The table below looks at the statistics for the Desktop Engineer role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Desktop Engineer in their job title over the 3 months to 29 August 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Desktop Engineer
Rank 300 336 321
Rank change year-on-year
+36 -15
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Engineer 354 269 306
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.63% 0.51% 0.53%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.68% 0.55% 0.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 159 101 96
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£168 £178 £160
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.63% +10.93%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £100 £103
10% offered a daily rate of more than £281 £370 £335
UK excluding London average daily rate £165 £150 £130
% change year-on-year
+10.00% +15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 84 100 104
Average hourly rate £15.08 £15.00 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.50% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.46 £12.00 £11.89
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £19.00 £20.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.25 £14.50
% change year-on-year
+5.26% -1.72%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. 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
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
52093 48868 53723
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.10% 92.73% 92.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 31576 29013 30174
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £233 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2015 2118 2639
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -5.55%

Desktop Engineer
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Desktop Engineer Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Desktop Engineer
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Desktop Engineer within the UK.

Desktop Engineer Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Desktop Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Desktop Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 29 August 2014.

Desktop Engineer Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Desktop Engineer
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Desktop Engineer within the UK.

Desktop Engineer Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Desktop Engineer
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Desktop Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 29 August 2014.

Desktop Engineer Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Desktop Engineer
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Desktop Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 29 August 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
England +31 318 £175 -6.66% 37
London +18 106 £173 -16.86% 18
South East +24 97 £190 +16.92% 6
City of London +24 31 £213 +28.78% 4
North West +9 31 £193 +2.66%
Hampshire -11 27 £225 +18.42%
Berkshire +29 26 £331 +65.62% 2
Scotland -5 21 £125 -21.87% 3
East of England -23 21 £150 +6.19% 3
West Midlands -6 19 £150 +76.47% 1
South West -41 16 £173 +58.62% 7
Reading +21 14 £400 - 2
Yorkshire +3 13 £185 +40.95% 2
Surrey +2 13 £150 -20.00%
Oxfordshire +6 10 £112 - 1
West Sussex +4 10 £128 -27.14%
Aberdeen +15 8 £110 +22.22%
East Midlands +3 8 £133 -18.46%
Manchester -6 8 £185 +0.68%
Merseyside - 7 £200 -
Basingstoke +19 6 £120 -33.33%
Birmingham +2 6 £150 - 1
Edinburgh -5 6 £130 +44.44% 2
Devon -6 6 £115 - 2
West Yorkshire +1 5 - - 1
Portsmouth -3 5 £120 +33.33%
Essex -5 5 - -
Kent -6 5 £350 +161.19% 2
Hayes - 5 - -
South Yorkshire +4 4 - -

Desktop Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Desktop Engineer 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 Engineer in their job title.

1 559 (76.89%) Windows
2 405 (55.71%) Windows 7
3 273 (37.55%) Microsoft
4 265 (36.45%) Active Directory
5 248 (34.11%) Windows XP
6 233 (32.05%) MS Office
7 146 (20.08%) Security Cleared
8 139 (19.12%) SCCM
9 133 (18.29%) Citrix
10 126 (17.33%) SC Cleared
11 90 (12.38%) ITIL
12 89 (12.24%) Blackberry
13 85 (11.69%) Windows Server 2003
14 84 (11.55%) Windows Server 2008
15 81 (11.14%) MS Excel
16 78 (10.73%) MS Exchange
17 71 (9.77%) Migration
18 69 (9.49%) Finance
19 62 (8.53%) SLA
20 59 (8.12%) Windows Vista
21 45 (6.19%) Windows 8
22 41 (5.64%) Banking
22 41 (5.64%) Cisco
23 39 (5.36%) DNS
23 39 (5.36%) VMware
24 36 (4.95%) TCP/IP
25 35 (4.81%) DHCP
25 35 (4.81%) Microsoft App-V
26 33 (4.54%) VPN
26 33 (4.54%) Microsoft Certification

