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 March 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.

3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
VMware vSphere
UK
Rank 358 282 279
Rank change year-on-year -76 -3  
Contract jobs citing vSphere 233 435 419
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.52% 0.82% 0.78%
As % of the System Software category 4.66% 7.52% 7.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 163 272 257
Median daily rate £395 £400 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.25% +1.26%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £255 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £540 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £378 £388 £340
% change year-on-year -2.58% +13.97%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 11 24
Median hourly rate £23.00 £27.50 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.36% +30.95%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.36 £12.10 £15.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.18 £45.00 £29.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £27.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year -23.63% +30.95%  

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 5003 5786 5555
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 11.14% 10.87% 10.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 3184 3510 3053
Median daily rate £400 £390 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £193 £200 £185
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £351 £365 £350
% change year-on-year -3.97% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 349 448 638
Median hourly rate £16.75 £16.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.51% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £45.00 £34.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.82 £16.50 £15.85
% change year-on-year -4.13% +4.10%  

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 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for vSphere in the UK

vSphere
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 March 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 March 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 -83 214 £400 - 67
London -44 73 £425 -9.57% 23
South East -55 68 £390 +4.00% 10
Hampshire -1 43 £415 +10.66% 3
North West +13 21 £325 -24.85% 14
Scotland +23 17 £375 -6.25% 2
Yorkshire +6 17 £481 +13.23% 5
City of London -7 16 £430 -4.44% 8
Manchester +19 14 £288 - 4
Edinburgh +30 13 £425 -
West Yorkshire +3 13 £500 +17.64% 4
South West -9 13 £338 -3.57% 2
Berkshire 0 10 £390 +4.00% 1
Winchester 0 8 £438 +14.75%
East of England -10 8 £388 -3.12% 5
Leeds +4 7 £500 +17.64% 4
East Midlands +2 7 £325 +30.00% 5
Slough +3 6 £408 +15.60%
Surrey -14 6 £350 - 5
Andover - 6 £325 -
West Midlands +13 5 £250 - 1
Wiltshire -8 5 £275 -26.66% 1
Bradford +6 4 - -
Merseyside +4 4 £400 -5.88% 5
Swindon -5 4 £264 -27.24%
Havant - 4 £350 -
Suffolk - 4 £238 -
Liverpool +4 3 £400 -5.88% 4
Birmingham +3 3 £238 - 1
Northamptonshire -3 3 £325 +30.00% 1

vSphere
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 March 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.

1 528 (90.10%) VMware
2 350 (59.73%) Windows
3 299 (51.02%) VMware Infrastructure
4 213 (36.35%) Active Directory
5 210 (35.84%) Windows Server
6 205 (34.98%) Microsoft
7 200 (34.13%) Linux
8 162 (27.65%) Cisco
9 155 (26.45%) Windows Server 2012
10 153 (26.11%) Windows Server 2008
11 141 (24.06%) Security Cleared
12 137 (23.38%) SAN
13 135 (23.04%) PowerShell
14 122 (20.82%) ITIL
15 121 (20.65%) SC Cleared
16 114 (19.45%) DNS
17 110 (18.77%) Citrix
18 108 (18.43%) HP
19 100 (17.06%) Data Centre
20 94 (16.04%) SQL Server
21 92 (15.70%) VMware ESXi
22 89 (15.19%) DevOps
23 88 (15.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
24 85 (14.51%) Red Hat
25 81 (13.82%) Unix
25 81 (13.82%) MS Excel
26 80 (13.65%) EMC
27 78 (13.31%) Firewall
27 78 (13.31%) vRealize
28 77 (13.14%) Amazon AWS

