The median contractor rate for a Desktop Support was £150 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 3 months to 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Desktop Support
UK / England
Rank 334 302 222
Rank change year-on-year -32 -80  
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Support 257 360 487
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.61% 0.74% 1.02%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.65% 0.77% 1.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 137 178 223
Median daily rate £150 £160 £150
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £112 £114 £105
10% offered a daily rate of more than £222 £250 £225
UK excluding London median daily rate £150 £143 £150
% change year-on-year +5.26% -5.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 69 88 162
Median hourly rate £17.00 £15.88 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.08% +5.83%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £10.94 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.90 £22.00 £22.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.20 £15.00 £13.87
% change year-on-year +1.33% +8.14%  

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 39640 46520 45346
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 94.83% 95.21% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 25778 30491 27853
Median daily rate £431 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.29% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £263 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1372 1455 1828
Median hourly rate £18.50 £18.70 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.06% +3.88%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.33 £11.32 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £47.83 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.38
% change year-on-year -12.50% +15.10%  

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 24 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 24 March 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 24 March 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 -34 96 £153 -4.68% 21
South East +28 69 £150 - 6
South West -6 24 £135 +1.88% 5
East of England -14 23 £125 -21.87% 3
North West +20 20 £125 -28.57%
East Midlands +2 10 £210 +16.66% 2
West Midlands +1 8 £114 -12.50% 3
Yorkshire +1 4 £125 -10.71% 2
North East -17 3 - - 1
Desktop Support
UK

Desktop Support Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 24 March 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.

1 465 (76.35%) Windows
2 289 (47.45%) Windows 7
3 284 (46.63%) Active Directory
4 217 (35.63%) Microsoft
5 187 (30.71%) MS Office
6 108 (17.73%) Windows Server
7 102 (16.75%) ITIL
8 99 (16.26%) Finance
9 98 (16.09%) Citrix
9 98 (16.09%) SCCM
10 80 (13.14%) Windows 10
10 80 (13.14%) MS Excel
11 71 (11.66%) Security Cleared
12 70 (11.49%) Office 365
13 65 (10.67%) Blackberry
14 63 (10.34%) Windows XP
14 63 (10.34%) VMware
14 63 (10.34%) Windows Server 2008
15 57 (9.36%) Windows 8
16 55 (9.03%) LAN
17 54 (8.87%) MS Exchange
18 53 (8.70%) Apple
18 53 (8.70%) Migration
19 50 (8.21%) TCP/IP
20 49 (8.05%) DNS
21 47 (7.72%) SC Cleared
22 45 (7.39%) DHCP
23 44 (7.22%) Microsoft Certification
24 43 (7.06%) VMware Infrastructure
25 42 (6.90%) Banking

