Period
to 20 November 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 20 November 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
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 390 341 329
Rank change year-on-year -49 -12 -10
Contract jobs citing vSphere 597 729 805
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.58% 0.70% 0.70%
As % of the System Software category 4.64% 5.67% 6.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 409 498 517
UK median daily rate £385 £400 £368
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.75% +8.84% +5.00%
10th Percentile £213 £256 £225
90th Percentile £556 £526 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £375 £350
% change year-on-year -1.33% +7.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 25 28
UK median hourly rate £32.00 £32.50 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.54% +32.65% -10.91%
10th Percentile £12.63 £10.00 £14.03
90th Percentile £46.89 £49.46 £43.68
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.00 £40.25 £23.25
% change year-on-year -22.98% +73.12% -12.26%

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 12857 12848 11682
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.57% 12.35% 10.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 8345 8050 6665
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +9.59% +8.15%
10th Percentile £158 £173 £158
90th Percentile £606 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year +7.14% +6.06% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 722 876 1253
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.13% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £10.40 £10.50 £10.00
90th Percentile £46.88 £42.00 £38.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year - -6.25% +6.67%

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 November 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 20 November 2017.

Contractor 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 20 November 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 -63 518 £375 -6.25% 85
UK excluding London -26 379 £370 -1.33% 65
London -34 205 £450 +5.88% 25
South East -55 128 £375 -11.76% 24
North of England +16 72 £350 -7.28% 14
Scotland -11 53 £475 +45.04% 4
Yorkshire +21 42 £375 - 7
East of England -26 42 £320 -1.54% 6
Midlands +28 40 £373 -3.87% 8
South West +14 35 £413 +17.86% 8
North West -4 25 £280 -26.80% 7
West Midlands +23 21 £385 -3.75% 1
East Midlands +11 19 £370 -1.33% 7
Wales +15 11 £325 -12.75% 1
North East +36 5 £169 -66.75%
Northern Ireland - 5 - -

For the 6 months to 20 November 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.

1 553 (92.63%) VMware
2 422 (70.69%) Windows
3 300 (50.25%) Windows Server
4 291 (48.74%) Active Directory
5 290 (48.58%) VMware Infrastructure
6 277 (46.40%) Microsoft
7 199 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
8 174 (29.15%) Windows Server 2008
9 166 (27.81%) Linux
10 155 (25.96%) Cisco
11 145 (24.29%) SAN
12 141 (23.62%) Firewall
13 140 (23.45%) HP
14 133 (22.28%) PowerShell
15 117 (19.60%) Citrix
16 104 (17.42%) SQL Server
17 102 (17.09%) ITIL
18 95 (15.91%) MS Exchange
