Period
to 23 January 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 23 January 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
23 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 651 783 723
Rank change year-on-year +132 -60 +22
Contract jobs citing Virtual Desktop 229 98 140
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.23% 0.097% 0.15%
As % of the System Software category 1.50% 0.76% 1.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 143 55 111
UK median daily rate £400 £450 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.11% +23.29% -16.57%
10th Percentile £211 £254 £130
90th Percentile £600 £600 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £500 £371
% change year-on-year -20.00% +34.95% -10.99%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 7 12
UK median hourly rate £15.86 £25.00 £12.07
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -36.56% +107.13% -1.47%
10th Percentile £11.27 £15.79 £11.47
90th Percentile £26.28 £25.00 £17.17
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.59 £25.00 £14.75
% change year-on-year -37.65% +69.49% +22.92%

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 15,279 12,890 11,783
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.33% 12.82% 12.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,032 8,372 7,406
UK median daily rate £463 £425 £401
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.82% +6.12% +6.80%
10th Percentile £180 £160 £165
90th Percentile £638 £619 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +10.67% +7.14% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 809 719 834
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £16.00
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.40 £10.50
90th Percentile £45.01 £45.05 £44.43
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +3.33% - -4.76%

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 January 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 23 January 2019.

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 January 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 +130 207 £423 -6.11% 22
UK excluding London +70 123 £400 -20.00% 7
London +64 104 £388 +1.64% 15
South West -11 36 £450 -10.00% 2
South East +26 30 £575 +66.06% 2
North of England +10 30 £385 -35.83% 1
North West +10 28 £385 -35.83% 1
Scotland +15 20 £311 -14.14%
Midlands +9 11 £600 - 2
East Midlands +12 8 £600 -
West Midlands - 7 £600 - 2
Yorkshire - 2 £310 -
East of England -7 1 - -

For the 6 months to 23 January 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.

1 174 (75.98%) Windows
2 111 (48.47%) Microsoft
3 105 (45.85%) Citrix
4 102 (44.54%) Finance
4 102 (44.54%) Windows 10
5 93 (40.61%) Active Directory
6 90 (39.30%) VMware
6 90 (39.30%) VMware Infrastructure
7 83 (36.24%) Windows 7
8 76 (33.19%) Office 365
9 68 (29.69%) SCCM
10 55 (24.02%) ITIL
11 53 (23.14%) Migration
12 50 (21.83%) DNS
13 48 (20.96%) Windows Server
14 45 (19.65%) Service Management
15 40 (17.47%) Microsoft Office
15 40 (17.47%) Security Cleared
16 39 (17.03%) Blackberry
17 38 (16.59%) SLA
17 38 (16.59%) Ivanti
18 35 (15.28%) Wyse
18 35 (15.28%) Microsoft App-V
19 33 (14.41%) XenApp
20 30 (13.10%) XenDesktop
20 30 (13.10%) Bloomberg
21 29 (12.66%) Analytical Skills
22 28 (12.23%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
23 27 (11.79%) PowerShell
24 26 (11.35%) Hyper-V

