The median contractor rate for a Desktop Support was £150 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 3 months to 28 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 / South East
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 188 197 193
Rank change year-on-year +9 -4  
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Support 66 70 78
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.84% 0.75% 0.78%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.90% 0.79% 0.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 39 38 28
Median daily rate £150 £150 £160
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £112 £114
10% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £293 £275
UK excluding London median daily rate £150 £143 £154
% change year-on-year +5.26% -7.46%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 15 27
Median hourly rate £17.50 £15.75 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +12.50%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £9.00 £10.42
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.50 £21.10 £21.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £13.87
% change year-on-year - +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 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 7373 8823 9388
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 94.09% 95.12% 94.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 4191 5395 5019
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 £235 £223 £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 376 382 458
Median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £18.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% +5.82%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.63 £11.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.50 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.63 £17.00
% change year-on-year -10.82% +15.44%  

Desktop Support
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

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

Job vacancy trend for Desktop Support in the South East

Desktop Support
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 in the South East.

Contractor daily rate trend for Desktop Support in the South East

Desktop Support
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Desktop Support in the South East over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Desktop Support in the South East

Desktop Support
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 in the South East.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Desktop Support in the South East

Desktop Support
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 within the South East region over the 3 months to 28 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
Surrey +13 16 £200 +31.14% 3
Hampshire +10 16 £140 -6.66%
Oxfordshire +7 15 £150 +11.11%
Berkshire +21 6 £138 -38.32%
Kent +15 5 £175 +20.68%
Buckinghamshire -5 5 £130 +8.33%
Middlesex +2 1 - -
Desktop Support
England

Desktop Support Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 28 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 South East region featuring Desktop Support in the job title.

1 75 (61.48%) Windows
2 55 (45.08%) Windows 7
3 50 (40.98%) Active Directory
4 45 (36.89%) Microsoft
5 41 (33.61%) MS Office
6 23 (18.85%) ITIL
7 19 (15.57%) MS Excel
7 19 (15.57%) Finance
8 16 (13.11%) SCCM
9 15 (12.30%) Dell
9 15 (12.30%) Citrix
10 14 (11.48%) TCP/IP
10 14 (11.48%) LAN
10 14 (11.48%) Migration
10 14 (11.48%) Security Cleared
11 13 (10.66%) Incident Management
11 13 (10.66%) Office 365
11 13 (10.66%) Windows XP
12 12 (9.84%) IBM Notes
12 12 (9.84%) Microsoft Certification
12 12 (9.84%) Lotus
13 11 (9.02%) Smartphone
13 11 (9.02%) Remedy
14 10 (8.20%) Sophos
14 10 (8.20%) HP
14 10 (8.20%) MCP
14 10 (8.20%) VMware
15 9 (7.38%) Windows Server
15 9 (7.38%) Windows 10
15 9 (7.38%) WSUS

