The table below looks at the statistics for MCDST in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCDST over the 3 months to 31 July 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
Rank 555 537 519
Rank change year-on-year
-18 -18
Contract jobs citing MCDST 40 33 37
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.078% 0.067% 0.079%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.41% 0.36% 0.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 12 9
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£150 £130 £90
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% +44.44%
UK excluding London average daily rate £120 £130 £90
% change year-on-year
-7.69% +44.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 10 6
Average hourly rate £14.50 £15.50 £16.91
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.45% -8.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.25 £13.50 £14.67
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.92 £16.84 £17.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £15.50 £15.92
% change year-on-year
-6.45% -2.63%
MCDST
UK

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the England region.

Qualifications Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
9843 9224 8269
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 19.10% 18.69% 17.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 5948 5255 4491
Average daily rate £400 £378 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.96% +0.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £530
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 467 402 454
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.42% -13.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.06 £13.25 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.12 £19.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+26.94% -9.52%

MCDST
Jobs Demand Trend in England

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

MCDST Jobs Demand Trend in England

MCDST
Daily Rate Trend in England

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

MCDST Daily Rate Trend in England

MCDST
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCDST across the England region over the 3 months to 31 July 2015.

MCDST Daily Rate Histogram in England

MCDST
Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

MCDST Hourly Rate Trend in England

MCDST
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCDST within the England region over the 3 months to 31 July 2015. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +15 21 £155 -27.05% 9
South East -20 6 £120 -7.69%
East Midlands 0 4 - -
East of England -3 4 £155 +51.21% 2
Yorkshire - 3 £115 - 1
North West -26 2 - -
MCDST
UK

MCDST
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England 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 69 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 65 (94.20%) Windows
2 65 (94.20%) Microsoft
3 40 (57.97%) ITIL
4 34 (49.28%) Windows 7
5 32 (46.38%) MS Office
5 32 (46.38%) MS Excel
6 28 (40.58%) Active Directory
7 26 (37.68%) MCSE
8 21 (30.43%) LAN
8 21 (30.43%) WAN
8 21 (30.43%) Security Cleared
9 18 (26.09%) TCP/IP
9 18 (26.09%) Windows XP
10 17 (24.64%) MCP
11 16 (23.19%) MCSA
11 16 (23.19%) Cisco
11 16 (23.19%) MCITP
12 14 (20.29%) Blackberry
12 14 (20.29%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 13 (18.84%) A+ Certification
13 13 (18.84%) MCTS
14 12 (17.39%) Law
14 12 (17.39%) Data Centre
15 11 (15.94%) MS Exchange
16 10 (14.49%) Citrix
16 10 (14.49%) Legal
16 10 (14.49%) MOS
16 10 (14.49%) Document Management
16 10 (14.49%) Windows 8

