Period
to 23 August 2017

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 23 August 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
6 months to
23 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 427 330 278
Rank change year-on-year -97 -52 +64
Contract jobs citing vSphere 485 799 943
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.50% 0.74% 0.84%
As % of the System Software category 4.26% 6.06% 7.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 330 571 584
UK median daily rate £395 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.25% +14.29% +2.19%
10th Percentile £190 £225 £214
90th Percentile £551 £535 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £375 £348
% change year-on-year -1.33% +7.76% +10.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 17 27
UK median hourly rate £27.50 £23.00 £22.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.57% +0.74% -10.47%
10th Percentile £11.75 £10.38 £16.25
90th Percentile £49.19 £47.38 £37.45
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.39 £23.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -24.39% +2.22% -2.17%

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 11375 13195 11840
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.84% 12.20% 10.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 7311 8248 6676
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +14.29% +7.69%
10th Percentile £163 £175 £163
90th Percentile £588 £575 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £370 £338
% change year-on-year +1.35% +9.63% +8.87%
Number of hourly rates quoted 650 872 1277
UK median hourly rate £16.18 £16.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.94% +3.13% +3.23%
10th Percentile £10.40 £10.50 £10.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £42.00 £38.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -6.06% +6.45% +3.33%

vSphere
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing vSphere as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

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 6 months to 23 August 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 6 months to 23 August 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for vSphere in the UK

vSphere
Top 15 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 23 August 2017. 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 -105 443 £400 - 69
UK excluding London -75 298 £370 -1.33% 47
London -68 176 £450 +0.56% 22
South East -83 106 £375 -9.09% 14
North of England +49 83 £386 +67.93% 11
Yorkshire +57 43 £400 +5.26% 7
North West +23 40 £350 -12.50% 4
South West +6 35 £425 +21.43% 10
Midlands +8 27 £325 -13.33% 4
Scotland +13 26 £325 -9.72%
East of England -46 18 £240 -29.41% 7
West Midlands +28 16 £314 -21.56% 1
East Midlands -12 11 £338 -10.00% 3
Northern Ireland - 5 £345 -
Wales -3 2 £310 -17.33% 1

For the 6 months to 23 August 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.

1 447 (92.16%) VMware
2 308 (63.51%) Windows
3 227 (46.80%) VMware Infrastructure
4 216 (44.54%) Windows Server
5 212 (43.71%) Active Directory
6 209 (43.09%) Microsoft
7 160 (32.99%) Linux
8 151 (31.13%) Windows Server 2012
9 121 (24.95%) Cisco
10 120 (24.74%) Windows Server 2008
11 115 (23.71%) SAN
12 108 (22.27%) PowerShell
13 106 (21.86%) Citrix
14 96 (19.79%) HP
15 93 (19.18%) SQL Server
16 89 (18.35%) vCenter Server
17 88 (18.14%) ITIL
18 87 (17.94%) Firewall
19 78 (16.08%) SQL
20 77 (15.88%) DevOps
21 74 (15.26%) MS Exchange
21 74 (15.26%) Migration
22 73 (15.05%) VMware ESXi
23 72 (14.85%) Finance
24 70 (14.43%) Data Centre
25 66 (13.61%) XenApp
26 62 (12.78%) NetApp
27 61 (12.58%) DNS
28 58 (11.96%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
29 57 (11.75%) SCCM

