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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 27 June 2022 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
27 Jun 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 566 498 491
Rank change year-on-year -68 -7 +179
Contract jobs citing Virtual Desktop 273 233 111
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.31% 0.36% 0.27%
As % of the System Software category 2.36% 2.56% 1.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 159 174 63
10th Percentile £250 £334 £164
25th Percentile £325 £463 £340
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £543 £450
Median % change year-on-year -7.83% +20.56% +12.50%
75th Percentile £588 £600 £538
90th Percentile £638 £700 £570
UK excluding London median daily rate £488 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +8.33% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 6
10th Percentile £63.50 £40.63 £13.43
25th Percentile £68.75 £41.89 £16.10
Median hourly rate £80.00 £45.00 £22.55
Median % change year-on-year +77.78% +99.60% +6.09%
75th Percentile £81.25 £46.25 £24.80
90th Percentile £82.00 £46.40 £34.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £80.00 - £18.52
% change year-on-year - - +5.84%

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 11,573 9,085 6,340
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.18% 14.19% 15.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,305 6,278 4,283
10th Percentile £200 £230 £188
25th Percentile £400 £390 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% -
75th Percentile £629 £583 £563
90th Percentile £713 £667 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 287 289 288
10th Percentile £13.07 £11.73 £11.25
25th Percentile £15.00 £14.00 £13.05
Median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year - +14.29% +3.80%
75th Percentile £47.96 £47.96 £25.00
90th Percentile £63.00 £65.50 £50.53
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.12 £18.27 £16.50
% change year-on-year -0.85% +10.73% +5.57%

Virtual Desktop
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Virtual Desktop as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Virtual Desktop in the UK

Virtual Desktop
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Virtual Desktop.

Daily rate trend for Virtual Desktop in the UK

Virtual Desktop
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Virtual Desktop over the 6 months to 27 June 2022.

Daily rate histogram for Virtual Desktop in the UK

Virtual Desktop
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Virtual Desktop.

Hourly rate trend for Virtual Desktop in the UK

Virtual Desktop
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Virtual Desktop over the 6 months to 27 June 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for Virtual Desktop in the UK

Virtual Desktop
Top 17 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 27 June 2022. 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
Jobs
England +2 235 £500 - 62
UK excluding London +20 134 £488 +8.33% 47
Work from Home -93 131 £486 -19.00% 24
London -57 97 £493 -3.80% 16
South West +25 48 £575 +27.78% 11
South East -7 48 £385 -29.36% 11
North of England -44 15 £465 +30.34% 15
Scotland -2 12 £425 -10.53% 1
Midlands -47 10 £475 +14.80% 2
Yorkshire -27 8 £530 +23.26% 4
North West -42 8 £465 +34.98% 5
West Midlands -38 6 £475 +18.01% 2
East Midlands -15 4 £550 +7.32%
East of England -28 2 £563 - 6
Northern Ireland +5 1 £155 - 1
Wales -6 1 £255 -2.86%
Isle of Man - 1 £530 -

For the 6 months to 27 June 2022, 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.

1 162 (59.34%) Azure
2 160 (58.61%) Windows
3 128 (46.89%) Microsoft
4 122 (44.69%) Citrix
5 104 (38.10%) Active Directory
6 103 (37.73%) Microsoft 365
7 84 (30.77%) Windows 10
8 76 (27.84%) SCCM
9 71 (26.01%) PowerShell
10 67 (24.54%) Migration
11 66 (24.18%) Social Skills
12 57 (20.88%) Microsoft Intune
13 56 (20.51%) Finance
14 52 (19.05%) ITIL
15 51 (18.68%) VMware
15 51 (18.68%) VMware Infrastructure
16 46 (16.85%) Windows Server
17 45 (16.48%) Azure Active Directory
18 44 (16.12%) Project Management
19 43 (15.75%) Security Cleared
20 38 (13.92%) Firewall
20 38 (13.92%) SharePoint
21 35 (12.82%) Problem-Solving
22 34 (12.45%) DevOps
23 32 (11.72%) SC Cleared
24 31 (11.36%) Agile
25 29 (10.62%) DNS
26 27 (9.89%) DHCP
26 27 (9.89%) Analytical Skills
27 26 (9.52%) Application Packaging

