Period
to 11 May 2021

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 11 May 2021 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
11 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 500 524 679
Rank change year-on-year +24 +155 +50
Contract jobs citing Virtual Desktop 175 126 182
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.31% 0.24% 0.20%
As % of the System Software category 2.18% 1.58% 1.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 132 65 113
10th Percentile £331 £202 £213
25th Percentile £422 £338 £275
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £519 £450 £385
Median % change year-on-year +15.28% +16.88% +12.41%
75th Percentile £600 £538 £488
90th Percentile £700 £575 £553
UK excluding London median daily rate £403 £450 £394
% change year-on-year -10.56% +14.29% +29.10%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 10 8
10th Percentile £41.17 £14.29 £14.56
25th Percentile £43.25 £15.56 £16.45
Median hourly rate £46.00 £18.00 £21.25
Median % change year-on-year +155.56% -15.29% -21.30%
75th Percentile £46.50 £24.21 £30.25
90th Percentile £46.80 £27.20 £70.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £46.00 £19.02 £17.25
% change year-on-year +141.82% +10.28% -36.11%

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 8,041 7,996 14,254
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.37% 15.53% 15.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,567 5,375 9,614
10th Percentile £230 £175 £180
25th Percentile £380 £325 £355
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £488 £450 £475
Median % change year-on-year +8.33% -5.26% +5.56%
75th Percentile £575 £563 £575
90th Percentile £650 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 288 425 630
10th Percentile £11.47 £11.26 £11.00
25th Percentile £13.90 £13.49 £12.76
Median hourly rate £21.75 £17.50 £16.21
Median % change year-on-year +24.29% +7.96% +2.21%
75th Percentile £50.00 £23.75 £26.43
90th Percentile £63.63 £51.05 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.75 £16.50 £15.19
% change year-on-year +7.58% +8.62% +1.27%

Virtual Desktop
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Virtual Desktop in the UK

Virtual Desktop
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Virtual Desktop.

Daily rate trend for Virtual Desktop in the UK

Virtual Desktop
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Virtual Desktop over the 6 months to 11 May 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Virtual Desktop in the UK

Virtual Desktop
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Virtual Desktop.

Hourly rate trend for Virtual Desktop in the UK

Virtual Desktop
Top 17 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 11 May 2021. 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
Work from Home -173 92 £600 +55.84% 7
England -9 91 £450 +1.41% 41
London -4 49 £488 +21.88% 20
UK excluding London +19 45 £403 -10.56% 25
Midlands +17 12 £403 -10.56% 4
West Midlands -4 11 £403 -10.56% 3
South East +28 9 £575 +24.32% 5
South West +35 7 £450 -17.43% 3
North of England +30 6 £255 -36.31% 8
North West +19 5 £345 +24.14% 4
Scotland -11 5 £338 -26.03% 1
Channel Islands - 3 - -
Yorkshire +24 1 £125 -68.75% 3
East of England +22 1 - - 1
Wales +8 1 £225 -56.10% 3
Northern Ireland +1 1 £155 -3.13%
East Midlands - 1 £513 - 1

For the 6 months to 11 May 2021, 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.

1 136 (77.71%) Windows
2 123 (70.29%) Azure
3 67 (38.29%) Citrix
4 66 (37.71%) VMware
4 66 (37.71%) VMware Infrastructure
5 62 (35.43%) Active Directory
6 55 (31.43%) Microsoft
7 54 (30.86%) Microsoft 365
8 44 (25.14%) Migration
9 42 (24.00%) Windows 10
10 41 (23.43%) DevOps
11 37 (21.14%) AWS
12 34 (19.43%) PowerShell
13 32 (18.29%) Security Cleared
13 32 (18.29%) Windows Server
14 28 (16.00%) Firewall
15 25 (14.29%) Hybrid Cloud
15 25 (14.29%) Greenfield Project
15 25 (14.29%) Tandem
16 24 (13.71%) Microsoft App-V
16 24 (13.71%) Linux
16 24 (13.71%) Azure Active Directory
17 23 (13.14%) SC Cleared
18 22 (12.57%) ITIL
18 22 (12.57%) DNS
18 22 (12.57%) Terraform
19 21 (12.00%) SQL
20 20 (11.43%) Python
21 19 (10.86%) SCCM
21 19 (10.86%) XenApp

