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 19 September 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
Rank 593 533 568
Rank change year-on-year
-60 +35
Contract jobs citing MCSD 19 53 36
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.033% 0.10% 0.062%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.17% 0.58% 0.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 43 19
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£375 £425 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.76% +30.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £320 £274
10% offered a daily rate of more than £385 £425 £468
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £425 £325
% change year-on-year
-14.11% +30.76%
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
11103 9108 10182
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.28% 17.26% 17.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 6182 5090 5263
Average daily rate £379 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.06% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £225 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £545 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £364 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 466 432 615
Average hourly rate £20.00 £18.55 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.81% -15.68%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.50 £12.49
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.50 £40.45
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -27.08%

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 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 19 September 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 -36 15 £375 -11.76% 14
London +17 11 £375 -6.25% 2
City of London +28 1 - -
North West -7 1 - -
Reading -10 1 £375 -11.76%
Berkshire -17 1 £375 -11.76%
East of England -20 1 - - 3
South East -21 1 £375 -11.76% 5
Scotland -23 1 - -
Wales - 1 £350 -
Liverpool - 1 - -
South Wales - 1 £350 -
Merseyside - 1 - -
Newport - 1 £350 -
Cambridgeshire - 1 - - 2
Cambridge - 1 - - 2
Cannock - - - -
Chesterfield - - - -
Croydon - - - -
Cwmbran - - - -
Fareham - - - -
Hitchin - - - -
Leeds - - - -
Aberdeen - - - -
County Antrim - - - -
Barrow-in-Furness - - - -
Basildon - - - -
Belfast - - - -
Birmingham - - - -
Bolton - - - -

MCSD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 48 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 35 (72.92%) Microsoft
3 34 (70.83%) .NET
4 29 (60.42%) C#
5 23 (47.92%) SQL Server
5 23 (47.92%) SharePoint
6 22 (45.83%) ASP.NET
7 21 (43.75%) JavaScript
8 17 (35.42%) HTML
8 17 (35.42%) Degree
9 14 (29.17%) Visual Studio
10 13 (27.08%) MCSE
10 13 (27.08%) WCF
11 12 (25.00%) MVC
12 11 (22.92%) Agile Software Development
12 11 (22.92%) CSS
12 11 (22.92%) Team Foundation Server
12 11 (22.92%) SharePoint 2010
13 10 (20.83%) .NET Framework
13 10 (20.83%) jQuery
13 10 (20.83%) Finance
14 8 (16.67%) TDD
14 8 (16.67%) XSLT
14 8 (16.67%) MCP
14 8 (16.67%) MCPD
15 7 (14.58%) Computer Science
15 7 (14.58%) MCAD
15 7 (14.58%) Windows
15 7 (14.58%) XML
15 7 (14.58%) MS Excel

