Period
to 19 July 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 19 July 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
19 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 377 433 314
Rank change year-on-year +56 -119 -33
Contract jobs citing vSphere 647 461 871
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.63% 0.48% 0.79%
As % of the System Software category 4.50% 4.26% 6.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 434 318 608
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £384
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.23% +3.72%
10th Percentile £250 £229 £224
90th Percentile £525 £538 £535
UK excluding London median daily rate £379 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +1.08% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 11 20
UK median hourly rate £29.50 £21.00 £25.54
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.48% -17.77% +12.20%
10th Percentile £17.25 £11.75 £11.34
90th Percentile £47.83 £49.19 £46.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.00 £16.84 £25.54
% change year-on-year +84.14% -34.08% +26.11%

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 14,390 10,827 13,174
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.91% 11.37% 11.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,334 6,932 8,127
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +14.29%
10th Percentile £183 £163 £175
90th Percentile £625 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £365
% change year-on-year +6.67% +2.74% +8.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 857 665 931
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +3.23% -3.13%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.25 £10.50
90th Percentile £45.61 £47.00 £40.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £15.00 £15.79
% change year-on-year +5.73% -4.97% +5.23%

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 19 July 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 19 July 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 19 July 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 +65 600 £400 - 150
UK excluding London +60 408 £379 +1.08% 123
London +36 235 £425 -2.58% 35
South East +45 161 £422 +5.50% 35
North of England +1 96 £333 -16.88% 33
Midlands +24 60 £388 +19.23% 15
West Midlands +14 42 £419 +67.50% 9
North East - 41 £309 - 3
North West -27 30 £363 +3.57% 13
South West +2 28 £325 -13.33% 9
Scotland -48 27 £310 +5.08% 4
Yorkshire -33 25 £438 +2.94% 17
East of England +10 21 £400 +66.67% 23
East Midlands +3 18 £388 +16.98% 6
Wales +3 16 £313 +0.81% 2

For the 6 months to 19 July 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.

1 610 (94.28%) VMware
2 437 (67.54%) Windows
3 401 (61.98%) VMware Infrastructure
4 313 (48.38%) Windows Server
5 286 (44.20%) Active Directory
6 265 (40.96%) Microsoft
7 191 (29.52%) Citrix
8 188 (29.06%) Security Cleared
9 167 (25.81%) Cisco
10 161 (24.88%) HP
11 158 (24.42%) DNS
12 147 (22.72%) Linux
13 138 (21.33%) SAN
14 137 (21.17%) SC Cleared
15 135 (20.87%) PowerShell
15 135 (20.87%) DHCP
16 133 (20.56%) Windows Server 2012
17 130 (20.09%) Windows Server 2008
18 127 (19.63%) Microsoft Azure
19 123 (19.01%) XenApp
19 123 (19.01%) SQL Server
20 118 (18.24%) Data Centre
