Period
to 21 November 2018

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 6 months to 21 November 2018 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.

Virtual Desktop
UK
6 months to
21 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 624 768 759
Rank change year-on-year +144 -9 -23
Contract jobs citing Virtual Desktop 263 114 131
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.25% 0.11% 0.13%
As % of the System Software category 1.67% 0.88% 1.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 154 57 99
UK median daily rate £356 £375 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.00% -3.23% -13.89%
10th Percentile £145 £138 £166
90th Percentile £600 £637 £490
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £368 £390
% change year-on-year -4.76% -5.77% -13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 13 8
UK median hourly rate £16.68 £16.81 £14.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.74% +13.93% -14.49%
10th Percentile £10.83 £15.00 £11.18
90th Percentile £28.00 £25.00 £20.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £16.81 £14.75
% change year-on-year -5.62% +13.93% +22.92%

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

All System Software Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 15,761 12,991 12,943
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.14% 12.59% 12.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,301 8,435 8,106
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +9.59%
10th Percentile £181 £156 £173
90th Percentile £625 £610 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £401 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.80% +7.14% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 876 726 880
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.03% +3.13% -
10th Percentile £10.58 £10.40 £10.50
90th Percentile £43.75 £46.82 £42.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +5.73% - -6.25%

Virtual Desktop
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Virtual Desktop as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

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 6 months to 21 November 2018.

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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Virtual Desktop.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Virtual Desktop in the UK

Virtual Desktop
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Virtual Desktop over the 6 months to 21 November 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Virtual Desktop in the UK

Virtual Desktop
Top 13 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 6 months to 21 November 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +129 232 £393 +4.67% 29
UK excluding London +72 139 £350 -4.76% 25
London +85 120 £370 -1.33% 7
South East +18 35 £575 +57.00% 6
North of England +12 33 £350 -31.71% 5
North West -2 32 £350 -31.71% 4
South West - 32 £500 - 6
Scotland +10 28 £285 -21.38% 3
Midlands +2 15 £600 - 2
West Midlands - 10 £600 - 2
East Midlands +16 9 £600 -
Yorkshire -11 1 - - 1
East of England -22 1 - - 3

For the 6 months to 21 November 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Virtual Desktop also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for Virtual Desktop.

1 188 (71.48%) Windows
2 123 (46.77%) Citrix
3 120 (45.63%) Microsoft
3 120 (45.63%) Finance
4 116 (44.11%) Active Directory
5 108 (41.06%) VMware
5 108 (41.06%) VMware Infrastructure
6 102 (38.78%) Windows 10
7 99 (37.64%) Windows 7
8 91 (34.60%) Office 365
9 73 (27.76%) SCCM
10 67 (25.48%) DNS
11 53 (20.15%) ITIL
11 53 (20.15%) Migration
12 46 (17.49%) Service Management
12 46 (17.49%) Security Cleared
13 45 (17.11%) Blackberry
13 45 (17.11%) Ivanti
14 42 (15.97%) Windows Server
15 38 (14.45%) Problem-Solving
15 38 (14.45%) Microsoft Office
16 36 (13.69%) Hyper-V
17 35 (13.31%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
17 35 (13.31%) Bloomberg
17 35 (13.31%) Change Management
18 34 (12.93%) Wyse
18 34 (12.93%) VMware ESXi
19 33 (12.55%) Microsoft App-V
19 33 (12.55%) BCP
20 32 (12.17%) HP

