Period
to 18 July 2019

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 18 July 2019 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
18 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 637 664 724
Rank change year-on-year +27 +60 +34
Contract jobs citing Virtual Desktop 205 231 120
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.22% 0.22% 0.13%
As % of the System Software category 1.43% 1.61% 1.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 122 149 73
UK median daily rate £405 £323 £368
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +25.58% -12.24% -5.77%
10th Percentile £213 £211 £129
90th Percentile £525 £488 £556
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £288 £364
% change year-on-year +47.83% -20.96% -9.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 19 8
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £27.00 £15.39
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -35.19% +75.47% +24.34%
10th Percentile £14.13 £13.50 £12.89
90th Percentile £40.00 £28.65 £18.33
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.25 £27.00 £15.78
% change year-on-year -36.11% +71.16% +8.79%

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 14,370 14,385 10,787
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.51% 13.90% 11.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,535 9,321 6,897
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £180 £183 £163
90th Percentile £638 £625 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 614 858 664
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +1.59%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £45.30 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £15.86 £15.00
% change year-on-year +0.88% +5.73% -6.03%

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 18 July 2019.

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 18 July 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 18 July 2019. 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 +41 183 £410 +17.14% 26
UK excluding London +27 117 £425 +47.83% 20
London +40 86 £375 -6.25% 6
South West +34 55 £475 +20.63% 3
North of England +53 24 £319 -12.07% 4
Scotland -3 15 £375 +31.58%
North West +17 13 £325 -7.14% 3
Yorkshire +35 10 - - 1
South East -25 10 £425 +26.87% 3
Midlands +10 6 £415 +33.76% 7
West Midlands +7 6 £415 +28.68% 6
Wales - 4 £483 -
Northern Ireland +8 2 £130 -9.09%
East of England +6 2 - - 3
North East - 1 £147 -

For the 6 months to 18 July 2019, 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.

1 165 (80.49%) Windows
2 112 (54.63%) Windows 10
3 110 (53.66%) Active Directory
4 106 (51.71%) Microsoft
5 90 (43.90%) SCCM
6 77 (37.56%) Citrix
7 74 (36.10%) Windows Server
8 70 (34.15%) Windows 7
9 61 (29.76%) VMware Infrastructure
9 61 (29.76%) Office 365
9 61 (29.76%) ITIL
9 61 (29.76%) VMware
10 60 (29.27%) Finance
11 58 (28.29%) PowerShell
12 54 (26.34%) Security Cleared
13 48 (23.41%) Windows Server 2012
14 47 (22.93%) Migration
15 45 (21.95%) DV Cleared
16 42 (20.49%) Hyper-V
17 41 (20.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 38 (18.54%) Service Management
18 38 (18.54%) Microsoft App-V
19 37 (18.05%) XenDesktop
20 36 (17.56%) Microsoft Office
21 35 (17.07%) SCOM
22 33 (16.10%) SCVMM
22 33 (16.10%) Microsoft Azure
22 33 (16.10%) Banking
23 32 (15.61%) Virtual Machines
24 30 (14.63%) ITSM

