The median contractor rate for a Desktop Engineer was £150 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 27 April 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
3 months to
27 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 393 375 307
Rank change year-on-year -18 -68  
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Engineer 212 294 380
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.46% 0.53% 0.68%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.48% 0.55% 0.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 112 131 158
Median daily rate £150 £150 £160
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £120 £105 £113
10% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £275 £300
UK excluding London median daily rate £145 £143 £155
% change year-on-year +1.75% -8.06%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 78 122
Median hourly rate £15.39 £17.23 £14.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.66% +17.97%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.90 £11.35 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £21.90 £20.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £16.25 £13.50
% change year-on-year -7.69% +20.37%  

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 43948 53151 52856
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.58% 95.09% 94.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 28537 34639 32004
Median daily rate £430 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.17% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £263 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £391 £375
% change year-on-year +2.43% +4.13%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1440 1542 2110
Median hourly rate £18.33 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.74% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.72
% change year-on-year - +4.66%  

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 27 April 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 3 months to 27 April 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 27 April 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 -38 192 £150 - 22
London +8 57 £175 +16.66% 13
South East +5 48 £145 +3.57% 5
Hampshire +13 24 £144 +19.50%
South West +6 23 £140 +6.66% 1
East of England -17 23 £130 +6.12% 2
East Midlands +2 13 £150 -16.66%
Scotland +44 12 £150 +42.85% 1
Cambridgeshire +4 12 £103 +17.14% 2
West Midlands +23 11 £140 -14.50% 1
City of London -3 10 £193 +12.40% 3
Havant - 10 £200 -
Cambridge +4 9 £95 -32.14% 2
Gloucestershire +4 9 £140 +7.69%
Surrey +3 9 £140 -20.00%
North West +6 8 £150 -16.66%
Berkshire +13 7 £140 +14.28% 1
Bristol +4 7 £140 - 1
Edinburgh +18 6 £244 +137.80%
Tyne and Wear +12 6 £172 -37.16%
Newcastle upon Tyne +9 6 £172 -37.16%
North East +5 6 £172 -36.88%
Northamptonshire +4 6 £180 -20.00%
Southampton +6 5 £145 -9.37%
Wales +5 5 £225 -
Leicester 0 5 £140 -
Leicestershire -1 5 £140 -
Manchester -5 5 £150 -16.66%
Reading +22 4 £140 +19.14% 1
South Wales +7 4 £225 -

Desktop Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 April 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.

1 331 (75.06%) Windows
2 189 (42.86%) Windows 7
3 178 (40.36%) Active Directory
4 144 (32.65%) Microsoft
5 114 (25.85%) Microsoft Office
6 75 (17.01%) Windows 10
7 74 (16.78%) Security Cleared
8 72 (16.33%) SCCM
8 72 (16.33%) Migration
9 66 (14.97%) Windows Server
10 62 (14.06%) ITIL
11 56 (12.70%) VMware
12 53 (12.02%) SC Cleared
13 52 (11.79%) Windows XP
14 51 (11.56%) Citrix
15 47 (10.66%) Windows Server 2008
16 46 (10.43%) Office 365
16 46 (10.43%) Windows 8
17 37 (8.39%) DNS
18 35 (7.94%) Blackberry
18 35 (7.94%) Time Management
19 34 (7.71%) Apple
20 33 (7.48%) Finance
21 32 (7.26%) MS Exchange
21 32 (7.26%) VMware Infrastructure
22 30 (6.80%) Data Migration
23 29 (6.58%) LAN
23 29 (6.58%) DHCP
24 27 (6.12%) Windows Server 2003
25 25 (5.67%) Apple iOS

