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 28 August 2015 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Desktop Engineer
Rank 346 311 340
Rank change year-on-year
-35 +29
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Engineer 323 349 270
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.55% 0.63% 0.51%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.59% 0.68% 0.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 126 156 102
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£160 £170 £175
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.88% -2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £100 £110 £96
10% offered a daily rate of more than £292 £283 £370
UK excluding London average daily rate £136 £165 £150
% change year-on-year
-17.42% +10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 116 84 100
Average hourly rate £13.75 £15.08 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.78% +0.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.37 £11.46 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.50 £20.00 £19.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.00 £15.00 £14.25
% change year-on-year
-13.33% +5.26%

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
54347 51343 48877
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.79% 92.32% 92.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 34673 31061 29030
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2003 1976 2120
Average hourly rate £17.33 £17.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.94% -2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+3.03% -2.94%

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 28 August 2015.

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 28 August 2015.

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 28 August 2015. 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 -21 302 £160 -8.57% 22
London +17 104 £165 -3.64% 10
South East -41 73 £160 -17.94% 2
South West +23 48 £105 -39.13% 2
City of London -1 26 £165 -22.35% 3
East of England +5 22 £167 +11.09% 3
Yorkshire -20 22 £130 -29.72%
Berkshire -12 18 £268 -19.24% 1
Gloucestershire - 17 £155 -
Hampshire -19 16 £160 -28.88%
Devon +6 13 £105 -8.69%
Wiltshire +6 11 £105 -53.33%
North Yorkshire +1 11 £120 -35.13%
East Midlands -4 11 £108 -18.86%
Surrey -5 11 £153 +1.66%
Oxfordshire -22 11 £165 +47.98%
North West -52 10 £200 +3.89% 2
West Yorkshire -18 9 £140 -
Skipton - 9 - -
Wales +1 8 £98 -68.29%
West Midlands -11 8 £100 -33.33% 2
Reading -14 8 £313 -21.87%
Gloucester - 7 - -
Oxford - 7 £160 -
Leicester +9 6 £110 -
Leicestershire +3 6 £110 -
Bristol +2 6 - - 1
Essex -1 6 £195 -
Buckinghamshire -9 6 £111 -44.75%
West Sussex -16 6 £175 +37.25%

Desktop Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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.

1 486 (75.94%) Windows
2 315 (49.22%) Windows 7
3 269 (42.03%) Active Directory
4 231 (36.09%) Microsoft
5 193 (30.16%) MS Office
6 174 (27.19%) Windows XP
7 98 (15.31%) MS Excel
8 95 (14.84%) SCCM
9 83 (12.97%) Citrix
10 78 (12.19%) ITIL
11 70 (10.94%) Security Cleared
12 63 (9.84%) MS Exchange
13 62 (9.69%) VMware
14 61 (9.53%) Finance
15 59 (9.22%) HP
16 53 (8.28%) Windows 8
17 49 (7.66%) Analytical Skills
17 49 (7.66%) Windows Server 2008
17 49 (7.66%) Blackberry
18 47 (7.34%) SLA
18 47 (7.34%) Migration
19 46 (7.19%) Windows Server 2003
20 43 (6.72%) SC Cleared
21 36 (5.63%) Microsoft Certification
22 34 (5.31%) Dell
22 34 (5.31%) Apple
23 31 (4.84%) NHS
24 30 (4.69%) DHCP
25 29 (4.53%) TCP/IP
25 29 (4.53%) Windows Server 2012

