Period
to 30 May 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 30 May 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
30 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 327 427 403
Rank change year-on-year +100 -24 +39
Contract jobs citing vSphere 322 504 599
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.69% 0.55% 0.59%
As % of the System Software category 4.45% 3.59% 4.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 208 356 387
Median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +5.77%
10th Percentile £278 £236 £257
90th Percentile £550 £588 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £433 £423 £400
% change year-on-year +2.37% +5.63% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 20 22
Median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.67% +9.09% +19.57%
10th Percentile £15.45 £14.00 £17.34
90th Percentile £49.70 £48.83 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.50 £19.50 £30.25
% change year-on-year +5.13% -35.54% +44.05%

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 7,236 14,056 13,607
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.57% 15.47% 13.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,633 9,350 8,807
Median daily rate £463 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.63% +5.56% +7.14%
10th Percentile £181 £180 £185
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 415 604 793
Median hourly rate £19.17 £16.67 £15.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.98% +5.09% -0.88%
10th Percentile £11.58 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £52.80 £47.50 £45.13
Median hourly rate £17.50 £15.63 £15.10
% change year-on-year +11.96% +3.51% -2.58%

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 30 May 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 30 May 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 30 May 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 +85 271 £450 +5.88% 50
UK excluding London +86 231 £433 +2.37% 42
London +109 83 £475 - 10
South East +74 67 £425 - 17
South West +65 50 £500 +25.00% 5
North of England +86 44 £400 -5.88% 11
Scotland +63 42 £418 -16.50%
North West +57 24 £375 +5.26% 6
East of England +38 14 £475 +5.56% 5
Midlands +73 12 £363 +45.00% 2
North East +36 12 £263 -4.55% 1
West Midlands +56 10 £400 +60.00% 2
Work from Home +12 9 £500 +50.94% 3
Yorkshire +45 8 £425 - 4
East Midlands +34 2 £250 -38.88%
Wales +18 2 £388 +10.71% 1

For the 6 months to 30 May 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.

1 298 (92.55%) VMware
2 217 (67.39%) Windows
3 196 (60.87%) VMware Infrastructure
4 159 (49.38%) Windows Server
5 137 (42.55%) Active Directory
6 131 (40.68%) Security Cleared
7 112 (34.78%) PowerShell
8 103 (31.99%) Microsoft
9 101 (31.37%) SC Cleared
10 86 (26.71%) Windows Server 2012
11 71 (22.05%) VMware ESXi
12 69 (21.43%) Citrix
13 66 (20.50%) vRealize
13 66 (20.50%) VMware NSX
14 65 (20.19%) Windows Server 2016
15 63 (19.57%) Azure
16 59 (18.32%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 59 (18.32%) VSAN
17 55 (17.08%) vCenter Server
17 55 (17.08%) AWS
18 54 (16.77%) DNS
19 50 (15.53%) XenApp
20 49 (15.22%) Cisco
21 47 (14.60%) PowerCLI
22 45 (13.98%) DHCP
22 45 (13.98%) SCCM
23 44 (13.66%) XML
23 44 (13.66%) Windows 10
24 43 (13.35%) Firewall
25 42 (13.04%) Linux

