The table below looks at the statistics for MCSD in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCSD over the 3 months to 29 September 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.

3 months to
29 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
Rank 630 659 621
Rank change year-on-year
+29 -38
Contract jobs citing MCSD 23 4 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.043% 0.007% 0.031%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.21% 0.035% 0.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 2 7
Median daily rate £469 £349 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+34.40% -7.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £230 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £561 £468 £385
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £498 £365
% change year-on-year
-17.08% +36.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median 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
11002 11389 11484
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.61% 19.64% 19.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 6807 6865 6372
Median daily rate £400 £400 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £255 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £390 £365
% change year-on-year
-3.84% +6.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 387 526 486
Median hourly rate £28.00 £22.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+27.27% +10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £46.70 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £23.75 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+17.89% +18.75%

MCSD
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing MCSD as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Qualifications category.

MCSD Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

MCSD
Daily Rate Trend

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

MCSD Daily Rate Trend in the UK

MCSD
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCSD within the UK over the 3 months to 29 September 2016.

MCSD Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

MCSD
Hourly Rate Trend

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

MCSD Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

MCSD
Top 18 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSD within the UK over the 3 months to 29 September 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +28 20 £506 +45.16% 5
London +6 13 £545 +172.50%
South East - 5 £425 - 2
Hampshire - 4 £425 -
Fareham - 2 £425 -
South Wales - 2 £363 -
Wales - 2 £363 -
City of London +10 1 £540 +170.00%
Merseyside - 1 £350 -
North West - 1 £350 - 1
Cardiff - 1 £425 -
Gatwick - 1 £425 -
Liverpool - 1 £350 -
Newport - 1 £300 -
Winchester - 1 - -
West Sussex - 1 £425 -
West Yorkshire - 1 - -
Yorkshire - 1 - -

MCSD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 September 2016, IT contractor jobs citing MCSD also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for MCSD.

1 70 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 47 (67.14%) Microsoft
3 40 (57.14%) MCSE
4 33 (47.14%) C#
4 33 (47.14%) .NET
5 29 (41.43%) Migration
6 28 (40.00%) XML
6 28 (40.00%) SharePoint
7 25 (35.71%) TCP/IP
7 25 (35.71%) JavaScript
8 24 (34.29%) SQL
8 24 (34.29%) DNS
8 24 (34.29%) Windows
8 24 (34.29%) PowerShell
9 23 (32.86%) Team Foundation Server
9 23 (32.86%) MS Excel
10 21 (30.00%) Degree
11 20 (28.57%) Visual Studio
12 19 (27.14%) Agile Software Development
12 19 (27.14%) Hyper-V
13 18 (25.71%) Web Services
13 18 (25.71%) IIS
13 18 (25.71%) MCSA
14 17 (24.29%) TOGAF
14 17 (24.29%) Security Cleared
15 16 (22.86%) SSL
16 15 (21.43%) MCAD
17 14 (20.00%) Microsoft Azure
18 13 (18.57%) Windows Server
18 13 (18.57%) Citrix

