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 29 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
Rank 571 534 529
Rank change year-on-year
-37 -5
Contract jobs citing MCDST 35 45 62
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.062% 0.085% 0.11%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.33% 0.49% 0.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 8 32
Average daily rate
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£130 £125 £160
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.79% -21.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £128 £90 £99
10% offered a daily rate of more than £242 £216 £235
UK excluding London average daily rate £130 £113 £125
% change year-on-year
+15.55% -10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 6 9
Average hourly rate £15.00 £16.99 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.71% +13.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.25 £16.84 £11.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.84 £20.75 £17.34
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.75 £16.84 £13.75
% change year-on-year
-12.41% +22.47%

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
10658 9240 10108
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.84% 17.53% 17.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 6062 5067 5208
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £540 £514
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 448 479 624
Average hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -9.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £43.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
- -9.09%

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 29 August 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 29 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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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 -28 30 £130 -5.79% 9
South East -5 14 £130 - 2
East of England -30 6 - -
Hampshire - 6 £130 - 1
London +5 4 £210 +5.00% 2
Surrey - 4 £350 - 1
Scotland -16 3 - - 1
West Sussex - 3 - -
City of London +17 2 £215 - 1
North West -12 2 - -
Littlehampton - 2 - -
Southampton - 1 £120 - 1
Swindon - - - -
Wakefield - - - -
Winchester - - - -
Windsor - - - -
Berkshire - - - -
Buckinghamshire - - - -
Cambridgeshire - - - -
Andover - - - -
Birmingham - - - - 1
Bristol - - - -
Cambridge - - - -
Chesham - - - -
Enfield - - - -
Fareham - - - -
Glasgow - - - -
Guildford - - - -
Liverpool - - - -
Merseyside - - - -

MCDST
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 71 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 51 (71.83%) Windows
3 46 (64.79%) Active Directory
4 44 (61.97%) Microsoft
5 40 (56.34%) MCP
5 40 (56.34%) MCSE
6 38 (53.52%) MS Office
7 31 (43.66%) Windows 7
8 29 (40.85%) ITIL
9 23 (32.39%) MS Exchange
10 21 (29.58%) MCITP
11 20 (28.17%) MS Excel
12 17 (23.94%) Blackberry
13 16 (22.54%) MCSA
13 16 (22.54%) SLA
14 15 (21.13%) Windows XP
14 15 (21.13%) McAfee
15 13 (18.31%) Citrix
15 13 (18.31%) Security Cleared
16 12 (16.90%) Firewall
16 12 (16.90%) Windows Vista
17 11 (15.49%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
17 11 (15.49%) HP
18 10 (14.08%) OpenView
18 10 (14.08%) OVSD
19 9 (12.68%) SCCM
19 9 (12.68%) Cisco
20 8 (11.27%) TCP/IP
20 8 (11.27%) MCTS
21 7 (9.86%) Asset Management

