Period
to 22 July 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 22 July 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
22 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 672 739 751
Rank change year-on-year +67 +12 -79
Contract jobs citing Virtual Desktop 231 121 144
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.22% 0.13% 0.13%
As % of the System Software category 1.61% 1.11% 1.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 147 72 97
UK median daily rate £323 £384 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -15.96% -1.60% -13.33%
10th Percentile £210 £133 £135
90th Percentile £488 £556 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £288 £365 £400
% change year-on-year -21.23% -8.75% -14.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 9 6
UK median hourly rate £27.00 £15.78 £12.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +71.16% +27.47% -29.29%
10th Percentile £13.50 £13.09 £10.75
90th Percentile £28.65 £18.16 £18.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.00 £16.29 £14.50
% change year-on-year +65.75% +12.34% -2.36%

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 14,389 10,906 13,190
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.93% 11.37% 11.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,325 6,972 8,145
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +14.29%
10th Percentile £183 £163 £175
90th Percentile £625 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £365
% change year-on-year +6.67% +2.74% +8.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 858 663 918
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £15.63
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +2.40% -2.34%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.25 £10.50
90th Percentile £45.56 £47.00 £41.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £15.00 £15.86
% change year-on-year +5.73% -5.39% +5.00%

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 22 July 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 22 July 2018.

Contractor 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 22 July 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 +31 189 £349 -12.81% 20
UK excluding London +44 138 £288 -21.23% 10
London +6 93 £394 -1.56% 10
South East +16 59 £335 -29.47% 5
Scotland +2 38 £285 -8.80%
Midlands -3 12 £310 -0.72% 1
North of England -23 11 £363 -27.50% 2
North West -18 10 £350 -30.00% 1
West Midlands -23 9 £323 +3.20% 1
South West +9 8 £394 +28.99% 1
East of England -9 7 - - 1
Northern Ireland +21 3 £143 -56.13%
East Midlands - 3 £238 -
Yorkshire -19 1 £375 - 1

For the 6 months to 22 July 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.

1 186 (80.52%) Windows
2 136 (58.87%) Citrix
3 123 (53.25%) VMware
3 123 (53.25%) VMware Infrastructure
4 112 (48.48%) Office 365
5 111 (48.05%) Active Directory
6 104 (45.02%) Windows 10
7 99 (42.86%) Microsoft
8 91 (39.39%) Windows 7
9 74 (32.03%) Finance
10 71 (30.74%) DNS
11 66 (28.57%) SCCM
12 62 (26.84%) Ivanti
13 56 (24.24%) DHCP
14 51 (22.08%) Change Management
15 47 (20.35%) Security Cleared
15 47 (20.35%) VMware ESXi
16 46 (19.91%) HP
16 46 (19.91%) SQL
17 45 (19.48%) Windows Server 2008
18 44 (19.05%) XenDesktop
19 43 (18.61%) Windows Server 2003
20 42 (18.18%) ITIL
20 42 (18.18%) Microsoft App-V
20 42 (18.18%) SC Cleared
20 42 (18.18%) XenApp
21 41 (17.75%) Hyper-V
22 40 (17.32%) Windows Server
23 38 (16.45%) Microsoft Office
24 36 (15.58%) Veritas