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 38 (13.92%) SharePoint
2 10 (3.66%) MS Exchange
3 7 (2.56%) Confluence
4 2 (0.73%) IIS
5 1 (0.37%) CMS
5 1 (0.37%) Drupal
5 1 (0.37%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (0.37%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 14 (5.13%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (4.40%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (2.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.73%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.73%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.37%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.37%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 2 (0.73%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (0.73%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.37%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.37%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.37%) Primavera
2 1 (0.37%) SnowdropKCS
Cloud Services
1 162 (59.34%) Azure
2 103 (37.73%) Microsoft 365
3 45 (16.48%) Azure Active Directory
4 22 (8.06%) Azure DevOps
5 19 (6.96%) AWS
6 17 (6.23%) IaaS
7 11 (4.03%) Azure Monitor
8 10 (3.66%) OneDrive
9 9 (3.30%) Azure AKS
10 8 (2.93%) PaaS
11 7 (2.56%) Cloud Computing
11 7 (2.56%) SaaS
12 4 (1.47%) NuGet
13 3 (1.10%) Power Platform
14 2 (0.73%) Amazon GuardDuty
14 2 (0.73%) AWS CloudFormation
14 2 (0.73%) AWS Control Tower
14 2 (0.73%) Azure Storage
14 2 (0.73%) Mimecast
14 2 (0.73%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 38 (13.92%) Firewall
2 29 (10.62%) DNS
3 27 (9.89%) DHCP
4 23 (8.42%) WAN
5 15 (5.49%) TCP/IP
6 14 (5.13%) VPN
7 13 (4.76%) LAN
7 13 (4.76%) SD-WAN
8 12 (4.40%) Wi-Fi
9 10 (3.66%) Intranet
9 10 (3.66%) Remote Desktop
10 9 (3.30%) Internet
11 8 (2.93%) NetScaler
11 8 (2.93%) SAN
12 5 (1.83%) VoIP
13 4 (1.47%) Skype
13 4 (1.47%) WebEx
14 3 (1.10%) iSCSI
15 2 (0.73%) Cisco IOS
15 2 (0.73%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (3.30%) SQL Server
2 8 (2.93%) Amazon RDS
3 6 (2.20%) PostgreSQL
3 6 (2.20%) Redis
4 4 (1.47%) Electronic Patient Records
5 2 (0.73%) Azure SQL Database
5 2 (0.73%) MySQL
6 1 (0.37%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 12 (4.40%) JIRA
2 9 (3.30%) Git (software)
3 7 (2.56%) MSI
4 4 (1.47%) MSBuild
4 4 (1.47%) MSTest
4 4 (1.47%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (1.47%) Visual Studio
4 4 (1.47%) Visual Studio Team System
5 3 (1.10%) InstallShield
6 2 (0.73%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 2 (0.73%) Axure RP
General
1 66 (24.18%) Social Skills
2 56 (20.51%) Finance
3 27 (9.89%) Analytical Skills
4 20 (7.33%) Public Sector
5 16 (5.86%) Banking
6 11 (4.03%) Presentation Skills
7 10 (3.66%) Telecoms
8 9 (3.30%) Financial Institution
8 9 (3.30%) Manufacturing
9 8 (2.93%) Marketing
10 6 (2.20%) Electronics
10 6 (2.20%) Investment Banking
11 5 (1.83%) Legal
12 3 (1.10%) Documentation Skills
12 3 (1.10%) Law
12 3 (1.10%) Retail
13 2 (0.73%) Influencing Skills
13 2 (0.73%) Local Government
13 2 (0.73%) Publishing
14 1 (0.37%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 45 (16.48%) Architect
2 33 (12.09%) Project Manager
3 30 (10.99%) Analyst
4 25 (9.16%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 21 (7.69%) Azure Engineer
6 19 (6.96%) Desktop Engineer
6 19 (6.96%) Support Engineer
7 15 (5.49%) Infrastructure Manager
8 14 (5.13%) 2nd Line Support
8 14 (5.13%) Business Analyst
8 14 (5.13%) Desktop Analyst
8 14 (5.13%) Desktop Support
8 14 (5.13%) Solutions Architect
9 13 (4.76%) 2nd Line Engineer
9 13 (4.76%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
9 13 (4.76%) Desktop Manager
9 13 (4.76%) Infrastructure Project Manager
10 11 (4.03%) Azure Architect
10 11 (4.03%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 11 (4.03%) Technical Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (3.66%) .NET
1 10 (3.66%) ARM Templates
2 8 (2.93%) Software Packaging
3 6 (2.20%) Elastic Stack
3 6 (2.20%) JSON
3 6 (2.20%) SailPoint
4 5 (1.83%) 802.1X
5 4 (1.47%) .NET Framework
5 4 (1.47%) Middleware
5 4 (1.47%) XMPP
6 3 (1.10%) .NET Core
7 2 (0.73%) WSH
8 1 (0.37%) ADO
8 1 (0.37%) COM
8 1 (0.37%) Flash
8 1 (0.37%) J2EE
8 1 (0.37%) Kafka
