Period
to 28 November 2021

The median contractor rate for a Desktop Engineer was £164 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 28 November 2021.

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
28 Nov 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 308 326 242
Rank change year-on-year +18 -84 +111
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Engineer 596 204 815
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.85% 0.67% 1.09%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.91% 0.73% 1.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 434 135 488
10th Percentile £116 £118 £114
25th Percentile £130 £131 £130
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £164 £153 £163
Median % change year-on-year +7.38% -6.15% -2.99%
75th Percentile £213 £176 £223
90th Percentile £308 £213 £288
UK median daily rate £165 £150 £160
% change year-on-year +10.00% -6.25% -3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 73 33 160
10th Percentile £11.32 " £12.00
25th Percentile £15.04 £11.17 £14.23
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.00 £16.00
Median % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +0.88%
75th Percentile £20.00 £19.50 £18.00
90th Percentile £24.90 £21.05 £19.55
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £16.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year +9.38% -3.03% +4.04%

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 65,574 28,091 70,154
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.58% 92.61% 94.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 46,491 19,388 47,469
10th Percentile £300 £258 £256
25th Percentile £413 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £513 £475 £467
Median % change year-on-year +7.89% +1.71% +3.78%
75th Percentile £625 £575 £575
90th Percentile £700 £663 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £460
% change year-on-year +5.26% +3.26% +2.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,937 1,010 2,426
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £14.00 £14.06 £13.77
Median hourly rate £20.00 £22.50 £18.50
Median % change year-on-year -11.11% +21.62% +5.71%
75th Percentile £45.63 £45.00 £42.50
90th Percentile £62.25 £55.06 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £22.50 £18.70
% change year-on-year -11.11% +20.32% +6.86%

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 28 November 2021.

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 28 November 2021.

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 28 November 2021. 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 -77 157 £175 - 23
North of England +19 136 £178 +18.33% 24
Midlands -16 107 £150 -6.25% 11
South East -39 87 £150 -5.96% 12
West Midlands -20 76 £156 -2.34% 3
North West -9 71 £200 +33.33% 11
South West -7 70 £140 +4.09% 7
Yorkshire -3 54 £173 +29.44% 11
East of England -36 32 £136 +4.07% 7
East Midlands -9 31 £150 -9.09% 7
North East -2 11 £120 -28.36% 2
Desktop Engineer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 28 November 2021, 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.

1 383 (64.26%) Windows
2 213 (35.74%) Windows 10
3 196 (32.89%) Active Directory
4 190 (31.88%) Microsoft 365
5 164 (27.52%) Social Skills
6 131 (21.98%) Microsoft
7 102 (17.11%) SCCM
8 98 (16.44%) Windows 7
9 91 (15.27%) Microsoft Office
10 64 (10.74%) ITIL
11 58 (9.73%) HP
12 56 (9.40%) Apple
12 56 (9.40%) Problem-Solving
13 51 (8.56%) Break/Fix
14 50 (8.39%) Security Cleared
15 47 (7.89%) iPhone
16 45 (7.55%) Azure
17 44 (7.38%) Dell
18 42 (7.05%) VPN
19 41 (6.88%) SLA
19 41 (6.88%) Citrix
20 40 (6.71%) Public Sector
21 39 (6.54%) Virtual Desktop
21 39 (6.54%) PowerShell
22 38 (6.38%) SC Cleared
22 38 (6.38%) Android
23 36 (6.04%) Finance
24 34 (5.70%) Migration
24 34 (5.70%) Blackberry
25 32 (5.37%) Analytical Skills