Desktop Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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 63 (9.84%) MS Exchange
2 26 (4.06%) SharePoint
3 21 (3.28%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 20 (3.13%) Lync
5 18 (2.81%) Exchange Server 2010
6 17 (2.66%) IBM Notes
7 15 (2.34%) Exchange Server 2007
8 6 (0.94%) Exchange Server 2013
9 4 (0.63%) IIS
10 2 (0.31%) WorkSite
10 2 (0.31%) SharePoint 2013
11 1 (0.16%) Lotus Domino
11 1 (0.16%) Office Communications Server
11 1 (0.16%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 193 (30.16%) MS Office
2 98 (15.31%) MS Excel
3 8 (1.25%) MS PowerPoint
4 7 (1.09%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.31%) AutoCAD
5 2 (0.31%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.16%) Shockwave
6 1 (0.16%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 4 (0.63%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.31%) Eikon
3 1 (0.16%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 25 (3.91%) Office 365
2 2 (0.31%) Google Apps
3 1 (0.16%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.16%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 30 (4.69%) DHCP
2 29 (4.53%) TCP/IP
3 24 (3.75%) DNS
4 23 (3.59%) LAN
5 18 (2.81%) WAN
6 17 (2.66%) Internet
6 17 (2.66%) VPN
7 14 (2.19%) Firewall
8 13 (2.03%) Wireless
9 11 (1.72%) Wi-Fi
10 8 (1.25%) Network Security
11 7 (1.09%) SAN
12 6 (0.94%) VoIP
12 6 (0.94%) IP Telephony
13 5 (0.78%) 3G
14 3 (0.47%) Broadband
14 3 (0.47%) NAS
14 3 (0.47%) Structured Cabling
15 2 (0.31%) NetScaler
15 2 (0.31%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (1.72%) SQL Server
2 4 (0.63%) FileMaker
3 3 (0.47%) SQL Server 2005
3 3 (0.47%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (0.47%) MySQL
4 2 (0.31%) DTS
5 1 (0.16%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.16%) MS Access
5 1 (0.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (0.31%) MSI
2 1 (0.16%) InstallShield
2 1 (0.16%) AdminStudio
2 1 (0.16%) JIRA
General
1 61 (9.53%) Finance
2 24 (3.75%) Banking
3 12 (1.88%) Telecoms
3 12 (1.88%) Financial Institution
4 6 (0.94%) Law
5 5 (0.78%) Back Office
5 5 (0.78%) Retail
6 4 (0.63%) Advertising
7 3 (0.47%) Publishing
7 3 (0.47%) Investment Banking
7 3 (0.47%) Legal
7 3 (0.47%) French Language
8 2 (0.31%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.16%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.16%) Front Office
9 1 (0.16%) Local Government
9 1 (0.16%) Retail Banking
9 1 (0.16%) Marketing
9 1 (0.16%) Dutch Language
9 1 (0.16%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (0.63%) Application Packaging
1 4 (0.63%) Software Packaging
2 2 (0.31%) HTML
2 2 (0.31%) .NET
3 1 (0.16%) ODBC
3 1 (0.16%) Flash
3 1 (0.16%) WAP
3 1 (0.16%) Silverlight
Miscellaneous
1 49 (7.66%) Blackberry
1 49 (7.66%) Analytical Skills
2 31 (4.84%) NHS
3 22 (3.44%) iPad
4 16 (2.50%) Video Conferencing
5 15 (2.34%) iPhone
5 15 (2.34%) Data Centre
6 13 (2.03%) Fat Client
6 13 (2.03%) Thin Client
7 9 (1.41%) Management Information System
8 8 (1.25%) Clustering
9 7 (1.09%) BYOD
10 6 (0.94%) Client/Server
11 5 (0.78%) Smartphone
11 5 (0.78%) CMDB
12 4 (0.63%) Enterprise Software
12 4 (0.63%) Mathematics
12 4 (0.63%) Computer Science
13 3 (0.47%) Handset
14 2 (0.31%) HP Storage
Operating Systems
1 486 (75.94%) Windows
2 315 (49.22%) Windows 7
3 174 (27.19%) Windows XP
4 53 (8.28%) Windows 8
