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 26 May 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
26 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
Rank 536 532 505
Rank change year-on-year
-4 -27
Contract jobs citing MCDST 34 38 26
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.069% 0.079% 0.062%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.36% 0.41% 0.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 11 16
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£140 £130 £95
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% +36.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £123 £90 £85
10% offered a daily rate of more than £176 £210 £245
UK excluding London average daily rate £106 £130 £93
% change year-on-year
-18.26% +40.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 13 4
Average hourly rate £16.84 £15.75 £12.89
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.92% +22.23%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.47 £13.25 £12.23
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.75 £17.50 £15.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.84 £15.38 £12.77
% change year-on-year
+9.52% +20.39%
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
9352 9259 7624
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 18.94% 19.30% 18.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 5428 5493 4123
Average daily rate £398 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £233
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £535 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 445 470 423
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £23.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.42% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.47 £13.33 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £22.25
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -19.10%

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 26 May 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
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCDST across the England region over the 3 months to 26 May 2015.

MCDST Hourly Rate Histogram 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 26 May 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
North West - 12 - - 1
London +6 11 £140 -45.09% 3
East of England -6 4 - - 1
South East -18 3 - - 2
Yorkshire - 3 £113 - 1
South West +6 1 - - 3
MCDST
UK

MCDST
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 26 May 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 53 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 52 (98.11%) Microsoft
3 49 (92.45%) Windows
4 33 (62.26%) ITIL
4 33 (62.26%) Windows 7
5 26 (49.06%) MS Office
6 25 (47.17%) MS Excel
7 24 (45.28%) Active Directory
8 21 (39.62%) MCSE
9 19 (35.85%) Security Cleared
10 15 (28.30%) Windows XP
11 13 (24.53%) WAN
11 13 (24.53%) TCP/IP
11 13 (24.53%) LAN
12 12 (22.64%) MCP
13 11 (20.75%) MOS
13 11 (20.75%) MCITP
13 11 (20.75%) A+ Certification
14 10 (18.87%) Citrix
14 10 (18.87%) Cisco
14 10 (18.87%) Blackberry
14 10 (18.87%) Document Management
14 10 (18.87%) Law
14 10 (18.87%) Legal
15 8 (15.09%) Incident Management
15 8 (15.09%) ITIL V3
15 8 (15.09%) McAfee
15 8 (15.09%) Dell
15 8 (15.09%) MCSA
16 7 (13.21%) Sophos

MCDST
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 26 May 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 7 (13.21%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 6 (11.32%) MS Exchange
3 4 (7.55%) SharePoint
4 3 (5.66%) IBM Notes
5 1 (1.89%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 26 (49.06%) MS Office
2 25 (47.17%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 13 (24.53%) WAN
1 13 (24.53%) TCP/IP
1 13 (24.53%) LAN
2 6 (11.32%) Wireless
3 3 (5.66%) VPN
3 3 (5.66%) SAN
4 2 (3.77%) Internet
4 2 (3.77%) Extranet
5 1 (1.89%) Firewall
5 1 (1.89%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (1.89%) IP Telephony
5 1 (1.89%) Cisco IOS
5 1 (1.89%) Network Security
5 1 (1.89%) VoIP
5 1 (1.89%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (5.66%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (1.89%) MSI
General
1 10 (18.87%) Law
1 10 (18.87%) Legal
2 2 (3.77%) Local Government
3 1 (1.89%) Retail
3 1 (1.89%) Telecoms
3 1 (1.89%) Finance
Job Titles
1 21 (39.62%) Desktop Support
2 16 (30.19%) Analyst
3 14 (26.42%) Support Analyst
4 12 (22.64%) Desktop Support Analyst
4 12 (22.64%) Desktop Analyst
5 10 (18.87%) 2nd Line Support
6 8 (15.09%) Team Leader
6 8 (15.09%) Technical Team Leader
6 8 (15.09%) Service Desk Team Leader
7 6 (11.32%) Support Engineer
8 4 (7.55%) Field Service Engineer
8 4 (7.55%) Field Engineer
8 4 (7.55%) Rollout Engineer
9 3 (5.66%) Citrix Engineer
9 3 (5.66%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
9 3 (5.66%) Desktop Engineer
9 3 (5.66%) Desktop Support Engineer
9 3 (5.66%) Technical Analyst
10 2 (3.77%) Service Desk Analyst
10 2 (3.77%) Service Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 10 (18.87%) Blackberry
2 7 (13.21%) Data Centre
3 4 (7.55%) EPoS
4 3 (5.66%) Management Information System
4 3 (5.66%) Handset
5 2 (3.77%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (3.77%) iPad
6 1 (1.89%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (1.89%) Replication
6 1 (1.89%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 49 (92.45%) Windows
2 33 (62.26%) Windows 7
3 15 (28.30%) Windows XP
4 5 (9.43%) Windows Server 2003
4 5 (9.43%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (5.66%) Windows Vista
5 3 (5.66%) Android
5 3 (5.66%) Windows 8
5 3 (5.66%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (3.77%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (62.26%) ITIL
2 10 (18.87%) Document Management
3 8 (15.09%) Incident Management
3 8 (15.09%) ITIL V3
4 7 (13.21%) Time Management
4 7 (13.21%) Asset Management
5 5 (9.43%) Service Management
6 2 (3.77%) Problem Management
7 1 (1.89%) Information Management
7 1 (1.89%) Change Management
7 1 (1.89%) Business Intelligence
7 1 (1.89%) Continuous Improvement
Qualifications
1 53 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 21 (39.62%) MCSE
3 19 (35.85%) Security Cleared
4 12 (22.64%) MCP
5 11 (20.75%) MCITP
5 11 (20.75%) A+ Certification
5 11 (20.75%) MOS
6 8 (15.09%) MCSA
7 5 (9.43%) MCTS
8 4 (7.55%) SC Cleared
9 3 (5.66%) CCA
9 3 (5.66%) Citrix Certification
10 2 (3.77%) Cisco Certification
10 2 (3.77%) CCNA
11 1 (1.89%) ECDL
11 1 (1.89%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (7.55%) SLA
2 1 (1.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 24 (45.28%) Active Directory
2 3 (5.66%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 2 (3.77%) DameWare
1 2 (3.77%) SCCM
2 1 (1.89%) Backup Exec
2 1 (1.89%) WSUS
Vendors
1 52 (98.11%) Microsoft
2 10 (18.87%) Cisco
2 10 (18.87%) Citrix
3 8 (15.09%) Dell
3 8 (15.09%) McAfee
4 7 (13.21%) Sophos
4 7 (13.21%) Panasonic
5 3 (5.66%) Lotus
5 3 (5.66%) IBM
6 2 (3.77%) HP
6 2 (3.77%) Avaya
7 1 (1.89%) CA
7 1 (1.89%) Intel
7 1 (1.89%) Compaq
7 1 (1.89%) Symantec
7 1 (1.89%) VMware
7 1 (1.89%) AppSense