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 29 August 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
Rank 585 538 548
Rank change year-on-year
-47 +10
Contract jobs citing MCSD 21 41 43
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.037% 0.078% 0.074%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.20% 0.44% 0.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 28 19
Average daily rate
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£375 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £300 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £408 £433 £468
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £425 £325
% change year-on-year
-12.94% +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

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
10658 9240 10108
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.84% 17.53% 17.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 6062 5067 5208
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £540 £514
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 448 479 624
Average hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -9.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £43.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
- -9.09%

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 29 August 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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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 -42 17 £375 -6.25% 25
London +20 13 £375 -3.22% 8
City of London +17 1 - -
Reading -6 1 £375 -11.76%
Berkshire -8 1 £375 -11.76% 1
West Midlands -12 1 £425 - 1
East of England -25 1 - - 1
South East -35 1 £375 -11.76% 8
South Wales - 1 £350 -
Newport - 1 £350 -
Wales - 1 £350 -
Scotland - 1 - - 1
Cambridgeshire - 1 - - 1
Birmingham - 1 £425 -
Cambridge - 1 - - 1
Cannock - - - - 1
Chesterfield - - - -
Croydon - - - - 1
Cwmbran - - - -
Derby - - - -
Fareham - - - -
Hitchin - - - -
Leeds - - - -
Leicester - - - -
Liverpool - - - -
Bolton - - - -
Bournemouth - - - -
Bracknell - - - -
Bristol - - - - 1
Caerphilly - - - -

MCSD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 38 (73.08%) Microsoft
3 35 (67.31%) .NET
4 30 (57.69%) C#
5 24 (46.15%) SQL Server
6 23 (44.23%) ASP.NET
6 23 (44.23%) SharePoint
7 21 (40.38%) JavaScript
8 17 (32.69%) HTML
8 17 (32.69%) Degree
9 15 (28.85%) MCSE
10 14 (26.92%) Visual Studio
10 14 (26.92%) WCF
11 13 (25.00%) MVC
12 12 (23.08%) Team Foundation Server
13 11 (21.15%) SharePoint 2010
13 11 (21.15%) .NET Framework
13 11 (21.15%) CSS
14 10 (19.23%) Windows
14 10 (19.23%) Finance
14 10 (19.23%) MCPD
14 10 (19.23%) jQuery
15 9 (17.31%) TDD
15 9 (17.31%) XSLT
15 9 (17.31%) MCP
15 9 (17.31%) MS Excel
16 8 (15.38%) XML
17 7 (13.46%) MCAD
17 7 (13.46%) Web Services
17 7 (13.46%) Computer Science

MCSD
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 11 (21.15%) SharePoint 2010
3 6 (11.54%) SharePoint 2013
4 5 (9.62%) IIS
5 3 (5.77%) IBM Notes
5 3 (5.77%) Lotus Domino
6 2 (3.85%) Exchange Server 2010
6 2 (3.85%) MS Exchange
6 2 (3.85%) BizTalk Server
6 2 (3.85%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (3.85%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (1.92%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (1.92%) Node.js
Applications
1 9 (17.31%) MS Excel
2 2 (3.85%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 6 (11.54%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.85%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.92%) DHCP
1 1 (1.92%) TCP/IP
1 1 (1.92%) DNS
1 1 (1.92%) IPv6
1 1 (1.92%) SAN
1 1 (1.92%) Fibre Channel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (46.15%) SQL Server
2 6 (11.54%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (9.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 4 (7.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 3 (5.77%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (1.92%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (1.92%) Hadoop
6 1 (1.92%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 14 (26.92%) Visual Studio
2 12 (23.08%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (9.62%) TeamCity
4 4 (7.69%) 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
3 3 (5.77%) Retail
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 5 (9.62%) .NET Architect
5 4 (7.69%) Infrastructure Designer
5 4 (7.69%) Senior .NET Developer
5 4 (7.69%) Senior Developer
5 4 (7.69%) Designer
6 3 (5.77%) C# Architect
6 3 (5.77%) Support Engineer
6 3 (5.77%) Software Architect
6 3 (5.77%) Solutions Architect
6 3 (5.77%) Front Office Developer
7 2 (3.85%) Microsoft Developer
7 2 (3.85%) SharePoint Consultant
7 2 (3.85%) SQL Developer
7 2 (3.85%) C# Developer
7 2 (3.85%) Software Developer
7 2 (3.85%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (67.31%) .NET
2 23 (44.23%) ASP.NET
3 17 (32.69%) HTML
4 14 (26.92%) WCF
5 11 (21.15%) CSS
5 11 (21.15%) .NET Framework
6 10 (19.23%) jQuery
7 9 (17.31%) XSLT
8 8 (15.38%) XML
9 7 (13.46%) Web Services
10 6 (11.54%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
10 6 (11.54%) WPF
10 6 (11.54%) KnockoutJS
11 5 (9.62%) Unity DI Container
11 5 (9.62%) ASP.NET MVC
11 5 (9.62%) Ajax
12 4 (7.69%) Middleware
12 4 (7.69%) WinForms
12 4 (7.69%) MDX
13 3 (5.77%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 7 (13.46%) 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 10 (19.23%) Windows
2 7 (13.46%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (3.85%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (1.92%) Windows 7
4 1 (1.92%) Windows 8
4 1 (1.92%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (25.00%) MVC
2 9 (17.31%) 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%) Load Balancing
6 4 (7.69%) Data Modelling
6 4 (7.69%) Workflow
6 4 (7.69%) Service Delivery
7 3 (5.77%) Project Management
7 3 (5.77%) ITIL
7 3 (5.77%) Asset Management
7 3 (5.77%) Continuous Improvement
7 3 (5.77%) Web Development
8 2 (3.85%) Document Management
8 2 (3.85%) Data Analysis
8 2 (3.85%) Stress Testing
Programming Languages
1 30 (57.69%) C#
2 21 (40.38%) JavaScript
3 6 (11.54%) SQL
4 5 (9.62%) C++
4 5 (9.62%) VBA
5 3 (5.77%) VB.NET
6 2 (3.85%) Java
6 2 (3.85%) PowerShell
7 1 (1.92%) Shell Script
7 1 (1.92%) Ruby
7 1 (1.92%) C
7 1 (1.92%) T-SQL
7 1 (1.92%) VBScript
7 1 (1.92%) VB
Qualifications
1 52 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 17 (32.69%) Degree
3 15 (28.85%) MCSE
4 10 (19.23%) MCPD
5 9 (17.31%) MCP
6 7 (13.46%) MCAD
7 6 (11.54%) MCDBA
7 6 (11.54%) MCTS
8 4 (7.69%) Security Cleared
9 2 (3.85%) CISA
10 1 (1.92%) ISEB
10 1 (1.92%) MCSA
10 1 (1.92%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.85%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (1.92%) QA
System Software
1 2 (3.85%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (1.92%) SCCM
1 1 (1.92%) SCOM
1 1 (1.92%) SCVMM
1 1 (1.92%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 38 (73.08%) 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