The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in London 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)
England / London
Rank 400 429 415
Rank change year-on-year +29 -14  
Contract jobs citing MCDST 6 11 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.031% 0.050% 0.024%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.18% 0.28% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 6 2
Median daily rate £133 £200 £250
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -33.75% -20.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £123 £173 £178
10% offered a daily rate of more than £143 £338 £322
UK excluding London median daily rate £90 £203 £180
% change year-on-year -55.55% +12.50%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £13.93
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 London.

Academic & Professional Certification
London
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 3339 3862 3532
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in London 17.15% 17.45% 16.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 2262 2725 2316
Median daily rate £450 £450 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +9.09%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £603 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 49 84
Median hourly rate £40.00 £17.50 £21.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +128.57% -18.12%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £12.75 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.85 £50.00
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 London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in London 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 London

MCDST
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCDST in London

MCDST
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCDST in London

MCDST
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCDST within the London 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
City of London -2 1 £120 -59.66%
Romford - 1 £145 -
MCDST
England

MCDST
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

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 London region with a requirement for MCDST.

1 19 (100.00%) Windows
1 19 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 18 (94.74%) Active Directory
3 15 (78.95%) MCSE
4 14 (73.68%) MS Office
4 14 (73.68%) MCP
5 13 (68.42%) Citrix
6 12 (63.16%) Windows 7
7 11 (57.89%) Blackberry
7 11 (57.89%) MCSA
7 11 (57.89%) TCP/IP
8 10 (52.63%) Microsoft
8 10 (52.63%) LAN
9 9 (47.37%) Apple
9 9 (47.37%) Change Management
9 9 (47.37%) Wireless
9 9 (47.37%) Network+ Certification
9 9 (47.37%) Time Management
10 8 (42.11%) ACTC
10 8 (42.11%) ACHDS
10 8 (42.11%) ACDT
10 8 (42.11%) Apple iOS
10 8 (42.11%) MCSM
10 8 (42.11%) Virtual Servers
10 8 (42.11%) Validation
10 8 (42.11%) Ethernet
10 8 (42.11%) Identity Management
10 8 (42.11%) Management Information System
10 8 (42.11%) Internet
10 8 (42.11%) Client/Server

MCDST
Top Related IT Skills in London 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 (21.05%) Skype for Business
2 3 (15.79%) IIS
3 2 (10.53%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 1 (5.26%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (5.26%) IBM Notes
4 1 (5.26%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 14 (73.68%) MS Office
2 2 (10.53%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (15.79%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (5.26%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 1 (5.26%) Office 365
1 1 (5.26%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 11 (57.89%) TCP/IP
2 10 (52.63%) LAN
3 9 (47.37%) Wireless
4 8 (42.11%) Ethernet
4 8 (42.11%) Internet
5 7 (36.84%) Wi-Fi
6 3 (15.79%) IP Telephony
6 3 (15.79%) Network Security
6 3 (15.79%) WAN
7 2 (10.53%) VoIP
8 1 (5.26%) Cisco IOS
8 1 (5.26%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (15.79%) SQL Server
1 3 (15.79%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 3 (15.79%) CruiseControl
1 3 (15.79%) Team Foundation Server
1 3 (15.79%) TeamCity
1 3 (15.79%) Visual Studio Team System
2 1 (5.26%) MSI
General
1 6 (31.58%) Retail
2 2 (10.53%) Finance
3 1 (5.26%) Games
3 1 (5.26%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 9 (47.37%) Desktop Support
2 6 (31.58%) Analyst
2 6 (31.58%) Desktop Engineer
2 6 (31.58%) Support Analyst
2 6 (31.58%) Support Engineer
3 5 (26.32%) Desktop Support Engineer
4 4 (21.05%) Desktop Analyst
4 4 (21.05%) Desktop Support Analyst
5 2 (10.53%) IMAC Engineer
6 1 (5.26%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
6 1 (5.26%) 2nd Line Desktop Support Engineer
6 1 (5.26%) 2nd Line Engineer
6 1 (5.26%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
6 1 (5.26%) Desktop Technician
6 1 (5.26%) IT Analyst
6 1 (5.26%) Senior Service Desk Analyst
6 1 (5.26%) Service Desk Support
6 1 (5.26%) Service Desk Support Analyst
6 1 (5.26%) Windows Engineer
6 1 (5.26%) Windows Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (15.79%) .NET
1 3 (15.79%) ASP.NET
1 3 (15.79%) WCF
1 3 (15.79%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 11 (57.89%) Blackberry
2 8 (42.11%) Client/Server
2 8 (42.11%) Management Information System
3 4 (21.05%) Smartphone
4 3 (15.79%) Clustering
5 2 (10.53%) Data Centre
6 1 (5.26%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (5.26%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 19 (100.00%) Windows
2 12 (63.16%) Windows 7
3 8 (42.11%) Apple iOS
4 7 (36.84%) Windows 8
5 5 (26.32%) Windows Server
6 4 (21.05%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (5.26%) Android
7 1 (5.26%) Windows 10
7 1 (5.26%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (47.37%) Change Management
1 9 (47.37%) Time Management
2 8 (42.11%) Identity Management
2 8 (42.11%) ITIL
2 8 (42.11%) Validation
3 3 (15.79%) CRM
3 3 (15.79%) Database Mirroring
3 3 (15.79%) Network Management
3 3 (15.79%) Virtual Environments
4 2 (10.53%) Patch Management
5 1 (5.26%) Configuration Management
5 1 (5.26%) ITIL V3
5 1 (5.26%) ITSM
5 1 (5.26%) Migration
5 1 (5.26%) Performance Tuning
5 1 (5.26%) Release Management
5 1 (5.26%) Security Hardening
5 1 (5.26%) Service Delivery
5 1 (5.26%) Software Distribution
Programming Languages
1 4 (21.05%) PowerShell
2 3 (15.79%) C#
3 2 (10.53%) SQL
4 1 (5.26%) Java
4 1 (5.26%) VB
4 1 (5.26%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 19 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 15 (78.95%) MCSE
3 14 (73.68%) MCP
4 11 (57.89%) MCSA
5 9 (47.37%) Network+ Certification
6 8 (42.11%) ACDT
6 8 (42.11%) ACHDS
6 8 (42.11%) ACTC
6 8 (42.11%) MCSM
7 4 (21.05%) MCTS
8 3 (15.79%) CCNA
8 3 (15.79%) CCNP
8 3 (15.79%) Cisco Certification
8 3 (15.79%) MCDBA
8 3 (15.79%) MCITP
9 2 (10.53%) A+ Certification
10 1 (5.26%) Degree
10 1 (5.26%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.26%) SLA
System Software
1 18 (94.74%) Active Directory
2 8 (42.11%) Virtual Servers
3 3 (15.79%) Hyper-V
4 1 (5.26%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (5.26%) vSphere
4 1 (5.26%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 7 (36.84%) SCCM
2 4 (21.05%) WSUS
3 1 (5.26%) Sysprep
Vendors
1 13 (68.42%) Citrix
2 10 (52.63%) Microsoft
3 9 (47.37%) Apple
4 1 (5.26%) BMC
4 1 (5.26%) Cisco
4 1 (5.26%) Intel Security
4 1 (5.26%) Juniper
4 1 (5.26%) LANDesk
4 1 (5.26%) Lotus
4 1 (5.26%) MobileIron
4 1 (5.26%) Oracle
4 1 (5.26%) Polycom
4 1 (5.26%) Remedy
4 1 (5.26%) ServiceNow
4 1 (5.26%) VMware