The median contractor rate for a Desktop Support Specialist was £175 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 29 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 Specialist
UK
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 603 - 623
Rank change year-on-year - 0  
Contract jobs requiring a Desktop Support Specialist 2 0 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.004% - 0.004%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.005% - 0.004%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 0
Median daily rate £175 - -
UK excluding London median daily rate - - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Median hourly rate - - £17.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £17.50

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 42875 51263 50687
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.79% 95.24% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 27839 33245 30600
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 1489 1590 2025
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 £11.30 £11.30 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.83 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year -10.25% +14.70%  

Desktop Support Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Desktop Support Specialist in the UK

Desktop Support Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Desktop Support Specialist in the UK

Desktop Support Specialist
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Desktop Support Specialist in the UK

Desktop Support Specialist
Top 3 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 Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 29 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
London - 2 £175 -
England - 2 £175 -
City of London - 1 - -

Desktop Support Specialist Skill Set
Top 27 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, Desktop Support Specialist 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 Specialist in the job title.

1 5 (83.33%) Windows
2 4 (66.67%) MS Office
2 4 (66.67%) Microsoft
2 4 (66.67%) Active Directory
3 3 (50.00%) Windows Server 2012
4 2 (33.33%) SCCM
4 2 (33.33%) Windows Server
4 2 (33.33%) DHCP
4 2 (33.33%) DNS
4 2 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (16.67%) XenApp
5 1 (16.67%) Windows 7
5 1 (16.67%) iPad
5 1 (16.67%) Network Management
5 1 (16.67%) Office 365
5 1 (16.67%) MOS
5 1 (16.67%) VBA
5 1 (16.67%) Cisco
5 1 (16.67%) Front Office
5 1 (16.67%) Citrix
5 1 (16.67%) Mac OS X
5 1 (16.67%) NHS
5 1 (16.67%) ITIL
5 1 (16.67%) MS Excel
5 1 (16.67%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (16.67%) Mac OS X Server
5 1 (16.67%) iPhone

Desktop Support Specialist 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:

Applications
1 4 (66.67%) MS Office
2 1 (16.67%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 1 (16.67%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (33.33%) DHCP
1 2 (33.33%) DNS
General
1 1 (16.67%) Front Office
Miscellaneous
1 1 (16.67%) iPad
1 1 (16.67%) iPhone
1 1 (16.67%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 5 (83.33%) Windows
2 3 (50.00%) Windows Server 2012
3 2 (33.33%) Windows Server
3 2 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (16.67%) Mac OS X
4 1 (16.67%) Mac OS X Server
4 1 (16.67%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (16.67%) ITIL
1 1 (16.67%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (16.67%) VBA
Qualifications
1 1 (16.67%) MOS
System Software
1 4 (66.67%) Active Directory
2 1 (16.67%) Virtual Desktop
2 1 (16.67%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 2 (33.33%) SCCM
Vendors
1 4 (66.67%) Microsoft
2 1 (16.67%) Cisco
2 1 (16.67%) Citrix