Period
to 5 August 2020

The median contractor rate for a Desktop Engineer was £150 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 5 August 2020.

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
5 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 310 291 336
Rank change year-on-year -19 +45 +119
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Engineer 254 827 777
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.71% 0.91% 0.76%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.77% 0.96% 0.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 126 469 374
Median daily rate £150 £165 £175
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.09% -5.71% +9.38%
10th Percentile £120 £114 £119
90th Percentile £238 £388 £338
UK excluding London median daily rate £143 £143 £175
% change year-on-year +0.67% -18.57% +16.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 63 199 265
Median hourly rate £18.50 £16.00 £15.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.63% +0.88% +9.38%
10th Percentile £11.17 £12.40 £11.17
90th Percentile £35.00 £24.41 £21.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.88 £15.70 £15.30
% change year-on-year +13.85% +2.61% +6.10%

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 33,172 85,960 97,440
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.15% 94.38% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 20,604 56,448 63,764
Median daily rate £475 £466 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.93% +3.56% +4.05%
10th Percentile £256 £263 £270
90th Percentile £663 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £433 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +1.76% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,374 2,916 3,106
Median hourly rate £26.00 £19.60 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +32.65% +8.89% -2.70%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £52.12 £52.50 £48.00
Median hourly rate £21.05 £18.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +13.78% +5.71% -0.46%

Desktop Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Desktop Engineer in the UK

Desktop Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Desktop Engineer.

Daily rate trend for Desktop Engineer in the UK

Desktop Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Desktop Engineer over the 6 months to 5 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Desktop Engineer in the UK

Desktop Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Desktop Engineer.

Hourly rate trend for Desktop Engineer in the UK

Desktop Engineer
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Desktop Engineer over the 6 months to 5 August 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Desktop Engineer in the UK

Desktop Engineer
Top 18 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 5 August 2020. 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 -4 219 £150 -9.09% 11
UK excluding London +35 201 £143 +0.67% 7
South East +96 51 £142 +1.37% 2
London +20 49 £175 -12.50% 4
East of England +60 33 £133 +6.00%
Midlands +74 30 £150 +8.11% 1
North of England +40 28 £194 +21.25% 1
South West +23 27 £150 - 3
West Midlands +65 26 £150 +4.35% 1
North West +48 16 £174 +20.00%
Wales +35 16 £140 -21.13%
Scotland +27 12 £131 -3.10%
Work from Home -17 10 £140 -72.00% 1
Yorkshire +34 9 £263 +45.83%
East Midlands +46 4 £114 -7.50%
North East +29 3 £165 +23.81% 1
Northern Ireland +9 3 - -
Channel Islands - 1 - -

Desktop Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 August 2020, 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.

1 189 (74.41%) Windows
2 137 (53.94%) Windows 10
3 98 (38.58%) Active Directory
4 86 (33.86%) Microsoft
5 82 (32.28%) Windows 7
6 80 (31.50%) Office 365
7 53 (20.87%) Microsoft Office
8 51 (20.08%) SCCM
9 37 (14.57%) NHS
10 32 (12.60%) Public Sector
11 25 (9.84%) Citrix
12 22 (8.66%) Problem-Solving
12 22 (8.66%) TCP/IP
12 22 (8.66%) VMware
13 21 (8.27%) LAN
13 21 (8.27%) Security Cleared
14 19 (7.48%) ITIL
14 19 (7.48%) Finance
14 19 (7.48%) Windows Server
15 18 (7.09%) Migration
16 17 (6.69%) SC Cleared
17 14 (5.51%) VMware Infrastructure
17 14 (5.51%) VPN
18 13 (5.12%) DNS
18 13 (5.12%) WAN
18 13 (5.12%) MS Exchange
18 13 (5.12%) Skype
18 13 (5.12%) Virtual Desktop
19 12 (4.72%) Break/Fix
19 12 (4.72%) Driving Licence

