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 2016 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.

3 months to
29 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
Rank 609 618 601
Rank change year-on-year
+9 -17
Contract jobs citing MCDST 35 37 34
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.065% 0.064% 0.060%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.32% 0.33% 0.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 15 9
Median daily rate £140 £155 £130
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.67% +19.23%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £91 £120 £128
10% offered a daily rate of more than £158 £360 £242
UK excluding London median daily rate £123 £120 £130
% change year-on-year
+2.08% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 6 11
Median hourly rate £12.50 £14.50 £15.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.79% -4.91%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.50 £14.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year
-13.79% -6.45%

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
11048 11070 10828
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.44% 19.25% 19.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 6887 6638 6154
Median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £528
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £377 £353
% change year-on-year
-0.53% +6.95%
Number of hourly rates quoted 397 529 460
Median hourly rate £28.00 £22.50 £19.91
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+24.44% +13.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.06 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £22.50 £19.71
% change year-on-year
+24.44% +14.18%

MCDST
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing MCDST as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 2016.

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 22 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCDST within the UK over the 3 months to 29 August 2016. 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 see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +3 34 £140 -9.67% 1
London -13 18 £153 -6.15%
South East +16 8 £130 +8.33%
Yorkshire -6 4 £100 -13.04% 1
Surrey - 4 £125 -
Canary Wharf - 4 £160 -
City of London +27 3 - -
Reading +16 2 - -
North West +12 2 £210 -
Berkshire +5 2 - -
West Yorkshire 0 2 £123 - 1
North Yorkshire -1 2 £78 -32.60%
Middlesbrough - 2 £78 -
Woking - 2 - -
Wakefield - 2 £123 -
North East - 2 £116 -
Manchester - 2 £210 -
Kent - 1 £130 -
Oxfordshire - 1 - -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 1 £140 -
Durham - 1 £93 -
Tyne and Wear - 1 £140 -

MCDST
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 August 2016, IT contractor jobs citing MCDST also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for MCDST.

1 73 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 71 (97.26%) Windows
3 57 (78.08%) MS Office
4 50 (68.49%) MCSE
4 50 (68.49%) Active Directory
5 47 (64.38%) MCP
6 46 (63.01%) Microsoft
7 44 (60.27%) Windows 7
8 38 (52.05%) Citrix
9 37 (50.68%) ITIL
10 34 (46.58%) SCCM
11 33 (45.21%) Blackberry
12 32 (43.84%) Finance
13 29 (39.73%) TCP/IP
14 22 (30.14%) MS Excel
14 22 (30.14%) Apple iOS
15 19 (26.03%) Internet
16 17 (23.29%) MS Exchange
17 15 (20.55%) DHCP
17 15 (20.55%) DNS
17 15 (20.55%) MCSA
17 15 (20.55%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
17 15 (20.55%) Virtual Servers
18 14 (19.18%) Degree
18 14 (19.18%) Apple
18 14 (19.18%) A+ Certification
18 14 (19.18%) LAN
18 14 (19.18%) WAN
19 13 (17.81%) Client/Server
19 13 (17.81%) Document Management

