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 16 April 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
16 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
Rank 539 504 539
Rank change year-on-year
-35 +35
Contract jobs citing MCDST 64 48 53
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.11% 0.099% 0.087%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.57% 0.54% 0.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 25 26
Average daily rate £215 £183 £125
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.80% +46.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £120 £85 £99
10% offered a daily rate of more than £529 £235 £235
UK excluding London average daily rate £311 £135 £125
% change year-on-year
+130.55% +8.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 9 8
Average hourly rate £15.00 £16.00 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% -17.94%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.05 £12.50 £14.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £18.40 £22.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.25 £18.40 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-27.98% +5.14%
Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
11153 8834 10500
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.40% 18.18% 17.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 6292 4675 5421
Average daily rate £375 £363 £395
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% -8.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £223 £218 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £530 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £355
% change year-on-year
+3.70% -4.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 552 493 576
Average hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £12.44 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £48.40 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-28.00% -

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 16 April 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 16 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -24 59 £205 +12.32% 7
London -25 27 £215 - 2
South East -3 15 £476 +102.65% 4
East of England -37 7 £120 +41.17%
West Sussex - 6 £530 - 1
Essex -23 5 £120 +41.17%
Worthing - 5 £530 -
City of London -8 4 £225 +95.65%
Manchester -13 4 - -
North West -26 4 - -
Hampshire - 4 £135 - 1
Glasgow +12 3 - -
Scotland -6 3 - - 2
Surrey - 2 - -
West Yorkshire -17 1 - -
Leeds -19 1 - -
Yorkshire -20 1 - -
Buckinghamshire - 1 £160 - 1
County Antrim - 1 - -
Milton Keynes - 1 £160 -
Southampton - 1 - -
Northern Ireland - 1 - -
Stockport - - - -
Uxbridge - - - -
Maidenhead - - - -
Motherwell - - - -
Ruislip - - - -
Runcorn - - - -
Basingstoke - - - - 1
Belfast - - - -

MCDST
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 April 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.

1 101 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 74 (73.27%) Windows
3 64 (63.37%) Microsoft
4 61 (60.40%) ITIL
5 57 (56.44%) MCP
6 52 (51.49%) Active Directory
7 50 (49.50%) MS Office
8 43 (42.57%) MCSE
9 42 (41.58%) MS Excel
10 40 (39.60%) Windows 7
11 27 (26.73%) Windows XP
11 27 (26.73%) MS Exchange
12 25 (24.75%) Blackberry
12 25 (24.75%) MCITP
13 21 (20.79%) MCSA
14 19 (18.81%) SLA
15 17 (16.83%) Law
15 17 (16.83%) Legal
16 16 (15.84%) Citrix
16 16 (15.84%) SCCM
17 15 (14.85%) HP
18 14 (13.86%) Internet
18 14 (13.86%) Cisco
18 14 (13.86%) Windows Server 2008
19 13 (12.87%) Windows Vista
20 12 (11.88%) Document Management
20 12 (11.88%) Security Cleared
20 12 (11.88%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
20 12 (11.88%) McAfee
21 11 (10.89%) MS PowerPoint

