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 20 October 2014 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
20 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
Rank 609 487 545
Rank change year-on-year
-122 +58
Contract jobs citing MCSD 20 94 34
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.034% 0.18% 0.061%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.17% 1.04% 0.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 83 19
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£375 £425 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.76% +30.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £321 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £445 £426
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £425 £303
% change year-on-year
-11.76% +40.49%
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
11635 9042 10176
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.97% 17.17% 18.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 6551 5129 5286
Average daily rate £380 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £225 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £550 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 506 386 585
Average hourly rate £19.91 £18.37 £22.90
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.41% -19.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -27.08%

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 20 October 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 20 October 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 -88 16 £375 -11.76% 18
London +4 8 £375 -18.91% 10
South East -66 4 £375 -11.76% 2
Berkshire -38 3 £375 -11.76%
South Wales -11 1 £350 +62.79%
Scotland -23 1 - -
Wales -24 1 £350 +62.79%
South West - 1 £600 - 2
Newport - 1 £350 -
East of England - 1 - - 1
North West - 1 - -
Cambridgeshire - 1 - - 1
Cambridge - 1 - - 1
Cannock - - - -
Chesterfield - - - -
Croydon - - - -
Cwmbran - - - -
Guildford - - - -
Hitchin - - - -
Leeds - - - -
Aberdeen - - - -
County Antrim - - - -
Barrow-in-Furness - - - -
Bath - - - -
Belfast - - - -
Birmingham - - - -
Bournemouth - - - -
Bristol - - - -
Cheshire - - - -
Cumbria - - - -

MCSD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 October 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 44 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 35 (79.55%) Microsoft
3 29 (65.91%) .NET
4 26 (59.09%) C#
5 22 (50.00%) SharePoint
6 20 (45.45%) SQL Server
7 18 (40.91%) JavaScript
7 18 (40.91%) ASP.NET
8 17 (38.64%) Degree
9 14 (31.82%) HTML
9 14 (31.82%) MCSE
10 11 (25.00%) MVC
10 11 (25.00%) WCF
11 10 (22.73%) Team Foundation Server
11 10 (22.73%) Agile Software Development
11 10 (22.73%) Visual Studio
12 9 (20.45%) MCP
12 9 (20.45%) .NET Framework
13 8 (18.18%) SharePoint 2010
13 8 (18.18%) CSS
14 7 (15.91%) VBA
14 7 (15.91%) MCAD
14 7 (15.91%) CRM
14 7 (15.91%) TDD
14 7 (15.91%) Dynamics CRM
14 7 (15.91%) MCPD
14 7 (15.91%) Finance
14 7 (15.91%) jQuery
15 6 (13.64%) Unit Testing
15 6 (13.64%) Computer Science

