Period
to 17 October 2018

The median contractor rate for a Desktop Engineer was £173 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 October 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 Engineer
UK
6 months to
17 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 326 402 433
Rank change year-on-year +76 +31 -64
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Engineer 818 576 564
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.79% 0.58% 0.53%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.84% 0.61% 0.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 413 318 258
UK median daily rate £173 £163 £155
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.15% +4.84% -3.13%
10th Percentile £115 £107 £106
90th Percentile £338 £312 £299
UK excluding London median daily rate £150 £165 £150
% change year-on-year -9.09% +10.00% +1.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 250 137 136
UK median hourly rate £15.86 £14.50 £14.78
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.38% -1.91% -1.45%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.94 £11.13
90th Percentile £20.19 £20.60 £20.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £14.50 £14.00
% change year-on-year +9.38% +3.57% -6.67%

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 97,753 94,238 101,154
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.75% 94.91% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 64,239 61,828 65,933
UK median daily rate £450 £440 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +6.25%
10th Percentile £268 £263 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.75% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,144 2,822 3,284
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.74% +1.08% +2.89%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year -2.78% - +2.86%

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 17 October 2018.

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 17 October 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Desktop Engineer in the UK

Desktop Engineer
Top 17 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 17 October 2018. 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 +65 722 £175 +6.06% 61
UK excluding London +41 503 £150 -9.09% 34
London +76 288 £190 +20.63% 28
South East +25 125 £163 -8.45% 9
South West +20 94 £145 -9.38% 9
North of England -16 77 £138 -23.61% 6
East of England +7 76 £163 +35.42% 6
Midlands -18 61 £170 -2.86% 3
Scotland +3 49 £140 -6.98% 1
North West -15 37 £124 -31.25% 4
Yorkshire +3 33 £155 -6.06% 2
East Midlands +4 31 £158 -12.50% 1
West Midlands -14 31 £180 +2.86% 2
Wales -14 12 £234 +26.35%
North East -7 7 £100 -63.30%
Northern Ireland - 7 £120 -
Channel Islands - 3 £168 -

Desktop Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 October 2018, Desktop Engineer 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 featuring Desktop Engineer in the job title.

1 636 (77.75%) Windows
2 366 (44.74%) Windows 10
3 348 (42.54%) Active Directory
4 297 (36.31%) Windows 7
5 262 (32.03%) Microsoft
6 185 (22.62%) SCCM
7 175 (21.39%) Office 365
8 152 (18.58%) Microsoft Office
9 125 (15.28%) Migration
10 110 (13.45%) ITIL
11 103 (12.59%) Finance
12 101 (12.35%) Windows XP
13 96 (11.74%) Apple
14 94 (11.49%) Security Cleared
15 92 (11.25%) Citrix
16 90 (11.00%) Windows Server
17 84 (10.27%) Break/Fix
18 83 (10.15%) Time Management
19 76 (9.29%) VMware
20 67 (8.19%) SC Cleared
21 65 (7.95%) Windows 8
22 59 (7.21%) SLA
23 58 (7.09%) VMware Infrastructure
24 56 (6.85%) PowerShell
24 56 (6.85%) HP
25 55 (6.72%) Apple iOS
26 51 (6.23%) LAN
26 51 (6.23%) Problem-Solving
27 49 (5.99%) DNS
28 48 (5.87%) WAN

