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 26 June 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.

VMware vSphere
UK
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 388 309 258
Rank change year-on-year -79 -51  
Contract jobs citing vSphere 224 400 482
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.48% 0.75% 0.86%
As % of the System Software category 4.27% 5.98% 8.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 153 286 298
Median daily rate £400 £363 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.34% +3.57%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £224 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £534 £519 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £374 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +6.71% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 8 7
Median hourly rate £17.64 £44.00 £22.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -59.90% +92.72%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £23.00 £22.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.89 £49.46 £23.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.28 £44.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year -63.00% +109.52%  

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 5251 6694 5913
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 11.17% 12.61% 10.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 3369 4129 3336
Median daily rate £402 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.50% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £203 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +7.14% +7.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 307 469 616
Median hourly rate £17.00 £20.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.00% +11.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.15 £12.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.02 £42.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.18 £21.75 £17.50
% change year-on-year -25.60% +24.28%  

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 26 June 2017.

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 3 months to 26 June 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 26 June 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 -76 203 £411 +12.82% 93
London -35 86 £450 +5.88% 32
South East -30 53 £400 +6.66% 20
North West +28 20 £400 +52.38% 9
Hampshire -10 18 £415 +15.27% 4
City of London -5 16 £475 +5.55% 10
Yorkshire +36 15 £425 +88.88% 5
South West -4 14 £372 -0.80% 10
Scotland +6 11 £275 -23.61% 4
Leeds +29 10 £425 +88.88% 3
West Yorkshire +22 10 £425 +88.88% 5
Buckinghamshire -8 10 £400 +33.33% 1
Berkshire -11 9 £575 +27.77% 3
Milton Keynes - 9 £400 - 1
Cheshire +29 8 £360 +46.93% 2
West Midlands +15 8 £238 -30.14% 9
Liverpool +3 6 £400 - 1
Merseyside 0 6 £400 - 1
Oxfordshire -6 6 £400 +16.11%
Chester +21 5 £450 +136.84%
Glasgow +8 5 £275 -17.91% 1
Surrey -6 5 £450 +7.46% 7
Bristol -7 5 £400 +23.07% 4
East Midlands -10 5 £381 +12.96% 3
West Sussex +22 4 £400 -3.03% 1
Birmingham +20 4 £281 -2.17% 2
Manchester +11 4 £365 +71.76% 4
Banbury +5 4 £400 +1.39%
Windsor -3 4 £575 +15.00%
Bedfordshire -5 4 £155 -55.71%

For the 6 months to 26 June 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.

1 424 (92.98%) VMware
2 264 (57.89%) Windows
3 230 (50.44%) VMware Infrastructure
4 181 (39.69%) Active Directory
5 166 (36.40%) Windows Server
6 163 (35.75%) Microsoft
7 155 (33.99%) Linux
8 128 (28.07%) Windows Server 2012
9 108 (23.68%) Cisco
10 101 (22.15%) PowerShell
11 100 (21.93%) Citrix
12 96 (21.05%) Windows Server 2008
13 93 (20.39%) SAN
14 92 (20.18%) HP
15 88 (19.30%) ITIL
16 81 (17.76%) DevOps
17 80 (17.54%) VMware ESXi
18 79 (17.32%) vCenter Server
19 76 (16.67%) Data Centre
20 75 (16.45%) SQL Server
21 72 (15.79%) Security Cleared
22 65 (14.25%) SCCM
22 65 (14.25%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
22 65 (14.25%) Firewall
23 63 (13.82%) Finance
24 61 (13.38%) MS Exchange
25 60 (13.16%) DNS
25 60 (13.16%) SC Cleared
26 58 (12.72%) XenApp
27 57 (12.50%) Red Hat

