Period
to 27 June 2019

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 27 June 2019 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
27 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 412 390 428
Rank change year-on-year -22 +38 -115
Contract jobs citing vSphere 518 619 457
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.57% 0.61% 0.50%
As % of the System Software category 3.66% 4.45% 4.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 341 405 315
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £240 £250 £225
90th Percentile £588 £525 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £423 £388 £384
% change year-on-year +9.03% +0.98% +2.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 21 13
UK median hourly rate £30.00 £29.50 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.69% +40.48% -51.16%
10th Percentile £14.00 £17.25 £12.63
90th Percentile £48.73 £47.83 £48.73
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £31.00 £16.84
% change year-on-year -3.23% +84.14% -60.85%

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 14,149 13,919 10,348
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.52% 13.77% 11.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,373 8,979 6,620
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +6.51% +5.63%
10th Percentile £181 £185 £163
90th Percentile £638 £625 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +2.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 616 834 657
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - -
10th Percentile £11.05 £11.00 £10.13
90th Percentile £47.50 £45.74 £46.94
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.80 £15.70 £15.00
% change year-on-year +0.64% +4.67% -7.69%

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 27 June 2019.

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 27 June 2019.

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 27 June 2019. 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 -16 471 £425 +4.94% 48
UK excluding London -26 340 £423 +9.03% 42
London -9 167 £475 +10.79% 6
South East 0 133 £413 -2.94% 12
North of England -13 53 £425 +27.82% 16
Midlands +15 42 £250 -35.48% 8
South West -4 37 £450 +28.57% 2
East of England +19 36 £450 +12.50% 4
West Midlands +1 29 £230 -45.88% 6
Scotland +27 28 £500 +42.35%
Yorkshire +14 25 £425 +4.94% 8
North West +15 21 £475 +22.58% 8
East Midlands +16 13 £343 -11.61% 2
Wales -3 11 £350 -22.22%
North East -9 7 £275 -11.00%

For the 6 months to 27 June 2019, 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.

1 495 (95.56%) VMware
2 343 (66.22%) VMware Infrastructure
3 325 (62.74%) Windows
4 231 (44.59%) Active Directory
5 223 (43.05%) Windows Server
6 210 (40.54%) Microsoft
7 152 (29.34%) Citrix
8 141 (27.22%) PowerShell
9 131 (25.29%) Cisco
10 124 (23.94%) VMware ESXi
11 123 (23.75%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 114 (22.01%) DNS
13 111 (21.43%) Security Cleared
14 109 (21.04%) Amazon AWS
15 107 (20.66%) Windows Server 2012
16 104 (20.08%) Microsoft Azure
17 101 (19.50%) Linux
18 96 (18.53%) Firewall
19 95 (18.34%) Office 365
20 94 (18.15%) SCCM
21 92 (17.76%) XenApp
22 85 (16.41%) Data Centre
23 84 (16.22%) Hyper-V
24 78 (15.06%) Finance
24 78 (15.06%) vCenter Server
25 77 (14.86%) DHCP
26 75 (14.48%) ITIL
27 70 (13.51%) SAN
27 70 (13.51%) Migration
28 68 (13.13%) Windows Server 2008

