The first table below looks at the demand 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 17 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles currently tracked.

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
17 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Desktop Support Engineer
Rank 395 399 411
Rank change year-on-year
+4 +12
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Support Engineer 198 160 176
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.35% 0.33% 0.29%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.38% 0.36% 0.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 66 35 53
Average daily rate £150 £175 £138
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-14.28% +27.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £105 £105 £100
10% offered a daily rate of more than £223 £375 £221
UK excluding London average daily rate £131 £135 £138
% change year-on-year
-2.77% -1.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 59 69 65
Average hourly rate £14.75 £14.00 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.35% -15.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.34 £11.80 £11.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £19.20 £21.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £13.50 £16.86
% change year-on-year
+7.40% -19.92%
Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
51988 44191 56201
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.28% 92.47% 92.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 31587 25300 30909
Average daily rate £390 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.50% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £238 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 2072 2201 2627
Average hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% -7.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.37
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £19.21
% change year-on-year
-2.85% -8.90%

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 17 April 2014.

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 17 April 2014.

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 17 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -5 179 £150 -14.28% 30
London -21 69 £170 -5.55% 18
South East -15 38 £160 +13.27% 7
North West +4 25 £150 - 1
Oxfordshire +12 14 £120 - 1
South West -32 13 £130 -55.93% 3
City of London -19 12 £168 -6.94% 6
Scotland -13 10 £114 -1.08% 1
East of England -27 10 £150 -14.28%
Oxford - 10 £120 -
East Midlands -12 9 - -
Berkshire -18 8 £196 +86.90% 3
Glasgow +17 7 £98 -15.21%
Surrey -14 6 £170 -
Yorkshire -13 5 £150 +53.84% 1
West Midlands -18 5 £105 -
Nottinghamshire +1 4 - -
Devon -4 4 £136 - 1
Manchester -7 4 £135 - 1
Cambridgeshire -14 4 £150 -
North East -22 4 £170 -
Tyne and Wear - 4 £170 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 4 £170 -
Nottingham +2 3 - -
West Sussex +1 3 £160 -0.77%
East Sussex -5 3 - - 1
Hampshire -8 3 £126 -6.48% 1
Reading -14 3 £193 +220.83% 1
West Yorkshire -28 3 £150 - 1
Cheshire - 3 - -

Desktop Support Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 April 2014, 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 (85.83%) Windows
2 236 (61.94%) Windows 7
3 176 (46.19%) Active Directory
4 170 (44.62%) MS Office
5 166 (43.57%) Windows XP
6 163 (42.78%) Microsoft
7 81 (21.26%) Blackberry
8 73 (19.16%) MS Excel
9 68 (17.85%) MS Exchange
10 63 (16.54%) Windows Server 2008
11 62 (16.27%) Citrix
12 56 (14.70%) Windows Server 2003
13 44 (11.55%) Finance
14 43 (11.29%) Security Cleared
15 41 (10.76%) SCCM
16 40 (10.50%) SC Cleared
17 39 (10.24%) ITIL
18 38 (9.97%) Banking
19 37 (9.71%) Incident Management
20 33 (8.66%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
21 29 (7.61%) VPN
22 28 (7.35%) Lotus
23 27 (7.09%) IBM Notes
24 26 (6.82%) LAN
24 26 (6.82%) TCP/IP
24 26 (6.82%) Microsoft Certification
25 25 (6.56%) Cisco
26 22 (5.77%) HP
26 22 (5.77%) Windows Vista
27 21 (5.51%) SLA