5 49 (7.66%) Windows Server 2008
6 46 (7.19%) Windows Server 2003
7 29 (4.53%) Windows Server 2012
8 18 (2.81%) Mac OS X
8 18 (2.81%) Apple iOS
8 18 (2.81%) Android
8 18 (2.81%) Mac OS
9 11 (1.72%) Windows 2000
10 10 (1.56%) UNIX
11 9 (1.41%) Linux
12 7 (1.09%) Windows Vista
13 5 (0.78%) Windows 2000 Server
14 4 (0.63%) Mac OS X Server
15 2 (0.31%) Windows Phone
16 1 (0.16%) Windows CE
16 1 (0.16%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 78 (12.19%) ITIL
2 47 (7.34%) Migration
3 21 (3.28%) Incident Management
4 15 (2.34%) Service Management
4 15 (2.34%) Service Delivery
5 12 (1.88%) Patch Management
6 10 (1.56%) Software Deployment
6 10 (1.56%) Software Distribution
6 10 (1.56%) Change Management
7 9 (1.41%) Project Management
7 9 (1.41%) ITSM
7 9 (1.41%) Data Protection
8 8 (1.25%) Problem Management
9 6 (0.94%) Asset Management
9 6 (0.94%) Time Management
9 6 (0.94%) Infrastructure Management
10 5 (0.78%) Mobile Device Management
10 5 (0.78%) Release Management
10 5 (0.78%) User Acceptance Testing
10 5 (0.78%) Security Management
Programming Languages
1 23 (3.59%) SQL
1 23 (3.59%) PowerShell
2 13 (2.03%) VBScript
3 8 (1.25%) VB
4 6 (0.94%) C
5 5 (0.78%) T-SQL
6 2 (0.31%) VBA
7 1 (0.16%) Java
Qualifications
1 70 (10.94%) Security Cleared
2 43 (6.72%) SC Cleared
3 36 (5.63%) Microsoft Certification
4 18 (2.81%) MCSE
5 13 (2.03%) Degree
6 12 (1.88%) MCP
7 9 (1.41%) DV Cleared
8 8 (1.25%) ITIL Certification
9 6 (0.94%) MCTS
9 6 (0.94%) MCSA
10 4 (0.63%) CCNA
10 4 (0.63%) Cisco Certification
10 4 (0.63%) Dell Certification
11 3 (0.47%) MCITP
11 3 (0.47%) Citrix Certification
11 3 (0.47%) MCDST
12 2 (0.31%) BC Cleared
12 2 (0.31%) HND
12 2 (0.31%) Server+ Certification
12 2 (0.31%) ACTC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (7.34%) SLA
2 4 (0.63%) QA
2 4 (0.63%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.16%) Data Quality
System Software
1 269 (42.03%) Active Directory
2 28 (4.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (2.03%) XenApp
4 12 (1.88%) Microsoft App-V
5 9 (1.41%) XenDesktop
6 7 (1.09%) VMware Workstation
7 6 (0.94%) Hyper-V
7 6 (0.94%) vSphere
8 4 (0.63%) Terminal Services
9 3 (0.47%) Xen
9 3 (0.47%) BitLocker
9 3 (0.47%) VMware ESX
10 2 (0.31%) XenServer
11 1 (0.16%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 1 (0.16%) VMware Server
11 1 (0.16%) Samba
11 1 (0.16%) MetaFrame
Systems Management
1 95 (14.84%) SCCM
2 8 (1.25%) SCOM
2 8 (1.25%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 6 (0.94%) WSUS
4 4 (0.63%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 4 (0.63%) Norton AntiVirus
4 4 (0.63%) Casper Suite
5 3 (0.47%) DameWare
5 3 (0.47%) HP SIM
6 2 (0.31%) SCVMM
6 2 (0.31%) NetBackup
6 2 (0.31%) Backup Exec
6 2 (0.31%) Unicenter
6 2 (0.31%) SCSM
7 1 (0.16%) XenMobile
7 1 (0.16%) Tivoli
7 1 (0.16%) ARCserve
7 1 (0.16%) WMI
7 1 (0.16%) Business Desktop Deployment
7 1 (0.16%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 231 (36.09%) Microsoft
2 83 (12.97%) Citrix
3 62 (9.69%) VMware
4 59 (9.22%) HP
5 34 (5.31%) Dell
5 34 (5.31%) Apple
6 23 (3.59%) Remedy
7 19 (2.97%) Cisco
8 17 (2.66%) Lotus
9 16 (2.50%) LANDesk
9 16 (2.50%) Bloomberg
10 15 (2.34%) CheckPoint
11 14 (2.19%) McAfee
12 12 (1.88%) Adobe
13 11 (1.72%) IBM
13 11 (1.72%) AppSense
13 11 (1.72%) Wyse
13 11 (1.72%) Symantec
13 11 (1.72%) Acronis
14 10 (1.56%) Altiris
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