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 32 (7.26%) MS Exchange
2 15 (3.40%) IBM Notes
3 10 (2.27%) Exchange Server 2010
4 8 (1.81%) Skype for Business
5 6 (1.36%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 4 (0.91%) Exchange Server 2007
6 4 (0.91%) SharePoint
7 2 (0.45%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (0.23%) CMS
8 1 (0.23%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 114 (25.85%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (2.04%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (1.81%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.23%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 8 (1.81%) Remedy ITSM
2 5 (1.13%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 46 (10.43%) Office 365
2 4 (0.91%) OneDrive
3 2 (0.45%) G Suite
3 2 (0.45%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.23%) Mimecast
4 1 (0.23%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 37 (8.39%) DNS
2 29 (6.58%) DHCP
2 29 (6.58%) LAN
3 23 (5.22%) TCP/IP
4 22 (4.99%) Firewall
5 17 (3.85%) VPN
5 17 (3.85%) WAN
6 16 (3.63%) Internet
7 12 (2.72%) VoIP
8 11 (2.49%) Wireless
9 8 (1.81%) Wi-Fi
10 7 (1.59%) Ethernet
11 6 (1.36%) 3G
11 6 (1.36%) Skype
12 5 (1.13%) Remote Desktop
13 3 (0.68%) IP Telephony
14 2 (0.45%) Broadband
14 2 (0.45%) Cisco IOS
14 2 (0.45%) VLAN
15 1 (0.23%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (0.91%) SQL Server
1 4 (0.91%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 8 (1.81%) MSI
2 2 (0.45%) InstallShield
2 2 (0.45%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.23%) AdminStudio
3 1 (0.23%) Selenium
3 1 (0.23%) WebDriver
General
1 33 (7.48%) Finance
2 21 (4.76%) Banking
3 14 (3.17%) Retail
4 7 (1.59%) Legal
4 7 (1.59%) Telecoms
5 6 (1.36%) Back Office
6 5 (1.13%) Retail Banking
7 4 (0.91%) Investment Banking
7 4 (0.91%) Local Government
8 2 (0.45%) Front Office
8 2 (0.45%) Law
8 2 (0.45%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.45%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.23%) Advertising
9 1 (0.23%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.23%) French Language
9 1 (0.23%) Games
9 1 (0.23%) German Language
9 1 (0.23%) Publishing
9 1 (0.23%) Swedish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (0.68%) WPF
2 2 (0.45%) Middleware
2 2 (0.45%) Software Packaging
2 2 (0.45%) XMPP
3 1 (0.23%) .NET
3 1 (0.23%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 35 (7.94%) Blackberry
2 22 (4.99%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (4.99%) Smartphone
3 16 (3.63%) iPad
4 15 (3.40%) Driving Licence
5 14 (3.17%) iPhone
6 8 (1.81%) Video Conferencing
7 7 (1.59%) Fat Client
7 7 (1.59%) Thin Client
8 6 (1.36%) Management Information System
9 5 (1.13%) Client/Server
9 5 (1.13%) Handset
9 5 (1.13%) User Experience
10 3 (0.68%) NHS
11 2 (0.45%) BYOD
11 2 (0.45%) Data Centre
11 2 (0.45%) Mainframe
11 2 (0.45%) Virtual Team
12 1 (0.23%) Digital Media
12 1 (0.23%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 331 (75.06%) Windows
2 189 (42.86%) Windows 7
3 75 (17.01%) Windows 10
4 66 (14.97%) Windows Server
5 52 (11.79%) Windows XP
6 47 (10.66%) Windows Server 2008
7 46 (10.43%) Windows 8
8 27 (6.12%) Windows Server 2003
9 25 (5.67%) Apple iOS
