Period
to 1 August 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in London 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 1 August 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
England > London
6 months to
1 Aug 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 444 339 509
Rank change year-on-year -105 +170 +40
Contract jobs citing Virtual Desktop 79 38 83
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 0.26% 0.24% 0.21%
As % of the System Software category 1.89% 1.61% 1.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 49 18 53
10th Percentile £293 £315 £213
25th Percentile £425 £356 £240
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £431 £375
Median % change year-on-year +21.74% +15.00% -3.23%
75th Percentile £575 £538 £475
90th Percentile £600 £553 £535
England median daily rate £500 £450 £405
% change year-on-year +11.11% +11.11% +15.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 4
10th Percentile £40.21 £26.63 £17.90
25th Percentile £40.84 £29.06 £23.75
Median hourly rate £43.72 £33.75 £29.75
Median % change year-on-year +29.53% +13.45% -
75th Percentile £45.77 £39.06 £60.94
90th Percentile £45.91 £41.88 £109.88
England median hourly rate £43.72 £22.55 £21.00
% change year-on-year +93.91% +7.36% -22.22%

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 London with a requirement for system software skills.

All System Software Skills
London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 4,182 2,361 6,277
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 13.88% 14.99% 15.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,066 1,728 4,606
10th Percentile £350 £275 £206
25th Percentile £450 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £520
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% -3.85% +4.00%
75th Percentile £625 £600 £600
90th Percentile £700 £652 £675
England median daily rate £500 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 32 96
10th Percentile £15.43 £12.45 £12.76
25th Percentile £20.00 £14.78 £16.08
Median hourly rate £27.50 £22.00 £21.00
Median % change year-on-year +25.00% +4.76% +5.00%
75th Percentile £51.00 £41.50 £38.78
90th Percentile £71.60 £47.83 £48.94
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.42 £16.50
% change year-on-year +0.44% +5.59% +2.48%

Virtual Desktop
Job Vacancy Trend in London

Job postings citing Virtual Desktop as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in London.

Job vacancy trend for Virtual Desktop in London

Virtual Desktop
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Virtual Desktop in London.

Daily rate trend for Virtual Desktop in London

Virtual Desktop
Daily Rate Histogram in London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Virtual Desktop in London over the 6 months to 1 August 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Virtual Desktop in London

Virtual Desktop
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Virtual Desktop in London.

Hourly rate trend for Virtual Desktop in London

Virtual Desktop
Contract Job Locations in London

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 London region over the 6 months to 1 August 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
Central London -20 15 £543 +49.66% 12
South London +27 8 £500 - 1
Virtual Desktop
England

For the 6 months to 1 August 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 London region with a requirement for Virtual Desktop.

1 58 (73.42%) Windows
2 48 (60.76%) Azure
3 46 (58.23%) Microsoft
4 35 (44.30%) Citrix
5 33 (41.77%) Active Directory
6 23 (29.11%) VMware
6 23 (29.11%) Microsoft 365
6 23 (29.11%) VMware Infrastructure
7 22 (27.85%) PowerShell
8 20 (25.32%) Windows 10
8 20 (25.32%) Social Skills
9 17 (21.52%) Azure Active Directory
10 15 (18.99%) Microsoft Intune
10 15 (18.99%) IaaS
11 14 (17.72%) AWS
11 14 (17.72%) XenDesktop
12 13 (16.46%) Firewall
12 13 (16.46%) Finance
13 12 (15.19%) Microsoft Office
13 12 (15.19%) XenApp
13 12 (15.19%) SCCM
14 11 (13.92%) SC Cleared
14 11 (13.92%) Security Cleared
14 11 (13.92%) Windows 7
14 11 (13.92%) SQL
14 11 (13.92%) Migration
14 11 (13.92%) Windows Server
15 10 (12.66%) Microsoft App-V
15 10 (12.66%) SharePoint
16 9 (11.39%) VPN

