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 28 July 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
28 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
Rank 599 562 538
Rank change year-on-year
-37 -24
Contract jobs citing MCSD 12 31 47
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.021% 0.057% 0.092%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.11% 0.30% 0.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 9 26
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£449 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.34% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £365 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £548 £460 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £413 £425
% change year-on-year
-6.06% -2.94%
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
10790 10444 9068
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.91% 19.09% 17.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 6453 5896 4880
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 533 460 500
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £21.87
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.42% -13.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.17 £44.10 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.88 £18.75 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+27.33% -10.71%

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 28 July 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 13 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 28 July 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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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 -37 12 £449 +12.34% 10
London -11 7 £499 +24.84% 10
City of London -7 5 £499 -16.77% 4
South East -15 3 £375 -11.76%
Hampshire - 2 - -
Berkshire +4 1 £375 -11.76%
Reading -3 1 £375 -11.76%
Ipswich - 1 £400 -
Leeds - 1 £375 -
Suffolk - 1 £400 -
West Yorkshire - 1 £375 -
Yorkshire - 1 £375 -
East of England - 1 £400 -

MCSD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 July 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 54 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 41 (75.93%) Microsoft
3 24 (44.44%) Windows
3 24 (44.44%) MCAD
4 23 (42.59%) MCSE
4 23 (42.59%) .NET
5 22 (40.74%) C#
6 21 (38.89%) ASP.NET
6 21 (38.89%) CRM
6 21 (38.89%) Agile Software Development
7 19 (35.19%) SharePoint
8 16 (29.63%) Security Cleared
9 15 (27.78%) SC Cleared
9 15 (27.78%) SQL
10 14 (25.93%) JavaScript
10 14 (25.93%) SQL Server
10 14 (25.93%) MCTS
10 14 (25.93%) MCPD
10 14 (25.93%) Dynamics CRM
10 14 (25.93%) Degree
10 14 (25.93%) Time Management
11 13 (24.07%) Computer Science
11 13 (24.07%) Visual Studio
12 12 (22.22%) MCP
13 11 (20.37%) HTML
13 11 (20.37%) Active Directory
13 11 (20.37%) .NET Framework
13 11 (20.37%) Marketing
13 11 (20.37%) MVC
13 11 (20.37%) jQuery

