Period
to 23 October 2017

The median contractor rate for a Desktop Engineer was £163 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 October 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
23 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 400 426 368
Rank change year-on-year +26 -58 -52
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Engineer 592 568 713
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.59% 0.54% 0.63%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.62% 0.57% 0.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 321 263 295
UK median daily rate £163 £155 £160
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.84% -3.13% -3.03%
10th Percentile £108 £107 £101
90th Percentile £311 £298 £291
UK excluding London median daily rate £165 £150 £150
% change year-on-year +10.00% - -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 141 135 255
UK median hourly rate £14.50 £14.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -3.33% -0.83%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.05 £11.17
90th Percentile £20.50 £20.00 £20.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £14.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +3.57% -6.67% -

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 94988 99866 108209
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.82% 94.77% 94.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 62434 65085 68726
UK median daily rate £440 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.53% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £263 £250 £248
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2825 3256 4131
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.88 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +2.86% - +6.06%

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 23 October 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 23 October 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 23 October 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 +36 540 £165 +2.33% 29
UK excluding London +29 380 £165 +10.00% 17
London +20 201 £160 -11.11% 12
South East -10 95 £178 +18.33% 9
North of England +55 73 £180 -19.10% 1
East of England -16 65 £123 -5.77% 2
Midlands +44 54 £175 +26.13% 2
South West +10 53 £163 +16.07% 3
North West +37 38 £180 - 1
Scotland +11 30 £151 +20.40%
West Midlands +38 27 £175 +17.65% 2
East Midlands +8 27 £180 +63.64%
Yorkshire +22 21 £165 -9.59%
North East +55 15 £278 +23.33%
Wales +1 11 £180 +38.46%

Desktop Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 October 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.

1 462 (78.04%) Windows
2 261 (44.09%) Active Directory
3 234 (39.53%) Windows 7
4 180 (30.41%) Windows 10
5 179 (30.24%) Microsoft
6 138 (23.31%) Microsoft Office
7 136 (22.97%) SCCM
8 108 (18.24%) ITIL
9 94 (15.88%) Office 365
10 79 (13.34%) Citrix
11 73 (12.33%) Security Cleared
11 73 (12.33%) Apple
12 66 (11.15%) Finance
13 62 (10.47%) Migration
14 59 (9.97%) SC Cleared
15 58 (9.80%) VMware
16 55 (9.29%) SLA
17 54 (9.12%) LAN
18 52 (8.78%) TCP/IP
19 51 (8.61%) DNS
19 51 (8.61%) Windows XP
19 51 (8.61%) Windows 8
19 51 (8.61%) Windows Server
20 50 (8.45%) Microsoft Certification
21 48 (8.11%) Blackberry
22 46 (7.77%) MS Exchange
23 44 (7.43%) Time Management
23 44 (7.43%) Android
24 39 (6.59%) DHCP
25 38 (6.42%) WAN

