Period
to 20 January 2021

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 20 January 2021 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
20 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 340 340 390
Rank change year-on-year 0 +50 0
Contract jobs citing vSphere 267 506 613
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.64% 0.70% 0.63%
As % of the System Software category 4.28% 4.49% 4.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 209 338 424
Median daily rate £413 £440 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +4.76% +8.39%
10th Percentile £300 £299 £224
90th Percentile £560 £571 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £433 £400
% change year-on-year -9.83% +8.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 15 27
Median hourly rate £44.50 £26.00 £42.27
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +71.15% -38.48% +40.88%
10th Percentile £12.50 £14.50 £13.40
90th Percentile £46.75 £49.19 £49.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.00 £23.75 £42.27
% change year-on-year -45.26% -43.81% +40.88%

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 6,238 11,266 15,025
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.96% 15.59% 15.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,239 7,600 10,039
Median daily rate £475 £450 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% -2.70% +8.82%
10th Percentile £215 £163 £180
90th Percentile £649 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £413
% change year-on-year +3.03% - +10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 259 627 790
Median hourly rate £17.75 £16.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.58% +3.13% +0.88%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.25 £10.50
90th Percentile £61.25 £47.50 £44.25
Median hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%

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 20 January 2021.

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 20 January 2021.

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 20 January 2021. 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 +9 218 £425 -5.56% 85
UK excluding London +55 161 £390 -9.83% 72
South East +116 80 £430 -9.47% 18
London +26 76 £450 - 19
Work from Home -130 61 £409 +18.91% 9
Scotland +45 26 £388 +19.23% 3
South West +42 20 £475 - 7
Midlands +51 15 £340 -2.86% 15
North of England +42 14 £313 -10.71% 18
West Midlands +34 14 £340 +4.62% 12
Yorkshire +19 6 £300 -11.76% 6
North West +45 5 £325 -10.03% 10
East of England +46 3 £335 -10.67% 8
North East +36 3 £400 - 2
Wales +18 3 £439 -12.25% 3
East Midlands +37 1 £325 -38.97% 3

For the 6 months to 20 January 2021, 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.

1 238 (89.14%) VMware
2 189 (70.79%) VMware Infrastructure
3 166 (62.17%) Windows
4 116 (43.45%) Microsoft
5 115 (43.07%) Security Cleared
6 107 (40.07%) Windows Server
7 105 (39.33%) Active Directory
8 89 (33.33%) SC Cleared
9 88 (32.96%) Linux
10 85 (31.84%) VMware ESXi
11 78 (29.21%) PowerShell
12 77 (28.84%) vRealize
13 72 (26.97%) VSAN
14 71 (26.59%) VMware NSX
15 70 (26.22%) Azure
15 70 (26.22%) Dell
16 69 (25.84%) Firewall
17 67 (25.09%) Cisco
18 64 (23.97%) vCenter Server
18 64 (23.97%) Infrastructure Engineering
19 61 (22.85%) DNS
20 59 (22.10%) Data Centre
21 53 (19.85%) Citrix
22 52 (19.48%) Windows Server 2016
23 49 (18.35%) Ansible
24 47 (17.60%) DHCP
25 46 (17.23%) ITIL
25 46 (17.23%) Migration
26 45 (16.85%) EMC
27 43 (16.10%) Windows 10

