Period
to 17 January 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Virtual Desktop skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Virtual Desktop over the 6 months to 17 January 2021 with a comparison to the 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.

Virtual Desktop
UK > England
6 months to
17 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 457 576 636
Rank change year-on-year +119 +60 +129
Contract jobs citing Virtual Desktop 62 137 209
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.19% 0.21% 0.23%
As % of the System Software category 1.26% 1.32% 1.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 75 133
Median daily rate £375 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.76% +1.19% -1.18%
10th Percentile £159 £222 £145
90th Percentile £575 £550 £600
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 6 13
Median hourly rate £45.25 £18.00 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +151.39% -37.93% +38.74%
UK median hourly rate £45.25 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +151.39% +2.86% -16.28%

Virtual Desktop is in the System Software category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for system software skills.

All System Software Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 4,919 10,350 14,178
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.71% 15.61% 15.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,336 7,046 9,544
Median daily rate £475 £450 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% -5.26% +8.57%
10th Percentile £215 £163 £184
90th Percentile £650 £638 £638
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £460
% change year-on-year +5.56% -2.17% +8.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 202 554 711
Median hourly rate £17.50 £16.46 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.32% +2.88% -
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £10.50
90th Percentile £59.88 £46.56 £43.75
Median hourly rate £17.75 £16.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year +7.58% +3.13% -

Virtual Desktop
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Virtual Desktop as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Virtual Desktop in England

Virtual Desktop
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Daily rate trend for Virtual Desktop in England

Virtual Desktop
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Virtual Desktop in England over the 6 months to 17 January 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Virtual Desktop in England

Virtual Desktop
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Hourly rate trend for Virtual Desktop in England

Virtual Desktop
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 Virtual Desktop within the England region over the 6 months to 17 January 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 +93 30 £369 -11.94% 10
North of England +104 8 £220 -45.00% 7
South East +101 6 £475 -5.00% 1
South West +87 6 £400 -8.69% 3
Yorkshire +55 6 £195 -51.25% 4
Midlands +55 2 £253 -42.29% 1
West Midlands +48 2 £253 -43.89% 1
North West +71 1 £175 - 3
East of England +54 1 - - 1
North East +36 1 £375 -6.25%
Virtual Desktop
UK

For the 6 months to 17 January 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Virtual Desktop also mentioned the following 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 with a requirement for Virtual Desktop.

1 48 (77.42%) Windows
2 30 (48.39%) Microsoft
3 28 (45.16%) Azure
4 25 (40.32%) Windows 10
5 24 (38.71%) Office 365
5 24 (38.71%) VMware
5 24 (38.71%) VMware Infrastructure
6 22 (35.48%) Active Directory
7 20 (32.26%) Windows Server
8 18 (29.03%) Security Cleared
9 16 (25.81%) Citrix
10 15 (24.19%) Microsoft Office
11 13 (20.97%) SC Cleared
11 13 (20.97%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 13 (20.97%) vSphere
12 12 (19.35%) Microsoft Intune
13 11 (17.74%) SharePoint
14 10 (16.13%) SCCM
15 9 (14.52%) VCAP
16 8 (12.90%) VCDX
16 8 (12.90%) VCP6
16 8 (12.90%) PowerShell
17 7 (11.29%) Migration
17 7 (11.29%) Azure Active Directory
17 7 (11.29%) Data Centre
18 6 (9.68%) Bash Shell
18 6 (9.68%) Windows Server 2012
18 6 (9.68%) OneDrive
18 6 (9.68%) Virtual Environments
18 6 (9.68%) Configuration Management

