Period
to 13 April 2021

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 13 April 2021 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
13 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 408 333 417
Rank change year-on-year -75 +84 -25
Contract jobs citing vSphere 258 428 536
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.49% 0.71% 0.56%
As % of the System Software category 3.36% 4.63% 3.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 161 285 376
10th Percentile £315 £263 £230
25th Percentile £353 £350 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £420 £450 £425
Median % change year-on-year -6.67% +5.88% +5.92%
75th Percentile £500 £519 £538
90th Percentile £550 £550 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £441 £425
% change year-on-year -9.30% +3.76% +13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 16 30
10th Percentile £14.00 £15.38 £14.00
25th Percentile £18.50 £23.38 £17.66
Median hourly rate £44.50 £43.00 £40.79
Median % change year-on-year +3.49% +5.43% +59.94%
75th Percentile £46.50 £48.17 £48.69
90th Percentile £46.70 £50.47 £49.55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £16.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +15.63% -54.29% +39.57%

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 7,668 9,237 14,843
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.61% 15.42% 15.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,287 6,211 10,021
10th Percentile £235 £165 £180
25th Percentile £375 £320 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £450 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% -5.26% +5.56%
75th Percentile £575 £563 £575
90th Percentile £650 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £425 £425
% change year-on-year -2.94% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 286 508 656
10th Percentile £11.40 £11.26 £10.92
25th Percentile £13.54 £13.38 £12.76
Median hourly rate £20.00 £17.00 £16.00
Median % change year-on-year +17.65% +6.25% +3.23%
75th Percentile £45.94 £22.00 £25.75
90th Percentile £60.00 £47.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £15.48
% change year-on-year +6.06% +6.57% +3.22%

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 13 April 2021.

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 13 April 2021.

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 13 April 2021. 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 -54 204 £425 -5.56% 96
UK excluding London -5 129 £400 -9.30% 74
London -4 96 £450 -5.26% 28
Work from Home -183 72 £425 +11.48% 19
South East +49 59 £430 -4.44% 22
Scotland -15 23 £389 +1.63% 2
North of England +14 13 £400 +6.67% 13
Midlands +25 12 £375 +25.00% 13
Wales +28 11 £388 +19.23% 4
South West +9 11 £440 -7.37% 8
West Midlands +20 10 £395 +12.86% 5
North East +27 6 £400 +52.38% 3
North West +6 5 £355 -11.25% 7
East of England +24 3 - - 12
East Midlands +27 2 £275 +10.00% 8
Yorkshire +25 2 £500 +17.65% 3

For the 6 months to 13 April 2021, 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.

1 226 (87.60%) VMware
2 180 (69.77%) VMware Infrastructure
3 152 (58.91%) Windows
4 109 (42.25%) Microsoft
5 96 (37.21%) Security Cleared
6 90 (34.88%) Windows Server
7 82 (31.78%) vRealize
7 82 (31.78%) VMware ESXi
8 81 (31.40%) Active Directory
9 80 (31.01%) Azure
10 77 (29.84%) VSAN
11 75 (29.07%) SC Cleared
12 73 (28.29%) Linux
13 72 (27.91%) Data Centre
14 71 (27.52%) PowerShell
14 71 (27.52%) vCenter Server
15 68 (26.36%) Dell
16 64 (24.81%) VMware NSX
17 58 (22.48%) Firewall
18 56 (21.71%) Citrix
19 55 (21.32%) ITIL
19 55 (21.32%) Infrastructure Engineering
20 49 (18.99%) Cisco
21 47 (18.22%) AWS
21 47 (18.22%) HP
21 47 (18.22%) Migration
22 45 (17.44%) Windows Server 2016
23 44 (17.05%) Ansible
24 42 (16.28%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
25 40 (15.50%) Microsoft 365

