Period
to 21 April 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 April 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 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 732 710 726
Rank change year-on-year -22 +16 -49
Contract jobs citing Virtual Desktop 148 131 157
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.14% 0.15%
As % of the System Software category 1.11% 1.24% 1.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 97 87 99
UK median daily rate £388 £365 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.16% -2.67% -11.76%
10th Percentile £213 £135 £155
90th Percentile £575 £500 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £303 £365 £348
% change year-on-year -17.12% +5.04% -18.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 10 6
UK median hourly rate £27.00 £12.07 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +123.70% -3.44% -37.50%
10th Percentile £15.36 £11.47 £10.75
90th Percentile £33.13 £19.58 £13.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.00 £19.00 £12.50
% change year-on-year +42.11% +52.00% -15.82%

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 13,337 10,588 11,646
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.18% 11.51% 10.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,649 6,685 7,027
UK median daily rate £450 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.43% +3.75% +14.12%
10th Percentile £175 £163 £163
90th Percentile £625 £588 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £360 £350
% change year-on-year +11.11% +2.86% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 742 730 961
UK median hourly rate £15.86 £16.00 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.88% +3.23% -
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.25 £10.25
90th Percentile £45.83 £46.76 £42.46
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year - -6.25% +6.67%

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 April 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 April 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 April 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 -33 125 £450 +21.62% 33
London -19 75 £450 +16.13% 6
UK excluding London -40 71 £303 -17.12% 29
South East -12 27 £296 -40.75% 10
Scotland -22 21 £285 -26.45%
East of England -23 9 £575 +58.62% 1
North of England -12 6 £600 +37.14% 7
West Midlands -4 5 £260 -16.72% 1
North West -9 5 £600 +37.14% 1
Midlands -12 5 £260 -16.72% 3
South West +5 2 £438 +45.71% 6
Northern Ireland -6 1 £128 -60.89% 1
North East - 1 £791 -

For the 6 months to 21 April 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.

1 120 (81.08%) Windows
2 70 (47.30%) Citrix
2 70 (47.30%) Windows 10
3 69 (46.62%) VMware
3 69 (46.62%) VMware Infrastructure
4 68 (45.95%) Office 365
5 59 (39.86%) Microsoft
5 59 (39.86%) Active Directory
6 39 (26.35%) Windows 7
7 38 (25.68%) Finance
8 37 (25.00%) Ivanti
9 35 (23.65%) DHCP
9 35 (23.65%) DNS
10 34 (22.97%) HP
11 33 (22.30%) ITIL
11 33 (22.30%) SCCM
12 32 (21.62%) Security Cleared
12 32 (21.62%) Microsoft Office
13 31 (20.95%) Microsoft App-V
14 29 (19.59%) Windows Server 2008
15 28 (18.92%) Windows Server
16 27 (18.24%) SC Cleared
16 27 (18.24%) SQL
17 22 (14.86%) Windows Server 2003
17 22 (14.86%) Wyse
17 22 (14.86%) Data Centre
18 21 (14.19%) VMware ESXi
18 21 (14.19%) Hyper-V
19 20 (13.51%) PowerShell
19 20 (13.51%) Migration