19 92 (15.41%) Security Cleared
20 90 (15.08%) VMware ESXi
21 88 (14.74%) vCenter Server
21 88 (14.74%) Finance
22 86 (14.41%) NetApp
23 84 (14.07%) SQL
24 81 (13.57%) Data Centre
25 80 (13.40%) Microsoft Azure
26 79 (13.23%) DNS
27 77 (12.90%) SCCM
28 74 (12.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
29 73 (12.23%) SC Cleared

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 95 (15.91%) MS Exchange
2 54 (9.05%) Exchange Server 2010
3 45 (7.54%) IIS
4 37 (6.20%) SharePoint
5 26 (4.36%) Exchange Server 2013
6 17 (2.85%) Skype for Business
7 16 (2.68%) JBoss
8 15 (2.51%) OpenStack
9 12 (2.01%) Apache
9 12 (2.01%) Tomcat
10 10 (1.68%) Exchange Server 2007
11 8 (1.34%) SharePoint 2013
11 8 (1.34%) SharePoint Server
12 4 (0.67%) Elasticsearch
12 4 (0.67%) SharePoint 2010
12 4 (0.67%) WebSphere
12 4 (0.67%) WordPress
13 3 (0.50%) Cloud Foundry
13 3 (0.50%) CloudStack
13 3 (0.50%) WebLogic
Applications
1 38 (6.37%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (1.17%) Microsoft Project
3 4 (0.67%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.50%) Microsoft Excel
5 1 (0.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (0.84%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.17%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 80 (13.40%) Microsoft Azure
2 70 (11.73%) Office 365
3 43 (7.20%) Amazon AWS
4 15 (2.51%) Amazon EC2
5 13 (2.18%) Azure Active Directory
6 12 (2.01%) Cloud Computing
7 10 (1.68%) IaaS
8 6 (1.01%) G Suite
9 5 (0.84%) Google App Engine
9 5 (0.84%) Google Cloud Platform
9 5 (0.84%) PaaS
10 3 (0.50%) AWS CloudFormation
11 2 (0.34%) Amazon S3
11 2 (0.34%) IBM Cloud
11 2 (0.34%) OneDrive
11 2 (0.34%) SaaS
11 2 (0.34%) SoftLayer
11 2 (0.34%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 1 (0.17%) Heroku
12 1 (0.17%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 145 (24.29%) SAN
2 141 (23.62%) Firewall
3 79 (13.23%) DNS
4 68 (11.39%) WAN
5 64 (10.72%) LAN
6 62 (10.39%) DHCP
7 61 (10.22%) VPN
8 52 (8.71%) TCP/IP
9 38 (6.37%) NAS
10 35 (5.86%) VSAN
11 29 (4.86%) Cisco ASA
12 28 (4.69%) VoIP
13 21 (3.52%) SNMP
13 21 (3.52%) VLAN
13 21 (3.52%) Wireless
14 20 (3.35%) NetScaler
15 19 (3.18%) iSCSI
15 19 (3.18%) Network Security
16 18 (3.02%) PuTTY
16 18 (3.02%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 104 (17.42%) SQL Server
2 31 (5.19%) SQL Server 2012
3 22 (3.69%) Oracle Database
4 19 (3.18%) Oracle Database 11g
5 18 (3.02%) Oracle Database 10g
5 18 (3.02%) SQL Server 2008
6 15 (2.51%) SQL Server 2016
7 13 (2.18%) SQL Server 2005
8 10 (1.68%) Oracle Reports
9 8 (1.34%) MySQL
9 8 (1.34%) SQL Server 2014
10 4 (0.67%) Apache Cassandra
10 4 (0.67%) PostgreSQL
11 3 (0.50%) MongoDB
12 2 (0.34%) BusinessObjects
12 2 (0.34%) DB2
12 2 (0.34%) Relational Database
13 1 (0.17%) SQL Server 2000
13 1 (0.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 1 (0.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 30 (5.03%) Git (software)
2 26 (4.36%) Team Foundation Server
3 22 (3.69%) Jenkins
4 18 (3.02%) Ant
4 18 (3.02%) Eclipse
4 18 (3.02%) HP UFT
4 18 (3.02%) Oracle APEX
4 18 (3.02%) Selenium
4 18 (3.02%) SoapUI
4 18 (3.02%) SpecFlow
4 18 (3.02%) TestNG
