Period
to 19 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Desktop Engineer was £165 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 November 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
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 375 430 374
Rank change year-on-year +55 -56 -54
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Engineer 637 556 705
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.63% 0.53% 0.62%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.66% 0.56% 0.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 359 268 300
UK median daily rate £165 £160 £160
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% - -3.03%
10th Percentile £108 £108 £101
90th Percentile £288 £296 £288
UK excluding London median daily rate £166 £150 £153
% change year-on-year +10.40% -1.64% -4.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 143 132 241
UK median hourly rate £15.23 £14.10 £14.58
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.01% -3.26% -3.32%
10th Percentile £13.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £19.90 £22.03 £20.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.38 £13.50 £14.50
% change year-on-year +13.89% -6.90% -3.33%

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 96141 99356 108750
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.81% 94.76% 94.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 63392 64835 69190
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £392 £375
% change year-on-year +2.17% +4.41% +3.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2869 3292 4137
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.38 £45.00
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 19 November 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 6 months to 19 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Desktop Engineer in the UK

Desktop Engineer
Top 15 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 19 November 2017. 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 +58 583 £165 -2.22% 28
UK excluding London +60 409 £166 +10.40% 13
London -2 216 £160 -10.36% 16
South East +10 102 £175 +20.69% 5
North of England +66 91 £180 -17.24% 1
East of England +2 65 £128 -8.44% 1
Midlands +46 56 £180 +33.33% 2
South West +24 55 £165 +17.86% 3
North West +49 48 £180 -
Yorkshire +34 32 £138 -24.66% 1
West Midlands +41 30 £175 +22.81% 2
Scotland -6 29 £150 +6.19% 1
East Midlands +15 26 £180 +56.52%
North East +42 12 £290 +28.89%
Wales +8 12 £178 +31.48%

Desktop Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 November 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.

1 492 (77.24%) Windows
2 287 (45.05%) Active Directory
3 266 (41.76%) Windows 7
4 208 (32.65%) Windows 10
5 203 (31.87%) Microsoft
6 148 (23.23%) Microsoft Office
7 144 (22.61%) SCCM
8 115 (18.05%) ITIL
9 106 (16.64%) Office 365
10 85 (13.34%) Citrix
11 83 (13.03%) Security Cleared
12 80 (12.56%) Apple
13 79 (12.40%) Finance
14 69 (10.83%) SC Cleared
15 66 (10.36%) Migration
16 61 (9.58%) Windows 8
17 58 (9.11%) Windows Server
17 58 (9.11%) Microsoft Certification
17 58 (9.11%) LAN
18 57 (8.95%) VMware
19 56 (8.79%) DNS
20 54 (8.48%) TCP/IP
20 54 (8.48%) SLA
21 50 (7.85%) Blackberry
22 48 (7.54%) Android
23 47 (7.38%) Time Management
24 44 (6.91%) HP
24 44 (6.91%) MS Exchange
24 44 (6.91%) WAN
25 41 (6.44%) Windows XP

