Period
to 26 September 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 26 September 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
26 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 401 619 625
Rank change year-on-year +218 +6 +109
Contract jobs citing Virtual Desktop 81 182 244
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.32% 0.23% 0.26%
As % of the System Software category 2.17% 1.45% 1.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 102 145
Median daily rate £438 £425 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +13.33% -
10th Percentile £263 £213 £153
90th Percentile £575 £544 £600
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £335
% change year-on-year - +26.87% -10.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 8 19
Median hourly rate £35.00 £16.07 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +117.83% -40.49% +60.67%
10th Percentile £33.00 £14.09 £10.78
90th Percentile £44.15 £66.38 £28.00
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £17.00 £27.00
% change year-on-year +105.88% -37.04% +60.67%

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 3,739 12,575 13,968
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.60% 15.63% 14.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,367 8,438 9,127
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £227 £180 £185
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £475 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 173 554 816
Median hourly rate £22.29 £16.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +35.06% +3.13% -4.79%
10th Percentile £11.65 £11.17 £10.58
90th Percentile £48.10 £47.95 £44.27
Median hourly rate £22.50 £17.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +32.35% +6.25% -4.79%

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 26 September 2020.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Virtual Desktop in England over the 6 months to 26 September 2020.

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 26 September 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 +180 41 £425 +13.33% 7
South East +186 12 £425 - 2
South West +67 8 £491 +3.42% 4
North of England +114 7 £425 +77.08% 9
Midlands +106 7 £450 +11.11% 5
West Midlands +85 7 £450 +5.26% 4
Yorkshire +73 4 £358 - 4
North West +73 3 £425 +53.85% 5
East of England +88 1 - -
Virtual Desktop
UK

For the 6 months to 26 September 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 61 (75.31%) Windows
2 41 (50.62%) Windows 10
3 35 (43.21%) Microsoft
3 35 (43.21%) Active Directory
4 34 (41.98%) VMware
4 34 (41.98%) VMware Infrastructure
5 29 (35.80%) Azure
5 29 (35.80%) Citrix
6 26 (32.10%) Office 365
7 25 (30.86%) Security Cleared
7 25 (30.86%) Windows Server
8 17 (20.99%) SCCM
8 17 (20.99%) Windows 7
9 14 (17.28%) vSphere
10 13 (16.05%) DV Cleared
10 13 (16.05%) Windows Server 2016
11 12 (14.81%) Microsoft App-V
12 11 (13.58%) Microsoft Office
12 11 (13.58%) DHCP
12 11 (13.58%) PowerShell
13 10 (12.35%) AWS
13 10 (12.35%) Windows Server 2012
14 9 (11.11%) SC Cleared
14 9 (11.11%) SCOM
14 9 (11.11%) DNS
14 9 (11.11%) SharePoint
14 9 (11.11%) Linux
14 9 (11.11%) Remote Desktop
15 8 (9.88%) Application Virtualisation
15 8 (9.88%) Architectural Design

