Period
to 21 February 2020

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 21 February 2020 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
21 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 564 659 773
Rank change year-on-year +95 +114 -49
Contract jobs citing Virtual Desktop 118 188 90
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.19% 0.21% 0.096%
As % of the System Software category 1.22% 1.33% 0.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 61 110 56
England median daily rate £400 £385 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.90% -18.95% +31.03%
10th Percentile £220 £155 £246
90th Percentile £550 £575 £600
UK median daily rate £406 £385 £475
% change year-on-year +5.52% -18.95% +35.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 6 3
England median hourly rate £18.00 £20.91 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.91% -16.37% +76.99%
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +2.86% -30.00% +107.13%

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 9,689 14,096 12,021
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 15.63% 15.53% 12.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,411 9,355 7,919
England median daily rate £450 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.26% +5.56% +7.78%
10th Percentile £171 £184 £163
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £450 £469 £450
% change year-on-year -3.95% +4.11% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 545 675 643
England median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £16.22
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -1.33% +1.34%
10th Percentile £11.26 £10.53 £10.50
90th Percentile £45.00 £47.00 £47.10
UK median hourly rate £17.25 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +7.81% - -

Virtual Desktop
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Virtual Desktop in England

Virtual Desktop
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Virtual Desktop in England

Virtual Desktop
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Virtual Desktop in England over the 6 months to 21 February 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Virtual Desktop in England

Virtual Desktop
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Virtual Desktop in England

Virtual Desktop
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Virtual Desktop in England over the 6 months to 21 February 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 21 February 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
London +91 46 £400 +3.23% 11
South East +87 24 £500 +81.82% 3
South West +7 16 £475 - 3
East of England +46 13 £215 -
North of England +54 11 £400 +3.90% 11
Midlands +66 8 £438 +29.63% 1
West Midlands +53 7 £450 +33.33% 1
Yorkshire +52 5 £400 +29.03% 7
North West +16 4 - - 3
North East - 2 £400 - 1
East Midlands +37 1 £200 -51.52%
Virtual Desktop
UK

