The first table below looks at the demand for the Desktop Support role in IT contracts advertised for the North West 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 April 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 North West 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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Desktop Support
Rank 83 104 119
Rank change year-on-year
+21 +15
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Support 55 16 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.73% 0.66% 0.56%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.89% 0.71% 0.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 5 7
Average daily rate £145 £125 £150
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.00% -16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £83 £110 £139
10% offered a daily rate of more than £219 £151 £233
UK excluding London average daily rate £160 £135 £135
% change year-on-year
+18.51% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 5 8
Average hourly rate £16.50 £15.00 £18.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% -17.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £13.60 £12.16
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.75 £15.90 £21.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £14.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+10.71% -6.66%
Job Titles Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
2915 2248 2813
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 91.87% 93.36% 91.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 1541 1068 1362
Average daily rate £350 £330 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +1.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £220 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £480 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+0.14% -0.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 206 183 187
Average hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% -5.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.69 £11.00 £11.37
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £52.47 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £17.45 £19.21
% change year-on-year
-2.57% -9.16%
Desktop Support
England

Desktop Support
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

Desktop Support Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Desktop Support
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Desktop Support Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Desktop Support
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

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

Desktop Support Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Desktop Support
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Desktop Support Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Desktop Support
Contract Job Locations in the North West

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 North West region over the 3 months to 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
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Job
Vacancies
Lancashire -3 25 £210 +78.72%
Manchester -8 11 £83 -49.23% 2
Cheshire -8 6 £134 -
Merseyside - 5 £150 - 1
Desktop Support
England

Desktop Support
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 79 (88.76%) Windows
2 60 (67.42%) Windows 7
3 42 (47.19%) Active Directory
4 41 (46.07%) Security Cleared
5 40 (44.94%) Windows XP
6 39 (43.82%) MS Office
7 34 (38.20%) Microsoft
7 34 (38.20%) SC Cleared
8 27 (30.34%) Citrix
9 21 (23.60%) Blackberry
10 19 (21.35%) Windows Vista
11 16 (17.98%) SCCM
11 16 (17.98%) SLA
12 15 (16.85%) Finance
13 11 (12.36%) AppSense
13 11 (12.36%) HP
13 11 (12.36%) MS Excel
14 10 (11.24%) CA
14 10 (11.24%) Windows Server 2003
14 10 (11.24%) Microsoft App-V
14 10 (11.24%) Lumension
14 10 (11.24%) Software Deployment
15 9 (10.11%) Migration
15 9 (10.11%) Microsoft Certification
15 9 (10.11%) DNS
16 8 (8.99%) MS Exchange
16 8 (8.99%) Windows Server 2008
17 7 (7.87%) Banking
17 7 (7.87%) TQM
17 7 (7.87%) DHCP

Desktop Support
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 8 (8.99%) MS Exchange
2 5 (5.62%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 5 (5.62%) IBM Notes
3 1 (1.12%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 39 (43.82%) MS Office
2 11 (12.36%) MS Excel
3 1 (1.12%) MS Visio
3 1 (1.12%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.12%) BPCS
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.12%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 9 (10.11%) DNS
2 7 (7.87%) DHCP
2 7 (7.87%) TCP/IP
3 6 (6.74%) 3G
4 5 (5.62%) Wi-Fi
4 5 (5.62%) VPN
5 3 (3.37%) SMS
6 2 (2.25%) WAN
6 2 (2.25%) LAN
7 1 (1.12%) Firewall
7 1 (1.12%) Wireless
7 1 (1.12%) SAN
General
1 15 (16.85%) Finance
2 7 (7.87%) Banking
3 3 (3.37%) Investment Banking
4 2 (2.25%) Legal
4 2 (2.25%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.12%) Back Office
5 1 (1.12%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.12%) Law
5 1 (1.12%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (2.25%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 21 (23.60%) Blackberry
2 3 (3.37%) Thin Client
2 3 (3.37%) Smartcard
2 3 (3.37%) Fat Client
3 1 (1.12%) NHS
3 1 (1.12%) Client/Server
3 1 (1.12%) PDA
3 1 (1.12%) EqualLogic
3 1 (1.12%) Social Media
3 1 (1.12%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 79 (88.76%) Windows
2 60 (67.42%) Windows 7
3 40 (44.94%) Windows XP
4 19 (21.35%) Windows Vista
5 10 (11.24%) Windows Server 2003
6 8 (8.99%) Windows Server 2008
7 6 (6.74%) Windows 2000
8 4 (4.49%) Apple iOS
8 4 (4.49%) Windows 8
8 4 (4.49%) NetWare
9 1 (1.12%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (11.24%) Software Deployment
2 9 (10.11%) Migration
3 7 (7.87%) TQM
4 5 (5.62%) Incident Management
5 4 (4.49%) ITSM
6 3 (3.37%) Problem Management
7 2 (2.25%) ITIL
7 2 (2.25%) Service Delivery
8 1 (1.12%) Change Management
8 1 (1.12%) Service Management
8 1 (1.12%) Configuration Management
8 1 (1.12%) Project Management
8 1 (1.12%) Data Protection
8 1 (1.12%) Continuous Improvement
8 1 (1.12%) Change Control
Programming Languages
1 4 (4.49%) PowerShell
1 4 (4.49%) VBScript
2 1 (1.12%) Java
Qualifications
1 41 (46.07%) Security Cleared
2 34 (38.20%) SC Cleared
3 9 (10.11%) Microsoft Certification
4 5 (5.62%) MCSE
5 1 (1.12%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (1.12%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (17.98%) SLA
2 1 (1.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 42 (47.19%) Active Directory
2 10 (11.24%) Microsoft App-V
3 4 (4.49%) XenDesktop
4 3 (3.37%) XenApp
5 2 (2.25%) Hyper-V
6 1 (1.12%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 16 (17.98%) SCCM
2 4 (4.49%) ServiceCenter
2 4 (4.49%) Backup Exec
3 1 (1.12%) Norton AntiVirus
3 1 (1.12%) WSUS
Vendors
1 34 (38.20%) Microsoft
2 27 (30.34%) Citrix
3 11 (12.36%) AppSense
3 11 (12.36%) HP
4 10 (11.24%) CA
4 10 (11.24%) Lumension
5 5 (5.62%) Lotus
5 5 (5.62%) Symantec
6 4 (4.49%) Novell
6 4 (4.49%) Dell
7 3 (3.37%) Apple
7 3 (3.37%) Reuters
7 3 (3.37%) Bloomberg
8 2 (2.25%) Cisco
8 2 (2.25%) IBM
9 1 (1.12%) Compaq
9 1 (1.12%) Avaya
9 1 (1.12%) Fujitsu
Manchester, Lancashire
Aston Carter
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