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 11 (7.43%) Skype for Business
2 7 (4.73%) MS Exchange
3 2 (1.35%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (1.35%) Exchange Server 2013
3 2 (1.35%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.68%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 1 (0.68%) Confluence
4 1 (0.68%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 32 (21.62%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (4.05%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (1.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.68%) ION MarketView
Cloud Services
1 68 (45.95%) Office 365
2 18 (12.16%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (6.08%) IaaS
4 5 (3.38%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (1.35%) OneDrive
6 1 (0.68%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (0.68%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.68%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 35 (23.65%) DHCP
1 35 (23.65%) DNS
2 17 (11.49%) NetScaler
3 15 (10.14%) LAN
4 14 (9.46%) TCP/IP
4 14 (9.46%) VPN
5 13 (8.78%) SAN
6 12 (8.11%) WAN
7 11 (7.43%) MPLS
7 11 (7.43%) NAS
8 10 (6.76%) Skype
8 10 (6.76%) VSAN
9 9 (6.08%) Firewall
10 7 (4.73%) HTTP
10 7 (4.73%) SMTP
10 7 (4.73%) VoIP
11 5 (3.38%) Cisco ISE
11 5 (3.38%) Internet
11 5 (3.38%) Remote Desktop
11 5 (3.38%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (9.46%) SQL Server
2 6 (4.05%) MS Access
3 2 (1.35%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (0.68%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.68%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 14 (9.46%) HP UFT
1 14 (9.46%) WinRunner
2 5 (3.38%) MSI
2 5 (3.38%) Visual Studio
2 5 (3.38%) WinDbg
3 3 (2.03%) JIRA
4 1 (0.68%) TestDirector
General
1 38 (25.68%) Finance
2 10 (6.76%) Banking
3 5 (3.38%) Back Office
4 4 (2.70%) Financial Institution
4 4 (2.70%) Investment Banking
4 4 (2.70%) Telecoms
5 3 (2.03%) Local Government
6 2 (1.35%) Law
6 2 (1.35%) Publishing
7 1 (0.68%) Front Office
7 1 (0.68%) Retail
7 1 (0.68%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 32 (21.62%) Analyst
2 22 (14.86%) Desktop Support
3 17 (11.49%) Architect
4 15 (10.14%) Support Analyst
5 14 (9.46%) Technical Leader
5 14 (9.46%) Windows Engineer
6 13 (8.78%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 12 (8.11%) Support Engineer
8 10 (6.76%) Desktop Engineer
9 9 (6.08%) Project Manager
10 8 (5.41%) Desktop Analyst
10 8 (5.41%) Infrastructure Support
10 8 (5.41%) Office 365 Engineer
10 8 (5.41%) Test Analyst
11 7 (4.73%) Desktop Support Analyst
11 7 (4.73%) Technical Support
12 6 (4.05%) Citrix Engineer
12 6 (4.05%) Test Leader
12 6 (4.05%) Windows Support Engineer
13 5 (3.38%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (4.73%) .NET
2 6 (4.05%) Web Services
3 5 (3.38%) .NET Framework
3 5 (3.38%) REST
3 5 (3.38%) XML
4 3 (2.03%) X-Windows
5 2 (1.35%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 22 (14.86%) Data Centre
2 15 (10.14%) Clustering
3 14 (9.46%) PDA
4 13 (8.78%) Self-Motivation
5 10 (6.76%) Analytical Skills
6 8 (5.41%) Video Conferencing
7 5 (3.38%) Linux Command Line
7 5 (3.38%) PKI
8 4 (2.70%) Mobile App
9 3 (2.03%) Fat Client
9 3 (2.03%) Mainframe
9 3 (2.03%) Minimum Viable Product
9 3 (2.03%) Thin Client
9 3 (2.03%) User Experience
10 2 (1.35%) Computer Science
10 2 (1.35%) Hybrid Cloud
10 2 (1.35%) PMI
11 1 (0.68%) Cyberthreat
