The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London with a requirement for MCSD qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 26 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
London / City of London
Rank 152 156 194
Rank change year-on-year +4 +38  
Contract jobs citing MCSD 2 2 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.067% 0.060% 0.020%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.47% 0.41% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 2 0
Median daily rate £525 £425 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +23.52% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £418 £425 £340
% change year-on-year -1.76% +25.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £49.50

MCSD is in the academic qualifications and professional certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London.

Academic & Professional Certification
City of London
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 428 490 845
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 14.30% 14.73% 16.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 302 350 630
Median daily rate £475 £450 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.55% +9.09%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £625 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 6 17
Median hourly rate £15.87 £20.89 £21.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.04% -2.26%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.32 £17.00 £14.03
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.56 £37.37 £23.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -25.20% +77.77%  

MCSD
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the City of London citing MCSD as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for MCSD in the City of London

MCSD
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing MCSD in the City of London.

Contractor daily rate trend for MCSD in the City of London

MCSD
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCSD in the City of London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCSD in the City of London

MCSD
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 26 March 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 across the City of London region with a requirement for MCSD.

1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 3 (100.00%) Finance
2 2 (66.67%) TOGAF
2 2 (66.67%) BizTalk Server
2 2 (66.67%) ERP
2 2 (66.67%) Microsoft
3 1 (33.33%) CCNA
3 1 (33.33%) Active Directory
3 1 (33.33%) Citrix
3 1 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (33.33%) C#
3 1 (33.33%) Windows
3 1 (33.33%) MCSE
3 1 (33.33%) CRM
3 1 (33.33%) SharePoint
3 1 (33.33%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (33.33%) Workflow
3 1 (33.33%) SAN
3 1 (33.33%) Sage
3 1 (33.33%) Document Management
3 1 (33.33%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (33.33%) Enterprise Architecture
3 1 (33.33%) Degree
3 1 (33.33%) Application Packaging
3 1 (33.33%) Computer Science
3 1 (33.33%) SCCM
3 1 (33.33%) PowerShell
3 1 (33.33%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (33.33%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (33.33%) Office 365

MCSD
Top Related IT Skills in the City of London 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 2 (66.67%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (33.33%) SharePoint
Business Applications
1 1 (33.33%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (33.33%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (33.33%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (33.33%) Office 365
1 1 (33.33%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 1 (33.33%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (33.33%) Data Warehouse
General
1 3 (100.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 2 (66.67%) Architect
1 2 (66.67%) Solutions Architect
2 1 (33.33%) AWS Consultant
2 1 (33.33%) Azure Consultant
2 1 (33.33%) BizTalk Architect
2 1 (33.33%) Cloud Consultant
2 1 (33.33%) Consultant
2 1 (33.33%) Data Centre Consultant
2 1 (33.33%) Data Consultant
2 1 (33.33%) ERP Architect
2 1 (33.33%) SCCM Consultant
2 1 (33.33%) Senior Consultant
2 1 (33.33%) Senior SCCM Consultant
Miscellaneous
1 1 (33.33%) Computer Science
1 1 (33.33%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 1 (33.33%) Windows
1 1 (33.33%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (66.67%) ERP
1 2 (66.67%) TOGAF
2 1 (33.33%) Application Packaging
2 1 (33.33%) CRM
2 1 (33.33%) Document Management
2 1 (33.33%) Enterprise Architecture
2 1 (33.33%) Presales
2 1 (33.33%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 1 (33.33%) C#
1 1 (33.33%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (33.33%) CCNA
2 1 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
2 1 (33.33%) Degree
2 1 (33.33%) MCSE
System Software
1 1 (33.33%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (33.33%) SCCM
Vendors
1 2 (66.67%) Microsoft
2 1 (33.33%) Citrix
2 1 (33.33%) Sage