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 16 (7.80%) SharePoint
2 10 (4.88%) MS Exchange
2 10 (4.88%) Skype for Business
3 3 (1.46%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 2 (0.98%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (0.98%) IIS
5 1 (0.49%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 36 (17.56%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.95%) FileZilla
3 3 (1.46%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (1.46%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.49%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.49%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (1.46%) Carpe Diem
1 3 (1.46%) Markit EDM
2 1 (0.49%) ION MarketView
Cloud Services
1 61 (29.76%) Office 365
2 33 (16.10%) Microsoft Azure
3 19 (9.27%) Amazon AWS
4 6 (2.93%) GitHub
5 4 (1.95%) Azure Active Directory
5 4 (1.95%) Slack
6 3 (1.46%) Azure Stack
6 3 (1.46%) Mimecast
6 3 (1.46%) OpenDNS
7 2 (0.98%) Power Platform
7 2 (0.98%) PowerApps
7 2 (0.98%) SaaS
8 1 (0.49%) Dynamics 365
8 1 (0.49%) IaaS
8 1 (0.49%) OneDrive
8 1 (0.49%) Smartsheet
Communications & Networking
1 28 (13.66%) DHCP
2 24 (11.71%) DNS
3 20 (9.76%) Remote Desktop
4 17 (8.29%) Firewall
5 12 (5.85%) Network Security
6 9 (4.39%) LAN
6 9 (4.39%) Skype
6 9 (4.39%) TCP/IP
7 7 (3.41%) WAN
8 6 (2.93%) Intrusion Detection
9 5 (2.44%) Intranet
9 5 (2.44%) VPN
10 4 (1.95%) IP Telephony
10 4 (1.95%) NetScaler
10 4 (1.95%) SSH
10 4 (1.95%) Unified Communications
10 4 (1.95%) Wireless
11 3 (1.46%) Internet
11 3 (1.46%) SAN
11 3 (1.46%) Software-Defined Networking
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (6.83%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.49%) Amazon RDS
2 1 (0.49%) MongoDB
2 1 (0.49%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 13 (6.34%) MSI
2 6 (2.93%) AdminStudio
2 6 (2.93%) Bitbucket
2 6 (2.93%) CF BOSH
2 6 (2.93%) GitLab
3 5 (2.44%) InstallShield
3 5 (2.44%) JIRA
4 4 (1.95%) ClearCase
4 4 (1.95%) ClearQuest
4 4 (1.95%) LoadRunner
5 3 (1.46%) Wise Package Studio
6 1 (0.49%) Git (software)
General
1 60 (29.27%) Finance
2 33 (16.10%) Banking
3 6 (2.93%) Investment Banking
3 6 (2.93%) Legal
4 5 (2.44%) Financial Institution
5 4 (1.95%) Law
5 4 (1.95%) Telecoms
6 3 (1.46%) Billing
6 3 (1.46%) Retail
6 3 (1.46%) Retail Banking
7 2 (0.98%) Advertising
7 2 (0.98%) Publishing
8 1 (0.49%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 45 (21.95%) Analyst
2 30 (14.63%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 25 (12.20%) Desktop Engineer
4 17 (8.29%) Desktop Support
4 17 (8.29%) Wintel Engineer
5 15 (7.32%) Project Manager
6 14 (6.83%) Support Analyst
6 14 (6.83%) Support Engineer
7 11 (5.37%) Cloud Engineer
7 11 (5.37%) Cloud Infrastructure Engineer
8 10 (4.88%) 2nd Line Engineer
8 10 (4.88%) Architect
9 9 (4.39%) Windows Engineer
10 8 (3.90%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 8 (3.90%) Desktop Support Analyst
10 8 (3.90%) Infrastructure Manager
10 8 (3.90%) Infrastructure Project Manager
10 8 (3.90%) Systems Analyst
10 8 (3.90%) Systems Engineer
10 8 (3.90%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (5.85%) Web Services
2 7 (3.41%) Node.js
3 4 (1.95%) Software Packaging
4 3 (1.46%) OCX
5 2 (0.98%) .NET
6 1 (0.49%) COM
6 1 (0.49%) JSON
6 1 (0.49%) Redux
6 1 (0.49%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 28 (13.66%) Analytical Skills
2 27 (13.17%) Data Centre
3 18 (8.78%) User Experience
4 16 (7.80%) Clustering
4 16 (7.80%) Hybrid Cloud
5 11 (5.37%) Fat Client
5 11 (5.37%) Thin Client
6 10 (4.88%) Video Conferencing
7 9 (4.39%) Public Cloud
8 7 (3.41%) Blackberry
8 7 (3.41%) Management Information System
8 7 (3.41%) Private Cloud
