The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for vSphere skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited vSphere over the 3 months to 23 June 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
England / West Midlands
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 113 120 114
Rank change year-on-year +7 -6  
Contract jobs citing vSphere 8 16 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.39% 0.53% 0.37%
As % of the System Software category 3.24% 5.03% 3.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 11 8
Median daily rate £238 £340 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -30.14% +13.33%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £360 £350
% change year-on-year +4.16% +2.85%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £12.50 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.28 £44.00 £18.75
% change year-on-year -63.00% +134.66%  

vSphere is in the system software skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for system software skills.

Contract System Software Skills
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 247 318 232
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 12.16% 10.56% 9.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 165 176 124
Median daily rate £375 £395 £346
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.06% +14.07%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £135 £175 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £492 £469
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year +7.14% +6.06%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 23 40
Median hourly rate £14.22 £12.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.72% -24.24%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.00 £10.09
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.19 £17.50 £26.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.09 £21.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -25.16% +22.85%  

vSphere
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands citing vSphere as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the System Software category.

Job vacancy trend for vSphere in the West Midlands

vSphere
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing vSphere in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for vSphere in the West Midlands

vSphere
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing vSphere in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for vSphere in the West Midlands

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Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing vSphere within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 23 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham +15 4 £281 -2.17% 2
vSphere
England

For the 6 months to 23 June 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for vSphere.

1 11 (91.67%) VMware
2 10 (83.33%) Windows
3 9 (75.00%) Active Directory
4 8 (66.67%) MS Exchange
4 8 (66.67%) Microsoft
5 7 (58.33%) Windows Server
6 5 (41.67%) Security Patching
6 5 (41.67%) ITIL
6 5 (41.67%) Citrix
6 5 (41.67%) Degree
6 5 (41.67%) Exchange Server 2010
7 4 (33.33%) ITIL V3
7 4 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
7 4 (33.33%) XenApp
7 4 (33.33%) VMware Infrastructure
7 4 (33.33%) Service Management
7 4 (33.33%) Disaster Recovery
7 4 (33.33%) CommVault
7 4 (33.33%) NetApp
7 4 (33.33%) EMC
7 4 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
7 4 (33.33%) Capacity Planning
8 3 (25.00%) Cisco
8 3 (25.00%) SQL
8 3 (25.00%) SQL Server
9 2 (16.67%) SharePoint
9 2 (16.67%) HP
9 2 (16.67%) Windows 7
9 2 (16.67%) Amazon AWS
9 2 (16.67%) Windows Server 2012

vSphere
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 8 (66.67%) MS Exchange
2 5 (41.67%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (16.67%) Exchange Server 2013
3 2 (16.67%) SharePoint
3 2 (16.67%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (8.33%) CloudStack
4 1 (8.33%) OpenStack
4 1 (8.33%) Skype for Business
Cloud Services
1 2 (16.67%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (8.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (8.33%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (8.33%) 3G
1 1 (8.33%) Firewall
1 1 (8.33%) Internet
1 1 (8.33%) Intranet
1 1 (8.33%) LAN
1 1 (8.33%) SAN
1 1 (8.33%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (25.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (8.33%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (8.33%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 1 (8.33%) MSI
General
1 1 (8.33%) Finance
Job Titles
1 4 (33.33%) Administrator
1 4 (33.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 2 (16.67%) SharePoint Administrator
2 2 (16.67%) Systems Administrator
2 2 (16.67%) Windows Administrator
2 2 (16.67%) Windows Systems Administrator
3 1 (8.33%) 3rd Line Engineer
3 1 (8.33%) Cloud Engineer
3 1 (8.33%) DevOps Engineer
3 1 (8.33%) Senior Support Engineer
3 1 (8.33%) Senior Technical Engineer
3 1 (8.33%) Senior Technical Support
3 1 (8.33%) Senior Technical Support Engineer
3 1 (8.33%) SharePoint Support
3 1 (8.33%) Support Engineer
3 1 (8.33%) Technical Engineer
3 1 (8.33%) Technical Support
3 1 (8.33%) Technical Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (8.33%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 4 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (8.33%) Computer Science
2 1 (8.33%) HP Storage
Operating Systems
1 10 (83.33%) Windows
2 7 (58.33%) Windows Server
3 4 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (16.67%) Windows 7
4 2 (16.67%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (8.33%) Linux
5 1 (8.33%) Unix
5 1 (8.33%) Windows 10
5 1 (8.33%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (8.33%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (41.67%) ITIL
1 5 (41.67%) Security Patching
2 4 (33.33%) Capacity Planning
2 4 (33.33%) Disaster Recovery
2 4 (33.33%) ITIL V3
2 4 (33.33%) Service Management
3 1 (8.33%) Computer Security
3 1 (8.33%) DevOps
3 1 (8.33%) High Availability
3 1 (8.33%) IT Strategy
3 1 (8.33%) Kalman Filter
3 1 (8.33%) Open Source
3 1 (8.33%) Stakeholder Management
3 1 (8.33%) Technical Analysis
3 1 (8.33%) Web Filtering
Programming Languages
1 3 (25.00%) SQL
2 1 (8.33%) Bash Shell
2 1 (8.33%) PowerShell
2 1 (8.33%) Python
2 1 (8.33%) Ruby
2 1 (8.33%) Shell Script
2 1 (8.33%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 5 (41.67%) Degree
2 1 (8.33%) Computer Science Degree
System Software
1 9 (75.00%) Active Directory
2 4 (33.33%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (33.33%) XenApp
3 1 (8.33%) Hyper-V
3 1 (8.33%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (8.33%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (8.33%) Xen
3 1 (8.33%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 1 (8.33%) Backup Exec
1 1 (8.33%) Cobbler
1 1 (8.33%) Opscode Chef
1 1 (8.33%) Puppet
1 1 (8.33%) SCCM
Vendors
1 11 (91.67%) VMware
2 8 (66.67%) Microsoft
3 5 (41.67%) Citrix
4 4 (33.33%) CommVault
4 4 (33.33%) EMC
4 4 (33.33%) NetApp
5 3 (25.00%) Cisco
6 2 (16.67%) HP
7 1 (8.33%) Dell
7 1 (8.33%) Kaspersky
7 1 (8.33%) Nortel
7 1 (8.33%) Veeam