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 3 July 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
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Desktop Engineer
Rank 330 292 330
Rank change year-on-year
-38 +38
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Engineer 330 362 247
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.59% 0.68% 0.50%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.64% 0.74% 0.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 115 144 95
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.51% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £105 £110 £95
10% offered a daily rate of more than £316 £280 £369
UK excluding London average daily rate £150 £160 £150
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 133 95 84
Average hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £15.95
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% -5.92%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.01 £12.90 £11.04
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £19.50 £19.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £15.00 £15.77
% change year-on-year
-3.33% -4.88%

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
51627 49001 45588
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.46% 92.58% 92.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 32558 29967 26404
Average daily rate £400 £395 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.26% -1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £238
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 1943 1955 2128
Average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% -10.81%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.29 £38.59 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.25 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+1.53% -7.14%

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 3 July 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 3 July 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 3 July 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 -45 297 £173 +4.54% 35
London -22 122 £184 +11.40% 10
South East -16 68 £138 -8.33% 12
South West +19 40 £128 -35.44% 8
City of London -11 38 £240 +7.86% 3
East of England +4 21 £174 +45.11% 3
Hampshire -8 18 £248 +65.00% 1
Scotland -13 16 £105 -5.61% 1
Berkshire +18 15 £400 +29.03% 5
Yorkshire -13 14 £150 +11.11% 1
Wiltshire +10 13 £115 -41.77% 1
Surrey 0 13 £135 -10.00% 1
North East -15 12 £190 -9.52%
Wales +8 11 £135 -6.89% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne -12 11 £190 -9.52%
Tyne and Wear -13 11 £190 -9.52%
Swindon +10 10 £115 -41.77%
Bristol +8 9 £121 - 1
Gloucestershire +5 8 - - 2
Devon -2 8 £140 - 2
North Yorkshire -1 7 - -
Cambridgeshire -5 7 - - 2
East Midlands -11 7 - -
North West -46 7 £200 -8.57%
Reading +9 6 £450 +33.33% 2
Havant +2 6 £325 +13.04%
South Wales -2 6 £135 -6.89% 1
Essex -10 6 £300 -
West Yorkshire -17 6 £150 +36.36% 1
Skipton - 6 - -

Desktop Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 July 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.

1 530 (75.39%) Windows
2 339 (48.22%) Windows 7
3 292 (41.54%) Active Directory
4 271 (38.55%) Microsoft
5 222 (31.58%) MS Office
6 192 (27.31%) Windows XP
7 119 (16.93%) SCCM
8 98 (13.94%) MS Excel
9 93 (13.23%) ITIL
10 89 (12.66%) Security Cleared
11 86 (12.23%) Citrix
12 73 (10.38%) VMware
12 73 (10.38%) Blackberry
13 65 (9.25%) Windows 8
14 64 (9.10%) Finance
15 60 (8.53%) Windows Server 2008
16 58 (8.25%) MS Exchange
17 57 (8.11%) Migration
18 51 (7.25%) HP
19 50 (7.11%) SLA
20 45 (6.40%) Microsoft Certification
21 44 (6.26%) Analytical Skills
22 43 (6.12%) SC Cleared
23 41 (5.83%) TCP/IP
23 41 (5.83%) Windows Server 2003
24 40 (5.69%) Apple
25 39 (5.55%) Dell
26 38 (5.41%) SQL
27 35 (4.98%) NHS
28 34 (4.84%) iPhone

