Period
to 25 October 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 25 October 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
25 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 453 338 484
Rank change year-on-year -115 +146 +46
Contract jobs citing Virtual Desktop 106 31 79
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 0.29% 0.22% 0.22%
As % of the System Software category 2.16% 1.61% 1.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 69 9 51
10th Percentile £248 £338 £213
25th Percentile £350 £356 £259
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £363 £375
Median % change year-on-year +37.93% -3.33% +1.35%
75th Percentile £575 £538 £481
90th Percentile £600 £555 £538
England median daily rate £475 £375 £425
% change year-on-year +26.67% -11.76% +21.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 4
10th Percentile £23.36 £41.45 £14.75
25th Percentile £29.52 £41.75 £15.88
Median hourly rate £42.44 £43.50 £17.25
Median % change year-on-year -2.45% +152.17% -
75th Percentile £45.54 £45.25 £21.94
90th Percentile £45.82 £45.55 £29.03
England median hourly rate £32.72 £43.50 £16.75
% change year-on-year -24.79% +159.70% -37.96%

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 4,903 1,928 5,519
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 13.64% 13.63% 15.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,694 1,383 4,116
10th Percentile £332 £300 £200
25th Percentile £456 £413 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £520 £500
Median % change year-on-year +5.77% +4.00% -
75th Percentile £643 £600 £600
90th Percentile £713 £700 £675
England median daily rate £500 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 21 97
10th Percentile £15.43 £12.70 £12.44
25th Percentile £22.00 £12.76 £15.00
Median hourly rate £25.00 £19.39 £19.50
Median % change year-on-year +28.93% -0.56% +2.63%
75th Percentile £45.89 £25.00 £25.00
90th Percentile £61.23 £38.25 £50.00
England median hourly rate £16.98 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year -3.00% +9.38% -

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 25 October 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
Hourly Rate Histogram in London

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Virtual Desktop in London over the 6 months to 25 October 2021.

Hourly rate histogram 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 25 October 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 -46 19 £525 +44.83% 15
South London -1 6 £500 -
Virtual Desktop
England

For the 6 months to 25 October 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 80 (75.47%) Windows
2 62 (58.49%) Microsoft
2 62 (58.49%) Azure
3 58 (54.72%) Active Directory
4 43 (40.57%) Microsoft 365
5 38 (35.85%) Citrix
6 32 (30.19%) Social Skills
7 31 (29.25%) Azure Active Directory
8 26 (24.53%) PowerShell
9 25 (23.58%) Windows Server
9 25 (23.58%) Microsoft Intune
10 24 (22.64%) VMware Infrastructure
10 24 (22.64%) VMware
11 23 (21.70%) Migration
12 19 (17.92%) Firewall
12 19 (17.92%) AWS
12 19 (17.92%) Windows 10
13 18 (16.98%) Finance
14 16 (15.09%) SQL
14 16 (15.09%) Android
14 16 (15.09%) SCCM
14 16 (15.09%) Problem-Solving
15 15 (14.15%) IaaS
15 15 (14.15%) Microsoft Office
15 15 (14.15%) SharePoint
16 14 (13.21%) Agile Software Development
17 13 (12.26%) ITIL
17 13 (12.26%) Project Delivery
18 12 (11.32%) Analytics
18 12 (11.32%) DevOps

