Period
to 26 July 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 26 July 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
26 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 435 327 428
Rank change year-on-year -108 +101 -35
Contract jobs citing vSphere 357 260 519
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.50% 0.69% 0.56%
As % of the System Software category 3.53% 4.58% 3.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 229 177 338
10th Percentile £273 £260 £250
25th Percentile £363 £350 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £443 £450 £425
Median % change year-on-year -1.67% +5.88% +6.25%
75th Percentile £513 £519 £525
90th Percentile £550 £550 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £450 £413
% change year-on-year -5.56% +9.09% +8.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 11 16
10th Percentile £19.20 £33.45 "
25th Percentile £30.00 £40.38 £14.00
Median hourly rate £42.44 £47.83 £32.16
Median % change year-on-year -11.28% +48.73% +3.74%
75th Percentile £46.25 " £46.55
90th Percentile £47.40 £51.75 £48.13
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £30.50 £21.50
% change year-on-year -1.64% +41.86% -30.65%

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 10,111 5,677 14,343
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.24% 15.13% 15.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,015 3,826 9,642
10th Percentile £225 £199 £180
25th Percentile £392 £358 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £588 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £430 £425
% change year-on-year -1.16% +1.18% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 315 248 594
10th Percentile £11.64 £11.34 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.38 £13.00 £13.00
Median hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £16.95
Median % change year-on-year +8.57% +3.24% +5.94%
75th Percentile £40.00 £25.07 £27.00
90th Percentile £64.80 £51.86 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year +6.06% +3.13% +0.88%

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 26 July 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 26 July 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 26 July 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 -82 283 £427 -7.68% 121
UK excluding London -63 192 £425 -5.56% 98
London -104 96 £460 +8.24% 27
Work from Home -190 95 £475 +5.56% 18
South East -22 75 £423 -13.33% 24
North of England -17 42 £450 -5.26% 22
North West -8 29 £500 +5.26% 14
Scotland -76 25 £436 +9.75% 4
South West -15 21 £310 -38.00% 17
Midlands -34 19 £281 -19.64% 22
Wales +5 12 £525 +35.48% 1
West Midlands -42 10 £390 +11.43% 14
North East +2 8 £375 +42.86%
East Midlands -6 8 £225 -10.00% 8
East of England -19 7 £575 +71.64% 8
Yorkshire -21 5 £265 -41.11% 8

For the 6 months to 26 July 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.

1 332 (93.00%) VMware
2 211 (59.10%) VMware Infrastructure
3 200 (56.02%) Windows
