The median contractor rate for a Desktop Support was £125 per day in advertised job vacancies in Manchester during the 3 months to 26 March 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Desktop Support
North West / Manchester
Rank 82 90 79
Rank change year-on-year +8 -11  
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Support 8 16 19
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 0.61% 0.89% 1.17%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.65% 0.94% 1.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 4 6
Median daily rate £125 £200 £153
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -37.50% +31.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £105 £144 £121
10% offered a daily rate of more than £145 £260 £198
UK excluding London median daily rate £150 £143 £154
% change year-on-year +5.26% -7.46%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 11
Median hourly rate £15.75 £15.50 £13.87
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.61% +11.75%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.95 £15.10 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.55 £15.90 £17.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.20 £15.00 £13.87
% change year-on-year +1.33% +8.14%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in Manchester. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
Manchester
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 1240 1696 1549
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Manchester 94.87% 94.54% 95.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 783 981 810
Median daily rate £375 £395 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.06% +12.85%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £529 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 34 48
Median hourly rate £15.50 £15.64 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.89% +11.71%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.32 £13.50 £10.01
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £48.00 £32.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

Desktop Support
Job Vacancy Trend in Manchester

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Manchester that featured Desktop Support in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Desktop Support in Manchester

Desktop Support
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Desktop Support in Manchester.

Contractor daily rate trend for Desktop Support in Manchester

Desktop Support
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Desktop Support in Manchester.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Desktop Support in Manchester

Desktop Support
Contract Job Locations in Manchester

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Desktop Support within the Manchester region over the 3 months to 26 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Stockport - 1 - -
Desktop Support
North West

Desktop Support Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 26 March 2017, Desktop Support contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Manchester region featuring Desktop Support in the job title.

1 13 (81.25%) Windows
2 10 (62.50%) Microsoft
3 8 (50.00%) Active Directory
3 8 (50.00%) MS Office
3 8 (50.00%) Windows 7
4 4 (25.00%) MS Excel
4 4 (25.00%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (18.75%) Apple iOS
5 3 (18.75%) Problem Management
5 3 (18.75%) Office 365
5 3 (18.75%) Windows XP
5 3 (18.75%) Extranet
5 3 (18.75%) Finance
5 3 (18.75%) Law
5 3 (18.75%) Legal
5 3 (18.75%) Document Management
5 3 (18.75%) Blackberry
5 3 (18.75%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 2 (12.50%) Remedy
6 2 (12.50%) LAN
6 2 (12.50%) Windows Server
6 2 (12.50%) SCCM
6 2 (12.50%) Time Management
6 2 (12.50%) Security Cleared
6 2 (12.50%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (12.50%) Electronics
7 1 (6.25%) 4G
7 1 (6.25%) SC Cleared
7 1 (6.25%) Remedy ITSM
7 1 (6.25%) Virtual Desktop

Desktop Support Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester 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 3 (18.75%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 1 (6.25%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 8 (50.00%) MS Office
2 4 (25.00%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (6.25%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 3 (18.75%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (18.75%) Extranet
2 2 (12.50%) LAN
3 1 (6.25%) 3G
3 1 (6.25%) 4G
3 1 (6.25%) Remote Desktop
3 1 (6.25%) VoIP
3 1 (6.25%) WAN
3 1 (6.25%) WebEx
3 1 (6.25%) Wi-Fi
General
1 3 (18.75%) Finance
1 3 (18.75%) Law
1 3 (18.75%) Legal
2 2 (12.50%) Electronics
Miscellaneous
1 4 (25.00%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (18.75%) Blackberry
3 1 (6.25%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 13 (81.25%) Windows
2 8 (50.00%) Windows 7
3 3 (18.75%) Apple iOS
3 3 (18.75%) Windows XP
4 2 (12.50%) Windows Server
4 2 (12.50%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (6.25%) Mac OS X
5 1 (6.25%) Windows 10
5 1 (6.25%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (18.75%) Document Management
1 3 (18.75%) Problem Management
2 2 (12.50%) Time Management
3 1 (6.25%) Incident Management
3 1 (6.25%) Knowledge Management
3 1 (6.25%) Mobile Device Management
Qualifications
1 2 (12.50%) Security Cleared
2 1 (6.25%) SC Cleared
System Software
1 8 (50.00%) Active Directory
2 1 (6.25%) BitLocker
2 1 (6.25%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 2 (12.50%) SCCM
2 1 (6.25%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 10 (62.50%) Microsoft
2 2 (12.50%) Remedy
3 1 (6.25%) BMC
3 1 (6.25%) Cisco
3 1 (6.25%) Dell
3 1 (6.25%) Nokia