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 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
Rank 574 521 515
Rank change year-on-year
-53 -6
Contract jobs citing MCSD 9 32 24
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.018% 0.066% 0.054%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.088% 0.35% 0.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 26 19
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£475 £394 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.63% +12.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £313 £335
10% offered a daily rate of more than £566 £475 £420
UK excluding London average daily rate £475 £388 £350
% change year-on-year
+22.58% +10.71%
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
10280 9096 7991
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.15% 18.89% 17.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 5979 4931 4211
Average daily rate £396 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.60% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £237 £225 £216
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £355 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.63% +1.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 471 411 548
Average hourly rate £19.45 £19.00 £24.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.36% -20.83%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.82 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.00 £44.45
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -30.00%

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 30 January 2015.

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 30 January 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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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 -40 3 £300 -28.57% 23
South East -11 2 £363 -14.20% 1
Berkshire -3 1 £300 -29.41% 1
South West -17 1 £220 -32.30% 4
Bournemouth - 1 £220 - 1
Dorset - 1 £220 - 1
Gloucestershire - - - - 3
Hampshire - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - -
Kent - - - -
Lancashire - - - - 1
Nottinghamshire - - - - 1
Somerset - - - -
Suffolk - - - -
Surrey - - - -
West Sussex - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -
City of London - - - - 3
East Midlands - - - - 2
Merseyside - - - -
Midlands - - - -
North East - - - -
North West - - - - 4
Bristol - - - -
Cheltenham - - - - 2
Cirencester - - - - 1
Croydon - - - -
Derby - - - - 1
Fareham - - - -

MCSD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, 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 18 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 16 (88.89%) Microsoft
3 10 (55.56%) Security Cleared
4 9 (50.00%) SC Cleared
4 9 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
5 7 (38.89%) Dynamics CRM
5 7 (38.89%) CRM
5 7 (38.89%) C#
5 7 (38.89%) MCSE
5 7 (38.89%) MCPD
6 6 (33.33%) Marketing
6 6 (33.33%) MCTS
6 6 (33.33%) Time Management
6 6 (33.33%) MCP
6 6 (33.33%) MCAD
7 5 (27.78%) .NET
7 5 (27.78%) DV Cleared
8 4 (22.22%) Windows
8 4 (22.22%) MS Excel
9 3 (16.67%) VBA
9 3 (16.67%) SQL Server
9 3 (16.67%) MS Office
9 3 (16.67%) Visual Studio
9 3 (16.67%) SharePoint
9 3 (16.67%) MVC
9 3 (16.67%) Windows Server 2008
9 3 (16.67%) Degree
9 3 (16.67%) Customer Engagement
10 2 (11.11%) SQL Server 2012
10 2 (11.11%) Windows Server 2012

MCSD
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, 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 3 (16.67%) SharePoint
2 2 (11.11%) Lync
3 1 (5.56%) IIS
3 1 (5.56%) MS Exchange
3 1 (5.56%) Exchange Server 2000
3 1 (5.56%) Exchange Server 2003
3 1 (5.56%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (5.56%) Office Communications Server
3 1 (5.56%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 4 (22.22%) MS Excel
2 3 (16.67%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 7 (38.89%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (5.56%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (5.56%) SAN
1 1 (5.56%) DHCP
1 1 (5.56%) TCP/IP
1 1 (5.56%) DNS
1 1 (5.56%) VLAN
1 1 (5.56%) IPv6
1 1 (5.56%) Fibre Channel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (16.67%) SQL Server
2 2 (11.11%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (5.56%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (5.56%) Data Mining
3 1 (5.56%) Microsoft Analysis Services
3 1 (5.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (5.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (5.56%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (5.56%) Relational Database
3 1 (5.56%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 3 (16.67%) Visual Studio
2 1 (5.56%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (5.56%) MSTest
General
1 6 (33.33%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 8 (44.44%) Analyst
2 6 (33.33%) CRM Business Analyst
2 6 (33.33%) CRM Analyst
2 6 (33.33%) Business Analyst
3 3 (16.67%) Architect
4 2 (11.11%) Developer
5 1 (5.56%) Data Warehouse Consultant
5 1 (5.56%) Analyst Developer
5 1 (5.56%) Systems Architect
5 1 (5.56%) IT Support Specialist
5 1 (5.56%) .NET Architect
5 1 (5.56%) Infrastructure Designer
5 1 (5.56%) Data Consultant
5 1 (5.56%) Test Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) Systems Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) Technical Architect
5 1 (5.56%) Web Developer
5 1 (5.56%) Consultant
5 1 (5.56%) Software Architect
5 1 (5.56%) Support Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (27.78%) .NET
2 2 (11.11%) HTML5
2 2 (11.11%) HTML
3 1 (5.56%) ASP.NET
3 1 (5.56%) CSS
3 1 (5.56%) XML
3 1 (5.56%) XSD
3 1 (5.56%) XSL
3 1 (5.56%) CSS3
3 1 (5.56%) KnockoutJS
3 1 (5.56%) jQuery
3 1 (5.56%) Ajax
3 1 (5.56%) .NET Framework
3 1 (5.56%) AngularJS
3 1 (5.56%) Unity DI Container
3 1 (5.56%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 2 (11.11%) Computer Science
2 1 (5.56%) Blackberry
2 1 (5.56%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 4 (22.22%) Windows
2 3 (16.67%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (11.11%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (5.56%) AIX
4 1 (5.56%) Solaris
4 1 (5.56%) UNIX
4 1 (5.56%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (5.56%) Windows 8
4 1 (5.56%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (38.89%) CRM
3 6 (33.33%) Time Management
4 3 (16.67%) MVC
4 3 (16.67%) Customer Engagement
5 2 (11.11%) Load Balancing
5 2 (11.11%) Web Design
6 1 (5.56%) Project Management
6 1 (5.56%) Data Modelling
6 1 (5.56%) Migration
6 1 (5.56%) Scrum
6 1 (5.56%) Service Delivery
6 1 (5.56%) Agile Testing
6 1 (5.56%) Technical Architecture
6 1 (5.56%) Web Development
6 1 (5.56%) Test Planning
6 1 (5.56%) Mentoring
6 1 (5.56%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 7 (38.89%) C#
2 3 (16.67%) VBA
3 2 (11.11%) JavaScript
4 1 (5.56%) Shell Script
4 1 (5.56%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 18 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 10 (55.56%) Security Cleared
3 9 (50.00%) SC Cleared
4 7 (38.89%) MCSE
4 7 (38.89%) MCPD
5 6 (33.33%) MCTS
5 6 (33.33%) MCP
5 6 (33.33%) MCAD
6 5 (27.78%) DV Cleared
7 3 (16.67%) Degree
8 2 (11.11%) ISEB
8 2 (11.11%) MCDBA
9 1 (5.56%) CCA
9 1 (5.56%) Citrix Certification
9 1 (5.56%) CCEA
9 1 (5.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 1 (5.56%) MCITP
System Software
1 1 (5.56%) Active Directory
1 1 (5.56%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 2 (11.11%) SCCM
2 1 (5.56%) SCOM
2 1 (5.56%) SCVMM
2 1 (5.56%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 16 (88.89%) Microsoft
2 1 (5.56%) Citrix
2 1 (5.56%) Remedy
2 1 (5.56%) TOWER Software
2 1 (5.56%) VMware
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