MCDST
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 23 (32.39%) MS Exchange
2 11 (15.49%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 5 (7.04%) SharePoint
4 4 (5.63%) Exchange Server 2007
4 4 (5.63%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (1.41%) CMS
5 1 (1.41%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 38 (53.52%) MS Office
2 20 (28.17%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 12 (16.90%) Firewall
2 8 (11.27%) TCP/IP
3 6 (8.45%) DHCP
3 6 (8.45%) DNS
3 6 (8.45%) Internet
4 5 (7.04%) Wireless
4 5 (7.04%) Network Security
5 4 (5.63%) LAN
5 4 (5.63%) VPN
5 4 (5.63%) WAN
6 3 (4.23%) FTP
7 2 (2.82%) IP Telephony
8 1 (1.41%) Structured Cabling
8 1 (1.41%) Intranet
8 1 (1.41%) Wi-Fi
8 1 (1.41%) WLAN
8 1 (1.41%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.82%) SQL Server
1 2 (2.82%) SQL Server 2005
1 2 (2.82%) SQL Server 2008
General
1 5 (7.04%) Finance
1 5 (7.04%) Law
2 3 (4.23%) Local Government
3 2 (2.82%) Banking
4 1 (1.41%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.41%) Legal
Job Titles
1 31 (43.66%) Analyst
2 22 (30.99%) Support Engineer
3 13 (18.31%) Service Analyst
3 13 (18.31%) Service Desk Analyst
4 11 (15.49%) Support Analyst
5 9 (12.68%) Desktop Support
6 6 (8.45%) IT Support
7 5 (7.04%) Project Engineer
7 5 (7.04%) Desktop Analyst
7 5 (7.04%) Desktop Support Analyst
7 5 (7.04%) Help Desk Support
7 5 (7.04%) Field Service Engineer
7 5 (7.04%) Help Desk Analyst
7 5 (7.04%) Field Engineer
8 4 (5.63%) 2nd Line Support
8 4 (5.63%) IT Support Engineer
8 4 (5.63%) Operations Analyst
8 4 (5.63%) IT Operations Analyst
9 3 (4.23%) 1st Line Support Analyst
9 3 (4.23%) Service Desk Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.41%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 17 (23.94%) Blackberry
2 6 (8.45%) Video Conferencing
3 5 (7.04%) Fat Client
3 5 (7.04%) EPoS
3 5 (7.04%) Thin Client
4 4 (5.63%) Management Information System
5 3 (4.23%) Handset
5 3 (4.23%) Smartphone
5 3 (4.23%) Smartcard
5 3 (4.23%) iPad
6 2 (2.82%) iPhone
6 2 (2.82%) NHS
6 2 (2.82%) Computer Science
7 1 (1.41%) AS400
7 1 (1.41%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 51 (71.83%) Windows
2 31 (43.66%) Windows 7
3 15 (21.13%) Windows XP
4 12 (16.90%) Windows Vista
5 7 (9.86%) Windows Server 2008
6 6 (8.45%) Windows Server 2003
7 4 (5.63%) Windows 8
8 2 (2.82%) Android
9 1 (1.41%) Apple iOS
9 1 (1.41%) Windows 2000
9 1 (1.41%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (40.85%) ITIL
2 7 (9.86%) Service Management
2 7 (9.86%) Asset Management
3 6 (8.45%) Incident Management
4 5 (7.04%) Time Management
5 3 (4.23%) Mobile Device Management
5 3 (4.23%) ITSM
6 2 (2.82%) Document Management
6 2 (2.82%) Disaster Recovery
6 2 (2.82%) Problem Management
7 1 (1.41%) QMS
7 1 (1.41%) E-Discovery
7 1 (1.41%) Software Distribution
7 1 (1.41%) Knowledge Management
7 1 (1.41%) Practice Management
7 1 (1.41%) Change Management
7 1 (1.41%) ERP
Programming Languages
1 3 (4.23%) SQL
Qualifications
1 71 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 40 (56.34%) MCP
2 40 (56.34%) MCSE
3 21 (29.58%) MCITP
4 16 (22.54%) MCSA
5 13 (18.31%) Security Cleared
6 8 (11.27%) MCTS
7 4 (5.63%) CCNA
7 4 (5.63%) Cisco Certification
7 4 (5.63%) A+ Certification
8 3 (4.23%) ITIL Certification
8 3 (4.23%) Degree
9 2 (2.82%) MOS
10 1 (1.41%) CCNP
10 1 (1.41%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (22.54%) SLA
2 1 (1.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 46 (64.79%) Active Directory
2 3 (4.23%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (2.82%) XenApp
4 1 (1.41%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 10 (14.08%) OpenView
1 10 (14.08%) OVSD
2 9 (12.68%) SCCM
3 7 (9.86%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 3 (4.23%) Norton AntiVirus
5 1 (1.41%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 44 (61.97%) Microsoft
2 15 (21.13%) McAfee
3 13 (18.31%) Citrix
4 11 (15.49%) HP
5 9 (12.68%) Cisco
6 5 (7.04%) Dell
6 5 (7.04%) Sophos
6 5 (7.04%) Panasonic
7 4 (5.63%) Kaseya
7 4 (5.63%) CQG
7 4 (5.63%) Apple
7 4 (5.63%) Reuters
7 4 (5.63%) Bloomberg
7 4 (5.63%) Symantec
8 3 (4.23%) VMware
9 1 (1.41%) LANDesk
9 1 (1.41%) Open Text
9 1 (1.41%) Mercator
9 1 (1.41%) Sybase
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