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 46 (7.77%) MS Exchange
2 17 (2.87%) Exchange Server 2010
3 16 (2.70%) Skype for Business
4 15 (2.53%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 15 (2.53%) SharePoint
5 14 (2.36%) IBM Notes
6 11 (1.86%) Exchange Server 2007
7 6 (1.01%) Exchange Server 2013
8 5 (0.84%) IIS
9 4 (0.68%) GroupWise
10 2 (0.34%) CMS
11 1 (0.17%) Exchange Server 2003
11 1 (0.17%) SharePoint 2010
11 1 (0.17%) SharePoint 2013
11 1 (0.17%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 138 (23.31%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (1.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 7 (1.18%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 6 (1.01%) Microsoft Excel
5 5 (0.84%) AutoCAD
6 3 (0.51%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 10 (1.69%) Eikon
2 2 (0.34%) assyst
3 1 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.17%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 94 (15.88%) Office 365
2 9 (1.52%) OneDrive
3 2 (0.34%) G Suite
4 1 (0.17%) Mimecast
4 1 (0.17%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 54 (9.12%) LAN
2 52 (8.78%) TCP/IP
3 51 (8.61%) DNS
4 39 (6.59%) DHCP
5 38 (6.42%) WAN
6 27 (4.56%) VPN
7 23 (3.89%) Internet
8 21 (3.55%) Wireless
9 14 (2.36%) SMS
10 12 (2.03%) Skype
11 8 (1.35%) Ethernet
11 8 (1.35%) Wi-Fi
11 8 (1.35%) WLAN
12 7 (1.18%) Firewall
12 7 (1.18%) VoIP
13 6 (1.01%) Broadband
14 5 (0.84%) ADSL
14 5 (0.84%) Cisco IOS
15 4 (0.68%) Remote Desktop
15 4 (0.68%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (1.69%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.34%) Blockchain
2 2 (0.34%) SQL Server 2005
2 2 (0.34%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 4 (0.68%) MSI
2 1 (0.17%) InstallShield
2 1 (0.17%) Visual Studio
General
1 66 (11.15%) Finance
2 22 (3.72%) Banking
3 11 (1.86%) Telecoms
4 10 (1.69%) Legal
5 7 (1.18%) Financial Institution
5 7 (1.18%) Manufacturing
6 6 (1.01%) Advertising
6 6 (1.01%) Law
7 4 (0.68%) Electronics
7 4 (0.68%) Investment Banking
7 4 (0.68%) Publishing
8 3 (0.51%) Local Government
8 3 (0.51%) Marketing
9 2 (0.34%) Back Office
9 2 (0.34%) Front Office
10 1 (0.17%) French Language
10 1 (0.17%) Multimedia
10 1 (0.17%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.17%) Private Banking
10 1 (0.17%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (0.51%) .NET
1 3 (0.51%) .NET Framework
2 1 (0.17%) Flash
Miscellaneous
1 48 (8.11%) Blackberry
2 30 (5.07%) Analytical Skills
3 25 (4.22%) iPhone
4 24 (4.05%) Driving Licence
5 23 (3.89%) Video Conferencing
6 21 (3.55%) Smartphone
7 14 (2.36%) iPad
8 12 (2.03%) Client/Server
9 9 (1.52%) Data Centre
10 8 (1.35%) Computer Science
11 6 (1.01%) Management Information System
11 6 (1.01%) NHS
12 5 (0.84%) PDA
13 4 (0.68%) User Experience
14 2 (0.34%) Digital Media
14 2 (0.34%) Fat Client
14 2 (0.34%) Fintech
14 2 (0.34%) Hedge funds
14 2 (0.34%) Smartcard
14 2 (0.34%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 462 (78.04%) Windows
2 234 (39.53%) Windows 7
3 180 (30.41%) Windows 10
4 51 (8.61%) Windows 8
4 51 (8.61%) Windows Server
4 51 (8.61%) Windows XP
5 44 (7.43%) Android
6 35 (5.91%) Apple iOS
7 33 (5.57%) Windows Server 2012
8 29 (4.90%) Windows Server 2008
9 27 (4.56%) Mac OS
10 14 (2.36%) Windows Server 2003
11 13 (2.20%) Windows Vista
