The median contractor rate for a Desktop Support Engineer was £151 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 29 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
29 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 452 466 421
Rank change year-on-year +14 -45  
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Support Engineer 163 184 232
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.35% 0.34% 0.41%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.37% 0.36% 0.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 68 74 90
UK median daily rate £151 £143 £151
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.61% -5.78%  
10th Percentile £118 £101 £108
90th Percentile £241 £234 £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 79
UK median hourly rate £15.51 £14.00 £15.77
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.80% -11.22%  
10th Percentile £12.55 £11.40 £12.20
90th Percentile £22.28 £20.00 £19.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.75 £13.75 £15.50
% change year-on-year +7.27% -11.29%  

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 44648 50928 53153
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.78% 94.82% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 98440 117183 122955
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
10th Percentile £263 £250 £225
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £396 £365
% change year-on-year +1.01% +8.49%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4470 5127 7601
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £45.00 £41.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year - +9.37%  

Desktop Support Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 29 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 29 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Desktop Support Engineer in the UK

Desktop Support Engineer
Top 10 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 29 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 +11 147 £153 +5.17% 24
UK excluding London +50 117 £150 +9.09% 12
London -1 43 £175 +18.64% 12
South East +11 33 £150 +3.44% 3
East of England -5 22 £130 +13.04% 1
South West 0 18 £145 -19.44% 3
North of England +54 16 £172 -37.45% 3
Midlands +13 15 £126 -6.48% 2
Scotland +41 9 £151 -
Wales -12 4 - -

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

For the 6 months to 29 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.

1 239 (79.40%) Windows
2 148 (49.17%) Windows 7
3 142 (47.18%) Active Directory
4 117 (38.87%) Microsoft
5 73 (24.25%) Microsoft Office
6 60 (19.93%) Migration
7 52 (17.28%) ITIL
8 50 (16.61%) Windows 10
9 49 (16.28%) Windows XP
10 44 (14.62%) SCCM
10 44 (14.62%) Time Management
11 39 (12.96%) Security Cleared
12 37 (12.29%) Citrix
13 36 (11.96%) Windows Server
14 35 (11.63%) Office 365
15 34 (11.30%) Windows 8
16 32 (10.63%) Apple
16 32 (10.63%) MS Exchange
16 32 (10.63%) SC Cleared
17 31 (10.30%) Data Migration
18 30 (9.97%) VMware
19 27 (8.97%) LAN
20 24 (7.97%) Smartphone
21 23 (7.64%) Windows Server 2008
21 23 (7.64%) DNS
21 23 (7.64%) Finance
22 22 (7.31%) DHCP
22 22 (7.31%) SLA
23 21 (6.98%) Microsoft Certification
23 21 (6.98%) Blackberry