vSphere
Top Related 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 (10.75%) MS Exchange
2 35 (5.97%) Exchange Server 2010
3 33 (5.63%) OpenStack
4 28 (4.78%) IIS
5 21 (3.58%) Apache
6 20 (3.41%) Skype for Business
7 19 (3.24%) SharePoint
8 16 (2.73%) CloudStack
9 15 (2.56%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 10 (1.71%) JBoss
11 9 (1.54%) Cloud Foundry
12 7 (1.19%) Exchange Server 2013
12 7 (1.19%) nginx
12 7 (1.19%) Tomcat
13 5 (0.85%) Elasticsearch
13 5 (0.85%) WebSphere
14 4 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2007
14 4 (0.68%) WebSphere Application Server
15 2 (0.34%) Apache Spark
15 2 (0.34%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 81 (13.82%) MS Excel
2 28 (4.78%) MS Office
3 9 (1.54%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.17%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 9 (1.54%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (0.68%) Infor M3
3 3 (0.51%) Oracle Applications
4 2 (0.34%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 77 (13.14%) Amazon AWS
2 70 (11.95%) Microsoft Azure
3 23 (3.92%) Office 365
4 21 (3.58%) PaaS
5 20 (3.41%) Cloud Computing
6 9 (1.54%) IaaS
7 7 (1.19%) GitHub
7 7 (1.19%) Heroku
8 6 (1.02%) Azure Active Directory
8 6 (1.02%) IBM Cloud
8 6 (1.02%) SoftLayer
9 4 (0.68%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
9 4 (0.68%) Google Cloud Platform
9 4 (0.68%) Google Compute Engine
9 4 (0.68%) OpenShift
9 4 (0.68%) SaaS
10 3 (0.51%) Amazon S3
10 3 (0.51%) AWS CloudFormation
10 3 (0.51%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 2 (0.34%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 137 (23.38%) SAN
2 114 (19.45%) DNS
3 78 (13.31%) Firewall
4 70 (11.95%) TCP/IP
5 67 (11.43%) DHCP
6 53 (9.04%) NAS
7 40 (6.83%) LAN
8 38 (6.48%) WAN
9 31 (5.29%) VPN
10 27 (4.61%) VSAN
11 25 (4.27%) Cisco Nexus
12 24 (4.10%) Cisco ASA
13 23 (3.92%) SSL
13 23 (3.92%) Wireless
14 20 (3.41%) LDAP
15 18 (3.07%) IPsec
16 14 (2.39%) iSCSI
16 14 (2.39%) NetScaler
17 13 (2.22%) PuTTY
17 13 (2.22%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 94 (16.04%) SQL Server
2 32 (5.46%) SQL Server 2012
3 26 (4.44%) SQL Server 2005
4 23 (3.92%) SQL Server 2008
5 21 (3.58%) Oracle Database
6 17 (2.90%) Oracle Database 11g
7 15 (2.56%) Oracle Database 10g
8 10 (1.71%) Oracle Reports
8 10 (1.71%) PostgreSQL
9 7 (1.19%) NoSQL
10 6 (1.02%) Amazon RDS
10 6 (1.02%) BusinessObjects
11 5 (0.85%) MySQL
12 4 (0.68%) Redis
12 4 (0.68%) SQL Server 2014
13 3 (0.51%) Apache Cassandra
13 3 (0.51%) DB2
13 3 (0.51%) RDBMS
13 3 (0.51%) Relational Database
13 3 (0.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 44 (7.51%) Jenkins
2 21 (3.58%) Git (software)
3 16 (2.73%) Team Foundation Server
3 16 (2.73%) TeamCity
4 13 (2.22%) HP UFT
4 13 (2.22%) Oracle APEX
4 13 (2.22%) Selenium
4 13 (2.22%) SpecFlow
5 10 (1.71%) MSI
6 9 (1.54%) Octopus Deploy
6 9 (1.54%) Subversion
7 8 (1.37%) Hudson
8 7 (1.19%) Ant
8 7 (1.19%) Eclipse
8 7 (1.19%) JIRA
8 7 (1.19%) SoapUI
8 7 (1.19%) TestNG
8 7 (1.19%) Toad
9 6 (1.02%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 6 (1.02%) LoadRunner
General
1 61 (10.41%) Finance
2 20 (3.41%) Telecoms
3 12 (2.05%) Manufacturing
4 11 (1.88%) Banking
5 10 (1.71%) Local Government
6 9 (1.54%) Electronics
6 9 (1.54%) Marketing
7 7 (1.19%) Advertising
