Period
to 20 July 2018

The median contractor rate for a Desktop Engineer was £175 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 July 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
20 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 341 446 447
Rank change year-on-year +105 +1 -93
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Engineer 771 460 564
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.74% 0.48% 0.51%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.78% 0.51% 0.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 362 234 257
UK median daily rate £175 £150 £155
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.67% -3.23% -3.13%
10th Percentile £119 £110 £103
90th Percentile £338 £274 £295
UK excluding London median daily rate £175 £150 £150
% change year-on-year +16.67% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 261 138 143
UK median hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £15.36
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.33% -2.31% +2.37%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.75 £10.63
90th Percentile £20.02 £20.08 £21.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.03 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year -3.28% -3.33% +6.76%

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 98,830 90,441 104,671
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.86% 94.94% 95.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 64,752 58,615 68,085
UK median daily rate £450 £428 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +0.59% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £256
90th Percentile £638 £619 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,197 2,912 3,137
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -2.63% +8.57%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.44
90th Percentile £48.75 £50.00 £47.39
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year - -7.89% +11.76%

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 20 July 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 20 July 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Desktop Engineer in the UK

Desktop Engineer
Top 17 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 20 July 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 +104 693 £175 +16.67% 64
UK excluding London +57 488 £175 +16.67% 41
London +73 262 £180 +4.20% 28
South East +14 138 £175 +16.67% 11
East of England +22 84 £175 +40.00% 7
North of England +28 82 £180 +20.00% 6
South West +28 67 £160 +14.29% 10
Midlands +4 63 £170 +21.43% 2
North West +13 43 £185 +23.33% 4
West Midlands -2 42 £160 +12.28% 1
Scotland -32 37 £180 +19.60% 5
Yorkshire +4 34 £225 -43.75% 2
East Midlands -3 22 £170 +21.43% 1
Wales -5 12 £250 +17.65%
North East -7 5 £154 -10.39%
Northern Ireland - 5 £120 -
Channel Islands -2 3 £135 -

Desktop Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 July 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.

1 595 (77.17%) Windows
2 347 (45.01%) Windows 10
3 318 (41.25%) Active Directory
4 277 (35.93%) Microsoft
5 219 (28.40%) Windows 7
6 164 (21.27%) Office 365
7 156 (20.23%) Microsoft Office
8 149 (19.33%) Migration
9 145 (18.81%) SCCM
10 127 (16.47%) Apple
11 117 (15.18%) Security Cleared
12 110 (14.27%) Time Management
12 110 (14.27%) Windows XP
13 107 (13.88%) ITIL
14 99 (12.84%) SC Cleared
15 81 (10.51%) Windows Server
16 76 (9.86%) Finance
16 76 (9.86%) Break/Fix
17 66 (8.56%) Citrix
18 59 (7.65%) SLA
19 57 (7.39%) Windows 8
20 52 (6.74%) VMware
20 52 (6.74%) Problem-Solving
21 50 (6.49%) Cisco
22 46 (5.97%) DNS
23 45 (5.84%) HP
24 42 (5.45%) VPN
24 42 (5.45%) MS Exchange
24 42 (5.45%) Windows Server 2008
25 41 (5.32%) VMware Infrastructure

