The table below looks at the statistics for MCSM in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCSM over the 3 months to 30 September 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
30 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM)
Rank 641 672 -
Rank change year-on-year
+31 -
Contract jobs citing MCSM 11 1 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.021% 0.002% -
As % of the Qualifications category 0.10% 0.009% -
Number of daily rates quoted 8 1 0
Median daily rate £158 £300 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-47.50% -
UK excluding London median daily rate - £300 -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
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
10981 11377 11557
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.60% 19.66% 19.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 6808 6876 6383
Median daily rate £400 £400 £383
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +4.43%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £254 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £390 £365
% change year-on-year
-3.84% +6.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 386 526 491
Median hourly rate £28.00 £22.50 £19.91
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+24.44% +13.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £47.71 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £25.00 £19.91
% change year-on-year
+12.00% +25.56%

MCSM
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing MCSM as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Qualifications category.

MCSM Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

MCSM
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MCSM within the UK.

MCSM Daily Rate Trend in the UK

MCSM
Top 3 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSM within the UK over the 3 months to 30 September 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 +9 11 £158 -47.50%
London - 11 £158 -
Canary Wharf - 7 £160 -

MCSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 September 2016, IT contractor jobs citing MCSM 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 MCSM.

1 18 (100.00%) MCSE
1 18 (100.00%) MCSA
1 18 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 17 (94.44%) Citrix
3 16 (88.89%) Active Directory
3 16 (88.89%) Apple
3 16 (88.89%) Internet
3 16 (88.89%) Ethernet
3 16 (88.89%) TCP/IP
3 16 (88.89%) MCP
3 16 (88.89%) Windows
3 16 (88.89%) Change Management
3 16 (88.89%) Wireless
3 16 (88.89%) Network+ Certification
3 16 (88.89%) ACTC
3 16 (88.89%) ACHDS
3 16 (88.89%) ACDT
3 16 (88.89%) MCDST
3 16 (88.89%) Degree
3 16 (88.89%) Virtual Servers
4 15 (83.33%) Apple iOS
4 15 (83.33%) Windows 7
4 15 (83.33%) MS Office
4 15 (83.33%) Blackberry
5 14 (77.78%) A+ Certification
5 14 (77.78%) Client/Server
5 14 (77.78%) Time Management
5 14 (77.78%) Validation
5 14 (77.78%) Finance
6 13 (72.22%) IBM Notes

MCSM
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 13 (72.22%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 15 (83.33%) MS Office
2 11 (61.11%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 16 (88.89%) Ethernet
1 16 (88.89%) Internet
1 16 (88.89%) TCP/IP
1 16 (88.89%) Wireless
2 2 (11.11%) LAN
2 2 (11.11%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (11.11%) SQL Server
General
1 14 (77.78%) Finance
2 5 (27.78%) Billing
3 2 (11.11%) Manufacturing
3 2 (11.11%) Retail
Job Titles
1 9 (50.00%) Desktop Support
2 6 (33.33%) Support Engineer
3 5 (27.78%) 3rd Line Engineer
3 5 (27.78%) 3rd Line Support
3 5 (27.78%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
3 5 (27.78%) Desktop Support Team Leader
3 5 (27.78%) Desktop Team Leader
3 5 (27.78%) Senior Desktop Support
3 5 (27.78%) Support Team Leader
3 5 (27.78%) Team Leader
4 2 (11.11%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
4 2 (11.11%) 2nd/3rd Line Support Engineer
4 2 (11.11%) Architect
4 2 (11.11%) Desktop Engineer
4 2 (11.11%) Desktop Support Engineer
4 2 (11.11%) IMAC Engineer
4 2 (11.11%) Infrastructure Architect
4 2 (11.11%) Systems Engineer
4 2 (11.11%) Systems Support
4 2 (11.11%) Systems Support Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 15 (83.33%) Blackberry
2 14 (77.78%) Client/Server
3 13 (72.22%) Data Centre
4 11 (61.11%) Management Information System
5 2 (11.11%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 16 (88.89%) Windows
2 15 (83.33%) Apple iOS
2 15 (83.33%) Windows 7
3 2 (11.11%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (88.89%) Change Management
2 14 (77.78%) Time Management
2 14 (77.78%) Validation
3 11 (61.11%) Identity Management
4 3 (16.67%) ITIL
5 2 (11.11%) Continuous Improvement
5 2 (11.11%) PRINCE
6 1 (5.56%) Logistics
6 1 (5.56%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 13 (72.22%) Java
2 2 (11.11%) SQL
Qualifications
1 18 (100.00%) MCSA
1 18 (100.00%) MCSE
1 18 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 16 (88.89%) ACDT
2 16 (88.89%) ACHDS
2 16 (88.89%) ACTC
2 16 (88.89%) Degree
2 16 (88.89%) MCDST
2 16 (88.89%) MCP
2 16 (88.89%) Network+ Certification
3 14 (77.78%) A+ Certification
4 2 (11.11%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (11.11%) Citrix Certification
4 2 (11.11%) ITIL Certification
4 2 (11.11%) Microsoft Certified Architect
4 2 (11.11%) PMI Certification
4 2 (11.11%) PMP
4 2 (11.11%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 1 (5.56%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.56%) SLA
System Software
1 16 (88.89%) Active Directory
1 16 (88.89%) Virtual Servers
Vendors
1 17 (94.44%) Citrix
2 16 (88.89%) Apple
3 13 (72.22%) Lotus
3 13 (72.22%) Oracle
4 2 (11.11%) Cisco
4 2 (11.11%) Microsoft