Period
to 21 April 2018

The median contractor rate for a Desktop Engineer was £170 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 April 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
21 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 352 451 423
Rank change year-on-year +99 -28 -95
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Engineer 722 438 560
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.71% 0.48% 0.52%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.75% 0.50% 0.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 345 208 247
UK median daily rate £170 £160 £160
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - -
10th Percentile £114 £112 £103
90th Percentile £295 £288 £282
UK excluding London median daily rate £150 £150 £160
% change year-on-year - -6.25% +10.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 227 130 156
UK median hourly rate £15.86 £15.18 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.50% +1.18% -
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.15 £10.50
90th Percentile £20.01 £22.28 £20.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.40
% change year-on-year - +4.17% +3.82%

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 96,028 87,287 101,432
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.93% 94.87% 95.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,193 56,709 65,411
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £263 £258 £250
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +2.50% +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,954 3,007 3,316
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.93 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.27% -2.92% +14.71%
10th Percentile £10.80 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.56 £48.75 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -2.78% -5.26% +15.15%

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 April 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 21 April 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Desktop Engineer in the UK

Desktop Engineer
Top 16 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 April 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 +103 672 £170 +6.25% 68
UK excluding London +61 454 £150 - 42
London +64 262 £173 -1.43% 29
South East +22 131 £151 +0.78% 7
North of England +26 93 £180 +5.88% 5
South West +36 67 £150 +7.14% 3
Midlands +10 62 £168 +19.64% 7
East of England +12 61 £145 +11.54% 17
North West +25 54 £185 +23.33% 4
West Midlands +29 50 £168 +28.85% 5
Yorkshire +17 34 £175 -2.78%
Scotland -37 20 £193 +28.33% 2
Wales +2 19 £175 -6.67%
East Midlands -11 12 £170 +17.24% 2
North East +13 5 £175 +1.74% 1
Channel Islands +3 3 £135 - 1

Desktop Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 April 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.

1 557 (77.15%) Windows
2 304 (42.11%) Windows 10
3 281 (38.92%) Active Directory
4 252 (34.90%) Microsoft
5 247 (34.21%) Windows 7
6 158 (21.88%) Migration
7 142 (19.67%) Microsoft Office
8 141 (19.53%) Office 365
9 120 (16.62%) SCCM
10 119 (16.48%) Security Cleared
11 109 (15.10%) Time Management
12 108 (14.96%) Windows XP
13 107 (14.82%) SC Cleared
14 99 (13.71%) Apple
15 96 (13.30%) ITIL
16 72 (9.97%) Finance
17 64 (8.86%) Break/Fix
18 63 (8.73%) Windows Server
19 59 (8.17%) Windows 8
20 56 (7.76%) SLA
21 52 (7.20%) HP
22 51 (7.06%) Citrix
23 50 (6.93%) MS Exchange
23 50 (6.93%) VMware
24 46 (6.37%) Problem-Solving
25 41 (5.68%) LAN
26 40 (5.54%) VPN
27 39 (5.40%) Microsoft Certification
28 37 (5.12%) Cisco
29 36 (4.99%) Android

