Period
to 26 September 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 26 September 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
26 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 553 410 629
Rank change year-on-year -143 +219 +7
Contract jobs citing Virtual Desktop 185 81 182
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.29% 0.32% 0.23%
As % of the System Software category 2.05% 2.17% 1.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 123 38 106
10th Percentile £240 £263 £216
25th Percentile £338 £356 £320
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £444 £425
Median % change year-on-year +7.04% +4.41% +21.43%
75th Percentile £550 £543 £500
90th Percentile £594 £579 £545
UK median daily rate £513 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +20.59% - +30.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 7
10th Percentile £26.36 £28.25 £14.08
25th Percentile £31.39 £33.13 £14.46
Median hourly rate £42.44 £42.50 £17.00
Median % change year-on-year -0.15% +150.00% -37.04%
75th Percentile £45.54 £44.75 £30.38
90th Percentile £45.82 £45.35 £77.25
UK median hourly rate £42.44 £42.50 £17.25
% change year-on-year -0.15% +146.38% -36.11%

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 9,043 3,739 12,575
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.18% 14.60% 15.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,441 2,534 8,591
10th Percentile £200 £226 £178
25th Percentile £381 £375 £343
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £485 £475
Median % change year-on-year +3.09% +2.11% +5.56%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 311 138 531
10th Percentile £11.79 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.25 £12.76 £13.00
Median hourly rate £17.00 £17.75 £16.00
Median % change year-on-year -4.23% +10.94% -
75th Percentile £28.75 £40.00 £23.75
90th Percentile £63.75 £51.83 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.75 £16.62
% change year-on-year -1.41% +6.83% +3.84%

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 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
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Virtual Desktop in England over the 6 months to 26 September 2021.

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 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 -133 97 £506 +26.56% 17
South East -79 20 £525 +15.07% 5
North of England -61 19 £384 +44.81% 18
South West -31 18 £450 -17.81% 8
North West -44 15 £384 +119.29% 9
Midlands -67 14 £403 -10.56% 7
West Midlands -64 12 £403 -10.56% 5
East of England -43 6 £328 - 8
Yorkshire -45 4 £325 +22.64% 7
East Midlands - 2 £513 - 2
Virtual Desktop
UK

For the 6 months to 26 September 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.

1 136 (73.51%) Windows
2 95 (51.35%) Azure
3 91 (49.19%) Microsoft
4 86 (46.49%) Active Directory
5 69 (37.30%) Microsoft 365
6 61 (32.97%) Citrix
7 54 (29.19%) Windows 10
8 45 (24.32%) Social Skills
9 42 (22.70%) PowerShell
10 39 (21.08%) Windows Server
11 38 (20.54%) Azure Active Directory
12 36 (19.46%) Microsoft Intune
12 36 (19.46%) Migration
13 35 (18.92%) ITIL
13 35 (18.92%) VMware Infrastructure
13 35 (18.92%) VMware
14 34 (18.38%) Security Cleared
14 34 (18.38%) SCCM
15 33 (17.84%) SQL
16 28 (15.14%) Microsoft App-V
17 25 (13.51%) SharePoint
18 23 (12.43%) Data Centre
18 23 (12.43%) Virtual Machines
18 23 (12.43%) Infrastructure Engineering
19 22 (11.89%) Finance
19 22 (11.89%) Firewall
20 19 (10.27%) Service Delivery
20 19 (10.27%) SC Cleared
20 19 (10.27%) IaaS
20 19 (10.27%) AWS

