The median contractor rate for a Desktop Support Engineer was £150 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Desktop Support Engineer
UK
Rank 462 474 392
Rank change year-on-year +12 -82  
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Support Engineer 134 169 233
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.30% 0.32% 0.44%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.31% 0.33% 0.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 49 74 102
Median daily rate £150 £143 £150
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% -5.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £102 £110
10% offered a daily rate of more than £204 £220 £210
UK excluding London median daily rate £150 £140 £150
% change year-on-year +7.14% -6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 44 67
Median hourly rate £16.50 £15.38 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.31% +2.50%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.08 £11.92
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.00 £20.00 £21.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year +3.33% +11.11%  

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 42950 50452 49894
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.82% 95.19% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 27813 32635 30138
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £555
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1510 1582 1977
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.38
% change year-on-year -12.50% +15.10%  

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 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 March 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 March 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 -4 122 £150 +1.69% 20
London +7 38 £160 +8.47% 12
South East +31 36 £150 +11.11% 2
Hampshire +16 15 £140 +16.66% 1
South West -5 15 £140 +7.69% 4
East of England -9 14 £110 -36.69%
Surrey +17 10 £160 +14.28% 1
Cambridgeshire +8 10 £95 +8.57%
Cambridge +8 8 £95 -
North West +22 7 £150 -17.80%
Southampton +12 7 £133 -11.66%
East Midlands +1 7 £210 +16.66% 1
Scotland +23 5 £244 +98.97%
Wiltshire +1 5 - -
City of London +1 5 £143 -19.14% 5
Oxfordshire -10 5 £150 +11.11%
Havant - 5 £200 -
Berkshire +23 4 - -
Gloucestershire +6 4 £140 +9.80%
West Midlands +5 4 - - 1
Bristol +4 4 £150 - 2
Northamptonshire - 4 £210 - 1
Northampton - 4 £210 -
Edinburgh +21 3 £338 -
Reading +19 3 - -
Oxford -7 3 £150 +11.11%
Leicester - 3 - -
Leicestershire - 3 - -
Liverpool - 3 - -
Merseyside - 3 - -

Desktop Support Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 March 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.

1 259 (79.94%) Windows
2 163 (50.31%) Windows 7
3 136 (41.98%) Active Directory
4 108 (33.33%) Microsoft
5 101 (31.17%) MS Office
6 59 (18.21%) Windows Server
7 53 (16.36%) Security Cleared
8 49 (15.12%) MS Excel
9 48 (14.81%) Windows XP
9 48 (14.81%) Windows 10
10 47 (14.51%) SCCM
11 44 (13.58%) ITIL
11 44 (13.58%) Migration
12 40 (12.35%) Office 365
13 39 (12.04%) Windows 8
14 37 (11.42%) SC Cleared
15 36 (11.11%) Citrix
16 35 (10.80%) Blackberry
17 34 (10.49%) MS Exchange
18 33 (10.19%) VMware
19 32 (9.88%) Windows Server 2008
20 29 (8.95%) DNS
20 29 (8.95%) Apple
21 27 (8.33%) LAN
22 26 (8.02%) Finance
22 26 (8.02%) VMware Infrastructure
23 25 (7.72%) Windows Server 2003
24 24 (7.41%) TCP/IP
25 23 (7.10%) DHCP
25 23 (7.10%) Retail

