The table below looks at the statistics for MCSD in IT jobs advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited MCSD over the 3 months to 28 April 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
28 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
Rank 787 462 262
Rank change year-on-year
-325 -200
Permanent jobs citing MCSD 127 587 1149
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.11% 0.49% 1.04%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.42% 1.80% 3.71%
Number of salaries quoted 119 566 1131
Average salary £50,000 £42,500 £40,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+17.64% +6.25%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,850 £30,000 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £64,250 £60,000 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £52,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+31.25% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in permanent jobs advertised across the UK.

Qualifications Category
UK
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
30490 32535 30998
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.47% 27.22% 28.00%
Number of salaries quoted 23843 26030 24951
Average salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +5.88%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,000 £27,000
10% offered a salary of more than £69,000 £65,000 £65,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+6.25% -

MCSD
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of permanent IT 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
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing MCSD within the UK.

MCSD Salary Trend in the UK

MCSD
Salary Histogram

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing MCSD over the 3 months to 28 April 2015 within the UK.

MCSD Salary Histogram in the UK

MCSD
Top 30 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing MCSD within the UK over the 3 months to 28 April 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Average Salary
Last 3 Months
Average Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -291 127 £50,000 +25.00% 17
London -187 54 £40,000 -20.00% 7
South West -18 19 £44,000 -16.19% 1
West Midlands -6 17 £52,500 +61.53%
North West -11 17 £62,500 +56.25% 1
Birmingham +2 14 £52,500 +61.53%
Bournemouth - 13 £42,500 - 1
Dorset - 13 £42,500 - 1
South East -77 11 £50,000 +17.64% 2
City of London +15 9 £60,000 +4.34%
North East - 9 £52,500 - 1
Tyne and Wear - 9 £52,500 - 1
Cumbria - 8 £63,750 -
Yorkshire +10 7 £52,500 +43.83% 2
Hampshire -1 5 £45,000 +28.57% 2
East of England -28 5 £55,000 +37.50% 1
West Yorkshire - 5 £52,500 -
Merseyside - 5 £52,500 -
Croydon - 5 £37,500 -
Leeds - 5 £52,500 -
Liverpool - 5 £52,500 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 5 £52,500 -
Essex +2 4 £55,000 +10.00%
Sunderland - 4 £32,500 - 1
Bristol -13 3 £75,000 +42.85%
Manchester -18 3 £75,000 +87.50% 1
East Midlands -24 3 £37,500 -6.25% 2
Gloucestershire - 3 £45,000 -
Buckinghamshire -14 2 £57,500 +15.00%
Milton Keynes -15 2 £57,500 +15.00%

MCSD
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 April 2015, IT 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 IT job ads sampled that cited MCSD.

1 302 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 271 (89.74%) C#
3 261 (86.42%) .NET
4 229 (75.83%) Microsoft
5 201 (66.56%) ASP.NET
6 181 (59.93%) SQL Server
7 169 (55.96%) Agile Software Development
8 155 (51.32%) MVC
9 149 (49.34%) .NET Framework
10 146 (48.34%) SharePoint
11 143 (47.35%) SQL
12 138 (45.70%) CSS
13 127 (42.05%) JavaScript
14 126 (41.72%) ASP.NET MVC
15 98 (32.45%) WCF
16 93 (30.79%) Windows
17 92 (30.46%) jQuery
18 88 (29.14%) MCP
18 88 (29.14%) HTML
19 87 (28.81%) Degree
20 85 (28.15%) SQL Server 2008
21 83 (27.48%) Ajax
22 81 (26.82%) T-SQL
23 80 (26.49%) Visual Studio
24 75 (24.83%) MCTS
25 70 (23.18%) MCAD
26 68 (22.52%) SharePoint 2013
27 67 (22.19%) IIS
28 66 (21.85%) NUnit
29 64 (21.19%) OO