5 14 (2.35%) LoadRunner
6 9 (1.51%) MSI
7 7 (1.17%) TeamCity
8 6 (1.01%) AutoIt
8 6 (1.01%) Chocolatey
8 6 (1.01%) DbUnit
8 6 (1.01%) JUnit
8 6 (1.01%) Mockito
8 6 (1.01%) SonarQube
General
1 88 (14.74%) Finance
2 24 (4.02%) Telecoms
3 22 (3.69%) Banking
4 13 (2.18%) Publishing
5 12 (2.01%) Retail
6 8 (1.34%) Manufacturing
7 6 (1.01%) Local Government
8 5 (0.84%) Games
9 4 (0.67%) Advertising
9 4 (0.67%) Electronics
9 4 (0.67%) Marketing
10 3 (0.50%) Law
10 3 (0.50%) Legal
10 3 (0.50%) Romanian Language
11 2 (0.34%) Aerospace
11 2 (0.34%) Financial Institution
11 2 (0.34%) French Language
11 2 (0.34%) Investment Banking
11 2 (0.34%) Military
12 1 (0.17%) Billing
Job Titles
1 109 (18.26%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 88 (14.74%) Analyst
3 58 (9.72%) VMware Engineer
4 47 (7.87%) Support Engineer
5 44 (7.37%) Administrator
6 40 (6.70%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 40 (6.70%) Consultant
6 40 (6.70%) Windows Engineer
7 34 (5.70%) Architect
7 34 (5.70%) Server Engineer
8 32 (5.36%) 3rd Line Support
8 32 (5.36%) Infrastructure Analyst
9 23 (3.85%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
10 21 (3.52%) Network Engineer
10 21 (3.52%) Service Analyst
11 20 (3.35%) Infrastructure Support
11 20 (3.35%) Linux Engineer
11 20 (3.35%) Systems Administrator
11 20 (3.35%) VMware Specialist
12 19 (3.18%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (5.70%) Web Services
2 24 (4.02%) .NET
3 8 (1.34%) SOAP
4 7 (1.17%) X-Windows
5 6 (1.01%) Apache Camel
5 6 (1.01%) J2EE
5 6 (1.01%) PowerMock
5 6 (1.01%) REST
5 6 (1.01%) RESTful
5 6 (1.01%) Spring
6 5 (0.84%) ASP.NET
6 5 (0.84%) Spring Boot
7 4 (0.67%) 802.1X
7 4 (0.67%) Middleware
7 4 (0.67%) XML
8 3 (0.50%) RabbitMQ
9 2 (0.34%) .NET Core
9 2 (0.34%) AngularJS
9 2 (0.34%) ASP.NET Web API
9 2 (0.34%) Rendezvous
Miscellaneous
1 81 (13.57%) Data Centre
2 35 (5.86%) Management Information System
3 31 (5.19%) Analytical Skills
4 22 (3.69%) PKI
5 19 (3.18%) Virtual Team
6 18 (3.02%) Replication
7 17 (2.85%) Private Cloud
8 16 (2.68%) VxBlock/Vblock
9 15 (2.51%) EMC VNX
10 14 (2.35%) Clustering
11 11 (1.84%) EMC VMAX
11 11 (1.84%) FlexPod
12 10 (1.68%) Blackberry
12 10 (1.68%) Computer Science
13 9 (1.51%) RSA SecurID
14 6 (1.01%) HP Storage
15 5 (0.84%) iPad
15 5 (0.84%) Linux Command Line
15 5 (0.84%) Mobile App
15 5 (0.84%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 422 (70.69%) Windows
2 300 (50.25%) Windows Server
3 199 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
4 174 (29.15%) Windows Server 2008
5 166 (27.81%) Linux
6 74 (12.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 47 (7.87%) Unix
8 45 (7.54%) Windows Server 2003
9 42 (7.04%) Windows 7
10 38 (6.37%) Windows 10
11 13 (2.18%) Solaris
12 12 (2.01%) AIX
13 11 (1.84%) SUSE
14 10 (1.68%) Android
15 8 (1.34%) Windows 8
15 8 (1.34%) Windows XP
16 7 (1.17%) CentOS
16 7 (1.17%) Ubuntu
17 6 (1.01%) Data ONTAP
17 6 (1.01%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 102 (17.09%) ITIL
2 72 (12.06%) Migration
3 51 (8.54%) DevOps
4 42 (7.04%) Continuous Integration
5 39 (6.53%) Configuration Management
6 37 (6.20%) Agile Software Development