Virtual Desktop
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 35 (13.31%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 11 (4.18%) SharePoint
3 10 (3.80%) MS Exchange
3 10 (3.80%) Skype for Business
4 6 (2.28%) Confluence
4 6 (2.28%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 38 (14.45%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.52%) Microsoft Project
3 3 (1.14%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.38%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 15 (5.70%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 91 (34.60%) Office 365
2 19 (7.22%) Microsoft Azure
3 12 (4.56%) Amazon AWS
4 6 (2.28%) PaaS
4 6 (2.28%) Slack
5 5 (1.90%) GitHub
5 5 (1.90%) IaaS
6 4 (1.52%) Google Cloud Platform
7 2 (0.76%) OneDrive
8 1 (0.38%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (0.38%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 67 (25.48%) DNS
2 29 (11.03%) DHCP
3 21 (7.98%) WAN
4 20 (7.60%) LAN
5 19 (7.22%) Firewall
6 18 (6.84%) VPN
7 17 (6.46%) NetScaler
8 14 (5.32%) Network Security
9 11 (4.18%) MPLS
9 11 (4.18%) TCP/IP
10 10 (3.80%) SAN
10 10 (3.80%) Skype
11 8 (3.04%) Internet
11 8 (3.04%) NAS
11 8 (3.04%) VSAN
11 8 (3.04%) Wireless
12 7 (2.66%) Intrusion Detection
13 6 (2.28%) Intranet
13 6 (2.28%) IP Telephony
13 6 (2.28%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (1.14%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.76%) MS Access
3 1 (0.38%) Big Data
3 1 (0.38%) MySQL
3 1 (0.38%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 19 (7.22%) HP UFT
1 19 (7.22%) WinRunner
2 9 (3.42%) JIRA
3 7 (2.66%) Git (software)
3 7 (2.66%) Jenkins
3 7 (2.66%) MSI
4 5 (1.90%) AdminStudio
4 5 (1.90%) GitLab
4 5 (1.90%) Wise Package Studio
5 2 (0.76%) TestDirector
5 2 (0.76%) WinDbg
6 1 (0.38%) Bitbucket
6 1 (0.38%) CF BOSH
6 1 (0.38%) Hudson
6 1 (0.38%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 120 (45.63%) Finance
2 28 (10.65%) Law
3 15 (5.70%) Front Office
4 13 (4.94%) Back Office
5 11 (4.18%) Banking
6 7 (2.66%) Retail
7 6 (2.28%) Financial Institution
8 5 (1.90%) Billing
8 5 (1.90%) Manufacturing
9 4 (1.52%) Aerospace
9 4 (1.52%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.38%) Automotive
10 1 (0.38%) German Language
10 1 (0.38%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 51 (19.39%) Analyst
2 45 (17.11%) Desktop Support
3 34 (12.93%) Desktop Engineer
3 34 (12.93%) Support Engineer
4 21 (7.98%) Service Analyst
4 21 (7.98%) Service Desk Analyst
5 19 (7.22%) Desktop Support Engineer
6 18 (6.84%) Architect
7 14 (5.32%) Citrix Engineer
8 13 (4.94%) Consultant
9 12 (4.56%) Applications Packager
9 12 (4.56%) Test Analyst
10 11 (4.18%) IT Support
10 11 (4.18%) Migration Engineer
11 10 (3.80%) ITIL Service Analyst
11 10 (3.80%) ITIL Service Desk Analyst
11 10 (3.80%) Project Manager
11 10 (3.80%) Support Analyst
12 9 (3.42%) Infrastructure Analyst
12 9 (3.42%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (2.28%) Middleware
2 5 (1.90%) OCX
3 4 (1.52%) OAuth
3 4 (1.52%) OAuth2
3 4 (1.52%) SAML
4 1 (0.38%) .NET
4 1 (0.38%) .NET Framework
4 1 (0.38%) Node.js
4 1 (0.38%) Software Packaging
4 1 (0.38%) Web Services
4 1 (0.38%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 45 (17.11%) Blackberry
2 29 (11.03%) Analytical Skills
3 19 (7.22%) Clustering
4 18 (6.84%) PDA
5 16 (6.08%) Video Conferencing
6 15 (5.70%) Fixed Income
7 14 (5.32%) Fat Client
7 14 (5.32%) Thin Client
8 12 (4.56%) Data Centre
9 11 (4.18%) Hybrid Cloud
9 11 (4.18%) User Experience
10 10 (3.80%) Mobile App
11 8 (3.04%) Replication
