Period
to 19 November 2019

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 19 November 2019 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
19 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 606 633 754
Rank change year-on-year +27 +121 +10
Contract jobs citing Virtual Desktop 155 234 108
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.20% 0.25% 0.12%
As % of the System Software category 1.31% 1.61% 0.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 85 133 53
England median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -3.23%
10th Percentile £216 £141 £138
90th Percentile £542 £600 £679
UK median daily rate £425 £363 £375
% change year-on-year +17.24% -3.33% -3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 16 13
England median hourly rate £18.00 £20.91 £16.81
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.91% +24.41% +13.93%
10th Percentile £15.55 £10.63 £15.00
90th Percentile £24.30 £28.00 £25.00
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £16.68 £16.81
% change year-on-year +7.91% -0.74% +13.93%

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 11,841 14,533 11,879
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 15.48% 15.39% 12.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,868 9,553 7,773
England median daily rate £454 £455 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.33% +7.06% +3.66%
10th Percentile £168 £186 £163
90th Percentile £638 £626 £613
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 604 789 652
England median hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.13% -3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.50 £10.40
90th Percentile £47.50 £43.75 £47.25
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year +6.25% -3.03% +3.13%

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 19 November 2019.

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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Virtual Desktop in England over the 6 months to 19 November 2019.

Contractor 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 19 November 2019. 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 +24 75 £400 +8.11% 7
South West -6 30 £475 -5.00% 2
South East +33 26 £425 -19.05% 5
North of England +20 15 £276 -21.07% 3
North West -15 9 £276 -21.07% 3
Midlands +41 7 £438 -27.08% 12
Yorkshire +39 6 - -
West Midlands +31 6 £450 -25.00% 7
East of England +36 3 £375 - 4
East Midlands +16 1 £200 -66.67% 5
Virtual Desktop
UK

For the 6 months to 19 November 2019, 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.

1 125 (80.65%) Windows
2 88 (56.77%) Active Directory
3 79 (50.97%) Microsoft
4 70 (45.16%) Windows 10
5 63 (40.65%) SCCM
6 60 (38.71%) Windows Server
7 58 (37.42%) VMware Infrastructure
7 58 (37.42%) VMware
8 51 (32.90%) Citrix
9 46 (29.68%) ITIL
9 46 (29.68%) Windows 7
9 46 (29.68%) Office 365
10 37 (23.87%) Security Cleared
11 36 (23.23%) PowerShell
12 35 (22.58%) Hyper-V
13 33 (21.29%) Windows Server 2012
14 32 (20.65%) DV Cleared
15 31 (20.00%) Microsoft App-V
16 30 (19.35%) Migration
17 28 (18.06%) DHCP
17 28 (18.06%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 26 (16.77%) Azure
19 25 (16.13%) Finance
19 25 (16.13%) Microsoft Office
20 24 (15.48%) XenDesktop
20 24 (15.48%) SCOM
20 24 (15.48%) Virtual Machines
21 23 (14.84%) Analytical Skills
22 22 (14.19%) WSUS
23 21 (13.55%) Service Management

