The median contractor rate for a Desktop Support was £211 per day in advertised job vacancies in Birmingham during the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Desktop Support
West Midlands / Birmingham
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 53 66 64
Rank change year-on-year +13 -2  
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Support 7 6 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 1.10% 0.73% 0.41%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.16% 0.77% 0.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 5 0
Median daily rate £211 £143 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +48.32% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £155 £174 £175
% change year-on-year -10.77% -0.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 2
Median hourly rate £14.00 £14.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.44% -3.33%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.00 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -6.66% -  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
Birmingham
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 605 782 691
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham 95.28% 94.56% 95.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 397 550 457
Median daily rate £378 £375 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.66% +2.73%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £225 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £548 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 16 34
Median hourly rate £15.64 £14.50 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.86% +3.57%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.12 £10.95 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £42.50 £29.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.14
% change year-on-year - +8.42%  

Desktop Support
Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Birmingham that featured Desktop Support in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Desktop Support in Birmingham

Desktop Support
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Desktop Support in Birmingham

Desktop Support
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Desktop Support in Birmingham over the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Desktop Support in Birmingham

Desktop Support
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Desktop Support in Birmingham

Desktop Support Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 27 June 2017, Desktop Support 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 across the Birmingham region featuring Desktop Support in the job title.

1 11 (78.57%) Windows
2 9 (64.29%) Active Directory
3 7 (50.00%) SCCM
3 7 (50.00%) Windows 7
4 6 (42.86%) Microsoft
5 4 (28.57%) VMware
5 4 (28.57%) Microsoft App-V
5 4 (28.57%) MSI
5 4 (28.57%) InstallShield
5 4 (28.57%) VMware Infrastructure
6 3 (21.43%) Line Management
6 3 (21.43%) Analytical Skills
6 3 (21.43%) Office 365
6 3 (21.43%) Windows 8
7 2 (14.29%) BitLocker
7 2 (14.29%) Windows 10
7 2 (14.29%) Customer Engagement
7 2 (14.29%) Problem Management
7 2 (14.29%) Service Management
7 2 (14.29%) WSUS
7 2 (14.29%) DNS
7 2 (14.29%) Citrix
7 2 (14.29%) Terminal Server
7 2 (14.29%) Microsoft Office
7 2 (14.29%) ITIL
7 2 (14.29%) DHCP
8 1 (7.14%) VPN
8 1 (7.14%) Windows XP
8 1 (7.14%) LAN
8 1 (7.14%) WAN

Desktop Support Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in Birmingham 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:

Applications
1 2 (14.29%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 3 (21.43%) Office 365
2 1 (7.14%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (14.29%) DHCP
1 2 (14.29%) DNS
2 1 (7.14%) Internet
2 1 (7.14%) LAN
2 1 (7.14%) VPN
2 1 (7.14%) WAN
Development Applications
1 4 (28.57%) InstallShield
1 4 (28.57%) MSI
Miscellaneous
1 3 (21.43%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (7.14%) Blackberry
2 1 (7.14%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 11 (78.57%) Windows
2 7 (50.00%) Windows 7
3 3 (21.43%) Windows 8
4 2 (14.29%) Windows 10
5 1 (7.14%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (21.43%) Line Management
2 2 (14.29%) Customer Engagement
2 2 (14.29%) ITIL
2 2 (14.29%) Problem Management
2 2 (14.29%) Service Management
3 1 (7.14%) Logistics
3 1 (7.14%) Migration
3 1 (7.14%) Mobile Device Management
3 1 (7.14%) Stakeholder Management
3 1 (7.14%) User Acceptance Testing
3 1 (7.14%) Validation
Qualifications
1 1 (7.14%) Degree
1 1 (7.14%) MCITP
1 1 (7.14%) MCTS
1 1 (7.14%) Microsoft Certification
System Software
1 9 (64.29%) Active Directory
2 4 (28.57%) Microsoft App-V
2 4 (28.57%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (14.29%) BitLocker
3 2 (14.29%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 7 (50.00%) SCCM
2 2 (14.29%) WSUS
Vendors
1 6 (42.86%) Microsoft
2 4 (28.57%) VMware
3 2 (14.29%) Citrix
4 1 (7.14%) HP