12 7 (2.66%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
13 6 (2.28%) Client/Server
13 6 (2.28%) Enterprise Storage
14 5 (1.90%) Smartphone
14 5 (1.90%) Tandem
15 4 (1.52%) Handset
15 4 (1.52%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 188 (71.48%) Windows
2 102 (38.78%) Windows 10
3 99 (37.64%) Windows 7
4 42 (15.97%) Windows Server
5 27 (10.27%) Windows Server 2008
6 24 (9.13%) Linux
7 21 (7.98%) Windows Server 2003
8 19 (7.22%) AIX
9 15 (5.70%) Windows Server 2012
10 13 (4.94%) Windows 8
11 11 (4.18%) Apple iOS
12 10 (3.80%) Windows XP
13 7 (2.66%) Android
13 7 (2.66%) Mac OS
14 6 (2.28%) Mac OS X
14 6 (2.28%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (20.15%) ITIL
1 53 (20.15%) Migration
2 46 (17.49%) Service Management
3 38 (14.45%) Problem-Solving
4 35 (13.31%) Change Management
5 33 (12.55%) BCP
6 26 (9.89%) Time Management
7 23 (8.75%) Software Testing
8 22 (8.37%) Application Virtualisation
9 21 (7.98%) Test Automation
9 21 (7.98%) Test Scripting
10 20 (7.60%) Application Packaging
11 17 (6.46%) Incident Management
11 17 (6.46%) ITIL V3
11 17 (6.46%) Smoke Testing
12 15 (5.70%) Disaster Recovery
12 15 (5.70%) Virtual Environments
13 14 (5.32%) ITSM
14 13 (4.94%) Agile Software Development
14 13 (4.94%) Personalization
Programming Languages
1 23 (8.75%) PowerShell
2 21 (7.98%) SQL
3 8 (3.04%) Python
3 8 (3.04%) VBScript
4 7 (2.66%) Perl
5 6 (2.28%) Shell Script
5 6 (2.28%) VB
6 4 (1.52%) VBA
7 3 (1.14%) C
7 3 (1.14%) C#
8 2 (0.76%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.38%) Java
9 1 (0.38%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 46 (17.49%) Security Cleared
2 29 (11.03%) SC Cleared
3 21 (7.98%) ISTQB
4 17 (6.46%) MCSE
4 17 (6.46%) Microsoft Certification
5 16 (6.08%) Degree
6 14 (5.32%) DV Cleared
7 8 (3.04%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 7 (2.66%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 7 (2.66%) MCSA
9 6 (2.28%) MOS
10 4 (1.52%) CEH
10 4 (1.52%) CISM
10 4 (1.52%) CISSP
10 4 (1.52%) MCDST
11 3 (1.14%) ITIL Certification
11 3 (1.14%) TOGAF Certification
11 3 (1.14%) VCAP
11 3 (1.14%) VCDX
12 2 (0.76%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (11.41%) SLA
2 8 (3.04%) QA
3 4 (1.52%) GDPR
System Software
1 116 (44.11%) Active Directory
2 108 (41.06%) VMware Infrastructure
3 36 (13.69%) Hyper-V
4 34 (12.93%) VMware ESXi
5 33 (12.55%) Microsoft App-V
6 29 (11.03%) XenApp
6 29 (11.03%) XenDesktop
7 19 (7.22%) vSphere
8 10 (3.80%) VMware NSX
9 3 (1.14%) Virtual Machines
10 2 (0.76%) BitLocker
10 2 (0.76%) Virtual Servers
11 1 (0.38%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 73 (27.76%) SCCM
2 20 (7.60%) McAfee ePO
3 19 (7.22%) HP ALM
4 16 (6.08%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 13 (4.94%) vCenter Server
6 12 (4.56%) vRealize
7 9 (3.42%) Ansible
8 7 (2.66%) NetBackup
9 6 (2.28%) OpenView
10 5 (1.90%) SCOM
10 5 (1.90%) vMotion
11 3 (1.14%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 3 (1.14%) Opscode Chef
11 3 (1.14%) WSUS
12 2 (0.76%) AirWatch
12 2 (0.76%) Microsoft Intune
12 2 (0.76%) Perfmon
12 2 (0.76%) Puppet
13 1 (0.38%) Terraform
13 1 (0.38%) vRealize Orchestrator
Vendors
1 123 (46.77%) Citrix
2 120 (45.63%) Microsoft
3 108 (41.06%) VMware
4 45 (17.11%) Ivanti
5 35 (13.31%) Bloomberg
6 34 (12.93%) Wyse
7 32 (12.17%) HP
8 30 (11.41%) Reuters
9 28 (10.65%) McAfee
9 28 (10.65%) Sony
10 27 (10.27%) Veritas
11 19 (7.22%) FactSet
12 14 (5.32%) Speakerbus
12 14 (5.32%) Wallstreet Suite
13 13 (4.94%) Cisco
14 10 (3.80%) Apple
14 10 (3.80%) Xerox
15 9 (3.42%) ServiceNow
16 7 (2.66%) CA
17 6 (2.28%) Avaya