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 3 months to 28 June 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
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 546 592 549
Rank change year-on-year +46 -43  
Contract jobs citing Virtual Desktop 64 59 96
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.14% 0.11% 0.17%
As % of the System Software category 1.21% 0.87% 1.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 35 68
Median daily rate £413 £390 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.76% -10.85%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £143 £135 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £584 £500 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +11.76% +3.03%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 5 1
Median hourly rate £15.00 £11.50 £47.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +30.43% -75.78%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £17.13 £47.50
% change year-on-year -12.40% -63.94%  

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 5277 6781 5827
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 11.20% 12.59% 10.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 3379 4174 3292
Median daily rate £410 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £205 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year +7.14% +6.06%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 309 475 604
Median hourly rate £16.92 £20.00 £17.98
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.40% +11.23%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.15 £12.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £42.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £22.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -28.88% +28.57%  

Virtual Desktop
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Virtual Desktop as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the System Software category.

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 3 months to 28 June 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 30 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 3 months to 28 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +44 63 £400 +2.56% 6
London +14 21 £400 +62.43% 2
South East +29 18 £475 +21.79% 2
East of England +8 11 - -
Surrey +13 9 £513 -
City of London +4 8 £300 -20.47%
West Sussex - 8 £258 -
North West - 8 £550 -
Manchester - 7 £500 -
Cambridgeshire - 6 - -
Hertfordshire - 5 - -
Crawley - 5 £150 -
West Midlands +20 4 £200 -59.49%
West End of London - 3 £588 -
Stevenage - 3 - -
Milton Keynes -18 2 £475 +21.79%
Buckinghamshire -18 2 £475 +21.79%
Staffordshire - 2 £200 -
Birmingham - 2 - -
Reigate - 2 £538 -
Scotland +32 1 £475 -
Yorkshire +13 1 - - 1
South Yorkshire +6 1 - -
Hampshire +5 1 - - 1
Cheshire - 1 £715 -
Westminster - 1 £425 -
Staines - 1 £575 -
Gatwick - 1 £150 -
Huntingdon - 1 - -
Cambridge - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 28 June 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 88 (68.22%) Windows
2 83 (64.34%) Microsoft
3 61 (47.29%) Active Directory
4 58 (44.96%) VMware
4 58 (44.96%) VMware Infrastructure
5 52 (40.31%) Windows 7
6 49 (37.98%) Citrix
7 42 (32.56%) ITIL
8 37 (28.68%) Microsoft Office
8 37 (28.68%) Finance
9 35 (27.13%) Windows 10
10 30 (23.26%) SCCM
11 28 (21.71%) Office 365
12 27 (20.93%) Windows Server
13 26 (20.16%) Service Management
14 24 (18.60%) XenApp
15 23 (17.83%) Migration
15 23 (17.83%) Cisco
