Period
to 17 January 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 17 January 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
17 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 600 651 815
Rank change year-on-year +51 +164 -80
Contract jobs citing Virtual Desktop 150 231 98
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.21% 0.23% 0.098%
As % of the System Software category 1.32% 1.52% 0.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 78 146 53
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -11.11% +21.62%
10th Percentile £204 £151 £254
90th Percentile £550 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £500
% change year-on-year +6.25% -20.00% +34.05%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 11 8
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £15.86 £20.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.49% -24.12% +73.18%
10th Percentile £15.80 £10.88 £15.79
90th Percentile £29.60 £27.25 £25.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.25 £15.32 £20.90
% change year-on-year +104.05% -26.73% +41.71%

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 11,340 15,230 12,807
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.57% 15.32% 12.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,440 9,973 8,326
UK median daily rate £450 £463 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.70% +8.82% +6.12%
10th Percentile £163 £180 £160
90th Percentile £638 £638 £615
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £413 £375
% change year-on-year - +10.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 676 821 697
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £16.41
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -2.47% +2.53%
10th Percentile £11.26 £10.50 £10.40
90th Percentile £48.23 £44.75 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.44 £15.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year +6.03% +3.33% -

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 January 2020.

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 January 2020.

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 January 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 +63 137 £425 - 49
UK excluding London +72 92 £425 +6.25% 31
London +72 58 £425 +9.68% 23
South East +72 31 £450 -21.74% 15
South West -2 16 £475 +2.70% 3
East of England +47 13 £215 - 3
North of England +8 10 £400 +3.90% 4
Midlands +48 9 £450 -25.00% 1
West Midlands +49 8 £450 -25.00% 1
Wales - 6 £493 - 2
North West 0 5 - - 2
Northern Ireland - 5 £150 - 2
Yorkshire +45 3 £400 +29.03% 2
Scotland +5 2 £306 -1.61% 1
North East - 2 £400 -
East Midlands +17 1 £200 -66.67%

For the 6 months to 17 January 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.

1 103 (68.67%) Windows
2 81 (54.00%) Active Directory
3 73 (48.67%) Microsoft
4 57 (38.00%) Windows 10
5 51 (34.00%) Citrix
6 49 (32.67%) VMware
6 49 (32.67%) SCCM
6 49 (32.67%) VMware Infrastructure
7 44 (29.33%) Windows Server
8 41 (27.33%) ITIL
9 34 (22.67%) Migration
9 34 (22.67%) Windows 7
9 34 (22.67%) Office 365
10 31 (20.67%) Microsoft Office
11 30 (20.00%) Security Cleared
12 25 (16.67%) PowerShell
12 25 (16.67%) DV Cleared
12 25 (16.67%) Microsoft App-V
13 24 (16.00%) Finance
14 23 (15.33%) SQL
14 23 (15.33%) Azure
14 23 (15.33%) Analytical Skills
15 20 (13.33%) Hyper-V
15 20 (13.33%) Data Protection
15 20 (13.33%) Service Management
16 19 (12.67%) ITSM
16 19 (12.67%) Linux
16 19 (12.67%) WSUS
16 19 (12.67%) Agile Software Development
17 18 (12.00%) Windows Server 2012

