Period
to 18 May 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 18 May 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
18 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 522 496 665
Rank change year-on-year -26 +169 +54
Contract jobs citing Virtual Desktop 95 107 168
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.21% 0.24% 0.20%
As % of the System Software category 1.44% 1.54% 1.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 58 58 102
10th Percentile £296 £241 £213
25th Percentile £342 £344 £278
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £444 £394
Median % change year-on-year +1.41% +12.70% +5.00%
75th Percentile £545 £538 £497
90th Percentile £589 £575 £573
UK median daily rate £513 £450 £385
% change year-on-year +13.89% +16.88% +13.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 6 7
10th Percentile £41.17 £13.43 £14.48
25th Percentile £43.25 £16.10 £15.90
Median hourly rate £46.00 £22.55 £25.00
Median % change year-on-year +104.04% -9.82% -7.41%
75th Percentile £46.50 £24.80 £33.50
90th Percentile £46.80 £36.00 £81.00
UK median hourly rate £46.00 £22.55 £21.25
% change year-on-year +104.04% +6.09% -21.30%

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 6,600 6,960 13,067
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.49% 15.71% 15.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,621 4,764 8,950
10th Percentile £225 £181 £187
25th Percentile £375 £340 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £490 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +3.16% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £575 £575 £575
90th Percentile £660 £644 £638
UK median daily rate £489 £463 £475
% change year-on-year +5.78% -2.63% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 230 333 533
10th Percentile £11.30 £11.19 £11.00
25th Percentile £13.25 £13.00 £13.00
Median hourly rate £20.00 £16.95 £16.50
Median % change year-on-year +17.99% +2.73% +4.04%
75th Percentile £45.06 £21.00 £25.00
90th Percentile £60.00 £42.15 £47.80
UK median hourly rate £21.50 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year +22.86% +9.38% +0.88%

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 18 May 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 18 May 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 -22 53 £488 +21.88% 16
Midlands +6 12 £403 -10.56% 3
West Midlands +7 11 £403 -10.56% 2
South East +18 9 £575 +24.32% 5
South West +39 8 £425 -22.06% 3
North of England +22 6 £255 -36.31% 6
North West +16 5 £345 +24.14% 3
Yorkshire +19 1 £125 -68.75% 2
East of England +17 1 - - 1
East Midlands - 1 £513 - 1
Virtual Desktop
UK

For the 6 months to 18 May 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 77 (81.05%) Windows
2 50 (52.63%) Azure
3 46 (48.42%) Microsoft
4 39 (41.05%) Active Directory
5 34 (35.79%) VMware
5 34 (35.79%) VMware Infrastructure
6 30 (31.58%) Security Cleared
6 30 (31.58%) Citrix
6 30 (31.58%) Windows 10
7 29 (30.53%) Windows Server
8 25 (26.32%) PowerShell
9 23 (24.21%) Microsoft 365
10 21 (22.11%) SC Cleared
11 20 (21.05%) SQL
11 20 (21.05%) Microsoft App-V
12 18 (18.95%) SCCM
13 17 (17.89%) Windows Server 2016
14 16 (16.84%) vSphere
14 16 (16.84%) Windows Server 2012
14 16 (16.84%) Migration
14 16 (16.84%) ITIL
15 14 (14.74%) SharePoint
15 14 (14.74%) Microsoft Intune
15 14 (14.74%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 14 (14.74%) Application Virtualisation
15 14 (14.74%) Azure Active Directory
16 13 (13.68%) Virtual Machines
16 13 (13.68%) IaaS
16 13 (13.68%) VMware ESXi
16 13 (13.68%) VCAP

