The median contractor rate for a Desktop Engineer was £151 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 27 June 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
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 381 385 336
Rank change year-on-year +4 -49  
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Engineer 238 291 354
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.51% 0.54% 0.64%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.53% 0.57% 0.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 115 131 135
Median daily rate £151 £150 £163
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.33% -7.69%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £116 £110 £105
10% offered a daily rate of more than £258 £290 £305
UK excluding London median daily rate £150 £150 £145
% change year-on-year - +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 81 61 134
Median hourly rate £14.20 £15.00 £15.77
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.33% -4.88%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.89 £12.25 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.50 £22.00 £20.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.00 £14.25 £15.50
% change year-on-year -1.75% -8.06%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. 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
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 44656 51218 52310
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.78% 94.87% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 28833 33387 32903
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £568
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1389 1533 1989
Median hourly rate £18.10 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.42% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.44 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.14
% change year-on-year - +8.42%  

Desktop Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Desktop Engineer in the job title.

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 3 months to 27 June 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 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Desktop Engineer in the UK

Desktop Engineer
Top 30 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 3 months to 27 June 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
England -15 213 £150 -3.22% 37
London -18 63 £173 +7.96% 18
South East +4 46 £150 -1.63% 5
East of England +6 36 £120 +4.34% 3
South West +1 20 £145 -21.08% 5
Hampshire +19 19 £193 +59.75%
Scotland +46 15 £151 -
East Midlands +2 15 £126 -27.85% 2
Cambridgeshire +6 12 £180 +77.77% 1
North West +17 11 £225 +36.98% 1
Berkshire +21 10 £150 +17.64%
Gloucestershire +14 10 £140 -
West Midlands +15 9 £145 +1.75% 1
Hertfordshire -1 9 £130 +18.18% 2
City of London -8 9 £263 +16.66% 5
Yorkshire +32 7 - - 2
Cambridge +6 7 £190 +61.70%
Oxfordshire -7 7 £126 -6.48% 1
Aberdeen - 7 £151 -
North East +50 6 £172 -36.88%
Cheltenham +8 6 - -
Southampton +8 6 £145 -
Norfolk -1 6 £110 +2.80%
Newcastle upon Tyne +52 5 £172 -36.88%
Tyne and Wear +51 5 £172 -36.88%
West Yorkshire +18 5 - - 2
Reading +16 5 £150 +30.43%
Manchester +13 5 - - 1
Watford 0 5 £130 +18.18%
Wales -14 5 £225 +100.00% 1

Desktop Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 June 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.

1 324 (73.80%) Windows
2 194 (44.19%) Windows 7
3 182 (41.46%) Active Directory
4 147 (33.49%) Microsoft
5 103 (23.46%) Microsoft Office
6 86 (19.59%) Migration
7 82 (18.68%) SCCM
8 77 (17.54%) Windows 10
9 68 (15.49%) ITIL
10 59 (13.44%) Windows XP
11 51 (11.62%) Security Cleared
12 49 (11.16%) Office 365
13 48 (10.93%) Citrix
14 47 (10.71%) Time Management
14 47 (10.71%) Windows Server
15 43 (9.79%) Windows 8
16 41 (9.34%) SC Cleared
17 39 (8.88%) VMware
18 35 (7.97%) Apple
19 34 (7.74%) MS Exchange
20 33 (7.52%) LAN
20 33 (7.52%) Data Migration
21 32 (7.29%) Microsoft Certification
22 28 (6.38%) Smartphone
22 28 (6.38%) DNS
22 28 (6.38%) Windows Server 2008
23 27 (6.15%) DHCP
23 27 (6.15%) Blackberry
24 26 (5.92%) HP
24 26 (5.92%) Finance