MCSD
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 April 2015, IT 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 IT job ads sampled that cited MCSD. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 146 (48.34%) SharePoint
2 68 (22.52%) SharePoint 2013
3 67 (22.19%) IIS
4 55 (18.21%) SharePoint 2010
5 38 (12.58%) BizTalk Server
6 19 (6.29%) Office Communications Server
7 13 (4.30%) SharePoint Server
8 8 (2.65%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
9 3 (0.99%) Apache
9 3 (0.99%) Node.js
10 1 (0.33%) Lync
10 1 (0.33%) OpenEdge
Applications
1 51 (16.89%) MS Excel
2 24 (7.95%) MS Office
3 12 (3.97%) InfoPath
4 8 (2.65%) Mingle
5 1 (0.33%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 49 (16.23%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (2.32%) Cognos TM1
3 2 (0.66%) Infor CRM
3 2 (0.66%) SAP CRM
3 2 (0.66%) Pivotal CRM
3 2 (0.66%) Scribe Insight
Cloud Services
1 49 (16.23%) Microsoft Azure
2 33 (10.93%) Office 365
3 1 (0.33%) IaaS
3 1 (0.33%) Amazon EMR
3 1 (0.33%) Google Cloud Platform
3 1 (0.33%) Google App Engine
3 1 (0.33%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.33%) SaaS
3 1 (0.33%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 19 (6.29%) VLAN
2 2 (0.66%) Intranet
2 2 (0.66%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 181 (59.93%) SQL Server
2 85 (28.15%) SQL Server 2008
3 35 (11.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 31 (10.26%) Relational Database
5 26 (8.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 18 (5.96%) RDBMS
7 15 (4.97%) SQL Server 2005
8 14 (4.64%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 12 (3.97%) SQL Server 2012
10 10 (3.31%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 9 (2.98%) Ingres
11 9 (2.98%) Data Mining
11 9 (2.98%) DB2
11 9 (2.98%) Informix
12 8 (2.65%) Data Warehouse
12 8 (2.65%) OLAP
12 8 (2.65%) Neo4j
12 8 (2.65%) RavenDB
13 7 (2.32%) Cognos Transformer
13 7 (2.32%) Oracle OLAP
Development Applications
1 80 (26.49%) Visual Studio
2 66 (21.85%) NUnit
3 45 (14.90%) Rhino Mocks
4 29 (9.60%) Moq
5 24 (7.95%) TeamCity
5 24 (7.95%) Team Foundation Server
6 16 (5.30%) Subversion
6 16 (5.30%) Log4Net
7 12 (3.97%) MSTest
8 9 (2.98%) Git (software)
8 9 (2.98%) MSBuild
8 9 (2.98%) Visual Studio Team System
8 9 (2.98%) CruiseControl
9 8 (2.65%) Octopus Deploy
10 2 (0.66%) JIRA
11 1 (0.33%) Eclipse
General
1 63 (20.86%) Finance
2 26 (8.61%) Games
3 14 (4.64%) Automotive
3 14 (4.64%) Manufacturing
4 12 (3.97%) Legal
5 8 (2.65%) Law
6 5 (1.66%) Retail
7 2 (0.66%) Advertising
7 2 (0.66%) Aerospace
7 2 (0.66%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.33%) Back Office
8 1 (0.33%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 230 (76.16%) Developer
2 104 (34.44%) .NET Developer
3 63 (20.86%) Senior Developer
4 52 (17.22%) C# Developer
5 48 (15.89%) Consultant
6 45 (14.90%) C# .NET Developer
7 42 (13.91%) SharePoint Developer
8 33 (10.93%) ASP.NET Developer
9 32 (10.60%) SharePoint Consultant
10 31 (10.26%) Architect
11 30 (9.93%) Graduate
12 29 (9.60%) Junior
12 29 (9.60%) Junior Developer
12 29 (9.60%) Junior .NET Developer
13 28 (9.27%) C# ASP.NET Developer
14 21 (6.95%) Software Developer
15 19 (6.29%) Senior .NET Developer
16 17 (5.63%) Applications Developer
16 17 (5.63%) Principal Consultant
17 15 (4.97%) Technical Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 261 (86.42%) .NET
