Period
to 23 October 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 23 October 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
23 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 368 369 450
Rank change year-on-year +1 +81 -71
Contract jobs citing vSphere 538 703 512
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.64% 0.68% 0.51%
As % of the System Software category 4.07% 4.52% 4.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 348 470 349
UK median daily rate £413 £413 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.14% -0.65%
10th Percentile £275 £225 £178
90th Percentile £566 £538 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £386 £375
% change year-on-year +3.56% +3.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 15 8
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £31.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +55.56% -27.42% -4.62%
10th Percentile £15.35 £10.65 £12.36
90th Percentile £49.70 £45.54 £39.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.75 £20.75 £32.00
% change year-on-year +48.19% -35.16% -28.03%

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 13,210 15,536 12,257
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.60% 15.02% 12.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,705 10,128 7,910
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £170 £180 £158
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 674 906 683
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £16.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -4.19% +4.38%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.54 £10.40
90th Percentile £47.50 £43.75 £47.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £15.73 £15.50
% change year-on-year +1.75% +1.45% +1.64%

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 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 23 October 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 23 October 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 -10 492 £418 +1.21% 169
UK excluding London +14 355 £400 +3.56% 134
London -18 171 £450 +5.88% 38
South East +15 120 £445 +11.25% 39
North of England +28 62 £345 +2.99% 40
Midlands +49 58 £350 -9.97% 23
South West +6 49 £375 +15.38% 16
West Midlands +32 42 £338 -15.63% 8
Yorkshire +38 38 £350 -6.67% 18
East of England +10 27 £375 -6.25% 13
North West +23 23 £313 +4.17% 18
Scotland +15 22 £338 -28.95% 2
Wales +31 17 £488 +14.71% 1
East Midlands +26 15 £370 -4.52% 15
North East +4 1 £175 -47.37% 4

For the 6 months to 23 October 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.

1 498 (92.57%) VMware
2 358 (66.54%) Windows
3 351 (65.24%) VMware Infrastructure
4 256 (47.58%) Active Directory
5 252 (46.84%) Windows Server
6 238 (44.24%) Microsoft
7 152 (28.25%) PowerShell
8 143 (26.58%) VMware ESXi
9 139 (25.84%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 139 (25.84%) Azure
10 136 (25.28%) Linux
11 134 (24.91%) Citrix
11 134 (24.91%) Security Cleared
12 120 (22.30%) Windows Server 2012
13 116 (21.56%) Cisco
14 115 (21.38%) AWS
15 103 (19.14%) Office 365
16 101 (18.77%) Migration
17 100 (18.59%) DNS