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 38 (4.65%) MS Exchange
2 18 (2.20%) Skype for Business
3 10 (1.22%) SharePoint
4 9 (1.10%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 9 (1.10%) IBM Notes
5 6 (0.73%) Exchange Server 2010
6 3 (0.37%) Apache
6 3 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (0.24%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.12%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (0.12%) GroupWise
8 1 (0.12%) IIS
8 1 (0.12%) SharePoint 2010
8 1 (0.12%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 152 (18.58%) Microsoft Office
2 21 (2.57%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (0.86%) MS Visio
4 6 (0.73%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.37%) Mozilla Thunderbird
6 1 (0.12%) CATIA
6 1 (0.12%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (0.37%) SAP GTS
2 2 (0.24%) Eikon
3 1 (0.12%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.12%) Dynamics GP
3 1 (0.12%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 175 (21.39%) Office 365
2 22 (2.69%) OneDrive
3 14 (1.71%) Microsoft Azure
4 6 (0.73%) G Suite
5 4 (0.49%) Mimecast
6 2 (0.24%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (0.24%) SaaS
7 1 (0.12%) Amazon AWS
7 1 (0.12%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.12%) IaaS
7 1 (0.12%) PaaS
7 1 (0.12%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 51 (6.23%) LAN
2 49 (5.99%) DNS
3 48 (5.87%) WAN
4 36 (4.40%) TCP/IP
5 28 (3.42%) DHCP
5 28 (3.42%) VPN
6 22 (2.69%) Firewall
6 22 (2.69%) Skype
7 21 (2.57%) Internet
8 20 (2.44%) VoIP
9 17 (2.08%) Remote Desktop
9 17 (2.08%) Wireless
10 11 (1.34%) Wi-Fi
11 9 (1.10%) Cisco IOS
11 9 (1.10%) PABX
12 8 (0.98%) IP Telephony
12 8 (0.98%) VLAN
13 6 (0.73%) Broadband
13 6 (0.73%) NetScaler
13 6 (0.73%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (0.61%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.24%) Blockchain
3 1 (0.12%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (0.12%) Big Data
3 1 (0.12%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 8 (0.98%) InstallShield
2 7 (0.86%) WinDbg
3 4 (0.49%) JIRA
3 4 (0.49%) MSI
4 3 (0.37%) Git (software)
4 3 (0.37%) Hudson
4 3 (0.37%) Subversion
5 2 (0.24%) AdminStudio
5 2 (0.24%) Visual Studio
General
1 103 (12.59%) Finance
2 26 (3.18%) Telecoms
3 24 (2.93%) Manufacturing
4 22 (2.69%) Marketing
5 20 (2.44%) Electronics
6 19 (2.32%) Retail
7 16 (1.96%) Banking
7 16 (1.96%) Games
8 9 (1.10%) Financial Institution
9 8 (0.98%) Publishing
10 5 (0.61%) Advertising
10 5 (0.61%) Back Office
11 4 (0.49%) Front Office
12 3 (0.37%) Law
12 3 (0.37%) Pharmaceutical
13 2 (0.24%) Automotive
13 2 (0.24%) French Language
14 1 (0.12%) Billing
14 1 (0.12%) German Language
14 1 (0.12%) Multimedia
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (1.10%) Software Packaging
1 9 (1.10%) WPF
2 3 (0.37%) LDAP
3 2 (0.24%) .NET
3 2 (0.24%) Web Services
4 1 (0.12%) COM
4 1 (0.12%) Middleware
4 1 (0.12%) Node.js
4 1 (0.12%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 42 (5.13%) Analytical Skills
2 30 (3.67%) Smartphone
3 28 (3.42%) Blackberry
4 24 (2.93%) NHS
5 23 (2.81%) iPhone
5 23 (2.81%) Video Conferencing
6 18 (2.20%) User Experience
7 17 (2.08%) Self-Motivation
8 16 (1.96%) Fat Client
8 16 (1.96%) Thin Client
9 14 (1.71%) iPad
10 10 (1.22%) Computer Science
11 9 (1.10%) Driving Licence
12 6 (0.73%) AS400
12 6 (0.73%) Data Centre
12 6 (0.73%) Management Information System
13 5 (0.61%) iSeries
13 5 (0.61%) Mobile App
14 3 (0.37%) Replication
15 2 (0.24%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 636 (77.75%) Windows
2 366 (44.74%) Windows 10
