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 22 August 2014 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
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
Rank 563 517 535
Rank change year-on-year
-46 +18
Contract jobs citing MCSD 20 40 40
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.039% 0.082% 0.075%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.21% 0.47% 0.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 27 19
Average daily rate
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£375 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £371 £300 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £435 £468
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £425 £323
% change year-on-year
-12.94% +31.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £45.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £22.50
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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
9453 8554 9332
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 18.55% 17.58% 17.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 5410 4742 4877
Average daily rate £385 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £545 £514
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 400 442 580
Average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.52% -4.54%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £12.26 £12.49
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £44.97 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-5.00% -11.11%

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
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 22 August 2014. 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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statistics and historical trends)
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
London +21 15 £375 -3.22% 3
South East -18 2 £400 -5.88% 9
West Midlands -21 1 £425 -
East of England -29 1 - - 2
South West - - - - 3
Yorkshire - - - - 1
East Midlands - - - - 5
North East - - - - 3
North West - - - - 3
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MCSD
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, 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 39 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 27 (69.23%) Microsoft
3 25 (64.10%) .NET
4 23 (58.97%) C#
5 18 (46.15%) SQL Server
6 17 (43.59%) ASP.NET
7 16 (41.03%) JavaScript
8 15 (38.46%) MCSE
8 15 (38.46%) SharePoint
9 14 (35.90%) Degree
10 13 (33.33%) Visual Studio
11 12 (30.77%) HTML
12 10 (25.64%) MVC
12 10 (25.64%) WCF
13 9 (23.08%) MCPD
13 9 (23.08%) Finance
13 9 (23.08%) MCP
13 9 (23.08%) SharePoint 2010
14 8 (20.51%) Team Foundation Server
14 8 (20.51%) Windows
14 8 (20.51%) CSS
14 8 (20.51%) jQuery
15 7 (17.95%) Computer Science
15 7 (17.95%) .NET Framework
15 7 (17.95%) MS Excel
15 7 (17.95%) Windows Server 2008
16 6 (15.38%) CRM
16 6 (15.38%) XSLT
16 6 (15.38%) XML
16 6 (15.38%) MCDBA

MCSD
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, 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 15 (38.46%) SharePoint
2 9 (23.08%) SharePoint 2010
3 5 (12.82%) IIS
4 2 (5.13%) SharePoint 2013
4 2 (5.13%) Exchange Server 2013
4 2 (5.13%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (5.13%) BizTalk Server
4 2 (5.13%) MS Exchange
4 2 (5.13%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (2.56%) Exchange Server 2003
5 1 (2.56%) Node.js
Applications
1 7 (17.95%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.56%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 6 (15.38%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.56%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.56%) DHCP
1 1 (2.56%) TCP/IP
1 1 (2.56%) DNS
1 1 (2.56%) SAN
1 1 (2.56%) IPv6
1 1 (2.56%) Fibre Channel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (46.15%) SQL Server
2 5 (12.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 4 (10.26%) SQL Server 2008
3 4 (10.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 3 (7.69%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (2.56%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (2.56%) NoSQL
5 1 (2.56%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 13 (33.33%) Visual Studio
2 8 (20.51%) Team Foundation Server
3 4 (10.26%) TeamCity
3 4 (10.26%) MSTest
4 2 (5.13%) Visual Studio Team System
5 1 (2.56%) Selenium
5 1 (2.56%) Git (software)
General
1 9 (23.08%) Finance
2 4 (10.26%) Front Office
3 3 (7.69%) Advertising
4 1 (2.56%) Retail
Job Titles
1 20 (51.28%) Developer
2 9 (23.08%) SharePoint Developer
3 6 (15.38%) Architect
4 5 (12.82%) .NET Architect
5 4 (10.26%) Designer
5 4 (10.26%) Infrastructure Designer
5 4 (10.26%) .NET Developer
6 3 (7.69%) Senior .NET Developer
6 3 (7.69%) Software Architect
6 3 (7.69%) Front Office Developer
6 3 (7.69%) Senior Developer
6 3 (7.69%) Support Engineer
6 3 (7.69%) C# Architect
7 2 (5.13%) CRM Developer
7 2 (5.13%) Software Developer
7 2 (5.13%) Analyst
7 2 (5.13%) Solutions Architect
7 2 (5.13%) Microsoft Developer
7 2 (5.13%) Dynamics CRM Developer
7 2 (5.13%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (64.10%) .NET
2 17 (43.59%) ASP.NET
3 12 (30.77%) HTML
4 10 (25.64%) WCF
5 8 (20.51%) CSS
5 8 (20.51%) jQuery
6 7 (17.95%) .NET Framework
7 6 (15.38%) XSLT
7 6 (15.38%) XML
8 5 (12.82%) Ajax
8 5 (12.82%) Web Services
8 5 (12.82%) KnockoutJS
9 4 (10.26%) ASP.NET MVC
9 4 (10.26%) Unity DI Container
9 4 (10.26%) Middleware
9 4 (10.26%) WPF
9 4 (10.26%) MDX
9 4 (10.26%) WinForms
10 3 (7.69%) WF
10 3 (7.69%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 7 (17.95%) Computer Science
2 4 (10.26%) Visualisation
2 4 (10.26%) Derivative
2 4 (10.26%) Grid Computing
2 4 (10.26%) Clustering
3 2 (5.13%) Enterprise Software
3 2 (5.13%) Blackberry
3 2 (5.13%) Interest Rate Derivative
Operating Systems
1 8 (20.51%) Windows
2 7 (17.95%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (5.13%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (2.56%) Windows 7
4 1 (2.56%) Windows 8
4 1 (2.56%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (25.64%) MVC
2 6 (15.38%) CRM
2 6 (15.38%) Unit Testing
2 6 (15.38%) TDD
3 5 (12.82%) Continuous Integration
4 4 (10.26%) Rapid Prototyping
4 4 (10.26%) Data Modelling
4 4 (10.26%) Workflow
4 4 (10.26%) Service Delivery
4 4 (10.26%) Multithreading
4 4 (10.26%) Load Balancing
4 4 (10.26%) Scrum
5 3 (7.69%) Asset Management
5 3 (7.69%) Project Management
6 2 (5.13%) Continuous Improvement
6 2 (5.13%) Configuration Management
6 2 (5.13%) ERP
6 2 (5.13%) Greeks
6 2 (5.13%) Stress Testing
6 2 (5.13%) Document Management
Programming Languages
1 23 (58.97%) C#
2 16 (41.03%) JavaScript
3 5 (12.82%) VBA
3 5 (12.82%) C++
4 4 (10.26%) SQL
5 2 (5.13%) PowerShell
6 1 (2.56%) Ruby
6 1 (2.56%) T-SQL
6 1 (2.56%) VB.NET
6 1 (2.56%) C
6 1 (2.56%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 39 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 15 (38.46%) MCSE
3 14 (35.90%) Degree
4 9 (23.08%) MCPD
4 9 (23.08%) MCP
5 6 (15.38%) MCDBA
6 5 (12.82%) MCTS
6 5 (12.82%) MCAD
7 2 (5.13%) CISA
8 1 (2.56%) SC Cleared
8 1 (2.56%) Security Cleared
8 1 (2.56%) MCSA
8 1 (2.56%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (5.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 2 (5.13%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (2.56%) SCCM
1 1 (2.56%) SCOM
1 1 (2.56%) SCVMM
1 1 (2.56%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 27 (69.23%) Microsoft
2 4 (10.26%) DevExpress
2 4 (10.26%) Infragistics
3 2 (5.13%) Infor
4 1 (2.56%) Remedy
4 1 (2.56%) Facebook