The table below looks at the statistics for MCDST in IT contracts advertised for the South West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCDST over the 3 months to 29 January 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
29 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
Rank 138 118 121
Rank change year-on-year
-20 +3
Contract jobs citing MCDST 1 3 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.032% 0.12% 0.16%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.11% 0.44% 0.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 1 2
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£110 £160 £190
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-31.25% -15.78%
UK excluding London average daily rate £130 £120 £120
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £15.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.00 £12.69 £18.40
% change year-on-year
+89.12% -31.03%
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 South West region.

Qualifications Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
943 689 787
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 30.00% 27.67% 31.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 580 392 441
Average daily rate £420 £375 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.00% +4.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £220 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £355 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.63% +1.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 39 62
Average hourly rate £39.00 £23.00 £36.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+69.56% -36.98%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.55 £13.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.14 £37.00 £54.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.25
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -27.83%

MCDST
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

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

MCDST Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

MCDST
Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

MCDST Daily Rate Trend in the South West

MCDST
Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

MCDST Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

MCDST
Contract Job Locations in the South 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 South West region over the 3 months to 29 January 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
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Bristol - 1 £110 - 2
Devon - - - -
MCDST
England

MCDST
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 29 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South 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 2 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 2 (100.00%) Windows
1 2 (100.00%) MS Office
1 2 (100.00%) Active Directory
1 2 (100.00%) Windows 7
2 1 (50.00%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
2 1 (50.00%) Citrix
2 1 (50.00%) ITIL
2 1 (50.00%) MCP
2 1 (50.00%) MCSE
2 1 (50.00%) MS Excel
2 1 (50.00%) SharePoint
2 1 (50.00%) Windows XP
2 1 (50.00%) MS Exchange
2 1 (50.00%) TCP/IP
2 1 (50.00%) SLA
2 1 (50.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (50.00%) Avaya
2 1 (50.00%) McAfee
2 1 (50.00%) ECDL
2 1 (50.00%) Blackberry
2 1 (50.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 1 (50.00%) Practice Management
2 1 (50.00%) Law
2 1 (50.00%) CMS
2 1 (50.00%) Open Text
2 1 (50.00%) Mitel
2 1 (50.00%) Document Management
2 1 (50.00%) MCTS
2 1 (50.00%) Incident Management

MCDST
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 29 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South 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 1 (50.00%) SharePoint
1 1 (50.00%) MS Exchange
1 1 (50.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
1 1 (50.00%) CMS
Applications
1 2 (100.00%) MS Office
2 1 (50.00%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 1 (50.00%) TCP/IP
General
1 1 (50.00%) Law
Job Titles
1 1 (50.00%) Analyst
1 1 (50.00%) Service Analyst
1 1 (50.00%) 2nd Line Support
1 1 (50.00%) Service Desk Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 1 (50.00%) Blackberry
1 1 (50.00%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 2 (100.00%) Windows
1 2 (100.00%) Windows 7
2 1 (50.00%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (50.00%) ITIL
1 1 (50.00%) Practice Management
1 1 (50.00%) Document Management
1 1 (50.00%) Incident Management
Qualifications
1 2 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (50.00%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
2 1 (50.00%) MCP
2 1 (50.00%) MCSE
2 1 (50.00%) ECDL
2 1 (50.00%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (50.00%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (100.00%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 1 (50.00%) Citrix
1 1 (50.00%) Microsoft
1 1 (50.00%) Avaya
1 1 (50.00%) McAfee
1 1 (50.00%) Open Text
1 1 (50.00%) Mitel
1 1 (50.00%) LANDesk