Period
to 4 June 2020

The median contractor rate for a Desktop Engineer was £140 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 4 June 2020.

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
4 Jun 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 284 367 342
Rank change year-on-year +83 -25 +139
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Engineer 336 560 672
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.84% 0.68% 0.73%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.89% 0.72% 0.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 183 342 318
Median daily rate £140 £175 £175
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -20.00% - +16.67%
10th Percentile £110 £114 £116
90th Percentile £248 £400 £338
UK median daily rate £140 £173 £175
% change year-on-year -18.84% -1.43% +16.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 73 115 219
Median hourly rate £17.50 £15.80 £15.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.76% -0.38% +0.54%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.54 £11.17
90th Percentile £35.00 £20.00 £21.25
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £15.80 £15.86
% change year-on-year +10.76% -0.38% +2.32%

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 37,675 77,701 86,884
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.80% 94.57% 94.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 24,065 51,533 57,433
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +4.65%
10th Percentile £258 £280 £275
90th Percentile £665 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £473 £470 £450
% change year-on-year +0.53% +4.44% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,489 2,435 2,730
Median hourly rate £21.50 £19.50 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.26% +4.28% -1.22%
10th Percentile £12.10 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £51.75 £51.35 £48.75
Median hourly rate £21.54 £19.03 £18.09
% change year-on-year +13.16% +5.23% -3.98%

Desktop Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Desktop Engineer in England

Desktop Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Desktop Engineer in England.

Daily rate trend for Desktop Engineer in England

Desktop Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Desktop Engineer in England over the 6 months to 4 June 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Desktop Engineer in England

Desktop Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Desktop Engineer in England.

Hourly rate trend for Desktop Engineer in England

Desktop Engineer
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Desktop Engineer in England over the 6 months to 4 June 2020.

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 4 June 2020. 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
South East +135 87 £140 -6.67% 1
London +32 78 £150 -26.83% 1
East of England +68 48 £134 +9.18% 1
South West +24 46 £140 -6.67%
North of England +52 41 £160 +3.23% 1
Midlands +77 36 £128 -13.56%
West Midlands +73 30 £130 -25.18%
North West +35 18 £200 +35.59% 1
Yorkshire +53 16 £155 -8.82%
North East +21 7 £150 -4.76%
East Midlands +32 5 £113 -20.35%
Desktop Engineer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 4 June 2020, 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.

1 265 (78.87%) Windows
2 181 (53.87%) Windows 10
3 136 (40.48%) Active Directory
4 117 (34.82%) Windows 7
5 110 (32.74%) Office 365
6 107 (31.85%) Microsoft
7 66 (19.64%) SCCM
8 53 (15.77%) Microsoft Office
9 40 (11.90%) NHS
10 34 (10.12%) Public Sector
11 32 (9.52%) Security Cleared
11 32 (9.52%) Migration
12 27 (8.04%) Problem-Solving
13 26 (7.74%) Windows Server
13 26 (7.74%) Citrix
14 25 (7.44%) ITIL
15 24 (7.14%) Apple
15 24 (7.14%) Break/Fix
16 23 (6.85%) MS Exchange
17 21 (6.25%) Finance
17 21 (6.25%) SC Cleared
17 21 (6.25%) Mac OS
18 20 (5.95%) VMware
19 19 (5.65%) VoIP
19 19 (5.65%) Windows 8
20 18 (5.36%) Windows XP
20 18 (5.36%) Driving Licence
21 16 (4.76%) VPN
22 15 (4.46%) Manufacturing
22 15 (4.46%) Infrastructure Engineering

