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 29 January 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
29 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
Rank 554 514 495
Rank change year-on-year
-40 -19
Contract jobs citing MCSD 3 25 27
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.007% 0.056% 0.066%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.033% 0.30% 0.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 19 22
Average daily rate
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£300 £420 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-28.57% +20.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £236 £300 £326
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £500 £419
UK excluding London average daily rate £475 £388 £350
% change year-on-year
+22.58% +10.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
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
9173 8436 7387
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 20.12% 18.92% 17.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 5411 4650 3941
Average daily rate £400 £380 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £236 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £545
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £355 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.63% +1.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 409 380 526
Average hourly rate £19.50 £20.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.50% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.81 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.02 £40.00 £44.78
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.25
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -27.83%

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 29 January 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 29 January 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
South East -21 2 £363 -14.20% 2
South West -19 1 £220 -32.30% 5
West Midlands - - - - 1
East of England - - - - 1
London - - - - 8
Yorkshire - - - -
East Midlands - - - - 2
Midlands - - - -
North East - - - -
North West - - - - 4
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MCSD
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 29 January 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 12 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 10 (83.33%) Microsoft
3 7 (58.33%) C#
3 7 (58.33%) MCSE
4 6 (50.00%) MCP
5 5 (41.67%) .NET
6 4 (33.33%) Windows
6 4 (33.33%) Security Cleared
7 3 (25.00%) VBA
7 3 (25.00%) SC Cleared
7 3 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (25.00%) Degree
7 3 (25.00%) Customer Engagement
7 3 (25.00%) MS Excel
7 3 (25.00%) SQL Server
7 3 (25.00%) MS Office
7 3 (25.00%) Visual Studio
7 3 (25.00%) SharePoint
7 3 (25.00%) MVC
7 3 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
8 2 (16.67%) Web Design
8 2 (16.67%) ISEB
8 2 (16.67%) HTML
8 2 (16.67%) JavaScript
8 2 (16.67%) MCDBA
8 2 (16.67%) SQL Server 2012
8 2 (16.67%) Load Balancing
8 2 (16.67%) Computer Science
8 2 (16.67%) SCCM
8 2 (16.67%) HTML5

MCSD
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 29 January 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 3 (25.00%) SharePoint
2 2 (16.67%) Lync
3 1 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (8.33%) Office Communications Server
3 1 (8.33%) IIS
3 1 (8.33%) MS Exchange
3 1 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2000
3 1 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 3 (25.00%) MS Excel
1 3 (25.00%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (8.33%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (8.33%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (8.33%) Fibre Channel
1 1 (8.33%) IPv6
1 1 (8.33%) SAN
1 1 (8.33%) DHCP
1 1 (8.33%) TCP/IP
1 1 (8.33%) DNS
1 1 (8.33%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (25.00%) SQL Server
2 2 (16.67%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (8.33%) Relational Database
3 1 (8.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (8.33%) Hadoop
3 1 (8.33%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (8.33%) Data Mining
3 1 (8.33%) Microsoft Analysis Services
3 1 (8.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (8.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 3 (25.00%) Visual Studio
2 1 (8.33%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (8.33%) MSTest
Job Titles
1 3 (25.00%) Architect
2 2 (16.67%) Developer
2 2 (16.67%) Analyst
3 1 (8.33%) C# Architect
3 1 (8.33%) SQL Server Consultant
3 1 (8.33%) IT Support
3 1 (8.33%) Designer
3 1 (8.33%) Technical Design Architect
3 1 (8.33%) Test Analyst
3 1 (8.33%) Systems Analyst
3 1 (8.33%) Technical Architect
3 1 (8.33%) Web Developer
3 1 (8.33%) Consultant
3 1 (8.33%) Software Architect
3 1 (8.33%) Support Specialist
3 1 (8.33%) 3rd Line Support
3 1 (8.33%) Data Warehouse Consultant
3 1 (8.33%) Analyst Developer
3 1 (8.33%) Systems Architect
3 1 (8.33%) IT Support Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (41.67%) .NET
2 2 (16.67%) HTML
2 2 (16.67%) HTML5
3 1 (8.33%) AngularJS
3 1 (8.33%) Unity DI Container
3 1 (8.33%) ASP.NET Web API
3 1 (8.33%) CSS3
3 1 (8.33%) KnockoutJS
3 1 (8.33%) jQuery
3 1 (8.33%) ASP.NET
3 1 (8.33%) CSS
3 1 (8.33%) XML
3 1 (8.33%) XSD
3 1 (8.33%) XSL
3 1 (8.33%) Ajax
3 1 (8.33%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 2 (16.67%) Computer Science
2 1 (8.33%) Blackberry
2 1 (8.33%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 4 (33.33%) Windows
2 3 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (16.67%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (8.33%) Windows 8
4 1 (8.33%) Windows 7
4 1 (8.33%) AIX
4 1 (8.33%) Solaris
4 1 (8.33%) UNIX
4 1 (8.33%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (25.00%) Customer Engagement
1 3 (25.00%) MVC
1 3 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (16.67%) Web Design
2 2 (16.67%) Load Balancing
3 1 (8.33%) Test Planning
3 1 (8.33%) Mentoring
3 1 (8.33%) Coaching
3 1 (8.33%) Agile Testing
3 1 (8.33%) CRM
3 1 (8.33%) Project Management
3 1 (8.33%) Data Modelling
3 1 (8.33%) Service Delivery
3 1 (8.33%) Migration
3 1 (8.33%) Scrum
3 1 (8.33%) Technical Architecture
3 1 (8.33%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 7 (58.33%) C#
2 3 (25.00%) VBA
3 2 (16.67%) JavaScript
4 1 (8.33%) PowerShell
4 1 (8.33%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 12 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 7 (58.33%) MCSE
3 6 (50.00%) MCP
4 4 (33.33%) Security Cleared
5 3 (25.00%) SC Cleared
5 3 (25.00%) Degree
6 2 (16.67%) ISEB
6 2 (16.67%) MCDBA
7 1 (8.33%) CCA
7 1 (8.33%) Citrix Certification
7 1 (8.33%) CCEA
7 1 (8.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 1 (8.33%) MCITP
7 1 (8.33%) MCPD
System Software
1 1 (8.33%) Active Directory
1 1 (8.33%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 2 (16.67%) SCCM
2 1 (8.33%) SCOrch
2 1 (8.33%) SCOM
2 1 (8.33%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 10 (83.33%) Microsoft
2 1 (8.33%) Citrix
2 1 (8.33%) Remedy
2 1 (8.33%) TOWER Software
2 1 (8.33%) VMware
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