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 44 (6.91%) MS Exchange
2 22 (3.45%) Skype for Business
3 16 (2.51%) SharePoint
4 15 (2.35%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 14 (2.20%) Exchange Server 2010
5 14 (2.20%) IBM Notes
6 5 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2007
7 4 (0.63%) Exchange Server 2013
7 4 (0.63%) GroupWise
7 4 (0.63%) IIS
8 2 (0.31%) CMS
8 2 (0.31%) SharePoint 2013
9 1 (0.16%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 148 (23.23%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (1.10%) Adobe Creative Suite
2 7 (1.10%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (1.10%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 6 (0.94%) AutoCAD
4 3 (0.47%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.16%) Revit
Business Applications
1 10 (1.57%) Eikon
2 2 (0.31%) assyst
3 1 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.16%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 106 (16.64%) Office 365
2 7 (1.10%) OneDrive
3 1 (0.16%) G Suite
3 1 (0.16%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.16%) Mimecast
3 1 (0.16%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 58 (9.11%) LAN
2 56 (8.79%) DNS
3 54 (8.48%) TCP/IP
4 44 (6.91%) WAN
5 38 (5.97%) DHCP
6 33 (5.18%) VPN
7 22 (3.45%) Wireless
8 21 (3.30%) Internet
9 17 (2.67%) Skype
10 14 (2.20%) SMS
11 9 (1.41%) Ethernet
11 9 (1.41%) Wi-Fi
12 7 (1.10%) Firewall
12 7 (1.10%) WLAN
13 6 (0.94%) ADSL
13 6 (0.94%) Broadband
13 6 (0.94%) Cisco IOS
13 6 (0.94%) IP Telephony
14 5 (0.78%) Remote Desktop
14 5 (0.78%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (1.57%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.31%) Blockchain
2 2 (0.31%) SQL Server 2005
2 2 (0.31%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 5 (0.78%) MSI
2 1 (0.16%) InstallShield
2 1 (0.16%) Visual Studio
General
1 79 (12.40%) Finance
2 21 (3.30%) Banking
3 15 (2.35%) Telecoms
4 12 (1.88%) Financial Institution
4 12 (1.88%) Manufacturing
5 10 (1.57%) Legal
6 6 (0.94%) Advertising
6 6 (0.94%) Electronics
6 6 (0.94%) Law
6 6 (0.94%) Marketing
7 4 (0.63%) Publishing
8 3 (0.47%) Investment Banking
9 2 (0.31%) Back Office
9 2 (0.31%) Front Office
9 2 (0.31%) Local Government
9 2 (0.31%) Retail
10 1 (0.16%) Aerospace
10 1 (0.16%) Multimedia
10 1 (0.16%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.16%) Private Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (0.47%) .NET
1 3 (0.47%) .NET Framework
2 1 (0.16%) Flash
2 1 (0.16%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 50 (7.85%) Blackberry
2 29 (4.55%) Driving Licence
3 28 (4.40%) Analytical Skills
3 28 (4.40%) Video Conferencing
4 26 (4.08%) iPhone
5 23 (3.61%) Smartphone
6 13 (2.04%) iPad
7 10 (1.57%) Client/Server
7 10 (1.57%) NHS
8 9 (1.41%) Data Centre
9 8 (1.26%) Computer Science
10 6 (0.94%) Management Information System
11 5 (0.78%) PDA
11 5 (0.78%) User Experience
12 3 (0.47%) Fat Client
12 3 (0.47%) Hedge funds
12 3 (0.47%) Thin Client
13 2 (0.31%) Digital Media
13 2 (0.31%) Handset
13 2 (0.31%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 492 (77.24%) Windows
2 266 (41.76%) Windows 7
3 208 (32.65%) Windows 10
4 61 (9.58%) Windows 8
5 58 (9.11%) Windows Server
6 48 (7.54%) Android
7 41 (6.44%) Windows XP
8 36 (5.65%) Apple iOS
9 31 (4.87%) Windows Server 2012
10 27 (4.24%) Mac OS
10 27 (4.24%) Windows Server 2008
