0.78%) Advertising
7 4 (0.78%) Electronics
8 3 (0.59%) Aerospace
8 3 (0.59%) Investment Banking
8 3 (0.59%) Law
9 2 (0.39%) Billing
9 2 (0.39%) French Language
9 2 (0.39%) Legal
9 2 (0.39%) Romanian Language
10 1 (0.20%) Automotive
10 1 (0.20%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.20%) International Banking
Job Titles
1 85 (16.60%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 78 (15.23%) Analyst
3 49 (9.57%) Administrator
4 45 (8.79%) VMware Engineer
5 40 (7.81%) Support Engineer
6 39 (7.62%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 35 (6.84%) Consultant
8 33 (6.45%) Architect
9 32 (6.25%) 3rd Line Support
10 29 (5.66%) Windows Engineer
11 28 (5.47%) Server Engineer
12 27 (5.27%) Infrastructure Analyst
13 23 (4.49%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
14 22 (4.30%) Service Analyst
15 21 (4.10%) VMware Specialist
16 19 (3.71%) Systems Administrator
17 18 (3.52%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
17 18 (3.52%) Linux Engineer
18 17 (3.32%) Network Engineer
19 16 (3.13%) Server Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (4.10%) Web Services
2 17 (3.32%) .NET
3 8 (1.56%) SOAP
4 7 (1.37%) X-Windows
5 6 (1.17%) Apache Camel
5 6 (1.17%) J2EE
5 6 (1.17%) PowerMock
5 6 (1.17%) REST
5 6 (1.17%) RESTful
5 6 (1.17%) Spring
6 5 (0.98%) ASP.NET
6 5 (0.98%) Spring Boot
7 4 (0.78%) Middleware
7 4 (0.78%) XML
8 3 (0.59%) RabbitMQ
8 3 (0.59%) SAP Basis
9 2 (0.39%) .NET Core
9 2 (0.39%) AngularJS
9 2 (0.39%) ASP.NET Web API
9 2 (0.39%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 74 (14.45%) Data Centre
2 29 (5.66%) Analytical Skills
3 25 (4.88%) Management Information System
4 15 (2.93%) Clustering
4 15 (2.93%) Private Cloud
4 15 (2.93%) VxBlock/Vblock
5 14 (2.73%) PKI
5 14 (2.73%) Replication
6 13 (2.54%) Computer Science
6 13 (2.54%) EMC VNX
7 9 (1.76%) Blackberry
7 9 (1.76%) RSA SecurID
8 5 (0.98%) EMC VMAX
8 5 (0.98%) iPad
8 5 (0.98%) iPhone
9 4 (0.78%) Hybrid Cloud
9 4 (0.78%) Minimum Viable Product
9 4 (0.78%) Virtual Team
10 3 (0.59%) Driving Licence
10 3 (0.59%) HP StoreVirtual
Operating Systems
1 351 (68.55%) Windows
2 248 (48.44%) Windows Server
3 173 (33.79%) Windows Server 2012
4 144 (28.13%) Windows Server 2008
5 140 (27.34%) Linux
6 52 (10.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 46 (8.98%) Windows Server 2003
8 38 (7.42%) Windows 7
9 33 (6.45%) Unix
9 33 (6.45%) Windows 10
10 11 (2.15%) SUSE
11 10 (1.95%) CentOS
12 8 (1.56%) Windows 8
13 7 (1.37%) Mac OS X
13 7 (1.37%) Ubuntu
13 7 (1.37%) Windows XP
14 6 (1.17%) AIX
14 6 (1.17%) Solaris
14 6 (1.17%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
14 6 (1.17%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 89 (17.38%) ITIL
2 77 (15.04%) Migration
3 44 (8.59%) DevOps
4 33 (6.45%) Agile Software Development
5 27 (5.27%) Change Management
6 26 (5.08%) Capacity Planning
6 26 (5.08%) Disaster Recovery
7 23 (4.49%) Configuration Management
7 23 (4.49%) Load Balancing
7 23 (4.49%) Service Management
