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 August 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 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
Rank 578 545 515
Rank change year-on-year
-33 -30
Contract jobs citing MCSD 9 23 41
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.017% 0.047% 0.088%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.092% 0.25% 0.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 9 25
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£400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £373 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £557 £460 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £365 £425
% change year-on-year
+6.16% -14.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £45.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
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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
9835 9196 8310
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 19.04% 18.63% 17.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 5949 5235 4514
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £530
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 462 400 455
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.42% -13.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.17 £13.25 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £45.00 £44.96
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+18.42% -9.52%

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 August 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 August 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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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 -13 4 £499 +26.26% 10
South East -26 3 £375 -11.76% 2
Yorkshire - 1 £375 -
East of England - 1 £400 -
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MCSD
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 4 August 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 37 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 24 (64.86%) Microsoft
3 20 (54.05%) Windows
4 19 (51.35%) .NET
5 18 (48.65%) C#
5 18 (48.65%) MCSE
6 17 (45.95%) ASP.NET
7 14 (37.84%) SharePoint
8 13 (35.14%) MCAD
9 12 (32.43%) SQL
9 12 (32.43%) Degree
10 11 (29.73%) Computer Science
10 11 (29.73%) MCP
11 10 (27.03%) JavaScript
11 10 (27.03%) SQL Server
11 10 (27.03%) CRM
11 10 (27.03%) jQuery
11 10 (27.03%) MVC
12 9 (24.32%) Agile Software Development
12 9 (24.32%) Visual Studio
13 8 (21.62%) Active Directory
13 8 (21.62%) Finance
13 8 (21.62%) .NET Framework
13 8 (21.62%) SharePoint 2010
14 7 (18.92%) ASP.NET MVC
14 7 (18.92%) Subversion
14 7 (18.92%) XML
14 7 (18.92%) HTML
15 6 (16.22%) IIS
15 6 (16.22%) MCDBA

MCSD
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 4 August 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 14 (37.84%) SharePoint
2 8 (21.62%) SharePoint 2010
3 6 (16.22%) IIS
4 2 (5.41%) Office Communications Server
4 2 (5.41%) MS Exchange
4 2 (5.41%) BizTalk Server
4 2 (5.41%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (5.41%) SharePoint 2013
4 2 (5.41%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (2.70%) Exchange Server 2000
5 1 (2.70%) Exchange Server 2003
5 1 (2.70%) Lync
Applications
1 3 (8.11%) MS Excel
2 2 (5.41%) InfoPath
3 1 (2.70%) MS Project
3 1 (2.70%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 3 (8.11%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 3 (8.11%) Microsoft Azure
1 3 (8.11%) Office 365
2 1 (2.70%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (2.70%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.41%) SAN
1 2 (5.41%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (27.03%) SQL Server
2 4 (10.81%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 4 (10.81%) DTS
2 4 (10.81%) SQL Server 2000
2 4 (10.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 4 (10.81%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 3 (8.11%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (5.41%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (2.70%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (2.70%) IDOL