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 34 (7.74%) MS Exchange
2 11 (2.51%) Exchange Server 2007
2 11 (2.51%) Exchange Server 2010
3 9 (2.05%) IBM Notes
4 7 (1.59%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 7 (1.59%) SharePoint
4 7 (1.59%) Skype for Business
5 6 (1.37%) Exchange Server 2013
6 4 (0.91%) IIS
7 2 (0.46%) CMS
7 2 (0.46%) GroupWise
7 2 (0.46%) SharePoint 2010
8 1 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (0.23%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 103 (23.46%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (1.14%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.91%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.46%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.23%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 7 (1.59%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.46%) Eikon
2 2 (0.46%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 49 (11.16%) Office 365
2 7 (1.59%) OneDrive
3 3 (0.68%) G Suite
4 2 (0.46%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 33 (7.52%) LAN
2 28 (6.38%) DNS
3 27 (6.15%) DHCP
4 20 (4.56%) TCP/IP
5 16 (3.64%) Internet
5 16 (3.64%) WAN
6 15 (3.42%) VPN
7 14 (3.19%) Firewall
8 12 (2.73%) VoIP
9 10 (2.28%) Wireless
10 7 (1.59%) Skype
11 5 (1.14%) 3G
11 5 (1.14%) Remote Desktop
12 4 (0.91%) WLAN
13 3 (0.68%) Ethernet
13 3 (0.68%) IP Telephony
13 3 (0.68%) SMTP
13 3 (0.68%) VLAN
13 3 (0.68%) Wi-Fi
14 2 (0.46%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (0.46%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 3 (0.68%) MSI
2 1 (0.23%) AdminStudio
General
1 26 (5.92%) Finance
2 13 (2.96%) Banking
3 7 (1.59%) Telecoms
4 5 (1.14%) Local Government
4 5 (1.14%) Retail
5 4 (0.91%) Back Office
5 4 (0.91%) Investment Banking
6 3 (0.68%) Electronics
6 3 (0.68%) Front Office
6 3 (0.68%) Legal
6 3 (0.68%) Manufacturing
7 2 (0.46%) Marketing
7 2 (0.46%) Pharmaceutical
7 2 (0.46%) Publishing
8 1 (0.23%) Advertising
8 1 (0.23%) French Language
8 1 (0.23%) Law
8 1 (0.23%) Private Banking
8 1 (0.23%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (0.46%) WPF
2 1 (0.23%) .NET
2 1 (0.23%) Flash
2 1 (0.23%) WinForms
2 1 (0.23%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 28 (6.38%) Smartphone
2 27 (6.15%) Blackberry
3 25 (5.69%) Analytical Skills
4 13 (2.96%) Driving Licence
5 9 (2.05%) iPhone
5 9 (2.05%) Video Conferencing
6 8 (1.82%) iPad
7 5 (1.14%) Client/Server
7 5 (1.14%) Handset
8 4 (0.91%) Fat Client
8 4 (0.91%) Thin Client
9 3 (0.68%) Mainframe
9 3 (0.68%) Management Information System
10 2 (0.46%) BYOD
10 2 (0.46%) Data Centre
10 2 (0.46%) Digital Media
11 1 (0.23%) Enterprise Software
11 1 (0.23%) EPoS
11 1 (0.23%) NHS
11 1 (0.23%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 324 (73.80%) Windows
2 194 (44.19%) Windows 7
3 77 (17.54%) Windows 10
4 59 (13.44%) Windows XP
5 47 (10.71%) Windows Server
6 43 (9.79%) Windows 8
7 28 (6.38%) Windows Server 2008
8 24 (5.47%) Apple iOS
9 23 (5.24%) Windows Server 2012
10 20 (4.56%) Android
11 14 (3.19%) Windows Server 2003
12 11 (2.51%) Mac OS X
13 9 (2.05%) Mac OS
14 6 (1.37%) Linux
15 4 (0.91%) Windows Mobile
16 3 (0.68%) Ubuntu
16 3 (0.68%) Windows Vista
17 2 (0.46%) Unix
17 2 (0.46%) Windows Phone
18 1 (0.23%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 86 (19.59%) Migration
2 68 (15.49%) ITIL
3 47 (10.71%) Time Management
4 33 (7.52%) Data Migration
5 17 (3.87%) Break/Fix
5 17 (3.87%) Service Delivery
6 12 (2.73%) Application Packaging
6 12 (2.73%) Mobile Device Management
7 11 (2.51%) Asset Management
8 10 (2.28%) Service Management
9 9 (2.05%) ITIL V3
9 9 (2.05%) Software Distribution
10 6 (1.37%) Data Protection
10 6 (1.37%) Project Management
11 5 (1.14%) Configuration Management
11 5 (1.14%) Patch Management
12 4 (0.91%) Coaching
12 4 (0.91%) Data Security
12 4 (0.91%) Hardware Maintenance
12 4 (0.91%) Line Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (2.05%) SQL
2 7 (1.59%) PowerShell
3 5 (1.14%) C
4 2 (0.46%) C#
4 2 (0.46%) VBScript
5 1 (0.23%) Java
5 1 (0.23%) Korn
5 1 (0.23%) Perl
5 1 (0.23%) VB
5 1 (0.23%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 51 (11.62%) Security Cleared
2 41 (9.34%) SC Cleared
3 32 (7.29%) Microsoft Certification
4 15 (3.42%) MCSE
5 12 (2.73%) DBS Check
6 11 (2.51%) MCP
7 9 (2.05%) MCSA
8 7 (1.59%) Degree
8 7 (1.59%) MCDST
9 6 (1.37%) A+ Certification
10 5 (1.14%) DV Cleared
10 5 (1.14%) MCTS
11 4 (0.91%) ITIL Certification
11 4 (0.91%) MCITP
12 3 (0.68%) BPSS Clearance
12 3 (0.68%) Network+ Certification
13 2 (0.46%) BC Cleared
13 2 (0.46%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 1 (0.23%) CCENT
14 1 (0.23%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (5.47%) SLA
2 4 (0.91%) QA
3 2 (0.46%) PMO
4 1 (0.23%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 1 (0.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 182 (41.46%) Active Directory
2 19 (4.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (2.28%) Microsoft App-V
4 9 (2.05%) Hyper-V
5 6 (1.37%) XenApp
6 4 (0.91%) Virtual Desktop
6 4 (0.91%) Virtual Machines
7 3 (0.68%) Firmware
7 3 (0.68%) VMware ESXi
7 3 (0.68%) vSphere
7 3 (0.68%) XenDesktop
8 2 (0.46%) BitLocker
8 2 (0.46%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.23%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 1 (0.23%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.23%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 82 (18.68%) SCCM
2 6 (1.37%) WSUS
3 4 (0.91%) SCOM
4 2 (0.46%) AirWatch
4 2 (0.46%) Norton AntiVirus
4 2 (0.46%) SafeCom
5 1 (0.23%) Cisco CUCM
5 1 (0.23%) Microsoft Intune
5 1 (0.23%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 1 (0.23%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 147 (33.49%) Microsoft
2 48 (10.93%) Citrix
3 39 (8.88%) VMware
4 35 (7.97%) Apple
5 26 (5.92%) HP
6 18 (4.10%) Dell
7 15 (3.42%) Remedy
8 14 (3.19%) Cisco
9 9 (2.05%) Lotus
10 8 (1.82%) ServiceNow
11 6 (1.37%) BMC
11 6 (1.37%) Google
11 6 (1.37%) Sophos
11 6 (1.37%) Symantec
12 4 (0.91%) Altiris
12 4 (0.91%) Avaya
12 4 (0.91%) Bloomberg
12 4 (0.91%) LANDesk
12 4 (0.91%) McAfee
12 4 (0.91%) Nortel
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