Period
to 20 October 2018

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 October 2018 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 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 368 447 370
Rank change year-on-year +79 -77 -58
Contract jobs citing vSphere 696 507 689
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.68% 0.51% 0.65%
As % of the System Software category 4.55% 4.18% 5.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 466 346 482
UK median daily rate £413 £385 £383
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +0.65% +5.52%
10th Percentile £225 £176 £224
90th Percentile £538 £540 £532
UK excluding London median daily rate £386 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +3.00% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 8 22
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £31.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -27.42% -4.62% +36.84%
10th Percentile £10.65 £12.36 £10.84
90th Percentile £45.54 £39.75 £49.46
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.75 £32.00 £44.46
% change year-on-year -35.16% -28.03% +91.23%

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 15,304 12,143 13,139
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.95% 12.22% 12.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,968 7,825 8,248
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +12.68%
10th Percentile £180 £158 £175
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £360
% change year-on-year +6.67% +4.17% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 889 677 897
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.66 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.96% +4.13% -
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.40 £10.50
90th Percentile £43.75 £47.25 £40.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £15.50 £15.36
% change year-on-year - +0.94% -2.51%

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 20 October 2018.

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 20 October 2018.

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 20 October 2018. 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 +82 642 £413 +6.45% 150
UK excluding London +29 404 £386 +3.00% 109
London +74 281 £425 +0.59% 49
South East +19 153 £400 - 24
Midlands +13 62 £389 +9.89% 24
North of England -31 62 £335 -10.67% 27
East of England +28 45 £400 +87.13% 13
West Midlands +5 42 £400 +5.96% 14
South West -18 36 £325 -23.53% 13
Scotland -25 35 £475 +5.56% 6
Yorkshire -31 29 £375 -6.25% 16
North West -18 21 £300 -7.76% 11
East Midlands +15 20 £388 +14.81% 10
North East +13 12 £333 -
Wales -15 11 £425 +30.77% 1

For the 6 months to 20 October 2018, 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.

1 654 (93.97%) VMware
2 439 (63.07%) VMware Infrastructure
3 413 (59.34%) Windows
4 282 (40.52%) Active Directory
5 276 (39.66%) Microsoft
6 266 (38.22%) Windows Server
7 187 (26.87%) Linux
8 165 (23.71%) Citrix
9 146 (20.98%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 142 (20.40%) Windows Server 2012
10 142 (20.40%) PowerShell
11 141 (20.26%) Security Cleared
12 138 (19.83%) VMware ESXi
13 135 (19.40%) Cisco
14 134 (19.25%) DNS
15 127 (18.25%) HP
16 125 (17.96%) Amazon AWS
17 124 (17.82%) Data Centre
18 117 (16.81%) Windows Server 2008
19 114 (16.38%) MS Exchange
20 109 (15.66%) SQL Server
21 106 (15.23%) Firewall
22 105 (15.09%) Microsoft Azure
23 104 (14.94%) SCCM
24 102 (14.66%) XenApp
25 101 (14.51%) SAN
26 100 (14.37%) DHCP
26 100 (14.37%) ITIL
26 100 (14.37%) Finance
27 97 (13.94%) NetApp

