Period
to 21 January 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 January 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 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 780 708 749
Rank change year-on-year -72 +41 -11
Contract jobs citing Virtual Desktop 97 141 132
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.098% 0.15% 0.12%
As % of the System Software category 0.77% 1.20% 1.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 111 80
UK median daily rate £450 £365 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +23.29% -16.67% +25.14%
10th Percentile £254 £130 £213
90th Percentile £600 £488 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £371 £416
% change year-on-year +34.95% -10.99% +27.10%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 12 12
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £12.07 £12.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +107.13% -1.47% -38.75%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £14.75 £12.00
% change year-on-year +69.49% +22.92% -40.00%

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 12,650 11,779 10,840
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.81% 12.26% 10.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,214 7,392 6,269
UK median daily rate £425 £401 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.12% +6.80% +7.14%
10th Percentile £160 £165 £155
90th Percentile £622 £588 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £338
% change year-on-year +7.14% +3.70% +3.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 698 832 1,137
UK median hourly rate £16.08 £16.00 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.50% +3.23% -
10th Percentile £10.40 £10.50 £10.00
90th Percentile £45.48 £44.20 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £15.63
% change year-on-year - -4.00% +0.81%

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 January 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
Top 12 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 January 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 -33 91 £450 +22.45% 20
London -27 60 £375 +36.36% 13
UK excluding London -33 35 £500 +34.95% 7
South East -30 10 £346 -13.44% 3
North of England +47 9 £600 +60.00%
East of England -22 9 £584 +59.93% 1
North West +12 7 £600 +60.00%
Scotland -18 5 £363 -6.45%
North East - 2 £531 -
Midlands +6 1 - - 2
East Midlands +4 1 - - 2
South West -3 1 £500 +66.67% 1

For the 6 months to 21 January 2018, 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 69 (71.13%) Windows
2 48 (49.48%) Citrix
3 40 (41.24%) Windows 10
4 35 (36.08%) Office 365
5 34 (35.05%) Microsoft
6 33 (34.02%) Active Directory
7 28 (28.87%) ITIL
8 27 (27.84%) VMware
8 27 (27.84%) VMware Infrastructure
9 25 (25.77%) SCCM
10 24 (24.74%) Microsoft Office
11 22 (22.68%) Windows 7
12 21 (21.65%) Finance
12 21 (21.65%) Windows Server
13 20 (20.62%) Microsoft Certification
14 19 (19.59%) MCSE
15 15 (15.46%) LAN
15 15 (15.46%) HP
15 15 (15.46%) TCP/IP
16 13 (13.40%) WAN
16 13 (13.40%) Bloomberg
16 13 (13.40%) Analytical Skills
17 12 (12.37%) Skype
17 12 (12.37%) Apple iOS
17 12 (12.37%) Skype for Business
17 12 (12.37%) Migration
17 12 (12.37%) Reuters
18 11 (11.34%) Wyse
18 11 (11.34%) Video Conferencing
18 11 (11.34%) Agile Software Development

