Period
to 21 November 2018

The median contractor rate for a Desktop Support was £140 per day in advertised job vacancies in Reading during the 6 months to 21 November 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 Support
Berkshire > Reading
6 months to
21 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 80 74 84
Rank change year-on-year -6 +10 -7
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Support 20 17 13
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Reading 1.33% 1.33% 0.88%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.47% 1.43% 0.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 18 5
Reading median daily rate £140 £150 £120
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.67% +25.00% -36.00%
10th Percentile £109 £125 £105
90th Percentile £207 £397 £185
Berkshire median daily rate £145 £145 £178
% change year-on-year - -18.31% +1.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 2
Reading median hourly rate £27.50 £90.75 £22.03
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -69.70% +311.94% +24.11%
10th Percentile £21.25 £32.28 £20.40
90th Percentile £35.75 £153.83 £23.68
Berkshire median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £15.75
% change year-on-year +14.29% +11.11% -10.00%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Reading. 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
Reading
Contract vacancies in Reading with a recognized job title 1,364 1,191 1,333
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 90.75% 93.41% 90.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 747 705 712
Reading median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - -
10th Percentile £190 £250 £228
90th Percentile £575 £575 £569
Berkshire median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 57 78
Reading median hourly rate £22.00 £14.00 £14.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +57.14% -5.08% -31.55%
10th Percentile £10.55 £9.25 £9.25
90th Percentile £43.70 £40.75 £43.28
Berkshire median hourly rate £20.00 £14.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year +42.86% -3.45% -32.71%

Desktop Support
Job Vacancy Trend in Reading

Job postings that featured Desktop Support in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Reading.

Job vacancy trend for Desktop Support in Reading

Desktop Support
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Reading

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Desktop Support in Reading

Desktop Support
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Reading

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Desktop Support in Reading over the 6 months to 21 November 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Desktop Support in Reading

Desktop Support
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Reading

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Desktop Support in Reading

Desktop Support
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Reading

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Desktop Support in Reading over the 6 months to 21 November 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Desktop Support in Reading

Desktop Support Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Reading

For the 6 months to 21 November 2018, Desktop Support 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 Reading region featuring Desktop Support in the job title.

1 18 (90.00%) Windows
2 14 (70.00%) Microsoft
3 11 (55.00%) Windows 7
4 10 (50.00%) Marketing
5 9 (45.00%) Microsoft Certification
6 7 (35.00%) MCDST
6 7 (35.00%) Telecoms
7 6 (30.00%) Finance
7 6 (30.00%) Manufacturing
7 6 (30.00%) Programme Management
7 6 (30.00%) Asset Management
7 6 (30.00%) Digital Marketing
7 6 (30.00%) Business Intelligence
7 6 (30.00%) NHS
7 6 (30.00%) Service Management
7 6 (30.00%) Electronics
7 6 (30.00%) SAP
7 6 (30.00%) Line Management
7 6 (30.00%) Software Asset Management
8 5 (25.00%) Windows XP
8 5 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
9 4 (20.00%) Active Directory
9 4 (20.00%) Windows Server 2003
9 4 (20.00%) Windows 8
9 4 (20.00%) Windows 10
10 3 (15.00%) LAN
10 3 (15.00%) WAN
10 3 (15.00%) MCSE
10 3 (15.00%) VLAN
11 2 (10.00%) Microsoft App-V

Desktop Support Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in Reading 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:

Applications
1 1 (5.00%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 2 (10.00%) Office 365
2 1 (5.00%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 3 (15.00%) LAN
1 3 (15.00%) VLAN
1 3 (15.00%) WAN
2 1 (5.00%) BGP
2 1 (5.00%) DHCP
2 1 (5.00%) DNS
2 1 (5.00%) NAS
2 1 (5.00%) OSPF
2 1 (5.00%) SAN
2 1 (5.00%) TCP/IP
General
1 10 (50.00%) Marketing
2 7 (35.00%) Telecoms
3 6 (30.00%) Electronics
3 6 (30.00%) Finance
3 6 (30.00%) Manufacturing
Miscellaneous
1 6 (30.00%) NHS
2 1 (5.00%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (5.00%) CCTV
2 1 (5.00%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 18 (90.00%) Windows
2 11 (55.00%) Windows 7
3 5 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 5 (25.00%) Windows XP
4 4 (20.00%) Windows 10
4 4 (20.00%) Windows 8
4 4 (20.00%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (5.00%) Windows Server
5 1 (5.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (30.00%) Asset Management
1 6 (30.00%) Business Intelligence
1 6 (30.00%) Digital Marketing
1 6 (30.00%) Line Management
1 6 (30.00%) Programme Management
1 6 (30.00%) Service Management
1 6 (30.00%) Software Asset Management
2 2 (10.00%) Break/Fix
2 2 (10.00%) Migration
2 2 (10.00%) Security Patching
2 2 (10.00%) Stakeholder Management
3 1 (5.00%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (5.00%) Application Packaging
3 1 (5.00%) Customer-Centricity
3 1 (5.00%) ITIL
3 1 (5.00%) ITSM
3 1 (5.00%) Network Architecture
3 1 (5.00%) PRINCE2
3 1 (5.00%) Problem-Solving
3 1 (5.00%) Supplier Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (5.00%) PowerShell
1 1 (5.00%) VB
Qualifications
1 9 (45.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 7 (35.00%) MCDST
3 3 (15.00%) MCSE
4 2 (10.00%) Security Cleared
5 1 (5.00%) DV Cleared
5 1 (5.00%) MCP
5 1 (5.00%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.00%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (20.00%) Active Directory
2 2 (10.00%) Microsoft App-V
2 2 (10.00%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 2 (10.00%) McAfee ePO
2 1 (5.00%) SCCM
Vendors
1 14 (70.00%) Microsoft
2 6 (30.00%) SAP
3 2 (10.00%) Ivanti
3 2 (10.00%) McAfee
3 2 (10.00%) VMware
4 1 (5.00%) Dell
4 1 (5.00%) HP
4 1 (5.00%) Huawei