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 50 (6.93%) MS Exchange
2 16 (2.22%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 12 (1.66%) Skype for Business
4 11 (1.52%) IBM Notes
5 10 (1.39%) SharePoint
6 8 (1.11%) Exchange Server 2010
6 8 (1.11%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (0.28%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 142 (19.67%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (2.35%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (0.83%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.55%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.28%) AutoCAD
5 2 (0.28%) Revit
6 1 (0.14%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (0.28%) Remedy ITSM
1 2 (0.28%) RMDS
2 1 (0.14%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 141 (19.53%) Office 365
2 12 (1.66%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (0.97%) SaaS
4 6 (0.83%) OneDrive
5 3 (0.42%) G Suite
6 2 (0.28%) Amazon AWS
7 1 (0.14%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.14%) IaaS
7 1 (0.14%) Mimecast
7 1 (0.14%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 41 (5.68%) LAN
2 40 (5.54%) VPN
3 35 (4.85%) DNS
4 31 (4.29%) WAN
5 20 (2.77%) TCP/IP
6 17 (2.35%) Skype
7 16 (2.22%) DHCP
7 16 (2.22%) Remote Desktop
8 13 (1.80%) Firewall
9 12 (1.66%) Wi-Fi
10 9 (1.25%) IP Telephony
10 9 (1.25%) VoIP
10 9 (1.25%) Wireless
11 7 (0.97%) Internet
12 5 (0.69%) Intranet
12 5 (0.69%) VLAN
12 5 (0.69%) WLAN
12 5 (0.69%) WPA
13 4 (0.55%) IPsec
13 4 (0.55%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (0.69%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.28%) Amazon RDS
2 2 (0.28%) GIS
2 2 (0.28%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (0.14%) Big Data
3 1 (0.14%) Blockchain
3 1 (0.14%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 6 (0.83%) MSI
2 2 (0.28%) InstallShield
2 2 (0.28%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.14%) Oracle Forms
3 1 (0.14%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.14%) WinDbg
General
1 72 (9.97%) Finance
2 35 (4.85%) Banking
3 19 (2.63%) Manufacturing
4 18 (2.49%) Telecoms
5 13 (1.80%) Retail
6 11 (1.52%) Investment Banking
7 9 (1.25%) Legal
8 8 (1.11%) Electronics
8 8 (1.11%) Marketing
9 6 (0.83%) Law
10 5 (0.69%) Advertising
10 5 (0.69%) Financial Institution
11 4 (0.55%) French Language
12 3 (0.42%) Pharmaceutical
13 2 (0.28%) Corporate Banking
13 2 (0.28%) Publishing
14 1 (0.14%) Aerospace
14 1 (0.14%) Back Office
14 1 (0.14%) Front Office
14 1 (0.14%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (0.69%) Software Packaging
2 3 (0.42%) 802.1X
3 2 (0.28%) Web Services
3 2 (0.28%) XMPP
4 1 (0.14%) Middleware
4 1 (0.14%) Oracle Fusion
4 1 (0.14%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 30 (4.16%) Analytical Skills
2 27 (3.74%) Blackberry
3 20 (2.77%) Video Conferencing
4 14 (1.94%) Driving Licence
5 13 (1.80%) Smartphone
6 11 (1.52%) iPhone
7 10 (1.39%) Self-Motivation
8 9 (1.25%) Fat Client
8 9 (1.25%) NHS
8 9 (1.25%) Thin Client
9 7 (0.97%) AS400
9 7 (0.97%) CMDB
9 7 (0.97%) Data Centre
9 7 (0.97%) iPad
10 6 (0.83%) Management Information System
10 6 (0.83%) User Experience
11 4 (0.55%) Computer Science
12 3 (0.42%) Chip and PIN
12 3 (0.42%) Life Science
12 3 (0.42%) Minimum Viable Product
Operating Systems
1 557 (77.15%) Windows
2 304 (42.11%) Windows 10
3 247 (34.21%) Windows 7
4 108 (14.96%) Windows XP
5 63 (8.73%) Windows Server
