Period
to 22 September 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 22 September 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
22 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 622 726 766
Rank change year-on-year +104 +40 -70
Contract jobs citing Virtual Desktop 240 122 110
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.26% 0.13% 0.11%
As % of the System Software category 1.74% 1.10% 0.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 144 68 83
England median daily rate £375 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -6.25% -11.11%
10th Percentile £152 £137 £132
90th Percentile £600 £597 £525
UK median daily rate £325 £375 £400
% change year-on-year -13.33% -6.25% -8.62%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 13 6
England median hourly rate £27.00 £16.81 £12.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +60.67% +35.80% -23.85%
10th Percentile £10.78 £15.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £28.00 £25.00 £18.31
UK median hourly rate £27.00 £16.81 £12.38
% change year-on-year +60.67% +35.80% -23.85%

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 13,785 11,063 12,106
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.80% 12.19% 12.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,987 7,161 7,733
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +16.20%
10th Percentile £185 £165 £181
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 816 630 802
England median hourly rate £16.50 £16.75 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.51% +4.70% -
10th Percentile £10.60 £10.40 £10.50
90th Percentile £44.38 £47.50 £38.00
UK median hourly rate £16.10 £16.75 £16.40
% change year-on-year -3.89% +2.18% +2.47%

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 22 September 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Virtual Desktop in England over the 6 months to 22 September 2018.

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 22 September 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 +43 119 £400 +6.67% 12
South East +23 59 £475 +5.56% 2
North of England -11 24 £350 -36.36% 3
North West -9 23 £338 -38.64% 2
South West - 21 £450 - 1
Midlands -3 18 £600 +200.00% 3
West Midlands -18 14 £600 +200.00% 3
East Midlands +16 8 £600 -
East of England -28 4 - -
Yorkshire -15 1 £375 - 1
Virtual Desktop
UK

For the 6 months to 22 September 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.

1 181 (75.42%) Windows
2 118 (49.17%) Citrix
3 113 (47.08%) VMware
3 113 (47.08%) VMware Infrastructure
4 110 (45.83%) Active Directory
5 106 (44.17%) Windows 10
6 103 (42.92%) Finance
7 96 (40.00%) Microsoft
8 84 (35.00%) Windows 7
9 80 (33.33%) SCCM
10 79 (32.92%) Office 365
11 55 (22.92%) DNS
12 54 (22.50%) Windows Server
13 50 (20.83%) XenDesktop
13 50 (20.83%) Migration
14 47 (19.58%) XenApp
15 43 (17.92%) ITIL
16 42 (17.50%) Microsoft App-V
17 39 (16.25%) Wyse
17 39 (16.25%) Microsoft Office
18 35 (14.58%) Application Virtualisation
19 33 (13.75%) Problem-Solving
19 33 (13.75%) Service Management
20 31 (12.92%) Linux
20 31 (12.92%) Ivanti
21 29 (12.08%) BCP
21 29 (12.08%) PowerShell
22 28 (11.67%) VMware ESXi
23 27 (11.25%) NetScaler
23 27 (11.25%) Data Centre