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 61 (13.38%) MS Exchange
2 37 (8.11%) Exchange Server 2010
3 19 (4.17%) SharePoint
4 18 (3.95%) OpenStack
5 15 (3.29%) IIS
6 13 (2.85%) Apache
6 13 (2.85%) Skype for Business
7 11 (2.41%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 11 (2.41%) Tomcat
8 10 (2.19%) Cloud Foundry
8 10 (2.19%) Exchange Server 2013
8 10 (2.19%) JBoss
9 7 (1.54%) Elasticsearch
9 7 (1.54%) Exchange Server 2007
10 4 (0.88%) IBM Notes
10 4 (0.88%) SharePoint 2013
11 3 (0.66%) CloudStack
11 3 (0.66%) WebSphere
11 3 (0.66%) WebSphere Application Server
12 2 (0.44%) nginx
Applications
1 33 (7.24%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (0.88%) MS Visio
3 3 (0.66%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.44%) 3ds Max
4 2 (0.44%) AutoCAD
4 2 (0.44%) CINEMA 4D
4 2 (0.44%) SketchUp
Business Applications
1 11 (2.41%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 5 (1.10%) Oracle Applications
3 3 (0.66%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.44%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.22%) Oracle 11i
5 1 (0.22%) Sage CRM
Cloud Services
1 55 (12.06%) Microsoft Azure
2 54 (11.84%) Amazon AWS
3 28 (6.14%) Office 365
4 16 (3.51%) PaaS
5 14 (3.07%) Cloud Computing
6 8 (1.75%) GitHub
7 6 (1.32%) IBM Cloud
7 6 (1.32%) SoftLayer
8 5 (1.10%) AWS CloudFormation
8 5 (1.10%) Azure Active Directory
8 5 (1.10%) Google Cloud Platform
8 5 (1.10%) Heroku
8 5 (1.10%) IaaS
9 4 (0.88%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
9 4 (0.88%) Google Compute Engine
9 4 (0.88%) OpenShift
10 3 (0.66%) Amazon EC2
11 2 (0.44%) G Suite
11 2 (0.44%) Mimecast
11 2 (0.44%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 93 (20.39%) SAN
2 65 (14.25%) Firewall
3 60 (13.16%) DNS
4 36 (7.89%) DHCP
4 36 (7.89%) LAN
5 35 (7.68%) TCP/IP
6 33 (7.24%) NAS
6 33 (7.24%) WAN
7 32 (7.02%) VPN
8 26 (5.70%) VSAN
9 22 (4.82%) Wireless
10 20 (4.39%) Cisco Nexus
10 20 (4.39%) NetScaler
11 19 (4.17%) PuTTY
11 19 (4.17%) WinSCP
12 13 (2.85%) Cisco ASA
13 12 (2.63%) VLAN
14 10 (2.19%) iSCSI
14 10 (2.19%) VoIP
15 9 (1.97%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 75 (16.45%) SQL Server
2 30 (6.58%) SQL Server 2008
3 29 (6.36%) SQL Server 2005
4 27 (5.92%) SQL Server 2012
5 26 (5.70%) Oracle Database
6 22 (4.82%) Oracle Database 11g
7 21 (4.61%) Oracle Database 10g
8 17 (3.73%) Oracle Reports
9 11 (2.41%) PostgreSQL
10 5 (1.10%) MySQL
10 5 (1.10%) Redis
11 4 (0.88%) Apache Cassandra
11 4 (0.88%) Big Data
11 4 (0.88%) NoSQL
11 4 (0.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 4 (0.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 3 (0.66%) DB2
13 2 (0.44%) Oracle9i Database
13 2 (0.44%) RDBMS
13 2 (0.44%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 49 (10.75%) Jenkins
2 22 (4.82%) TeamCity
3 20 (4.39%) SpecFlow
4 19 (4.17%) HP UFT
4 19 (4.17%) Oracle APEX
4 19 (4.17%) Selenium
4 19 (4.17%) Team Foundation Server
5 15 (3.29%) Git (software)
6 14 (3.07%) Toad
7 13 (2.85%) Ant
7 13 (2.85%) Eclipse
7 13 (2.85%) SoapUI
7 13 (2.85%) TestNG
8 11 (2.41%) Octopus Deploy
9 10 (2.19%) LoadRunner
10 8 (1.75%) GitLab
11 6 (1.32%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 6 (1.32%) Subversion