Desktop Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Desktop Engineer 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 Engineer in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 78 (10.73%) MS Exchange
2 24 (3.30%) IBM Notes
3 22 (3.03%) Lync
4 21 (2.89%) Exchange Server 2010
4 21 (2.89%) SharePoint
5 14 (1.93%) Exchange Server 2003
6 13 (1.79%) Exchange Server 2007
7 10 (1.38%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 6 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2013
8 6 (0.83%) Lotus Domino
9 4 (0.55%) SharePoint 2013
10 1 (0.14%) Documentum
10 1 (0.14%) Site Server
10 1 (0.14%) Captiva
10 1 (0.14%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 233 (32.05%) MS Office
2 81 (11.14%) MS Excel
3 8 (1.10%) MS Visio
3 8 (1.10%) MS Project
4 6 (0.83%) Acrobat
5 4 (0.55%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.14%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 3 (0.41%) Eikon
2 1 (0.14%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.14%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.14%) 3000 Xtra
2 1 (0.14%) Sage 300 ERP
Cloud Services
1 13 (1.79%) Office 365
2 2 (0.28%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 39 (5.36%) DNS
2 36 (4.95%) TCP/IP
3 35 (4.81%) DHCP
4 33 (4.54%) VPN
5 32 (4.40%) LAN
6 19 (2.61%) WAN
7 15 (2.06%) Wireless
8 13 (1.79%) Firewall
8 13 (1.79%) Wi-Fi
8 13 (1.79%) Internet
9 11 (1.51%) 3G
10 9 (1.24%) VoIP
11 8 (1.10%) SMS
12 5 (0.69%) WLAN
13 4 (0.55%) Broadband
13 4 (0.55%) NetScaler
14 3 (0.41%) IP Telephony
15 2 (0.28%) VLAN
15 2 (0.28%) Cisco IOS
15 2 (0.28%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (0.83%) SQL Server
2 3 (0.41%) DTS
3 1 (0.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (0.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (0.14%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (0.14%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (0.14%) DB2
3 1 (0.14%) MS Access
3 1 (0.14%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 10 (1.38%) MSI
2 4 (0.55%) AdminStudio
3 1 (0.14%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.14%) InstallShield
3 1 (0.14%) Visual Studio
General
1 69 (9.49%) Finance
2 41 (5.64%) Banking
3 7 (0.96%) Investment Banking
4 6 (0.83%) Legal
4 6 (0.83%) Back Office
4 6 (0.83%) Telecoms
5 4 (0.55%) Manufacturing
6 3 (0.41%) Law
7 2 (0.28%) Advertising
7 2 (0.28%) Financial Institution
7 2 (0.28%) German Language
8 1 (0.14%) Japanese Language
8 1 (0.14%) Polish Language
8 1 (0.14%) Local Government
8 1 (0.14%) French Language
8 1 (0.14%) Retail
8 1 (0.14%) Multimedia
8 1 (0.14%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (2.20%) Application Packaging
2 7 (0.96%) OLE
3 4 (0.55%) Software Packaging
4 1 (0.14%) XMPP
4 1 (0.14%) .NET
4 1 (0.14%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 89 (12.24%) Blackberry
2 23 (3.16%) NHS
3 20 (2.75%) Thin Client
3 20 (2.75%) Fat Client
4 16 (2.20%) iPhone
5 15 (2.06%) iPad
6 10 (1.38%) PDA
7 9 (1.24%) Video Conferencing
8 6 (0.83%) Handset
9 4 (0.55%) Client/Server
10 3 (0.41%) Smartcard
10 3 (0.41%) Fixed Income
10 3 (0.41%) Clustering
10 3 (0.41%) PKI
10 3 (0.41%) Computer Science
10 3 (0.41%) Kindle
11 2 (0.28%) Derivative
11 2 (0.28%) Management Information System
11 2 (0.28%) Firmware
12 1 (0.14%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 559 (76.89%) Windows
2 405 (55.71%) Windows 7
3 248 (34.11%) Windows XP
4 85 (11.69%) Windows Server 2003
