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 3 months to 27 April 2017 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
3 months to
27 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 544 575 504
Rank change year-on-year +31 -71  
Contract jobs citing Virtual Desktop 51 80 123
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.11% 0.14% 0.22%
As % of the System Software category 1.01% 1.22% 2.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 51 82
Median daily rate £425 £325 £513
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +30.76% -36.58%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £145 £219
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £650 £700
UK excluding London median daily rate £394 £328 £525
% change year-on-year +20.22% -37.61%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 8
Median hourly rate £15.78 £11.50 £15.43
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +37.17% -25.44%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.81 £11.50 £11.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.36 £13.90 £119.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.78 £14.50 £14.85
% change year-on-year +8.79% -2.35%  

Virtual Desktop is in the system software skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills.

Contract System Software Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 5074 6566 5794
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 10.92% 11.75% 10.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 3239 4012 3231
Median daily rate £401 £393 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.03% +8.27%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £185 £200 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £551 £538 £506
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +0.68% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 334 477 667
Median hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.51 £43.00 £35.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year -8.57% +6.06%  

Virtual Desktop
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Virtual Desktop as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the System Software category.

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 3 months to 27 April 2017.

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
Top 30 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 3 months to 27 April 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +11 48 £425 +30.76% 10
London +31 22 £425 +36.00% 6
South East +14 10 £500 +66.66% 2
Surrey +4 8 £513 +70.83%
West Midlands +25 6 £313 -3.10%
West End of London - 5 £435 -
South West +11 4 £305 +6.17% 2
City of London +3 4 £425 - 2
North West +23 3 £500 -20.00%
Bristol +3 3 £305 +6.17%
East of England -10 3 £300 -10.44%
Staines - 3 - -
Shropshire +32 2 £425 -15.00%
Scotland +32 2 £150 -65.71% 1
Telford +24 2 £425 -15.00%
Berkshire +20 2 - - 1
Manchester +11 2 £550 +100.00%
Staffordshire -2 2 £200 +48.14%
Essex -13 2 £300 -27.71%
Colchester - 2 £300 -
Birmingham - 2 - -
Edinburgh +10 1 - -
Kingston Upon Thames 0 1 £400 +33.33%
Norfolk -4 1 £363 +11.53%
Glasgow - 1 £150 - 1
Reading - 1 - -
Bracknell - 1 - - 1
Bath - 1 - -
Reigate - 1 £538 -
Merseyside - 1 £500 -

For the 6 months to 27 April 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Virtual Desktop also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Virtual Desktop.

1 103 (79.84%) Windows
2 75 (58.14%) Microsoft
3 72 (55.81%) VMware
3 72 (55.81%) VMware Infrastructure
3 72 (55.81%) Windows 7
4 66 (51.16%) Active Directory
5 55 (42.64%) ITIL
6 51 (39.53%) Finance
7 49 (37.98%) Citrix
8 46 (35.66%) DNS
9 38 (29.46%) Microsoft Office
10 36 (27.91%) SCCM
11 35 (27.13%) VMware ESX
11 35 (27.13%) XenApp
12 34 (26.36%) Windows 10
13 33 (25.58%) SharePoint
14 32 (24.81%) Windows Server 2003
15 28 (21.71%) Service Management
15 28 (21.71%) Microsoft Azure
15 28 (21.71%) Office 365
16 27 (20.93%) XenDesktop
17 26 (20.16%) Windows Server
17 26 (20.16%) Microsoft App-V
18 24 (18.60%) Migration
18 24 (18.60%) Windows Server 2012
19 23 (17.83%) BizTalk Server
19 23 (17.83%) SQL
19 23 (17.83%) DHCP
20 22 (17.05%) Avaya
20 22 (17.05%) CRM

