Period
to 22 January 2018

The median contractor rate for a Desktop Engineer was £165 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 22 January 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
22 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 358 427 405
Rank change year-on-year +69 -22 -82
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Engineer 687 512 604
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.69% 0.54% 0.56%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.73% 0.57% 0.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 377 224 266
UK median daily rate £165 £161 £160
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.64% +0.47% -3.03%
10th Percentile £108 £108 £102
90th Percentile £309 £289 £254
UK excluding London median daily rate £165 £150 £160
% change year-on-year +10.00% -6.25% +4.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 158 140 179
UK median hourly rate £15.86 £15.00 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.73% +3.45% -4.92%
10th Percentile £12.93 £11.50 £10.60
90th Percentile £20.16 £22.53 £20.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £14.78 £13.75
% change year-on-year +7.29% +7.51% -5.17%

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 94,433 90,345 102,409
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.80% 94.77% 94.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,733 58,963 65,345
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £260 £253 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +2.01%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,782 3,196 3,879
UK median hourly rate £18.44 £18.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.43% -5.26% +15.15%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year - -5.41% +12.12%

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 22 January 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 22 January 2018.

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 22 January 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 +79 636 £165 -1.49% 90
UK excluding London +66 423 £165 +10.00% 50
London +27 257 £164 -7.36% 42
South East +1 112 £160 +4.92% 13
North of England +67 97 £180 - 13
South West +26 61 £154 +9.82% 8
Midlands +23 61 £180 +38.46% 6
North West +35 51 £180 -4.00% 8
East of England -16 51 £143 +6.74% 8
West Midlands +33 41 £175 +50.86% 3
Yorkshire +27 34 £138 -24.14% 2
Scotland -20 24 £150 +19.60% 2
East Midlands -2 20 £180 +33.33% 3
Wales +16 19 £175 +16.67%
North East +33 13 £290 +70.59% 3

Desktop Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 January 2018, 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.

