The median contractor rate for a Desktop Support Engineer was £150 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 28 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.

Desktop Support Engineer
UK
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 473 469 409
Rank change year-on-year -4 -60  
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Support Engineer 135 173 242
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.30% 0.32% 0.45%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.32% 0.34% 0.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 50 76 107
Median daily rate £150 £140 £150
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% -6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £103 £112
10% offered a daily rate of more than £202 £220 £212
UK excluding London median daily rate £150 £138 £150
% change year-on-year +9.09% -8.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 45 67
Median hourly rate £15.86 £15.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.73% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.10 £11.92
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.20 £20.00 £21.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £14.25 £13.50
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.55%  

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 42733 51025 51236
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.78% 95.23% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 27760 33065 30937
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 £560
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1481 1587 2052
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 £19.63 £17.00
% change year-on-year -10.82% +15.44%  

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 28 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 28 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 28 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 -12 122 £150 +3.44% 16
London +4 38 £155 +5.08% 9
South East +15 35 £150 +11.11% 1
South West -6 16 £140 +7.69% 4
Hampshire +14 14 £140 +16.66%
East of England -6 14 £110 -36.69%
Surrey +19 10 £160 +14.28% 1
Cambridgeshire +9 10 £95 +8.57%
Cambridge +13 8 £95 -
East Midlands -4 7 £210 +16.66% 1
Scotland +28 6 £200 +63.26% 1
North West +19 6 £150 -17.80%
Southampton +6 6 £133 -11.66%
West Midlands +12 5 £140 - 1
Gloucestershire +3 5 £140 +9.80%
Wiltshire -1 5 - -
Oxfordshire -1 5 £150 +15.38%
City of London -12 5 £143 -19.14% 4
Havant - 5 £200 -
Berkshire +24 4 - -
Bristol +5 4 £150 - 2
Northamptonshire - 4 £210 - 1
Northampton - 4 £210 -
Edinburgh +24 3 £338 -
Reading +17 3 - -
Oxford -4 3 £150 +11.11%
Leicester - 3 - -
Liverpool - 3 - -
Leicestershire - 3 - -
Merseyside - 3 - -

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

For the 6 months to 28 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.

1 250 (79.37%) Windows
2 156 (49.52%) Windows 7
3 133 (42.22%) Active Directory
4 104 (33.02%) Microsoft
5 96 (30.48%) MS Office
6 55 (17.46%) Windows Server
7 52 (16.51%) Security Cleared
8 49 (15.56%) Windows 10
9 46 (14.60%) Migration
9 46 (14.60%) MS Excel
10 45 (14.29%) ITIL
10 45 (14.29%) Windows XP
10 45 (14.29%) SCCM
11 40 (12.70%) Office 365
12 36 (11.43%) SC Cleared
12 36 (11.43%) Citrix
13 35 (11.11%) Blackberry
13 35 (11.11%) Windows 8
14 33 (10.48%) Windows Server 2008
14 33 (10.48%) VMware
15 32 (10.16%) MS Exchange
16 30 (9.52%) DNS
17 28 (8.89%) Apple
18 27 (8.57%) Finance
19 26 (8.25%) VMware Infrastructure
20 25 (7.94%) LAN
21 24 (7.62%) DHCP
21 24 (7.62%) Windows Server 2003
22 23 (7.30%) Time Management
23 22 (6.98%) TCP/IP

