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 30 July 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
30 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
Rank 583 579 534
Rank change year-on-year
-4 -45
Contract jobs citing MCDST 45 36 42
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.079% 0.066% 0.082%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.42% 0.34% 0.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 12 9
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£143 £130 £90
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.61% +44.44%
UK excluding London average daily rate £120 £130 £90
% change year-on-year
-7.69% +44.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 11 7
Average hourly rate £14.50 £15.25 £16.84
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.91% -9.44%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.30 £13.28 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.80 £16.84 £17.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £15.50 £15.92
% change year-on-year
-6.45% -2.63%

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
10832 10437 9058
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.99% 19.09% 17.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 6486 5881 4859
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 522 467 502
Average hourly rate £24.00 £19.00 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+26.31% -11.62%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £19.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+31.57% -9.52%

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 30 July 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 30 July 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 30 July 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 -19 44 £143 +9.61% 9
London +20 24 £153 -28.23% 6
South East -24 6 £120 -7.69%
East of England 0 5 £155 +51.21% 2
East Midlands -7 4 - -
Nottinghamshire -13 4 - -
Berkshire +8 3 £126 -
Reading 0 3 £126 -
Worthing -9 3 £120 -
West Sussex -11 3 £120 -
Yorkshire - 3 £115 - 1
Cambridgeshire -2 2 £155 +34.78% 2
Cambridge -6 2 £155 +34.78% 2
North West -19 2 - -
West Yorkshire - 2 - - 1
Leeds - 2 - -
Uxbridge - 2 £160 -
Essex -8 1 - -
Chester -9 1 - -
Cheshire -11 1 - -
Hertfordshire -12 1 - -
Norfolk - 1 - -
North Yorkshire - 1 £115 -
Harrogate - 1 £115 -
Basildon - 1 - -
Stevenage - 1 - -
Manchester - 1 - -
Norwich - 1 - -
Docklands, London - 1 - -
South Wales - 1 - -

MCDST
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 July 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 72 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 68 (94.44%) Windows
2 68 (94.44%) Microsoft
3 39 (54.17%) ITIL
4 34 (47.22%) Windows 7
5 33 (45.83%) MS Office
6 32 (44.44%) MS Excel
7 30 (41.67%) Active Directory
8 29 (40.28%) MCSE
9 21 (29.17%) Security Cleared
10 20 (27.78%) LAN
10 20 (27.78%) WAN
11 19 (26.39%) TCP/IP
12 18 (25.00%) Windows XP
12 18 (25.00%) MCP
13 16 (22.22%) MCITP
13 16 (22.22%) MCSA
13 16 (22.22%) Cisco
14 14 (19.44%) Data Centre
15 13 (18.06%) A+ Certification
15 13 (18.06%) Blackberry
15 13 (18.06%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 13 (18.06%) MCTS
16 12 (16.67%) Law
16 12 (16.67%) MS Exchange
16 12 (16.67%) Windows 8
17 10 (13.89%) Legal
17 10 (13.89%) MOS
17 10 (13.89%) Document Management
18 9 (12.50%) Windows Vista