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 23 (6.85%) MS Exchange
2 4 (1.19%) IBM Notes
2 4 (1.19%) SharePoint
3 3 (0.89%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 3 (0.89%) Exchange Server 2007
4 2 (0.60%) Exchange Server 2013
4 2 (0.60%) SharePoint 2010
5 1 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (0.30%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 53 (15.77%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.19%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.30%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 4 (1.19%) assyst
2 1 (0.30%) Carpe Diem
2 1 (0.30%) Elite 3E
2 1 (0.30%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 110 (32.74%) Office 365
2 12 (3.57%) Azure
3 6 (1.79%) IaaS
4 5 (1.49%) AWS
5 4 (1.19%) PaaS
5 4 (1.19%) SaaS
6 3 (0.89%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.30%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.30%) Azure ExpressRoute
7 1 (0.30%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 19 (5.65%) VoIP
2 16 (4.76%) VPN
3 14 (4.17%) DNS
4 13 (3.87%) LAN
4 13 (3.87%) TCP/IP
5 9 (2.68%) DHCP
5 9 (2.68%) Remote Desktop
5 9 (2.68%) Wi-Fi
6 7 (2.08%) Skype
6 7 (2.08%) WAN
6 7 (2.08%) Wireless
7 6 (1.79%) Internet
8 3 (0.89%) Firewall
8 3 (0.89%) Network Security
9 2 (0.60%) 3G
9 2 (0.60%) SAN
10 1 (0.30%) Broadband
10 1 (0.30%) NAS
10 1 (0.30%) PBX
10 1 (0.30%) VLAN
Development Applications
1 3 (0.89%) Hudson
General
1 34 (10.12%) Public Sector
2 21 (6.25%) Finance
3 15 (4.46%) Manufacturing
4 13 (3.87%) Telecoms
5 8 (2.38%) Electronics
5 8 (2.38%) Marketing
6 5 (1.49%) Pharmaceutical
7 3 (0.89%) Local Government
8 2 (0.60%) Aerospace
8 2 (0.60%) Banking
9 1 (0.30%) Front Office
9 1 (0.30%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.30%) Italian Language
9 1 (0.30%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (0.30%) FIX Protocol
Miscellaneous
1 40 (11.90%) NHS
2 18 (5.36%) Driving Licence
3 13 (3.87%) Analytical Skills
4 12 (3.57%) Management Information System
5 5 (1.49%) Data Centre
6 4 (1.19%) Blackberry
6 4 (1.19%) Smartphone
6 4 (1.19%) Video Conferencing
7 2 (0.60%) BYOD
7 2 (0.60%) Fat Client
7 2 (0.60%) Self-Motivation
7 2 (0.60%) Thin Client
8 1 (0.30%) CMDB
8 1 (0.30%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.30%) FMCG
8 1 (0.30%) iPad
8 1 (0.30%) iPhone
8 1 (0.30%) Mobile Computing
8 1 (0.30%) RSA SecurID
Operating Systems
1 265 (78.87%) Windows
2 181 (53.87%) Windows 10
3 117 (34.82%) Windows 7
4 26 (7.74%) Windows Server
5 21 (6.25%) Mac OS
6 19 (5.65%) Windows 8
7 18 (5.36%) Windows XP
8 13 (3.87%) Windows Server 2012
9 11 (3.27%) Apple iOS
10 9 (2.68%) Mac OS X
11 7 (2.08%) Android
12 6 (1.79%) Linux
13 5 (1.49%) Windows Server 2016
14 4 (1.19%) Windows Server 2008
15 1 (0.30%) Unix
15 1 (0.30%) Windows Server 2003
15 1 (0.30%) Windows Server 2019
15 1 (0.30%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (9.52%) Migration
2 27 (8.04%) Problem-Solving
3 25 (7.44%) ITIL
4 24 (7.14%) Break/Fix
5 15 (4.46%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 14 (4.17%) Service Management
7 13 (3.87%) ITSM
8 10 (2.98%) Incident Management
9 8 (2.38%) Application Packaging
9 8 (2.38%) Business Intelligence
9 8 (2.38%) Digital Marketing
9 8 (2.38%) Patch Management
9 8 (2.38%) Programme Management
9 8 (2.38%) Time Management
10 6 (1.79%) Problem Management
11 5 (1.49%) Information Security
11 5 (1.49%) Mobile Device Management
11 5 (1.49%) Service Delivery
11 5 (1.49%) Stakeholder Management
11 5 (1.49%) Statistics
Programming Languages
1 4 (1.19%) PowerShell
2 1 (0.30%) C
Qualifications
1 32 (9.52%) Security Cleared
2 21 (6.25%) SC Cleared
3 14 (4.17%) Microsoft Certification
4 9 (2.68%) A+ Certification
5 6 (1.79%) MCP
5 6 (1.79%) MCSA
6 5 (1.49%) MCSE
7 4 (1.19%) ACSP
7 4 (1.19%) DBS Check
7 4 (1.19%) Degree
7 4 (1.19%) MCITP
7 4 (1.19%) MCTS
8 3 (0.89%) CCNA
8 3 (0.89%) Cisco Certification
8 3 (0.89%) Network+ Certification
9 2 (0.60%) CompTIA Security+
10 1 (0.30%) BPSS Clearance
10 1 (0.30%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.30%) MOS
10 1 (0.30%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (2.98%) SLA
2 2 (0.60%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.30%) GxP
3 1 (0.30%) NCSC
3 1 (0.30%) PMO
3 1 (0.30%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 136 (40.48%) Active Directory
2 13 (3.87%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (2.98%) Virtual Desktop
4 5 (1.49%) Virtual Machines
4 5 (1.49%) vSphere
5 4 (1.19%) Virtual Servers
6 3 (0.89%) XenApp
6 3 (0.89%) XenDesktop
7 2 (0.60%) BitLocker
8 1 (0.30%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.30%) Terminal Server
8 1 (0.30%) Terminal Services
8 1 (0.30%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 66 (19.64%) SCCM
2 11 (3.27%) Jamf Pro
3 10 (2.98%) AirWatch
4 7 (2.08%) Microsoft Intune
5 5 (1.49%) Norton AntiVirus
6 4 (1.19%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 4 (1.19%) Single Sign-On
6 4 (1.19%) WSUS
7 3 (0.89%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (0.30%) Backup Exec
8 1 (0.30%) SafeCom
8 1 (0.30%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 107 (31.85%) Microsoft
2 26 (7.74%) Citrix
3 24 (7.14%) Apple
4 20 (5.95%) VMware
5 11 (3.27%) Ivanti
5 11 (3.27%) ServiceNow
6 9 (2.68%) Cisco
7 8 (2.38%) SAP
8 6 (1.79%) HP
9 5 (1.49%) Fujitsu
9 5 (1.49%) MobileIron
9 5 (1.49%) Symantec
10 4 (1.19%) Adobe
10 4 (1.19%) Bloomberg
10 4 (1.19%) Dell
10 4 (1.19%) Lotus
10 4 (1.19%) Okta
10 4 (1.19%) Twitter
10 4 (1.19%) Zscaler
11 3 (0.89%) Snow