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 14 (14.74%) SharePoint
2 4 (4.21%) MS Exchange
2 4 (4.21%) Skype for Business
3 2 (2.11%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (1.05%) Apache
4 1 (1.05%) IIS
Applications
1 9 (9.47%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (2.11%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (2.11%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (1.05%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 50 (52.63%) Azure
2 23 (24.21%) Microsoft 365
3 14 (14.74%) Azure Active Directory
4 13 (13.68%) IaaS
5 9 (9.47%) PaaS
6 8 (8.42%) AWS
7 6 (6.32%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 5 (5.26%) OneDrive
8 5 (5.26%) SaaS
9 3 (3.16%) Amazon GuardDuty
10 2 (2.11%) AWS CloudFormation
11 1 (1.05%) Azure Service Bus
11 1 (1.05%) Azure Storage
11 1 (1.05%) Cloud Computing
11 1 (1.05%) Power Automate
11 1 (1.05%) Power Platform
11 1 (1.05%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 9 (9.47%) DHCP
1 9 (9.47%) Firewall
2 8 (8.42%) NetScaler
3 6 (6.32%) LAN
3 6 (6.32%) TCP/IP
4 5 (5.26%) Skype
4 5 (5.26%) WAN
5 4 (4.21%) DNS
5 4 (4.21%) VPN
6 3 (3.16%) Network Security
7 2 (2.11%) Internet
7 2 (2.11%) Intranet
7 2 (2.11%) IP Telephony
7 2 (2.11%) MPLS
7 2 (2.11%) Remote Desktop
7 2 (2.11%) VLAN
8 1 (1.05%) DMVPN
8 1 (1.05%) HTTP
8 1 (1.05%) Reverse Proxy
8 1 (1.05%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (9.47%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.16%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (2.11%) MySQL
4 1 (1.05%) Azure SQL Database
4 1 (1.05%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.05%) Oracle Database
4 1 (1.05%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (1.05%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 5 (5.26%) Octopus Deploy
2 1 (1.05%) Cypress.io
2 1 (1.05%) MSI
2 1 (1.05%) Selenium
2 1 (1.05%) SpecFlow
2 1 (1.05%) Visual Studio
General
1 13 (13.68%) Finance
2 12 (12.63%) Social Skills
3 6 (6.32%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (4.21%) Banking
5 3 (3.16%) Billing
5 3 (3.16%) Legal
6 2 (2.11%) Public Sector
6 2 (2.11%) Retail
7 1 (1.05%) Documentation Skills
7 1 (1.05%) Investment Banking
7 1 (1.05%) Law
7 1 (1.05%) Organisational Skills
Job Titles
1 18 (18.95%) Architect
2 12 (12.63%) VMware Engineer
3 10 (10.53%) Azure Architect
3 10 (10.53%) Azure Engineer
3 10 (10.53%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 9 (9.47%) Consultant
5 8 (8.42%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 8 (8.42%) Systems Engineer
6 7 (7.37%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
7 6 (6.32%) Analyst
7 6 (6.32%) Citrix Engineer
7 6 (6.32%) Infrastructure Architect
8 5 (5.26%) Desktop Engineer
8 5 (5.26%) Software Engineer
8 5 (5.26%) Solutions Architect
8 5 (5.26%) Support Engineer
9 4 (4.21%) Azure Consultant
9 4 (4.21%) Cloud Architect
9 4 (4.21%) DevOps Engineer
9 4 (4.21%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (3.16%) .NET
1 3 (3.16%) .NET Framework
1 3 (3.16%) XML
2 2 (2.11%) SOAP
3 1 (1.05%) .NET Core
3 1 (1.05%) ASP.NET
3 1 (1.05%) JSON
3 1 (1.05%) LAMP
3 1 (1.05%) LDAP
3 1 (1.05%) REST
3 1 (1.05%) RESTful
3 1 (1.05%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 12 (12.63%) Data Centre
2 10 (10.53%) User Experience
3 8 (8.42%) Clustering
4 5 (5.26%) Mobile App
5 4 (4.21%) BYOD
5 4 (4.21%) Video Conferencing
6 3 (3.16%) Cloud Native
6 3 (3.16%) Fat Client
6 3 (3.16%) Management Information System
6 3 (3.16%) Replication
6 3 (3.16%) Thin Client
7 2 (2.11%) Microsoft Licensing
7 2 (2.11%) PMI
8 1 (1.05%) Driving Licence