MCDST
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 16 April 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 (26.73%) MS Exchange
2 12 (11.88%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 6 (5.94%) SharePoint
4 2 (1.98%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (0.99%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (0.99%) IIS
5 1 (0.99%) Exchange Server 2000
Applications
1 50 (49.50%) MS Office
2 42 (41.58%) MS Excel
3 11 (10.89%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.99%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.99%) Tesseract
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.98%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 14 (13.86%) Internet
2 9 (8.91%) LAN
2 9 (8.91%) WAN
3 8 (7.92%) DHCP
3 8 (7.92%) TCP/IP
3 8 (7.92%) DNS
3 8 (7.92%) Wireless
3 8 (7.92%) Network Security
4 7 (6.93%) Firewall
5 5 (4.95%) IP Telephony
5 5 (4.95%) VPN
6 4 (3.96%) FTP
7 2 (1.98%) SAN
7 2 (1.98%) iSCSI
7 2 (1.98%) Cisco ASA
7 2 (1.98%) NAS
8 1 (0.99%) Wi-Fi
8 1 (0.99%) Intranet
8 1 (0.99%) WLAN
8 1 (0.99%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.98%) SQL Server
General
1 17 (16.83%) Law
1 17 (16.83%) Legal
2 8 (7.92%) Finance
3 3 (2.97%) Advertising
4 2 (1.98%) Banking
4 2 (1.98%) Back Office
5 1 (0.99%) Billing
5 1 (0.99%) Investment Banking
5 1 (0.99%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 39 (38.61%) Analyst
2 24 (23.76%) Service Desk Analyst
3 23 (22.77%) Service Analyst
4 22 (21.78%) Support Engineer
5 19 (18.81%) 2nd Line Support
6 15 (14.85%) IT Support
7 14 (13.86%) Support Analyst
8 9 (8.91%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
9 8 (7.92%) Applications Manager
9 8 (7.92%) Applications Support Manager
9 8 (7.92%) Desktop Support
9 8 (7.92%) Applications Support
9 8 (7.92%) Support Manager
10 7 (6.93%) Help Desk Support
11 6 (5.94%) Help Desk Analyst
11 6 (5.94%) 1st Line Support
11 6 (5.94%) IT Support Engineer
12 5 (4.95%) Service Desk Manager
12 5 (4.95%) Help Desk Support Analyst
12 5 (4.95%) Service Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (0.99%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 25 (24.75%) Blackberry
2 5 (4.95%) Management Information System
3 4 (3.96%) Smartphone
3 4 (3.96%) Thin Client
3 4 (3.96%) Smartcard
3 4 (3.96%) Fat Client
4 2 (1.98%) Client/Server
5 1 (0.99%) NHS
5 1 (0.99%) Mathematics
5 1 (0.99%) Computer Science
5 1 (0.99%) E-Learning
5 1 (0.99%) iPhone
5 1 (0.99%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 74 (73.27%) Windows
2 40 (39.60%) Windows 7
3 27 (26.73%) Windows XP
4 14 (13.86%) Windows Server 2008
5 13 (12.87%) Windows Vista
6 8 (7.92%) Windows Server 2003
7 4 (3.96%) Windows Mobile
7 4 (3.96%) Windows 8
8 3 (2.97%) Windows Server 2012
8 3 (2.97%) Android
9 2 (1.98%) Mac OS X
9 2 (1.98%) Windows 2000
10 1 (0.99%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 61 (60.40%) ITIL
2 12 (11.88%) Document Management
3 10 (9.90%) Incident Management
4 7 (6.93%) ITIL V3
5 6 (5.94%) Service Desk Management
5 6 (5.94%) Service Management
6 5 (4.95%) Service Delivery
6 5 (4.95%) Problem Management
6 5 (4.95%) Time Management
7 4 (3.96%) Performance Management
8 2 (1.98%) Root Cause Analysis
8 2 (1.98%) Migration
8 2 (1.98%) Project Management
8 2 (1.98%) Asset Management
9 1 (0.99%) Agile Software Development
9 1 (0.99%) TDD
9 1 (0.99%) Disaster Recovery
9 1 (0.99%) CRM
9 1 (0.99%) ERP
9 1 (0.99%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 2 (1.98%) SQL
2 1 (0.99%) C
Qualifications
1 101 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 57 (56.44%) MCP
3 43 (42.57%) MCSE
4 25 (24.75%) MCITP
5 21 (20.79%) MCSA
6 12 (11.88%) Security Cleared
7 11 (10.89%) MCTS
8 8 (7.92%) Degree
9 7 (6.93%) Cisco Certification
9 7 (6.93%) CCNA
10 6 (5.94%) A+ Certification
11 4 (3.96%) CCNP
12 3 (2.97%) CCIP
12 3 (2.97%) CCDP
12 3 (2.97%) ITIL Certification
12 3 (2.97%) IBM Certification
12 3 (2.97%) RHCE
12 3 (2.97%) ACSA
12 3 (2.97%) ACSP
13 2 (1.98%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (18.81%) SLA
2 3 (2.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.99%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 52 (51.49%) Active Directory
2 2 (1.98%) Hyper-V
3 1 (0.99%) XenApp
3 1 (0.99%) XenServer
3 1 (0.99%) XenDesktop
3 1 (0.99%) Terminal Server
3 1 (0.99%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 16 (15.84%) SCCM
2 10 (9.90%) OpenView
2 10 (9.90%) OVSD
3 6 (5.94%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 2 (1.98%) ARCserve
4 2 (1.98%) SCOM
4 2 (1.98%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 64 (63.37%) Microsoft
2 16 (15.84%) Citrix
3 15 (14.85%) HP
4 14 (13.86%) Cisco
5 12 (11.88%) McAfee
6 7 (6.93%) Reuters
6 7 (6.93%) Bloomberg
7 6 (5.94%) CQG
8 5 (4.95%) IBM
9 4 (3.96%) Apple
10 3 (2.97%) Red Hat
10 3 (2.97%) EMC
10 3 (2.97%) VMware
11 2 (1.98%) Fujitsu
11 2 (1.98%) Panasonic
11 2 (1.98%) Veeam
11 2 (1.98%) Novell
11 2 (1.98%) Sophos
11 2 (1.98%) Dell
12 1 (0.99%) Interwoven
Bristol, Avon
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £16 - £18 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
Crawley, West Sussex
E-Resourcing Limited
Rate: £15.00 - £16.50 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago