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 3 July 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
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD)
Rank 606 583 541
Rank change year-on-year
-23 -42
Contract jobs citing MCPD 7 9 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.013% 0.017% 0.032%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.067% 0.088% 0.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 5 5
Average daily rate
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£450 £400 £394
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% +1.52%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £388 £318 £319
10% offered a daily rate of more than £480 £430 £456
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £395 £394
% change year-on-year
+13.92% +0.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Average hourly rate - £45.00 £47.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -5.26%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £47.50

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
10437 10204 8844
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.69% 19.28% 17.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 6117 5810 4731
Average daily rate £390 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £543 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 533 464 498
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.42% -13.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.25 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.94 £44.10 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £19.75 £21.50
% change year-on-year
+13.92% -8.13%

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 3 July 2015.

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 9 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 3 July 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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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 -33 7 £450 +12.50% 6
East of England +5 4 £450 +66.66%
Suffolk - 4 £450 -
Ipswich - 4 £450 -
London -14 2 £450 - 6
City of London - 2 £450 - 3
East Midlands - 1 £375 -
Nottingham - 1 £375 -
Nottinghamshire - 1 £375 -

MCPD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 July 2015, 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 35 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 22 (62.86%) Microsoft
3 21 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
3 21 (60.00%) Security Cleared
4 19 (54.29%) MCSD
5 18 (51.43%) MCTS
5 18 (51.43%) DV Cleared
6 17 (48.57%) Time Management
6 17 (48.57%) Dynamics CRM
6 17 (48.57%) MCAD
6 17 (48.57%) CRM
7 16 (45.71%) .NET
7 16 (45.71%) SC Cleared
7 16 (45.71%) Marketing
8 12 (34.29%) Oracle
8 12 (34.29%) Oracle Database
9 10 (28.57%) SQL Server
10 8 (22.86%) C#
10 8 (22.86%) UML
10 8 (22.86%) SOA
10 8 (22.86%) Retail
10 8 (22.86%) Zachman Framework
10 8 (22.86%) TOGAF
11 7 (20.00%) Middleware
11 7 (20.00%) J2EE
12 6 (17.14%) Windows
12 6 (17.14%) MS Excel
12 6 (17.14%) .NET Framework
13 5 (14.29%) Atlassian
13 5 (14.29%) JIRA

MCPD
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 July 2015, 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 (8.57%) SharePoint
1 3 (8.57%) SharePoint 2010
1 3 (8.57%) SharePoint 2013
2 2 (5.71%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 6 (17.14%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.86%) InfoPath
2 1 (2.86%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 17 (48.57%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.86%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (2.86%) SaaS
1 1 (2.86%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 5 (14.29%) Internet
1 5 (14.29%) AMQP
2 2 (5.71%) SAN
3 1 (2.86%) Intranet
3 1 (2.86%) Extranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (34.29%) Oracle Database
2 10 (28.57%) SQL Server
3 5 (14.29%) Hadoop
3 5 (14.29%) NoSQL
4 1 (2.86%) Microsoft Analysis Services
4 1 (2.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (2.86%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (2.86%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (2.86%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 5 (14.29%) JIRA
1 5 (14.29%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 3 (8.57%) Oracle Forms
3 1 (2.86%) MSBuild
General
1 16 (45.71%) Marketing
2 8 (22.86%) Retail
3 1 (2.86%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (2.86%) Finance
Job Titles
1 16 (45.71%) Business Analyst
1 16 (45.71%) Analyst
2 13 (37.14%) CRM Business Analyst
2 13 (37.14%) CRM Analyst
3 9 (25.71%) Architect
4 7 (20.00%) Developer
5 5 (14.29%) Solutions Architect
5 5 (14.29%) C# Developer
6 3 (8.57%) .NET Developer
6 3 (8.57%) Technical Architect
6 3 (8.57%) C# .NET Developer
7 2 (5.71%) Designer
7 2 (5.71%) Software Developer
7 2 (5.71%) Applications Architect
7 2 (5.71%) .NET Architect
7 2 (5.71%) Infrastructure Designer
8 1 (2.86%) C# Software Developer
8 1 (2.86%) SharePoint Architect
8 1 (2.86%) Dynamics CRM Developer
8 1 (2.86%) SharePoint Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (45.71%) .NET
2 7 (20.00%) J2EE
2 7 (20.00%) Middleware
3 6 (17.14%) .NET Framework
4 5 (14.29%) JMS
5 3 (8.57%) WCF
5 3 (8.57%) WPF
5 3 (8.57%) WinForms
6 2 (5.71%) jQuery
6 2 (5.71%) HTML
6 2 (5.71%) ASP.NET
7 1 (2.86%) CSS
7 1 (2.86%) XML
7 1 (2.86%) XSLT
7 1 (2.86%) Classic ASP
7 1 (2.86%) RESTful
7 1 (2.86%) ASP.NET MVC
7 1 (2.86%) HTML5
7 1 (2.86%) Entity Framework
7 1 (2.86%) KnockoutJS
Miscellaneous
1 2 (5.71%) Clustering
1 2 (5.71%) Private Cloud
2 1 (2.86%) Management Information System
2 1 (2.86%) Computer Science
2 1 (2.86%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 6 (17.14%) Windows
2 5 (14.29%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (48.57%) CRM
2 17 (48.57%) Time Management
3 8 (22.86%) SOA
3 8 (22.86%) UML
3 8 (22.86%) Zachman Framework
3 8 (22.86%) TOGAF
4 5 (14.29%) TDD
4 5 (14.29%) Scrum
5 3 (8.57%) Unit Testing
6 2 (5.71%) MVC
6 2 (5.71%) Project Management
7 1 (2.86%) Process Management
7 1 (2.86%) Business Intelligence
7 1 (2.86%) Workflow
7 1 (2.86%) Continuous Integration
7 1 (2.86%) Content Management
7 1 (2.86%) Requirements Analysis
7 1 (2.86%) Capacity Planning
7 1 (2.86%) Web Application Development
Programming Languages
1 8 (22.86%) C#
2 5 (14.29%) Java
3 3 (8.57%) SQL
4 2 (5.71%) JavaScript
5 1 (2.86%) C++
5 1 (2.86%) T-SQL
5 1 (2.86%) C
Qualifications
1 35 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 21 (60.00%) Security Cleared
3 19 (54.29%) MCSD
4 18 (51.43%) MCTS
4 18 (51.43%) DV Cleared
5 17 (48.57%) MCAD
6 16 (45.71%) SC Cleared
7 1 (2.86%) Microsoft Certified Master
7 1 (2.86%) MCP
7 1 (2.86%) MCSE
7 1 (2.86%) MCDBA
7 1 (2.86%) MCITP
7 1 (2.86%) Degree
System Software
1 2 (5.71%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 2 (5.71%) SCCM
Vendors
1 22 (62.86%) Microsoft
2 12 (34.29%) Oracle
3 5 (14.29%) Atlassian
4 2 (5.71%) HP