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 August 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 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
Rank 615 578 553
Rank change year-on-year
-37 -25
Contract jobs citing MCSD 5 22 40
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.009% 0.039% 0.075%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.046% 0.21% 0.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 8 28
Average daily rate
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£449 £375 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+19.66% -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £410 £350 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £408 £433
UK excluding London average daily rate £449 £370 £425
% change year-on-year
+21.28% -12.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £45.00 -
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
10926 10641 9367
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.01% 18.89% 17.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 6548 6039 5133
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £538
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 518 444 484
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.91 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.00% -0.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.06 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.28 £47.50 £44.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £19.91 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+13.00% -0.45%

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
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 6 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 August 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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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 5 £449 +19.66% 14
City of London +3 3 - - 2
London +3 3 - - 8
East of England +1 1 £400 -
Ipswich - 1 £400 -
Suffolk - 1 £400 -

MCSD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 August 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 26 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 17 (65.38%) Microsoft
3 16 (61.54%) .NET
4 15 (57.69%) ASP.NET
4 15 (57.69%) C#
4 15 (57.69%) Windows
5 14 (53.85%) MCSE
6 12 (46.15%) SQL Server
7 11 (42.31%) SQL
8 10 (38.46%) Visual Studio
8 10 (38.46%) XML
8 10 (38.46%) SharePoint
8 10 (38.46%) Degree
9 9 (34.62%) .NET Framework
9 9 (34.62%) JavaScript
10 8 (30.77%) HTML
10 8 (30.77%) MCAD
10 8 (30.77%) Computer Science
11 7 (26.92%) VB
11 7 (26.92%) SharePoint 2010
12 6 (23.08%) IIS
12 6 (23.08%) MCP
12 6 (23.08%) CRM
12 6 (23.08%) Active Directory
12 6 (23.08%) Subversion
13 5 (19.23%) Agile Software Development
13 5 (19.23%) jQuery
13 5 (19.23%) Windows Server 2003
13 5 (19.23%) OO
13 5 (19.23%) MCDBA

