The first table below looks at the demand for MCDST in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCDST over the 3 months to 23 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 currently tracked.

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
23 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
Rank 543 526 537
Rank change year-on-year
-17 +11
Contract jobs citing MCDST 37 43 50
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.069% 0.084% 0.086%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.36% 0.47% 0.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 11 25
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£130 £115 £160
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.04% -28.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £116 £90 £99
10% offered a daily rate of more than £202 £325 £235
UK excluding London average daily rate £130 £90 £160
% change year-on-year
+44.44% -43.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 7 11
Average hourly rate £15.50 £16.84 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.95% +12.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.30 £14.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.67 £17.00 £18.68
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £15.92 £15.00
% change year-on-year
-2.63% +6.13%
Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10255 9068 9807
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.05% 17.79% 16.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 5789 4879 5054
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 448 501 610
Average hourly rate £18.97 £21.87 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.26% +1.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.10 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-14.28% -4.54%

MCDST
Jobs Demand Trend

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

MCDST Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

MCDST
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MCDST within the UK.

MCDST Daily Rate Trend in the UK

MCDST
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCDST within the UK over the 3 months to 23 July 2014.

MCDST Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

MCDST
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCDST within the UK.

MCDST Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

MCDST
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCDST within the UK over the 3 months to 23 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
England -15 35 £130 +26.82% 8
South East +12 19 £130 - 1
Hampshire - 8 £130 -
East of England -23 7 £103 +13.88% 2
West Sussex - 5 - -
London -7 4 £213 +63.46% 2
Surrey +1 3 - - 1
Littlehampton - 3 - -
City of London +27 2 £215 -7.62% 1
Berkshire +3 1 - -
North West -6 1 - -
Cambridgeshire - 1 £115 - 2
Southampton - 1 £120 -
Cambridge - 1 £115 - 2
Enfield - - - -
Fareham - - - -
Guildford - - - - 1
Leeds - - - - 1
Manchester - - - -
Newcastle upon Tyne - - - -
Salisbury - - - -
Stockport - - - -
Uxbridge - - - -
Winchester - - - -
Windsor - - - -
Liverpool - - - -
Bristol - - - -
South West - - - -
Tyne and Wear - - - -
Merseyside - - - -

MCDST
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 July 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 95 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 68 (71.58%) Windows
3 56 (58.95%) Microsoft
3 56 (58.95%) Active Directory
4 49 (51.58%) MCP
5 47 (49.47%) ITIL
6 45 (47.37%) MS Office
7 40 (42.11%) MCSE
8 38 (40.00%) Windows 7
9 28 (29.47%) MCITP
10 27 (28.42%) MS Exchange
11 26 (27.37%) MS Excel
12 23 (24.21%) MCSA
13 21 (22.11%) Blackberry
14 20 (21.05%) SLA
14 20 (21.05%) Windows XP
15 17 (17.89%) Citrix
16 14 (14.74%) HP
16 14 (14.74%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
16 14 (14.74%) MCTS
16 14 (14.74%) Windows Vista
17 13 (13.68%) McAfee
18 12 (12.63%) Firewall
18 12 (12.63%) Security Cleared
19 11 (11.58%) Incident Management
19 11 (11.58%) Windows Server 2008
19 11 (11.58%) Service Management
19 11 (11.58%) Cisco
20 10 (10.53%) OpenView
20 10 (10.53%) OVSD