For the 6 months to 21 February 2020, 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 82 (69.49%) Windows
2 62 (52.54%) Active Directory
3 53 (44.92%) Microsoft
4 46 (38.98%) Windows 10
5 36 (30.51%) SCCM
6 35 (29.66%) Citrix
6 35 (29.66%) Windows Server
7 33 (27.97%) ITIL
8 32 (27.12%) VMware Infrastructure
8 32 (27.12%) VMware
9 29 (24.58%) Windows 7
10 28 (23.73%) Microsoft Office
11 27 (22.88%) Security Cleared
12 26 (22.03%) Migration
13 25 (21.19%) DV Cleared
14 21 (17.80%) Finance
14 21 (17.80%) Service Management
14 21 (17.80%) Office 365
14 21 (17.80%) Analytical Skills
15 20 (16.95%) ITSM
16 19 (16.10%) Data Protection
16 19 (16.10%) Agile Software Development
17 18 (15.25%) Microsoft App-V
17 18 (15.25%) WSUS
17 18 (15.25%) PowerShell
18 17 (14.41%) Hyper-V
18 17 (14.41%) Windows Server 2012
18 17 (14.41%) Application Virtualisation
19 15 (12.71%) Application Packaging
19 15 (12.71%) Project 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 12 (10.17%) SharePoint
2 10 (8.47%) Skype for Business
3 4 (3.39%) Apache Spark
3 4 (3.39%) Jupyter
3 4 (3.39%) MS Exchange
3 4 (3.39%) SAS
4 3 (2.54%) IIS
5 2 (1.69%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (0.85%) NetWeaver
6 1 (0.85%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 28 (23.73%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (7.63%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (4.24%) MS Visio
4 4 (3.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (1.69%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.85%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 6 (5.08%) Carpe Diem
2 5 (4.24%) Elite 3E
Cloud Services
1 21 (17.80%) Office 365
2 11 (9.32%) Azure
3 3 (2.54%) IaaS
4 1 (0.85%) AWS
4 1 (0.85%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (0.85%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 14 (11.86%) DHCP
2 12 (10.17%) Skype
3 11 (9.32%) Firewall
3 11 (9.32%) SAN
4 6 (5.08%) DNS
4 6 (5.08%) FTP
4 6 (5.08%) VoIP
5 5 (4.24%) LAN
6 4 (3.39%) NetScaler
6 4 (3.39%) VPN
6 4 (3.39%) Wi-Fi
7 3 (2.54%) iSCSI
7 3 (2.54%) MPLS
7 3 (2.54%) VLAN
8 2 (1.69%) Cisco IOS
8 2 (1.69%) IP Telephony
8 2 (1.69%) Network Security
8 2 (1.69%) TCP/IP
8 2 (1.69%) WAN
9 1 (0.85%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (5.93%) SQL Server
2 5 (4.24%) Big Data
3 4 (3.39%) Apache Hive
3 4 (3.39%) Apache Zeppelin
3 4 (3.39%) Data Lake
3 4 (3.39%) Hadoop
3 4 (3.39%) Impala
3 4 (3.39%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (0.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (1.69%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 21 (17.80%) Finance
2 7 (5.93%) Legal
2 7 (5.93%) Public Sector
3 6 (5.08%) Law
4 5 (4.24%) Telecoms
5 3 (2.54%) Banking
6 2 (1.69%) Billing
6 2 (1.69%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.69%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.85%) Electronics
7 1 (0.85%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.85%) Marketing
7 1 (0.85%) Retail
Job Titles
1 22 (18.64%) Architect
2 13 (11.02%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 11 (9.32%) Analyst
3 11 (9.32%) Project Manager
4 8 (6.78%) Consultant
4 8 (6.78%) Support Engineer
5 7 (5.93%) Desktop Support
6 6 (5.08%) Author
6 6 (5.08%) Designer
6 6 (5.08%) Technical Author
7 5 (4.24%) Migration Manager
7 5 (4.24%) Migration Project Manager
7 5 (4.24%) Windows Engineer
8 4 (3.39%) Applications Consultant
8 4 (3.39%) Citrix Support
8 4 (3.39%) Coordinator
8 4 (3.39%) Desktop Engineer
8 4 (3.39%) Solutions Architect
8 4 (3.39%) Support Analyst
8 4 (3.39%) Systems Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (3.39%) Apache NiFi
1 4 (3.39%) Kafka
2 3 (2.54%) FIX Protocol
2 3 (2.54%) Software Packaging
3 2 (1.69%) XMPP
4 1 (0.85%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 21 (17.80%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (11.02%) Data Centre
3 10 (8.47%) User Experience
4 9 (7.63%) Clustering
5 8 (6.78%) Fat Client
5 8 (6.78%) Self-Motivation
5 8 (6.78%) Thin Client
6 5 (4.24%) Management Information System
