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 June 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
30 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
Rank 612 591 596
Rank change year-on-year
-21 +5
Contract jobs citing MCDST 35 42 35
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.065% 0.075% 0.065%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.30% 0.40% 0.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 22 8
Median daily rate £140 £140 £130
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £126 £116 £108
10% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £197 £154
UK excluding London median daily rate £130 £118 £130
% change year-on-year
+10.63% -9.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 13
Median hourly rate £12.50 £16.84 £15.63
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.77% +7.77%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.50 £16.84 £15.63
% change year-on-year
-25.77% +7.77%

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
11746 10607 10582
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.89% 18.90% 19.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 7318 6199 6096
Median daily rate £400 £390 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £243 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £548 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 451 555 496
Median hourly rate £28.50 £23.75 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% +25.00%
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 £44.28
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.50 £22.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+26.66% +12.50%

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 30 June 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 30 June 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 +8 35 £140 - 9
London +6 12 £150 +1.69% 3
South East +14 10 £130 +8.33% 1
Surrey - 9 £184 -
Woking - 7 - -
South West - 6 £135 - 1
Dorset - 4 £133 -
Bournemouth - 4 £133 -
Yorkshire +9 3 £100 -11.11% 2
Manchester -3 3 - - 1
North West -14 3 - - 2
North Yorkshire - 2 £78 -
Middlesbrough - 2 £78 -
Wakefield -3 1 £123 +8.88% 1
West Yorkshire -8 1 £123 +8.88% 1
Bath - 1 - -
Tyne and Wear - 1 £140 -
Kent - 1 £130 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 1 £140 -
North East - 1 £140 -
Bristol - 1 £165 -
Somerset - 1 - - 1

MCDST
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 June 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 79 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 78 (98.73%) Windows
3 66 (83.54%) MS Office
4 54 (68.35%) MCSE
5 51 (64.56%) Microsoft
6 49 (62.03%) Windows 7
7 47 (59.49%) Active Directory
8 41 (51.90%) Citrix
9 40 (50.63%) MCP
10 39 (49.37%) ITIL
11 37 (46.84%) Blackberry
12 35 (44.30%) Finance
13 32 (40.51%) SCCM
14 24 (30.38%) TCP/IP
15 23 (29.11%) MS Excel
16 20 (25.32%) MS Exchange
16 20 (25.32%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
16 20 (25.32%) MCITP
17 19 (24.05%) XenApp
18 17 (21.52%) Law
18 17 (21.52%) Document Management
19 16 (20.25%) Office 365
19 16 (20.25%) Skype
20 15 (18.99%) Apple iOS
20 15 (18.99%) German Language
20 15 (18.99%) Legal
20 15 (18.99%) LAN
20 15 (18.99%) WAN
21 14 (17.72%) DHCP
21 14 (17.72%) DNS

