The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for MCSD 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 Solutions Developer (MCSD)
UK / England
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 572 582 578
Rank change year-on-year +10 -4  
Contract jobs citing MCSD 11 32 27
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.026% 0.065% 0.055%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.13% 0.31% 0.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 29 21
Median daily rate £475 £425 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.76% +41.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £356 £350 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £685 £650 £390
UK excluding London median daily rate £418 £425 £340
% change year-on-year -1.76% +25.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Median hourly rate - - £49.50
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 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%  

MCSD
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England 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 England

MCSD
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCSD in England

MCSD
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCSD in England over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCSD in England

MCSD
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCSD in England

MCSD
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 MCSD 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 +20 6 £525 +23.52% 1
South East +4 4 £425 +6.25% 1
West Midlands +12 1 - - 1
MCSD
UK

For the 6 months to 28 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 England region with a requirement for MCSD.

1 24 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 21 (87.50%) Microsoft
3 12 (50.00%) Microsoft Azure
4 11 (45.83%) MCSE
5 10 (41.67%) SQL Server
6 9 (37.50%) Agile Software Development
7 8 (33.33%) SQL
7 8 (33.33%) Windows
8 7 (29.17%) MS Excel
8 7 (29.17%) Office 365
9 6 (25.00%) PowerShell
9 6 (25.00%) SharePoint
9 6 (25.00%) .NET
9 6 (25.00%) Finance
10 5 (20.83%) MVC
10 5 (20.83%) Degree
10 5 (20.83%) CCNA
10 5 (20.83%) Cisco Certification
10 5 (20.83%) ASP.NET
10 5 (20.83%) C#
10 5 (20.83%) JavaScript
10 5 (20.83%) CRM
10 5 (20.83%) Windows Server
11 4 (16.67%) Hyper-V
11 4 (16.67%) SCCM
11 4 (16.67%) ASP.NET MVC
11 4 (16.67%) IaaS
11 4 (16.67%) Analytics
11 4 (16.67%) SQL Server 2012
11 4 (16.67%) Mobile App