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 27 (11.25%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 15 (6.25%) Skype for Business
3 11 (4.58%) MS Exchange
3 11 (4.58%) SharePoint
4 5 (2.08%) Confluence
4 5 (2.08%) IBM Notes
5 1 (0.42%) IIS
Applications
1 39 (16.25%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.83%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.83%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 6 (2.50%) Eikon
2 1 (0.42%) Carpe Diem
2 1 (0.42%) Elite 3E
Cloud Services
1 79 (32.92%) Office 365
2 24 (10.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 15 (6.25%) Amazon AWS
4 10 (4.17%) IaaS
5 6 (2.50%) PaaS
6 5 (2.08%) Slack
7 4 (1.67%) GitHub
7 4 (1.67%) Google Cloud Platform
8 3 (1.25%) OneDrive
9 2 (0.83%) Azure Active Directory
10 1 (0.42%) Cloud Computing
10 1 (0.42%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 55 (22.92%) DNS
2 27 (11.25%) NetScaler
3 20 (8.33%) DHCP
4 18 (7.50%) Firewall
4 18 (7.50%) MPLS
4 18 (7.50%) SAN
5 17 (7.08%) LAN
6 16 (6.67%) NAS
6 16 (6.67%) VPN
7 15 (6.25%) WAN
8 14 (5.83%) Skype
8 14 (5.83%) VSAN
9 10 (4.17%) VoIP
10 9 (3.75%) Network Security
11 7 (2.92%) Wireless
12 6 (2.50%) Remote Desktop
13 4 (1.67%) HTTP
13 4 (1.67%) Intrusion Detection
13 4 (1.67%) SMTP
14 3 (1.25%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (1.67%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.25%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (0.83%) MS Access
4 1 (0.42%) Crystal Reports
4 1 (0.42%) MySQL
4 1 (0.42%) SQL Server 2000
4 1 (0.42%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.42%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 8 (3.33%) JIRA
2 5 (2.08%) Git (software)
2 5 (2.08%) Jenkins
3 4 (1.67%) GitLab
3 4 (1.67%) MSI
4 2 (0.83%) AdminStudio
4 2 (0.83%) HP UFT
4 2 (0.83%) WinDbg
4 2 (0.83%) WinRunner
4 2 (0.83%) Wise Package Studio
5 1 (0.42%) Hudson
General
1 103 (42.92%) Finance
2 20 (8.33%) Law
3 17 (7.08%) Back Office
4 7 (2.92%) Banking
4 7 (2.92%) Front Office
5 5 (2.08%) Retail
6 4 (1.67%) Aerospace
6 4 (1.67%) Financial Institution
6 4 (1.67%) Investment Banking
6 4 (1.67%) Manufacturing
7 2 (0.83%) Billing
7 2 (0.83%) Publishing
7 2 (0.83%) Telecoms
8 1 (0.42%) Automotive
8 1 (0.42%) German Language
8 1 (0.42%) Legal
8 1 (0.42%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 46 (19.17%) Desktop Support
2 43 (17.92%) Analyst
3 31 (12.92%) Desktop Engineer
4 30 (12.50%) Support Engineer
5 22 (9.17%) Service Analyst
6 18 (7.50%) Architect
7 16 (6.67%) Windows Engineer
8 15 (6.25%) Service Desk Analyst
9 14 (5.83%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 13 (5.42%) Consultant
11 12 (5.00%) Citrix Engineer
12 10 (4.17%) Windows Support Engineer
13 9 (3.75%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 9 (3.75%) Migration Engineer
13 9 (3.75%) Project Manager
14 8 (3.33%) Solutions Architect
15 7 (2.92%) 1st Line Support
15 7 (2.92%) Citrix Analyst
15 7 (2.92%) IT Support
15 7 (2.92%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (2.92%) Web Services
2 6 (2.50%) Middleware
3 4 (1.67%) OAuth
3 4 (1.67%) OAuth2
3 4 (1.67%) SAML
4 3 (1.25%) X-Windows
5 2 (0.83%) OCX
6 1 (0.42%) .NET
6 1 (0.42%) .NET Framework
6 1 (0.42%) Node.js
6 1 (0.42%) ODBC
6 1 (0.42%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 27 (11.25%) Blackberry
1 27 (11.25%) Data Centre
2 22 (9.17%) Analytical Skills
3 20 (8.33%) Video Conferencing
4 19 (7.92%) Fat Client
4 19 (7.92%) Thin Client
5 12 (5.00%) User Experience
6 8 (3.33%) Hybrid Cloud
7 6 (2.50%) Enterprise Storage
7 6 (2.50%) Fixed Income
7 6 (2.50%) Replication
8 5 (2.08%) Client/Server
8 5 (2.08%) Clustering
8 5 (2.08%) Tandem
9 4 (1.67%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 4 (1.67%) Mobile App
9 4 (1.67%) PKI
9 4 (1.67%) Self-Motivation