8 1 (1.05%) EMC VMAX
8 1 (1.05%) NHS
8 1 (1.05%) Public Cloud
8 1 (1.05%) Self-Motivation
8 1 (1.05%) Virtual Team
8 1 (1.05%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 77 (81.05%) Windows
2 30 (31.58%) Windows 10
3 29 (30.53%) Windows Server
4 17 (17.89%) Windows Server 2016
5 16 (16.84%) Windows Server 2012
6 5 (5.26%) Linux
6 5 (5.26%) Windows 7
7 4 (4.21%) Windows Server 2019
8 3 (3.16%) Android
8 3 (3.16%) Apple iOS
9 2 (2.11%) Mac OS
9 2 (2.11%) Unix
9 2 (2.11%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (1.05%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (1.05%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (16.84%) ITIL
1 16 (16.84%) Migration
2 14 (14.74%) Application Virtualisation
3 12 (12.63%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 11 (11.58%) DevOps
5 8 (8.42%) Data Protection
5 8 (8.42%) Problem-Solving
5 8 (8.42%) Software Engineering
6 6 (6.32%) Storage Management
7 5 (5.26%) Requirements Gathering
8 4 (4.21%) Customer Engagement
8 4 (4.21%) Identity Management
8 4 (4.21%) Performance Monitoring
8 4 (4.21%) Stakeholder Management
9 3 (3.16%) Agile Software Development
9 3 (3.16%) Change Management
9 3 (3.16%) Disaster Recovery
9 3 (3.16%) Mobile Device Management
9 3 (3.16%) Network Design
9 3 (3.16%) Password Management
Programming Languages
1 25 (26.32%) PowerShell
2 20 (21.05%) SQL
3 3 (3.16%) Python
3 3 (3.16%) VBScript
4 1 (1.05%) Bash Shell
4 1 (1.05%) C#
4 1 (1.05%) JavaScript
4 1 (1.05%) Perl
4 1 (1.05%) PHP
4 1 (1.05%) Ruby
4 1 (1.05%) VB
4 1 (1.05%) VBA
Qualifications
1 30 (31.58%) Security Cleared
2 21 (22.11%) SC Cleared
3 14 (14.74%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 13 (13.68%) VCAP
5 12 (12.63%) VCDX
5 12 (12.63%) VCP6
6 9 (9.47%) DV Cleared
7 3 (3.16%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (2.11%) CAPM
8 2 (2.11%) Degree
8 2 (2.11%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 2 (2.11%) MCSA
8 2 (2.11%) MCSE
8 2 (2.11%) MOS
8 2 (2.11%) PMI Certification
9 1 (1.05%) BPSS Clearance
9 1 (1.05%) Computer Science Degree
9 1 (1.05%) DBS Check
9 1 (1.05%) ISSAP
9 1 (1.05%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.11%) SLA
2 1 (1.05%) COBIT
2 1 (1.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (1.05%) NIST
2 1 (1.05%) PMO
2 1 (1.05%) QA
System Software
1 39 (41.05%) Active Directory
2 34 (35.79%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (21.05%) Microsoft App-V
4 16 (16.84%) vSphere
5 13 (13.68%) Hyper-V
5 13 (13.68%) Virtual Machines
5 13 (13.68%) VMware ESXi
6 12 (12.63%) XenApp
6 12 (12.63%) XenDesktop
7 8 (8.42%) DFS Replication
8 3 (3.16%) BitLocker
8 3 (3.16%) Terminal Services
9 1 (1.05%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 18 (18.95%) SCCM
2 14 (14.74%) Microsoft Intune
3 9 (9.47%) SCOM
3 9 (9.47%) WSUS
4 8 (8.42%) Failover Clustering
4 8 (8.42%) Microsoft Clustering
4 8 (8.42%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 8 (8.42%) SCDPM
4 8 (8.42%) SCSM
4 8 (8.42%) SCVMM
5 3 (3.16%) Terraform
6 1 (1.05%) Ansible
6 1 (1.05%) Data Guard
6 1 (1.05%) Jamf Pro
6 1 (1.05%) PowerCLI
6 1 (1.05%) Single Sign-On
6 1 (1.05%) Sysprep
6 1 (1.05%) vCenter Server
6 1 (1.05%) vRealize
6 1 (1.05%) WMI
Vendors
1 46 (48.42%) Microsoft
2 34 (35.79%) VMware
3 30 (31.58%) Citrix
4 9 (9.47%) Dell
5 8 (8.42%) ArcSight
6 5 (5.26%) Oracle
7 4 (4.21%) Wyse
8 3 (3.16%) Apple
8 3 (3.16%) Ivanti
9 2 (2.11%) Avaya
9 2 (2.11%) CA
9 2 (2.11%) Cisco
9 2 (2.11%) Polycom
10 1 (1.05%) Bloomberg
10 1 (1.05%) CommVault
10 1 (1.05%) EMC
10 1 (1.05%) HP
10 1 (1.05%) NetApp
10 1 (1.05%) SAP
10 1 (1.05%) Symantec