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 6 May 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
6 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
Rank 579 537 512
Rank change year-on-year
-42 -25
Contract jobs citing MCDST 33 57 40
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.059% 0.11% 0.085%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.31% 0.55% 0.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 18 22
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£125 £225 £133
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-44.44% +69.81%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £108 £104 £85
10% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £544 £263
UK excluding London average daily rate £106 £463 £95
% change year-on-year
-77.02% +386.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 13 6
Average hourly rate £16.50 £15.75 £13.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.76% +21.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.36 £13.25 £12.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.64 £17.50 £18.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.67 £15.38 £12.77
% change year-on-year
+8.42% +20.39%

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
10729 10413 8488
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.22% 19.36% 18.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 6059 5947 4531
Average daily rate £388 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £530 £540
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 523 529 455
Average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -13.04%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.25 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £22.25
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -19.10%

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 6 May 2015.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCDST within the UK over the 3 months to 6 May 2015.

MCDST Hourly Rate Histogram 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 6 May 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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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 -41 30 £133 -41.11% 9
North West -9 11 - -
Manchester -10 9 - -
London -21 9 £140 -37.77% 4
East of England +2 3 - - 1
South East -24 3 - -
West Yorkshire - 3 £113 - 1
Yorkshire - 3 £113 - 1
Scotland +2 2 £100 -
Essex +1 2 - -
West Sussex -26 2 - -
Fife - 2 £100 -
Cheshire - 2 - -
Chester - 2 - -
Dunfermline - 2 £100 -
Leeds - 2 - -
City of London +17 1 £340 +51.11% 1
South West +11 1 - - 1
Hertfordshire -3 1 - -
Basildon -8 1 - -
Hampshire -10 1 - -
Worthing -12 1 - -
Dorset - 1 - -
Horsham - 1 - -
Portsmouth - 1 - -
Southampton - 1 - -
Stevenage - 1 - -
Wakefield - 1 £113 -
Wales - 1 - -
South Wales - 1 - -

MCDST
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 6 May 2015, 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 58 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 57 (98.28%) Microsoft
3 53 (91.38%) Windows
4 32 (55.17%) MS Office
4 32 (55.17%) Windows 7
5 30 (51.72%) ITIL
6 26 (44.83%) MS Excel
7 23 (39.66%) MCSE
7 23 (39.66%) Active Directory
8 19 (32.76%) MCP
9 17 (29.31%) Security Cleared
10 15 (25.86%) MCITP
10 15 (25.86%) A+ Certification
10 15 (25.86%) Windows XP
11 13 (22.41%) Citrix
12 12 (20.69%) Blackberry
13 11 (18.97%) TCP/IP
13 11 (18.97%) MOS
13 11 (18.97%) Law
13 11 (18.97%) Legal
14 10 (17.24%) Document Management
15 9 (15.52%) Windows Vista
15 9 (15.52%) Cisco
15 9 (15.52%) MCSA
15 9 (15.52%) Wireless
16 8 (13.79%) LAN
16 8 (13.79%) WAN
16 8 (13.79%) Incident Management
16 8 (13.79%) ITIL V3
17 7 (12.07%) DHCP

