Period
to 23 October 2017

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 23 October 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
6 months to
23 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 765 768 739
Rank change year-on-year +3 -29 -38
Contract jobs citing Virtual Desktop 117 117 161
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.12% 0.11% 0.14%
As % of the System Software category 0.96% 0.90% 1.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 62 92 101
UK median daily rate £366 £398 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.86% -9.14% +35.66%
10th Percentile £138 £131 £213
90th Percentile £594 £500 £669
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £400 £450
% change year-on-year +12.50% -11.11% +44.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 8 18
UK median hourly rate £16.81 £14.13 £17.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.97% -18.12% -13.75%
10th Percentile £15.00 £10.68 £10.85
90th Percentile £25.00 £18.63 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.81 £14.13 £12.00
% change year-on-year +18.97% +17.71% -40.00%

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 12251 13034 11711
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.23% 12.37% 10.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 7906 8173 6609
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +11.11% +6.67%
10th Percentile £158 £175 £160
90th Percentile £600 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £360 £338
% change year-on-year +4.17% +6.67% +5.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 683 888 1257
UK median hourly rate £16.70 £16.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.38% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £10.40 £10.50 £10.00
90th Percentile £47.25 £40.08 £38.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £15.25 £15.75
% change year-on-year +1.64% -3.17% +5.00%

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 23 October 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Virtual Desktop over the 6 months to 23 October 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Virtual Desktop in the UK

Virtual Desktop
Top 13 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 23 October 2017. 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 +20 112 £366 -7.86% 7
UK excluding London +24 65 £450 +12.50% 3
London +16 51 £344 -3.03% 4
East of England -7 23 £584 +38.99%
South East +1 22 £368 -8.13% 2
North of England +64 14 £600 +108.70% 1
North West +29 12 £650 +18.18%
Scotland +7 4 £363 +3.57%
Midlands +17 2 - -
West Midlands +19 1 - -
Yorkshire +17 1 - -
East Midlands - 1 - -
North East - 1 £270 - 1

For the 6 months to 23 October 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 75 (64.10%) Windows
2 68 (58.12%) Microsoft
3 54 (46.15%) Active Directory
4 53 (45.30%) Citrix
5 42 (35.90%) VMware
5 42 (35.90%) VMware Infrastructure
6 38 (32.48%) Windows 10
7 35 (29.91%) Windows 7
7 35 (29.91%) ITIL
8 27 (23.08%) Microsoft Office
8 27 (23.08%) Office 365
9 25 (21.37%) Windows Server
10 22 (18.80%) SCCM
11 20 (17.09%) Service Management
11 20 (17.09%) Finance
12 19 (16.24%) Microsoft Certification
13 18 (15.38%) Cisco
13 18 (15.38%) Analytical Skills
14 16 (13.68%) MCSE
15 15 (12.82%) Linux
15 15 (12.82%) SQL
15 15 (12.82%) Front Office
15 15 (12.82%) Bloomberg
16 14 (11.97%) LAN
16 14 (11.97%) SLA
17 13 (11.11%) HP
17 13 (11.11%) Project Management
18 12 (10.26%) Asset Management
18 12 (10.26%) Skype for Business
19 11 (9.40%) Apple iOS

