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 8 December 2016 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.

3 months to
8 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
Rank 601 627 629
Rank change year-on-year
+26 +2
Contract jobs citing MCSD 20 17 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.040% 0.031% 0.007%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.20% 0.15% 0.034%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 7 4
Median daily rate £450 £422 £488
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.71% -13.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £266 £375
10% offered a daily rate of more than £610 £510 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £366 £488
% change year-on-year
+23.00% -24.95%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median 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
10173 11414 11714
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.44% 20.67% 20.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 6465 6892 6680
Median daily rate £410 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.50% +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £392 £390 £375
% change year-on-year
+0.51% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 462 560 556
Median hourly rate £27.50 £27.00 £17.01
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.85% +58.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £12.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £49.75 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £27.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
- +57.14%

MCSD
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing MCSD as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 8 December 2016.

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 18 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSD within the UK over the 3 months to 8 December 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +25 17 £450 +6.29% 5
London 0 7 £463 +8.82% 1
South East +29 4 £463 +9.68%
Scotland +15 3 £325 +4.83%
Glasgow - 3 £325 -
Hampshire +25 2 - -
South West +17 2 - -
Yorkshire - 2 - -
West Yorkshire - 2 - -
East Midlands - 2 £450 - 2
Leicester - 2 £450 -
Leicestershire - 2 £450 -
Bristol - 2 - -
Berkshire +8 1 £500 +11.11%
City of London -6 1 £375 +87.50% 1
West Sussex - 1 £425 -
Winchester - 1 - -
Gatwick - 1 £425 -

MCSD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 8 December 2016, IT contractor jobs citing MCSD also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for MCSD.

1 42 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 37 (88.10%) Microsoft
3 18 (42.86%) C#
4 17 (40.48%) Microsoft Azure
5 16 (38.10%) Degree
5 16 (38.10%) .NET
5 16 (38.10%) SQL Server
6 15 (35.71%) MS Excel
6 15 (35.71%) Agile Software Development
7 14 (33.33%) MCAD
8 13 (30.95%) MCSE
9 12 (28.57%) SharePoint
10 11 (26.19%) Windows
10 11 (26.19%) TDD
11 10 (23.81%) TOGAF
11 10 (23.81%) MCTS
11 10 (23.81%) SQL
12 9 (21.43%) PowerShell
12 9 (21.43%) JavaScript
12 9 (21.43%) MCP
12 9 (21.43%) Business Intelligence
12 9 (21.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 8 (19.05%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 8 (19.05%) MVC
13 8 (19.05%) Cisco Certification
13 8 (19.05%) CCNA
13 8 (19.05%) ITIL
13 8 (19.05%) Web Services
13 8 (19.05%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 8 (19.05%) Team Foundation Server

