The table below looks at the statistics for MCDST in IT jobs advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited MCDST over the 3 months to 27 April 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
27 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
Rank 226 232 253
Rank change year-on-year
+6 +21
Permanent jobs citing MCDST 18 16 1
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.28% 0.23% 0.014%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.03% 0.98% 0.056%
Number of salaries quoted 14 10 1
Average salary £27,000 £26,500 £23,250
Average salary % change year-on-year
+1.88% +13.97%
UK excluding London average salary £25,500 £25,500 £22,250
% change year-on-year
- +14.60%
MCDST
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in permanent jobs advertised in the North West region.

Qualifications Category
North West
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
1745 1629 1794
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 26.91% 23.18% 24.64%
Number of salaries quoted 1336 1266 1463
Average salary £40,000 £35,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+14.28% -
90% offered a salary of more than £24,450 £23,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £62,500 £50,000 £52,500
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+6.25% -

MCDST
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing MCDST across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

MCDST Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

MCDST
Salary Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing MCDST across the North West region.

MCDST Salary Trend in the North West

MCDST
Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing MCDST within the North West region over the 3 months to 27 April 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Average Salary
Last 3 Months
Average Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +19 16 £26,250 +87.50% 2
Merseyside +6 2 £29,500 +7.27%
MCDST
England

MCDST
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 27 April 2015, IT jobs across the North West region 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 IT job ads sampled that cited MCDST.

1 33 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 31 (93.94%) Windows
3 29 (87.88%) Microsoft
4 24 (72.73%) MS Office
5 23 (69.70%) MCITP
5 23 (69.70%) Windows 7
6 21 (63.64%) Incident Management
7 20 (60.61%) Legal
8 18 (54.55%) ITIL
9 17 (51.52%) MS Excel
9 17 (51.52%) Security Cleared
10 16 (48.48%) Document Management
10 16 (48.48%) Law
11 14 (42.42%) Blackberry
12 13 (39.39%) Active Directory
13 12 (36.36%) A+ Certification
13 12 (36.36%) MOS
13 12 (36.36%) ITIL V3
14 9 (27.27%) Windows XP
14 9 (27.27%) MCP
15 8 (24.24%) DHCP
15 8 (24.24%) TCP/IP
15 8 (24.24%) DNS
15 8 (24.24%) iPad
15 8 (24.24%) iPhone
16 6 (18.18%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
16 6 (18.18%) Firewall
16 6 (18.18%) MS Exchange
16 6 (18.18%) CCENT
16 6 (18.18%) Exchange Server 2013

MCDST
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 27 April 2015, IT jobs across the North West region 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 IT job ads sampled that cited MCDST. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 6 (18.18%) MS Exchange
1 6 (18.18%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
1 6 (18.18%) Exchange Server 2010
1 6 (18.18%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 24 (72.73%) MS Office
2 17 (51.52%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 8 (24.24%) DHCP
1 8 (24.24%) TCP/IP
1 8 (24.24%) DNS
2 6 (18.18%) Firewall
2 6 (18.18%) VLAN
3 4 (12.12%) Wireshark
3 4 (12.12%) LAN
3 4 (12.12%) WAN
3 4 (12.12%) Extranet
General
1 20 (60.61%) Legal
2 16 (48.48%) Law
3 2 (6.06%) Finance
Job Titles
1 17 (51.52%) Team Leader
2 12 (36.36%) Technical Team Leader
2 12 (36.36%) Service Desk Team Leader
3 10 (30.30%) Analyst
4 9 (27.27%) 2nd Line Support
5 7 (21.21%) Support Analyst
6 6 (18.18%) Support Engineer
7 5 (15.15%) Infrastructure Analyst
7 5 (15.15%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
7 5 (15.15%) Network Support
8 4 (12.12%) Support Team Leader
8 4 (12.12%) Network Engineer
8 4 (12.12%) Network Support Engineer
9 3 (9.09%) Service Analyst
10 2 (6.06%) Desktop Support
10 2 (6.06%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 2 (6.06%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 2 (6.06%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
10 2 (6.06%) IT Support
10 2 (6.06%) Desktop Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 14 (42.42%) Blackberry
2 8 (24.24%) iPhone
2 8 (24.24%) iPad
3 5 (15.15%) User Experience
4 4 (12.12%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 31 (93.94%) Windows
2 23 (69.70%) Windows 7
3 9 (27.27%) Windows XP
4 4 (12.12%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (63.64%) Incident Management
2 18 (54.55%) ITIL
3 16 (48.48%) Document Management
4 12 (36.36%) ITIL V3
5 4 (12.12%) Change Control
6 1 (3.03%) Service Management
6 1 (3.03%) ITSM
Qualifications
1 33 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 23 (69.70%) MCITP
3 17 (51.52%) Security Cleared
4 12 (36.36%) MOS
4 12 (36.36%) A+ Certification
5 9 (27.27%) MCP
6 6 (18.18%) CCENT
7 5 (15.15%) SC Cleared
7 5 (15.15%) MCSE
7 5 (15.15%) MCSA
8 2 (6.06%) ITIL Certification
System Software
1 13 (39.39%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 29 (87.88%) Microsoft
2 4 (12.12%) Apple
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