The first table below looks at the demand 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 25 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications currently tracked.

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
25 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
Rank 561 522 553
Rank change year-on-year
-39 +31
Contract jobs citing MCSD 32 46 31
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.059% 0.090% 0.054%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.31% 0.51% 0.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 26 15
Average daily rate
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£400 £400 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +10.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £300 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £425 £325
% change year-on-year
-5.88% +30.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Average hourly rate £45.00 - £22.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £22.50
Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10442 9068 9814
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.10% 17.77% 16.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 5891 4873 5063
Average daily rate £375 £375 £374
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +0.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
- +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 462 504 612
Average hourly rate £19.00 £21.87 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.10% -0.61%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.42
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.14 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.52% -4.54%

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 25 July 2014.

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 25 July 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 -51 23 £400 - 27
London +13 19 £395 -1.25% 7
City of London +18 3 £600 +60.00%
Reading -2 2 £425 -
Berkshire -12 2 £425 - 1
South East -30 2 £425 - 5
West Midlands -13 1 £425 - 2
South West -28 1 - - 2
Dorset - 1 - - 1
Birmingham - 1 £425 - 1
Bolton - - - -
Bournemouth - - - - 1
Bracknell - - - -
Bristol - - - - 1
Caerphilly - - - -
Cambridge - - - - 2
Cannock - - - - 1
Caterham - - - -
Colchester - - - -
Croydon - - - - 3
Cwmbran - - - -
Derby - - - -
Fareham - - - -
Hitchin - - - - 1
Horsham - - - -
Ipswich - - - -
Leicester - - - -
Liverpool - - - -
Buckinghamshire - - - -
Cambridgeshire - - - - 2

MCSD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 July 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 52 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 39 (75.00%) Microsoft
3 38 (73.08%) .NET
4 32 (61.54%) C#
5 28 (53.85%) SQL Server
6 23 (44.23%) ASP.NET
6 23 (44.23%) SharePoint
7 19 (36.54%) JavaScript
7 19 (36.54%) Degree
8 18 (34.62%) WCF
9 17 (32.69%) MCSE
10 15 (28.85%) HTML
10 15 (28.85%) Visual Studio
11 13 (25.00%) Windows
11 13 (25.00%) XML
11 13 (25.00%) MVC
11 13 (25.00%) Team Foundation Server
12 12 (23.08%) SharePoint 2010
13 11 (21.15%) SQL Server 2008
14 10 (19.23%) jQuery
14 10 (19.23%) Finance
14 10 (19.23%) TDD
14 10 (19.23%) MCPD
14 10 (19.23%) .NET Framework
14 10 (19.23%) CSS
14 10 (19.23%) XSLT
15 9 (17.31%) SQL
15 9 (17.31%) MS Excel
15 9 (17.31%) Computer Science
15 9 (17.31%) MCTS

