Period
to 23 August 2017

The median contractor rate for a Desktop Engineer was £163 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 August 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 Engineer
UK
6 months to
23 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 422 429 358
Rank change year-on-year +7 -71 -57
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Engineer 493 571 720
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.51% 0.53% 0.64%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.54% 0.56% 0.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 263 261 286
UK median daily rate £163 £155 £160
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.84% -3.13% -
10th Percentile £108 £103 £103
90th Percentile £312 £299 £300
UK excluding London median daily rate £151 £150 £135
% change year-on-year +0.33% +11.11% -10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 137 129 267
UK median hourly rate £14.50 £14.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -3.33% -3.23%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.63 £11.17
90th Percentile £18.70 £23.45 £20.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.20 £13.50 £14.50
% change year-on-year +5.19% -6.90% -3.33%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. 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
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 91123 102646 106818
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.88% 94.94% 94.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 59200 66921 66780
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £263 £255 £238
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2782 3110 4140
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £19.00 £17.77
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.58% +6.92% +4.53%
10th Percentile £10.80 £10.38 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £46.69 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £17.22
% change year-on-year -5.26% +10.34% +2.99%

Desktop Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Desktop Engineer in the UK

Desktop Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Desktop Engineer in the UK

Desktop Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Desktop Engineer over the 6 months to 23 August 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Desktop Engineer in the UK

Desktop Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Desktop Engineer in the UK

Desktop Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Desktop Engineer over the 6 months to 23 August 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Desktop Engineer in the UK

Desktop Engineer
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Desktop Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 23 August 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +4 452 £163 +4.84% 36
UK excluding London +2 330 £151 +0.33% 25
London 0 153 £175 +8.53% 12
South East -3 85 £160 +12.28% 10
East of England +1 70 £119 -10.86% 2
South West +13 52 £160 +6.67% 5
Midlands +25 47 £145 +1.75% 3
North of England +12 45 £268 +20.90% 4
East Midlands -4 25 £134 -6.96% 3
West Midlands +37 22 £225 +57.89%
North West +12 22 £225 +25.00%
Scotland +36 21 £151 +38.58%
North East +34 13 £268 +16.30% 1
Yorkshire +24 10 - - 3
Wales -13 10 £190 +46.15% 1

Desktop Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 August 2017, Desktop 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 featuring Desktop Engineer in the job title.

1 385 (78.09%) Windows
2 220 (44.62%) Active Directory
3 208 (42.19%) Windows 7
4 178 (36.11%) Microsoft
5 123 (24.95%) Microsoft Office
5 123 (24.95%) Windows 10
6 115 (23.33%) SCCM
7 86 (17.44%) ITIL
8 76 (15.42%) Migration
9 72 (14.60%) Office 365
10 66 (13.39%) Citrix
11 57 (11.56%) Windows XP
12 56 (11.36%) Time Management
13 54 (10.95%) Finance
14 53 (10.75%) Windows Server
15 52 (10.55%) Windows 8
16 51 (10.34%) VMware
17 49 (9.94%) Security Cleared
18 47 (9.53%) Apple
19 45 (9.13%) Microsoft Certification
20 42 (8.52%) MS Exchange
20 42 (8.52%) LAN
21 40 (8.11%) DNS
22 37 (7.51%) Android
22 37 (7.51%) SC Cleared
22 37 (7.51%) Blackberry
23 35 (7.10%) DHCP
24 34 (6.90%) TCP/IP
25 33 (6.69%) HP
26 32 (6.49%) Apple iOS

Desktop Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 42 (8.52%) MS Exchange
2 15 (3.04%) Exchange Server 2010
3 12 (2.43%) Exchange Server 2007
3 12 (2.43%) Skype for Business
4 11 (2.23%) SharePoint
5 8 (1.62%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 7 (1.42%) IBM Notes
7 6 (1.22%) Exchange Server 2013
8 5 (1.01%) IIS
9 3 (0.61%) GroupWise
10 2 (0.41%) CMS
11 1 (0.20%) Exchange Server 2003
11 1 (0.20%) SharePoint 2010
11 1 (0.20%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 123 (24.95%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (1.42%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (1.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (0.81%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 4 (0.81%) AutoCAD
5 3 (0.61%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 8 (1.62%) Eikon
2 2 (0.41%) assyst
2 2 (0.41%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.20%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 72 (14.60%) Office 365
2 10 (2.03%) OneDrive
3 3 (0.61%) G Suite
4 2 (0.41%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 42 (8.52%) LAN
2 40 (8.11%) DNS
3 35 (7.10%) DHCP
4 34 (6.90%) TCP/IP
5 27 (5.48%) WAN
6 23 (4.67%) Internet
7 19 (3.85%) VPN
8 17 (3.45%) Wireless
9 12 (2.43%) Firewall
10 9 (1.83%) Skype
11 8 (1.62%) SMS
11 8 (1.62%) VoIP
11 8 (1.62%) Wi-Fi
12 7 (1.42%) Ethernet
13 5 (1.01%) 3G
13 5 (1.01%) WLAN
14 4 (0.81%) ADSL
14 4 (0.81%) Remote Desktop
14 4 (0.81%) SMTP
15 3 (0.61%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (1.22%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.41%) Blockchain
Development Applications
1 3 (0.61%) MSI
2 1 (0.20%) AdminStudio
2 1 (0.20%) InstallShield
General
1 54 (10.95%) Finance
2 17 (3.45%) Banking
3 9 (1.83%) Telecoms
4 7 (1.42%) Legal
4 7 (1.42%) Manufacturing
5 5 (1.01%) Financial Institution
5 5 (1.01%) Investment Banking
5 5 (1.01%) Local Government
6 4 (0.81%) Electronics
6 4 (0.81%) Front Office
6 4 (0.81%) Law
6 4 (0.81%) Publishing
7 3 (0.61%) Back Office
7 3 (0.61%) Marketing
7 3 (0.61%) Pharmaceutical
8 2 (0.41%) Advertising
8 2 (0.41%) Retail
9 1 (0.20%) French Language
9 1 (0.20%) Private Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (0.81%) .NET
2 3 (0.61%) .NET Framework
3 1 (0.20%) Flash
3 1 (0.20%) WinForms
3 1 (0.20%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 37 (7.51%) Blackberry
2 28 (5.68%) Analytical Skills
3 21 (4.26%) Smartphone
4 20 (4.06%) Driving Licence
5 16 (3.25%) Video Conferencing
6 13 (2.64%) iPhone
7 12 (2.43%) Client/Server
8 10 (2.03%) iPad
9 7 (1.42%) Management Information System
10 6 (1.22%) Data Centre
11 5 (1.01%) Computer Science
12 4 (0.81%) Handset
13 3 (0.61%) Digital Media
14 2 (0.41%) Fintech
14 2 (0.41%) Hedge funds
14 2 (0.41%) Smartcard
15 1 (0.20%) CMDB
15 1 (0.20%) Fat Client
15 1 (0.20%) FMCG
15 1 (0.20%) IBM Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 385 (78.09%) Windows
2 208 (42.19%) Windows 7
3 123 (24.95%) Windows 10
4 57 (11.56%) Windows XP
5 53 (10.75%) Windows Server
6 52 (10.55%) Windows 8
7 37 (7.51%) Android
8 32 (6.49%) Apple iOS
9 29 (5.88%) Windows Server 2012
10 27 (5.48%) Windows Server 2008
11 22 (4.46%) Mac OS