MCSD
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 August 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 10 (38.46%) SharePoint
2 7 (26.92%) SharePoint 2010
3 6 (23.08%) IIS
4 2 (7.69%) Exchange Server 2013
4 2 (7.69%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (7.69%) MS Exchange
4 2 (7.69%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (3.85%) Exchange Server 2000
5 1 (3.85%) Exchange Server 2003
5 1 (3.85%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (3.85%) Lync
Applications
1 4 (15.38%) MS Excel
2 2 (7.69%) InfoPath
3 1 (3.85%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (7.69%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (7.69%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (7.69%) Office 365
2 1 (3.85%) Amazon AWS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (46.15%) SQL Server
2 4 (15.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 4 (15.38%) DTS
2 4 (15.38%) SQL Server 2000
2 4 (15.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 4 (15.38%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 3 (11.54%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (11.54%) EDRMS
4 2 (7.69%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (3.85%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (3.85%) IDOL
5 1 (3.85%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 1 (3.85%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (3.85%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 10 (38.46%) Visual Studio
2 6 (23.08%) Subversion
3 4 (15.38%) JIRA
3 4 (15.38%) ClearCase
3 4 (15.38%) ClearQuest
4 3 (11.54%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (3.85%) WebDriver
5 1 (3.85%) Rhino Mocks
5 1 (3.85%) Moq
5 1 (3.85%) SpecFlow
5 1 (3.85%) NUnit
5 1 (3.85%) Selenium
General
1 3 (11.54%) Banking
2 2 (7.69%) Manufacturing
2 2 (7.69%) Finance
2 2 (7.69%) Automotive
3 1 (3.85%) Law
Job Titles
1 12 (46.15%) Developer
2 5 (19.23%) SharePoint Developer
3 4 (15.38%) .NET Developer
4 3 (11.54%) Architect
4 3 (11.54%) Solutions Architect
5 2 (7.69%) Applications Developer
5 2 (7.69%) Senior Developer
5 2 (7.69%) Consultant
5 2 (7.69%) 2nd Line Support
5 2 (7.69%) Senior .NET Developer
5 2 (7.69%) CRM Consultant
6 1 (3.85%) Technical Leader
6 1 (3.85%) Senior Solutions Architect
6 1 (3.85%) C# Developer
6 1 (3.85%) Web Applications Developer
6 1 (3.85%) 1st Line Support
6 1 (3.85%) Support Engineer
6 1 (3.85%) 3rd Line Support
6 1 (3.85%) Software Developer
6 1 (3.85%) Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (61.54%) .NET
2 15 (57.69%) ASP.NET
3 10 (38.46%) XML
4 9 (34.62%) .NET Framework
5 8 (30.77%) HTML
6 5 (19.23%) jQuery
7 4 (15.38%) ASP.NET MVC
7 4 (15.38%) COM+
7 4 (15.38%) CSS
8 3 (11.54%) Web Services
8 3 (11.54%) LINQ
9 2 (7.69%) RESTful
9 2 (7.69%) Entity Framework
9 2 (7.69%) JSON
9 2 (7.69%) KnockoutJS
9 2 (7.69%) ASP.NET MVC 4
9 2 (7.69%) ASP.NET Web Forms
9 2 (7.69%) ASP.NET Web API
10 1 (3.85%) Twitter Bootstrap
10 1 (3.85%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 8 (30.77%) Computer Science
2 2 (7.69%) Life Science
2 2 (7.69%) Client/Server
2 2 (7.69%) Management Information System
3 1 (3.85%) Blackberry
3 1 (3.85%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 15 (57.69%) Windows
2 5 (19.23%) Windows Server 2003
3 2 (7.69%) Windows 7
4 1 (3.85%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (23.08%) CRM
2 5 (19.23%) OO
2 5 (19.23%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (15.38%) MVC
3 4 (15.38%) Workflow
3 4 (15.38%) Business Intelligence
3 4 (15.38%) Incident Management
4 3 (11.54%) Content Management
4 3 (11.54%) User Acceptance Testing
4 3 (11.54%) Mentoring
4 3 (11.54%) OOP
4 3 (11.54%) Service Delivery
4 3 (11.54%) Change Management
4 3 (11.54%) ITIL
5 2 (7.69%) Project Management
5 2 (7.69%) TDD
5 2 (7.69%) Network Architecture
5 2 (7.69%) Don't repeat yourself (DRY)
5 2 (7.69%) Time Management
5 2 (7.69%) Technical Architecture
Programming Languages
1 15 (57.69%) C#
2 11 (42.31%) SQL
3 9 (34.62%) JavaScript
4 7 (26.92%) VB
5 4 (15.38%) VB.NET
5 4 (15.38%) VB6
5 4 (15.38%) VBScript
6 3 (11.54%) T-SQL
7 2 (7.69%) PowerShell
8 1 (3.85%) Lua
8 1 (3.85%) Python
8 1 (3.85%) Perl
8 1 (3.85%) PHP
Qualifications
1 26 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 14 (53.85%) MCSE
3 10 (38.46%) Degree
4 8 (30.77%) MCAD
5 6 (23.08%) MCP
6 5 (19.23%) MCDBA
7 2 (7.69%) CCNP
7 2 (7.69%) CCNA
7 2 (7.69%) CCDP
7 2 (7.69%) Cisco Certification
7 2 (7.69%) CNE
7 2 (7.69%) Novell Certification
7 2 (7.69%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (7.69%) MCTS
7 2 (7.69%) Security Cleared
8 1 (3.85%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (7.69%) SLA
1 2 (7.69%) QA
System Software
1 6 (23.08%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 17 (65.38%) Microsoft
2 4 (15.38%) IBM
3 2 (7.69%) Cisco
3 2 (7.69%) Nintex
3 2 (7.69%) HP
3 2 (7.69%) Novell
4 1 (3.85%) VMware
4 1 (3.85%) Google