The first table below looks at the demand 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 July 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
29 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
Rank 558 520 537
Rank change year-on-year
-38 +17
Contract jobs citing MCSD 31 43 32
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.057% 0.084% 0.055%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.30% 0.48% 0.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 25 15
Average daily rate
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£390 £400 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.50% +10.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £300 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £425 £325
% change year-on-year
-14.11% +30.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Average hourly rate £45.00 - £22.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £22.50
Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10438 9016 9842
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.11% 17.63% 16.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 5875 4833 5081
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £530 £520
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 460 500 610
Average hourly rate £19.00 £21.50 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.62% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.42
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.52% -4.54%

MCSD
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MCSD within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within 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 July 2014.

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 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSD within the UK over the 3 months to 29 July 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 -28 23 £400 - 29
London +4 18 £395 -1.25% 7
City of London +25 2 £600 +60.00%
Reading +1 2 £425 -
Berkshire -7 2 £425 - 1
South East -28 2 £425 - 5
West Midlands -11 1 £425 - 1
South West -34 1 - - 2
Wales - 1 £350 -
South Wales - 1 £350 -
Newport - 1 £350 -
Dorset - 1 - - 1
Birmingham - 1 £425 -
Bolton - - - -
Bournemouth - - - - 1
Bracknell - - - -
Bristol - - - - 1
Caerphilly - - - -
Cambridge - - - - 2
Cannock - - - - 1
Caterham - - - -
Colchester - - - -
Croydon - - - - 2
Cwmbran - - - -
Derby - - - -
Fareham - - - -
Hitchin - - - - 1
Horsham - - - -
Leicester - - - -
Liverpool - - - -

MCSD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 July 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing MCSD 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 MCSD.

1 54 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 40 (74.07%) Microsoft
3 39 (72.22%) .NET
4 33 (61.11%) C#
5 29 (53.70%) SQL Server
6 24 (44.44%) ASP.NET
6 24 (44.44%) SharePoint
7 20 (37.04%) JavaScript
8 19 (35.19%) Degree
9 18 (33.33%) WCF
10 17 (31.48%) HTML
10 17 (31.48%) MCSE
11 16 (29.63%) Visual Studio
12 13 (24.07%) Windows
12 13 (24.07%) XML
12 13 (24.07%) MVC
12 13 (24.07%) Team Foundation Server
13 12 (22.22%) SharePoint 2010
14 11 (20.37%) SQL Server 2008
14 11 (20.37%) Finance
14 11 (20.37%) .NET Framework
14 11 (20.37%) CSS
15 10 (18.52%) XSLT
15 10 (18.52%) SQL
15 10 (18.52%) MCPD
15 10 (18.52%) TDD
15 10 (18.52%) jQuery
16 9 (16.67%) Windows Server 2008
16 9 (16.67%) Computer Science
16 9 (16.67%) MCTS

