Period
to 24 October 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 24 October 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
24 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 439 636 629
Rank change year-on-year +197 -7 +152
Contract jobs citing Virtual Desktop 77 185 281
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.24% 0.22% 0.27%
As % of the System Software category 1.66% 1.40% 1.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 110 175
Median daily rate £375 £425 £348
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.76% +22.30% -4.79%
10th Percentile £143 £213 £146
90th Percentile £538 £538 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £425 £338
% change year-on-year -29.41% +25.93% -17.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 7 17
Median hourly rate £42.50 £17.00 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +150.00% -37.04% +60.67%
10th Percentile £36.25 £14.08 £10.68
90th Percentile £45.35 £24.30 £28.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £17.00 £27.00
% change year-on-year +105.88% -37.04% +60.67%

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 4,630 13,176 15,570
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.54% 15.60% 15.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,868 8,683 10,155
Median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £213 £168 £180
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 214 671 909
Median hourly rate £19.45 £17.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.38% +6.25% -4.48%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £10.56
90th Percentile £53.53 £47.50 £43.75
Median hourly rate £17.63 £16.00 £15.75
% change year-on-year +10.16% +1.59% +1.61%

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 24 October 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
Top 15 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 24 October 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 +172 63 £400 -5.88% 13
UK excluding London +188 34 £300 -29.41% 10
London +156 31 £363 -3.33% 4
Work from Home - 17 £450 - 4
South East +171 9 £463 +8.82% 3
North of England +103 8 £320 +33.33% 2
South West +81 6 £370 -22.11% 2
Yorkshire +75 5 £358 -
Wales +40 4 £140 -70.98% 1
Northern Ireland +11 4 £160 -
Midlands +86 2 - - 2
North West +72 2 £130 -52.94% 2
West Midlands +65 2 - - 1
North East +36 1 £375 +155.10%
East of England - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 24 October 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 60 (77.92%) Windows
2 42 (54.55%) Microsoft
3 38 (49.35%) Active Directory
4 33 (42.86%) Windows 10
5 28 (36.36%) Azure
6 27 (35.06%) VMware Infrastructure
6 27 (35.06%) Office 365
6 27 (35.06%) VMware
7 26 (33.77%) Citrix
7 26 (33.77%) Windows Server
8 20 (25.97%) Security Cleared
9 17 (22.08%) Windows 7
10 16 (20.78%) Microsoft Office
11 14 (18.18%) SharePoint
12 13 (16.88%) PowerShell
13 12 (15.58%) SCCM
13 12 (15.58%) Migration
14 11 (14.29%) Azure Active Directory
14 11 (14.29%) Microsoft Intune
15 10 (12.99%) Remote Desktop
15 10 (12.99%) vSphere
16 9 (11.69%) SC Cleared
16 9 (11.69%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 8 (10.39%) Analytical Skills
17 8 (10.39%) VPN
18 7 (9.09%) DNS
18 7 (9.09%) DHCP
18 7 (9.09%) Linux
18 7 (9.09%) ITIL
18 7 (9.09%) Software Packaging

