Period
to 27 January 2022

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 27 January 2022 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
27 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 525 497 599
Rank change year-on-year -28 +102 +67
Contract jobs citing Virtual Desktop 242 68 132
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.35% 0.20% 0.20%
As % of the System Software category 2.44% 1.33% 1.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 155 32 72
10th Percentile £216 £173 £221
25th Percentile £350 £301 £312
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £375 £425
Median % change year-on-year +33.33% -11.76% +9.68%
75th Percentile £588 £480 £538
90th Percentile £608 £575 £550
UK median daily rate £500 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +14.29% +2.94% +10.39%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 4 6
10th Percentile £19.70 - £17.25
25th Percentile £20.38 £43.25 -
Median hourly rate £22.00 £45.25 £18.00
Median % change year-on-year -51.38% +151.39% -37.93%
75th Percentile £22.75 £46.63 -
90th Percentile £22.90 £46.85 £32.50
UK median hourly rate £21.50 £45.25 £18.00
% change year-on-year -52.49% +151.39% +2.86%

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 9,919 5,099 10,146
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.20% 14.64% 15.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,159 3,473 6,908
10th Percentile £185 £220 £163
25th Percentile £385 £363 £319
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% +5.56% -5.26%
75th Percentile £625 £563 £569
90th Percentile £700 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £525 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +10.53% +5.56% -3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 355 209 544
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £14.25 £12.76 £13.50
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.50
Median % change year-on-year - +6.06% +3.13%
75th Percentile £25.50 £42.00 £21.00
90th Percentile £57.00 £59.00 £44.85
UK median hourly rate £18.12 £18.38 £16.50
% change year-on-year -1.41% +11.36% +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 27 January 2022.

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 27 January 2022. 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
Jobs
London -98 112 £500 +33.33% 29
South East -31 40 £500 +25.00% 16
South West -27 26 £525 +31.41% 8
North of England -38 26 £400 +81.82% 14
North West -27 21 £445 +161.76% 9
Midlands -58 9 £513 +31.41% 6
Yorkshire -36 5 £360 +35.85% 3
East of England -41 5 £500 - 11
East Midlands - 5 £506 - 1
West Midlands -49 4 £700 +79.49% 5
Virtual Desktop
UK

For the 6 months to 27 January 2022, 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.

1 148 (61.16%) Windows
2 123 (50.83%) Azure
3 118 (48.76%) Microsoft
4 111 (45.87%) Active Directory
5 86 (35.54%) Microsoft 365
6 79 (32.64%) Citrix
7 68 (28.10%) PowerShell
8 64 (26.45%) Social Skills
9 59 (24.38%) Migration
10 53 (21.90%) Windows 10
11 50 (20.66%) Azure Active Directory
12 46 (19.01%) VMware
12 46 (19.01%) VMware Infrastructure
13 44 (18.18%) Windows Server
14 42 (17.36%) Agile Software Development
15 41 (16.94%) Finance
16 39 (16.12%) Security Cleared
17 38 (15.70%) Microsoft Intune
18 37 (15.29%) DevOps
18 37 (15.29%) SCCM
19 35 (14.46%) Firewall
19 35 (14.46%) ITIL
20 30 (12.40%) SC Cleared
21 29 (11.98%) Problem-Solving
22 27 (11.16%) Service Management
22 27 (11.16%) CI/CD
23 26 (10.74%) Data Centre
24 25 (10.33%) Linux
25 24 (9.92%) Analytics
26 22 (9.09%) ITSM

