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 May 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 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
Rank 592 561 499
Rank change year-on-year
-31 -62
Contract jobs citing MCSD 21 28 44
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.038% 0.053% 0.095%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.20% 0.27% 0.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 15 27
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£363 £400 £445
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.37% -10.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £318 £331
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £351 £400 £425
% change year-on-year
-12.18% -5.88%
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
10534 10252 8455
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.09% 19.44% 18.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 6025 5984 4533
Average daily rate £388 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £525 £538
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 518 525 461
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.42% -15.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.47 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £22.25
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -19.10%

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 May 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 16 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 May 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 -25 18 £340 -15.00% 24
South East -16 8 £299 -25.31% 2
London +8 7 £499 +5.00% 13
City of London 0 4 £499 +5.00% 5
Surrey - 4 £299 -
Scotland -5 3 £451 +50.24%
Yorkshire - 3 £340 - 2
Renfrewshire +3 2 £451 +50.24%
Erskine +3 2 £451 +50.24%
Berkshire -1 2 £294 -20.33%
Reading -4 2 £294 -20.33%
York - 2 £340 - 2
Hampshire - 2 - - 1
North Yorkshire - 2 £340 - 2
West Yorkshire - 1 £375 -
Leeds - 1 £375 -

MCSD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 May 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 57 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 43 (75.44%) Microsoft
3 29 (50.88%) MCAD
4 26 (45.61%) CRM
4 26 (45.61%) Agile Software Development
5 25 (43.86%) Windows
6 22 (38.60%) .NET
7 21 (36.84%) C#
7 21 (36.84%) MCSE
7 21 (36.84%) Security Cleared
8 20 (35.09%) SC Cleared
9 19 (33.33%) Time Management
9 19 (33.33%) ASP.NET
9 19 (33.33%) Dynamics CRM
9 19 (33.33%) MCPD
10 18 (31.58%) MCTS
11 16 (28.07%) Marketing
11 16 (28.07%) SharePoint
12 15 (26.32%) Degree
13 14 (24.56%) Computer Science
13 14 (24.56%) SQL Server
13 14 (24.56%) SQL
14 13 (22.81%) Visual Studio
14 13 (22.81%) DV Cleared
15 12 (21.05%) MVC
15 12 (21.05%) HTML
15 12 (21.05%) JavaScript
15 12 (21.05%) MCP
16 11 (19.30%) Active Directory
17 10 (17.54%) .NET Framework

