The median contractor rate for a Desktop Support was £175 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 3 months to 27 June 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
UK / England
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 233 222 168
Rank change year-on-year -11 -54  
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Support 450 570 732
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.04% 1.15% 1.46%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.10% 1.21% 1.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 246 299 314
Median daily rate £175 £180 £185
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.77% -2.70%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £118 £110 £120
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £400 £384
UK excluding London median daily rate £155 £174 £175
% change year-on-year -10.77% -0.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 100 105 244
Median hourly rate £14.20 £15.00 £15.76
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.33% -4.82%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.87 £12.25 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.50 £22.15 £20.28
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.00 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -6.66% -  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in England. 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
England
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 40980 47134 47634
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 94.76% 95.05% 94.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 26691 31127 30520
Median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £263 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1258 1393 1823
Median hourly rate £18.10 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.42% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £43.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.14
% change year-on-year - +8.42%  

Desktop Support
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Desktop Support in England

Desktop Support
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Desktop Support in England

Desktop Support
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Desktop Support in England over the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Desktop Support in England

Desktop Support
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Desktop Support in England

Desktop Support
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Desktop Support in England over the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Desktop Support in England

Desktop Support
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 Support within the England region over the 3 months to 27 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -24 168 £199 +10.41% 40
South East -2 81 £150 -3.22% 10
East of England +4 57 £148 +13.46% 9
South West +5 43 £200 +1.91% 5
North West +12 32 £231 -8.41% 6
Yorkshire +29 20 £125 - 4
West Midlands -1 19 £150 +8.10% 2
East Midlands -6 16 £128 -43.33% 3
North East +29 12 £172 -34.16%
Desktop Support
UK

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

For the 6 months to 27 June 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 England region featuring Desktop Support in the job title.

1 578 (68.89%) Windows
2 329 (39.21%) Active Directory
3 327 (38.97%) Windows 7
4 313 (37.31%) Microsoft
5 231 (27.53%) Microsoft Office
6 154 (18.36%) SCCM
7 146 (17.40%) Windows 10
8 137 (16.33%) ITIL
9 130 (15.49%) Office 365
10 120 (14.30%) Citrix
11 108 (12.87%) Finance
12 104 (12.40%) Migration
13 97 (11.56%) Security Cleared
14 81 (9.65%) Blackberry
15 70 (8.34%) Windows XP
15 70 (8.34%) SC Cleared
16 69 (8.22%) LAN
17 66 (7.87%) Windows Server
18 63 (7.51%) Windows 8
19 62 (7.39%) Microsoft Certification
19 62 (7.39%) VMware
20 59 (7.03%) Apple
21 55 (6.56%) DNS
22 54 (6.44%) TCP/IP
22 54 (6.44%) HP
22 54 (6.44%) Analytical Skills
23 52 (6.20%) Banking
24 49 (5.84%) DHCP
24 49 (5.84%) MS Exchange
25 48 (5.72%) VPN

