The median contractor rate for a Desktop Support Engineer was £150 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 3 months to 27 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
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Desktop Support Engineer
England / South East
Rank 217 233 233
Rank change year-on-year +16 0  
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Support Engineer 36 32 38
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.46% 0.35% 0.38%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.49% 0.37% 0.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 14 10
Median daily rate £150 £135 £200
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% -32.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £130 £96 £148
10% offered a daily rate of more than £196 £272 £212
UK excluding London median daily rate £150 £140 £150
% change year-on-year +7.14% -6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 10 13
Median hourly rate £17.00 £15.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.67% +3.33%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £9.00 £10.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.00 £36.25 £21.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.25 £14.25 £13.50
% change year-on-year +7.01% +5.55%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in the South East. 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
South East
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 7328 8762 9391
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 94.03% 95.01% 94.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 4152 5355 5022
Median daily rate £400 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 379 377 459
Median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £18.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% +7.81%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.45 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

Desktop Support Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East that featured Desktop Support Engineer in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Desktop Support Engineer in the South East

Desktop Support Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Desktop Support Engineer in the South East

Desktop Support Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Desktop Support Engineer in the South East

Desktop Support Engineer
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Desktop Support Engineer within the South East region over the 3 months to 27 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
Hampshire +18 15 £140 +16.66% 1
Surrey +10 10 £160 +14.28% 1
Oxfordshire -7 5 £150 +11.11%
Berkshire +27 4 - -
Buckinghamshire -8 2 - -
Desktop Support Engineer
England

Desktop Support Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 27 March 2017, Desktop Support Engineer 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 South East region featuring Desktop Support Engineer in the job title.

1 41 (68.33%) Windows
2 33 (55.00%) Windows 7
3 24 (40.00%) MS Office
4 17 (28.33%) Active Directory
4 17 (28.33%) Microsoft
5 12 (20.00%) Windows XP
5 12 (20.00%) Migration
6 11 (18.33%) TCP/IP
7 9 (15.00%) MS Excel
7 9 (15.00%) LAN
7 9 (15.00%) IBM Notes
7 9 (15.00%) Lotus
8 8 (13.33%) ITIL
8 8 (13.33%) Data Migration
8 8 (13.33%) Smartphone
9 7 (11.67%) VPN
9 7 (11.67%) HP
9 7 (11.67%) Windows 10
10 6 (10.00%) SLA
10 6 (10.00%) Apple
10 6 (10.00%) Wireless
10 6 (10.00%) Incident Management
10 6 (10.00%) Windows 8
11 5 (8.33%) Office 365
11 5 (8.33%) SCCM
11 5 (8.33%) Internet
11 5 (8.33%) Dell
11 5 (8.33%) WAN
12 4 (6.67%) DHCP
12 4 (6.67%) MS Exchange

Desktop Support Engineer Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills in the South East 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 9 (15.00%) IBM Notes
2 4 (6.67%) MS Exchange
3 1 (1.67%) Exchange Server 2007
3 1 (1.67%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 24 (40.00%) MS Office
2 9 (15.00%) MS Excel
3 1 (1.67%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.67%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 5 (8.33%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 11 (18.33%) TCP/IP
2 9 (15.00%) LAN
3 7 (11.67%) VPN
4 6 (10.00%) Wireless
5 5 (8.33%) Internet
5 5 (8.33%) WAN
6 4 (6.67%) DHCP
6 4 (6.67%) DNS
7 3 (5.00%) Firewall
7 3 (5.00%) Remote Desktop
8 2 (3.33%) 3G
8 2 (3.33%) VoIP
9 1 (1.67%) Ethernet
9 1 (1.67%) Skype
9 1 (1.67%) VLAN
General
1 4 (6.67%) Korean Language
2 1 (1.67%) Advertising
2 1 (1.67%) Back Office
2 1 (1.67%) Finance
2 1 (1.67%) Games
2 1 (1.67%) Manufacturing
Miscellaneous
1 8 (13.33%) Smartphone
2 3 (5.00%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (5.00%) Blackberry
2 3 (5.00%) Fat Client
2 3 (5.00%) Thin Client
3 2 (3.33%) Driving Licence
3 2 (3.33%) Mainframe
3 2 (3.33%) Video Conferencing
4 1 (1.67%) CMDB
4 1 (1.67%) Data Centre
4 1 (1.67%) Handset
4 1 (1.67%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.67%) NHS
4 1 (1.67%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 41 (68.33%) Windows
2 33 (55.00%) Windows 7
3 12 (20.00%) Windows XP
4 7 (11.67%) Windows 10
5 6 (10.00%) Windows 8
6 4 (6.67%) Apple iOS
7 3 (5.00%) Android
7 3 (5.00%) Windows Server
8 2 (3.33%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (1.67%) Mac OS X
9 1 (1.67%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (20.00%) Migration
2 8 (13.33%) Data Migration
2 8 (13.33%) ITIL
3 6 (10.00%) Incident Management
4 4 (6.67%) Service Management
5 3 (5.00%) Fault Analysis
6 2 (3.33%) Configuration Management
6 2 (3.33%) ITIL V3
6 2 (3.33%) Patch Management
6 2 (3.33%) Service Delivery
6 2 (3.33%) Software Deployment
6 2 (3.33%) Time Management
7 1 (1.67%) Business Continuity
7 1 (1.67%) Change Control
7 1 (1.67%) Change Management
7 1 (1.67%) Data Protection
7 1 (1.67%) ITSM
7 1 (1.67%) Malware Detection/Protection
7 1 (1.67%) Project Management
7 1 (1.67%) Security Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (6.67%) Java
2 1 (1.67%) SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (6.67%) SC Cleared
1 4 (6.67%) Security Cleared
2 2 (3.33%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
2 2 (3.33%) MCP
2 2 (3.33%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (1.67%) A+ Certification
3 1 (1.67%) ACMT
3 1 (1.67%) CCNA
3 1 (1.67%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (1.67%) DBS Check
3 1 (1.67%) Degree
3 1 (1.67%) DV Cleared
3 1 (1.67%) MCSE
3 1 (1.67%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (10.00%) SLA
2 1 (1.67%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 17 (28.33%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.67%) Hyper-V
2 1 (1.67%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 5 (8.33%) SCCM
2 1 (1.67%) Microsoft Intune
2 1 (1.67%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 17 (28.33%) Microsoft
2 9 (15.00%) Lotus
3 7 (11.67%) HP
4 6 (10.00%) Apple
5 5 (8.33%) Dell
6 4 (6.67%) Remedy
7 3 (5.00%) Citrix
7 3 (5.00%) ServiceNow
8 2 (3.33%) Avaya
8 2 (3.33%) LANDesk
8 2 (3.33%) Nortel
8 2 (3.33%) SAP
9 1 (1.67%) BMC
9 1 (1.67%) Cisco
9 1 (1.67%) Sophos
9 1 (1.67%) VMware
9 1 (1.67%) Wyse