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 27 April 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
27 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
Rank 555 580 502
Rank change year-on-year
+25 -78
Contract jobs citing MCSD 42 19 40
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.075% 0.035% 0.084%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.39% 0.18% 0.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 14 29
Average daily rate
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£340 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £217 £316 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £493 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £400
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -18.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Average hourly rate £49.50 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £49.50 - -

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
10752 10619 8699
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.32% 19.49% 18.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 6090 6036 4636
Average daily rate £390 £375 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% +1.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £223 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £525 £538
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 506 528 473
Average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £24.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -17.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.25 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £42.50 £51.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -25.00%

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 27 April 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 27 April 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 +12 28 £288 -34.28% 18
Wales +2 11 £558 +71.53%
South East -16 11 £338 -15.62% 2
South Wales +4 6 £558 +71.53%
Yorkshire - 6 £340 - 2
York - 6 £340 - 2
North Yorkshire - 6 £340 - 2
Cardiff - 4 £558 -
Surrey - 4 £299 -
Scotland +6 3 £451 +50.24%
Reading +5 3 £213 -32.00%
Berkshire +5 3 £213 -32.00%
Worthing -9 3 £390 -2.50%
London -16 3 £188 -60.52% 8
West Sussex -18 3 £390 -2.50%
North West - 3 - -
East of England - 3 £245 - 1
Cumbria - 3 - -
City of London +7 2 £188 -60.52%
Erskine +2 2 £451 +50.24%
Renfrewshire 0 2 £451 +50.24%
Dorset - 2 £220 - 2
Essex - 2 £248 -
Bournemouth - 2 £220 - 2
South West - 2 £220 - 2
Suffolk - 1 £245 - 1
Oxfordshire - 1 £425 -
Ipswich - 1 £245 -
Colchester - 1 £245 -
Oxford - 1 £425 -

MCSD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 April 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 49 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 38 (77.55%) Microsoft
3 28 (57.14%) MCAD
4 25 (51.02%) CRM
4 25 (51.02%) Agile Software Development
5 21 (42.86%) Security Cleared
5 21 (42.86%) Windows
6 20 (40.82%) SC Cleared
7 19 (38.78%) Time Management
7 19 (38.78%) MCPD
7 19 (38.78%) C#
7 19 (38.78%) .NET
8 18 (36.73%) Dynamics CRM
9 17 (34.69%) MCTS
9 17 (34.69%) ASP.NET
10 16 (32.65%) MCSE
10 16 (32.65%) Marketing
11 13 (26.53%) DV Cleared
11 13 (26.53%) SQL
12 12 (24.49%) Visual Studio
12 12 (24.49%) SQL Server
12 12 (24.49%) SharePoint
13 11 (22.45%) Active Directory
13 11 (22.45%) HTML
13 11 (22.45%) JavaScript
13 11 (22.45%) MVC
13 11 (22.45%) Degree
14 10 (20.41%) Computer Science
14 10 (20.41%) MCP
15 9 (18.37%) XML

