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 25 May 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
25 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
Rank 603 600 587
Rank change year-on-year
-3 -13
Contract jobs citing MCDST 38 38 39
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.071% 0.070% 0.074%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.33% 0.36% 0.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 10 12
Median daily rate £225 £140 £133
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+60.71% +5.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £130 £111 £92
10% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £161 £208
UK excluding London median daily rate £209 £106 £130
% change year-on-year
+96.47% -18.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 7 13
Median hourly rate - £16.84 £15.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +6.92%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £16.84 £15.38
% change year-on-year
- +9.52%

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
11575 10524 10430
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.55% 19.42% 19.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 7191 6014 6089
Median daily rate £400 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £530 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 413 540 539
Median hourly rate £32.50 £23.75 £19.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+36.84% +20.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £50.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £24.12 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+45.10% +34.00%

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 25 May 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 20 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 25 May 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 -11 38 £225 +60.71% 7
South East +5 17 £280 -
Surrey - 9 £238 -
London -3 8 £225 +60.71% 1
Manchester -8 7 £223 -
North West -16 7 £223 -
Woking - 7 - -
South West -1 6 £135 - 2
Berkshire - 6 - -
Reading - 4 - -
Dorset -2 3 £133 - 1
Bournemouth - 3 £133 - 1
West Sussex -26 2 £280 -
Crawley - 2 £280 -
Gloucester - 1 £180 -
Bath - 1 - - 1
Guildford - 1 - -
Bristol - 1 - -
Gloucestershire - 1 £180 -
Somerset - 1 - - 1

MCDST
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 May 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 82 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 80 (97.56%) Windows
3 68 (82.93%) MS Office
4 53 (64.63%) Windows 7
5 52 (63.41%) MCSE
5 52 (63.41%) Microsoft
6 50 (60.98%) Active Directory
7 48 (58.54%) ITIL
8 46 (56.10%) Citrix
9 45 (54.88%) Blackberry
10 41 (50.00%) MCP
11 38 (46.34%) Finance
12 33 (40.24%) SCCM
13 25 (30.49%) XenApp
14 23 (28.05%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 20 (24.39%) MS Excel
16 19 (23.17%) MS Exchange
17 18 (21.95%) TCP/IP
17 18 (21.95%) MCITP
18 17 (20.73%) Smartphone
18 17 (20.73%) Document Management
18 17 (20.73%) Law
19 16 (19.51%) Legal
19 16 (19.51%) Windows Server 2008
19 16 (19.51%) Skype
20 15 (18.29%) German Language
20 15 (18.29%) Windows Server 2003
21 14 (17.07%) Office 365
22 13 (15.85%) Windows 2000 Server
23 12 (14.63%) LAN

