The first table below looks at the demand 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 29 July 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 England 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
29 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
Rank 528 518 519
Rank change year-on-year
-10 +1
Contract jobs citing MCDST 34 36 43
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.069% 0.077% 0.081%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.37% 0.44% 0.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 9 22
Average daily rate
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£130 £90 £160
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+44.44% -43.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £116 £90 £99
10% offered a daily rate of more than £202 £201 £235
UK excluding London average daily rate £130 £90 £160
% change year-on-year
+44.44% -43.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 6 10
Average hourly rate £15.50 £16.91 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.33% +12.73%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £14.67 £11.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.84 £17.00 £17.62
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £15.92 £15.00
% change year-on-year
-2.63% +6.13%
Qualifications Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
9239 8251 9063
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 18.73% 17.70% 17.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 5262 4484 4773
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £538 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 404 453 559
Average hourly rate £19.00 £22.50 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.55% +2.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £12.00 £12.48
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.95 £45.00 £40.00
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 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 29 July 2014.

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 29 July 2014. 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
South East +6 17 £130 - 1
East of England -31 7 £103 +13.88% 2
London -13 4 £213 +73.46% 4
North West -3 2 - -
Yorkshire - - - - 2
North East - - - - 2
South West - - - -
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MCDST
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 29 July 2014, 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 86 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 62 (72.09%) Windows
3 52 (60.47%) Active Directory
4 51 (59.30%) Microsoft
5 47 (54.65%) MCP
6 42 (48.84%) MS Office
7 40 (46.51%) MCSE
8 39 (45.35%) ITIL
9 35 (40.70%) Windows 7
10 28 (32.56%) MCITP
11 24 (27.91%) MS Exchange
12 23 (26.74%) MS Excel
13 22 (25.58%) Blackberry
14 21 (24.42%) MCSA
14 21 (24.42%) Windows XP
15 17 (19.77%) Citrix
16 16 (18.60%) SLA
17 15 (17.44%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
17 15 (17.44%) Windows Vista
18 13 (15.12%) MCTS
18 13 (15.12%) HP
19 12 (13.95%) McAfee
19 12 (13.95%) Firewall
20 11 (12.79%) Service Management
20 11 (12.79%) Cisco
20 11 (12.79%) Security Cleared
20 11 (12.79%) Windows Server 2008
21 9 (10.47%) Incident Management
21 9 (10.47%) OVSD
21 9 (10.47%) OpenView

MCDST
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 29 July 2014, 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 24 (27.91%) MS Exchange
2 15 (17.44%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 6 (6.98%) SharePoint
4 2 (2.33%) Exchange Server 2007
4 2 (2.33%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (1.16%) IIS
5 1 (1.16%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 42 (48.84%) MS Office
2 23 (26.74%) MS Excel
3 2 (2.33%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 12 (13.95%) Firewall
2 8 (9.30%) Network Security
3 7 (8.14%) Wireless
3 7 (8.14%) Internet
4 6 (6.98%) VPN