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 9 (11.11%) SharePoint
2 4 (4.94%) MS Exchange
3 2 (2.47%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (2.47%) Skype for Business
4 1 (1.23%) Confluence
Applications
1 11 (13.58%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (3.70%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (1.23%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 1 (1.23%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 29 (35.80%) Azure
2 26 (32.10%) Office 365
3 10 (12.35%) AWS
4 5 (6.17%) Azure Active Directory
4 5 (6.17%) IaaS
5 3 (3.70%) Azure ExpressRoute
5 3 (3.70%) GCP
5 3 (3.70%) OneDrive
6 1 (1.23%) Mimecast
6 1 (1.23%) PaaS
6 1 (1.23%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 11 (13.58%) DHCP
2 9 (11.11%) DNS
2 9 (11.11%) Remote Desktop
3 6 (7.41%) Firewall
3 6 (7.41%) SAN
3 6 (7.41%) VPN
4 5 (6.17%) Skype
4 5 (6.17%) WAN
5 4 (4.94%) Network Security
5 4 (4.94%) Software-Defined Networking
6 3 (3.70%) LAN
6 3 (3.70%) NetScaler
6 3 (3.70%) SSH
6 3 (3.70%) VSAN
7 2 (2.47%) VLAN
8 1 (1.23%) Cisco IOS
8 1 (1.23%) Reverse Proxy
8 1 (1.23%) Unified Communications
8 1 (1.23%) VPLS
8 1 (1.23%) WAAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.94%) Amazon RDS
2 3 (3.70%) MariaDB
2 3 (3.70%) MySQL
3 1 (1.23%) Azure SQL Database
3 1 (1.23%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.23%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.23%) Oracle Database 11g
3 1 (1.23%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (1.23%) Git (software)
1 1 (1.23%) Hudson
1 1 (1.23%) JIRA
General
1 5 (6.17%) Finance
2 2 (2.47%) Banking
2 2 (2.47%) Housing Association
2 2 (2.47%) Pharmaceutical
2 2 (2.47%) Public Sector
3 1 (1.23%) Investment Banking
3 1 (1.23%) Local Government
3 1 (1.23%) Publishing
3 1 (1.23%) Retail
Job Titles
1 22 (27.16%) Architect
2 9 (11.11%) Desktop Engineer
3 7 (8.64%) VMware Engineer
4 6 (7.41%) Support Engineer
5 5 (6.17%) Analyst
5 5 (6.17%) Consultant
5 5 (6.17%) Desktop Support
5 5 (6.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 5 (6.17%) Support Specialist
5 5 (6.17%) Windows Engineer
6 4 (4.94%) Azure Engineer
6 4 (4.94%) Linux Engineer
6 4 (4.94%) Office 365 Architect
6 4 (4.94%) Solutions Architect
7 3 (3.70%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 3 (3.70%) Citrix Engineer
7 3 (3.70%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 3 (3.70%) Migration Specialist
7 3 (3.70%) Office 365 Specialist
7 3 (3.70%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (7.41%) Software Packaging
2 3 (3.70%) Anaconda
3 1 (1.23%) .NET
3 1 (1.23%) .NET Core
3 1 (1.23%) .NET Framework
3 1 (1.23%) LDAP
3 1 (1.23%) RESTful
3 1 (1.23%) SOAP
3 1 (1.23%) Web Services
3 1 (1.23%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 6 (7.41%) Data Centre
1 6 (7.41%) User Experience
2 5 (6.17%) Fat Client
2 5 (6.17%) Thin Client
3 4 (4.94%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (4.94%) Clustering
3 4 (4.94%) Hybrid Cloud
3 4 (4.94%) Management Information System
3 4 (4.94%) Private Cloud
4 3 (3.70%) NHS
4 3 (3.70%) PKI
5 2 (2.47%) Public Cloud
6 1 (1.23%) Blackberry
6 1 (1.23%) BYOD
6 1 (1.23%) Client/Server
6 1 (1.23%) Cloud Native
6 1 (1.23%) Cyberthreat
