The first table below looks at the demand for the Desktop Support role in IT contracts advertised for the Cheshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Desktop Support in their job title over the 3 months to 29 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles advertised for the Cheshire region.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
29 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Desktop Support
Rank 51 55 57
Rank change year-on-year
+4 +2
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Support 15 12 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 1.87% 1.56% 1.06%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.99% 1.72% 1.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 3 3
Average daily rate
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£205 £80 £170
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+156.25% -52.94%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £201 £80 £110
10% offered a daily rate of more than £249 £156 £194
UK excluding London average daily rate £164 £150 £135
% change year-on-year
+9.16% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 6 6
Average hourly rate £16.08 £15.92 £19.34
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.00% -17.68%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.80 £15.00 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.84 £20.00 £22.41
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £14.58
% change year-on-year
-3.22% +6.34%
Job Titles Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
754 698 789
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 93.90% 91.00% 93.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 399 283 435
Average daily rate £375 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £211 £200 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £465
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 46 46
Average hourly rate £15.50 £31.56 £20.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-50.87% +52.07%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.00 £12.13 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £47.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%
Desktop Support
North West

Desktop Support
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Desktop Support in the job title across the Cheshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Desktop Support Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

Desktop Support
Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Desktop Support across the Cheshire region.

Desktop Support Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

Desktop Support
Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Desktop Support across the Cheshire region.

Desktop Support Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

Desktop Support
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Desktop Support within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 29 July 2014. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Warrington -19 1 - -
Wilmslow - 1 - -
Desktop Support
North West

Desktop Support
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 29 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region that cited Desktop Support in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Desktop Support in their job title.

1 18 (94.74%) Windows
2 13 (68.42%) Windows 7
3 10 (52.63%) Active Directory
4 8 (42.11%) Microsoft
5 7 (36.84%) Windows XP
6 6 (31.58%) VPN
6 6 (31.58%) ITIL
6 6 (31.58%) SC Cleared
6 6 (31.58%) Security Cleared
7 5 (26.32%) SLA
7 5 (26.32%) Symantec
8 4 (21.05%) Windows Server 2003
8 4 (21.05%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 4 (21.05%) Microsoft Certification
9 3 (15.79%) Citrix
9 3 (15.79%) Cisco
9 3 (15.79%) MS Exchange
9 3 (15.79%) TCP/IP
9 3 (15.79%) MS Office
9 3 (15.79%) Service Management
9 3 (15.79%) Wireless
9 3 (15.79%) Finance
9 3 (15.79%) Windows Vista
9 3 (15.79%) Windows Server 2008
10 2 (10.53%) iPad
10 2 (10.53%) Banking
10 2 (10.53%) Handset
10 2 (10.53%) VMware
10 2 (10.53%) Management Information System
10 2 (10.53%) Local Government

Desktop Support
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 29 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region that cited Desktop Support in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Desktop Support in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 4 (21.05%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 3 (15.79%) MS Exchange
3 2 (10.53%) SharePoint
4 1 (5.26%) Exchange Server 2003
4 1 (5.26%) Lync
Applications
1 3 (15.79%) MS Office
2 2 (10.53%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 6 (31.58%) VPN
2 3 (15.79%) TCP/IP
2 3 (15.79%) Wireless
3 1 (5.26%) Firewall
General
1 3 (15.79%) Finance
2 2 (10.53%) Banking
2 2 (10.53%) Local Government
3 1 (5.26%) Retail
3 1 (5.26%) Manufacturing
3 1 (5.26%) Financial Institution
3 1 (5.26%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.26%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 2 (10.53%) Blackberry
1 2 (10.53%) Management Information System
1 2 (10.53%) Handset
1 2 (10.53%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 18 (94.74%) Windows
2 13 (68.42%) Windows 7
3 7 (36.84%) Windows XP
4 4 (21.05%) Windows Server 2003
5 3 (15.79%) Windows Vista
5 3 (15.79%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (5.26%) Windows 2000 Server
6 1 (5.26%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (31.58%) ITIL
2 3 (15.79%) Service Management
3 2 (10.53%) ITIL V3
4 1 (5.26%) Continuous Improvement
4 1 (5.26%) Change Control
4 1 (5.26%) Software Deployment
4 1 (5.26%) Service Delivery
4 1 (5.26%) Disaster Recovery
4 1 (5.26%) Business Continuity
4 1 (5.26%) Web Development
4 1 (5.26%) Problem Management
4 1 (5.26%) Release Management
4 1 (5.26%) Product Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (5.26%) VB
1 1 (5.26%) Shell Script
1 1 (5.26%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 6 (31.58%) SC Cleared
1 6 (31.58%) Security Cleared
2 4 (21.05%) Microsoft Certification
3 2 (10.53%) MCDST
4 1 (5.26%) MCSE
4 1 (5.26%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (26.32%) SLA
System Software
1 10 (52.63%) Active Directory
2 1 (5.26%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 2 (10.53%) SCCM
1 2 (10.53%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
2 1 (5.26%) Norton AntiVirus
2 1 (5.26%) Business Desktop Deployment
Vendors
1 8 (42.11%) Microsoft
2 5 (26.32%) Symantec
3 3 (15.79%) Citrix
3 3 (15.79%) Cisco
4 2 (10.53%) VMware
5 1 (5.26%) CA