Period
to 25 October 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 25 October 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
25 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 459 320 379
Rank change year-on-year -139 +59 0
Contract jobs citing vSphere 406 217 533
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.48% 0.68% 0.63%
As % of the System Software category 3.43% 4.69% 4.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 261 140 347
10th Percentile £263 £300 £275
25th Percentile £350 £335 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £430 £413
Median % change year-on-year +4.65% +4.24% -
75th Percentile £538 £511 £516
90th Percentile £625 £556 £568
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £434 £400
% change year-on-year -3.17% +8.44% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 4 16
10th Percentile " " £15.13
25th Percentile £24.50 £12.50 £17.69
Median hourly rate £25.00 £28.75 £26.50
Median % change year-on-year -13.04% +8.49% +17.78%
75th Percentile £31.75 £46.19 £46.55
90th Percentile £45.08 £46.98 £50.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.26 £13.00 £26.50
% change year-on-year +117.38% -50.94% +27.71%

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 11,831 4,627 13,152
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.95% 14.53% 15.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,413 3,107 8,831
10th Percentile £205 £218 £163
25th Percentile £400 £363 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
75th Percentile £600 £575 £570
90th Percentile £676 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £428 £432 £413
% change year-on-year -0.93% +4.61% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 394 180 644
10th Percentile £12.08 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.50 £12.50 £13.50
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.50
Median % change year-on-year - +6.06% +3.13%
75th Percentile £37.26 £39.00 £24.41
90th Percentile £65.00 £53.78 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £16.00

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 25 October 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 25 October 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for vSphere in the UK

vSphere
Top 17 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 25 October 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 -140 327 £450 - 128
UK excluding London -104 217 £420 -3.17% 98
London -106 123 £500 +21.58% 37
Work from Home -184 90 £488 +21.12% 26
South East -110 67 £425 -12.82% 27
North of England -40 52 £426 +36.32% 28
North West -21 38 £500 +48.15% 14
South West -35 33 £375 -25.00% 6
Scotland -74 25 £425 +1.80% 6
Midlands -64 20 £300 -11.11% 19
East of England -52 13 £425 +26.87% 11
Wales -18 12 £525 +16.67% 1
East Midlands - 11 £300 - 9
Yorkshire -45 8 £265 -11.67% 11
West Midlands -71 8 £308 -8.89% 10
North East - 6 £218 - 3
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 25 October 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.

1 374 (92.12%) VMware
