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 24 April 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
24 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
Rank 558 529 482
Rank change year-on-year
-29 -47
Contract jobs citing MCDST 25 53 44
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.049% 0.11% 0.10%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.26% 0.54% 0.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 17 24
Average daily rate
Keep up to 90%
of your Daily Rate
Get a Free Illustration
£180 £225 £190
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +18.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £132 £116 £85
10% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £548 £235
UK excluding London average daily rate £180 £463 £125
% change year-on-year
-61.08% +270.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 13 8
Average hourly rate £15.00 £15.38 £13.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.43% +18.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.14 £13.08 £12.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.47 £17.50 £32.72
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £14.13 £12.77
% change year-on-year
+16.81% +10.61%
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
9754 9827 7988
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 19.30% 19.54% 18.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 5608 5665 4295
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £530 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 442 492 444
Average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.25 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £42.50 £52.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -25.00%

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 24 April 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 24 April 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 -14 9 - - 3
London -13 5 £250 +11.11% 4
South East -20 3 - - 2
Yorkshire - 3 £113 - 3
East of England +18 2 - - 1
West Midlands - 2 £195 - 1
South West +4 1 - - 2
MCDST
UK

MCDST
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 51 (96.23%) Microsoft
3 49 (92.45%) Windows
4 35 (66.04%) MS Office
5 30 (56.60%) Windows 7
6 25 (47.17%) ITIL
7 22 (41.51%) MS Excel
8 21 (39.62%) MCSE
9 18 (33.96%) MCP
9 18 (33.96%) Active Directory
9 18 (33.96%) Citrix
10 16 (30.19%) Blackberry
11 15 (28.30%) Security Cleared
12 14 (26.42%) MCITP
12 14 (26.42%) A+ Certification
13 13 (24.53%) Windows XP
14 12 (22.64%) Law
15 10 (18.87%) Legal
15 10 (18.87%) Wireless
15 10 (18.87%) Document Management
15 10 (18.87%) MCSA
16 9 (16.98%) Cisco
16 9 (16.98%) MOS
17 8 (15.09%) Incident Management
17 8 (15.09%) SharePoint
17 8 (15.09%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
18 7 (13.21%) McAfee
18 7 (13.21%) Sophos
18 7 (13.21%) Dell
18 7 (13.21%) Internet

MCDST
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 8 (15.09%) SharePoint
1 8 (15.09%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 4 (7.55%) MS Exchange
3 3 (5.66%) IBM Notes
4 2 (3.77%) CMS
4 2 (3.77%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (1.89%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 35 (66.04%) MS Office
2 22 (41.51%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 10 (18.87%) Wireless
2 7 (13.21%) Internet
3 5 (9.43%) DNS
3 5 (9.43%) DHCP
3 5 (9.43%) FTP
3 5 (9.43%) TCP/IP
4 4 (7.55%) WAN
4 4 (7.55%) LAN
4 4 (7.55%) Extranet
5 3 (5.66%) SAN
6 2 (3.77%) VPN
6 2 (3.77%) WLAN
7 1 (1.89%) Firewall
7 1 (1.89%) VoIP
7 1 (1.89%) Cisco IOS
7 1 (1.89%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (5.66%) SQL Server
General
1 12 (22.64%) Law
2 10 (18.87%) Legal
3 4 (7.55%) Finance
4 1 (1.89%) Local Government
4 1 (1.89%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.89%) Retail
Job Titles
1 15 (28.30%) Desktop Support
2 14 (26.42%) Analyst
3 10 (18.87%) Support Analyst
3 10 (18.87%) 2nd Line Support
4 9 (16.98%) Support Engineer
5 7 (13.21%) Desktop Support Engineer
5 7 (13.21%) Desktop Engineer
6 6 (11.32%) Team Leader
6 6 (11.32%) Technical Team Leader
6 6 (11.32%) Service Desk Team Leader
6 6 (11.32%) Help Desk Analyst
7 5 (9.43%) Field Engineer
7 5 (9.43%) Help Desk Support Analyst
7 5 (9.43%) Help Desk Support
7 5 (9.43%) Field Service Engineer
8 4 (7.55%) Service Desk Analyst
8 4 (7.55%) 1st Line Support
8 4 (7.55%) Service Analyst
8 4 (7.55%) 1st Line Support Analyst
9 3 (5.66%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 16 (30.19%) Blackberry
2 6 (11.32%) EPoS
3 5 (9.43%) Thin Client
3 5 (9.43%) Smartcard
3 5 (9.43%) Fat Client
3 5 (9.43%) Smartphone
4 2 (3.77%) Management Information System
4 2 (3.77%) Handset
4 2 (3.77%) Replication
4 2 (3.77%) Video Conferencing
4 2 (3.77%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (1.89%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (1.89%) PDA
5 1 (1.89%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 49 (92.45%) Windows
2 30 (56.60%) Windows 7
3 13 (24.53%) Windows XP
4 7 (13.21%) Windows Vista
5 4 (7.55%) Apple iOS
5 4 (7.55%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (5.66%) Windows 8
6 3 (5.66%) Android
6 3 (5.66%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (1.89%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (1.89%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (47.17%) ITIL
2 10 (18.87%) Document Management
3 8 (15.09%) Incident Management
4 6 (11.32%) Asset Management
4 6 (11.32%) Time Management
4 6 (11.32%) ITIL V3
5 4 (7.55%) Problem Management
5 4 (7.55%) Service Management
6 2 (3.77%) Practice Management
7 1 (1.89%) Continuous Improvement
7 1 (1.89%) Change Management
7 1 (1.89%) Business Intelligence
7 1 (1.89%) Information Management
Qualifications
1 53 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 21 (39.62%) MCSE
3 18 (33.96%) MCP
4 15 (28.30%) Security Cleared
5 14 (26.42%) MCITP
5 14 (26.42%) A+ Certification
6 10 (18.87%) MCSA
7 9 (16.98%) MOS
8 7 (13.21%) MCTS
9 3 (5.66%) CCA
9 3 (5.66%) Citrix Certification
9 3 (5.66%) SC Cleared
10 2 (3.77%) CCNA
10 2 (3.77%) Cisco Certification
10 2 (3.77%) ITIL Certification
11 1 (1.89%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 1 (1.89%) ECDL
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (7.55%) SLA
2 1 (1.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 18 (33.96%) Active Directory
2 3 (5.66%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 2 (3.77%) DameWare
2 1 (1.89%) SCCM
Vendors
1 51 (96.23%) Microsoft
2 18 (33.96%) Citrix
3 9 (16.98%) Cisco
4 7 (13.21%) McAfee
4 7 (13.21%) Sophos
4 7 (13.21%) Dell
5 6 (11.32%) Panasonic
6 5 (9.43%) CQG
6 5 (9.43%) Reuters
6 5 (9.43%) Bloomberg
7 3 (5.66%) Lotus
7 3 (5.66%) IBM
7 3 (5.66%) HP
8 2 (3.77%) Mitel
8 2 (3.77%) OpenText
8 2 (3.77%) LANDesk
8 2 (3.77%) Avaya
9 1 (1.89%) CA
9 1 (1.89%) Intel
9 1 (1.89%) Compaq
North West London
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £120 - £160 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
ComputAppoint
Rate: £100 - £150 per day + negotiable
Posted: 2 days ago
Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Vertical IT
Rate: £100 - £125 per day
Posted: 6 days ago