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 27 February 2015 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
27 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
Rank 556 507 466
Rank change year-on-year
-49 -41
Contract jobs citing MCDST 20 59 71
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.038% 0.12% 0.16%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.18% 0.60% 0.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 21 33
Average daily rate
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£170 £205 £183
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-17.07% +12.32%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £115 £120 £95
10% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £530 £235
UK excluding London average daily rate £150 £463 £135
% change year-on-year
-67.56% +242.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 12 18
Average hourly rate £18.00 £13.13 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+37.14% -27.08%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £10.65 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.00 £24.00 £18.68
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.00 £13.00 £18.40
% change year-on-year
+84.61% -29.34%

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
11306 9847 8223
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.55% 19.59% 18.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 6538 5305 4364
Average daily rate £400 £375 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +2.73%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £225 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £550 £538
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £353 £333
% change year-on-year
+9.14% +6.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 512 465 493
Average hourly rate £22.00 £18.66 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.93% -32.16%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £17.50 £26.75
% change year-on-year
+28.57% -34.57%

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 27 February 2015.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCDST within the UK over the 3 months to 27 February 2015.

MCDST Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

MCDST
Top 30 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 27 February 2015. 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
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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 -51 19 £170 -17.07% 9
London -29 8 £250 +21.95% 2
South East -35 6 £120 -77.03% 1
West Midlands - 3 £195 -
Hampshire -12 2 £120 -
Southampton -14 2 £120 -
City of London +14 1 £340 +51.11% 1
East of England +1 1 - -
Scotland -8 1 - - 1
South West -22 1 £110 -31.25% 2
Fife - 1 - -
Birmingham - 1 - -
Bristol - 1 £110 -
Coventry - 1 £180 -
Dunfermline - 1 - -
Glasgow - - - -
Leeds - - - -
Leicester - - - -
Cambridge - - - -
Cardiff - - - -
Manchester - - - -
Milton Keynes - - - -
Newbury - - - -
Newcastle upon Tyne - - - - 1
Northampton - - - -
Plymouth - - - -
Portsmouth - - - -
Reading - - - -
East Midlands - - - -
North East - - - - 1

MCDST
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, 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 64 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 61 (95.31%) Microsoft
3 53 (82.81%) Windows
4 37 (57.81%) MS Office
5 35 (54.69%) MCSE
6 33 (51.56%) Windows 7
7 24 (37.50%) Citrix
8 23 (35.94%) MCP
9 21 (32.81%) Active Directory
10 20 (31.25%) ITIL
10 20 (31.25%) Blackberry
11 19 (29.69%) MCSA
11 19 (29.69%) MS Excel
12 17 (26.56%) MCITP
13 15 (23.44%) Wireless
13 15 (23.44%) Windows Vista
14 14 (21.88%) SharePoint
15 13 (20.31%) Cisco
16 12 (18.75%) A+ Certification
16 12 (18.75%) MCTS
17 11 (17.19%) Internet
17 11 (17.19%) DHCP
17 11 (17.19%) DNS
18 10 (15.63%) FTP
18 10 (15.63%) Windows XP
18 10 (15.63%) MS Exchange
18 10 (15.63%) Thin Client
18 10 (15.63%) Reuters
18 10 (15.63%) Bloomberg
18 10 (15.63%) Smartcard

