Period
to 22 October 2020

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 22 October 2020 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
22 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 328 380 378
Rank change year-on-year +52 -2 +69
Contract jobs citing vSphere 212 537 702
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.67% 0.63% 0.68%
As % of the System Software category 4.58% 4.06% 4.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 149 355 471
Median daily rate £430 £413 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.24% - +6.45%
10th Percentile £263 £275 £225
90th Percentile £556 £560 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £430 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +7.50% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 17 15
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +55.56% -27.42%
10th Percentile £12.50 £15.35 £10.65
90th Percentile £45.75 £49.70 £45.54
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £30.75 £20.75
% change year-on-year +13.82% +48.19% -35.16%

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 4,632 13,242 15,472
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.57% 15.61% 14.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,868 8,724 10,069
Median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £213 £170 £180
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 217 679 902
Median hourly rate £19.50 £17.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.71% +6.25% -3.96%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £10.51
90th Percentile £53.30 £47.50 £43.75
Median hourly rate £17.75 £16.00 £15.60
% change year-on-year +10.94% +2.56% +0.65%

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 22 October 2020.

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 22 October 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for vSphere in the UK

vSphere
Top 14 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 22 October 2020. 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 +70 185 £450 +9.09% 72
UK excluding London +92 156 £430 +7.50% 61
South East +137 84 £488 +10.80% 17
London +78 38 £413 -8.33% 18
Work from Home -67 34 £400 +20.75% 5
South West +87 22 £488 +30.00% 6
Scotland +75 19 £425 +25.93% 7
West Midlands +42 12 £338 - 6
Midlands +41 12 £338 -3.57% 10
North of England +70 11 £300 -13.04% 12
East of England +72 7 £335 -10.67% 9
North West +78 6 £325 +4.00% 9
Yorkshire +43 5 £300 -14.29% 2
Wales +24 1 £450 -7.69%

For the 6 months to 22 October 2020, 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.

1 200 (94.34%) VMware
2 149 (70.28%) VMware Infrastructure
3 136 (64.15%) Windows
4 107 (50.47%) Security Cleared
5 87 (41.04%) Windows Server
6 82 (38.68%) SC Cleared
7 78 (36.79%) Active Directory
8 71 (33.49%) Microsoft
9 70 (33.02%) PowerShell
10 59 (27.83%) Linux
11 56 (26.42%) Firewall
12 53 (25.00%) DNS
12 53 (25.00%) vRealize
13 52 (24.53%) VMware ESXi
13 52 (24.53%) VMware NSX
13 52 (24.53%) Windows Server 2016
14 46 (21.70%) VSAN
15 44 (20.75%) Configuration Management
16 43 (20.28%) Cisco
16 43 (20.28%) DHCP
16 43 (20.28%) Data Centre
17 42 (19.81%) Windows 10
18 40 (18.87%) Infrastructure Engineering
19 38 (17.92%) DevOps
19 38 (17.92%) Agile Software Development
20 37 (17.45%) VLAN
20 37 (17.45%) Ansible
20 37 (17.45%) vCenter Server
21 36 (16.98%) Terraform
21 36 (16.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux

