Period
to 3 August 2020

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 3 August 2020 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
3 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 464 658 657
Rank change year-on-year +194 -1 +79
Contract jobs citing Virtual Desktop 91 203 254
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.25% 0.22% 0.25%
As % of the System Software category 1.68% 1.42% 1.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 125 168
Median daily rate £434 £375 £316
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.67% +18.58% -20.94%
10th Percentile £155 £213 £211
90th Percentile £550 £525 £503
UK excluding London median daily rate £428 £425 £300
% change year-on-year +0.59% +41.67% -33.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 10 19
Median hourly rate £35.00 £17.25 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +102.90% -36.11% +71.16%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.55 £16.07 £27.00
% change year-on-year +40.31% -40.49% +65.75%

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 5,425 14,272 14,617
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.06% 15.52% 14.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,391 9,428 9,445
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £194 £178 £181
90th Percentile £633 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 290 636 884
Median hourly rate £20.00 £17.00 £16.11
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.65% +5.51% +0.70%
10th Percentile £11.75 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £44.96
Median hourly rate £18.00 £16.00 £15.86
% change year-on-year +12.50% +0.88% +5.73%

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 3 August 2020.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Virtual Desktop over the 6 months to 3 August 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Virtual Desktop in the UK

Virtual Desktop
Top 14 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 3 August 2020. 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 +197 79 £450 +11.11% 19
UK excluding London +179 50 £428 +0.59% 12
London +164 38 £438 +16.67% 6
South East +172 11 £463 +17.09% 5
South West +50 11 £545 +14.74% 2
North of England +106 10 £425 +36.00% 3
Work from Home -5 9 £405 +62.00% 2
Midlands +96 8 £450 +8.43% 2
West Midlands +70 8 £450 +8.43% 2
Yorkshire +81 6 £450 - 2
North West +69 4 £425 +33.33%
Scotland +67 4 £450 +24.14%
Northern Ireland +21 4 £160 +6.67%
Wales +34 2 £140 -70.98%

For the 6 months to 3 August 2020, 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 71 (78.02%) Windows
2 49 (53.85%) Windows 10
3 47 (51.65%) Active Directory
4 41 (45.05%) Microsoft
5 34 (37.36%) VMware
5 34 (37.36%) VMware Infrastructure
6 30 (32.97%) Citrix
7 26 (28.57%) Security Cleared
7 26 (28.57%) SCCM
7 26 (28.57%) Azure
8 23 (25.27%) Windows 7
8 23 (25.27%) Windows Server
9 19 (20.88%) DV Cleared
10 18 (19.78%) Office 365
11 17 (18.68%) Microsoft App-V
11 17 (18.68%) Windows Server 2016
12 15 (16.48%) DHCP
13 14 (15.38%) ITIL
13 14 (15.38%) Application Virtualisation
14 13 (14.29%) Virtual Machines
14 13 (14.29%) DNS
14 13 (14.29%) PowerShell
15 12 (13.19%) Windows Server 2012
15 12 (13.19%) vSphere
16 11 (12.09%) SCOM
16 11 (12.09%) WSUS
17 10 (10.99%) VMware ESXi
17 10 (10.99%) User Experience
17 10 (10.99%) Migration
17 10 (10.99%) SharePoint

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 10 (10.99%) SharePoint
2 3 (3.30%) MS Exchange
3 2 (2.20%) Skype for Business
4 1 (1.10%) Confluence
4 1 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 6 (6.59%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (3.30%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (1.10%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 4 (4.40%) ION MarketView
2 1 (1.10%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 26 (28.57%) Azure
2 18 (19.78%) Office 365
3 8 (8.79%) Azure Active Directory
4 7 (7.69%) AWS
4 7 (7.69%) IaaS
5 3 (3.30%) Azure ExpressRoute
6 1 (1.10%) PaaS
6 1 (1.10%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 15 (16.48%) DHCP
2 13 (14.29%) DNS
3 8 (8.79%) Firewall
3 8 (8.79%) Remote Desktop
3 8 (8.79%) Skype
4 7 (7.69%) WAN
5 6 (6.59%) Network Security
5 6 (6.59%) SAN
6 5 (5.49%) VPN
7 3 (3.30%) Software-Defined Networking
8 2 (2.20%) Cisco IOS
8 2 (2.20%) Internet
8 2 (2.20%) LAN
8 2 (2.20%) NetScaler
8 2 (2.20%) SMTP
8 2 (2.20%) SNMP
8 2 (2.20%) TCP/IP
8 2 (2.20%) VSAN
9 1 (1.10%) IP Telephony
9 1 (1.10%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.40%) Amazon RDS
2 1 (1.10%) Azure SQL Database
2 1 (1.10%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (1.10%) Oracle Database
2 1 (1.10%) Oracle Database 11g
2 1 (1.10%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (1.10%) Git (software)
1 1 (1.10%) JIRA
General
1 8 (8.79%) Finance
2 7 (7.69%) Public Sector
3 6 (6.59%) Banking
3 6 (6.59%) Investment Banking
4 4 (4.40%) Front Office
5 2 (2.20%) Housing Association
5 2 (2.20%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (1.10%) Corporate Banking
6 1 (1.10%) Local Government
6 1 (1.10%) Publishing
6 1 (1.10%) Retail
6 1 (1.10%) Retail Banking
6 1 (1.10%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 14 (15.38%) Architect
2 13 (14.29%) Desktop Engineer
3 9 (9.89%) Analyst
4 8 (8.79%) Desktop Support
4 8 (8.79%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 7 (7.69%) Azure Engineer
5 7 (7.69%) Support Engineer
5 7 (7.69%) VMware Engineer
5 7 (7.69%) Windows Engineer
6 5 (5.49%) Applications Packager
6 5 (5.49%) Consultant
7 4 (4.40%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 4 (4.40%) Desktop Analyst
7 4 (4.40%) Desktop Support Analyst
7 4 (4.40%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 4 (4.40%) Solutions Architect
7 4 (4.40%) Support Analyst
7 4 (4.40%) Support Specialist
8 3 (3.30%) Cloud Engineer
8 3 (3.30%) Office 365 Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (6.59%) Software Packaging
2 3 (3.30%) LDAP
3 1 (1.10%) .NET
3 1 (1.10%) .NET Core
3 1 (1.10%) .NET Framework
3 1 (1.10%) RESTful
3 1 (1.10%) SOAP
3 1 (1.10%) Web Services
3 1 (1.10%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 10 (10.99%) User Experience
2 8 (8.79%) Clustering
3 7 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (7.69%) Fat Client
3 7 (7.69%) Thin Client
4 6 (6.59%) Blackberry
5 5 (5.49%) Data Centre
5 5 (5.49%) Management Information System
6 4 (4.40%) Enterprise Software
6 4 (4.40%) Hybrid Cloud
6 4 (4.40%) Mobile App
7 3 (3.30%) BYOD
7 3 (3.30%) PKI
8 2 (2.20%) NHS
8 2 (2.20%) Private Cloud
8 2 (2.20%) Public Cloud
8 2 (2.20%) Self-Motivation
9 1 (1.10%) Client/Server
9 1 (1.10%) Cloud Native
