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 5 February 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.

Location
3 months to
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
Rank 593 582 552
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -30
Contract jobs citing MCSD 26 19 27
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.051% 0.038% 0.056%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.24% 0.18% 0.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 13 21
Average daily rate £425 £390 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.97% +0.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £393 £225 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £458 £581 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £422 £390 £388
% change year-on-year
+8.11% +0.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 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
10904 10292 9385
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.20% 20.31% 19.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 6732 5960 5067
Average daily rate £400 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £237 £223
10% offered a daily rate of more than £569 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.53% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 498 480 434
Average hourly rate £37.50 £20.00 £18.70
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+87.50% +6.95%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.80 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.00 £47.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £21.00 £17.25
% change year-on-year
+90.47% +21.73%

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 5 February 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 22 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 5 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 +12 21 £425 +26.86% 22
South East +6 9 £422 +8.11% 9
London - 9 £425 - 9
Berkshire +5 3 £425 +41.66% 5
South West +4 3 £400 +81.81%
Hampshire - 3 £414 - 1
Gloucestershire - 3 £400 -
Reading - 3 £425 - 5
Wales -14 1 - -
Scotland - 1 £310 -
Cheltenham - 1 - -
Gloucester - 1 £400 -
Portsmouth - 1 £400 -
Hook - 1 £414 -
Hereford - 1 £425 -
Erskine - 1 £310 -
Buckinghamshire - 1 £450 - 2
Herefordshire - 1 £425 -
West Midlands - 1 £425 - 3
Ilford - 1 £375 -
Renfrewshire - 1 £310 -
Isle of Man - 1 - -

MCSD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 35 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 29 (82.86%) Microsoft
3 27 (77.14%) .NET
4 23 (65.71%) C#
5 20 (57.14%) SQL Server
6 18 (51.43%) HTML
6 18 (51.43%) SQL
7 17 (48.57%) JavaScript
8 16 (45.71%) SharePoint
9 15 (42.86%) CSS
9 15 (42.86%) jQuery
10 13 (37.14%) Migration
10 13 (37.14%) XML
10 13 (37.14%) MCAD
10 13 (37.14%) Visual Studio
10 13 (37.14%) Active Directory
11 12 (34.29%) Degree
12 11 (31.43%) Agile Software Development
12 11 (31.43%) MCSE
13 10 (28.57%) Windows
13 10 (28.57%) IIS
13 10 (28.57%) InfoPath
13 10 (28.57%) MCTS
13 10 (28.57%) .NET Framework
14 9 (25.71%) MCITP
14 9 (25.71%) Workflow
14 9 (25.71%) VBScript
14 9 (25.71%) PowerShell
14 9 (25.71%) Security Cleared
15 8 (22.86%) Team Foundation Server

