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 30 September 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
30 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
Rank 586 521 561
Rank change year-on-year
-65 +40
Contract jobs citing MCSD 18 66 38
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.031% 0.13% 0.066%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.16% 0.73% 0.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 56 23
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£375 £425 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.76% +30.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £320 £276
10% offered a daily rate of more than £385 £425 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £425 £325
% change year-on-year
-14.11% +30.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
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
11347 9077 10257
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.55% 17.19% 17.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 6270 5099 5335
Average daily rate £379 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.06% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £225 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £548 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 474 414 612
Average hourly rate £20.00 £18.55 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.81% -17.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £42.50 £40.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.50
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -28.57%

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 30 September 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 -61 14 £375 -11.76% 10
London +15 10 £375 -6.25% 3
North West -9 1 - - 1
South Wales -11 1 £350 +62.79%
Reading -12 1 £375 -11.76%
East of England -18 1 - - 1
Wales -21 1 £350 +62.79%
Scotland -24 1 - -
Berkshire -30 1 £375 -11.76% 2
South East -48 1 £375 -11.76% 3
Merseyside - 1 - -
Newport - 1 £350 -
Liverpool - 1 - -
Cambridgeshire - 1 - - 1
Cambridge - 1 - - 1
Cannock - - - -
Chesterfield - - - -
Croydon - - - -
Cwmbran - - - -
Fareham - - - -
Hitchin - - - -
Leeds - - - -
Aberdeen - - - -
County Antrim - - - -
Barrow-in-Furness - - - - 1
Bath - - - -
Belfast - - - -
Birmingham - - - -
Bolton - - - -
Bournemouth - - - -

MCSD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 September 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 44 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 34 (77.27%) Microsoft
3 31 (70.45%) .NET
4 26 (59.09%) C#
5 21 (47.73%) SQL Server
5 21 (47.73%) SharePoint
6 19 (43.18%) ASP.NET
6 19 (43.18%) JavaScript
7 17 (38.64%) Degree
8 15 (34.09%) HTML
9 13 (29.55%) MCSE
10 12 (27.27%) Visual Studio
10 12 (27.27%) WCF
11 11 (25.00%) MVC
12 10 (22.73%) Agile Software Development
12 10 (22.73%) Team Foundation Server
13 9 (20.45%) SharePoint 2010
13 9 (20.45%) .NET Framework
13 9 (20.45%) CSS
14 8 (18.18%) MCP
14 8 (18.18%) MCPD
14 8 (18.18%) Finance
14 8 (18.18%) jQuery
15 7 (15.91%) Computer Science
15 7 (15.91%) Dynamics CRM
15 7 (15.91%) TDD
15 7 (15.91%) MCAD
15 7 (15.91%) CRM
16 6 (13.64%) Windows
16 6 (13.64%) MS Excel