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 42 (5.45%) MS Exchange
2 13 (1.69%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 13 (1.69%) IBM Notes
3 11 (1.43%) Exchange Server 2010
4 10 (1.30%) SharePoint
4 10 (1.30%) Skype for Business
5 4 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2013
6 3 (0.39%) Apache
7 2 (0.26%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.13%) GroupWise
8 1 (0.13%) IIS
Applications
1 156 (20.23%) Microsoft Office
2 22 (2.85%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (0.91%) MS Visio
4 5 (0.65%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.39%) Mozilla Thunderbird
6 1 (0.13%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.13%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.13%) Revit
6 1 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (0.26%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.13%) SAP GTS
Cloud Services
1 164 (21.27%) Office 365
2 17 (2.20%) Microsoft Azure
3 13 (1.69%) OneDrive
4 5 (0.65%) G Suite
5 4 (0.52%) SaaS
6 3 (0.39%) Amazon AWS
6 3 (0.39%) Mimecast
7 2 (0.26%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (0.13%) IaaS
8 1 (0.13%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 46 (5.97%) DNS
2 42 (5.45%) VPN
3 41 (5.32%) LAN
4 32 (4.15%) WAN
5 28 (3.63%) DHCP
6 22 (2.85%) Firewall
7 20 (2.59%) VoIP
8 19 (2.46%) Remote Desktop
8 19 (2.46%) TCP/IP
9 18 (2.33%) Internet
10 17 (2.20%) Skype
10 17 (2.20%) Wireless
11 13 (1.69%) Wi-Fi
12 8 (1.04%) Cisco IOS
12 8 (1.04%) IP Telephony
13 7 (0.91%) NetScaler
14 6 (0.78%) 3G
14 6 (0.78%) VLAN
15 5 (0.65%) Intranet
15 5 (0.65%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (0.78%) SQL Server
2 3 (0.39%) Amazon RDS
2 3 (0.39%) Blockchain
3 2 (0.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (0.13%) Big Data
4 1 (0.13%) GIS
4 1 (0.13%) Power BI
4 1 (0.13%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 7 (0.91%) InstallShield
2 4 (0.52%) MSI
2 4 (0.52%) WinDbg
3 3 (0.39%) Git (software)
3 3 (0.39%) JIRA
3 3 (0.39%) Subversion
4 2 (0.26%) AdminStudio
4 2 (0.26%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.13%) Hudson
5 1 (0.13%) Oracle Forms
5 1 (0.13%) Visual Studio
General
1 76 (9.86%) Finance
2 30 (3.89%) Banking
3 20 (2.59%) Telecoms
4 18 (2.33%) Manufacturing
5 14 (1.82%) Retail
6 10 (1.30%) Marketing
7 9 (1.17%) Electronics
8 8 (1.04%) Games
9 6 (0.78%) Investment Banking
10 5 (0.65%) Advertising
10 5 (0.65%) French Language
11 4 (0.52%) Law
11 4 (0.52%) Pharmaceutical
11 4 (0.52%) Publishing
12 3 (0.39%) Legal
13 2 (0.26%) Back Office
13 2 (0.26%) Financial Institution
14 1 (0.13%) Front Office
14 1 (0.13%) German Language
14 1 (0.13%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (1.04%) Software Packaging
2 5 (0.65%) WPF
3 3 (0.39%) Web Services
3 3 (0.39%) XMPP
4 2 (0.26%) 802.1X
4 2 (0.26%) Middleware
5 1 (0.13%) .NET
5 1 (0.13%) COM
5 1 (0.13%) LDAP
5 1 (0.13%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 34 (4.41%) Analytical Skills
2 28 (3.63%) Video Conferencing
3 25 (3.24%) Blackberry
4 18 (2.33%) Self-Motivation
5 17 (2.20%) Smartphone
6 15 (1.95%) iPhone
6 15 (1.95%) User Experience
7 11 (1.43%) iPad
7 11 (1.43%) NHS
8 10 (1.30%) Fat Client
8 10 (1.30%) Management Information System
8 10 (1.30%) Thin Client
9 9 (1.17%) Computer Science
9 9 (1.17%) Data Centre
9 9 (1.17%) Driving Licence
10 6 (0.78%) AS400
11 4 (0.52%) iSeries
11 4 (0.52%) Replication
12 3 (0.39%) CMDB
12 3 (0.39%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 595 (77.17%) Windows
2 347 (45.01%) Windows 10
3 219 (28.40%) Windows 7
4 110 (14.27%) Windows XP
5 81 (10.51%) Windows Server
6 57 (7.39%) Windows 8
7 42 (5.45%) Windows Server 2008
8 40 (5.19%) Android