Virtual Desktop
Co-occurring IT Skills in London 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 10 (12.66%) SharePoint
2 5 (6.33%) Skype for Business
3 4 (5.06%) MS Exchange
4 3 (3.80%) Elasticsearch
4 3 (3.80%) Exchange Server 2010
4 3 (3.80%) nginx
5 2 (2.53%) IIS
6 1 (1.27%) Apache
6 1 (1.27%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 12 (15.19%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (5.06%) MS Visio
3 3 (3.80%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (1.27%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 48 (60.76%) Azure
2 23 (29.11%) Microsoft 365
3 17 (21.52%) Azure Active Directory
4 15 (18.99%) IaaS
5 14 (17.72%) AWS
6 8 (10.13%) PaaS
7 7 (8.86%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 5 (6.33%) OneDrive
8 5 (6.33%) SaaS
9 3 (3.80%) Amazon EC2
9 3 (3.80%) Amazon S3
10 2 (2.53%) Mimecast
11 1 (1.27%) Azure Functions
11 1 (1.27%) Azure Storage
11 1 (1.27%) Google Workspace
11 1 (1.27%) Power Automate
11 1 (1.27%) Power Platform
11 1 (1.27%) PowerApps
11 1 (1.27%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 13 (16.46%) Firewall
2 9 (11.39%) VPN
3 6 (7.59%) Skype
4 5 (6.33%) NetScaler
4 5 (6.33%) TCP/IP
5 4 (5.06%) DNS
5 4 (5.06%) Remote Desktop
6 3 (3.80%) LAN
6 3 (3.80%) SMTP
6 3 (3.80%) Unified Communications
6 3 (3.80%) Wi-Fi
6 3 (3.80%) Wireless
7 2 (2.53%) WAN
8 1 (1.27%) DHCP
8 1 (1.27%) HTTP
8 1 (1.27%) Internet
8 1 (1.27%) MPLS
8 1 (1.27%) Network Security
8 1 (1.27%) VLAN
8 1 (1.27%) WAAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (7.59%) SQL Server
2 5 (6.33%) Amazon RDS
3 3 (3.80%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (2.53%) Azure SQL Database
4 2 (2.53%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (1.27%) MySQL
5 1 (1.27%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 4 (5.06%) Cypress.io
1 4 (5.06%) JIRA
1 4 (5.06%) Octopus Deploy
1 4 (5.06%) Selenium
1 4 (5.06%) Visual Studio
2 3 (3.80%) Jenkins
2 3 (3.80%) Serenity BDD
2 3 (3.80%) Zephyr
3 1 (1.27%) SpecFlow
General
1 20 (25.32%) Social Skills
2 13 (16.46%) Finance
3 6 (7.59%) Banking
4 4 (5.06%) Billing
4 4 (5.06%) Public Sector
5 3 (3.80%) Documentation Skills
5 3 (3.80%) Influencing Skills
5 3 (3.80%) Investment Banking
5 3 (3.80%) Presentation Skills
6 2 (2.53%) Law
6 2 (2.53%) Legal
7 1 (1.27%) Analytical Skills
7 1 (1.27%) Retail
Job Titles
1 14 (17.72%) Architect
1 14 (17.72%) Azure Engineer
2 8 (10.13%) Infrastructure Manager
2 8 (10.13%) Project Manager
3 7 (8.86%) Azure Architect
3 7 (8.86%) Desktop Engineer
3 7 (8.86%) Infrastructure Project Manager
4 6 (7.59%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 6 (7.59%) Citrix Engineer
4 6 (7.59%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
4 6 (7.59%) Support Engineer
4 6 (7.59%) Windows Engineer
5 5 (6.33%) 3rd Line Server Engineer
5 5 (6.33%) Consultant
5 5 (6.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 5 (6.33%) IT Engineer
5 5 (6.33%) Server Engineer
5 5 (6.33%) VMware Engineer
6 4 (5.06%) DevOps Engineer
6 4 (5.06%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (6.33%) .NET
1 5 (6.33%) XML
2 4 (5.06%) JSON
3 3 (3.80%) Elastic Stack
3 3 (3.80%) JWT
3 3 (3.80%) Software Packaging
4 2 (2.53%) .NET Framework
5 1 (1.27%) ASP.NET
5 1 (1.27%) LAMP
5 1 (1.27%) LDAP
5 1 (1.27%) REST
5 1 (1.27%) SOAP
5 1 (1.27%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 6 (7.59%) Management Information System
1 6 (7.59%) Virtual Team
2 5 (6.33%) Fat Client
2 5 (6.33%) Thin Client
