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 26 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)
England / London
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 415 407 427
Rank change year-on-year -8 +20  
Contract jobs citing MCDST 9 11 15
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.043% 0.051% 0.064%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.26% 0.30% 0.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 6 12
Median daily rate £155 £150 £143
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +5.26%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £148 £140 £127
10% offered a daily rate of more than £205 £225 £286
UK excluding London median daily rate £90 £133 £118
% change year-on-year -32.07% +12.76%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.26 - £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 London.

Academic & Professional Certification
London
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 3428 3623 3617
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in London 16.51% 16.95% 15.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 2244 2513 2323
Median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.49% +5.94%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £610 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 74 43 91
Median hourly rate £19.50 £18.50 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.40% -24.48%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £14.02 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £32.00 £52.17
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.00 £24.12
% change year-on-year +10.00% +24.37%  

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 Daily Rate Histogram in London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCDST in London over the 3 months to 26 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCDST in London

MCDST
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCDST in London

For the 6 months to 26 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 London region with a requirement for MCDST.

1 15 (100.00%) Active Directory
1 15 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 14 (93.33%) Windows
3 12 (80.00%) Microsoft
4 10 (66.67%) MCP
5 9 (60.00%) MCSE
6 8 (53.33%) ITIL
6 8 (53.33%) Windows 7
7 7 (46.67%) Blackberry
7 7 (46.67%) Microsoft Office
8 6 (40.00%) MCSA
8 6 (40.00%) Skype for Business
8 6 (40.00%) SCCM
9 5 (33.33%) LAN
9 5 (33.33%) TCP/IP
9 5 (33.33%) A+ Certification
9 5 (33.33%) Citrix
9 5 (33.33%) McAfee
9 5 (33.33%) Wireless
9 5 (33.33%) Network+ Certification
10 4 (26.67%) Service Delivery
10 4 (26.67%) ITSM
10 4 (26.67%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 4 (26.67%) Cisco
10 4 (26.67%) Polycom
10 4 (26.67%) Video Conferencing
10 4 (26.67%) Android
10 4 (26.67%) Cisco IOS
10 4 (26.67%) MobileIron
10 4 (26.67%) ServiceNow

MCDST
Co-occurring 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 6 (40.00%) Skype for Business
2 4 (26.67%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 2 (13.33%) IBM Notes
3 2 (13.33%) IIS
Applications
1 7 (46.67%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (13.33%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 3 (20.00%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 5 (33.33%) LAN
1 5 (33.33%) TCP/IP
1 5 (33.33%) Wireless
2 4 (26.67%) Cisco IOS
3 3 (20.00%) Ethernet
3 3 (20.00%) Internet
4 2 (13.33%) IP Telephony
4 2 (13.33%) Network Security
4 2 (13.33%) VoIP
4 2 (13.33%) WAN
5 1 (6.67%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (13.33%) SQL Server
1 2 (13.33%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 2 (13.33%) CruiseControl
1 2 (13.33%) Team Foundation Server
1 2 (13.33%) TeamCity
1 2 (13.33%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 3 (20.00%) Finance
2 2 (13.33%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 8 (53.33%) Desktop Support
2 5 (33.33%) Analyst
2 5 (33.33%) Support Analyst
3 4 (26.67%) 2nd Line Support
3 4 (26.67%) Desktop Analyst
3 4 (26.67%) Desktop Engineer
3 4 (26.67%) Desktop Support Analyst
4 3 (20.00%) Desktop Support Engineer
4 3 (20.00%) Service Desk Support
4 3 (20.00%) Support Engineer
5 2 (13.33%) Financial Analyst
6 1 (6.67%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
6 1 (6.67%) Desktop Technician
6 1 (6.67%) Exchange Engineer
6 1 (6.67%) Exchange Support
6 1 (6.67%) IT Support
6 1 (6.67%) Mac Engineer
6 1 (6.67%) VMware Engineer
6 1 (6.67%) VMware Support Engineer
6 1 (6.67%) Windows Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (13.33%) .NET
1 2 (13.33%) ASP.NET
1 2 (13.33%) WCF
1 2 (13.33%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 7 (46.67%) Blackberry
2 4 (26.67%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (26.67%) Video Conferencing
3 3 (20.00%) Client/Server
4 2 (13.33%) Clustering
4 2 (13.33%) Smartphone
5 1 (6.67%) Data Centre
5 1 (6.67%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 14 (93.33%) Windows
2 8 (53.33%) Windows 7
3 4 (26.67%) Android
3 4 (26.67%) Windows Server
4 3 (20.00%) Apple iOS
5 2 (13.33%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (6.67%) Windows 10
6 1 (6.67%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (53.33%) ITIL
2 4 (26.67%) ITSM
2 4 (26.67%) Service Delivery
3 3 (20.00%) Change Management
3 3 (20.00%) Time Management
3 3 (20.00%) Validation
4 2 (13.33%) Configuration Management
4 2 (13.33%) CRM
4 2 (13.33%) Database Mirroring
4 2 (13.33%) Network Management
4 2 (13.33%) Virtual Environments
5 1 (6.67%) Identity Management
5 1 (6.67%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 2 (13.33%) C#
1 2 (13.33%) Java
1 2 (13.33%) PowerShell
1 2 (13.33%) SQL
Qualifications
1 15 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 10 (66.67%) MCP
3 9 (60.00%) MCSE
4 6 (40.00%) MCSA
5 5 (33.33%) A+ Certification
5 5 (33.33%) Network+ Certification
6 3 (20.00%) ACDT
6 3 (20.00%) ACHDS
6 3 (20.00%) ACTC
6 3 (20.00%) MCSM
7 2 (13.33%) CCNA
7 2 (13.33%) CCNP
7 2 (13.33%) Cisco Certification
7 2 (13.33%) MCDBA
7 2 (13.33%) MCITP
7 2 (13.33%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (6.67%) SLA
System Software
1 15 (100.00%) Active Directory
2 3 (20.00%) Virtual Servers
3 2 (13.33%) Hyper-V
4 1 (6.67%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (6.67%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 6 (40.00%) SCCM
2 2 (13.33%) WSUS
Vendors
1 12 (80.00%) Microsoft
2 5 (33.33%) Citrix
2 5 (33.33%) McAfee
3 4 (26.67%) Cisco
3 4 (26.67%) MobileIron
3 4 (26.67%) Polycom
3 4 (26.67%) ServiceNow
4 3 (20.00%) Apple
5 2 (13.33%) Lotus
5 2 (13.33%) Oracle
6 1 (6.67%) Adobe
6 1 (6.67%) Symantec
6 1 (6.67%) VMware