The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Virtual Desktop skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Virtual Desktop over the 3 months to 24 March 2017 with a comparison to the 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
Virtual Desktop
UK
Rank 528 556 519
Rank change year-on-year +28 -37  
Contract jobs citing Virtual Desktop 68 86 102
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.16% 0.19%
As % of the System Software category 1.35% 1.50% 1.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 60 59
Median daily rate £326 £400 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -18.50% -15.78%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £135 £152 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £698 £700
UK excluding London median daily rate £326 £400 £525
% change year-on-year -18.50% -23.80%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 1 8
Median hourly rate £12.07 £14.50 £15.43
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.75% -5.99%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.07 £14.50 £14.85
% change year-on-year -16.75% -2.35%  

Virtual Desktop is in the system software skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills.

Contract System Software Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 5044 5746 5382
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 11.14% 10.84% 10.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 3210 3484 2953
Median daily rate £400 £390 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £200 £186
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £365 £350
% change year-on-year -4.10% +4.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 352 447 607
Median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -3.03%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £44.40 £32.54
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -3.87% +6.45%  

Virtual Desktop
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Virtual Desktop as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the System Software category.

Job vacancy trend for Virtual Desktop in the UK

Virtual Desktop
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Virtual Desktop in the UK

Virtual Desktop
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Virtual Desktop over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Virtual Desktop in the UK

Virtual Desktop
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Virtual Desktop in the UK

Virtual Desktop
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 Virtual Desktop 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 +16 56 £356 -8.06% 13
London +28 21 £400 +3.22% 7
East of England -2 15 £350 -6.04%
Norfolk +5 11 £365 +8.95%
South East +29 8 £575 +91.66%
South West -2 8 £300 +27.76% 2
Bristol +5 7 £300 +27.76%
Surrey +16 6 £575 +91.66%
Belfast -10 6 £326 +200.46%
County Antrim -13 6 £326 +200.46%
Northern Ireland -15 6 £326 +200.46%
Staines - 6 £575 -
West Midlands +6 3 £425 +88.88% 3
City of London +5 3 £425 -12.82%
Berkshire +26 2 - -
Scotland +14 2 £150 -65.71%
Essex -11 2 £300 -27.71%
Hertfordshire - 2 £288 -
Shropshire - 2 £425 -
West End of London - 2 £425 - 1
Colchester - 2 £300 -
Hatfield - 2 £288 -
King's Lynn - 2 £368 -
Telford - 2 £425 -
North West +17 1 £500 -22.48%
Edinburgh +12 1 - -
Kingston Upon Thames -5 1 £400 +33.33% 1
Merseyside - 1 £500 -
Somerset - 1 - -
Birmingham - 1 - - 3

Virtual Desktop
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Virtual Desktop also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Virtual Desktop.

1 109 (80.74%) Windows
2 76 (56.30%) VMware
2 76 (56.30%) VMware Infrastructure
3 74 (54.81%) Windows 7
3 74 (54.81%) Active Directory
4 72 (53.33%) Microsoft
5 62 (45.93%) ITIL
6 52 (38.52%) Citrix
7 49 (36.30%) DNS
8 43 (31.85%) SCCM
9 42 (31.11%) Finance
9 42 (31.11%) MS Office
10 39 (28.89%) VMware ESX
11 38 (28.15%) Windows 10
12 36 (26.67%) Service Management
13 34 (25.19%) Windows Server 2003
13 34 (25.19%) SharePoint
13 34 (25.19%) Microsoft App-V
13 34 (25.19%) XenApp
14 31 (22.96%) XenDesktop
15 28 (20.74%) Microsoft Azure
16 27 (20.00%) Windows Server
17 26 (19.26%) Windows Server 2012
17 26 (19.26%) Fat Client
17 26 (19.26%) Thin Client
18 25 (18.52%) DHCP
18 25 (18.52%) Cisco
19 24 (17.78%) Migration
19 24 (17.78%) Office 365
20 23 (17.04%) Analytical Skills