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 16 (7.55%) MS Exchange
2 9 (4.25%) Exchange Server 2013
3 8 (3.77%) Skype for Business
4 5 (2.36%) Exchange Server 2010
5 4 (1.89%) Confluence
5 4 (1.89%) IIS
5 4 (1.89%) SharePoint
6 3 (1.42%) Tomcat
7 2 (0.94%) Apache
7 2 (0.94%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 2 (0.94%) nginx
7 2 (0.94%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.47%) JBoss
8 1 (0.47%) WildFly
Applications
1 10 (4.72%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.89%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (1.89%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (1.42%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 35 (16.51%) Azure
2 34 (16.04%) AWS
3 27 (12.74%) GitHub
4 21 (9.91%) Office 365
5 15 (7.08%) IaaS
6 4 (1.89%) GCP
6 4 (1.89%) PaaS
7 3 (1.42%) Amazon EC2
8 2 (0.94%) OpenShift
8 2 (0.94%) SaaS
9 1 (0.47%) Azure Active Directory
9 1 (0.47%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 1 (0.47%) Datadog
9 1 (0.47%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 1 (0.47%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 56 (26.42%) Firewall
2 53 (25.00%) DNS
3 46 (21.70%) VSAN
4 43 (20.28%) DHCP
5 37 (17.45%) VLAN
6 28 (13.21%) Reverse Proxy
7 27 (12.74%) SAN
8 21 (9.91%) WAN
9 20 (9.43%) SNMP
10 17 (8.02%) LAN
11 15 (7.08%) TCP/IP
12 10 (4.72%) iSCSI
12 10 (4.72%) Network Security
12 10 (4.72%) Skype
12 10 (4.72%) VPN
13 8 (3.77%) Internet
14 7 (3.30%) Fibre Channel
14 7 (3.30%) NetScaler
15 6 (2.83%) Cisco Nexus
16 5 (2.36%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (9.91%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.89%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (0.94%) Azure SQL Database
3 2 (0.94%) Cosmos DB
3 2 (0.94%) Oracle Database
3 2 (0.94%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (0.94%) SQL Server 2017
4 1 (0.47%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (0.47%) Hadoop
4 1 (0.47%) HBase
4 1 (0.47%) Oracle Database 12c
4 1 (0.47%) Redis
4 1 (0.47%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 35 (16.51%) Jenkins
2 33 (15.57%) JIRA
3 32 (15.09%) Git (software)
4 30 (14.15%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 28 (13.21%) GitLab
6 6 (2.83%) Bitbucket
7 4 (1.89%) Sonatype Nexus
8 3 (1.42%) DbUnit
8 3 (1.42%) jMock
8 3 (1.42%) JUnit
8 3 (1.42%) Maven
8 3 (1.42%) Mockito
8 3 (1.42%) SonarQube
9 2 (0.94%) Visual Studio Team System
10 1 (0.47%) HP UFT
10 1 (0.47%) InstallShield
10 1 (0.47%) MSI
10 1 (0.47%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 20 (9.43%) Public Sector
2 12 (5.66%) Finance
3 3 (1.42%) Electronics
3 3 (1.42%) Manufacturing
3 3 (1.42%) Marketing
3 3 (1.42%) Telecoms
4 2 (0.94%) Banking
4 2 (0.94%) Military
5 1 (0.47%) French Language
5 1 (0.47%) Front Office
5 1 (0.47%) Legal
5 1 (0.47%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 33 (15.57%) VMware Engineer
2 30 (14.15%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 27 (12.74%) Architect
4 24 (11.32%) DevOps Engineer
5 18 (8.49%) Consultant
6 16 (7.55%) Virtualisation Engineer
7 14 (6.60%) Administrator
8 13 (6.13%) Wintel Engineer
9 12 (5.66%) Cloud Engineer
10 11 (5.19%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 11 (5.19%) VMware Architect
11 9 (4.25%) Analyst
12 7 (3.30%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
12 7 (3.30%) Support Engineer
12 7 (3.30%) VMware Consultant
12 7 (3.30%) Windows Engineer
13 6 (2.83%) Network Engineer
13 6 (2.83%) Senior Wintel Engineer
13 6 (2.83%) Systems Administrator
13 6 (2.83%) Virtualisation Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (8.96%) RESTful
2 18 (8.49%) REST
3 16 (7.55%) Elastic Stack
3 16 (7.55%) gRPC
3 16 (7.55%) Swagger
4 13 (6.13%) XML
5 5 (2.36%) JSON
6 4 (1.89%) Web Services
7 3 (1.42%) 802.1X
7 3 (1.42%) Apache Camel
7 3 (1.42%) Flash
7 3 (1.42%) J2EE
7 3 (1.42%) PowerMock
7 3 (1.42%) SOAP
7 3 (1.42%) Spring
8 2 (0.94%) .NET
8 2 (0.94%) Middleware
9 1 (0.47%) Hibernate
9 1 (0.47%) LDAP
9 1 (0.47%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 43 (20.28%) Data Centre
2 14 (6.60%) Private Cloud
3 12 (5.66%) Replication
4 9 (4.25%) PKI
4 9 (4.25%) Public Cloud
4 9 (4.25%) Self-Motivation
5 8 (3.77%) Analytical Skills