MCSD
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 20 October 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 22 (50.00%) SharePoint
2 8 (18.18%) SharePoint 2010
3 6 (13.64%) SharePoint 2013
4 4 (9.09%) IIS
5 3 (6.82%) IBM Notes
5 3 (6.82%) Lotus Domino
6 2 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2007
6 2 (4.55%) MS Exchange
6 2 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2010
7 1 (2.27%) Node.js
7 1 (2.27%) Lync
7 1 (2.27%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (2.27%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (2.27%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 5 (11.36%) MS Excel
2 4 (9.09%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 7 (15.91%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.55%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.27%) DHCP
1 1 (2.27%) TCP/IP
1 1 (2.27%) DNS
1 1 (2.27%) IPv6
1 1 (2.27%) SAN
1 1 (2.27%) VLAN
1 1 (2.27%) Fibre Channel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (45.45%) SQL Server
2 6 (13.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 5 (11.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 3 (6.82%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (6.82%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (2.27%) Relational Database
5 1 (2.27%) Hadoop
5 1 (2.27%) NoSQL
5 1 (2.27%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (2.27%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (2.27%) Data Mining
5 1 (2.27%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 10 (22.73%) Visual Studio
1 10 (22.73%) Team Foundation Server
2 5 (11.36%) TeamCity
3 4 (9.09%) MSTest
4 2 (4.55%) Git (software)
4 2 (4.55%) Selenium
4 2 (4.55%) Visual Studio Team System
5 1 (2.27%) NUnit
General
1 7 (15.91%) Finance
2 4 (9.09%) Front Office
3 3 (6.82%) Retail
4 1 (2.27%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 23 (52.27%) Developer
2 13 (29.55%) SharePoint Developer
3 8 (18.18%) Architect
4 5 (11.36%) .NET Architect
4 5 (11.36%) .NET Developer
5 4 (9.09%) Senior .NET Developer
5 4 (9.09%) Senior Developer
6 3 (6.82%) Consultant
6 3 (6.82%) Software Architect
6 3 (6.82%) Solutions Architect
6 3 (6.82%) Front Office Developer
6 3 (6.82%) C# Architect
7 2 (4.55%) Lead Solutions Architect
7 2 (4.55%) Dynamics CRM Developer
7 2 (4.55%) Lead Architect
7 2 (4.55%) CRM Developer
7 2 (4.55%) Analyst
7 2 (4.55%) Support Engineer
7 2 (4.55%) SharePoint Consultant
7 2 (4.55%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (65.91%) .NET
2 18 (40.91%) ASP.NET
3 14 (31.82%) HTML
4 11 (25.00%) WCF
5 9 (20.45%) .NET Framework
6 8 (18.18%) CSS
7 7 (15.91%) jQuery
8 6 (13.64%) KnockoutJS
9 5 (11.36%) ASP.NET MVC
9 5 (11.36%) Unity DI Container
10 4 (9.09%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
10 4 (9.09%) WPF
10 4 (9.09%) MDX
10 4 (9.09%) XSLT
10 4 (9.09%) Middleware
10 4 (9.09%) WinForms
11 2 (4.55%) Ajax
11 2 (4.55%) Web Services
11 2 (4.55%) XML
11 2 (4.55%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 6 (13.64%) Computer Science
2 4 (9.09%) Visualisation
2 4 (9.09%) Grid Computing
2 4 (9.09%) Derivative
3 2 (4.55%) Interest Rate Derivative
3 2 (4.55%) Enterprise Software
3 2 (4.55%) Blackberry
4 1 (2.27%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (2.27%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 5 (11.36%) Windows
2 3 (6.82%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (4.55%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (2.27%) UNIX
4 1 (2.27%) Windows 7
4 1 (2.27%) Windows 8
4 1 (2.27%) AIX
4 1 (2.27%) Solaris
4 1 (2.27%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (25.00%) MVC
2 10 (22.73%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (15.91%) TDD
3 7 (15.91%) CRM
4 6 (13.64%) Unit Testing
5 5 (11.36%) Continuous Integration
5 5 (11.36%) Data Modelling
6 4 (9.09%) Workflow
6 4 (9.09%) Project Management
6 4 (9.09%) Scrum
6 4 (9.09%) Multithreading
6 4 (9.09%) Rapid Prototyping
7 3 (6.82%) Mentoring
7 3 (6.82%) Web Development
7 3 (6.82%) Customer Engagement
7 3 (6.82%) Continuous Improvement
7 3 (6.82%) Migration
7 3 (6.82%) ITIL
8 2 (4.55%) OO
8 2 (4.55%) ERP
Programming Languages
1 26 (59.09%) C#
2 18 (40.91%) JavaScript
3 7 (15.91%) VBA
4 4 (9.09%) C++
5 3 (6.82%) SQL
6 2 (4.55%) PowerShell
7 1 (2.27%) Shell Script
7 1 (2.27%) Ruby
7 1 (2.27%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 44 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 17 (38.64%) Degree
3 14 (31.82%) MCSE
4 9 (20.45%) MCP
5 7 (15.91%) MCAD
5 7 (15.91%) MCPD
6 5 (11.36%) MCTS
7 4 (9.09%) Security Cleared
8 3 (6.82%) SC Cleared
9 2 (4.55%) MCDBA
10 1 (2.27%) ISEB
10 1 (2.27%) CCA
10 1 (2.27%) Citrix Certification
10 1 (2.27%) CCEA
10 1 (2.27%) MCSA
10 1 (2.27%) MCITP
10 1 (2.27%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.27%) QA
System Software
1 2 (4.55%) Active Directory
2 1 (2.27%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 2 (4.55%) SCCM
2 1 (2.27%) SCOM
2 1 (2.27%) SCVMM
2 1 (2.27%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 35 (79.55%) Microsoft
2 4 (9.09%) Infragistics
2 4 (9.09%) DevExpress
3 3 (6.82%) IBM
3 3 (6.82%) Lotus
4 2 (4.55%) Infor
5 1 (2.27%) TOWER Software
5 1 (2.27%) VMware
5 1 (2.27%) Remedy
5 1 (2.27%) Citrix
5 1 (2.27%) Facebook
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