Period
to 15 December 2019

The median contractor rate for a Desktop Engineer was £160 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 15 December 2019.

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
15 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 233 327 371
Rank change year-on-year +94 +44 +66
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Engineer 920 835 675
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.16% 0.80% 0.65%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.24% 0.85% 0.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 503 444 379
UK median daily rate £160 £165 £163
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.03% +1.54% +1.56%
10th Percentile £114 £113 £107
90th Percentile £288 £325 £304
UK excluding London median daily rate £148 £150 £160
% change year-on-year -1.67% -6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 192 233 143
UK median hourly rate £16.35 £15.86 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.09% +2.32% +6.90%
10th Percentile £12.50 £11.17 £13.00
90th Percentile £20.13 £20.13 £19.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £15.19 £15.55
% change year-on-year +5.33% -2.32% +11.07%

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 74,366 98,759 98,036
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.98% 94.77% 94.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 48,569 65,390 64,982
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £450
10th Percentile £250 £270 £258
90th Percentile £644 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +1.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,870 3,031 2,870
UK median hourly rate £19.32 £18.50 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.42% -1.07% +3.89%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.76
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year +2.86% -2.78% +2.86%

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 15 December 2019.

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 15 December 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Desktop Engineer in the UK

Desktop Engineer
Top 16 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 15 December 2019. 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 +105 807 £160 -5.88% 85
UK excluding London +92 650 £148 -1.67% 69
London +81 261 £188 +2.74% 22
South East +73 164 £140 -18.84% 21
North of England +77 123 £160 +16.36% 22
South West +4 97 £140 - 8
East of England +63 86 £160 -12.33% 5
Midlands +77 76 £170 -5.56% 7
North West +37 60 £150 +20.00% 10
Scotland +33 60 £130 -5.80% 3
West Midlands +68 55 £180 -10.00% 3
Yorkshire +66 55 £163 -12.16% 9
Wales +54 29 £225 +53.85% 2
East Midlands +25 21 £138 -19.12% 4
Northern Ireland +11 15 £100 -16.67% 1
North East +23 8 £155 -3.13% 3

Desktop Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 15 December 2019, 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.

1 717 (77.93%) Windows
2 527 (57.28%) Windows 10
3 371 (40.33%) Active Directory
4 337 (36.63%) Windows 7
5 317 (34.46%) Office 365
6 286 (31.09%) Microsoft
7 193 (20.98%) SCCM
8 187 (20.33%) Microsoft Office
9 129 (14.02%) Finance
10 125 (13.59%) Migration
11 114 (12.39%) ITIL
12 92 (10.00%) Security Cleared
13 90 (9.78%) Public Sector
14 82 (8.91%) Break/Fix
14 82 (8.91%) Problem-Solving
15 67 (7.28%) Apple
16 64 (6.96%) SLA
17 62 (6.74%) SC Cleared
18 60 (6.52%) Windows XP
19 55 (5.98%) Driving Licence
19 55 (5.98%) Windows 8
20 53 (5.76%) Windows Server
21 51 (5.54%) Android
22 49 (5.33%) Analytical Skills
22 49 (5.33%) Citrix
23 48 (5.22%) Business Intelligence
23 48 (5.22%) Manufacturing
24 47 (5.11%) Telecoms
25 46 (5.00%) VMware
26 44 (4.78%) MS Exchange

