Period
to 14 November 2018

The median contractor rate for a Desktop Support was £213 per day in advertised job vacancies in Cheshire during the 6 months to 14 November 2018.

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
North West > Cheshire
6 months to
14 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 71 66 76
Rank change year-on-year -5 +10 -5
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Support 24 24 22
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 1.84% 1.79% 1.48%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.94% 1.86% 1.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 3 12
Cheshire median daily rate £213 £150 £198
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +41.67% -24.05% -12.22%
10th Percentile £127 £150 £111
90th Percentile £498 £290 £631
North West median daily rate £135 £180 £245
% change year-on-year -24.79% -26.53% +22.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 13 8
Cheshire median hourly rate £17.50 £13.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.62% -13.33% -7.18%
10th Percentile £14.22 £13.00 £13.00
90th Percentile £20.06 £17.50 £16.10
North West median hourly rate £16.04 £13.00 £13.75
% change year-on-year +23.37% -5.45% -14.06%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
Cheshire
Contract vacancies in Cheshire with a recognized job title 1,238 1,289 1,399
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.08% 95.91% 94.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 814 902 1,012
Cheshire median daily rate £400 £409 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.14% +2.19% -3.03%
10th Percentile £268 £263 £235
90th Percentile £538 £612 £600
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 89 57 51
Cheshire median hourly rate £17.50 £13.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.62% -13.33% -11.76%
10th Percentile £12.90 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £40.50 £33.80 £33.75
North West median hourly rate £19.25 £17.50 £16.22
% change year-on-year +10.00% +7.92% -21.86%

Desktop Support
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

Job postings that featured Desktop Support in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Cheshire.

Job vacancy trend for Desktop Support in Cheshire

Desktop Support
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Desktop Support in Cheshire

Desktop Support
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Desktop Support in Cheshire over the 6 months to 14 November 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Desktop Support in Cheshire

Desktop Support
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Desktop Support in Cheshire

Desktop Support
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Desktop Support within the Cheshire region over the 6 months to 14 November 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Macclesfield -3 11 - -
Chester +1 6 £129 -56.96%
Warrington -1 2 £213 +41.67% 2
Runcorn +7 1 - -
Alderley Edge - 1 - -
Desktop Support
North West

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

For the 6 months to 14 November 2018, Desktop Support contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Cheshire region featuring Desktop Support in the job title.

1 21 (87.50%) Windows
2 15 (62.50%) Windows 10
3 14 (58.33%) Active Directory
3 14 (58.33%) Windows 7
4 13 (54.17%) Microsoft
5 9 (37.50%) Migration
6 8 (33.33%) SCCM
7 7 (29.17%) Microsoft Office
8 6 (25.00%) Windows XP
8 6 (25.00%) Apple
8 6 (25.00%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 6 (25.00%) Mac OS
8 6 (25.00%) Apple iOS
8 6 (25.00%) Office 365
8 6 (25.00%) Software Deployment
8 6 (25.00%) Break/Fix
9 5 (20.83%) Time Management
10 4 (16.67%) Security Cleared
10 4 (16.67%) Asset Management
10 4 (16.67%) ServiceNow
10 4 (16.67%) OneDrive
11 3 (12.50%) Windows 8
11 3 (12.50%) SLA
12 2 (8.33%) NHS
12 2 (8.33%) ITSM
12 2 (8.33%) Finance
12 2 (8.33%) Information Security
12 2 (8.33%) SC Cleared
12 2 (8.33%) Windows Vista
12 2 (8.33%) Customer Requirements

Desktop Support Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire 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 7 (29.17%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 6 (25.00%) Office 365
2 4 (16.67%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.17%) Firewall
1 1 (4.17%) LAN
1 1 (4.17%) NAS
1 1 (4.17%) Network Security
1 1 (4.17%) SAN
1 1 (4.17%) WAN
General
1 2 (8.33%) Finance
2 1 (4.17%) Banking
2 1 (4.17%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.17%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 2 (8.33%) NHS
2 1 (4.17%) Data Centre
2 1 (4.17%) Enterprise Storage
2 1 (4.17%) Fat Client
2 1 (4.17%) Replication
2 1 (4.17%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 21 (87.50%) Windows
2 15 (62.50%) Windows 10
3 14 (58.33%) Windows 7
4 6 (25.00%) Apple iOS
4 6 (25.00%) Mac OS
4 6 (25.00%) Windows XP
5 3 (12.50%) Windows 8
6 2 (8.33%) Windows Server
6 2 (8.33%) Windows Vista
7 1 (4.17%) HPUX
7 1 (4.17%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (37.50%) Migration
2 6 (25.00%) Break/Fix
2 6 (25.00%) Software Deployment
3 5 (20.83%) Time Management
4 4 (16.67%) Asset Management
5 2 (8.33%) Customer Requirements
5 2 (8.33%) Information Security
5 2 (8.33%) ITSM
6 1 (4.17%) Change Management
6 1 (4.17%) Continuous Improvement
6 1 (4.17%) DevOps
6 1 (4.17%) Disaster Recovery
6 1 (4.17%) Hardware Maintenance
6 1 (4.17%) Matrix Organization
6 1 (4.17%) Process Improvement
6 1 (4.17%) Risk Assessment
Programming Languages
1 1 (4.17%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 4 (16.67%) Security Cleared
2 2 (8.33%) SC Cleared
3 1 (4.17%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (12.50%) SLA
System Software
1 14 (58.33%) Active Directory
2 1 (4.17%) Virtual Desktop
2 1 (4.17%) VMware ESXi
2 1 (4.17%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 8 (33.33%) SCCM
2 6 (25.00%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 1 (4.17%) OpenView
Vendors
1 13 (54.17%) Microsoft
2 6 (25.00%) Apple
3 4 (16.67%) ServiceNow
4 1 (4.17%) HP
4 1 (4.17%) Mitel
4 1 (4.17%) Oracle
4 1 (4.17%) Veeam
4 1 (4.17%) Veritas
4 1 (4.17%) VMware