MCDST
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 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 13 (18.06%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 12 (16.67%) MS Exchange
3 4 (5.56%) SharePoint
4 2 (2.78%) IIS
5 1 (1.39%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (1.39%) Lync
Applications
1 33 (45.83%) MS Office
2 32 (44.44%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (1.39%) assyst
1 1 (1.39%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.39%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 20 (27.78%) LAN
1 20 (27.78%) WAN
2 19 (26.39%) TCP/IP
3 9 (12.50%) SAN
4 7 (9.72%) Firewall
5 6 (8.33%) IPv4
6 5 (6.94%) VPN
7 4 (5.56%) Extranet
8 3 (4.17%) Wireless
8 3 (4.17%) DNS
8 3 (4.17%) DHCP
9 2 (2.78%) Internet
9 2 (2.78%) Skype
10 1 (1.39%) IP Telephony
10 1 (1.39%) Cisco IOS
10 1 (1.39%) Network Security
10 1 (1.39%) HTTP
10 1 (1.39%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (12.50%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (2.78%) MSI
2 1 (1.39%) JIRA
General
1 12 (16.67%) Law
2 10 (13.89%) Legal
3 3 (4.17%) Telecoms
4 2 (2.78%) Local Government
5 1 (1.39%) Dutch Language
5 1 (1.39%) French Language
5 1 (1.39%) German Language
5 1 (1.39%) Retail
Job Titles
1 28 (38.89%) Analyst
2 26 (36.11%) Support Analyst
3 22 (30.56%) Desktop Support
4 17 (23.61%) Desktop Support Analyst
4 17 (23.61%) Desktop Analyst
5 10 (13.89%) Support Engineer
6 9 (12.50%) 2nd Line Support
7 8 (11.11%) Technical Team Leader
7 8 (11.11%) Team Leader
7 8 (11.11%) Service Desk Team Leader
8 5 (6.94%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
8 5 (6.94%) Linux Engineer
8 5 (6.94%) Field Engineer
8 5 (6.94%) Field Service Engineer
9 4 (5.56%) Desktop Support Engineer
9 4 (5.56%) Rollout Engineer
9 4 (5.56%) Desktop Engineer
10 3 (4.17%) Technical Analyst
10 3 (4.17%) Service Desk Analyst
10 3 (4.17%) Project Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.39%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 14 (19.44%) Data Centre
2 13 (18.06%) Blackberry
3 5 (6.94%) EPoS
4 3 (4.17%) Management Information System
4 3 (4.17%) Handset
5 2 (2.78%) iPad
5 2 (2.78%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (1.39%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 68 (94.44%) Windows
2 34 (47.22%) Windows 7
3 18 (25.00%) Windows XP
4 12 (16.67%) Windows 8
5 9 (12.50%) Windows Vista
6 8 (11.11%) Windows Server 2012
7 6 (8.33%) Ubuntu
7 6 (8.33%) Linux
7 6 (8.33%) Windows Server 2003
8 4 (5.56%) Apple iOS
8 4 (5.56%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (1.39%) CentOS
9 1 (1.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (1.39%) SUSE
9 1 (1.39%) Debian
9 1 (1.39%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (54.17%) ITIL
2 10 (13.89%) Document Management
3 8 (11.11%) Incident Management
3 8 (11.11%) ITIL V3
4 7 (9.72%) Time Management
4 7 (9.72%) Asset Management
5 5 (6.94%) Service Management
6 4 (5.56%) Problem Management
7 2 (2.78%) Migration
8 1 (1.39%) Stakeholder Management
8 1 (1.39%) Information Management
8 1 (1.39%) Change Management
8 1 (1.39%) Workflow
8 1 (1.39%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 2 (2.78%) SQL
2 1 (1.39%) VBScript
2 1 (1.39%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 72 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 29 (40.28%) MCSE
3 21 (29.17%) Security Cleared
4 18 (25.00%) MCP
5 16 (22.22%) MCSA
5 16 (22.22%) MCITP
6 13 (18.06%) MCTS
6 13 (18.06%) A+ Certification
7 10 (13.89%) MOS
8 6 (8.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 4 (5.56%) SC Cleared
9 4 (5.56%) Network+ Certification
10 3 (4.17%) CCA
10 3 (4.17%) Citrix Certification
11 2 (2.78%) Cisco Certification
11 2 (2.78%) CCNA
11 2 (2.78%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (1.39%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 30 (41.67%) Active Directory
2 6 (8.33%) vSphere
3 3 (4.17%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 4 (5.56%) SCCM
2 1 (1.39%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 1 (1.39%) Backup Exec
2 1 (1.39%) WMI
2 1 (1.39%) WSUS
Vendors
1 68 (94.44%) Microsoft
2 16 (22.22%) Cisco
3 9 (12.50%) Dell
3 9 (12.50%) Citrix
3 9 (12.50%) VMware
4 7 (9.72%) McAfee
4 7 (9.72%) Sophos
4 7 (9.72%) Panasonic
5 3 (4.17%) Avaya
5 3 (4.17%) IBM
6 2 (2.78%) Salesforce.com
6 2 (2.78%) Polycom
7 1 (1.39%) SAP
7 1 (1.39%) AppSense
7 1 (1.39%) Symantec
7 1 (1.39%) Remedy
7 1 (1.39%) HP
7 1 (1.39%) Red Hat