2 201 (66.56%) ASP.NET
3 149 (49.34%) .NET Framework
4 138 (45.70%) CSS
5 126 (41.72%) ASP.NET MVC
6 98 (32.45%) WCF
7 92 (30.46%) jQuery
8 88 (29.14%) HTML
9 83 (27.48%) Ajax
10 48 (15.89%) LINQ
11 42 (13.91%) NHibernate
12 41 (13.58%) Web Services
13 35 (11.59%) XML
14 33 (10.93%) Entity Framework
14 33 (10.93%) ASP.NET Web Forms
15 31 (10.26%) ASP.NET Web API
16 28 (9.27%) Twitter Bootstrap
16 28 (9.27%) WPF
17 21 (6.95%) XSLT
18 20 (6.62%) Silverlight
Miscellaneous
1 53 (17.55%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (5.63%) Computer Science
3 14 (4.64%) Management Information System
4 3 (0.99%) Inversion of Control
5 2 (0.66%) Mobile App
5 2 (0.66%) Clustering
6 1 (0.33%) Mathematics
6 1 (0.33%) Life Science
6 1 (0.33%) Fat Client
6 1 (0.33%) Visualisation
6 1 (0.33%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 93 (30.79%) Windows
2 19 (6.29%) AIX
2 19 (6.29%) Solaris
2 19 (6.29%) UNIX
3 9 (2.98%) Linux
4 8 (2.65%) CentOS
5 4 (1.32%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (0.66%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 169 (55.96%) Agile Software Development
2 155 (51.32%) MVC
3 64 (21.19%) OO
4 55 (18.21%) Scrum
5 54 (17.88%) TDD
6 51 (16.89%) CRM
7 44 (14.57%) SOA
7 44 (14.57%) Waterfall
8 38 (12.58%) Mentoring
8 38 (12.58%) OOA/OOD
9 35 (11.59%) Coaching
9 35 (11.59%) BDD
10 32 (10.60%) Software Engineering
11 29 (9.60%) Web Application Development
11 29 (9.60%) Kanban
12 26 (8.61%) Unit Testing
13 25 (8.28%) Migration
14 23 (7.62%) Time Management
15 21 (6.95%) Load Balancing
16 20 (6.62%) Business Development
Programming Languages
1 271 (89.74%) C#
2 143 (47.35%) SQL
3 127 (42.05%) JavaScript
4 81 (26.82%) T-SQL
5 28 (9.27%) VB.NET
6 12 (3.97%) VBA
7 9 (2.98%) PowerShell
8 6 (1.99%) XPath
8 6 (1.99%) VB
9 5 (1.66%) VB6
10 3 (0.99%) PHP
11 2 (0.66%) C++
12 1 (0.33%) Progress 4GL
12 1 (0.33%) XAML
12 1 (0.33%) C
12 1 (0.33%) F#
Qualifications
1 302 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 88 (29.14%) MCP
3 87 (28.81%) Degree
4 75 (24.83%) MCTS
5 70 (23.18%) MCAD
6 54 (17.88%) MCPD
7 33 (10.93%) MCSE
8 25 (8.28%) MCITP
9 24 (7.95%) MCDBA
10 21 (6.95%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 21 (6.95%) CCA
10 21 (6.95%) Citrix Certification
10 21 (6.95%) Security Cleared
11 19 (6.29%) SC Cleared
11 19 (6.29%) CCEA
12 11 (3.64%) DV Cleared
13 2 (0.66%) ISEB
13 2 (0.66%) ITIL Certification
14 1 (0.33%) CCNA
14 1 (0.33%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (4.64%) ISO 9001
2 2 (0.66%) QA
System Software
1 20 (6.62%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.33%) Hyper-V
2 1 (0.33%) XenDesktop
2 1 (0.33%) VMware ESXi
2 1 (0.33%) vCloud
2 1 (0.33%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.33%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 8 (2.65%) Business Desktop Deployment
2 1 (0.33%) SCCM
Vendors
1 229 (75.83%) Microsoft
2 23 (7.62%) Citrix
3 21 (6.95%) VMware
4 20 (6.62%) Oracle
5 14 (4.64%) Hitachi
6 9 (2.98%) Sybase
6 9 (2.98%) SAP
6 9 (2.98%) Siebel
7 8 (2.65%) Cisco
7 8 (2.65%) HP
7 8 (2.65%) EMC
8 7 (2.32%) Ab Initio
8 7 (2.32%) Applix
8 7 (2.32%) Sun
8 7 (2.32%) Cognos
8 7 (2.32%) Business Objects
8 7 (2.32%) Hyperion
8 7 (2.32%) Informatica
8 7 (2.32%) MicroStrategy
8 7 (2.32%) JD Edwards
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