MCSD
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 12 (28.57%) SharePoint
2 5 (11.90%) SharePoint 2010
2 5 (11.90%) SharePoint 2013
3 2 (4.76%) CMS
3 2 (4.76%) IIS
3 2 (4.76%) SAS
3 2 (4.76%) Sitecore CMS
4 1 (2.38%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (2.38%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (2.38%) MS Exchange
4 1 (2.38%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 15 (35.71%) MS Excel
2 2 (4.76%) InfoPath
2 2 (4.76%) MS Office
3 1 (2.38%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (4.76%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 17 (40.48%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (16.67%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (16.67%) IaaS
2 7 (16.67%) Office 365
3 5 (11.90%) Rackspace Cloud
4 4 (9.52%) PaaS
5 2 (4.76%) SaaS
6 1 (2.38%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 4 (9.52%) DMZ
1 4 (9.52%) Firewall
2 2 (4.76%) IP Telephony
2 2 (4.76%) NetScaler
2 2 (4.76%) SAN
2 2 (4.76%) Wireless
3 1 (2.38%) Cisco ASA
3 1 (2.38%) DNS
3 1 (2.38%) Internet
3 1 (2.38%) LAN
3 1 (2.38%) SSL
3 1 (2.38%) TCP/IP
3 1 (2.38%) Unified Communications
3 1 (2.38%) VoIP
3 1 (2.38%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (38.10%) SQL Server
2 9 (21.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 8 (19.05%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 8 (19.05%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 7 (16.67%) SQL Server 2012
5 5 (11.90%) Relational Database
6 4 (9.52%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 3 (7.14%) Data Warehouse
7 3 (7.14%) Power BI
7 3 (7.14%) SQL Server 2008
8 2 (4.76%) MS Access
8 2 (4.76%) PowerPivot
9 1 (2.38%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 8 (19.05%) Team Foundation Server
2 6 (14.29%) Moq
2 6 (14.29%) NUnit
3 5 (11.90%) Git (software)
3 5 (11.90%) Selenium
4 2 (4.76%) Visual Studio
5 1 (2.38%) Rhino Mocks
5 1 (2.38%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 5 (11.90%) Finance
2 2 (4.76%) Marketing
2 2 (4.76%) Retail
3 1 (2.38%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 17 (40.48%) Developer
2 13 (30.95%) Architect
3 11 (26.19%) .NET Developer
3 11 (26.19%) C# Developer
4 10 (23.81%) C# .NET Developer
5 4 (9.52%) Analyst
5 4 (9.52%) AWS Architect
5 4 (9.52%) Azure Architect
5 4 (9.52%) Cloud Architect
5 4 (9.52%) Consultant
5 4 (9.52%) Infrastructure Architect
5 4 (9.52%) SharePoint Architect
6 3 (7.14%) Automation Developer
6 3 (7.14%) Azure Consultant
6 3 (7.14%) Enterprise Architect
6 3 (7.14%) Microsoft Developer
6 3 (7.14%) SQL Developer
7 2 (4.76%) Applications Support Engineer
7 2 (4.76%) Azure DevOps
7 2 (4.76%) C# ASP.NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (38.10%) .NET
2 8 (19.05%) Web Services
3 7 (16.67%) ASP.NET
4 6 (14.29%) AngularJS
4 6 (14.29%) ASP.NET MVC
4 6 (14.29%) jQuery
5 5 (11.90%) .NET Framework
5 5 (11.90%) Entity Framework
5 5 (11.90%) Unity DI Container
6 4 (9.52%) OAuth
6 4 (9.52%) SAML
7 3 (7.14%) XML
8 2 (4.76%) Ajax
8 2 (4.76%) COM+
8 2 (4.76%) HTML
9 1 (2.38%) CSS
9 1 (2.38%) NHibernate
9 1 (2.38%) WAP
9 1 (2.38%) WCF
9 1 (2.38%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 5 (11.90%) Data Centre
2 4 (9.52%) Enterprise Software
3 3 (7.14%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (4.76%) Hybrid Cloud
4 2 (4.76%) Mobile App
5 1 (2.38%) Blackberry
5 1 (2.38%) Blog
5 1 (2.38%) Clustering
5 1 (2.38%) Computer Science
5 1 (2.38%) Digital Media
5 1 (2.38%) Management Information System
5 1 (2.38%) Public Cloud
5 1 (2.38%) Replication
5 1 (2.38%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 11 (26.19%) Windows
2 5 (11.90%) Windows Server
3 4 (9.52%) Windows Server 2012
4 2 (4.76%) Linux
4 2 (4.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (4.76%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (2.38%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (35.71%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (26.19%) TDD
3 10 (23.81%) TOGAF
4 9 (21.43%) Business Intelligence
5 8 (19.05%) ITIL
5 8 (19.05%) MVC
6 7 (16.67%) DevOps
7 6 (14.29%) Scrum
8 5 (11.90%) Dependency Injection
8 5 (11.90%) Migration
8 5 (11.90%) OO
8 5 (11.90%) OOA/OOD
8 5 (11.90%) OOD
8 5 (11.90%) PRINCE2
8 5 (11.90%) UML
9 4 (9.52%) Data Migration
9 4 (9.52%) Operations Management
9 4 (9.52%) Performance Testing
9 4 (9.52%) Technical Architecture
9 4 (9.52%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 18 (42.86%) C#
2 10 (23.81%) SQL
3 9 (21.43%) JavaScript
3 9 (21.43%) PowerShell
4 2 (4.76%) C++
4 2 (4.76%) T-SQL
4 2 (4.76%) VBA
5 1 (2.38%) VB
5 1 (2.38%) VB.NET
5 1 (2.38%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 42 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 16 (38.10%) Degree
3 14 (33.33%) MCAD
4 13 (30.95%) MCSE
5 10 (23.81%) MCTS
6 9 (21.43%) MCP
7 8 (19.05%) CCNA
7 8 (19.05%) Cisco Certification
8 7 (16.67%) MCPD
9 4 (9.52%) ITIL Certification
9 4 (9.52%) MCSA
9 4 (9.52%) PMI Certification
9 4 (9.52%) PMP
10 3 (7.14%) MCITP
11 2 (4.76%) CESG Certified Professional
11 2 (4.76%) MCDBA
12 1 (2.38%) MCT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (11.90%) QA
2 4 (9.52%) COBIT
3 2 (4.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 5 (11.90%) Active Directory
2 4 (9.52%) Hyper-V
3 3 (7.14%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (4.76%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (4.76%) XenDesktop
4 2 (4.76%) XenServer
5 1 (2.38%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 4 (9.52%) CA Single Sign-On
2 2 (4.76%) SCCM
3 1 (2.38%) Failover Clustering
3 1 (2.38%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
3 1 (2.38%) NetBackup
3 1 (2.38%) Norton AntiVirus
3 1 (2.38%) SCOM
3 1 (2.38%) Terraform
Vendors
1 37 (88.10%) Microsoft
2 7 (16.67%) Citrix
3 5 (11.90%) EPiServer
3 5 (11.90%) Rackspace
4 4 (9.52%) CA
5 3 (7.14%) CheckPoint
5 3 (7.14%) Cisco
5 3 (7.14%) VMware
6 2 (4.76%) Alterian
6 2 (4.76%) Avaya
6 2 (4.76%) Dell
6 2 (4.76%) Extreme Networks
6 2 (4.76%) Red Hat
6 2 (4.76%) Sitecore
7 1 (2.38%) HP
7 1 (2.38%) NetApp
7 1 (2.38%) SAP
7 1 (2.38%) Sophos
7 1 (2.38%) Symantec