12 5 (1.10%) Sonatype Nexus
13 4 (0.88%) Vagrant
General
1 63 (13.82%) Finance
2 28 (6.14%) Banking
3 19 (4.17%) Telecoms
4 12 (2.63%) Manufacturing
4 12 (2.63%) Marketing
5 11 (2.41%) Electronics
6 8 (1.75%) Investment Banking
7 7 (1.54%) Local Government
8 3 (0.66%) Aerospace
8 3 (0.66%) Financial Institution
8 3 (0.66%) International Banking
8 3 (0.66%) Law
8 3 (0.66%) Publishing
9 2 (0.44%) Billing
9 2 (0.44%) Retail
10 1 (0.22%) Back Office
10 1 (0.22%) Military
10 1 (0.22%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 61 (13.38%) Analyst
2 56 (12.28%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 49 (10.75%) VMware Engineer
4 43 (9.43%) Administrator
5 33 (7.24%) Consultant
6 31 (6.80%) Architect
6 31 (6.80%) DevOps Engineer
7 25 (5.48%) Support Analyst
7 25 (5.48%) Support Engineer
8 23 (5.04%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 23 (5.04%) 3rd Line Support
8 23 (5.04%) Systems Administrator
8 23 (5.04%) VMware Specialist
9 21 (4.61%) Windows Engineer
10 20 (4.39%) Network Engineer
11 17 (3.73%) Server Engineer
12 16 (3.51%) Service Analyst
13 15 (3.29%) Infrastructure Analyst
13 15 (3.29%) Infrastructure Specialist
14 14 (3.07%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (6.36%) .NET
2 24 (5.26%) Web Services
3 8 (1.75%) XML
4 7 (1.54%) Middleware
4 7 (1.54%) RESTful
5 6 (1.32%) SAML
6 5 (1.10%) Flash
6 5 (1.10%) J2EE
6 5 (1.10%) REST
7 4 (0.88%) ActiveMQ
7 4 (0.88%) ASP.NET
7 4 (0.88%) Java EE
7 4 (0.88%) LAMP
7 4 (0.88%) SOAP
8 3 (0.66%) COM
8 3 (0.66%) CSS
8 3 (0.66%) HTML
8 3 (0.66%) PowerMock
8 3 (0.66%) SAP Basis
8 3 (0.66%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 76 (16.67%) Data Centre
2 26 (5.70%) EMC VNX
3 23 (5.04%) Analytical Skills
3 23 (5.04%) Clustering
3 23 (5.04%) VxBlock/Vblock
4 22 (4.82%) Computer Science
5 16 (3.51%) PKI
5 16 (3.51%) Replication
6 13 (2.85%) Hybrid Cloud
7 12 (2.63%) EMC VMAX
8 10 (2.19%) Blackberry
8 10 (2.19%) Management Information System
9 5 (1.10%) Driving Licence
9 5 (1.10%) FlexPod
9 5 (1.10%) HP Storage
9 5 (1.10%) Private Cloud
9 5 (1.10%) Smart Meter
10 4 (0.88%) Enterprise Storage
10 4 (0.88%) Linux Command Line
11 3 (0.66%) HP StoreVirtual
Operating Systems
1 264 (57.89%) Windows
2 166 (36.40%) Windows Server
3 155 (33.99%) Linux
4 128 (28.07%) Windows Server 2012
5 96 (21.05%) Windows Server 2008
6 53 (11.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 48 (10.53%) Unix
8 39 (8.55%) Windows Server 2003
9 33 (7.24%) Windows 7
10 32 (7.02%) Windows 10
11 18 (3.95%) CentOS
12 16 (3.51%) Ubuntu
13 15 (3.29%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
14 12 (2.63%) SUSE
15 10 (2.19%) AIX
15 10 (2.19%) Mac OS X
16 9 (1.97%) Windows 8
17 6 (1.32%) Data ONTAP
17 6 (1.32%) Oracle Linux
18 4 (0.88%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 88 (19.30%) ITIL
2 81 (17.76%) DevOps
3 51 (11.18%) Migration
4 46 (10.09%) Agile Software Development
5 44 (9.65%) Service Management
6 38 (8.33%) Continuous Integration
7 29 (6.36%) Test Automation
8 28 (6.14%) Configuration Management
9 27 (5.92%) Load Balancing
9 27 (5.92%) Scrum
10 25 (5.48%) Capacity Planning
11 23 (5.04%) Disaster Recovery