21 117 (18.08%) ITIL
22 109 (16.85%) VMware ESXi
23 98 (15.15%) Firewall
24 95 (14.68%) MS Exchange
25 93 (14.37%) XenDesktop
26 91 (14.06%) NetApp
27 89 (13.76%) Amazon AWS
28 86 (13.29%) Hyper-V

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 (14.68%) MS Exchange
2 62 (9.58%) IIS
3 56 (8.66%) Exchange Server 2010
4 34 (5.26%) SharePoint
5 25 (3.86%) Skype for Business
6 18 (2.78%) Exchange Server 2013
7 12 (1.85%) Apache
8 11 (1.70%) Tomcat
9 10 (1.55%) OpenStack
10 8 (1.24%) Exchange Server 2007
10 8 (1.24%) IBM Notes
11 7 (1.08%) Cloud Foundry
12 6 (0.93%) SharePoint Server
13 4 (0.62%) JBoss
14 3 (0.46%) Moodle
14 3 (0.46%) WebSphere
15 2 (0.31%) Apache ServiceMix
15 2 (0.31%) GroupWise
16 1 (0.15%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
16 1 (0.15%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 30 (4.64%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (0.93%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.46%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.15%) 3ds Max
4 1 (0.15%) AutoCAD
4 1 (0.15%) CINEMA 4D
4 1 (0.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.15%) SketchUp
Business Applications
1 3 (0.46%) Towers Watson Igloo
2 2 (0.31%) Infor SunSystems
2 2 (0.31%) Relativity
2 2 (0.31%) ReMetrica
3 1 (0.15%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.15%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.15%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 127 (19.63%) Microsoft Azure
2 89 (13.76%) Amazon AWS
3 83 (12.83%) Office 365
4 30 (4.64%) Amazon EC2
5 24 (3.71%) IaaS
6 17 (2.63%) Cloud Computing
7 12 (1.85%) Google Cloud Platform
8 6 (0.93%) OpenShift
8 6 (0.93%) PaaS
8 6 (0.93%) Yammer
9 5 (0.77%) SaaS
10 4 (0.62%) Dynamics 365
11 3 (0.46%) OneDrive
12 2 (0.31%) AWS CloudFormation
12 2 (0.31%) G Suite
12 2 (0.31%) IBM Cloud
13 1 (0.15%) Azure Active Directory
13 1 (0.15%) Google Compute Engine
13 1 (0.15%) Mimecast
13 1 (0.15%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 158 (24.42%) DNS
2 138 (21.33%) SAN
3 135 (20.87%) DHCP
4 98 (15.15%) Firewall
5 56 (8.66%) NetScaler
6 49 (7.57%) WAN
7 48 (7.42%) TCP/IP
8 45 (6.96%) VPN
9 37 (5.72%) NAS
10 36 (5.56%) LAN
11 35 (5.41%) VSAN
12 28 (4.33%) Cisco Nexus
13 27 (4.17%) Cisco ASA
13 27 (4.17%) PuTTY
13 27 (4.17%) Skype
13 27 (4.17%) WinSCP
14 26 (4.02%) VLAN
15 24 (3.71%) Internet
16 20 (3.09%) MPLS
17 19 (2.94%) Cisco Firepower
Database & Business Intelligence
1 123 (19.01%) SQL Server
2 36 (5.56%) Oracle Database
2 36 (5.56%) SQL Server 2012
3 31 (4.79%) SQL Server 2016
4 30 (4.64%) Oracle Database 10g
4 30 (4.64%) Oracle Database 11g
5 15 (2.32%) SQL Server 2005
6 14 (2.16%) SQL Server 2008
7 11 (1.70%) PostgreSQL
8 8 (1.24%) Data Warehouse
9 7 (1.08%) Oracle Reports
10 6 (0.93%) NoSQL
10 6 (0.93%) Relational Database
11 3 (0.46%) Azure SQL Database
11 3 (0.46%) SQL Server 2014
12 2 (0.31%) Big Data
12 2 (0.31%) Data Mining
12 2 (0.31%) SAP HANA
13 1 (0.15%) SQL Server 2000
13 1 (0.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 45 (6.96%) Jenkins
2 38 (5.87%) Git (software)
3 30 (4.64%) DbUnit
3 30 (4.64%) jMock
3 30 (4.64%) JUnit
3 30 (4.64%) Mockito
4 29 (4.48%) Maven
4 29 (4.48%) Oracle APEX
4 29 (4.48%) SonarQube
5 28 (4.33%) Selenium
6 27 (4.17%) HP UFT
6 27 (4.17%) SoapUI
6 27 (4.17%) SpecFlow