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
1 114 (16.38%) MS Exchange
2 64 (9.20%) Exchange Server 2010
3 33 (4.74%) IIS
3 33 (4.74%) SharePoint
4 28 (4.02%) Exchange Server 2013
5 17 (2.44%) Skype for Business
6 16 (2.30%) Apache
7 14 (2.01%) OpenStack
8 11 (1.58%) Tomcat
9 9 (1.29%) IBM Notes
9 9 (1.29%) JBoss
9 9 (1.29%) WebSphere
10 6 (0.86%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 5 (0.72%) CloudStack
11 5 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2007
11 5 (0.72%) nginx
11 5 (0.72%) SharePoint Server
12 4 (0.57%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 4 (0.57%) Confluence
12 4 (0.57%) WebLogic
Applications
1 28 (4.02%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.29%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.14%) 3ds Max
3 1 (0.14%) AutoCAD
3 1 (0.14%) CINEMA 4D
3 1 (0.14%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.14%) SketchUp
Business Applications
1 3 (0.43%) Towers Watson Igloo
2 2 (0.29%) Infor SunSystems
2 2 (0.29%) Payment Gateway
2 2 (0.29%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.29%) ReMetrica
Cloud Services
1 125 (17.96%) Amazon AWS
2 105 (15.09%) Microsoft Azure
3 87 (12.50%) Office 365
4 55 (7.90%) Amazon EC2
5 42 (6.03%) IaaS
6 17 (2.44%) Cloud Computing
7 16 (2.30%) Google Cloud Platform
8 9 (1.29%) PaaS
9 6 (0.86%) GitHub
9 6 (0.86%) OpenShift
9 6 (0.86%) SaaS
10 5 (0.72%) Dynamics 365
11 4 (0.57%) Amazon ElastiCache
12 3 (0.43%) Mimecast
12 3 (0.43%) Yammer
13 2 (0.29%) Azure Active Directory
13 2 (0.29%) G Suite
13 2 (0.29%) IBM Cloud
14 1 (0.14%) OneDrive
14 1 (0.14%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 134 (19.25%) DNS
2 106 (15.23%) Firewall
3 101 (14.51%) SAN
4 100 (14.37%) DHCP
5 72 (10.34%) VSAN
6 67 (9.63%) TCP/IP
7 62 (8.91%) WAN
8 51 (7.33%) LAN
9 48 (6.90%) VPN
10 46 (6.61%) NAS
11 38 (5.46%) VLAN
12 22 (3.16%) FCoE
13 21 (3.02%) NetScaler
14 20 (2.87%) iSCSI
15 19 (2.73%) MPLS
15 19 (2.73%) Network Security
15 19 (2.73%) VoIP
16 17 (2.44%) Skype
17 16 (2.30%) IPsec
18 12 (1.72%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 109 (15.66%) SQL Server
2 37 (5.32%) SQL Server 2012
3 25 (3.59%) SQL Server 2005
4 24 (3.45%) SQL Server 2008
5 16 (2.30%) Oracle Database
6 12 (1.72%) Oracle Database 11g
7 11 (1.58%) Oracle Database 10g
8 10 (1.44%) Data Warehouse
8 10 (1.44%) PostgreSQL
8 10 (1.44%) Relational Database
8 10 (1.44%) SQL Server 2016
9 6 (0.86%) MySQL
10 5 (0.72%) Oracle Reports
11 4 (0.57%) Amazon RDS
11 4 (0.57%) Big Data
11 4 (0.57%) NoSQL
12 3 (0.43%) Apache Hive
12 3 (0.43%) Hadoop
12 3 (0.43%) Oracle Database 12c
13 1 (0.14%) Couchbase
Development Applications
1 70 (10.06%) Jenkins
2 66 (9.48%) Git (software)
3 51 (7.33%) DbUnit
3 51 (7.33%) jMock
3 51 (7.33%) JUnit
3 51 (7.33%) Mockito
4 50 (7.18%) Maven
4 50 (7.18%) SonarQube
5 12 (1.72%) Selenium
6 11 (1.58%) JIRA
7 10 (1.44%) Oracle APEX
8 8 (1.15%) HP UFT
8 8 (1.15%) MSI
8 8 (1.15%) SoapUI
8 8 (1.15%) SpecFlow
9 6 (0.86%) Ant
9 6 (0.86%) Eclipse
9 6 (0.86%) Team Foundation Server
9 6 (0.86%) TestNG
10 5 (0.72%) LoadRunner
General
1 100 (14.37%) Finance
2 35 (5.03%) Banking
2 35 (5.03%) Retail
3 28 (4.02%) Law
4 10 (1.44%) Investment Banking
5 9 (1.29%) Manufacturing
5 9 (1.29%) Publishing
5 9 (1.29%) Telecoms
6 8 (1.15%) Financial Institution
7 6 (0.86%) Games
8 5 (0.72%) Legal
9 4 (0.57%) Automotive
9 4 (0.57%) Local Government
9 4 (0.57%) Military
10 3 (0.43%) Advertising
11 2 (0.29%) Back Office
12 1 (0.14%) Corporate Banking
12 1 (0.14%) French Language
12 1 (0.14%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 117 (16.81%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 100 (14.37%) VMware Engineer
3 72 (10.34%) Consultant
4 61 (8.76%) Analyst
5 51 (7.33%) Developer
6 48 (6.90%) Java Developer
7 40 (5.75%) VMware Consultant
8 36 (5.17%) Server Engineer
9 35 (5.03%) Architect
10 30 (4.31%) Administrator
11 26 (3.74%) Infrastructure Analyst
12 25 (3.59%) Network Engineer
12 25 (3.59%) Systems Engineer
12 25 (3.59%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
13 23 (3.30%) Automation Engineer
13 23 (3.30%) Linux Engineer
13 23 (3.30%) Systems Administrator
14 21 (3.02%) 3rd Line Engineer
14 21 (3.02%) Citrix Engineer
14 21 (3.02%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 80 (11.49%) Web Services
2 54 (7.76%) SOAP
3 51 (7.33%) Apache Camel
3 51 (7.33%) J2EE
3 51 (7.33%) PowerMock
3 51 (7.33%) RESTful
4 42 (6.03%) Spring
5 32 (4.60%) Spring Boot
6 20 (2.87%) .NET
7 15 (2.16%) LDAP
7 15 (2.16%) XML
8 12 (1.72%) REST
9 10 (1.44%) Middleware
10 7 (1.01%) Hibernate
10 7 (1.01%) JPA
11 6 (0.86%) LAMP
12 4 (0.57%) ASP.NET
12 4 (0.57%) JSON
12 4 (0.57%) POSIX
12 4 (0.57%) WSH
Miscellaneous
1 124 (17.82%) Data Centre
2 74 (10.63%) Clustering
3 31 (4.45%) Analytical Skills
4 29 (4.17%) PKI
5 23 (3.30%) CLARiiON
6 19 (2.73%) Management Information System
7 15 (2.16%) Replication
7 15 (2.16%) Self-Motivation
8 14 (2.01%) NHS
9 12 (1.72%) Private Cloud
9 12 (1.72%) VxBlock/Vblock
10 11 (1.58%) EMC VMAX
11 9 (1.29%) Blackberry
11 9 (1.29%) Fat Client
11 9 (1.29%) Thin Client
12 8 (1.15%) Hybrid Cloud
12 8 (1.15%) Public Cloud
13 5 (0.72%) CESG
13 5 (0.72%) EMC VNX
13 5 (0.72%) FlexPod
Operating Systems
1 413 (59.34%) Windows
2 266 (38.22%) Windows Server
3 187 (26.87%) Linux
4 142 (20.40%) Windows Server 2012
5 117 (16.81%) Windows Server 2008
6 60 (8.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 59 (8.48%) Windows 10
8 53 (7.61%) Windows 7
9 52 (7.47%) Unix
10 45 (6.47%) Windows Server 2003
11 21 (3.02%) Solaris
12 17 (2.44%) Data ONTAP
13 15 (2.16%) CentOS
14 14 (2.01%) Ubuntu
15 11 (1.58%) SUSE
16 8 (1.15%) Windows XP
17 7 (1.01%) AIX
17 7 (1.01%) Android
17 7 (1.01%) Apple iOS
18 6 (0.86%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 146 (20.98%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 100 (14.37%) ITIL
3 88 (12.64%) Migration
4 80 (11.49%) Agile Software Development
5 76 (10.92%) Continuous Integration
6 64 (9.20%) Scrum
7 56 (8.05%) Kanban
8 54 (7.76%) BDD
8 54 (7.76%) Virtual Infrastructure
9 51 (7.33%) TDD
10 50 (7.18%) E-Commerce
11 42 (6.03%) Patch Management
12 41 (5.89%) Virtual Environments
13 39 (5.60%) Network Load Balancing
14 36 (5.17%) Disaster Recovery
