The table below looks at the statistics for MCDST in IT contracts advertised for the North West 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 136 - 122
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing MCDST 12 0 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.33% - 0.085%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.65% - 0.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 0 1
Average daily rate
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- - £90
UK excluding London average daily rate £106 £130 £93
% change year-on-year
-18.26% +40.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 1
Average hourly rate £16.84 - £12.77
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.84 £15.38 £12.77
% change year-on-year
+9.52% +20.39%
MCDST
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the North West region.

Qualifications Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
729 593 462
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 19.86% 19.61% 19.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 330 302 198
Average daily rate £378 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £220 £196
10% offered a daily rate of more than £505 £575 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 81 72 34
Average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -28.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £14.50 £16.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.00 £45.00 £41.50
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 the North West

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

MCDST Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

MCDST
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

MCDST Daily Rate Trend in the North West

MCDST
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

MCDST Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

MCDST
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCDST within the North West region over the 3 months to 22 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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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
Manchester - 9 - -
Cheshire - 3 - - 1
MCDST
England

MCDST
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 12 (100.00%) Windows
1 12 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 12 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (91.67%) Windows 7
3 10 (83.33%) ITIL
4 9 (75.00%) A+ Certification
4 9 (75.00%) MS Office
4 9 (75.00%) Law
4 9 (75.00%) Legal
4 9 (75.00%) Document Management
5 8 (66.67%) MOS
5 8 (66.67%) MS Excel
5 8 (66.67%) ITIL V3
5 8 (66.67%) MCITP
5 8 (66.67%) Incident Management
5 8 (66.67%) Security Cleared
6 4 (33.33%) Windows XP
6 4 (33.33%) Blackberry
6 4 (33.33%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 3 (25.00%) Handset
7 3 (25.00%) Service Management
7 3 (25.00%) Management Information System
7 3 (25.00%) Wireless
7 3 (25.00%) TCP/IP
7 3 (25.00%) VPN
7 3 (25.00%) SharePoint
7 3 (25.00%) Citrix
7 3 (25.00%) Active Directory
8 2 (16.67%) Windows Vista
8 2 (16.67%) iPad

MCDST
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 4 (33.33%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 3 (25.00%) SharePoint
Applications
1 9 (75.00%) MS Office
2 8 (66.67%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 3 (25.00%) Wireless
1 3 (25.00%) TCP/IP
1 3 (25.00%) VPN
2 1 (8.33%) Cisco IOS
2 1 (8.33%) Internet
2 1 (8.33%) Extranet
2 1 (8.33%) VoIP
General
1 9 (75.00%) Law
1 9 (75.00%) Legal
2 2 (16.67%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 8 (66.67%) Team Leader
1 8 (66.67%) Technical Team Leader
1 8 (66.67%) Service Desk Team Leader
2 3 (25.00%) Desktop Support
3 2 (16.67%) Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Support Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Service Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Desktop Support Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Technical Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Service Desk Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Desktop Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Technical Services Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 4 (33.33%) Blackberry
2 3 (25.00%) Handset
2 3 (25.00%) Management Information System
3 2 (16.67%) iPad
4 1 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 12 (100.00%) Windows
2 11 (91.67%) Windows 7
3 4 (33.33%) Windows XP
4 2 (16.67%) Windows Vista
5 1 (8.33%) Apple iOS
5 1 (8.33%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (83.33%) ITIL
2 9 (75.00%) Document Management
3 8 (66.67%) ITIL V3
3 8 (66.67%) Incident Management
4 3 (25.00%) Service Management
5 1 (8.33%) Continuous Improvement
5 1 (8.33%) Problem Management
5 1 (8.33%) Information Management
Qualifications
1 12 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 9 (75.00%) A+ Certification
3 8 (66.67%) MOS
3 8 (66.67%) MCITP
3 8 (66.67%) Security Cleared
4 1 (8.33%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (8.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 3 (25.00%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (8.33%) SCCM
Vendors
1 12 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 3 (25.00%) Citrix
3 1 (8.33%) AppSense
3 1 (8.33%) HP
3 1 (8.33%) Avaya
3 1 (8.33%) Cisco