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 26 July 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
26 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
Rank 611 632 580
Rank change year-on-year
+21 -52
Contract jobs citing MCSD 39 13 27
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.072% 0.023% 0.050%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.34% 0.12% 0.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 5 7
Median daily rate £488 £449 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.48% +12.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £324 £375 £364
10% offered a daily rate of more than £640 £548 £495
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £388 £425
% change year-on-year
+9.67% -8.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £45.00
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
11556 10913 10459
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.40% 19.16% 19.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 7210 6502 5915
Median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £243 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 415 542 457
Median hourly rate £28.50 £23.75 £18.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% +25.94%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.64 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.90 £51.24 £43.51
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £24.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% +33.33%

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 26 July 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 24 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 26 July 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 +11 38 £494 +9.87% 4
North East - 11 £325 -
Tyne and Wear - 10 £325 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 10 £325 -
London -2 8 £538 +7.63% 2
South West - 8 £638 -
South East +18 7 £413 +10.00%
Berkshire +4 5 - -
Wiltshire - 5 £600 -
West Midlands - 2 £438 -
Corsham - 2 £500 -
West Yorkshire +5 1 £425 +13.33%
Hampshire +3 1 £400 -
Leeds 0 1 £425 +13.33%
Yorkshire -3 1 £425 +13.33% 1
Gloucestershire - 1 £638 -
Birmingham - 1 £500 -
Chippenham - 1 £700 -
Fareham - 1 £400 -
Erskine - 1 £325 -
Gatwick - 1 £425 -
West Sussex - 1 £425 -
Renfrewshire - 1 £325 -
Scotland - 1 £325 -

MCSD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 July 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 82 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 59 (71.95%) Microsoft
3 54 (65.85%) .NET
4 50 (60.98%) C#
5 48 (58.54%) XML
6 44 (53.66%) MCSE
7 40 (48.78%) SQL
8 39 (47.56%) Migration
9 37 (45.12%) JavaScript
10 36 (43.90%) PowerShell
11 35 (42.68%) SharePoint
12 32 (39.02%) Degree
13 31 (37.80%) Visual Studio
14 30 (36.59%) Windows
14 30 (36.59%) TCP/IP
15 29 (35.37%) DNS
16 27 (32.93%) MS Excel
17 26 (31.71%) CSS
17 26 (31.71%) IIS
18 25 (30.49%) Security Cleared
18 25 (30.49%) Team Foundation Server
19 23 (28.05%) Hyper-V
19 23 (28.05%) MCSA
19 23 (28.05%) Workflow
20 22 (26.83%) Agile Software Development
21 20 (24.39%) HTML
22 19 (23.17%) Web Services
22 19 (23.17%) MCAD
23 18 (21.95%) VBScript
23 18 (21.95%) Windows 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 35 (42.68%) SharePoint
2 26 (31.71%) IIS
3 6 (7.32%) OpenStack
4 2 (2.44%) SharePoint 2010
4 2 (2.44%) Tomcat
5 1 (1.22%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (1.22%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (1.22%) SharePoint Server
5 1 (1.22%) Umbraco
Applications
1 27 (32.93%) MS Excel
2 13 (15.85%) InfoPath
3 3 (3.66%) MS Office
3 3 (3.66%) MS Visio
4 2 (2.44%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (1.22%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 8 (9.76%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.22%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 14 (17.07%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (4.88%) Office 365
3 2 (2.44%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (2.44%) Rackspace Cloud
4 1 (1.22%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (1.22%) IaaS
4 1 (1.22%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 30 (36.59%) TCP/IP
2 29 (35.37%) DNS
3 16 (19.51%) SSL
4 13 (15.85%) DHCP
4 13 (15.85%) HTTP
4 13 (15.85%) IPsec
4 13 (15.85%) IPv6
4 13 (15.85%) Software-Defined Networking
4 13 (15.85%) VPN
5 10 (12.20%) SAN
6 6 (7.32%) BGP
7 2 (2.44%) Kerberos
7 2 (2.44%) Wireshark
8 1 (1.22%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (20.73%) SQL Server
2 9 (10.98%) Relational Database
3 5 (6.10%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 5 (6.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 3 (3.66%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (3.66%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (2.44%) Big Data