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 16 (9.14%) SharePoint
2 7 (4.00%) Skype for Business
3 5 (2.86%) MS Exchange
4 2 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (0.57%) Apache
5 1 (0.57%) IIS
Applications
1 12 (6.86%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.14%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.57%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (1.14%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.57%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.57%) ION MarketView
Cloud Services
1 123 (70.29%) Azure
2 54 (30.86%) Microsoft 365
3 37 (21.14%) AWS
4 24 (13.71%) Azure Active Directory
5 14 (8.00%) IaaS
6 9 (5.14%) PaaS
7 5 (2.86%) Azure ExpressRoute
7 5 (2.86%) OneDrive
7 5 (2.86%) SaaS
8 3 (1.71%) Amazon GuardDuty
9 2 (1.14%) AWS CloudFormation
9 2 (1.14%) Azure Sentinel
9 2 (1.14%) Power Platform
10 1 (0.57%) Azure Service Bus
10 1 (0.57%) Azure Storage
10 1 (0.57%) Cloud Computing
10 1 (0.57%) Dynamics 365
10 1 (0.57%) Power Automate
10 1 (0.57%) PowerApps
10 1 (0.57%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 28 (16.00%) Firewall
2 22 (12.57%) DNS
3 11 (6.29%) NetScaler
4 10 (5.71%) DHCP
5 9 (5.14%) WAN
6 8 (4.57%) LAN
6 8 (4.57%) Skype
7 6 (3.43%) TCP/IP
8 4 (2.29%) VPN
9 3 (1.71%) FTP
9 3 (1.71%) GoToMeeting
9 3 (1.71%) Internet
9 3 (1.71%) Intranet
9 3 (1.71%) IP Telephony
9 3 (1.71%) Network Security
9 3 (1.71%) Remote Desktop
10 2 (1.14%) MPLS
10 2 (1.14%) SD-WAN
10 2 (1.14%) VLAN
10 2 (1.14%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (5.14%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.71%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (1.14%) MySQL
4 1 (0.57%) Azure SQL Database
4 1 (0.57%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.57%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.57%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (0.57%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 17 (9.71%) Git (software)
1 17 (9.71%) Jenkins
2 5 (2.86%) Octopus Deploy
3 2 (1.14%) MSI
4 1 (0.57%) Cypress.io
4 1 (0.57%) Selenium
4 1 (0.57%) SpecFlow
4 1 (0.57%) Visual Studio
General
1 19 (10.86%) Social Skills
2 16 (9.14%) Finance
3 8 (4.57%) Analytical Skills
4 5 (2.86%) Banking
5 3 (1.71%) Billing
5 3 (1.71%) Legal
5 3 (1.71%) Public Sector
6 2 (1.14%) Retail
7 1 (0.57%) Documentation Skills
7 1 (0.57%) Front Office
7 1 (0.57%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.57%) Law
7 1 (0.57%) Organisational Skills
7 1 (0.57%) Presentation Skills
Job Titles
1 29 (16.57%) Azure Engineer
2 27 (15.43%) Product Owner
3 21 (12.00%) Architect
3 21 (12.00%) Azure DevOps Engineer
3 21 (12.00%) DevOps Engineer
4 19 (10.86%) Consultant
4 19 (10.86%) Rollout Engineer
4 19 (10.86%) Windows Engineer
5 18 (10.29%) Desktop Engineer
6 17 (9.71%) Azure DevOps
7 12 (6.86%) VMware Engineer
8 11 (6.29%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 10 (5.71%) Azure Architect
10 9 (5.14%) Analyst
10 9 (5.14%) Support Engineer
11 8 (4.57%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 8 (4.57%) Citrix Engineer
11 8 (4.57%) Microsoft 365 Consultant
11 8 (4.57%) Systems Engineer
12 7 (4.00%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (2.29%) .NET
2 3 (1.71%) .NET Framework
2 3 (1.71%) XML
3 2 (1.14%) SOAP
4 1 (0.57%) .NET Core
4 1 (0.57%) ASP.NET
4 1 (0.57%) J2EE
4 1 (0.57%) JSON
4 1 (0.57%) LAMP
4 1 (0.57%) LDAP
4 1 (0.57%) REST
4 1 (0.57%) RESTful
4 1 (0.57%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 25 (14.29%) Greenfield Project
1 25 (14.29%) Hybrid Cloud
1 25 (14.29%) Tandem
2 12 (6.86%) Data Centre
3 11 (6.29%) User Experience
4 8 (4.57%) Clustering
5 5 (2.86%) Mobile App
5 5 (2.86%) Video Conferencing
6 3 (1.71%) Cloud Native
6 3 (1.71%) Fat Client
6 3 (1.71%) Management Information System