12 11 (1.86%) Linux
12 11 (1.86%) Mac OS X
13 5 (0.84%) Ubuntu
14 4 (0.68%) Unix
14 4 (0.68%) Windows Mobile
15 3 (0.51%) Windows Phone
16 1 (0.17%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 108 (18.24%) ITIL
2 62 (10.47%) Migration
3 44 (7.43%) Time Management
4 24 (4.05%) Break/Fix
5 22 (3.72%) Service Delivery
6 20 (3.38%) Service Management
7 18 (3.04%) Mobile Device Management
8 17 (2.87%) Root Cause Analysis
9 15 (2.53%) Application Packaging
9 15 (2.53%) Asset Management
10 14 (2.36%) Information Security
11 13 (2.20%) Incident Management
12 10 (1.69%) Data Migration
13 9 (1.52%) Change Management
13 9 (1.52%) Problem Management
14 7 (1.18%) Line Management
14 7 (1.18%) Operational Acceptance Testing
14 7 (1.18%) Quality Management
14 7 (1.18%) Software Deployment
15 6 (1.01%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 17 (2.87%) PowerShell
2 10 (1.69%) SQL
3 7 (1.18%) C
3 7 (1.18%) Java
4 4 (0.68%) C++
5 3 (0.51%) JavaScript
5 3 (0.51%) T-SQL
6 2 (0.34%) Python
6 2 (0.34%) VB
6 2 (0.34%) VBScript
7 1 (0.17%) Korn
7 1 (0.17%) Pascal
7 1 (0.17%) Perl
Qualifications
1 73 (12.33%) Security Cleared
2 59 (9.97%) SC Cleared
3 50 (8.45%) Microsoft Certification
4 31 (5.24%) MCSE
5 20 (3.38%) MCP
6 19 (3.21%) Degree
7 16 (2.70%) MCSA
8 11 (1.86%) A+ Certification
9 10 (1.69%) MCDST
10 8 (1.35%) DBS Check
10 8 (1.35%) MCITP
11 7 (1.18%) BPSS Clearance
11 7 (1.18%) Computer Science Degree
12 6 (1.01%) Network+ Certification
13 5 (0.84%) ACDT
13 5 (0.84%) ACHDS
13 5 (0.84%) ACTC
13 5 (0.84%) ITIL Certification
13 5 (0.84%) MCSM
13 5 (0.84%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 55 (9.29%) SLA
2 8 (1.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (1.18%) ISO 9001
4 5 (0.84%) Disclosure Scotland
4 5 (0.84%) QA
5 1 (0.17%) PMO
System Software
1 261 (44.09%) Active Directory
2 37 (6.25%) Microsoft App-V
3 29 (4.90%) VMware Infrastructure
4 16 (2.70%) Hyper-V
4 16 (2.70%) XenApp
5 13 (2.20%) Virtual Desktop
5 13 (2.20%) XenDesktop
6 7 (1.18%) XenServer
7 6 (1.01%) Virtual Machines
7 6 (1.01%) Virtual Servers
8 4 (0.68%) BitLocker
8 4 (0.68%) vSphere
9 2 (0.34%) VMware ESXi
10 1 (0.17%) Firmware
10 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.17%) Terminal Server
10 1 (0.17%) Terminal Services
10 1 (0.17%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 136 (22.97%) SCCM
2 9 (1.52%) AirWatch
2 9 (1.52%) SCOM
3 7 (1.18%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 6 (1.01%) WSUS
5 3 (0.51%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 3 (0.51%) Norton AntiVirus
5 3 (0.51%) SafeCom
6 2 (0.34%) Backup Exec
6 2 (0.34%) DameWare
6 2 (0.34%) Packer
6 2 (0.34%) Puppet
7 1 (0.17%) HP SIM
7 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Intune
7 1 (0.17%) SCVMM
7 1 (0.17%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 1 (0.17%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 1 (0.17%) ZENworks
Vendors
1 179 (30.24%) Microsoft
2 79 (13.34%) Citrix
3 73 (12.33%) Apple
4 58 (9.80%) VMware
5 37 (6.25%) HP
6 26 (4.39%) Cisco
6 26 (4.39%) Dell
7 18 (3.04%) Bloomberg
8 14 (2.36%) Lotus
9 13 (2.20%) AppSense
10 12 (2.03%) FactSet
11 11 (1.86%) Symantec
12 10 (1.69%) Oracle
13 8 (1.35%) Adobe
13 8 (1.35%) Reuters
14 7 (1.18%) Remedy
14 7 (1.18%) Wyse
15 6 (1.01%) Compaq
15 6 (1.01%) LANDesk
15 6 (1.01%) ServiceNow