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 January 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 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
Rank 556 508 472
Rank change year-on-year
-48 -36
Contract jobs citing MCDST 27 45 67
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.053% 0.093% 0.15%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.26% 0.49% 0.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 12 28
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£128 £160 £120
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-20.31% +33.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £111 £120 £90
10% offered a daily rate of more than £189 £203 £235
UK excluding London average daily rate £130 £120 £123
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -2.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 11 20
Average hourly rate £18.00 £13.50 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% -20.58%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £10.65 £11.05
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.00 £25.00 £18.68
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.00 £12.69 £18.40
% change year-on-year
+89.12% -31.03%

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
10280 9096 7991
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.15% 18.89% 17.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 5979 4931 4211
Average daily rate £396 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.60% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £237 £225 £216
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £355 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.63% +1.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 471 411 548
Average hourly rate £19.45 £19.00 £24.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.36% -20.83%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.82 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.00 £44.45
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -30.00%

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
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 January 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 January 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 -31 26 £128 -20.31% 21
London -10 13 £128 -32.00% 7
South East -3 6 £120 - 1
Southampton -11 3 £120 - 1
Hampshire -19 3 £120 - 1
West Midlands - 3 £195 - 1
City of London +12 2 £190 -
West Yorkshire -5 2 £130 - 3
Yorkshire -7 2 £130 - 3
Leeds -11 2 £130 - 2
East of England -6 1 - - 2
Scotland -12 1 - - 1
South West -18 1 £110 -31.25% 3
Fife - 1 - -
Birmingham - 1 - -
Bristol - 1 £110 - 2
Dunfermline - 1 - -
Edinburgh - - - -
Glasgow - - - -
Hemel Hempstead - - - -
Cambridge - - - - 1
Cardiff - - - -
Wakefield - - - - 1
Warrington - - - -
Watford - - - -
Welwyn Garden City - - - -
Berkshire - - - -
Cambridgeshire - - - - 1
Cheshire - - - - 2
Devon - - - -

MCDST
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 66 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 60 (90.91%) Microsoft
3 54 (81.82%) Windows
4 40 (60.61%) MS Office
5 37 (56.06%) Windows 7
6 35 (53.03%) MCSE
7 24 (36.36%) ITIL
8 23 (34.85%) MCP
9 22 (33.33%) Citrix
10 21 (31.82%) Blackberry
11 20 (30.30%) Active Directory
11 20 (30.30%) MS Excel
12 17 (25.76%) MCITP
13 16 (24.24%) MCSA
14 15 (22.73%) Wireless
14 15 (22.73%) Windows Vista
15 14 (21.21%) SharePoint
16 13 (19.70%) Cisco
17 12 (18.18%) DHCP
17 12 (18.18%) DNS
17 12 (18.18%) MS Exchange
17 12 (18.18%) A+ Certification
17 12 (18.18%) Internet
18 11 (16.67%) Thin Client
18 11 (16.67%) Fat Client
19 10 (15.15%) Smartphone
19 10 (15.15%) Reuters
19 10 (15.15%) Bloomberg
19 10 (15.15%) Smartcard
19 10 (15.15%) Windows XP