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 74 (15.26%) MS Exchange
2 43 (8.87%) Exchange Server 2010
3 33 (6.80%) SharePoint
4 26 (5.36%) IIS
5 16 (3.30%) Skype for Business
6 14 (2.89%) Apache
6 14 (2.89%) Exchange Server 2013
6 14 (2.89%) Tomcat
7 12 (2.47%) JBoss
7 12 (2.47%) OpenStack
8 10 (2.06%) Exchange Server 2007
9 9 (1.86%) SharePoint 2013
10 8 (1.65%) Elasticsearch
11 7 (1.44%) Cloud Foundry
12 6 (1.24%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 5 (1.03%) SharePoint Server
14 4 (0.82%) CloudStack
14 4 (0.82%) Exchange Server 2003
14 4 (0.82%) SharePoint 2010
14 4 (0.82%) WordPress
Applications
1 43 (8.87%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (1.03%) MS Visio
3 4 (0.82%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.41%) 3ds Max
4 2 (0.41%) AutoCAD
4 2 (0.41%) CINEMA 4D
4 2 (0.41%) SketchUp
5 1 (0.21%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (1.03%) Oracle Applications
2 4 (0.82%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.21%) Oracle 11i
3 1 (0.21%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.21%) Sage CRM
Cloud Services
1 56 (11.55%) Microsoft Azure
2 40 (8.25%) Amazon AWS
3 38 (7.84%) Office 365
4 14 (2.89%) Azure Active Directory
5 12 (2.47%) Cloud Computing
6 10 (2.06%) PaaS
7 8 (1.65%) IaaS
8 7 (1.44%) Amazon EC2
9 5 (1.03%) AWS CloudFormation
9 5 (1.03%) GitHub
10 3 (0.62%) G Suite
10 3 (0.62%) IBM Cloud
10 3 (0.62%) SoftLayer
11 2 (0.41%) Amazon S3
11 2 (0.41%) Mimecast
11 2 (0.41%) OpenShift
11 2 (0.41%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 1 (0.21%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 1 (0.21%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 1 (0.21%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 115 (23.71%) SAN
2 87 (17.94%) Firewall
3 61 (12.58%) DNS
4 51 (10.52%) DHCP
5 45 (9.28%) WAN
6 44 (9.07%) LAN
7 41 (8.45%) NAS
8 40 (8.25%) TCP/IP
9 39 (8.04%) VPN
10 29 (5.98%) VSAN
11 23 (4.74%) NetScaler
12 20 (4.12%) Wireless
13 19 (3.92%) PuTTY
13 19 (3.92%) WinSCP
14 17 (3.51%) iSCSI
15 16 (3.30%) Cisco Nexus
16 15 (3.09%) Network Security
17 14 (2.89%) MPLS
17 14 (2.89%) SNMP
17 14 (2.89%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 93 (19.18%) SQL Server
2 27 (5.57%) SQL Server 2008
3 26 (5.36%) SQL Server 2005
4 22 (4.54%) Oracle Database
4 22 (4.54%) SQL Server 2012
5 20 (4.12%) Oracle Database 11g
6 19 (3.92%) Oracle Database 10g
7 17 (3.51%) Oracle Reports
8 8 (1.65%) MySQL
9 7 (1.44%) PostgreSQL
10 5 (1.03%) Apache Cassandra
10 5 (1.03%) Redis
11 4 (0.82%) Big Data
11 4 (0.82%) SQL Server 2014
12 3 (0.62%) NoSQL
12 3 (0.62%) Relational Database
13 2 (0.41%) Apache Hive
13 2 (0.41%) Hadoop
13 2 (0.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 2 (0.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 47 (9.69%) Jenkins
2 23 (4.74%) Team Foundation Server
3 22 (4.54%) TeamCity
4 20 (4.12%) Git (software)
4 20 (4.12%) SpecFlow
5 19 (3.92%) HP UFT
5 19 (3.92%) Oracle APEX
5 19 (3.92%) Selenium
6 14 (2.89%) Toad
7 13 (2.68%) Ant
7 13 (2.68%) Eclipse
7 13 (2.68%) SoapUI
7 13 (2.68%) TestNG
8 10 (2.06%) LoadRunner
9 9 (1.86%) GitLab
10 6 (1.24%) Subversion
11 5 (1.03%) Sonatype Nexus
