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 20 August 2014 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
20 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
Rank 134 126 131
Rank change year-on-year
-8 +5
Contract jobs citing MCDST 2 3 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.064% 0.10% 0.24%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.34% 0.59% 1.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 0 3
Average daily rate
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- - £170
UK excluding London average daily rate £130 £101 £160
% change year-on-year
+28.39% -36.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 5
Average hourly rate £16.84 £16.84 £12.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +40.33%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £16.84 £13.75
% change year-on-year
-7.95% +22.47%
MCDST
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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 North West region.

Qualifications Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
590 509 640
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 18.82% 17.58% 19.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 309 235 321
Average daily rate £338 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.84% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £225 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £488 £513
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 52 56
Average hourly rate £22.50 £25.00 £18.68
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.00% +33.83%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £10.50 £11.58
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £37.00 £27.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-5.00% -11.11%

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 20 August 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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Last Year
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Daily Rate
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MCDST
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 20 August 2014, 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 5 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 5 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 3 (60.00%) CCNP
2 3 (60.00%) CCIP
2 3 (60.00%) CCNA
2 3 (60.00%) CCDP
2 3 (60.00%) ACSA
2 3 (60.00%) MCTS
2 3 (60.00%) MCITP
2 3 (60.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (60.00%) HP
2 3 (60.00%) EMC
2 3 (60.00%) RHCE
2 3 (60.00%) IBM Certification
2 3 (60.00%) Red Hat
2 3 (60.00%) Apple
2 3 (60.00%) MCSE
2 3 (60.00%) MCSA
2 3 (60.00%) Cisco
2 3 (60.00%) IBM
2 3 (60.00%) Android
2 3 (60.00%) ACSP
2 3 (60.00%) Cisco Certification
3 2 (40.00%) Windows 7
3 2 (40.00%) iPad
3 2 (40.00%) MS Office
3 2 (40.00%) ITIL
3 2 (40.00%) Windows
3 2 (40.00%) SharePoint
3 2 (40.00%) Windows XP

MCDST
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 20 August 2014, 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 2 (40.00%) SharePoint
1 2 (40.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 2 (40.00%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 2 (40.00%) TCP/IP
1 2 (40.00%) VPN
1 2 (40.00%) Wireless
1 2 (40.00%) Network Security
General
1 2 (40.00%) Finance
1 2 (40.00%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 3 (60.00%) Network Manager
1 3 (60.00%) Security Manager
1 3 (60.00%) Network Security Manager
2 2 (40.00%) Desktop Support
2 2 (40.00%) Help Desk Support
Miscellaneous
1 2 (40.00%) Blackberry
1 2 (40.00%) Management Information System
1 2 (40.00%) Handset
1 2 (40.00%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 3 (60.00%) Android
2 2 (40.00%) Windows 7
2 2 (40.00%) Windows
2 2 (40.00%) Windows XP
2 2 (40.00%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (40.00%) ITIL
1 2 (40.00%) Service Management
Qualifications
1 5 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 3 (60.00%) RHCE
2 3 (60.00%) IBM Certification
2 3 (60.00%) ACSA
2 3 (60.00%) MCTS
2 3 (60.00%) MCITP
2 3 (60.00%) ACSP
2 3 (60.00%) MCSE
2 3 (60.00%) MCSA
2 3 (60.00%) CCNP
2 3 (60.00%) CCIP
2 3 (60.00%) CCNA
2 3 (60.00%) CCDP
2 3 (60.00%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (60.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 2 (40.00%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 5 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 3 (60.00%) HP
2 3 (60.00%) EMC
2 3 (60.00%) Cisco
2 3 (60.00%) IBM
2 3 (60.00%) Red Hat
2 3 (60.00%) Apple
3 2 (40.00%) Citrix