Period
to 17 October 2019

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 17 October 2019 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
17 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 622 624 751
Rank change year-on-year +2 +127 +43
Contract jobs citing Virtual Desktop 186 294 121
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.22% 0.28% 0.12%
As % of the System Software category 1.40% 1.91% 1.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 111 186 64
UK median daily rate £425 £336 £364
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +26.39% -7.56% -9.06%
10th Percentile £213 £148 £136
90th Percentile £538 £581 £593
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £330 £368
% change year-on-year +28.79% -10.20% -8.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 18 13
UK median hourly rate £16.07 £27.00 £16.81
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -40.49% +60.67% +24.48%
10th Percentile £14.06 £10.73 £15.00
90th Percentile £25.63 £28.00 £25.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.07 £27.00 £16.81
% change year-on-year -40.49% +60.67% +24.48%

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 13,293 15,398 12,112
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.62% 14.92% 12.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,778 10,008 7,786
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £168 £180 £158
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 667 901 679
UK median hourly rate £17.25 £16.00 £16.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.81% -4.19% +4.38%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.50 £10.40
90th Percentile £47.50 £43.75 £47.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £15.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year +3.23% - -

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 17 October 2019.

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 17 October 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Virtual Desktop in the UK

Virtual Desktop
Top 16 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 17 October 2019. 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 -2 165 £425 +13.33% 29
UK excluding London +26 109 £425 +28.79% 26
London +15 76 £400 +6.67% 4
South West +5 36 £475 - 4
North of England +31 24 £240 -31.43% 6
South East -1 23 £425 -14.57% 8
North West +15 12 £276 -18.15% 5
Yorkshire +41 11 - - 1
Scotland +5 11 £375 +31.58% 1
Midlands +36 6 £415 -30.83% 3
Wales - 6 £483 -
West Midlands +27 5 £425 -29.17% 1
Northern Ireland +7 3 £160 +10.73%
East Midlands +28 1 £200 -66.67% 2
North East - 1 £147 -
East of England - 1 - - 4

For the 6 months to 17 October 2019, 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.

1 149 (80.11%) Windows
2 106 (56.99%) Active Directory
3 94 (50.54%) Microsoft
4 89 (47.85%) Windows 10
5 76 (40.86%) SCCM
6 69 (37.10%) Windows Server
7 67 (36.02%) VMware Infrastructure
7 67 (36.02%) VMware
8 61 (32.80%) Citrix
9 58 (31.18%) Office 365
10 56 (30.11%) Windows 7
11 52 (27.96%) ITIL
12 46 (24.73%) PowerShell
13 45 (24.19%) Security Cleared
14 39 (20.97%) Finance
15 38 (20.43%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 37 (19.89%) Hyper-V
17 36 (19.35%) XenDesktop
17 36 (19.35%) Windows Server 2012
17 36 (19.35%) Migration
18 34 (18.28%) DV Cleared
19 33 (17.74%) Microsoft App-V
19 33 (17.74%) Azure
20 28 (15.05%) Analytical Skills
21 27 (14.52%) DHCP
22 26 (13.98%) Banking
23 25 (13.44%) Virtual Machines
24 24 (12.90%) SCOM
25 23 (12.37%) Service Management
25 23 (12.37%) ITSM