MCSD
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 16 (45.71%) SharePoint
2 10 (28.57%) IIS
3 2 (5.71%) BizTalk Server
3 2 (5.71%) SharePoint 2010
3 2 (5.71%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (2.86%) Apache
4 1 (2.86%) CMS
4 1 (2.86%) Umbraco
Applications
1 10 (28.57%) InfoPath
2 4 (11.43%) MS Excel
3 1 (2.86%) MS Project
3 1 (2.86%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (8.57%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 6 (17.14%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (8.57%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (8.57%) Office 365
3 1 (2.86%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 3 (8.57%) Firewall
1 3 (8.57%) LAN
1 3 (8.57%) WAN
2 1 (2.86%) Intranet
2 1 (2.86%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (57.14%) SQL Server
2 5 (14.29%) Relational Database
3 3 (8.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (5.71%) EDRMS
4 2 (5.71%) Microsoft Analysis Services
4 2 (5.71%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (2.86%) Big Data
5 1 (2.86%) Datazen
5 1 (2.86%) Hadoop
5 1 (2.86%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 13 (37.14%) Visual Studio
2 8 (22.86%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (2.86%) Moq
3 1 (2.86%) MSTest
3 1 (2.86%) NUnit
3 1 (2.86%) Rhino Mocks
3 1 (2.86%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 6 (17.14%) Military
2 1 (2.86%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 18 (51.43%) Developer
2 9 (25.71%) Administrator
3 8 (22.86%) SharePoint Administrator
4 7 (20.00%) SharePoint Developer
5 5 (14.29%) Architect
6 4 (11.43%) .NET Developer
6 4 (11.43%) Cloud Architect
7 3 (8.57%) CRM Developer
7 3 (8.57%) Technical Architect
8 2 (5.71%) Consultant
8 2 (5.71%) Microsoft Consultant
8 2 (5.71%) Microsoft Developer
8 2 (5.71%) SharePoint Engineer
9 1 (2.86%) Agile Developer
9 1 (2.86%) Azure Architect
9 1 (2.86%) Azure Consultant
9 1 (2.86%) BizTalk Administrator
9 1 (2.86%) Technical Developer
9 1 (2.86%) Wintel Server Engineer
9 1 (2.86%) WPF Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (77.14%) .NET
2 18 (51.43%) HTML
3 15 (42.86%) CSS
3 15 (42.86%) jQuery
4 13 (37.14%) XML
5 10 (28.57%) .NET Framework
6 8 (22.86%) Web Services
7 7 (20.00%) ASP.NET
8 6 (17.14%) Autofac
8 6 (17.14%) Entity Framework
8 6 (17.14%) WCF
9 5 (14.29%) Ajax
9 5 (14.29%) ASP.NET MVC
9 5 (14.29%) ASP.NET MVC 4
9 5 (14.29%) LLBLGen Pro
9 5 (14.29%) NHibernate
9 5 (14.29%) Ninject
9 5 (14.29%) StructureMap
9 5 (14.29%) XHTML
10 3 (8.57%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 6 (17.14%) Inversion of Control
2 5 (14.29%) N-Tier
3 3 (8.57%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (5.71%) Computer Science
5 1 (2.86%) Client/Server
5 1 (2.86%) Data Conversion
5 1 (2.86%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (2.86%) Hybrid Cloud
5 1 (2.86%) Mobile Computing
5 1 (2.86%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 10 (28.57%) Windows
2 5 (14.29%) Windows Server
3 2 (5.71%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (2.86%) CentOS
4 1 (2.86%) SUSE
4 1 (2.86%) Ubuntu
4 1 (2.86%) Windows 7
4 1 (2.86%) Windows 8
4 1 (2.86%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (37.14%) Migration
2 11 (31.43%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (25.71%) Workflow
4 8 (22.86%) Scrum
4 8 (22.86%) Service Delivery
5 6 (17.14%) MVC
5 6 (17.14%) TDD
5 6 (17.14%) Web Development
6 5 (14.29%) OOP
6 5 (14.29%) Time Management
7 4 (11.43%) Open Source
8 3 (8.57%) Content Management
8 3 (8.57%) CRM
8 3 (8.57%) ITIL
8 3 (8.57%) Records Management
9 2 (5.71%) CMMI
9 2 (5.71%) Kanban
9 2 (5.71%) Project Management
9 2 (5.71%) Service Management
9 2 (5.71%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 23 (65.71%) C#
2 18 (51.43%) SQL
3 17 (48.57%) JavaScript
4 9 (25.71%) PowerShell
4 9 (25.71%) VBScript
5 6 (17.14%) T-SQL
6 3 (8.57%) VB.NET
7 2 (5.71%) C
8 1 (2.86%) C++
8 1 (2.86%) Java
8 1 (2.86%) Python
8 1 (2.86%) R
8 1 (2.86%) Scala
Qualifications
1 35 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 13 (37.14%) MCAD
3 12 (34.29%) Degree
4 11 (31.43%) MCSE
5 10 (28.57%) MCTS
6 9 (25.71%) MCITP
6 9 (25.71%) Security Cleared
7 7 (20.00%) MCPD
8 6 (17.14%) DV Cleared
9 3 (8.57%) MCP
10 2 (5.71%) MCSA
10 2 (5.71%) SC Cleared
11 1 (2.86%) CCDP
11 1 (2.86%) CCNA
11 1 (2.86%) CCNP
11 1 (2.86%) Cisco Certification
11 1 (2.86%) CNE
11 1 (2.86%) MCDBA
11 1 (2.86%) MCT
11 1 (2.86%) Novell Certification
System Software
1 13 (37.14%) Active Directory
2 3 (8.57%) Hyper-V
2 3 (8.57%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (2.86%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (2.86%) vSphere
Vendors
1 29 (82.86%) Microsoft
2 3 (8.57%) HP
2 3 (8.57%) VMware
3 1 (2.86%) Cisco
3 1 (2.86%) Novell
3 1 (2.86%) Oracle
3 1 (2.86%) Remedy
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