8 1 (0.37%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 17 (6.23%) Data Centre
2 16 (5.86%) PKI
3 15 (5.49%) Self-Motivation
4 12 (4.40%) Fat Client
4 12 (4.40%) Thin Client
5 10 (3.66%) Hybrid Cloud
5 10 (3.66%) User Experience
6 8 (2.93%) Data Protection Act
6 8 (2.93%) Virtual Team
7 7 (2.56%) Management Information System
7 7 (2.56%) Mobile App
7 7 (2.56%) Public Cloud
8 6 (2.20%) BYOD
8 6 (2.20%) Linux Command Line
8 6 (2.20%) NHS
9 4 (1.47%) e-Health
9 4 (1.47%) Enterprise Storage
9 4 (1.47%) LIMS
9 4 (1.47%) PACS
10 3 (1.10%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 160 (58.61%) Windows
2 84 (30.77%) Windows 10
3 46 (16.85%) Windows Server
4 24 (8.79%) Linux
5 19 (6.96%) Windows 7
6 15 (5.49%) Windows Server 2012
7 14 (5.13%) Windows Server 2016
8 12 (4.40%) Windows Server 2019
9 7 (2.56%) Windows Server 2003
10 6 (2.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 6 (2.20%) Windows Server 2008
11 5 (1.83%) Android
12 3 (1.10%) Apple iOS
13 2 (0.73%) Mac OS
14 1 (0.37%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.37%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 67 (24.54%) Migration
2 52 (19.05%) ITIL
3 44 (16.12%) Project Management
4 35 (12.82%) Problem-Solving
5 34 (12.45%) DevOps
6 31 (11.36%) Agile
7 26 (9.52%) Application Packaging
7 26 (9.52%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 25 (9.16%) Stakeholder Management
9 24 (8.79%) ITSM
9 24 (8.79%) Service Management
10 21 (7.69%) Scrum
11 19 (6.96%) Analytics
12 17 (6.23%) Business Intelligence
12 17 (6.23%) Data Protection
12 17 (6.23%) Project Delivery
13 15 (5.49%) Change Management
14 13 (4.76%) Service Delivery
15 12 (4.40%) CI/CD
15 12 (4.40%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 71 (26.01%) PowerShell
2 19 (6.96%) SQL
3 11 (4.03%) C#
4 10 (3.66%) Python
5 9 (3.30%) VBScript
6 6 (2.20%) VB
7 4 (1.47%) Bash
7 4 (1.47%) Bicep
8 3 (1.10%) Go
9 2 (0.73%) Java
10 1 (0.37%) VB6
Qualifications
1 43 (15.75%) Security Cleared
2 32 (11.72%) SC Cleared
3 15 (5.49%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 13 (4.76%) DV Cleared
5 11 (4.03%) Degree
6 8 (2.93%) ITIL Certification
6 8 (2.93%) Microsoft Certification
7 6 (2.20%) CESG Certified Professional
7 6 (2.20%) CISSP
8 4 (1.47%) AWS Certification
8 4 (1.47%) MCSA
9 3 (1.10%) Cisco Certification
9 3 (1.10%) MCSE
9 3 (1.10%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 2 (0.73%) CCNA
10 2 (0.73%) CCNP
11 1 (0.37%) CCDP
11 1 (0.37%) PMI Certification
11 1 (0.37%) PMP
11 1 (0.37%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (7.69%) SLA
2 9 (3.30%) QA
3 6 (2.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (2.20%) JSP 440
3 6 (2.20%) RMADS
4 4 (1.47%) HL7
5 3 (1.10%) PMO
6 2 (0.73%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 1 (0.37%) Cyber Essentials
7 1 (0.37%) NIST
7 1 (0.37%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.37%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 104 (38.10%) Active Directory
2 51 (18.68%) VMware Infrastructure
3 24 (8.79%) XenDesktop
4 23 (8.42%) XenApp
5 22 (8.06%) Microsoft App-V
6 11 (4.03%) Docker
7 10 (3.66%) VMware ESXi
8 9 (3.30%) Hyper-V
8 9 (3.30%) Virtual Machines
9 8 (2.93%) BitLocker
10 4 (1.47%) LXC
10 4 (1.47%) vSphere
11 1 (0.37%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 76 (27.84%) SCCM
2 57 (20.88%) Microsoft Intune
3 22 (8.06%) Terraform
4 15 (5.49%) Kubernetes
5 12 (4.40%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 11 (4.03%) SCOM
7 10 (3.66%) Single Sign-On
8 9 (3.30%) Ansible
9 7 (2.56%) WSUS
10 4 (1.47%) Opscode Chef
10 4 (1.47%) Puppet
10 4 (1.47%) Rancher
10 4 (1.47%) vRealize
10 4 (1.47%) VxRail
11 3 (1.10%) Packer
12 2 (0.73%) EMC NetWorker
12 2 (0.73%) Sysprep
12 2 (0.73%) vCenter Server
12 2 (0.73%) WMI
13 1 (0.37%) Observium
Vendors
1 128 (46.89%) Microsoft
2 122 (44.69%) Citrix
3 51 (18.68%) VMware
4 17 (6.23%) Cisco
4 17 (6.23%) ServiceNow
5 14 (5.13%) Wyse
6 10 (3.66%) Dell
7 9 (3.30%) SAP
8 8 (2.93%) Palo Alto
9 7 (2.56%) Ivanti
10 6 (2.20%) Apple
10 6 (2.20%) Juniper
10 6 (2.20%) Okta
10 6 (2.20%) Oracle
11 5 (1.83%) CA
12 4 (1.47%) Aruba
13 3 (1.10%) Remedy
13 3 (1.10%) SolarWinds
14 2 (0.73%) Sophos
14 2 (0.73%) Symantec