5 1 (2.70%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 1 (2.70%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (2.70%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 9 (24.32%) Visual Studio
2 7 (18.92%) Subversion
3 5 (13.51%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (10.81%) ClearCase
4 4 (10.81%) ClearQuest
4 4 (10.81%) JIRA
5 1 (2.70%) Selenium
5 1 (2.70%) NUnit
5 1 (2.70%) WebDriver
5 1 (2.70%) Rhino Mocks
5 1 (2.70%) Moq
5 1 (2.70%) MSBuild
5 1 (2.70%) SpecFlow
General
1 8 (21.62%) Finance
2 4 (10.81%) Banking
3 2 (5.41%) Manufacturing
3 2 (5.41%) Automotive
4 1 (2.70%) Law
Job Titles
1 18 (48.65%) Developer
2 6 (16.22%) .NET Developer
3 5 (13.51%) SharePoint Developer
4 4 (10.81%) 3rd Line Support
4 4 (10.81%) Architect
5 3 (8.11%) Senior Developer
5 3 (8.11%) 2nd Line Support
5 3 (8.11%) C# Developer
5 3 (8.11%) Senior .NET Developer
5 3 (8.11%) Applications Support
6 2 (5.41%) Designer
6 2 (5.41%) Infrastructure Designer
6 2 (5.41%) Technical Design Architect
6 2 (5.41%) CRM Consultant
6 2 (5.41%) Technical Architect
6 2 (5.41%) Web Developer
6 2 (5.41%) Consultant
6 2 (5.41%) Solutions Architect
6 2 (5.41%) Applications Developer
7 1 (2.70%) 1st Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (51.35%) .NET
2 17 (45.95%) ASP.NET
3 10 (27.03%) jQuery
4 8 (21.62%) .NET Framework
5 7 (18.92%) XML
5 7 (18.92%) ASP.NET MVC
5 7 (18.92%) HTML
6 5 (13.51%) LINQ
6 5 (13.51%) JSON
6 5 (13.51%) KnockoutJS
7 4 (10.81%) Entity Framework
7 4 (10.81%) ASP.NET MVC 4
7 4 (10.81%) COM+
8 3 (8.11%) CSS
8 3 (8.11%) Web Services
8 3 (8.11%) RESTful
9 2 (5.41%) HTML5
9 2 (5.41%) WCF
9 2 (5.41%) ASP.NET Web Forms
9 2 (5.41%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 11 (29.73%) Computer Science
2 2 (5.41%) Life Science
2 2 (5.41%) Private Cloud
2 2 (5.41%) Clustering
3 1 (2.70%) Client/Server
3 1 (2.70%) W3C
3 1 (2.70%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 20 (54.05%) Windows
2 5 (13.51%) Windows Server 2003
3 3 (8.11%) Windows 7
3 3 (8.11%) Linux
4 2 (5.41%) UNIX
4 2 (5.41%) AIX
4 2 (5.41%) Solaris
5 1 (2.70%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (27.03%) CRM
1 10 (27.03%) MVC
2 9 (24.32%) Agile Software Development
3 6 (16.22%) TDD
4 5 (13.51%) ITIL
5 4 (10.81%) Workflow
5 4 (10.81%) Migration
5 4 (10.81%) Incident Management
5 4 (10.81%) Business Intelligence
5 4 (10.81%) Don't repeat yourself (DRY)
6 3 (8.11%) Time Management
6 3 (8.11%) User Acceptance Testing
6 3 (8.11%) Technical Architecture
6 3 (8.11%) Web Development
6 3 (8.11%) OO
7 2 (5.41%) Load Balancing
7 2 (5.41%) Change Management
8 1 (2.70%) Unit Testing
8 1 (2.70%) Continuous Integration
8 1 (2.70%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 18 (48.65%) C#
2 12 (32.43%) SQL
3 10 (27.03%) JavaScript
4 4 (10.81%) T-SQL
4 4 (10.81%) VBScript
4 4 (10.81%) VB
4 4 (10.81%) VB.NET
4 4 (10.81%) VB6
5 2 (5.41%) PowerShell
6 1 (2.70%) Lua
6 1 (2.70%) Python
6 1 (2.70%) Perl
6 1 (2.70%) PHP
Qualifications
1 37 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 18 (48.65%) MCSE
3 13 (35.14%) MCAD
4 12 (32.43%) Degree
5 11 (29.73%) MCP
6 6 (16.22%) MCDBA
7 4 (10.81%) ITIL Certification
8 3 (8.11%) MCTS
9 2 (5.41%) MCPD
9 2 (5.41%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 2 (5.41%) CCA
9 2 (5.41%) Citrix Certification
9 2 (5.41%) CCEA
9 2 (5.41%) SC Cleared
9 2 (5.41%) Security Cleared
10 1 (2.70%) Cisco Certification
10 1 (2.70%) CCNP
10 1 (2.70%) CCNA
10 1 (2.70%) CCDP
10 1 (2.70%) CNE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (8.11%) SLA
2 2 (5.41%) QA
System Software
1 8 (21.62%) Active Directory
2 2 (5.41%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (5.41%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 1 (2.70%) SCCM
Vendors
1 24 (64.86%) Microsoft
2 4 (10.81%) IBM
2 4 (10.81%) VMware
3 3 (8.11%) HP
4 2 (5.41%) Citrix
4 2 (5.41%) Nintex
5 1 (2.70%) Novell
5 1 (2.70%) Google
5 1 (2.70%) Cisco