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 19 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Desktop Engineer
Rank 286 249 276
Rank change year-on-year
-37 +27
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Engineer 372 410 325
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.67% 0.79% 0.65%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.73% 0.86% 0.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 167 164 110
Average daily rate
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£163 £165 £150
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.06% +10.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £105 £110 £105
10% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £325 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £150 £150 £133
% change year-on-year
- +13.20%
Number of hourly rates quoted 103 122 132
Average hourly rate £15.00 £14.25 £15.70
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% -9.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.42 £11.72 £12.42
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.00 £19.00 £20.46
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.00 £13.87 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+0.93% -7.53%

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
50642 47729 46134
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 91.79% 92.49% 92.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 32228 28770 26034
Average daily rate £400 £400 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2044 2098 2641
Average hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% -5.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -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 19 December 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 19 December 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 19 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
England -46 349 £165 -1.49% 24
London +9 159 £170 -24.44% 10
South East -7 74 £175 +6.06% 5
City of London +13 50 £208 -16.06% 2
East of England -21 23 £130 -14.75% 2
West Midlands -15 21 £223 +147.22% 1
Yorkshire +2 20 £125 +11.11% 1
Hampshire -7 20 £145 -3.33% 1
Berkshire +2 18 £448 +171.21% 2
North West +2 18 £174 -22.77% 1
South West -42 18 £130 -3.70% 2
Reading +21 14 £400 +142.42% 2
Surrey +2 13 £160 -8.57%
East Midlands -11 12 £118 -27.69% 1
Buckinghamshire -7 10 £205 +78.26%
Milton Keynes -8 9 £205 +42.23%
Cambridgeshire -9 8 £188 +13.63% 1
Merseyside -2 7 £150 -36.84% 1
Hertfordshire 0 5 £150 -6.25%
Warwickshire -5 5 £165 +10.00%
Devon -9 5 £120 - 1
Oxfordshire -23 5 £175 - 1
Wales -24 5 - -
Manchester - 5 £206 -
Liverpool 0 4 £144 -42.50% 1
Birmingham -7 4 £225 +150.00%
Exeter -10 4 - - 1
North East -39 4 - -
South Yorkshire +2 3 £120 -
Basingstoke +2 3 £155 -3.12%

Desktop Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 December 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.

1 568 (77.07%) Windows
2 390 (52.92%) Windows 7
3 286 (38.81%) Active Directory
4 268 (36.36%) Microsoft
5 251 (34.06%) Windows XP
6 228 (30.94%) MS Office
7 131 (17.77%) SCCM
8 120 (16.28%) Security Cleared
9 111 (15.06%) Citrix
10 105 (14.25%) Blackberry
11 99 (13.43%) MS Excel
12 86 (11.67%) MS Exchange
13 85 (11.53%) ITIL
13 85 (11.53%) SC Cleared
14 77 (10.45%) Windows Server 2008
15 76 (10.31%) Finance
16 68 (9.23%) VMware
17 66 (8.96%) Windows Server 2003
18 60 (8.14%) Migration
18 60 (8.14%) Windows 8
19 54 (7.33%) TCP/IP
20 50 (6.78%) SLA
21 48 (6.51%) Analytical Skills
22 43 (5.83%) Cisco
23 41 (5.56%) Microsoft Certification
