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 July 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 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
Rank 618 603 598
Rank change year-on-year
-15 -5
Contract jobs citing MCDST 43 46 35
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.080% 0.081% 0.064%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.37% 0.42% 0.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 24 12
Median daily rate £140 £143 £130
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.75% +9.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £112 £120 £116
10% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £300 £202
UK excluding London median daily rate £130 £120 £130
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 7 10
Median hourly rate £12.50 £14.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.79% -3.33%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.50 £14.50 £14.75
% change year-on-year
-13.79% -1.69%

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
11467 10977 10650
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.29% 19.22% 19.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 7165 6577 6018
Median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £570 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £353
% change year-on-year
- +6.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 409 545 472
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 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £51.17 £44.34
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.50 £24.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+22.91% +26.31%

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 July 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 25 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 July 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 -4 43 £140 -1.75% 14
London -6 19 £150 -1.63% 4
South East +11 8 £130 +8.33% 2
Surrey - 7 £130 -
South West - 6 £135 - 1
Yorkshire +1 4 £100 -13.04%
North West 0 4 £210 - 2
Manchester 0 4 £210 - 2
Woking - 4 - -
Dorset - 4 £133 -
Bournemouth - 4 £133 -
City of London - 3 - - 2
Canary Wharf - 3 - -
North Yorkshire 0 2 £78 -32.60%
West Yorkshire 0 2 £123 -
Middlesbrough - 2 £78 -
Wakefield - 2 £123 -
North East - 2 £116 -
Kent - 1 £130 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 1 £140 -
Bristol - 1 £165 -
Somerset - 1 - - 1
Bath - 1 - -
Durham - 1 £93 -
Tyne and Wear - 1 £140 -

MCDST
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 July 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 74 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 73 (98.65%) Windows
3 61 (82.43%) MS Office
4 51 (68.92%) MCSE
5 49 (66.22%) Active Directory
6 48 (64.86%) Microsoft
7 46 (62.16%) Windows 7
8 45 (60.81%) MCP
9 39 (52.70%) ITIL
9 39 (52.70%) Citrix
10 35 (47.30%) SCCM
11 33 (44.59%) Blackberry
12 32 (43.24%) Finance
13 27 (36.49%) TCP/IP
14 20 (27.03%) MS Excel
15 18 (24.32%) Apple iOS
16 17 (22.97%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
16 17 (22.97%) MS Exchange
16 17 (22.97%) Internet
17 16 (21.62%) DHCP
17 16 (21.62%) DNS
17 16 (21.62%) Law
17 16 (21.62%) Document Management
18 15 (20.27%) LAN
18 15 (20.27%) WAN
18 15 (20.27%) XenApp
19 14 (18.92%) Office 365
19 14 (18.92%) MCITP
19 14 (18.92%) Legal
20 12 (16.22%) MCSA