MCDST
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 6 May 2015, 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 7 (12.07%) SharePoint
2 6 (10.34%) MS Exchange
3 5 (8.62%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 3 (5.17%) IIS
4 3 (5.17%) IBM Notes
5 1 (1.72%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (1.72%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 32 (55.17%) MS Office
2 26 (44.83%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 11 (18.97%) TCP/IP
2 9 (15.52%) Wireless
3 8 (13.79%) LAN
3 8 (13.79%) WAN
4 7 (12.07%) DHCP
4 7 (12.07%) DNS
5 6 (10.34%) Internet
6 5 (8.62%) VPN
7 4 (6.90%) FTP
8 3 (5.17%) SAN
8 3 (5.17%) Extranet
9 1 (1.72%) Firewall
9 1 (1.72%) Wi-Fi
9 1 (1.72%) Cisco IOS
9 1 (1.72%) VoIP
9 1 (1.72%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (5.17%) SQL Server
General
1 11 (18.97%) Law
1 11 (18.97%) Legal
2 4 (6.90%) Finance
3 1 (1.72%) Telecoms
3 1 (1.72%) Retail
3 1 (1.72%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 19 (32.76%) Analyst
2 18 (31.03%) Desktop Support
3 17 (29.31%) Support Analyst
4 9 (15.52%) 2nd Line Support
5 8 (13.79%) Desktop Support Analyst
5 8 (13.79%) Team Leader
5 8 (13.79%) Technical Team Leader
5 8 (13.79%) Desktop Analyst
5 8 (13.79%) Service Desk Team Leader
6 7 (12.07%) Support Engineer
7 5 (8.62%) Field Service Engineer
7 5 (8.62%) Help Desk Analyst
7 5 (8.62%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 5 (8.62%) Field Engineer
7 5 (8.62%) Desktop Engineer
8 4 (6.90%) Help Desk Support Analyst
8 4 (6.90%) Help Desk Support
9 3 (5.17%) Technical Analyst
9 3 (5.17%) 1st Line Support
9 3 (5.17%) 1st Line Support Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 12 (20.69%) Blackberry
2 6 (10.34%) EPoS
3 4 (6.90%) Thin Client
3 4 (6.90%) Smartcard
3 4 (6.90%) Smartphone
3 4 (6.90%) Fat Client
4 2 (3.45%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (3.45%) Management Information System
4 2 (3.45%) Handset
4 2 (3.45%) Replication
5 1 (1.72%) PDA
5 1 (1.72%) iPad
5 1 (1.72%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 53 (91.38%) Windows
2 32 (55.17%) Windows 7
3 15 (25.86%) Windows XP
4 9 (15.52%) Windows Vista
5 6 (10.34%) Windows 8
6 5 (8.62%) Windows Server 2008
7 4 (6.90%) Windows Server 2012
7 4 (6.90%) Windows Server 2003
8 3 (5.17%) Android
8 3 (5.17%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (51.72%) ITIL
2 10 (17.24%) Document Management
3 8 (13.79%) Incident Management
3 8 (13.79%) ITIL V3
4 6 (10.34%) Time Management
4 6 (10.34%) Asset Management
5 4 (6.90%) Service Management
6 3 (5.17%) Problem Management
6 3 (5.17%) Migration
7 1 (1.72%) Continuous Improvement
7 1 (1.72%) Information Management
7 1 (1.72%) Change Management
7 1 (1.72%) Business Intelligence
Qualifications
1 58 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 23 (39.66%) MCSE
3 19 (32.76%) MCP
4 17 (29.31%) Security Cleared
5 15 (25.86%) MCITP
5 15 (25.86%) A+ Certification
6 11 (18.97%) MOS
7 9 (15.52%) MCSA
8 6 (10.34%) MCTS
9 3 (5.17%) SC Cleared
9 3 (5.17%) CCA
9 3 (5.17%) Citrix Certification
10 2 (3.45%) Cisco Certification
10 2 (3.45%) CCNA
11 1 (1.72%) ITIL Certification
11 1 (1.72%) ECDL
11 1 (1.72%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (6.90%) SLA
2 1 (1.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 23 (39.66%) Active Directory
2 3 (5.17%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 2 (3.45%) DameWare
1 2 (3.45%) SCCM
Vendors
1 57 (98.28%) Microsoft
2 13 (22.41%) Citrix
3 9 (15.52%) Cisco
4 7 (12.07%) Dell
4 7 (12.07%) McAfee
4 7 (12.07%) Sophos
5 6 (10.34%) Panasonic
6 4 (6.90%) Reuters
6 4 (6.90%) Bloomberg
6 4 (6.90%) CQG
7 3 (5.17%) Lotus
7 3 (5.17%) IBM
7 3 (5.17%) HP
8 2 (3.45%) Avaya
9 1 (1.72%) CA
9 1 (1.72%) Intel
9 1 (1.72%) Compaq
9 1 (1.72%) VMware
9 1 (1.72%) AppSense
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