MCSD
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 July 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 19 (35.19%) SharePoint
2 8 (14.81%) SharePoint 2010
3 6 (11.11%) IIS
4 3 (5.56%) Office Communications Server
5 2 (3.70%) MS Exchange
5 2 (3.70%) BizTalk Server
5 2 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2010
5 2 (3.70%) SharePoint 2013
5 2 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2000
6 1 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (1.85%) Lync
Applications
1 6 (11.11%) MS Excel
2 2 (3.70%) InfoPath
3 1 (1.85%) MS Project
3 1 (1.85%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 14 (25.93%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 3 (5.56%) Microsoft Azure
1 3 (5.56%) Office 365
2 1 (1.85%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.85%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (5.56%) SAN
1 3 (5.56%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (25.93%) SQL Server
2 4 (7.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 4 (7.41%) DTS
2 4 (7.41%) SQL Server 2000
2 4 (7.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 4 (7.41%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 3 (5.56%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (5.56%) EDRMS
4 2 (3.70%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (1.85%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (1.85%) IDOL
5 1 (1.85%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 1 (1.85%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (1.85%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 13 (24.07%) Visual Studio
2 7 (12.96%) Subversion
3 6 (11.11%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (7.41%) ClearCase
4 4 (7.41%) ClearQuest
4 4 (7.41%) JIRA
5 1 (1.85%) Selenium
5 1 (1.85%) NUnit
5 1 (1.85%) WebDriver
5 1 (1.85%) Rhino Mocks
5 1 (1.85%) Moq
5 1 (1.85%) MSBuild
5 1 (1.85%) SpecFlow
General
1 11 (20.37%) Marketing
2 8 (14.81%) Finance
3 4 (7.41%) Banking
4 2 (3.70%) Manufacturing
4 2 (3.70%) Automotive
5 1 (1.85%) Law
Job Titles
1 19 (35.19%) Developer
2 11 (20.37%) Analyst
2 11 (20.37%) Business Analyst
3 8 (14.81%) CRM Business Analyst
3 8 (14.81%) CRM Analyst
4 6 (11.11%) .NET Developer
5 5 (9.26%) SharePoint Developer
5 5 (9.26%) Architect
6 4 (7.41%) 3rd Line Support
7 3 (5.56%) 2nd Line Support
7 3 (5.56%) Applications Support
7 3 (5.56%) Senior .NET Developer
7 3 (5.56%) Senior Developer
7 3 (5.56%) Technical Architect
7 3 (5.56%) Web Developer
7 3 (5.56%) Infrastructure Designer
7 3 (5.56%) C# Developer
7 3 (5.56%) Designer
7 3 (5.56%) Technical Design Architect
8 2 (3.70%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (42.59%) .NET
2 21 (38.89%) ASP.NET
3 11 (20.37%) .NET Framework
3 11 (20.37%) HTML
3 11 (20.37%) jQuery
4 10 (18.52%) XML
5 7 (12.96%) CSS
5 7 (12.96%) ASP.NET MVC
6 5 (9.26%) LINQ
6 5 (9.26%) JSON
6 5 (9.26%) KnockoutJS
7 4 (7.41%) Entity Framework
7 4 (7.41%) ASP.NET MVC 4
7 4 (7.41%) COM+
8 3 (5.56%) Web Services
8 3 (5.56%) HTML5
8 3 (5.56%) RESTful
8 3 (5.56%) CSS3
9 2 (3.70%) ASP.NET Web Forms
9 2 (3.70%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 13 (24.07%) Computer Science
2 3 (5.56%) Private Cloud
2 3 (5.56%) Clustering
3 2 (3.70%) Management Information System
3 2 (3.70%) Life Science
4 1 (1.85%) Client/Server
4 1 (1.85%) W3C
4 1 (1.85%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 24 (44.44%) Windows
2 5 (9.26%) Windows Server 2003
3 3 (5.56%) UNIX
3 3 (5.56%) Windows 7
3 3 (5.56%) AIX
3 3 (5.56%) Solaris
3 3 (5.56%) Linux
4 1 (1.85%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (38.89%) CRM
1 21 (38.89%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (25.93%) Time Management
3 11 (20.37%) MVC
4 6 (11.11%) OO
4 6 (11.11%) TDD
5 5 (9.26%) ITIL
5 5 (9.26%) Migration
6 4 (7.41%) Workflow
6 4 (7.41%) Business Intelligence
6 4 (7.41%) Incident Management
6 4 (7.41%) Technical Architecture
6 4 (7.41%) Don't repeat yourself (DRY)
7 3 (5.56%) Web Development
7 3 (5.56%) Load Balancing
7 3 (5.56%) User Acceptance Testing
7 3 (5.56%) Content Management
7 3 (5.56%) Service Delivery
7 3 (5.56%) Change Management
7 3 (5.56%) OOP
Programming Languages
1 22 (40.74%) C#
2 15 (27.78%) SQL
3 14 (25.93%) JavaScript
4 7 (12.96%) VB
5 4 (7.41%) VB.NET
5 4 (7.41%) T-SQL
5 4 (7.41%) VBScript
5 4 (7.41%) VB6
6 2 (3.70%) PowerShell
7 1 (1.85%) Lua
7 1 (1.85%) Python
7 1 (1.85%) Perl
7 1 (1.85%) PHP
Qualifications
1 54 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 24 (44.44%) MCAD
3 23 (42.59%) MCSE
4 16 (29.63%) Security Cleared
5 15 (27.78%) SC Cleared
6 14 (25.93%) MCTS
6 14 (25.93%) MCPD
6 14 (25.93%) Degree
7 12 (22.22%) MCP
8 9 (16.67%) DV Cleared
9 7 (12.96%) MCDBA
10 4 (7.41%) ITIL Certification
11 3 (5.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 3 (5.56%) CCA
11 3 (5.56%) Citrix Certification
11 3 (5.56%) CCEA
12 1 (1.85%) Cisco Certification
12 1 (1.85%) CCNP
12 1 (1.85%) CCNA
12 1 (1.85%) CCDP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.56%) SLA
2 2 (3.70%) QA
System Software
1 11 (20.37%) Active Directory
2 3 (5.56%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (5.56%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 2 (3.70%) SCCM
Vendors
1 41 (75.93%) Microsoft
2 5 (9.26%) HP
2 5 (9.26%) VMware
3 4 (7.41%) IBM
4 3 (5.56%) Citrix
5 2 (3.70%) Nintex
6 1 (1.85%) Novell
6 1 (1.85%) Cisco
6 1 (1.85%) Google