4 136 (38.10%) Active Directory
5 122 (34.17%) Windows Server
6 119 (33.33%) Security Cleared
7 111 (31.09%) PowerShell
8 108 (30.25%) Microsoft
9 93 (26.05%) Data Centre
9 93 (26.05%) vRealize
10 86 (24.09%) VSAN
11 85 (23.81%) SC Cleared
12 84 (23.53%) Linux
13 81 (22.69%) vCenter Server
13 81 (22.69%) VMware NSX
14 78 (21.85%) VMware ESXi
15 76 (21.29%) Ansible
15 76 (21.29%) Social Skills
16 75 (21.01%) Azure
17 72 (20.17%) Firewall
18 70 (19.61%) Infrastructure Engineering
19 67 (18.77%) AWS
20 66 (18.49%) Cisco
21 65 (18.21%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
22 63 (17.65%) Dell
23 62 (17.37%) DNS
24 56 (15.69%) ITIL
25 55 (15.41%) Microsoft 365
26 54 (15.13%) HP
26 54 (15.13%) SAN

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 35 (9.80%) MS Exchange
2 15 (4.20%) Exchange Server 2013
2 15 (4.20%) SharePoint
3 8 (2.24%) OpenStack
4 6 (1.68%) Confluence
4 6 (1.68%) IIS
5 4 (1.12%) Exchange Server 2010
6 3 (0.84%) SAS
6 3 (0.84%) Tomcat
6 3 (0.84%) WebSphere
7 2 (0.56%) Site Server
7 2 (0.56%) Skype for Business
8 1 (0.28%) Apache
8 1 (0.28%) Cloud Foundry
8 1 (0.28%) JBoss
8 1 (0.28%) WebLogic
Applications
1 6 (1.68%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (0.84%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (0.56%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 75 (21.01%) Azure
2 67 (18.77%) AWS
3 55 (15.41%) Microsoft 365
4 26 (7.28%) IaaS
5 13 (3.64%) GCP
6 8 (2.24%) Azure Active Directory
7 6 (1.68%) PaaS
8 5 (1.40%) SaaS
9 4 (1.12%) OpenShift
9 4 (1.12%) Yammer
10 3 (0.84%) Amazon EC2
10 3 (0.84%) Cloud Run
11 2 (0.56%) OneDrive
12 1 (0.28%) Azure Stack
12 1 (0.28%) Catchpoint
12 1 (0.28%) Cloud Computing
12 1 (0.28%) IBM Cloud
12 1 (0.28%) Mimecast
12 1 (0.28%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 86 (24.09%) VSAN
2 72 (20.17%) Firewall
3 62 (17.37%) DNS
4 54 (15.13%) SAN
5 46 (12.89%) DHCP
6 36 (10.08%) VPN
7 25 (7.00%) Remote Desktop
8 24 (6.72%) Network Security
8 24 (6.72%) WAN
9 23 (6.44%) LAN
9 23 (6.44%) TCP/IP
10 18 (5.04%) VLAN
11 15 (4.20%) Cisco Nexus
12 14 (3.92%) NAS
13 11 (3.08%) Fibre Channel
13 11 (3.08%) VoIP
14 10 (2.80%) Ethernet
15 9 (2.52%) Cisco ASA
15 9 (2.52%) SNMP
16 8 (2.24%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 52 (14.57%) SQL Server
2 13 (3.64%) SQL Server 2012
2 13 (3.64%) SQL Server 2016
3 6 (1.68%) SQL Server 2017
4 5 (1.40%) PostgreSQL
5 4 (1.12%) MySQL
6 3 (0.84%) Hadoop
7 2 (0.56%) DB2
7 2 (0.56%) GIS
7 2 (0.56%) HBase
7 2 (0.56%) Oracle Database
7 2 (0.56%) SQL Server 2014
7 2 (0.56%) SQL Server 2019
8 1 (0.28%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 17 (4.76%) Git (software)
2 14 (3.92%) Jenkins
3 7 (1.96%) JIRA
4 6 (1.68%) Artifactory
5 4 (1.12%) SonarQube
6 3 (0.84%) Bitbucket
6 3 (0.84%) DbUnit
6 3 (0.84%) jMock
6 3 (0.84%) JUnit
6 3 (0.84%) Maven
6 3 (0.84%) Mockito
7 2 (0.56%) GitLab
7 2 (0.56%) Rational Quality Manager
7 2 (0.56%) Rational Team Concert
8 1 (0.28%) GCC
8 1 (0.28%) Hudson
8 1 (0.28%) MSI
