Period
to 21 January 2019

The median contractor rate for a Desktop Engineer was £163 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 January 2019.

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
21 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 322 362 422
Rank change year-on-year +40 +60 -16
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Engineer 790 677 514
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.80% 0.69% 0.54%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.84% 0.72% 0.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 436 368 225
UK median daily rate £163 £165 £160
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.21% +3.13% -
10th Percentile £111 £108 £108
90th Percentile £338 £311 £289
UK excluding London median daily rate £150 £165 £150
% change year-on-year -9.09% +10.00% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 206 156 140
UK median hourly rate £15.80 £15.86 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.38% +5.73% +3.45%
10th Percentile £11.17 £12.88 £11.50
90th Percentile £21.00 £20.26 £22.53
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.19 £15.86 £14.78
% change year-on-year -4.22% +7.29% +7.70%

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 93,557 93,702 91,089
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.67% 94.89% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 61,855 62,239 59,469
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £269 £260 £253
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,858 2,759 3,218
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.08% +2.78% -5.26%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.83 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

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 21 January 2019.

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 21 January 2019.

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 21 January 2019. 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 +23 704 £165 - 34
UK excluding London +6 488 £150 -9.09% 22
London +42 281 £183 +12.31% 16
South East +25 135 £165 +6.45% 4
South West +8 103 £133 -17.35% 4
North of England -33 90 £140 -22.22% 2
Scotland +23 54 £132 -12.04% 2
Midlands -5 50 £200 +11.11% 4
East of England 0 44 £186 +33.04% 4
North West -11 44 £125 -30.56% 1
Yorkshire -17 31 £163 +18.18% 1
West Midlands -22 30 £200 +14.29% 2
East Midlands +7 20 £163 -9.72% 2
North East -3 15 £158 -45.69%
Wales -23 10 £138 -21.43% 2
Northern Ireland - 2 - -
Channel Islands - 1 - -

Desktop Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 January 2019, 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.

