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 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 Support Engineer
Rank 419 407 405
Rank change year-on-year
-12 -2
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Support Engineer 199 197 152
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.36% 0.37% 0.31%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.39% 0.40% 0.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 63 77 46
Average daily rate
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£160 £160 £150
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £106 £110 £90
10% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £225
UK excluding London average daily rate £160 £163 £125
% change year-on-year
-1.53% +30.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 76 55 65
Average hourly rate £15.50 £15.63 £15.77
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.80% -0.91%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.78 £13.00 £10.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.19 £20.10 £19.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £15.64
% change year-on-year
-3.22% -0.86%

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 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 3 July 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
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 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 -19 180 £160 -3.03% 26
London -6 72 £153 -4.68% 7
South East -11 37 £135 -16.92% 9
South West +14 29 £145 -29.69% 6
City of London -5 16 £144 -35.39% 3
East of England +6 15 £275 +155.81% 2
Surrey -2 9 - - 1
Yorkshire -12 9 £150 +36.36% 1
Devon -1 8 £140 - 1
Scotland -10 8 £105 -4.54%
Wiltshire - 8 - -
Berkshire +17 7 £135 -50.45% 2
Gloucestershire +6 7 - - 2
Cambridgeshire 0 7 - - 2
Hampshire -1 7 £139 -15.90% 1
North East -17 7 £195 -7.14%
Bristol +5 6 £150 - 1
Newcastle upon Tyne -17 6 £195 -7.14%
Tyne and Wear -18 6 £195 -7.14%
North West -38 6 £200 -4.87%
North Yorkshire - 6 - -
Skipton - 6 - -
Swindon - 6 - -
Gloucester +10 5 - - 1
Wales +6 5 - -
Barnstaple - 5 - - 1
Cheshire -3 4 £275 +19.56%
Cambridge -6 4 - - 2
Essex -11 4 £325 -
Oxfordshire -25 4 £158 -

Desktop Support Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 July 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.

1 327 (75.17%) Windows
2 217 (49.89%) Windows 7
3 209 (48.05%) Active Directory
4 175 (40.23%) Microsoft
5 162 (37.24%) MS Office
6 131 (30.11%) Windows XP
7 65 (14.94%) MS Excel
8 63 (14.48%) ITIL
9 60 (13.79%) SCCM
10 54 (12.41%) Blackberry
11 48 (11.03%) Security Cleared
12 46 (10.57%) VMware
12 46 (10.57%) Citrix
13 39 (8.97%) Finance
13 39 (8.97%) Windows 8
14 38 (8.74%) Windows Server 2008
15 37 (8.51%) MS Exchange
16 35 (8.05%) SLA
17 32 (7.36%) Windows Server 2003
18 28 (6.44%) Apple
18 28 (6.44%) Migration
19 27 (6.21%) SC Cleared
19 27 (6.21%) Microsoft Certification
19 27 (6.21%) Lync
20 26 (5.98%) Analytical Skills
20 26 (5.98%) SharePoint
20 26 (5.98%) iPhone
21 25 (5.75%) HP
21 25 (5.75%) Mac OS X
22 24 (5.52%) Cisco