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 (10.16%) MS Exchange
2 19 (6.03%) IBM Notes
3 10 (3.17%) Exchange Server 2010
4 6 (1.90%) Exchange Server 2007
4 6 (1.90%) Exchange Server 2013
5 5 (1.59%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 5 (1.59%) Skype for Business
6 2 (0.63%) Exchange Server 2003
6 2 (0.63%) SharePoint
7 1 (0.32%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 96 (30.48%) MS Office
2 46 (14.60%) MS Excel
3 7 (2.22%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.32%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 6 (1.90%) Eikon
2 5 (1.59%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 40 (12.70%) Office 365
2 2 (0.63%) OneDrive
3 1 (0.32%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 30 (9.52%) DNS
2 25 (7.94%) LAN
3 24 (7.62%) DHCP
4 22 (6.98%) TCP/IP
5 18 (5.71%) VPN
6 17 (5.40%) Internet
7 15 (4.76%) Firewall
7 15 (4.76%) WAN
8 12 (3.81%) Wireless
9 9 (2.86%) VoIP
10 8 (2.54%) Ethernet
10 8 (2.54%) Wi-Fi
11 6 (1.90%) Remote Desktop
11 6 (1.90%) Skype
12 5 (1.59%) 3G
13 2 (0.63%) Cisco IOS
13 2 (0.63%) IP Telephony
13 2 (0.63%) Network Security
13 2 (0.63%) WebEx
14 1 (0.32%) VLAN
General
1 27 (8.57%) Finance
2 21 (6.67%) Banking
2 21 (6.67%) Retail
3 6 (1.90%) Back Office
3 6 (1.90%) Legal
3 6 (1.90%) Retail Banking
4 4 (1.27%) Telecoms
5 3 (0.95%) Korean Language
6 2 (0.63%) Advertising
6 2 (0.63%) Local Government
6 2 (0.63%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.32%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.32%) Games
7 1 (0.32%) German Language
7 1 (0.32%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.32%) Law
7 1 (0.32%) Swedish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (0.63%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 35 (11.11%) Blackberry
2 17 (5.40%) iPad
3 15 (4.76%) Smartphone
4 14 (4.44%) Analytical Skills
4 14 (4.44%) iPhone
5 11 (3.49%) Video Conferencing
6 7 (2.22%) Driving Licence
7 6 (1.90%) Management Information System
8 5 (1.59%) Fat Client
8 5 (1.59%) Thin Client
9 4 (1.27%) Client/Server
10 3 (0.95%) Handset
11 2 (0.63%) BYOD
11 2 (0.63%) Mainframe
11 2 (0.63%) NHS
12 1 (0.32%) CMDB
12 1 (0.32%) Data Centre
12 1 (0.32%) EPoS
12 1 (0.32%) User Experience
12 1 (0.32%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 250 (79.37%) Windows
2 156 (49.52%) Windows 7
3 55 (17.46%) Windows Server
4 49 (15.56%) Windows 10
5 45 (14.29%) Windows XP
6 35 (11.11%) Windows 8
7 33 (10.48%) Windows Server 2008
8 24 (7.62%) Windows Server 2003
9 21 (6.67%) Apple iOS
10 20 (6.35%) Android
11 14 (4.44%) Windows Server 2012
12 13 (4.13%) Mac OS
12 13 (4.13%) Mac OS X
13 2 (0.63%) Linux
14 1 (0.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 1 (0.32%) Windows Mobile
14 1 (0.32%) Windows NT
14 1 (0.32%) Windows Phone
14 1 (0.32%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (14.60%) Migration
2 45 (14.29%) ITIL
3 23 (7.30%) Time Management
4 19 (6.03%) Data Migration
5 9 (2.86%) Incident Management
6 8 (2.54%) Coaching
6 8 (2.54%) ITIL V3
6 8 (2.54%) Patch Management
7 7 (2.22%) Mobile Device Management
7 7 (2.22%) Service Delivery
7 7 (2.22%) Service Management
8 6 (1.90%) Change Management
8 6 (1.90%) Software Distribution
9 5 (1.59%) Asset Management
10 4 (1.27%) Application Packaging
10 4 (1.27%) Configuration Management
10 4 (1.27%) Identity Management
10 4 (1.27%) Software Deployment
10 4 (1.27%) Ticket Management
10 4 (1.27%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 5 (1.59%) SQL
2 4 (1.27%) Java
2 4 (1.27%) PowerShell
3 1 (0.32%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 52 (16.51%) Security Cleared
2 36 (11.43%) SC Cleared
3 18 (5.71%) Microsoft Certification
4 11 (3.49%) MCP
4 11 (3.49%) MCSE
5 8 (2.54%) MCDST
6 6 (1.90%) MCSA
6 6 (1.90%) Network+ Certification
7 4 (1.27%) ACDT
7 4 (1.27%) ACHDS
7 4 (1.27%) ACTC
7 4 (1.27%) BPSS Clearance
7 4 (1.27%) Degree
7 4 (1.27%) MCSM
8 3 (0.95%) A+ Certification
8 3 (0.95%) DBS Check
8 3 (0.95%) DV Cleared
8 3 (0.95%) ITIL Certification
8 3 (0.95%) MCITP
9 2 (0.63%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (5.08%) SLA
2 2 (0.63%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (0.63%) QA
System Software
1 133 (42.22%) Active Directory
2 26 (8.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (2.54%) XenApp
4 6 (1.90%) Virtual Servers
5 5 (1.59%) Hyper-V
6 4 (1.27%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (0.63%) Virtual Desktop
7 2 (0.63%) VMware ESX
7 2 (0.63%) XenDesktop
8 1 (0.32%) Firmware
8 1 (0.32%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.32%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 45 (14.29%) SCCM
2 3 (0.95%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 2 (0.63%) AirWatch
3 2 (0.63%) Jamf Pro
3 2 (0.63%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 1 (0.32%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 1 (0.32%) Microsoft Intune
4 1 (0.32%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (0.32%) WSUS
Vendors
1 104 (33.02%) Microsoft
2 36 (11.43%) Citrix
3 33 (10.48%) VMware
4 28 (8.89%) Apple
5 19 (6.03%) Lotus
6 14 (4.44%) Remedy
7 11 (3.49%) HP
8 10 (3.17%) Cisco
9 9 (2.86%) Bloomberg
10 8 (2.54%) Reuters
11 7 (2.22%) Dell
11 7 (2.22%) ServiceNow
12 4 (1.27%) AppSense
12 4 (1.27%) Avaya
12 4 (1.27%) Sophos
13 3 (0.95%) BMC
13 3 (0.95%) Snow
13 3 (0.95%) Symantec
14 2 (0.63%) Intel Security
14 2 (0.63%) ThinPrint
Bristol, Avon
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £10.50 - £11.00 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
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Devonshire Hayes Recruitment Specialists Ltd
Rate: From £130 to £140 per day
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