Period
to 17 August 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 17 August 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
17 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 724 767 685
Rank change year-on-year +43 -82 -14
Contract jobs citing Virtual Desktop 124 121 219
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.13% 0.11% 0.19%
As % of the System Software category 1.10% 0.91% 1.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 70 79 143
UK median daily rate £375 £390 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.85% -13.33% +50.00%
10th Percentile £137 £130 £214
90th Percentile £589 £528 £679
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £390 £500
% change year-on-year +21.79% -22.00% +56.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 6 16
UK median hourly rate £16.70 £12.38 £17.63
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.95% -29.79% -11.88%
10th Percentile £13.50 £10.75 £12.63
90th Percentile £17.82 £18.19 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.75 £14.50 £15.43
% change year-on-year +15.53% -6.00% -22.88%

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 11272 13251 11813
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 11.78% 12.18% 10.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 7256 8280 6661
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +14.29% +7.69%
10th Percentile £163 £175 £163
90th Percentile £588 £575 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £338
% change year-on-year +2.74% +8.15% +10.39%
Number of hourly rates quoted 643 889 1264
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £16.07
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.03% +2.68% +3.68%
10th Percentile £10.38 £10.50 £10.25
90th Percentile £47.40 £41.20 £38.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £16.50 £15.85
% change year-on-year -9.09% +4.10% +5.67%

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 August 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 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 17 August 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 +71 120 £375 -3.85% 16
UK excluding London +38 65 £475 +21.79% 5
London +36 58 £375 +5.78% 11
South East +26 24 £463 +15.63% 2
East of England +11 19 £300 -7.69%
North of England +62 13 £650 +126.09%
North West +33 12 £650 +42.08%
Midlands +8 5 £200 -58.97% 3
West Midlands +17 4 £200 -58.97% 3
Scotland +34 3 £413 +17.86%
Yorkshire +30 1 - -
South West -7 1 - -
East Midlands - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 17 August 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 83 (66.94%) Windows
2 79 (63.71%) Microsoft
3 60 (48.39%) Active Directory
4 48 (38.71%) Citrix
5 45 (36.29%) VMware
5 45 (36.29%) VMware Infrastructure
5 45 (36.29%) Windows 7
6 44 (35.48%) ITIL
7 41 (33.06%) Windows 10
8 35 (28.23%) Microsoft Office
9 32 (25.81%) Office 365
10 30 (24.19%) Finance
11 28 (22.58%) SCCM
12 26 (20.97%) Windows Server
13 24 (19.35%) Service Management
13 24 (19.35%) Cisco
14 22 (17.74%) Microsoft Certification
15 20 (16.13%) Analytical Skills
16 19 (15.32%) Migration
17 16 (12.90%) Mobile Device Management
18 15 (12.10%) Asset Management
18 15 (12.10%) SLA
18 15 (12.10%) SQL
19 14 (11.29%) LAN
20 13 (10.48%) Project Management
21 12 (9.68%) Firewall
21 12 (9.68%) HP
21 12 (9.68%) Apple