Desktop Support Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 2014, 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 68 (17.85%) MS Exchange
2 33 (8.66%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 27 (7.09%) IBM Notes
4 15 (3.94%) Exchange Server 2003
5 10 (2.62%) Exchange Server 2010
6 5 (1.31%) Exchange Server 2007
6 5 (1.31%) SharePoint
7 1 (0.26%) Lync
7 1 (0.26%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (0.26%) Lotus Domino
Applications
1 170 (44.62%) MS Office
2 73 (19.16%) MS Excel
3 12 (3.15%) MS Visio
4 8 (2.10%) Acrobat
4 8 (2.10%) MS Project
5 6 (1.57%) MS PowerPoint
6 2 (0.52%) CINEMA 4D
6 2 (0.52%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.52%) Adobe Illustrator
6 2 (0.52%) InDesign
6 2 (0.52%) Vectorworks
7 1 (0.26%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (1.57%) Eikon
2 4 (1.05%) Khalix
3 2 (0.52%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.26%) Sage 300 ERP
Cloud Services
1 4 (1.05%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 29 (7.61%) VPN
2 26 (6.82%) LAN
2 26 (6.82%) TCP/IP
3 18 (4.72%) DNS
4 15 (3.94%) WAN
5 14 (3.67%) DHCP
6 10 (2.62%) VoIP
6 10 (2.62%) Internet
7 7 (1.84%) Wireless
8 6 (1.57%) Firewall
9 5 (1.31%) Wi-Fi
9 5 (1.31%) 3G
10 4 (1.05%) SMS
11 3 (0.79%) Network Security
12 2 (0.52%) Cisco ASA
12 2 (0.52%) Cisco IOS
12 2 (0.52%) Broadband
12 2 (0.52%) NetScreen
12 2 (0.52%) SAN
13 1 (0.26%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (1.57%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.05%) Cognos Impromptu
3 2 (0.52%) DTS
General
1 44 (11.55%) Finance
2 38 (9.97%) Banking
3 13 (3.41%) Financial Institution
4 12 (3.15%) Investment Banking
5 6 (1.57%) Back Office
6 5 (1.31%) Retail
7 3 (0.79%) Local Government
7 3 (0.79%) Telecoms
7 3 (0.79%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.52%) Front Office
9 1 (0.26%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.26%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.26%) Mandarin Language
9 1 (0.26%) French Language
9 1 (0.26%) German Language
9 1 (0.26%) Japanese Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (0.26%) JSP
1 1 (0.26%) OLE
1 1 (0.26%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 81 (21.26%) Blackberry
2 13 (3.41%) NHS
3 12 (3.15%) Video Conferencing
4 10 (2.62%) Hedge funds
5 8 (2.10%) iPhone
6 7 (1.84%) Fat Client
6 7 (1.84%) iPad
6 7 (1.84%) Thin Client
7 5 (1.31%) Handset
8 3 (0.79%) PDA
9 2 (0.52%) Client/Server
9 2 (0.52%) IVR
9 2 (0.52%) Smartcard
10 1 (0.26%) Management Information System
10 1 (0.26%) Device Driver
10 1 (0.26%) EqualLogic
10 1 (0.26%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 327 (85.83%) Windows
2 236 (61.94%) Windows 7
3 166 (43.57%) Windows XP
4 63 (16.54%) Windows Server 2008
5 56 (14.70%) Windows Server 2003
6 22 (5.77%) Windows Vista
7 13 (3.41%) Windows 8
7 13 (3.41%) Windows 2000
8 12 (3.15%) Windows Server 2012
9 8 (2.10%) Mac OS X
10 7 (1.84%) Android
11 4 (1.05%) Windows 2000 Server
12 2 (0.52%) Mac OS
12 2 (0.52%) UNIX
12 2 (0.52%) Linux
12 2 (0.52%) Windows Mobile
13 1 (0.26%) NetWare
13 1 (0.26%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (10.24%) ITIL
2 37 (9.71%) Incident Management
3 19 (4.99%) Migration
4 17 (4.46%) Service Delivery
5 15 (3.94%) Change Management
6 14 (3.67%) Service Management
7 12 (3.15%) Software Deployment
8 11 (2.89%) Configuration Management
8 11 (2.89%) Project Management
9 8 (2.10%) Performance Monitoring
10 7 (1.84%) TQM
11 5 (1.31%) Asset Management
12 4 (1.05%) User Acceptance Testing
13 3 (0.79%) ITIL V3
13 3 (0.79%) Disaster Recovery
13 3 (0.79%) CRM
14 2 (0.52%) ERP
14 2 (0.52%) BCP
14 2 (0.52%) Data Management
14 2 (0.52%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 18 (4.72%) SQL
2 8 (2.10%) PowerShell
3 2 (0.52%) C
3 2 (0.52%) VB
Qualifications
1 43 (11.29%) Security Cleared
2 40 (10.50%) SC Cleared
3 26 (6.82%) Microsoft Certification
4 18 (4.72%) MCP
5 14 (3.67%) MCSE
6 7 (1.84%) MCITP
7 6 (1.57%) MCSA
8 5 (1.31%) ITIL Certification
9 4 (1.05%) Degree
10 2 (0.52%) BC Cleared
10 2 (0.52%) DV Cleared
10 2 (0.52%) ACDT
10 2 (0.52%) MCDST
10 2 (0.52%) MCTS
10 2 (0.52%) A+ Certification
11 1 (0.26%) CCNA
11 1 (0.26%) Cisco Certification
11 1 (0.26%) HNC
11 1 (0.26%) CNA
11 1 (0.26%) Novell Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (5.51%) SLA
2 2 (0.52%) QA
3 1 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 176 (46.19%) Active Directory
2 13 (3.41%) Microsoft App-V
3 7 (1.84%) XenApp
4 6 (1.57%) VMware Infrastructure
5 3 (0.79%) Hyper-V
5 3 (0.79%) XenDesktop
6 1 (0.26%) vSphere
6 1 (0.26%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 41 (10.76%) SCCM
2 9 (2.36%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 7 (1.84%) WSUS
4 4 (1.05%) Unicenter
5 2 (0.52%) DameWare
5 2 (0.52%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 163 (42.78%) Microsoft
2 62 (16.27%) Citrix
3 28 (7.35%) Lotus
4 25 (6.56%) Cisco
5 22 (5.77%) HP
6 20 (5.25%) Bloomberg
7 19 (4.99%) Apple
7 19 (4.99%) Dell
8 18 (4.72%) VMware
9 16 (4.20%) Reuters
10 13 (3.41%) AppSense
10 13 (3.41%) CA
11 12 (3.15%) Adobe
12 8 (2.10%) Altiris
12 8 (2.10%) Lumension
13 6 (1.57%) MobileIron
13 6 (1.57%) Speakerbus
13 6 (1.57%) Fidessa
13 6 (1.57%) Oracle
13 6 (1.57%) Avaya
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