18 98 (18.22%) Windows Server 2008
19 96 (17.84%) SCCM
20 94 (17.47%) Hyper-V
20 94 (17.47%) vCenter Server
21 91 (16.91%) Data Centre
22 84 (15.61%) Firewall
23 78 (14.50%) DHCP
23 78 (14.50%) XenApp
23 78 (14.50%) SC Cleared
24 75 (13.94%) SAN
25 74 (13.75%) HP

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 62 (11.52%) MS Exchange
2 33 (6.13%) SharePoint
3 32 (5.95%) Skype for Business
4 25 (4.65%) Exchange Server 2010
5 18 (3.35%) Exchange Server 2013
5 18 (3.35%) Tomcat
6 14 (2.60%) Confluence
7 12 (2.23%) IIS
7 12 (2.23%) OpenStack
8 9 (1.67%) IBM Notes
9 5 (0.93%) Elasticsearch
9 5 (0.93%) IBM Domino
10 3 (0.56%) Apache
10 3 (0.56%) SharePoint Server
11 2 (0.37%) Cloud Foundry
11 2 (0.37%) Jupyter
11 2 (0.37%) WebSphere
12 1 (0.19%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 1 (0.19%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 1 (0.19%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 29 (5.39%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (1.67%) MS Visio
3 6 (1.12%) Microsoft Excel
4 5 (0.93%) Microsoft Project
5 4 (0.74%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.19%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 4 (0.74%) Dynamics CRM
1 4 (0.74%) Oracle BPM
2 3 (0.56%) CA PPM
3 1 (0.19%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.19%) OpenText VIM for SAP
3 1 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 139 (25.84%) Azure
2 115 (21.38%) AWS
3 103 (19.14%) Office 365
4 35 (6.51%) Amazon EC2
5 28 (5.20%) Azure Active Directory
6 23 (4.28%) GCP
7 22 (4.09%) IaaS
8 14 (2.60%) PaaS
9 13 (2.42%) GitHub
10 10 (1.86%) Cloud Computing
11 8 (1.49%) SaaS
12 5 (0.93%) OpenShift
13 4 (0.74%) Amazon ELB
13 4 (0.74%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 3 (0.56%) Yammer
15 2 (0.37%) Mimecast
15 2 (0.37%) OneDrive
15 2 (0.37%) Power Platform
15 2 (0.37%) PowerApps
15 2 (0.37%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 100 (18.59%) DNS
2 84 (15.61%) Firewall
3 78 (14.50%) DHCP
4 75 (13.94%) SAN
5 44 (8.18%) VSAN
6 41 (7.62%) NetScaler
6 41 (7.62%) WAN
7 39 (7.25%) LAN
7 39 (7.25%) TCP/IP
8 31 (5.76%) Skype
9 25 (4.65%) VPN
10 21 (3.90%) iSCSI
10 21 (3.90%) NAS
11 14 (2.60%) Network Security
12 12 (2.23%) Wireless
13 11 (2.04%) Cisco ASA
14 10 (1.86%) Cisco Nexus
14 10 (1.86%) Internet
14 10 (1.86%) SSL
15 8 (1.49%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 68 (12.64%) SQL Server
2 13 (2.42%) Oracle Database
3 11 (2.04%) PostgreSQL
3 11 (2.04%) SQL Server 2016
4 9 (1.67%) SQL Server 2012
5 8 (1.49%) Big Data
5 8 (1.49%) Hadoop
6 5 (0.93%) HBase
6 5 (0.93%) SQL Server 2017
7 4 (0.74%) SQL Server 2008
7 4 (0.74%) SQL Server 2014
8 3 (0.56%) MySQL
8 3 (0.56%) Oracle Database 10g
8 3 (0.56%) Oracle Database 11g
8 3 (0.56%) Oracle Reports
8 3 (0.56%) Relational Database
9 2 (0.37%) Apache Accumulo
9 2 (0.37%) EDRMS
9 2 (0.37%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 1 (0.19%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 46 (8.55%) Jenkins
2 42 (7.81%) Git (software)
3 31 (5.76%) Maven
4 30 (5.58%) JUnit
5 29 (5.39%) Mockito
6 28 (5.20%) SonarQube
7 21 (3.90%) DbUnit