10 3 (1.25%) Management Information System
10 3 (1.25%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 181 (75.42%) Windows
2 106 (44.17%) Windows 10
3 84 (35.00%) Windows 7
4 54 (22.50%) Windows Server
5 31 (12.92%) Linux
6 18 (7.50%) Windows Server 2008
7 17 (7.08%) Windows Server 2012
8 16 (6.67%) Apple iOS
9 13 (5.42%) Windows Server 2003
10 7 (2.92%) Mac OS
10 7 (2.92%) Windows XP
11 6 (2.50%) Unix
11 6 (2.50%) Windows 8
12 4 (1.67%) Android
13 3 (1.25%) CentOS
13 3 (1.25%) HPUX
13 3 (1.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 3 (1.25%) Solaris
14 2 (0.83%) AIX
15 1 (0.42%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 50 (20.83%) Migration
2 43 (17.92%) ITIL
3 35 (14.58%) Application Virtualisation
4 33 (13.75%) Problem-Solving
4 33 (13.75%) Service Management
5 29 (12.08%) BCP
6 27 (11.25%) Change Management
7 23 (9.58%) Incident Management
8 16 (6.67%) Time Management
8 16 (6.67%) Virtual Environments
9 15 (6.25%) Load Balancing
10 14 (5.83%) Disaster Recovery
11 13 (5.42%) Investment Management
12 12 (5.00%) Agile Software Development
12 12 (5.00%) Capacity Management
12 12 (5.00%) Information Security
12 12 (5.00%) Performance Tuning
13 11 (4.58%) Application Packaging
13 11 (4.58%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 11 (4.58%) ITIL V3
Programming Languages
1 29 (12.08%) PowerShell
2 11 (4.58%) SQL
3 9 (3.75%) Shell Script
4 6 (2.50%) Python
5 5 (2.08%) Perl
5 5 (2.08%) VBScript
6 3 (1.25%) VB
7 2 (0.83%) VBA
8 1 (0.42%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.42%) C
8 1 (0.42%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.42%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 21 (8.75%) Security Cleared
2 16 (6.67%) Microsoft Certification
3 15 (6.25%) MCSE
4 12 (5.00%) Degree
4 12 (5.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 9 (3.75%) DV Cleared
5 9 (3.75%) SC Cleared
6 8 (3.33%) MCDST
7 4 (1.67%) A+ Certification
7 4 (1.67%) CEH
7 4 (1.67%) CISM
7 4 (1.67%) CISSP
7 4 (1.67%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
8 3 (1.25%) VCAP
8 3 (1.25%) VCDX
9 2 (0.83%) DBS Check
9 2 (0.83%) ISTQB
9 2 (0.83%) MCP
9 2 (0.83%) TOGAF Certification
10 1 (0.42%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (8.75%) SLA
2 7 (2.92%) GDPR
3 5 (2.08%) QA
System Software
1 113 (47.08%) VMware Infrastructure
2 110 (45.83%) Active Directory
3 50 (20.83%) XenDesktop
4 47 (19.58%) XenApp
5 42 (17.50%) Microsoft App-V
6 28 (11.67%) VMware ESXi
7 23 (9.58%) vSphere
8 16 (6.67%) VMware NSX
9 14 (5.83%) Hyper-V
10 5 (2.08%) Virtual Machines
11 4 (1.67%) DFS Replication
12 3 (1.25%) VMware Workstation
13 2 (0.83%) BitLocker
13 2 (0.83%) Terminal Services
13 2 (0.83%) Virtual Servers
14 1 (0.42%) vCloud
14 1 (0.42%) VMware Server
14 1 (0.42%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 80 (33.33%) SCCM
2 12 (5.00%) vCenter Server
3 10 (4.17%) vRealize
4 9 (3.75%) NetBackup
5 8 (3.33%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 7 (2.92%) WSUS
7 6 (2.50%) Microsoft Intune
7 6 (2.50%) OpenView
7 6 (2.50%) SCOM
8 5 (2.08%) Ansible
8 5 (2.08%) vMotion
9 4 (1.67%) Puppet
9 4 (1.67%) SCVMM
10 3 (1.25%) McAfee ePO
10 3 (1.25%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 3 (1.25%) SCDPM
10 3 (1.25%) SCSM
11 2 (0.83%) AirWatch
11 2 (0.83%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 2 (0.83%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 118 (49.17%) Citrix
2 113 (47.08%) VMware
3 96 (40.00%) Microsoft
4 39 (16.25%) Wyse
5 31 (12.92%) Ivanti
6 27 (11.25%) Bloomberg
7 24 (10.00%) Reuters
8 20 (8.33%) Sony
9 19 (7.92%) HP
10 13 (5.42%) Cisco
11 12 (5.00%) Veritas
12 11 (4.58%) ServiceNow
13 10 (4.17%) Apple
13 10 (4.17%) McAfee
13 10 (4.17%) Veeam
14 9 (3.75%) FactSet
15 8 (3.33%) Dell
15 8 (3.33%) NetApp
16 7 (2.92%) Remedy
16 7 (2.92%) Xerox