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 12 (12.37%) Skype for Business
2 6 (6.19%) IBM Notes
3 3 (3.09%) MS Exchange
4 2 (2.06%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (1.03%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 1 (1.03%) Confluence
5 1 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (1.03%) SharePoint
Applications
1 24 (24.74%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (3.09%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (3.09%) Spreadsheet
3 2 (2.06%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (1.03%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (1.03%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 35 (36.08%) Office 365
2 6 (6.19%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (4.12%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (1.03%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 15 (15.46%) LAN
1 15 (15.46%) TCP/IP
2 13 (13.40%) WAN
3 12 (12.37%) Skype
4 7 (7.22%) DNS
5 6 (6.19%) DHCP
5 6 (6.19%) Firewall
5 6 (6.19%) Internet
5 6 (6.19%) NetScaler
6 5 (5.15%) Cisco ISE
6 5 (5.15%) Wireshark
7 4 (4.12%) Intranet
7 4 (4.12%) Unified Communications
7 4 (4.12%) VPN
7 4 (4.12%) Wireless
8 3 (3.09%) IP Telephony
8 3 (3.09%) Network Security
8 3 (3.09%) SAN
9 2 (2.06%) NAS
9 2 (2.06%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (8.25%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.09%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 7 (7.22%) JIRA
2 5 (5.15%) MSI
2 5 (5.15%) Visual Studio
2 5 (5.15%) WinDbg
3 2 (2.06%) TestRail
4 1 (1.03%) HP UFT
General
1 21 (21.65%) Finance
2 6 (6.19%) Front Office
3 5 (5.15%) Back Office
4 3 (3.09%) Banking
5 2 (2.06%) Retail
6 1 (1.03%) Aerospace
6 1 (1.03%) Local Government
6 1 (1.03%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 18 (18.56%) Desktop Support
2 16 (16.49%) Analyst
2 16 (16.49%) Architect
3 9 (9.28%) Desktop Analyst
3 9 (9.28%) Project Manager
3 9 (9.28%) Support Analyst
3 9 (9.28%) Support Engineer
4 8 (8.25%) Desktop Engineer
4 8 (8.25%) Desktop Support Analyst
5 7 (7.22%) Windows Engineer
6 5 (5.15%) Desktop Support Engineer
6 5 (5.15%) Technical Architect
7 4 (4.12%) Automation Architect
7 4 (4.12%) Consultant
7 4 (4.12%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 4 (4.12%) IT Support
7 4 (4.12%) Office 365 Engineer
8 3 (3.09%) IT Analyst
8 3 (3.09%) IT Support Analyst
8 3 (3.09%) Senior Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (7.22%) .NET
2 5 (5.15%) .NET Framework
2 5 (5.15%) REST
2 5 (5.15%) XML
3 3 (3.09%) Web Services
4 1 (1.03%) LDAP
4 1 (1.03%) Software Packaging
4 1 (1.03%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 13 (13.40%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (11.34%) Video Conferencing
3 7 (7.22%) Data Centre
4 5 (5.15%) PKI
5 3 (3.09%) Mainframe
5 3 (3.09%) Management Information System
5 3 (3.09%) Mobile App
6 2 (2.06%) Blackberry
6 2 (2.06%) Client/Server
6 2 (2.06%) Fat Client
6 2 (2.06%) Minimum Viable Product
6 2 (2.06%) Private Cloud
6 2 (2.06%) Thin Client
6 2 (2.06%) User Experience
7 1 (1.03%) Computer Science
7 1 (1.03%) Cyberthreat
7 1 (1.03%) NHS
7 1 (1.03%) Smartphone
7 1 (1.03%) Social Media
7 1 (1.03%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 69 (71.13%) Windows
2 40 (41.24%) Windows 10
3 22 (22.68%) Windows 7
4 21 (21.65%) Windows Server
5 12 (12.37%) Apple iOS
6 11 (11.34%) Windows Server 2012
7 10 (10.31%) Windows Server 2008
8 7 (7.22%) Linux
8 7 (7.22%) Mac OS X
9 6 (6.19%) Windows 8
9 6 (6.19%) Windows Server 2003
10 5 (5.15%) Windows Vista
11 4 (4.12%) Android
11 4 (4.12%) Unix
12 2 (2.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 1 (1.03%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (28.87%) ITIL
2 12 (12.37%) Migration
3 11 (11.34%) Agile Software Development
4 10 (10.31%) Service Delivery
5 9 (9.28%) Stakeholder Management
6 7 (7.22%) Validation
7 6 (6.19%) Incident Management
7 6 (6.19%) Test Automation
7 6 (6.19%) Waterfall
8 5 (5.15%) Identity Management
8 5 (5.15%) IT Strategy
8 5 (5.15%) Multi-Factor Authentication
8 5 (5.15%) Project Management
8 5 (5.15%) SDLC
8 5 (5.15%) Two-Factor Authentication
9 4 (4.12%) Change Management
9 4 (4.12%) Protective Monitoring
9 4 (4.12%) Server Virtualisation
9 4 (4.12%) Service Design
9 4 (4.12%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (7.22%) C#
1 7 (7.22%) PowerShell
2 5 (5.15%) Python
3 3 (3.09%) VBA
4 2 (2.06%) SQL
4 2 (2.06%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 20 (20.62%) Microsoft Certification
2 19 (19.59%) MCSE
3 8 (8.25%) MCDST
4 7 (7.22%) DV Cleared
4 7 (7.22%) Security Cleared
5 6 (6.19%) Citrix Certification
5 6 (6.19%) MCSA
6 4 (4.12%) Cisco Certification
6 4 (4.12%) Degree
7 3 (3.09%) CCNA
7 3 (3.09%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 3 (3.09%) MOS
7 3 (3.09%) SC Cleared
8 2 (2.06%) CCNP
8 2 (2.06%) ISTQB
8 2 (2.06%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 1 (1.03%) ISEB
9 1 (1.03%) MCITP
9 1 (1.03%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 1 (1.03%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.09%) SLA
2 1 (1.03%) GDPR
System Software
1 33 (34.02%) Active Directory
2 27 (27.84%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (10.31%) Microsoft App-V
4 8 (8.25%) XenApp
4 8 (8.25%) XenDesktop
5 3 (3.09%) Hyper-V
6 2 (2.06%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (2.06%) VMware Workstation
6 2 (2.06%) vSphere
7 1 (1.03%) Firmware
7 1 (1.03%) Terminal Services
7 1 (1.03%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (1.03%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 25 (25.77%) SCCM
2 4 (4.12%) AppDNA
3 3 (3.09%) HP Quality Center
4 2 (2.06%) SCOM
5 1 (1.03%) Backup Exec
5 1 (1.03%) EdgeSight
5 1 (1.03%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 1 (1.03%) SCVMM
5 1 (1.03%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 48 (49.48%) Citrix
2 34 (35.05%) Microsoft
3 27 (27.84%) VMware
4 15 (15.46%) HP
5 13 (13.40%) Bloomberg
6 12 (12.37%) Reuters
7 11 (11.34%) Wyse
8 9 (9.28%) Cisco
9 8 (8.25%) Ivanti
10 6 (6.19%) Blue Prism
10 6 (6.19%) Lotus
11 5 (5.15%) CA
11 5 (5.15%) Lumension
12 4 (4.12%) Apple
12 4 (4.12%) Fidessa
12 4 (4.12%) IBM
12 4 (4.12%) ServiceNow
13 3 (3.09%) Avaya
13 3 (3.09%) Polycom
14 2 (2.06%) Veeam