8 1 (0.28%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 76 (21.29%) Social Skills
2 47 (13.17%) Finance
3 23 (6.44%) Public Sector
4 14 (3.92%) Telecoms
5 13 (3.64%) Banking
6 8 (2.24%) Marketing
7 6 (1.68%) Analytical Skills
8 5 (1.40%) Retail
9 4 (1.12%) Automotive
10 3 (0.84%) Documentation Skills
10 3 (0.84%) Influencing Skills
10 3 (0.84%) Legal
11 2 (0.56%) Investment Banking
11 2 (0.56%) Law
11 2 (0.56%) Organisational Skills
11 2 (0.56%) Pharmaceutical
11 2 (0.56%) Police
11 2 (0.56%) Presentation Skills
12 1 (0.28%) Back Office
12 1 (0.28%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 57 (15.97%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 51 (14.29%) VMware Engineer
3 49 (13.73%) Consultant
4 30 (8.40%) Virtualisation Engineer
5 29 (8.12%) VMware Consultant
6 25 (7.00%) Architect
7 21 (5.88%) Network Engineer
8 16 (4.48%) DevOps Engineer
8 16 (4.48%) Infrastructure Architect
9 14 (3.92%) Analyst
9 14 (3.92%) Support Engineer
10 12 (3.36%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 12 (3.36%) Systems Engineer
11 11 (3.08%) Wintel Engineer
12 10 (2.80%) IT Manager
12 10 (2.80%) Server Engineer
13 9 (2.52%) Design Engineer
13 9 (2.52%) Developer
13 9 (2.52%) Infrastructure Specialist
14 8 (2.24%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (5.32%) XML
2 17 (4.76%) JSON
3 13 (3.64%) LDAP
4 9 (2.52%) Web Services
5 8 (2.24%) REST
5 8 (2.24%) RESTful
6 3 (0.84%) Apache Camel
6 3 (0.84%) Hibernate
6 3 (0.84%) J2EE
6 3 (0.84%) Node.js
6 3 (0.84%) PowerMock
6 3 (0.84%) ServiceStack
6 3 (0.84%) SOAP
6 3 (0.84%) Spring
7 2 (0.56%) .NET
7 2 (0.56%) ActiveMQ
7 2 (0.56%) WebSphere MQ
7 2 (0.56%) YAML
8 1 (0.28%) Middleware
8 1 (0.28%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 93 (26.05%) Data Centre
2 21 (5.88%) Private Cloud
3 20 (5.60%) Public Cloud
4 18 (5.04%) Clustering
5 15 (4.20%) Replication
6 10 (2.80%) Data Protection Act
6 10 (2.80%) PKI
7 7 (1.96%) NHS
8 6 (1.68%) Greenfield Project
8 6 (1.68%) Self-Motivation
9 5 (1.40%) EMC VNX
10 4 (1.12%) Client/Server
10 4 (1.12%) Enterprise Software
10 4 (1.12%) Hybrid Cloud
11 3 (0.84%) CMDB
11 3 (0.84%) Hedge funds
11 3 (0.84%) User Experience
11 3 (0.84%) Virtual Team
12 2 (0.56%) EMC VMAX
12 2 (0.56%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 200 (56.02%) Windows
2 122 (34.17%) Windows Server
3 84 (23.53%) Linux
4 53 (14.85%) Windows Server 2012
5 40 (11.20%) Windows Server 2016
6 30 (8.40%) Windows Server 2019
7 27 (7.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 23 (6.44%) Windows Server 2008
9 21 (5.88%) Windows 10
10 13 (3.64%) Unix
11 12 (3.36%) Windows Server 2003
12 9 (2.52%) VMS
12 9 (2.52%) Windows 7
13 7 (1.96%) Solaris
14 6 (1.68%) Ubuntu
15 5 (1.40%) CentOS
15 5 (1.40%) Windows 2000
16 4 (1.12%) AIX
16 4 (1.12%) Windows 8
17 3 (0.84%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 70 (19.61%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 56 (15.69%) ITIL
3 44 (12.32%) Migration
4 42 (11.76%) Agile Software Development
