Period
to 20 September 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 20 September 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
20 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 609 742 804
Rank change year-on-year +133 +62 -87
Contract jobs citing Virtual Desktop 292 127 115
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.28% 0.13% 0.11%
As % of the System Software category 1.94% 1.08% 0.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 191 71 86
UK median daily rate £325 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -13.33% -6.25% -8.62%
10th Percentile £213 £138 £134
90th Percentile £575 £595 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £323 £475 £400
% change year-on-year -32.11% +18.75% -11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 13 5
UK median hourly rate £27.00 £16.81 £11.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +60.67% +46.13% -29.23%
10th Percentile £10.78 £15.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £28.00 £25.00 £18.85
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.00 £16.81 £17.13
% change year-on-year +60.67% -1.87% +42.71%

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 15,020 11,808 13,249
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.59% 11.95% 12.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,725 7,583 8,304
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +14.29%
10th Percentile £180 £160 £178
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 904 674 879
UK median hourly rate £16.17 £16.68 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.09% +1.09% +3.13%
10th Percentile £10.66 £10.40 £10.50
90th Percentile £43.75 £47.00 £41.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £15.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year +2.32% -3.13% +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 20 September 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 20 September 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 20 September 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 +85 242 £375 - 19
UK excluding London +84 169 £323 -32.11% 10
London +51 122 £388 +3.33% 10
South East +20 59 £475 +2.70% 2
Scotland +21 46 £285 -30.91% 1
North of England -9 24 £350 -36.36% 3
North West -10 23 £338 -38.64% 2
South West - 20 £438 - 2
Midlands -4 18 £600 +200.00% 2
West Midlands -20 14 £600 +200.00% 2
East Midlands +15 8 £600 -
East of England -18 4 - -
Northern Ireland - 2 £145 -
Yorkshire -17 1 £375 - 1

For the 6 months to 20 September 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.

1 230 (78.77%) Windows
2 165 (56.51%) Citrix
3 155 (53.08%) VMware
3 155 (53.08%) VMware Infrastructure
4 153 (52.40%) Active Directory
5 135 (46.23%) Microsoft
6 124 (42.47%) Windows 7
7 120 (41.10%) Office 365
8 114 (39.04%) Windows 10
9 110 (37.67%) Finance
10 96 (32.88%) DNS
11 80 (27.40%) SCCM
12 71 (24.32%) Ivanti
13 66 (22.60%) VMware ESXi
14 65 (22.26%) Change Management
15 61 (20.89%) DHCP
16 58 (19.86%) HP
16 58 (19.86%) Security Cleared
17 57 (19.52%) Windows Server 2008
18 56 (19.18%) Windows Server
19 54 (18.49%) XenDesktop
20 53 (18.15%) Hyper-V
21 52 (17.81%) Migration
22 51 (17.47%) SQL
23 50 (17.12%) Veritas
23 50 (17.12%) Windows Server 2003
24 48 (16.44%) McAfee
24 48 (16.44%) XenApp
25 46 (15.75%) SC Cleared
26 44 (15.07%) ITIL

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 29 (9.93%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 16 (5.48%) Skype for Business
3 10 (3.42%) MS Exchange
3 10 (3.42%) SharePoint
4 5 (1.71%) IBM Notes
5 4 (1.37%) Confluence
6 1 (0.34%) IIS
Applications
