The table below looks at the statistics for MCPD in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCPD over the 3 months to 13 February 2016 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
13 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD)
Rank 616 576 573
Rank change year-on-year
-40 -3
Contract jobs citing MCPD 7 17 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.014% 0.033% 0.006%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.065% 0.16% 0.031%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 10 2
Average daily rate £425 £488 £318
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.82% +53.54%
UK excluding London average daily rate - £525 £318
% change year-on-year
- +65.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10721 10370 9716
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.15% 20.27% 19.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 6618 5988 5227
Average daily rate £400 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £238 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £569 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £375 £355
% change year-on-year
+2.66% +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 465 491 446
Average hourly rate £37.50 £21.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+78.57% +10.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.00 £47.50 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £22.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+77.77% +28.57%

MCPD
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MCPD within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

MCPD Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

MCPD
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MCPD within the UK.

MCPD Daily Rate Trend in the UK

MCPD
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCPD within the UK.

MCPD Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

MCPD
Top 5 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCPD within the UK over the 3 months to 13 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
England +5 7 £425 -5.55% 4
London +2 6 £425 -5.55% 2
Cheltenham - 1 - -
Gloucestershire - 1 - -
South West - 1 - - 2

MCPD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 13 February 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing MCPD 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 MCPD.

1 11 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 10 (90.91%) C#
2 10 (90.91%) .NET
3 8 (72.73%) Scrum
3 8 (72.73%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (63.64%) TDD
4 7 (63.64%) WCF
4 7 (63.64%) Web Services
4 7 (63.64%) MCSD
5 6 (54.55%) HTML
6 5 (45.45%) JavaScript
6 5 (45.45%) SQL
6 5 (45.45%) T-SQL
6 5 (45.45%) ASP.NET
6 5 (45.45%) OOP
6 5 (45.45%) XHTML
6 5 (45.45%) N-Tier
6 5 (45.45%) jQuery
6 5 (45.45%) Degree
6 5 (45.45%) Time Management
6 5 (45.45%) Team Foundation Server
6 5 (45.45%) MVC
6 5 (45.45%) Ajax
6 5 (45.45%) NHibernate
6 5 (45.45%) Web Development
6 5 (45.45%) .NET Framework
6 5 (45.45%) ASP.NET MVC
6 5 (45.45%) Inversion of Control
6 5 (45.45%) StructureMap
6 5 (45.45%) Entity Framework

MCPD
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 13 February 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing MCPD 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 MCPD. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (9.09%) Apache
1 1 (9.09%) BizTalk Server
1 1 (9.09%) IIS
1 1 (9.09%) SharePoint
1 1 (9.09%) SharePoint 2010
1 1 (9.09%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 1 (9.09%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 2 (18.18%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (9.09%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (18.18%) AMQP
1 2 (18.18%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (45.45%) Relational Database
2 2 (18.18%) Hadoop
2 2 (18.18%) NoSQL
2 2 (18.18%) Oracle Database
3 1 (9.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (9.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 5 (45.45%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (18.18%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 2 (18.18%) JIRA
3 1 (9.09%) Visual Studio
Job Titles
1 11 (100.00%) Developer
2 4 (36.36%) .NET Developer
3 3 (27.27%) C# Developer
4 2 (18.18%) CRM Developer
5 1 (9.09%) Agile Developer
5 1 (9.09%) BizTalk Consultant
5 1 (9.09%) BizTalk Developer
5 1 (9.09%) C# .NET Developer
5 1 (9.09%) C# Software Developer
5 1 (9.09%) Consultant
5 1 (9.09%) Senior Developer
5 1 (9.09%) SharePoint Developer
5 1 (9.09%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (90.91%) .NET
2 7 (63.64%) WCF
2 7 (63.64%) Web Services
3 6 (54.55%) HTML
4 5 (45.45%) .NET Framework
4 5 (45.45%) Ajax
4 5 (45.45%) ASP.NET
4 5 (45.45%) ASP.NET MVC
4 5 (45.45%) ASP.NET MVC 4
4 5 (45.45%) Autofac
4 5 (45.45%) Entity Framework
4 5 (45.45%) jQuery
4 5 (45.45%) LLBLGen Pro
4 5 (45.45%) NHibernate
4 5 (45.45%) Ninject
4 5 (45.45%) StructureMap
4 5 (45.45%) XHTML
5 3 (27.27%) ASP.NET MVC 5
5 3 (27.27%) ASP.NET Web API
6 2 (18.18%) ASP.NET MVC 3
Miscellaneous
1 5 (45.45%) Inversion of Control
1 5 (45.45%) N-Tier
2 1 (9.09%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 3 (27.27%) Windows
2 2 (18.18%) Linux
3 1 (9.09%) CentOS
3 1 (9.09%) SUSE
3 1 (9.09%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (72.73%) Agile Software Development
1 8 (72.73%) Scrum
2 7 (63.64%) TDD
3 5 (45.45%) MVC
3 5 (45.45%) OOP
3 5 (45.45%) Time Management
3 5 (45.45%) Web Development
4 2 (18.18%) CRM
4 2 (18.18%) Migration
5 1 (9.09%) Content Management
5 1 (9.09%) Information Management
5 1 (9.09%) Records Management
5 1 (9.09%) Service Delivery
5 1 (9.09%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 10 (90.91%) C#
2 5 (45.45%) JavaScript
2 5 (45.45%) SQL
2 5 (45.45%) T-SQL
3 2 (18.18%) Java
Qualifications
1 11 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 7 (63.64%) MCSD
3 5 (45.45%) Degree
4 2 (18.18%) DV Cleared
4 2 (18.18%) MCP
4 2 (18.18%) Security Cleared
5 1 (9.09%) MCAD
5 1 (9.09%) MCDBA
5 1 (9.09%) MCSE
5 1 (9.09%) MCTS
Vendors
1 4 (36.36%) Microsoft
2 2 (18.18%) Atlassian
2 2 (18.18%) Oracle