24 40 (5.43%) HP
24 40 (5.43%) Exchange Server 2010
24 40 (5.43%) VMware Infrastructure
25 39 (5.29%) Windows Vista
25 39 (5.29%) Apple

Desktop Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 86 (11.67%) MS Exchange
2 40 (5.43%) Exchange Server 2010
3 33 (4.48%) SharePoint
4 30 (4.07%) IBM Notes
5 28 (3.80%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 28 (3.80%) Lync
6 15 (2.04%) Exchange Server 2003
7 13 (1.76%) Exchange Server 2007
8 7 (0.95%) SharePoint 2013
8 7 (0.95%) Exchange Server 2013
9 3 (0.41%) BizTalk Server
9 3 (0.41%) Lotus Domino
10 1 (0.14%) IIS
10 1 (0.14%) Documentum
10 1 (0.14%) Captiva
10 1 (0.14%) WebSphere
Applications
1 228 (30.94%) MS Office
2 99 (13.43%) MS Excel
3 6 (0.81%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.54%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (0.54%) MS Project
5 2 (0.27%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.14%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.14%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 5 (0.68%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (0.41%) Eikon
3 1 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.14%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 10 (1.36%) Office 365
2 6 (0.81%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 54 (7.33%) TCP/IP
2 38 (5.16%) DNS
3 36 (4.88%) LAN
4 32 (4.34%) DHCP
5 27 (3.66%) WAN
6 22 (2.99%) VPN
7 18 (2.44%) Internet
8 16 (2.17%) Firewall
9 12 (1.63%) VoIP
10 11 (1.49%) Wi-Fi
11 10 (1.36%) NetScaler
12 8 (1.09%) 3G
12 8 (1.09%) SAN
12 8 (1.09%) Wireless
13 6 (0.81%) Broadband
14 5 (0.68%) WLAN
14 5 (0.68%) VLAN
15 4 (0.54%) Network Security
16 3 (0.41%) IP Telephony
16 3 (0.41%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (0.95%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.27%) DTS
2 2 (0.27%) DB2
3 1 (0.14%) FileMaker
3 1 (0.14%) MySQL
3 1 (0.14%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (0.14%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 4 (0.54%) MSI
2 1 (0.14%) AdminStudio
2 1 (0.14%) Visual Studio
2 1 (0.14%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (0.14%) WinDbg
General
1 76 (10.31%) Finance
2 39 (5.29%) Banking
3 10 (1.36%) Telecoms
4 9 (1.22%) Retail
4 9 (1.22%) Law
4 9 (1.22%) Legal
5 7 (0.95%) Investment Banking
5 7 (0.95%) Manufacturing
5 7 (0.95%) Financial Institution
5 7 (0.95%) Retail Banking
6 5 (0.68%) Back Office
7 3 (0.41%) Games
8 2 (0.27%) Military
8 2 (0.27%) Multimedia
9 1 (0.14%) Local Government
9 1 (0.14%) Advertising
9 1 (0.14%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.14%) Marketing
9 1 (0.14%) French Language
9 1 (0.14%) German Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (1.90%) Application Packaging
2 6 (0.81%) OLE
3 3 (0.41%) LAMP
4 2 (0.27%) Software Packaging
4 2 (0.27%) .NET
5 1 (0.14%) X-Windows
5 1 (0.14%) XML
5 1 (0.14%) MAPI
5 1 (0.14%) WSH
Miscellaneous
1 105 (14.25%) Blackberry
2 48 (6.51%) Analytical Skills
3 24 (3.26%) NHS
4 19 (2.58%) Fat Client
4 19 (2.58%) Thin Client
5 16 (2.17%) iPhone
6 14 (1.90%) iPad
7 10 (1.36%) Video Conferencing
8 8 (1.09%) PKI
9 7 (0.95%) Smartphone
9 7 (0.95%) PDA
10 4 (0.54%) FMCG
10 4 (0.54%) Clustering
11 3 (0.41%) Hedge funds
11 3 (0.41%) Enterprise Storage
12 2 (0.27%) Mathematics
12 2 (0.27%) CMDB
12 2 (0.27%) EPoS
12 2 (0.27%) Management Information System
13 1 (0.14%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 568 (77.07%) Windows
2 390 (52.92%) Windows 7
3 251 (34.06%) Windows XP
4 77 (10.45%) Windows Server 2008
5 66 (8.96%) Windows Server 2003
