The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the UK that had Desktop Support Specialist featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 29 September 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
29 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Desktop Support Specialist
Rank 649 658 633
Rank change year-on-year
+9 -25
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Support Specialist 4 5 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.007% 0.009% 0.010%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.008% 0.009% 0.011%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 4 1
Median daily rate £190 £195 £263
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.56% -25.71%
UK excluding London median daily rate £190 £195 £263
% change year-on-year
-2.56% -25.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £18.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £18.00

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
50498 55077 54105
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.62% 94.96% 93.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 33021 35180 33066
Median daily rate £425 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.93% +1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £380 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.63% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1705 2088 2149
Median hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.71% +6.06%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-5.71% +6.06%

Desktop Support Specialist
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Desktop Support Specialist Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Desktop Support Specialist
Daily Rate Trend

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

Desktop Support Specialist Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Desktop Support Specialist
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Desktop Support Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 29 September 2016.

Desktop Support Specialist Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Desktop Support Specialist
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Desktop Support Specialist Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Desktop Support Specialist
Top 7 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 Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 29 September 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 +11 4 £190 -2.56% 1
Coventry - 2 £190 -
West Midlands - 2 £190 -
East of England +10 1 £300 -
Colchester - 1 £300 -
London - 1 £140 -
Essex - 1 £300 -

Desktop Support Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 September 2016, Desktop Support Specialist 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 Specialist in the job title.

1 6 (85.71%) Active Directory
2 4 (57.14%) Microsoft
2 4 (57.14%) Windows
3 3 (42.86%) Skype
3 3 (42.86%) Windows Server
4 2 (28.57%) Mimecast
4 2 (28.57%) Skype for Business
4 2 (28.57%) Office 365
4 2 (28.57%) SCCM
4 2 (28.57%) PowerShell
4 2 (28.57%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (28.57%) Hyper-V
4 2 (28.57%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (28.57%) MS Office
4 2 (28.57%) ITIL
4 2 (28.57%) MS Exchange
4 2 (28.57%) Adobe
4 2 (28.57%) Microsoft Certification
4 2 (28.57%) Apple
4 2 (28.57%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (14.29%) Mac OS X
5 1 (14.29%) Citrix
5 1 (14.29%) DHCP
5 1 (14.29%) Kerberos
5 1 (14.29%) DNS
5 1 (14.29%) Cisco
5 1 (14.29%) MS Excel
5 1 (14.29%) Service Management
5 1 (14.29%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (14.29%) Front Office

Desktop Support Specialist 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 2 (28.57%) MS Exchange
1 2 (28.57%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 2 (28.57%) MS Office
2 1 (14.29%) Adobe Illustrator
2 1 (14.29%) InDesign
2 1 (14.29%) MS Excel
2 1 (14.29%) SOLIDWORKS
Cloud Services
1 2 (28.57%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (28.57%) Mimecast
1 2 (28.57%) Office 365
2 1 (14.29%) Adobe Creative Cloud
2 1 (14.29%) Google Drive
Communications & Networking
1 3 (42.86%) Skype
2 1 (14.29%) DHCP
2 1 (14.29%) DNS
2 1 (14.29%) Kerberos
2 1 (14.29%) Wi-Fi
Development Applications
1 1 (14.29%) Xcode
General
1 1 (14.29%) Banking
1 1 (14.29%) Front Office
Operating Systems
1 4 (57.14%) Windows
2 3 (42.86%) Windows Server
3 2 (28.57%) Windows Server 2003
3 2 (28.57%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (14.29%) Apple iOS
4 1 (14.29%) Mac OS X
4 1 (14.29%) Windows 7
4 1 (14.29%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (28.57%) ITIL
2 1 (14.29%) Migration
2 1 (14.29%) Mobile Device Management
2 1 (14.29%) Service Management
2 1 (14.29%) Trend Analysis
Programming Languages
1 2 (28.57%) PowerShell
2 1 (14.29%) Bash Shell
2 1 (14.29%) VBA
Qualifications
1 2 (28.57%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (14.29%) MOS
System Software
1 6 (85.71%) Active Directory
2 2 (28.57%) Hyper-V
3 1 (14.29%) Virtual Desktop
3 1 (14.29%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 2 (28.57%) SCCM
2 1 (14.29%) Casper Suite
Vendors
1 4 (57.14%) Microsoft
2 2 (28.57%) Adobe
2 2 (28.57%) Apple
3 1 (14.29%) Cisco
3 1 (14.29%) Citrix
3 1 (14.29%) Google
3 1 (14.29%) Meraki
3 1 (14.29%) ServiceNow