The table below looks at the statistics for MCSD in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCSD over the 3 months to 4 March 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

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
4 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
Rank 532 536 493
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -43
Contract jobs citing MCSD 20 12 24
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.042% 0.026% 0.058%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.19% 0.13% 0.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 8 21
Average daily rate
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£300 £475 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-36.84% +35.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £378 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £411 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £364 £400
% change year-on-year
+4.46% -9.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Average hourly rate £49.50 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £49.50 - -
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the England region.

Qualifications Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10697 9050 7594
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 22.43% 19.62% 18.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 6315 4927 4105
Average daily rate £400 £375 £368
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +2.04%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £225 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £383 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+9.28% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 473 427 456
Average hourly rate £22.00 £20.00 £26.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% -24.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.70 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £17.50 £26.25
% change year-on-year
+28.57% -33.33%

MCSD
Jobs Demand Trend in England

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

MCSD Jobs Demand Trend in England

MCSD
Daily Rate Trend in England

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

MCSD Daily Rate Trend in England

MCSD
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCSD across the England region over the 3 months to 4 March 2015.

MCSD Daily Rate Histogram in England

MCSD
Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

MCSD Hourly Rate Trend in England

MCSD
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSD within the England region over the 3 months to 4 March 2015. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
South East -19 8 £390 - 8
Yorkshire - 4 £300 -
North West - 3 - - 4
East of England - 3 £245 - 2
South West -5 2 £220 -32.30% 2
West Midlands - - - - 3
London - - - - 5
East Midlands - - - -
Midlands - - - -
North East - - - -
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MCSD
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 4 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England 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 25 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 20 (80.00%) Microsoft
3 15 (60.00%) MCSE
4 12 (48.00%) Windows
5 11 (44.00%) SharePoint
5 11 (44.00%) C#
5 11 (44.00%) MCP
6 9 (36.00%) .NET
7 8 (32.00%) MVC
8 7 (28.00%) Degree
9 6 (24.00%) Computer Science
9 6 (24.00%) jQuery
9 6 (24.00%) Security Cleared
9 6 (24.00%) Finance
9 6 (24.00%) ASP.NET
10 5 (20.00%) MCAD
10 5 (20.00%) JavaScript
10 5 (20.00%) Active Directory
10 5 (20.00%) Migration
10 5 (20.00%) VMware
10 5 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
10 5 (20.00%) CRM
10 5 (20.00%) Load Balancing
10 5 (20.00%) SC Cleared
11 4 (16.00%) Office Communications Server
11 4 (16.00%) VMware Infrastructure
11 4 (16.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 4 (16.00%) VLAN
11 4 (16.00%) MCPD
11 4 (16.00%) Technical Architecture

MCSD
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 4 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England 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 11 (44.00%) SharePoint
2 4 (16.00%) Office Communications Server
3 2 (8.00%) Lync
4 1 (4.00%) IIS
4 1 (4.00%) MS Exchange
4 1 (4.00%) Exchange Server 2000
4 1 (4.00%) Exchange Server 2003
4 1 (4.00%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (4.00%) SharePoint 2010
4 1 (4.00%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (4.00%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 3 (12.00%) MS Office
1 3 (12.00%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (8.00%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (8.00%) Office 365
2 1 (4.00%) SaaS
2 1 (4.00%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 4 (16.00%) VLAN
2 3 (12.00%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (16.00%) SQL Server
2 2 (8.00%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (4.00%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (4.00%) Microsoft Analysis Services
3 1 (4.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (4.00%) Data Mining
3 1 (4.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (4.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (4.00%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 3 (12.00%) Visual Studio
1 3 (12.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (4.00%) Subversion
2 1 (4.00%) MSBuild
General
1 6 (24.00%) Finance
2 1 (4.00%) Banking
Job Titles
1 7 (28.00%) Developer
2 5 (20.00%) Architect
3 4 (16.00%) Designer
3 4 (16.00%) Technical Design Architect
3 4 (16.00%) Infrastructure Designer
3 4 (16.00%) 3rd Line Support
3 4 (16.00%) Technical Architect
4 3 (12.00%) Applications Support
5 2 (8.00%) Web Developer
5 2 (8.00%) .NET Developer
5 2 (8.00%) C# Developer
6 1 (4.00%) Systems Architect
6 1 (4.00%) Senior .NET Developer
6 1 (4.00%) Data Warehouse Consultant
6 1 (4.00%) Consultant
6 1 (4.00%) Senior Developer
6 1 (4.00%) Analyst
6 1 (4.00%) Systems Analyst
6 1 (4.00%) Web Architect
6 1 (4.00%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (36.00%) .NET
2 6 (24.00%) jQuery
2 6 (24.00%) ASP.NET
3 4 (16.00%) HTML
4 3 (12.00%) CSS
4 3 (12.00%) JSON
4 3 (12.00%) ASP.NET MVC
4 3 (12.00%) HTML5
4 3 (12.00%) KnockoutJS
5 2 (8.00%) ASP.NET MVC 4
5 2 (8.00%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
5 2 (8.00%) CSS3
5 2 (8.00%) LINQ
5 2 (8.00%) .NET Framework
5 2 (8.00%) Ajax
6 1 (4.00%) XML
6 1 (4.00%) XSD
6 1 (4.00%) XSL
6 1 (4.00%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
6 1 (4.00%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 6 (24.00%) Computer Science
2 4 (16.00%) Clustering
3 1 (4.00%) W3C
3 1 (4.00%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 12 (48.00%) Windows
2 4 (16.00%) AIX
2 4 (16.00%) Solaris
2 4 (16.00%) UNIX
3 3 (12.00%) Linux
4 2 (8.00%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (4.00%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (4.00%) Windows 7
5 1 (4.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (32.00%) MVC
2 5 (20.00%) Migration
2 5 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (20.00%) CRM
2 5 (20.00%) Load Balancing
3 4 (16.00%) Technical Architecture
3 4 (16.00%) TDD
4 3 (12.00%) Web Design
5 2 (8.00%) Don't repeat yourself (DRY)
5 2 (8.00%) Customer Engagement
5 2 (8.00%) Web Development
5 2 (8.00%) Data Modelling
5 2 (8.00%) ITIL
6 1 (4.00%) OO
6 1 (4.00%) Project Management
6 1 (4.00%) Service Delivery
6 1 (4.00%) Time Management
6 1 (4.00%) Continuous Integration
6 1 (4.00%) Mentoring
6 1 (4.00%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 11 (44.00%) C#
2 5 (20.00%) JavaScript
3 4 (16.00%) SQL
4 2 (8.00%) VBA
5 1 (4.00%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 25 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 15 (60.00%) MCSE
3 11 (44.00%) MCP
4 7 (28.00%) Degree
5 6 (24.00%) Security Cleared
6 5 (20.00%) MCAD
6 5 (20.00%) SC Cleared
7 4 (16.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 4 (16.00%) MCPD
7 4 (16.00%) CCA
7 4 (16.00%) Citrix Certification
7 4 (16.00%) CCEA
7 4 (16.00%) MCDBA
8 3 (12.00%) VCP4
9 2 (8.00%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (4.00%) ISEB
10 1 (4.00%) MCTS
10 1 (4.00%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.00%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (20.00%) Active Directory
2 4 (16.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (12.00%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 3 (12.00%) SCCM
Vendors
1 20 (80.00%) Microsoft
2 5 (20.00%) VMware
3 4 (16.00%) Citrix
4 3 (12.00%) HP
5 1 (4.00%) TOWER Software
5 1 (4.00%) Remedy
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