Period
to 13 December 2017

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 13 December 2017 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
13 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 766 753 715
Rank change year-on-year -13 -38 +12
Contract jobs citing Virtual Desktop 100 110 152
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.11% 0.11% 0.15%
As % of the System Software category 0.82% 0.93% 1.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 88 92
England median daily rate £438 £388 £444
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.90% -12.77% +26.93%
10th Percentile £243 £138 £213
90th Percentile £654 £506 £675
UK median daily rate £438 £388 £438
% change year-on-year +12.90% -11.43% +34.62%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 5 19
England median hourly rate £16.81 £14.75 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.93% -4.84% -22.50%
10th Percentile £15.71 £11.40 £10.90
90th Percentile £25.00 £18.95 £42.35
UK median hourly rate £16.81 £14.13 £15.50
% change year-on-year +18.97% -8.87% -22.50%

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 12159 11803 10583
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 12.79% 12.30% 10.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 7978 7473 6166
England median daily rate £435 £413 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.45% +10.00% +7.14%
10th Percentile £161 £175 £158
90th Percentile £613 £588 £550
UK median daily rate £425 £401 £375
% change year-on-year +6.12% +6.80% +7.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 638 778 1132
England median hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% -
10th Percentile £10.40 £10.50 £10.00
90th Percentile £47.25 £42.33 £38.75
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £15.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year +6.45% - -

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 13 December 2017.

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 13 December 2017. 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 -5 59 £375 -3.23% 11
East of England -18 15 £573 +55.57%
North of England +52 13 £600 +77.78% 2
North West +15 11 £600 +60.00% 2
South East -29 10 £450 +12.50% 2
North East - 2 £531 -
Midlands +13 1 - - 2
South West 0 1 £500 +73.91% 1
East Midlands -2 1 - - 1
Virtual Desktop
UK

For the 6 months to 13 December 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Virtual Desktop also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for Virtual Desktop.

1 72 (72.00%) Windows
2 47 (47.00%) Microsoft
2 47 (47.00%) Citrix
3 41 (41.00%) Active Directory
4 38 (38.00%) Windows 10
5 32 (32.00%) VMware
5 32 (32.00%) VMware Infrastructure
6 31 (31.00%) Office 365
7 30 (30.00%) ITIL
8 26 (26.00%) Windows 7
8 26 (26.00%) Windows Server
9 21 (21.00%) SCCM
9 21 (21.00%) Microsoft Office
10 20 (20.00%) Finance
11 18 (18.00%) Microsoft Certification
12 17 (17.00%) MCSE
13 16 (16.00%) Bloomberg
14 15 (15.00%) HP
15 14 (14.00%) Cisco
15 14 (14.00%) Analytical Skills
16 13 (13.00%) Agile Software Development
17 12 (12.00%) Apple iOS
17 12 (12.00%) Skype for Business
17 12 (12.00%) Reuters
17 12 (12.00%) LAN
18 11 (11.00%) Service Management
18 11 (11.00%) Service Delivery
18 11 (11.00%) Skype
19 10 (10.00%) SQL
20 9 (9.00%) Linux