Virtual Desktop
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 11 (17.74%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.61%) Confluence
2 1 (1.61%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (1.61%) MS Exchange
2 1 (1.61%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 15 (24.19%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.61%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.61%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (1.61%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 28 (45.16%) Azure
2 24 (38.71%) Office 365
3 7 (11.29%) Azure Active Directory
4 6 (9.68%) OneDrive
5 5 (8.06%) AWS
6 3 (4.84%) GCP
6 3 (4.84%) IaaS
7 2 (3.23%) PaaS
8 1 (1.61%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 1 (1.61%) Mimecast
8 1 (1.61%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (8.06%) DNS
1 5 (8.06%) SSH
2 4 (6.45%) DHCP
2 4 (6.45%) LAN
3 3 (4.84%) Remote Desktop
3 3 (4.84%) VPN
3 3 (4.84%) WAN
4 2 (3.23%) Firewall
4 2 (3.23%) Internet
4 2 (3.23%) Intranet
4 2 (3.23%) IP Telephony
4 2 (3.23%) NetScaler
4 2 (3.23%) Skype
4 2 (3.23%) TCP/IP
4 2 (3.23%) VSAN
5 1 (1.61%) HTTP
5 1 (1.61%) IPsec
5 1 (1.61%) SAN
5 1 (1.61%) SMTP
5 1 (1.61%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (8.06%) MariaDB
1 5 (8.06%) MySQL
1 5 (8.06%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.61%) Amazon RDS
2 1 (1.61%) Azure SQL Database
2 1 (1.61%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (1.61%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 2 (3.23%) MSI
2 1 (1.61%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 1 (1.61%) Hudson
2 1 (1.61%) JIRA
General
1 6 (9.68%) Finance
2 3 (4.84%) Public Sector
3 2 (3.23%) Retail
4 1 (1.61%) Banking
Job Titles
1 19 (30.65%) Architect
2 7 (11.29%) Support Engineer
2 7 (11.29%) VMware Engineer
3 6 (9.68%) Consultant
3 6 (9.68%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 5 (8.06%) Linux Engineer
4 5 (8.06%) Software Engineer
5 4 (6.45%) Desktop Support
5 4 (6.45%) Office 365 Architect
6 3 (4.84%) Azure Architect
6 3 (4.84%) Infrastructure Support
6 3 (4.84%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
6 3 (4.84%) Solutions Architect
6 3 (4.84%) Wintel Engineer
7 2 (3.23%) 3rd Line Support
7 2 (3.23%) Desktop Engineer
7 2 (3.23%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 2 (3.23%) Infrastructure Architect
7 2 (3.23%) IT Engineer
7 2 (3.23%) IT Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (8.06%) Anaconda
1 5 (8.06%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 7 (11.29%) Data Centre
2 5 (8.06%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (8.06%) Private Cloud
3 3 (4.84%) PKI
3 3 (4.84%) Video Conferencing
4 2 (3.23%) Fat Client
4 2 (3.23%) Mobile App
4 2 (3.23%) Thin Client
4 2 (3.23%) User Experience
5 1 (1.61%) Clustering
5 1 (1.61%) EMC VMAX
5 1 (1.61%) Enterprise Storage
5 1 (1.61%) NHS
5 1 (1.61%) PMI
5 1 (1.61%) Replication
5 1 (1.61%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 48 (77.42%) Windows
2 25 (40.32%) Windows 10
3 20 (32.26%) Windows Server
4 6 (9.68%) Linux
4 6 (9.68%) Windows Server 2012
5 5 (8.06%) CentOS
5 5 (8.06%) Debian
5 5 (8.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 5 (8.06%) Solaris
5 5 (8.06%) Windows 7
6 3 (4.84%) Mac OS
6 3 (4.84%) Windows Server 2016
7 2 (3.23%) Windows 8
7 2 (3.23%) Windows Server 2019
8 1 (1.61%) Apple iOS
8 1 (1.61%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (11.29%) Migration
2 6 (9.68%) Architectural Design
2 6 (9.68%) Configuration Management
2 6 (9.68%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 6 (9.68%) ITIL
2 6 (9.68%) Software Engineering
2 6 (9.68%) Virtual Environments
3 5 (8.06%) Security Patching
3 5 (8.06%) Stakeholder Management
4 4 (6.45%) Identity Management
4 4 (6.45%) Problem-Solving
4 4 (6.45%) Project Delivery
4 4 (6.45%) Requirements Gathering
5 3 (4.84%) Application Packaging
5 3 (4.84%) Architecture Governance
5 3 (4.84%) Business Continuity
5 3 (4.84%) Customer Requirements
5 3 (4.84%) Decision-Making
5 3 (4.84%) Disaster Recovery
5 3 (4.84%) Storage Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (12.90%) PowerShell
2 6 (9.68%) Bash Shell
2 6 (9.68%) Python
3 5 (8.06%) Perl
4 3 (4.84%) SQL
5 1 (1.61%) C
5 1 (1.61%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 18 (29.03%) Security Cleared
2 13 (20.97%) SC Cleared
2 13 (20.97%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
3 9 (14.52%) VCAP
4 8 (12.90%) VCDX
4 8 (12.90%) VCP6
5 4 (6.45%) BPSS Clearance
5 4 (6.45%) MCSA
5 4 (6.45%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (3.23%) CCA
6 2 (3.23%) Citrix Certification
6 2 (3.23%) DV Cleared
6 2 (3.23%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 2 (3.23%) MCSE
6 2 (3.23%) MOS
7 1 (1.61%) CAPM
7 1 (1.61%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.23%) QA
2 1 (1.61%) PMO
2 1 (1.61%) SLA
System Software
1 24 (38.71%) VMware Infrastructure
2 22 (35.48%) Active Directory
3 13 (20.97%) vSphere
4 3 (4.84%) Microsoft App-V
4 3 (4.84%) VMware ESXi
4 3 (4.84%) XenApp
5 2 (3.23%) BitLocker
5 2 (3.23%) Hyper-V
5 2 (3.23%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (3.23%) VMware NSX
5 2 (3.23%) XenDesktop
6 1 (1.61%) DFS Replication
6 1 (1.61%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 12 (19.35%) Microsoft Intune
2 10 (16.13%) SCCM
3 5 (8.06%) Puppet
4 4 (6.45%) SCOM
5 3 (4.84%) Single Sign-On
6 2 (3.23%) WSUS
7 1 (1.61%) Ansible
7 1 (1.61%) Failover Clustering
7 1 (1.61%) Jamf Pro
7 1 (1.61%) Microsoft Clustering
7 1 (1.61%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 1 (1.61%) OPNET
7 1 (1.61%) PowerCLI
7 1 (1.61%) SCDPM
7 1 (1.61%) SCSM
7 1 (1.61%) SCVMM
7 1 (1.61%) Sysprep
7 1 (1.61%) vCenter Server
7 1 (1.61%) vRealize
Vendors
1 30 (48.39%) Microsoft
2 24 (38.71%) VMware
3 16 (25.81%) Citrix
4 5 (8.06%) Red Hat
5 3 (4.84%) Apple
5 3 (4.84%) Google
6 2 (3.23%) Avaya
6 2 (3.23%) Cisco
6 2 (3.23%) Dell
6 2 (3.23%) Polycom
6 2 (3.23%) Symantec
6 2 (3.23%) Veeam
6 2 (3.23%) Wyse
7 1 (1.61%) ArcSight
7 1 (1.61%) EMC
7 1 (1.61%) Isilon
7 1 (1.61%) Juniper
7 1 (1.61%) McAfee
7 1 (1.61%) Remedy
7 1 (1.61%) SolarWinds