Desktop Support 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 49 (5.84%) MS Exchange
2 22 (2.62%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 22 (2.62%) IBM Notes
3 20 (2.38%) Skype for Business
4 18 (2.15%) SharePoint
5 11 (1.31%) Exchange Server 2010
6 7 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2007
6 7 (0.83%) IIS
7 5 (0.60%) Exchange Server 2003
8 3 (0.36%) Apache
9 2 (0.24%) CMS
9 2 (0.24%) Exchange Server 2013
9 2 (0.24%) GroupWise
10 1 (0.12%) Apache Spark
10 1 (0.12%) SharePoint 2010
10 1 (0.12%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 231 (27.53%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (1.19%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (0.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.24%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 1 (0.12%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.12%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.12%) OmniGraffle
5 1 (0.12%) Shockwave
Business Applications
1 13 (1.55%) Remedy ITSM
2 9 (1.07%) Eikon
3 3 (0.36%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.24%) Dynamics GP
4 2 (0.24%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.12%) ION MarketView
5 1 (0.12%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 130 (15.49%) Office 365
2 14 (1.67%) OneDrive
3 5 (0.60%) G Suite
4 4 (0.48%) Microsoft Azure
5 3 (0.36%) Amazon AWS
6 2 (0.24%) Mimecast
7 1 (0.12%) Dynamics 365
7 1 (0.12%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 69 (8.22%) LAN
2 55 (6.56%) DNS
3 54 (6.44%) TCP/IP
4 49 (5.84%) DHCP
5 48 (5.72%) VPN
6 31 (3.69%) WAN
7 24 (2.86%) Internet
8 22 (2.62%) Remote Desktop
8 22 (2.62%) Wireless
9 17 (2.03%) VoIP
10 16 (1.91%) Firewall
11 15 (1.79%) Skype
12 11 (1.31%) Cisco IOS
13 9 (1.07%) Network Security
14 8 (0.95%) 3G
15 7 (0.83%) Wi-Fi
16 6 (0.72%) VLAN
17 5 (0.60%) IP Telephony
18 4 (0.48%) Extranet
18 4 (0.48%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (2.03%) SQL Server
2 3 (0.36%) NoSQL
2 3 (0.36%) SQL Server 2005
3 2 (0.24%) MySQL
3 2 (0.24%) SQL Server 2000
4 1 (0.12%) Big Data
4 1 (0.12%) Blockchain
4 1 (0.12%) Hadoop
4 1 (0.12%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.12%) QlikView
4 1 (0.12%) Spotfire
Development Applications
1 9 (1.07%) MSI
2 4 (0.48%) InstallShield
3 3 (0.36%) Visual Studio
4 2 (0.24%) AccuRev
4 2 (0.24%) AdminStudio
4 2 (0.24%) JIRA
5 1 (0.12%) Axure RP
5 1 (0.12%) Eclipse
5 1 (0.12%) Git (software)
5 1 (0.12%) Robot Framework
5 1 (0.12%) Subversion
5 1 (0.12%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 108 (12.87%) Finance
2 52 (6.20%) Banking
3 17 (2.03%) Telecoms
4 16 (1.91%) Legal
5 11 (1.31%) Retail
6 10 (1.19%) Back Office
7 8 (0.95%) Investment Banking
8 7 (0.83%) Electronics
8 7 (0.83%) Front Office
8 7 (0.83%) Local Government
8 7 (0.83%) Retail Banking
9 5 (0.60%) Law
9 5 (0.60%) Pharmaceutical
9 5 (0.60%) Publishing
10 4 (0.48%) Manufacturing
10 4 (0.48%) Marketing
11 2 (0.24%) Advertising
11 2 (0.24%) Corporate Banking
11 2 (0.24%) Financial Institution
11 2 (0.24%) Multimedia
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (2.38%) .NET
2 16 (1.91%) WPF
3 10 (1.19%) WCF
4 5 (0.60%) XMPP
5 3 (0.36%) WinForms
6 2 (0.24%) .NET Framework
6 2 (0.24%) 802.1X
6 2 (0.24%) Flash
6 2 (0.24%) Middleware
6 2 (0.24%) WAP
7 1 (0.12%) AngularJS
7 1 (0.12%) D3.js
7 1 (0.12%) Java SE
7 1 (0.12%) Natural Language Processing
7 1 (0.12%) RESTful
7 1 (0.12%) Software Packaging
7 1 (0.12%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 81 (9.65%) Blackberry
2 54 (6.44%) Analytical Skills
3 42 (5.01%) Smartphone
4 28 (3.34%) Video Conferencing
5 26 (3.10%) iPhone
6 22 (2.62%) Fat Client
6 22 (2.62%) Thin Client
7 18 (2.15%) iPad
8 17 (2.03%) Driving Licence
9 15 (1.79%) Management Information System
10 11 (1.31%) CMDB
11 10 (1.19%) Data Centre
12 9 (1.07%) Client/Server
12 9 (1.07%) NHS
13 8 (0.95%) BYOD
14 7 (0.83%) Handset
15 6 (0.72%) PDA
16 5 (0.60%) Virtual Team
17 4 (0.48%) CESG
17 4 (0.48%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 578 (68.89%) Windows
2 327 (38.97%) Windows 7
3 146 (17.40%) Windows 10
4 70 (8.34%) Windows XP
5 66 (7.87%) Windows Server
6 63 (7.51%) Windows 8
7 43 (5.13%) Android
8 41 (4.89%) Apple iOS
9 37 (4.41%) Windows Server 2008
10 28 (3.34%) Windows Server 2012
11 22 (2.62%) Mac OS X
12 19 (2.26%) Mac OS
13 18 (2.15%) Windows Server 2003
14 11 (1.31%) Linux
15 9 (1.07%) Windows Mobile
16 8 (0.95%) Windows Vista
17 5 (0.60%) Ubuntu
17 5 (0.60%) Unix
18 2 (0.24%) NetWare
18 2 (0.24%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 137 (16.33%) ITIL
2 104 (12.40%) Migration
3 48 (5.72%) Time Management
4 32 (3.81%) Service Management
5 29 (3.46%) Data Migration
5 29 (3.46%) Incident Management
6 25 (2.98%) Asset Management
7 20 (2.38%) Break/Fix
7 20 (2.38%) Project Management
8 19 (2.26%) Service Delivery
