Period
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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 May 2022 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 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 429 433 330
Rank change year-on-year +4 -103 +114
Contract jobs citing vSphere 464 266 346
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.53% 0.46% 0.72%
As % of the System Software category 4.01% 3.20% 4.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 337 160 231
10th Percentile £300 £291 £263
25th Percentile £400 £363 £360
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £460 £425 £450
Median % change year-on-year +8.24% -5.56% +5.88%
75th Percentile £580 £500 £519
90th Percentile £675 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £406 £446
% change year-on-year +10.77% -8.81% +4.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 7 16
10th Percentile £21.41 £19.20 £15.38
25th Percentile £23.78 £30.89 £23.38
Median hourly rate £34.38 £46.00 £47.17
Median % change year-on-year -25.27% -2.47% +11.63%
75th Percentile £63.75 £46.75 £48.17
90th Percentile £72.45 £47.70 £50.47
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £34.00 £15.75
% change year-on-year -2.94% +115.87% -56.25%

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 11,582 8,317 7,464
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.35% 14.26% 15.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,314 5,759 5,065
10th Percentile £200 £230 £180
25th Percentile £400 £385 £338
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £490 £465
Median % change year-on-year +7.14% +5.38% -2.11%
75th Percentile £625 £575 £563
90th Percentile £700 £660 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 299 292 375
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.66 £11.26
25th Percentile £15.00 £14.00 £13.31
Median hourly rate £19.00 £21.25 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year -10.59% +21.43% +9.38%
75th Percentile £40.00 £48.94 £24.01
90th Percentile £59.18 £64.43 £51.97
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.27 £16.40
% change year-on-year -4.21% +11.40% +9.33%

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 23 May 2022.

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 23 May 2022.

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 23 May 2022. 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
Jobs
England -7 388 £468 +10.12% 90
UK excluding London +26 245 £450 +10.77% 68
Work from Home -18 211 £437 -2.02% 32
London -52 157 £523 +16.22% 23
South East +18 100 £475 +12.43% 22
East of England +14 44 £425 - 6
South West -13 27 £475 +15.85% 10
North of England -39 26 £331 -9.49% 19
Wales -8 18 £451 +16.39% 2
Midlands -45 15 £438 +10.76% 8
Scotland -6 14 £450 +6.51%
North West -29 14 £250 -31.69% 9
Yorkshire -21 12 £400 -20.00% 7
East Midlands -14 9 £450 +63.64% 2
West Midlands -48 6 £350 -17.65% 6
Northern Ireland - 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 23 May 2022, 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.

1 391 (84.27%) VMware
2 280 (60.34%) VMware Infrastructure
3 276 (59.48%) Windows