7 34 (5.70%) Disaster Recovery
8 30 (5.03%) Change Management
9 26 (4.36%) Service Management
10 25 (4.19%) Capacity Planning
10 25 (4.19%) High Availability
10 25 (4.19%) Incident Management
10 25 (4.19%) Test Automation
11 24 (4.02%) Server Building
12 23 (3.85%) E-Commerce
12 23 (3.85%) Load Balancing
12 23 (3.85%) Project Management
13 22 (3.69%) Information Security
13 22 (3.69%) Task Automation
14 21 (3.52%) Continuous Delivery
Programming Languages
1 133 (22.28%) PowerShell
2 84 (14.07%) SQL
3 39 (6.53%) Java
4 34 (5.70%) Ruby
5 21 (3.52%) Python
6 20 (3.35%) Bash Shell
7 18 (3.02%) F#
8 13 (2.18%) VBScript
9 12 (2.01%) C
10 7 (1.17%) Perl
11 6 (1.01%) C#
11 6 (1.01%) JavaScript
11 6 (1.01%) Shell Script
12 5 (0.84%) Elixir
12 5 (0.84%) Erlang
13 4 (0.67%) Groovy
14 3 (0.50%) VB.NET
15 2 (0.34%) Go
15 2 (0.34%) Korn
15 2 (0.34%) VB
Qualifications
1 92 (15.41%) Security Cleared
2 73 (12.23%) SC Cleared
3 69 (11.56%) Microsoft Certification
4 61 (10.22%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 38 (6.37%) MCSE
6 37 (6.20%) Cisco Certification
7 27 (4.52%) CCNA
8 26 (4.36%) Degree
9 22 (3.69%) MCSA
10 17 (2.85%) DV Cleared
11 14 (2.35%) ISEB
12 13 (2.18%) ITIL Certification
13 12 (2.01%) CCNP
13 12 (2.01%) VCP6
14 11 (1.84%) VCAP
15 10 (1.68%) ISEB Practitioner
15 10 (1.68%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 10 (1.68%) MCTS
16 9 (1.51%) MCITP
16 9 (1.51%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (3.52%) SLA
2 14 (2.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 11 (1.84%) PCI DSS
4 7 (1.17%) Disclosure Scotland
4 7 (1.17%) RMADS
5 3 (0.50%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.34%) QA
7 1 (0.17%) GDPR
System Software
1 291 (48.74%) Active Directory
2 290 (48.58%) VMware Infrastructure
3 90 (15.08%) VMware ESXi
4 62 (10.39%) XenApp
5 59 (9.88%) Hyper-V
6 47 (7.87%) VMware NSX
7 43 (7.20%) XenDesktop
8 33 (5.53%) Virtual Machines
9 29 (4.86%) vCloud
10 18 (3.02%) Virtual Servers
10 18 (3.02%) VMware Workstation
10 18 (3.02%) XenServer
11 17 (2.85%) NFS
12 15 (2.51%) Microsoft App-V
13 12 (2.01%) DFS Replication
13 12 (2.01%) Docker
14 7 (1.17%) Forefront TMG
15 5 (0.84%) BitLocker
15 5 (0.84%) Virtual Desktop
16 4 (0.67%) LXC
Systems Management
1 88 (14.74%) vCenter Server
2 77 (12.90%) SCCM
3 50 (8.38%) Puppet
4 45 (7.54%) vRealize
5 44 (7.37%) Ansible
6 41 (6.87%) SCOM
7 33 (5.53%) Opscode Chef
8 21 (3.52%) PowerCLI
8 21 (3.52%) WSUS
9 19 (3.18%) NetBackup
10 14 (2.35%) McAfee ePO
11 12 (2.01%) Microsoft Clustering
11 12 (2.01%) Terraform
12 11 (1.84%) Nessus
13 10 (1.68%) Norton AntiVirus
13 10 (1.68%) Tivoli
14 8 (1.34%) Backup Exec
14 8 (1.34%) Kubernetes
14 8 (1.34%) vMotion
15 7 (1.17%) Network Intrusion Detection System
Vendors
1 553 (92.63%) VMware
2 277 (46.40%) Microsoft
3 155 (25.96%) Cisco
4 140 (23.45%) HP
5 117 (19.60%) Citrix
6 86 (14.41%) NetApp
7 60 (10.05%) Red Hat
8 54 (9.05%) EMC
8 54 (9.05%) Oracle
9 37 (6.20%) Dell
10 34 (5.70%) CheckPoint
11 32 (5.36%) McAfee
12 27 (4.52%) CommVault
13 26 (4.36%) F5
14 23 (3.85%) IBM
15 21 (3.52%) 3PAR
15 21 (3.52%) Veeam
16 17 (2.85%) Symantec
17 16 (2.68%) Google
18 14 (2.35%) Brocade