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 28 August 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.

3 months to
28 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
Rank 617 652 618
Rank change year-on-year
+35 -34
Contract jobs citing MCSD 22 5 24
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.041% 0.009% 0.043%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.20% 0.045% 0.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 2 10
Median daily rate £494 £449 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.02% +19.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £371 £410 £348
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £488 £403
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £449 £365
% change year-on-year
-5.29% +22.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £45.00
UK excluding London median 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
10906 11233 10769
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.46% 19.26% 19.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 6800 6746 6141
Median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £378 £350
% change year-on-year
-0.66% +7.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 394 536 457
Median hourly rate £28.00 £22.50 £19.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+24.44% +16.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.06 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £22.50 £19.50
% change year-on-year
+24.44% +15.38%

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 28 August 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 24 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 28 August 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 +16 19 £513 +14.20% 6
London +3 9 £550 - 1
South East - 4 £425 - 1
North East - 2 - - 1
West Midlands - 2 £438 - 1
Wales - 2 £363 -
Fareham - 2 £425 -
Hampshire - 2 £425 -
South Wales - 2 £363 -
City of London +34 1 £540 -
Birmingham - 1 £500 -
Yorkshire - 1 £425 -
South West - 1 £700 -
Cardiff - 1 £425 -
Newport - 1 £300 -
Wiltshire - 1 £700 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 1 - -
Gatwick - 1 £425 -
Leeds - 1 £425 -
Chippenham - 1 £700 -
West Yorkshire - 1 £425 -
Tyne and Wear - 1 - -
Berkshire - 1 - - 1
West Sussex - 1 £425 -

MCSD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 August 2016, 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 74 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 52 (70.27%) Microsoft
3 42 (56.76%) .NET
4 41 (55.41%) C#
4 41 (55.41%) MCSE
5 37 (50.00%) XML
6 33 (44.59%) Migration
7 31 (41.89%) JavaScript
8 30 (40.54%) SQL
8 30 (40.54%) TCP/IP
9 29 (39.19%) DNS
9 29 (39.19%) PowerShell
10 28 (37.84%) Degree
11 27 (36.49%) SharePoint
12 26 (35.14%) Team Foundation Server
13 25 (33.78%) Windows
14 24 (32.43%) MS Excel
15 23 (31.08%) MCSA
15 23 (31.08%) Visual Studio
15 23 (31.08%) Hyper-V
16 21 (28.38%) Web Services
16 21 (28.38%) IIS
17 20 (27.03%) Agile Software Development
17 20 (27.03%) Security Cleared
18 17 (22.97%) Workflow
18 17 (22.97%) CSS
19 16 (21.62%) SSL
19 16 (21.62%) Windows Server
20 15 (20.27%) Presales
21 14 (18.92%) Public Cloud