Desktop Support Engineer Skill Set
Top Related 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 34 (10.49%) MS Exchange
2 20 (6.17%) IBM Notes
3 11 (3.40%) Exchange Server 2010
4 7 (2.16%) Exchange Server 2007
4 7 (2.16%) Exchange Server 2013
5 5 (1.54%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 5 (1.54%) Skype for Business
6 2 (0.62%) Exchange Server 2003
6 2 (0.62%) SharePoint
7 1 (0.31%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 101 (31.17%) MS Office
2 49 (15.12%) MS Excel
3 7 (2.16%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.31%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 7 (2.16%) Eikon
2 5 (1.54%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 40 (12.35%) Office 365
2 2 (0.62%) OneDrive
3 1 (0.31%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 29 (8.95%) DNS
2 27 (8.33%) LAN
3 24 (7.41%) TCP/IP
4 23 (7.10%) DHCP
5 20 (6.17%) VPN
6 17 (5.25%) Internet
7 15 (4.63%) Firewall
7 15 (4.63%) WAN
8 13 (4.01%) Wireless
9 9 (2.78%) VoIP
10 8 (2.47%) Ethernet
10 8 (2.47%) Skype
10 8 (2.47%) Wi-Fi
11 6 (1.85%) Remote Desktop
12 5 (1.54%) 3G
13 2 (0.62%) Cisco IOS
13 2 (0.62%) IP Telephony
13 2 (0.62%) Network Security
13 2 (0.62%) WebEx
14 1 (0.31%) VLAN
General
1 26 (8.02%) Finance
2 23 (7.10%) Retail
3 22 (6.79%) Banking
4 7 (2.16%) Retail Banking
5 6 (1.85%) Back Office
5 6 (1.85%) Legal
6 4 (1.23%) Korean Language
6 4 (1.23%) Telecoms
7 2 (0.62%) Advertising
7 2 (0.62%) Local Government
7 2 (0.62%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.31%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.31%) Games
8 1 (0.31%) German Language
8 1 (0.31%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.31%) Law
8 1 (0.31%) Swedish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (0.62%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 35 (10.80%) Blackberry
2 19 (5.86%) iPad
3 16 (4.94%) iPhone
4 15 (4.63%) Smartphone
5 14 (4.32%) Analytical Skills
6 10 (3.09%) Video Conferencing
7 9 (2.78%) Driving Licence
8 6 (1.85%) Fat Client
8 6 (1.85%) Management Information System
8 6 (1.85%) Thin Client
9 4 (1.23%) Client/Server
10 3 (0.93%) Handset
11 2 (0.62%) BYOD
11 2 (0.62%) Mainframe
11 2 (0.62%) NHS
12 1 (0.31%) CMDB
12 1 (0.31%) Data Centre
12 1 (0.31%) EPoS
12 1 (0.31%) User Experience
12 1 (0.31%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 259 (79.94%) Windows
2 163 (50.31%) Windows 7
3 59 (18.21%) Windows Server
4 48 (14.81%) Windows 10
4 48 (14.81%) Windows XP
5 39 (12.04%) Windows 8
6 32 (9.88%) Windows Server 2008
7 25 (7.72%) Windows Server 2003
8 20 (6.17%) Apple iOS
9 19 (5.86%) Android
10 14 (4.32%) Mac OS X
11 13 (4.01%) Mac OS
11 13 (4.01%) Windows Server 2012
12 3 (0.93%) Windows Phone
13 2 (0.62%) Linux
14 1 (0.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 1 (0.31%) Windows 2000
14 1 (0.31%) Windows Mobile
14 1 (0.31%) Windows NT
14 1 (0.31%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (13.58%) ITIL
1 44 (13.58%) Migration
2 22 (6.79%) Time Management
3 19 (5.86%) Data Migration
4 10 (3.09%) Incident Management
5 8 (2.47%) Coaching
5 8 (2.47%) ITIL V3
5 8 (2.47%) Patch Management
6 7 (2.16%) Mobile Device Management
6 7 (2.16%) Service Delivery
6 7 (2.16%) Service Management
7 6 (1.85%) Change Management
7 6 (1.85%) Software Distribution
8 5 (1.54%) Asset Management
9 4 (1.23%) Application Packaging
9 4 (1.23%) Configuration Management
9 4 (1.23%) Data Protection
9 4 (1.23%) Identity Management
9 4 (1.23%) Software Deployment
9 4 (1.23%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 5 (1.54%) Java
1 5 (1.54%) SQL
2 4 (1.23%) PowerShell
3 1 (0.31%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 53 (16.36%) Security Cleared
2 37 (11.42%) SC Cleared
3 18 (5.56%) Microsoft Certification
4 11 (3.40%) MCP
4 11 (3.40%) MCSE
5 8 (2.47%) MCDST
6 6 (1.85%) MCSA
6 6 (1.85%) Network+ Certification
7 4 (1.23%) ACDT
7 4 (1.23%) ACHDS
7 4 (1.23%) ACTC
7 4 (1.23%) BPSS Clearance
7 4 (1.23%) Degree
7 4 (1.23%) MCSM
8 3 (0.93%) A+ Certification
8 3 (0.93%) DBS Check
8 3 (0.93%) DV Cleared
8 3 (0.93%) MCITP
9 2 (0.62%) ITIL Certification
9 2 (0.62%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (6.17%) SLA
2 2 (0.62%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (0.62%) QA
System Software
1 136 (41.98%) Active Directory
2 26 (8.02%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (2.47%) XenApp
4 6 (1.85%) Virtual Servers
5 5 (1.54%) Hyper-V
6 4 (1.23%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (0.62%) Virtual Desktop
7 2 (0.62%) VMware ESX
7 2 (0.62%) XenDesktop
8 1 (0.31%) Firmware
8 1 (0.31%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.31%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 47 (14.51%) SCCM
2 3 (0.93%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 2 (0.62%) AirWatch
3 2 (0.62%) Jamf Pro
3 2 (0.62%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 1 (0.31%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 1 (0.31%) Microsoft Intune
4 1 (0.31%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (0.31%) WSUS
Vendors
1 108 (33.33%) Microsoft
2 36 (11.11%) Citrix
3 33 (10.19%) VMware
4 29 (8.95%) Apple
5 20 (6.17%) Lotus
6 15 (4.63%) Remedy
7 11 (3.40%) HP
8 10 (3.09%) Bloomberg
8 10 (3.09%) Cisco
9 9 (2.78%) Reuters
10 7 (2.16%) Dell
10 7 (2.16%) ServiceNow
11 4 (1.23%) AppSense
11 4 (1.23%) Avaya
11 4 (1.23%) SAP
12 3 (0.93%) BMC
12 3 (0.93%) Snow
12 3 (0.93%) Sophos
12 3 (0.93%) Symantec
13 2 (0.62%) ThinPrint
Bristol, Avon
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £10.50 - £11.00 per hour
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