9 6 (2.93%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 4 (1.95%) Hedge funds
10 4 (1.95%) Mobile App
11 3 (1.46%) Equities
11 3 (1.46%) Fixed Income
11 3 (1.46%) PMI
12 2 (0.98%) NHS
12 2 (0.98%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 165 (80.49%) Windows
2 112 (54.63%) Windows 10
3 74 (36.10%) Windows Server
4 70 (34.15%) Windows 7
5 48 (23.41%) Windows Server 2012
6 12 (5.85%) Windows Server 2008
7 10 (4.88%) Apple iOS
7 10 (4.88%) Linux
8 6 (2.93%) Android
9 5 (2.44%) Mac OS X
9 5 (2.44%) Unix
10 4 (1.95%) Windows Vista
10 4 (1.95%) Windows XP
11 3 (1.46%) Mac OS
11 3 (1.46%) Windows 8
11 3 (1.46%) Windows Server 2003
12 2 (0.98%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 61 (29.76%) ITIL
2 47 (22.93%) Migration
3 41 (20.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 38 (18.54%) Service Management
5 30 (14.63%) ITSM
6 25 (12.20%) Application Virtualisation
7 23 (11.22%) Application Packaging
8 21 (10.24%) ITIL V3
9 20 (9.76%) Data Protection
9 20 (9.76%) Preventative Maintenance
10 17 (8.29%) PRINCE2
11 16 (7.80%) User Acceptance Testing
12 15 (7.32%) Change Management
12 15 (7.32%) Project Management
12 15 (7.32%) Service Delivery
13 13 (6.34%) Agile Software Development
14 12 (5.85%) Problem-Solving
15 9 (4.39%) Investment Management
15 9 (4.39%) Problem Management
16 8 (3.90%) Mobile Device Management
Programming Languages
1 58 (28.29%) PowerShell
2 10 (4.88%) Python
3 7 (3.41%) VBScript
4 6 (2.93%) Bash Shell
4 6 (2.93%) Ruby
4 6 (2.93%) SQL
4 6 (2.93%) VB
5 3 (1.46%) C#
6 2 (0.98%) C
6 2 (0.98%) T-SQL
7 1 (0.49%) Java
7 1 (0.49%) VBA
Qualifications
1 54 (26.34%) Security Cleared
2 45 (21.95%) DV Cleared
3 19 (9.27%) Microsoft Certification
4 15 (7.32%) MCP
4 15 (7.32%) MCSE
5 14 (6.83%) MCSA
6 12 (5.85%) SC Cleared
7 5 (2.44%) Degree
7 5 (2.44%) ITIL Certification
7 5 (2.44%) PMI Certification
7 5 (2.44%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 4 (1.95%) PMP
9 3 (1.46%) A+ Certification
9 3 (1.46%) Citrix Certification
9 3 (1.46%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 3 (1.46%) MOS
9 3 (1.46%) TOGAF Certification
10 2 (0.98%) HNC
10 2 (0.98%) MCTS
11 1 (0.49%) Novell Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (8.78%) SLA
2 6 (2.93%) QA
3 4 (1.95%) Government Security Classifications
4 1 (0.49%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 110 (53.66%) Active Directory
2 61 (29.76%) VMware Infrastructure
3 42 (20.49%) Hyper-V
4 38 (18.54%) Microsoft App-V
5 37 (18.05%) XenDesktop
6 32 (15.61%) Virtual Machines
7 21 (10.24%) VMware ESXi
8 19 (9.27%) XenApp
9 15 (7.32%) DFS Replication
10 9 (4.39%) vSphere
11 7 (3.41%) VMware Workstation
12 5 (2.44%) BitLocker
13 3 (1.46%) Virtual Servers
14 2 (0.98%) Firmware
14 2 (0.98%) Oracle RAC
14 2 (0.98%) VMware NSX
15 1 (0.49%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 90 (43.90%) SCCM
2 35 (17.07%) SCOM
3 33 (16.10%) SCVMM
4 19 (9.27%) WSUS
5 16 (7.80%) Failover Clustering
5 16 (7.80%) Microsoft Clustering
5 16 (7.80%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 15 (7.32%) SCDPM
6 15 (7.32%) SCSM
7 10 (4.88%) AirWatch
8 7 (3.41%) vCenter Server
9 6 (2.93%) Ansible
9 6 (2.93%) Opscode Chef
9 6 (2.93%) Puppet
9 6 (2.93%) Terraform
10 5 (2.44%) Microsoft Intune
11 4 (1.95%) Perfmon
11 4 (1.95%) vRealize
12 3 (1.46%) Norton AntiVirus
13 2 (0.98%) ThinApp
Vendors
1 106 (51.71%) Microsoft
2 77 (37.56%) Citrix
3 61 (29.76%) VMware
4 17 (8.29%) Ivanti
5 9 (4.39%) Apple
5 9 (4.39%) Cisco
5 9 (4.39%) McAfee
6 7 (3.41%) Wyse
7 6 (2.93%) SaltStack
8 5 (2.44%) CyberArk
9 4 (1.95%) Charles River
9 4 (1.95%) F5
9 4 (1.95%) Oracle
10 3 (1.46%) Avaya
10 3 (1.46%) CA
10 3 (1.46%) HP
10 3 (1.46%) Intel
10 3 (1.46%) Progress
10 3 (1.46%) SAP
10 3 (1.46%) Sophos