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 11 (4.26%) MS Exchange
2 10 (3.88%) WebSphere
3 7 (2.71%) Skype for Business
4 6 (2.33%) SharePoint
5 5 (1.94%) Exchange Server 2010
5 5 (1.94%) OpenStack
6 4 (1.55%) Apache
6 4 (1.55%) Exchange Server 2013
6 4 (1.55%) IIS
7 3 (1.16%) SAS
8 2 (0.78%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 2 (0.78%) Cloud Foundry
8 2 (0.78%) nginx
9 1 (0.39%) Confluence
9 1 (0.39%) JBoss
9 1 (0.39%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 1 (0.39%) Site Server
9 1 (0.39%) WebLogic
Applications
1 8 (3.10%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.55%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (1.55%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 80 (31.01%) Azure
2 47 (18.22%) AWS
3 40 (15.50%) Microsoft 365
4 29 (11.24%) IaaS
5 13 (5.04%) Azure Active Directory
6 11 (4.26%) PaaS
7 10 (3.88%) GCP
8 9 (3.49%) GitHub
9 5 (1.94%) Amazon EC2
9 5 (1.94%) Amazon ELB
10 4 (1.55%) SaaS
10 4 (1.55%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 3 (1.16%) AWS CloudFormation
12 2 (0.78%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 2 (0.78%) Heroku
12 2 (0.78%) OpenShift
12 2 (0.78%) Yammer
13 1 (0.39%) Azure Stack
13 1 (0.39%) Cohesity
Communications & Networking
1 77 (29.84%) VSAN
2 58 (22.48%) Firewall
3 36 (13.95%) DNS
4 31 (12.02%) WAN
5 27 (10.47%) SAN
6 25 (9.69%) DHCP
6 25 (9.69%) VLAN
7 21 (8.14%) LAN
7 21 (8.14%) VPN
8 18 (6.98%) Ethernet
8 18 (6.98%) Remote Desktop
9 13 (5.04%) Fibre Channel
9 13 (5.04%) NetScaler
10 11 (4.26%) iSCSI
10 11 (4.26%) Skype
11 10 (3.88%) Wireless
12 9 (3.49%) TCP/IP
13 8 (3.10%) Cisco Nexus
13 8 (3.10%) SNMP
14 7 (2.71%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (7.36%) SQL Server
2 10 (3.88%) Hadoop
3 9 (3.49%) DB2
4 8 (3.10%) HBase
5 6 (2.33%) Azure SQL Database
5 6 (2.33%) Cosmos DB
6 2 (0.78%) GIS
6 2 (0.78%) MySQL
7 1 (0.39%) Amazon RDS
7 1 (0.39%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.39%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (0.39%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 27 (10.47%) Jenkins
2 19 (7.36%) Git (software)
3 11 (4.26%) GitLab
4 8 (3.10%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 8 (3.10%) JIRA
5 6 (2.33%) Visual Studio Team System
6 4 (1.55%) Artifactory
6 4 (1.55%) Rational Quality Manager
6 4 (1.55%) Rational Team Concert
7 3 (1.16%) Hudson
7 3 (1.16%) Octopus Deploy
7 3 (1.16%) Sonatype Nexus
8 2 (0.78%) CF BOSH
8 2 (0.78%) IBM UrbanCode
8 2 (0.78%) Maven
8 2 (0.78%) MSI
8 2 (0.78%) TeamCity
9 1 (0.39%) Bitbucket
9 1 (0.39%) GCC
General
1 37 (14.34%) Finance
2 18 (6.98%) Public Sector
3 11 (4.26%) Banking
4 4 (1.55%) Marketing
5 3 (1.16%) Financial Institution
5 3 (1.16%) Law
6 2 (0.78%) Local Government
6 2 (0.78%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.39%) Electronics