MCSD
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 25 July 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 (44.23%) SharePoint
2 12 (23.08%) SharePoint 2010
3 8 (15.38%) IIS
4 7 (13.46%) SharePoint 2013
5 5 (9.62%) BizTalk Server
6 3 (5.77%) IBM Notes
6 3 (5.77%) Lotus Domino
7 2 (3.85%) MS Exchange
7 2 (3.85%) Exchange Server 2010
7 2 (3.85%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (3.85%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (1.92%) Node.js
8 1 (1.92%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 9 (17.31%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.92%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 6 (11.54%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.85%) Office 365
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (53.85%) SQL Server
2 11 (21.15%) SQL Server 2008
3 7 (13.46%) SQL Server 2012
4 5 (9.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 5 (9.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 4 (7.69%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (1.92%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 15 (28.85%) Visual Studio
2 13 (25.00%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (9.62%) TeamCity
4 3 (5.77%) MSTest
5 2 (3.85%) Git (software)
5 2 (3.85%) Selenium
5 2 (3.85%) Visual Studio Team System
6 1 (1.92%) NUnit
General
1 10 (19.23%) Finance
2 4 (7.69%) Front Office
3 3 (5.77%) Advertising
4 2 (3.85%) Retail
5 1 (1.92%) Investment Banking
5 1 (1.92%) Banking
Job Titles
1 31 (59.62%) Developer
2 16 (30.77%) SharePoint Developer
3 7 (13.46%) Architect
3 7 (13.46%) .NET Developer
4 6 (11.54%) Support Engineer
5 4 (7.69%) Infrastructure Designer
5 4 (7.69%) Designer
5 4 (7.69%) .NET Architect
5 4 (7.69%) Senior Support Engineer
6 3 (5.77%) Senior .NET Developer
6 3 (5.77%) Microsoft Developer
6 3 (5.77%) Front Office Developer
6 3 (5.77%) Senior Developer
6 3 (5.77%) SQL Developer
6 3 (5.77%) Solutions Architect
7 2 (3.85%) Consultant
7 2 (3.85%) Software Architect
7 2 (3.85%) Software Developer
7 2 (3.85%) SharePoint Consultant
7 2 (3.85%) CRM Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (73.08%) .NET
2 23 (44.23%) ASP.NET
3 18 (34.62%) WCF
4 15 (28.85%) HTML
5 13 (25.00%) XML
6 10 (19.23%) CSS
6 10 (19.23%) XSLT
6 10 (19.23%) .NET Framework
6 10 (19.23%) jQuery
7 8 (15.38%) Web Services
8 7 (13.46%) XSD
8 7 (13.46%) WPF
8 7 (13.46%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
9 5 (9.62%) KnockoutJS
9 5 (9.62%) ASP.NET MVC
9 5 (9.62%) Ajax
10 4 (7.69%) Middleware
10 4 (7.69%) WinForms
10 4 (7.69%) MDX
10 4 (7.69%) Unity DI Container
Miscellaneous
1 9 (17.31%) Computer Science
2 4 (7.69%) Visualisation
2 4 (7.69%) Grid Computing
2 4 (7.69%) Clustering
2 4 (7.69%) Derivative
3 2 (3.85%) Interest Rate Derivative
3 2 (3.85%) Enterprise Software
3 2 (3.85%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 13 (25.00%) Windows
2 9 (17.31%) Windows Server 2008
3 5 (9.62%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (25.00%) MVC
2 10 (19.23%) TDD
3 7 (13.46%) Unit Testing
4 6 (11.54%) Scrum
4 6 (11.54%) CRM
5 5 (9.62%) Continuous Integration
6 4 (7.69%) Multithreading
6 4 (7.69%) Rapid Prototyping
6 4 (7.69%) Asset Management
6 4 (7.69%) Load Balancing
6 4 (7.69%) Data Modelling
6 4 (7.69%) Workflow
6 4 (7.69%) Service Delivery
7 3 (5.77%) ITIL
7 3 (5.77%) Project Management
7 3 (5.77%) Continuous Improvement
8 2 (3.85%) Investment Management
8 2 (3.85%) Greeks
8 2 (3.85%) Web Development
8 2 (3.85%) Stress Testing
Programming Languages
1 32 (61.54%) C#
2 19 (36.54%) JavaScript
3 9 (17.31%) SQL
4 8 (15.38%) C++
5 4 (7.69%) C
5 4 (7.69%) T-SQL
5 4 (7.69%) VB.NET
5 4 (7.69%) VBA
6 3 (5.77%) Java
7 1 (1.92%) Ruby
7 1 (1.92%) PowerShell
7 1 (1.92%) VBScript
7 1 (1.92%) VB
Qualifications
1 52 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 19 (36.54%) Degree
3 17 (32.69%) MCSE
4 10 (19.23%) MCPD
5 9 (17.31%) MCTS
6 8 (15.38%) MCP
7 7 (13.46%) MCAD
8 6 (11.54%) MCDBA
9 4 (7.69%) Security Cleared
10 2 (3.85%) CISA
11 1 (1.92%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.85%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (1.92%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.92%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 39 (75.00%) Microsoft
2 4 (7.69%) Infragistics
2 4 (7.69%) DevExpress
3 3 (5.77%) IBM
3 3 (5.77%) Lotus
4 2 (3.85%) Infor
5 1 (1.92%) Remedy
5 1 (1.92%) Facebook
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