12 16 (3.25%) Windows Server 2003
13 14 (2.84%) Mac OS X
14 10 (2.03%) Linux
15 9 (1.83%) Windows Vista
16 5 (1.01%) Ubuntu
16 5 (1.01%) Windows Mobile
17 4 (0.81%) Windows Phone
18 2 (0.41%) Unix
19 1 (0.20%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 86 (17.44%) ITIL
2 76 (15.42%) Migration
3 56 (11.36%) Time Management
4 25 (5.07%) Data Migration
5 24 (4.87%) Break/Fix
6 18 (3.65%) Mobile Device Management
6 18 (3.65%) Service Delivery
7 16 (3.25%) Application Packaging
7 16 (3.25%) Service Management
8 12 (2.43%) Asset Management
9 11 (2.23%) Information Security
10 10 (2.03%) Project Management
11 8 (1.62%) Root Cause Analysis
12 7 (1.42%) Change Management
12 7 (1.42%) Data Protection
12 7 (1.42%) Problem Management
13 6 (1.22%) Configuration Management
13 6 (1.22%) Operational Acceptance Testing
13 6 (1.22%) PRINCE
13 6 (1.22%) Software Distribution
Programming Languages
1 12 (2.43%) PowerShell
1 12 (2.43%) SQL
2 7 (1.42%) C
3 4 (0.81%) C++
3 4 (0.81%) Java
4 3 (0.61%) JavaScript
4 3 (0.61%) T-SQL
4 3 (0.61%) VBScript
5 2 (0.41%) Python
5 2 (0.41%) VB
6 1 (0.20%) C#
6 1 (0.20%) Korn
6 1 (0.20%) Pascal
6 1 (0.20%) Perl
6 1 (0.20%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 49 (9.94%) Security Cleared
2 45 (9.13%) Microsoft Certification
3 37 (7.51%) SC Cleared
4 25 (5.07%) MCSE
5 16 (3.25%) MCP
5 16 (3.25%) MCSA
6 15 (3.04%) Degree
7 12 (2.43%) DBS Check
8 11 (2.23%) A+ Certification
8 11 (2.23%) MCDST
9 9 (1.83%) MCITP
10 6 (1.22%) Network+ Certification
11 5 (1.01%) Computer Science Degree
11 5 (1.01%) ITIL Certification
11 5 (1.01%) MCTS
12 4 (0.81%) ACDT
12 4 (0.81%) ACHDS
12 4 (0.81%) ACTC
12 4 (0.81%) BPSS Clearance
12 4 (0.81%) MCSM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (6.29%) SLA
2 6 (1.22%) QA
3 4 (0.81%) ISO 9001
3 4 (0.81%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.61%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 1 (0.20%) PMO
5 1 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 220 (44.62%) Active Directory
2 27 (5.48%) Microsoft App-V
3 22 (4.46%) VMware Infrastructure
4 14 (2.84%) Hyper-V
5 12 (2.43%) Virtual Desktop
6 11 (2.23%) XenApp
7 9 (1.83%) XenDesktop
8 5 (1.01%) XenServer
9 4 (0.81%) Virtual Machines
9 4 (0.81%) Virtual Servers
9 4 (0.81%) vSphere
10 3 (0.61%) BitLocker
11 2 (0.41%) Firmware
12 1 (0.20%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 115 (23.33%) SCCM
2 8 (1.62%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 7 (1.42%) SCOM
4 5 (1.01%) AirWatch
5 4 (0.81%) WSUS
6 2 (0.41%) Norton AntiVirus
6 2 (0.41%) Packer
6 2 (0.41%) Puppet
6 2 (0.41%) SafeCom
7 1 (0.20%) HP SIM
7 1 (0.20%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 1 (0.20%) Microsoft Intune
7 1 (0.20%) SCVMM
7 1 (0.20%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 178 (36.11%) Microsoft
2 66 (13.39%) Citrix
3 51 (10.34%) VMware
4 47 (9.53%) Apple
5 33 (6.69%) HP
6 23 (4.67%) Dell
7 22 (4.46%) Cisco
8 13 (2.64%) Bloomberg
9 9 (1.83%) FactSet
10 8 (1.62%) AppSense
11 7 (1.42%) Google
11 7 (1.42%) LANDesk
11 7 (1.42%) Lotus
11 7 (1.42%) Remedy
11 7 (1.42%) ServiceNow
11 7 (1.42%) Symantec
12 6 (1.22%) Altiris
12 6 (1.22%) Oracle
12 6 (1.22%) Wyse
13 5 (1.01%) Compaq