16 22 (17.05%) SharePoint
17 20 (15.50%) SQL
17 20 (15.50%) DNS
17 20 (15.50%) Skype for Business
18 19 (14.73%) XenDesktop
19 18 (13.95%) Microsoft App-V
19 18 (13.95%) Microsoft Certification
19 18 (13.95%) Windows Server 2003
20 17 (13.18%) Thin Client
20 17 (13.18%) SLA
20 17 (13.18%) Fat Client
20 17 (13.18%) VMware ESXi

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 22 (17.05%) SharePoint
2 20 (15.50%) Skype for Business
3 13 (10.08%) BizTalk Server
4 9 (6.98%) IIS
4 9 (6.98%) MS Exchange
5 8 (6.20%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 6 (4.65%) IBM Notes
7 3 (2.33%) Exchange Server 2010
8 1 (0.78%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 37 (28.68%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (2.33%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.55%) Primavera
1 2 (1.55%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 28 (21.71%) Office 365
2 14 (10.85%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (5.43%) OneDrive
4 5 (3.88%) G Suite
5 4 (3.10%) Amazon AWS
6 2 (1.55%) IaaS
7 1 (0.78%) IBM Cloud
7 1 (0.78%) PaaS
7 1 (0.78%) SoftLayer
7 1 (0.78%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 20 (15.50%) DNS
2 14 (10.85%) Skype
3 10 (7.75%) TCP/IP
4 9 (6.98%) LAN
5 8 (6.20%) DHCP
5 8 (6.20%) Wireless
6 7 (5.43%) Internet
6 7 (5.43%) Remote Desktop
6 7 (5.43%) VPN
7 6 (4.65%) WAN
8 5 (3.88%) Firewall
8 5 (3.88%) HTTP
9 4 (3.10%) SAN
9 4 (3.10%) SMTP
9 4 (3.10%) VoIP
10 3 (2.33%) LDAP
10 3 (2.33%) Network Security
11 2 (1.55%) NetScaler
11 2 (1.55%) Unified Communications
11 2 (1.55%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (6.98%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.33%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (1.55%) MySQL
3 2 (1.55%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (1.55%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 5 (3.88%) MSI
General
1 37 (28.68%) Finance
2 6 (4.65%) Front Office
3 3 (2.33%) Banking
4 2 (1.55%) Investment Banking
4 2 (1.55%) Publishing
4 2 (1.55%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.78%) Retail
Job Titles
1 33 (25.58%) Analyst
2 25 (19.38%) Support Analyst
3 22 (17.05%) Architect
4 15 (11.63%) Desktop Support
5 13 (10.08%) 2nd Line Support
6 12 (9.30%) Support Engineer
7 11 (8.53%) 1st/2nd Line Support
7 11 (8.53%) Technical Support
8 10 (7.75%) Technical Analyst
9 9 (6.98%) 1st/2nd Line Service Desk Analyst
9 9 (6.98%) 1st/2nd Line Support Analyst
9 9 (6.98%) 2nd Line Service Desk Analyst
9 9 (6.98%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
9 9 (6.98%) Service Analyst
9 9 (6.98%) Service Desk Analyst
9 9 (6.98%) Service Desk Support
9 9 (6.98%) Service Desk Support Analyst
10 8 (6.20%) 1st/2nd Line Technical Support
10 8 (6.20%) 2nd Line Technical Support
10 8 (6.20%) 2nd Line Technical Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (2.33%) .NET
1 3 (2.33%) .NET Framework
1 3 (2.33%) Entity Framework
1 3 (2.33%) REST
2 2 (1.55%) Middleware
2 2 (1.55%) Software Packaging
3 1 (0.78%) 802.1X
3 1 (0.78%) CSS
3 1 (0.78%) HTML
3 1 (0.78%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 17 (13.18%) Analytical Skills
1 17 (13.18%) Fat Client
1 17 (13.18%) Thin Client
2 12 (9.30%) Blackberry
3 9 (6.98%) iPad
3 9 (6.98%) iPhone
4 7 (5.43%) Video Conferencing
5 5 (3.88%) Data Centre
6 4 (3.10%) Client/Server
6 4 (3.10%) Handset
7 3 (2.33%) AS400
7 3 (2.33%) IBM Mainframe
7 3 (2.33%) Mainframe
8 2 (1.55%) Management Information System