5 84 (11.55%) Windows Server 2008
6 59 (8.12%) Windows Vista
7 45 (6.19%) Windows 8
8 20 (2.75%) Windows 2000
9 18 (2.48%) Windows Server 2012
10 12 (1.65%) Apple iOS
11 11 (1.51%) Mac OS X
12 10 (1.38%) Mac OS
13 9 (1.24%) Android
14 8 (1.10%) Linux
15 6 (0.83%) Windows Mobile
15 6 (0.83%) Windows 2000 Server
16 4 (0.55%) UNIX
17 2 (0.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 2 (0.28%) Windows Phone
18 1 (0.14%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 90 (12.38%) ITIL
2 71 (9.77%) Migration
3 31 (4.26%) Software Deployment
4 20 (2.75%) Service Delivery
4 20 (2.75%) Incident Management
5 19 (2.61%) Service Management
6 15 (2.06%) Change Management
7 12 (1.65%) Problem Management
8 11 (1.51%) Configuration Management
8 11 (1.51%) Project Management
9 8 (1.10%) TQM
10 7 (0.96%) Asset Management
11 6 (0.83%) Risk Assessment
12 5 (0.69%) Time Management
12 5 (0.69%) ITSM
12 5 (0.69%) CRM
13 4 (0.55%) Stakeholder Management
13 4 (0.55%) Business Analysis
13 4 (0.55%) Continuous Improvement
13 4 (0.55%) Mobile Device Management
Programming Languages
1 29 (3.99%) PowerShell
2 15 (2.06%) VBScript
3 13 (1.79%) VB
4 4 (0.55%) C
4 4 (0.55%) SQL
5 3 (0.41%) VBA
6 1 (0.14%) Shell Script
6 1 (0.14%) Korn
6 1 (0.14%) Java
6 1 (0.14%) Perl
6 1 (0.14%) Bourne shell
Qualifications
1 146 (20.08%) Security Cleared
2 126 (17.33%) SC Cleared
3 33 (4.54%) Microsoft Certification
4 19 (2.61%) MCSE
5 16 (2.20%) MCP
5 16 (2.20%) DV Cleared
6 14 (1.93%) Degree
7 7 (0.96%) MCSA
7 7 (0.96%) CCNA
7 7 (0.96%) Cisco Certification
7 7 (0.96%) A+ Certification
8 6 (0.83%) MCITP
9 5 (0.69%) ITIL Certification
10 4 (0.55%) MCTS
10 4 (0.55%) CTC Cleared
11 3 (0.41%) Dell Certification
12 2 (0.28%) HNC
12 2 (0.28%) PMP
12 2 (0.28%) PMI Certification
13 1 (0.14%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 62 (8.53%) SLA
2 6 (0.83%) QA
3 3 (0.41%) ISO 9001
4 2 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 265 (36.45%) Active Directory
2 35 (4.81%) Microsoft App-V
3 30 (4.13%) XenApp
4 23 (3.16%) VMware Infrastructure
5 13 (1.79%) XenDesktop
6 7 (0.96%) Hyper-V
7 6 (0.83%) vSphere
8 2 (0.28%) UAG
8 2 (0.28%) XenServer
8 2 (0.28%) Xen
8 2 (0.28%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.14%) VMware ESX
9 1 (0.14%) VMware Workstation
9 1 (0.14%) MetaFrame
9 1 (0.14%) Terminal Server
9 1 (0.14%) NFS
9 1 (0.14%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 139 (19.12%) SCCM
2 6 (0.83%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
2 6 (0.83%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 5 (0.69%) ZENworks
3 5 (0.69%) Norton AntiVirus
4 4 (0.55%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 4 (0.55%) WMI
4 4 (0.55%) Business Desktop Deployment
4 4 (0.55%) SCOrch
5 3 (0.41%) McAfee ePO
5 3 (0.41%) Unicenter
6 2 (0.28%) SCOM
7 1 (0.14%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 1 (0.14%) WSUS
7 1 (0.14%) Nagios
7 1 (0.14%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 273 (37.55%) Microsoft
2 133 (18.29%) Citrix
3 41 (5.64%) Cisco
4 39 (5.36%) VMware
5 30 (4.13%) HP
6 27 (3.71%) Lotus
7 26 (3.58%) AppSense
7 26 (3.58%) CA
8 24 (3.30%) Apple
9 21 (2.89%) Dell
9 21 (2.89%) Lumension
10 16 (2.20%) Symantec
11 15 (2.06%) Remedy
12 12 (1.65%) Sophos
12 12 (1.65%) Wyse
13 11 (1.51%) Altiris
14 10 (1.38%) Reuters
14 10 (1.38%) Bloomberg
15 9 (1.24%) LANDesk
16 7 (0.96%) Adobe
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