1 42 (14.38%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.68%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.68%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 6 (2.05%) Eikon
2 2 (0.68%) ION MarketView
3 1 (0.34%) Carpe Diem
3 1 (0.34%) Elite 3E
Cloud Services
1 120 (41.10%) Office 365
2 24 (8.22%) Microsoft Azure
3 15 (5.14%) Amazon AWS
4 10 (3.42%) IaaS
5 6 (2.05%) PaaS
6 4 (1.37%) GitHub
6 4 (1.37%) Google Cloud Platform
6 4 (1.37%) Slack
7 3 (1.03%) OneDrive
8 2 (0.68%) Azure Active Directory
9 1 (0.34%) Cloud Computing
9 1 (0.34%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 96 (32.88%) DNS
2 61 (20.89%) DHCP
3 31 (10.62%) NetScaler
4 21 (7.19%) SAN
5 18 (6.16%) Firewall
5 18 (6.16%) MPLS
6 17 (5.82%) LAN
7 16 (5.48%) NAS
7 16 (5.48%) VPN
8 15 (5.14%) Skype
8 15 (5.14%) WAN
9 14 (4.79%) VSAN
10 10 (3.42%) VoIP
11 9 (3.08%) Network Security
12 7 (2.40%) Wireless
13 6 (2.05%) Remote Desktop
14 5 (1.71%) TCP/IP
15 4 (1.37%) HTTP
15 4 (1.37%) Intrusion Detection
15 4 (1.37%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (2.05%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.03%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (0.68%) MS Access
4 1 (0.34%) Crystal Reports
4 1 (0.34%) MySQL
4 1 (0.34%) SQL Server 2000
4 1 (0.34%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.34%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 40 (13.70%) HP UFT
1 40 (13.70%) WinRunner
2 7 (2.40%) JIRA
3 4 (1.37%) Git (software)
3 4 (1.37%) GitLab
3 4 (1.37%) Jenkins
3 4 (1.37%) MSI
4 2 (0.68%) AdminStudio
4 2 (0.68%) WinDbg
4 2 (0.68%) Wise Package Studio
5 1 (0.34%) Hudson
5 1 (0.34%) TestDirector
General
1 110 (37.67%) Finance
2 20 (6.85%) Law
3 17 (5.82%) Back Office
4 14 (4.79%) Banking
5 7 (2.40%) Front Office
6 6 (2.05%) Investment Banking
7 5 (1.71%) Retail
8 4 (1.37%) Aerospace
8 4 (1.37%) Financial Institution
8 4 (1.37%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.68%) Billing
9 2 (0.68%) Publishing
9 2 (0.68%) Telecoms
10 1 (0.34%) Automotive
10 1 (0.34%) German Language
10 1 (0.34%) Legal
10 1 (0.34%) Local Government
10 1 (0.34%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 70 (23.97%) Analyst
2 48 (16.44%) Desktop Support
3 33 (11.30%) Desktop Engineer
4 30 (10.27%) Support Engineer
5 24 (8.22%) Service Analyst
6 21 (7.19%) Test Analyst
7 19 (6.51%) Architect
8 18 (6.16%) Windows Engineer
9 17 (5.82%) Service Desk Analyst
10 14 (4.79%) Citrix Engineer
10 14 (4.79%) Consultant
10 14 (4.79%) Desktop Support Engineer
11 12 (4.11%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 11 (3.77%) Infrastructure Analyst
12 11 (3.77%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
13 10 (3.42%) Test Leader
13 10 (3.42%) Windows Support Engineer
14 9 (3.08%) Migration Engineer
14 9 (3.08%) Project Manager
15 8 (2.74%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (2.40%) Web Services
2 6 (2.05%) Middleware
3 4 (1.37%) OAuth
3 4 (1.37%) OAuth2
3 4 (1.37%) SAML
3 4 (1.37%) X-Windows
4 2 (0.68%) OCX
5 1 (0.34%) .NET
5 1 (0.34%) .NET Framework
5 1 (0.34%) Node.js
5 1 (0.34%) ODBC
5 1 (0.34%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 43 (14.73%) Clustering
2 39 (13.36%) PDA
3 29 (9.93%) Blackberry
4 28 (9.59%) Data Centre
5 23 (7.88%) Analytical Skills
6 21 (7.19%) Fat Client
6 21 (7.19%) Thin Client
7 20 (6.85%) Video Conferencing
8 12 (4.11%) User Experience
9 8 (2.74%) Hybrid Cloud
10 6 (2.05%) Enterprise Storage
10 6 (2.05%) Fixed Income
10 6 (2.05%) Replication
11 5 (1.71%) Self-Motivation
11 5 (1.71%) Tandem
12 4 (1.37%) Client/Server
12 4 (1.37%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
12 4 (1.37%) Mobile App
12 4 (1.37%) PKI
13 3 (1.03%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 230 (78.77%) Windows
