The median contractor rate for a Desktop Engineer was £150 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 23 March 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Desktop Engineer
UK
Rank 405 383 304
Rank change year-on-year -22 -79  
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Engineer 199 254 372
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.44% 0.48% 0.71%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.47% 0.51% 0.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 93 109 161
Median daily rate £150 £150 £160
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £112 £100 £110
10% offered a daily rate of more than £253 £230 £300
UK excluding London median daily rate £150 £158 £155
% change year-on-year -4.76% +1.61%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 58 68 120
Median hourly rate £16.25 £16.25 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +16.07%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.30 £20.00 £20.45
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.82 £15.75 £13.00
% change year-on-year +0.42% +21.15%  

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 42403 50275 49651
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.81% 95.18% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 27453 32530 30008
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £551
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1493 1573 1955
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.30 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

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 23 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 23 March 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 23 March 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 -19 181 £150 -3.22% 22
South East +20 54 £145 -6.77% 4
London -8 53 £173 +15.00% 11
South West -3 22 £158 +18.86% 5
Hampshire +14 20 £140 -6.66% 2
East of England -11 20 £120 -25.00%
Surrey +21 14 £160 -8.57% 2
Cambridgeshire +9 12 £103 +2.50%
Scotland +33 11 £150 +42.85%
North West +4 11 £150 -14.28%
Cambridge +12 10 £95 -42.42%
Berkshire +21 9 £140 +16.66%
West Midlands +12 9 £125 -32.43% 1
Bristol +6 9 £160 - 3
East Midlands -1 9 £200 +11.11% 1
City of London +6 8 £193 +16.66% 4
Havant - 8 £200 -
Southampton +11 7 £133 -14.51%
Edinburgh +22 6 £244 +137.80%
Reading +20 5 £140 +19.14%
Wiltshire -1 5 - -
Oxfordshire -7 5 £150 +11.11%
Manchester +5 4 £150 -14.28%
Merseyside +3 4 £150 +25.00%
Gloucestershire -2 4 £140 +6.66%
Leicestershire -3 4 £150 -
Leicester -4 4 £150 -
Northamptonshire - 4 £210 - 1
Northampton - 4 £210 -
East Sussex +15 3 £128 -

Desktop Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 March 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.

1 355 (76.02%) Windows
2 202 (43.25%) Windows 7
3 190 (40.69%) Active Directory
4 145 (31.05%) Microsoft
5 131 (28.05%) MS Office
6 82 (17.56%) SCCM
7 72 (15.42%) Windows Server
7 72 (15.42%) Security Cleared
8 67 (14.35%) Windows 10
9 66 (14.13%) MS Excel
10 61 (13.06%) ITIL
11 60 (12.85%) Migration
12 57 (12.21%) Citrix
13 56 (11.99%) Windows XP
13 56 (11.99%) VMware
14 52 (11.13%) Office 365
14 52 (11.13%) Windows 8
15 48 (10.28%) SC Cleared
16 46 (9.85%) Windows Server 2008
17 43 (9.21%) MS Exchange
17 43 (9.21%) Blackberry
18 37 (7.92%) Finance
18 37 (7.92%) DNS
19 35 (7.49%) Apple
20 32 (6.85%) TCP/IP
20 32 (6.85%) VMware Infrastructure
21 30 (6.42%) LAN
22 28 (6.00%) DHCP
23 27 (5.78%) Windows Server 2003
24 26 (5.57%) Banking