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 (5.79%) SharePoint
2 6 (2.48%) Confluence
3 3 (1.24%) Skype for Business
4 2 (0.83%) MS Exchange
5 1 (0.41%) IIS
5 1 (0.41%) MTS
Applications
1 18 (7.44%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (6.61%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (1.65%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.83%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.41%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 4 (1.65%) Primavera
1 4 (1.65%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.41%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 123 (50.83%) Azure
2 86 (35.54%) Microsoft 365
3 50 (20.66%) Azure Active Directory
4 19 (7.85%) Azure Monitor
5 18 (7.44%) AWS
6 13 (5.37%) IaaS
7 8 (3.31%) Azure Data Factory
7 8 (3.31%) Azure Synapse Analytics
7 8 (3.31%) OneDrive
7 8 (3.31%) Power Platform
8 6 (2.48%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 6 (2.48%) SaaS
9 5 (2.07%) Azure Storage
9 5 (2.07%) Dynamics 365
9 5 (2.07%) PaaS
9 5 (2.07%) PowerApps
10 4 (1.65%) GitHub
11 3 (1.24%) AWS CloudFormation
11 3 (1.24%) Azure Key Vault
11 3 (1.24%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 35 (14.46%) Firewall
2 21 (8.68%) VPN
3 18 (7.44%) Network Security
4 11 (4.55%) DNS
5 7 (2.89%) LAN
5 7 (2.89%) SD-WAN
5 7 (2.89%) Skype
5 7 (2.89%) WAN
6 6 (2.48%) Internet
6 6 (2.48%) NetScaler
7 5 (2.07%) DHCP
7 5 (2.07%) TCP/IP
7 5 (2.07%) Wi-Fi
8 4 (1.65%) Wireless
9 3 (1.24%) Intranet
9 3 (1.24%) WebEx
10 2 (0.83%) Cisco IOS
10 2 (0.83%) HTTP
10 2 (0.83%) IP Telephony
10 2 (0.83%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (3.31%) Power BI
2 5 (2.07%) Azure SQL Database
2 5 (2.07%) Data Lake
3 3 (1.24%) Amazon RDS
3 3 (1.24%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (1.24%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 11 (4.55%) Jenkins
2 10 (4.13%) Git (software)
2 10 (4.13%) JIRA
3 4 (1.65%) InstallShield
4 3 (1.24%) GitLab
5 2 (0.83%) MSBuild
5 2 (0.83%) MSTest
5 2 (0.83%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (0.83%) Visual Studio
5 2 (0.83%) Visual Studio Team System
6 1 (0.41%) Gradle
6 1 (0.41%) Maven
6 1 (0.41%) MSI
General
1 64 (26.45%) Social Skills
2 41 (16.94%) Finance
3 22 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
4 21 (8.68%) Banking
5 18 (7.44%) Public Sector
6 11 (4.55%) Presentation Skills
7 6 (2.48%) Advertising
7 6 (2.48%) Telecoms
8 5 (2.07%) Documentation Skills
9 4 (1.65%) Financial Institution
9 4 (1.65%) Investment Banking
9 4 (1.65%) Retail
10 3 (1.24%) Dutch Language
10 3 (1.24%) Electronics
10 3 (1.24%) Influencing Skills
10 3 (1.24%) Manufacturing
10 3 (1.24%) Marketing
10 3 (1.24%) Retail Banking
11 2 (0.83%) Inclusion and Diversity
11 2 (0.83%) Organisational Skills
Job Titles
1 40 (16.53%) Azure Engineer
2 32 (13.22%) Desktop Engineer
3 30 (12.40%) Architect
4 23 (9.50%) DevOps Engineer
4 23 (9.50%) Project Manager
5 22 (9.09%) Support Engineer
6 21 (8.68%) Analyst
7 17 (7.02%) Desktop Support
8 16 (6.61%) Azure DevOps Engineer
9 15 (6.20%) Consultant
10 12 (4.96%) 2nd Line Support
10 12 (4.96%) Azure DevOps
10 12 (4.96%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 12 (4.96%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 12 (4.96%) Infrastructure Manager
10 12 (4.96%) Infrastructure Project Manager
11 11 (4.55%) 2nd Line Engineer
11 11 (4.55%) Desktop Manager
11 11 (4.55%) IT Engineer
11 11 (4.55%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (3.31%) ARM Templates
2 7 (2.89%) .NET
3 6 (2.48%) XMPP
4 5 (2.07%) .NET Core
5 4 (1.65%) LDAP
6 2 (0.83%) .NET Framework
7 1 (0.41%) Flash
7 1 (0.41%) JSON
7 1 (0.41%) Kafka
7 1 (0.41%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 26 (10.74%) Data Centre
2 13 (5.37%) Video Conferencing
3 12 (4.96%) BYOD
3 12 (4.96%) Fat Client
3 12 (4.96%) Thin Client
4 11 (4.55%) Private Cloud