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 15 (9.68%) SharePoint
2 7 (4.52%) Apache Spark
2 7 (4.52%) Jupyter
2 7 (4.52%) SAS
3 6 (3.87%) Skype for Business
4 5 (3.23%) MS Exchange
5 3 (1.94%) Exchange Server 2010
6 2 (1.29%) IIS
7 1 (0.65%) Oracle Workflow
7 1 (0.65%) SharePoint 2010
7 1 (0.65%) Tomcat
Applications
1 25 (16.13%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (3.87%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (3.23%) MS Visio
4 3 (1.94%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (1.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (1.29%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (1.94%) Carpe Diem
2 2 (1.29%) Elite 3E
Cloud Services
1 46 (29.68%) Office 365
2 26 (16.77%) Azure
3 12 (7.74%) AWS
4 9 (5.81%) Azure Active Directory
5 5 (3.23%) GCP
5 5 (3.23%) SaaS
6 3 (1.94%) Mimecast
7 2 (1.29%) Power Platform
7 2 (1.29%) PowerApps
8 1 (0.65%) Azure Stack
8 1 (0.65%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.65%) Slack
8 1 (0.65%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 28 (18.06%) DHCP
2 16 (10.32%) DNS
3 15 (9.68%) Firewall
4 9 (5.81%) NetScaler
5 8 (5.16%) SAN
6 7 (4.52%) Skype
7 6 (3.87%) LAN
7 6 (3.87%) Remote Desktop
7 6 (3.87%) Wireless
8 5 (3.23%) FTP
8 5 (3.23%) Network Security
8 5 (3.23%) TCP/IP
8 5 (3.23%) VoIP
8 5 (3.23%) Wi-Fi
9 3 (1.94%) VPN
9 3 (1.94%) WAN
10 2 (1.29%) HTTP
10 2 (1.29%) Intrusion Detection
10 2 (1.29%) Software-Defined Networking
10 2 (1.29%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (9.03%) Big Data
2 11 (7.10%) SQL Server
3 7 (4.52%) Apache Hive
3 7 (4.52%) Apache Zeppelin
3 7 (4.52%) Data Lake
3 7 (4.52%) Hadoop
3 7 (4.52%) Impala
3 7 (4.52%) Relational Database
4 6 (3.87%) Amazon RDS
5 5 (3.23%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 6 (3.87%) MSI
2 5 (3.23%) InstallShield
3 3 (1.94%) JIRA
4 2 (1.29%) AdminStudio
5 1 (0.65%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 25 (16.13%) Finance
2 11 (7.10%) Banking
3 8 (5.16%) Telecoms
4 7 (4.52%) Public Sector
5 3 (1.94%) Law
5 3 (1.94%) Legal
5 3 (1.94%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.29%) Advertising
6 2 (1.29%) Billing
6 2 (1.29%) Investment Banking
6 2 (1.29%) Publishing
6 2 (1.29%) Retail
7 1 (0.65%) Back Office
7 1 (0.65%) Electronics
7 1 (0.65%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.65%) Marketing
7 1 (0.65%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 28 (18.06%) Analyst
2 26 (16.77%) Architect
3 19 (12.26%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 12 (7.74%) Wintel Engineer
5 11 (7.10%) Desktop Support
6 10 (6.45%) Windows Engineer
7 9 (5.81%) Support Engineer
8 8 (5.16%) Solutions Architect
8 8 (5.16%) Support Analyst
8 8 (5.16%) Systems Analyst
9 7 (4.52%) Citrix Architect
9 7 (4.52%) Desktop Analyst
9 7 (4.52%) Desktop Engineer
10 6 (3.87%) Citrix Technical Architect
10 6 (3.87%) Consultant
10 6 (3.87%) Coordinator
10 6 (3.87%) Desktop Support Analyst
10 6 (3.87%) Service Analyst
10 6 (3.87%) Service Desk Analyst
10 6 (3.87%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (4.52%) Apache NiFi
1 7 (4.52%) Kafka
2 5 (3.23%) React
3 3 (1.94%) Web Services
4 2 (1.29%) SAML
5 1 (0.65%) FIX Protocol
5 1 (0.65%) Software Packaging
5 1 (0.65%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 23 (14.84%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (9.68%) Data Centre
2 15 (9.68%) User Experience
3 14 (9.03%) Clustering
4 7 (4.52%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 7 (4.52%) Public Cloud
5 6 (3.87%) Fat Client
5 6 (3.87%) Replication
5 6 (3.87%) Thin Client
6 5 (3.23%) Client/Server
6 5 (3.23%) Cloud Native
6 5 (3.23%) Enterprise Software
6 5 (3.23%) Management Information System