9 1 (1.10%) Cyberthreat
Operating Systems
1 71 (78.02%) Windows
2 49 (53.85%) Windows 10
3 23 (25.27%) Windows 7
3 23 (25.27%) Windows Server
4 17 (18.68%) Windows Server 2016
5 12 (13.19%) Windows Server 2012
6 6 (6.59%) Linux
7 4 (4.40%) Android
7 4 (4.40%) Windows Server 2019
8 3 (3.30%) Mac OS
9 2 (2.20%) Apple iOS
9 2 (2.20%) Windows Server 2003
9 2 (2.20%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (1.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (1.10%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (15.38%) Application Virtualisation
1 14 (15.38%) ITIL
2 10 (10.99%) Migration
3 9 (9.89%) Data Protection
4 8 (8.79%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 6 (6.59%) Asset Management
6 5 (5.49%) Agile Software Development
6 5 (5.49%) Application Packaging
6 5 (5.49%) Incident Management
6 5 (5.49%) Integration Testing
6 5 (5.49%) Problem-Solving
6 5 (5.49%) Software Asset Management
6 5 (5.49%) Unit Testing
7 4 (4.40%) Architectural Design
7 4 (4.40%) Change Control
7 4 (4.40%) High Availability
7 4 (4.40%) People Management
7 4 (4.40%) Project Management
7 4 (4.40%) Service Management
7 4 (4.40%) Software Deployment
Programming Languages
1 13 (14.29%) PowerShell
2 1 (1.10%) Python
2 1 (1.10%) Shell Script
2 1 (1.10%) SQL
2 1 (1.10%) VB
Qualifications
1 26 (28.57%) Security Cleared
2 19 (20.88%) DV Cleared
3 7 (7.69%) SC Cleared
4 5 (5.49%) Microsoft Certification
4 5 (5.49%) VCAP
5 4 (4.40%) ITIL Certification
6 3 (3.30%) Degree
6 3 (3.30%) TOGAF Certification
7 2 (2.20%) CISA
7 2 (2.20%) CISM
7 2 (2.20%) CISSP
7 2 (2.20%) CRISC
7 2 (2.20%) DBS Check
7 2 (2.20%) VCDX
7 2 (2.20%) VCP6
7 2 (2.20%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 1 (1.10%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (6.59%) QA
2 3 (3.30%) GDPR
2 3 (3.30%) SLA
3 1 (1.10%) Government Security Classifications
System Software
1 47 (51.65%) Active Directory
2 34 (37.36%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (18.68%) Microsoft App-V
4 13 (14.29%) Virtual Machines
5 12 (13.19%) vSphere
6 10 (10.99%) VMware ESXi
7 9 (9.89%) Hyper-V
8 6 (6.59%) DFS Replication
9 5 (5.49%) XenApp
9 5 (5.49%) XenDesktop
10 2 (2.20%) BitLocker
10 2 (2.20%) UAG
10 2 (2.20%) VMware NSX
11 1 (1.10%) Terminal Server
11 1 (1.10%) Terminal Services
11 1 (1.10%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 26 (28.57%) SCCM
2 11 (12.09%) SCOM
2 11 (12.09%) WSUS
3 9 (9.89%) Microsoft Intune
4 8 (8.79%) Failover Clustering
4 8 (8.79%) Microsoft Clustering
5 6 (6.59%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 6 (6.59%) SCDPM
5 6 (6.59%) SCSM
5 6 (6.59%) SCVMM
6 4 (4.40%) vRealize
7 3 (3.30%) Terraform
8 2 (2.20%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 2 (2.20%) ZENworks
9 1 (1.10%) Ansible
9 1 (1.10%) Data Guard
9 1 (1.10%) McAfee ePO
9 1 (1.10%) Norton AntiVirus
9 1 (1.10%) Perfmon
9 1 (1.10%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 41 (45.05%) Microsoft
2 34 (37.36%) VMware
3 30 (32.97%) Citrix
4 9 (9.89%) Dell
5 6 (6.59%) ArcSight
5 6 (6.59%) Cisco
6 5 (5.49%) Apple
7 4 (4.40%) Bloomberg
7 4 (4.40%) HP
7 4 (4.40%) Reuters
7 4 (4.40%) ServiceNow
7 4 (4.40%) Sun
8 3 (3.30%) MobileIron
9 1 (1.10%) 3PAR
9 1 (1.10%) F5
9 1 (1.10%) IBM
9 1 (1.10%) Ivanti
9 1 (1.10%) Oracle
9 1 (1.10%) Polycom
9 1 (1.10%) Symantec