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 15 (5.62%) MS Exchange
2 8 (3.00%) Skype for Business
3 7 (2.62%) Exchange Server 2013
3 7 (2.62%) IIS
4 6 (2.25%) WebSphere
5 5 (1.87%) Apache
5 5 (1.87%) Exchange Server 2010
5 5 (1.87%) SharePoint
6 4 (1.50%) nginx
6 4 (1.50%) OpenStack
7 2 (0.75%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 2 (0.75%) Cloud Foundry
7 2 (0.75%) Confluence
8 1 (0.37%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 12 (4.49%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (2.62%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (2.62%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (1.12%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 70 (26.22%) Azure
2 42 (15.73%) AWS
3 39 (14.61%) Office 365
4 23 (8.61%) GitHub
5 20 (7.49%) IaaS
6 15 (5.62%) Azure Active Directory
7 8 (3.00%) PaaS
8 5 (1.87%) Amazon EC2
8 5 (1.87%) Amazon ELB
9 4 (1.50%) GCP
9 4 (1.50%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 3 (1.12%) AWS CloudFormation
10 3 (1.12%) OpenShift
11 2 (0.75%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
11 2 (0.75%) Heroku
11 2 (0.75%) SaaS
12 1 (0.37%) Cohesity
12 1 (0.37%) Datadog
12 1 (0.37%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 72 (26.97%) VSAN
2 69 (25.84%) Firewall
3 61 (22.85%) DNS
4 47 (17.60%) DHCP
5 43 (16.10%) VLAN
6 36 (13.48%) WAN
7 28 (10.49%) SAN
8 22 (8.24%) LAN
9 20 (7.49%) Reverse Proxy
10 19 (7.12%) SNMP
11 16 (5.99%) NetScaler
12 15 (5.62%) Ethernet
12 15 (5.62%) VPN
13 13 (4.87%) iSCSI
13 13 (4.87%) TCP/IP
14 11 (4.12%) Network Security
15 10 (3.75%) Fibre Channel
15 10 (3.75%) Remote Desktop
15 10 (3.75%) Skype
16 9 (3.37%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (5.99%) SQL Server
2 9 (3.37%) Hadoop
2 9 (3.37%) HBase
3 6 (2.25%) Azure SQL Database
3 6 (2.25%) Cosmos DB
3 6 (2.25%) DB2
4 1 (0.37%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (0.37%) MySQL
4 1 (0.37%) Redis
4 1 (0.37%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.37%) SQL Server 2017
Development Applications
1 31 (11.61%) Jenkins
2 27 (10.11%) JIRA
3 26 (9.74%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 25 (9.36%) Git (software)
5 22 (8.24%) GitLab
6 6 (2.25%) Visual Studio Team System
7 4 (1.50%) Bitbucket
8 3 (1.12%) Octopus Deploy
9 2 (0.75%) CF BOSH
9 2 (0.75%) IBM UrbanCode
9 2 (0.75%) Maven
9 2 (0.75%) MSI
9 2 (0.75%) TeamCity
10 1 (0.37%) Hudson
10 1 (0.37%) Sonatype Nexus
10 1 (0.37%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 27 (10.11%) Public Sector
2 24 (8.99%) Finance
3 8 (3.00%) Banking
4 3 (1.12%) Electronics
4 3 (1.12%) Financial Institution
4 3 (1.12%) Manufacturing
4 3 (1.12%) Marketing
4 3 (1.12%) Telecoms
5 2 (0.75%) Military
6 1 (0.37%) French Language
6 1 (0.37%) Front Office
6 1 (0.37%) International Banking
6 1 (0.37%) Law
6 1 (0.37%) Local Government
6 1 (0.37%) Publishing
6 1 (0.37%) Retail
Job Titles
1 49 (18.35%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 44 (16.48%) VMware Engineer
3 41 (15.36%) Architect
4 21 (7.87%) Consultant
5 20 (7.49%) DevOps Engineer
6 19 (7.12%) Infrastructure Architect
7 18 (6.74%) Administrator
8 16 (5.99%) Windows Engineer
9 15 (5.62%) Virtualisation Engineer
10 14 (5.24%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 14 (5.24%) Cloud Engineer
10 14 (5.24%) VMware Architect
11 13 (4.87%) Server Engineer
12 12 (4.49%) Linux Engineer
13 11 (4.12%) Cloud Architect
13 11 (4.12%) Support Engineer
13 11 (4.12%) Wintel Engineer
14 10 (3.75%) Systems Administrator
14 10 (3.75%) VMware Consultant
15 8 (3.00%) Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (5.99%) Elastic Stack
1 16 (5.99%) Swagger
2 15 (5.62%) REST
3 14 (5.24%) gRPC
3 14 (5.24%) RESTful
4 11 (4.12%) XML
5 9 (3.37%) JSON
6 7 (2.62%) WebSphere MQ
7 4 (1.50%) Middleware
8 3 (1.12%) OAuth
8 3 (1.12%) SAML
9 2 (0.75%) AngularJS
9 2 (0.75%) Django
9 2 (0.75%) J2EE
9 2 (0.75%) LDAP
9 2 (0.75%) Node.js
9 2 (0.75%) OAuth2
9 2 (0.75%) Spring
9 2 (0.75%) Spring Boot
9 2 (0.75%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 59 (22.10%) Data Centre
2 18 (6.74%) Hybrid Cloud
3 17 (6.37%) Private Cloud
4 16 (5.99%) Analytical Skills
5 12 (4.49%) Replication
6 11 (4.12%) PKI
7 9 (3.37%) Clustering
8 8 (3.00%) Cloud Native
9 7 (2.62%) Enterprise Storage