1 621 (78.61%) Windows
2 347 (43.92%) Windows 10
3 337 (42.66%) Active Directory
4 330 (41.77%) Windows 7
5 237 (30.00%) Microsoft
6 193 (24.43%) Office 365
7 172 (21.77%) SCCM
8 163 (20.63%) Microsoft Office
9 122 (15.44%) Migration
10 109 (13.80%) ITIL
11 99 (12.53%) Citrix
12 92 (11.65%) Finance
13 89 (11.27%) Windows Server
14 87 (11.01%) VMware
14 87 (11.01%) Windows XP
15 84 (10.63%) Windows 8
16 79 (10.00%) Apple
17 69 (8.73%) HP
18 67 (8.48%) Break/Fix
19 66 (8.35%) VMware Infrastructure
20 65 (8.23%) PowerShell
20 65 (8.23%) Security Cleared
21 61 (7.72%) Time Management
22 59 (7.47%) LAN
23 58 (7.34%) SLA
24 57 (7.22%) Microsoft Certification
25 52 (6.58%) WAN
26 50 (6.33%) Mac OS X
27 49 (6.20%) TCP/IP
27 49 (6.20%) 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 30 (3.80%) MS Exchange
2 25 (3.16%) Skype for Business
3 14 (1.77%) SharePoint
4 5 (0.63%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 5 (0.63%) IBM Notes
5 4 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2007
5 4 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2010
5 4 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2013
6 3 (0.38%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (0.13%) Apache
7 1 (0.13%) SharePoint 2010
7 1 (0.13%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 163 (20.63%) Microsoft Office
2 15 (1.90%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (0.76%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (0.63%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.25%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.25%) Shockwave
6 1 (0.13%) CATIA
6 1 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (0.38%) Eikon
1 3 (0.38%) SAP GTS
2 1 (0.13%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.13%) Dynamics GP
2 1 (0.13%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 193 (24.43%) Office 365
2 17 (2.15%) Microsoft Azure
3 16 (2.03%) OneDrive
4 5 (0.63%) G Suite
5 2 (0.25%) Mimecast
6 1 (0.13%) Amazon AWS
6 1 (0.13%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (0.13%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.13%) SaaS
6 1 (0.13%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 59 (7.47%) LAN
2 52 (6.58%) WAN
3 49 (6.20%) TCP/IP
4 45 (5.70%) DNS
5 37 (4.68%) VPN
6 31 (3.92%) Remote Desktop
7 29 (3.67%) Skype
8 25 (3.16%) DHCP
8 25 (3.16%) Wireless
9 20 (2.53%) Internet
10 16 (2.03%) Firewall
11 12 (1.52%) VoIP
12 9 (1.14%) PABX
13 7 (0.89%) Intranet
13 7 (0.89%) WebEx
13 7 (0.89%) Wi-Fi
14 6 (0.76%) IP Telephony
14 6 (0.76%) VLAN
14 6 (0.76%) WLAN
15 5 (0.63%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (0.51%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.25%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (0.25%) MySQL
3 1 (0.13%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 7 (0.89%) MSI
2 5 (0.63%) JIRA
2 5 (0.63%) WinDbg
3 2 (0.25%) Hudson
3 2 (0.25%) InstallShield
3 2 (0.25%) Visual Studio
General
1 92 (11.65%) Finance
2 31 (3.92%) Telecoms
3 23 (2.91%) Marketing
4 18 (2.28%) Banking
5 17 (2.15%) Electronics
5 17 (2.15%) Manufacturing
6 14 (1.77%) Retail
7 13 (1.65%) Games
8 9 (1.14%) Financial Institution
9 8 (1.01%) Publishing
10 5 (0.63%) Back Office
10 5 (0.63%) Front Office
11 4 (0.51%) Advertising
12 3 (0.38%) Automotive
12 3 (0.38%) Law
13 2 (0.25%) French Language
13 2 (0.25%) Investment Banking
13 2 (0.25%) Legal
14 1 (0.13%) Local Government
14 1 (0.13%) Portuguese Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (0.89%) Software Packaging
2 5 (0.63%) LDAP
2 5 (0.63%) WPF
3 4 (0.51%) .NET
4 2 (0.25%) .NET Framework
4 2 (0.25%) ASP.NET
4 2 (0.25%) Classic ASP
4 2 (0.25%) Flash
4 2 (0.25%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 38 (4.81%) Analytical Skills
2 35 (4.43%) Smartphone
3 30 (3.80%) Blackberry
4 27 (3.42%) Video Conferencing
5 24 (3.04%) iPhone
6 22 (2.78%) NHS
7 18 (2.28%) Data Centre
7 18 (2.28%) Driving Licence
7 18 (2.28%) Fat Client