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 57 (11.00%) MS Exchange
2 43 (8.30%) Skype for Business
3 26 (5.02%) IIS
4 21 (4.05%) Tomcat
5 20 (3.86%) SharePoint
6 18 (3.47%) Exchange Server 2010
7 14 (2.70%) Exchange Server 2013
8 10 (1.93%) Apache
9 6 (1.16%) OpenStack
9 6 (1.16%) WebSphere
10 5 (0.97%) IBM Notes
11 4 (0.77%) SharePoint Server
12 3 (0.58%) Cloud Foundry
12 3 (0.58%) Confluence
12 3 (0.58%) JBoss
13 2 (0.39%) WebLogic
14 1 (0.19%) CloudStack
14 1 (0.19%) Elasticsearch
14 1 (0.19%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 1 (0.19%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 32 (6.18%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (1.35%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (1.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.58%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (0.97%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.39%) Dynamics GP
3 1 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 109 (21.04%) Amazon AWS
2 104 (20.08%) Microsoft Azure
3 95 (18.34%) Office 365
4 44 (8.49%) Amazon EC2
5 35 (6.76%) IaaS
6 23 (4.44%) Azure Active Directory
7 19 (3.67%) PaaS
8 12 (2.32%) Cloud Computing
9 7 (1.35%) Akamai
9 7 (1.35%) GitHub
10 5 (0.97%) OpenShift
10 5 (0.97%) Power Platform
10 5 (0.97%) PowerApps
10 5 (0.97%) SaaS
11 4 (0.77%) Slack
11 4 (0.77%) Yammer
12 3 (0.58%) AWS CloudFormation
12 3 (0.58%) Azure Stack
12 3 (0.58%) Google Cloud Platform
13 2 (0.39%) Amazon ELB
Communications & Networking
1 114 (22.01%) DNS
2 96 (18.53%) Firewall
3 77 (14.86%) DHCP
4 70 (13.51%) SAN
5 47 (9.07%) WAN
6 44 (8.49%) LAN
7 39 (7.53%) TCP/IP
8 38 (7.34%) VSAN
9 35 (6.76%) Skype
10 33 (6.37%) NetScaler
11 28 (5.41%) VPN
12 21 (4.05%) iSCSI
13 19 (3.67%) Cisco Nexus
14 18 (3.47%) VLAN
15 17 (3.28%) Fibre Channel
16 16 (3.09%) NAS
16 16 (3.09%) SSL
17 13 (2.51%) Cisco ASA
18 10 (1.93%) VoIP
19 9 (1.74%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 55 (10.62%) SQL Server
2 11 (2.12%) MySQL
3 9 (1.74%) SQL Server 2012
4 8 (1.54%) PostgreSQL
5 7 (1.35%) Hadoop
6 5 (0.97%) Big Data
6 5 (0.97%) HBase
6 5 (0.97%) Relational Database
7 4 (0.77%) Oracle Database
7 4 (0.77%) RDBMS
8 2 (0.39%) NoSQL
8 2 (0.39%) SQL Server 2016
9 1 (0.19%) Apache Accumulo
9 1 (0.19%) SQL Server 2005
9 1 (0.19%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 52 (10.04%) Git (software)
2 42 (8.11%) Jenkins
3 39 (7.53%) JUnit
3 39 (7.53%) Maven
4 38 (7.34%) DbUnit
4 38 (7.34%) jMock
4 38 (7.34%) Mockito
4 38 (7.34%) SonarQube
5 17 (3.28%) Sonatype Nexus
6 12 (2.32%) MSI
7 8 (1.54%) InstallShield
7 8 (1.54%) JIRA
8 7 (1.35%) AdminStudio
9 5 (0.97%) Subversion
10 4 (0.77%) GitLab
11 2 (0.39%) Bitbucket
11 2 (0.39%) Hudson
11 2 (0.39%) TortoiseSVN
11 2 (0.39%) Vagrant
12 1 (0.19%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 78 (15.06%) Finance
2 18 (3.47%) Telecoms
3 16 (3.09%) Retail
4 13 (2.51%) Banking
5 12 (2.32%) Back Office
6 6 (1.16%) Law
6 6 (1.16%) Marketing