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 12 (8.00%) SharePoint
2 10 (6.67%) Apache Spark
2 10 (6.67%) Jupyter
2 10 (6.67%) SAS
3 9 (6.00%) Skype for Business
4 3 (2.00%) MS Exchange
5 2 (1.33%) IIS
6 1 (0.67%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (0.67%) NetWeaver
6 1 (0.67%) Oracle Workflow
6 1 (0.67%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (0.67%) Tomcat
Applications
1 31 (20.67%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (6.00%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (3.33%) MS Visio
4 4 (2.67%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (2.00%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (1.33%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.67%) FileZilla
Business Applications
1 6 (4.00%) Carpe Diem
2 5 (3.33%) Elite 3E
3 2 (1.33%) ION MarketView
Cloud Services
1 34 (22.67%) Office 365
2 23 (15.33%) Azure
3 9 (6.00%) AWS
4 7 (4.67%) Azure Active Directory
5 5 (3.33%) GCP
5 5 (3.33%) SaaS
6 3 (2.00%) IaaS
7 1 (0.67%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.67%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 16 (10.67%) DHCP
1 16 (10.67%) SAN
2 11 (7.33%) Skype
3 10 (6.67%) NetScaler
4 9 (6.00%) Firewall
5 7 (4.67%) DNS
6 5 (3.33%) FTP
6 5 (3.33%) VoIP
6 5 (3.33%) Wi-Fi
7 4 (2.67%) LAN
7 4 (2.67%) VPN
8 3 (2.00%) Remote Desktop
8 3 (2.00%) TCP/IP
8 3 (2.00%) WAN
9 2 (1.33%) HTTP
9 2 (1.33%) Network Security
9 2 (1.33%) Software-Defined Networking
9 2 (1.33%) SSH
9 2 (1.33%) Wireless
10 1 (0.67%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (11.33%) Big Data
2 12 (8.00%) SQL Server
3 10 (6.67%) Apache Hive
3 10 (6.67%) Apache Zeppelin
3 10 (6.67%) Data Lake
3 10 (6.67%) Hadoop
3 10 (6.67%) Impala
3 10 (6.67%) Relational Database
4 5 (3.33%) Amazon RDS
4 5 (3.33%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (1.33%) ClearCase
1 2 (1.33%) ClearQuest
2 1 (0.67%) InstallShield
2 1 (0.67%) MSI
2 1 (0.67%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 24 (16.00%) Finance
2 10 (6.67%) Banking
3 8 (5.33%) Public Sector
4 7 (4.67%) Legal
5 6 (4.00%) Law
5 6 (4.00%) Telecoms
6 3 (2.00%) Investment Banking
6 3 (2.00%) Manufacturing
7 2 (1.33%) Billing
7 2 (1.33%) Pharmaceutical
7 2 (1.33%) Retail
8 1 (0.67%) Advertising
8 1 (0.67%) Back Office
8 1 (0.67%) Electronics
8 1 (0.67%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.67%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 36 (24.00%) Architect
2 18 (12.00%) Analyst
3 14 (9.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 10 (6.67%) Project Manager
5 9 (6.00%) Desktop Support
5 9 (6.00%) Solutions Architect
5 9 (6.00%) Support Engineer
6 7 (4.67%) Citrix Architect
6 7 (4.67%) Consultant
6 7 (4.67%) Technical Architect
6 7 (4.67%) Windows Engineer
7 6 (4.00%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 6 (4.00%) Citrix Technical Architect
7 6 (4.00%) Designer
7 6 (4.00%) Support Analyst
8 5 (3.33%) Author
8 5 (3.33%) Citrix Support
8 5 (3.33%) Data Architect
8 5 (3.33%) Desktop Analyst
8 5 (3.33%) Technical Author
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (6.67%) Apache NiFi
1 10 (6.67%) Kafka
2 5 (3.33%) React
3 2 (1.33%) SAML
4 1 (0.67%) .NET
4 1 (0.67%) FIX Protocol
4 1 (0.67%) Software Packaging
4 1 (0.67%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 23 (15.33%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (8.00%) Data Centre
3 10 (6.67%) User Experience
4 9 (6.00%) Clustering
5 8 (5.33%) Enterprise Software
5 8 (5.33%) Fat Client
5 8 (5.33%) Thin Client
6 7 (4.67%) Self-Motivation
7 6 (4.00%) Blackberry
7 6 (4.00%) Replication
8 5 (3.33%) Client/Server
8 5 (3.33%) Cloud Native
8 5 (3.33%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 5 (3.33%) Private Cloud
9 4 (2.67%) Management Information System