MCSD
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 May 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 16 (28.07%) SharePoint
2 7 (12.28%) IIS
3 5 (8.77%) SharePoint 2010
4 3 (5.26%) Office Communications Server
4 3 (5.26%) MS Exchange
4 3 (5.26%) Exchange Server 2010
4 3 (5.26%) Exchange Server 2013
5 2 (3.51%) SharePoint 2013
5 2 (3.51%) BizTalk Server
5 2 (3.51%) Exchange Server 2000
5 2 (3.51%) Exchange Server 2003
5 2 (3.51%) Lync
Applications
1 6 (10.53%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.75%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 19 (33.33%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 4 (7.02%) Office 365
2 3 (5.26%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (1.75%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.75%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (5.26%) SAN
1 3 (5.26%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (24.56%) SQL Server
2 4 (7.02%) DTS
2 4 (7.02%) SQL Server 2000
3 3 (5.26%) EDRMS
3 3 (5.26%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (3.51%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (3.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (3.51%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 2 (3.51%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (3.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (1.75%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (1.75%) IDOL
5 1 (1.75%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 1 (1.75%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 13 (22.81%) Visual Studio
2 7 (12.28%) Subversion
3 6 (10.53%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (7.02%) ClearCase
4 4 (7.02%) ClearQuest
4 4 (7.02%) JIRA
5 1 (1.75%) Selenium
5 1 (1.75%) NUnit
5 1 (1.75%) WebDriver
5 1 (1.75%) Rhino Mocks
5 1 (1.75%) Moq
5 1 (1.75%) MSBuild
5 1 (1.75%) SpecFlow
General
1 16 (28.07%) Marketing
2 8 (14.04%) Finance
3 4 (7.02%) Banking
4 2 (3.51%) Manufacturing
4 2 (3.51%) Automotive
5 1 (1.75%) Law
Job Titles
1 17 (29.82%) Analyst
2 16 (28.07%) Business Analyst
3 15 (26.32%) Developer
4 13 (22.81%) CRM Business Analyst
4 13 (22.81%) CRM Analyst
5 6 (10.53%) Architect
6 5 (8.77%) .NET Developer
6 5 (8.77%) 3rd Line Support
7 3 (5.26%) 2nd Line Support
7 3 (5.26%) Senior .NET Developer
7 3 (5.26%) Infrastructure Designer
7 3 (5.26%) Designer
7 3 (5.26%) Senior Developer
7 3 (5.26%) Technical Architect
7 3 (5.26%) Web Developer
7 3 (5.26%) Applications Support
7 3 (5.26%) Technical Design Architect
8 2 (3.51%) Consultant
8 2 (3.51%) Solutions Architect
8 2 (3.51%) Applications Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (38.60%) .NET
2 19 (33.33%) ASP.NET
3 12 (21.05%) HTML
4 10 (17.54%) .NET Framework
5 9 (15.79%) XML
5 9 (15.79%) jQuery
6 7 (12.28%) CSS
6 7 (12.28%) ASP.NET MVC
7 5 (8.77%) JSON
7 5 (8.77%) KnockoutJS
7 5 (8.77%) LINQ
8 4 (7.02%) ASP.NET MVC 4
8 4 (7.02%) HTML5
8 4 (7.02%) Entity Framework
8 4 (7.02%) COM+
9 3 (5.26%) CSS3
9 3 (5.26%) RESTful
10 2 (3.51%) AngularJS
10 2 (3.51%) ASP.NET Web API
10 2 (3.51%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 14 (24.56%) Computer Science
2 3 (5.26%) Clustering
2 3 (5.26%) Private Cloud
3 2 (3.51%) Life Science
3 2 (3.51%) Blackberry
3 2 (3.51%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.75%) Client/Server
4 1 (1.75%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 25 (43.86%) Windows
2 6 (10.53%) Windows Server 2003
3 3 (5.26%) UNIX
3 3 (5.26%) Windows 7
3 3 (5.26%) AIX
3 3 (5.26%) Solaris
3 3 (5.26%) Linux
4 2 (3.51%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (45.61%) CRM
1 26 (45.61%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (33.33%) Time Management
3 12 (21.05%) MVC
4 6 (10.53%) OO
4 6 (10.53%) TDD
5 5 (8.77%) Migration
5 5 (8.77%) ITIL
6 4 (7.02%) Incident Management
6 4 (7.02%) Technical Architecture
6 4 (7.02%) Web Development
6 4 (7.02%) Don't repeat yourself (DRY)
7 3 (5.26%) Load Balancing
7 3 (5.26%) User Acceptance Testing
7 3 (5.26%) Web Design
7 3 (5.26%) Content Management
7 3 (5.26%) OOP
7 3 (5.26%) Mentoring
7 3 (5.26%) Service Delivery
7 3 (5.26%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 21 (36.84%) C#
2 14 (24.56%) SQL
3 12 (21.05%) JavaScript
4 7 (12.28%) VB
5 4 (7.02%) VB.NET
5 4 (7.02%) VB6
5 4 (7.02%) VBScript
6 3 (5.26%) T-SQL
7 2 (3.51%) PowerShell
8 1 (1.75%) Lua
8 1 (1.75%) Python
8 1 (1.75%) Perl
8 1 (1.75%) PHP
Qualifications
1 57 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 29 (50.88%) MCAD
3 21 (36.84%) MCSE
3 21 (36.84%) Security Cleared
4 20 (35.09%) SC Cleared
5 19 (33.33%) MCPD
6 18 (31.58%) MCTS
7 15 (26.32%) Degree
8 13 (22.81%) DV Cleared
9 12 (21.05%) MCP
10 7 (12.28%) MCDBA
11 4 (7.02%) ITIL Certification
12 3 (5.26%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 3 (5.26%) CCA
12 3 (5.26%) Citrix Certification
12 3 (5.26%) CCEA
13 1 (1.75%) Cisco Certification
13 1 (1.75%) CCNP
13 1 (1.75%) CCNA
13 1 (1.75%) CCDP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.26%) SLA
2 2 (3.51%) QA
System Software
1 11 (19.30%) Active Directory
2 3 (5.26%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (5.26%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 2 (3.51%) SCCM
Vendors
1 43 (75.44%) Microsoft
2 5 (8.77%) HP
2 5 (8.77%) VMware
3 4 (7.02%) IBM
4 3 (5.26%) Citrix
5 1 (1.75%) Novell
5 1 (1.75%) Remedy
5 1 (1.75%) Cisco
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