7 5 (0.97%) Legal
7 5 (0.97%) Manufacturing
8 4 (0.77%) Electronics
8 4 (0.77%) Investment Banking
9 3 (0.58%) Financial Institution
9 3 (0.58%) Military
9 3 (0.58%) Publishing
10 2 (0.39%) Advertising
10 2 (0.39%) Local Government
10 2 (0.39%) Online Betting
11 1 (0.19%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 115 (22.20%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 76 (14.67%) Analyst
3 53 (10.23%) Architect
4 49 (9.46%) VMware Engineer
5 45 (8.69%) Infrastructure Analyst
6 42 (8.11%) Consultant
7 39 (7.53%) Developer
8 37 (7.14%) Java Developer
9 33 (6.37%) 3rd Line Support
10 26 (5.02%) Windows Engineer
11 25 (4.83%) VMware Consultant
12 23 (4.44%) Support Engineer
13 21 (4.05%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
13 21 (4.05%) Server Engineer
13 21 (4.05%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
14 19 (3.67%) Support Analyst
14 19 (3.67%) Wintel Engineer
15 18 (3.47%) 3rd Line Engineer
16 17 (3.28%) Infrastructure Support
16 17 (3.28%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (9.46%) Web Services
2 45 (8.69%) J2EE
3 39 (7.53%) RESTful
3 39 (7.53%) SOAP
4 38 (7.34%) Apache Camel
4 38 (7.34%) PowerMock
5 28 (5.41%) Spring
6 20 (3.86%) Spring Boot
7 13 (2.51%) XML
8 10 (1.93%) Software Packaging
9 8 (1.54%) LDAP
9 8 (1.54%) REST
10 7 (1.35%) 802.1X
11 5 (0.97%) Hibernate
12 4 (0.77%) SailPoint
12 4 (0.77%) WAP
13 3 (0.58%) JSON
13 3 (0.58%) JSP
13 3 (0.58%) Node.js
13 3 (0.58%) Servlets
Miscellaneous
1 85 (16.41%) Data Centre
2 32 (6.18%) Clustering
3 31 (5.98%) Analytical Skills
4 20 (3.86%) Greenfield Project
5 19 (3.67%) PKI
6 18 (3.47%) EMC VNX
7 15 (2.90%) Management Information System
8 13 (2.51%) VxBlock/Vblock
9 12 (2.32%) Replication
10 11 (2.12%) Public Cloud
10 11 (2.12%) Self-Motivation
11 10 (1.93%) Hybrid Cloud
11 10 (1.93%) User Experience
12 8 (1.54%) Fat Client
12 8 (1.54%) Thin Client
13 5 (0.97%) Blackberry
13 5 (0.97%) CCTV
14 4 (0.77%) Enterprise Storage
14 4 (0.77%) NHS
14 4 (0.77%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 325 (62.74%) Windows
2 223 (43.05%) Windows Server
3 107 (20.66%) Windows Server 2012
4 101 (19.50%) Linux
5 68 (13.13%) Windows Server 2008
6 66 (12.74%) Windows 10
7 47 (9.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 32 (6.18%) Windows 7
9 31 (5.98%) Windows Server 2003
10 26 (5.02%) Unix
11 21 (4.05%) Solaris
12 19 (3.67%) Ubuntu
13 12 (2.32%) CentOS
14 10 (1.93%) AIX
15 6 (1.16%) Android
15 6 (1.16%) Data ONTAP
16 4 (0.77%) Apple iOS
16 4 (0.77%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
17 3 (0.58%) Mac OS
17 3 (0.58%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 123 (23.75%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 75 (14.48%) ITIL
3 70 (13.51%) Migration
4 61 (11.78%) Agile Software Development
5 55 (10.62%) Virtual Infrastructure
6 43 (8.30%) BDD
7 42 (8.11%) Scrum
7 42 (8.11%) TDD
8 41 (7.92%) Continuous Integration
9 40 (7.72%) E-Commerce
10 38 (7.34%) Kanban
