The table below looks at the statistics for the Desktop Support 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 Support 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 Support Engineer
Rank 425 407 441
Rank change year-on-year
-18 +34
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Support Engineer 208 218 147
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.36% 0.39% 0.28%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.38% 0.42% 0.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 71 97 44
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£150 £155 £150
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.22% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £101 £110 £94
10% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £241 £215
UK excluding London average daily rate £160 £155 £139
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +11.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 82 55 63
Average hourly rate £13.50 £16.00 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.62% +6.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.27 £11.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.90 £20.20 £18.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.00 £15.00 £13.92
% change year-on-year
-13.33% +7.73%

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 Support Engineer
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Desktop Support Engineer Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Desktop Support Engineer
Daily Rate Trend

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

Desktop Support Engineer Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Desktop Support Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Desktop Support Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 28 August 2015.

Desktop Support Engineer Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Desktop Support Engineer
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Desktop Support Engineer Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Desktop Support Engineer
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Desktop Support Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 28 August 2015.

Desktop Support Engineer Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Desktop Support 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 Support 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 -11 195 £150 -9.09% 20
London +23 67 £142 -10.55% 11
South East -31 49 £160 -4.47% 2
South West +13 30 £105 -20.75%
City of London +7 15 £135 -37.20% 6
Yorkshire -18 15 £140 -
East of England +3 13 £135 +9.09% 3
Hampshire -10 12 £160 -15.78%
Berkshire -5 11 £175 -41.66% 1
Gloucestershire - 10 - -
Oxfordshire -21 9 £165 -
North West -50 9 £200 +3.89% 2
North Yorkshire - 9 - -
Skipton - 9 - -
Wiltshire +6 8 £105 -
West Midlands -6 7 £100 -37.50% 1
Devon +2 6 - -
Surrey -9 6 £175 +16.66%
West Sussex -16 6 £175 +37.25%
Gloucester - 6 - -
Bristol +1 5 - -
Cheshire -4 5 £225 -
Cambridgeshire -7 5 £153 -2.40% 1
West Yorkshire -20 5 £140 -
Oxford - 5 £160 -
Slough +4 4 £360 - 1
Manchester -22 4 £200 +8.10% 2
Leeds - 4 £130 -
Bedfordshire +16 3 £100 -
Birmingham +4 3 - - 1

Desktop Support Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Desktop Support 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 Support Engineer in their job title.

1 312 (78.00%) Windows
2 206 (51.50%) Windows 7
3 198 (49.50%) Active Directory
4 155 (38.75%) Microsoft
5 136 (34.00%) MS Office
6 125 (31.25%) Windows XP
7 64 (16.00%) MS Excel
8 55 (13.75%) ITIL
9 51 (12.75%) Citrix
10 45 (11.25%) SCCM
11 43 (10.75%) MS Exchange
12 42 (10.50%) Security Cleared
13 40 (10.00%) VMware
14 35 (8.75%) Finance
14 35 (8.75%) Blackberry
15 34 (8.50%) Windows Server 2003
15 34 (8.50%) SLA
16 28 (7.00%) Windows Server 2008
16 28 (7.00%) Windows 8
17 27 (6.75%) SC Cleared
17 27 (6.75%) Migration
18 25 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
19 24 (6.00%) DHCP
20 22 (5.50%) HP
21 21 (5.25%) SharePoint
22 20 (5.00%) Dell
22 20 (5.00%) Microsoft Certification
22 20 (5.00%) NHS
23 17 (4.25%) Mac OS
23 17 (4.25%) LAN

