Period
to 17 February 2018

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 February 2018 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 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 748 703 709
Rank change year-on-year -45 +6 +11
Contract jobs citing Virtual Desktop 88 116 140
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.095% 0.13% 0.14%
As % of the System Software category 0.74% 1.08% 1.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 92 97
England median daily rate £475 £364 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +30.58% -14.41% +21.43%
10th Percentile £242 £128 £201
90th Percentile £600 £475 £675
UK median daily rate £475 £350 £425
% change year-on-year +35.71% -17.65% +21.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 4 10
England median hourly rate £25.00 £14.13 £12.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +76.99% +15.31% -38.75%
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £12.07 £12.25
% change year-on-year +107.13% -1.47% -38.75%

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 11,875 10,762 10,055
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 12.86% 12.10% 10.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,806 6,764 5,937
England median daily rate £450 £420 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +8.39% +7.64%
10th Percentile £163 £165 £158
90th Percentile £625 £588 £561
UK median daily rate £450 £408 £375
% change year-on-year +10.43% +8.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 639 753 1,064
England median hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% -3.23%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.25 £10.00
90th Percentile £46.05 £43.75 £40.00
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -3.23%

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 17 February 2018.

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
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 February 2018. 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 -19 60 £463 +68.18% 15
South East -20 13 £450 +12.50% 8
East of England -41 7 £584 +59.93%
North of England +23 6 £600 +60.00% 1
North West +10 4 £600 +37.14%
North East - 2 £531 -
South West +8 1 £500 +63.80%
Virtual Desktop
UK

For the 6 months to 17 February 2018, 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 66 (75.00%) Windows
2 43 (48.86%) Citrix
3 42 (47.73%) Windows 10
4 37 (42.05%) Office 365
5 27 (30.68%) Microsoft
6 26 (29.55%) VMware
6 26 (29.55%) VMware Infrastructure
7 24 (27.27%) Finance
8 22 (25.00%) Active Directory
9 19 (21.59%) Microsoft Office
9 19 (21.59%) SCCM
10 18 (20.45%) Windows Server
11 16 (18.18%) ITIL
12 15 (17.05%) Microsoft App-V
12 15 (17.05%) Ivanti
13 14 (15.91%) MCSE
13 14 (15.91%) TCP/IP
13 14 (15.91%) Microsoft Certification
14 12 (13.64%) HP
14 12 (13.64%) LAN
14 12 (13.64%) WAN
14 12 (13.64%) Migration
14 12 (13.64%) Wyse
14 12 (13.64%) Windows 7
14 12 (13.64%) Skype
15 11 (12.50%) XenApp
15 11 (12.50%) Skype for Business
15 11 (12.50%) SQL Server
16 10 (11.36%) Stakeholder Management
16 10 (11.36%) NetScaler