11 23 (5.04%) High Availability
11 23 (5.04%) Integration Testing
12 21 (4.61%) Project Management
13 19 (4.17%) BDD
13 19 (4.17%) System Integration Testing
14 17 (3.73%) Change Management
14 17 (3.73%) Defect Tracking
14 17 (3.73%) Exploratory Testing
Programming Languages
1 101 (22.15%) PowerShell
2 55 (12.06%) SQL
3 38 (8.33%) Python
4 35 (7.68%) Java
5 29 (6.36%) Bash Shell
6 23 (5.04%) Perl
7 19 (4.17%) F#
8 14 (3.07%) VBScript
9 12 (2.63%) C
9 12 (2.63%) Ruby
10 9 (1.97%) JavaScript
10 9 (1.97%) Korn
10 9 (1.97%) Shell Script
11 7 (1.54%) C#
11 7 (1.54%) Go
12 6 (1.32%) C++
12 6 (1.32%) Groovy
12 6 (1.32%) VB
13 5 (1.10%) VB.NET
14 2 (0.44%) PHP
Qualifications
1 72 (15.79%) Security Cleared
2 65 (14.25%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
3 60 (13.16%) SC Cleared
4 39 (8.55%) Cisco Certification
5 31 (6.80%) Microsoft Certification
6 27 (5.92%) Degree
7 24 (5.26%) CCNA
8 20 (4.39%) MCSE
9 18 (3.95%) VCP6
10 17 (3.73%) CCNP
11 15 (3.29%) ITIL Certification
12 14 (3.07%) CCIE
12 14 (3.07%) VCAP
13 12 (2.63%) MCSA
14 11 (2.41%) ISEB
15 10 (2.19%) ISEB Practitioner
15 10 (2.19%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 9 (1.97%) DV Cleared
16 9 (1.97%) RHCE
17 7 (1.54%) CCDP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (5.04%) SLA
2 10 (2.19%) PCI DSS
3 6 (1.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (1.32%) QA
4 2 (0.44%) Def Stans
4 2 (0.44%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (0.44%) PMO
4 2 (0.44%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.22%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 230 (50.44%) VMware Infrastructure
2 181 (39.69%) Active Directory
3 80 (17.54%) VMware ESXi
4 58 (12.72%) XenApp
5 50 (10.96%) Hyper-V
6 48 (10.53%) Virtual Machines
7 30 (6.58%) XenDesktop
8 26 (5.70%) Docker
8 26 (5.70%) vCloud
9 10 (2.19%) Virtual Desktop
9 10 (2.19%) Virtual Servers
9 10 (2.19%) XenServer
10 9 (1.97%) DFS Replication
11 7 (1.54%) Microsoft App-V
12 6 (1.32%) Terminal Services
13 5 (1.10%) LXC
13 5 (1.10%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 5 (1.10%) Xen
14 4 (0.88%) Veritas Cluster Server
14 4 (0.88%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 79 (17.32%) vCenter Server
2 65 (14.25%) SCCM
3 56 (12.28%) vRealize
4 47 (10.31%) Ansible
5 40 (8.77%) Puppet
6 31 (6.80%) SCOM
7 28 (6.14%) Opscode Chef
8 17 (3.73%) vMotion
9 16 (3.51%) Terraform
9 16 (3.51%) WSUS
10 11 (2.41%) Tivoli Storage Manager
11 10 (2.19%) Nagios
12 9 (1.97%) EMC NetWorker
13 8 (1.75%) Red Hat Satellite
14 7 (1.54%) Failover Clustering
14 7 (1.54%) Kibana
15 6 (1.32%) Kubernetes
15 6 (1.32%) PowerCLI
15 6 (1.32%) Prometheus
15 6 (1.32%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 424 (92.98%) VMware
2 163 (35.75%) Microsoft
3 108 (23.68%) Cisco
4 100 (21.93%) Citrix
5 92 (20.18%) HP
6 57 (12.50%) Red Hat
7 50 (10.96%) EMC
8 44 (9.65%) NetApp
9 39 (8.55%) Oracle
10 28 (6.14%) IBM
11 20 (4.39%) 3PAR
11 20 (4.39%) Dell
11 20 (4.39%) Veeam
12 17 (3.73%) CommVault
13 15 (3.29%) F5
14 14 (3.07%) CheckPoint
14 14 (3.07%) Google
14 14 (3.07%) SAP
15 13 (2.85%) AppSense
16 10 (2.19%) Sophos
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