7 1 (0.39%) French Language
7 1 (0.39%) International Banking
7 1 (0.39%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.39%) Military
7 1 (0.39%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.39%) Police
7 1 (0.39%) Publishing
7 1 (0.39%) Retail
Job Titles
1 49 (18.99%) VMware Engineer
2 44 (17.05%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 39 (15.12%) Architect
4 24 (9.30%) Infrastructure Architect
5 20 (7.75%) Consultant
5 20 (7.75%) Virtualisation Engineer
6 15 (5.81%) VMware Consultant
6 15 (5.81%) Windows Engineer
7 14 (5.43%) DevOps Engineer
7 14 (5.43%) VMware Architect
8 13 (5.04%) Server Engineer
9 12 (4.65%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 11 (4.26%) Administrator
10 11 (4.26%) Cloud Engineer
10 11 (4.26%) Linux Engineer
11 9 (3.49%) Support Engineer
12 8 (3.10%) Cloud Architect
13 7 (2.71%) Developer
13 7 (2.71%) Systems Administrator
13 7 (2.71%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (5.04%) XML
2 11 (4.26%) JSON
3 10 (3.88%) WebSphere MQ
4 9 (3.49%) REST
5 6 (2.33%) Elastic Stack
5 6 (2.33%) Swagger
6 4 (1.55%) gRPC
6 4 (1.55%) RESTful
7 3 (1.16%) OAuth
7 3 (1.16%) SAML
7 3 (1.16%) Web Services
8 2 (0.78%) AngularJS
8 2 (0.78%) Django
8 2 (0.78%) J2EE
8 2 (0.78%) Middleware
8 2 (0.78%) Node.js
8 2 (0.78%) OAuth2
8 2 (0.78%) ServiceStack
8 2 (0.78%) Spring
8 2 (0.78%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 72 (27.91%) Data Centre
2 27 (10.47%) Private Cloud
3 17 (6.59%) Hybrid Cloud
4 15 (5.81%) Clustering
5 14 (5.43%) Public Cloud
5 14 (5.43%) Replication
6 10 (3.88%) Analytical Skills
7 9 (3.49%) PKI
8 8 (3.10%) Cloud Native
9 6 (2.33%) Greenfield Project
10 5 (1.94%) CMDB
10 5 (1.94%) Enterprise Cloud
11 4 (1.55%) EMC VMAX
11 4 (1.55%) Enterprise Storage
11 4 (1.55%) NHS
11 4 (1.55%) VxBlock/Vblock
12 3 (1.16%) Management Information System
12 3 (1.16%) Self-Motivation
13 2 (0.78%) EMC VNX
13 2 (0.78%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 152 (58.91%) Windows
2 90 (34.88%) Windows Server
3 73 (28.29%) Linux
4 45 (17.44%) Windows Server 2016
5 38 (14.73%) Windows Server 2012
6 32 (12.40%) Windows 10
7 28 (10.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 26 (10.08%) Windows Server 2008
9 21 (8.14%) Windows Server 2019
10 13 (5.04%) Unix
11 12 (4.65%) Windows 7
12 11 (4.26%) CentOS
13 9 (3.49%) Ubuntu
14 8 (3.10%) VMS
15 5 (1.94%) Windows 2000
15 5 (1.94%) Windows Server 2003
16 4 (1.55%) Windows 8
17 3 (1.16%) Android
18 2 (0.78%) AIX
18 2 (0.78%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (21.32%) Infrastructure Engineering
1 55 (21.32%) ITIL
2 47 (18.22%) Migration
3 31 (12.02%) DevOps
4 30 (11.63%) Configuration Management
5 24 (9.30%) Agile Software Development
6 23 (8.91%) Load Balancing
6 23 (8.91%) Storage Management
7 22 (8.53%) High Availability
8 17 (6.59%) Deployment Automation