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 44 (4.78%) MS Exchange
2 33 (3.59%) Skype for Business
3 25 (2.72%) SharePoint
4 10 (1.09%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 8 (0.87%) Exchange Server 2010
6 7 (0.76%) IBM Notes
7 5 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2013
8 3 (0.33%) Exchange Server 2007
9 2 (0.22%) Confluence
10 1 (0.11%) Exchange Server 2003
10 1 (0.11%) IIS
Applications
1 187 (20.33%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (0.98%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.22%) CATIA
4 2 (0.22%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.22%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.22%) Pro/ENGINEER
4 2 (0.22%) PTC Creo
5 1 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 1 (0.11%) Mozilla Thunderbird
5 1 (0.11%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 9 (0.98%) assyst
2 2 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.11%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 317 (34.46%) Office 365
2 32 (3.48%) Azure
3 13 (1.41%) Azure Active Directory
4 8 (0.87%) OneDrive
5 5 (0.54%) G Suite
6 4 (0.43%) AWS
7 3 (0.33%) SaaS
8 2 (0.22%) Slack
8 2 (0.22%) Trello
9 1 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Cloud
9 1 (0.11%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 1 (0.11%) Azure Stack
9 1 (0.11%) Google Docs
9 1 (0.11%) iTunes
Communications & Networking
1 41 (4.46%) DNS
1 41 (4.46%) Skype
2 36 (3.91%) TCP/IP
3 34 (3.70%) VoIP
3 34 (3.70%) Wireless
4 32 (3.48%) DHCP
4 32 (3.48%) Remote Desktop
4 32 (3.48%) VPN
5 23 (2.50%) LAN
6 20 (2.17%) Firewall
7 13 (1.41%) WAN
8 12 (1.30%) Wi-Fi
9 11 (1.20%) VLAN
10 10 (1.09%) Internet
11 6 (0.65%) PBX
12 4 (0.43%) IP Telephony
12 4 (0.43%) SAN
13 3 (0.33%) Ethernet
13 3 (0.33%) NAS
14 2 (0.22%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (1.09%) SQL Server
2 9 (0.98%) Electronic Patient Records
3 5 (0.54%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (0.54%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (0.22%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 5 (0.54%) AdminStudio
1 5 (0.54%) JIRA
2 4 (0.43%) Hudson
2 4 (0.43%) InstallShield
3 1 (0.11%) Bitbucket Server
3 1 (0.11%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.11%) MSI
3 1 (0.11%) TestRail
3 1 (0.11%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.11%) Zephyr
General
1 129 (14.02%) Finance
2 90 (9.78%) Public Sector
3 48 (5.22%) Manufacturing
4 47 (5.11%) Telecoms
5 39 (4.24%) Electronics
5 39 (4.24%) Marketing
6 24 (2.61%) Banking
7 12 (1.30%) Retail
8 6 (0.65%) Aerospace
9 5 (0.54%) Front Office
9 5 (0.54%) Investment Banking
9 5 (0.54%) Legal
10 4 (0.43%) Law
11 3 (0.33%) Back Office
11 3 (0.33%) Italian Language
11 3 (0.33%) Local Government
12 2 (0.22%) Pharmaceutical
13 1 (0.11%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (0.22%) LDAP
1 2 (0.22%) Middleware
1 2 (0.22%) Software Packaging
2 1 (0.11%) COM
2 1 (0.11%) XML
2 1 (0.11%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 55 (5.98%) Driving Licence
2 49 (5.33%) Analytical Skills
3 40 (4.35%) NHS
4 26 (2.83%) Smartphone
5 23 (2.50%) Blackberry
5 23 (2.50%) iPhone
6 17 (1.85%) Data Centre
7 16 (1.74%) Self-Motivation
8 15 (1.63%) Management Information System
9 14 (1.52%) User Experience
10 13 (1.41%) Video Conferencing
11 10 (1.09%) BYOD
12 9 (0.98%) e-Health
12 9 (0.98%) LIMS
12 9 (0.98%) PACS
13 6 (0.65%) Fat Client
13 6 (0.65%) iPad
13 6 (0.65%) Thin Client
14 5 (0.54%) Enterprise Software
14 5 (0.54%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 717 (77.93%) Windows
2 527 (57.28%) Windows 10