7 25 (3.86%) Ant
7 25 (3.86%) Eclipse
7 25 (3.86%) TestNG
8 19 (2.94%) Team Foundation Server
9 18 (2.78%) LoadRunner
10 6 (0.93%) MSI
11 3 (0.46%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 69 (10.66%) Finance
2 25 (3.86%) Retail
3 22 (3.40%) Banking
4 12 (1.85%) Telecoms
5 10 (1.55%) Publishing
6 8 (1.24%) Law
6 8 (1.24%) Local Government
6 8 (1.24%) Manufacturing
7 7 (1.08%) Legal
8 5 (0.77%) Games
9 4 (0.62%) Advertising
9 4 (0.62%) Automotive
9 4 (0.62%) Investment Banking
9 4 (0.62%) Military
10 2 (0.31%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.15%) Back Office
11 1 (0.15%) French Language
11 1 (0.15%) Multimedia
11 1 (0.15%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 107 (16.54%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 68 (10.51%) Consultant
3 66 (10.20%) Analyst
4 62 (9.58%) VMware Engineer
5 47 (7.26%) Architect
6 36 (5.56%) Virtualisation Engineer
6 36 (5.56%) VMware Consultant
7 35 (5.41%) Support Engineer
8 31 (4.79%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 30 (4.64%) Citrix Engineer
9 30 (4.64%) Developer
9 30 (4.64%) Infrastructure Analyst
10 28 (4.33%) Java Developer
11 26 (4.02%) Server Engineer
11 26 (4.02%) Systems Engineer
11 26 (4.02%) Wintel Engineer
12 23 (3.55%) Infrastructure Architect
12 23 (3.55%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
13 20 (3.09%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
14 19 (2.94%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 61 (9.43%) Web Services
2 33 (5.10%) .NET
3 30 (4.64%) Apache Camel
3 30 (4.64%) J2EE
3 30 (4.64%) PowerMock
3 30 (4.64%) RESTful
3 30 (4.64%) SOAP
4 23 (3.55%) Spring
5 19 (2.94%) XML
6 18 (2.78%) LDAP
7 15 (2.32%) Spring Boot
8 9 (1.39%) REST
9 6 (0.93%) JSON
10 5 (0.77%) XSLT
11 4 (0.62%) WSH
12 3 (0.46%) Apache Axis
12 3 (0.46%) Hibernate
12 3 (0.46%) JPA
12 3 (0.46%) Middleware
12 3 (0.46%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 118 (18.24%) Data Centre
2 64 (9.89%) PKI
3 60 (9.27%) Clustering
4 32 (4.95%) Analytical Skills
4 32 (4.95%) Management Information System
5 24 (3.71%) Self-Motivation
6 21 (3.25%) Replication
7 20 (3.09%) VxBlock/Vblock
8 18 (2.78%) CLARiiON
8 18 (2.78%) Computer Science
9 15 (2.32%) Private Cloud
10 9 (1.39%) Blackberry
10 9 (1.39%) EMC VMAX
10 9 (1.39%) EMC VNX
10 9 (1.39%) Hybrid Cloud
10 9 (1.39%) NHS
11 6 (0.93%) CESG
11 6 (0.93%) iPhone
11 6 (0.93%) MPEG
12 5 (0.77%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 437 (67.54%) Windows
2 313 (48.38%) Windows Server
3 147 (22.72%) Linux
4 133 (20.56%) Windows Server 2012
5 130 (20.09%) Windows Server 2008
6 64 (9.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 59 (9.12%) Windows 10
7 59 (9.12%) Windows 7
8 42 (6.49%) Unix
9 38 (5.87%) Windows Server 2003
10 20 (3.09%) Solaris
11 17 (2.63%) CentOS
12 10 (1.55%) AIX
12 10 (1.55%) SUSE
13 8 (1.24%) Windows 8
14 7 (1.08%) Windows XP
15 5 (0.77%) Windows 2000
16 4 (0.62%) Data ONTAP
16 4 (0.62%) Mac OS
16 4 (0.62%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 117 (18.08%) ITIL
2 80 (12.36%) Agile Software Development
3 67 (10.36%) Migration
4 61 (9.43%) Scrum
5 46 (7.11%) DevOps
5 46 (7.11%) Kanban
6 43 (6.65%) Continuous Integration
7 39 (6.03%) Virtual Infrastructure
8 38 (5.87%) Project Management
9 37 (5.72%) BDD