7 18 (2.28%) iPad
7 18 (2.28%) Thin Client
8 13 (1.65%) User Experience
9 10 (1.27%) Mobile App
10 8 (1.01%) Self-Motivation
11 7 (0.89%) Handset
12 5 (0.63%) Management Information System
12 5 (0.63%) Smartcard
12 5 (0.63%) Virtual Team
13 4 (0.51%) Client/Server
13 4 (0.51%) Raspberry Pi
Operating Systems
1 621 (78.61%) Windows
2 347 (43.92%) Windows 10
3 330 (41.77%) Windows 7
4 89 (11.27%) Windows Server
5 87 (11.01%) Windows XP
6 84 (10.63%) Windows 8
7 50 (6.33%) Mac OS X
8 49 (6.20%) Apple iOS
9 42 (5.32%) Android
10 38 (4.81%) Linux
11 35 (4.43%) Windows Server 2008
12 33 (4.18%) Mac OS
13 26 (3.29%) Windows Server 2012
14 11 (1.39%) Unix
15 10 (1.27%) Windows Server 2003
16 6 (0.76%) Mac OS X Server
17 5 (0.63%) Ubuntu
18 4 (0.51%) Windows Vista
19 3 (0.38%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
20 2 (0.25%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 122 (15.44%) Migration
2 109 (13.80%) ITIL
3 67 (8.48%) Break/Fix
4 61 (7.72%) Time Management
5 48 (6.08%) Problem-Solving
6 47 (5.95%) Service Management
7 33 (4.18%) Asset Management
7 33 (4.18%) ITSM
8 28 (3.54%) Root Cause Analysis
9 22 (2.78%) Change Management
10 20 (2.53%) Service Delivery
11 19 (2.41%) Business Intelligence
12 17 (2.15%) Digital Marketing
12 17 (2.15%) Programme Management
13 14 (1.77%) Application Packaging
13 14 (1.77%) Mobile Device Management
14 13 (1.65%) Software Deployment
15 12 (1.52%) Configuration Management
15 12 (1.52%) Desktop Virtualisation
15 12 (1.52%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 65 (8.23%) PowerShell
2 17 (2.15%) SQL
3 7 (0.89%) Shell Script
4 5 (0.63%) C#
5 4 (0.51%) Bash Shell
5 4 (0.51%) JavaScript
5 4 (0.51%) Python
5 4 (0.51%) VBA
6 3 (0.38%) C
6 3 (0.38%) C++
6 3 (0.38%) Perl
6 3 (0.38%) VBScript
7 1 (0.13%) Java
7 1 (0.13%) VB
Qualifications
1 65 (8.23%) Security Cleared
2 57 (7.22%) Microsoft Certification
3 47 (5.95%) SC Cleared
4 24 (3.04%) MCSE
5 18 (2.28%) MCP
6 16 (2.03%) MCSA
7 14 (1.77%) A+ Certification
8 10 (1.27%) MCITP
9 9 (1.14%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 9 (1.14%) MCDST
10 7 (0.89%) ACTC
10 7 (0.89%) DV Cleared
11 6 (0.76%) ACSP
12 5 (0.63%) MOS
13 4 (0.51%) Degree
13 4 (0.51%) ITIL Certification
14 3 (0.38%) CCNA
14 3 (0.38%) Cisco Certification
14 3 (0.38%) MCTS
14 3 (0.38%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 58 (7.34%) SLA
2 7 (0.89%) PMO
3 1 (0.13%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 337 (42.66%) Active Directory
2 66 (8.35%) VMware Infrastructure
3 27 (3.42%) XenDesktop
4 26 (3.29%) Microsoft App-V
5 24 (3.04%) Virtual Desktop
6 19 (2.41%) BitLocker
7 9 (1.14%) XenApp
8 8 (1.01%) vSphere
9 7 (0.89%) Hyper-V
10 3 (0.38%) Terminal Services
10 3 (0.38%) Virtual Servers
10 3 (0.38%) VMware ESXi
10 3 (0.38%) VMware NSX
10 3 (0.38%) VMware Workstation
11 2 (0.25%) XenServer
12 1 (0.13%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 1 (0.13%) VirtualBox
12 1 (0.13%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 172 (21.77%) SCCM
2 13 (1.65%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 7 (0.89%) AirWatch
4 5 (0.63%) NetBackup
4 5 (0.63%) Perfmon
5 4 (0.51%) Jamf Pro
5 4 (0.51%) Opscode Chef
5 4 (0.51%) Puppet
5 4 (0.51%) systemd
5 4 (0.51%) ZENworks
6 3 (0.38%) Aspera SmartTrack
6 3 (0.38%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 3 (0.38%) vMotion
6 3 (0.38%) vRealize
7 2 (0.25%) McAfee ePO
7 2 (0.25%) Microsoft Intune
7 2 (0.25%) SCOM
7 2 (0.25%) WSUS
8 1 (0.13%) Backup Exec
8 1 (0.13%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 237 (30.00%) Microsoft
2 99 (12.53%) Citrix
3 87 (11.01%) VMware
4 79 (10.00%) Apple
5 69 (8.73%) HP
6 32 (4.05%) Cisco
7 30 (3.80%) ServiceNow
8 24 (3.04%) Ivanti
9 23 (2.91%) SAP
10 21 (2.66%) Sun
11 20 (2.53%) Adobe
11 20 (2.53%) Remedy
12 19 (2.41%) Bloomberg
13 16 (2.03%) Dell
14 15 (1.90%) Wyse
15 13 (1.65%) Reuters
16 11 (1.39%) Altiris
16 11 (1.39%) Xerox
17 10 (1.27%) Avaya
18 7 (0.89%) McAfee