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 29 (9.01%) MS Exchange
2 17 (5.28%) IIS
3 14 (4.35%) SharePoint
4 10 (3.11%) OpenStack
5 9 (2.80%) Exchange Server 2010
6 8 (2.48%) Skype for Business
7 5 (1.55%) Elasticsearch
7 5 (1.55%) Tomcat
8 4 (1.24%) Confluence
8 4 (1.24%) Exchange Server 2013
9 3 (0.93%) Apache
10 2 (0.62%) Cloud Foundry
10 2 (0.62%) IBM Notes
11 1 (0.31%) Exchange Server 2007
11 1 (0.31%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 14 (4.35%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (2.80%) MS Visio
3 4 (1.24%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.62%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.62%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.62%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (0.31%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 63 (19.57%) Azure
2 55 (17.08%) AWS
3 35 (10.87%) Office 365
4 23 (7.14%) IaaS
5 17 (5.28%) GCP
6 13 (4.04%) PaaS
7 12 (3.73%) Amazon EC2
8 11 (3.42%) GitHub
9 8 (2.48%) Azure Active Directory
9 8 (2.48%) Cloud Computing
9 8 (2.48%) SaaS
10 7 (2.17%) Yammer
11 4 (1.24%) Amazon S3
11 4 (1.24%) Apigee
11 4 (1.24%) Trello
11 4 (1.24%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 2 (0.62%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 2 (0.62%) Datadog
12 2 (0.62%) Heroku
12 2 (0.62%) NuGet
Communications & Networking
1 59 (18.32%) VSAN
2 54 (16.77%) DNS
3 45 (13.98%) DHCP
4 43 (13.35%) Firewall
5 39 (12.11%) SAN
6 25 (7.76%) WAN
7 21 (6.52%) LAN
8 18 (5.59%) TCP/IP
9 15 (4.66%) IPsec
9 15 (4.66%) Skype
10 14 (4.35%) iSCSI
11 12 (3.73%) VLAN
12 11 (3.42%) NAS
12 11 (3.42%) VoIP
13 10 (3.11%) BGP
13 10 (3.11%) Network Security
14 9 (2.80%) NetScaler
14 9 (2.80%) SNMP
14 9 (2.80%) Wireless
15 8 (2.48%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (10.25%) SQL Server
2 10 (3.11%) PostgreSQL
3 8 (2.48%) SQL Server 2008
4 5 (1.55%) MySQL
4 5 (1.55%) SAP HANA
5 4 (1.24%) MongoDB
5 4 (1.24%) SQL Server 2012
5 4 (1.24%) SQL Server 2014
6 3 (0.93%) Big Data
6 3 (0.93%) EDRMS
6 3 (0.93%) SQL Server 2016
6 3 (0.93%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 3 (0.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 3 (0.93%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 2 (0.62%) Amazon RDS
7 2 (0.62%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.31%) Oracle Reports
8 1 (0.31%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.31%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 36 (11.18%) Jenkins
2 19 (5.90%) Git (software)
3 12 (3.73%) DbUnit
3 12 (3.73%) jMock
3 12 (3.73%) JUnit
3 12 (3.73%) Maven
3 12 (3.73%) Mockito
3 12 (3.73%) SonarQube
4 11 (3.42%) JIRA
5 9 (2.80%) GitLab
6 5 (1.55%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 4 (1.24%) Artifactory
7 4 (1.24%) TeamCity
8 3 (0.93%) Robot Framework
8 3 (0.93%) Sonatype Nexus
8 3 (0.93%) TestRail
9 2 (0.62%) AutoIt
9 2 (0.62%) Bitbucket
9 2 (0.62%) CF BOSH
9 2 (0.62%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 31 (9.63%) Finance
2 13 (4.04%) Banking
3 11 (3.42%) Public Sector
4 10 (3.11%) Telecoms
5 9 (2.80%) Local Government
6 4 (1.24%) Legal
6 4 (1.24%) Manufacturing
7 3 (0.93%) Publishing
8 2 (0.62%) Law
8 2 (0.62%) Police
8 2 (0.62%) Spanish Language
9 1 (0.31%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.31%) Back Office
9 1 (0.31%) Corporate Banking
9 1 (0.31%) Electronics
9 1 (0.31%) Housing Association
9 1 (0.31%) Marketing
9 1 (0.31%) Military
9 1 (0.31%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 46 (14.29%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 41 (12.73%) VMware Engineer
3 33 (10.25%) Virtualisation Engineer
4 28 (8.70%) Architect
5 21 (6.52%) Consultant
6 16 (4.97%) PowerShell Engineer
6 16 (4.97%) Systems Engineer
7 15 (4.66%) Network Engineer
7 15 (4.66%) Server Engineer
8 13 (4.04%) VMware Consultant
9 12 (3.73%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 12 (3.73%) Analyst
9 12 (3.73%) Wintel Engineer
10 11 (3.42%) Cloud Engineer
10 11 (3.42%) Support Engineer
11 10 (3.11%) Automation Engineer
12 9 (2.80%) Developer
12 9 (2.80%) Java Developer
13 8 (2.48%) 3rd Line Support
13 8 (2.48%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (13.66%) XML
2 14 (4.35%) Web Services
3 12 (3.73%) J2EE
3 12 (3.73%) PowerMock
3 12 (3.73%) RESTful
4 11 (3.42%) Apache Camel
4 11 (3.42%) SOAP
5 9 (2.80%) Spring
6 8 (2.48%) REST
7 5 (1.55%) Elastic Stack
8 4 (1.24%) gRPC
8 4 (1.24%) Hibernate
8 4 (1.24%) Middleware
8 4 (1.24%) OAuth
8 4 (1.24%) Spring Boot
8 4 (1.24%) Swagger
9 3 (0.93%) JSON
9 3 (0.93%) SailPoint