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 12 (12.00%) Skype for Business
2 5 (5.00%) IBM Notes
3 4 (4.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 3 (3.00%) MS Exchange
5 1 (1.00%) Confluence
5 1 (1.00%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (1.00%) SharePoint
Applications
1 21 (21.00%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (4.00%) Spreadsheet
3 3 (3.00%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (2.00%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (1.00%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 31 (31.00%) Office 365
2 5 (5.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (4.00%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (1.00%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 12 (12.00%) LAN
2 11 (11.00%) Skype
3 9 (9.00%) Firewall
4 8 (8.00%) HTTP
4 8 (8.00%) TCP/IP
4 8 (8.00%) WAN
5 7 (7.00%) DNS
6 6 (6.00%) NetScaler
7 5 (5.00%) SMTP
7 5 (5.00%) Unified Communications
7 5 (5.00%) Wireless
8 4 (4.00%) Cisco ISE
8 4 (4.00%) SSL
8 4 (4.00%) VoIP
8 4 (4.00%) Wireshark
9 3 (3.00%) Cisco IOS
9 3 (3.00%) DHCP
9 3 (3.00%) Internet
9 3 (3.00%) VPN
10 2 (2.00%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (6.00%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.00%) MS Access
3 2 (2.00%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (2.00%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 8 (8.00%) JIRA
2 4 (4.00%) MSI
2 4 (4.00%) Visual Studio
2 4 (4.00%) WinDbg
3 3 (3.00%) TestRail
4 2 (2.00%) HP UFT
General
1 20 (20.00%) Finance
2 9 (9.00%) Front Office
3 4 (4.00%) Back Office
4 3 (3.00%) Banking
5 2 (2.00%) Retail
6 1 (1.00%) Advertising
6 1 (1.00%) Aerospace
6 1 (1.00%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 20 (20.00%) Desktop Support
2 16 (16.00%) Architect
3 15 (15.00%) Analyst
4 13 (13.00%) Support Engineer
5 12 (12.00%) Desktop Engineer
6 8 (8.00%) Desktop Analyst
6 8 (8.00%) Desktop Support Engineer
6 8 (8.00%) Project Manager
6 8 (8.00%) Support Analyst
7 7 (7.00%) Desktop Support Analyst
7 7 (7.00%) Windows Engineer
8 4 (4.00%) Active Directory Support
8 4 (4.00%) Consultant
8 4 (4.00%) Exchange Support
8 4 (4.00%) IT Support
8 4 (4.00%) Technical Architect
8 4 (4.00%) Windows Support Engineer
9 3 (3.00%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
9 3 (3.00%) Active Directory Analyst
9 3 (3.00%) Automation Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (5.00%) .NET
2 4 (4.00%) .NET Framework
2 4 (4.00%) REST
2 4 (4.00%) XML
3 3 (3.00%) CSS
3 3 (3.00%) HTML
3 3 (3.00%) Regular Expression
4 2 (2.00%) Software Packaging
4 2 (2.00%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 14 (14.00%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (8.00%) Video Conferencing
3 5 (5.00%) Blackberry
4 4 (4.00%) Client/Server
4 4 (4.00%) PKI
5 3 (3.00%) Data Centre
5 3 (3.00%) Management Information System
5 3 (3.00%) Smartphone
5 3 (3.00%) Social Media
6 2 (2.00%) Fat Client
6 2 (2.00%) Mainframe
6 2 (2.00%) Minimum Viable Product
6 2 (2.00%) Thin Client
6 2 (2.00%) User Experience
7 1 (1.00%) Computer Science
7 1 (1.00%) Hybrid Cloud
7 1 (1.00%) NHS
7 1 (1.00%) Private Cloud
7 1 (1.00%) Security Operations Centre
7 1 (1.00%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 72 (72.00%) Windows
2 38 (38.00%) Windows 10
3 26 (26.00%) Windows 7
3 26 (26.00%) Windows Server
4 12 (12.00%) Apple iOS
5 9 (9.00%) Linux
5 9 (9.00%) Windows Server 2008
6 8 (8.00%) Windows Server 2012
7 7 (7.00%) Android
7 7 (7.00%) Mac OS X
8 6 (6.00%) Windows Server 2003
9 5 (5.00%) Windows 8
9 5 (5.00%) Windows Vista
10 4 (4.00%) Unix
10 4 (4.00%) Windows XP
11 3 (3.00%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (30.00%) ITIL
2 13 (13.00%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (11.00%) Service Delivery
3 11 (11.00%) Service Management
4 8 (8.00%) Migration
4 8 (8.00%) Project Management
4 8 (8.00%) Stakeholder Management
5 7 (7.00%) Server Virtualisation
6 6 (6.00%) Change Management
6 6 (6.00%) Information Security
6 6 (6.00%) PRINCE2
6 6 (6.00%) Problem Management
6 6 (6.00%) Test Automation
6 6 (6.00%) Validation
7 5 (5.00%) Application Virtualisation
7 5 (5.00%) Document Management
7 5 (5.00%) Identity Management
7 5 (5.00%) Incident Management
7 5 (5.00%) Waterfall
8 4 (4.00%) Two-Factor Authentication
Programming Languages
1 10 (10.00%) SQL
2 7 (7.00%) Python
3 6 (6.00%) PowerShell
4 5 (5.00%) C#
5 3 (3.00%) JavaScript
5 3 (3.00%) Perl
5 3 (3.00%) Shell Script
5 3 (3.00%) VBA
6 1 (1.00%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 18 (18.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 17 (17.00%) MCSE
3 8 (8.00%) MCDST
4 7 (7.00%) Citrix Certification
4 7 (7.00%) DV Cleared
4 7 (7.00%) Security Cleared
5 5 (5.00%) Degree
6 3 (3.00%) ISTQB
6 3 (3.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 3 (3.00%) MCSA
6 3 (3.00%) SC Cleared
7 2 (2.00%) CCNA
7 2 (2.00%) Cisco Certification
7 2 (2.00%) GSAE
7 2 (2.00%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (1.00%) CCEA
8 1 (1.00%) CCNP
8 1 (1.00%) ISEB
8 1 (1.00%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 1 (1.00%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (6.00%) SLA
2 2 (2.00%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (1.00%) GDPR
System Software
1 41 (41.00%) Active Directory
2 32 (32.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (9.00%) XenDesktop
4 8 (8.00%) Microsoft App-V
5 7 (7.00%) XenApp
6 5 (5.00%) VMware Workstation
6 5 (5.00%) vSphere
7 2 (2.00%) Hyper-V
8 1 (1.00%) Firmware
8 1 (1.00%) Terminal Services
8 1 (1.00%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 21 (21.00%) SCCM
2 4 (4.00%) AppDNA
2 4 (4.00%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (4.00%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 3 (3.00%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 2 (2.00%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 2 (2.00%) SCOM
5 1 (1.00%) Backup Exec
5 1 (1.00%) EdgeSight
5 1 (1.00%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 47 (47.00%) Citrix
1 47 (47.00%) Microsoft
2 32 (32.00%) VMware
3 16 (16.00%) Bloomberg
4 15 (15.00%) HP
5 14 (14.00%) Cisco
6 12 (12.00%) Reuters
7 8 (8.00%) Dell
7 8 (8.00%) Wyse
8 6 (6.00%) AppSense
9 5 (5.00%) Lotus
10 4 (4.00%) Blue Prism
10 4 (4.00%) CA
10 4 (4.00%) FactSet
10 4 (4.00%) Fidessa
10 4 (4.00%) IBM
10 4 (4.00%) Lumension
10 4 (4.00%) Mitel
10 4 (4.00%) Veeam
11 3 (3.00%) FireEye