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 27 March 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
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
Rank 553 550 519
Rank change year-on-year
-3 -31
Contract jobs citing MCSD 46 20 21
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.086% 0.039% 0.046%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.44% 0.20% 0.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 15 18
Average daily rate
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£340 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £325 £321
10% offered a daily rate of more than £547 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £475
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -31.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 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
10555 10047 8332
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.67% 19.35% 18.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 6006 5532 4420
Average daily rate £395 £375 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.33% +2.73%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £220 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £530 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 472 509 477
Average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.25 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -28.00%

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 27 March 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 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 27 March 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 +3 27 £300 -36.84% 17
South East -23 12 £313 -21.87% 2
Yorkshire - 6 £340 -
Berkshire -8 4 £213 - 1
Surrey - 4 £299 - 1
Reading 0 3 £213 - 1
Worthing -8 3 £390 -2.50%
West Sussex -19 3 £390 -2.50%
East of England - 3 £245 -
North West - 3 - - 1
Cumbria - 3 - - 1
Dorset - 2 £220 - 2
Essex - 2 £248 -
Bournemouth - 2 £220 - 2
South West - 2 £220 - 2
City of London +14 1 - - 2
London -7 1 - - 9
Manchester - - - -
Milton Keynes - - - -
Newcastle upon Tyne - - - -
Nottingham - - - - 1
Romford - - - - 1
St Albans - - - -
Sunderland - - - -
Warwick - - - - 2
Bristol - - - -
Cheltenham - - - -
Cirencester - - - -
Coventry - - - -
Croydon - - - - 1

MCSD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 51 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 40 (78.43%) Microsoft
3 27 (52.94%) MCAD
4 24 (47.06%) CRM
4 24 (47.06%) Security Cleared
5 23 (45.10%) Agile Software Development
6 22 (43.14%) SC Cleared
7 21 (41.18%) Windows
8 20 (39.22%) MCSE
8 20 (39.22%) MCPD
9 19 (37.25%) Time Management
9 19 (37.25%) C#
10 17 (33.33%) .NET
10 17 (33.33%) Dynamics CRM
10 17 (33.33%) MCTS
11 16 (31.37%) Marketing
12 15 (29.41%) ASP.NET
13 14 (27.45%) SharePoint
14 13 (25.49%) SQL
14 13 (25.49%) DV Cleared
15 12 (23.53%) Visual Studio
15 12 (23.53%) MCP
16 11 (21.57%) HTML
16 11 (21.57%) Degree
17 10 (19.61%) Computer Science
17 10 (19.61%) MVC
17 10 (19.61%) JavaScript
17 10 (19.61%) SQL Server
17 10 (19.61%) Active Directory
18 9 (17.65%) .NET Framework

