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 February 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 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
Rank 540 547 514
Rank change year-on-year
+7 -33
Contract jobs citing MCSD 36 19 23
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.069% 0.038% 0.051%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.32% 0.19% 0.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 15 20
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£380 £400 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% +14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £223 £325 £324
10% offered a daily rate of more than £585 £500 £419
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
-1.93% +3.33%
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
11306 9847 8223
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.55% 19.59% 18.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 6538 5305 4364
Average daily rate £400 £375 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +2.73%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £225 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £550 £538
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £353 £333
% change year-on-year
+9.14% +6.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 512 465 493
Average hourly rate £22.00 £18.66 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.93% -32.16%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £17.50 £26.75
% change year-on-year
+28.57% -34.57%

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 February 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 February 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 -12 20 £300 -33.33% 25
South East -24 8 £390 -7.14% 7
Yorkshire - 4 £300 -
Berkshire 0 3 £256 - 2
Worthing - 3 £390 -
Cumbria - 3 - - 2
West Sussex - 3 £390 - 1
East of England - 3 £245 - 3
North West - 3 - - 3
Reading +2 2 £213 - 2
South West -19 2 £220 -32.30% 1
Dorset - 2 £220 - 1
Essex - 2 £248 - 3
Bournemouth - 2 £220 -
Bristol - - - -
Cheltenham - - - -
Cirencester - - - -
Coventry - - - -
Croydon - - - - 1
Derby - - - -
Fareham - - - -
Leeds - - - -
Liverpool - - - -
London - - - - 8
Maidenhead - - - -
Manchester - - - - 1
Milton Keynes - - - -
Newcastle upon Tyne - - - -
Nottingham - - - -
Gloucestershire - - - -

MCSD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 41 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 36 (87.80%) Microsoft
3 22 (53.66%) Security Cleared
4 21 (51.22%) SC Cleared
4 21 (51.22%) Agile Software Development
4 21 (51.22%) CRM
4 21 (51.22%) MCAD
5 20 (48.78%) MCPD
6 18 (43.90%) Dynamics CRM
7 17 (41.46%) MCTS
7 17 (41.46%) Time Management
8 16 (39.02%) Marketing
9 15 (36.59%) MCSE
10 13 (31.71%) DV Cleared
11 12 (29.27%) Windows
12 11 (26.83%) MCP
12 11 (26.83%) SharePoint
12 11 (26.83%) C#
13 9 (21.95%) .NET
14 8 (19.51%) MVC
15 7 (17.07%) Degree
16 6 (14.63%) Computer Science
16 6 (14.63%) jQuery
16 6 (14.63%) Finance
16 6 (14.63%) ASP.NET
16 6 (14.63%) MS Excel
17 5 (12.20%) Active Directory
17 5 (12.20%) JavaScript
17 5 (12.20%) Migration
17 5 (12.20%) VMware