1 537 (78.17%) Windows
2 287 (41.78%) Active Directory
3 278 (40.47%) Windows 7
4 247 (35.95%) Windows 10
5 199 (28.97%) Microsoft
6 148 (21.54%) Microsoft Office
7 133 (19.36%) SCCM
8 117 (17.03%) Office 365
9 111 (16.16%) ITIL
10 106 (15.43%) Security Cleared
11 92 (13.39%) SC Cleared
12 84 (12.23%) Migration
13 79 (11.50%) Apple
14 76 (11.06%) Citrix
14 76 (11.06%) Finance
15 66 (9.61%) Time Management
16 64 (9.32%) Windows XP
17 58 (8.44%) SLA
18 56 (8.15%) Windows 8
19 53 (7.71%) VMware
19 53 (7.71%) MS Exchange
19 53 (7.71%) Windows Server
20 51 (7.42%) LAN
21 50 (7.28%) DNS
21 50 (7.28%) TCP/IP
22 49 (7.13%) Microsoft Certification
22 49 (7.13%) Blackberry
23 48 (6.99%) HP
24 46 (6.70%) Break/Fix
25 44 (6.40%) 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 53 (7.71%) MS Exchange
2 23 (3.35%) Skype for Business
3 19 (2.77%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 15 (2.18%) IBM Notes
5 13 (1.89%) Exchange Server 2010
6 12 (1.75%) SharePoint
7 5 (0.73%) Exchange Server 2013
8 3 (0.44%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (0.29%) GroupWise
10 1 (0.15%) CMS
10 1 (0.15%) Exchange Server 2007
10 1 (0.15%) IIS
Applications
1 148 (21.54%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (1.46%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (1.02%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 6 (0.87%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.58%) AutoCAD
5 4 (0.58%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.15%) Revit
Business Applications
1 7 (1.02%) Eikon
2 2 (0.29%) assyst
2 2 (0.29%) RMDS
3 1 (0.15%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 117 (17.03%) Office 365
2 6 (0.87%) OneDrive
3 4 (0.58%) SaaS
4 1 (0.15%) IaaS
4 1 (0.15%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.15%) PaaS
4 1 (0.15%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 51 (7.42%) LAN
2 50 (7.28%) DNS
2 50 (7.28%) TCP/IP
3 42 (6.11%) WAN
4 32 (4.66%) VPN
5 31 (4.51%) DHCP
6 19 (2.77%) Skype
7 15 (2.18%) Internet
8 14 (2.04%) Wireless
9 12 (1.75%) SMS
10 11 (1.60%) Wi-Fi
11 9 (1.31%) IP Telephony
11 9 (1.31%) Remote Desktop
12 8 (1.16%) Ethernet
13 7 (1.02%) Firewall
14 5 (0.73%) Broadband
14 5 (0.73%) WLAN
15 4 (0.58%) ADSL
15 4 (0.58%) Intranet
15 4 (0.58%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (1.46%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.29%) SQL Server 2005
2 2 (0.29%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (0.15%) GIS
Development Applications
1 6 (0.87%) MSI
2 1 (0.15%) InstallShield
2 1 (0.15%) Visual Studio
General
1 76 (11.06%) Finance
2 26 (3.78%) Banking
3 15 (2.18%) Manufacturing
4 13 (1.89%) Telecoms
5 11 (1.60%) Legal
6 9 (1.31%) Retail
7 8 (1.16%) Financial Institution
8 7 (1.02%) Investment Banking
8 7 (1.02%) Law
9 6 (0.87%) Advertising
9 6 (0.87%) Electronics
9 6 (0.87%) Marketing
10 3 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
11 2 (0.29%) Back Office
11 2 (0.29%) Publishing
12 1 (0.15%) Corporate Banking
12 1 (0.15%) French Language
12 1 (0.15%) Front Office
12 1 (0.15%) Multimedia
12 1 (0.15%) Private Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (0.58%) LDAP
2 3 (0.44%) .NET
2 3 (0.44%) .NET Framework
3 1 (0.15%) 802.1X
3 1 (0.15%) Oracle Fusion
3 1 (0.15%) Software Packaging
3 1 (0.15%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 49 (7.13%) Blackberry
2 29 (4.22%) Analytical Skills
3 27 (3.93%) iPhone
4 24 (3.49%) Video Conferencing
5 23 (3.35%) Driving Licence
6 15 (2.18%) iPad
6 15 (2.18%) Smartphone
7 13 (1.89%) NHS
8 10 (1.46%) Data Centre
9 9 (1.31%) Computer Science
10 7 (1.02%) Client/Server
10 7 (1.02%) Management Information System
11 6 (0.87%) Fat Client
11 6 (0.87%) PDA
11 6 (0.87%) Thin Client
12 5 (0.73%) CMDB
12 5 (0.73%) User Experience