11 36 (6.95%) Problem-Solving
12 30 (5.79%) Open Source
13 28 (5.41%) Configuration Management
14 25 (4.83%) DevOps
15 23 (4.44%) Problem Management
16 21 (4.05%) Application Packaging
17 20 (3.86%) Capacity Planning
18 19 (3.67%) Infrastructure Automation
18 19 (3.67%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 141 (27.22%) PowerShell
2 54 (10.42%) Java
3 42 (8.11%) SQL
4 33 (6.37%) JavaScript
5 22 (4.25%) Python
6 14 (2.70%) VBScript
7 8 (1.54%) C
8 5 (0.97%) Bash Shell
8 5 (0.97%) Shell Script
8 5 (0.97%) VB
9 4 (0.77%) Ruby
10 3 (0.58%) Perl
11 2 (0.39%) C++
11 2 (0.39%) Kotlin
12 1 (0.19%) ABAP
12 1 (0.19%) C#
12 1 (0.19%) PHP
Qualifications
1 111 (21.43%) Security Cleared
2 66 (12.74%) SC Cleared
3 64 (12.36%) Microsoft Certification
4 49 (9.46%) MCSE
5 45 (8.69%) DV Cleared
5 45 (8.69%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 30 (5.79%) Cisco Certification
7 29 (5.60%) MCSA
8 23 (4.44%) CCNA
9 22 (4.25%) Degree
10 14 (2.70%) MCP
11 11 (2.12%) VCAP
12 10 (1.93%) CISSP
13 9 (1.74%) Computer Science Degree
13 9 (1.74%) MCITP
13 9 (1.74%) VCP6
14 7 (1.35%) CCNP
15 5 (0.97%) HNC
15 5 (0.97%) HND
15 5 (0.97%) VCP5
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (2.12%) SLA
2 7 (1.35%) QA
3 6 (1.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.58%) PMO
4 3 (0.58%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.19%) NCSC
5 1 (0.19%) NIST
5 1 (0.19%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 343 (66.22%) VMware Infrastructure
2 231 (44.59%) Active Directory
3 124 (23.94%) VMware ESXi
4 92 (17.76%) XenApp
5 84 (16.22%) Hyper-V
6 65 (12.55%) VMware NSX
7 60 (11.58%) XenDesktop
8 31 (5.98%) VMware Workstation
9 24 (4.63%) vCloud
9 24 (4.63%) Virtual Machines
10 18 (3.47%) Microsoft App-V
11 17 (3.28%) BitLocker
11 17 (3.28%) NFS
12 14 (2.70%) Virtual Servers
13 11 (2.12%) Docker
14 9 (1.74%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 9 (1.74%) Virtual Desktop
15 8 (1.54%) ISA Server
16 7 (1.35%) Squid
16 7 (1.35%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 94 (18.15%) SCCM
2 78 (15.06%) vCenter Server
3 65 (12.55%) vRealize
4 37 (7.14%) vRealize Orchestrator
5 29 (5.60%) Opscode Chef
6 28 (5.41%) Ansible
7 23 (4.44%) SCOM
8 22 (4.25%) Puppet
9 20 (3.86%) WSUS
10 16 (3.09%) NetBackup
11 15 (2.90%) Failover Clustering
12 13 (2.51%) Norton AntiVirus
13 12 (2.32%) Backup Exec
14 9 (1.74%) Microsoft Clustering
15 8 (1.54%) AirWatch
15 8 (1.54%) Microsoft Intune
15 8 (1.54%) Tivoli
16 7 (1.35%) PingFederate
17 6 (1.16%) Salt
17 6 (1.16%) Terraform
Vendors
1 495 (95.56%) VMware
2 210 (40.54%) Microsoft
3 152 (29.34%) Citrix
4 131 (25.29%) Cisco
5 66 (12.74%) HP
6 57 (11.00%) NetApp
7 56 (10.81%) EMC
8 50 (9.65%) Dell
9 40 (7.72%) Red Hat
10 31 (5.98%) Oracle
11 25 (4.83%) Symantec
12 22 (4.25%) F5
12 22 (4.25%) Ivanti
13 20 (3.86%) Palo Alto
14 17 (3.28%) Veeam
15 16 (3.09%) BMC
15 16 (3.09%) Meraki
16 14 (2.70%) Fortinet
17 13 (2.51%) CheckPoint
17 13 (2.51%) IBM