12 4 (0.82%) JIRA
12 4 (0.82%) Maven
12 4 (0.82%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 72 (14.85%) Finance
2 31 (6.39%) Banking
3 18 (3.71%) Telecoms
4 12 (2.47%) Manufacturing
5 10 (2.06%) Marketing
6 9 (1.86%) Electronics
6 9 (1.86%) Publishing
7 8 (1.65%) Investment Banking
8 6 (1.24%) Law
9 4 (0.82%) Advertising
9 4 (0.82%) Local Government
10 3 (0.62%) Aerospace
10 3 (0.62%) Financial Institution
10 3 (0.62%) International Banking
11 2 (0.41%) Billing
11 2 (0.41%) Legal
11 2 (0.41%) Retail
12 1 (0.21%) Dutch Language
12 1 (0.21%) French Language
12 1 (0.21%) Military
Job Titles
1 73 (15.05%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 70 (14.43%) Analyst
3 56 (11.55%) Administrator
4 48 (9.90%) VMware Engineer
5 38 (7.84%) Support Engineer
6 33 (6.80%) Consultant
7 32 (6.60%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 29 (5.98%) Architect
9 27 (5.57%) 3rd Line Support
10 26 (5.36%) Systems Administrator
11 24 (4.95%) DevOps Engineer
11 24 (4.95%) Infrastructure Analyst
12 23 (4.74%) Windows Engineer
13 20 (4.12%) Linux Engineer
13 20 (4.12%) VMware Specialist
14 19 (3.92%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
14 19 (3.92%) Server Engineer
15 17 (3.51%) Support Analyst
16 15 (3.09%) Network Engineer
17 14 (2.89%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (4.95%) .NET
2 22 (4.54%) Web Services
3 8 (1.65%) XML
4 5 (1.03%) Middleware
4 5 (1.03%) SOAP
4 5 (1.03%) X-Windows
5 4 (0.82%) ActiveMQ
5 4 (0.82%) Flash
5 4 (0.82%) J2EE
5 4 (0.82%) LAMP
5 4 (0.82%) REST
5 4 (0.82%) RESTful
5 4 (0.82%) SAP Basis
6 3 (0.62%) Apache Camel
6 3 (0.62%) ASP.NET
6 3 (0.62%) COM
6 3 (0.62%) Node.js
6 3 (0.62%) PowerMock
6 3 (0.62%) RabbitMQ
6 3 (0.62%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 70 (14.43%) Data Centre
2 24 (4.95%) Analytical Skills
3 20 (4.12%) Clustering
4 18 (3.71%) Computer Science
5 17 (3.51%) EMC VNX
6 15 (3.09%) Replication
7 14 (2.89%) PKI
7 14 (2.89%) VxBlock/Vblock
8 13 (2.68%) Management Information System
9 9 (1.86%) Private Cloud
10 8 (1.65%) Blackberry
10 8 (1.65%) Hybrid Cloud
11 6 (1.24%) RSA SecurID
12 4 (0.82%) FlexPod
12 4 (0.82%) iPad
12 4 (0.82%) iPhone
12 4 (0.82%) Linux Command Line
12 4 (0.82%) Minimum Viable Product
12 4 (0.82%) Smart Meter
13 3 (0.62%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 308 (63.51%) Windows
2 216 (44.54%) Windows Server
3 160 (32.99%) Linux
4 151 (31.13%) Windows Server 2012
5 120 (24.74%) Windows Server 2008
6 56 (11.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 40 (8.25%) Windows 7
8 39 (8.04%) Unix
8 39 (8.04%) Windows Server 2003
9 35 (7.22%) Windows 10
10 16 (3.30%) CentOS
11 15 (3.09%) Ubuntu
12 14 (2.89%) SUSE
13 11 (2.27%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
14 9 (1.86%) Mac OS X
15 8 (1.65%) Windows 8
16 6 (1.24%) Solaris
16 6 (1.24%) Windows XP
17 5 (1.03%) AIX
17 5 (1.03%) Data ONTAP
Processes & Methodologies
1 88 (18.14%) ITIL
2 77 (15.88%) DevOps
3 74 (15.26%) Migration
4 49 (10.10%) Agile Software Development
5 39 (8.04%) Continuous Integration
6 34 (7.01%) Service Management
7 28 (5.77%) Test Automation
8 27 (5.57%) Capacity Planning
9 25 (5.15%) Scrum