7 7 (1.19%) Games
7 7 (1.19%) Retail
8 5 (0.85%) Back Office
9 3 (0.51%) Financial Institution
9 3 (0.51%) Publishing
10 1 (0.17%) Billing
10 1 (0.17%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.17%) Law
10 1 (0.17%) Legal
10 1 (0.17%) Military
10 1 (0.17%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 64 (10.92%) VMware Engineer
2 49 (8.36%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 48 (8.19%) Analyst
4 46 (7.85%) Administrator
5 42 (7.17%) Architect
6 41 (7.00%) DevOps Engineer
7 37 (6.31%) Consultant
8 32 (5.46%) Support Engineer
9 30 (5.12%) Windows Engineer
10 28 (4.78%) Systems Administrator
10 28 (4.78%) VMware Specialist
11 27 (4.61%) Server Engineer
12 26 (4.44%) 3rd Line Support
12 26 (4.44%) Support Analyst
13 25 (4.27%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 25 (4.27%) Infrastructure Specialist
13 25 (4.27%) Wintel Engineer
14 21 (3.58%) 2nd Line Support
15 20 (3.41%) Network Engineer
16 19 (3.24%) Cloud Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (5.12%) .NET
2 17 (2.90%) Web Services
3 10 (1.71%) XML
4 9 (1.54%) LAMP
4 9 (1.54%) REST
5 7 (1.19%) HTML
5 7 (1.19%) Middleware
5 7 (1.19%) RabbitMQ
5 7 (1.19%) SAML
6 6 (1.02%) COM
7 5 (0.85%) 802.1X
7 5 (0.85%) ASP.NET
7 5 (0.85%) CSS
7 5 (0.85%) Elastic Stack
7 5 (0.85%) HTML5
7 5 (0.85%) Node.js
7 5 (0.85%) RESTful
8 4 (0.68%) J2EE
8 4 (0.68%) MSMQ
9 3 (0.51%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 100 (17.06%) Data Centre
2 64 (10.92%) VxBlock/Vblock
3 51 (8.70%) Clustering
4 50 (8.53%) EMC VNX
5 29 (4.95%) EMC VMAX
6 24 (4.10%) Analytical Skills
7 15 (2.56%) Computer Science
7 15 (2.56%) Hybrid Cloud
7 15 (2.56%) Management Information System
7 15 (2.56%) Replication
8 14 (2.39%) Blackberry
9 11 (1.88%) PKI
10 10 (1.71%) Private Cloud
11 8 (1.37%) FlexPod
12 7 (1.19%) Smart Meter
13 6 (1.02%) Driving Licence
14 5 (0.85%) Digital TV
14 5 (0.85%) MPEG
14 5 (0.85%) STB
15 4 (0.68%) BYOD
Operating Systems
1 350 (59.73%) Windows
2 210 (35.84%) Windows Server
3 200 (34.13%) Linux
4 155 (26.45%) Windows Server 2012
5 153 (26.11%) Windows Server 2008
6 88 (15.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 81 (13.82%) Unix
8 67 (11.43%) Windows Server 2003
9 49 (8.36%) Windows 7
10 31 (5.29%) Windows 10
11 22 (3.75%) CentOS
12 20 (3.41%) Oracle Linux
13 19 (3.24%) Solaris
14 13 (2.22%) Mac OS X
14 13 (2.22%) Ubuntu
15 10 (1.71%) SUSE
16 9 (1.54%) AIX
17 8 (1.37%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
18 6 (1.02%) Data ONTAP
18 6 (1.02%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 122 (20.82%) ITIL
2 89 (15.19%) DevOps
3 49 (8.36%) Migration
4 48 (8.19%) Agile Software Development
5 43 (7.34%) Service Management
6 38 (6.48%) Converged Infrastructure
7 33 (5.63%) Continuous Integration
8 32 (5.46%) Load Balancing
9 31 (5.29%) Configuration Management
10 26 (4.44%) Scrum
11 24 (4.10%) Disaster Recovery
11 24 (4.10%) Problem Management
12 23 (3.92%) Capacity Planning
12 23 (3.92%) Change Control
12 23 (3.92%) High Availability
13 21 (3.58%) Change Management
13 21 (3.58%) Server Building
14 18 (3.07%) Project Management
15 17 (2.90%) Integration Testing
15 17 (2.90%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 135 (23.04%) PowerShell
2 67 (11.43%) SQL
3 49 (8.36%) Bash Shell
4 43 (7.34%) Python
5 33 (5.63%) C
6 28 (4.78%) Ruby