5 2 (2.44%) Datazen
5 2 (2.44%) Hadoop
5 2 (2.44%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 2 (2.44%) PowerPivot
6 1 (1.22%) Power BI
6 1 (1.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 31 (37.80%) Visual Studio
2 25 (30.49%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (2.44%) Burp Suite
3 2 (2.44%) Cucumber
3 2 (2.44%) Eclipse
3 2 (2.44%) Git (software)
3 2 (2.44%) Jenkins
3 2 (2.44%) JMeter
3 2 (2.44%) Maven
3 2 (2.44%) Selenium
4 1 (1.22%) JIRA
General
1 13 (15.85%) Marketing
2 3 (3.66%) Finance
3 1 (1.22%) Electronics
3 1 (1.22%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.22%) Military
3 1 (1.22%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 29 (35.37%) Developer
2 16 (19.51%) SharePoint Engineer
3 14 (17.07%) Architect
4 13 (15.85%) Support Engineer
5 9 (10.98%) Consultant
6 8 (9.76%) Infrastructure Architect
6 8 (9.76%) SharePoint Developer
7 7 (8.54%) .NET Developer
7 7 (8.54%) C# Developer
7 7 (8.54%) CRM Developer
7 7 (8.54%) Network Engineer
7 7 (8.54%) Network Support
7 7 (8.54%) Network Support Engineer
8 6 (7.32%) C# .NET Developer
9 5 (6.10%) Administrator
9 5 (6.10%) SharePoint Administrator
10 4 (4.88%) Dynamics CRM Developer
10 4 (4.88%) SharePoint Consultant
10 4 (4.88%) SQL Developer
10 4 (4.88%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (65.85%) .NET
2 48 (58.54%) XML
3 26 (31.71%) CSS
4 20 (24.39%) HTML
5 19 (23.17%) Web Services
6 17 (20.73%) jQuery
7 12 (14.63%) ASP.NET
8 9 (10.98%) .NET Framework
8 9 (10.98%) Autofac
8 9 (10.98%) Entity Framework
8 9 (10.98%) REST
9 8 (9.76%) WSDL
9 8 (9.76%) XSD
10 7 (8.54%) ASP.NET MVC
10 7 (8.54%) ASP.NET MVC 3
10 7 (8.54%) ASP.NET MVC 4
10 7 (8.54%) LLBLGen Pro
10 7 (8.54%) Ninject
10 7 (8.54%) StructureMap
10 7 (8.54%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 16 (19.51%) Computer Science
2 14 (17.07%) Public Cloud
3 10 (12.20%) Private Cloud
4 9 (10.98%) Inversion of Control
5 7 (8.54%) N-Tier
6 5 (6.10%) NHS
7 2 (2.44%) Analytical Skills
7 2 (2.44%) Management Information System
7 2 (2.44%) Wiki
8 1 (1.22%) Client/Server
8 1 (1.22%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (1.22%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 30 (36.59%) Windows
2 18 (21.95%) Windows Server
3 6 (7.32%) Linux
3 6 (7.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 6 (7.32%) Ubuntu
4 2 (2.44%) Windows 7
5 1 (1.22%) VMS
5 1 (1.22%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (47.56%) Migration
2 23 (28.05%) Workflow
3 22 (26.83%) Agile Software Development
4 15 (18.29%) Presales
5 14 (17.07%) Mentoring
5 14 (17.07%) Scrum
6 13 (15.85%) Load Balancing
6 13 (15.85%) TDD
7 12 (14.63%) Process Improvement
8 10 (12.20%) Security Auditing
9 9 (10.98%) CRM
9 9 (10.98%) MVC
9 9 (10.98%) TOGAF
9 9 (10.98%) Web Development
10 8 (9.76%) Business Intelligence
10 8 (9.76%) SOA
10 8 (9.76%) Virtual Environments
11 7 (8.54%) MODAF
11 7 (8.54%) OOP
11 7 (8.54%) Zachman Framework
Programming Languages
1 50 (60.98%) C#
2 40 (48.78%) SQL
3 37 (45.12%) JavaScript
4 36 (43.90%) PowerShell
5 18 (21.95%) VBScript
6 11 (13.41%) C++
7 10 (12.20%) C
7 10 (12.20%) T-SQL
7 10 (12.20%) VB
8 4 (4.88%) Java
8 4 (4.88%) Python
9 3 (3.66%) VB.NET
10 2 (2.44%) PL/SQL
10 2 (2.44%) R
10 2 (2.44%) Scala
10 2 (2.44%) VB6
10 2 (2.44%) XAML
11 1 (1.22%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 82 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 44 (53.66%) MCSE
3 32 (39.02%) Degree
4 25 (30.49%) Security Cleared
5 23 (28.05%) MCSA
6 19 (23.17%) MCAD
7 13 (15.85%) MCPD
7 13 (15.85%) MCTS
8 10 (12.20%) MCITP
8 10 (12.20%) SC Cleared
9 9 (10.98%) DV Cleared
10 5 (6.10%) MCP
11 1 (1.22%) BPSS Clearance
11 1 (1.22%) CISSP
11 1 (1.22%) HND
11 1 (1.22%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (8.54%) HL7
2 3 (3.66%) QA
3 1 (1.22%) COBIT
System Software
1 23 (28.05%) Hyper-V
2 11 (13.41%) Active Directory
3 10 (12.20%) VMware Infrastructure
4 8 (9.76%) Docker
4 8 (9.76%) Xen
5 1 (1.22%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (1.22%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (1.22%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 12 (14.63%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 8 (9.76%) Microsoft Intune
3 1 (1.22%) Terraform
Vendors
1 59 (71.95%) Microsoft
2 10 (12.20%) VMware
3 8 (9.76%) Citrix
4 6 (7.32%) Red Hat
5 5 (6.10%) EPiServer
6 4 (4.88%) Oracle
7 3 (3.66%) HP
8 2 (2.44%) Atlassian
8 2 (2.44%) DevExpress
8 2 (2.44%) Rackspace
8 2 (2.44%) Remedy
9 1 (1.22%) NetScout
9 1 (1.22%) SAP
9 1 (1.22%) Siebel
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