The table below looks at the statistics for MCDST in IT contracts advertised for the City of London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCDST over the 3 months to 6 March 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

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
6 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
Rank 184 195 186
Rank change year-on-year
+11 -9
Contract jobs citing MCDST 1 4 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.020% 0.070% 0.14%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.11% 0.40% 0.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 1 3
Average daily rate
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£340 £225 £115
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+51.11% +95.65%
UK excluding London average daily rate £150 £463 £135
% change year-on-year
-67.56% +242.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 3
Average hourly rate - £25.00 £11.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +127.27%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.00 £13.13 £18.40
% change year-on-year
+82.85% -28.66%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the City of London region.

Qualifications Category
City of London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
951 1002 909
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 19.23% 17.59% 15.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 710 655 611
Average daily rate £423 £445 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.05% +4.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £273 £251 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £551 £580 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+10.00% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 17 39
Average hourly rate £19.10 £22.00 £40.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.18% -45.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.46 £17.50 £12.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.00 £40.55 £135.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £17.50 £26.25
% change year-on-year
+42.85% -33.33%

MCDST
Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

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

MCDST Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

MCDST
Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

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

MCDST Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

MCDST
Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

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

MCDST Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

MCDST
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 6 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the City of London 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 5 (100.00%) Windows
1 5 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 4 (80.00%) Microsoft
3 3 (60.00%) MS Office
3 3 (60.00%) MCP
3 3 (60.00%) Citrix
3 3 (60.00%) Internet
3 3 (60.00%) Windows 7
4 2 (40.00%) MCTS
4 2 (40.00%) MCITP
4 2 (40.00%) Smartphone
4 2 (40.00%) Windows Vista
4 2 (40.00%) Fat Client
4 2 (40.00%) Wireless
4 2 (40.00%) Reuters
4 2 (40.00%) Bloomberg
4 2 (40.00%) Smartcard
4 2 (40.00%) Blackberry
4 2 (40.00%) CQG
4 2 (40.00%) A+ Certification
4 2 (40.00%) Thin Client
4 2 (40.00%) ITIL
4 2 (40.00%) MCSE
4 2 (40.00%) DNS
4 2 (40.00%) SharePoint
4 2 (40.00%) DHCP
4 2 (40.00%) FTP
5 1 (20.00%) TCP/IP
5 1 (20.00%) LAN
5 1 (20.00%) WAN

MCDST
Top Related IT Skills in the City of London by Category

For the 6 months to 6 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the City of London 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 (40.00%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (60.00%) MS Office
2 1 (20.00%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 3 (60.00%) Internet
2 2 (40.00%) DNS
2 2 (40.00%) DHCP
2 2 (40.00%) FTP
2 2 (40.00%) Wireless
3 1 (20.00%) IP Telephony
3 1 (20.00%) TCP/IP
3 1 (20.00%) LAN
3 1 (20.00%) WAN
3 1 (20.00%) SAN
3 1 (20.00%) Intranet
3 1 (20.00%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (20.00%) SQL Server
Job Titles
1 2 (40.00%) Analyst
1 2 (40.00%) Support Analyst
1 2 (40.00%) Help Desk Analyst
1 2 (40.00%) Help Desk Support
1 2 (40.00%) Help Desk Support Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Citrix Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) IT Technician
2 1 (20.00%) Support Consultant
2 1 (20.00%) Consultant
2 1 (20.00%) Desktop Support
Miscellaneous
1 2 (40.00%) Thin Client
1 2 (40.00%) Smartcard
1 2 (40.00%) Blackberry
1 2 (40.00%) Smartphone
1 2 (40.00%) Fat Client
2 1 (20.00%) Video Conferencing
2 1 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 5 (100.00%) Windows
2 3 (60.00%) Windows 7
3 2 (40.00%) Windows Vista
4 1 (20.00%) Android
4 1 (20.00%) Apple iOS
4 1 (20.00%) Windows 8
4 1 (20.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (40.00%) ITIL
2 1 (20.00%) Investment Management
Qualifications
1 5 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 3 (60.00%) MCP
3 2 (40.00%) MCSE
3 2 (40.00%) A+ Certification
3 2 (40.00%) MCTS
3 2 (40.00%) MCITP
4 1 (20.00%) SC Cleared
4 1 (20.00%) Security Cleared
4 1 (20.00%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 1 (20.00%) MCSA
4 1 (20.00%) CCA
4 1 (20.00%) Citrix Certification
System Software
1 1 (20.00%) Active Directory
1 1 (20.00%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 1 (20.00%) SCCM
Vendors
1 4 (80.00%) Microsoft
2 3 (60.00%) Citrix
3 2 (40.00%) Reuters
3 2 (40.00%) Bloomberg
3 2 (40.00%) CQG
4 1 (20.00%) VMware
4 1 (20.00%) Cisco
4 1 (20.00%) IBM