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 18 (3.02%) MS Exchange
2 15 (2.52%) SharePoint
3 8 (1.34%) Skype for Business
4 3 (0.50%) Confluence
4 3 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2010
5 2 (0.34%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 1 (0.17%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (0.17%) IBM Notes
6 1 (0.17%) IIS
Applications
1 91 (15.27%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (2.68%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (1.34%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.17%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.17%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.17%) Revit
Business Applications
1 5 (0.84%) Remedy ITSM
2 4 (0.67%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 190 (31.88%) Microsoft 365
2 45 (7.55%) Azure
3 21 (3.52%) Azure Active Directory
4 16 (2.68%) OneDrive
5 4 (0.67%) Azure ExpressRoute
5 4 (0.67%) Azure Storage
5 4 (0.67%) Google Workspace
5 4 (0.67%) SaaS
6 3 (0.50%) PaaS
7 2 (0.34%) AWS
7 2 (0.34%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.17%) Azure Sentinel
8 1 (0.17%) GCP
8 1 (0.17%) iTunes
8 1 (0.17%) Mimecast
8 1 (0.17%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 42 (7.05%) VPN
2 29 (4.87%) DNS
3 26 (4.36%) LAN
4 25 (4.19%) DHCP
5 24 (4.03%) Wireless
6 22 (3.69%) WAN
7 19 (3.19%) Firewall
8 18 (3.02%) Remote Desktop
9 17 (2.85%) Wi-Fi
10 16 (2.68%) TCP/IP
11 14 (2.35%) Skype
12 11 (1.85%) Internet
13 9 (1.51%) VoIP
14 6 (1.01%) Intranet
15 5 (0.84%) 802.11
15 5 (0.84%) Network Security
15 5 (0.84%) Structured Cabling
16 4 (0.67%) 3G
16 4 (0.67%) Cisco IOS
17 3 (0.50%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (1.01%) MySQL
2 1 (0.17%) RDBMS
2 1 (0.17%) Relational Database
2 1 (0.17%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.17%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 4 (0.67%) JIRA
2 2 (0.34%) Subversion
3 1 (0.17%) Bitbucket
3 1 (0.17%) Git (software)
General
1 164 (27.52%) Social Skills
2 40 (6.71%) Public Sector
3 36 (6.04%) Finance
4 32 (5.37%) Analytical Skills
5 19 (3.19%) Telecoms
6 15 (2.52%) Banking
7 14 (2.35%) Manufacturing
8 13 (2.18%) Electronics
8 13 (2.18%) Marketing
9 11 (1.85%) Organisational Skills
10 10 (1.68%) Documentation Skills
11 6 (1.01%) Law
12 4 (0.67%) Investment Banking
12 4 (0.67%) Local Government
13 2 (0.34%) Financial Institution
13 2 (0.34%) Presentation Skills
14 1 (0.17%) Advertising
14 1 (0.17%) Back Office
14 1 (0.17%) Pharmaceutical
14 1 (0.17%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (2.18%) XMPP
2 7 (1.17%) .NET
3 6 (1.01%) Classic ASP
4 5 (0.84%) 802.1X
5 2 (0.34%) Elastic Stack
6 1 (0.17%) AngularJS
6 1 (0.17%) LAMP
6 1 (0.17%) REST
6 1 (0.17%) Software Packaging
6 1 (0.17%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 47 (7.89%) iPhone
2 34 (5.70%) Blackberry
3 31 (5.20%) iPad
4 25 (4.19%) Self-Motivation
5 24 (4.03%) Driving Licence
6 21 (3.52%) NHS
7 15 (2.52%) Video Conferencing
8 13 (2.18%) Data Protection Act
8 13 (2.18%) Smartphone
9 9 (1.51%) BYOD
9 9 (1.51%) Data Centre
10 7 (1.17%) Management Information System
11 6 (1.01%) Virtual Team
12 5 (0.84%) User Experience
13 3 (0.50%) CMDB
13 3 (0.50%) PKI
13 3 (0.50%) Replication
14 2 (0.34%) Clustering
14 2 (0.34%) Fat Client