5 34 (9.52%) DevOps
6 33 (9.24%) Configuration Management
7 28 (7.84%) Storage Management
8 23 (6.44%) Disaster Recovery
9 22 (6.16%) Network Design
10 20 (5.60%) Deployment Automation
10 20 (5.60%) Problem-Solving
11 17 (4.76%) Change Management
11 17 (4.76%) Data Protection
12 16 (4.48%) Capacity Management
13 15 (4.20%) High Availability
13 15 (4.20%) Infrastructure as Code
14 14 (3.92%) Project Management
15 13 (3.64%) Service Management
16 12 (3.36%) Continuous Improvement
16 12 (3.36%) Decision-Making
Programming Languages
1 111 (31.09%) PowerShell
2 46 (12.89%) Python
3 26 (7.28%) Bash Shell
4 24 (6.72%) SQL
5 22 (6.16%) Java
6 8 (2.24%) JavaScript
7 5 (1.40%) VB
8 4 (1.12%) Go
8 4 (1.12%) VBScript
9 2 (0.56%) C#
9 2 (0.56%) Groovy
9 2 (0.56%) Perl
9 2 (0.56%) Ruby
10 1 (0.28%) C
Qualifications
1 119 (33.33%) Security Cleared
2 85 (23.81%) SC Cleared
3 65 (18.21%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 33 (9.24%) Cisco Certification
5 31 (8.68%) Microsoft Certification
6 23 (6.44%) CCNA
6 23 (6.44%) MCSE
7 22 (6.16%) Degree
8 20 (5.60%) DV Cleared
8 20 (5.60%) VCAP
9 16 (4.48%) CCNP
10 12 (3.36%) VCP6
11 11 (3.08%) MCSA
12 10 (2.80%) MCITP
13 9 (2.52%) RHCA
14 7 (1.96%) RHCE
14 7 (1.96%) VCDX
15 6 (1.68%) MCP
16 4 (1.12%) PMI Certification
16 4 (1.12%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (3.36%) SLA
2 7 (1.96%) QA
3 6 (1.68%) GDPR
4 2 (0.56%) GMP
4 2 (0.56%) PMO
5 1 (0.28%) SEPA
System Software
1 211 (59.10%) VMware Infrastructure
2 136 (38.10%) Active Directory
3 81 (22.69%) VMware NSX
4 78 (21.85%) VMware ESXi
5 27 (7.56%) Hyper-V
6 24 (6.72%) Virtual Machines
7 19 (5.32%) vCloud
8 16 (4.48%) Docker
8 16 (4.48%) XenApp
9 10 (2.80%) XenDesktop
10 9 (2.52%) Virtual Desktop
11 5 (1.40%) EMC RecoverPoint
11 5 (1.40%) Microsoft App-V
11 5 (1.40%) NFS
12 4 (1.12%) Firmware
12 4 (1.12%) Terminal Services
12 4 (1.12%) Virtual Servers
13 3 (0.84%) Slurm Workload Manager
14 2 (0.56%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 2 (0.56%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 93 (26.05%) vRealize
2 81 (22.69%) vCenter Server
3 76 (21.29%) Ansible
4 48 (13.45%) vRealize Orchestrator
5 37 (10.36%) SCCM
6 29 (8.12%) Terraform
6 29 (8.12%) WSUS
7 26 (7.28%) Kubernetes
8 25 (7.00%) PowerCLI
9 17 (4.76%) Puppet
10 16 (4.48%) Active Directory Federation Services
11 14 (3.92%) Red Hat Satellite
12 11 (3.08%) Microsoft Intune
12 11 (3.08%) SCOM
12 11 (3.08%) Tivoli
13 8 (2.24%) Failover Clustering
13 8 (2.24%) NetBackup
13 8 (2.24%) Tivoli Storage Manager
14 6 (1.68%) Nagios
14 6 (1.68%) vMotion
Vendors
1 332 (93.00%) VMware
2 108 (30.25%) Microsoft
3 66 (18.49%) Cisco
4 63 (17.65%) Dell
5 54 (15.13%) HP
6 47 (13.17%) Citrix
7 38 (10.64%) Red Hat
8 29 (8.12%) EMC
9 28 (7.84%) IBM
10 19 (5.32%) NetApp
11 18 (5.04%) Juniper
11 18 (5.04%) Veeam
12 16 (4.48%) Fortinet
13 15 (4.20%) McAfee
14 14 (3.92%) Google
14 14 (3.92%) ServiceNow
14 14 (3.92%) SolarWinds
15 11 (3.08%) CA
15 11 (3.08%) CheckPoint
15 11 (3.08%) F5