6 60 (8.14%) Windows 8
7 39 (5.29%) Windows Vista
8 26 (3.53%) Apple iOS
9 24 (3.26%) Windows Server 2012
10 22 (2.99%) Linux
10 22 (2.99%) Mac OS X
11 21 (2.85%) Windows 2000
12 20 (2.71%) Android
13 13 (1.76%) UNIX
14 11 (1.49%) Mac OS
15 9 (1.22%) Windows Mobile
16 3 (0.41%) Windows NT
16 3 (0.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 3 (0.41%) Windows Phone
17 2 (0.27%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 85 (11.53%) ITIL
2 60 (8.14%) Migration
3 25 (3.39%) Incident Management
4 20 (2.71%) Service Management
4 20 (2.71%) Service Delivery
5 17 (2.31%) Software Deployment
6 15 (2.04%) Change Management
7 11 (1.49%) Asset Management
7 11 (1.49%) Problem Management
8 10 (1.36%) Time Management
9 9 (1.22%) ITSM
10 8 (1.09%) Line Management
10 8 (1.09%) Configuration Management
10 8 (1.09%) E-Commerce
10 8 (1.09%) Security Management
11 7 (0.95%) Disaster Recovery
11 7 (0.95%) Project Management
12 6 (0.81%) Risk Assessment
13 5 (0.68%) User Acceptance Testing
14 4 (0.54%) Data Migration
Programming Languages
1 32 (4.34%) PowerShell
2 14 (1.90%) SQL
3 13 (1.76%) VBScript
4 11 (1.49%) VB
5 8 (1.09%) C
6 7 (0.95%) Java
7 2 (0.27%) Bourne shell
7 2 (0.27%) Korn
7 2 (0.27%) Perl
8 1 (0.14%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.14%) PHP
8 1 (0.14%) C#
8 1 (0.14%) VB.NET
8 1 (0.14%) VBA
8 1 (0.14%) Python
8 1 (0.14%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 120 (16.28%) Security Cleared
2 85 (11.53%) SC Cleared
3 41 (5.56%) Microsoft Certification
4 26 (3.53%) DV Cleared
5 23 (3.12%) MCSE
5 23 (3.12%) MCP
6 14 (1.90%) MCSA
7 8 (1.09%) Degree
7 8 (1.09%) Dell Certification
7 8 (1.09%) ITIL Certification
8 7 (0.95%) Cisco Certification
9 6 (0.81%) MCDST
9 6 (0.81%) A+ Certification
10 5 (0.68%) MCTS
11 4 (0.54%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 4 (0.54%) CTC Cleared
11 4 (0.54%) CCNA
12 3 (0.41%) CCNP
12 3 (0.41%) MCITP
13 2 (0.27%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 50 (6.78%) SLA
2 2 (0.27%) QA
3 1 (0.14%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 286 (38.81%) Active Directory
2 40 (5.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 33 (4.48%) XenApp
4 26 (3.53%) Microsoft App-V
5 17 (2.31%) XenDesktop
6 15 (2.04%) Hyper-V
7 6 (0.81%) VMware ESXi
7 6 (0.81%) Xen
8 3 (0.41%) VMware ESX
8 3 (0.41%) Firmware
9 2 (0.27%) UAG
9 2 (0.27%) vSphere
9 2 (0.27%) XenServer
9 2 (0.27%) NFS
9 2 (0.27%) MetaFrame
10 1 (0.14%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 131 (17.77%) SCCM
2 8 (1.09%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 5 (0.68%) WMI
3 5 (0.68%) SCOM
3 5 (0.68%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 4 (0.54%) McAfee ePO
4 4 (0.54%) ServiceCenter
4 4 (0.54%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 4 (0.54%) DameWare
5 3 (0.41%) NetBackup
5 3 (0.41%) Norton AntiVirus
5 3 (0.41%) ZENworks
5 3 (0.41%) WSUS
5 3 (0.41%) BMC Marimba
6 2 (0.27%) HP SIM
6 2 (0.27%) Unicenter
6 2 (0.27%) Nagios
6 2 (0.27%) Backup Exec
7 1 (0.14%) Casper Suite
7 1 (0.14%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 268 (36.36%) Microsoft
2 111 (15.06%) Citrix
3 68 (9.23%) VMware
4 43 (5.83%) Cisco
5 40 (5.43%) HP
6 39 (5.29%) Apple
7 30 (4.07%) Lotus
8 27 (3.66%) Dell
9 24 (3.26%) Symantec
10 22 (2.99%) Remedy
11 21 (2.85%) Sophos
12 20 (2.71%) Reuters
13 18 (2.44%) Wyse
14 15 (2.04%) AppSense
14 15 (2.04%) Bloomberg
15 14 (1.90%) Lumension
16 11 (1.49%) Oracle
16 11 (1.49%) CA
17 10 (1.36%) Avaya
17 10 (1.36%) Altiris
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