5 5 (5.81%) DNS
5 5 (5.81%) DHCP
6 4 (4.65%) LAN
6 4 (4.65%) FTP
6 4 (4.65%) TCP/IP
6 4 (4.65%) WAN
7 2 (2.33%) Wi-Fi
7 2 (2.33%) IP Telephony
8 1 (1.16%) Structured Cabling
8 1 (1.16%) WLAN
8 1 (1.16%) Ethernet
General
1 6 (6.98%) Finance
2 5 (5.81%) Law
3 3 (3.49%) Local Government
4 2 (2.33%) Banking
5 1 (1.16%) Investment Banking
5 1 (1.16%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.16%) Legal
5 1 (1.16%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 29 (33.72%) Support Engineer
2 27 (31.40%) Analyst
3 12 (13.95%) Support Analyst
4 11 (12.79%) Desktop Support
5 10 (11.63%) Service Analyst
5 10 (11.63%) Service Desk Analyst
6 8 (9.30%) 2nd Line Support
6 8 (9.30%) IT Support
7 7 (8.14%) Applications Manager
7 7 (8.14%) Applications Support
7 7 (8.14%) Help Desk Support
7 7 (8.14%) Support Manager
7 7 (8.14%) Applications Support Manager
8 6 (6.98%) IT Support Engineer
8 6 (6.98%) Help Desk Analyst
9 5 (5.81%) Service Manager
9 5 (5.81%) Desktop Support Analyst
9 5 (5.81%) Desktop Analyst
9 5 (5.81%) Service Desk Manager
9 5 (5.81%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.16%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 22 (25.58%) Blackberry
2 4 (4.65%) Smartphone
2 4 (4.65%) Thin Client
2 4 (4.65%) Smartcard
2 4 (4.65%) Fat Client
2 4 (4.65%) Video Conferencing
3 3 (3.49%) iPad
3 3 (3.49%) EPoS
3 3 (3.49%) Management Information System
3 3 (3.49%) Handset
4 2 (2.33%) Computer Science
4 2 (2.33%) NHS
4 2 (2.33%) Client/Server
4 2 (2.33%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 62 (72.09%) Windows
2 35 (40.70%) Windows 7
3 21 (24.42%) Windows XP
4 15 (17.44%) Windows Vista
5 11 (12.79%) Windows Server 2008
6 6 (6.98%) Windows Server 2003
7 4 (4.65%) Android
7 4 (4.65%) Windows 8
8 2 (2.33%) Mac OS X
9 1 (1.16%) Windows 2000
9 1 (1.16%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (45.35%) ITIL
2 11 (12.79%) Service Management
3 9 (10.47%) Incident Management
4 6 (6.98%) ITIL V3
4 6 (6.98%) Service Desk Management
5 5 (5.81%) Asset Management
6 4 (4.65%) Service Delivery
6 4 (4.65%) Performance Management
7 3 (3.49%) Time Management
7 3 (3.49%) Mobile Device Management
7 3 (3.49%) ITSM
7 3 (3.49%) Problem Management
8 2 (2.33%) Document Management
8 2 (2.33%) Migration
8 2 (2.33%) Disaster Recovery
9 1 (1.16%) ERP
9 1 (1.16%) Agile Software Development
9 1 (1.16%) TDD
9 1 (1.16%) Software Engineering
9 1 (1.16%) Knowledge Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (3.49%) SQL
Qualifications
1 86 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 47 (54.65%) MCP
3 40 (46.51%) MCSE
4 28 (32.56%) MCITP
5 21 (24.42%) MCSA
6 13 (15.12%) MCTS
7 11 (12.79%) Security Cleared
8 6 (6.98%) CCNA
8 6 (6.98%) Cisco Certification
8 6 (6.98%) A+ Certification
9 4 (4.65%) Degree
9 4 (4.65%) CCNP
10 3 (3.49%) CCIP
10 3 (3.49%) CCDP
10 3 (3.49%) RHCE
10 3 (3.49%) ACSA
10 3 (3.49%) ITIL Certification
10 3 (3.49%) IBM Certification
10 3 (3.49%) ACSP
11 1 (1.16%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (18.60%) SLA
2 3 (3.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 52 (60.47%) Active Directory
2 3 (3.49%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (3.49%) XenApp
3 1 (1.16%) XenServer
3 1 (1.16%) XenDesktop
3 1 (1.16%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 9 (10.47%) OpenView
1 9 (10.47%) OVSD
1 9 (10.47%) SCCM
2 7 (8.14%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 3 (3.49%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (1.16%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 51 (59.30%) Microsoft
2 17 (19.77%) Citrix
3 13 (15.12%) HP
4 12 (13.95%) McAfee
5 11 (12.79%) Cisco
6 8 (9.30%) Apple
7 6 (6.98%) Reuters
7 6 (6.98%) Bloomberg
7 6 (6.98%) CQG
8 4 (4.65%) Symantec
8 4 (4.65%) Kaseya
9 3 (3.49%) Red Hat
9 3 (3.49%) VMware
9 3 (3.49%) Panasonic
9 3 (3.49%) Sophos
9 3 (3.49%) IBM
9 3 (3.49%) Dell
9 3 (3.49%) EMC
10 2 (2.33%) Novell
11 1 (1.16%) Mercator