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 23 February 2017 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.

3 months to
23 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
UK
Rank 584 598 590
Rank change year-on-year
+14 -8
Contract jobs citing MCSD 11 30 26
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.024% 0.058% 0.050%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.12% 0.27% 0.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 23 15
Median daily rate £450 £425 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% +8.97%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £370 £358 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £850 £450 £571
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £418 £390
% change year-on-year
-1.81% +7.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Median hourly rate - - £49.50
UK excluding London median 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
9420 11061 10597
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.76% 21.25% 20.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 6071 6866 6058
Median daily rate £420 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £239
10% offered a daily rate of more than £565 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £383
% change year-on-year
+4.03% +0.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 448 445 496
Median hourly rate £30.91 £37.50 £21.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.57% +72.41%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £57.50 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.69 £41.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-16.41% +84.44%

MCSD
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing MCSD as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 23 February 2017.

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 7 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSD within the UK over the 3 months to 23 February 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +22 10 £475 +11.76% 5
London +11 7 £575 +35.29% 2
South East +11 3 £350 -15.35%
City of London -5 2 £525 +20.00%
Crawley - 2 £425 -
West Sussex - 2 £425 -
Surrey - 1 £275 -

MCSD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 February 2017, IT contractor jobs citing MCSD also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for MCSD.

1 35 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 30 (85.71%) Microsoft
3 16 (45.71%) SQL Server
3 16 (45.71%) MCSE
4 15 (42.86%) Microsoft Azure
5 14 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
6 13 (37.14%) Windows
7 12 (34.29%) .NET
7 12 (34.29%) C#
7 12 (34.29%) MS Excel
8 11 (31.43%) MCTS
8 11 (31.43%) Degree
8 11 (31.43%) SQL
9 10 (28.57%) MCAD
9 10 (28.57%) SharePoint
9 10 (28.57%) CCNA
9 10 (28.57%) Cisco Certification
9 10 (28.57%) Office 365
10 9 (25.71%) PowerShell
10 9 (25.71%) IaaS
10 9 (25.71%) ITIL
10 9 (25.71%) TOGAF
11 8 (22.86%) TDD
11 8 (22.86%) MVC
11 8 (22.86%) ASP.NET
11 8 (22.86%) Citrix
12 7 (20.00%) Windows Server
12 7 (20.00%) ASP.NET MVC
12 7 (20.00%) Active Directory
12 7 (20.00%) JavaScript

