Period
to 22 September 2018

The median contractor rate for a Desktop Engineer was £140 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 22 September 2018.

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.

Desktop Engineer
England > North West
6 months to
22 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 177 175 204
Rank change year-on-year -2 +29 +16
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Engineer 41 25 26
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.70% 0.43% 0.35%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.73% 0.45% 0.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 7 8
North West median daily rate £140 £200 £180
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -30.00% +11.11% -7.69%
10th Percentile £99 £135 £128
90th Percentile £211 £385 £303
England median daily rate £175 £165 £159
% change year-on-year +6.06% +3.94% -0.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 12 6
North West median hourly rate £13.50 £13.00 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.85% -3.70% -10.80%
10th Percentile £10.75 £9.67 £11.75
90th Percentile £20.13 £19.98 £14.71
England median hourly rate £17.00 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year +17.24% -3.33% -3.23%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
North West
Contract vacancies in the North West with a recognized job title 5,602 5,507 6,978
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.06% 94.56% 94.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,484 3,369 4,384
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £243 £250 £250
90th Percentile £575 £563 £550
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 331 252 260
North West median hourly rate £19.25 £18.84 £16.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.18% +12.48% -9.31%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.09 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.50 £48.75 £47.39
England median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £19.00
% change year-on-year -3.74% -1.58% +6.92%

Desktop Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings that featured Desktop Engineer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for Desktop Engineer in the North West

Desktop Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Desktop Engineer in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Desktop Engineer in the North West

Desktop Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Desktop Engineer in the North West over the 6 months to 22 September 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Desktop Engineer in the North West

Desktop Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Desktop Engineer in the North West

Desktop Engineer
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Desktop Engineer within the North West 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
Manchester -8 19 £145 -47.27%
Cheshire -1 13 - - 1
Merseyside +15 3 £108 -
Cumbria - 3 - -
Lancashire -5 2 £170 -
Desktop Engineer
England

Desktop Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 September 2018, Desktop Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the North West region featuring Desktop Engineer in the job title.

1 31 (75.61%) Windows
2 26 (63.41%) Microsoft
3 21 (51.22%) Windows 10
4 19 (46.34%) Active Directory
5 17 (41.46%) Windows 7
6 14 (34.15%) SCCM
7 12 (29.27%) Windows XP
8 11 (26.83%) Office 365
9 10 (24.39%) Microsoft Office
10 9 (21.95%) Citrix
10 9 (21.95%) Apple
10 9 (21.95%) Migration
11 7 (17.07%) VMware
11 7 (17.07%) Retail
11 7 (17.07%) Security Cleared
11 7 (17.07%) VMware Infrastructure
11 7 (17.07%) Problem-Solving
12 6 (14.63%) Apple iOS
13 5 (12.20%) vRealize
13 5 (12.20%) Xerox
13 5 (12.20%) Virtual Desktop
13 5 (12.20%) Proactive Monitoring
13 5 (12.20%) vMotion
13 5 (12.20%) vSphere
13 5 (12.20%) Software Deployment
13 5 (12.20%) Time Management
13 5 (12.20%) Mac OS
13 5 (12.20%) Fat Client
13 5 (12.20%) NetBackup
13 5 (12.20%) Thin Client

Desktop Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 5 (12.20%) IBM Notes
2 2 (4.88%) Skype for Business
3 1 (2.44%) MS Exchange
3 1 (2.44%) SharePoint
Applications
1 10 (24.39%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (2.44%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 11 (26.83%) Office 365
2 3 (7.32%) OneDrive
3 2 (4.88%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (2.44%) IaaS
4 1 (2.44%) PaaS
4 1 (2.44%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (4.88%) Skype
2 1 (2.44%) DNS
2 1 (2.44%) LAN
2 1 (2.44%) Remote Desktop
2 1 (2.44%) TCP/IP
2 1 (2.44%) VoIP
2 1 (2.44%) VPN
2 1 (2.44%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.44%) Big Data
1 1 (2.44%) Power BI
General
1 7 (17.07%) Retail
2 4 (9.76%) Finance
3 2 (4.88%) Publishing
4 1 (2.44%) Automotive
4 1 (2.44%) Financial Institution
4 1 (2.44%) Manufacturing
4 1 (2.44%) Marketing
4 1 (2.44%) Telecoms
Miscellaneous
1 5 (12.20%) Fat Client
1 5 (12.20%) Thin Client
2 3 (7.32%) NHS
3 1 (2.44%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.44%) Blackberry
3 1 (2.44%) Driving Licence
3 1 (2.44%) Management Information System
3 1 (2.44%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 31 (75.61%) Windows
2 21 (51.22%) Windows 10
3 17 (41.46%) Windows 7
4 12 (29.27%) Windows XP
5 6 (14.63%) Apple iOS
6 5 (12.20%) Mac OS
7 3 (7.32%) Windows 8
7 3 (7.32%) Windows Vista
8 2 (4.88%) Mac OS X
9 1 (2.44%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (2.44%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (21.95%) Migration
2 7 (17.07%) Problem-Solving
3 5 (12.20%) Network Virtualisation
3 5 (12.20%) Proactive Monitoring
3 5 (12.20%) Software Deployment
3 5 (12.20%) Time Management
4 4 (9.76%) ITIL
5 3 (7.32%) Asset Management
5 3 (7.32%) Break/Fix
5 3 (7.32%) Customer Requirements
5 3 (7.32%) Information Security
6 2 (4.88%) ITSM
6 2 (4.88%) Virtual Environments
7 1 (2.44%) Agile Software Development
7 1 (2.44%) Cybersecurity
7 1 (2.44%) Data Management
7 1 (2.44%) DevOps
7 1 (2.44%) Network Design
7 1 (2.44%) Problem Management
7 1 (2.44%) Resource Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (2.44%) PowerShell
1 1 (2.44%) SQL
Qualifications
1 7 (17.07%) Security Cleared
2 3 (7.32%) SC Cleared
3 1 (2.44%) A+ Certification
3 1 (2.44%) CCDP
3 1 (2.44%) CCNP
3 1 (2.44%) Chartered Engineer
3 1 (2.44%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (2.44%) CISM
3 1 (2.44%) CISSP
3 1 (2.44%) DBS Check
3 1 (2.44%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (9.76%) SLA
System Software
1 19 (46.34%) Active Directory
2 7 (17.07%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (12.20%) Virtual Desktop
3 5 (12.20%) VMware NSX
3 5 (12.20%) vSphere
4 2 (4.88%) XenDesktop
5 1 (2.44%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 14 (34.15%) SCCM
2 5 (12.20%) NetBackup
2 5 (12.20%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 5 (12.20%) vMotion
2 5 (12.20%) vRealize
3 2 (4.88%) Microsoft Intune
3 2 (4.88%) Tivoli
3 2 (4.88%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
Vendors
1 26 (63.41%) Microsoft
2 9 (21.95%) Apple
2 9 (21.95%) Citrix
3 7 (17.07%) VMware
4 5 (12.20%) HP
4 5 (12.20%) Lotus
4 5 (12.20%) Xerox
5 2 (4.88%) Altiris
5 2 (4.88%) ServiceNow
6 1 (2.44%) Cisco
6 1 (2.44%) Google
6 1 (2.44%) Polycom
6 1 (2.44%) Sage