The table below looks at the statistics 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 20 February 2017 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
20 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
UK
Rank 566 577 597
Rank change year-on-year
+11 +20
Contract jobs citing MCDST 30 41 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.066% 0.080% 0.042%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.32% 0.38% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 7 8
Median daily rate £90 £200 £170
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-55.00% +17.64%
UK excluding London median daily rate £90 £125 £150
% change year-on-year
-28.00% -16.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 4 5
Median hourly rate £12.07 £16.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-26.84% -8.33%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.07 £16.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year
-26.84% -31.25%

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

Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
9429 10881 10552
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.79% 21.28% 20.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 6082 6726 6034
Median daily rate £420 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £555 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £383
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +0.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 450 445 499
Median hourly rate £30.00 £37.50 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +78.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.17 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £57.50 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £40.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-25.92% +80.00%

MCDST
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing MCDST as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 20 February 2017.

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 21 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCDST within the UK over the 3 months to 20 February 2017. 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 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
England +17 14 £145 -27.50% 3
London -4 8 £145 -27.50% 1
Channel Islands - 6 - -
Jersey - 6 - -
City of London -11 2 £269 -40.27%
Cheshire +25 1 - -
Yorkshire +15 1 - -
North West +13 1 - -
West Yorkshire +10 1 - -
South West +9 1 - -
South East +4 1 - -
East of England -3 1 - -
Hertfordshire -3 1 - -
Leicestershire - 1 - - 1
Romford - 1 £145 -
Oxfordshire - 1 - -
Wiltshire - 1 - -
East Midlands - 1 - - 2
Leicester - 1 - - 1
Abingdon - 1 - -
Leeds - 1 - -

MCDST
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 February 2017, 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 with a requirement for MCDST.

1 73 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 61 (83.56%) Active Directory
3 56 (76.71%) Windows
4 52 (71.23%) Microsoft
5 38 (52.05%) MS Office
6 31 (42.47%) TCP/IP
6 31 (42.47%) Windows 7
7 30 (41.10%) ITIL
7 30 (41.10%) MCP
8 29 (39.73%) Apple
9 26 (35.62%) MCSE
10 25 (34.25%) Citrix
11 24 (32.88%) MS Exchange
12 22 (30.14%) Blackberry
13 21 (28.77%) DHCP
13 21 (28.77%) DNS
14 20 (27.40%) LAN
14 20 (27.40%) MCSA
14 20 (27.40%) Data Centre
15 19 (26.03%) Internet
16 17 (23.29%) Analytical Skills
17 16 (21.92%) Windows 8
17 16 (21.92%) Time Management
17 16 (21.92%) Windows Server
17 16 (21.92%) Management Information System
18 15 (20.55%) Billing
18 15 (20.55%) PDA
19 14 (19.18%) Degree
19 14 (19.18%) Change Management
19 14 (19.18%) Wireless