Desktop Support Skill Set
Co-occurring 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 12 (9.84%) IBM Notes
2 6 (4.92%) MS Exchange
3 3 (2.46%) SharePoint
4 2 (1.64%) Apache
4 2 (1.64%) Exchange Server 2003
4 2 (1.64%) IIS
5 1 (0.82%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (0.82%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 41 (33.61%) MS Office
2 19 (15.57%) MS Excel
3 3 (2.46%) MS Visio
4 2 (1.64%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 8 (6.56%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (1.64%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.64%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 13 (10.66%) Office 365
2 2 (1.64%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 14 (11.48%) LAN
1 14 (11.48%) TCP/IP
2 9 (7.38%) DHCP
2 9 (7.38%) VPN
2 9 (7.38%) WAN
3 8 (6.56%) DNS
4 7 (5.74%) Wireless
5 6 (4.92%) Firewall
5 6 (4.92%) VoIP
6 5 (4.10%) 3G
7 4 (3.28%) Internet
8 3 (2.46%) Remote Desktop
9 2 (1.64%) Network Security
10 1 (0.82%) Ethernet
10 1 (0.82%) Skype
10 1 (0.82%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.64%) MySQL
1 2 (1.64%) SQL Server
1 2 (1.64%) SQL Server 2005
General
1 19 (15.57%) Finance
2 7 (5.74%) Legal
3 5 (4.10%) Back Office
4 3 (2.46%) Korean Language
5 2 (1.64%) Local Government
6 1 (0.82%) Advertising
6 1 (0.82%) Games
6 1 (0.82%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.64%) .NET
1 2 (1.64%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 11 (9.02%) Smartphone
2 6 (4.92%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (4.92%) Driving Licence
3 5 (4.10%) NHS
4 3 (2.46%) Blackberry
4 3 (2.46%) Fat Client
4 3 (2.46%) Thin Client
5 2 (1.64%) CCTV
5 2 (1.64%) EPoS
5 2 (1.64%) Mainframe
5 2 (1.64%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (0.82%) CMDB
6 1 (0.82%) Data Centre
6 1 (0.82%) Handset
6 1 (0.82%) iPad
6 1 (0.82%) iPhone
6 1 (0.82%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.82%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 75 (61.48%) Windows
2 55 (45.08%) Windows 7
3 13 (10.66%) Windows XP
4 9 (7.38%) Windows 10
4 9 (7.38%) Windows Server
5 7 (5.74%) Windows 8
6 5 (4.10%) Apple iOS
6 5 (4.10%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (2.46%) Android
7 3 (2.46%) Windows Server 2003
8 2 (1.64%) Windows 2000
9 1 (0.82%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.82%) Windows NT
9 1 (0.82%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.82%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (18.85%) ITIL
2 14 (11.48%) Migration
3 13 (10.66%) Incident Management
4 8 (6.56%) Data Migration
5 6 (4.92%) Change Control
5 6 (4.92%) Service Delivery
6 5 (4.10%) Mobile Device Management
6 5 (4.10%) Patch Management
6 5 (4.10%) Release Management
7 4 (3.28%) Change Management
7 4 (3.28%) ITIL V3
7 4 (3.28%) Service Management
8 3 (2.46%) Fault Analysis
9 2 (1.64%) Configuration Management
9 2 (1.64%) CRM
9 2 (1.64%) Disk Encryption
9 2 (1.64%) Software Deployment
9 2 (1.64%) Time Management
10 1 (0.82%) Business Continuity
10 1 (0.82%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (2.46%) Java
1 3 (2.46%) SQL
2 2 (1.64%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 14 (11.48%) Security Cleared
2 12 (9.84%) Microsoft Certification
3 10 (8.20%) MCP
4 9 (7.38%) SC Cleared
5 8 (6.56%) ITIL Certification
6 7 (5.74%) Degree
7 6 (4.92%) MCSE
8 5 (4.10%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 4 (3.28%) BPSS Clearance
10 3 (2.46%) DV Cleared
11 2 (1.64%) MCTS
12 1 (0.82%) A+ Certification
12 1 (0.82%) ACMT
12 1 (0.82%) CCNA
12 1 (0.82%) Cisco Certification
12 1 (0.82%) DBS Check
12 1 (0.82%) MCSA
12 1 (0.82%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (4.92%) SLA
2 5 (4.10%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (1.64%) QA
System Software
1 50 (40.98%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.82%) Hyper-V
2 1 (0.82%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 16 (13.11%) SCCM
2 9 (7.38%) WSUS
3 2 (1.64%) Tivoli
3 2 (1.64%) Tivoli Storage Manager
4 1 (0.82%) Microsoft Intune
4 1 (0.82%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (0.82%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 45 (36.89%) Microsoft
2 15 (12.30%) Citrix
2 15 (12.30%) Dell
3 12 (9.84%) Lotus
4 11 (9.02%) Remedy
5 10 (8.20%) HP
5 10 (8.20%) Sophos
5 10 (8.20%) VMware
6 8 (6.56%) Apple
6 8 (6.56%) BMC
6 8 (6.56%) Cisco
7 3 (2.46%) LANDesk
7 3 (2.46%) ServiceNow
8 2 (1.64%) Adobe
8 2 (1.64%) Avaya
8 2 (1.64%) Intel Security
8 2 (1.64%) Lumension
8 2 (1.64%) Nortel
8 2 (1.64%) SAP
9 1 (0.82%) Symantec