10 2 (0.62%) RabbitMQ
10 2 (0.62%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 33 (10.25%) Data Centre
2 18 (5.59%) Clustering
3 15 (4.66%) Analytical Skills
3 15 (4.66%) Public Cloud
4 14 (4.35%) PKI
5 13 (4.04%) Replication
6 12 (3.73%) Hybrid Cloud
7 11 (3.42%) Management Information System
8 9 (2.80%) Enterprise Storage
8 9 (2.80%) Self-Motivation
9 6 (1.86%) Cloud Native
10 5 (1.55%) VxBlock/Vblock
11 4 (1.24%) Blackberry
11 4 (1.24%) Driving Licence
11 4 (1.24%) Enterprise Software
11 4 (1.24%) Greenfield Project
11 4 (1.24%) NHS
12 3 (0.93%) CMDB
12 3 (0.93%) Fat Client
12 3 (0.93%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 217 (67.39%) Windows
2 159 (49.38%) Windows Server
3 86 (26.71%) Windows Server 2012
4 65 (20.19%) Windows Server 2016
5 44 (13.66%) Windows 10
6 42 (13.04%) Linux
7 33 (10.25%) Windows Server 2008
8 19 (5.90%) Windows 7
9 16 (4.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 13 (4.04%) CentOS
11 11 (3.42%) Windows Server 2019
12 10 (3.11%) Unix
13 8 (2.48%) Windows Server 2003
14 4 (1.24%) Solaris
15 3 (0.93%) Windows XP
16 2 (0.62%) Fedora
17 1 (0.31%) AIX
17 1 (0.31%) SUSE
17 1 (0.31%) VMS
17 1 (0.31%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 59 (18.32%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 40 (12.42%) Configuration Management
2 40 (12.42%) Migration
3 38 (11.80%) ITIL
4 36 (11.18%) Agile Software Development
5 25 (7.76%) Deployment Automation
6 24 (7.45%) Continuous Integration
7 21 (6.52%) Problem-Solving
8 20 (6.21%) DevOps
8 20 (6.21%) Stakeholder Management
9 18 (5.59%) Disaster Recovery
10 17 (5.28%) High Availability
11 15 (4.66%) Software Engineering
11 15 (4.66%) Test Automation
12 14 (4.35%) Infrastructure as Code
13 13 (4.04%) E-Commerce
14 12 (3.73%) Change Management
14 12 (3.73%) Incident Management
14 12 (3.73%) Project Management
15 11 (3.42%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 112 (34.78%) PowerShell
2 37 (11.49%) SQL
3 27 (8.39%) Python
4 16 (4.97%) Java
5 12 (3.73%) Bash Shell
6 11 (3.42%) PHP
7 10 (3.11%) VBScript
8 8 (2.48%) C#
8 8 (2.48%) JavaScript
8 8 (2.48%) Perl
9 6 (1.86%) Go
10 5 (1.55%) C
10 5 (1.55%) VBA
11 2 (0.62%) Ruby
11 2 (0.62%) VB
12 1 (0.31%) F#
12 1 (0.31%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 131 (40.68%) Security Cleared
2 101 (31.37%) SC Cleared
3 37 (11.49%) DV Cleared
4 26 (8.07%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 20 (6.21%) Cisco Certification
6 19 (5.90%) CCNA
7 16 (4.97%) Microsoft Certification
8 13 (4.04%) MCSE
9 10 (3.11%) Degree
10 8 (2.48%) Citrix Certification
10 8 (2.48%) ISTQB
11 6 (1.86%) ISEB
12 5 (1.55%) DBS Check
13 4 (1.24%) CCNP
13 4 (1.24%) VCP6
14 3 (0.93%) CESG Certified Professional
14 3 (0.93%) MCSA
14 3 (0.93%) VCAP
15 2 (0.62%) HND
15 2 (0.62%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (3.11%) SLA
2 3 (0.93%) PMO
3 2 (0.62%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.62%) QA
4 1 (0.31%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (0.31%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 196 (60.87%) VMware Infrastructure
2 137 (42.55%) Active Directory
3 71 (22.05%) VMware ESXi
4 66 (20.50%) VMware NSX
5 50 (15.53%) XenApp
6 25 (7.76%) Terminal Services
7 21 (6.52%) XenDesktop
8 20 (6.21%) Hyper-V
8 20 (6.21%) vCloud
9 13 (4.04%) Docker
9 13 (4.04%) Virtual Machines
10 10 (3.11%) NFS
11 6 (1.86%) Microsoft App-V
11 6 (1.86%) Terminal Server
11 6 (1.86%) Virtual Desktop
12 5 (1.55%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 5 (1.55%) VMFS
13 4 (1.24%) UAG
14 2 (0.62%) DFS Replication
14 2 (0.62%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 66 (20.50%) vRealize
2 55 (17.08%) vCenter Server
3 47 (14.60%) PowerCLI
4 45 (13.98%) SCCM
5 26 (8.07%) Ansible
6 18 (5.59%) Puppet
7 17 (5.28%) Opscode Chef
8 16 (4.97%) Terraform
9 14 (4.35%) vRealize Orchestrator
10 12 (3.73%) Kubernetes
10 12 (3.73%) NetBackup
11 8 (2.48%) Microsoft Clustering
12 7 (2.17%) Cisco Prime
12 7 (2.17%) McAfee ePO
12 7 (2.17%) Tivoli
12 7 (2.17%) vMotion
13 6 (1.86%) Tivoli Storage Manager
14 5 (1.55%) Backup Exec
14 5 (1.55%) HP Quality Center
14 5 (1.55%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 298 (92.55%) VMware
2 103 (31.99%) Microsoft
3 69 (21.43%) Citrix
4 49 (15.22%) Cisco
5 32 (9.94%) Dell
6 29 (9.01%) NetApp
7 23 (7.14%) HP
8 20 (6.21%) EMC
9 18 (5.59%) Veeam
10 16 (4.97%) Juniper
11 12 (3.73%) McAfee
12 11 (3.42%) Google
13 9 (2.80%) Red Hat
14 8 (2.48%) Oracle
15 7 (2.17%) Brocade
15 7 (2.17%) F5
15 7 (2.17%) SAP
15 7 (2.17%) Splunk
15 7 (2.17%) TOWER Software
16 6 (1.86%) Atlassian