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 9 February 2016 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
9 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Desktop Support
Rank 96 79 76
Rank change year-on-year
-17 -3
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Support 9 10 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 0.49% 0.71% 0.87%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.52% 0.74% 0.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 4 1
Average daily rate £140 £183 £80
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-23.28% +128.12%
UK excluding London average daily rate £150 £140 £146
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -4.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 6 1
Average hourly rate £16.00 £13.94 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.81% -26.65%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.40 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year
-4.00% -3.22%
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
1729 1358 1101
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 94.95% 95.77% 95.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 998 789 586
Average daily rate £370 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.71% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £263 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 58 52
Average hourly rate £17.30 £14.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+19.31% -17.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £29.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -

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
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
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, 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 14 (82.35%) Windows
2 12 (70.59%) Active Directory
3 10 (58.82%) Windows 7
4 4 (23.53%) Microsoft
5 3 (17.65%) LAN
5 3 (17.65%) WAN
5 3 (17.65%) MS Excel
5 3 (17.65%) MS Office
6 2 (11.76%) Office 365
6 2 (11.76%) Citrix
6 2 (11.76%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (11.76%) SQL
6 2 (11.76%) Adobe
6 2 (11.76%) Windows 8
6 2 (11.76%) SCCM
7 1 (5.88%) SC Cleared
7 1 (5.88%) Security Cleared
7 1 (5.88%) Kaspersky
7 1 (5.88%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (5.88%) Mac OS
7 1 (5.88%) XenApp
7 1 (5.88%) Software Licensing
7 1 (5.88%) Analytical Skills
7 1 (5.88%) Windows 10
7 1 (5.88%) Skype for Business
7 1 (5.88%) Retail
7 1 (5.88%) MCITP
7 1 (5.88%) VLAN
7 1 (5.88%) Mathematics
7 1 (5.88%) LANDesk

Desktop Support
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, 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 1 (5.88%) MS Exchange
1 1 (5.88%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 3 (17.65%) MS Excel
1 3 (17.65%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 2 (11.76%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (17.65%) LAN
1 3 (17.65%) WAN
2 1 (5.88%) Ethernet
2 1 (5.88%) TCP/IP
2 1 (5.88%) VLAN
2 1 (5.88%) VoIP
2 1 (5.88%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.88%) SQL Server
1 1 (5.88%) SQL Server 2008
1 1 (5.88%) SQL Server 2012
General
1 1 (5.88%) Legal
1 1 (5.88%) Retail
Miscellaneous
1 1 (5.88%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (5.88%) Management Information System
1 1 (5.88%) Mathematics
1 1 (5.88%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 14 (82.35%) Windows
2 10 (58.82%) Windows 7
3 2 (11.76%) Windows 8
4 1 (5.88%) Mac OS
4 1 (5.88%) Windows 10
4 1 (5.88%) Windows Server
4 1 (5.88%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (5.88%) Information Security
1 1 (5.88%) Migration
1 1 (5.88%) Software Licensing
Programming Languages
1 2 (11.76%) SQL
2 1 (5.88%) C
Qualifications
1 2 (11.76%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (5.88%) MCITP
2 1 (5.88%) MCSE
2 1 (5.88%) SC Cleared
2 1 (5.88%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.88%) SLA
System Software
1 12 (70.59%) Active Directory
2 1 (5.88%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 2 (11.76%) SCCM
Vendors
1 4 (23.53%) Microsoft
2 2 (11.76%) Adobe
2 2 (11.76%) Citrix
3 1 (5.88%) Cisco
3 1 (5.88%) Kaspersky
3 1 (5.88%) LANDesk
3 1 (5.88%) Sophos
3 1 (5.88%) VMware