The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for MCPD qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 28 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.

Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD)
UK / England
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 579 607 593
Rank change year-on-year +28 -14  
Contract jobs citing MCPD 4 7 12
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.010% 0.014% 0.024%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.047% 0.068% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 6 10
Median daily rate £425 £425 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -5.55%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 - £488
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

MCPD 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 England.

Academic & Professional Certification
England
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 8586 10313 9835
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 20.64% 20.88% 20.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 5421 6523 5665
Median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £260 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 419 374 443
Median hourly rate £30.94 £35.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.60% +55.55%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.50 £57.50 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -25.20% +73.91%  

MCPD
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for MCPD in England

MCPD
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing MCPD in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for MCPD in England

MCPD
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCPD in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCPD in England

MCPD
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCPD within the England region over the 3 months to 28 March 2017. 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 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
London +19 1 - - 1
South East +13 1 - -
West Midlands - 1 - -
North West - 1 £425 -
MCPD
UK

MCPD
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 28 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing MCPD 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 England region with a requirement for MCPD.

1 7 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 5 (71.43%) Microsoft
3 4 (57.14%) Windows
3 4 (57.14%) .NET
3 4 (57.14%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (42.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 3 (42.86%) Business Intelligence
4 3 (42.86%) MCITP
4 3 (42.86%) SQL Server
4 3 (42.86%) MCSE
4 3 (42.86%) MCSA
4 3 (42.86%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (42.86%) MCSD
5 2 (28.57%) ETL
5 2 (28.57%) JMS
5 2 (28.57%) Linux
5 2 (28.57%) Internet
5 2 (28.57%) MCDBA
5 2 (28.57%) MS Excel
5 2 (28.57%) SharePoint
5 2 (28.57%) ASP.NET
5 2 (28.57%) Oracle
5 2 (28.57%) C#
5 2 (28.57%) Java
5 2 (28.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (28.57%) JIRA
5 2 (28.57%) WCF
5 2 (28.57%) Atlassian
5 2 (28.57%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 2 (28.57%) SQL Server Analysis Services

MCPD
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 (28.57%) SharePoint
1 2 (28.57%) SharePoint 2013
2 1 (14.29%) IIS
2 1 (14.29%) MS Exchange
2 1 (14.29%) SharePoint Foundation
2 1 (14.29%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 2 (28.57%) MS Excel
2 1 (14.29%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (28.57%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 2 (28.57%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (28.57%) AMQP
1 2 (28.57%) Internet
2 1 (14.29%) Intranet
2 1 (14.29%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (42.86%) Data Warehouse
1 3 (42.86%) SQL Server
1 3 (42.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 2 (28.57%) Hadoop
2 2 (28.57%) NoSQL
2 2 (28.57%) Oracle Database
2 2 (28.57%) Power BI
2 2 (28.57%) PowerPivot
2 2 (28.57%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 2 (28.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (14.29%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 2 (28.57%) Atlassian Bamboo
1 2 (28.57%) JIRA
General
1 2 (28.57%) Finance
1 2 (28.57%) Retail
Job Titles
1 5 (71.43%) Developer
2 2 (28.57%) Analyst
2 2 (28.57%) Analyst Developer
2 2 (28.57%) Business Intelligence Analyst
2 2 (28.57%) Business Intelligence Developer
2 2 (28.57%) C# Developer
3 1 (14.29%) .NET Developer
3 1 (14.29%) Architect
3 1 (14.29%) C# .NET Developer
3 1 (14.29%) Designer
3 1 (14.29%) Field Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) Field Support Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) IT Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) IT Support
3 1 (14.29%) IT Support Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) Office 365 Developer
3 1 (14.29%) SharePoint Architect
3 1 (14.29%) SharePoint Designer
3 1 (14.29%) SharePoint Developer
3 1 (14.29%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (57.14%) .NET
2 2 (28.57%) ASP.NET
2 2 (28.57%) JMS
2 2 (28.57%) WCF
3 1 (14.29%) .NET Framework
3 1 (14.29%) ASP.NET MVC
3 1 (14.29%) ASP.NET MVC 4
3 1 (14.29%) ASP.NET MVC 5
3 1 (14.29%) CSS
3 1 (14.29%) HTML
3 1 (14.29%) Web Services
3 1 (14.29%) XML
Operating Systems
1 4 (57.14%) Windows
2 2 (28.57%) Linux
3 1 (14.29%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (57.14%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (42.86%) Business Intelligence
3 2 (28.57%) Capacity Management
3 2 (28.57%) Dimensional Modelling
3 2 (28.57%) ETL
3 2 (28.57%) Scrum
3 2 (28.57%) TDD
4 1 (14.29%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 2 (28.57%) C#
1 2 (28.57%) Java
2 1 (14.29%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 7 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 3 (42.86%) MCITP
2 3 (42.86%) MCSA
2 3 (42.86%) MCSD
2 3 (42.86%) MCSE
3 2 (28.57%) DV Cleared
3 2 (28.57%) MCDBA
3 2 (28.57%) Security Cleared
4 1 (14.29%) MCTS
System Software
1 1 (14.29%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 5 (71.43%) Microsoft
2 2 (28.57%) Atlassian
2 2 (28.57%) Oracle