The median contractor rate for a Desktop Support was £225 per day in advertised job vacancies in Cheshire 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
North West / Cheshire
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 51 64 65
Rank change year-on-year +13 +1  
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Support 6 15 13
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 0.94% 1.62% 1.37%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.99% 1.71% 1.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 3 3
Median daily rate £225 £325 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -30.76% +18.18%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £165 £157 £195
10% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £425 £335
UK excluding London median daily rate £155 £174 £175
% change year-on-year -10.77% -0.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 8 9
Median hourly rate £15.15 £15.00 £16.16
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.00% -7.17%  
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 Cheshire. 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
Cheshire
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 605 875 902
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 94.98% 94.39% 94.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 418 635 551
Median daily rate £400 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £288 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 27 46
Median hourly rate £30.00 £15.00 £15.77
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +100.00% -4.88%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £56.00 £21.40 £33.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.14
% change year-on-year - +8.42%  

Desktop Support
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

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

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 3 months to 27 June 2017.

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 3 months to 27 June 2017. 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 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
Chester - 2 £300 -
Warrington +15 1 £150 +30.43%
Crewe -4 1 - -
Knutsford - 1 - -
Runcorn - 1 - -
Desktop Support
North West

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

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 Cheshire region featuring Desktop Support in the job title.

1 9 (75.00%) Windows
2 6 (50.00%) Microsoft
3 4 (33.33%) Active Directory
3 4 (33.33%) Windows 7
4 3 (25.00%) Android
4 3 (25.00%) TCP/IP
4 3 (25.00%) Smartphone
4 3 (25.00%) Apple iOS
5 2 (16.67%) SCCM
5 2 (16.67%) Internet
5 2 (16.67%) Middleware
5 2 (16.67%) VPN
5 2 (16.67%) DNS
5 2 (16.67%) MS Exchange
5 2 (16.67%) LAN
5 2 (16.67%) WAN
5 2 (16.67%) SharePoint
5 2 (16.67%) Samsung
5 2 (16.67%) iPhone
5 2 (16.67%) Citrix
6 1 (8.33%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (8.33%) Intranet
6 1 (8.33%) vSphere
6 1 (8.33%) iPad
6 1 (8.33%) Windows XP
6 1 (8.33%) Linux
6 1 (8.33%) Perl
6 1 (8.33%) SQL
6 1 (8.33%) PRINCE2
6 1 (8.33%) Unix

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:

Application Platforms
1 2 (16.67%) MS Exchange
1 2 (16.67%) SharePoint
2 1 (8.33%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 1 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (8.33%) Skype for Business
Communications & Networking
1 3 (25.00%) TCP/IP
2 2 (16.67%) DNS
2 2 (16.67%) Internet
2 2 (16.67%) LAN
2 2 (16.67%) VPN
2 2 (16.67%) WAN
3 1 (8.33%) Intranet
3 1 (8.33%) Remote Desktop
3 1 (8.33%) SSL
3 1 (8.33%) VLAN
3 1 (8.33%) Wireless
Development Applications
1 1 (8.33%) MSI
General
1 1 (8.33%) Back Office
1 1 (8.33%) Finance
1 1 (8.33%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (16.67%) Middleware
2 1 (8.33%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 3 (25.00%) Smartphone
2 2 (16.67%) iPhone
3 1 (8.33%) Blackberry
3 1 (8.33%) Handset
3 1 (8.33%) iPad
3 1 (8.33%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 9 (75.00%) Windows
2 4 (33.33%) Windows 7
3 3 (25.00%) Android
3 3 (25.00%) Apple iOS
4 1 (8.33%) Linux
4 1 (8.33%) Unix
4 1 (8.33%) Windows 10
4 1 (8.33%) Windows Server
4 1 (8.33%) Windows Vista
4 1 (8.33%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (8.33%) Asset Management
1 1 (8.33%) Continuous Improvement
1 1 (8.33%) Data Analysis
1 1 (8.33%) Mobile Device Management
1 1 (8.33%) Multi-Factor Authentication
1 1 (8.33%) PRINCE2
1 1 (8.33%) Service Delivery
1 1 (8.33%) Service Management
1 1 (8.33%) Two-Factor Authentication
Programming Languages
1 1 (8.33%) Korn
1 1 (8.33%) Perl
1 1 (8.33%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (8.33%) MCDST
1 1 (8.33%) Microsoft Certification
1 1 (8.33%) SC Cleared
1 1 (8.33%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 4 (33.33%) Active Directory
2 1 (8.33%) BitLocker
2 1 (8.33%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (8.33%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (8.33%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (8.33%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 2 (16.67%) SCCM
2 1 (8.33%) DameWare
Vendors
1 6 (50.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (16.67%) Citrix
2 2 (16.67%) Samsung
3 1 (8.33%) AppSense
3 1 (8.33%) HP
3 1 (8.33%) McAfee
3 1 (8.33%) VMware