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 15 (14.15%) SharePoint
2 4 (3.77%) MS Exchange
2 4 (3.77%) Skype for Business
3 3 (2.83%) Elasticsearch
3 3 (2.83%) Exchange Server 2010
3 3 (2.83%) IIS
3 3 (2.83%) nginx
4 1 (0.94%) Confluence
4 1 (0.94%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 15 (14.15%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (8.49%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (3.77%) MS Visio
4 2 (1.89%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.94%) Eikon
1 1 (0.94%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 62 (58.49%) Azure
2 43 (40.57%) Microsoft 365
3 31 (29.25%) Azure Active Directory
4 19 (17.92%) AWS
5 15 (14.15%) IaaS
6 7 (6.60%) PaaS
7 6 (5.66%) OneDrive
8 5 (4.72%) Power Platform
8 5 (4.72%) PowerApps
9 4 (3.77%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 4 (3.77%) GitHub
9 4 (3.77%) SaaS
10 3 (2.83%) Amazon EC2
10 3 (2.83%) Amazon S3
10 3 (2.83%) Azure Key Vault
11 2 (1.89%) Mimecast
12 1 (0.94%) Azure Functions
12 1 (0.94%) Azure Storage
12 1 (0.94%) Google Workspace
12 1 (0.94%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 19 (17.92%) Firewall
2 10 (9.43%) VPN
3 8 (7.55%) Skype
4 6 (5.66%) DNS
5 4 (3.77%) Network Security
5 4 (3.77%) Remote Desktop
5 4 (3.77%) TCP/IP
6 3 (2.83%) HTTP
6 3 (2.83%) LAN
6 3 (2.83%) SMTP
6 3 (2.83%) Unified Communications
6 3 (2.83%) WAN
6 3 (2.83%) Wi-Fi
6 3 (2.83%) Wireless
7 2 (1.89%) NetScaler
8 1 (0.94%) Cisco IOS
8 1 (0.94%) Internet
8 1 (0.94%) IP Telephony
8 1 (0.94%) SSL
8 1 (0.94%) WAAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (4.72%) Power BI
1 5 (4.72%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.77%) Amazon RDS
3 3 (2.83%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (1.89%) Azure SQL Database
4 2 (1.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 5 (4.72%) JIRA
2 4 (3.77%) Jenkins
3 3 (2.83%) Cypress.io
3 3 (2.83%) Git (software)
3 3 (2.83%) GitLab
3 3 (2.83%) Selenium
3 3 (2.83%) Serenity BDD
3 3 (2.83%) Visual Studio
3 3 (2.83%) Zephyr
4 1 (0.94%) Gradle
4 1 (0.94%) Maven
4 1 (0.94%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 32 (30.19%) Social Skills
2 18 (16.98%) Finance
3 9 (8.49%) Banking
3 9 (8.49%) Presentation Skills
4 8 (7.55%) Analytical Skills
5 5 (4.72%) Influencing Skills
5 5 (4.72%) Public Sector
6 3 (2.83%) Documentation Skills
6 3 (2.83%) Investment Banking
7 2 (1.89%) Billing
7 2 (1.89%) Legal
7 2 (1.89%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.94%) Law
8 1 (0.94%) Local Government
8 1 (0.94%) Organisational Skills
8 1 (0.94%) Retail
8 1 (0.94%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 19 (17.92%) Azure Engineer
2 15 (14.15%) Support Engineer
3 13 (12.26%) Consultant
4 11 (10.38%) Architect
4 11 (10.38%) Desktop Engineer
4 11 (10.38%) Infrastructure Manager
4 11 (10.38%) Project Manager
5 10 (9.43%) Infrastructure Project Manager
5 10 (9.43%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
6 9 (8.49%) DevOps Engineer
7 8 (7.55%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 8 (7.55%) Desktop Support
8 7 (6.60%) 3rd Line Support
8 7 (6.60%) Azure DevOps Engineer
8 7 (6.60%) IT Engineer
8 7 (6.60%) IT Support
8 7 (6.60%) Microsoft 365 Consultant
9 6 (5.66%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
9 6 (5.66%) Analyst
10 5 (4.72%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (3.77%) ARM Templates
1 4 (3.77%) JSON
2 3 (2.83%) .NET
2 3 (2.83%) Elastic Stack
2 3 (2.83%) JWT
2 3 (2.83%) Software Packaging
2 3 (2.83%) Web Services
2 3 (2.83%) XML
3 1 (0.94%) REST
3 1 (0.94%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 7 (6.60%) BYOD
1 7 (6.60%) Virtual Team
2 6 (5.66%) Data Centre
2 6 (5.66%) Management Information System