Desktop Support Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 July 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 37 (8.51%) MS Exchange
2 27 (6.21%) Lync
3 26 (5.98%) SharePoint
4 16 (3.68%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 15 (3.45%) IBM Notes
6 11 (2.53%) Exchange Server 2010
7 4 (0.92%) Exchange Server 2013
8 3 (0.69%) Exchange Server 2007
9 2 (0.46%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (0.46%) IIS
9 2 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 162 (37.24%) MS Office
2 65 (14.94%) MS Excel
3 7 (1.61%) MS PowerPoint
4 6 (1.38%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.92%) AutoCAD
6 3 (0.69%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 5 (1.15%) Eikon
2 1 (0.23%) assyst
2 1 (0.23%) GoldMine
2 1 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 11 (2.53%) Office 365
2 1 (0.23%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 23 (5.29%) DHCP
2 22 (5.06%) DNS
3 19 (4.37%) VPN
4 18 (4.14%) TCP/IP
5 13 (2.99%) LAN
6 9 (2.07%) Network Security
7 8 (1.84%) Internet
7 8 (1.84%) Firewall
8 6 (1.38%) WAN
8 6 (1.38%) 3G
9 5 (1.15%) VoIP
9 5 (1.15%) SAN
10 4 (0.92%) Wi-Fi
10 4 (0.92%) Wireless
10 4 (0.92%) IP Telephony
11 3 (0.69%) VLAN
11 3 (0.69%) Cisco IOS
11 3 (0.69%) Cisco ASA
11 3 (0.69%) Cisco ISE
12 2 (0.46%) Asterisk PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (2.07%) FileMaker
2 8 (1.84%) MySQL
3 4 (0.92%) SQL Server
4 2 (0.46%) DTS
5 1 (0.23%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.23%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 2 (0.46%) JIRA
General
1 39 (8.97%) Finance
2 18 (4.14%) Banking
3 7 (1.61%) Retail
3 7 (1.61%) Financial Institution
4 5 (1.15%) Telecoms
4 5 (1.15%) Manufacturing
5 4 (0.92%) Law
6 3 (0.69%) Retail Banking
6 3 (0.69%) Spanish Language
7 2 (0.46%) Investment Banking
7 2 (0.46%) Local Government
7 2 (0.46%) Advertising
7 2 (0.46%) Back Office
8 1 (0.23%) Front Office
8 1 (0.23%) Publishing
8 1 (0.23%) Military
8 1 (0.23%) Multimedia
8 1 (0.23%) Billing
8 1 (0.23%) French Language
8 1 (0.23%) German Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (0.69%) Application Packaging
2 2 (0.46%) HTML
3 1 (0.23%) .NET
3 1 (0.23%) OLE
3 1 (0.23%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 54 (12.41%) Blackberry
2 26 (5.98%) iPhone
2 26 (5.98%) Analytical Skills
3 22 (5.06%) NHS
4 21 (4.83%) iPad
5 15 (3.45%) Video Conferencing
6 10 (2.30%) Smartphone
7 7 (1.61%) Management Information System
7 7 (1.61%) Data Centre
8 6 (1.38%) Thin Client
8 6 (1.38%) Fat Client
9 4 (0.92%) FMCG
9 4 (0.92%) Computer Science
9 4 (0.92%) Replication
10 3 (0.69%) Mathematics
11 2 (0.46%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 2 (0.46%) EPoS
11 2 (0.46%) User Experience
12 1 (0.23%) Hedge funds
12 1 (0.23%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 327 (75.17%) Windows
2 217 (49.89%) Windows 7
3 131 (30.11%) Windows XP
4 39 (8.97%) Windows 8
5 38 (8.74%) Windows Server 2008
6 32 (7.36%) Windows Server 2003
7 25 (5.75%) Mac OS X
8 17 (3.91%) Windows Server 2012
9 16 (3.68%) Android
10 11 (2.53%) Mac OS X Server
11 9 (2.07%) Linux
11 9 (2.07%) Mac OS
12 8 (1.84%) Apple iOS
13 6 (1.38%) Windows 2000
14 5 (1.15%) Windows Vista
15 3 (0.69%) UNIX
16 1 (0.23%) Windows Mobile
16 1 (0.23%) Windows Phone
16 1 (0.23%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 63 (14.48%) ITIL
2 28 (6.44%) Migration
3 23 (5.29%) Incident Management
4 18 (4.14%) Problem Management
4 18 (4.14%) Service Management
5 11 (2.53%) Service Delivery
5 11 (2.53%) Change Management
6 8 (1.84%) Data Protection
6 8 (1.84%) Patch Management
7 7 (1.61%) Software Deployment
8 4 (0.92%) Customer Engagement
8 4 (0.92%) Disaster Recovery
8 4 (0.92%) Project Management
8 4 (0.92%) Workflow
9 3 (0.69%) CAD
9 3 (0.69%) Configuration Management
9 3 (0.69%) ITSM
9 3 (0.69%) PRINCE2
9 3 (0.69%) Change Control
9 3 (0.69%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 20 (4.60%) SQL
2 7 (1.61%) PowerShell
3 5 (1.15%) VBScript
4 4 (0.92%) VB
4 4 (0.92%) C
5 2 (0.46%) T-SQL
6 1 (0.23%) Java
6 1 (0.23%) VBA
Qualifications
1 48 (11.03%) Security Cleared
2 27 (6.21%) Microsoft Certification
2 27 (6.21%) SC Cleared
3 15 (3.45%) MCSE
3 15 (3.45%) Degree
4 13 (2.99%) MCP
5 7 (1.61%) MCSA
6 6 (1.38%) CCNA
6 6 (1.38%) Cisco Certification
6 6 (1.38%) ITIL Certification
7 5 (1.15%) MCDST
7 5 (1.15%) MCITP
8 4 (0.92%) MCTS
9 3 (0.69%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 3 (0.69%) ACTC
9 3 (0.69%) Citrix Certification
10 2 (0.46%) HND
10 2 (0.46%) DV Cleared
11 1 (0.23%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (8.05%) SLA
2 1 (0.23%) Data Quality
System Software
1 209 (48.05%) Active Directory
2 20 (4.60%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (1.84%) XenApp
4 7 (1.61%) XenDesktop
5 4 (0.92%) VMware Workstation
6 3 (0.69%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (0.69%) Terminal Server
6 3 (0.69%) Hyper-V
7 2 (0.46%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (0.46%) Xen
8 1 (0.23%) VMware Server
8 1 (0.23%) Terminal Services
8 1 (0.23%) Samba
8 1 (0.23%) VMware ESX
8 1 (0.23%) BitLocker
8 1 (0.23%) vSphere
8 1 (0.23%) MetaFrame
Systems Management
1 60 (13.79%) SCCM
2 7 (1.61%) Casper Suite
3 5 (1.15%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 2 (0.46%) Unicenter
4 2 (0.46%) WSUS
4 2 (0.46%) ZENworks
4 2 (0.46%) DameWare
4 2 (0.46%) SCOM
5 1 (0.23%) Cisco CUCM
5 1 (0.23%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 1 (0.23%) NetBackup
5 1 (0.23%) Backup Exec
5 1 (0.23%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 175 (40.23%) Microsoft
2 46 (10.57%) Citrix
2 46 (10.57%) VMware
3 28 (6.44%) Apple
4 25 (5.75%) HP
5 24 (5.52%) Cisco
6 20 (4.60%) Dell
7 16 (3.68%) Remedy
8 15 (3.45%) Lotus
9 14 (3.22%) LANDesk
10 13 (2.99%) Bloomberg
11 11 (2.53%) Wyse
12 10 (2.30%) Adobe
12 10 (2.30%) Reuters
13 8 (1.84%) Sophos
14 7 (1.61%) McAfee
14 7 (1.61%) CheckPoint
14 7 (1.61%) Novell
15 6 (1.38%) ServiceNow
16 5 (1.15%) Acronis
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