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 17 December 2014 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
17 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD)
Rank 584 559 550
Rank change year-on-year
-25 -9
Contract jobs citing MCPD 4 11 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.007% 0.021% 0.024%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.035% 0.12% 0.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 9 7
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£450 £300 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+50.00% -6.25%
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £300 £320
% change year-on-year
+50.00% -6.25%
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
11440 9158 8930
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.63% 17.71% 17.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 6665 5088 4675
Average daily rate £390 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £228 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £538
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 542 394 613
Average hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £22.90
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% -21.39%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £22.90
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -23.58%

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
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCPD within the UK over the 3 months to 17 December 2014.

MCPD Daily Rate Histogram 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 25 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 17 December 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
England -29 3 £450 +50.00% 5
London +7 1 £450 +34.32%
North West -11 1 £450 +50.00%
South East -30 1 £600 +118.18%
Manchester - 1 £450 -
City of London - 1 £450 -
Merseyside - - - -
North East - - - - 1
Oxford - - - -
Salisbury - - - - 1
Solihull - - - -
Sunderland - - - -
Woking - - - -
Hampshire - - - -
Oxfordshire - - - -
Surrey - - - -
Wiltshire - - - - 1
Worcestershire - - - -
South West - - - - 2
Tyne and Wear - - - -
West Midlands - - - -
Basingstoke - - - -
Bromsgrove - - - -
Croydon - - - -
Liverpool - - - -

MCPD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 December 2014, 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 9 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 8 (88.89%) .NET
3 7 (77.78%) C#
4 6 (66.67%) Microsoft
5 5 (55.56%) .NET Framework
5 5 (55.56%) HTML
5 5 (55.56%) JavaScript
5 5 (55.56%) ASP.NET
5 5 (55.56%) CSS
5 5 (55.56%) MCSD
5 5 (55.56%) Windows
6 4 (44.44%) Internet
6 4 (44.44%) SQL Server
6 4 (44.44%) WCF
6 4 (44.44%) Security Cleared
7 3 (33.33%) Degree
7 3 (33.33%) JIRA
7 3 (33.33%) DV Cleared
7 3 (33.33%) AMQP
7 3 (33.33%) Hadoop
7 3 (33.33%) NoSQL
7 3 (33.33%) WPF
7 3 (33.33%) Atlassian
7 3 (33.33%) Unit Testing
7 3 (33.33%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 3 (33.33%) Web Development
7 3 (33.33%) WinForms
7 3 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
7 3 (33.33%) TDD
7 3 (33.33%) IIS

MCPD
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 December 2014, 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 3 (33.33%) IIS
1 3 (33.33%) SharePoint
2 2 (22.22%) SharePoint 2013
2 2 (22.22%) SharePoint 2010
3 1 (11.11%) Lync
Business Applications
1 2 (22.22%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (22.22%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 4 (44.44%) Internet
2 3 (33.33%) AMQP
3 1 (11.11%) FTP
3 1 (11.11%) HTTP
3 1 (11.11%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (44.44%) SQL Server
2 3 (33.33%) Hadoop
2 3 (33.33%) NoSQL
2 3 (33.33%) Oracle Database
3 2 (22.22%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 3 (33.33%) JIRA
1 3 (33.33%) Atlassian Bamboo
1 3 (33.33%) Oracle Forms
2 2 (22.22%) Visual Studio
2 2 (22.22%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 2 (22.22%) Retail
Job Titles
1 5 (55.56%) Developer
2 3 (33.33%) C# .NET Developer
2 3 (33.33%) .NET Developer
2 3 (33.33%) C# Developer
3 2 (22.22%) Consultant
3 2 (22.22%) SharePoint Consultant
3 2 (22.22%) Microsoft Developer
3 2 (22.22%) CRM Developer
3 2 (22.22%) Dynamics CRM Developer
4 1 (11.11%) Designer
4 1 (11.11%) Infrastructure Designer
4 1 (11.11%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (88.89%) .NET
2 5 (55.56%) .NET Framework
2 5 (55.56%) HTML
2 5 (55.56%) ASP.NET
2 5 (55.56%) CSS
3 4 (44.44%) WCF
4 3 (33.33%) WPF
4 3 (33.33%) WinForms
4 3 (33.33%) JMS
5 2 (22.22%) XSL
5 2 (22.22%) XSLT
5 2 (22.22%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
5 2 (22.22%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 1 (11.11%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 5 (55.56%) Windows
2 3 (33.33%) Linux
3 1 (11.11%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (11.11%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (33.33%) Unit Testing
1 3 (33.33%) Web Development
1 3 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
1 3 (33.33%) TDD
1 3 (33.33%) Scrum
2 2 (22.22%) MVC
2 2 (22.22%) Migration
2 2 (22.22%) CRM
3 1 (11.11%) Load Balancing
3 1 (11.11%) Project Management
3 1 (11.11%) Service Delivery
3 1 (11.11%) Stakeholder Management
3 1 (11.11%) Performance Analysis
3 1 (11.11%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 7 (77.78%) C#
2 5 (55.56%) JavaScript
3 3 (33.33%) Java
4 1 (11.11%) SQL
Qualifications
1 9 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 5 (55.56%) MCSD
3 4 (44.44%) Security Cleared
4 3 (33.33%) Degree
4 3 (33.33%) DV Cleared
5 2 (22.22%) MCAD
5 2 (22.22%) MCSE
5 2 (22.22%) MCTS
6 1 (11.11%) MCP
6 1 (11.11%) MCDBA
Systems Management
1 1 (11.11%) SCCM
Vendors
1 6 (66.67%) Microsoft
2 3 (33.33%) Atlassian
2 3 (33.33%) Oracle