The table below looks at the statistics for the Desktop Support role in IT contracts advertised for the Manchester 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 18 December 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

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
18 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Desktop Support
Rank 79 68 78
Rank change year-on-year
-11 +10
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Support 10 11 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 0.71% 0.94% 0.41%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.76% 1.02% 0.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 2 0
Average daily rate
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£212 £205 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.41% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £150 £148 £135
% change year-on-year
+1.69% +9.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 3 1
Average hourly rate £15.00 £19.00 £13.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-21.05% +40.74%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -3.33%
Desktop Support
North West

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the Manchester region. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
Manchester
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
1319 1082 1110
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 93.55% 92.64% 90.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 794 560 581
Average daily rate £325 £350 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.14% +9.37%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £205 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 70 66 86
Average hourly rate £13.44 £21.00 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-36.02% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.13 £35.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -5.55%

Desktop Support
Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

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

Desktop Support Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

Desktop Support
Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Desktop Support Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

Desktop Support
Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Desktop Support across the Manchester region over the 3 months to 18 December 2014.

Desktop Support Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

Desktop Support
Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Desktop Support Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

Desktop Support
Contract Job Locations in Manchester

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 Manchester region over the 3 months to 18 December 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
Bury - - - -
Oldham - - - -
Desktop Support
North West

Desktop Support
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 18 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester 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 24 (75.00%) Windows
2 20 (62.50%) Active Directory
3 15 (46.88%) Windows 7
4 11 (34.38%) Windows XP
5 10 (31.25%) Microsoft
6 9 (28.13%) MS Office
7 8 (25.00%) Citrix
8 5 (15.63%) VPN
8 5 (15.63%) Windows Server 2008
9 4 (12.50%) SCCM
9 4 (12.50%) MS Exchange
9 4 (12.50%) Windows 2000
9 4 (12.50%) MS Excel
9 4 (12.50%) Adobe
9 4 (12.50%) HP
9 4 (12.50%) Blackberry
9 4 (12.50%) Finance
10 3 (9.38%) Windows Vista
10 3 (9.38%) Windows Server 2003
10 3 (9.38%) Novell
10 3 (9.38%) NetWare
10 3 (9.38%) SC Cleared
10 3 (9.38%) Security Cleared
10 3 (9.38%) PowerShell
10 3 (9.38%) Analytical Skills
11 2 (6.25%) Symantec
11 2 (6.25%) Coaching
11 2 (6.25%) Line Management
11 2 (6.25%) XenApp
11 2 (6.25%) XenDesktop

Desktop Support
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 18 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester 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 (12.50%) MS Exchange
2 2 (6.25%) IBM Notes
2 2 (6.25%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 1 (3.13%) Site Server
Applications
1 9 (28.13%) MS Office
2 4 (12.50%) MS Excel
3 1 (3.13%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.13%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 5 (15.63%) VPN
2 1 (3.13%) Intranet
2 1 (3.13%) Internet
2 1 (3.13%) TCP/IP
2 1 (3.13%) LAN
2 1 (3.13%) WAN
General
1 4 (12.50%) Finance
2 1 (3.13%) Local Government
Miscellaneous
1 4 (12.50%) Blackberry
2 3 (9.38%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (6.25%) iPad
4 1 (3.13%) Statistics
4 1 (3.13%) CMDB
4 1 (3.13%) Management Information System
4 1 (3.13%) Handset
4 1 (3.13%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 24 (75.00%) Windows
2 15 (46.88%) Windows 7
3 11 (34.38%) Windows XP
4 5 (15.63%) Windows Server 2008
5 4 (12.50%) Windows 2000
6 3 (9.38%) Windows Vista
6 3 (9.38%) Windows Server 2003
6 3 (9.38%) NetWare
7 2 (6.25%) Apple iOS
8 1 (3.13%) Mac OS X
8 1 (3.13%) Windows 8
8 1 (3.13%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (6.25%) Coaching
1 2 (6.25%) Line Management
1 2 (6.25%) Continuous Improvement
1 2 (6.25%) ITIL
1 2 (6.25%) Service Management
1 2 (6.25%) ITSM
2 1 (3.13%) User Acceptance Testing
2 1 (3.13%) Migration
2 1 (3.13%) Change Management
2 1 (3.13%) Configuration Management
2 1 (3.13%) Project Management
2 1 (3.13%) E-Commerce
2 1 (3.13%) Change Control
2 1 (3.13%) Time Management
2 1 (3.13%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 3 (9.38%) PowerShell
2 2 (6.25%) VBScript
3 1 (3.13%) VB
Qualifications
1 3 (9.38%) SC Cleared
1 3 (9.38%) Security Cleared
2 2 (6.25%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (3.13%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.13%) QA
1 1 (3.13%) SLA
System Software
1 20 (62.50%) Active Directory
2 2 (6.25%) XenApp
2 2 (6.25%) XenDesktop
3 1 (3.13%) Terminal Services
3 1 (3.13%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 4 (12.50%) SCCM
2 2 (6.25%) ServiceCenter
3 1 (3.13%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 10 (31.25%) Microsoft
2 8 (25.00%) Citrix
3 4 (12.50%) Adobe
3 4 (12.50%) HP
4 3 (9.38%) Novell
5 2 (6.25%) Symantec
5 2 (6.25%) Lotus
6 1 (3.13%) Wyse
6 1 (3.13%) Kofax
6 1 (3.13%) VMware
6 1 (3.13%) Avaya
6 1 (3.13%) Intel
6 1 (3.13%) Cisco