The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for MCDST qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 25 March 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
UK / England
Rank 575 569 576
Rank change year-on-year -6 +7  
Contract jobs citing MCDST 10 46 21
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.024% 0.094% 0.044%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.12% 0.45% 0.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 12 5
Median daily rate £133 £200 £180
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -33.75% +11.11%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £123 £112 £130
10% offered a daily rate of more than £143 £330 £288
UK excluding London median daily rate £90 £203 £180
% change year-on-year -55.55% +12.50%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 1
Median hourly rate £15.50 £16.50 £13.93
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.06% +18.44%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.07 £16.50 -
% change year-on-year -26.84% -  

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 England.

Academic & Professional Certification
England
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 8635 10261 9623
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 20.66% 20.92% 20.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 5425 6473 5556
Median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £269 £260 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 419 375 428
Median hourly rate £30.00 £35.55 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.60% +57.98%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.50 £57.75 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.25 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -26.87% +77.77%  

MCDST
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England 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 England

MCDST
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCDST in England

MCDST
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCDST in England

MCDST
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCDST within the England region over the 3 months to 25 March 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
London +29 6 £133 -33.75% 1
North West +21 2 - -
South West +2 1 - -
East of England - 1 - -
MCDST
UK

MCDST
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 25 March 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 England region with a requirement for MCDST.

1 30 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 28 (93.33%) Windows
3 20 (66.67%) Active Directory
4 18 (60.00%) Microsoft
5 17 (56.67%) MCP
5 17 (56.67%) MCSE
5 17 (56.67%) MS Office
5 17 (56.67%) Windows 7
6 14 (46.67%) Citrix
7 13 (43.33%) ITIL
7 13 (43.33%) MCSA
8 12 (40.00%) TCP/IP
8 12 (40.00%) Blackberry
8 12 (40.00%) Management Information System
9 10 (33.33%) Wireless
9 10 (33.33%) Apple
9 10 (33.33%) LAN
10 9 (30.00%) Change Management
10 9 (30.00%) SCCM
10 9 (30.00%) Time Management
10 9 (30.00%) Network+ Certification
11 8 (26.67%) Validation
11 8 (26.67%) ACTC
11 8 (26.67%) ACHDS
11 8 (26.67%) ACDT
11 8 (26.67%) Ethernet
11 8 (26.67%) Identity Management
11 8 (26.67%) Internet
11 8 (26.67%) Client/Server
11 8 (26.67%) Apple iOS

