Period
to 14 October 2019

The median contractor rate for a Desktop Engineer was £160 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 14 October 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 Engineer
UK > England
6 months to
14 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 262 345 402
Rank change year-on-year +83 +57 +49
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Engineer 791 716 506
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.01% 0.77% 0.56%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.08% 0.81% 0.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 469 371 274
England median daily rate £160 £175 £163
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.57% +7.69% +4.84%
10th Percentile £114 £115 £105
90th Percentile £300 £338 £321
UK median daily rate £160 £170 £160
% change year-on-year -5.88% +6.25% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 162 208 122
England median hourly rate £15.86 £16.95 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.43% +16.90% -3.33%
10th Percentile £12.50 £11.17 £11.87
90th Percentile £20.90 £21.00 £20.23
UK median hourly rate £15.86 £15.86 £14.50
% change year-on-year - +9.38% -3.33%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England. 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
England
Contract vacancies in England with a recognized job title 73,457 88,457 85,851
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.11% 94.72% 94.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 48,786 58,850 56,813
England median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £263 £275 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £440
% change year-on-year +2.78% +2.27% +3.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,490 2,819 2,552
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.12 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.41% -3.13% +1.08%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £10.75
90th Percentile £53.00 £48.75 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £17.99 £19.00
% change year-on-year +11.20% -5.34% +2.70%

Desktop Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Desktop Engineer in England

Desktop Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Desktop Engineer in England

Desktop Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Desktop Engineer in England over the 6 months to 14 October 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Desktop Engineer in England

Desktop Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Desktop Engineer in England

Desktop Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Desktop Engineer in England over the 6 months to 14 October 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Desktop Engineer in England

Desktop Engineer
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Desktop Engineer within the England region over the 6 months to 14 October 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
London +52 274 £183 -2.53% 25
South East +78 169 £140 -12.50% 28
North of England +70 118 £161 +17.27% 12
South West -10 97 £143 -3.39% 11
East of England +25 68 £149 -1.00% 8
Midlands +51 64 £149 -7.03% 10
North West +29 57 £150 +21.21% 6
Yorkshire +54 51 £180 -5.26% 3
West Midlands +49 44 £150 -9.09% 9
East Midlands +20 20 £110 -30.16% 1
North East +23 10 £160 +60.00% 3
Desktop Engineer
UK

Desktop Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 14 October 2019, Desktop Engineer 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 England region featuring Desktop Engineer in the job title.

1 609 (76.99%) Windows
2 439 (55.50%) Windows 10
3 318 (40.20%) Active Directory
4 300 (37.93%) Windows 7
5 248 (31.35%) Microsoft
6 231 (29.20%) Office 365
7 180 (22.76%) SCCM
8 139 (17.57%) Microsoft Office
9 135 (17.07%) Finance
10 113 (14.29%) ITIL
11 109 (13.78%) Migration
12 88 (11.13%) Public Sector
13 81 (10.24%) Problem-Solving
14 79 (9.99%) Security Cleared
15 66 (8.34%) Break/Fix
16 65 (8.22%) Windows Server
17 57 (7.21%) SLA
18 56 (7.08%) Citrix
19 52 (6.57%) SC Cleared
20 51 (6.45%) Apple
21 49 (6.19%) Windows XP
22 48 (6.07%) MS Exchange
22 48 (6.07%) VMware
22 48 (6.07%) Android
23 47 (5.94%) Windows 8
23 47 (5.94%) Telecoms
24 46 (5.82%) Manufacturing
25 45 (5.69%) TCP/IP
25 45 (5.69%) Analytical Skills
25 45 (5.69%) PowerShell