7 4 (2.58%) Private Cloud
7 4 (2.58%) Video Conferencing
8 3 (1.94%) Hedge funds
8 3 (1.94%) Hybrid Cloud
8 3 (1.94%) Self-Motivation
8 3 (1.94%) Smartphone
9 2 (1.29%) Analytical Mindset
Operating Systems
1 125 (80.65%) Windows
2 70 (45.16%) Windows 10
3 60 (38.71%) Windows Server
4 46 (29.68%) Windows 7
5 33 (21.29%) Windows Server 2012
6 18 (11.61%) Linux
7 9 (5.81%) Windows Server 2008
8 7 (4.52%) CentOS
8 7 (4.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 4 (2.58%) Mac OS X
10 3 (1.94%) Apple iOS
11 2 (1.29%) Android
11 2 (1.29%) Unix
11 2 (1.29%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.65%) VMS
12 1 (0.65%) Windows Vista
12 1 (0.65%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (29.68%) ITIL
2 30 (19.35%) Migration
3 28 (18.06%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 21 (13.55%) Service Management
5 20 (12.90%) ITSM
6 19 (12.26%) Application Virtualisation
7 18 (11.61%) Data Protection
8 13 (8.39%) Load Balancing
9 12 (7.74%) Virtual Infrastructure
10 11 (7.10%) Application Packaging
10 11 (7.10%) Change Management
10 11 (7.10%) Project Delivery
11 10 (6.45%) ITIL V3
11 10 (6.45%) Service Delivery
11 10 (6.45%) TOGAF
12 9 (5.81%) ArchiMate
12 9 (5.81%) Problem-Solving
13 8 (5.16%) Agile Software Development
13 8 (5.16%) Coaching
13 8 (5.16%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 36 (23.23%) PowerShell
2 18 (11.61%) SQL
3 7 (4.52%) Python
4 5 (3.23%) Bash Shell
4 5 (3.23%) VB
5 4 (2.58%) VBScript
6 3 (1.94%) T-SQL
7 2 (1.29%) VBA
Qualifications
1 37 (23.87%) Security Cleared
2 32 (20.65%) DV Cleared
3 12 (7.74%) Microsoft Certification
4 9 (5.81%) MCSE
5 7 (4.52%) MCP
6 5 (3.23%) ITIL Certification
6 5 (3.23%) MCSA
7 3 (1.94%) MCTS
7 3 (1.94%) SC Cleared
8 2 (1.29%) Degree
8 2 (1.29%) PMI Certification
8 2 (1.29%) PMP
8 2 (1.29%) TOGAF Certification
9 1 (0.65%) CCA
9 1 (0.65%) Citrix Certification
9 1 (0.65%) HNC
9 1 (0.65%) MCDST
9 1 (0.65%) NCDA
9 1 (0.65%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
9 1 (0.65%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (5.81%) SLA
2 5 (3.23%) QA
3 4 (2.58%) Government Security Classifications
4 2 (1.29%) ISO 9000
4 2 (1.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.65%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.65%) GDPR
5 1 (0.65%) GxP
System Software
1 88 (56.77%) Active Directory
2 58 (37.42%) VMware Infrastructure
3 35 (22.58%) Hyper-V
4 31 (20.00%) Microsoft App-V
5 24 (15.48%) Virtual Machines
5 24 (15.48%) XenDesktop
6 15 (9.68%) VMware ESXi
7 14 (9.03%) DFS Replication
7 14 (9.03%) XenApp
8 8 (5.16%) Virtual Servers
9 4 (2.58%) vSphere
10 2 (1.29%) BitLocker
10 2 (1.29%) VMware Server
11 1 (0.65%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.65%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 63 (40.65%) SCCM
2 24 (15.48%) SCOM
3 22 (14.19%) WSUS
4 19 (12.26%) SCVMM
5 14 (9.03%) Failover Clustering
5 14 (9.03%) Microsoft Clustering
5 14 (9.03%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 14 (9.03%) SCDPM
5 14 (9.03%) SCSM
6 9 (5.81%) Microsoft Intune
7 7 (4.52%) Oozie
8 5 (3.23%) Istio
8 5 (3.23%) Kubernetes
8 5 (3.23%) Terraform
8 5 (3.23%) ThinApp
9 4 (2.58%) vCenter Server
10 3 (1.94%) AirWatch
10 3 (1.94%) Perfmon
10 3 (1.94%) vRealize
11 2 (1.29%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 79 (50.97%) Microsoft
2 58 (37.42%) VMware
3 51 (32.90%) Citrix
4 14 (9.03%) Cisco
4 14 (9.03%) Ivanti
5 13 (8.39%) Dell
6 8 (5.16%) F5
6 8 (5.16%) Oracle
7 7 (4.52%) Cloudera
7 7 (4.52%) CyberArk
7 7 (4.52%) Hortonworks
7 7 (4.52%) StreamSets
8 6 (3.87%) ArcSight
8 6 (3.87%) EMC
8 6 (3.87%) McAfee
9 5 (3.23%) Google
9 5 (3.23%) NetApp
9 5 (3.23%) Remedy
10 4 (2.58%) Apple
10 4 (2.58%) MobileIron