Period
to 17 January 2019

The median contractor rate for a Desktop Support was £169 per day in advertised job vacancies in Cheshire during the 6 months to 17 January 2019.

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
17 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 70 73 77
Rank change year-on-year +3 +4 -2
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Support 14 18 15
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 1.19% 1.44% 1.15%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.24% 1.50% 1.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 0 8
Cheshire median daily rate £169 - £178
10th Percentile £131 - £102
90th Percentile £210 - £249
North West median daily rate £125 £180 £170
% change year-on-year -30.56% +5.88% -2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 14 7
Cheshire median hourly rate £17.50 £13.00 £15.15
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.62% -14.19% -14.74%
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £13.00 £13.00
% change year-on-year +34.62% - -18.75%

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 1,126 1,198 1,226
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.50% 96.07% 94.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 726 843 866
Cheshire median daily rate £400 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.61% +3.75% -5.88%
10th Percentile £263 £226 £213
90th Percentile £569 £625 £600
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 74 56 61
Cheshire median hourly rate £17.50 £14.25 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.81% -5.00% -13.44%
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.52 £11.25
90th Percentile £40.00 £37.50 £28.75
North West median hourly rate £20.00 £17.74 £17.50
% change year-on-year +12.74% +1.37% -18.60%

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 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 17 January 2019. 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 -9 6 - -
Chester 0 4 £125 -
Warrington - 2 £213 -
Alderley Edge - 1 - -
Runcorn - 1 - -
Desktop Support
North West

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

For the 6 months to 17 January 2019, 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 13 (92.86%) Windows
2 11 (78.57%) Windows 10
3 8 (57.14%) Windows 7
4 7 (50.00%) Active Directory
5 6 (42.86%) Microsoft
6 5 (35.71%) Microsoft Office
6 5 (35.71%) Apple iOS
6 5 (35.71%) Office 365
7 4 (28.57%) Software Deployment
7 4 (28.57%) ServiceNow
7 4 (28.57%) OneDrive
7 4 (28.57%) Apple
7 4 (28.57%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 4 (28.57%) Mac OS
7 4 (28.57%) Asset Management
7 4 (28.57%) SCCM
8 3 (21.43%) Migration
9 2 (14.29%) ITSM
9 2 (14.29%) Windows XP
9 2 (14.29%) Security Cleared
9 2 (14.29%) Break/Fix
10 1 (7.14%) Problem-Solving
10 1 (7.14%) Ticket Management
10 1 (7.14%) Windows 8
10 1 (7.14%) Continuous Improvement
10 1 (7.14%) Matrix Organization
10 1 (7.14%) Hardware Maintenance
10 1 (7.14%) Time Management
10 1 (7.14%) Banking
10 1 (7.14%) MCITP

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 5 (35.71%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 5 (35.71%) Office 365
2 4 (28.57%) OneDrive
General
1 1 (7.14%) Banking
1 1 (7.14%) Marketing
Miscellaneous
1 1 (7.14%) Fat Client
1 1 (7.14%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 13 (92.86%) Windows
2 11 (78.57%) Windows 10
3 8 (57.14%) Windows 7
4 5 (35.71%) Apple iOS
5 4 (28.57%) Mac OS
6 2 (14.29%) Windows XP
7 1 (7.14%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (28.57%) Asset Management
1 4 (28.57%) Software Deployment
2 3 (21.43%) Migration
3 2 (14.29%) Break/Fix
3 2 (14.29%) ITSM
4 1 (7.14%) Continuous Improvement
4 1 (7.14%) Hardware Maintenance
4 1 (7.14%) Matrix Organization
4 1 (7.14%) Problem-Solving
4 1 (7.14%) Risk Assessment
4 1 (7.14%) Ticket Management
4 1 (7.14%) Time Management
Qualifications
1 2 (14.29%) Security Cleared
2 1 (7.14%) A+ Certification
2 1 (7.14%) MCITP
2 1 (7.14%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (7.14%) SLA
System Software
1 7 (50.00%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 4 (28.57%) SCCM
1 4 (28.57%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 6 (42.86%) Microsoft
2 4 (28.57%) Apple
2 4 (28.57%) ServiceNow