Desktop Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 48 (6.07%) MS Exchange
2 26 (3.29%) Skype for Business
3 14 (1.77%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 13 (1.64%) SharePoint
5 9 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2010
6 7 (0.88%) IBM Notes
7 2 (0.25%) Confluence
7 2 (0.25%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (0.13%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.13%) IIS
Applications
1 139 (17.57%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (2.02%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (1.01%) CATIA
3 8 (1.01%) Pro/ENGINEER
3 8 (1.01%) PTC Creo
4 5 (0.63%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.25%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.13%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.13%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.13%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (0.38%) assyst
1 3 (0.38%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.13%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 231 (29.20%) Office 365
2 24 (3.03%) Azure
3 10 (1.26%) Azure Active Directory
4 7 (0.88%) G Suite
5 6 (0.76%) OneDrive
6 5 (0.63%) Slack
7 3 (0.38%) AWS
7 3 (0.38%) SaaS
8 2 (0.25%) iTunes
8 2 (0.25%) Trello
9 1 (0.13%) Adobe Creative Cloud
9 1 (0.13%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 1 (0.13%) Azure Stack
Communications & Networking
1 45 (5.69%) TCP/IP
2 40 (5.06%) VoIP
3 39 (4.93%) DNS
4 38 (4.80%) Skype
5 34 (4.30%) Wireless
6 31 (3.92%) VPN
7 30 (3.79%) DHCP
8 18 (2.28%) Firewall
9 16 (2.02%) LAN
10 15 (1.90%) Remote Desktop
11 14 (1.77%) Internet
12 13 (1.64%) Wi-Fi
13 12 (1.52%) WAN
14 10 (1.26%) Ethernet
14 10 (1.26%) VLAN
15 7 (0.88%) PBX
16 5 (0.63%) IP Telephony
17 4 (0.51%) Intranet
17 4 (0.51%) SAN
18 3 (0.38%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (1.52%) SQL Server
2 7 (0.88%) SQL Server 2008
2 7 (0.88%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (0.25%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (0.25%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 5 (0.63%) JIRA
2 4 (0.51%) Hudson
3 3 (0.38%) ProC
3 3 (0.38%) Visual Studio
4 2 (0.25%) MSI
5 1 (0.13%) AdminStudio
5 1 (0.13%) Bitbucket Server
5 1 (0.13%) Git (software)
5 1 (0.13%) TestRail
5 1 (0.13%) Zephyr
General
1 135 (17.07%) Finance
2 88 (11.13%) Public Sector
3 47 (5.94%) Telecoms
4 46 (5.82%) Manufacturing
5 40 (5.06%) Electronics
5 40 (5.06%) Marketing
6 25 (3.16%) Banking
7 14 (1.77%) Retail
8 6 (0.76%) Investment Banking
8 6 (0.76%) Law
9 5 (0.63%) Aerospace
10 4 (0.51%) Legal
11 3 (0.38%) Front Office
11 3 (0.38%) Local Government
12 2 (0.25%) Pharmaceutical
13 1 (0.13%) Advertising
13 1 (0.13%) Back Office
13 1 (0.13%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (0.63%) Software Packaging
2 2 (0.25%) COM
2 2 (0.25%) Middleware
3 1 (0.13%) 802.1X
3 1 (0.13%) LDAP
3 1 (0.13%) XML
3 1 (0.13%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 45 (5.69%) Analytical Skills
2 33 (4.17%) NHS
3 27 (3.41%) Driving Licence
3 27 (3.41%) iPhone
4 23 (2.91%) Blackberry
5 22 (2.78%) Self-Motivation
6 14 (1.77%) Data Centre
7 13 (1.64%) Smartphone
7 13 (1.64%) Video Conferencing
8 10 (1.26%) Hedge funds
9 8 (1.01%) Management Information System
10 7 (0.88%) BYOD
11 6 (0.76%) User Experience
12 5 (0.63%) Enterprise Software
12 5 (0.63%) iPad
12 5 (0.63%) PKI
13 4 (0.51%) Handset
14 2 (0.25%) Client/Server
14 2 (0.25%) Fat Client
14 2 (0.25%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 609 (76.99%) Windows
2 439 (55.50%) Windows 10
3 300 (37.93%) Windows 7
4 65 (8.22%) Windows Server
5 49 (6.19%) Windows XP
6 48 (6.07%) Android
7 47 (5.94%) Windows 8
8 31 (3.92%) Mac OS