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 (10.63%) MS Exchange
2 10 (3.32%) Exchange Server 2007
2 10 (3.32%) Exchange Server 2010
3 8 (2.66%) IBM Notes
3 8 (2.66%) SharePoint
4 7 (2.33%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 5 (1.66%) Exchange Server 2013
6 3 (1.00%) IIS
6 3 (1.00%) Skype for Business
7 2 (0.66%) SharePoint 2010
8 1 (0.33%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (0.33%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 73 (24.25%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (1.66%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.66%) AutoCAD
3 2 (0.66%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.33%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 4 (1.33%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.66%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.33%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 35 (11.63%) Office 365
2 3 (1.00%) OneDrive
3 2 (0.66%) G Suite
4 1 (0.33%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 27 (8.97%) LAN
2 23 (7.64%) DNS
3 22 (7.31%) DHCP
4 15 (4.98%) Internet
4 15 (4.98%) WAN
5 14 (4.65%) Firewall
6 13 (4.32%) TCP/IP
7 12 (3.99%) VPN
8 8 (2.66%) VoIP
9 6 (1.99%) Wireless
10 5 (1.66%) Remote Desktop
10 5 (1.66%) Skype
11 4 (1.33%) WLAN
12 3 (1.00%) 3G
12 3 (1.00%) SMTP
13 2 (0.66%) CTI
13 2 (0.66%) Ethernet
13 2 (0.66%) IP Telephony
13 2 (0.66%) IPv6
13 2 (0.66%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (0.66%) SQL Server
General
1 23 (7.64%) Finance
2 10 (3.32%) Banking
3 6 (1.99%) Telecoms
4 5 (1.66%) Retail
5 4 (1.33%) Front Office
6 3 (1.00%) Back Office
6 3 (1.00%) Electronics
6 3 (1.00%) Investment Banking
6 3 (1.00%) Local Government
6 3 (1.00%) Manufacturing
7 2 (0.66%) Legal
7 2 (0.66%) Marketing
7 2 (0.66%) Publishing
8 1 (0.33%) Advertising
8 1 (0.33%) French Language
8 1 (0.33%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (0.33%) Flash
1 1 (0.33%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 24 (7.97%) Smartphone
2 21 (6.98%) Analytical Skills
2 21 (6.98%) Blackberry
3 10 (3.32%) iPhone
4 8 (2.66%) Video Conferencing
5 7 (2.33%) iPad
6 4 (1.33%) Client/Server
6 4 (1.33%) Driving Licence
7 3 (1.00%) Handset
8 2 (0.66%) BYOD
8 2 (0.66%) Digital Media
8 2 (0.66%) Fat Client
8 2 (0.66%) Mainframe
8 2 (0.66%) Thin Client
9 1 (0.33%) CMDB
9 1 (0.33%) Data Centre
9 1 (0.33%) Enterprise Software
9 1 (0.33%) EPoS
9 1 (0.33%) IBM Mainframe
9 1 (0.33%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 239 (79.40%) Windows
2 148 (49.17%) Windows 7
3 50 (16.61%) Windows 10
4 49 (16.28%) Windows XP
5 36 (11.96%) Windows Server
6 34 (11.30%) Windows 8
7 23 (7.64%) Windows Server 2008
8 21 (6.98%) Android
8 21 (6.98%) Apple iOS
9 19 (6.31%) Windows Server 2012
10 12 (3.99%) Windows Server 2003
11 10 (3.32%) Mac OS
12 9 (2.99%) Mac OS X
13 6 (1.99%) Linux
14 3 (1.00%) Ubuntu
14 3 (1.00%) Windows Mobile
15 2 (0.66%) Unix
15 2 (0.66%) Windows Phone
16 1 (0.33%) NetWare
16 1 (0.33%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 60 (19.93%) Migration
2 52 (17.28%) ITIL
3 44 (14.62%) Time Management
4 31 (10.30%) Data Migration
5 13 (4.32%) Break/Fix
5 13 (4.32%) Mobile Device Management
6 10 (3.32%) Service Delivery
7 9 (2.99%) Asset Management
8 8 (2.66%) ITIL V3
8 8 (2.66%) Service Management
9 7 (2.33%) Application Packaging
10 6 (1.99%) Project Management
10 6 (1.99%) Software Distribution
11 5 (1.66%) Configuration Management
12 4 (1.33%) Coaching
12 4 (1.33%) Data Protection
12 4 (1.33%) Patch Management
12 4 (1.33%) Software Deployment
13 3 (1.00%) Hardware Maintenance
13 3 (1.00%) Ticket Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (2.99%) SQL
2 5 (1.66%) C
3 1 (0.33%) Java
3 1 (0.33%) Korn
3 1 (0.33%) Perl
3 1 (0.33%) PowerShell
3 1 (0.33%) VB
3 1 (0.33%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 39 (12.96%) Security Cleared
2 32 (10.63%) SC Cleared
3 21 (6.98%) Microsoft Certification
4 12 (3.99%) MCSE
5 9 (2.99%) MCP
6 6 (1.99%) DBS Check
7 5 (1.66%) A+ Certification
7 5 (1.66%) Degree
7 5 (1.66%) DV Cleared
7 5 (1.66%) MCDST
8 4 (1.33%) ITIL Certification
8 4 (1.33%) MCSA
9 3 (1.00%) BPSS Clearance
10 2 (0.66%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 2 (0.66%) Network+ Certification
11 1 (0.33%) CCNA
11 1 (0.33%) Cisco Certification
11 1 (0.33%) Citrix Certification
11 1 (0.33%) MCITP
11 1 (0.33%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (7.31%) SLA
2 2 (0.66%) QA
3 1 (0.33%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 1 (0.33%) PMO
3 1 (0.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 142 (47.18%) Active Directory
2 15 (4.98%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (1.66%) Hyper-V
3 5 (1.66%) Virtual Desktop
4 4 (1.33%) XenApp
5 3 (1.00%) Firmware
5 3 (1.00%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (0.66%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.66%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (0.66%) XenDesktop
7 1 (0.33%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.33%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.33%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 44 (14.62%) SCCM
2 3 (1.00%) WSUS
3 2 (0.66%) Norton AntiVirus
3 2 (0.66%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 1 (0.33%) Microsoft Intune
4 1 (0.33%) SCOM
4 1 (0.33%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 117 (38.87%) Microsoft
2 37 (12.29%) Citrix
3 32 (10.63%) Apple
4 30 (9.97%) VMware
5 17 (5.65%) HP
6 10 (3.32%) Cisco
6 10 (3.32%) Dell
6 10 (3.32%) Remedy
7 8 (2.66%) Lotus
7 8 (2.66%) ServiceNow
8 5 (1.66%) Sophos
9 4 (1.33%) Avaya
9 4 (1.33%) Google
9 4 (1.33%) Symantec
10 3 (1.00%) Bloomberg
10 3 (1.00%) BMC
10 3 (1.00%) McAfee
10 3 (1.00%) Reuters
10 3 (1.00%) SAP
11 2 (0.66%) Adobe
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