The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the UK that had Desktop Support Engineer featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 25 June 2016 with a comparison to same period over 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.

3 months to
25 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Desktop Support Engineer
Rank 461 409 415
Rank change year-on-year
-52 +6
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Support Engineer 183 234 216
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.34% 0.42% 0.40%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.36% 0.44% 0.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 73 91 86
Median daily rate £139 £154 £150
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.69% +2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £101 £115 £109
10% offered a daily rate of more than £224 £244 £252
UK excluding London median daily rate £138 £150 £150
% change year-on-year
-8.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 75 58
Median hourly rate £14.50 £15.77 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.05% +1.74%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.88 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £19.30 £20.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.00 £15.77 £15.50
% change year-on-year
-11.22% +1.74%

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
50257 53100 51246
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.73% 94.78% 94.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 32789 33386 31524
Median daily rate £425 £400 £396
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +1.01%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £245 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £563 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £399 £370 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.83% +5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1493 2035 2075
Median hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £40.00 £39.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.45 £16.14 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+8.11% -2.18%

Desktop Support Engineer
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of IT contracts that featured Desktop Support Engineer in the job title.

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 25 June 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Desktop Support Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 25 June 2016. 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 see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -50 162 £139 -10.37% 20
London -24 44 £139 -15.85% 11
South East -1 40 £143 -5.00% 4
South West -1 21 £184 +26.72%
East of England +8 20 £111 -7.50% 3
Wales +29 13 £88 -
South Wales +28 12 £88 -
Berkshire -2 10 £140 +3.70% 1
North West -9 10 £115 -42.50% 1
North East -51 10 £275 +44.73%
Oxfordshire +8 9 £135 -10.00% 1
West Midlands -17 9 £145 -
Tyne and Wear -55 9 £275 +44.73%
Cambridgeshire +17 8 £101 - 1
Cardiff +12 8 £88 -
Oxford +6 8 £135 -
Hampshire +3 8 £110 -26.66% 1
Gloucestershire -2 8 £140 -
Newcastle upon Tyne -62 8 £275 +44.73%
City of London +23 7 £110 -42.10% 4
East Midlands +12 7 £125 -
Surrey -14 7 £196 -6.54%
Cambridge +12 6 £118 - 1
Reading +3 6 - -
East Sussex +13 5 £345 +198.70%
Cheltenham +9 5 - -
Hertfordshire +9 4 £220 +83.33% 1
Norfolk +5 4 £107 -38.85% 1
Devon +2 4 £205 +46.42%
Manchester -7 4 - -

Desktop Support Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 June 2016, Desktop Support Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Desktop Support Engineer in the job title.

1 275 (77.90%) Windows
2 181 (51.27%) Windows 7
3 180 (50.99%) Active Directory
4 138 (39.09%) Microsoft
5 108 (30.59%) MS Office
6 74 (20.96%) Windows Server
7 71 (20.11%) SCCM
8 67 (18.98%) Windows 8
9 63 (17.85%) MS Excel
10 59 (16.71%) ITIL
11 52 (14.73%) Windows XP
12 40 (11.33%) Citrix
13 39 (11.05%) Office 365
14 35 (9.92%) MS Exchange
14 35 (9.92%) Windows Server 2008
15 34 (9.63%) SLA
16 30 (8.50%) DNS
16 30 (8.50%) TCP/IP
16 30 (8.50%) Microsoft Certification
17 29 (8.22%) Apple
18 27 (7.65%) Cisco
19 25 (7.08%) Blackberry
20 24 (6.80%) Windows 10
20 24 (6.80%) Finance
21 23 (6.52%) DHCP
21 23 (6.52%) Windows Server 2012
22 22 (6.23%) Apple iOS
22 22 (6.23%) Windows Server 2003
23 21 (5.95%) VMware
23 21 (5.95%) LAN