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 (10.26%) Skype for Business
2 11 (9.40%) IBM Notes
3 6 (5.13%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 6 (5.13%) MS Exchange
4 3 (2.56%) SharePoint
5 2 (1.71%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (0.85%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 27 (23.08%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (3.42%) MS Visio
2 4 (3.42%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (0.85%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (1.71%) Primavera
1 2 (1.71%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 27 (23.08%) Office 365
2 5 (4.27%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (3.42%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (2.56%) OneDrive
5 2 (1.71%) G Suite
6 1 (0.85%) IaaS
6 1 (0.85%) IBM Cloud
6 1 (0.85%) SoftLayer
6 1 (0.85%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 14 (11.97%) LAN
2 11 (9.40%) Firewall
2 11 (9.40%) HTTP
3 10 (8.55%) Skype
4 9 (7.69%) TCP/IP
5 8 (6.84%) DNS
5 8 (6.84%) SMTP
5 8 (6.84%) VoIP
6 7 (5.98%) NetScaler
6 7 (5.98%) Wireless
7 6 (5.13%) Unified Communications
8 5 (4.27%) Network Security
8 5 (4.27%) WAN
9 4 (3.42%) Cisco IOS
9 4 (3.42%) Internet
9 4 (3.42%) SAN
9 4 (3.42%) VPN
10 3 (2.56%) DHCP
10 3 (2.56%) NAS
10 3 (2.56%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (5.13%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.71%) MySQL
2 2 (1.71%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (1.71%) SQL Server 2016
3 1 (0.85%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 7 (5.98%) JIRA
2 3 (2.56%) TestRail
3 2 (1.71%) HP UFT
4 1 (0.85%) MSI
General
1 20 (17.09%) Finance
2 15 (12.82%) Front Office
3 3 (2.56%) Retail
4 2 (1.71%) Publishing
5 1 (0.85%) Advertising
5 1 (0.85%) Aerospace
5 1 (0.85%) Banking
5 1 (0.85%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 21 (17.95%) Architect
2 20 (17.09%) Desktop Support
3 19 (16.24%) Analyst
4 18 (15.38%) Support Engineer
5 13 (11.11%) Desktop Engineer
5 13 (11.11%) Support Analyst
6 11 (9.40%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 9 (7.69%) Project Manager
8 7 (5.98%) 2nd Line Support
9 6 (5.13%) Asset Management Analyst
9 6 (5.13%) Desktop Analyst
9 6 (5.13%) Trade Floor Support Analyst
9 6 (5.13%) Windows Engineer
10 5 (4.27%) 1st/2nd Line Support
10 5 (4.27%) 2nd Line Engineer
10 5 (4.27%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
10 5 (4.27%) Active Directory Support
10 5 (4.27%) Desktop Support Analyst
10 5 (4.27%) Exchange Support
10 5 (4.27%) Windows Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (2.56%) CSS
1 3 (2.56%) HTML
1 3 (2.56%) Regular Expression
1 3 (2.56%) Software Packaging
2 1 (0.85%) .NET
2 1 (0.85%) .NET Framework
2 1 (0.85%) Entity Framework
2 1 (0.85%) Middleware
2 1 (0.85%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 18 (15.38%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (7.69%) Video Conferencing
3 8 (6.84%) Client/Server
4 7 (5.98%) Blackberry
5 5 (4.27%) Management Information System
6 4 (3.42%) Data Centre
6 4 (3.42%) Fat Client
6 4 (3.42%) Thin Client
7 3 (2.56%) AS400
7 3 (2.56%) IBM Mainframe
7 3 (2.56%) Mainframe
7 3 (2.56%) Smartphone
7 3 (2.56%) Social Media
8 2 (1.71%) RSA SecurID
8 2 (1.71%) User Experience
9 1 (0.85%) Cyberthreat
9 1 (0.85%) Driving Licence
9 1 (0.85%) Enterprise Software
9 1 (0.85%) Private Cloud
9 1 (0.85%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 75 (64.10%) Windows
2 38 (32.48%) Windows 10
3 35 (29.91%) Windows 7
4 25 (21.37%) Windows Server
5 15 (12.82%) Linux
6 11 (9.40%) Apple iOS
7 9 (7.69%) Mac OS X
8 7 (5.98%) Android
8 7 (5.98%) Unix
9 6 (5.13%) Windows Server 2008
9 6 (5.13%) Windows Server 2012
10 5 (4.27%) Windows XP
11 3 (2.56%) Mac OS
11 3 (2.56%) OS/390
11 3 (2.56%) Windows Server 2003
12 2 (1.71%) Windows 8
12 2 (1.71%) Windows Vista
13 1 (0.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (29.91%) ITIL
2 20 (17.09%) Service Management
3 13 (11.11%) Project Management
4 12 (10.26%) Asset Management
5 11 (9.40%) Change Management
5 11 (9.40%) Server Virtualisation
6 10 (8.55%) Information Security
6 10 (8.55%) Migration
6 10 (8.55%) Problem Management
7 9 (7.69%) Agile Software Development
8 8 (6.84%) PRINCE2
8 8 (6.84%) Service Delivery
9 7 (5.98%) Root Cause Analysis
9 7 (5.98%) Service Design
10 6 (5.13%) Stakeholder Management
11 5 (4.27%) Document Management
11 5 (4.27%) Incident Management
11 5 (4.27%) Mobile Device Management
11 5 (4.27%) Virtual Environments
12 4 (3.42%) Break/Fix
Programming Languages
1 15 (12.82%) SQL
2 3 (2.56%) JavaScript
2 3 (2.56%) Perl
2 3 (2.56%) Python
2 3 (2.56%) Shell Script
3 1 (0.85%) C
3 1 (0.85%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 19 (16.24%) Microsoft Certification
2 16 (13.68%) MCSE
3 10 (8.55%) Security Cleared
4 9 (7.69%) Citrix Certification
5 7 (5.98%) MCDST
6 5 (4.27%) Degree
6 5 (4.27%) SC Cleared
7 4 (3.42%) DV Cleared
7 4 (3.42%) ISTQB
7 4 (3.42%) ITIL Certification
8 3 (2.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 2 (1.71%) Cisco Certification
9 2 (1.71%) GSAE
9 2 (1.71%) HNC
9 2 (1.71%) MCSA
9 2 (1.71%) NCSA
9 2 (1.71%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 1 (0.85%) CCNP
10 1 (0.85%) ISEB
10 1 (0.85%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (11.97%) SLA
2 2 (1.71%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 54 (46.15%) Active Directory
2 42 (35.90%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (6.84%) XenApp
4 7 (5.98%) XenDesktop
5 6 (5.13%) Microsoft App-V
5 6 (5.13%) vSphere
6 5 (4.27%) Hyper-V
6 5 (4.27%) VMware Workstation
7 4 (3.42%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (0.85%) Terminal Services
8 1 (0.85%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.85%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 22 (18.80%) SCCM
2 6 (5.13%) AppDNA
3 5 (4.27%) HP Quality Center
4 4 (3.42%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 3 (2.56%) BMC PATROL
5 3 (2.56%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 3 (2.56%) Tivoli
5 3 (2.56%) Tivoli NetView
6 2 (1.71%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 2 (1.71%) vCenter Server
6 2 (1.71%) WSUS
7 1 (0.85%) AirWatch
7 1 (0.85%) BladeLogic
7 1 (0.85%) McAfee ePO
7 1 (0.85%) NetBackup
7 1 (0.85%) SCOM
7 1 (0.85%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 68 (58.12%) Microsoft
2 53 (45.30%) Citrix
3 42 (35.90%) VMware
4 18 (15.38%) Cisco
5 15 (12.82%) Bloomberg
6 13 (11.11%) HP
7 11 (9.40%) Dell
7 11 (9.40%) Lotus
7 11 (9.40%) Reuters
8 8 (6.84%) Wyse
9 7 (5.98%) Apple
9 7 (5.98%) IBM
10 6 (5.13%) AppSense
10 6 (5.13%) Mitel
10 6 (5.13%) Veeam
11 5 (4.27%) LANDesk
11 5 (4.27%) NetApp
12 4 (3.42%) Fidessa
12 4 (3.42%) Intel
12 4 (3.42%) McAfee