MCSD
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 10 (28.57%) SharePoint
2 5 (14.29%) SharePoint 2010
2 5 (14.29%) SharePoint 2013
3 2 (5.71%) BizTalk Server
3 2 (5.71%) CMS
3 2 (5.71%) EPiServer
3 2 (5.71%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (5.71%) Exchange Server 2013
3 2 (5.71%) MS Exchange
3 2 (5.71%) SAS
3 2 (5.71%) Sitecore CMS
3 2 (5.71%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 12 (34.29%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.86%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 3 (8.57%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (5.71%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 15 (42.86%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (28.57%) Office 365
3 9 (25.71%) IaaS
4 5 (14.29%) PaaS
5 2 (5.71%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (5.71%) SaaS
6 1 (2.86%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (2.86%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 5 (14.29%) Firewall
2 4 (11.43%) DMZ
3 3 (8.57%) SAN
4 2 (5.71%) Cisco ASA
4 2 (5.71%) IP Telephony
4 2 (5.71%) LAN
4 2 (5.71%) NetScaler
4 2 (5.71%) Unified Communications
4 2 (5.71%) VoIP
4 2 (5.71%) WAN
4 2 (5.71%) Wireless
5 1 (2.86%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (45.71%) SQL Server
2 7 (20.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 6 (17.14%) SQL Server 2012
3 6 (17.14%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 6 (17.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 5 (14.29%) Relational Database
5 4 (11.43%) Microsoft Analysis Services
6 3 (8.57%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (5.71%) MS Access
7 2 (5.71%) Power BI
7 2 (5.71%) PowerPivot
8 1 (2.86%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 6 (17.14%) Moq
1 6 (17.14%) NUnit
2 5 (14.29%) Git (software)
2 5 (14.29%) Selenium
2 5 (14.29%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (5.71%) JIRA
3 2 (5.71%) Visual Studio Team System
4 1 (2.86%) Rhino Mocks
General
1 7 (20.00%) Finance
2 2 (5.71%) Marketing
2 2 (5.71%) Retail
3 1 (2.86%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 13 (37.14%) Developer
2 12 (34.29%) Architect
3 8 (22.86%) .NET Developer
3 8 (22.86%) C# .NET Developer
3 8 (22.86%) C# Developer
4 5 (14.29%) Infrastructure Architect
4 5 (14.29%) SharePoint Architect
5 4 (11.43%) Azure Consultant
5 4 (11.43%) Consultant
5 4 (11.43%) Enterprise Architect
5 4 (11.43%) Solutions Architect
6 3 (8.57%) Automation Developer
6 3 (8.57%) Azure Architect
6 3 (8.57%) Microsoft Developer
6 3 (8.57%) SQL Developer
7 2 (5.71%) Business Intelligence Analyst
7 2 (5.71%) C# ASP.NET Developer
7 2 (5.71%) Enterprise Consultant
7 2 (5.71%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
7 2 (5.71%) Senior Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (34.29%) .NET
2 8 (22.86%) ASP.NET
3 7 (20.00%) ASP.NET MVC
4 6 (17.14%) jQuery
5 5 (14.29%) .NET Framework
5 5 (14.29%) AngularJS
5 5 (14.29%) Entity Framework
5 5 (14.29%) Unity DI Container
6 4 (11.43%) OAuth
6 4 (11.43%) SAML
7 3 (8.57%) Web Services
8 2 (5.71%) Ajax
8 2 (5.71%) COM+
8 2 (5.71%) CSS
8 2 (5.71%) HTML
8 2 (5.71%) RESTful
8 2 (5.71%) WAP
9 1 (2.86%) ASP.NET MVC 3
9 1 (2.86%) CSS3
9 1 (2.86%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 5 (14.29%) Data Centre
2 3 (8.57%) Mobile App
3 2 (5.71%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (5.71%) Blackberry
3 2 (5.71%) Clustering
3 2 (5.71%) Hybrid Cloud
3 2 (5.71%) Replication
3 2 (5.71%) Video Conferencing
4 1 (2.86%) Blog
4 1 (2.86%) Computer Science
4 1 (2.86%) Digital Media
4 1 (2.86%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.86%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 13 (37.14%) Windows
2 7 (20.00%) Windows Server
3 5 (14.29%) Windows Server 2012
4 2 (5.71%) Apple iOS
4 2 (5.71%) Linux
4 2 (5.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (5.71%) Windows 7
4 2 (5.71%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (25.71%) ITIL
2 9 (25.71%) TOGAF
3 8 (22.86%) MVC
3 8 (22.86%) TDD
4 5 (14.29%) Dependency Injection
4 5 (14.29%) OO
4 5 (14.29%) OOD
4 5 (14.29%) Scrum
4 5 (14.29%) Workflow
5 4 (11.43%) Analytics
5 4 (11.43%) CRM
5 4 (11.43%) Metadata Management
5 4 (11.43%) Operations Management
5 4 (11.43%) Performance Testing
5 4 (11.43%) Technical Architecture
6 3 (8.57%) DevOps
6 3 (8.57%) ERP
6 3 (8.57%) Project Management
6 3 (8.57%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (34.29%) C#
2 11 (31.43%) SQL
3 9 (25.71%) PowerShell
4 7 (20.00%) JavaScript
5 2 (5.71%) C++
5 2 (5.71%) VBA
6 1 (2.86%) T-SQL
6 1 (2.86%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 35 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 16 (45.71%) MCSE
3 11 (31.43%) Degree
3 11 (31.43%) MCTS
4 10 (28.57%) CCNA
4 10 (28.57%) Cisco Certification
4 10 (28.57%) MCAD
5 5 (14.29%) ITIL Certification
5 5 (14.29%) MCP
5 5 (14.29%) MCSA
5 5 (14.29%) PMI Certification
5 5 (14.29%) PMP
6 4 (11.43%) MCPD
7 3 (8.57%) MCITP
8 2 (5.71%) CESG Certified Professional
8 2 (5.71%) MCDBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (14.29%) QA
2 2 (5.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 7 (20.00%) Active Directory
2 5 (14.29%) Hyper-V
3 3 (8.57%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (5.71%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (5.71%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (5.71%) XenDesktop
4 2 (5.71%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 4 (11.43%) CA Single Sign-On
2 3 (8.57%) SCCM
3 2 (5.71%) Failover Clustering
3 2 (5.71%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
3 2 (5.71%) NetBackup
3 2 (5.71%) Norton AntiVirus
3 2 (5.71%) SCOM
Vendors
1 30 (85.71%) Microsoft
2 8 (22.86%) Citrix
3 5 (14.29%) Cisco
4 4 (11.43%) CA
4 4 (11.43%) CheckPoint
5 3 (8.57%) VMware
6 2 (5.71%) Alterian
6 2 (5.71%) Avaya
6 2 (5.71%) Dell
6 2 (5.71%) Extreme Networks
6 2 (5.71%) HP
6 2 (5.71%) NetApp
6 2 (5.71%) Red Hat
6 2 (5.71%) Sitecore
6 2 (5.71%) Sophos
6 2 (5.71%) Symantec
7 1 (2.86%) Sage
7 1 (2.86%) SAP