3 5 (4.72%) Replication
3 5 (4.72%) User Experience
3 5 (4.72%) Video Conferencing
4 4 (3.77%) Blackberry
4 4 (3.77%) Fat Client
4 4 (3.77%) PKI
4 4 (3.77%) Public Cloud
4 4 (3.77%) Thin Client
5 3 (2.83%) Greenfield Project
5 3 (2.83%) Legacy Applications
5 3 (2.83%) Microsoft Licensing
5 3 (2.83%) Mobile App
5 3 (2.83%) Private Cloud
6 2 (1.89%) Hedge funds
6 2 (1.89%) NHS
7 1 (0.94%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 80 (75.47%) Windows
2 25 (23.58%) Windows Server
3 19 (17.92%) Windows 10
4 16 (15.09%) Android
5 11 (10.38%) Windows 7
6 9 (8.49%) Apple iOS
7 6 (5.66%) Linux
7 6 (5.66%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (4.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 4 (3.77%) Mac OS
9 4 (3.77%) Unix
9 4 (3.77%) Windows Server 2016
9 4 (3.77%) Windows Server 2019
10 2 (1.89%) Ubuntu
10 2 (1.89%) Windows Server 2003
11 1 (0.94%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (21.70%) Migration
2 16 (15.09%) Problem-Solving
3 14 (13.21%) Agile Software Development
4 13 (12.26%) ITIL
4 13 (12.26%) Project Delivery
5 12 (11.32%) Analytics
5 12 (11.32%) DevOps
6 9 (8.49%) ITSM
7 8 (7.55%) Service Management
7 8 (7.55%) Stakeholder Management
8 7 (6.60%) Application Packaging
8 7 (6.60%) PRINCE2
8 7 (6.60%) Service Delivery
9 6 (5.66%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 6 (5.66%) Mobile Device Management
9 6 (5.66%) Project Management
10 5 (4.72%) Coaching
10 5 (4.72%) Data Analytics
10 5 (4.72%) Infrastructure as Code
10 5 (4.72%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 26 (24.53%) PowerShell
2 16 (15.09%) SQL
3 7 (6.60%) Python
4 5 (4.72%) R
5 3 (2.83%) JavaScript
6 2 (1.89%) C
7 1 (0.94%) Go
7 1 (0.94%) VB
7 1 (0.94%) VBA
7 1 (0.94%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 12 (11.32%) Security Cleared
2 8 (7.55%) Microsoft Certification
2 8 (7.55%) SC Cleared
3 7 (6.60%) MCSE
4 5 (4.72%) Degree
4 5 (4.72%) PMI Certification
4 5 (4.72%) PMP
5 4 (3.77%) MCSA
5 4 (3.77%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 4 (3.77%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 3 (2.83%) MCP
6 3 (2.83%) VCAP
6 3 (2.83%) VCDX
6 3 (2.83%) VCP6
7 2 (1.89%) TOGAF Certification
8 1 (0.94%) Computer Science Degree
8 1 (0.94%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.94%) Master's Degree
8 1 (0.94%) MCITP
8 1 (0.94%) MCT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (5.66%) SLA
2 3 (2.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.94%) PMO
3 1 (0.94%) QA
3 1 (0.94%) SOC 2
System Software
1 58 (54.72%) Active Directory
2 24 (22.64%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (10.38%) XenDesktop
4 9 (8.49%) Virtual Machines
5 7 (6.60%) Microsoft App-V
6 6 (5.66%) XenApp
7 4 (3.77%) BitLocker
7 4 (3.77%) Docker
7 4 (3.77%) Terminal Services
8 3 (2.83%) vSphere
9 1 (0.94%) Hyper-V
9 1 (0.94%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 25 (23.58%) Microsoft Intune
2 16 (15.09%) SCCM
3 8 (7.55%) Ansible
3 8 (7.55%) Terraform
4 3 (2.83%) FortiGate
4 3 (2.83%) logstash
5 2 (1.89%) Active Directory Federation Services
5 2 (1.89%) EMC NetWorker
5 2 (1.89%) HAProxy
5 2 (1.89%) PaperCut
5 2 (1.89%) SCVMM
6 1 (0.94%) AirWatch
6 1 (0.94%) Failover Clustering
6 1 (0.94%) Jamf Pro
6 1 (0.94%) Kubernetes
6 1 (0.94%) SCOM
Vendors
1 62 (58.49%) Microsoft
2 38 (35.85%) Citrix
3 24 (22.64%) VMware
4 9 (8.49%) Apple
4 9 (8.49%) Dell
4 9 (8.49%) ServiceNow
5 8 (7.55%) Cisco
6 7 (6.60%) Ping Identity
7 4 (3.77%) HP
7 4 (3.77%) MobileIron
8 3 (2.83%) Bloomberg
8 3 (2.83%) Palo Alto
9 2 (1.89%) Facebook
9 2 (1.89%) Instagram
9 2 (1.89%) JD Edwards
9 2 (1.89%) Polycom
9 2 (1.89%) Ruckus Wireless
9 2 (1.89%) SonicWALL
9 2 (1.89%) Trustwave
9 2 (1.89%) Wyse