Desktop Engineer Skill Set
Top Related 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 43 (9.21%) MS Exchange
2 21 (4.50%) IBM Notes
3 15 (3.21%) Exchange Server 2010
4 13 (2.78%) Skype for Business
5 8 (1.71%) Exchange Server 2007
6 7 (1.50%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 7 (1.50%) Exchange Server 2013
7 3 (0.64%) SharePoint
8 2 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2003
9 1 (0.21%) CMS
9 1 (0.21%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 131 (28.05%) MS Office
2 66 (14.13%) MS Excel
3 9 (1.93%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.21%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 8 (1.71%) Remedy ITSM
2 7 (1.50%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 52 (11.13%) Office 365
2 3 (0.64%) OneDrive
3 2 (0.43%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.21%) G Suite
4 1 (0.21%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 37 (7.92%) DNS
2 32 (6.85%) TCP/IP
3 30 (6.42%) LAN
4 28 (6.00%) DHCP
5 23 (4.93%) VPN
6 20 (4.28%) Internet
7 19 (4.07%) Firewall
8 16 (3.43%) Wireless
9 15 (3.21%) WAN
10 14 (3.00%) VoIP
11 12 (2.57%) Skype
12 9 (1.93%) Ethernet
12 9 (1.93%) Wi-Fi
13 6 (1.28%) Remote Desktop
14 5 (1.07%) 3G
15 3 (0.64%) IP Telephony
16 2 (0.43%) Broadband
16 2 (0.43%) Cisco IOS
16 2 (0.43%) Network Security
16 2 (0.43%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (1.07%) SQL Server
1 5 (1.07%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 6 (1.28%) MSI
2 2 (0.43%) InstallShield
2 2 (0.43%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.21%) Selenium
3 1 (0.21%) WebDriver
General
1 37 (7.92%) Finance
2 26 (5.57%) Banking
3 24 (5.14%) Retail
4 7 (1.50%) Legal
4 7 (1.50%) Retail Banking
4 7 (1.50%) Telecoms
5 6 (1.28%) Back Office
6 4 (0.86%) Korean Language
7 3 (0.64%) Investment Banking
8 2 (0.43%) Advertising
8 2 (0.43%) Law
8 2 (0.43%) Local Government
8 2 (0.43%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.21%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.21%) Games
9 1 (0.21%) German Language
9 1 (0.21%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.21%) Swedish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (0.86%) Software Packaging
2 2 (0.43%) Middleware
2 2 (0.43%) WPF
2 2 (0.43%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 43 (9.21%) Blackberry
2 20 (4.28%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (4.28%) iPad
3 18 (3.85%) Smartphone
4 17 (3.64%) Driving Licence
4 17 (3.64%) iPhone
5 11 (2.36%) Video Conferencing
6 7 (1.50%) Fat Client
6 7 (1.50%) Management Information System
6 7 (1.50%) Thin Client
7 6 (1.28%) User Experience
8 5 (1.07%) Client/Server
9 3 (0.64%) Computer Science
9 3 (0.64%) Handset
9 3 (0.64%) NHS
10 2 (0.43%) BYOD
10 2 (0.43%) Data Centre
10 2 (0.43%) Mainframe
10 2 (0.43%) Virtual Team
11 1 (0.21%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 355 (76.02%) Windows
2 202 (43.25%) Windows 7
3 72 (15.42%) Windows Server
4 67 (14.35%) Windows 10
5 56 (11.99%) Windows XP
6 52 (11.13%) Windows 8
7 46 (9.85%) Windows Server 2008
8 27 (5.78%) Windows Server 2003
9 25 (5.35%) Apple iOS
10 21 (4.50%) Windows Server 2012
11 20 (4.28%) Android
12 16 (3.43%) Mac OS X
13 14 (3.00%) Mac OS
14 3 (0.64%) Linux
14 3 (0.64%) Windows Phone
14 3 (0.64%) Windows Vista
15 1 (0.21%) Windows 2000
15 1 (0.21%) Windows 2000 Server
15 1 (0.21%) Windows Mobile
15 1 (0.21%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 61 (13.06%) ITIL
2 60 (12.85%) Migration
3 25 (5.35%) Time Management
4 20 (4.28%) Data Migration
5 12 (2.57%) Service Delivery
6 11 (2.36%) Incident Management
7 10 (2.14%) Service Management
8 9 (1.93%) Patch Management
9 8 (1.71%) Asset Management
9 8 (1.71%) Change Management
9 8 (1.71%) Coaching
9 8 (1.71%) ITIL V3
9 8 (1.71%) Software Distribution
10 7 (1.50%) Mobile Device Management
10 7 (1.50%) Software Delivery
11 6 (1.28%) Application Packaging
11 6 (1.28%) Problem Management
12 5 (1.07%) Configuration Management
12 5 (1.07%) Identity Management
12 5 (1.07%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 15 (3.21%) PowerShell
2 13 (2.78%) SQL
3 5 (1.07%) Java
4 3 (0.64%) VBScript
5 2 (0.43%) C#
6 1 (0.21%) Bash Shell
6 1 (0.21%) Perl
6 1 (0.21%) VB
Qualifications
1 72 (15.42%) Security Cleared
2 48 (10.28%) SC Cleared
3 21 (4.50%) Microsoft Certification
4 13 (2.78%) MCP
5 12 (2.57%) MCSE
6 10 (2.14%) Degree
6 10 (2.14%) DV Cleared
7 9 (1.93%) MCDST
7 9 (1.93%) MCSA
8 7 (1.50%) DBS Check
8 7 (1.50%) Network+ Certification
9 5 (1.07%) ACDT
9 5 (1.07%) ACHDS
9 5 (1.07%) ACTC
9 5 (1.07%) BPSS Clearance
9 5 (1.07%) MCSM
10 4 (0.86%) A+ Certification
10 4 (0.86%) MCITP
11 2 (0.43%) ITIL Certification
11 2 (0.43%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (4.28%) SLA
2 4 (0.86%) QA
3 3 (0.64%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.21%) PMO
System Software
1 190 (40.69%) Active Directory
2 32 (6.85%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (3.64%) XenApp
4 16 (3.43%) Microsoft App-V
5 13 (2.78%) XenDesktop
6 12 (2.57%) Hyper-V
7 7 (1.50%) Virtual Servers
8 4 (0.86%) Virtual Desktop
8 4 (0.86%) VMware ESX
8 4 (0.86%) vSphere
9 3 (0.64%) VMware ESXi
9 3 (0.64%) XenServer
10 1 (0.21%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 1 (0.21%) Firmware
10 1 (0.21%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.21%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 82 (17.56%) SCCM
2 6 (1.28%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 4 (0.86%) AirWatch
4 3 (0.64%) WSUS
5 2 (0.43%) Jamf Pro
5 2 (0.43%) Microsoft Intune
5 2 (0.43%) Norton AntiVirus
5 2 (0.43%) SCOM
5 2 (0.43%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 1 (0.21%) Cisco CUCM
6 1 (0.21%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (0.21%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 1 (0.21%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 1 (0.21%) SafeCom
Vendors
1 145 (31.05%) Microsoft
2 57 (12.21%) Citrix
3 56 (11.99%) VMware
4 35 (7.49%) Apple
5 21 (4.50%) Lotus
6 20 (4.28%) Remedy
7 18 (3.85%) HP
8 12 (2.57%) AppSense
8 12 (2.57%) Cisco
9 11 (2.36%) Dell
10 10 (2.14%) Bloomberg
11 9 (1.93%) Reuters
12 8 (1.71%) ServiceNow
13 6 (1.28%) BMC
14 5 (1.07%) Intel Security
14 5 (1.07%) LANDesk
14 5 (1.07%) NetApp
14 5 (1.07%) Symantec
15 4 (0.86%) Google
15 4 (0.86%) Sophos
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