Desktop Support Engineer Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 35 (9.92%) MS Exchange
2 16 (4.53%) Exchange Server 2010
3 15 (4.25%) Skype for Business
4 12 (3.40%) IBM Notes
5 9 (2.55%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 5 (1.42%) Exchange Server 2013
7 4 (1.13%) SharePoint
8 3 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2007
8 3 (0.85%) IBM Domino
8 3 (0.85%) IIS
9 1 (0.28%) CMS
9 1 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2003
9 1 (0.28%) Joomla!
9 1 (0.28%) SharePoint 2010
9 1 (0.28%) WordPress
Applications
1 108 (30.59%) MS Office
2 63 (17.85%) MS Excel
3 2 (0.57%) Acrobat
3 2 (0.57%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (0.57%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (1.42%) Eikon
1 5 (1.42%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.28%) assyst
2 1 (0.28%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 39 (11.05%) Office 365
2 7 (1.98%) OneDrive
3 2 (0.57%) Google Apps
4 1 (0.28%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (0.28%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.28%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 30 (8.50%) DNS
1 30 (8.50%) TCP/IP
2 23 (6.52%) DHCP
3 21 (5.95%) LAN
4 16 (4.53%) Internet
5 14 (3.97%) VPN
6 13 (3.68%) WAN
7 8 (2.27%) Remote Desktop
7 8 (2.27%) Skype
8 7 (1.98%) Wireless
9 6 (1.70%) VoIP
10 5 (1.42%) Firewall
11 3 (0.85%) 3G
11 3 (0.85%) Ethernet
11 3 (0.85%) Extranet
11 3 (0.85%) IP Telephony
11 3 (0.85%) SAN
12 2 (0.57%) Cisco IOS
12 2 (0.57%) IPX
12 2 (0.57%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (1.42%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.28%) Crystal Reports
2 1 (0.28%) Oracle Database
2 1 (0.28%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (0.28%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 1 (0.28%) MSI
General
1 24 (6.80%) Finance
2 16 (4.53%) Banking
3 6 (1.70%) Law
3 6 (1.70%) Manufacturing
3 6 (1.70%) Retail
3 6 (1.70%) Telecoms
4 4 (1.13%) Back Office
4 4 (1.13%) Legal
4 4 (1.13%) Local Government
5 3 (0.85%) Retail Banking
6 2 (0.57%) Advertising
6 2 (0.57%) Investment Banking
6 2 (0.57%) Marketing
7 1 (0.28%) Electronics
7 1 (0.28%) Front Office
7 1 (0.28%) Multimedia
7 1 (0.28%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.28%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (0.28%) CGI
1 1 (0.28%) CSS
1 1 (0.28%) HTML
1 1 (0.28%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 25 (7.08%) Blackberry
2 16 (4.53%) NHS
3 14 (3.97%) Driving Licence
3 14 (3.97%) iPhone
4 13 (3.68%) Analytical Skills
4 13 (3.68%) Mathematics
5 11 (3.12%) iPad
6 10 (2.83%) Smartphone
7 7 (1.98%) Fat Client
7 7 (1.98%) Thin Client
8 6 (1.70%) Video Conferencing
9 4 (1.13%) Data Centre
10 3 (0.85%) Management Information System
10 3 (0.85%) PDA
11 2 (0.57%) BYOD
11 2 (0.57%) Client/Server
11 2 (0.57%) CMDB
11 2 (0.57%) Computer Science
11 2 (0.57%) User Experience
12 1 (0.28%) Health Informatics
Operating Systems
1 275 (77.90%) Windows
2 181 (51.27%) Windows 7
3 74 (20.96%) Windows Server
4 67 (18.98%) Windows 8