9 29 (3.67%) Mac OS X
10 28 (3.54%) Apple iOS
11 24 (3.03%) Windows Server 2008
12 21 (2.65%) Linux
13 16 (2.02%) Windows Server 2012
14 7 (0.88%) Windows Server 2003
15 3 (0.38%) Mac OS X Server
16 2 (0.25%) CentOS
16 2 (0.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 2 (0.25%) Ubuntu
16 2 (0.25%) Unix
16 2 (0.25%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 113 (14.29%) ITIL
2 109 (13.78%) Migration
3 81 (10.24%) Problem-Solving
4 66 (8.34%) Break/Fix
5 42 (5.31%) Business Intelligence
6 40 (5.06%) Digital Marketing
6 40 (5.06%) Programme Management
7 33 (4.17%) Time Management
8 32 (4.05%) Service Management
9 31 (3.92%) ITSM
10 30 (3.79%) Asset Management
11 29 (3.67%) Mobile Device Management
12 27 (3.41%) Application Packaging
13 21 (2.65%) Root Cause Analysis
13 21 (2.65%) Software Deployment
14 20 (2.53%) Patch Management
15 17 (2.15%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 15 (1.90%) Incident Management
17 14 (1.77%) Proactive Monitoring
18 13 (1.64%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 45 (5.69%) PowerShell
2 18 (2.28%) SQL
3 8 (1.01%) MATLAB
4 6 (0.76%) VB
5 4 (0.51%) Java
6 3 (0.38%) C
6 3 (0.38%) Python
7 2 (0.25%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.13%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.13%) PHP
8 1 (0.13%) sed
8 1 (0.13%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 79 (9.99%) Security Cleared
2 52 (6.57%) SC Cleared
3 38 (4.80%) Microsoft Certification
4 16 (2.02%) Degree
4 16 (2.02%) MCP
5 14 (1.77%) DBS Check
5 14 (1.77%) MCSE
6 13 (1.64%) MCSA
7 11 (1.39%) ITIL Certification
8 8 (1.01%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 7 (0.88%) Cisco Certification
9 7 (0.88%) DV Cleared
10 6 (0.76%) A+ Certification
10 6 (0.76%) MCITP
11 5 (0.63%) CCNA
12 4 (0.51%) MCDST
12 4 (0.51%) RHCSA
13 3 (0.38%) MOS
14 2 (0.25%) ECDL
14 2 (0.25%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 57 (7.21%) SLA
2 2 (0.25%) PMO
3 1 (0.13%) HIPAA
3 1 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 1 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.13%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 318 (40.20%) Active Directory
2 36 (4.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 29 (3.67%) XenDesktop
4 16 (2.02%) Virtual Desktop
5 15 (1.90%) Hyper-V
5 15 (1.90%) XenApp
6 10 (1.26%) BitLocker
7 9 (1.14%) Microsoft App-V
7 9 (1.14%) vSphere
8 5 (0.63%) Virtual Machines
9 4 (0.51%) VMware Workstation
10 3 (0.38%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 3 (0.38%) Terminal Services
11 2 (0.25%) Firmware
11 2 (0.25%) Virtual Servers
11 2 (0.25%) Xen
12 1 (0.13%) iptables
12 1 (0.13%) KVM
12 1 (0.13%) VMware ESXi
12 1 (0.13%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 180 (22.76%) SCCM
2 9 (1.14%) AirWatch
2 9 (1.14%) Microsoft Intune
2 9 (1.14%) Perfmon
3 6 (0.76%) SCOM
4 5 (0.63%) Jamf Pro
5 4 (0.51%) McAfee ePO
6 3 (0.38%) PaperCut
6 3 (0.38%) WSUS
7 2 (0.25%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 2 (0.25%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 2 (0.25%) ZENworks
8 1 (0.13%) Cisco CUCM
8 1 (0.13%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 1 (0.13%) Norton AntiVirus
8 1 (0.13%) Puppet
8 1 (0.13%) SCOrch
8 1 (0.13%) Single Sign-On
8 1 (0.13%) vRealize
8 1 (0.13%) yum
Vendors
1 248 (31.35%) Microsoft
2 56 (7.08%) Citrix
3 51 (6.45%) Apple
4 48 (6.07%) VMware
5 43 (5.44%) SAP
6 36 (4.55%) ServiceNow
7 34 (4.30%) Cisco
8 30 (3.79%) Ivanti
9 22 (2.78%) Dell
9 22 (2.78%) HP
10 21 (2.65%) Adobe
11 20 (2.53%) Remedy
12 15 (1.90%) Bloomberg
13 12 (1.52%) Google
14 11 (1.39%) Reuters
15 9 (1.14%) Avaya
16 8 (1.01%) ANSYS
16 8 (1.01%) Symantec
17 7 (0.88%) Lotus
18 6 (0.76%) McAfee