2 124 (42.47%) Windows 7
3 114 (39.04%) Windows 10
4 57 (19.52%) Windows Server 2008
5 56 (19.18%) Windows Server
6 50 (17.12%) Windows Server 2003
7 40 (13.70%) AIX
8 31 (10.62%) Linux
9 17 (5.82%) Windows Server 2012
10 16 (5.48%) Apple iOS
11 9 (3.08%) Unix
12 8 (2.74%) Windows XP
13 7 (2.40%) Mac OS
14 6 (2.05%) Windows 8
15 4 (1.37%) Android
15 4 (1.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 3 (1.03%) CentOS
16 3 (1.03%) HPUX
16 3 (1.03%) Solaris
17 2 (0.68%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 65 (22.26%) Change Management
2 52 (17.81%) Migration
3 44 (15.07%) ITIL
4 41 (14.04%) Software Testing
4 41 (14.04%) Test Automation
5 40 (13.70%) Test Scripting
6 36 (12.33%) Problem-Solving
7 35 (11.99%) Application Virtualisation
8 33 (11.30%) Service Management
9 31 (10.62%) Smoke Testing
10 29 (9.93%) BCP
11 24 (8.22%) Incident Management
12 17 (5.82%) Virtual Environments
13 16 (5.48%) Load Balancing
13 16 (5.48%) Time Management
14 15 (5.14%) Disaster Recovery
14 15 (5.14%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 13 (4.45%) Investment Management
16 12 (4.11%) Capacity Management
16 12 (4.11%) ITIL V3
Programming Languages
1 51 (17.47%) SQL
2 29 (9.93%) PowerShell
3 8 (2.74%) Shell Script
4 5 (1.71%) Python
4 5 (1.71%) VBScript
5 4 (1.37%) Perl
6 3 (1.03%) VB
7 2 (0.68%) VBA
8 1 (0.34%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.34%) C
8 1 (0.34%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.34%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 58 (19.86%) Security Cleared
2 46 (15.75%) SC Cleared
3 40 (13.70%) ISTQB
4 16 (5.48%) Microsoft Certification
5 15 (5.14%) MCSE
6 13 (4.45%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 12 (4.11%) Degree
8 9 (3.08%) DV Cleared
9 8 (2.74%) MCDST
10 4 (1.37%) A+ Certification
10 4 (1.37%) CEH
10 4 (1.37%) CISM
10 4 (1.37%) CISSP
10 4 (1.37%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
11 3 (1.03%) VCAP
11 3 (1.03%) VCDX
12 2 (0.68%) BPSS Clearance
12 2 (0.68%) DBS Check
12 2 (0.68%) MCP
12 2 (0.68%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (7.19%) SLA
2 7 (2.40%) GDPR
3 5 (1.71%) QA
4 4 (1.37%) GCP
System Software
1 155 (53.08%) VMware Infrastructure
2 153 (52.40%) Active Directory
3 66 (22.60%) VMware ESXi
4 54 (18.49%) XenDesktop
5 53 (18.15%) Hyper-V
6 48 (16.44%) XenApp
7 44 (15.07%) Microsoft App-V
8 23 (7.88%) vSphere
9 16 (5.48%) VMware NSX
10 5 (1.71%) Virtual Machines
11 4 (1.37%) DFS Replication
12 3 (1.03%) VMware Workstation
13 2 (0.68%) BitLocker
13 2 (0.68%) Terminal Services
13 2 (0.68%) Virtual Servers
14 1 (0.34%) vCloud
14 1 (0.34%) VMware Server
14 1 (0.34%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 80 (27.40%) SCCM
2 41 (14.04%) McAfee ePO
3 40 (13.70%) HP ALM
4 13 (4.45%) vCenter Server
5 10 (3.42%) vRealize
6 9 (3.08%) NetBackup
7 8 (2.74%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 7 (2.40%) WSUS
9 6 (2.05%) Microsoft Intune
9 6 (2.05%) OpenView
9 6 (2.05%) SCOM
10 5 (1.71%) vMotion
11 4 (1.37%) Ansible
11 4 (1.37%) Puppet
11 4 (1.37%) SCVMM
12 3 (1.03%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 3 (1.03%) SCDPM
12 3 (1.03%) SCSM
13 2 (0.68%) Failover Clustering
13 2 (0.68%) Perfmon
Vendors
1 165 (56.51%) Citrix
2 155 (53.08%) VMware
3 135 (46.23%) Microsoft
4 71 (24.32%) Ivanti
5 58 (19.86%) HP
6 50 (17.12%) Veritas
7 48 (16.44%) McAfee
8 39 (13.36%) Wyse
9 29 (9.93%) Bloomberg
10 26 (8.90%) Reuters
11 20 (6.85%) Sony
12 13 (4.45%) Cisco
13 11 (3.77%) ServiceNow
14 10 (3.42%) Apple
14 10 (3.42%) Veeam
15 9 (3.08%) FactSet
15 9 (3.08%) NetApp
16 8 (2.74%) Dell
17 7 (2.40%) Remedy
17 7 (2.40%) Xerox