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 25 September 2016 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.

3 months to
25 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
Rank 148 167 129
Rank change year-on-year
+19 -38
Contract jobs citing MCDST 2 4 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.057% 0.089% 0.22%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.32% 0.46% 1.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 3
Median daily rate £210 £413 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-49.09% -2.94%
UK excluding London median daily rate £90 £269 £350
% change year-on-year
-66.51% -23.21%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
Median hourly rate - £16.84 £16.84
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.00 £14.50 £14.00
% change year-on-year
-10.34% +3.57%
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
617 871 635
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 17.63% 19.46% 19.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 370 508 342
Median daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £300 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £388 £365
% change year-on-year
-3.22% +6.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 61 59
Median hourly rate £26.50 £35.98 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-26.33% +59.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £15.00 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £50.80 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £23.88 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+17.27% +19.37%

MCDST
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing MCDST as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCDST within the North West region over the 3 months to 25 September 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -2 2 £210 -49.09%
MCDST
England

MCDST
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 25 September 2016, IT contractor jobs citing MCDST also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for MCDST.

1 5 (100.00%) Windows
1 5 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 5 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 4 (80.00%) MS Office
2 4 (80.00%) MCP
2 4 (80.00%) Windows XP
2 4 (80.00%) Extranet
2 4 (80.00%) Blackberry
2 4 (80.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 4 (80.00%) Finance
2 4 (80.00%) Law
2 4 (80.00%) Legal
2 4 (80.00%) Document Management
2 4 (80.00%) Problem Management
2 4 (80.00%) Apple iOS
3 2 (40.00%) ITIL
3 2 (40.00%) ITIL Certification
3 2 (40.00%) ITIL V3
4 1 (20.00%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (20.00%) FlexPod
4 1 (20.00%) Server Monitoring
4 1 (20.00%) Windows Server
4 1 (20.00%) Virtual Servers
4 1 (20.00%) SAN
4 1 (20.00%) NetApp
4 1 (20.00%) Active Directory
4 1 (20.00%) HP
4 1 (20.00%) MCSE
4 1 (20.00%) SQL Server
4 1 (20.00%) DHCP

MCDST
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 4 (80.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 4 (80.00%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 4 (80.00%) Extranet
2 1 (20.00%) DHCP
2 1 (20.00%) DNS
2 1 (20.00%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (20.00%) SQL Server
1 1 (20.00%) SQL Server 2012
General
1 4 (80.00%) Finance
1 4 (80.00%) Law
1 4 (80.00%) Legal
Job Titles
1 4 (80.00%) Analyst
1 4 (80.00%) Support Analyst
2 3 (60.00%) Desktop Analyst
2 3 (60.00%) Desktop Support
2 3 (60.00%) Desktop Support Analyst
3 1 (20.00%) Server Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 4 (80.00%) Blackberry
2 1 (20.00%) FlexPod
Operating Systems
1 5 (100.00%) Windows
2 4 (80.00%) Apple iOS
2 4 (80.00%) Windows XP
3 1 (20.00%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (80.00%) Document Management
1 4 (80.00%) Problem Management
2 2 (40.00%) ITIL
2 2 (40.00%) ITIL V3
3 1 (20.00%) Server Monitoring
Qualifications
1 5 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 4 (80.00%) MCP
3 2 (40.00%) ITIL Certification
4 1 (20.00%) MCITP
4 1 (20.00%) MCSE
4 1 (20.00%) MCTS
System Software
1 1 (20.00%) Active Directory
1 1 (20.00%) Virtual Servers
1 1 (20.00%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (20.00%) Backup Exec
1 1 (20.00%) SCCM
1 1 (20.00%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 5 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (20.00%) Cisco
2 1 (20.00%) HP
2 1 (20.00%) NetApp
2 1 (20.00%) SolarWinds
2 1 (20.00%) VMware