MCDST
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England 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 14 (20.29%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 11 (15.94%) MS Exchange
3 4 (5.80%) SharePoint
4 2 (2.90%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (1.45%) Lync
5 1 (1.45%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 32 (46.38%) MS Office
1 32 (46.38%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (1.45%) assyst
1 1 (1.45%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.45%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 21 (30.43%) LAN
1 21 (30.43%) WAN
2 18 (26.09%) TCP/IP
3 9 (13.04%) SAN
4 7 (10.14%) Firewall
5 6 (8.70%) IPv4
6 4 (5.80%) Extranet
7 3 (4.35%) Wireless
7 3 (4.35%) VPN
8 2 (2.90%) Internet
8 2 (2.90%) Skype
9 1 (1.45%) IP Telephony
9 1 (1.45%) Cisco IOS
9 1 (1.45%) Network Security
9 1 (1.45%) DNS
9 1 (1.45%) DHCP
9 1 (1.45%) HTTP
9 1 (1.45%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (13.04%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (2.90%) MSI
2 1 (1.45%) JIRA
General
1 12 (17.39%) Law
2 10 (14.49%) Legal
3 3 (4.35%) Telecoms
4 2 (2.90%) Local Government
5 1 (1.45%) Dutch Language
5 1 (1.45%) French Language
5 1 (1.45%) German Language
5 1 (1.45%) Retail
Job Titles
1 27 (39.13%) Analyst
2 25 (36.23%) Support Analyst
3 23 (33.33%) Desktop Support
4 18 (26.09%) Desktop Support Analyst
4 18 (26.09%) Desktop Analyst
5 10 (14.49%) Support Engineer
6 9 (13.04%) 2nd Line Support
7 8 (11.59%) Technical Team Leader
7 8 (11.59%) Team Leader
7 8 (11.59%) Service Desk Team Leader
8 5 (7.25%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
8 5 (7.25%) Linux Engineer
9 4 (5.80%) Rollout Engineer
9 4 (5.80%) Desktop Engineer
9 4 (5.80%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 3 (4.35%) Field Engineer
10 3 (4.35%) Service Analyst
10 3 (4.35%) Technical Support
10 3 (4.35%) Field Service Engineer
10 3 (4.35%) Technical Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.45%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 14 (20.29%) Blackberry
2 12 (17.39%) Data Centre
3 3 (4.35%) EPoS
3 3 (4.35%) Management Information System
3 3 (4.35%) Handset
4 2 (2.90%) iPad
4 2 (2.90%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (1.45%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 65 (94.20%) Windows
2 34 (49.28%) Windows 7
3 18 (26.09%) Windows XP
4 10 (14.49%) Windows 8
5 8 (11.59%) Windows Server 2012
5 8 (11.59%) Windows Vista
6 6 (8.70%) Linux
6 6 (8.70%) Windows Server 2003
6 6 (8.70%) Ubuntu
7 4 (5.80%) Apple iOS
7 4 (5.80%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (1.45%) CentOS
8 1 (1.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (1.45%) SUSE
8 1 (1.45%) Debian
8 1 (1.45%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (57.97%) ITIL
2 10 (14.49%) Document Management
3 8 (11.59%) Incident Management
3 8 (11.59%) ITIL V3
4 7 (10.14%) Time Management
4 7 (10.14%) Asset Management
5 5 (7.25%) Service Management
6 4 (5.80%) Problem Management
7 1 (1.45%) Information Management
7 1 (1.45%) Change Management
7 1 (1.45%) Workflow
7 1 (1.45%) Stakeholder Management
7 1 (1.45%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 2 (2.90%) SQL
2 1 (1.45%) VBScript
2 1 (1.45%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 69 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 26 (37.68%) MCSE
3 21 (30.43%) Security Cleared
4 17 (24.64%) MCP
5 16 (23.19%) MCSA
5 16 (23.19%) MCITP
6 13 (18.84%) MCTS
6 13 (18.84%) A+ Certification
7 10 (14.49%) MOS
8 6 (8.70%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 4 (5.80%) SC Cleared
9 4 (5.80%) Network+ Certification
10 3 (4.35%) CCA
10 3 (4.35%) Citrix Certification
11 2 (2.90%) Cisco Certification
11 2 (2.90%) CCNA
11 2 (2.90%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (1.45%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 28 (40.58%) Active Directory
2 6 (8.70%) vSphere
3 3 (4.35%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 4 (5.80%) SCCM
2 1 (1.45%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 1 (1.45%) Backup Exec
2 1 (1.45%) WMI
2 1 (1.45%) WSUS
Vendors
1 65 (94.20%) Microsoft
2 16 (23.19%) Cisco
3 10 (14.49%) Citrix
4 9 (13.04%) Dell
4 9 (13.04%) VMware
5 7 (10.14%) Panasonic
5 7 (10.14%) McAfee
5 7 (10.14%) Sophos
6 3 (4.35%) Avaya
6 3 (4.35%) IBM
7 2 (2.90%) Salesforce.com
7 2 (2.90%) Polycom
8 1 (1.45%) AppSense
8 1 (1.45%) Symantec
8 1 (1.45%) Remedy
8 1 (1.45%) HP
8 1 (1.45%) Red Hat
8 1 (1.45%) SAP