2 244 (60.10%) Windows
3 229 (56.40%) VMware Infrastructure
4 179 (44.09%) Active Directory
5 148 (36.45%) Windows Server
6 132 (32.51%) Microsoft
7 126 (31.03%) PowerShell
8 115 (28.33%) Security Cleared
9 111 (27.34%) Linux
10 102 (25.12%) Cisco
10 102 (25.12%) Data Centre
11 94 (23.15%) vCenter Server
12 93 (22.91%) vRealize
13 91 (22.41%) VMware NSX
14 90 (22.17%) Social Skills
15 88 (21.67%) DNS
15 88 (21.67%) Ansible
16 87 (21.43%) Azure
17 86 (21.18%) VMware ESXi
17 86 (21.18%) Firewall
18 83 (20.44%) VSAN
19 80 (19.70%) Infrastructure Engineering
20 79 (19.46%) AWS
21 78 (19.21%) Microsoft 365
22 74 (18.23%) SC Cleared
22 74 (18.23%) Dell
23 69 (17.00%) Citrix
23 69 (17.00%) ITIL
24 65 (16.01%) SAN
25 64 (15.76%) DHCP

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 36 (8.87%) MS Exchange
2 21 (5.17%) SharePoint
3 17 (4.19%) Exchange Server 2013
4 14 (3.45%) Confluence
5 9 (2.22%) IIS
5 9 (2.22%) OpenStack
6 7 (1.72%) Apache
6 7 (1.72%) nginx
6 7 (1.72%) WebSphere
7 6 (1.48%) Tomcat
8 4 (0.99%) Mattermost
9 3 (0.74%) Site Server
9 3 (0.74%) Skype for Business
10 2 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2010
11 1 (0.25%) Cloud Foundry
11 1 (0.25%) SAS
Applications
1 19 (4.68%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (1.72%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 4 (0.99%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.49%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 87 (21.43%) Azure
2 79 (19.46%) AWS
3 78 (19.21%) Microsoft 365
4 19 (4.68%) GCP
5 13 (3.20%) IaaS
6 10 (2.46%) Azure Active Directory
7 8 (1.97%) OpenShift
8 6 (1.48%) SaaS
9 5 (1.23%) Yammer
10 4 (0.99%) Apigee
10 4 (0.99%) Cloud Run
10 4 (0.99%) GitHub
10 4 (0.99%) PaaS
11 3 (0.74%) Amazon EC2
11 3 (0.74%) Amazon S3
12 2 (0.49%) Cloud Computing
12 2 (0.49%) OneDrive
13 1 (0.25%) Mimecast
13 1 (0.25%) Snowflake
13 1 (0.25%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 88 (21.67%) DNS
2 86 (21.18%) Firewall
3 83 (20.44%) VSAN
4 65 (16.01%) SAN
5 64 (15.76%) DHCP
6 47 (11.58%) VPN
7 37 (9.11%) WAN
8 33 (8.13%) LAN
9 31 (7.64%) Network Security
10 29 (7.14%) TCP/IP
11 17 (4.19%) VLAN
12 15 (3.69%) Remote Desktop
13 14 (3.45%) NAS
13 14 (3.45%) Wireless
14 12 (2.96%) Fibre Channel
14 12 (2.96%) Software-Defined Networking
15 11 (2.71%) Junos
15 11 (2.71%) Skype
16 10 (2.46%) Cisco ASA
16 10 (2.46%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 62 (15.27%) SQL Server
2 15 (3.69%) SQL Server 2016
3 14 (3.45%) SQL Server 2012
4 7 (1.72%) DB2
4 7 (1.72%) SQL Server 2017
5 6 (1.48%) MySQL
6 5 (1.23%) PostgreSQL
7 4 (0.99%) SQL Server 2014
7 4 (0.99%) SQL Server 2019
8 3 (0.74%) Redis
9 2 (0.49%) Hadoop
9 2 (0.49%) HBase
9 2 (0.49%) Oracle Database
10 1 (0.25%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 22 (5.42%) Jenkins
2 20 (4.93%) JIRA
3 18 (4.43%) Git (software)
4 8 (1.97%) SonarQube
5 7 (1.72%) Bitbucket
6 4 (0.99%) Artifactory
6 4 (0.99%) Cucumber
6 4 (0.99%) GitLab
6 4 (0.99%) Selenium
7 3 (0.74%) DbUnit
7 3 (0.74%) jMock
7 3 (0.74%) JUnit
7 3 (0.74%) Maven
7 3 (0.74%) Mockito