Desktop Support Skill Set
Top Related 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 54 (8.87%) MS Exchange
2 32 (5.25%) IBM Notes
3 15 (2.46%) Exchange Server 2010
4 12 (1.97%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 12 (1.97%) Skype for Business
5 10 (1.64%) Exchange Server 2007
5 10 (1.64%) SharePoint
6 7 (1.15%) Exchange Server 2013
7 6 (0.99%) Exchange Server 2003
8 3 (0.49%) IIS
9 2 (0.33%) Apache
9 2 (0.33%) CMS
Applications
1 187 (30.71%) MS Office
2 80 (13.14%) MS Excel
3 8 (1.31%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (0.49%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.16%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 11 (1.81%) Eikon
1 11 (1.81%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.33%) Dynamics GP
3 1 (0.16%) ION MarketView
Cloud Services
1 70 (11.49%) Office 365
2 5 (0.82%) OneDrive
3 3 (0.49%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.16%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (0.16%) IaaS
4 1 (0.16%) PaaS
4 1 (0.16%) SaaS
4 1 (0.16%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 55 (9.03%) LAN
2 50 (8.21%) TCP/IP
3 49 (8.05%) DNS
4 45 (7.39%) DHCP
5 32 (5.25%) WAN
6 29 (4.76%) VPN
7 23 (3.78%) Internet
8 21 (3.45%) Firewall
9 19 (3.12%) VoIP
9 19 (3.12%) Wireless
10 15 (2.46%) 3G
11 14 (2.30%) Wi-Fi
12 13 (2.13%) Remote Desktop
13 11 (1.81%) Skype
14 8 (1.31%) Cisco IOS
14 8 (1.31%) Ethernet
14 8 (1.31%) Network Security
15 5 (0.82%) IP Telephony
16 4 (0.66%) Extranet
17 3 (0.49%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (0.49%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.33%) MySQL
2 2 (0.33%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (0.16%) Oracle Database
General
1 99 (16.26%) Finance
2 42 (6.90%) Banking
3 27 (4.43%) Retail
4 23 (3.78%) Legal
5 14 (2.30%) Investment Banking
6 13 (2.13%) Back Office
7 10 (1.64%) Retail Banking
8 6 (0.99%) Law
9 5 (0.82%) Front Office
9 5 (0.82%) Games
9 5 (0.82%) Local Government
10 4 (0.66%) Advertising
10 4 (0.66%) Financial Institution
10 4 (0.66%) Korean Language
10 4 (0.66%) Telecoms
11 3 (0.49%) Manufacturing
12 2 (0.33%) Electronics
12 2 (0.33%) Multimedia
13 1 (0.16%) German Language
13 1 (0.16%) Swedish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (0.99%) XMPP
2 3 (0.49%) 802.1X
3 2 (0.33%) .NET
3 2 (0.33%) WAP
4 1 (0.16%) FIX Protocol
4 1 (0.16%) Java SE
4 1 (0.16%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 65 (10.67%) Blackberry
2 31 (5.09%) Smartphone
3 26 (4.27%) Analytical Skills
3 26 (4.27%) iPad
4 24 (3.94%) iPhone
5 19 (3.12%) Video Conferencing
6 15 (2.46%) Driving Licence
7 13 (2.13%) Fat Client
7 13 (2.13%) Thin Client
8 11 (1.81%) NHS
9 10 (1.64%) Management Information System
10 6 (0.99%) Data Centre
11 5 (0.82%) Hedge funds
12 4 (0.66%) BYOD
12 4 (0.66%) Client/Server
12 4 (0.66%) Handset
13 3 (0.49%) CMDB
13 3 (0.49%) EPoS
13 3 (0.49%) PDA
14 2 (0.33%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 465 (76.35%) Windows
2 289 (47.45%) Windows 7
3 108 (17.73%) Windows Server
4 80 (13.14%) Windows 10
5 63 (10.34%) Windows Server 2008
5 63 (10.34%) Windows XP
6 57 (9.36%) Windows 8
7 38 (6.24%) Windows Server 2003
8 37 (6.08%) Android
9 29 (4.76%) Apple iOS
10 28 (4.60%) Windows Server 2012
11 19 (3.12%) Mac OS X
12 14 (2.30%) Mac OS
13 4 (0.66%) Linux
13 4 (0.66%) Windows 2000
13 4 (0.66%) Windows Phone
14 3 (0.49%) Unix
14 3 (0.49%) Windows Vista
15 2 (0.33%) CentOS
15 2 (0.33%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 102 (16.75%) ITIL
2 53 (8.70%) Migration
3 25 (4.11%) Incident Management
4 23 (3.78%) Time Management
5 19 (3.12%) Mobile Device Management
6 17 (2.79%) Data Migration
7 15 (2.46%) Asset Management
7 15 (2.46%) Service Delivery
8 13 (2.13%) ITIL V3
9 11 (1.81%) Service Management
10 10 (1.64%) Ticket Management
11 9 (1.48%) Change Management
11 9 (1.48%) Patch Management
12 8 (1.31%) Change Control
12 8 (1.31%) Coaching
13 7 (1.15%) Software Delivery
13 7 (1.15%) Software Distribution
14 6 (0.99%) Continuous Improvement
14 6 (0.99%) Problem Management
14 6 (0.99%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (1.64%) PowerShell
2 9 (1.48%) SQL
3 8 (1.31%) VBA
4 7 (1.15%) Java
5 2 (0.33%) VBScript
6 1 (0.16%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 71 (11.66%) Security Cleared
2 47 (7.72%) SC Cleared
3 44 (7.22%) Microsoft Certification
4 33 (5.42%) MCP
5 23 (3.78%) MCSE
6 16 (2.63%) Degree
6 16 (2.63%) ITIL Certification
7 12 (1.97%) BPSS Clearance
7 12 (1.97%) MCDST
8 11 (1.81%) MCSA
9 10 (1.64%) A+ Certification
10 8 (1.31%) Network+ Certification
11 7 (1.15%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 5 (0.82%) DV Cleared
13 4 (0.66%) ACDT
13 4 (0.66%) ACHDS
13 4 (0.66%) ACTC
13 4 (0.66%) MCSM
14 3 (0.49%) CCNA
14 3 (0.49%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (5.75%) SLA
2 9 (1.48%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (0.49%) QA
System Software
1 284 (46.63%) Active Directory
2 43 (7.06%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (3.28%) XenApp
4 9 (1.48%) Hyper-V
4 9 (1.48%) Microsoft App-V
5 8 (1.31%) Virtual Desktop
6 6 (0.99%) XenDesktop
7 5 (0.82%) Virtual Servers
8 2 (0.33%) BitLocker
8 2 (0.33%) Virtual Machines
8 2 (0.33%) vSphere
9 1 (0.16%) Firmware
9 1 (0.16%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.16%) VMware ESX
9 1 (0.16%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 98 (16.09%) SCCM
2 15 (2.46%) WSUS
3 11 (1.81%) Norton AntiVirus
4 8 (1.31%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 5 (0.82%) AirWatch
6 3 (0.49%) DameWare
6 3 (0.49%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 2 (0.33%) Jamf Pro
7 2 (0.33%) Microsoft Intune
7 2 (0.33%) Tivoli
7 2 (0.33%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 1 (0.16%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (0.16%) Microsoft Clustering
8 1 (0.16%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 1 (0.16%) SafeCom
8 1 (0.16%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 1 (0.16%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 217 (35.63%) Microsoft
2 98 (16.09%) Citrix
3 63 (10.34%) VMware
4 53 (8.70%) Apple
5 33 (5.42%) Cisco
6 32 (5.25%) Lotus
7 29 (4.76%) Remedy
8 28 (4.60%) Bloomberg
9 27 (4.43%) HP
10 25 (4.11%) Reuters
11 24 (3.94%) Dell
12 19 (3.12%) ServiceNow
13 14 (2.30%) Symantec
14 11 (1.81%) AppSense
14 11 (1.81%) Sophos
15 9 (1.48%) BMC
16 8 (1.31%) Google
17 7 (1.15%) Intel Security
18 6 (0.99%) Avaya
18 6 (0.99%) ThinPrint
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