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 September 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 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
Rank 606 631 614
Rank change year-on-year
+25 -17
Contract jobs citing MCDST 43 39 32
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.081% 0.067% 0.055%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.39% 0.34% 0.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 11 10
Median daily rate £125 £200 £270
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-37.37% -25.92%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £90 £138 £129
10% offered a daily rate of more than £282 £425 £428
UK excluding London median daily rate £90 £269 £350
% change year-on-year
-66.51% -23.21%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 6 8
Median hourly rate £13.00 £14.50 £13.63
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.34% +6.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.60 £14.25 £11.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.00 £15.67 £17.79
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.00 £14.50 £14.00
% change year-on-year
-10.34% +3.57%

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
10894 11305 11428
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.59% 19.50% 19.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 6733 6816 6331
Median daily rate £400 £400 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £255 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £388 £365
% change year-on-year
-3.22% +6.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 379 535 482
Median hourly rate £27.50 £22.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% +10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.96 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £47.00 £47.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £23.88 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+17.27% +19.37%

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 September 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 25 September 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 +21 35 £158 -21.25% 6
London +9 20 £160 -20.00% 4
South East +24 7 £121 -12.36% 1
Canary Wharf - 6 £160 -
Reading +18 3 - -
City of London +16 3 - -
Berkshire +11 3 - -
Yorkshire +6 3 £80 -30.43%
Oxfordshire - 3 - -
North West +19 2 £210 -49.09%
West Yorkshire +2 2 £80 -
Manchester -2 2 £210 -49.09%
Wakefield - 2 £80 -
North Yorkshire +3 1 - -
West Midlands - 1 - -
South West - 1 - -
North East - 1 £93 -
Wiltshire - 1 - -
Surrey - 1 £121 -
Durham - 1 £93 -
Middlesbrough - 1 - -
Birmingham - 1 - -

MCDST
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 September 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 77 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 69 (89.61%) Windows
3 60 (77.92%) Active Directory
4 52 (67.53%) MS Office
5 48 (62.34%) MCP
5 48 (62.34%) Microsoft
6 47 (61.04%) MCSE
7 43 (55.84%) Windows 7
8 36 (46.75%) TCP/IP
9 35 (45.45%) ITIL
9 35 (45.45%) Citrix
10 32 (41.56%) Blackberry
11 31 (40.26%) Finance
11 31 (40.26%) SCCM
12 25 (32.47%) Apple iOS
13 22 (28.57%) Internet
13 22 (28.57%) MS Exchange
14 20 (25.97%) MS Excel
14 20 (25.97%) DNS
14 20 (25.97%) DHCP
15 19 (24.68%) Data Centre
16 18 (23.38%) Virtual Servers
16 18 (23.38%) A+ Certification
17 16 (20.78%) Degree
17 16 (20.78%) Apple
17 16 (20.78%) MCSA
17 16 (20.78%) Client/Server
18 15 (19.48%) IBM Notes
18 15 (19.48%) Lotus
19 14 (18.18%) Change Management