6 7 (3.30%) Clustering
6 7 (3.30%) Hybrid Cloud
7 5 (2.36%) NHS
8 3 (1.42%) Enterprise Storage
8 3 (1.42%) Linux Command Line
9 2 (0.94%) Blackberry
9 2 (0.94%) Cloud Native
9 2 (0.94%) Driving Licence
9 2 (0.94%) Hedge funds
9 2 (0.94%) Machine to Machine
9 2 (0.94%) RSA SecurID
9 2 (0.94%) Thin Client
9 2 (0.94%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 136 (64.15%) Windows
2 87 (41.04%) Windows Server
3 59 (27.83%) Linux
4 52 (24.53%) Windows Server 2016
5 42 (19.81%) Windows 10
6 36 (16.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 33 (15.57%) CentOS
8 25 (11.79%) Windows Server 2012
9 20 (9.43%) Windows Server 2008
10 12 (5.66%) Windows Server 2019
11 9 (4.25%) Unix
12 6 (2.83%) Windows Server 2003
13 4 (1.89%) Ubuntu
13 4 (1.89%) Windows 7
14 3 (1.42%) AIX
14 3 (1.42%) Windows 2000
15 2 (0.94%) Android
15 2 (0.94%) Apple iOS
15 2 (0.94%) Solaris
15 2 (0.94%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (20.75%) Configuration Management
2 40 (18.87%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 38 (17.92%) Agile Software Development
3 38 (17.92%) DevOps
4 33 (15.57%) Migration
5 32 (15.09%) Continuous Integration
5 32 (15.09%) Infrastructure as Code
6 27 (12.74%) Continuous Deployment
6 27 (12.74%) ITIL
7 18 (8.49%) Microservices
7 18 (8.49%) Systems Engineering
8 17 (8.02%) Continuous Delivery
9 13 (6.13%) Problem-Solving
10 12 (5.66%) High Availability
11 11 (5.19%) Deployment Automation
11 11 (5.19%) Disaster Recovery
11 11 (5.19%) Storage Management
12 10 (4.72%) Converged Infrastructure
12 10 (4.72%) Cybersecurity
12 10 (4.72%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 70 (33.02%) PowerShell
2 27 (12.74%) Python
3 24 (11.32%) Bash Shell
4 17 (8.02%) Go
5 16 (7.55%) C#
6 12 (5.66%) SQL
7 5 (2.36%) C
7 5 (2.36%) Shell Script
8 4 (1.89%) Java
9 3 (1.42%) JavaScript
10 2 (0.94%) VBScript
11 1 (0.47%) C++
11 1 (0.47%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.47%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 107 (50.47%) Security Cleared
2 82 (38.68%) SC Cleared
3 26 (12.26%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 24 (11.32%) DV Cleared
5 12 (5.66%) VCAP
6 11 (5.19%) Microsoft Certification
7 7 (3.30%) CCNA
7 7 (3.30%) Cisco Certification
7 7 (3.30%) Degree
7 7 (3.30%) VCP6
8 5 (2.36%) MCSE
9 3 (1.42%) CCNP
9 3 (1.42%) Citrix Certification
9 3 (1.42%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 3 (1.42%) VCDX
10 2 (0.94%) Computer Science Degree
10 2 (0.94%) CTC Cleared
10 2 (0.94%) MCSA
11 1 (0.47%) CCA
11 1 (0.47%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (3.77%) SLA
2 2 (0.94%) Data Quality
2 2 (0.94%) NCSC
3 1 (0.47%) GMP
3 1 (0.47%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 1 (0.47%) QA
System Software
1 149 (70.28%) VMware Infrastructure
2 78 (36.79%) Active Directory
3 52 (24.53%) VMware ESXi
3 52 (24.53%) VMware NSX
4 28 (13.21%) Docker
5 17 (8.02%) Virtual Machines
6 16 (7.55%) Hyper-V
7 15 (7.08%) XenApp
8 11 (5.19%) NFS
9 10 (4.72%) Virtual Desktop
10 9 (4.25%) vCloud
11 6 (2.83%) Terminal Services
11 6 (2.83%) XenDesktop
12 5 (2.36%) VMFS
13 4 (1.89%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 4 (1.89%) Virtual Servers
14 3 (1.42%) Microsoft App-V
14 3 (1.42%) UAG
14 3 (1.42%) VirtualBox
15 2 (0.94%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 53 (25.00%) vRealize
2 37 (17.45%) Ansible
2 37 (17.45%) vCenter Server
3 36 (16.98%) Terraform
4 32 (15.09%) SCCM
5 29 (13.68%) Puppet
6 28 (13.21%) Kubernetes
6 28 (13.21%) Opscode Chef
7 27 (12.74%) Packer
8 16 (7.55%) Grafana
8 16 (7.55%) Prometheus
8 16 (7.55%) ZABBIX
9 15 (7.08%) SCOM
10 11 (5.19%) PowerCLI
10 11 (5.19%) WSUS
11 10 (4.72%) vRealize Orchestrator
12 9 (4.25%) vMotion
13 7 (3.30%) McAfee ePO
14 5 (2.36%) Failover Clustering
14 5 (2.36%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 200 (94.34%) VMware
2 71 (33.49%) Microsoft
3 43 (20.28%) Cisco
4 36 (16.98%) Dell
5 30 (14.15%) Atlassian
5 30 (14.15%) EMC
6 27 (12.74%) Citrix
7 19 (8.96%) McAfee
8 17 (8.02%) Splunk
9 16 (7.55%) HP
10 14 (6.60%) Juniper
10 14 (6.60%) NetApp
11 11 (5.19%) Veeam
12 10 (4.72%) Palo Alto
13 8 (3.77%) CheckPoint
13 8 (3.77%) SolarWinds
14 6 (2.83%) Google
14 6 (2.83%) Red Hat
15 5 (2.36%) F5
16 4 (1.89%) Intel