MCSD
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 April 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 12 (24.49%) SharePoint
2 6 (12.24%) IIS
3 3 (6.12%) Office Communications Server
4 1 (2.04%) SharePoint 2010
4 1 (2.04%) Lync
4 1 (2.04%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (2.04%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (2.04%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (2.04%) MS Exchange
4 1 (2.04%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (2.04%) Exchange Server 2000
4 1 (2.04%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 4 (8.16%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.04%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 18 (36.73%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.08%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (4.08%) Office 365
2 1 (2.04%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (2.04%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (6.12%) SAN
1 3 (6.12%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (24.49%) SQL Server
2 4 (8.16%) DTS
2 4 (8.16%) SQL Server 2000
3 3 (6.12%) EDRMS
4 1 (2.04%) IDOL
4 1 (2.04%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (2.04%) QlikView
4 1 (2.04%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (2.04%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (2.04%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 12 (24.49%) Visual Studio
2 7 (14.29%) Subversion
3 5 (10.20%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (8.16%) ClearCase
4 4 (8.16%) ClearQuest
4 4 (8.16%) JIRA
5 1 (2.04%) Selenium
5 1 (2.04%) NUnit
5 1 (2.04%) WebDriver
5 1 (2.04%) Rhino Mocks
5 1 (2.04%) Moq
5 1 (2.04%) MSBuild
5 1 (2.04%) SpecFlow
General
1 16 (32.65%) Marketing
2 8 (16.33%) Finance
3 3 (6.12%) Banking
4 2 (4.08%) Automotive
5 1 (2.04%) Law
Job Titles
1 17 (34.69%) Analyst
2 16 (32.65%) Business Analyst
3 13 (26.53%) CRM Business Analyst
3 13 (26.53%) CRM Analyst
4 11 (22.45%) Developer
5 5 (10.20%) .NET Developer
6 4 (8.16%) 3rd Line Support
6 4 (8.16%) Architect
7 3 (6.12%) Technical Architect
7 3 (6.12%) 2nd Line Support
7 3 (6.12%) Senior Developer
7 3 (6.12%) Senior .NET Developer
7 3 (6.12%) Designer
7 3 (6.12%) Technical Design Architect
7 3 (6.12%) Infrastructure Designer
7 3 (6.12%) Applications Support
8 2 (4.08%) CRM Consultant
8 2 (4.08%) C# Developer
8 2 (4.08%) Web Developer
8 2 (4.08%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (38.78%) .NET
2 17 (34.69%) ASP.NET
3 11 (22.45%) HTML
4 9 (18.37%) XML
4 9 (18.37%) .NET Framework
4 9 (18.37%) jQuery
5 6 (12.24%) ASP.NET MVC
5 6 (12.24%) CSS
6 5 (10.20%) JSON
6 5 (10.20%) LINQ
6 5 (10.20%) KnockoutJS
7 4 (8.16%) Entity Framework
7 4 (8.16%) ASP.NET MVC 4
7 4 (8.16%) COM+
8 3 (6.12%) HTML5
8 3 (6.12%) RESTful
9 2 (4.08%) Ajax
9 2 (4.08%) ASP.NET Web API
9 2 (4.08%) CSS3
9 2 (4.08%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 10 (20.41%) Computer Science
2 3 (6.12%) Private Cloud
2 3 (6.12%) Clustering
3 2 (4.08%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.04%) W3C
4 1 (2.04%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 21 (42.86%) Windows
2 5 (10.20%) Windows Server 2003
3 3 (6.12%) UNIX
3 3 (6.12%) Windows 7
3 3 (6.12%) AIX
3 3 (6.12%) Solaris
3 3 (6.12%) Linux
4 1 (2.04%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (51.02%) CRM
1 25 (51.02%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (38.78%) Time Management
3 11 (22.45%) MVC
4 6 (12.24%) TDD
5 5 (10.20%) Migration
5 5 (10.20%) OO
6 4 (8.16%) Web Development
6 4 (8.16%) Don't repeat yourself (DRY)
6 4 (8.16%) Incident Management
6 4 (8.16%) ITIL
7 3 (6.12%) OOP
7 3 (6.12%) Service Delivery
7 3 (6.12%) Technical Architecture
7 3 (6.12%) Web Design
7 3 (6.12%) Content Management
7 3 (6.12%) Load Balancing
7 3 (6.12%) Mentoring
8 1 (2.04%) Stakeholder Engagement
8 1 (2.04%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 19 (38.78%) C#
2 13 (26.53%) SQL
3 11 (22.45%) JavaScript
4 7 (14.29%) VB
5 4 (8.16%) VB.NET
5 4 (8.16%) VB6
5 4 (8.16%) VBScript
6 3 (6.12%) T-SQL
7 1 (2.04%) Python
7 1 (2.04%) Perl
7 1 (2.04%) PHP
7 1 (2.04%) Lua
7 1 (2.04%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 49 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 28 (57.14%) MCAD
3 21 (42.86%) Security Cleared
4 20 (40.82%) SC Cleared
5 19 (38.78%) MCPD
6 17 (34.69%) MCTS
7 16 (32.65%) MCSE
8 13 (26.53%) DV Cleared
9 11 (22.45%) Degree
10 10 (20.41%) MCP
11 7 (14.29%) MCDBA
12 4 (8.16%) ITIL Certification
13 3 (6.12%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 3 (6.12%) CCA
13 3 (6.12%) Citrix Certification
13 3 (6.12%) CCEA
14 1 (2.04%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (6.12%) SLA
2 2 (4.08%) QA
System Software
1 11 (22.45%) Active Directory
2 3 (6.12%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (6.12%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 2 (4.08%) SCCM
Vendors
1 38 (77.55%) Microsoft
2 5 (10.20%) HP
3 4 (8.16%) IBM
3 4 (8.16%) VMware
4 3 (6.12%) Citrix
5 1 (2.04%) Remedy