11 17 (2.67%) Windows Vista
12 12 (1.88%) Mac OS X
13 11 (1.73%) Linux
14 9 (1.41%) Windows Server 2003
15 4 (0.63%) Ubuntu
15 4 (0.63%) Windows Mobile
16 3 (0.47%) Unix
16 3 (0.47%) Windows Phone
17 1 (0.16%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 115 (18.05%) ITIL
2 66 (10.36%) Migration
3 47 (7.38%) Time Management
4 24 (3.77%) Break/Fix
4 24 (3.77%) Service Management
5 18 (2.83%) Mobile Device Management
5 18 (2.83%) Root Cause Analysis
5 18 (2.83%) Service Delivery
6 16 (2.51%) Incident Management
7 15 (2.35%) Application Packaging
7 15 (2.35%) Asset Management
8 14 (2.20%) Data Migration
8 14 (2.20%) Information Security
9 12 (1.88%) Problem Management
10 10 (1.57%) Change Management
10 10 (1.57%) ITSM
10 10 (1.57%) Software Deployment
11 8 (1.26%) Line Management
11 8 (1.26%) Project Management
12 7 (1.10%) Operational Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 14 (2.20%) PowerShell
2 10 (1.57%) SQL
3 7 (1.10%) Java
4 5 (0.78%) C
5 4 (0.63%) C++
6 3 (0.47%) JavaScript
6 3 (0.47%) T-SQL
7 2 (0.31%) Python
8 1 (0.16%) Korn
8 1 (0.16%) Pascal
8 1 (0.16%) Perl
8 1 (0.16%) VB
8 1 (0.16%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 83 (13.03%) Security Cleared
2 69 (10.83%) SC Cleared
3 58 (9.11%) Microsoft Certification
4 31 (4.87%) MCSE
5 23 (3.61%) MCP
6 21 (3.30%) Degree
7 16 (2.51%) MCDST
7 16 (2.51%) MCSA
8 12 (1.88%) A+ Certification
9 9 (1.41%) MCITP
10 7 (1.10%) BPSS Clearance
10 7 (1.10%) Computer Science Degree
10 7 (1.10%) DBS Check
11 6 (0.94%) ITIL Certification
11 6 (0.94%) Network+ Certification
12 5 (0.78%) ACDT
12 5 (0.78%) ACHDS
12 5 (0.78%) ACTC
12 5 (0.78%) MCSM
13 3 (0.47%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 54 (8.48%) SLA
2 9 (1.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (1.10%) ISO 9001
4 5 (0.78%) Disclosure Scotland
5 3 (0.47%) QA
6 1 (0.16%) PMO
System Software
1 287 (45.05%) Active Directory
2 38 (5.97%) Microsoft App-V
3 31 (4.87%) VMware Infrastructure
4 18 (2.83%) Hyper-V
5 17 (2.67%) XenApp
6 14 (2.20%) Virtual Desktop
6 14 (2.20%) XenDesktop
7 7 (1.10%) XenServer
8 6 (0.94%) Virtual Servers
9 5 (0.78%) Virtual Machines
10 4 (0.63%) vSphere
11 3 (0.47%) BitLocker
12 2 (0.31%) Terminal Services
12 2 (0.31%) VMware ESXi
13 1 (0.16%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 1 (0.16%) Terminal Server
13 1 (0.16%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 144 (22.61%) SCCM
2 12 (1.88%) AirWatch
3 8 (1.26%) SCOM
4 7 (1.10%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 6 (0.94%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 4 (0.63%) WSUS
7 3 (0.47%) SafeCom
8 2 (0.31%) Backup Exec
8 2 (0.31%) DameWare
8 2 (0.31%) Norton AntiVirus
8 2 (0.31%) Packer
8 2 (0.31%) Puppet
8 2 (0.31%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 2 (0.31%) ZENworks
9 1 (0.16%) HP SIM
9 1 (0.16%) McAfee ePO
9 1 (0.16%) Microsoft Intune
9 1 (0.16%) NetBackup
9 1 (0.16%) SCVMM
9 1 (0.16%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 203 (31.87%) Microsoft
2 85 (13.34%) Citrix
3 80 (12.56%) Apple
4 57 (8.95%) VMware
5 44 (6.91%) HP
6 35 (5.49%) Cisco
7 33 (5.18%) Dell
8 17 (2.67%) Bloomberg
9 14 (2.20%) Lotus
10 13 (2.04%) AppSense
11 12 (1.88%) FactSet
11 12 (1.88%) Oracle
12 10 (1.57%) Symantec
13 9 (1.41%) Adobe
13 9 (1.41%) ServiceNow
14 8 (1.26%) Remedy
15 7 (1.10%) Avaya
15 7 (1.10%) Reuters
15 7 (1.10%) SAP
15 7 (1.10%) Wyse