The median contractor rate for a Desktop Support was £125 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 3 months to 30 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.

Desktop Support
England / North West
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 113 132 100
Rank change year-on-year +19 -32  
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Support 18 29 56
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.69% 0.75% 1.55%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.73% 0.79% 1.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 7 18
Median daily rate £125 £175 £220
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -28.57% -20.45%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £133 £137
10% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £245 £250
UK excluding London median daily rate £148 £145 £155
% change year-on-year +1.72% -6.45%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 11 27
Median hourly rate £15.15 £13.00 £14.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.53% -8.77%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £11.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.20 £16.00 £19.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.25 £15.00 £13.87
% change year-on-year +1.66% +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 the North West. 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
North West
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 2470 3668 3404
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 94.96% 94.29% 94.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 1542 2190 1781
Median daily rate £375 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £530 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 147 171 209
Median hourly rate £16.50 £24.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -31.25% +26.31%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.00 £11.33
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.97 £48.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -7.89% +11.76%  

Desktop Support
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

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

Job vacancy trend for Desktop Support in the North West

Desktop Support
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 Support in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Desktop Support in the North West

Desktop Support
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 Support in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Desktop Support in the North West

Desktop Support
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 Support within the North West region over the 3 months to 30 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
Manchester +7 8 £125 -37.50% 2
Cheshire +31 5 - - 1
Merseyside - 5 £125 -
Desktop Support
England

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

For the 6 months to 30 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 North West region featuring Desktop Support in the job title.

1 26 (72.22%) Windows
2 20 (55.56%) Windows 7
3 19 (52.78%) Active Directory
4 18 (50.00%) Microsoft
5 10 (27.78%) MS Office
6 8 (22.22%) Windows 10
7 7 (19.44%) SCCM
7 7 (19.44%) Security Cleared
7 7 (19.44%) ITIL
8 6 (16.67%) MS Excel
8 6 (16.67%) MS Exchange
8 6 (16.67%) SC Cleared
8 6 (16.67%) Office 365
9 4 (11.11%) Windows Server
9 4 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
9 4 (11.11%) Apple iOS
9 4 (11.11%) Windows XP
9 4 (11.11%) Blackberry
9 4 (11.11%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 3 (8.33%) Internet
10 3 (8.33%) Extranet
10 3 (8.33%) Citrix
10 3 (8.33%) LAN
10 3 (8.33%) Document Management
10 3 (8.33%) Finance
10 3 (8.33%) Law
10 3 (8.33%) Legal
10 3 (8.33%) ITIL V3
10 3 (8.33%) Windows Server 2008
10 3 (8.33%) Problem Management

Desktop Support 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 6 (16.67%) MS Exchange
2 4 (11.11%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 2 (5.56%) SharePoint
4 1 (2.78%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 10 (27.78%) MS Office
2 6 (16.67%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (2.78%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 6 (16.67%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (8.33%) Extranet
1 3 (8.33%) Internet
1 3 (8.33%) LAN
2 2 (5.56%) 3G
2 2 (5.56%) DNS
2 2 (5.56%) Remote Desktop
2 2 (5.56%) TCP/IP
2 2 (5.56%) VoIP
2 2 (5.56%) WAN
2 2 (5.56%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (2.78%) 4G
3 1 (2.78%) DHCP
3 1 (2.78%) Intranet
3 1 (2.78%) VLAN
3 1 (2.78%) VPN
3 1 (2.78%) WebEx
3 1 (2.78%) Wireless
General
1 3 (8.33%) Finance
1 3 (8.33%) Law
1 3 (8.33%) Legal
2 2 (5.56%) Electronics
3 1 (2.78%) Back Office
3 1 (2.78%) Banking
3 1 (2.78%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.78%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 4 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
1 4 (11.11%) Blackberry
2 2 (5.56%) Smartphone
3 1 (2.78%) CMDB
3 1 (2.78%) Fat Client
3 1 (2.78%) Handset
3 1 (2.78%) iPad
3 1 (2.78%) iPhone
3 1 (2.78%) Management Information System
3 1 (2.78%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 26 (72.22%) Windows
2 20 (55.56%) Windows 7
3 8 (22.22%) Windows 10
4 4 (11.11%) Apple iOS
4 4 (11.11%) Windows Server
4 4 (11.11%) Windows XP
5 3 (8.33%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (2.78%) Android
6 1 (2.78%) Mac OS X
6 1 (2.78%) Windows 8
6 1 (2.78%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (2.78%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (2.78%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (19.44%) ITIL
2 3 (8.33%) Document Management
2 3 (8.33%) ITIL V3
2 3 (8.33%) Problem Management
3 2 (5.56%) Time Management
4 1 (2.78%) Continuous Improvement
4 1 (2.78%) Data Analysis
4 1 (2.78%) Incident Management
4 1 (2.78%) Knowledge Management
4 1 (2.78%) Mobile Device Management
4 1 (2.78%) PRINCE2
4 1 (2.78%) Service Delivery
4 1 (2.78%) Service Management
4 1 (2.78%) Software Delivery
Qualifications
1 7 (19.44%) Security Cleared
2 6 (16.67%) SC Cleared
3 3 (8.33%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (2.78%) MCDST
4 1 (2.78%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.78%) SLA
System Software
1 19 (52.78%) Active Directory
2 1 (2.78%) BitLocker
2 1 (2.78%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (2.78%) Virtual Desktop
2 1 (2.78%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (2.78%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 7 (19.44%) SCCM
2 2 (5.56%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 1 (2.78%) DameWare
Vendors
1 18 (50.00%) Microsoft
2 3 (8.33%) Citrix
3 2 (5.56%) Apple
3 2 (5.56%) Remedy
4 1 (2.78%) AppSense
4 1 (2.78%) BMC
4 1 (2.78%) Cisco
4 1 (2.78%) Dell
4 1 (2.78%) HP
4 1 (2.78%) Nokia
4 1 (2.78%) Samsung
4 1 (2.78%) ThinPrint
4 1 (2.78%) VMware
Wigan, Lancashire
Proactive Appointments
Rate: £11 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £15.00 - £15.30 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago