The median contractor rate for a Desktop Support was £231 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 3 months to 28 June 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
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 104 120 93
Rank change year-on-year +16 -27  
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Support 32 39 59
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.08% 1.03% 1.62%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.15% 1.09% 1.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 8 16
Median daily rate £231 £253 £198
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.41% +27.84%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £138 £138 £161
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £540 £413
UK excluding London median daily rate £151 £174 £175
% change year-on-year -13.50% -0.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 20 26
Median hourly rate £11.50 £14.50 £15.39
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.68% -5.75%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.75 £11.90 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.50 £17.10 £16.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.00 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -6.66% -  

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 2771 3574 3449
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 93.84% 94.80% 94.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 1635 2225 1997
Median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £263 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £519
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 135 132 194
Median hourly rate £19.50 £15.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +30.00% -6.25%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.90 £12.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £43.00 £43.43
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.14
% change year-on-year - +8.42%  

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 Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Desktop Support in the North West over the 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Desktop Support in the North West over the 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 28 June 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 +20 23 £375 +108.33% 3
Cheshire +2 6 £225 -30.76% 2
Merseyside -4 2 £125 - 1
Lancashire +3 1 - -
Desktop Support
England

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

For the 6 months to 28 June 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 33 (53.23%) Windows
2 27 (43.55%) Microsoft
3 21 (33.87%) Active Directory
4 20 (32.26%) Windows 7
5 15 (24.19%) SCCM
6 13 (20.97%) Microsoft Office
7 11 (17.74%) Security Cleared
8 10 (16.13%) Office 365
8 10 (16.13%) ITIL
8 10 (16.13%) Citrix
9 9 (14.52%) Blackberry
9 9 (14.52%) SC Cleared
10 7 (11.29%) Windows 10
10 7 (11.29%) MS Exchange
10 7 (11.29%) LAN
11 6 (9.68%) WAN
11 6 (9.68%) Windows XP
11 6 (9.68%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 6 (9.68%) Incident Management
11 6 (9.68%) Remote Desktop
11 6 (9.68%) Apple iOS
12 5 (8.06%) Finance
12 5 (8.06%) TCP/IP
13 4 (6.45%) Microsoft Certification
13 4 (6.45%) DNS
13 4 (6.45%) SQL
13 4 (6.45%) Legal
13 4 (6.45%) Migration
13 4 (6.45%) Windows Server
14 3 (4.84%) BPSS Clearance

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 7 (11.29%) MS Exchange
2 6 (9.68%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 3 (4.84%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (3.23%) SharePoint
5 1 (1.61%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 13 (20.97%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.61%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.61%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (1.61%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 10 (16.13%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 7 (11.29%) LAN
2 6 (9.68%) Remote Desktop
2 6 (9.68%) WAN
3 5 (8.06%) TCP/IP
4 4 (6.45%) DNS
5 3 (4.84%) Extranet
5 3 (4.84%) Internet
5 3 (4.84%) VPN
6 1 (1.61%) DHCP
6 1 (1.61%) Intranet
6 1 (1.61%) SSL
6 1 (1.61%) VLAN
6 1 (1.61%) Wi-Fi
6 1 (1.61%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.23%) NoSQL
1 2 (3.23%) SQL Server
1 2 (3.23%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 2 (3.23%) AccuRev
1 2 (3.23%) JIRA
2 1 (1.61%) MSI
General
1 5 (8.06%) Finance
2 4 (6.45%) Legal
3 3 (4.84%) Law
4 2 (3.23%) Back Office
4 2 (3.23%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (1.61%) Banking
5 1 (1.61%) Electronics
5 1 (1.61%) Investment Banking
5 1 (1.61%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (4.84%) .NET
1 3 (4.84%) WinForms
1 3 (4.84%) WPF
2 2 (3.23%) .NET Framework
2 2 (3.23%) Middleware
2 2 (3.23%) WCF
3 1 (1.61%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 9 (14.52%) Blackberry
2 3 (4.84%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (4.84%) Smartphone
3 2 (3.23%) Computer Science
3 2 (3.23%) iPhone
4 1 (1.61%) Data Centre
4 1 (1.61%) Handset
4 1 (1.61%) IBM Mainframe
4 1 (1.61%) iPad
4 1 (1.61%) Mainframe
4 1 (1.61%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 33 (53.23%) Windows
2 20 (32.26%) Windows 7
3 7 (11.29%) Windows 10
4 6 (9.68%) Apple iOS
4 6 (9.68%) Windows XP
5 4 (6.45%) Windows Server
6 3 (4.84%) Android
6 3 (4.84%) Windows Server 2008
6 3 (4.84%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (3.23%) Unix
8 1 (1.61%) Linux
8 1 (1.61%) NetWare
8 1 (1.61%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (16.13%) ITIL
2 6 (9.68%) Incident Management
3 4 (6.45%) Migration
4 3 (4.84%) Document Management
4 3 (4.84%) ITIL V3
4 3 (4.84%) Problem Management
4 3 (4.84%) Time Management
5 2 (3.23%) Agile Software Development
5 2 (3.23%) Data Migration
5 2 (3.23%) E-Commerce
5 2 (3.23%) Knowledge Management
5 2 (3.23%) MVC
5 2 (3.23%) Service Delivery
5 2 (3.23%) Web Application Development
6 1 (1.61%) Asset Management
6 1 (1.61%) Business Continuity
6 1 (1.61%) Data Analysis
6 1 (1.61%) Disaster Recovery
6 1 (1.61%) Service Management
6 1 (1.61%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 4 (6.45%) SQL
2 1 (1.61%) C#
2 1 (1.61%) Korn
2 1 (1.61%) Perl
2 1 (1.61%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 11 (17.74%) Security Cleared
2 9 (14.52%) SC Cleared
3 4 (6.45%) Microsoft Certification
4 3 (4.84%) BPSS Clearance
4 3 (4.84%) MCP
5 2 (3.23%) DBS Check
5 2 (3.23%) Degree
6 1 (1.61%) MCDST
System Software
1 21 (33.87%) Active Directory
2 3 (4.84%) Microsoft App-V
3 2 (3.23%) Virtual Desktop
4 1 (1.61%) BitLocker
4 1 (1.61%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (1.61%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (1.61%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 15 (24.19%) SCCM
2 1 (1.61%) DameWare
Vendors
1 27 (43.55%) Microsoft
2 10 (16.13%) Citrix
3 2 (3.23%) Remedy
3 2 (3.23%) Samsung
3 2 (3.23%) VMware
4 1 (1.61%) Apple
4 1 (1.61%) AppSense
4 1 (1.61%) Cisco
4 1 (1.61%) HP
4 1 (1.61%) IBM
4 1 (1.61%) McAfee
4 1 (1.61%) ServiceNow
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