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 (4.76%) Skype for Business
2 10 (4.33%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 10 (4.33%) MS Exchange
3 6 (2.60%) SharePoint
4 3 (1.30%) Confluence
5 2 (0.87%) IBM Notes
6 1 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (0.43%) IIS
Applications
1 38 (16.45%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.87%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.43%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (1.30%) ION MarketView
2 1 (0.43%) Carpe Diem
2 1 (0.43%) Elite 3E
Cloud Services
1 112 (48.48%) Office 365
2 21 (9.09%) Microsoft Azure
3 12 (5.19%) IaaS
4 10 (4.33%) Amazon AWS
5 3 (1.30%) Slack
6 2 (0.87%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (0.87%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (0.87%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.43%) Dynamics 365
7 1 (0.43%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 71 (30.74%) DNS
2 56 (24.24%) DHCP
3 26 (11.26%) NetScaler
4 19 (8.23%) MPLS
4 19 (8.23%) SAN
5 16 (6.93%) VPN
6 15 (6.49%) NAS
7 13 (5.63%) VoIP
7 13 (5.63%) VSAN
8 10 (4.33%) LAN
8 10 (4.33%) Skype
9 9 (3.90%) Firewall
10 7 (3.03%) HTTP
10 7 (3.03%) Remote Desktop
10 7 (3.03%) SMTP
11 6 (2.60%) WAN
11 6 (2.60%) Wireless
12 4 (1.73%) TCP/IP
13 3 (1.30%) Internet
14 2 (0.87%) IPv4
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (3.03%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.30%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (0.87%) MS Access
4 1 (0.43%) Crystal Reports
4 1 (0.43%) SQL Server 2000
4 1 (0.43%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.43%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 32 (13.85%) HP UFT
1 32 (13.85%) WinRunner
2 6 (2.60%) JIRA
3 3 (1.30%) Git (software)
3 3 (1.30%) Jenkins
4 2 (0.87%) AdminStudio
4 2 (0.87%) MSI
4 2 (0.87%) WinDbg
5 1 (0.43%) Hudson
5 1 (0.43%) TestDirector
5 1 (0.43%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 74 (32.03%) Finance
2 10 (4.33%) Banking
3 8 (3.46%) Back Office
3 8 (3.46%) Law
4 5 (2.16%) Investment Banking
5 4 (1.73%) Telecoms
6 3 (1.30%) Financial Institution
6 3 (1.30%) Retail
7 2 (0.87%) Front Office
7 2 (0.87%) Local Government
7 2 (0.87%) Publishing
8 1 (0.43%) Billing
8 1 (0.43%) German Language
8 1 (0.43%) Legal
8 1 (0.43%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 63 (27.27%) Analyst
2 44 (19.05%) Desktop Support
3 29 (12.55%) Desktop Engineer
4 22 (9.52%) Support Engineer
5 19 (8.23%) Windows Engineer
6 18 (7.79%) Test Analyst
7 16 (6.93%) Service Analyst
8 15 (6.49%) Technical Leader
9 12 (5.19%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 11 (4.76%) Windows Support Engineer
11 10 (4.33%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
12 9 (3.90%) Architect
12 9 (3.90%) Desktop Support Engineer
12 9 (3.90%) Service Desk Analyst
12 9 (3.90%) Support Analyst
12 9 (3.90%) Test Leader
13 8 (3.46%) Citrix Engineer
13 8 (3.46%) Infrastructure Analyst
13 8 (3.46%) Infrastructure Support
13 8 (3.46%) Office 365 Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (3.03%) Web Services
2 4 (1.73%) X-Windows
3 2 (0.87%) LDAP
4 1 (0.43%) .NET
4 1 (0.43%) .NET Framework
4 1 (0.43%) Node.js
4 1 (0.43%) OCX
4 1 (0.43%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 35 (15.15%) Clustering
2 31 (13.42%) PDA
3 25 (10.82%) Data Centre
4 21 (9.09%) Video Conferencing
5 14 (6.06%) Analytical Skills
6 13 (5.63%) Fat Client
6 13 (5.63%) Thin Client
7 10 (4.33%) Blackberry
8 7 (3.03%) User Experience
9 6 (2.60%) Self-Motivation
10 5 (2.16%) Linux Command Line
11 4 (1.73%) Tandem
12 3 (1.30%) Client/Server
12 3 (1.30%) Computer Science
13 2 (0.87%) Hybrid Cloud
13 2 (0.87%) Minimum Viable Product