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 23 (28.05%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 19 (23.17%) MS Exchange
3 8 (9.76%) Exchange Server 2007
4 4 (4.88%) Exchange Server 2010
4 4 (4.88%) SharePoint
5 1 (1.22%) CMS
5 1 (1.22%) IBM Notes
5 1 (1.22%) IIS
Applications
1 68 (82.93%) MS Office
2 20 (24.39%) MS Excel
3 1 (1.22%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (4.88%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (1.22%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 14 (17.07%) Office 365
2 3 (3.66%) SaaS
3 2 (2.44%) IaaS
3 2 (2.44%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 18 (21.95%) TCP/IP
2 16 (19.51%) Skype
3 12 (14.63%) LAN
4 11 (13.41%) WAN
5 10 (12.20%) DHCP
5 10 (12.20%) DNS
6 9 (10.98%) VPN
7 6 (7.32%) Extranet
7 6 (7.32%) Internet
7 6 (7.32%) Wireless
8 3 (3.66%) Intranet
9 1 (1.22%) Ethernet
9 1 (1.22%) IP Telephony
9 1 (1.22%) Remote Desktop
9 1 (1.22%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.22%) SQL Server
1 1 (1.22%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 2 (2.44%) AdminStudio
1 2 (2.44%) InstallShield
1 2 (2.44%) MSI
2 1 (1.22%) CruiseControl
2 1 (1.22%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (1.22%) TeamCity
2 1 (1.22%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 38 (46.34%) Finance
2 17 (20.73%) Law
3 16 (19.51%) Legal
4 15 (18.29%) German Language
5 9 (10.98%) French Language
6 6 (7.32%) Banking
7 3 (3.66%) Local Government
8 1 (1.22%) Billing
8 1 (1.22%) Games
Job Titles
1 35 (42.68%) Analyst
2 33 (40.24%) Desktop Support
3 23 (28.05%) Support Analyst
4 22 (26.83%) Desktop Analyst
4 22 (26.83%) Desktop Support Analyst
5 13 (15.85%) Service Analyst
5 13 (15.85%) Service Desk Analyst
6 12 (14.63%) Citrix Support
7 10 (12.20%) Citrix Analyst
7 10 (12.20%) Citrix Support Analyst
7 10 (12.20%) Support Engineer
8 9 (10.98%) 2nd Line Support
9 6 (7.32%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
10 5 (6.10%) Service Manager
10 5 (6.10%) Technical Engineer
10 5 (6.10%) Technical Support
10 5 (6.10%) Technical Support Engineer
11 4 (4.88%) Desktop Engineer
11 4 (4.88%) Support Manager
11 4 (4.88%) Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (2.44%) ODBC
2 1 (1.22%) .NET
2 1 (1.22%) ASP.NET
2 1 (1.22%) WCF
2 1 (1.22%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 45 (54.88%) Blackberry
2 17 (20.73%) Smartphone
3 5 (6.10%) Video Conferencing
4 4 (4.88%) Data Centre
5 3 (3.66%) Client/Server
5 3 (3.66%) Handset
5 3 (3.66%) iPad
6 2 (2.44%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (2.44%) AS400
7 1 (1.22%) Clustering
7 1 (1.22%) Driving Licence
7 1 (1.22%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 80 (97.56%) Windows
2 53 (64.63%) Windows 7
3 16 (19.51%) Windows Server 2008
4 15 (18.29%) Windows Server 2003
5 13 (15.85%) Windows 2000 Server
6 11 (13.41%) Apple iOS
7 10 (12.20%) Windows XP
8 4 (4.88%) Windows 10
9 3 (3.66%) Windows Vista
10 2 (2.44%) Android
10 2 (2.44%) Windows Server 2012
11 1 (1.22%) Linux
11 1 (1.22%) Windows 8
11 1 (1.22%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (58.54%) ITIL
2 17 (20.73%) Document Management
3 10 (12.20%) ITIL V3
3 10 (12.20%) Stakeholder Management
4 7 (8.54%) Problem Management
5 4 (4.88%) Business Intelligence
5 4 (4.88%) Patch Management
5 4 (4.88%) Practice Management
6 2 (2.44%) Asset Management
7 1 (1.22%) Application Rationalisation
7 1 (1.22%) Change Management
7 1 (1.22%) Configuration Management
7 1 (1.22%) CRM
7 1 (1.22%) Network Management
7 1 (1.22%) PRINCE2
7 1 (1.22%) Project Management
7 1 (1.22%) Service Delivery
7 1 (1.22%) Service Management
7 1 (1.22%) Time Management
7 1 (1.22%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 3 (3.66%) PowerShell
2 2 (2.44%) VB
2 2 (2.44%) VBScript
3 1 (1.22%) C#
3 1 (1.22%) Java
Qualifications
1 82 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 52 (63.41%) MCSE
3 41 (50.00%) MCP
4 18 (21.95%) MCITP
5 9 (10.98%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 8 (9.76%) ITIL Certification
7 6 (7.32%) MCSA
7 6 (7.32%) MOS
8 3 (3.66%) Degree
8 3 (3.66%) MCTS
9 2 (2.44%) A+ Certification
9 2 (2.44%) CCNA
9 2 (2.44%) CCNP
9 2 (2.44%) Cisco Certification
10 1 (1.22%) CCDP
10 1 (1.22%) CCIP
10 1 (1.22%) IBM Certification
10 1 (1.22%) MCDBA
10 1 (1.22%) Network+ Certification
10 1 (1.22%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.66%) SLA
2 1 (1.22%) ISO 9001
2 1 (1.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 50 (60.98%) Active Directory
2 25 (30.49%) XenApp
3 2 (2.44%) Microsoft App-V
3 2 (2.44%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (1.22%) Hyper-V
4 1 (1.22%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 33 (40.24%) SCCM
2 2 (2.44%) SCOM
Vendors
1 52 (63.41%) Microsoft
2 46 (56.10%) Citrix
3 6 (7.32%) Apple
4 4 (4.88%) BMC
4 4 (4.88%) Remedy
4 4 (4.88%) VMware
5 2 (2.44%) Sybase
6 1 (1.22%) Avaya
6 1 (1.22%) Cisco
6 1 (1.22%) EMC
6 1 (1.22%) HP
6 1 (1.22%) IBM
6 1 (1.22%) LANDesk
6 1 (1.22%) Lotus
6 1 (1.22%) Mitel
6 1 (1.22%) OpenText
6 1 (1.22%) Oracle
6 1 (1.22%) Red Hat
6 1 (1.22%) SolarWinds
6 1 (1.22%) Wyse
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