MCDST
Top Related IT Skills in England 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 4 (13.33%) Skype for Business
2 3 (10.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 3 (10.00%) IIS
3 2 (6.67%) MS Exchange
4 1 (3.33%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (3.33%) IBM Notes
4 1 (3.33%) SharePoint
Applications
1 17 (56.67%) MS Office
2 6 (20.00%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (10.00%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (3.33%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 2 (6.67%) Office 365
2 1 (3.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (3.33%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 12 (40.00%) TCP/IP
2 10 (33.33%) LAN
2 10 (33.33%) Wireless
3 8 (26.67%) Ethernet
3 8 (26.67%) Internet
4 7 (23.33%) Wi-Fi
5 3 (10.00%) IP Telephony
5 3 (10.00%) Network Security
5 3 (10.00%) WAN
6 2 (6.67%) VoIP
6 2 (6.67%) VPN
7 1 (3.33%) Cisco IOS
7 1 (3.33%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (10.00%) SQL Server
1 3 (10.00%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 3 (10.00%) CruiseControl
1 3 (10.00%) Team Foundation Server
1 3 (10.00%) TeamCity
1 3 (10.00%) Visual Studio Team System
2 1 (3.33%) MSI
General
1 6 (20.00%) Retail
2 3 (10.00%) Finance
3 2 (6.67%) Banking
3 2 (6.67%) Billing
3 2 (6.67%) Military
4 1 (3.33%) Games
4 1 (3.33%) Legal
4 1 (3.33%) Local Government
4 1 (3.33%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 12 (40.00%) Desktop Support
2 10 (33.33%) Analyst
3 9 (30.00%) Support Engineer
4 8 (26.67%) Support Analyst
5 7 (23.33%) Desktop Engineer
6 6 (20.00%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 5 (16.67%) Desktop Analyst
7 5 (16.67%) Desktop Support Analyst
8 3 (10.00%) Service Analyst
8 3 (10.00%) Service Desk Analyst
8 3 (10.00%) Windows Engineer
8 3 (10.00%) Windows Support Engineer
9 2 (6.67%) 2nd Line Engineer
9 2 (6.67%) 2nd Line Support
9 2 (6.67%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
9 2 (6.67%) IMAC Engineer
9 2 (6.67%) Senior Analyst
9 2 (6.67%) Senior Support Analyst
10 1 (3.33%) IT Support
10 1 (3.33%) Mac Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (10.00%) .NET
1 3 (10.00%) ASP.NET
1 3 (10.00%) WCF
1 3 (10.00%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 12 (40.00%) Blackberry
1 12 (40.00%) Management Information System
2 8 (26.67%) Client/Server
3 4 (13.33%) Smartphone
4 3 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (10.00%) Clustering
5 2 (6.67%) Data Centre
5 2 (6.67%) e-Learning
5 2 (6.67%) Handset
6 1 (3.33%) Biotechnology
6 1 (3.33%) iPad
6 1 (3.33%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 28 (93.33%) Windows
2 17 (56.67%) Windows 7
3 8 (26.67%) Apple iOS
4 7 (23.33%) Windows 8
5 5 (16.67%) Windows Server
6 4 (13.33%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (10.00%) Windows XP
8 2 (6.67%) Windows 10
9 1 (3.33%) Android
9 1 (3.33%) Linux
9 1 (3.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (3.33%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (3.33%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (43.33%) ITIL
2 9 (30.00%) Change Management
2 9 (30.00%) Time Management
3 8 (26.67%) Identity Management
3 8 (26.67%) Validation
4 4 (13.33%) Service Delivery
5 3 (10.00%) CRM
5 3 (10.00%) Database Mirroring
5 3 (10.00%) ITIL V3
5 3 (10.00%) Network Management
5 3 (10.00%) Patch Management
5 3 (10.00%) Virtual Environments
6 2 (6.67%) Analytics
6 2 (6.67%) Coaching
6 2 (6.67%) Document Management
6 2 (6.67%) Logistics
6 2 (6.67%) Mathematics
6 2 (6.67%) Process Improvement
6 2 (6.67%) Service Management
6 2 (6.67%) Software Distribution
Programming Languages
1 4 (13.33%) PowerShell
2 3 (10.00%) C#
3 2 (6.67%) C
3 2 (6.67%) SQL
4 1 (3.33%) Java
4 1 (3.33%) VB
4 1 (3.33%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 30 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 17 (56.67%) MCP
2 17 (56.67%) MCSE
3 13 (43.33%) MCSA
4 9 (30.00%) Network+ Certification
5 8 (26.67%) ACDT
5 8 (26.67%) ACHDS
5 8 (26.67%) ACTC
5 8 (26.67%) MCSM
6 6 (20.00%) MCITP
7 5 (16.67%) A+ Certification
8 4 (13.33%) MCTS
9 3 (10.00%) CCNA
9 3 (10.00%) CCNP
9 3 (10.00%) Cisco Certification
9 3 (10.00%) MCDBA
10 2 (6.67%) NVQ Level 3
11 1 (3.33%) Degree
11 1 (3.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (16.67%) SLA
System Software
1 20 (66.67%) Active Directory
2 8 (26.67%) Virtual Servers
3 3 (10.00%) Hyper-V
4 1 (3.33%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (3.33%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (3.33%) vSphere
4 1 (3.33%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 9 (30.00%) SCCM
2 4 (13.33%) WSUS
3 1 (3.33%) Sysprep
Vendors
1 18 (60.00%) Microsoft
2 14 (46.67%) Citrix
3 10 (33.33%) Apple
4 3 (10.00%) Cisco
5 2 (6.67%) VMware
5 2 (6.67%) Xerox
6 1 (3.33%) Acronis
6 1 (3.33%) Avaya
6 1 (3.33%) BMC
6 1 (3.33%) Intel Security
6 1 (3.33%) Juniper
6 1 (3.33%) LANDesk
6 1 (3.33%) Lotus
6 1 (3.33%) MobileIron
6 1 (3.33%) Polycom
6 1 (3.33%) Red Hat
6 1 (3.33%) Remedy
6 1 (3.33%) ServiceNow
6 1 (3.33%) Sophos
6 1 (3.33%) Veeam