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 20 (25.32%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
1 20 (25.32%) MS Exchange
2 10 (12.66%) Exchange Server 2007
3 5 (6.33%) IBM Notes
4 3 (3.80%) Exchange Server 2010
5 2 (2.53%) CMS
5 2 (2.53%) SharePoint
6 1 (1.27%) IIS
Applications
1 66 (83.54%) MS Office
2 23 (29.11%) MS Excel
3 1 (1.27%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (3.80%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (1.27%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 16 (20.25%) Office 365
2 3 (3.80%) SaaS
3 2 (2.53%) IaaS
3 2 (2.53%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 24 (30.38%) TCP/IP
2 16 (20.25%) Skype
3 15 (18.99%) LAN
3 15 (18.99%) WAN
4 14 (17.72%) DHCP
4 14 (17.72%) DNS
5 13 (16.46%) Internet
6 8 (10.13%) Wireless
7 7 (8.86%) VPN
8 6 (7.59%) Extranet
9 5 (6.33%) Ethernet
9 5 (6.33%) Intranet
10 2 (2.53%) IP Telephony
10 2 (2.53%) SAN
11 1 (1.27%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.80%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.53%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (1.27%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 2 (2.53%) AdminStudio
1 2 (2.53%) InstallShield
1 2 (2.53%) MSI
2 1 (1.27%) CruiseControl
2 1 (1.27%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (1.27%) TeamCity
2 1 (1.27%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 35 (44.30%) Finance
2 17 (21.52%) Law
3 15 (18.99%) German Language
3 15 (18.99%) Legal
4 9 (11.39%) French Language
5 6 (7.59%) Banking
6 5 (6.33%) Billing
7 1 (1.27%) Games
7 1 (1.27%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 35 (44.30%) Analyst
2 28 (35.44%) Desktop Support
3 20 (25.32%) Support Analyst
4 19 (24.05%) Desktop Analyst
4 19 (24.05%) Desktop Support Analyst
5 16 (20.25%) Service Analyst
5 16 (20.25%) Service Desk Analyst
6 10 (12.66%) Support Engineer
7 8 (10.13%) 2nd Line Support
8 7 (8.86%) Citrix Support
9 6 (7.59%) Citrix Analyst
9 6 (7.59%) Citrix Support Analyst
10 5 (6.33%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
10 5 (6.33%) 3rd Line Support
10 5 (6.33%) Technical Engineer
10 5 (6.33%) Technical Support
10 5 (6.33%) Technical Support Engineer
11 4 (5.06%) 2nd Line Desktop Support Analyst
11 4 (5.06%) Products Support Engineer
11 4 (5.06%) Service Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (5.06%) ODBC
2 1 (1.27%) .NET
2 1 (1.27%) ASP.NET
2 1 (1.27%) WCF
2 1 (1.27%) Web Services
2 1 (1.27%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 37 (46.84%) Blackberry
2 8 (10.13%) Data Centre
2 8 (10.13%) Smartphone
3 7 (8.86%) Client/Server
4 5 (6.33%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (5.06%) AS400
5 4 (5.06%) Video Conferencing
6 2 (2.53%) FlexPod
7 1 (1.27%) Clustering
7 1 (1.27%) Driving Licence
7 1 (1.27%) Handset
7 1 (1.27%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 78 (98.73%) Windows
2 49 (62.03%) Windows 7
3 15 (18.99%) Apple iOS
4 9 (11.39%) Windows Server 2008
5 8 (10.13%) Windows Server 2003
5 8 (10.13%) Windows XP
6 6 (7.59%) Windows 2000 Server
7 4 (5.06%) Windows 10
7 4 (5.06%) Windows Server
8 2 (2.53%) Android
8 2 (2.53%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (1.27%) Linux
9 1 (1.27%) Windows Phone
9 1 (1.27%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (49.37%) ITIL
2 17 (21.52%) Document Management
3 10 (12.66%) Stakeholder Management
4 9 (11.39%) ITIL V3
5 7 (8.86%) Problem Management
6 5 (6.33%) Change Management
7 4 (5.06%) Business Intelligence
7 4 (5.06%) Practice Management
8 3 (3.80%) Patch Management
8 3 (3.80%) Time Management
8 3 (3.80%) Validation
9 2 (2.53%) CRM
9 2 (2.53%) Server Monitoring
9 2 (2.53%) Service Management
10 1 (1.27%) Configuration Management
10 1 (1.27%) Data Analysis
10 1 (1.27%) Network Monitoring
10 1 (1.27%) PRINCE2
10 1 (1.27%) Project Management
10 1 (1.27%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 5 (6.33%) Java
2 3 (3.80%) PowerShell
3 2 (2.53%) VB
3 2 (2.53%) VBScript
4 1 (1.27%) C#
Qualifications
1 79 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 54 (68.35%) MCSE
3 40 (50.63%) MCP
4 20 (25.32%) MCITP
5 11 (13.92%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 10 (12.66%) MCSA
7 7 (8.86%) A+ Certification
7 7 (8.86%) Degree
7 7 (8.86%) ITIL Certification
8 6 (7.59%) MOS
9 5 (6.33%) ACDT
9 5 (6.33%) ACHDS
9 5 (6.33%) ACTC
9 5 (6.33%) MCSM
9 5 (6.33%) MCTS
9 5 (6.33%) Network+ Certification
10 2 (2.53%) CCNA
10 2 (2.53%) CCNP
10 2 (2.53%) Cisco Certification
11 1 (1.27%) CCDP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.80%) SLA
2 1 (1.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 47 (59.49%) Active Directory
2 19 (24.05%) XenApp
3 7 (8.86%) Virtual Servers
4 4 (5.06%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (2.53%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (1.27%) Hyper-V
6 1 (1.27%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 32 (40.51%) SCCM
2 3 (3.80%) SCOM
3 2 (2.53%) Backup Exec
3 2 (2.53%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 51 (64.56%) Microsoft
2 41 (51.90%) Citrix
3 9 (11.39%) Apple
4 6 (7.59%) VMware
5 5 (6.33%) Lotus
5 5 (6.33%) Oracle
6 4 (5.06%) Cisco
6 4 (5.06%) Sybase
7 3 (3.80%) BMC
7 3 (3.80%) HP
7 3 (3.80%) Remedy
7 3 (3.80%) SolarWinds
8 2 (2.53%) LANDesk
8 2 (2.53%) Mitel
8 2 (2.53%) NetApp
8 2 (2.53%) OpenText
9 1 (1.27%) Avaya
9 1 (1.27%) EMC
9 1 (1.27%) IBM
9 1 (1.27%) Red Hat
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