13 2 (0.87%) Mobile Computing
13 2 (0.87%) PMI
13 2 (0.87%) Public Cloud
14 1 (0.43%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 186 (80.52%) Windows
2 104 (45.02%) Windows 10
3 91 (39.39%) Windows 7
4 45 (19.48%) Windows Server 2008
5 43 (18.61%) Windows Server 2003
6 40 (17.32%) Windows Server
7 32 (13.85%) AIX
8 27 (11.69%) Linux
9 15 (6.49%) Apple iOS
10 13 (5.63%) Windows Server 2012
11 9 (3.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 7 (3.03%) Unix
13 5 (2.16%) Windows XP
14 4 (1.73%) Mac OS
14 4 (1.73%) Windows Vista
15 3 (1.30%) CentOS
15 3 (1.30%) HPUX
15 3 (1.30%) Solaris
15 3 (1.30%) Windows 8
16 1 (0.43%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 51 (22.08%) Change Management
2 42 (18.18%) ITIL
3 33 (14.29%) Software Testing
3 33 (14.29%) Test Automation
4 32 (13.85%) Migration
4 32 (13.85%) Test Scripting
5 29 (12.55%) Problem-Solving
6 28 (12.12%) Application Virtualisation
7 24 (10.39%) Smoke Testing
8 20 (8.66%) Incident Management
9 17 (7.36%) Load Balancing
10 15 (6.49%) Virtual Environments
11 14 (6.06%) Capacity Management
11 14 (6.06%) Performance Tuning
12 13 (5.63%) Mobile Device Management
13 11 (4.76%) Application Packaging
13 11 (4.76%) Mentoring
14 10 (4.33%) Information Security
14 10 (4.33%) Service Management
14 10 (4.33%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 46 (19.91%) SQL
2 22 (9.52%) PowerShell
3 7 (3.03%) Shell Script
4 4 (1.73%) Python
5 3 (1.30%) Perl
5 3 (1.30%) VBScript
6 2 (0.87%) VBA
7 1 (0.43%) Bash Shell
7 1 (0.43%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.43%) T-SQL
7 1 (0.43%) VB
Qualifications
1 47 (20.35%) Security Cleared
2 42 (18.18%) SC Cleared
3 33 (14.29%) ISTQB
4 17 (7.36%) Microsoft Certification
5 15 (6.49%) MCSE
6 10 (4.33%) MCDST
6 10 (4.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 6 (2.60%) Degree
8 4 (1.73%) A+ Certification
8 4 (1.73%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
9 3 (1.30%) DV Cleared
9 3 (1.30%) MCP
10 2 (0.87%) BPSS Clearance
10 2 (0.87%) Cisco Certification
10 2 (0.87%) DBS Check
10 2 (0.87%) ITIL Certification
10 2 (0.87%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 2 (0.87%) PMI Certification
11 1 (0.43%) CCA
11 1 (0.43%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (6.49%) SLA
2 3 (1.30%) GDPR
3 1 (0.43%) QA
System Software
1 123 (53.25%) VMware Infrastructure
2 111 (48.05%) Active Directory
3 47 (20.35%) VMware ESXi
4 44 (19.05%) XenDesktop
5 42 (18.18%) Microsoft App-V
5 42 (18.18%) XenApp
6 41 (17.75%) Hyper-V
7 19 (8.23%) vSphere
8 15 (6.49%) VMware NSX
9 8 (3.46%) VMware Workstation
10 4 (1.73%) DFS Replication
10 4 (1.73%) Virtual Machines
11 2 (0.87%) BitLocker
11 2 (0.87%) Terminal Services
11 2 (0.87%) XenServer
12 1 (0.43%) vCloud
12 1 (0.43%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 66 (28.57%) SCCM
2 33 (14.29%) HP ALM
2 33 (14.29%) McAfee ePO
3 9 (3.90%) Puppet
3 9 (3.90%) vCenter Server
4 7 (3.03%) Microsoft Intune
5 6 (2.60%) NetBackup
5 6 (2.60%) WSUS
6 5 (2.16%) SCOM
7 4 (1.73%) AirWatch
7 4 (1.73%) SCVMM
7 4 (1.73%) vRealize
8 3 (1.30%) Ansible
8 3 (1.30%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 3 (1.30%) SCDPM
8 3 (1.30%) SCSM
9 2 (0.87%) Failover Clustering
9 2 (0.87%) Jamf Pro
9 2 (0.87%) Perfmon
9 2 (0.87%) vMotion
Vendors
1 136 (58.87%) Citrix
2 123 (53.25%) VMware
3 99 (42.86%) Microsoft
4 62 (26.84%) Ivanti
5 46 (19.91%) HP
6 36 (15.58%) McAfee
6 36 (15.58%) Veritas
7 35 (15.15%) Wyse
8 18 (7.79%) Bloomberg
8 18 (7.79%) Reuters
9 13 (5.63%) Cisco
10 11 (4.76%) Apple
11 9 (3.90%) ServiceNow
12 8 (3.46%) Dell
12 8 (3.46%) NetApp
12 8 (3.46%) Red Hat
13 7 (3.03%) Polycom
13 7 (3.03%) Veeam
14 6 (2.60%) Sony
15 5 (2.16%) Mitel