8 1 (0.25%) MSI
8 1 (0.25%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 90 (22.17%) Social Skills
2 53 (13.05%) Finance
3 29 (7.14%) Public Sector
4 24 (5.91%) Analytical Skills
5 17 (4.19%) Telecoms
6 16 (3.94%) Banking
7 6 (1.48%) Financial Institution
7 6 (1.48%) Legal
7 6 (1.48%) Retail
8 5 (1.23%) Automotive
8 5 (1.23%) Back Office
8 5 (1.23%) Marketing
9 3 (0.74%) Documentation Skills
9 3 (0.74%) Electronics
9 3 (0.74%) Influencing Skills
9 3 (0.74%) Presentation Skills
10 2 (0.49%) Investment Banking
10 2 (0.49%) Organisational Skills
11 1 (0.25%) Law
11 1 (0.25%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 55 (13.55%) Consultant
2 54 (13.30%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 44 (10.84%) VMware Engineer
4 38 (9.36%) Architect
5 33 (8.13%) VMware Consultant
6 29 (7.14%) Support Engineer
7 25 (6.16%) Infrastructure Architect
8 23 (5.67%) Network Engineer
9 21 (5.17%) Analyst
10 20 (4.93%) Virtualisation Engineer
11 16 (3.94%) 2nd Line Engineer
12 15 (3.69%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 15 (3.69%) DevOps Engineer
13 14 (3.45%) 2nd Line Support
14 13 (3.20%) Cloud Engineer
15 12 (2.96%) IT Engineer
15 12 (2.96%) Server Engineer
15 12 (2.96%) Systems Engineer
15 12 (2.96%) Wintel Engineer
16 11 (2.71%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (4.68%) JSON
2 15 (3.69%) LDAP
3 13 (3.20%) XML
4 9 (2.22%) FastAPI
4 9 (2.22%) Web Services
5 8 (1.97%) RESTful
5 8 (1.97%) YAML
6 7 (1.72%) Node.js
6 7 (1.72%) WebSphere MQ
7 6 (1.48%) REST
8 4 (0.99%) .NET
9 3 (0.74%) Apache Camel
9 3 (0.74%) Hibernate
9 3 (0.74%) J2EE
9 3 (0.74%) PowerMock
9 3 (0.74%) SOAP
9 3 (0.74%) Spring
10 2 (0.49%) ActiveMQ
10 2 (0.49%) COM
10 2 (0.49%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 102 (25.12%) Data Centre
2 27 (6.65%) Public Cloud
3 21 (5.17%) Replication
4 20 (4.93%) Clustering
5 18 (4.43%) Private Cloud
6 14 (3.45%) Data Protection Act
7 12 (2.96%) CMDB
7 12 (2.96%) NHS
8 11 (2.71%) PKI
8 11 (2.71%) Self-Motivation
9 10 (2.46%) Management Information System
10 7 (1.72%) Enterprise Software
10 7 (1.72%) iPad
10 7 (1.72%) iPhone
10 7 (1.72%) Mobile App
11 6 (1.48%) Virtual Team
12 5 (1.23%) EMC VNX
12 5 (1.23%) Linux Command Line
13 4 (0.99%) Client/Server
14 2 (0.49%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 244 (60.10%) Windows
2 148 (36.45%) Windows Server
3 111 (27.34%) Linux
4 58 (14.29%) Windows Server 2012
5 44 (10.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 42 (10.34%) Windows Server 2019
7 40 (9.85%) Windows Server 2016
8 28 (6.90%) Windows 10
9 23 (5.67%) Windows Server 2008
10 17 (4.19%) Unix
11 15 (3.69%) Windows 7
12 12 (2.96%) Solaris
13 11 (2.71%) Ubuntu
14 9 (2.22%) CentOS
15 8 (1.97%) Windows Server 2003
16 6 (1.48%) VMS
17 5 (1.23%) Apple iOS
18 4 (0.99%) AIX
18 4 (0.99%) Android
19 3 (0.74%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 80 (19.70%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 69 (17.00%) ITIL
3 51 (12.56%) Agile Software Development
3 51 (12.56%) DevOps
4 43 (10.59%) Migration
5 33 (8.13%) Problem-Solving