MCSD
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 September 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 21 (47.73%) SharePoint
2 9 (20.45%) SharePoint 2010
3 6 (13.64%) SharePoint 2013
4 5 (11.36%) IIS
5 3 (6.82%) IBM Notes
5 3 (6.82%) Lotus Domino
6 2 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2010
6 2 (4.55%) MS Exchange
6 2 (4.55%) BizTalk Server
6 2 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (2.27%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (2.27%) Node.js
Applications
1 6 (13.64%) MS Excel
2 2 (4.55%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 7 (15.91%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.55%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.27%) DHCP
1 1 (2.27%) TCP/IP
1 1 (2.27%) DNS
1 1 (2.27%) IPv6
1 1 (2.27%) SAN
1 1 (2.27%) Fibre Channel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (47.73%) SQL Server
2 6 (13.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 5 (11.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 4 (9.09%) SQL Server 2008
4 4 (9.09%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (2.27%) Relational Database
5 1 (2.27%) Hadoop
5 1 (2.27%) NoSQL
5 1 (2.27%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (2.27%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (2.27%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (2.27%) Data Mining
5 1 (2.27%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 12 (27.27%) Visual Studio
2 10 (22.73%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (11.36%) TeamCity
4 4 (9.09%) MSTest
5 2 (4.55%) Git (software)
5 2 (4.55%) Selenium
5 2 (4.55%) Visual Studio Team System
6 1 (2.27%) NUnit
General
1 8 (18.18%) Finance
2 4 (9.09%) Front Office
3 3 (6.82%) Retail
4 2 (4.55%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 24 (54.55%) Developer
2 14 (31.82%) SharePoint Developer
3 7 (15.91%) Architect
4 5 (11.36%) .NET Architect
4 5 (11.36%) .NET Developer
5 4 (9.09%) Senior .NET Developer
5 4 (9.09%) Senior Developer
6 3 (6.82%) Support Engineer
6 3 (6.82%) Consultant
6 3 (6.82%) Software Architect
6 3 (6.82%) Solutions Architect
6 3 (6.82%) Front Office Developer
6 3 (6.82%) C# Architect
7 2 (4.55%) Lead Solutions Architect
7 2 (4.55%) Designer
7 2 (4.55%) CRM Developer
7 2 (4.55%) Lead Architect
7 2 (4.55%) Dynamics CRM Developer
7 2 (4.55%) Analyst
7 2 (4.55%) SharePoint Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (70.45%) .NET
2 19 (43.18%) ASP.NET
3 15 (34.09%) HTML
4 12 (27.27%) WCF
5 9 (20.45%) .NET Framework
5 9 (20.45%) CSS
6 8 (18.18%) jQuery
7 6 (13.64%) KnockoutJS
8 5 (11.36%) Unity DI Container
8 5 (11.36%) ASP.NET MVC
8 5 (11.36%) XSLT
9 4 (9.09%) Middleware
9 4 (9.09%) WinForms
9 4 (9.09%) WPF
9 4 (9.09%) XML
9 4 (9.09%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
9 4 (9.09%) MDX
10 3 (6.82%) Web Services
10 3 (6.82%) Ajax
11 2 (4.55%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
Miscellaneous
1 7 (15.91%) Computer Science
2 4 (9.09%) Visualisation
2 4 (9.09%) Grid Computing
2 4 (9.09%) Derivative
3 2 (4.55%) Interest Rate Derivative
3 2 (4.55%) Clustering
3 2 (4.55%) Enterprise Software
3 2 (4.55%) Blackberry
4 1 (2.27%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 6 (13.64%) Windows
2 5 (11.36%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (4.55%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (2.27%) Windows 7
4 1 (2.27%) Windows 8
4 1 (2.27%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (25.00%) MVC
2 10 (22.73%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (15.91%) TDD
3 7 (15.91%) CRM
4 6 (13.64%) Unit Testing
5 5 (11.36%) Continuous Integration
5 5 (11.36%) Data Modelling
6 4 (9.09%) Workflow
6 4 (9.09%) Scrum
6 4 (9.09%) Multithreading
6 4 (9.09%) Rapid Prototyping
7 3 (6.82%) Mentoring
7 3 (6.82%) Web Development
7 3 (6.82%) Continuous Improvement
7 3 (6.82%) Project Management
7 3 (6.82%) ITIL
8 2 (4.55%) OO
8 2 (4.55%) ERP
8 2 (4.55%) Service Delivery
8 2 (4.55%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 26 (59.09%) C#
2 19 (43.18%) JavaScript
3 5 (11.36%) C++
3 5 (11.36%) VBA
4 4 (9.09%) SQL
5 2 (4.55%) PowerShell
6 1 (2.27%) C
6 1 (2.27%) T-SQL
6 1 (2.27%) VB.NET
6 1 (2.27%) Shell Script
6 1 (2.27%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 44 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 17 (38.64%) Degree
3 13 (29.55%) MCSE
4 8 (18.18%) MCP
4 8 (18.18%) MCPD
5 7 (15.91%) MCAD
6 6 (13.64%) MCTS
7 3 (6.82%) MCDBA
8 1 (2.27%) ISEB
8 1 (2.27%) MCITP
8 1 (2.27%) MCSA
8 1 (2.27%) SC Cleared
8 1 (2.27%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.27%) QA
System Software
1 2 (4.55%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (2.27%) SCCM
1 1 (2.27%) SCOM
1 1 (2.27%) SCVMM
1 1 (2.27%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 34 (77.27%) Microsoft
2 4 (9.09%) Infragistics
2 4 (9.09%) DevExpress
3 3 (6.82%) IBM
3 3 (6.82%) Lotus
4 2 (4.55%) Infor
5 1 (2.27%) Remedy
5 1 (2.27%) Facebook