Desktop Support Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Desktop Support 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 Support Engineer in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 43 (10.75%) MS Exchange
2 21 (5.25%) SharePoint
3 16 (4.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 16 (4.00%) Lync
4 9 (2.25%) IBM Notes
5 8 (2.00%) Exchange Server 2010
6 7 (1.75%) Exchange Server 2007
7 4 (1.00%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (0.25%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (0.25%) Lotus Domino
8 1 (0.25%) IIS
8 1 (0.25%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (0.25%) WorkSite
Applications
1 136 (34.00%) MS Office
2 64 (16.00%) MS Excel
3 7 (1.75%) MS Visio
3 7 (1.75%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (0.50%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 2 (0.50%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 2 (0.50%) Remedy ITSM
1 2 (0.50%) Eikon
2 1 (0.25%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 16 (4.00%) Office 365
2 1 (0.25%) Azure Active Directory
2 1 (0.25%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.25%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 24 (6.00%) DHCP
2 17 (4.25%) LAN
3 15 (3.75%) DNS
4 13 (3.25%) VPN
4 13 (3.25%) WAN
5 12 (3.00%) TCP/IP
6 11 (2.75%) Wireless
7 9 (2.25%) Wi-Fi
7 9 (2.25%) Internet
8 7 (1.75%) Firewall
9 6 (1.50%) Network Security
10 5 (1.25%) 3G
11 3 (0.75%) SAN
11 3 (0.75%) VoIP
11 3 (0.75%) IP Telephony
12 2 (0.50%) Cisco IPT
12 2 (0.50%) Extranet
13 1 (0.25%) Intranet
13 1 (0.25%) PBX
13 1 (0.25%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (1.00%) SQL Server
1 4 (1.00%) FileMaker
2 3 (0.75%) MySQL
3 2 (0.50%) DTS
4 1 (0.25%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (0.25%) MS Access
4 1 (0.25%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (0.25%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 1 (0.25%) MSI
1 1 (0.25%) JIRA
General
1 35 (8.75%) Finance
2 13 (3.25%) Banking
3 9 (2.25%) Financial Institution
3 9 (2.25%) Telecoms
4 5 (1.25%) Retail
5 4 (1.00%) Law
6 3 (0.75%) Advertising
7 2 (0.50%) Back Office
7 2 (0.50%) French Language
7 2 (0.50%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.25%) German Language
8 1 (0.25%) Legal
8 1 (0.25%) Billing
8 1 (0.25%) Local Government
8 1 (0.25%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.25%) Dutch Language
8 1 (0.25%) Front Office
8 1 (0.25%) Publishing
8 1 (0.25%) Games
8 1 (0.25%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (0.50%) HTML
1 2 (0.50%) .NET
1 2 (0.50%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 35 (8.75%) Blackberry
2 25 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
3 20 (5.00%) NHS
4 13 (3.25%) Video Conferencing
5 9 (2.25%) iPad
5 9 (2.25%) Data Centre
6 8 (2.00%) iPhone
6 8 (2.00%) Fat Client
6 8 (2.00%) Thin Client
7 4 (1.00%) Management Information System
7 4 (1.00%) Computer Science
7 4 (1.00%) CMDB
8 3 (0.75%) Smartphone
8 3 (0.75%) Mathematics
9 2 (0.50%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 2 (0.50%) EPoS
10 1 (0.25%) Clustering
10 1 (0.25%) GIS
10 1 (0.25%) Data Integration
10 1 (0.25%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 312 (78.00%) Windows
2 206 (51.50%) Windows 7
3 125 (31.25%) Windows XP
4 34 (8.50%) Windows Server 2003
5 28 (7.00%) Windows 8
5 28 (7.00%) Windows Server 2008
6 17 (4.25%) Mac OS
7 15 (3.75%) Android
7 15 (3.75%) Apple iOS
8 14 (3.50%) Windows Server 2012
9 10 (2.50%) Mac OS X
10 6 (1.50%) Linux
10 6 (1.50%) Windows 2000
11 5 (1.25%) Windows Vista
12 4 (1.00%) Mac OS X Server
13 2 (0.50%) UNIX
14 1 (0.25%) Windows 2000 Server
14 1 (0.25%) Ubuntu
14 1 (0.25%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (13.75%) ITIL
2 27 (6.75%) Migration
3 15 (3.75%) Incident Management
4 13 (3.25%) Service Management
5 9 (2.25%) Service Delivery
6 7 (1.75%) Change Management
6 7 (1.75%) Problem Management
7 6 (1.50%) Data Protection
7 6 (1.50%) Software Deployment
7 6 (1.50%) Patch Management
8 5 (1.25%) ITSM
9 3 (0.75%) PRINCE2
9 3 (0.75%) Infrastructure Management
9 3 (0.75%) Time Management
9 3 (0.75%) Release Management
9 3 (0.75%) Coaching
10 2 (0.50%) Server Building
10 2 (0.50%) Service Desk Management
10 2 (0.50%) Software Distribution
10 2 (0.50%) ITIL V3
Programming Languages
1 13 (3.25%) SQL
2 7 (1.75%) VBScript
2 7 (1.75%) PowerShell
3 5 (1.25%) VB
4 4 (1.00%) C
5 3 (0.75%) T-SQL
6 1 (0.25%) Java
6 1 (0.25%) VBA
Qualifications
1 42 (10.50%) Security Cleared
2 27 (6.75%) SC Cleared
3 20 (5.00%) Microsoft Certification
4 11 (2.75%) MCSE
4 11 (2.75%) Degree
5 9 (2.25%) MCP
6 6 (1.50%) MCSA
6 6 (1.50%) ITIL Certification
7 3 (0.75%) MCDST
7 3 (0.75%) Cisco Certification
7 3 (0.75%) CCNA
8 2 (0.50%) HND
8 2 (0.50%) DV Cleared
8 2 (0.50%) MCTS
8 2 (0.50%) MCITP
8 2 (0.50%) ACTC
9 1 (0.25%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 1 (0.25%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (8.50%) SLA
2 1 (0.25%) Data Quality
System Software
1 198 (49.50%) Active Directory
2 16 (4.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (2.00%) XenApp
4 5 (1.25%) XenDesktop
4 5 (1.25%) VMware Workstation
5 4 (1.00%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (0.75%) Xen
6 3 (0.75%) Hyper-V
7 2 (0.50%) Terminal Services
8 1 (0.25%) Samba
8 1 (0.25%) VMware ESX
8 1 (0.25%) MetaFrame
8 1 (0.25%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 1 (0.25%) VMware Server
8 1 (0.25%) XenServer
8 1 (0.25%) vSphere
8 1 (0.25%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 45 (11.25%) SCCM
2 6 (1.50%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 4 (1.00%) Casper Suite
4 3 (0.75%) SCOM
5 2 (0.50%) Unicenter
6 1 (0.25%) Cisco CUCM
6 1 (0.25%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 1 (0.25%) XenMobile
6 1 (0.25%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (0.25%) DameWare
6 1 (0.25%) NetBackup
6 1 (0.25%) Backup Exec
6 1 (0.25%) WSUS
Vendors
1 155 (38.75%) Microsoft
2 51 (12.75%) Citrix
3 40 (10.00%) VMware
4 22 (5.50%) HP
5 20 (5.00%) Dell
6 16 (4.00%) Apple
7 15 (3.75%) Cisco
8 13 (3.25%) LANDesk
8 13 (3.25%) Remedy
9 11 (2.75%) CheckPoint
9 11 (2.75%) Acronis
10 9 (2.25%) Lumension
10 9 (2.25%) Lotus
10 9 (2.25%) Bloomberg
11 8 (2.00%) Wyse
12 7 (1.75%) IBM
13 6 (1.50%) Adobe
14 5 (1.25%) Oracle
14 5 (1.25%) Novell
14 5 (1.25%) AppSense
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