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 1 August 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
1 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
Rank 190 219 224
Rank change year-on-year
+29 +5
Contract jobs citing MCSD 2 1 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.035% 0.014% 0.026%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.22% 0.091% 0.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 1 2
Average daily rate
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£600 £375 £369
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+60.00% +1.69%
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £425 £320
% change year-on-year
-14.11% +32.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £22.50
Qualifications Category
City of London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
898 1096 1056
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 15.58% 15.46% 13.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 628 743 688
Average daily rate £425 £425 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 61 39
Average hourly rate £16.16 £23.75 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-31.95% +35.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.49 £51.00 £36.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.52% -4.54%
MCSD
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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 1 August 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 6 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 5 (83.33%) .NET
2 5 (83.33%) SharePoint
3 4 (66.67%) Finance
3 4 (66.67%) C#
4 3 (50.00%) HTML
4 3 (50.00%) ASP.NET
4 3 (50.00%) MCSE
4 3 (50.00%) SharePoint 2010
4 3 (50.00%) Microsoft
5 2 (33.33%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (33.33%) Asset Management
5 2 (33.33%) WF
5 2 (33.33%) jQuery
5 2 (33.33%) SQL Server
5 2 (33.33%) Visual Studio
5 2 (33.33%) CSS
5 2 (33.33%) Web Services
5 2 (33.33%) XML
5 2 (33.33%) XSLT
5 2 (33.33%) JavaScript
5 2 (33.33%) Ajax
5 2 (33.33%) Advertising
6 1 (16.67%) Grid Computing
6 1 (16.67%) WinForms
6 1 (16.67%) TDD
6 1 (16.67%) Front Office
6 1 (16.67%) Infragistics
6 1 (16.67%) Workflow
6 1 (16.67%) Dynamics CRM

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

For the 6 months to 1 August 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 5 (83.33%) SharePoint
2 3 (50.00%) SharePoint 2010
3 1 (16.67%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (16.67%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 1 (16.67%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (16.67%) Dynamics CRM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (33.33%) SQL Server
2 1 (16.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (16.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (33.33%) Team Foundation Server
1 2 (33.33%) Visual Studio
2 1 (16.67%) TeamCity
General
1 4 (66.67%) Finance
2 2 (33.33%) Advertising
3 1 (16.67%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 5 (83.33%) Developer
2 4 (66.67%) SharePoint Developer
3 1 (16.67%) .NET Developer
3 1 (16.67%) Architect
3 1 (16.67%) SharePoint Architect
3 1 (16.67%) Technical Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (83.33%) .NET
2 3 (50.00%) HTML
2 3 (50.00%) ASP.NET
3 2 (33.33%) WF
3 2 (33.33%) jQuery
3 2 (33.33%) CSS
3 2 (33.33%) Web Services
3 2 (33.33%) XML
3 2 (33.33%) XSLT
3 2 (33.33%) Ajax
4 1 (16.67%) WinForms
4 1 (16.67%) MDX
4 1 (16.67%) WCF
4 1 (16.67%) WPF
4 1 (16.67%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 1 (16.67%) Grid Computing
1 1 (16.67%) Derivative
1 1 (16.67%) Visualisation
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (33.33%) Asset Management
2 1 (16.67%) TDD
2 1 (16.67%) Workflow
2 1 (16.67%) CRM
2 1 (16.67%) Unit Testing
2 1 (16.67%) Continuous Integration
2 1 (16.67%) Multithreading
2 1 (16.67%) Data Modelling
2 1 (16.67%) Rapid Prototyping
2 1 (16.67%) Information Architecture
Programming Languages
1 4 (66.67%) C#
2 2 (33.33%) JavaScript
3 1 (16.67%) VBA
3 1 (16.67%) C++
Qualifications
1 6 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 3 (50.00%) MCSE
3 1 (16.67%) Degree
Vendors
1 3 (50.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (16.67%) Infragistics
2 1 (16.67%) DevExpress