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 5 February 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.

Location
3 months to
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
Rank 580 576 535
Rank change year-on-year
-4 -41
Contract jobs citing MCDST 39 25 44
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.076% 0.049% 0.091%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.36% 0.24% 0.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 11 12
Average daily rate £200 £128 £160
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+56.86% -20.31%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £110 £120
10% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £190 £203
UK excluding London average daily rate £125 £130 £120
% change year-on-year
-3.84% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 5 11
Average hourly rate £15.50 £18.00 £13.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.88% +33.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £8.50 £15.00 £10.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.67 £26.00 £25.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £24.00 £12.69
% change year-on-year
-35.41% +89.12%

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
10904 10292 9385
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.20% 20.31% 19.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 6732 5960 5067
Average daily rate £400 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £237 £223
10% offered a daily rate of more than £569 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.53% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 498 480 434
Average hourly rate £37.50 £20.00 £18.70
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+87.50% +6.95%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.80 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.00 £47.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £21.00 £17.25
% change year-on-year
+90.47% +21.73%

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
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 5 February 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 27 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 5 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 +15 39 £200 +56.86% 12
London +1 19 £200 +56.86% 2
City of London +48 12 £450 +136.84% 1
South East +3 7 - - 4
Berkshire - 7 - - 1
Yorkshire -4 6 - - 1
Reading - 5 - -
West Yorkshire -2 3 - - 1
Redcar - 3 - -
Wakefield - 3 - -
North Yorkshire - 3 - -
North West - 3 - -
South West +4 2 £125 +13.63%
Bournemouth - 2 £125 -
Liverpool - 2 - -
Dorset - 2 £125 -
Westminster - 2 - -
Merseyside - 2 - -
East of England 0 1 - - 2
Hertfordshire - 1 - -
East Midlands - 1 - - 1
Cheshire - 1 - -
Northamptonshire - 1 - -
Watford - 1 - -
Chester - 1 - -
Corby - 1 - -
Northampton - 1 - -

MCDST
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 74 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 65 (87.84%) Windows
3 51 (68.92%) MS Office
4 50 (67.57%) Active Directory
5 49 (66.22%) Microsoft
6 47 (63.51%) ITIL
7 42 (56.76%) MCSE
8 40 (54.05%) Windows 7
9 30 (40.54%) Blackberry
10 29 (39.19%) Citrix
11 28 (37.84%) MCP
12 18 (24.32%) Finance
13 17 (22.97%) MS Excel
13 17 (22.97%) TCP/IP
14 16 (21.62%) SCCM
14 16 (21.62%) MCITP
15 15 (20.27%) MS Exchange
15 15 (20.27%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
16 13 (17.57%) Windows Server 2008
16 13 (17.57%) XenApp
17 12 (16.22%) Windows Server 2003
17 12 (16.22%) Cisco
18 11 (14.86%) WAN
18 11 (14.86%) Windows 2000 Server
19 10 (13.51%) Windows Vista
19 10 (13.51%) German Language
19 10 (13.51%) Service Management
20 9 (12.16%) LAN
20 9 (12.16%) Skype
21 7 (9.46%) French Language