MCDST
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 14 (21.21%) SharePoint
2 12 (18.18%) MS Exchange
3 7 (10.61%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 4 (6.06%) Exchange Server 2007
5 3 (4.55%) CMS
5 3 (4.55%) IBM Notes
6 2 (3.03%) Exchange Server 2010
7 1 (1.52%) IIS
7 1 (1.52%) Lync
Applications
1 40 (60.61%) MS Office
2 20 (30.30%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 15 (22.73%) Wireless
2 12 (18.18%) DHCP
2 12 (18.18%) DNS
2 12 (18.18%) Internet
3 10 (15.15%) FTP
3 10 (15.15%) TCP/IP
3 10 (15.15%) WAN
4 7 (10.61%) LAN
5 4 (6.06%) Network Security
5 4 (6.06%) VPN
6 2 (3.03%) Extranet
6 2 (3.03%) DMZ
6 2 (3.03%) Intranet
6 2 (3.03%) WLAN
6 2 (3.03%) Wi-Fi
6 2 (3.03%) IP Telephony
7 1 (1.52%) Firewall
7 1 (1.52%) ADSL
7 1 (1.52%) Broadband
7 1 (1.52%) 3G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.03%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.52%) SQL Server 2005
2 1 (1.52%) RDBMS
2 1 (1.52%) Relational Database
2 1 (1.52%) SQL Server 2008
General
1 8 (12.12%) Finance
2 5 (7.58%) Law
3 3 (4.55%) Legal
4 2 (3.03%) Local Government
5 1 (1.52%) Banking
5 1 (1.52%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 20 (30.30%) Analyst
2 14 (21.21%) Support Analyst
2 14 (21.21%) Desktop Support
3 10 (15.15%) Help Desk Analyst
3 10 (15.15%) Support Engineer
3 10 (15.15%) 2nd Line Support
3 10 (15.15%) Help Desk Support
3 10 (15.15%) Help Desk Support Analyst
4 8 (12.12%) 1st Line Support Analyst
4 8 (12.12%) Field Service Engineer
4 8 (12.12%) 1st Line Support
4 8 (12.12%) Field Engineer
5 6 (9.09%) Desktop Engineer
5 6 (9.09%) Desktop Support Engineer
6 5 (7.58%) Service Desk Analyst
6 5 (7.58%) Network Manager
6 5 (7.58%) Security Manager
6 5 (7.58%) Service Analyst
6 5 (7.58%) Network Security Manager
7 4 (6.06%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.52%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 21 (31.82%) Blackberry
2 11 (16.67%) Thin Client
2 11 (16.67%) Fat Client
3 10 (15.15%) Smartphone
3 10 (15.15%) Smartcard
4 9 (13.64%) EPoS
5 5 (7.58%) Video Conferencing
6 3 (4.55%) Management Information System
7 2 (3.03%) PDA
7 2 (3.03%) iPad
7 2 (3.03%) Analytical Skills
7 2 (3.03%) Handset
8 1 (1.52%) Replication
8 1 (1.52%) AS400
8 1 (1.52%) Client/Server
8 1 (1.52%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (1.52%) Data Protection Act
8 1 (1.52%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 54 (81.82%) Windows
2 37 (56.06%) Windows 7
3 15 (22.73%) Windows Vista
4 10 (15.15%) Windows XP
5 9 (13.64%) Android
6 4 (6.06%) Windows Server 2008
6 4 (6.06%) Apple iOS
7 2 (3.03%) Linux
8 1 (1.52%) Windows 2000
8 1 (1.52%) Windows 8
8 1 (1.52%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (1.52%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (36.36%) ITIL
2 8 (12.12%) Time Management
3 7 (10.61%) Asset Management
4 3 (4.55%) Document Management
4 3 (4.55%) Practice Management
4 3 (4.55%) People Management
5 2 (3.03%) Problem Management
5 2 (3.03%) Incident Management
5 2 (3.03%) Service Management
6 1 (1.52%) Automated Testing
6 1 (1.52%) Migration
6 1 (1.52%) Business Intelligence
6 1 (1.52%) ITIL V3
6 1 (1.52%) Line Management
6 1 (1.52%) Manual Testing
6 1 (1.52%) Investment Management
6 1 (1.52%) Performance Management
6 1 (1.52%) Data Protection
Qualifications
1 66 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 35 (53.03%) MCSE
3 23 (34.85%) MCP
4 17 (25.76%) MCITP
5 16 (24.24%) MCSA
6 12 (18.18%) A+ Certification
7 9 (13.64%) MCTS
7 9 (13.64%) CCNA
7 9 (13.64%) Cisco Certification
8 8 (12.12%) Security Cleared
9 5 (7.58%) ACSA
9 5 (7.58%) CCDP
9 5 (7.58%) CCNP
9 5 (7.58%) CCIP
9 5 (7.58%) RHCE
9 5 (7.58%) IBM Certification
9 5 (7.58%) RHCSA
9 5 (7.58%) ACSP
10 4 (6.06%) MOS
11 3 (4.55%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (12.12%) SLA
2 5 (7.58%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.52%) QA
3 1 (1.52%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 20 (30.30%) Active Directory
2 3 (4.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (1.52%) Terminal Services
3 1 (1.52%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 2 (3.03%) SCCM
1 2 (3.03%) DameWare
2 1 (1.52%) Backup Exec
2 1 (1.52%) OVSD
2 1 (1.52%) Norton AntiVirus
2 1 (1.52%) OpenView
Vendors
1 60 (90.91%) Microsoft
2 22 (33.33%) Citrix
3 13 (19.70%) Cisco
4 10 (15.15%) Reuters
4 10 (15.15%) Bloomberg
4 10 (15.15%) CQG
5 9 (13.64%) McAfee
6 8 (12.12%) Dell
6 8 (12.12%) HP
6 8 (12.12%) Sophos
7 7 (10.61%) Panasonic
8 5 (7.58%) IBM
8 5 (7.58%) Apple
8 5 (7.58%) EMC
8 5 (7.58%) Avaya
9 4 (6.06%) Red Hat
10 3 (4.55%) VMware
10 3 (4.55%) Mitel
10 3 (4.55%) Open Text
10 3 (4.55%) Lotus
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Rate: £160 per day
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