The first table below looks at the demand 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 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 England 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 530 508 539
Rank change year-on-year
-22 +31
Contract jobs citing MCSD 23 41 31
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.047% 0.088% 0.059%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.25% 0.49% 0.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 25 15
Average daily rate
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£400 £400 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +23.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £373 £300 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £460 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £425 £320
% change year-on-year
-14.11% +32.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £45.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £22.50
Qualifications Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
9190 8305 9096
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 18.62% 17.82% 17.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 5234 4509 4797
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £535 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 400 455 566
Average hourly rate £19.00 £22.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.63% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £44.96 £41.35
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 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 1 August 2014.

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 1 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 +16 19 £395 -1.25% 4
South East -24 2 £425 - 1
West Midlands -13 1 £425 - 2
East of England - - - - 3
South West - - - - 4
East Midlands - - - - 3
North West - - - -
MCSD
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MCSD
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 1 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 41 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 29 (70.73%) .NET
2 29 (70.73%) Microsoft
3 26 (63.41%) C#
4 22 (53.66%) SQL Server
5 17 (41.46%) ASP.NET
5 17 (41.46%) MCSE
6 16 (39.02%) SharePoint
6 16 (39.02%) Visual Studio
6 16 (39.02%) JavaScript
6 16 (39.02%) Degree
7 13 (31.71%) WCF
8 12 (29.27%) HTML
9 10 (24.39%) XML
9 10 (24.39%) Windows
9 10 (24.39%) Finance
9 10 (24.39%) MVC
9 10 (24.39%) SharePoint 2010
10 9 (21.95%) MCPD
10 9 (21.95%) Windows Server 2008
10 9 (21.95%) Computer Science
11 8 (19.51%) jQuery
11 8 (19.51%) SQL Server 2008
11 8 (19.51%) Team Foundation Server
11 8 (19.51%) MCTS
11 8 (19.51%) MCP
11 8 (19.51%) CSS
11 8 (19.51%) IIS
11 8 (19.51%) C++
11 8 (19.51%) SQL

MCSD
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 1 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 16 (39.02%) SharePoint
2 10 (24.39%) SharePoint 2010
3 8 (19.51%) IIS
4 5 (12.20%) BizTalk Server
5 3 (7.32%) SharePoint 2013
6 2 (4.88%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (4.88%) Exchange Server 2010
6 2 (4.88%) Exchange Server 2007
6 2 (4.88%) MS Exchange
7 1 (2.44%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (2.44%) Node.js
Applications
1 6 (14.63%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 6 (14.63%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.44%) Office 365
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (53.66%) SQL Server
2 8 (19.51%) SQL Server 2008
3 7 (17.07%) SQL Server 2012
4 5 (12.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 5 (12.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 4 (9.76%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (2.44%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 16 (39.02%) Visual Studio
2 8 (19.51%) Team Foundation Server
3 4 (9.76%) TeamCity
3 4 (9.76%) MSTest
4 2 (4.88%) Visual Studio Team System
5 1 (2.44%) Git (software)
5 1 (2.44%) Selenium
General
1 10 (24.39%) Finance
2 4 (9.76%) Front Office
3 3 (7.32%) Advertising
4 1 (2.44%) Investment Banking
4 1 (2.44%) Banking
4 1 (2.44%) Retail
Job Titles
1 21 (51.22%) Developer
2 10 (24.39%) SharePoint Developer
3 7 (17.07%) Architect
4 6 (14.63%) Support Engineer
5 5 (12.20%) .NET Architect
6 4 (9.76%) Infrastructure Designer
6 4 (9.76%) .NET Developer
6 4 (9.76%) Senior Support Engineer
6 4 (9.76%) Designer
7 3 (7.32%) Front Office Developer
7 3 (7.32%) Senior Developer
7 3 (7.32%) Software Architect
7 3 (7.32%) SQL Developer
7 3 (7.32%) Senior .NET Developer
7 3 (7.32%) Microsoft Developer
7 3 (7.32%) C# Architect
8 2 (4.88%) Dynamics CRM Developer
8 2 (4.88%) CRM Developer
8 2 (4.88%) Software Developer
8 2 (4.88%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (70.73%) .NET
2 17 (41.46%) ASP.NET
3 13 (31.71%) WCF
4 12 (29.27%) HTML
5 10 (24.39%) XML
6 8 (19.51%) jQuery
6 8 (19.51%) CSS
7 7 (17.07%) .NET Framework
8 6 (14.63%) XSLT
9 5 (12.20%) Web Services
9 5 (12.20%) Ajax
9 5 (12.20%) KnockoutJS
10 4 (9.76%) Unity DI Container
10 4 (9.76%) MDX
10 4 (9.76%) WPF
10 4 (9.76%) ASP.NET MVC
10 4 (9.76%) XSD
10 4 (9.76%) Middleware
10 4 (9.76%) WinForms
11 3 (7.32%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 9 (21.95%) Computer Science
2 4 (9.76%) Derivative
2 4 (9.76%) Visualisation
2 4 (9.76%) Grid Computing
2 4 (9.76%) Clustering
3 2 (4.88%) Enterprise Software
3 2 (4.88%) Interest Rate Derivative
3 2 (4.88%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 10 (24.39%) Windows
2 9 (21.95%) Windows Server 2008
3 5 (12.20%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (24.39%) MVC
2 6 (14.63%) TDD
2 6 (14.63%) Unit Testing
2 6 (14.63%) CRM
3 5 (12.20%) Continuous Integration
4 4 (9.76%) Asset Management
4 4 (9.76%) Multithreading
4 4 (9.76%) Load Balancing
4 4 (9.76%) Rapid Prototyping
4 4 (9.76%) Data Modelling
4 4 (9.76%) Workflow
4 4 (9.76%) Scrum
4 4 (9.76%) Service Delivery
5 3 (7.32%) Project Management
6 2 (4.88%) Continuous Improvement
6 2 (4.88%) Document Management
6 2 (4.88%) Data Analysis
6 2 (4.88%) Investment Management
6 2 (4.88%) Stress Testing
6 2 (4.88%) Greeks
Programming Languages
1 26 (63.41%) C#
2 16 (39.02%) JavaScript
3 8 (19.51%) C++
3 8 (19.51%) SQL
4 4 (9.76%) VBA
4 4 (9.76%) T-SQL
4 4 (9.76%) C
5 1 (2.44%) VB.NET
5 1 (2.44%) PowerShell
5 1 (2.44%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 41 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 17 (41.46%) MCSE
3 16 (39.02%) Degree
4 9 (21.95%) MCPD
5 8 (19.51%) MCTS
5 8 (19.51%) MCP
6 6 (14.63%) MCDBA
7 5 (12.20%) MCAD
8 2 (4.88%) CISA
9 1 (2.44%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.88%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 1 (2.44%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 29 (70.73%) Microsoft
2 4 (9.76%) DevExpress
2 4 (9.76%) Infragistics
3 2 (4.88%) Infor
4 1 (2.44%) Remedy
4 1 (2.44%) Facebook