MCDST
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 15 (20.27%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
1 15 (20.27%) MS Exchange
2 7 (9.46%) Exchange Server 2010
3 5 (6.76%) SharePoint
4 4 (5.41%) Exchange Server 2007
5 2 (2.70%) IIS
6 1 (1.35%) Lync
Applications
1 51 (68.92%) MS Office
2 17 (22.97%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (2.70%) assyst
1 2 (2.70%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (1.35%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 4 (5.41%) Office 365
2 1 (1.35%) Google Apps
2 1 (1.35%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 17 (22.97%) TCP/IP
2 11 (14.86%) WAN
3 9 (12.16%) LAN
3 9 (12.16%) Skype
4 5 (6.76%) VPN
5 4 (5.41%) DHCP
5 4 (5.41%) DNS
5 4 (5.41%) Wireless
6 3 (4.05%) DMZ
6 3 (4.05%) Internet
6 3 (4.05%) IP Telephony
7 2 (2.70%) Firewall
7 2 (2.70%) Intranet
7 2 (2.70%) Network Security
8 1 (1.35%) IPsec
8 1 (1.35%) PPTP
8 1 (1.35%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.35%) SQL Server
1 1 (1.35%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 3 (4.05%) MSI
2 2 (2.70%) HP UFT
2 2 (2.70%) JIRA
3 1 (1.35%) CruiseControl
3 1 (1.35%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (1.35%) TeamCity
3 1 (1.35%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 18 (24.32%) Finance
2 10 (13.51%) German Language
3 7 (9.46%) French Language
4 4 (5.41%) Local Government
5 3 (4.05%) Dutch Language
5 3 (4.05%) Law
5 3 (4.05%) Legal
6 2 (2.70%) Norwegian Language
7 1 (1.35%) Back Office
7 1 (1.35%) Billing
7 1 (1.35%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 29 (39.19%) Analyst
2 24 (32.43%) Support Analyst
3 23 (31.08%) Desktop Support
4 14 (18.92%) Desktop Analyst
4 14 (18.92%) Desktop Support Analyst
5 11 (14.86%) Service Analyst
5 11 (14.86%) Service Desk Analyst
5 11 (14.86%) Support Engineer
6 10 (13.51%) Technical Support
7 8 (10.81%) Citrix Support
7 8 (10.81%) Service Desk Support
8 7 (9.46%) 2nd Line Support
9 6 (8.11%) Citrix Analyst
9 6 (8.11%) Citrix Support Analyst
9 6 (8.11%) Service Desk Support Analyst
9 6 (8.11%) Technical Analyst
9 6 (8.11%) Technical Services Analyst
9 6 (8.11%) Technical Support Analyst
10 5 (6.76%) IT Engineer
10 5 (6.76%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (2.70%) Web Services
2 1 (1.35%) .NET
2 1 (1.35%) ASP.NET
2 1 (1.35%) WCF
2 1 (1.35%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 30 (40.54%) Blackberry
2 4 (5.41%) Handset
2 4 (5.41%) iPad
2 4 (5.41%) Management Information System
3 3 (4.05%) Video Conferencing
4 2 (2.70%) PDA
5 1 (1.35%) Clustering
5 1 (1.35%) Mathematics
5 1 (1.35%) Smartphone
5 1 (1.35%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 65 (87.84%) Windows
2 40 (54.05%) Windows 7
3 13 (17.57%) Windows Server 2008
4 12 (16.22%) Windows Server 2003
5 11 (14.86%) Windows 2000 Server
6 10 (13.51%) Windows Vista
7 7 (9.46%) Windows Server
7 7 (9.46%) Windows XP
8 4 (5.41%) Windows 8
9 3 (4.05%) Android
10 2 (2.70%) Mac OS X
10 2 (2.70%) Windows Server 2012
11 1 (1.35%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (63.51%) ITIL
2 10 (13.51%) Service Management
3 7 (9.46%) Stakeholder Management
4 4 (5.41%) Asset Management
4 4 (5.41%) ITIL V3
5 3 (4.05%) Business Intelligence
5 3 (4.05%) Configuration Management
5 3 (4.05%) Data Analysis
5 3 (4.05%) Document Management
5 3 (4.05%) Practice Management
5 3 (4.05%) PRINCE2
5 3 (4.05%) Project Management
6 2 (2.70%) Application Discovery
6 2 (2.70%) Capacity Management
6 2 (2.70%) Migration
6 2 (2.70%) Network Management
6 2 (2.70%) Network Monitoring
6 2 (2.70%) Patch Management
6 2 (2.70%) Test Strategy
6 2 (2.70%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 1 (1.35%) C
1 1 (1.35%) C#
1 1 (1.35%) PowerShell
1 1 (1.35%) SQL
Qualifications
1 74 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 42 (56.76%) MCSE
3 28 (37.84%) MCP
4 16 (21.62%) MCITP
5 6 (8.11%) MCSA
5 6 (8.11%) MOS
6 5 (6.76%) A+ Certification
6 5 (6.76%) CCNA
6 5 (6.76%) Cisco Certification
6 5 (6.76%) MCTS
7 4 (5.41%) ACSP
7 4 (5.41%) CCNP
7 4 (5.41%) Security Cleared
8 3 (4.05%) ACSA
8 3 (4.05%) CCDP
8 3 (4.05%) CCIP
8 3 (4.05%) IBM Certification
8 3 (4.05%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 3 (4.05%) RHCE
8 3 (4.05%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (4.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 3 (4.05%) SLA
2 1 (1.35%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 50 (67.57%) Active Directory
2 13 (17.57%) XenApp
3 4 (5.41%) Hyper-V
4 3 (4.05%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 16 (21.62%) SCCM
2 3 (4.05%) AppDNA
3 2 (2.70%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (2.70%) NetBackup
3 2 (2.70%) SCVMM
3 2 (2.70%) Tivoli
4 1 (1.35%) SCOM
4 1 (1.35%) WSUS
Vendors
1 49 (66.22%) Microsoft
2 29 (39.19%) Citrix
3 12 (16.22%) Cisco
4 6 (8.11%) Remedy
5 5 (6.76%) Apple
5 5 (6.76%) HP
6 3 (4.05%) Avaya
6 3 (4.05%) EMC
6 3 (4.05%) IBM
6 3 (4.05%) Red Hat
6 3 (4.05%) SolarWinds
7 2 (2.70%) BMC
7 2 (2.70%) Dell
7 2 (2.70%) McAfee
7 2 (2.70%) Panasonic
7 2 (2.70%) Sophos
7 2 (2.70%) Symantec
8 1 (1.35%) Google
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