The first table below looks at the demand for MCDST in IT contracts advertised for the Cheshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCDST over the 3 months to 1 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications for the Cheshire region.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
1 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
Rank 65 68 66
Rank change year-on-year
+3 -2
Contract jobs citing MCDST 2 2 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 0.25% 0.26% 0.48%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.17% 1.27% 2.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 0 3
Average daily rate
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- - £170
UK excluding London average daily rate £130 £90 £160
% change year-on-year
+44.44% -43.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 1
Average hourly rate £16.84 £16.84 £18.68
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -9.85%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £15.92 £15.00
% change year-on-year
-2.63% +6.13%
Qualifications Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
171 157 140
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 21.35% 20.15% 16.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 73 59 66
Average daily rate £310 £310 £345
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -10.20%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £100 £225 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £487 £428 £455
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 21 10
Average hourly rate £16.84 £35.00 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-51.88% +27.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £16.84 £16.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £41.50 £43.15
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.52% -4.54%
MCDST
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MCDST
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MCDST across the Cheshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

MCDST Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

MCDST
Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MCDST across the Cheshire region.

MCDST Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

MCDST
Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCDST across the Cheshire region.

MCDST Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

MCDST
Top 20 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 1 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region citing MCDST also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited MCDST.

1 2 (100.00%) MS Office
1 2 (100.00%) Windows
1 2 (100.00%) SharePoint
1 2 (100.00%) Windows XP
1 2 (100.00%) TCP/IP
1 2 (100.00%) VPN
1 2 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 2 (100.00%) Active Directory
1 2 (100.00%) Citrix
1 2 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 2 (100.00%) Blackberry
1 2 (100.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
1 2 (100.00%) Service Management
1 2 (100.00%) Management Information System
1 2 (100.00%) Wireless
1 2 (100.00%) Handset
1 2 (100.00%) Local Government
1 2 (100.00%) Windows Vista
1 2 (100.00%) Windows 7
1 2 (100.00%) iPad

MCDST
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 1 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region citing MCDST also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited MCDST. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (100.00%) SharePoint
1 2 (100.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 2 (100.00%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 2 (100.00%) TCP/IP
1 2 (100.00%) VPN
1 2 (100.00%) Wireless
General
1 2 (100.00%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 2 (100.00%) Desktop Support
1 2 (100.00%) Help Desk Support
Miscellaneous
1 2 (100.00%) Blackberry
1 2 (100.00%) Management Information System
1 2 (100.00%) Handset
1 2 (100.00%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 2 (100.00%) Windows
1 2 (100.00%) Windows XP
1 2 (100.00%) Windows Vista
1 2 (100.00%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (100.00%) Service Management
Qualifications
1 2 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
System Software
1 2 (100.00%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 2 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 2 (100.00%) Citrix