5 52 (14.73%) Windows XP
6 35 (9.92%) Windows Server 2008
7 24 (6.80%) Windows 10
8 23 (6.52%) Windows Server 2012
9 22 (6.23%) Apple iOS
9 22 (6.23%) Windows Server 2003
10 14 (3.97%) Android
11 13 (3.68%) Mac OS X
11 13 (3.68%) Windows Vista
12 10 (2.83%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.28%) Linux
13 1 (0.28%) Mac OS X Server
13 1 (0.28%) Unix
13 1 (0.28%) Windows Mobile
13 1 (0.28%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 59 (16.71%) ITIL
2 16 (4.53%) Service Delivery
3 13 (3.68%) Software Deployment
4 12 (3.40%) Migration
5 11 (3.12%) ITIL V3
6 10 (2.83%) Mentoring
7 9 (2.55%) ITSM
7 9 (2.55%) Patch Management
7 9 (2.55%) Service Management
8 8 (2.27%) Change Management
8 8 (2.27%) Configuration Management
8 8 (2.27%) Fault Analysis
8 8 (2.27%) Information Security
9 6 (1.70%) Coaching
9 6 (1.70%) Incident Management
9 6 (1.70%) Mobile Device Management
10 5 (1.42%) Project Management
10 5 (1.42%) Virtual Environments
11 4 (1.13%) Infrastructure Management
11 4 (1.13%) Software Distribution
Programming Languages
1 20 (5.67%) C
2 9 (2.55%) SQL
3 4 (1.13%) Java
4 2 (0.57%) PowerShell
5 1 (0.28%) JavaScript
5 1 (0.28%) Perl
5 1 (0.28%) PHP
5 1 (0.28%) Python
5 1 (0.28%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 30 (8.50%) Microsoft Certification
2 20 (5.67%) MCSE
2 20 (5.67%) Security Cleared
3 19 (5.38%) MCP
4 11 (3.12%) SC Cleared
5 8 (2.27%) MCSA
6 7 (1.98%) CCNA
6 7 (1.98%) Cisco Certification
6 7 (1.98%) Degree
7 6 (1.70%) DBS Check
8 5 (1.42%) A+ Certification
9 4 (1.13%) ITIL Certification
10 3 (0.85%) DV Cleared
10 3 (0.85%) MCITP
11 2 (0.57%) BPSS Clearance
11 2 (0.57%) Network+ Certification
12 1 (0.28%) CCA
12 1 (0.28%) CCNP
12 1 (0.28%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 1 (0.28%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (9.63%) SLA
2 2 (0.57%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 180 (50.99%) Active Directory
2 16 (4.53%) XenApp
3 10 (2.83%) XenDesktop
4 9 (2.55%) Microsoft App-V
5 7 (1.98%) BitLocker
6 5 (1.42%) VMware Infrastructure
7 4 (1.13%) UAG
7 4 (1.13%) XenServer
8 3 (0.85%) Hyper-V
8 3 (0.85%) Virtual Desktop
9 1 (0.28%) Samba
9 1 (0.28%) Xen
Systems Management
1 71 (20.11%) SCCM
2 10 (2.83%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 5 (1.42%) XenMobile
4 4 (1.13%) Backup Exec
5 3 (0.85%) EdgeSight
5 3 (0.85%) SafeCom
6 2 (0.57%) Norton AntiVirus
6 2 (0.57%) SCOM
6 2 (0.57%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 2 (0.57%) WSUS
7 1 (0.28%) AirWatch
7 1 (0.28%) Cisco CUCM
7 1 (0.28%) DameWare
7 1 (0.28%) Unicenter
Vendors
1 138 (39.09%) Microsoft
2 40 (11.33%) Citrix
3 29 (8.22%) Apple
4 27 (7.65%) Cisco
5 21 (5.95%) VMware
6 19 (5.38%) Remedy
7 18 (5.10%) HP
8 13 (3.68%) Symantec
9 12 (3.40%) Lotus
10 11 (3.12%) ServiceNow
11 7 (1.98%) AppSense
12 6 (1.70%) Bloomberg
12 6 (1.70%) Reuters
13 5 (1.42%) Avaya
13 5 (1.42%) LANDesk
14 4 (1.13%) Canon
14 4 (1.13%) Dell
14 4 (1.13%) Google
14 4 (1.13%) SAP
14 4 (1.13%) Sophos
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