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 14 (18.18%) SharePoint
2 3 (3.90%) Skype for Business
3 2 (2.60%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (2.60%) MS Exchange
4 1 (1.30%) Confluence
Applications
1 16 (20.78%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.30%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 4 (5.19%) ION MarketView
2 1 (1.30%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 28 (36.36%) Azure
2 27 (35.06%) Office 365
3 11 (14.29%) Azure Active Directory
4 5 (6.49%) IaaS
4 5 (6.49%) OneDrive
5 4 (5.19%) AWS
5 4 (5.19%) Azure ExpressRoute
6 3 (3.90%) GCP
6 3 (3.90%) PaaS
7 1 (1.30%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 10 (12.99%) Remote Desktop
2 8 (10.39%) VPN
3 7 (9.09%) DHCP
3 7 (9.09%) DNS
4 5 (6.49%) Firewall
5 4 (5.19%) Skype
5 4 (5.19%) SSH
6 3 (3.90%) LAN
6 3 (3.90%) Network Security
6 3 (3.90%) SAN
6 3 (3.90%) VSAN
7 2 (2.60%) Internet
7 2 (2.60%) NetScaler
7 2 (2.60%) WAN
8 1 (1.30%) Cisco ASA
8 1 (1.30%) DMZ
8 1 (1.30%) HTTP
8 1 (1.30%) SNMP
8 1 (1.30%) Software-Defined Networking
8 1 (1.30%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (5.19%) MariaDB
1 4 (5.19%) MySQL
1 4 (5.19%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.90%) Azure SQL Database
3 1 (1.30%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (1.30%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (1.30%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 1 (1.30%) Git (software)
1 1 (1.30%) Hudson
1 1 (1.30%) JIRA
1 1 (1.30%) MSI
General
1 6 (7.79%) Banking
1 6 (7.79%) Finance
2 5 (6.49%) Investment Banking
2 5 (6.49%) Public Sector
3 4 (5.19%) Front Office
4 1 (1.30%) Publishing
4 1 (1.30%) Retail
Job Titles
1 19 (24.68%) Architect
2 8 (10.39%) Desktop Support
2 8 (10.39%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 7 (9.09%) Analyst
3 7 (9.09%) Consultant
4 6 (7.79%) Azure Engineer
4 6 (7.79%) Desktop Engineer
4 6 (7.79%) VMware Engineer
5 5 (6.49%) Desktop Analyst
5 5 (6.49%) Linux Engineer
5 5 (6.49%) Office 365 Architect
5 5 (6.49%) Support Engineer
6 4 (5.19%) Desktop Support Analyst
6 4 (5.19%) Support Analyst
6 4 (5.19%) Support Specialist
7 3 (3.90%) Azure Infrastructure Engineer
7 3 (3.90%) Infrastructure Support
7 3 (3.90%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
8 2 (2.60%) Migration Specialist
8 2 (2.60%) Office 365 Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (9.09%) Software Packaging
2 4 (5.19%) Anaconda
Miscellaneous
1 8 (10.39%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (9.09%) Data Centre
3 5 (6.49%) Blackberry
3 5 (6.49%) Private Cloud
4 4 (5.19%) Mobile App
4 4 (5.19%) PKI
5 3 (3.90%) Fat Client
5 3 (3.90%) NHS
5 3 (3.90%) Thin Client
5 3 (3.90%) User Experience
6 2 (2.60%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (1.30%) BYOD
7 1 (1.30%) Cloud Native
7 1 (1.30%) Clustering
7 1 (1.30%) Cyberthreat
7 1 (1.30%) Hybrid Cloud
7 1 (1.30%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.30%) Replication
7 1 (1.30%) Self-Motivation
7 1 (1.30%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 60 (77.92%) Windows
2 33 (42.86%) Windows 10
3 26 (33.77%) Windows Server
4 17 (22.08%) Windows 7
5 7 (9.09%) Linux
6 6 (7.79%) Windows Server 2012
7 5 (6.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 4 (5.19%) CentOS
8 4 (5.19%) Debian
8 4 (5.19%) Solaris
8 4 (5.19%) Windows Server 2016
9 2 (2.60%) Android
9 2 (2.60%) Apple iOS
9 2 (2.60%) Windows 8
9 2 (2.60%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (2.60%) Windows Server 2019
10 1 (1.30%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (15.58%) Migration
2 9 (11.69%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 7 (9.09%) ITIL
4 6 (7.79%) Application Virtualisation
4 6 (7.79%) Architectural Design
4 6 (7.79%) DevOps
5 5 (6.49%) Agile Software Development
5 5 (6.49%) Application Packaging
5 5 (6.49%) Identity Management
5 5 (6.49%) Virtual Environments
6 4 (5.19%) Change Control
6 4 (5.19%) Configuration Management
6 4 (5.19%) Incident Management
6 4 (5.19%) People Management
6 4 (5.19%) Problem-Solving
6 4 (5.19%) Requirements Gathering
6 4 (5.19%) Security Patching
6 4 (5.19%) Stakeholder Management
7 3 (3.90%) Multi-Factor Authentication
7 3 (3.90%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 13 (16.88%) PowerShell
2 5 (6.49%) Python
3 4 (5.19%) Bash Shell
3 4 (5.19%) Perl
3 4 (5.19%) SQL
4 1 (1.30%) C
4 1 (1.30%) VB
4 1 (1.30%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 20 (25.97%) Security Cleared
2 9 (11.69%) SC Cleared
3 7 (9.09%) DV Cleared
4 6 (7.79%) VCAP
4 6 (7.79%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 5 (6.49%) Microsoft Certification
6 4 (5.19%) ITIL Certification
7 3 (3.90%) BPSS Clearance
7 3 (3.90%) VCDX
7 3 (3.90%) VCP6
8 2 (2.60%) DBS Check
9 1 (1.30%) CCA
9 1 (1.30%) Citrix Certification
9 1 (1.30%) MCSA
9 1 (1.30%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.90%) QA
System Software
1 38 (49.35%) Active Directory
2 27 (35.06%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (12.99%) vSphere
4 6 (7.79%) Microsoft App-V
5 5 (6.49%) VMware ESXi
6 4 (5.19%) BitLocker
6 4 (5.19%) Virtual Machines
6 4 (5.19%) XenApp
7 3 (3.90%) Hyper-V
7 3 (3.90%) VMware NSX
7 3 (3.90%) XenDesktop
8 2 (2.60%) UAG
9 1 (1.30%) DFS Replication
9 1 (1.30%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 12 (15.58%) SCCM
2 11 (14.29%) Microsoft Intune
3 4 (5.19%) Puppet
3 4 (5.19%) WSUS
4 3 (3.90%) SCOM
5 2 (2.60%) Single Sign-On
6 1 (1.30%) AirWatch
6 1 (1.30%) Ansible
6 1 (1.30%) Failover Clustering
6 1 (1.30%) Jamf Pro
6 1 (1.30%) Kubernetes
6 1 (1.30%) Microsoft Clustering
6 1 (1.30%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 1 (1.30%) SCDPM
6 1 (1.30%) SCSM
6 1 (1.30%) SCVMM
6 1 (1.30%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 1 (1.30%) Terraform
6 1 (1.30%) vCenter Server
6 1 (1.30%) vRealize
Vendors
1 42 (54.55%) Microsoft
2 27 (35.06%) VMware
3 26 (33.77%) Citrix
4 5 (6.49%) Red Hat
5 4 (5.19%) Bloomberg
5 4 (5.19%) Cisco
5 4 (5.19%) Reuters
5 4 (5.19%) Sun
6 3 (3.90%) Apple
6 3 (3.90%) Google
7 2 (2.60%) Dell
7 2 (2.60%) Ivanti
7 2 (2.60%) McAfee
7 2 (2.60%) MobileIron
7 2 (2.60%) Symantec
8 1 (1.30%) Meraki
8 1 (1.30%) Polycom
8 1 (1.30%) Remedy
8 1 (1.30%) ServiceNow
8 1 (1.30%) Wyse