21 12 (9.68%) Agile Software Development
21 12 (9.68%) Skype for Business

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 (9.68%) Skype for Business
2 9 (7.26%) MS Exchange
3 8 (6.45%) SharePoint
4 7 (5.65%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 6 (4.84%) IBM Notes
6 3 (2.42%) Exchange Server 2010
7 2 (1.61%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 35 (28.23%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (3.23%) MS Visio
3 3 (2.42%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (1.61%) Primavera
1 2 (1.61%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 32 (25.81%) Office 365
2 7 (5.65%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (4.03%) Amazon AWS
3 5 (4.03%) G Suite
4 3 (2.42%) OneDrive
5 1 (0.81%) IaaS
5 1 (0.81%) IBM Cloud
5 1 (0.81%) SoftLayer
5 1 (0.81%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 14 (11.29%) LAN
2 12 (9.68%) Firewall
3 11 (8.87%) HTTP
4 10 (8.06%) DNS
5 9 (7.26%) Skype
6 8 (6.45%) SMTP
6 8 (6.45%) TCP/IP
6 8 (6.45%) VoIP
7 7 (5.65%) SAN
7 7 (5.65%) VPN
7 7 (5.65%) WAN
7 7 (5.65%) Wireless
8 5 (4.03%) Remote Desktop
9 4 (3.23%) Cisco IOS
9 4 (3.23%) DHCP
9 4 (3.23%) Network Security
10 3 (2.42%) LDAP
10 3 (2.42%) NAS
10 3 (2.42%) SSL
10 3 (2.42%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (5.65%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.61%) MySQL
2 2 (1.61%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (1.61%) SQL Server 2012
2 2 (1.61%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 3 (2.42%) JIRA
1 3 (2.42%) TestRail
2 2 (1.61%) HP UFT
2 2 (1.61%) MSI
General
1 30 (24.19%) Finance
2 11 (8.87%) Front Office
3 3 (2.42%) Retail
4 2 (1.61%) Publishing
5 1 (0.81%) Advertising
5 1 (0.81%) Aerospace
5 1 (0.81%) Banking
5 1 (0.81%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 26 (20.97%) Analyst
2 22 (17.74%) Support Analyst
3 21 (16.94%) Architect
4 20 (16.13%) Desktop Support
5 19 (15.32%) Support Engineer
6 12 (9.68%) Desktop Engineer
7 11 (8.87%) Desktop Support Engineer
8 10 (8.06%) Project Manager
9 9 (7.26%) 2nd Line Support
10 7 (5.65%) 1st/2nd Line Support
10 7 (5.65%) IT Support
11 6 (4.84%) 2nd Line Engineer
11 6 (4.84%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
11 6 (4.84%) Asset Management Analyst
11 6 (4.84%) Desktop Analyst
11 6 (4.84%) Technical Support
11 6 (4.84%) Trade Floor Support Analyst
12 5 (4.03%) Desktop Support Analyst
12 5 (4.03%) Windows Engineer
12 5 (4.03%) Windows Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (2.42%) CSS
1 3 (2.42%) HTML
1 3 (2.42%) Regular Expression
1 3 (2.42%) Software Packaging
2 2 (1.61%) .NET
2 2 (1.61%) .NET Framework
2 2 (1.61%) Entity Framework
2 2 (1.61%) Middleware
2 2 (1.61%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 20 (16.13%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (8.87%) Blackberry
3 9 (7.26%) iPad
3 9 (7.26%) iPhone
3 9 (7.26%) Video Conferencing
4 8 (6.45%) Client/Server
5 6 (4.84%) Fat Client
5 6 (4.84%) Thin Client
6 5 (4.03%) Management Information System
7 4 (3.23%) Data Centre
8 3 (2.42%) AS400
8 3 (2.42%) IBM Mainframe
8 3 (2.42%) Mainframe
8 3 (2.42%) Smartphone
8 3 (2.42%) Social Media
9 2 (1.61%) Handset
9 2 (1.61%) RSA SecurID
9 2 (1.61%) User Experience
9 2 (1.61%) VxBlock/Vblock
10 1 (0.81%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 83 (66.94%) Windows
