The median contractor rate for a Desktop Support Engineer was £150 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 24 June 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 Support Engineer
UK
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 443 462 421
Rank change year-on-year +19 -41  
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Support Engineer 159 185 236
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.34% 0.34% 0.42%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.36% 0.36% 0.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 66 73 91
Median daily rate £150 £139 £154
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.21% -9.69%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £121 £101 £115
10% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £224 £250
UK excluding London median daily rate £150 £138 £150
% change year-on-year +9.09% -8.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 49 76
Median hourly rate £15.51 £14.00 £15.77
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.80% -11.22%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.75 £20.00 £19.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £13.75 £15.76
% change year-on-year +5.45% -12.75%  

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 43829 51011 53185
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.75% 94.87% 94.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 28353 33254 33375
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £570
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1353 1511 2053
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.48 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.14% +9.21%  

Desktop Support Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Desktop Support Engineer in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Desktop Support Engineer in the UK

Desktop Support Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Desktop Support Engineer.

Contractor daily rate trend for Desktop Support Engineer in the UK

Desktop Support Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Desktop Support Engineer over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Desktop Support Engineer in the UK

Desktop Support Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Desktop Support Engineer.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Desktop Support Engineer in the UK

Desktop Support Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Desktop Support Engineer over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Desktop Support Engineer in the UK

Desktop Support 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 Support Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 24 June 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 +29 143 £150 +7.97% 30
London +14 42 £175 +26.04% 15
South East +24 33 £150 +5.26% 2
East of England -3 21 £130 +17.11% 3
South West -1 16 £140 -23.80% 3
Scotland +53 10 £151 -
Gloucestershire +9 10 £140 -
Cambridgeshire +3 10 £180 +77.77% 1
Hampshire +16 9 £145 +31.81%
East Midlands -4 9 £125 - 1
Berkshire +21 8 £150 +7.14%
Hertfordshire +3 7 £130 -40.90% 1
City of London -1 7 £125 +13.63% 5
Aberdeen - 7 £151 -
North East +65 6 £172 -37.45%
West Midlands +22 6 £145 - 1
Cheltenham +9 6 - -
Oxfordshire -10 6 £126 -6.48%
Newcastle upon Tyne +78 5 £172 -37.45%
Tyne and Wear +75 5 £172 -37.45%
Yorkshire +23 5 - - 3
North West +15 5 £225 +95.65% 2
Cambridge +4 5 £190 +61.70%
Huntingdon - 5 £100 -
West Yorkshire +25 4 - - 3
Wales -11 4 - - 1
West Sussex - 4 £150 -
Leeds +23 3 - - 1
Reading +12 3 £150 -
Southampton +6 3 £145 -

Desktop Support Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 June 2017, Desktop Support 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 Support Engineer in the job title.

1 233 (79.52%) Windows
2 145 (49.49%) Windows 7
3 137 (46.76%) Active Directory
4 115 (39.25%) Microsoft
5 71 (24.23%) Microsoft Office
6 59 (20.14%) Migration
7 51 (17.41%) ITIL
8 49 (16.72%) Windows XP
9 48 (16.38%) Windows 10
10 44 (15.02%) Time Management
11 41 (13.99%) SCCM
12 38 (12.97%) Security Cleared
13 37 (12.63%) Windows Server
14 35 (11.95%) Citrix
15 32 (10.92%) Apple
15 32 (10.92%) MS Exchange
15 32 (10.92%) Windows 8
16 31 (10.58%) Office 365
16 31 (10.58%) Data Migration
16 31 (10.58%) SC Cleared
17 29 (9.90%) VMware
18 27 (9.22%) LAN
19 24 (8.19%) Smartphone
20 23 (7.85%) Windows Server 2008
21 22 (7.51%) DNS
22 21 (7.17%) Microsoft Certification
22 21 (7.17%) DHCP
22 21 (7.17%) Finance
23 20 (6.83%) Blackberry
23 20 (6.83%) Android