3 337 (36.63%) Windows 7
4 60 (6.52%) Windows XP
5 55 (5.98%) Windows 8
6 53 (5.76%) Windows Server
7 51 (5.54%) Android
8 42 (4.57%) Apple iOS
9 34 (3.70%) Mac OS
10 32 (3.48%) Linux
11 30 (3.26%) Mac OS X
12 25 (2.72%) Windows Server 2008
13 18 (1.96%) Windows Server 2012
14 6 (0.65%) Windows Server 2003
15 3 (0.33%) Ubuntu
16 2 (0.22%) CentOS
16 2 (0.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 2 (0.22%) Unix
17 1 (0.11%) Windows Mobile
17 1 (0.11%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 125 (13.59%) Migration
2 114 (12.39%) ITIL
3 82 (8.91%) Break/Fix
3 82 (8.91%) Problem-Solving
4 48 (5.22%) Business Intelligence
5 40 (4.35%) Service Management
6 39 (4.24%) Digital Marketing
6 39 (4.24%) Programme Management
7 35 (3.80%) Asset Management
8 34 (3.70%) ITSM
9 33 (3.59%) Time Management
10 30 (3.26%) Incident Management
11 28 (3.04%) Mobile Device Management
12 24 (2.61%) Patch Management
13 22 (2.39%) Application Packaging
14 20 (2.17%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 16 (1.74%) Analytics
15 16 (1.74%) Software Deployment
16 15 (1.63%) Preventative Maintenance
17 14 (1.52%) Change Control
Programming Languages
1 37 (4.02%) PowerShell
2 16 (1.74%) SQL
3 9 (0.98%) VB
4 3 (0.33%) Python
5 2 (0.22%) Bash Shell
5 2 (0.22%) C
5 2 (0.22%) Java
5 2 (0.22%) MATLAB
6 1 (0.11%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.11%) PHP
6 1 (0.11%) sed
6 1 (0.11%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 92 (10.00%) Security Cleared
2 62 (6.74%) SC Cleared
3 38 (4.13%) Microsoft Certification
4 20 (2.17%) MCSE
5 16 (1.74%) Degree
5 16 (1.74%) MCP
6 13 (1.41%) ITIL Certification
7 11 (1.20%) DBS Check
7 11 (1.20%) MCSA
8 8 (0.87%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 7 (0.76%) A+ Certification
9 7 (0.76%) Cisco Certification
9 7 (0.76%) DV Cleared
9 7 (0.76%) MCITP
10 5 (0.54%) CCNA
10 5 (0.54%) MCDST
11 4 (0.43%) RHCSA
12 2 (0.22%) BPSS Clearance
12 2 (0.22%) GNVQ
12 2 (0.22%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 64 (6.96%) SLA
2 9 (0.98%) HL7
3 3 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 1 (0.11%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 371 (40.33%) Active Directory
2 29 (3.15%) VMware Infrastructure
3 21 (2.28%) XenDesktop
4 19 (2.07%) Hyper-V
5 17 (1.85%) XenApp
6 12 (1.30%) BitLocker
7 8 (0.87%) Microsoft App-V
8 7 (0.76%) Citrix Hypervisor
9 6 (0.65%) Virtual Desktop
10 4 (0.43%) Virtual Machines
11 3 (0.33%) vSphere
12 2 (0.22%) Firmware
12 2 (0.22%) Terminal Services
12 2 (0.22%) Virtual Servers
12 2 (0.22%) VMware Workstation
12 2 (0.22%) Xen
13 1 (0.11%) iptables
13 1 (0.11%) KVM
13 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 1 (0.11%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 193 (20.98%) SCCM
2 12 (1.30%) Microsoft Intune
3 11 (1.20%) AirWatch
3 11 (1.20%) Jamf Pro
4 9 (0.98%) McAfee ePO
4 9 (0.98%) WSUS
5 5 (0.54%) SCOM
6 4 (0.43%) Norton AntiVirus
6 4 (0.43%) ThinApp
7 3 (0.33%) PaperCut
7 3 (0.33%) Perfmon
7 3 (0.33%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 2 (0.22%) Cisco CUCM
9 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 1 (0.11%) Puppet
9 1 (0.11%) SCOrch
9 1 (0.11%) Single Sign-On
9 1 (0.11%) yum
Vendors
1 286 (31.09%) Microsoft
2 67 (7.28%) Apple
3 49 (5.33%) Citrix
4 46 (5.00%) VMware
5 40 (4.35%) SAP
6 39 (4.24%) ServiceNow
7 36 (3.91%) Cisco
8 34 (3.70%) HP
9 25 (2.72%) Ivanti
10 21 (2.28%) Adobe
11 19 (2.07%) Bloomberg
11 19 (2.07%) Remedy
12 16 (1.74%) Dell
13 15 (1.63%) McAfee
14 14 (1.52%) Reuters
15 12 (1.30%) Fujitsu
15 12 (1.30%) Google
16 8 (0.87%) Avaya
16 8 (0.87%) Symantec
17 7 (0.76%) Lotus