The median contractor rate for a Desktop Support was £128 per day in advertised job vacancies in the City of London during the 3 months to 23 April 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
London / City of London
3 months to
23 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 139 141 148
Rank change year-on-year +2 +7  
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Support 22 23 48
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.68% 0.66% 0.88%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.72% 0.70% 0.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 15 34
Median daily rate £128 £193 £150
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -33.76% +28.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £116 £139 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £338 £223 £270
UK excluding London median daily rate £144 £150 £160
% change year-on-year -4.00% -6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 7 6
Median hourly rate £21.25 £20.00 £17.87
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +11.95%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.15 £13.50 £13.87
% change year-on-year +12.22% -2.66%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London. 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
City of London
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 3076 3304 5192
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 95.14% 94.89% 95.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 2347 2682 3915
Median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £313 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 45 75
Median hourly rate £17.77 £19.50 £18.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.84% +4.81%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.38 £43.57 £32.12
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.28 £16.70
% change year-on-year -4.24% +9.43%  

Desktop Support
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

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

Job vacancy trend for Desktop Support in the City of London

Desktop Support
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Desktop Support in the City of London

Desktop Support
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Desktop Support in the City of London over the 3 months to 23 April 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Desktop Support in the City of London

Desktop Support
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Desktop Support in the City of London

Desktop Support Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 23 April 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 City of London region featuring Desktop Support in the job title.

1 41 (80.39%) Windows
2 30 (58.82%) Windows 7
3 29 (56.86%) Finance
4 26 (50.98%) Microsoft Office
5 23 (45.10%) Microsoft
6 19 (37.25%) Active Directory
7 18 (35.29%) Blackberry
8 16 (31.37%) Citrix
9 12 (23.53%) Banking
9 12 (23.53%) Apple
10 8 (15.69%) iPad
11 7 (13.73%) SCCM
11 7 (13.73%) Remedy
11 7 (13.73%) Windows XP
11 7 (13.73%) Analytical Skills
12 6 (11.76%) Ticket Management
12 6 (11.76%) Coaching
12 6 (11.76%) ITIL
12 6 (11.76%) Microsoft Certification
12 6 (11.76%) TCP/IP
12 6 (11.76%) ServiceNow
13 5 (9.80%) Cisco
13 5 (9.80%) Windows Server
13 5 (9.80%) Windows 10
14 4 (7.84%) Bloomberg
14 4 (7.84%) VPN
14 4 (7.84%) MCSA
14 4 (7.84%) Application Packaging
14 4 (7.84%) VMware
14 4 (7.84%) Windows 8

Desktop Support Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London 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 (3.92%) MS Exchange
2 1 (1.96%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.96%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 26 (50.98%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (3.92%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (3.92%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.96%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 4 (7.84%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 6 (11.76%) TCP/IP
2 4 (7.84%) VPN
3 3 (5.88%) DHCP
3 3 (5.88%) LAN
4 2 (3.92%) 3G
4 2 (3.92%) Cisco IOS
4 2 (3.92%) Firewall
4 2 (3.92%) HTTP
4 2 (3.92%) PBX
4 2 (3.92%) Remote Desktop
4 2 (3.92%) SAN
4 2 (3.92%) SSL
4 2 (3.92%) Wireless
5 1 (1.96%) DNS
5 1 (1.96%) Internet
5 1 (1.96%) Skype
5 1 (1.96%) VoIP
5 1 (1.96%) WAN
5 1 (1.96%) Wi-Fi
Development Applications
1 1 (1.96%) MSI
General
1 29 (56.86%) Finance
2 12 (23.53%) Banking
3 2 (3.92%) Financial Institution
3 2 (3.92%) Front Office
4 1 (1.96%) Investment Banking
4 1 (1.96%) Publishing
4 1 (1.96%) Retail
4 1 (1.96%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (3.92%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 18 (35.29%) Blackberry
2 8 (15.69%) iPad
3 7 (13.73%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (5.88%) Hedge funds
4 3 (5.88%) Video Conferencing
5 1 (1.96%) Driving Licence
5 1 (1.96%) iPhone
5 1 (1.96%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.96%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 41 (80.39%) Windows
2 30 (58.82%) Windows 7
3 7 (13.73%) Windows XP
4 5 (9.80%) Windows 10
4 5 (9.80%) Windows Server
5 4 (7.84%) Android
5 4 (7.84%) Windows 8
6 3 (5.88%) Mac OS
7 2 (3.92%) Apple iOS
7 2 (3.92%) Windows Server 2003
7 2 (3.92%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (3.92%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (1.96%) Linux
8 1 (1.96%) Mac OS X
8 1 (1.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (1.96%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (11.76%) Coaching
1 6 (11.76%) ITIL
1 6 (11.76%) Ticket Management
2 4 (7.84%) Application Packaging
3 3 (5.88%) Asset Management
3 3 (5.88%) Change Control
3 3 (5.88%) Incident Management
4 2 (3.92%) Configuration Management
4 2 (3.92%) Migration
5 1 (1.96%) Disaster Recovery
5 1 (1.96%) Functional Testing
5 1 (1.96%) Investment Management
5 1 (1.96%) Patch Management
5 1 (1.96%) Release Management
5 1 (1.96%) Service Management
5 1 (1.96%) Software Distribution
5 1 (1.96%) Stakeholder Management
5 1 (1.96%) Time Management
5 1 (1.96%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 2 (3.92%) PowerShell
1 2 (3.92%) SQL
2 1 (1.96%) Bash Shell
2 1 (1.96%) Perl
2 1 (1.96%) VBA
Qualifications
1 6 (11.76%) Microsoft Certification
2 4 (7.84%) MCSA
2 4 (7.84%) Security Cleared
3 2 (3.92%) DV Cleared
3 2 (3.92%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
3 2 (3.92%) MCSE
4 1 (1.96%) A+ Certification
4 1 (1.96%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (1.96%) CCA
4 1 (1.96%) MCDST
4 1 (1.96%) Network+ Certification
4 1 (1.96%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.88%) SLA
2 1 (1.96%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (1.96%) QA
System Software
1 19 (37.25%) Active Directory
2 4 (7.84%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (3.92%) Firmware
3 2 (3.92%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 7 (13.73%) SCCM
2 2 (3.92%) DameWare
3 1 (1.96%) Jamf Pro
3 1 (1.96%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 23 (45.10%) Microsoft
2 16 (31.37%) Citrix
3 12 (23.53%) Apple
4 7 (13.73%) Remedy
5 6 (11.76%) ServiceNow
6 5 (9.80%) Cisco
7 4 (7.84%) Bloomberg
7 4 (7.84%) VMware
8 3 (5.88%) Reuters
9 2 (3.92%) Altiris
9 2 (3.92%) Avaya
9 2 (3.92%) NetApp
10 1 (1.96%) HP
10 1 (1.96%) Red Hat
10 1 (1.96%) Sage
10 1 (1.96%) Symantec