6 3 (1.71%) Replication
6 3 (1.71%) Thin Client
7 2 (1.14%) EMC VMAX
7 2 (1.14%) Enterprise Storage
7 2 (1.14%) Microsoft Licensing
7 2 (1.14%) PMI
7 2 (1.14%) VxBlock/Vblock
8 1 (0.57%) BYOD
8 1 (0.57%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 136 (77.71%) Windows
2 42 (24.00%) Windows 10
3 32 (18.29%) Windows Server
4 24 (13.71%) Linux
5 19 (10.86%) Windows Server 2012
6 18 (10.29%) Windows Server 2016
7 10 (5.71%) Windows 7
8 6 (3.43%) Windows Server 2019
9 3 (1.71%) Android
9 3 (1.71%) Apple iOS
9 3 (1.71%) Mac OS
9 3 (1.71%) Windows 8
9 3 (1.71%) Windows Server 2008
10 2 (1.14%) Unix
11 1 (0.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.57%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (25.14%) Migration
2 41 (23.43%) DevOps
3 22 (12.57%) ITIL
4 18 (10.29%) Microservices
4 18 (10.29%) Release Management
5 15 (8.57%) Application Virtualisation
6 13 (7.43%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 10 (5.71%) Problem-Solving
8 8 (4.57%) Data Protection
8 8 (4.57%) Software Engineering
9 7 (4.00%) Incident Management
9 7 (4.00%) Stakeholder Management
10 6 (3.43%) Application Packaging
10 6 (3.43%) Requirements Gathering
10 6 (3.43%) Storage Management
11 4 (2.29%) Agile Software Development
11 4 (2.29%) Business Case
11 4 (2.29%) Customer Engagement
11 4 (2.29%) Identity Management
11 4 (2.29%) Performance Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 34 (19.43%) PowerShell
2 21 (12.00%) SQL
3 20 (11.43%) Python
4 3 (1.71%) VBScript
5 2 (1.14%) Bash Shell
6 1 (0.57%) C
6 1 (0.57%) C#
6 1 (0.57%) Java
6 1 (0.57%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.57%) Perl
6 1 (0.57%) PHP
6 1 (0.57%) Ruby
6 1 (0.57%) VB
Qualifications
1 32 (18.29%) Security Cleared
2 23 (13.14%) SC Cleared
3 14 (8.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 13 (7.43%) VCAP
5 12 (6.86%) VCDX
5 12 (6.86%) VCP6
6 9 (5.14%) DV Cleared
7 5 (2.86%) Microsoft Certification
8 4 (2.29%) A+ Certification
9 3 (1.71%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 3 (1.71%) MCP
9 3 (1.71%) MCSA
9 3 (1.71%) MCSE
9 3 (1.71%) MOS
10 2 (1.14%) BPSS Clearance
10 2 (1.14%) CAPM
10 2 (1.14%) Degree
10 2 (1.14%) ITIL Certification
10 2 (1.14%) PMI Certification
11 1 (0.57%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (1.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (1.14%) PCI DSS
2 2 (1.14%) SLA
3 1 (0.57%) COBIT
3 1 (0.57%) NIST
3 1 (0.57%) PMO
3 1 (0.57%) QA
System Software
1 66 (37.71%) VMware Infrastructure
2 62 (35.43%) Active Directory
3 24 (13.71%) Microsoft App-V
4 19 (10.86%) vSphere
4 19 (10.86%) XenApp
4 19 (10.86%) XenDesktop
5 16 (9.14%) VMware ESXi
6 14 (8.00%) Hyper-V
7 13 (7.43%) Virtual Machines
8 8 (4.57%) DFS Replication
9 3 (1.71%) BitLocker
9 3 (1.71%) Terminal Services
10 1 (0.57%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 1 (0.57%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 22 (12.57%) Terraform
2 19 (10.86%) SCCM
3 16 (9.14%) Microsoft Intune
4 9 (5.14%) SCOM
4 9 (5.14%) SCVMM
4 9 (5.14%) WSUS
5 8 (4.57%) Failover Clustering
5 8 (4.57%) Microsoft Clustering
5 8 (4.57%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 8 (4.57%) SCDPM
5 8 (4.57%) SCSM
6 2 (1.14%) Ansible
6 2 (1.14%) PowerCLI
6 2 (1.14%) vCenter Server
7 1 (0.57%) Jamf Pro
7 1 (0.57%) Single Sign-On
7 1 (0.57%) Sysprep
7 1 (0.57%) ThinApp
7 1 (0.57%) vRealize
7 1 (0.57%) WMI
Vendors
1 67 (38.29%) Citrix
2 66 (37.71%) VMware
3 55 (31.43%) Microsoft
4 11 (6.29%) Dell
5 8 (4.57%) ArcSight
6 6 (3.43%) Oracle
7 5 (2.86%) Cisco
7 5 (2.86%) Wyse
8 4 (2.29%) Apple
9 3 (1.71%) Avaya
9 3 (1.71%) EMC
9 3 (1.71%) HP
9 3 (1.71%) Ivanti
9 3 (1.71%) Polycom
10 2 (1.14%) CA
10 2 (1.14%) CommVault
10 2 (1.14%) Isilon
10 2 (1.14%) NetApp
10 2 (1.14%) SAP
11 1 (0.57%) Sun