MCSD
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 28 (40.00%) SharePoint
2 18 (25.71%) IIS
3 6 (8.57%) OpenStack
4 4 (5.71%) SharePoint 2010
4 4 (5.71%) SharePoint 2013
5 2 (2.86%) Tomcat
6 1 (1.43%) SAS
6 1 (1.43%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 23 (32.86%) MS Excel
2 3 (4.29%) InfoPath
3 2 (2.86%) MS Office
4 1 (1.43%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 4 (5.71%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.43%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 14 (20.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (8.57%) Office 365
3 5 (7.14%) Amazon AWS
3 5 (7.14%) IaaS
3 5 (7.14%) Rackspace Cloud
4 3 (4.29%) PaaS
5 2 (2.86%) SaaS
6 1 (1.43%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 25 (35.71%) TCP/IP
2 24 (34.29%) DNS
3 16 (22.86%) SSL
4 9 (12.86%) SAN
5 8 (11.43%) DHCP
5 8 (11.43%) HTTP
5 8 (11.43%) IPsec
5 8 (11.43%) IPv6
5 8 (11.43%) Software-Defined Networking
5 8 (11.43%) VPN
6 3 (4.29%) DMZ
7 2 (2.86%) Firewall
7 2 (2.86%) Internet
7 2 (2.86%) IP Telephony
7 2 (2.86%) NetScaler
7 2 (2.86%) Wireless
8 1 (1.43%) BGP
8 1 (1.43%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (10.00%) SQL Server
2 6 (8.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 5 (7.14%) SQL Server 2012
3 5 (7.14%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 5 (7.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 3 (4.29%) Microsoft Analysis Services
4 3 (4.29%) Relational Database
4 3 (4.29%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (1.43%) Hadoop
5 1 (1.43%) MS Access
5 1 (1.43%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 23 (32.86%) Team Foundation Server
2 20 (28.57%) Visual Studio
3 2 (2.86%) Burp Suite
3 2 (2.86%) Cucumber
3 2 (2.86%) Eclipse
3 2 (2.86%) Git (software)
3 2 (2.86%) Jenkins
3 2 (2.86%) JMeter
3 2 (2.86%) Maven
3 2 (2.86%) Selenium
4 1 (1.43%) JIRA
4 1 (1.43%) Moq
4 1 (1.43%) NUnit
4 1 (1.43%) Rhino Mocks
4 1 (1.43%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 8 (11.43%) Marketing
2 2 (2.86%) Finance
3 1 (1.43%) Electronics
3 1 (1.43%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.43%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 20 (28.57%) Architect
2 16 (22.86%) SharePoint Engineer
3 15 (21.43%) Developer
4 11 (15.71%) Infrastructure Architect
5 9 (12.86%) Support Engineer
6 8 (11.43%) .NET Developer
6 8 (11.43%) C# Developer
7 7 (10.00%) C# .NET Developer
8 6 (8.57%) Network Engineer
8 6 (8.57%) Network Support
8 6 (8.57%) Network Support Engineer
9 4 (5.71%) Analyst
9 4 (5.71%) Collaboration Engineer
9 4 (5.71%) Technical Architect
10 3 (4.29%) AWS Architect
10 3 (4.29%) Cloud Architect
10 3 (4.29%) CRM Developer
10 3 (4.29%) Dynamics CRM Developer
10 3 (4.29%) SharePoint Architect
10 3 (4.29%) SharePoint Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (47.14%) .NET
2 28 (40.00%) XML
3 18 (25.71%) Web Services
4 9 (12.86%) CSS
5 8 (11.43%) REST
5 8 (11.43%) WSDL
5 8 (11.43%) XSD
6 7 (10.00%) HTML
7 4 (5.71%) Ajax
7 4 (5.71%) ASP.NET
7 4 (5.71%) ASP.NET MVC
7 4 (5.71%) ASP.NET MVC 3
7 4 (5.71%) jQuery
7 4 (5.71%) NHibernate
7 4 (5.71%) WCF
8 3 (4.29%) .NET Framework
8 3 (4.29%) ASP.NET MVC 4
8 3 (4.29%) Autofac
8 3 (4.29%) HTML5
8 3 (4.29%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 9 (12.86%) Private Cloud
1 9 (12.86%) Public Cloud
2 8 (11.43%) Computer Science
3 5 (7.14%) NHS
4 4 (5.71%) Enterprise Software
5 3 (4.29%) Data Centre
5 3 (4.29%) Inversion of Control
5 3 (4.29%) N-Tier
6 2 (2.86%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (2.86%) Hybrid Cloud
7 1 (1.43%) Blog
7 1 (1.43%) Client/Server
7 1 (1.43%) Digital Media
7 1 (1.43%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.43%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 24 (34.29%) Windows
2 13 (18.57%) Windows Server
3 3 (4.29%) Linux
3 3 (4.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 3 (4.29%) Windows Server 2012
4 2 (2.86%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (1.43%) Ubuntu
5 1 (1.43%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (41.43%) Migration
2 19 (27.14%) Agile Software Development
3 17 (24.29%) TOGAF
4 13 (18.57%) Scrum
5 12 (17.14%) Workflow
6 11 (15.71%) TDD
7 10 (14.29%) Presales
8 8 (11.43%) Business Intelligence
8 8 (11.43%) Load Balancing
8 8 (11.43%) Mentoring
8 8 (11.43%) SOA
8 8 (11.43%) Virtual Environments
9 7 (10.00%) DevOps
9 7 (10.00%) MODAF
9 7 (10.00%) OOA/OOD
9 7 (10.00%) Process Improvement
9 7 (10.00%) UML
9 7 (10.00%) Zachman Framework
10 6 (8.57%) ITIL
11 5 (7.14%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 33 (47.14%) C#
2 25 (35.71%) JavaScript
3 24 (34.29%) PowerShell
3 24 (34.29%) SQL
4 4 (5.71%) C++
4 4 (5.71%) T-SQL
4 4 (5.71%) VBScript
5 3 (4.29%) VB
6 2 (2.86%) C
6 2 (2.86%) Java
6 2 (2.86%) PL/SQL
6 2 (2.86%) Python
7 1 (1.43%) VBA
Qualifications
1 70 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 40 (57.14%) MCSE
3 21 (30.00%) Degree
4 18 (25.71%) MCSA
5 17 (24.29%) Security Cleared
6 15 (21.43%) MCAD
7 11 (15.71%) MCPD
8 10 (14.29%) MCP
8 10 (14.29%) SC Cleared
9 8 (11.43%) MCTS
10 5 (7.14%) CCNA
10 5 (7.14%) Cisco Certification
11 3 (4.29%) ITIL Certification
11 3 (4.29%) PMI Certification
11 3 (4.29%) PMP
12 2 (2.86%) CESG Certified Professional
12 2 (2.86%) MCITP
13 1 (1.43%) BPSS Clearance
13 1 (1.43%) CISSP
13 1 (1.43%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (10.00%) HL7
2 4 (5.71%) COBIT
3 2 (2.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (1.43%) QA
System Software
1 19 (27.14%) Hyper-V
2 11 (15.71%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (11.43%) Docker
3 8 (11.43%) Xen
4 4 (5.71%) Active Directory
5 2 (2.86%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (2.86%) XenDesktop
5 2 (2.86%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 8 (11.43%) Microsoft Intune
2 7 (10.00%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 3 (4.29%) CA Single Sign-On
4 1 (1.43%) Terraform
Vendors
1 47 (67.14%) Microsoft
2 13 (18.57%) Citrix
3 11 (15.71%) VMware
4 7 (10.00%) EPiServer
5 5 (7.14%) Rackspace
6 3 (4.29%) CA
6 3 (4.29%) HP
6 3 (4.29%) Red Hat
7 2 (2.86%) Atlassian
7 2 (2.86%) Avaya
7 2 (2.86%) CheckPoint
7 2 (2.86%) Cisco
7 2 (2.86%) Dell
7 2 (2.86%) Extreme Networks
7 2 (2.86%) Oracle
7 2 (2.86%) SAP
8 1 (1.43%) Alterian
8 1 (1.43%) Siebel