10 36 (5.56%) Problem-Solving
11 34 (5.26%) Business Continuity
11 34 (5.26%) Service Delivery
12 33 (5.10%) Patch Management
13 32 (4.95%) E-Commerce
14 30 (4.64%) TDD
14 30 (4.64%) Virtual Environments
15 29 (4.48%) System Integration Testing
15 29 (4.48%) Test Automation
16 27 (4.17%) API Testing
Programming Languages
1 135 (20.87%) PowerShell
2 71 (10.97%) Java
3 66 (10.20%) SQL
4 28 (4.33%) VBScript
5 27 (4.17%) F#
6 24 (3.71%) Python
7 23 (3.55%) C
8 22 (3.40%) Bash Shell
9 18 (2.78%) Perl
10 13 (2.01%) VB
11 11 (1.70%) JavaScript
12 9 (1.39%) C#
13 6 (0.93%) Ruby
14 5 (0.77%) Shell Script
15 4 (0.62%) Go
15 4 (0.62%) PHP
16 3 (0.46%) T-SQL
17 2 (0.31%) Bourne shell
18 1 (0.15%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 188 (29.06%) Security Cleared
2 137 (21.17%) SC Cleared
3 67 (10.36%) Microsoft Certification
4 43 (6.65%) DV Cleared
5 41 (6.34%) MCSE
6 40 (6.18%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 28 (4.33%) Cisco Certification
7 28 (4.33%) Degree
8 25 (3.86%) ISEB
8 25 (3.86%) ISEB Practitioner
8 25 (3.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 24 (3.71%) MCSA
10 18 (2.78%) Computer Science Degree
11 16 (2.47%) Novell Certification
12 15 (2.32%) CCNA
13 9 (1.39%) CCIE
13 9 (1.39%) MCITP
14 7 (1.08%) CISSP
14 7 (1.08%) MCP
15 6 (0.93%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (2.47%) SLA
2 9 (1.39%) PMO
3 8 (1.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (0.62%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.46%) Disclosure Scotland
5 3 (0.46%) GxP
5 3 (0.46%) JSP 440
6 2 (0.31%) GCP
6 2 (0.31%) GDPR
6 2 (0.31%) QA
7 1 (0.15%) Government Security Classifications
7 1 (0.15%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 1 (0.15%) RMADS
System Software
1 401 (61.98%) VMware Infrastructure
2 286 (44.20%) Active Directory
3 123 (19.01%) XenApp
4 109 (16.85%) VMware ESXi
5 93 (14.37%) XenDesktop
6 86 (13.29%) Hyper-V
7 70 (10.82%) VMware NSX
8 37 (5.72%) Virtual Machines
9 27 (4.17%) Microsoft App-V
10 19 (2.94%) NFS
10 19 (2.94%) Virtual Desktop
11 12 (1.85%) vCloud
12 11 (1.70%) XenServer
13 10 (1.55%) Docker
14 9 (1.39%) Virtual Servers
14 9 (1.39%) VMware Server
15 8 (1.24%) IAG
15 8 (1.24%) Oracle RAC
15 8 (1.24%) UAG
16 7 (1.08%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 78 (12.06%) SCCM
2 77 (11.90%) vCenter Server
3 66 (10.20%) vRealize
4 49 (7.57%) Microsoft Clustering
5 42 (6.49%) SCOM
6 34 (5.26%) Puppet
7 33 (5.10%) WSUS
8 31 (4.79%) vRealize Orchestrator
9 30 (4.64%) Ansible
10 28 (4.33%) NetBackup
11 27 (4.17%) HP ALM
12 25 (3.86%) Opscode Chef
12 25 (3.86%) PowerCLI
13 22 (3.40%) McAfee ePO
14 20 (3.09%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
15 16 (2.47%) Backup Exec
16 14 (2.16%) EMC NetWorker
17 11 (1.70%) Single Sign-On
18 10 (1.55%) Failover Clustering
19 7 (1.08%) HP Data Protector
Vendors
1 610 (94.28%) VMware
2 265 (40.96%) Microsoft
3 191 (29.52%) Citrix
4 167 (25.81%) Cisco
5 161 (24.88%) HP
6 91 (14.06%) NetApp
7 85 (13.14%) EMC
8 78 (12.06%) Red Hat
9 65 (10.05%) Ivanti
10 60 (9.27%) Oracle
11 43 (6.65%) Palo Alto
12 40 (6.18%) CommVault
13 38 (5.87%) Dell
14 32 (4.95%) SAP
15 29 (4.48%) Software AG
15 29 (4.48%) webMethods
16 26 (4.02%) McAfee
16 26 (4.02%) Veeam
17 23 (3.55%) Juniper
17 23 (3.55%) Veritas