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 28 (12.23%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 12 (5.24%) SharePoint
3 10 (4.37%) Skype for Business
4 5 (2.18%) MS Exchange
5 3 (1.31%) Confluence
5 3 (1.31%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 40 (17.47%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (2.18%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (2.18%) Microsoft Project
3 2 (0.87%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 17 (7.42%) Eikon
2 2 (0.87%) Carpe Diem
3 1 (0.44%) Elite 3E
Cloud Services
1 76 (33.19%) Office 365
2 21 (9.17%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (4.37%) Amazon AWS
4 6 (2.62%) PaaS
5 5 (2.18%) GitHub
5 5 (2.18%) IaaS
6 4 (1.75%) Google Cloud Platform
7 3 (1.31%) OneDrive
7 3 (1.31%) Slack
8 2 (0.87%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 50 (21.83%) DNS
2 25 (10.92%) WAN
3 24 (10.48%) LAN
4 22 (9.61%) DHCP
5 19 (8.30%) VPN
6 17 (7.42%) Firewall
6 17 (7.42%) NetScaler
7 16 (6.99%) TCP/IP
8 14 (6.11%) Internet
8 14 (6.11%) Network Security
9 12 (5.24%) Skype
10 11 (4.80%) Intranet
10 11 (4.80%) IP Telephony
11 8 (3.49%) SAN
11 8 (3.49%) VSAN
12 7 (3.06%) Intrusion Detection
12 7 (3.06%) NAS
13 6 (2.62%) MPLS
13 6 (2.62%) Remote Desktop
14 5 (2.18%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (1.75%) MS Access
1 4 (1.75%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.87%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (0.44%) Big Data
3 1 (0.44%) Crystal Reports
3 1 (0.44%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 10 (4.37%) AdminStudio
2 9 (3.93%) HP UFT
2 9 (3.93%) MSI
2 9 (3.93%) WinRunner
2 9 (3.93%) Wise Package Studio
3 6 (2.62%) JIRA
4 5 (2.18%) GitLab
5 4 (1.75%) Git (software)
5 4 (1.75%) Jenkins
6 2 (0.87%) TestDirector
7 1 (0.44%) Bitbucket
7 1 (0.44%) CF BOSH
7 1 (0.44%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 102 (44.54%) Finance
2 24 (10.48%) Law
3 17 (7.42%) Banking
4 15 (6.55%) Front Office
5 13 (5.68%) Back Office
6 9 (3.93%) Billing
7 7 (3.06%) Financial Institution
8 5 (2.18%) Investment Banking
8 5 (2.18%) Manufacturing
8 5 (2.18%) Retail
9 4 (1.75%) Aerospace
10 2 (0.87%) Legal
11 1 (0.44%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 42 (18.34%) Analyst
2 34 (14.85%) Support Engineer
3 23 (10.04%) Desktop Engineer
3 23 (10.04%) Desktop Support
4 22 (9.61%) Architect
5 17 (7.42%) Desktop Support Engineer
6 16 (6.99%) Service Analyst
6 16 (6.99%) Service Desk Analyst
7 15 (6.55%) Applications Packager
8 13 (5.68%) Support Analyst
9 12 (5.24%) Citrix Engineer
10 11 (4.80%) Consultant
11 10 (4.37%) Migration Engineer
12 9 (3.93%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 9 (3.93%) ITIL Service Analyst
12 9 (3.93%) ITIL Service Desk Analyst
12 9 (3.93%) Solutions Architect
13 8 (3.49%) Infrastructure Architect
13 8 (3.49%) IT Support
13 8 (3.49%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (3.93%) OCX
2 6 (2.62%) Middleware
3 4 (1.75%) OAuth
3 4 (1.75%) OAuth2
3 4 (1.75%) SAML
4 3 (1.31%) Software Packaging
5 2 (0.87%) .NET
6 1 (0.44%) Node.js
6 1 (0.44%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 39 (17.03%) Blackberry
2 29 (12.66%) Analytical Skills
3 17 (7.42%) Fixed Income
4 15 (6.55%) Mobile App
5 14 (6.11%) Fat Client
5 14 (6.11%) Thin Client
6 12 (5.24%) Data Centre
6 12 (5.24%) Video Conferencing
7 10 (4.37%) Hybrid Cloud
8 9 (3.93%) Clustering
8 9 (3.93%) PDA
8 9 (3.93%) User Experience
9 8 (3.49%) Replication
10 7 (3.06%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 6 (2.62%) Enterprise Storage
12 5 (2.18%) Smartphone
13 4 (1.75%) Handset
