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 18 December 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
18 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
Rank 604 480 507
Rank change year-on-year
-124 +27
Contract jobs citing MCSD 4 89 36
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.007% 0.17% 0.073%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.035% 0.97% 0.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 74 28
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£488 £420 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.07% +24.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £306 £291
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £450 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £488 £415 £325
% change year-on-year
+17.46% +27.69%
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
11413 9164 8889
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.63% 17.73% 17.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 6633 5091 4657
Average daily rate £390 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £538
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 547 394 612
Average hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £22.90
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% -21.39%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £23.75
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -26.31%

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 18 December 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 18 December 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 -100 4 £488 +14.70% 14
South East -80 3 £375 -11.76% 2
Berkshire -35 2 £375 -11.76% 1
Reading -18 1 £375 -11.76%
South West -36 1 £600 +84.61% 4
Cheltenham - 1 £600 - 2
Gloucestershire - 1 £600 - 4
Hampshire - - - -
Kent - - - -
Lancashire - - - - 1
Norfolk - - - -
Nottinghamshire - - - -
Oxfordshire - - - -
Somerset - - - -
Staffordshire - - - -
Suffolk - - - -
Surrey - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - -
Worcestershire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -
City of London - - - - 2
East Midlands - - - -
Isle of Wight - - - -
Merseyside - - - -
North East - - - -
North West - - - - 3
Cirencester - - - - 2
Croydon - - - -
Derby - - - -
Guildford - - - -

MCSD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 December 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 23 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 19 (82.61%) Microsoft
3 14 (60.87%) C#
3 14 (60.87%) .NET
4 11 (47.83%) JavaScript
5 10 (43.48%) SharePoint
6 9 (39.13%) SQL Server
7 8 (34.78%) HTML
7 8 (34.78%) Visual Studio
8 7 (30.43%) ASP.NET
8 7 (30.43%) MCSE
8 7 (30.43%) .NET Framework
9 6 (26.09%) Degree
9 6 (26.09%) WCF
9 6 (26.09%) Agile Software Development
9 6 (26.09%) MVC
10 5 (21.74%) MCP
10 5 (21.74%) CSS
10 5 (21.74%) MCPD
11 4 (17.39%) Dynamics CRM
11 4 (17.39%) Security Cleared
11 4 (17.39%) MSTest
11 4 (17.39%) SharePoint 2010
11 4 (17.39%) KnockoutJS
11 4 (17.39%) Unity DI Container
11 4 (17.39%) MCAD
11 4 (17.39%) MS Excel
11 4 (17.39%) CRM
11 4 (17.39%) Scrum
12 3 (13.04%) Migration

MCSD
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 December 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 10 (43.48%) SharePoint
2 4 (17.39%) SharePoint 2010
3 2 (8.70%) SharePoint 2013
3 2 (8.70%) IIS
4 1 (4.35%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (4.35%) Lync
4 1 (4.35%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 4 (17.39%) MS Excel
2 3 (13.04%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 4 (17.39%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (8.70%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.35%) SAN
1 1 (4.35%) DHCP
1 1 (4.35%) TCP/IP
1 1 (4.35%) DNS
1 1 (4.35%) IPv6
1 1 (4.35%) Fibre Channel
1 1 (4.35%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (39.13%) SQL Server
2 2 (8.70%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (4.35%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (4.35%) Data Mining
3 1 (4.35%) Relational Database
3 1 (4.35%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (4.35%) Hadoop
3 1 (4.35%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (4.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (4.35%) Microsoft Analysis Services
3 1 (4.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 8 (34.78%) Visual Studio
2 4 (17.39%) MSTest
3 3 (13.04%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (8.70%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 3 (13.04%) Retail
2 1 (4.35%) Finance
Job Titles
1 9 (39.13%) Developer
2 5 (21.74%) Architect
2 5 (21.74%) SharePoint Developer
3 4 (17.39%) .NET Architect
4 3 (13.04%) Consultant
4 3 (13.04%) Software Architect
4 3 (13.04%) C# Architect
5 2 (8.70%) SharePoint Consultant
5 2 (8.70%) Microsoft Developer
5 2 (8.70%) Dynamics CRM Developer
5 2 (8.70%) CRM Developer
6 1 (4.35%) Senior Developer
6 1 (4.35%) Support Specialist
6 1 (4.35%) Analyst
6 1 (4.35%) Test Analyst
6 1 (4.35%) Technical Architect
6 1 (4.35%) Web Developer
6 1 (4.35%) Data Warehouse Consultant
6 1 (4.35%) .NET Developer
6 1 (4.35%) C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (60.87%) .NET
2 8 (34.78%) HTML
3 7 (30.43%) ASP.NET
3 7 (30.43%) .NET Framework
4 6 (26.09%) WCF
5 5 (21.74%) CSS
6 4 (17.39%) KnockoutJS
6 4 (17.39%) Unity DI Container
7 2 (8.70%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
7 2 (8.70%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
7 2 (8.70%) XSL
7 2 (8.70%) XSLT
8 1 (4.35%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (4.35%) Clustering
1 1 (4.35%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 3 (13.04%) Windows
2 2 (8.70%) Windows Server 2008
2 2 (8.70%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (4.35%) UNIX
3 1 (4.35%) AIX
3 1 (4.35%) Solaris
3 1 (4.35%) Windows 8
3 1 (4.35%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (26.09%) Agile Software Development
1 6 (26.09%) MVC
2 4 (17.39%) CRM
2 4 (17.39%) Scrum
3 3 (13.04%) Migration
3 3 (13.04%) Customer Engagement
3 3 (13.04%) Web Development
4 2 (8.70%) Load Balancing
4 2 (8.70%) Mentoring
5 1 (4.35%) Project Management
5 1 (4.35%) Service Delivery
5 1 (4.35%) Stakeholder Management
5 1 (4.35%) OO
5 1 (4.35%) E-Commerce
5 1 (4.35%) Data Modelling
5 1 (4.35%) Coaching
5 1 (4.35%) Test Planning
5 1 (4.35%) Agile Testing
5 1 (4.35%) Technical Architecture
Programming Languages
1 14 (60.87%) C#
2 11 (47.83%) JavaScript
3 3 (13.04%) VBA
4 2 (8.70%) SQL
5 1 (4.35%) Shell Script
5 1 (4.35%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 23 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 7 (30.43%) MCSE
3 6 (26.09%) Degree
4 5 (21.74%) MCP
4 5 (21.74%) MCPD
5 4 (17.39%) Security Cleared
5 4 (17.39%) MCAD
6 3 (13.04%) SC Cleared
7 2 (8.70%) MCTS
7 2 (8.70%) MCDBA
8 1 (4.35%) ISEB
8 1 (4.35%) CCA
8 1 (4.35%) Citrix Certification
8 1 (4.35%) CCEA
8 1 (4.35%) MCITP
8 1 (4.35%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
System Software
1 1 (4.35%) Active Directory
1 1 (4.35%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 2 (8.70%) SCCM
2 1 (4.35%) SCOrch
2 1 (4.35%) SCOM
2 1 (4.35%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 19 (82.61%) Microsoft
2 1 (4.35%) TOWER Software
2 1 (4.35%) VMware
2 1 (4.35%) Citrix
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