8 2 (1.55%) RSA SecurID
8 2 (1.55%) User Experience
9 1 (0.78%) Cyberthreat
9 1 (0.78%) Driving Licence
9 1 (0.78%) Private Cloud
9 1 (0.78%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 88 (68.22%) Windows
2 52 (40.31%) Windows 7
3 35 (27.13%) Windows 10
4 27 (20.93%) Windows Server
5 18 (13.95%) Windows Server 2003
6 16 (12.40%) Windows Server 2012
7 15 (11.63%) Windows Server 2008
8 12 (9.30%) Windows 8
9 11 (8.53%) Mac OS X
10 8 (6.20%) Android
10 8 (6.20%) Linux
11 6 (4.65%) Windows XP
12 5 (3.88%) Unix
13 4 (3.10%) Apple iOS
14 3 (2.33%) OS/390
14 3 (2.33%) Windows Vista
15 1 (0.78%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (32.56%) ITIL
2 26 (20.16%) Service Management
3 23 (17.83%) Migration
4 16 (12.40%) Mobile Device Management
5 15 (11.63%) Asset Management
6 11 (8.53%) Problem Management
6 11 (8.53%) Project Management
7 10 (7.75%) Agile Software Development
7 10 (7.75%) CRM
7 10 (7.75%) Information Security
7 10 (7.75%) Root Cause Analysis
8 9 (6.98%) High Availability
8 9 (6.98%) Identity Access Management
9 8 (6.20%) Enterprise Architecture
10 6 (4.65%) Application Virtualisation
10 6 (4.65%) Change Management
10 6 (4.65%) PRINCE2
11 5 (3.88%) Server Virtualisation
11 5 (3.88%) Threat Analysis
11 5 (3.88%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 20 (15.50%) SQL
2 10 (7.75%) PowerShell
3 6 (4.65%) Shell Script
4 4 (3.10%) C
5 1 (0.78%) Java
5 1 (0.78%) JavaScript
5 1 (0.78%) Perl
5 1 (0.78%) Python
Qualifications
1 18 (13.95%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (8.53%) Security Cleared
3 8 (6.20%) ITIL Certification
4 6 (4.65%) Degree
5 5 (3.88%) SC Cleared
6 4 (3.10%) BPSS Clearance
6 4 (3.10%) DV Cleared
6 4 (3.10%) MCP
7 3 (2.33%) Citrix Certification
7 3 (2.33%) MCDST
7 3 (2.33%) MCSE
8 2 (1.55%) GSAE
8 2 (1.55%) HNC
8 2 (1.55%) ISTQB
8 2 (1.55%) MCITP
8 2 (1.55%) MCTS
8 2 (1.55%) NCSA
8 2 (1.55%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
8 2 (1.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 1 (0.78%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (13.18%) SLA
2 5 (3.88%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.78%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 61 (47.29%) Active Directory
2 58 (44.96%) VMware Infrastructure
3 24 (18.60%) XenApp
4 19 (14.73%) XenDesktop
5 18 (13.95%) Microsoft App-V
6 17 (13.18%) VMware ESXi
7 10 (7.75%) vSphere
8 9 (6.98%) Hyper-V
9 3 (2.33%) Virtual Machines
10 2 (1.55%) BitLocker
11 1 (0.78%) Firmware
11 1 (0.78%) NFS
11 1 (0.78%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 30 (23.26%) SCCM
2 9 (6.98%) AirWatch
3 7 (5.43%) SCOM
4 4 (3.10%) SCOrch
5 3 (2.33%) BMC PATROL
5 3 (2.33%) Tivoli
5 3 (2.33%) Tivoli NetView
6 2 (1.55%) AppDNA
6 2 (1.55%) BladeLogic
6 2 (1.55%) HP Quality Center
6 2 (1.55%) McAfee ePO
6 2 (1.55%) Microsoft Intune
6 2 (1.55%) NetBackup
6 2 (1.55%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 2 (1.55%) vCenter Server
6 2 (1.55%) WSUS
7 1 (0.78%) Backup Exec
7 1 (0.78%) Cacti
7 1 (0.78%) Nagios
Vendors
1 83 (64.34%) Microsoft
2 58 (44.96%) VMware
3 49 (37.98%) Citrix
4 23 (17.83%) Cisco
5 14 (10.85%) HP
6 13 (10.08%) Wyse
7 11 (8.53%) Apple
7 11 (8.53%) AppSense
8 10 (7.75%) Avaya
9 8 (6.20%) Dell
9 8 (6.20%) Epicor
9 8 (6.20%) LANDesk
10 7 (5.43%) ServiceNow
11 6 (4.65%) Lotus
11 6 (4.65%) NetApp
12 5 (3.88%) ThinPrint
13 3 (2.33%) Google
13 3 (2.33%) IBM
13 3 (2.33%) Intel
13 3 (2.33%) McAfee
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