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 (22.97%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
1 17 (22.97%) MS Exchange
2 10 (13.51%) Exchange Server 2007
3 7 (9.46%) IBM Notes
4 2 (2.70%) CMS
4 2 (2.70%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (2.70%) SharePoint
Applications
1 61 (82.43%) MS Office
2 20 (27.03%) MS Excel
3 1 (1.35%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (2.70%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 14 (18.92%) Office 365
2 2 (2.70%) IaaS
2 2 (2.70%) PaaS
2 2 (2.70%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 27 (36.49%) TCP/IP
2 17 (22.97%) Internet
3 16 (21.62%) DHCP
3 16 (21.62%) DNS
4 15 (20.27%) LAN
4 15 (20.27%) WAN
5 10 (13.51%) Wireless
6 9 (12.16%) Skype
7 8 (10.81%) Ethernet
8 7 (9.46%) Extranet
9 6 (8.11%) VPN
10 5 (6.76%) Intranet
11 4 (5.41%) SAN
12 2 (2.70%) IP Telephony
13 1 (1.35%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (5.41%) SQL Server
1 4 (5.41%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 3 (4.05%) MSI
2 2 (2.70%) AdminStudio
2 2 (2.70%) InstallShield
General
1 32 (43.24%) Finance
2 16 (21.62%) Law
3 14 (18.92%) Legal
4 11 (14.86%) German Language
5 6 (8.11%) Banking
6 5 (6.76%) Billing
6 5 (6.76%) French Language
7 1 (1.35%) Games
Job Titles
1 39 (52.70%) Analyst
2 29 (39.19%) Desktop Support
3 21 (28.38%) Support Analyst
4 20 (27.03%) Desktop Analyst
4 20 (27.03%) Desktop Support Analyst
5 19 (25.68%) Service Analyst
5 19 (25.68%) Service Desk Analyst
6 7 (9.46%) 2nd Line Support
6 7 (9.46%) Support Engineer
7 5 (6.76%) 3rd Line Support
8 4 (5.41%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
8 4 (5.41%) 2nd Line Desktop Support Analyst
8 4 (5.41%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
8 4 (5.41%) Citrix Analyst
8 4 (5.41%) Citrix Support
8 4 (5.41%) Citrix Support Analyst
8 4 (5.41%) IT Analyst
8 4 (5.41%) Server Engineer
9 3 (4.05%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
9 3 (4.05%) Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (5.41%) ODBC
2 2 (2.70%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 33 (44.59%) Blackberry
2 11 (14.86%) Data Centre
3 10 (13.51%) Client/Server
4 8 (10.81%) Smartphone
5 6 (8.11%) Analytical Skills
6 4 (5.41%) AS400
6 4 (5.41%) FlexPod
7 3 (4.05%) Management Information System
8 2 (2.70%) Video Conferencing
9 1 (1.35%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 73 (98.65%) Windows
2 46 (62.16%) Windows 7
3 18 (24.32%) Apple iOS
4 9 (12.16%) Windows XP
5 6 (8.11%) Windows Server
6 5 (6.76%) Windows Server 2003
6 5 (6.76%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (4.05%) Windows 10
7 3 (4.05%) Windows 2000 Server
8 2 (2.70%) Android
8 2 (2.70%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (1.35%) Linux
9 1 (1.35%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (52.70%) ITIL
2 16 (21.62%) Document Management
3 9 (12.16%) ITIL V3
4 8 (10.81%) Change Management
4 8 (10.81%) Problem Management
5 6 (8.11%) Time Management
5 6 (8.11%) Validation
6 5 (6.76%) Stakeholder Management
7 4 (5.41%) Server Monitoring
8 3 (4.05%) Identity Management
8 3 (4.05%) Service Management
9 2 (2.70%) Business Intelligence
9 2 (2.70%) Patch Management
9 2 (2.70%) Practice Management
9 2 (2.70%) Service Delivery
10 1 (1.35%) Asset Management
10 1 (1.35%) Data Analysis
10 1 (1.35%) Incident Management
10 1 (1.35%) Network Monitoring
10 1 (1.35%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 7 (9.46%) Java
2 2 (2.70%) PowerShell
2 2 (2.70%) VB
2 2 (2.70%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 74 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 51 (68.92%) MCSE
3 45 (60.81%) MCP
4 14 (18.92%) MCITP
5 12 (16.22%) MCSA
6 11 (14.86%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 10 (13.51%) A+ Certification
7 10 (13.51%) Degree
8 8 (10.81%) ACDT
8 8 (10.81%) ACHDS
8 8 (10.81%) ACTC
8 8 (10.81%) MCSM
8 8 (10.81%) Network+ Certification
9 7 (9.46%) ITIL Certification
9 7 (9.46%) MCTS
10 6 (8.11%) MOS
11 1 (1.35%) CCNP
11 1 (1.35%) ECDL
11 1 (1.35%) IBM Certification
11 1 (1.35%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (6.76%) SLA
2 1 (1.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 49 (66.22%) Active Directory
2 15 (20.27%) XenApp
3 12 (16.22%) Virtual Servers
4 6 (8.11%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (2.70%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (1.35%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 35 (47.30%) SCCM
2 4 (5.41%) Backup Exec
2 4 (5.41%) SCOM
2 4 (5.41%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 48 (64.86%) Microsoft
2 39 (52.70%) Citrix
3 11 (14.86%) Apple
4 8 (10.81%) VMware
5 7 (9.46%) Cisco
5 7 (9.46%) Lotus
5 7 (9.46%) Oracle
6 5 (6.76%) HP
6 5 (6.76%) SolarWinds
7 4 (5.41%) NetApp
7 4 (5.41%) Sybase
8 2 (2.70%) BMC
8 2 (2.70%) LANDesk
8 2 (2.70%) Mitel
8 2 (2.70%) OpenText
8 2 (2.70%) Remedy
9 1 (1.35%) Avaya
9 1 (1.35%) Intel Security
9 1 (1.35%) Red Hat
9 1 (1.35%) Wyse
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