The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications currently tracked.

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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM)
Rank 585 542 -
Rank change year-on-year
-43 -
Contract jobs citing MCSM 2 2 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.004% 0.004% -
As % of the Qualifications category 0.018% 0.023% -
Number of daily rates quoted 2 0 0
Average daily rate £414 - -
UK excluding London average daily rate - - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10976 8669 10495
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.50% 18.17% 17.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 6208 4593 5416
Average daily rate £375 £363 £399
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% -9.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £220 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £538 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £360
% change year-on-year
+3.70% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 551 472 579
Average hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £12.35 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £23.75 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-24.21% -5.00%

MCSM
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MCSM within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within 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 7 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSM within the UK over the 3 months to 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -87 2 £414 - 1
London - 2 £414 - 1
South East - - - -
South Wales - - - -
Wales - - - -
Caerphilly - - - -
Hengoed - - - -

MCSM
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing MCSM 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 MCSM.

1 6 (100.00%) Windows
1 6 (100.00%) MCSE
1 6 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 6 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 6 (100.00%) VMware
1 6 (100.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 4 (66.67%) VMware ESX
2 4 (66.67%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (66.67%) MCTS
2 4 (66.67%) ITIL
2 4 (66.67%) Citrix
2 4 (66.67%) Windows Server 2003
2 4 (66.67%) MCSA
3 2 (33.33%) CCENT
3 2 (33.33%) MCITP
3 2 (33.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (33.33%) Taxonomies
3 2 (33.33%) Degree
3 2 (33.33%) Computer Science
3 2 (33.33%) Exchange Server 2007
3 2 (33.33%) Hyper-V
3 2 (33.33%) XenApp
3 2 (33.33%) XenServer
3 2 (33.33%) SharePoint 2010
3 2 (33.33%) VMware ESXi
3 2 (33.33%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (33.33%) SharePoint
3 2 (33.33%) MS Visio
3 2 (33.33%) MS Exchange
3 2 (33.33%) DHCP

MCSM
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing MCSM 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 MCSM. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (33.33%) Exchange Server 2007
1 2 (33.33%) SharePoint 2010
1 2 (33.33%) Exchange Server 2010
1 2 (33.33%) SharePoint
1 2 (33.33%) MS Exchange
1 2 (33.33%) IIS
Applications
1 2 (33.33%) MS Visio
1 2 (33.33%) MS Project
1 2 (33.33%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 2 (33.33%) DHCP
1 2 (33.33%) DNS
1 2 (33.33%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (33.33%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (33.33%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (33.33%) Finance
Job Titles
1 3 (50.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 2 (33.33%) Network Support
2 2 (33.33%) Systems Support
3 1 (16.67%) Support Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Technical Support
3 1 (16.67%) Support Engineer
3 1 (16.67%) 2nd Line Support
3 1 (16.67%) Administrator
3 1 (16.67%) Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Systems Administrator
3 1 (16.67%) Network Engineer
3 1 (16.67%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
3 1 (16.67%) Technical Support Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Technical Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Network Administrator
Miscellaneous
1 2 (33.33%) Taxonomies
1 2 (33.33%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 6 (100.00%) Windows
1 6 (100.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 4 (66.67%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (66.67%) ITIL
2 2 (33.33%) Workflow
3 1 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing
Qualifications
1 6 (100.00%) MCSE
1 6 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 4 (66.67%) MCTS
2 4 (66.67%) MCSA
3 2 (33.33%) CCENT
3 2 (33.33%) MCITP
3 2 (33.33%) Degree
3 2 (33.33%) CCNP
3 2 (33.33%) CCNA
3 2 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
3 2 (33.33%) MCP
3 2 (33.33%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (33.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 4 (66.67%) VMware ESX
1 4 (66.67%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (33.33%) Hyper-V
2 2 (33.33%) XenApp
2 2 (33.33%) XenServer
2 2 (33.33%) VMware ESXi
2 2 (33.33%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 6 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 6 (100.00%) VMware
2 4 (66.67%) Citrix