9 38 (4.93%) Apple iOS
10 29 (3.76%) Mac OS X
11 26 (3.37%) Mac OS
12 22 (2.85%) Windows Server 2012
13 11 (1.43%) Linux
14 9 (1.17%) Windows 2000
15 8 (1.04%) Windows Server 2003
15 8 (1.04%) Windows Vista
16 3 (0.39%) CentOS
16 3 (0.39%) Mac OS X Server
16 3 (0.39%) Windows Mobile
17 2 (0.26%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 149 (19.33%) Migration
2 110 (14.27%) Time Management
3 107 (13.88%) ITIL
4 76 (9.86%) Break/Fix
5 52 (6.74%) Problem-Solving
6 36 (4.67%) Service Management
7 24 (3.11%) Asset Management
8 19 (2.46%) Problem Management
9 16 (2.08%) Agile Software Development
9 16 (2.08%) Software Deployment
10 15 (1.95%) Incident Management
10 15 (1.95%) Mobile Device Management
11 13 (1.69%) Information Security
12 12 (1.56%) ITIL V3
12 12 (1.56%) Patch Management
12 12 (1.56%) Root Cause Analysis
13 11 (1.43%) Application Packaging
13 11 (1.43%) Change Management
13 11 (1.43%) ITSM
14 10 (1.30%) Digital Marketing
Programming Languages
1 38 (4.93%) PowerShell
2 22 (2.85%) SQL
3 10 (1.30%) C
4 6 (0.78%) VBScript
5 5 (0.65%) C#
5 5 (0.65%) C++
6 4 (0.52%) Bash Shell
7 2 (0.26%) T-SQL
7 2 (0.26%) VB
8 1 (0.13%) Java
8 1 (0.13%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.13%) Python
8 1 (0.13%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.13%) VBA
Qualifications
1 117 (15.18%) Security Cleared
2 99 (12.84%) SC Cleared
3 36 (4.67%) Microsoft Certification
4 20 (2.59%) MCP
5 17 (2.20%) MCSE
6 11 (1.43%) DBS Check
6 11 (1.43%) Degree
7 9 (1.17%) Cisco Certification
8 6 (0.78%) CCNA
8 6 (0.78%) MCITP
9 5 (0.65%) MCSA
10 4 (0.52%) A+ Certification
11 3 (0.39%) DV Cleared
11 3 (0.39%) ITIL Certification
11 3 (0.39%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 3 (0.39%) MCTS
12 2 (0.26%) ACSP
12 2 (0.26%) ACTC
12 2 (0.26%) BPSS Clearance
12 2 (0.26%) Server+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 59 (7.65%) SLA
2 5 (0.65%) GDPR
3 3 (0.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.26%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (0.26%) GxP
5 1 (0.13%) PMO
System Software
1 318 (41.25%) Active Directory
2 41 (5.32%) VMware Infrastructure
3 34 (4.41%) Microsoft App-V
4 29 (3.76%) Virtual Desktop
5 20 (2.59%) Hyper-V
5 20 (2.59%) XenDesktop
6 18 (2.33%) XenApp
7 15 (1.95%) BitLocker
8 4 (0.52%) Terminal Services
9 3 (0.39%) Samba
9 3 (0.39%) VMware ESXi
10 2 (0.26%) VMware NSX
10 2 (0.26%) VMware Workstation
10 2 (0.26%) vSphere
11 1 (0.13%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 1 (0.13%) IAG
11 1 (0.13%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.13%) Virtual Servers
11 1 (0.13%) VirtualBox
11 1 (0.13%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 145 (18.81%) SCCM
2 11 (1.43%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 10 (1.30%) WSUS
4 8 (1.04%) NetBackup
5 7 (0.91%) Microsoft Intune
6 5 (0.65%) SCOM
7 4 (0.52%) McAfee ePO
7 4 (0.52%) Perfmon
8 3 (0.39%) AirWatch
8 3 (0.39%) Cisco CUCM
9 2 (0.26%) Norton AntiVirus
9 2 (0.26%) Tivoli
9 2 (0.26%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
9 2 (0.26%) vMotion
9 2 (0.26%) vRealize
10 1 (0.13%) Backup Exec
10 1 (0.13%) BMC PATROL
10 1 (0.13%) Nagios
10 1 (0.13%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 1 (0.13%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 277 (35.93%) Microsoft
2 127 (16.47%) Apple
3 66 (8.56%) Citrix
4 52 (6.74%) VMware
5 50 (6.49%) Cisco
6 45 (5.84%) HP
7 28 (3.63%) Ivanti
8 18 (2.33%) Dell
9 17 (2.20%) ServiceNow
10 15 (1.95%) Remedy
11 14 (1.82%) SAP
12 10 (1.30%) Lotus
12 10 (1.30%) Sophos
13 9 (1.17%) Google
14 8 (1.04%) Bloomberg
15 7 (0.91%) Adobe
16 6 (0.78%) IBM
16 6 (0.78%) McAfee
16 6 (0.78%) Polycom
16 6 (0.78%) Veeam