7 21 (3.90%) jMock
8 19 (3.53%) JIRA
9 14 (2.60%) MSI
10 13 (2.42%) InstallShield
11 12 (2.23%) AdminStudio
11 12 (2.23%) Selenium
12 11 (2.04%) GitLab
13 8 (1.49%) Appium
13 8 (1.49%) Cucumber
13 8 (1.49%) Sonatype Nexus
14 7 (1.30%) Bitbucket
15 5 (0.93%) Artifactory
16 4 (0.74%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 50 (9.29%) Finance
2 16 (2.97%) Telecoms
3 15 (2.79%) Retail
4 14 (2.60%) Public Sector
5 11 (2.04%) Law
6 9 (1.67%) Back Office
7 7 (1.30%) Banking
8 3 (0.56%) Financial Institution
8 3 (0.56%) Games
8 3 (0.56%) Manufacturing
8 3 (0.56%) Publishing
9 2 (0.37%) Advertising
9 2 (0.37%) Marketing
9 2 (0.37%) Military
10 1 (0.19%) Legal
10 1 (0.19%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 130 (24.16%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 65 (12.08%) Analyst
3 53 (9.85%) Architect
4 50 (9.29%) VMware Engineer
5 48 (8.92%) Server Engineer
6 41 (7.62%) Infrastructure Analyst
7 32 (5.95%) Consultant
8 31 (5.76%) Windows Engineer
9 29 (5.39%) Developer
9 29 (5.39%) Java Developer
10 27 (5.02%) Administrator
10 27 (5.02%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
11 22 (4.09%) 3rd Line Support
12 21 (3.90%) VMware Consultant
13 19 (3.53%) Support Engineer
14 18 (3.35%) Systems Engineer
15 17 (3.16%) Technical Architect
15 17 (3.16%) Virtualisation Engineer
16 16 (2.97%) DevOps Engineer
16 16 (2.97%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (6.69%) Web Services
2 26 (4.83%) RESTful
2 26 (4.83%) SOAP
3 23 (4.28%) J2EE
4 21 (3.90%) Apache Camel
4 21 (3.90%) PowerMock
5 20 (3.72%) Spring
6 12 (2.23%) XML
7 9 (1.67%) Spring Boot
8 8 (1.49%) JSF
9 5 (0.93%) HTML
9 5 (0.93%) LDAP
9 5 (0.93%) Software Packaging
10 4 (0.74%) .NET
10 4 (0.74%) CSS
11 3 (0.56%) Hibernate
11 3 (0.56%) JSON
11 3 (0.56%) JSP
11 3 (0.56%) SAML
11 3 (0.56%) Servlets
Miscellaneous
1 91 (16.91%) Data Centre
2 38 (7.06%) Clustering
3 22 (4.09%) Hybrid Cloud
4 20 (3.72%) Management Information System
5 15 (2.79%) Replication
6 14 (2.60%) PKI
7 13 (2.42%) Analytical Skills
7 13 (2.42%) Enterprise Storage
8 12 (2.23%) Self-Motivation
9 10 (1.86%) User Experience
10 9 (1.67%) EMC VMAX
10 9 (1.67%) Greenfield Project
11 8 (1.49%) EMC VNX
11 8 (1.49%) VxBlock/Vblock
12 6 (1.12%) Private Cloud
12 6 (1.12%) Public Cloud
12 6 (1.12%) Reinsurance
13 5 (0.93%) CCTV
13 5 (0.93%) Driving Licence
13 5 (0.93%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 358 (66.54%) Windows
2 252 (46.84%) Windows Server
3 136 (25.28%) Linux
4 120 (22.30%) Windows Server 2012
5 98 (18.22%) Windows Server 2008
6 59 (10.97%) Windows 10
7 51 (9.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 36 (6.69%) Windows Server 2003
9 32 (5.95%) Windows 7
10 24 (4.46%) Unix
11 16 (2.97%) CentOS
11 16 (2.97%) Solaris
11 16 (2.97%) Ubuntu
12 10 (1.86%) VMS
13 7 (1.30%) SUSE
14 5 (0.93%) Debian
15 4 (0.74%) AIX
15 4 (0.74%) Data ONTAP
16 3 (0.56%) HPUX
16 3 (0.56%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 139 (25.84%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 101 (18.77%) Migration
3 66 (12.27%) ITIL
4 45 (8.36%) Agile Software Development
5 41 (7.62%) DevOps
6 37 (6.88%) Problem-Solving