MCDST
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 17 (23.29%) MS Exchange
2 15 (20.55%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 11 (15.07%) IBM Notes
4 8 (10.96%) Exchange Server 2007
5 2 (2.74%) CMS
5 2 (2.74%) Exchange Server 2010
5 2 (2.74%) SharePoint
Applications
1 57 (78.08%) MS Office
2 22 (30.14%) MS Excel
3 1 (1.37%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (2.74%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 9 (12.33%) Office 365
2 2 (2.74%) IaaS
2 2 (2.74%) PaaS
2 2 (2.74%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 29 (39.73%) TCP/IP
2 19 (26.03%) Internet
3 15 (20.55%) DHCP
3 15 (20.55%) DNS
4 14 (19.18%) LAN
4 14 (19.18%) WAN
5 12 (16.44%) Wireless
6 11 (15.07%) Ethernet
7 8 (10.96%) Extranet
7 8 (10.96%) Skype
8 5 (6.85%) Intranet
9 4 (5.48%) SAN
10 3 (4.11%) VPN
11 2 (2.74%) IP Telephony
12 1 (1.37%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (5.48%) SQL Server
1 4 (5.48%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 3 (4.11%) MSI
2 2 (2.74%) AdminStudio
2 2 (2.74%) InstallShield
General
1 32 (43.84%) Finance
2 13 (17.81%) Law
3 11 (15.07%) Legal
4 8 (10.96%) German Language
5 6 (8.22%) Billing
6 3 (4.11%) Banking
6 3 (4.11%) French Language
7 1 (1.37%) Games
Job Titles
1 34 (46.58%) Analyst
2 31 (42.47%) Desktop Support
3 19 (26.03%) Support Analyst
4 18 (24.66%) Desktop Analyst
4 18 (24.66%) Desktop Support Analyst
5 15 (20.55%) Service Analyst
5 15 (20.55%) Service Desk Analyst
6 7 (9.59%) 2nd Line Support
6 7 (9.59%) 3rd Line Support
6 7 (9.59%) Support Engineer
7 5 (6.85%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 5 (6.85%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
8 4 (5.48%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
8 4 (5.48%) 2nd Line Desktop Support Analyst
8 4 (5.48%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
8 4 (5.48%) IT Analyst
8 4 (5.48%) Senior Desktop Support
8 4 (5.48%) Server Engineer
8 4 (5.48%) Service Manager
8 4 (5.48%) Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (5.48%) ODBC
2 2 (2.74%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 33 (45.21%) Blackberry
2 13 (17.81%) Client/Server
2 13 (17.81%) Data Centre
3 8 (10.96%) Smartphone
4 6 (8.22%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (8.22%) Management Information System
5 4 (5.48%) AS400
5 4 (5.48%) FlexPod
6 2 (2.74%) Video Conferencing
7 1 (1.37%) Driving Licence
7 1 (1.37%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 71 (97.26%) Windows
2 44 (60.27%) Windows 7
3 22 (30.14%) Apple iOS
4 9 (12.33%) Windows XP
5 6 (8.22%) Windows Server
6 5 (6.85%) Windows Server 2003
7 4 (5.48%) Windows Server 2008
8 3 (4.11%) Windows 10
9 2 (2.74%) Android
9 2 (2.74%) Windows 2000 Server
9 2 (2.74%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (1.37%) Linux
10 1 (1.37%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (50.68%) ITIL
2 13 (17.81%) Document Management
3 11 (15.07%) Change Management
4 10 (13.70%) ITIL V3
5 9 (12.33%) Problem Management
5 9 (12.33%) Time Management
5 9 (12.33%) Validation
6 6 (8.22%) Identity Management
7 4 (5.48%) Server Monitoring
7 4 (5.48%) Stakeholder Management
8 3 (4.11%) Service Management
9 2 (2.74%) Asset Management
9 2 (2.74%) Incident Management
9 2 (2.74%) Patch Management
9 2 (2.74%) Practice Management
9 2 (2.74%) Service Delivery
10 1 (1.37%) Data Analysis
10 1 (1.37%) Network Monitoring
10 1 (1.37%) PRINCE2
10 1 (1.37%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 10 (13.70%) Java
2 2 (2.74%) PowerShell
2 2 (2.74%) VB
2 2 (2.74%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 73 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 50 (68.49%) MCSE
3 47 (64.38%) MCP
4 15 (20.55%) MCSA
5 14 (19.18%) A+ Certification
5 14 (19.18%) Degree
6 12 (16.44%) MCITP
7 11 (15.07%) ACDT
7 11 (15.07%) ACHDS
7 11 (15.07%) ACTC
7 11 (15.07%) MCSM
7 11 (15.07%) Network+ Certification
8 8 (10.96%) ITIL Certification
8 8 (10.96%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 7 (9.59%) MCTS
10 3 (4.11%) MOS
11 1 (1.37%) ACSA
11 1 (1.37%) ACSP
11 1 (1.37%) RHCE
11 1 (1.37%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (6.85%) SLA
2 1 (1.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 50 (68.49%) Active Directory
2 15 (20.55%) Virtual Servers
3 12 (16.44%) XenApp
4 6 (8.22%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (2.74%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (1.37%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 34 (46.58%) SCCM
2 5 (6.85%) SCOM
3 4 (5.48%) Backup Exec
3 4 (5.48%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 46 (63.01%) Microsoft
2 38 (52.05%) Citrix
3 14 (19.18%) Apple
4 11 (15.07%) Lotus
5 10 (13.70%) Oracle
6 9 (12.33%) VMware
7 7 (9.59%) Cisco
8 5 (6.85%) HP
8 5 (6.85%) SolarWinds
9 4 (5.48%) NetApp
9 4 (5.48%) Sybase
10 2 (2.74%) BMC
10 2 (2.74%) LANDesk
10 2 (2.74%) Mitel
10 2 (2.74%) OpenText
10 2 (2.74%) Remedy
11 1 (1.37%) Avaya
11 1 (1.37%) Intel Security
11 1 (1.37%) Red Hat
11 1 (1.37%) Wyse