Desktop Support 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 (10.92%) MS Exchange
2 9 (3.07%) Exchange Server 2007
2 9 (3.07%) Exchange Server 2010
2 9 (3.07%) IBM Notes
3 7 (2.39%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 7 (2.39%) SharePoint
4 5 (1.71%) Exchange Server 2013
5 4 (1.37%) Skype for Business
6 2 (0.68%) IIS
6 2 (0.68%) SharePoint 2010
7 1 (0.34%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (0.34%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 71 (24.23%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.37%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.68%) AutoCAD
3 2 (0.68%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.34%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 5 (1.71%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.68%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.34%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 31 (10.58%) Office 365
2 3 (1.02%) OneDrive
3 2 (0.68%) G Suite
4 1 (0.34%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 27 (9.22%) LAN
2 22 (7.51%) DNS
3 21 (7.17%) DHCP
4 15 (5.12%) Internet
4 15 (5.12%) WAN
5 14 (4.78%) Firewall
6 13 (4.44%) TCP/IP
6 13 (4.44%) VPN
7 8 (2.73%) VoIP
8 6 (2.05%) Wireless
9 5 (1.71%) Remote Desktop
9 5 (1.71%) Skype
10 4 (1.37%) WLAN
11 3 (1.02%) 3G
11 3 (1.02%) SMTP
12 2 (0.68%) Ethernet
12 2 (0.68%) IP Telephony
12 2 (0.68%) IPv6
12 2 (0.68%) VLAN
13 1 (0.34%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (0.68%) SQL Server
General
1 21 (7.17%) Finance
2 10 (3.41%) Banking
3 6 (2.05%) Retail
3 6 (2.05%) Telecoms
4 3 (1.02%) Back Office
4 3 (1.02%) Electronics
4 3 (1.02%) Front Office
4 3 (1.02%) Investment Banking
4 3 (1.02%) Local Government
4 3 (1.02%) Manufacturing
5 2 (0.68%) Marketing
5 2 (0.68%) Publishing
6 1 (0.34%) Advertising
6 1 (0.34%) French Language
6 1 (0.34%) Legal
6 1 (0.34%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (0.34%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 24 (8.19%) Smartphone
2 20 (6.83%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (6.83%) Blackberry
3 9 (3.07%) iPhone
3 9 (3.07%) Video Conferencing
4 7 (2.39%) iPad
5 4 (1.37%) Client/Server
6 3 (1.02%) Driving Licence
6 3 (1.02%) Handset
6 3 (1.02%) Mainframe
7 2 (0.68%) BYOD
7 2 (0.68%) Digital Media
7 2 (0.68%) Fat Client
7 2 (0.68%) Thin Client
8 1 (0.34%) CMDB
8 1 (0.34%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.34%) EPoS
8 1 (0.34%) IBM Mainframe
8 1 (0.34%) Management Information System
8 1 (0.34%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 233 (79.52%) Windows
2 145 (49.49%) Windows 7
3 49 (16.72%) Windows XP
4 48 (16.38%) Windows 10
5 37 (12.63%) Windows Server
6 32 (10.92%) Windows 8
7 23 (7.85%) Windows Server 2008
8 20 (6.83%) Android
8 20 (6.83%) Apple iOS
9 19 (6.48%) Windows Server 2012
10 12 (4.10%) Windows Server 2003
11 10 (3.41%) Mac OS
12 9 (3.07%) Mac OS X
13 6 (2.05%) Linux
14 3 (1.02%) Ubuntu
14 3 (1.02%) Windows Mobile
15 2 (0.68%) Unix
15 2 (0.68%) Windows Phone
16 1 (0.34%) NetWare
16 1 (0.34%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 59 (20.14%) Migration
2 51 (17.41%) ITIL
3 44 (15.02%) Time Management
4 31 (10.58%) Data Migration
5 13 (4.44%) Break/Fix
6 12 (4.10%) Mobile Device Management
7 10 (3.41%) Service Delivery
8 9 (3.07%) Asset Management
9 8 (2.73%) ITIL V3
10 7 (2.39%) Application Packaging
10 7 (2.39%) Service Management
11 6 (2.05%) Software Distribution
12 5 (1.71%) Configuration Management
12 5 (1.71%) Project Management
13 4 (1.37%) Coaching
13 4 (1.37%) Data Protection
13 4 (1.37%) Patch Management
14 3 (1.02%) Fault Analysis
14 3 (1.02%) Software Deployment
14 3 (1.02%) Ticket Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (2.73%) SQL
2 5 (1.71%) C
3 1 (0.34%) Java
3 1 (0.34%) Korn
3 1 (0.34%) Perl
3 1 (0.34%) PowerShell
3 1 (0.34%) VB
3 1 (0.34%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 38 (12.97%) Security Cleared
2 31 (10.58%) SC Cleared
3 21 (7.17%) Microsoft Certification
4 13 (4.44%) MCSE
5 9 (3.07%) MCP
6 5 (1.71%) A+ Certification
6 5 (1.71%) DBS Check
6 5 (1.71%) Degree
6 5 (1.71%) DV Cleared
6 5 (1.71%) MCDST
7 4 (1.37%) ITIL Certification
7 4 (1.37%) MCSA
8 3 (1.02%) BPSS Clearance
9 2 (0.68%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 2 (0.68%) Network+ Certification
10 1 (0.34%) BC Cleared
10 1 (0.34%) CCAA
10 1 (0.34%) CCENT
10 1 (0.34%) CTC Cleared
10 1 (0.34%) DCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (6.14%) SLA
2 2 (0.68%) QA
3 1 (0.34%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 1 (0.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 137 (46.76%) Active Directory
2 15 (5.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (1.71%) Hyper-V
4 4 (1.37%) Virtual Desktop
4 4 (1.37%) XenApp
5 3 (1.02%) Firmware
5 3 (1.02%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (0.68%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.68%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (0.68%) XenDesktop
7 1 (0.34%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.34%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.34%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 41 (13.99%) SCCM
2 3 (1.02%) WSUS
3 2 (0.68%) Norton AntiVirus
3 2 (0.68%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 1 (0.34%) Microsoft Intune
4 1 (0.34%) SCOM
4 1 (0.34%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 115 (39.25%) Microsoft
2 35 (11.95%) Citrix
3 32 (10.92%) Apple
4 29 (9.90%) VMware
5 17 (5.80%) HP
6 12 (4.10%) Remedy
7 11 (3.75%) Dell
8 9 (3.07%) Cisco
8 9 (3.07%) Lotus
9 8 (2.73%) ServiceNow
10 5 (1.71%) Sophos
10 5 (1.71%) Symantec
11 4 (1.37%) Avaya
11 4 (1.37%) Google
11 4 (1.37%) SAP
12 3 (1.02%) Bloomberg
12 3 (1.02%) BMC
12 3 (1.02%) Reuters
13 2 (0.68%) LANDesk
13 2 (0.68%) McAfee
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