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 13 (5.12%) MS Exchange
2 6 (2.36%) Skype for Business
3 2 (0.79%) IBM Notes
4 1 (0.39%) Confluence
4 1 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 53 (20.87%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (3.54%) Microsoft Project
3 8 (3.15%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.39%) AutoCAD
4 1 (0.39%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (0.79%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 80 (31.50%) Office 365
2 6 (2.36%) Azure
3 5 (1.97%) IaaS
4 4 (1.57%) OneDrive
5 3 (1.18%) AWS
6 2 (0.79%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (0.79%) Azure ExpressRoute
7 1 (0.39%) G Suite
7 1 (0.39%) PaaS
7 1 (0.39%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 22 (8.66%) TCP/IP
2 21 (8.27%) LAN
3 14 (5.51%) VPN
4 13 (5.12%) DNS
4 13 (5.12%) Skype
4 13 (5.12%) WAN
5 12 (4.72%) Internet
6 10 (3.94%) Remote Desktop
7 9 (3.54%) DHCP
7 9 (3.54%) Ethernet
7 9 (3.54%) Wi-Fi
8 6 (2.36%) Firewall
8 6 (2.36%) VoIP
8 6 (2.36%) Wireless
9 5 (1.97%) SAN
10 3 (1.18%) Broadband
10 3 (1.18%) Network Security
10 3 (1.18%) VLAN
11 2 (0.79%) 3G
11 2 (0.79%) NAS
Development Applications
1 3 (1.18%) Hudson
2 1 (0.39%) Git (software)
2 1 (0.39%) Jenkins
2 1 (0.39%) JIRA
2 1 (0.39%) Maven
2 1 (0.39%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 32 (12.60%) Public Sector
2 19 (7.48%) Finance
3 12 (4.72%) Manufacturing
3 12 (4.72%) Telecoms
4 7 (2.76%) Electronics
4 7 (2.76%) Marketing
5 4 (1.57%) Banking
6 1 (0.39%) Aerospace
6 1 (0.39%) French Language
6 1 (0.39%) Front Office
6 1 (0.39%) German Language
6 1 (0.39%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.39%) Italian Language
6 1 (0.39%) Law
6 1 (0.39%) Local Government
6 1 (0.39%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.39%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (0.39%) FIX Protocol
1 1 (0.39%) LDAP
1 1 (0.39%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 37 (14.57%) NHS
2 12 (4.72%) Driving Licence
3 6 (2.36%) Fat Client
3 6 (2.36%) Thin Client
4 5 (1.97%) Analytical Skills
4 5 (1.97%) Management Information System
4 5 (1.97%) Self-Motivation
4 5 (1.97%) User Experience
4 5 (1.97%) Video Conferencing
5 4 (1.57%) Data Centre
6 3 (1.18%) Smartphone
7 2 (0.79%) Blackberry
7 2 (0.79%) BYOD
8 1 (0.39%) EMC VNX
8 1 (0.39%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.39%) Handset
8 1 (0.39%) iPhone
8 1 (0.39%) RSA SecurID
Operating Systems
1 189 (74.41%) Windows
2 137 (53.94%) Windows 10
3 82 (32.28%) Windows 7
4 19 (7.48%) Windows Server
5 12 (4.72%) Apple iOS
6 11 (4.33%) Mac OS
7 10 (3.94%) Android
8 9 (3.54%) Windows XP
9 8 (3.15%) Windows 8
10 6 (2.36%) Windows Server 2012
11 5 (1.97%) Linux
12 3 (1.18%) Windows Server 2008
12 3 (1.18%) Windows Server 2016
13 2 (0.79%) Mac OS X
13 2 (0.79%) Unix
14 1 (0.39%) CentOS
14 1 (0.39%) Debian
14 1 (0.39%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (8.66%) Problem-Solving
2 19 (7.48%) ITIL
3 18 (7.09%) Migration
4 12 (4.72%) Break/Fix
5 11 (4.33%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 11 (4.33%) Project Management
6 9 (3.54%) Network Management
6 9 (3.54%) Service Management
7 7 (2.76%) Business Intelligence
7 7 (2.76%) Digital Marketing
7 7 (2.76%) Mathematics
7 7 (2.76%) Preventative Maintenance
7 7 (2.76%) Programme Management
8 6 (2.36%) Asset Management
8 6 (2.36%) Data Management
8 6 (2.36%) ITSM
8 6 (2.36%) Mentoring
9 5 (1.97%) Application Packaging
9 5 (1.97%) IT Strategy
9 5 (1.97%) Patch Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (2.76%) C
1 7 (2.76%) PowerShell
2 1 (0.39%) Python
2 1 (0.39%) Shell Script
2 1 (0.39%) SQL
2 1 (0.39%) VB
Qualifications
1 21 (8.27%) Security Cleared
2 17 (6.69%) SC Cleared
3 9 (3.54%) ECDL
4 8 (3.15%) Microsoft Certification
5 4 (1.57%) DBS Check
5 4 (1.57%) DV Cleared
5 4 (1.57%) MCP
5 4 (1.57%) MCSA
6 3 (1.18%) Degree
6 3 (1.18%) MCSE
7 2 (0.79%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (0.79%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 1 (0.39%) A+ Certification
8 1 (0.39%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (4.72%) SLA
2 1 (0.39%) GxP
2 1 (0.39%) PMO
2 1 (0.39%) QA
2 1 (0.39%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 98 (38.58%) Active Directory
2 14 (5.51%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (5.12%) Virtual Desktop
4 6 (2.36%) XenApp
4 6 (2.36%) XenDesktop
5 4 (1.57%) vSphere
6 3 (1.18%) Terminal Services
7 2 (0.79%) BitLocker
7 2 (0.79%) Citrix Hypervisor
7 2 (0.79%) Hyper-V
7 2 (0.79%) Terminal Server
7 2 (0.79%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.39%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (0.39%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 51 (20.08%) SCCM
2 6 (2.36%) Microsoft Intune
3 4 (1.57%) WSUS
4 3 (1.18%) McAfee ePO
5 2 (0.79%) AirWatch
5 2 (0.79%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (0.39%) Backup Exec
6 1 (0.39%) HP ALM
6 1 (0.39%) Jamf Pro
6 1 (0.39%) MIMEsweeper
6 1 (0.39%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 1 (0.39%) Puppet
Vendors
1 86 (33.86%) Microsoft
2 25 (9.84%) Citrix
3 22 (8.66%) VMware
4 9 (3.54%) Apple
4 9 (3.54%) HP
4 9 (3.54%) ServiceNow
5 8 (3.15%) Cisco
6 7 (2.76%) SAP
7 6 (2.36%) Ivanti
8 5 (1.97%) Dell
9 4 (1.57%) Facebook
9 4 (1.57%) Instagram
9 4 (1.57%) Snow
9 4 (1.57%) Twitter
10 3 (1.18%) Bloomberg
10 3 (1.18%) McAfee
11 2 (0.79%) Avaya
11 2 (0.79%) Lotus
11 2 (0.79%) Progress
11 2 (0.79%) Symantec