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 25 (13.51%) SharePoint
2 6 (3.24%) Skype for Business
3 5 (2.70%) MS Exchange
4 3 (1.62%) Confluence
4 3 (1.62%) Elasticsearch
4 3 (1.62%) Exchange Server 2010
4 3 (1.62%) IIS
4 3 (1.62%) nginx
5 1 (0.54%) Apache
5 1 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 17 (9.19%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (4.86%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (2.16%) MS Visio
4 2 (1.08%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (1.08%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.54%) Eikon
1 1 (0.54%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 95 (51.35%) Azure
2 69 (37.30%) Microsoft 365
3 38 (20.54%) Azure Active Directory
4 19 (10.27%) AWS
4 19 (10.27%) IaaS
5 11 (5.95%) PaaS
6 9 (4.86%) OneDrive
7 7 (3.78%) SaaS
8 6 (3.24%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 5 (2.70%) Power Platform
9 5 (2.70%) PowerApps
10 4 (2.16%) Dynamics 365
11 3 (1.62%) Amazon EC2
11 3 (1.62%) Amazon S3
11 3 (1.62%) GitHub
12 2 (1.08%) Azure Key Vault
12 2 (1.08%) Google Workspace
12 2 (1.08%) Mimecast
13 1 (0.54%) Azure Functions
13 1 (0.54%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 22 (11.89%) Firewall
2 13 (7.03%) VPN
3 12 (6.49%) DHCP
4 10 (5.41%) LAN
5 9 (4.86%) WAN
6 8 (4.32%) Skype
7 7 (3.78%) TCP/IP
7 7 (3.78%) Wi-Fi
8 5 (2.70%) SD-WAN
9 4 (2.16%) DNS
9 4 (2.16%) Internet
9 4 (2.16%) NetScaler
9 4 (2.16%) Network Security
9 4 (2.16%) Remote Desktop
9 4 (2.16%) Wireless
10 3 (1.62%) IP Telephony
10 3 (1.62%) SMTP
10 3 (1.62%) Unified Communications
11 2 (1.08%) Intranet
11 2 (1.08%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (3.78%) Amazon RDS
1 7 (3.78%) SQL Server
2 5 (2.70%) Power BI
3 3 (1.62%) Azure SQL Database
3 3 (1.62%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (1.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.54%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 7 (3.78%) JIRA
2 4 (2.16%) Cypress.io
2 4 (2.16%) Selenium
2 4 (2.16%) Visual Studio
3 3 (1.62%) Git (software)
3 3 (1.62%) GitLab
3 3 (1.62%) Jenkins
3 3 (1.62%) Serenity BDD
3 3 (1.62%) Zephyr
4 1 (0.54%) Octopus Deploy
4 1 (0.54%) SpecFlow
General
1 45 (24.32%) Social Skills
2 22 (11.89%) Finance
3 13 (7.03%) Banking
4 11 (5.95%) Public Sector
5 6 (3.24%) Documentation Skills
5 6 (3.24%) Presentation Skills
6 5 (2.70%) Analytical Skills
7 3 (1.62%) Billing
7 3 (1.62%) Influencing Skills
7 3 (1.62%) Investment Banking
7 3 (1.62%) Legal
8 2 (1.08%) Law
8 2 (1.08%) Retail
8 2 (1.08%) Retail Banking
9 1 (0.54%) Inclusion and Diversity
9 1 (0.54%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.54%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 28 (15.14%) Desktop Engineer
2 27 (14.59%) Azure Engineer
3 23 (12.43%) Architect
4 19 (10.27%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 19 (10.27%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 16 (8.65%) Support Engineer
6 15 (8.11%) Cloud Engineer
6 15 (8.11%) Project Manager
7 13 (7.03%) Windows Engineer
8 12 (6.49%) IT Engineer
8 12 (6.49%) Systems Engineer
9 11 (5.95%) Azure Architect
9 11 (5.95%) Consultant
10 10 (5.41%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
10 10 (5.41%) Analyst
10 10 (5.41%) Citrix Engineer
10 10 (5.41%) IT Support
10 10 (5.41%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
11 9 (4.86%) Desktop Support
11 9 (4.86%) Infrastructure Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (2.70%) .NET
1 5 (2.70%) ARM Templates
1 5 (2.70%) JSON
1 5 (2.70%) XML
2 3 (1.62%) Elastic Stack
2 3 (1.62%) JWT
2 3 (1.62%) Software Packaging
2 3 (1.62%) XMPP
3 2 (1.08%) .NET Framework
4 1 (0.54%) ASP.NET
4 1 (0.54%) LAMP
4 1 (0.54%) LDAP
4 1 (0.54%) REST
4 1 (0.54%) SOAP
4 1 (0.54%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 23 (12.43%) Data Centre
2 15 (8.11%) User Experience
3 12 (6.49%) BYOD
4 11 (5.95%) Mobile App
5 10 (5.41%) Clustering
5 10 (5.41%) Video Conferencing