3 4 (5.06%) Replication
3 4 (5.06%) User Experience
4 3 (3.80%) BYOD
4 3 (3.80%) Data Centre
4 3 (3.80%) Microsoft Licensing
4 3 (3.80%) NHS
5 2 (2.53%) Mobile App
5 2 (2.53%) PKI
6 1 (1.27%) Cloud Native
6 1 (1.27%) Mobile Computing
6 1 (1.27%) Private Cloud
6 1 (1.27%) Public Cloud
6 1 (1.27%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (1.27%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 58 (73.42%) Windows
2 20 (25.32%) Windows 10
3 11 (13.92%) Windows 7
3 11 (13.92%) Windows Server
4 9 (11.39%) Android
5 8 (10.13%) Windows Server 2012
6 7 (8.86%) Windows Server 2016
7 6 (7.59%) Apple iOS
7 6 (7.59%) Linux
8 5 (6.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 5 (6.33%) Windows Server 2019
9 3 (3.80%) Unix
10 2 (2.53%) Ubuntu
11 1 (1.27%) Mac OS
11 1 (1.27%) Windows Server 2003
11 1 (1.27%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (13.92%) Migration
2 8 (10.13%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 8 (10.13%) ITIL
2 8 (10.13%) Project Delivery
3 7 (8.86%) Application Packaging
3 7 (8.86%) Problem-Solving
4 6 (7.59%) Agile Software Development
4 6 (7.59%) Coaching
4 6 (7.59%) Service Delivery
4 6 (7.59%) Stakeholder Management
4 6 (7.59%) Storage Management
5 5 (6.33%) DevOps
5 5 (6.33%) Identity Management
5 5 (6.33%) PRINCE2
5 5 (6.33%) Task Automation
6 4 (5.06%) Component Testing
6 4 (5.06%) ITSM
6 4 (5.06%) Project Management
6 4 (5.06%) Server Management
6 4 (5.06%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 22 (27.85%) PowerShell
2 11 (13.92%) SQL
3 4 (5.06%) JavaScript
4 3 (3.80%) Python
5 2 (2.53%) C
6 1 (1.27%) C#
6 1 (1.27%) PHP
6 1 (1.27%) R
6 1 (1.27%) VB
6 1 (1.27%) VBA
6 1 (1.27%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 11 (13.92%) SC Cleared
1 11 (13.92%) Security Cleared
2 7 (8.86%) Microsoft Certification
3 6 (7.59%) Degree
3 6 (7.59%) MCSE
3 6 (7.59%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 5 (6.33%) PMI Certification
4 5 (6.33%) PMP
4 5 (6.33%) VCAP
4 5 (6.33%) VCDX
4 5 (6.33%) VCP6
5 4 (5.06%) MCSA
5 4 (5.06%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 3 (3.80%) MCP
7 1 (1.27%) A+ Certification
7 1 (1.27%) Computer Science Degree
7 1 (1.27%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (1.27%) Master's Degree
7 1 (1.27%) MCITP
7 1 (1.27%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.53%) SLA
2 1 (1.27%) QA
2 1 (1.27%) SOC 2
System Software
1 33 (41.77%) Active Directory
2 23 (29.11%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (17.72%) XenDesktop
4 12 (15.19%) XenApp
5 10 (12.66%) Microsoft App-V
6 5 (6.33%) Terminal Services
6 5 (6.33%) vSphere
7 3 (3.80%) BitLocker
7 3 (3.80%) Docker
8 2 (2.53%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (1.27%) Hyper-V
9 1 (1.27%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 15 (18.99%) Microsoft Intune
2 12 (15.19%) SCCM
3 4 (5.06%) Terraform
4 3 (3.80%) logstash
5 2 (2.53%) Active Directory Federation Services
5 2 (2.53%) EMC NetWorker
5 2 (2.53%) HAProxy
5 2 (2.53%) PaperCut
6 1 (1.27%) Ansible
6 1 (1.27%) Failover Clustering
Vendors
1 46 (58.23%) Microsoft
2 35 (44.30%) Citrix
3 23 (29.11%) VMware
4 5 (6.33%) Ping Identity
5 4 (5.06%) Dell
5 4 (5.06%) ServiceNow
6 2 (2.53%) Bloomberg
6 2 (2.53%) Cisco
6 2 (2.53%) Isilon
6 2 (2.53%) JD Edwards
6 2 (2.53%) Polycom
6 2 (2.53%) Ruckus Wireless
6 2 (2.53%) SonicWALL
6 2 (2.53%) Trustwave
7 1 (1.27%) Apple
7 1 (1.27%) BMC
7 1 (1.27%) CA
7 1 (1.27%) Remedy
7 1 (1.27%) Symantec
7 1 (1.27%) Wyse