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 27 (36.49%) SharePoint
2 21 (28.38%) IIS
3 6 (8.11%) OpenStack
4 3 (4.05%) SharePoint 2010
5 2 (2.70%) Tomcat
6 1 (1.35%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (1.35%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 24 (32.43%) MS Excel
2 6 (8.11%) InfoPath
3 2 (2.70%) MS Office
4 1 (1.35%) MS Project
4 1 (1.35%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 7 (9.46%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.35%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 14 (18.92%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (6.76%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (6.76%) Rackspace Cloud
3 3 (4.05%) Office 365
4 1 (1.35%) IaaS
4 1 (1.35%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 30 (40.54%) TCP/IP
2 29 (39.19%) DNS
3 16 (21.62%) SSL
4 13 (17.57%) DHCP
4 13 (17.57%) HTTP
4 13 (17.57%) IPsec
4 13 (17.57%) IPv6
4 13 (17.57%) Software-Defined Networking
4 13 (17.57%) VPN
5 10 (13.51%) SAN
6 6 (8.11%) BGP
7 2 (2.70%) Wireshark
8 1 (1.35%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (9.46%) Relational Database
1 7 (9.46%) SQL Server
2 3 (4.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (2.70%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (2.70%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (2.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 2 (2.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (1.35%) Hadoop
4 1 (1.35%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 26 (35.14%) Team Foundation Server
2 23 (31.08%) Visual Studio
3 2 (2.70%) Burp Suite
3 2 (2.70%) Cucumber
3 2 (2.70%) Eclipse
3 2 (2.70%) Git (software)
3 2 (2.70%) Jenkins
3 2 (2.70%) JMeter
3 2 (2.70%) Maven
3 2 (2.70%) Selenium
4 1 (1.35%) JIRA
4 1 (1.35%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 13 (17.57%) Marketing
2 2 (2.70%) Finance
3 1 (1.35%) Electronics
3 1 (1.35%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.35%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 18 (24.32%) Developer
2 17 (22.97%) Architect
3 16 (21.62%) SharePoint Engineer
4 12 (16.22%) Support Engineer
5 8 (10.81%) Infrastructure Architect
6 7 (9.46%) Network Engineer
6 7 (9.46%) Network Support
6 7 (9.46%) Network Support Engineer
7 6 (8.11%) .NET Developer
7 6 (8.11%) C# Developer
7 6 (8.11%) Consultant
7 6 (8.11%) CRM Developer
8 5 (6.76%) C# .NET Developer
9 4 (5.41%) Analyst
9 4 (5.41%) Collaboration Engineer
9 4 (5.41%) Dynamics CRM Developer
9 4 (5.41%) Technical Architect
10 3 (4.05%) Azure Engineer
10 3 (4.05%) Cloud Architect
10 3 (4.05%) SharePoint Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (56.76%) .NET
2 37 (50.00%) XML
3 21 (28.38%) Web Services
4 17 (22.97%) CSS
5 13 (17.57%) HTML
6 10 (13.51%) jQuery
7 8 (10.81%) ASP.NET
7 8 (10.81%) REST
7 8 (10.81%) WSDL
7 8 (10.81%) XSD
8 6 (8.11%) .NET Framework
8 6 (8.11%) Ajax
8 6 (8.11%) ASP.NET MVC 3
8 6 (8.11%) Entity Framework
8 6 (8.11%) LLBLGen Pro
8 6 (8.11%) NHibernate
8 6 (8.11%) Ninject
8 6 (8.11%) StructureMap
8 6 (8.11%) WCF
8 6 (8.11%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 14 (18.92%) Computer Science
1 14 (18.92%) Public Cloud
2 10 (13.51%) Private Cloud
3 6 (8.11%) Inversion of Control
3 6 (8.11%) N-Tier
4 5 (6.76%) NHS
5 4 (5.41%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (2.70%) Analytical Skills
7 1 (1.35%) Client/Server
7 1 (1.35%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 25 (33.78%) Windows
2 16 (21.62%) Windows Server
3 6 (8.11%) Linux
3 6 (8.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 6 (8.11%) Ubuntu
4 2 (2.70%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (44.59%) Migration
2 20 (27.03%) Agile Software Development
3 17 (22.97%) Workflow
4 15 (20.27%) Presales
5 13 (17.57%) Load Balancing
5 13 (17.57%) Scrum
6 12 (16.22%) Mentoring
6 12 (16.22%) Process Improvement
6 12 (16.22%) TOGAF
7 11 (14.86%) TDD
8 8 (10.81%) Business Intelligence
8 8 (10.81%) CRM
8 8 (10.81%) SOA
8 8 (10.81%) Virtual Environments
9 7 (9.46%) DevOps
9 7 (9.46%) MODAF
9 7 (9.46%) MVC
9 7 (9.46%) Zachman Framework
10 6 (8.11%) Time Management
10 6 (8.11%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 41 (55.41%) C#
2 31 (41.89%) JavaScript
3 30 (40.54%) SQL
4 29 (39.19%) PowerShell
5 13 (17.57%) VBScript
6 9 (12.16%) C++
6 9 (12.16%) VB
7 7 (9.46%) C
7 7 (9.46%) T-SQL
8 2 (2.70%) Java
8 2 (2.70%) PL/SQL
8 2 (2.70%) Python
9 1 (1.35%) MATLAB
9 1 (1.35%) VB.NET
9 1 (1.35%) VB6
9 1 (1.35%) XAML
Qualifications
1 74 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 41 (55.41%) MCSE
3 28 (37.84%) Degree
4 23 (31.08%) MCSA
5 20 (27.03%) Security Cleared
6 14 (18.92%) MCAD
7 12 (16.22%) MCPD
8 10 (13.51%) SC Cleared
9 7 (9.46%) MCP
9 7 (9.46%) MCTS
10 4 (5.41%) DV Cleared
10 4 (5.41%) MCITP
11 1 (1.35%) BPSS Clearance
11 1 (1.35%) CISSP
11 1 (1.35%) HND
11 1 (1.35%) ITIL Certification
11 1 (1.35%) MCT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (9.46%) HL7
2 4 (5.41%) COBIT
3 2 (2.70%) QA
System Software
1 23 (31.08%) Hyper-V
2 10 (13.51%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (10.81%) Docker
3 8 (10.81%) Xen
4 4 (5.41%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 12 (16.22%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 8 (10.81%) Microsoft Intune
3 1 (1.35%) Terraform
Vendors
1 52 (70.27%) Microsoft
2 10 (13.51%) VMware
3 8 (10.81%) Citrix
4 6 (8.11%) Red Hat
5 5 (6.76%) EPiServer
5 5 (6.76%) Rackspace
6 3 (4.05%) HP
7 2 (2.70%) Atlassian
7 2 (2.70%) Oracle
8 1 (1.35%) DevExpress
8 1 (1.35%) NetScout
8 1 (1.35%) SAP
8 1 (1.35%) Siebel
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