The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for MCDST qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 28 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.

Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
England / North West
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 130 152 151
Rank change year-on-year +22 -1  
Contract jobs citing MCDST 2 8 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.077% 0.21% 0.14%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.42% 1.00% 0.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 3 0
Median daily rate - £110 -
UK excluding London median daily rate £90 £180 £180
% change year-on-year -50.00% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 2
Median hourly rate £17.09 £16.50 £15.92
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.57% +3.64%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.82 £16.50 £15.18
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.36 £16.50 £16.66
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.07 £16.50 £15.92
% change year-on-year -26.84% +3.64%  

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 the North West.

Academic & Professional Certification
North West
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 475 800 747
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 18.38% 20.80% 20.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 276 403 340
Median daily rate £423 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.04% +2.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £269 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £540 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 55 49 70
Median hourly rate £42.48 £41.50 £46.71
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.34% -11.15%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.50 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £62.50 £59.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -25.20% +73.91%  

MCDST
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West 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 the North West

MCDST
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCDST in the North West

MCDST
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCDST in the North West

MCDST
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCDST within the North West region over the 3 months to 28 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
Cheshire - 2 - -
MCDST
England

For the 6 months to 28 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 North West 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 the North West 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