10 22 (4.99%) Android
10 22 (4.99%) Windows Server 2012
11 13 (2.95%) Mac OS
11 13 (2.95%) Mac OS X
12 3 (0.68%) Linux
12 3 (0.68%) Windows Vista
13 2 (0.45%) Windows Phone
14 1 (0.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 1 (0.23%) Windows 2000 Server
14 1 (0.23%) Windows Mobile
14 1 (0.23%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 72 (16.33%) Migration
2 62 (14.06%) ITIL
3 35 (7.94%) Time Management
4 30 (6.80%) Data Migration
5 12 (2.72%) Service Delivery
6 10 (2.27%) Application Packaging
6 10 (2.27%) ITIL V3
6 10 (2.27%) Software Distribution
7 9 (2.04%) Mobile Device Management
8 8 (1.81%) Patch Management
9 7 (1.59%) Service Management
10 6 (1.36%) Coaching
11 5 (1.13%) Asset Management
11 5 (1.13%) Configuration Management
11 5 (1.13%) Incident Management
11 5 (1.13%) Project Management
12 4 (0.91%) Change Management
12 4 (0.91%) ITSM
12 4 (0.91%) Virtual Infrastructure
13 3 (0.68%) Ticket Management
Programming Languages
1 13 (2.95%) SQL
2 12 (2.72%) PowerShell
3 4 (0.91%) VBScript
4 3 (0.68%) C#
5 1 (0.23%) Bash Shell
5 1 (0.23%) Java
5 1 (0.23%) Perl
5 1 (0.23%) VB
5 1 (0.23%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 74 (16.78%) Security Cleared
2 53 (12.02%) SC Cleared
3 25 (5.67%) Microsoft Certification
4 13 (2.95%) MCSE
5 12 (2.72%) MCP
6 11 (2.49%) MCSA
7 9 (2.04%) DV Cleared
7 9 (2.04%) MCDST
8 8 (1.81%) DBS Check
9 7 (1.59%) Degree
10 5 (1.13%) Network+ Certification
11 4 (0.91%) A+ Certification
11 4 (0.91%) BPSS Clearance
11 4 (0.91%) ITIL Certification
11 4 (0.91%) MCITP
12 3 (0.68%) ACDT
12 3 (0.68%) ACHDS
12 3 (0.68%) ACTC
12 3 (0.68%) MCSM
13 2 (0.45%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (2.49%) SLA
2 4 (0.91%) QA
3 2 (0.45%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.23%) PMO
4 1 (0.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 178 (40.36%) Active Directory
2 32 (7.26%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (2.95%) Microsoft App-V
4 9 (2.04%) Hyper-V
4 9 (2.04%) XenApp
5 6 (1.36%) XenDesktop
6 5 (1.13%) Virtual Servers
7 4 (0.91%) vSphere
8 3 (0.68%) Firmware
8 3 (0.68%) VMware ESX
8 3 (0.68%) VMware ESXi
9 2 (0.45%) Virtual Desktop
10 1 (0.23%) BitLocker
10 1 (0.23%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 1 (0.23%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.23%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 72 (16.33%) SCCM
2 3 (0.68%) WSUS
3 2 (0.45%) AirWatch
3 2 (0.45%) Norton AntiVirus
3 2 (0.45%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
3 2 (0.45%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 1 (0.23%) Cisco CUCM
4 1 (0.23%) Jamf Pro
4 1 (0.23%) McAfee ePO
4 1 (0.23%) Microsoft Intune
4 1 (0.23%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 1 (0.23%) SafeCom
4 1 (0.23%) SCOM
Vendors
1 144 (32.65%) Microsoft
2 56 (12.70%) VMware
3 51 (11.56%) Citrix
4 34 (7.71%) Apple
5 22 (4.99%) HP
6 18 (4.08%) Remedy
7 15 (3.40%) Lotus
8 14 (3.17%) Cisco
9 13 (2.95%) Dell
10 9 (2.04%) ServiceNow
11 7 (1.59%) AppSense
11 7 (1.59%) Bloomberg
11 7 (1.59%) Reuters
11 7 (1.59%) Symantec
12 6 (1.36%) BMC
12 6 (1.36%) Intel Security
13 5 (1.13%) Google
13 5 (1.13%) LANDesk
13 5 (1.13%) Sophos
14 4 (0.91%) NetApp
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