9 4 (2.67%) Mobile App
9 4 (2.67%) Public Cloud
9 4 (2.67%) Smartphone
10 3 (2.00%) PKI
11 2 (1.33%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 103 (68.67%) Windows
2 57 (38.00%) Windows 10
3 44 (29.33%) Windows Server
4 34 (22.67%) Windows 7
5 19 (12.67%) Linux
6 18 (12.00%) Windows Server 2012
7 10 (6.67%) CentOS
7 10 (6.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 7 (4.67%) Windows Server 2008
9 5 (3.33%) Windows 8
10 2 (1.33%) Apple iOS
10 2 (1.33%) Mac OS X
10 2 (1.33%) Windows Server 2003
10 2 (1.33%) Windows Vista
11 1 (0.67%) Android
11 1 (0.67%) Unix
11 1 (0.67%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (27.33%) ITIL
2 34 (22.67%) Migration
3 20 (13.33%) Data Protection
3 20 (13.33%) Service Management
4 19 (12.67%) Agile Software Development
4 19 (12.67%) ITSM
5 17 (11.33%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 16 (10.67%) Application Virtualisation
6 16 (10.67%) Project Management
7 14 (9.33%) Application Packaging
8 13 (8.67%) Project Delivery
9 12 (8.00%) ArchiMate
9 12 (8.00%) TOGAF
10 11 (7.33%) PRINCE2
11 10 (6.67%) Analytics
11 10 (6.67%) Data Analytics
11 10 (6.67%) Data Munging
11 10 (6.67%) Data Transformation
11 10 (6.67%) Mentoring
11 10 (6.67%) UML
Programming Languages
1 25 (16.67%) PowerShell
2 23 (15.33%) SQL
3 11 (7.33%) VB
4 5 (3.33%) Bash Shell
4 5 (3.33%) Python
5 1 (0.67%) Java
5 1 (0.67%) T-SQL
5 1 (0.67%) VBA
5 1 (0.67%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 30 (20.00%) Security Cleared
2 25 (16.67%) DV Cleared
3 9 (6.00%) ITIL Certification
3 9 (6.00%) Microsoft Certification
4 8 (5.33%) PMI Certification
4 8 (5.33%) PMP
5 6 (4.00%) SC Cleared
6 3 (2.00%) Degree
6 3 (2.00%) MCSE
7 2 (1.33%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 2 (1.33%) TOGAF Certification
8 1 (0.67%) CCA
8 1 (0.67%) Citrix Certification
8 1 (0.67%) DBS Check
8 1 (0.67%) MCDST
8 1 (0.67%) MCSA
8 1 (0.67%) MCTS
8 1 (0.67%) NCDA
8 1 (0.67%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
8 1 (0.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (3.33%) Government Security Classifications
2 4 (2.67%) QA
2 4 (2.67%) SLA
3 3 (2.00%) GDPR
3 3 (2.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (1.33%) ISO 9000
5 1 (0.67%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.67%) GxP
System Software
1 81 (54.00%) Active Directory
2 49 (32.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 25 (16.67%) Microsoft App-V
4 20 (13.33%) Hyper-V
5 16 (10.67%) XenDesktop
6 15 (10.00%) XenApp
7 11 (7.33%) Virtual Servers
7 11 (7.33%) VMware ESXi
8 10 (6.67%) Virtual Machines
9 9 (6.00%) DFS Replication
10 2 (1.33%) VMware Server
10 2 (1.33%) vSphere
11 1 (0.67%) BitLocker
11 1 (0.67%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 1 (0.67%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.67%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 49 (32.67%) SCCM
2 19 (12.67%) WSUS
3 13 (8.67%) SCOM
4 10 (6.67%) Oozie
5 9 (6.00%) Failover Clustering
5 9 (6.00%) Microsoft Clustering
5 9 (6.00%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 9 (6.00%) Microsoft Intune
5 9 (6.00%) SCDPM
5 9 (6.00%) SCSM
5 9 (6.00%) SCVMM
6 5 (3.33%) Istio
6 5 (3.33%) Kubernetes
6 5 (3.33%) Terraform
7 3 (2.00%) ThinApp
8 2 (1.33%) McAfee ePO
8 2 (1.33%) Perfmon
8 2 (1.33%) vCenter Server
8 2 (1.33%) vRealize
9 1 (0.67%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 73 (48.67%) Microsoft
2 51 (34.00%) Citrix
3 49 (32.67%) VMware
4 15 (10.00%) Dell
5 12 (8.00%) Cisco
5 12 (8.00%) Ivanti
5 12 (8.00%) Oracle
6 10 (6.67%) Cloudera
6 10 (6.67%) Hortonworks
6 10 (6.67%) StreamSets
7 8 (5.33%) ArcSight
8 6 (4.00%) EMC
8 6 (4.00%) iManage
8 6 (4.00%) NetApp
9 5 (3.33%) Google
9 5 (3.33%) McAfee
9 5 (3.33%) MobileIron
9 5 (3.33%) Remedy
10 4 (2.67%) Dell KACE
10 4 (2.67%) F5