7 33 (6.13%) Configuration Management
7 33 (6.13%) Continuous Integration
7 33 (6.13%) Disaster Recovery
7 33 (6.13%) Virtual Infrastructure
8 32 (5.95%) BDD
9 31 (5.76%) Scrum
10 30 (5.58%) TDD
11 29 (5.39%) Kanban
12 25 (4.65%) High Availability
13 21 (3.90%) Application Packaging
14 20 (3.72%) E-Commerce
14 20 (3.72%) Task Automation
15 18 (3.35%) Change Management
15 18 (3.35%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 152 (28.25%) PowerShell
2 69 (12.83%) SQL
3 48 (8.92%) Java
4 34 (6.32%) Python
5 20 (3.72%) JavaScript
6 17 (3.16%) Bash Shell
7 15 (2.79%) C
8 12 (2.23%) VBScript
9 11 (2.04%) Perl
10 10 (1.86%) Ruby
11 4 (0.74%) VB
12 3 (0.56%) F#
12 3 (0.56%) Go
13 1 (0.19%) C#
13 1 (0.19%) PHP
13 1 (0.19%) Shell Script
13 1 (0.19%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 134 (24.91%) Security Cleared
2 78 (14.50%) SC Cleared
3 52 (9.67%) DV Cleared
4 48 (8.92%) Microsoft Certification
5 46 (8.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 37 (6.88%) MCSE
7 26 (4.83%) Cisco Certification
8 19 (3.53%) CCNA
8 19 (3.53%) MCP
8 19 (3.53%) MCSA
9 18 (3.35%) Citrix Certification
10 14 (2.60%) Degree
10 14 (2.60%) ISEB
10 14 (2.60%) VCAP
11 11 (2.04%) CCNP
11 11 (2.04%) ISTQB
11 11 (2.04%) MCITP
12 10 (1.86%) VCP6
13 9 (1.67%) CCA
13 9 (1.67%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (3.72%) QA
2 8 (1.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (1.30%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 7 (1.30%) SLA
4 3 (0.56%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.37%) PMO
6 1 (0.19%) NCSC
6 1 (0.19%) NIST
System Software
1 351 (65.24%) VMware Infrastructure
2 256 (47.58%) Active Directory
3 143 (26.58%) VMware ESXi
4 94 (17.47%) Hyper-V
5 78 (14.50%) XenApp
6 62 (11.52%) VMware NSX
7 47 (8.74%) XenDesktop
8 42 (7.81%) Virtual Machines
9 30 (5.58%) Microsoft App-V
10 27 (5.02%) Docker
10 27 (5.02%) vCloud
11 26 (4.83%) VMware Workstation
12 18 (3.35%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 14 (2.60%) NFS
14 12 (2.23%) BitLocker
15 11 (2.04%) VMFS
16 8 (1.49%) ISA Server
17 7 (1.30%) Firmware
17 7 (1.30%) HDFS
18 6 (1.12%) KVM
Systems Management
1 96 (17.84%) SCCM
2 94 (17.47%) vCenter Server
3 66 (12.27%) vRealize
4 28 (5.20%) Ansible
5 24 (4.46%) vMotion
6 23 (4.28%) WSUS
7 21 (3.90%) Kubernetes
8 18 (3.35%) NetBackup
8 18 (3.35%) Opscode Chef
8 18 (3.35%) Puppet
9 17 (3.16%) SCOM
10 16 (2.97%) vRealize Orchestrator
11 12 (2.23%) OpenView Configuration Management
12 11 (2.04%) HP Quality Center
13 10 (1.86%) Norton AntiVirus
14 9 (1.67%) Backup Exec
14 9 (1.67%) Microsoft Intune
14 9 (1.67%) PingFederate
15 8 (1.49%) AirWatch
15 8 (1.49%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 498 (92.57%) VMware
2 238 (44.24%) Microsoft
3 134 (24.91%) Citrix
4 116 (21.56%) Cisco
5 74 (13.75%) HP
6 65 (12.08%) NetApp
7 55 (10.22%) Dell
8 44 (8.18%) Red Hat
9 43 (7.99%) EMC
10 31 (5.76%) Veeam
11 26 (4.83%) Oracle
12 25 (4.65%) Ivanti
13 18 (3.35%) Veritas
14 16 (2.97%) Brocade
15 14 (2.60%) Fortinet
15 14 (2.60%) Symantec
16 13 (2.42%) Google
17 12 (2.23%) 3PAR
17 12 (2.23%) Lotus
18 11 (2.04%) CheckPoint