5 10 (4.13%) Virtual Team
6 7 (2.89%) Enterprise Storage
6 7 (2.89%) Mobile App
7 6 (2.48%) Greenfield Project
7 6 (2.48%) Hybrid Cloud
7 6 (2.48%) Management Information System
7 6 (2.48%) Public Cloud
7 6 (2.48%) User Experience
8 5 (2.07%) Blackberry
8 5 (2.07%) PKI
9 4 (1.65%) Cloud Native
9 4 (1.65%) Legacy Applications
9 4 (1.65%) Replication
10 2 (0.83%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 148 (61.16%) Windows
2 53 (21.90%) Windows 10
3 44 (18.18%) Windows Server
4 25 (10.33%) Linux
5 17 (7.02%) Windows 7
6 16 (6.61%) Android
7 12 (4.96%) Mac OS
8 11 (4.55%) Windows Server 2012
9 10 (4.13%) Apple iOS
10 9 (3.72%) Windows Server 2016
11 4 (1.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 3 (1.24%) Windows Server 2003
12 3 (1.24%) Windows Server 2019
13 2 (0.83%) Unix
13 2 (0.83%) Windows Server 2008
14 1 (0.41%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 59 (24.38%) Migration
2 42 (17.36%) Agile Software Development
3 37 (15.29%) DevOps
4 35 (14.46%) ITIL
5 29 (11.98%) Problem-Solving
6 27 (11.16%) CI/CD
6 27 (11.16%) Service Management
7 24 (9.92%) Analytics
8 22 (9.09%) ITSM
9 19 (7.85%) Scrum
10 17 (7.02%) RBAC
11 16 (6.61%) Log Analytics
12 15 (6.20%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 15 (6.20%) Stakeholder Management
13 13 (5.37%) Business Intelligence
13 13 (5.37%) Mobile Device Management
14 12 (4.96%) Project Delivery
15 11 (4.55%) Asset Management
16 10 (4.13%) Application Packaging
16 10 (4.13%) Data Analysis
Programming Languages
1 68 (28.10%) PowerShell
2 21 (8.68%) SQL
3 7 (2.89%) Python
4 5 (2.07%) R
5 4 (1.65%) C#
6 3 (1.24%) VBA
7 2 (0.83%) Bicep
8 1 (0.41%) Go
8 1 (0.41%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.41%) Perl
8 1 (0.41%) VB
Qualifications
1 39 (16.12%) Security Cleared
2 30 (12.40%) SC Cleared
3 12 (4.96%) Microsoft Certification
4 9 (3.72%) DV Cleared
4 9 (3.72%) MCSE
5 5 (2.07%) CISSP
5 5 (2.07%) ITIL Certification
6 4 (1.65%) CESG Certified Professional
6 4 (1.65%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 4 (1.65%) MCSA
7 3 (1.24%) Degree
8 2 (0.83%) MCP
8 2 (0.83%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 1 (0.41%) CCA
9 1 (0.41%) Citrix Certification
9 1 (0.41%) MCT
9 1 (0.41%) MCTS
9 1 (0.41%) MOS
9 1 (0.41%) PMI Certification
9 1 (0.41%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (6.61%) SLA
2 7 (2.89%) Government Security Classifications
3 6 (2.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (2.07%) Cyber Essentials
5 4 (1.65%) JSP 440
5 4 (1.65%) QA
6 3 (1.24%) RMADS
7 2 (0.83%) PMO
7 2 (0.83%) SOC 2
8 1 (0.41%) GxP
System Software
1 111 (45.87%) Active Directory
2 46 (19.01%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (6.61%) Microsoft App-V
4 13 (5.37%) Virtual Machines
5 9 (3.72%) XenDesktop
6 7 (2.89%) Hyper-V
7 5 (2.07%) VMware ESXi
8 4 (1.65%) vSphere
8 4 (1.65%) XenApp
9 3 (1.24%) BitLocker
9 3 (1.24%) Docker
10 2 (0.83%) LXC
10 2 (0.83%) VMware NSX
11 1 (0.41%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 38 (15.70%) Microsoft Intune
2 37 (15.29%) SCCM
3 22 (9.09%) Terraform
4 14 (5.79%) Kubernetes
5 12 (4.96%) Ansible
6 7 (2.89%) SCOM
7 5 (2.07%) vRealize
8 4 (1.65%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 4 (1.65%) SCVMM
9 3 (1.24%) FortiGate
9 3 (1.24%) Puppet
10 2 (0.83%) AirWatch
10 2 (0.83%) Failover Clustering
10 2 (0.83%) Opscode Chef
10 2 (0.83%) vCenter Server
11 1 (0.41%) Jamf Pro
11 1 (0.41%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 118 (48.76%) Microsoft
2 79 (32.64%) Citrix
3 46 (19.01%) VMware
4 21 (8.68%) ServiceNow
5 13 (5.37%) Apple
5 13 (5.37%) Cisco
6 11 (4.55%) Wyse
7 9 (3.72%) SAP
8 8 (3.31%) Dell
9 7 (2.89%) HP
10 6 (2.48%) Oracle
11 5 (2.07%) MobileIron
12 4 (1.65%) Palo Alto
13 3 (1.24%) Aruba
13 3 (1.24%) Bomgar
13 3 (1.24%) Databricks
13 3 (1.24%) Ping Identity
14 2 (0.83%) CheckPoint
14 2 (0.83%) Facebook
14 2 (0.83%) Instagram