The first table below looks at the demand for MCSD in IT contracts advertised for the City of London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCSD over the 3 months to 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications for the City of London region.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
Rank 207 195 223
Rank change year-on-year
-12 +28
Contract jobs citing MCSD 3 2 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.046% 0.032% 0.012%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.26% 0.20% 0.093%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 2 1
Average daily rate £475 £319 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+49.01% +15.90%
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £375 £463
% change year-on-year
-13.33% -18.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
Qualifications Category
City of London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
1176 993 1080
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 18.22% 15.93% 13.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 822 641 650
Average daily rate £412 £425 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.11% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £239 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £360
% change year-on-year
+3.70% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 33 37
Average hourly rate £22.00 £48.75 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-54.87% +143.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £15.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.65 £135.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £23.75 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-24.21% -5.00%
MCSD
London

MCSD
Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MCSD across the City of London region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

MCSD Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

MCSD
Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MCSD across the City of London region.

MCSD Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

MCSD
Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCSD across the City of London region.

MCSD Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

MCSD
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the City of London region citing MCSD also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited MCSD.

1 12 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 10 (83.33%) .NET
3 9 (75.00%) SharePoint
4 8 (66.67%) Microsoft
5 7 (58.33%) C#
6 6 (50.00%) SQL
6 6 (50.00%) ASP.NET
6 6 (50.00%) Finance
6 6 (50.00%) SharePoint 2010
7 5 (41.67%) Degree
8 4 (33.33%) .NET Framework
8 4 (33.33%) CSS
8 4 (33.33%) HTML
8 4 (33.33%) SQL Server
9 3 (25.00%) Visual Studio
9 3 (25.00%) Web Services
9 3 (25.00%) MCP
9 3 (25.00%) MCAD
9 3 (25.00%) OO
9 3 (25.00%) MCSE
9 3 (25.00%) CRM
9 3 (25.00%) Marketing
9 3 (25.00%) QA
9 3 (25.00%) jQuery
9 3 (25.00%) Team Foundation Server
10 2 (16.67%) Information Architecture
10 2 (16.67%) WF
10 2 (16.67%) Git (software)
10 2 (16.67%) SharePoint 2013
10 2 (16.67%) Unity DI Container

MCSD
Top Related IT Skills in the City of London by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the City of London region citing MCSD also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited MCSD. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 9 (75.00%) SharePoint
2 6 (50.00%) SharePoint 2010
3 2 (16.67%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (8.33%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 1 (8.33%) MS Excel
1 1 (8.33%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 1 (8.33%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 1 (8.33%) VoIP
1 1 (8.33%) WAN
1 1 (8.33%) TCP/IP
1 1 (8.33%) VPN
1 1 (8.33%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (33.33%) SQL Server
2 1 (8.33%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (8.33%) PerformancePoint
Development Applications
1 3 (25.00%) Visual Studio
1 3 (25.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (16.67%) Git (software)
General
1 6 (50.00%) Finance
2 3 (25.00%) Marketing
3 2 (16.67%) Banking
3 2 (16.67%) Legal
3 2 (16.67%) Advertising
4 1 (8.33%) Telecoms
4 1 (8.33%) Retail
Job Titles
1 11 (91.67%) Developer
2 5 (41.67%) SharePoint Developer
3 3 (25.00%) .NET Developer
3 3 (25.00%) ASP.NET Developer
4 2 (16.67%) SharePoint Architect
4 2 (16.67%) Analyst Developer
4 2 (16.67%) Analyst
4 2 (16.67%) Architect
5 1 (8.33%) Microsoft Developer
5 1 (8.33%) Dynamics CRM Developer
5 1 (8.33%) CRM Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (83.33%) .NET
2 6 (50.00%) ASP.NET
3 4 (33.33%) .NET Framework
3 4 (33.33%) CSS
3 4 (33.33%) HTML
4 3 (25.00%) Web Services
4 3 (25.00%) jQuery
5 2 (16.67%) WF
5 2 (16.67%) Unity DI Container
5 2 (16.67%) Ajax
5 2 (16.67%) XML
5 2 (16.67%) XSLT
6 1 (8.33%) ADO.NET
6 1 (8.33%) WPF
6 1 (8.33%) WinForms
6 1 (8.33%) ASP.NET Web Forms
6 1 (8.33%) CSS3
6 1 (8.33%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 2 (16.67%) Computer Science
2 1 (8.33%) GIS
Operating Systems
1 2 (16.67%) Windows
2 1 (8.33%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (25.00%) OO
1 3 (25.00%) CRM
2 2 (16.67%) Information Architecture
2 2 (16.67%) TDD
2 2 (16.67%) MVC
2 2 (16.67%) Project Management
2 2 (16.67%) Business Analysis
2 2 (16.67%) Asset Management
2 2 (16.67%) Data Management
2 2 (16.67%) Software Engineering
2 2 (16.67%) OOD
2 2 (16.67%) ETL
3 1 (8.33%) UML
3 1 (8.33%) Unit Testing
3 1 (8.33%) Continuous Integration
3 1 (8.33%) Workflow
3 1 (8.33%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 7 (58.33%) C#
2 6 (50.00%) SQL
3 2 (16.67%) VB.NET
3 2 (16.67%) JavaScript
4 1 (8.33%) T-SQL
4 1 (8.33%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 12 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 5 (41.67%) Degree
3 3 (25.00%) MCP
3 3 (25.00%) MCAD
3 3 (25.00%) MCSE
4 1 (8.33%) ISEB
4 1 (8.33%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (25.00%) QA
System Software
1 1 (8.33%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 8 (66.67%) Microsoft
2 2 (16.67%) Remedy
3 1 (8.33%) Cisco
3 1 (8.33%) Dell
3 1 (8.33%) Citrix