Desktop Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 July 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 58 (8.25%) MS Exchange
2 31 (4.41%) SharePoint
2 31 (4.41%) Lync
3 23 (3.27%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 22 (3.13%) IBM Notes
5 19 (2.70%) Exchange Server 2010
6 9 (1.28%) Exchange Server 2007
7 7 (1.00%) Exchange Server 2013
8 3 (0.43%) SharePoint 2013
8 3 (0.43%) IIS
9 2 (0.28%) MQSeries
9 2 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2003
10 1 (0.14%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 222 (31.58%) MS Office
2 98 (13.94%) MS Excel
3 9 (1.28%) MS PowerPoint
4 6 (0.85%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.57%) AutoCAD
6 3 (0.43%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.14%) Shockwave
7 1 (0.14%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 5 (0.71%) Eikon
2 3 (0.43%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.14%) assyst
3 1 (0.14%) GoldMine
Cloud Services
1 18 (2.56%) Office 365
2 2 (0.28%) Google Apps
3 1 (0.14%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 41 (5.83%) TCP/IP
2 30 (4.27%) DNS
3 25 (3.56%) VPN
3 25 (3.56%) DHCP
4 20 (2.84%) LAN
5 14 (1.99%) Firewall
5 14 (1.99%) Internet
6 13 (1.85%) WAN
7 12 (1.71%) Network Security
8 11 (1.56%) NetScaler
9 10 (1.42%) SAN
10 9 (1.28%) Wi-Fi
11 8 (1.14%) Wireless
12 7 (1.00%) VoIP
13 6 (0.85%) IP Telephony
13 6 (0.85%) 3G
14 5 (0.71%) Broadband
15 4 (0.57%) SSL
15 4 (0.57%) NAS
16 3 (0.43%) Cisco ISE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (1.28%) SQL Server
1 9 (1.28%) FileMaker
2 8 (1.14%) MySQL
3 2 (0.28%) DTS
4 1 (0.14%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (0.14%) MS Access
4 1 (0.14%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (0.14%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 2 (0.28%) InstallShield
1 2 (0.28%) JIRA
2 1 (0.14%) MSI
2 1 (0.14%) AdminStudio
General
1 64 (9.10%) Finance
2 25 (3.56%) Banking
3 9 (1.28%) Telecoms
4 8 (1.14%) Financial Institution
5 7 (1.00%) Retail
6 5 (0.71%) Law
6 5 (0.71%) Back Office
6 5 (0.71%) Manufacturing
7 4 (0.57%) Investment Banking
7 4 (0.57%) Spanish Language
8 3 (0.43%) Retail Banking
8 3 (0.43%) Advertising
9 2 (0.28%) Publishing
9 2 (0.28%) Local Government
9 2 (0.28%) Legal
9 2 (0.28%) French Language
10 1 (0.14%) German Language
10 1 (0.14%) Multimedia
10 1 (0.14%) Billing
10 1 (0.14%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (0.71%) Application Packaging
2 3 (0.43%) Software Packaging
3 2 (0.28%) HTML
4 1 (0.14%) .NET
4 1 (0.14%) ODBC
4 1 (0.14%) Flash
4 1 (0.14%) OLE
4 1 (0.14%) LAMP
4 1 (0.14%) Silverlight
Miscellaneous
1 73 (10.38%) Blackberry
2 44 (6.26%) Analytical Skills
3 35 (4.98%) NHS
4 34 (4.84%) iPhone
5 33 (4.69%) iPad
6 17 (2.42%) Video Conferencing
7 16 (2.28%) Data Centre
8 13 (1.85%) Smartphone
8 13 (1.85%) Management Information System
9 11 (1.56%) Thin Client
9 11 (1.56%) Fat Client
10 9 (1.28%) PKI
11 8 (1.14%) BYOD
12 6 (0.85%) Clustering
13 5 (0.71%) Mathematics
14 4 (0.57%) Computer Science
14 4 (0.57%) Client/Server
14 4 (0.57%) Replication
14 4 (0.57%) FMCG
15 3 (0.43%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 530 (75.39%) Windows
2 339 (48.22%) Windows 7
3 192 (27.31%) Windows XP
4 65 (9.25%) Windows 8
5 60 (8.53%) Windows Server 2008
6 41 (5.83%) Windows Server 2003
7 33 (4.69%) Windows Server 2012