MCSD
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 23 (47.92%) SharePoint
2 11 (22.92%) SharePoint 2010
3 6 (12.50%) SharePoint 2013
4 5 (10.42%) IIS
5 3 (6.25%) IBM Notes
5 3 (6.25%) Lotus Domino
6 2 (4.17%) MS Exchange
6 2 (4.17%) BizTalk Server
6 2 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2007
6 2 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2010
7 1 (2.08%) Node.js
7 1 (2.08%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 7 (14.58%) MS Excel
2 2 (4.17%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 7 (14.58%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.17%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.08%) Fibre Channel
1 1 (2.08%) SAN
1 1 (2.08%) IPv6
1 1 (2.08%) DHCP
1 1 (2.08%) TCP/IP
1 1 (2.08%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (47.92%) SQL Server
2 6 (12.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 5 (10.42%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (10.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 4 (8.33%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (2.08%) NoSQL
5 1 (2.08%) Hadoop
5 1 (2.08%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (2.08%) Relational Database
5 1 (2.08%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (2.08%) Data Mining
5 1 (2.08%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 1 (2.08%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 14 (29.17%) Visual Studio
2 11 (22.92%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (10.42%) TeamCity
4 4 (8.33%) MSTest
5 2 (4.17%) Visual Studio Team System
5 2 (4.17%) Git (software)
5 2 (4.17%) Selenium
6 1 (2.08%) NUnit
General
1 10 (20.83%) Finance
2 4 (8.33%) Front Office
3 3 (6.25%) Advertising
3 3 (6.25%) Retail
Job Titles
1 28 (58.33%) Developer
2 16 (33.33%) SharePoint Developer
3 7 (14.58%) Architect
4 6 (12.50%) .NET Developer
5 5 (10.42%) .NET Architect
6 4 (8.33%) Senior .NET Developer
6 4 (8.33%) Senior Developer
7 3 (6.25%) C# Architect
7 3 (6.25%) Support Engineer
7 3 (6.25%) Consultant
7 3 (6.25%) Software Architect
7 3 (6.25%) Solutions Architect
7 3 (6.25%) Front Office Developer
8 2 (4.17%) SharePoint Consultant
8 2 (4.17%) Infrastructure Designer
8 2 (4.17%) Microsoft Developer
8 2 (4.17%) Analyst
8 2 (4.17%) Software Developer
8 2 (4.17%) Lead Architect
8 2 (4.17%) Dynamics CRM Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (70.83%) .NET
2 22 (45.83%) ASP.NET
3 17 (35.42%) HTML
4 13 (27.08%) WCF
5 11 (22.92%) CSS
6 10 (20.83%) .NET Framework
6 10 (20.83%) jQuery
7 8 (16.67%) XSLT
8 7 (14.58%) XML
9 6 (12.50%) Web Services
9 6 (12.50%) KnockoutJS
10 5 (10.42%) Unity DI Container
10 5 (10.42%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
10 5 (10.42%) ASP.NET MVC
10 5 (10.42%) WPF
10 5 (10.42%) Ajax
11 4 (8.33%) WinForms
11 4 (8.33%) Middleware
11 4 (8.33%) MDX
12 3 (6.25%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 7 (14.58%) Computer Science
2 4 (8.33%) Derivative
2 4 (8.33%) Grid Computing
2 4 (8.33%) Visualisation
3 2 (4.17%) Clustering
3 2 (4.17%) Interest Rate Derivative
3 2 (4.17%) Blackberry
3 2 (4.17%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (2.08%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 7 (14.58%) Windows
2 5 (10.42%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (4.17%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (2.08%) Windows 7
4 1 (2.08%) Windows 8
4 1 (2.08%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (25.00%) MVC
2 11 (22.92%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (16.67%) TDD
4 7 (14.58%) CRM
5 6 (12.50%) Unit Testing
6 5 (10.42%) Continuous Integration
6 5 (10.42%) Data Modelling
6 5 (10.42%) Scrum
7 4 (8.33%) Workflow
7 4 (8.33%) Multithreading
7 4 (8.33%) Rapid Prototyping
8 3 (6.25%) Continuous Improvement
8 3 (6.25%) Web Development
8 3 (6.25%) Mentoring
8 3 (6.25%) Project Management
8 3 (6.25%) ITIL
8 3 (6.25%) Asset Management
9 2 (4.17%) Document Management
9 2 (4.17%) Migration
9 2 (4.17%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 29 (60.42%) C#
2 21 (43.75%) JavaScript
3 5 (10.42%) VBA
3 5 (10.42%) C++
3 5 (10.42%) SQL
4 2 (4.17%) VB.NET
4 2 (4.17%) PowerShell
5 1 (2.08%) Shell Script
5 1 (2.08%) C
5 1 (2.08%) T-SQL
5 1 (2.08%) Java
5 1 (2.08%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 48 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 17 (35.42%) Degree
3 13 (27.08%) MCSE
4 8 (16.67%) MCP
4 8 (16.67%) MCPD
5 7 (14.58%) MCAD
6 6 (12.50%) MCTS
7 4 (8.33%) MCDBA
8 2 (4.17%) Security Cleared
9 1 (2.08%) SC Cleared
9 1 (2.08%) ISEB
9 1 (2.08%) MCSA
9 1 (2.08%) CISA
9 1 (2.08%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.08%) QA
1 1 (2.08%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 2 (4.17%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (2.08%) SCCM
1 1 (2.08%) SCOM
1 1 (2.08%) SCVMM
1 1 (2.08%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 35 (72.92%) Microsoft
2 4 (8.33%) Infragistics
2 4 (8.33%) DevExpress
3 3 (6.25%) Lotus
3 3 (6.25%) IBM
4 2 (4.17%) Infor
5 1 (2.08%) Facebook
5 1 (2.08%) Remedy