MCDST
Top Related IT Skills 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 24 (32.88%) MS Exchange
2 8 (10.96%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 8 (10.96%) IBM Notes
3 7 (9.59%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (6.85%) IIS
5 4 (5.48%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 38 (52.05%) MS Office
2 13 (17.81%) MS Excel
3 3 (4.11%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (9.59%) Remedy ITSM
2 5 (6.85%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 3 (4.11%) Microsoft Azure
1 3 (4.11%) SaaS
2 2 (2.74%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (2.74%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 31 (42.47%) TCP/IP
2 21 (28.77%) DHCP
2 21 (28.77%) DNS
3 20 (27.40%) LAN
4 19 (26.03%) Internet
5 14 (19.18%) Wireless
6 13 (17.81%) Ethernet
7 12 (16.44%) WAN
8 8 (10.96%) Wi-Fi
9 4 (5.48%) Skype
10 3 (4.11%) IP Telephony
10 3 (4.11%) Network Security
11 2 (2.74%) VoIP
12 1 (1.37%) Cisco IOS
12 1 (1.37%) Firewall
12 1 (1.37%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (8.22%) SQL Server
2 5 (6.85%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 5 (6.85%) CruiseControl
1 5 (6.85%) Team Foundation Server
1 5 (6.85%) TeamCity
1 5 (6.85%) Visual Studio Team System
2 1 (1.37%) MSI
General
1 15 (20.55%) Billing
2 9 (12.33%) Finance
3 7 (9.59%) Retail
4 2 (2.74%) Banking
4 2 (2.74%) Military
4 2 (2.74%) Publishing
5 1 (1.37%) Games
5 1 (1.37%) German Language
5 1 (1.37%) Legal
5 1 (1.37%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 27 (36.99%) Analyst
2 17 (23.29%) Desktop Support
3 15 (20.55%) Help Desk Analyst
4 13 (17.81%) First Line Help Desk Analyst
5 12 (16.44%) Support Engineer
6 10 (13.70%) Desktop Engineer
7 9 (12.33%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 9 (12.33%) IT Support
8 8 (10.96%) 2nd Line Engineer
8 8 (10.96%) IT Support Technician
8 8 (10.96%) IT Technician
8 8 (10.96%) Support Analyst
8 8 (10.96%) Support Technician
9 5 (6.85%) Desktop Analyst
9 5 (6.85%) Desktop Support Analyst
9 5 (6.85%) Service Analyst
9 5 (6.85%) Service Desk Analyst
9 5 (6.85%) Team Leader
10 4 (5.48%) 2nd Line Support
10 4 (5.48%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (6.85%) .NET
1 5 (6.85%) ASP.NET
1 5 (6.85%) WCF
1 5 (6.85%) WF
2 1 (1.37%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 22 (30.14%) Blackberry
2 20 (27.40%) Data Centre
3 17 (23.29%) Analytical Skills
4 16 (21.92%) Management Information System
5 15 (20.55%) PDA
6 13 (17.81%) Client/Server
7 8 (10.96%) Fat Client
7 8 (10.96%) Handset
7 8 (10.96%) Thin Client
8 5 (6.85%) Clustering
9 4 (5.48%) Smartphone
10 2 (2.74%) e-Learning
10 2 (2.74%) Fintech
11 1 (1.37%) Biotechnology
11 1 (1.37%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 56 (76.71%) Windows
2 31 (42.47%) Windows 7
3 16 (21.92%) Windows 8
3 16 (21.92%) Windows Server
4 13 (17.81%) Apple iOS
5 11 (15.07%) Windows XP
6 9 (12.33%) Windows Server 2003
6 9 (12.33%) Windows Server 2012
7 8 (10.96%) Mac OS X
8 6 (8.22%) Windows Server 2008
9 3 (4.11%) Windows 10
10 1 (1.37%) Android
10 1 (1.37%) Linux
10 1 (1.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (41.10%) ITIL
2 16 (21.92%) Time Management
3 14 (19.18%) Change Management
4 13 (17.81%) Identity Management
4 13 (17.81%) Incident Management
4 13 (17.81%) Validation
5 10 (13.70%) Service Management
6 9 (12.33%) ITIL V3
7 8 (10.96%) Mobile Device Management
8 6 (8.22%) Network Architecture
8 6 (8.22%) Patch Management
9 5 (6.85%) CRM
9 5 (6.85%) Database Mirroring
9 5 (6.85%) Network Management
9 5 (6.85%) Service Delivery
9 5 (6.85%) Virtual Environments
10 3 (4.11%) Asset Management
11 2 (2.74%) Document Management
11 2 (2.74%) Logistics
11 2 (2.74%) Mathematics
Programming Languages
1 6 (8.22%) PowerShell
2 5 (6.85%) C#
2 5 (6.85%) Java
3 2 (2.74%) C
3 2 (2.74%) SQL
4 1 (1.37%) VB
4 1 (1.37%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 73 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 30 (41.10%) MCP
3 26 (35.62%) MCSE
4 20 (27.40%) MCSA
5 14 (19.18%) Degree
5 14 (19.18%) Network+ Certification
6 13 (17.81%) ACDT
6 13 (17.81%) ACHDS
6 13 (17.81%) ACTC
6 13 (17.81%) MCSM
7 12 (16.44%) A+ Certification
8 10 (13.70%) MCITP
9 7 (9.59%) MCTS
10 5 (6.85%) CCNA
10 5 (6.85%) CCNP
10 5 (6.85%) Cisco Certification
10 5 (6.85%) MCDBA
11 3 (4.11%) NVQ Level 3
12 2 (2.74%) ITIL Certification
13 1 (1.37%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (9.59%) SLA
System Software
1 61 (83.56%) Active Directory
2 13 (17.81%) Virtual Servers
3 7 (9.59%) Virtual Desktop
3 7 (9.59%) XenApp
4 5 (6.85%) Hyper-V
5 1 (1.37%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (1.37%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (1.37%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 12 (16.44%) SCCM
2 4 (5.48%) WSUS
3 1 (1.37%) SCOM
3 1 (1.37%) Sysprep
Vendors
1 52 (71.23%) Microsoft
2 29 (39.73%) Apple
3 25 (34.25%) Citrix
4 8 (10.96%) Lotus
5 7 (9.59%) BMC
5 7 (9.59%) Remedy
6 5 (6.85%) Oracle
7 4 (5.48%) Cisco
7 4 (5.48%) VMware
8 2 (2.74%) Xerox
9 1 (1.37%) Acronis
9 1 (1.37%) Avaya
9 1 (1.37%) Intel Security
9 1 (1.37%) Juniper
9 1 (1.37%) LANDesk
9 1 (1.37%) MobileIron
9 1 (1.37%) Polycom
9 1 (1.37%) ServiceNow
9 1 (1.37%) SolarWinds
9 1 (1.37%) Veeam