8 32 (4.55%) Mac OS X
9 19 (2.70%) Android
10 15 (2.13%) Linux
11 11 (1.56%) Mac OS X Server
11 11 (1.56%) Apple iOS
11 11 (1.56%) Mac OS
12 10 (1.42%) Windows 2000
12 10 (1.42%) UNIX
13 8 (1.14%) Windows Vista
14 4 (0.57%) Windows 2000 Server
15 3 (0.43%) Windows Phone
16 1 (0.14%) Windows Mobile
16 1 (0.14%) Windows CE
Processes & Methodologies
1 93 (13.23%) ITIL
2 57 (8.11%) Migration
3 31 (4.41%) Incident Management
4 24 (3.41%) Service Management
5 22 (3.13%) Problem Management
6 16 (2.28%) Change Management
7 15 (2.13%) Service Delivery
8 11 (1.56%) Data Protection
8 11 (1.56%) Software Deployment
8 11 (1.56%) Patch Management
9 10 (1.42%) Project Management
10 9 (1.28%) Software Distribution
11 7 (1.00%) ITSM
12 6 (0.85%) Disaster Recovery
12 6 (0.85%) Asset Management
12 6 (0.85%) Mobile Device Management
13 5 (0.71%) Change Control
13 5 (0.71%) Release Management
13 5 (0.71%) User Acceptance Testing
13 5 (0.71%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 38 (5.41%) SQL
2 18 (2.56%) PowerShell
3 8 (1.14%) VBScript
4 7 (1.00%) C
5 6 (0.85%) VB
6 3 (0.43%) T-SQL
7 1 (0.14%) Java
7 1 (0.14%) VBA
Qualifications
1 89 (12.66%) Security Cleared
2 45 (6.40%) Microsoft Certification
3 43 (6.12%) SC Cleared
4 25 (3.56%) MCSE
5 21 (2.99%) DV Cleared
6 16 (2.28%) MCP
6 16 (2.28%) Degree
7 9 (1.28%) ITIL Certification
8 7 (1.00%) MCTS
8 7 (1.00%) MCSA
9 6 (0.85%) CCNA
9 6 (0.85%) Cisco Certification
10 5 (0.71%) Citrix Certification
10 5 (0.71%) MCITP
10 5 (0.71%) MCDST
11 3 (0.43%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 3 (0.43%) ACTC
12 2 (0.28%) HND
12 2 (0.28%) BC Cleared
13 1 (0.14%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 50 (7.11%) SLA
2 3 (0.43%) QA
2 3 (0.43%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.14%) Data Quality
System Software
1 292 (41.54%) Active Directory
2 32 (4.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 24 (3.41%) XenApp
4 22 (3.13%) XenDesktop
5 14 (1.99%) Hyper-V
6 11 (1.56%) Microsoft App-V
7 6 (0.85%) VMware Workstation
8 5 (0.71%) vSphere
9 3 (0.43%) VMware ESXi
9 3 (0.43%) BitLocker
9 3 (0.43%) Terminal Server
10 2 (0.28%) VMware ESX
10 2 (0.28%) Xen
11 1 (0.14%) VMware Server
11 1 (0.14%) Terminal Services
11 1 (0.14%) Samba
11 1 (0.14%) MetaFrame
Systems Management
1 119 (16.93%) SCCM
2 7 (1.00%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 7 (1.00%) Casper Suite
3 5 (0.71%) WSUS
4 4 (0.57%) SCOM
4 4 (0.57%) DameWare
4 4 (0.57%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 3 (0.43%) HP SIM
5 3 (0.43%) Norton AntiVirus
6 2 (0.28%) ZENworks
6 2 (0.28%) SCVMM
6 2 (0.28%) NetBackup
6 2 (0.28%) Backup Exec
6 2 (0.28%) Unicenter
6 2 (0.28%) SCSM
7 1 (0.14%) Cisco CUCM
7 1 (0.14%) Windows Intune
7 1 (0.14%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
7 1 (0.14%) SCOrch
7 1 (0.14%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 271 (38.55%) Microsoft
2 86 (12.23%) Citrix
3 73 (10.38%) VMware
4 51 (7.25%) HP
5 40 (5.69%) Apple
6 39 (5.55%) Dell
7 32 (4.55%) Cisco
8 30 (4.27%) Remedy
9 23 (3.27%) Wyse
10 22 (3.13%) Lotus
11 19 (2.70%) Bloomberg
11 19 (2.70%) LANDesk
12 18 (2.56%) Adobe
13 17 (2.42%) McAfee
14 16 (2.28%) AppSense
15 15 (2.13%) Sophos
16 14 (1.99%) Reuters
17 13 (1.85%) Lumension
18 11 (1.56%) Altiris
19 10 (1.42%) Symantec
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