The first table below looks at the demand for MCSD in IT contracts advertised for the London 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 London 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 389 405 403
Rank change year-on-year
+16 -2
Contract jobs citing MCSD 19 9 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.081% 0.037% 0.027%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.51% 0.25% 0.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 8 2
Average daily rate
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£395 £400 £369
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.25% +8.47%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £359 £364
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £440 £374
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
London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
3718 3567 3751
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 15.84% 14.69% 14.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 2382 2164 2248
Average daily rate £420 £420 £410
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.43%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £600 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 101 123 141
Average hourly rate £19.00 £22.50 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.55% +15.38%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.85 £13.50 £13.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.52% -4.54%
MCSD
England

MCSD
Jobs Demand Trend in London

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

MCSD Jobs Demand Trend in London

MCSD
Daily Rate Trend in London

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

MCSD Daily Rate Trend in London

MCSD
Daily Rate Histogram in London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCSD across the London region over the 3 months to 1 August 2014.

MCSD Daily Rate Histogram in London

MCSD
Hourly Rate Trend in London

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

MCSD Hourly Rate Trend in London

MCSD
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSD within the London 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
City of London +29 2 £600 +60.00%
Croydon - - - -
MCSD
England

MCSD
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 1 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the London 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 28 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 23 (82.14%) .NET
3 20 (71.43%) C#
4 19 (67.86%) Microsoft
5 16 (57.14%) JavaScript
5 16 (57.14%) SQL Server
5 16 (57.14%) ASP.NET
6 14 (50.00%) SharePoint
7 12 (42.86%) Visual Studio
8 11 (39.29%) HTML
8 11 (39.29%) Degree
9 10 (35.71%) SharePoint 2010
9 10 (35.71%) Finance
10 9 (32.14%) MVC
11 8 (28.57%) WCF
11 8 (28.57%) jQuery
11 8 (28.57%) Team Foundation Server
11 8 (28.57%) CSS
12 6 (21.43%) XML
12 6 (21.43%) XSLT
12 6 (21.43%) MCSE
12 6 (21.43%) CRM
12 6 (21.43%) Unit Testing
12 6 (21.43%) .NET Framework
12 6 (21.43%) Dynamics CRM
13 5 (17.86%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 5 (17.86%) Ajax
13 5 (17.86%) MCPD
13 5 (17.86%) Continuous Integration
13 5 (17.86%) KnockoutJS

MCSD
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 1 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the London 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 (50.00%) SharePoint
2 10 (35.71%) SharePoint 2010
3 3 (10.71%) SharePoint 2013
4 2 (7.14%) IIS
5 1 (3.57%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 2 (7.14%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 6 (21.43%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.57%) Office 365
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (57.14%) SQL Server
2 5 (17.86%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 4 (14.29%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 4 (14.29%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (7.14%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 12 (42.86%) Visual Studio
2 8 (28.57%) Team Foundation Server
3 4 (14.29%) MSTest
3 4 (14.29%) TeamCity
4 2 (7.14%) Visual Studio Team System
5 1 (3.57%) Selenium
General
1 10 (35.71%) Finance
2 4 (14.29%) Front Office
3 2 (7.14%) Advertising
4 1 (3.57%) Investment Banking
4 1 (3.57%) Banking
4 1 (3.57%) Retail
Job Titles
1 20 (71.43%) Developer
2 9 (32.14%) SharePoint Developer
3 6 (21.43%) Architect
4 4 (14.29%) .NET Architect
4 4 (14.29%) .NET Developer
5 3 (10.71%) Microsoft Developer
5 3 (10.71%) C# Architect
5 3 (10.71%) Software Architect
5 3 (10.71%) Front Office Developer
5 3 (10.71%) Senior Developer
5 3 (10.71%) Senior .NET Developer
5 3 (10.71%) SQL Developer
6 2 (7.14%) Software Developer
6 2 (7.14%) CRM Developer
6 2 (7.14%) Dynamics CRM Developer
7 1 (3.57%) SharePoint Consultant
7 1 (3.57%) Lead Architect
7 1 (3.57%) SharePoint Architect
7 1 (3.57%) Lead Solutions Architect
7 1 (3.57%) Senior Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (82.14%) .NET
2 16 (57.14%) ASP.NET
3 11 (39.29%) HTML
4 8 (28.57%) WCF
4 8 (28.57%) jQuery
4 8 (28.57%) CSS
5 6 (21.43%) XML
5 6 (21.43%) XSLT
5 6 (21.43%) .NET Framework
6 5 (17.86%) Ajax
6 5 (17.86%) KnockoutJS
6 5 (17.86%) Web Services
7 4 (14.29%) Middleware
7 4 (14.29%) WinForms
7 4 (14.29%) Unity DI Container
7 4 (14.29%) WPF
7 4 (14.29%) MDX
8 3 (10.71%) WF
8 3 (10.71%) ASP.NET MVC
9 2 (7.14%) ASP.NET MVC 4
Miscellaneous
1 4 (14.29%) Grid Computing
1 4 (14.29%) Visualisation
1 4 (14.29%) Computer Science
1 4 (14.29%) Derivative
2 2 (7.14%) Enterprise Software
2 2 (7.14%) Interest Rate Derivative
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (32.14%) MVC
2 6 (21.43%) CRM
2 6 (21.43%) Unit Testing
3 5 (17.86%) Continuous Integration
3 5 (17.86%) TDD
4 4 (14.29%) Data Modelling
4 4 (14.29%) Scrum
4 4 (14.29%) Workflow
4 4 (14.29%) Rapid Prototyping
4 4 (14.29%) Multithreading
4 4 (14.29%) Asset Management
5 2 (7.14%) Configuration Management
5 2 (7.14%) Project Management
5 2 (7.14%) ERP
5 2 (7.14%) Risk Assessment
5 2 (7.14%) Data Analysis
5 2 (7.14%) Continuous Improvement
5 2 (7.14%) Investment Management
5 2 (7.14%) Stress Testing
5 2 (7.14%) Greeks
Programming Languages
1 20 (71.43%) C#
2 16 (57.14%) JavaScript
3 4 (14.29%) VBA
3 4 (14.29%) C++
4 3 (10.71%) SQL
Qualifications
1 28 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (39.29%) Degree
3 6 (21.43%) MCSE
4 5 (17.86%) MCPD
5 4 (14.29%) MCAD
6 3 (10.71%) MCTS
7 2 (7.14%) MCP
7 2 (7.14%) MCDBA
7 2 (7.14%) CISA
8 1 (3.57%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (7.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 1 (3.57%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 19 (67.86%) Microsoft
2 4 (14.29%) Infragistics
2 4 (14.29%) DevExpress
3 2 (7.14%) Infor