13 4 (1.75%) PKI
14 3 (1.31%) Client/Server
15 2 (0.87%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 174 (75.98%) Windows
2 102 (44.54%) Windows 10
3 83 (36.24%) Windows 7
4 48 (20.96%) Windows Server
5 20 (8.73%) Windows Server 2008
6 17 (7.42%) Windows 8
7 16 (6.99%) Windows Server 2012
8 15 (6.55%) Linux
9 11 (4.80%) Mac OS X
9 11 (4.80%) Windows XP
10 9 (3.93%) AIX
10 9 (3.93%) Windows Server 2003
11 8 (3.49%) Apple iOS
12 7 (3.06%) Android
12 7 (3.06%) Mac OS
12 7 (3.06%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (24.02%) ITIL
2 53 (23.14%) Migration
3 45 (19.65%) Service Management
4 26 (11.35%) Application Virtualisation
4 26 (11.35%) Problem-Solving
5 25 (10.92%) BCP
6 21 (9.17%) Application Packaging
7 20 (8.73%) Change Management
8 19 (8.30%) Virtual Environments
9 18 (7.86%) ITIL V3
9 18 (7.86%) Software Testing
9 18 (7.86%) Time Management
10 16 (6.99%) ITSM
11 14 (6.11%) Agile Software Development
11 14 (6.11%) Disaster Recovery
11 14 (6.11%) User Acceptance Testing
12 13 (5.68%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 13 (5.68%) Personalization
13 11 (4.80%) Identity Access Management
13 11 (4.80%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 27 (11.79%) PowerShell
2 11 (4.80%) SQL
3 9 (3.93%) VB
3 9 (3.93%) VBScript
4 8 (3.49%) C#
5 6 (2.62%) Python
5 6 (2.62%) VBA
6 4 (1.75%) C
6 4 (1.75%) Perl
7 3 (1.31%) Shell Script
8 2 (0.87%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.44%) Java
9 1 (0.44%) Ruby
9 1 (0.44%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 40 (17.47%) Security Cleared
2 20 (8.73%) Microsoft Certification
3 19 (8.30%) MCSE
3 19 (8.30%) SC Cleared
4 16 (6.99%) DV Cleared
5 14 (6.11%) Degree
5 14 (6.11%) MCSA
6 11 (4.80%) ISTQB
6 11 (4.80%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 11 (4.80%) MOS
7 4 (1.75%) CEH
7 4 (1.75%) CISM
7 4 (1.75%) CISSP
7 4 (1.75%) HNC
7 4 (1.75%) ITIL Certification
8 3 (1.31%) MCP
8 3 (1.31%) VCAP
8 3 (1.31%) VCDX
8 3 (1.31%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 2 (0.87%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (16.59%) SLA
2 13 (5.68%) QA
3 4 (1.75%) GDPR
4 2 (0.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.44%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.44%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
System Software
1 93 (40.61%) Active Directory
2 90 (39.30%) VMware Infrastructure
3 35 (15.28%) Microsoft App-V
4 33 (14.41%) XenApp
5 30 (13.10%) XenDesktop
6 26 (11.35%) Hyper-V
7 25 (10.92%) VMware ESXi
8 16 (6.99%) vSphere
9 6 (2.62%) VMware NSX
10 4 (1.75%) Virtual Machines
11 2 (0.87%) Virtual Servers
12 1 (0.44%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 68 (29.69%) SCCM
2 16 (6.99%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 12 (5.24%) vCenter Server
4 9 (3.93%) HP ALM
4 9 (3.93%) McAfee ePO
5 7 (3.06%) SCOM
5 7 (3.06%) vRealize
6 6 (2.62%) Ansible
6 6 (2.62%) OpenView
7 3 (1.31%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 3 (1.31%) Microsoft Intune
7 3 (1.31%) Opscode Chef
7 3 (1.31%) SCVMM
8 2 (0.87%) AirWatch
8 2 (0.87%) NetBackup
8 2 (0.87%) Oracle Identity Management
8 2 (0.87%) Puppet
8 2 (0.87%) vMotion
9 1 (0.44%) Terraform
Vendors
1 111 (48.47%) Microsoft
2 105 (45.85%) Citrix
3 90 (39.30%) VMware
4 38 (16.59%) Ivanti
5 35 (15.28%) Wyse
6 30 (13.10%) Bloomberg
7 25 (10.92%) Reuters
8 22 (9.61%) Sony
9 20 (8.73%) FactSet
10 17 (7.42%) HP
11 16 (6.99%) McAfee
12 15 (6.55%) Speakerbus
12 15 (6.55%) Veritas
12 15 (6.55%) Wallstreet Suite
13 11 (4.80%) Apple
13 11 (4.80%) Avaya
13 11 (4.80%) Polycom
13 11 (4.80%) Xerox
14 10 (4.37%) CA
15 9 (3.93%) Cisco