MCSD
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 6 (25.00%) SharePoint
2 3 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2010
2 3 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2013
2 3 (12.50%) MS Exchange
2 3 (12.50%) Skype for Business
3 2 (8.33%) BizTalk Server
3 2 (8.33%) CMS
3 2 (8.33%) SharePoint 2013
3 2 (8.33%) Sitecore CMS
4 1 (4.17%) SAS
4 1 (4.17%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 7 (29.17%) MS Excel
2 1 (4.17%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 4 (16.67%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (8.33%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 12 (50.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (29.17%) Office 365
3 4 (16.67%) IaaS
4 2 (8.33%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (4.17%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (4.17%) OneDrive
5 1 (4.17%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (16.67%) Firewall
1 4 (16.67%) SAN
2 3 (12.50%) Cisco ASA
2 3 (12.50%) Unified Communications
2 3 (12.50%) VoIP
3 2 (8.33%) LAN
3 2 (8.33%) WAN
4 1 (4.17%) DMZ
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (41.67%) SQL Server
2 4 (16.67%) SQL Server 2012
2 4 (16.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 3 (12.50%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (12.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 3 (12.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (8.33%) Power BI
4 2 (8.33%) PowerPivot
4 2 (8.33%) Relational Database
5 1 (4.17%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 1 (4.17%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 3 (12.50%) JIRA
1 3 (12.50%) Visual Studio Team System
2 2 (8.33%) Git (software)
2 2 (8.33%) Moq
2 2 (8.33%) NUnit
2 2 (8.33%) Selenium
2 2 (8.33%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 6 (25.00%) Finance
2 2 (8.33%) Marketing
2 2 (8.33%) Retail
3 1 (4.17%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 8 (33.33%) Developer
2 6 (25.00%) Architect
3 3 (12.50%) Azure Architect
3 3 (12.50%) Azure Consultant
3 3 (12.50%) Azure DevOps
3 3 (12.50%) Consultant
3 3 (12.50%) ICT Engineer
3 3 (12.50%) ICT Infrastructure Engineer
3 3 (12.50%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 3 (12.50%) Lead DevOps
3 3 (12.50%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
3 3 (12.50%) Senior Server Engineer
3 3 (12.50%) Server Engineer
3 3 (12.50%) Solutions Architect
4 2 (8.33%) Analyst
4 2 (8.33%) C# .NET Developer
4 2 (8.33%) Enterprise Architect
4 2 (8.33%) Enterprise Consultant
4 2 (8.33%) Enterprise Technical Architect
4 2 (8.33%) Sitecore Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (25.00%) .NET
2 5 (20.83%) ASP.NET
3 4 (16.67%) ASP.NET MVC
3 4 (16.67%) Web Services
4 3 (12.50%) CSS
4 3 (12.50%) HTML
4 3 (12.50%) jQuery
4 3 (12.50%) RESTful
4 3 (12.50%) WAP
5 2 (8.33%) .NET Framework
5 2 (8.33%) AngularJS
5 2 (8.33%) Entity Framework
5 2 (8.33%) Unity DI Container
6 1 (4.17%) ASP.NET MVC 4
6 1 (4.17%) ASP.NET MVC 5
6 1 (4.17%) CSS3
6 1 (4.17%) HTML5
6 1 (4.17%) LINQ
6 1 (4.17%) OAuth
6 1 (4.17%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 4 (16.67%) Mobile App
2 3 (12.50%) Blackberry
2 3 (12.50%) Clustering
2 3 (12.50%) Replication
2 3 (12.50%) Video Conferencing
3 2 (8.33%) Data Centre
4 1 (4.17%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (4.17%) Computer Science
4 1 (4.17%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 8 (33.33%) Windows
2 5 (20.83%) Windows Server
3 3 (12.50%) Apple iOS
3 3 (12.50%) Windows 7
3 3 (12.50%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (37.50%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (20.83%) CRM
2 5 (20.83%) MVC
3 4 (16.67%) Analytics
3 4 (16.67%) DevOps
3 4 (16.67%) ITIL
4 3 (12.50%) Disaster Recovery
4 3 (12.50%) ERP
4 3 (12.50%) Matrix Organization
4 3 (12.50%) PRINCE2
4 3 (12.50%) Scrum
4 3 (12.50%) Service Management
4 3 (12.50%) TOGAF
5 2 (8.33%) ITSM
5 2 (8.33%) Migration
5 2 (8.33%) OOD
5 2 (8.33%) Requirements Analysis
5 2 (8.33%) Systems Analysis
5 2 (8.33%) TDD
5 2 (8.33%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 8 (33.33%) SQL
2 6 (25.00%) PowerShell
3 5 (20.83%) C#
3 5 (20.83%) JavaScript
4 1 (4.17%) C++
4 1 (4.17%) T-SQL
4 1 (4.17%) VB.NET
4 1 (4.17%) VBA
Qualifications
1 24 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (45.83%) MCSE
3 5 (20.83%) CCNA
3 5 (20.83%) Cisco Certification
3 5 (20.83%) Degree
4 4 (16.67%) MCSA
5 3 (12.50%) MCAD
5 3 (12.50%) MCPD
5 3 (12.50%) MCTS
6 2 (8.33%) MCDBA
6 2 (8.33%) MCITP
6 2 (8.33%) MCP
7 1 (4.17%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (4.17%) PMI Certification
7 1 (4.17%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (8.33%) QA
System Software
1 4 (16.67%) Hyper-V
2 3 (12.50%) Active Directory
2 3 (12.50%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (4.17%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 4 (16.67%) SCCM
2 3 (12.50%) Failover Clustering
2 3 (12.50%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
2 3 (12.50%) NetBackup
2 3 (12.50%) Norton AntiVirus
2 3 (12.50%) SCOM
3 1 (4.17%) CA Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 21 (87.50%) Microsoft
2 4 (16.67%) Cisco
3 3 (12.50%) CheckPoint
3 3 (12.50%) HP
3 3 (12.50%) NetApp
3 3 (12.50%) Sophos
3 3 (12.50%) Symantec
4 2 (8.33%) Citrix
4 2 (8.33%) Sitecore
5 1 (4.17%) Alterian
5 1 (4.17%) CA
5 1 (4.17%) Sage
5 1 (4.17%) VMware