4 230 (49.57%) Active Directory
5 224 (48.28%) Microsoft
6 176 (37.93%) Windows Server
7 157 (33.84%) DNS
8 144 (31.03%) Azure
9 128 (27.59%) PowerShell
9 128 (27.59%) Security Cleared
10 127 (27.37%) Linux
11 126 (27.16%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 119 (25.65%) Data Centre
12 119 (25.65%) Firewall
13 103 (22.20%) VMware ESXi
14 101 (21.77%) DHCP
15 96 (20.69%) SC Cleared
16 92 (19.83%) VMware NSX
17 89 (19.18%) ITIL
18 88 (18.97%) Ansible
19 86 (18.53%) AWS
20 85 (18.32%) vCenter Server
21 83 (17.89%) Cisco
22 80 (17.24%) Social Skills
23 78 (16.81%) vRealize
23 78 (16.81%) SCCM
24 75 (16.16%) Microsoft 365
25 74 (15.95%) SQL Server
26 65 (14.01%) SQL
26 65 (14.01%) Finance

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 39 (8.41%) MS Exchange
2 26 (5.60%) Exchange Server 2013
3 24 (5.17%) Skype for Business
4 15 (3.23%) SharePoint
5 13 (2.80%) Confluence
6 12 (2.59%) WebSphere
7 9 (1.94%) Mule
8 8 (1.72%) IIS
9 6 (1.29%) IBM Domino
9 6 (1.29%) OpenStack
10 5 (1.08%) Tomcat
11 3 (0.65%) SAS
12 2 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2010
13 1 (0.22%) Apache
13 1 (0.22%) Elasticsearch
13 1 (0.22%) Exchange Server 2007
13 1 (0.22%) Mailman
13 1 (0.22%) nginx
13 1 (0.22%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 17 (3.66%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (1.72%) MS Visio
3 7 (1.51%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (1.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 8 (1.72%) Markit EDM
1 8 (1.72%) thinkFolio
2 1 (0.22%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 144 (31.03%) Azure
2 86 (18.53%) AWS
3 75 (16.16%) Microsoft 365
4 57 (12.28%) Azure Active Directory
5 24 (5.17%) IaaS
5 24 (5.17%) OpenShift
6 21 (4.53%) PaaS
7 16 (3.45%) SaaS
8 9 (1.94%) Catchpoint
8 9 (1.94%) Kong
9 8 (1.72%) GCP
9 8 (1.72%) GitHub
10 6 (1.29%) Cloud Computing
11 5 (1.08%) Nutanix
12 4 (0.86%) Amazon EC2
13 3 (0.65%) Amazon EKS
13 3 (0.65%) Tricentis Tosca
14 2 (0.43%) Azure Stack
14 2 (0.43%) OneDrive
15 1 (0.22%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 157 (33.84%) DNS
2 119 (25.65%) Firewall
3 101 (21.77%) DHCP
4 51 (10.99%) VSAN
5 33 (7.11%) SAN
6 29 (6.25%) Network Security
6 29 (6.25%) WAN
7 28 (6.03%) LAN
7 28 (6.03%) TCP/IP
8 27 (5.82%) Wireless
9 26 (5.60%) Skype
10 16 (3.45%) Software-Defined Networking
11 15 (3.23%) OSPF
12 14 (3.02%) Cisco Nexus
12 14 (3.02%) VPN
13 13 (2.80%) VLAN
14 12 (2.59%) NAS
14 12 (2.59%) Wi-Fi
15 11 (2.37%) BGP
16 10 (2.16%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 74 (15.95%) SQL Server
2 29 (6.25%) DB2
3 25 (5.39%) PostgreSQL
4 6 (1.29%) MariaDB
5 4 (0.86%) Big Data
5 4 (0.86%) Oracle Database
6 2 (0.43%) NoSQL
6 2 (0.43%) Oracle Database 12c
7 1 (0.22%) Amazon RDS
7 1 (0.22%) Azure SQL Database
7 1 (0.22%) DTS
Development Applications
1 32 (6.90%) Git (software)
2 29 (6.25%) GitLab
3 27 (5.82%) Jenkins
4 19 (4.09%) JIRA
5 11 (2.37%) Visual Studio Code
6 8 (1.72%) Subversion
7 6 (1.29%) Sonatype Nexus
8 5 (1.08%) MSI
9 4 (0.86%) DbUnit
9 4 (0.86%) jMock
9 4 (0.86%) JUnit
9 4 (0.86%) Maven
9 4 (0.86%) Mockito
9 4 (0.86%) SonarQube