13 4 (0.58%) AS400
14 2 (0.29%) Handset
14 2 (0.29%) Minimum Viable Product
Operating Systems
1 537 (78.17%) Windows
2 278 (40.47%) Windows 7
3 247 (35.95%) Windows 10
4 64 (9.32%) Windows XP
5 56 (8.15%) Windows 8
6 53 (7.71%) Windows Server
7 44 (6.40%) Android
8 29 (4.22%) Apple iOS
9 26 (3.78%) Mac OS
10 25 (3.64%) Windows Server 2008
10 25 (3.64%) Windows Server 2012
11 18 (2.62%) Windows Vista
12 11 (1.60%) Mac OS X
13 5 (0.73%) Linux
13 5 (0.73%) Windows Server 2003
14 3 (0.44%) Unix
15 2 (0.29%) Windows Phone
16 1 (0.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 1 (0.15%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
16 1 (0.15%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 111 (16.16%) ITIL
2 84 (12.23%) Migration
3 66 (9.61%) Time Management
4 46 (6.70%) Break/Fix
5 24 (3.49%) Service Management
6 16 (2.33%) Incident Management
6 16 (2.33%) Root Cause Analysis
7 14 (2.04%) Mobile Device Management
8 13 (1.89%) Problem Management
9 12 (1.75%) Application Packaging
9 12 (1.75%) Asset Management
9 12 (1.75%) Service Delivery
9 12 (1.75%) Software Deployment
9 12 (1.75%) Ticket Management
10 11 (1.60%) Data Migration
10 11 (1.60%) ITSM
11 9 (1.31%) Change Management
11 9 (1.31%) Line Management
11 9 (1.31%) Patch Management
11 9 (1.31%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 16 (2.33%) PowerShell
2 9 (1.31%) Java
2 9 (1.31%) SQL
3 5 (0.73%) C
4 4 (0.58%) C++
5 3 (0.44%) JavaScript
5 3 (0.44%) T-SQL
6 2 (0.29%) VBScript
7 1 (0.15%) Pascal
7 1 (0.15%) Python
7 1 (0.15%) VB
Qualifications
1 106 (15.43%) Security Cleared
2 92 (13.39%) SC Cleared
3 49 (7.13%) Microsoft Certification
4 28 (4.08%) MCSE
5 26 (3.78%) MCP
6 19 (2.77%) MCDST
7 16 (2.33%) Degree
7 16 (2.33%) MCSA
8 8 (1.16%) A+ Certification
8 8 (1.16%) Computer Science Degree
9 7 (1.02%) BPSS Clearance
10 5 (0.73%) ACDT
10 5 (0.73%) ACHDS
10 5 (0.73%) ACTC
10 5 (0.73%) ITIL Certification
10 5 (0.73%) MCITP
10 5 (0.73%) MCSM
10 5 (0.73%) Network+ Certification
11 4 (0.58%) CCNA
11 4 (0.58%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 58 (8.44%) SLA
2 9 (1.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (1.02%) Disclosure Scotland
3 7 (1.02%) ISO 9001
4 3 (0.44%) QA
System Software
1 287 (41.78%) Active Directory
2 33 (4.80%) Microsoft App-V
3 24 (3.49%) VMware Infrastructure
4 18 (2.62%) Hyper-V
5 17 (2.47%) XenApp
6 16 (2.33%) XenDesktop
7 8 (1.16%) Virtual Desktop
8 7 (1.02%) XenServer
9 6 (0.87%) Virtual Servers
10 4 (0.58%) BitLocker
11 3 (0.44%) Terminal Services
11 3 (0.44%) VMware ESXi
12 2 (0.29%) Virtual Machines
12 2 (0.29%) VMware Workstation
13 1 (0.15%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 133 (19.36%) SCCM
2 13 (1.89%) AirWatch
3 6 (0.87%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
3 6 (0.87%) SCOM
3 6 (0.87%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 3 (0.44%) DameWare
4 3 (0.44%) Norton AntiVirus
5 2 (0.29%) Backup Exec
5 2 (0.29%) SafeCom
5 2 (0.29%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 2 (0.29%) WSUS
5 2 (0.29%) ZENworks
6 1 (0.15%) Jamf Pro
6 1 (0.15%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (0.15%) NetBackup
6 1 (0.15%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 1 (0.15%) Packer
6 1 (0.15%) SCVMM
6 1 (0.15%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 1 (0.15%) ThinApp
Vendors
1 199 (28.97%) Microsoft
2 79 (11.50%) Apple
3 76 (11.06%) Citrix
4 53 (7.71%) VMware
5 48 (6.99%) HP
6 32 (4.66%) Cisco
7 27 (3.93%) Dell
8 24 (3.49%) Ivanti
9 19 (2.77%) Bloomberg
10 15 (2.18%) Lotus
11 14 (2.04%) Oracle
12 13 (1.89%) Reuters
13 12 (1.75%) Remedy
14 11 (1.60%) ServiceNow
14 11 (1.60%) Symantec
15 9 (1.31%) FactSet
16 8 (1.16%) Adobe
16 8 (1.16%) Avaya
17 7 (1.02%) SAP
18 6 (0.87%) CommVault