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 33 (25.58%) SharePoint
2 23 (17.83%) BizTalk Server
3 20 (15.50%) IIS
4 19 (14.73%) Skype for Business
5 11 (8.53%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 4 (3.10%) MS Exchange
7 2 (1.55%) SharePoint 2010
8 1 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2010
8 1 (0.78%) JBoss
8 1 (0.78%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.78%) WebLogic
Applications
1 38 (29.46%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.78%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 28 (21.71%) Microsoft Azure
1 28 (21.71%) Office 365
2 8 (6.20%) Amazon AWS
3 5 (3.88%) OneDrive
4 3 (2.33%) G Suite
5 2 (1.55%) IaaS
6 1 (0.78%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (0.78%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 46 (35.66%) DNS
2 23 (17.83%) DHCP
3 12 (9.30%) Skype
3 12 (9.30%) TCP/IP
4 11 (8.53%) Wireless
5 10 (7.75%) Internet
5 10 (7.75%) VPN
5 10 (7.75%) WAN
6 9 (6.98%) LAN
7 8 (6.20%) Remote Desktop
8 4 (3.10%) SAN
9 3 (2.33%) Firewall
10 2 (1.55%) 3G
10 2 (1.55%) HTTP
10 2 (1.55%) IPv4
10 2 (1.55%) LDAP
10 2 (1.55%) MPLS
10 2 (1.55%) SSL
10 2 (1.55%) Wireshark
11 1 (0.78%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (3.10%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.33%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (1.55%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.78%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.78%) Oracle Exadata
Development Applications
1 5 (3.88%) MSI
General
1 51 (39.53%) Finance
2 5 (3.88%) Banking
3 2 (1.55%) Financial Institution
3 2 (1.55%) Investment Banking
3 2 (1.55%) Telecoms
4 1 (0.78%) Advertising
4 1 (0.78%) Front Office
4 1 (0.78%) Games
4 1 (0.78%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 34 (26.36%) Analyst
2 21 (16.28%) Support Analyst
3 14 (10.85%) 2nd Line Support
3 14 (10.85%) Architect
4 13 (10.08%) 1st/2nd Line Support
4 13 (10.08%) IT Support
5 12 (9.30%) 1st/2nd Line Support Analyst
5 12 (9.30%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
5 12 (9.30%) Operations Engineer
6 11 (8.53%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 11 (8.53%) Service Analyst
6 11 (8.53%) Technical Analyst
7 10 (7.75%) 1st/2nd Line Service Desk Analyst
7 10 (7.75%) 2nd Line Service Desk Analyst
7 10 (7.75%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 10 (7.75%) Service Desk Analyst
7 10 (7.75%) Service Desk Support
7 10 (7.75%) Service Desk Support Analyst
7 10 (7.75%) Support Engineer
8 9 (6.98%) Applications Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (2.33%) Middleware
1 3 (2.33%) Web Services
2 2 (1.55%) .NET
2 2 (1.55%) .NET Framework
2 2 (1.55%) Entity Framework
2 2 (1.55%) REST
2 2 (1.55%) Software Packaging
3 1 (0.78%) 802.1X
3 1 (0.78%) Oracle Fusion
3 1 (0.78%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 22 (17.05%) Fat Client
1 22 (17.05%) Thin Client
2 17 (13.18%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (13.18%) Blackberry
3 8 (6.20%) Handset
3 8 (6.20%) iPad
3 8 (6.20%) iPhone
3 8 (6.20%) Video Conferencing
4 6 (4.65%) Data Centre
5 4 (3.10%) Management Information System
6 3 (2.33%) BYOD
7 2 (1.55%) Computer Science
7 2 (1.55%) Digital Signage
7 2 (1.55%) Hedge funds
8 1 (0.78%) Cyberthreat
8 1 (0.78%) FlexPod
8 1 (0.78%) NHS
8 1 (0.78%) PKI
8 1 (0.78%) Private Cloud