9 16 (6.20%) Converged Infrastructure
10 15 (5.81%) Service Management
11 14 (5.43%) Change Management
11 14 (5.43%) Root Cause Analysis
12 12 (4.65%) Capacity Management
12 12 (4.65%) Service Delivery
13 11 (4.26%) Cybersecurity
13 11 (4.26%) Disaster Recovery
13 11 (4.26%) Incident Management
13 11 (4.26%) Infrastructure as Code
Programming Languages
1 71 (27.52%) PowerShell
2 27 (10.47%) Python
3 18 (6.98%) Bash Shell
4 14 (5.43%) SQL
5 11 (4.26%) Java
6 8 (3.10%) Go
7 5 (1.94%) C#
7 5 (1.94%) Ruby
8 4 (1.55%) Groovy
8 4 (1.55%) VBScript
9 3 (1.16%) C
9 3 (1.16%) JavaScript
9 3 (1.16%) VB
10 2 (0.78%) Perl
11 1 (0.39%) XPath
Qualifications
1 96 (37.21%) Security Cleared
2 75 (29.07%) SC Cleared
3 42 (16.28%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 22 (8.53%) DV Cleared
5 21 (8.14%) VCAP
6 18 (6.98%) VCP6
7 15 (5.81%) Microsoft Certification
8 14 (5.43%) Cisco Certification
9 12 (4.65%) Degree
10 11 (4.26%) CCNP
10 11 (4.26%) VCDX
11 10 (3.88%) RHCA
12 9 (3.49%) TOGAF Certification
13 8 (3.10%) CCNA
13 8 (3.10%) MCSA
14 7 (2.71%) MCSE
15 6 (2.33%) MCITP
16 5 (1.94%) Citrix Certification
17 4 (1.55%) CCA
18 3 (1.16%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (4.26%) SLA
2 3 (1.16%) GMP
3 2 (0.78%) QA
3 2 (0.78%) SEPA
4 1 (0.39%) Def Stans
4 1 (0.39%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.39%) NCSC
System Software
1 180 (69.77%) VMware Infrastructure
2 82 (31.78%) VMware ESXi
3 81 (31.40%) Active Directory
4 64 (24.81%) VMware NSX
5 27 (10.47%) Hyper-V
6 23 (8.91%) Virtual Machines
7 18 (6.98%) Virtual Desktop
8 17 (6.59%) vCloud
9 16 (6.20%) Docker
10 15 (5.81%) XenApp
11 10 (3.88%) NFS
11 10 (3.88%) VMFS
12 9 (3.49%) XenDesktop
13 8 (3.10%) HDFS
14 7 (2.71%) Microsoft App-V
15 4 (1.55%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 4 (1.55%) EMC RecoverPoint
16 3 (1.16%) Firmware
16 3 (1.16%) UAG
16 3 (1.16%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 82 (31.78%) vRealize
2 71 (27.52%) vCenter Server
3 44 (17.05%) Ansible
4 33 (12.79%) vRealize Orchestrator
5 29 (11.24%) SCCM
6 26 (10.08%) PowerCLI
7 19 (7.36%) Opscode Chef
7 19 (7.36%) Terraform
8 16 (6.20%) Puppet
9 14 (5.43%) SCOM
10 12 (4.65%) Kubernetes
10 12 (4.65%) Microsoft Intune
11 11 (4.26%) vMotion
12 10 (3.88%) Tivoli
13 9 (3.49%) NetBackup
14 7 (2.71%) Grafana
14 7 (2.71%) WSUS
15 6 (2.33%) Prometheus
15 6 (2.33%) ZABBIX
16 5 (1.94%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 226 (87.60%) VMware
2 109 (42.25%) Microsoft
3 68 (26.36%) Dell
4 56 (21.71%) Citrix
5 49 (18.99%) Cisco
6 47 (18.22%) HP
7 34 (13.18%) EMC
8 26 (10.08%) IBM
9 21 (8.14%) Red Hat
10 13 (5.04%) BMC
10 13 (5.04%) Juniper
11 11 (4.26%) Veeam
12 10 (3.88%) CA
12 10 (3.88%) Google
12 10 (3.88%) Palo Alto
12 10 (3.88%) SolarWinds
13 9 (3.49%) McAfee
13 9 (3.49%) NetApp
13 9 (3.49%) ServiceNow
14 8 (3.10%) Oracle