14 36 (5.17%) Server Management
15 34 (4.89%) Problem-Solving
16 33 (4.74%) Open Source
17 31 (4.45%) Configuration Management
17 31 (4.45%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 142 (20.40%) PowerShell
2 88 (12.64%) SQL
3 73 (10.49%) Java
4 41 (5.89%) Python
5 26 (3.74%) JavaScript
6 24 (3.45%) Perl
7 19 (2.73%) Bash Shell
8 16 (2.30%) C
9 15 (2.16%) VBScript
10 12 (1.72%) VB
11 11 (1.58%) C#
12 8 (1.15%) F#
12 8 (1.15%) Shell Script
13 7 (1.01%) Ruby
14 5 (0.72%) PHP
15 3 (0.43%) C++
15 3 (0.43%) Go
15 3 (0.43%) Objective-C
15 3 (0.43%) T-SQL
16 2 (0.29%) Bourne shell
Qualifications
1 141 (20.26%) Security Cleared
2 91 (13.07%) SC Cleared
3 70 (10.06%) Microsoft Certification
4 68 (9.77%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 55 (7.90%) MCSE
6 43 (6.18%) DV Cleared
7 28 (4.02%) Cisco Certification
8 22 (3.16%) CCNA
9 21 (3.02%) Novell Certification
10 19 (2.73%) VCP6
11 18 (2.59%) VCAP
12 15 (2.16%) MCSA
13 14 (2.01%) Degree
14 13 (1.87%) MCITP
15 12 (1.72%) Citrix Certification
16 9 (1.29%) RHCE
16 9 (1.29%) VCDX
17 8 (1.15%) ISEB
17 8 (1.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
17 8 (1.15%) VCP5
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (2.87%) SLA
2 14 (2.01%) QA
3 12 (1.72%) PMO
4 4 (0.57%) GDPR
4 4 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.43%) JSP 440
6 1 (0.14%) COBIT
6 1 (0.14%) Government Security Classifications
6 1 (0.14%) GPG13
6 1 (0.14%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 1 (0.14%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 439 (63.07%) VMware Infrastructure
2 282 (40.52%) Active Directory
3 138 (19.83%) VMware ESXi
4 102 (14.66%) XenApp
5 91 (13.07%) Hyper-V
6 78 (11.21%) VMware NSX
7 69 (9.91%) XenDesktop
8 45 (6.47%) Virtual Machines
9 38 (5.46%) vCloud
10 23 (3.30%) NFS
11 20 (2.87%) Virtual Desktop
12 19 (2.73%) Docker
12 19 (2.73%) Virtual Servers
12 19 (2.73%) XenServer
13 18 (2.59%) Microsoft App-V
14 15 (2.16%) VMware Server
15 8 (1.15%) IAG
15 8 (1.15%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 8 (1.15%) Oracle RAC
15 8 (1.15%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 104 (14.94%) SCCM
2 94 (13.51%) vRealize
3 87 (12.50%) vCenter Server
4 57 (8.19%) SCOM
5 55 (7.90%) Puppet
6 54 (7.76%) Microsoft Clustering
7 50 (7.18%) Ansible
8 34 (4.89%) Opscode Chef
9 32 (4.60%) McAfee ePO
10 29 (4.17%) NetBackup
10 29 (4.17%) vRealize Orchestrator
11 26 (3.74%) WSUS
12 25 (3.59%) PowerCLI
13 24 (3.45%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
14 13 (1.87%) Backup Exec
14 13 (1.87%) vMotion
15 12 (1.72%) Nagios
16 10 (1.44%) Failover Clustering
17 9 (1.29%) EMC NetWorker
17 9 (1.29%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 654 (93.97%) VMware
2 276 (39.66%) Microsoft
3 165 (23.71%) Citrix
4 135 (19.40%) Cisco
5 127 (18.25%) HP
6 97 (13.94%) NetApp
7 71 (10.20%) Red Hat
8 66 (9.48%) EMC
9 46 (6.61%) Dell
9 46 (6.61%) Oracle
10 41 (5.89%) CommVault
11 35 (5.03%) McAfee
12 32 (4.60%) Juniper
13 24 (3.45%) Ivanti
14 23 (3.30%) Sony
15 22 (3.16%) IBM
15 22 (3.16%) Veeam
16 20 (2.87%) F5
17 19 (2.73%) SolarWinds
17 19 (2.73%) Trend Micro