3 297 (36.31%) Windows 7
4 101 (12.35%) Windows XP
5 90 (11.00%) Windows Server
6 65 (7.95%) Windows 8
7 55 (6.72%) Apple iOS
8 45 (5.50%) Mac OS X
9 43 (5.26%) Windows Server 2008
10 42 (5.13%) Android
11 37 (4.52%) Mac OS
12 26 (3.18%) Linux
13 23 (2.81%) Windows Server 2012
14 7 (0.86%) Mac OS X Server
14 7 (0.86%) Windows Server 2003
15 5 (0.61%) Unix
15 5 (0.61%) Windows 2000
16 4 (0.49%) Windows Vista
17 3 (0.37%) CentOS
17 3 (0.37%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 125 (15.28%) Migration
2 110 (13.45%) ITIL
3 84 (10.27%) Break/Fix
4 83 (10.15%) Time Management
5 51 (6.23%) Problem-Solving
6 41 (5.01%) Service Management
7 32 (3.91%) Asset Management
8 21 (2.57%) Digital Marketing
8 21 (2.57%) Root Cause Analysis
8 21 (2.57%) Software Deployment
9 20 (2.44%) Business Intelligence
9 20 (2.44%) ITSM
9 20 (2.44%) Programme Management
10 19 (2.32%) Agile Software Development
11 18 (2.20%) Change Management
12 16 (1.96%) Mobile Device Management
13 14 (1.71%) Application Packaging
13 14 (1.71%) Proactive Monitoring
14 13 (1.59%) Incident Management
15 12 (1.47%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 56 (6.85%) PowerShell
2 27 (3.30%) SQL
3 9 (1.10%) C#
4 8 (0.98%) C++
5 7 (0.86%) C
6 4 (0.49%) Bash Shell
6 4 (0.49%) VBScript
7 2 (0.24%) VBA
8 1 (0.12%) Java
8 1 (0.12%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.12%) Python
8 1 (0.12%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.12%) VB
Qualifications
1 94 (11.49%) Security Cleared
2 67 (8.19%) SC Cleared
3 41 (5.01%) Microsoft Certification
4 16 (1.96%) MCSE
5 12 (1.47%) MCITP
6 11 (1.34%) MCP
7 7 (0.86%) DBS Check
7 7 (0.86%) DV Cleared
8 6 (0.73%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 6 (0.73%) MCDST
9 5 (0.61%) ACSP
9 5 (0.61%) ACTC
9 5 (0.61%) MCTS
10 4 (0.49%) Cisco Certification
10 4 (0.49%) MCSA
11 3 (0.37%) A+ Certification
11 3 (0.37%) CCNA
11 3 (0.37%) Degree
12 2 (0.24%) BPSS Clearance
12 2 (0.24%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 59 (7.21%) SLA
2 3 (0.37%) GDPR
2 3 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (0.37%) PMO
3 2 (0.24%) GxP
4 1 (0.12%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 348 (42.54%) Active Directory
2 58 (7.09%) VMware Infrastructure
3 42 (5.13%) Microsoft App-V
4 33 (4.03%) Virtual Desktop
5 24 (2.93%) XenDesktop
6 22 (2.69%) BitLocker
7 18 (2.20%) Hyper-V
8 14 (1.71%) XenApp
9 10 (1.22%) vSphere
10 5 (0.61%) VMware NSX
11 4 (0.49%) Terminal Services
12 3 (0.37%) Samba
12 3 (0.37%) VMware ESXi
13 2 (0.24%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 2 (0.24%) Virtual Servers
14 1 (0.12%) VMware Server
14 1 (0.12%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 185 (22.62%) SCCM
2 20 (2.44%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 9 (1.10%) NetBackup
3 9 (1.10%) WSUS
4 7 (0.86%) Perfmon
5 5 (0.61%) vMotion
5 5 (0.61%) vRealize
6 4 (0.49%) AirWatch
6 4 (0.49%) Microsoft Intune
7 3 (0.37%) Aspera SmartTrack
7 3 (0.37%) Cisco CUCM
7 3 (0.37%) Jamf Pro
7 3 (0.37%) SCOM
7 3 (0.37%) ZENworks
8 2 (0.24%) McAfee ePO
8 2 (0.24%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 1 (0.12%) Opscode Chef
9 1 (0.12%) Opsview
9 1 (0.12%) Puppet
9 1 (0.12%) systemd
Vendors
1 262 (32.03%) Microsoft
2 96 (11.74%) Apple
3 92 (11.25%) Citrix
4 76 (9.29%) VMware
5 56 (6.85%) HP
6 39 (4.77%) Cisco
7 29 (3.55%) Ivanti
8 28 (3.42%) SAP
9 27 (3.30%) ServiceNow
10 18 (2.20%) Adobe
10 18 (2.20%) Bloomberg
11 17 (2.08%) Dell
12 14 (1.71%) Remedy
13 13 (1.59%) Wyse
14 12 (1.47%) Altiris
14 12 (1.47%) Google
14 12 (1.47%) Reuters
15 11 (1.34%) Sophos
15 11 (1.34%) Sun
16 10 (1.22%) Xerox