Virtual Desktop
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 (25.19%) SharePoint
2 22 (16.30%) BizTalk Server
2 22 (16.30%) Skype for Business
3 20 (14.81%) IIS
4 14 (10.37%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 2 (1.48%) MS Exchange
5 2 (1.48%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (0.74%) JBoss
6 1 (0.74%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.74%) WebLogic
Applications
1 42 (31.11%) MS Office
2 22 (16.30%) MS Excel
3 2 (1.48%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.74%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 28 (20.74%) Microsoft Azure
2 24 (17.78%) Office 365
3 10 (7.41%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (3.70%) OneDrive
5 1 (0.74%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (0.74%) IaaS
5 1 (0.74%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 49 (36.30%) DNS
2 25 (18.52%) DHCP
3 15 (11.11%) TCP/IP
3 15 (11.11%) Wireless
4 14 (10.37%) Internet
5 13 (9.63%) LAN
5 13 (9.63%) WAN
6 12 (8.89%) VPN
7 11 (8.15%) Skype
8 8 (5.93%) Remote Desktop
9 7 (5.19%) Firewall
10 5 (3.70%) MPLS
10 5 (3.70%) SAN
11 3 (2.22%) IPv4
11 3 (2.22%) SSL
12 2 (1.48%) 3G
12 2 (1.48%) HTTP
12 2 (1.48%) Wireshark
13 1 (0.74%) Network Security
13 1 (0.74%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (3.70%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.22%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (0.74%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.74%) Oracle Database
3 1 (0.74%) Oracle Exadata
3 1 (0.74%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 5 (3.70%) MSI
General
1 42 (31.11%) Finance
2 6 (4.44%) Banking
3 2 (1.48%) Financial Institution
3 2 (1.48%) Investment Banking
3 2 (1.48%) Telecoms
4 1 (0.74%) Advertising
4 1 (0.74%) Front Office
4 1 (0.74%) Games
4 1 (0.74%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.74%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 35 (25.93%) Analyst
2 24 (17.78%) Support Analyst
3 18 (13.33%) 2nd Line Support
4 17 (12.59%) 1st/2nd Line Support
5 16 (11.85%) 1st/2nd Line Support Analyst
5 16 (11.85%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
6 15 (11.11%) IT Support
7 14 (10.37%) Service Analyst
7 14 (10.37%) Technical Analyst
8 13 (9.63%) 1st/2nd Line Service Desk Analyst
8 13 (9.63%) 2nd Line Service Desk Analyst
8 13 (9.63%) Architect
8 13 (9.63%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 13 (9.63%) Service Desk Analyst
8 13 (9.63%) Service Desk Support
8 13 (9.63%) Service Desk Support Analyst
9 12 (8.89%) Operations Engineer
9 12 (8.89%) Technical Support
10 11 (8.15%) Technical Services Analyst
10 11 (8.15%) Technical Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (5.19%) Software Packaging
2 3 (2.22%) Web Services
3 1 (0.74%) .NET
3 1 (0.74%) .NET Framework
3 1 (0.74%) 802.1X
3 1 (0.74%) Entity Framework
3 1 (0.74%) Middleware
3 1 (0.74%) Oracle Fusion
3 1 (0.74%) REST
3 1 (0.74%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 26 (19.26%) Fat Client
1 26 (19.26%) Thin Client
2 23 (17.04%) Analytical Skills
3 18 (13.33%) Blackberry
4 10 (7.41%) Data Centre
5 9 (6.67%) Handset
6 8 (5.93%) Video Conferencing
7 6 (4.44%) Management Information System
8 4 (2.96%) BYOD
9 3 (2.22%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 3 (2.22%) iPad
9 3 (2.22%) iPhone
10 2 (1.48%) Computer Science
10 2 (1.48%) Digital Signage
10 2 (1.48%) Hedge funds
10 2 (1.48%) NHS
10 2 (1.48%) Private Cloud
10 2 (1.48%) VxBlock/Vblock
11 1 (0.74%) Client/Server