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 22 (28.57%) MS Exchange
2 15 (19.48%) IBM Notes
3 11 (14.29%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 7 (9.09%) Exchange Server 2007
5 2 (2.60%) Exchange Server 2010
5 2 (2.60%) IIS
6 1 (1.30%) CMS
6 1 (1.30%) SharePoint
Applications
1 52 (67.53%) MS Office
2 20 (25.97%) MS Excel
3 3 (3.90%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (2.60%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (2.60%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 7 (9.09%) Office 365
2 2 (2.60%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (2.60%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (2.60%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 36 (46.75%) TCP/IP
2 22 (28.57%) Internet
3 20 (25.97%) DHCP
3 20 (25.97%) DNS
4 14 (18.18%) Ethernet
4 14 (18.18%) Wireless
5 13 (16.88%) LAN
6 12 (15.58%) WAN
7 8 (10.39%) Extranet
8 6 (7.79%) Skype
9 5 (6.49%) Intranet
10 4 (5.19%) SAN
11 2 (2.60%) IP Telephony
12 1 (1.30%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (9.09%) SQL Server
2 4 (5.19%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (2.60%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 2 (2.60%) CruiseControl
1 2 (2.60%) Team Foundation Server
1 2 (2.60%) TeamCity
1 2 (2.60%) Visual Studio Team System
2 1 (1.30%) MSI
General
1 31 (40.26%) Finance
2 11 (14.29%) Billing
3 9 (11.69%) Law
4 8 (10.39%) Legal
5 3 (3.90%) German Language
6 2 (2.60%) Publishing
7 1 (1.30%) Retail
Job Titles
1 38 (49.35%) Analyst
2 32 (41.56%) Desktop Support
3 18 (23.38%) Support Analyst
4 17 (22.08%) Desktop Analyst
4 17 (22.08%) Desktop Support Analyst
5 13 (16.88%) Service Analyst
5 13 (16.88%) Service Desk Analyst
6 8 (10.39%) Help Desk Analyst
6 8 (10.39%) Team Leader
7 7 (9.09%) 3rd Line Support
8 6 (7.79%) 2nd Line Support
8 6 (7.79%) First Line Help Desk Analyst
8 6 (7.79%) Senior Desktop Support
9 5 (6.49%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 5 (6.49%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
9 5 (6.49%) Desktop Support Team Leader
9 5 (6.49%) Desktop Team Leader
9 5 (6.49%) Support Engineer
9 5 (6.49%) Support Team Leader
10 4 (5.19%) Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (5.19%) ODBC
2 3 (3.90%) Web Services
3 2 (2.60%) .NET
3 2 (2.60%) ASP.NET
3 2 (2.60%) WCF
3 2 (2.60%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 32 (41.56%) Blackberry
2 19 (24.68%) Data Centre
3 16 (20.78%) Client/Server
4 12 (15.58%) Analytical Skills
5 9 (11.69%) Management Information System
6 8 (10.39%) PDA
6 8 (10.39%) Smartphone
7 4 (5.19%) AS400
7 4 (5.19%) FlexPod
8 2 (2.60%) Clustering
8 2 (2.60%) Fintech
9 1 (1.30%) Driving Licence
9 1 (1.30%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 69 (89.61%) Windows
2 43 (55.84%) Windows 7
3 25 (32.47%) Apple iOS
4 10 (12.99%) Windows XP
5 9 (11.69%) Windows Server
6 5 (6.49%) Windows Server 2003
7 4 (5.19%) Windows 10
7 4 (5.19%) Windows Server 2008
8 2 (2.60%) Windows 2000 Server
9 1 (1.30%) Android
9 1 (1.30%) Linux
9 1 (1.30%) Windows 8
9 1 (1.30%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (45.45%) ITIL
2 14 (18.18%) Change Management
3 12 (15.58%) Time Management
3 12 (15.58%) Validation
4 11 (14.29%) Problem Management
5 9 (11.69%) Document Management
5 9 (11.69%) Identity Management
6 8 (10.39%) ITIL V3
7 6 (7.79%) Incident Management
7 6 (7.79%) Service Management
8 4 (5.19%) Asset Management
8 4 (5.19%) Server Monitoring
9 3 (3.90%) CRM
9 3 (3.90%) Patch Management
10 2 (2.60%) Database Mirroring
10 2 (2.60%) Network Management
10 2 (2.60%) Service Delivery
10 2 (2.60%) Virtual Environments
11 1 (1.30%) Root Cause Analysis
11 1 (1.30%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (15.58%) Java
2 2 (2.60%) C#
2 2 (2.60%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 77 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 48 (62.34%) MCP
3 47 (61.04%) MCSE
4 18 (23.38%) A+ Certification
5 16 (20.78%) Degree
5 16 (20.78%) MCSA
6 14 (18.18%) ACDT
6 14 (18.18%) ACHDS
6 14 (18.18%) ACTC
6 14 (18.18%) MCSM
6 14 (18.18%) Network+ Certification
7 10 (12.99%) MCITP
8 9 (11.69%) MCTS
9 8 (10.39%) ITIL Certification
10 5 (6.49%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 2 (2.60%) CCNA
11 2 (2.60%) CCNP
11 2 (2.60%) Cisco Certification
11 2 (2.60%) MCDBA
12 1 (1.30%) ECDL
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (7.79%) SLA
System Software
1 60 (77.92%) Active Directory
2 18 (23.38%) Virtual Servers
3 11 (14.29%) XenApp
4 4 (5.19%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (2.60%) Hyper-V
6 1 (1.30%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 31 (40.26%) SCCM
2 5 (6.49%) SCOM
3 4 (5.19%) Backup Exec
3 4 (5.19%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 48 (62.34%) Microsoft
2 35 (45.45%) Citrix
3 16 (20.78%) Apple
4 15 (19.48%) Lotus
5 12 (15.58%) Oracle
6 8 (10.39%) VMware
7 7 (9.09%) Cisco
8 5 (6.49%) SolarWinds
9 4 (5.19%) HP
9 4 (5.19%) NetApp
9 4 (5.19%) Sybase
10 2 (2.60%) BMC
10 2 (2.60%) Remedy
11 1 (1.30%) Avaya
11 1 (1.30%) Intel Security
11 1 (1.30%) LANDesk
11 1 (1.30%) Mitel
11 1 (1.30%) OpenText