6 1 (1.23%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (1.23%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 61 (75.31%) Windows
2 41 (50.62%) Windows 10
3 25 (30.86%) Windows Server
4 17 (20.99%) Windows 7
5 13 (16.05%) Windows Server 2016
6 10 (12.35%) Windows Server 2012
7 9 (11.11%) Linux
8 4 (4.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 3 (3.70%) CentOS
9 3 (3.70%) Debian
9 3 (3.70%) Solaris
9 3 (3.70%) Windows Server 2008
10 2 (2.47%) Android
10 2 (2.47%) Apple iOS
10 2 (2.47%) Windows 8
10 2 (2.47%) Windows Server 2019
11 1 (1.23%) Mac OS
11 1 (1.23%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (9.88%) Application Virtualisation
1 8 (9.88%) Architectural Design
2 7 (8.64%) Data Protection
2 7 (8.64%) ITIL
2 7 (8.64%) Migration
3 6 (7.41%) Agile Software Development
4 5 (6.17%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 5 (6.17%) Problem-Solving
5 4 (4.94%) High Availability
5 4 (4.94%) Manual Testing
5 4 (4.94%) Project Management
5 4 (4.94%) Requirements Gathering
5 4 (4.94%) Test Automation
5 4 (4.94%) TOGAF
5 4 (4.94%) Virtual Environments
6 3 (3.70%) Coaching
6 3 (3.70%) Continuous Improvement
6 3 (3.70%) DevOps
6 3 (3.70%) Release Management
6 3 (3.70%) Technical Analysis
Programming Languages
1 11 (13.58%) PowerShell
2 4 (4.94%) Python
3 3 (3.70%) Bash Shell
3 3 (3.70%) Perl
4 1 (1.23%) Shell Script
4 1 (1.23%) SQL
4 1 (1.23%) VB
4 1 (1.23%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 25 (30.86%) Security Cleared
2 13 (16.05%) DV Cleared
3 9 (11.11%) SC Cleared
4 6 (7.41%) VCAP
4 6 (7.41%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 3 (3.70%) BPSS Clearance
5 3 (3.70%) TOGAF Certification
5 3 (3.70%) VCDX
5 3 (3.70%) VCP6
6 2 (2.47%) CISA
6 2 (2.47%) CISM
6 2 (2.47%) CISSP
6 2 (2.47%) CRISC
6 2 (2.47%) Degree
7 1 (1.23%) CCA
7 1 (1.23%) Citrix Certification
7 1 (1.23%) MCSA
7 1 (1.23%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (6.17%) QA
2 2 (2.47%) GDPR
System Software
1 35 (43.21%) Active Directory
2 34 (41.98%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (17.28%) vSphere
4 12 (14.81%) Microsoft App-V
5 8 (9.88%) VMware ESXi
6 7 (8.64%) Virtual Machines
7 6 (7.41%) XenApp
7 6 (7.41%) XenDesktop
8 5 (6.17%) Hyper-V
9 4 (4.94%) DFS Replication
10 3 (3.70%) BitLocker
10 3 (3.70%) VMware NSX
11 2 (2.47%) UAG
12 1 (1.23%) Terminal Server
12 1 (1.23%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 17 (20.99%) SCCM
2 9 (11.11%) SCOM
3 7 (8.64%) Microsoft Intune
4 6 (7.41%) WSUS
5 5 (6.17%) vRealize
6 4 (4.94%) Failover Clustering
6 4 (4.94%) Microsoft Clustering
6 4 (4.94%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 4 (4.94%) SCDPM
6 4 (4.94%) SCSM
6 4 (4.94%) SCVMM
7 3 (3.70%) Puppet
8 2 (2.47%) Single Sign-On
9 1 (1.23%) AirWatch
9 1 (1.23%) Ansible
9 1 (1.23%) Kubernetes
9 1 (1.23%) Perfmon
9 1 (1.23%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 1 (1.23%) Terraform
9 1 (1.23%) vRealize Orchestrator
Vendors
1 35 (43.21%) Microsoft
2 34 (41.98%) VMware
3 29 (35.80%) Citrix
4 6 (7.41%) Cisco
4 6 (7.41%) Dell
5 4 (4.94%) ArcSight
5 4 (4.94%) Red Hat
6 3 (3.70%) Apple
6 3 (3.70%) Google
6 3 (3.70%) ServiceNow
7 2 (2.47%) HP
7 2 (2.47%) MobileIron
8 1 (1.23%) 3PAR
8 1 (1.23%) CheckPoint
8 1 (1.23%) CommVault
8 1 (1.23%) F5
8 1 (1.23%) Ivanti
8 1 (1.23%) Juniper
8 1 (1.23%) Polycom
8 1 (1.23%) Symantec