9 7 (2.62%) Self-Motivation
10 6 (2.25%) NHS
11 5 (1.87%) EMC VMAX
11 5 (1.87%) Enterprise Cloud
11 5 (1.87%) Public Cloud
11 5 (1.87%) VxBlock/Vblock
12 4 (1.50%) Management Information System
13 3 (1.12%) CMDB
13 3 (1.12%) EMC VNX
13 3 (1.12%) Linux Command Line
13 3 (1.12%) RSA SecurID
Operating Systems
1 166 (62.17%) Windows
2 107 (40.07%) Windows Server
3 88 (32.96%) Linux
4 52 (19.48%) Windows Server 2016
5 43 (16.10%) Windows 10
6 40 (14.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 38 (14.23%) Windows Server 2012
8 30 (11.24%) CentOS
9 23 (8.61%) Windows Server 2019
10 19 (7.12%) Windows Server 2008
11 13 (4.87%) Ubuntu
11 13 (4.87%) Unix
12 11 (4.12%) Windows 7
13 5 (1.87%) VMS
14 3 (1.12%) Android
14 3 (1.12%) Windows 8
15 2 (0.75%) AIX
15 2 (0.75%) Apple iOS
15 2 (0.75%) Windows Server 2003
16 1 (0.37%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 64 (23.97%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 46 (17.23%) ITIL
2 46 (17.23%) Migration
3 42 (15.73%) DevOps
4 41 (15.36%) Configuration Management
5 38 (14.23%) Agile Software Development
6 23 (8.61%) Continuous Integration
6 23 (8.61%) Load Balancing
7 22 (8.24%) Converged Infrastructure
7 22 (8.24%) Infrastructure as Code
8 21 (7.87%) Continuous Deployment
9 18 (6.74%) High Availability
9 18 (6.74%) Project Delivery
10 17 (6.37%) Microservices
11 16 (5.99%) Cybersecurity
11 16 (5.99%) Problem-Solving
12 14 (5.24%) Disaster Recovery
13 13 (4.87%) Continuous Delivery
13 13 (4.87%) Storage Management
14 12 (4.49%) Systems Engineering
Programming Languages
1 78 (29.21%) PowerShell
2 32 (11.99%) Python
3 28 (10.49%) Bash Shell
4 19 (7.12%) Go
5 14 (5.24%) C#
6 13 (4.87%) SQL
7 5 (1.87%) C
8 4 (1.50%) Java
8 4 (1.50%) Ruby
8 4 (1.50%) VBScript
9 3 (1.12%) JavaScript
10 2 (0.75%) Shell Script
10 2 (0.75%) VB
11 1 (0.37%) C++
11 1 (0.37%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.37%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.37%) XPath
Qualifications
1 115 (43.07%) Security Cleared
2 89 (33.33%) SC Cleared
3 40 (14.98%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 27 (10.11%) DV Cleared
5 21 (7.87%) VCAP
6 14 (5.24%) Microsoft Certification
6 14 (5.24%) VCP6
7 13 (4.87%) Cisco Certification
8 12 (4.49%) CCNA
8 12 (4.49%) Degree
9 10 (3.75%) CCNP
10 9 (3.37%) MCSE
11 8 (3.00%) VCDX
12 7 (2.62%) RHCA
12 7 (2.62%) TOGAF Certification
13 6 (2.25%) Citrix Certification
14 5 (1.87%) CCA
14 5 (1.87%) MCSA
15 4 (1.50%) ITIL Certification
16 3 (1.12%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (2.62%) SLA
2 3 (1.12%) NCSC
3 2 (0.75%) Data Quality
3 2 (0.75%) GMP
4 1 (0.37%) Def Stans
4 1 (0.37%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.37%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 1 (0.37%) QA
4 1 (0.37%) SEPA
System Software
1 189 (70.79%) VMware Infrastructure
2 105 (39.33%) Active Directory
3 85 (31.84%) VMware ESXi
4 71 (26.59%) VMware NSX
5 29 (10.86%) Virtual Machines
6 27 (10.11%) Docker
7 24 (8.99%) Hyper-V
8 19 (7.12%) NFS
9 17 (6.37%) Virtual Desktop
10 16 (5.99%) vCloud
11 15 (5.62%) XenApp
12 13 (4.87%) VMFS
13 11 (4.12%) XenDesktop
14 9 (3.37%) HDFS
15 8 (3.00%) Microsoft App-V
16 6 (2.25%) Virtual Servers
17 5 (1.87%) Citrix Hypervisor
17 5 (1.87%) VMware Server
18 3 (1.12%) UAG
18 3 (1.12%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 77 (28.84%) vRealize
2 64 (23.97%) vCenter Server
3 49 (18.35%) Ansible
4 40 (14.98%) SCCM
5 39 (14.61%) Terraform
6 30 (11.24%) Opscode Chef
7 29 (10.86%) Puppet
8 27 (10.11%) Kubernetes
9 21 (7.87%) PowerCLI
9 21 (7.87%) SCOM
10 19 (7.12%) Packer
10 19 (7.12%) vRealize Orchestrator
11 16 (5.99%) Grafana
11 16 (5.99%) Prometheus
11 16 (5.99%) ZABBIX
12 15 (5.62%) Microsoft Intune
13 13 (4.87%) WSUS
14 12 (4.49%) vMotion
15 9 (3.37%) NetBackup
16 5 (1.87%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 238 (89.14%) VMware
2 116 (43.45%) Microsoft
3 70 (26.22%) Dell
4 67 (25.09%) Cisco
5 53 (19.85%) Citrix
6 45 (16.85%) EMC
7 30 (11.24%) HP
8 25 (9.36%) Atlassian
9 20 (7.49%) Juniper
10 17 (6.37%) Red Hat
11 16 (5.99%) McAfee
11 16 (5.99%) Palo Alto
11 16 (5.99%) Splunk
12 15 (5.62%) Veeam
13 12 (4.49%) NetApp
14 10 (3.75%) CheckPoint
15 9 (3.37%) Ivanti
15 9 (3.37%) SolarWinds
16 8 (3.00%) CommVault
16 8 (3.00%) IBM