The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West with a requirement for MCDST qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 24 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
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
England / South West
Rank 139 136 142
Rank change year-on-year -3 +6  
Contract jobs citing MCDST 1 2 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.038% 0.069% 0.064%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.12% 0.21% 0.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 1 1
Median daily rate - £125 £110
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +13.63%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £90 £203 £180
% change year-on-year -55.55% +12.50%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £13.00 - -
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 the South West.

Academic & Professional Certification
South West
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 812 956 915
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 31.25% 33.05% 29.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 533 559 562
Median daily rate £395 £388 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.93% -8.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £280 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £543 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 67 70 29
Median hourly rate £38.50 £42.50 £40.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.41% +4.93%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £20.00 £12.05
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £57.00 £48.14
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 the South West

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

MCDST
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCDST in the South West

MCDST
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCDST in the South West

MCDST
Contract Job Locations in the South 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 South West region over the 3 months to 24 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
Wiltshire - 1 - -
MCDST
England

MCDST
Top 9 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 24 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 West region with a requirement for MCDST.

1 2 (100.00%) ITIL
1 2 (100.00%) Windows
1 2 (100.00%) Windows XP
1 2 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 2 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 2 (100.00%) MCITP
1 2 (100.00%) NVQ Level 3
1 2 (100.00%) Windows 7
1 2 (100.00%) Analytical Skills

MCDST
Top Related IT Skills in the South 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:

Job Titles
1 2 (100.00%) Analyst
1 2 (100.00%) Service Analyst
1 2 (100.00%) Service Desk Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 2 (100.00%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 2 (100.00%) Windows
1 2 (100.00%) Windows 7
1 2 (100.00%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (100.00%) ITIL
Qualifications
1 2 (100.00%) MCITP
1 2 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 2 (100.00%) NVQ Level 3
Vendors
1 2 (100.00%) Microsoft