6 9 (4.86%) Management Information System
7 8 (4.32%) Virtual Team
8 7 (3.78%) Replication
9 5 (2.70%) Fat Client
9 5 (2.70%) NHS
9 5 (2.70%) Thin Client
10 3 (1.62%) Blackberry
10 3 (1.62%) Data Protection Act
10 3 (1.62%) Greenfield Project
10 3 (1.62%) Microsoft Licensing
10 3 (1.62%) PKI
11 2 (1.08%) Cloud Native
11 2 (1.08%) Hedge funds
11 2 (1.08%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 136 (73.51%) Windows
2 54 (29.19%) Windows 10
3 39 (21.08%) Windows Server
4 17 (9.19%) Windows Server 2012
5 16 (8.65%) Windows Server 2016
6 15 (8.11%) Android
6 15 (8.11%) Windows 7
7 12 (6.49%) Linux
8 8 (4.32%) Apple iOS
9 6 (3.24%) Mac OS
10 5 (2.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 4 (2.16%) Windows Server 2019
12 3 (1.62%) Unix
13 2 (1.08%) Ubuntu
13 2 (1.08%) Windows Server 2003
14 1 (0.54%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.54%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (19.46%) Migration
2 35 (18.92%) ITIL
3 23 (12.43%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 19 (10.27%) Service Delivery
5 18 (9.73%) DevOps
6 17 (9.19%) Data Protection
7 15 (8.11%) Agile Software Development
7 15 (8.11%) Application Packaging
7 15 (8.11%) Problem-Solving
7 15 (8.11%) Project Delivery
8 14 (7.57%) Stakeholder Management
9 12 (6.49%) Analytics
9 12 (6.49%) Application Virtualisation
9 12 (6.49%) Mobile Device Management
10 10 (5.41%) Business Continuity
11 9 (4.86%) Disaster Recovery
11 9 (4.86%) ITSM
11 9 (4.86%) Project Management
12 8 (4.32%) PRINCE2
12 8 (4.32%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 42 (22.70%) PowerShell
2 33 (17.84%) SQL
3 10 (5.41%) Python
4 5 (2.70%) R
5 4 (2.16%) JavaScript
6 3 (1.62%) Java
6 3 (1.62%) Ruby
7 2 (1.08%) C
8 1 (0.54%) C#
8 1 (0.54%) PHP
8 1 (0.54%) VB
8 1 (0.54%) VBA
8 1 (0.54%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 34 (18.38%) Security Cleared
2 19 (10.27%) SC Cleared
3 12 (6.49%) Microsoft Certification
4 11 (5.95%) DV Cleared
4 11 (5.95%) MCSE
5 7 (3.78%) Degree
5 7 (3.78%) MCSA
6 6 (3.24%) PMI Certification
6 6 (3.24%) PMP
6 6 (3.24%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 4 (2.16%) ITIL Certification
7 4 (2.16%) MCP
7 4 (2.16%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 4 (2.16%) VCAP
7 4 (2.16%) VCDX
7 4 (2.16%) VCP6
8 2 (1.08%) Computer Science Degree
8 2 (1.08%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 2 (1.08%) MOS
9 1 (0.54%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (5.41%) SLA
2 5 (2.70%) Cyber Essentials
3 2 (1.08%) SOC 2
4 1 (0.54%) Government Security Classifications
4 1 (0.54%) GxP
4 1 (0.54%) QA
System Software
1 86 (46.49%) Active Directory
2 35 (18.92%) VMware Infrastructure
3 28 (15.14%) Microsoft App-V
4 23 (12.43%) Virtual Machines
5 15 (8.11%) XenDesktop
6 11 (5.95%) Hyper-V
6 11 (5.95%) VMware ESXi
7 10 (5.41%) DFS Replication
7 10 (5.41%) XenApp
8 6 (3.24%) BitLocker
9 5 (2.70%) Terminal Services
10 4 (2.16%) vSphere
11 3 (1.62%) Docker
12 1 (0.54%) UAG
Systems Management
1 36 (19.46%) Microsoft Intune
2 34 (18.38%) SCCM
3 14 (7.57%) SCVMM
4 12 (6.49%) SCOM
4 12 (6.49%) Terraform
5 11 (5.95%) Failover Clustering
6 10 (5.41%) Microsoft Clustering
6 10 (5.41%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 10 (5.41%) SCDPM
6 10 (5.41%) SCSM
6 10 (5.41%) WSUS
7 4 (2.16%) Ansible
8 3 (1.62%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 3 (1.62%) Kubernetes
8 3 (1.62%) logstash
9 2 (1.08%) AirWatch
9 2 (1.08%) EMC NetWorker
9 2 (1.08%) HAProxy
9 2 (1.08%) PaperCut
10 1 (0.54%) Jamf Pro
Vendors
1 91 (49.19%) Microsoft
2 61 (32.97%) Citrix
3 35 (18.92%) VMware
4 18 (9.73%) Dell
5 10 (5.41%) ArcSight
5 10 (5.41%) ServiceNow
6 9 (4.86%) Apple
6 9 (4.86%) Cisco
7 8 (4.32%) Wyse
8 5 (2.70%) Ping Identity
9 4 (2.16%) HP
9 4 (2.16%) MobileIron
9 4 (2.16%) Polycom
10 3 (1.62%) Aruba
10 3 (1.62%) Bloomberg
10 3 (1.62%) Bomgar
11 2 (1.08%) Google
11 2 (1.08%) Isilon
11 2 (1.08%) SonicWALL
11 2 (1.08%) Trustwave