6 59 (8.17%) Windows 8
7 36 (4.99%) Android
8 27 (3.74%) Windows Server 2008
9 22 (3.05%) Apple iOS
10 19 (2.63%) Windows Server 2012
11 18 (2.49%) Mac OS
12 15 (2.08%) Windows Vista
13 13 (1.80%) Mac OS X
14 7 (0.97%) Windows 2000
15 6 (0.83%) Linux
15 6 (0.83%) Windows Server 2003
16 2 (0.28%) Unix
17 1 (0.14%) Ubuntu
17 1 (0.14%) Windows Mobile
17 1 (0.14%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 158 (21.88%) Migration
2 109 (15.10%) Time Management
3 96 (13.30%) ITIL
4 64 (8.86%) Break/Fix
5 46 (6.37%) Problem-Solving
6 34 (4.71%) Service Management
7 20 (2.77%) Problem Management
8 16 (2.22%) Patch Management
9 15 (2.08%) ITSM
9 15 (2.08%) Software Deployment
9 15 (2.08%) Ticket Management
10 14 (1.94%) Incident Management
11 13 (1.80%) Asset Management
12 11 (1.52%) Data Migration
12 11 (1.52%) Line Management
13 10 (1.39%) Knowledge Management
14 9 (1.25%) ITIL V3
14 9 (1.25%) Mobile Device Management
15 8 (1.11%) Digital Marketing
15 8 (1.11%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 22 (3.05%) PowerShell
2 11 (1.52%) SQL
3 7 (0.97%) C
4 4 (0.55%) VBScript
5 2 (0.28%) Java
5 2 (0.28%) T-SQL
6 1 (0.14%) VB
Qualifications
1 119 (16.48%) Security Cleared
2 107 (14.82%) SC Cleared
3 39 (5.40%) Microsoft Certification
4 30 (4.16%) MCP
5 20 (2.77%) MCSE
6 13 (1.80%) Degree
7 12 (1.66%) MCDST
8 10 (1.39%) MCSA
9 9 (1.25%) Cisco Certification
10 7 (0.97%) CCNA
11 6 (0.83%) DBS Check
12 5 (0.69%) ITIL Certification
13 4 (0.55%) A+ Certification
14 2 (0.28%) CCNP
14 2 (0.28%) Computer Science Degree
14 2 (0.28%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 2 (0.28%) Server+ Certification
15 1 (0.14%) ACMT
15 1 (0.14%) BPSS Clearance
15 1 (0.14%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 56 (7.76%) SLA
2 2 (0.28%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (0.28%) GDPR
3 1 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 281 (38.92%) Active Directory
2 32 (4.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (2.77%) Microsoft App-V
4 15 (2.08%) Hyper-V
5 13 (1.80%) XenDesktop
6 12 (1.66%) XenApp
7 10 (1.39%) Virtual Desktop
8 8 (1.11%) BitLocker
9 3 (0.42%) Terminal Services
9 3 (0.42%) VMware ESXi
9 3 (0.42%) VMware Workstation
10 1 (0.14%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 1 (0.14%) IAG
10 1 (0.14%) VirtualBox
10 1 (0.14%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 120 (16.62%) SCCM
2 7 (0.97%) AirWatch
3 5 (0.69%) Microsoft Intune
3 5 (0.69%) NetBackup
4 4 (0.55%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 3 (0.42%) McAfee ePO
5 3 (0.42%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 3 (0.42%) Norton AntiVirus
5 3 (0.42%) SCOM
5 3 (0.42%) WSUS
6 2 (0.28%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 2 (0.28%) Tivoli
6 2 (0.28%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
7 1 (0.14%) Backup Exec
7 1 (0.14%) DameWare
7 1 (0.14%) Jamf Pro
7 1 (0.14%) Perfmon
7 1 (0.14%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 1 (0.14%) ThinApp
7 1 (0.14%) ZENworks
Vendors
1 252 (34.90%) Microsoft
2 99 (13.71%) Apple
3 52 (7.20%) HP
4 51 (7.06%) Citrix
5 50 (6.93%) VMware
6 37 (5.12%) Cisco
7 23 (3.19%) Dell
7 23 (3.19%) Ivanti
8 16 (2.22%) Remedy
9 14 (1.94%) ServiceNow
10 9 (1.25%) Lotus
10 9 (1.25%) SAP
11 8 (1.11%) Bloomberg
11 8 (1.11%) Sage
12 7 (0.97%) McAfee
12 7 (0.97%) Reuters
13 6 (0.83%) Symantec
14 5 (0.69%) Avaya
14 5 (0.69%) Oracle
15 4 (0.55%) EMC