2 45 (36.29%) Windows 7
3 41 (33.06%) Windows 10
4 26 (20.97%) Windows Server
5 10 (8.06%) Android
5 10 (8.06%) Linux
5 10 (8.06%) Windows Server 2012
6 9 (7.26%) Apple iOS
6 9 (7.26%) Windows Server 2008
7 7 (5.65%) Mac OS X
7 7 (5.65%) Windows XP
8 6 (4.84%) Unix
8 6 (4.84%) Windows 8
9 5 (4.03%) Windows Server 2003
10 3 (2.42%) Mac OS
10 3 (2.42%) OS/390
11 2 (1.61%) Windows Vista
12 1 (0.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (35.48%) ITIL
2 24 (19.35%) Service Management
3 19 (15.32%) Migration
4 16 (12.90%) Mobile Device Management
5 15 (12.10%) Asset Management
6 13 (10.48%) Project Management
7 12 (9.68%) Agile Software Development
8 11 (8.87%) Information Security
8 11 (8.87%) Problem Management
8 11 (8.87%) Server Virtualisation
9 8 (6.45%) Service Delivery
10 7 (5.65%) Change Management
10 7 (5.65%) High Availability
10 7 (5.65%) PRINCE2
10 7 (5.65%) Root Cause Analysis
11 6 (4.84%) Identity Access Management
12 5 (4.03%) Application Virtualisation
12 5 (4.03%) IT Strategy
12 5 (4.03%) Threat Analysis
12 5 (4.03%) Virtual Environments
Programming Languages
1 15 (12.10%) SQL
2 5 (4.03%) PowerShell
2 5 (4.03%) Shell Script
3 4 (3.23%) C
4 3 (2.42%) JavaScript
4 3 (2.42%) Perl
4 3 (2.42%) Python
Qualifications
1 22 (17.74%) Microsoft Certification
2 9 (7.26%) MCSE
2 9 (7.26%) Security Cleared
3 7 (5.65%) MCDST
4 5 (4.03%) Degree
4 5 (4.03%) ITIL Certification
4 5 (4.03%) SC Cleared
5 4 (3.23%) Citrix Certification
5 4 (3.23%) ISTQB
5 4 (3.23%) MCP
6 3 (2.42%) Cisco Certification
6 3 (2.42%) DV Cleared
6 3 (2.42%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 3 (2.42%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 2 (1.61%) CCNA
7 2 (1.61%) GSAE
7 2 (1.61%) HNC
7 2 (1.61%) NCSA
7 2 (1.61%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
8 1 (0.81%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (12.10%) SLA
2 2 (1.61%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.81%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 60 (48.39%) Active Directory
2 45 (36.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (8.06%) XenApp
3 10 (8.06%) XenDesktop
4 9 (7.26%) Microsoft App-V
5 8 (6.45%) vSphere
6 7 (5.65%) Hyper-V
7 5 (4.03%) VMware Workstation
8 4 (3.23%) Virtual Machines
9 2 (1.61%) VMware ESXi
10 1 (0.81%) BitLocker
10 1 (0.81%) Firmware
10 1 (0.81%) NFS
10 1 (0.81%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 28 (22.58%) SCCM
2 9 (7.26%) AirWatch
3 6 (4.84%) SCOM
4 4 (3.23%) HP Quality Center
4 4 (3.23%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 3 (2.42%) BMC PATROL
5 3 (2.42%) SCOrch
5 3 (2.42%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 3 (2.42%) Tivoli
5 3 (2.42%) Tivoli NetView
6 2 (1.61%) AppDNA
6 2 (1.61%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 2 (1.61%) McAfee ePO
6 2 (1.61%) Microsoft Intune
6 2 (1.61%) NetBackup
6 2 (1.61%) vCenter Server
6 2 (1.61%) WSUS
7 1 (0.81%) Backup Exec
7 1 (0.81%) BladeLogic
Vendors
1 79 (63.71%) Microsoft
2 48 (38.71%) Citrix
3 45 (36.29%) VMware
4 24 (19.35%) Cisco
5 12 (9.68%) Apple
5 12 (9.68%) HP
6 11 (8.87%) Dell
7 10 (8.06%) Bloomberg
8 9 (7.26%) Wyse
9 6 (4.84%) LANDesk
9 6 (4.84%) Lotus
9 6 (4.84%) Mitel
9 6 (4.84%) NetApp
9 6 (4.84%) Reuters
9 6 (4.84%) Veeam
10 5 (4.03%) Intel
10 5 (4.03%) McAfee
11 4 (3.23%) FactSet
11 4 (3.23%) ServiceNow
12 3 (2.42%) FireEye