11 1 (0.74%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 109 (80.74%) Windows
2 74 (54.81%) Windows 7
3 38 (28.15%) Windows 10
4 34 (25.19%) Windows Server 2003
5 27 (20.00%) Windows Server
6 26 (19.26%) Windows Server 2012
7 23 (17.04%) Mac OS X
8 21 (15.56%) Windows Server 2008
9 16 (11.85%) Windows 8
10 11 (8.15%) Windows XP
11 6 (4.44%) Android
12 5 (3.70%) Apple iOS
13 3 (2.22%) Linux
13 3 (2.22%) Mac OS
13 3 (2.22%) Windows Vista
14 2 (1.48%) Unix
15 1 (0.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 1 (0.74%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 62 (45.93%) ITIL
2 36 (26.67%) Service Management
3 24 (17.78%) Migration
4 22 (16.30%) CRM
4 22 (16.30%) Problem Management
5 19 (14.07%) Root Cause Analysis
6 16 (11.85%) Mobile Device Management
7 12 (8.89%) Continuous Improvement
7 12 (8.89%) Information Security
8 11 (8.15%) Incident Management
9 10 (7.41%) Application Virtualisation
9 10 (7.41%) Service Delivery
10 8 (5.93%) Application Packaging
10 8 (5.93%) Identity Access Management
11 6 (4.44%) Agile Software Development
11 6 (4.44%) Network Architecture
11 6 (4.44%) PRINCE2
12 5 (3.70%) Application Discovery
12 5 (3.70%) Change Management
12 5 (3.70%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 23 (17.04%) SQL
2 13 (9.63%) PowerShell
3 5 (3.70%) Shell Script
4 3 (2.22%) C
5 2 (1.48%) Java
6 1 (0.74%) VBA
Qualifications
1 17 (12.59%) Degree
2 13 (9.63%) Microsoft Certification
3 11 (8.15%) ITIL Certification
3 11 (8.15%) Security Cleared
4 9 (6.67%) DV Cleared
5 8 (5.93%) MCDST
6 6 (4.44%) HNC
7 5 (3.70%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (1.48%) ISTQB
8 2 (1.48%) MCITP
8 2 (1.48%) MCTS
8 2 (1.48%) PMI Certification
8 2 (1.48%) PMP
8 2 (1.48%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 1 (0.74%) CCNA
9 1 (0.74%) Cisco Certification
9 1 (0.74%) MCP
9 1 (0.74%) MOS
9 1 (0.74%) SC Cleared
9 1 (0.74%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (14.81%) SLA
2 7 (5.19%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (1.48%) QA
4 1 (0.74%) PMO
System Software
1 76 (56.30%) VMware Infrastructure
2 74 (54.81%) Active Directory
3 39 (28.89%) VMware ESX
4 34 (25.19%) Microsoft App-V
4 34 (25.19%) XenApp
5 31 (22.96%) XenDesktop
6 18 (13.33%) vSphere
7 7 (5.19%) Hyper-V
8 5 (3.70%) BitLocker
9 2 (1.48%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 2 (1.48%) Virtual Servers
9 2 (1.48%) VMware Server
10 1 (0.74%) EMC RecoverPoint
10 1 (0.74%) Firmware
10 1 (0.74%) NFS
10 1 (0.74%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 43 (31.85%) SCCM
2 6 (4.44%) SCOM
3 4 (2.96%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 3 (2.22%) AirWatch
4 3 (2.22%) AppDNA
4 3 (2.22%) BladeLogic
4 3 (2.22%) EdgeSight
5 2 (1.48%) DameWare
5 2 (1.48%) HP Quality Center
5 2 (1.48%) SCOrch
5 2 (1.48%) XenMobile
6 1 (0.74%) Backup Exec
6 1 (0.74%) Cacti
6 1 (0.74%) Control-M
6 1 (0.74%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 1 (0.74%) MIMEsweeper
6 1 (0.74%) Nagios
6 1 (0.74%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (0.74%) Oracle Identity Management
6 1 (0.74%) WSUS
Vendors
1 76 (56.30%) VMware
2 72 (53.33%) Microsoft
3 52 (38.52%) Citrix
4 25 (18.52%) Cisco
5 22 (16.30%) Avaya
6 20 (14.81%) Epicor
7 16 (11.85%) AppSense
8 15 (11.11%) Wyse
9 13 (9.63%) LANDesk
10 11 (8.15%) Apple
10 11 (8.15%) Dell
10 11 (8.15%) HP
11 7 (5.19%) ServiceNow
12 5 (3.70%) CheckPoint
12 5 (3.70%) Symantec
12 5 (3.70%) ThinPrint
13 4 (2.96%) Blue Coat
13 4 (2.96%) Xerox
14 3 (2.22%) F5
14 3 (2.22%) MobileIron
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