The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for MCDST qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 23 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
North West / Cheshire
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 57 - 72
Rank change year-on-year - 0  
Contract jobs citing MCDST 1 0 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 0.16% - 0.30%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.01% - 1.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 0 0
Median daily rate - - -
UK excluding London median daily rate £90 £133 £115
% change year-on-year -32.07% +15.21%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 3
Median hourly rate £18.68 - £16.84
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.47 - £16.84

MCDST is in the academic qualifications and professional certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire.

Academic & Professional Certification
Cheshire
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 99 213 153
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 15.47% 23.15% 15.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 49 134 73
Median daily rate £325 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -23.52% +1.19%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £218 £305 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 2 20
Median hourly rate £55.00 £47.50 £16.16
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.78% +193.93%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £35.50 £14.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £66.50 £59.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.10 £24.12
% change year-on-year +9.62% +24.80%  

MCDST
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cheshire citing MCDST as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for MCDST in Cheshire

MCDST
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing MCDST in Cheshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for MCDST in Cheshire

MCDST
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCDST in Cheshire.

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCDST in Cheshire

MCDST
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCDST within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 23 June 2017. 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 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
Chester - 1 - -
MCDST
North West

For the 6 months to 23 June 2017, 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 across the Cheshire region with a requirement for MCDST.

1 2 (100.00%) Windows
1 2 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (50.00%) Blackberry
2 1 (50.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 1 (50.00%) Service Management
2 1 (50.00%) Management Information System
2 1 (50.00%) Wireless
2 1 (50.00%) Handset
2 1 (50.00%) Local Government
2 1 (50.00%) Windows Vista
2 1 (50.00%) Windows 7
2 1 (50.00%) iPad
2 1 (50.00%) High Availability
2 1 (50.00%) SharePoint
2 1 (50.00%) Windows XP
2 1 (50.00%) TCP/IP
2 1 (50.00%) VPN
2 1 (50.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (50.00%) Active Directory
2 1 (50.00%) Citrix
2 1 (50.00%) MCP

MCDST
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire 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 1 (50.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
1 1 (50.00%) SharePoint
Communications & Networking
1 1 (50.00%) TCP/IP
1 1 (50.00%) VPN
1 1 (50.00%) Wireless
General
1 1 (50.00%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 1 (50.00%) Desktop Support
1 1 (50.00%) Infrastructure Support
Miscellaneous
1 1 (50.00%) Blackberry
1 1 (50.00%) Handset
1 1 (50.00%) iPad
1 1 (50.00%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 2 (100.00%) Windows
2 1 (50.00%) Windows 7
2 1 (50.00%) Windows Vista
2 1 (50.00%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (50.00%) High Availability
1 1 (50.00%) Service Management
Qualifications
1 2 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (50.00%) MCP
System Software
1 1 (50.00%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 1 (50.00%) Citrix
1 1 (50.00%) Microsoft