MCDST
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, 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 14 (21.88%) SharePoint
2 10 (15.63%) MS Exchange
3 6 (9.38%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 3 (4.69%) IBM Notes
4 3 (4.69%) Exchange Server 2007
5 2 (3.13%) CMS
6 1 (1.56%) Lync
6 1 (1.56%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (1.56%) IIS
Applications
1 37 (57.81%) MS Office
2 19 (29.69%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 15 (23.44%) Wireless
2 11 (17.19%) DHCP
2 11 (17.19%) DNS
2 11 (17.19%) Internet
3 10 (15.63%) FTP
4 9 (14.06%) WAN
5 7 (10.94%) TCP/IP
6 6 (9.38%) LAN
7 4 (6.25%) VPN
7 4 (6.25%) Network Security
8 3 (4.69%) SAN
9 2 (3.13%) DMZ
9 2 (3.13%) Extranet
9 2 (3.13%) Firewall
9 2 (3.13%) Wi-Fi
9 2 (3.13%) WLAN
10 1 (1.56%) ADSL
10 1 (1.56%) Broadband
10 1 (1.56%) 3G
10 1 (1.56%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (6.25%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.56%) RDBMS
2 1 (1.56%) Relational Database
General
1 6 (9.38%) Finance
2 4 (6.25%) Law
3 2 (3.13%) Legal
3 2 (3.13%) Local Government
4 1 (1.56%) Marketing
4 1 (1.56%) Retail
Job Titles
1 17 (26.56%) Analyst
2 15 (23.44%) Desktop Support
3 14 (21.88%) Support Analyst
4 11 (17.19%) Support Engineer
4 11 (17.19%) 2nd Line Support
5 10 (15.63%) Help Desk Analyst
5 10 (15.63%) Help Desk Support
5 10 (15.63%) Help Desk Support Analyst
6 8 (12.50%) 1st Line Support
6 8 (12.50%) 1st Line Support Analyst
7 7 (10.94%) Field Engineer
7 7 (10.94%) Desktop Engineer
7 7 (10.94%) Field Service Engineer
7 7 (10.94%) Desktop Support Engineer
8 5 (7.81%) Network Manager
8 5 (7.81%) Security Manager
8 5 (7.81%) Network Security Manager
9 4 (6.25%) IT Support
9 4 (6.25%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
10 3 (4.69%) Rollout Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 20 (31.25%) Blackberry
2 10 (15.63%) Smartphone
2 10 (15.63%) Fat Client
2 10 (15.63%) Thin Client
2 10 (15.63%) Smartcard
3 8 (12.50%) EPoS
4 3 (4.69%) Video Conferencing
4 3 (4.69%) Management Information System
5 2 (3.13%) Handset
5 2 (3.13%) Replication
5 2 (3.13%) PDA
5 2 (3.13%) iPad
6 1 (1.56%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (1.56%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (1.56%) Data Protection Act
6 1 (1.56%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 53 (82.81%) Windows
2 33 (51.56%) Windows 7
3 15 (23.44%) Windows Vista
4 10 (15.63%) Windows XP
5 8 (12.50%) Android
6 4 (6.25%) Windows Server 2008
6 4 (6.25%) Windows 8
6 4 (6.25%) Windows Server 2012
7 3 (4.69%) Apple iOS
8 2 (3.13%) Linux
9 1 (1.56%) Windows 2000
9 1 (1.56%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (31.25%) ITIL
2 7 (10.94%) Time Management
3 6 (9.38%) Asset Management
4 3 (4.69%) People Management
5 2 (3.13%) Document Management
5 2 (3.13%) Service Management
5 2 (3.13%) Practice Management
5 2 (3.13%) Incident Management
5 2 (3.13%) Problem Management
6 1 (1.56%) Manual Testing
6 1 (1.56%) Investment Management
6 1 (1.56%) Migration
6 1 (1.56%) Business Intelligence
6 1 (1.56%) Automated Testing
6 1 (1.56%) Performance Management
6 1 (1.56%) Data Protection
6 1 (1.56%) ITIL V3
6 1 (1.56%) Line Management
Qualifications
1 64 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 35 (54.69%) MCSE
3 23 (35.94%) MCP
4 19 (29.69%) MCSA
5 17 (26.56%) MCITP
6 12 (18.75%) MCTS
6 12 (18.75%) A+ Certification
7 9 (14.06%) Security Cleared
8 8 (12.50%) Cisco Certification
8 8 (12.50%) CCNA
9 5 (7.81%) CCDP
9 5 (7.81%) CCNP
9 5 (7.81%) CCIP
9 5 (7.81%) RHCE
9 5 (7.81%) IBM Certification
9 5 (7.81%) ACSP
9 5 (7.81%) RHCSA
9 5 (7.81%) ACSA
10 3 (4.69%) MOS
10 3 (4.69%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (9.38%) SLA
2 5 (7.81%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.56%) QA
3 1 (1.56%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 21 (32.81%) Active Directory
2 3 (4.69%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (4.69%) XenApp
3 1 (1.56%) Hyper-V
3 1 (1.56%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 2 (3.13%) DameWare
2 1 (1.56%) Backup Exec
2 1 (1.56%) SCCM
2 1 (1.56%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 61 (95.31%) Microsoft
2 24 (37.50%) Citrix
3 13 (20.31%) Cisco
4 10 (15.63%) Reuters
4 10 (15.63%) Bloomberg
4 10 (15.63%) CQG
5 8 (12.50%) IBM
6 7 (10.94%) HP
6 7 (10.94%) Dell
6 7 (10.94%) McAfee
6 7 (10.94%) Sophos
7 6 (9.38%) Panasonic
8 5 (7.81%) Apple
8 5 (7.81%) EMC
8 5 (7.81%) Avaya
9 4 (6.25%) Red Hat
9 4 (6.25%) VMware
10 3 (4.69%) Mitel
10 3 (4.69%) SolarWinds
10 3 (4.69%) Lotus