11 1 (0.68%) Private Cloud
11 1 (0.68%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 120 (81.08%) Windows
2 70 (47.30%) Windows 10
3 39 (26.35%) Windows 7
4 29 (19.59%) Windows Server 2008
5 28 (18.92%) Windows Server
6 22 (14.86%) Windows Server 2003
7 16 (10.81%) Windows Server 2012
8 14 (9.46%) AIX
9 13 (8.78%) Linux
10 10 (6.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 9 (6.08%) Apple iOS
12 8 (5.41%) Unix
12 8 (5.41%) Windows 8
13 7 (4.73%) Windows Vista
14 4 (2.70%) Mac OS X
15 3 (2.03%) CentOS
15 3 (2.03%) HPUX
15 3 (2.03%) Mac OS
15 3 (2.03%) Solaris
16 2 (1.35%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (22.30%) ITIL
2 20 (13.51%) Migration
3 19 (12.84%) Test Automation
4 18 (12.16%) Change Management
5 15 (10.14%) Software Testing
6 14 (9.46%) Application Virtualisation
6 14 (9.46%) Test Scripting
7 13 (8.78%) Mobile Device Management
8 12 (8.11%) Load Balancing
8 12 (8.11%) Performance Tuning
8 12 (8.11%) Service Delivery
9 11 (7.43%) Capacity Management
9 11 (7.43%) Problem-Solving
9 11 (7.43%) Virtual Environments
10 10 (6.76%) Agile Software Development
10 10 (6.76%) Mentoring
10 10 (6.76%) Stakeholder Management
11 9 (6.08%) Runbook
11 9 (6.08%) Smoke Testing
12 8 (5.41%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 27 (18.24%) SQL
2 20 (13.51%) PowerShell
3 7 (4.73%) C#
4 6 (4.05%) VBA
5 5 (3.38%) Python
6 3 (2.03%) Shell Script
7 2 (1.35%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 32 (21.62%) Security Cleared
2 27 (18.24%) SC Cleared
3 15 (10.14%) ISTQB
4 14 (9.46%) Microsoft Certification
5 12 (8.11%) MCSE
6 7 (4.73%) DV Cleared
7 5 (3.38%) MCDST
7 5 (3.38%) MCSA
8 4 (2.70%) Cisco Certification
8 4 (2.70%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 4 (2.70%) MCP
8 4 (2.70%) MOS
9 3 (2.03%) A+ Certification
9 3 (2.03%) Degree
10 2 (1.35%) CCA
10 2 (1.35%) CCNA
10 2 (1.35%) Citrix Certification
10 2 (1.35%) ITIL Certification
10 2 (1.35%) PMI Certification
10 2 (1.35%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (6.08%) SLA
2 3 (2.03%) GDPR
System Software
1 69 (46.62%) VMware Infrastructure
2 59 (39.86%) Active Directory
3 31 (20.95%) Microsoft App-V
4 21 (14.19%) Hyper-V
4 21 (14.19%) VMware ESXi
5 20 (13.51%) XenDesktop
6 19 (12.84%) XenApp
7 15 (10.14%) vSphere
8 9 (6.08%) VMware NSX
8 9 (6.08%) VMware Workstation
9 1 (0.68%) DFS Replication
9 1 (0.68%) Firmware
9 1 (0.68%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (0.68%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 33 (22.30%) SCCM
2 20 (13.51%) HP ALM
3 14 (9.46%) McAfee ePO
4 8 (5.41%) Puppet
5 6 (4.05%) Microsoft Intune
6 3 (2.03%) SCOM
6 3 (2.03%) vCenter Server
7 2 (1.35%) AirWatch
7 2 (1.35%) SCVMM
8 1 (0.68%) Backup Exec
8 1 (0.68%) EdgeSight
8 1 (0.68%) Failover Clustering
8 1 (0.68%) HP Quality Center
8 1 (0.68%) Jamf Pro
8 1 (0.68%) Microsoft Clustering
8 1 (0.68%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 1 (0.68%) SCDPM
8 1 (0.68%) SCSM
8 1 (0.68%) Single Sign-On
8 1 (0.68%) WSUS
Vendors
1 70 (47.30%) Citrix
2 69 (46.62%) VMware
3 59 (39.86%) Microsoft
4 37 (25.00%) Ivanti
5 34 (22.97%) HP
6 22 (14.86%) Wyse
7 14 (9.46%) McAfee
7 14 (9.46%) Veritas
8 13 (8.78%) Cisco
9 9 (6.08%) Apple
10 8 (5.41%) Bloomberg
10 8 (5.41%) Red Hat
10 8 (5.41%) Reuters
11 7 (4.73%) Dell
11 7 (4.73%) Veeam
12 6 (4.05%) Blue Prism
12 6 (4.05%) NetApp
13 5 (3.38%) CA
13 5 (3.38%) Lumension
13 5 (3.38%) ServiceNow