MCDST
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 July 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 27 (28.42%) MS Exchange
2 14 (14.74%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 5 (5.26%) SharePoint
4 3 (3.16%) Exchange Server 2007
4 3 (3.16%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (1.05%) IIS
5 1 (1.05%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 45 (47.37%) MS Office
2 26 (27.37%) MS Excel
3 2 (2.11%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.05%) Tesseract
Communications & Networking
1 12 (12.63%) Firewall
2 8 (8.42%) Network Security
3 7 (7.37%) Internet
4 6 (6.32%) DNS
4 6 (6.32%) Wireless
4 6 (6.32%) DHCP
5 5 (5.26%) LAN
5 5 (5.26%) WAN
5 5 (5.26%) VPN
6 4 (4.21%) FTP
6 4 (4.21%) TCP/IP
7 2 (2.11%) WLAN
7 2 (2.11%) IP Telephony
7 2 (2.11%) Wi-Fi
8 1 (1.05%) Structured Cabling
8 1 (1.05%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.05%) SQL Server
1 1 (1.05%) SQL Server 2005
1 1 (1.05%) SQL Server 2008
General
1 6 (6.32%) Finance
2 5 (5.26%) Law
3 2 (2.11%) Banking
3 2 (2.11%) Local Government
4 1 (1.05%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.05%) Investment Banking
4 1 (1.05%) Legal
4 1 (1.05%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 34 (35.79%) Analyst
2 30 (31.58%) Support Engineer
3 16 (16.84%) Service Analyst
3 16 (16.84%) Service Desk Analyst
4 13 (13.68%) Support Analyst
5 10 (10.53%) Desktop Support
6 8 (8.42%) 2nd Line Support
6 8 (8.42%) Applications Support
6 8 (8.42%) Support Manager
6 8 (8.42%) Applications Support Manager
6 8 (8.42%) Applications Manager
6 8 (8.42%) IT Support
7 6 (6.32%) IT Support Engineer
7 6 (6.32%) Help Desk Support
7 6 (6.32%) Help Desk Analyst
8 5 (5.26%) Service Manager
8 5 (5.26%) Desktop Support Analyst
8 5 (5.26%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
8 5 (5.26%) Desktop Analyst
8 5 (5.26%) Service Desk Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.05%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 21 (22.11%) Blackberry
2 5 (5.26%) Thin Client
2 5 (5.26%) Fat Client
3 4 (4.21%) Video Conferencing
3 4 (4.21%) Smartcard
3 4 (4.21%) Smartphone
4 3 (3.16%) Management Information System
4 3 (3.16%) EPoS
5 2 (2.11%) NHS
5 2 (2.11%) Handset
5 2 (2.11%) Computer Science
5 2 (2.11%) iPhone
5 2 (2.11%) iPad
5 2 (2.11%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 68 (71.58%) Windows
2 38 (40.00%) Windows 7
3 20 (21.05%) Windows XP
4 14 (14.74%) Windows Vista
5 11 (11.58%) Windows Server 2008
6 6 (6.32%) Windows Server 2003
7 4 (4.21%) Android
7 4 (4.21%) Windows 8
8 2 (2.11%) Mac OS X
9 1 (1.05%) Windows 2000
9 1 (1.05%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (49.47%) ITIL
2 11 (11.58%) Service Management
2 11 (11.58%) Incident Management
3 7 (7.37%) ITIL V3
4 6 (6.32%) Service Desk Management
5 5 (5.26%) Asset Management
6 4 (4.21%) Service Delivery
6 4 (4.21%) Performance Management
7 3 (3.16%) Problem Management
7 3 (3.16%) Time Management
7 3 (3.16%) Mobile Device Management
7 3 (3.16%) ITSM
8 2 (2.11%) Migration
8 2 (2.11%) Document Management
8 2 (2.11%) Project Management
8 2 (2.11%) Disaster Recovery
9 1 (1.05%) Refactoring
9 1 (1.05%) Software Engineering
9 1 (1.05%) Knowledge Management
9 1 (1.05%) Agile Software Development
Programming Languages
1 3 (3.16%) SQL
Qualifications
1 95 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 49 (51.58%) MCP
3 40 (42.11%) MCSE
4 28 (29.47%) MCITP
5 23 (24.21%) MCSA
6 14 (14.74%) MCTS
7 12 (12.63%) Security Cleared
8 7 (7.37%) Cisco Certification
8 7 (7.37%) CCNA
9 6 (6.32%) A+ Certification
10 4 (4.21%) ITIL Certification
10 4 (4.21%) CCNP
10 4 (4.21%) Degree
11 3 (3.16%) ACSP
11 3 (3.16%) CCIP
11 3 (3.16%) CCDP
11 3 (3.16%) RHCE
11 3 (3.16%) IBM Certification
11 3 (3.16%) ACSA
12 2 (2.11%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (21.05%) SLA
2 3 (3.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.05%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 56 (58.95%) Active Directory
2 3 (3.16%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (3.16%) XenApp
3 1 (1.05%) XenServer
3 1 (1.05%) XenDesktop
3 1 (1.05%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 10 (10.53%) OpenView
1 10 (10.53%) OVSD
1 10 (10.53%) SCCM
2 7 (7.37%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 3 (3.16%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (1.05%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 56 (58.95%) Microsoft
2 17 (17.89%) Citrix
3 14 (14.74%) HP
4 13 (13.68%) McAfee
5 11 (11.58%) Cisco
6 8 (8.42%) Apple
7 6 (6.32%) Reuters
7 6 (6.32%) Bloomberg
7 6 (6.32%) CQG
8 4 (4.21%) Symantec
8 4 (4.21%) Kaseya
9 3 (3.16%) Red Hat
9 3 (3.16%) VMware
9 3 (3.16%) Panasonic
9 3 (3.16%) Sophos
9 3 (3.16%) IBM
9 3 (3.16%) Dell
9 3 (3.16%) EMC
10 2 (2.11%) Novell
11 1 (1.05%) Mercator
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