7 27 (4.61%) Shell Script
8 26 (4.44%) Java
9 24 (4.10%) Perl
10 13 (2.22%) F#
10 13 (2.22%) Korn
10 13 (2.22%) VBScript
11 9 (1.54%) C#
12 8 (1.37%) C++
12 8 (1.37%) JavaScript
12 8 (1.37%) VB
13 4 (0.68%) AWK
13 4 (0.68%) Go
14 2 (0.34%) PL/SQL
15 1 (0.17%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 141 (24.06%) Security Cleared
2 121 (20.65%) SC Cleared
3 67 (11.43%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 44 (7.51%) Microsoft Certification
5 36 (6.14%) Cisco Certification
6 34 (5.80%) MCSE
7 27 (4.61%) Degree
8 20 (3.41%) CCNP
9 19 (3.24%) CCNA
10 16 (2.73%) ITIL Certification
11 14 (2.39%) CCIE
12 11 (1.88%) MCSA
12 11 (1.88%) VCAP
13 9 (1.54%) CCDP
14 8 (1.37%) DV Cleared
14 8 (1.37%) VCP6
15 7 (1.19%) Citrix Certification
15 7 (1.19%) ISEB
15 7 (1.19%) RHCE
15 7 (1.19%) VCDX
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (5.12%) SLA
2 20 (3.41%) PCI DSS
3 8 (1.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (0.68%) QA
4 4 (0.68%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.17%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.17%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.17%) PMO
5 1 (0.17%) RMADS
System Software
1 299 (51.02%) VMware Infrastructure
2 213 (36.35%) Active Directory
3 92 (15.70%) VMware ESXi
4 67 (11.43%) XenApp
5 57 (9.73%) VMware ESX
6 53 (9.04%) Hyper-V
7 38 (6.48%) vCloud
8 37 (6.31%) XenDesktop
9 34 (5.80%) Virtual Machines
10 33 (5.63%) Docker
11 28 (4.78%) XenServer
12 22 (3.75%) Microsoft App-V
13 17 (2.90%) Virtual Desktop
14 16 (2.73%) NFS
15 14 (2.39%) Xen
16 12 (2.05%) Veritas Cluster Server
17 9 (1.54%) Terminal Services
18 8 (1.37%) Virtual Servers
19 7 (1.19%) VMware Server
19 7 (1.19%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 78 (13.31%) vRealize
2 71 (12.12%) SCCM
3 66 (11.26%) Puppet
4 44 (7.51%) Ansible
5 41 (7.00%) Opscode Chef
6 31 (5.29%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 29 (4.95%) PowerCLI
8 26 (4.44%) SCOM
9 25 (4.27%) Red Hat Satellite
10 20 (3.41%) NetBackup
11 18 (3.07%) WSUS
12 15 (2.56%) Nagios
13 13 (2.22%) EMC NetWorker
13 13 (2.22%) Microsoft Clustering
14 12 (2.05%) Cobbler
14 12 (2.05%) Nessus
14 12 (2.05%) ZABBIX
15 8 (1.37%) logstash
15 8 (1.37%) vMotion
16 7 (1.19%) EdgeSight
Vendors
1 528 (90.10%) VMware
2 205 (34.98%) Microsoft
3 162 (27.65%) Cisco
4 110 (18.77%) Citrix
5 108 (18.43%) HP
6 85 (14.51%) Red Hat
7 80 (13.65%) EMC
8 51 (8.70%) Oracle
9 49 (8.36%) NetApp
10 34 (5.80%) Dell
10 34 (5.80%) IBM
11 25 (4.27%) Veritas
12 18 (3.07%) LANDesk
13 17 (2.90%) Veeam
14 16 (2.73%) Symantec
15 15 (2.56%) CommVault
16 13 (2.22%) Juniper
17 12 (2.05%) 3PAR
17 12 (2.05%) CheckPoint
17 12 (2.05%) F5
Chester, Cheshire
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £500 to £550 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Experis Ltd
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £475.00 - £525.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Red10
Rate: £375 - £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Camberley, Surrey
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £500 to £550 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Haysfm
Rate: £500.00 - £650.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Leeds
People Source Consulting
Rate: £450 - £575 per day
Posted: 13 days ago