MCSD
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 July 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing MCSD 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 MCSD. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 24 (44.44%) SharePoint
2 12 (22.22%) SharePoint 2010
3 8 (14.81%) IIS
4 7 (12.96%) SharePoint 2013
5 5 (9.26%) BizTalk Server
6 3 (5.56%) IBM Notes
6 3 (5.56%) Lotus Domino
7 2 (3.70%) MS Exchange
7 2 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2010
7 2 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (1.85%) Node.js
8 1 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 9 (16.67%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.85%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 6 (11.11%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.70%) Office 365
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (53.70%) SQL Server
2 11 (20.37%) SQL Server 2008
3 7 (12.96%) SQL Server 2012
4 5 (9.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 5 (9.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 4 (7.41%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (1.85%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 16 (29.63%) Visual Studio
2 13 (24.07%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (9.26%) TeamCity
4 3 (5.56%) MSTest
5 2 (3.70%) Git (software)
5 2 (3.70%) Selenium
5 2 (3.70%) Visual Studio Team System
6 1 (1.85%) NUnit
General
1 11 (20.37%) Finance
2 4 (7.41%) Front Office
3 3 (5.56%) Advertising
3 3 (5.56%) Retail
4 1 (1.85%) Investment Banking
4 1 (1.85%) Banking
Job Titles
1 33 (61.11%) Developer
2 17 (31.48%) SharePoint Developer
3 8 (14.81%) .NET Developer
4 7 (12.96%) Architect
5 6 (11.11%) Support Engineer
6 4 (7.41%) Infrastructure Designer
6 4 (7.41%) Senior Developer
6 4 (7.41%) Senior Support Engineer
6 4 (7.41%) Senior .NET Developer
6 4 (7.41%) .NET Architect
6 4 (7.41%) Designer
7 3 (5.56%) Microsoft Developer
7 3 (5.56%) SQL Developer
7 3 (5.56%) Front Office Developer
7 3 (5.56%) Solutions Architect
8 2 (3.70%) Consultant
8 2 (3.70%) Software Architect
8 2 (3.70%) Software Developer
8 2 (3.70%) C# Developer
8 2 (3.70%) SharePoint Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 39 (72.22%) .NET
2 24 (44.44%) ASP.NET
3 18 (33.33%) WCF
4 17 (31.48%) HTML
5 13 (24.07%) XML
6 11 (20.37%) CSS
6 11 (20.37%) .NET Framework
7 10 (18.52%) XSLT
7 10 (18.52%) jQuery
8 8 (14.81%) Web Services
9 7 (12.96%) XSD
9 7 (12.96%) WPF
9 7 (12.96%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
10 5 (9.26%) KnockoutJS
10 5 (9.26%) ASP.NET MVC
10 5 (9.26%) Ajax
11 4 (7.41%) Middleware
11 4 (7.41%) WinForms
11 4 (7.41%) MDX
11 4 (7.41%) Unity DI Container
Miscellaneous
1 9 (16.67%) Computer Science
2 4 (7.41%) Visualisation
2 4 (7.41%) Grid Computing
2 4 (7.41%) Clustering
2 4 (7.41%) Derivative
3 2 (3.70%) Interest Rate Derivative
3 2 (3.70%) Enterprise Software
3 2 (3.70%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 13 (24.07%) Windows
2 9 (16.67%) Windows Server 2008
3 5 (9.26%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (24.07%) MVC
2 10 (18.52%) TDD
3 7 (12.96%) Unit Testing
4 6 (11.11%) Scrum
4 6 (11.11%) CRM
5 5 (9.26%) Continuous Integration
6 4 (7.41%) Multithreading
6 4 (7.41%) Load Balancing
6 4 (7.41%) Asset Management
6 4 (7.41%) Data Modelling
6 4 (7.41%) Workflow
6 4 (7.41%) Service Delivery
6 4 (7.41%) Rapid Prototyping
7 3 (5.56%) Continuous Improvement
7 3 (5.56%) Project Management
7 3 (5.56%) ITIL
7 3 (5.56%) Web Development
8 2 (3.70%) Greeks
8 2 (3.70%) Investment Management
8 2 (3.70%) Document Management
Programming Languages
1 33 (61.11%) C#
2 20 (37.04%) JavaScript
3 10 (18.52%) SQL
4 8 (14.81%) C++
5 4 (7.41%) C
5 4 (7.41%) T-SQL
5 4 (7.41%) VB.NET
5 4 (7.41%) VBA
6 3 (5.56%) Java
7 1 (1.85%) Ruby
7 1 (1.85%) PowerShell
7 1 (1.85%) VBScript
7 1 (1.85%) VB
Qualifications
1 54 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 19 (35.19%) Degree
3 17 (31.48%) MCSE
4 10 (18.52%) MCPD
5 9 (16.67%) MCTS
6 8 (14.81%) MCP
7 7 (12.96%) MCAD
8 6 (11.11%) MCDBA
9 4 (7.41%) Security Cleared
10 2 (3.70%) CISA
11 1 (1.85%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.70%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (1.85%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.85%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 40 (74.07%) Microsoft
2 4 (7.41%) Infragistics
2 4 (7.41%) DevExpress
3 3 (5.56%) IBM
3 3 (5.56%) Lotus
4 2 (3.70%) Infor
5 1 (1.85%) Remedy
5 1 (1.85%) Facebook
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