Period
to 1 August 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London with a requirement for Virtual Desktop skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Virtual Desktop over the 6 months to 1 August 2021 with a comparison to the 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.

Virtual Desktop
Central London > City of London
6 months to
1 Aug 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 154 123 210
Rank change year-on-year -31 +87 +17
Contract jobs citing Virtual Desktop 13 12 29
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the City of London 0.38% 0.51% 0.44%
As % of the System Software category 2.67% 3.32% 2.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 10 18
10th Percentile £207 £261 £263
25th Percentile £400 £346 £334
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £543 £363 £375
Median % change year-on-year +49.66% -3.33% +42.86%
75th Percentile £570 £461 £411
90th Percentile £609 £546 £479
Central London median daily rate £543 £363 £375
% change year-on-year +49.66% -3.33% +39.53%

Virtual Desktop is in the System Software category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London with a requirement for system software skills.

All System Software Skills
City of London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 486 361 1,170
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 14.22% 15.47% 17.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 345 295 914
10th Percentile £370 £255 £213
25th Percentile £450 £416 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £520
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% -3.85% +4.00%
75th Percentile £638 £600 £594
90th Percentile £713 £650 £675
Central London median daily rate £533 £500 £525
% change year-on-year +6.50% -4.76% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 24
Median hourly rate £23.00 £13.08 £21.00
Median % change year-on-year +75.91% -37.74% +9.09%
Central London median hourly rate £20.00 £13.44 £21.00
% change year-on-year +48.81% -36.00% +5.00%

Virtual Desktop
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

Job postings citing Virtual Desktop as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the City of London.

Job vacancy trend for Virtual Desktop in the City of London

Virtual Desktop
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Virtual Desktop in the City of London.

Daily rate trend for Virtual Desktop in the City of London

Virtual Desktop
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Virtual Desktop in the City of London over the 6 months to 1 August 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Virtual Desktop in the City of London

Virtual Desktop
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Virtual Desktop in the City of London.

Hourly rate trend for Virtual Desktop in the City of London

For the 6 months to 1 August 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Virtual Desktop also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the City of London region with a requirement for Virtual Desktop.

1 12 (92.31%) Windows
2 10 (76.92%) Citrix
3 9 (69.23%) Microsoft
4 7 (53.85%) Finance
4 7 (53.85%) Azure
4 7 (53.85%) Windows 10
5 6 (46.15%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 5 (38.46%) Windows 7
6 5 (38.46%) XenApp
6 5 (38.46%) XenDesktop
6 5 (38.46%) Active Directory
7 4 (30.77%) Management Information System
7 4 (30.77%) Microsoft App-V
7 4 (30.77%) Terminal Services
8 3 (23.08%) Migration
8 3 (23.08%) Application Packaging
8 3 (23.08%) PowerShell
8 3 (23.08%) Microsoft 365
8 3 (23.08%) NetScaler
8 3 (23.08%) IaaS
8 3 (23.08%) Windows Server
9 2 (15.38%) Azure Active Directory
9 2 (15.38%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 2 (15.38%) Problem-Solving
9 2 (15.38%) Windows Server 2016
9 2 (15.38%) Windows Server 2012
9 2 (15.38%) Microsoft Intune
9 2 (15.38%) SCCM
9 2 (15.38%) VMware Infrastructure
9 2 (15.38%) Microsoft Office

Virtual Desktop
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:

Applications
1 2 (15.38%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (7.69%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 7 (53.85%) Azure
2 3 (23.08%) IaaS
2 3 (23.08%) Microsoft 365
3 2 (15.38%) Azure Active Directory
3 2 (15.38%) Azure ExpressRoute
4 1 (7.69%) AWS
4 1 (7.69%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (23.08%) NetScaler
2 2 (15.38%) TCP/IP
3 1 (7.69%) HTTP
3 1 (7.69%) LAN
3 1 (7.69%) Remote Desktop
3 1 (7.69%) WAN
3 1 (7.69%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (7.69%) SQL Server
General
1 7 (53.85%) Finance
2 1 (7.69%) Banking
2 1 (7.69%) Billing
2 1 (7.69%) Law
2 1 (7.69%) Legal
2 1 (7.69%) Social Skills
Job Titles
1 5 (38.46%) Citrix Engineer
2 3 (23.08%) Azure Engineer
2 3 (23.08%) Azure Infrastructure Engineer
2 3 (23.08%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 2 (15.38%) 2nd/3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
3 2 (15.38%) 3rd Line Engineer
3 2 (15.38%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
3 2 (15.38%) 3rd Line Server Engineer
3 2 (15.38%) Analyst
3 2 (15.38%) Architect
3 2 (15.38%) Citrix Infrastructure Engineer
3 2 (15.38%) Citrix Server Engineer
3 2 (15.38%) Cloud Engineer
3 2 (15.38%) Cloud Infrastructure Engineer
3 2 (15.38%) Desktop Support
3 2 (15.38%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
3 2 (15.38%) Server Engineer
3 2 (15.38%) Windows Engineer
3 2 (15.38%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
3 2 (15.38%) Windows Server Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 4 (30.77%) Management Information System
2 1 (7.69%) BYOD
2 1 (7.69%) Data Centre
2 1 (7.69%) Replication
2 1 (7.69%) Video Conferencing
2 1 (7.69%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 12 (92.31%) Windows
2 7 (53.85%) Windows 10
3 5 (38.46%) Windows 7
4 3 (23.08%) Windows Server
5 2 (15.38%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (15.38%) Windows Server 2016
6 1 (7.69%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (46.15%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 3 (23.08%) Application Packaging
2 3 (23.08%) Migration
3 2 (15.38%) Problem-Solving
4 1 (7.69%) Business Continuity
4 1 (7.69%) Capacity Management
4 1 (7.69%) Change Management
4 1 (7.69%) Computer Science
4 1 (7.69%) Data Protection
4 1 (7.69%) DevOps
4 1 (7.69%) Disk Encryption
4 1 (7.69%) Identity Access Management
4 1 (7.69%) Multi-Factor Authentication
4 1 (7.69%) Patch Management
4 1 (7.69%) Performance Monitoring
4 1 (7.69%) Product Roadmap
4 1 (7.69%) Security Management
4 1 (7.69%) Security Patching
4 1 (7.69%) Storage Management
4 1 (7.69%) Task Automation
Programming Languages
1 3 (23.08%) PowerShell
2 2 (15.38%) Python
3 1 (7.69%) SQL
3 1 (7.69%) VBA
3 1 (7.69%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 1 (7.69%) Computer Science Degree
1 1 (7.69%) Degree
1 1 (7.69%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (15.38%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (38.46%) Active Directory
1 5 (38.46%) XenApp
1 5 (38.46%) XenDesktop
2 4 (30.77%) Microsoft App-V
2 4 (30.77%) Terminal Services
3 2 (15.38%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (7.69%) BitLocker
4 1 (7.69%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 2 (15.38%) Microsoft Intune
1 2 (15.38%) SCCM
Vendors
1 10 (76.92%) Citrix
2 9 (69.23%) Microsoft
3 2 (15.38%) Bloomberg
3 2 (15.38%) VMware
4 1 (7.69%) Cisco
4 1 (7.69%) ServiceNow