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 17 (9.14%) SharePoint
2 9 (4.84%) MS Exchange
3 7 (3.76%) Apache Spark
3 7 (3.76%) Jupyter
3 7 (3.76%) SAS
4 6 (3.23%) Skype for Business
5 3 (1.61%) Exchange Server 2010
6 2 (1.08%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 1 (0.54%) IIS
7 1 (0.54%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 21 (11.29%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (2.69%) FileZilla
3 2 (1.08%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (1.08%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.54%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.54%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (1.61%) Markit EDM
2 1 (0.54%) Carpe Diem
2 1 (0.54%) ION MarketView
Cloud Services
1 58 (31.18%) Office 365
2 33 (17.74%) Azure
3 16 (8.60%) AWS
4 9 (4.84%) Azure Active Directory
5 5 (2.69%) GCP
5 5 (2.69%) SaaS
6 3 (1.61%) Mimecast
7 2 (1.08%) Azure Stack
7 2 (1.08%) GitHub
7 2 (1.08%) Power Platform
7 2 (1.08%) PowerApps
7 2 (1.08%) Slack
8 1 (0.54%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.54%) Dynamics 365
8 1 (0.54%) OneDrive
8 1 (0.54%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 27 (14.52%) DHCP
2 21 (11.29%) DNS
3 17 (9.14%) Firewall
4 13 (6.99%) Remote Desktop
5 10 (5.38%) SAN
6 9 (4.84%) NetScaler
6 9 (4.84%) Network Security
7 7 (3.76%) Skype
7 7 (3.76%) TCP/IP
8 6 (3.23%) SSH
8 6 (3.23%) VoIP
8 6 (3.23%) Wireless
9 5 (2.69%) FTP
9 5 (2.69%) LAN
9 5 (2.69%) Wi-Fi
10 3 (1.61%) Intrusion Detection
10 3 (1.61%) WAN
10 3 (1.61%) WebEx
11 2 (1.08%) Software-Defined Networking
11 2 (1.08%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (9.14%) SQL Server
2 14 (7.53%) Big Data
3 7 (3.76%) Apache Hive
3 7 (3.76%) Apache Zeppelin
3 7 (3.76%) Data Lake
3 7 (3.76%) Hadoop
3 7 (3.76%) Impala
3 7 (3.76%) Relational Database
4 6 (3.23%) Amazon RDS
5 5 (2.69%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 7 (3.76%) MSI
2 6 (3.23%) ClearCase
2 6 (3.23%) ClearQuest
3 5 (2.69%) InstallShield
3 5 (2.69%) JIRA
4 4 (2.15%) LoadRunner
5 2 (1.08%) AdminStudio
5 2 (1.08%) Bitbucket
5 2 (1.08%) CF BOSH
5 2 (1.08%) GitLab
General
1 39 (20.97%) Finance
2 26 (13.98%) Banking
3 8 (4.30%) Public Sector
3 8 (4.30%) Telecoms
4 6 (3.23%) Investment Banking
5 4 (2.15%) Legal
6 3 (1.61%) Advertising
6 3 (1.61%) Manufacturing
7 2 (1.08%) Law
7 2 (1.08%) Publishing
7 2 (1.08%) Retail
7 2 (1.08%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.54%) Back Office
8 1 (0.54%) Electronics
8 1 (0.54%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.54%) Marketing
8 1 (0.54%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 38 (20.43%) Analyst
2 27 (14.52%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 22 (11.83%) Architect
4 19 (10.22%) Desktop Support
5 15 (8.06%) Desktop Engineer
6 14 (7.53%) Wintel Engineer
7 13 (6.99%) Support Analyst
8 11 (5.91%) Desktop Analyst
9 10 (5.38%) Desktop Support Analyst
9 10 (5.38%) Support Engineer
10 8 (4.30%) Solutions Architect
10 8 (4.30%) Windows Engineer
11 7 (3.76%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 7 (3.76%) Citrix Architect
11 7 (3.76%) Consultant
12 6 (3.23%) 3rd Line Support
12 6 (3.23%) Project Manager
12 6 (3.23%) Service Analyst
12 6 (3.23%) Service Desk Analyst
12 6 (3.23%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (4.84%) Web Services
2 7 (3.76%) Apache NiFi
2 7 (3.76%) Kafka
3 5 (2.69%) React
4 2 (1.08%) Node.js
4 2 (1.08%) SAML
4 2 (1.08%) Software Packaging
5 1 (0.54%) COM
5 1 (0.54%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 28 (15.05%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (8.60%) Data Centre
3 14 (7.53%) User Experience
4 13 (6.99%) Clustering
5 9 (4.84%) Public Cloud
6 8 (4.30%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 7 (3.76%) Blackberry
7 7 (3.76%) Fat Client