14 2 (0.34%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 383 (64.26%) Windows
2 213 (35.74%) Windows 10
3 98 (16.44%) Windows 7
4 38 (6.38%) Android
5 29 (4.87%) Windows 8
6 28 (4.70%) Windows Server
7 27 (4.53%) Apple iOS
8 23 (3.86%) Mac OS
9 21 (3.52%) Mac OS X
9 21 (3.52%) Windows Phone
10 20 (3.36%) Windows XP
11 17 (2.85%) Linux
12 8 (1.34%) Windows Server 2012
12 8 (1.34%) Windows Vista
13 7 (1.17%) Windows Server 2008
13 7 (1.17%) Windows Server 2016
13 7 (1.17%) Windows Server 2019
14 1 (0.17%) Ubuntu
14 1 (0.17%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 64 (10.74%) ITIL
2 56 (9.40%) Problem-Solving
3 51 (8.56%) Break/Fix
4 34 (5.70%) Migration
5 26 (4.36%) Service Management
6 24 (4.03%) ITSM
7 22 (3.69%) Antivirus Management
8 20 (3.36%) Asset Management
9 17 (2.85%) ITIL V3
9 17 (2.85%) Patch Management
10 16 (2.68%) Configuration Management
11 15 (2.52%) Time Management
12 14 (2.35%) Data Protection
13 13 (2.18%) Business Intelligence
13 13 (2.18%) Digital Marketing
13 13 (2.18%) Mobile Device Management
13 13 (2.18%) Problem Management
13 13 (2.18%) Programme Management
13 13 (2.18%) Service Delivery
14 11 (1.85%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 39 (6.54%) PowerShell
2 19 (3.19%) SQL
3 8 (1.34%) VBScript
4 4 (0.67%) Python
5 3 (0.50%) Java
5 3 (0.50%) Ruby
6 2 (0.34%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.17%) Perl
7 1 (0.17%) Scala
7 1 (0.17%) VB
Qualifications
1 50 (8.39%) Security Cleared
2 38 (6.38%) SC Cleared
3 16 (2.68%) Microsoft Certification
4 13 (2.18%) DBS Check
5 9 (1.51%) DV Cleared
5 9 (1.51%) MCP
6 8 (1.34%) MCSE
7 6 (1.01%) Degree
8 5 (0.84%) A+ Certification
9 4 (0.67%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 1 (0.17%) DCSE
10 1 (0.17%) Dell Certification
10 1 (0.17%) HNC
10 1 (0.17%) HND
10 1 (0.17%) MCITP
10 1 (0.17%) MCSA
10 1 (0.17%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 41 (6.88%) SLA
2 4 (0.67%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.17%) GDPR
System Software
1 196 (32.89%) Active Directory
2 39 (6.54%) Virtual Desktop
3 17 (2.85%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (1.01%) Microsoft App-V
5 5 (0.84%) Hyper-V
5 5 (0.84%) Virtual Machines
6 4 (0.67%) BitLocker
6 4 (0.67%) Firmware
7 2 (0.34%) Terminal Services
7 2 (0.34%) vSphere
7 2 (0.34%) XenApp
7 2 (0.34%) XenDesktop
8 1 (0.17%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 102 (17.11%) SCCM
2 18 (3.02%) Microsoft Intune
3 6 (1.01%) Terraform
4 3 (0.50%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 3 (0.50%) Jamf Pro
4 3 (0.50%) Kubernetes
4 3 (0.50%) Single Sign-On
5 2 (0.34%) AirWatch
5 2 (0.34%) Kibana
5 2 (0.34%) logstash
5 2 (0.34%) PaperCut
5 2 (0.34%) SmoothWall
5 2 (0.34%) WSUS
6 1 (0.17%) Cisco CUCM
6 1 (0.17%) Failover Clustering
6 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Clustering
6 1 (0.17%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (0.17%) SCOM
6 1 (0.17%) WMI
6 1 (0.17%) ZENworks
Vendors
1 131 (21.98%) Microsoft
2 58 (9.73%) HP
3 56 (9.40%) Apple
4 44 (7.38%) Dell
5 41 (6.88%) Citrix
6 30 (5.03%) ServiceNow
7 26 (4.36%) VMware
8 21 (3.52%) Cisco
9 13 (2.18%) Remedy
9 13 (2.18%) SAP
10 10 (1.68%) Google
11 6 (1.01%) Ivanti
11 6 (1.01%) Wyse
12 4 (0.67%) Adobe
12 4 (0.67%) Avaya
12 4 (0.67%) Fujitsu
12 4 (0.67%) iManage
12 4 (0.67%) MobileIron
13 3 (0.50%) Sophos
13 3 (0.50%) Symantec