8 1 (0.78%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 103 (79.84%) Windows
2 72 (55.81%) Windows 7
3 34 (26.36%) Windows 10
4 32 (24.81%) Windows Server 2003
5 26 (20.16%) Windows Server
6 24 (18.60%) Windows Server 2012
7 19 (14.73%) Mac OS X
8 17 (13.18%) Windows Server 2008
9 15 (11.63%) Windows 8
10 10 (7.75%) Windows XP
11 9 (6.98%) Android
12 5 (3.88%) Apple iOS
13 3 (2.33%) Mac OS
14 2 (1.55%) Linux
14 2 (1.55%) Unix
14 2 (1.55%) Windows Vista
15 1 (0.78%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (42.64%) ITIL
2 28 (21.71%) Service Management
3 24 (18.60%) Migration
4 22 (17.05%) CRM
5 20 (15.50%) Mobile Device Management
6 15 (11.63%) Problem Management
7 11 (8.53%) Root Cause Analysis
8 9 (6.98%) Incident Management
8 9 (6.98%) Information Security
9 8 (6.20%) Application Virtualisation
9 8 (6.20%) High Availability
9 8 (6.20%) Identity Access Management
10 7 (5.43%) Agile Software Development
10 7 (5.43%) Application Packaging
10 7 (5.43%) Continuous Improvement
10 7 (5.43%) Enterprise Architecture
11 6 (4.65%) Service Delivery
12 5 (3.88%) Asset Management
12 5 (3.88%) ITSM
12 5 (3.88%) Network Architecture
Programming Languages
1 23 (17.83%) SQL
2 14 (10.85%) PowerShell
3 5 (3.88%) Shell Script
4 3 (2.33%) C
5 2 (1.55%) Java
6 1 (0.78%) VBA
Qualifications
1 18 (13.95%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (8.53%) Degree
3 8 (6.20%) ITIL Certification
4 7 (5.43%) MCDST
5 6 (4.65%) Security Cleared
6 5 (3.88%) BPSS Clearance
7 4 (3.10%) DV Cleared
7 4 (3.10%) MCP
8 2 (1.55%) HNC
8 2 (1.55%) ISTQB
8 2 (1.55%) MCITP
8 2 (1.55%) MCTS
8 2 (1.55%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
8 2 (1.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 1 (0.78%) CCNA
9 1 (0.78%) Cisco Certification
9 1 (0.78%) MOS
9 1 (0.78%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (13.18%) SLA
2 7 (5.43%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 72 (55.81%) VMware Infrastructure
2 66 (51.16%) Active Directory
3 35 (27.13%) VMware ESX
3 35 (27.13%) XenApp
4 27 (20.93%) XenDesktop
5 26 (20.16%) Microsoft App-V
6 14 (10.85%) vSphere
7 9 (6.98%) Hyper-V
8 3 (2.33%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.78%) Firmware
9 1 (0.78%) NFS
9 1 (0.78%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.78%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 36 (27.91%) SCCM
2 9 (6.98%) SCOM
3 8 (6.20%) AirWatch
4 3 (2.33%) AppDNA
4 3 (2.33%) BladeLogic
4 3 (2.33%) EdgeSight
4 3 (2.33%) SCOrch
5 2 (1.55%) DameWare
5 2 (1.55%) HP Quality Center
5 2 (1.55%) McAfee ePO
5 2 (1.55%) Microsoft Intune
5 2 (1.55%) NetBackup
5 2 (1.55%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 1 (0.78%) Backup Exec
6 1 (0.78%) Cacti
6 1 (0.78%) Control-M
6 1 (0.78%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 1 (0.78%) Oracle Identity Management
6 1 (0.78%) WSUS
6 1 (0.78%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 75 (58.14%) Microsoft
2 72 (55.81%) VMware
3 49 (37.98%) Citrix
4 22 (17.05%) Avaya
5 21 (16.28%) Cisco
6 20 (15.50%) Epicor
7 15 (11.63%) Wyse
8 13 (10.08%) AppSense
9 11 (8.53%) Apple
9 11 (8.53%) HP
10 10 (7.75%) Dell
10 10 (7.75%) LANDesk
11 6 (4.65%) ServiceNow
12 5 (3.88%) ThinPrint
13 4 (3.10%) Xerox
14 3 (2.33%) CheckPoint
14 3 (2.33%) Polycom
14 3 (2.33%) Symantec
15 2 (1.55%) Bloomberg
15 2 (1.55%) Reuters
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