7 7 (3.76%) Hybrid Cloud
7 7 (3.76%) Thin Client
7 7 (3.76%) Video Conferencing
8 5 (2.69%) Client/Server
8 5 (2.69%) Cloud Native
8 5 (2.69%) Enterprise Software
8 5 (2.69%) Hedge funds
8 5 (2.69%) Management Information System
8 5 (2.69%) Private Cloud
8 5 (2.69%) Replication
9 3 (1.61%) Mobile App
9 3 (1.61%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 149 (80.11%) Windows
2 89 (47.85%) Windows 10
3 69 (37.10%) Windows Server
4 56 (30.11%) Windows 7
5 36 (19.35%) Windows Server 2012
6 19 (10.22%) Linux
7 10 (5.38%) Windows Server 2008
8 8 (4.30%) Apple iOS
9 7 (3.76%) CentOS
9 7 (3.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 6 (3.23%) Windows Vista
11 5 (2.69%) Mac OS X
11 5 (2.69%) Unix
11 5 (2.69%) Windows Server 2003
12 4 (2.15%) Android
13 1 (0.54%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.54%) Windows 8
13 1 (0.54%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (27.96%) ITIL
2 38 (20.43%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 36 (19.35%) Migration
4 23 (12.37%) ITSM
4 23 (12.37%) Service Management
5 18 (9.68%) Application Virtualisation
6 16 (8.60%) Change Management
7 15 (8.06%) Data Protection
7 15 (8.06%) Project Delivery
8 13 (6.99%) ITIL V3
8 13 (6.99%) Problem-Solving
9 12 (6.45%) Load Balancing
9 12 (6.45%) Service Delivery
9 12 (6.45%) Virtual Infrastructure
10 11 (5.91%) Application Packaging
10 11 (5.91%) Preventative Maintenance
11 10 (5.38%) Business Change Management
11 10 (5.38%) DevOps
11 10 (5.38%) TOGAF
12 9 (4.84%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 46 (24.73%) PowerShell
2 20 (10.75%) SQL
3 11 (5.91%) Python
4 7 (3.76%) Bash Shell
5 4 (2.15%) VBScript
6 3 (1.61%) T-SQL
6 3 (1.61%) VB
7 2 (1.08%) Ruby
8 1 (0.54%) VBA
Qualifications
1 45 (24.19%) Security Cleared
2 34 (18.28%) DV Cleared
3 15 (8.06%) Microsoft Certification
4 10 (5.38%) SC Cleared
5 9 (4.84%) ITIL Certification
5 9 (4.84%) MCP
5 9 (4.84%) MCSE
6 6 (3.23%) MCSA
7 4 (2.15%) Degree
8 3 (1.61%) MCTS
9 2 (1.08%) TOGAF Certification
10 1 (0.54%) BPSS Clearance
10 1 (0.54%) CompTIA Security+
10 1 (0.54%) HNC
10 1 (0.54%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 1 (0.54%) MOS
10 1 (0.54%) Network+ Certification
10 1 (0.54%) PMI Certification
10 1 (0.54%) PMP
10 1 (0.54%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (5.91%) SLA
2 5 (2.69%) Government Security Classifications
2 5 (2.69%) QA
3 2 (1.08%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.54%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 106 (56.99%) Active Directory
2 67 (36.02%) VMware Infrastructure
3 37 (19.89%) Hyper-V
4 36 (19.35%) XenDesktop
5 33 (17.74%) Microsoft App-V
6 25 (13.44%) Virtual Machines
7 18 (9.68%) XenApp
8 15 (8.06%) VMware ESXi
9 13 (6.99%) DFS Replication
10 9 (4.84%) Virtual Servers
11 5 (2.69%) vSphere
12 2 (1.08%) BitLocker
12 2 (1.08%) VMware Workstation
13 1 (0.54%) VMware NSX
13 1 (0.54%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 76 (40.86%) SCCM
2 24 (12.90%) SCOM
3 22 (11.83%) SCVMM
4 21 (11.29%) WSUS
5 13 (6.99%) Failover Clustering
5 13 (6.99%) Microsoft Clustering
5 13 (6.99%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 13 (6.99%) SCDPM
5 13 (6.99%) SCSM
6 10 (5.38%) Microsoft Intune
7 7 (3.76%) AirWatch
7 7 (3.76%) Oozie
7 7 (3.76%) Terraform
8 6 (3.23%) Perfmon
9 5 (2.69%) Istio
9 5 (2.69%) Kubernetes
9 5 (2.69%) ThinApp
10 4 (2.15%) vCenter Server
11 3 (1.61%) McAfee ePO
11 3 (1.61%) vRealize
Vendors
1 94 (50.54%) Microsoft
2 67 (36.02%) VMware
3 61 (32.80%) Citrix
4 16 (8.60%) Ivanti
5 13 (6.99%) Cisco
6 10 (5.38%) Dell
6 10 (5.38%) McAfee
7 7 (3.76%) Apple
7 7 (3.76%) Cloudera
7 7 (3.76%) F5
7 7 (3.76%) Hortonworks
7 7 (3.76%) Oracle
7 7 (3.76%) StreamSets
8 6 (3.23%) CyberArk
9 5 (2.69%) ArcSight
9 5 (2.69%) Google
10 4 (2.15%) Charles River
10 4 (2.15%) EMC
10 4 (2.15%) NetApp
10 4 (2.15%) SAP