10 3 (0.65%) InstallShield
11 2 (0.43%) Bitbucket
11 2 (0.43%) Gerrit
11 2 (0.43%) JMeter
12 1 (0.22%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 80 (17.24%) Social Skills
2 65 (14.01%) Finance
3 41 (8.84%) Public Sector
4 31 (6.68%) Banking
5 15 (3.23%) Analytical Skills
6 14 (3.02%) Telecoms
7 10 (2.16%) Documentation Skills
8 5 (1.08%) Influencing Skills
9 4 (0.86%) Financial Institution
9 4 (0.86%) Law
9 4 (0.86%) Legal
10 3 (0.65%) Aviation
11 2 (0.43%) Automotive
11 2 (0.43%) Back Office
11 2 (0.43%) Presentation Skills
11 2 (0.43%) Retail
12 1 (0.22%) Billing
12 1 (0.22%) Electronics
12 1 (0.22%) Front Office
12 1 (0.22%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 104 (22.41%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 50 (10.78%) Architect
3 43 (9.27%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 40 (8.62%) VMware Engineer
5 35 (7.54%) DevOps Engineer
6 33 (7.11%) Cloud Engineer
7 29 (6.25%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
8 28 (6.03%) Consultant
9 26 (5.60%) Infrastructure Architect
10 25 (5.39%) Support Engineer
11 22 (4.74%) Network Engineer
12 21 (4.53%) Analyst
12 21 (4.53%) Applications Engineer
13 19 (4.09%) Developer
14 18 (3.88%) Windows Engineer
14 18 (3.88%) Wintel Engineer
15 15 (3.23%) Virtualisation Engineer
15 15 (3.23%) VMware Consultant
16 14 (3.02%) 3rd Line Support
16 14 (3.02%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (3.45%) Elastic Stack
2 15 (3.23%) XML
3 14 (3.02%) .NET
3 14 (3.02%) .NET Framework
4 12 (2.59%) Regular Expression
4 12 (2.59%) WebSphere MQ
5 11 (2.37%) HTML
5 11 (2.37%) JSON
6 7 (1.51%) LDAP
7 6 (1.29%) COM
7 6 (1.29%) Flash
7 6 (1.29%) REST
7 6 (1.29%) SOAP
8 5 (1.08%) libvirt
9 4 (0.86%) Apache Camel
9 4 (0.86%) J2EE
9 4 (0.86%) PowerMock
9 4 (0.86%) RESTful
9 4 (0.86%) Spring
9 4 (0.86%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 119 (25.65%) Data Centre
2 59 (12.72%) PKI
3 50 (10.78%) Replication
4 35 (7.54%) Clustering
5 34 (7.33%) Private Cloud
6 21 (4.53%) Public Cloud
7 16 (3.45%) Management Information System
8 15 (3.23%) CESG
9 11 (2.37%) NHS
10 9 (1.94%) CMDB
10 9 (1.94%) Hybrid Cloud
11 8 (1.72%) Data Protection Act
12 7 (1.51%) Enterprise Storage
13 6 (1.29%) Enterprise Software
14 5 (1.08%) Fibre Optics
15 3 (0.65%) Cloud Native
15 3 (0.65%) EMC VNX
15 3 (0.65%) HP Storage
15 3 (0.65%) Self-Motivation
15 3 (0.65%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 276 (59.48%) Windows
2 176 (37.93%) Windows Server
3 127 (27.37%) Linux
4 53 (11.42%) Windows Server 2012
5 51 (10.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 40 (8.62%) Windows 10
7 35 (7.54%) Windows Server 2016
8 21 (4.53%) Windows Server 2019
9 19 (4.09%) CentOS
9 19 (4.09%) Windows Server 2008
10 17 (3.66%) Unix
11 16 (3.45%) Windows 7
12 13 (2.80%) VMS
13 8 (1.72%) Apple iOS
14 7 (1.51%) Windows Server 2003
15 5 (1.08%) Mac OS
15 5 (1.08%) Oracle Linux
15 5 (1.08%) Solaris
15 5 (1.08%) Windows 2000
16 4 (0.86%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 126 (27.16%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 89 (19.18%) ITIL
3 63 (13.58%) Agile
4 54 (11.64%) DevOps
