Period
to 27 January 2021

The median contractor rate for a Desktop Engineer was £160 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 27 January 2021.

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
27 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 339 223 332
Rank change year-on-year -116 +109 +34
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Engineer 275 837 774
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.64% 1.17% 0.79%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.69% 1.25% 0.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 215 484 450
Median daily rate £160 £160 £160
10th Percentile £114 £114 £111
90th Percentile £498 £288 £308
UK excluding London median daily rate £150 £150 £150
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 174 198
Median hourly rate £16.50 £16.95 £15.28
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.65% +10.97% -3.69%
10th Percentile £11.17 £13.00 £11.17
90th Percentile £21.05 £20.09 £20.13
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.20 £15.00
% change year-on-year +1.85% +8.00% -5.42%

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 39,625 67,135 92,777
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.49% 93.85% 94.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 26,912 44,891 62,526
Median daily rate £470 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.44% - -
10th Percentile £256 £238 £267
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,435 2,482 2,746
Median hourly rate £23.43 £18.00 £17.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +30.17% +2.56% -1.07%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £10.92
90th Percentile £58.00 £50.00 £48.75
Median hourly rate £19.50 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +11.43% - -

Desktop Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Desktop Engineer in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Desktop Engineer in the UK

Desktop Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Desktop Engineer.

Daily rate trend for Desktop Engineer in the UK

Desktop Engineer
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Desktop Engineer over the 6 months to 27 January 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Desktop Engineer in the UK

Desktop Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Desktop Engineer.

Hourly rate trend for Desktop Engineer in the UK

Desktop Engineer
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Desktop Engineer over the 6 months to 27 January 2021.

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 27 January 2021. 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 -105 224 £160 - 20
UK excluding London -37 205 £150 - 21
Midlands +42 53 £161 -5.15%
London -61 43 £175 -6.67%
North of England +21 41 £150 -6.25% 5
West Midlands +36 38 £161 -7.86%
South East +21 38 £163 +16.07% 5
Work from Home -173 30 £373 +69.32% 3
South West +32 28 £146 +4.16% 3
North West +29 25 £150 -3.23% 4
East of England -3 18 £135 -32.50% 7
East Midlands +32 15 £165 +20.00%
Wales +7 13 £115 -32.01%
Yorkshire +18 12 £147 -9.06%
Scotland -2 10 £123 -5.77% 1
North East +26 4 £150 - 1
Northern Ireland -5 4 £114 -11.95%

Desktop Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 January 2021, 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.

1 185 (67.27%) Windows
2 116 (42.18%) Windows 10
3 76 (27.64%) Active Directory
4 67 (24.36%) Microsoft
5 62 (22.55%) Windows 7
5 62 (22.55%) Office 365
6 55 (20.00%) SCCM
7 44 (16.00%) Microsoft Office
8 43 (15.64%) Security Cleared
9 31 (11.27%) SC Cleared
10 30 (10.91%) Public Sector
11 28 (10.18%) ITIL
12 24 (8.73%) Azure
13 21 (7.64%) LAN
14 20 (7.27%) Migration
15 17 (6.18%) TCP/IP
16 16 (5.82%) Finance
17 15 (5.45%) Proactive Monitoring
18 14 (5.09%) Project Management
18 14 (5.09%) Problem Management
19 13 (4.73%) Virtual Desktop
19 13 (4.73%) Break/Fix
19 13 (4.73%) Problem-Solving
20 12 (4.36%) Windows 8
20 12 (4.36%) DevOps
20 12 (4.36%) Telecoms
20 12 (4.36%) ITIL Certification
20 12 (4.36%) Windows XP
21 11 (4.00%) Apple
21 11 (4.00%) Internet

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 8 (2.91%) MS Exchange
2 7 (2.55%) SharePoint
3 2 (0.73%) IIS
4 1 (0.36%) Confluence
4 1 (0.36%) SAS
4 1 (0.36%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 44 (16.00%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (3.27%) Microsoft Project
3 3 (1.09%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.36%) assyst
1 1 (0.36%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 62 (22.55%) Office 365
2 24 (8.73%) Azure
3 6 (2.18%) Azure Active Directory
3 6 (2.18%) OneDrive
4 2 (0.73%) AWS
5 1 (0.36%) Dropbox
Communications & Networking
1 21 (7.64%) LAN
2 17 (6.18%) TCP/IP
3 11 (4.00%) Internet
4 9 (3.27%) Ethernet
4 9 (3.27%) WAN
5 5 (1.82%) DHCP
5 5 (1.82%) DNS
5 5 (1.82%) Skype
6 3 (1.09%) Firewall
6 3 (1.09%) Remote Desktop
6 3 (1.09%) VPN
6 3 (1.09%) Wireless
7 2 (0.73%) ATM
7 2 (0.73%) SSH
7 2 (0.73%) Wi-Fi
8 1 (0.36%) Broadband
8 1 (0.36%) IP Telephony
8 1 (0.36%) NAS
8 1 (0.36%) Network Security
8 1 (0.36%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.36%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (0.73%) Cucumber
1 2 (0.73%) Jenkins
1 2 (0.73%) MSI
1 2 (0.73%) QF-Test
1 2 (0.73%) Ranorex
2 1 (0.36%) eggPlant
2 1 (0.36%) Git (software)
2 1 (0.36%) Gradle
2 1 (0.36%) Hudson
2 1 (0.36%) JIRA
2 1 (0.36%) Maven
2 1 (0.36%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (0.36%) TeamCity
2 1 (0.36%) TestRail
2 1 (0.36%) Visual Studio Coded UI
General
1 30 (10.91%) Public Sector
2 16 (5.82%) Finance
3 12 (4.36%) Telecoms
4 10 (3.64%) Local Government
5 7 (2.55%) Manufacturing
6 6 (2.18%) Electronics
6 6 (2.18%) Marketing
7 3 (1.09%) Banking
8 2 (0.73%) German Language
9 1 (0.36%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.36%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.36%) French Language
9 1 (0.36%) Games
9 1 (0.36%) Hindi Language
9 1 (0.36%) Italian Language
9 1 (0.36%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.36%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (0.73%) Gherkin
2 1 (0.36%) JSON
2 1 (0.36%) REST
2 1 (0.36%) SOAP
2 1 (0.36%) Swagger
2 1 (0.36%) Web Services
2 1 (0.36%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 11 (4.00%) Self-Motivation
2 9 (3.27%) Chip and PIN
3 8 (2.91%) Driving Licence
3 8 (2.91%) NHS
4 6 (2.18%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (2.18%) Management Information System
5 4 (1.45%) Data Centre
5 4 (1.45%) iPad
6 3 (1.09%) Blackberry
6 3 (1.09%) Fat Client
6 3 (1.09%) iPhone
6 3 (1.09%) Smartphone
6 3 (1.09%) Thin Client
6 3 (1.09%) Video Conferencing
7 1 (0.36%) EMC VNX
7 1 (0.36%) Handset
7 1 (0.36%) Replication
7 1 (0.36%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 185 (67.27%) Windows
2 116 (42.18%) Windows 10
3 62 (22.55%) Windows 7
4 12 (4.36%) Windows 8
4 12 (4.36%) Windows XP
5 4 (1.45%) Mac OS
6 3 (1.09%) Linux
6 3 (1.09%) Windows Server
6 3 (1.09%) Windows Server 2019
7 2 (0.73%) Windows Server 2003
7 2 (0.73%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.36%) Android
8 1 (0.36%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.36%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.36%) Unix
8 1 (0.36%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (10.18%) ITIL
2 20 (7.27%) Migration
3 15 (5.45%) Proactive Monitoring
4 14 (5.09%) Problem Management
4 14 (5.09%) Project Management
5 13 (4.73%) Break/Fix
5 13 (4.73%) Problem-Solving
6 12 (4.36%) DevOps
7 10 (3.64%) Asset Management
7 10 (3.64%) Preventative Maintenance
8 9 (3.27%) Network Management
8 9 (3.27%) Patch Management
8 9 (3.27%) Performance Monitoring
8 9 (3.27%) Project Delivery
9 8 (2.91%) Incident Management
9 8 (2.91%) Information Security
9 8 (2.91%) Line Management
10 7 (2.55%) Logistics
10 7 (2.55%) Time Management
10 7 (2.55%) Virtual Infrastructure
Programming Languages
1 6 (2.18%) C
2 5 (1.82%) PowerShell
3 4 (1.45%) Python
4 2 (0.73%) Bash Shell
4 2 (0.73%) Java
5 1 (0.36%) Groovy
5 1 (0.36%) Jython
5 1 (0.36%) Shell Script
5 1 (0.36%) SQL
5 1 (0.36%) VB
5 1 (0.36%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 43 (15.64%) Security Cleared
2 31 (11.27%) SC Cleared
3 12 (4.36%) ITIL Certification
4 9 (3.27%) DBS Check
4 9 (3.27%) ECDL
5 5 (1.82%) Microsoft Certification
6 4 (1.45%) BPSS Clearance
7 3 (1.09%) A+ Certification
7 3 (1.09%) MCSE
8 2 (0.73%) Degree
8 2 (0.73%) DV Cleared
9 1 (0.36%) HNC
9 1 (0.36%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 1 (0.36%) MCP
9 1 (0.36%) MCSA
9 1 (0.36%) MCSM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (3.27%) Disclosure Scotland
2 8 (2.91%) SLA
3 2 (0.73%) QA
4 1 (0.36%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 76 (27.64%) Active Directory
2 13 (4.73%) Virtual Desktop
3 4 (1.45%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (1.09%) BitLocker
5 2 (0.73%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.73%) XenApp
6 1 (0.36%) Docker
6 1 (0.36%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.36%) Terminal Server
6 1 (0.36%) VirtualBox
6 1 (0.36%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.36%) vSphere
6 1 (0.36%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 55 (20.00%) SCCM
2 3 (1.09%) Microsoft Intune
3 2 (0.73%) AirWatch
3 2 (0.73%) McAfee ePO
4 1 (0.36%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.36%) IBM BigFix
4 1 (0.36%) PaperCut
4 1 (0.36%) Puppet
4 1 (0.36%) SCOM
4 1 (0.36%) ServiceCenter
4 1 (0.36%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
4 1 (0.36%) ZENworks
Vendors
1 67 (24.36%) Microsoft
2 11 (4.00%) Apple
3 10 (3.64%) Citrix
4 8 (2.91%) Remedy
5 7 (2.55%) Symantec
5 7 (2.55%) VMware
6 6 (2.18%) SAP
7 5 (1.82%) Dell
8 4 (1.45%) Facebook
8 4 (1.45%) HP
8 4 (1.45%) Instagram
8 4 (1.45%) ServiceNow
8 4 (1.45%) SolarWinds
8 4 (1.45%) Twitter
9 3 (1.09%) Cisco
10 2 (0.73%) Avaya
10 2 (0.73%) Bloomberg
10 2 (0.73%) McAfee
10 2 (0.73%) Wyse
11 1 (0.36%) BT