10 24 (4.95%) Load Balancing
11 23 (4.74%) Change Management
11 23 (4.74%) Configuration Management
11 23 (4.74%) Project Management
12 21 (4.33%) Integration Testing
13 20 (4.12%) High Availability
13 20 (4.12%) Task Automation
14 19 (3.92%) BDD
14 19 (3.92%) Disaster Recovery
14 19 (3.92%) System Integration Testing
15 18 (3.71%) Change Control
Programming Languages
1 108 (22.27%) PowerShell
2 78 (16.08%) SQL
3 38 (7.84%) Python
4 29 (5.98%) Java
5 27 (5.57%) Bash Shell
6 21 (4.33%) Ruby
7 19 (3.92%) F#
8 15 (3.09%) Perl
9 14 (2.89%) C
10 13 (2.68%) VBScript
11 10 (2.06%) Shell Script
12 7 (1.44%) Groovy
13 6 (1.24%) C#
13 6 (1.24%) C++
13 6 (1.24%) Go
13 6 (1.24%) VB
14 5 (1.03%) Korn
15 4 (0.82%) Elixir
15 4 (0.82%) Erlang
15 4 (0.82%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 58 (11.96%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
2 53 (10.93%) Security Cleared
3 42 (8.66%) Cisco Certification
3 42 (8.66%) SC Cleared
4 38 (7.84%) Microsoft Certification
5 30 (6.19%) Degree
6 26 (5.36%) CCNA
7 22 (4.54%) MCSE
8 19 (3.92%) CCNP
8 19 (3.92%) MCSA
9 15 (3.09%) VCP6
10 12 (2.47%) ITIL Certification
11 11 (2.27%) CCIE
11 11 (2.27%) ISEB
11 11 (2.27%) VCAP
12 10 (2.06%) DV Cleared
12 10 (2.06%) ISEB Practitioner
12 10 (2.06%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 10 (2.06%) RHCE
13 6 (1.24%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (5.57%) SLA
2 9 (1.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (1.44%) PCI DSS
4 5 (1.03%) QA
5 4 (0.82%) Disclosure Scotland
6 3 (0.62%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 2 (0.41%) Def Stans
8 1 (0.21%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.21%) PMO
System Software
1 227 (46.80%) VMware Infrastructure
2 212 (43.71%) Active Directory
3 73 (15.05%) VMware ESXi
4 66 (13.61%) XenApp
5 53 (10.93%) Virtual Machines
6 50 (10.31%) VMware NSX
7 43 (8.87%) XenDesktop
8 39 (8.04%) Hyper-V
9 22 (4.54%) Docker
10 18 (3.71%) vCloud
11 17 (3.51%) Virtual Servers
12 16 (3.30%) XenServer
13 13 (2.68%) DFS Replication
14 8 (1.65%) Terminal Services
14 8 (1.65%) Virtual Desktop
15 7 (1.44%) Microsoft App-V
15 7 (1.44%) VMware Workstation
16 6 (1.24%) LXC
16 6 (1.24%) Xen
17 5 (1.03%) Forefront TMG
Systems Management
1 89 (18.35%) vCenter Server
2 57 (11.75%) SCCM
3 53 (10.93%) vRealize
4 46 (9.48%) Puppet
5 44 (9.07%) Ansible
6 36 (7.42%) SCOM
7 28 (5.77%) Opscode Chef
8 19 (3.92%) Terraform
8 19 (3.92%) WSUS
9 17 (3.51%) vMotion
10 16 (3.30%) PowerCLI
11 12 (2.47%) NetBackup
12 11 (2.27%) Kubernetes
13 7 (1.44%) Failover Clustering
13 7 (1.44%) Kibana
13 7 (1.44%) Microsoft Clustering
13 7 (1.44%) Prometheus
13 7 (1.44%) Tivoli Storage Manager
14 6 (1.24%) Red Hat Satellite
14 6 (1.24%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 447 (92.16%) VMware
2 209 (43.09%) Microsoft
3 121 (24.95%) Cisco
4 106 (21.86%) Citrix
5 96 (19.79%) HP
6 62 (12.78%) NetApp
7 57 (11.75%) Red Hat
8 50 (10.31%) EMC
9 41 (8.45%) Oracle
10 30 (6.19%) Dell
11 25 (5.15%) Veeam
12 24 (4.95%) CommVault
13 22 (4.54%) 3PAR
14 19 (3.92%) CheckPoint
15 17 (3.51%) IBM
16 16 (3.30%) F5
17 15 (3.09%) SAP
17 15 (3.09%) Sophos
18 12 (2.47%) Google
18 12 (2.47%) McAfee