The table below looks at the statistics for MCDST in IT contracts advertised for the London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCDST over the 3 months to 22 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
Rank 392 382 390
Rank change year-on-year
-10 +8
Contract jobs citing MCDST 11 13 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.050% 0.057% 0.027%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.31% 0.35% 0.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 3 3
Average daily rate
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£140 £210 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-33.33% -23.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £194 £159
10% offered a daily rate of more than £192 £282 £335
UK excluding London average daily rate £106 £130 £93
% change year-on-year
-18.26% +40.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 2
Average hourly rate £13.93 £17.50 £14.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.40% +20.68%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.84 £15.38 £12.77
% change year-on-year
+9.52% +20.39%
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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 London region.

Qualifications Category
London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
3495 3681 3252
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 15.77% 16.27% 14.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 2260 2532 1932
Average daily rate £413 £413 £420
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -1.78%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £555 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 88 117 130
Average hourly rate £23.75 £20.00 £24.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.75% -16.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £16.00 £11.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £35.00 £135.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.12 £18.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+34.00% -20.00%

MCDST
Jobs Demand Trend in London

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

MCDST Jobs Demand Trend in London

MCDST
Daily Rate Trend in London

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

MCDST Daily Rate Trend in London

MCDST
Daily Rate Histogram in London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCDST across the London region over the 3 months to 22 May 2015.

MCDST Daily Rate Histogram in London

MCDST
Hourly Rate Trend in London

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

MCDST Hourly Rate Trend in London

MCDST
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the 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 19 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 19 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 18 (94.74%) Windows
3 14 (73.68%) Active Directory
4 10 (52.63%) LAN
4 10 (52.63%) WAN
4 10 (52.63%) TCP/IP
4 10 (52.63%) Windows 7
5 9 (47.37%) ITIL
6 8 (42.11%) MCSE
7 7 (36.84%) MS Excel
7 7 (36.84%) Windows XP
8 6 (31.58%) MS Exchange
8 6 (31.58%) MCSA
9 5 (26.32%) MCP
9 5 (26.32%) Blackberry
10 4 (21.05%) Windows Server 2003
10 4 (21.05%) MS Office
10 4 (21.05%) SC Cleared
10 4 (21.05%) Security Cleared
10 4 (21.05%) Windows Server 2008
11 3 (15.79%) XenApp
11 3 (15.79%) IBM
11 3 (15.79%) Windows 8
11 3 (15.79%) Windows Server 2012
11 3 (15.79%) MCTS
11 3 (15.79%) SQL Server
11 3 (15.79%) Citrix
11 3 (15.79%) CCA
11 3 (15.79%) Citrix Certification

MCDST
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the 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 6 (31.58%) MS Exchange
2 2 (10.53%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 1 (5.26%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 7 (36.84%) MS Excel
2 4 (21.05%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 10 (52.63%) LAN
1 10 (52.63%) WAN
1 10 (52.63%) TCP/IP
2 3 (15.79%) SAN
3 1 (5.26%) Network Security
3 1 (5.26%) IP Telephony
3 1 (5.26%) Firewall
3 1 (5.26%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (15.79%) SQL Server
General
1 1 (5.26%) Retail
1 1 (5.26%) Finance
Job Titles
1 10 (52.63%) Desktop Support
1 10 (52.63%) Analyst
2 9 (47.37%) Support Analyst
3 8 (42.11%) Desktop Support Analyst
3 8 (42.11%) Desktop Analyst
4 5 (26.32%) 2nd Line Support
5 4 (21.05%) Support Engineer
6 3 (15.79%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
6 3 (15.79%) Citrix Engineer
7 1 (5.26%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 1 (5.26%) Technical Analyst
7 1 (5.26%) Desktop Engineer
7 1 (5.26%) Technical Support
7 1 (5.26%) Field Service Engineer
7 1 (5.26%) Help Desk Analyst
7 1 (5.26%) Field Engineer
7 1 (5.26%) Technical Support Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 5 (26.32%) Blackberry
2 1 (5.26%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (5.26%) PDA
2 1 (5.26%) EPoS
2 1 (5.26%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 18 (94.74%) Windows
2 10 (52.63%) Windows 7
3 7 (36.84%) Windows XP
4 4 (21.05%) Windows Server 2003
4 4 (21.05%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (15.79%) Windows 8
5 3 (15.79%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (10.53%) Android
7 1 (5.26%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (47.37%) ITIL
Qualifications
1 19 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 8 (42.11%) MCSE
3 6 (31.58%) MCSA
4 5 (26.32%) MCP
5 4 (21.05%) SC Cleared
5 4 (21.05%) Security Cleared
6 3 (15.79%) MCTS
6 3 (15.79%) CCA
6 3 (15.79%) Citrix Certification
7 2 (10.53%) CCNA
7 2 (10.53%) Cisco Certification
7 2 (10.53%) MOS
8 1 (5.26%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (10.53%) SLA
System Software
1 14 (73.68%) Active Directory
2 3 (15.79%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 1 (5.26%) WSUS
1 1 (5.26%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 19 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 3 (15.79%) IBM
2 3 (15.79%) Citrix
3 1 (5.26%) Cisco
3 1 (5.26%) Symantec
3 1 (5.26%) VMware