5 50 (10.78%) Change Management
6 43 (9.27%) Migration
7 36 (7.76%) CI/CD
7 36 (7.76%) Problem-Solving
8 32 (6.90%) Disaster Recovery
8 32 (6.90%) Service Management
9 28 (6.03%) Infrastructure as Code
10 27 (5.82%) SIEM
11 26 (5.60%) Load Balancing
11 26 (5.60%) Scrum
12 25 (5.39%) Incident Management
13 24 (5.17%) Identity Management
13 24 (5.17%) Stakeholder Management
14 23 (4.96%) Decision-Making
15 22 (4.74%) Kanban
15 22 (4.74%) Technical Leadership
Programming Languages
1 128 (27.59%) PowerShell
2 65 (14.01%) SQL
3 60 (12.93%) Python
4 21 (4.53%) C
5 19 (4.09%) Bash
6 15 (3.23%) C#
6 15 (3.23%) Java
7 13 (2.80%) Go
8 8 (1.72%) Perl
8 8 (1.72%) VBScript
9 6 (1.29%) JavaScript
10 4 (0.86%) VBA
11 3 (0.65%) T-SQL
12 1 (0.22%) Korn
12 1 (0.22%) PHP
12 1 (0.22%) VB
Qualifications
1 128 (27.59%) Security Cleared
2 96 (20.69%) SC Cleared
3 37 (7.97%) Microsoft Certification
4 34 (7.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 32 (6.90%) DV Cleared
6 31 (6.68%) Degree
7 17 (3.66%) VCAP
8 12 (2.59%) Cisco Certification
8 12 (2.59%) TOGAF Certification
9 11 (2.37%) CCIE
9 11 (2.37%) Computer Science Degree
10 10 (2.16%) CCNP
10 10 (2.16%) ITIL Certification
11 9 (1.94%) Master's Degree
11 9 (1.94%) RHCA
12 6 (1.29%) MCSE
13 5 (1.08%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 5 (1.08%) MCSA
14 4 (0.86%) MCITP
14 4 (0.86%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (7.76%) SLA
2 9 (1.94%) GDPR
3 7 (1.51%) QA
4 3 (0.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.65%) NCSC
4 3 (0.65%) OASIS TOSCA
5 2 (0.43%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.22%) COBIT
6 1 (0.22%) NIST
6 1 (0.22%) PMO
System Software
1 280 (60.34%) VMware Infrastructure
2 230 (49.57%) Active Directory
3 103 (22.20%) VMware ESXi
4 92 (19.83%) VMware NSX
5 46 (9.91%) Hyper-V
6 43 (9.27%) vCloud
7 41 (8.84%) Docker
8 32 (6.90%) Virtual Machines
9 17 (3.66%) XenApp
9 17 (3.66%) XenDesktop
10 11 (2.37%) NFS
11 10 (2.16%) Firmware
11 10 (2.16%) Virtual Servers
12 9 (1.94%) Microsoft App-V
13 8 (1.72%) EMC RecoverPoint
13 8 (1.72%) KVM
14 7 (1.51%) VMware Workstation
15 5 (1.08%) Ceph
15 5 (1.08%) oVirt
16 4 (0.86%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 88 (18.97%) Ansible
2 85 (18.32%) vCenter Server
3 78 (16.81%) SCCM
3 78 (16.81%) vRealize
4 59 (12.72%) Kubernetes
5 45 (9.70%) vRealize Orchestrator
6 44 (9.48%) Terraform
7 30 (6.47%) PowerCLI
8 25 (5.39%) Microsoft Clustering
8 25 (5.39%) WSUS
9 23 (4.96%) Microsoft Intune
10 21 (4.53%) SCOM
10 21 (4.53%) SCVMM
11 17 (3.66%) VxRail
12 15 (3.23%) McAfee ePO
12 15 (3.23%) Rancher
13 13 (2.80%) Cisco CUCM
14 12 (2.59%) Active Directory Federation Services
14 12 (2.59%) AirWatch
15 11 (2.37%) Avamar
Vendors
1 391 (84.27%) VMware
2 224 (48.28%) Microsoft
3 83 (17.89%) Cisco
4 63 (13.58%) Citrix
5 54 (11.64%) Red Hat
6 48 (10.34%) Dell
7 46 (9.91%) HP
8 44 (9.48%) SolarWinds
9 38 (8.19%) Oracle
10 31 (6.68%) CheckPoint
10 31 (6.68%) IBM
11 29 (6.25%) Juniper
12 24 (5.17%) EMC
13 20 (4.31%) NetApp
14 19 (4.09%) Veeam
15 18 (3.88%) F5
15 18 (3.88%) ServiceNow
16 17 (3.66%) Ericsson
16 17 (3.66%) Splunk
16 17 (3.66%) Symantec