6 5 (4.24%) Private Cloud
7 4 (3.39%) Client/Server
7 4 (3.39%) Smartphone
8 3 (2.54%) Blackberry
8 3 (2.54%) Enterprise Software
8 3 (2.54%) PKI
8 3 (2.54%) SWIFT
9 2 (1.69%) Analytical Mindset
9 2 (1.69%) BYOD
9 2 (1.69%) Video Conferencing
10 1 (0.85%) Enterprise Storage
10 1 (0.85%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 82 (69.49%) Windows
2 46 (38.98%) Windows 10
3 35 (29.66%) Windows Server
4 29 (24.58%) Windows 7
5 17 (14.41%) Windows Server 2012
6 12 (10.17%) Linux
7 6 (5.08%) Windows Server 2008
8 5 (4.24%) Windows 8
9 4 (3.39%) CentOS
9 4 (3.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 3 (2.54%) VMS
11 2 (1.69%) Android
11 2 (1.69%) Apple iOS
12 1 (0.85%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.85%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.85%) Unix
12 1 (0.85%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (27.97%) ITIL
2 26 (22.03%) Migration
3 21 (17.80%) Service Management
4 20 (16.95%) ITSM
5 19 (16.10%) Agile Software Development
5 19 (16.10%) Data Protection
6 17 (14.41%) Application Virtualisation
7 15 (12.71%) Application Packaging
7 15 (12.71%) Project Management
8 13 (11.02%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 8 (6.78%) Disaster Recovery
9 8 (6.78%) PRINCE2
10 7 (5.93%) Dependency Management
10 7 (5.93%) High Availability
10 7 (5.93%) PRINCE
10 7 (5.93%) Problem Management
10 7 (5.93%) Requirements Management
10 7 (5.93%) Service Design
11 6 (5.08%) Asset Management
11 6 (5.08%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 18 (15.25%) PowerShell
2 13 (11.02%) SQL
3 10 (8.47%) VB
4 4 (3.39%) Bash Shell
4 4 (3.39%) Python
5 1 (0.85%) C
5 1 (0.85%) Java
5 1 (0.85%) VBA
Qualifications
1 27 (22.88%) Security Cleared
2 25 (21.19%) DV Cleared
3 8 (6.78%) PMI Certification
3 8 (6.78%) PMP
4 4 (3.39%) Degree
4 4 (3.39%) SC Cleared
5 3 (2.54%) ITIL Certification
5 3 (2.54%) MCSE
5 3 (2.54%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (1.69%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 1 (0.85%) CCA
7 1 (0.85%) Citrix Certification
7 1 (0.85%) MCDST
7 1 (0.85%) MCSA
7 1 (0.85%) NCDA
7 1 (0.85%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
7 1 (0.85%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.24%) Government Security Classifications
2 4 (3.39%) GDPR
2 4 (3.39%) SLA
3 3 (2.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (2.54%) QA
4 1 (0.85%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.85%) GxP
4 1 (0.85%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 62 (52.54%) Active Directory
2 32 (27.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (15.25%) Microsoft App-V
4 17 (14.41%) Hyper-V
5 12 (10.17%) Virtual Machines
6 11 (9.32%) VMware ESXi
7 9 (7.63%) DFS Replication
7 9 (7.63%) XenDesktop
8 7 (5.93%) XenApp
9 6 (5.08%) Virtual Servers
10 3 (2.54%) VMware Server
11 2 (1.69%) vSphere
12 1 (0.85%) BitLocker
12 1 (0.85%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 1 (0.85%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 1 (0.85%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 36 (30.51%) SCCM
2 18 (15.25%) WSUS
3 13 (11.02%) SCOM
4 9 (7.63%) Failover Clustering
4 9 (7.63%) Microsoft Clustering
4 9 (7.63%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 9 (7.63%) SCDPM
4 9 (7.63%) SCSM
4 9 (7.63%) SCVMM
5 5 (4.24%) Microsoft Intune
6 4 (3.39%) Oozie
7 3 (2.54%) Cisco CUCM
8 2 (1.69%) Perfmon
8 2 (1.69%) vCenter Server
9 1 (0.85%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 1 (0.85%) NetBackup
9 1 (0.85%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 1 (0.85%) ThinApp
9 1 (0.85%) ZENworks
Vendors
1 53 (44.92%) Microsoft
2 35 (29.66%) Citrix
3 32 (27.12%) VMware
4 14 (11.86%) Dell
5 8 (6.78%) ArcSight
5 8 (6.78%) Cisco
6 7 (5.93%) Oracle
7 6 (5.08%) iManage
7 6 (5.08%) Ivanti
7 6 (5.08%) MobileIron
8 5 (4.24%) Apple
8 5 (4.24%) Remedy
9 4 (3.39%) Cloudera
9 4 (3.39%) Dell KACE
9 4 (3.39%) EMC
9 4 (3.39%) Hortonworks
9 4 (3.39%) Sony
9 4 (3.39%) StreamSets
10 3 (2.54%) EqualLogic
10 3 (2.54%) ServiceNow