9 17 (2.03%) Mobile Device Management
9 17 (2.03%) Stakeholder Management
10 16 (1.91%) Configuration Management
11 15 (1.79%) Application Packaging
12 13 (1.55%) PRINCE2
12 13 (1.55%) Software Distribution
13 12 (1.43%) ITIL V3
13 12 (1.43%) Problem Management
14 11 (1.31%) Line Management
15 10 (1.19%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 33 (3.93%) SQL
2 16 (1.91%) C#
3 13 (1.55%) PowerShell
4 9 (1.07%) VBScript
5 6 (0.72%) C
6 5 (0.60%) Java
7 3 (0.36%) C++
7 3 (0.36%) VB
8 2 (0.24%) Perl
8 2 (0.24%) Python
9 1 (0.12%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.12%) Korn
9 1 (0.12%) R
9 1 (0.12%) Scala
9 1 (0.12%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.12%) VBA
9 1 (0.12%) XAML
Qualifications
1 97 (11.56%) Security Cleared
2 70 (8.34%) SC Cleared
3 62 (7.39%) Microsoft Certification
4 28 (3.34%) MCSE
5 26 (3.10%) MCP
6 21 (2.50%) Degree
7 16 (1.91%) MCSA
8 15 (1.79%) A+ Certification
9 14 (1.67%) DV Cleared
10 13 (1.55%) ITIL Certification
11 12 (1.43%) DBS Check
12 11 (1.31%) MCDST
13 10 (1.19%) BPSS Clearance
14 8 (0.95%) MCTS
15 6 (0.72%) PMI Certification
16 5 (0.60%) Network+ Certification
16 5 (0.60%) PMP
17 4 (0.48%) MCITP
18 3 (0.36%) ACHDS
18 3 (0.36%) ACTC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 41 (4.89%) SLA
2 9 (1.07%) Disclosure Scotland
3 6 (0.72%) PMO
4 3 (0.36%) QA
5 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 1 (0.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 329 (39.21%) Active Directory
2 36 (4.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 31 (3.69%) Microsoft App-V
4 18 (2.15%) XenApp
5 14 (1.67%) Hyper-V
6 13 (1.55%) Virtual Desktop
7 12 (1.43%) XenDesktop
8 8 (0.95%) BitLocker
9 7 (0.83%) Virtual Machines
10 5 (0.60%) VMware ESXi
11 4 (0.48%) Virtual Servers
12 3 (0.36%) Firmware
12 3 (0.36%) vSphere
12 3 (0.36%) Xen
13 2 (0.24%) Terminal Server
13 2 (0.24%) Terminal Services
14 1 (0.12%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 1 (0.12%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 1 (0.12%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 154 (18.36%) SCCM
2 14 (1.67%) Norton AntiVirus
3 11 (1.31%) Microsoft Intune
3 11 (1.31%) WSUS
4 9 (1.07%) SCOM
5 7 (0.83%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 6 (0.72%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 4 (0.48%) AirWatch
8 3 (0.36%) Tivoli
8 3 (0.36%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 3 (0.36%) XenMobile
9 2 (0.24%) DameWare
9 2 (0.24%) SafeCom
9 2 (0.24%) SCOrch
9 2 (0.24%) SCSM
10 1 (0.12%) Backup Exec
10 1 (0.12%) Cisco CUCM
10 1 (0.12%) HP Data Protector
10 1 (0.12%) Microsoft Clustering
10 1 (0.12%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 313 (37.31%) Microsoft
2 120 (14.30%) Citrix
3 62 (7.39%) VMware
4 59 (7.03%) Apple
5 54 (6.44%) HP
6 44 (5.24%) Cisco
7 30 (3.58%) Dell
8 29 (3.46%) Remedy
9 25 (2.98%) ServiceNow
10 22 (2.62%) Lotus
11 19 (2.26%) Symantec
12 17 (2.03%) Bloomberg
13 14 (1.67%) Reuters
14 12 (1.43%) Altiris
15 11 (1.31%) BMC
15 11 (1.31%) Google
16 9 (1.07%) SolarWinds
16 9 (1.07%) Sophos
17 8 (0.95%) Adobe
17 8 (0.95%) LANDesk
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Rate: £110 - £120 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
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Posted: Yesterday
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Rate: £170 - £220 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Itecco
Rate: £70 - £120 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: market rate
Posted: Yesterday
London
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Rate: £14 - £15 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £200 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £110 - £120 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Oscar
Rate: £100 - £150 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Austin Fraser
Rate: £150 - £180 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Executive Resource Group
Rate: £700 - £750 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Lutterworth, Leicestershire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £105 - £155 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Michael Bailey Associates
Posted: 4 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £114.47 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £175 - £200 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Comtecs
Rate: £180 - £200 Per Day to £200 p/day
Posted: 4 days ago
East London
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £130 - £140 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Hertfordshire
Edward Carter Solutions
Rate: Market rate
Posted: 7 days ago
Bracknell, Berkshire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £14 - £15 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago