Period
to 15 August 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 15 August 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
15 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 309 419 387
Rank change year-on-year +110 -32 +81
Contract jobs citing vSphere 242 499 663
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.71% 0.55% 0.65%
As % of the System Software category 4.75% 3.52% 4.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 159 323 437
Median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
10th Percentile £300 £270 £250
90th Percentile £550 £555 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £377
% change year-on-year +3.03% +9.41% +2.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 14 18
Median hourly rate £42.50 £42.31 £30.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.46% +39.85% +30.11%
10th Percentile £35.00 £14.00 £15.23
90th Percentile £48.61 £48.38 £51.48
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £42.50 £36.63
% change year-on-year -17.65% +16.02% +117.60%

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 5,099 14,159 14,627
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.95% 15.63% 14.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,194 9,353 9,457
Median daily rate £475 £470 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.06% +4.44% +5.88%
10th Percentile £200 £178 £181
90th Percentile £635 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 263 638 887
Median hourly rate £20.00 £17.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.65% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £11.41 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £51.03 £47.50 £44.87
Median hourly rate £17.88 £16.00 £15.86
% change year-on-year +11.72% +0.88% +5.73%

vSphere
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for vSphere in the UK

vSphere
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for vSphere in the UK

vSphere
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing vSphere over the 6 months to 15 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for vSphere in the UK

vSphere
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for vSphere in the UK

vSphere
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing vSphere over the 6 months to 15 August 2020.

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 15 August 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 +101 204 £450 +9.09% 79
UK excluding London +106 169 £425 +3.03% 65
South East +113 66 £481 +16.67% 25
London +122 61 £419 -5.90% 22
Scotland +85 32 £415 -17.00% 5
South West +78 28 £500 +37.93% 8
North of England +70 17 £450 +12.50% 14
Work from Home -20 15 £415 +27.69% 2
Midlands +66 13 £350 +11.55% 6
East of England +69 11 £335 -27.57% 3
West Midlands +53 11 £350 +26.70% 4
North West +79 10 £475 +46.15% 6
Yorkshire +54 5 £375 -11.76% 5
East Midlands +49 2 £250 -28.83% 2
North East +40 2 £375 +36.36% 3
Wales +36 2 £388 +10.71% 4

For the 6 months to 15 August 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.

1 229 (94.63%) VMware
2 172 (71.07%) Windows
3 164 (67.77%) VMware Infrastructure
4 123 (50.83%) Security Cleared
5 117 (48.35%) Windows Server
6 103 (42.56%) Active Directory
7 93 (38.43%) SC Cleared
8 91 (37.60%) PowerShell
9 78 (32.23%) Microsoft
10 64 (26.45%) Windows Server 2016
11 58 (23.97%) Windows Server 2012
12 55 (22.73%) VMware ESXi
12 55 (22.73%) Citrix
13 53 (21.90%) DNS
14 49 (20.25%) Linux
14 49 (20.25%) vRealize
15 47 (19.42%) Azure
15 47 (19.42%) VMware NSX
16 45 (18.60%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 45 (18.60%) Configuration Management
16 45 (18.60%) Firewall
17 44 (18.18%) VSAN
18 42 (17.36%) DHCP
19 40 (16.53%) AWS
19 40 (16.53%) Windows 10
20 39 (16.12%) XenApp
21 35 (14.46%) Data Centre
22 33 (13.64%) Jenkins
22 33 (13.64%) Cisco
22 33 (13.64%) XML

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 27 (11.16%) MS Exchange
2 11 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2013
3 10 (4.13%) Skype for Business
4 8 (3.31%) Exchange Server 2010
4 8 (3.31%) SharePoint
5 7 (2.89%) IIS
5 7 (2.89%) Tomcat
6 4 (1.65%) Confluence
6 4 (1.65%) OpenStack
7 2 (0.83%) Apache
7 2 (0.83%) Cloud Foundry
8 1 (0.41%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.41%) JBoss
8 1 (0.41%) nginx
8 1 (0.41%) WildFly
Applications
1 9 (3.72%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.24%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.83%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.83%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (1.24%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 47 (19.42%) Azure
2 40 (16.53%) AWS
3 28 (11.57%) Office 365
4 16 (6.61%) GitHub
5 13 (5.37%) IaaS
6 10 (4.13%) Amazon EC2
7 8 (3.31%) GCP
8 5 (2.07%) PaaS
9 3 (1.24%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 3 (1.24%) Yammer
10 2 (0.83%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
10 2 (0.83%) Cloud Computing
10 2 (0.83%) Datadog
10 2 (0.83%) Heroku
10 2 (0.83%) OpenShift
11 1 (0.41%) G Suite
11 1 (0.41%) Power Platform
11 1 (0.41%) PowerApps
11 1 (0.41%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 53 (21.90%) DNS
2 45 (18.60%) Firewall
3 44 (18.18%) VSAN
4 42 (17.36%) DHCP
5 31 (12.81%) SAN
6 19 (7.85%) VLAN
6 19 (7.85%) WAN
7 17 (7.02%) Reverse Proxy
8 16 (6.61%) SNMP
8 16 (6.61%) TCP/IP
9 14 (5.79%) LAN
9 14 (5.79%) Skype
10 13 (5.37%) Network Security
11 10 (4.13%) iSCSI
12 9 (3.72%) NetScaler
13 7 (2.89%) Remote Desktop
14 6 (2.48%) Cisco Nexus
15 5 (2.07%) BGP
15 5 (2.07%) NAS
16 4 (1.65%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (11.98%) SQL Server
2 10 (4.13%) PostgreSQL
3 3 (1.24%) MySQL
3 3 (1.24%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (0.83%) Amazon RDS
4 2 (0.83%) Oracle Database
4 2 (0.83%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (0.83%) SQL Server 2017
5 1 (0.41%) Big Data
5 1 (0.41%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.41%) Oracle Database 12c
5 1 (0.41%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.41%) Redis
5 1 (0.41%) SQL Server 2014
5 1 (0.41%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 33 (13.64%) Jenkins
2 27 (11.16%) Git (software)
3 19 (7.85%) JIRA
4 17 (7.02%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 16 (6.61%) GitLab
6 10 (4.13%) DbUnit
6 10 (4.13%) jMock
6 10 (4.13%) JUnit
6 10 (4.13%) Maven
6 10 (4.13%) Mockito
6 10 (4.13%) SonarQube
7 3 (1.24%) Bitbucket
7 3 (1.24%) Sonatype Nexus
8 2 (0.83%) CF BOSH
8 2 (0.83%) TeamCity
9 1 (0.41%) AutoIt
9 1 (0.41%) Robot Framework
9 1 (0.41%) SoapUI
9 1 (0.41%) SpecFlow
9 1 (0.41%) TestRail
General
1 19 (7.85%) Finance
2 7 (2.89%) Banking
2 7 (2.89%) Telecoms
3 6 (2.48%) Public Sector
4 3 (1.24%) Legal
5 2 (0.83%) Local Government
5 2 (0.83%) Publishing
5 2 (0.83%) Spanish Language
6 1 (0.41%) Aerospace
6 1 (0.41%) Back Office
6 1 (0.41%) Housing Association
6 1 (0.41%) Law
6 1 (0.41%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.41%) Police
Job Titles
1 37 (15.29%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 35 (14.46%) VMware Engineer
3 25 (10.33%) Virtualisation Engineer
4 17 (7.02%) Architect
4 17 (7.02%) Consultant
5 14 (5.79%) Wintel Engineer
6 13 (5.37%) Cloud Engineer
6 13 (5.37%) DevOps Engineer
7 12 (4.96%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 10 (4.13%) Administrator
8 10 (4.13%) VMware Consultant
9 9 (3.72%) Network Engineer
9 9 (3.72%) Server Engineer
10 8 (3.31%) Systems Engineer
10 8 (3.31%) VMware Architect
11 7 (2.89%) Analyst
11 7 (2.89%) Developer
11 7 (2.89%) Java Developer
11 7 (2.89%) PowerShell Engineer
11 7 (2.89%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (13.64%) XML
2 17 (7.02%) RESTful
3 16 (6.61%) REST
4 13 (5.37%) Web Services
5 10 (4.13%) gRPC
5 10 (4.13%) J2EE
5 10 (4.13%) PowerMock
5 10 (4.13%) SOAP
5 10 (4.13%) Swagger
6 9 (3.72%) Apache Camel
6 9 (3.72%) Elastic Stack
7 7 (2.89%) Spring
8 5 (2.07%) JSON
8 5 (2.07%) Middleware
9 4 (1.65%) Hibernate
10 3 (1.24%) 802.1X
10 3 (1.24%) SailPoint
11 2 (0.83%) OAuth
11 2 (0.83%) OAuth2
11 2 (0.83%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 35 (14.46%) Data Centre
2 14 (5.79%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (5.79%) Replication
3 12 (4.96%) Public Cloud
4 11 (4.55%) Clustering
4 11 (4.55%) Self-Motivation
5 7 (2.89%) Private Cloud
6 6 (2.48%) PKI
7 5 (2.07%) Management Information System
8 3 (1.24%) Driving Licence
8 3 (1.24%) Fat Client
8 3 (1.24%) NHS
8 3 (1.24%) Thin Client
9 2 (0.83%) Machine to Machine
9 2 (0.83%) User Experience
10 1 (0.41%) Blackberry
10 1 (0.41%) Client/Server
10 1 (0.41%) EMC VMAX
10 1 (0.41%) EMC VNX
10 1 (0.41%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 172 (71.07%) Windows
2 117 (48.35%) Windows Server
3 64 (26.45%) Windows Server 2016
4 58 (23.97%) Windows Server 2012
5 49 (20.25%) Linux
6 40 (16.53%) Windows 10
7 32 (13.22%) Windows Server 2008
8 26 (10.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 19 (7.85%) CentOS
10 12 (4.96%) Windows Server 2019
11 8 (3.31%) Unix
11 8 (3.31%) Windows 7
11 8 (3.31%) Windows Server 2003
12 3 (1.24%) Windows 2000
13 2 (0.83%) AIX
13 2 (0.83%) Solaris
13 2 (0.83%) Windows XP
14 1 (0.41%) HPUX
14 1 (0.41%) Ubuntu
14 1 (0.41%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (18.60%) Configuration Management
1 45 (18.60%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 29 (11.98%) Migration
3 28 (11.57%) Continuous Integration
4 27 (11.16%) Agile Software Development
4 27 (11.16%) ITIL
5 23 (9.50%) DevOps
6 22 (9.09%) Deployment Automation
6 22 (9.09%) Infrastructure as Code
7 21 (8.68%) Problem-Solving
8 15 (6.20%) Continuous Deployment
9 14 (5.79%) Storage Management
10 13 (5.37%) Microservices
11 12 (4.96%) Change Management
11 12 (4.96%) Disaster Recovery
12 11 (4.55%) Stakeholder Management
13 10 (4.13%) E-Commerce
13 10 (4.13%) Software Engineering
14 9 (3.72%) BDD
14 9 (3.72%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 91 (37.60%) PowerShell
2 19 (7.85%) Python
3 17 (7.02%) SQL
4 13 (5.37%) C#
5 12 (4.96%) Bash Shell
5 12 (4.96%) Go
5 12 (4.96%) Java
6 10 (4.13%) VBScript
7 7 (2.89%) PHP
8 6 (2.48%) Perl
9 5 (2.07%) C
9 5 (2.07%) JavaScript
10 4 (1.65%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.41%) F#
11 1 (0.41%) Ruby
11 1 (0.41%) VB
11 1 (0.41%) VBA
Qualifications
1 123 (50.83%) Security Cleared
2 93 (38.43%) SC Cleared
3 27 (11.16%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 25 (10.33%) DV Cleared
5 12 (4.96%) VCAP
6 11 (4.55%) Microsoft Certification
7 9 (3.72%) MCSE
8 8 (3.31%) VCP6
9 7 (2.89%) Degree
10 6 (2.48%) Citrix Certification
11 4 (1.65%) CCNA
11 4 (1.65%) Cisco Certification
12 3 (1.24%) CESG Certified Professional
12 3 (1.24%) Computer Science Degree
12 3 (1.24%) MCSA
12 3 (1.24%) VCDX
13 2 (0.83%) DBS Check
13 2 (0.83%) ISTQB
13 2 (0.83%) ITIL Certification
13 2 (0.83%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (4.13%) SLA
2 3 (1.24%) QA
3 2 (0.83%) PMO
4 1 (0.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 164 (67.77%) VMware Infrastructure
2 103 (42.56%) Active Directory
3 55 (22.73%) VMware ESXi
4 47 (19.42%) VMware NSX
5 39 (16.12%) XenApp
6 19 (7.85%) Hyper-V
7 18 (7.44%) Terminal Services
8 17 (7.02%) Docker
9 16 (6.61%) vCloud
10 13 (5.37%) Virtual Desktop
11 12 (4.96%) XenDesktop
12 10 (4.13%) Virtual Machines
13 7 (2.89%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 5 (2.07%) NFS
14 5 (2.07%) Terminal Server
15 4 (1.65%) Microsoft App-V
15 4 (1.65%) UAG
16 2 (0.83%) DFS Replication
16 2 (0.83%) Virtual Servers
17 1 (0.41%) Forefront TMG
Systems Management
1 49 (20.25%) vRealize
2 32 (13.22%) PowerCLI
2 32 (13.22%) vCenter Server
3 31 (12.81%) SCCM
4 23 (9.50%) Ansible
4 23 (9.50%) Puppet
5 22 (9.09%) Opscode Chef
6 18 (7.44%) Terraform
7 17 (7.02%) Kubernetes
8 16 (6.61%) Packer
9 10 (4.13%) McAfee ePO
10 9 (3.72%) Grafana
10 9 (3.72%) Prometheus
10 9 (3.72%) ZABBIX
11 8 (3.31%) SCOM
12 6 (2.48%) Failover Clustering
12 6 (2.48%) vRealize Orchestrator
12 6 (2.48%) WSUS
13 5 (2.07%) Microsoft Clustering
13 5 (2.07%) vMotion
Vendors
1 229 (94.63%) VMware
2 78 (32.23%) Microsoft
3 55 (22.73%) Citrix
4 33 (13.64%) Cisco
5 28 (11.57%) Dell
6 25 (10.33%) EMC
7 24 (9.92%) NetApp
8 19 (7.85%) McAfee
9 16 (6.61%) Atlassian
10 15 (6.20%) Juniper
10 15 (6.20%) Veeam
11 13 (5.37%) HP
12 12 (4.96%) Splunk
13 10 (4.13%) Google
14 9 (3.72%) Oracle
15 8 (3.31%) Red Hat
15 8 (3.31%) SolarWinds
16 5 (2.07%) NetIQ
17 4 (1.65%) Brocade
17 4 (1.65%) Sophos