6 31 (7.64%) Configuration Management
7 28 (6.90%) Disaster Recovery
8 27 (6.65%) Data Protection
9 26 (6.40%) Infrastructure as Code
10 24 (5.91%) Change Management
11 23 (5.67%) Load Balancing
12 19 (4.68%) Continuous Improvement
12 19 (4.68%) ITIL V3
13 17 (4.19%) Network Design
13 17 (4.19%) Server Management
13 17 (4.19%) Service Management
13 17 (4.19%) SIEM
14 16 (3.94%) Computer Science
15 14 (3.45%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 126 (31.03%) PowerShell
2 62 (15.27%) Python
3 50 (12.32%) SQL
4 34 (8.37%) Bash Shell
5 19 (4.68%) Java
6 18 (4.43%) C
6 18 (4.43%) JavaScript
7 7 (1.72%) VB
8 6 (1.48%) VBScript
9 5 (1.23%) Go
9 5 (1.23%) Perl
10 3 (0.74%) C#
10 3 (0.74%) PHP
10 3 (0.74%) VBA
11 1 (0.25%) C-shell
11 1 (0.25%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 115 (28.33%) Security Cleared
2 74 (18.23%) SC Cleared
3 62 (15.27%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 41 (10.10%) Degree
5 35 (8.62%) Microsoft Certification
6 33 (8.13%) Cisco Certification
7 27 (6.65%) MCSE
8 26 (6.40%) CCNA
8 26 (6.40%) DV Cleared
9 20 (4.93%) VCAP
10 14 (3.45%) CCNP
11 11 (2.71%) MCSA
12 9 (2.22%) MCITP
13 7 (1.72%) RHCA
14 6 (1.48%) MCP
14 6 (1.48%) TOGAF Certification
14 6 (1.48%) VCP6
15 5 (1.23%) AWS Certification
15 5 (1.23%) Computer Science Degree
15 5 (1.23%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (3.20%) SLA
2 10 (2.46%) GDPR
3 6 (1.48%) QA
4 3 (0.74%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.49%) PMO
6 1 (0.25%) NIST
System Software
1 229 (56.40%) VMware Infrastructure
2 179 (44.09%) Active Directory
3 91 (22.41%) VMware NSX
4 86 (21.18%) VMware ESXi
5 32 (7.88%) Virtual Machines
6 30 (7.39%) Hyper-V
7 24 (5.91%) Docker
8 20 (4.93%) vCloud
9 14 (3.45%) XenApp
10 11 (2.71%) XenDesktop
11 10 (2.46%) Virtual Servers
11 10 (2.46%) VMware Workstation
12 8 (1.97%) NFS
13 5 (1.23%) Microsoft App-V
13 5 (1.23%) VirtualBox
14 4 (0.99%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 4 (0.99%) KVM
14 4 (0.99%) Virtual Desktop
15 3 (0.74%) Slurm Workload Manager
15 3 (0.74%) Squid
Systems Management
1 94 (23.15%) vCenter Server
2 93 (22.91%) vRealize
3 88 (21.67%) Ansible
4 61 (15.02%) SCCM
5 42 (10.34%) vRealize Orchestrator
6 39 (9.61%) Kubernetes
7 37 (9.11%) WSUS
8 35 (8.62%) Terraform
9 23 (5.67%) SCOM
10 22 (5.42%) PowerCLI
11 21 (5.17%) Active Directory Federation Services
12 18 (4.43%) Microsoft Intune
13 15 (3.69%) Puppet
14 14 (3.45%) Red Hat Satellite
15 11 (2.71%) Microsoft Clustering
16 10 (2.46%) Cisco CUCM
17 8 (1.97%) Nagios
17 8 (1.97%) ZABBIX
18 7 (1.72%) Grafana
18 7 (1.72%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 374 (92.12%) VMware
2 132 (32.51%) Microsoft
3 102 (25.12%) Cisco
4 74 (18.23%) Dell
5 69 (17.00%) Citrix
6 58 (14.29%) Red Hat
7 39 (9.61%) HP
8 32 (7.88%) Juniper
9 31 (7.64%) Veeam
10 27 (6.65%) NetApp
11 25 (6.16%) CheckPoint
11 25 (6.16%) EMC
12 22 (5.42%) Oracle
13 20 (4.93%) ServiceNow
14 19 (4.68%) IBM
15 18 (4.43%) F5
16 17 (4.19%) McAfee
17 15 (3.69%) Fortinet
17 15 (3.69%) SolarWinds
18 13 (3.20%) Zerto