8 22 (4.30%) Continuous Integration
9 21 (4.10%) High Availability
9 21 (4.10%) Network Design
9 21 (4.10%) Project Management
9 21 (4.10%) Server Building
9 21 (4.10%) Task Automation
10 18 (3.52%) ITIL V3
11 16 (3.13%) E-Commerce
11 16 (3.13%) Test Automation
12 15 (2.93%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 109 (21.29%) PowerShell
2 74 (14.45%) SQL
3 27 (5.27%) Java
4 23 (4.49%) Python
5 21 (4.10%) Ruby
6 20 (3.91%) Bash Shell
7 12 (2.34%) F#
8 11 (2.15%) C
9 8 (1.56%) Perl
10 7 (1.37%) Groovy
10 7 (1.37%) VBScript
11 6 (1.17%) C#
11 6 (1.17%) JavaScript
11 6 (1.17%) Shell Script
12 5 (0.98%) Elixir
12 5 (0.98%) Erlang
12 5 (0.98%) Go
13 3 (0.59%) VB.NET
14 2 (0.39%) Korn
14 2 (0.39%) VB
Qualifications
1 68 (13.28%) Security Cleared
2 53 (10.35%) Microsoft Certification
3 50 (9.77%) SC Cleared
4 49 (9.57%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 37 (7.23%) MCSE
6 34 (6.64%) Cisco Certification
7 30 (5.86%) Degree
8 24 (4.69%) CCNA
9 19 (3.71%) MCSA
10 15 (2.93%) CCNP
10 15 (2.93%) DV Cleared
11 12 (2.34%) ITIL Certification
12 11 (2.15%) ISEB
13 10 (1.95%) VCAP
13 10 (1.95%) VCP6
14 9 (1.76%) ISEB Practitioner
14 9 (1.76%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 8 (1.56%) MCP
16 6 (1.17%) RHCE
17 5 (0.98%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (4.30%) SLA
2 14 (2.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 12 (2.34%) PCI DSS
4 7 (1.37%) RMADS
5 5 (0.98%) Disclosure Scotland
6 3 (0.59%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 2 (0.39%) QA
8 1 (0.20%) GDPR
8 1 (0.20%) PMO
System Software
1 253 (49.41%) VMware Infrastructure
2 245 (47.85%) Active Directory
3 76 (14.84%) VMware ESXi
4 59 (11.52%) XenApp
5 49 (9.57%) VMware NSX
6 48 (9.38%) Hyper-V
7 38 (7.42%) XenDesktop
8 37 (7.23%) Virtual Machines
9 18 (3.52%) vCloud
9 18 (3.52%) Virtual Servers
10 14 (2.73%) Docker
10 14 (2.73%) XenServer
11 11 (2.15%) Microsoft App-V
12 9 (1.76%) VMware Workstation
13 8 (1.56%) DFS Replication
14 6 (1.17%) LXC
14 6 (1.17%) Virtual Desktop
15 5 (0.98%) Forefront TMG
15 5 (0.98%) Xen
16 4 (0.78%) NFS
Systems Management
1 77 (15.04%) vCenter Server
2 56 (10.94%) SCCM
3 41 (8.01%) vRealize
4 39 (7.62%) Puppet
5 37 (7.23%) SCOM
6 31 (6.05%) Ansible
7 24 (4.69%) Opscode Chef
8 23 (4.49%) WSUS
9 19 (3.71%) PowerCLI
10 17 (3.32%) NetBackup
11 12 (2.34%) Microsoft Clustering
11 12 (2.34%) Terraform
12 11 (2.15%) Kubernetes
12 11 (2.15%) vMotion
13 10 (1.95%) Norton AntiVirus
14 9 (1.76%) McAfee ePO
14 9 (1.76%) Tivoli
15 8 (1.56%) Nessus
16 7 (1.37%) Kibana
16 7 (1.37%) Network Intrusion Detection System
Vendors
1 477 (93.16%) VMware
2 229 (44.73%) Microsoft
3 125 (24.41%) Cisco
4 108 (21.09%) HP
5 101 (19.73%) Citrix
6 69 (13.48%) NetApp
7 51 (9.96%) Red Hat
8 50 (9.77%) EMC
9 42 (8.20%) Oracle
10 34 (6.64%) Dell
11 31 (6.05%) CheckPoint
12 27 (5.27%) Veeam
13 25 (4.88%) McAfee
14 23 (4.49%) CommVault
14 23 (4.49%) F5
15 18 (3.52%) IBM
16 17 (3.32%) Symantec
17 13 (2.54%) 3PAR
17 13 (2.54%) Sophos
18 12 (2.34%) Google