MCSD
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 11 (26.83%) SharePoint
2 4 (9.76%) Office Communications Server
3 2 (4.88%) Lync
4 1 (2.44%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (2.44%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (2.44%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (2.44%) MS Exchange
4 1 (2.44%) Exchange Server 2000
4 1 (2.44%) Exchange Server 2003
4 1 (2.44%) SharePoint 2010
4 1 (2.44%) IIS
Applications
1 6 (14.63%) MS Excel
2 3 (7.32%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 18 (43.90%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.88%) Office 365
2 1 (2.44%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (2.44%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (9.76%) VLAN
2 3 (7.32%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (9.76%) SQL Server
2 2 (4.88%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (2.44%) Relational Database
3 1 (2.44%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (2.44%) Data Mining
3 1 (2.44%) Microsoft Analysis Services
3 1 (2.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (2.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (2.44%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 3 (7.32%) Visual Studio
1 3 (7.32%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (2.44%) MSBuild
2 1 (2.44%) Subversion
General
1 16 (39.02%) Marketing
2 6 (14.63%) Finance
3 1 (2.44%) Banking
Job Titles
1 17 (41.46%) Analyst
2 16 (39.02%) Business Analyst
3 13 (31.71%) CRM Business Analyst
3 13 (31.71%) CRM Analyst
4 7 (17.07%) Developer
5 5 (12.20%) Architect
6 4 (9.76%) 3rd Line Support
6 4 (9.76%) Technical Architect
6 4 (9.76%) Designer
6 4 (9.76%) Technical Design Architect
6 4 (9.76%) Infrastructure Designer
7 3 (7.32%) Applications Support
8 2 (4.88%) .NET Developer
8 2 (4.88%) C# Developer
8 2 (4.88%) Web Developer
9 1 (2.44%) Consultant
9 1 (2.44%) Senior Developer
9 1 (2.44%) Systems Analyst
9 1 (2.44%) Systems Architect
9 1 (2.44%) Senior .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (21.95%) .NET
2 6 (14.63%) ASP.NET
2 6 (14.63%) jQuery
3 4 (9.76%) HTML
4 3 (7.32%) ASP.NET MVC
4 3 (7.32%) HTML5
4 3 (7.32%) CSS
4 3 (7.32%) JSON
4 3 (7.32%) KnockoutJS
5 2 (4.88%) ASP.NET MVC 4
5 2 (4.88%) Ajax
5 2 (4.88%) .NET Framework
5 2 (4.88%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
5 2 (4.88%) CSS3
5 2 (4.88%) LINQ
6 1 (2.44%) RESTful
6 1 (2.44%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
6 1 (2.44%) WCF
6 1 (2.44%) XML
6 1 (2.44%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 6 (14.63%) Computer Science
2 4 (9.76%) Clustering
3 1 (2.44%) W3C
3 1 (2.44%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 12 (29.27%) Windows
2 4 (9.76%) AIX
2 4 (9.76%) Solaris
2 4 (9.76%) UNIX
3 3 (7.32%) Linux
4 2 (4.88%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (2.44%) Windows 7
5 1 (2.44%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (2.44%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (51.22%) CRM
1 21 (51.22%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (41.46%) Time Management
3 8 (19.51%) MVC
4 5 (12.20%) Migration
4 5 (12.20%) Load Balancing
5 4 (9.76%) TDD
5 4 (9.76%) Technical Architecture
6 3 (7.32%) Web Design
7 2 (4.88%) ITIL
7 2 (4.88%) Data Modelling
7 2 (4.88%) Web Development
7 2 (4.88%) Customer Engagement
7 2 (4.88%) Don't repeat yourself (DRY)
8 1 (2.44%) Continuous Integration
8 1 (2.44%) Mentoring
8 1 (2.44%) Coaching
8 1 (2.44%) Project Management
8 1 (2.44%) Service Delivery
8 1 (2.44%) OO
Programming Languages
1 11 (26.83%) C#
2 5 (12.20%) JavaScript
3 4 (9.76%) SQL
4 2 (4.88%) VBA
5 1 (2.44%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 41 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 22 (53.66%) Security Cleared
3 21 (51.22%) MCAD
3 21 (51.22%) SC Cleared
4 20 (48.78%) MCPD
5 17 (41.46%) MCTS
6 15 (36.59%) MCSE
7 13 (31.71%) DV Cleared
8 11 (26.83%) MCP
9 7 (17.07%) Degree
10 5 (12.20%) VCP4
11 4 (9.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 4 (9.76%) MCDBA
11 4 (9.76%) CCA
11 4 (9.76%) Citrix Certification
11 4 (9.76%) CCEA
12 2 (4.88%) ITIL Certification
13 1 (2.44%) ISEB
13 1 (2.44%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.44%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (12.20%) Active Directory
2 4 (9.76%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (7.32%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 3 (7.32%) SCCM
Vendors
1 36 (87.80%) Microsoft
2 5 (12.20%) VMware
3 4 (9.76%) Citrix
4 3 (7.32%) HP
5 1 (2.44%) Remedy
5 1 (2.44%) TOWER Software
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