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 (12.50%) Skype for Business
2 6 (6.82%) IBM Notes
3 3 (3.41%) MS Exchange
4 2 (2.27%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (2.27%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (1.14%) Confluence
Applications
1 19 (21.59%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (6.82%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (2.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (1.14%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (1.14%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 37 (42.05%) Office 365
2 7 (7.95%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (3.41%) IaaS
4 2 (2.27%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (1.14%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 14 (15.91%) TCP/IP
2 12 (13.64%) LAN
2 12 (13.64%) Skype
2 12 (13.64%) WAN
3 10 (11.36%) NetScaler
4 8 (9.09%) DHCP
4 8 (9.09%) DNS
5 6 (6.82%) Internet
5 6 (6.82%) VPN
6 5 (5.68%) Cisco ISE
6 5 (5.68%) Intranet
6 5 (5.68%) Wireshark
7 4 (4.55%) IP Telephony
7 4 (4.55%) MPLS
7 4 (4.55%) Unified Communications
8 3 (3.41%) NAS
8 3 (3.41%) SAN
8 3 (3.41%) VSAN
9 2 (2.27%) Firewall
9 2 (2.27%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (12.50%) SQL Server
2 6 (6.82%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 7 (7.95%) JIRA
2 5 (5.68%) MSI
2 5 (5.68%) Visual Studio
2 5 (5.68%) WinDbg
General
1 24 (27.27%) Finance
2 6 (6.82%) Banking
3 5 (5.68%) Back Office
4 4 (4.55%) Front Office
5 3 (3.41%) Financial Institution
5 3 (3.41%) Investment Banking
6 1 (1.14%) Local Government
6 1 (1.14%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 16 (18.18%) Analyst
2 15 (17.05%) Desktop Support
3 13 (14.77%) Architect
4 10 (11.36%) Support Analyst
5 9 (10.23%) Project Manager
6 7 (7.95%) Desktop Engineer
7 6 (6.82%) Desktop Analyst
7 6 (6.82%) Technical Leader
8 5 (5.68%) Desktop Support Analyst
8 5 (5.68%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 5 (5.68%) Windows Engineer
9 4 (4.55%) Applications Support
9 4 (4.55%) Applications Support Analyst
9 4 (4.55%) Automation Architect
9 4 (4.55%) Consultant
9 4 (4.55%) Delivery Manager
9 4 (4.55%) IT Support
9 4 (4.55%) Office 365 Engineer
9 4 (4.55%) Technical Architect
10 3 (3.41%) IT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (6.82%) .NET
2 5 (5.68%) .NET Framework
2 5 (5.68%) REST
2 5 (5.68%) XML
3 2 (2.27%) Web Services
4 1 (1.14%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 9 (10.23%) Data Centre
2 6 (6.82%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (6.82%) Video Conferencing
3 5 (5.68%) PKI
4 4 (4.55%) Mobile App
5 2 (2.27%) Mainframe
5 2 (2.27%) Minimum Viable Product
5 2 (2.27%) User Experience
6 1 (1.14%) Blackberry
6 1 (1.14%) Cyberthreat
6 1 (1.14%) Embedded Systems
6 1 (1.14%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (1.14%) Hedge funds
6 1 (1.14%) Hybrid Cloud
6 1 (1.14%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.14%) NHS
6 1 (1.14%) Private Cloud
6 1 (1.14%) Smartphone
6 1 (1.14%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 66 (75.00%) Windows
2 42 (47.73%) Windows 10
3 18 (20.45%) Windows Server
4 12 (13.64%) Windows 7
5 10 (11.36%) Windows Server 2012
6 9 (10.23%) Windows Server 2008
7 8 (9.09%) Mac OS X
8 7 (7.95%) Apple iOS
9 6 (6.82%) Linux
9 6 (6.82%) Windows 8
9 6 (6.82%) Windows Server 2003
10 5 (5.68%) Windows Vista
11 4 (4.55%) Android
11 4 (4.55%) Unix
12 1 (1.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (18.18%) ITIL
2 12 (13.64%) Migration
3 10 (11.36%) Stakeholder Management
4 9 (10.23%) Agile Software Development
5 8 (9.09%) Service Delivery
6 7 (7.95%) Validation
7 6 (6.82%) Application Virtualisation
7 6 (6.82%) Mobile Device Management
7 6 (6.82%) Performance Tuning
7 6 (6.82%) Project Management
7 6 (6.82%) Waterfall
8 5 (5.68%) Capacity Management
8 5 (5.68%) Incident Management
8 5 (5.68%) Multi-Factor Authentication
8 5 (5.68%) SDLC
8 5 (5.68%) Test Automation
8 5 (5.68%) Two-Factor Authentication
9 4 (4.55%) Load Balancing
9 4 (4.55%) Matrix Management
9 4 (4.55%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 10 (11.36%) PowerShell
2 6 (6.82%) C#
2 6 (6.82%) VBA
3 5 (5.68%) Python
4 3 (3.41%) SQL
5 1 (1.14%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 14 (15.91%) MCSE
1 14 (15.91%) Microsoft Certification
2 7 (7.95%) Citrix Certification
2 7 (7.95%) MCSA
3 6 (6.82%) DV Cleared
3 6 (6.82%) Security Cleared
4 4 (4.55%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 4 (4.55%) MOS
5 3 (3.41%) SC Cleared
6 2 (2.27%) CCA
6 2 (2.27%) CCNA
6 2 (2.27%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (2.27%) Degree
6 2 (2.27%) MCDST
7 1 (1.14%) A+ Certification
7 1 (1.14%) CCEA
7 1 (1.14%) CCNP
7 1 (1.14%) ISEB
7 1 (1.14%) MCP
7 1 (1.14%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.27%) SLA
2 1 (1.14%) GDPR
System Software
1 26 (29.55%) VMware Infrastructure
2 22 (25.00%) Active Directory
3 15 (17.05%) Microsoft App-V
4 11 (12.50%) XenApp
5 9 (10.23%) XenDesktop
6 6 (6.82%) vSphere
7 4 (4.55%) Hyper-V
8 3 (3.41%) VMware NSX
9 1 (1.14%) Firmware
9 1 (1.14%) Terminal Services
9 1 (1.14%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (1.14%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 19 (21.59%) SCCM
2 4 (4.55%) AppDNA
3 2 (2.27%) SCOM
4 1 (1.14%) Backup Exec
4 1 (1.14%) EdgeSight
4 1 (1.14%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (1.14%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 43 (48.86%) Citrix
2 27 (30.68%) Microsoft
3 26 (29.55%) VMware
4 15 (17.05%) Ivanti
5 12 (13.64%) HP
5 12 (13.64%) Wyse
6 8 (9.09%) Bloomberg
6 8 (9.09%) Reuters
7 6 (6.82%) Cisco
7 6 (6.82%) Lotus
8 5 (5.68%) Apple
8 5 (5.68%) Blue Prism
8 5 (5.68%) CA
8 5 (5.68%) Lumension
9 4 (4.55%) Avaya
9 4 (4.55%) Fidessa
9 4 (4.55%) IBM
9 4 (4.55%) Polycom
9 4 (4.55%) ServiceNow
10 1 (1.14%) Fortinet