The first table below looks at the demand 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 30 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 London 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
30 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
Rank 402 408 399
Rank change year-on-year
+6 -9
Contract jobs citing MCDST 4 13 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.017% 0.054% 0.053%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.11% 0.36% 0.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 2 6
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£213 £123 £235
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+73.46% -47.87%
UK excluding London average daily rate £130 £90 £160
% change year-on-year
+44.44% -43.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 1
Average hourly rate £15.00 £17.00 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.76% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £15.92 £15.00
% change year-on-year
-2.63% +6.13%
Qualifications Category
London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
3722 3567 3744
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 15.83% 14.70% 14.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 2393 2159 2234
Average daily rate £424 £425 £410
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.23% +3.65%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £600 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 106 123 139
Average hourly rate £19.00 £22.50 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.55% +15.38%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £13.50 £13.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.25 £45.80 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.52% -4.54%
MCDST
England

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
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
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCDST within the London region over the 3 months to 30 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
City of London +14 2 £215 +86.95% 1
Enfield - - - -
Uxbridge - - - -
MCDST
England

MCDST
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 30 July 2014, 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 27 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 26 (96.30%) Windows
3 20 (74.07%) Windows 7
4 19 (70.37%) MS Office
5 16 (59.26%) Active Directory
6 15 (55.56%) ITIL
7 13 (48.15%) Microsoft
8 12 (44.44%) MCP
8 12 (44.44%) Blackberry
9 11 (40.74%) MS Exchange
10 9 (33.33%) MS Excel
11 8 (29.63%) Citrix
12 7 (25.93%) MCSE
12 7 (25.93%) Internet
13 6 (22.22%) Reuters
13 6 (22.22%) Bloomberg
13 6 (22.22%) CQG
13 6 (22.22%) Windows XP
13 6 (22.22%) Incident Management
14 5 (18.52%) MCITP
14 5 (18.52%) Windows Server 2008
14 5 (18.52%) DNS
14 5 (18.52%) Cisco
14 5 (18.52%) DHCP
14 5 (18.52%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 5 (18.52%) A+ Certification
14 5 (18.52%) Wireless
14 5 (18.52%) Law
15 4 (14.81%) Thin Client
15 4 (14.81%) Smartcard

MCDST
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 2014, 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 11 (40.74%) MS Exchange
2 5 (18.52%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 4 (14.81%) SharePoint
4 1 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (3.70%) IIS
Applications
1 19 (70.37%) MS Office
2 9 (33.33%) MS Excel
3 2 (7.41%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 7 (25.93%) Internet
2 5 (18.52%) DNS
2 5 (18.52%) DHCP
2 5 (18.52%) Wireless
3 4 (14.81%) FTP
4 3 (11.11%) VPN
5 2 (7.41%) Wi-Fi
5 2 (7.41%) TCP/IP
5 2 (7.41%) LAN
5 2 (7.41%) WAN
5 2 (7.41%) IP Telephony
5 2 (7.41%) Network Security
6 1 (3.70%) Structured Cabling
6 1 (3.70%) Ethernet
6 1 (3.70%) Firewall
General
1 5 (18.52%) Law
2 4 (14.81%) Finance
3 2 (7.41%) Banking
4 1 (3.70%) Investment Banking
4 1 (3.70%) Legal
4 1 (3.70%) Advertising
4 1 (3.70%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 10 (37.04%) Analyst
2 7 (25.93%) Support Analyst
2 7 (25.93%) Support Engineer
3 4 (14.81%) Help Desk Analyst
3 4 (14.81%) 1st Line Support
3 4 (14.81%) Desktop Support
3 4 (14.81%) 1st Line Support Analyst
3 4 (14.81%) Help Desk Support
3 4 (14.81%) Help Desk Support Analyst
4 3 (11.11%) Team Leader
4 3 (11.11%) Service Manager
4 3 (11.11%) Service Desk Manager
4 3 (11.11%) 2nd Line Support
5 2 (7.41%) Service Analyst
5 2 (7.41%) Field Engineer
5 2 (7.41%) Desktop Support Analyst
5 2 (7.41%) Desktop Support Engineer
5 2 (7.41%) Desktop Engineer
5 2 (7.41%) Service Desk Analyst
5 2 (7.41%) Desktop Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (3.70%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 12 (44.44%) Blackberry
2 4 (14.81%) Thin Client
2 4 (14.81%) Smartcard
2 4 (14.81%) Fat Client
2 4 (14.81%) Smartphone
3 2 (7.41%) iPhone
4 1 (3.70%) Video Conferencing
4 1 (3.70%) iPad
4 1 (3.70%) Handset
4 1 (3.70%) Computer Science
4 1 (3.70%) EPoS
4 1 (3.70%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 26 (96.30%) Windows
2 20 (74.07%) Windows 7
3 6 (22.22%) Windows XP
4 5 (18.52%) Windows Server 2008
5 4 (14.81%) Windows Vista
6 2 (7.41%) Mac OS X
7 1 (3.70%) Android
7 1 (3.70%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (3.70%) Windows 2000
7 1 (3.70%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (55.56%) ITIL
2 6 (22.22%) Incident Management
3 3 (11.11%) Problem Management
4 2 (7.41%) Document Management
4 2 (7.41%) Asset Management
4 2 (7.41%) Migration
5 1 (3.70%) E-Discovery
5 1 (3.70%) Software Distribution
5 1 (3.70%) Knowledge Management
5 1 (3.70%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (7.41%) SQL
Qualifications
1 27 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 12 (44.44%) MCP
3 7 (25.93%) MCSE
4 5 (18.52%) MCITP
4 5 (18.52%) A+ Certification
5 3 (11.11%) Degree
5 3 (11.11%) CCNA
5 3 (11.11%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (7.41%) MCSA
7 1 (3.70%) Network+ Certification
7 1 (3.70%) MOS
7 1 (3.70%) CCNP
7 1 (3.70%) Citrix Certification
7 1 (3.70%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (7.41%) SLA
System Software
1 16 (59.26%) Active Directory
2 2 (7.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (3.70%) XenApp
3 1 (3.70%) XenServer
3 1 (3.70%) XenDesktop
3 1 (3.70%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 2 (7.41%) SCCM
2 1 (3.70%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 13 (48.15%) Microsoft
2 8 (29.63%) Citrix
3 6 (22.22%) Reuters
3 6 (22.22%) Bloomberg
3 6 (22.22%) CQG
4 5 (18.52%) Cisco
5 2 (7.41%) Novell
5 2 (7.41%) Apple
5 2 (7.41%) VMware