MCSD
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 14 (27.45%) SharePoint
2 5 (9.80%) IIS
3 4 (7.84%) Office Communications Server
4 2 (3.92%) Lync
5 1 (1.96%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (1.96%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (1.96%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (1.96%) MS Exchange
5 1 (1.96%) Exchange Server 2000
5 1 (1.96%) Exchange Server 2003
5 1 (1.96%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 6 (11.76%) MS Excel
2 3 (5.88%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 17 (33.33%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.92%) Office 365
2 1 (1.96%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.96%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (7.84%) VLAN
2 3 (5.88%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (19.61%) SQL Server
2 4 (7.84%) DTS
2 4 (7.84%) SQL Server 2000
3 3 (5.88%) EDRMS
4 1 (1.96%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 12 (23.53%) Visual Studio
2 7 (13.73%) Subversion
3 5 (9.80%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (7.84%) JIRA
4 4 (7.84%) ClearCase
4 4 (7.84%) ClearQuest
5 1 (1.96%) MSBuild
General
1 16 (31.37%) Marketing
2 8 (15.69%) Finance
3 3 (5.88%) Banking
4 2 (3.92%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 17 (33.33%) Analyst
2 16 (31.37%) Business Analyst
3 13 (25.49%) CRM Business Analyst
3 13 (25.49%) CRM Analyst
4 10 (19.61%) Developer
5 5 (9.80%) Architect
5 5 (9.80%) .NET Developer
6 4 (7.84%) 3rd Line Support
6 4 (7.84%) Technical Architect
6 4 (7.84%) Designer
6 4 (7.84%) Technical Design Architect
6 4 (7.84%) Infrastructure Designer
7 3 (5.88%) Senior Developer
7 3 (5.88%) 2nd Line Support
7 3 (5.88%) Applications Support
7 3 (5.88%) Senior .NET Developer
8 2 (3.92%) CRM Consultant
8 2 (3.92%) C# Developer
8 2 (3.92%) Web Developer
8 2 (3.92%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (33.33%) .NET
2 15 (29.41%) ASP.NET
3 11 (21.57%) HTML
4 9 (17.65%) .NET Framework
5 8 (15.69%) XML
5 8 (15.69%) jQuery
6 6 (11.76%) CSS
7 5 (9.80%) ASP.NET MVC
7 5 (9.80%) JSON
7 5 (9.80%) KnockoutJS
8 4 (7.84%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
8 4 (7.84%) ASP.NET MVC 4
8 4 (7.84%) LINQ
8 4 (7.84%) COM+
9 3 (5.88%) HTML5
9 3 (5.88%) RESTful
10 2 (3.92%) Ajax
10 2 (3.92%) CSS3
11 1 (1.96%) AngularJS
11 1 (1.96%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 10 (19.61%) Computer Science
2 4 (7.84%) Clustering
3 2 (3.92%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.96%) W3C
4 1 (1.96%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 21 (41.18%) Windows
2 5 (9.80%) Windows Server 2003
3 4 (7.84%) AIX
3 4 (7.84%) Solaris
3 4 (7.84%) UNIX
4 3 (5.88%) Linux
4 3 (5.88%) Windows 7
5 2 (3.92%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (1.96%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (47.06%) CRM
2 23 (45.10%) Agile Software Development
3 19 (37.25%) Time Management
4 10 (19.61%) MVC
5 6 (11.76%) Migration
5 6 (11.76%) TDD
6 5 (9.80%) Load Balancing
7 4 (7.84%) Incident Management
7 4 (7.84%) Technical Architecture
7 4 (7.84%) Web Development
7 4 (7.84%) Service Delivery
7 4 (7.84%) ITIL
7 4 (7.84%) OO
7 4 (7.84%) Don't repeat yourself (DRY)
8 3 (5.88%) OOP
8 3 (5.88%) Web Design
8 3 (5.88%) Content Management
9 2 (3.92%) Customer Engagement
9 2 (3.92%) Mentoring
10 1 (1.96%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 19 (37.25%) C#
2 13 (25.49%) SQL
3 10 (19.61%) JavaScript
4 7 (13.73%) VB
5 4 (7.84%) VB.NET
5 4 (7.84%) VBScript
5 4 (7.84%) VB6
6 3 (5.88%) T-SQL
7 2 (3.92%) VBA
Qualifications
1 51 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 27 (52.94%) MCAD
3 24 (47.06%) Security Cleared
4 22 (43.14%) SC Cleared
5 20 (39.22%) MCPD
5 20 (39.22%) MCSE
6 17 (33.33%) MCTS
7 13 (25.49%) DV Cleared
8 12 (23.53%) MCP
9 11 (21.57%) Degree
10 7 (13.73%) MCDBA
11 4 (7.84%) ITIL Certification
11 4 (7.84%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 4 (7.84%) CCA
11 4 (7.84%) Citrix Certification
11 4 (7.84%) CCEA
12 1 (1.96%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.88%) SLA
System Software
1 10 (19.61%) Active Directory
2 4 (7.84%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (5.88%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 3 (5.88%) SCCM
Vendors
1 40 (78.43%) Microsoft
2 5 (9.80%) VMware
3 4 (7.84%) IBM
3 4 (7.84%) HP
3 4 (7.84%) Citrix
4 1 (1.96%) Remedy
4 1 (1.96%) TOWER Software
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