The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East with a requirement for MCDST qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 29 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 / South East
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank - 244 262
Contract jobs citing MCDST 0 22 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East - 0.24% 0.061%
As % of the Qualifications category - 0.85% 0.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 2 0
Median daily rate - £280 -
UK excluding London median daily rate £90 £180 £180
% change year-on-year -50.00% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
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 South East.

Academic & Professional Certification
South East
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 2229 2577 2681
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 28.33% 27.58% 27.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 1334 1587 1379
Median daily rate £403 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.75% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £270 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £526 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 140 109 108
Median hourly rate £27.38 £37.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -26.00% +64.44%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £10.00 £13.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £62.30 £50.44
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -25.20% +77.77%  

MCDST
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East 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 South East

MCDST
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCDST in the South East

MCDST
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCDST in the South East

For the 6 months to 29 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 South East region with a requirement for MCDST.

1 2 (100.00%) Windows
1 2 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 2 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (50.00%) Avaya
2 1 (50.00%) Red Hat
2 1 (50.00%) Apple
2 1 (50.00%) Sophos
2 1 (50.00%) Active Directory
2 1 (50.00%) MS Office
2 1 (50.00%) ITIL
2 1 (50.00%) Linux
2 1 (50.00%) MCSA
2 1 (50.00%) MS Excel
2 1 (50.00%) MS Exchange
2 1 (50.00%) VPN
2 1 (50.00%) SLA
2 1 (50.00%) Disaster Recovery
2 1 (50.00%) VMware
2 1 (50.00%) Biotechnology
2 1 (50.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (50.00%) Veeam
2 1 (50.00%) Windows 7
2 1 (50.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (50.00%) VMware ESXi
2 1 (50.00%) Acronis
2 1 (50.00%) ITIL V3
2 1 (50.00%) Office 365
2 1 (50.00%) Windows 10

MCDST
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 1 (50.00%) MS Excel
1 1 (50.00%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (50.00%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (50.00%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (50.00%) VPN
Job Titles
1 2 (100.00%) Support Engineer
2 1 (50.00%) 2nd Line Engineer
2 1 (50.00%) 2nd Line Support
2 1 (50.00%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
2 1 (50.00%) Technical Engineer
2 1 (50.00%) Technical Support
2 1 (50.00%) Technical Support Engineer
2 1 (50.00%) Windows Engineer
2 1 (50.00%) Windows Support Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 1 (50.00%) Biotechnology
Operating Systems
1 2 (100.00%) Windows
2 1 (50.00%) Linux
2 1 (50.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (50.00%) Windows 10
2 1 (50.00%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (50.00%) Disaster Recovery
1 1 (50.00%) ITIL
1 1 (50.00%) ITIL V3
Qualifications
1 2 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (50.00%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (50.00%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (50.00%) Active Directory
1 1 (50.00%) VMware ESXi
Vendors
1 2 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (50.00%) Acronis
2 1 (50.00%) Apple
2 1 (50.00%) Avaya
2 1 (50.00%) Red Hat
2 1 (50.00%) Sophos
2 1 (50.00%) Veeam
2 1 (50.00%) VMware