The first table below looks at the demand 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 23 April 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 currently tracked.

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
23 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD)
Rank 587 534 565
Rank change year-on-year
-53 +31
Contract jobs citing MCPD 9 17 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.016% 0.035% 0.036%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.082% 0.19% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 6 13
Average daily rate £400 £310 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+29.03% -31.11%
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £352 £400
% change year-on-year
+13.63% -12.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10937 8810 10503
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.45% 18.17% 17.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 6204 4687 5415
Average daily rate £375 £370 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.35% -5.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £220 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £528 £538 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £353
% change year-on-year
+1.44% -2.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 550 474 578
Average hourly rate £20.00 £24.50 £22.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-18.36% +10.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.75 £51.50 £45.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £23.25 £24.75
% change year-on-year
-13.97% -6.06%

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 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 23 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -58 9 £400 +29.03% 2
South East -14 4 £400 -
Cheshire -9 3 - -
North West -25 3 - -
Warrington - 3 - -
London -20 2 - -
City of London -7 1 - -
East Midlands - - - -
Maidstone - - - -
Nottingham - - - -
Bournemouth - - - - 1
Fareham - - - -
Ipswich - - - -
Leeds - - - - 1
Dorset - - - - 1
Hampshire - - - -
Kent - - - -
Middlesex - - - -
Nottinghamshire - - - -
Oxfordshire - - - -
Suffolk - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - - 1
Yorkshire - - - - 1
South West - - - - 1
East of England - - - -

MCPD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 April 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 15 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 14 (93.33%) Microsoft
3 11 (73.33%) MCP
4 10 (66.67%) C#
5 9 (60.00%) .NET
6 7 (46.67%) SQL
6 7 (46.67%) MCSD
6 7 (46.67%) Windows
6 7 (46.67%) MCSE
6 7 (46.67%) WinForms
6 7 (46.67%) MCTS
6 7 (46.67%) WPF
7 6 (40.00%) Unit Testing
7 6 (40.00%) TDD
7 6 (40.00%) .NET Framework
8 5 (33.33%) OO
8 5 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
9 4 (26.67%) MCDBA
9 4 (26.67%) SharePoint
9 4 (26.67%) OOD
9 4 (26.67%) HTML
9 4 (26.67%) CSS
9 4 (26.67%) Load Balancing
9 4 (26.67%) Clustering
9 4 (26.67%) Service Delivery
10 3 (20.00%) Computer Science
10 3 (20.00%) Software Engineering
10 3 (20.00%) ASP.NET
10 3 (20.00%) JavaScript
10 3 (20.00%) SQL Server

MCPD
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 April 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 4 (26.67%) SharePoint
2 3 (20.00%) SharePoint 2010
3 2 (13.33%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (6.67%) IIS
4 1 (6.67%) IBM Notes
4 1 (6.67%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 3 (20.00%) MS Excel
2 1 (6.67%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (13.33%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 1 (6.67%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (20.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (6.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (6.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 1 (6.67%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (6.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 2 (13.33%) Visual Studio
2 1 (6.67%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (6.67%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 1 (6.67%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 4 (26.67%) Designer
1 4 (26.67%) Infrastructure Designer
1 4 (26.67%) Developer
2 3 (20.00%) Software Engineer
3 2 (13.33%) WinForms Developer
3 2 (13.33%) .NET Developer
4 1 (6.67%) C# Developer
4 1 (6.67%) Analyst
4 1 (6.67%) Consultant
4 1 (6.67%) Applications Developer
4 1 (6.67%) C# Application Developer
4 1 (6.67%) .NET Applications Developer
4 1 (6.67%) SharePoint Consultant
4 1 (6.67%) SharePoint Developer
4 1 (6.67%) C# .NET Developer
4 1 (6.67%) Microsoft Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (60.00%) .NET
2 7 (46.67%) WinForms
2 7 (46.67%) WPF
3 6 (40.00%) .NET Framework
4 4 (26.67%) HTML
4 4 (26.67%) CSS
5 3 (20.00%) ASP.NET
6 2 (13.33%) HTML5
6 2 (13.33%) jQuery
6 2 (13.33%) Web Services
6 2 (13.33%) WCF
7 1 (6.67%) XML
7 1 (6.67%) XSL
7 1 (6.67%) COM
7 1 (6.67%) EDI
7 1 (6.67%) LINQ
7 1 (6.67%) ASP.NET MVC
7 1 (6.67%) ASP.NET Web API
7 1 (6.67%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
7 1 (6.67%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 4 (26.67%) Clustering
2 3 (20.00%) Computer Science
3 1 (6.67%) CESG
3 1 (6.67%) GIS
Operating Systems
1 7 (46.67%) Windows
2 5 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (40.00%) Unit Testing
1 6 (40.00%) TDD
2 5 (33.33%) OO
3 4 (26.67%) OOD
3 4 (26.67%) Load Balancing
3 4 (26.67%) Service Delivery
4 3 (20.00%) Software Engineering
5 2 (13.33%) CRM
5 2 (13.33%) Migration
6 1 (6.67%) Web Design
6 1 (6.67%) Scrum
6 1 (6.67%) Business Continuity
6 1 (6.67%) MVC
6 1 (6.67%) Business Analysis
6 1 (6.67%) Business Intelligence
6 1 (6.67%) Project Management
6 1 (6.67%) Data Migration
6 1 (6.67%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 10 (66.67%) C#
2 7 (46.67%) SQL
3 3 (20.00%) JavaScript
4 1 (6.67%) T-SQL
4 1 (6.67%) VB
4 1 (6.67%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 15 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (73.33%) MCP
3 7 (46.67%) MCSD
3 7 (46.67%) MCSE
3 7 (46.67%) MCTS
4 4 (26.67%) MCDBA
5 3 (20.00%) MCITP
6 2 (13.33%) Degree
7 1 (6.67%) MCAD
7 1 (6.67%) SC Cleared
7 1 (6.67%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 1 (6.67%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (6.67%) SCCM
Vendors
1 14 (93.33%) Microsoft
2 1 (6.67%) Lotus